Blogtober – Day 13: Earrings and Knitting
Blogtober 2021

Once again, I’m committing to Blogtober, but whether I’ll make it happen or not is another thing. One day I’ll manage all the days without having to catch up at weekends or something like that. For now, Happy Blogtober.

As I lay in bed this morning and attempted to try and get a few minutes sleep, I was presented these earrings by Jaxon. Schools here in Denmark often have “wrap around” care that most kids go to. Jaxon’s been going pretty much every day since he started school here. They have all sorts of activities – he loves showing off the computer room. Anyway, he presented me with these earrings, apparently, he made them one day at school. So cute! I’d love to be able to wear them lots but I can imagine Rex trying to pull them out of my ears, so for now they have been put away safely and will be taken out next time we go out for a date night or something like that.

The other picture is my progress so far with the Shawlography MKAL. It’s a little messy in places but I’m pleased with how it’s looking. This bit involved German Short Rows – which took a little studying to get right but I think I’m there. Hopefully by the time I get through the rest of it, I will have them mastered lol. I’m hoping to catch up with Clue 1 so I’m ready to start Clue 2 on Friday but I’m not sure I’m going to get it done. But as Stephen says “say yes, don’t stress” so here we go breathe and don’t stress!

You can read all of my Blogtober posts from this year here. I’ve also attempted to take part in previous years and they are here and here. You can also read about our previous trips to Copenhagen here, here and here.

Blogtober – Day 9: Dinosaurs, Burgers and Music
Blogtober 2021

Once again, I’m committing to Blogtober, but whether I’ll make it happen or not is another thing. One day I’ll manage all the days without having to catch up at weekends or something like that. For now, Happy Blogtober.

Back in the UK, my weeks look pretty much the same, church on a Sunday, knitting group on a Monday and Tuesday (depending on where in the month we are) and set work things on Wednesday. Some of those things have carried over with our move but some haven’t so this week my week was very empty (including two days of looking after Rex who wasn’t very well – poor poppet!).

Chris decided that I needed to find something for me to do (either with Rex or without the boys). I signed up to various FB groups but their events are either towards the end of October or are just online rather than in-person groups. We then headed over to Meetup to see what could be found there. Chris found a group called Shut Up and Write. I’ve been trying to get back into properly writing my blog for a while but something always gets in the way.

That wasn’t until this afternoon so we started the day by popping to the supermarket for Jaxon to get a cycle helmet. He’s been using mine while I was still in the UK but now we’re all here and I need it, it was time to get him his own one. He got the same design as mine just a different colour (apparently he did want the pink one at first as he likes mine so much but then Chris found the navy blue one so he changed his mind lol). They also got some cinnamon swirls as a second breakfast (Both Jaxon and I had had breakfast at home before we’d gone out but were both hungry again lol).

We then headed to our next stop which was to visit the Statens Naturhistoriske Museum (Natural History Museum of Denmark). Once we arrived we sat outside and ate our Cinnamon Swirls before heading inside. There were lots to see but Jaxon wasn’t all that excited about it so we went through some of it really quickly! It was great to see Tristan Otto. Tristan is the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex – he’s gigantic! (If you’ve seen Dippy at the National History Museum in London, Tristan is about half as long as Dippy – but still very impressive). At one point, I tried to make Jaxon laugh by holding my elbows in at my sides and trying to hug him like a T-Rex, he didn’t find it so funny but Chris found it funny.

We went to grab a drink from the café at the museum but decided it was close enough to lunch that we’d take a walk through the Botanical Gardens to the other side where there are more choices for lunch. We ended up having burgers at Jagger right near the Round Tower. I went for the Fried Chicken Burger with fries. It was very yummy. I had got a lot of sauce on it though so got in a bit of a mess! Thankfully we had baby wipes with us!

Following lunch, we first went to Søstrene Grene so I could have a look at the yarn. I’m a little behind but hoping to join in with the WestKnits MKAL that started this week. Søstrene Grene had some basic DK yarn and some chunkier stuff but I was in need of Fingering/4-Ply weight. I think I will be off to Nicoline Garn or Sommerfuglen on Monday in the hope they have something that will work without it being too expensive. (Also if it could come in balls rather than skeins that would be handy as my winder is at home…) After the boys were patient with me, we headed to a little playground near by so that Jaxon could have a runaround. It also had a smaller swing for babies/toddlers, so Rex had a go on there and had a great time.

