No-FOMO – the stuff I’m not missing

Cheltenham - Office Mum

Some friends of mine are meeting for dinner on Friday, and I can't go. The pull to cancel my plans in order to join them is strong - hovering at the fringes of my mind ever since I saw the email. I'll resist, but I'll be wondering if it's a good night, if they'll be ...

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Office Mum: smartphone

Standing in the queue for a sandwich at lunch-time, I notice that everyone is looking at their phones. I don't mean that I just noticed this today - it's the same every day. I stand in the queue, looking at people looking at their phones, wondering idly what they used to do before they had smart-phones. Then I wonder ...

International Women’s Day – don’t forget the good stuff

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Just like poetry and jazz (International Jazz Day and World Poetry Day really do exist) women have a dedicated day each year to champion our cause - this is in spite of making up 50% of the population. And no doubt we still need it. Maybe there will be a time in the future when people wonder why we have ...

socially downcast (the online habit that’s hard to break)

I check my phone - the top bar is lit up with little symbols that meant nothing two years ago but mean a little more than they should right now. A tiny bird that tells me someone on Twitter is talking to me. A familiar "F" to indicate that someone on Facebook is tagging me or commenting ...

Never tweet your heroes: part II

So I’ve learned two important things since writing the below post last April – it’s a story about tripping over a laundry basket and spraining my finger, being unable to drive and therefore taking a bus to work. This gave me some unexpected time for browsing Facebook and Twitter on my phone, leading to a severe ...

my so-called lie-in

My husband and I don't do weekend lie-ins on alternate days, though I know lots of people who do. For us it just hasn't worked well for lots of reasons, not in the least because I'm a very light sleeper, so it's not a given that my lie-in would include much actual sleeping. Especially when the ...

confession

This is not a light, self-deprecating, jokey post - I really lost it with my five year old today, and I'm feeling bad about it. I shouted at her, marched her up the stairs, and told her that she wasn't going to the party that she was invited to this afternoon. Of course within minutes, or ...

Never tweet your heroes…

It started on Monday morning when rushing around getting ready for work, I tripped over a basket of clean washing (it was clean, somehow that matters) and sprained my finger. Just my little finger on my left hand, but oh my, the pain, and oh goodness, the ramifications. I couldn't type so work was extraordinarily unproductive ...