Just my two cents

Snapshot of a Woman in Denial – Office Mum – Parents Article

“This week is crazy,” I said to my husband. “It’ll calm down next week,” he said, and I nodded. “Who are you kidding,” said the little voice inside my head. “You’ve been saying it’ll calm down next week since 2007, and it still hasn’t.” This is true. I’ve even blogged about it before I think (here) and I’ve been thinking about it for a lot longer than that, but then again, if we can’t pretend to ourselves that it’ll calm…

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November Rain – Office Mum – Parents Article

I am glum. I have no excuse. No reason to be glum. I mean, yes, it’s been raining for 457 days solid now, so that might have something to do with it. This morning, for the first time this week, we could walk to school again. Such joy in that walk. And then back came the rain, like someone turning on the tap mid-morning, just when we’d started to get used to this new, semi-dry meteorological miracle. It’s all a bit November-y…

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On Talent – Office Mum – Parents Article

One day, when I was eight, my teacher asked each of us to stand up and sing solo, one by one. I still remember the fear, standing up to sing the song. And I still remember the sting of humiliation when the girl beside me burst out laughing at my terrible singing. I still remember resenting Ms Garvey for making me do it. And I don’t think I’ve sung on my own in public since.   Oh, I’ll belt out American Pie at…

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Be Careful What You Wish For – Office Mum – Parents Article

Back at the turn of the century (the turn of this one I mean, I’m not here since the 1900s, despite what my kids think) I was working in my first job, and at the time, there was a preoccupation with productivity. Predicting it. Measuring it. Improving it. You can’t manage what you can’t measure, all of that. We were designing productivity sheets, and coming up with complicated formulae for tracking work done versus expected output. (You’ve fallen asleep now,…

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Tell them the one about the fish – Office Mum – Parents Article

It was eleven o’clock on Sunday morning, and we’d been chatting to and entertained by our hosts, Jean and Dónal, for about an hour at that stage. We’d only met Dónal that morning but we’d meet Jean two days earlier when we’d arrived in her Airbnb in Ballybunion. She had welcomed us like old friends, although having said that, even old friends don’t get homemade scones with cream and jam in my house (sorry, old friends). And by the time we headed out…

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Snapshot of a woman in a house – Office Mum – Parents Article

After 18 months of searching, fourteen thousand buckets of tears when we walked away from our old house, seven nail-biting weeks from “sale agreed” to “here are the keys”, and a month of almost-done refurbishment, we’re finally in our new house. And it’s bliss. Except for all the things that aren’t working yet, like the oven, the extractor fan, the microwave, the washing machine, the dryer, and the freezer. But it doesn’t matter, because we’re in! So here’s a snapshot of…

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Glue in my head (medical term: hayfever) – Office Mum – Parents Article

I can’t think straight. I can’t breathe. I feel like someone has poured glue inside my head. And the thing is, it’s not “someone” who did it, it’s me. My own dumbass system, over-reacting to pollen – producing histamine because it thinks it’s under attack. “You’re not under attack, dumbass,” I tell my insides every day, but they can’t hear me, because they’re covered in glue. (As you can see, I’m cross.) I’ve been getting hayfver since I was twenty-five…

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