The boys went with me to Nørreport Station where I could park the bike. Then I walked to Bastard Cafe where the writing group were meeting. (Yes that is it’s name…). The boys then headed home and Chris put Rex down for a nap once they arrive back at the apartment. Once I found the cafe, it took a while to get served. the chap in front of me seemed to take ages to get his order sorted. I grabbed a drink and found the group. They were lovely and welcoming and made space for me to sit at the table. It was rather cosy already as there were then 9 of us squished around a table that was made for 6!

I’d arrived just in time for the focus hour of writing so having said hello, we set about writing whatever we were working on. O and SD who were sat to my right-hand side were both working on their current masterpieces. The guy to my left was working on something that had lots of planning or a complex spreadsheet as part of his project. The hour seemed to fly by as I typed away on my laptop about what we’d been up to. The Cafe is a board game cafe and was really busy with lots of people playing board games. (It’s a lot like Ready Steady Roll in that respect)

I spotted this painting on the wall and had to send a picture to my brother as he’s a massive Doctor Who fan. Once we had finished our hour, it was great to stay and chat to everyone. We talked about James Bond (and who should the new Bond be…), then we got talking about where we were from and languages that we spoke followed by a detour into Eurovision. SD was talking about her upcoming adventure to see Måneskin in concert and we then fell into a Eurovision shaped hole. (I will have to introduce them to the Think About Eurovision podcast). I talked about trying to get tickets for Dadi Freyr in Copenhagen but apparently, they sold out almost as soon as they went on sale!

I then had an adventure cycling home again. Chris had taken the cargo bike with the boys in it and I’d been left with Chris’s bike. We tried to get the saddle down but couldn’t so our Plan B was for me to take Chris’s bike on the Metro and then walk/cycle it from our nearest stop. I figured I’d give it a go and in the end cycled all the way home. When I pulled up outside, Jaxon was practically hanging out the lounge window (We’re on the ground floor don’t worry!) with Chris hanging onto him! (Rex was in his high chair eating his tea – or some of it at least. It was a bit challenging as Chris has his saddle so much higher than I do and so I’m sure my legs might ache in the morning! The boys had already had tea by the time I got home so while Chris did bedtime with Rex, Jaxon and I watched cartoons and I ate. Then I sat catching up on the Danish version of The Great British Bake Off (here it’s called Den Store Bagedyst (The Great Baking Show). Not sure who my favourite is yet – they are still on Week 2. It’s their 10th season so there’s lots of clips from previous seasons.

Blogtober – Day 5: Shopping Trips and School Runs
Blogtober 2021

Once again, I’m committing to Blogtober, but whether I’ll make it happen or not is another thing. One day I’ll manage all the days without having to catch up at weekends or something like that. For now, Happy Blogtober.

The morning started with the alarm going off. Jaxon now gets up at 6:30 to get ready for school. Depending on quickly he gets ready determines whether he gets to play his iPad before school (and how much time). Both he and I have been using an app called Drops which is really good for practising individual words. I prefer it for that than the sentences like Duolingo. I mean how often will I need to talk about an elephant eating a sandwich?. He has to do 5-10 minutes of that before he’s allowed to start tinkering on his Minecraft world. I still don’t get Minecraft but it keeps him happy and his world has been grown so much. He’s got such a great imagination for making his world work and change. At one point he’d created a water slide through a mountain that ended up in an underground pool.

Breakfast Time and the Morning School Run

Chris got up with the boys and sorted breakfast while I tried to squeeze in a little more sleep. Following the crazy yesterday with the suitcases, I was very sore and achy. I struggled to sleep during the night. Every time I rolled over I caught another set of sore muscles and woke myself up again.

Tuesday was kind of boring, as once Jaxon and Chris had headed off to school, Rex and I spent most of our day in front of the TV, unpacking or napping. We worked our way through a lot of episodes of Bluey (on DR they are all in Danish but if we switch to Disney+ we can do it in both English and Danish depending on the mood) while Rex napped I caught up on some YouTube videos and other programmes that I usually watch. Some I haven’t been able to find and others I’ve been able to find more episodes as Disney or Netflix here hold different rights to the UK counterparts.

Lunchtime Adventures

Chris was working from home today so during his lunch break, we had a walk to Føtex. (Føtex is one of the supermarket chains here, they are a bit like Tesco or Sainsburys in the UK). The plan was to get some food for tea along with some other bits including socks for Rex. He’s at the age where he would rather pull his shoes and socks off rather than keep them on his feet. They just keep disappearing!

