Good heavens, I look away for 36 hours and there's three screenfuls to read
Podds, loved the photos of the colour run. C2 did one last year and loved it---but apparently some of the colour was the wrong stuff and did NOT wash out! Some very annoyed people Hope the samples you have so painstakingly collected show that your boys are OK.
MC, that cold sounds horribly persistent. Maybe 10 miles in the rain gave the horrible little bacteria a new lease of life... Hope they depart pronto.
Daffs, 19 miles in a month is good going---as is being headhunted! What a very delicious feeling
Melds, I feel for the GPO, if you're off cuddling strange kitties that you see out the window! On the other hand, you HAVE put on the underfloor heating so you may be forgiven...
Westie, enjoy Portugal. Yep, the exchange rate is a shocker (to put it mildly---nearly 18% since the referendum, which if you have income in £ and outgoing in € ain't funny!) but when you're on holiday you might as well just ignore it and have a great time anyway
Pippi, you sound pretty speedy to me, even without training. If you ever decided to push for it, you'd definitely make good time. But then, there is life going on too....
Sue, you have become our official mountain climber---i love your descriptions.
Sluggie, MEGA CONGRATS! How very satisfying to have found a solid buyer so quickly. Now it's just a matter, as you said, of finding a flat. But hopefully there is enough on the market just now that you will find the right thing fairly easily. And it is faintly encouraging that the neurosurgeon thinks there is still a chance that the implant will do some good. Hope he's right!!!
DL, NOW look what you've done----you'll have to do that half surrounded by WAISters! That WILL be memorable! How's FC doing these days?
FarFar, I'm with you re FB. I belong to a couple of groups that I like, and I keep an eye out for things posted by personal friends, but most of what's on there isn't really worth the time it takes to read. And I bet that trip away did you a lot of good: your job always seems so relentless.
Spence, that was a fantabulous half!! No wonder you're chuffed---and no wonder you're dying to shave off another 2 minutes and get a sub-2! Well, you'll do it, for sure. But don't stop coming in here altogether, will you?
Personally I think FB and WAISters are quite different places. FB feels very public, so I wouldn't post anything personal there. WAISter 'feels' personal---which is odd, because I guess anyone can read what we put on here. But because we've all known each other so well for 10 years-isn, it somehow feels like a safe place where we can talk about whatever we feel like talking about. Even this summer when I wasn't communicating with anyone not standing in front of me, it was good to know that you lot were here.
Beddy-buglets time here for sure, so sweet dreams all. xx
OK, there's no way to make an adequate excuse for not being around, just way too much going on. But so good to see everyone again!!
DL, that upgrade sounds wonderful. It happened to me only once, and like you, it was a time when I was only in the place to sleep so it was mainly wasted. But what's this about a persistent cough?? You know what you should do if Sluggie says.......
Pippi. I can easily imagine you effortlessly controlling a basketball game. Or an ice hockey match. Or a bull fight. Or anything, really Sounds like a bit of a long day for you, though. How Mr P doing these days?
Oooh, Daffs, go on, give it a real go this year! You'd probably break a 5 hour mara easily.
Podds, glad the new vet seems to be good news; when you were here you were trying to decide whether to switch, sounds like a good move. Some of those results are not quite what you want, but hopefully nothing too serious.
Belated Happy Birthday to Mr FarFar----hope you all had a great time.
MC, glad the antihistamines are working. Maybe you're allergic to the various pollens in the air in the autumn. Mr C is, and he's choking and spluttering with the best of them, but we've had rain today so he'll be fine tomorrow. Maybe some cleaner air will help you too?
Melds, 18 miles. Bliddy good going. Is another IM in prospect, or a mara?? And you aren't giving the GPO ANOTHER set of new shoes, surely? What a pampered boy, he's got more shoes than you have! (Of course,that may not mean much as he has double the number of feet too...
Sluggie, glad to hear SM is reasonably stable. It's not easy, but as long as she is safe and comfortable, there's probably not much else that can be done. And fingers crossed re the house! Hope you can get things going soon, now that you've decided.
I know it's not really grounds for delinquency, but here's my excuse. Extremely busy summer (between 16 June and 25 August, we had 8 nights without visitors---all very welcome, but no time over since they are on holiday and you want them to enjoy it, but you are ALSO trying to keep up with the cleaning, gardening, shopping, cooking etc, so no time to spare). Meanwhile C1 has bought a house: looked for a year, and in the end heard of, saw, and bought one all within an hour. Supposed to have been fully renovated when she took ownership on 25 August, but only now are the workmen finally finishing, so it's been a circus.... We were in NL first week of September and waited in for deliveries of furniture etc... Then all 5 of us went to Washington DC for a week. Mr C and I both turned 65 this year so the Chuglets got together and paid flights and hotel for all of us to go to Washington. Had a totally fantastic time, walked a million miles, saw everything (well, not everything, but as much as humanly possible in a week). Brilliant. Home to jet lag and tax returns, then back to France where I am now trying to catch up with everything I haven't been doing for the last 3 months. Including chugging, at least that was the theory, but just before we came down I tripped over a tree root when walking Monty in the woods and landed on hands and knees. I seem to have done something to the side of my knee, probably LCL. Hurts to walk, especially walking UP anything, and sideways motion hurts, but oddly a full squat feels fine. Not sure what to do---rest it? Use it? Hope for the best?
