2 days to go! Fledglings flock here.

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GoingGoingGoth Sat 28-Dec-13 22:23:48


Babystep 29 highlight's the Ask Flylady page

This week we are in Zone 4 the bathroom & 1 other room. Detailed cleaning list for those that can be bothered here

It's Sunday so Renew your Spirit Day and no missions.

December's monthly habit is Pampering

Flight Plan for today.


GoingGoingGoth Sat 28-Dec-13 22:24:47

Ok so it's 3 days, but who's going to do anything on New Years Eve!

CallingAllEngels Sat 28-Dec-13 22:27:10

Just noticed it was perilously high! Does this mean we have all done so much more decluttering and detailed cleaning than last month?!

AliceinWinterWonderland Sat 28-Dec-13 22:38:27

hahahahahaha I haven't. At least not in the last few days. I've been a sloth. A stressed sloth. But a sloth, nonetheless.

BitchytheGreat Sat 28-Dec-13 22:42:01

Well done goth

I came to hit post but it sat and sulked at me.

engels of course it does wink
Alice everyone needs to be a sloth sometimes

Current new year's eve plans are to go to bed early as have long busy plans for new year's day. but as in theory I have a date on monday this might change.

<inserts copied post>

BitchytheGreat Sat 28-Dec-13 22:42:11

Sounds like a plan whoknows

Beginning to untangle a few bits and bobs wrt ds. Christmas has really gotten to him and he is needing a return to normal asap. so might suggests he helps to take down his decorations tomo. And considering leaving the decorations going up until a bit later next year but giving him his seasonal sensory box normal time. I need normal routines rather badly. And thinking that I might just bite the bullet and plan to do normal stuff tomo. And thus optomistically am going to write a to do list:

to do
Make up ds friendly mince pies
clean inside of car
wash outside of car
more washing
pack stuff for tomo's afternoon out
sort out ds' stuff for going to his dad's (lets be honest both ds and i will want a lie in on monday)
do some tidying in ds' room
go through ds' clothes and make a bag or three of too small clothes.
write packing list to make sure that i have everything <eek> don't forget need trip to shops
christmas cards - two that i still have that needs to go to the intend people
write thank cards for ds (he won't do them so will do some photo thank you for him)
Write important email and sent the one waiting to go
move furniture to find some important paperwork

<decides list is unrealistic as is and needs to not grow any further>

TossedSaladsAndScrambledEggs Sat 28-Dec-13 22:42:51

I'm in!

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Sat 28-Dec-13 22:42:58

No, just so much chatting!

Thanks for getting the new thread linked in the nick of time Goth.

Swan - that is EXACTLY what it has been like. I haven't eaten a proper meal since Christmas dinner, just lots of toast, fruit and chocolate and a massive bag of Doritos.

GoingGoingGoth Sat 28-Dec-13 22:52:05


Blue wished us all a Guten Rutsch! Have a good time at the ILs.

Merry had fun at the panto, and will be gorgeous after a visit to the hairdressers today (as always)

dizzy only lost power for 30 mins yesterday, but almost got blown away, and had a horrendous journey home.

Bitchy is not having it easy with her DS, wish I could offer some help. You know we are cheering you on.

Blueandwhite* is having her DSs on a rota. They sound lovely and helpful.

Silly needs to realise she can't do everything straight away wink, you've been through a lot and need time to recoup.

toffee had some wise words, and sounds like you are taking the right approach with DS1. As with bitchy we are all right behind you.

Castle got some rose cuttings from her grandparents (we have a fern from my DGM) so sorry the house is so unloved right now.

Eustacia so sorry you are feeling so bad and missed Frozen.

Just I'm impressed you got any of Christmas dinner done, so pleased you aren't too soggy. Sounds like everything has wiped you out.

Alice has returned from the Christmas chaos, I'll be matching your list tomorrow.

Swan keeping the routines sounds like a good idea, DD is definitely out of sorts right now. We've not done her project either <adds to list>

WhoKnows has lively DCs and cats when not really up to it, but still managed a substantial list.

I took DD to the cinema (our usual Saturday treat) Cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2 today, then we met DH and went to the Riverside Museum, Glasgow's museum on travel and transport <snore> but he liked it, and it did get European Museum of the Year 2013.

Been getting back into the laundry, ironing goes quicker with Baileys. And tomorrow we tackle the toy pile.

Though my major thing will be to practice 30 days have September etc... blush

MerryBuddha Sat 28-Dec-13 22:58:32

Yet another enjoyable day of no flying, but it all being all about me and family time together.

This afternoon was spent challenging 2 other families to a table football championship. Great fun was had by all!! Will try and make this an annual tradition.

Returned to put the youngest 3 ds to bed and let ds2 stay up and enjoy a dairy free chocolate ice cream with me. Unfortunately it hasn't agree with him (especially on top of all the rubbish consumed this afternoon) and has been vomiting for the last twenty minutes. Now safety tucked up in bed.

I have got into the habit of not going to bed until 2. This has to change so tonight I will be tucked up before midnight, as really need to do some serious flying tomorrow.

GoingGoingGoth Sat 28-Dec-13 23:02:32

Xpost everyone

That's right, all chatter after the round up grin

I think you may be right Bitchy it won't do any harm going back to normal routines. DD seems to be either excited or sulky. We're trying to get normal bedtimes back, although it does mean I'll lose my lie ins <sobs>

Will be bringing part of weekly bleugh forward as there's so many 'bits' over the carpet.

Tomorrow's To Do
Dry laundry away
Go through DDs clothes, sort out too small for charity bag
Get DD's winter quilt out
Change bedding
Supervise DD putting new toys away
Make hot water bottle covers
Get DD to dust
Rubbish / recycling out

dizzyday07 Sat 28-Dec-13 23:06:25

Bitchy I did wonder whether the change in routine that xmas brings was what was getting your DS into a tizz. And I fret what it must be like for kids of split families (my DS included) being surrounded by images of happy families when they have to go through it twice - but neither time never adhering to the "perfect" image protrayed

Another quiet day here. We popped round to see FIL who has just moved up here near BIL but other than that its just been vegging out on the sofa. I think we are going swimming tomorrow to let the kids burn off some energy - and so I can make DD get some lengths in! Cruel I know but we have another gala on the 5th.

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Sat 28-Dec-13 23:09:41

Goth - I'm making notes of all your days out around Glasgow recommendations as we holiday up that way every August. We went to the old Transport Museum a few years ago but haven't been to the new one yet.

Swanhildapirouetting Sat 28-Dec-13 23:10:59

swept kitchen floor
loaded dishwasher in utility
loaded dishwasher in kitchen
food recycling in compost bin
general recycling in bag
wiped worktops
rest of washing up in sink
wiped table
folded more washing that is dry and made a pile for dd
tucked dd in again
spoke firmly to ds1 about tomorrow's plans [??actually not quite sure what they are but wanted to give impression of firmness]

Toffee hope you enjoy a nice outing tomorrow, and you can whisk g visitor through the house as painlessly as possible. I keep meaning to invite people over this week and then feel I really cannot face any proper tidying or meal planning, so I know what you mean... Next week I may be braver.

Bitchy very wise plans

Buddha I love the way you have taken flight and are so thoroughly into Christmas spirit - maybe it is the joy of large families.

BitchytheGreat Sat 28-Dec-13 23:13:10

to be fair to ds he gets like this in the summer. just handle change. or too much sugar. or spending too much time with his dad. which is a same as i think it is good for him to know his dad. Also i have lacked the energy to bully him out of his onsie into clothes and out of the house as i have been feeling flat cos of flu. Plus he really is becoming a young man physically and being only 8 is struggling with this. The child is all muscle and most teenagers would kill for his muscle definition, just ds is torn between little boy in mind and more grown up body. Poor kid. I suspect that this is part of all the tears and clingyness, but nothing i can do much for though.

BitchytheGreat Sat 28-Dec-13 23:13:41

Damm it hit post too soon. dizzy that doesn't sound mean to me sounds like the perfect thing tbh

ToffeeWhirl Sat 28-Dec-13 23:58:14

Thanks for the new thread, Goth. Did I really say any wise words? Might have been the wine speaking confused.

I think tomorrow is going to be our last day of just slobbing around at home (although not so much for me, as I have to get the house sorted for Monday's visit). After NY, I plan to start enforcing proper bedtimes again, so that school doesn't come as too huge a shock on the following Monday morning.

Swan - I have also put off inviting people round. Ds2 wanted playmates, but the thought of managing other people's children and feeding them suddenly seemed too much, so I have put it off till next week. And DS2 has been having such a happy time making Lego films and playing Monopoly with us or watching 'Minecraft' on YouTube that I don't think he has suffered too much.

The only visitor we have had is MIL, who came round for tea this afternoon.

Right, must get to bed. Hope you get some sleep too, Bitchy. Going back to a normal routine tomorrow sounds like a very good plan for you and DS.

BitchytheGreat Sun 29-Dec-13 04:55:41

ta da
send a few emails
write important email and send for checking
deal with ds who has been up and down all night
paint nails pretty colours
exchange wise words with friends

Also meant to say dizzy ds doesn't worry about 2 christmases. he likes the two christmas dinners and two lots of presents. What ds has an issue with is the lack of learning, he has a very high need for mental stimulation, which was why i gave him the programming the other day. Additionally he is a boy and thus like a puppy needs exercising 3 times daily in order to be tameable. Thrown in change of routine (or lack of routine), sound and other sensory challenges, social skills challenges and it is a hell of a lot to deal with before adding in issues of growning up etc. It just comes down to the fact that aspies don't like change, and at christmas I don't have the energy to homeschool him through the holdiay as i generally get some virus and need a rest.

Tbh i think i would have liked ds' experience of christmas with 2 lots of people making an effort for things to be good rather then my own childhood experience of christmas which whilst the family was one could be counted on turning into a world war scenario and thus christmas was dreaded rather then looked forward too in some respects. It is possible for kids with separated parents to have some great experiences of christmas. So for me this is not something I worry about.

EustaciaVye Sun 29-Dec-13 06:27:40

Morning all.

Wide awake as I slept most of yesterday. The house is a pigsty so I plan to get that sorted today. I am itching to take the Christmas decs down but the kids will want them to stay up longer so will prob wait until NYD.

Just having a cuppa then will crack on with morning routine.

DorisShutt Sun 29-Dec-13 07:20:35

Morning all... Sorry I went AWOL in December after a record post of... one list blush

I'm not really getting on board until Monday 6th as we have family staying until then so can't really crack on until then.

