The Fledglings' nests will be clean in 2013! Part II.

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superfluouscurves Mon 21-Jan-13 10:22:20

(With many thanks again to Jdub for title inspiration!!)

OK, because we are all so good at chatting housework, we need a second January thread ... .

... where we (loosely) follow the step-by-step Flylady housekeeping system (in our own, unique, relaxed style) with lots of wine along the way.

This little-and-often system is designed so that we can follow a series of steps and routines each day (which gradually become second nature) in weekly designated zones of the house; defining and minimising housework - which in theory should leave us with more time to do other, more interesting things instead!

At the same time it is intended to reduce that panicky "rabbit in headlights" feeling we get when we are overwhelmed and everything needs doing all at once.

To avoid being inundated with details, we advise not signing up to the Big Tent

We are in the process of following Flylady's steps and routines using a three-pronged approach (dependent on the stage everyone is at):

- start or repeat baby steps

- repeat baby steps + do 15 mins a day decluttering in the current zone

- reinforce babysteps and do daily missions if you have finished decluttering.

[And if you are really enthusiastic and have finished decluttering - you can go on to detailed deep cleaning in each zone.]

Flylady site here

Don't worry if you are behind; just jump right back in and it will all come around next month again anyway!

Carry on everybody!

Engelsemama Mon 21-Jan-13 10:31:46

Thanks sc!

Stopped snowing here now and managing to get through my list very slowly

ta da
Load of washing
Filled up car
Popped to shopping centre for few bits
Online banking

To do
Bits for school (teacher profile and marking stray books)
Dinner
Order Birthday present

LillethTheCat Mon 21-Jan-13 10:39:50

Thanks SC

I have wrote this on prev thread, but thought Id copy it here as I prob wont look at old thread now. So sorry for repeating myself.

Morning, Proper snow day today, everything has been cancelled for me.

tada
- wash up
- Wipe bathroom
- Turn on washing machine
- Make beds
- 2nd load of washing in machine (thought Id may as well since Im not going anywhere now)
- Snowball fight with DS, DD1 and DH
- Wipe inside of windows (even with a bit of air they still get condensation)

to do
- Shine Sink
- wash up 2X
- Dry Laundry
- Put laundry away
- fill washing machine for Tues
- lay out clothes for Tues
- hotspot
- quick tidy of bedroom (we dont actually have a bed ATM and sleep on two mattresses so there is no under the bed so will clear a bit of the floor instead)

not doing
- Go to Business course (been cancelled)
- Go to ECDL course (been cancelled)
- Ring up landlord about kitchen sink (if I ring them up today no-one will come due to the weather so it will take weeks, will wait until Wed and they will most likely come out that day or Thurs)
- go to dentist (been cancelled)

Best crack on and do stuff. BBL

superfluouscurves Mon 21-Jan-13 10:48:01

Trazzles a very happy 1st birthday to your dd! Hope you all have a lovely day (despite the weather problems).

Trazzletoes Mon 21-Jan-13 11:04:02

Thanks! Party no. 2 (with DS' friends before all the nasty treatment starts) also cancelled so I'm at home. But with cake :D

SilveryMoon Mon 21-Jan-13 11:11:52

Just marking my place on the new thread. smile
Today's List
Make beds done
Swish and swipe done
All dressed done
Get breakfast and clear away done
Laundry done
Rubbish out
School run done just got to get them back at end of day
Study done
Soak nails again
Mission/detail
Dinner
Clean kitchen
Homework
Lay out clothes

Just the usual stuff here. Nothing off of the FLY plan really.
Dp's in bed because he's still on nights, so won't get into the bedroom until tonight to do the mission or detail cleaning.
I'm ignoring today's mission because I hoovered where the bed is a few weeks ago when we got the new one. Think I'll start in the closet. There is a load of crap at the bottom that I suppose i should sort out.
I did the top shelf of the closet just before xmas and that's a mess again. I think I need to stack better and take some time to think about placement and position so I don't mess the whole shelf up everytime I get something down.
Just finished some studying, so now going to have a couple of hours just watching tv and then I will prep dinner before going to get the boys (cottage pie tonight)

Urgh. I have to get this eearly night babystep cracked! <zombie>

whole fecking house list is errr... well... need more coffee before i can even contemplate moving.

SilveryMoon Mon 21-Jan-13 11:41:06

These videos are great! lol

ta da
Contact school about being snowed in
Try to sort out collecting ds
2 loads of washing
catch up with a friend not spoken to for a while
get lost in mn/fb
check email.

Off to drink coffee and see about the folding/ironing pile.

Marking spot, back later

lorisparkle Mon 21-Jan-13 12:39:29

a quick post to mark spot

tada
beds made - one changed
3 drawers underbed sorted
1 DS to school others poorly at home with me
dishwasher emptied and filled
washing in, clothes put away
put dates from emails into diary
rubbish, recycling and food waste outside

todo
hot spot
decluttering
swish and swipe
phone calls to make
emails to write
ironing
reload laundry!

laurenamium Mon 21-Jan-13 13:11:05

Sorry I fell off the thread everyone blush I have been flying though!

Happy birthday to your DD trazzles!

Yesterday I went on a 2 hour hunt for the DVD player remote which I still haven't found! But I did do cleaning/ decluttering as I went so yesterday's ta da looks like this:

Decluttered bits and bobs drawer
Walked dogs and took DD sledging
Routines
Cleaned out book mountain under my desk, Hoovered and cleaned skirting boards
Tidied DD toy box
H

laurenamium Mon 21-Jan-13 13:14:01

Sorry I fell off the thread everyone blush I have been flying though!

Happy birthday to your DD trazzles!

Yesterday I went on a 2 hour hunt for the DVD player remote which I still haven't found! But I did do cleaning/ decluttering as I went so yesterday's ta da looks like this:

Decluttered bits and bobs drawer
Walked dogs and took DD sledging
Routines
Cleaned out book mountain under my desk, Hoovered and cleaned skirting boards
Tidied DD toy box
Hoovered under sofa and baby wiped sofas and wall and skirting boards

I've also got a little list of things I need to do in my room but I will spread that out.

To do today:
Home bleurgh
Wash bedding
Change beds
Routines
DD laundry away
Food shop- if direct debits go in hmm
High dust
Sort my underwear baskets and Hoover behind, clean skirting boards
Clean out guinea pigs
Pick up dog poo
Visit friend

BBL!

NickNacks Mon 21-Jan-13 13:25:46

Oh Lauren me too!

I came back to say hi but work is crazy, tax return is due etc. house is looking good and cleaner starts this week (snow put a delay on it) and I'm feeling smile

You lot just chat too much for me!

ToffeeWhirl Mon 21-Jan-13 13:49:11

Thanks for Part II of thread, SC. And also for the Flylady singing link (haven't dared click on it yet).

Inspired by the Flylady videos (I found myself a bit mesmerised by them, to be honest, and they were brilliant at helping me to procrastinate), I have a 'ta da' list:

Dress to slippers
Put the rubbish out
Swish and swipe
Clean toothbrush mug
Empty bathroom bin
Change hand towel
Tidy shelf
Put washing on
Unload d/w
Reload d/w
Empty tumbledryer of yesterday's washing
Put washed crockery etc. away
Tackle hotspot in kitchen
Shine sink
Wipe down cooker top and surfaces
Clean oven
Room rescue in sitting room
Tumbledry wet clothes
Empty kitchen bin
Put bottles and papers out for recycling
Home ed with DS1 - handwriting practice, biology, touch typing
Lunch
Spoke on phone with friend who's having a hard time; arranged visit today

DS2 is being brilliant at playing on his own. He has built a snow castle in the garden. I think it's an extension to the town he's built in his bedroom, which has taken over the entire floor. At least I have an excuse not to hoover in there.

There are still boxes and bin bags everywhere, but I can live with those if we have some clean, uncluttered rooms. The road to the dump is snowed up at the moment, so we may have to live with them for a few days.

Just putting on another load of washing, then am off out to see a friend, leaving DH in charge at home. Am quite looking forward to a snowy walk.

superfluouscurves Mon 21-Jan-13 13:58:33

Toffee do not be tempted to click on 'Feather Duster Shake' [shudders]

grin

Jdub Mon 21-Jan-13 14:00:37

Hello all,
Have had SO much snow fun, it's actually quite relaxing to be sat here at work and not yomping up and down a hill with sledge, plus accompanying 3 year old! Damn good exercise!

done
up and breakfasted
unload d/w
reload d/w
take DS2 to playschool and myself to work

to do
finish those last few thank you cards (still!!)
hoover
bathrooms
dust dcs bedrooms
school paperwork and filing
put laundry away
put more laundry on

LillethTheCat Mon 21-Jan-13 15:10:01

Just a quick update

tada
- wash up 2X
- Wipe bathroom
- Turn on washing machine
- Make beds
- 2nd load of washing in machine (thought Id may as well since Im not going anywhere now)
- Snowball fight with DS, DD1 and DH
- Wipe inside of windows (even with a bit of air they still get condensation)
- Dry Laundry
- fill washing machine for Tues
- hotspot
- quick tidy of bedroom (well I actually went round all the bedrooms with a feather duster. I also did the top of DS's wardrobe, was a bit shock when I saw all the dust up there. So I think that counts instead of doing under the bed as I can't actually get under the bed.

to do
- Shine Sink
- wash up
- Put laundry away
- lay out clothes for Tues

not doing
- Go to Business course (been cancelled)
- Go to ECDL course (been cancelled)
- Ring up landlord about kitchen sink (if I ring them up today no-one will come due to the weather so it will take weeks, will wait until Wed and they will most likely come out that day or Thurs)
- go to dentist (been cancelled)

Still snowing here, but the road is fine. Looks a bit sleety to me too.

BBL

MercuryRising Mon 21-Jan-13 15:37:55

Big wing flaps to all.

I have realised I am great at starting to fly but rubbish at maintaining monentum. So I am starting again from here. I wish I was naturally a tidy and organised person.

We have a snow day today and have been at a friends house but now we are home I feel I should crack on with flying. So quick list dump and I will be back tonight to catch up on the thread.

Ta da
Beds made
Dw on
Up and dressed
Washing rebooted

To do
Clean bathroom
Rr kitchen
Dust throughout
Hoover throughout
Ironing
Fold/put away laundry
Dinner
Shopping list
Food shop

Im hoping if I get this list completed I will be back on track for the rest of the week.

Better dash Dh is home in two hours and I would like to get most of it done by then hmm

Marking place on new thread.... brew anyone?

Snowgirl1 Mon 21-Jan-13 15:52:47

Hello, just marking place. BBL when I hope to be able to say I've actually done something.

GoingGoingGoth Mon 21-Jan-13 15:57:37

Oh a lovely new thread... Can we fill it by the end of the month? grin

ta-dah
Made beds
S&S
Dd to school
Bins & recycling out
Scraped windows
Washed up
Popped to shop
Collected Dd

Had a lovely afternoon meeting MNers at the Burrell Collection, where we all ate cakes knitted & crotcheted furiously

Now wishing I done a longer food plan as I have NO IDEA what to cook tonight

to do
Dinner
Wash up & SS
Iron
Put laundry on

Jamillalliamilli Mon 21-Jan-13 16:13:15

Trazzles Happy Birthday to dd, and sorry ds’s party had to be cancelled. Fingers hugely crossed that the treatment won’t be too taxing for him (and all of you) and will do it’s stuff.

Slides out of naughty corner to say really sorry for another me, me post, I’m not looking for sympathy, just trying to ‘dump’ the things that have been stopping me posting, because tbh I’m struggling not to feel a failure next to all you domestic goddesses, because that adage of 'it has to get worse before it get better' is getting stretched a bit far now, and flylady’s ‘banish negative thoughts’ isn't quite cutting it in the face of ‘Sludgefest’ now being ‘Frozensolidsludgefest’ and ‘Bedinshed’ now being ‘bedsinbetweenstorageinshed.’ If I can't get better on top of things I'm going to have to drop of the thread completely, but for now I'm continuing to limp along in hope.

The snow and ice got the better of me and I came out of my chair again and have added to injuries and dismally, have smashed my front teeth. (To add insult, dentist insists not having front teeth makes no difference to my looks!) Lots of people round here have broken or missing teeth, and I know I’m being a snob, and it’s nothing in the big scheme of things, but it’s a standard I didn't want to slip beneath.

So enough whinging, onward and upwards:
Still to do list:
Ironing
psychology
get food
Re grit
Put more food up for birds
Catch up h/e file
plan tomorrow
dream up new business!
Dinner
sleep

Trazzletoes Mon 21-Jan-13 16:16:55

Oh just <hugs> and bastard dentist.

Of course we can if we try really hard... wink

So ta da list hasn't grown much. I crawled into bed to warm up as well feeling freezing and fell asleep. blush

Absolutely shattered but have laundry to tame before people come visiting this evening. Have cancelled training tomorrow though.

Jamillalliamilli Mon 21-Jan-13 16:30:43

trazzles I really wanted to tell him he was no oil painting either, but knowing he's going to be working on me when he doesn't have anyone quicker/paying later ...

Engelsemama Mon 21-Jan-13 16:58:59

Sending you a big (((((((hug)))))))) Just. There is no need to apologise for whinging - you have more than your fair share to deal with.

Bitchy I like the sound of crawling into bed and falling asleep.

Goth What is the Burrell Collection? <nosy and too lazy to google >

Bastard dentist indeed!

GoingGoingGoth Mon 21-Jan-13 17:53:59

Engels I haven't had a good look round yet, hope to in the next couple of weeks, but Glasgow Council website says:

Our displays range from work by major artists including Rodin, Degas and Cézanne, to important examples of late medieval art, Chinese and Islamic art, Ancient Civilizations and more.

The collection is named after its donor, the shipping magnate Sir William Burrell. It’s one of the greatest collections ever created by one person, comprising over 8000 objects.

It's going to close soon for 3 years refurbishment, so I need to get my visits in soon. It's set in the middle of the Country park, with Highland cows & heavy horses, I can see me being a regular visitor. Only 2 miles away (30 minute walk)

Just what a cheek, I'd be planning something devastating to say to him once you're all sorted out. Take care of yourself. thanks

SilveryMoon Mon 21-Jan-13 18:02:19

Sorry to hear you guys are struggling with it Mercury and Just. Don't beat yourself up about it, you can't change a lifetime's behaviours and habits overnight.
Why not try a slightly different approach and instead of doing a babystep a day etc, concentrate on the monthly habit. Take it even easier than the 30 babysteps. From this day to the end of Jan, just shine your sink. That's it, then come February, take on that habit as well which is declutter for 15 mins a day and slowly build it up that way.
This is where we all crash and burn, we take on too much. It's nothing to feel bad about, we all have busy lives.
Chin up girls.

day off work today, so I did some studying this morning, read a bit of my book (the last in the series about the angles, right at the end now, exciting) and went back to bed!

Also, meant to ask....anyone got any tips about washing machines? Mine's starting to smell a bit. I got some of that service it powder stuff and followed instructions to clean machine, but still wiffs a bit. Think I'll just need to buy a new machine.

ToffeeWhirl Mon 21-Jan-13 18:27:49

Just - so sorry you have hurt yourself again and <grrrr> at horrid dentist. A couple of years ago, I managed to get a bad cut and black eye from knocking myself on a door handle (was bending down to get something off the floor - decluttering! - and had only had a couple of glasses of wine, honest) and ended up in hospital. When I asked the nurse if I would have a scar, she said, "It's ok, you won't notice it in the wrinkles". hmm

No Flying this afternoon. Have been to a friend's house for a couple of hours for tea and chat. Then came home and had to unravel the damage DS1 has done by subscribing to some website that takes money from my mobile phone. I have lost all my credit and am not sure if I can unsubscribe. DS1 is very contrite. He thought he was going to win Microsoft points for his XBox <sigh>.

GoingGoingGoth Mon 21-Jan-13 18:50:25

Silvery how to clean your washing machine with baking powder and white vinegar. Should remove the smell too.

I'm off to get some white vinegar tomorrow to do mine.

GoingGoingGoth Mon 21-Jan-13 18:51:32

^My first proper link <twirls>

Ironing done, folding done. Clothes removed from dining room table done

Going to be more then totally fed up with monday already. Got a huge MASSIVE list of stuff to do tomo so meh. night.

laurenamium Mon 21-Jan-13 19:07:49

Not a bad day flying wise here! My bank hasn't processed 2 direct debits due to me though so I couldn't food shop. Fingers crossed they will sort it tomorrow angry

Ta da:
Home bleurgh
Wash bedding
Change beds
Routines
DD laundry away
High dust
Visit friend

I find the most important thing for keeping the washing machine fresh is leaving the door open when it's not being used, but realise that isn't always practical (it is fine for me as it is in a corner and opens against the wall, doesn't get in the way and I have no pets or babies that might get in there). I also do a maintenance wash once a month with either vinegar or bleach at 90C and at least one 60C wash a week.

Just - sorry to read your latest post, this weather must be a nightmare for you. I'd be tempted to accidentally bite his fingers once he'd finished. I would miss you if you stopped posting here but would fully understand if you decided to have a break.

LillethTheCat Mon 21-Jan-13 19:52:27

Evening evveryone

tada
- wash up 3X
- Wipe bathroom
- Turn on washing machine
- Make beds
- 2nd load of washing in machine (thought Id may as well since Im not going anywhere now)
- Snowball fight with DS, DD1 and DH
- Wipe inside of windows (even with a bit of air they still get condensation)
- Dry Laundry
- fill washing machine for Tues
- hotspot
- quick tidy of bedroom (well I actually went round all the bedrooms with a feather duster. I also did the top of DS's wardrobe, was a bit shock when I saw all the dust up there. So I think that counts instead of doing under the bed as I can't actually get under the bed)
- Shine Sink
- Put laundry away
- lay out clothes for Tues

tomorrow's list
- wash up 3X
- Wipe bathroom
- Turn on washing machine
- Make beds
- Wipe inside of windows (even with a bit of air they still get condensation)
- Dry Laundry
- fill washing machine for Wed
- hotspot
- Shine Sink
- Put laundry away
- lay out clothes for Wed
- Go Carpet shopping.

Im liking that idea Silvery about just doing the habit of the month just to start off. I might adopt that. Although Im not doing too bad I admit, but I have taken off 5 min room rescue and 15 mins declutter.

Speaking of decluttering. How much clutter do people have? I have a bit in the dining room and a bit in the living room. Though as we are getting a new carpet soon DH will be sorting the living room out and then once carpet is down I think (as long as I do 15 mins a day) I should be able to keep it nice. Can I have my own habit for Feb and that will be to clean living room everyday which will entail wipe down all tops, mirror and TV. (Will take about 15 mins anyway) I might even add a quick 5 mins hoover to that too. Is that ok if I have that for my feb habit, living room instead of decluttering for 15 mins?

Dont drop out Just Ive not exactly been following flylady properly either. I ignore those babysteps I dont want to do just yet. I put my fingers in my hears and shut my eyes in a I-cant-hear-you kind of way. Sorry to hear about the dentist. Having no front teeth doesnt make any difference, yeah if he says so hmm

Id love to have a sleep in the afternoon from time to time, but just can't justify it to myself.

I like to give my washing machine an empty cycle of 90 degrees. I put in Salt Crystals (I learned about them from MN ages ago) Not done it for a while though. Will do it again 1st Feb as it was always the first of the month where I did it.

Toffee grr about the mobile phone credit. Hope you didn't have much on there.

Hope we all have a good evening.

SilveryMoon Mon 21-Jan-13 20:11:35

Thanks for the link Goth will def give it a go. The drawer compartment is minging and I've just looked in the rubber seal and it is the rankest thing I've ever seen!
I'm a bit worried about giving it a good clean and it breaking completely!
It's finding the time, isn't it? Sounds like and looks like it will take a while blush
Lilleth Yes, it is good to adapt this system to fit ourselves. I als dropped the 5 min room rescue and mix de-cluttering with the missions and detail clean. I also don't do detail and missions everyday, just one or the other.

I've just spent 15 mins in the bottom of the closet. I cleared out the 'electrics' box. Filled with crap that dp has been insisting we keep. I gave him the "you've not touched it for over a year, you don't know what's in there so it's going" speech.
I threw out 7 scart leads! An old BT modem, endless phone chargers and USB cables from old phones and 2 hairdryers. I don't even use hairdryers.
Now I have a huge empty box that I think I'll use for crafty bits.

Now, I'm settling down with a glass of wine and to try to get the last of the acrylic off me nails.

superfluouscurves Mon 21-Jan-13 21:03:40

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Tomorrow's baby-step, no 22 for Tues 22nd Jan is here and concerns building a cj more info here

We are in zone 4 (the boudoir) until the end of the week here

Try and declutter for 15 mins in the current zone.

Once you have decluttered, you can start on detailed cleaning

You can find tomorrow's daily mission and all the missions for this week here - 15 mins tossing old socks and tights

The daily focus for Tuesday is planning - menus, events, appointments, wardrobes, holidays, etc etc

The habit for January is still shining that sink

In summary, have a look at the flight plan which updates daily.

Keep going everyone!

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Cuddledup Mon 21-Jan-13 21:12:08

Ok I've just remembered that today is home bleurgh day... bugger to do to do that.

ta da
Morning routine
Wait at school bus stop with DD in freezing temperatures
Work 8.45 -3/45
Email DH asking him to unload dishwasher which he does!
Wait at school bus stop for DD in freezing temperatures
surf on net thinking about doing charity run in memory of my dad
Help DD with homework
tidy master bedroom (why isn't it called mistress bedroom since I do the cleaning)
Clean 2 bathrooms
long chat with sister
do DD's supper
Clean kitchen
Get annoyed with DH for lack of conversation whilst I'm cleaning up his cooking pots he's reading and he says he can't concentrate because of the noise. AGGHH.
Write to heart broken half sister of DD who's just split up with boyfriend.

to do
Get to bed by 9.30
Iron clothes for tomorrow
Bath

HELP - can I make it....

Just v v sorry to hear about your teeth. Change dentist to someone who is sympathetic and not a tosser.

GoingGoingGoth Mon 21-Jan-13 21:31:42

Silvery it's not just yours, we're in a rented flat and I've been meaning to give the washer a good clean, rather than just doing a hot wash each month.

So after your post, I decided to investigate and removed the drawer shock shock shock OMG it was rank! I've bleached everything! And now running a 95 degree wash with soda crystals. Tomorrow I start to re-wash everything we own.

I've also finished the rest of today's list
mini ta-dah
Dinner
Wash up & SS
Iron
Put laundry on

superfluouscurves Mon 21-Jan-13 21:35:21

A bit of a grumpy evening. DD was shouting and refused to go to ballet (claiming too much hwk) and dh and I have had a house-related tiff. On the positive side, my cleaner came (postponed from Friday) and did the home bleugh while I did office admin, supermarket shop, cooking, laundry and Mnsetting.

What have you all been up to today?

Trazzles¨has been celebrating her dd's first birthday!! thanks smile [there should really be a cake emoticon on here shouldn't there?]

Justgettingonwithit has had another really really tough few days and should NOT be feeling guilty or be resident in the naughty corner thanks. [SC stomps off to seriously injure Just's dentist angry]

Having put the sledge to one side for a moment, Jdub has been "relaxing" at work ...

Toffee (who is still Flying high) has been mesmerised by Flylady videos and has visited a friend in need...

Silvery pondered her pongy washing machine [I find running on 90°c with lots of white vinegar - repeat if necess - usually does the trick] and decluttered electrical ephemera

Nicknacks despite wrestling with her tax return, popped in to say she is feeling smile! Yay!

Lauren has inadvertently tidied and decluttered whilst searching for her TV remote. Her bank has been messing her about sad

Loris has been Flying whilst tending to her poorly brood

Whoknows has been studying and glove-buying

Bitchy has been imbibing caffeine, crisis cleaning (ditto chez Curves!] and taming her laundry.

Lilleth having re-arranged chores around cancelled appointments, had a snowball fight instead!! She also worked through her list and pondered her own personal baby step for Feb!

Engels has been slowly working through her list

Mercury has been working on her Flying maintenance skills and catching up (remember you are never behind with Flylady though! smile)

Goth did her lists and ate cakes knitted furiously whilst surrounded by splendid art and heavy horses ...and posted her first proper link - yay! smile

Bitchy and Goth plotted to extend this thread to another 1,000 posts [SC runs out of room screaming] grin

Snowgirl popped in to say hello and

Blue made us all a very welcome cuppa!! grin

Waves to anyone I've missed!

G'night all!

superfluouscurves Mon 21-Jan-13 21:39:31

xposts

Cuddledup has e-mailed her dh Flying instructions (v. impressed by that one - think it could catch on!! grin) completed a huge list and froze at the bus-stop. Hope you have warmed up now! And running in memory of your father sounds like a wonderful idea.

Goth discovered her wm was pongy too and administered immediate treatment ...

[SC runs for exit ....grin] G'night!!

MercuryRising Mon 21-Jan-13 21:41:24

Evening ladies smile

Sorry for being negative earlier I failed my
PGCE interview last week which left me gutted and I have struggled to get motivated sincesad. But I am going to move on, moping won't change anything. Fingers crossed I get an interview at my second choice and my damn nerves stay under control.

I didn't complete all of my to do list. I meal planned for the week and wrote my list but decided to leave the actual shopping until after school tomorrow.

Thank you for the kind words silvery I think I will be ok once I regain my momentum.

Sorry about your fall just your dentist sounds horrid. I agree with cuddled that maybe you should find somebody nicer.

My aim for this week is to get the ironing back under control by doing some each day rather than leaving it until the pile is so big nothing else will balance on the top!

