The musings of a juggling mother

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Sunday, October 23, 2005

A long day

It was a long day yesterday.

Up at 5.30am, get me & LMD dressed & ready to go out (LMD was totally confused as to what was going on). Packed food for LMD & trundled out in the cold & dark. 6am is so early in the winter, but perfectly acceptable in the summer! A quick trip up the motorway to pick up CQ (sorry I was a tad late), then a long trip up the M5, M4, M25 (through THE roadworks -do they ever actually DO anything bthere), M23, & into Croydon, just to discover I have to park 5 mins walk away fro the course venue.

Now I don't mind a 5min walk in normal circumstances, but this was a first aid course - I had 4 manikins, first aid kits, 30 manuals, flip-charts, whiteboards, paperwork, acetates,& general work stuff to take there, as well as LMD & her bag, so dragging that all around the block wasn't a particularly pleasant experience.

The courses went well. We stuck to timings, so LMD got fed, and even more amazingly I managed to sqeeze in 10 mins for lunch too. Everyone passed. CQ did a stirling job of keeping LMD occipied & out of earshot. Finally 6pm rolled round & we packed everything back up & traipsed round to the car. I thought I'd give LMD a quick feed before we left, but a couple of minutes after she latched on a delightful jobsworth stuck his head in & asked that we move the car as he wanted to close the car-park gates. obviously 5 more minutes would have been too long to wait!

We made it out of Croydon, then pulled up in a bus stop to finish off her feed, as she was understandably upset. Then it was just a happy jaunt back out of London, onto the M23, M25 (through the roadworks - WHY?), M4, M5, drop off CQ, down the M5 to home. Made it back here at 9.30pm.

Mr A had pizza all ready & waiting for me. LMD woke up & played for a couple of hours. LMB woke up for a cuddle. During the night LMD woke up twice, & LMB woke once. Mstr A woke up & chatted at me at 6am. Now I'm tired, got a sore throat & trying to work out where we should take the kids for a family day out. It's been a long time since we've all had a day together, so it would be nice to do something with it. except it's raining. and cold. Something indoors I think.


  • At Sunday, October 23, 2005 9:24:00 am, Blogger craziequeen said…

    Sounds like a most successful day - and I stand by my suggestion....a buggy makes a magnificent trolley - if you don't mind carrying the squirming child :-)

    Have a lovely day, Aginoths, you deserve it :-)


  • At Sunday, October 23, 2005 12:17:00 pm, Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said…

    I saw your name on Michele's list and was intrigued by it; came here even though my name didn't come after yours and am very glad I did. I feel like I've just had a lovely visit with you there in beautiful England; now I'll have to go and read About You, and find out who the cast of characters are! So, I say hello to you and Michele sent me, only she didn't know it!

  • At Sunday, October 23, 2005 1:50:00 pm, Blogger Mary P. said…

    You poor thing. You simply MUST find another job! I'm exhausted just reading all that...

  • At Sunday, October 23, 2005 5:51:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    CQ Thanks again. Buggies make good trolleys, but it's not particularly good for their second-hand saleability!

    OldLady - Hi & welcome. Glad you had a nice visit. Feel free to nose around my life and commenet whenever you want:-)

    Mary P - I can't blame this one on my employers, the 1st Aid stuff is all self employed through my own company. The problem was that I agreed to do one course their & the client accidently double booked me for two - hence the ridiculously long day!


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