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Crepey continuum

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Cremolafoam Mon 18-Mar-13 15:12:53

grin Over here!

Blackduck Tue 19-Mar-13 05:48:54

School trips - erm - I went to Germany, I had, I should point out, just come back from living in Germany, bit of a bus mans holiday really..

Oh oxbow lakes, takes me right back smile In fact I recall being on a train and seeing one in a field and excitedly pointing it out to the whole carriage (first time I'd seen one 'in the flesh' so to speak).

MrsS I think you should point out to AB that as you clearly weren't good enough to keep in the role you surely aren't up to starting initiatives that your successor will have to take on. All said with a sweet smile (then punch him in the face...) Seriously you need to see HH and say this is bullying and if he doesn't back off a nice extended period of stress related sick leave is likely to follow.

bigTillyMint Tue 19-Mar-13 08:02:13

I still remember all about ox-bow lakes and DD learned about them in Y7, but I don't think DS has done them! I don't think I've ever seen one in the flesh though, BDenvy
We went to Caernarvon castle and the Isle of Man (both day trips) when I was at secondary school. DD has done 2 PGL type residentials, DS going in the summer. I refuse to pay out for expensive school stays when we go away alot with them as a family <cats bum mouth>

Agree with BD's advice MrsS. Hope you found some good painkillers. I have just booked a check-up for the DC and me. I have the worst set of teeth in the entire extended familysad

herbaceous Tue 19-Mar-13 08:23:20

My favourites are hanging valleys. The main reason I want to go the Alps. That, and re-enacting Heidi.

Let's see, school trips. At junior school we had a week around Bournemouth, and another in Cornwall, which looking back must have been a nightmare for all adults concerned. But in secondary school things were less ambitious. We did have a jogfry field trip to Wales, which involved standing knee-deep in a freezing river, measuring the flow. Also, measuring the size of pebbles on a spit to investigate, indeed, longshore drift.

Matters landform do seem to have stuck in our crepey brains, so maybe field trips are the way to learn!

Ooh, tramadol Mrs S. I had just one of those, and could barely speak for 12 hours. Marvellous stuff.

DS is still asleep. This is remarkable. Or worrying.

hattymattie Tue 19-Mar-13 08:38:28

OQC I know how that lady feels about her DS though - honestly sometimes there is nothing more lazy than the male child. Just been told by DS's teacher that his french is "minable". He's half french - I don't know how my third child came out more English than French. Now I'm going to have to get his sister to work with him as I can't. Why can't he understand that if he applied himself at school, he wouldn't have to do extra work at home grr!

By the way I love ox-bow lakes and hanging valleys - bore my children to death with details like this.

All these trips sound very expensive - reckon if I can't afford them for myself I don't see why my kids should do them. Although did fork out for India last year - don't worry Mrs S they soon get over wanting to do good in the world and revert to type. wink.

Stropperella Tue 19-Mar-13 09:53:36

Ahhh, but Herbs, I didn't go on any field trips and I still know about oxbow lakes. And glacial moraines. We had olden days school jogfry TV. grin But yes, I do think there is a place for field trips. Dd was off at Lyme Bay looking at cliffs and other coastal thingies last week.

I went on two school trips but they were outwardbound ghastlies. Canoeing in Lyme Bay in just a swimming cozzie in a gale in November. Being sworn at by ex-Royal Marines until you finally jumped off a ridiculously high diving board (even if you were a non-swimmer), safety-free abseiling. That kind of thing. Things they wouldn't get away with now. Because things changed somewhat after this

Laziness - both dd and ds are very lazy and only do anything at all when threatened with regular arse kicks. I initially tried the nicey-nicey, praise the good and ignore the bad approach with both of them, but sadly no reward was ever enough to get them to sustain any kind of effort for more than about 5 mins. They just both revert to the default setting of lying on the sofa watching crap TV (at home) and doing as little as humanly possible without actually getting into trouble (at school). And the attitude from all the schools has always been "if they're able and can't be arsed but don't cause any trouble in class, then we can't be arsed either". I find it tricky to apply just the right amount of pressure to get them to put enough effort into their work: enough to rouse them from their natural apathy and stop them from missing out on too many opportunities but not so much as to make them feel over-pressured and anxious.

bigTillyMint Tue 19-Mar-13 10:23:11

Is going to India on a school trip de rigeur en France then?

DS is also fairly lazy - does his homework, but with the lowest acceptable effort.

motherinferior Tue 19-Mar-13 10:36:36


First off, I have just realised I've worn a hole in the furry lining liing inside my DMs, the new ones, god knows HOW and if it will matter but I am cross.

Also I am having one of those exchanges with DP about childcare over the Easter hols. As ever, he seems to expect it will materialise. I will, yes, be working from home but I do have to try to do some WORK and then the kids say 'you just leave us to watch telly and we get bored'. DP suggests 'we' ring 'our' usual babysitters/contacts. So 'we' just did that. I am tired and full of hatred [anger]

This is not least because as things stand yes, I could take two weeks off totally but I am starting to worry about work...

hattymattie Tue 19-Mar-13 10:40:41

Seems to be btm India must be full of overprivileged french children.

I've decided DS is going to do one hour of solid French every night in addition to his normal homework until he pulls his socks up. Honestly I've tried all approaches like you stropps and I'm in despair. Now I'm just going for plain mean. smile

Talking of jogger - anybody remember grikes and clints and limestone pavement? I think I'll integrate "grikes and clints" into my day-to-day vocabulary as swear word substitutes (to be aimed at good for nothing son)

Stropperella Tue 19-Mar-13 10:59:09

grin @ grikes and clints. "stop being such a grike and do yr homework properly"..

