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Sam doesn't like the sun. I do, but frankly Sam has been so bad tempered and irritable over the last couple of days with his pink cheeks and his faintly sweaty smell and his complete inability to stop whining and asking to be carried and entertained that I'd happily put a stop to this summer business entirely if it were in my power. 

Yesterday afternoon after posting my *neighbour rant* here I went to collect him from his ABA training session.  Apparently he'd been working very hard and had proved himself capable of matching photos to their corresponding objects (although he wasn't so consistently successful at matching the other way around), and of matching coloured blocks to the corresponding coloured paper, and of handing over his shoes on demand. By the time I arrived he was tired, hot and irritable, and he continued in that manner until he was finally allowed to go to bed. 

Between collecting Sam and the happy event of his bedtime, however, were four hours of cross, unhappy boy to get through, and I thought I'd spend some of them in taking him for a walk.  His team of therapists and I have been working hard at encouraging him to walk whenever possible with the aim of being able to function in the real world without a buggy one day, and over the last few days he's finally starting to express a preference for walking most of the time.  The problem with this is that if I go out without the buggy he'll doubless become quickly tired and demand to be carried (and he's HUGE! And HEAVY!!) and if I go out in the buggy he's harder to hold on to. *Foreshadow alert* From now on I shall never go out without putting his reigns on.  

Sam is obsessed with parking meters, letterboxes, flappy signs, holes in the wall, narrow ledges that can be walked upon, steps of any kind and running down hills, and when he gets the urge to persue any of these interests he tries to wiggle free.  He doesn't usually manage it, but on a couple of occasions yesterday he did.  He likes to run away from me while looking back over his shoulder and laughing as I chase him, shrieking "SAM! STOP!!!". To be fair I can see why that might be funny, but obviously I can't allow it to continue so I have put that behaviour on extinction.  I grabbed him both times and carried him back to the buggy I'd had to leave stranded in the course of my persuit and threw him back into it.  I completely ignored his whining protests, his sticky little hands on mine as he turned around and begged for attention, his eyes as they implored me.  I was so proud of myself as he calmed down and started singing happily to himself.  Until I noticed that I'd lost my bag. 

I had no idea when or where it had gone.  Worse case scenario - some opportunist had grabbed it when I'd flung it in the buggy and left it behind when I was chasing after Sam. Best case scenario - I'd left it in the supermarket.  Luckily I'd had the common idiocy to leave the house without my keys or my phone so I took Sam to my husband's workplace and left him there while I went back to the supermarket to see if it had been handed in.  It hadn't, so I spent the evening on the phone cancelling all my cards. 

And this morning a security guard from a local business called me and told me he'd found it.  And nothing was missing.  I'm thinking it might be a good way to not spend any money this week....there's always a positive side if you look hard enough!  The security guard, Adrian, told me with a smirk that he'd had to go through my bag to find identification, and here's what he would have found;

-  One pot filled with squares of bread (snack for Sam)
-  One pair of used socks (mine) 
-  One photo of neighbours on roof (as seen in previous post)
-  One million and one old receipts and bus tickets covered in random scribblings and calculations
-  One Autism Alert card
-  One phone recharger
-  One purse, complete with cards and small change
-  Lots of fluff
-  Two broken pens
-  A hairy hairbrush

Luckily I don't get embarrassed anymore. Thanks, Sam.

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Date: 2007-06-05 11:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, my word! You poor thing! I'm so glad that it was found!

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Date: 2007-06-05 11:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Me too! I wasn't sure how I was going to manage going out to buy a new bag and purse without access to any money!

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Date: 2007-06-05 12:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, poor you. Also, meant to comment yesterday, that yes, people that close to my flat blinking well would pee me off!

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Date: 2007-06-05 01:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hmmm, I was just looking at this page and thought to myself "Didn't I already reply to [ profile] mockduck's comment? And I did! But as it has apparently been eaten by LJ it doesn't count. If it appears later, ignore it!

To paraphrase what I said not half an hour ago, YES, POOR ME! I'm actually quite looking forward to going back to work tomorrow night, although there's plenty of scope for Bad Things to happen before then...

And I also said that I have been looking at and admiring your new blog at and am building up my strength to overcome my resistence to stepping outside my comfort zone and DRAWING SOMETHING soon.

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Date: 2007-06-05 02:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LJ is terrbile for that - these days I almost always copy my comment before I press 'post' - though, of course, it always happens the one time I forget.

Please do come and draw! You've seen the other people's posts: by no means is any of us a professional artist so there's really nothing to be afriad of!
From: [identity profile]
The best part of all is that you had a picture, obviously snapped from a window, obviously snapped on the sly, of a bikini-clad young girl in your bag...

