The Week that was

It was one of those weeks where not much happened but I didn’t have 2 minutes to myself.

It started with Monday morning and no phone lines or ADSL connection.  Our overhead cables had been stolen the week before. 

Son no 3 woke up with a fever and a cough – he is in Grade 8 and had 2 tests this week – so I convinced him to go to school anyway and call me to pick him up if he does not improve during the day.  Son no 4 also woke up with a cough – but then he has been coughing for the last 6 weeks – been to the Doc 4 times in the last 6 weeks, he has been on antibiotics etc, all to no avail – so this was not unusual.

I returned home after the school run and started my workday calling Telkom to follow up on the fault report.  Telkom had actually closed the ticket – the technician had marked it as complete on Friday afternoon already.  So I had to open up a new fault report.

I also had to call in a welder.  I live in a cal-de-sac and the palisade fence at the end of my road had been broken again by unscrupulous people trying to get through to an open property.  (Perhaps the same ones who nicked the phone lines.)  Anyway – the welder duly arrived and fixed the palisade fence .

I made an appointment with the Doc for Monday afternoon for son no 3 – could only get a 5pm appointment.  This means I would only get home at around 6.30pm after waiting for the Doc (heavens forbid a doctor should be on time) and of course spending the obligatory fortune at Dischem.

Tuesday started no different – cough, cough from both kids, did the school run, called Telkom.

I had meeting on Tuesday morning relating to an event we have just managed to confirm.  Half way through I get a call from the school – Son no 4 is not well – he can’t stop coughing – so off I went to fetch him. 

Telkom finally arrived on Tuesday afternoon to fix the phone line – thank goodness – rather difficult to run a business without ADSL or phone lines in today’s world.  Anyway the technician ran a new cable.  Apparently he ran a temporary cable – had a great debate with him as to what a “temporary cable” was.  Surely it takes the same amount of effort to run a temporary cable as it does to run a permanent one.  Apparently Telkom cannot afford “permanent” cable at the moment due to budgetary problems so it is temporary cable (not as good as the other cable!).  The temporary cable will be replaced within the next year (yeah right!).

So now had a weeks worth of emails and work to catch up on – I had been replying to the little issues but I deal with a lot of large files in my line of work and of course I have not been able to send these out with no ADSL connection – reluctant to use 3G as this costs a fortune.

Wednesday was a reasonable day – kids went to school without the coughing.  Spent the day in my office catching up on paperwork and accounts – end of the month so I had to do my VAT and PAYE reconciliations.    Also received a call from my brother who had just returned from a 10 day trip to Croatia (who on earth wants to go there!) .  Anyway – him and his family did a weeks long boat trip along the cost of Croatia and had a ball – apparently it was worth every cent and did not cost a fortune.  We set a lunch date for Thursday.

Thursday was a fairly normal day – finishing off month end accounts, went to lunch with my brother.  Son no 4 had a hockey match so could only collect him late afternoon from school.

We had another power cut Thursday afternoon – have at least one a week which lasts 2 hours (and I am assured Eskom are not load shedding!).

Finally managed to get life under control by Friday morning.  Had a lunch date with a very old friend of mine so sat and chatted about old times and old friends and realised how old we are all getting! 

Looking forward to doing nothing this weekend – oh wait – Son no 3 has to go to school for basketball practice, Son no 4 has to go out and buy stuff for a project, old friends invited us for lunch tomorrow……..  Maybe next weekend!

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