Sunday, 8 December 2013
Friday, 6 December 2013
This week I found out that my Grandma has cancer. Bowel cancer which has spread to her liver. There is nothing they can do about the cancer in the liver, there is too much of it. Work starts on trying to make the bowel cancer bearable in the next couple of weeks but the prognosis is not good. I don't want to be brave.
I know the next few months are going to be awful. I don't know how to deal with it though. I don't feel strong enough. I don't want to be brave.
I want someone to make it all better. To fix it.
I want her fixed.
She is my Grandma and I adore her.
I don't want to be brave.
She is my Grandma and I adore her.
I don't want to be brave.
Thursday, 5 December 2013
I want to treat my family to a holiday abroad because of their patience over the past few years. #MarkWarnerMum
For the past two and a half years, I feel as if I have put my family in second place to my education. Possibly because I have. It has been really hard work being at universtiy, not least because I have to work hard when I am there, but the strain it has put on our family financially and logistically has been bigger than I ever imagined. Yes, there have been benefits, like being able to spend this summer with the children, but it doesn't stop me feeling guilty for the past few years.
This is my final year though, the end is in sight. I would absolutely love to be able to treat my family at the end of this, to thank them for all their support, patience and understanding whilst I have been at university. That is why I am entering to become a #MarkWarnerMum. I hope that my graduation ceremony is the start of spending far more time together.
We were recently sent a Rosewood Rimini Natural Cat Scratcher and a Mouse 'N' Sound wand toy for our two cats, Bruce and Bella. Since moving into our house last year, the cats have had little to no chance to scratch carpets, mainly because we have so few in this house. They have a scratching post, but it is a cheap one which falls over whenever they scratch it, so they don't use it.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
The Photo Gallery - Week 167
Ever since the boy started school, mornings are a blur. They happen so ridiculously quickly. We have to get the girl to the childminder's for 8.00, home for 8.15 and then everything else before we need to leave for school at 8.45. I rarely have time to eat any of my own breakfast, dry my hair or put on make-up. But every morning I take one picture, a good morning picture, which then goes on to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I love this moment. Often it is on the way up to the childminder's, sometimes it is from my bedroom, but always taken before 8.30am. It is a time to take stock. To prepare for the day. To realise how lucky we are to live here. Before I started blogging, I wouldn't even have considered taking a good morning picture, now I think I would miss it if I didn't do it. I have even given the childminder a book of a year of amazing pictures which I have taken on my way up to her house. Recently a few people have said how much they look forward to my good morning picture, which makes me feel very happy indeed.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
So, essays are in full swing and I am somehow managing not to have a breakdown, although I bumped into Lucy from Attic24 yesterday who gave me a very good pep talk! I think it is going to be OK. I have left enough time and I am now on the right track with the final essay. I just wish that at least one of them was already finished. My children have been playing really nicely together, which makes a change, and makes me happy. My daughter is getting cheekier by the day, but her quizzical face makes it all worthwhile. The boy has finally started actually wanting to write, which has been a huge battle since he started school. I got some time with my best friend this week and it was really amazing. We probably haven't been out together in over three years, maybe more, so it was a very rare occurrence!
Here is what has made me happy this week...
Monday, 2 December 2013
On Tuesday I found out that I had won tickets to see X Factor being recorded, thanks to TalkTalk. I was really rather excited. I have been a fan of the show for about five years, and this year is definitely one of my favourites so far. I called my very best friend, who lives not far from London, and it was a date! This was to be one of our first nights out together in about three years. Possibly more, so we were going to make the most of it! The problems I had with my hotel booking were sorted out on Friday afternoon, so I knew that we were going to stay in a hotel together, which meant we could see each other for longer.
I travelled down to London on Saturday lunchtime and made sure I got loads of university reading done on my way down. When I checked into the hotel, I settled down to do my nails. A luxury I get very little time for at home. I used Maybelline Colour Show Brocades, which is fabulously festive.
Saturday, 30 November 2013
Yesterday we were invited to the National Railway Museum in York to try this year's experience to meet Santa. We have been twice before, in 2011 and 2012. I took my two year old daughter, a very good friend and her daughter, who is also two. We arrived at the museum not long after 10.30am and got straight in to enjoy all the engines.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
This is an unfortunate tale of lastminute.com's and Hilton hotels poor customer service I have experienced in the past 24 hours. Yesterday (Wednesday) I booked a room at the Hilton Wembley as a special treat for my best friend and I. We are going out in London on Saturday night for the first time in two years and I thought it would be a good Christmas present from each other. Unfortunately I experienced some difficulties when booking the room. My browser timed out during the booking and it appears that at this point, a glitch in the site set the date to the current date, yesterday's date. At the point of clicking confirm, there was nothing which stated which date I was booking, so I was incredibly surprised when the confirmation page said that a booking had been made for that evening (yesterday evening).
I instantly called lasminute.com only to discover their call centre was shut. Below is the order of actions which followed. I did everything that I possibly could to cancel the booking, but no-one was able to help me. I was advised to call the next day, which I did.