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07/03/2013 at 09:02
Just made a bad bus choice. Took first one that arrived but which means I need to be at Waverley station in time for 9.30 train. Shoulda waited the five mins admittedly in mist and rain hence slightly unwilling but wld have got the no 4 which goes to haymarket and cld have picked up same train at 9.35. I'm never ever going to make it! Hells bells!
07/03/2013 at 10:01

Working from home this morning as Kit's  off school - again.  He has had about 6 days in total since Christmas; nothing at all in the autumn term.  Tonsillitis a couple of weeks ago, which I thought had come back as he has a really sore throat again but I think it's part of the cold he's now in the full throes of.  Problem with school is they just keep passing things back and forth to each other!

He had a lovely birthday though - thanks for mentioning CC!  We did a cinema party - took 9 boys to watch Wreck-It Ralph.  Quite stressful to organise as film times are not released until Thursday for the following week and of course they had completely changed from when we sent out the invitations.  Went from a morning screening to an afternoon one, luckily only one child could no longer make it.  Did McDonalds afterwards for Happy Meals and birthday cake.  We bought a big tub of pick'n'mix from Tesco and divided it amongst 9 paper bags for them, also one tub of popcorn which we divided between 9 paper cups.  Still not cheap though - probably cost us about £150 all in, including party bags etc. 

Karen, how exciting - 10 years old!  Teenage strops before you know it!  Well done on the training, not long now until the half.

TT, you are doing fantastically with your training - great splits!  Let's keep everything crossed for an injury-free build-up and race.

Not saying anything about my training as this usually jinxes it!

07/03/2013 at 15:17
Dammit, just dropped Max at nursery and driving to shop to get some food, for some reason huge wave of homesickness has come over me. Trying to compose myself before I go into shop. Hormones? Music on the radio? It's all a bit 80s and early 90s which mostly has good memories. I think I'm missing my parents, would like them to visit but my dad wound Mr TT up so badly when they came before that he snapped at him, not sure he's truly forgiven us yet. Bah!
07/03/2013 at 16:15
Oh TTid (()). Probably is hormones but also sad about your folks xxx
07/03/2013 at 16:54
Thanks CM, obviously nowhere near as sad as your situation with your folks (you seem to be doing so much better without them by the way, can't believe it's been over a year already), but I do feel awful that m and o are the only grandchildren on my side of the family and they have almost zero relationship with any of my family. My mum has started to skype once a week but she is not good at engaging with Max like Mr TT's mum does. I've pulled myself together now (must be something in the air at the moment, is it a full moon? We all seem to be having melt downs and grumping at our other halves at the moment!).
07/03/2013 at 17:00
TTid - it is sad for you but M and O have plenty of people who love them and they will not be short of positive role models throughout their childhood. I can't understand why grandparents don't make the effort with their grandchildren. Even just a benign presence would be enough for me! It is hard not to take it as a personal rejection too. And it is hard to be so far away from home too. Thinking of you xx

Off down to London on the train from Hemel now. Had a meeting in Reading earlie so have done Wales - Reading - Hemel - London today. Going to see the 40th anniversary concert of the Tallis singers in St. Paul's cathedral tonight. Looking forward to it!
07/03/2013 at 18:56

Boo to the home sickness TTid ((())). Christmas 2011 my parents came up to stay - dad had a vile cold, the weather was atrocious and we all drove each other nuts ... hubby was so rude about my parents (not to their faces though) and it was all quite unpleasant, he subsequently retracted it and the next time they stayed it worked out just fine. We all kind of agreed that the Christmas trip was hard for everyone!!! So I hope you manage to sort something.

Thats some full-on travelling CM, enjoy your concert though.  My dad is very excited, he's singing with a choir tomorrow evening down in Poole - they are doing the Sea Symphony by Vaughn Williams (have just googled it on Youtube to see what it is!!).

