First is family.....I had a brilliant weekend adventure in the NE....the party was a hoot, despite me being used as a guinea-pig for the punch*.
They were all waiting to see what happened to me before anyone else would drink it....well, I was still standing when we left at 10:15 and I even managed a couple of brandies in the hotel bar where my evening continued with lots of laughter, before a rather lovely end to the night.
Photo of all the mad costumes - this is the clean version...the light sabre was in a rather rude position in the next version!
Princess Leia's costume was finished off with a pair of army boots - very fetching!! Mark has just arrived back from 6.5 months in Afghanistan - he's a navy medic.
*The punch...I only found out late in the evening that it was pure alcohol..no lemonade or soda or anything resembling a soft drink. Funnily, I didn't have a hangover ....it's the mixers what cause the problems!! lol
Friends are next..from the one I met for coffee in London on my way home to those who have emailed and left supportive messages on FB.
Lots of thinking was done over the course of the weekend and decisions were reached.
Sadly, DH and I are separating after 30 years. No final decision on divorce has been reached and for the foreseeable future we'll still be in the same house (for financial reasons).
Obviously, this past week has had painful moments and lots of discussions.
We've spoken to the boy and he's taken it reasonably well, although he's concerned for both of us.
I'm sad but relieved at the same time...and trying to look forward.