Happy New Year one and all!
Is it just me or has January seemed like a year? I feel like so much has happened and it's still not quite February! I am now the mother of a twelve year old! Our son Sacha had his birthday and got his much longed for electric guitar. Now I know I'm getting old - I don't even feel like I've turned into my own mother, I reckon I've skipped a generation and turned into a granny. Jesus that guitar can make serious noise. He's actually very good at playing it so thankfully it's not just mindless strumming, but hell is it loud. I've had some very helpful suggestions via twitter such as headphones or indeed the obvious one - turn the volume down. But let's face it, there's no point in being twelve owning a electric guitar and playing it quietly. That'd be like telling the devil to be nice.
We've come to a great compromise where he goes to the basement and only plays for an hour at time. Yes it means the floor now vibrates but it's preferable to wondering if the ceiling is going to come crashing in at any moment.
Our cats have been making their presence known. Spike the kitten is now seven months old and I've booked his appointment to go for the snip (poor fella) or to have his pockets picked as my brother refers to it. Tom the older and usually gentile and sensible old boy has obviously decided to have a second of youth and go out the back garden looking for fights. Himself and a stunning marmalade puss from over the wall have been locking horns - or rather scratching the living daylights out of each other. My daughter hilariously came in the other night, hand on hip and told me that 'Tom's behaviour is a disgrace he's out there scrapping with a red headed cat!' I just love when kids apply human descriptions to animals!
I've just finished my final, final edit on Unconditional Love. It'll hit the shops in Ireland in July and I really hope you all enjoy it. Meanwhile I'm beavering away on the next book - details to follow. Suffice it to say I'm not bored!
My health is great. So far so good. I'll have more scans next month and obviously I'll have fingers and toes crossed that they're still clear. I still have my three weekly dose of Avastin - in fact I'm in Blackrock clinic having it as I type these words! I've been on a dairy free diet for the last few weeks. Yes that means NO CHOCOLATE. It's a trial thing to see if it makes me feel better. It's actually not as bad as I thought. The first week was awful. I was like a junkie - all I could think about was chocolate and how I couldn't have my fix. But it's gotten easier and now I don't really think about it at all. I'm not sure if I'll continue to avoid dairy but I do think I feel better since I've been off it.
So now it's back to the grind stone for me! I've a book to write! Hurray! I have to say I love my job. I'm so lucky to be in a position to write for a living. I'll keep you all posted with the new books.
Happy New Year and I hope 2012 is the best one ever for you all