Oh gosh, it just gets funnier and funnier. I had to tell YD about your suggestion for the wedding, Katy, because earlier on today, when she was googling (other....) "Made to measure women's suits", looking for wedding outfit ideas (neither of the brides will wear a dress!!) she stumbled across this: (warning: not for the faint hearted! My sister's broadband settings blocked it!!)
As (one of) the bride's mother, I think I should wear the Veronica leotard?!
Haha JCJ, just think of the sheer surprised looks when we turn up in all our finery, all that LYCRA!!! Hee hee. Mother of the bride outfit, glitter, glitter glitter, it's fantastic!!
Forgot to say thank you sooooooooooo much for all your hard work, the carols, you did superbly well, bravo!!
Well done FF, a Winter Spring clean type thingy, woo hoo.
Mum is a whole lot better, thank goodness, back seems to be calming slightly, we'll see, scared to say too much!! xx
Oh Katy, that really made me laugh. I was watching TV with the girls and they looked at me expectantly. Assumed I was looking at Twitter and waited for me to share the joke. Wondering how they would take it, debating whether to read it to them, and imagining the horrified stares just made it even funnier. I didn't tell them. Daughter would be amused - not completely convinced about her OH - she probably would, but let's not take the risk?! 🙂
They've just left to drive home. I miss them already. Why do they have to live so FAR away (heads to GetAGrip bench - they could live in Australia FFS!!) The house feels very empty so I'm consoling myself with mince pies, Welsh cakes and chocolates. Now feel a bit sick. Trundles to FB bench - good job I added extra reinforcement to it for Christmas?!
Ah well, ES's birthday today. 31! How did that happen??! He says he'll be up sometime soon. And this year I'm not waiting for liver mets investigations, so I can book our Easter holiday. Yay!
Sorry your Mother was not well enought to enjoy Christmas Day with you Katy, glad she is better today and also hope that your back improves. Your shenanagans (sp?) at the Chariot race are probably to blame for that. Your ideas for the wedding are brilliant! Just what they need!
On Boxing Day it's the tradition that we all go to son's for tea and nibbles and we still did that today although we had been been there all day yesterday. So I had a lot of the day to myself and I woke up in just the mood to sort out my conservatory. It's been the place to put stuff that needs to go to a charity shop/tip in the last few months as daughter has been moving and I've been meaning to sort it out for ages but couldn't get off the CBA bench.
It's done, it's sorted, it's cleared, it's cleaned, it's tidy. Boxes and bags in the car ready for a tip run tomorrow. Am I mad? Boxing Day and I get the urge to clean? Yes, probably but I have to make the most of these times when I'm in the mood.
Had a most enjoyable time at son's again tonight, wasn't home until almost 10pm. The game of Trivial Pursuit didn't happen, we were too busy talking!
ooooh how wonderful JCJ, a wedding!
Now was thinking if it's Aug (MMU 4) we could combine, wedding on the beach, wedding breakfast in Rita's, cars (our chariots) and a humongous muggatea at the Kings. And biggest surprise Benchland Bridesmaids!!!! WOWEE!!!!!
Had a fab day yesterday, food was demolished, haha! dessert for 16?? No it was dessert for 4, could hardly move..............
Lots of lovely gifts and some pennies to spend, have already spent the pennies.........bought a coffee table sooooooo very pleased.
The bad news, no Mother for Xmas Day, she had a bladder infection and had to call doc, who came out with a prescription, good news she feels better today, whew!
And moi, back is being awful, so have swallowed lots of painkillers, spasms are s*****, fingers crossed it calms down soonxx
Glad everyone seems to have had a nice time. YD & "D-I-L" arrived 7pm Christmas Eve and we fetched a takeaway from our local Indian restaurant. (Strictly NO leftovers allowed!). We had an ENORMOUS Christmas dinner at 1.30pm yesterday and were all so full that I didn't bother microwaving the pudding and we had fresh fruit salad instead (which I always have on standby at this time of year - a refreshing antidote to all the rich food!)
The girls did the washing up, bless them! After opening some of the presents, a sit about and a short walk, we managed to force down a Turkey, stuffing (2 kinds) and cranberry sauce roll each and some mulled wine.
