We’ve arrived

Today we woke up at 8ish. I sorted some breakfast then we watched Toy Story. I packed then Brett had a bath. Scarlett and I got dressed then once Brett was ready mom took us to Morrison’s. We decided it was cheaper to buy essentials from there, than the onsite shop as it’s really expensive. So we hit the shops then we went back to my flat. I finished packing then we headed out at 1ish. We stopped for lunch then we set off.

Scarlett slept half the journey. I watched an episode of Shadowhunters that I’d downloaded. We arrived at 3:30 and they said they were running behind on check-in so we went to the pub down the road for a drink. Scarlett had a play in the kids area in the garden. Stretched her legs. Finally they were ready at 5 so we drove back and got the keys.

Our caravan is brilliant. We expected just a 2 bedroom. Meaning my mom would either have to share with Scarlett or sleep on the pull our sofa. Instead we have 3 bedrooms. A fridge/freezer and a proper 4-seater table with chairs.

We chilled for a bit then mom put on the dinner. We had pie. We got chips from the chip shop to go with it. Scarlett had a bath at 7:30 and was in bed at 8:15. She was very tired but she settled after a bit of a whinge.

We are watching Prison Break. Mom is in bed.

We’re going to Monkey World tomorrow. Scarlett went when she was 5 months. It’ll be such fun taking her at this age. 2-3 years is the best (and toughest). She learns so much every day and talks so much more clearer.

TTFN x

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The beast from the east

I think someone proper pissed Elsa off. We did walk to my nan’s as planned. It didn’t take that long but it was FREEZING!!!! We had some lunch then we played together. She did her puzzles. We did some colouring. My mom came round when she got up (she’d worked the night before). We stayed for dinner. I didn’t have much as I didn’t fancy toad in the hole. I helped wash the dishes then we headed home. Between us we managed even though it was still snowing and windy AF!

Scarlett had a bath at 7ish then we watched Emmerdale. I put her to bed when it was finished then mom and I watched the second episode. She went up for a bath and then I did us some cheese on toast. We watched a film at 9:30 before heading up to bed.

The Nursery emailed me and said they’d made the decision to close the nursery for Friday.

Today we didn’t wake up till 8:30. I did Scarlett some breakfast then we got dressed and headed into town with mom. We walked to the bus stop. We ended up not waiting that long for the bus. In town we went to Sainsbury’s then we stopped at the cafe for a milkshake. My nan finished work just before 12 and was headed home on the bus so she met us and we travelled back to her house together.

We had some lunch and a cup of tea. It wasn’t snowing at this point. It hadn’t snowed since yesterday night. At 12:45 it started snowing again!!!!! My brother and his girlfriend walked round. They left with my mom at 3ish just after I put Scarlett down for a nap.

I’m currently sat at my nans table watching the snow out of the window. I’ve done some work today and kept up with emails etc.

When it hits 5pm I’ll wake up Scarlett and we’ll head home. It’s still snowing. That’s 4 hours now!!!

TTFN x

Snow Day 2018

So the snow hit Tuesday but it didn’t particularly stick around. I let Scarlett walk across our garden in it. She was quite happy to be in it, Although she did say she was cold, when we got home. Don’t blame her lol

Wednesday we weren’t forecast any snow at first. But then my weather app on my phone changed and said we’d get some in the afternoon. We did. It was a sprinkling to start with but it settled on top of what was left of Tuesday’s snow. So it soon became an inch or so. It snowed from 6pm when we were in the bath right through till midnight. This gave us more than 2 inches of snow.

Today it stopped/slowed down before I went to sleep at 1am. But it must’ve started up again as it was snowing when I woke up at 6am.  I looked out the window and then went back to sleep.

I called work to say I wouldn’t be in. I don’t have full access to everything from home but I can access emails and Maximo so I agreed I’d monitor the inbox and help where I can. I called the Nursery to explain no one could get her there. We had breakfast then we made a cup of tea for my mom who managed to drive home from work safely. She said in her 27 years she’s never been overly fearful of driving in the snow but there were times on her journey home that she was a little dubious, almost scared. That is not like her. She is very ballsy when it comes to driving. Scary stuff!!

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The nursery called me and asked if I planned to send Scarlett in tomorrow as they are having staffing issues due to the snow and need to know how many kids are going to make it in. I explained that no one could take her in so they said to keep her off then as they are looking at possibly closing for tomorrow. Scarlett is napping. Once she is up, we are going to bundle ourselves up and walk to my Nan’s for lunch. Scarlett keeps going on about the bloody dog, Marley. I have access to my work emails and our database so I have agreed that I will monitor emails today and tomorrow. Which I have done this morning. Already answered some emails and changed some shit on Maximo.

