Another day in the familiar winter close down chez Raymond. So far everyone seems to have come through remarkably well, although Amelie is being a royal pain in the arse. Everything is a face off at the moment, she can’t do a single thing without a fight and argument. Oh well, another year and she’ll be 4 1/2 (all being well) and we’ll be friends again. Right now, boarding school is attractive.
Today has been a huge tidy, sort and clean day. We’ve de-junked the living room, i’ve skimmed off some toys and learning materials for ebay and chuicked paperwork i’ve not looked at in a year. Ma helped me shift the bulk of my tax return last night. Need to finish off the ependiture but it’s nearly there. The shelves are clean and tidy and the presents have homes; Max did a tip run and cleared away a heap of junk and went to Sainsbury’s, only to return with a new microwave and new duvets all round. I’d been having a major attack of the frugals so was slightly shocked to discover he’d taken on my spending mantle!
My beads are sorted and counted, my room and washing is done, the books are pruned and nearly where they need to be (new shelves tomorrow), my accounts are sorted out, i’ve cut back on a heap of things i was subscribed to and cut £40 a month out of my spending already. Max is being a total love and has taken it upon himself to devise us a calorie counted diet; being Max he is now the proud owner of lists of the calories in everything we eat and is reducing out intake by about half! I’m definitely going to lose that weight this year. I want to be thinner.
The girls helped lots today including getting their room sorted and vacuuming the house. As a reward i took them to see The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. I know it has had mixed reviews but we loved it; I’m such a Narniaphile that it was going to have to work hard to annoy me but i was swept away and the girls were all spellbound. Fran just sat with a shining face throughout and at the end Maddy was on the edge of her seat and glowing with pleasure. I particularly like Aslan and Mr Tumnus and enjoyed the battle lots. I wasn’t oversold on the Witch, she wasn’t how i imagined her and Mr Beaver annoyed me slightly, but otherwise i found the changes much less offensive than in LOTR. Thought the kids were all great, particularly the younger two but like know i’d have fancied Peter if i had still been at school!
Was kind of exciting to go to the cinema through mist and snow, skate in the (ungritted) carpark 🙄 and eventually get pulled over by a slipping Amelie. I do love the British public; i’m on the floor, my stuff everywhere, 3 children upset and fretting while i un-wind myself and not one person even asks if i’m okay. Charming 🙁
Home to a lovely tea and a version of Swan Lake – i do love this time of year.