God knows how this is going to work... My living room looks like Santa has thrown up over it... <sigh>

Hi, can I join? smile

I have been trying to follow fly lady for two years now, but completely failed in 2013, so need to get back on the wagon now. I'm taking down the decorations today, DH is putting everything back in the loft tomorrow and then taking the DC out on Tuesday so I can have a big tidy/sort out, so will hopefully be starting on Wednesday with a clean slate smile

AliceinWinterWonderland Sun 29-Dec-13 07:47:05

Big sigh of frustration here. DCs being manic and (dare I say it) slightly feral, requiring extra input from me. Every time I leave the room there is fighting, and I'm going spare. The chances of me getting through my huge list are slim to none. (DS1 is disabled and while obviously he needs to behave, he struggles greatly with behaviour, so it can be a bit tricky - DS2 is just younger and copying behaviours from DS1, which is the hazard of having older ones with behavioural problems hmm).

I will post list later, once I've whittled it a bit (and added those extra tasks to tomorrow's list).

AliceinWinterWonderland Sun 29-Dec-13 07:48:30

oh, sorry. Welcome Whispers! smile I don't take down the decorations until after New Year's Day. With all the chaos around here, I'm beginning to question that tradition. grin A little less clutter would be nice. But I'm loathe to get rid of the tree so soon.

I did used to take them down on 12th night, but a couple of years ago happened to do it on New Year's Eve and it was really nice to get everything back in order for the new year so I have carried on doing it smile Also good to get it done while DH is still off work so he can put it all in the loft, we have a short ladder and I can't reach nothing to do with the spiders up there, oh no grin

CallingAllEngels Sun 29-Dec-13 08:44:33

Morning all!

We only have the tree and christmas cards up. Usually wait till after the 2nd to take the tree down (my birthday) as otherwise I find the house looks so empty and unjolly with no fairy lights!

Managed a start on the unpacking yesterday but still a lot to sort. iLs will be round at 3 today.

Have come downstairs with ds and let DH lay in a bit (he's back to work tomorrow).

To do
sort toys
clear dining table
washing up
change beds
if I get my arse in gear, clean lounge windows
clear waste paper
shower and wash hair and put on soemthing nice
prep potatoes and veg (dh is doing joint of lamb)
Clear away advent calenders
sort shelves in lounge

MercuryRising Sun 29-Dec-13 09:15:58

Morning. I would like to get back on the flywagon. DP and I did a massive declutter just before Christmas and it has made a massive difference. I am determined to at least try to keep on top of things.
I plan on taking all the decorations down next Saturday. I love the tree and lights, although I may take the cards down before then.
Hope ds starts to feel a bit more settled with a return to his normal routine Bitchy. We have gone back to normal bedtime routines for the dc as they are a nightmare once they are out of their routine.

To do
Small pile of ironing.
S and s
Hoover downstairs
Coursework sad
Contemplating a walk with dc
Empty car of rubbish and junk
Make beds - done
Healthy food shop
Washing out
Reload wm

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Sun 29-Dec-13 09:23:51

Decorations stay up till 12th night here, I hate putting them away, the house seems so dull without them.

Welcome Whispers and welcome back Doris and Mercury.

GoingGoingGoth Sun 29-Dec-13 09:57:24

Hello Whispers welcome aboard.

Well the alarm went off at 8, but I didn't get out of bed until 9. No point in shocking the system too much?

Laundry on
Dry laundry away.
Washing up
Cat litter changed
Refuse/recycling out

Got DD as a willing-ish helper, so about to crack on with the bedding.

Decorations will probably stay up to 12th night, any earlier and Dd would complain (they only go up on the 21st)


EustaciaVye Sun 29-Dec-13 09:59:41

Morning routine done.
Dont let me back if I havent dealt with cat litter and guinea pigs!

feetheart Sun 29-Dec-13 10:03:18

Morning all smile
Lovely and sunny here and planning a walk later. However before then I need to:

- Get everyone dressed and fed
- Hang washing out
- Get DD showered and hair washed (she has a LOT of lovely thick hair that takes FOREVER to wash and dry!)
- Organise sleepover for DD
- Get DD to tidy bedroom so there is room for sleepover friend fhmm
- Hoover DD's room
- Get DC to help tidy living room which, to coin Doris' excellent phrase, 'looks like Santa has thrown up over it'

Not sure when decorations will come down here, though cards never quite made it up in the first place fblush. We'll give it a few more days at least as I like the twinkly lights fsmile

GoingGoingGoth Sun 29-Dec-13 11:18:14

Back again.

Turns out my 'willing helper' thinks she'll get extra pocket money. She saving up for this

Updated Done
Laundry on
Dry laundry away.
Washing up
Cat litter changed
Refuse/recycling out
DD's winter quilt out of storage
DD's bedding changed (summer quilt goes under bottom sheet as an extra layer)
My bedroom:
Bedding changed
Dusted! And all clutter removed (to lounge sad)

Having 5 minute break whilst washing machine on spin cycle, then will stick in another small load.

Next job- DD's room <adopts superhero pose>

GossipWitch Sun 29-Dec-13 11:19:26

Morning all, I have had a lovely Christmas most of it being spent with the in laws who hired a farmhouse nearby for Christmas, and spoilt us with great food and treats throughout, the only bit of telly we have watched was gangsta granny and 2 episodes of star wars yesterday, and the rest of the time we have been setting up lego's and downloading apps onto tablets.

We have the eldest stepdaughter and kiddiewinks down today, so im going to cook a roast dinner with the left over turkey from xmas that mil brought over with her yesterday.

And now I also have an entirely new reason to clean house and keep on top of it, after we blitzed round the house yesterday morning for the inlaws, it was all very tidy and clean, (thankfully) dp popped out for a cig. Who happened to turn up unannounced? only the frigging landlord! to collect his post !!, he actually seemed very nice, said how nicely we had done the place up and then asked if we had seen the loft, dp was a little bit honest and said he had popped his head in, to which he replied that we were welcome to use it if we wanted, it has a double and single bed in there if we had any guests etc and that the only reason its not in tenancy agreement is because of the stairs. So of course dp is already talking (not to the landlord yet) about insulating it properly and fixing things etc. And I'm already planning how were going to sort ds1s room out into a nursery, for impending baby when fertility comes back.

So now we have a fourth bedroom :D Just feeling a bit more la-dee-da now, lol, going from a council estate with a 2 bed housing association house, to a very lovely estate without a council house in sight which has 4 bedrooms smile, oh if only my old stuck up neighbours next door could see me now!! Not that there is anything wrong with council houses etc, its just that now that I am out of my old estate, I can see it for what it is. And lets just say that actually I think it may just have been one of the roughest estates in my old town. I have never seen a police car on the street I'm on now and on my old estate it was at least a weekly occurrence and if a certain person was around at least a thrice daily occurrence.

And my uni things came through yesterday as well! so now I am officially a student!

Hope everyone else is well and had a good Christmas smile

BitchytheGreat Sun 29-Dec-13 11:29:52


So ds was up every 2 hrs from the 10:30pm he actually settled down to sleep last night. And then got up for the day at 5am <sobs> but we did manage to have a long chat and got to the bottom of some of his worries. Changing clubs for training and a detention he has when he goes back to school. At 6:30am I threw a hissy fit and stomp my foot and sort out getting some sleep. Had hoped to get up at 10am but didn't wake until nearly 11am at which point ds served me scrambled egg and a cup of coffee. thankfully he also seems to be in a better mood and ready for today's adventures. And apparently he also went back to sleep.

Needless to say today will involved bitchy's special brew.

<leaves vat on naughty corner bar for all those who need it>

BitchytheGreat Sun 29-Dec-13 11:33:40

Oh and just because I love you all here is the joke that ds decided to tell me at 5am this morning. For a ds joke it has improved in standard.

There were three boys in detention at school, a boy called zip, a boy called willie and a boy called wee. The teacher had to leave the room for a moment. Zip hid on top of a cupboard, willie hid in a drawer and wee just ran around in cicles. Teacher walked back in the room and shouted "zip down, willie out and wee in the corner"

ToffeeWhirl Sun 29-Dec-13 11:38:57

Gossip - that sounds like a great start to a new year grin. Nothing wrong with feeling a bit 'la-di-da' either. I only have three bedrooms here. <doffs cap>

Ooh, and you have made me realise that I am also officially a student again now, as I have paid for my OU course now, which starts in Feb. <excited>

Welcome to Whispers (love that book, by the way, particularly that line!). And welcome back to Doris and Mercury.

Goth - you are steaming ahead with your lists today! My DC loved the 'How to Train Your Dragon' books, btw.

Engels - Jan birthday here too. Can be a tricky time of year to have a birthday.

Oops, battery is running low, so have to dash. Waves to everyone I've missed out. Eustacia - have you done the cat litter and guinea pigs yet? <stern look>

Slept in till 9am today! grin

To do :

Guest crisis clean
Get DS1 out of the front door hmm

CallingAllEngels Sun 29-Dec-13 13:06:20

Watched that film with ds yesterday goth !

bitchy at least your ds has a sense of humour even if he does have to be up at 5.30am to demonstrate it . Hope you have a better night tonight.

<waves at mercury, doris and whispers>

sounds like a lovely christmas gossip

envy of studying toffee and mercury. I'd love to do further study ins Literature and Creative Writing.

feet well done on the run. Am signing up for my May 10k later and will look and see what else I can do inbetween.

Ta da
rubbish out
one load washing away
one load washing done and drying
one load washing on
cleaned coffee table
sorted ds toys a bit
showered and did hair
paper recycling sorted
cleaned hairbrush
made beds

phew! Got really annoyed at dh sitting on his arse all morning while I sorted the house. Still, he's just finished making tiramasu and is putting lamb on. ILs will be here in an hour or so. Am wathcing The Gruffalo for the first time with DS. Thinking about writing thank you cards - DS got so many presents and ama lready starting to forget who gave what.

MercuryRising Sun 29-Dec-13 13:55:58

To do
Small pile of ironing - done
S and s -done
Hoover downstairs - dp doing
Coursework sad - about to start
Contemplating a walk with dc - done was great
Empty car of rubbish and junk
Make beds - done
Healthy food shop - doing tomorrow
Dw - done
Washing out - done
Reload wm - done

I have come on to report my progress/ procrastinate before starting my work. I feel so much better for actually getting stuff done rather than just thinking about it!

Ds' joke is great Bitchy - I am going to share it with my DS later I think it will really appeal to him. He is 7 and finds anything he considers to be rude hilarious smile

Gossip what are you studying at uni? <nosey>

Engels that sounds a bit like my dp (although I am letting him off today as he didn't get in from work until 5am.) Home made tiramisu sounds lovely - enjoy.

