|Example Doll's House Walking Stick|
- Mr Men books (particularly Messrs Grumble and Forgetful)
- On-going Kermit obsession (YAY!)
- Doll’s houses
Particularly my wife's old doll's house, which they are spending a lot of time fixing up (with Granny). The amount which you can spend on Doll's house bric-a-brac is frankly astonishing. But the best place to get new stuff is our local Sue Ryder shop – so that’s something good.
One of her last purchases was a family and some bits and bobs of furniture, which included a hat stand with umbrella and walking stick.
Evie spent a fair amount of time at the weekend trying to get the 'Daddy' of the family (surprisingly effeminate, actually) to hold the stick.
That was a bit of a lump-in-the-throat moment, but on reflection I think it's pretty cool. She's very matter-of-fact about getting my stick for me before we walk anywhere, and I think she has a healthy awareness of the NORMALCY of DIFFERENCE, if you follow me.
Her favourite TV show is the brilliant Something Special, which is a lovely show for kids with learning difficulties. They also sign a lot using Makaton on the show, something we find ourselves doing too!
(NB Justin is worryingly ubiquitous as far as kids TV is concerned but Something Special buys him a lot of grace)
She's also matter-of-fact about the fantastic presenter Cerrie Burnell – I still can't believe that some parents complained about her when she started presenting, rather than using her to educate their kids that not everyone is the same.
Gah – people.
I had my annual appraisal at work last week. We never discuss my health in anything but the most rambling and discursive manner – so when I got the notes back, I took offence to the section which said Steve "had a good year physically and although feels tired at times manages this well".
I know, he means well. But it really has nothing to do with my work over the last 12 months. I asked him if he gets tired.
He removed the offending line from my notes.
As an aside, Evie also accepts that Daddy's legs sometimes "get tired". But she’s not yet three years old.
HOUSE news – ours will be on the market by the end of this week. There has been much STUFF happening with the neighbours but I'm aware that I don’t want to endlessly bang on about it all the time. I might try to do a compendium of recent activity. Or I might wait until we move. Who knows?
Tomorrow is my annual MS MOT with the neuro team and MS Nurses at the Queen's Medical Centre – should be fun (and/or physically / mentally draining).