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Andrea Mara

Snapshot of a Woman Eking Out Summer

Lockdown ate our summer. It’s a small thing in the bigger scheme; an it-is-what-it-is kind of thing. But still. I spent July worrying that the schools might not open in September and that we’d be back to homeschooling, then by the time it was announced that schools would open, and

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Snapshot of a Woman in Denial

“This week is crazy,” I said to my husband. “It’ll calm down next week,” he said, and I nodded. “Who are you kidding,” said the little voice inside my head. “You’ve been saying it’ll calm down next week since 2007, and it still hasn’t.” This is true. I’ve even blogged

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Andrea Mara

Snapshot of a House Counting Down

“We’ll fit loads in over the next few weeks,” I’d said to the kids two weekends ago, not wanting to say what I really meant, which was, “There are only twelve more days left of summer holidays, let’s make the most of it.” Because I didn’t want them on the

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Andrea Mara

Snapshot of a woman on the hunt

I’ve posted snapshots on the cusp, on the verge, and on the couch, but now I’m very firmly on the hunt – I need a house. It’s almost three months now since we sold our house and moved in with my dad, and the whole “the property market picks up in February” morphed

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Andrea Mara

Snapshot of a woman on the verge

Oh September, you crafty devil. From opposite corners of the ring, we faced each other, eyeing each other up, ready for the 30-day bout. You picked me up, you shook me, you slammed me down – over and over. But I knew you were coming for me, and I braced myself, and I

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