I always associate podcasts with smart people. Smarter than me people, anyway. I'm lucky - somehow a lot of smarter than me people are generous enough to be my friends. I'm glad. They're really helpful in expanding my gaze at the world. They are fonts of wisdom when it comes to what's big, what's new, … Continue reading What to do during lockdown… Part 1 – Podcasts
Yesterday a lovely colleague texted 'hahahahaha oh my god that's so dramatic' in response to one of my Coronavirus related messages. She was totally right, to be fair. However, I've just been to the adhoc school 'break up' park play session with a load of the mothers who keep me on an even keel most … Continue reading What Coronavirus means for Gen-Xers and our younger siblings – the much preferred (by our parents, anyway) Xennials…
A Sophie’s Voice tradition – the annual commemoration of Child 2’s arrival.
It’s Beatles Day. I live just off Penny Lane – and have done, on and off, for nearly 23 years. I used to love The Beatles. I still love Penny Lane. I love the bakery where I buy my pastries. I love the corner shop (that isn’t on the corner) where I buy the milk. I love the pub where we get Saturday lunch occasionally. I loved the Washerama when I didn’t have a machine and it was still open. I love the giraffe statues my children admire on the walk to school. It’s really pretty fantastic.
However, due to constant exposure to the Fab Four, I never choose to listen to their music. What’s the point? It’s shoved into my ears constantly anyway.
Except this song…it’s too beautiful to ignore. In fact, it’s almost perfect. I sang it to my youngest daughter at seventeen minutes past midnight on the…
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I served a Muslim woman and her daughter at work today. They come in a lot so we know them well - the daughter's kids are always gutted that our gummy sweets aren't halal... But we just got new vegan ones so I let them know and they were so excited. It was such a … Continue reading ‘Happy Holidays’ is just good manners…
Occasionally I suffer from depression. That's enough about that - I'm British so I don't dwell whilst the dark passenger isn't riding my coattails. Anyway, it tends to make me rather zealous about holidays. All holidays - I don't discriminate. They all have a meaning and a purpose so they're all equally important. I'm not … Continue reading A quick word about holiday sweaters…
4 years ago I was much better organised around the holiday season and I was a regular Blogmas contributor. Here’s my first ever Blogmas post for Sophie’s Voice – when this incarnation of my blog was just about to celebrate its second birthday. Merry Christmas, everyone.
When somebody asks you to write a post about five likes and / or dislikes, you think ‘easy’. Then you sit back and…
Seriously, I know that I overthink everything but this has really taught me about myself. Specifically that I’m quite possibly completely incapable of focus.
Pomeranian dogs – I’m not going to apologise for this. They’re cheery. There isn’t enough cheery about.
Seafood – most of it anyway. Mainly I prefer it hot but a really handsome man can feed it to me cold dipped in aïoli. I give my consent freely.
Midnight blue – it’s not navy and it’s not purple. Sorry, I know it when I see it – it’s just perfect.
Peonies – they flower for two weeks of the year. One of which contains my birthday. If I don’t get given them, I buy them for myself.
Speed – I have a naturally…
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As some of you will have gleaned over the course of the last year, my children are still devoted believers in some of the more magical characters from everyone’s childhood – since Child 1 lost her first tooth aged 7 she is yet to become jaded and cynical about the existence of the Tooth Fairy. In fact, after our customary thorough research, we know that it is a service performed as a team effort by Rosemary and Vicki.
Well, the kids still believe in Father Christmas, Santa Claus, Pere Noel and every other incarnation of the face of the Christmas delivery service. I’m not sorry. Let them have some magic for a little while more. NORAD is just the cherry on top. It’s ostensibly a high tech approach to the most traditional story of Christmas. Perfect for a generation growing up watching conspiracy theory videos about Ana and Elsa on YouTube.
Here at Sophie’s Voice I am very strict about the importance of keeping the Christmas holiday period sacred.
Preparations and celebrations will commence tomorrow – on the 1st of December.
I am, however, well aware that some of the people who make the holiday so magical start their work a little bit earlier in the year.
Take, for example, the NORAD Santa Tracker team. These lovely people have kept children all over the world au fait with the travels and travails of Father Christmas every year for the last 60 years.
Here’s the entire real of Mr Christmas’ journey in 2014. Spare 14 minutes – you won’t regret it.
Oh, and a word to the wise, any Santa cynics will be blocked – hate the holiday, not the show.
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This week's shopping list was dictated to me by an old favourite dress finally starting to fall apart; messy hair, don't usually care - but decided to try a new idea; wanting to wear trousers more and needing better knitwear in the freezing office and, finally, the first Christmas party I've been invited to in … Continue reading Stuff I bought this week…
This was some week. It's had everything from sequins and sparkles to a very real need to buy rubber gloves - and a shitload of bleach - that I foresee in the near future. The glamour you see on my social media platforms (well, sometimes) comes out of the front door that I have to … Continue reading From cutesy to chaos in a few easy – but inadvertent – steps…
Confession time... While I enjoyed trick or treating last night, I'm not all that about Halloween. I have worked in retail - on and off - for about 28 years now. I started as a 'Christmas special' and I still absolutely love the run up to Christmas - in fact I love the entire holiday … Continue reading For retail staff, this is the holiday season…