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  1. Mine was with our car insurance company last year. Dh had an accident and I called their freephone number to report and sort out the details and I was put on hold music. After about 20mins of listening to Greensleeves, I put the phone on the side on loudspeaker and waited and waited and waited until the previously full battery ran dead in the handset!
  2. I've one of the original ones and love it! Couldn't live without it now.
  3. We spend an average of £120 per week for 2 adults, a hollow legged 12 year old, a grazer of an 11 year old, 2 dogs and 5 chooks. This includes wine, toiletries and the aforementioned dreary household items such as washing powder. Up until a few months ago, it was about £150 a week but I have managed to slim it a bit. I doubt I could go much less than this though and seriously admire people who do manage it.
  4. I did W100 - Introduction to Law a couple of years ago. I really enjoyed it although it was tough going at times. I highly recommend trying to get ahead of the study plan in case something happens whereby you have less time to study one week, oh, and if they have tutorials on your course, I'd recommend going to them as it's great to meet others doing the same course and easier to clear up any confusions when the tutor is directly in front of you Good luck and have fun.
  5. I had all four wisdom teeth removed under sedation a couple of years ago. I can't remember anything about the procedure itself just at the start - counting down from 20 (dh says I got to about 15) and then nothing until I was coming out of it and they were still pugging my mouth up with wadding. I was blubbing like a baby afterwards which I was advised is very common especially if you are feeling stressed and anxious before hand. As others have said, it is advisable to have someone to drive you home (there was no way I would have been in a fit state to take public transport) and to have someone around for a day as I did feel very tired and drained for a couple of days afterwards. I'm glad I had it done and if I needed any major dental work doing again, I would opt for sedation without a second thought.
  6. Me too. It started in my late twenties (late as statistics go) and I thought I was going mad! Ended up doing alot of reading up on it and after a few years of absolutely terrifying nights/mornings, I am now able to 'bring myself' out of it. Dh is envious though as he would LOVE to experience it
  7. I keep threatening to apply for Wife Swap (the tv programme), always puts him in a state of panic 'cause he 'knows' just what sort of replacment wife he would get.
  8. Hubbies aye! I know how you feel, I go away for a weekend with a friend each April and have to fill the fridge with pre prepared pasta meals (easy to reheat in the micro) and leave a wadge of take away menus on the side. The children have always still been alive when I have got back - can't say the same for the house tho' So don't cancel - it'll do him good to be in your shoes for a couple of days.
  9. That is really bad Luckily, my son's school doesn't have that rule and as another poster rightly said, their bags are bad enough as it is. I've just glanced over at the pile of books ds has left behind today and can't imagine him being able to lug all of them around with him every day. This is definitely a rule that needs challenging. The pressure this must be creating on still developing bones and muscles doesn't bear thinking about. I'm sure that if this was employment related - elf and safety would have something to say about it!
  10. Here's one of ours trying to make a bid for freedom into the next door neighbours garden...
  11. We had mice in our loft too before Christmas. We are not fans of poison and not really knowing the scale of the problem, decided to get these traps: http://www.trapman.co.uk/mouse-traps.htm I rate these traps highly as they are humane, made of metal so the mice can't chew through, they can catch several mice at a time from both sides of the box and from our experience - very effective. Erradicated our problem very quickly.
  12. Tessa, sorry you never got to see this film in the end but thank you for the Bonbom recommendation, I have added it to my rental list and look forward to receiving it (maybe in another years time ) Cinnamon - I'll head over to facebook and try to be brave enough to add myself onto the Omleteer list I'm now going to pour myself a nice glass of vino and settle down to watch our 1st Lost series 3 dvd - they sent it in the end But then again, they had no choice as I made sure that was the only series left on my list
  13. I'm resurrecting this old thread as I love movie recommendations and as such have had this title 'waiting to be sent' with my online Dvd supplier for over a year! A few days ago, in frustration of not being sent the latest released LOST Dvd's over the past couple of months (have cable, so no sky for an age) , I decided to cancel everything off my list to ensure they sent them to me...but no, they sent this film that I have been waiting over a year for I've watched it this evening and although it took a while to get into it (I thought the first 'chapter' with Miss Ryder was V poorly acted) it was quite entertaining in a quirky sort of way. I was interested to find out if Tessa the Duchess got hold off the film in the end? and what was thought of it. p.s...does anyone have the lost dvds that they are willing to hire out for a week...I'm on my knees.
  14. Thanks for this link! We didn't know they did an annual festival - and it's round the corner from us too. We are all big fans (children included) and will definitely be getting tickets for this next year. Can't wait!
