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August is when the fledglings party, and perhaps do a bit of flying, maybe.

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BitchytheGreat Thu 01-Aug-13 00:54:37

Roll up, roll up to this special birthday month for the fledglings...

We are going to attempt to keep the dc happy, whilst flying. No mean feat in the month of holidays and adventures.

Rule 1. yes even in a birthday month we have rules
It is not about perfection. A little is enough, no really.
Rule 2.
You are aloud to spend time doing fun things, don't regret them or feel guilty.
Rule 3. This one is a fat fairy rule.
you are never behind, jump in where you are

So newbies if you are reading this you are probably thinking wtf?! This is a wonderful system designed by the fly lady. in days gone olde one fledgling had a dream about the fly lady in which she was a fat fairy, thus the thread nickname fat fairy was born. Just so we don't confuse you like wink
Anyhows, this month it is Bitchy's turn to lead, and perhaps this should come with a warning. She has her own unique style of leading but don't let that scare you off, the fledglings are luffsly and generally far more sane then the bitchy one grin just be aware of bitchy's special brew. Terribly high in caffine and can sometimes be found in the naughty corner. Which reminds me, the naughty corner if for those who are struggling for whatever reason or those just in need of a stiff drink.

So this flying thing. It has three stages:
stage one: the babysteps. these build a routine. some of them are contriversial, and some a little wishy washy seem a little less significant. But most are really good.
Stage two: babysteps and missions one the routines are in place the missions are designed to help you tackle tasks room by room. These room by room approach is helpfully referred to as zones.
stage three: the mythical deep cleaning stage yeah lets just ignore that, none of us have got to the point where we have not only decluttered but got in control of the chaos grin

Oh yeah CHAOS - what the fat fairy calls "Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome"

That clear as mud? good. Let's Begin....

BitchytheGreat Thu 01-Aug-13 01:10:19

So the first babystep is shine your sink for those of you who are new to the system the fat fairy's language is rather, well cutsey and not to everyone's taste. if you can see past that, the system is actually really good.

I love this system as every day there is a focus. Today is Errand day!

The fat fairy has decided that for two whole days we are in zone one the porch/entrance/dining room

Your mission is hidden in this link scroll down to find it... Go on, you know you want to!

For those of you who are now completely confused there is the very handy flight plan which tells you everything you are supposed to do. hmm

Still with me? Don't worry it does get clearer and there are many wise sane ones about doesn't include self in this

<leaves buckets, mops and magic erasers to try to diswade spot markers!>

BitchytheGreat Thu 01-Aug-13 01:12:53

<sets up the naughty bar ready for the returning fledglings, who clearly know how to party>
<set the coffee pot up ready and puts on timer>

ToffeeWhirl Thu 01-Aug-13 01:27:22

<settles down to sleep in naughty corner>

Thanks for the shiny new thread, Bitchy. I like your intro grin.

BitchytheGreat Thu 01-Aug-13 02:09:32

Yeah but that wrong aloud/allowed is going to piss me off all month sad blush

elliepac Thu 01-Aug-13 06:32:45

Signing in. Nice to see you two observing the early to bed babystepgrin.

Loving the introgrin. Though only a C grade for spelling winkgrin.

ToffeeWhirl Thu 01-Aug-13 08:10:05

Grade A+ for content and entertainment value though, Bitchy <averts proofreading eyes>

Trouble is, ellie, I doze off with DS2 at around 9, then wake up to get DS1 to bed and am wide awake by midnight. The danger is checking my MN threads before I go to bed...

Beautiful sunny day here again. Just about to take DS2 to his swimming lesson. I hope he will manage to get his hair wet today, as he has politely refused to put his head in the water at every lesson so far. He had a practice session in the bath last night and managed to blow some bubbles and dip his ear in the water, so we made some progress.

Asheth Thu 01-Aug-13 08:16:21

Signing in! Thankyou ellie for last month! And Thankyou bitchy for leading this month! Off to check out links now.

PositiveAttitude Thu 01-Aug-13 08:20:03

I'd give an A for effort, Bitchy.

Thanks Ellie for last month.

