THE CALM AFTER THE STORM

You know how it is when things build and build and build and then there’s a crisis, then it blows over and everything calms down. That’s been the story of the past seven days. Though there have been a few squalls of a different kind: alarm systems that had to be urgently fixed, loss of all communication with the outside world – the house phone, broadband and mobile all going down simultaneously, and there was me thinking I was safe from that by going with different providers!

But I have reasons to be cheerful too.

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AUTISM AND EXHAUSTION

Let’s get one thing straight first. I’m not blaming autism. I blame myself, my inability to cope, to get things completely right, my history, my situation, the menopause, the stress of bringing Smiley to a public pool for the first time in a year (with the help of some fabulous friends) and the general indifference of a world that seem unwilling or unable to make the accommodations that adults and children like my son badly need.

 

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MY BUSY DAY

Do you dream of being creative? But need a bit of support to make it happen?

The answer could be the new Creativity Salon that has been set up by the inspiring blogger behind That Curious Love Of Green. I love the idea, but was finding it hard to explain why I cannot get involved with anything else right now because I’m too busy. But we’re all busy, right?

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USING THE PHONE TO HANG OUT THE WASHING AND OTHER REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL

Thank you to the lovely person who told me this evening that she was looking forward to reading this post, it made me feel very cheerful indeed, and more than made up for plummeting down the Tots 100 blog rankings this month. I have a few more reasons too…

Driving Test

Just in case anyone missed it and because it really is THE news of the week, I’ll say it again: Angel passed her driving test last Saturday and that makes me very happy.

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THE DRIVING TEST AND HOW TO PASS IT!

It’s been a long road to this test, with many twists and turns, and we’ve both learned a lot on the way from that first bumpy session in the IKEA car park so long ago.

It was the best of days and the worst of days. I’d planned for everything except the weather. Do you remember last Saturday? There were rivers running down the streets with the kind of rain that would make a duck paddle for shelter.

In between, the sun shone. Making everything pretty and blindingly silvery and shiny. Perfect for an anxious 23 year old sitting her driving test for the first time, no?

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HOW TO LOSE YOUR FEAR OF THE GYM WITH THE MILON CIRCLE

Disclosure: I have been offered a free month’s membership of the fabulous Icon Health Club to try out the Milon Circle training circuit. I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own.

Are you afraid of the big bad gym? Do you imagine that it’s full of young, fit, slim people in expensive workout gear all knowing exactly what to do on the shiny machines, while you wander round sweaty and mortified doing everything wrong and looking fat and stupid?

That was me. And that was why I didn’t manage to stay with any of the three gyms I have joined in my life for more than a few weeks.

Until now. Well hopefully.

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REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL 5.11.15

After an anxious start, yesterday went unexpectedly well, and my happiness hangover has helped me through today’s challenges. Reasons to be cheerful? I have a few…

Shopping with Smiley

The birthday celebrations continued at the weekend, with a trip into town. Smiley still loves the buzz of the city centre, and all the people who pay her attention, especially when she met someone from her new placement. The words see you tomorrow, gave me a lovely warm feeling that my daughter may have found her community. I really hope so.

Happy shopping selfie

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