Tuesday, 24 November 2009

I'm here to write a post! {and tell you some secrets}




Why I do not know...it's 3.30 in the morning & I should be fast asleep!
I didn't get on here until about 11.30p.m because my best laid plans went awry today - I had my evening all mapped out when DH arrived home & announced that we were going out to dinner with his Uncle, who had just phoned him, having arrived from Joburg "out of the blue". Not what I had in mind but we had a great evening anyhoo... I have a layout for you in drafts, all photos prepped & ready to roll, but the thought of writing out the how-to, etc, is not appealing at this time LOL!!! I only logged on to post a layout to a challenge site as it was due in 12p.m EST tonight. Problem is though, well you know, one logs on & checks up on all & sundry & before you know it you're in this "New Post" box. While I'm here I may aswell update you a bit...

Spent Friday night unexpectedly "alone" as DH's plane back from Zimbabwe never arrived {British Airways not Air Zimbabwe just in case you were wondering...} . Friday is my busiest day kids wise - weird huh? With my 2 big kids writing exams at the moment it is busier...no fun! My collection times at 3 different schools were 10.30, 11.30, 12.30 and...you guessed it...1.30!!! But wait! There's more!! Cricket ends at 2.30! And - because it's close to a Woollies - weekend treat shopping (topping up the groceries done at Pick 'n Pay earlier in the week) gets done while I'm "waiting" {rushing down the aisles, rushing to the car, then rushing back to the venue} We head straight home after cricket & I pack away the groceries before heading out for a weekly meeting with a DF at 4. As you can imagine this doesn't leave me much time for much else as I can't delegate the packing away of the provisions or I can never find anything when I need to cook with it, anyone else have that problem??? ;-D

The school year is all but over & next year brings with it new grades & extra murals therefore an entirely new schedule so perhaps my Fridays will improve. Let's hope so!

This Friday my DD requested a lift to Mt. Edgecombe "on the way" LOL! {Durbanites will know that Mt. Edgecombe geographically speaking isn't on the way to anything...} Kids...clueless when it comes to direction! I did make it back to La Lucia after dropping her off "on the way"...miraculously I also managed (just remembered!) to drop DS in a totally different suburb "on the way" too!!! I did some Christmas shopping after my cappas with my DF...a rare moment ALONE - very difficult to Christmas shop when one usually has at least ONE of FOUR children in tow. I know, I know, I could do it in the mornings but that is studio time & waaaaaaay more fun than shopping! Went back to collect DS while DD only arrived back at midnight {fortunately I was spared collecting her as she now has a boyfriend that can drive - but is that a blessing I wonder?!} I had the Woollies wine all ready & the dinner prepared {not to mention 2 over-excited youngsters looking forward to daddy's return} {the teenagers were less phased LOL} when we got the call to say that there was no way Shane was going to manage to fly back. He had been waiting at Harare airport for 6 hours - the BA plane had not arrived as it had "a problem" {I do agree, better safe than sorry obviously} but as a result he missed his connecting flight to Joburg with ANOTHER airline then had to fight tooth & nail with BA to get them to foot the bill - which they eventually did - seeing as he had missed the flight solely because he couldn't get to Joburg without the assistance of a plane that BA could not provide! We were all left feeling rather deflated...

Saturday morning saw Chelsea & I venturing off into the Wilderness to a scrapbook store closing down sale. We travelled a good 100km's {including the obligatory "getting lost en route" routine - both ways LOL} but it was definitely worth it. If you are local & in need of their details E MAIL ME. Of course nothing new as they have been winding down for a while now but Bazzill at R2.50 per sheet, patterned papers at R5, lots of flowers {oops sorry, that was BEFORE my visit ;-D} tonnes of embellishments, magazines, HUGE cutting mats at A MERE FIFTY RONDS...worth a visit I tell ya! LOADS of paper racks at R600 each... huuuuuuuuuuuuge paper racks...double paper racks in fact...too big for me unfortunately, but maybe good for you??? Would hold all your paper if you are a normal person, or perhaps about a third of your paper if you are a scrap addict like me ;-D I bought some exciting storage items aswell - will post photographs of them in due course.

Exhausting stuff I tell ya...especially as my daughter decided it was pay-back time on the way home & we had to spend another couple of hours at a mall clothes shopping for her. We hadn't eaten a morsel ALL DAY & it was now lunch time so a food stop was in order anyhow. Admittedly we did find some very cute stuff for her but my feet did not thank me for it ;-D Fortunately I had just enough time to squirrel away my stash booty before DH finally made it home ;-D Yay me! That, folks, is a 20 hour slice of my "stay-at-home-mom" {ironic} life!

In keeping with the randomness of this post I've just come across this whilst googling "Housewife Cartoons" {go figure...} A post isn't a post without a photo you know!


8 comments:

tania said...

LOL!! is it just me or did you post twice?,yup, a double, helen, see you should have been in bed!LOL!! driving around can be so tiring,hey? also had my dose yesterday, nothing fun,though.

Shayne said...

3.30 and you're up at the pc? Nope, my bed is far more NB to me at that time of the morning!

I hear you about the carting to and from tho. I'm counting down till schools close on Thurs and then we can become loafers!

Stefanie said...

I was asleep, alothough awake for a while around 4am mulling over stuff.
Glad you had so much fun this weekend, makes mine look like a walk in the park.

Lynette said...

Wow...3:30 in the morning...I was deep in dreamland then!

Jacqui Bourne said...

I'm so pleased to see there's someone else with a life like mine at the moment! I was beginning to think I was the only one!!! :) I'm looking forward to a different type of busy-ness when school closes...

I haven't even started my Christmas shopping yet and school closes on Thursday!!!

BTW - thanks for popping by my blog the other day.....

Helen Tilbury said...

Heehee...LOL! Thanks for the heads-up there Tania! Have deleted the "extra" post! Trouble is I hate having my plans changed so although we had a lovely dinner & chats at home afterwards I STILL wanted my ME time & was determined to get it even if it meant staying up until 4 in the morning! Yup Shayne, looking forward to less driving kbut 4 kids with cabin fever ain't a good thing either so I think I will still have my fair share ;-D

Michelle Ramsay said...

I can sympathise with you and am glad that I have finished with kiddies and lifts - just grandchildren (when they arrive!!!!) and now the "please fetch me so that I can drink" story. Gives me a chance to scrap while I sit up waiting to fetch. Have started my Christmas shopping, so hopefully won't be too much of a rush later.

Desire Fourie said...

Sjoe, catching my breath here, just reading about your hectic life ... but hey it keeps us out of mischief ... I would appreciate it if you could email me the details of the shop have a closing down sale, if I am not too late already.
Hugs
Desire