Friday, 18 September 2020

This week my Word of the Week is: Exhausted! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:


This time last week I felt exhausted, we all did here. The first week of school and having Becky's 18th birthday really took it out of us. Getting up early was a total shock to the system and I thought this week would be easier but I still feel tired, there's nothing wrong with me, I'm fit and healthy, we've just had a bit of an off week.

On Monday I was all set to take Ellie to the hospital to have her hearing test. Ellie was diagnosed with Auditory Neuropathy when she was about 4 years old and we go every year or so to have a hearing test to keep a check on her good ear. 

The hospital rang on Monday morning to say the doctor had phoned in sick and they would ring next week to rearrange. I was stressing about going to the hospital in the first place and had spent the weekend worrying but building myself up for Monday all for the appointment not to go ahead. I went to bed that night feeling exhausted!

I was shocked as later on Monday afternoon they did actually ring to say we could be seen on Tuesday with a different doctor. The long and short of it is that Ellie's hearing is no different from the last time it was tested, she is still deaf in her bad ear and has amazing hearing in her good ear. I didn't get on well with the doctor who obviously hadn't read any of Ellie's notes and was rather pushy. I stood my ground, I might have left the room shaking in anger but it's all good. We're back in a year and we'll hopefully get to see the original doctor who I've spoken to on the phone in the past and not the stand in.

By the time we got out of the hospital it was gone half five and we walked back to the bus stop. We had thought about stopping at the bus stop at the end of the high street but that area isn't a nice place when the shops are all shut so we walked into the bus station and I'm glad we did. Just as we got to the bus stop a bus driver came over and announced there had been a bad crash on the Humber Bridge and traffic was at a standstill. Our bus goes from Scunthorpe all the way to Hull and has to go over the bridge, there is no other way across the river unless you travel all of the way around. Three of our buses didn't arrive but we finally got the bus just after 7pm and got home coming on for 8pm. When we got on the bus the driver was telling people he would take them as far as he could but they may have had to walk across the bridge which is about a mile and a half long. Eek! I was so glad our stop was before the bridge.

We made it home and it was ready meals for tea, I hate eating late but it couldn't be helped. I went to bed feeling exhausted again but relived that the appointment was done with.

I woke up on Wednesday feeling achy, I thought just typical one trip to the hospital and I've got Coronavirus. Stu said it probably wasn't, I had done a lot of walking and standing on Tuesday plus the two days of stress are bound to make me ache. So I had an easy day. It was a grey and miserable day so I was in no rush to go out. By lunchtime I felt much better. Phew!

Yesterday morning as soon as Ellie had gone to school I went back to bed and had a few hours of sleep. I felt much better for it. This week our weekly meal plan has not gone to plan. I am hoping to sort ourselves out for the last few days of it but Becky has her girlfriend coming to visit today and I don't think she'll eat fish and chips so fajitas it is. lol. They've not seen each other all week with them being in college on different days so they have some catching up to do.

I feel like this week has been a total write off but it hasn't been a bad one, just a tiring one. We're ready for the weekend and hopefully we'll get a couple of relaxed days and maybe a lie in too.


Thursday, 17 September 2020

Teach Children to save: 5 Apps to Help Children Manage Money.

As a child I will admit I wasn't a saver. If I had a pound I would spend it. Usually on rubbish. My dad always told me to save and I thought he was a bore. It took me until I had kids to realise I had to save and now I taught my girls that saving is important. My teen Becky is not natural saver, she would spend every penny she had but is getting better now that she she has a part time job but my youngest Ellie will save. Sometimes she has more money in her bank account than I do. lol


I was recently sent some some information about the best kids apps to teach them about saving and I thought I would share with you!

(I have not been asked to write or share this, I just thought it would be useful)

1. gohenry
If you want your child to start learning about saving and spending (but with parental control) The gohenry app is for you! With this app you get a parent account which allows you to top up your child’s allowance and apply rules on how they can spend that money. Plus they will be able to use their card in shops, online and to withdraw cash. But don’t worry you will get an instant notification whenever they use the card and can set weekly spending limits!

