Oh dear oh dear me, as I write this, it's day 3 of our holiday and already time to share my newly acquired wisdom....While praying that our rooms are sufficiently sound proofed (at least enough to prevent a Swiss government issued ASBO.....)
I wonder what the mid term means to you my pals;
# phew the roads are finally clear
# Finally some off street parking for me
# Finally some peace from "the bloody neighbour and her 10 children
# Oh dear I hope the nanny doesn't quit this time !!!
# Oh sugar I might need more Red wine
# Summer camp, football camp , camp camp camp... I am lost!!!
# Q buster or no Q buster??? Damn not another theme park
For me it is most of above points and a lot more, location location location and loads more.
Basics done , as in passport, tickets, money etc what do you look for when choosing accommodation?
# Family friendly ??
# Number of stars ??
In my own case I have long figured out that 5 stars actually means ;
Excellent service, fantastic standard, beautiful environment, awesome dining experience, ambiance and sexy people....
My oh my, can you imagine me and my crew in this setting??? One screaming banshee, one skidding across a perfectly polished floor ..as you do, 10 year old totally irritating 11year old and me with my back pack shoulder pack , fanny pack you name it at the reception trying to check in and then suffering a timely heart attack when i am informed of the cost of my stay at "today's exchange rate..."(even without this I would still have one as I couldn't possibly afford a stay in a 5star hotel with my Battalion ) 😂😂😂😂
We have worked it out, to have a less stressful time without facing additional stress from disapproving stares and polite advice from staff and poor guests, as if the kids weren't doing a good enough job , we must find slightly more shabby, accommodating hotels, Air BnB or Hell BnB as I like to describe it ... never, dishes and cooking on holiday!!! Who's the joke on ????
Breakfast must be included and late check out available !!!!
with a swimming pool( as hydrotherapy my friends is awesome in the absence of alcohol)
Play area, colouring pencils, paper and toys at reception .
Good feed back from parents on hotels website, excellent feedback from young business type hmmm a big no no..
Hence my friends, my guide to attempting a survival during the school break this October would include the following;
# Avoid a visit from "Mother nature " to avoid turning into Cruella D'Vile, why else 🤔🤔😉
# A language app but first ensure I can use my data free abroad, and even preferably look at this app, learn basic hello and please before trip !!!!!
# must take own tea !!!!!
# light travel packed lunch /picnic/ M&S meal deal from departure lounge to ensure people have food before I figure out restaurants etc
# Healthy treats.. we like yoyo's
# First Aid kit with Paracetamol/ ibuprofen/Imodium etc( refused to pay equivalent of £5 for paracetamol in Brussels once, shocking!!!)
# Realy dark sunglasses; no eye contact allowed while ignoring tantrums or with any other travelers or locals come to think of it...
# The Zone( you have to be in the zone for the trip!!!)
# bits for entertaining etc
# Itinerary, plan A/B/C... likely to forget all anyway
Essential above all , a must have, is a spirit of adventure, as no matter what I plan, I will do what I've done this time , which is...
Overpack..hence need for back and fanny pack, forget a few bits..shoes , tooth brush, iPad 😱😱😱, damn the plan/ itenary, read the useless weather forecast , over dress the kids resulting in super cranky kids...
Today we damned it all grabbed our raincoats, walking shoes, left the map and went exploring using our senses and guess whattttttttt we enjoyed it 🤓
So, to surviving this mid term break, getting to know Zurich , old memories and new ones, my friends , a glass of Wine on me😜
Well it's almost November and I reckon we all have at least one hot topic on our minds.
If I may be allowed to make and share this assumption, it would be about the white house women. this is by no chance a political piece but a piece about women in general and how society has for years dictated how we express ourselves, dress, speak , what shade of lipstick to wear etc
I can imagine the shock that Michele Obama's dress choice for her last state dinner induced amongst conservative upper class America or the world in general, my goodness , a body con Versace dress, an Italian designed dress , the epitome of decadence and glamour oh my goodness, who ever thought of the day, thankfully who ever dressed the First Lady did.
That the dress dared to be sexy as f£&&, of liquid metallic shimmer even more awesome , a dress to be noticed in, befiting of a succesful Law professor who stands tall and beautiful, whose speeches are inspiring, educative and even hip, sometimes even copied by others. A woman whose personality , character , intelligence and accomplishments speak for her and not her dress, is beyond awesome.
What Mrs Obama has done is to redefine what a first wife is, a woman, an individual an equal partner of a leader, who herself could take the said role up if she so wants ,is competent to do perhaps even a better job or just as good , whose appearance if anything is a bonus as one might dare to say that an attractive boss if anything is a bonus rather than a curse i.e. If you dare to notice.
