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Goose & Carrot - It's Paddy's Weekend, free pint of Guinness with a shamrock on top for the first ten geese through the door

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SummerRain Fri 14-Mar-14 16:47:48

Top of the morning to ye folks

Where's that shamrock emoticon they keep promising us for Paddy's day? confused

youarewinning Fri 14-Mar-14 16:48:53

Good evening. I'll join everyone tonight and the first round is on me. If I fall asleep at the bar just poke me. grin

SummerRain Fri 14-Mar-14 16:52:48

It's ok youare... I've lost most of the day to a migraine so I'll be up til the small hours. I kindly volunteer for poking duties.

Apologies in advance if I start sobbing midway through the night people, I have a birthday with a zero on the end looming next week and I'm feeling exceptionally sorry for myself atm. Feel free to cheer me up by buying me whiskey wink

SummerRain Fri 14-Mar-14 16:55:29

As promised....

ouryve Fri 14-Mar-14 16:56:23

Good grief. You wait ages for a bar and then two turn up at once!

SummerRain Fri 14-Mar-14 16:58:33


zzzzz Fri 14-Mar-14 16:59:39


I've told everyone to come here, so you will miss my musical moment wink

zzzzz Fri 14-Mar-14 17:00:17

I'm bringing this though

SummerRain Fri 14-Mar-14 17:01:11

As long as you stick a shamrock in it you can keep it wink

We both posted at 16:47... talk about like minds shock

zzzzz Fri 14-Mar-14 17:02:56

I was just back in the tropics. This is like playing tag!
summer perhaps we is psychic!

AtYourCervix Fri 14-Mar-14 17:05:12

Evenin all.

Can I have the pint but in tropical temperatures please.

Nights again. I hate nights. And I have a cold, cough, headache and sore throat.


homework Fri 14-Mar-14 17:05:17

So where's mine don't really do Guinness , have a rum instead . Might help with amount of homework looming this weekend .

SummerRain Fri 14-Mar-14 17:11:29

Ayc... You've obviously never been in a proper irish pub, the turf fire is blazing and it's 25 degrees in here wink

PolterGoose Fri 14-Mar-14 17:14:58

Evening all smile

<flops in corner>

moosemama Fri 14-Mar-14 17:17:52

Evening folks.

As a former Murphy I'll have a pint of the black stuff please - and of course I'll be wanting a shamrock on the top in honour of the occasion!

I can only do a pint of Guinness, but will happily have a few whisky and reds once it's gone down. grin

Sláinte! grin

We are planning to take the dcs to the St P's parade in the city this weekend. We've never been before, but they've set up loads of festival type stuff, including a dedicated childrens' area, right outside dh's new offices and there's a great view from his window too.

I'm feeling cheered this evening, as ds has come home happy again and even better, he says transport boy seems calmer and happier too ... because he now has full time 1:1. He's only seen him around the school a few times, but says he seems much less agitated and hyper and was being polite to other people. So, maybe it was worth all the stress and angst if the end result has helped both boys.

So, I am ignoring the fact that my puppy's separation anxiety or whatever it is, has regressed and the little sod darling has started yelling after being left for just 20 minutes, when he can do an hour when the wind's blowing in the right direction when he feels like it. hmm

zzzzz Fri 14-Mar-14 17:19:43

Hi polt how was school today?

I have a huge chocolate cake in the oven and am waiting for dh and dd1 to get home then we are going to eat it hot with cold cold milk. grin

I haven't got anything proper for the kids to eat so I will then have to rush out and buy something, but I intend to feel very chocolatey first. grin

AliceinWinterWonderland Fri 14-Mar-14 17:21:53

ooooh drinks!!! I'm thinking I might need them. I just received a call from MIL. Apparently STBXH left to go back to London yesterday, just left her alone to be with his new family. Told her he'd be back for the funeral, but MIL thinks he most likely won't. He's jacked in his job and moved all his stuff out of MIL's house and off to London to hers already. (he didn't bother to tell me this - or tell me his new address or phone number)

His family is seeing a whole new side of him and they are not impressed.

