On June 18th 2022 there was a heatwave in Brussels and temperatures reached 34 degrees Celsius (they over 40 degrees in parts of France and Spain). This is our families version of the typical fun in the sun* front page news photograph VS the unphotographable night time heat stress made worse by plane noise: *FunContinue reading “Heatwave”
Sharing has never been either of my daughter’s strong point, but this was a really low moment. Max and Maxine only lasted a couple of weeks and are now forgotten, but I still get asked to find invisible hamsters. Luckily I seem to be better at it than I was before.
I’ve just finished reading Britt Wray’s book ‘Generation Dread‘ on how to cope with the emotions that knowledge of the climate crisis stirs up, and how to channel them into action without burning out. I highly recommend reading it, especially as a follow on from Matt Winnings book Hot Mess which somehow manages to beContinue reading “Parenting in a climate crisis”
At the end of April I binged watched the entirety of The Home Edit on Netflix and reorganised the house. Which yes, was therapeutic, but also raised some questions about the things we need to keep: While I was doing this I was reading ‘Time for Things: Labour, Leisure and the rise of Mass Consumption’Continue reading “The Home Edit”
I have started and stopped learning French so many times in my life now. I never seem to progress beyond a certain point and then have to relearn all the grammar all over again and it’s very frustrating. My French is probably the best it’s ever been at the moment (which is not saying aContinue reading “Learning French”
I haven’t knowingly had covid yet, but given how badly Belgium has been hit and the fact we have a child at primary school and another in daycare I feel like the odds are I have actually had it at some point just very mildly.
There is a lot of weird downtime with parenting a two and a half year old when you don’t know when you are next going to be needed but it is probably going to be in the next five to ten minutes and so actually scrolling through Twitter is just about the only thing youContinue reading “Doom scrolling”
Don’t get me wrong, I am very VERY happy the girls are finally sharing a room and our study/spare room is no longer a study/spare room/nursery, but the nightly bedtime routine is taking its toll..
Back in April 2021 I had my first job interview in 7 years for a Sustainability Consultant role in a new Sustainability division that the company was setting up. I was not the successful candidate, and I know I still wouldn’t have been had I said what I wish I’d said in my cartoon, butContinue reading “De-growth and job interviews..”