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Posted 29 May 2009 - 02:26 PM
New thread time ladies.
Posted 29 May 2009 - 04:15 PM
Hey Pam, forgot to mention it two posts ago for you, but congrats on 4,000 posts well done.
Posted 29 May 2009 - 04:35 PM
Oh! haha, didn't even notice! Thanks Vanessa. Do I get a gold statue for that?
Posted 29 May 2009 - 06:25 PM
Thanks my lovelies! Had a very nice day, starting with breakfast in bed (a pastry and a cuppa) and ending with takeaway. Gotta go get PJs on a cheeky nudie toddler
Posted 30 May 2009 - 09:47 AM
Happy Belated Birthday Louise!!
Glad you had a lovely day!
Posted 30 May 2009 - 10:06 AM
Louise - glad you had a lovely day.
Some of those kinder fees astound me. A lot of people in Vic don't do three year old kinder coz it is quite expensive and it isn't subsidized like childcare is - but heck, it pales in comparison to some fees.
Well I'm off to look at another house "in need of a little TLC" this arvo - wish me luck
Posted 30 May 2009 - 10:58 AM
Happy Birthday Louise
Sorry I am late didnt get on here much yesterday.
I am off to Sydney , girls weekend take 1. WOO HOO
Take 2 will be much longer and better though .
Ive had really crappy week , didnt want to go on at one point. Lady at work died suddenly , huge shock , have done some re-evaluating and new chelle is here !
Talk when i get home tomorrow , will give ya a p*ssed text tonight maybe
Posted 31 May 2009 - 08:11 AM
Morning, happy sunday.
Louise did you get anything for your birthday?
As per Shaz's request, a couple of pics of the front.
We're getting out there today. All those terracotta pots are going to my MIL today. Removing the lilac on the right, also giving that to the MIL (coz the poor thing never blooms here, time to send it to a happier place). All the mondo grass under the standard ficus there are still in pots, got those yesterday going to plant today. Need to put down some weed matting and get some fresh soil. It's a work in progress, there's a tonne more garden beds to be sorted out but it's a start. Think I'll get another pot for the front porch, those black ones also come in a long low one, and I think that's exactly what's needed under that little window on the porch.
So Michelle, what happened to your work mate?
Posted 31 May 2009 - 10:03 AM
louise - glad you had a lovely day!
Thanks everyone for the feedback on the biggest mornign coffee, glad you know where i was coming from, you jsut never knwo with people nowdays. Anyway all set for this thursday have ordganised some ballons and am making cupcakes with daffodil on them and some cookies and they are also having milo lol!
Chelle - did i miss that abotu your work friend?? sorry to hear it.
Hi V and Sherryn.
Amanda - how did the hosue go?
Pam -I like it, looks very good. Dresses up the place ..yeah? Mondo grows relay well, extramley hard to kill, will thicken up nicely and then you can take it apart and replant som more lse where..we have a bit in our garden...never die din the 8 years we have had it.
I went to a firends house last night and biy do i want a house like hers, is wasnt overly big, in fact probably not bigger then ours but the layout wroke dwell,a dn the kitchen was the main focus of the house, it was attached pretty much to most rooms..i relaly like dit, high ceiligns too make a huge difference in a house. we always said or next house woudl have the 12 foot ceilings( i think it is).
Better choof off, rick ha dot go to work today, he cooked a gret ameal last night, was cold and raininy here, so nice to snuggle up, anyway clenaing today and getting etana off to swim lessons. i had had two more requests for cakes also...so a bit busy!
Edited by littleman, 31 May 2009 - 10:05 AM.
Posted 31 May 2009 - 10:14 AM
Yeah, house was OK - I mean it was totally unrenovatable - it was old & falling apart - but it had a really positive vibe about it. I'd like to show it to Ty.
Yeah, I'd love a house with a massive kitchen and have that as the focal point of the house, where everyone gathers together.
Crap - how do you fit it all in Sharon?
Have fun in the garden Pam
Chelle - hope you aren't nursing too bad of a hangover.
Ty gets home today - he's been interstate on his annual boys weekend. Then he's in Sydney next weekend, then I'm in Sydney the weekend after -but I'm going to Bright on Thur gonna have a looooong weekend there - which will make him jealous - LOL.
Posted 31 May 2009 - 06:14 PM
dh has a rib eye fillet in the oven, hmmm it smells so good that and mash potato.
amanda - i forgot is this house for you to live in or an investment. You guys sound busy too. Uhm i dont know I do truley wish there were more hours in the day though...but I suspect i would just find more things to fill it hehe. yes a big kitchen, lots of bench space, something I need. Got to run Miss L needs putting to bed.
