Category Archives: Episodes 31-40

#40 – R&R ABBA-style

Frederika adjusts the the towel over me and starts to knead the muscles at the back of my neck . “There. Does that feel good? You relaxed now?” “Mmm-hmm,” I murmur. Inside my head, a little shopping list begins its … Continue reading

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#39 – Sugar and spice, and all things lice

“Yes, you are going to school this afternoon, sweetheart. And you’re staying to lunch first, but remember – it’s not like proper school today. It’s a just a Valentine’s party. You like parties, don’t you?” Jack fixes me with a suspicious stare. … Continue reading

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#38 -The battle of the tigers

Two weeks with Jack at home all the time, and I’m climbing the walls. I’d got used to three hours of freedom a couple of times a week while he was at nursery, and this makes me even more apprehensive … Continue reading

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#37 – Plots (and waistlines) thickening

As always, when in need of advice, encouragement, and a bit of vindictive support, I go to see Maggie. I’ve tried to get advice and support from Oliver, but he’s a bloke. Nursery school dirty politics don’t interest him. He … Continue reading

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#36 – Filthy cash, dirty deeds

“Have a seat,” Patsy says, waving at the hard wooden chair on the other side of her desk. I’ve been in Patsy’s office only once before, when I enrolled Jack at the nursery school. It’s a small room with a … Continue reading

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#35 – A big piranha in a small pond

Even a week after the ultrasound, I can hardly take it in. Twins?   Me? I phone Mum to tell her about it, of course, and regret it immediately. She means to be helpful and encouraging, but it never works out … Continue reading

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#34 – Shadows on a screen

Happy New Year! A bit late, I know. It takes me a few days to get into the ‘Happy’ part. Until then, it’s just another month of winter, minus whatever food or beverage I’ve resolved to give up. This year … Continue reading

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#33 – Fairytale of New England

“You look fine, Libs. Stop fussing. It’s a Christmas party, not the Paris fashion show catwalk.” Oliver fixes me with a stern stare in the bedroom mirror and goes back to knotting his tie. Men just don’t get it. A … Continue reading

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#32 -Santa Baby…hurry down that chimney, and don’t spare the reindeer

I have just written out my Christmas list. “Dear Father Christmas — Forget the weekend at Champneys. Forget the new iPhone. You can even forget Michael Buble’s Christmas album. Just get rid of her. Love, Libby. P.S.  If the dog … Continue reading

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#31 – Retail therapy

Call me naive, but when Oliver said his mother would be gone by the time I got home from hospital, I assumed that when I got home, she’d be — not in the house. Or even in the country. On … Continue reading

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