Autumn organisation for slatterns old and new with support/advice and mugs of tea

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HalfMumHalfBiscuit Mon 01-Oct-12 09:38:02

I thought it was time for a new Autumnal thread for all slatterns.

This thread is welcome to all who like to write lists or have loads of jobs to get done or if you need a kick up the bum for motivation. Also good for support with relationships, random advice on moths and birthday cakes!

We welcome new slatterns, post your lists here.

Back in a sec with my list.

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Wed 05-Dec-12 16:39:05

Today

Remember work Panto this week - Thurs, and pay!
What are we having for tea????
Drop stuff off for school xmas fair

Ongoing list
DH & painter painting outside of house and windows ( I think they have given up now, front and back is done)
Pay accountant £20 why?
Get sofabed - delayed
Check life insurance policies
Buy pics of DD DONE need to pay
Nails for Mini *booked (2.30pm 14thDec)
Do accounts for accountant to do tax return

Christmas Preparation Zone
Xmas cards
Make Done some
Write done some
Post

Xmas decorations - put up
Xmas tree - DH to buy next weekend
Santa train - book

Xmas present organisation
Buy - bought some for DC's today
Wrap
Deliver
or Post! Cyprus ASAP

Xmas general organisation
Make Xmas food for gifts
Xmas stuff to do Panto/School Play/Xmas Fair

JKSLtd Wed 05-Dec-12 20:42:39

Ordered a bigger present from Boots for MIL (due to collect on Fri at some quiet moment...).

Had a crazy day with snow/sch bus silliness (DS2 went on a 1.5hr bus ride around town then came home again!)/DS1 going into school late/missing his play/late for orchestra Christmas lunch followed by SN Christmas party. Then got DS1 to wrap & label his presents to people.
DC in bed, I'm having a wine

Ongoing:
- family tree (scanning in old certs & photos & email contact); Dug out files to start again
- buy frames to hang on the wall & hang up as many photos as poss; need some sizes; get sizes into phone for TKMaxx trip
- lose weight! (From: 66kg; Target: 54kg); Scales said 54.3 woohoo
- sort wills; nudge DH to see what he wants to do
- clear out of the top of my desk
- kids photos albums; upload onto Snapfish; order printouts; put in albums. Step 1; sort all photos on iPhoto Doing
- try and sell unwanted light? eBay + other stuff?

Christmas:
- wrap DC presents; DS2 & DD DONE
- find out if younger brother might be coming; Still vague
- early Christmas with PIL prep; tidy spare room again; collect MILs present (Fri) & wrap; general tidy of chaos-pit
- get some crackers
- prob not doing present for DBro in Bermuda?
- presents for DH's Aunt Sanctuary stuff here & Uncle; to buy whisky
- presents for PIL; T-shirt for FIL & cosmetics for MIL; Bought & wrapped
- presents for DPs; DDad DONE; Mum?
- Nanny presents; money & DS1 choice of silly socks
- try and organise photos of DC for GPs Failed miserably, try again next year
- decorations; More done

SlatternismyChristmasname Wed 05-Dec-12 21:06:48

Ok, not as much done as I would like, but here goes

Take cat to vet again. - done
Take stuff out of tumble - done
Sort washing to be done. -done
Start wrapping
Grocery shop. - done
Amazon order (hopefully the last of my shopping). - done
Finish school Christmas cards
Start own Christmas cards
Finish putting Christmas decorations up
Tidy away all the boxes

Done another couple of hours of work tonight so hopefully only another hour or so to do and I'll be up to date. There is an awful lot of paperwork involved in working with children. Then it will be xmas card writing time. Hopefully wont miss posting dates again this year.

Minichristmas Thu 06-Dec-12 09:29:01

A Slattern Cheistmas List
Leave any prep to Christmas Eve
Buy all food ready made from anywhere, or invite yourself to friend/ reli
Anomaly: Get plenty booze in.
Throw up tree on Christmas Eve.
Do bugger all over the holiday.
Above all post NO cards

Now don't you feel a whole lot bettergrin
Polish halo

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Thu 06-Dec-12 09:43:16

Don't throw up on the tree eh mini?

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Thu 06-Dec-12 09:45:06

Posting dates for Organizoid xmas posting dates

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Thu 06-Dec-12 09:46:07

2nd Class 18th
1st Class 20th

SlatternismyChristmasname Thu 06-Dec-12 11:08:55

MiniChristmas - I would like to add to your slatterns' list

Sit on sofa inhaling chocolate whilst watching as much rubbish TV as possible
Visit the least amount of people that you can get away with
Eat leftovers for as long as possible so you don't have to actually make a meal

JKS - I am feeling your MIL present guilt. DH has seen the amount of pressies purchased by his sister for our family. She had told me that she was cutting down this year and so I cut down too. I now feel that I have to go and buy more.