Wow to a 10-year-old Karen, comes round so quick!  LOL at hubbys comments re the clothing though - yes, many many years of that to come, especially with three girls!!!

Agree that the thinking about the speedwork is always much worse than the actual reality and I LOVE that feeling afterwards when you've worked so hard.

Crazy day here - helped out with Js class this morning. They are doing a thing called Forest School, run by local environmental outfit here called Wild Things. Is fab though, out all morning up in our community woodland, playing outdoor games and learning about the habitat. So that was me busy 9-12.30. Weather pretty vile - dreich - cold, drizzly, misty, breezy ALL DAY but kids all well togged up.  Just about time to get back and clear up before back to school for pick-ups and ballet.

No run today - thought I'd better have a rest day as just done 4 days in a row and don't want to break something else ... hills planned for tomorrow though after work

My kids have just hoovered up plain old roast chicken with veg and new potatoes - forgotten how much they love that and sooooooo easy!

07/03/2013 at 18:59

Minks - that sounds like great party for Kit but what a nightmare about the showings, although is same here. Good idea re the sweets otherwise that gets sooooo expensive.  Scarlett has just done 8 invitations to friends for a small party in a couple of weeks. Two hours here so will be some games and some crafty stuff, I thought they could all make princess crown type things - sticking and the obligatory glitter - eek - as she just loves her arty stuff.  And apparently I'm to be making a ballerina fairy cake - OMG, wish me luck with that one!!

07/03/2013 at 19:00

and yes CM, am with you on the crawling around in the tent, box lugging etc, have done plenty of that solo with the kids. Just been looking at some sites up on the NW coast for a couple of days at Easter if the weather is not too vile. Would so love to get up near Ullapool area.

07/03/2013 at 19:44

Sorry CC but a ballerina fairy cake - hahaha!! That sounds lie a nightmare!!

Belated Happy birthday to Kit - that sounds like a fun party Minks and what a pain re. screening times!!

Specialist this morning - please let him be a helpful one!! Then camping later this afternoon - really really looking forward to it! We desperately need some time away from the world together!

Hugs Ttid. It is hard being so far from home (although I didn't do it for long with a baby and that must be really tough. Luckily for us we have left the horrible Grandarent on the otehrside of the world and have the doting versions here. Still find it incredible that MIL has not sent a single card or anything to Matilda (2 Christmas' and a 1st birthday). EVery now and then I get really tempted to write a horrible email - commonsense always prevails though!

07/03/2013 at 20:34

thinking a printed cake topper may be in order rather than making an actual cake in the shape of a ballerina CC?

Birthdays are soooooo expensive which is why Tom only had 2 friends to the wrestling as his 1D tickets, travel and hotel prob cost about £200. Minks yoou were very brave having that many boys to entertain/ watch! Karen- 10 is cool, wait until you hit puberty (glad I have 3 boys and not 3 girls)..... eek!

Homesickness-must be awful Ttid, guess skype is only good if used often enough? Your hormones may also be making you a little fragile. Big Hugs xxx

EF- hope you got to work OK!

LSR planned today so set off determined to keep pace down on a little country road I hadnt been along before..... was so hilly i was either walking uphill or free falling down hill the whole time. NO chance of going too fast as felt crap and knees were killing by the end- 17 miles in a grand 3.5 hours!!!!! Practically fell through the door in need of hot food and a shower to find the electrician had just removed the fuse box.... swift diversion to sis' house! 



07/03/2013 at 20:45

Job done though Camlo - well done .  At least London is almost totally flat - will feel a breeze after all those hills when you get there

Agree Skype is a fantastic tool - we were Skyping my parents tonight ... mum showed us her latest efforts from her art class, dad read the kids a story while I was sorting tea and I was able to join in conversation in the background yelling from kitchen. It's not quite the same but it is so nice to actually 'see' the person you are talking too. I thought I'd hate it but definitely helps, and my parents have totally embraced it. And it doesn't cost which means hubby can speak to his sister and her family in Alabama as well as rest of his family in UK.