So in the spirit of being more organised my to do list for tomorrow:
Dress to shoes
Packed lunches
Dcs to school, me to school to volunteer
Ss
Small pile ironing
Wash load done and hung out
Hoover throughout
Dust throughout
Food shop and put away
15m declutter bedroom
Hoover under bed
Change our bed
Dw loaded/unloaded
Dinner
Read with dcs
Pack wed lunches
Wash bed sheets ready to hang out wed
Transfer dates onto 2013 calender as I still haven't done this blush
Weight watchers meeting

That will do!

I'm going to do as much as possible before school so hopefully the day will run smoother hmm

MercuryRising Mon 21-Jan-13 21:44:06

Evening ladies smile

Sorry for being negative earlier I failed my
PGCE interview last week which left me gutted and I have struggled to get motivated sincesad. But I am going to move on, moping won't change anything. Fingers crossed I get an interview at my second choice and my damn nerves stay under control.

I didn't complete all of my to do list. I meal planned for the week and wrote my list but decided to leave the actual shopping until after school tomorrow.

Thank you for the kind words silvery I think I will be ok once I regain my momentum.

Sorry about your fall just your dentist sounds horrid. I agree with cuddled that maybe you should find somebody nicer.

My aim for this week is to get the ironing back under control by doing some each day rather than leaving it until the pile is so big nothing else will balance on the top!

So in the spirit of being more organised my to do list for tomorrow:
Dress to shoes
Packed lunches
Dcs to school, me to school to volunteer
Ss
Small pile ironing
Wash load done and hung out
Hoover throughout
Dust throughout
Food shop and put away
15m declutter bedroom
Hoover under bed
Change our bed
Dw loaded/unloaded
Dinner
Read with dcs
Pack wed lunches
Wash bed sheets ready to hang out wed
Transfer dates onto 2013 calender as I still haven't done this blush
Weight watchers meeting

That will do!

I'm going to do as much as possible before school so hopefully the day will run smoother hmm

MercuryRising Mon 21-Jan-13 21:45:43

Sorry for my mammoth post appearing twice - stupid phone!!

SilveryMoon Mon 21-Jan-13 21:46:03

Oh Mercury sorry you didn't get your place. I hear the competition is fierce for PGCE places.
sad wine

MercuryRising Mon 21-Jan-13 21:56:39

Thanks for the wine * silvery*. Some of the other candidates were applying for the third time so I guess it is really competitive! Im 33 this year I just hope it doesn't take me that long or Im worried I will be too old when I qualify! Im rubbish at interviews but I'm sure I could be a good teacher if they would give me a chance!

BeginnerSAHM Mon 21-Jan-13 22:07:37

Hello! Just popping on to say Hi. I thought I'd start trying to get on top of house organisation (and cleaning) and am rather daunted by the extent of the task - however, I saw this board and thought I'd take a look and was inspired. So I'm going to give the flylady thing a go... However, I will be rather shocked if I manage to shine the kitchen sink everyday or wash (and dry!) my hair more than twice a week. Still, the idea of babysteps appeals! I'm very impressed with how efficient and organised a lot of you are!

By way of background, the house is pretty clean (ish) but there are quite a few "piles" of stuff around the place, no pictures on the walls (despite having moved in 18 months ago), our camera, camcorder and printer isn't working (which is actually my main nagging concern) and I'm forever throwing out old vegetables/food that has been wasted! Have two DCs - 4 3/4 and 3 1/2.

Anyway, looking forward to getting our home a bit more comfortable and smooth-running and thought this thread might be the place to be! Hope it's ok to butt in!

Beginner

SilveryMoon Mon 21-Jan-13 22:09:25

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Crikeyblimey Mon 21-Jan-13 22:11:47

Can I join in? I've just gone back to work full time amd by the time we have eaten and washed up, I feel there's hardly any evening left and can't face doing a load of housework after a tiring day.

Dh shares most of the stuff but I find myself spending all day Saturday cleaning and washing and all day Sunday ironing and batch cooking. I also live in a pigsty (not that bad but could be so much better). I am so far behind in "chores" as every weekend recently has been taken up with clearing my late mum's house. Oh and this has led to me having more stuff here without proper homes (bit everything I've brought from mum's is precious and beautiful so it's not going anywhere).

How do people manage to keep up with routines when they work outside the home from 8 to 6? Any tips gratefully received.

SilveryMoon Mon 21-Jan-13 22:12:23

Oh, bugger it. I used my real name! What a plonker. That'll teach me not to multi-task. Watching tv, talking here and having FB convos.

Welcome Beginner Jump right in! smile

SilveryMoon Mon 21-Jan-13 22:18:08

Hi Crikey Welcome. That certainly is a long working day for you. I also spend most of the weekend cleaning. Very sad isn't it?
A few people here say that the longer you stick to this system, the easier and quicker everything gets.
I can see that, have been doing a morning and before bed routine for nearly 4 years with the missions on and off.
My place isn't too bad, but I need a plan and lists to keep it that way. All has to be planned and visual or I won't do it

MercuryRising Mon 21-Jan-13 22:23:27

grin Thank you silvery your pep talk it has made me laugh. I am going to stop feeling sorry for myself!

Welcome beginner and crikey.

Im off to bed now as Ive set my alarm a bit earlier to give myself some more time in the morning in the hope that it may help me complete my to do list hmm

'See' you all tomorrow.

BeginnerSAHM Mon 21-Jan-13 22:27:00

Thanks SilveryMoon!!

Crikey - I sympathise. This is my first time not working (well, in paid employment) since uni. (Am 37 now...) And I spent a lot of time cleaning, washing, cooling etc at weekends. When i wasn't working at weekends! Exhausting. Recommend a cleaner if you can afford it (even just for 2.5 hours a week). And lowering your standards. Or maybe that's what got me into this mess in the first place wink.

BeginnerSAHM Mon 21-Jan-13 22:27:52

Err, 'cooking' not 'cooling'...

SilveryMoon Mon 21-Jan-13 22:30:20

Good for you Mercury Be proud that you got to ingterview stage! That is a huge accomplishment in itself. Pleased I got a smile out of you wink

I have reported that post and asked for it to be removed because I put my real name in (prat).
Off now to bed to finish my book. Back to work tomorrow. We have an outing in the afternoon so shouldn't be too bad/long a day.
See you all tomorrow

Oh, list:
Up and make beds
Swish and swipe
Shower and dress
Feed cats
Laundry (in my manky machine)
Work
pop to tesco
Homework
Cook dinner (sausage and courgette pasta)
Clean kitchen
Pack lunch for wednesday
Stray items away
Mission/detail
CLEAN WASHING MACHINE
lay out clothes
shine sink
bed

That'll do. That'll do.

Evening all,

Sorry to hear about the PGCE Mercury, hopefully the next interview will go your way.

Crikey - I think a cleaner would be the best solution too, otherwise it does pile into the weekends, there are a few people on here who work full time and will be able to offer the benefit of their experience but they often don't find time to post much during the week. Hope the encouragement on here will help too.

Beginner - your description of your home sounds familiar! Hopefully this thread will help you out too.

Ta-da!

Morning routine
School run
Town to buy thermal gloves and bread
Home
Clean bathroom (more of a swish and swipe to get rid of the remnants of henna)
Clean kitchen floor (proper into corners with a cloth, not just pushing the mop round)
Wash towels and bathmats
Half an hour of OU work
Make meatballs
Light lunch
Swimming
Home, stick meatballs in slow cooker
Watch Doctors, whilst opening mail and cleaning out handbag
Hotspot desk and find some important paperwork
Win £50 on Premium Bonds!
School run
Take DCs to town for haircuts
Finish dinner
Evening routine
OU tutorial
Unpack Ocado order

Still to do
sew names on new glove (expensive) while watching Corrie

Work tomorrow, so limited Flying. I definitely feel more energetic now than I have done since I had my operation (September), actually since last spring when I first had health problems. Think the swimming is helping too. Onwards and upwards (hopefully!)

Snowgirl1 Mon 21-Jan-13 22:47:05

My flying has nose dived a bit - house seems to be a mess again. On the plus side, persuaded DH to bin loads of clothes & coats that he hasn't worn since I've known him - so I have two black bin bags to go to the charity shop.

While try to get my flying to take off again tomorrow.

Just so sorry to hear about your accident - hope you're not in too much pain. Hope your dentist gets it sorted soon so you don't have to listen to any of his stupid thoughts for too much longer.

Night all!

lorisparkle Tue 22-Jan-13 00:04:31

DS2 and DS3 are still suffering but at least they went to bed easier tonight (although DS3 woke with a nightmare)

What a nightmare for you just lets hope things start picking up for you soon.

and mercury fingerscrossed for your next interview. I was told once to go in to the interview like you already have the job - if you pretend to be confident you are more likely to appear as if you are!

tada

hot spot - cleared
decluttering - spent 15 minutes on paperwork only another million to do!
swish and swipe
phone calls to make
emails to write
ironing -done
reload laundry! - done

also fed and cleaned children as neccesary
listened to children read and supervised homework
all DC to bed on time!

Castlelough Tue 22-Jan-13 00:37:41

Welcome Beginner and Crikey!

Thanks for the lovely roundups SC

I'm very sorry about your accident Just, thinking
of you - and please don't leave: the odd
glance over my Ta-da lists should provide
some consolation to you!

Lori <reverently> Grade 8! smile

Ooh I am so tired!

Ta-da:
Dashed off to work (late)
40 min round trip drive to the bank
Realised had left wallet at home so no little chores
achieved after the bank.
Dinner
Ran/walked and MFP
Wash up
Corrected 2x sets of copybooks
In bed by 12 but still catching up on thread!
Yawning, night night to all x

SilveryMoon Tue 22-Jan-13 07:50:49

Hope I haven't f'ed up the washing machine. I poured half a bottle of bleach in the draw and turned it onto a 90 degree wash.
Think I'll just buy a new machine

ToffeeWhirl Tue 22-Jan-13 08:55:57

Morning everyone and welcome to the newbies!

Schools are open again here, but DS2 is still coughing and feeling rough, so I'm letting him stay at home.

Found my old control journal yesterday and I'm making an effort to stick to my routines again, which means that I have a 'to do' list for this morning:

B/fasts (half done)
Meds for DS1
Dress to slippers
Swish and swipe
Change bathroom hand towel
Make beds
Put washing on
Unload d/w
Reload d/w
Wipe kitchen surfaces
Empty kitchen bin
Room rescue in dining room
DS1's Maths tutor here
Room rescue DS2's bedroom
Handwriting and science with DS1

That'll do for this morning. Hope you all have a good day.

GoingGoingGoth Tue 22-Jan-13 09:24:25

Morning all

Fingers crossed for your machine Silvery, just doing my 1st wash since dismantling cleaning mine last night. At least I won't be ashamed of it if it's broken, it gleams! grin Am doing a white load, just in case there is any bleach left in the system.

Done
Dd ready for school
Beds
Windows, not so much condensation today, maybe it was warmer last night?
Laundry on
Washing up
S&S

To do
Mission
Dry clothes away
Meal plan
Job applications <bored> but I do have an interview next week smile
Collect Dd
Dinner
Wash up & SS

Jdub Tue 22-Jan-13 10:05:22

Good morning,
I had a massive lack of energy last night which resulted in VERY little getting done, and going to bed early (so that's a good thing I guess)
I'm hoping to fired with energy on my return home tonight!

done
up and breakfasted
school paperwork and filing
put laundry away

to do
finish those last few thank you cards (still!!) I need to find the double sided tape!
hoover
bathrooms
dust dcs bedrooms
put more laundry on
meal plan

Have a productive day, one and all!

LillethTheCat Tue 22-Jan-13 10:26:12

Just a quick one today.

tada
- wash up
- Turn on washing machine
- Make beds
- Wipe inside of windows (even with a bit of air they still get condensation)
- Dry Laundry

to do
- wash up 2X
- Wipe bathroom
- fill washing machine for Wed
- hotspot
- Shine Sink
- Put laundry away
- lay out clothes for Wed

not doing
- Go Carpet shopping. (The snow is worse than Ive seen it today though the kids are at school, going to go tomorrow instead)

Dont feel too great today so Im not sure how much I will do nor do I care TBH. Feeling a bit low due to one reason or another. Will BBL with an update.

Hope everyone is having a good day today.

BeginnerSAHM Tue 22-Jan-13 10:32:18

Morning and thank you for the welcome! Looking forward to getting to know you all.

So, I think I'm getting the idea... Haven't achieved a lot today and have a long to do list but I'll attempt to make it realistic for my first day attempting to fly...!

Done

Tidy up and clear away breakfast
Wash-up last night's saucepans
Taken children to school/nursery (bit late... me getting dressed late, DC1 decided on a last minute poo, which takes a while)
Load and put dishwasher on
Take down children's washing and fold/sort

To do

Put grown-up washing load on
Order new handles for kitchen cupboards
Call nannytax to make sure final tax payment is correct etc.
Put children's laundry away
Do some of my handwashing (have huge laundry bag full..)
Tax return check
Get together CRB docs/evidence so can do reading at DC1's school
Find children's red books and check boosters etc
Shine sink...First baby step!
15 minutes de-clutter - our bathroom cupboard
Tidy playroom pre school pick-up (it's not too bad but it's always tricky as it is in dire need of a de-clutter)
Tidy up playroom after playdate this afternoon (no doubt as DCs will be v tired and whiney)

I have a million other things I should do but know I won't manage them today (name tapes on scarves, gloves, hats, lots of de-cluttering/house-organising etc.). It's rather overwhelming...!

Do I put things on the list like spending 30 minutes doing some piano practice (haven't played for years and I'd like to start again now I have some time to myself)? And cooking meals?

laurenamium Tue 22-Jan-13 10:33:14

Morning all! Still haven't received any money from the bank angry it's a good job I have food in the house!

To do:
call bank (twice)
call parents to ask them to call their banks
school run
Dog poo
Today's mission- both baskets
DD to CM
Horsey afternoon if I can get there
Clean out guinea pigs
Clean bathroom

BBL!

BeginnerSAHM Tue 22-Jan-13 10:33:43

Oh and must do full clean of litter tray today! (Got kittens last week..)

BeginnerSAHM Tue 22-Jan-13 10:41:24

Sorry, one more question! Do you all have "control journals"?! i think I might benefit from one but don't want to procrastinate by making one! Thanks...

Lilleth - hope you're ok.

SilveryMoon Tue 22-Jan-13 10:56:09

My worry about cleaning the machine is dislodging a load of Shit that will end up in clothes.

Beginner, making a control journal is part of the daily babysteps. It will all come together. Fly lady promotes doing job for 15 minutes then putting your feet up for 15 minutes.

In a rush as at work but will bbl

BeginnerSAHM Tue 22-Jan-13 11:02:39

Ah, I see, thank you SilveryMoon. Sorry, jumping ahead! I like the putting your feet up idea!

Re the washing machine - I reckon it'll be ok. I've chucked loads of bleach etc. into ours before.

Three years in and I've never really got to grips with the control journal, my daily routines are committed to memory and I tend to do home blessing on a Monday snd detailed cleaning and decluttering as and whdn I can fit it in. I have got detailed cleaning lists but rarely look at them. Other elements if ghd CJ are elsewhere, eg address book, important info notebook that I already had.

LillethTheCat Tue 22-Jan-13 16:05:30

tada
- wash up 2X
- Turn on washing machine
- Make beds
- Wipe inside of windows (even with a bit of air they still get condensation)
- Dry Laundry
- Put laundry away

to do
- wash up
- fill washing machine for Wed
- Shine Sink
- lay out clothes for Wed

not doing
- Go Carpet shopping. (The snow is worse than Ive seen it today though the kids are at school, going to go tomorrow instead)
- hotspot
- Wipe bathroom

I don't have a dedicated CJ either - like WhoKnows I have elements here and there, and some in my head.

Today, I actually have a ta-da list! Only a short one but still.

Ta Da!
Cleaned yucky bathroom window sill
Dusting
Hoovered
Washing done and dry
Work
School run - twice
Soup for lunch

To do
Dinner
Clean laundry away

Hope the washing machine is OK Silvery

GoingGoingGoth Tue 22-Jan-13 16:44:34

Quick update

Done
Dd ready for school
Beds
Windows
Laundry on
Washing up
S&S
Mission
Dry clothes away
5 Job applications completed
Collect Dd, go fed ducks & squirrels on way home via park

*to do
Dinner- simmering now
Wash up & SS

superfluouscurves Tue 22-Jan-13 16:49:13

Yo fledglings. Hope you have all had productive days. Just back from work (have been at printers all day). About to start cooking/hwk supervision/bed routine and then will be back on here to see what you have all been up to.

In the meantime... a very warm welcome to BeginnerSAHM and Crikey!

Beginner it's up to you what you include in your routines - make up your lists to suit your own schedule - and by all means include piano practice/exercise etc - as sometimes that is the only way they get done! (I try and do 30 mins French study a day for example and it helps if it is written down somewhere).

Which leads me to the control journal question. I do have one, and although it contains my morning and afternoon/evening routines, weekly, monthly, quarterly, six monthly and annual chores, important numbers and addresses, a 'how to look after the pets and house guide' in three languages, meal plans, 'gettng ready for holiday countdown list', supermarket on-line shopping codes and lists, and various other things (ie it is very useful!) I don't ironically use it for daily cleaning purposes. Possibly because as Whoknows says, the detailed chore lists are in my head, written down on a back of an envelope, or are on here.

What does help me though is that at the beginning of every school trimester, I write myself out an old-fashioned weekly timetable on a piece of A4 and colour in (in blocks) the fixed stuff - school runs/dd ballet & tennis runs/church/supper, hwk, bath/and other fixed appointments. I then block in the time spent on daily routines and then it is pretty clear what time I have left to do other stuff - and it really helps me most of it when I'm feeling- motivated that is! This sheet (which I've laminated) lives inside my cj and it's that I refer to on a daily basis.

Do whatever suits you though!! If I was more technologically skilled, I would do it all on a computer ... . Good luck with it!

BBL!

superfluouscurves Tue 22-Jan-13 16:51:21

er, that should have read,

'...helps me make the most of it'

SilveryMoon Tue 22-Jan-13 16:56:40

I have a control journal. I am obsessed with lists and ticking things off. I am constantly updating it though and changing bits. My detailed cleaning lists are quite long too.
I find it quite useful to keep track of what's been done.

Cuddledup Tue 22-Jan-13 17:06:49

Afternoon / Evening all ---
I'm just back from work so not much to report except DH unloaded the dishwasher and did shopping, (the benefits of having a semi-retired DH!). grin

I haven't done a control journal (yet) as I have all the general routines in my head and I get a bit overwhelmed /depressed with these great "to do" lists BUT I have found the weekly cleaning list on simple mom.net really useful.
Also the office control journal on Flylady is good - it's helping me at work.

If anyone is flagging in their enthusiasm for Flying today's essay on the Flylady website is really helpful IMO. www.flylady.net/d/br/author/flylady/

TO do
Cook DD's supper
Take DD to / from Brownies
Clean bathroom floors whilst DD at Brownies
Unload washing machine - put away clothes
Shine sink
Bedtime routine - get to bed by 10.

Cuddledup Tue 22-Jan-13 17:08:47

SC forgot to say I'm hugely impressed that your control journal is in 3 languages and that you get time to learn French each day. RESPECT! Perhaps if I spent less time on MN I could use my 168 hours/ week more productively!!grin

mercury what i found when i did my PGCE was that they were looking for candidates with as much experience as possible in the school setting with the age range they were interested in. Some schools take volunteers to get the experience some will take on ta with view to helping through pgce there are lots of different option and definitely look into the teaching option (GTP?) that gets you the NQT status, you can do this whilst getting paid to do it AND you can always get the official bit of pgce paperwork via the ou/some colleges at night school at a later date. The PGCE route is not the only route into teaching. Good luck!!!!!!!

I have done fuck all flying and really today i don't give a shit!!!! I need to be calm and able to explain my opinion in a heated meeting without losing my temper and telling the person what I exactly think of them. I am working on calm atm.

ToffeeWhirl Tue 22-Jan-13 19:21:39

Ta da :

B/fasts
Meds for DS1
Dress to slippers
Swish and swipe
Change bathroom hand towel
Make beds ope
Put washing on
Unload d/w
Reload d/w
Wipe kitchen surfaces
Empty kitchen bin
Room rescue in dining room
DS1's Maths tutor here
Room rescue DS2's bedroom
Handwriting and science with DS1
Watched film on slavery with DS1
Hoovered DS2's bedroom
Hoovered upstairs landing and bathroom
Lunch
Second load of washing
Home ed prep for rest of week
Dinner
Pilates lesson (but it was cancelled sad)

Doing bath-and-bedtime routine now. Back later.

ToffeeWhirl Tue 22-Jan-13 19:22:03

ope should be nope

LillethTheCat Tue 22-Jan-13 19:24:41

tada
- wash up 3X
- Turn on washing machine
- Make beds
- Wipe inside of windows (even with a bit of air they still get condensation)
- Dry Laundry
- Put laundry away
- fill washing machine for Wed
- Shine Sink
- lay out clothes for Wed

not doing
- Go Carpet shopping. (The snow is worse than Ive seen it today though the kids are at school, going to go tomorrow instead)
- hotspot
- Wipe bathroom

tomorrows list
- wash up 3X
- Turn on washing machine
- Make beds
- Wipe inside of windows (even with a bit of air they still get condensation)
- Dry Laundry
- Put laundry away
- fill washing machine for Thurs
- Shine Sink
- lay out clothes for Thurs
- coursework
- Go buy a carpet

Im hoping for a better day mentally tomorrow. Been a bit down today all due to money. Our Oil level (we are not on a gas network so heat our house/water with oil) went down another level today and its just going down far too fast (100 litres in the last week) and just dont know how we are going to afford it two more times before summer. There are other things involved, but they seem really trivial really.

Sorry for no personals, Im just feeling tired today.

Crikeyblimey Tue 22-Jan-13 19:30:03

Thanks for the warm welcome. I'd love a cleaner but don't think I could get the place tidy enough regularly for one just now. Maybe when I've been doing this a bit more, I can rethink.

Not much done today but I have achieved:
Up, showered amd dressed.
Ds breakfasted and dressed.
Breakfast pots washed, dried and put away.
Chickens fed, watered and let out.
Guinea pigs fed and watered.
Ds to school.
Work.
Home by 5.30 (dh had food on the table smile )
DS to piano lesson for 6pm
Home for 6.50
Dh had washed up.
Dh is now sewing on 2 of the 5 new cub badges ds brought home last week (cubs tomorrow).

Should;
Not be sitting drinking tea but putting a wash on timer to be washed by morning (I'll do it when I've had my tea).
Spend 15 mins in our bedroom shifting some clutter.

SilveryMoon Tue 22-Jan-13 19:36:00

Evening all
So today, I have:
Made the beds
Swished and swiped
Bleached washing machine
Fed cats x2
Got dressed
Went to work (was great, only had 3 kids in!)
Cooked dinner (sausage and courgette pasta)
Scrubbed detergent drawer and compartment in washing machine
Put a load on (is still going, fingers crossed everything is the same colour when done)
Cleaned kitchen
Bathed boys
Read stories
15 mins in bedroom (I finished organising the bottom of the closet, looks good hoping to never need to do that again)

Now, I'm watching some telly, gonna paint nails and then go to bed.
Oh, I need to get on top of babysteps. I've been kind of ignoring them.

superfluouscurves Tue 22-Jan-13 19:53:21

A bit tired so posting early for a change (an hour ahead of UK here) - trying to get an early night for once

*******************************************************************************************************************

Baby-step no. 23 for Wed 23rd January is here. Adding an afternoon/get home from work and or school routine to your day. (I don't do this - I just do one big afternoon/evening routine and put out tomorrow's clothes etc etc when I'm doing hwk supervision/cooking supper. I'm too tired to do it later, but that's what comes with drinking too much red wine every night old age!

We are continuing in Zone 4 the boudoir

Try and declutter for 15 mins in the current zone per day.

If your Zone 4 is already decluttered, you can progress to detailed cleaning.

Tomorrow's mission is supposedly quick and easy and involves dusting the tops of door and window frames.

Wednesday is anti-procrastination day here Do something you have been putting off!

The habit for January is, of course, keep shining that sink!

And if I've missed anything or you want a quick reference to tomorrow's tasks, have a look at tomorrow's flight plan which should update daily.

Keep going every one - one small step at a time ...

***************************************************************************************************************

Ta-da!

Morning routine
15 mins de-icing car (not used since Thurs)
Work
Sainsburys
School run
Hotspot kitchen and hall table, empty bookbags etc
DD to ballet
Make and eat dinner
Cubs cancelled, phew, it has been snowing again
Make packed lunches
Bleed radiators
General tidying
Played games with DCs

As a consequence of the last one I haven't cleared the kitchen yet, but will do it once the DCs are in bed. They are playing Connect 4 at the moment and it seems a shame to disturb them. However their bed times seem to have crept a bit later at the moment so will go and start bedtime routine in a minute and aim for lights out at 8.30.

Oh and then I need to do my OU work, I am definitely not a proper Flylady early to bed person.

SilveryMoon Tue 22-Jan-13 20:29:56

I'm sinning. I have no intention of shining my sink tonight blush

I finished my book today sad to say by to Daniel and Luce. This is what I hate about series of books, you get attached to the characters and then it ends sad

I have a huge pile of books to get through that my neighbour gave me. Lots of Lynda la Plant which I might take straight to charity shop, don't think I liked her......

superfluouscurves Tue 22-Jan-13 20:42:57

I see some of you are feeling a bit tired/low today so take it steady and don't be too hard on yourselves. This is always the toughest part of the year with post-Christmas energy levels (and budgets) taking a hit ...just try and do a little bit each day ...remember we are NOT aiming for perfection! Any small task - even if done for just 2 or 5 mins - makes a difference! Look after yourselves everyone!