Meanwhile, me and the DCs are going to go spend a lovely morning with MIL tomorrow, as H is not there. grin And MIL is very happy for me to visit regularly with her both with and without the DCs. grin

Have I mentioned my MIL is a lovely woman? I feel so badly that he's abandoned her as well.

SummerRain Fri 14-Mar-14 17:26:26

Alice, I'm sorry poor MIL is being so badly let down by STBXH. How is she holding up? She must be really shaken with everything that's happened this week. I'm glad for you she's still going to be a part of your life though, without the twat there to stress everyone out. flowers

Moose, you must be so relieved things are finally working out for ds. I'm really pleased to hear TB is doing better too, he was so hard done by during this ridiculous situation and its great to hear he's benefited too.

AliceinWinterWonderland Fri 14-Mar-14 17:30:16

SummerRain Yes, she has been let down quite badly by him. She told me that she thought he would at least stay with her until the funeral, but he just up and left with the "fiancé." I suspect he is serious "mid-life crisis" right now. hmm What a prat. She rang me because I sent her a sympathy card - I'm so glad I did. I hadn't rung her, as I thought he was there, making sure she was okay. Apparently not. Wanker. angry

PolterGoose Fri 14-Mar-14 17:31:42

Alice every cloud and all that. Glad MIL is a good one, it will be good for the boys I'm sure smile ex's behaviour is alarming but not surprising.

zzzzz ds ok today, a bit on edge but TFI Friday.

And I've got to start my final assignment for my Masters this weekend, I can't believe I've nearly done it.

moosemama Fri 14-Mar-14 17:33:18

Thanks Summer, I am cautiously relieved, but at the same time well aware of how quickly things can slide if we don't stay on top of it.

I am so pleased TB is also getting the support he needed now. It's like we're always saying, they're not bad kids, they just need the right placement, with the right support to enable them to meet their potential. I'm wondering if his parents had been trying to get him 1:1 and meeting a brick wall, then when we brought the issue to the attention of the HT, Head of Key Stage 3, LA and just about everyone else the IM had no choice. Certainly the HoKS3 seemed extremely shocked by the whole thing and determined the boys should be properly supported.

Ds still doesn't have his statement provision in place, but the AR is, supposedly, going ahead and either school will see sense and give him what he needs (which is less than they are insisting he's getting confused) or the LA will cough up for whatever the school has decided they need for him, as they have no alternative provision for him to move to and need him to stay where he is.

AliceinWinterWonderland Fri 14-Mar-14 17:34:17

Polter wow - almost done? what an accomplishment! I wish I had that level of education - although I suppose in current situation, I wouldn't be able to use it. hmm Out of curiosity (and I won't be offended if you think it's none of my business), what are you planning to do after you finishe your Masters??

SummerRain Fri 14-Mar-14 17:37:35

Polter... good luck with the assignment, you're at the final hurdle... think of all the evenings and weekends you'll finally have free again when it's done, I'm quite envy wink

I'm supposed to be working on my assignment too, not having much luck... I'm so doped up on codeine for this migraine I can barely see the laptop screen, much less write coherent literature reviews of peer reviewed articles [eek]

SummerRain Fri 14-Mar-14 17:40:16

Alice, it's not a bad idea to do it now while you can't work as that way when the day comes where you are able to go back into work you've upped your qualifications and shown employers that you've been keeping on top of your skills whilst off work. I started when ds2 was 8 months and whilst it's been rough going juggling the kids and coursework it's left me in a much better position now that there's finally light at the end of the tunnel in terms of me going into full time work.

moosemama Fri 14-Mar-14 17:43:21

Good luck with the assignment Polter - I am feeling like the uneducated thicko of the thread here. blush

I would love to do some studying, but can't find a course I want to do. I nearly went back to studying canine behaviour, but I felt so hopelessly behind I didn't feel capable of catching up.

Summer, what on earth are you doing trying to study through a migraine? Switch the screen of and go lie down in a darkened room. <<wags finger>>

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