The future father of my children…is going to be a Dad :D

22 10 2013

baby news

Due 3rd May 2014


The future father of my children…bought me flowers

16 10 2013

Flowers 1

Not known for being a “romantic” as such FFOMC arrived home last week with a beautiful bunch of flowers for me “just because”.

He chose my favourite colour purple teamed with lovely pinks and whites.

In addition to making me feel very spoiled, this has earned him about a zillion husband points.

Get Well Soon

14 10 2013


This week my thoughts have been with dearest Jane. She is poorly again and I am really missing her at work.

I am not alone.

She is an inspirational and much loved character who has touched many lives at school and her absence has left a gaping hole.

I am wishing her a speedy recovery and although it would be selfish in the extreme to wish her a quick return to work when she needs time to rest and recover – being a “trying” patient and a self confessed workaholic I know she is eager to return as soon as possible.

Get well soon JER – you are dearly missed.

Lop-sided pigtails and wonky glasses

5 10 2013


Last week something very unusual happened to me – I was sent home sick from my Saturday job.

I returned today feeling a little bit grotty and exhausted from a tiring week at school.

By my last class of the day I was already longing for home when I sat in front of the beaming faces of the 4-6year old group.

They squirmed sitting on the floor in front of me struggling to contain their excitement about regaling me with updates of their busy social schedules. I was about to call time on the “news” section of my lesson when I selected a little girl with the most serious  expression possible, contrasting with the fabulously lop-sided pigtails and wonky glasses that kept sliding down her nose forcing her to push them back into position every few minutes.

I have a soft spot for this type of child because I myself was once one of them. I could not compete with the pristine, blond haired, blued eyed girls whose mothers knew how to tease their hair into an immaculate French braid every morning, I was always a little unpolished, but like the little girl in front of me this afternoon I was very earnest.

When the rest of the group had finally settled and stopped what appeared to be attempts to polish to floor with their bottoms, she spoke.

“I just wanted to say that I am so glad you are better. We missed you so much. I love Drama; it’s my favourite because you’re the teacher.”

I only had a second to well up before 12 little 4-6 year old bodies launched themselves at me for a group hug to show their appreciation.

For the remainder of the lesson I did not feel the slightest bit grotty and wore a massive massive smile.


Help my ears are bleeding!

2 10 2013

bleeding ears

Every so often I do a ring round of family back in Northern Ireland for a bit of a catch up. Tonight was devoted to some long overdue chats with Mommy, and my two little sisters. Even FFOMC took time out for a brief hello to each of them, despite his dislike of the phone.

Amazing as it is to touch base and get all the gossip, these catch-ups do come with some unpleasant side affects.

My head is splitting, my ears are ringing and my sides are sore from the giggling, screaming and general lack of moderation or volume control. FFOMC also looks a tad shell shocked and may be experiencing mild tinnitus.

We have been forced to conclude that my family carries some obsure “part witch” DNA strand causing high pitched cackling when the coven convenes. Wish I had the magic wand to accompany this genetic quirk but at least I have great family with whom I enjoy terrific craic.


The future father of my children…did not have man flu

2 10 2013


Last week I posted about the trials and tribulations of dealing with a partner suffering from “man flu”.

By the weekend it became clear that FFOMC’s symptoms where a lot more serious than initial observation suggested. He was in a bit of a bad way and at one point it looked like he may not even make it into work – I cannot stress enough how rare it is for him to need time off.

I wish to offer a sincere and full public apology for doubting him in his time of need and withholding much needed sympathy for my bed ridden partner.

You will be relieved to know that he is now fully recovered and back to his normal self.

The future father of my children…has Man Flu

26 09 2013

Man Flu

After a very successful open evening I returned home at the unreasonably late time of 9:30pm to discover FFOMC flat on his back on the sofa, nose streaming, eyes puffy and showing all the symptoms of man flu.

As any woman who has ever had to put up with this condition will know – the symptoms go way beyond a sniffle, temperature and slightly raised temperature. In fact according to the great little chart I discovered online, only 2% of the time spent by the sufferer are devoted to experiencing flu like symptoms.

A further 17% of the time spent suffering this condition is devoted to the incessant groaning and writhing of a man suffering. This is an important element as it guarantees that the woman in said man’s life will not have a moment when she can forget that her beloved is feeling poorly. Of course any acknowledgement by the woman of the groaning and writhing will lead naturally to the16% of a typical man flu when the man immerses himself in the process of describing the symptoms in detail, down to colour and consistency of mucus, scratchiness of the throat and suggestions of the favoured brand of ice cream that is believed may help alleviate the symptoms.

Now that the woman is fully in the picture of the gravity of the situation and the high risk of an early demise that accompanies the condition she is of course obliged to  address the 25%  of the man’s time demanding sympathy.

As FFOMC has sadly had man flu before and I have had an extremely long day at school resulting in a lower tolerance threshold than usual, I am going to bed enabling him to treat his ailment by taking up residence in front of the TV.

Good night all – I wish you good health and the absence of man flu in your own homes – but beware, I understand it is VERY CONTAGIOUS.