Today we will have boxing day pie (a cunning, lazy a**e, but delicious meal I devised a few years ago, that has become part of the essential festive routine!) Chunks off the turkey and the ham, smothered in bought white wine & cream sauce and topped with bought puff pastry. It takes about 5 minutes preparation, and is delicious served with leftover vegetables! The Christmas pudding will follow that down beautifully! 🙂
I expect, if the rain holds off, we'll go for a walk to get some air and burn off some calories!!
I had a text from ES yesterday too, to say he was enjoying his day ("we" - so spending it with GF - which was a relief, he hates Christmas and I was worried he'd be moping on his own!) "We will deal with you later in the week" 🙂 🙂 😄
Both offspring happy. Made my day!
YD's wedding likely to be July or August 2016, because they're hoping to have it in a pub garden!
I've had an absolutely brilliant day. Dinner at 1.30 was wonderful and we were so full up we had pudding at 5.30! Totally delicious.
We spent the intervening time opening presents (I've been really spoilt this year, great presents!) and playing Trivial Pursuit. One family against the other. Me, my son, DIL and three kids against Daughter,SIL and three kids (one of whom was fast asleep having worked a night shift! and another who's only 16 months old!). So we fancied our chances and got off to a great start but were slowly overhauled and we LOST. The rematch will be tomorrow but grandaughter who was asleep will be awake tomorrow, so I'm not hopeful! If we do win tomorrow we'll have to plan a decider at New Year.
This has been the best Christmas Day that I have had for years. I am so grateful.
Now at home to watch all the tv programmes that I have recorded.
Merry Christmas one and all!!!!
Lunch with friends and family in the village, and now it's RAINING......
Meg and Joey have new collars - meg is all pink and girly, and joey is tartan and ever so butch.
Waiting for Downton frocks now - why did I get to wear Mrs Patmores frock? Surely I could have been loaned one of Dame Maggie's outfits.......
Big Walk tomorrow, weather permitting - weather forecast is still a bit iffy.
Love to all
Merry Christmas! Wishing everyone a lovely day.
I've put the oven on to roast the beast, made a mugatea, and now, thanks to the fact we have no excited children bouncing about, I'm considering going back to bed for a wee while. No-one else is awake yet. Or I may head to the quiet reading bench. If I can get past the CBA bench!! 😄
I thought our silent choir tonight was wonderful. JCJ's brilliant carols perfomed with such harmony. Katy, I never realised you could sing descant. Gareth conducted beautifully and yes, I have a lasso and space in my under the stairs cupboard. He'd better be wary!
JCJ - thank you so much for our advent calendar carols. (What are you going to do next year?) I have really loved it and you surpassed yourself today with that last verse. So very, very true.
Pass me a mince pie and a glass of glitterberry juice please, let's start the party!
A very,very MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all!!!!!!
Awesome carol, JCJ 😀
i get get deliveries from H***** and just love them. NOT. They shall forever be known as H**pes to me now. Absolutely perfect 😉.
Have a wonderful Christmas xxx
Christmas Eve. Last advent Carol. I've struggled with this one. Running out of inspiration?!
Awake in a hot sweat (as requested by FF)
Awake in a hot sweat, throw covers off the bed,
The demons of cancer abound in my head.
The wind in my stomach causes pain when I lay,
Then lazy JCJ asleep half the day.
The camels are glowing, the donkey’s on skates,
But little dog Joey for The Duchess he waits
I love all my new friends, who understand my plight
Someone to laugh with in the middle of the night
Believe me, oh BCC, I thank you today
For keeping me sane, and I’d just like to say:
Bless all BC patients feeling tender and scared,
And take us to Benchland, to live guilt-free there.
Awoke to doorbell at 10 to 8 this morning. 10 to 8. Christmas Eve! Threw dressing gown on. Dragged fingers through hair. Got to door. No-one there! Van at end of drive. No driver. Sh**. Expecting that JL parcel. Check porch (there's a sign on outside door saying parcels can be left in porch). Zilch. Van drives off. Sh**. Make mugatea. Pick up tablet. Email. From H***** (sounds like
disease causing cold sores!) "Your JL parcel has been delivered 'to your letterbox'". What? No it hasn't! Opens outside door and there's the parcel: a cardboard box on the ground and it's starting to rain! It was lucky I was here because it's now hammering it down. My parcel would have been a soggy mess by now!
