A Crepey is not just for Christmas...

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oldqueencrepey Wed 30-Jan-13 08:43:47

It had to be done.
Phew that feels better.
Over here crepeys. All very welcome (but only if you're crepey).

beachyhead Wed 30-Jan-13 08:45:49

Morning, reporting for duty....

bigTillyMint Wed 30-Jan-13 08:49:51

Yes, I think it's better if our moment of fame is over nowsmile

BTW, does anyone have any crepe dresses? I used to have a beautiful fitted navy one. When I was young and slim and not at all crepey!

Blackduck Wed 30-Jan-13 08:55:53

Ahh, that's better, that was getting all a bit too detailed over there......

Can I part own thread title with MrsS? smile

rubyrubyruby Wed 30-Jan-13 09:20:26

Is it safe to come in?

herbaceous Wed 30-Jan-13 09:59:51

Ooh dear. Now I'm worrying whether we've become one of those scary quiches. We haven't, have we?

Diet news: lost two pounds since Monday! On the other hand, totallement shagged today. Not sure if its anything to do with fasting on Monday, or not.

Off swimming with ds soon. How exhausting. But then lunch in a Harvester! I bloody love Harvester.

Stropperella Wed 30-Jan-13 10:21:29

Morning all. Have purchased the el cheapo Uniqlo strides. I am slightly afraid they will turn out to have no arse in them. Or have some other equally hideous defect. £4.90.. Or perhaps they are only suitable for people with legs like cocktail sticks (most likely).

Anyhow, I shall be thinking particularly of OQ tonight as I have just raided the freezers at my local M&S and shall be having peanut butter ice cream for my b-day supper pudding. B-day is actually tomorrow, but I am having my special nosh and fizz tonight as Thursday is circuits night and I am compulsively dedicated to doing situps, punching things and sweating buckets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. All so that I can eat smugly eat PNB ice cream. With brownies. grin

Stropperella Wed 30-Jan-13 10:41:39

<smacks self lightly for "the + el">

Have now got to stop procrastinating and do some work that I am not enjoying very much. Mustn't grumble. Boring work better than no work, obvs.

bigTillyMint Wed 30-Jan-13 10:50:50

"legs like cocktail sticks" grin

Another reason to celebrate next Fri!

Herbs, that would be my problem too - zero energy when I don't eat. Only OK if I am lying in the sun all day doing nothing. But then that is usually in an AI hotelgrin

oldqueencrepey Wed 30-Jan-13 10:56:33

I used to have a couple of beautiful wool crepe dresses for work, all fitted and everything. They made me look grown up. Now they would make me look hideous (apart from fact they wouldn't fit me). I do have rather nice black crepe trousers (ie crepe kept well away from my face to avoid odious comparisons, obvs.).

rubyrubyruby Wed 30-Jan-13 11:02:29

Herbs - I must be a complete scary weirdo as I am in 2 quiches hmm

bigTillyMint Wed 30-Jan-13 11:03:36

Yes OQ, exactly! I think I could get mine on one leggrin

bigTillyMint Wed 30-Jan-13 11:04:18

ruby, you are! grin

ScaredySquirrel Wed 30-Jan-13 11:08:31

Hello Crepeys can I ask you all something?

I am a crepey in denial I think, but it is becoming a bit difficult to ignore. I have noticed that I have a wrinkly/saggy bit under my chin shock. what do you do about this - exercises? Creams? Polo necks?

Thanks all!

bigTillyMint Wed 30-Jan-13 11:13:17

I love polo neckssmile Scarves are also much beloved of crepeys! But neither hide that turkey wobbler - no idea what you can do about that!

oldqueencrepey Wed 30-Jan-13 11:14:26

Is the skin a bit.... crepey... secretsquirrell? Then welcome!
You could try all of your excellent suggestions... or you could decide to embrace your crepiness / ignore your crepiness / or feel your crepiness and do it anyway.
I have no answers, unfortunately, but do wear a lot of scarves.

oldqueencrepey Wed 30-Jan-13 11:14:58

Spooky BTM. wrote that last post before reading yours!

bigTillyMint Wed 30-Jan-13 11:15:47

grin Great crepes think alike!

Stropperella Wed 30-Jan-13 11:21:26

grin @ "Great crepes think alike"

(Yes, still procrastinating..)

Scarves, polo necks, balaclavas, bits of sellotape behind your ears. All worth a try. Although I am generally edging towards acceptance of crepeydom.

porridgeLover Wed 30-Jan-13 13:05:16

Is this a closed quiche or may I join.... from the other thread, I think I fit all of the criteria mentioned sad
At least I'm not dead grin

Scarves are my best (style) friends. Make-up 'settles' in certain areas. Sellotape behind the ears...dont think it would be strong enough to hold the volume of skin now sagging round my jowls.

I want the style of Hanne Holm.... do I have to ingest the same amounts of preservative wine?

bigTillyMint Wed 30-Jan-13 13:10:43

Hello porridgelover (me too!) is Hanne Holm the one in the bright top/scarf combo? I can't read Danish?!

ScaredySquirrel Wed 30-Jan-13 13:11:32

oh I want the style of Birgitte I think - I nearly bought a fitted shirt at the weekend, despite having humoungous breastfeeding bosoms - I suspect I am veering more towards being like Bent at the moment.

Ok scarves it is then - I'm not ready to embrace crepeyness just yet. In the meantime if there's any magic cream that will help, please let me know!

porridgeLover Wed 30-Jan-13 13:15:23

Yes HH is the lady with an assortment of brightly coloured scarves/tops. Lovely colour combination which she wears with aplomb...she has the white blond/grey hair and glasses.
I love Birgitte's style too...I am watching out for a nice chambray shirt inspired by her. But I dont do pencil skirts (too well endowed in the rear compartment).

I watch Borgen for the hair/clothes/interiors as well as the intrigue....would have missed it except for MN!

porridgeLover Wed 30-Jan-13 13:15:54

grin at channelling Bent as a style influence!

rubyrubyruby Wed 30-Jan-13 14:19:43

I'm debating the grey blonder look atm.

The grey is coming fast and my dark blonde hair is becoming too much if a faff to maintain. So Crepeys, especially those who have met me in RL, opinions please? I'm thinking shorter (shoulder length) and blonder to hide the grey. I can't do long and blonde at my age

Or have I gone mad? I feel this may have be a gradual process, not only for my own state of mind but just so it's not too drastic all at once.

herbaceous Wed 30-Jan-13 17:09:03

Ruby - I saw a woman yesterday with a chunky chin-length bob, dyed platinum, with grey bits in. She looked amazing, and I think you could carry it off too!

Re turkey wattle, it's the most depressing aspect of hag-hood, I find. Mine is doubly depressing as it only appears when I'm holding in my double chin. What a choice. I was seriously considering plastic surgery this morning, as if my jowls follow their current trajectory, I'll be tucking them into my bra by the time I'm 50.

ScaredySquirrel Wed 30-Jan-13 17:15:01

yes my turkey chin/neck has only arrived as I've lost weight. It's hard to choose between the 2 really - turkey or double chin?! (I appreciate I'm really selling myself on this thread so far - a turkey necked, huge bazoombered Bent look alike).

CointreauVersial Wed 30-Jan-13 17:24:00

So here you are. Hello new crepeys!

Were we being discussed somewhere?? In complimentary tones, I hope.

Ruby, you have fabulous hair, although I imagine it would look just as good shorter. How grey would you be if you left it to nature? I don't worry too much about the grey bits, but they are mainly on the top/back of my hair, so I never see them. <sticks head in sand>

oldqueencrepey Wed 30-Jan-13 17:34:59

you'll fit right in with that look scaredy.

CointreauVersial Wed 30-Jan-13 18:10:30

grin grin Just spotted the "what is a crepey" thread.

Hilarious mass influx of crepeys, to the total bewilderment of everyone else on the thread.

Stropperella Wed 30-Jan-13 18:29:25

Had a funny RL mirrors MN moment today. Convo at school gate went thusly:

me: "Oooh, did you lot know that M&S do pnb ice cream? And toffee popcorn ice cream? And it's on offer at the moment."

Drinking chums 1&2: "Yum. On offer? Must go shopping now."

Drinking chum 3: "Noooo, do not mention such things. I am on my fast day."

((And yes, I realise I probably should get out more if I am this excited about ice cream)) grin

oldqueencrepey Wed 30-Jan-13 19:35:35

am thrilled to have spread the joy that is pb icecream.... food of the god(esse)s. "Is there a link between my love of icecream and my likeness to bent?" Shall start a thread in chat.

Blackduck Wed 30-Jan-13 20:00:07

Stropps smile smile that s sooo funny...
My boss (a bloke) and I are doing the fast thing and i said we needed to ensure we didn't coincide (one of us needs not to be grumpy) 'I'm never grumpy' he snapped 'fast day?' I smiled sweetly smile well the git gets 100 more calories than I do!!
Which reminds me, best gird my loins for tomorrow......

herbaceous Wed 30-Jan-13 20:28:12

Hey BD! Me too. I'm thinking of toughing it out until dinner. I hated going to bed so hungry on Monday, and lots of the benefits seem to come from having as long as poss without food. So I'm already wondering what a 500 cal dinner might look like!

Blackduck Wed 30-Jan-13 20:35:14

Hi Herbs, I couldn't do that! I will have small lunch and small dinner -salad here I come! I find eating with chopsticks helps - slows me down smile and I drink white tea (no milk needed) so don't have to worry about that. I have found I am more conscious of not eating for the sake of eating which is a good thing.
No idea if I have lost any weight though.. (I dont weigh myself, tend to go on fit of clothes instead...)

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 30-Jan-13 21:34:20

Must check freezers in M & S at Levallois for PNB ice cream.

The only thing to be done with a turkey wattle is to put on weight so that it fills out and becomes a double chin. Neither appealling, I know.

Happy Birthday Strops, and welcome new Hags!

Blackduck Wed 30-Jan-13 21:37:11

MrsS any news on job?

Happy Birthday Stropps!!

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 30-Jan-13 21:47:34

No news. Must book train and hotel for next interview.

Blackduck Wed 30-Jan-13 21:59:04

That's rubbish - did they say it would take so long!!

Redfox Wed 30-Jan-13 22:06:51

I am de-lurking to say hello/join as I have been following this tread for ages and I mean ages.

I am 45 with a nearly 11 yr ds and I am in denial about any double chin as my weight as always been fairly constant, however my face these days is a constant shade of grey, no matter what light reflector shite I put on it!

I am just having a beer and then off to hoist DS out of my bed before i get in it, as for some reason he was tossing & turning in his own bed but fell asleep immediately when he got into mine.

I enjoy all your posts, you come across all so witty & interesting, hope I don't let the side down!

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 30-Jan-13 22:51:36

<clasps Redfox to her sagging bosom>

Welcome Redfox!

And Happy Birthday Strops, my Almost Twin.

<kisses in non-lesbetarian fashion>

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 30-Jan-13 22:52:29

Blackduck - I expect they are compiling feedback on just how crap I was...

CointreauVersial Wed 30-Jan-13 23:33:11

Happy Birthday, Strops!

By the way, while you are in M&S loading your trolleys with PB ice cream make sure you pick up a jar of Salted Caramel Sauce. It's in the grocery section.

Honestly, it's To Die For. <hides spoon behind back>

CointreauVersial Wed 30-Jan-13 23:33:56

And hellooooo Redfox!

Blackduck Thu 31-Jan-13 05:57:40

Hello Redfox!
MrsS don't believe that - I reckon every time that guy comes to write up his notes he cracks up laughing at your intended humour again, forgets what he is doing and goes off to have a beer and tell his mates smile

Okay Herbs and I would kindly request that you stop all talk of Peanut Butter ice cream and salted caramel sauce until this time tomorrow - we thank you.

ScaredySquirrel Thu 31-Jan-13 06:53:31

can I say a proper hello too? I didn't see the other thread, but have also lurked from time to time. I remember some of you from years back I think when I was someone else.

I'm 42 and want to embrace my crepeyness, albeit while wearing a stylishly tied scarf!

I'm also fasting today - after failing miserably on any other day this week (why did I decide to make flapjacks yesterday?).

Blackduck Thu 31-Jan-13 07:14:24

Scarcedy - you think you we're someone else?! smile Definitely a crepey signal! Who were you?
Oh hello by the way! And happy fasting.

Blackduck Thu 31-Jan-13 07:21:24

Ahh that post went to pot - damn phone!

herbaceous Thu 31-Jan-13 07:41:52

Gah. Hungry already. Must be the vast dinner I had lady night in preparation for today's deprivation!

Welcome our new woodland creatures - fox and squirrel. I shall endeavour to maintain standards of wit and repartee. <we didn't mean you, herbs, they chorus>

beachyhead Thu 31-Jan-13 07:55:06

Hello newbies and happy birthday Stropps.

Luckily I am not tempted by PNB ice cream, in fact I could do a PNB ice cream day and eat less than 500 calories.

Ruby, you could always confuse your hair by having some blonder highlights, so the grey is just an extreme highlight against the subtle shades of the ones put in by the hairdresser....

My dd1 has just had her hair cut short. She's only 15 and I swear there isn't another girl at her school with less than four foot hair. She's creating her own style at the moment and its going really well - I'm proud of her.

It's raining like its never rained before here (which clearly it has!)

bigTillyMint Thu 31-Jan-13 08:08:19

Happy Birthday Stroppsthanks

Luckily nor am I am tempted by PNB icecream, but on a 500cal day, I think I would snarf the lotgrin

Hi to the newbies too!

Ruby, I reckon some sort of just touching your shoulders hair-do? Can't advise on colour as I've never had it done, but silver grey can look stunning - it's that dull grey that is so uninspiring if it's all over!

Go Beachys DD! My DD is following the crowd and continues to grow her hair!

Blackduck Thu 31-Jan-13 08:19:33

My hair is too fine to grow long, so I always have it short, and I am very grey (never dyed it and was goinging slowly grey from the age of 14 - thanks dad).

Tell me about the rain (and wind) I am 11 floors up and exposed to the elements - it is like a howling gale up here.......

