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11/01/2013 at 08:46

children and kids, spence, blimey

Ah daffy the coroporate is still our beloved Daffy the bohemian - hoorah

Spence, sounds to me as though a chat with the school might either set your mind at rest or perhaps draw their attention to the fact boy isn't happy about what is happening during maths

HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOUR ROYAL M......ELDYNESS  will there be cake ?

Candied peel, chuggs  small bits in cakes are ok but how does C2 eat them?

a bossy verb, Pippi? Sounds as though I need to be in your class at school  - could you give me some examples?

Love the sound of the fevver game, sluggy. Do you and MS play it too

Podds, whilst I agree that every kiddywink matters and deserve the best conditions to enable them to achieve their potential in exams, as you say, are we actually doing them any favours by seeming to legitamise their foibles and making allowances for them. As my counsellor chum suggested to me everytime Cush barks and lunges at another dog, we cross the road to avoid them so as far as she is concerned, it works because she believes she has 'seen them off' Not sure I explained that very well but you know what I mean!

Work is ok but I find myself having to brief solicitors and counsel on on the finer points of EU law (which I know little about) prior to going to tribunal- thankfully my boss is very good! Today is badminton with an acquaintence who has resurfaced and then being touched up by Dean - I'm such a tart


 *follows spence's example and strips off clothes but puts on dunce's hat*



11/01/2013 at 09:43

Getting this off my chest

Mother in law's house around the corner is rented to a young couple and their 2 kids. I've got to go round today to investigate why a light that "was working" but "is not working now". Under cross examination from Mrs XB, it seems that they haven't tried replacing the bulb. FFS.

This is what happens if you molly coddle children.

11/01/2013 at 09:47


Crumbs Daffs I did spark some philosophy - mind you if I'd known you were up at that time I'd have joined you for a chat as Sharkey had me up until 4am.........and then the alarm went off again at 6 

Mr P is taking me to the cinema for the first time in 22 years tonight................hope I now manage to stay awake!!

I'm quite tight with money I have to say - we've never been in debt bar the mortgage - the car is a hand me down from the outlaws, house is small 2 bed terrace, we rarely go on holiday, rarely have takeaway, eat out maybe 2 or 3 times a year usually Chrimbo parties and nothing else, don't drink much, don't smoke, most clothes from cheapo shops (Matalan, ASDA type place) - only real expense is the dogs but they actually cost very little and have a bank account which is healthier than mine and Mr P's  .............. if I lost my job tomorrow (heaven forbid) we could cope financially for some months but  I still worry about where the next month's salary instalment is coming from 

   Happy Birthday old and Mouldy one   

Yums - I know exactly what you mean re Cush and the road crossing and your chum is absolutely right!  It's the same principle as not fussing them when they are scared of storms / fireworks etc as in effect they are getting praise /reward for displaying behaviour you'd rather they didn't!


11/01/2013 at 09:52

Exactly XB - makes you wonder doesn't it?

Well to lighten all this mood a bit and in honour of the Mouldy one's special day here is a little story from yesterday

DH - Deputy Head

DH - Oh hi Podds, some of the pupils who sat the exam in room 24 have told me they were rather distracted...

Me - really? I wasn't aware of any issues and did check up on them regularly - what was the problem........

DH - apparently there's a large p*nis on the board directly above where the start and finish times were written...............

So off I toddle and sure enough there's a large p*nis on the board with next to it the message "Hello I'm Mr P*nis - if you feel brave enough you can suck me if you want......." (apologies for any offence)

Unfortunately it also took industrial strength cleaner to get if off the board!!

And these, my lovely WAISTers, are the children who hold our future in their hands.....

On that note I shall love you and leave you! 

11/01/2013 at 10:24

Whoa, the WAISters have gone radical! We have people advocating a totally non-capitalist way of life (how will you ever get the economy going again, Mr Cameron asks), upstanding running group leaders appearing dressed only in a party hat (oooer, missus!), and people working in school decorated with (what the students must think is pretty racy) porn**!  But first, the important business: 


Have a fab day and a great year! 

FWIW, I think today's 2 topics are related. I've lived on a pittance, and had a blast. (Most important rise EVER was the one where I had enough money so I could  pay 50 p. extra every week for a 'service wash', ie someone else would put my washing and drying through at the laundrette while I was at work. Total bliss!!) Life changes, with three kids, older rellies to look after and a determination not to be dependent on kids later. But I know I could live on very little if I had to, and I appreciate the things I have. People who never had that are missing something important. They totally miss the pleasure of making do, and the thrill of FINALLY getting something you've saved for. 

Which ties into the mollycoddling bit. Podds is SO RIGHT: it is NO kindness to kids to give them a totally unrealistic idea of how they fit into the world. I've seen such a lot of kids who really get whapped when they get into the real world, and don't understand what went wrong.  It's laziness and selfishness by parents and teachers, who don't want to deal with the rebellion and anger---but it's bunking off what they owe they kids. 