I have re-written the slightly faded sign. Another delivery, D*L, 2 hours later, wrapped in plastic but left safely in porch! 🙂
I've now been up over 2 hours and I'm still not dressed - or off the CBA bench- and I have a long 'to do' list before YD & her OH arrive. And wrapping delivered parcel isn't even on that list!!
That made me smile, JCJ :). Do you know for sure Mad Dog Lady isn't one of us??? Hope you got back to sleep and feel much better now x
FF, spoon theory sounds intriguing.....do tell 😀
Hahahaha JCJ, she must have been reading our posts!
No wonder your tummy is funny hee hee, was a smartypants obviously regarding eve's eve (not reading properly). After sitting on the "smug" bench for ages had to run to supermarket this morning, had FORGOTTEN something, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, at least I remembered today.
Sooooooooooooo for tonight's silent choir will be wearing a gold lycra bodysuit, scarlet tutu and nativity scene on my head. Mince pies and mulled wine and ofcourse the glitterberry juice, on the "yum, yum" bench!
tat & lavender hit the alligators as hard as you can cause we need them for the "aliburgers" xx
Awake with stomach discomfort. Shouldn't have had that pork pie AND cheese, at the vineyard, for lunch. Not to mention the curry pickle. Or several mince pies, welsh cakes and chocolates this afternoon!!
Anyway, I remembered something I meant to tell you. Something I saw going down our road. In fact I've seen her a few times in the last few days, and every time I laugh. You couldn't write it. Well, we can, and do, but this is where real life comes crashing into the virtual madness and takes you by surprise. You won't believe this, but honestly it is true: there's a lady who walks 3 dogs. But only 2 of them walk, on leads, pulling ahead. The third is in a walker, similar to KTC's 'chariot' but with 4 wheels, and it's pink! Yes, pink. Not only that but it is currently adorned with tinsel - presumably blinged up for Christmas - or has she heard about the chariot race??? The lady pushes the walker and the 2 dogs pull from the front, the third dog sits up looking like royalty, and they all career down the street. Hilarious, in the light of our recent Benchland madness!! 🙂 I think she may even be wearing knee highs - but no sign of a tiara!
Oh yeah, well done me. Got off the CBA bench and everything is wrapped and ready to go. Unfortunately the realisation that I have got eldest grandaughter.....nothing....has also dawned. Whoops, think the fact she had her 22nd birthday on the 18th Dec. removed Christmas present from my mind while it was concentrating on her Birthday present!
Fortunately a voucher available from local supermarket will be purchased tomorrow. PHEW! Also she will much more appreciate vouchers to spend on what she likes. I no longer know what 22 year olds like
Tat, such a difficult journey you're on and the holidays don't help. At least Nurse 'B' gave you a plan. It is the not knowing and the waiting that scares us most. A zumba bench....ok, fine, as long as you don't expect me to be on it. Benchland could do with a good dusting and the replenishment of tissues and spoons! Seen the spoon theory?
JCJ - tomorrow- Away In A Manger? Twelve day of Christmas was an absolute masterpiece. Can't wait to sing it "silently" tomorrow.
Katy- we are all at son's this year, We all usually get together on Boxing Day but this will be the first Christmas Day dinner that we have all shared for 10 years. so looking forward to it. It will be special.
Hi Jill. I posted on your AS thread to wish you a lovely day tomorrow, with absolutely NO hospitals or AS involved 🙂
The sarcoma team and breast team are technically in different hospitals, although on the same site...sounds complicated, and definitely works out like that! I don't want to create any tension or bad feeling with the breast team, but I am effectively voting with my feet and will ensure I have regular contact with the sarcoma team from now on. The consultant is a bit lacking in bedside manner, but the nurses are all lovely, thorough and thoughtful. Hopefully I'll have my path report before I get to see sarcoma man.
We're off to my parents' tomorrow for Christmas for forcefeeding 😉
So sorry to hear of your meltdown Tatty , but soooo understandable , you seem to have had the most awful time with your appointments and results . Please stand your ground and insist that you are treated by the Sarcoma team , rather than the breast team . This disease is so rare you need the expertise of those who have treated it before , and sooner rather than later .
