Pat On The Back

I’m relatively certain that a lot of people who read this blog also read my step-daughter Regan‘s blog and will have already heard the news but I feel the need to write a proud mother post. Because Regan, my sweet baby girl, has been accepted into her first choice university. Providing she gets the exam results she’s predicted – and she’s predicted higher than she needs – she will be leaving us in the Autumn, and moving almost as far away from us as is possible and still actually be on the mainland UK. From London to Aberdeen. Hope she’s got her thermals and electric blanket packed!

I am a little sad at that, at the thought of her leaving the nest but at the same time, I am so so SO proud of what she’s achieved.

The last couple of years haven’t been easy for her. Her mum died, Jade Rachel had a breakdown and Regan ended up living with her father. Not that living with her dad was at all a bad situation just completely different to everything she’d experienced at that point. It took Jade Rachel a couple of years to pull herself back together, get back to London, regain custody of Regan. And then Regan had to cope with moving a couple of times while they found the right house.

And then there was me. It cannot have been easy for her to have me come into her life, to have her other mum falling in love with someone else. Neither Jade Rachel or I will ever replace Regan’s mum Shaine, and nor would we want to. We make sure she’s still part of Regan’s life, as much as we can. Regan also had to cope with not being an only child anymore and having this baby, then toddler, around.

She didn’t only cope, she excelled and she blossomed. I have had such a pleasure watching her grow from a smart tween to this intense young woman. Have I mentioned I’m really fucking proud of her?

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A Day in the Life: February 2016

I think I have an ‘About Me’ page that I’m pretty pleased with. Thank you, all, for your tips and advice. It was very much appreciated.
Please do let me know what you think – all constructive criticism welcomed 🙂

Now, on with the post:
ADITL-Feb2016A Day in the Life is a monthly link up ran by Georgie. On one day each month you are invited to summarise your day, using the prompts provided if you want.

What did you wear today?
It was a work day, so a pair of red wide-leg trousers, matching blazer and a black wrap blouser. Now that I’m home, I’m in a khaki tuni and black skinny jeans.

What made you laugh?
Caden Bryce, just being himself. He wanders up to me, sits down and looks at me very seriously before asking me if I wanted to know what he was thinking about. I told him yes. Then he looked all sad and told me he’d forgotten what he was going to say.

TIL (Today I Learned)
HTML. Or, at least, I started learning it. Using a wordpress template is all wel and good but I figured it would be nice to be able to do more than just bolding and italics. I’ve started a free online course at https://www.codecademy.com/

The weather
Right now it is 7C and a little cloudy, but dry. It’s been like this most of today.

Four People I Encountered Today

Jade Rachel
Well of course my wife is going to be on the list. She woke me up this morning with a lovely mug of steaming hot sweet black coffee. Could life get any better? ♥

Caden Bryce
Our sweet little boy. He’s been sick this last week, a really bad cold and he’s been very clingy. He hasn’t left me alone since I got home from work. This is not a complaint!

Aaron
One of the IT guys at work. I was having issues with connecting to our internal network and he came and fixed it. Sweet kid, and always has sweets/chocolate/cookies to share with everyone! 🙂

Emma
Emma is a young homeless girl who I always see at the tube station. I would say she’s about mid-twenties and has a border collie. I buy her breakfast and some dog food every day – always make sure she has blankets/gloves/hat when it’s cold, an umbrella/coat when it’s rainign.