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It’s The Little Things

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

We’ve been through a bit of a rollercoaster time the last few years, and for many couples it could have been the end of a relationship with the testing times we’ve had. 

But do you know what binds things for us more than anything else.  Love, yes but also a really good sense of humour.

It really brought it home to me today when my husband made me laugh out loud in the office where I work and he wasn’t even there.

I think I’ve mentioned previously that I’m a bit of a no hoper when it comes to losing mobile phones, so you can imagine my surprise this morning when I received an email from my husband asking me where my phone was.

Luckily he had found it in the house and was trying to make a point.  Point duly taken, I’m not giving my mobile phone the love it deserves.

I wrote back saying where I thought it was and asked the simple question did you want me?

I kid you not, this is the reply I had back by email.

No, but yeah, but no.
I found your phone innit?  And I was just teasing cause I saw Jimmy getting off with Sharon and that, and she’s a liar cause she smells funny…

And no, he is no relation to Vicki Pollard off Little Britain.


Week 5

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

I can’t believe our recyling vans sometimes.  This week I had a lot of paper to put out and had completely filled the bag we were left.  So I filled another large bag and left it by the side of the blue bag.

Yoiu can imagine how astonished I was to find that they had taken the blue bag and put the other one with the normal rubbish.  What is the point of trying to recycle when they don’t even take it?

At home it’s been the usual:

*  Vegetable peelings

*  All my milk bottles that I have delivered

*  Paper

Solihull Hospital

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

With all the negative press about hospitals, I thought I would just sing the praises of Solihull hospital this week.

I visited my doctor on Monday (22.01.07) morning as I have been suffering from lower back pain for a while and it had just started to get worse.  She suggested I had an x-ray on my lower back and completed a form to be sent to the hospital.

By Thursday, the same week,  I had received a letter from Solihull hospital inviting me for an x-ray on Saturday (27.01.07).

My appointment was for 3.00 pm and despite having to use the A & E entrance, which meant that potentially, people who had injured themselves and needed urgent x-rays, may have been seen before me, I was seen, x-rayed and out of the hospital by 3.20 pm.

How brilliant was that!

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Well considering I had to take two days off work at the beginning of the week (that cold went to my glands and head!), by the end of the week I was still up to date with my work in my new employment.

I also had a lovely surprise from my mom who met me for lunch yesterday.  We had a picnic in the park and took her dog for a walk.  It was very childish of me, but I didn’t want to go back to work, I wanted to go home with my mommy!

Speaking of childish, take a look at Emma’s Dilemmas.  She’s written a lovely piece about children for me this week.  I can so relate to it!

Anyway, I did go to the doctors on Monday, but not about the cold.  I have reached that point in life where things have started to wear out . . slowly . . but nevertheless wearing out!

I have been suffering with back ache for some time and decided to finally do something about it.  This afternoon (how efficient is that by the NHS?) I am off for an x-ray.  Must make sure I get my clean pants ready for later and make sure they are decent ones. 

At least I can start to get it sorted.  Not that I can really rest it at the moment!

I am then taking the opportunity for some me-time to get some shopping done.  So looking forward to that.

To Be a Child Again

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Oh to be a child again. 

I love that children can stare at people quite openly without being asked "what are you looking at?" or "do I know you?"

I love that they try to be sneaky about things, when you clearly know what they are doing.  My son hasn’t yet worked out why I always know he is trying to sneak ‘goods’ like chocolate biscuits out of the kitchen.  It has something to do with the hands being held in a funny way at his side, away from me and that half twist of the body.

I love the way my children can tell me quite innocently that they have drawn me a picture, but you just know from the way they’ve said it, that it’s not on paper. 

This happened recently and the big give away was that my daughter had used mascara all over her eyebrows and lip gloss, well . . . just all over her face.  I found a lovely ‘abstract’ painting in lip gloss on my living room door. 

I love that in particular scenarios if they hurt themselves they just shrug it off.  We went out for a lovely family meal once and sat at this huge square table that was big enough for the children to hide under. 

My son really banged his head on the table (despite us having said several times, be careful).  He just popped his head up over the table top, laughing and said "It’s okay, I’m not hurt" and carried on playing.

I love that they can laugh out loud at slapstick comedy.  The Chuckle Brothers are a big hit in our house.  So too is Laurel and Hardy.

I just love the innocence of their questions.  My son who is of junior school age came home once and asked me "is f**k, a rude word mommy?"

When do we pass that age and become the cynical grown ups, who still want to do all these things but feel we shouldn’t?



Saturday, January 27th, 2007

"Life is to be lived.  If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting.  And you don’t do that by sitting around wondering about yourself."

Katherine Hepburn

Combining Work With Pleasure

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Well, we tried to go cardboarding over the weekend.  Despite our best efforts the grass was just too wet. 

Even though I was suffering with a heavy cold, the sun was shining and I decided that the family had to get some fresh air.

While we were at it, I thought I’d start a new trend - it’s called "Hill Advertising".  Do you think it will catch on?

I don’t think I’ll be setting any fashion trends though.  Burgundy with yellow and blue. . . . nice!

Call Me!

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Well, the week got better in one sense and not in another.  I developed a charming cold which resulted in me acquiring a husky voice.

Okay to me it sounded husky, to everyone else I veered between a seal impression, a dog barking and a mouse.

It wouldn’t have been so bad, if I hadn’t have had to answer the phone!  Goodness knows what impression I gave, but the rate of calls did go up!  - only joking.

If this is what having an air conditioned office is all about you can keep it.  Although in fairness not only were cold’s prevalent in the office, one of my children also had a chesty cold. So I couldn’t really escape it.

The week got better because I earned the title "The Fastest Filer in the West"  for my speedy filing.  Who says I filed it all correctly?  

Actually at work I am a bit of a quality and organisational freak.  Now if only I can apply that to the tip that has become my home I can earn the title of Superwoman.   Yeah right.

I also had an email from a well know internet marketer that really made my day.  (See the Imwags site - click here).

Plus despite being full of cold, I braved the horrible windy and wet weather to have dinner with my two best friends.  So glad I made the effort. 

It always relaxes me when I see them, plus it was the Birthday of one of them, so always a good excuse for a meal and big hugs.

And the really big thing is, I have now completed 3 weeks of my 12 week stint in the world of ‘real work’ - hurray.

Coming Soon

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

I’m not ready to reveal this yet, but watch out for an exciting project I am getting involved with.

Action plan in progress!

Website discussions!


Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

A little boy was overheard praying:

"Lord, if you can’t make me a better boy, don’t worry about it.

I’m having a real good time like I am."

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