Off to Uni - What have they left behind ??

(36 Posts)
lookoveryourshouldernow Sun 22-Sep-13 22:02:08

OK - one week down the line and settling in and now the "oh I forgot" emails are arriving....

So I start with .....

"my memory foam mattress - the bed here is hard and uncomfortable"

"two noodle bowls"

"a 15 foot Ethernet cable - so I don't have to sit at my desk and can use the internet in bed"

"a washing up bowl"

... sure the list will be more by the end of the week

madeofkent Sun 22-Sep-13 22:49:19

Shirts. Drawing pins. Trouser hangers. All things I told him to pack. So I am off to the PO tomorrow to stop him spending money on new ones. He has already been out and bought a few hangers when we have dozens of the things waiting here bundled up ready for him to pack...

mumeeee Sun 22-Sep-13 22:53:08

Leggings and gloves. It's cold in Bolton so she neds her gloves.

cold in Bolton????

she will be fine without gloves & leggings for the next few days (I am some distance north of Bolton & haven't worn gloves since about April!)

madeofkent Sun 22-Sep-13 23:01:15

Depends where you come from! I have moved about the country several times and it takes a while to acclimatise if you go from south to north. Take Lincolnshire and Hampshire for example. And a temp of 27C.

In Lincs this is reached for a week only for an hour a day between the hours of 4pm and 5 pm. Max temp 27C on the news.

In Hants it is 27C for a month starting from 10am until 7pm. Max 27C on the news.

I have inlaws who live near Alnwick. I am tempted to wear gloves all year when I visit.

HeySoulSister Sun 22-Sep-13 23:05:08

Her water bottle for running! Remembered that halfway up the M1

Drawing pins! Knew there would be a pinboard

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Sun 22-Sep-13 23:09:16

What has he left behind?
My broken heart is what! Waaaah!
smile wink

mumeeee Sun 22-Sep-13 23:18:34

TheOneWithTheNicestSmile She comes from South Wales and it is warmer here than Bolton. Also she is very skinny and feels the cold easily. She doesn't particularly want the leggings for warmth, needs them for fashion reason's. She wears them under shorts as most young girls do. She will do with out them but I've offered to send them with her gloves.
HeySoulSister we bought her pushpins for her board when we got to Bolton.

Last weekend was cold & windy in most places - it's got warmer over the week & is positively balmy up here today!

Madeofkent, you are exaggerating for effect, yes?

lookoveryourshouldernow Sun 22-Sep-13 23:58:37

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance - me too - but we have to let them go .

Apparently the on-site laundry room looks "real scary" - hell - if that is their biggest worry at the moment we are doing well...

greyvix Mon 23-Sep-13 00:09:54

Forgot the TV monitor (so he cannot use X Box; Sky Sports etc.) It never made its way from his room to the car. Forgot the cables for the printer- don't know where they are. Forgot the door stop- he has a freakishly heavily door, and I wanted him to make friends; we resorted to bits of cardboard in the end.
We were in Nottingham today, and it was sunny, bordering on hot. We live in Surrey, which was cool and dull when we left/ returned.

madeofkent Mon 23-Sep-13 14:26:15

TheOneWithTheNicestSmile No, I wish I were, I am a gardener and have had to work all over the country and check temperatures to keep plants safe. I was initially really shocked to see how temperatures varied so much. Also wind chill factors.

Drawing pins and shirts and hangers have now been dispatched. I hope he is grateful, it cost a fortune. He added a sharpie to the list for marking his bottle of milk, I suspect it has already been 'borrowed'. grin

mintgreenchilli Mon 23-Sep-13 14:41:39

Jesus, she has more to worry about than the weather in Bolton.

Tell her to stay away from Shifnal Street! ;)

Only kidding, I grew up there and it was far worse in my childhood when the town centre was actually busy than it is now...a ghost town.

mumeeee Mon 23-Sep-13 15:26:31

I actually think she just wanted me to send her stuff from home and does't desperately need them. She's feeling a little bit homesick at the moment

For milk, send him a little bottle of blue food colouring instead and some preprinted labels that say "EXPERIMENT PLEASE DO NOT BIN".

Most things are cheaper to buy than post nowadays.

CaptainSweatPants Mon 23-Sep-13 15:57:52

Don't send them stuff! They need to learn where the shops are!
<despairs>

alreadytaken Mon 23-Sep-13 16:01:54

very useful for those of still waiting flowers for HorryisUpduffed

mumeeee Mon 23-Sep-13 17:25:43

Captainsweetstuff DD3 knowx where the shops are and think she has been shopping. She just wants some of her stuff and a letter from home. I know DD2 loved getting letters a bits and pieces from me.

