Pip - you could try the "oh my gosh, did we forget to let you know?! So sorry, the baby was born days ago", followed by long silence and then cackling laughter. I bet they wouldn't phone again for an update!
CM - so sorry your boss s being such a pain. Hopefully the 3 months will go by reatively fast and you can then get started on the new job.
Beware CM, the first few times the epilator hurts. A lot. But then it gets easier and easier, and I now use my for legs, underarms and bikini line and it's fab. but you do have to get through the early stages...with gin, drugs, whatever it takes! Good news on your resignation, and always nice to know that you're appreciated and will be missed - even if it is too late!
My mum grew up near cheddar, so I remember wooky from TTs days, and we used to love it. I believe it's now much more commercialised, but haven't been there for years. Hubby and I went for a walk along cheddar gorge during part of our honeymoon though - hard to remember how young and carefree we were then!!
We have finally got our car back, and entertainingly (sort of!), it sounds as though they didn't really know what was wrong with it, and gave hubby the runaround on Saturday when he went down there to find out what they'd been doing, but have now re-booted the software which has fixed the problem! But the best news this evening was that they've decided to cover all the costs under warranty which is a huge relief (it's about a month out of warranty). One of those things you don't realise you've really been worrying about until it's sorted - especially when they'd been talking about replacing computer control panels at upwards of 1k!!
Ugh, we're having our hall, stairs and landing decorated. So far we've had all the paper stripped - before we went away - and this week the plasterers are about half way through. How and why does plaster dust get everywhere?!! It's hopeless with all the children as basically the whole house is out of action because you can't get between any rooms! Seems like they're on track though, so will hopefully finish on Friday and then only the painting to do...which will take about 3 weeks and will involve wet paint all over the house. What could possibly go wrong?
Caro - have you thought about going the other way with shoes? I have some merrell barefoot type shoes which I now wear for work and my feet are more comfortable than they've ever been, and I'm pretty much on my feet for 12 hours at work.
Someone asked about cars - Sonya? We love our Alhambra (I think the current problems are a computer glitch rather than an issue with the actual car) and would definitely recommend one. If you want 3 full size seats, which I'd definitely recommend with 3 small children, you're quite limited. My husband did all the looking as I'm not really too bothered about specifics as long as it does want we need, but I know he considered the vw sharan, the Alhambra and the s max. He discounted the ford as too expensive, and went backwards and forwards between the other 2 but eventually decided that the Alhambra was much better value for money and had some better features. Whatever you get I would say that sliding doors are an absolute revelation, and I would never go back to a family car without them - a huge plus when you're loading and unloading multiple small people!
I have been howling (quietly!) reading the last few pages! I'm in the no pants category - never seen the point of wearing cotton pants that will get sweaty and wet under technical fibre shorts which are designed to keep you dry and cool. Maybe also because I used to do a lot of cycling and would never wear pants under cycling shorts/tights as way too much chafing potential. I'm also in the trim and epilate camp, although like Tangy, I do have to think twice before taking the children swimming in the winter, and have had a few "oh well, hopefully we won't see anyone I know" moments when I've forgotten!
Thanks for your thoughts pages back. We went on the train so no weather concerns and got to Switzerland without any further mishap in our friends Alhambra. It was amazingly kind of them and we wouldn't have been able to go otherwise, so I'll need to do some wine shopping today and give the car a good clean before giving it back to them! We had a good holiday but Isabelle was really quite poorly and spent 3 days not able to do anything. I had taken the grand total of 2 calpol sachets with us as got rather distracted by the car dramas and forgot my usual check list of essentials, so I spent 3 days crushing up paracetamol and ibuprofen tablets and trying to get her to take them mixed with various things in order to get her temperature down - I'm sure I will now overpack children's medicines forever now! Anyway, she had 3 days of skiing and one lesson and enjoyed what she did, which is the main thing, and husband and I had a couple of days of sunny mountain time which was fab - we were sorely in need of a bit of relaxation and time together.
But wow, skiing is expensive, ,and if we didn't have somewhere to stay there's no way we'd go. I think we will have to have a serious conversation about whether it's something we want to keep doing, as with kit - either buying or hiring - for 3 of them, plus lessons and lift passes, it's a major major financial committment. Jury's out at the moment, but there were lots of very posh people in verbier when we skied over there for the day - hooray Henry's out in force!
EF - hope your return to work isn't too awful. I think the waiting is in some ways worse than the reality, and you'll slot back into it ok, but I know that going back part time is definitely easier than when I was full time so I empathise hugely. Hope you're not too cold - do you have an immersion heater for water?
Right, must go and sort out the house, which is utterly trashed - bags opened and stuff everywhere! Isabelle is at her swimming lesson and then they're going down to see what's happening with our car which has been at the garage while we've been away, so I had better make it look as thought I've been doing something useful!
I'm awake too CM. Hope you've managed to get back to sleep. Our alarm going off in 20 minutes and I think I've managed to sleep for about 2 hours. Just hope I haven't disturbed hubby too much as I'll need to have some sleep in the car before driving!