Tanned and relaxed – then back to work

Well, Samos was a delightful time. Great people, great weather, great food, great pace of life – always a pleasure. We didn’t actually get up to much, eschewing the usual ‘hire a car and see the sights’ model in favour of a ‘lie by the pool and take the occasional dip’ philosophy. And it seemed to work quite nicely – I’m not sure I’ll be able to do an active holiday again! Nah, just kidding… 🙂

Back home, we’re plunged into home repair chaos. Tiling the kitchen didn’t work out, as the floor underneath just won’t support tiles – so a new timber floor is in order. And at the time of writing, the entire downstairs of the house is being refloored – hope it’s worth it. And I hope it doesn’t take too long; I’ve been displaced from my office and right now I’m working on a laptop in the spare bedroom. Not the most comfy working environment….

Last post, I mentioned “other happenins” – well, I think I can put you out of your misery and reveal what’s been going on here. I’m going to be a dad! Yes, me. Despite my pal Julien’s protestations that I’m banned by law from procreating, somehow this little one slipped through the net. Fi is almost at 17 weeks, and in excellent health. And in a few weeks’ time we’ll find out if it’s a boy or a girl. So we’ll have lots of fun adjusting the spare room for baby habitation – not to mention the oodles of space children seem to require! But we’re very much looking forward to it – it’ll be a whole new experience. And I’m getting used to the dire predictions of some people who are already parents, regarding loss of any kind of spare time and personal space… 🙂

Meanwhile, the first impact is that I won’t be having a big old 40th birthday celebration as planned; with it being less than a fortnight before baby’s projected arrival, I’ll have to postpone it – maybe have a big ol’ 41st. Or something. If I come up with any ideas, I’ll be sure to let you all know.

Well, not a lot else to report; hoping to break out the barbecque once the dust has settled here, and looking forward to a long hot summer. And especially when we do our road trip to France in July. Mmmmmm, sun & wine…