Rooster Money will let you keep track of the total owed for things like pocket money or completed chores. One nice feature of this app is the ability to add pictures of items that kids are saving up for and set a savings target which is great for helping your child to visualise the end goal. Children will also be able to see how much money they have saved and how they’ve spent it in an easy to read statement.

The makers of iAllowance claim it’s had a role in getting over 20 million chores completed. This useful app will allow you to track the amount of allowance you owe to each child and virtually “prompt” them to finish tasks and chores linked to their pocket money earning potential! The information syncs across devices, and you can even email or print reports on how your child is doing.

4. Gimi.
Gimi is designed to help you and your child keep track of their allowance and chores, but also to provide financial education along the way. A virtual piggy bank fills with the weekly allowance you set and you can define rewards for specific tasks. But what’s most special about this app is there are three sets of lessons to learn, which you and your child can work through together. The lessons are currently themed around Earning, Saving and Spending and help to identify financial topics to discuss, and are accompanied by bright animated videos.

5. Otly.
Otly! has two parts, the Otly! app for parents and an optional companion app that you can install on your child’s device, Otly! Jr. The main app for parents will allow you to set up a digital record of your child’s allowance and track how much they’ve earned and spent. In the junior app, children can separate their money into different savings pots, see graphs of how their savings will grow and get a countdown to the next allowance! A bright and friendly app!

Are your children good at saving? Do you encourage it?

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Four ingredient gooey chocolate and raspberry brownies! - Recipe!

I think brownies might be my favourite ever sweet treat. I have said in the past if I was given a last meal on death row that they would be my dessert along with vanilla ice cream. They are something to eat in so many ways. By themselves, with cream, ice cream or even custard which Becky my teen loves which I think is rather odd. lol

The unbeatable combination of chocolate and raspberry in this gorgeously gooey brownie recipe is made with just four ingredients. Perfect for spoiling yourself and not having to buy lots of different random things.

Good quality chocolate spread combined with eggs, self raising flour and fresh raspberries which are in season at the moment give the rich brownie with a fruity kick.


INGREDIENTS

4 Eggs
400g of chocolate Spread
140g of self raising flour
150g of fresh raspberries

METHOD

1. Preheat your oven to 180˚C (160˚F, Gas Mark 4) and grease a 25cm x 20cm traybake tin.

2. Beat the eggs well until thick and creamy.

3. Weigh out the chocolate spread and place it in a heatproof bowl over a pan of water. Simmer until it starts to melt.

4. Gradually add the melted mixture into the egg. Fold in the flour then add the raspberries, being careful not to damage the raspberries by over mixing and mushing them up.

5. Pour the mixture into your tin, levelling with a spatula and bake for around 40 minutes or until it is firm to the touch.

Leave it to cool then cut into squares and then enjoy!

This is great as a quick pudding, served with ice-cream or fresh raspberries and cocoa powder. Blackberry season is here too so I am thinking about trying this recipe with them instead of raspberries.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

My teen has got a new part time job!

At the start of August Becky started a part time job Hooray! She has had a few jobs in the past but they have all been temporary or seasonal but this time we think she's bagged a job which will see her right through until she leaves college and gets a full time job! 


I haven't said much on social media or on here just in case it didn't work out. She's been there before when she had an interview for a job and actually did half a shift before the company (a high street shop) realised that she couldn't work for them. It was a farce! They had a policy where they didn't employ people still at school even though she was over 16 years old and was just still at school to do her GCSE's. She was technically old enough, the fact she was at school was a big no, no. Hmmf!

Becky is now working as a waitress!! A friend of the family told us about a somewhere which had opened back up after the lock down and was struggling to get staff. They had enough bar staff but not waitresses. She went for an interview and a look around and that was it. She had the job! I think they were desperate for people but it's going well. 

Becky takes the orders, delivers them to the bar and the kitchen and then takes the food to the customers. She's got the hang of carrying 3 plates without spilling anything which she was a little worried about. With the Eat Out to Help Out scheme being on the restaurant was busy but thankfully things have slowed down a little now.

