Despite my Facebook and Twitter timelines being full of happy status updates from friends whose children have already started their summer holidays, we still have three days of school to go (and two days of nursery for the geekson). We’re into the final countdown though, with my daughter being extremely sad about the end of Year 1 (she’s been very happy with her teacher this year), and my son who can’t wait to go to “big school” in September! As will show in my photos, a lot of my thoughts have been with planning this week, both at home and at work. Here’s what we’ve been up to this week:
Sunday 13 July 2014: Cheeky boy!
As he grows older, my son is developing a definite cheeky streak. This evening after his bath my husband wrapped him up in a towel (as he always does) and my son very deliberately laid his head against his Dad’s chest, deliberately making his T-shirt wet from his wet hair! You could tell from the grin on his face that he knew exactly what he was doing!
Monday 14 July 2014: Great Customer Service
How is it so many people don’t seem to know their own email address? I fairly regularly receive emails that are meant for other people – usually it’s because they have the same name as me, and presumably use the same email provider. I generally just delete them (although when I received a booking confirmation for a hotel in Paris I was tempted to turn up!). They’re usually just one-off occurrences, however recently I’ve been receiving a number of UPS dispatch information emails addressed to a man named Frederick. It became clear this chap had used my email address in his customer record, and was quite a prolific customer! So I notified the customer service email address of the situation, and received this reply very quickly. I’ve also received no further emails – excellent customer service 🙂
Tuesday 15 July 2014: Changing Plans
I use a written “to do” list. I’ve tried many digital ones over the years, but I have learned that I’m most likely to get things done if they’re written on a physical piece of paper sitting next to me at my desk. This year I’m using a personalised diary from personal-planner.co.uk to manage my tasks at work (I got this free using a voucher a received from a blogging event last year). It works really well, apart from when plans change. This week I rearranged my summer holidays, meaning the application of copious qualities of Tipp-Ex to the pages relating to my original holiday dates!
Wednesday 16 July 2014: Robot Vacuum Cleaner
The whole family is very excited about our latest review opportunity. We took delivery today of a Neato Botvac 75 – a robot vacuum cleaner. I have heard great things about this little fellow and we’re very much looking forward to trying it out, although we will have to clear a lot of stuff off the floor first!
Thursday 17 July 2014: Ready for Sports Day
After having to be postponed twice due to bad weather, my daughter’s school sports day went ahead today. There are four teams in her school, and she is in the green team, so she wore a green T-shirt for the event. She is already so much more sporty that I ever was – she ran in 4 races (running, egg and spoon, bean bag on head and sack) and was placed in every one! One 1st, one 2nd and two 3rd places! She was very happy because the green team won overall as well 🙂
Friday 18 July 2014: Planning the summer holidays
School finishes for my daughter next Wednesday, so it’s not long now until the summer holidays. Today I dug out our “holiday board” – I have to see the plans all laid out like this in order to feel like I know what I’m doing! We’ll be populating this board over the next few days with the arrangements that are already in place, and then we’ll be able to slot in all the other things we want to do 🙂
Saturday 19 July 2014: Dinner With Friends
Today I’ve abandoned my husband and kids and met up with a small group of my girlfriends in Birmingham. We try to get together every now and again for a catch up and a nice meal. And perhaps some wine 🙂
One of my friends booked us a table at the Thai Edge restaurant, and we enjoyed a lovely meal together. This is a selection of the food we ate 🙂
If you want to see how other bloggers are getting on with their photo a day projects then head on over to The Boy And Me’s blog where we all share links to our roundup posts each