SilverApples Mon 23-Sep-13 17:29:05

I send a shoebox parcel , November and February.
Small gifts and bits and bobs to cheer people up when the shiny has worn off, some of which are best shared with housemates and friends.

amumthatcares Mon 23-Sep-13 21:00:57

Silver I did DD a freshers survival kit when we packed her off last weekend, she loved it. What do you put in your interim boxes? smile

JellicleCat Mon 23-Sep-13 21:15:20

Am liking the shoebox idea Apples. Any ideas for things to include?

DD hasn't admitted to leaving anything behind yet. Possibly as I did supervised the packing.

madeofkent Mon 23-Sep-13 23:51:42

Horry I love the blue milk idea. grin

CaptainSweatPants you are a big purple meanie. I would have loved it if my mother had sent me anything. I don't want my son spending his money on new shirts, I would rather send his old ones. He has been out and bought a few small things but can't find long-stemmed drawing pins, he'll find his way around soon enough but a bit of help doesn't go amiss.

mumeeee Tue 24-Sep-13 00:27:29

Madeofkent tell him to get those coloured push pins for pin boards.

SilverApples Tue 24-Sep-13 08:40:52

Bear in mind that DD is operating on a shoestring budget.

slippersocks
A new manga book
Pack of posh origami paper
container of bubbles for blowing
Sainsbury's do packs of something called baking additions, a mix of apple and cinnamon and sultanas, or chocolate and hazelnuts and raisins. Add them to flour, marge, sugar, milk and an egg and you have a dozen interesting muffins.
Chocolate in some form or other
set of Shakespearean text magnets for making silly sentences.
Think stocking filler bits. Nothing expensive.

mumeeee Tue 24-Sep-13 09:25:28

I did a simular thing to you Silverapple. for DD2 but used large jiffy bags and sent them about once a month at first. I didn't send stuff to DD1 as she was at uni in our town and we used to meet up regularry. Oh just remembered I actually did send a couple of bits to her.

madeofkent Tue 24-Sep-13 12:49:14

SilverApples I love your idea. Now what is the general opinion on how to deal with a very tricky issue - that of Advent calendars? Because of course if they start one off, they then have to bring it home to finish it. Although maybe they would just clear out all the boxes as they leave.

mumeeee Tue 24-Sep-13 13:11:59

I always sent mine a chocolate Advent calendar. They just used to eat it all before they came home. Then they joined in with the family gift one.

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Tue 24-Sep-13 17:27:05

DS1 took the charger and a 3 pin adapter for his toothbrush but forgot to take the brush. I couldn't resist getting a few treats to send him seeing as how I have to go to the PO to post the brush (my choice to do that - not his) smile

It's a long time since I've been to keen to grab my phone when I get a text message alert

JellicleCat Tue 24-Sep-13 22:04:00

DD has already said she wants an advent calendar, and yes I think she will eat all the chocolate before she comes home (I would!)

ISingSoprano Wed 25-Sep-13 07:18:37

I don't think ds has left anything at home except his wellies (which he may need as he will do a bit of boat work on his course). But I am planning to send him some treats like his favourite chocolate or a dvd from time to time.

I had a text yesterday to ask if I would please send him his toothbrush charger .

melodyangel Wed 25-Sep-13 13:07:51

His zombie survial guide

WhitesandsofLuskentyre Wed 25-Sep-13 14:23:40

DD1 would have been hard-pressed to leave anything behind - her entire room has either gone with her or been boxed and gone in the loft. Her room will now be spare room/home office, and she and DD2 will share when they're both back during the holidays.

I know some people think we're really mean, but we pay the mortgage...

DD2, on the other hand, managed to go off without a vital DVD, vital paperwork, and essential uniform, which she'd ordered two days before leaving, instead of during the summer holidays. I dispatched those together with some family photos from my camera, which I printed out for her pin board.

goinggetstough Wed 25-Sep-13 14:47:17

I have just located a pair of deck shoes under his bed. Was surprised how little they cost to send.... He can reimburse me at a later date!

lookoveryourshouldernow Fri 27-Sep-13 00:59:13

Dropped off "forgotten items" and was well impressed .

My PBF has grown up big time in just a couple of weeks - well his room look like a tip (let's forget that one) but his attitude to coping on his own was 1st class.

Luckily he has managed to get together with most of his flatmates and they seem to be coping well... I managed to overlook the mess and debris in the kitchen and nodded in the appropriate places - thank God I didn' t have to do the washing up though ... I thought about it and decided "Nah".... your mess you sort it and drove away !!!!

They to be settling well and I seem to be sleeping better too..

My work is done - but I would do it all again - big sobs !!!!

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