#100happydays.3

This one sat in my draft folder for the whole of drama school term 3, during which I had zero minutes free per day for 100happydays. I’ll pick it up again now I’m on holiday…

Day 27 #100happydays

What Gabi and I did on Sunday morning.

Day 28 #100happydays

Sunny school run and early morning piano practice.

Day 29 #100happydays

Another day off, another sunny walk in South Hampstead.

Day 30 #100happydays

Feeling down so took myself to the Garden Café to cheer myself up.

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Day 31 #100happydays

An impromptu dash to the Garden Café  with these two monkeys to escape the hail shower.

Day 32 #100happydays

With the fabulous Teal Swan at the Mind Body Spirit Festival workshop.

Day 33 #100happydays

Celebrating Orthodox Easter at a wonderful Romanian restaurant, Crystals Of London.

Day 34 #100happydays

Little trip to the London Transport Museum this morning.

Day 35 #100happydays

Not much better than a pile of new books and time to read them. Nailed Oresteia in one sitting in Foyles’ café. ✔️💪🏻

 

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13 more days of #100happydays posts mostly to cheer myself up when I’m having a shitty day but feel free to read it too, if you like that kind of thing…

Day 14 #100happydays

My boys running into Daddy’s outstretched arms after a 3 week separation!❤

 Day 15 #100happydays

Bit late but yesterday’s Day 15 ‪#‎100happydays‬ has to be standing tickets right at the front for MUSE at O2 Arena!!! They were unbelievable!

Day 16 #100happydays

My Daddy’s birthday! Happy Birthday Mervyn Mouse. Love You Forever. 

Day 17 #100happydays

Forgot to take a photo so have to steal one for Day 17 ‪#‎100happydays‬. Remus’ great recital at Royal Academy of Music today as part of the Menuhin Competition. Then lots of nice wine 🙂

Day 18 #100happydays

An amazing steak at The Wells Tavern, Hampstead for my Dad’s birthday.

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Day 19 #100happydays

Remus’ masterclass at The Menhuin Competition at the Royal Academy of Music, followed by lunch with the man himself. Then my amazing Autism Awareness bracelet from Stella and Dot turned up. Thank you so much Lucy Hartley it’s great!

Day 20 #100happydays

Skipped a day but here is two days’ worth of happiness to make up for it!

Day 21 #100happydays

Kids at school, husband on Oxford St. Peace and quiet to study. With white wine and cappuccino. ‪#‎yatmalmgren‬‪ #‎movementpsychology‬ ‪#‎geekalert‬ ‪#‎actor‬

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Day 22 #100happydays

Doing maths homework in Wendy’s garden listening to Luci inside in his first cello group. He did great 🙂

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Day 23 #100happydays

Another flower picked from the garden for me by my soft-hearted boy and cuddles in bed watching endless episodes of The Big Bang Theory (Gabi recognise himself in Sheldon and says I’m like Penny! 😂)

Day 24 #100happydays

What is that golden round orb in the sky? I love it! Haircut and a walk in the sun.

Day 25 #100happydays

Finished filing the tax receipts, an end of school week treat at Yo Sushi followed by mămăliguţă şi cârnaţi cu brânză şi smântână! (That’s sausages, polenta, cheese and soured cream to half of you, probably) 🙂

Day 26 #100happydays

Cello lessons and chocolate cake.

Coffee Art in Cornwall 3.0

I wasn’t at my parents place that long this time and Mr. Barista (my Dad) with the coffee-art skills was off out early to golf a couple of days so I had to attempt to make my own. The ‘A’ was mine and the next day I attempted a ‘C’, slipped and ended up with a euro sign so I didn’t bother to photograph that. This chocolate powder stuff is tricky, I fully understand why they have those stencils in Costa and Starbucks. Here’s my very poor ‘A’ and my Dad’s ones. Bless his patience!

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My first 13 #100happydays posts, all in one place…

Day 13 #100happydays

A last visit to the beach with this boy.

Day 12 #100happydays

Prosecco and lemonade at The Llawnroc Hotel with all my favourite peeps, bar one.

Day 11 #100happydays

Happiness is a flower from my boy.

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Day 10 #100happydays

My favourite small people, homemade cappuccino and Cornish skies.

Day 9 #100happydays

Sunny Cornwall! ♥️ My Boys ♥️

Day 8 #100happydays

♥️♥️♥️ REUNITED!!! ♥️♥️♥️

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Day 7 #100happydays

Feeling pretty proud of myself. Both boys’ rooms cleaned and tidied, with love, ready for them coming back home next week. Can’t wait to join them in Cornwall tomorrow. Been a long 10 days.

Day 6 #100happydays

Like an idiot I forgot to take a photo today, but I had a lovely dinner out at Cafè Rouge with the husband and got a free glass of wine.