I was a little worried with the virus still being out there but where she works is being so careful. There is plenty of hand santiser, hand washing, aprons, gloves, they're adhering to all the rules taking peoples contact details and Becky even had a funky plastic visor to wear.

Throughout August she was working 4 evenings a week, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for a few hours an evening. We did wonder how things would work out when she started college again but things couldn't have worked out better. Becky is only in college one day a week, a Monday one week and that is her day off from work and a Tuesday the week after, she's had to drop a shift but it's fine. The rest of the days she does her college work at home with Zoom calls and Microsoft Teams meetings and her new job doesn't interfere with her college work. I will be keeping an eye on the situation. College is not going to suffer because of a part time job.

Becky has already put her name down to work on Christmas day and New Years Eve and they have said yes so this really does seem like a long term job. It's looking good for her.

The only bad thing about the job is that she is missing time with her girlfriend and missing some of the video chats. It's all still good with them though. It's making them cherish the time they do have together.

Have your teen's got part time jobs?

Monday, 14 September 2020

Our weekly meal plan! 14th - 20th September. #MealPlanningMonday


Last weeks meal plan went great but I didn't really have much cooking to do with it being Becky's birthday and having a takeaway and a meal out. It was a nice and easy week for me which was just as well it was tiring with it being the first week back at school. 

Now that the birthdays are over with we've said we're having no more takeaways. We've had 3 in just over three weeks and to be honest we're sick of them. Saving a bit of money will be great too. We're ready for some home cooked food.

This week on the menu we have:

MondaySlow cooker Peanut chicken with rice.
Tuesday - Tuna salad.
WednesdayTomato Mac and Cheese.
Friday - Fish, chips and mushy peas. (Out of the freezer).
Saturday - Prawn cocktail salad with tomato garlic bread.
Sunday - A fry up. Sausages, bacon, mushrooms, scrambled eggs, black pudding, beans and tomatoes.

What are you eating this week?


Sunday, 13 September 2020

All the stress was worth it. #MySundayPhoto

All the stress of the last few weeks, getting Becky's laptop for her birthday was worth it! We ordered it July and there were stock issues but thankfully Ebuyer who we bought it off offered us an alternative and it was delivered in time. Phew!

Becky had a lovely birthday and was very excited to finally see her laptop and get to use it! She loves it and is ready to knuckle down and do her college work next week and not just use it to speak to friends and play Fortnite like she has for the last few days. That's the plan anyway. Eek!



Saturday, 12 September 2020

Week 37 of #Project366 - A photo every day for a year!

We have had such a busy week. The kids went back to school and college. They had have settled back in well and Stu and I went into town to do a bit of shopping and of course it was Becky's 18th birthday. She had the best day, she got everything she wanted and more. I am glad it's the weekend now I could do with a rest. 

Now for a photo every day!






249/366 - 5th September
One of the photos I took for a game I featured on my blog. The Game of HAM. It's an adult only game which is sort of like cards against humanity but with a board to play on too.

250/366 - 6th September
Bag and school shoes ready for the return to school. Ellie was very excited but a little nervous at the same time. She's had a fab week at school.

251/366 - 7th September
Stu and I went into town to get the last of the things for Ellie's birthday. Most of our buys came from Primark.

252/366 - 8th September
I got on with wrapping Becky's birthday presents.

253/366 - 9th September
Becky is only at college one day a week and this week she hasn't had much work to do. There was a lot of sitting about playing on electronics. 

254/366 - 10th September
Becky's 18th birthday! She loves her new laptop!

255/366 - 11th September
I've gone over to the dark side and I am trying the new "blogger" interface. It's better now then when I last tried it a few months ago but it's going to take some getting used to. You reading shouldn't notice any difference it's just me in the back end of it that does. Buttons have moved and some things are a different but I will get the hang of it eventually.

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Friday, 11 September 2020

This week my Word of the Week is: Eighteen! #WotW

 This week my Word of the Week is:


This week seems to have all been about Becky's 18th birthday and the kids going back to school and college. It has been a very exciting week but I am glad it's nearly the weekend so we can have a lie in.

