Sunday, 12 September 2010

Student loans and socks

On a day that the world remembered the terrible events of 9 years ago, and on a day that I know some people were dealing with personal tragedies, my list of lessons can seem so trivial. I remind myself of two things: that I have not forgotten the terrorist attack of '9-11-01', and those personally affected by it; and that I am so fortunate that right now my life is safe, happy, comfortable and content - and I never take it for granted. If times are hard for you in any way right now, my thoughts and prayers are with you xx

Here are some of the things I learnt yesterday:
  • I'm not in the best of moods today. I'd better be careful not to take it out on The Family
  • Why Shimelle hasn't been around on the forum much, and why the digi downloads haven't been put up - she's going through a sad and difficult time. I'm so sorry xx
  • I need patience!
  • Always carry an umbrella
  • My student loan has been fully paid off :-) It's good to see that zero balance!
  • There still appears to be something seriously wrong with the PC :-(
  • Packing up stuff to sell on eBay is a big job!
  • I'm so lucky to have my The Doctor xx
  • The DVD player isn't working properly either??? Aargh!!
  • OK, it seems to be fixed now (fingers crossed...)
  • Hooray for the birthday present cupboard! So handy to have a selection of gifts stashed away for those moments when The Boy is about to leave for a party and you realise you haven't got anything for the birthday child...
  • The New Hamster is STUPID!!
  • This cake is definitely my go-to recipe now. It may not be quick in that it needs to rest for an hour and takes over an hour to cook, but it's so easy to put together and doesn't require much hands on time!
  • The guy who did the service of our car must have long legs!
  • 19% of people have passed off a shop-bought pudding as homemade (I never have! Have you?!)
  • Happy wedding photos make me smile a lot and cry a little :-)
  • FLIPPIN' football :-( Hereford are now in the bottom two of their league :-(
  • It's fun to do a project with The Girl :-) Here's our Blitz scene:
(That's rubble on the ground and a bombed out building at the back. You knew that, right?!)
  • Folding washing may not be my favourite household chore, but then, I don't exactly have a favourite - it's all housework, after all! But I don't mind it too much. It's far from being my least favourite, that's for sure. BUT - why do The Children have to turn their socks inside out when they take them off??? Needing to turn them right side again before I can pair them winds me up!!
  • However tired I am, I lack the willpower to get myself to bed early. I will pay for it...


Jennifer Grace said...

My lesson from a couple of days ago was to give into the need to have an early night. It's so hard to do - there's always things to be done isn't there?

Your blitz scene is fab. Of course I knew what all the bits were. x

Sian said...

I love that Blitz project :)

Mary B said...

Well done on the Blitz project
No I just couldn't bring myself to pass off a shop bought cake as my own baking. something in me won't let me tell a lie in that way, but I bet I have told a few, and probably a few too many lies, in my life time lol

debs14 said...

My son seems to have got into the habit of going to bed in his socks and then take them off when he is about to go to sleep. I didn't realise this until I changed his bed linen and found a heap of socks at the bottom of the bed and a fair few had fallen between bed and wall. Boys!

Denise said...

I am so like you regarding the getting yourself to bed early - a lovely post x

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Ah, yes, the turned socks...used to drive me crazy too! That and shirts turned wrong side out. It's a great day when they start doing their own laundry!!!

Thanks for your words on 9/11, Mel. It's been a somber week here with lots of news flashbacks and remembering the tragedy. xo

scrappyjacky said...

But it's wonderful when your paypal account starts filling up!!!!!

Gez Butterworth said...

Oh hunni what did the hamster do?? :( It has been a very reflective day here too my little boy was 6 months old 9 years ago & I feared for all our futures...
Will be thinking of you tomorrow. GOOD LUCK!!
Love the blitz scene.xx

Scrappi Sandi said...

Yay on the student loan.....yay for all that dosh as a result of all the effort required to sell on ebay!.....yay for cake!!....What on earth has the new hamster done to incur your wrath?!!.....Why did he have long legs?!...Boo for Hereford United's relegation!...fabulous blitz scene & Grrrr for inside-out-socks & housework in general!! Hope you've caught up on some ZZZZZ's & can start a new week in a better mood!...when all else more cake!! :)

Cheri said...

try dirty inside out soccer socks that you have to turn right way around before washing to get the mud off - ick. But LOVE me some zero balances! Hooray for you.

Amy said...

The Blitz panorama is fabulous - I knew exactly what you meant .. just like everyone could tell we had a space buggy at our place last week ;-)!
My football team has made the finals but I think they will have a sorry demise this weekend!

Amy said...

Oh, I forgot to say ... never passed off a shop bought cake/pudding as homemade - I have been asked though .... quite insulting! ;-)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Thanks for your kind words to the world. We all need those; got all teary watching 9/11 specials with DS Henry.
So wanting a hamster story!

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ComfyMom~Stacey said...

oh teh sock thing! Inside out, balled up, in random corners in the house! Arrgghh!

I spent most of 9/11 bitching off and on about my dryer, which because I failed to check pockets before washing clothing, had the lint vent jam with small screws and then overheat.
But it was also the first time since DS1 was 11 months old that I did not spend the day playing some sort of game involving knocking over towers of blocks or sand, which is/was a standard innocent daily thing in our house & I could never quite bring myself to stop the boys from doing once a year, no matter how disturbing I personally found it.