Phew! Last week was one of those weeks when I felt as if my feet didn’t touch the ground! It really was a busy one. I guess that’s the downside of having only just over a fortnight between holidays.
Monday started early with a blood test for Will at the doctor’s at 8am – he’s had a few dizzy/faint episodes at karate, and they are doing some investigations into possible causes for this. From there, it was straight to school, then to Tesco for my weekly food shop, followed by a quick visit to my friend Becky with a bouquet of flowers to thank her for picking Will up from school for me while we were in Greece. Back home, laundry, work, ironing, housework, back to school for pick-up, then straight to work for a meeting, and not home till after 7.30 pm.
The rest of the week continued in much the same vein.
I did fit in a mid-week coffee with a friend who I hadn’t seen for ages. She’s a regular seller on eBay as well, and it’s always nice to chat over eBay’s ever-changing policies and compare notes on unreasonable buyers!
MIL came over for dinner on Thursday. As ever, imbibing the best part of a bottle of Pinot Grigio helped numb the pain, and she was actually on good form, and very appreciative of my cooking, which was nice.
I also caught up with my best friend for lunch on Friday – this was a rare treat, as she works full-time now, so a weekday lunch out is almost unheard of, but we really enjoyed it, and it was lovely to hear the happy news that her younger daughter has just got engaged. I do love a wedding!
Friday evening we made last minute plans for a family meal out at our local Wetherspoons (walking distance now – oh yeah!) with school parent friends and their two boys. This is something we do quite regularly over the winter months, a nice way to end the work/school week, and as usual, a good evening was had by all. We ended up all walking back to our house and having more drinks and cheese and biscuits. A nice end to a busy week.
I was fully expecting to wake up with something of a thick head on Saturday morning, so it was an unexpected bonus not to do so! I popped into town to do a few errands, and spent the rest of the day at home being quite lazy.
I was too lazy to go to the car boot sale on Sunday morning (the cold is putting me off) and instead we stayed in bed and watched an old Elizabeth Taylor/Mickey Rooney film – National Velvet – and enjoyed every minute. It’s rare for me to have a Sunday lie-in, so I really appreciated it.
Around lunchtime on Sunday, a team of men organised by Jason, our fab gardener, arrived to move our new hot tub from the top of the driveway to the bottom of the garden, up our steeply sloping garden and onto the patio. It was quite a hairy hour or so, but thankfully, the hot tub finally got to where it should be, and nobody ended up with squashed fingers, hands or toes, which I was relieved about!
We had a hot tub at our previous house, and Ashley and Will in particular have really missed having one since we moved in January, so we decided to get another one. It’s now in situ in its final resting place, having sat on the drive for a week or so, and will probably be filled and commissioned on our return from holiday.
This weekend is the first time it’s really felt chilly, but we haven’t yet succumbed to the central heating. I’m really hoping to avoid putting it on at all before we go to Dubai (22nd Oct), as that’ll mean we don’t have to put it on until after the beginning of November – we get back on the 3rd. Which will save us a fortune – this is not a cheap house to heat!
Well, that’s another week over. Don’t they fly by fast?