Monday was the day the kids went back to school and college. I was worried and spent the day stressing, all for nothing. They had a great time and everything went well. They were happy to see their friends and got their new timetables. It turns out Becky is at college only one day a week with the rest of her time spent learning at home via Microsoft Teams and Zoom calls. Ellie is back doing French after having a year off from it, she loves her new form tutor and is glad to be in the same classes as her closest friends.

Stu and I went into town on Monday to get the last of Becky's birthday presents. They had a whole new set of clothes in Primark since we were last there just before Ellie's birthday in August. It was nice to be out just the two of us but town was busy. I think everyone had the same idea as us, drop the kids off at school and go shopping.

On Tuesday I wrapped Becky's presents and realised that she had more than I thought she did. Oops. It doesn't matter, she's only 18 once and on Wednesday I had the delivery of her birthday cakes along with the food shop. I had been on the Tesco grocery website the night before and spotted a xbox controller cake and a Friends one (the TV show) that were new and they are her two favourite things so they were perfect for her so I swapped the cakes I originally had in the basket.


We were up early yesterday morning so Ellie could see Becky open her presents. She was so happy with all of her presents and all of the money she received. She says thank you to everyone who wished her Happy Birthday on my social media accounts. For the first time in years she was at home all day for her birthday and really enjoyed it. Her girlfriend popped over for a bit and they spent some time together, we had a takeaway and she said it's the best birthday ever but it's not over yet, we have a meal out tonight and a couple more surprises for her. 


Thursday, 10 September 2020

Happy Birthday to my teen! She's an adult now!

Eighteen years ago I became a mother. I still can't get my head around the fact that Becky is 18 years old today! How did that happen. I still remember being pregnant with her. Becky's due date was the 11th of September. A year after the Twin Towers were destroyed by terrorists so everyone kept telling me. It got very annoying and I am quite glad that it was discovered she was breech and I had a planned c-section on the 10th.


I feel like I've levelled up in parenting, raising a child into adulthood. As much as I sometimes moan about her being a typical teenager she is a good lass and has given us nothing but smiles and reasons to be proud.

This time last year Becky had just started college and has really got on great with it. She's knuckled down and worked hard. She got her results from college and got a C in English which she resat from school and a C in the health and social care course.


At college she's made a ton of friends. She has even met someone special. "A" is a big part of Becky's life and ours. She is such a lovely lass and is practically part of the family now.

Becky is living the best life at the moment. Over the last 6 weeks or so she's started meeting up with friends again and has herself a new part time job which I will be writing about soon. She has money coming in and is saving some but is enjoying spending it too. There is even talk of her buying us all Christmas presents this year.


Apart from Becky's girlfriend the biggest things to take over her life is Fortnite. We got her an xbox one at Christmas and she is obsessed. There are times when I think that if I hear the word "Fortnite" once more, I might lose my mind. She has got Stu playing it and now Ellie too.


Becky doesn't have any great plans for her birthday. We're getting a takeaway tonight, having a meal out tomorrow and of course she wants to buy her first legal alcoholic drink. I think she'll be too busy playing with her new laptop to bother with much else. hehehe

Becky makes me so proud every day and some days she drives me crazy but I wouldn't have her any other way. 

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

(Ad - Gifted) Game of HAM - The ultimate party game!

There are millions of different board games out there with the majority aimed at children but sometimes us adults want something to play too, maybe over a few drinks with friends. Recently I was sent a game to have a look at which is aimed at over 18 year olds. 

Game of HAM is the game that will take you to the next dimension of fun and is definitely not meant for children. There are many components to the game that creates a unique and fun way to have a good time with friends and family. This is the ultimate party game that has endless possibilities and variants that will make you squeal with laughter.


I thought this game would be perfect for Becky and her friends. It is described as Cards Against Humanity meets Sorry (but a little darker). I think it is perfect for their sense of humour.

Each game contains:

810 Cards
16 Player Pieces
4 Board tiles (double-sided for 2 different boards)
4 Placeholders
1 Rulebook (24 Pages)
1 Quickstart Guide.


