Tuesday, 21 February 2017

4 Things I'd Tell My Younger Self

What sort of advice would you give your younger self? 
1: You will recover from a broken heart.  I know that it doesn't seem like it at the time, but trust me on this.  One day, you'll realise that you can mention their name without feeling you're suffocating from grief.  One day, you'll realise that you got though a whole day without consciously thinking about them at all.  One day, you'll realise that you're not over that broken heart, you just got better at living with it.
2. Nurture friendships.  That best friend you have at 21?  She'll be a bridesmaid at your wedding. You'll be Godmother to her daughter.  She'll be Godmother to your son.  She knows you, inside and out.  She gets you.  But good friendships only last because both sides work at them.  Otherwise that person simply becomes someone you used to know.
3. If you want to leave your job/change career, you can.  I know that seems a silly statement given that you are only just starting out on your career path and you love what you do.  But things change, and it won't always be the case.  It's okay to take control and say one day, "I want more than this", even if you don't know what that more actually is.  You may never decide what that more is, but no matter, because you'll always be employed in jobs and places you enjoy.  Mostly.  IBM notwithstanding.
4. Keep driving. It's something that you take for granted.  Something you don't spend much time thinking about.  You're a good driver and driving gives you independence.  You won't believe that once into your 40s, you'll drive less and less.  Be brave and keep being the one in the driving seat. You won't regret it.

Similar posts include this one by Jaime at angloyankophile and this one at A Cup of Jo  

Monday, 20 February 2017

Memos: Mail: Me

The Postie may have bought me the sweater I admired 
in a store last weekend.
But I couldn't possibly comment ...
 As for the weekend, we walked along the river from
Chelsea to Pimlico in glorious sunshine.
 Once in Pimlico, we enjoyed half an hour in Tate Britain. 

Where we had fun playing the
As you do.

Friday, 17 February 2017

In Love with Cambridge

I've been to Cambridge before.
It was either 1993 or 1994.
I went with a bunch of female RAF colleagues
to see the Chippendales at the
{Ahem ...}
~ Punting on the Backs ~
This year, however, The Boy Child and I had the opportunity
to tag along with The Brainy One when he went to lecture for two days
at Cambridge University's Judge Business School.
And no joke, I fell in love with Cambridge. 
 ~ King's College ~ 
~ Church tower of St. Mary the Great ~
~ Gonville and Caius College,
with Trinity College and St. John's College behind ~

So much in love, I actually asked The Brainy One if there was any chance
of him being offered a permanent teaching position.  
And my Instagram feed is filling up with images like these above.  

Thursday, 16 February 2017

On Why He Should Listen To His Customers

In retrospect, it was/is funny.
But it wasn't.
Me: Hi, good morning. I need help to unlock the Apple ID 
on my late mother's iPad.  
Meeter and Greeter Guy: "Right, okay, not a problem ...
er, did you just say your late mother?"
Me: Yes.
Meeter and Greeter Guy: Cool.
Me: Erm, no, it's not cool, actually.  
Meeter and Greeter:  Oh. Right.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Looking for a Train, Found Owls

We went up to King's Cross in search of Platform 9 and three quarters.
So had what seemed like hundreds of overseas visitors.
But we did find the Hogwarts owls,
and one may have followed us home.
So, you know, there's that.




Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Things He Says | The Let's Learn Some Tact Edition

"This is my dog ...
he's on his last legs."

Monday, 13 February 2017

Memos: Mail: Me

Happy Mail landed this week landed in the form of
a replenishment of Christmas-themed scrapbook supplies.
  Always welcome.
And as for the weekend,
there was the discovery of a new-to-me clothing brand,
a birthday party for Cachirulo
and cuddles with these two.
Looking at those last two images, my heart is full.

Friday, 10 February 2017

A Page About The Pooch

As he's very much part of our family,
the pooch occasionally gets his own page in an album.
 He turned 11 at the beginning of the month and is currently 
in reasonable health. {Certainly when compared to how poorly
he was this time last year.} 
So ... a spot of layering, some confetti in an envelope,
chocolate brown Alphas and a few chipboard embellies.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

One Photo | Twenty Words

Why is it that whenever I visit
the Apple store to ask a question,
I leave feeling like a Luddite?

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

The RAF Museum, Hendon | A Hidden Gem

Half-term is looming and although it is already looking fairly busy,
I'm hoping to find time to visit the RAF Museum at Hendon.
It's a family favourite and easy to spend a full day there.
Our favourite aircraft are the Chinook and the Avro Vulcan.
For us, an added advantage is that the Museum was one of the first London museums,
if not the first, to be certified as Autism friendly.
Entrance to the RAF Museum is free, although there is a small charge for parking.
Currently, however, the car park is under going works, so we're likely to take advantage 
of public transport (children under 11 travel for free).
{This short video highlights just how easy getting there on public transport is.}
And then, when you're visit is over, there'll be plenty of photos to scrapbook.
This post is sponsored by the RAF Museum, Hendon.
All opinions are my own.