Cheetahs In My Shoes

living with the imaginary menagerie and all that it entails

Highs & Lows of 2011


I’ve been tagged by Ben at Mutterings of a Fool in this meme about 2011.  It’s been (as ever in this house) somewhat of a rollercoaster year so, in the required format, here we go…

What was your happiest event?

Being on holiday as a family and realising that I was enjoying being with my children rather than just looking after/managing/transporting them.  Oh, and seeing the Cheetah Keeper’s sister being the most gorgeous bridesmaid for my sister.

What was the saddest thing to happen?

The grim realisation that 6 year old girls can be so very, very nasty to each other, often without understanding the implications of their words.

What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?

I was nominated to be an Olympic Torch Bearer in recognition for my work in trying to make our community a better place for everyone.

Who let you down?

OK, I shall name names.  Park Resorts for not honouring the contract we entered into for our holiday and several departments in the NHS.  Oh, and Royal Mail for losing one of the Cheetah Keeper’s sister’s Christmas presents.

Who supported you?

Family, dear, dear friends, the children, those I volunteer with, some departments in the NHS, my GP and the buyers at Tesco who now stock loads of cake making kit!

Tell us something you learned

How to blog and find my way around the bloggersphere – although there’s a lot more learning still to be done!

Tell us something that made you laugh

Oh that’s easy – the Cheetah Keeper and the imaginary menagerie

Tell us one thing that made you cry

The battle to get the Cheetah Keeper his medicine: the insensitivity, the ignorance, the errors, the inability to read numbers and the fact that money came before the health of my child.

Tell us 3 things your child did to make you proud

Right this is for both children so I’ll share out the honours:

Both of them for enduring their medical conditions and blood tests in such an amazingly good natured way.  I am so proud of them, their behaviour and general attitude about getting out there and doing ‘stuff’.

The Cheetah Keeper never ceases to amaze me, linguistically, with his imagination, his humour and his love.

The Cheetah Keeper’s sister makes me burst with pride with her generosity, thoughtfulness and her effort to be the best she possibly can at everything, even when it’s not the same ‘best’ as her peers.  She also handles the fact that she is almost a foot taller than most of her peers with amazingly good grace.

Tell us one thing that made you proud of yourself

Getting my first cake commission and the cake stall selling out of my cakes at the summer fair.

Tell us one challenge you overcame

I tried my first ever cup of coffee!  Is that a challenge?  Oh, and I used the ‘no’ word and didn’t become a parent governor or a member of the PTA.

Is there anything you would like to change about your life in 2012?

I would love this latest depression blip to go away and I’d like to get my concentration, motivation and general ooomph back.


I think I’m meant to tag people now but you know what, if you fancy taking part, then it’s YOU that’s tagged.

Author: Jenny

Life, photos and recipes mixed with family life, additional medical needs and a whole load of imaginary friends

6 thoughts on “Highs & Lows of 2011

  1. Do you I do like this meme, it’s actually a great way to find out about someone very quickly. Having only found your blog recently I now think I need to go and read some of your old posts! Thanks for joining in

  2. Wow what an amazing year. And to do it all whilst battling depression is remarkable. Hope you get to carry a torch, how wonderful to be nominated. Your kids sound wonderful too.

  3. A rollercoaster of a year for you and in spite of your own struggles you still offered support and kind words to those of us having bad days or other ongoing struggles even though we’ve never met. You should be very proud of yourself xx

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