The trick to managing a really busy schedule, is to make sure there are plenty of fun things in there. Last week Jane and I had a work day lunch at the Pot 'n' Kettle. I had just given a talk in a really hot hall, so it was lovely to sit down with coffee and fritters for a good chat.
A few weeks ago, Steve and Jane invited us over for a last minute pizza night. They had bought some terracotta tiles for their BBQ, and were testing them out as pizza stones. They worked a treat and I was inspired to make sourdough pizza bases as I had only ever made pizza with Lebanese bread or bought bases. So easy, so good, I'm never going back!
After a family trial run, we had all the Listers over last night and had a pizza, bread, cheese and red wine night. Awesome stuff.
This morning I am listening to the whirr of the washing machine as Bethany flaps about in excitement for her friend to come over, Toby is at tennis, and Joss, newly without braces, is at the first day of her first job. She is working two hours every Saturday morning at ABC Radio, a perfect job for a heavily sports committed, doing journalism at school, student!
I'll leave to pick her up soon and am thinking that a hot chocolate at the Old Empire Tea Rooms, practically next door, might be just the right celebration. I could get a coffee in my new keep cup......