Herbs you can do it....

rubyrubyruby Thu 31-Jan-13 08:43:34

Happy Birthday Strops!!

Welcome Squirrel and Fox smile

Thanks for the hair advice everyone. I'm not entirely sure how much grey there is as I root cover often. It's mostly at the front though.

Has Wilbur found us here yet? I was wondering how she got on with her passport.

bigTillyMint Thu 31-Jan-13 09:27:40

Oh yes, wilbur! And MI!

herbaceous Thu 31-Jan-13 10:18:02

Just been to asda to stock up on miso and other low-calorie soups. I must be hungry, as even that particularly grim asda smelled delicious!

DS is breaking my heart at the moment, not wanting to go to nursery. He sobs and clings on to me, saying he wants me to stay, or that he just wants to be at home with me. Until a couple of weeks ago he loved it.

Stropperella Thu 31-Jan-13 10:24:53

Thank you all for the birthday greetings. I am feeling more than averagely crepey today after imbibing a significant amount of champagne last night. (Er, yes and that ice cream, of which there is now none in our freezer grin ) Dd claims that she is making me a cake after school, which will be nice. I am impatiently awaiting delivery of all the presents that I have ordered for myself, as dh didn't bother to think about it in advance (as usual). Is not a prob at all, as this year I thought about it well in advance and have enabled him to give me plenty of nice stuff grin. However, ds was outraged by my lack of presents this morning, bless him.

Welcome to all new crepeys!

CointreauVersial Thu 31-Jan-13 13:27:54

Tis my birthday at half term and I have also taken matters into my own hands by booking myself into a half-day perfumes workshop (why, thanks, DH).

It wasn't expensive, and should be a fun way to spend a morning. It's my current mini-obsession, fuelled by the Perfumista thread <sly wink and secret handshake to MrsS>

Blackduck Thu 31-Jan-13 14:11:58

I too gave up waiting for dp to buy my birthday present (back in Jan) and went out an bought it myself on Saturday - 'oh, he said, I didn't think you could get it locally' FGS it wasn't something rare and exotic, it was only bath and show cream....

wilbur Thu 31-Jan-13 14:24:05

I'm here, I'm here! Yes, had a bit of trouble finding you via the hilarious explanation thread. We should have done a sort of Crepey Commandments - Thou Shalt Remember Sunscreen Preferably La Roche, Thou Shalt Not Eschew Sainbury's Clothing Ranges etc.

Hello fox and squirrel, stay and chat and compare scarves.

And I GOT MY PASSPORT - I'm off to Washington on Saturday, yippee! The Embassy was quite efficient, actually, in and out in 2 hours. I think if you jump through all the hoops, come with every possible thing they might request, then they will help you. One guy was trying to register his out of wedlock baby to take to the USA next week and didn't have all the right papers. He's probably still there now. Nice to see the building again, before they move to Battersea Dogs Home, although tbh I think they've overdone the eagle motif inside.

I have no money, but I may do a leetle shopping while I am Stateside - there's an Anne Taylor just round the corner from my hotel. Everything I ever bought from there I have worn to falling apart, so it's an investment, innit?

wilbur Thu 31-Jan-13 14:25:02

Happy Birthday Stropps! flowers

hattymattie Thu 31-Jan-13 16:18:48

Hi - I'm like Redfox - another nondeclared lurker. I'd like to join - I'm 48 (nearly 49) and working the haggard look. smile

herbaceous Thu 31-Jan-13 16:36:40

Oh yes and wine wine wine for Stropps and Mrs S

wilbur Thu 31-Jan-13 18:14:52

Hi hattymattie - welcome! Maybe that should be our new moniker - The Duchesses of Haggard.

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 31-Jan-13 18:40:48

Talking of that, Wilbur, has anyone seen Dukes?

motherinferior Thu 31-Jan-13 21:35:23

Evening all and happy birthday to you, Stroppississima! Have had a spectacularly crappy day and am now definitely out of a job in March (though in truth have been there a lot longer than the original 12 month contract) and Am Fed Up. Grrrr.

Redfox Thu 31-Jan-13 22:11:57

Hi thanks for the welcome. Yes scarfs; I brought a lovely fuchsia cotton mix scarf from New Look a few yrs ago for about a tenner and have worn it loads and it's a bit raggedy now so looking for a replacement (determinedly ignoring all the other scarfs in my wardrobe)

A bit of a meh day really as stayed at home as DS did not go to school, his ongoing cold had given him with sore throat & ears & he slept badly. I did some household chores /cleaned out kitchen drawers but did enjoy going back to bed for a nap after phoning work & school.

Can I ask, what age can you leave your DC's at home when they are ill-ish but not at deaths door? Not that I am desperate to go to work nor have that important job but just wondering

CointreauVersial Thu 31-Jan-13 23:06:39

Funny you should say that, Redfox, DS was left home alone with a slight sniffle streaming cold yesterday, while I was at work. He's 13. He survived the day; even cooked himself a bacon sandwich for lunch without burning the place down.

CointreauVersial Thu 31-Jan-13 23:08:38

Oh, and if you want a cheap scarf fix, get thee to Primark. About £4 a pop, I think. Quantity not quality, that's my mantra where clothes are concerned.confused

Blackduck Fri 01-Feb-13 06:27:18

Hi all, you can continue peanut butter ice cream talk now ;)
How'd you do Herbs? Have you lost any weight? - trousers definitely feel looser here and less bloated.

MI - Grrr on you behalf too, hope something comes up soon.
I have a long weekend coming up - down to London today, and Monday off as well - using up all my endless leave that I didn't use in the year because holiday plans keep being thwarted!

herbaceous Fri 01-Feb-13 07:19:33

Hi all. Up unfeasibly early again today. DS's early waking seemed to have been tamed by purchase of a gro-clock. However, it's only taken him a week to work out that in fact nothing bad happens if he gets up before the 'sun', so we seem to back to 6am wakings. Though he does claim it's because he's hungry. Maybe I'll leave a full English at the end of his bed.

Talking of food, crikey yesterday was tough. I was starving. Had a cuppa soup, and a miso soup, but they didn't really do much. Oddly, though, by about 5, I stopped feeling so hungry. Even so, my baked potato with a tin of beans and sausages was one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten!

I seem to have lost two pounds since the weekend, which is pretty good going. No doubt some of this is water, and lack of food in the gut. Though, TMI alert, this lack of food is certainly slowing things down in the 'transit' department.

Blackduck Fri 01-Feb-13 07:22:48

Ahh, not just me then! I was think of prunes yesterday ;)

Blackduck Fri 01-Feb-13 08:41:03

Herbs clearly you have one sharp cookie there!

Just eaten 500 calories for breakfast grin

Stropperella Fri 01-Feb-13 09:12:16

Linseeds. A big spoonful with your breakfast and then I guarantee there will be no problems in the transit dept. Plus they are full of some sort of goodness that helps with peri-meno whatsits. GLAs or something.

Thanks again for all the lovely birthday wishes. I had a special b-day treat at circuits yesterday: 100 extra punches and 20 press-ups whilst everybody else sang Happy Birthday. Lovely. hmm

Have a splendid trip to the US, Wilbur!

MI, sorry to hear about the job shituation. Hope you get some interesting work coming your way soon.

herbaceous Fri 01-Feb-13 10:10:26

I've just had my Friday morning treat - pain au raisin and coffee in front of frasier double bill.

And yes - DS is pretty wily. He's also reading all sorts of stuff, his latest being 'Wood Street Library' and 'Liverpool Street Station'. Even written in my handwriting.

herbaceous Fri 01-Feb-13 10:44:13

I wonder if I can top my pain au raisin with linseeds...

wilbur Fri 01-Feb-13 11:59:53

sad about the job, MI. It's hard to think about pastures new at this cold and dark time of year as well, but I know you will find something.

Snort at your birthday treat, stropps - serves you right for being so fit.

I have heard good things about linseed too, for hormones, will def get some to add to my stash of supplements to sure all ills. Not that I am a sucker for a snake oil salesman or anything...

motherinferior Fri 01-Feb-13 13:52:40

I have just spent a very wet morning interviewing a fairly amazing couple of foster carers, who've been on holiday in NZ with profoundly disabled kids. Really, really interesting. And inspiring. Now finishing a different feature, and generally trying to earn a bit of cash grin

Blackduck Fri 01-Feb-13 16:07:58

Just had fab day with old college friends - makes up for duff birthday! Lovely presents, great company and food!

Thanks Stropps will put linseed in breakfast yoghurt (think I have done this before....

CointreauVersial Fri 01-Feb-13 17:29:10

Wilbur - have a good trip!

bigTillyMint Fri 01-Feb-13 18:59:18

Happy Trip, Wilbur!

Glad you had a great day, BD, next Friday will be just as fab!

I'm off out with a group of friends tonight - TGIFsmile

Herbs, where do you buy your miso soup? Chinese supermarket?

Stropperella Fri 01-Feb-13 18:59:37

NEWSFLASH: Stropps in £4.90 trousers are completely fine and fit really well shocker!*

* But they are a bit thin for the current weather

bigTillyMint Fri 01-Feb-13 19:16:16

Watch out for a rush on the Uniqlo websitegrin

Blackduck Sat 02-Feb-13 09:07:25

Hello ladies, just dragging us back onto page 1 ;)
Have a good trip Wilbur!

I have a long weekend head (off on Monday too) so am planning shopping, cooking, reading and things. Choir next Tuesday -woo hoo - actually really looking forward to it.
Happy weekend Crepeys.

motherinferior Sat 02-Feb-13 14:50:52

DD1 is 12 today.

I have done a LOT of cooking...

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 02-Feb-13 14:58:24

Happy Birthday to the elder Inferiorette! The Schadenfraulein is 12 next week. We went out this morning to get her birthday present and had lunch out. The Larger Schadenfraulein was playing basketball.

I did do as badly as I feared in the interview, Hags. Let's hope the next one goes better.

motherinferior Sat 02-Feb-13 15:06:46

Oh no, MrsS, have you had feedback? Stuff it. That wasn't the job you wanted, remember? (But I hope they get very itchy bottoms in any case.)

Soberingly, TWO people I knew slightly - both mainly in touch through FB - have died; just found out about the second one. Both women, one slightly older and one slightly younger than me. It is a wake-up call to stop feeling sorry for myself and live tipsily in the moment.

bigTillyMint Sat 02-Feb-13 16:08:09

Oh MrsSsad Was it that bad? And Aas MI says, you are wanting the next one more...

Sorry to hear about the deaths - I agree - we need to make the most of the time we have as anything could happen smile

Happy Birthdays to the girls - DS will be 12 in about 6 weeks. God knows what he will want to do to celebrate! Eeek!

Blackduck Sat 02-Feb-13 17:46:18

Oh MrsS sorry to hear that - anything positive/useful you can take from the feedback?

Happy Birthday to various offspring!!

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 02-Feb-13 21:06:06

It was someone I know who was the main interviewer. She is not sending me the feedback until after my next interview, but said "it just wasn't you in that chair." She also said she thought the other job was a better fit for me and that I need to get out of working for international organisations (I agree) and do something different. A plus was that I was the only person of my grade to be interviewed (it would have been promotion for me) - everyone else was already in the grade.

DH eats flaxseed every morning as part of his bonkers diet healthy eating regime, and says you have to grind them or you don't get the benefits and they pass straight through your system. When he was extolling the virtues of flaxseeds to his mother she said "Don't give me that crap. You eat them to get bigger erections. I read about it in my magazine." grin

CointreauVersial Sat 02-Feb-13 21:09:59

MrsS - my mum also grinds her linseeds, citing the same reasons as your DH. Not sure she's worried about her erection, though....confused

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 02-Feb-13 21:10:49


bigTillyMint Sat 02-Feb-13 21:39:21


rubyrubyruby Sat 02-Feb-13 22:26:04

<<rummages through the cupboard for linseeds>>

Blackduck Sun 03-Feb-13 08:33:09

MrsS really sounds like you weren't on form, hopefully it will turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Would the next job be back in the UK? When's the interview?
I have a friend over for the weekend, they were all told to be work on Monday for a meeting - he thinks redundancies are on the cards - shitty that they tell them this Friday night leaving them with the whole weekend to worry....

bigTillyMint Sun 03-Feb-13 09:53:51

Yes, that's crap BD.

Well, only 5 sleeps to gosmile

Quiet here ATM as DH has taken DS off to play a match and DD is just back from a sleepover and finishing homework before she goes out to meet her boyfriend...

Stropperella Sun 03-Feb-13 10:24:07

I have been eating linseeds every day for 15 years. Without them, my digestive tract apparently ceases to function. I had 3 days off about 18 months ago and it took my guts a week to get back to normal afterwards. A different type of addiction, I suppose. grin I used to take them in the form of oil, but I rely on my teeth to crush at least a proportion of my daily portion now, seeing as the oil is rather expensive.

And that concludes today's TMI section of my post. grin

Sorry to hear about the job, MrsS, but good luck with the next interview.

Re: wake up calls - I have found my overall outlook on life quite changed by dh's cancer diagnosis. Yes, I still get depressed by my appalling mediocrity etc but I am better at noting the good bits whilst they are actually happening. Also "Could be worse" is a more useful mantra than I used to think it was. Last week there was a horrible accident at a local showjumping event in which a Yr13 from dd's school died. The poor girl fell off her horse and took a kick to the head. She was a very talented horsewoman and part of the school team that had recently competed in the National Schools Equestrian Championship and come 6th.

Stropperella Sun 03-Feb-13 10:25:37

So I am tending to focus more on trying not to "sweat the small stuff", as they say.

bigTillyMint Sun 03-Feb-13 10:31:52

Oh how sad.

You just don't know what life's going to deal you so we should enjoy what we have and do what makes us happy. Within reason, of coursesmile

motherinferior Sun 03-Feb-13 10:46:40

Yes, I am working quite hard on turning things round - I am monitoring the fact I tend to huff a default sigh and say I'm so tired, which immediately makes me even more knackered. Whereas if I tell myself a bracing lie about how I am actually feeling more energised because of Blah and Blah it can, sometimes, fool me.