(Dusts soapbox and leaves out for next occupant.)

**Not that I mind good biology. Think I told that when the male Chuglets went off to uni I bought them several packs of condoms and checked that they knew how to use them. 'Don't be silly, mum' they said 'we learned on Percy.' Percy??? Turns out Percy the P'enis was a lifesize, purple model employed for these useful lessons. Must work, cos the teen pregnancy level here is very low 

And having succeeded in lowering the tone of this conversation through the floor, I shall go and do some washing!  Happy day all. 

11/01/2013 at 10:25

Oh, and to finish my cultural contribution, if you think your family photos are ouch-making, look at some of these:



11/01/2013 at 10:44

Percy the purple penis? Crikey! But oh dear Podds. Was it you who drew it?

Giggling at the dogs having a bigger bank account than you

Sorry Podds, was lying in bed all tired and waffly and couldn't stop once I'd started

*takes soap box and builds a useful cupboard out of it*

11/01/2013 at 10:51

*stumbles into room which was believed to be WAISTer lounge only to find it full of naked paople and artistic impressions of male genitalia*

*worries that it appears not only to be our futures that the young folk are holding in their hands - reaches for the sanitizer*


*wanders out again dazed and confused*

11/01/2013 at 10:53

Oh and Happy Birthday Meldy - have to say the old ways of celebrating with the Dutch ensemble was slightly classier than what seems to be on offer today 

11/01/2013 at 12:08


And no it wasn't me who drew it although we were all impressed that the writing was grammatically correct with perfect spelling which certainly narrows down the field somewhat at our place!!

If I had drawn it, it would have been much smaller 

chuggs - there are certainly some photos there that people are going to regret years down the line!

Edited: 11/01/2013 at 12:09
11/01/2013 at 13:59


Happy birthday Meldy 

LOL Podds, school standards are raising then if the spelling was correct 

What strange conversations going on today!  I worry about money, MrS is very good with money so I leave it to him.  But we have proven that we can survive on one wage having done so recently.  It was quite scary, but we did it.  Now we're on 2 wages we're throwing money into savings in case he is out of work again.  And we're still managing to decorate at the same time by doing eveything ourselves.  We could still spend a lot less though.

Chuggs what cringeworthy pics

##clears throat##

I only bleedin ran again!  I used the C25K app and it was so easy 3r/3w for 30mins.  in fact I could have done another round again but am a bit busy today, but next week i'll look to do 2 circuits of it.

HC in the cattery, shopping shopped, prescription picked up, car filled  up, B&Q done, cleaning done, running done, lunch done.  Now have to shower, iron and pack a few things for the weekend.

Looks like dodgy weather for the weekend in Stoke.  Not sure I'll get my 30min Janathon in but will try where I can.

Right better get moving again

11/01/2013 at 14:29


Happy Birthday Mouldy!

 and Happy Birthday to Amandax OH.

Podds, it seems to me that you are looking for an optimist who is good at english and biology...

Have a good weekend, Snaily, I hope theweekend goes well.

I will have a look at the photos Chuggy posted.


WAIST well xxx

11/01/2013 at 14:48
Slugsta wrote (see)

Podds, it seems to me that you are looking for an optimist who is good at english and biology..

 Good point !

11/01/2013 at 14:49

Hope all goes well in Stoke Snaily if I don't seem you before you go

11/01/2013 at 15:03

Here's today's common sense puzzler.

The two lights controlled by one switch in the back porch work fine. Then neither of them work. The switch has a fuse in it.

I'm no sparky but I managed to work it out in double quick time.

11/01/2013 at 15:17

Here's another for you. Who thinks I'm a mug?

Prudential House insurance, that's who. Last years premium £367. Renewal premium £672. Best available on Compare the Furry £185.

11/01/2013 at 16:56

Percy The Purple Penis

Nice bit of alliteration, wonder if I can use it at school !!

Well, I've come home to news from my old school mucker that there is to be a marathon and half marathon in the old home town of Shrewsbury in June

So I'm off to enter the half


M...eldy    pirate
11/01/2013 at 18:31

Evening all

I had a hurty head this morning 

11/01/2013 at 18:53
Spence wrote (see)

Well, I've come home to news from my old school mucker that there is to be a marathon and half marathon in the old home town of Shrewsbury in June

So I'm off to enter the half


You never know ...

Meldy! Is this the day you are going to see your friend the good cook?

but on a sadder note ...

Just learned our neighbour died yesterday. All feeling rather sad as he was a lovely man - used to give us home grown veg and fish he'd caught. He'd been in hospital since just before Christmas and we were just talking about him when his d-in-law called round to tell us.

11/01/2013 at 18:56

ahh Pippi, that's sad

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