I havent taken some pics for a while so was playing around a bit while we were braaing!
Kiara picking lemons with my mom
We had a braai this afternoon and we all sitting catching up when my dad announces that he has decided his retirement spot is going to be Oudtshoorn AND I need to start looking for a job there!
I was like “HUH?”
They briefly mentioned Cape Town last year but it was always my mom who was talking about it! My dad wont say it if its not SERIOUS!!!!
Now I have 2 choices – start looking for a job that will allow me to support the kids and I are our own or embrace small town life!
The latter scares me – really I think I may actually have a phobia of small towns! We have just settled here, my friends are here, my kids are in a good school, I love my job (ok most days) – they have SHOPPING CENTRES here and highways and big office blocks!
But the first option is going to be damn near impossible – I need at least a R6000 jump in salary but possible more to be able to support myself and the kids!
So I am really caught between a rock and a hard place!
And what are my hopes in the male department – an Ostrich farmer? Well there is wildest fantasy just come true!
ARRGGHHH just when you think things are going along nicely!!!! Now my chest is hurting again – I need more pills!
I was studying last night and the kids were playing on my bed. I sort of block them out but then heard Kiara going on about Jesus and God – I look up! She is praying! So I watch for a bit and then make a mad dash for the camera and managed to snap 2 shots before the prayer ended!
Fortunately it was a LONG prayer!
The it of her prayer that amused me!
“Dear God please dont make it rain cos when I wake up in the morning it will be all wet! And please help Cameron to colour Whitening McQeen nicely”
Shoe shopping with Kiara is torture! But her toes are sticking out of her current shoes so we HAD to go today!
Off we go – shop 1 is a cute fairy shop having a 50% sale with some lovely ballet slipper types shoes – she LOVES them! But she loves all the size 3/4/5s – she is an 11! She tries on THREE pairs of size 4s and one pair of size 11s – hates them!
Off to shop 2 – she spots a pair of PLATFORMS and when I say no she walks out!
Shop 3 – she looks around then spots a purse and cries for that!
Shop 4 – she likes the UGLIEST pair of shoes EVER!!!! So I quickly find another pair to distract her! She then spies this pretty blue pair and LOVES them – happy days!
We walk to shop 5,6,7 to look for tights and she is still HAPPY!
Get in the car “I HATE these shoes” she announes. Kicks them off and puts her others on!
I eventually told her if she doesnt wear the blue ones I cant buy her proper ballet slippers next month – she now LOVES them again!
I dont generally get sick but when I do it knocks me bad!
I developed this “thing” in my eye a few weeks ago and it was PAINFUL! But it cleared on its own or so I thought! A few days ago when I was putting my contacts in I noticed this HUGE lump in my bottom right eyelid. It wasnt sore and wasnt visible from the outside but I figured I better get it checked out!
Nearly 2 weeks ago I started with what I thought was just the flu but it got progressively worse so I figured I better get that checked out too!
So off I go to the Dr yesterday! While I am waiting I get this intense pain on the right side of my chest! So I reckon – HEART ATTACK!!! But sit quietly and wait to die!
Dr eventually examines me – abscess in the eye and lung infection and thats whats causing the pain! So he gave me some kickass pain meds that worked almost immediately – thank goodness!!! And an antibiotic that is the size of a suppository – SERIOUSLY!
I actually feel positively crap today but hopefully by tomorrow the antibiotics will have kicked in and I will start feeling a little more normal again!
I am considering starting a seperate study blog actually but will see how it goes!
I got my text book yesterday and so decided to start reading. I settle the kids in Camerons room with their coffee, blankets,right channel – HAPPY CAMPERS!
All goes well – I get through reading half of the chapter and then move to my desk to start making notes! As my bum hits my desk chair in flies Kiara followed closely by Cameron and every car he owns!
I had two choices – watch the mind numbing Zac and Cody with them or block it out and carry on. I carried on and managed to make notes of everything I had read AND I still remember it all now!
Its not going to be easy but I LOVED it! The more I read the more I WANTED to read.
Oh by the way the module I am doing now is Personality in the Work Place and the chapter last night was about Behaviourists!
I went to collect my tesxt book yesterday from the Post Office and it nearly ended in protest action.
Just to back track this was the conversation I had with the teller when I went to collect my UNISA books 2 weeks ago after I handed over the tracking number!
teller: Oh no this is going to take long
me: No I called track and trace it was here yday
teller: you must wait for the white slip
me: but its HERE
teller: but its going to take long
me: but track and trace said its HERE
teller: but its going to take LONG
me: so whats the point of track and trace then?
teller: to tell you where the parcel is
me: but its HERE
teller: yes but its going to take me a long time to look for it cos you dont have the white slip
me: ok I can wait while you look
teller: but you need the white slip
me: I dont HAVE the white slip cos I dont HAVE the keys to our post box, my mom has it so I cant get it right now and I REALLY need the parcel
teller: well if its urgent then get the key from your mom
me: SHE IS IN CAPE TOWN
It tooker her 10 minutes to argue with me why she CANT find it and about 5 minutes to actually find it! She ended our encouter with “All these other people are now mad because YOU made them wait”???
So back to yesterday! I get to the parcel counter and I see the guy in front of me doesnt have the WHITE SLIP (neither did I) so I am waiting to see her reaction – she doesnt let me down.
teller: wheres your white slip?
guy: I dont have one – heres the tracking no
teller: its going to take long
guy: ok (he shrugs and does not move implying he will wait)
She asks me for my slip and when I show the tracking number she tells me to go back to the main queue which is out the door – I REFUSED – and I can get rather animated if I want to!
