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All I want for Christmas this year are some energy efficient, time saving, nice looking appliances. No really!

Last year Roy bought me a steamer mop and an air-fryer and I was thrilled. Christmas isn’t about being bought swanky gifts, of course it isn’t. Christmas is about the kids, about traditions and fun and food and family. That said, if someone wants to buy me something a bit special who am I to argue?

If I had the choice of three appliances this year I would go for…

  1. A Brand Spanking New Microwave
    When my last microwave gave up the ghost I vowed not to buy another. I cook from scratch anyway so why would I need one? I still haven’t bought one and it has been six months now. I don’t need a new microwave, I want I’m not a ready meal fan but the magic that is a reheated cuppa after you’ve left it go cold when in the office, the wonder that are scrambled eggs in three minutes with no pan to scrape clean and the pure genius that is the singing turnip all encourage me to have a new one.
    *Yes, you can microwave a whole turnip (takes anywhere from 14-21 minutes) whole without being pierced, peeled or chopped. You are welcome.
  2. Some Swanky Home Phones
    I use the phone a lot as I work from home full time. We have one handset and our brand of phone is a supermarket value one. I’m all for supermarket value ranges however I have to say that when this one is off the cradle for more than half an hour it beeps loudly and most annoyingly then dies. Besides, the digital display on ours has had it so I can’t work out who are clients and who want to sell me a kidney or reclaim my PPI insurance until I answer. Clearly I need some proper digital DECT phones for my sanity’s sake.
  3. A Really Good Fan
    Yes I am aware that it is November, that it is gloves and hats weather and that we could be expecting snow and ice any minute now. The fact of the matter is my children broke me. Since I was pregnant with Kieran in 2006 my internal thermostat has had a mind of its own. Our bedroom window is open all year round (with a safety catch thanks for any would-be burglars reading) during the night and I have a fan by my side of the bed. I easily overheat so the fan is a must for a good sleep. Roy’s inner thermostat is broken now too however that is more due to me forcing it to bend to my will so it would stop him complaining of the sub-zero temperatures.

Am I the only one shunning jewellery, chocolates, Apple products and the like and secretly hoping for white goods and electricals which will be useful, helpful and much loved throughout the year or are there others like me roaming the internet looking for deals?

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Between the beginning of November and my last day of work before Christmas (19th December) work cranks up in such a way that it makes my head spin. I love getting my teeth stuck in and ticking item after item off the to-do list, only for it to be replaced with two additional ones, but jeez are these 7 weeks full on!

Thankfully Roy and the boys are utterly fabulous about it. The kids come first obviously but they know that if I need to sneak off on a Saturday to work that it’s because it’s that busy time again and besides, they have great fun with Daddy.

Roy is a superman. He works a minimum of 45 hours a week himself (usually many more) and yet he knows my 70hr+ weeks are fierce and so he does everything he can to smooth things around me. Believe me, when you are drowning in words and can’t remember the last time you slept for more than four hours in a run a surprise cuppa, cuddle and a few words of encouragement are like sunshine on a miserable day.

So why do I do it? Every year I take off three weeks for Christmas. I adore Christmas, it is a magical time and to be honest the promise of those three weeks pretty much gets me through the rest of the busy year. Work is steady all year however winter is a naturally busy (nuts) time work-wise for me though I have to say that those three magical weeks are all the sweeter for it. I work like a daft thing during this period so that I can finish everything, so I can clear the diary and enjoy a wonderful break knowing that my clients are taken care of and everything is in place for the new year.

Why am I writing this post? To explain (not apologise) that I’ll be AWOL for the next few weeks. I won’t be able to meet up for coffee, enjoy long chatty telephone calls with pals, and I might be ever so slightly grumpy on and off.  The free time I do have will be family time and sleeping time.

Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do and wouldn’t change a thing; people just need to know that I’ll be tapping into my inner bitch a little more in the near future :)


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