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Forgot to answer your Q. KTC: I had smoked salmon & cream cheese on blinis to start. Then turkey and all the usual. Then a chocolate, hazelnut tart, followed by coffee and mint chocolate. All very yummy. 🙂

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NEXT FRIDAY???? That's Christmas Eve Eve!  Those poor teachers! The kids will be beside themselves with excitement by then! And they, themselves, will all be cream crackered (or Christmas crackered? Hahaha hohoho)

 

I think this is the earliest we've finished for the festive season, but we're all shattered and it's been one hell of a last week! Smiley Mad  It feels really weird to be at home in daylight - I nearly closed all the curtains just from force of habit!

 

LARGE mugatea and sit down required before I venture out to the chippie for Friday tea! 🙂  I have been snacking on crisps, sausage rolls, cocktail sausages and other such rubbish all day as it's been party day - but I skipped lunch so that's OK??? Smiley Tongue

 

I thought of you, FF, as I tried (not particularly hard, I admit),  unsuccessfully,  to clean glitter glue off the tables. What an evil invention that is? Glitter AND glue blended with neon indelible colours. It doesn't scatter everywhere like 'proper' glitter, but it sure makes a mess of the tables and everywhere else the clumsy little  devils  darlings manage to spread it!!  I hope your school doesn't have too many such horrors for you to deal with!

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Hello tat, soooooooooo appropriate, brought a smile to my face this morning hahahaSmiley Happy!!

When I was a little girl around 7, was happily in the bath, Mum kept popping in and out to see that I was fine, I decided to float face down and see how long I could hold my breath, you can imagine the scene..................my poor Mum...............was very briskly hauled out, couldn't believe all the fuss Mum was making..........was only holding my breath???? So kid like.........

Bunting making just before X how good are you, FF? No wonder you can't face shopping.

Was meant to go to supermarket 2 days in a row haven't done it, grrrrrrrrrrrrrr, this means will now have to go on Sat, what a twit should have just done it..............

What did you eat JCJ?? Am out today for lunch, not X just normal lunch, so have already looked at menu and know what I'll be eating haha!

ED is coming to make up GS's gift, woo hoo!!!

Our kids don't finish school until next Fri.

Awful here, damp and dingy yuck xx

 

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Thanks t4t, that photo was meant for us.  I really need some spoons, I'm running out of energy fast, thank goodness tomorrow is the end of term.  I plan to do the toilets and hoover through then just leave everything else to next week.

 

Still need things for Xmas and have no motivation towards buying them at all.  Thought I'd go into town today but I got stuck on the CBA bench.  Have done a little more of the Xmas bunting for daughter but did ask her today which Xmas she wanted it for?  Ok it's this one, must get **** into gear. Have cut out more tonight.

 

Don't know if it's the meds or the mild weather but I'm fine, a cold spell forecast next week so I'll find out then.

 

JCJ - how dare you worry the lifesaver?  Don't you know he's always scared to death that someone might need his learned but never needed before skills Smiley Wink

 

 

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Hi t4t lovely to "see" you! Love your post. Thank you for sharing it! (That sounds so psychobabble but I mean it sincerely! 🙂 )

 

Just back from swimming. Another mile done but it's been Such a long week that at one point I thought how nice it'd be to just stop swimming - face down in the water. I must have worried the lifesaver because he got down off his highchair and started pacing up and down wearing the life belt! 😄

 

Half a day left - well 2/3 - then I shall be doing some serious CBA bench inhabiting!!

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Hello lovely benches.  I saw this and just HAD to share it

 

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Lots of love

tat xx

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Just back from staff night out. Even after delaying meal by an hour, we still had to leave for it before we could get feedback from our 'visitors'. HT didn't join us, so we can only assume there isn't cause for celebration! :'( 

We have all worked so damn hard that the next 2 days are going to be incredibly difficult. School Christmas lunch tomorrow. Parties on Friday morning. Finish at 1pm Friday. But it already feels like we've done 10 days this week!!

 

We did manage to have a (slightly hysterical) laugh tonight. We may be in the **** still/again but at least we're in it as a team who support each other!! 🙂

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Yay, Katy glad we have persuaded you .  Why shouldn't we be comfortable at Christmas, it's family time, why be uncomfortable?  At a local shop I was talked into a pair of leggings by a very good saleslady, I was looking for smart trousers and left with leggings because of her.  I don't wear leggings!   She needs a pay rise!  Smiley Tongue  So then I had to buy a long jumper to go with them and I have . So I might wear them for Xmas day. Looks alright/actually pretty good in the mirror but feel kind of naked from the waist down. But the jumper covers my bum so not too bad.

