Category Archives: Journal

2019 in pictures

For a few years now, I’ve done a little annual round-up using a collage of images from each month. So here we go again!

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An Osbiston Christmas in pictures 2019

As we float through the haze of the days between Christmas and New Year… here are some highlights from our family’s Christmas season.

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Summer has finally started

Regular readers may have noticed it’s been a bit quiet around here but as summer has finally started, we O’s have been rather busy…

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An Osbiston family Christmas in pictures – 2018

As is tradition. Here is how the O’s spent their Christmas as a series of pictures.

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Rumours of my demise have been greatly exaggerated

Just in case anyone was worried, I just wanted to reassure you that I am not dead.

I started a new job three weeks ago and it has been a massive adjustment. My new role is extremely complex… and while it is technically similar to my previous role it is also completely different. I have been completely absorbed in trying to understand how, what and why as fast as possible. It is daunting because both the contractor that had been covering the role and my line manager left last week. It’s a bit like learning a dance routine while someone is still composing the music. I have also already been to Leeds and Birmingham in the space of that three weeks.

I am hoping to start blogging again properly soon and I have some posts planned including:

  • Spanish snacks I have been tasting
  • A few outfit highlights
  • Little O’s 23 month update
  • A review of Stasiland

I am trying to keep up with your blogs as much as I can but I know I am very behind. I ope everyone is okay. Here is a picture of Little O and I being silly.

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2017… a review in collages 

I could write an epic essay on 2017 but I have a small child and I am investing my limited energy into binge watching Peaky Blinders and binge eating leftover Christmas cheese before I have to go back to work on Tuesday. Instead I’m going to rely on the old adage that a picture speaks 1,000 words. Once a month on my Instagram (@abbiosbiston) I publish a collage of nine pictures that sum up the month gone by for me. So I’m going to share them with you. If anyone wants more context feel free to ask in the comments and no, I don’t know why the pancake shows up in February and March. I really like pancakes… Read more…

An Osbiston Family Christmas in pictures

Christmas has come and gone and once again the Osbistons celebrated in their usual chaotic and cheerful style. Here are some pictures of what we got up to. Read more…

A snapshot of my life in black and white

Those who are on Facebook might have seen a meme going around recently asking people to post seven black and white photos of your life over seven days. No people. No explanations and then every day, challenge someone new. My friend B, nominated me and I couldn’t resist. Yesterday was my last day so I thought I would share my seven photos with you lot as well. I am presenting them with no explanation so feel free to guess… and also to join in…

Day 1

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50 Questions

One of my mum blogging friends, Alex of Alex’s Baby Blog recently posted her answers to 50 questions to help her readers get to know her better… well not that recently but life is busy, yo! I thought it was a pretty cool idea so I bring you my answers to the same questions and invite you to join in if you fancy. Read more…

Mr O and I go on a venture

Today is Mr O’s birthday. He is officially 34 and continues to be younger than me out of pure spite. As Wednesday is a work day for me and not one of the days that Little O can stay with Mrs O Senior (who also works), we decided to celebrate on the weekend. Read more…

2016: A review in pictures

2016 hasn’t been most people’s favourite year. Everyone died and there was Brexit and Trump and all manner of other horrible things… but it wasn’t all bad for me. To prove it, here are some things that happened each month. Read more…

Snapchat anyone?

As I have mentioned before my blog is going to be slowing down a bit but I do still want to keep communicating and sharing aspects of my life. I have been blogging in some format or another for about 10 years and the idea of not “broadcasting” on some level just seems odd. Maybe it’s a bit of a warped, self-important view of the world but I guess all of us bloggers are a little self-important or why would we be doing this.

Anyway… I have had SnapChat for a while but I am only just starting to “get” it and the concept of having a story, which is essentially a very short term microblog. I am a very visual person so it appeals to me way more than Twitter and I love the transient nature of it. It’s like some kind of weird running commentary, which for me includes things like my supposition on the size of our neighbour’s penis based on his vehicle choice and why I always end up sitting next to the smelliest person on the bus.

So what I am trying to say is, there might be less content here soon but SnapChat (and Instagram) is a place where I can share thoughts and experiences without needing the time to prepare a whole blog. So if anyone has SnapChat (or Instagram) please add me (and of course I will add you back). My username, as for all things, is abbiosbiston.

