October, you beauty

Hello. Here I am, which is unusual enough, because whenever I have a spare hour and have to decide between Lying Still or Anything Else, the Lying Still tends to win. It's frustrating having to slow down, especially now the sickness has gone (whee!). I like to get on. I keep having to remember not … Continue reading October, you beauty

The week in stuff

Hello, you lovely things! You may be out for dinner at a restaurant or clinking glasses together at a swanky bar, but we all know where the REAL action is: here on my sofa, still wearing workout gear from my appalling jog/walk earlier, sporting a fringe that looks like a small, dying patch of forehead … Continue reading The week in stuff

Harry Potter and my teenaged life

'No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.' J.K. Rowling What makes a story? I am thirteen, and stuck on youth camp for the … Continue reading Harry Potter and my teenaged life

Five books…to help your kids love words

I'm trying hard to be casually enthusiastic about numbers with H at the moment. I am naturally a words person, and numbers both bore and frighten me. Which isn't so bad for me, because my days of mental maths tests are over. But I do not want to pass it on to them, and my coverage … Continue reading Five books…to help your kids love words

Five books…with jaw-dropping illustrations

I always think books for preschoolers have an extremely sensible ratio of words to pictures. And the pictures are everything to the under-five crowd. Have a look at their faces the next time you're reading one with striking, colourful illustrations. Their jaw drops. They can't resist touching the page with their fingers, like they want … Continue reading Five books…with jaw-dropping illustrations

Five books to…make your preschoolers happier

One of the best things about having kids is being able to hang out in the children's section of Waterstones, oohing and ahhing at the picture books, without looking like an idiot. Assuming you've remembered to bring your kids with you, which I don't always. To parents that are reading the same five-page horror seventeen … Continue reading Five books to…make your preschoolers happier

The best game in the world: Friday night edition

What did you think was the nicest thing about being in your late twenties? I'll tell you mine: no longer having to pretend that I liked being out late on a Friday night. I never enjoyed it, and felt like everyone else did, thus making me a loser all the way through high school and … Continue reading The best game in the world: Friday night edition

watch-listen-read: three reasons to stay out of the snow this weekend

'You know', said Timothy this morning, as we were driving in a blizzard towards his cancelled half-marathon, 'I wouldn't mind living in a place where it snowed more'. 'You know', I said, 'I flipping would'. Now we're at the end of March, I am totally, unbelievably, inexpressibly done with snow. I do not want to … Continue reading watch-listen-read: three reasons to stay out of the snow this weekend

The best game in the world: truth-telling edition

I am supposed to be working today. But then, you know, baby colds are no respecter of persons, or work days. Since Henry has given up sleep in favour of dribbling and crossness, I have embraced not showering and The Count of Monte Cristo. Sometimes you have to cut your losses. So let's talk about … Continue reading The best game in the world: truth-telling edition

Bringing up Bebe, with no food on the floor

It's been a spotty week for blogging, I'm sorry. It's been a spotty week for most things except three-day-old pyjamas, nose-blowing, drug-taking, and charging through more work than you can shake a hanky at. It's been one of those long, sad weeks that exist to remind you how nice your normal life is, using a … Continue reading Bringing up Bebe, with no food on the floor