Hmm I don't think I can waste any more time idling on here bbl when I have completed some work - have a good afternoon all.

MTFF Sun 29-Dec-13 13:59:33

popping in beofre getting properly on it in Jan. I did a lot of work on clearing the junk pile next to my side of the bed! Then christmas day happened ....

MTFF Sun 29-Dec-13 14:00:03

sorry ignore my post need to renamechange

GoingGoingGoth Sun 29-Dec-13 14:08:30

On a roll... Want to see if we can fill a 2nd thread wink

Updated Done
Laundry on
Dry laundry away.
Washing up
Cat litter changed
Refuse/recycling out
2nd load laundry done

My bedroom:
Bedding changed
Dusted! And all clutter removed

DD's bedroom
Winter quilt out of storag
Bedding changed
Majority of toys away
Quick go through clothing, 1 carrier bag read for recycling

Dd & DH playing BopIt, ha they can't beat my high score grin

Stopping for a brew MN then onto the lounge.

BitchytheGreat Sun 29-Dec-13 14:18:39

I have washed my car shock it was disgusting and took too buckets of soapy water to clean all the muck off. How I hadn't been stopped for covered number plate I don't know. Now all i need to do is finish clearing it out and hoover it... <boak> kids, long distance traveling neither are good for cars.

ToffeeWhirl Sun 29-Dec-13 14:36:40

Goth - wow, what a list! (I like the casual 'All clutter removed' from your bedroom list - that would take me several days!).

Bitchy - love your DS's joke grin. Well done on car cleaning.

Enviable lists also from Mercury and Engels.

Most of my day seems to have been spent dealing with DS1, so not much Flying done so far. The change in routine has really messed him up. Managed to get him out to the local park for about five minutes today, but not without a struggle (partly physical because he physically fought me to stop me turning off the computer and I had to push him off me). Praised him for getting out and deliberately ignored the fact that he was just sitting there, not skateboarding. Then made him tidy up his room once home and have a bath. And eat lunch. The next mission is to get him to wash his hair (which he was meant to do in the bath) and to get dressed.

I feel so discouraged after all the progress he made. Hopefully, he can draw on his memories of what he achieved before in order to build up his confidence again - something I reminded him of today.

Operation Crisis Cleaning is beginning shortly. Might need a brew to spur me on.

Swanhildapirouetting Sun 29-Dec-13 14:44:31

Dd appeared at midnight last night saying she felt sick. We organised a bucket, and then she slept in my bed whilst dh decamped another room. However she slept fine and is not sick...soo...another day has turned out with a rather disorganised start...Ds2 woke us up screaming he had lost the red bucket (the one we use to avoid him peeing on the seat)...and so forth...grin

Bitchy I love your joke. I am NOT going to tell that to ds2, I think he would repeat it to anyone he met for the next few years.

Three men/boys out of the house (off to a football match with a friend of ds2's)
organised numerous hats scarves thermal vests gloves that matched and fitted respective parties
cooked early lunch before they left, lamb and rice
more slobbing around in my pjs! although I did get the boys dressed very quickly
another wash in

dw loaded
table wiped again

Now I am going to TRY TRY TRY AND DEAL WITH MY HORRENDOUS BEDRoom...(although the rest could do with just as much attention)

GoingGoingGoth Sun 29-Dec-13 15:36:00

<arf> at Swan's DS 'losing the red bucket', DH woke me last night by saying 'drench' in his sleep. hmm

Done for now
Hall vacuumed
Dusted in lounge
Bag of stuff handed to DD with instructions to put away (haven't looked yet)
Vacuumed lounge & kitchen

DD now watching Charlie & Lola DVDs, while I cabbage before starting dinner.

Swanhildapirouetting Sun 29-Dec-13 15:50:08

half bedroom!
stopping for a cup of tea

Swanhildapirouetting Sun 29-Dec-13 16:01:17

my children are behaving (in terms of physical inactivity) as you describe, most of the time. Dd has been lying in bed all day, and starting screeching she was sooo soo hungry and could I bring her lunch in bed. No. (lunch is still sitting on the stove top from 12/30 when she said she wasn't hungry) Everyone is just overwhelmed by tiredness malaise post term collapse - I don't think it strikes younger children quite so hard as they are still hardwired to want to get up and run around all the time hmm

I think you did brilliantly to get your ds up and to the park, and I often have those physical struggles to switch off electronic devices. I realise that once it has cut out they are fine, it is just that transition which makes them react.

The mistake is to get dressed and start working oneself, as then one realises how incredibly lazy everyone else is, loafing around all day in their pjs hmm

I still haven't got dressed blush

MerryBuddha Sun 29-Dec-13 16:54:50

Up later than planned but Ta da
Tidied away cards, left over wrapping paper, the extra presents.
Cleaned kitchen sides
Swept floor
3 x w/m
3x t/d
Hoovered hall and landing
Tidied top landing
Located 2 iPads which had been missing for 3 weeks! Tidying along the way.

We went out to stretch our legs to a wood with the boys and dog, 3 hrs later we left. The boys had a whale of a time, playing 'it', running about, build a camp, have a go on a swing rope. DS2 cried earlier because he didn't want to go -- and leave his beloved computer--, but yet had the most fun out all of us.

Goth we love "How to training your dragon" in this house, in fact hoping to take the boys to this when comes to Uk later this year.

Was hoping to go to the shops today, as have an empty fridge, but as we were out longer than anticipated, I am going to try and magically make something for dinner!!!!

GoingGoingGoth Sun 29-Dec-13 17:49:53

Merry at the risk of sounding like an overexcited teenager OMG!!!!!!

DD is watching the film again. A live show would blow her mind.
I would like to say we are being invaded by dragons, but it happened long before DD came along. When she was a baby and laid on the sofa we used to cocoon her in a long IKEA dragon.

ToffeeWhirl Sun 29-Dec-13 17:50:11

You are so right, Swan - I should have continued lazing around, then Ds1's inertia wouldn't seem so bad grin. I'm comforted to hear of your household's similar inertia.

Have managed a crisis clean, although it's still ongoing. Kitchen, dining room and sitting room tidied, mopped and hoovered. Took hours. Am moving upstairs next. Still haven't reached our bedroom. Thought tomorrow's visitor might cancel because of transport issues, but she just phoned to say she will definitely be coming. Thank goodness I made a start of cleaning up.

Swanhildapirouetting Sun 29-Dec-13 18:09:09

Well done Buddha!

Dh has just rung up to say the parents of a friend of ds2 he met at football match has invited him and the two boys round for a drink! Yay! I am so pleased that they are all getting some social life (a friend of mine I may add, just that they always go to the same football stadium) and I have another hour to hoover my bedroom [festive sad person]grin

Dd is still lurking in her room but she seems to have finally got dressed blush and is singing loudly! I fear she is going to be up again till midnight at this rate.

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Sun 29-Dec-13 18:22:28

Toffee - well done on the OU registration, make sure you get yourself an NUS Extra card, discounts galore, mine has paid for itself several times over and I've only used it about 3 times.

We've had a good day out at Avebury, back to report on the state of the house after dinner.

GossipWitch Sun 29-Dec-13 18:39:30

It's an OU course in health and social care, I have decided that I want to be a social worker specializing in the elderly, just because I've heard so many stories where they are neglected or hurt in homes needlessly. And I would like to make a difference to someone's end of life.

MerryBuddha Sun 29-Dec-13 18:47:56

Bitchy I have just shared your DS joke over dinner! The boys found it very funny and are now memorizing it. My ds3 who needs to know it word perfect has asked me about 8 times so far. fgrin

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Sun 29-Dec-13 18:57:23

Oh, didn't spot you were OUing as well Gossip - same advice then as for Toffee. I've been doing OU for about 18 months, but have been very slack the last few weeks. I'm registered for the Open degree and am taking modules in biological sciences and related subjects. Got two on the go at the moment, but am planning a break for 6 months after these ones.

CallingAllEngels Sun 29-Dec-13 19:01:12

Well, even though my list looked impressive I did most of it in my pjs and didn't get dressed till past 12!

ta da
Survived dinner with ils (mil is lovely, fil is a super fussy eater and eating with him gives me the rage!)
Washing up done
load fo washing dry
load of washing in machine now
ds to bed
amazon order (wanted a pocket diary and bought some handy compartment kunchboxes/water bottle/muesli container in an attempt to be organised and healthy in the new year)

to do this evening
write shopping list
start filling in new family calendar
think about thank you cards

hospital for blood test (last one I hope)
Post letter to dsis
pop to supermarket for a bottle of fizz and some yummy, healthy treats for dh and I for ney (we're staying in)
Outside time for ds...so maybe playground

envy At the random extra 4th bedroom, really need to find one of those!

I am taking the DC out tomorrow, and then DH is taking them out all day on Tuesday so that I can have a good sort out of the house before the new year. Could do with doing the basics tomorrow afternoon though so I am not bogged down with mopping floors when I should be doing in depth stuff. It's all the stuff that doesn't get done often like tidying wardrobes and understairs cupboard and under the sink and airing cupboards that I really need to do.

Today I have managed:
Load of washing clean and dry
Different load of washing put away
Load of dishwasher
Taken down all Christmas decorations and DH put in loft

Need to tidy the living room when I go downstairs but not doing anything else tonight.

MercuryRising Sun 29-Dec-13 19:16:13

Gossip that sounds great! A close friend of mine is doing a degree in Social Work and is loving it and finding it really interesting. Good luck!
I didn't get the car cleaned but did get some work done and watched Gangsta Granny with the dcs, so all in all a good daygrin

JustGettingOnWithIt Sun 29-Dec-13 19:26:32

Hello to whispers.

Crawling into naughty corner looking for a warm duvet. Any hopes of getting anything done today have been given up. I can't physically do it, and am just waking up, sneezing a lot, clearing gunky eyes and nose, and falling asleep again regardless of how much coffee I drink.

ToffeeWhirl Sun 29-Dec-13 20:52:26

Poor Just <hands soothing hot drink>

WhoKnows - fantastic tip, thank you. I have just had a look at their website - loads of discounts! grin

Gossip - that sounds like an interesting course and I understand your concerns over the elderly. Am starting voluntary work at a residential home for the elderly next year.

Whispers - good plans for Tuesday. Hope you get some time to relax too.

Mercury - DS2 and I loved 'Gangsta Granny' - the book and the TV film.

Engels - well done on surviving your ILs. <hands over wine>

Swan - congratulations on an extra hour to yourself! Am impressed you can find floor space to hoover in your bedroom because I certainly can't in mine.

