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The grand opening of The Goose and Carrot

(214 Posts)
PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 13:47:04

Instead of a Friday thread shall we enter the public bar of our new pub?

All the usual refreshments and bar snacks. All tastes catered for.

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 13:49:46

For anyone puzzled by honking here is the original goose quote

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 13:52:10

<pulls up a bar stool to reserve for later> <changes mind and flops onto a large sofa in the corner>

I shall actually be drinking real wine this evening in celebration of ds1's good news. grin

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 13:53:14

This thread, for anyone who missed this thread is a way to extend the Friday threads into an ongoing area for general chitchat and whatever anyone here wants to discuss over a pint or few.

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 13:54:45

I'll join you on the sofa moose I've done 2 real live social things this week (which only involved going for coffee) and I'm bloody knackered grin

signandsmile Fri 15-Mar-13 13:56:46

oo oo! sign surveys the decor, yep think I could be comfy here...

Can I make a confession... blush I am a bit of a techno dufuss, I was reading the whole chat thread bit and not really understanding what will be where... up to know I go straight to MNSN;children, will I need to go somewhere else as well? instead??

ps I have thorntons chocs to share....

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 13:58:05

<skooshes up for Polter>

I have been out 3 - count them - 3 whole times this week and not one of them was a medical or educational appointment! shock I've managed a meal in an actual restaurant (breakfast but a meal nontheless) and had three inches cut off my hair and finally got a fringe.

I am now officially knackered and will need the whole weekend to recover! blush

signandsmile Fri 15-Mar-13 13:58:28

ah cross post, thanks for the explanation polter.. I think I will join moose on the sofa,

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 15-Mar-13 13:58:54

ooooh hello brew for all, will get the gin out later!

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 13:59:46

Haven't a clue sign, I just found this under MNSN children. confused

I am in a chocolate free house today. That is soooo not on for a Friday. hmm

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 13:59:49

sign I suspect it may take time for any new boards to be created and we will make sure you don't get lost.

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 14:01:00

Gin you say? Now there's a thought. <strokes chin and weighs up nice bottle of red against the as yet unopened Junipero>

I will have a brew with you for now though.

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 14:01:35

This thread is just a normal thread in MNSN children, I just unilaterally decided to re-name the Friday thread blush

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 14:03:14

Well done on the outings moose breakfast out sounds divine

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 15-Mar-13 14:03:33

ds2 has a delightful ear infection meaning none of us are getting much sleep, I fully expect to be snoring on the sofa quite early tonight so may have to open the gin soon <tempts moose>

kinkyfuckery Fri 15-Mar-13 14:05:06

How has everyone's weeks been?

I had a phone call from DLA this week asking about DD's overnight care needs and if she gets any additional help at school and if I think it would benefit her.
I'm hoping it's to determine which level care we might get, and not if we will get it at all blush

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 14:06:30

grin I fear a gin now would mean three dcs stood in the rain at the school gates at 3.15 wondering where their mother is!

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 14:07:32

Hoping mini-Ninja gets well soon thanks

Good luck with the DLA kinky, I am still avoiding filling out ds's renewal form blush

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 14:07:37

Oops, sorry to hear about ds2's ear infection. Hope he's better soon.

Hi kinky, fingers crossed the phone call was for deciding a higher rate of DLA for you.

hazeyjane Fri 15-Mar-13 14:09:21


said in the style of Cheers bar, when Norm walks in.

Hello everyone, quick post here, getting house ready for dd1 and dd2 and 2 friends to come back for a little birthday tea for dd1 who is 7 today!!! I have made gluten free pizza and a gluten free chocolate cake, decorated with 'cloud bunnies'.

I am pouring strong coffee down my neck atm, after a 4 am start with ds, but will be on pink champagne later (traditional on dd1's birthday, gets rogressively cheaper with each child - dd2's birthday is cava or prosecco, ds is any available booze).

kinkyfuckery Fri 15-Mar-13 14:09:59

Ear infections are the work of the devil! We've not had one here in a long time, but I know I've just tempted fate by saying that!

Bluebirdonmyshoulder Fri 15-Mar-13 14:10:36

Bloody marvellous idea and love the name of our local!

<plonks self at the bar and orders a pint of cloudy cider and some pork scratchings>

I take it we have a real fire and a resident Labrador? Right, I feel very settled, I'm going to get royally drunk.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 15-Mar-13 14:10:37

ah, I don't have an afternoon school run currently grin he's his usual 3 year old self during the day, just unsettled at night <sigh>

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 14:11:26

Happy Birthday mini-hazey thanks

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 15-Mar-13 14:12:25

now I'm quite partial to a drop of cider too <torn>

Bluebirdonmyshoulder Fri 15-Mar-13 14:12:31

<shouts 'hey Hazey' in style of Cheers>

The Goose and Carrot - where everybody knows your MN name!

Crawling Fri 15-Mar-13 14:13:05

Squashes on sofa I can't drink can someone have a extra one for me I could use a Drink today as well.

hazeyjane Fri 15-Mar-13 14:13:33

<hoooonnnnks over thread>

someone had to mention cider.

Bluebirdonmyshoulder Fri 15-Mar-13 14:15:03

Yeah, cider rules! I'm on my second pint, hic.

troutsprout Fri 15-Mar-13 14:15:30

Noooo! It has no effing sofas! Jeez! Enough of the effing leather sofas everywhere we go!
It is a proper pub with solid wooden floors and sawdust.
Moosemamma have this bench... You can sleep on my shoulder as the evening wears on but NO EFFIN SOFAS!

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 15-Mar-13 14:15:46

ermmm, it's errrr fizzy wine hazey <lies>

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 14:16:03

Happy birthday Hazey's dd1. smile

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 14:18:20

trout you do know this isn't real don't you?

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 14:19:00

It's not a leather sofa. It's one like in the old hovel establishment we used to frequent - stained, torn and somewhat sticky, with the odd spring sticking out but still bloody comfy when you've had far too many a couple.

<drools at the memory of the mahoosive chip butties they used to sell in that pub>

troutsprout Fri 15-Mar-13 14:22:13

<< deep breathes>>
That's ok then

Bluebirdonmyshoulder Fri 15-Mar-13 14:22:28

Polter, you can't start this effing brilliant thread and then tell us it's not real!!! grin

It must be real as I feel all warm and squiffy.

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 14:23:21

Well, I'm nice and comfy on my wooden settle with plump cushions, that spit and sawdust enough for you, trout?

Had DS2's AR this week, has it's own thread. Think I've been a bit complacent for too long. blush

Good news is that I've got a temp job supporting a DC with PDA tendencies among many other DXes. I'll be on here asking for advice but trying hard to keep it anonymous.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 15-Mar-13 14:25:02

is there cake at this fine establishment?

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 14:25:41

Bluebird grin
<hides ASD traits and makes more effort to play along>

Ellen congratulations and good luck (what a lucky child to have 'one of us') thanks

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 14:27:31

Carrot cake?

Thanks Polter. Hope to be of some use to them. smile

kinkyfuckery Fri 15-Mar-13 14:33:17

Congrats on the job Ellen!

zzzzz Fri 15-Mar-13 14:34:57

Hey ho all.

Dh's df has had a stroke and is coming to stay shock to recover, I have been cleaning all day and have to move ds1 out of his bedroom as its the only one with a next door loo.

I will have to disappear a heave more furniture and crap toys up stairs in a minute.

The whole house smells of cif and ds refuses to let me play Cher/Madonna/any other 80's shit to keep me going.

And now you are all sitting round in MY pub drinking like the lushes I always knew you were.


Mines a larger, pint, no handle, and if you are kind scampi fries (shows age) and I shall be downing it.

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 14:35:24

Ellen have a look at this book which was recommended on another thread and might be helpful in your new job. Mine arrived today, looks fantastic.

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 14:37:15

Oh zzzzz sorry about FIL, hope he recovers soon (for his and your well-being) thanks

Hope ds copes with the change ok.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 15-Mar-13 14:37:46

good luck with the job ellen, carrot cake will be just fine grin

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 14:38:13

Thanks Polter, will take a look. Was hoping Hothead might pass by as well. I'd like some help on wording 'suggestions' so they don't sound like instructions.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 15-Mar-13 14:38:33

zzzzz hope fil recovers quickly

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 14:39:25

Wow, we've been open less than an hour and have quite a crowd grin

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 14:39:49

Sorry, zzzzz, missed you post somehow. How long will FIL be coming to stay for? How do the DC get on with him? Hope it won't make your HE tricky.

zzzzz Fri 15-Mar-13 14:40:17

Ahhh yes "FIL" that would have been a bit more succinct blush grin

Ds1 is loving it, has invaded ds2s bed ...... This will not end well, there was a slight issue with a Lego model in transit...doomed, give me more larger.

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 14:41:26

Is larger a very large glass of lager? wink

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 14:42:56

zzzzz I would never normally comment on your spellings and interesting typos... you really don't want 'larger' you want 'lager' although you may want a larger lager grin

zzzzz Fri 15-Mar-13 14:43:23

Ellen a few days??? Dc like him but he is very very tired and there are 5 of them! HE yes hmmmmm. Perhaps time for a project?hmm

It will be fine really I like him just don't know him very well. After all Dh and I have only been together for 24 years!

zzzzz Fri 15-Mar-13 14:45:42

Sorry doing pasta Bol and trying out voice recognition .... Tis crap.

Actually I'm not sure my aged bladder is really up to multiple pints of larger lager.

kinkyfuckery Fri 15-Mar-13 14:47:25

Sorry to hear about your FIL.
I'd imagine after a stroke it might take more than just a few days to recover though? confused Have you spoken to his care team at hospital?

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 14:47:32

Voice recognition shock

Far too fancy for me

zzzzz Fri 15-Mar-13 14:54:59

No he can speak to his own care team. They released him and I don't want him by himself for a week or so, he is coming for the weekend initially. He's an adult though so if he wants to go home that's where I will take him.

zzzzz Fri 15-Mar-13 14:56:03

What's not bloody fancy is getting tomato off you iPad. <sigh>

Galena Fri 15-Mar-13 15:03:48

Room for me? I drink pretty much any alcohol...

Just had a hospital appt for DD to discuss Botox... They obviously feel she's getting wrinkly at the grand old age of nearly-4. (No, seriously, it's to sort out her wonky, tight legs...) And we got the 'good' news that it'll be on a Tuesday in April. Bets please that it'll be on Tuesday 23rd April? Her 4th birthday.

She's had an attitude the size of a planet lately too... One day she'll grow out of it.

Pass the wine and peanuts...

NoHaudinMaWheest Fri 15-Mar-13 15:07:16

Hi all!

I'm afraid I'm strictly a tea and apple juice kind of person, but carrot cake Ellen - now you're talking.

I have actually had a couple of really bad days ME wise so good to have somewhere I can actually totter to.

zzzzz sorry about your FiL. I hope all works out well.

Galena Fri 15-Mar-13 15:07:46

Oh, and zzzzz sorry about FIL

Oblomov Fri 15-Mar-13 15:16:30

Count me in. I went to an EB+ course last year, 6 ladies, with AS ds's all the same age, birthdays within a month of eachother. Great. We all admitted that we drink alot of wine. Infact most people that I speak to who have Sn children, resort to drinking. Not good really. So, it would seem, i might fit RIGHT IN, here wink , before I fall off my stool trollied, that is !!

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 15:43:18

Oh dear, did a rainy school run and got left behind the thread.

Ellen, congratulations on your new job. Haven't seen your AR thread, will have a look a bit later.

zzzzz sorry to hear about your FIL, hope he recovers quickly. You are a very good DIL, I don't think I could cope with my FIL for a day, let alone several.

Galena, glad you got good news about dd's treatment. If it helps, my dd is just 4 and she has a mega attitude at the moment as well.

NoHaudin, sorry you have been struggling with the ME. I hope you are getting enough opportunities to rest and take proper care of yourself. x

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 15:43:47

<passes wine to Oblomov>

NoHaudinMaWheest Fri 15-Mar-13 15:48:51

Galena and Moose I seem to remember DD having an attitude at 4 too.
She's really pleasant at the moment (13) teenage attitude yet to hit.

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 15:53:11

Thanks NoHaudin. Good to know it's a stage. I have recently found myself reverting to that age old mantra - this too shall pass!

zzzzz Fri 15-Mar-13 15:56:13

Thanks one and all. I like the guy so it's ok. He does of course treat Dh like he's 13 and micro manage ......

Bed made

Bathroom clean

Arm chairs in both

Now just Hoover, pick up kids buy food and ....breath.

Ds being a star.

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 15:56:14

Good luck for dd Galena thanks

NoHaudin sorry you're having a rough time, but glad dd is ok

I've been doing lots with ds on accepting how other people see things differently to him (theory of mind stuff, tolerance etc) and on the way home from school he came out with something quite profound in my view. They did a book swap last week and one of his friends took home a book on evolution, friend's parents sent it back due to their religious beliefs. Ds commented that whilst he doesn't believe in religion he still finds learning about different beliefs interesting, that he doesn't have to believe it to learn about it, and that they should just read about evolution in the same way, as an interesting book, 'which religious people may find offensive' (his words) but that they didn't have to believe it to enjoy it. Wow.

Oblomov Fri 15-Mar-13 16:01:36

Thanks Moose. Have just poured my first glass blush at only 3.40pm. Ds1 back from friends house. Dh not home tonight... Starting early << not good>>

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 16:02:28

That is quite profound for a DC with ToM issues! The new Richard Dawkins...

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 16:18:03

Polter, that's a fantastic attitude from your ds.

OK I think I do need to crack open the real wine now - ds1 has come home from school enveloped in a big black cloud of stress, disappointment, anger and just about every other negative emotion he can conjure up. He raised a brief smile when I told him his school place was confirmed, but then went right back to telling me what a terrible day he'd had.

Blooming Red Nose Day. A whole day of disruption and his teacher was off as well, just to add to the chaos. He's been over-reacting to absolutely everything, dd is barely allowed to breathe and unfortunately she has a cough at the moment, that he insists she is doing just to get at him. The fact that he has the most ear-splitting coughing tic that has been going on for weeks and is driving us all batty has completely passed him by. hmm

I am hanging on by my fingernails until his computer time starts, then hopefully we'll get some peace.

kinkyfuckery Fri 15-Mar-13 16:23:30

Grrr, DD has come home from school with a medical note (second in two days) for 'falling over' in the playground and grazing her face/eye. According to DD the boys she is 'friends' with pushed her over in the playground.... again!

ouryve Fri 15-Mar-13 16:24:43

Since this is virtual, a pint of Flowers, please. Used to bloody love that stuff. (Beer goes straight through me, these days).

Talking of things going straight through - had DS2 off for a couple of days. Again. He's been much more himself, today. I'm knackered!

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 16:26:01

Oh dear moose and kinky thankfully it is Friday.

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 16:26:20

Oh poor dd kinky. Is she ok?

NoHaudinMaWheest Fri 15-Mar-13 16:29:47

Wow Polter that is profound from your Ds!

Moose oh dear! hopefully the good news will sink in over the weekend.
Aargh to Red Nose day.
Ds having just adjusted to yr 11 being allowed to wear their own clothes as part of transition was then faced with a non-uniform day for the whole school. Some yr 11s had decided to wear their uniforms today as an appropriate back to front thing. Which left Ds with a real dilemma and he just about missed the bus as a result.

Dd on the other hand thinks non uniform days are silly and just wore her uniform with a Red Nose pin badge and a red ribbon in her hair as a concession.
(One thing about growing up with a ASD/OCD brother she doesn't care about peer pressure.)

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 16:39:01

Blimey, Red Nose Day has a lot to answer for. And coming just after World Book Day.

I found it hard this morning as Dickhead has the boys from Thursday night so DS3 had to have a superhero outfit and Dickhead had to get it for him. Lots of Facebook pictures of all the DC in their costumes and I didn't even know what DS3 was wearing. sad I pick him up from school, though, so saw it at 3.15. I usually go for something very homemade and unprofessional. Dickhead had hired a Super Mario costume from the fancy dress shop. shock DS3 loved it so I put a brave face on and told him how fabulous he looked. (He did!)

Ouryve, I'll join you in the wine One shouldn't drink alone! wink

Kinky, poor old DD! angry

NoHaudin, what did DS do on the end?

Moose, nearly Easter holidays...

kinkyfuckery Fri 15-Mar-13 16:47:08

She's fine, thanks moose. Sadly, she usually takes it in her stride, as it's just the norm for her, iykwim?
She thinks these people are her friends, so she just gets back up (after a lot of screaming, of course wink) and tries to continue playing with them sad

AmberLeaf Fri 15-Mar-13 16:49:24

Hello all.

Just marking my place, not too well at the mo, so I may disappear from the thread for a bit!

<necks a medicinal brandy>

TheNebulousBoojum Fri 15-Mar-13 16:49:38

My DS had a wonderful, exciting and highly intense trip to London yesterday.
He has no college lectures today.
Good job really, as he's only just woken up after monologuing til 2am about everything he saw. Everything.

kinkyfuckery Fri 15-Mar-13 16:49:47

A positive though - DD2 accidentally broke her red nose and was looking forward to buying another at nursery school today. Unfortunately, she was sick all through the night so had to stay home today. I sent DD1 in with an extra £1 to buy a red nose for her sister, but disaster struck and they had sold out! Instead of getting upset and angry about it, DD1 made her a lovely card with a drawing of her favourite red nose character and a whole page of "so so so so so sorry that they had none left for you and you can share mine with me" grin

TheNebulousBoojum Fri 15-Mar-13 16:50:25

I'll have a large rum and coke please. grin

NoHaudinMaWheest Fri 15-Mar-13 16:55:34

Oh Kinky that is so sweet.

Ellen Competitive Red Nose costumes confused
Ds wore his uniform as it was the cleverer thing to do.

kinkyfuckery Fri 15-Mar-13 16:57:52

We just do a 'Wear something red' for RND. No competition grin

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 17:01:21

There was only a competition in Dickhead's mind! wink Or really he was too lazy to do any work and threw money at it. <bitter> <Pint of bitter?>

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 17:04:50
moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 17:06:01

Aw Kinky what a lovely big sister. smile

Ellen - he hired a costume! shock Mind you, we have parents that do that pretty much every time in our school. hmm

Amber, sorry you aren't well. Hope the brandy helps.

TNB, monologuing until 2am! No wonder he slept so long. Sounds like he had a great time though. <<passes rum and coke>>

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 17:07:13

Was real Ellen. Sadly demolished in 2008 - only to be reborn on the virtual plain in MNSN. grin

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 15-Mar-13 17:11:30

oh wow, that was near me!! I could have visited grin

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 17:14:10

Amber get well soon thanks

TNB I feel your pain grin

Ellen now that looks like a proper pub, and what a name shock

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 15-Mar-13 17:15:17

I see sn:chat is now official <opens champers>

coff33pot Fri 15-Mar-13 17:16:49

hellooooo found it thanks to "googlemaps" wink

Droppping DS off to roller skating with Dad then will come back and have a latte with you all smile

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 17:17:48

<puts coffee machine on for coff>

Great to have you here, we miss you y'know.

TheNebulousBoojum Fri 15-Mar-13 17:18:31


I'm actually delighted that he's so passionate about museums and Art galleries and the like, it's just exhausting.
He'll spend the weekend drawing and sketching and making. They've got another trip next week. grin
Can this be a pub next to a river, like The Trout in Oxford? Somewhere peaceful where we can wander outside with our drinks without having to rope ourselves to children with no sense of danger?

coff33pot Fri 15-Mar-13 17:20:07

smile I miss you all too. Just hectic life plus car accident to boot lol. Good news is my car is not a write off and they have mended it all and I get it back tomorrow. Bad news is I still cant feel my neck at the moment so its looking MRI ish for nerve damage.

Back in half hour for a catch up read

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 17:20:14

Bloody hell, the 5th google result for the Goose and Carrot Pub is this thread!

<Gulps large glass of Ninja's champers>

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 17:23:19

Hi coff. Coffee machine is on and making strange hissing noises reminiscent of a goose. TBH I was rather more worried about your neck and DD1 than your car, silly girl.

Nebulous, it can be any type of pub you like, just watch out for the Gastro pub haterz. Trout, I'm talking to you.

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 17:26:16

Ooh, that's what Ninja meant.

Looky here ^^^^^^^^

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 17:36:53

Are we having both then - SN Chat that will disappear after 30 days and the Goose and Carrot thread as an ongoing thread in SN Children?

I can hear the cogs clunking and squeaking up there, but my poor old brain can't work it all out. blush

TheNebulousBoojum Fri 15-Mar-13 17:36:54

Let's stay in the pub for a bit, what's on the menu food-wise?
Bit of music maybe?

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 15-Mar-13 17:39:29

I think goose and carrot in future will be on the sn chat but as we're all here this evening we should just stay put for today and eat carrot cake?

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 17:45:08

I reaaally fancy a curry this evening. Haven't had one for ages. We were supposed to have on back in February for dh's birthday but it never happened and I've been left craving one ever since. Mmm curry and a big glass of red wine. <<drools>>

Bet dh won't want one though and there's no way he'll go and get one just for me (no delivery from the good Indian restaurant round here hmm).

Music may be contentious - I seem to remember we have a rather wide variety of tastes to cater for.

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 17:46:12

Okay - but how will new members of MNSN know where to find us? <<still confused>>

TheNebulousBoojum Fri 15-Mar-13 17:47:19

I'll share a veggie curry with you moosemama, DS can't stand the smell do it's a long while since I've made one at home. We used to eat it twice a week.
You can order meaty bits on the side if you like.
And lots of naan bread.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 15-Mar-13 17:48:16

me too moose grin I thought mnhq would put a link at the top along with sn education, teens etc

TheNebulousBoojum Fri 15-Mar-13 17:48:47

We will light up the pub when it gets dark and sally out into other threads to guide wanderers here.
<orders another rum and coke>

Oblomov Fri 15-Mar-13 17:49:41

Not good about he neck coffee.

food? mini toad in the hole's, duck spring rolls, tomato/mozzarella/mint .
Shall I start serving?

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 17:57:35

I've been a veggie for 30 years TNB, so we're good to go! grin

I love a nice Dopiaza meself, but willing to try anything veggie really. Also have to have a mountain of naan with mine - curry just isn't curry without it. Can't stand rice though - it just seems like such a non-food to me somehow.

TheNebulousBoojum Fri 15-Mar-13 17:57:58

Nope, I think I'll have a vegetarian thali thanks.

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 18:03:27

Now we have a new shiny chat board will we have a new Goose and Carrot thread every week, or just have one we use until it is full and then someone witty can start a new one with an eye-catching title?

TheNebulousBoojum Fri 15-Mar-13 18:05:10

Sorry moose, that was to Oblamov with her sausages and duck!
Dopaiza sounds good too, with a decent selection of pickles.

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 18:05:21

Lamb tikka starter, chicken pathia or dansak, pillau rice, naan bread. Mmmm

Yes, Goose and Carrot on SN chat board for next time, but this one had already started. So how do we find the SN chat? I've just found it on Threads I'm On links so far...

TheNebulousBoojum Fri 15-Mar-13 18:06:22

Stick it on watched threads and you'll always be able to find it, however bad the day has been.

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 18:07:01

Oo, good choice TNB.

I'll definitely go halves with you on that.

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 18:07:57

Ah, it's first listed on the topics page. Could do with a link at the top of this page as well so that new posters find it easily.

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 18:08:50

Hmm, I'm not the only carnivore, surely?

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 18:08:56

grin I did wonder for a moment, but am in too much of a good mood to take offence.

In that case I now suggest a mahoosive Thali - including dopiaza, a tonne of pickles and definitely something paneer based. <<drools a bit more>>

Ilisten2theradio Fri 15-Mar-13 18:08:57

Wow you all started early while i was still at work today.
i have skimmed through all of the posts but my brain is addled ( before I have had a drink!) so I will just say - hope you get better soon if you are feeling ill, and hope your PIL is Ok to Zzzz and congrats to Ellen.
Apologies to anyone I missed out.

I have 3 extra children here this afternoon. Have fed them all to mixed reactions ( Aghhh other peoples children never eat what you give them!) and am just about to drop one home as her mum has put her back out,and leave all the boys playing on the Wii while I zoom out. So the older AS kids will not move and be fine -and they re OK to be left while I do it.

We had DS AR this week and as I had been complaining to the LEA about non provision about some things they sent a representative to the meeting. at the end she asked me if there was anything else she should know. shock at helpfulness .
I told her as per the meeting, it was obvious everything in it needs to stay and that as they had not produced any evidence at all 10 days before- let alone to the contrary ( thanks Mumsnet SN for the advice) if they tried to change it I would dispute it as they hadn't followed the guidelines. fingers crossed and hoping it will be fine as this was my first ever AR.

Will try to pop back for a wine later on.

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 18:10:20

Ellen, Oblomov is having duck and mini toad in the whole, so there's definitely other carnivores present.

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 18:11:17

Oblamov, no-one wants your tidgy toads. sad

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 18:12:01

Oops, cross post. grin

TheNebulousBoojum Fri 15-Mar-13 18:12:14

I love paneer!
It's so much easier being a veggie now than it was 30 years ago, when I'd be sitting in the corner with a slightly stale, white bread, cheddar sandwich,

zzzzz Fri 15-Mar-13 18:14:14

Have you all seen this,


When day is good day is very very good!

zzzzz Fri 15-Mar-13 18:14:53

Beg pardon must be drunk

Have you all seen this,

When day is good day is very very good!

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 18:15:09

Oh yes, I remember it well.

Either that or the famous "You're a what? A vegetarian? But you eat ham/chicken/tuna though don't you." Er .... no!

Every single time I visted family in Ireland they would offer me ham sandwiches. Having bought the ham in specially, because I was a veggie. grin Bless em for trying though I suppose.

Galena Fri 15-Mar-13 18:20:17

I'm a carnivore through and through! I'll scoff all the tidgy toads and duck... and maybe a chicken tikka biriyani (or however you spell it!)

DD is now in the bath while DH supervises and does bedtime, so I am officially off-the-clock! wine cheers all!

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 18:24:07

My dh is late. Harrumph! That makes a rl curry even less likely.

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 18:27:04

Keep up zzzzz, linked to that ages ago. grin

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 18:29:31

Being vegetarian 30 years ago was so hard, every biscuit had lard in it, the only meat substitute was dried TVP, I was so thin grin

It was my Irish relatives that found it the hardest too moose and was always offered (well pit on plate and had to eat around it) ham or corned beef as they came out of tins so didn't count as 'meat' hmm

I went over to the 'other side' about 7 years ago so I shall have a bacon and egg sarnie (free range smoked bacon and free range egg of course in our pub) with hand cut crusty white bread.

TheNebulousBoojum Fri 15-Mar-13 18:31:09

TVP! Like little pellets of cat poo in a plastic bag!

kinkyfuckery Fri 15-Mar-13 18:32:32

I'm a carnivore, but also only 1lbs from my weight target so will have desperately try to avoid those mini toads!

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 18:33:15

I can remember my mum buying some TVP to make my university friend a chilli. It was vile. She was also horrified that he didn't like carrots. 'How can he be a vegetarian if he doesn't like veg?'

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 18:33:30

I go every year Polter and have some amazing veggie meals - albeit only at certain restaurants and pubs.

Westgate Design's cafe in Wexford does the best (and biggest) mixed vegetarian salads I've ever tasted. I have to eat one every time we go. Also gorgeous veggie main meals and soups. <drools again>

Hurrah - dh is finally home. <slopes off to see if I can convince him curry is his idea>

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 18:33:35

TNB we tried so hard to turn it into something edible, soaking, herbs, marmite, eggs to bind it into burgers... It was truly foul.

I was always partial to Sosmix though confused

TheNebulousBoojum Fri 15-Mar-13 18:35:22

Rose Elliot and Madhur Jaffrey, two cookbooks I bought when I left home.
The beginnings of eating properly.

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 18:38:38

Now I do like a nice Sosmix sandwich Polter. You can still get it y'know. Reminds me of uni days.

As for TVP <bleugh> my mum used to insist of putting it in everything and cooking 'ain't her strong point either. sad

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 18:39:59

Well that was easy.

Dh must have had a good day, because he said yes to a curry straight away. Will have to wait until the dcs are in bed though.

He is opening the wine to breathe as I type! shock

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 18:48:22

moose envy

TheNebulousBoojum Fri 15-Mar-13 19:07:28

Off to cook dinner, it's my turn.
Thanks for starting things moving Poltergoose. smile

hazeyjane Fri 15-Mar-13 19:16:18

hmmmmm sosmix, always reminds me of camping. TVP was rank. Does anyone remember Tartex? I used to love it on hot buttery toast. When I first became veggy, I ate practically nothing but cheese findus crispy pancakes with peas - in my defence, I was 12 and my mum said if I wanted to be a vegetarian I could cook my own meals.

I am knackered, have had 4 very giddy, giggly girlies dancing around to the Phineas and Ferb soundtrack, stuffing their faces with pizza and cake. Dd1 had a lovely birthday. Now just got to get everyone to sleep, then wine and pizza for me too.

MerryCouthyMows Fri 15-Mar-13 19:17:06

<<Crashes in and says hello>>

Too many 'balls' to juggle right now. Am going to do DS1's appeal forms for Grammar tonight.

Have to go get X rays done on half my body soon, about my arthritis. Have been upped to naproxene for the pain. My Hypermobility syndrome is as bad as DS2's, I was told today. Need more blood tests too.

DD wants me to construct a picket fence from lollipop sticks to put around Ginger the hamster's burial site. But I have no lollipop sticks...

Dinner is LATE. And is takeaway. I hurt too much to cook properly, just doing DS3 fish fingers & chips because he can't eat from takeaways. Good job most of my DC's are 9+, really, so the late dinner doesn't matter! (DS3 won't sleep till stupid o'clock anyway)

Housing is all up in the air now, just waiting on medical panel decision & hoping it is made before the two 4-bed+ houses go. Which I won't know till at least Monday.

Higher dose of epilepsy pills making me starving hungry all the time, but only for carbs which I don't normally eat, so I've put on 4lb in a week. Feeling fat. Because I am now.

Still waiting for portage assessment report for DS3.

Am going to see DD's LSA to talk about post-16 next week.

And am attempting to book am appointment with the VERY elusive SenCo to argue that DS2 should be back on SA+ rather than on nothing, because he now has involvement from an orthopaedic consultant, Physio, hydrotherapy, SALT, and may well be going under the Multi-disciplinary team after his SALT assessment for assessment for Autism that we all know he has but I need the bit of paper stating this before Secondary transfer in 2.5 yrs...

So, a restful week, post-op...

Will catch up on thread in a sec.

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 19:17:53

Sounds like a lovely party, Hazey. smile

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 19:19:52

Wow, Couthy! Just another normal week at yours, then! Respect.

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 19:20:12

hazey I loved Tartex

Couthy Good luck with the housing issue and everything else thanks

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 19:28:48

Hazey, glad dd had a nice birthday. Am in awe at your calmness in the face and/or wake of 4 giddy girls though. grin

Couthy, you know you'd be bored if you had nothing to do now though don't you? wink

Seriously though, I'm amazed you are still functioning - you are one super-strong Mama!

signandsmile Fri 15-Mar-13 19:45:42

sign slides back into the pub, swigs a pint of 'mummy's special apple juice' wink sorry hazy...

has anyone been to the riverside vegetarian in kingston? has won awards and is fab!! am now drooling at the thought of the chefs mixed platter...

am commited omnivore, but could happily eat there everyday. grin

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 19:49:05

I haven't been there sign, but it sounds like I'd like to! grin

bialystockandbloom Fri 15-Mar-13 19:54:48

Evening all. Large glass of cold and white please, barman.

<downs in one. wipes mouth. belches. slams glass on bar>

Keep 'em coming. <hic>

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 20:02:29

Got some Pinot Grigio chilling.

ouryve Fri 15-Mar-13 20:06:50

Naproxen's good stuff with HMS, merry. I'm not "supposed" to have anti-inflammatories, but I couldn't function without it - I couldn't even benefit from hydrotherapy without it because I was too stiff and tense to do the exercises.

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 20:14:53

Ds1 and 2 have decided to kick off big-style, so my curry has been delayed. Humph! I'm staaaarrrrving!

Naproxen is the only thing - other than knocking myself out with co-codamol - that works for my Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

troutsprout Fri 15-Mar-13 20:17:20

<< opens door and inhales the smell of stale beer>>
Mmm lovely
Mines a pint of cider please bar person
<<squashes ample arse amongst already semi inebriated mumsnetters>>

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 15-Mar-13 20:26:29

<budges up for trout> the gin is flowing nicely over here

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 20:27:29

<contemplates Naproxen, co-codamol, gin and red-wine combo> Perhaps not!

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 20:30:50

Sounds like a suicide bid, moose. Things aren't that bad!

MerryCouthyMows Fri 15-Mar-13 20:50:00

I don't feel strong. I feel like wibbly jelly that has been jumped on by an elephant!

MerryCouthyMows Fri 15-Mar-13 20:53:27

Glad Hazey's DD enjoyed her birthday.

I'm going to try to change fate and say that Galena's DD's Botox date WON'T be her birthday, and will be Tuesday 30th April. Just because Sod's law is no longer allowed to apply. Because I said so...

MerryCouthyMows Fri 15-Mar-13 20:56:34

I want alcohol. I HAVE alcohol. Lots of it, actually.

But the more rational part of my brain is telling me that a Naproxen / cocodamol / Gabapentin / alcohol combo might NOT be the very best idea...

Which is annoying. Because I need alcohol. And both my orange truffle Bailey's, and my ice cold Magners are calling me.

Not fair.


hazeyjane Fri 15-Mar-13 21:04:18

Orange Truffle Baileys! What madness is this!!

moosemama Fri 15-Mar-13 21:07:12

I know you don't Couthy, but you are.

Step away from the alcohol. I am med free this evening so I can have some red wine. Of course I will now have to drink enough to make sure I sleep and will then suffer for it in the morning. hmm

Curry is en-route, ds1 and 2 have finally shut-up and dd has stopped sobbing so things are looking up!

Galena Fri 15-Mar-13 21:07:49

Thanks MerryCouthy! There's always hope... This will be DD's 4th birthday - just old enough that I won't be able to get away with telling her her birthday is a different day. Never mind, at least her party is booked for 2 days before her birthday, so she'll either have had 5 days to re-stabilise before her party, or the Botox will be 2 days after... (Or maybe 9 - fingers crossed!)

I'm going nuts tonight - trying to get a cross stitch finished. It's a converted photo so it has lots of odd stitches of different colours - takes lots of time and concentration. The glass of vino hasn't helped with that!

MerryCouthyMows Fri 15-Mar-13 21:22:04

sad I've got 2 UFO cross stitches right now. I've been unable to do them for 8-9 months because of the pain on my fingers.

It's pissing me off because one is almost finished - it's a fantasy manga girl with a dragon, all purples and blacks. The other is a picture of the Hebridean island that I lived on for a while.

I can't do them until I get some decent pain relief.

MerryCouthyMows Fri 15-Mar-13 21:25:17

Oh - this'll make you laugh. The state of the NHS in my area? My GP told me I need orthotic inserts for my shoes, and told me where to buy them from and what type. I asked him why he couldn't refer me to orthotics for them - and he sort of half laughed, half coughed, and apologetically explained that HE can't get his own orthotic inserts on the NHS locally, and has to buy them himself, as our orthotics Dept won't take on these cases.

If even the GP can't get what he needs from the NHS, what hope is there for us?!

MerryCouthyMows Fri 15-Mar-13 21:28:56

<<Throws cocodamol down her neck in lieu of alcohol>>

He also told me that my neck is basically FUBAR. Which explains why it hurts to even turn my head. Which is great when I constantly have to due to having no bastarding peripheral vision any more...

Crossing roads is fun. Stand at road. Weigh up odds of being squashed if I don't turn my head to look, relying just on my fucked since birth hearing, or actually turn to check for traffic that I won't see otherwise, but yelp in pain...

Taking everyone's lives in my hands each time the twisty but on the crossing turns...winkgrin

Galena Fri 15-Mar-13 22:02:47

I stitch for a charity (Love Quilts UK) making quilts for poorly/disabled children. This square is the child's favourite soft toy, which I've converted from a photo into a cross stitch. I think I need my head read grin

MerryCouthyMows Fri 15-Mar-13 22:06:25

grin Sounds like a nice easy piece of stitching...wink

Galena Fri 15-Mar-13 22:08:45

grin Yeah, nice and relaxing...

