The Big Trip

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Not MIA - just waylaid!!!

Dear blogger,

Can hardly believe that I've already been back from NYC for almost two weeks. I seem to have been overtaken by events, most worrying of which is my darling mum's admission to hospital last week, prior to whch she hadn't even been near her GP for over 35 years!!! Net result is that I haven't had time to turn since I got back home. She is however receiving great care, even by her own admission and that's saying something for a former nurse.

Once things calm down a bit I promise to download my photos and share.

Hope you are all well and enjoying this lovely spring weather.


Friday, 1 April 2011

What's Rocking Your Friday?

Hello dear reader - remember me? Short, fat with a lousy sense of humour - yep - that's me!!!

Anyway, for the first time in too long I feel able to share some things that have rocked my week, my life and my Friday.

Here comes the list-

My darling boy whose bravery in the face of a really scary and confusing world - he's the ultimate star. We as a family, and the staff at school, are so so proud of him and everything he's had to cope with in recent months. Daunting to any 13 year old, but to a special lad like Ross, potentially so scary - he has just been an absolute star and impressed us all with his coping skills.

To the fabulous staff at school who continue to be so loving and supportive to our darling boy and ourselves, they are just the most incredible bunch of people and we will never stop being grateful to them.

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow (known as Yorkhill to all and sundry). Especially to staff in the Schiehallion unit - all we can say is WOW. Such kindness, empathy and tolerance is truly amazing - nothing fazes them in the least - it's whatever it takes to get the job done, just so utterly fabulous.

To my colleagues at work for seeing me through the bad times (panic attacks and all) and tolerating the good times, especially this week when I have started counting days in sleeps until Sunday!!!!!!!!!

To my darling mum and dad who have supported us through the worrying times of late, looking after our darling girl when we've had to be with Ross.

Is this starting to sounds like a vote of thanks at the Oscars?

To my crafty friends and F/B buddies for poking me to keep me awake and posting out missing alerts - nice to know that I'm missed sometimes.

I think it's safe to say that with only 2 sleeps to go I'm finally getting excited about heading off to New York on Sunday. No packing done apart from essentials but hey - still 48 hours to go and I always perform better under pressure!

Crafting has been non-existent but I'm sure I'll have lots of incentive when we get back (note to self - must remember to pack camera(s)!!!!).

Oh - just remembered a big positive that happened in the last three months! Way back at the beginning of January I was approached by the NAS (National Autistic Society) who wanted to interview me for a profile of one account of living with autism. I did that and it all went fine but about a week later they called me back. This time they asked if I would go on STV (Our regional ITV up ehre in Scotland) to do a shot feature on autism on a popular tea-time programme called The Hour. All this coincided with Ross becoming ill but we managed to tick all the boxes so if you're up for a laugh you can watch the result here.

Not much for a three month absence I know but hopefully the box is ticked.

TTFN, and take care.