I have dusted, mopped, hoovered and tidied the entire house. Also polished the knobs (they are gleaming). Just have to get DS2 to bed (still up and playing loudly with his toys), wrap some final presents, make DS1's bed, then I'm going to spend an hour tidying our messy bedroom before bed. Hopefully, tomorrow's visitor won't pop her head round the door, but I want it to look a little more respectable if she does (may have to employ boxes and large,draped towels as camouflage).

dizzyday07 Sun 29-Dec-13 21:25:10

We opened our presents from/to BIL et all this morning. DD got a cooking book and stand and was planning a whole 3 course meal! We dragged the kids out to the pool where there were floats out so they had a great time messing about. DD swam a 50m breaststroke with a diving start and was only 5 seconds slower than her best time!

Tomorrow we are off out for a drive to see where Heartbeat was filmed and where the train station they used in Harry Potter is!

dizzyday07 Sun 29-Dec-13 21:26:35

I cant match you OU girls but I have signed up for a 6 week online Forenstic Science course starting early January!

ToffeeWhirl Sun 29-Dec-13 21:31:31

Blimey, that sounds complex, dizzy!

How are we all going to fit Flying in? wink

EustaciaVye Sun 29-Dec-13 21:39:54

Thanks for the stern words Toffee. Pets dealt with.

Have been to panto today grin

ToffeeWhirl Sun 29-Dec-13 21:59:49

Oh no you haven't! grin

ToffeeWhirl Sun 29-Dec-13 22:00:45

<listens for response>

BitchytheGreat Sun 29-Dec-13 22:07:21

She's behind you! Duck!

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Sun 29-Dec-13 22:18:18

Dizzy - one of my current OU modules is Forensic Science. We can compare notes! Have you any background in science? My interest was sparked by two lots of jury service in fairly quick succession, but I also work in science, so interesting on more than one front.

GoingGoingGoth Sun 29-Dec-13 22:26:18


Babystep 30 is to check next month's calendar for birthdays etc to buy cards. The qmount of times I'm late sending my Gran's and Aunt's birthday cards as they are on the 1st of the month blush

This week we are in Zone 5 the Living Room and Zone 1, Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room from the 1st. Detailed cleaning list for Zone 5 for those that can be bothered.

It's Monday so It's time for the weekly bleugh.

Sneak Peek for this week's missions. Today's is to spend 5 minutes 'sofa diving'

December's monthly habit is Pampering

Flight Plan for today.


GoingGoingGoth Sun 29-Dec-13 23:05:30

Round Up

Doris was an early bird this morning. We'll see you in January,

WhispersOfWickedness has joined us, hopefully you'll find flying a bit easier. We're not here to compare and if you have a CBA day, just embrace it grin
The main thing is not to try to do too much, as you know we're in a different zone each week, so just tackle small amounts each week. It's amazing how soon you can see a difference.

Alice has feral DCs, I think they all get a bit like that

Engels has started the unpacking, and had ILs visiting today

Mercury is determined to keep on top of the decluttered house and by today's list will manage it.

Now I feel nervous about our days out, WhoKnows I will try to set up a rating system grin Just for you I will start extensive testing of cake shops.

Eustacia has hopefully cleaned out the guinea pigs and cat litter.

Did you get your walk Feet?

Gossip sounds like she had a Christmas from a film, idyllic farmhouse, family, Lego, etc. So good you've officially got your extra room and that you uni stuff has come through.

Bitchy's DS seems determined to stop her from having any sleep, but she's still managed to get a shiny car. That joke was great.

Toffee is another student. And is trying to get her DS back into his old routines. I'm sure you'll do it, but the process must be frustrating.

Engels has signed up for a 10k run in May. can't believe you've never seen the Gruffalo before. Love it (and Gruffalo's child) Good luck with the blood test tomorrow

MTFF popped in to say she'll be here in January, but to ignore her as she needs to namechange <confused> It will probably turn out that she's a long term poster. grin

Swan has a poorly DD and so a disturbed night.

Merry had a late start but did so much, finding 2 iPads in the process. I panic if I can't mine for 5 30 minutes. Sounds like you had fun in the park, I love days like that.

Just snuggled down in the naughty corner, sounds like you need the rest.

dizzyday sounds like she had a lovely day. Wow at Forensic science.

ToffeeWhirl Sun 29-Dec-13 23:53:03

Thanks for that amazing round up, Goth.

I have tidied our bedroom shock shock. OK, it's not without boxes, but at least the boxes are now neatly stacked and, if the door is opened by tomorrow's guest, I can explain that they are work related (lots are books, it's true). And they do look organised now. Wish I could hoover, but don't want to disturb the neighbours, so will wait till morning.

DH and I have decided we will spend a day tackling the bedroom when the DC are back at school.

Drinking hot chocolate now and planning on bed at a decent hour (for me), so I'm up bright and early for final preparations tomorrow. Just have to wait for the washing machine and tumble dryer to finish first.

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Mon 30-Dec-13 00:04:09

We've got an unexpected guest arriving tomorrow for 2 nights (well, unexpected as in only arranged tonight, but not unexpected as he is a friend who often comes for New Year). So, a blitz of the spare room tomorrow (it has got clothes everywhere at the moment). I am really struggling with the DCs and clothes, they are good at putting clean stuff away, but always dropping dirty stuff on the floor and also pulling out more than they need and dropping it in amongst the dirties (their wardrobes are in the spare room). Also planning to take the DCs tenpin bowling as the weather looks like being grim in our part of the world.

Goth - I already have my mum for teashop recommendations (she spends more time up there than we do and used to live in Glasgow) - but I am sure if you had any more to share she would be happy to hear them! Have you ever been to the Titan Crane in Clydebank? It is on our list of things to try and do next year.

BitchytheGreat Mon 30-Dec-13 00:09:10

Well I decided to look that the list of stuff I intended to do today. Only think i really got done was the car and part of the emails that needed doing so going to transplant the list,tweak it and see what happens tomo.

to do
Make up ds friendly mince pies
more washing
pack stuff for tomo's afternoon out
sort out ds' stuff for going to his dad's
do some tidying in ds' room
go through ds' clothes and make a bag or three of too small clothes.
write packing list to make sure that i have everything
trip to shops
Write important email and send the one waiting to go
ds to his dad
evening out

I am keeping my fingers crossed that the winds and storm that is due to blow up during tonight doesn't because that could be a big problem. As for sleep I think now is a good time to find it because i am actually really tired and ds is snoring. Getting him out of the house seems to have helped him.

Castlelough Mon 30-Dec-13 00:21:07

Thanks for the roundup Goth.

I'm very impressed with all the studying planned by the fledglings in 2014! Well done everyone!

Going home to DH tomorrow, but have invited my DM to visit next weekend in the hopes that it will be the motivation I need to get the house in order by then...hmm

dizzyday07 Mon 30-Dec-13 00:37:39

Who its through a company called FutureLearn and I think we get a scenario (probably a murder scene!) then learn about the different ways evidence is collected etc. it is only a couple of hours a week over 6 weeks so not really sure if it will impart any real knowledge or not! I have no real science background after o level study but always been interested in FS and Psychology etc - prob. from watching Cracker! DH did work for the Forensic Science Service as a manager so had a lot of dealings with evidence etc

ToffeeWhirl Mon 30-Dec-13 06:55:27

Hmm, when I said I hoped I'd be up 'bright and early' I didn't mean this bright and early. Ah well, at least I get a quiet cuppa whilst the rest of the house sleeps. Have a list to tackle before relative arrives at midday, so I'll get a headstart on that too.

dizzy - that course sounds fascinating.

Castle- I find having visitors is the best motivation for tidying up.

Bitchy - I hope getting out yesterday and (hopefully) a good night's sleep will set your DS up for a good trip to his dad's today <fingers crossed>.

WhoKnows - good luck with the guest crisis clean today.

MercuryRising Mon 30-Dec-13 07:45:20

Morning Toffee and anybody else who is up.

Your course sounds brilliant Dizzy

*To do*:
Make beds
Clean bathroom
Hang washing out
Reload wm
Small pile of ironing
Fold and put away laundry
Hoover throughout
Dust throughout
Meal plan healthy meals
Food shop
Put Christmas nibbles away so they aren't quite so tempting.
Take dcs out to practise on inline skates hmm
Empty junk out of car
Maybe see sil for brew so dcs can play with their cousins

There is plenty there to keep me busy. Best start by getting out of bedgrin

ToffeeWhirl Mon 30-Dec-13 07:49:47

Morning, Mercury. That looks like a good list. Am still on MN because if I don't want to make a noise doing chores and wake up DS2 (at least, that's my excuse). Will have to start soon though.

MercuryRising Mon 30-Dec-13 07:59:27

That is a perfectly valid excuse Toffee. Dd has just been in asking for breakfast so I had better get up and get on. Bbl.

ToffeeWhirl Mon 30-Dec-13 08:04:27

Ah, now DS2 is calling for me. No excuse anymore!

Sillybillybob Mon 30-Dec-13 08:13:44

Tip run scheduled for today so hopefully we'll have some more room again! Can't put any toys away yet as DH is building a new bed for DS and it's currently taking up the playroom.

Likely to be having to clean the kitchen for the umpteenth time before watching the 2nd half of moon fleet.

Also weighed myself yesterday and am now half a stone over the heaviest I was ever going to be <sigh> in a full on proper biffer. Must reduce portion size.

CallingAllEngels Mon 30-Dec-13 08:33:34

Morning all.

Silly we have a trailer full for the tip atm. I must crack 8n with the cellar so we can have some proper storage and clear this tip up! In fact, maybe that would be a good way to spend nye, nyd and the 2nd!

and silly I am also weighing something stupid. Stood on the scales at my dms on christmas day and I am 11 stone/70 kg Have only weighed this much once and that was post birth (was 72 immediately after ds was born,) so drastic action is needed! No snacking, less junk, more veg and water, less coffe (but not going cold turkey after recent posts!)And ddefinitely back in training. I may do shred today and perhaps do a quick back to basics run tonight since it's dh's turn to put ds to bed.

okay, going with the power of 3 today

to do
post letter

MerryBuddha Mon 30-Dec-13 08:58:23

DH has taken ds2 on a road trip, they won't be back until tomorrow. So I am going to get out of bed (been laying here for over a hour while MNing).

And get back into some sort of routine....

Sillybillybob Mon 30-Dec-13 09:11:47

Omg engels 11st 2 is the lightest I've been in my adult life (and I looked freaking AMAZING!). It took a ton of hard work to get there though as I had to lose 2 stone. I'm 2 stone heavier than I started out THEN now. 15st 3... <weeps>.