 

School has had a total glitter explosion today so you can imagine how I feel about that!!  Teachers all have plans for the coming term, so I've told them that my plan is to get rid of the glitter by Easter!!!  Not sure I can do that though as it's just...........everywhere............

 

New meds taken today, not sure it's made any difference but as the temperature is still mild I'm ok.  Just don't want any cold frosty weather.

 

Hope things went ok for you today JCJ, blinking OFSTED why spoil a last Xmas week, just not fair!  Hope it went well and you are all celebrating at your Xmas meal.

 

Daughter's appt is Tuesday so I'm planning my work at school around that. Pretty sure that all will be ok, because of her history, every time she goes she gets asked anything in family so she has to tell them about me and gets referred pdq.

 

 

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Aaaah FF, more to worry about, fingers and toes crossed for daughter. Could be cyst, lymph node or just changes, scary times, you'll be glad when it's all over. Is appt early next week? 

If meds work for you all the better.

JCJ, hope all is going well.

When is your Xmas night out?

 

Did a super clean today, woo hoo soooooo very pleased, Xmas Tree up with new added decoration, YD does make tree so pretty.

You have persuaded me to just go for it..............casual this year, may pop reindeer thingy on my head too!! Just to greet ED and family, they'll think my brain has totally gone............

Tried to get GD's present "made up" absolutely no chance, can't do it, can't tighten screws or even understand instructions, geez, so have hinted to ED, big hints haha!!

Nipped over the road two min walk for essentials I'd forgotten and my feet are going crazy, so depressingSmiley Frustrated, was checking out scooters etc but that's a last resort , a very last resort xx

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Fingers crossed for your D next week, FF. But even if it IS something to worry about, she's got it early and we all know that it can be dealt with! The fact that the lump's getting smaller sounds good though - and sinister lump's aren't usually painful are they?

 

Stay off your feet, KTC if they're OK when you're sitting down then that's the best thing to do. I'll add some more cushions to the CBA bench! 😛

 

I agree with FF, comfort is the way to go for Christmas. I'll wear jeans, a T-shirt and micro fleece jacket that can be easily shed. Can't wear a jumper because I get soooo hot cooking the roast beast feast - and we have to have a real fire even if the weather's mild!!

 

I *think* today has gone OK. We're all so exhausted though. I'm almost past caring! It's a good job that Thursday was planned as a Christmas crafts day, and Friday party day (have to have a lie down just contemplating that!!) because none of us will be capable of teaching anything by then!! I get to escape the inspectors tomorrow morning:  I take a class to a nearby school for swimming lessons - unless one of them decides to come with us!! 😐

 

Just done the Christmas supermarket shop, after work, and had dinner - pie and chips - in café. So tired. So very, very tired. Snzzzzzzzzzzzz  

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Katy, forget dressing up, go with comfort and practicality.  I'm off to daughters on Xmas Day wearing the usual jeans and a jumper. Benches around neck are a good idea, I shall do that too and think of you both having a good time with your families. Hope your tree looks magical.  My decorations will go up this weekend after school finishes.

 

Docs. appt. went ok, another med to add into the mix but since milder weather has happened I've been much better anyway.

 

JCJ - how dare OFSTED turn up on the last week of Xmas term!  That's just not fair.  Hope you are getting through it ok.

 

Daughter has appt. at breast clinic next week, whilst in the bath she found a lump!  This is not the first time, she's had at least three other lumps investigated by ultrasound/biopsy and they've all been nothing to worry about. Just hormonal changes. These were before her anxiety/meltdown kicked in last year, so she coped. Now although we/she knows that it's probably ok and she says that the lump is smaller now  and no longer painful her anxiety about anything medical has gone into overdrive and I'm needed to be with her practically 24/7 to keep her on an even keel. So tomorrow I'm at her house making Christmas bunting to go over her fireplace.

 

I'm sort of not worried but still worried do you know what I mean?  Odds are good but what if?........

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Hope all is going/gone well JCJ.

Am having quiet time, just eaten one of those infamous doughnuts and slurped a muggatea, bad me...........

