How Do You Fit It All In? #14

The latest instalment in a series in which I answer the ongoing question “How do you fit it all in?”, which people ask me when I tell them what I do.


I woke up in Rhode Island, USA, in a comfy bed in a nice hotel room. I wrote some postcards and posted them at the main desk, then headed across the hall to the conference.

I won’t do a daily rundown because each day was pretty much the same: networking breakfast, followed by talks all day with lunchtime meetings, followed by evening events at which I was also working. I got a grand total of just under an hour during which I managed to leave the hotel and explore Providence, on Wednesday afternoon just before leaving for the airport.

Providence seems pretty cool and I’d happily go back.

I landed in London again at 9am on Thursday, went home, unpacked, showered, and worked all day in an attempt to combat the jetlag.


Friday morning was spent staring sleepily at my computer, getting a few bits of work done and looking forward to the weekend. In the afternoon I had a driving lesson which was frankly hilarious.

In the evening I met up with my friend and we went for a walk around Holland Park. Despite living in West London on & off for the last thirteen years, I had never been to the Kyoto Garden there, so we went to check it out. It’s beautiful. There are peacocks and a heron.

When I got home I went straight to bed.

Saturday & Sunday

The weekend blended into one. I was meant to be at a literary festival, but instead I spent both days in my pyjamas watching Netflix. I didn’t leave the house at all. It was bliss.

I did a lot of sleeping, hopefully enough to have caught up on what I missed while I was abroad, and now I’m ready for the next week. Theoretically, anyway.

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