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Today... / Re: Friday 24th November
« on: Yesterday at 07:16:59 »
A bit death related today as it is also the funeral today of my friend. It is going to be so hard for her family. I expect I shall find it extra hard to keep my emotions in check as I am back on steroids for a few weeks and whereas they make a lot of people angry/aggressive they just turn me into an emotional wreck! However my bloods appear to be stabilising although I am back to a blood test every 20 days.  Black Friday indeed today!

The Cafe / Re: After a loooong Lull ... A great BIG TSP birthday wish ...
« on: November 21, 2017, 18:14:27 PM »
Happy birthday Ploshkin, hope you have a nice albeit non birthday evening.   X

The Cafe / Re: Couple finally disposing appliances bought in the 50's ...
« on: November 19, 2017, 21:20:13 PM »
Aah bless them, I’m lucky enough to have had some contact with this couple.  I was tempted, sorely so, but I think/hope that the appliances can do better than me! 

The Cafe / Re: No Photo ID
« on: November 19, 2017, 09:18:04 AM »
I was quite surprised earlier in the year, when I moved house and wanted my post to be redirected, that I couldn’t use my warrant card, because it wasn’t listed as ‘acceptable’ on the form.  However it is photographic ID.  It’s interesting that it can be used to lawfully arrest someone, search someone or their property etc but isn’t sufficient to prove who I am for the purposes of having my own post sent to me somewhere else.   I ended up going home and doing it on line where seemingly an email account in your name is good enough.  Now I don’t mind proof of identity, I know at least as much as the next person how easy fraud is, but this wasn’t about protecting identity it was about bureaucracy.  I went to a wedding not that long ago too where I stayed at a local b&b because the hotel where the reception was held was fully booked.  They wouldn’t accept cash, it had to be paid for by card.  I offered sight of my driving licence.  No, not acceptable.  I am still none the wiser as to why they needed to know who I was anyway to be honest.  From a work point of view I wish it was the same to buy SIM cards, it would make my job an awful lot easier!

In the wardrobe / Re: Not normally my kind of thing
« on: November 18, 2017, 15:43:50 PM »
Perhaps something to get you back into sewing UR? I actually like the contrast of the pockets though. The ties do dispense with darts which does seem to make fitting very simple.

In the wardrobe / Not normally my kind of thing
« on: November 18, 2017, 11:32:37 AM »
But I quite like it. Simplicity 1080.  This is the tunic top.  I made some denim capris earlier in the year (same fabric as the pockets) but they’re not really high waisted enough for my tastes.  So the tunic solves that problem, plus used up a bit of stash and is a kind of wearable toile as I wouldn’t mind making the dress, version A.  There’s actually few fitting issues, it’s graded xs to xl rather than 12, 14 etc so I made it for my full bust measurement and took out some excess around the neckline and that was it.

Today... / Re: Saturday 18th November
« on: November 18, 2017, 11:23:41 AM »
Nice day for a white wedding!  Which I am off to later.  Just ran out into the garden to retrieve Toby the Thug who was about to terrorise another cat and felt something smash beneath my foot.  I thought it was a snail but luckily was one of his little plastic balls he likes to play with. 

The Cafe / ‘Living in interesting times’
« on: November 18, 2017, 00:48:01 AM »
This was I think an old Chinese curse.  I’ve one good friend in the morgue awaiting her funeral next Friday and I really feel rather emotional.  This week has been tough.  Another friend gets married tomorrow and of course I am there for her too.  I had to have my last blood test today to see whether my dreaded disease is making a re-appearance or not but results were late, so I guess it will be Monday before I know.  I thought I was on the verge of a new romance.  Maybe I am, but I just haven’t got the emotional wherewithal right now.  If compatibility relies on being able to name all of Shakespeare’s plays then we are just sooo there.  And he is going to pick me up a Christmas tree when he gets his own and try to make it Thug proof. I didn’t finish work until 10pm this evening so went to the wine bar to try and unwind.  And then just as I was crossing over to the other side (literally crossing the canal, not *that* side, I don’t think I am quite ready for that just yet) out of the corner of my eye I saw the security guard, clearly returning home.  It’s been a long time since our paths crossed.   I know that to some this will mean nothing, but some TSFers will remember.  If life was a soap the credits would have probably rolled at this point.   Instead a bloody great big swan got in my way and I nearly fell over it. 