Bummer that Christmas and New Year hols delay everything !! I was diagnosed on Christmas Eve last year , and had to wait to see Sarcoma Team on 2nd Jan which seemed an age to me !! Realise now he saw me early , and performed my radical Mx on the 13th Jan , for which I am eternally grateful !!
Hope you manage to keep your brain occupied with the bench dusting and tissue re-placing , but don't hit too many alligators with those rocks , they might get agitated and chase you round the benches , they move fairly swftly when provoked !!
Hope everyone including the camels has a great Christmas ...
Thanks JCJ. Got it now! Brain obviously had a holiday last night. NOOOOOOooooo, not charades please.
Any thing but charades!
Not done a lot today, now I have to get off the CBA and wrap some gifts.
Ali, it's true you learn a lot about your 'friends' after a cancer diagnosis *wry smile*. I did all of my secondary schooling in the far east and school friends are now scattered all over the world, but I've had cards, flowers and obscene amounts of chocolate sent to me by them. A relatively new friend sent me a box of things useful for hospital and the early days post op. She'd researched it and everything was perfect, right down the button front PJs and a can of G&T!! Another friend downloaded and knitted me a 'knitted knocker' and designed several seasonal covers (Rudolph, complete with sparkly nose; a Robin red breast, of course; and a Blue Booby, a real bird!). Shed a tear over most of those gifts - people are mostly good, kind and generous 🙂
Warning - long and ranty post. Stop reading here if the camels/kids/OH need feeding or a cream cake/box of chocolates is calling to you 😉
I had a big meltdown at bedtime last night - spent a lot of time on the crazy sobbing lady bench - but it had been building for a couple of days. I'm so frustrated over the delays in appointments... My op was 26/11, results appointment 14/12 and was told an appointment with the onc would be forthcoming as rads are on the cards. I also requested a copy of my histopathology report, but have to make a formal request to access my health records, so I'm making my third request to complete (I hope) the full set from all 5 hospitals that have been involved in my misdiagnosis (local hosp), diagnosis (tertiary hosp) and now tertiary treating hosps....
Unfortunately, I arrived at my results appt late and flustered; I'd allowed over an hour for a half hour drive and parking, but heavy traffic meant I was a few minutes late and I forgot some of the questions I wanted to ask. It also seems there is a bit of a turf war going on between the sarcoma team and the breast team over who leads my care (or who gets to write up my case in the medical journals? I'm such a cynic, but with less than 0.05% of all cancers in the breast being primary angiosarcomas, I'm pretty sure I'm right to be). The day after my op, my breast surgeon cancelled the sarcoma appointment saying the results wouldn't be back by then......and then made an appointment for me at the breast clinic on exactly the same day!!!! I have specific questions about angiosarcoma and spent far too much time online yesterday, with predictable results :'(
This morning I called the sarcoma CNSs, all of whom are lovely and very proactive. The BCNs are OK, but I've seen/spoken to a different one every appointment/call and they have never called me. So, the lovely Nurse 'B' calmed me down and worked out a plan. She's organising an appt with the Sarcoma consultant and I can make an appointment at the sarcoma nurse-led clinics any time I need to. She also told me that the onc I have been referred to has clinics on Fridays which means the earliest appt will be 8th Jan - isn't it a good job there's nothing I want or need to do or plan for January, eh? At least 7 weeks between op and onc appointment and much longer, no doubt, before I can start rads 😞
Still felt a bit wobbly today, so forced myself to go to Zumba (can we have a Zumba bench?) with my daughter and a couple of her friends - always puts a smile on my face - and a long, long walk with the OH and our dog. Keeping busy helps me, so I might pop in over Christmas and do a bit of dusting around the benches, top up the tissues (only fair since I've used most of them) and throw rocks at the alligators, if that's OK?
