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06/03/2013 at 19:03

and Hoggle - I've found camping quite helpful with back problems in the past!!! Well the sleeping on a hard surface seems to iron out the kinks for me anyway.  Enjoy, is so hard to get decent 'me time' sometimes but amazing the difference it makes when you do get it.  It seems like you have a great boss and it also sounds like you are well valued, hope you get some sleep this night (not sure if you are in bed at the mo or is it morning??)

06/03/2013 at 20:26
wow busy on here today
Anti-inflam tablets are better than topical stuff but NOT if you have any asthma! Don't want to cure one issue but gain another.
Money - I lived on fresh air when eldest was small and I bought my 1st house as a single mum (1997 for 44k) but now I am lucky to earn decent wages and live quite cheaply. We have an aldi in the nearest town for groceries and most kids activities are a pound or two. OK I don't have enough for designer clothes and exotic holidays but in comparison to you girls I know I have it easy. Hope things improve for everyone.
Hubbies - cant moan, after a few frogs I bagged a good'un. Not only does he build extensions, but when not doing that he cooks and doesn't mind looking after boys.
Training sessions - don't get nervous although I find normal reps boring so a sense of dread perhaps but our club run around the town so use hills to tempo up or laps of the estates for reps. Not sure when I last ran a set distance and timed it! Tangy - your reps sound like a strength if you are doing them so much faster than expected.
Tantrums - yep, I find the walk off and ignore approach works here too. If I try cajoling I get more frustrated and it just drags it on. Can imagine you dropping E off naked and hungry CM!!!! NOT!
06/03/2013 at 20:56
Nah I wouldn't have really, Camlo. Much! Well perhaps not. I was imagining maybe half an outfit with the rest in a bag. And v little breakfast.
06/03/2013 at 22:33
Hubby is 'camping' to help his back as we speak.....well he's on the floor in his sleeping bag anyway! He's on a list now to get injections in his back where the disc is prolapsed. Apparently they'll try that a few times before considering surgery. Anyone had that?

I worked out childcare costs for my 2 for a yr if I work 2 days a wk will be about ??7k. My ??2.5k of stored up vouchers from my old employers aren't going to last long!
06/03/2013 at 22:33
Why does a pound sign always turn into question marks??!
06/03/2013 at 22:46

Are they cortisone injections Caro? I have my specialist appointment tomorrow so will be interesting to see what he says. Very slight improvement in my foot movement which is positive but still such a lot of pain when standing walking and all the time by the end of the day - grrr!

Better day today, tired but glad I caught myself up a bit last night!

We have great camping mats and have spent a fair bit of time 'camping' on the floor recently too so don't think it will be a problem. More worried about sandflies!

When is London Marathon this year?

Oh and I know several of you eat Chia seeds - what are they, what do they do? Saw them in the supermarket and thought about getting some but then thought I should know their purpose rather than just telling hubby - the girls on RW all eat them!!

06/03/2013 at 23:00

Don't know if link will work as posting front phone, but give it a try.
06/03/2013 at 23:16

Ah, haven't been on for a little while but nice to see I've been name-checked today so clearly you haven't all forgotten me . Lotte, haven't done my half yet - it's on 7th April so still a few more weeks of training to go. Don't think there's much danger of a PB on this one as it's a bit undulating and there's a nasty hill around mile 11 but I've compared my long run times to when I was training for my last half (2 and half yrs ago) and I'm running about same speed so good to see I'm not slowing down in my old age yet ...

Can sympathise with the money woes although we're doing okay at the moment - nothing to spare of course but we're covering everything we need. With 3 kids to feed we find it impossible to do a weekly shop for less than £130 though and food prices do seem to be going up all the time.

Hoggle and CM - hope you're both off the bench soon and back to good health. And hope the physio works out for you Sonya, sounds like marathon training had been going really well too, typical of things to happen that way!

As for speed work, I always find the idea of it much worse than actually doing it, get quite a buzz after finishing a fast session but like others always worry about them beforehand. Did 8 x 150 on the dreadmill today which was fun as I find intervals always relieve dreadmill boredom.

So we're building up to the party of the century this weekend when Lily turns 10! She is having her party in a hall near us and we've invited the whole class (what have we let ourselves in for ). It's a disco party so we're planning lots of loud music, dancing, some games and quizzes, pizza, salad and cakes for tea. We've only ever had parties at home before so she is literally bursting with excitement! Can't believe my baby is going to be 10 though, so grown up. You should have seen hubby's face when he saw the outfit she chose to buy to wear to the party, it's a short black skort thing, tights and flimsy top with vest underneath. I get the feeling we'll be seeing that look a lot in years to come .

07/03/2013 at 08:01

wow - how exciting, karen. 10 too. sooo grown up

i don't find the sleeping on the floor thing so bad for my back - it's the in and out of tents and having to crouch down all the time. also all the putting up the tent / lugging things around / constantly having to move things / pack things up / pull things out. but if you have someone to help you, it's not so bad, i guess.

off to reading / london / hemel today and tomorrow. won't be back home till v late tomorrow - hate travelling back from hemel late on a friday!

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! 



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