Okay so I'm nearly back. Easing myself gently back into the year, doing it as slowly as possible because, like my birthday, I like to draaaaaag this holiday lark-thing out for as long as I can.
I hope everyone's Christmases and New Year were great. Mine were - but then - when you've got holidays, old friends, family-armed-for-battle-with-champagne and summer all rolled into one, how can you go wrong?
I thought I'd slowly ease myself back into my blog world with some conversations I've had over the holiday period. And here we go with a starter for ten.
'Hello, Kate here.'
'Do you know how to get bird shit out of the carpet?' Asks Brother-in-law.
Insert: peals of laughter.
Weary sigh. 'Knew you would be absolutely no help whatsoever, could you put your mother on, please?'
I was so pleased I was the person answering that phone call and not the person making it.