The inevitable demise of Film Friday

My more astute and committed readers (who I love more than life itself) might have realised that this is the second Friday in a row with no Film Friday feature. There are two main reasons for this:

I am insanely busy: For the last few weeks I have had antenatal classes two evenings a week, plus personal training two evenings a week, plus whole days of hospital appointments, plus working full time, plus visiting family in preparation for Little O’s arrival. I have just not been able to fit in as many films.

I have no concentration span: At 34 weeks pregnant I sometimes struggle to focus for very long. I’m tired all the time because I don’t sleep well and I am preoccupied with planning for the baby as well as dealing with my gestational diabetes and anxiety. Sitting down for a full two hours and getting through a film is hard. When I do get time I end up watching Obsessive  Compulsive Cleaners and history programmes about Anne Boleyn that help me fall asleep.

I think this is probably the beginning of a slowing down of this particular feature. I am under no illusions that I will have much leisure time once Little O makes his appearance and it is inevitable that I will have to choose where I spend the time that I do have. I don’t plan to stop watching films altogether or to abandon my blog completely but I think Film Friday particularly is going to become something more of a fortnightly or monthly feature.

I hope that those of you that enjoy it will still check in and also forgive me if it takes me a little longer to get around to all of your awesome posts.

Farewell to The Thin White Duke

It’s rare that the death of a famous person genuinely affects me but when I found out this morning that David Bowie had lost his 18 month battle with cancer I  was genuinely devastated.

A timeless icon of music, film, art and fashion he has never stopped reinventing and challenging himself – becoming ever more relevant year after year, decade after decade. He was the ultimate king of effortless cool. I guess I kind of thought he’d live forever and the idea that he is no longer with us breaks my heart.

Rest in Peace Ziggy Stardust. Gone but never forgotten.

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2015: A review of the year in pictures

2015 has been a pretty big and eventful year for me. There was travel, transformation and the start of what will be the biggest journey of my life… but a picture speaks a thousand words so here’s my review of the year.


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100 Days of Selfies: Day 91 – 100

So we’ve come to the very last post in my selfie collection. I have to say that when I started this project I had no idea that this was going to end up being one of the most emotionally intense 3 months of my life so far. In some ways if I had have known that I might have chosen to do this at a different time or possibly not at all but in other ways I am grateful that I documented this time and I feel like later it will be good to look back and remember how I felt. I am still not quite ready to explain the source of my ups and downs but I promise that for those who don’t know it really will become clear very soon and that it continues to be a really good thing… just with some tough days. And for those who enjoy looking at me pulling all my many faces, there will still be selfies on Instagram, probably just not quite as many.  Read more…

100 Days of Selfies: Day 71 – 80

The last ten days have been a bit of an emotional roller coaster for me for reasons that I need to keep under wraps for now. I am usually someone who is on an even keel and generally positive and upbeat so having less of a handle on my emotions that I normally would is proving a bit of a struggle which I think is pretty evident from the next round of pictures. All is well though and there is no need to worry about me.  Read more…

My 35th birthday weekend in pictures

As most of you know this last weekend was my 35th birthday weekend and it was brilliant!

Mr O and I both took the day off on Friday and I got to have a massive lay in that was only improved by the fact the Mr O brought me a skinny cappuccino to have in bed

Mr O and I both took the day off on Friday and I got to have a massive lay in that was only improved by the fact the Mr O brought me a skinny cappuccino to have in bed

I got loads of cards from friends and family... these are just some of them

I got loads of cards from friends and family… these are just some of them

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Today is my thirty-fifth birthday

I turned thirty-five whole years old today and I have to say that despite the fact that I am now officially closer to forty than thirty, I have never felt (or looked) better in my life. Age truly is nothing but a number. I have decided to take the day off from work and spend the morning with Mr O before we head over to Essex to enjoy some Bonfire Night fireworks with his family… where Mr O senior is likely to be the most excited person there… like every year.

This is the face of thirty-five… no make-up… no filter… bring on 40… I am ready!

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100 Days of Selfies: Day 61 – 70

This week’s selfies are a bit rough and ready. I had to give back the phone I was borrowing from my friend as my insurance finally replaced the phone I supposedly liquid damaged. The camera on this phone is just nowhere near as good as the other one was, which is making me a bit sad. Hopefully you will still be able to see what I have been getting up to.  Read more…