Day 5 #100happydays

A few hours late… Remus played a stonking performance of Brahms Concerto last night in Bucharest on an amazing Strad! While I was in London rehearsing Chekov’s Three Sisters at school. Thanks to Roza Zah for the photo.

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Day 4 #100happydays

Didn’t catch a photo of it but saw a fire rainbow in the clouds this morning. And as much as we are phenomenally behind and got shouted at a lot all day, I love playing Natasha in Chekov’s ‘Three Sisters’ as well and am really grateful to have the chance to be studying what I really love to do.

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Day 3 #100happydays

My 100happydays Day 3 moment was hearing my sons’ voices on the phone. I miss them so much. ♥️

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Day 2 #100happydays

A fun little acting job for Thom Hoffman and a walk in my favourite street in London this morning.

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Accidents and Chocolate Cake

Before getting a little emotional on Friday before my last school pick-up for a long time (as my postgrad acting course at GFCA starts tomorrow – eeek!) I made sure to enjoy my last free day alone with both boys at school. I slept in, took a long walk in the sun and had a late lunch and prosecco.

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I got a little emotional thinking that I won’t be able to pick the boys up from school myself now until December, their last week of term, when my term has finished. But then, I get to drop them off, and I remembered why I’m doing this and that I’ve been at their beck and call pretty much for six years, so I think it’s time!

I really wanted to make the most of this last chilled weekend, though before the madness starts, so we had a lie-in on Saturday and I took them to the amazing Sheriff Centre Hullaballoo soft-play in West Hampstead. It’s the most amazing place, with soft play for under 2s (£2) and over 2s (£4). They get to stay in for ages, if it’s not busy I don’t think they ever kick you out! It is a huge converted church (actually still used in part as a church) but with a post office inside, sofas, free books and games to borrow, so you can sit and enjoy yourself while still keeping an eye on the kids and the café not only does coffee and nice food but also WINE and beer!! Plus the people there are lovely. In other words, it’s just heaven to a knackered parent like me. I would literally live there all the time if it were possible. They serve their tea in proper vintage, mismatched china and before my wine I had lovely porridge with cinnamon and honey.

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Unfortunately, two hours killing themselves in the soft-play is not enough to tire out my insane kids, so I put them in the garden to play and regretted it after both of them fell off the garden wall, one after the other. Luci first, nosedived headfirst off the wall, god knows how, and yelled in that way that even the most lazy, unsympathetic parent (me) uncharacteristically bombs it down the stairs immediately to see what’s wrong. He had a huge shiner on his forehead but 10 minutes of icepack and a cuddle later he was perfectly happy to sit in bed and watch Team Umizoomi. So I started dinner… 5 minutes later, Gabs runs in and falls dramatically on the floor, bent double. “Go to the toilet!” I cried, misreading his bending double. Then I noticed his weird breathing and crying: “I’m injured! You have to call an ambulance!” he cried, dramatically. I’m not inclined to panic but I did get a bit shaky when I noticed the colour drain from his face and his lips start to turn blue. He had scraped the whole side of his body and was clearly in shock. I panicked and got Remus out of his teaching room, when he started to say, “I’m tired” and go all floppy, I was starting to think I should set off the to hospital, but then we tried the magic, “How Serious Is It?” litmus test. We offered him his Samsung tablet to play some minecraft in bed. It works every time. If he wants the tablet, he’s fine and it’s a non-emergency. If he says no, it’s super-serious. So we gave him some calpol and water and checked on him and eventually he got some colour back and Mummy had a medicinal brandy (yucky cheap stuff I use for baking, but needs must!)

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Today, Sunday, I had to teach and say goodbye to some lovely violin students who I won’t have time for anymore but who I have grown very attached to.😦 Curiously, absolutely everyone today needed work on something major on either hand and I ended up photographing everyone’s progress so they can refer back as they practise. I am keeping my smallest pupils on, who I will teach at 8:30 on a Sunday morning for as long as I can manage it. I so love my pupils. Teaching will always be something I want to do.

I also taught my Gabs, trying to help him get used to his new 1/4 size violin, which he’s finding a bit traumatic – Aspies don’t like change! I also cleaned the kitchen floor, made popcorn and a chocolate cake and a risotto and got Gabs to complete his homework. I was on fire today!

My crowning achievement was definitely the chocolate cake made as a treat for my amazing boys to say thank you for supporting me in pursuing my dreams and my new acting course! G for Gabs, R for Remus, L for Luci…

In the absence of letter cutters, I had to make templates with greaseproof paper. It didn’t work particularly well. If anyone is reading this and wants to buy me R, G & L and heart-shaped cookie cutters for Christmas I wouldn’t turn them down.

Gabs helped me decorate.

I’m not sure if they liked it…

This may be the last blog I have time to write until Christmas… I don’t know. Maybe I will have time to write a bit about the course but I wouldn’t bank on it. Any post will be a bonus! So have a wonderful Autumn, all and see you in December, if not before!