While we were at the supermarket, we got frozen pizzas for tea. With Chris, having Danish classes on Tuesdays and Thursday, those days will be mine for making dinner. On Tuesdays it has to be a hot meal as Jaxon has a packed lunch at school. Whereas Thursday is sandwiches or something along those lines for tea.

The Afternoon School Run

Chris, Rex and I went to do the school run together. It had been raining on and off all day and of course it rained loads during the school run! I rode the cargo bike with Rex in the front there and back. In the summer, he’d been in it but had always had Jaxon next to him to keep him sat up. This was the first time he’d been in it by himself and so he wasn’t so sure about sitting alone. He got the hang of it though and was having a great time. Since Jaxon arrived in Copenhagen in the Summer, he’s been going from strength to strength with his bike riding skills. So now he often rides alongside Chris on the bike paths to and from school and church.

Salami Pizza and Margarita Pizza (simple but yummy!)

When we got in from the school run, Jaxon and I got changed into dry clothes and snuggled up on the sofa. Rex would join us for a few seconds only to then decide, he’d had enough sitting still and would be off again to explore (or just create havoc!) We had the pizzas from Føtex for tea. The oven will definitely take time to get used to. Next, I will have to start with less time and then add a minute at a time or something like that to make sure the food isn’t overdone!

It was strange doing bedtime again for both boys but we got there in the end. Jaxon watched TV while I sorted out Rex then Jaxon got himself sorted for bed too. Chris arrived home around that time so took over on Jaxon’s bedtime. Chris and I got things sorted out before I went on the computer to join in with the online Music Quiz we’ve been doing each week. (We won one of the smaller prizes which was great!). And that was another day done.

You can read all of my Blogtober posts from this year here. I’ve also attempted to take part in previous years and they are here and here. You can also read about our previous trips to Copenhagen here, here and here.

Blogtober – Day 4: Aeroplanes, Adventures and Achy Muscles
Blogtober 2021

Once again, I’m committing to Blogtober, but whether I’ll make it happen or not is another thing. One day I’ll manage all the days without having to catch up at weekends or something like that. For now, Happy Blogtober.

When I was a kid there was this show on the television around 7/8pm and it followed the ground crew and staff around Heathrow I think. It was around the time EasyJet and budget airlines were a new-ish thing. There’d be customer service issues and people getting stopped by customs and things like that. 

There was nearly always someone running late and had to be tannoyed as it was the final call for boarding at their gate. 

Well, that was very nearly us. 

Rex was introduced to halloumi at Leon – I had my favourite Grilled Halloumi Wrap (although I think they were super heavy handy with the spicy mango sauce stuff because it was going everywhere as well as burning my tongue a little!)

When we flew to Copenhagen in the summer, our flight flew out and back into gates in the same sort of area so I took the chance that our flight would leave from there this time. How wrong was I? 

We got to Gates 40-59 and our flight wasn’t on the list. At first it looked like maybe it just hadn’t been released yet so we waiting for a few minutes when two other flights leaving at 6pm appeared on the screen but no Copenhagen flight. I checked the Kayak app – no update. Reloaded the Stansted Airport website and there it was Gate 32! 

Great so a 10ish minute walk back to the main terminal bit, get on the shuttle and a whole bunch of more flights of stairs. We got almost back to the shuttle and I had to sit down. Between the weight of Rex and the weight of the bags combined with my mask, I couldn’t catch my breath. I stopped and sat down with my eyes closed so I could shut out everything else and just focus on remembering to breathe (And breathing deeply) when a chap stopped and asked if I was okay and did I need any help. I said no but then began to wonder if I should have just said yes at least to get me to the shuttle. 

We made it to the shuttle just as another one arrived. There were a family at the other end of our carriage discussing going to Copenhagen and which gate they were supposed to be at. We got to the first stop which is Gates 1-19 and they were then talking about whether they should be getting off there. To which I asked which gate they were going to because Copenhagen wasn’t at Gates 1-19. Yep going to Copenhagen, so I said you need Gate 32 and they were really grateful for the help.

I checked that I had our boarding passes and it said that boarding closed at 5.30. It was 5.35. I started to panic a little. I couldn’t update anyone on where I was up to and if it carried on how would I tell Chris that we’d landed etc.

