That DD of mine - she's a sweety, really she is, but can she be trying. That would be a yes, and not just a meek yes, a blooming great YYEEESSSSSSSSS. Think 'The little girl who had a little curl'; or 'Rosemarys baby'; or 'Carrie'. Yes, honestly, on a bad day it's enough to make your blood curl. Helpful pointers to avoid the eruption that is DD? "Wait a minute" or "No, you can't". And then of course there's my absolute favourite. "Now where the f... did that come from!" when there's no warning just a Tazmanian Devil in the place of my DD. I must be exaggerating. That would be a no. Think of the loudest child you've ever heard, now times it by ten, with the strength of Mike Tyson. All wrapped up in a child of 9 with the developmental age of 3. Getting the picture? We're talking hair pulling; kicking; punching, etc. etc. etc. for up to 3 hours at a stretch. And the language. Yes, I do swear like a trooper, but I sound like Mother Teresa in comparison. My all time favourite would be doing '70' down the motorway and she crawls out of her seatbelt (Houdini in the making methinks) and stands behind me pulling my hair. We love her to pieces, but it's tough, bloody tough.
DS1 - Since the incident with the motorbike. No, if you don't know, i am not putting it 'out there'!, And the 4 trips to the police station in the last year, he has calmed down the last few weeks. Except that he thinks it's okay to come in late, which would be okay as he's on his hols, but I can't sleep till he's in. So between his late nights and DD's 5am starts, I have forgotten what a good nights sleep is like. Answers on a postcard.
DS2 - in a word, truanting. So much so we're waiting to hear from the EWO. I mean, this kid is so bright. No, I agree, he doesn't get his brains from me. He wants to work for NASA or suchlike, and he's clever enough to, but going to school would help.. He's getting his hair cut on Thursday, so I'm hoping a new teenager will emerge from under it. If you haven't seen him lately, his hairs longer than mine. Which doesn't bother me. Remember Kezzy? So no problems with the length, but maybe new haircut, new attitude. Of course, there's always the possibility ......no let's not go there!
DS3 - Just his usual self. He's over the assault by the park warden.....I so can't move past it. He's giving me the least grief atm. Thanks :) Up to his eyes in girlfriends and putting his own mark on fashion. Possible next John Galliano in the making.
DH - Cheeky, moody, flirty. stroppy, laidback. So no change there.
And me. Well - apart from the kids; working in the retail industry during a recession; taking 2 other jobs to keep a roof over our head; being 'smacked' on a smackblog for daring to have an opion; feeling 'at odds' with life; losing my sense of humour; losing my troll bracelet :( :being 'dumped' by one of my girlfriends; and on more than one occasion sitting with a bottle of pills and a bottle of alcohol. I am not a cup half empty person. I like life, but it's getting harder.
On a positive? The shop is still standing! DD does have good days, and when she is good, she really is very, very good! I have a gem in Lynn at the shop. One very down day when I was wondering what's it all about (Alfie!) my bf timed a phone call perfectly. She has no idea - since I haven't told her! - just what that phone call meant to me. I have a holiday in August with my brother and his family. My friend Mellie came to visit for 2 days and we had a wonderful time at Windsor and London. I have Center Parcs in October with my closest friends and DH is going to take the weekend off work, so I can go without any worrying. So life is good, I'm just feeling sorry for myself - Lou, neeeed that red wine night!
And that's my past few months in a nutshell.