I hope you all have utterly fab Christmasses with your nearest and dearest. I'm sure you will all be on Santa's 'Nice' list for the way you keep Benchland in running order and welcome and support newbies 🙂 Hugs to all xxxx
Hello all!!! Your post reminded me of one of the surprises of my cancer diagnosis Tat, which was the reaction of friends. One very close friend was in tears , offered to take me to appointments, shave her head as a fundraising (hah, that's a topic all of its all own!!!!!!!!) , love me forever....you get the idea. She then disappeared into the woodwork. But two ladies I was on nodding acquaintance with turned out to be absolute superstars! One would text me very rude jokes while I was having the chemo, another messaged me every day to see how I was and never took the hump (camels again) if I felt too rubbish to reply. Something I never expected! Although I think there's a saying that people come into your life when you need them 🙂 xx
Christmas Eve eve, KTC, what my family call 23rd Dec.ie the day before the day before Christmas!
I made some chocolates for my neighbour yesterday. Well, actually, I rolled the left over marzipan into little balls and coated them in melted dark chocolate, putting a white chocolate chunk on top. I'm really pleased with them. I had loads of melted chocolate left, so rather than waste it, I experimented with coating Clementine segments. Just had several of them on my cereal! Such decadence!!
On the 11th day of treatment, my BC gave to me:
11 nights asweating,
10 cramped leg leapings,
On the 12th day of treatment, my BC gave to me:
11 nights asweating,
10 cramped leg leapings,
9 ladies dancing,
8 meeting in Morecambe
7 hairless months
6 fleeces flayling,
FIVE YEARS ON MEDS,
4 weeks of rads,
3 blue tittoos,
2 nasty scars
No idea what Carol will be tomorrow. Any requests/suggestions?
Whew sooooooo glad you practically spelt it out JCJ, cause I was having difficulties too!!!
Now I assume you were at the glitterberry juice last night as one, you are ramming people in the cafe and two it's not christmas eve today........................! hahaha!
FF, glad your daughter's house is now superly cosy, are you going there at Xmas?
Isn't it funny how yummy things just appear in your trolley?
Tat, your head will be all over the place just now, do what YOU want, when YOU want, big hugs to you xx
Will play charades but after small forests???? can't see me doing well, haha!! xx
Listen carefully, FF. 'Small' is a synonym for 'Little' and 'Forests' for 'woods'. Smallforests. Get it now? Or do I have to spell it out in words of one syllable... Which would be tricky, as this particular retail establishment (possibly now defunct, and may never have been 'darn sarth'??) has 3 syllables! 🙂
Shall we play charades for our next Benchland escapade? Lol.
I'm going to a local vineyard/delicatessen tomorrow, with OH, so he can get D-I-L-to-be her Christmas present. I hate to imagine what's going to "fall" into my trolley?! 😛 We're planning on having lunch in the cafe there, if it's not too rammed, it being Christmas Eve eve tomorrow! 🙂
Hyper sensitive is just what we all are tat. The slightest comment, a sideways look and we over analyse it, jump to conclusions and just totally go bonkers and be irrational, ungrateful and suspicious. It certainly happened to me. It's ALLOWED and we've all been there. It does pass but for now, chuck the guilt in the lake and do whatever makes you feel better.
JCJ - I was very confused, now I'm only slightly confused. Got the two boys names JL. But L = small forest??
Katy - what a coincidence, a tin of sweets fell into my trolly today as well So did some cream cakes and chocolate. I'm sure I never lifted them off a shelf, I only remember picking up cheese, bread, bacon and sprouts!
Glad you feel better tat, it is true we have all had different feelings about things, that's the beauty of the forum, we all get it soooooooooooo just rant, rave or whatever but do not hang on to any GUILT, throw it in the lake and be rid, difficult but as we have all said this is probably the first time that it's actually all about you and your feelings, it's allowed tat! So just go for it girl!
Ta da have purchased my lettuce and funnily enough a large sweet box just fell into my chariot, oh well will just have to eat them now.
Oh dear another takeaway tonight, bad moi!! xx
Thanks, JCJ, it helps so much to know others have felt these feelings - gives me hope that I won't always be so irrational and ungrateful!. I've calmed down a lot since typing that and had arrived at more or less the same conclusion. She's not really the type to gossip, although others in the same friendship group are.... I'm just hyper sensitive at the moment and woke up feeling very flat today, so something was bound to get me! Instead of joining in the chariot race last night I watched 'Still Alice' with the family. Possibly not the best film to watchat this particular point in my life... 😉
At the risk of annoying you all by my popping up yet again, I felt I had to reply to Tat. Don't feel bad about those thoughts, we've all been there. All had them.
But, although I don't know the person in question, is it possible she might just desperately want to do SOMETHING. She may genuinely be concerned for you. I think I may have done something similar if I were the acquaintance. A way of showing I care but less intrusive than a visit/phone call. Just a thought, but by all means, be angry; be VERY angry, but with the b******d cancer, not well meaning, but possibly ill-advised well wishers!!
There's an old thread on here called "stupid things ( non-cancer) people have said." Have a look. You'll laugh, be angry and also realise.....we've all been there!! Hugs. x
How are you lot feeling after last night's shenanigans? It sounds like the race was a lot of (completely bonkers) fun and most of you avoided arrest/serious injury/fines....or did you???? 😉
I just popped in for a quick visit to the benches - a cheek each on F**king Furious and Guilty (doesn't every visit have to include a spell on good old Guilty?) benches as I type. I had a Christmas card today from someone I know from a place we used to live 10 years ago. She moved to the area shortly before we moved away and although I've seen her on and off since we moved, in the context of a wider group of friends, we weren't close. The card is full of good wishes and professions of love and promises that 'You'll get through this' after hearing my diagnosis and surgery, etc from another, closer friend.
So why am I furious? I was really upset to begin with but couldn't work out why. She's never sent me a card before, we just don't have that ongoing relationship although we get on well when we do see each other. Then I realised I'm angry because my situation is being used as a topic of conversation/entertainment among that group of friends & acquaintances and her pity suddenly elevates our friendship to one where we..... Well, what? I fall apart on her shoulder and give her more of the gory details to gossip over? With, naturally, the ability to carry on with her life uninterrupted, except for the odd juicy tidbit of news about poor ole Tatty. Aaaargh! And then, of course, I feel hugely guilty for thinking and feeling all that.
Sorry to be a party pooper, but I was surprised how upset and angry this made me feel. I think I might need to order an Over-reacting bench and carefully place it in a secluded corner 😉
What a plonker! Did my usual and got famous store 'JL' (= 2 boys' names) confused with another famous store/catalogue (not sure it exists anymore?) 'L'(= smallforests). Parcel coming from former! Always have got those 2 trading establishments confused!! I really should stay off the glitterberry juice??! 😛
FF, we don't need to choose! We'll sing all of them! I hope you've all be learning the words?
We'll have carols by the lake with lashings of glitterberry juice, hot mince pies with brandy butter and/or cream and Christmas alliburgers I've been throwing edible glitter in the lake, - gilt with the guilt, as it were - for weeks now so the meat should be nice and sparkly, and we'll add cranberry sauce and my amazing sausage and apple stuffing for extra festiveness! 🙂
On the ninth day of treatment my BC gave to me:
9 ladies dancing (around their handbags?)/skating/swimming/diving/racing* (*select according to current madness)
8 meeting in Morecambe,
7 hairless months/heavenly hairy faces,
6 fleeces flayling
5 years on meds,
4 weeks of rads
3 blue tittoos
2 nasty scars
And the BCC Forum
On the tenth day of treatment my BC gave to me:
10 cramped leg leapings,
9 ladies dancing
etc etc etc
Loving this not having to be dressed and out of the house (or even out of bed!!) by 8am. Message from famous store (Jack Smallforests) to say my parcel is on its way - lovely double handled soup bowls, a last minute purchase for OH's Christmas present - he struggles with soup because of his shaky hand - so I'd better get dressed before the delivery man arrives!!
Oh my lord, I'm exhausted, I WAS wearing clothes, the police had no right to stop me,It cost me the race! I was perfectly decent. After that , it seems to have been a blur. (Real life....turkey crown now in Son's freezer, that's our Christmas dinner sorted). Hump and Dink just ,.... well....they're Hump and Dink aren't they? What happened? I seem to remember going round Eric twice and then there was a cup of tea!
Obviously Katy won......, who else? So much more experience! And I won my bet!
Silent choir performing on Christmas Eve at 7;30. Hope we've all been practising. O Holey Tights is still my favourite., .....although the Twelve Days of Christmas is running it close, as is OISNC, just how do we choose?
Blinded..............by tears of laughter, have no idea who won?????????
All I know is that at one point, I was propelled into mid air by JCJ's wind power, not sure if I went backwards or forwards.