Edited by littleman, 31 May 2009 - 06:18 PM.
Posted 01 June 2009 - 09:24 AM
Bit of both Shaz. I want a house "just in case" we suddenly outgrow this place and so have the option to move into a house - Ty would prefer to exercise that option sooner rather than later.
Well Ty's taken L to kinder & I've been reading with the boys. Nothing needs doing urgently - not sure what to do with myself!
Posted 01 June 2009 - 11:06 AM
Check this out...
Jed spotted him in the hallway this morning. He hasn't moved from that spot, which is fascinating to me, as we've had mice for years but I've never ever seen one. You only hear them, or spot their droppings, or at most you see a grey streak as it gets the hell out of dodge when it hears you coming. It's just a baby too, it's quite small. Also weird is that every time we see a mouse, we throw those wax blocks up in the ceiling, and they go for a good 6 months at least. But we only did the wax block thing a couple months ago, if that. So I'm wondering if this one has had a nibble, then came out of the roof into the house, instead of disappearing to look for water which is what usually happens, and now it's too sick to get out. I even opened the door for it but he hasn't budged all day.
Ok I'm supposed to be paying bills then I got grocery shopping to do before school so I better go.
Posted 01 June 2009 - 01:28 PM
Ahhh, that mouse is so cute! I like mice
Had a rough night with Charlie last night. I mean, we never seem to have an easy night with him but last night was worse. He woke every hour from 9.30pm to 4am, apart from 3am. It seemed to be about every 40 mins or so that I had to go in to him....and then he was up for the day at 4am!! I kept trying to get him to go back to sleep but as soon as I would get it to bed, he would start calling out to me again. I'm so, so tired. I put him to bed again around 12.30pm this afternoon but he won't sleep. You'd think he'd be as exhausted as I am after next to no sleep...but he's refusing to settle down. I'm just going to leave him in the cot anyway. Little so and so....
So, I have a little vent about my MIL...does anyone not?? I work every Friday from 2pm to 9.30pm and my parents always look after the boys for me. My parents are going to the UK on Wednesday for 3 weeks, so I have no one to look after the boys whilst I go to work. I asked my DH if he'd mind asking his Mum to come up for 3 Fridays, seeing as though she never looks after the kids (only her daughters kids, every Wed & Fri). I thought maybe just for 3 weeks, my SIL could get someone else to mind her kids on a Friday....but no. MIL is willing to look after the boys, if I drive them down to her place, as she has SIL's 3 kids to look after. The thing is, it's an hour trip each way, so 2 hours driving, just to drop them off. The boys have swimming lessons on a Friday morning and then MIL wants me to head straight to her place to drop the boys off and then come straight home to work, which I'm not willing to do. She rang me on Saturday to see if I would drop the kids off and I said no, it's too much driving just to drop them off. She then said that she would be doing just as much driving if she was to mind them at my place (all said in quite a nasty tone). I told her the difference is, she would be spending the day with her grandson's, not driving all the way here and then straight back home. Then she rang DH yesterday whilst I was at work to nag him about why I won't do it. He doesn't want to get involved, so told her to talk to me about it.
Am I being difficult? Or do I have a point? MIL does everything for SIL (DH's sister) but never offers to look after our boys. I don't like being difficult but I really don't want to drive all that way just to drop my boys off...oh and then DH would have to go and pick them up after he finishes work, which I'm sure he wouldn't feel like doing on a Friday night.
I've got a pounding headache...talking about my MIL certainly doesn't help lol Better go take some drugs.
Posted 01 June 2009 - 02:16 PM
claire, what on earth is your MIL's problem?? Hang on, I know you've got a headache and I really don't want to make it worse . You are in no way being unreasonable, it's one thing to drive an hour, spend the day with the children and then drive another hour home, but to do 2 hours straight driving! . Me thinks MIL has her favourite and it doesn't look like it's DH. I'm not saying that to be rude/mean, but it just sounds that she's being a stick in the mud and not willing to budge. Vent away.
Pam, that mouse is sooooooooo cute. But I'm sure you would like to see it evicted from your house .
Amanda, LOL about not knowing what to do with yourself. It's always the way when you have some "you" time.
Sharon - yummo, dinner sounded lovely, how did it taste? How does Miss E go at her swimming lessons. Speaking of which, Hayden had THE BEST EVER lesson last week. I was so proud of him, as was his teacher and even the swim supervisor lady. Oops, sorry to go off, but it was such a proud mummy moment that my boy did so well.