  15. How fab! What's going to be your first project?
  16. We're getting our fake tree down from the loft this weekend - I can't wait! We have a tradition since the children were born to take them into town and for them to each choose 1 new decoration for the tree. We put a little sticky label on the hanging tag with their initial and age. We now have a great collection. Although the tree looks rather odd with lots of different dec's, it makes me smile to look at them and brings back memories of previous Christmas's. It is lovely to see the children's faces when they open 'their' box of decorations and choose where to place them on the tree. Funnily, I thought that they would probably not want to do it any more but my dd did question the other day 'when we were going to go out to choose a decoration?' Actually, I'm secretly hoping that when they are all grown up - they will still come round with a decoration for the tree of their own accord.
  17. In my 10 year old dd's high-up bed there are about 40 books, 5 notebooks/diaries, loads of pens, snotty tissues and teddies. I have absolutely no idea how she can sleep comfortably at night
  18. Ollie (my lovely boy ) needs parents/carers of children aged 8 - 12 years to complete the following questionnaire It's for his 'A' level IT - he has a controlled 15 hour exam in a fortnight and has to complete a list of info gathering and prep before the exam. One of the things is to get 30 parents/carers of children aged 8 -12 years, to complete the following questionnaire If any of you very lovely Omleteers could help, that would be great Thank You Here's the questionnaire......... I.T. Questionnaire. Are you a Parent/Carer? Yes/No If yes, are you a parent/carer for some one aged between 8-12? Yes/No If you answered no to any of the above, thank you for your time. If you answered yes to both, then please could you continue. Are you Male or Female? Male/female Which age category are you in? 16-21 21-30 31-50 50+ How many children are you a parent /carer for? 1 2 3 4 5+ How many of these are aged between 8-12? 1 2 3 4 5+ Do your children go to school or are they home tutored? School/ Home tutored. If your child goes to school, what year is he/she in? 3 4 5 6 7 Other Do you read newspapers? Yes/no Which newspaper do you read? …Daily Express………………………………………………………. What is your favourite section of the newspaper? ……General news……………………………………………………… Do you have an understanding of the ICT systems that your child uses? Health Systems yes/no Education Systems Yes/no Leisure Systems yes/no Security systems yes/no Safety Systems yes/no Communication systems yes/no Which of the following colours would you chose for the text of a newsletter Black Yellow Green Blue Red What Font would you chose for the text on a newsletter TNR Arial Comic Sans MS Bookman Old Style Would you like any Key Information on a newsletter to be highlighted in some way ? Yes / No If yes, would you rather it be – bold, Underlined, or Italic? In your own opinion, which of the following best describes your level of understanding of IT Systems, and the internet? Poor, Adequate, Good, Very good. How many adverts do you think would be acceptable on a Newsletter? 1 2 3 4+ What font size would you like on the newsletter? 12 14 16 18 22 24 Is there anything you would like to add, to help me improve on my newsletter ………………………………………………………………………………….
  19. I'm the same. I always offer to feed/change/take for a walk other friends or family members babies at gatherings. Same with toddlers too - if we have gone out for a meal, I'm the first to offer to cut up their food and assist with feeding them so Mum can enjoy a meal without it going cold, for a change. I remember how tough I found the early years and how much I appreciated when someone would do the above for me. And for me...well, I get to have a baby/small child to myself for a while but can hand them back at the end of the day and get a good nights sleep. The other thing I make a concerted effort to do when someone I know has just had a baby is to ask the Mum 'How she is doing/feeling?'. Everyone coos and fusses over your new baby but rarely asks that question. It took me back with my second child when a neighbour asked me the same thing. I was at the time feeling quite emotional, tired and a naff Mum but was bottling it up (as you do - to appear perfect and in control) and it gave the ideal outlet for me to express my feelings and to be told that what I was feeling was all perfectly normal. It was nice to know that someone seemed genuinely interested in how I was getting on aswell as my baby.
  20. I've got 10 months between my DS and DD. It was tough going when they were tinies but has worked really well now that they are older. It is easy for us to assist with schoolwork as they are pretty much at the same level, days out are straightforward as we don't have to cater for a wide age range and expectations of behaviour etc apply to them both equally. Although they have their spats, they generally get along with each other really well. There is 3 years between myself and my little brother, we fought like cat and dog throughout our childhood and now as adults we are more like parent/child than siblings. As a previous poster mentioned, I don't think there is an ideal - it does depend on family dynamics and personalities. Like most things in life, you should do what feels the best for you - and even with the best laid plans, sometimes mother nature decides for you.
  21. I agree. I saw/heard it, I laughed, I took it in the context it was intended. What I would like to know though is out of the complaints made, how many are from people personally affronted? There was a high profile case on 'Points of View' a few years ago whereby a comment made on T.V provoked a barrage of complaints, however, not one person had complained that it had offended them, just that it may offend others
  22. Noooooo! I love countdown and can usually get the numbers (when I watch it) but not the one on today's forum Thankfully, dh, who is usually a math's show-off couldn't either It felt soooo good telling him the answer when he finally gave up this evening. I don't think I can bear another one...do you know how little work I've achieved today? ....Ohhh, go on then...
  23. Aaarrrggghhhh!!! Ahhhhhhh!

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