Take 5: The Curse of Overthinking

It’s been a week, hasn’t it? That’s about the only way I can describe the last 7 days – a week. Apologies for the distinct lack of imagination! The world news this week has been devastating hasn’t it? So much sadness and senseless violence.

I’ve also been battling with my mind a lot this week. Do you ever have days like that – when overthinking gets the better of you? I stumbled across this little gem on Wednesday and it has really helped me.


Sometimes there’s nothing we can do about a situation. Or at least when we’ve done all that we can humanly do, the only thing left is to sit back and trust ‘the engineer’. If this journey is teaching me anything? It’s this.

So what’s been going on in our crazy world this week? To follow are our ‘Take 5’ moments:


My feelings towards the last seven days have been heavily influenced by a bad back which started on Saturday and having (stupidly) gone to the gym, got progressively worse throughout the week.

The good news? It kick-started me into booking a long overdue massage which I enjoyed yesterday evening. Oh my goodness, this was the BEST £45 I have ever spent! The moral of the story? Don’t wait until crisis point to indulge in some ‘me time’ – oh and it’s not indulgent, it’s a necessity.


What else has influenced our week? Football! The boys of the house have spent much of this week staring longingly at the TV screen, willing England to succeed (for a change). Actually, this update is a bit sexist because even The Drama Queen stayed behind at school yesterday  – along with about 200 other kids – to watch the match.

Football Fever

I think it’s fab that schools decided to stop work for a few hours. I’m pretty certain that it might have had something to do with football mad teachers wanting to watch but whatever the reason, I know my kids were beyond happy about it.


You’ll know by now that every now and again I like to share new finds courtesy of the worldwide web. This week’s thought-provoking post comes from a blogger that I’ve only recently discovered – The Hippo Chronicles.

Her thoughts on creativity and the fact that it’s inside all of us, really resonated with me. I used to LOVE creating things as a child but soon stopped when I realised that others were much better than me. I never really found my ‘niche’, until I discovered writing, about 5 years ago. This now scratches my creative ‘itch’. What scratches yours? I would love to know.

4. IT’S OVER. 

Or at least it nearly is. Today, The Teenager completes the last of her GCSE exams. I am fighting back the tears as I write these words because just two months ago, I didn’t think that she would take any of her exams. In fact we were in discussion with the head about moving her back a year. My instinct told me that this would be a mistake and thankfully, The Teenager agreed.

The hospital encouraged her to at least write her name on every paper, that way she would be eligible to retake in November. But she’s done more than that, she has attempted every single one of her 24 exam papers and today sees her taking the final two – Physics and Geography. I can’t tell you how proud we are of her.

Whatever results day brings in August, will be a bonus. You see? There is always something to be thankful for.


Once upon a time, I loved ebay. Now? I would gladly close my account to never hear from them again….only they are saying that I owe them £679.83.

Two months ago, whilst The Teenager was having a crisis in our local A&E, some mean person was hacking my ebay account and supposedly selling (non-existent) iPads for £35. Firstly, who in their right mind thinks that they can purchase a real iPad for this amount of money? (apparently about 200 people do). And secondly, does this dodgy person think that ebay was born yesterday? Of course they weren’t.

I received a phone call almost immediately from ebay, with the news that my account had been hacked and that they were trying to resolve it. Three phone calls later (something I could definitely have done without at that time) and it was all cleared up. Apparently, I “need do nothing more”. 

Since then I’ve received numerous emails asking me for the money and this week had to spend over an hour on the phone – TWICE – to get the money credited to my account. Five different departments and one lost mind later, it is still unresolved *screams until blue in the face*.

What has happened to customer service these days? First Vodafone and now ebay gone to the dogs. Anyway, thank you for listening to my rant, I feel a lot better now.

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Our biggest piece of news this week, is that The Teenager is coming home for a night on Saturday! I’m trying not to be too over-excited because I know emotions will be running high but honestly? I cannot wait.

Looking back at what I’ve written, I think my Word of the Week has to be ‘overthinking’. It’s a flipping curse isn’t it?

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10 Comments on Take 5: The Curse of Overthinking

  1. Plutonium Sox
    June 17, 2016 at 7:09 am (8 months ago)

    Oh I’m so glad that the news about your teenager is positive. What an amazingly strong little girl for sitting her exams at such a difficult time. You must be so proud. I do hope her night at home goes well.
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  2. Carie
    June 17, 2016 at 10:45 am (8 months ago)

    Oh well done The Teenager – that’s a brilliant achievement! And yes to creativity being in all of us – I’m a firm believer that everyone is creative it just shows up in different ways. For me it’s writing and making things with my hands (knitting and quilting and the rest) – I need to do both or I just don’t feel myself!
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  3. Tim
    June 18, 2016 at 12:16 am (8 months ago)

    The ebay situation sounds horrible. Hope it gets resolved soon.

    I can see why you’re so proud of the Teenager though. After the couple of months she’s had, she’s yet again shown how string she is by not taking the easy route and pressing on with her exams. Sometimes adversity really does bring out the best in people.

  4. Sarah MumofThree World
    June 18, 2016 at 6:33 am (8 months ago)

    That’s great news about the Teenager going home for the night. I’ve shed a little tear for you over her GCSE. too – she’s done brilliantly to complete all 24 papers. 24?! That’s a huge number! So sorry to hear about the eBay hassle. That definitely sounds like something you don’t want to be dealing with right now.
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  5. The Reading Residence
    June 18, 2016 at 9:18 am (8 months ago)

    Oh, I think we’re all cursed with overthinking, aren’t we? And you’ve had so much to think about. Well done to your daughter, that’s a huge achievement, no matter the result as you say. I do hope the eBay problem is resolved soon, a huge amount of hassle that you really don’t need. Thanks for sharing with #WotW
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  6. justsayingmum
    June 18, 2016 at 1:34 pm (8 months ago)

    Oh Suzanne, I can be an over thinker too sometimes with a ridiculous fast film button in my mind – drives my husband crazy – the bad back isn’t going to help your disposition either though so I hope it continues to get better. Oh, I feel like I’m bursting with pride for your daughter – unbelievable achievement – goodness – what an emotional time for you all. Now, hopefully you can settle back and enjoy your summer – who knew parenting would be so tough xx

  7. Mother of Teenagers
    June 20, 2016 at 7:33 pm (8 months ago)

    Why must there always be a downer to accompany some good news in life, it’s so annoying isn’t it? I have had my own ebay nightmares so completely get your frustration. However, such fantastic news about your daughter! She must be in a much stronger place to feel able to sit her GCSE’s so that is hugely encouraging and must be a relief for you all. I hope you all have an absolutely fabulous Saturday together. Small steps but significant ones.All the best.

  8. Tracey Williams
    June 26, 2016 at 5:08 pm (8 months ago)

    Sorry I am only just commenting Suzanne, but I am so glad your daughter came home for the night. And what brilliant news on her taking her exams too. Argh but what a nightmare about Ebay, and something you don’t need at this moment in time. Hoping you get it sorted out very soon. Right off to buy an ipad for £35 now lol. Love and hugs x
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