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March 31st, 2016


12:36 pm - Leaving
Hi all, it's been a while.

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May 4th, 2015


02:09 pm
There was a man on Antiques Roadshow with an Oor Wullie comic collection, 5 best ones to show and a huge collection in his house. 25 grand for the 5 he had with him, slightly shaking hand over an incredulous laugh. My dad used to bankrupt himself from his armchair every Sunday offering thousands for dodgy unsigned paintings of boys with dogs. Not because he liked them, just because he always wanted there to be a good news story, a life changing amount of money for some old thing somebody found in their loft. He would have LOVED this one, something he actually read as a boy, in Glasgow as well. It's odd what you miss.

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July 21st, 2014


03:19 pm
hey Guardian, can you not get better annoying advert cookies that would recommend me something I want rather than reminding me of all the things I have just gone and bought? Don't need any Clarks kids' shoes precisely for the reason you are recommending me them which is that I went on the Clarks website and looked at them AND BOUGHT THEM.

I'm watching that Child Genius thing on Channel 4. Many, many things I hate: picking out the mentalist parents, maintaining the stereotype of the high IQ test with the pushy parents and making it really hard for parents to get high IQ recognised as the special educational need that it is. And the whole class thing, the feeling that for a lot of the parents who're not =standard British middle class there's this misconception that this is what you need to be to get money and position in this country, and that if you excel in being bright this is what you will get. The bowties, the Tory values, like Chris Eubank trying to be posh without really knowing what it is and making yourself look just... odd. Been there, fought with that. There should be something better than this, really.

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July 25th, 2013


06:49 am - So proud
1 of 2 is shouting "oy! Tea!" through the baby monitor.

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May 18th, 2013


10:02 am - Quick! 15 minutes to post!
It's been a good week, mostly. The girls are going through one of those screamy/cling to my leg all day developmental growth spurts but it actually feels good because they are coping so much better with it than in the past. They're quite cool - they have yelling/raspberry blowing fights and they follow each other around the house. I think I'm probably a bit at the careless end of parenthood here because I let them go up and down the stairs on their own - I'm glad they've had the chance to learn to do that and it fits with my parenting philosophy such as it is (that you only learn by doing, so your parents' job is to put you in situations where you can learn, and give you the odd pointer or encouragement but usually just to let you get on with it) but I do worry that one of them is going to take a tumble once and I'll need to explain to Social Services why we don't have any stair gates. Ach well.

Trying to think what else they do that I want to remember. They climb into the tumble dryer, dishwasher and the unit below the TV; Izzy climbs up onto the TV unit and hangs off the TV when I don't get to her in time. The TV is covered with little handprints and generally the house is a bit trashed looking because they just take everything out of every cupboard, have a sook of it and then leave it there. Izzy takes stuff around with her so you find bathroom stuff in the kitchen and so on. She's got a little soft toy she sleeps with who often ends up round and about - sometimes she'll go up to her bedroom and go and get him, and then take him around with her, even though he trips her up when she's crawling. Anna's got one too but she's less attached - doesn't go looking for her, but when you give her the soft toy she smiles in recognition and cuddles her. They both cuddle me now (although Anna sometimes bites me too, aargh) and Izzy is standing up on her own waving her arms around looking like she could start walking at any moment. I reckon Anna will talk first - the babbling is quite detailed now and she says "bye bye" - sometimes even when people are going away. If she wants your attention she'll do "bye bye", "mama", a raspberry and a crinkly eyed smile. You can see her trying out all her things to see if you'll bite. It's cute.

So it looks like we're staying in the UK and I'm going back to Gringott's - so trying to be practical and think of what needs sorted. They're registered at a nursery; I don't look forward to leaving them, knackered though I am by looking after them, and I'm thinking of going part time when I go back to work.

Oh, and I saw alltheleaves this week. Oh, the wee one, he is sweet! Little babies though, I forgot everything. It was nice to actually do A Thing, go visiting, because it's another step towards having a normal life. The ladies are still napping twice a day and when they eat it's like a bomb site so we're limited still but it is getting easier, for sure.

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February 14th, 2013


04:56 pm - But at school she had a bubble perm and you didn't, and that's all that mattered.
Someone I went to school just posted "Happy valintines day to my lovely husband" on Facebook. Fuck sake! If you don't know the spelling, just LOOK AT FACEBOOK. IT'S VALENTINE'S DAY TODAY. THERE ARE 4 MILLION POSTS SAYING SO WITH THE CORRECT SPELLING.

Sometimes I think they do it on purpose.

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July 22nd, 2012


10:42 am - Numpty
This:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/discussion/comment-permalink/17272009

1. Nice bit of mansplaining. I know that chemicals come with safety data. Read between the lines: if I know what COSHH is, I'm probably a lab rat, right?
2. But actually what you get in your package of chemicals is a material safety data sheet (MSDS), not a COSHH assessment. The COSHH assessment is something you're supposed to do yourself, where you take the basic safety data and assess the safety of the operations you're going to carry out, taking into account how much you're using, in what physical form, and with what level of containment or protection. So that point about how the MSDS gives information about tonne scale when you're using mg is really stupid, because the whole idea of doing the COSHH assessment is that you can go "well, OK, this isn't a problem because I'm only using 50mg".
3. Bonus for completely missing the point i.e. that you don't need to do a COSHH assessment if you do it at home because COSHH regulates exposure to chemicals at work.

Feh.

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November 24th, 2011


07:22 am - Songs meme!
Song meme! Generic MP3 player on shuffle, instrumental stuff, things I don't know the words to and most of the more obscure early 80s electropop edited out (I did land on the Urdu version of Fun Boy Three's Our Lips Are Sealed and if I'd been able to spell it, I would have put it in).

1. And many have turned out their porch lights, just so I would think they are not home Yiskah got this one - Ani DiFranco, 32 Flavors.

2. When did you first realise, it's time you took an older lover baby?

3. I tell you somebody's fooling around with my chances on the danger line.

4. I'd like to drop my trousers to the world, I am a man of means
And Leedy got The Smiths - Nowhere Fast

5. I'm taking a ride with my best friend
Silence got this one... Depeche Mode - Never Let Me Down Again

6. it's buzzing like a detuned radio
It's not, not exactly, but alltheleaves got it anyway - Radiohead Karma Police

7. in this matrix it's plain to see, it's either you or me

8. Whenever I'm alone with you, you make me feel like I am home again
Pescana got this one - The Cure - Lovesong. They're really so much better than Friday I'm in Love.

9. I'm not looking for absolution, peace of mind after what I've been through
And Silence spotted the other DM one - Walking In My Shoes.

10. in the schoolyard, in the scrapyard, in the chip shop, in the phonebox

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March 13th, 2011


08:06 am
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February 15th, 2011


08:53 pm - And another thing
That fucking Bisto advert with all the kids promising to be good if they can only, only have dinner together at the table like a proper family. WTF? what pointless guilt tripping on behalf of kids... I remember being a kid, all I wanted was to get yelled at less and... actually no, all I wanted was to get yelled at less. Maybe a puppy, I don't know.

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