Is summer here? Other than a rainy fit yesterday it has been suspiciously sunny in these parts. I’ve been so consumed by getting everything finished at home and work before the due date that I sort of forgot it might be on its way…quite a nice surprise as it turns out. Thus far week 2 of my maternity leave has been more chilled out than week 1 – probably because the house is now very clean and tidy and most of the ‘to do’s’ have been done. Due to the mank weather yesterday I didn’t leave the house and was rewarded with a banging headache. This always happens if I stay in all day (must make note to self not to do this again unless strictly necessary).
Today I tramped back down to the library to return two of the books I borrowed and borrowed some more. I am now gripped by The 19th Wife by Davcid Ebershoff. I don’t know why I haven’t read it up until now (I kept seeing it everywhere) but I’m glad I didn’t because it has been just the ticket. I also went out for coffee with my friend and her 5 week old baby and sat by the sea in the sunshine. Much better than sitting at my desk staring at a computer screen which is what I’d usually be doing at midday on a Monday! Then, in a distinctly unbudget friendly fashion, I decided we needed to go out for dinner. What can I say? The sun was out and it won’t be long before randomly going out will be off the cards.
One good bit of budget friendly action took place over the weekend – we managed to find a chair for the nursery. I had kind of given up trying to find anything as the room is so small (basically a large box room) and then we saw a chair in the window of a shop in our nearest city. It is actually meant for the garden but is perfect as it is very narrow (essential!), has arms, is surprisingly comfortable and also rocks (literally). I did wonder if it might not be upright enough but I’m sure a big fat cushion will fix that. Best of all it only cost £29. They didn’t have any left ready to take away so we are having it sent to us by courier for £5 which I thought was a bit of a bargain considering it would have cost us way more than that in petrol and parking to go and collect it when their delivery arrives. Thus I think just about all of the pre-baby purchases have been done. Apart from hiring a TENS machine which I still can’t make up my mind whether to go for or not. Hmmm….