I don’t know if I am coming or going this week. Work is completely chaotic as I have run two experiments, analysed three very time consuming experiments and sorted out a paper for submission to a journal, not to mention supervising four different students, one of whom never listens to a word I say and generates complete rubbish as a result. It is a complete waste of my time and of lab resources which I intend to discuss with my line manager tomorrow. In the meantime Alex is being great fun and is my stress relief. He absolutely loves the new little cars that he was given at the weekend and would take them everywhere if we let him, telling us all about the 'lello car' etc. He has also started singing nursery rhymes which is very cute and repeating phrases which he has obviously picked up from nursery e.g. No screaming inside! He now enjoys helping with various jobs around the house including putting the washing in the machine or out to dry (it usually gets dropped on the floor in the process, but it is the thought that counts). Most of all we have been playing with cars of all shapes and sizes, and getting very wet at bath-time. I have managed to do two scrapbook layouts this week which is nice. The first one is a different take on last weeks Pencil Lines sketch (#134) as I really loved that sketch. This time I have used outdoor photos from our Boxing day walk, stamped Hero art stamps on the background and used Sizzix die cut leaves and branches for the left hand edge. The journaling reads ‘Our traditional walk on Boxing Day 2008 was to the Seven Sisters on the Quantock Hills. The views were spectacular, but it was freezing so we didn't stay long'. The second page is of Alex’s birthday this year and uses this weeks Pencil lines sketch (#135) with lots of fun coloured papers, stickers and toppers. The letters for the word ‘CAKE’ are actually cut out of some Basic Grey paper. The title is ‘Birthday cake’ and the other words are ‘mess’ and ‘crumbs everywhere’. The journaling reads ‘Alex loved his ‘cotchut’ birthday cake and despite eating most of it the mess was amazing’. Apologies for the slight focussing issues on this photo. I would love to know what you all think of these pages. Have a good rest of the week everyone.