happy easter, chums! how are you all? i hope march has treated you well. i hope you are all celebrating today with lots of chocolate. i am taking this rare day off with no plans to catch up on personal admin (such fun) and write. it will be dotted with drinking lots of caffeinated tea (i gave up caffeinated tea/coffee for lent, pure torture) and trying to not induce type 2 diabetes with all the chocolate that has made its way into my house.
hero of the month
well, they aren’t really celebrities but their post certainly went viral – quite possibly the cutest video on the internet. of course i am talking about 50 mums | 50 kids | 1 extra chromosome. what a beautiful way to celebrate World Down Syndrome day.
there is a group of them this month. the teddys tribe marathon runners.
in June last year my cousins went through the worst situation anyone can imagine – their little boy, Teddy-Blu passed away at just 9 hours old. i can, hand on heart, say that the day of Teddy’s funeral was one of the worst of my life, so i can only imagine what Katie and Adam went through and are still going through now.
in the midst of their grief, they set up Teddy’s Tribe Foundation – to raise awareness of the complications that the parvovirus b19 (better known as slap cheek) can cause during pregnancy, fundraise for those charities and the hospital ward that supported them throughout their pregnancy and in the time following Teddy’s passing and to ensure that the world does not forget their beautiful little babe.
whilst we may not see Teddy grow up to be the beautiful soul he was always destined to be (you only need to look to Katie and Adam’s two gorgeous girls, Izzy and Betsy, to know that Teddy too would have been a beautiful soul – it runs in the family) we can continue his legacy and use his life to ensure that what happened to him wasn’t in vain – the money we are all trying to raise is going to two charities that need this money for one of the most worthy causes in the world.
on April 15th (two weeks today) there will be a group of 6 runners taking part in the Brighton marathon, to raise funds for Teddy’s Tribe.
they have a way to go until they reach their target of £5000, so please, use the link here to donate anything you can.
you can also read more about Katie, Adam and Teddy on their site HERE.
you can also search for Teddy’s Tribe on facebook to stay up to date with their fundraising and to see the runners.
book of the month
A HISTORY OF BRITAIN IN 21 WOMEN – JENNI MURRAY
in the month we celebrated international women’s day this felt very apt.
i loved reading this. it starts off with Boadicea ending with Nicola Sturgeon. whether you like the ladies in this book, or agree with who the author has chosen to write about, you cannot deny the influence these ladies made on shaping our nation, on changing the opinions, the rights and lives of us today.
the blurb reads
“they were famous queens, unrecognised visionaries, great artists and trailblazing politicians. they all pushed back boundaries and revolutionized our world. Jenni Murray presents the history of Britain as you’ve never seen it before, through the lives of twenty-one women who refused to succumb to the established laws of society, whose lives embodied hope and change, and who still have the power to inspire us today”
bloody brilliant stuff. i cannot recommend it highly enough. an essential read for all women i’d say.
soundtrack to the month
this was provided by my favourite emo/skater/punk pop –whatever genre you put them in – band –Simple Plan.
i have adored them since, in my emo teenage phase, i heard ‘welcome to my life’ and felt it in my soul.
this month i re-discovered their album, ‘taking one for the team’. it’s still as good as the first time i heard it.
i have also been overplaying Daddy Yankee’s ‘Dura’ because i want it to be summer already.
bad joke of the month
how do you make an octopus laugh?
food of the month
i have been craving peanut butter ice cream so much this month you could think i was pregnant. also, petit filous and granny smiths.
realization of the month
the movies were right – good guys don’t run away.
for me, march was a lot of work and little play – although the playing i did do was a treat.
a glorious afternoon with my nephew, days in our spectacular capital being tourists with two of my very best friends – no one gives me the ability to laugh at myself like amy and byng. we celebrated all the kick ass women around the world on international women’s day. i felt spoilt by my team with random presents – everything from chocolate to jewellery from india to new pens; although im certain the pens are just to stop me sealing their ones and not bringing them back! i had the best evening with two like-minded friends and bonded over tapas and sangria. i celebrated what would have been Nick Lashaway’s 30th birthday with random acts of kindness in him memory – the outpouring of love all over social media for him was amazing to see. as i said to his amazing mama – she did the universe proud with him. i got to go back to one of my favourite places in the world – Derry – to see two of my favourite humans (and one of my favourite canines).
and yes, i did work a lot BUT it has all felt worth it – the changes, what is coming, the things we’ve achieved.
march, you were alright.
hello, april. be nice to me.
until next month,
here’s a second a day