I did go swimming this morning. And have just invoiced for a cool £840, which is cheering.

Stropperella Sun 03-Feb-13 11:12:31

I have to do the invoicing today, which will be quite a positive experience as we have some new customers (hooray) and we have loads of work in for next month (double hooray). My ma also gave me rather a fat cheque for my b-day (whoop-whoop) and today I am going out for my third b-day meal. Dragging family west to Devon, bracing beach followed by slap-up grub. Have informed dh that this is his treat for me. grin I feel I have got maximum mileage out of my b-day this year, unlike in previous years.

I'm not a very weepy person, but I did shed some tears over that poor Y13 girl and her family. So desperately sad.

bigTillyMint Sun 03-Feb-13 12:33:53

Go Stropps!

oldqueencrepey Sun 03-Feb-13 12:34:38

i have somehow managed to get myself involved in a massive sweary row on another thread... been deleted and everything shock. That'll learn me to stray away from this lovely thread... feeling quite aerated. Better get back to my paper....

sweary ruck

CointreauVersial Sun 03-Feb-13 14:34:24

Aerated....grin love that phrase.

I had a brief look at that thread, but lost the will to live a few pages in. What did H get banned for? I've met her at a couple of meetups, mad as a box of frogs but very lovely and clearly very clever. And what norty stuff did you say?

bigTillyMint Sun 03-Feb-13 14:52:45

Yes, spill the beanz - it's all too long for me too!

Just been on a Sports Direct spree - when did my baby turn into a size 8 hulk?shock

oldqueencrepey Sun 03-Feb-13 15:27:24

do you think my feeling aerated is connected to my excessive mint aero consumption grin

An op began a thread inviting male posters to explain what it was they thought they had to contribute to debate on the feminism / women's rights chat threads on the board.... I was truly shocked to see how many men seem to hang out there with the (in my view) main intention of provoking and derailing the conversation. It descended into unarmed combat and one very regular (female) poster apparently banned. Another thread then debated the rights and wrongs of this... <with me so far?> I got involved. I was told to "fuck off" and the c word was bandied about rather freely... it was not dignified. It was properly shocking.

well done anyone who read all that!

herbaceous Sun 03-Feb-13 20:16:52

Most 'interesting' day yesterday. Went to my first-ever bat mitzvah. It was held in a soul-less room in a Surrey University, and seemed all rather shambolic. Ninety percent of it was in Hebrew, and it went on for TWO HOURS. And I didn't know the songs.

The only place for me to sit was right at the front, practically on top of the bat mitzvah girl, so I couldn't fidget or nod off. But there was that usual religious ceremony standing up and sitting down going on, and I had no idea when to do either, so kept being the only one standing, or sitting. DS was AMAZING, and sat on our laps the whole way through, while the other children were running riot.

Then at lunch we sat with a micro-biologist with a brain the size of a planet who wanted to engage us in a philosophical discussion about the nature of ethics and law. I couldn't even drink as I was driving. Made up for it in the evening, though, sharing six bottles between four of us over a curry.


rubyrubyruby Sun 03-Feb-13 20:24:03

I'm not sure if that sounds like fun or not Herbs!

We have had a busy weekend including lots of eating and drinking, various freezing cold sports activities and the kidnapping of my SIL on Friday evening.

Stropperella Sun 03-Feb-13 20:42:48


Stropperella Sun 03-Feb-13 20:51:50

We had a lovely day in Sidmouth today. Quaint little seaside town that just happens to have a branch of Seasalt <evil smirk>. Still, the place I had selected for lunch was approved by the family and then we had gi-normous ice creams. As we were wandering along, eating our ice creams, an extremely large herring gull swooped down on dh from behind and pinched his ice cream from out of his hand. Was a great shame that we did not catch on camera what ensued. Dh gave chase and became very Scottishly sweary (leaving dd completely mortified and ds cackling with delight) and the gull gave up the ice cream. I honestly though dh was going to eat it grin . But he stuffed in the bin. The ice cream shop gave him a free replacement. grin

Blackduck Sun 03-Feb-13 21:01:07

Oh Stropps did you purchase??
Have a friend who lives in Falmouth and says any local knows you don't eat ice cream on the beach (or chips, or pasties...)

bigTillyMint Sun 03-Feb-13 21:07:22

Stroppsgrin The same happened to my goddaughter when the girls were tiny - one minute she was holding an ice-cream, the next she had an empty hand and the gull was off!
Yes, what did you purchase in Seasalt?

And well done babyHerbssmile

CointreauVersial Sun 03-Feb-13 21:10:42

Happened to me too, in St Ives. Bastard gull knocked my shades off and broke them.

One then pooped copiously all down my friend's back.

oldqueencrepey Sun 03-Feb-13 21:11:12

when ds2 was very small a peacock once stole a sandwich from his hand at a picnic... when he was taken to a zoo with school aged about 5 his teacher told me "he was very scared of the peacocks, it was most peculiar, saying they might steal his things. Of course I told him not to be so ridiculous " hmm grin

Stropperella Sun 03-Feb-13 21:36:32

We spend quite a lot of time in Weymouth (as we only live just up the road) and the seagulls there wouldn't dare pinch your ice cream. Maybe because Weymouth locals are, ahem, a bit fierce. I think even the most monstrous gulls round here are a bit cowed.

Yes, I did make a purchase or two in Seasalt. A perky little woollen hat, because ds said I looked lovely in it smile and this , which looks very drab in the pics on the website, but is truly nice in RL. And fits even my diddy little self. Comes just below my knees and the sleeve length is perfect. Have re-homed my old, mint-condition mac with dd, who is v. pleased with it. Win-win. grin And I found out that Seasalt will soon be opening a branch in Lyme Regis. <chortles with glee>

Stropperella Sun 03-Feb-13 21:45:10

Ps: I have even become brave enough to wear a very red lipstick. I finally purchased the red, red one recommended by the HoC lady. I thought she was mad at the time, but now I see that she did know what she was talking about. grin

Stropperella Sun 03-Feb-13 21:48:23

Totally well done to Herbs Junior, btw. I couldn't even take ds to something like that now, never mind at pre-school age.

rubyrubyruby Sun 03-Feb-13 22:56:49

Well done Strops - I can't bring myself to buy the HOC lipstick I should wear. I'm not good with lipstick and prefer gloss neutrals.

It was me that kidnapped SIL - long story involving many tears and lots of wine.

Blackduck Mon 04-Feb-13 07:31:28

Stropps sounds like you had a good time - I now have a hankering to see the sea (and if there happens to be a branch of Seasalt nearby ;) . Actually I think this has been in my head al weekend as waiting for my friend on Saturday a train was on its way to Weymouth and they were listing all these wonderful sounding places (request stop only...)

I still haven't sorted half -term ds is muttering about Prague (anyone every been - what's there?) or Italy (nice and broad that one...).

I spent the weekend drinking various beverages and proffering shoulder to friend.

Now no eat day - ahhh

Come on Ruby, you have to tell us more...!

herbaceous Mon 04-Feb-13 15:10:35

A seagull swooped down and ate a chunk of my cherry ice cream in St Ives. I ate the rest.

Mmmmm. Ice Cream. Fast day not going too badly, but beginning to get the rrrrrrumbles. May have to entertain myself by returning some stuff to ikea.

wilbur Tue 05-Feb-13 03:35:28

Hola hags - checking in from Washington, just got back from a reception where I knew no one (I have email relationships with some of them but had no a clue what they looked like) but managed to strike up some decent conversations and have had a nice time. I realise this sounds like no great shakes, but coming from someone who once spent several hours of a teenage party in an airing cupboard (alone) so that I didn't have to find someone to talk to, it feels like an achievement. Clearly a crepey dog can learn some new tricks. In deference to the fasting ladies, I won't detail what I have eaten so far this trip, but suffice to say that none of it features on any diet sheet I have ever seen. In S&B news, I have bought a couple of cute things, esp a black and white slouchy/boxy cardi which will look good with jeans or a straight black skirt. I have also bought new workout clothes as my old ones were becoming quite revolting. I do need a new sports bra though - any recommendations? I have real trouble finding one that fits as my boobs are small but still need reasonable support so I can't get away with just a stretchy crop top which is what the Gap lady was trying to sell me.

Blackduck Tue 05-Feb-13 06:10:50

Hi wilbur glad to hear you are having a good time, did wince in recognition of airing cupboard story, but actually for me that was probably my twenties! I was apparently really scary (in a leave me alone way - defence mechanism) at Uni and it is surprising I ended up with a lovely bunch of friends!!
You can talk food now ;)

It was redundancies as friend thought - but voluntary at the moment...

bigTillyMint Tue 05-Feb-13 06:54:44

wilburenvy I was never that shy as a teen/twenty-something (amount of alcohol consumed could have had something to do with thatblush) but making small-talk with a room of complete strangers for a few hours would certainly be a challenge.

On sports bra advice, I don't wear one at all - just those built-in tops which seem perfectly adequate for my fried eggs 34A's. Meanwhile my 28D DD wears her normal (non-underwired) bra for all her (many) sports. Maybe she should have a sports bra or two???

BD, does he fancy voluntary redundancy? Good pay off?

Blackduck Tue 05-Feb-13 07:10:38

BTM - not sure what he thinks. His pay off would be good (25 years and age), plus they have enhanced package. His boss might take it (she is past retirement age).

Sports bras - M&S do a pretty good underwired double pack.
Choir tonight....

bigTillyMint Tue 05-Feb-13 07:14:17

envy at boss who is PAST retirement age - I will have to wait another 20 years <wail>

Sports bra's - I thought underwired was a no-no for them?

Blackduck Tue 05-Feb-13 07:20:11

Now you have me thinking are they underwired or just so bloody robust they feel underwired?!
Retirement? Never in my case I reckon...

bigTillyMint Tue 05-Feb-13 07:21:43

Just googled M&S sports bras - they have some for £2.50!!! But not in 30Dangry

rubyrubyruby Tue 05-Feb-13 08:48:34

Glad you got to the US Wilbur and are enjoying the food the trip.
Smile lots smile

Sports bras - I wear the shock absorbers heavy duty ones but (according to the Bravissimo woman) I'm a 30FF/32F hmm so need support. It's a workout in itself just getting in and out of the bloody thing grin

Kidnapping SIL story. She has had a terrible couple of years. I swung by her house on my way home friday to pinch some rosemary from her front garden and found her sitting in her front porch with a large glass of red, having a fag (she gave up years ago). I could see she was fighting the tears so I poured myself a glass and sat down. We had a long chat about stuff. When I got up to go she began to get upset but flatly refused to come home with me and I knew she would spend the evening with only a bottle for company. Anyway, after much coaxing and deliberation there was only one thing for it.
I grabbed the bottles and ran! She chased me up the street and I jumped in the car and refused to give her them back unless she came back to see DH (her brother) - just for one wink
We had many glasses and the rosemary with pan fried duck breasts.

bigTillyMint Tue 05-Feb-13 09:00:51

Ruby, I never realised you were so biggrin My goddaughter is the same sizeshock!
And what a lovely SIL you aresmile

Stropperella Tue 05-Feb-13 09:38:59

Awww, Ruby, that's a lovely story. I hope your SIL is feeling a bit better.

Yay, Wilbur, glad your trip is going well. I still quite often get the urge to hide in cupboard on social occasions.

Retirement never going to happen for me. Dh is already retirement age and is getting his state pension but has no prospect of actually retiring at the moment. C'est la vie.

I wear the heavy duty shock absorber sports bras too. They do last a reasonably long time and ensure no movement at all. I got an M&S for one for dd, but she hardly ever wears it, unfortunately.

Sooooo, BD, are you coming on Friday? And have you still got your Bongo and will you be bringing it down to the south coast any time this year? smile

Blackduck Tue 05-Feb-13 09:59:23

ahh Ruby, can you be my SIL?!

Stropps - I am currently looking at trains and fares - so we live in hope - although dp is pissed off as this is his first weekend not working (did he tell me? - did he hell), and ds thinks I should never go away!! smile
Bongo is in a field in Worcester at the mo......

bigTillyMint Tue 05-Feb-13 10:13:46

Come on BD, tell them it's a mens bonding weekend at homesmile

wilbur Tue 05-Feb-13 12:58:58

Thanks for the sports bra recommendations, I will check out m&s. I used to have a great hefty crop top which definitely prevented movement - flattened my books out into no more than an impressive pair of pecs - but like ruby said, it was a faff getting in and out of it.

Ruby - well done with your SIL. Sorry she's having a bad time - companionship is the best tonic though, you were right to kidnap her! When someone can't see the wood for the trees, outside POVs can be a lifesaver.

wilbur Tue 05-Feb-13 13:00:16

Books? Boobs, BOOBS! Bloody predictive typing.

MrsSchadenfreude Tue 05-Feb-13 20:22:33

Shockabsorbers are the way to go. DD1 is a 32G and it is the only thing that keeps her mammaries where they should be (and she does a lot of sport). Still on the subject of bras, any idea where I can find DD2 a bra that is soft, stretchy and preferably with some cotton in it, and not underwired. She is currently in a 32C from M & S, but it is really too big in the back (it rides up) and too small in the cup (the middle bit in the front is not flat against her body). She hates sports bras with a passion, largely, I think, because they are a struggle to get into. I am not sure what size she should be - probably something like a 28DD/30E, which sounds quite large, but she does not look huge (if that makes sense?) - probably because they are nice and perky. envy It's impossible to get any bras here that are not underwired above an A cup, so I will have to do mail order from UK...

alto1 Tue 05-Feb-13 20:28:42

Found you!

Glad to see numbers are swelling.

I've been caught up in various horrors at work. Got in such a rage with an arsey colleague today that I had to bring work home and kick the walls. Keep telling myself how lucky I am to have a job etc (and really, know I am) while I think longingly about early retirement. Sorry to hear MrsS and MI having work-related stress as well.

Still in thick layers here and lighting the fire every evening. Not much Style or Beauty, but good haircut cheered me up a bit. Bought the Rimmel lip gloss the Guardian recommended but it was seriously alarming, stained everything and frightened my DH. No weight loss for me but the dog is looking svelte, since we started putting the cat's food on a table out of her reach...