TTFN x

Corfu, here we come

Saturday we had a lay in. Scarlett woke up at 8ish. I took her down and we had breakfast. We watched Gnomeo and Juliet then I put her up for a nap. Whilst she was asleep I read more of my book. I literally cannot put it down. I was on book number 4. when she woke up we got dressed and went to my Nan’s for some lunch. After we ate, we left her there to play so we could go shopping. I picked up a new TV for my new place. 32 inch HD Smart TV. It was only £210. Bargain! Then we did some food shopping. We got Scarlett a water bottle that is the same as mine, just a different colour as she is always drinking out of mine. And my throat has been sore for like 8 weeks so it’s not ideal for her to share my drinks, germs. We dropped our shopping home then we walked back to my nan’s. Scarlett had some dinner there then we headed home. I bathed her and put her to bed. We had our dinner. We had these pizzas from Sainbury’s that were “Pizza Express” ones. And some doughballs. Lush!

Sunday she woke up at 8am again. We watched Curious George the movie whilst eating breakfast. I put her up for a nap again and then climbed into bed to read my book. I finished book 4 and started reading book 5. We walked to my Nan’s for Sunday roast. We stayed there till the early evening then we headed home. Scarlett was tired when we got in so she was bit whingy. We got in the car and drove to Fleet to pick up the coffee. It’s just as the pictures showed. No scratches etc. I tried calling Brett before she went to bed but I hadn’t heard from him since Saturday night. He had been at a house party with his pals and I assumed he was asleep at his friends. But usually he pops up, hungover, by like 3/4pm. This was 7pm I tried calling him. My Whatsapp messages were only coming up with 1 tick. Which meant his phone was either off or had no signal. I was annoying because he would be pissed at me if I ignored him for 24 hours. So I put Scarlett to bed then chilled out. Finished doing my washing. I read my book in bed then went to bed.

Monday I woke up with my throat being worse than it had been in days. Awesome. It was snowing. It didn’t really settle but it was snowing on/off all day.

Still no word from Brett. Which I found unusual so I messaged his mom later on and asked if he had come home. She said no and she said she was sending his Dad round after work to see if he was at his pals house. Turned out he was. So he came home when I had finished work then he called to say Hi. He is such a knob. Fancy going AWOL for 2 days then being all “hey”. If I had done that to him, he’d have gone mental at me.

He spoke to Scarlett on FaceTime and she wasn’t even bothered. She just carried on playing. I put her to bed at 7ish then we ate dinner. Mom had cooked whilst I made tea. We watched TV then she went to work. I watched new Criminal Minds and Blindspot then I read some more of my book in bed before I went to sleep.

Today I didn’t wanna get up. It was so cold. Must’ve been minus 3 when we got up. Scarlett’s GroEgg in her room was blue meaning it was too cold. Yet when I pulled her from under her duvet she was toasty warm. She had toast and I had porridge then we went out separate ways.

Sunday we had sat with my mom’s boyfriend and looked at holidays. My nan is in Spain in September and as she does the nursery run, plus has Scarlett 3 afternoons a week, I had to book the time off. Or mom had to. Either way, one of us had to. So we agreed to both book 2 weeks off and we’d go away. So we settled on the Alkion Hotel in Corfu [check it out]. It worked out as £276 per person but that is if we split it 4 ways to include Scarlett. Mom said to just split it between us 3 adults so it’s £368 per person for 7 nights, half board. I am very excited now we’ve actually booked. We paid the deposit then the next instalment is due the end of next month.

Corfu here we come! Only 210 days to go LOL

TTFN x

P.S. Only 24 days till MOVING DAY!!!!

Part-Time Working Mummy Fest

Friday I got up for work and mom said she was dropping Scarlett at Nursery. So we bundled her in the car and set off. i got a McDonald’s breakfast to tide me over for the busy day ahead.

My mom picked me up at 1pm as I had Scarlett’s Nursery consultation for her yearly review. She is smashing life. She’s so bright and is on par, and slightly above for her milestones. This includes emotional, social, developmental and educational. Basically everything. She’s such a super star!!!

I had to pick up my night guard retainer from the dentist so we swung by then I grabbed lunch from the shop next door and headed back to work. I managed to do all this within my 1 hour lunch break. Skills!

My mom picked me up from work at 5 like usual. We went home. I bathed Scarlett and got her ready for bed. I threw some bits in a bag for her and then put some bits in my bag for me. We went to my nan’s house as she was sleeping over there. We stayed until my nan got in at 7ish then we set off.

We drove for an hour then stopped at services for a wee and dinner then we carried on. We arrived at about 10. We parked up then went to our room. It wasn’t bad. It was clean and decently sized. We shared a drink and watched Emmerdale in bed then we went to sleep.

Saturday we got up at about 8. I had a shower then we checked out and headed for breakfast. We found a Wetherspoons so we ate there. I phoned my nan to check on Scarlett. She said she went to bed at 8 and woke up at 7:30am. She’s fine. She’s had her bottle and some breakfast. I knew she’d be fine. She loves her Nana.

