Hope you are all well and that August was good for you all. The weather was so much better than last year wasn't it? It makes every thing so much more pleasant.
I've been busy fighting the usual fight. I had another little tumour just under my ear at the side of my jaw. So I jumped to action and the wonderful people in Blackrock clinic and St Vincent's Private hospital zapped the be-jaysus out of it - putting it mildly. It was a single hit but my God did it work! I felt like I'd been punched in the jaw. The pain was actually hideous which surprised me. The previous radiation I've had involved lots of quick visits, where as this one was a short sharp shock. All I can say is that if the cancer survives it I'll be stunned! The lump has gone already so I think the zap scared it away. Whoop-di-do! The chemotherapy is ongoing - but I'm half way through the cycle so I'm pleased about that.
I rejoined twitter a few days ago. I did manage to open an account yonks ago, but never quite got into it. I took a deep breath and sat (with a very perplexed expression) and managed to get the little twitter ap on my i-phone. Am beyond proud of myself! So now I have grown little feathers and am tentatively tweeting! It's such fun I must say and I'm following some great people. Please come and join me! I know I can upload a button to my web site and I will do that as soon as I pluck up the courage! I have to get over my 'what if I press the wrong button and wipe the entire site' phobia that I still carry! I'll have two cups of strong coffee in a row and while I have the serious jitters - I'll give it a shot! Meanwhile, if you're on twitter I'd love you to follow me.
My children went back to school this morning - I'll attempt to post a photo for you when I finish typing this bit. I am still very fumbly and more than a little 'stoopid' when it comes to blogging and such computer stuff so bear with me please! Anyway, it was all fresh leather and new book smells. They looked so grown up! Sacha is in 5th class now and Kim is in 3rd. I have a feeling I won't be able to do most of Sacha's homework and he'll have to explain things to me from here on in! They were both smiling when I left them, and I got a hug and grinning waves as I left both classrooms. THANK GOD. Long may it last. I know as a parent we are supposed to encourage them to do well at their lessons - and I do, but deep down I don't give a toss just so long as they're happy. Obviously if they can read and write and other essential stuff by the time they alight into the world it will be more than handy, but I only want them to be happy confident and comfortable in their own skins.
Back to school means back to work big time for me. I have the idea for my next book and I'm itching to get going on it. I wanted to give my children some undivided time for the last few weeks, they've been so brilliant while I've been sick. I've loved the 'quality mummy time' but now that they are tucked up behind their desks again I am ready to roll. I'm so excited about getting my teeth into my new story line and although writing is now my official job - it never feels like work. In fact I still feel slightly guilty when I write for hours on end. I enjoy it so much I feel as if I'm doing something naughty! How lucky am I to have a job I love?!
Hope August was great for you all. Thank you so much to all the lovely people who've taken the time to write me amazing messages. Each and every one of them give me such a boost and I go around smiling like an eejit for days! So drop me a line any time, I love to hear from you all. Have a super September and if you have school going people, I hope they all settle in happily.
Bye for now!
PS photo worked! Sacha lookes like he's heading for the electric chair! Kim looks very pleased. The new shoes are enough to keep her smiling - where as the whole new shoes concept is Sacha's worst night mare. He can't understand why he can't go to school in shorts a t-shirt and a pair of crocs...