Archive | January, 2013

The wonder of photographs

11 Jan

Do you remember having to ration how many photos you took? 

“There’s only 24 photos on that film” my mother would say. 

So you’d take the photo. You were unable to review the picture.

When the film was finished it had to be left at the chemist for a good week or sent off in the post.

Only when the photographs were returned did we see the outcome.  The one where a cousin had his fingers in a rabbit pose behind my head. Or someone’s eyes are closed. Or the photo is blurred.

There was an excitement in getting the photos.

Nowadays, with modern technology, we can snap a photo 24/7. We can view the picture straight away. We can delete those picture we don’t like. In my case, all of them! We can photo shop pictures. We can print them at home. 

But do we print those pictures? I must admit, I have hundreds of photos on my camera, my phone and a few on my iPad. None of them are printed. 

I bought a camera in Jessops last summer. When I was in the shop, I did wonder show the shop still traded in these modern times Little did I know that just over most this later, this chain would go under. Another victim of the recession and modern times. 

We all have access to the Internet. We all shop around. We want the best deal. I only went into Jessops as I didn’t dare buy a camera online, just in case it was too technical for me! In store,I was served by a knowledgable member of staff. She checked the shelf price against the online price and charged me the cheaper online price. 

I’ve used the camera. I’ve not had any on the photos developed! And I’ll use the camera more if anyone can tell we where the charger for it is! 

Ive included a picture of my toddler that he took earlier today on this iPad. I have over 2000 photos on this device, mostly taken by the toddler!

 That’s  my head behind him, I was cleaning the fish tank! Image

Potty training…again…

5 Jan

He’s still not wee’d

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I am trying to potty train child 3. Child 1 and 2 were trained at just aged 3. I don’t recall it being  this much hard work. 

Said toddler will be 4 in April. I have been trying to potty train him for months and months. I have tried bribery, we have books on the subject. But he is stubborn. More stubborn than I could ever imagine.

Today we have tried again. My husband has made the white pants gang. Brown bear and Big bear are wearing white pants. We wrestled the unwilling toddler into his white pants. 

The two bears have done a wee on the potty (with the aid of some water!).

The toddler has yet to wee. And it’s nearly 4pm. He woke up with a dry nappy. He can hold. He appears to be in no discomfort. 

I have placed him on the potty. He will…

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Potty training…again…

5 Jan

I am trying to potty train child 3. Child 1 and 2 were trained at just aged 3. I don’t recall it being  this much hard work. 

Said toddler will be 4 in April. I have been trying to potty train him for months and months. I have tried bribery, we have books on the subject. But he is stubborn. More stubborn than I could ever imagine.

Today we have tried again. My husband has made the white pants gang. Brown bear and Big bear are wearing white pants. We wrestled the unwilling toddler into his white pants. 

The two bears have done a wee on the potty (with the aid of some water!).

The toddler has yet to wee. And it’s nearly 4pm. He woke up with a dry nappy. He can hold. He appears to be in no discomfort. 

I have placed him on the potty. He will not go. I know as soon as I put a nappy on, he will wee.

He fully understand what he is supposed to do. He loves the Pirate Pete potty book. 

I am assuming he is just extremely stubborn. But the time has come for me to be more stubborn. There will be no nappy until bedtime (ironically, he’s dry through the night).

I have started to worry that he will be the only child in nappies when he starts school in September.  I am desperate! He doesn’t appear to be desperate though! He’s happily playing. Oh, to have the bladder capacity of a 3 year old.

If any readers have any tips, please let me know!

 

Got an MOT and service

4 Jan

So yesterday was the day for my annual MOT and service of the small car

I park the car and go into their showroom.

I take a seat while Andy on the service desk gets my paper work.

I notice that there is a charge on the paperwork of £49 for the MOT.

I tell him that as the car was purchased from there, part of the deal was that so long as I also got it served there, I don’t pay for the MOT. I said that I had explained this over the phone while making the booking, that I don’t pay for the MOT.

So Andy spends a few silent minutes typing into his computer.

He questions me on the paying for my MOT. He asks me if I have proof. I tell him that this is my 4th MOT and I’ve never paid and never been questioned about it. I tell him that I fact when I went for my 1st MOT it was them who pointed out to me that I wouldn’t have to pay for the MOT.

He says he needs to check another computer out the back. Off he disappears.

He comes back and again questions me about paying for my MOT. So I reiterate that I have never paid for an MOT and that I don’t intend to start, just because he can’t find anything on his computer system.

He goes off to get his manager. His manager wants so know what my problem is. So I explain that I don’t pay for my MOTs as I had purchased the car from there 5 years ago. I told him that so long as I had my car serviced with them, that the MOTs would be free.

He asked me about my service plan. I said I don’t know anything about a service plan, just that once a year, I make my service and MOT appointment, drop off the car key and return a few hours later, pay for the service and go.

He then asks if it’s normally me who deals with the car. So I say yes, it’s me, it’s my car, it’s in my name. I tell him I last brought the car in in Dec 24th 2011 and had no troubles.

He then said was I sure that perhaps my husband or another family member dealt with my car.

I was just a tad shocked. I mean, we are in 2013. So I say “do not presume because I am a woman that I do not know what I am talking about“.

He said, well I don’t know your situation…maybe…He trails off.

I sit there. I say nothing. He says, you don’t look very happy.

I tell him that I am insulted. He asks me why. I tell him that I am insulted that he thinks I am trying to get out of paying them £49 for an MOT, when I’m paying for the service, have bought another car from them (we are a 2 car family) and have had numerous works carried out by them over the years. I tell him I have been a loyal customer and that I had noticed in the last 2 years how the customer services in this office had gone down hill.

He said he was sorry I felt like that and could possibly sort something out as a gesture of good will. I tell him I am trained in customer service and that what he just said to me is typical sales patter.

I reiterate that I will not be paying for the MOT, I never have and it’s not my problem if nothing shows up on their computer systems.

Oh, he says, you can have the MOT for free. I thought you wanted your service for free. That’s why I was talking about service plans.

Now, dear reader, I don’t expect you to read the above again, but I’m sure you all realised that I was referring to the MOT.

It is important to listen. I hope Andy and his manager learnt that.

My first post

3 Jan

I thought I should let you know a bit about myself. 

I’m married with 3 children. My parenting technique is “winging it”. This has worked for 13 years so am not about to change this!

I am Welsh. I was born in Cardiff. I now live in Essex.

I don’t work and I don’t have anything to promote.

This blog will just be my random thoughts and very probably, rants!

Ok, I am going to discover a bit more about blogging and how to make my pages more exciting to look at!

 

Thank you for reading

 

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