And although it's v. hypocritical of me to offer advice about getting enough sleep blush a really good Mnsent tip - if you are feeling low - is to go to bed one night a week at the same time as the dc. (I did this one for a while and it really, really works.)

Silvery had a lighter load than usual at work and completed her list as efficiently as ever

Crikey joined us and thought that she hadn't done much - but hopefully, having seen it written down - she realises she has accomplished quite a bit!!
(And she's another gp owner - yay! - I think you may be our first chicken-owner too!!)

Lilleth has been stressing about oil tanks and budgets and has been feeling a bit low, but has nonetheless managed to work through a v. impressive list!

As has Toffee who is continuing to Fly high! (Sorry your ds2 still suffering)

Bitchy has been mentally girding her loins for an important meeting tomorrow (hope it goes the way you want it)

Cuddledup's dh has been Flying while she has been working hard. And she has pointed us in the direction of some very useful links (will definitely be looking up Office Fly info and simple mom one - thanks). I agree one can get bogged down if lists are too complicated.

(Btw the only bit of my cj I can claim is in three langs is the "how to look after house & pets bit while we are away" - not the whole thing!! We have several house & pet sitters: some spk English, others French, others Polish - so easy just to be able to leave out correct info in advance. Also good if one is ever taken in to hosp. or have to go away owing to some sort of emerg - so one's other half knows the correct routines etc (dh doesn't have a clue - although, to be fair, he is improving...) Oh and should admit that my half-hour French "study" often just consists of listening to news or a Michel Thomas CD blush - so not v. impressive after all I'm afraid....!! Sounds good though eh? wink]

Goth has found time to feed the local ducks and squirrels as well as complete her list!

Blue's completed her (short but effective!) list - a fine example of short and steady steps - ie Flying at its best!

BeginnerSAHM joined us, worked through a long list, tended to her new kittens (aw) and provoked a discussion about cjs ...

Lauren is still being messed about by her bank but, in her usual consistent fashion, steadily worked through her list. (Hope you managed to get out on horseback this pm - nowt like a wintery ride to blow away bureaucratic stresses!)

Jdub battled on, despite feeling tired [proffers restorative veggie broth]

Castlelough has been rushing a lot smile to work>to bank >to exercise and is now - understandably - tired!

Loris got her (recovering) dc to bed on time, worked her way through her list, and took the first 15 min step to declutter her paper mountain! Yay!

Whoknows has been at work today and is finally feeling the benefits of her op and is full of energy (yay!) as demonstrated by her humungous ta da list yesterday!!

Mercury demonstrated admirable grit in face of PGCE interview disappointment and was duly reassured by many (lots of teachers on this thread) at how v. v. competitive a process it is. She has started Flying again armed with a list and a determination to nibble away at her elephantine washing pile on a daily basis!! (Good luck with it all! Need to follow your good example here! And if it's any consolation - I only transferred my calendar dates last week!!)

Vigorous wing flaps to everyone else I've missed!

superfluouscurves Tue 22-Jan-13 20:49:29

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[Writes out one-day shiny sink dispensation and hands to Silvery]

Another huge ta da list from Whoknows who is on a roll! (Yes I find it is v. easy for bed-times to slip at this time of year if one isn't careful - the days are so short. DD was only going upstairs at 8.30 tonight which is three quarters of an hour too late.)

G'night all ...!

MercuryRising Tue 22-Jan-13 21:12:02

Hello lovely ladies.

Thank you so much for all the support re. my PGCE application thanks

Ive been in school today and have been advised there may possibly be an opening for a TA position coming up, so that could be a possible way to gain some more experience.

I had forgotten it was Dmil's foster dd's birthday today so I didn't get much flying done after school. But I went to Weight Watchers and am a pound lighter grin

So small ta da list:
Dcs and myself up, dressed and out
Bins out
Our bed changed
Sheets in wash for tomorrow
Washing hung out
Dw loaded/ unloaded
Washing up done
Ww meeting done
Downstairs hoovered-dp done
Dcs lunches made - dp done

To do tomorrow:
Up, dressed all out to school
Dw unloaded/reloaded
Ss
Hang out sheets
Washload in
Transfer dates to calender
Small pile ironing
Dcs beds changed
Dcs sheets in to wash Thursday
Dust throughout
Hoover upstairs
Clean out gp

Think that will do.

Im shattered so off to bed to read.
Goodnight all.

Engelsemama Tue 22-Jan-13 21:33:39

evening all. crazy day working, impromptu guest for dinner, non-workout (friend wasn't feeling well so we had a natter instead) and double bill of Elementary.

Flying limited to washing up and one load of washing (DS managed to get 2 sets of clothes dirty at nursery today and not sure how many clean sets he has left!)

Time for bed!

BeginnerSAHM Tue 22-Jan-13 23:50:04

Evening all,

Up rather later than I thought but wanted to log back on and check in! Thanks so much for the thoughts on control journals and the warm welcomes! I'm v impressed by the control journal - maybe one day I'll have something like that but for now, I'll stick with endless (growing, not shrinking!) to do lists!

Day 1 of "Flying":

Done:

Tidy up breakfast
Wash-up last night's saucepans
Took children to school/nursery
Collected children plus one from school
Loaded and unloaded dishwasher x 2
Various washing up
Took down and folded and put away children's washing (x3)
Put on children's washing (x2)
Ordered new kitchen handles
Sent email to nannytax with questions (couldn't get through on phone..)
Cooked and cleaned up supper (children, me and DH)
Checked DH's tax return
Tidied playroom (x2..)
Full clean of litter tray
Completed and emailed questionnaire for book Christmas present (best present! Look up "Mr B's Reading Year" if interested!)
Put food shopping delivery away
Cleared out fridge of manky veg etc
Gave kitchen surfaces S&S (think that's what I mean...)
SHINED SINK (although now not totally shiny and too tired to do quick clean now)

Failed to do:

CV... Umm, maybe I don't want a job now really (but I need to get one at some point)
CRB docs so can do reading at DC's school
Find children's red books and phone Health Visitor
15 minute de-clutter of bathroom cupboard
30 minutes piano practice

Tomorrow:

Get up 15 mins early to wash (and even dry) hair and look like made vague effort ("Getting dressed to shoes - babystep 2)
CV
15 minute de-clutter
Lunch with friend near ex-work
Put washing away
SHINE SINK
Check outstanding qs on f-ing tax returns
(Sod piano.... Maybe next week :-( )

Goodnight everybody!

Beginner

ShiftyFades Tue 22-Jan-13 23:56:30

Just checking in, I'm still around and still knee deep in mud from building works... Will it ever end?!!!

All I do is keep the bathroom clean, shine my sink and try and keep the hot spot down.

I really ought to continue decluttering....

Waves to all smile

Hellooooooooooooo.

You will be please to know i was perfectly well behaved tonight at the meeting. All resulting stuff has been dealt with.

Tomorrow needs a list:
Ds to school
Important paperwork.
Meeting
My room
Put ds' laundry away
ds to swimming lesson
banking if i can get organised and find all important bits of paperwork
NEED to try to get my car washed as it is so filthy i am in danger of getting stopped soon because of obscured number plate.

Short but some bits are more complicated then others.

superfluouscurves Wed 23-Jan-13 05:35:14

yurrrgh ...I've been up all night with stomach cramps ...dh has milder version so must be something we ate ...feeling really yucky. Was meant to be volunteering at dd's school today (costumes) but don't really trust my stomach atm..

Glad meeting went ok bitchy!

Great to 'see' you Shifty! Poor you - didn't realise building works were still going on ...that must be tough to handle.

BeginnersSAHM you've done loads for your first day! Well done!

Mercury great that there could be a TA position coming up ...

Huge wave to Engels (you sound v. stretched atm) and to eveyrone else...

Bleeurrggh ...may as well officially get up now ....

Honu Wed 23-Jan-13 06:49:42

I'm still here and reading the posts - just not enough time to reply!

Yesterday I finally dug enough snow off the drive to get the car out, emboldened by the fact the farm sent a snowplough down the road followed by a visit from a gritter (did I say we live in a no-through-road with a steep hill?) So a big shop to replenish all we have eaten up over the past week. Now DH is saying he wants to go out today so a lot more snow moving so he can get to the car <sigh>.

Lilleth I too find the rate the oil is disappearing horrific. As DH is fairly immobile and at home nearly all the time I have found it no more expensive to keep the heating on all the time but at a lower level rather than timed on/off - and it's much more comfortable. However, if we were in and out then I would return to timed heating. We are also having boiler and heating issues with our builder which is such a long saga I won't bore you all.

Toffee I am just in awe of your decluttering. We are still trying to move stuff around which is all in the wrong place from the building, and decluttering as much as we can, but it's very slow. Decluttering is the bit of Flylady I find the hardest.

Re the CJ - I have made an Excel spreadsheet with a ticklist, so days of the week at the top, tasks down the side. Tasks are split into time zones - before 8am, before 10 (DH doesn't get up early!), before 5, before 8, before bed. I print this out every week as it is still a work in progress, and it really helps, especially with the tasks for looking after DH. I am good at the morning tasks but it goes downhill during the day!

Bugger - gone well over designated mn time. See you.

Engelsemama Wed 23-Jan-13 07:29:57

Thanks sc. Hope you're feeling better soon. Maybe you have the same as DS. Have kept him off nursery today as he has diarrhoea (sp?) which may explain why he hasn't been eating properly the last few days.

means I do get a snuggle day at home with him smile but on the flip side I really could do with the day at work to get things done (whihc is impossible with 15mo DS who wants my attention all the time).

had a bit of a meltdown last nigth when I went to see friend - am so tired of being the one who has to carry the household and keep everything going. DH is not sleeping well and am worried his depression is creeping back in. I'm so exhausted from supporting him e06t56na33y...aaaargh! DS 14st sat 6n 0y 3a-t6-.....h6w d6 5 get 5t 6ff n40ber 36c2/

Engelsemama Wed 23-Jan-13 07:35:31

Aaargh! Ds sat on my laptop and put it on number lock...had to ring DH to work out how to turn it off <stupid emoticon>

Engelsemama Wed 23-Jan-13 07:42:39

as I was saying....am feeling so drained from supporting DH emotionally. I have nothing left for myself and my job. I find it so difficult to motivate myself to do my schoolwork. I just can't find a balance.

Actually feels good to get it off my chest. I feel like I have to be strong for everyone else - DH, DS, my students and colleagues - , but no one is there for me to lean on. DH is there when I need him but I guess I feel like he needs me to be strong. I have a million things to do for work and no one has any idea that I'm feeling like this. Everyone thinks I'm really organised and together, but in reality everything is a mess - my school bag, my cupboard, my mind.

FL is slowly working for me but there's so much in our house that is out of my control because it's not my junk that's cluttering up the house, it's DH's.

Sitting here having a little cry. Sorry for thread hijack sad

I need to be pro-active today in doing soemthing otherwise I'll drive myelf insane. I cannot do school work when DS is awake, but maybe if I do a home blessing and a bit of decluttering (have boxes of photos and books and folders in the loft) then I'll feel better.

Engelsemama Wed 23-Jan-13 07:52:42

Sorry for moan - pulling myself together now. DH won't recognise our house when he gets home! wink

SilveryMoon Wed 23-Jan-13 08:19:35

Morning. No time to catch up but wanted to share that my washing cane out fine, smelling of washing powder and for the first time in ages the fabric softener want still in the drawer after wash!

Engels it is really hard. It is hard when you are the support system for everyone else. This is what has been a problem here and tbh created a bit of a melt down in me when those that should cope were just in the habit of not rather then there being anything wrong. I understand exactly how you feel and you have my full sympathy. Moan a way but I reckon that home blessing might help you feel more proactive and in control Good luck.

Silvery wow. Did you remember to do a rinse through wash after the bleach or a white wash? otherwise be careful of bleach spots on the clothes.

Today is not going to go as planned. Ds needs a trip to A&E i think he has an infected break in his finger. So he has yet another day off school but as I have an important meeting I *can't get out of he is going to have to wait til after that for A&E which is a right royal pita but as the meeting will be around 15mins and he is dosed with pain killers hopefully he isn't suffering too much. I don't like having to juggle like this makes me feel guilty would prefer to take him straight to A&E but can't risk not being able to get to the meeting. sad

But the general plan for today is the same although i suspect that he has got out of his swimming lesson, which i am secretly pleased about.

BornInACrossFireHurricane Wed 23-Jan-13 08:46:53

Hi everyone

To do:

Washing up
Clean sides
Sweep and mop kitchen floor

Quick tidy of living room- toys and sides
Hoover
Take clothes upstairs

Washing- enough to dry on clothes horses as the tumble decided to break down last night!

Engelsemama Wed 23-Jan-13 08:48:57

thanks bitchy

FL working her magic now smile

ta da
ring ex
deal with ds - currently eating ice cream and had pain killers
Drink 2 cups of coffee
Realise that have lost important paperwork and will be playing the hunt the paperwork game.
Strap ankle as went over on it yesterday and it bloody hurts
Check emails and mn
try to get diary up to date

Why does having someone in the house make things take 3 times as long when compared to if you were on your own?

BeginnerSAHM Wed 23-Jan-13 09:58:50

Engels - sounds like you have a lot on your shoulders... Glad to hear FL is working her magic... Hope you have a good day today.

Bitchy - eek! Sounds tough... Yup, I've had to leave really quite ill children at home (with nanny) while I go to work for important meetings etc. Sounds like you are handling it expertly though! (Unlike I did...)

I'm feeling rather exhausted! I think I'm in danger of burn-out and I've only just started. So, I have a more modest (and hopefully accomplishable) to-do list today. I think I'll just list cleaning/de-cluttering stuff here otherwise it could be a v long list.

Done

Tidied up breakfast things
Taken DCs to school/nursery
Baby-step 2: Dressed to shoes (washed hair AND actually dried it plus have tiny bit of blusher on todaay...That = "polished" for me these days...)

To-do

Fold up washing and put away
Shine sink

[Got a lot of other stuff to do today - CV, tax return, into town for lunch (which should be fun but will interupt me getting things done...!).]

BeginnerSAHM Wed 23-Jan-13 10:00:48

p.s. Crikey - I know how you feel about needing to tidy/de-clutter before you get a cleaner... Hopefully the FL plan will help with that! Good luck

<hugs> for Engels - come and unload on us whenever you need to, the thread is for more than just housework.

Silvery - yay for properly clean washing!

Bitchy - hope DS ges seen quickly and isn't in too much pain

SC - hope your tummy settles down quickly.

OK, I'm a bit behind today so need to go and do some work. Stayed at school doing reading till 9.30, been catching up with washing and paperwork, now I need to do some paid work, some OU, lunch, swimming at 12.30, coffee with a friend, school run plus stop to talk to teacher after, then home and Brownies tonight. May not get much housework done!

ShiftyFades Wed 23-Jan-13 10:27:59

Oh yes, building works started 1st Oct and the roof isn't finished yet!! confused

The old roofer was sacked and we've employed our own. Turns out the old one hadn't even attempted to melt the felt!! He'd just used sealant around the edges (and it was like a patchwork quilt shock)... So wonder it was like a waterfall into our extension and our lounge.

DH thinks it'll be another 6 weeks, I'm more realistic and have plopped 3 months down as my estimate.
He forgets we've a wall to come down, and RSJ to go in, a new window to be cut, floor to be raised.....

I could cry sad

ToffeeWhirl Wed 23-Jan-13 12:06:16

I'm sorry, Shifty. It's awful having building works and they always go on and on <shudders at the memory of having building works when DS2 was a baby>. It will all be worth it in the end. Just stick with it.

Engels - so sorry you are feeling overwhelmed. Maybe it would be a good idea for DH to go back to the dr, if he shares your concern that his depression is coming back? Better to nip it in the bud. In the meantime, thread hijack all you want. This thread is about so much more than Flying.

SC - oh dear, you do sound poorly! I hope you and DS are feeling better by now. Do you want any help with the thread? Am happy to take over tonight if you need to just go to bed and sleep.

Bitchy - well done for staying calm at yesterday's meeting. Good luck at today's. I hope DS's finger is easy to treat at A&E.

BeginnerSAHM - welcome to the thread. Your list yesterday was very impressive, but you are right to watch out for burnout. That is why Flylady is keen on 'babysteps'. Thank you for the link to Mr B. I had a lovely time browsing through the website. What a wonderful bookshop.

Honu - great to see you back here. I think of you whenever I struggle with Maths with DS1 (trying to cover fractions at the moment). Our decluttering may look impressive, but it has taken us 11 years since we moved into the house to get round to it (having two babies distracted us somewhat wink). Now we've started, we don't want to stop!

Oh dear, have run out of MN time and have to go and continue home ed now. Very impressed by DS1 this morning because he worked independently on handwriting and science whilst I was out at the physio.

Dining room is a mess again sad. I did a room rescue in here yesterday, but it looks worse than ever now <sigh>.

to do

Home ed
Lunch
Routines
Washing
School run

That'll do for now.

ToffeeWhirl Wed 23-Jan-13 12:07:49

WhoKnows - sorry to miss you! Looks like you have a full day ahead.

LillethTheCat Wed 23-Jan-13 13:44:23

Afternoon everyone.

tada
- wash up
- Turn on washing machine
- Make beds
- Wipe inside of windows (even with a bit of air they still get condensation)
- Dry Laundry
- Go buy a carpet

to do
- wash up 2X
- Put laundry away
- fill washing machine for Thurs
- Shine Sink
- lay out clothes for Thurs
- coursework
- Move everything out of front room as carpet is coming tomorrow shock

Who knew that they would come and get our carpet fitted the day after we ordered it? There we were paying for the carpet and the man asked when we would like them to come to fit it and he suggested tomorrow, like a daft cow I said yes that was fine. So now we have to sort out the living room tonight. Luckily our Dining room runs off the living room so we can move everything through there with not too much hassle just the couple of corners with clutter but once its done its done. So from Friday I can start to keep the living room clutter free grin

Going back to my oil going down quick. I decided to change the timings of hot water etc and found out it was on for an hour and half in the morning shock no wonder it went down so quick. Ive taken that down to half an hour and to half an hour in the afternoon too, so that's taken hot water off for an hour and half a day. Also the heating we've changed too so its not on till we go to bed, but turns off half an hour earlier than before too. Ive also turned the thermostat down by 2 degrees in the hope that we wont notice a difference in heat, but it will use less oil hopefully.

Anyway got loads to do today. BBL (hopefully)

MercuryRising Wed 23-Jan-13 16:04:59

Quick list dump:
Ta da
Dw emptied
Dw cleaned
Dw reloaded
Dcs books stripped
Ss
Our bed made

To do
Make dcs beds
Dust throughout
Hoover throughout
Rr living room, kitchen
Ironing
Calender
Gps
Dinner
Bath and bed for dcs
Read with dcs

Best crack on.
Will be back to catch up later

superfluouscurves Wed 23-Jan-13 16:38:45

Thanks so much for offering Toffee but I'm actually fine now thanks stomach just a bit growly and windy grin

Colleagues had had probs in the night too, so we were able to pin point
yesterday's lunch as the problem (I ate the leftovers in the evening) - fortunately had made separate pasta dish for dd - and I was OK by 10.OO am and able to volunteer after all with the help of a bit of caffeine.

(and "thank you" Toffee in general because your brilliant-after-11-years-inspiring-decluttering-putsch has really inspired me and given me hope that all is not lost in terms of decluttering this house!!) And bravo to your ds1 for working so well and independently.

How have the rest of you got on today?

Oh dear Shifty I do feel for you thanks. [SC also shudders at memories of renovation projects past & present] It really does get you down after a while, especially when you are having to put right stuff that has gone wrong. The stress is awful. Can you take yourself away from it for a weekend? Hang in there and (easier said than done) try and focus on how wonderful it will be when it is finished. [Leaves out wine and more wine for later]

Engels thanks you are absolutely NOT feeling sorry for yourself so no need to apologise. (As you know, I vent for England/Belgium constantly on here!! - and have done so again tonight I'm afraid.) Agree with Toffee and Whoknows when they say this thread is about so much more than housework. In fact, housework is about so much more than housework ifyswim!!!
I'm so sorry that life is such tough-going for you at the moment - it must be hard being the one that keeps going no matter what - particularly being an expat without your immediate support system around you. Anyone would find that difficult. (It's hard enough just being abroad - working - and looking after a lo) Hope your dh can be persuaded to get to the gp and resume meds or get them adjusted. Hope your ds feels better soon too. [Hands over more thanks

Honu [another one who knows all about being the mainstay of the house] Hope the snow-clearing wasn't too onerous and that you managed to get out for a bit (and to re-stock pantry). V. v. impressed by your Excel spreadsheet (and your self-disciplined approach to Mnset).

Liletth glad you can tweak oil/heating system a bit to get better value out of it and good luck with mammoth sitting room sort out tonight (it will be worth it when you see your lovely new carpet) [Leaves out strong coffee]

[SC tries to keep up with Whoknows as she whizzes through her day ....]

Beginner well done re: realistic list-writing (and blusher! smile - not to be underestimated how imp these small boosters are)

Bitchy hope your ds's finger is on the mend now (no need to feel guilty about A&E - sounds like you are doing a great juggling job) and that you find the paperwork - and yes - it beats me how one can do things 20 times as fast when alone ... it should really be the opposite when there is "help" around shouldn't it???? Never works out like that though confused [Leaves out healing embrocation for ankle]

Hello BorninaCrossFireHurricane sorry - not sure if you are newcomer or a namechanger (sorry if I have missed you previously) Welcome and hello anyway!!! smile

Glad you fixed the wm Silvery and all ok

[Huge-whingy-PFB-vent-alert]
... Dh heroically volunteered for ballet run this afternoon and got a bit of a shock when he saw how dd "tried it on" in terms of trying to squirm out of it (after many promises to reform) and he really lost it (he is such a gentle giant and and mild mannered normally that it comes as a HUGE shock to dd when he loses his temper). He gave her mahoosive lecture on not letting people down, being resilient & reliable, turning up on time/when expected etc etc and then she burst in to tears and told us the reason she is so tired all the the time (aside from low blood sugar issue) is that she is staying up late at night (after lights out at 8.30) to read and mess around for an hour or so; reading and writing and colouring/cutting out etc which frankly explains a lot ...why she is constantly in bad mood - not wanting to do things - looks constantly white and pale ... and I realise we have been very remiss in checking her since she turned 9yrs blush

Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh (that's meant to be a cross between a "phew" and a "bloody hell, why does nothing go easily?" sort of sigh) ...

anyway, feel much better now that dh has taken on the mantle of wicked witch for a change ...let's hope the message gets through.

But how to get her to sleep??? She admits she is exhausted and fights it (I was exactly the same as a child so have no clue how to tackle this). Move her in to a different room with just a bed and no toys/books etc etc????? I dunno!

Oops - they are back - dd still protesting and message not getting in - dh's face like thunder - had better go ...

superfluouscurves Wed 23-Jan-13 16:39:36

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Waves to Mercury looks like you have started to make real inroads there!

SilveryMoon Wed 23-Jan-13 18:21:51

sc Hope you’re feeling better.
Engels sorry to hear about dh. Hope things get easier soon. I think you need to talk to someone about it all. Obviously off-load here and we’ll all be here, but it’s not the same. Want to give you some very un-mn-y {{hugs}}
bitchy yes, I did a rinse through on machine, so was all fine. Now I just have to train dp to wipe out the rubber rim when he empties the machine. Am very proud of him for actually jumping in and helping around the house, so I will leave it for a bit. Won’t start nagging.
Hope your ds is ok.
sc hope you can start getting dd to sleep earlier. Bless her. She must be knackered.
Mine are 3 and 5 and I never check on them after I’ve sent them to bed. Lately, with the hope of getting a lay in, I’ve started letting them take their ds’s to bed on a weekend night and still hear them playing and talking when I go to bed blush

Not much flying here. Have done normal routines, but ordered dominoes for dinner blush and haven’t done the mission.
I haven’t really been doing the baby steps either, but have decided to leave that for this month and try to pick them up in Feb and just now concentrate on trying to get my ‘need to do daily/routines’ in order and running efficiently iysim.

I will however remember to shine my sink tonight.
I also need to do some ironing sad

ShiftyFades Wed 23-Jan-13 18:30:45

I'm sure it'll be worth it but all enthusiasm left me about 2 months ago sad

DS is ill with a high temp, severe ear infection in both ears, runny nose and runny eyes.... He ate half a sandwich today, first food since Saturday blush

On Monday night he coughed and made himself sick.... Yesterday he coughed a bit more and was coughing / choking last night... Today he was coughing and whooped at the end of the cough, this has happened a few times today.

Rang the doctor he saw on Monday, he's got an appointment to see her tomorrow, my guy feeling is its whopping cough, I hope I'm wrong.
But why would you whoop if it wasn't?

Dominos for dinner? envy

We sat in A&E long enough for ds to annoy everyone and completely exhaust me. BUT his finger isn't broken and isn't currently infected. SO that is something. Just trying to wash and dress a poorly finger on a child that doesn't do still is near on impossible without causing pain. Hopefully should heal fairly soon though. Will confess to sticking tv on for ds when we got home (there was no point sending him to school) I curled up and slept. A whole 3 hours. Was lovely. Ankle will be fine is just needs rest hmm driving is the biggest problem but with ds off training for a week or so and me being off training for nearly 2 weeks I should be able to get some rest on it. Decided how to work around the party thing for ds. Birthday treat.