Choir is the best thing since before sliced bread, I've decided.

Have a good time at the meet-up, everyone.

motherinferior Tue 05-Feb-13 20:39:15

I ought to do some singing practice, but may not grin. I am clearly possibly pre-menstrual, and am MASSIVELY FED UP about endlessly having to produce meals, especially ones that (a) use up what we've got (b) are almost instantaneous to prepare.

Also I do need a haircut as I am reminding myself irresistibly of John Craven's Newsround circa 1975 every time I look in the mirror.

Stropperella Tue 05-Feb-13 21:32:14

Ahhh, 1975. I liked 1975 - that was when my worst worries were about keeping my place in the school netball team and the fact that my mother made me wear a home-knitted school jumper when everyone else had slimy nylon numbers from C&A... grin

Stropperella Tue 05-Feb-13 21:34:03

(I really, really wanted a jumper just like everyone else's)

Blackduck Tue 05-Feb-13 22:11:09

I had choir tonight...we can sing 'moon river' - just those two words you understand smile bloody hard keeping in tune when you have altos, tenors and bass... Altos kept drifting towards the tenors - could take us years to get to 'wider than a mile....' smile
However, I love it, it gets me out and I am doing something that scares me smile
I'm sick of cooking too - god knows what we will eat tomorrow night.... Sigh....

oldqueencrepey Tue 05-Feb-13 22:40:37

How about if everyone posts just one favourite family meal, to inspire the rest of us, alleviate the tedium of family supper, assist with the burden of thinking them up...?

OK. tonight we had: egg noodles, stir fried with lots of spring onion and ginger, served with stir fried beef and veg (the meat marinated for a bit before cooking with teriyaki sauce, chilli, garlic and star anise). easy peasy.

herbaceous Wed 06-Feb-13 07:37:12

We should start a crepey choir! I even have the sheet music for Moon River, in four parts!

Nightmare babysitting last night. Baby had cold, and woke up at 8.15. Wouldn't go back down. Three-year-old then woke up shouting 'no, no, I don't like you', and wouldn't be consoled. At 10 I summoned the parents back! It's sad. We met at nct, and she's become a really good friend. They're moving away in a week or so, and ill really miss her.

beachyhead Wed 06-Feb-13 10:26:07

Well old queen crepey, here's my offering of a no thought dinner at beachy's.

Brown chicken breasts or bits of chicken in butter,
add tbsp of flour and then 3/4pt of stock.
Then add 2tbsp of white wine vinegar, 2 tsp of French mustard, 1 tsp of tarragon, 2ozs of grated cheddar.
Cook up in oven for a while (30-45mins) and then add some cream before serving. Serve with rice and veg.

Sorry for vagueness, but I just tend to throw it all in...

Well done on the kidnapping - she'll remember that kindness for a long time.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Friday. I'm apparently causing complete chaos by daring to leave the family to look after themselves for 24 hours. Oh the things that have to be missed (namely a boozy lunch at the rugby club for dh) in the name of mumsnet!

I can't opine on sports bras or choirs as I don't exercise or sing! (I march up hills in the rain, but no special equipment needed in the boobage department for that!)

bigTillyMint Wed 06-Feb-13 10:46:33

I am banned from singing in our house. And from doing karaokesad

But I do march about - not many hills round here, and not usually too much rain, thank God!

Quick meals - do a similar stir-fry once a week, get bulk cooked meals out of freezer or do a slow-cooker stew... Actually jerk chicken is a big fav - just use Levis sauce and marinade, then bung in oven with homemade potato/sweetpotato wedges and serve with whatever veg. Although I often make a Levi-aubergine, pepper and tomato with smoked paprika sort of ratatouille which is devine!

What time are you able to get started on the cocktails on Fri, crepesters? I have to have something to look forward to and get me through the trauma that is my Thursday and Friday lovelies!

rubyrubyruby Wed 06-Feb-13 15:17:01

I'm banned from singing too bTM but it doesn't stop me grin and I usually try to accompany it with embarrassing dancing.

Mmmmm - recipes? Do you need veggie ones MI?
DH does the Jamie vegetarian curry from the 30min book.

I'm free for 'Happy Hour' cocktails wink I'm meeting a friend in the daytime. She works hard and plays hard - she has Friday off.

........... things could get messy grin

Blackduck Wed 06-Feb-13 15:39:30

I am banned from singing - doesn't stop me!!
God I can't even think of recipes ...

hattymattie Wed 06-Feb-13 16:31:08

Mrs S did you try Decathlon? I know she hates sports bras but they may have something suitable - I bought for DD2 and it is not underwired. The whole class was told they had to wear sports bras or they would increase their risk of breast cancer (bloody french sports teachers).

hattymattie Wed 06-Feb-13 16:33:14

I too am banned from singing - but I am allowed on the wii grin - it gives them a feeling of superiority.

bigTillyMint Wed 06-Feb-13 17:27:48

Hattie are you in gay Paree aussi?grin Must look in decathlon when we are next there....

So ruby, I can probably get there about 5.30 - how does that suit you? And anyone else, of coursesmile

alto1 Wed 06-Feb-13 18:18:19

Meals when I can't face it-

Wholewheat pasta with
1) creme fraiche, smoked salmon pieces and dill
2) Tinned mackerel in tomato sauce, peas on the side
3) Pesto, peas and tinned artichoke hearts (yes, I know, all green)

When I can (or dh can)

1) Nigella's veg chilli from Feast
2) Alistair Worrall-Thompson's veg curry
3) Salmon fillets spread with pesto or garlic mayo and baked

beachyhead Wed 06-Feb-13 18:38:18

I'm aiming for the Waterloo area at about 5:30 but I'll pop my stuff in the dodgy and then I'll be on my way to wherever I'm told... I need to rethread to find out where we are off to smile

bigTillyMint Wed 06-Feb-13 19:02:02

OK, so it's me ruby and beachy for cocktails. Again blush

Anyone else? Stropps, are you around early?

FlouncingMintyy Wed 06-Feb-13 19:07:55

A seagull took the entire scoop of ice cream off dd's cone on the beach in Jersey once. We were all like this shock. I can't understand how it did it, ice cream is not exactly transportable.

bigTillyMint Wed 06-Feb-13 19:12:47

Seagulls are very skilledwink

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 06-Feb-13 20:07:57

Hattiemattie - yes, but they only had small cup sizes to go with the small back sizes. I thought I had spotted a potentially perfect bra in Monoprix, but they only did a B cup.

My "can't be arsed meal": Frozen boil in the bag salmon fillets from Picard. Frozen peas from Picard. Frozen lemon juice from Picard. Frozen dauphine potatoes from Picard. Fling salmon fillets into boiling water. Chuck spuds in oven. Microwave peas. Microwave lemon juice with a bit of butter. Remove salmon from bag, plonk on plate. Add peas and potatoes and pour over lemon butter.

And for pudding, ice cream from Picard. I bloody love Picard and won't be able to cope without it when we leave here.

Stropperella Wed 06-Feb-13 20:20:36

Erm, I'm not very good at cocktails. I look at them and then fall over pissed. <lightweight emoticon> I should make it there for a little teeny cocktail between 5.30 and 6. BTM, is your mobile no. still the same?

bigTillyMint Wed 06-Feb-13 20:29:28

Oh Strops, all you need is practicewink
Yes, same no!

Anyone else care to join us for cocktails? MI are you coming straight from work? Old Queen Crepey and BlackDuck, what time are you arriving? And Herbs, what time will you be released?smile

CV have you decided who gets the short straw and has to miss out on your presence yet?!

oldqueencrepey Wed 06-Feb-13 20:40:31

oooh. It's suddenly quite near and quite real this meet up malarkey!
Don't think I'll be able to escape for early drinking.... what time are we planning to meet at the waterloo kitchen (is that the right one... CBA to re read at the moment).
How will I know who you all are??

Pleeease could someone organised post a time and place.
Please could someone kind pm me a mobile (and I'll send mine back) in event of things going awry.... <slightly fustered emoticon>

Liking the no brainer recipes!

Tonight we had packet wholewheat tortillas, spread with pesto, then grated cheese, then fried onion / red pepper / chilli / olive combo, topped with another tortilla and cooked 'til cheese melty in a hot dry pan. And salad. Was yum and no moaning.

oldqueencrepey Wed 06-Feb-13 20:41:12

FUSTERED?? Flustered. Although thinking about it I do feel quite fustered...

hattymattie Wed 06-Feb-13 20:41:39

DH was most amused when we went to PIL in the Alps and I asked where the local Picard was (it was my turn to cook). Turns out they didn't have oneshock

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 06-Feb-13 20:45:17

Hattie, are you in Paris too? We could have our own Crepeys Meet up!

Blackduck Wed 06-Feb-13 20:51:56

Okay I am supposed to arrive London 17.39 - marylebone so will hot foot it across and meet for cocktails - so can someone pm number and I will pm back so I can stand in doorway of cabana (?) texting 'hairy handed trucker here'. Don't call - phone screwed - texting fine,......

Stropperella Wed 06-Feb-13 20:55:48

Woohoo, BD! grin

bigTillyMint Wed 06-Feb-13 21:04:38

Right, PM's sentsmile

Must think about what I am going to wear as I will be dashing back from work and pulling it on very quicklysmile

Am liking the sound of your tea OQC - very quick and easy!

motherinferior Wed 06-Feb-13 21:21:11

What time are we meeting???

Apart from noodly stir-fries here, another big fall-back (bearing in mind DD1's pescatarianism and our frequent shortage of time) is couscous - which is virtually instant, as all you have to do is pour in an equal volume of boiling water and cover and leave - with finely chopped pepper and tomatoes (possibly cucumber) and (frozen) chopped parsley, with dry-fried hallumi cheese. I stir through eye-watering quantities of rose harrissa too grin

FlouncingMintyy Wed 06-Feb-13 21:42:24

Arf at self de-lurking to post about seagulls and icecream. Got swept along by all the stories and blurted.

herbaceous Wed 06-Feb-13 22:15:53

Mintyy - perhaps your seagull was armed with an ice cream scoop?

Re crepey meeting, won't be able to escape until 6.30, at which point I shall hotfoot (or hot tube) it to meet you. And try not to get lost. With you approximate 7.30.

What to wear? Oh lord. I may try to wear something from sainsburys, and you have to guess what.

bigTillyMint Thu 07-Feb-13 07:42:29

MI 5.30 for cocktails, 7.30 to eatsmile


rubyrubyruby Thu 07-Feb-13 08:09:37

Herbs grin
I've done nothing since Christmas except house stuff, dog walking and eating and have therefore completely forgotten what's in my wardrobe.

I suspect I will be in jeans as usual but will bring out my 'good' ones with no mud/paint.

As a complete bonus, I thought my hair appointment was next week (have to book months ahead) and turns out it's today!

rubyrubyruby Thu 07-Feb-13 08:11:28

Strops - you don't have to drink cocktails. You can still meet us early and have a coke. We won't point and laugh, cos we are grown ups innit.

Blackduck Thu 07-Feb-13 08:31:51

Grown ups? You didn't tell me you are grown ups?!
Oh Stropps do come, I will (probably) stay on a mocktail or I will be under the table by 7.00....

Stropperella Thu 07-Feb-13 09:31:17

I'll be there for cocktails and will just save time by apologising in advance for talking drivel (which is, ahem, quite possibly something I do anyway, with or without the aid of drink grin )

wilbur Thu 07-Feb-13 10:31:54

envy envy at meet up. Would so love to come and catch up and meet OQ and BD. Think of me getting pissed and slightly over-competitive at the schoool PTA quiz night. Although we have got a new local teenager (took a while to flush one out) babysitting who seems very lovely and lives right across the road. Marvellous!

Am wearing new black skinny jeans from Urban Outfitters in USA which are v v good. Highish in the waist without being mumsy and have bought the extra long leg so I can roll them up for ankle-showing, or keep them long for over heels.

herbaceous Thu 07-Feb-13 11:27:42

Ooh I get slightly pissed and over-competitive at quiz nights. But I did win the last one, so maybe it's a good strategy. I bet a crepey team would wipe the floor at such an event!

rubyrubyruby Thu 07-Feb-13 12:38:29

Wilbur <<ahem>>

I love quiz's.

Sitting in hairdressers having hi-lights only! No root cover

Blackduck Thu 07-Feb-13 13:49:38

Oh I love a good pub quiz! Just warning, may not stay late tomorrow night as up mega early on Saturday and at my advanced years I just can't burn the candle at both ends any more ;)
I'm confusedthat MrsS and Wilbur won't be there. How about CV? You ditched your colleagues for better company wink

bigTillyMint Thu 07-Feb-13 17:09:43

Yes, shame about the non-attenders<glares>grin

ruby, does that mean you are edging towards a grey and colour mix? I bet it will look great.

I will also talk rubbish, but I will drink lots of cocktails to cover it upwink

motherinferior Thu 07-Feb-13 21:26:32

I am hugely looking forward to seeing you all.

beachyhead Fri 08-Feb-13 08:27:09

Wilbur, am huge fan of Urban Outfitters jeans. I've finally found a brand that fits me well, and because not many people my shape go into UO, I always get them on sale...

I shall probably be wearing them tonight!

rubyrubyruby Fri 08-Feb-13 08:35:36

I have never been to UO.

BTM - yes. Although I had a dream last night that I was peroxide blonde and woke up loomed in the mirror and felt decidedly dull grin

<<goes off to pack>>

wilbur Fri 08-Feb-13 12:16:45

Have a fabulous time tonight, crepey friends! Ruby and BD - we also love quizzes and will have a lot of fun tonight (we do a local pub quiz when we can), but it's not quite cocktails with the coolest quiche on MN. grin

Beachy - I have to say I was surprised to find trousers in OU that fit - I quite often get t-shirts there as they have some very cute prints and the camisoles are good for layering, but hadn't really thought of it as a jeans destination. I know now!

herbaceous Fri 08-Feb-13 14:43:06


Outside chance I can meet you crepesters for cocktails, but can't remember (or find) where you're meeting. BTM, as party leader could you enlighten? Ta.