I am going to hospital tomorrow for 'my treatment' as they euphamistically call it (it involves a needle and an eyeball!). Im not if I am going to be able to post for a few days - so goodluck with all your lists and hope you all feel better soon so you can enjoy the Christmas festivities grin.

JKSLtd Thu 06-Dec-12 12:11:19

When PIL came for one night last week they left a suitcase full of stuff as they weren't sure if they would fit everything in their car this weekend hmm
Do they drive a 2-seater sports car I hear you ask? Nope, a van-thing so FIl can fit all his band/guitar/amp/atuff in it. WTH are they bringing?!?!?!

And MIL spends the most time/thought on other people, it ups the stress on what to get her. I left it to DH last year (feeling all feminist like, you do your family, etc). He bought her a set of coasters hmm I rushed around printing out a fairly crappy collage of photos of the kids for her, I felt so bad. Thought I was all sorted this year but never got round to sorting studio photos and when the Aunt's present turned up in a huuuuge box I felt terrible. Hopefully I'll manage to sneak out and collect her BIG box of stuff from Boots over the weekend at some point.

Today:
- PIL here soon
- impose order on the chaos before they get here hmm:
need to try and sort the nativity scene out
try and put more lights/decs up
laundry
dw
spare room Sorted
DD nap Doing
lunch?
- sch runs
- DC tea & tidy up
- DC bath & bed
- me & DH aiming for Skyfall if he can leave work in time

Ongoing:
- family tree (scanning in old certs & photos & email contact); Dug out files to start again
- buy frames to hang on the wall & hang up as many photos as poss; need some sizes; get sizes into phone for TKMaxx trip
- lose weight! (From: 66kg; Target: 54kg); Scales said 54.3 woohoo
- sort wills; nudge DH to see what he wants to do
- clear out of the top of my desk
- kids photos albums; upload onto Snapfish; order printouts; put in albums. Step 1; sort all photos on iPhoto Doing
- try and sell unwanted light? eBay + other stuff?

Christmas:
- wrap DC presents; DS2 & DD DONE
- find out if younger brother might be coming; Still vague
- early Christmas with PIL prep; tidy spare room again DONE; collect MILs present (Fri) & wrap; general tidy of chaos-pit
- get some crackers
- prob not doing present for DBro in Bermuda?
- presents for DH's Aunt need to wrap & Uncle; dh needs to buy whisky
- presents for PIL; T-shirt for FIL DONE & cosmetics for MIL; collect fri/sat & wrap
- presents for DPs; DDad DONE; Mum?
- Nanny presents; money & DS1 choice of silly socks
- decorations; More done

JKSLtd Thu 06-Dec-12 16:31:29

I keep doing things that aren't even on the list!

(Oh and PIL, leaving as soon as they packed up the car...got here at 3pm. They live 2 hours away. again, I say, WTH have they packed?!?!)

Today:
- PIL here soon HERE
- impose order on the chaos before they get here :
need to try and sort the nativity scene out Not done
try and put more lights/decs up Nope
laundry DONE
dw DONE
spare room DONE
DD nap DONE
lunch DONE
cakes for DS2's sch fair DONE
- sch runs DONE

- DC tea & tidy up
- DC bath & bed
- me & DH aiming for Skyfall if he can leave work in time

Ongoing:
- family tree (scanning in old certs & photos & email contact); Dug out files to start again
- buy frames to hang on the wall & hang up as many photos as poss; need some sizes; get sizes into phone for TKMaxx trip
- lose weight! (From: 66kg; Target: 54kg); Scales said 54.3 woohoo
- sort wills; nudge DH to see what he wants to do
- clear out of the top of my desk
- kids photos albums; upload onto Snapfish; order printouts; put in albums. Step 1; sort all photos on iPhoto Doing
- try and sell unwanted light? eBay + other stuff?

Christmas:
- wrap DC presents; DS2 & DD DONE
- find out if younger brother might be coming; Still vague
- early Christmas with PIL prep; tidy spare room again DONE; collect MILs present (Fri) & wrap; general tidy of chaos-pit
- get some crackers
- prob not doing present for DBro in Bermuda?
- presents for DH's Aunt need to wrap & Uncle; dh needs to buy whisky
- presents for PIL; T-shirt for FIL DONE & cosmetics for MIL; collect fri/sat & wrap
- presents for DPs; DDad DONE; Mum?
- Nanny presents; money & DS1 choice of silly socks
- decorations; More done

Minichristmas Thu 06-Dec-12 16:42:39

Throwing up n the tree is part of Christmas fun HMHB.
JKS STAY CALM.

Minichristmas Thu 06-Dec-12 16:43:27

Good luck for treatment Slattern. Hope it goes well.

