The big two are booked into some activities this week, so we’re spending a bit of time running about after them and the rest of it trying to give the younger two a decent week. I’m having to do an AWFUL LOT of chasing up of parcels as the strikes seem to mean things are just lying about undelivered; i’ve had a record of 15 missing parcels since mid-July. BM was busy, but has been deadly for 2 days, so we’ve caught up a bit now. New site nearly ready and lots of new products hanging about that i’m dying to start selling, but it all just takes SOOOO long. Still, will get some time the later part of this week i think.
Monday was a bit of a dashing about day, 60 parcels to send, which invaded rather so we all tripped up on them a lot, or tried to stop LF climbing on them. AMelie and i spent some time doing some words and stuff together but mostly it was a bit fraught; i did the week shopping for the first time in goodness knows how long, with all of them in tow, which was a test of my endurance, but we seemed to have most of what we needed when i was done 😆 Then we had to hurry off to the docs where i had a “must you blooming well read everything???” moment with Fran. “Mummy? How WOULD i know if i had chlamydia?” So (and i hope you’d be proud) we had a full and frank discussion about STDs in the middle of a just-crowded-enough waiting room. I was determined to be cool and chilled about it, but i think i did go a bit pink 😆
While i’m at it, what’s the general opinion on getting our daughters blanket vaccinated against cervical cancer please? Any thoughts?
Upshot of the docs was a steroid nose spray for Amelie (she can breathe again already) and no dairy/anti-biotics and cream for Josie. ARGH. And Pah. And BAH. And that little emoticon that rants.
Then home and i managed a bike ride.
Tuesday was a bit calmer; we left MF to it and i took the little two with me to Kate’s; we gossiped, drank tea in the playground opposite (very decadent! 😉 ) and she asked me to be Madison’s godmother, which made me very happy indeed. So now i have 2, which presumably means i should plead and sound needy about things more often 😆 Madison gorgeous and i had lots of cuddles and will now have carte blanche to spend money in the brand new and beautifully redesigned AnaraToys – so jealous of that shop!
Tuesday evening was the evening of the VAT return submission… quick challenge here; see how long it takes you to find a link for the online VAT submission service. We reckon it has to be possibly the hardest link to find in.the.world.ever. We did it eventually, but even then not in a window you could actually bookmark! Only £585 this time (i’ve been doing a LOT of buying) but still PAH and BAH! Forgot parents wedding anniversay. 36 years. Ooops. Well done mum and dad.
WednesdayÂ Bought a padlock – had a honking card payment system crisis (their fault, not mine, lost lots of sales contributing to retail death day, loss of earnings and imminent departure for debtors prison.) beans arrived and we played, chatted, ate and oggled some of my new lines. beans left without buying ANYTHING (that’s happenedÂ a lot recently, i must be losing my touch 😉 ) Amelie had mini-violin lesson… must buy roisin… CGF mended my network and it does all sorts of things it has NEVER done before. Clever man, that clever man. Made tea and batted eye-lids by way of thanks, then ranted at messy children.
This evening we went over to Great Gran’s to collect things we both wanted to keep. Kids stayed with Sue, so we got to do it alone. Realised how little time we spend alone these days 😕 Highly emotional really, i roared at least twice. She has kept such an amazing amount of detailed and beautifully kept stuff, treasure, really treasure. She was a funny old thing and it is hard to see now that actually she was highly sentimental over precious family detail. I’m in awe really and as usual when someone dies, realising we’ve lost something, someone that we didn’t appreciate enough at the time. Terrible how that happens. Found a grandparents book, like a baby book in reverse, that one of us must have given her – it’s filled in 🙂 I know i’ve given them to my nana and mum and dad, must badger them to fill them in too. Very precious memories.
I guess my girls will have this blog (and my garage full of goodness knows what) – they’ll be able to access it, whether i want them to or not, before i’m dead, so perhaps they’ll always know me better. I won’t be a hidden person they discover when i’m gone (i hope anyway.) I wonder about it at times; will the 15, or 20 year old come to me, having read all this and ask questions i don’t want to answer? Some things are going to be blindingly obvious to them and some will need answering – but hopefully it will at least mean i’m more accessible, not a private hoarder of loving detail. But some stuff just won’t exist; no one prints emails, there will never be a stash of letters to pore through and wonder at, or piles of phots – a blog and a flickr account won’t be quite the same.
It’s enough to make one think.