Thursday, 23 September 2010

Hows it going?

Evening all :)

Figured it was time to do an update as i've not done one for a bit.
Things here are all going quite well actually, My youngest daughter started nursery, so now i have afternoons free, not that its a lot of time, but at last i can regain some sanity!! My eldest daughter managed to get herself into a bit of a tizz for a few days changing over to the bigger school because she thought it was too big, but now is back to her overly happy, easily over excited self again.....and she has become a school class representitive for the school council, not bad for a six year old. I have to sit down with my eldest son and sort out his college/apprenticeship applications for January as well as sort out connexions, as he leaves school next summer, fun.........
What has knocked me sideways is that my other son seems to have been replaced with someone else, it looks and sounds like Aaron, but its like he's undergone some sort of transformation......since going back into school he has been coming straight home and doing his homework , writing it in his journal and packing his bag the night before, eating his meals, up and ready for school on time, been helpful around the house WITHOUT grumbling or throwing a strop and had generally been quite nice to live with........i am really hoping this will last. I am really not used to it....not at all. Its like he's another child.
Craftwise i have been on a crochet splurge......made hats for the girls.....which they love, started a bag experimenting with crochet thread and beads, just got to do the lining and i must say, i am quite pleased with it. Also started on a pair of fingerless mitts for me, but if they weren't purple my son would have had off with them, so now have request for another pair. I have also made myself a rather nice heart choker (which i love :) )with cut glass bicones and crystal hearts. I have been asked to make one for a friend for christmas, so i still have to price up for one made from swarvoski crystals......very expensive!!
In chatting to my mate Jo the other day she suggested i should maybe think about going into the jewellry making business, maybe make a few pieces up and see if they has made me think about it as she isn't the first person to say it, but i'm not entirely sure.
Apart from that life runs smoothly, just for once, in the house :) now we start on christmas.........

Till laters, when i may have something more ineresting to say....

Lara :)

Monday, 30 August 2010


As the title suggests we have experienced fraud...not good and certain things about the whole thing are quite astonishing.....

Background story...about 10 days ago i went to the cash machine round the corner at 10 pm or so.....needed to grab Richie some quick stuff down your face food as he'd been at work since 9 am and was tired and hungry. He realy fancied a pasty and some other crap so off i went, machine wouldn't let me have anything came up with a big message announcing that today i could have NIL pounds....odd, so pulling out a balance sheet i was horrified to discover we were £130 overdrawn....and we have no overdraft facility(that would be silly because we would spend it all!) I am never overdrawn so i rushed home and checked out the online banking to find 2 transactions for £318 and £236....i know i hadn't spent it and checked with Richie, who wouldn't have but i asked anyway before phoning the bank to find out what was going on. They immedietly stopped my card and told me that two holidays had been booked with Thomson Travel on my card over the internet or the telephone.......gave me another phone number to ring in the morning and some instructions.
Thursday, 8 am i am on the phone to Thomson Travel armed with amounts, times and my debit card details fuming and also having to wait an hour until i can speak to the fraud team at the bank. What i did manage to get from the lady after explaining my problem to her ? It was that whoever it was had tried to book 5 holidays.....yes, 5, but only 2 were accepted, Thomson told me that they thought something funny was going on, so didn't actually make a booking, but they did take my money(wankers!).....even better was that the people who booked the holidays booked accomodation only and used my card details and address but no name? who the fuck books a holiday with no name? how does that even work? have you ever gone on holiday without a name? so onto the bank, spoke to the fraud investigation team who asked me a whole bunch of questions while setting up a case, i found out what the other amounts were.....£780, £518 and £260......also found out 3 were declined....1 was settled and the other was cancelled. They put one of the amounts back into the bank the same day and were waiting to see what was going to happen with the other transaction as to whether they would need to do anything with it. Luckily all the direct debits were paid *phew* or that would have caused more problems, although i would have had any fees incurred reimbursed by the bank :)
I decided after having to spend all day on the phone to various people, having no cash card and worrying all night about what was going to happen, that i wanted to make sure that the people involved would be caught and prosecuted, as its still theft, so on friday morning i phoned Thomson again, they didn't phone me back as promised on thursday with the other details of the transactions so i was a bit annoyed.....they were less than helpful this time, and i really wasn't in the mood for their shit as i had spent a total of 55 mins waiting in queus spread over 3 phone calls and several departments who all had about as much idea as a dead dog, and bearing i mind i was also paying 10p a min for the priviladge of speaking to such twats. Apparently, because of data protection laws, even though it was MY card, and MY money taken from MY account as it was someone else who spent it they couldn't tell me any more information, but they would tell the police if they asked, or even the bank....sooooo off i go to the bank again, but as luck would have it, they've already closed the case as "we only do the financial side of it" but have the police been told? "well sometimes we pass on the details....why don't you open an investigation yourself? we would share our information with the police when they asked...." really? can i do that? "yes i don't see why not, but you've had your money back, so why bother" well its still theft, some wanky fuckwit still tried to cheat me out of £550, its about catching thieves in the end. Next stop the friendly people at Norfolk Constabulary, who are unsure if they can help so offer to send round an officer to have a chat, at some point....
Friday evening the local police decide to pop in, and after explaining whats happened say and i quote "i know this may sound like we are fobbing you off but........." and guess what? they can't help at all either, why? because my card wasn't PHSYICALLY stolen then they can't do anything, if my card was stolen then they could get forensics in and open an investigation blah, blah, blah blah.....its the bank who is a victim as you were refunded, so its up to the bank to ask for our help.....then we'd help them if they asked. So that was atotall waste of time as well.

