The highs and lows of working from home

This morning was Libby’s nursery morning. She just goes once a week because we are lucky enough to have one of the best nurseries in the country nearby so we decided to make the most of it. She goes horse riding, paints and does crafts and other exciting things and Lia gets a bit of attention from me. 

I got some work done while Lia had a nap, then when she got up we made the most of the sunshine and headed to the Malvern  hills with Pluto for a walk. 

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Being on the hills in the sunshine made me realise how lucky I am to have the opportunity to do this on a weekday. 

After picking Libby up from Nursery, we all headed to my dad’s house for lunch. This is was our third lunch date this week, having had one with my mum and one with my friend. Libby, Lia and I are in fact becoming ladies that lunch. 

This is another lovely opportunity that I have whilst working from home, socialising with family and friends over lunch is about as civilised as it gets when you have small people.

Better still, when we came out of dad’s house, he pointed out these little gems… 

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Lovely to see an early sign of spring. After strolling home from dad’s full of the joys of working from home, it all went to ratshit. 

Hubby phoned to say he was going to be late home, Lia had an afternoon nap for a grand total of about 47 seconds and I got no work done. 

That was me kissing goodbye to a relaxing evening drinking cider and eating crap in favour of sitting in front of the computer working all evening. 

You win some, you lose some. 




  1. January 17, 2015 / 1:35 am

    Ohhh, I can so relate. I ‘lose’ many & can really only work when hubs has most of the kids out (we have five) or when they are watching a movie (which we try to keep on the down low since it can be such a waste of time when overdone).
    Thanks for sharing, and must say, what a beautiful area you guys live in. Love the pics 🙂

    • monsterid January 17, 2015 / 7:25 am

      Ah thank you it is a gorgeous place to live. And I have so much respect for you managing to work at all with five!x

  2. January 17, 2015 / 6:23 am

    Why is it when you have stuff to do they never nap

    • monsterid January 17, 2015 / 7:23 am

      Oh absolutely! I’m sure they have some way of knowing!x

  3. monsterid January 17, 2015 / 8:08 am

    Oh I completely get that Niki, I do it too. Anything that can be done on my phone is done while I breastfeed Lia. I feel like a terrible mum but if I didn’t I wouldn’t be getting to bed in time to go to sleep before I had to get up!!x

  4. January 17, 2015 / 9:29 am

    Yep I totally get this too. I sometimes stay up working into the wee hours because I’ve sacrificed some work time during the day. I feel so grateful too that I get to work from home and basically pop out when I want to.

    The nursery sounds amazing by the way! Lucky 🙂 xx

    • monsterid January 17, 2015 / 9:48 am

      I agree, it’s great to be able to be so flexible isn’t it? And yeah, the nursery is fabulous, I’m a little bit jealous every time she goes riding!x

  5. January 18, 2015 / 10:00 am

    Yep, that was me too, and you missed the problem of everyone ‘forgetting’ that you are actually at working and ringing and popping in, just as you get started!

    • monsterid January 18, 2015 / 10:27 am

      Oh yes, you are absolutely right that is a nightmare. And you don’t answer the phone because you’re working so they turn up. Aaargh!x

  6. January 18, 2015 / 3:37 pm

    It’s so easily done! There ate often days where I want to work and yet life and children get in the way. I’ve found I often end up staying up late and doing things. Although you didn’t get what you wanted done it sounds like you still had a good day. The fact you saw the start of spring is always an uplifting thing.

    • monsterid January 18, 2015 / 3:39 pm

      Thanks Martyn, yeah I’m always working well into the early hours to get things done, it is a lifestyle choice we make when we want to stay at home with our kids isn’t it?x

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