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Where did the time go?

2017 seems to be going past so quickly, we're already in June and a week away from Glastonbury! Everything has been so hectic this year that I've not really had a break, and Anna has been busy helping out with the election too. I'd quite like life to be a bit less interesting and slow paced for a while. I have a persistent calf injury which is really bothering me now. It's not affecting my cycling, but that's mainly because I've either not got times or I'm too tired to go for a ride at the moment. It seems that I'm always suffering with one injury or another just before Glastonbury. I'll have to get a support or brace or something to make sure I'm still mobile. I've been out two of the past three weekends, catching up with friends in London. It was great to catch up with people but there's a reason those were my first two days out in many months, I'm too old for all day drinking now! Half term was very busy as Kitty had a ballet show…

Anxious

My mood seems to be up and down at the moment. I'm so fed up with politics and the constant "strong and stable" nonsense. I'm trying to block it all out as I know I can't affect it in any way (we live in a safe Tory seat). I've also not been sleeping well this week which means I've not been coping well with life. I'm glad it's the weekend now and work is finished with! Hopefully the weekend will be quieter and I can actually relax, but I wouldn't put any money on it. My legs have been holding out and I've been on a few rides over the last couple of weeks. Last week I cycled 58km which is the longest I've managed since September 2015. I ached afterwards but it felt good! Hopefully I can build up something kind of fitness base again. Last weekend Nicky and Kitty took part in a capoeira festival, and both of them moved up to a yellow cord. It was great to see how much more confident they have become since starting, and it was also great w…

Nicky's mascot experience

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Nicky has been collecting Match Attax cards for a while now. Despite previously only showing a limited interest in football, he's now become very interested in it and we've been to see Southend play three times (each time he's been, Southend have scored three goals and won). With each pack of Match Attax you get a "Pro 11" card featuring a code which you can enter online and unlock digital cards to use online. The Champions League versions of these cards offer entry into a competition to be a mascot for a Champions League game. Nicky kept pestering me to enter these codes online, saying that he might win the star prize. As a cynical 36-year-old (the biggest prize I ever won was a set of Play-Doh from a local newspaper) I let him enter the codes, but told him that he was almost certainly not going to win anything.

So much to my surprise, a couple of weeks ago (the day we were traveling to Clacton) I got an email from Topps (the company who make Match Attax) with t…

Clacton

We took the caravan up to Clacton for a long weekend to make sure it was ready for Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight. The weather was kind to us - we had sun practically all weekend and no rain, so no need to dry out the awning afterwards! The caravan is mostly OK, there is a leak from one of the waste pipes which needs fixing but it shouldn't be too difficult. I still don't like towing a caravan but I seem to be getting the hang of it, or at least not feeling quite so anxious whilst doing it.

The kids had a good time and enjoyed the entertainment in the evenings. We went to Walton-on-the-Naze one day and spent a little time on the beach, before finally getting to fly Rory's kite that he bought from Blackgang Chine last summer! It made a nice change to fly a kite that actually worked, usually they seem to have a mind of their own and just spin out of control but this one worked pretty well.

On Saturday I went for my first run in about a decade! I was surprised by how far I…

Worn out

I wonder how many of my blog entries are synonyms for "tired". It never seems to end! Anna has been unwell since last week, Kitty and Rory were unwell before that and Kitty was unwell again this weekend. I never seem to have enough time or energy to get everything done.

On the plus side, my hamstrings eventually healed up enough for me to go on a bike ride. I've managed three rides since and they're still a little sore but mostly better. The weather is getting nicer but the wind is still blowing away, it's quite depressing having to cycle home into a 15-20mph headwind when you're unfit!

We've got our holiday to the Isle of Wight booked again for the summer, and we're probably heading up to Clacton soon to make sure the caravan is OK and ready to go for Glastonbury. It'll be nice to have a holiday, even if it is only Clacton, I could do with a break.

I've finally managed to set up the Raspberry Pi to allow me and Nicky to play with circuits. So…

Frustrated

It seems like spring is finally on the way, and Nicky has been asking to buy a football so we got one today and went for a kickabout down the park. After only five minutes I managed to pull my hamstring. Now I remember why I don't play football any more! It's particularly frustrating because I've been feeling fairly positive about my fitness recently. This week I cycled over 100km for the first time since May 2015 and had been looking forward to getting fit again. I had even been thinking about doing a super sprint triathlon this summer! Hopefully it'll heal quickly and I can cycle again in a few days. Other than that, things are going fairly well. I could always do with more sleep but the kids will leave home in a decade or so(!) I've been looking longingly at the Nintendo Switch and especially the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The reviews for it look awesome and I could actually afford to get one, but as I only recently got a PS3 and have a backlog of game…

Panic

I've not been feeling great the last few days - I'm not sure what's caused it but I've been very anxious. I think one thing that would help is a "normal" week - this week has been different again as it was Kitty's birthday on Tuesday and she had a party, so we had to tidy the house and get everything ready, then I had to take the two boys out for the evening so they wouldn't interrupt! It's not been anything extreme but for some reason I'm just finding it difficult to cope at the moment. It's difficult to believe Kitty is 6! They are growing up so quickly. I'm finding parenting easier as they get older but then you have to start worrying about new and different things! I've managed a couple of rides this week which temporarily improved my mood. I would have gone out yesterday but Storm Doris had other ideas! It was bad enough on Wednesday with 20mph gusts, although riding with a tailwind is always fun. I've bought a Raspberry P…