scuttling across the roof in the early hours of the morning and proceeding to shell nuts on the Velux window immediately above my head!!!
Wednesday, 29 December 2010
Friday, 24 December 2010
Thursday, 23 December 2010
One requirement of the 'Mum' job description is to make a complete numpty of yourself in the hope of keeping sproglets entertained during school holidays, and today was no exception...except if I'm completely honest I had an absolutely fab time too (despite being a total novice), getting a cold, wet, very bruised arse and a glowing red nose to compete with a certain reindeer :D
Sure beats working...
Monday, 20 December 2010
Sunday, 19 December 2010
Thursday, 16 December 2010
and to make matters worse the tin of Quality Street which was in my office has disappeared without trace :o/
Not sure I can carry on without chocolate.....
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Friday, 10 December 2010
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Though less than usual due to some of our number being in somewhat more exotic places, the girlies ventured forth into the freezing fog to celebrate another mid-life crisis with a curry.
Special mention has to go to Lou-la-belle for making the most scrummy carrot & orange cupcakes...Fortunately she desisted from putting significant numbers of candles thereon or the fire brigade would have been required and much as "we like a man in uniform with a large hose", as 'Full English' once shockingly said, we'd much rather have a good natter and put the world to rights...Horlicks or hedonist...definitely the former :o)
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Friday, 26 November 2010
So I toddled off to Solihull this afternoon to help raise the profit margins of John Lewis. Bought all the gubbins for the stockings and some other things off the lists and then succumbed to a new frock...it 'beckoned to me' from its hanger and I was powerless to resist...nowhere to go but you never quite know... ;o)
A girl can live in hope....
Saturday, 20 November 2010
Friday, 19 November 2010
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Like many of the buildings in Dubai, the Wafi Centre is something else...completely styled on Ancient Egypt, complete with pyramid architecture, monoliths and towering statues of Ramses 2 etc. à Luxor Quite spectacular, highly civilised and a million miles (metaphorically) from the shipping container city in the earlier part of the week.
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Been to get my site pass done this morning. Had to go into the American bit of the compound and have biometric data captured - retinal and hand scans...so that's me on some CIA database or other for posterity. Really stringent on security, check your retina at each entry point like something out of a 007/ Mission Impossible! No sign of Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan or Tom Cruise though... :o(
Comms are a big issue...phone signal's rubbish and at least twice a day the generators go down and everything grinds to a halt but not doing too badly getting through the stuff I need to cover whilst out here but then again I was working til 11pm last night. That's the typical work ethic when the guys are out here...nothing much else to do other than that and exercise and I'm certainly no gym bunny ;o)
Monday, 15 November 2010
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Friday, 12 November 2010
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Sunday, 7 November 2010
We all moved into the dining room to eat, with the sproglets deciding they'd prefer to eat separately. Good job....we'd just got to the main course when Miss Sensible came running in to say that two of the candles have burnt down and set alight something on the fireplace, fortunately Minor Mayhem doused the flames and all that was left was the smoldering mess and the distinct odour of burn. Played it down and got through the rest of the night with nothing more eventful than Monty sitting on everyone's knee due to further fireworks. Can't be said the night lacked entertainment value!
Surveying the damage this morning, the wall behind the mantelpiece is scorched and covered in wax. Spent ages trying to scrape the stuff off then remove more of the residue by putting some brown paper over it and running and iron across....needless to say the lounge now needs redecorating...deep joy....
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Miss Sensible was invited to a Halloween party so it seemed an ideal opportunity to crash out on the sofa and watch a scary movie with Minor Mayhem. I rooted through the dvd collection and pulled out 'An American Werewolf in London'...an apt choice for the time of year.
Yep the dvd cover clearly states '18', but I'm thinking, that film was made almost 30 years ago and things were much tamer then, plus it wasn't particularly scary from what I can recall.... I'd clearly forgotten the opening scene with a reasonably graphic discussion about some woman Jack's 'after', not to mention the bit later where David's hiding in a 'cinema' in Soho complete with plenty of coverage of the movie content!!! What to do!?! Switch it off stating it's unsuitable viewing or accept he probably hears just as bad on the playground....Opted for the latter but inwardly squirmed with embarrassment...That'll teach me to go against the censors! Just hope he doesn't go into school tomorrow and brag about watching 'unsuitable material' or my reputation as "sooo unfair" (aka strict) is shot...that'll be the last time the Governors ask for my assistance.....
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Meanwhile Strident Student (recent commentator on News 24 re. 'the cuts' & re-elected Student Union rep....doing the proud Mum bit) looked after her sister and I very well during our visit to the Steel City. She'd made soup and baked sun-dried tomato rolls for our lunch, as well as preparing a gorgeous fish stew for dinner, proving that she can look after herself more than adequately. We had a really nice girlie day pottering round the City and showing Miss Sensible the Uni etc. before stopping off to purchase some scrumptious cupcakes from Fancie :o)
Delighted they can all manage so well without me...although perhaps that puts me at risk of redundancy...!?!
Saturday, 23 October 2010
when I got in last night...sorted the sprogs, changed, tarted myself up and was out in forty minutes! Why so hasty? Wanted to get to the leaving 'do' for yet another batch of leavers from my last employers. The place was packed with people who'd left yonks ago as well as those going through the current exit process. The gang of five whose party it was had all been with the company from leaving education; a minimum 20 odd years ago. The inimitable Mr. P, a consummate after dinner speaker did a fab speech stuffed with anecdotes of their past, previous misdemeanours and the respective strengths the company was losing. A huge wrench for them to move on, but much as they were sad about the end of an era, I think all are starting to realise the place is not what it was and there is life outside the security cordon. 'Twas good to catch up with people who'd already moved on, find out what they've been up to and see that all seem much happier with their new lives. One slightly surreal realisation was that of the two bands playing I'd actually recruited some the band members as new grads many moons ago :o)