Friday, 28 June 2013

Letter To My Younger Self

Inspired by these.

Dear Jo

Wow, you are 16! At times I know you thought it would take forever to reach that age. When you look back on it in 15 years time, it will sometimes feel like a lifetime ago and at other times it will feel like just last week.

The world is at your feet and you can do anything you want. Don't let people's comments put you off or make you feel like a lesser person. In years to come you will do things that will prove them wrong. Ignore them and stick to your guns.

As you get older the high expectations you have of yourself will become even greater and will sometimes overpower you. Keep focused and channel them wisely. When I think about it now, had I realised you were so motivated and competitive before, you probably could have achieved so much more. But on the flipside, keep everything in perspective and never stop laughing - at yourself, at the world around you and at life in general. 

You will always stay close to home and don't be embarrassed by it. Embrace London and love it.

While home will always stay the same, life will constantly change and you'll make so many lovely friends along the way. You may never have a big group of buddies from one place but you'll have a collection of lots of wonderful people from different aspects of your life who will make you laugh, give you hugs, support you when you need it and fill you with tea and cake. Their husbands, partners, children and family will become a huge and precious part of your world. Love them. Value them.

Paths in life will intertwine and things that happen in the next few years will have a huge impact on the rest of your life. Go with your gut instinct - especially when it comes to your first Saturday job. It will lead to amazing things!

In not too many years from now, you will meet someone very lovely. He will make you so happy. At times life will be tough for you both but look after each other and it will make you stronger. Don't try to change him. He will always be a night owl and never learn to iron. 

Don't leave it until 30 to feel comfortable enough to be yourself. Make sure you do the following sooner rather than later:

  • Start using your gut instinct to live your life. It will often be the right choice and you'll kick yourself afterwards.
  • Go and see Oasis live
  • Start drinking tea - it will make you feel better and goes nicely with cake (a key feature of your adult life)
  • And coffee - although only the good stuff
  • Keep crafting. It seems so uncool now but you'll be a Trendy Wendy come 2008.
  • Wear lots of red. It will make you feel happy.
  • Start collecting Emma Bridgewater china. It will be worth something in years to come.
  • Grow a fringe and keep it. Don't grow/cut, grow/cut. You know it suits you best.
  • Start eating fish again. It's yummy.
  • Wear very silly shoes while you can.
  • Enjoy watching sport. You know you like it, so it's a shame to avoid it because it's not what you think you should be doing. Certain events in 2012 will make it so different.
When you are nearing 30 you will wonder what happened in your 20s and it will at times feel like a lost decade. Don't get despondent. Remember that you had fun and had the opportunity to do so much and it was just part of the big adventure that is life. It will be a rollercoaster time but you will get where you want to be in the end and you'll be all the better person for it.

Love life. Love others. Smile and Laugh. 
You'll discover that these are the secrets to making you happy.

31 year old You.

PS: Don't cry too much when Take That split up. They'll be back and better than ever.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Happy Birthday Mrs Mog

This week Judith Kerr celebrates her 90th birthday. 

For some she is loved for creating tigers who come to tea or writing her story of numerous moves around Europe at the dawn of the Second World War in When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

But I simply love her for creating my favourite storybook-cat, Mog.

Beautiful, naughty, grumpy but loveable Mog. 

Oh, how I wanted her to come and live in my house!
Oh, how I wanted a cat to lick my hair like a tiger!
Oh, how I wanted to feed my cat boiled eggs!

If you didn't grow up enjoying her books and have young children, they are well worth taking a look at. They are a must for cat lovers old and young!

Happy Birthday Judith Kerr!

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Barnaby Bear Goes To The Seaside

Last week was half term and I was lucky enough to have Barnaby Bear stay with us for the week.

If, as a parent, you've not had the pleasure of Barnaby's company, then let me explain. He's a teddy bear used throughout the UK by teachers who want to encourage children to talk about their home experiences at school. Barnaby's usually sent home with a child at the end of the day for either an overnight or weekend adventure. He's also used as a prompt for writing as many teachers ask children to complete a diary of what he does on his visit. 

My placement class teacher decided that he should go home with me for half term - probably as I offered to give him a good wash because he was getting a bit wiffy. I didn't do as much with him as I would have liked (I spent most of the week doing planning and assessment or hibernating trying to recover from a hideous 3 week cold!) but it was nice to take him out for a visit to the seaside last Sunday. 

I've just written my page for Barnaby's special visit book. 

This is what I wrote:

During the May Half Term Holidays, Barnaby Bear came with me to visit the seaside. We went to West Wittering in Sussex and it took a long time to travel there in the car. As it was a very warm, sunny day we made sure we were protected from the sun by putting our sunscreen on. We both put a big dollop on our noses.

First of all we ate a delicious picnic. Barnaby really liked the healthy salads and cherry cake. Then we had a bit of a sleep in the sunshine, before going for a long walk on the beach. We had lots of fun walking on the sand, even though Barnaby said it stuck to his paws and made them feel funny. To get his paws clean again, he had a nice paddle in the sea. He thought it was lots of fun.

 I had a great day with Barnaby Bear. I hope you do too!

Love Mrs D x

Saturday, 1 June 2013

I've Added This Owl

I've added this owl as I've been getting too many email asking me if I want to advertise on my blog. I'm hoping that people will see this and not bother making contact.

I'm not sure why anyone would want to have their advertising on my blog as I don't update it enough and have a big enough readership to make it worth anyone putting adverts on here. I also don't want to have any because I feel like this is my diary and a record of my life and adding some adverts to it would make me feel like someone else had taken it over and I had to answer to them. This is not what PinkCat is about.

If you've also been getting these emails, follow this link and get your own little owl to patrol your precious blogging space.