Very dark outside and a bit chilly brrrrrrrrrrr!

ED is sooooooooo much better and YD has promised to do tree tonight, we'll see!

Am excited to put my new MMU decoration upSmiley Happy! Also decided to wear a bench around my neck on Xmas Day haha, did I say that I purchased a big X jumper??

At the moment instead of dressing up for the big day, will don jumper and leggings, woo hoo comfy for me & grandchildren and it doesn't matter if things get splashed on jumper etc, shall I go through with???

GS is also back to being good natured, have been cuddled to bits todaySmiley Happy!

Trying to keep reasonably quiet as feet are not good, it's fine if I don't walk hahaha xx

Did pick up the books yesterday!!

 

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Can't believe it! School got the call from OFSTED today! They'll be with as tomorrow and Wed. 😨

 

Staff night out on Wed will be interesting. Will we be euphoric, exhausted..... or both!

 

This was already going to be a long week. Tonight was the only night I was going to be in. But I didn't leave school until 7:30pm because it was all hands to the pumps. Back early in the morning. And I'm doing the Christmas supermarket shop tomorrow after school. It'll be a miracle if I manage to get everything!

 

Right, must shower and wash my hair.

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Hahahaha FF, guffawing with laughter, spluttering tea all over laptopSmiley Happy!!

Aaaah poor you really...............working up a sweat...............hahahaha, that's what happens when you want to be comfortable.............

 

YD didn't come home til midnight so no tree upSmiley Frustrated, trying to guilt her but it doesn't work!

ED off work today, has a yucky bug which affects chest and you lose your voice, could be a good thing cause she never stops talking, that's not fair really as she feels really poorly.

Have to go into town to pick up those books if they have sent them back, will be FURIOUS!!! Rage building already.............

One present to wrap, woo hoo!!!

Sweets for moi to buy and fresh things and that's it. Hurrah!!!

Because am such a smartie pants, forgot to post 2 birthday cards............that's what happens when you're an organising freak whose memory is shot!!

Hope you get on fine at docs FF xx

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JCJ.....how do you do it?  Amazing. I love your alternative carols.

 

Went to school today to finish off (couldn't be bothered yesterday).  Big mistake.... ST was there doing stuff for the exibition on Weds., with a male friend of hers to help.  As I thought I would be there alone I'd gone braless so was forced to keep my coat on to hide that (only a t-shirt underneath) and it was altogether too hot in the school!  Quite funny now I look back but not at the time. Did the work and escaped as soon as possible.

 

Only one more week to flexitime and the school to myself....hopefully.

 

Need to get a*** in gear for Xmas, have most of it ready but daughter and eldest GD a problem. Must think..

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Bravo, bravo I love it, JCJSmiley Happy!!!

Brrrrrrrrrr freezing cold here.

All quiet, waiting for YD to come home to put tree up, both daughters think I decorate the tree badly, I agree!!

Was on the "grrrrr" bench, ordered books for Mum in Nov, emailed company and have not had a response as yet, received email a short while ago stating this is a reminder to collect books, WHAT???

Surprise!!!!  Can the reason be that I contacted company and surprise, surprise they are now in store, who's kidding who??? xx

 

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That last started life with the alternative first verse, but I didn't want to exclude all those who couldn't make it to MMU! 🙂 x

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Here we go carolers. Another morning misspent! 😄

 

We 'brave' gals of Benchland are

 

We 'brave’ gals of Benchland are
Sharing laughs we traverse afar
Knee highs dashing, shoe lights flashing
Breast Cancer Care is a star

 

(Alternative first verse for MMU 4:

 

We three queens of Norecambe are

Bearing gifts we travel afar

Knee highs dashing, shoe lights flashing

Two by train and one in a car)


CHORUS:
O gals of Benchland, what a sight!

Gales of laughter awake at night
Hilarious reading, still proceeding
Helped us survive our BC plight

Guilt is thrown in Benchland’s lake

‘gators devour it for our sake
Friends forever, ceasing never
Constantly sharing the cake

CHORUS

 

Hormone therapy to suffer have we
Prescribed “because of our history”
Hair surprising, temperatures rising
Keeping us Cancer free

CHORUS

Mirth is mine, its lovely perfume
Banishes thoughts of impending doom
Sorrowing, sighing, worrying, crying

Laugh our way out of the gloom

CHORUS

Glorious now behold we're still here
Still sharing all our joy and fear
Alleluia, Alleluia
All Benchlanders cheer

CHORUS

 

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Was spottedSmiley Frustrated,  recognised because of tiara, lycra suit, handbag and flashing light shoes, how did they find me???

