"he seems to think that I should sit at home waiting until he is bored enough to want to take me out" Oh yes, that sounds familiar! Hope you get your rules well and truly grounded, Sluggie. This is a hardy perennial
MC, he will for sure be dirty, and quite possibly wet, but he may be startlingly cheerful and proud of himself. And ravenous. You can count on ravenous
Podds, with the hours you work, plus the tri club, plus the hounds, plus the training and THEN 86 hilly miles, you really must be whacked!! Amazing you could get up the energy to post. Hope you've been doing sweet FA this evening. You do want to stay alive through all this, you know!
Busy day, Yums. But it will mean a lot to your ma to have you and the lads round. Had a quick look at the Union Customs Code, just out of curiosity. When I read that the aims were 'simplicity, service and speed' my heart sank. Then I saw that "there is a need to develop new IT systems or upgrade existing ones in order to fully implement the legal requirements|" and I realised you had the red screen of death there! Go to work armed with a hip flask of gin, is my advice!
As packed as I can get til tomorrow morning so I'm off to bed. See y'all on the flip side. Happy Mondays! xx
Oh WELL DONE DAFFERS!! Not just on the swembling and spinning but on a flat wall! Hope you did order a takeaway and did NOT do any washing up----you'd earned a rest!
(((MC))) Mums always worry about them a bit, no matter how old they are. But I clearly remember a school trip of one of the Chuglets at the age of about 14. At school at 0600 for them to board the buses and there were sniffles and waves and surreptitious tear and anxious mummy faces....until the moment the last bus trundled around the corner out of sight and one mum literally leapt into the air, threw up her arms and yelled, ''WOOOHOOO, I'M FREEEE!!!!' No more tears
Yums, lovely news about Dave. He's landed on his feet for sure. And good luck for the new EU legislation. Um....do I want to ask what it is? Maybe doesn't matter cos the implementation of ANY legislation is a royal pain for those on the firing line. How is your mum doing? This time is the worst, I think, when everything is 'over' but the world is still so empty and the pain is still so sharp. xx
Melds, I am awed. Only you could bake a cake whilst trapped under a giant ginger monster Hope you're enjoying a bit of time away from the coal face, but now you must need it.
Sluggie, welcome home! Sounds like a great time, with convivial people and quizzes at which you know you can slaughter everyone else A break really does everyone good. But bit unsettling there with SM. It's difficult when they are still making their own decisions ('don't need a carer') but don't really grasp the full implications (i.e. carer won't come). I'm sure that if SM really did need anything someone would have let you know, but it isn't easy when her own communication is increasingly unreliable. Thinking of you in all this. xx
Fab day yesterday for Mr C's birthday. Started at C1's place to give Mr C his presents---heavily weighted this year toward a) Johan Cruiff and b) Feijenoord (Rotterdam football club that is a hereditary religion in his family and has just won the cup here in NL). Then a long chatty lunch at a new place in town followed by a visit to the Bredius Museeum--never been there, magnificent private house owned by late 19th century art expert which is now laid out as he would have had it (e.g. table laid for lunch when the Queen came!!) and with these fabulously beautiful paintings (including a Rembrandt) on all the walls. Huge fun. Mr C and I nipped home then to take Monty out, then back in for fab Indonesian rijsstaffal for dinner---Mr C's fave, they serve eight or nine small dishes of various things and you eat a bit of this and a bit of that and compare notes.... Goes on for hours, very sociable. I think C1 should give up the law and become a full-time party organiser!
Today is washing, cleaning and packing for the drive to France tomorrow. But we'll be back in 4 weeks and C3 is living here so really just a weekly clean. Once in France, this long winter will officially be over (whatever the temperature) so time to try to claw back some fitness. Count on my doing a lot of whining and bitching in here
Awww, Podds, you're really in the wars at work these days, aren't you? Any luck in the search for an alternative source of income?
JFF, a whole morning sitting in on a conference call? A real party animal, you! (I used to keep a piece of cross-stitch work in my desk to while away the hours as I listened....) And great the the Littl'un is getting to take Ned out. He won't be half proud of himself!
Trying to update the maps in the car GPS as we are off to France on Monday. I've been sitting on this job for 18 months, and having just spent 20 minutes trying to locate the vehicle identification number, which will allow me to apply on-line for the code, which I will somehow have to fill in (dog knows how!) to make the first of 4 CD's start doing whatever it's meant to do.... I may be here for some while......
Oooh, DL, have a brilliant time! Sounds like a bit of laid-back down-home relaxation is in order after your having 'spoken truth to power' yesterday. Good for you, BTW: got no time bosses who expect to lord it over other people who are working harder than they are!
Daffs, nobly swum! And I reckon 15 minutes for half a km is not bad going at all (I certainly couldn't do it!) Hope you got a LITTLE bit spoilt for your birthday!
JFF, love the sound of Ned. After his limited life up to now he must be having a fabulous time with you all! And I think a lot of energetic dogs do find chugging a more comfortable pace than walking. Monty is like a demented ping-pong ball sometimes when we walk, but he'll trot along happily if I can keep up with him I also know the feeling of being pulled over, but Ned will get better at that, and it can be very companionable to run with a dog: like on your own, you can let your thoughts wander; but you're a lot safer than if you were really on your own.
Melds, 5 days away from the coal face! Excellent stuff.
Podds, know what you mean about the early walks. Mr C always takes Monty out for a good 30 minutes first thing. (He doesn't like animals, you understand, but just TRY to suggest that someone else take Monty out? No way! ) I take him for an hour or more in the afternoons, and he gets a short outing in the evening. Breaks up the day for him too. BTW, he has learnt to do his puzzle, and he is an absolute hoot with it. I'll put a link to a short video on our FB page, if you want to see him in action!
Back to the early 15th century, I have 2 days to finish reading and making notes on this book before I have to return it----and unfortunately it's really, really good, so good that I have to make notes on the footnotes, so I'd best get back to it!