family, living in France, procrastination, self assessment, tax return, Teenagers, toilet accidents, young children
Good eve-noon, blog (that’s the time between afternoon and evening. I just made it up),
So the Inland Revenue or Her Majesty’s Revenue C….. erm..not sure what the C stands for. I’d suggest that you all (yes, that’s all 3 of my followers) message me with an answer but that could get me kicked off WordPress. Anyway, so the HMRC had a deadline today: fill in your self assessment tax return or ELSE.
I’ve known about this since October (and not to mention all the years that I’ve known that I’ve had to do it in a timely fashion). However…….I prefer until I get to the insomniac state of fear and worry before I do anything about it. This usually involves most of January……and every, damn January for years and years.
Things that I’ve done to put off actually doing what I should be doing:
-re-creating my Flickr account and actively posting. In fact, I’ve so fully submerged myself into this act of procrastination that I’m about to order a tripod and make a dark room.
-Having an illness. No, I’m not some sort of maniacal hypochondriac despite living in France for the past five year and yes, this is a genuine illness but with a twist. The twist is that with every virus I acquire (and there be plenty) I lose my balance (a hangover from my fandango down the stone stairs last April). Feeling drunk without the fun? That covers it.
-Going through the sock basket. ……………. which lasted about 4 minutes and 29 seconds and then I threw all the 68 or so odd socks, in the bin. Felt guilty in case my husband found out so had to take the bin down to the village bins which required me hanging off walls to keep me upright.
-Feeling the need to learn a collection of Irish songs on the tin whistle and posting them to Youtube where I shall be mortified (and all viewers will be petrified) now that I’m out of my HAVENT DONE MY TAX mania.
Other events from this week:
Last Saturday the Face told me that he got a really bad grade in Science. As I am a reasonable type of mother (lacking, others might suggest), I asked him in which subject:
Which, luckily dear followers, is MY area of expertise having had 5 kids.
‘So Face, what exactly didn’t you understand? As it is QUITE straightforward.’
‘none of it. I dunno. The teacher was going on about all these words and none of us knew what she was talking about. BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH.’
So I suggested that he revise the lesson and look up the words that he didn’t understand.
Then, I got the huffing
‘you’re just an idiot’ look
This MANNER of BAD attitude makes me turn from nice, reasonable Mother to Feckin Lunatic Wildebeest.
‘Right then, Face. What we’ll do then, as you seem SOOO disinterested in learning it the right way is watch a lesson together on YOUTUBE.’
I actually heard his heart drop from his chest and hit his feet and bounce back up again.
I actually felt the heat from his utter SHAME and embarrassment that I should suggest such a thing.
I heard the pin (of collective SHAME) drop as the other 2 also doing their homework around the table, picked up on the absolute horror of the situation even if they had no idea what it was about – they felt the sibling PANIC.
It didn’t help that the first video I found to watch on Youtube began with a very lifelike computerised image of a woman’s hello there. But watch it we did.
Once it was finished, I found sitting where my full of life 15 year old son had been, a ball of Cringe. He’s not been right since but my God, does he know the ins and outs of the human reproduction system.
The alarm didn’t go off (because some fool of a mother had not set it) so we all woke up late. What an enjoyable start that is.
I managed to get Fatty and the Lips to school 1 minute before being locked out and Fatty said ‘I NEED a poo.’ and no amount of me ‘no you don’t’ would shut him up.
Into the school midget toilets we go. And he sits………..and he sits…………and he sits………’have you finished yet Fatty as I think they’re now calling you for lunch’ ……..and he sits………and then he says ‘Im finished’………and then he says ‘no, I’m not as there is more’………and then I hear parents coming to pick up their kids as it is the end the day and we are still in the cubicle and then he launches himself off and bends over. Great. We’re done. My bobble hat, scarf, jacket, coat and gloves have been effective in making me SWEAT and hard. Thank god that’s over and I can get some fresh air. And then I see…………….I see something that I don’t quite understand…..I see poo poo footprints all around the infant toilet floor.
How could this happen?
How could one slip out and be trodden in without me noticing?
I wiped it up.
It was EVERYWHERE.
But I couldn’t not bleach it. Little hands could be covered in FAtty poo germs and I’d never forgive myself so I had to say in my best fRench to a teacher that FAtty did a poo, it dropped onto the floor and he walked into it. Yep. I HAD to do that. And it was a very bizarre moment.
Right – Fatty has just sneakily fallen asleep so I must dash and fill him up with coke to see him through to the official bedtime. I shall leave you one of my procrastinating photos: