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2014 Durham/Teesside/Tyne & Wear Cake Fest

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juneybean Sun 29-Dec-13 22:07:11

Thought I'd be premature and create this thread now.

Currently have this meet up planned:

13th Jan - Miss Tina's in Washington

IAmAPaleontologist Mon 22-Dec-14 16:48:34

Find Jesus. That'll sort you right out and cure you of the gays.

Crazy stuff. And not at all representative of most Christians I know!

Learning about religion is great and I like that the kids learn about it at school, they learn about other religions and cultures too. Although there is prayer, most of the religious part of their school is tied into kindness, respect, taking care of the community and showing love and tolerance for each other. I think a good knowledge of christianity and of bible stories is a pretty important part of forming a frame of reference for our language (think how many expressions have a religious background!) and for understanding history and art. I just happen to see it as interesting rather than real. I also explain the solstice and equinoxes and other older cultural practices that form part of our history.

juneybean Mon 22-Dec-14 13:27:30

Ughh how annoying! I remember friend telling me lots of bullshit to try and get me to go to church despite the fact I'm a wee bit gay...think she was trying to save me...

I like the bible stories though but with the stipulation that they're are just that...stories.

IAmAPaleontologist Mon 22-Dec-14 13:22:20

Oh my word I have just had the most wanky christmas card through the door.

There is a woman, lies in London now but when we lived up Gilesgate used to live near us. Nice enough, we used to go round to each other's houses sometimes of an afternoon, you know that bit of the afternoon when you just want to die when you have a small baby? Anyway. She was very involved in a very churchy church. I have many devoutly religious friend, they accept that I am not and that's the end of it. She did not, nothing major but every so often an invitation to this or that. She moved to London and apart from a Christmas card or the occasional text to ask if we know a good electrician (they still have their house up here) we are not really in touch at all.

I have just had a card and a book for the children all about Christmas and Jesus and a begging note asking us to please, please consider going to their old church hmm.

I really want to start a proper thread and share the WTF moment but I don't want to risk it being recognised!

DuPainDuVinDuFromage Mon 15-Dec-14 08:42:15

Ooh well sounds fun, I will be able to let you know reasonably soon whether we are able to come.

IAmAPaleontologist Fri 12-Dec-14 21:33:02

Well my 2 year old will be there! It is fab for little ones, they hold baby gym there. bouncy stuff and soft sprung floors.

DuPainDuVinDuFromage Fri 12-Dec-14 20:10:31

Poor Paleo! Hope things get much better very soon.

I don!t know if we are free on the 3rd - if we are, would it be suitable for a 2-year-old or will she be a bit small? Although there will probably be a family thing on anyway so it's likely to be academic.

Definitely up for curry and cocktails though! I think both those dates are fine at the moment, although you never know what's going to come up...

IAmAPaleontologist Thu 11-Dec-14 10:12:24

i love your youngest golden grin . Anyway, you've met my dd! Would be lovely to have you.

grin Dd is described as "determined". Which I think is a cross between bossy and stubborn. Can't think where she gets it from.

goldenretriever1978 Thu 11-Dec-14 06:16:50

Another swanner inner. Same as Spiffy for the January dates.

Spiffy - hurray for work support - am jealous.

Paleo - harrumph. My children are free on the 3rd (and me, obviously) though the small one was described as 'forward' by a friend recently, which I think is a slightly more polite way of saying 'gobshite'.

IAmAPaleontologist Wed 10-Dec-14 22:53:08

Well i am planning some time off! But thank you and if i need you i will call. We are having a meal out with some of my cohort on the 19th and then village quiz on the evening. If dh can work things out to be able to pick the kids up then i will be quite drunk by the time i get to the quiz!

I mean it. I'm feeling over confident with my ability to manage multiple children at once so bring them round. I've found my children are actually less bother when they have company grin

IAmAPaleontologist Wed 10-Dec-14 20:40:02

party is 2.30 til 4.

Thanks for the offer spiggy, shall see how it goes.

juneybean Wed 10-Dec-14 20:28:36

Oh paleo!!! Get your arse here now I have prosecco and a sofa bed!

What time is party on 3rd??

Oh God, that sounds shit.

Right, first things first. We'll be free the 3rd for party if you want us. Then I'm off from the 19th for two whole weeks bet the boss forgets that he's promised this so you can either 1) come round and eat guaranteed calorie free cake or 2) dump some/all of your children for the day while you get your lectures straight. We have films to watch, decorations to hang and toys aplenty to play with.

IAmAPaleontologist Wed 10-Dec-14 19:00:10

I have no idea. I'll be back on placement.

I would like the world to sod off at the moment. Have had a horrible run of illness and stuff form the dcs. Dd was started on the hormonal tablets for night and did a whole dry week but has gone back to wetting and at the moment is wetting lots again in the day even though she had completely stopped since starting on her medication for the overactive bladder. She has her next paed appointment on the 18th so at least we can chat about that then. Ds2 had a bad case of tonsillitis and a UTI. He has a kidney scan in Feb and is on a low does of antibiotic daily until then. He got constipated while ill (not eating, dehydrated due to high temp and so on) and is still not back to being regular and he had just started sleeping with some regularity (not through but a massive improvement) and is now all disrupted again. During all of that I was trying to write and essay and stay on top of lectures. I wrot ethe essay but the lectures are just piles of paper somewhere in the study. Ds1 has fianlly got a hypermobility diagnosis so has physio to do which is causing all sorts of arguments and he is now on antibiotics after walking around with scarlet fever for over a week when the Dr didn't think he had it. And I managed to break the glass in the stove so that was £100 for a new one AND then today I pranged a car at the school run so that's another £100 so I suppose I've got off lightly with that but I'd much rather it were a stranger in a supermarket car park rather than a school gran when I will have to face her and the mum and everyone else at school time and again. Small school. Will get talked about. I have 3 essays to write before Christmas. Not going to happen AND to top it off I booked a joint party for ds1 and dd and so far I have a million people who can't come and only 3 who can. 3. Two of them are siblings. If anyone is free on the 3rd of Jan and wants to come, please, please, please do. Please. No presents required, just come and let your children loose in the gymnastics academy on all the equipment and bouncy stuff.

I just want to get drunk. And eat cake. But I have essays to write. And I have put on a dress size, possibly more and am beginning ot feel like a horrible wobbly blob.

And my mother (who is sulking because we are only staying one night at Christmas) has announced we are having turkey crown. Urgh.

Christmas is a whole other annoying thing.

24th better for me as there's no football.

juneybean Tue 09-Dec-14 23:31:42

Ohhh yes hang on.... 10th January or 24th???

IAmAPaleontologist Tue 09-Dec-14 22:08:28

Ok. We've had horrible run of illness though. i now have all 3 of them seeing specialists for things, getting on my nerves! Hopefully spotty will become less spotty now. i do hope I've not infected too many people blush

Me and stealth were comparing work woes on a thread recently.

How its the spotty one? And the hopefully not going to be spotty ones?

IAmAPaleontologist Tue 09-Dec-14 20:37:44

Yes yes yes a million times Yes!

and we must drag spb along too because i have not seen her in months and months.

<swans into thread having been mia for ages>

Right, folks I'm halfway to having a semblance of a life again. Admin support in place and an advert for a minion someone to take on the work I've been doing on top of the day job about to go live. Come January I should be down to the usual mayhem of my day job instead of doing two full time jobs. Can we pleeeeeaaaase plan curry and cocktails so I can celebrate. I believe stealth may be in need on some time off for good behaviour as well grin

And I reckon paleontologist may be in need of something to look forward to as well...

Toooldtobearsed Fri 05-Dec-14 13:00:05

I am about 8 miles south of Durham, will pm you with actual place. Happy to travel though, so anywhere suits me as long as it has cake, or wine, or both

juneybean Fri 05-Dec-14 12:46:02

Boo we will definitely try again soon, perhaps outside of a city?!

Whereabouts do you live tooold?

IAmAPaleontologist Fri 05-Dec-14 11:47:53

rubbish! Such a shame. i got in at 9.20 and the sands was full but providence row was fine so maybe try that tomorrow? queue to get into the fair was huge but cloisters was quiet and lovely, yummy food.

Toooldtobearsed Fri 05-Dec-14 11:28:40

Home again now having spent 50 minutes driving in circles looking for a parking place sad

I am going to the Christmas Fair with my DiL tomorrow. Park and Ride will be taking a hit I think!

Worst of all, NO CAKE!

Hope you both enjoyed my share and lets meet up soon please.

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