Anyway, I better choose one otherwise I'll be absent from this linky yet again and so this week my word will be
Why surprised? Well, I've a few reasons.
1. Yesterday I had a bit of a home emergency and was due to pick ds2 up from an after school club. Knowing I couldn't be in two places at once I decided to ask ds1 if he'd mind going to fetch his brother for me. School is only round the corner and although I've seen countless older siblings collecting other children from school I have always felt that it is my job to be there for my kids at the end of their day. I'm usually picking up several at once so this really isn't an issue for me. So, rather surprising to me, ds1 agreed and went and picked up his brother for me, making sure he walked safely home. I would never have let him do that six months ago, but he is suddenly quite grown up and was also surprisingly OK with the responsibility. (He didn't help carry any of the bags though and moaned that ds2 walked too slowly - still a typical teen at heart!)
2. Having had an ongoing issue with a certain treasury backed savings organisation for the past six months, they did finally confirm that the account I have had with them since birth does actually exist and they are writing with confirmation and an account number. Shocked would be a better way to describe how I felt, but surprised covers it too, bearing in mind that I was about to give up because I didn't think they would ever be able to track it down for me.
3. Major surprise of the week, some very lovely people somewhere have nominated me in the MAD blog awards! I really was very surprised to see my name on the list and also thrilled that somebody thought of my blog when filling out their nominations. I've been nominated in two categories, Best Schooldays Blog and Best Family Travel Blog (not sure about that one, maybe for services to Micro Scooters?!). Still, thank you whoever you are, I would send gin but apparently that's against the rules so this will have to do. Incidentally, I wasn't going to blog about these awards because I'm realistic enough to know my blog isn't as popular and long running as some and there are so many brilliant blogs out there. I'm now going to do something very unlike me and let you know that nominations are still open, so if you'd like to send a nomination or two my way then you can click on the MAD blog awards badge in my sidebar and fill out my blog details on the nominations page. You will have my eternal gratitude, plus you can look upon it as services to housework because the winners all get a shiny trophy and those things need to be dusted! (and I need all the encouragement I can get there!)
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