07/03/2013 at 21:15
Yay well done Camlo on the 17 miler, good job lady!!!
Hope the homesickness didn't last Turbo, not nice, big hugs (((()))
Enjoy the concert CM
Hoggle- hope the specialist gave some positive news and enjoy your wee camping trip.
Same weather here today CC, yuk. That's good helping out at J's school all morning, very good for the kids to be outdoors. Hmmmmmmmm yes good luck on the cake decorating duties!!!!
Caro- dunno why pound signs turn into ?????, very annoying eh!
I eat chai seeds on ma breakfast!
Glad K had a nice birthday though Minks.
Good luck with 10th birthday prep Karen
Well good news I have at last got a new job, whoop whoop. Had an interview for surgical high dependency unit in raigmore hospital today & they phoned this afternoon to say I got it, yay, so pleased! Same hours & shifts as this job & journey time much about the same but it's a better road with some dual carriageway so hopefully slightly quicker. My friend came over & we drank some sparkly this afternoon. I made a lovely collage of photos of snapfish of us and the kids of the last few years for her as they go in 2.5 wks so I gave that to her & we both cried a bit
07/03/2013 at 21:43
RF great about the job but does that mean you didn't get the practice nurse post?
weather is also crappy here - not so cold as in Scot though! CC forest school is a fab idea but alas only available to kids needing comp education here and not mainstream kids.
07/03/2013 at 21:47
Fab news on the job RF well done you.

My Nat has finally decided what she wants to be after many yrs of indecision. Has decided she wants to b a forensic psychiatrist. So now has to get 5 A's in her highers in May, sit a UK clinical aptitude test in the summer just to b able to apply to med school, then get a crash higher in Chemistry plus 2 advanced highers in 6th yr, get into med school + do 5yrs there then 2yrs foundation training then 6yrs training in forensic psychiatry then she can apply to b a consultant psychiatrist aged 31. Likes making things easy on herself :S
07/03/2013 at 22:01
They have a forest nursery near my friend in Perthshire but only really within the grasp of the very very well off, my friend is a headteacher + her husband a very successful IT consultant so not short of A bob or 2 but was even outwith their budget to send their kids to. Have done a few childminding courses with the woman who runs the forest nursery + she is fab + the nursery is amazing, just a shame it's not the norm.
07/03/2013 at 22:02

RF - that's fantastic news

Camlo - the kids don't get it as standard part of the curriculum ... that would be fantastic, but money raised by school (parent fundraising group) during the year pays for them to get it at P2 and P4 level.

TT - sounds just like my friends 15-year-old who has just decided she wants to be a criminal psychologist - so similar thinking obviously!!

Just found out that my car is going to cost c. £1200 to sort out ... needs new double-fly-wheel & clutch , and of course, it's tax runs out next month too ... la la la ... know where hubbys bonus will be going then don't we? But somehow despite that it passed it's MOT - how does that work?

07/03/2013 at 22:06

This is not a Forest School as such, is just that they run 'forest school' sessions for schools along with a whole load of other stuff, so not a nursery or the like.  They do holidays clubs etc too. they are a charity and recently got a lottery grant so they can expand and do seashore school stuff too. They are actually based in my village in a tiny little shed-like office!!

07/03/2013 at 22:26

I know a bit about forest schools, as I've looked at it a little with a thought to tying it in with my Mountain Leader qualification etc and doing something with it, but like you say, a screaming fortune. This lot to Woodland Activity Leader courses which I am kind of assuming are the same type of thing ... can see why you head isn't too keen!

Edited: 07/03/2013 at 22:26
07/03/2013 at 22:28

Their stuff is based on John Muir Trust  and they are heavily tied with with Trees for Life (which funnily enough has an office at the Findhorn Foundation ... can you see a theme here?).

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