AIDA AUSTIN: You can’t cancel a precious reunion like this because of extreme agony

London. 4 pm. I’m on my way to meet James, the man I lived with before I met my husband.

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AIDA AUSTIN: All I can do is sit still like a good girl and follow my sister’s dos and don’ts

I am in my London sister’s flat, on my best behaviour after doing handstands in her bedroom.

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AIDA AUSTIN: My brain goes buzzy when I have to push it into understanding things it doesn’t want to learn

I am in the Victoria and Albert museum with my brother who is just back from Kabul. 

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AIDA AUSTIN: "Stay out of my f***ing bed,” and, “don’t go near my bloody Acqua di Parma”

11. 30. I’ve just arrived in England, where I’m staying with my sister for three nights.

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AIDA AUSTIN: I’m not sure having kids is for me, he says, and it’s not just the worry side

I’m in neurology outpatients. Just a routine follow-up. 

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AIDA AUSTIN: My days of sleeping on un-ironed pillowcases are over too

My mother is coming to visit us in our new house. She is determined to stay in a local hotel. The one with the nice marmalade.

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AIDA AUSTIN: I didn’t fancy the idea of my hormones being turned upside down

11a.m Sunday. My daughter has spent the past two weeks writing a research proposal on gender sex-typing. Now, the morning after its completion, she is sitting on the sofa, liberated.

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AIDA AUSTIN: I might do a research project myself

My daughter is home from Edinburgh University, where she is doing an MA in psychology. 

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AIDA AUSTIN: Aida Austin: Switching mobile phone providers

I am switching mobile phone providers. This morning, on day three of trying to activate a new phone sim card, I’m sitting at the kitchen table, in front of my laptop.

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AIDA AUSTIN: Aida Austin: My legs aren’t working very well but at least they are still attached

FRIDAY night. My husband and I are in England, visiting family.

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