Managed to imply that I didn't actually know where I was?? Thought I was at this years holiday destination............they bought it, woohooSmiley Happy!!

Confused and bewildered moi xx

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2 options:

 1) keep schtum and deny all knowledge - say photos are a hoax

2) set up shop and cash in by selling tat to the gullible fools - (though we'll have stiff competition there - the area has been full of shops doing just that for years!!)

 

Another carol coming later. Will it be a repeat or a new addition? - who knows!

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Oh lawks, what to do?  We know the truth but do we reveal it and let everyone know about Benchland?   No, we don't , we keep quiet and let the media go bonkers whilst quietly revelling in our knowledge. Always knew you would cause a sensation somehow JCJ.

 

Went back to school tonight (had three days off with a tummy bug)  glitter everywhere.........and a strong suspicion that no-one covered for me, it was just left.........Perhaps not completely back to normal as I only managed an hours worth of hoovering and will go back tomorrow to finish off cleaning tables etc..

 

Only one more week to flexitime and a weeks holiday, can't wait.

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Oh my, what a commotion...............

JCJ, headlines in all Scottish newspapers today:

LOCH NESS MONSTER IS REAL!!!

 

Hundreds witnessed Nessie swimming back and forth in the loch last night. 

Pictures are being shown on TV..........

Everyone is talking about it???????????

What should I do??? xx

 

Did you see her?

 

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Gosh no! I wouldn't wear a bikini! Wouldn't want to frighten Nessie or the camels! 

 

Another mile swum tonight. 68 lengths, I think. I lost count because I was mentally constructing the following version of Good King Wenceslas. Now 1/3 of the way down the Loch.

 

Benchland JCJ swam out

Into the Loch at Inv’nessy
When the snow lay round about

Deep and crisp and messy
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel
Then 2 camels came in sight

For the Scots to foooel

Hump and Dink come swim with me
Hear the Scotsman yelling
“Yonder monster, look at that!
What on earth’s that swelling?"
"Sure, it is the monster Nessie
See his neck and his bumps”
“Ha we fooled that silly Jessie
With our camels necks and humps ."

"Bring me tea and bring me cake
For I'm starting to shiver
Thou and I will swim this loch
Into yonder river."
So the camels forth they went
Forth they swam together
Through the rude wind's wild lament
And the bitter weather

 

"Gosh the water’s colder here
And the wind blows stronger
I am really starting to fear
That I can swim no longer."
Don the fleecy thermal vest
Camels join me boldly
Thus I find the winter's zest
Freeze my blood less coldly."

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Laxative?  Really?  First I've heard of that and after two months of taking them I think I would have noticed!

I'm just glad that the the cramps have stopped.

 

Have been babysitting youngest GD today, played trains, helped with zoo animals, a clapping game went down well, beans on toast for lunch was a hit. Ceebeebies was a help. 

 

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Sooooooooooooo good JCJSmiley Happy!!

Brought a tear to my eye, am superly emotional just now...............boo hoo says she............

Can't blame ta"poxy"fenSmiley Frustrated

Healthy eating is also on a break, so slumping off to the "how bad am I??" bench, where I shall be for the foreseeable future. Those choc doughnuts are just too tempting and the shop the supplies them has just opened around the corner..............

Heating/water is working fine must have been a blip in the system.

Busy week almost over, thank goodness, feet are not good at all, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! And am having twitchy head movements, geez what's that all about??????????? Am just pretending its not happening...........

Loch Ness tonight a little warmer bikini on?? xx

 

 

 

 

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Slightly nervous about taking that supplement, FF, as it is prescribed as a laxative!! 😐

 

Today's regurgitated carol:

 

Oh holey tights

O holey tights! The shoes are brightly shining,
It is the night of our great chariot race.
Long sat the girls in The Station Hotel dining.
Till the dogs appeared and the camels increased their pace.
A thrill of hope the dreary prom rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious form
Tights to your knees! Oh, hear the Benchland voices!