Wardrobe still undecided, but it will contain an item from my boutique du choix, Tu.

bigTillyMint Fri 08-Feb-13 15:10:56

Oooh I'm Party Leadergrin Will PM u!

rubyrubyruby Fri 08-Feb-13 16:42:53

I appear to still be in Balham drinking wine,

motherinferior Fri 08-Feb-13 19:04:02

I am running late because DP got in late - will see you when I can!

hattymattie Fri 08-Feb-13 19:51:19

Have fun Crepeys - I shall be in with rotten cold watching Eastenders! Mrs S I'm in Paris suburbs - I reckon you're where its all at in the Centresmile. But I can walk to my local Picard.

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 08-Feb-13 20:05:57

Ooooh, Hattie, we should meet for our own crepey convention. I am in the 17th. Within skipping distance of the new M & S at Levallois.

Tonight I am mostly eating Bombay Mix and drinking gin AS NO-ONE HAS COOKED DINNER AND I HAVE JUST GOT IN FROM WORK.

Blackduck Fri 08-Feb-13 23:16:13

I left them all still at it. I needed to get an elusive tube and will spend some time freezing on a platform in the 'burbs. But thanks all great to meet you - mrsS we are planning kill ABC as I understand he is now called.
Good to meet you all - names already forgotten hmm

CointreauVersial Fri 08-Feb-13 23:32:00

Gutted I couldn't join you this evening; the work do was fun (and about 10 minutes from home), but not nearly as good as meeting up with my fave crepesters. One of the company old-timers is leaving, so there was a certain amount of pressure to "be there". All-you-can-eat restaurant, though (every cloud...)grin

Blackduck Sat 09-Feb-13 00:13:57

And my father was waiting up for me like I was still 16 grin

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 09-Feb-13 11:31:04

I have had my hair cut and highlighted and the colour can only be described as "Middle Aged Blonde." The hairdresser said she had made it a little "plus clair" to cover - at this point, she pointed to my grey and threw up her hands in horror. Very Parisienne. grin

Sorry not to have been with you all last night. I assume the majority of you are all nursing hangovers?

Blackduck Sat 09-Feb-13 11:37:38

I'm not! I think I left before it got ugly grin
Stropps (who really should taller) your linseed has had, um, the desired effect!
And my jeans are definitely looser despite the copious amounts of food consumed last night so I'll stick with the 5:2 a bit longer.
BTW if I didn't pay enough off the bill let me know.
Hope everyone got home/back to hotels okay.

bigTillyMint Sat 09-Feb-13 12:10:50

Yes, we missed you MrsS (and wilbur and CV and.....)

I had a great time last night, the bus came as I left the restaurant and only took 20mins to get back here, and I'm not too hungover which is just as well as I have been cooking and baking all morning in preparation for visitors later!

DS is going to a mate's after training and DD is at gym, so DH and I are going out for lunch on our own!smile

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 09-Feb-13 12:11:27

The annoying thing is, I am in bloody London on Monday night!

I did think it a good idea not to see my Groucho Friend before my interview... might not give the best of impressions to roll up either still pissed or with a stonking hangover!

Blackduck Sat 09-Feb-13 12:13:47

Oh good luck MrsS - hope it goes well.
BTM nice to put a face to the name!

rubyrubyruby Sat 09-Feb-13 12:20:41

I have just got home. A bit hungover tired.

Apologies again bTM at my cocktail lateness, at least I got there! Apologies also for cleavage flashing, I swapped one top for another in a 2 minute turnaround and forgot, having already consumed a bottle of wine, I usually wear a camisole under that one grin

Everyone was lovely

oldqueencrepey Sat 09-Feb-13 13:06:47

Very lovely to meet you all. I really enjoyed myself! Ate far too much and was feeling a tad fragile this morning, surely the marks of a good night out! Enjoy your weekends everyone...

Blackduck Sat 09-Feb-13 13:26:48

We're the puddings good? And was more wine consumed?

Blackduck Sat 09-Feb-13 13:27:14

Were - blinking phone....

Stropperella Sat 09-Feb-13 14:34:55

I got home about midday. I'm feeling way perkier than I should and am wondering if a) there is a delayed hangover which may kick in later or b) cocktails followed by wine is a special tonic that I should be taking more often. I'm currently going with believing b). grin

BD, it's good to know I sound tall on the internet grin

It was lovely to see everyone and particularly good to meet OQ, Beachy and BD in person.

Ahhhh, seriously, you lot are all very luffly and our night out has left me all chirpy and smiley.

<twinkles off to do hoovering and laundry before normal surly disposition returns>

Stropperella Sat 09-Feb-13 14:43:44

BD, would be interested to read that article you mentioned last night. I've had a little look on The Guardian website but can't find it..

Blackduck Sat 09-Feb-13 14:45:24

B) Stropps, definitely b) smile although if you had had the jugs of Moitos (?) it might be a different story!
Take it the suitcase made it home this time ...

Blackduck Sat 09-Feb-13 14:46:37

Have it bookmarked on my iPad - when I am reunited with it tomorrow will post...

beachyhead Sat 09-Feb-13 16:11:31

On my belated way home after roaming around London with my dd1 doing art and photography exhibitions.

It was lovely to meet you all, everyone was as interesting and lovely as I knew you all would be. What a great collective!

motherinferior Sat 09-Feb-13 16:20:06

I too had fab time and was really pleased to see you all. Have also had a haircut today in the distinctly non-Parisian but rather good considering how cheap it is local salon and added to my red lipstick collection while accompanying DD1 round the clothing emporia of Bromley (ahem. I love DD1 beyond life but THERE ARE LIMITS).

motherinferior Sat 09-Feb-13 16:21:25

Lippie from the new Superdrug B range btw, rather good if quite sheer and glossy. A Weekend Red.

bigTillyMint Sat 09-Feb-13 17:04:52

Have now recovered (after copious amounts of tea/coffee/diet coke... and testing the millionaires shortbread and brownies for this evening!) Twas, as everyone said, great to meet up and drink lots but next time I think it should be a crepery we eat atgrin

herbaceous Sat 09-Feb-13 20:39:27

Yo crepesters! What a very fun evening. Lovely to meet the new (to me) hags OQ, BD and Beachy, and I can even remember one real name! And OQ - you simply must tell us what that lipstick was. Such a nice colour, and didn't budge all night. And what do you do to your skin? It's amazing. Bit of an OQ fan here...

Funny old day today. Had a spot of gyppy batty in the night (hopefully nothing to do with the food), then to the inlaws. Just about to sit down to lunch, when they get a phonecall saying DP's uncle had been found dead. Further phonecalls reveal it was a suicide. No-one can understand it - he had a very contented life, retired, all seemed fine. We suspect some pretty hefty secrets may be uncovered in the next few weeks. Had to do a mercy dash to Hemel Hempsted to drop supportive relatives, which included negotiating the Devil's Roundabout - made up of five smaller roundabouts. So you go both ways round the main roundabout. Crazy.

CointreauVersial Sat 09-Feb-13 21:44:57

Herbs, so sorry to hear about DH's uncle. Suicide just leaves a massive fall-out.

By the way, if you think the roundabout in Hemel is tricky, try negotiating it in your driving test, as I had to.

Blackduck Sat 09-Feb-13 23:02:14

Oh Herbs that is so awful.
Gippy Tum - you been on the linseed? smile

I would have liked more time with everyone - such a fascinating group of women grin

bigTillyMint Sun 10-Feb-13 08:29:55

Oh dear Herbs. That must be a terrible shock for everyone, especially the oldies.

Having fully recovered from my hangover last night, I got woken early by my goddaughter and siblings.... So glad mine are teens/pre-teenssmile

herbaceous Sun 10-Feb-13 08:31:34

Now looks like it might be an accident, rather than suicide. Unbelievably, due to cuts, the coroner's office isn't open at the weekend, so no-one's actually been able to identify the body yet. So they've got to wait until tomorrow to find out if it's definitely him. All the signs say it is, but still....

motherinferior Sun 10-Feb-13 09:45:36

O Herbs. Awful and stressful all round.

rubyrubyruby Sun 10-Feb-13 09:49:32

Herbs sad how awful for you all, the uncertainty and delay just makes it worse.

I too want to know about OQC's decidedly uncrepey skin - amazing!

Yesterday was mostly spent waiting for my bedtime.

Blackduck Sun 10-Feb-13 09:54:10

Sorry to hear Herbs..

Ruby you have no worries in the skin department! I, on the other hand, are way crepeier than the lot of you - yes OQ - what gives?

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 10-Feb-13 10:19:25

Herbs - how horrible and stressful for you all.

I wanted to meet OQ, BD and BH! <sulks>

I have a horrible headache that I can't shift (not drink related, only had one glass last night) and we are going out to a birthday party this afternoon, so it needs to be sorted by then.

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 10-Feb-13 10:20:42

Hair is looking less blonde and more ginger this morning. confused

motherinferior Sun 10-Feb-13 10:29:12

And you have a problem with that, missis grin?

wilbur Sun 10-Feb-13 10:48:40

Morning ladies! Glad you all had a good time on Fri, sounds like a lot of fun. Our showing at the quiz was middling to poor partly due to dh and I being too polite to disagree strongly with someone else on our team that we didn't know. Also not enough questions about film, theatre and sport, which is where our strengths lie. We met lots of nice people though, which was fun and had a great time. Also discovered that ds1 has invited a girl he likes to the Valentine Disco next Fri shock, although after a traumatic biology lesson this week watching a film about puberty "we had to look at an erection through a heat-sensitive camera!", I think he's going to remain at the hand-holding stage for some time grin.

wilbur Sun 10-Feb-13 10:53:02

Herbs, so sorry about your dh's uncle. A sudden death is a dreadful thing for a family, no matter what the cause. Hope your in-laws have lots of support.

alto1 Sun 10-Feb-13 11:13:04

hello everyone, sounds as though meet-up was almost unbelievably decorous - or is there a discretion pact?

I Fagiolini were brilliant & lots of good friends were there too but I'd love to meet you all another time.

sorry to hear about uncle's sudden death and really hope it's not suicide...

bigTillyMint Sun 10-Feb-13 11:33:24

Oh it was very decorous - we are crepeys, after allwink

Ruby, I meant to say, your hair looked lovely. As did your cleavage!smile

And I think OQC is the future in good skin and chic grey hairsmile

Small children (and parents!) are now gone... may have to brave Primarni with DD who needs a new pair of superskinnies, gulp.

hattymattie Sun 10-Feb-13 12:28:53

Ooh - you lot sound well glam. Glad you had a good evening though.

I'm still nursing nasty cold/virus thing that has now gone on for five days!

Riding high on nurofen.

Blackduck Sun 10-Feb-13 14:08:00

Yoo hoo Stropps (and others) graunuiad article on how to survive being 13 here

Stropperella Sun 10-Feb-13 16:06:33

Herbs, that sounds very traumatic. I hope there are some answers soon from the coroner.

Wilbur, hope to see you at the next meet-up. Glad to hear the quiz evening was socially rewarding, though!

All these tales of young teens and pre-teens with girlfriends and boyfriends. I'm now beginning to wonder if I should worry about dd (15 in July) being backward. She recently announced (somewhat tongue in cheek) "I've got my hamster, I don't need boys. They're disgusting." OTOH, I'm also happy if this state of affairs goes on for quite a long time. grin

Thanks for the link to the Graun. No. 8 is a bit of a constant theme in our house and we haven't even done a teenage party yet. In fact, I think dd's only been to one party in the last several years. Either no one ever invites her to anything (possible) or none of the parents of her friends have strong enough nerves to hold a party for their 14 or 15 year old.

bigTillyMint Sun 10-Feb-13 16:11:26

Strops, I am beginning to wish DD had a hamstergrin

Yes the Grauniad article is spot on (having a 13yo!) I have to confess that I do not even attempt to get DD to do set chores as she always seems busy with homework and spends so much time doing gym and footyblush

Thankfully so far no teenage parties (other than girlie sleepovers, etc), but I'm sure it's only a matter of time. Not in our house though. Evergrin

CointreauVersial Sun 10-Feb-13 16:15:37

Stil well jel that I missed the meetup. envy envy

What a filthy day it is today. I have no intention of leaving the house, and waved the boys off to football from the comfort of my warm bed. I had a phone call from DS as he was on his way home, with instructions to have a hot bath and a hot chocolate at the ready; the poor chap was so frozen and soaked with mud I had to undress him on the doorstep. They lost 8-1, DS forgot his under-armour, and the team had to push-start the manager's car in the sleet. Character-building.grin

CointreauVersial Sun 10-Feb-13 16:27:14

DS and I read that list, although I think a few points are more applicable to girls. I particularly liked the one about saying "I'll do it later" no more than five times, and made DS re-read it.

Regarding parties, DS went to one last weekend at a friend's house, attended by about fifty 13 year olds. He had a great time, but when I tentatively asked if he fancied throwing a similar event here one day he said "No way! I would hate people touching my stuff". I never imagined him to be so house-proud, but I won't be persuading him to change his mind any time soon.

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 10-Feb-13 18:52:10

We have just got in from visiting some friends in Picardie - the drive back was horrendous, driving snow and no lights on the motorway. Now in need of wine. grin

MI - no, I am naturally quite ginger anyway (and the colour they use is something called golden honey or something anyway - I have no intention of being platinum blonde). It is much blonder at the front (two streaks) which I quite like.

Stropperella Sun 10-Feb-13 20:59:09

Best of luck for your interview MrsS!

bigTillyMint Sun 10-Feb-13 21:03:09

Yes fingers crossed MrsSsmile

Blackduck Mon 11-Feb-13 06:20:30

Rooting for you MrsS - hope it goes well!

Woken up to snow here - hoping can get to work.....dp has 'reading week' so isn't moving....

rubyrubyruby Mon 11-Feb-13 07:57:51

Good Luck MrsS!!!!!

