Thursday, November 29, 2007
So, okay, where to begin? DS3 had a days exclusion for swearing at a teacher. No arguements from me. Then 1 month later he is accused of doing it again. He vehemently denied it, which is good enough for me. He put his hands up straight away last time, as did DS1 - that's a whole other story! - so if he said he didn't, I believe him. Admitted to telling teacher to 'bog off''. Had a row with the school and told them to do what they wanted, they wouldn't be getting my support on this occasion. They backed down and just gave him a detention :) Now onto the issue with DS1. Child 1 brings a fire-cracker to school. Child 3 brings a lighter. DS1 being his most stupid, plays with the lighter and child 1 lights the fire-cracker. Now, DS1 and child 3 get 2 days exclusion, fair enough, stupid high-jinks, no more. However, get this, as child 1 has never been in trouble before, he's excused an exclusion! WTF? He's the one who brought the explosive device into school in the first place.

Had my bookkeeping exam yesterday, think I passed. Got 88% in the mock. That needs recording for posterity, never had a mark like that in my life.

Attended a community meeting last night at the local police station. All the people that had written in and complained about the park warden's treatment were invited to attend. Stressed? Absolutely. Inspector advised against staying, but I did. Can't believe I did, would have been much easier to walk. Anyhow, 1.5 hours later, much less stressed and glad I stayed. So was the Inspector. Still have many unresolved issues, but it's a start.

And don't get me started on the man who came into the shop at the beginning of the week and proceeded to take off his coat, his trousers and his pants. I'm still in denial.

On the pluses. Have been to Liz and Grahams; MJ's crop; Dawn came round, mucho alcohol :) ; Julies, not so much alcohol :( ; and MJ's for a 3 course meal, with the best china and everything - absobloodybeautiful.

The rumours about me being a Page 3 Girl? Try here
Monday, November 26, 2007
Just a quick one, will catch up properly later, just wanted to brag. DH, DD and me went to school Christmas Fayre last Saturday - bought one pound of raffle tickets and won first prize!! Not bad hey?
Saturday, November 10, 2007
One of those weeks. Tuesday MJ's crop. Didn't end up going. Thursday, out with Joy, didn't end up going. Dad and step-mum were supposed to be coming up last night, and couldn't. Today, Beths crop, yep, didn't end up going! Def one of those weeks. But DS3 played footy for the school team and they won, and today he recieved a 'Well Done' card from the school; DS2 played footy for his team today and they won. DS1 and DD have had a pretty calm week. Also, almost embarassed to admit, made Christmas gifts for DD's teachers! Because it's a special school there's more adults per child, which is great, until Christmas!! Picture below. Take away boxes covered, little tags made, and filled with sweeties. And I wrote my Christmas cards! Well, got to do something to pass the time while I'm stuck at home and DH is on late shift!

About to print photos for 31 days of October I did with Melodee Langworthy at Scrap-a-Ganza and have signed up for her 31 days of December. And this year really hope to finish Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas. Maybe I can work out how to upload an album and show off what I've done so far, although not all of them, cos I'm sure I'd change at least a few!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Picture the scene. At the dinner table. Family meal, so important family meals, at least 4-5 each week. Getting 3 teenagers and a shift worker tog isn't the easiest, but I manage it. Must be the italian matriarchal impulses in me. And don't forget DD has moderate special needs. Right. DH "Els, you will be good on the school bus in the morning?" "No, daddy, I don't think so!" "Why not" in a cross daddy voice. "I really can't be arsed!" Five faces then turn away from the table so she can't see them laughing, but she knows. I think this is set to be her new favourite phrase! And I have absolutely no idea where she got that phrase from. Honestly. Wanders off whistling innocently!

The aeresole - would like to use stronger - of a Park Warden who assaulted the boys has only gone back to the papers this week and would like another article on the stress HIS family have been under. What a !"£"!%$^%^ "£$£%£$ His behaviour throughout all of this just beggars belief.

Fireworks have been lubberly. I know they're not good for the environment, and pets don't like them, yada, yada, yada. But they are just so beautiful and make me feel all glowy inside :)

Did I mention I had my hair cut the other day? Big scarey decision! Haven't been able to get it to look this since the day the hairdresser did it :(

Before and After

Monday, November 05, 2007
Boys, polish your school shoes. I don't know how to.....x 3. So we showed them. Really complicated, not. Here's the box with the polish, cloth and brush. Week after week of asking them and them not doing took its toll last night. Boys put your school shoes on the newspaper and clean them. So got half a job done, yep the half that involved them putting them on the paper. Two can play at that game. So I cleaned one shoe and left the other - half a job! Now, unless they want to go to school looking pretty daft, the shoes should get cleaned!

Anna, hope DH is okay hunny xx
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Oops! Not sure I'm cut out for this blogging lark. Anyhow, will report on girly weekend once I can get a few photos, but positively not attaching a link to Joy and me singing on Singstar. Still trying to get to see Chief Inspector, but couldn't come at a worse time for Dawn with new jobs and holidays. But I have prepared him a nice lot of paperwork and complaints which he should get this weekend. Watch this space.

Had a lovely evening at Lydias with Jo; another with Liz; and a crop at MJ's. So lots of scrapping, but no cinema, drinks or anything else. So not a lot going on, which suits me fine.

Parents evening. Better go together, not sure I can do this on my own. Two and a half hours later with the usual - needs to stop being disruptive - not doing his homework - class clown - excelling in some areas - not achieving what he is capable of. Which one are we talking about? All bloody 3!

DS1 hit 16. OMG I am not mentally ready to accept I have a 16yo. Can I have a party was the topic of conversation for a depressing number of weeks. Me yes. DH no. And so on. And so forth. Eventually agreed he could take 7 mates to an indian restaurant, but that I would pay over the phone. Off they go. Indian phone to confirm payment arrangements. Several hours later indian phone back. "Oh hello, this is Passage to India" "Hi" in a very anxious-I've-let-8-16-year-olds-loose-on-society voice. "About your son". Pregant pause. "The bill is £79.80 and the whole group behaved really well". Double whammy. Not only did they not abuse my debit card, but they made me proud. 16 years of nagging has paid off.

Mum offered to take DS3 to France over half-term to see his cousin, my brother et al. By all accounts he had a lovely week, even more so because he missed school for 3 days!

Shop continues to tick over, had on the whole our best year to date, but still some less than profitable months. But the internet shop should be up and running and already has a link from the shoppy-shop. Please check it out and let me know if you spot any glitches.

Enough for now.
Laterz xx