Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Where the heck has she been?

Ok, its been a while!  I have had the worst lurgy ever and have been feeling rotten for the last 2 weeks.  It all started when I was away in sunny Yarmouth in the freezing cold caravan with 2 inches of snow outside.  I struggled on until the Thursday but by then the children and I had had enough, so we came home and I continued being ill here.  I had all last week off and managed eventually to get a doctor's appointment.  Do you know it really gets me mad that its so difficult to manage to see a doctor .... Anyway, I got my antibiotics and they did help but I am still not right and have lost my wonderful singing voice.  I think Matthew is glad I cannot shout at the moment though!

We did have a nice time in the caravan but it was so cold that Matthew slept in the lounge area every night and Rosie and I huddled together in the bedroom.  I suppose I was living in cloud cuckoo land hoping for good weather in March but I certainly didn't expect the snow.  Rosie enjoyed her 13th birthday though as I booked a cab to take us into town and we had a slap up meal and managed to get her a friends poster in a frame that she has been looking for for a long time and Matthew was very happy as he got a Spurs framed poster too.

I was manic in the caravan telling them to be careful and who caused the most damage?  Yes, me!  I tripped and sent a cup of black coffee all over the yellow cotton curtains in the lounge and for good measure broke the cup at the same time.  So, I had to sponge the curtain off and dry it with the hair drier, you'd never have known I had done it by the time I finished.  Then, the search for the tea cup began.  I spent 4 days scouring Yarmouth, all the department stores, charity shops, anywhere that sold crockery!  Did I find it, no.  I did own up before I left and they were ok about it.  Good job I never told them what I had done to their curtains, eh?

I must mention the medal I won for disco dancing.  We went to the club house on the first night and at that point we had Martin and also Lisa and Daniel with us too (they only stayed for the night).  It was a big hall with loads of tables and a disco playing.  There were about 20 people there, including the bar staff.  It was freezing there too, so we all started dancing and I was then presented with my medal.  I shall always wear it with pride.

We came back to the camp by bus one day and goodness knows why we walked off in the wrong direction.  After about 20 minutes I realised that I didn't recognise anything and when we walked back I realised we had got off at the right place but just walked the wrong way, duh.  Anyway, we then were waiting to cross the road and where the snow had melted there were big puddles and a car went by and literally soaked Matthew from head to foot.  That was it, I nearly fell on the floor laughing and when Rosie heard me she was screaming with laughter too.  A small smile played on Matthew's face, he really took it in good part.  Both Rosie and I actually wet ourselves as we laughed so much and we had to waddle back to the caravan to get showered.  I was laughing even more as I told Rosie that it was all downhill now she was a teenager and we had both done waht old ladies do.

We had some bad news last week when Martin was laid off from Tescos.  They have cut 800 jobs in the local offices and as he was last in on his team, he was first out.  He has some private work he is doing at the moment but I hope he gets something else sorted out soon.  Meanwhile, he will not be bored as he will be doing some decorating here which is well overdue.  I did buy paint about 3 years ago for our living room and it has never been done .... so, off I have gone and bought some more, lets hope it gets on the walls this time.  So, it is operation clear out at the moment in readiness.

Matthew has joined a running club and is really enjoying it.  He is doing it two nights a week and still has lots of energy when he gets home.  He is growing up so quickly and I have just got back from a parents' evening about work experience for him.  It only seems yesterday that he was 8 years old and came to live with me.

I went back to work this week and as usual have an awful backlog of filing etc., but am trying not to get depressed about it and just working my way through.  I thank my lucky stars that I am a well paid filing clerk, tee hee!  It was nice to see my friends again and not so nice to see the ones I don't like there!

Such exciting news though, one of my bosses is taking Rosie and I and my friend, Alex, away to a health spa hotel in May as a treat.  Its called Cowley Manor and is in the Cotswolds.  A bit posher than the caravan, methinks I will have to get myself something nice to wear to dinner and there will be no medals for disco dancing.  Heres the link:

The contemporary country hotel in the Cotswolds

I have never had a beauty treatment in my life and am playing safe and going for a facial.  No waxing for this chick.  I'll let you know how I get on.

Once again I am very behind with all your journals and do apologise but am trying to comment here and there and catch up. 

Hugs to all my friends and wishing you all a very good week.


cayasm said...

WELCOME BACK (big smiles) sorry to hear you've been unwell and the weather din't smile on you in Yarmouth I know you were looking forward to the break.
Disco (crazy chick), sorry to hear Martin's been laid off and hope he finds something soon, while he's looking least you'll get your living room done.

wishing you a speedy recovery

Take care


andrewfrnd said...