On off with the fleece, “Oh christ, Oh Christ it’s warm!”;
O tights, O holey tights , O tights, o tights knee high


Led by the light of Katy’s chariot beaming,
With thumping hearts by Eric’s statue we stand.
O'er the girls the sweat is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the women from out of the Benchland.
To The Kings pub we shall make our way
In all our trials BC made us friends.
We know our needs, whose turn is it to pay?
Behold The Kings! Inside there’s cups of tea!
Behold The Kings! Inside there’s cups of tea!

BC has taught us to love one another,
We live by love and our gospel is peace.
Lynn we shall thwart, for the sleeve is our brother.
And in Benchland’s name all guiltiness shall cease.

Great chunks of guilt to the grateful crocs toss we,
With all our hearts we praise BCC’s name.
Christ, is it warm? Then peeling off a fleece we,
Chomp on an alliburger, dancing round the flame.
Chomp on an alliburger, dancing round the flame.

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When you wrote that first verse JCJ, did you realise that you were describing me perfectly?  And forget the sleep fairy just take magnesium citrate tablets!  I now take them and the cramps have stopped Smiley Very Happy

 

A certain discount store delivered the rest of Christmas today, so I'm finished with only a few chocolatey things to get from local superstore. And a couple of tins of biscuits.  And a tin of chocolates.......I bought a tin of chocolates last week.....but I've eaten them.....so I need another.Smiley Wink Oops!

 

 

 

 

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Hahahahaha................guffawing with laughter...............no one can touch you JCJSmiley Happy!!

When you were a donkey I never ever saw you picking your nose..............I was sitting on top of you so I should know...........

Oh FF, was sooooooooooo worried, glad you are back safe and soundSmiley Happy

Spreading glitter EVERYWHERE xx

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Woooohooo! FF returns. Glad it was just a technical hitch, not a medical or flooding-related one! 😄

 

A new version of Silent Night for the SBC (Silent Benchland Choir)

 

Sleepless Night
Holy sh**e
Nearly 5 years
And I'm alright!
But out of the bed

Jump onto the floor
Cramping legs so tender and sore
Sleep fairy needed now please
Sleep fairy needed now please


Restles Night
But I'm alright
Flushes plague half the night
Icy air streams from window ajar
Silent choirs sing hallelujah
Goodness gracious I'm warm!
Goodness gracious I'm warm!

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Please don't mention glitter........just don't.  I'm just thankful that this year the Xmas tree is artificial so there won't be pine needles as well!

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Oh, finally I seem to be back.  Have had great trouble with broadband provider, tv also on the blink, spent what seems like many hours on the phone and have had visits from two engineers. Now seems to be sorted, crossed fingers, three free months of tv and broadband negotiated.

 

Not a lot is happening down here, except some Xmas shopping. Went to town last week and got a few bits, went to City today with daughter, son and DIL, managed to distract certain people at certain times and have now nearly finished the shopping.  I may not be as organised as you Katy, but to have my Xmas shopping almost finished on the 6th Dec is a record for me!

 

According to the weather forecast you will be warmer soon Katy.

 

I'm also up for the silent singing, JCJ please copy your carols to us again, they are brilliant.( I'm far too lazy to look back to see them).

 

 

 

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First Christmas performance done this evening. One down - one to go. No major **** ups. Not bad considering we only started it last week! 

 

Watched the teeny people do their dress rehearsal too, this morning. A mixture of ahhh! and hahaha! The sight of a row of a dozen tiny donkeys lined up in front of the stage with half of them picking their noses will stay with me for a long time! 😄

 

Visited the garden centre, near school, for a spot of Christmas browsing and a jammy scone and cup of tea, in between end of school day and kids returning for the performance. Now I'm at home scoffing mini fish'n'chips! 

 

You OK FF? Have you disappeared completely now? It was just your avatar before...and mysterious half empty boxes. Hope you are surviving the Christmas glitter avalanche!! 

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That was excellent JCJSmiley Happy!

YD came home yesterday and asked if we could put up the X tree, no says moi.................

Met Revcat for lunch today, had a lovely time, she was asking after you all, we have not managed to meet for months, so was great to see herSmiley Happy!