It's half term - I'm still in bed <<snigger>>

Blackduck Mon 11-Feb-13 08:05:39

I've only got to get to Thursday (Friday off and h/t next week...)

bigTillyMint Mon 11-Feb-13 08:52:04

I wish it was half-term here - I'm knackered. 5 days to go...

wilbur Mon 11-Feb-13 11:10:09

Yes, good luck MrsS!

Just to let you know that the snow is All My Fault. Last night, I packed all the kids' snow gear, clean and dry, way ahead of the game and ready for driving to France in the middle of the night next Saturday. And then we woke up this morning. Gah! And it's still fecking snowing here and even colder on Weds apparently. The kids will just have to freeze, I'm NOT unpacking and getting it all out again.

bigTillyMint Mon 11-Feb-13 13:08:26

wilbur, snap! We are off on Sunday (flying though!) In any case, DS left his coat at home this morninghmm

bigTillyMint Mon 11-Feb-13 13:08:38

Where are you off to?

wilbur Mon 11-Feb-13 14:19:00

La Plagne - looks like the snow is awesome, so we're v excited. Dh and I have already both cooked a couple of meals each to take with us, so hoping save some ££ on food too. Where are you going?

bigTillyMint Mon 11-Feb-13 15:05:40

Small French resort, close to Morzine/les Gets - we have friends that live there and we have been every year for over 15 yearssmile

Stropperella Mon 11-Feb-13 15:08:33

No snow here. Just rain, more rain and then some more rain. And then a bit more rain. The dog and I are fed up with mud. Meh.

herbaceous Mon 11-Feb-13 15:18:20

We've had snow, but the wet, non-exciting sort. But it does elicit cats-bum mouths from passers by as DS goes along without his coat on. "You want to try persuading him, Madam? Hmm?"

All this chat with you crepeys on Saturday has done my voice in. Have been croaking ever since! Makes toddler discipline in supermarkets rather tricky.

Blackduck Tue 12-Feb-13 07:19:41

I constantly get those looks from strangers as ds goes out without a coat, gloves, hat etc. if he's not cold I'm not going to fight it!

oldqueencrepey Tue 12-Feb-13 10:12:56

Morning crepesters... no more than a dusting of snow here, just cold and damp and grey...
Have shocking cold so feel quite sorry for myself today, the sort that really really hurts when you cough and makes all your joints ache. Or is that just old age?
Was very surprised, flattered and a little embarrassed by the comments about my skin! It gets no special treatment I can assure you, quite the opposite actually.
Going to drag my weary carcass to work now <sniff>

Blackduck Tue 12-Feb-13 11:09:16

OQC - good genes then! Hope you feel better soon....

MrsS - how did it go?

bigTillyMint Tue 12-Feb-13 17:52:18

My DM has good skin. She is 82. She puts it down to a life of no sun (not much outdoors!) and good food. I have not inherited her genes. Well, it couldbe down to rather a lot of sunbathing too...

Yes MrsS baited breath here!

motherinferior Tue 12-Feb-13 20:12:17

Is it me (it may be, of course) or is it really, really cold?

Am fighting the urge to buy yet more of those woollen frocks you all tell me not to. Like this.

motherinferior Tue 12-Feb-13 20:13:28

Or this.

Stropperella Tue 12-Feb-13 21:52:49

MI, first one - yes. Second one - no. grin And yes, it is bloody freezing. Damply, horribly cold. The circulation keeps shutting down in my fingers in a very un-useful manner. Roll on spring.

I have ordered a bunch of classic movies off Shamazon for half-term entertainment purposes. Otherwise, I do not have much of a half-term entertainment plan. Hmmm. Am envy of Wilbur's and BTM's skiing trips. Even though I don't really like skiing as am shite at it. grin

Blackduck Tue 12-Feb-13 22:15:15

MI -agree with Stropps - second one will go baggy - oh yes - mark my words...
Half term - home to the parents for a london fest and time pottering at home.
Currently crippled with a stiff neck - difficult to sing in the state, but we finally nailed the first two lines of moon river (you try it before you mock)..

Come on MrsS where are you?!

beachyhead Tue 12-Feb-13 22:58:52

I do like the first one, MI, and it is ruddy cold....

Well, finished work for the week, after a cold and unsatisfactory night at a Travelodge (two in one week!) and now off for half term. We are setting off for the Alps, but I, categorically, do not ski...

But I will cook, read, chill and undertake huge walks down from the mountain with little guidance and just a nose for the right direction...

The children will be suitably tired, which is good...

I have packing to do (unlike Wilbur, I haven't started as I stupidly thought that dh, as a skier, would sort it all out - he hasn't!)

I would love to know Mrs S's prognosis.. I think her interview was today, wasn't it?

Blackduck Wed 13-Feb-13 03:08:05

Frozen neck and shoulder ouch sad Ibuprofen gel didn't touch it and now I am bolt upright as cant sleep lying down sad sad
Beachy - sounds like fun

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 13-Feb-13 06:55:21

I will know the outcome of the interview this week, but fear it is a done deal for another candidate. I saw his name on the list and googled him when I got home. He has yards more experience than me - having done this job before somewhere else. He is much too senior for this job (he's a higher grade) and IMO shouldn't have been allowed to apply. There is absolutely no way I can compete with him. I think the hiring manager liked me though. <clings to thread of hope>

Yes to the first dress, MI. The second looks like an old lady's vest.

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 13-Feb-13 06:55:53

Sorry about your neck and shoulder BD.

Blackduck Wed 13-Feb-13 07:25:34

MrsS live in hope - maybe the panel will think the same as you, why is someone further up the scale going for the job?
I am really stiff, and hoping it doesn't get worse!

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 13-Feb-13 07:29:50

Stiffness only good in a man. grin

Yes, I did think that, but if that was the case, why interview him?

rubyrubyruby Wed 13-Feb-13 08:06:40

Just a waiting game now then MrsS.

Wow - lots of you off on various holiday jaunts over half term. envy
DH hasn't the holiday time really and has 3 weeks booked off for our holiday in the summer (we managed to negotiate). He travels so much with work now that home is where he relaxes. He is off to the US, Singapore and Japan in the next month.

We haven't done anything exciting this week. DS2 has been revising a bit

Ouch BD - can you get a massage?

Blackduck Wed 13-Feb-13 08:24:46

Actually Ruby someone suggested that last night - unfortunately I didn't get a name! (there is someone local who apparently is good)

Don't know MrsS - making up the numbers? I am sure they will have asked some pointed questions, and hopeful his answers weren't good ;)
When are you likely to hear?

bigTillyMint Wed 13-Feb-13 09:56:06

Well fingers crossed MrsS. I wonder why he wanted a "step down"? Or could he be being pushed off his current post? Men talk themselves up, you knowwink

BD, I had a massage when my bf and I went for a spa day at Christmas. The masseuse was vicious and I was aching for a couple of days, but my neck definitely felt looser!

rubyrubyruby Wed 13-Feb-13 10:40:51

<<sounds klaxon>>
I have bought linseeds.

...... have also given up chocolate for lent.

bigTillyMint Wed 13-Feb-13 11:47:28

And who are the linseeds for, ruby?grin

Stropperella Wed 13-Feb-13 11:57:28

MrsS, that other candidate sounds a bit hmm . Maybe the interview panel will think so too. Hope they realise that you and only you are the right person for that job. grin

Ruby, giving up chocolate??? I am trying to give up moaning and griping. And to give myself the best chance of not feeling moany today, I have just made a chocolate cake so large I had to use a roasting tin. And I have made choc ganache to go on top. One of my better efforts, if I do say so myself. But then I have a couple of friends coming for coffee this afternoon and they are German and take their cakes very seriously, so am still not sure it will pass muster.

Now to get some actual paid work done..

Oh and BD - heat pack! One of those microwaveable jobbies. And try to keep moving (yes, I know, I know). Does your GP surgery have an in-house physio? Many do these days.

bigTillyMint Wed 13-Feb-13 12:15:53

There are Germans in your county, Strops? Didn't realise it was so multi-culturalgrin

I need a heat pack too - it is fcuking freezing here at workangry

motherinferior Wed 13-Feb-13 12:22:57

I am wearing my Celtic Sheepskin dress wot I wore the other evening, fully aware that it is shapeless but WARM. (And a nice colour.) I shivered all damn evening yesterday.

rubyrubyruby Wed 13-Feb-13 12:25:56

I had some yesterday
I had some this morning

OMG! Are they supposed to work that quick?
Perhaps I've OD'd

rubyrubyruby Wed 13-Feb-13 12:28:00

Strops - Ha! I don't like chocolate cake. Just pure chocolate.

CointreauVersial Wed 13-Feb-13 13:34:11

No half-term jaunts for me envy - I shall be propping up my desk as usual while the girls go to holiday club and DS enjoys a solid week of XBox amuses himself with meaningful tasks and enriching activities.

I was just thinking, as I lumbered up the stairs earlier on, I'm not sure my knees could cope with skiing any more. They actually make an audible creak. It's my birthday on Sunday (46! Firmly late-40s now) and I'm feeling particularly decrepit nowadays.

I haven't given up anything for Lent, though. <lazy heathen>

MrsS - you never know.....at least it went better than the last one.

bigTillyMint Wed 13-Feb-13 13:48:59

You know, I don't think there are many crepeys who ski. I hardly know any women my age who do and I only do blues and the odd red as I don't like anything too scaryblush
And I have terrrible knees with very loose ligaments (not helped by tearing a cruciate the first year i went skiing) so I am always petrified of doing myself any damage.

The DC think I am pathetic!

beachyhead Wed 13-Feb-13 14:12:21

I have bought linseeds too grin. They are for ds, for his digestion. I hope they don't have the other effect, he's only 11. Don't want to scare him...

BTM, you are Not Pathetic. My dc are thoroughly embarrassed when they see me trudging around the mountain with my big boots on. I must start packing, actually I need to 'unpack' all the things dh has helpfully thrown in a bag, as rather than make sure everyone has gloves and socks, he will have just thrown ALL the gloves and socks (singles included!) he could find into a bag and say, DONE!

But first must go to Tesco for horse!

Blackduck Wed 13-Feb-13 14:18:18

As I am currently staving myself anyway I am not giving up anything ;)

Stropperella Wed 13-Feb-13 16:30:24

Beware the Power of the Linseeds grin

I reckon a small teaspoon a day is more than enough for beginners. Otherwise things could get ... messy.

<now worried I will be blamed for an assortment of unfortunate incidents>

Stropperella Wed 13-Feb-13 16:31:24

I like cross-country skiing but not downhill, because it is too slidey and I don't like slidey.

Stropperella Wed 13-Feb-13 16:32:31

Ps: CV, I think you'll find 46 only counts as mid-40s, you know. grin

motherinferior Wed 13-Feb-13 16:33:16

<keeps linseeds Well Away from the Inferiorettes, who really do not need seedy assistance in That Department>

motherinferior Wed 13-Feb-13 16:34:41

Rubes, I am going to add some v dark choc (Coop fair traded, 85 per cent, chocolatey goodness all round) to a veggie chilli on Friday.

<wonders if prevalence of veggie chilli in the Inferiority Complex is one reason why linseeds not required>

bigTillyMint Wed 13-Feb-13 16:38:33

H&B had a 2 4 1 on linseeds, so I thought I would give them a try.... Do you just sprinkle them on and crunch them as you go?

I do NOT like cross country as it is hard work compared to gliding downwink

And Beachy, as we are going with our friends and my friend does not do skiing at all, I will be accomanying her on jaunts to the cafes afternoon tramps in the snow!

Blackduck Wed 13-Feb-13 18:33:21

After my early morning (3.00) tea drinking session I am knackered tonight and just want to go to bed.
I am also feeling stabby with regard to one of my staff and suspect I will have to grasp the nettle (hate confrontation, but she is doing my head in).....
Last day tomorrow then off for a week - hooray!!

CointreauVersial Wed 13-Feb-13 22:53:41

I buy the ground-up linseed from H&B; you can sprinkle it into things. Can't remember the brand (but it isn't cheap, so I am going to hotfoot it to my nearest branch while this 2 for 1 deal is still on).

Blardy snow sliding off the solar panels has ripped a stretch of guttering off the side of the house.angry And the vacuum cleaner has gone wrong (I must be the first person to ever break a Miele). They have sent me a giant box to put it in, which is being collected by courier on Friday. I'm wondering if I can fit one of the DCs inside it instead.

But the good news is I have finally found the Valentines card I bought for DH weeks ago, which I had hidden away from prying eyes. Hidden rather too well.

Wishing you all hearts and flowers tomorrow, crepeys!

Blackduck Thu 14-Feb-13 06:21:27

Kids driving you mad CV?

Yes, many cards/flowers/chocs to you all - if Mr Blackduck so much as bought me a card I'd be hmm and starting a thread in Relationships grin.
Only card I ever get is from my dad!

Just got to struggle through today - back seems better (I spent a lot of time yesterday thinking about how to reorient my office to avoid cold draft) - and then a break - crepeys I need it - shame its h-t too!!!

CointreauVersial Thu 14-Feb-13 12:59:21

I had a card, and a very indulgent midweek Breakfast in Bed, served by my lovely DH!

wilbur Thu 14-Feb-13 14:07:33

Go CV's dh - I'm impressed! I gave dh a card with a joke about ironing on the front and a biscuit. We've been married a while, can you tell? Actually, we agreed to save our V-day money (all £5 of it) for lunch on the slopes as we had been planning to sandwich it every day, but will now splurge on a tartiflette and some croques avec les enfants. Romance expressed through the medium of cheese.

Rofling at the linseed discussions. Have postponed their purchase until after skiing - too many zips involved in loo breaks to be safe!

