After dropping Thomas off at school it was straight on to do the weekly shop. When the lady on the till spotted us she said "I've been waiting for you, I've got some vouchers you can have". She then handed me 2 £5 vouchers which meant I got £10 off my shopping. I don't know whether we missed the offer or whether it was a staff thing but as well as being surprised at being given them, I was also surprised she knew that we go in every Thursday morning and that she was watching out for us. It felt a little bit like being regulars at the old fashioned corner shop.
Back home there was just enough time to put everything away before Mum had to be picked up. She's gone to my sisters for a couple of days then on Saturday they're off to Dorset for a week. Before we could take her to the station we had to drop Sparky off for his poodling session. Not before time either. I rang 4 weeks ago and the first available date was today. I won't take him anywhere else because he's very nervous and can also be a bit nippy but the staff at Pets at Home are used to him and vice versa. This time I made sure I booked his next appointment while I was there.
Then it was on to Piccadilly station to make sure Mum got safely on the train for the first leg of her holiday. It's a far cry from Oakworth and even though you can get anything from a newspaper to sushi while you're waiting here, I know which station I prefer.
Back home for a quick bite to eat then out again to pick up Sparky who was now looking much more like a dog than a teddy bear.
Then it was time to pick Thomas up from school. Home for a quick bath, maths homework and a bit of X-box before taking him across the road to his friends 10th birthday party. They had a BBQ and then they played football and basketball on the grass outside. A good old fashioned party - you can't beat them. Here he is all excited and ready to go.
Final and most stressful job of the day was a trip to Bury to do some shopping with Amy for her holiday. She managed to get t-shirts, shorts and dresses and I think she just needs some bikinis now.
No visit to Mums tonight as she's not here so as I was not on designated driver duties I joined Mark in a glass of his Thursday night vino. And after all the running around today I certainly felt like it was well deserved, along with the takeaway pizza we indulged in.