DON’T GET ME STARTED!!

It has not been a good week.
With Murron’s bout of severe tonsillitis and then Dharma having a suspected case of Gastroenteritis we are once again, not in the good books at school.
However, when that school informs us that they are closing at lunch time on Thursday next week for an open evening and having a Teacher Training day on the Friday I get a little annoyed when they have the audacity to moan about my kids attendence record.
I get absolutely livid when they then tell me they are having to close the school on Tuesday as well because the poor hard done by teachers are striking because of pay and pensions.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…..
Welcome to the real world!!!!
Everyone works hard and everyone pays a pension. Get over it!!
I know teachers work hard and I know they do a lot of prep work at home but they are on a salary I can only dream of and at the same time they get 13 weeks of school holidays.
Surely they can use that time for preparation and still have the 5 or 6 weeks of annual leave that is allocated to the rest of the country……. if they are lucky!!
Teachers went into their professions knowing exactly what they were getting into so stop complaining about it!

As for these Teacher Taining days….. they should be done in the school holiday periods too.
My kids are forced to lose a whole week of education across the year because of them and when I then get another letter sent home stating that because of a change in the law Headteachers CANNOT now authorise absence during term time and if I choose to take my kids out of school I will now be fined I start to get a bit of steam coming out of my ears.
Not that I can afford a holiday to take my kids on because of my low wage and high tax and pension payments!!

To top my week off we have just been turned down for a small loan.
The loan would have been extremely handy for a new (second hand) car for Ian as his is now falling apart and will be lucky to make through an MOT.
It would have cleared our 2 really small credit cards and allowed us to tackle Xmas without hitting the 2 bigger credit cards.
It would have made payments across next year easier and the year after we would have been laughing….. for a change.
We went through our bank who we have been with for the last ten years and who can see the regular wages coming through the account but because ‘the human’ decision has been taken away and we are now credit scored, we were declined.
Extremely deflating.
We’ve looked at our credit history and it is going to be at least another 2 years before we can think of applying for anything again.
2 years of struggling through our payments, which by the way, we NEVER miss and always pay way more than the minimums.
If we had had the opportunity to sit with an advisor with the authority to make the decision, with all our paperwork and figures laid out for them to see, then I think the decision would have been totally different.
So frustrating!!

So, not the best start to three days off.
I suppose I had better take the opprtunity to cut the grass as the sun is actually shining.
Not that I’m really in the mood for it now.

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