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« Reply #25 on: 21/09/2009 02:15:35 »
WEDNESDAY 16th

Wednesday’s work day generally goes on for about a gruelling 14 hours, but because of technical problems it lasted about 16. I didn’t even get a proper lunch break although in the afternoon I was passing Sainsburys and called in to buy a bite to eat on the hoof. For environmental reasons I have given up using carrier bags so at the till I paid for my shopping and began stuffing the smaller items into my pockets. On the way out I was spotted by the security attendant who noticed me walking out with items under my arm and pockets bulging. He asked to see my receipt but it had mysteriously vanished. He asked which till I had come from and, looking back, they all seemed identical. The girl who served me was rather plain and I didn’t pay her much attention. I tried to explain that I never buy more than I can carry without a carrier bag but he called his mate for backup, and I went through my story a second time. Then, just as he was asking me to follow him to a back room, an old couple walked past who were in the queue behind me. We had shared a joke in the queue and they confirmed that I paid for my goods and receipt the till I had passed through. I was released without an apology.

My son (the one who escaped prison yesterday) was arrested and charged with stealing a motorbike. He told the police he is living with us and the boys in blue came to our house looking for stolen goods.

Got home from work at 2am. My wife, who is an alcoholic, was very drunk for the third night running. The last few days haven’t been easy for someone trying to control a drinking problem.
 
 

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« Reply #26 on: 21/09/2009 02:16:20 »
THURSDAY 17th

I wish I hadn’t upset the social worker on Tuesday. She decided that because we are the primary carers for the incredibly cute Shane and he is on their Child Protection list she should carry out a full surprise home inspection. If she’d done this yesterday she could have joined forces with the police! Apparently she went through everything, looking in our fridge and through our food cupboards. She even inspected our bedroom and looked to see if the toilets were clean.

Unfortunately, we are in the process of knocking two small old fashioned bathrooms into a single large modern en suite one. The new bathroom furniture and all the building/decorating materials are piled high in the spare room (the incredibly cute Shane’s room). All Shane’s clothes, toys and bed are temporarily in our room as are the contents of the two bathrooms (the towels, toiletries, cleaning material, scales, etc) and some of the tools I am using . There are piles of stuff on every surface in our room at the moment. The bathroom itself has looked like a building site for about three weeks.

The social worker told us that she considered the house to be hazardous and untidy and was going to report the matter to her supervisor. Oh, and the fridge was dirty. My wife immediately went into a panic, thinking we were going to lose our grandson and phoned me, almost in tears. She then arranged for builders to come in and finish the bathroom.

Got a phone call from my Mum to tell me that my cousin, who has been fighting cancer for several years, and been told that it is now terminal. I felt guilty for the rest of the day because I’ve been so wrapped up in my busy life that I’ve not given her the attention she deserves.

Got home about 9pm and got nagged into working on the bathroom.
 
 

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« Reply #27 on: 21/09/2009 02:17:08 »
FRIDAY 18th

We had a delivery to do to one of our clients but the van battery was flat, and so was the back tyre. One of my sons has borrowed my jump leads and not told me. Another had borrowed my battery charger and neither had returned them. Our computer network went down and we couldn’t print the delivery paperwork and, while I was wondering which problem to address first the builders turned up. It soon became apparent that since the design for our bathroom is in my head only, it would be necessary for me to work with the builders. So we abandoned our delivery and I spent most of the rest of the day in the bathroom.

At four o’clock we took the incredibly cute Shane for his weekly swimming lesson. Because of the bathroom situation I haven’t had a shower for two weeks and strip down washes just aren’t the same. When I was in the swimming pool I realised I was leaving an oil slick wherever I went. Guillemots were drowning, covered in oil behind me. When I got out there was 2 inches of sediment on the bottom of the pool. I did feel nice getting in the showers and I decided to go back to the swimming baths just as soon as I get another spare hour. Maybe sometime in October!

Back home, we (me and the builders) decided to conceal a wastepipe in the wall by channelling the wall with an angle grinder. 15 minutes later I looked like I’d been in an explosion at a flower mill. Unfortunately, because we had many of the floorboards up and had removed part of the ceiling below, so did several rooms downstairs.

I spent the evening making biodiesel in my garage. By bedtime I stunk of chip fat as well as being covered with brick dust.  Another midnight strip down wash.

Must buy a mobile broadband dongle this weekend so I can post this diary on The Naked Scientist forum – if I ever get the time
 
 

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« Reply #28 on: 21/09/2009 05:01:14 »
John,

That is truly horrible. The Social Services people seem to be in need of their own services.

I was hoping this was going to turn out to be one of your jokes, but I fear it is not.

Try to hang in there.
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« Reply #29 on: 21/09/2009 05:49:59 »
Ditto John.. Keep your head up and I'll keep you and the family in my thoughts and prayers. I hope things start to look up right away!
 