Over 15 stone. I'm nearly as heavy as my DH sad

elliepac Mon 30-Dec-13 09:27:02

Morning all! I found you grin

Tis a horrible day here in Lincolnshire. Was planning on a walk but I think that is going to be vetoed.

Need to do some flying but have cba. Everyone is still asleep here so I can't get moving yet because that would wake them and that would be unfairwinkgrin.

Welcome to whisperssmile.

sillybilly please don't be too harsh on yourself re weight. It is, quite rightly, been the last thing you should have been worrying about of late.

engels I too would love to be as heavy as youwinkgrin. 5 st down and still not 11st. That's my goal.grin

Back later with a ta da hopefully!

MerryBuddha Mon 30-Dec-13 10:02:54

Ta da
Strip my bed
Made my bed
Got dressed and ready
Folded laundry -- still to be put away, with 3 piles from yesterday--

To do
Washing up
Load and load d/w
S&S x3
Tidied kitchen table
Tidy kitchen sides
Tidy hallway

I have only a stone to lose to get to my perfect weight, but I was saying that this time last year!, I can't do it!!! currently eating some of the gingerbread house with my morning cup of teahmm. Hopefully, I have a half marathon to train for in March, and this will get me slimmer!! Also in time for my BIG birthday this year!!!

CallingAllEngels Mon 30-Dec-13 10:31:14

Ta da
posted letter

have come home to find dh home and he's taken the rest of the week off. Which in some ways is lovely, but I also really look forward to having more time to myself (with ds though as nursery closed this week).

On the list for today...
thank you cards
doctor who
Have eaten m5 weight in cheese the last 2 months and drunk far more than I usually would, mostly as a response to mc (fuck it, , I CAN eat and drink this stuff and there has to be some positive out of not being pg).

We are taking a break from ttc this month as I've found it hard to deal with not really being able to try again (hoping fr all clear at end of this week) and have put myself under pressure through my frustration with my body. Feel so shit about myself atm and I want to feel fit and not blobby. My legs are fine, but my waist is enormous (scratch that, I don't have a waist atm!).

AliceinWinterWonderland Mon 30-Dec-13 10:40:23

Alice has feral DCs, I think they all get a bit like that

grin Had to laugh when I saw that in the update. They're a bit better today. I've started on my list - will post later.

BitchytheGreat Mon 30-Dec-13 10:43:01

today we are doing impressions of zombies. phone at 9:30am and alarm at 10am were far too early. ds is tired as he was allowed up until 11pm. Need to get cracking though as need to leave in about 20mins and haven't packed ds' stuff for his trip yet.

feetheart Mon 30-Dec-13 11:08:07

Buddha - which half marathon are you doing? And where do you find out about races? I need to find a few to get keep me motivated through the long dark winter. REALLY, REALLY want to do a Colour Run but only found out about them about 2 days before the last one this year.

Bitchy - hope weather doesn't disrupt your plans.

Goth - yes we did get out for a walk yesterday thanks. Not quite Buddha's epic but it blew more cobwebs away and made 5 children and 3 adults very hungry for the leftovers dinner we put together smile

To those who are looking to lose weight in the New Year the only advice I can give is to look at the fat content of what you are eating. In an attempt to help DH reduce his cholesterol we changed some of what we ate and inspite of still scoffing chocolate, cakes, etc out of sight of DH I have lost a stone and I thought we ate a healthy diet shock. Exercise is obviously good too but 5 years of running hadn't affected my weight much at all.
SC is a great source of low fat recipes smile

Another 'How to Train your Dragon' mad family here though prefer the books to the film/TV stuff. One of DS's highlights this year was meeting Cressida Cowell and getting her autograph complete with Toothless drawing smile

Feel like I should be following the very motivated people here and do some Flying but have 3 DC slobbing around (DD had friend to sleepover) and really CBA. Need to do some work though so maybe try that first.
Will try and find some enthusiasm >>>> off to look in dark and dusty corners.

BitchytheGreat Mon 30-Dec-13 11:24:34

Which is funny because I have to eat a high fat very low carb diet otherwise my weight balloons and I pass out at random. Good we are all different grin

Zombie state is causing more problems then weather atm. C.B.fucking.A.

dizzyday07 Mon 30-Dec-13 11:28:31

Trip out was cancelled as the ILs busy and we were too late to go iceskating so another day of sitting about the house as even too wet and windy to go out for a walk!

At my lightest I was 11st too but looked skeletal even though a size 16! I daren't say how much I need to lose but I am determined to change that and get fit. I am going to start the couch to 5k MN programme with DD and sign up for 5k swimathon. I wanted to use entering the Henley Fun Triathlon last year as a motivational tool for both DH and I but he wouldnt take part because of the swim - and he wouldnt try to improve his technique to swim more than 1 length but I may just forget him and do it myself this year!

Sillybillybob Mon 30-Dec-13 11:39:01

Go for it dizzy !!!

I got 5 weeks in to couch to 5k last year until I broke my toe which takes months to heal. It really works though. Will be starting it again in feb (my one step at a time is housework in jan, exercise in feb...)

I've just cleared and hoovered DD's room. She is 2 next month. It's the first time it's been properly vacuumed since we decorated it before she was born blush

dizzyday07 Mon 30-Dec-13 11:41:07

Feet - just clicked on that ColourRun link and DD and I think it looks amazing! But DH has just commented "why do you keep going on about running 5k. It's a long way!" hmm

BitchytheGreat Mon 30-Dec-13 11:45:26

Problem is with doing one triathlon is that it never becomes just one grin Do it! If dh doesn't want to try you can use him to hold your bike and looking after it when you practise transitioning from bike to run. (it's a skill believe me chief book reader and bike lookerafterer

Sillybillybob Mon 30-Dec-13 11:47:12

Wow. 3 huge sacks of junk (clothes and toys) for charity collection tomorrow! I'm feeling free...

MerryBuddha Mon 30-Dec-13 11:49:57

Feet I just find them browsing the internet!! Though the Colour run, I would love, but it's already sold out Argh!!!

Though I quite fancy this.

I should be as skinny as a rake as all female vegans are supposed to look like that but no, not this one. But in my training running, I am going to go clean (no rubbish)...If there is a inch of fat on my belly after that there something wrong with the world!!

I am struggling today!!! DS1 is making lunch so I can keep ploughing through!!!

Sillybillybob Mon 30-Dec-13 11:59:25

I did this a couple of years ago. Not a run, as such, but I could barely stand up for several days afterwards it was so tiring!!!

A friend has talked me in to a 100km walk in 2015. I desperately need to get fit for that!!! The 100km is in 30 hours...

elliepac Mon 30-Dec-13 12:05:12

I completed C25k last year. All be it very slowly. Really enjoyed it but only realistic time for me to go is first thing in the morning and don't really like running on own in dark in the early hours. Had been going to gym but haven't been in a couple of months.

MFP really worked for me and I will be back on it with a vengeance from the 2nd. Am also going to try and give up the fags. Said I would do it when I had lost weight and that I have so no excuses now.

Ta da:-
Fuck all

To do:-
Fucking everythinggrin

MerryBuddha Mon 30-Dec-13 12:12:53

Elliepac your Ta da and To do list grin

Oh!!! <excitedly> Feet there is one in Brighton!!!

Sillybillybob 100km walk, tell me more. Where??

MerryBuddha Mon 30-Dec-13 12:17:00

OMG Silly just looked at your link. I would poo my pants!!

Sillybillybob Mon 30-Dec-13 12:28:02

Buddha it's a team effort ( you all walk all the way though) and it's to raise money for Oxfam. I think it's a circular route in the Yorkshire Dales.

feetheart Mon 30-Dec-13 12:28:15

Buddha - my link to Colour Run was for last year, can't find much info for this year yet though have found Colour5k.
Zombie Run sounds mad (watched Hunger Games last night and might still be a little freaked out)
I need to spend some time searching as I want a few races lined up.

Definitely recommend Couch25k, that's what got me started when DS broke his leg and I needed some headspace. I HATED distance running at school and always thought I couldn't do it but 4 weeks into the programme I realised I was enjoying it and I haven't looked back smile
Just make sure you get some decent shoes quite early on - give it a few weeks to see if running really is for you then get to a running shop to get your gait analysed which will let you know what sort of shoes you need.

Def go for it Dizzy, you will be able to feel very smug when you get to 5k - it's a great feeling. Endorphins have a LOT to recommend them (and are pretty addictive as Bitchy says smile) My DH has never been persuaded to join me in any training but makes a useful coat-holder/drinks provider/rucksack full of goodies to scoff holder when he does come along smile

STILL need to do some work...

feetheart Mon 30-Dec-13 12:35:29

Ellie - I'm an early morning runner too, especially early Spring/Autumn mornings with the sun just coming up smile I do run in the dark though but have to stick to boring urban routes and not the fields and lanes that I much prefer. I am going to try the local running club at some point but they meet in the evening and by then I'm just not interested!
Colour 5k in Northampton looks doable for DS and I, especially as I think DH and DD are away that w/e.
Am eyeing up the Cambridge half marathon as well.

MerryBuddha Mon 30-Dec-13 12:36:22

Feet I found this one

feetheart Mon 30-Dec-13 12:37:02

Poo, Cambridge sold out sad

MerryBuddha Mon 30-Dec-13 12:37:30

Also I think my DS would love it!!

GoingGoingGoth Mon 30-Dec-13 12:40:03

Afternoon, so much for getting back into the routines.


To do
Dry laundry away
Mop kitchen & bathroom floors
Take DD for a walk

feetheart Mon 30-Dec-13 12:41:55

Could do Brighton on the train. Not sure what train operator would think of us on way home though smile

EustaciaVye Mon 30-Dec-13 12:47:39

You all talk too much grin

silly - dont be too hard on yourself about being overweight. I am too. Need to lose 2 stone. Maybe we can add some good health habits to the thread?

I am so stressed at the moment. Have lots of guests this weekend, the house is a tip, and have a party at the weekend and I am starting to doubt my outfit. Seeing some v old friends and much heavier than I once was.....

On a positive note morning routine is done.

feetheart Mon 30-Dec-13 12:49:05

Eustacia - yes but we don't talk much about housework smile

feetheart Mon 30-Dec-13 12:54:14

Or do any work - waaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!
I now have to feed children...

MerryBuddha Mon 30-Dec-13 12:56:14

Oh Feet I have just book the Northampton one to do with Ds2 & 3. Come and join us!

