Archive for March, 2014

Are figures more important?

Posted: March 24, 2014 in books

Image I just received a letter from my child’s primary school, declaring that I have to attend a meeting because my six year old has a 92% attendance record. I find this absolutely disgraceful. My daughter spent the first three years of her life in and out of hospital, suffering various chest problems, and is now susceptible to any virus going around, due to her weakened chest and immune system. As a mother, I feel that if my child has been up all night, with a nose so blocked that she can barely breathe, and a constant cough, then it would be cruel to expect her to go to school the next day. How is she expected to concentrate, when only having gotten a few hours sleep the night before? If my child is ill, then they are not going to school. I don’t care about the figures the school expects, to give them a good rating. Maybe if they didn’t insist on you sending a sick child to school, then there would be less cases of the child getting ill in the first place. My elder child, refuses to take a day off no matter how ill she is, because her teacher has drummed into the children’s heads, that if they take a day off they are letting the school down. Talk about guilt trip! On one occasion, my eldest had bad stomach cramps, she was in tears but insisted on going. When I took her up to the classroom and told the teacher, he said don’t worry, I’ll take care of her. Any caring person would tell you to take her home. Is this what the school system has come to? Figures over the welfare of the children?

Creative Twisted Bloodlines

Posted: March 12, 2014 in books

With there being a minimum of six books in the Twisted Bloodlines series, I decided that I needed something to display them in, rather than stacking them up on the side. I created this to put them in, I used loads of ink cartridges but I think it turned out pretty darn good 🙂 What do you think?

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Passport application

Posted: March 8, 2014 in books

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I recently went for a passport interview, and it is really quite a daunting experience. After removing your belongings, you get to go through metal detectors and then head off to your interview, where it’s like sitting an oral examination. They ask you all sorts of questions, and for someone like me who is rubbish with dates, it can be hard work. They expected me to know my parents full birth dates, and also the date they got married, I mean I wasn’t exactly around for that. I had to ask my mum for those dates when filling out the application in the first place! The most peculiar question I was asked, was the layout of my house. He wanted me to describe it, from the moment you walked through the front door. How the hell is that relevant to applying for a passport? Besides how would he know if I was lying or not, unless he had blue prints in front of him! The thing that gets me, is that they have your picture on screen in front of them, so they already know it is really you sitting in front of them. Besides all that, I have in fact been abroad five times in my youth, when I was on my mothers passport. I understand security reasons and all that, but the amount of questions I was asked, I half expected them to ask my underwear size! and they say its questions only you should know the answer to, I know my own date of birth and that of my children, I even know my own date of marriage, but my parents? That’s the dates they should know. Anyway I did receive my passport in the end, but I advise anyone going for an interview to revise your family’s history, because you never know what they are going to ask you 🙂

Book review

Posted: March 2, 2014 in books

I finally got around to reading a book in my busy schedule

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The accidental werewolf by Dakota Cassidy

When Marty Andrews gets bitten by a mangy mutt while walking her teacup poodle, her blond hair darkens, the hair on her legs starts growing at an alarming rate, and her mood swings put her dream job as a sales rep for Bobbie-Sue Cosmetics in serious jeopardy.

Then a drool-worthy man shows up at her door claiming that he accidentally bit Marty. And since he’s a werewolf, she is now, too. Thinking Keegan Flaherty is clearly insane, Marty refuses to believe a word until a kidnapping makes her realize there’s more at stake than just her highlights. And she must put her out-of-control life in the hands of the man who makes her blood run wild in more ways than one…

I loved this book! Marty and her constant witty comments kept me amused all the way through, as did the story line. There was a nice little twist in the plot that you wouldn’t have guessed, and I loved all of the characters, so much so, that I have already ordered my copy of book two in the series 🙂 This series is a must read for all, and I’m already looking into the other books she has written, and adding them to my TBR pile. I love her writing style and the easy flow of the story, my only peeve is that you can only get the books in paperback edition, so instead of instant download to my kindle, I have to wait for it to be delivered 😦 But on the whole, a very enjoyable book, and one which I’m glad I decided to read, after my extremely long break from reading 🙂