Lovely sight of washing on the line already this morning.
Today i have planned a day of "pottering" and catching up on all the "stuff" that needs catching up on.
Have told DD1 and DS that mum's taxi is on strike today....they know I am a soft touch, though. hmm

DS wants laptop, maybe back with a to-do later, or maybe with a ta-da if I dont get back on here this morning.

feetheart Thu 01-Aug-13 08:51:08

Signing in on time not three days late as usual shock

Thank you ellie for last month though I wasn't around much and to bitchy for such an entertaining start this month smile

House is definitely in CHAOS as, apart from it being the holidays, the extension is at the dusty plaster stage and likely to remain that way for the next 2 weeks as the builder is on holiday and it was our 'Year End" yesterday so I have been flat out since Monday invoicing people for jobs DH had forgotten about, sorting out bank recs, tidying up loose ends, etc. And add to it all a new eating regime as DH has found out that he has high cholesterol and we are having to rethink what we eat.

Today should be a little calmer work-wise - only contract invoices to do so there should be some time to tackle the house:

- Run - done Just getting back into it after dodgy knee issues and loving it. Have place in Great North Run in September so need to put a few miles in <<eek!>>
- Washing out - done
- Bath - asap
- Get DC up and ready for lovely hairdresser friend who is coming round to trim things
- Washing on, S&S, sweep up bird feathers from cat 'present' over-night, hoover living room, washing up - all before 10am

That will do for now, will try and get back for Part 2 of list later. This will include 'hang hammock back up' as weather looks great smile
Have a good day everyone.

elliepac Thu 01-Aug-13 09:06:58

Where's bitchy's coffee when I need itgrin.

If I scribble out the C and upgrade to an A in line with moderation from other fledglings do you think she will give me some or have I burnt my bridges?

BitchytheGreat Thu 01-Aug-13 10:25:12

grin The brew was put on timer Ellie did the machine not work? Damm it, yet another thing i have blown up. Managed to drown the toaster
yesterday. Toasters really really don't like to be drowned sad

However, I have just brewed up another pot so you, and anyone else, are welcome to help themselves.

As for the early night, it was the earliest that it was going to happen I really needed the ice bath after training last night.

ta da
make pot of coffee
fold washing whilst waiting for coffee

to do
too fucking much and it hurts to move.

saturn Thu 01-Aug-13 10:31:04

Shiny new's like a fresh start, isn't it?

Love the intro bitchy and thanks to Ellie for leading me through my first 10 days of flying grin

Felt miserable yesterday, woke up miserable and just couldn't shake the feeling all day - and no apparent reason for it, but feeling much more positive today...and my new planner and calendar have arrived! I feel more organised already!

Hope everyone is doing ok, will try and catch up properly later... smile

GoingGoingGoth Thu 01-Aug-13 11:06:43

<buckles up for Bitchy thread> grin
thanks to Ellie for last month

Morning routines
Mission grin

To do
Glare at rain & clothes drying inside sad
Take DD to library - they've got snakes & stuff in for the Creepy House reading challenge today
Go to city, meet friend who is in for 2 hours on the way to Oban.
Get birthday card & present for cousin
Post birthday card & present

That will do for today!

BitchytheGreat Thu 01-Aug-13 12:50:40

what is it about men and toilet rolls and hoover bags? They seem more then capable of using them but completely oblivous to the fact that sometimes they need replacing. It is not fucking rocket science! If the hoover is not removing stuff off the floor replace the bag. If the toilet roll is empty put a new one on the holder but put it the right way around angry

I am cross and grumpy today. i feel this is a needs ice cream kinda day. perhaps a walk might do me a favour.

Steamedcabbage Thu 01-Aug-13 12:52:22

Hello lovely fledglings!

Just marking my place ...

Thank you Ellie for last month (partic when you were so busy with end-of-term stuff) flowers

And thanks for volunteering to run things in August Bitchy (great intro btw!) and for lashings of your special brew ... yarrrgh at ice bath though!! shock

DD is in a huge strop today and I have tried being patient but am starting to feel v. frustrated with her behaviour. Have tried to explain that with dh ill, we all need to rally round and make the best of things etc. Plus she has had loads of treats recently. Am contemplating booking her in to a horse-riding course here next week if there is space (which she doesn't want to do because she was looking forward to the one in UK which has had to be delayed) but I think it will do her good. But boy she is stubborn like her mother and won't shift her position so we are both locked in to a grumpy stand-off!! Oh dear ... I need to sort this out ...without resorting to the biscuit tin (for me I mean!!)