SC does she need the time to wind down? Would it be worth sending her to bed a little bit earlier to building in the messing about time into the routine? I used to take forever to wind down at the end of the day, still do. And this was how my mum managed it. slightly earlier bedtime with reading/colouring in time allowed for a little bit. Need to get back to this kinda thing for me i think.

Ds has been fed tea. most of my list for today was ignored. Need to have a productive day tomo.

superfluouscurves Wed 23-Jan-13 19:39:55

Glad your ds's finger is OK Bitchy and thanks for winding down advice. I'm thinking of re-working the whole hwk/supper/bath/bed regimen in fact (bringing it forward) and investing in a surveillance camera grin - it can cover the rabbits as well grin!!!. Am also going to factor in colouring/winding down time (she is always read a story but only 10 mins) and the change from "full on everything happening day" to "being alone in room in silence" is a bit too abrupt atm. Thanks again.

I'm not surprised about you running out of enthusiasm Shifty - apart from anything else - you've had to put up with the worst weather for renovations ever. And now so sorry to hear that your ds is so ill - poor little lad, the symptoms sound awful - and it is the last thing you all need right now. Don't know about whooping cough (there's a standard vaccination for it here) but hope doc can give you good advice tomorrow. Hope you and your ds manage to get a little sleep tonight too and he recovers quickly. Take care of yourself too x

Silvery arf at dominos for dinner! [Might require a bit of ketchup! grin] The irony is that I used to check dd obsessively at night up to the age of about 6.5/7 yrs and of late have stopped doing it, partly because I didn't want to disturb her!!

In fact, I realise I need to tweak the monitoring on a lot of things atm.
When she couldn't do the exercises I tested her on, DD also admitted tonight that she has just been 'ticking' that she has done her French hwk in her agenda when she hadn't studied it at all ...and ....that she can pull the wool over her teacher's eyes ....hmm. I pointed out firmly that it was her responsibility to get the hwk done and she shouldn't try and shift the blame (but privately I think I am going to have a word with teacher too)

Sorry again for 'me' 'me' 'me' PFB posts!!! Like many of us on here atm, just feeling generally frazzled and trying to wrestle with present indicative imperfect verbs, the conversions of dms in to cms and metres (and back again) with dd, on top of no sleep has got to me this eve!!

Going to post steps now, tidy up supper things, iron a couple of shirts and then hit the hay. Will pick up any further posts early tomorrow morning. G'night everyone!!

Crikeyblimey Wed 23-Jan-13 19:46:38

Hi all. A quick update from me whilst I sit outside the village hall waiting for ds and friend to finish at cubs.

Today I slept through the alarm amd ds woke me with a scent 45 minutes to spare before we had to leave the house. I "just" managed to shower,
dress,
feed and release chickens,
feed guineas
Feed ds
Defrost car
Grab bags and go.

Crikeyblimey Wed 23-Jan-13 19:49:31

Darn it - posted too soon.

After work ive washed up and SS after dh cooked dinner
Cubs run
One load of washing washed and in dryer.

That will have to be it for menu think (except I'll fold and put away washing before bed).

Have good days tomorrow everyone.

superfluouscurves Wed 23-Jan-13 19:52:24

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Baby-step no. 24 for Thurs 24th Jan is here add swish and swipe to your morning routine! A really helpful one!!

Tomorrow, are continuing in Zone 4 the boudoir here

Try and declutter for 15 mins in the current zone per day.

If your Zone 4 is already decluttered, you can progress to detailed cleaning

Tomorrow's mission is here quickly clearing the stuff on your bedside tables before it becomes a full-blown hotspot. (Apparently this is fun, not a chore confused)

Thursday is errand day

The habit for January is still shining your sink!

And if I've missed anything or you want a quick reference to tomorrow's tasks, have a look at tomorrow's flight plan which should update daily.

Hope newcomers getting along ok - don't hesitate to ask if not! BB in the morning!
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superfluouscurves Wed 23-Jan-13 19:55:52

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[Hands Crikeyblimey hot cup of brew to warm up the wait!]
You've done well with your chores today! Hope you have a good day tomorrow too!

Have a good evening eveyrone!

Good luck and hope you feel better tomo SC

I was thinking i could make a list for tomo, but everytime i do that things never go to plan so I think that i am going to start with a simple list and then add stuff to it in a manner fitting however much coffee i have drunk. Can't do errands as the town i need to use is cut off by ice and snow. They will wait.

To do:
ds to school
laundry
ds and homework
something fun with ds
early night.

speaking of early nights, i am again going to try for an early night, just hoping i don't wake up at midnight unable to go back to sleep for most the night again. So annoying when that happens.

superfluouscurves Wed 23-Jan-13 20:13:10

[Hands soft feathery pillow and Belgian hot chocolate to Bitchy]

New list strategy sounds good/pragmatic/do-able btw.

LillethTheCat Wed 23-Jan-13 20:36:24

tada
- Turn on washing machine
- Make beds
- Wipe inside of windows (even with a bit of air they still get condensation)
- Dry Laundry
- Go buy a carpet
- wash up 2X
- Put laundry away
- fill washing machine for Thurs
- Shine Sink
- lay out clothes for Thurs

tomorrow
- Turn on washing machine
- Dry Laundry
- Put laundry away
- fill washing machine for Thurs
- Make beds
- Wipe inside of windows (even with a bit of air they still get condensation)
- wash up 2X
- Shine Sink
- lay out clothes for Thurs
- coursework
- finish taking things out of front room (dont know what time they are coming so dont want to have nowhere to sit tonight or tomorrow)
- Get carpet fitted
- Move stuff back into front room (or at least make a start)

Must go, sorry its not a long one. Hope everyone has had a good day.

MercuryRising Wed 23-Jan-13 20:47:33

Evening all.

Big hugs to you Engels

Glad you are feeling better Sc and that ds finger wasn't broken Bitchy

Just wanted to report briefly that I completed my to do list grin and I am now feeling very smug as it is the first time in over a week that my house has looked reasonably tidy!

Im off to relax now as dh is having an early night so I don't have to watch his rubbish on tv.

Good night ladies and big wing flaps to all.

Cuddledup Wed 23-Jan-13 21:33:18

Evening all,
Am feeling v humbled by everyone's ta da lists in spite RL issues.
In honour of Anti Procrastination Day
at work I have: tackled a mountain of filing and de-cluttered loads - hurrah!
at home I have: drawn up a list of jobs I've been avoiding for weeks (booking appointments, writing various business letters etc)
I have started working my way through the list. grin
FInally the sink is shining.....(that's the only bit of housework I've done!)
Off to bed now whilst it's still a decent hour.

Evening all,

Glad to hear that DS's finger is not broken Bitchy and that you are feeling better SC.

Sorry to hear about your building woes Shifty.

SC - My DS is having difficulty getting off to sleep too at the moment, he says he never gets to sleep till 10.30 (which is not true) but I think it is often 9 or later. We are trying to pull back bedtime a bit earlier and we always go upstairs an hour or so before bed to read, chat, sort out clothes, generally wind down, but he and DD love to play together and they often get very involved in a game or something which does nothing to calm them ready for bed.

Well, I didn't do much Flying today (Mondays and Fridays are my main Flying days), but did manage to fit in

Help at school
Admin stuff at home
Paid work
OU work
Lunch
Swimming
Coffee with friends - essential!
Meeting at school - very useful
Dinner and make packed lunches
2 loads of washing done, dried and put away
Take DD to Brownies - to find it was cancelled due to more snow falling, but it was quite nice out walking together as the snow fell.

Night all.

BeginnerSAHM Wed 23-Jan-13 22:51:29

Evening all,

Just a quick one from me as am v tired (again...!).

None-fying things done today:

CV updated and sent off
Met friend for lunch in town
Eyebrows threaded while there...

Done (from my to-do list)
Dressed to shoes
tidy up breakfast
shine sink
fold and put children's washing away (not mine though...)

So - list nearly achieved, but it was very unambitious.

Extras
Bled radiators (house still f-ing freezing)
Went through pictures with DH and chose which rooms to put most of them in (moved in 18 months ago but still no pics up)
Lots of washing up/dishwasher and wiping and drying of kitchen surfaces (including actually drying up washing up, putting away and polishing draining area - never happened before)
Collected DC2 from nursery at 3.00 and then DC1 from playdate later

Whoknows and SC - gah... so sleep issues don't go away when they are 9!? Actually, I remember having problems myself too. Good luck and hope DCs get more sleep tonight.

Well done Mercury! And Crikey.

Shifty - I can see how enthusiasm could wane... Sounds like you are in the middle of serious work! It'll be worth it in the end (I'd have thought!).

Got to go to a Job-finding seminar thing tomorrow so there won't be much flying.

Night night all.

On a complete side note fancy giving a bit advice here?

Beginner - we've never really had sleep issues with DS so hopefully this is just a phase, it isn't causing any problems other than grumpiness in the mornings. Fussy eating on the other hand.....

I think the sleep issues thing is a bit dependant. i know i am a worrier and an analyser and had to have effectively rewound the day in my head and worked my way through everything that had happened as part of my winding down process. I have always found to very difficult to settle. ds has a sleep disorder. i pretend to know nothing about normal children when it comes to sleeping.

<slopes of realising this isn't exactly an early night> blush

Don't really know what the consensus is on the hair Bitchy but I'd be wary of trashing the condition of it.

BeginnerSAHM Thu 24-Jan-13 08:01:33

Sure it is a phase Bitchy. I think it's an age where minds tend to whir but I have no experience and little knowledge so I'll shut up now!!

Hair - hmmm - I think it looks v cool and stylish non-teenagers can definitely pull it off. I don't think I could though - am totally uncool...smile

Can I just say waaaaahhhh!! please? Came down to London y'day & through general idiocy have missed train back. Am on the next but have had to pay almost £50 for a new ticket plus will have to shell out for taxi to get DS2 from nursery in time. sad angry blush

Jdub Thu 24-Jan-13 09:58:09

Hello good people,
After a day off yesterday, I was on super booster and actually had a productive day/evening -

done
up and breakfasted
school paperwork and filing
put laundry away
finish those last few thank you cards
hoover
bathrooms
wash kitchen and hall floor

to do
dust dcs bedrooms
hoover stairs and upstairs
put more laundry on
meal plan - involving a haggis - is it Burns night this weekend?
put outdoor xmas lights in loft (it's been too cold to open the loft hatch as it's in the eaves and lets a huge waft of icy air into my bedroom!!)
bag up stealth toy cull for charity shop
yoga

Have a productive day everyone!

ta da
ds to school
1 load laundry
collect washing up from bedrooms - cups mostly
hand washing
wash car - can see the number plates again
move all books to top of stairs for sorting to go back on the shelves
let mother put world to rights
check email
15mins in my room
start deep cleaning bathroom.

LillethTheCat Thu 24-Jan-13 11:54:23

Just a quick one

tada
- wash up after Breakfast
- Turn on washing machine
- Dry Laundry
- fill washing machine for Thurs
- Make beds
- Wipe inside of windows (even with a bit of air they still get condensation)
- finish taking things out of front room

to do
- Put laundry away
- Get carpet fitted (coming at 1 apparently)
- Move stuff back into front room (or at least make a start)
- wash up 2X
- Shine Sink
- lay out clothes for Thurs

Its bloody echo-y in our front room with no furniture in here. Looking forward to the carpet getting fitted though. Im proper grown up now, getting excited by a carpet grin

Bitchy Its your hair you do what you like with it, you can always cut it out later (or dye it all) if you decide you dont like. It is only hair after all.

BBL

ta da
ds to school
1 load laundry
collect washing up from bedrooms - cups mostly
hand washing
wash car - can see the number plates again
move all books to top of stairs for sorting to go back on the shelves
let mother put world to rights
check email
15mins in my room
start deep cleaning bathroom.
Sort all books and put onto shelves in a logical order which won't stay for long once people start using books again
put away fragile christmas presents somewhere safe
find cordless drill so dad can borrow
15mins in ds' room
more laundry
progress the deep cleaning of the bathroom
15mins in the giant storage of stuff <overwhelmed>
find ribbon for edging, put with blanket for pinning tonight need to get edging this off to do list!
Clean all the mirrors
Find the bin for my bedroom.
10mins decluttering in wash room

bakerofcakes Thu 24-Jan-13 13:40:10

Afternoon fledglings, I have two days off work, so time to catch up with the thread, do some flying and spend some time chilling out.

done
usual morning routines (apart from getting dressed)
caught up on mumsnet, facebook, ravelry (knitting site),
done some internet window shopping
ordered a much wanted Moshi Monster hmm
drank tea (several times)
been outside and taken snow pictures
taken photos of finished knitting projects (for ravelry)
done some knitting
Monday's mission - I have drawers under the bed so I tidied them, managed to declutter quite a bit, but still put a lot back, you can't get rid of everything grin

Having lunch now, but off to tackle Tuesday's mission next.

GoingGoingGoth Thu 24-Jan-13 14:13:17

Afternoon all,

Missed yesterday, as had a bad stomach. Dh kept me supplied with brew & hot water bottles, and I caught up on Murder in Paradise, so there was a plus side, although I'd rather have a better reason for lazing around all day.

ta-dah
Beds
Windows
Dd to school
Laundry on
Food shopping done
Dinner thawing out (thank god for batch cooking)

BeginnerSAHM Thu 24-Jan-13 14:43:27

Wow - still impressed with how efficient you all are... Do any of you use the Home Routine app? I like the idea of not creating more paper but think a physical control journal may suit me better - when I get to day 8 or whenever it is!

ShiftyFades Thu 24-Jan-13 15:36:15

Roofers are here grin
Soon our current lounge will be watertight after nearly 4 months of: drip drip drip pour drip drip pour.... grin

And then the actual builders (have forgotten what they look like) can get on with it wit no excuses!!! gringringrin
I think it'll take a couple of weeks to dry out so roll on Feb grin

bakerofcakes Thu 24-Jan-13 15:52:03

beginner I use a notebook and make all sorts of lists. I like the feeling of satisfaction I get when I tick something off. I did stick lists up on the fridge of my morning/tea time routines, but after doing them for about three months, it has become automatic now. I also have a calender in the kitchen with important stuff on. I bought a page a day diary but seem to have got into the habit of using my notebook instead.

ta da
ds to school
1 load laundry
collect washing up from bedrooms - cups mostly
hand washing
wash car - can see the number plates again
move all books to top of stairs for sorting to go back on the shelves
let mother put world to rights
check email
15mins in my room
start deep cleaning bathroom.
Sort all books and put onto shelves in a logical order which won't stay for long once people start using books again
put away fragile christmas presents somewhere safe
find cordless drill so dad can borrow
15mins in ds' room
more laundry
progress the deep cleaning of the bathroom
15mins in the giant storage of stuff <overwhelmed>
find ribbon for edging, put with blanket for pinning tonight need to get edging this off to do list!
Clean all the mirrors
Find the bin for my bedroom.
10mins decluttering in wash room
Separate christmas card fronts from backs
sort out explosion of clothes from the weekend and put my laundry away
Bring recycling box in from garage where it isn't being used and put somewhere where it will get used.
finish deep clean of bathroom with exception of bath and floor
Take out recycling
Take out rubbish
disinfect ds' and bathroom bins
collect ds from school
30mins decluttering my car
tend to ds' finger and try to ignore associated whinging
Sort out stuff for charity shop
clean kitchen bin
boil up hand warmers
make a shopping list
yet more washing
drink far too much coffee

Going to grab a shower and get ready for running some errands tonight.

Engelsemama Thu 24-Jan-13 17:39:00

Some impressive lists here today ladies!

Thanks for the support yesterday. Gave the house a once over whihc made me feel that I'd achieved something. And gave me an excuse to snuggle on the sofa all afternoon watching back to back Once Upon A Time.

Had a cry chat with DH in the evening and woke up this morning really not wanting to go to work. But actually had a great day. Sometimes I think I just build things up in my head so they seem bigger.

Am feeling better able to face the world now. DH made dinner and I washed up so sink is shining. Heading out now to do shred with my friend who lives up the road (too cold and icy to run).

I do that a lot Engels - build things up to be much worse than they really are. I just have to keep going and then I climb out of the gloom, but sometimes it takes a few days. Keeping going with your daily activities is vital I think, if you stop doing stuff you are letting the bad feelings take over.

Not much Flying here as it was a work day, just basic routines. Highly unusually I have the house to myself right now, got a PTA meeting at 7 so DH has come home from work on time for once and taken the DCs to football instead of me.

So, I am going to make a cuppa, clear the kitchen table and do half an hour of OU.

ToffeeWhirl Thu 24-Jan-13 19:40:27

SC - glad you are feeling better.

Shifty - I really hope it doesn't turn out your DS has whooping cough sad.

Engels - glad you were able to pour out your heart to DH. Sometimes just talking makes all the difference.

Spent this morning running round in front of the cleaner, trying to get stuff off the floor blush. In spite of the mess, she managed to hoover and mop everywhere and do my ironing, so I am eternally grateful to her. Piles of mess are now contained in small spaces (hotspots), rather than spread all over the place, which is a bit better, I think hmm.

In spite of all the decluttering we have done recently, I still feel as if we are a long, long way off reaching our target. Where does all the stuff come from? shock I have a rapidly growing hotspot in the kitchen, one that has taken over the dining-room table, boxes on the upstairs landing, an entire town on DS2's bedroom floor (although this is not clutter really, but creative play wink). And I won't even describe our bedroom. Just looking at all the clutter exhausts me.

My ta da list today:

Routines
House bleugh with help of lovely cleaner
Home education
Lunch
etc etc

Anyway, must get DS2 into bed. Am running late and he, like several other DC mentioned here, won't settle to sleep for ages in the evening. He was still awake at 10.30pm last night, after lying in bed for 2 1/2 hours. Don't know what to do about it.

Crikeyblimey Thu 24-Jan-13 19:48:58

Wow! I'm impressed with these lists.

Feeling a teeny bit smug myself today.

Ta da:
Up, showered and dressed
Ds up washed dressed and breakfasted
Livestock sorted
Breakfast things washed and out away
Beef stew and jackets in the oven on timer for dinner
Washing in machine on timer
Ds to school
Work for 8 hrs
Collect ds from after school club
Home to lovely smell.
Bung some veg on
Eat lush dinner
Washing in dryer
Dh washed up then I shined sink
Homework supervised
Door mats in washer
Hallway mopped
Clean laundry folded (will take up to put away when I go for a bath)
Having a cup of tea now and then bath.

Need to do:
Find some time to fit in a vacuum of the sitting room at least once during the week rather than leaving it to just Saturday.
My bedside table is remarkably tidy, so I've left it that way.
I shall swish and thingy my bathroom when I've got out of the bath.

I'm working from home tomorrow so shall sneak in some hoovering whilst I'm "on my lunch".
Happy Friday everyone.

LillethTheCat Thu 24-Jan-13 20:58:54

Im sitting in the naughty corner, who's joining me? I have wine

tada
- wash up after Breakfast
- Turn on washing machine
- Dry Laundry
- fill washing machine for Thurs
- Make beds
- Wipe inside of windows (even with a bit of air they still get condensation)
- finish taking things out of front room
- Put laundry away
- Get carpet fitted (coming at 1 apparently)
- Move stuff back into front room (or at least make a start)
- lay out clothes for Fri

not doing
- wash up after tea
- Shine Sink

I just dont want to wash up tonight, but want to sit in my nice clean shiny front room with its new carpet grin Will get back to it properly tomorrow though.

tomorrow's list
- turn on washing machine
- wipe down windows
- Make beds
- Grocery Shopping
- Wash up 3X
- Dry Laundry
- put laundry away
- shine sink
- wipe bathroom
- 15 min front room
- read life advice list

Sorry Ive not really 'spoken' to anyone the last couple of days, Ive been feeling a bit deflated about a few things. One thing that's helped me is this thread regarding advice. Ive copied and pasted my favourite bits onto a word document and included reading it onto my daily to do lists. So much common sense there. I think its a bit like one of Flylady's babysteps anyway grin

Sorry to hear you've not been feeling so great Engles hope you feel better soon.

Yey for the roofers Shifty

Grr about the train incident Blue hope you got home safe.

<waves to everyone else>

ShiftyFades Thu 24-Jan-13 21:15:18

Doctor thinks it isn't whooping cough, I was convinced it was yesterday but not today (no more whoops) but he's whooped a couple of times tonight.

I have symptoms of sore throat, dry cough now too sad

Never mind, sorry for the lack of personals, I find it hard to do on my phone and I can't get to the computer angry

BeginnerSAHM Thu 24-Jan-13 21:22:58

Yikes Crikey - looking a teensy bit superwoman-ie... Well done!

Engels - glad you're feeling better. Your DH sounds lovely.

Bitchy - I'm still in awe. Do you have time to relax ever?!

Toffeewhirl - Home education sounds great but must be hard work. Good that you have a cleaner! We have a weekly cleaner too, even though I'm not working at the moment blush. And recognise that modus operandi!

In fact, I often bunged a load of washed but not-put-away clothes in my wardrobe so she can clean properly - in the 30 seconds I had before I had to leave the house to catch the train (to get to work). There is a huge, unsorted pile in two wardrobes blush blush that I must deal with.... Likewise, I have stacks of clothes that are the wrong sizes for the children bunged into the bottom of DC2's wardrobe. They were in sorted bags but I forget which bag is which now and will have to do it again. At least their drawers are super-organised/neat and all the clothes in them fit.

We retained our lovely cleaner even though I'm no longer working on the basis that I might be again soon, she is amazingly efficient and thorough and it makes me (and therefore everybody else) happier. I always clean at the weekends too - although now I'm planning on flying so will just be doing a little each day.

Baker - thank you for sharing... I suspect I might adopt a notebook approach. I don't fancy a lever arch file (yuk - too worky) and I have the Home Routine app but never use it. (I have the "Healthy Habits" one too and never use that either...Must.drink.water.)

No flying today. Think I'm supiposed to be exploring the "Big Tent" as I'm on day 3 but I've already had a good look.

Done
Tidied breakfast things
Took DCs to school/nursery
Attended career management course first session (to get me thinking about what I might like to do as I'm considering a complete change) - all morning
Met DH for quick lunch
[Sneaky stop at Oasis which I haven't been into for about 10 years]
Collected DC2 and play-dohed, made new supper from recipe book that I thought would go down well (but was rejected)
Put on my delicates wash
Hung up wash
Collected DC1 from playdate
Tidied DC supper and debris
Bath and bedtime for DCs
Put on wash for DCs

To do
Check tax return calculations (tricky year this one...)
Hang up DC wash
Unload dishwasher
Shine sink
Wipe and dry surfaces

Have DC2 at home tomorrow. Will try to do some flying - am trying to make the most of spending more time with DCs though.

BeginnerSAHM Thu 24-Jan-13 21:27:23

Lileth - cross-posts but am v glad somebody is in the naughty corner with me! Actually, just re-read your list and surely you can't be in the naughty corner? Leaving the washing up for one night isn't naughty-corner-able is it? (I have a lot to learn though and still haven't got past babystep 3!)

Sorry you're feeling deflated. Hope it's temporary?

superfluouscurves Thu 24-Jan-13 21:47:54

Hello everyone - you have all been very busy today - some huge ta da lists I see - well done!!

Sorry not to get back on here until now - spent day fixing malfunctioning office equip and and patching up leaking roof. Spent a good two hours going up and down flights of stairs with buckets and mops!!

On a more positive note - dd has been an angel today! smile Helped by the fact that her French teacher has introduced class breakfasts on a Friday and it is her turn to bring in the chocolate croissants!

How did the doc's appt go Shifty? Is your ds OK?

Hope you are enjoying your new carpet Lilleth arf at being a proper grown up now!!

You've done v. well Crikey to get all that done in addition to 8 hrs of work

Toffee don't get despondent - clutter just seems to arrive out of nowhere - and multiplies!! There's always a stage where it looks worse before it gets better and you have been doing brilliantly well. As for sleeping thing, I think this weather is

whoknows hope you enjoyed yoru rare bit of 'me' time

Whoknows and Engels I'm terrible at working myself up in to a state about things in advance too - wish I could be more like dh who withstands terrible pressure and stress by focusing exclusively on the next couple of hrs ahead...

Engels glad your day went well and that you are feeling a bit more chipper x

Bloody hell bitchy taht's one hell of a list [awards golden feather duster] Let us know about hair (I am too boring and dull safe in style to advice)

Thank heavens for roofers and that you can finally see light at end of tunnel Shifty

Hope you are feeling better now Goth

Love the sound of 'ravelry' Bakerofcakes!!!

BeginnersAHM Hope your job-finding seminar proved helpful today. I'm sure someone one here used to use housewk app (though perhaps it was Linzer who left thread a while back??) would like to know more about it myself (and how to load an app on to my phone for that matter blush Like Whoknows dd had no sleep issues at all as baby/toddler/infant ... it is only now they are kicking in. Tis what Bitchy says .. her mind whizzes along and takes ages to calm down of an evening.

Whoknows sleep issues could be excacerbated by weather as well I reckon - more cooped up than normal - snow v. exciting etc etc - no long evenings to work off extra energy etc (although happy to report that dd was so tired this evening she actually asked shock to go to bed!!]

Top marks for your productive evening/day Jdub how was the haggis??

Oh poor you Blue commuting is expensive enough without having to face extra costs wine wine wine

Cuddledup good for you and your mega-anti-procrastination day yesterday!!

Well done Mercury for getting your house back under control - glad you are feeling a bit more chipper too.

Waves to Honu Ellie Lauren Feetheart Castle Justgettingonwithit Gossip and eveyrone else I have missed...

Back in a mo with steps!! It's nearly the end of the week everyone ... keep going!!!

superfluouscurves Thu 24-Jan-13 21:51:04

x posts

[swigs Lilleth's wine gratefully ... hope you feel a bit better as end of week approaches]

Beginners enter the Big Tent with trepidation - otherwise you may be inundated with e-mails!!

