Working from home with kids around

The initial strangeness of working from a home office again has worn off and I’ve settled into a routine which is going pretty well. I’m at my desk around 8.30 having already drunk the first coffee of the day (which is kindly delivered to my bedside table), read Morning Prayer, skimmed the news, showered and…

Mother’s Day 2020

It obviously felt different this year, but this Mother’s Day had the same basic elements as the last 16 for me. Breakfast in bed and presents, Mass (albeit watched on a TV screen), and catching up with both my mum and mother-in-law at some point. Saturday was nice too, I spent a lot of it…

Staying safe and sane in lockdown with kids at home

I know that these are seriously looking like the end times, what with the plagues and pandemic and bushfires and floods and now – why not?  Fresh confirmation from the Pentagon that UFOs are a thing. But I have to admit that, bunkered here in the suburbs with my husband and five kids aged 7-16, I’ve been enjoying this time of widespread lockdown much…

Six weeks into lockdown

On Monday I got back to work (from home) after nearly two week’s break over Easter. My husband and I have now been doing the lock down thing for six weeks, the teenagers for five weeks, the primary schoolers for four. Next week the schools our kids will start a return to face-to-face classes, with…