13 August 2010
I haven't had a great week.
My husband, Andy, wrote a song recently called 'Middle Class Blues'. This tongue-in-cheek ditty includes the lines:
It's far too hot
In our conservatory
Which cuts its usage
Andy probably could have drawn inspiration for another few verses from the events of this week:
We both had upset stomachs from eating dodgy king prawns, we wasted Andy's day off by sitting around - close to the loo.
We're changing estate agents. The outgoing shower infuriated me so much I had steam coming out of my ears. I called them and asked for the email address of their Managing Director so that I could make a complaint. They said they didn't understand the question.
Presley had the mother of all tantrums because Daddy had to go back to work. He didn't want to spend the day with Mummy.
Due to the aforementioned tantrum we turned up at a teddy bears picnic with no picnic and had to go home.
I had a nightmare and fell out of bed. My hip now aches a bit.
I punched myself in the face when I was tightening the straps on Presley's car seat.
I became one of those mothers who shouts at her children in the supermarket as they play with the food in our over-loaded trolley.
I ordered some shoes from the Debenhams sale. They're hideous, I have to go to the trouble of sending them back.
I complained that my inbox is overflowing with approaches from PRs and I can't keep up with them all. I haven't replied to some emails from 6 weeks ago. The blogger I complained to has only ever received two emails from PRs. Yes, I know how crass this makes me sound.
I finished reading 'Her Fearful Symmetry' by Audrey Niffenegger and was a little confused and disappointed by the ending.
I also complained to my friend, who has cancer, that I had a bad experience at the dentist. I whined about the filling that hurt a little. Then I remembered that she has cancer, is in the middle of chemo and I apologised, but she said not to worry, it's all relative.
It is. It's all relative.
I haven't got anything to complain about really, but it doesn't stop little things getting me down. Then I feel guilty, but I know I can't solve the problems of the world on my own. How do we deal with greed, the imbalance of wealth, hunger, poverty, disease, war?
There is no magic wand.
I can do something though, it's better than doing nothing and waiting for someone else to take some action.
So tonight instead of spending £20 on a takeaway I'm making a donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). They're coordinating aid for those affected by the devastating floods in Pakistan.
If you're on Twitter you can follow the hashtag #BloggersForPakistan to see what else is going on.
For example, Nick at My Daddy Cooks is auctioning himself on Ebay. Seriously, check it out!
I'm also following with interest Josie, Eva and Sian as they prepare to go to Bangladesh with Save the Children
If you're on Twitter you can follow the hashtag #blogladesh
I'm now going back to my middle class life and have to clean gloopy glue off the dining table.