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On the Ning Nang Nong

Have you ever heard that poem by Spike Milligan? The one that goes:

On the Ning Nang Nong
where the cows go bong!
and the monkeys all say Boo!
There’s a Nong Nang Ning
where the trees go ping!
and the teapots jibber jabber joo.
On the Nong Ning Nang
all the mice go clang!
and you just can’t catch ’em when they do!
So it’s Ning Nang Nong cows go bong!
Nong Nang Ning Trees go ping!
Nong Ning Nang the mice go clang!
What a noisy place to belong
on the Ning Nang Ning Nang Nong!

Well, sometimes that’s where I feel like I live! I was made redundant a few years ago, and my (now) husband and I decided that I would try working from home. The benefit of this was that it would make it easier for me to complete my PhD, and it would also allow us to have his kids with us more often.

The Kids

Two years later and I’m still at home, but somehow I seem to have even less time than I used to! Every second week we have the kids (Miss H, 9 years old and Mr J, 6 years old) living with us, which means my days are made up of school lunches, clean uniforms, homework, and after school activities. Added to all this is the fact that Mr J has been diagnosed with autism, which means he currently has reduced school hours, specialist appointments and extra activities at home to help work on some of the issues he has. Sometimes I feel like I barely stop from morning to night!

The second week should be easier, with the kids not here, but somehow it never is. That week is spent trying to restore the house to some sort of order, catching up with various people and their adorable children, researching my PhD, and getting my actual work done!

Despite all this, I have what are an impossible amount of projects that I’m constantly putting off and avoiding – some of them for more than six years! I’m hoping that this blog will inspire me to actually get all of them done, and to be able to share with all of you some of the more interesting parts of my life.

Keep your eyes glued to this space for what’s supposed to be a daily account (but is more likely to be a triweekly account) of what’s happening here on the Ning Nang, Ning Nang Nong.

Does anyone else work from home? Struggle with putting of projects? Race around morning and night after children – I’d love to hear from all of you!

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