JKSLtd Fri 07-Dec-12 08:50:27

Mini - am trying... grin

Slept terribly, stomach cramps, frozen shoulder (ow) and general crap sleeper atm.
Awake from 4.30 waiting for ds2, oh the irony.

Fri:
- see DS1's sch play, yey (had to miss it due to snow on Wed)
- pop to swimming pool to book ds1's next term lessons
- pop to friends playgroup to collect BF helper phone (sigh)
- lunch & tidy kitchen
- DD nap
- try and sneak out to Boots to get MIL's present
- Christmas:
need to try and sort the nativity scene out
try and put more lights/decs up
more laundry
some DS1 wrapping
- go to DS2's sch with MIL to help setup for sch fair (remember cakes baked yesterday)
- DC tea, bath & bed
- our dinner & bed

Ongoing:
- family tree (scanning in old certs & photos & email contact); Dug out files to start again
- buy frames to hang on the wall & hang up as many photos as poss; need some sizes; get sizes into phone for TKMaxx trip
- lose weight! (From: 66kg; Target: 54kg); Scales said 54.3 woohoo
- sort wills; nudge DH to see what he wants to do
- clear out of the top of my desk
- kids photos albums; upload onto Snapfish; order printouts; put in albums. Step 1; sort all photos on iPhoto Doing
- try and sell unwanted light? eBay + other stuff?

Christmas:
- wrap DC presents; DS2 & DD DONE
- find out if younger brother might be coming; Still vague
- early Christmas with PIL prep; tidy spare room again DONE; collect MILs present (Fri) & wrap; general tidy of chaos-pit
- get some crackers
- prob not doing present for DBro in Bermuda?
- presents for DH's Aunt need to wrap & Uncle; dh needs to buy whisky
- presents for PIL; T-shirt for FIL DONE & cosmetics for MIL; collect fri/sat & wrap
- presents for DPs; DDad DONE; Mum?
- Nanny presents; money & DS1 choice of silly socks
- decorations; More done

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Fri 07-Dec-12 11:03:48

just deleted massive post aaargh

JKSLtd Fri 07-Dec-12 13:26:27

Grr for you HMHB.

Have just updated my MN app and it's all different <wail>

Back on laptop for now.

Fri:
- see DS1's sch play, yey (had to miss it due to snow on Wed) DONE
- pop to swimming pool to book ds1's next term lessons DONE
- pop to friends playgroup to collect BF helper phone (sigh) DONE
- lunch & tidy kitchen DONE
- DD nap Doing
- try and sneak out to Boots to get MIL's present DONE
- Christmas:
need to try and sort the nativity scene out
try and put more lights/decs up
more laundry
some DS1 wrapping
- go to DS2's sch with MIL to help setup for sch fair (remember cakes baked yesterday)
- DC tea, bath & bed
- our dinner & bed

Ongoing:
- family tree (scanning in old certs & photos & email contact); Dug out files to start again
- buy frames to hang on the wall & hang up as many photos as poss; need some sizes; get sizes into phone for TKMaxx trip
- lose weight! (From: 66kg; Target: 54kg); Scales said 54.3 woohoo
- sort wills; nudge DH to see what he wants to do
- clear out of the top of my desk
- kids photos albums; upload onto Snapfish; order printouts; put in albums. Step 1; sort all photos on iPhoto Doing
- try and sell unwanted light? eBay + other stuff?

Christmas:
- wrap DC presents; DS2 & DD DONE
- find out if younger brother might be coming; Still vague Checked again, still vague
- early Christmas with PIL prep; tidy spare room again DONE; collect MILs present (Fri) & wrap DONE; general tidy of chaos-pit
- get some crackers
- prob not doing present for DBro in Bermuda?
- presents for DH's Aunt & Uncle; DONE
- presents for PIL DONE
- presents for DPs; DDad DONE; Mum?
- Nanny presents; money & DS1 choice of silly socks
- decorations; More done

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Fri 07-Dec-12 13:46:17

Trying again.

Slattern - hope your 'treatment' goes as it should and without pain.

JKS - try paracetamol valium. Hope you feel better now.

Mini - please say hi to AJ for me. She sent me a lovely long letter.

