Good Bad Ugly and Amazing Month of May

All I want to do is write.   All I get time to do is work.  😦

It is coming towards the end of my first full month blogging.   It has been a really intense month.  Here’s a wrap up of some of the highlights and unfortunately the lowlights!

Good – I lost 2 kilos on my initial attempt at detoxing and healthy eating/living and have managed to keep it off 4 weeks later!

Bad – 3 days into detox I got sick and spent the last 2 weeks drowning in my own mucus – maybe that’s ugly ???

Ugly – Son No. 2 tells me he “might” have a problem with a prohibited substance – argh!  That is definitely Ugly and any other descripitive word you can insert.

Good – I am finally rid of the mucus and can smell and taste my food again

Bad – I can now smell bad smells and taste bad things – having no sense of smell or taste came in handy when venturing into teenagers bedrooms.

Ugly – Having a total meltdown with Son No. 2 and screaming that I am going to go and smash my head on the driveway until I die – Parenting 101 – I was a champion that day!  This was the day I stared at the edge.

Good – Realising the edge isn’t where I wanted to be and actually being able to back up from it.   

Bad – Stephanie the cleaning fairy didn’t come two weeks in a row (public holidays) and being sick the house became feral – I mean feral.   This didn’t help with the walk to the edge.

Ugly – teenagers’s bedrooms.  I don’t need to say anything else.  You can read my previous post on this if you dare.  If you don’t have teenagers yet – you are in for a real treat.  

Good – Stephanie the cleaning fairy finally came back and our home smelt sweet again and helped me back up from the edge.

Bad – she doesn’t clean the teenagers’ rooms – I don’t have the specialised insurance required for her to do this.

Ugly – Me having to get into those rooms and clean them up.  There are just some things a mother shouldn’t have to pick up in a teenage boy’s bedroom.  I’ll leave this to your fertile imaginations! 

Amazing – My lovely children made sure I had a very special Mothers’ Day.  They took me out for a picnic to a beautiful creek – it was really lovely.   My girls bought me beautiful presents and gave me even more beautiful cards.  Their words were very special.

AMAZINGLY GOOD – I have met some wonderful people on Twitter and through Blogging.  I am truly surprised at this tight knit online community.  They provide support, love, laughs, wit, occasional smut and good old fashion friendship.

Bad – I am struggling to come up with too many bads so this really should be classed as good.   In fact I’m going to fill the rest of this blog with amazings.

AMAZING – my beautiful baby has returned – the feral who had been living in his body for the past 2 years has left and my boy is back. 

AMAZING – I have learnt that if you have a teenager going off the rails, school is not necessarily the best place for him.  Sometimes school can be the cause of it.  Always think outside the square if the square doesn’t seem to be working for you.

AMAZING – he is not only back but he is happy.  This is gold.

AMAZING – how supportive my Mike is when I really need him.  This is also gold.

AMAZING – the edge seems an awfully long way away from here.  This is pure gold.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.   Feel free to share some of the Amazings, Goods, Bads and downright Uglies of your past month.


About Annieb25

A mum to 2 teenage boys, would be writer, thirsty for knowledge, Radio Solution solver on Radio 1116 4BC and so much more!!
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27 Responses to Good Bad Ugly and Amazing Month of May

  1. Hey Annie, love the way you think – and I am jealous that you have a cleaner. May your June be filled with less Ugly and more Gorgeous x

    • Annieb25 says:

      Thank you Yvette. With every down there is always a corresponding up. It’s the way life is. Thank you for reading & commenting on my blog. (and yes I love having a cleaner – I don’t eat, but my house is clean 😉 )

  2. Cate Bolt says:

    Deary me. As I’ve always said, if they were born teenagers we’d only ever have one. May has been massive for me. There’s been some bad & some ugly but overall I really can’t complain. I’ve learnt that happiness comes from acceptance. Accepting your destiny doesn’t always mean “giving up” or “giving in”. Taking time to count your blessings always puts things in perspective.

    • Annieb25 says:

      Yes Cate, I agree – whenever I’ve thought I might like another baby I remember they grow into teenagers. I’m glad you are able to count your blessings – I always do that too. June is going to be even huger for you with your trip. So amazing what you are doing.

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  5. Patty says:

    You are a good writer. Keep writing Annie.
    “The moment a person finds their voice…is the moment their life takes on grace.”

    I have this stuck to the side of my computer, so I can read it each day. Write. You are in a safe place. Don’t worry about the iner critic. Don’t fret about your family/mother/friends reading this. Push aside any doubts, and write.


    • Annieb25 says:

      Thank you Patty – I am enjoying my writing. I do feel like it is a safe place. I’m glad you are writing too. I love your posts about your mum. Truly beautiful.

  6. MrsDesperate says:

    As someone who has fallen off the edge on occasion, I feel your pain … and also admire your ability to look for the good things in life. They are what make climbing back up the cliff and beyond the edge so rewarding.

    • Annieb25 says:

      I think looking at the good things in life is something we should try to do. No matter how bad it gets, there are always good things to balance it out. I’m sure the edge will come back into view again – it always does – I just have to ensure I keep walking away. I’m glad you climb back up too!

  7. Seraphim says:

    Oh I love reading your writing. It has taken me a while to get to a place where I can write instead of work. I’m still in transition actually. But you can absolutely do it I know.
    And I am glad you are back from the edge, amazing how shattering it can be. And teenager years terrify me. I have spent years teaching them so I think I know too much!
    Have a lovely weekend xxx

    • Annieb25 says:

      And I love reading your writing. Yours was one of the first blogs I read and one of the two that inspired me to get my blog up and running. You are my inspiration to transition from working to writing.