Cremolafoam Thu 14-Feb-13 14:31:56

Hello crepeys
Sorry I've been away for so long.
Life got a bit stressful there and I had to ween myself off a few hobbies like mumsnet.hmm
Anyhoo how's everything with you lot?
Has st valentine been good to you?❤

bigTillyMint Thu 14-Feb-13 14:58:08

No movement on the linseed front yet - I soaked them in a cup of water for an hour or so before crunchingthem last night - did I do it wrong?!

wilbur - I will be OD'ing on cheese next weeksmile

Nothing on the valentines front, but we don't usually "do" valentines, though I did order an online card for DH as a joke, but it hadn't arrived this morning... He did suggest we go to the chippy tonight. With the DChmm

Blackduck Thu 14-Feb-13 17:44:35

Oh Creme -hi - waves - missed you. How's things. No valentines here either as previous post probably indicated. Off out for a (non valentines day) curry with ds as I have finished for just over a week - hooray grin

bigTillyMint Thu 14-Feb-13 18:15:17

Hi Cremola!

Well, DH got in before me tonight, with a bunch of flarssmile The card I ordered for him has not arrivedangry

The linseed has workedwink!

Stropperella Thu 14-Feb-13 18:30:59

grin @ linseed reports.

I got presented with roses today - I was shock as this sort of thing doesn't usually happen round here.

Hey, Cremola, how're you doing?

All those going off on winter sports jollies: have a great time!

herbaceous Thu 14-Feb-13 19:16:35

Yes indeed, skiiers. Break a leg. Or not.

I'm off to a choir committee meeting in a second - what could be more romantic? Though we did both take a half day and have a slap-up lunch - at a gourmet vegetarian restaurant, which was super scrummy. Not entirely appropriate for my normal fasting Thursday, so that will have to wait until tomorrow.

Went out on Tuesday night, and didn't get in until ONE AM. Then felt utterly dreadful all day yesterday. Still feel grim today, so maybe it's more than a hangover. Croaky throat, feel sick, disturbing quantities of mucus at back of throat.

oldqueencrepey Thu 14-Feb-13 19:47:16

Hi Y'all. Dh gave me a small white mouse dressed up as a rabbit (in a grey knitted costume) which was .... weird unexpected.
Herbs, I hope i'm wrong but my horrible illness began with feeling sick and croaky. That was on Monday. Now I am completely laid low and had to take to my bed this afternoon which is NOT LIKE ME, I have the mother of all colds and various other unpleasant symptoms.
A particularly low point was yesterday when I went to a cafe which I frequent and the lovely manageress took pity on me, saying she'd make me a special brazilian cold cure. This turned out to be hot water, lemon, honey, ginger (all good so far!), fresh red chilli and garlic (YUK YUK YUK). If I felt il before I felt a lot worse after tasting that I can tell you.

Cremolafoam Thu 14-Feb-13 21:07:17

Good evening laydees
What's all this a bout linseeds?
All pretty good here finally. DH had a bit if a wobble and I am now lined up for a hysterectomy - the joy!
Have been suffering for years. Probably will need to join one if them hot and sweaty threads imminently.shock

What news ici?

Cremolafoam Thu 14-Feb-13 21:08:43

OQ I have that unbelievable cold as well. Feel like I'm lugging round about 60 extra kilos and its making me weep randomly as well /you?

oldqueencrepey Thu 14-Feb-13 21:12:02

yes, yes weepy eyes! And endless off the Richter scale sneezing!
I'm very good company...

Cremolafoam Thu 14-Feb-13 21:19:17

Yes the sneezing is operatic according to dh grin
Had a coughing fit mid 'romantic'pizza in restaurant earlier - had to take myself off as people were staringblush
Them we went to Poundland to get a £1 'most unusual' gift each
( we're so clarssy)

Blackduck Fri 15-Feb-13 07:41:47

I wish I could blame how I feel this am on a cold, but am pretty sure it was the copious amounts of wine followed by a bottle of champers (who thought that was a good idea?) that is responsible....
OQC - interesting present, do you like mice, or rabbits?
Cremo- so what did you get??

MrsS - any news???

Blackduck Fri 15-Feb-13 07:42:35

BTW Herbs, fasted Wednesday knowing Thursday was curry night in case you are wondering!

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 15-Feb-13 07:44:05

No news. Am applying for another job today. grin

Blackduck Fri 15-Feb-13 07:47:35

Will you hear today?
Onwards and upwards ;)

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 15-Feb-13 07:52:01

I've no idea! They are a law unto themselves. They interviewed two, at most three - you would think they could have made a decision by now!

rubyrubyruby Fri 15-Feb-13 08:02:42

Strops - a small teaspoon of linseeds you say?
Ah blush that will be where I'm going wrong!

OQC - hope you are feeling better soon, sounds horrid.

We have had a good half term. Been to various different counties dress shopping with DD and out with friends for copius amounts of wine in the local pub. Spent yesterday on Valentines duty helping the DCs with cooking/present buying and taxiing them about.
I got some beautiful roses and pink champers smile

Herbs - hope all is ok with your family after last weekends news.

I'm still reeling from this Oscar Pistoriuos news sad

bigTillyMint Fri 15-Feb-13 08:47:05

ruby, how much were you snarfing down?grin

Yes, Oscar P news is pretty shocking isn't it?

Feeling soooooo tired - just want to crawl into my bed for the whole of half-term.

rubyrubyruby Fri 15-Feb-13 08:52:44

A good tablespoon Strops! grin

I'm looking at hotels on trip advisor. Some of the reviews are unbelievable! (I always read the negative ones) typical complaints are: we only had one set of clean towels per person per day hmm a seagull pooped all over our car and the hotel refused to leant for us (hotel is on the beach) hmm

rubyrubyruby Fri 15-Feb-13 08:54:26

clean it

bigTillyMint Fri 15-Feb-13 08:56:11

Yes, Trip Advisor seems to be full of insular, OCD-clean, fussy-eater typessmile

rubyrubyruby Fri 15-Feb-13 09:05:42

That's why I read the negative ones bTM.
I sit here saying to DH 'wow, that's good, we get a clean set of towels each every day' grin <<easily pleased>>
Also: noisy ice machine in the corridor
Me: 'ooooo - an ice machine!!!!'

rubyrubyruby Fri 15-Feb-13 09:08:35

this hotel says it's on the beach - IT'S NOT!!!. You have to walk down some steps

This is a great way to spend a morning. I think I will book it.

Cremolafoam Fri 15-Feb-13 10:08:49

Lol rubes. I always try and leave at least something positive on my reviews unless there was rudeness in spades.
My Poundland gift was a Tito puente cd - love those Cuban rythms!
I got dh some onion sets for planting.
Romantic we are !

Major hijack today for which I apologise:
Dd is being interview ed on women's hour this morning by dame Jenni
It's about children and grief.
I'm so nervous and excited for her

rubyrubyruby Fri 15-Feb-13 10:32:17

shock no waffles at breakfast!!!

bigTillyMint Fri 15-Feb-13 11:05:27

Ooh Cremola! Hope it goes well for her - is it live?

Cremolafoam Fri 15-Feb-13 11:33:57

Yes live BTM - she was brilliant - so proud.<wipes tear>

herbaceous Fri 15-Feb-13 11:43:02

That Oscar Pistorius hasn't got a leg to stand on.


Blackduck Fri 15-Feb-13 11:51:47

Herbs that is a terrible joke....

I have cleaned the bottom of the house and am now summoning up the energy to tackle the top.....I might go to the local cafe and drink tea first though smile (my one child free day for the coming week)

rubyrubyruby Fri 15-Feb-13 12:12:10

Sorry Cremola - I missed your post.

Proud moment I bet.

motherinferior Fri 15-Feb-13 15:02:14

Cremola grin

Do I win the award for Most Crepey Remark of the Day, with "oooh, do we have any darning wool"? Do I? Do I?

In other news, I've just been to get my eyebrows threaded (yes, yes, I know but it's only a fiver and look, I work on a women's mag, I could be a lot more high-maintenance) and the woman doing it said AGAIN that ooh look you're getting spots (small cloggy things, blocked pores mainly) and then I bumped into someone I know from my first antenatal group who said 'oh, you know, I've always wondered if you had thyroid problems because you were having such weight problems' - I HAD JUST HAD A BABY FFS AND CAN I POINT OUT I AM ABOUT THREE STONE LIGHTER THAN YOU, EH?

I also managed to empty my mooncup all over the bathroom floor this morning. Naice.

CointreauVersial Fri 15-Feb-13 17:07:14

Ooo, eyebrow threading, what fun. I've only ever done DIY with a pair of tweezers.

No mooncup stories here, because AF has been conspicuously absent since about October. I've never had a gap this long. I am just a teeny weeny bit concerned.......hmm

Herbs, oooo, you are awful. grin I'm still on the horse jokes.

bigTillyMint Fri 15-Feb-13 17:45:40

My threader is £6 and does a great job. However, I prefer waxing as it hurts less!

I have never used a mooncup.

Finally on holiday, but I can't have a drink as DH is going out so I am doing both gym runssad Will have to make up for it tomorrowwink

motherinferior Fri 15-Feb-13 17:50:36

BTM, do let me know about your threader as I have gone off mine in a big way grin. Also - though she does a nice job - she moans a lot. Even more than I do grin

Blackduck Fri 15-Feb-13 20:17:11

Never threaded or tweezered - think my eyebrows aren't too bad (delusional possibly!)
No moon cup (no period in, erm, forgotten - a while... - maybe this is the long farewell)
Despite hangover have consumed a couple of pints and had a good chin wag in the local...great start to h-t. Off to London tomorrow for a couple of days.
British Library on Sunday for the Mughal Indian exhibition.

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 15-Feb-13 20:42:15

I didn't get the job. No-one did - they are going to re-advertise it. I am awaiting written feedback, but was told on the phone that my interview was "really strong". So why didn't they give me the job? sad

I now have wine and suspect that this will not be the only glass I have tonight.

I've applied for another job, which would actually be perfect, and if I don't get that one, then I'm giving up.

bigTillyMint Fri 15-Feb-13 20:51:16

How odd. Can you reapply?

Anyway everything happens for a reason. You WILL end up with the right job for yousmile

Blackduck Fri 15-Feb-13 20:52:45

Oh MrsS that is crap, so sorry. Will you be able to go for it again (would you want to?). What the hell are they looking for?

CointreauVersial Fri 15-Feb-13 21:14:52

Boooo to interview knock-back, MrsS. wine wine sounds like a good plan.

Cremolafoam Fri 15-Feb-13 22:48:34

confused Sorry about the job mrs S.
Why the actual did they not give it to you if you were very strong. I'd be after a serious feedback session .
I was passed over for a job recently - complete set up- they had already got someone .
Waste of a day.
More wine I say( although I rarely drink theses days)winewinewine
Herbs I have heard that joke approx 8 times today.lol doesn't get better with agegrin
That and Filly Crispy Pancakes.
My cold has shifted to my chest now .
How much phlegm can one person produce.?
No don't answer that. It's an awful lot.
I could find other uses for a mooncup....

CointreauVersial Fri 15-Feb-13 22:58:02

Ew, Cremola. Have some more wine wine wine wine

Cremolafoam Fri 15-Feb-13 23:01:12

Oh awright then
<knocks a half glass down her neck>
Dh is bladdered. He is curled up embryonically on the sofa. Bless
He's had a pig of a day.
Dd has had the best day of her life on the BBC
I am just exhausted and have to work
Tomorrow. Yaaaaaaaaaaaa!

CointreauVersial Fri 15-Feb-13 23:23:36

Sorry I missed your DD. How old is she?

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 15-Feb-13 23:41:52

Herbs - that Oscar Pistorius - it wouldn't have happened if he'd got no arms.

Cremolafoam Sat 16-Feb-13 00:18:30
motherinferior Sat 16-Feb-13 11:20:13

V nice friend came round last night, to share a bottle of cheap fizz. She doesn't drink much. It seemed a pity to waste it...<blush>

I have seen a job which doesn't madly fry my onion but which I could do: suppose I should apply although (a) note non-onion frying point above (b) I do already have next month booked up with work - tbh even if nothing else comes along I'll be OK - (c) my confidence is shot to hell at the moment after various applications that got NOWHERE (this is not just me, fellow MN hack who has track record as long as your arm has had similar experience). Wot think, fellow Crepeys?

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 16-Feb-13 11:23:23

Just listened to it, Crem. Very articulate and professional. You must be very proud.

Cremolafoam Sat 16-Feb-13 11:35:28

Thanks mrs s
Yes lump in throat time.
Mumsnet saved me during those wretched years.smile

Cremolafoam Sat 16-Feb-13 11:37:11

MI anyone would be lucky to have you. thanks

Sometime lurker on Crepey's here, have been on MN a long time, just wanted to say Cremolafoam, I heard your DD on Radio 4, and I thought at the time, what a well adjusted, really lovely girl, who was really lucky to have the parents she does.

bigTillyMint Sat 16-Feb-13 12:21:12

Just listened Cremola - what a well-adjusted intelligent girl. Brought a tear to my eye.

MI unless it really doesn't appeal, go for it- you never know!

Don't feel like packing - just want to sit here doing nothing. I think the full-time is catching up on mesad

motherinferior Sat 16-Feb-13 12:56:42

Just listened - what a lovely young woman. You must be very proud - and of yourselves too.

I edited a report on kinship care on NI last year, btw.

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 16-Feb-13 14:48:38

I just typed a long post and it got eaten. Grr. Go for the job, MI, you can always turn it down if they offer it to you. This lack of confidence is a female thing, isn't it? The boss for the job I didn't get has emailed me to say they are advertising a similar job (essentially same job, different city) that I might be interested in. Not sure if I can be arsed actually. Wanted to ask if this one came with a Jag and driver too. Shallow, moi? grin

Blackduck Sat 16-Feb-13 15:37:51

Yy to female thing - I seem guys confidently apply for jobs they are vastly underqualified for, but that isn't something women generally go. We seem to look at job description and hone in on the bits we think we can't do/have no experience in, they home in on the bit they can do and focus in that!!
Nearly chez parents for a couple of days with ds whilst dp dies the ton of work he should have done last week.

motherinferior Sat 16-Feb-13 15:42:07

Ah, but that's the thing - this job would not, in truth, be an "oh yes I want THAT" option. And the galling thing is that most of the others I've gone for except for the highly paid MN one have been similar. It is the rejection by jobs of that calibre which so very soul- destroying. Especially as DP is going for one or two really nice things.

