Well folks I’m happy to report that I have had a fantastic week this week. It really felt like everything came together, my only grumble is that I didn’t get my usual Wednesday off with Little Man but even that didn’t dampen my spirits.
It’s a good job that I didn’t take my judgement of the week from first thing Monday morning, Little Man woke me up at 4.20am and needless to say by the time I arrived at University I was ready for bed and not a day of lectures. Thankfully it was my arrival at Uni that sparked my change in fortunes. The lecture that I had been dreading due to my lack of knowledge turned out to be really informative and thanks to my amazing new friends, I giggled until I was in tears…there was even talks of Tena Lady at one point! The power of laughter is absolutely amazing! Proof that you can’t judge a day by it’s 4.20am cover/wake up!
Tuesday was Little Man’s 2nd Birthday and although he was in Nursery as normal, The Husband was working from home which meant some proper family time in the evening as we didn’t have to wait for him to drive back from Swindon! We let Little Man choose himself a present from the Toy Shop with his birthday money, he had over £30 to spend…he chose a £3.25 Van!! On the plus side, this may be an indication that he has not inherited my expensive taste in things, phew! In the evening we took Little Man to the pub for his birthday dinner which may seem like a Mummy-friendly plan and I may have had a pint of Cider but I promise, he was more excited by his alphabet spaghetti and Ice-cream boat for pudding than I was about the pint!
I was a little sad not to be hanging out with the boys on Wednesday but we did manage a lovely long walk in the morning with Archie the dog and then I had by far, the best day at Uni since I started.
I talked about my interest in Dementia before I started Uni so it was no surprise that I was very excited about the prospect of a whole day of conferences on the subject. And I was not dissapointed! The morning was spent listening to an incredible woman called June Hennell who’s husband lived with Dementia until he passed away as a result of cancer. To say she was engaging would be an understatement, I couldn’t take my eyes or ears off her and could quite happily have spent the whole day listening to her story. What a woman! We then had a talk on the impact of surroundings on those with Dementia, which was very eye-opening and made me think of how much of the world I take for granted. But I think one of the things that struck me most is about money. We were told that Dementia costs the U.K. (not just NHS but costs to families) more than cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke COMBINED! Despite this, less than 1% of research funding is filtered down to Dementia research with Cancer receiving 13%! Now I’m not arguing that Cancer is not a worthy recipient of this money but the disparity between what it costs and how much is funded really shocked me! It definitely made me glad that we included Alzheimer’s Society in our donations for our wedding (which we did instead of favours) but much like the fire in my belly for studying, something has been lit inside me and I hope that 2017 will allow me to do some fundraising!
My lovely parents have jetted off once again and I survived my night of solo-parenting without too much drama so that’s another big thumbs up from me! Plus it also means I get the use of their bedroom which means a break from sharing with Mr Bashy which in turn means I am actually getting full night’s sleep and functioning like a normal human being (whatever one of those is!)
Ooh and before I go, in case anyone was wondering how my craft project turned out, here is the very handsome Mr Archie doing a great job of modelling it!
I hope everyone has had an equally successful week, more of these please!