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:
1. PAMPER TIME.
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.
2. FOOTBALL FEVER.
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.
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.
3. SCRATCH THAT ITCH.
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.
5. OUTRAGED FROM BERKSHIRE.
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.
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?