Bet the security guard thinks you're some kind of randy, kinky lesbian stalker. Bet he thinks that's how you get your naughty jollies.

Okay. I'm totally in love with the phrase "naughty jollies" now and intend, henceforth, to use it at every possible opportunity.

From: [identity profile]
HA! I didn't even think of that possibility. I just thought he was smirking at my dirty socks! Seriously, how naive can I be? I wish I was a randy kinky lesbian stalker, it would be slightly less embarrassing than being someone who doesn't spot security guards getting their "naughty jollies* over the fact that I might be...

I've confused myself.
From: [identity profile]
That is also what I thought when you mentioned that those pictures were in there! heheheheh

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Date: 2007-06-05 02:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh darn, looks like you need a back-pack and a leash !....
(we went through that problem with Noah but luckily it's better now...).

As for the security guard's smirk, I also assumed it camed from the picture ! ;-) Maybe soon you'll see him partying with your neighboor on the roof !... LOL :-D

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Date: 2007-06-05 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm way ahead of you (in one respect at least, as I'm still smarting over the smirking guard) - I ordered one of these ( (the monkey one) this morning! Unfortunately my order wasn't processed because - what do you know? my credit card company have cancelled my card (duh...)but that's what husbands are for - spare plastic!

I'm sooo loving these blue icons by the way!

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Date: 2007-06-05 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was meaning a back-pack for you, so you don't leave it behind when you chase Sam !!!
Cute monkey leash ! (Let's see if he'll wear it !...)

I just knew you were gonna take the Martini glass, hahaha :-D (I took it too ;-) but that's because I can't resist a blue glass object, that's my fetish I guess !)

Did you scroll down in her journal, there are other icons, like flowers, some from "You've got mail" and even due dates ones ! (I know you said you wouldn't need one of those, but I'm hoping you'll change your mind over time !... :-))

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Date: 2007-06-05 03:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was actually thinking of putting my phone, keys and a small coin purse in Sam's backpack - he might as well make himself useful, and it will save me struggling to get one off my own back and hold onto him at the same time! I think it would be poetic justice for all those piggybacks he demands from me...

I think I'll go back to that journal now to find some more pretty things. Sam's due home in fifteen minutes and I've done NOTHING today apart from play around on LJ and have a bath and wash up and collect my bag from the smirking man and eat lunch...I guess that's more than I thought, actually! I won't feel guilty about wasting another few minutes...

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Date: 2007-06-05 03:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha, I love the poetic justice ! :-D

Me, I'm still in my PJ's at 11:30, better get moving but heck this is suppossedly vacation !

the smirking guard....

Date: 2007-06-05 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, I'm putting my hand up as an innocent because I was laughing-with-proxy-mortification at the smelly socks rather than annoyingly skinny flat-stomached perky-boobed teenage wenches (I'm loving the maturity that comes with being thirty, btw).
The reins and leash are adorable (almost as good as the bear suit Sam used to have!) but I do think you should have some strong elastic added to the leash, purely for comic effect. I'm also hoping that his current bad mood aren't at all attributable to me dropping him on his head on Saturday....
love and bouncing boys...

Re: the smirking guard....

Date: 2007-06-05 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I would blame you, but I'm so pleased that someone else is as dim as me that I'll let you off.

I hope you never start being mature, I wouldn't cope!

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Date: 2007-06-05 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, that's really lucky you got your bag back! Didn't sound you had anything really embarrassing in it. No birth control or drugs or anything, lol.

Aidan totally does that looking behind him laughing as he runs away thing, too.

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Date: 2007-06-06 08:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Didn't sound you had anything really embarrassing in it. No birth control or drugs or anything, lol.

Ha! See the comments above, there seems to be some concensus that the security guard probably thought I was a lesbo/stalker/pervert with my sneakily taken photo of a nearly naked girl sunbathing...I entirely overlooked that possibility myself!

Aidan totally does that looking behind him laughing as he runs away thing, too

See I know that Sam's being naughty when he does that, but I can't help seeing it as Sam seeking to share enjoyment with me, so part of me loves it. I have to put a stop to it in public areas though because OBVIOUSLY he has no sense of danger whatsoever...


Date: 2007-06-06 08:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Just to let you know I am finally catching up on my email and have now accessed Livejournal... I will read up to date real soon now... :-)

Re: Hello

Date: 2007-06-06 08:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hurrah! I can finally stop sulking! See you for breakfast on Saturday.


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