It’s exam season here in the UK, and my eldest is taking his GCSEs, so my normal working schedule is totally out of the window at the moment. I have a list of when I need to take him to school for exams (school is 4 miles away, and the road is busy and has no path, so I need to drive him), when I need to pick him up, and when he needs to be in school for revision sessions.
So, half the time I’m not even working in my office – I’m working on my iPad in the hotel bar next to my gym (which happens to be right next to school) and transferring the files to the Mac when I get home. The coffee’s good 🙂
Upside? It keeps me off the internet and other procrastination devices. (My editor will be pleased about that.)
Downside? I’m having to work in small chunks, so I don’t get time to think myself into my characters’ heads.
But it’s not just exams that’s making everything up in the air. It’s also birthday season, here. Eldest turned sixteen, two weeks ago. And it’s my husband’s birthday today (happy birthday, honey). So there have been barbecues, trips out to dinner, a houseful of teenage boys (one of whom is allergic to wheat and dairy, so making food they can all eat safely has meant a little bit of experimenting – see the Pink Heart Society tomorrow for details of the best chocolate birthday cake ever), cakes, cake fountains (aka indoor roman candles that you put on cakes – awesome and a half). Oh, and did I mention that littlest is now the lead guitarist of a band, so I’ve been ferrying her around for practice?
Right now, I’m not sure if I’m coming or going. So I’m going to stick to the mantra of the cake I bought for DH for tonight. (Well, OK it’s not my birthday. And I could swear that it said something about ‘keep calm and party on’, or maybe that was the box. See? Told you I’m totally disorganised, right now…)
So tell me – how do you cope when your routine gets totally thrown up in the air?