MerryBuddha Mon 30-Dec-13 12:57:16

Yes, back to the housework now... (sad)

elliepac Mon 30-Dec-13 14:02:09

I have progress.

Ta da:-
One small load of washing

To do:-
Nearly fucking everythinggrin.

Another one who would recommend C25k. If you had told me when I started it that I would be able to run for 25 mins none stop I would have laughed in your face. But I did. Never quite managed 5k though so that is my goal come springtime.

feet a guy at work keeps trying to get me to join our local running club but, like you, I am crap in the evenings. Much prefer first thing in the morning. Once I get home, I am
unlikely to go out again!

elliepac Mon 30-Dec-13 14:03:40

eustacia i suspect if we counted up all the posts that were about flying, they would make a rather small percentagegrin. That's why I am still on this thread after nearly 4 and a half yearsgrin.

feetheart Mon 30-Dec-13 14:21:20

Buddha - need to check with DH first and he is inconsiderately at work. I'm pretty sure that he and DD are going to the Ukelele Festival of Great Britian that w/e so it would be perfect for DS and I smile

Still haven't done any work, or any housework. Am writing a shopping list though and once DD's friend goes we will venture to Asda for a few bits.

Hi all smile

Thanks for the welcomes smile

Ellie - I am in lincolnshire too! In the wolds smile

Been out this morning, have just hoovered and steam mopped the dining part of the kitchen diner. Hadn't done under the cats food mat in a while, that was pretty disgusting blush
I'm having a rest now while I wait for the dishwasher to be done as the surfaces of the kitchen need doing before I do the floor but they are currently full of the next load to go in the dishwasher. DH is making unhappy noises about taking the DC out tomorrow now as nothing will be open sad I'm sure that he will end up going to his parent's hmm

elliepac Mon 30-Dec-13 14:35:22

I am in the slightly less pretty northern half of Lincolnshire.

JustGettingOnWithIt Mon 30-Dec-13 15:31:03

Can't believe this, woke up at 5 for about half an hour and have only just woken up again! blush Meantime half the thread is planning marathons and triathalons! Am taking the attitude that clearly my body needs the rest but I wish it would start acting like it had had one. Staying in naughty corner.

BitchytheGreat Mon 30-Dec-13 15:42:52

And quite right too just you have been throw a lot this year physically and mentally. Let it rest if it needs it. I know I have no intention of being awake to see 1pm tomo. 2pm with be enough time to push a hoover around and finish the tidying.

If the thread have just been about lists and housework it would have folded years ago. It is the chit chat which keeps the motivation up imo.

Child is with his dad, i have politely called his dad a twat and to get a grip, lunch has been eaten, new years plans have been made. Now for shower, change of clothes and training...

elliepac Mon 30-Dec-13 15:44:16

I agree with bitchy just. You concentrate on what your body tells you it needs to do which is restsmile.

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Mon 30-Dec-13 15:58:34

Silly - some friends of mine attempted a 100km in a weekend walk this year, they are very fit runners but only had a couple of months to train for the walk (they took it very seriously). They managed 78km, which was brilliant.

I did C25K about 3 years ago and did enjoy it, but have given up since suffering an injury. I am probably OK to jog again, but will never run more than 5km now and even that is not advisable on a regular basis (ok if I go slow, try and stick to soft ground, keep it low impact). I am also abut 3 stone overweight. I did MFP for a few months last year but got out of the habit mid year and put all the weight back on blush.

Been out 10 pin bowling and for lunch today, which was good fun. Also booked DS's birthday party there for next month. DD's is at the end of next week, so I have overlapping arrangements, it's much easier the years they agree to share.

Flying wise, did quite a bit of tidying before going out, now need to go and restore order to the spare room, one of the cats has been sleeping on the spare bed and it is all hairy [yuck]. I'd really rather they stayed out of the bedrooms, but there isn't really anywhere they can use as a bolt hole downstairs. I'm not really feeling the love for them at the moment, discovered this morning that one of them has been using my favourite pot plant as a toilet (wee only thank goodness).

EustaciaVye Mon 30-Dec-13 16:38:10

I meant you talk to much and I cant keep up grin

My house resembles a car boot sale as DH has decided to bring in SIX boxes from the garage and look at old photos and stuff hmm

marking place to pop back later

CallingAllEngels Mon 30-Dec-13 17:54:18

Cba-itis here.

have been munching quality street and doritos. Dh made a lamb curry for dinner, followed by the rest of the tiramasu. Ds is already in bed. Have managed 3 episodes of doctor who (watched the Titanic one...Kylie was awful!).

now browsing kindle sale and not doing anything too taxing.

I finished the kitchen grin DH is currently undoing all my hard work by cooking in it hmm
Was a bit horrified as the steam mop is new, I used one pad just for the kitchen floor which really didn't look very dirty (I Hoover first) but the pad was disgusting when I'd finished!

So, tomorrow I'm going to spend an hour in each room, will make my plan tonight and write my list on here tomorrow morning smile

MerryBuddha Mon 30-Dec-13 19:32:59

Ta da
Stripped bed x3
Made bed x3
Got dressed and ready
W/m x4
laundry away x5
Washing up
Load and unload d/w
S&S x3
Tidied kitchen table
kitchen sides
15 minutes in bedroom
cooked dinner
food shopping
twins bedroom

to do
10 minutes of ironing
tidy up from dinner
shine sink

MerryBuddha Mon 30-Dec-13 19:44:43

Whispers When I wanted to get on top of every room and I did this instead (as recommend by another fledgling) and I think it was better than if I spent a hour in every room, as I would of run out of steam.

Whatever you do, good luck.

ToffeeWhirl Mon 30-Dec-13 20:23:37

Visitor couldn't find anything rude to say about the state of our house shock. It really is spotless too but won't be for long.

Am off out to the pub with a couple of friends to de-stress now...

andagiraffeinapineappletree Mon 30-Dec-13 20:51:49

merry that is kind of what I do and it works I haven't really got into routines yet but fingers crossed I will in jan grin Quite looking forward to fresh jan 1st start.

I am in if there is a 2 stone to lose element in the thread too grin

Had a little stay with family and now sooo many toys and new & hand me down clothes for the dc to put away.

Wow, Merry, I am in awe at your list shockgrin

You are right, I do like the crisis cleaning way and have done that in the past. I am delighted to say that I don't really need to do that this time as the house is, on the surface, vaguely clean and tidy grin What isn't though, is all the places where people don't normally look, like under the stairs, inside the kitchen cupboards, in the airing cupboard, in our wardrobes etc.

I will remember to take the regular breaks though as that definitely makes a difference to the possibility of burning out. Will also take a look at fly lady's spring cleaning tips, she must have some good ones somewhere grin

AliceinWinterWonderland Mon 30-Dec-13 21:21:51

Still trying to be organised and not succeeding. I promise I'll be better once the DCs are back in school and I have a spare moment to breathe.

GoingGoingGoth Mon 30-Dec-13 21:31:22


Babystep 31 is to understand that we can't know or do everything.

This week we are in Zone 5 the bathroom & 1 other room. Detailed cleaning list for those that can be bothered here

It's Tuesday so time to plan

Sneak Peak for the week's missions. Today we should be dusting the ornaments in the lounge.

December's monthly habit is Pampering

Flight Plan for today.


Ok, I was wrong, she doesn't like spring cleaning grin

Ah well, will just make it up on my own smile Will post my to do list in the morning to keep me on track.

As predicted, DH is taking the DC to his parents tomorrow, and I also heard him talking about putting winter tyres on the car and some other garage bits, so that means it will actually be MIL watching the DC and not him at all hmm can you tell this is an ongoing gripe of mine?! grin

MerryBuddha Mon 30-Dec-13 21:48:29

Stripped bed x3
Made bed x3
Got dressed and ready
W/m x4
laundry away x5
Washing up
Load and unload d/w
S&S x3
Tidied kitchen table
kitchen sides
15 minutes in bedroom
Forced by Feet to enter a run grin
cooked dinner
food shopping
put shopping away
twins bedroom
10 minutes of ironing
tidy up from dinner
shine sink
put down twins, lay out the their clothes for tomorrow
sweep kitchen
15 minutes in living room

that is it for today pheww!!
now sitting down to watch Indie with a well deserved wine
<leave an open bottle on the side, for everyone to help themselves too.>

GoingGoingGoth Mon 30-Dec-13 22:25:23

Round Up

There was a lot of talk/planning re runs in 2014 <puts fingers in ears and sings "la, la, la"> I'm going to get us all on the scales either tomorrow or Wednesday (depends on how much procrastination I do) I think I may have talked DH into doing the 5:2, will be dusting off the MFP probably from the 6th when she's back at school.

Toffee has a tidy bedroom all ready for her guest.

WhoKnows has a short notice guest, so planning a spare room blitz. We've not been to the Titan (yet) DH isn't good with heights, so it may be one just for DD & me. Ewwww to the cat's plant pot toilet.

Bitchy has a tired DS, I know what that's like DD stayed up to watch Pirates of the Caribbean yesterday. Would wine help?

Castle has invited her DM over to increase motivation for cleaning. That should do it! grin

dizzy's forensic course sounds good. My cousin does something like that for the Australian Police. So sorry your day out was cancelled. I'm hoping the weather improves as we're getting cabin fever.

Mercury and Toffee were early birds and only MNing to be quiet smile

Silly had a run to the tip. How's the bed building going?

Engels is planning to tackle her cellar over new year. And has her DH home for the week (what a lovely surprise wink)

Merry has been relaxing whilst her DH and ds2 are away on a road trip.

elliepac found us! <I said we should have been quieter wink >

feet never mind DD being envy, I am envy envy envy over you meeting Cressida Cowell. I'm hoping that we get to more book signings now we're in a city.

Eustacia has pre-guests nerves. Remember they here to see you, not the house, and if they're good friends they won't care what your size is. We all get older (and rounder in my case)

Whispers came back for a 2nd day. Beginning to think we need a "yellowbellies" sub-group.

JustGetting is staying in the naughty corner-GOOD, you need to get better.

Blueandwhite popped in.

giraffe the routines do come! just take it steady.

Alice it's very difficult to be organised in the holidays, I think we're all struggling. But sometimes it's best to say fuck it, and know that you will you will get on top of it once they are back at school.

I've had a mixed day, BUT am on top of the paperwork!

I doubt I'll be doing a summary tomorrow grin as I'm planning to marinate lightly in cider in front of BBC Scotland's Hogmanay output. So I'll hand us over to Bitchy's tender mercies grin It sounds like your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to also get a good proportion of us in shape too!

