Well, after returning to work last Tuesday I promptly had to take the rest of the week off due to feeling very ill. Alexander joined me in this and was too ill to go back to nursery.
It was still an eventful week. A warning light had come on my engine over the last few days. I was going to take into the garage near me on Wednesday. However ended up ill in bed or being sick in the loo! Still it did not worry me as I was not going to be driving it until I was better – and then I would get it fixed. Other people had other ideas and being helpful got it booked into the garage for me! Where it still is being fixed.
I decided that enough was enough and that we had spent too much time and energy on this car, along with struggling with the lack of space in it. Something that was only going to get worse when we are successful in our adoption mission. (See – being positive there!)
The upshot of all this is I have a hire car for the week and will have a new one by the end of the week – by new I mean new – used – quite old actually but it the best we can do. It’s a triumph of function over form by which I mean it won’t be winning any beauty contests but will win our hearts by doing what we need it to. (6 Seats! Three of them in the front! It’s a Fiat Multipla for those who are interested.)
Anyway – this was all stress, stress, stress. There were better things going on.
This weekend was to be about Alexander’s 4th Birthday.
Friday night we received some good news – Alexander got offered a place in out first choice school – the local village one so that makes life easier.
Saturday, after picking up the car we went to get the fish for Alexander’s fish tank. However after they tested our sample of water it’s not quire ready for fish yet. Need to do some more preparation.
Then my parents, my Brother Adrian – his girlfriend Charlie and her son Sean came around for a birthday tea. Alexander had a great time opening some of his presents but most of all playing with Sean who he totally worshipped all afternoon/ He told him
“I really want a brother just like you.”
Much fun was had (despite being slowly sapped by the flu.)
The fun continued next day – we met up with My other brother Daniel and his fiancée Carol. We had lunch with them at the play gym and again Alexander had a great time.
Then we took Alexander to a kids show at the gulbenkian -“Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus”.
He had a great time – it was kind of like a mini panto.
All this feeling ill was put into stark contrast as on this Sunday two of my oldest friend are both doing Marathons.
Liz was running in the Paris Marathon which she completed – we were all very proud of her.
David – who is just mad – was running the first of his six marathons (in seven days) in the Sahara desert! The Marathon Desables. Mad Mad Mad. He is still going and doing well. Finger crossed for him!
Returned to work today which was a real struggle as I felt like I had regressed a bit this morning. Did a lot a resetting devices and upgrading them in the field.
Came home and after a quick bite to eat Rachel and I headed out to our SANDS meeting
This was quite hard as one of the regular people was quite heavily pregnant – we didn’t know as we hadn’t been able to go for the last few sessions. Rachel was quite upset but bravely stayed. She said for my sake but I am glad she did as I believe it helps her quite a bit as well.
There were more new people and some more hard stores to hear. Some cases that really sounded like negligence too. At least we aren’t faced with that – I think that would make it worse.
We paid for our memorial stone now so that will be added to the SANDS Memorial garden in Ashford in time for the grand opening in July.
Also during the last week Rachel has done extremely well in her course. She has achieved her first target early and got really high scores all round. Very proud of her.
So an up and down week summarised quickly there. Will try and do better this week and keep updated.
Oh.. and Maggie Thatcher Died