Instagram: Images December 2014

Hard to believe this is 4 years ago. I’d walked home previous day as uni shut. T had walked from his pharmacy as car was stuck & walked back in morning. Ricki just sank in the snow… taken Dec 02, 2014 @ 09:20
Hard to believe this is 4 years ago. I'd walked home previous day as uni shut. T had walked from his pharmacy as car was stuck & walked back in morning. Ricki just sank in the snow...

Lots and lots of engines required…. taken Dec 12, 2014 @ 17:53
Lots and lots of engines required....
We decided we wanted all our trains & carriages & trucks on track…. taken Dec 13, 2014 @ 16:19
We decided we wanted all our trains & carriages & trucks on track....

It’s starting to look rather Christmasy taken Dec 13, 2014 @ 16:21
It's starting to look rather Christmasy
My current view….Snowman recorded on our PVR last Christmas. taken Dec 24, 2014 @ 17:39
My current view....Snowman recorded on our PVR last Christmas. #adoption
DH’s evening task….one spoilt little boy… taken Dec 24, 2014 @ 20:34
DH's evening task....one spoilt little boy... #adoption
All our trains including Toby who came today… taken Dec 27, 2014 @ 15:48
All our trains including Toby who came today...

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Instagram: Images November 2014

Coffee outside in November… taken Nov 01, 2014 @ 11:19
Coffee outside in November... #Cardiff
And lunch outside taken Nov 01, 2014 @ 12:49
And lunch outside #Cardiff
Henry-cat making himself comfortable. taken Nov 02, 2014 @ 20:56
Henry-cat making himself comfortable.

Gorgeous sunrise but it is cold…. taken Nov 06, 2014 @ 07:09
Gorgeous sunrise but it is cold....

Amazingly this has survived from when it was brought although Sqk did dismantle it hence reason on lanyard now. taken Nov 11, 2014 @ 12:34
Amazingly this has survived from when it was brought although Sqk did distmantle it hence reason on lanyard now. #neverforget

A little bit of history given we couldn’t go to see them. ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ taken Nov 20, 2014 @ 19:08
A little bit of history given we couldn't go to see them. 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' #neverforget
Houdini in the making…now being a cat at my feet…. taken Nov 22, 2014 @ 09:11
Houdini in the making...now being a cat at my feet....
One spoilt Sqk. Three advent calendars – his reusable one, books & chocolate.. taken Nov 30, 2014 @ 23:21
#PhotoGrid One spoilt Sqk. Three advent calendars - his reusable one, books & chocolate..

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This time of year…

Ok writing this very late but this is due to a busy day that included trying to fit new kitchen light for my Mum (failed due to some interesting wiring) and a party for Sqk’s foster brother that meant we went back to foster carer’s house for first time since 19th October 2013. He enjoyed himself lots and seems to have had no adverse reaction – was really pleased to see people but also really happy to come home with us. DH got the ‘I love you Daddy’ for first time today. Sqk’s doesn’t say it much but really seems to mean it when he does.
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He did well….

Well, Sqk managed his first sleepover – and other than not actually going to sleep till 8.30pm and going to sleep in no pyjamas was no problem according to Mum. He has also gone off to sleep tonight – although DH did go in about half an hour ago to turn him round, redress him (arm out of pyjamas) and put duvet back over him.

We managed to get to Ikea to get Sqk’s Christmas present before picking him up so that is now stashed away in back bedroom with us planning to erect the kitchen on Christmas Eve. Also got some LED light bulbs as we have recently replaced a number of light fittings all of which had 50W halogen bulbs in. Using electricity so now replaced all bar 4 (would have been 3 had I remembered how many bulbs there were in kitchen set). Mind you tomorrow I am putting new light up in my mother’s kitchen – her current one failed yesterday so as one of the resident electrical & electronic engineers I said I would deal with it. In this house, I deal with electrics as well – apparently as a chartered electrical engineer DH prefers to let me do so….

Been a busy day so I am off to bed – as Sqk will no doubt be up in less than 8 hours…..and wanting Mummy if it is anything like today.

Another milestone

I write this laid on bed listening to DH snoring – but with no Sqk in house. He is on his first sleepover at Granny’s. I left him there as a happy smiley boy at about 5.20pm. Had nothing since so assume everything is OK.

DH & I have had meal out as a couple – our first in 13 months and only fourth time out since Sqk was placed. Once for Hobbit film, once for wedding & once for something I forget, but know happened as my brother & his fiancée babysat.

If sleepover works hoping to make it a regular thing when Mum at this end of country. Also after a couple more will try with other grandparents – he’s gone to bed for them, but not yet woken up there without us being around.

I will admit I was teary once I got into car at Mum’s. It is funny going past hid bedroom and not hearing the gentle snoring. Now to see how the morning goes…..

Work….

Apparently this became a lost post. Probably because I was so tired writing it after a long day at work and then working most of yesterday evening as well. Research & accreditation keeping me busy.

Not a long post today thanks to a stupidly hectic day which has included me working most of this evening as well. Sqk is doing really well – or his teeth are. Dentist was really pleased with them today – been told to keep up the good work. However Sqk was tired as we got back home from dentists and he went into on/off tantrum mode. I kept re-regulating him but then the slightest thing would set him off again. So he went went to bed early although he did see Daddy.

I could have done without work this evening as my brain wasn’t wanting to engage. Managed it in the end but still got lots to do. Mind you postdoc working as well as got response to my email with document comments already.

However to bed….

Sleepy – so sleepy…

And it is not caused by Sqk. I am having a period of waking at somewhere between 4 and 5am and not getting back to sleep before I am up at 6.30am. Initially started waking because of DH having massive coughing fits at that time (he has an ear infection). he got back to sleep fine but I didn’t – suspect it may be everything going on at work at the moment: Accreditation visit coming (which means lots and lots of paperwork to sort), lots of stuff happening in research and also into last three weeks of term.

Getting on top of research and making progress on the accreditation stuff – not going to make deadline of next Monday from my line manager, but hopefully by end of next week. Problem is everything has to go via centre and we need to submit it all by January 20th. Mind you will then have to chase evryone else – and try to track down all the marks for last year….

Sqk is doing well – being a cheeky monkey at nursery it appears at times – and also deciding painting sponges filled with paint are good to chew. He has a chewy for that very reason and they are getting better at using it. he is coming to visit us in our bedroom most mornings but is being pretty calm and it mainly seems to be so he can be certain of saying goodbye to Mummy (and getting kisses and cuddles).

Friday night is a big night – we are trying a sleepover at local Granny’s for the first time. Then next week we start childminder transition process – I have to remember on Tuesday to come onto our estate rather than using auto-pilot to his current childminder’s house.

Running round

It’s been a day of running round. Not helped by waking up with early signs of migraine so not getting to the till gone 11. I forgot how problematic parking was at that hour – I actually got in at 10:50 but then spent 15 mins hunting a space. Mini open day doesn’t help with parking….

Did my prospective applicant tour at 11.30, returned to have lunch with rest of discipline team & candidates for new Lecturer. Then research group meeting, then lecture then back to research lab to meet candidates individually. Then dive to far end of far car park to drive to get Sqk. Just got there before 5…

Definitely a running around type of day although I did start sorting progression stats for one year on one course (out of 5/6 for 8 courses) for accreditation visit in March. The data I have from university is not granular enough for what I need so having to do some general finding out.

Sqk is fine and is most important in my life. He takes priority over work if it comes down to that.