Monday, 25 May 2015

Me on a Bank Holiday Monday

It's been a: 
getting up very early 
to see Mum off at the airport
and then hanging out for the rest of the day
with fabulous friends
kind of Monday.
And it's looking excellent for the rest of the week.

This post is adapted from Sian's Me on Monday theme,
 which you can find on the
 fabulous From High in the Sky blog.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Things He Says | The No Perception of Reality Edition

"3D television?  Awesome!
Does this mean we aren't poor any more?" 

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Things He Says | The He's a Charmer Edition

"My granny is different to other grannies," he said.
"Why's that?" I asked.
"Because she's special," he replied. 

Friday, 22 May 2015


Cake is the answer.
Who cares what the question is.

Thursday, 21 May 2015


To celebrate the end of their exam week, three families joined together
and headed to the park straight after school.
And there we stayed until 5.30pm.
The dads even came to join us.
The friend-who-mothers him is an absolute poppet, as is her baby brother.
 My photo of the four friends together sadly wasn't as good as I'd hoped.
The Boy Child and the wee man look cute, though. 
As for the rest of the week, I have declared it homework free.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Pairings | The Pooch

With dog ownership ...
... comes responsibility.
Because there ain't no dog poo fairy.

I'm joining in with Helena this week and looking for pairings, obvious or otherwise.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Exam Week

After a weekend of revision and two further evenings of revision,
I am ready to call a halt.  
There's too much pressure on school pupils.
Of course they ought to receive an excellent education 
that gives them knowledge and confidence in their own ability.
That should be a given.    
Thousands of kiddos in the UK have just finished their week of SATS.
And not how each individual child is doing.
Which is not how most children understand it to be.
I have mixed feelings about SATS.
Truth be told, I think they are pointless.
Why do I think that?
Because kiddos who live in Wales and Scotland do not do SATS.
Independent schools in England can opt out of them.
That's not what I call a level playing field. 
The Boy Child is coming to the end of Year 3
and this week is his first proper "Exam Week".
Maths and Science are done.
English, Geography and History are still to come.
When I picked The Boy Child up today, 
I asked him how his day had gone.
He smiled and replied, "We're half-way through the exams.
  Exam week is going really quickly!" 
I'm pleased that he is happy with how things are going, ie. quickly, 
but I am worried about the emphasis his school is placing
on a formal exam week from Year 3 upwards.

So, education and testing.  
Too much pressure?
Not enough?

Monday, 18 May 2015

Me on Monday

It's been a why doesn't she return my emails or answer the phone? kind of Monday. 
 It's been a frustrating, headache inducing, 
resisting the urge to scream kind of Monday. 
It's been a why does the process move at a glacial speed? kind of Monday. 
It's been a how come we have to adhere to deadlines
and the LA can ignore them? kind of Monday. 
It's been a the clock is ticking kind of Monday.

 This post is adapted from Sian's Me on Monday theme,
 which you can find on the
 fabulous From High in the Sky blog.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Currently Reading

The History of Love | Nicole Krauss: I've yet to start this, but I saw it mentioned on A Cup of Jo, where Jo declared it her favourite book ever.  Set in New York City, it's a story of loneliness, survival and lost love.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying | Marie Kondo: I bought this on a whim, after reading about it in The Times newspaper a while back.  Some might say that I'm a little OCD about tidiness, but that wasn't always the case.  I was as untidy a child as the next.  However, more than a decade in the military taught me the art of tidiness and more importantly, the art of decluttering.  This is an easy read, with lots of her suggestions now highlighted for easy referral.  A voice in my head tells me that this could lead to a business opportunity for me.  Plenty of cash rich, time poor people in London who are in serious need of help with decluttering ...

Elizabeth is Missing | Emma Healey: I bought this at Euston station last month, when I was on my way to collect The Boy Child from Granny's house and I'm about halfway through.  I've found that I can only manage a few pages at a time, mainly because I'm reading it at bedtime but also the subject matter is depressing and upsetting.  Maud, the main character, is showing definitive signs of Alzheimer's and given that my lovely mother-in-law suffered with that in the last few years of her life, I'm not finding it a breeze to whizz through.  Having that said, there is also a seventy year old mystery to to solved ...      

What are you reading right now? 

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Saturday Doings

It's been a funny old day for us.
Next week sees The Boy Child sit his first ever set of exams.
While some subjects will see him attempting a modified exam,
 the majority of the subjects will make little or no allowance for The Boy Child's difficulties.
(How I feel about that is worth a post on its own.)   
Our Saturday has thus consisted mostly of this.
 We did, however, factor in opportunities for down time.

 I would even go as far as to say it's been a good day.
And Sunday?
More of the same.