I didn’t know what to call this post because I’ve been busy and has no time to blog and as a result a host of blog posts has accumulated in my head and I’m going to put them all together now in this one post. Maybe I should call it Rojak Post but I think I did that once. Haha.
So, what have I been up to this week? Well, I’ve been to the Income Tax Dept to enquireÂ why I hadn’t received any forms this year (yeah I know its lateÂ to enquire but I simply did not have the time).Â When I called up earlier, I was informed thatÂ my address onÂ the system shows my old address.Â Well, when I filed my returns last year, IÂ had put in my new address but it did not show up. Sigh. Eventually when I turned up at the office, they said my address has been changed because they have received my last year’s returns but not my husbands.Â Hmmm…. We had gone to deliver it by hand last year dropping our individual forms into the box one after theÂ other. Strange that they received one and not the other.Â So I got the address sorted out and they photocopied hubby’s last year’s return forms.Â *grumble grumbleÂ grumble*
Next, I went to collect my new chequebook (the new sized ones)Â BUT although they couldÂ find my name printed on their forms they said that the system had notÂ caught my application which was done online. Some system! So I had to make another application and it’ll be hard to arrange for another day to collect. *grumble grumble grumble*Â
I saw my doctor for a follow up appointment. Told him I was still having headaches almost daily when waking up from sleep and naps. Since we had done the scans on my previous visit and found nothing, those headaches are just for the record. We had mostly small talk, chatted and laughed which is really a good thing. Another 6 months till another visit. Hopefully, I won’t have to see him before then. Now, though he is a very nice person, he is one man I hope not to see or meet up with too often. Haha. Well, hopefully, not in his clinic anyway.
We met up with at least 3 heads of schools in our ernest search for a good school for our kids since time is running out to make a decision. Its interesting to meet the heads. One of them was young and enthusiastic, another was older but still full of ideas for his school whereas a third (which we met last year) looked very much like the old school sort of head, serious, stern and erm not friendly and open like the other two. I think its important to meet the heads of the schools you areÂ considering for your children because they are very important persons in the schools.
It is important to see the person who is running the school toÂ see what are hisÂ missions and visions for the school.Â It is also a good idea to go to the school and look around during school hours to check out the facilities, the toilets, the traffic the recess time etc.
Every ship needs a good captain and every school needs a good head. Without one the school will sink unless they have a good system that is running and similarly a lousy school can turnaround with a good new head of school. “I hate the head of my son’s school!” my sister tells me pationately. “He won’t allow any parent in the school, not even when our kids are sick. He has other agenda and business and never takes on any suggestions for improvements during PTAs” she sighs.
And I mustn’t forget dad must I. Dad had a good day a few weeks ago. He was like his old self. He came over and chatted with the kids. He looked at my girl as if for the first time and said “Wow, she’s so grown already”. He went through her Chinese homework with her. He chatted with me about his unhappiness over his banking stuff, his watch that was being repaired and everything else. And then the next day he went back to his after stroke self, quiet and lost then yesterday I heard from sister that he had walked around her house garden in just his shirt without his underpants. He must have forgotten how to put it on. Sigh. Poor dad.
Oh then there are the kids whose all down with cough and cold and naturally I would have it too since they love to hug and kiss me. Haha. Well, anyway, when they are sick, I will cuddle them more because they need more tender loving care then so whats a little cough and cold to a mum right. Yeah sure…. *cough cough cough*
And the maid? How is she doing. So far so good. She is still hardworking and seem on the standby for work most of the time. My house is so much cleaner now and so far I’ve been able to give my family better food with her help to clean up after I cook. At the same time she also has a lot of free time because we don’t have that much of work for her. So she can nap in the afternoons when we nap and she can go to bed early. Thats not a problem to us but I have to think ofÂ how to keep her occupied (not with work) when she is free?
I’ve been giving her magazines to read in her free time. I’ve bought one or two Malay mags for her and the rest are my English ones. So I really need some sort of hobby to occupy her during her free time. Any suggestions anyone? TV is not so suitable for us since we hardly watch it ourselves.
At the moment she goes everywhere with us since she is still very new and we don’t know her enough to leave her at home with the keys. The only slight problem with that is our household expenses and cost of meals indoor and outside has shot up. Afterall we’re feeding another mouth now. Since she goes everywhere with us we also have to tune down eating out at very expensive places now which is actually a good thing for us. She eats whatever we eat so we have to be realistic and not splurge on meals for everyone.
And lastly, with rising costs, our chapÂ fun (economy rice) and hawker food prices have gone up, cost of costume for my girl’sÂ year end concert has gone up and the kids favourite doughnuts have risen in price from RM9.50 to RM11.50 for half a dozen. What has gone up in price for you personally?
OMG. I’ve written such a long post! Its a week long post in one. This is the result of not having time to blog. Blog constipation has been translated to Blog Diarhhea.