So glad it isn't whooping cough Shifty hope he feels better soon!

Cheers everyone!

superfluouscurves Thu 24-Jan-13 22:01:59

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Baby-step no. 25 for Fri 25th Jan is here a load of guff about giving yourself a gold star for getting through 25 days + not being perfect + a personal testimony from Fat Fairy. (Not that you don't all deserve a gold star - which you very much do - but I could do without the guff grin)

Tomorrow, will be our last day in Zone 4, the boudoir, here

Try and declutter for 15 mins in the current zone per day.

If your Zone 4 is already decluttered, you can progress to detailed cleaning

Tomorrow's mission is decluttering top of your dresser not entirely sure if this means top of dressing table or chests of drawers or what, but try and declutter it anyway grin

Friday is clearing out handbag and car day again!

The habit for January is still shining your sink! (they should be positively gleaming by now grin)

And if I've missed anything or you want a quick reference to tomorrow's tasks, have a look at tomorrow's flight plan which should update daily.

Thank heavens the w/e is approaching! Have a good one everybody!!
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superfluouscurves Thu 24-Jan-13 22:11:15

Oh dear ... i have just demolished nearly 3/4 of dd's 150g of Midget Gems whilst typing that ...blush [groans] blush

superfluouscurves Thu 24-Jan-13 22:12:18

And apologies for terrible grammar/typos/missing words and ends of sentences tonight ...typing faaaaassstttt

BeginnerSAHM : "Bitchy - I'm still in awe. Do you have time to relax ever?!" - only if i say fuck it and make time. The problem with letting things get out of control and then regularly getting hit by minimal effort due to stress. Also a vat load of super strong coffee tends to help.

Also done tonight: tesco shop, double check dates for a few bits, drop a book with a friend and very very flying visit to ikea.

Note for the newbies:
Naughty Corner Bar Policy
This is where you can be if you have done loads or nothing no matter what. It is for restorative drinks and healing drinks and what ever. The sun room is for relaxing in as needed/wanted. All are welcome!

Js. wink

LillethTheCat Thu 24-Jan-13 22:23:48

You're right Beginner just missing the washing up and the shiny sink one night isn't really naughty corner worthy enough, but when I started my last post I genuinely thought there was more as I hadn't done the one thing I promised myself I would and that was the final wash up of the day and the sink. Until I wrote it out and realised it was only that Ive not done today, it seems quite good.

Im also re-adding 5 min room rescue to my day except mine will be cupboard. We have a couple of little cupboards in the front room full of clutter. They are not that big so doesn't need a whole declutter so will just do 5 mins a day and soon they will be decluttered and easy to find things (and they need fixing too). So tomorrow's list is now a bit bigger and looks like:

tomorrow's list
- turn on washing machine
- wipe down windows
- Make beds
- Grocery Shopping
- Wash up 3X
- Dry Laundry
- put laundry away
- shine sink
- wipe bathroom
- 15 min front room
- read life advice list
- 5 min cupboard room rescue
- sort out clothes for Sat
- Fill washing machine ready for next load (maybe sat if we dont visit family, but sunday if weather allows us out for the day)
- bring in handfull of rubbish from the car
- go to skip (Im surprised at the amount of rubbish accumulated in the front room in the 10 months we've been living here)

Thats much longer as I remembered more things I needed to do tomorrow. Im determined now though grin

superfluouscurves Thu 24-Jan-13 22:28:54

Yes, naughty corner deffo open to everyone ...wot ¨Bitchy said ....sorry, missed that bit ....

[leaves out crate of wine for those of you who aren't having a dry January and a very large cork-screw]

G'night all!

SilveryMoon Thu 24-Jan-13 23:08:56

Evening. Quick post before I catch up.
Ds2 has suspected asthma and seems to be having some breathing difficulty so I'm keeping him at home tomorrow.
I need to see his teacher about it becauseI'm not completely confident tthey will keep an eye on him and give him the inhaler. I know that's silly as loads of children will be asthmatic but I don't know that they know what to look for and for when to call for ambulance etc. I sound like one of those mums don't I? I'm not really, I'm just feeling a bit uneasy about it and think I have to go with my instincts.
Didn't do mission or detail today. But have shined my sink.
Hope everyone else is well.
Going to look through today's posts and then try to get some sleep.

Evening all!

Well, despite the bad start to today, I have a list... Ta da!
Made it to pick DS2 up from nursery and wasn't the last
Lunch out
Bought sledge just in time for the thaw
Did school run with sledge smile
Zumba
Rescued kitchen
Tidied desk (had slipped off my routines)
Backed up PC
Made massive inroads into other clutter in office/spare room
Sorted laundry
Decluttered inbox and dealt with some stuff
Wrote up yesterday before I forget about it

Tomorrow's to do list:
Work
Emails, chasing up from yesterday
More decluttering/room rescues
Routines
Burns night dinner smile

SC - thankfully I don't commute very often!

Toffee re clutter getting worse before it's better, there's a phrase I heard somewhere that I like: When you're knee-deep in alligators, it's easy to forget why you were draining the swamp. smile

And on that note, good night.

Silvery - i tend to keep ds off school if he is having breathing problems with his asthma. Mostly it is the cold that aggrivates him atm. The low level viruses that seem to be doing the rounds aren't helping either. Hope ds2' breathing settles soon.

BeginnerSAHM Thu 24-Jan-13 23:28:32

Oooh good, I'd go straight to the naughty corner if I wasn't about to go to bed..

Bitchy - hmmm. I reckon the odd "fuck it" is healthy. Not too much mind - that's how my piles of clutter and stuffed wardrobes came about...

SC - glad roof is no longer leaking...! Seminar thingy was quite helpful thanks. Hope it will get me thinking productively anyway. Shifty - glad your roof won't be dripping soon(ish)!

(Big tent email sign up request totally ignored! I've learnt - considered fly lady about a year ago but was totally put off by the email and had to designate it all as Spam!)

Finished the rest of my To Do list. Phew.

Good night all!

SilveryMoon Fri 25-Jan-13 07:26:35

Morning. Today's list
Make beds
Swish and swipe
Shower and dress
Get breakfast
Clear breakfast
Laundry
Feed cats
Rubbish out
School run
Mission/detail
Cook dinner
Ds1 to football practice
Clean kitchen
Wipe down tables
Sort dry washing
Non iron away
Hotspot
Tomorrow's clothes
Shine sink
Study

If ds2 sleeps today (horrible night) I might make a start on the weekly bleugh

superfluouscurves Fri 25-Jan-13 08:25:45

Bonjour/dag my lovelies..dd delivered to school with croissants without any of us falling over so that's a good start.

Happy Burn's night to anyone celebrating this weekend - enjoy your neeps and tatties!

It was so cold last night we had 3 duvets on our bed ...and I still woke up with a frozen shoulder. It is apparent that yet more bits of our house have fallen off with blocks of snow as it thaws. Thick snow (and lethal patches of ice) still on ground to be followed by a huge load more tonight apparently.

Silvery hope your ds is OK. Agree with Bitchy about weather. None of us have any breathing difficulties but we are all finding the air quality here very poor atm. It is very dry and our eyes our itching (it's like the air (and pollution) is trapped between snow on the ground and thick blanket of snow in sky about to fall). Really horrible. Sounds like a good decision to keep him where you can keep an eye.

Blue arf at the alligators and well done for getting all of that done in addition to horrible journey yesterday. (I sped read your list btw and thought you had rescued a kitten grin) Have a wonderful Burn's night!

Waves to Beginners and Bitchy and everyone else...

And as for hsework ... the whole house is in need of attention ...I don't want to do it ....someone deliver a sharp kick to my rear please!

[Leaves out large platter of chocolate croissants and steaming hot chocolate]

Engelsemama Fri 25-Jan-13 08:27:51

Due to super pooping DS I dare not leave the house today and since it's Friday, today's list looks something like this:

Stay inside cosy and warm
Actually watch a grandslam tennis match without DH grumbling that it's boring
Spend afternoon continuing TV marathon
Think about putting one load of washing on
Maybe go food shopping while DS is asleep (if ILs are around to take baby phone for an hour - they're next door to us)
Spend the whole day thinking about what to cook this evenign and then end up getting take away because it is Friday after all.

I think anything else will be a bonus grin

Engelsemama Fri 25-Jan-13 08:34:14

xpost sc Really icy here as well on the pavements where people haven't cleared them. Be careful! (am being judgey at my next door neighbours who have a huge corner house - and therefore the whole corner of the pavement - and are perfectly able to clear snow but never bother, so whole corner is really slippery, a nightmare if you have a pushchair or wheelchair, lots of elderly people round here as well).

It's supposed to start thawing here this weekend so the Dutch news have stopped going on (as they do rather hysterically every year) about the possibility of the "11 town skating event" taking place as the ice is nowhere near thick enough.

I should add "eat cake and biscuits" to my list - still some Christmas odds and ends to use up smile

superfluouscurves Fri 25-Jan-13 08:49:10

Yes, that was on the news here too Engels Apparently, the ice has to be 11cm thick on the canals before they let the skaters on (but the rule is 15 cm in the Netherlands I think).

You take care too - the pavements are lethal!

superfluouscurves Fri 25-Jan-13 08:50:01

arf at last item on your list btw! grin Hope your ds recovers soon - tis the season!

ShiftyFades Fri 25-Jan-13 09:02:08

Engels I think my day will be similar to yours except my DS is a lot brighter today, I feel like I've been hit by a train.
Ache all over, coughing up all sorts sad
DS climbed up the inside of the fridge and got his "banana medicine" out to make me better, bless him, he's such a caring, kind little boy.

Cuddledup Fri 25-Jan-13 09:07:00

Morning all. No work today (hurrah) and as its far too cold to go out for a walk (me and DH"s weekly date) I'm at home tackling my pile of paperwork.
To do
In between doing a One hour Home Bleurgh I have to
Write letters of condolence to newly bereaved friend and my god daughter sad
Write couple of letters to NHS regarding my late dad's care sad
If it warms up a bit I might go and clean the car out as it resembles a skip
If feeling active will do some exercise.
Make bread
WIsh me luck this is going to be a tough day

Take care on the ice
XX

Ice? what ice?

ta da
try not to shout at ds who was being a boy this morning a stone would want to hurl itself at him sometimes
early morning run - not something i would ever chose to do

suffering this morning. couldn't sleep last night due to all the coffee drunk yesterday so got the knitting needles out.

first job today is to finish the new half finished projects off. Then i think there needs to be some ufo finishing off today. Need to rest ankle after the run incident this morning.

Hmm, not sure where to start today. DH has thrown me off balance by announcing he's having a day off work. He has been doing a bit of cleaning and tidying while I did the school run, so not all bad. I need to go to town later to sort out the DCs bank accounts (need upgrading as getting minimal interest now).

Feeling a bit down today, heard some very sad news (don't want to give specifics here, but not my family) a lot of shocked and upset people around school this morning. I didn't get much done last night as a result, was just not in the mood. I think I might do a few bits of detailed cleaning and some filing.

Snow is supposed to start thawing here from now on, it has been very beautiful but I'd quite like a spell of milder weather for a bit now.

GoingGoingGoth Fri 25-Jan-13 09:23:26

Morning all.
Cuddled sad at your letters today, try to do something just for you today, to balance it out thanks
SC <size 5 boot heading your way> think of it as working will keep you warm. grin

Today's list

Beds done
Windows scraped done
Dd to school done
Empty bins
Fill bird feeders
Water plants
Put clothes MIL sends for Dd into storage as they are too big
HUGH pile of ironing
Laundry on
Go to 'introduction to self employment' thingy at JC
Pick up a few bits from shops on way home
Continue ironing
Possibly bake
Collect Dd from school, and go home via park (she wants to feed squirrels again)
Dinner
Wash & shine sink

Hope you all have a good day, and that melting snow isn't a PITA

ToffeeWhirl Fri 25-Jan-13 10:22:10

SC and Blue - thank you for your comforting words about clutter getting worse before it gets better. Am still grinning at the "knee deep in alligators" phrase, Blue - there are a lot of bloody alligators in this house, I can tell you grin.

SC - you are right about the DC not being able to let off steam and it affecting their sleep. They are like puppies, needing plenty of exercise smile.

<munches chocolate croissants>

<slurps hot chocolate>

Thanks for the snacks smile.

Silvery - you don't sound PFB at all. I think you should follow your instincts and only let your DS go to school when you are absolutely sure they know how to deal with his asthma. It's far too important an issue to take lightly. I hope he gets the right meds and it's under control again soon. DH and I both get asthma and don't think twice about it because we take regular meds and so it isn't a problem (wouldn't like to be without my inhalers though).

Engels - I'm grinning at your phrase, "super pooping DS". I hope he's better soon.

Cuddledup - what sad letters you are having to write today sad. I agree with the advice above - you need to take some time to do something nice for yourself to balance it out. I'm very sorry to hear that you were unhappy with the NHS care for your Dad. I have been through that myself with my own father and we complained too.

WhoKnows - sorry for your sad news today.

Beginner - good for you for keeping your cleaner! DH was against having one for years and only gave in when I started home educating DS1 and the mess started to get out of control. Home educating felt like hard work to start with but, like any new job, I have grown used to it now and it's fine. You don't have to do school hours as you can fit a lot of work into a short space of time (one-to-one being far more efficient than 30-1!). I enjoy all the subjects we study (brings back a lot of old school stuff) and it's great to see DS1 thriving as he was completely miserable and ill with anxiety at school.

Managed to get a very reluctant DS2 to school today. I felt so mean making him go in, but he's had so much time off and I'm pretty sure it is 'schoolitis' rather than real illness. Noticed he had a supply teacher, though, which means if he is ill he'll be too shy to tell her sad. I can't win though, can I? I feel guilty for taking him in and guilty for keeping him at home.

Plenty of home ed to get through today. Won't start proper Flying till that's done. Was going to take DS1 swimming, but he's feeling poorly. If he feels better later, we could take DS2 as well and then maybe DS2 will go to sleep on time tonight hmm.

Hope you all have a good day.

bakerofcakes Fri 25-Jan-13 10:40:22

Good morning all, no more snow here, but could hear cars crunching along the road, so sounds like it has frozen overnight. Glad I didn't have to get up and go to work.

done yesterday
usual morning routines (apart from getting dressed)
caught up on mumsnet, facebook, ravelry (knitting site),
done some internet window shopping
ordered a much wanted Moshi Monster hmm
drank tea (several times)
been outside and taken snow pictures
taken photos of finished knitting projects (for ravelry)
done some knitting
Monday's mission - I have drawers under the bed so I tidied them, managed to declutter quite a bit, but still put a lot back, you can't get rid of everything grin
Tuesday and Wednesday's mission
changed bedding
washed bedding
lots more knitting
uploaded photos to ravelry
cooked tea - homemade ping dinner, so not much to do
washed up/tidied kitchen
watched tv
early night

done today
usual morning routines except for the getting dressed bit - it's my day off grin
caught up on websites/internet window shopping/caved in and bought a ball of wool
more knitting
hoovered living room and hallway
got out some of my papercrafting stuff, so dining room and living room untidy again

Now off for a long soak in the bath, might do Thursday and Friday's missions whilst I am up there, then need to hoover the bedroom.

Jdub Fri 25-Jan-13 11:23:27

Good morning team January,
I hope everyone has a lovely Friday and weekend lined up...

done
empty d/w
everyone up, dressed, fed and out.
shopping list planned
beds made
OH sorting washing and tea if I'm lucky - good egg!

to do when I get home from work/over the wknd
downstairs bathroom
upstairs hoovering
gather swimming stuff together for the morning
filing
school shoe/boot cleaning
wash ds2's coat
bath ds1&2
dust lounge
bedroom missions (still got stocking pressies to find homes for)
finally remove and home ALL remaining Christmas prezzies from the lounge floor
dust dcs bedrooms
make cake (all the Christmas cake has gone - boooo!)
sort cluttered bag

Better crack on and do some 'at work' work!
Happy Friday one and all!

SilveryMoon Fri 25-Jan-13 12:25:08

Thanks Toffee He's not even my first born! wink
He hasn't been officially diagnosed with asthma. they say he's too young for that (4 in a few weeks) so only has the blue inhaler, not the brown one.
He seems ok. Breathing is loud but that's not unusual.

Had a rough night, so trying not to do too much, but really don't want to fall off the wagon. I'm already feeling a bit meh about spending 15 mins a day in each zone.
The problem here, is that it looks fine. We have no hotspots or dumping places, dp refuses to put up shelves, so we have no nick-nacks or anything like that, so everything we have is essential stuff, no pointless vases with holes and stems too small to fit anything in, no pretty candle holders or ornaments so it's all minimal work which leaves me unmotivated. Think if I was surrounded by crap, I might feel differently.
But then, I look behind the doors (doors are kept open here), or behind the telly (which I haven't cleaned behind for years) and I am ashamed!
Come on motivation, where are you????

Sorry about that.

LillethTheCat Fri 25-Jan-13 13:26:05

Afternoon all

tada
- turn on washing machine
- wipe down windows
- Make beds
- Grocery Shopping
- Wash up 2X
- Dry Laundry
- wipe bathroom
- read life advice list
- go to skip (Im surprised at the amount of rubbish accumulated in the front room in the 10 months we've been living here)
- mend broken coat as it ripped in the middle of the supermarket. I wouldn't care, but Ive only had it 4 months. Luckily it was on the seam so I could do a quick sew of it and it looks ok from a distance, but nobody is going to look that closely at it anyway.

to do
- Wash up
- put laundry away
- shine sink
- 15 min front room
- 5 min cupboard room rescue
- sort out clothes for Sat
- Fill washing machine ready for next load (maybe sat if we dont visit family, but sunday if weather allows us out for the day)
- bring in handfull of rubbish from the car (aaagghh totally forgot about this one and Im not going in it again today, the plan was to bring things in everytime I go somewhere so eventually it will be rubbish free so probably wont get done now)

So Im half way through today's planned lists. Could have done without fixing my coat though. It was harder than I thought it would be.

Sorry to hear about the bad news whoknows

Beginner I plan to get a cleaner once Im at back at work, just once or twice a week I think.

cuddled sorry to hear about you having such horrible tasks of writing letters.

<waves to everyone else>

BBL

Children's bank account upgrade took AGES. I then needed to change the standing orders from my current account to the new ones, I'm with a different bank but they are part of the same group. So I walked to the other one and it had a queue a mile long. Came home to do it online, couldn't do it, phoned up, held for 10 mins only to be told that due to a security measure you are locked out of making new standing orders online for a week after any "significant activity" on accounts in your name within the group, for example changing your children's bank accounts. They suggested I go to my branch. Grrr!

BeginnerSAHM Fri 25-Jan-13 14:22:48

Cuddled - so sorry about your letters... Horrible thing to do but I'm sure they'll be appreciated. They always are.

WhoKnows - sorry you're dealing with sad news too. And annoying bank stuff. It's so frustrating, isn't it?

ToffeeWhirl - Home ed sounds very interesting indeed. I'd love to know more about it. V happy with our local primary and our children seem happy to but I do know more people are home ed-ing these days...

SM - glad your son seems ok. Hope it stays that way

Ok, so, not much done as have DC2 with me today and various social dates!

Done:

Tidy breakfast
DCs wash on
Wipe and dry kitchen surfaces
V superficial/half-hearted playroom tiday (soooo needs serious de-cluttering)
DC1 to school
First ever coffee morning that I could attend (was v nice!)
DC2 lunchdate

To do:

[Err, not much today as have parents coming and am off to theatre with DH this evening (leaving here at 5)]
Collect DCs
Hang up DC washing
Cook DC supper
Babystep 4

Still impressed with everybody else's lists! Aspirational for me at the moment only!

GoingGoingGoth Fri 25-Jan-13 14:48:13

Afternoon

Today's list

Beds done
Windows scraped done
S&S done
Dd to school done
Empty bins done
Fill bird feeders done
Water plants
Put clothes MIL sends for Dd into storage as they are too big
HUGH pile of ironing DONE!
Laundry on done
Go to 'introduction to self employment' thingy at JC done and overran
Pick up a few bits from shops on way home done
Collect Dd from school, and go home via park (she wants to feed squirrels again) -just about to go, have peanuts in pocket
Dinner
Wash & SS

GoingGoingGoth Fri 25-Jan-13 14:51:22

Just seen Scottish smileys grin

And remembered Dd is having veggie haggis at school today. Hope it went well, otherwise she'll be angry when I pick her up. Better go!

SilveryMoon Fri 25-Jan-13 15:46:39

Dp's just woken me up on sofa. It was half 12 last time I looked at watch! Whoops. Good job ds2 is ok.
Better shift myself and do some flying

Crikeyblimey Fri 25-Jan-13 19:11:39

Hi all.

Some impressive lists again. Sorry for those with poorly people / sad stuff going on (don't mean to not name names but I'm on my phone and can't see back up there whilst typing.

Today I worked from home so:
Up, dressed, breakfasted and creature husbandry attended to.
Ds to school then back home to work.
During my "lunch break" managed to Hoover sitting room and stairs / landing.
Went to collect ds from school at 3.15 as chess club was cancelled due to snow. One of his friend's asked if he could come with us as his dad doesn't have a mobile and wouldn't know it had been cancelled. Now, the easy and sensible thing would have been to take him back into school to wait the hour for his dad. Feeling sorry for the poor kid, we all went to sit in my car to try and phone the lad's mum - no answer. Anyway - after waiting 10 mins to be sure the dad wasn't coming, I ran ds and his other friend to other friend's house amd took lad back to school to wait the 20mins or so for his dad to arrive at the usually chess club finish time. 30 mins later, still no sign. Another 5 mins and dh rings me to say the lad's dad is at OUR house having been told by another random mum that I had taken lad home sad

Why on earth would she say that? I would not have taken child to my house without first alerting a parent that I had him. Could you imagine if the dad had turned up at school and no sign of his son or anyone else! Stupid bloody woman.
Anyway - finally delivered child home at 4.55 sad
Bearing in mind, I'm working only nipped out at 3pm to collect ds.

Crikeyblimey Fri 25-Jan-13 19:13:18

Oopps - pressed post too soon (although with that rant up there you're probably glad I did!).

Upshot is, bugger all done (apart from the vacing) amd I now have another 2 hours of "paid for" work to do. Grrrrrrrr.

Hey ho - at least it's wine night.

LillethTheCat Fri 25-Jan-13 19:59:32

How did it get to nearly 8PM shock

tada
- turn on washing machine
- wipe down windows
- Make beds
- Grocery Shopping
- Wash up 3X
- Dry Laundry
- wipe bathroom
- read life advice list
- go to skip (Im surprised at the amount of rubbish accumulated in the front room in the 10 months we've been living here)
- mend broken coat as it ripped in the middle of the supermarket. I wouldn't care, but Ive only had it 4 months. Luckily it was on the seam so I could do a quick sew of it and it looks ok from a distance, but nobody is going to look that closely at it anyway.
- put laundry away
- shine sink
- 15 min front room
- 5 min cupboard room rescue
- sort out clothes for Sat
- Fill washing machine ready for next load (maybe sat if we dont visit family, but sunday if weather allows us out for the day)

not doing
- bring in handfull of rubbish from the car (aaagghh totally forgot about this one and Im not going in it again today, the plan was to bring things in everytime I go somewhere so eventually it will be rubbish free so probably wont get done now)

Right I have two lists for tomorrow as it all depends on the weather:

list 1 (assuming the weather is OK for us travelling down to York to visit family)
- wipe down windows
- Make beds
- Wash up 2X
- wipe bathroom
- read advice list (full of good lift my spirits quotes)
- shine sink
- 15 min front room
- 5 min cupboard room rescue
- sort out clothes for Sun
- visit family

list 2 (assuming the weather/roads are too dangerous to drive)
- wipe down windows
- Make beds
- Wash up 3X
- wipe bathroom
- shine sink
- 15 min front room
- 5 min cupboard room rescue
- sort out clothes for Sun
- turn on washing machine
- dry laundry
- put laundry away
- fill washing machine up for Sun
- read advice list (full of good lift my spirits quotes)
- Do puzzle with DD1
- build a snowman
- have a snowball fight with DCs 1+2

I think I'll be doing list 1 as its meant to snow overnight, but be ok tomorrow. The gritters have been out and according to the local news they are going to be working through the night to try to keep the snow off the roads. Will see though, nothing's set in stone.

I keep saying to DH "dont put it down - put it away" so Im hoping we can get that mantra into our house and all get into the habit of putting things away.

Hope everyone has a good weekend.

SilveryMoon Fri 25-Jan-13 20:08:17

Crikey I can see why you're a bit peeved about that, and I think you did the absolute best thing. How old are they?
Not sure what I'd have done, but glad all worked out and everyone is safe.

I didn't get much done today, just normal routines that I have been doing for years that keep me on top of surface stuff.

I really need to start to make more of an effort to fully FLY and do the missions and the detailed cleaning.
Not sure why I can't appear to do it. Oh yes, I do, because I just can't be arsed!
I need some ways to get and stay motivated.

Tomorrows list
Up and make beds
Get breakfast
Shower and dress
Swish and swipe
Clear breakfast
Laundry
Rubbish out
2 mins hotspot
Menu plan
Shopping list
Food shop
Dinner
Clean kitchen
More laundry
Non iron clothes away
Stray items away
Shine sink
Lay out clothes
Start the home bleugh to be continued Sunday

I've also promised the boys we will go and kick a ball about tomorrow as football training was cancelled tonight.

Evening all,

Well didn't get much done today, but DH made the most of his day off and did a big clear out of his clothes, plus a repair job that has been waiting for months. DD had drama group after school, then we all had Dominos together and I am still within my MFP limit for the day (after very careful scrutiny of the menu.