How to play:

You can play with as little as 3 players and more than 16. The main way to play the game is with the cards and board. A judge reads a prompt card and each other player puts a response from the 10 cards they have. The judge then picks the winner from the round. The player that wins moves forward on the board and gets a variety of ability cards. The first player to reach the end goal wins!

This video might explain it better.



Games can be as short as 20 minutes or as long as 2 hours. It depends on the group size and speed of plays. There are two instruction booklets one with the quick rules and another with many different ways to play the game. 

The Game of HAM is full of dark humour and if not for the easily offended. I am not saying that lightly. I saw a few cards and thought you can't say that. Eek!

The prompt cards are mostly all innocent. Here is some examples of them.


The fun comes with the response cards. Some of them are pretty offensive, funny and twisted. It sounds so wrong but it is a lot of fun. I did find some of the nicer responses to show you.


There are many ways to play this game and could just even play it with the cards without the board but I think the board adds something extra to it.

Becky is having a couple of friends over at the weekend and they are planning on playing this. I have looked through the cards and some of the combinations you can come up with are hilarious in a dark sort of way. It's not one to play with the grandparents but I think young adults will absolutely love it!

Game of HAM is currently available in the US and should be in Europe soon You can find out more about Game of Ham via their website.

I was sent this game free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

The bane of my life. The Laundry!

Washing, drying, folding and putting away clothes is the bane of my life and probably many other people's too. I often think why do my family have to wear so many clothes?


I do enjoy doing the laundry when I am home alone. I feel like I can get on top of it and if it's a sunny day there is nothing better than getting it out on the line. Sometimes I even manage to empty the dirty washing basket which is a minor miracle!

I know in the summer my family wear more clothes than in the winter. We all sweat and the girls seem to get dirtier with going to the park and being out in the garden. I do find it relaxing going into the garden and pegging things out on the line but in the winter it is not so much fun. I hate having to put everything on to clothes horses or have the cold walk to the garage where our tumble dryer is which I begrudge using because of the money it costs.

What I find exhausting is getting the kids to bring their dirty washing downstairs. Becky will eventually bring her dirty clothes down but only when she has a full basket and then will take over the washing machine only washing her clothes. It drives me crazy! I tell her again and again to bring it down every day but she never listens.

Ellie on the other hand will come downstairs on a morning in her pj's and then she hopes there is a basket of clean, dried clothes in the dining room which I haven't got around to putting away and she roots around in that to find something to wear.

My most hated job when it comes to doing the washing is folding it and putting it away but thankfully Ellie loves that job and will do it for a price. It is one of her jobs to earn her pocket money.

One of the things I don't do is iron! I don't have time for that. 99% of our clothes don't need ironing and the only reason I have an iron now is to iron clothes if we are going somewhere fancy which hasn't happened lately with the virus being around.

With laundry ranking typically low on most people’s list of favourite household chores, new data sheds a fresh light on the public’s attitude towards doing laundry. 

Men admitted to wearing underwear two times before throwing them in the wash. Whilst this level of hygiene may be questioned by some women aren’t totally in the clear either wearing their bras an average of eight times despite men thinking they’re washed after two!

Eww! Knickers are changed here every day, Stu included but I do admit I will wear a bra 3 or 4 times without washing it. (as long as it's not a scorching day & I've been sweating then it's every day). I don't sleep in bras and never wear the same bra more than one day in a row so they do get an airing. I don't think that is too bad. Becky will wear a fresh, clean bra every day and I find it funny she does. 

58% of Brits said that they have no problem with other people re-wearing items multiple days in a row however one in ten women confessed to being worried about a peer’s welfare if spotted re-wearing items too frequently.

I am not bothered about what other people wear but I have always said to my girls not to wear the same outfit for more than one day in a row even if it has been washed. It is just to keep up appearances. I don't want someone looking at my girls thinking they don't have many clothes. They actually have more clothes than me. lol and even some clothes in the drawers that they've never even got around to wearing yet.

Do you hate doing the laundry too?

Monday, 7 September 2020

The return to school, college and normal life?

Today is the day that I have been dreading and looking forward to in equal parts. The kids are returning to school and college after nearly 6 months off. Before Coronavirus I could never, ever imagine my girls having that long off school. It certainly has been a strange time.