I hope you are feeling a lot better now. You should count yourself lucky that you were in a caravan, a friend of mine has just returned from a weekends camping where he was woken up by snow blowing through the tent! At least you have your trip to the Cotswolds to look forward to.

marainey1 said...

We in Ohio know we cannot camp in March for sure .  We had record levels of that white stuff come down.  Here it is almost the middle of April and I'm still waiting...Warmer days will soon come I hope.  I know you were looking forward to your holiday and I'm sorry to hear you got sick.  That spa trip does sound heavenly.  Nice of your boss to treat you like that.  'On Ya' - ma

wickedpink64 said...

Well what an adventure you have all had!  Disco Queen eh??? Next you'll be buying Paul a white suit!!!!  Sorry your caravan holiday didn't quite turn out as planned but you did make me nearly wet myself with your stories of the teacup/curtains, bus stops and puddles!

I hope you get your walls painted this time too.  Tell Martin he can't get a job till the painting is!!!

Hope you're feeling better soon and what a wonderful weekend you and Rosie have to look forward to!  Good luck to you!


Wendy in Oz

lindaggeorge said...

Sorry to hear Easter didn't live up to your expectations but the trip to the Cotswolds sounds lovely.

Hope you are fully recovered from the lurgy soon.

Linda xx.

ukgal36 said...

oh my had me cracking with your tales of your caravan holiday...
Cowley Manor is in my old stomping grounds...;-)
You enjoy! you deserve it..

jeadie05 said...

Oh what fun a caravan holiday in the snow ....not .... lol what good sports you are ,pleased you are feeling better,Yarmouth isnt a bad town for shopping ,as I remember ,but that is on reflection many years ago ,Enjoy your time at the spa , Jan xx

mariealicejoan said...

So sorry to hear that you have been ill!  I hope you feel better soon.  I have always wanted to have a holiday in a caravan and it does sound as if you had a lovely time despite the cold weather!  March is such an iffy month for holidaying.  We did to go to the south of France one march and had a lovely time, but it's such a hit and miss time of year!  I did miss you.

beckiepainton said...

disco queen?were you wearing hotpants and a boob tube? lol congrats on your award!Beckie x

elainey2465 said...

Hey lovely to see you Tells!!! Missed ya! We love Great Yarmouth - think we went the same time as you last year didnt we? Which park did you stay on. So sorry it was soooo cold for ya. Oooooh and Im sorry you was ill. Glad you better than you was.  Made me laugh thinking of you laughing so much you wet yourself - I have done that, lol isnt it awful when you do that! Whooo disco queen!! LOL well done on getting your medal! Sorry Martin was laid off from Tescos but least hopefully your decorating will get done now!! How old is Matthew now then? Good he has joined a club - I likes it if my boys keep busy but none of mine have joined any sporty clubs - although my Joe does love football but he wont join a team. Yuk, filing - glad you get paid well for it! I hate filing! The health spa looks brilliant - can I come? Hope you behave yourself there! Love Lainey xxxx

queeniemart said...

my precious Terry has a bday coming up!
I cracked up reading that you wet yourself.....i know you know how to have a good time at doing things and i wish we were closer. Sorry to hear that Martin was laid off and you were so sick. I pray you continue to feel much much better.

gehi6 said...

I was wondering how your anticipated caravan vacation went, and I am so sorry you got sick and it was cold and   Sometimes vacations don't turn out at all as expected and desired, but it sounds like you made the most of it.  Well, if you can't do anything else you can laugh.  I do hope the one in May turns out to be nice and warm.  I think you work so hard you deserve this treat. I think of you as an ideal employee.  Don't worry if you don't get around to my journal at least.  I am worried enough as it is about you overworking  That is probably why you got so sick.  Hope Mathew finds something soon before he begins to worry.  Gerry  

wldconnie said...

So sorry the weather was so bad. I had no idea you had had snow while I was in sunny Brazil! Makes me realise how lucky I have been.
You will enjoy the spa My kids paid for me to go for the day in London for my Xmas present last year and it was fabulous. I had the mud treatment! It made me feel great after but I did laugh whe I saw me covered in mud what a sight! Love Conniexx

ukgal36 said...

I missed you!
Just stopping by to show some love!

zoepaul6968 said...

and where the heck is she now? Lol hope youre ok hun zoe xx