Thank you for kind words about the sad news. I don't even know the people concerned terribly well, but it is a really awful thing that happened, it has made me reflect on things quite a lot.

Busy weekend in store, hoping the snow will melt overnight. DD wore her snowboots to drama, we forgot to take indoor shoes so she did it barefoot and when I came to get her the boots were gone. We hunted high and low but couldn't find them. So we were stranded with her in stockinged feet, the car a good 100m away over snowy ground and me unable to pick her up due to my surgery (I could have given her a piggy back if she'd climbed on a chair so long as I didn't actually lift). Anyway a kind dad carried her all the way to the car for me and saved us! Hoping someone picked them up by mistake and will return them promptly.

SilveryMoon Fri 25-Jan-13 21:58:04

WhoKonws What a pita about the boots. I really hope someone did pick them up by mistake and you get them back. That wouldn't happen here, you take your eyes off of something you own here and its gone in a flash!
Great that there was a kind dad there to help you.

Just did some more studying and submitted an assignment paper, but I have drank just over half a bottle of wine, so hoping my answers made sense..................we'll see.

Think I'll go to bed now. G'night

Oh no, hope the boots turn up, WhoKnows and sorry to hear about the bad news at school.

Crikey - how frustrating!

There are some very impressive lists on here too. I've done no real flying today, but lots of work and admin and suchlike. We had a very nice Burns Night dinner - no Scottish connection at all, but DH likes haggis and I can put up with it once a year. smile Rather calorific but hoping the rest of the week was good enough to get away with it...

Big waves to all. Night!

superfluouscurves Sat 26-Jan-13 03:47:42

[SC stumbles in misquoting Rabbie (hic) ... tries not to disturb Bitchy... ...]

Evening/morning all. It was a friend's 50th b'day Spotify party this eve...had great time ...just what doctor ordered ...although dh was grumpy (tired) and I ate and drank far too much again. Could barely fit in to my spanx as it was blush.

Sorry to have been absent from thread again today; hope you are all OK.

Although so sorry about sad news Whoknows and hope boots get returned (I can't imagine anyone would be mean enough to purposely take a child's boots in this weather. Certainly hope not anyway).

Sorry about your sad letter writing tasks Cuddledup sad I hope you are ok x

Silvery glad your ds breathing ok. We had official smog warning here today (now lifted). Do the Flying minimum and your mo-jo will return...!

Crikey sorry about shenanigans arising from doing a good deed - I'm sure parent was very grateful to you though.

Thanks for boot Goth grin Much needed and appreciated. Wish I could say that I had done a lot of Flying ...which I can't in all honesty blush Arf at Scottish smilies grin Hope JC talk was helpful.

Gah, yes we still have stocking presents to find a home for here Jdub

Toffee I can imagine it must be tough for your ds2 going to school when his older brother is being educated at home and huge sympathies over "guilty when he's at home/guilty when he's at school". Feel equally awful/anxious sending dd off to school while she is going through this current "thin, pale, shaky" stage although small school so pastoral care is good. Hats off for home edding btw - I wouldn't know where to start - I find it hard enough just getting dd to do the set hwk. Great that your ds1 is thriving on it.

Lilleth v impressed by your weather-dependent alternative lists for tomorrow! Now that's organisation!

Glad the haggis went down well Blue!

BeginnersSAHM hope you had a good time at the theatre and your half-hearted play-room tidy is a regular occurence in our house!! Must get down to the proper clear-out soon ...[shudders at thought]

Bakerofcakes I like the sound of all the creative things in your list (snow pictures, paper-crafting, knitting etc). Arf at 'ping' dinner - must remember that phrase!

Hope your ankle is mending Bitchy

So sorry you have succumbed to illness now Shifty¨(aw at your little boy though!)

Hope your ds feeling a bit better Engels and that you avoided the ice patches! [Wasn't "super pooper" an Abba song?? grin)

Waves to eveyrone I've missed!

Back with links then crasssh....dh went to bed at least two hours ago and started snoring loudly after 10 seconds ...but I always find it harder to wind down ...

superfluouscurves Sat 26-Jan-13 03:56:42

****************************************************************************************************************

Baby-step 26 for Sat 26th Jan is here guff about it taking a month to establish a habit & more guff about Big Tent nonsense

No zones or missions because it is the weekend

Saturday is family fun day

Today's flight plan

Reminders!

Have a good one everybody and hope to be back on the thread during daylight hours tomorrow!!

**************************************************************************************************************

Toffee just came across this by accident - apologies if you have already seen it/it is stating the obvious/you are already on top of it

Engelsemama Sat 26-Jan-13 08:57:53

I think it goes something like this sc

He is a super pooper cranky crapping toddler
Exploding nappies galore
Washing machine can’t take much more
Wiping bums is such a chore

grin

Engelsemama Sat 26-Jan-13 09:17:00

Not sure what today has in store. DH is going to fill up his car in Germany (it's a lot cheaper) and also book my car in for a service. So am home alone for a few hours with DS.

To do

2 loads of washing (1st is on)
Washing up (sink was not so shiny last night blush)
Empty bins
Tackle dining room table hotspot

Lots of little things I have to do - put card in post for friend, online banking, Re-do bird feeder.

This afternoon DH and I are going to look at the stairgates and where to put them (and maybe even put them up!)
Maybe we'll have another session in the loft while DS is sleeping (wonder what we'll find this time!)

Happy flying (and family fun day) everyone smile

ToffeeWhirl Sat 26-Jan-13 09:37:40

I love your Abba tribute, Engels grin.

SC - thanks so much for that link - that's really useful. DS2 was absolutely fine at school yesterday so that makes me feel a bit better. In fact, he had a supply teacher who was apparently huge fun, so he had a great time <phew>. You have my sympathies about sending your DD to school when she's having these fainting incidents. What is the GP doing about it now?

Not sure what today holds in store, but decluttering, tidying up, swimming and having MIL over to tea are on the list.

Hope you all have a good day.

superfluouscurves Sat 26-Jan-13 09:38:40

Ha Engels grin!! I like it!! grin

now I think about it, Bennie and Bjorn seem to have had a bit of a poo obsession ...

"Knowing me, knowing poo, ah ha ...."

"I poo, I poo, I poo, I poo, I poo" (substitute for "I do, I do, I do, I do , I do")

"Mama mia, here I go again "

"Breaking up is never easy, I know but I have to go wink"

grin

superfluouscurves Sat 26-Jan-13 09:47:55

Toffee thanks - dd has had tests and they have come back fine apart from low blood sugar - so doc has suggested oat cakes every 2 hrs and a diet that does not have too many sugar spikes ..She is fine for two or three days and then it comes back. Hopefully it is a phase she will grow out of.

Good to hear your ds2 had a good day at school after all yesterday

ToffeeWhirl Sat 26-Jan-13 09:59:59

I'm glad the tests were ok for your DD, SC. I hope the new oat-cake regime works.

Have just read the Flylady homeschooling tips page - really, really useful and inspiring. I like the idea of the DC having their own chores every day.

You missed out 'Take a chance on pee' in your Abba list, SC grin

Cuddledup Sat 26-Jan-13 11:45:20

Thanks for all the sympathy about the rotten letters I had to write yesterday. (4 letters of condolence plus 2 letters of complaint to the NHS) Anyway letters written and posted - PHEW - great weight off my mind.

I'm loving all the stuff about Abba. Staying on that theme --does anyone remember the film Priscilla Queen of the Desert one of the main characters has one of ANjeta's poo's in a locket round his neck !! grin

DD (aged 8) is on a mission this weekend to tidy up my clothes / wardrobe and get rid of all my tatty clobber! Since all my clothes are in the bedroom then we're working in the right zone!!

Have a good weekend all.

ToffeeWhirl Sat 26-Jan-13 11:57:31

Have just finished typing out new bedtime routines for DC, after our current ones weren't working. DS1 (13) complained last night that DS2 (7) gets lots of attention at bedtime, whereas he gets what is left over. As I usually do the bedtime routine whilst DH sits on his arse watching telly I am usually too exhausted to do yet another long routine with DS1 after putting DS2 to bed. Cue: discussion with DH about sharing the bedtime routine. We now have two schedules printed out and we are going to take it in turns to do bedtimes. Hope this works and stops me feeling resentful that I usually do it all.

Am interested to know what the rest of you do about bedtime routines.

Castlelough Sat 26-Jan-13 11:57:45

Good morning everyone!
<ignores the clock>

Have been missing in action a bit - apologies.
< leaves a large pot of coffee out for other hardworking fledglings >

Have not been doing much cleaning of late, the house needs a good crisis clean!

Have been exercising and have been diligently calorie counting on MFP and have been working hard towards my debtfreewannabe goals (thanks to one of you sending me over to check out that website back in August smile)

Am smothered with a cold so am going to give myself a small list today -

1. Blitz the boudoir - hotspots, vacuum, change bedlinen, declutter magazines.
2. Reboot laundry, iron and put together some outfits for work next week.
3. Bake bread and make homemade soup.
4. Have tyres on car checked and replaced if necessary and book NCT (MOT).
5. Dinner (chicken stir-fry)
6. Shred and have a bath (have pledged to turn myself from frump to fab this year, in babysteps!)
7. Declutter toiletries and cosmetics (and start using them up!)
8. Muck out, groom, and tlc for my darling horse smile.

Right that is quite a good list!
Off I go and bbl x

SilveryMoon Sat 26-Jan-13 12:57:43

Toffee Bedtime here goes a bit like this:
6:00 - the boys are told they have 10 minutes until it's time to tidy up
6:10 - the boys are told to tidy up and get undressed for the bath. I run the bath whilst sorting dry washing
6:15 - boys in bath. Dp oversees whilst I wash up and clean kitchen
6:30 - boys out of bath and me and dp rotate which dc we help to dry (they both want me so someone is screaming at this time)
6:40 - both boys are dried and pj'd and we are sitting down on sofa to read books
7:00 - I walk boys to bedroom and tuck them in.

If dp is working, I let one boy stay in the bath a bit longer whilst I dry the other one. They take this in turns.

Toffee - the actual timing of bedtime varied because of Cubs, Brownies etc but assuming we are all at home after tea it is

6.15 - 7 ish watch TV, chat, play, eat fruit and milk
7-7.30 ish bath, teeth, vitamins
7.30 - 7.45 sort clothes for next day plus any extras eg football kit and put away laundry.
7.45 - 8.15 ish me and the DCs in my bed, they both read to me, I read to them, DS practices spellings on the Ipad, we do a bit of speech therapy work (they both need that).
Then either they both go to bed or sometimes DS stays up to do a bit if social story work or similar.

Don't really have tuck in / lights out, I just send them through and stay in bed for 15 mins having my turn on the Ipad, so I can intervene if necessary, usually they just chat a bit, read a bit and pur themselves to bed. They are 7 and nearly 9 and share a room.

BTW DH usually sits on his arse on the sofa through all this, TBH it's easier that way and he does clear the kitchen.

When they were younger and had separate rooms one of us read with each and then swapped over but since they moved into one room it's been easier if one adult does it. DH sits with them in the 6-7 TV slot while I potter as I can't stand children's TV.

Engelsemama Sat 26-Jan-13 13:21:59

Toffee I only have one DS and he's a lot younger than your DC (15mo) but have the same problem with me doing bedtime 90% of the time. I know DH is struggling, but I get him make him do one bedtime a week minimum. Our routine is bath (if bath night), pjs, teeth, story. Have reminded DH that I am only reading DS stories in English, so if he wants his Dutch to be up to scratch then he'd better start taking his turn more often!

Castle sounds like you have some positive resolutions this year. I should Shread as well today. It's still way too cold and slippery outside to chance a run <wimp>. I should make the same pact to actually use things like nail varnish, lipstick, mascara, eye shadow, body lotion, foot cream, hand cream...I have all this stuff but unless it's the basics (shampoo/conditioner/shower gel/deodorant/toothpaste/foundation and powder for work days) I just don't use it!

Ta da
Washing load #1 dry and folded (#2 is on)
Emptied out and cleaned handbag
Polished boots
Emptied bins
Hoovered downstairs
watered plants
Washing-up
Updated finances spreadsheet
Booked car in for service during my half term
Tidied car
DH - put up bird feeder again (the string on it broke so has a new cord, unfortunately we don't have any bird seed/nuts to refill with, so that goes on my list for Monday)

To do
pizza this evengin (making dough now)
dining room table hotspot
stair gates

ToffeeWhirl Sat 26-Jan-13 13:41:04

Thanks for the bedtime routines. Our problem is that there is a big age difference between the two children (six years), so we can't put them to bed at the same time and, if we do a proper bedtime routine with DS1 as well, it all goes on for hours. However, DH and I have discussed how to keep the routines shorter (DS2 does spin his out) and I do see DS1's viewpoint that his little brother gets more attention than him at bedtime. New routine (starting tonight) goes like this:

DS2 6.45 Bathtime; brush teeth; PJs
7.15 Bedtime story
7.45 Bedtime cuddle/chat
8pm Light off

DS1 7.30 Bathtime; brush teeth; PJs
8.15 Bedtime story
8.45 Bedtime cuddle / chat (still wants cuddles at 13!)
9pm Reading time on his own
9.30 Light off (listens to radio till he falls asleep)

This still means bedtime routine lasts nearly three hours, but I don't see how we can cut it down because of the boys' different needs. At least if DH is doing his bit, the other one of us can get on with tidying up the kitchen / sitting on their arse on the sofa for a while.

Our bedtime tends to stretch out, which is as much my fault as anyones as it is my favourite part of the day, apart from the bit where I have to ask them about 15 times to put away their clean clothes and put dirty ones in the basket. Luckily I go to bed pretty late myself so still get a good couple of hours free time once they're in bed.

Castle / Engels - I've been neglecting my appearance lately too, since New Year I've ben wearing my glasses on more days than my contact lenses for various reasons and it makes doing my hair and make-up very difficult (can't see well enough to do either without lenses/glasses) as well as making me feel frumpy. I have also totally neglected my nails, they had gone all dry and flaky and 3 broke this week. Anyway I went to book a hair appointment yesterday and the woman on the desk had fabulous glossy wine red nails, so I went to Superdrug and bought a similar colour (for £1), gave myself a thorough manicure and now have lovely glossy (short!) wine red nails too, feel better for the effort. We've been swimming this morning and my hair is swathed in conditioner under a towelling turban, about to go and get my lenses in and give myself a decent blowdry too. I am also sticking to MFP, lost 3lbs so far (3st in total needs to go). Little things make a big difference.

As for Flying, hmm, not too bad, got washing in the machine, need to go and clear the lunch dishes and get stuck into a bit more paperwork. I'm out babysitting tonight and the other mother has kindly invited DS to sleepover as well, which DS was delighted about, so I need to get cracking a bit this afternoon.

LillethTheCat Sat 26-Jan-13 14:28:32

Well I had two lists all dependant on weather and if I was in or out for the day. As it happens Im doing a mixture of both grin I didn't make one for going to York, deciding the small roads to houses we needed to go to would be too sludgy/icy/dangerous and me being pathetic so turning back so getting home 5 hours earlier than planned. So here is today's list:

tada
- wipe down windows
- Make beds
- Wash up
- wipe bathroom
- turn on washing machine
- go to York and come home early

to do
- wash up 2X
- shine sink
- 15 min front room
- 5 min cupboard room rescue
- sort out clothes for Sun
- dry laundry
- put laundry away
- fill washing machine up for Sun
- read advice list (full of good lift my spirits quotes)
- do puzzle with DD1

Oh well we had a drive out and got out of the house even if we were back for a late lunch

Anyway going to relax for a bit after driving (partly in some awful sludgy snowy horrible roads) and nearly crashing as my car didn't want to stop on a particularly slippy bit. Was lucky there was no traffic on the road I was coming onto. I think that shook me up a bit and made me refuse to drive down the small roads.

superfluouscurves Sat 26-Jan-13 14:44:04

Helllooooo. Hope you are all making the most of the last snowy weekend of the year (apparently). We've had 4 hrs of fresh snowfall already - it is perishingly cold too.

Have had a lovely morning: cleaning out, stroking, and playing with rabbits smile although one was unusually docile so I am a bit concerned about her (although she is eating/drinking/pooing/peeing/running around as normal - and teeth, eyes, ears, bum all look fine). Perhaps she has just made leap from bolshy adolescent to calm adult. Will be keeping an eye.

Re-booted laundry, did quick supermarket shop, made veg soup and ate it.

Watched woodpecker on bird feeder [pretty amazing given we are in the middle of big city]

Then played with dd and Playmobil house for one hour (quite enjoyed it!!)

That's it so far ...

Whoknows/Engels*/*Castle You have given me pause for thought. I'm afraid my beauty regime is at an all time low. I just can't get enthusiastic about my appearance until I lose some weight. Amazing how little things - like manicures and pedicures - can make one feel a bit brighter though.

I can see how the age difference between your two makes bedtimes a challenge Toffee. 3 hrs does seem like an awfully long time out of your day though (having said that, I have no idea as to what time dc start going to bed by themselves .)

Dh always does Weds evenings if he's here (as I've had dd all afternoon - no school then) and I always do weekends and then we share it out during rest of week depending on dh's travel plans/work hrs/our respective energy levels. Dh doesn't read story though, whereas I do (only time dd gets to read in English with an adult so important). Whoever doesn't do bedtime, stacks the dishwasher. Much easier with only one child though.

Groan at 'Take a chance on pee' grin

Good luck with paperwork whoknows

Hope you feel better soon Castle well done re: MFP diligence (I will be returning properly in Feb - promise!!)

Cuddledup well done for getting the tough stuff done and posted! Hope the wardrobe makeover goes ok - fab that your dd volunteered!!

Big snowy wing flaps to eveyrone else!

superfluouscurves Sat 26-Jan-13 14:46:14

Cuddled btw Priscilla Queen of the D is one of those films I've always been meaning to watch and have never got around to it ...(I always watch films at least a decade or two after they have been released for some reason)

superfluouscurves Sat 26-Jan-13 15:14:38

Glad you made it back ok on slithery roads Lilleth not pleasant driving at all

Well today is the 2nd day in a row where i will have done fuck all flying.
Ds has thrown a MASSIVE temper about having the house tidy. Because a tidy house is change and he doesn't like change. FFS.

GoingGoingGoth Sat 26-Jan-13 16:15:38

Bitchy brew wish I could think of something helpful to say.
SC Pricilla is brilliant

Done
Beds
Windows scraped
Dry washing away
Washing up
S&S
Bins & recycling emptied
Afternoon with Dd, went to park, visited animals, went to library.

To do
Dinner
Wash up & SS
Ironing (small amount)
Knitting, another jumper for Dd

goth told him he finds mess stressful and he has to get over it and deal with it. Because tidy is going to become the new normal.

GoingGoingGoth Sat 26-Jan-13 17:07:59

Bitchy good for you grin whenever he starts being stroppy, just think of us all behind you. If necessary I'll get my Pom-poms out (and I don't offer them to just anyone)

Engelsemama Sat 26-Jan-13 18:42:55

tidy is the new normal grin I like your style Bitchy

Whoknows you have inspired me. Have just put DS to bed and now am soaking my feet. The foot scrub, cream, nail varnish is all lined up. Until a week ago I hadn’t blow dried my hair for about 2 months as I “didn’t have time” but have realized that spending 10 minutes on it means I have good hair for 2 days that doesn’t frizz up (unless I get rained on). Haven’t worn my lenses for a month. When I very occasionally rock up to school without glasses, a bit of make-up on and some nice clothes I always get strange looks as no one recognizes me!

Had a very lovely homemade pizza tonight – recipe from “Usborne my first cookbook” grin

Castlelough Sat 26-Jan-13 19:26:54

WhoKnows, Engels and SC glad to hear you are all going to do a bit of 'fabbing' too! We can motivate each other in little babysteps! (It could also constitute decluttering, as we use up our lotions and potions! grin)
Toffee glad I only have my own bedtime routine to worry about, and it needs working on too!

LillethTheCat Sat 26-Jan-13 20:03:18

tada
- wipe down windows
- Make beds
- wipe bathroom
- turn on washing machine
- go to York and come home early
- wash up 3X
- shine sink
- sort out clothes for Sun
- dry laundry
- put laundry away
- fill washing machine up for Sun
- read advice list (full of good lift my spirits quotes)

not doing as I spent too much time on laptop earlier
- 15 min front room
- 5 min cupboard room rescue
- do puzzle with DD1

Will do tomorrow's list tomorrow

Crikeyblimey Sat 26-Jan-13 20:57:57

Evening everyone.

Today has yet again been minimal on the chores fr

Castle - I was on a long running couch to 5 k thread for a year or so, we spent more time talking about nail varnish than running some weeks, there was a solitary male poster who must have thought we were bonkers.

I am babysitting in a beautiful, spotless house, admittedly a lot bigger than ours so much more storage but still making me feel inadequate!

Crikeyblimey Sat 26-Jan-13 21:00:36

Evening everyone.

Today has yet again been minimal on the chores frOnt.

Spent the morning (well till 2pm) out with my sis at a Bygones auction where we were selling some stuff from my late mum's shed (before completion of her house next weekend).

Managed 1 x load of washing, livestock stuff, feeding people amd washing up.

Hey ho. There's always tomorrow.

superfluouscurves Sat 26-Jan-13 21:04:05

shock at Goth showing her pom-poms before the watershed ... grin wink

Hope day got better Bitchy

That's a very good point Castlelough (and Whoknows/*Engels*) am always keeping smellies for best and by the time I get to use them, they are too old! Why wait? smile

On the basis of this link think Flylady would approve of a bit of "fabbing"!!

That's a good list you've got through there Lilleth (and Goth!)

I am proud to announce that I dusted the entire Playmobil house today grin

I hope to do some proper Flying tomorrow but a bit more relaxed than usual today because it is a journée pedagogique on Monday - no school!!! Yippeee!

Only had a few hours sleep last night, so going to post steps and crash.
Back in the morning. Hope everyone is enjoying a good Saturday night!

***************************************************************************************************************

Baby-step 27 for Sun 27th Jan is a good one! Add "what's for dinner tonight?" to your daily routine.

No zones or missions because it is the weekend, but if you want to get ahead, we will be starting in Zone 5: Living room/den/TV room next week.

Sunday is renew your spirit day

Tomorrow's flight plan is here

Keep warm everyone and keep going!!

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superfluouscurves Sat 26-Jan-13 21:24:03

Waves to Crikey! Hope auction wasn't too sad for you ...x (Did very same thing last year.)

Whoknows don't underestimate the effects of good storage on how a house looks...!!

Jamillalliamilli Sat 26-Jan-13 22:30:41

Crawls out of naughty corner from renewing my spirit early wine to say hello to Beginner and Crikey, wave to everyone, and congratulate Bitchy on “tidy is the new normal,” (must try that!) and following really serious meltdowns from all with ASD in my life, mention that it’s a hell of a full moon out there and there’s frozen wet stuff everywhere and I doubt it’s all a coincidence.

Re home ed and flylady, Ds reckons his statistics exam hasn't gone well and I don’t know if I can cope with re doing it. Having read the flying with homeschoolers, I think our plan should be d/s does the flying, and I can take his exams. Sorted! grin

Jamillalliamilli Sat 26-Jan-13 22:40:28

BTWfor any interested; Part 1 of 6, Howard Goodall's Story of music, absolutely brilliant! (On Iplayer 'till feb 23rd)

"Tidy is the new normal" is what I'm striving for too. Thanks, Bitchy. Also like "don't put it down, put it away", whoever it was who said that one.

Today has featured lots of temper tantrums here too, also sledging before the snow disappears altogether, sudden panicked cleaning because of the realisation that MIL and Step-FIL are going to be in our house as well as a restaurant tomorrow, and DH and I having a very rare evening out at the theatre! smile

House is looking much better, although I find it hard because MIL and SFIL see surface clutter (of which there is lots) but miss deep-cleanliness, which isn't normally too bad.

Big waves to everyone. Have lovely Sundays!

Castlelough Sat 26-Jan-13 23:06:03

My goodness SC that link has HUNDREDS if not thousands of pampering ideas!!!!

Castlelough Sat 26-Jan-13 23:13:29

Did not manage my entire list today...

Ta-da:

-4 new tyres on the car
-stocked up on shavings for dhorse and looked after him!
-homemade soup and baked bread
-dinner
-washed up after all the above
-MFP (and lost .75 lb this week, was hoping for more but at least it's a loss!)
-called to see dMil

Will tackle laundry, ironing, and boudoir tomorrow along with school prep, and some phone calls.
Am off to run myself that bath. DH is at work and I will be smelling like roses when he gets in smile.

Castlelough Sat 26-Jan-13 23:17:25

Blue enjoy the theatre and try not to worry about surface clutter. Your house is a home for you and your young boys. You are doing your best; I'm sure they will only have eyes for their little grandsons grin x

ToffeeWhirl Sun 27-Jan-13 00:01:38

Just - I like your idea about getting your DS to do the Flying whilst you take his exam grin. Cross fingers that he's done better than he thinks. Has he had any tutoring or is it all down to you and him? <worries about having to go through this with DS1 in a few years time>.

SC - well done on dusting the entire Playmobil house today! Hope you can catch up on sleep tonight.

Blue - I know what you mean about people only seeing surface clutter. Can you go round with a big box and just scoop everything into it before they come? That's what I do.

Glad to see you have been pampering yourself tonight, Castle !

<sniff sniff> <notices strong scent of roses>. Hope DH appreciates it.

Blue - hope you enjoy the theatre tonight. I was recently given a voucher to spend on a visit to the theatre - am quite excited about it, as it is such a novelty these days.

