Chai and a Chat – #4 #ChaiAndAChat


Well hello there!

Another week, another hot drink and time for a catch-up!

Chai and a Chat

  • If we were sipping a chai together, I’d say I’ve had an interesting half term. Not busy, but not quiet by any means!
  • If we were sipping a chai together, I’d tell you I got my nails done, again! This time a rather fetching and grown up deep purple. And Lil Princess joined me with some Halloween themed nails too!
  • If we were sipping chai together, I’d let you know that Lil Man definitely needs braces, so we are just waiting for them to be fitted. It’s going to be painful, I know, but if he listens, they could be off within a year.
  • If we were sipping chai together, I’d mention pumpkins. No, I don’t do pumpkin spiced lattes etc, the thought makes my stomach turn! But we do usually carve designs on them, ready for Halloween. This time, however, we won’t be home much in the evening, as Lil Princess has her first Halloween party to go to. It means we won’t be out and about, or at home waiting for trick or treaters. However, Krispy Kreme Donuts had a children’s workshop where the kids could carve pumpkins for the shop to use as decorations, so they got their fill there!
  • If we were sipping chai together, I’d let you know I nearly had my own Halloween scare the other day in the local shopping centre as Lil Man and his friend disappeared for nearly an hour. They had already been out and about and met back up with us. Being too cool for pumpkin carving, they felt us too boring to sit with, so mozied off around the corner. But they didn’t just sit at another booth, they disappeared! We tried to phone both of them – 27 calls, I made! Text messages, WhatsApp, nothing. Jeez kids, how come when you are at home your phone isn’t out of your hands, yet when we need you to answer a call or text, you can’t!  I was getting panic attacks, thinking my child had been kidnapped, hurt, in trouble… And was ruing the fact that I had taken my inhaler out of my bag, fearing an asthma attack! Anyway over 45 minutes later they sauntered over to where we were frantically waiting, with not a care in the world. “We were just over there mum,” pointing to a seat made out of an old car outside the TGI Fridays. No, they weren’t we had walked past several times, in anxiousness! “Then the last ten minutes, we went to the Lego shop.” Really??! Are you f***ing kidding me? I had been trying to work out how I would word this to my Hubby Dearest, that I had lost our son, and he had been with his friend in the Lego store?? Needless to say, they got chastised, both in the shopping centre, and all the way home, and in the evening too… I went all Indian mum too, grabbing his ear (lightly, honestly!) And the phone was confiscated for an evening too. I think I’m okay now. Who told me to have kids…?
  • If we were sipping chai together, I’d be so excited to share that my Pops and Mum came over for two nights. We had such a lovely time to catch up, but it was marred only by the fact that Lil Man ended up with a crazy temperature for two days, and any plans we had to go out were scuppered. Still, quality time with them was the best. ❤ Pops is looking so wonderful, and mum is just my ever-loving mum, as always!

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  • If we were sipping that chai together, I’d tell you Hubby Dearest has been back on the phone to Sky, this time on my parents’ behalf, and managed to negotiate a much cheaper monthly rate, brand new equipment, and installation for them too. He is such a dude, I love him 😍
  • If we were sipping that chai together I’d tell you that we remotely celebrated my dear brother’s 40th birthday as well! Now we are a pair of siblings, 40 and over! Yikes!
  • If we were sipping that chai together I’d suddenly remember that I forgot to mention that Lil Princess and I have tickets to go and watch the real Little Mix next year! How exciting!!!!

And for the week ahead?

  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies, I’d tell you I am back to school again today… But excited for several events coming up, the first being Halloween! We are planning on pumpkin carving with the children in Reception… wish us luck! And the school Halloween Disco is on as well, time for that after school teacher duty, for two discos – the 4-7-year-olds one and the 7-11-year-olds one!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, I’d say I am secretly scared that Lil Princess is going to that Halloween party… it seems kinda grown up, and she is only 10! She wants to be a zombie cheerleader. I mentioned that last week. The costume is here.  Yes, adults will be there, but the girl whose party it is is rather mature, though she’s the same age, and, well, she’s my little girl… She’s only ever been trick or treating with me… Not sure I’m ready to let go…
  • As I mop up the crumbs I’d mention that with the clocks having gone back at the weekend, the mornings may be easier, but now I will be worrying about the kids walking home in the evening in the dark!!!

So, what’s your week been like, and what are you looking forward to?

If you want, drop a line in the comments, or even link back to this with a Chai and a Chat post of your own!

21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. joey
    Nov 01, 2018 @ 01:02:00

    I tried to click all your hearts, LOL! I followed you on IG — Love the moniker, reminds me of Tori Amos “Happy Phantom” 🙂
    Great nails 🙂

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  2. Rae Longest
    Oct 30, 2018 @ 22:39:44

    I love your nails. Mine are now grey with a little sparkle. The color goes with everything. Grey is my neutral color rather than beige or tan, which makes me look washed out. I have made pumpkin nut cookies, pumpkin crumb cake and pumpkin chili (!!!!) so far this season. Your family photos were so much fun! What a lovely group. My brother, my Little Brother, who is 69, is coming all the way from Virginia to Texas for my birthday and for Thanksgiving week. We will either be three or seven at the Thanksgiving table, quite an improvement on turkey for two! Today (Tuesday the 30th, I volunteered with your age group, preK through second grade. It was Book Fair and was fun but exhausting! I will enjoy tomorrow at the university with my 20-45 year olds! We have Halloween plans too. Thanks for the chat and the sit down. I needed it. Ha ha.

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  3. Dan Antion
    Oct 29, 2018 @ 22:11:05

    “Who told me to have kids…?”

    Ha ha – we all ask ourselves that question at some point. I believe my mother asked herself that question many more times after I was born.

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  4. Book Club Mom
    Oct 29, 2018 @ 20:53:23

    You live a busy life – glad it all worked out with your son!

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  5. Erika Kind
    Oct 29, 2018 @ 20:14:15

    I definitely understand your panic when LilMan disappeared. They don’t understand at all why we are going nuts and just think we are so uncool.
    I am happy for you that you could spend some days with your parents. Hope LilMan is doing better!

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  6. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Oct 29, 2018 @ 17:37:20

    It fully meets the stories inside “Poetic Rituals”. Seems your schedule will be the same over the next years too. But you are taking it with a wink, and that is great. 😉 Michael

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  7. scr4pl80
    Oct 29, 2018 @ 15:31:43

    Love your Chai and Chats. Glad you got to spend some time with your family. Personally, I was relieved when my kids wanted to go trick or treating with their friends, as long as another parent went with them. That never was one of my favorite things to do.

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  8. You Can Always Start Now
    Oct 29, 2018 @ 13:11:58

    so enjoying the Chai and a Chat series

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  9. TanGental
    Oct 29, 2018 @ 08:06:19

    Ah poor you, you have to let em go don’t you. It’s so hard… still and mine are 28 and 25…

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