AliceinWinterWonderland Mon 30-Dec-13 22:28:51

But sometimes it's best to say fuck it

I like this. Can this be my new mantra? fgrin

Wow, I continue to be impressed with your round up, Goth shockgrin
Does this mean you are a yellowbelly too? I'm only really an honorary one as only lived here for... umm...6 years. 6 years?!? Where the hell did that go?!

Massively impressed with Merry's ta da list, I couldn't ever possibly hope to achieve all that in one day, I'm far too lazy blushgrin

GoingGoingGoth Mon 30-Dec-13 23:37:36

Whispers oh yes, a yellowbelly in exile.

Born at the RAF hospital at Nocton near Lincoln, grew up in Louth and moved to Grimsby (only after Humberside was removed and it changed to NE Lincs)

Don't worry it's not Norfolk, you'll be classed as a local before 20 years are done.

Alice yes that's a mantra that gets used a lot here, I also have 'It'll do (pig)" or "good enough"

BitchytheGreat Tue 31-Dec-13 00:35:45

"But sometimes it's best to say fuck it" depends what it is you might end up fucking imo.

Yep will take over tomo. Tonight didn't go as planned. hmm and not feeling the need to sleep as I am currently over thinking.

BitchytheGreat Tue 31-Dec-13 03:02:36

Strike that. Thanks to a good friend who keeps as weird hours as I do all is good and sleep will happen. Every woman needs a bestie who can knock some sense into them and wine, wine definitely helps grin.

Will set the thread up tomo late after noon. Although I will end up posting two lots of links as I have just realised I am away the evening of the 1st. So if someone will be so kind to repost after everyone has written all their greetings and chit chat for Wednesday that would be great. It was last minute plans and I am back on the 2nd so will be fine for that. Thanks

feetheart Tue 31-Dec-13 07:37:13

Morning all smile
Will try a Ta da list for yesterday but it isn't long:
- Fed 3 children throughout the day (DD had sleepover friend) but mainly on crumpets and gingerbread house smile
- S&S bathroom
- One load of washing
- Washing up x a lot
- Made chicken and gammon chowder and soda bread
- Ate chocolates
- Caught cats and applied anti-flea stuff
- Bottled plum vodka - yum smile
- Spent far too much time talking about running and very little no time working
- Slobbed in front of TV

So far today I have:
- Made a list of 'things I want to do' for 2014 (not resolutions, oh no, not at all)
- Brought laptop up to bed
- Signed DS and I up for Colour 5k in June (as persuaded to by Buddha smile)

I now need to do the work I should have done yesterday - ho hum!

Goth - shock that is where DH was born! Could never hope to drag him away from his beloved Lincolnshire.

Bitchy - hope you got some sleep sad

Ok, my list for today...

Wipe out kitchen cupboards
Reorganise kitchen drawers
Clear out DH's 'corner of crap' in the living room hmm
Have a quick sort out of the bookcase
Hoover living room including under sofas
Reorganise under stairs cupboard
Hoover under shoe rack in hall way
Hoover hallway floor and steam mop
Hoover stairs and landing
Reorganise airing cupboard
Hoover DS's room and wipe down his window.
Hoover DD's room
Pull out spare bedding from underneath DD's bed and put in wardrobe
Clean under DD's bed
Reorganise DD's wardrobe
Clear off tops of chest of drawers and headboard
Put clothes away
Clear massive pile of rubbish in corner blushblush
Hoover entire floor, including under the bed
Quick wipe down in bathroom
Steam mop bathroom floor

Phew grin There is NO way that I'm going to get all of this done, but it's good to have something to aim for grin

elliepac Tue 31-Dec-13 08:00:32

Morning allsmile.

whispers and goth have to say I was born a yellowbelly, left for a few years to go to uni and then met husband in hometown when visiting the parents and returned to being a yellowbelly in a steeltown which has a bad word in itwinkgrin. Dad moved here for a teaching job from York and promised the mother it would only be for a couple of years....40 years laterwinkgrin.

Not sure what i am doing today apart from a food shop. We are at that point where we have enough biscuits/chocolate to feed an army but nothing to actually make a meal out of. Still need to decide what to do tonight. DH wants to have some friends round but I cannot be arsed. Am not big on New Year. Would probably enjoy myself if it came to it but am feeling antisocial.

bitchy I will repost links for you on the morning of the 2nd. smile

Going to go and ponder what to do. Everyone is still in bed so I am enjoying my morningbrew in peace.

elliepac Tue 31-Dec-13 08:02:33

X-posts with whispers. That is one mahoosive to do list. I need one like that but am struggling this morning.

CallingAllEngels Tue 31-Dec-13 09:21:12

DH is still in bed and DS and I are both in pjs and dressing gowns playing with trains/mning.CBA!

Honu Tue 31-Dec-13 09:53:44

Had to google 'yellowbelly'!

Still having carer stress - they are so unreliable I can't leave DH until they are gone. Not only am I a lousy housewife I am a crap carer too! One of the disadvantages of living in the sticks is no choice of carer agency. We have got to get this sorted before the start of next term!

I can only just get into the study it's so full of crap. Paper shit is the worst! And my inbox is full so my 'elephant' task this week is decluttering that. Whispers I am so in awe of your todo list. This week has fewer guests and no teaching so I hope to at least make a dent in the chaos. BBL if I don't end up buried under the mess.

EustaciaVye Tue 31-Dec-13 10:01:56

Morning all.
I blitzed kitchen and living room last night so they arent too bad.
Morning routine done.

I just cant seem to shake this virus. I have been ill on and off for about month. just as I start to feel better I go downhill again. it is frustrating. dds are the sane though so I know it just a nasty one.

Plan to clear everything christmassy except for the cards and trees today. I need dds to tidy their rooms too so wish me luck grin

GoingGoingGoth Tue 31-Dec-13 10:22:24

Morning all,

No procrastination today, once the batteries are charged up I am going to weigh myself. shock


To Do
Weigh in
Walk DD smile
Get some savoury food.

elliepac Tue 31-Dec-13 10:30:41

If it makes you feel better engels, i am still drinking coffee in pj's thinking about what I have to do, DS is in onesie watching TV and DD is in onesie on the laptop. DH still in bed. We all have cbagrin.

Ok! I have sat down for my 15 minutes rest, I have just spent 45 minutes doing one thing on that list, so please don't be in awe yet!

Ellie - hehe, I know exactly which steel town you are referring to grin I've been there a couple of times for work a few years ago, but don't really know it very well.

We're not doing anything for New Year, will probably go to bed at normal time of 10ish as well! DC are 4yo and 2yo, the 2yo still wakes us in the night and they both get up massively early, so sleep is very precious in the Whispers household!

Right, best get back to the to do list! BBL smile

GoingGoingGoth Tue 31-Dec-13 10:51:28

ellie my aunt lives on the outside of that town, my cousin has moved over the water to a town we do not mention grin

Well I've weighed myself and gone back to MFP, only gain 4lbs, but still a lot of work to do.

EustaciaVye Tue 31-Dec-13 10:56:33

Goth - I am 5'1" and today weigh 71.3kg. (11 stone 3). I would like to be 9 1/2 stone but would settle for 10!

I joined a gym 2 months ago and for the first month swam twice a week and lost a couple of pounds but since I have been unwell I have put it all on again. I am going to start again once the kids are back at school and plan to eat 'much' smaller portions. A couple of years go I ate off side plates for one month and lost half a stone shock. No effort required.

MerryBuddha Tue 31-Dec-13 11:08:08

Shh!! It is 11 and I still in bed. shock

MercuryRising Tue 31-Dec-13 11:29:09

I have just got dressed after spending a lazy day sat in my pjs with dd watching wreck it ralph. Dressed now. So I had better get motivated.
To do
Coax dcs out of their onesiessmile
Make lunch
Hoover/ dust downstairs
S and s
washing out
reload wm
small pile ironing
fold and put away laundry
tidy kitchen

That will do. I can feel the last day of 2013 being a lazy onegrin

MercuryRising Tue 31-Dec-13 11:30:08

Merry just read your post. We must have the same mindset today grin grin grin

AliceinWinterWonderland Tue 31-Dec-13 11:37:32

Oh heavens, are we talking about weights? I'll leave and come back later! blush

I'm just doing little bits and pieces in between dealing with the DCs.

ta da
two loads of laundry, now hanging up to dry
washing up
put away some Christmas decorations (not those in main part of house)
tidied up dining room

to do
whatever I can get done

Goth - I quite like Hull blush When I worked in Grimsby with a load of psychologists, they all lived in Hull and commuted as Hull was obviously so much better than Grimsby ;)

Merry - I am not surprised you are still in bed after your mammoth ta da list yesterday, you deserve it! wine

Sorry everyone, I am going to be clogging up the thread loads today while on my 15 min breaks blush

ToffeeWhirl Tue 31-Dec-13 12:02:25

<tries to catch up with all the chat on this thread>


Goth - thank you so much for being such a brilliant thread leader. smile
Not sure if I will make it back before the New Year, so Happy New Year everyone.

Sillybillybob Tue 31-Dec-13 12:07:42

I've just put the same load of washing on for the 3rd time. Must remember to take it out and hang it up today...

BitchytheGreat Tue 31-Dec-13 12:16:06

No worries about being in bed. my original plan was to sleep until 2pm. however i woke up at 11am feeling rested shock. i have just been brought coffee by a well meaning personm who was lucky i was awake hmm we do communicate in this house but some have selective hearing and memories...

Got side tracked whilst suppoesd to be thinking about my to do list.
Crisis tidy: lounge, dining room, porch
Laundry through machine
clothes away
mince pies make up
cook brownies
trip to shops -nail polish remover and a few other little bits
Burn photo CD
Ring ds
Sort out present - photos to print and put into frames
write letters not done before christmas
Set up thread
remove chipped nail polish

However, most importantly i need to get up. So breakfast and shower are first on the list of things to do.

elliepac Tue 31-Dec-13 12:19:44

Another one just getting dressed hereblush. Then to brave the food shop and a trip into town to get DD some new boots as she has scuffed hers after only 2 monthsangry.

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Tue 31-Dec-13 12:27:26

Stayed in bed till 10 and have just got dressed.

I don't know Lincolnshire at all. I went to see a football match at Grimsby Town once (believe the stadium is actually in Cleethorpes?). Had lovely fish and chips on the seafront beforehand. Match was memorable for the funniest (unintentionally) half time entertainment I have ever seen. <scrapes barrel>.

Anyway, ta-da!
Nothing much, have cleaned kitchen and scrubbed a few grubby bathroom bits (soapdish etc).
Cat made another attempt at pot plant toileting, but decided against when she realised I had covered the soil with rosemary cuttings from the garden (hoping the smell and feel will put her off).
Supervised DCs emptying DW.
First load of washing in dryer second about to go on.