I know school and college is the best place for my girls, to learn and socialise but that doesn't stop me worrying.

Ellie's school have set a lot of things in place to keep the kids and teachers safe. The vertical tutoring system is gone and they are now keeping year groups together, there are sanitation stations around the school where kids can keep their hands clean, breaks are staggered and masks are optional. 

The information from my teens college has been pretty limited. There is hand washing stations, extra buses put on to get to college, less food options and that's about all we know. I am pretty confident that it will be a safe place to be. Becky's college is filled with people of all ages so if there were unsafe things happening they would complain, that's what I'm hoping for anyways.

From what we've heard about college for Becky she will be there one day a week and learning at home for the rest of the time. The college has a good set up with Microsoft Teams, Zoom calls and keeping in touch. Before the summer Becky was good at home learning so I hope she keeps that up.

The girls are looking forward to getting back to a bit of normal and seeing all of their friends. Over the last couple of months they've been to the park and Becky has been out with a few of her friends and at work so they've not been totally isolated but it's not the same as seeing them at school and college.


As much as I know it's for the best the girls returning to school and college the worry is still there. All the what if's. The virus is still out there, there are still people getting infected and dying from it. I have to trust my girls will keep their distance from other people and keep washing their hands.

For me it's going to be so strange being at home. I have been home alone for about an hour at the most over the last 5 and a half months. A whole 6 hours at least without the kids is going to be really strange. What will I do with my time?

Our weekly meal plan! 7th - 13th September. #MealPlanningMonday


Last weeks meal plan went really well. We did have a change on Saturday night. Becky went into town with some friends and ended up bringing her girlfriend home with her. It was fine but with "A" being such a fussy eater I played it safe and Stu, Becky and A had lasagne and garlic bread out of the freezer. I always keep a big one in there for occasions like that and Ellie and I had a prawn cocktail salad. We saw the prawns in Tesco and got on about how it was ages since we had them.

This week is going to be an interesting week and I don't feel like I'll be spending much time in the kitchen at all. The kids are back at school and college, Stu and I are going into town on Monday shopping, it's Becky's 18th birthday and we have Becky's girlfriend coming to stay the night over the weekend. (In separate beds though).

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Greggs pasties brought back from our shopping trip probably with chips.
Tuesday - We're having the Coconut & Mango Sizzlers from Sainsbury's again with pineapple fried rice as they went down so well last time.
Wednesday - Vegetable fingers and BBQ pasta which is just pasta mixed with mayonnaise & bbq sauce. I will try and sneak some sweetcorn in too.
Thursday - A takeaway - Becky's choice.
Friday - Out for a meal.
Saturday - I'm going to cook up a load of picky food. Chicken bits, onion rings, garlic bread, sausage rolls, mozzarella sticks, spring rolls, sandwiches and everyone can help themselves.
Sunday - Mince & dumplings and mashed potato.

What are you eating this week?


Sunday, 6 September 2020

The garden which just keeps giving.

Back at the end of June I shared some photos from my flowerbed and the wildflowers. I thought once they had died off that would be it and we'd have to wait until next summer for more but I was wrong. There are more flowers and things growing. I am not a gardener and they could be weeds but they are pretty weeds whatever they are. The £1 bag of wildflower seeds I got from Wilko's is doing well.



Saturday, 5 September 2020

Week 36 of #Project366 - A photo every day for a year!

So we're into September and a couple of days off my girls going back to school and college and it really feels strange. This year is flying over! 

We've had a good week. Everything seems to have fallen into place for Becky's birthday next week and her going back to college. I wrote about it in my Word of the Week blog post.

Now for a photo every day.

2 birthday cakes. One chocolate and the other in the shape of a panda and my youngest in a new tshirt.
A photo of the TV. Avengers Endgame with the Hulk.
A decorative bird cage with 2 candles in and a new laptop.
Japanese candy, mini ice creams and blue smoothie.