I reckon another couple of nights. I'll be so glad to finish it!

MerryCouthyMows Fri 15-Mar-13 22:09:08

Outing myself as a massive crafting addict here (not that I get the time to do it, OR have the physical ability currently...), but do you do any other crafts?

I (used to) card make, scrap book, and do a lot of cake decorating as well as the cross stitch.

I've never been able to knit or crochet though - too uncoordinated!

My last job was working in a craft shop - heaven on earth job really, until it shut down!

marchduck Fri 15-Mar-13 22:11:41

love the name of the thread - you've twisted my arm to have a wee drink in its honour
St Patrick's Day on Sunday - so good timing for the grand opening!

Galena Fri 15-Mar-13 22:13:12

I knit too... but haven't done any for ages - too busy stitching. grin

In the past year I've done these squares. In fact, I've done 2 more but haven't sent them in yet, and the doggy will make 20. smile

I did start bobbin lace making once, but it was too much of a faff.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Fri 15-Mar-13 22:15:18

knitting and crochet here, I'm not artistic enough for cake decorating or scrap booking

MerryCouthyMows Fri 15-Mar-13 22:16:14

Was the Lewis Hamilton one you made? If so where did you get the pattern? Massive LH fan

Galena Fri 15-Mar-13 22:18:06

Yep - It's from Cross Stitch Crazy magazine. Here's one.

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 22:19:14

I crochet as well. I can knit very slowly, but crochet is much quicker for me. And I love the maths involved in the patterns. geek

Galena Fri 15-Mar-13 22:20:08

smile So many crafty people...

MerryCouthyMows Fri 15-Mar-13 22:22:13

I can proudly say that I can bake and decorate GF, nut free, dairy free, soy free cakes in various cartoon character shapes - my two favourites were the Spongebob and the Tardis I made.

2yo DS3 is still awake, and has stolen my National Geographic to look at. He keeps finding a particular picture of a pocket watch (he's fascinated by timepieces...) and making a tick tock sound. He's now climbed up on my lap with the magazine, said 'stooo' which is story. I think he wants the entire edition of National Geographic as a bedtime story. Again. hmm

MerryCouthyMows Fri 15-Mar-13 22:24:24

Oooh, thanks for the link! Maybe soon, if the GP can get on top of my joint issues.

Galena Fri 15-Mar-13 22:26:39

grin very sweet, but an entire NG? I'm impressed... I can't manage an entire one in one sitting... Anyway, I'm off to bed, night all you lovely people.

MerryCouthyMows Fri 15-Mar-13 22:38:16

I know - he can't concentrate in anything else, but Nat Geo has him hooked. First obsession?

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 22:42:08

I'm a slightly obsessive knitter, mainly of socks grin I can only crochet squares and can do most sewing things, mainly turning ds's designs into soft toys at the moment confused

Couthy there is a whole range of knitting accoutrements for people with limited mobility, mostly aimed at people with arthritis, like in this article I have some hypermobility in my hands and use short wooden needles because they are warm and light, natural fibres help, and knitting small things so there is barely any weight.

coff33pot Fri 15-Mar-13 22:43:28

oh dear I missed happy hour and my latte is cold grin

DS unfortunately is having what we call a jittery week. Tics all over the place, finger and neck cracking and throat clearing. I can still hear him from downstairs now!

For the first time ever he has used spinning and flapping and clapping to calm himself tonight before going out the door to roller skating. How he did not fall over from dizziness I dont know!

He is having a rather anxious jumpy time of it but not angry so that is a good sign but certainly jumpy!

I have scanned through and happy Birthday to mini hazey

galena 23rd St Georges Day a good day it is my Dads birthday too smile Hope the botox goes well! Good that you have not much longer to wait.

zzzzz Hope your FIL health picks up now he is going to be spoiled by you smile

ouryve Fri 15-Mar-13 22:53:24

No idea about gabapentin (my nerve pain drug of choice is amitriptyline (trippy pills, on account of the DREAMS!)), which has the double whammy of helping me sleep) but the main issue with both cocodamol and trippy pills with alcohol is that they tend to make you a cheap date.

I remembered the vanilla brandy in the back of the cupboard. I've had half and half cocodamol and plain paracetamol and a small trippy pill and it's going down very nicely. I'm beyond being able to play bubble mania without wasting lives, though grin

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 22:54:25

St. George's Day is my birthday, too. blush I'll be 12 times the age of Galena's DD!

ouryve Fri 15-Mar-13 22:56:12

Knitter and occasional embroidererererer here. The Knitting has been a bit occasional, lately, too. I get bored easily with stocking stitch, but I'm struggling to concentrate on the lace I love. My hands no longer cooperate with cables - they hurt too much.

coff33pot Fri 15-Mar-13 23:17:54

I like knitting but cant stand sewing lol so I went through a phase of giving my poor mother carrier after carrier with the finished products to sew together grin

Trippy pills or Tramadol were the only thing that helped DD with pain plus sleep. But she has a real slow start to the mornings!

Diclofenac (volterol) is my drug choice when in agony grin although they on occasion have caused hallucinations and thats without any alcohol!

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 23:26:59

coff sorry ds isn't having a great week, hope it is over soon. My ds also finds spinning calming and, despite trying, has never managed to spin long enough to get dizzy confused

Vanilla brandy sounds nice and I don't even drink grin

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 23:28:02

coff, I have a finished jumper made for DS1, just needs sewing together. Too small for DS3, now... blush

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 23:28:49

Spinning and not getting dizzy, sounds familiar.... grin

PolterGoose Fri 15-Mar-13 23:30:48

Ellen it would be fine but he wants me to compete for longest spin, I've managed 16 spins before the nausea hits, I am a spinning lightweight grin

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Fri 15-Mar-13 23:32:22

Yeah, the gentlest fairground carousel makes me feel sick. DS2 can spin for England.

coff33pot Fri 15-Mar-13 23:48:23

Yep I am not good at fairground rides unless its the dogems grin

Love going out in a boat though.