      I think coming back from going over the edge makes us stronger – you don’t appreciate the right side of the edge quite as much until you’ve crossed onto the wrong side.

      I’m beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel of these teenage years – and whilst they have been tough – they have also been joyous. I like the people my boys are becoming and that makes me happy. Knowing too much is a good thing – at least you won’t have your head in the sand about what teenagers do get up to. Enjoying my weekend very much xx

  8. AnnalisaW says:

    Annie, may you be blessed with a wonderful June. Am so glad to hear your boy is happy – that is all we want as parents isn’t it? And can SOOOOO relate about teens bedrooms – I hope the have girls make up for the teen-boy “ewiness”! I am the sole female in my house (except for neurotic dog).


    • Annieb25 says:

      I’m hoping June is wonderful. It’s my birthday and my eldest son’s 18th birthday. Yes, I agree, at the core of everything all we ever really want is for our kids to have a happy life and grow into happy adults.

      I’m also the sole female – the girls are my step daughters and don’t live with us. At this moment the boy’s rooms are clean – for how long is anyone’s guess! Thank you for coming to my blog and commenting. xx

  9. Katrina says:

    You have had a crazy month haven’t you? I hope things are getting back on track. Keep smiling! xx

  10. Bern Morley says:

    I’m glad you do write Miss Annie because you are wonderful at it. It scares the bejebus out of me, those coming teenage years, but hey, I guess we will all just have to go for the ride.

    Your boys are lucky to have you as their mum x

    • Annieb25 says:

      Thank you Bern – a compliment about my writing coming from someone who writes so well is very flattering. Not sure my writing is wonderful, but I like to share a part of myself in my writing and if something I write resonates with one of my readers and helps them to feel good, I have achieved what I have set out to do.

      Oh yeah, what a ride the Teenage years are. As hard as they are they are also good. If I can give any parenting advice on teens it would be – always talk to them. Even if they tell you things you really don’t want to know about or things that scare you, talk to them and let them know you are there no matter what. Not that I’m any expert mind you.

  11. Girl Clumsy says:

    Hey Annie – I hope June stablises a bit more for you – or preferably goes from good to better!

    I’ve enjoyed your posts, well done. Cheers, Nat.

    • Annieb25 says:

      Thanks Nat. I enjoy reading your posts too – I have to catch up on the James Bond ones though. As yuck as some of May was, I’m glad it seems to be ending well. Let’s see what happens in June – it’s my birthday – maybe an Ipad will find its way to me 🙂

  12. Sarah (Maya_Abeille) says:

    Hey Annie

    You write with such honesty and clarity, it is immediately apparent what a beautiful soul you are. Your kids are so lucky for your non-judgemental yet parental approach, to be able to reconcile your own downtimes and continue to be their rock without pretending you are perfect is parenting gold. The fact that your boy came to you is awesome, I am so glad he is himself again. My May has been huge too. Wedding anniversary (that went slightly awry) mothers day (that also went slightly awry); a period of rain, stress, family illness and emotional baggage that left me emotionally gasping; followed by an amazingly restorative period of happiness and joy – family holiday, five days packed with firsts – my boy’s first plane trip, koala cuddle, kangaroo feed, Sea World, high rise apartment stay (well you know all this from twitter) plus I was lucky enough to meet three gorgeous tweep friends IRL. Hope I get to meet you too one day! Now it’s my beautiful daughter’s second birthday and I am hosting an afternoon tea that was supposed to be small but has blown out. And we are expecting stormy weather. I’m going to try and just hold on and enjoy the ride! What a month May has been. No doubt next month will be just as eventful. Sorry if my comment is too long, once I start I can’t stop! It’s why I don’t comment often enough! xxx

    • Annieb25 says:

      Sarah, I don’t know you IRL but I love you. I love the way you Tweet and I love the way you write blog comments. You are so beautiful and I know you have a beautiful soul. I’m so glad your May has had some ups to counteract the downs. I think this is the way life is meant to be.

      I know I’m not a perfect parent – who is, seriously? But the one thing I do is I try and be there for my boys. I talk to them and let them talk to me. I give them freedom to explore the world, but am always waiting with the net to catch them – sometimes I let them hit the ground a bit and other times I give them a soft landing. They tell me things I don’t want to know about and sometimes I wish they didn’t, but I am also honoured that they tell me things about their lives that often mothers aren’t privvy to. Without this trust, there is no way my baby would have come to me to talk about his problem.

      Good luck with your little girl’s afternoon tea birthday party – don’t stress and do enjoy the ride. She is only 2 once.

      Please comment on my blogs often – I love hearing from you. xxx

  13. Jennifer says:

    Oh you are honest, real and funny! That’s quite the combination. I have two little ones who are going to grow into teenagers and I love hearing the parenting stories. You have a bright outlook on life – love that.
    So great to meet you!

    • Annieb25 says:

      Thank you Jen for the lovely comment. It was so nice to stumble across you today via Tracy @ruddygood I have added you to my blog roll so I can visit your site and be inspired by you.

      You will find plenty of stories on my teenagers here – I doubt they’ll stop providing me with material any time soon.

  14. Julie-Ann says:

    The ups and downs of being a parent:( I’m so glad to hear things have worked out for you both:)

    • Annieb25 says:

      Thank you lovely. I think its a work in progress but at least it is heading in the right direction. I know you know just how special the love of a teenage son is. Lots of ups and downs for sure – but all worth it. xx

  15. Michael says:

    Why is Grape Nuts cereal called that, when it contains neither grapes, nor nuts?

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