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 16-Feb-13 16:14:56

Oh I agree. I've just been rejected for a bog standard job that I could do standing on my head, yet have had interviews for some really quite senior roles. Don't get it.

Cremolafoam Sat 16-Feb-13 18:55:55

Thankyou wombling and everyone.
She's on cloud 9 today. And after Jenni murrays job too. Lol
Mi that's interesting about your thing on kinship care!
Where did that originate?

motherinferior Sun 17-Feb-13 13:22:38

I'm an assessor for something called the Clore Social Fellowship programme, and this report was written by one of the fellows - I was brought in to edit it. It was really interesting.

It's that kind of work I don't want to drop...

Cremolafoam Sun 17-Feb-13 13:35:54

I just had a look at the kinship website this am. I'm really pleased there is something out there for family adopters - wish I'd had them when dd first arrived. It was desperately hard at the beginning
Although we did have tremendous help from barnardos team and Cruse
However friends ( who I thought would be there for me) fell away rapidly. Thank heavens for mumsnet.
I really felt like a fake- mum for years.
Like an imposter at the school gates .

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 17-Feb-13 14:43:07

I am in bed with a temperature of 39 degrees and a lemsip. sad

I have to be in the office at 0800 tomorrow to brief Head Honcho for a meeting. Not good...

motherinferior Sun 17-Feb-13 15:03:47

O MrsS, do not hesitate to postpone if you have to.

CointreauVersial Sun 17-Feb-13 15:13:35

Cremola - I just listened to the clip - what a lovely, confident, articulate girl she is!

Remind me, did you have any DCs already when you adopted her?

motherinferior Sun 17-Feb-13 15:21:02

I just may have some nice interesting work in the pipeline. It may go poof, of course, rather like my last lot of lecturing did...

Cremolafoam Sun 17-Feb-13 15:28:16

No other kids sadly( cf The IVF years)
However obviously love dn like she's my own.

Oh mrs s that's a fierce temp by any standards. shock May I recommend fruit juice ice cubes? Saved me this week from hot sweat hell. Hope it passes soonhmm

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 17-Feb-13 17:13:19

No, fruit juice in the house, but am swigging DD2's Orangina.

I am feeling very grumpy about my birthday which was a few weeks ago. DH said "I didn't know what you wanted", so didn't get me anything. DM said "I'll transfer some money to your bank account so that you can get yourself something," (and hasn't). DD2 bought me some earrings and a cocktail. grin DH said he would take me out to dinner (and hasn't) and DD1 said she would make me a coffee and walnut cake (and hasn't).

AIBU to think a bit of bloody effort/pre-planning wouldn't have gone amiss? DH often says things like "Oh I was going to get you tickets for Goldfrapp/Antony and the Johnsons but didn't get around to it/they were sold out." FGS, I am not that difficult to buy for! (And Antony and the Johnsons are playing at a venue 10 minutes walk from here next month - which he knew about, because he told me - surely he could have got tickets earlier??) And why hasn't he taken me out to dinner??

motherinferior Sun 17-Feb-13 17:31:43


I would be incandescent with rage. Mr Inferior has painstakingly learned over the years to clear up his act on birthdays.grin

motherinferior Sun 17-Feb-13 17:37:37

Book the resto. Ask DD1 pointedly about cake. Identify delightful and pricey objects for DH and your mum to purchase. I realise this does not tackle the central problem but does at least mean you have presents and a nice meal. BASTIDS.

Blackduck Sun 17-Feb-13 17:54:11

Oh Cremo haven't heard radio thing yet, but in awe! I recall dp's bro putting us down as the inheritors of their children should anything happen and I was really not comfortable with the idea. Now I know my instinct was right - I'm fine with mine, but no natural mother....

Done Brit lib and museum today. Glad of vino, rubbish tv beckons..

Blackduck Sun 17-Feb-13 17:57:20

Oh MrsS sounds like my birthday - no pressies, work and the children ate the cake I had cooked...
I bought my OWN pressie - oh said dp didn't know you could get it kilo calmly - it's only some shower cream ffs. angry
I was, and am, still pissed at him

Blackduck Sun 17-Feb-13 17:58:21

Ah 'get it locally'

CointreauVersial Sun 17-Feb-13 18:58:00

46 today!

Breakfast in bed from DH and the DCs (although I had to tear open my gifts double-quick as the boys were late for football).

A lovely silver and pearl ring and bracelet from DH (how fortunate that he spotted the turned-down page corners in the catalogue...hmm ), to go with the forthcoming perfume workshop, and a scarf and necklace from DM. Chocs from the DCs.

I have done sod all all day (I was contemplating some gardening but couldn't be arsed). And now we're off out to dinner.

Blackduck Sun 17-Feb-13 19:03:51

Happy Birthday CV glad yours was a vast improvement on mine... grin

hattymattie Sun 17-Feb-13 19:08:41

mrs s hope you're feeling better. We've got through industrial quantities of Lemsip this winter - I've even converted French husband. By the way my DH equally useless for birthdays cointreau - I could leave a catalogue in front of my DH open with gift circled and he still wouldn't get the hint.

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 17-Feb-13 20:21:42

Happy Birthday CV.

I have gone back to bed now. sad

Cremolafoam Sun 17-Feb-13 20:58:51

Happy birthday CVthanks
AND happy belated Mrs S

motherinferior Sun 17-Feb-13 21:21:53

For the first birthday I had after taking up with DP I got nothing...except a positive pregnancy test, which was A Bit Of A Shock.

motherinferior Sun 17-Feb-13 21:51:45

Happy birthday CV!

CointreauVersial Sun 17-Feb-13 22:42:35

Hope you feel better soon, MrsS.

And if you are forced to struggle out of bed to meet with AB tomorrow, make sure you give him your cold. With knobs on.

Blackduck Mon 18-Feb-13 09:03:13

MrsS here's hoping you are tucked up in bed with a nice drink and a good book and sod work....

MrsSchadenfreude Mon 18-Feb-13 16:03:19

Came home at lunch time as temp started to go up again, had nice sleep. Now having a lem sip. Feel very odd - have absolutely no energy and feel like I did when I had glandular fever years ago.

Blackduck Mon 18-Feb-13 16:10:15

MrsS take it easy - listen to your body!!!

Spent the morning with my father putting the National War Museum right - and spent afternoon re kitting ds after two laaaaarge glasses of white....

Cremolafoam Mon 18-Feb-13 20:01:27

Oh sympathy Mrs S. if its the same wretched thing I had Im v sorry for you. Heavy limbs weepy blurry eyes temperature etc.
Décontracté un peu!thanks

motherinferior Tue 19-Feb-13 19:37:25

Oh dear. MrsS, I do hope you feel better soon.

I have had a rather spectacular day during which I discovered I have made a fuckup faux pas which will cost Rather A Lot Of Money to repair. (A photoshoot that went wrong. There is stuff I never, ever knew I was meant to do in connection with this. Never. Ever. Nobody told me. Eighteen months down the line, though, I merely look like an imbecile.)

A question, mes amies crepusculaires. If a friend, totally hypothetically you understand, was possibly going to be doing some work on a hypothetical relaunched women's mag, a fairly thinky-read-y mag targeted at women who're capable of reading a few paragraphs strung together; not a seriously Intellectual magazine but one taking an intelligent look at those things like friendship/sleep/happiness/how we 'tick'....what sort of thing would you be wanting to read? And if you don't read women's mags at the moment (or only as an entirely guilty-snack pleasure) why not? Is there stuff you'd like to be reading?

Entirely hypothetically, obvs.

Cremolafoam Tue 19-Feb-13 20:31:28

I weaned myself off magazines to save cash about 10 years ago but now when I pick one up I do mostly feel somewhat alienated from the content - perhaps I'm just looking at the wrong ones.
Stuff I like to read about:
Putting outfits together for my body shape and age that's relevant to what can be bought currently.
Room transformations on a budget.
Weekly meal planner ( fresh from naice ingredients) with modern ideas and divine pictures.
Eco politics articles
Developing your career after 40.
Loving that programme about small spaces with George Clark - something along those lines??
Solid book reviews and suggestions within genres.
Proper DIY articles( not decorating a Poundland mirror with shells FGS)grin

Ill shut up now. Maybe all that exists somewhere but I don't know ?

MrsSchadenfreude Tue 19-Feb-13 21:29:30

I am back in the land of the living and spent the day interviewing (interviewer, not interviewee).

It is easier to say what I hate about magazines. grin

I hate the "look for a lifestyle" articles beloved of GH where "Lucy and her Stockbroker husband gave up the rat race and bought a bijou 8 bedroomed cottage in the Cotswolds/Cornwall, where Lucy has taken up macrame/tatting/insert useless craft of your choice here, which she sells on line..." I want to stab Lucy. It is never a single mother who works full time and lives in a grotty flat in South East London with unsociable neighbours.

I hate meal planners, which assume you have all day to shop and ponce about looking for obscure ingredients, rather than coming in late from work yet again, to find that there is no milk, and the only ingredients available in the cupboard mean that you can have either the Meal of Last Resort (tuna pasta bake) or a take away.

I don't want to see room transformations that require an architect, an interior designer or anything from Osborne and Little.

I would like an occasional, well written short story, not a la People's Friend, but something a bit dark and thought provoking. Book reviews and suggestions are good. I'd like to read about normal careers, not people earning megabucks or someone's little job, but stuff like most of us do. Fat Fashion, provided that nothing is made from polyester, comes from the Fat Shop (Evans) or is simply voluminous amounts of fabric "accessorised" with a large polyester rose and large (enormous) beads and a haircut that looks like a helmet.

Travel, focusing on a region/place and what to do. I don't give a fuck if Gillian had a lovely all-inclusive in Lanzarote that cost her an arm and a leg, but the food was delicious. I don't want to know.

Health and happiness, yes. A good article about wine - regions/grapes etc. Not simply where to get the cheapest Sav Blanc. And similar on food (I mourn the passing of "Fromage Gourmand.") Friendship and how friendships change as your life progresses.

Does that help?

Cremolafoam Tue 19-Feb-13 23:55:49

Mrs S you put that much better than I did. Lol
Esp regarding kazillion pound revamps and girls called Camilla who make a living fabricating yogurt.
Or those gamin types whose daddy bought them a fucking fripperies shop. Boke.

rubyrubyruby Wed 20-Feb-13 07:07:35

Is this what I'm missing?!
I never read women's mags, except in the hairdressers when the only other option is to look at myself in the mirror for a few hours.

hattymattie Wed 20-Feb-13 07:28:15

Well - pretty much like Schadenfreude. I do like looks for body shapes though and makeover stuff How to put your make up on if you're beyond help. Like decorating for normal people. Hate crafty stuff (probably jealous of aforementioned Camilla).

I like the Marie Claire articles on women in the third world etc. Also maybe a bit of science/Geography. Art and Culture

Like book reviews - also there is a magazine where somebody well known choosed books that mean a lot to them - like this - a sort of Desert Island Discs with books.

Travel - but as Mrs S says - proper travel with proper information that real people can afford.

Don't think my sort of magazine exists hmm. Did have a very happy afternoon in the hairdressers though with Paris Match/Elle combos - am up to date with the gossip now.

Mrs S - how to you say "avoid helmet head" in French - it was exactly what the woman next to me had. Happily I have a sort of Emma Watson thing - although unfortunately not the gamine features to go with it!

alto1 Wed 20-Feb-13 15:41:12

Another one who gave up on magazines, not just to save money but because they are so unsatisfying.

Going back to the LRB, having been reminded wink why I loved it so much. Want to read thoughtful articles which are long enough to develop arguments properly.

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 20-Feb-13 17:35:12

I go to Tchip, Hattiemattie, and they do a damn fine job - 56 euros for highlights, cut and blow dry, but they do have definite ideas about how they want to cut your hair. No helmet head, though, and they avoid that 1980s/1990s sculpted immoveable hair look that is much beloved of French hairdressers.

hattymattie Wed 20-Feb-13 18:29:42

Wow - that is good - I paid 82 in my local Franck Provost for the same.

motherinferior Wed 20-Feb-13 18:42:59

Many thanks. Keep 'em coming. My hypothetical friend thanks yougrin

motherinferior Wed 20-Feb-13 18:44:01

Am loving the Paris haircut chat grin

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 20-Feb-13 18:55:37

82 euros is not bad!

I am in an utterly foul mood and have barely held it together this afternoon at work. I didn't even get an interview for a job I thought was perfect for me. Just an illiterate letter of rejection. I left early rather than running round the office shouting "Cunts! The whole fucking lot of you!" at the top of my voice, and smashing things, which was the alternative. We are definitely coming back to London in the summer now, and now have to go through the palaver of sorting out schools for the girls and giving notice to the tenants.

Cremolafoam Wed 20-Feb-13 19:51:32

Oh mrs s you are really coming back to the uk? < gives up dream of Paris meet up >

Also loving paris haircut chat. I had a 'brushing ' last summer and was very impressed that the chap actually did proper brush styling and was not as reliant on a pair of GHDs as his uk counterpart. Felt swooshy after instead of ironed.

herbaceous Wed 20-Feb-13 20:15:45

MI - ideas for your friend's feature could include:

What's gr8 about your 40s: how not to become bitter and twisted about life passing you by
Leggings, batwings: if you did it the first time, should you do it again?
What's important: we ask 20 80-year-olds what they've learned.

I'll take a 20% commission, please!

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 20-Feb-13 21:03:08

Can do Paris meet up if you get here before August. Can put five people up if you are not fussed about sharing a sofa bed.

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 20-Feb-13 21:03:27

And can take you all out for a haircut if you like.

Cremolafoam Wed 20-Feb-13 23:03:42

Lol - mrs s
If the current nhs waiting list suddenly reduces and I get my op out of the way by summer ,I may hold you to that....grin

I have just had THE MOST ANNOYING half hour with my mother trying to explain how to print from her computer . Aaaaaargh she had 4067 emails in her inbox that shed never deleted ( in case they were important) and couldn't work out why the thing had ground to a halt.
Dh is muttering manically about older people and computers.