London. In List Form.

Ten days ago I went to London for a week.  I went and left V in Lagos with LagosDad, the nanny and my in-laws.  I have left him once before, and I thought that this time would be easier.  It wasn’t.  As it turns out, he was absolutely fine.  He loved spending time with LagosDad and his Dadi (paternal grandmother) and didn’t miss me at all.

It was great to be back in London – I’m glad I stayed with my cousin and her mum rather than on my own, or I’d have been really lonely.

To tell you everything that happened during the week would take forever – so I’m going to try and break it down!


1. On arrival, go to departures to sort out return ticket.

2. Answer phone calls before leaving airport. a) I have a new nephew (hooray!). b) How does one work the TV and DVD player? c) Why does V keep pointing at his neck? (He wants to watch his giraffe DVD)

3. Get home and unpack.


4. Leave home at 9.30am.  Run errands (change money, sort out BlackBerry service, post letters, collect passport application form, etc)

5. Hair appointment at 12pm.  Takes FOUR hours! 

6. Miss the time was meant to meet ex-colleague so she can counter-sign form/pictures for new passport because of extra-long hair appointment!

7. Go straight to Oxford Street and buy all Vinay’s crap.  Potty seat, pyjamas, toys, t-shirts, shorts, etc.

8. Meet cousin for dinner (lovely cousin who went home after work to pick up her car so I didn’t have to carry all packages).

9. Go to Sainsbury’s to buy Pampers for V.

10. Pack one suitcase with all bought that day.


11. Leave home at 8.15am to get to old school in time for ex-colleague to counter-sign passport form/pictures for new passport.

12. Run errand for mum.

13. Shower/change and go to The Hoxton 🙂

14. Drink.  Unpack.  Register at BritMums Live.  Look around feeling awkward.  Meet some amazing people.  Drink some more.  Go for dinner.  Drink some more.  Go back to hotel.  Drink some more.  Pass out at 2am.


15. Wake up late.  Oops.

16. Make it to The Brewery at 11am.  Oops.

17. Talk to people.  Hang around.  Talk some more.  Make new friends.

18. Have an amazing cheeseburger with even more amazing ladies.  And a drink, of course.

19. Pack.


20. Laze.  Full English.  Chat.

21. Say goodbye and head home and unpack.

22. Decide to go out to Oxford Street, but too tired to focus on or achieve anything.

23. Go home and spend evening in front of TV with aunt.  Perfect!


24. Make appointment for new passport on time.

25. Re-take passport pictures as forehead was too shiny in last set.

26. Wander around Victoria for four hours – shop, eat, light a couple of candles in Westminster Cathedral and say a prayer for a friend in need.

27. Go home, change shoes and drop off shopping bags.  Head to Oxford Street.

28. Wander from store to store.  Try on loads.  Buy 3 pairs of shorts, 2 dresses and a few tops.

29. Lovely cousin goes home from work to collect car (again).  Dinner out (again).  Sainsbury’s (again) to buy LagosDad’s ham, cheese, sausages and cereal.

30. Go home and pack.  Until 3am.


31. Wake up at 8.20am instead of leave at 8.20am.  Oops.

32. Take two buses, hour-long tube ride and a mini-cab to visit sister-in-law and new baby.

33. Number 32 in reverse an hour later.

34. Finish packing last minute junk and chill for a couple of hours.

35. Leave for airport earlier than necessary.

36. Wander around duty-free looking for gifts for LagosDad and fil.

37. Finally time to board.  

38. Pray the next seat stays empty (it did!).

39. Never been so glad to switch off phone and sit still for six hours.

40. Never been so glad to go home to my toddling monster!

Britmums Live! Are You Going?

It’s nearly here…  I can feel the excitement building…  Not long to go!  

Am I nervous?  Yes!

Am I excited?  Yes!

Do I know what to expect?  No!

The wonderful Melksham Mum (can’t wait to meet her) has tagged me in this meme created by Claire at A Boy With Aspergers.

Q. What’s your blog title/URL and how long have you been blogging?

Blog URL: and I’ve been blogging since June 2011.


Q. Will Britmums Live be your first blogging conference?

Yes! *freaks out a little*


Q. Did you bag yourself a sponsor?

Yes?  My sponsor is LagosDad!


Q. Are you attending both days?

Hell, yes!


Q. What are you most looking forward to about the conference?

I’m looking forward to learning new things about blogging.  But I’m most looking forward to meeting Twitter friends and making new ones 🙂


Q. Are you wearing branded clothing (your sponsors brand)?

Nooooo.  No ‘formal’ sponsor!


Q. What is your planned style for this event?

I haven’t really thought about it yet.  But I’m sure there’ll be plenty of discussions about it nearer the time!


Q. Are you hoping to be nominated for a BiB award?

I wasn’t expecting to be at all – and the shortlist is out – congratulations if you’re on it!


Q. If so, what category?



Q. Will you be looking to network with Brands?

I don’t think so…  Have many other things to learn about blogging first!


Q. What do you hope to gain from the conference?

New friends, new ideas and different perspectives.


Q. Will you be dressing up in the toilets for the Friday night BiBs?

Mmmm…  Possibly.  Will wait and see!


Q. Are you speaking at the conference?  If so, when, where and how do you feel about it?

Hell, no!  I’ll probably be hiding in a corner!


Q. Will you be joining in the early morning bloggercerise on the Saturday morning?

Hell, no!  I’ll be in bed for as long as possible!


Q. Which speakers are you most looking forward to listening to?

I’ve read the Look who’s speaking at Britmums Live! page many times – and the line-up is just fab!  I couldn’t choose just one or two people!


Q. Which workshops will you be attending on the Friday (Day 1)?

I’m still deciding between the two Discussion Dens!


Q. Which workshops being held on Saturday (Day 2) have grabbed your attention?

Photography, daddy bloggers and using Facebook 


Q. Are you booked into a hotel for the Friday night, and if so, which one?

Oh yes – The Hoxton!  And NotSoSlummy and I are sharing!


Q. Will you be looking for after party drink?

Mmmm.  Yes.  Always.


Q. Are you worried about not knowing anyone or being confident and socialising on the day?

I’d be outright lying if I said, ‘No’!  I am.  I’m very shy!


Q. What are you most likely to be found doing while attending Britmums Live?

Trying to make friends, rubbing under my eyes in case my eye-liner has run and texting home to check that Vinay is ok!


Ok – so now, here are the rules…

Copy the questions.  Answer the questions.  Link back to and link up at A Boy With Aspergers and tag a couple of people.

I’m going to tag…



(Just) Above Average Mum