Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I've Discovered Nap-Happiness

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I've Discovered Nap-Happiness

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Byline: Judith Holder

AHIDEOUS break in Italy at New Year. The weather was so bad that you couldn't even step out of the door without getting blown over and, frankly, there was so much rain gushing down the streets in the village, you could have canoed down them ... which was tempting, obviously.

I tried to open the balcony shutters and it was like a scene from Touching the Void - my reading specs flew off my face and most of the contents of the room looked like the contents of a tumble drier.

Needless to say, we had packed rather optimistically with linen trousers and light tops.

Oh, how optimistic we were!

There is a limit to how much Monopoly a woman can take while huddled round a newly-purchased electric fire, and a limit to how long one can keep one's sense of humour when you start to think about a cosy fire you have in your house at home in Northumberland, and some nice telly you have recorded, which is sitting there waiting to be viewed.

Here, apparently bright blue skies and snow. Thanks for that.

The other chill factor, as in still being a little bit chilled and laid back as a result of the Christmas break from work (as opposed to domestic-work) remained with me this first week back at the computer till about Wednesday morning.

I was still quite light-footed, cheerful and even did a bit of flouncing here and there, clearly unaware of how much work and how many deadlines there really are in my in-tray over the next few months.

Then of course it sinks in, and now the true size of the backlog has hit hard.

I had even got into the habit of an afternoon snooze after Christmas, which has to be one of the most wonderful advantages of being middle aged (or is that old aged?) imaginable.

A nice half hour in your own bed, I had even taken to closing the curtains, which felt frankly wicked, and waking up feeling like a new woman. …

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