Oh, HOORAY!!! Excellent news for FC, DL. Shame about the cold, but you can bet he's chuffed to bits nonetheless. And the question about a 'blindspot' is such a good example of a rather obscure word that many people might not know. Anyway, hope you celebrate in style this weekend.
I'm sat in C1's flat waiting for the plumbers. The poor girl has no heating and no hot water. The system has never worked properly, and this appointment was arranged a week ago but last night it packed up altogether. I suppose it's better this way than if, on the day they were going to come, it suddenly started behaving. Hope they can fix it without too much bother. Teething troubles of new systems, I guess.
Lovely lunch with FP and Peter yesterday. They had a bit of a fiddle getting to Leiden as there had been an accident on the trains and they were delayed, but we met up in good order and had a lovely natter. Such fun to meet her for real, having known her for ten years!
Only other news of note is that my orthotics will be ready Tuesday. I expect shortly to be dancing an Irish jig (or at least having a decent walk, and later on perhaps a little chug)
DL, good luck to FC today! Let us know how she goes.
MC, exam marking is such a drag! And when they are only mock exams, it's even harder. But on the other hand, the mocks are the ones where the kids can really learn from their mistakes and hopefully do better on the real ones. Hats off to you.
Sluggie, you are good to do so many cards. I haven't even started thinking about them. But DO stay warm. This cold snap is really a hard one, I gather the wind has come from the north pole or the Russian steppes or something. BTW I went to a pod nearer home, rather than Jos; just couldn't be bothered to go all the way across town. She confirmed, incidentally, that the diagnosis I got from the fizzy was wrong: I'd worked that out for myself, which is why I didn't go back there when the problem returned!!
Meldy, why not set off the value of your wasted time against the bill when they finally show up? At least they would have to do the legwork to get it sorted (unless you think they would cut you off, of course, that wouldn't be very good!).
We are waiting for 7 tons of gravel to be delivered. It will be trickled up the drive by the lorry when they deliver it and Mr C and I are supposed to spread it. Hope they get here soon because I am --- wait for this--- having lunch in Leiden with none other than the beautiful FP!!! And I would like to be able to help Mr C some with what is a pretty heavy job before I go.
'Lo all. Cold in these parts too tho it's warmed up now to about 6 C, after 48 hours of hard frost at night and barely above freezing days. Frost on the canals, maniacs up in the north going nuts wanting to skate on natural ice---but it wasn't quite thick enough. Twas the coldest late November for 20 years, tho, so maybe we will have an Elfstedentocht this year!
Melds, that's a lucky thing with the meters---an unearthed electric line is no joke! How's the FGO dealing with the cold? Rugged up and inside, I guess?
Pippi, weekend sounds lovely. There is such satisfaction when, having lived through the horrors of adolescence, you find your kids have turned out to be quite nice people after all! C1 and I went to Cologne about 4 years ago for the Christmas markets, and had a blast. You must be very proud of Pipette, she's motoring on all fronts these days.
Sluggie, I like your idea of cat-as-lap-warmer! (Especially in the happy knowledge that there will be no interruption of service when you move house Do your cats stay inside all the time, or do they go in and out?
DL, fingers very crossed for FC tomorrow. As you said, this kind of thing may well be quite remote from her automatic cultural expectations, so full marks and more to her for sticking with it. It's the kind of moment that often determines whether someone is going to really move into the mainstream, or remain in a cultural siding. With your support FC will get through this, and will be justly proud of herself when she does!
Des, I am full of admiration----you are totally back on the wagon already. A cold 5 k first thing gets extra gold stars in my book!
JFF, love the idea of the 'puppy' trying to be a lapdog But it can be quite scary when they forget about traffic----Monty is still a bit prone to that, so I ALWAYS have him on the lead if we are anywhere near a road.
After years of resistance, I caved yesterday and went to the podoloog (not a podiatrist, but the person who prescribes orthotics?). Nice lady, typically Dutch: very kind, very practical, very professional. Said my feet are very flexible and rather collapsed, so they roll outward with every step and all the muscles on the outer sides of my legs are overloaded---a matter of foot structure, not musculature, so she thinks orthotics will help. I'll pick them up on Tuesday. Hope they work, I'm fed up with hurting every step.
