I hope you've all survived January. It always seems to drag on forever.
We're lucky to have a birthday in our house, so it helps beat those January blues. Ours son turned 13 this year! I cannot believe we own a teenager!
He's a great guy I have to say and so far hasn't caused any major hassle. I'm not being smug for one second, but all I'm saying is, so far so good. In fact I'm astonished we've survived 13 years together. I clearly remember the day we brought him home from the hospital. We hadn't a breeze! We put him down on the floor in his car seat and literally looked at each other and wondered what to do next. I must say, I adored the baby years. I hated being pregnant - with a passion. Hated it. So no matter how many sleepless nights or dodgy days I experienced, in my mind, it was still better than being pregnant. I've no doubt it's the calm before the storm right now at our house. But I hope the teenage storm doesn't rage too harshly. Wish us luck!
I got 'the dose' that half the world seemed to have had over Christmas i.e. throat infection, ear infection and general snottiness. I managed to get 20% extra free however and ended up with lyrngitis too. Needless to say my children were delighted. I literally couldn't speak for a week. Not easy for motor mouth me! However... I have a little jewel of fantastic-ness to share. Due to the fact I was whispering by way of communication, it had a knock on effect. The rest of the house began to whisper back! I know I'll probably forget all about this by next week, but it's an incredibly calming thing when there's no shouting in the house. Give it a shot!
As you can see from the photo above, my new paper back 'Keeping Mum' is about to be unleashed on the world! I adore the cover. It's so fresh and convinces me that spring is on the way!
In other book news, my brand new novel 'Perfect Wives,' hits Irish shelves in April. I'll tell you all about it in my next blog!
For those of you who like Midday on TV3 (also available on realplayer on line) I'll be popping up with Elaine Crowley and the girls over the next few weeks. I love doing the show, there's always a great atmosphere amongst the ladies and I get to meet such lovely people. I get my hair and make up done too, which I love. There's nothing like being pampered is there?
Cody the kitten is now a teenager-puss, just like our son. He's grown so much in the last few weeks. He's kind of gangly though - his stripy tights (AKA furry legs) are so long it makes me giggle. He's probably the naughtiest cat I've ever met too. He hides behind things, often for ages, and waits to spring out and attack feet. This is all very cute and funny unless it's four in the morning and I'm padding down to the kitchen for water, while coughing my guts up. He leapt from behind the table with all four paws in the air, ears flat on his head and meowed, sounding like a new born baby. Well... It took five years off my life, I swear it. At least I know my heart is in good working order.
I'm off to do some work. I'm writing yet another novel. This one is quite different to anything I've done before, but I'm really enjoying it and I hope my readers will too. Ah, the mystery of it all!
Bye for now!