Just about to tackle the laundry but other than that and general routines, not much Flying going on. Really must make an effort to do 15 mins of decluttering in boudoir, home office and 1st floor storage room every day this month.

Goth was it you last month who said about August being the new January? If so, bless you for saying it!! grin

Saturn think we all have miserable days like that from time to time - it's definitely allowed!!

Feetheart love the sound of the hammock and wishing you 'courage' through the dusty plastery stage ...tis the absolute pits

PA hope you are having a good "catch up" day. Bet it is lovely being back and just being able to do normal things isn't it? (Aside from missing your dh and dd4 of course)

Waves to Asheth and Toffee and everyone else!

BitchytheGreat Thu 01-Aug-13 12:55:45

SC you are too nice. I would tell her to get over it or to forget the course in england. Disappointment is no excuse for bad attitudes and behaviour. I am evil though.

BitchytheGreat Thu 01-Aug-13 12:56:54

And clearly have fuck all patience!

Steamedcabbage Thu 01-Aug-13 13:32:34

No you are right Bitchy Even though I know what we need to do, I suffer from the curse of being able to see "both sides of the argument" and instead of being firm and confident, which is what dd needs (particularly in this instance) I end up dithering back and forth... Need to grow some!!

And I wouldn't win any awards for patience either atm I'm afraid!

Steamedcabbage Thu 01-Aug-13 13:34:54

That came out wrong ...

know yourself and everyone else can see both sides of argument - nowt unique about it - but what I mean is I keep second guessing myself

see... I'm doing it again now ...grin

Steamedcabbage Thu 01-Aug-13 13:35:56

oh gawd where's the biscuit tin

Engelsemama Thu 01-Aug-13 13:40:17

Hello! Back from holiday last night and ready to jump on shiny new thread. So, what did I miss in July?

sc sorry to hear DH is ill.

Ta da
Weeded the front garden at 6.30am this morning because a) I was wide awake b) everything is a bit jungley after our month absence and c) it's ridiculously hot and humid here today and it's not going to get any cooler out there!
2 lots of washing done, 3rd in. It's drying beautifully outside.
Partially unpacked (DH suitcase is still firmly closed)
Paid credit card
Wrote and sent 3 (birthday) cards
Long gossip on the phone with my Dsis
Food shopping (we bought a mountain of fruit and veg because we've eaten way to much crap on holiday)
Ordered ovualtion sticks as we have decided to TTC DC2 shock grin

I have several lists on the go of things to do today, this week and before school goes back in 2 weeks time. In the long term it's now time to start eating healthily again, get exercising (but not in this heat wink ) and (after a lot of wine catching up with my best friend in NZ) lay off the vino. The garden is a total jungle and we promosied ourselves we would finish off one more area this summer.

But for today my list is pretty short....
Email friends re get together later in year
Finish unpacking my stuff
Put all washing from today away
Browse for cover for tablet/kindle
Transfer holiday photos to computer
What's for dinner?
Washing-up/shine my sink
Weigh myself and jump back into MFP
Brave outside for half an hour this evening to assess the state of the back garden and maybe do a little bit of weeding/cutting back

Tomorrow we are spending the day with the in;aws at their lovely leafy caracvan. taking the paddling pool with us. It's going to be a scorcher.

Steamedcabbage Thu 01-Aug-13 14:19:21

Yay Engels welcome back!!! Hope you had a fantastic holiday!!
[V exciting about ttc too!!!]

Dh is doing OK thanks - back at work a few hrs a day now smile

BitchytheGreat Thu 01-Aug-13 15:36:16

I am curled up, breaking my diet and icing a swollen ankle. Slipped. arses. This is not helping productivity. Urgh.

engles that is terribly exciting. good luck.

<puts another pot of coffee on to brew>

MercuryRising Thu 01-Aug-13 16:51:04

Hello lovely fledglings!

Today is dds 5th birthday so we have spent the day picnicing at a local splash park, which was lovely in the sunshine. Despite wearing factor 30 I have managed to get burnt and now look like this angry

Dp and I have room rescued the kitchen and living room, tidied the garden and hoovered downstairs ready for family popping over. Except for a couple of loads of washing that is all the flying which will be taking place in the mercury residence today.

I will be back to catch up with you all properly tomorrow.

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