Thankfully when we got to the gate, there was still a queue and who should in the queue ahead of me – the family from the shuttle. The dad of the family offered to help carry one of my bags to the plane. By the time we got to the plane, either everyone was boarding via the front door or they’d already closed the back door (there were lots of people already on board so I wondered if we were holding everyone up a bit – oops!) He offered to carry my bag right to my seat. His seat was right at the front of the plane and mine was right at the back. What a superstar. (Although I think his partner was annoyed that he helped me…).

Rex and I had the window and middle seat which meant that Rex could wear the extender/baby seat belt and still stand on my leg/the chair and look out the window. There’s a line in Me and The Sky, where Beverly sings “But I took my first lesson came down from the sky, And told my father I’d fly for the rest of my life” and that pinged into my head as Rex sat with his faced glued right up against the window looking at the other planes or the shrinking buildings as we took off.

In the aisle seat, there was a lady, who by her accent I think she might have been German. She was so lovely. At one point, Rex was being squirmy and got out of my grip. He shimmied across the chair and then was holding onto the arm of the chair and her arm, reading the screen of her phone. A bit later he then tried to help empty her handbag! I was so sorry and kept apologising. I think she was just grateful he wasn’t one of those kids who screams all the way!

At one point, two flight attendants walked down the aisle and I think they thought because they were in the back bit no one could hear them or something but they were discussing how people get on the flights without reserving their seats together with their families then get on board and ask to switch. One of the flight attendants then says “Just book your seats together!” to their colleague. I guess if there are free spaces it’s a little easier but I think our flight was fully booked (or near enough) so moving people around wasn’t very easy! There was a lady with a baby in front of us and she moved to the other side of the aisle so she could have two seats but other than that it was full.

When we arrived at Copenhagen Airport, the flight was about 10 minutes early. The flight attendant assisted me getting the back down the steps but she couldn’t help any further. That was fine, once we got into the terminal I could grab a trolley and readjust everything.

Our friend commented in our House Group WhatsApp that he has memories of the moving walkways through airports, so when I had a chance at the airport I snapped a picture – although I couldn’t send it right away because of the WhatsApp outage!

We followed the signs for baggage claim and ended up at a different passport control queue to the one we used in the summer. Thankfully the queue was moving pretty quickly. When the border lady saw Rex in the carrier on my bag she smiled and waved at him then said goodbye as we left (I even said thank you in Danish and she sort of laughed – either it was appreciated or it was really bad lol). It was easy to find Rex’s buggy at the Oversized Baggage Claim as that’s the first one as you get into that bit, but our suitcases were right up the other end (if you image a T, Oversized is one end, our cases were the other end of the top of the T and the exit was in the middle. Getting the luggage, buggy, Rex and I to the exit was hard work and I was really beginning to hurt (not just ache!), thankfully as soon as I got through the door, there was Jaxon and Chris waiting for us – it was so good to see them both. Chris was as little panicked as we’d only got 15 minutes on the car parking outside so we needed to get a move on. We got to the outside door and Chris’s work friend P was there waiting for us. He took one case from me, Chris took the buggy and off they set about getting everything and everyone into the car. It was the first time I think I’ve ever been in a left-hand drive car, so at first, when I got in I joked something was missing while holding my hands up like you would on the steering wheel. As we drove through Copenhagen it was really unnerving being so close to traffic and not be the driver in a way!

When we got back to the apartment, P and Chris got everything unloaded to the pavement outside then Jaxon, Chris and I worked at getting everything inside. Jaxon was a little trooper and worked so hard! He kept coming back and I tried to give him light things to carry then he decided he could manage one of the heavier bags too! (I hope he didn’t hurt himself!)

Once we got the boys to bed, Chris and I sat on the sofa and watched Suits – I haven’t watched it in a number of years so might need to catch up on Season 6 just so I remember what’s going on before Chris and I watch the next episode (only 5 episodes missed of Season 6 so that shouldn’t take long to catch up on).

The Week Just Gone – Week 39
Blogtober Day 3

Good morning or good evening I guess. Depending on when you’re reading this.

Another week has gone by and we’re even closer to the start of our adventure. I had started a post two weeks ago to tell you all where we were up to but that didn’t really happen. Isn’t it just the way that life or work or both get in the way – especially if blogging is a mostly unpaid thing and “proper” work is a played one.

So two weeks ago, with help from Dad, I managed to get the suitcases down from the loft. This week I was onto the next step which was to start packing. While I packed Rex’s things I also packed the too-small baby clothes away into other boxes so they can be hand-me-downed to the next person. He’s slightly too small still for 12-18 months but he’d get more wear out of the 12-18 months stuff – right?