Still sooooooooooo cold here, my heating/water are not working properly but have had to put it all back on, teeth chattering and fingers turning blue def warrant warmth, fingers crossed all is well soon xx

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Morning Benchies! Not much to report here (which is good, I do so appreciate uneventful days now). Had my annual prescription review with my GP, he said "so tell me again why you're on Anastrozole ...." but I asked him what would happen about the prescription charge exemption card (mine expires in jan and I'm likely to be on the meds till summer or beyond) and he said I'm still eligible as its cancer treatment, and gave me the form to send off for a new card. Once again thank heaven for the NHS 🙂

Beautiful morning here, the sun is pouring in through the window . Must get the book keeping done instead of daydreaming!!!

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My stall raised £50 split equally between school and Cancer Research UK, so not too shoddy. 🙂 Then YD is visiting for the weekend - we're undertaking the great mince pie bake tomorrow! - and she bought some of the left over animals for another £10. I paid the donation to CR online in memory of both my sisters. 😞

 

Now I am attempting to knit a mug cosy for YD so she can keep her reusable Starbucks (other overpriced  coffee establishments are available!) cup both warm and from burning her hands whilst walking to work. Wish I was better at designing stuff and calculating how many stitches to use!

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PS, am up for silent singingSmiley Happy xx

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Oh my, well doneSmiley Happy!!

Think it's because you are so cold JCJ, you are swimming faster haha!

FF where are you??

Into town later for bits and bobs, nothing Xmasy cause have everything hahahaha, just fresh food things to do............maniacal laughter.................

Baby has now turned into "grumpy" boy, apologies to grumpy, hopefully pass soon.

Terrible week to come, try and sort days so there is rest time, can't do so as things are all one after the other, mmmmmmmmmmmmmm it's a thought.

Feet are still ouchy not as severe though think it will take a few more shots before they calm downSmiley Frustrated! Aaaah could be worse.................xx

 

 

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Woo hoo! 72 lengths tonight 1.8Km - a new personal best. According to the swim fit map I'm more-or-less at Urquhart Castle so I think I'll spend the night (week?) there. Perhaps you could join me for some (silent) advent carols? I'll have to dig out the Benchland carols again....or write some new ones! 😄

 

It's gone very quiet in here (Benchland, not the Loch!!) Hope everyone's ok. 

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Nope def cannot beat that hahahaha!!!

Glad you had a lovely time, yum yumSmiley Happy.

Since having that bacon roll, have been superly bad, healthy eating flew out of the window, oh dreary me..........

My excuse is "it's sooooooooooooo cold, need something warming and tasty"

sooooooooooooooo away to skip over to the"guilty" bench asap xx

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Just been out for a pre_Christmas meal with friends. We had hoped to have the Christmas menu, but it doesn't start until Thursday and tonight was the only night we're all free before Christmas! We all had the fish night special: fish, chips, peas, bread & butter, coffee and a dessert for under a tenner each. Yum. I shall probably regret it most of the night - stomach is already saying "What the .......?"

 

Friends asked me about my swimming - whether I'd got to Calais yet. I told them about Loch Ness and the camels. They're such good friends that they thought it hilarious and didn't immediately shout "NURSE!"

 

BRRRR cold today. Had to scrape the car to go to work and again to go out this evening. -2° already. Shiver!

 

Ridiculously early, but as I won't see them again, I actually delivered 3 Christmas cards - bet you can't beat that even with your super efficiency, KTC? 🙂 Mind you, the glue was bearly dry on them - only made them last night!!

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Not that VAN???

Makes your tummy do flipsSmiley Frustrated!

Well cause you ate that JCJ, you put me in the mood and am happy to say one bacon roll (no butter) and choc doughnut munched, I'll never have that flat stomach..................

It's freezing here still but ice has melted from the waterway brrrrrrrrrrrr.

I cannot feel my fingers at the moment which makes typing difficult AND my heating is on.................xx

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Weight lost slowly is more likely to stay off, Katy, and if you allow yourself the odd treat to enjoy you are more likely to make the change in eating habits permanent. There is so much evidence that strict diets don't work as the body thinks it's starving and, as soon as normal eating is resumed, it stores fat like mad. Besides, we're none of us on this planet long enough to deny ourselves EVERYTHING we enjoy!!

