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  1. Those are pretty cool, Geoff! Would they be in women's fit, or just standard men's fit? I love the "That's it!" part!
  2. Being pretty tall, it kind of happens naturally for me! That said, I'm generally not keen on being the centre of attention - it's not a lack of confidence thing, I just prefer to quietly skulk! Ha! That would be epic, Geoff - thank you!
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    Especially as I now know that I can start drinking at 10am!
  4. It would be soooo cool to meet the gang! Of course, we'd all have to get official tee shirts for the occasion!
  5. Who knows? I may even be able to make it!
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    Thank you, Ariane! And yes, I suspect that we'll be thoroughly enjoying living there! Thank you! Oh yes, that letterbox will be to me what windows are to house cats! I'm at the stage now where I just want to get on and do things but I have organised everything! Notifications of change of address to everyone I can think of, and post redirection set up for any I've forgotten. New accounts and direct debits set up for fuel, water, council tax, broadband, etc. Notice given to old accounts. Removals firm booked, cleaner for this place booked for the 23rd (because Covid regulations say I have to deep clean everything in advance of the removals guys coming), oven cleaner booked because why the heck not?! And unlike when we moved into this place, I am not leaving a disgusting mess for the next people to have to clear up. I've packed up my antique china, and my Asian tea sets - they'll be coming with us on the 20th, along with the houseplants but there's no point doing anything with the plants until the 19th. I've de-cluttered, packed up most of my clothes, barring those I've left out to wear, and the only thing really left to do is make sure all our old paperwork is shredded. I've got way ahead of my work, so that I can take a week off from the 24th, so now I just want to be off! Ha ha! Here's a somewhat anally-retentive thing though, the Covid rules for removals firms state that only one family member may be present while the removals guys are here. Even though they are working with people outside their bubbles every day. They can go to the pub, to restaurants, shops, cinemas, gyms, etc, and mingle with other people, yet can only have one person here while moving our stuff, despite them - and us - wearing PPE. I'm really not sure whether the rules are for their safety or ours! Maybe both. Oh, and they can use our kettle and milk but they have to supply their own mugs, sugar, spoons, and tea bags. That makes no sense! I do appreciate that precautions must be taken, and we will obviously abide by the rules - as we've done (very strictly) since March - but this is a great example of how really, no one knows what the heck they are doing. The advice is so contradictory; stay in, go out, socialise, don't socialise, eat out, go to the pub, keep your distance, go to work, stay home, the law says you have to mask up but shopkeepers and transport drivers don't have to enforce it... And so on! K has said he's happy to stay here to supervise but what am I supposed to do for 6 hours? I honestly have no idea! I could take my laptop, and go and do some work in the local café, maybe, but not for that length of time, plus it doesn't open until 10.30, and the removals are coming at 9. I have no friends around here I could visit. I did... but she is now in Guadeloupe, working on Death in Paradise! I did consider visiting my son but that's not going to work, either. I may just end up taking a book and a picnic to the beach. Assuming it doesn't rain, of course! First world problems, eh? Ha ha!
