No telly or internet either for a week which was no bad thing, but when you can't go online it makes you realise how much it's woven into everyday life. I've become such a checker. I never used to be but I am now. If I'm at home it defines my day - morning, lunchtime, when the kids are in bed - I can't just not look at my laptop; anyway it only takes a few minutes to check emails, blogs, comments, eBay, stuff...but it never takes just a few minutes does it. What did I used to do with that time? Do you think that? Anyway it's good to have a break, to have no choice, to remind myself I don't need to endlessly check. Very sensible. Probably won't make the slightest bit of difference.
So it really was full on family time: a break from being apart - no distractions, space to talk and listen, and to think what might be next for all of us. To do a bit of future planning, a bit of dreaming.
A change of scene can make big decisions easier somehow - whether they stick, now we're back, is another thing.
We arrived in France the day before Easter, and luckily the Easter bunny made it too...just! One dodgy moment when our chocolate-laden case exceeded the Ryanair weight allowance limit and nearly cost us an extra £60. Somehow we managed to split it all up among the hand luggage without having to dump any, or the youngest getting suspicious.
And she was pretty pleased with her haul after the Easter treasure hunt..
but what to choose? A little strawberry fondant filled egg?..
or maybe not..
Apart from overdosing on chocolate and cheese, I knitted and crocheted like a dervish and walked every day. As I walked I made the usually holiday inspired resolutions to lose a stone, exercise more, improve my french and find a job. And maybe, just maybe there's a chance of things a changin'...
While we were away I recorded enough material to put together a short radio piece, and hopefully that's what I'll be doing this week, though the kids are still off and the husband's back to weekly commuting, so we'll see.
I'll let you know, and try to work out how to post audio if anyone's interested. Could take me a while!