Don’t you just hate chasing your tail? At the moment I am running round like the proverbial demented cat wishing for a few extra hours in the day to just appear. Instead of which we are about to lose an hour as we convert to British Summer Time. What is worse I don’t actually seem to be achieving anything; which of course is probably not true but it just feels like it. Added to all the other normal things I do, family, work, writing and organising, this week I also had to find various presents so had to go shopping; internet shopping.
I was a bit spoilt over last weekend for Mothering Sunday. I didn’t get breakfast in bed or anything quite like. I get up with the lark before the family are awake so the struggle for me to stay in bed waiting, only to drop crumbs and tea all over is just too much. Also I had to be out of the house and on car parking duty at the rugby club for 9.30.
I came home many hours later from the aforementioned rugby club to find Sexy Sporty Dad surrounded by pots and dishes, peelings and vegetables and a succulent smell pervading the whole of our downstairs. Not a child in sight helping him. He was doing alright though and produced a wonderful meal and superb bottle of wine. As we all sat down, some more reluctant than others to enjoy the meal en famille, Mini Son struggled in; arms stretched around a huge bunch of flowers and a plant. The flowers now sit proudly in the dinning conservatory and the kitchen, while the plant; an Anthurium now resides proudly on my bedroom window sill which has been ceremoniously cleared to house it. These same gifts had sat in my utility room since Friday night when I had been instructed to not notice each time I went in and out.
It had been an expensive week and my best friend and I, Amazon have spent many hours together just smooozing over appropriate gifts. Obviously there was the mother’s day present which I find very hard to decide on. Being one of six means I need to think hard and find something a bit different. One of my sisters always sends flowers and not just a small bunch but a large deeply scented bouquet that will always include her favourite freesias. My brother has a deal with a particular chocolate mini egg company going on so she receives them by the bucket load. Two of my sisters live nearby so will take her out and treat her to Sunday lunch with trimmings. It is therefore left to me and my other brother to come up with the different more unusual ideas.
This time Amazon guided me to the DVD of the recent TV series “Call the Midwife”. I was convinced she would have sat down every Sunday night and watched it but I felt it was nostalgic and she would enjoy it. She was a midwife in the 50s latterly so and although not out in the community the characters were very much the same type of people she will have helped. I was right, it was a terrific success.
I was not nearly so clever or accurate with the other presents. My brother is a difficult person to buy for, he buys most of what he wants and when he does want something it is usually well above my simple birthday budget allowance. He reads avidly and has a library full of books; I have no idea which ones he already has so Amazon kindly sent him a gift voucher. It was during his 40th Birthday party that we received the news about the arrival six years ago of yet another little cousin for the boys. She is the youngest of the cousins and at the grand old age of 6 caused an even bigger headache for me. I have never had girls myself, my sisters girls are all a bit older and when they were growing up there was a plethora of parents to advise. Now, those same parents seem to have forgotten what six year old girls are into! Amazon kindly not only does books but gifts, electrical and some clothing amongst their incredible range. Another gift voucher was purchased and sent via email for delivery on the day, unlike all the cards which were all posted on the day so will arrive late.
Well what a week but just as I thought it safe to leave the haven of my desk I remembered the twins. How could I ever forget them, those adorable two tiny babies have grown up into a strapping football playing sailor and a fashion conscious aspiring model of now 16. I gave up a long time ago trying to fathom out what teenagers want; if they had an idea themselves it would be helpful. I allowed my pal to guide me through the gift voucher section yet again and sent them through.
I am sure if I lived near a big town and had time to myself I would spend hours traipsing up and down the high street looking in different shops and coming out with fantastic ideas but the reality these days is we all suffer lack of time and the choices are so great that it is difficult to choose. Gift vouchers and money seem a bit of a cop out to me but so often we receive things that we already have or we don’t like or want and they get thrown away, donated to charity or swapped; giving a voucher gives the recipient the onus to choose what they really want.
There are obviously many internet shops out there we all have our favourites. I like the frighteningly dangerous fact that they have my details, even the addresses and emails of my family and friends whom I send things to. One click shopping, I don’t even have to open my purse.
The down side of this and there is always a downside was; the other day checking my card statement and yes I am organised enough to check my statements. I discovered a payment to Amazon that I knew nothing about. The recent orders didn’t tally as there was nothing ordered for that amount. A lot of investigation and it turned out that two of the recent items added together, minus one of the children’s voucher limit, left the odd amount charged to my card. Time to change passwords I think!
Looking at the calendar I see another sister has yet another birthday this week. I could meet her for lunch, we could meet up and visit a pamper parlour or I could go to a town and buy her something she might never wear.
Excuse me, I smell the coffee pot bubbling invitingly and feel the draw of a quiet desk and a smooze with my old pal.
Ps Writing – it seems to have fallen down the priority list but is far from forgotten – I checked the local paper for 2 press releases I have sent off this week and one result – nothing . Will keep sending them though.