Monday, 30 August 2021

Weekly Update #141 (One day late but better than never...?)


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Now that's explained, it's on to my weekly recap!

So, I'm back from Scotland and had a lovely time!
The second half of my trip saw us spend some time at the Falkirk Wheel, we visited the Kelpies and had tea and cake, went to Edinburgh and visited the National Museum, Greyfriar's Kirkyard, and Mary King's Close and we went to Edinburgh Zoo.

Wednesday was just driving, driving and more driving to get home... But when we arrived our new flooring was down and it looks awesome!

The downside? Having to do all the re-decoration downstairs. We decided upon arrival that since we have to sand and gloss the skirting boards (which were removed to lay the flooring), it made sense just to re-paint the walls and have a proper freshen up, especially since everything was packed away and the furniture moved upstairs...
Why?! Why did we do that to ourselves?! Two days. Two whole days of three people working flat out to go it all ourselves. I mean, we managed, it looks fantastic, and it was definitely a good call, but it was exhausting. Everything - and I do mean everything including muscles I didn't know existed - hurt by the time we were finished and don't even start me on lugging all the furnishings back into place, unpacking and re-hanging things over the weekend. I also had all the holiday laundry and our curtains to wash.
Fun times... Not.
Anyway, it's done now, the house looks amazing, and I need another holiday to recover from the travelling and the decorating, lol.

Thankfully, today is a bank holiday so I can be a lazy slug and catch up on things... Including posting this a day late!

I'm feeling surprisingly refreshed... Yes, I'm complaining about the amount of effort that went into it all but I think re-freshing the downstairs has given my spirits a boost! Next year, it'll be upstairs' turn.

In other news, I'm back to work this week.
I'm a little nervous as I've been out for 7 weeks? Maybe 8? But it'll be fine... I'll be on a phased return, so part-time hours, for a little while to ease me back in and make sure I'm okay as no one wants me to slip backwards whilst I'm still waiting on the CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) to start. 
I'm going to get super serious here but I can't state enough how appreciative I am of the help that my doctor and the support team at the health centre has given me, and to my employer who has been incredible since I was diagnosed with moderate/severe depression (I was one point off severe but the treatment is the same at that point...). Not to mention my husband and son... I seriously don't know what would have happened without them. Mental health is no joke folks... Especially when you ignore every warning sign and mask all you're feeling until you face-plant the bottom of a deep dark hole and can't actually pretend to be okay anymore. 
Top tip, it's best to pull up and seek help before that point. 😉

Finally, the little dude goes back to school later this week for Y6... Aka his final year of primary school.
This time next year, he'll be starting high school. I mean, wtf? Where did I get a kid this old from? lol
(I have no idea how our school years equate to US high schools but his class is made up of 10/11 yo's and they're 11/12 when they start high school.)
This of course means we have to do the dreaded back to school uniform shop and we still haven't been... And we have only a couple of days left. Ooops. You see, the little dude hates it. The professor hates it. I hate it but am usually the driving force for getting it done... This year? I'm sitting it out for my own sake so it's all on them. They're heading out tomorrow when I go back to work. 
May the odds be ever in their favour. 😈

Just one and it was on a 99p sale. 😊

Still Standing by Kristen Ashley

I've read so little throughout August but I managed to re-read two Mariana Zapata's which seems to have kick-started my drive again: Dear Aaron and From Lukov With Love.

Hope you have a great week all!


  1. Sounds like you had an amazing trip, and how exciting to have so many changes in your home. I know it's a lot of work, but you get to enjoy it for a long time, right? I am glad you were able to get so much support as you work on your mental health. I did in-patient twice and didn't get that kind of support.

  2. So glad you enjoyed your trip to Scotland. Painting walls is the worst! Well done to you for getting it done.

  3. Sounds like you had an amazing trip- and Scotland is on my bucket list of places to go , it sounds wonderful. Glad too that you've gotten so much support. I hope you have a wonderful week and good luck with school!!! :)

  4. Your holiday sounds like a lot of fun! Good luck in your return to work, I'm happy you're starting off part time!

  5. So glad you enjoyed the time away in Scotland! And how nice to come home to new flooring. So good to hear about the needed support you've been getting - both medical and your employer. That's really encouraging. I hope the ease back into work goes smoothly!

  6. What a great trip! It's amazing to get projects done at home but can be trying while it is ongoing. Good luck with the new school year and new work schedule.

    Anne - Books of My Heart