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    So, I have big news - so big in fact, that it deserves its own post! We pick up the keys to our new home next week! Cool, eh? But wait, there's more! Ha ha! We'd found three houses we liked the look of, so booked viewings. Two of them proved that the camera really can lie! However, this wasn't a problem because it meant it was easy to make a decision about them. One of them looked beautiful in the photos but in reality, it was filthy, full of damp, and far, far smaller than the photos and floorplan suggested. The third house was stunningly beautiful. About 10 mins further away from K's mum than we'd planned but we discovered that by looking just across the Cambridgeshire border to North Essex, we could get so much more bang for our buck. This one, in Saffron Walden, was 15th century timber-beamed farmhouse right next door to superb (and quiet) public formal gardens. It was perfect in every way but slightly out of our budget. We could have made it work though, so things were looking up! But.... we had an outlier still to look at. It came up at the very last moment - and it was the house that K was living in when we first met, almost 18 years ago! Weird, eh? Thing is, I don't actually know how I found it because it's about 10 miles outside the search radius I had put into RightMove. Apparently (and how about this for serendipity), the landlord had signed a contract with the MOD to have one of their officers live there for the duration of his posting but the last moment, said officer was unable to take the house. We hastily arranged a viewing, and the landlord remembered K. Rather fondly, as it turned out. We honestly didn't think the house would be big enough - thought it would just end up being a nostalgia trip but we completely got the warm fuzzies. Not just from the memories but because it just felt right. A total Goldilocks moment! It's immaculately clean and newly decorated (neutrals, yay!), with a new bathroom suite, washer/dryer, and fridge-freezer. And it's in a lovely, quiet rural location. Oh yes, and it has a large shed, so I'll have somewhere to tinker! Spent about an hour having a chat with the landlord, during which time he and his wife said they'd be more than happy to have us move in. They also told us that if we did, one of the conditions would be that we have to help them eat their home-grown veggies. What a hardship! We spoke to K's mum to see if she'd have any objection to us being a little further away (this house is about 15 mins' drive further), and she had none at all. In fact, she pointed out that if we took the house, we'd be almost exactly halfway between her and my daughter. At the moment, L is 2,5 hours away - once we move, she'll be 30 mins. Naturally, she is over the moon! Needless to say, we went for it, and signed the contract a week later. We pick up the keys on the 20th (and drop off my houseplant jungle - because planty priorities!), move out of our flat on the 24th, and into our new home on the 25th. I am soooo bloody excited! Not least because I'll finally have my own office. Plus - and I realise this is going to sound incredibly dull but you don't realise how much you take these things for granted until you no longer have them... a garden, a washing line, a bathroom with a window, and a letterbox in our front door. We've spent eight years having to collect the post from pigeonholes, lockers, or the local store - it will be so nice to have it drop onto our mat! Ha ha! I'm sick of having to dry the laundry indoors on clothes horses dotted about our already-small flat. Not having a window in the bathroom is really not good, especially when the're no extractor fan. There's precious little natural light and airflow in this flat as it is, and right now it's like an oven. I am really looking forward to having a garden again, and windows that open properly, and fresh air! OK, I'm going to stop gushing now, and get back to work!
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    Thanks so much, Gail! She's due on February 17th, and R is absolutely thrilled at the prospect of being a big brother! Oh gosh, that sounds incredibly painful for him. Has he heard anything about an appointment yet? I really hope it happens soon. xx Pretty much, yes! Ha ha! And thank you! Thank you again! xx I did see it - pretty cool stuff! Oh dear! How old are yours now? And thank you - right now, her main concern is a painful cyst that's getting larger. She has a fantastic midwife though, who is incredibly supportive, and is pushing for L's gynae consultation to be brought forward. Oh, that's rather unfair of your mum! It's understandable for her to feel like that but it would be better if she kept those things to herself (IMO). Has your son heard anything yet? Ooh, only a few days to go. I bet you can't wait! I've not been to a holiday camp since I was a teenager (used to go to rock n roll weekends near Great Yarmouth). Loved going to Butlins with my grandparents when I was a child, so much fun! I imagine it's all changed quite a bit now, though. Which one are you going to? Really hope you have a lovely time, and that you're able to be super-relaxed! xx
  9. Why have I only just seen this? And why am I not in any way surprised by it?
  10. Wishing you the smashingest of cakedays, @CJ Mitchell!
  11. Happy cakeday @inspiredmad - have a lovely day!
  12. Oh, it was only because I was going to share it on the Expanse group I moderate!
  13. Oh, it seems I got excited far too soon. Looks like this may well be fake news. Apparently that website is pretty notorious for its flimflam. Here's a Reddit I just found...