Stropperella Tue 19-Mar-13 11:02:29

MI, I feel yr pain. (About the childcare issue rather than the dms. grin Although dms clearly v. irritating)

Stropperella Tue 19-Mar-13 11:04:28

Some barsteward has just retracted a job offer because he thought our line rate too high. Suffice to say, we are talking about peanuts. He clearly is not even looking for a monkey to do his work. More like a cockroach.

Blackduck Tue 19-Mar-13 11:12:33

Oh MI feel your pain - that hole is going to just bug you isn't it? And the childcare thing, Sunday night dp mentions he will be late Monday so I have to collect - this is a new 'late' on our chart so not one I was prepared for - grr.
I haven't even thought about Easter aside from vague musings about grandparents...

MrsSchadenfreude Tue 19-Mar-13 11:55:46

I have been working from home this morning, due to Child Back From India having a runny bottom. I have dosed her up with Immodium and said that as there does not appear to be much else wrong - no temp, no vomiting, no pain, she can finish tidying her room. I am going into the office for a 1700 meeting that It Is Essential That I Attend and No-one Else Will Do.

But having worked from home, and started early, I find I have also managed to tidy and clean the kitchen, doing all of the washing up that Must Be Done By Hand, do two loads of washing and put it away, and make a good start on tidying the linen cupboard. My paid work has not suffered unduly, although the cat did eat my Moroccan Carrot Salad when I went to answer the phone. I had no idea he liked carrots. He had covered the empty bowl tidily with a tea towel when he had finished too. grin

The parasites have suggested bringing sausages, bacon and tea bags. As this is the first time they have ever bothered to bring anything, I have gratefully accepted, although did wonder if this is because they will be expecting a cooked breakfast?

MI - I utterly loathe this "we." The mere sentence that starts "What have we done about..." <insert here: childcare, school, holiday, vaccinations...> gets me very stabby with rage. I am now directional: Please call the doctor and make an appointment for DD1 and take her there. The doctor is English, there is no scary French intervention. Ditto vet: Please call the vet, who speaks perfect English, and book the cats in for their jabs. But it doesn't always work, because he "forgets."

motherinferior Tue 19-Mar-13 12:07:14

My best ever was "did WE put down DD2 for a school place because this letter says the deadline was last week". That would be a yes: WE put her down THREE EFFING BLINDING MONTHS AGO.

I have managed to do an hour's Proper Writing this morning, and yesterday, so perhaps should stop feeling so pathetic.

Blackduck Tue 19-Mar-13 12:26:28

MrsS is that 17.00 meeting the pub quiz (or am I getting my days muddled up?)

'We' ah yes, I have been known to respond with 'I don't know have you <complete task>'

I have constantly reminded about vet and dentist (we still haven't registered). He has done the vet, dentist remains ....I will end up doing it, if only for ds's sake...

motherinferior Tue 19-Mar-13 12:28:54

School has just emailed about a free music/drama scheme over Easter. School hours, but that's workable not least with teenage labour...

Cremolafoam Tue 19-Mar-13 13:24:57

Dh used to do the opposite to the 'we' thing to great effect as in:
"Where's your iron?"
Where do you keep your Hoover"

Stopped doing that pretty quick smart. I can strop for Europe .

Mrs S if it was me I'd be offering the unwanted guests ' an existential breakfast ' ( black coffee and a fag)

hattymattie Tue 19-Mar-13 13:34:45

crem - black coffee and a fag is the average frenchwoman's breakfast grin

Stropperella Tue 19-Mar-13 14:48:51

Har, crem. I get that. Even nutty stuff like "I have fixed your shelf" and "I have hung your washing out". I have wondered if this is some bizarre regionalism (dh and I express ourselves very differently due to coming from opposite ends of the isles) and then decided that it wasn't and threw strops about it. It hasn't made any difference.

As regards getting stuff done whilst working from home, I occasionally amuse myself by shouting a running commentary up the stairs to dh in the office when I am cleaning and tidying during a break from paid work. When he takes a break from paid work he plays his bass. Or reads the paper. Or just cyberloafs and hopes that I think he's working. Obviously, I never do that. grin

bigTillyMint Tue 19-Mar-13 15:20:22

MrsS, show them your lovely frying pan and cookersmile

Yes, I get all the "have we..." apart from where DS's footy is concerned, of coursewink

Stropperella Tue 19-Mar-13 16:50:55

Have just disturbed ds's piano lesson with loud snorting at MI's comments on the Gwynnie and the pasta-haterz thread. Ahhh brown rice: that takes me back to the F-Plan again. grin

Cremolafoam Tue 19-Mar-13 19:35:47

Teehee MI you tell em. grin

How are all the Crepey Teeth today?

MrsSchadenfreude Tue 19-Mar-13 20:43:05

Tooth not too bad, Crem, thank you for asking. AB said to me this afternoon "Where were you yesterday? Did you take a day's leave?" No, I was working from home, as indicated by my diary, collecting DD1 from school at 0815 (except they were late) - this was also in my diary, and at the dentist - also in my diary, but largely outside of working hours, so of little consequence. I was emailing/working from 0730, some of these emails were sent to you you arsehole. Had I been on leave I would not have been, you know, working. Asked colleague who works from home about three days a week if his working from home was ever queried. Nope. Oh. Thought not.

MrsSchadenfreude Tue 19-Mar-13 20:44:03

And one colleague, whom I work with peripherally, as she is in another team said to me "We're dreading you leaving as he will have to pick on someone else then and everyone is worried it's going to be them." shock

Blackduck Tue 19-Mar-13 20:50:23

Well there you go MrsS stress related sick leave. The man is a bully, document all this.

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