A Day In The Life: I’m Both Happy & Sad

a day in the life

I’ve temporarily dispensed with A Week In My Life in favour of A Day In The Life in the hope that the content will be easier to digest and perhaps more engaging. At some point perhaps I should try An Hour In My Life or even, if people can’t stay tuned for that long, A Minute In My Life. If I picked my sixty seconds wisely enough, you might get to see the following (written in strict chronological order):

Cat throwing up

Dog eating half of the cat sick

Angelica walking through the other half of the cat sick

Me frantically looking for the kitchen roll

Me finding chewed up kitchen roll in the dog bed

Ted trying to eat the chewed up kitchen roll

Ted gagging on a bit of kitchen roll

Ted throwing up

Dog eating some of Ted’s sick

Weird smoke coming from AGA

Me retrieving charred remains of a chicken from AGA

Me holding hand underneath cold tap and cursing the bloody AGA and the bloody dog who has taken the oven glove and hidden it in his bed

Angelica searching for the oven glove with her explorer’s hat on

Ted trying to steal the explorer’s hat from Angelica’s head

Angelica crying

Me crying

Ted crying

I’ve actually timed an event like this before (they happen reasonably frequently in a household with an excitable dog, large cat, a one year old and a two year old) and although it seems to last about three hours when you’re in the midst of the chaos, more often than not it’s mere seconds. You think you’ll look up and it’ll be dark outside, the owls will be hooting, the moon will be shining bright – you’ve spent ages Dettol-ing the floor and picking tiny bits of tissue from inside the baby’s mouth – but in fact the whole debacle has taken around fifty-three seconds.

So yes, A Minute In My Life could be a great idea. Maybe I’ll film them for Instagram! But back to the video at hand, which is – by comparison – almost an epic. A whole bloody day. Try to stay with me – I’m afraid it’s a little on the sad side towards the end, because I was feeling a bit reflective (as in thoughtful, not shiny), but ’tis the way of life. Rough with the smooth, happy with the sad… Sorry about the title of this one, which sounds as though it’s been conjured up by a five year old, but it does sum up the day quite well.


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  1. Cassandra
    March 19, 2018 / 9:19 am

    Loved this video. Life just throws everything at you and maybe all at once. You are coping as best you can and that is all we can do sometimes. Footage of the children is priceless!

  2. March 19, 2018 / 10:05 am

    A minute in the life of a mum, described pretty accurately. I have a four year old and a two year old, no AGA and only a cat, but it still feels relatable.

  3. Anna
    March 19, 2018 / 10:33 am

    Hi Ruth. I haven’t commented before, mostly because everyone else seemed to put things so much better than I ever could. I am so so sorry about your Dad and I’m wishing you lots of love and strength for the funeral. I’ve been in tears multiple times watching your latest video and reading your recent posts but your description of ‘A Minute In My Life’ had me laughing out loud. You are such a gifted and beautiful writer. You must bring out a book one day I, for one, would devour it in mere minutes! Anna xx

  4. Kate
    March 19, 2018 / 11:17 am

    Oh Ruth – never met you but I just want to give you a hug! It’s so hard, you have a huge amount of life going on, but you’re amazing. Truly! Xx

  5. Charlotte Harrison
    March 19, 2018 / 11:37 am

    Ahhh Ruth that was an amazing video you stayed strong throughout, its wonderful to see you get out and about!
    whenever I make plans to go out it often = chaos
    life with kids it’s a rollercoaster ride you don’t know what they’ll get up to next but it’s all worth it.

    Kids are looking gorgeous and ted is growing up way to fast

    Love the dress suits you also love the pj’s at the end of video where are they from look so cosy

    Keep strong it’s hard losing someone you love so dearly
    Thoughts are prayers are with you at this sad time X

  6. DLA
    March 19, 2018 / 3:03 pm

    Sending you a virtual & comforting hug, for whenever you might need it.

  7. Jo.C.
    March 19, 2018 / 5:33 pm

    You’re an amazing person Ruth, but take each day as it comes. Maybe take a little holiday to take a breather when things have settled down.
    On a lighter note: You look slightly Amish with your white headband on at the end :-) xx

  8. Suzy Lyle
    March 19, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    Hi Ruth, this video was really moving. Thank you for being so open and sharing a glimpse into the reality of grieving- particularly that life continues apace and that with strength, love and support (e.g I had an inner cheer on the support front when you showed that you were sat beside C Hirons) that it’s possible to navigate through. I hope you’re getting lots of time back home and just doing your thing and taking your time x

  9. Anja
    March 20, 2018 / 10:26 am

    I certainly enjoyed this video! Seems like you had a lovely day and your feel unique event looks so lush. You deserve it! I absolutely loved your comments/story, I just really like your wit and humour. Btw the photos at the event looked really great, especially the family ones! I also think that you looked really lovely at the end of the day with your makeup off, your tousled hair and the PJs. And it wasn’t too much “sad” at the end, it’s you, your life and what you’re going through at the moment and that must be so incredibly tough! Sending you a big hug from Germany!

  10. Hayley
    March 20, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    Aw Ruth such a great video. You are handling everything so well. You should be so proud of yourself, you’re an inspiration. I’m a similar age to you and cannot imagine loosing a parent.
    Your vid highlights well the juggling act of life, not just with a young family and pets along with work, but the emotional upheaval life can sometimes be.
    Sending lots of love to you and your family. Be strong for the funeral. Grieving will get easier with time (such a cliche, but it’s true). Xxx

  11. Karen G.
    March 21, 2018 / 12:58 am

    It’s tough, isn’t it? I’m so sorry – it’s just not right to be away from loved ones when you’re hurting. Losing someone is awful. Tonight, I’m praying for your heart.

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