Updates...

posted on: Wednesday, 22 May 2013

My friend Natalie and I - we have this generic title for our need to speak very often each week (even each day) - we call it 'updates'. Many an email subject heading and first word on a telephone call. It's time for updates. I am about to set off to the Middle East for a holiday but in the meantime I didn't want to leave you in the lurch.


In a twist of irony, the laptop I use for work has decided to only function if I am sitting in my corporate office, plugged in with an actual cable. Working at home = no. Using the marvels of modern technology to start work at 7am in your pyjamas: nope. None of that. So I am doing it circa 1990 and trekking to the office on every work day and having to get everything done in the knowledge that there is no 'checking my email later'. It's a challenge. And an irony given I work for one of the biggest and most well-known technology companies in the world.

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After the trials of joining running club last week, this week Boo has wanted to go to every session. So as I said I would, we are. This means frantic evenings of late meals, missed homework and hefty glasses of wine once they are finally in bed. But she gets to run and I watch her in the evening sunlight with her ponytail flying in the wind and I figure - she loves to run. She should run.

In preparation for the Dubai trip - last minute shopping - some of which was a hit; some of which was a miss. I realise my wardrobe is confined to school runs, occasional nights out in temperate climates and not enough shoes. The prospect of going to a place where it is 39 degrees (I checked today) and where fabrics such as silk can be worn, is a heady one.

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A thing I have learned this week: sometimes you have to let go.

Other things I have learned this week: it's revision time and my recollection of high school geography has lasted; oxbow lake anyone? Definition of a meander? Ask me...

The lovely lady who is teaching me the Alexander Technique - God bless her tenacity at sticking with me - has told me to spread my fingers. It seems I spend most of my time with my hands bunched in fists. One to ponder...

I see the news and I am unsure what to think about the world we live in.

I think about rekindling friendships and honesty and habit.

I got rid of the split ends and I had the pedicure; my toenails are 'Rococo Red'.

I look forward to the sun on my skin.

Ahhh the joy of updates!



11 comments :

  1. I love your update. And the sound of Rococo red toes makes me lust after summer. In fact, I have booked a week in the South today. It wasn't planned and it's not really been budgeted, but this weather makes me want to clench my fists constantly. Enjoy Dubai! Dxx

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  2. Rocco Red toe nails and all - you sound ready for Dubai! Dreaming of warm temperatures here - I wore my flip flops out this morning and my toes froze! Now pouring with rain and after yeseterday's hail stones, I now have the heating on and just returned from a walk with Harvey the Hound wearing my Hunters (me not Harvey!)!!!

    Hope you get the laptop issue sorted soon!

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  3. Was just thinking about you tonight & thinkng that you must have already left for Dubai....have a great trip.

    Love the image of Boo running, good for her Xx

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  4. Have a lovely time away...gorgeous swimsuit and earrings :) xxx

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  5. Happy hols Lou and keep those fingers spread !!!! XXXX

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  6. Ooh Dubai...how wonderful. Am excited for you thinking of the packing opportunities! I love updates too...and I agree with so many of yours on this post. I too am off for a pedicure this afternoon - a post dog walking bit of Thursday pampering. And why not! As I read your post I tried spreading my fingers too and marvelled at how good it felt - I love the simple things! Way too much clenching of hands going on here. Enjoy Dubai and can't wait to hear all about it! xxx

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  7. Love these updates, and I hope you're having an amazing trip. Rococo red sounds perfect. Love that your daughter is enjoying the running. Ah yes...letting go and letting go and letting go....

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  8. Great post. Enjoy the sun and love the sound of your red nails. Sleet in Yorkshire today and still in winter gear.

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  9. Dear Lou

    Have a lovely stay in Dubai! Enjoy every minute of your holidays:) warm hug, M .

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  10. Have the most wonderful trip ~ sink your toes in the sand and enjoy the sun on your skin. xo

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  11. Have a great trip just back from the sun and what a tonic it was enjoy.

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