Wednesday, 20 August 2008

A week in the life of...part 1

Busy times again so this post is part one of a few days worth as I travel the country! Often people think what I do is quite glamorous because fashion stylist sounds better than being an insurance executive. However I'm a jobbing stylist - a grafter, not a styliste. Before kids (yes there are 3 but the other two would kill me if I mentioned or featured them in a blog - opps I'm dead!) I had a bit of glam in the old Elle office on lower Regent Street, many moons ago and I can tell a few tales ...but these days it goes more like this:

Sunday 17th- day 5 of potty training petit garcon why oh why can't I have a nanny who does this sort of thing. Skim through The Sunday Times whilst simultaneously trying to write blog, read other blogs and comment. Put up tent that has hibernated in attic for eons, to check all OK before its outing later this week. Large glass of wine with late Sunday lunch. Finished a proposal and then settle down to read difficult academic film studies book, needed dictionary to check certain words! We are camping on Saturday in a true make do and mend style as the location is hot property over bank holiday and charges exorbitant prices. We've gone for cheap as chips.

Monday 18th- check email, send off quotes for two fashion shoots. Chase clients for money. Read through personal styling forms from clients. Do the pile of washing and attempt cleaning. Decide to add to burden by hand dying four items - a canvas belt and dress with tulip red and a knit and ballet belt violet. Also have to get sleeping bags for myself and petit garcon. Dash to out and buy cute Cath Kidston racing car sleeping bag for garcon and snag a Celia Birtwell number in Millets for me. Sales Assistant assumes I'm going to Reading Festival so briefly I concur - who's interested in a gathering of accountant golfing chums in Oxfordshire! Proceed to join league of mad women by making garcon sit on potty in John Lewis car park before driving home.
Cooking, blogs and break through on potty training when petit garcon actually asks to go on it and we have a eureka moment! Go to swimming training but coach has gone to see band so only a few of us there. I get chatted up by fireman in jacuzzi, sadly I think this is a result and am particularly pleasant to Mr MD&M. I fall asleep while reading film studies tomb and wondering what the **** auteur is. Thank goodness for Wikipedia - Auteur theory holds that a director's films reflect that director's personal creative vision, as if he or she were the primary "Auteur" (the French word for "author").

Tuesday 19th - more household chores and day 7 of potty training. Play trains and cars whilst emailing, blogging and generally attempting to run household. Arrange a play afternoon with garcon's chum. Finish A/W fashion summery board - choose red, black and purple as the colours and lace, sheer and sculptural as my main talking points. Go for shop at Sainsbury to stock up on food and household items plus take plastic and cardboard for recycling. I have to force myself to change out of track pants into jeans. Then peaked by adding mascara and lippy.
Playtime again followed by making tea and then hot footing it off for a run. More joyous chores - the delights of ironing. Think about telly then think need sleep!

14 comments:

  1. I'm impressed with the ammount of exercise you do! swimming & running, v good. I try to go to the gym, but tv normally wins! I don't have kids, but your comment "Proceed to join league of mad women by making garcon sit on potty in John Lewis car park before driving home" doesn't sound as mad women as my version "And the wee-wees?" Do you need the wee-wees?" And the other sort of wee-wees?" "Oh good girl with the wee-wees!" I say to my dog every trip out!!! In a loud sing-songy voice! That's real mad women talk!!! :-)

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  2. ps - glad potty training is going well. I helped potty train my step brother many years ago, I remember him needing to go in covent garden, and I had to find a suitable place to QUICKLY put a disposible potty for him!! Not easy!
    (I'm dead if he reads this!!)

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  3. Good work on the potty training! We're in the thick of that here too. Good work with the fireman in the Jacuzzi too...

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  4. Ooh, I got tired just reading... your life is really hectic!!!

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  5. Hi there-excellent result for potty training-it is so wonderful when they finally master it, plus a weight off the mind too!! A hectic schedule for you, hope the camping trip goes well and the weather holds up!

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  6. man your life sounds so hectic! like there isnt ever a quiet second!! xo

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  7. You are wonder woman! I think it's fantastic that you have so much energy. I think I'm going tomake you my new role model. :)

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  8. That was not only exhausting, it makes me feel totally inadequate as a human being. although I vaguely recall potty training two boys.

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  9. I feel wee and small as your schedule is pretty packed out and I complain of long hours.... pathetic me!

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  10. It all sounds pretty glamorous to me! Especially the changing out of track pants and into jeans part! Oh, and the potty training part.

    :D

    xx

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  11. Phew! You definitely deserve another day out at the seaside!

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  12. I just cracked up when I read the bit about putting your son on the potty in John Lewis carpark. Gold.

    I'm in awe of your schedule and ability to keep it all together. Super mum! xx

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  13. Dang, the only thing that I can relate to is the potty training...yes I know, you'd think Yum Yum would have came trained...but no!

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