Vlog: Rain, Rain and Chickenpox

life update

I like to throw out a little video of myself now and then, otherwise you’re all left to construct a mental image of me from the mad things that I write about like gussets and too-small boilersuits and the restraining order that Tom Hardy took out against me.

I’m not sure I give the most flattering impression of myself, really, here on the blog and so the occasional video is necessary to show you that I’m completely and utterly normal. Honestly. I definitely don’t wear my coat inside the house in the middle of June and eat a solitary dinner in front of the iPad in the kitchen (I could have been a monk) and I absolutely, one hundred percent, don’t go on crazy internet shopping rampages.

Re the shopping rampages; they’ve been getting a bit out of hand recently. It’s not as though I spend a lot, as most of it gets sent back, it’s more that my house is a constant sorting office of parcels, some arriving and some being taped up to go back again. I use internet shopping for convenience, so that I can trawl vintage furniture sites until 1am and buy eight dresses in three different sizes, but actually it’s this convenience – the ease with which I can fill my trolley – that’s the problem. With all the returns and dithering about it would probably be more time efficient to go real life shopping. In fact, anything would probably be more time efficient than my current system. It would be more time efficient if I skate-boarded to London using only back roads, did a shopping spree in the West End with one hand tied behind my back and then brought it all back on a donkey.

Anyway, let’s not spoil the vlog: here’s my little roundup of the week’s doings, mostly concerning rain, rain and chickenpox. Enjoy!

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  1. Kelly
    June 25, 2019 / 7:55 pm

    Did not know chicken pox varicella vaccine not available in UK. I noticed someone said this in France too. Interesting. Is shingles vaccine available? Similar virus. Hmm. I survived chicken pox at the age of 16 yikes, I say survived cause wow did it take forever to go away. Thanks parents for making me go back to high school with scars on my face. And thanks mom for now exposing me earlier, so I suffered later. LOL

  2. Farah
    June 18, 2019 / 2:28 am

    I’m the same with the internet shopping I’m afraid…..I’ve taken to hitting the deck when the delivery people come round or sending my kids to the door to lesson the deliver peoples hatred for me……we’re rather difficult to get to and I’m pretty sure they are cursing my name daily! But as you say the CONVENIENCE!!! Especially when you live in the country and have kids that you don’t want to drag about. And imagine trying to actually think while they scream at you that they want to go home and want ice cream and have to pee etc… Yes it is a bit like a post office around here with the packages coming and going but its a price i’m willing to pay. Always love your vlogs! Thank you for the pretend chat! I am also completely and utterly normal! xx

  3. K.
    June 16, 2019 / 1:23 am

    Oh! How disappointing that the chicken pox vaccine isn’t available in the UK! Both my children (US) had it. I’m grateful it is available because it means they won’t have to worry about shingles when they get older (very uncomfortable, I understand) and none of the rare complications from chicken pox. At least, they shouldn’t unless they catch it from fluke exposure to an anti-vax parent’s child (ugh). I hope your sweet babes have a very fast recovery! Also, yes yes yes, please share the extension plans. I love your remodeling vlogs and blog entries. You have wonderful style and I so appreciate your sensitivity to color. It is so much fun to see what you are doing!

  4. Diane Evans
    June 16, 2019 / 12:48 am

    My kids were vaccinated against chicken pox as soon as the vaccine made it across the border to Canada (approximately 20 years ago) and it was a mixed blessing. Yes, my son escaped the entire downfall of his daycare (2 children attended that week, my son and a lovely little girl in my son’s class with Downs, so she was vaccinated as I think she had heart issues, and was otherwise immunocompromised. However, my son developed shingles at age 15! Very rare for someone so young, and very rare in vaccinated children, but it can happen! He did NOT enjoy shingles and shared his displeasure as only a 15 year old can. Enjoy spotty Teddy. He seems to be managing with the discomfort reasonably well. Always a treat to watch your blogs!

  5. Ayse
    June 15, 2019 / 9:05 am

    Hello. I enjoy your videos so much. Thanks for making them. My son was vaccinated against chicken pox when he was small but he still suffered from a mild case when he was some years older, so not sure how effective those vaccines are. That’s probably why they dont do them in the UK.

  6. Katy
    June 14, 2019 / 9:14 am

    Oh Ruth I do love you! I remember seeing you on tv years ago when you were in a modelling competition. You stood out a mile then, for your lovely sunny personality and obvious intelligence as much as your beautiful face. It’s so nice seeing you all these years later with your gorgeous little family. You made me laugh about the school form. Also loved seeing Mr Bear’s head butts, he’s just like my cat Margot. And love the brows! X

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