  14. OMFG... **fans self** Yayyyyyyy! Thanks Ariane - love your internet stalking skills!
  15. About time, too. Unlike this jester who sent me a DM! Did they really think I'd fall for their shenanigans?
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    I just.... thought I'd give you all a quick update (if you're interested)! The move is afoot! Our dithering bluff has been called by our landlord, who wants to sell our flat, so we've been given until October 30th to get the hell out of Dodge! We discussed selling our house, and buying another but a) we'd have to ask our friends, who are renting from us, to vacate - that seems mean, b) there really wouldn't be enough time. Our friends (C & R) are planning to move overseas next year anyway so that C can finish her astrophysics doctorate, and then join the ESA... which being here would be difficult to do. So we'll sell our house when they move out. In the meantime, we're going to rent one. We're going to stay with K's mum next week - which will be the first time we've seen her for months, of course - and will be viewing properties over the weekend. A couple we were supposed to be looking at have already gone (grr!), which is a big shame because one was literally a 10 minute walk from my MIL. But que sera sera! As much as I'd love to move ASAP (because I am impatient!), we do have three months to find somewhere, and the market changes so rapidly, our perfect home could be just weeks away. I feel a bit like Harry and Ron trying to get a date for the Yule ball right now though! In other news, my daughter is expecting her second child. Bit of a surprise as she was told it would be unlikely she'd be able to have any more. R is 12 now, so he really is going to be a big big brother! I couldn't be happier for her, although I am slightly nervous because she's had several miscarriages. But once we move, we'll be geographically closer, so at least I can be a bit more available if she needs me. So that's me - what have you all been up to? xx
  17. Awww, thank you both so much! Takes one to know one... or in this instance, two!
  18. Oh, no one could, and should, dispute the Miller love. Not ever. Not even a little bit! I suspect that Pop Culture 'piece' may be bot-written. Even so, a humie must have put in some keywords... a humie who clearly knows nothing about The Expanse!
  19. I have never seen Miller wear a fedora. "... on the force, with the crew of the Rocinante, or really anywhere he goes." Fixed it! The Cant was long gone by the time Miller meets the crew at the Blue Falcon. Except he doesn't! He leaves it in his hole when he leaves Ceres, and doesn't don it again until he becomes The Investigator - hence Holden asking him about the hat because when Miller was alive, none of the crew of the Roci ever saw him wearing it! And technically, Holden never sees Miller wearing the hat because The Investigator isn't Miller, it's just the protomolecule assuming a familiar form... and why there's the distinction between it and the real (Proto)Miller on Ilus. And why it's Miller (who always appears hatless) who helps destroy the artefact, and not The Investigator. I know I'm being pedantic but I do wish people who are paid to do a job would do it properly! That said, overall, it's not a bad article at all! And certainly not as bad as this piece of dren.
  20. Oh, it would be really fab to finally all be able to meet up, wouldn't it? Let's keep our fingers crossed! Thanks for the heads-up re. Tom, Geoff!
  21. Thank you! He's 12! Glad you had a chilled day with 'im indoors! Flowers, cake, pressies... how lovely! Hope you manage to get away soon! It was a lovely day but utterly exhausting! At the best of times, we live a very quiet life, even more so thanks to the lockdown. It was a bit of a shock to the system to suddenly have three more people in my home, two of whom spoke constantly! There was a lot of catching up to do... and much laughter! My grandson is lovely, and seems to be very much like me in that he is really quiet. I'm currently wishing I'd prepped a bit better for work, and made sure I could take today off to recover!
  22. On the plus side, it means there's a greater chance for me being able to attend, and meet my fellow RAWarriors... so all's well in the world, after all!
  23. Thank you so much, Gail! I had no idea our birthdays are so close... how cool is that?! Ha ha! Looking forward to seeing my daughter tomorrow... and finally meeting my grandson! x That's because the best people are born in July, Geoff! Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! x
  24. Well, I hope you had a wonderful day, regardless. What did you do to celebrate?
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