HalfMumHalfBiscuit Fri 07-Dec-12 13:48:44

Ongoing list
Do accounts for accountant to do tax return
Pay accountant £20 why?
Check life insurance policies
Buy pics of DD DONE need to pay
Nails for Mini *booked (2.30pm 14thDec)
Get sofabed - delayed
DH & painter painting outside of house and windows ( I think they have given up now, front and back is done)

Christmas Preparation Zone
Xmas cards
Make done
Write done some
Post

Xmas decorations - put up
Xmas tree - DH to buy on sat
Santa train - book

Xmas present organisation
Buy - town trip tomorrow. Make LIST!
Wrap
Deliver
or Post! Cyprus ASAP

Xmas general organisation
Make Xmas food for gifts
Xmas stuff to do School Play - arrange food

Today
Send cakes to school with kids - done
Go to work - done
Buy stamps - done
buy food for ds' party tomorrow - done
Fill party bags - done
Put food, plates, party bags etc in a bag to take tomorrow - done
Online banking - done
Sit down with a cup of tea and start to write slatterns list - done
Realise I am late to pick up dc - done blush
Make cakes for party tomorrow
Pack dds stuff for drama play tomorrow

Tomorrow
Cook pizza/ sausage rolls for party
ice cakes
show face at school fair
out for lunch
ds' party
dd to drama rehearsal
dd's drama show

JKSLtd Fri 07-Dec-12 19:27:26

Festive - your life sounds a bit like mine atm, parties & fairs, etc.
Looking forward to the end of term when we can all collapse.

I've given up hope of feeling better just yet. Will be 4 weeks this weekend of feeling rubbish, when will it go?!?

Fri:
- see DS1's sch play, yey (had to miss it due to snow on Wed) DONE
- pop to swimming pool to book ds1's next term lessons DONE
- pop to friends playgroup to collect BF helper phone (sigh) DONE
- lunch & tidy kitchen DONE
- DD nap Doing
- try and sneak out to Boots to get MIL's present DONE
- Christmas:
need to try and sort the nativity scene out
try and put more lights/decs up
more laundry
some DS1 wrapping Not done any of these oops
- go to DS2's sch with MIL to help setup for sch fair (remember cakes baked yesterday) DONE
- DC tea, bath & bed DONE
- our dinner MIL cooking & bed

Ongoing:
- family tree (scanning in old certs & photos & email contact); Dug out files to start again
- buy frames to hang on the wall & hang up as many photos as poss; need some sizes; get sizes into phone for TKMaxx trip
- lose weight! (From: 66kg; Target: 54kg); Scales said 54.3 woohoo
- sort wills; nudge DH to see what he wants to do
- clear out of the top of my desk
- kids photos albums; upload onto Snapfish; order printouts; put in albums. Step 1; sort all photos on iPhoto Doing
- try and sell unwanted light? eBay + other stuff?

Christmas:
- wrap DC presents; DS2 & DD DONE
- find out if younger brother might be coming; Still vague Checked again, still vague
- early Christmas with PIL prep; general tidy around; MIL in charge of catering, yey
- get some crackers
- prob not doing present for DBro in Bermuda?
- presents for DH's Aunt & Uncle; DONE
- presents for PIL DONE
- presents for DPs; DDad DONE; Mum?
- Nanny presents; money & DS1 choice of silly socks
- decorations; More done

Jks i was like that for 6weeks or so then was floored by the flu! Still not 100% but so much better than i was. Hope you feel better soon, without the flu too!

Ds' party a huge success. Can wholeheartedly recommend go-kart partyas a company. Hugely expensive but we did it from me, bf, my parents, dsis &bil, godparents and xh instead of a present so it wasn't too bad each (I gave ds the choice party or presents). And it was well worth it, so well organised and the kids had a whale of a time.

Completed list today too, plus a load of washing.

Tomorrow
Load of my bedding
Load of towels
Load of darks
Clean bathroom (proper deep clean)
Clean windows
Ironing
Put away wAshing
Make my bed
write xmas cards
write bday cards x 2

SlatternismyChristmasname Sun 09-Dec-12 10:30:41

Good morning.

I'm back in the zone (sort of). Today I hope to do the following

Church
Washing sorted
Clear kitchen table
Make Sunday dinner
Finish DS school Christmas cards
Fill out nursery application
Some ironing
Do list of whatever is left to buy

This is my last free day before Christmas so here goes.......

JKSLtd Sun 09-Dec-12 11:00:36

Phone app updated not sure if this will post... Rescue ready not quite up to the job so far....grr and breathe.

Good news though - weight target reached smile

Today
Load of my bedding - done
Load of towels - done
Load of darks -done
Clean bathroom (proper deep clean)-done
Clean windows-done
Ironing- done
Put away wAshing- done
Make my bed- done
hoover everywhere - done
1.5hrs work - done
clean school shoes - done
clean kitchen sink - done
write xmas cards
write bday cards x 2

Might put a film on to write cards

Need to rethink my xmas gift to childminder, had just got her some biscuits as didn't think she'd do gifts only having mine for an hour after school twice a week but she told me yesterday she has got them presents so now I need to get her something good. Any ideas?

Monday - DS' birthday!
DC to school
Me to work
Litter tray
Mop kitchen floor
Haircut
More work on LDs
Post xmas cards
Post lovefilm disks
Pick up dc
Go to soft play place for tea
Bath and bed dc
Write more xmas cards

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