The last few weeks have often felt like just as I clear one thing from my to-do list, another two would come in. This kind of reached a head when I had a full-on meltdown mid-Zoom call. I ended up leaving the call and having to sit in the other room just to calm myself down. I pulled myself together and went back to the call but that was kind of the whole day gone, I was in a funk for the rest of the day and don’t think I really functioned properly at all.

I’m thinking if I can spend some time properly planning posts and then get a little ahead of myself with scheduled posts and things might ease up a bit, but then it’s about having the time. I probably need to sit down with someone who knows this stuff and chat it through with them and formulate a plan – might also help for that person to keep me on track too (it’s easy to fall down a YouTube or IG hole some days!). I watch YouTube channels like Kara and Nate and Trent and Allie and they both have a delay on when they record vs when their videos go live so maybe I need to try and figure that out for my blog somehow. I’ll put a pin in that idea and come back to it.

So what have I been up to? Well, here we go, in the last 2ish weeks…

  • Knitting group (Lemon and Ginger) went back for the first time since March 2019. It was so lovely to see everyone. It was kind of funny how some of the ladies reacted to Rex as I was 16 weeks pregnant when we last met and now he’s 13 months old! He didn’t entirely cope very well with group – I think there are so many people there and he’s used to being in a highchair for meal times so when I don’t feed him or just feed him snacks he gets worked up and wants to get up and about. I guess this is just one of those things he’s going to different from Jaxon. (Lemon and Ginger started when Jaxon was about the same as Rex and so he’s got used to that, that was what we did on a Monday morning. And the ladies adopted him as the knitting group mascot lol)
  • The Pavilion where we meet has new owners so it was lovely to meet them but strange not to see the “normal” team there. I guess they have all moved on to new adventures and jobs etc.
  • While at knitting group I bumped into my friend Rachel who runs Booktastic. Back in July I helped with part of their online event and it was the first time I’d seen her in about 18 months if not 20. The urge to hug was very strong but we resisted lol. She also had a little thank you gift for me. It was a pin badge from Tea Make Cake (who I love!!). I have two project bags from her amongst other goodies – she’s a local small business who just rocks! Thank you Rachel!!
  • I’ve still been reading when I can. Somedays it’s easier than others and I have to make sure I’m focusing on what I actually need to do!
  • As part of packing for the adventure I’ve been trying to clear out some stuff too. Something I’ve learnt in this whole sort of process if that it’s easy to gain “in case” stuff and sometimes you have to be drastic and chuck it out. Today (Sunday) I filled one bag with charity shop stuff and then a second with rubbish that had just gathered or not really been dealt with. I put the coat that I bought in January 2020 in the charity bag – I’d really tried to go second hand. I was going to get a second-hand coat that was going to be great and it would fit and that would be that. But then it arrived, it had elasticated cuffs around the wrists and wasn’t as long as I hoped it would be. But the major issue was that it wouldn’t fit around my bump. So instead I ended up at GoOutdoors. The first coat I bought and wore to Copenhagen in February 2020 was great it was warm and it had proper pockets but in less than the time we were away the zip broken and that was it. Couldn’t use it anymore. I went back to get an exchange but decided I would prefer a different style so for my yellow coat which I love. It could do with bigger pockets but they do zip up and they keep my hands warm so that’s a winner. It’s like a thin duvet so works really well to keep me warm.
  • And here’s where I bury the lead. Rex and I were involved in a car accident on Friday afternoon. Thankfully it was minor and I wasn’t at fault. It was so loud and then kind of scary as the other driver just drove off and didn’t even stop to make sure we were okay. Thankfully we were right outside one of the petrol stations in Bedford and some of the staff were outside about to open the forecourt again so they were all witneeses to the accident. They were amazing. One got me some water, another rang 999, another checked CCTV, someone checked on Rex (who was screaming like crazy both out of “scary thing just happened”/”Mummy is really upset”/”Random strangers keep talking to me and I don’t know who they are!”/”Where’s Mummy?”. We were both checked over by the paramedics then I gave a statement to the police amongst other things. There is more to the story but the main thing is we are all good, the car was dinged but it’s fixable (I think!) and we were well taken care off even if the other driver drove off without caring to stop.

I’m sure there is more to write about what has happened but in true me style, I’ve started but not finished this, so we’ll leave it here and see what happens next week.

You can read my other posts in this series here.