The thing that has annoyed me the most through all this is people can't be arsed attitude, i know that its only a small amount, out of the £2000 they tried to get they got nearly £550 of my money, and then i got that back, but whats happened to MORALS? We don't have much, we aren't mega rich, we are a normal couple with children and what we have we have worked hard for, i'm not one for letting some scumbag come and take whats mine and my family's with no repercussions. Its not about the money, its about the fact that everyone bleats on and on and on about fraud, but when it actually happens, no one wants to do fuck all about it. Don't we try and catch criminals anymore? its about the fact that they are free to do it to someone else......Although i did learn a couple of things from this....that i should never use atm's, chip and pin machines in shops, restaurants or petrol stations. Oh and i should never buy anything from the internet or over the phone......because these are all the main places where card fraud takes place....

Now its all sorted, i have a new card, money is sorted, and life is back to normal, it was a horrible 48 hrs, but its still so frustrating!!!!!What is wrong with people today? Am i the only one who thinks this is totally wrong? I don't steal, cheat or lie, i consider it wrong, very wrong and i can't be the only person who feels this way. GGGRRRRRR......

Tthere rant over!! :)

Have fun:)


General update

Well as i've not updated it for a bit as we've been busy, here goes:)

Its been the summer holidays and we have had really quite crap weather. Not been hot enough to use the pool, so thats sat there the last few weeks unused,had a few park trips and we have grown HUGE sunflowers which started out with 12 and now are down to 2 because of a) wanky local kids who thought it would be fun to come into the garden and pull them down(this happened twice) b) gale force winds and c) lots of year i'm putting them out the back. My 5 year old daughter loved her sunflowers and got very upset when the kids came and ripped them up. We have also successfully grown some tomatoes and we have hatched some butterflies:) We currently have two painted lady butterflies in a net habitat, one got stuck coming out of her cocoon in the middle of the night and as a consequence we had to help her out but by the time we did her wings had already dried folded up so we will have to keep her as a pet until she dies, she is still quite spritely though!. The other one is fine and we will be releasing her at the weekend.
Our youngest daughter Gemma turned 3 a couple of weeks ago and we are preparing for our other daughter Katie who will be 6 on wednesday, cue party at a play warehouse as i really can't be arsed with having one at home.

We went to see Sepultura, with Gama Bomb and local band Shrapnel supporting at the Waterfront and all i can say is WOW what a gig, from the minute Shrapnel stepped on the stage and started playing till the end of Sepultura, it was thrash, thrash and more thrash, with a side serving of thrash :) Normally at gigs there is one of the bands who aren't that good, but i can honestly say that all three kicked ass!! i shouted so much i couldn't speak for 3 days which pleased the kids no end and they took full advantadge of it! and it took over a week to talk properly:) and i even managed to get a bass pick from Sepultura so was really pleased with the evening.

