TGIF – Fri 23rd May 2014 #WOTW #R2BC

By | May 23, 2014

Despite the fact it’s been D’s birthday this week, I haven’t been feeling tip-top. We have (it seems) too much going on at the moment:

There’s T’s secondary school appeal. I vary between being extremely positive about it, hoping that they’ll open up a new class and not being so, preparing for a “no” and then resigning ourselves to the original placement. Somewhere which I can’t imagine him being comfortable and being able to meet his potential.

Next week brings another of D’s monthly injections and, because the nurse is coming to our house, I can envisage D bolting in all sorts of directions. She has already said she will hide under her bed, which won’t exactly help matters! Anxieties are already brewing.

I’ve been called to Jury Service just before the summer school holidays! I think it would be really interesting to do but the timing is not the best. I’ve sent off to defer it, but if they refuse, I’m potentially looking at trying to arrange child care for an indefinite period for two SN children, which would not be cheap. The repercussions from D would not be fantastic either. Fingers crossed.

T hasn’t had the best week at school. There is another child who deliberately provokes him for a reaction and we advise T to ignore and walk away but he can’t. It’s in his nature to have the last word. He’s not getting into trouble with school over it but comes home very agitated. We’ve made a weekly planner to the end of term on which he can cross off the days, it seems to be helping a bit. Until the next day anyway…

We had a boiler service yesterday (from a contracted company) as part of our home care agreement and the engineer could not have been more condescending or intimidating. We probably got off on the wrong door because I asked for Id on his arrival and then didn’t have a step ladder! He moaned about our gas meter, saying it was not meeting EU regulations when it got changed last August to a smart meter and our boiler. I think he was fishing for extra (no doubt expensive) work and I can’t help feeling he wouldn’t have been like that if Hubbie had been home. Needless to say, there have been no follow up calls from them as a result of this “non EU conforming” meter. Cowboy. It makes me cross that maybe an OAP would be panicked and taken in by this kind of approach and sign up for all sorts of unnecessary work. A phone call to our home care company will be made.

So, that’s what’s been causing me stress, how about some positives?

D is so looking forward to her birthday party tomorrow. We are all set. She has decided what she’s wearing (pink) and it’s just lovely to see her happy.

T played in a school county-wide football final on Wednesday. They lost but we’ve emphasised that he should be very proud for participating in team sport and representing his school. He had a runners-up medal, which was good, he does love his “silverware”!

It’s our wedding anniversary next week, we married on the anniversary of the day we first went out together. 12 years married, 14 years together. I have a feeling (*stern glare down my glasses at Hubbie*) that there may be an England football friendly that night, but that’s how the “cookie crumbles..”

And finally, this, which has GOT to be my Word Of The Week:


I’m a FINALIST in the Health category of the Brilliance in Blogging awards!. I was in town earlier, getting some last minute bits for D’s party and nearly fell over in shock when I found out! I am totally and utterly over the moon and did not expect to be a Finalist, there were incredible blogs on the shortlist.

It is amazing for autism awareness and (hopefully) increased acceptance and I am so grateful to anyone that voted and everyone that RTs. As I have said before, I’m never sure where my blog “fits” in the blogging world, yes, it’s a parenting blog but with a difference.

So, a bit of a roller coaster day/week, life is certainly never boring!

Thanks for reading Jx

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celebratingmums on 23rd May 2014 at 8:33 pm.

Wow you have a lot on your plate right now. School worries are so stressful I know. You seem to be in one of those periods of one thing after another. I don’t like the sound of that trader at all and can see vulnerable folk being taken in and we are all vulnerable sometimes – is it worth a chat with Trading Standards and older people charities in your area and yes I know you already have enough on really. We got married on the 10th anniversary of us getting together and hope yours works out better than mine last week which was almost wrecked by me being in a vile mood. Many congats on the Bibs finalist accolade you had my vote! You fit where you fit with a right to your own voice in blogging. Don’t worry about that. @kateonthinice


Jeannette on 25th May 2014 at 7:54 am.

Aww thank you Kate. I do wonder about the blogging “fit” sometimes but it’s usually (ish) fleeting.
No news yet on “cowboy”, but you’re right, it’s worth a call or two to alert.
You’ve had so much to deal with over the last few months/year that it’s bound to come out sometimes, congrats on 16 years together 🙂


Shay Noble on 23rd May 2014 at 9:27 pm.

Sounds like you have a lot going on! I hope you have a fantastic wedding anniversary and I’m keeping my fingers crossed they will defer your jury service x


Jeannette on 25th May 2014 at 7:47 am.

Thank you, me too. The one good thing (I guess) about all these things happening at once is that hopefully they’ll disperse together 🙂


Jocelyn (@ReadingRes) on 24th May 2014 at 7:16 am.

You have a lot to be worrying over at the moment, but I do love how you will always look for and find positives in your week. Congratulations on the BiBs finalist, very well deserved, and I do hope D has a fabulous day 🙂 Thanks for sharing with #WotW x


Jeannette on 25th May 2014 at 7:46 am.

Thanks J, am still amazed about the BIBs but very, very happy. D had an absolutely fab party, it was lovely. Noisy but lovely! X


Merlinda Little on 24th May 2014 at 9:01 am.

Awww I have to agree that thats really a lot to handle in same week but I am glad that you have some nice things happening to balance the stressful ones. #wotw


Jeannette on 25th May 2014 at 7:44 am.

Thanks, me too 🙂


xOjox on 24th May 2014 at 2:50 pm.

You have so much causing you mental stress that I’m glad you found time to look for positives. I hope D has an amazing birthday weekend!
So so so so excited about you being a finalist!! Xxx


Jeannette on 25th May 2014 at 7:44 am.

Aww thank you, it was a fantastic party yesterday and it went better than I could have hoped. The BiBs was a fab bonus and just what I needed, still can’t believe it though! X


andbabymakes3 on 24th May 2014 at 8:01 pm.

Sounds like you have a lot going on but I love how you’ve found some positives in your week! Well done on the BiB


Jeannette on 25th May 2014 at 7:43 am.

Thank you, it’s always better to find the positives but it does all feel a bit “aaaargh” atm! Hopefully will ease a bit soon 🙂


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