 

 Went to nearby C*-O* store for fruit & veg shop and lunch. Didn't even think about the fat/calorie/wholesomeness content of my bacon & egg buttie and Danish pastry. I just enjoyed them! I've earned a treat this week! After last year, having to be so careful, I still try to choose healthy options. Not today! 🙂

 

In the carpark of afore mentioned shop was THAT van. Simultaneously, I held up crossed fingers (as in anti Dracula gesture) and OH thanked it for saving lives! All about perspective??! 🙂

 

Writing cards and wrapping presents, KTC?? It's not even December yet! I make all my cards, but I've not even started yet. Still got 3 birthday cards for December to do first, too. School Christmas Fair is next Saturday, and I'm having a stall to sell my knitted stuff, so I'm still knitting tree decorations and silly animals for that as well. I've found some little maltesers chocolate reindeer that fit nicely into the little Christmas tree stockings (like your MMU ones, without the added sparkly bling!) so I can charge twice as much for them. Proceeds will go 50%:50% to school fund and a Cancer Charity, probably Macmillan, (only not BCC because I don't want parents at school to know i had BC!)

 

 

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Hope you can pronounce it JCJ, hahaha!!

 

Oh my, supportive??? Can't understand why people think it's ok to destroy others nowadays............

Have written dreaded X cards and even wrapped some gifts, seem to have gone mad with GD loads of clothes, have been picking up things throughout the year and putting them away, when I sorted through everything today was shockedSmiley Happy That's what happens when your memory goes, can't blame ta"poxy"fen now..............

Still healthy eating but odd tasty bit is still munched, weight loss minimal, but not disappointed as know it's going to take a long time, am giving myself a year, think that's realistic as exercise is not really an option, except in Benchland of course, am away to wrangle with the alligators xx

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Keep your hat on Katy, or you'll freeze to death!

 

According to the wee map on the swimfit website - I should be passing through Drumnadrochit next week. Another mile swum tonight. Needed the stress relief. Today has been awful. All my colleagues in tears. "Not an inspection" My a***! If that was supposed to be supportive, I hate to imagine what critical looks like! Over and over again teachers & TAs being slammed for the children's "bad attitude to learning" how is that our fault???!! Thank goodness it's Friday tomorrow! Though I have a difficult class all day. And they'll be even more difficult having been kept under such a tight rein today! 😞

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Oh my am I missing the point??

Are you invisible inking??

What's going on??

 

The waterway in front of flat has been frozen all day long and it's even colder tonight......................brrrrrrrrrrr!!

Feel fine from jab, arm a little tight, you ok FF?

Take my hat off to you JCJ swimming in Loch Ness, must be the camels keeping you warm xx

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Oh hello! Emotional content warning back!!! 🙂

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Yep! Still freezing my bits off in The Loch. About 3 miles from the start at the moment. More tonight if I survive today's "Not An Inspection" inspection at school. Will be soooo glad when it's over - everyone is sooo stressed. I've made chocolate pear cake with some of the glut of pears that the kids won't eat (free fruit/veg for 4 to 7 yr olds) to reward ourselves when it's over.

 

I'll be swimming from here to 'The Loch' (swimming pool 5 miles away) if it doesn't stop raining! Oh. It has! 🙂

 

Must dash - got to be at the hell hole  school early.

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All is ok now.  The flood waters receded quite quickly and all roads back to normal.  Unfortunately this means that I have to go to school again Smiley Sad

 

My flu jab was quick too,  I joined a standing queue and was in within a couple of minutes.  Hope you have no ill effects from it.

 

Still swimming Loch Ness JCJ?

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Hope all is well FF.

Had a phonecall from docs this afternoon asking if I wanted my flu jab so have just been, there must have been at least 30 people waiting, thought I was going to be ages but it was super rapido, docs and nurses all jabbing, waited less than 5 mins, how good is that???

Baby is back to normal, we had lots of laughs today, think that nanny singing nursery rhymes had something to do with that.....................xx

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We've had torrential rain here, apparently a month's worth in two days and everywhere is flooded.  I am cut off from both son and daughter, only one road into town is passable with care all the others are closed.  All the primary schools closed at lunchtime.  My head rang me and told me not to go in tonight, not that I could have got there anyway!  An unexpected day off whoo hoo!

 

It is still raining so heaven knows what it will be like tomorrow.  At least, at the moment thanks to the flood prevention works near me (that have been half done before they ran out of money!) there is no water near my house. 

 

I can see my avatar.  Andy, yes, can't watch but have to keep up with the score on't interweb.  I forgot to record it........what was I thinking?......so thank goodness for iplayer!

 

Just in case......................................FF