They all go back to school on friday(friday?), and i have to attend a nursery morning with Gemma ahead of her start at nursery in a couple of weeks time. It willl be a bit odd not having any of them at home but i can think of a few things i can do with them not here!! Aiden will be starting the second year of his GCSE's and preparing for his exams and we will have to start looking at the options for Aaron who will be starting his GCSE's next september, so it will be all go go go for a bit. Apart fom that just the usual shit has happened, apart from one other thing but thats going in a post all of its own......

Have fun, till next time,


Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Schools :(

Right, its been a while, been a bit busy, but today i am in a serious mood, and decided that you, my audience, can know why.
Background - I have a 13 year old son who suffers from the following conditions......Aspergers, adhd, odd, anger management disorder and possibly dispraxia. This makes him quite a hard child to get on with, no i amend that to an extremely hard child to get on with, i love him to bits as he's my son, but boy can he be a pain in the arse! Life can be very stressful with him and he struggles to be sociable and "normal", prefering his own company to being with others. It has taken me 8 years to finally get the diagnosis of Aspergers as we were always sure there was something else wrong than the rest of his conditions. Things just didn't add up.
Anyway, as such Aaron has always been a target for bullying because he is different and doesn't fit in anywhere. We have been trying for years to get an educational statement in place, not because he has problems with learning, in fact Aspergers children are extremely intelligent, its one of the characturistics of the condition even though its a form of autism. His problems are mainly behavioural and he does things like refusing to work, walking out of class, leaving school grounds, doing what we would consider as odd things, things must be done in a certain way or they are taken literally i.e. i am going out for 45 mins to the library, see you in a bit and 46 mins later i get a phone call asking were i am, that sort of thing. so sometimes school can be a bit much especially if they get confused with the changes in routine. Teachers don't always help as they can make the problems worse by the way they react, and then Aaron reacts back and BAM, off he goes like a volcano. His peadiatrician has even gone as far to say that she wonders if he is coping in mainstream school and maybe a different setting would be better for him.
We went for a meeting up the school to discuss getting the statement finally sorted about 8 weeks ago, still not heard a dickiebird about it, he should also have seen another ed psych but not heard anything, phone calls are not returned etc etc. I have phoned at least 8 times during the last half term about bullying incidents alone, those are the ones i know about, as Aaron doesn't talk to anyone, so i have my mates phone me up to tell me things their children have witnessed at school. In the last half term we had 4 seperate incidents of a group pouring water or juice over him, being punched in the face on the way home from school, several trips, falls or shoves and a variety of punches, slaps, that kind of thing. Aaron then reacts and the kids love it, and the teachers? well they do fuck all and nothing is done yet again. "well we told them off," or "we put them on report" are the two main results we get from them. the half term before that some year 11 kid split his eyebrow 1inch open by shoving him into a wooden chair, it needed gluing but they couldn't because of the site of the injury and the first aid he recieved was apparently adequate(not by my standards it wasn't). Yesterday evening i get a call from Aarons best mate(he only has 3 friends and one moved recently) about him being attcked by a bunch of 3 boys who decided that as he wasn't cool they were going to throw rocks at him, rocks? wtf? to say i am angry is a bit of an understatement, so today he is not at school and i am going to the police station to make a statement for assault against the boys involved. I have already been on the phone this morning and blasted off at the teacher they put me through to and i told her that i had had enough, maybe if they couldn't give Aaron the support and help that he is in desperate need of then perhaps they should refer him to a school that can as i am fed up of sending him to school to be victimised and bullied everyday(amongst other not so nice things). I know hes not an angel, in fact far from it, but some of his behaviours stem from his conditions, and surroundings and they should be treating him better, understanding his needs more. I have left a message with his pediatrician so hopefully she will get back to me, i am not sure whether to send him back yet, will wait and see what the school will come up with today, as they promise to ring me back, today.......we will see, lets just say i am not getting my hopes up, that would be stupid.
It makes me angry that people think that treating people like a bit of shit is acceptable, Aaron is classed as disabled but i guess because he is not in a wheelchair and its not a visible disabilty thats ok. Ok, so he dresses funny, and doesn't care about how he looks, he eats his food in a certain order on his plate, well the foods he will actually eat that is (the list of foods that he eats is quite short, i think its down to textures), he says things in an odd way, doesn't like a lot of pysical touch(cuddles kisses etc),uses weird expressions, gets upset and angry easily and acts like a two year old at times, plus lots of other things but you know what? underneath it all he is a funny, intelligent boy, who given the right support and settings can do really well, and thats what i am fighting for. He deserves better, much better and i am not going to stop until something is done. there rant done........i know it maybe a bit disjointed, it reflects the state of my head today.......not entirely sure what to next either....

