Working full-time is certainly having an effect; the house is even more chaotic than usual, I've given up ironing, meals are variable in terms of timing and quality, and my social life has taken a nose dive.
But... by miraculous chance, Vix, Tania and I were all available on Thursday, we chose a destination we could all get to by train in about an hour, and off we went to Leicester.
There was no chance of losing these two; I just had to scan the streets for a fuck-off huge fur hat and some neon pink legs!
I'm ashamed to admit that I have never been to Leicester before, though I've travelled through the city hundreds of times on trains heading south.
There were interesting buildings and architectural details wherever we looked.
We visited Richard III's tomb in the cathedral; there he is, shaking his tambourine, or triumphantly grasping the crown, take your pick.
The area around the cathedral was particularly peaceful and rather smart.
Of course there was shopping. The city centre has plenty of charity shops, and we spent ages in the wonderful DollyMix vintage shop.
There were lovely ladies all over the place, in addition to some spectacular clothes at reasonable prices.
See? Lovely ladies!
Lunch is always in a Wetherspoons; this time, the rather grand venue was the old Corn Exchange building.
Even if we didn't find anything to buy, we wouldn't go away empty-handed.
My gifts were a 1970s spotty dress and sewing pattern from Tania, and a sexy red 1960s slip, parrot earrings (to go with my parrot print frock) and Dr Martens sandals from Vix. As always, those girls get it absolutely right.
I found this 1970s cotton velvet jacket in the bargain basket in DollyMix - mine for a fiver.
And this 1970s dress was from Pink Pigeon vintage, just £10.
The print makes me ridiculously happy.
After losing a multifocal contact lens, I'm back to wearing my single vision lenses and reading glasses for close-up. One of the perils of full-time work is having problems making appointments with the optician...
I'll be joining Patti and co for Visible Monday, and catching up with your blogs soon, I promise.
However busy life becomes, I'll always make time for friends.