Lordy, Podds, what's a networking meeting? They give you time to network? Whatever happened to just talking to people?
JFF, didn't know you had a wonky knee, but knees is difficult joints all round I guess. Glad it looks like it will disappear on its own.
Sluggie, hadn't realised you had to stop taking the NSAIDS. That must be pretty tough so they had bliddy well not cancel at the last minute!
I don't know much about the tablet/laptop thing, but a tablet can be fairly versatile (you can surf the net, use it as a kindle, get digital subscriptions to magazines on it etc) and if you get a Windows 8 tablet, it will run Microsoft Office. However, if you are used to a laptop, you will probably find the interface with the tablet awkward, since you have to touch the icon on the screen to make it do things. This isn't bad if you're just using the net, reading books and papers etc, but for real work like word processing it is pretty lumpy because you have to go back and forth between the keyboard and the screen; and while you can get a reasonably-sized 'virtual' keyboard on the tablet if you turn it sideways, there are of course no keys and it isn't that easy to type on for anything other than short messages. You can solve some of this if you get an external keyboard for the tablet, which allows you to prop the tablet up (they make natty little folding covers that convert into stands you can lean the tablet against) and use it as a computer screen while you type on the keyboard, and that works pretty well. But the tablet is definitely more limited than a laptop, so think quite carefully and specifically about what you want the computer to do and make sure the tablet can do it all. It may well be able to (depending on what you want) but try one out a bit before you decide.
FWIW I got my iPad to take when we went to see C1 in Oz: I carried just that and a small keyboard, and it was fine for 3 weeks. I could do email, surf the net, keep a diary of what we did, etc. It would never work for me as an actual long term replacement for the laptop, with its bigger screen, larger memory, and keyboard interface, but that's not to say it wouldn't work for you. It depends on what you want to do.
Kieran, hooray for Mrs K! And for you too. Great that you can share this
((((JFF's knee)))) Well done on your 4 miles, hope it means things are healing. Do you know why hills set things off? They cause problems for my anterior tibialis, but the fizzy said they would so no surprise. But you don't normally have knee issues, do you?
Yums, I think a Dutch oven is kind of like a slow cooker: very low heat and for a long time. Don't think anyone in Holland ever heard of one! And I concur in the general view: helping people is good, but if you have become the Buddha Bus Service, something is wrong. Saying no is quite hard to do, but healthier for everyone in the long run. And bliddy well done on that 10 k! xxx
Daffs, hope you feel better today. Grumpy is not your natural line of country. And sorry to hear that Bypass Man now has other problems, but he must have been so glad to have you with him.
Amandax, sounds like a great weekend from every point of view!
Podds, how do you come to be teaching an Italian class? Thought you rather had your hands full with other things Good news from the fizzy about the knee (really a tribute to your determination, I guess). He's the one to listen to. And good for you for taking a step back with the RGT. After a time people take things for granted and it's good for everyone, and the organisation, to rebalance. Oh, and good luck with the staff report; a drag, but a necessity.
Pippi, loved your pud. I enjoy making them, but none of us eat them, so I have to settle for reading recipes. But....haggis crostini??? That's a little TOO fused for me!
(((((Tubs))))Glad you've got a date for the op. It sounds terrifying, but at least you won't know what's going on, and hopefully it will help a lot. xxx
Sluggie, antiseptic showers don't sound like much fun, but it will deffo be worth it. The Leaf sing, on the other hand, sounded like HUGE fun, hope you can do it all next year. And glad SM is branching out from The Friend a bit; will make her a bit less vulnerable emotionally. xxx
DL, must be a bit odd without FC 3, even if he wasn't very communicative. But a little time off will be good too.
Busy times here. Spent Friday baking for Saturday's big Phoenix Booksale (also involves tom bola, jam stall, cakes and coffee stall etc etc---anything to make money) to raise money for the animal rescue here. They raised over 14,000 Euros, which is great. Loads of people knew Monty (he's been through their hands twice now) so he had lots of friends, and Mr C was very proud of him
Now starting to get organised here for the winter: Mr C cutting things back in the garden, me trying to get the house settled. We've had a fantastic Indian summer---it was 26 and 27 C at the weekend---but tomorrow we fall off the cliff and it will be 15 C. Probably about time.
It's the season for cèpes (big wild mushrooms); locals gather them in the woods, and two kind neighbours have between them given us about 3 kg, which I have dried so we can enjoy them all winter. This morning in the market I saw they were selling for 20 euros per kilo...!!!
Hope you are all safe, with the storm passing over Blighty today. In the flatlands the Dijkwacht ('dike watch', the teams of specially-trained people all over the country who patrol the dikes to check the water isn't getting too high and there are no breaches) is on standby. Take care, all of you! xxx
Dog, read back 3 days and it's taken 45 mins! And Mr C is going to want to go to the market soon, but I'll make a start...
(((((Snaily)))) It's a crap time, no way around it. Vibrating between pity/guilt on the one hand and anger on the other is normal (for everyone). But Spence is right: you did all you could to save this relationship, and it just isn't working for you any more. Shame your friends are having problems at the same time. Fingers crossed you get the house back this weekend so you can have your own home at last. Think of Sluggie's wise words and keep paddling. xxxxx
Spence, you are a noodle! Tough course on your own, you finish within 1 minute of your target time, and you're disappointed??? You did GREAT, so quit beating yourself up. (Or you may be beating up the water bottle, I'm not sure---did you really put it in the wine cooler as punishment?
Oops, Mr C is making those 'No hurry but I'm ready when you are' noises which are totally deceptive, as we both know! Back later.
Waayhaay, DL, that's a result! Your ears have been saved, the phone works, and best of all you best the system Infuriating that the social worker cancelled at the last minute. She's probably horrendously overworked, and had a series of crises, but it still means you took the day off for nothing. Was she going to talk about the return of FC3 to his family?
Sounds like the WAISter lunches today were not inspiring, to put it no higher Hope you all had lurvely dinners to make up for it
Westie, your chugging is coming along fine. How many of your friends (not Scott's friends---yours) are doing 15 k per week? Have a great time with Scott this weekend and come back with a full report!
Hi, NR, and welcome. Sounds like you've done really well, coming back from the cancer, dumping the weight and getting back to running. Hats off to you! No one here is what you might call, um, normal, but we're very friendly so come right in and pull up a chair and make yourself at home!
Where's Noggie these days? And Yums? I hope Mrs Dawg is recovering quickly. And when is Tubs having the op on her eyes??
Managed to find friends eventually yesterday (had to ring from a laybe because the entrance to their place was not just hard to spot, it was totally invisible!) and had a great time putting the world to rights. Today lunch for six at home, everyone got on really well so all very enjoyable. Rain, wind and mist here today, very autumnal, but 26 C predicted for Saturday. Go figure.