My so called life...

posted on: Thursday, 17 October 2013

The acid test for how motivated I am feeling seems inextricably linked to whether I can be bothered to sort out my house. I wake most mornings now - with my new found freedom - and this thought goes through my head: get something done. All the possibilities of the day stretch ahead and all the best intentions are there. My days used to be peppered with conference calls and the need to develop and plan and lobby in an unforgiving corporate environment, now it's about what I can get done on the home front. That, and dog walks and school pick ups.

A seasoned stay at home mother once said to me: '...there are only so many times you can clean your own house.' and I am starting to understand what she meant. It used to be that there were fewer days in which to regain control over the siege of post and laundry and unmade beds. Now there is time, but, I realise this means repetition and the dark spectre of the mundane! One should find joy in the little things in life, but when you've folded socks and wiped down surfaces for the ga-billionth time, it gets dull. So I subscribe to the view that the house can get messy. All work and no play makes Lou a dull girl.

Meanwhile the cook fest continues - nightly my daughter texts me from the way home from school asking tentatively 'what is for dinner?' Her reply when I told her last night was 'Oh God'...I texted back saying I thought she meant 'Oh GOOD'!! I made this version of Pad Thai; get me. It rocked. My kitchen looked like the crazy chefs from 'The Muppets' had come to stay (see above on messy houses). I sometimes wonder whether it's fair to subject my family to these culinary experiments, should I play safe? But then I figure if they are hungry enough, they'll eat it. And if they don't; there's always cereal before bed. For the record, they did eat it.

On the daily dressing front, I am in a re-visit of my 90's wardrobe. Without me intending it, I have found myself reaching for buttoned shirts and boyish boots, even my husband pointed out this morning that I dressed like this 20 years ago. Funny! All I need now is for Nirvana to play on the radio and to watch re-runs of 'My So Called Life'. I quite like that I look the same but older. I was a gangly, unsure girl in the 90's; I am no longer that girl.

via hello and goodbye
We may finally finally move into the 'next door' part of our house this weekend. We keep referring to it as 'the cottage' which is crazy now as it is now just a selection of rooms at that end of the house; not a separate cottage anymore. New carpets today - nothing like new carpets - the smell of fresh and new.

I go from once a week posts to once a day. Wooooahhhh. I get this occasionally, where I have stuff to say and it's therapy to get it captured. I sense I am also processing some life stuff (as my husband would say: no shit, Sherlock) and so you are the first to hear it. Hope you don't mind ;-)


  1. Am LOVING these daily much.

    Oh god vs Oh good....LOL!!

    I must try the Pad Thai recipe, we are crazy about Thai food in our house :)

  2. I too am loving the daily posts! It's fun to see you pop up in my reader every day. I ebb and flow as usual.

    Cleaning the house....yes I've long since accepted a little mess, although my approach is still to do just a little bit every day so I never feel like I have to spend a whole day cleaning. I also try to do something each day just for me. Whether it's a yoga class, or coffee with a friend, or reading a book...I still need the 'me' time. The cooking...yes I'm there too, and while I do stick to favorites often, I also like mixing it up and trying new things. It's good for them, I tell myself. :-) Good luck with the renovation and the moving and settling in - what a fun project!

    I'll look forward to seeing what you have to say tomorrow! ;-)

  3. Daily posts, Pad Thai, My So Called Life, the smell of new carpets? All good...keep it coming! xx

  4. I have been loving your posts and finally getting on to leave you some words. I LOVE your new blog look ~ it is clean ~ fresh ~ uncluttered ~ I just love it. Pad Thai is a staple here but I cheat and use a bottled sauce that is delish and easy for me to throw together after work. Happy weekend Lou ~ cannot wait to see pics of the cottage xo

  5. Great writing style, put over delightfully! x

  6. I've just caught up on all the daily posts and I AM LOVING THEM!! lou omg. your life is sounding exactly the way it should be. so much newness, happiness, openness (my dad would love the fact that you are subjecting the fam to experimental recipes - that pad thai looks amazinggggg :) ), so many possibilities, and soo much amazingness. the renovations sound like they are coming along so well. i picture your country house to be the combination of every single thing that i love about england. if george and i were to stay in england i think we would end up living very similar lives to you guys. we love your style of england so much! im missing it (especially after i've just had a massive downton marathon)!
    thank you so much for the loveliest words about our WTCT venture. it's been so so much fun and makes it even funner having my dad on board seeing him so inspired/excited and happy. so much fun that we have become a team!
    hoping you're having a great week so far lou :)

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  8. I think I'll forever be a 90s girl. I just bought some plaid flannels today. Now, all I need is a chunky pair of boots to go with.