Did think everyone looked soooooooooooo pretty at the start, loved grumpy & co's "common" look, well done!!
As for FF, and her turkey crown, her poor frozen head, as she started to sprint, crown managed to defrost, saw it bounce and crack that poor man, ouchy. Good job the medics were hanging around.
Are the silent choir performing next? xx
I've got my sparkley jumper and tights on, Meg has practiced her royal waving, Joey has rather let the side down by keeping a rollup behind his ear and wiping his nose on the sleeve of his leather jacket!!!
Starting at 9pm, so lights switch on at 8-30PM, ready for judging by - wait for it- Jeremy Clarkson!!!!! He thinks he's coming to judge classic cars LOL. Joey is ready to put muddy paws up his trousers, and Meg said Jeremy WHO????? In that superior corgi way..... No cheating, such as camel-power allowed.
Remember the route - start at the car park next to Ritas then up the prom to Eric, 3 times round Eric, back down to the Madlands for presentations for the various categories (choose your own) the mulled wine and canapes in the bar.
First aid stations every 20 metres for cake, glitterberry juice and anything else you fancy, stopping at all of them is compulsory!!!!
We will enter the naff chariot and trailer category, as we have trimmed up with rusty tinsel, cracked baubles, broken fairy lights, and old cotton wool snow.
And we're off!! FF has streaked ahead, establishing a massive lead as the race left the station hotel, but the police stopped her and made her put some clothes on, which allowed Grumpy to catch up. However Meg stopped to be admired by her people so KTC took advantage. But wait! Who's that coming storming down the prom jet propelled by her own digestive system? JCJ (who had lamb last night) storms ahead only to become entangled in a couple of camels pushing shopping trolleys - trust Hump and Dink to try to do the supermarket bit first?!
FF has felled 3 small boys, 2 toddlers and an elderly couple but KTC's just managed to wipe out an entire family in one charge around The Madlands - cream everywhere!!
Next on to Morrison's: KTC snatches up a lettuce and makes her way to the check out, not so fast sunshine, JCJ has your purse! Mwahaha! Rocketing down the isle come 2 mad dogs and an Englishwoman, but it's not sunny, or midday so they are unsure of procedure.
Oh no! Here come H&D again, this time *wearing* the trolleys - they've taken a fancy to JCJ's reindeer and want to look the same. Down goes the display stand - mince pies and puddings rolling everywhere - taking advantage of the mayhem all charioteers depart to continue up the prom. More pedestrian casualties as the Benchlanders barge through knocking everyone out of their way. Thrice around Eric, getting in an unholy tangle, handbags flayling, holey tights at half mast, tinsel disintegrating as then they stampeed into The Kings. Tea all round. Who was the winner? Lord knows! Who cares? Competitive? Us? Never!?!
Am I on time? I'm ready, I think. Isn't my costume wonderful? But this frozen turkey crown on my head is SO cold I might have to take it off.
Who's that doing the hosting/starting? Face looks a bit familiar but can't put a name to him. Vernon Kaye? Dale Winton?
I've put a bet on Katy winning as she has so much more experience but I will try my best to win. Practice has been severely limited though so I'm not hopeful. Perhaps I'll just try for the "most spectators taken out" prize!!
Is it today? What time? She says hastily attaching knitted items to a mobility scooter (haha! Autocorrect wanted me to write 'nobility' scooter - but that'll be The Dame and The Duchess' scooter -with Joey lowering the tone??) and climbing into the Lycra besequined toga.
On the seventh day of treatment my BC gave to me:
7 hairless months (for Ali) OR A Heavenly hairy face (for those of us 'lucky' enough to escape Chemo but 'enjoying' the benefit of HT!)
6 fleeces flayling,
5 years on meds,
4 weeks of rads
3 blue tittoos
2 nasty scars
And the BCC Forum
On the eighth day of treatment my BC gave to me:
8 meeting in Morecambe
7 hairless months/heavenly hairy face
etc etc etc
A Monday morning and I'm writing this in bed with a mugatea.Bliss! 🙂
todays the day!!! woohoo!!
What time are we starting??
