A major thing this week: I was notified of a price increase and I was just going to suck it up until I saw a post about how little others were paying. A couple of phone calls later and I had saved myself €20 a month.
I was also hoping for better broadband. The new package is supposed to be faster, but I was worried that it would keep cutting out, as is has in the past. On Wednesday night our broadband got very sick, rallied on Thursday morning, and then died completely just before 5pm. I spent over an hour trying to fix it, including a very long call to UPC - our supplier - who, as usual, tried to blame the modem, the cabling, Storm Rachel, anything that didn't involve their signal. Then I discovered that the neighbours' broadband was down too, and UPC finally admitted that there is a fault in this area. If that gets properly fixed, there will be very cheerful celebrations in this house!
The films were watched over Christmas, and now the books are being read. And not just a page a night either, they are being demolished. They have provided hours of entertainment when the laptop and consoles are not available, and when the broadband was down. Thanks JK, you may have introduced yet another boy to the joys of reading.
Okay, so you've read this one before, but it highlights the positive side of special needs land, as I would never have met these three lovely women if I didn't live there.
For many years I wanted to be an architect when I grew up, until I found out that I wasn't studying the right subjects. It didn't stop me being an amateur though, and for years I would doodle designs on scraps of paper whenever I was bored. I designed the basic layout of the extension on this house, but I've done very little since. Until this week, when I went for a run and recalled a conversation about the challenge of adapting a small terraced house for someone with a disability. And I found that solving the problems in my head was a wonderful way to calm my mind. Now I need to find a way to doodle it down somewhere. Just in case.