Chelle, sounds like you had a great time here in Sydney over the weekend. Not long now until we all meet up
Louise, sounds like you had a great day for your b'day. Pls share with us what you got up to and the pressies you received.
Lainey, hope you are feeling OK hun. How did your meeting with the uni go about your thesis?
Sherryn, Bi, Nikki, Sarah
OK, that's about it from me. We had a busy weekend and now it's back to the grind stone.
Take care everyone
Posted 01 June 2009 - 02:56 PM
Sorry Claire - you are being totally unreasonable. Your MIL has a current arrangement with her grandkids and you're not only asking her to break that, but to come to your house to do it.
If you want free babysitting, you do it at the babysitter's convenience.
On Friday night I paid for a babysitter who earned more money than me, but tough, that's what happens when your usual arrangement (ie Ty) isn't available.
I was talking with my friend Donna on Sat & she was amazed that my mum NEVER comes to my house & looks after the kids here - but I said "At least I have a mother, and one who can occassionally look after them, so I don't b**ch about it" Yes, I'd love it if someone came here to look after them for free - but sometimes you've just gotta take what you're given and make the most of it.
Anyway, I know you just wanted to have a little vent, and fair enough, coz it is frustrating, I know.
Pam - that mouse is so round! LOL - it looks fake.
V- Hooray for Hayden at swimming - finally!!!
How embarassing - just had a customer phone - I lost the handset a week ago so I've had to shout at everyone on speakerphone for a week. She phoned to say I'd sent too many nappies and how can she send them back - hooray for good karma for me - but the kids went ballistic and started blowing whistles and stuff into the speakerphone while I was trying to talk. Arrghhhh - had to bundle them up into the lounge & lock 'em in!
Posted 01 June 2009 - 04:33 PM
Oooh Pam, was it your photography skills that made that mouse look cute!?!?! Don't think I've ever described a moust as cute! I hear you Victorians are having a bit of a plague atm....my poor mum is terrified of mice and her house is pretty well infected!
V - yay to good swimming lessons!
Claire - vent away....hmm, sorry but I can kind of see her side of it....can see why you're upset but if she already has this agreement with her daughter then that makes it tough to change - imagine if it was a long standing agreement with you and then she said she wanted to change it - that would leave you in the lurch.....can see that you want her to spend more time with your guys too though.
I had THE hugest hangover yesterday - we had our trivia night on Saturday, and the trivia bit was boring but we had the funniest night! I got into bed and just pi$$ed myself laughing for 10 mins or so!!!
Alrighty, got to get some exercise in before dinner time!! Oh I should have a yay or nay if I can come on the Syd trip tomorrow or Wed.......fingers crossed but I've pretty much resigned myself that it will be a no Paul's work is just all over the shop right now !
Edited by joshie, 01 June 2009 - 04:37 PM.
Posted 01 June 2009 - 06:04 PM
Hmm, I think I may need to re-phrase my vent a little. I'm not expecting my MIL to come up to my place. I know she has plans already and I don't expect her to change them. BUT, she is expecting me to drive to her to drop the kids off, which I'm not going to do, all because she would like to see them. I have other people I can ask who live close to me, which I can repay the favour to. My DH is also willing to come home early, as a last resort. I thought I'd ask my MIL 1st, as she never gets to see the boys, or makes the effort to come and visit.
Also, I would NEVER pay a babysitter to mind the kids, who would be paid more than I earn. What's the point? I'd just take the night off work instead, at least I'm not losing money. I also don't see my parents looking after the boys as 'free babysitting'. It's quality time that they get to spend with their grandchildren and they LOVE doing it.
Sherryn, are you coming up to Sydney this week? Maybe? If so, whereabouts?
Posted 01 June 2009 - 09:01 PM
V - just so you know, I think it's time to change your christmas sig!! So I'm going to make you a new one. I already have the photo.
Mouse is real. It sat in the same spot for 6 hours or something! Then it moved to my room. Then when we came home from school, Eve picked it up and put it outside. By then I had become a bit fond of it LOL. I started the morning thinking can't wait for G to get home and get that filthy, disease ridden thing outta my house. Ended the day gently placing "chocolate" (yes, we named her by then) on the front lawn, and hoping she didn't run out onto the road and get squished by a car tyre.
Posted 01 June 2009 - 09:36 PM
Pam, you beat me to it. I'll send you through another pic of the kids too. I was only thinking about it today and thinking how much that christmas tree looked out of place mid year, ha ha ha.