Bedtime routine ran late tonight and DH didn't help because he's not feeling well, but I used the trusty timer and managed to get both boys into bed early so we could watch 'Borgen'. Tomorrow, I will stick to the times on my list and, hopefully, DH will be able to help.

Off to browse a little before bed now. Night all.

Tbh the house isn't really that tidy but i thought i'd drop the seed of change seeing as he felt the fact that you can see an improvement was a good reason for throwing a strop. But if i am being completely truthful i think that the meltdown was pre-emptive stress wrt to an activity we were doing tonight. Which he survived better then he has done before. Late night for all, including ds, tonight.

Need to get some flying done tomo. but it won't be much as going out from around 3pm.

Jamillalliamilli Sun 27-Jan-13 00:35:48

Toffee It's been the blind leading and cheering on the partially sighted. I'm saving up for a subscription to MEI!
Tbh, it's not that he doesn't understand statistics, it's that he dislikes them and sees them as an aboration that lets down the beauty of 'genuine' maths. Me I just settle for the idea of being able to understand any of it, even short term.

ToffeeWhirl Sun 27-Jan-13 01:05:10

Just - home ed does force us out of our comfort zone, doesn't it? I am learning more Maths now than I ever did at school! I hope your DS has done better than he expects.

Bitchy - wishing you a good night's sleep and a meltdown-free day tomorrow.

Am not doing so well at the 'bed at decent hour' step...

Just grin I sniggered at your ds' view on stats. That is exactly the sort of thing that i expect my ds to come out with at some point when he is older. hmm

I am up at a nice early time this morning. Don't want to be but am. Have lost my phone with my alarm clock on it and was hoping to discover it when the alarm went off on it this morning. but nope. not happened. So i get to play hunt the phone in a bit.

Plan for today:
get up
drink lots of coffee
check timings and location for comp stuff
do some stuff (as yet to be determined)
deal with hideously over tired ds - pj and tv day i think
get ready and head to comp stuff
get home to one asleep ds and put on a quick wash.
shove stuff in tumble dryer and head to bed.

Which seems like a totally doable list of stuff until you try to figure out what the stuff bit that needs doing is. hmm

SilveryMoon Sun 27-Jan-13 09:08:58

Morning all

List dump:
Up make beds done
Get breakfast done
Feed cats done
Laundry done
Clear breakfast
Shower and dress
Swish and swipe
Rubbish out
Polish/dust
Clean glass
Bathroom shelves
Tesco for things I forgot yesterday
Ironing (prob about 2 hrs worth)
Wipe out fridge
Polish shoes
Homework
Wrap birthday present for party later
Go to party
Hoover
Mop
Clean kitchen
Sort dry washing
Non iron away
Check diary for next week
Lay out clothes
Shine sink

Just - me too, I come across stats in my work and find the fact that they can be used to make data say anything you want it to somewhat frustrating. Whereas normal maths, you know what you're getting.

LillethTheCat Sun 27-Jan-13 10:13:27

I haven't done today's list yet.

tada
- wipe down windows (didn't need it now it is so much warmer)
- change bedding and hide mucky bedding as the wask basket is full
- turn on washing machine
- wash up
- ring parents

to do
- wipe bathroom
- wash up 2X
- shine sink
- sort out clothes for Mon
- second load of laundry
- dry laundry
- put laundry away
- fill washing machine up for Sun
- read advice list (full of good lift my spirits quotes as per flylady get rid of negative thoughts in babystep day 5)
- 15 min front room
- 5 min cupboard room rescue
- coursework
- help DD1 with homework - DS has no homework as teacher was too busy hmm

Oooh so much to do today, not sure if most of it will get done. Then again there are a lot of short things that will take no time so maybe it will.

Talking of looks, I sometimes wish I was a bit more motivated with my appearance, but I just CBA. I did see that thread about someone's new year resolution was to take care of their appearance, but Im doing so much ATM Im not adding more things onto it just yet. I might in 2014 though. Make a little plan and do it in babystep format. Have a beauty habit of the month and get it done. ATM all I care about is that Im clean and dont smell. I dont ever wear make up thats mainly because I just feel a bit overdressed with it on. I do go running a bit, its been a bit too wet/snowy recently but plan to do more when the weather gets nicer. My goal is lose weight over summer and maintain it over winter (or at least not put too much back on)

Thanks for the fabbing link SC will have a look in a min. Well done on cleaning the house even though it was a playmobile one grin

Bitchy hope it doesn't take too long for your DS to get used to the idea of the new normal. It must be frustrating to go through a change let alone one that has an effect on everyday living. Even though it is a good thing, it must be difficult to see that different can be good.

Hope you had a good time at the theatre Blue and you manage to clear all the surface clutter. Agree with the big box idea.

<waves to everyone else>

BBL

lilleth "It must be frustrating to go through a change let alone one that has an effect on everyday living. Even though it is a good thing, it must be difficult to see that different can be good." This pretty much sums up ds. <sigh>

The people have pissed me off today. So i am walking around angry.
I am going to have a sign made up with "tidy is the new normal" and stick it up.

SilveryMoon Sun 27-Jan-13 14:01:19

Up make beds done
Get breakfast done
Feed cats done
Laundry done
Clear breakfast done
Shower and dress done
Swish and swipe done
Rubbish out done
Polish/dust done
Clean glass done
Bathroom shelves done
Tesco for things I forgot yesterday done
Ironing (prob about 2 hrs worth) first batch done more later
Wipe out fridge done
Polish shoes
Homework
Wrap birthday present for party later done
Go to party
Hoover done
Mop done
Clean kitchen
Sort dry washing
Non iron away
Check diary for next week done
Lay out clothes
Shine sink

Not bad. Now to sit down for a bit before going to party

GoingGoingGoth Sun 27-Jan-13 14:42:11

Bitchy love your idea of a sign, I may make it as my next cross stitch project. In BIG letters!

Today's list
Beds done
Windows - already clear, like Lilleth smile must be warmer
Washing up done
Recycling out done
S&S done
Litter tray cleared done
Bathroom floor swept & mopped done
Bedroom & hall vacuumed done
5 minute rescue in hall done
Laundry on done
Dry clothes folded (not away yet)
Set up chart for DD's routines done
Laminate chart <excited squeal> next job
Dinner
Wash up & SS
Sit and count birds for RSPB winter bird watch
Make mince pies as just found another jar of mincemeat

LillethTheCat Sun 27-Jan-13 15:14:33

tada
- wipe down windows (didn't need it now it is so much warmer)
- change bedding and hide mucky bedding as the wask basket is full
- turn on washing machine
- ring parents
- wash up 2X
- second load of laundry
- dry laundry
- 5 min cupboard room rescue
- coursework
- help DD1 with homework - DS has no homework as teacher was too busy hmm

to do
- wash up
- wipe bathroom
- shine sink
- sort out clothes for Mon
- put laundry away
- fill washing machine up for Mon
- read advice list (full of good lift my spirits quotes as per flylady get rid of negative thoughts in babystep day 5)
- 15 min front room

Aghh not doing too bad.

Sorry to hear you're having a hard time today Bitchy just think in a few weeks/months time then tidy really will be the normal and it wont be the new normal, it will just be normal. You have to go through it to get past it. Hope it doesn't take too long for you.

SilveryMoon Sun 27-Jan-13 20:05:23

Up make beds done
Get breakfast done
Feed cats done
Laundry done
Clear breakfast done
Shower and dress done
Swish and swipe done
Rubbish out done
Polish/dust done
Clean glass done
Bathroom shelves done
Tesco for things I forgot yesterday done
Ironing done
Wipe out fridge done
Polish shoes done
Homework done
Wrap birthday present for party later done
Go to party done
Hoover done
Mop done
Clean kitchen done
Sort dry washing done
Non iron away done
Check diary for next week done
Lay out clothes done
Prep school bags done
Shine sink

I always get to Sunday evening and think I've forgotten something.

Next week's the living room isn't it? I have people coming round next Sunday for ds2's birthday. 5 children I don't know (plus 5 I do know) so need the place to be looking better than it does now. Next week will be scrubbing sofas, washing cushion covers, wiping skirting boards and table legs I think. Haven't done any of that for a while blush.

Hope everyone else has had a good day and is ready for the week ahead

LillethTheCat Sun 27-Jan-13 20:20:39

tada
- wipe down windows (didn't need it now it is so much warmer)
- change bedding and hide mucky bedding as the wask basket is full
- turn on washing machine
- ring parents
- wash up 2X
- second load of laundry
- dry laundry
- 5 min cupboard room rescue
- coursework
- help DD1 with homework - DS has no homework as teacher was too busy hmm
- sort out clothes for Mon
- put laundry away
- fill washing machine up for Mon
- read advice list (full of good lift my spirits quotes as per flylady get rid of negative thoughts in babystep day 5)
- 15 min front room

not doing
- wash up after tea
- wipe bathroom
- shine sink

Right off for a bath and early night. Hope you all have a good evening.

Right, that's the DCs birthday party out of the way for another year (did a joint one this time). Thank goodness, I do find them stressful. It all went smoothly in the end, but we had a lot of scurrying around beforehand - we took 7 friends each donutting at the local dry ski slope, you had to pay for the places in advance and no refunds for no shows and we had two persistent non-RSVPers that I spent all week chasing, one of whom couldn't come, another dropped out this morning due to illness and they were meant to be taking someone else, whose mum's phone wasn't working, you get the picture.

Anyway, we managed to fill all 16 places and got everyone there, even managed to manage 16 coats, pairs of gloves, crash helmets, etc etc.

Then home for present unwrapping and chaos. DH has tidied up downstairs and I have had a good go upstairs. Still feeling somewhat inadequate after the spotless house last night. Hmmm.

superfluouscurves Sun 27-Jan-13 21:05:08

Gosh the lists on here (on a Sunday no less!) are putting me to shame. Despite my best intentions (which paved the road to hell as my late mother was fond of reminding everyone) have done naff all today really except eat , read, re-arrange dining room in Playmobil house, go to church, fondle rabbits and watch telly grin No school tomorrow though (teachers planning day or whatever they are called in English) so have given in to CBA-ness. (A.k.a. "having a thorough Nesbitt" as thread oldies may recall grin)

Heavens Silvery you have done well today!! (Btw think I would scrub cushion sofas and wash cushion covers etc etc after the party for fear that I might end up having to do it twice, but am a bit of a slattern like that grin - strategically placed bunting can cover a multitude of sins wink)

Lilleth "not doing so bad" is an understatement if ever there was one - you are doing briliantly well! I like your "you have to go through it to get past it" attitude!!!

(Oh and hear hear to being clean and not smelling smile (which just about summons up my attitude to appearance atm!!) It IS impossible to change everything all at once - I always make this mistake every year - and end up achieving precisely nothing. Your approach is much better and much more realistic. (Mean this in relation to all change - not necessarily appearance-focused. One has to do one thing at once - and if you take something new on - something else usually has to go)

Goth another one doing brilliantly well (love a good laminating session too) How did the bird watch go? What did you see? (Would have loved to take part but don't think survey extends to outside UK)

Speaking of laminating - better get your sign done Bitchy!! Sorry it's tough going atm. (Btw tell me to get knotted if this is a totally ridiculous idea - but would your ds find the change any easier if he had some control over say one or two aspects of it -such as - his room or specific area where he hangs his coat/bag/training gear etc etc???) - oh have just read lower down that meltdown related to other things. Anyway, hope you have better day tomorrow.

Mahoosive respect to Justgettingonwithit and Toffee for battling with various mathematical concepts [SC whimpers at prospect]

Just sympathies - my sister has just finished "sitting" (loose concept) my nephew's A-levels wink. Surprisingly, he hasn't seen fit to do her v. demanding lecturing job plus all the household cleaning, shopping and cooking in return ...grin Hope results turn out OK for your ds.
Thank you v. much for 'Story of Music' link - have recorded!

Toffee hope your dh feels better soon. Well done for persisting with early bed regime.

Castle can smell the roses from here smile!!!

Blue hope crisis clean went ok and you were able to enjoy your well-deserved night out!

Big feathery wing flaps to Whoknows and eveyrone else!!

Back in a mo with links...

superfluouscurves Sun 27-Jan-13 21:09:23

x post

Whoknows [clears throat, looks sternly over pince nez] you should definitely definitely not be feeling inadequate - sixteen dcs have just had the time of their lives thanks to you and your dh!! Donutting sounds fab!!

Sorry the day was so stressful for you though - parties just are intrinsically stressful, however organised one is in advance wine wine wine

GoingGoingGoth Sun 27-Jan-13 21:18:39

SC bird watch was ridiculous, 2 pigeons & a magpie! Usually have more varied visitors than that! Sometimes even long tailed tits. May have another go tomorrow morning, see what I get 1st thing.

Today's ta dahs
Beds
Windows - already clear
Washing up
Recycling out
S&S
Litter tray cleared
Bathroom floor swept & mopped
Rest of flat vacuumed
5 minute rescue in hall
Laundry on
Dry clothes put away
Set up & laminate chart for DD's routines ( she does like a check sheet)
Dinner - made by Dh
Wash up & SS
Sit and count birds for RSPB winter bird watch
Made mince pies, flapjacks & bread

Baked goods now in naughty corner, the flapjacks are very gooey and have chocolate drizzled on top (Dd won't eat plain ones confused)

superfluouscurves Sun 27-Jan-13 21:26:13

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OK lovely fledglings, if you can you believe it, we are starting week 5. Only 4 days left until baby-step no.1 comes a round again.

Tomorrow's baby-step, no 28, for Mon 28th Jan is another really important one about looking after ourselves.

Tomorrow, up to and including the 31st, we will be in Zone 5: Living room/den/TV room next week here (Back in Zone 1 on Friday.)

Try and declutter for 15 mins per day in current zone.

If your Zone 5 is already decluttered, you can progress to detailed cleaning

You can find tomorrow's daily mission and all the missions for this week here Tomorrow's mission is a good one - spend 15 mins removing anything from your sitting room that does not belong in there.

Monday is home bleugghh day here (Fat Fairy recommends 10 mins per task) here

As you know by now, the habit for January is keep shining that sink!

Summary of above = flight plan which should update automatically.

Have a good start to the week everyone!

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SilveryMoon Sun 27-Jan-13 21:28:30

whoknows sounds like it was a fab day for dc's. Glad it went well.
sc sounds like a pretty perfect day!
(I remember nesbitt)

Off to bed now.
Tomorrow's list
Get up make beds
Get breakfast
Feed cats
Shower and dress
Swish and swipe
Laundry
Clear breakfast
Work
Time with boys
Cook dinner
Clean kitchen
Laundry
Non iron away
Stray items
Zone work
Study
Bed

I really need to make sure I find time for the boys everyday. I normally make the mistake of getting in and jumping straight onto chore stuff for fear of doing nothing if I sit down.
I need to wean boys off of tv as they have hit another stage of not moving from it and I want to enjoy them more.
We had great fun the other day playing with ds2's moshi monsters tree House where I was role playing with the figures and making up silly names and voices. Took them a while to get into it but we really laughed. I need more of that.
Anyway, off to bed. Goodnight all

superfluouscurves Sun 27-Jan-13 21:28:38

Oh that's disappointing Goth when you've gone to the trouble of logging them. Perhaps they were hiding ...

[Catches whiff of delicious baking smells and sprints for naughty corner...]

Jamillalliamilli Sun 27-Jan-13 21:32:56

Nearly done here.

Still to do
Ironing
Make sure ds phone charged
Dinner
Plan tomorrow
sleep

Toffee I’m afraid he probably hasn't done well. He does well enough on the mocks, but it flees on the day at the moment.
I don’t teach him maths, it’s well beyond me. I facilitate him teaching himself maths, and learn things temporarily beside him enough for him to tell me how much I’m getting wrong. My own maths is very basic, so he has to really stretch himself to make me understand, but he successfully teaches others who then do well in the exams that he doesn't. He likes complex abstract patterns in maths, and I like them in art and music, without that connection we’d be doomed.

Attempts at tutors have generally been disastrous as he doesn't seem to be able to just learn systems and apply them unless he can see the bigger picture, and how it usefully applies in life, but I’m told the things he can do, are far more important than those he can’t.

Bitchy there’s a few on here who are going to be facing the same I suspect.

Thanks *Who knows*for the confirmation about stats and honesty. I can’t imagine why you’d feel inadequate after sorting that party!

Lileth I’m another one who needs to care about looks.’ Clean and doesn’t smell ‘ sums it up here too.

Goth thanks for the mincemeat reminder on your list

Silvery enjoy the party.

SC re CBAness, based on Bitchy’s idea, I’m thinking ‘February is the new January’ ie; when the new year properly starts.!

superfluouscurves Sun 27-Jan-13 21:34:24

Silvery I am having to limit dd's screen time atm too and according to her (exacerbated by fact that she is an only) I never spend enough time playing (even when I've spent the last two days doing so!!) It is a difficult balance - I feel guilty when I clean and don't spend time with her - and guilty when I do spend time with her and don't clean (although admittedly slightly less so wink)

superfluouscurves Sun 27-Jan-13 21:45:10

Justgettingonwithit >"February is the new January" Too right!!!! In fact, if we are both on this thread on January 1st next year, PLEASE remind me of this and then I can just avoid the agonising-dithery-exhausting- self-delusion stage and cut to the chase and not even pretend that I am going to miraculously "start again properly" on Jan 1st!!! grin

Re: your ds " I’m told the things he can do, are far more important than those he can’t" exam results are an incredibly arbitrary way of assessing intelligence and skills - what you say above is far more important

G'night all!

BeginnerSAHM Sun 27-Jan-13 21:48:52

Hi all,

My goodness - Dc parties (agree - always stressful!) and more impressively long lists ticked off! Well done all.

I totally lost a grip on routines this weekend. DH has his own lists which take priority and mean I do all the childcare/cooking/cleaning. He's been busy doing DIY with his dad so I'm not complaining but flylady-type things have slipped.

Done:

Tidied up chaos after 45 minute lie-in (took 45 mins at top speed - half made wooden spoon fairy, breakfast, tool boxes, playroom bombsite, washing-up, emptying dishwasher etc)
Hung up washing
Got DCs dressed and out
Got self showered, dressed and out (with blusher...)
Soft play hell all morning (noise levels and heat were horrid with hangover
Made lunch for DCs and cleared up/washed up/dishwasher unload/load
Made lunch for grown-ups
Attempted hour long sleep while DC2 slept - hangover... (woken up by DC1 after 10 minutes)
Cleaned up lunch for grown-ups
Made scones with DC2
Cleaned all that up
Made tea for everybody
Cleaned all that up
Put wash on
Made supper for grown-ups

Not doing:

Cleaning up supper plates
Unloading dishwasher again
Hanging up washing

I forget what babystep I'm on. Maybe not having negative thoughts and writing post-its. Am not going to do the post-it thing. I strangely agree with the "reversing negative thoughts"/slightly- too-American-for-me-to-feel-comfortable amateur psychology though so will try that. Have started a Control Journal instead of the post-its. I'm going to start on day 6 babystep tomorrow!

Rather overwhelmed, again, by the size of my to-do list. Wardrobes are still a shocking mess, as is my bathroom cupboard. I didn't manage one 15 minute de-clutter this week... Ah well. To be honest, the all day hangover always puts me in a rotten mood as well as making everything harder! Have a nice kitten snoozing and purring on my knees as the moment, which is cheering me up!

Maybe I should have a bath and then go to bed early-ish. After spending a bit of time in the naughty corner...

Sleep well everybody!

ToffeeWhirl Sun 27-Jan-13 22:40:55

Am very impressed by the size of everyone's lists today. In contrast, the Toffee household had a CBA day. I didn't really get my arse into gear until MIL was due to come round, which meant I had to rush around tidying up, etc. Managed some ironing whilst she was watching a film with DH.

Stuck to the new bedtime routine tonight, although I had to do it all on my own again because DH is still not feeling well (both he and DS1 have caught the same bug (I think it's what DS2 had last week)). Anyway, the routine went well (using the timer again helped keep me on track) and I'm just about to type up a morning routine as well and have set the alarm for 15 minutes earlier because I'm always about five minutes late getting DS2 to school.

Just - that is so frustrating about your DS's abilities not necessarily showing up in the exam. I hope he's done better than he and you think.

SC - I love the way you are doing your Flying in the Playmobil house grin.

Just preparing work for home ed tomorrow, then am determined to get an early night for a change. Goodnight, fledglings.

ToffeeWhirl Sun 27-Jan-13 22:43:08

PS: WhoKnows - well done on managing the party. It sounds like a great success. The best bit of children's parties is when they are all over smile.

Very true Toffee <reaches for wine>.

feetheart Mon 28-Jan-13 07:06:57

Morning all.
Another Monday, and yet another determined start from me hmm
All I have picked up is that everyone had long lists for yesterday - I didn't, mine was:
- All up and fed
- Sandwiches made
- Train to London
- Lunch in Pizza Express
- Take DC to Cirque du Soliel
- Eat sarnies on train home

Been wanting to take them since they were tiny but wanted to wait until they could really appreciate it - it was well worth the wait as, although we had standing 'seats' up in the Gods, they were mesmerized.

List for today is less interesting:
- All up and out
- Work - end-of-the-month stuff so not very onerous or time-consuming
- Morning routine
- Something like a house bleugh
- 15 mins in living room of doom
- Research built-in ovens (as ours died yet again on Weds, 5 times in 10 years so It Is Going hurrah)

If anyone has any recommendations for a built-in oven please let me know - electric, double with grill, good for baking, under £600, NOT Zanussi. I've never bought an oven before so am a bit overwhelmed and a thread I started didn't get very far.

Have a good Monday everyone, I will try and catch up again later.

Morning all. Crisis clean successful and the theatre evening was lovely, thanks.

SC /Toffee - you're supposed to be renewing your spirit on Sunday anyway!

Goth the RSPB website says not to worry if you see fewer birds than normal as someone else will have seen more so it balances out. Agree about the disappointment though as it's happened to me in the past. Did quite well this year though.

WhoKnows well done on surviving the party. DS1's rearranged party is this Sat so starting to stress again now!

Mission & house bleugh both covered by the w/e crisis clean so just routines and work today.

Engelsemama Mon 28-Jan-13 07:59:01

Okay, have decided that I need to apply Flylady principles to my schoolwork. 15 minutes here and there is better than nothing! All my little tasks (marking, planning, emails) are mounting up and they are becoming a herd of elephants in the corner of my brain that I am desperately ignoring!

DS finally seems better. He ate all his food last night, and no diarrhoea (sp?) since Saturday evening.

So, list for today
School work – 15 minute bursts of marking and planning. Start with urgent tasks for tomorrow! (I have an enormous list)
Finish off yesterday’s wash, fold, put away
White wash
Supermarket – bits for dinner
Make Quiche Lorraine ( I got the Hairy Biker’s Pie book on Saturday and it’s really good, especially for a clod like me who needs to be told how to make pastry – ah, blocks ready-made shortcrust and puff pastry – the Dutch are not quite as evolved as they think they are!)
Appt at nursery to see how DS is getting on
Put bins out
Washing-up

GoingGoingGoth Mon 28-Jan-13 09:07:32

Morning all,

Thanks to Dh taking Dd out yesterday, I'm already halfway through Home bleugh, pretty good start for the week, just got to keep it going.

Today's list
Beds done
Windows done not as warm as yesterday, all steamed up again
Laundry on done
Dd ready for school done thanks to her routine list, she was more organised than me this morning.
S&S done
Washing up
Ironing
Dry laundry away
Litter tray
Prep for interview tomorrow
Some emails (complaint re broadband provider overcharging)
Remainder of Home bleugh
Shops for few bits
Collect Dd
Dinner
Wash up & SS

Blue will go with pigeons & magpie, rather than sit for another hour. Pleased you got a good haul. Need to get DM's numbers, as I submit her data too.

cjbk1 Mon 28-Jan-13 10:00:59

Dear all
my lists are far too long and dull to post on here often but wondered if you cld help me with smelly 'no more chemicals' cloths lol! they're like e-cloths and work well in bathroom but the kitchen ones keep getting smelly, iv not had them long enuf to wash in machine for than a few times...but soon after I do they get yucky again...I'm trying to cut down on chemicals coz of my eczema so any help please?
thanks grin

Jdub Mon 28-Jan-13 10:04:35

Morning all!
The sunshine here today is BEAUTIFUL (if not a little chilly) but SO lovely to see clear blue sky!

I had a really productive weekend and got all my list done bar the handbag sort. So here's how today is shaping up-

done
up, dressed, pancakes and everyone out to where they should be with everything they need.
d/w on
packed lunch assembled
ds2's lunch ready for after playschool
beds made
bedrooms aired

to do
Receipt filing
bag sort
upstairs bathroom
meal plan
maybe wash floor

Happy Monday everyone - one of my friends at work has bought in cakes - lovely lady!x

ToffeeWhirl Mon 28-Jan-13 10:49:21

Feet - we have just been through the oven dilemma ourselves and we chose this Belling model from Appliances Online. Very happy with it so far and especially like its defrost and slow-cooker function (means I can declutter the cupboard of our slow cooker). Appliances Online were really good and were lovely with us when we realised we had received a built-in oven when what we really should have ordered was a built-under oven blush. The wrong oven was collected and the right oven was delivered without any bother (apart from the sniggers of the delivery men!).

envy at you seeing Cirque du Soleil.

Blue - oh yes, thank you for reminding me about 'renew your spirit' day! That makes me feel better smile. I thought I was just being lazy.

Engels - The 15-minute rule is useful for all sorts of things. DS1 and I use it with schoolwork sometimes. Better to do something than nothing.

