Posted: 22/02/2014 at 09:35
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!