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A new chapter, An empty nest, Drama school & Last year of Uni
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Good luck for the car today and hope the bill is less than £500. At some point it will need replacing though but it sounds like you have savings which is great.
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DD has gone and sorted out her p-time job and starts on Saturday. We are going to ask her for a £10 monthly contribution to her phone from her wages. That would knock our payment down to what we were previously paying for her (and still exceeds what we pay for her brother's phone) but also we want to focus her on the need to be more organised in what she does, such as take a safe bag for her belongings.
The car passed it's MOT! I am both relieved and astonished! That gives me a plan. Update my CV with my latest work on and apply for jobs now I know I can get to them.
Today I went through my collection of bags, carrier and shopper ones, as well as my tote bags. To my astonishment I discovered that if I exclude my handbags then I only own 2 bags that I now consider 'safe' (as in they can fully zip across) and both are too bulky for me to have taken to the theatre last week. I have no idea if this is because shopper tote type bags don't tend to come with a zip or just I've never looked for them. Going to drop some heavy hints to my Mum later about it that I could do with more suitable bags if she's struggling for ideas for me for Christmas. (as she usually is).
DD was still unwell, so we made a last minute decision to go up there for 2 nights. On our way up (4.5/5 hr drive) we got a message from her saying she'd been sent home from college ill with the instruction to rest for the remainder of the week and see how she was Monday. Due to the rehearsals they're currently doing if not back then they'd have to change (reduce) some of her scenes. We were glad we were already on our way to her and when we got there it was clear she hadn't been coping well. When we checked into our hotel room it also had a sofa bed, so we moved her in with us and she spent the whole time just sleeping. DH used his last AL day on the drive up, so worked from the hotel as she slept and I went back to her digs and straightened it up, fetched all the laundry up to date (2 loads and 3 driers cost around £15!). Astounded to find that for a private student hall that has 60 rooms there is only 1 washer and 1 drier (I checked with a staff member!). Was glad I was doing it on a weekday when most were at class. That's something I will question in future for student accommodation what the ratio for laundry facilities are!
We were able to use some of DH's loyalty points to offset the hotel cost. Not as cheap as initially thought unfortunately, DH thinks he only put 1 night in when getting the cost instead of 2. However, I'm classing this as 'emergency'. DD needed complete bed rest, us being there meant she could get it. She was also meant to start her job yesterday which had been delayed till she produced her ID. She felt she could manage to go in - just, but another day at least of bed rest would be more beneficial. I said to put the problem to her employer, were they happy for her to go in with a cough even though she's tested negative for covid. They said No and to get a PCR which she had yesterday. That gave her the best of both worlds , could still rest this weekend and job held for her.
What she did have to miss out on though was the baby shower we were invited to yesterday for DH's cousin. Travelling and her health and potentially passing on whatever she's got (no idea, it's just not covid!) to the expectant Mum wasn't a good idea, even without she might have had to start her job anyway. I've never been to a baby shower before and hit lucky with the gifts. A local lady was selling a new boxed knitted pram set (dress, leggings, bonnet) for £7. I checked the online price later and it's over double that. Then with DD not going I went to buy something on her behalf from Tesco and hit lucky. In a clearance basket, was a short sleeved baby vest for 50p plus a sun hat reduced to £1.50. I bought these in a larger size so DD gave a summer outfit for £2, and I gave a winter one (baby due Jan) for £7. Under a tenner in total - result. It cost more than that to eat on the way home (baby shower 100 miles away) as only nibbles had been provided there.
She has both a dress rehearsal and her main 'scenes' next week at college, so asked me to send up some drama clothes needed, which I sent via Hermes on Tuesday. They've still not arrived (have tracked it). If only she'd said when they were needed for I'd have paid the extra for next day delivery. Now she's going to have to find something 'just in case' they don't turn up, which will be dearer than me paying the extra couple of quid in the first place!
We had friends over last night, loads of spirits in so suggested a rum and gin night. Set a budget for it. They no longer eat meat so we decided on chicken (for us) and veggie (for them) fajitas. Used plenty of what was in the cupboards, including a tin of mixed beans that DD had never fancied. However shopping for the bits we did need, at the checkout I only noticed then that DH has stuck 8 cans of beer in (4 JS, 4 Guiness). Asked him what the point of a rum night was if he intended adding beer. He'd put it in without me seeing him (his usual habit of wandering off in a supermarket!). I wasn't going to cause a fuss at the checkout and demand it taken out, but I can't say I was thrilled either. Don't think he 'got it' either when the total bill came under our budget with his beer - I pointed out that without it, we'd have come in around half price! Just now I have tidied away the cans left out and he only drank 2 of them - his friend was happy to stick to rum!
Edit - and I find I miscounted he only drank one and DD contacted him during the night, in a tizwas about needing the costume and he sent her money to cover it. To say I'm not happy is an understatement.