Going - well done at being half-way through your home bleugh already. I haven't even started yet.

cjb - I use e cloths like these and haven't had any problems. Lakeland do promise that these anti-bacterial cloths won't smell though.

Jdub - well done on the productive weekend. <sweeps up cake crumbs>

The good thing that arose out of my CBA weekend is planning. I now have a new morning and bedtime routine for the boys, as well as a list for 'boredom busting activities' to hand to them next time they say, "I'm booooored" (which is code for 'Let me watch telly/play on the computer/XBox/DS etc). I have also drawn up a list of household chores that they can do and am going to put them in a jar (the chores, not the boys) and let them choose one every day. Maybe I can delegate ALL my household jobs to my children!

Went to bed earlier last night and set my alarm for 15 minutes earlier this morning. As a result, DS2 and I were at school on time for the first time in a week smile.

A rather embarrassing thing: DS2 often says "Just a sec!" when I hurry him up in the morning. I have been shouting back up the stairs, "There's no time for secs!" It only occurred to me this morning what the neighbours must think blush.

Jdub Mon 28-Jan-13 11:00:47

That is genius, Toffee - I shall instigate an 'I'm bored' jar. What a brilliant idea! I'm going to make a list of all the things I can think of that they can tackle. Great plan! Thank you

GoingGoingGoth Mon 28-Jan-13 11:02:57

Toffee grin at "no time for secs", and I'm only halfway round as I had an hour of quiet yesterday.

Am tiptoeing round today as Dh is FINALLY submitting his tax, he had the figures ready in November! Why it always has to be last minute <seethes very quietly>

Snowgirl1 Mon 28-Jan-13 11:21:13

[creeps back onto thread after a week of CBA-ness last week]

The house has slithered back into messiness, so I'm going to try to get a grip again this week. As fast as I can declutter, my DH seems to create new piles of stuff <sigh>

To do tonight:

Empty & re-stack dishwasher
Hang laundry to dry
Vacuum lounge
Vacuum kitchen
Mop kitchen
Declutter lounge for 15 mins
Change duvet in our room
Do last of thank you cards from Christmas (before it becomes February!)
Get to bed early-ish

Thank you SC for your round-ups of what we're supposed to be doing - there's no way I would be able to get started again without your nice clear summary smile

LillethTheCat Mon 28-Jan-13 13:25:10

Not done a todo list today let alone a tada list. Although I have done some things.

tada
- Wash up 2X
- Turn on Washing Machine
- Dry Laundry
- Put Laundry away
- Make beds
- ring landlord re kitchen tap

to do
- Wash up after tea
- shine sink
- fill washing machine ready for tomorrow
- get clothes ready for tomorrow
- 5mins cupboard room rescue
- tidy front room once DCs are in bed

So can we start baby steps in Feb again and every month after that then? There is so many I dont do. I dont do missions, I dont even do zones. Im just mainly concentrating on washing up after every meal even though there are odd times on a night I ignore it and keeping the front room tidy. Everything else I do, Ive been doing anyway.

Ordered a carpet for our downstairs bathroom (we have two bathrooms as the house was adapted years ago for a frail old couple) which should come this week and DH will lay it (he's no carpet fitter, but he's not bad at doing it and it costs a lot less than it would if we went to a proper carpet shop) so looking forward to that, it will mean that showering will be ever so much nicer now (we only have a bath in the upstairs bathroom) as the floor is horrible. Its very addictive buying nice flooring. Its the kitchen next.

I have been nesbitting.
This is a problem as there is soooo much to do i am feeling overwhelmed. Time for some outside intervention I think. Lets see what tomo brings.

MercuryRising Mon 28-Jan-13 16:29:49

Hi ladies.
Sorry for going awol the last couple of days. I work through the night on a Thursday and Friday so most of Friday and a lot of Saturday is spent sleeping. I intended to catch up with the thread last night. Dp had gone out, I settled down on the sofa and then woke myself about an hour later snoring blush

So I thought I would quickly list dump and then try to get on this evening to catch up with all of the gossip.

Ta da
Up and dressed
Meal planning done
Food shop done and put away
2X school run
Helped dsil plan her hen night
Hoovered downstairs
New sheets put on bed
Changed curtains in our room
Packed dcs lunchboxes for tomorrow
Early dinner in for dcs as dd has dancing tonight
Dw unloaded and reloaded
Last nights pots put away
Laundry rebooted

To do
Get dd changed and take to dancing
Bath and bed routine for dcs
Dinner for me and dp
Write short list for dp tomorrow as he has offered to catch up on some housework as he has the day off.
Reading - I joined the read 50 books in 2013 thread and am still only on number 2!

I look forward to catching up with you all later smile

Quiet in here today....

<considers a party for the sheer hell of it in the naughty corner.>

Cuddledup Mon 28-Jan-13 18:06:28

Hi All,
OK so last week's zone work in the bedroom resulted in: me discovering a ton of cobwebs hanging over our bed confused (how come I'd never noticed them ) AND DH discovering a pair of trousers had gone mouldy in the crotch area. shock EEYYUUKK.

DH has now got the decluttering bug and has started decluttering his study . So this afternoon he and put a pile of clobber in our newly decluttered bedroom. Aaaghhh !

I've done a Home Bleurgh this afternoon so the house looks pretty ok. CAB to do anything zone-wise though.
As always am impressed and entertained by everyone else's postings!
Bitchy I may join you in the naughty corner for a party
XX

<opens the wine >

ToffeeWhirl Mon 28-Jan-13 18:21:54

<settles down into naughty corner>

<swigs some of Bitchy's wine>

I have serious house envy after accompanying DS2 to a playdate with a new friend. My house is looking very, very pokey in comparison. However, DS2 says our house is 'cosy', not pokey smile

<swigs more wine>

ToffeeWhirl Mon 28-Jan-13 19:06:00

<finishes bottle>

<taps feet>

<awaits company>

GoingGoingGoth Mon 28-Jan-13 19:13:01

Ta dah
Beds
Windows
2 loads of laundry
Dd ready for school
S&S
Washing up
Ironing
Dry laundry away
Litter tray
Prep for interview tomorrow
Some emails
10 minute tidy in lounge (not too untidy to start with!)
Bank
Collect Dd
Dinner
Wash up & SS
Knitting

To do
Attack eyebrows as will actually put makeup on tomorrow

Toffee we have a cosy flat, I see it as less space to clean

Engelsemama Mon 28-Jan-13 19:21:01

wine ? Don't mind if I do!

bitchy sorry to hear things are overwhelming at the moment.

toffee I was rolling on the floor with "no time for secs" grin

Well, have had a great day getting things done. Still lots of planning to do but have finished off all the little bits of marking that had piled up and am really organised for the next 2 days in the classroom. I feel so much lighter. I think thst was the main thing that was making me feel so out of control. Still a big list to get through (which I know will never end!) but am feeling so much better equipped to deal with things now.

Ta da
Yesterday's washing away
One load of washing done and away
Delicious quiche lorraine made and consumed
Washing up done - sink is shining
Letter's posted
Popped to supermarket for few bits (walked! fresh air!)
Had observation meeting at DS nursery
Lunch, clothes and hair ready for school tomorrow
Bins emptied and out for collection tomorrow
Emailed best friend
And di I mention I actually did some schoolwork? grin

Just going to take off my nail varnish (chipped as hell already, not a good look for school) and sip my wine

superfluouscurves Mon 28-Jan-13 19:21:30

[SC creeps in wearing wierd snood thing on head)

Hello hello. Hope you are all OK. Don't want to be a party pooper but have sinus headache on left side of my head - get them very rarely nowadays but usually when mahoosive weather change - so trying to keep away from screens today.

Feel badly about not catching up with everyone (you are all doing so well) but if you'll forgive me - just going to post links and retire to a darkened room with only minimal personals. Promise to catch up tomorrow!!

In the meantime:

thanks Snowgirl smile but please no need to creep back in - everyone drops in and out of thread all the time - tis good to see you!! smile

arf at Toffee's " no time for secs" grin

Lilleth >"So can we start baby steps in Feb again and every month after that then? " yes you certainly can - that's the beauty of the system - it all wheels around again every month! Quite reassuring really...

Mahoosive wing flaps to everyone else!!!

Back in a mo with links

superfluouscurves Mon 28-Jan-13 19:32:59

Bum, just done links and now lost them ..;starting again

superfluouscurves Mon 28-Jan-13 19:43:39

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Tomorrow's baby-step, no 29 for Tues 29th Jan is weekly pamper mission this one is especially for Castle! smile

Tomorrow, up to and including the 31st, we will be in Zone 5: Living room/den/TV room here

(Back in Zone 1 on Friday.)

Try and declutter for 15 mins in the current zone.

Once you have decluttered, you can start on detailed cleaning

You can find tomorrow's daily mission here - sofa diving!

The daily focus for Tuesday is planning - menus, events, appointments, wardrobes, holidays, etc etc

The habit for January is still shining that sink

In summary, have a look at the flight plan which updates daily.

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Just realised there are only two baby-steps to go to end of month. Is anyone interested in running Feb thread?

Engels have just heard the news on the radio about Queen B ...

superfluouscurves Mon 28-Jan-13 19:47:49

forgot to answer cjb - I just use ordinary J-cloths plus kitchen sponge and (when I'm really organised) I wash cloths in wm (having collected a few of them). Every night, part of sink routine, pour boiling water on cloth and sponge and leave to dry.

superfluouscurves Mon 28-Jan-13 19:53:12

Bitchy Toffee and Engels et al ....try not to leave too many fag ends and beer stains on the carpet tonight - they are a bugger to have to scrub out wink and my knees aren't what they were grin

SilveryMoon Mon 28-Jan-13 19:58:14

Get up make beds done
Get breakfast done
Feed cats done x2
Shower and dress done
Swish and swipe done
Laundry done
Clear breakfast done
Work done - lousy day
Time with boys done we played moshi monsters and then 'basket ball'
Cook dinner done - meatball stew
Clean kitchen done
Laundry done
Non iron away done
Stray items done
Zone work done - I took the cushions off sofa, hoovered it all and wiped it all down
Study nope - waiting for my last assignment to be marked before I move on
Shine sink
Bed

Very proud of myself for spending time with boys before jumping in to housework. I did the zone work after they'd gone to bed. Hope I can keep it up. Much better.

I had a chat with them earlier about the tv. We have agreed that it can go on when we get in from school whilst I cook dinner etc, then when dinner is ready it goes off, we eat, we do homework, we play, we bath, we read, we go to bed.
They were fine with it, and coped well today, let's hope it continues!
Off to catch up.

LillethTheCat Mon 28-Jan-13 20:06:46

tada
tada
- Wash up 3X
- Turn on Washing Machine
- Dry Laundry
- Put Laundry away
- Make beds
- ring landlord re kitchen tap
- shine sink
- fill washing machine ready for tomorrow
- get clothes ready for tomorrow
- 5mins cupboard room rescue
- tidy front room once DCs are in bed

Feel so much better when I do all my chores grin

Right so my plan is all about getting into habits. I already have some habits in place - laundry (that includes washing, drying, putting away and filling washing machine for the next day), make beds in morning and sorting out what Im wearing tomorrow.

This month I have been trying to get into the habit of washing up after every meal, unlike leaving it till later as per 2012 and before. Also of course shining my sink.

Next month Im going to get into the habit of tidying/cleaning the front room every night once the DCs have gone to bed. This I have started early.

Also will have the following mantras:
- Tidy is the new normal
- Dont put it down, put it away
- Never leave a room empty handed (Ive tried to do this before, but it never worked so going to try again) Where-ever I go I will take something that belongs in that room/area and put it away even if its just one thing.

Thank you for doing a wonderful job this month SC Im not going to volunteer as Im not good at commitment and dont want to let people down if I decide to have a CBA day/week or whatever. I will in future though once Im more up to speed with all the missions etc.

A friend once told me of the embarrassment she had in a supermarket. Her DS was looking at toys and when she told him to come along he said just a sec so of course she replied with "you've had lots of secs"grin

tomorrow's list
- Wash up 3X
- Turn on Washing Machine
- Dry Laundry
- Put Laundry away
- Make beds
- shine sink
- fill washing machine ready for tomorrow
- get clothes ready for tomorrow
- 5mins cupboard room rescue
- tidy front room once DCs are in bed
- possibly go to town for some new clothes for DD2. All her trousers are ruined by crawling and now she is walking Im thinking of getting her some nicer trousers. Might look at some shoes as well now she is walking.
- Dentist
- Running club (I will get there)

Have a good evening everyone.

SilveryMoon Mon 28-Jan-13 20:11:03

Beginner I started on babysteps on Jan 1st, but since then (maybe step 3/4) have been ignoring them! blush will have to get on it next month for sure.

I've just necked the last of the Bailey's. sad No more alcohol in the house <props up in naughty corner>

SilveryMoon Mon 28-Jan-13 20:14:31

Oh, FFS!
When I have to catch up, I type replies and stuff on word and then copy and paste it to here. Easier than scrolling up and down. Just done it and forgot to paste. Closed down word so lost it all. Grrrrrrr

Engels would this help? FLYLadies Teacher CJ. I haven't read it.
sc hope you're feeling better soon.

Hi to everyone else smile

LillethTheCat Mon 28-Jan-13 20:18:00

Ooh thats a good idea Silvery

mmm Baileys. I love Baileys, but the only time I ever got really bad hangovers was the morning after drinking baileys so I avoid it now sad

SilveryMoon Mon 28-Jan-13 20:21:36

I don't really like it Lilleth but dp bought a 1L bottle at Christmas so I've been drinking it when he's forgotten to buy any wine wink

Cuddledup Mon 28-Jan-13 20:52:37

We're out of booze so the Bailey's is sounding appealing - can you pass it over here please as I need some advice from you wise Fledglings.

DD was sent home from school at lunchtime complaining of tummy ache. She has no temperature, just tummy ache. She's done a couple of poos (not diarrhoea) and seems generally ok. SO - do I keep her off school tomorrow or pack her off on the bus at 8 ?
thanks

Ok so who's for a fill up.....wine

SilveryMoon Mon 28-Jan-13 21:10:42

Tricky one cuddle. A few poos since lunch time would not be normal so indicates that something hasn't agreed with her......... it may have passed now and she'd be fine.
Suppose you have to wait and see if her tummy still hurts tomorrow morning.
Hope she's ok.
If there's no temp and she seems ok otherwise I'd send her.
Doesn't take long for them to work out the magic phrase to bag a day off. Not saying she's faking now obviously but my ds1 tries the my tummy hurts or the I've got a bad cough line. Normally straight after he's told me how rubbish school is!

Evening all! <Swigs wine gratefully> It's been an odd day here. Survived it though, and been to choir which always restores things a bit. Just done routines, and not enough work, but lots of admin and finally made dentist appointments which have been needed for ages.

Cuddled - I'd go for the "see how she seems in the morning" approach myself but tend to go for sending them in unless there's something very obviously wrong.

SC - will do Feb. thread if nobody else is particularly bursting to.

ToffeeWhirl Mon 28-Jan-13 23:41:15

Silvery - I'm glad your new routine of getting time with your DC went well today smile. Looks like you have managed a lot of Flying too.

Lilleth - grin at your friend's comment about 'secs'. Glad I'm not the only one who's made that mistake.

Cuddledup - tricky to know what to do about your DD. It would be more straightforward if she had had diarrhoea because then you would have to keep her at home. I would act as if she is going to school in the morning and only then, if she complains that she still doesn't feel well, take her temperature and make a decision. Of course, you can feel ill even when you don't have a temperature. I tend to think it's better to keep DC at home and find out they're actually fine, than send them to school and then find out they're really ill. (But obviously not if they keep doing it!)

Blue - thanks for offering to run the next thread.

Am pleased with how this morning went, thanks to getting up a bit earlier. As I also got home from school earlier, I had done all my morning routines and had breakfast before I sat down to do home ed with DS1. So my day looked like this:

Ta da :

School run early - arrived on time
Put rubbish out
S&S in bathroom
B/fast for DS1 and myself
Unloaded and reloaded d/w
Put washing on
Unloaded tumbledryer
Put all the plates and stuff on the draining board away
Swept kitchen floor
Emptied bathroom bin
Phoned DH re food shopping
Folded dry washing and put away 1/2
Home education (included watching 'Roots' for our slavery topic sad)
Packed DS1 off to bed with two hot-water bottles (ill with a virus)
Tumbledried washing
Lunch
School run
Accompanied DS2 to playdate
House envy
Home for dinner
New bedtime routine
Long chat with DS1 (not sleepy as he slept this afternoon)
Hot chocolate and MN

Night all.

superfluouscurves Tue 29-Jan-13 06:33:43

Blue thanks very much indeed for volunteering to run Feb thread - v. kind of you and much appreciated!

Back later after school run etc.

superfluouscurves Tue 29-Jan-13 06:34:43

Hope your dd is OK this morning Cuddled

feetheart Tue 29-Jan-13 07:00:46

Toffee - thanks for oven link, that looks just about right. Will check Which? recommendations today and go from there.
grin at 'no time for secs'

Jdub - you can have our 'bored jar' list if you want. Not sure how old your DC are but mine are 9 and 7 so our things may or may not be relevant but at least its a starting point, no need to reinvent the wheel smile If anyone else wants a copy just PM me. Toffee - would be interesting to compare lists.

Got through most things yesterday apart from work as apparently our server is dying so SAGE refused to work. DH is going to rig something up so that I can work today as need to do end-of-month stuff (like pay us!). I also want to keep going with catching up as, like engels, I felt much more in control by the end of last week when I had spent time actually doing work rather than procrastinating and struggling. Really need to keep the momentum going.

To do:
- All up and out
- Leaflets into school
- Work
- Morning routine - in stages!
- Cook salmon for dinner so ready when DC come in
- Reading at school
- All fed, DH and DS to Beavers, DD to Brownies (45 mins to myself if I'm lucky!)
- DC to bed
- Ironing

Nearly 7am so best get on.
Have a good day everyone.

Cuddledup Tue 29-Jan-13 07:30:44

Thanks v much for the wise words about DD. I got her up and dressed, have given her breakfast and she's still complaining of tummy ache. So it's back to bed for her and I'll now have to wake up DH and tell him he's babysitting. hmm

I spoke to the chemist yesterday and he said there are lots of tummy bugs going around and she may just have one of these and the fact it hasn't become a full blown one is just her body's way of reacting. He also suggested keeping a record of how often she gets these tummy aches. (Strangely she's had two in the past fortnight - on MOndays!!- so is this also a bit of "Schoolitis"? )

As she often complains of tummy aches at school her teacher has suggested she may have growing pains in her tummy. Can you get such a thing ? !

superfluouscurves Tue 29-Jan-13 08:12:59

[removes empty bottles of Baileys from naughty corner]

Morning eveyrone - looks like you have all had v. productive Mondays - really really impressed and humbled by all of your amazing ta da lists!!

Sorry your lo is still poorly cuddledup Have heard of growing pains in legs and arms but never in tum I must admit. More likely to be a bug I would have thought (or perhaps a bit of anxiety?). Hope it passes quickly whatever it is though! (oh and arf at moudly crotch!! grin)

Feetheart <"I felt much more in control by the end of last week when I had spent time actually doing work rather than procrastinating and struggling" I definitely need to follow your good example!! Judging by your list, you look really on top of things!

Wow Toffee you had another mega Monday! smile Hope your ds1 recovers soon.

Blue still have choir envy Thanks again for volunteering to run Feb thread and just a reminder about putting 'fledgling' in title so you don't get over-run.

Yet more substantial ta da lists from Silvery Lilleth Goth Engels - Beginners and Mercury well done everyone!

I like the sound of your mantras Lilleth Thanks for shopping reminder - I buy most of dd's on-line and normally do it early or all the sizes go.

Great you were able to fit in special time with your boys on top of everything else Silvery

Engels great you are feeling less overwhelmed and more on top of school work (my sister is a lecturer and is permanently buried)

Goth tweezers are my friend too wink

Mercury how you managed to get all of that done after killer shifts like that I do not know! Respect!

Snowgirl we have two thank you letters still to go!!

Jdub it's lovely to see a bit of sunshine finally isn't it - pouring with rain here today though

BeginnerSAHM "DH has his own lists which take priority" sympathies - this often happens here too - I wouldn't mind but it is always sprung on me at last min.

Waves to cjbk bitchy and everyone else!!

Sorry the above round-up wasn't very inspired or witty - slightly distracted by everything that needs to be done here. There's so much I daren't post a list!

Hope you all have a productive day!

LillethTheCat Tue 29-Jan-13 09:39:43

Morning

tada
- Wash up after breakfast (or rather DH did)
- Turn on Washing Machine
- Make beds

To do
- second load of laundry in as I wont have much time tomorrow, plus I want a short list tomorrow as im getting old its my birthday
- Dry Laundry
- Put Laundry away
- wash up 2X
- shine sink
- get clothes ready for tomorrow
- 5mins cupboard room rescue
- tidy front room once DCs are in bed
- Dentist
- Running club (I will get there)

not doing
- fill washing machine ready for tomorrow
- possibly go to town for some new clothes for DD2. All her trousers are ruined by crawling and now she is walking Im thinking of getting her some nicer trousers. Might look at some shoes as well now she is walking. going tomorrow

Thanks for offering to do Feb's thread Blue

Hope your DD feels better soon Cuddled Re growing pains, I had a supervisor once who was adamant her DS got growing pains so I would suggest that they are real, but not everyone gets them, unless of course people dont talk about it for fear of people thinking they are lying.

Hope you can get work sorted feet and get paid.

Right off to put that second load of laundry in and sort the cupboard out for 5 mins so I can mark another two off my list. All the time remembering:

- Tidy is the new normal
- Dont put it down, put it away
- Never leave a room empty handed

Snowgirl1 Tue 29-Jan-13 10:00:06

Morning all

SC hope your sinus headache has gone – they are proper painful

Cuddled hope your DD is feeling better soon

Goth hope the interview goes well

So, tada (although I always feel my tada lists are more tada-ish compared to what some others seem to achieve)

Bed made
Hung washing to dry
Re-loaded washing machine
Sarnies made for lunches
Off to work…

To do

Buy natural breadcrumbs
Buy vests for DD
Post thank you letters (all done…until I remember someone we’ve forgotten – I should’ve been more organised and written a list!)
Layout clothes for tomorrow
15 min declutter in lounge (might do it in our office area instead – it’s a hot spot and as it’s in our hallway (previous owners had a desk built-in under the stairs) you can’t miss it, although I seem to do quite a good job of ignoring it when I want to).
Sofa diving
Change duvet cover in our room
Get spare bedroom ready for my Dbrother who’s coming to stay on Friday night
Put car seat base on eBay
Stitch knitting project together
Speak to DD about babysitting
Shine sink
S&S
Go to bed at reasonable hour

I’m sooo not going to get all that done.

Hmm, so Tuesday is planning day. I think I’m going to have to work meal planning a bit more to find the right balance for me. I’ve tried this a few times and found that I’m over ambitious and end up buying food to cook and then having an evening (or week!) when DD just won’t go down, so end up just re-heating some soup and at the end of the week have a ton of fresh food going off. DH is sadly not a cook (but he makes up for it by being brilliant at DIY and car-stuff).

ToffeeWhirl Tue 29-Jan-13 10:30:02

Cuddled - DH had a bug recently which gave him a bad stomach ache and made him feel ill, but no other symptoms, so I would guess your DD has a bug. DS2 has growing pains in his legs at night - never heard of them in your tum confused.

Feet and Jdub - can we swap 'boredom buster' lists? Mine is aimed more at my 7-year-old than my 13-year old.

Feet - good idea to check the Which report. If it's bad, don't tell me!

SC - sorry your list is so long today. Hope you get it all done.

Lilleth - I like your three Flying tips. I always remember: "Never go upstairs empty handed" (my Nan told me that smile).

Snowgirl - I have the same problem with food going off. I was going to cook beef casserole last night, but ended up accompanying DS2 to a playdate and then getting home too late to cook it. So it was pasta again...

DS1 still poorly today. Have cancelled his Maths lesson and I don't think he'll be able to go to his climbing lesson tonight either. He is dosed up with Calpol and has a spray for his sore throat.

Like your DD, cuddled, my DS2 complained of a tummy ache today. However, he was trying to hide a smile when he said it, so I concluded it was 'schoolitis'. Funnily enough, the stomach ache had gone by the time we arrived at school hmm.

Ta da :

Up and dressed
Washing on
Packed lunch for DS2
New morning routine
Phoned tutor to cancel Maths
School run (in the rain)
B/fasts for DS1 and me
Washing in tumbledryer
Checked emails

To do :

Unload and reload d/w
Put washing away
Tidy kitchen
Kitchen hotspot - 2 minutes (pref 5)
Dining-room table hotspot
Home ed - as much as DS1 can manage
Tidy our bedroom
Lunch
School run
Organise play dates for DS2
Eve routine

Jdub Tue 29-Jan-13 10:59:10

Thanks Toffee I shall try those out on the small people at the weekend when the inevitable cry goes up ..'mum I'm bored!!!!!' The very act of retrieving instructions from a container other than me, will be a hit for sure! Funny what spurs them into action! I might even try it on myself with the stuff I keep putting off!

Had a quiet evening, and all that talk of Baileys has reminded me I need to fill my ice cube tray!

Today my ta da's have been
all up, dressed, fed and out (clutching required paperwork, 'showing' article, fruit for snack sharing etc etc)
beds made, rooms aired.

to do
a general clutter swoop (after hooshing inlaws home)
meal plan for Wednesday
file all of the Christmas receipts/recycle catalogues that were all just stuffed in the boxes! And this is where I shall indulge in a Baileys as a little nod to what a fine festive season it was!

Happy Tuesday folks. x