Other big news: sitting room carpet was cleaned today What a difference! We've rented a steam cleaner and done it ourselves a few times in the last five years, but there's no doubt that professionals do it better!
Excellent news on the kitties, Sluggie! Hope your vendors can move quickly now so you can get the move behind you. I am in awe of you, having actually FINISHED your cards---I haven't even started thinking about mine
Des, some good going there! Enjoy Scotland, it's the best!
Yums, interviews can be real purgatory when you're starting out with them. Is there anyone you know that could give him a sort of trial run? I did this for kids at the British School here, just so they could get used to doing it and get some feedback. Might help . What a shame the Buddhist group isn't working out: it was a real oasis of calm for you. But you do need time for a lie too. Perhaps another one will open up that's closer and more appealing. No harm in hoping...
JFF, really hope Mr. FF gets the appointment soon. Waiting is the worst. xx
DL, well done on surviving OFSTED. Hope FC mangaes to get get through the exam next time. That kind of thing can really knock their confidence.
Sue, your mojo NEVER strays far from home. I've always admired how well-trained it is!
Podds, three cheers for your valiant blood donors! I never knew that there was a system for emergency blood donation by dogs!! Clearly, it s a lifesaver, literally.
MC, glad you're getting checked out. This is a very draining period for you, with your work, and the family, and the concern about your mum. Great news that the chemo is working for her, and that she is continuing to live the life she wants to through it all. Hats off to her!
Sorry for being so inconsistent about attendance. It's because a) I still feel pretty low-energy after that flu (so does C3, so I'm not just being a buzz!) and b) I'm waiting to go see the podoloog tomorrow (what do you call someone who makes orthotics?). Something still not right in my lower leg so it's uncomfy to walk more than about half a mile. I've waited for a year for it to get well, and it hasn't, so I'm going to see if they can do something.
'Lo, chaps. Cringing apologies, haven't read back and probably won't til Sunday but wanted to give a sign of life. Which is all it will be. Since after Mr C's escapade last week, first me, then C3, went down like a ton of bricks under the assault of the most horrible stomach lurgy ever invented. (That's gastro-enteritis to you, Sluggie.) It started at 10 pm last Sunday night; by 2 pm the next day, having been sick every hour on the hour. Mr C carted me off to the duty doc who gave me a box of beautiful, beautiful little pills that stopped the nausea and vomiting. So I slept instead. For 26 hours, then up for 2 hours, back to sleep for another 24, up for 2 hours, back to sleep for 14 hours....but by now C3 was having a crap time, so I got up every few hours and sleep-walked to see if he was surviving. By Wednesday night we were both downstairs for a few hours, and we've been climbing out of the hole gradually since. I'm actually starting to feel somewhat better now, but still very tired.
So the moral of this is: a) I still love you all but wouldn't want to give this barsteward virus to you, even virtually and b) WASH YOUR HANDS. Really a lot. Really, really a lot! (Apparently it's all over, loads of people get it, so all you can do is avoid crowds and wash your hands!)
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Daffs, if it's been getting on top of you for a while, it's very wise to see the doctor. There may be a physical reason, or you might just need some support. Why do we all think we have to be superwoman? ((((Daffs))))
Yums, this is one of the hardest times, when you feel pulled to bits between olds that need you, and youngs that need you, and YOU that needs a bit of time and space to survive. Do what you can 9remembering to include yourself in the time and energy allocation), and don't beat yourself up. The others all know you love them, and you're doing your best. Heck, sometimes when we really CAN'T manage, someone else even steps in and does something
((((JFF))) Big markers like holidays and family events make one experience a loss all over again. Thinking of you.
Sluggie, hoping so much the flat goes through, and the cats are voted in! I'm sure you take very good care of them and there is no reason why anyone should object, so fingers very crossed. It would be good to have this all done and dusted, particularly if SM seems as if she may need more thought and attention in future.
Meldy. Meldy. Meldy. You have a cat and white furniture?? I mean....!!!
Sorry not to have been more attentive but time for me to go back to sleep now so will try to catch up in the next day or two. xxx