Reasons to be cheerful 16.1.15

So it's been another challenging week in special needs land yada yada yada.  Issues at home and indifference (almost) everywhere else.  I think the powers that be would like us to just go away where we can't bother anyone as we're messing up the Irish turnaround story that the Government would have us believe.  Anyway I've hunted around and found a couple of reasons to be cheerful for this week:

Broadband


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!

Harry Potter


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.



Meeting friends


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.

Designing houses


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.


Reasons to be Cheerful





12 comments:

  1. Oooooh, great reasons (putting indifference to one side of course. And yes, I think the government would like everyone to go far, far away). Here's to your broadband being fixed properly and I hope you get the chance to get the drawings in your head on paper!

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    1. Actually far, far away might be quite nice :)

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  2. I think most governments would prefer the special needs sector to disappear, unfortunately for them a lot have mothers that will shout twice as loud! Anyway, Happy thoughts. I love that you have this ability to design, it's like my sewing hobby, it's something to get your mind to other places, which brings with it a calm nature. Now start doodling! xx

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  3. great news on the broadband, so glad your lad is now a book worm! Good look with house designing

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    1. We actually had another day of outage, but it seems to be back now, fingers crossed!

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  4. Sense an underlying sadness but you still rallied and sometimes I think those are the very best weeks to join in reasons to be cheerful. I too wanted to be an architect but thought you needed to be mega intelligent so ruled it our although weirdly then chose Law. I like your friendship reason best of all this week. I can never quite come to terms with Harry Potter but it is a very good thing that it encourages reading

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    1. Anyone who graduates with a law degree is mega intelligent!

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  5. Ah good call on the broadband, we were paying through the eye for sky tv / broadband package, saved a fortune when we got rid of it and it was also a moral victory! I am also a huge Harry Potter fan, can't wait until my girls are old enough for the books.x

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  6. We are all big Potter fans here chez auntie, well done on the broadband too xxx

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    1. Good broadband = happiness in this house xxx

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