After we ate we walked to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the city centre for the Part-Time Working Mummy show that started at 10:30am.

It was fab. Rachaele (part-time working mummy) is just brilliant. She’s so down to earth and the things she’s been through, just horrendous. But you wouldn’t know it because she’s so kind and funny and real. We picked up our free cupcakes (I got one for Scarlett too) and then we browsed the merchandise stalls. I got a PTWM t-shirt, wrist band and badge. I won some earrings on the tombola. My mom got a plaque, a wrist band and a badge too.

We got back to the car at 1:45pm and headed off for Home. We stopped for food about half hour away from home and finally got back at 4:30pm. I had proper missed Scarlett and I totally feel like my weekend with her will feel so short. But it’s only one time and she had a blast with my grandparents. She loves them.

We had a quick cup of tea then we headed home. I bathed her and got her ready for bed. She went to bed at 7:15 as she was shattered. I climbed into bed myself and watched a film. I watched Miss Peregine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It was weird but good.

Today Scarlett woke up at like 6:30. But she was just singing and chatting to herself so I left her. She eventually got up properly at 7:45. She had a bottle and then some breakfast whilst we watched Postman Pat the movie. She likes Postman Pat. After that finished I took her up at 10 for a nap. She slept till 12ish. In that 2 hours I laid in bed watching Doctor Stranger. Had wanted to see it for ages.

We got dressed and then we headed to my Nan’s house for dinner. She was cooking a Sunday roast.

We ate. Scarlett played a bit. I washed up and my Grandad dried up. Like normal. Then we headed home. Scarlett watched some teletubbies then I took her up for an afternoon nap. Wasn’t sure if she’d go down or not. It was 3ish. She did but it took her ages to drop off. I think I fell asleep as I was laid on my bed playing a game on my phone, listening to her singing etc. Next thing I know it’s almost 5 and she’s shouting lol

She had some supper. Skips, a cake and some fruit. We had a bath together at 7 then my mom dressed her whilst I washed my hair and got out. She went to bed at 7:45 so later than usual but only by 45 minutes. She didn’t take long to get to sleep. I had some supper with my mom then I went up to bed. I watched Captain America 3. It felt familiar in parts, like I’d seen bits before.

I’m now laid in bed. I’ve had a headache all day. I took paracetamol this morning and then ibuprofen this evening. Nothing is helping. Hopefully it goes after a good nights sleep.

TTFN x

Ps. Scarlett’s milk and cookies photoshoot pictures came back. I’ve downloaded them. I’m ready to post them online in December. So excited for Christmas!!

Traffic, freezing temps and possibilities

Monday my mom got stuck at work because her car was frozen. The temperature overnight had dropped to -1. She had to defrost her car then she got stuck in traffic picking me up from home. She didn’t get to me until 7:50 then we had to drive to my work which can be done in about 10 minutes on a good day. We hit traffic between Home and Work. I was 10 minutes late to work. My manager had a massive go at me (even tho I had previously forewarned this might happen on days when my mom works the night and had asked above her to someone higher if it was possible to have some leeway of up to 15 minutes late, being made up during lunch which was Okay-ed). I informed of all this and all I got was “fix it or leave”. Wonderful support for a lone parent working full time. The only reason I rely on my mom for a lift is due to the bus company changing the bus timetable for the only bus that gets me to work. It use to pick me up from town at 7:35 and I’d get to work at 7:50 (perfectly adequate). But a few weeks before I returned from maternity they changed it to 7:55 pick up getting me at work for 8:10. I asked 13 months ago if I could make up the 10 minutes in my lunch and was told a flat No. So my alternative has been getting a lift. But my mom works night shifts. 9:30pm till 7:30am. I start work at 8. It is what it is.

I was so angry so I’m glad I spent my morning in training meetings. Kept me occupied.

I’ve been job hunting since January. So you can imagine my frustration as each passing month goes by. I’ve had only 3 interviews in that time. I’ve actually got 2 this week. One is a telephone interview for a role within my company but a different department and based in a different city. Then I have a proper interview in the next town during my lunch break on Thursday!

Tuesday my mom tried to call me to say she was stuck at work and could I ask my Grandad to take me to work. But I always have my phone on Do Not Disturb until I turn it off. So she ended up calling my nan who had just picked Scarlett up. My Grandad said he’d pick me up. So he did, at 7:45 and I managed to get to work for 7:58.

It was my remaining team member’s last day today. We were a team of 3 and 1 manager. Now it’s just me from tomorrow onwards. Fun times!