She has made it okay to have an identity, be stylish ,dare to wear risqué known designer brands. oK perhaps not Moschino by Jeremy Scot...not yet.
On the same note as perhaps not so popular in a few circles, Hilary Clinton has also come into her own in her later years. Sadly not sooner as she is now being crucified for playing a stepford wife during the alleged infidelities of Bill, as her every response or lack of it has now been levied against her. A successful smart sexy (yes she was all of those and more see pictures attached)woman if not how else do you think Bill would have fallen for her????
My friends shall we together put an end to the Stepford wife phenomenon and say its okay to maintain your identity irrespective of who we end up with, okay to also want to be the boss, be sexy and smart and beat the boys sometimes and if my partner decides to have a non sexual sexual relation/ relations with someone else at work etc , To want her gullotined with his bits too and go to therapy and then discover peace , religion and forgiveness... only then of course
To the Amal Clooney's of our time, whose aesthetic virtues I could write a whole PHD desertation on.
To wearing Ruby woo and not some shitty neutral piece of crap when meeting the in laws , going into work etc
To wearing what I consider appropriate shoes or otherwise to work (as I am a sensible adult ).
To being ourselves, true and true.
To you staring at me at the school gate because I came in "my going out clothes" to pick my son up, "get a life" and yes just like the boys on a bad day when I am sure my mom is not going to find out or my kids either I SWEAR .... deal with it( ok I don't quite and I am too petrified of grandmas wrath😜😜😜😜)
To trampling over people's expectations of us as damn it , I can't even deal with my own personal expectations of my self, enough of the perfect hostess, wife , super mummy Bull crap, to being ourselves smart individuals ,young , not so young ,sexy or not 😘😘😘😘
Hello my friends, what am I on about today you will probably be pondering... "Virginia Wolfe" a classic book from my dads old library which I confess I am yet to read, but growing up I loved books and particularly would make up stories from the titles and today I am referencing the non existent super mum police "Virginia Wolfe"
My daughter and I attended the stylist live event over the weekend as fashion is something that I am passionate about and fortunately can share with my daughter as in "I drag her along with me " as everyone else I know gets profoundly bored with my blubbering , so here we are.
While attending a talk by the pixiwoos ladies , the Chapman sister , two very successful intelligent makeup artists, YouTube vloggers, it became apparent that people are quite resentful of our "ever so perfect social media women" , perfect mothers producing perfect organic seaweed pancake to go with pink anti oxidant rich coconut juice infused with jenga for their toddlers on waiting lists for schools listed by tattler.....living in perfect homes with perfect makeup and couture inherited from Kiki😂😂😂😂😂
This my friends came from the audience as well as the panel and I just wondered , what really is wrong with wanting to be seen at your best? Is it because we paint an unattenable picture of successful lives hence predisposing others to a feeling of inadequacy and hence a breeding ground for depression ???
Well physicianmummyuk is definitely not about false impressions but I am just as vain as anyone else and is unlikely ever to post a close up of my face before 50 layers of Mac wrinkle blasting heavy cement level foundation applied after a night of rat poo face mask😉😉 I am unlikely to tell you about my freezer which by the way is full of reduced nearly 😉😉😜 out of date frozen to high heavens food with use by dates smudged out to prevent food police aka my daughter from checking and refusing to eat and spreading rumours to her siblings ... rumours 😂😂😂😂😂 no I will never write that on my blogggggg I might post a pic of the said envy inducing freezer 😜😜
But, I will say this, we are all clearly struggling but determined to have and provide a good quality of life for our little ones.
show our best face as you do and ever so tidy homes on social media as who has pictures of messy homes in their family album only the best or most decent gets in as life is full of badness so what's wrong with a little bit of escapism.
We encourage our children to study for years to get into grammar schools or just become the best they can be and talk about it with pride to the death of anyone listening ( I will talk more about this soon) and if we are lucky enough to win the lottery or remain in good terms with cranky pants Uncle Sam and he leaves us with a nice sum, get on those Tatler recommended school waiting list...
And wait for it....... share pictures from the first school PTA event in your perfect 2piece suit and pokey hat 😉
Moaning done, for now my friends enjoy pictures of my day out with Izzy and what our home really looks like in all it's imperfect glory 😜😜😜😜😜
oh and Izzy is wearing this awesome vintage jacket I found on eBay with a Gap cable knit jumper from last season and cat twinkly ballet flats from this season. My jacket is from @Zara, vintage Aran jumper and last seasons faux leather culottes and trainers.🙏🏾