Claire, hope that Charlie has a better night sleep tonight . That sleep deprived feeling is really awful.
Sherryn, would be great if you could come to the Syd meet. that Paul can pull some strings so that you can get some time off.
Fingers crossed for another good Wed at swimming with Hayden.
Take care all
Posted 01 June 2009 - 11:35 PM
Hi guys! Pam - your mouse photo was beautiful. If you can make vermin look cute, imagine how good you can make me look!
Birthday - I did quite nicely! My sister gave me another charm for my Pandora bracelet, Paul and the kids gave me some yummy body lotion + creams + stuff , Mum gave me a little teapot and some gourmet tea, and BFF's and I went for pedicures and a long lunch!
Claire - hope you have a good night tonight darl.
Sherryn, we'll have to get together and have a wine or two while the others are in Sydney - what do you say?
Better go, 'tis late as usual......
Posted 02 June 2009 - 01:06 AM
I am so sore. We've been getting the house ready to go on the market this weekend. We did the native gardens yesterday. I am very proud of the job we did! We also polished up the tiles (those polished porcelain tiles look bloody fabulous) and vacuumed up all the dust and carpet threads everywhere. The house is so beautiful, with a huge central kitchen exactly as you described. I wish we were moving in ourselves. All I've got to show for our hard work is a pelvis (symphisis pubis) that's slipped out of alignment. I can't walk without pain.
Pam, please oh please tell me where you got the tall pots from. I need 2 urgently for the new house, and the cheapest I could find were $70 a piece.
Girls, do you reckon I'm being stalked? A link to my feature member article went into the school gazette last week. Then this mystery guy joined eb especially to respond (see post #9):
I love a healthy debate as you know, but found this guy rather accusatory and impolite, especially considering he doesn't seem to have actually read the article
Claire, I would say to MIL that it's not about you or her being in the car, it's about the boys spending hours in the car, and won't she come and watch them at your place so they don;t have to endure being in the traffic for 2 hours.
Louise, glad your bday was so wonderful! Especially yay for your BFF.
Sherryn, will be amazing if you can join us in Syd. Claire, Sharon, when are you joining us? So excited to see everyone!
I should go to bed, got heaps more work to do tomorrow at the house. xox
Edited by laineylaz, 02 June 2009 - 01:29 AM.
Posted 02 June 2009 - 07:42 AM
He sounds like a tosser Lainey - my first thought was "is it E?" but then he mentioned Christianity, which made no sense to me at all. I loved your article by the way!
Are you selling the new house you just built? Was that the plan all along? (I have a memory like a goldfish, honestly).
Better go do the Mum thing!
Posted 02 June 2009 - 08:41 AM
Oh what a w*n*er Lainey. He was accusatory and impolite - he was looking for a fight, not a debate. I think there are trolls who go around message boards looking for stuff they can get on their soap box about. Obviously people who have no life, or have run out of people IRL who are willing to listen to them I love your reply, very dignified and informed...you put him in his place.
I have a memory like a goldfish, honestlydon't all we mum's have that?
I'll be housebound again today, Jed was coughing all night, so I'm keeping him home just to be sure. He feels warm too. He has swimming this morning so best to avoid that if he has a chest thing. So I should get that sig done Vanessa if you email me the pic this morning.
Claire why don't you just put Charlie in bed with you? Maybe he'll sleep thru. I know what you're thinking - oh then I'll never get him out (coz every man and their dog warned me about that when Jed used to sleep with us). But really...what's the difference if you have a hard time getting him out in say a week or a month or 6 months? You're having a hard time now...you couldn't possibly get any LESS sleep! Having said that, we didn't have trouble getting Jed out of our bed. Once he went into his own bed, it was just a natural progression and he was happy with it. I think he knew we weren't pushing him out (well, maybe a gentle nudging LOL).
Speaking of lack of sleep, last night I took till 2am to fall asleep. Note to self - switch to decaf lattes. Yesterday I had 3, so it's my own fault. Then I woke at 5am to hear Jed was up in the lounge and watching tellie!! He's never done that before. He generally sleeps to 7, and when he does wake he makes sure someone else gets up with him, and he never goes and turns the tv on. Also I'm not actually sure it was 5am he got up...that's just when I heard him. I got the feeling he'd been up for a while.
On the up side, he's had little sleep too, and being a bit unwell, I guarantee he'll have a sleep today.
I better go, look at the time!
Edited by Pam*B, 02 June 2009 - 08:43 AM.
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