Goth - I'm not good at heights either, but am trying to overcome my fears. I also love a good view so definitely going to try the Titan. Thank you very much for thread leading this month, brilliant job thanks.

ToffeeWhirl Tue 31-Dec-13 12:45:58

Was eating my breakfast when DH came back from work for his lunch today blush.

Have unloaded and reloaded the d/w. Have my best friend here, so there is a lot of chatting going on and no Flying smile.

MercuryRising Tue 31-Dec-13 13:07:36

Somebody boot me up the backside. Dp will be back from work in an hour and all I have managed to do is make the beds and lunch!!

ToffeeWhirl Tue 31-Dec-13 13:11:49

<administers swift kick up Mercury's backside>

BitchytheGreat Tue 31-Dec-13 13:12:35

ta da
drink coffee
send 1 of several important emails
internet admin type stuff

really got to move now. but i don't want to sad My bed is so warm and comfy...

ToffeeWhirl Tue 31-Dec-13 13:13:47

Just told DS1 off for not being dressed. Then realised I am still in my dressing gown blush.

BitchytheGreat Tue 31-Dec-13 13:18:06

grin toffee

CallingAllEngels Tue 31-Dec-13 13:34:32

Just put ds down for a nap, came back downstairs and dh has disappeared. Guessing hoping he's in the garage doing some decluttering!

Ta da
washing up
wash on
2 loads of wash away

that'll do. Don't want to overdo it.

Enjoying my last 5 minutes of my latest break. I will stun you all with my ta da list when I'm finished grin

BitchytheGreat Tue 31-Dec-13 14:15:03

Whispers you are quite welcome to my queen of lists crown today. As installer of the naughty corner I am hiding out there in my sofa fort. grin

elliepac Tue 31-Dec-13 14:30:32

gringringringringrin toffee. If ever there was a situation that demanded the mantra, 'do as I say, not as I do'.....

elliepac Tue 31-Dec-13 14:33:55

Bloody hell. Just been to get a few bits for today and tomorrow and you would have thought it was xmas all over again. Not one single vegetable apart from potatoes left in Aldi. And people fighting over the last joints of meat. Was going to trek to Sainsbos for veg but cba we will have frozen tomorrow.

Ta da:-
DH tidied up

To do:-
Washing up
Visit dsis for an hour or so
Have lovely quiet family NYE

GoingGoingGoth Tue 31-Dec-13 14:49:11

Eustacia we're very similar, I'm 5'2 & 11st 1, yes those target weights sound about right.

Been for a walk, went to the library, bank and the park, we had fun feeding peanuts to squirrels & blue tits. Then took some scraps for the ducks & swans.

About to get on with the ironing, luckily don't have to think about dinner as DH is reinstating Tuesday night curry, he's getting to be quite good at them.

CallingAllEngels Tue 31-Dec-13 14:50:44

ellie I couldn't believe the queues in Sainsbury's the Monday before Christmas. It was unbelievable! You'd think people could cope with the supermarket being shut for one day!

We have lots of yummy things for tonight - DH is going to make some sushi with smoked salmon, we have some prawns for a prawn cocktail, lots of cheese, ripe avocados for guacamole and lots of bread and crackers to have with oil and vinegar. Also picked up some of my favourite wine to enjoy because after the next few days (NYE, NYD and my birthday) I am eating clean (she says!).

Bloody firecrackers and bangs rocking our city now (only time people can set them off legally - more money than sense some people). though will be lovely to out at midnight and see the proper fireworks.

Have no idea what we're eating for dinner tomorrow. Will probably go round to ILs for coffee in morning, the collapse at home. Would like something packed with veg tomorrow so maybe a casserole.

MerryBuddha Tue 31-Dec-13 15:06:02

Ta da

S&S x3
W/m x3
T/d x2
D/w unloaded
Washing up
Shined sink
Sweep kitchen floor
Steamed cleaned kitchen floor
Cleared kitchen sides
Clean chairs
Put away all Christmas dec except tree and fireplace
Hoover living room
Clear away all left presents from down stairs
Fill 2 bin bags with rubbish
Steamed 2x bathroom floors
Sofa diving and hoovering
Dusted all down stairs

To do
Oven hob
Stair way
Put away laundry

Can you tell we have guests tonight??? guests that hubby invited, so of course he has decided he must go into the office for the afternoon angry - dc are now get restless!!!

BitchytheGreat Tue 31-Dec-13 15:56:38

I survived the shops. Just <brews up a vat of special brew>

StillWearingOddSocks Tue 31-Dec-13 15:57:43

Happy new year everyone - thanks for all the support and flying propulsion in 2013 ....

Less lurking more posting from me in 2014 I promise -

Here's to 2014 - xxxxxxx

JustGettingOnWithIt Tue 31-Dec-13 17:12:09

I have managed to be awake for a total of three hours so far today, listen to friend, remind ds that just because I'm too ill to work with him isn't a good reason for not doing it, but that's been it.
Can't even Mn as the pain in my eyes from looking at the screen is swiftly self limiting. Am really shocked it's possible to sleep this much. Going to try and stay awake to see in the new year but if I don't manage to stay awake blush; wishing a good 1014 to all.

feetheart Tue 31-Dec-13 17:23:22

Just - I really hope that 2014 is so much better for you and that the sleep that your body is finally forcing you to do revives you properly. Take care and keep sleeping smile
To all of you - thank you for being my Flying buddies over this year and the previous three years, for keeping me slightly on track, for keeping me company and for making me laugh. My house is still not perfect but housework is SO much more entertaining when I can share the ups and downs thankswinebrewcakefgrin

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all and I hope 2014 brings you what you want fsmile

BitchytheGreat Tue 31-Dec-13 17:45:31

Pst, for those who are bored and doing nothing there will be a party in the naughty corner.

BitchytheGreat Tue 31-Dec-13 17:53:06

ta da
drink coffee
send 1 of several important emails
internet admin type stuff
tidy lounge,
Dust and hoover lounge
Tidy dining room,
dust and hoover dining room
3 x Laundry loads through machine
mince pies make up
cook brownies
trip to shops -nail polish remover and a few other little bits

currently removing chipped nail polish

AliceinWinterWonderland Tue 31-Dec-13 18:44:34

Happy New Year all - here's hoping I can be more organised in the new year! grin

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Tue 31-Dec-13 18:48:44

I'm in Bitchy. DH is really under the weather. The DCs are intent on staying up. DH's friend is staying with us. I feel restless.

Anyway, we've had a good afternoon, took the DCs swimming, for the fun and floats session, some friends were there too so a great deal of playing and swimming while I chatted with the mum who is a friend of mine too.

If I don't make it back later:

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all for tonight grin

Ok, here's presenting my ta da list for the day grin

Clean out kitchen drawers
Wipe out kitchen cupboards
Hoover living room
Clear out under stairs cupboard
Hoover and steam mop hallway
Hoover stairs and landing
Reorganise airing cupboard
Hoover DS's room
Clean windows
Sort under DD's bed
Clean DD's floor
Reorganise DD's wardrobe
Clean and tidy our bedroom surfaces
Put clothes away (4 loads of washing)
Clear rubbish in corner of bedroom
Hoover entire bedroom floor including under bed
Bathroom wipe down
Steam mop bathroom floor

Phew, my back is bloody killing me, but I'm really proud of myself grin The only thing is that so much of it was hidden, so you can't really tell hmm

My one bonus of the day is that I found a five pound note under the bed when I was hoovering, yippee grin

GossipWitch Tue 31-Dec-13 19:54:41

Hello all swiftly flying in before a small ones bedtime, I have done naff all today and will probably do something tomorrow, tell a lie I did get up and immediately tell off 2 squabbling kids and try and get Goo out of the rug.

GossipWitch Tue 31-Dec-13 19:55:07

Hello all swiftly flying in before a small ones bedtime, I have done naff all today and will probably do something tomorrow, tell a lie I did get up and immediately tell off 2 squabbling kids and try and get Goo out of the rug.

Swanhildapirouetting Tue 31-Dec-13 20:39:15

Happy New Year everyone!

I have seen a friend for coffee today
Been on a long family walk
Talked to my Dad on the phone

and incidentally my room is now TIDY yay hey! Okay a few boxes and piles round the edges, but the central aisle is tidy and hoovered grin

DH cooked supper (far too salty for my liking, that man loves stock cubes but still, dcs thought it very tasty and truth be told I have lost all interest in preparing meals atm...)

Made ds1 watch half of Twelfth Night on youtube, (poster homework) discussed it with him
Made Dh help ds1 tidy his room, (tears as ds1 is a hopeless tidier, and needs calming down whilst he is doing things he thinks he cannot do)
Dd had a friend round
Dd went round to a friend
Read ds2 half story of Achilles for his project hmm another poster
Made mincepie pastry (but no actual mincepies)
Drove ds1 to a distant park so that he could walk back, he was again relieved to be forced to take exercise

Everyone slept in till 11am today!!! Good ballast for a late night tonight.

saw friend in SNewingt*n
went to another friend's delightful party in SNewingt*n - lots of people with older teens imparting their wisdom - however I have the feeling my children are always going to be too uncool for Raves.

dizzyday07 Tue 31-Dec-13 21:28:49

Today we managed to get out and go to Goathland which is where Hearbeat was filmed and the ststion was used in Harry Potter as it has a steam train that we went on. Brief sandwich in pub then home. Having a quiet NYE in with the family and DH sulking a bit as the TV remote has been wrestled off him!

I want to wish you all a Happy New Year and hope that 2014 is kind to all of us xx

BitchytheGreat Tue 31-Dec-13 21:53:52
Sillybillybob Tue 31-Dec-13 22:56:05

Happy new year y'all xxx

Dizzy we were in Goathland narey a couple of weeks ago. It's so beautiful round there.

elliepac Tue 31-Dec-13 23:09:08

I like to finish the year the way I started it....by doing no flying whatsoevergrin.

Just popping in to say a massive Happy New Year to all you lovely fledglings. Thank you for another year of abject failure to fly on my behalf grin. Thank you for making me laugh. Thank you for your friendship and support. I luffs you allsmile.

BitchytheGreat Tue 31-Dec-13 23:09:49

luffs ya too oh wise one.

GoingGoingGoth Tue 31-Dec-13 23:13:12

Just in case anyone was has missed the new thread, just wanted to say Happy New Year to you all, let's hope 2014 is better than 2013!

I think you are all amazing.

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