I was just standing there waiting to catch him polter I was holding his fleece to put on and it was a good two minutes before he stopped. I honestly felt sick for him haha!

MerryCouthyMows Fri 15-Mar-13 23:49:20

Ah - the gabapentin is being used as my anti epilepsy drug, not for the pain at all.

One GP pointed out to me that if I wasn't on 1500mg/day Gabapentin for the epilepsy, is probably be totally immobile ALL the time. So in a funny way, having epilepsy that's being treated with Gabapentin is actually helping my mobility...

coff33pot Fri 15-Mar-13 23:54:39

Interesting that it is used for epilepsy. My Dsis is on it for osteoarthritis and swears by it once it has kicked in.

BeeMom Sat 16-Mar-13 00:25:09

Know it is likely FAR too late to actually join something Friday-ish, but thought I would say "hi".

This week has been shit, next week will likely be too.

I'm in for cider. Lots and lots of cider.

autumnsmum Sat 16-Mar-13 07:28:17

I adore crochet I'm totally unartistic so yarn crafts suit me sorry its Saturday but I guess good parties go on all night lousy week here . Being messed around by portage worker for dd and ds has missed two days of school due to problems.

signandsmile Sat 16-Mar-13 07:59:03

didn't realise so many of us were crafty... I do a bit of everything in terms of cross stitch, knitting (basic), glass painting, candlemaking, and felting among other things... I realised in the Christmas Hols I couldn't remember the last time I did anything crafty sad so I started needle felting.

blush i too have a half finished jumper... now feel challenged to get the needles out again..

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Sat 16-Mar-13 10:10:30

I thought I'd seen a few mnsners over on arts an crafts grin

also a fair few of us on naproxen/cocodamol and others, not so great!

MerryCouthyMows Sat 16-Mar-13 10:51:41

I often wonder if it's the strain of being a carer that makes our bodies give up?

BeeMom Sat 16-Mar-13 14:24:27

I am sitting in Bee's room looking at a couple of knitting projects I asked DH to bring in - I think I'll get back to working on DS's scarf. I am about 1/4 of the way through his Doctor Who scarf (4th Doctor, season 15). At this rate, it'll be finished by his birthday - the middle of July. Now, whether it is his 15th or 16th birthday is where the question really lies grin

ouryve Sat 16-Mar-13 14:33:18

A lot of PCTs have withdrawn diclofenac due to potential cardiac side effects.

ouryve Sat 16-Mar-13 14:35:57

With all the crocheters here, we can manufacture our own carrots grin

Crochet is something else I can't do. It hurts my wrists far too much.

ouryve Sat 16-Mar-13 14:38:07

NinjaGoose I'm in a group on Ravelry where most of us have joint problems and rattle! It wasn't even an intentional grouping along those lines - most of us have had diagnoses since we got together.

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Sat 16-Mar-13 14:56:18

Oo, I've recently joined Ravelry and the Little Hugs group.

bochead Sat 16-Mar-13 15:04:59

DS's first ever imaginitive play was inspired by the sock monkey I made as a cheap stocking filler for Xmas 2012. He was 7. It sparked a bit of a playground craze. I think it's the very simple huge smile and button eyes of the features that he liked.

Worth considering for others grappling with social imagination as it's so rare to get any SN aides that don't cost a fortune? (I get the socks from Primark as they do a range of nice stripey ones with heels and toes). I was over the moon as I'd given up hope in this area at that point.

I like sewing/fabric painting but will leave the knitting and crochet at the door, having had several goes over the years.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Sat 16-Mar-13 15:17:42

ouryve, oooh I'm on ravelry too, finally got round to it a few months back, which group if you're up for a new member? I seem to lose a lot of time on ravelry grin I wondered why I got taken off the diclofenac, I have vague dx of disc and hip issues thanks to my useless gp!

ellenjane, me too grin

bochead, fab idea smile there's some good stitch by stitch guides on youtube if you ever fancy getting the wool out again

Galena Sat 16-Mar-13 17:53:22

Finished! grin So glad that's done... I've also survived a 4-year old's party this afternoon where there were a million children and one bouncy castle... DD coped really well until the last 10 minutes when she bounced head-first off the side of the bouncy castle onto a wooden floor, and also decided she couldn't cope with the number of children and the noise...

I now have wine

PolterGoose Sat 16-Mar-13 17:56:03

Well done Galena and dd thanks

I am sure you well deserve your wine

Galena Sat 16-Mar-13 18:01:07

smile Bit miffed with DH though. Before we went to the party I told him he could take over with DD once we were home, so I got a chance to chill out. we got home at the time he expected us, and he was halfway through replacing the tap. So not only was I looking after her, I was also cooking her dinner... I don't think he understood why I was grumpy...

hazeyjane Sat 16-Mar-13 19:40:10

I will definitely be crocheting that carrot!

Absolutely knackered here, ds was up fo half the night, so I was up at about 3am this morning. I went back to bed for an hour this morning, but I think I am coming down with something, so feel rubbish.

hazeyjane Sat 16-Mar-13 19:41:40

Highlight of the day was ds being able to sit in a real life fire engine, that was at a science fair we went to. I have never seen anyone quite so happy. smile

NoHaudinMaWheest Sat 16-Mar-13 20:01:48

Oh great to the fire engine Hazey.

Galena Now why should you be grumpy after all you were at a party, weren't you? grin. Dh does things like this 'oh ME look after them'.

Dh does usually do tea on Sat, nearly always pasta. This week he had bought a different kind.
Ds: Why is this pasta a different colour?
Dh: Because its a different kind.
Ds: Why did you get a different kind?
Dh: Just for a change.
Ds: I don't do 'just for a change.'

ouryve Sat 16-Mar-13 20:33:46

It's the Chocolate Teapot, NinjaGoose

If I'm not here, I'm often to be found on Ravelry, somewhere blush

MerryCouthyMows Sun 17-Mar-13 02:09:22

grin At "I don't do just for a change".

Sounds like my house...

Galena Sun 17-Mar-13 09:21:05

He can look after, just chooses not to - and then claims that I'm much better with her than me which is why he leaves me to it...

He'll get a shock to the system next weekend... I'm away from before she wakes up on Saturday until after she's in bed on Sunday! grin

I'm stewarding at a community choir festival, and spending the night in a yurt!

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