an extremely frustrated Lara


After this mornings rant i seem to have made some progress. I had the police in and they took a statement, and its a bit strange when a random police officer knows where the child in question lives!. This afternoon i had a phone call from another policelady and we had a good chat :), and what it comes down to is that theres not much to go on.....and all he would do is deny it, which i already knew anyway, that would leave the restoritive justice route....been there done that. So they are going to go round and speak to the parents, at my request, and have a chat, although how much good it does is another matter with parents like the ones of some of the children. its on record and so it can't be lost, as has happened before. I am phoning the school in the morning also to tell them they must see me as a matter of urgency, and i will go armed with a written list of problems and exactly what i want done about it, as i have to make the school do their job and force them to act apparantly, why it requires the police to tell me this i don't know! the school should act accordingly in the first place, but at least i have a starting point, unfortunatley they try and fob you off with every excuse. The pediatrician also phoned back and i now have a couple of phone numbers that will hopefully be of use, i will ring them tomorrow. The ed psych will be seeing Aaron when his name gets to the top of the waiting list, he was put on the list after a school support meeting, and the SENCO should be ringing me soon. Why didn't i get informed earlier? there would have been less fuss.
Aaron will not be going back to school until the issues have been dealt with to our satisfaction, which will be in the near future if all goes to plan. So i now feel as if i have accomplished something today and am feeling a little less stressed.

a not quite so frustrated Lara :)

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Friday, 5 March 2010

Ask me anything

What was your favorite toy to play with as a child?

Cindy....i had a horse, car and a house that even had a working shower.....

Ask me anything

Ask me anything

What's your favorite city?

Norwich of course!! there is no finer city....

If you could instantly become fluent in another language, which language would you pick?

Latin.....the language that forms the basis for the majority of modern languages.

What's the secret to happiness?

Buggered if i know, why don't you ask me something simple like how many steps does it take to walk to the north pole?

Ask me anything

Monday, 15 February 2010

Its been a while....

Its been a while since i last posted, so figured it was time for an update.......

Lots has been going on, we have been busy bees, i have finally got a meeting at the high school sorted to see what help is available for my 12yr old son, i am hoping they will actually get round to starting his Educational Statement of Special Needs, which in truth should have been done years ago, but what should happen and what does happen can be two very different things. I am hoping that Autism support will be called in and a meeting of various peoples(psychologists, support workers and the such like) will follow, hopefully something will be put in place soon, preferably before he gets expelled for bad behaviour and being oppositional towards the teachers authority. His pediatrician seems to think if he's not coping then he may need a new placement, but i am hoping things will sort themselves out. He is an intelligent child, as are all aspergers children, who can do all the work he is set, but chooses not to and refuses not to on a regular basis. So now all but two of his targets are behind, which is causing concern.

On the weight front, i've not managed to lose what i wanted so far, but i have lost some, partly due to my knee injury and not being to exercise and partly because i still eat copious amounts of crap, but i have managed to stay on track the last few days so hopefully i will stay on track and lose some more. i doubt i will lose the 3 stone by May as originally intended but hopefully 2. we will see.
I bought my Hammerfall tickets today.....I am SOOOOOO excited......i can't wait, we won't be able to drink as we are having to drive 135 miles to see them at Nottingham, a 2 1/2 hour drive each way, but it will be so worth it!!! We could have gone to London, its the same distance, but we would have to catch 3 trains to get to the venue and to get back on the last train to Norwich we would most probably have to leave early and miss some of the either way we can't win and have it all. It does annoy me that we don't get more bands in the east of England. Don't get me wrong we do get them, we have had W.A.S.P, Motorhead, Saxon, Megadeth, Him, Trivium, Stone Gods, Airbourne, The Almighty, Queensryche to name a few, but the majority of bands do seem to go up the center of the UK, and we end up having to travel ludicrous mileage to see them.
At last there seems to be some reprieve from the snow and ice, but i think we will be getting more....this has definitely been one of the worst winters in few years and i won't be sorry to see it go.
Its lunch time so i better go, the masses are pestering me for food, most probably do another update later.......