242/366 - 29th August
It was Ellie's 13th birthday. I now have 2 teenagers in the house. Eek! She had a fantastic day, the best birthday ever! We didn't get up to much, we stayed home and got a takeaway and of course had cake. 2 of them because it was a special birthday and she couldn't decide on chocolate or plain sponge.

243/366 - 30th August
This is now Ellie's favourite t-shirt and she really is a Savage. hehehe

244/366 - 31st August
After reading Galina's Project 366 blog post last week mentioning Chadwick Boseman who played Black Panther it got me in the mood for watching that film. We did on Sunday and it was so good, I'd never seen it before and it's one I will be watching again. Also on Sunday we watched Avengers Infinity War and then Avengers: Endgame on Monday. Ellie took an interest in it for the first time now that the Marvel characters are on Fortnite.

245/366 - 1st September
My dad always says i have too many candles and ornaments so him bringing an ornamental bird cage with candles in was a bit of a surprise for me. Goodness knows where he got it from but I like it. It's not in my bathroom and looks lovely.

246/366 - 2nd September
Becky's laptop arrived. She's not getting it until her birthday but Stu has switched it on and installed everything she needs on it. It really is a fab laptop, way better than the one I'm have.

247/366 - 3rd September
Ellie got some Japanese candy and treats for her birthday and she was trying out some of the things. Little mini ice creams. You mix the powder and it fluffs up like ice cream. They were very sweet and tasted like popping candy. The drink she made was disgusting. It tasted like what I imagine feet to taste like. She was happy though.

248/366 - 4th September
I got this drink free Sainsbury's with my food shop. I noticed the freebie and competition section on their website. I added it to my basket, put the code in and it arrived. It was very tasty but did look a lot like fabric conditioner. lol I'll have to keep an eye on what other freebies come up.

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Friday, 4 September 2020

This week my Word of the Week is: Resolved! #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:


I could have gone with stressed for my word of the week but I have decided to go with resolved because all the little things I was stressing about this past week has been sorted.

I mentioned the laptop we had bought my teen for her birthday in my Word of the Week post in July. We were messed about by the website Ebuyer who still haven't got it in stock despite saying they'd have it in on 3 different occasions. They said it would be in on the 9th which would have been too late for Becky's birthday so I spent Monday looking for alternatives and worrying about getting the money back because their phone lines were closed because of the bank holiday.

Stu complained to Ebuyer as soon as their phone lines opened on Tuesday and the person on the phone was brilliant, she spoke to a manager, sent us links to 3 alternative laptops to choose from and gave us free next day delivery too. We went for the one with the same specifications as the one we had ordered. The only difference is that this one has a back-lit keyboard which looks so cool. It arrived on Wednesday and Stu set it up with everything Becky needs on it and it runs like a dream. I am quite jealous, she officially has a better laptop than me now. lol


Up until this week Becky and I hadn't heard much about the return to college. She knew the doors were opening on the 7th but not everyone was going back in that day. She was told that she would get a phone call telling her her day and time to go in to get her timetable, ID card, bus pass and sign some forms. It turns out she is on Monday but only for half a day. Her girlfriend and her have realised they're not going to be in the same class as her day to go in is on Wednesday. Eek! In fact at the moment Becky doesn't know who will be in her class as all her friends that she's spoke to online are in different days for their induction and there is only 10 to a class.

As nice as it would be for Becky and her girlfriend to be in the same class at college I am quite glad they're not. I think they will both work better separately. At the moment they don't even know if they're in on the same day when the inductions are done. From what we've heard they will have one day in college a week and then learn from home with Zoom lessons and using Microsoft teams. That is just a rumour though, nothing has been confirmed.

The rest of the drama this week has come from selling something for my dad on Gumtree. People are so annoying. They message asking "is this still available?" only never to message again. All the information is on the add but people always want to know more and then there is the scammers. One guy said he would buy and pay via Paypal and said as he can't fit the item in the back of his car he would send a courier to pick it up. The item for sale is a trailer. lol I said a car would be fine as long as it has a tow bar and you can pay cash on collection and he rated me as unhelpful! Eesh! I've contacted Gumtree and reported the buyer and I'm waiting for it to be resolved.