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« Reply #30 on: 21/09/2009 08:43:10 »
Ha ha. Not to worry. This is nothing new and has become par for the course. It's amazing what you can get used to in time. Thanks for your best wishes but I've become quite expert at handling adversity!!! I have just become incredibly thick skinned. Anyway, I should be in charge of my own domestic situation more so, to some extent, it must be my fault.

 
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« Reply #31 on: 21/09/2009 08:51:36 »
 Its still a tough situation.. I wish you my best!
 

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« Reply #32 on: 23/09/2009 06:23:42 »
They closed the pool where I have been doing my  senior aqua aerobics... and daily water exercises.. been spending 2 to 4 hours a day in the water...They are resurfacing the pool bottom and also redoing the pool ledge with some easier cleaned surfaces... I have missed 5 days of exercise. I am hurting like crazy and the benefit the pool had on my hips and joints was remarkable.. and it amazes me how much pain I am in without it. I tried to walk on the Hammond trail with a new friend Michelle, But the walk has left me miserable tonight... I took a pain med 2 hours ago and it is not touching the pain... and feel like its out of control..... TheMy legs ankles hip joints have swelled up so badly I can't hardly even turn over in my bed..Everything is hurting and I can't get straightened up to walk into the loo... Having a sharp pain in my front stomach..

I am hoping someone will come in to the forum and talk awhile to keep my mind off this mess and think about something else besides the pain....

Anyone have a good day or do something cool and fun... I had a nice lunch with my senior pool group!
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« Reply #33 on: 23/09/2009 22:34:35 »
I've had a crap day. I have been doing grant applications all day. Hoop jumping monkey that I am.
 

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« Reply #34 on: 24/09/2009 00:48:06 »


I Got that one straight way!! I think I deserve a star!! Wheres my Star Sir Neil?


Neil's on leave, so I'll comply! You deserve it.


                              
 

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« Reply #35 on: 24/09/2009 01:52:36 »
Awwwwwww  and it is a revolving star too!! YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks Demo!
 

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« Reply #36 on: 25/09/2009 09:23:03 »

I am hurting like crazy and the benefit the pool had on my hips and joints was remarkable.. and it amazes me how much pain I am in without it.


It must be horrible having pains all over (rather than just several pains in the arse like I have). What you need is a long, lingering, oily all-over body massage. I'll send Neil over.
 
 

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« Reply #37 on: 25/09/2009 09:37:17 »
LOL... Has Sheepy become the forum masseuse? LOL..LOL... You are so funny...LOL... but seriously I am 49 years old and have never had a long lingering oily massage in my life!!! A massage sounds divine after the last few days!!!

Now if I make it through this boring weekend and until the 6th of Oct. The pool will re-open barring there were no troubled construction points that came up during repairs.. and I can still move by then...

I went for another walk today to try to keep my joints moving, and I thought I was good until after the walk, about an hour, but then I was hurting... This time I had a nice dose of pain reliever  before and after the walk, and feel some better tonight.. not pain free but it took the edge off.

I wish she(The Doctor) would change my pain meds to something that works worth a darn, but is not so addictive. I am so afraid of that, that I tend to try to do without it. Then get in trouble, when I let then pain get out of control, and it takes 2 days of regular interval pain meds to get it in hand again!

Hey.. it just occurred to me that they should reimburse my membership fees for the three weeks off at Health sport.. prorate it or something!
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« Reply #38 on: 25/09/2009 09:48:49 »

I am hurting like crazy and the benefit the pool had on my hips and joints was remarkable.. and it amazes me how much pain I am in without it.


It must be horrible having pains all over (rather than just several pains in the arse like I have). What you need is a long, lingering, oily all-over body massage. I'll send Neil over.
 

You know sometime you should call Neily to come give you a neck and shoulder massage.. That is really good for relieving stress!

I hope your pains are eased also very soon.. I still have my 3 pains and I do love em as you do yours. I must say, Though that my stress was reduced in that sense when my divorce papers were all filed, and the husband became the ex! There is still that lonesomeness from loosing my life long friend and companion not to mention supposed sexual Partner! Thats another story though... seems I am destined to doom in that department.... I am probably too old and decrepit to enjoy sex any more anyways..although *that is just a lie I tell myself to make it easier to accept the realities of the situation..* LOL...
My kids do not want their mom having sex with anyone anyways! LOL.. Makes no difference to them... parents are not supposed to engage in fun sexual play. Period full stop! LOL
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« Reply #39 on: 25/09/2009 13:52:38 »
I've had a crap day. I have been doing grant applications all day. Hoop jumping monkey that I am.

Sorry your day was so crap! Hope the last couple were better!
 

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