Have fun,

catch ya laters...


Tuesday, 19 January 2010


I am currently sitting here being a bit bored, watching some Megadeth videos.....done some housework, shopping, a few other bits and pieces....was hoping to get on with serious exercise this week, but as it turns out when i fell over on the ice last week, i have pulled the tendons in my knee when i fell on it.....i am supposed to rest it a bit so it can heal. Should start feeling better in a couple of weeks according to the doctor. Oh joy. At least i am taking something stronger than ibruprofen to ease the pain and swelling.

What do people teach the kids of today? Why can't they bring them up properly? Last night we ended up calling the police because a couple of twats decided to put paint on everyones car down our side of the street......honestly, have they nothing better to do than cause problems for everyone else? I should imagine the parents won't do anything if they get caught anyway. Its just so annoying, why does nobody have any respect anymore? whats wrong with that, and manners, at least i can say that i know where my children are, i know they aren't getting up to no good. They don't drink, smoke, hang around being a nuisance or take drugs, and for that i am grateful.

Apart from that not much else has gone on this week...... my house is warmer since having the windows done, i changed my hair colour to red, but thats about it really, fairly uneventful.

Till next time,

Love to you and yours,


Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Brrrrr.......fucking cold!!

Its still REALLY cold, currently 1c (it certainly feels it) and we still have ice and snow everywhere, so i am sitting huddled in my kitchen with my man and youngest daughter with the cooker on trying to stay warm while my windows are being replaced for shiny new double glazing. I wish they would hurry up, i am frozen despite sitting here in a coat. I suppose it will be worth it in the end.
I actually got on the wii fit yesterday and weighed myself, thought it was trying to excert some kind of sense of humour when it told me i was 99.5 kilos(15 1/2 stone) but no, i am truly a heavy lump! As if i wasn't aware of the fact it turned my mii into a snowman shape whilst telling me i am obese in big red letters.....thanks, like i really needed that. So glad the kids weren't about to see it, or i would have had hoots of laughter and a variety of comments! so i did some exersize and started my diet, but as it was his last night of his holiday we decided to have a drink, which turned into 2 bottles of wine and whisky and coke whilst munching my way through a whole, yes whole, box of boirsin garlic soft cheese on crackers, crips and 1/2 box mint thins. I don't think i dare get on the wii fit today......we will see later.
Not much else has happened, life trundles on , but at least we are back to normal , although i think we are going to get more snow........yay, not. Nice to look at, not nice to be out in. I really wouldn't survive if i lived somewhere like scandinavia.....i wonder if more snow will bring more disruption? i hope not.

Till next time, don't do anything i wouldn't, and if you do, don't get caught doing it :)


Thursday, 7 January 2010

Morning People.....

Well hello.......

First blog of the new year, and its been busy.......the new year went well with watching District 9, lots of alcohol, friends and good music. Finally stumbled into bed at 4:30 am and got up at 9 to cook a raost dinner.......
Today i was supposed to have all the windows in my house changed to double glazing, but because of the snow they are not going to, even though the other half has taken time off work. As he works nights we have to arrange things around his time off, its not too helpful when the person on the other end of the phone says "we don't know when, but we will try to fit you in somewhere" don't they realise people have lives? that we can't just stop everything for them. Snow.......well here in the UK if we have just 1 inch of the fluffy white stuff the whole country comes to a standstill......we get it every year, yet people act like they've never seen it before, today most schools are shut, why? well according to the reasons given on the school closures page of our local council range from no heating (fair enough) , trecherous conditions (fair enough in rural areas)to "lots of snow" , lots of snow? thats no reason to close a school, teachers get paid regardless. If only the other half could get up and say "you know what, fuck it, i can't be bothered to drive my lorry today, so i'll just make something up." He certainly wouldn't get paid for it. Grrrrr, that shit annoys me, it really does. They are trying to get the local school to be "The Hub" of the local community, but thats not going to happen if they keep shutting them, especially at times when they are needed most.

Well anyway, hope you all had a good new year.......