Anyway all is well here and I will try hard not to be AWOL again!!
(((((((Podds)))))) That is such a hard thing to do----but like everyone else said, you know you did what was best for Sharkey. When we take them on, we promise them that we will take care of them right to their last breath, and you did. As Sue said, there is no doubt a joyful (not to say goofy) welcome party being given by Lady Muck and Guttie. Starkey is a worthy addition to their august company.
Well done, Your Mildness! That was definitely a good swim result, especially if your back isn't quite right (what's that about?). Glad your holiday is at hand, though, even you must need it by now.
JFF, how good that the running group is so supportive, especially right now when life must be rather uphill a lot of the time.
Pippi, you and Mr. P are really epic walkers now. Are you leading a rambling group these days?
Daffs, the neighbours sound like they're just thoughtless; but why do they all have to socialise outside in the shared space so everyone has to listen?!? I guess that once it starts to get cold and wet, they are likely to move indoors, so maybe the problem will sort itself before too long?
Welcome Purple Green---wot everyone else said. Can you identify anything that helps you with the anxiety? I mean, if it helps to have other people around, you could see if there is a club near you with a beginners' section. If you are really uncomfortable being out by yourself, you could think about doing some or all of your training on a treadmill. Anyway, keep coming in here and let us know how you get on.
Sue, I saw the story about the dawgie on FB----so good to see a happy ending! Hooray for all the lovely Welsh people who made it happen
Sluggie, it does sound as if Sky is settling very well now. What a shame that she has 'issues' that suggest such an unhappy start to life; but I'm sure she will continue to relax as she starts to realise that she is really home now for good. xx
Hi, Becks, nice to meet you. Nobody is too slow, too fast, to new, too experienced, so come right in and make yourself at home. Sounds like you are keeping up with your training very well indeed.
Life lurches on here still. On Saturday morning dishwasher wouldn't finish draining. Mr C is carp with machinery, so I got the water out and had a look; nothing obviously wrong, but finally I realised there was no power. Mr C checked circuits and said they were all OK, so we concluded gloomily that something was wrong with the dishwasher, and made an appointment for the man to come. He did warn us that as it's over 11 years old it might not be worth repairing. When we got home it dawned on me that the electric cooker next to the dishwasher didn't have power either--??? So I made Mr C go and have another look, and he found a hidden fuse, tucked away behind the water heater. Once that was fixed, it all worked again. Hooray!
Just in time, as the next day C2 arrived with two friends. They are absolutely lovely people, really nice, really enthusiastic----they made dinner for us all tonight So a lovely time is being had by all, just not much time to do anything else!
JFF, you have my unbounded admiration for chugging in the heat! I don't know how you do it. Hats off to you, ma'am!
Podds, how delicious that the stupid and unappreciative Line Manager got to witness the floral tribute from a grateful colleague Revenge is even sweeter when delivered by fate Will look forward to your email.
DL, ANY holiday with a teen is a test of character. But Kent should be a good place, with enough interesting things to get her attention for a brief period every day And from what you've said, going on hols might not be something she has had much chance to do up to now. So I hope you all have a brilliant time.
Sluggie, glad you were able to help SM adapt to the heat. That's the kind of thing that tends to be forgotten when someone's focus is fading. And with you feeling the heat too, it must have been quite enough for one day. Your new choir sounds like fun. Modern music can be great to sing, and I have sung with a number of choirs that learn music by heart. It can be very rewarding. Let us know how you find it.
Sounds truly scorchio up there----it's been like that here too. On Tuesday it was 36 C in the shade at 7 pm, still 25 C at midnight. Nobody wanted to do ANYTHING. But cooler today, overcast and pleasant mid-20's so Monty and I have had a nice walk, just a couple of miles but a lot further than we've been able to go the last few days. However we took C3 to the airport early this morning to go back to the flatlands, and now we are missing him. No matter how big they get, they are always still your little ones!
But no time to repine: tomorrow I have to make about 25 lbs of apricot jam (my lovely greengrocer got me apricots de Roussillon which are apparently the ONLY kind to use for jam), and C2 will arrive on Sunday with 2 or 3 friends in tow so some forward thinking about food is in order....All good fun