The Relief, the Races and the Chinese Take Out

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Life can be like a horse race sometimes! photo credit simson-petrol on


Last week I had some school issues which I mentioned on my Word of the Week post last Friday. Well, Graham took The Little Man to the GP after school on Friday and was told that it was the school that needed to refer him to the clinic. So why did the school ask me to take him to the GP for the referral. I’m thinking there is some passing the buck going on somewhere. I’ll get the referral one way or another.

The Weekend

Saturday started off well with my cousin’s daughter put a post on good old Facebook asking if anyone wanted any small cupboard. They were just what I’d been looking for for The Little Man’s bedroom. I’ve recently thrown away a toy shelf and he needed somewhere to store his toys and books. These cupboards were perfect so I sent Graham down to pick them up. The Little Man was pleased with them too.

Saturday evening did not go so well. Graham was having a night out and shortly after he left Boo got really sick. She had a raging temperature and just wanted to lie down. I gave her some paracetamol and hoped that she wouldn’t be ill all night as I was going to have to cope alone.

Then, to make things easier I decided to get a take out for dinner. For me and the big kids I ordered a Chinese set meal, we’d had one before and really enjoyed it. For the little kids I ordered chicken and chips. We had to wait an hour and a half for delivery. That’s the longest we’ve ever had to wait. When it arrived the kids immediately turned their noses up at their meal, well apart from Boo who was starting to perk up. She didn’t like the chips but enjoyed the chicken with some of our fried rice. I ended up having to cook for the other two after all, they had chicken and chips!

Our meal was not so nice either. There wasn’t really anything wrong with it, it just didn’t seem as tasty as before. The beef was not so tender and the prawn dish seemed to be missing any kind of flavour. Thankfully the kids chicken had come with a sweet and sour sauce which spiced things up a little.

Because of the dinner disaster, the kids ended up going to bed an hour later than usual. At least Boo had started to feel better and her temperature had come down. What a weird illness that was!

Sunday morning began with me opening my gifts and cards for Mother’s Day. Then coping on my own with the little kids until after lunch time because everyone else was enjoying a much needed lie in. (Yes, catch the sarcasm!)

But the rest of the day went well with Graham cooking a lovely roast dinner. And I baked my favourite cake, lemon drizzle. Sorry, I didn’t take a photo.

The Relief

Last week I sent off Boo’s laptop off for repairs, she had it for her birthday eight months ago and already it stopped working. Then yesterday I had an invoice for repairs, nearly twice as much as what I paid for the laptop in the first place. I was already stressed when I got the invoice, so it made me really angry and I spouted off a ranty e-mail. Not like me at all. I was asked to show proof of purchase, which I did along with my reasons for my anger in the first e-mail. I was more restrained this time, stating facts but standing my ground. The next e-mail was an apology and confirmation that I would not be charged for the repairs. Phew, what a relief.

The Race to Fortune

It’s Cheltenham Festival of horse racing this week and I have free bets to place every day. I’m matching these bets on an exchange so that I can guarantee a little profit on each of the races. Matched betting is profitable but it’s difficult to get your head around at first and it’s easy to make mistakes which can cost you money. My profit for the first day came in at just over £32. I’ve placed my free bets today and I’m hoping to make around the same again today. But I also put some free betting money on an accumulator (different horses in different races that all have to win.) It didn’t cost me anything but I don’t know yet how to match bet accumulators, so  I could either win just over £100, or nothing at all. That’s a real gamble, but at least it’s not with real money. My fingers are crossed.

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School Trips

Today, Star is off on her trip to the Big Bang Young Scientists and Engineers Fair at Birmingham NEC. She was so excited this morning she got up an hour early! I hope she has a good day. I just hope they have rests as the NEC is a big place and I know from experience that she has trouble walking around all day.

Tomorrow, The Little Man is off on a school trip to the Museum and Art Gallery. We had to pay £10 for this trip to a free museum in our own city. A  lot of parents were moaning about the charge, but I’m happy to pay it because it means they will be going on a coach. In the past, these type of trips have been free, but they’ve taken the kids on the regular bus service. A lot of parents complained about that, and they are probably the same parents that complained about the cost of a coach.

Then, Boo has had a letter about her residential trip. It’s not until June, but she’s already asking how many days until she goes away. It’s only for two nights and it’s not so far away, so I’ve no worries about her going and I know she’s going to love it.

And now I’m off to link up a day late to Deb’s Keeping it Real linky. I’m not normally late for a party 🙂



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  1. March 14, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    Ugh! It’s so frustrating. When we were starting out with Ellie the school told us to speak to our GP first and she said the school have to refer us on to the school nurse. It’s a good job we have a call back before an appoitment so we weren’t wasting the doctors time.
    Oh no! It’s a shame about the Chinese meal. I’m glad Boo felt better quickly.
    That’s great news about the laptop. It does pay to complain. Good lick with the horse racing. I only ever bet on the Grand national. lol

  2. March 16, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    Hi Anne, Saturday evening sounded a proper nightmare. I would have probably ended up eating one of the dogs if I’d had to wait an hour and a half for a delivery! Not something you would do if you were proper starving! On the positive side at least it perked Boo up. Those short something. but nothing bugs are funny at least she didn’t get worse… It sounds like you had a fab Mothers Day, it’s not really something we’ve ever celebrated, which is odd as I was bought up celebrating it… What a relief you didn’t have to pay for your daughters’ laptop! I’d much prefer a company be honest and say it’s not worth repairing if it’s going to cost more than a new one. My Dad recently had a new mini rotavator sent to him from Lidls after a part on the one he had broke, all he wanted was a new part and they sent him a whole new item as it was still under guarantee, now that’s what I call service!… I can’t get my head around betting at the best of times, but if you can’t lose it sounds like fun!… I hope Star had a fab day at the Big Bang Young Scientists and Engineers Fair, it sounds like she was very excited about it… £10.00 does seem a little steep for a day trip to a local and free museum, but if it helps keep the children safe with there own transport then it’s not too bad. Don’t the schools have a certain amount of money to put towards school trips?

    Thank you for linking up with #keepingitreal, I do like reading what you’ve been up to.


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