Scarlett has had her first official day in the new room downstairs at nursery. Now she’s in the 2-4 years room. She loved it apparently. She came back from Nursery speaking so clearly already. She now says more rather than Muh lol

My nan called me when I was dishing up my dinner. I called her back whilst eating and she said she was trying to connect her laptop to her new WiFi box but couldn’t remember how. I can’t explain things I can’t see so I had her video call me on her phone and show me her screen. It didn’t take us long to connect it lol

I’m in bed watching Lucifer. I’m going to try and get an early night because I’m going to be busy tomorrow. I did a lot of importing tasks today and they’ll need activating and generating tomorrow. It’ll be Day 1 of being the lone member. Wish me luck!

TTFN x

Rail replacement buses

Friday wasn’t too bad at work. I got a lot done but I didn’t feel that productive. I just got by, mostly. Scarlett had a bath and went to bed like normal.

Saturday she got up at 7:45. I gave her a bottle and then we got dressed. We got picked up at 8:15 for Gravity Tots. Scarlett didn’t quite get the hang of jumping. She’s used to jumping off hard floors. It was too bouncy for her. She did enjoy herself. We ran around and played with balls and soft squares you can chuck. We managed half hour then we left to have a snack. She was freezing. They had the AC on and I’m assuming it’s so people don’t overheat as bouncing is exercise and people will get hot and sweaty. But she’s only little. Her lips went blue. I gave her a banana and some water then we got our shoes on.

We got picked up and we headed to McDonald’s for breakfast. Scarlett had pancakes and sausage. I had my usual breakfast wrap. She ate lots then went down for a nap. She slept for like 3 hours.

When she woke up we headed to Camberley. We had planned to go to Woking but it turned out there was rail works going on. No trains between Basingstoke and Weybridge which meant none from Farnborough, where I live. Oops! So we got the bus to Camberley. We did Primark first. It was hectic. Reminded me of why I hate shopping. We survived nonetheless. We went outside and there was a gymnastics display from a local dance school. They weren’t half bad. It reminded me of my dancing days. I was so flexible, and skinny lol

After Primark and the gymnastics show we headed for food. We settled on Pizza Express. Scarlett had her own little starter of Dough Balls with some cucumber and tomatoes on the side. She was dipping her balls in the garlic butter, copying me. Then she dipped her tomatoes. She doesn’t like them so she just licked the butter off lol

After pizza we got the bus to my nan’s. We had a cuppa and I showed my nan what I’d bought. Scarlett has learned to say “peace” but you can imagine what it sounds like. Nan then dropped us home. Scarlett and I jumped in the bath together. I stood up to wash my hair under the shower whilst she played in the draining bath water. She mostly just rubbed my foot with a flannel (helping me wash). I got out and then got her out. She was in bed by 8:30. So a later night than usual but it’s the weekend. I watched the finale of Stranger Things 2. I don’t know if there will be a season 3. I mean, there could be but I don’t know!

Sunday (today) she woke up at 7ish. Which would’ve been 8 had the clocks not gone back. So I can’t complain at all. She had a bottle then some breakfast. We watched some of Sharktail then she went for a nap. She woke up at 11am. I got her dressed then my mom’s friend (Scarlett’s godmother) picked us up and took us to Sainsbury’s so I could grab some stuff for work tomorrow. She dropped us at my nan’s when we were done as we were having dinner there.

We had roast beef. Scarlett ate a lot then we had ginger cake for pudding. She loved it. She had custard with hers. I don’t like custard. She tried to play with my cousin, who is almost 4 but she doesn’t seem to like Scarlett. She just ignored her when she tried to play with her. We stayed for a cuppa then we went home. We carried on watching Sharktail then I put the Bee Movie on. She fell off the sofa and kept rubbing her eyes so I took her up for a bath.

She’s been a bit of a nightmare this weekend. I feel like all I’ve done is tell her off, even shouted at her a few times. She just hasn’t listened to me all weekend. I was constantly telling her the same things to NOT do. And I don’t want our weekends to be like that given how little we see of each other in the week. And it made me feel a bit bad. Before bed she came and sat with me. She gave me a big cuddle and kisses. So I guess she doesn’t have any hard feelings about it. And her loving feelings towards me helped diminish some of my bad/guilty feelings. I love this wild crazy child of mine. She’s just pushing boundaries. It’s totally normal.

She went to bed at 7. I put some washing on and sorted myself some supper. I heard Stormzy was going to perform on X-factor so I turned it on. He appeared as the closing act. I legit sat through 2 hours of bullshit to see him lol was worth it. I love him!

I got into bed at 9. I’m just chatting on WhatsApp to my girls and playing my game.

Work tomorrow. Another week just signals another week closer to being the only database team member standing. I don’t think I can hack doing 3 people’s work. I need to find a new job. I’ve been looking for 11 months and no luck. It’s Christmas time now so everything online is temporary positions. Not ideal. So might have to give up and try again in the new year. Not where I thought I’d be at this point in the year.

TTFN x