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Reasons to be cheerful...

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HappyWithLife Wed 17-Nov-10 17:10:54

It seems the winter is bringing a spate of unhappiness to the lone parents thread, so I thought we could do with a new 'great things about being a single parent' thread to brighten our days and make us count our blessings.

Ok, I'll kick off...

It's freezing cold outside and I can put the heating up as high as I want without anyone moaning about it, as I am the one paying the bills.

I can shout at Gillian McKeith on I'm a Celebrity without having constant comments in the background.

I don't have to watch the football tonight.

I can wear socks to bed and not have to explain that it's just cos I'm cold and not because I am trying to put him off me sexually. Similarly thermal vests.

I can wear big knickers that cover the end of my back and keep me warm. Thongs do not provide warmth to the lumbar region.

Your turn...grin

FeelingOld Wed 17-Nov-10 17:56:03

Errrrm, been feeling pretty down lately but am sure i can come up with something .......

No stinky socks or skid marked pants left lying around on the bedroom floor or for me to wash.

I have custody of the tv remote and no longer have to fork out for sky sports.

I can read in bed for as long as i want without having anyone moaning about the lamp being on and keeping them awake.

Am sure i can think of plenty more but cant get me brain into gear just yet, its too cold.

CarGirl Wed 17-Nov-10 18:00:21

one less person to begrudgingly buy a christmas gift for and know you'll get some tat in return.

HappyWithLife Wed 17-Nov-10 18:08:24

FeelingOld...think everyone is feeling down at the mo, it's a funny time of year for lone parents. So a little lighthearted relief might put a bit of a smile on everyone's faces. Maybe.
Cargirl...perfect! I hate that feeling of having to spend money on someone who doesn't deserve it! Instead, we can save that money and spend it on ourselves grin

CarGirl Wed 17-Nov-10 18:09:46

You don't have to spend Christmas with the out laws grin

GypsyMoth Wed 17-Nov-10 18:12:31

I'm redecorating my lounge how I like.......and buying new xmas decs to match!!!

emmalou78 Wed 17-Nov-10 18:28:39

Ooh hello..


I can listen to Elliot Smith whilst I sit knitting..

I only have to cook one meal in the evening, not something for the kids and me

If I put make up and halfway decent clothes on - I aren't asked in accusatory tones WHO I'm making the effort for (myself, duh)

I can sleep in just underwear and NOT have to have obligatory sex.

emmalou78 Wed 17-Nov-10 18:29:47

* issed half a sentence, 'not someting for the kids and me, AND something for fussyfeatures'

beingsetup Wed 17-Nov-10 19:27:24

Nobody putting the footie on then screaming SON OF A BITCH at half hourly intervals hmm and no negativity on the whole.

Leslaki Wed 17-Nov-10 19:31:13

not having to put up with moaning, constant critiscism and general twattishness

can do stuff with the dc that we want to do without someone telling us it's a crap idea

be happy and freeeeeeeeeeeeeeee grin!

HappyWithLife Wed 17-Nov-10 19:37:37

Loving it, loving it....See, lots of smiles already grin
I can choose not to shave my legs for the entire winter if I choose and not have anyone saying anything about it.
I can eat chocolate without the eyebrow on the other end of the sofa being raised (the eyebrow, I hasten to add, which belongs to a none too slim other half.)

Keep em coming

iwillmakeit Wed 17-Nov-10 20:19:02

Really missed him when the weather got cold but... have now discovered a microwave wheat bag that keeps me warm in bed without the foul smells and snoring!

UnlikelyAmazonian Wed 17-Nov-10 20:31:21

Apologies for saying the LP thread is shite last night. sad



I can get on a plane and or a train because I want to (with my boy)....and not because he had run away for a few days.

I can drink wine in the evenings without being treated like a dysfunctional piss head.

I know he isn't teaching at the local school anymore (and lying about grades and marking.)

I can relax. I have bought a huge swing. I can load logs.

I can go to bed with big socks on and put the heated blanket on.

I dont have to feel shit for not having sex with him and then listen to him go to the top floor of our house and wank with all his unctions.


I can go to the beach and get the dogs filthy and not bother about that as they are smiling all over their furry little chops. !

HappyWithLife Wed 17-Nov-10 22:12:11

Unlikely...I didn't know about that...I just figured with the dull weather we could all do with a bit of cheering up, God knows this is a hard enough time of year for so many reasons.
Iwillmakeit water bottles of any description are infinitely more sleep friendly.
I just painted my bathroom in bright orange and lime green with big hippy flowers on the tiles...and I have no one to explain my reasons to, which is 'because I could'!

OptimistS Wed 17-Nov-10 22:55:09

HappyWithLife, had to grin at your leg shaving comments. That was me all last winter. The thought of having another relationship scares the pants off me not because I might mess it up or because I'm scared of commitment or anything like that, but simply because of all the extra grooming I'll have to do. When you're single, you've only got to worry about the bits people see!

whiteandnerdy Thu 18-Nov-10 00:17:35

Reasons to be chearful (winter edition) ... the way street lights sparckle on wet tarmac, and if your nearly close your eyes you can get the same street lights to make this kind of lazer effect, which moves about as your rock your head from side to side.

Mspontipine Thu 18-Nov-10 00:23:41

Struggling tonight will revisit tomorrow hopefully with one or two...

emmalou78 Thu 18-Nov-10 00:41:00

thinking of street lights, the way when you look at them or the moon through a tree all the branches and twigs form circles..

and, the way when you pour milk, the way it moves reminds you of the way the bergerac theme tune sounded.

HappyWithLife Thu 18-Nov-10 08:12:50

Emmalou...whaaaaaaattttt???? LMAO.

HappyWithLife Thu 18-Nov-10 08:20:51

whiteandnerdy...brilliant, I was thinking more about reasons to be cheerful because we're single, but actually it should be reasons to be cheerful full stop! poo freezes in this cold so it's easier to pick up grin.

Wearing big sloppy joe jumpers and boots and being all cosy. (and jeans of course, doh).

emmalou78 Thu 18-Nov-10 16:08:10

but it does.. grin

todays RTBC..

the look of annoyance from the man on the market because I asked how much 3lb of bananas costs, after he's just made me damn near shit my pants by bellowing 3lb bananans a £1

HappyWithLife Thu 18-Nov-10 16:10:41

LMAO Emma...that's just the sort of thing I do! ANd I've tried and tried singing the theme from Bergerac and nope...pouring milk still doesn't resemble it grin

emmalou78 Thu 18-Nov-10 16:40:28

maybe your angles all to cock? or maybe its just me afterall...

whiteandnerdy Thu 18-Nov-10 17:15:56

I youtube'd Bergerac titles, to try and make some sense of emmalou's post, err pouring milk erm yeah hmmm. However, I have to say I did get side tracked by titles from 'Dempsey and Makepeace" and the wucker-chucker wah-wah of "The Professionals" titles grin.

HappyWithLife Thu 18-Nov-10 18:42:48

See...we're all showing our age now grin. Of course I'm far too young to remember any of these shows wink

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