Testing, testing, is this thing on? We're coming to you from deep in the Welsh valleys today as we're visiting with family and generally having our feel good tanks topped up. It rocks.
As well as feeling incredibly lucky to have a great family and be so well taken care of, there's Moments that I just couldn't let pass today without acknowledging my gratitude for. They say that we've become addicted to talking about our troubles and we should count our blessings more , well that's exactly what Monday's Moments are for so do please share your happy haps in the comments - it's cathartic, I swear!
1. Just Do It
It's not something I usually post about but 100% it's a Monday's Moment of mine this week. I had been putting off going for my scheduled cervical check for months now because of my back and because I'm a wuss. The letter glared at me from the fridge every time I entered the kitchen.
I decided before hols that I'd just get mad and book it for my return. Of course on my return I was raging I did but I popped across to the clinic on my coffee break. I was in and out in less than 10 minutes, it was less painful and less time than a wax and a hell of a lot better for you too. I even had time to grab a coffee before my smug return to the office too.
If you're aged between 25 and 60, your cervical check is free in Ireland (more info here) that and those 10 minutes could very well save your life. I've had my results through, less than a fortnight later and I'm all clear for another 3 years - there's no feeling like that all clear. Just do it, ladies. Pick up the phone and do it.
2. Cross Border Creeping
If you saw my Twitter feed last week or my Jimmies, you'll know that Adam attempted to kibosh our trip away by losing his passport. I'm sure he did it purposely... An entire night and day before leaving we upended the house to no avail until the taxi arrived to bring us to the airport.
Sweats and panic all the way to the terminal as Aer Lingus insisted on national photo ID for a 16 year old, which is non existant. It's just as well the lady on the gate was feeling generous as she waved us through because he was travelling with his Momma. His Momma that mini pinched him across the aisle for the entire 40 minute journey.
3. We're All Going To Hell
|A hand that Aaron, my son, born of a teenage pregnancy, played to me!|
The lads had been looking forward to this trip ever since my eldest Bro sent the tickets as a surprise a couple of months back. Eager to get their bromance on with their Uncle Rob, Aaron ordered Cards Against Humanity (the most hilariously offensive game ever invented) to be delivered before we arrived.
If you haven't played this game, do but be warned, a sense of humour is required at all times. A side dark, hell-bound humour is what you'll need to win it. This hand is just one example - outrageous. I think Adam said it best (and revealed his true nature) when he said 'I don't even want to win, I just want disgraceful answers!' .That's mah boy.
4. Hello, Is It Me You're Lookin' For?
You know I love when the majority of searches for this here site are people searching my name, I've spoken about it before. Yep, the scandalous searches that still bring people to us are a joy too but I get a warm fuzzy feeling when I think people are looking for us and just us.
Well Moment 4 happened this week when Aaron made a discovery. When we touched down he had to clear his cookies and cache to check if his movie review had published. He input the word Cherry and we were first in the Google rankings!! It's a little thing really but it's a little thing that warms the cockles. Thanks Google & Viva la Cherry!!
5. Hangin' With Mah Homies
Last and by no stretch of the imagination least, is the past few days we've spent together here in Wales. My eldest Bro, one of my favourite people on this very planet, and his beautiful wife flew us over to spend a couple of quality days with them and their little chicken, Alexander.
It's very hard being separated from family for extended periods of time, especially when you're missing life changes happen. Yep, online communication rocks, WhatsApp works to keep you connected and phone calls count but there's nothing quite like a bear hug from your eldest Bro to set the world straight.
Seeing the lads look at Rob and Cath with such love and respect reminds me that I've done something very right with them too - that and the muttley laughing for 90 minutes straight when we played Cards Against Humanity... It sometimes takes a trip like this to help you take a breath, look at what you've all achieved together, be thankful for one another and just exhale. Love yis innit.
So tell us, what's the one thing you're grateful for this week?
What's chasing your Monday Blues away?