Keeping Xmas tree on head all day so I'm used to extra weight, change into my costume just before race.....room booked at Madlands, be down after breakfast xx
My heating is still playing silly b........but it works ok in the evenings when I need it, so it could be worse. Plumber tried last week to fit a new a controller but it wouldn't "talk" to the boiler and he said he'd come back this week. He's forgotten so I'll remind him in the morning!
Daughter has finally got her woodburner /chimney sorted and it is now so warm that they are opening windows! It's SOOOooooooo much nicer at her house now that cold/damp feeling has gone. As the woodburner also heats the water there will be no more problems with the immersion heater either. Result, I'm so pleased they managed to get it done before Xmas.
Food shopping tomorrow (must write a list) not going anywhere near a supermarket after that. Don't really need very much as other people will be feeding me over Xmas and New Year. Just a few essentials...you know.....wine, chocolate, baileys etc.
On the fifth day of treatment my BC gave to me: FIVE YEARS ON MEDS (actually 10 now, but I didn't know it then and 5 fits better with the song!!)
4 weeks of rads,
3 blue tittoos,
2 nasty scars
and the BCC Forum
On the sixth day of treatment my BC gave to me 6 fleeces flayling,
FIVE YEARS ON MEDS,
4 weeks of rads,
3 blue tittoos,
2 nasty scars
and the BCC Forum.
Our new heating controller was fitted yesterday, by a friend. He paid £46 for the piece of kit and was only going to charge us that, as it only took 5 minutes to fit it, so I rounded it up to £50! Bargain for us, and he made £4 for 5 mins work (the trip to the shop to get the part included something he wanted anyway) so we're all happy!! Let's hope it's fixed the problem and the heating will stop playing silly b........ .
CBA bench for me today, though I may stagger out to deliver neighbours' cards, and I should marzipan the cake.
Behind window number 19:
On the third day of treatment my BC gave to me: 3 blue tittoos,
2 nasty scars, and the BCC Forum
On the fourth day of treatment my BC gave to me: 4 weeks of rads, 3 blue tittoos, 2 nasty scars and the BCC Forum.
Christmas tree died today, all its little lights went out!!!!!! Thought of asking plumber ( mending screaming shower) if he could sort it but decided that would be pushing my luck! So went to the garden centre for tree, lights and a few extra baubles - £70 ouch. Found message on phone to say the part for the shower will be £170!!!!! Oh pooh!!! What is it about BC and plumbers?????? There must be a causal link somewhere......
Made the Reindeer Food for NDs bairns to sprinkle in the garden so the Reindeer know which house to come to with the pressies, equal parts of porridge oats and edible glitter which gets eaten by the birds but I don't tell the bairns that bit.
New tree looks lovely, all silver and white baubles, so all I need to do now is make sure I've got enough clean sheets for the back to back visitors, but I do NOT have to worry about meals cos they all bring stuff or pay for meals out. How good is that?!?
Who asked if I have the camels over Christmas? No, I have my mother in law. She is not one of life's cheery people, her glass isn't half empty so much as filled with the wrong stuff, lukewarm and smashed on the floor staining the carpet. Ah well.
Have collected son from uni, lovely to have an untidy house again and stuff abandoned everywhere 🙂 and I've nearly finished at work for the break - which of course means I can then apply myself to washing ironing cooking cleaning baking shopping wrapping....phew....
Im pleased to see the 'almost felt normal for a while' bench is back in use, I have a fabulous yoga teacher who tailored her classes to include something I'd be able to do when I was on treatment, it really helps doesn't it if you can do something, even if only briefly 🙂
Loving The Twelve Days of Treatment, can I request (for chemo ladies, and of course chemo gents) "no nasal hair".... Oooh that was horrible!
If the police are in your neck of the woods JCJ, then they're not in Norecambe interferring with our chariot race.
Yay, hairpins are the way to go! Fairy lights are attached sucessfully. You'll all be sooooooo jealous.
Lost the will to live at school tonight......they had a film, actually they had a chioce of two films in different classrooms, and popcorn. POPCORN all over the floor,and the desks. Did they have a popcorn fight? What on earth were they doing? They can't have been eating it, the floors were covered in it!
As I have 6 holiday days left this year, I am taking 3 of them now so have only 3 hours to work over Christmas, so Monday will sort that out and I shall then be off until 4th January. Oh joy!