While she is searching for the guys parcel our little line grows – noone (bar a paranoid teenager) has a white slip. The longer she takes the more aggro we all got and the comments started getting louder and louder – till we eventually had one mass conversation going with all the 20+ people in the Post Office!
Eventually she cant find the guys parcel and takes his details down and PROMISES to call – bet you a months salary she wont! The lady helping her takes my slip and returns immediately with my parcel. Much to our SHOCK since she was adamant it would take LONG. Her reason was it was from Kalahari and Kalahari is easy? I am still trying to figure that one out but at least I got my book!
It makes me so sad to have to deal with these types of people! They are the few who are giving our country (and the already tarnished Post Office) a bad name! They make people label us a lazy nation. The track and trace system works brilliantly and I have been impressed with the Post Offices website and their call centre but then one person spoils it for us all!
I have decided to take it further – I deal alot with that Post Office and will be there more now that I am studying and really do not want to go through this each time!
Gosh but it was FREEZING this morning! The wind was so icy – there MUST be snow somewhere!!!
So yesterday morning I take Kiara BACK to the Dr to get meds and confirmation on the glandular fever! The Dr – who is one of the regular ones we see – asks me where the results of the urine test are! When I tell her the Dr last night didnt do any – she looks at me and says “Oh”. Then sends us off to take a urine sample – turns out there are traces of blood but not enough to warrant concern. So Kiara does NOT have a bladder infection. Then she checks for the glandular fever – NONE of Kiaras glands are swollen or sore, she doesnt have a temp, she isnt listless – so she is adamant that she does NOT have glandular fever! So Dr Dumbass yday mis diagnosed my child TWICE!!!
She did say Kiara has a post nasal drip and did prescribe an antibiotic but said there was nothing to be concerned about!
Back to work for me and school for her! I then needed to try find a place to refit my immobiliser – after consulting all my friends and gathering the information I have to decide – immobiliser vs tracker – the immobiliser won so I am off this morning to fork out R850 to have it installed! I HATE having to make these kinds of decisions tho!
Despite the chill in the air it is a STUNNING day today and I do have lots to be grateful for!
Well who would have thought the day would have ended like it did!
School calls me at 14h00 – Kiara has been complaining all day of a sore tummy and doesnt want to play! Right so off I go to fetch her – we suspected a bladder infection! The sister at the Clicks Pharmacy confirms this so off we go home to make an appointment with the Dr! Dr can only see her at 17h30.
Great so I decide to get a gym work out in while we wait – go to the car and the immobiliser wont work! So car wont start! I start phoning VW – I speak to EVERYONE including the tea lady – noone can help me shed some light on the problem! So I call the very cute boy who serviced my car last year. He offered to come around at 17h30 to have a look!
PROBLEM – car at 17h30 and Drs appointment at 17h30. I need car for Dr appointment!
My mom then offered to take Kiara to the Dr and I would wait for VW boy!
After battling in the dark for an hour he has to disconnect it – it wont work and he cant fix it and I need the car! He says a new system will cost me R900 and follows it with ‘thats not so bad’ – I look at him – of course its NOT SO BAD for you – you dont have kids or a wife or anything significant to PAY so OF COURSE NOT SO BAD is what you will say! I didnt say this cos really the boy is HOT – I smiled and nodded!
Then my mom calls – the Dr they saw was a locum and 100 yrs old! He didnt retest Kiaras urine but diagnosed a bladder infection AND glandular fever – so she cant go to school! And then the pharmasist tells my mom that the antibiotics contain aspirin and are recommended for kids over TWELVE! KIARA IS FOUR!!!!!!!!!!!! So she doesnt get them!
I am a bit pissed with the Dr tho – apparently you need blood tests for glandular fever? And surely he couldnt just take my moms word regarding the urine tests?
I cant take a chance with the glandular fever tho so I have an appointment for tomorrow morning with our normal Dr and have had to take the day off!
At least I get out of a meeting in JHB tomorrow but would MUCH rather suffer the traffic that have to fork out R900 that I dont have for the car and who knows what else for the meds Kiara will need!
I have to be one of the most disorganised mothers I know – if not THE most disorganised!
I was once again reminded of this on Monday when I arrived at the kids school to see in BIG BOLD letters on the notice board “Bring a fruit to school day on Monday” – it goes without saying that I had forgotten! Fortunately I had fruit packed for lunch so left the 2 sad looking apples with the teacher.
This is not the first time its happened though! Kiara has gone to school for the past 2 years in totally mis-matched outfits on photo day! Last year she donned her pink and white flower shorts and yellow t-shirt for her class photo. This year she had on her pink butterfly long sleeve top and orange shorts for the individual pics. Fortunately they took mainly head shots only! But the memories she will have captured is of her and her mismatched outfits!
Cameron went to Proudly South African Day earlier in the year wrapped in a South African flag that I managed to find in the chaos that is our mornings! For “What I Want to Be Day” he went as a Policeman – not because he necessarily WANTS to be a police man but because he has lots of guns and sheriff stars – so he actually looked like he was about to single-handedly take on the worlds armies and WIN! Kiara went as a ballerina – pretty much for the same reason – she has skirts and ballet slippers!
EVERY single Friday there is chaos as I try to find R5 for them for tuck shop – EVERY Friday without fail.
Its really not intentional and my poor son now actually starts reminding me a few days before and event what I need to do!
Oh well we do the best we can I suppose and hope that our kids turn out ok – despite our weaknes