There was an advertising feature about carers in an Irish newspaper yesterday. Perhaps you saw it? Perhaps it gave you a nice warm fuzzy feeling reading about that wonderful ‘army’ of 187,000 dedicated carers. Or perhaps, like me, it made you mad.

I am not in any way criticising the family that features in this ad, but it does fit the caring stereotype that society has come to expect.

A kindly, loving, sensible, middle aged women who cares out of love and needs nothing more than the occasional break for a bit of light shopping or drinking tea with friends and crafting Christmas cards.

And that is very admirable, but not all carers are like that.

Not at all.

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It’s the only way to describe my relationship with Netflix for the past couple of months. Almost monogamous.

I wouldn’t be gorging like those lucky b*stards who can stay up all night watching their favourite film trilogy with only toilet breaks to mark the passage of time. Nope. But I’m struggling to find an excuse to buy a weekly paper now that I don’t need the TV section any more…

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Dress dilemmas and other reasons to be cheerful

It’s been another week of rearranging, cancelling, negotiating and apologising, so good to look for reasons to be cheerful!

And this week it’s all about dress dilemmas and blogging: the one thing I don’t have to cancel, in fact it fills up any unexpected time at home. Once I’m in the mood, anyway.

Read this week’s reasons to be cheerful here

Unbreakable Jazzy and the Determined Universe

To celebrate the launch of Tina Fey’s new comedy series ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ on Netflix on March 6th, I have a guest post by the lovely Jazzygal, who, in her own words, is a knitting needle/crochet hook wielding Desperate Housewife, and stay-at-home mum of one fabulous teenage boy, who believes that your fifties are the new forties and keeps mind and body fit with blogging, social media and dancing/choreography. Phew!

Over to you, Jazzy…

I see that a new show ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ is launching on Netflix on March 6th.

After living in a cult for fifteen years, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper – The Office/Bridesmaids) decides to reclaim her life and start over in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers, and a couple of way-past-due library books, she’s ready to take on a world she didn’t even think existed anymore. 

The people over at Netflix think that we mums are quite unbreakable too, and I’m inclined to agree with them.

I may not wear the fabulous bright colours that Kimmy wears, nor the light-up sneakers – and my library books are usually in date – but I have had some unbreakable moments in my time!

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Chasing away the January blues and February chill #StreamTeam

With even more time than usual stuck indoors during the miserable winter months, we got great value out of our free Netflix package.  Here’s what we’re liking right now…

Arrested Development

Lots and lots of happy laughter while this was on, and it was even entertaining enough for Smiley. It’s supposed to be about a wealthy family that loses everything, and the one son who has no choice but to keep them all together. Actually it’s about a bunch of adults behaving like spoiled toddlers, which I wouldn’t normally like at all, but in this case it worked, and definitely helped to chase away the January blues!

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Reasons to be cheerful about Christmas

Okay so I’m doing a bit of cheating here and mashing together two posts, but it does make sense, as you’ll see.  There are lots of reasons to be cheerful and grateful right now, not just because of Christmas, but also a sense of how lucky we are as a family to be living in Ireland, and not Pakistan or Syria, or Ukraine or Sierra Leone or Mexico or any of the other countries where terrible things are being done to ordinary people.  And at last we have a reasonably happy home life too.

We’ve got a year’s supply of chocolate, and I’ve finally got a lamp for the living room, which is helping me to fall in love with my house all over again: it is lovely, but looking after it on top of everything else feels like too much sometimes.

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Top 5 films on Netflix

I may have mentioned that Netflix kindly gave this family the opportunity to watch whatever we like for a year for free, giving me a whole new subject to blog about too.  This month I’m writing about my top five films on Netflix, and linking up Kate Takes Five’s Listography on the same theme.  No it’s not a coincidence.  Like I said, I’m blogging for fun right now, so there may be more of this.

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