Today... / Re: Sunday 12th November 2017
« on: November 12, 2017, 21:03:43 PM »
Not been a good day for me today.  My friend, I posted about her previously if anyone remembers, in her mid 30s and diagnosed eight weeks ago with terminal cancer, died in the early hours. 
Also the doctor decided that 5pm on a Friday* was a good time to ring and tell me that my blood results have just come back disastrously.  I have to have a couple more blood tests this week and if the low white cells continue it’s back to the haematologist for me. 

*no there probably isn’t a good time to tell anyone in remission from leukaemia that, it’s just that I had friends staying over the weekend and, what with my friend’s death and that, I’ve been a bit distracted but that isn’t really the doctor’s fault!  You know how when you get given some bad news and your mind goes off on a tangent in shock, all I could think about today was that if something happened to me who would have Toby the Thug because my friend was always going to take him on if something did happen.  I was also a bit worried because I have had a few bruises come up today as well, but as one of my brothers kindly pointed out, if you’re going to spend Saturday evening using the post in the wine bar as a pole to practice your dancing and you fall, then anyone would get bruises!  I wish he wouldn’t point these things out in front of our mother though ...... !

Today... / Re: Apparently Wednesday 8th November
« on: November 08, 2017, 22:44:27 PM »
Imi name the date, I’m on my way!  But seriously though I hope things can be sorted soon with you and mister Imi, obviously a marriage is a bit different to my own breakup of a short relationship where we didn’t live together so I am sure a bit of communication might do it? Hopefully. In a way I think mine is telling the truth about ‘forgetting’ to tell her, I think he has been keeping his options open and she has come up with a surprise visit or a previously arranged visit he had forgotten about.  Whatever - meh!  In the last two years I’ve been amazed that a few of my friends have gone on holiday with their chaps and within half an hour or so of returning home have been dumped by text. And not because they had bad holidays, far from and they’ve since found out that the break up was all pre-arranged anyhow. My own parents, who you usually can’t get a piece of paper between bicker over farve’s relentless obsession with bowls.  He has been known to simply disappear on a Sunday afternoon when we are meant to be doing family things and then when they have the big fall out he says that’s it, he is never going to play bowls again if it is such a problem. Which actually isn’t what she wants at all, just a bit of balance. Now me, growing up with six brothers, I don’t really see men as that much of a mystery. Generally they’re not as complicated as we (and by this I mean teenage girls and equivalent) make them. So when a man tells me he can’t do *insert whatever* because he is playing football/taking his mother to the supermarket etc I believe them.  I am laid back to a fault - so my friends and family tell me.   Until I find out they have lied to me over big things. And then I am very mean  :| Hell knows no fury - and I talk personally and from work experience - like a love that died but kept being prodded by the other party.     

Today... / Re: Apparently Wednesday 8th November
« on: November 08, 2017, 13:52:14 PM »
It's sorted Hernibs.  I've never been very good at acting, so decided best to just be the ex girlfriend for real.  It was getting to be too much like hard work anyway, both the distance and the difference in shifts. 

The Cafe / Re: Today is 'Iminei Day'!
« on: November 08, 2017, 13:40:20 PM »
A diary entry reminded me that it is four years to the day since I found out that my husband was a lying cheating scumbag.  I wonder if it is in his diary in about a month's time that it is four years to the day that he discovered that I had spent £10k on credit cards where I was only the second card holder - account not in my name, not my problem!! I will say that the sewing machine I bought at that time performs far better than he ever did!   ;)

Today... / Re: Apparently Wednesday 8th November
« on: November 08, 2017, 13:29:51 PM »
Imi that is a strange thing for him to do.  And I say that as someone has had their fair share of acquaintanceships with some very very strange men!  I'd go so far as to say that I own the copyright for the tee shirt if I'm honest.  The latest has just asked me if I would mind awfully being an ex-girlfriend for a couple of weeks whilst his last girlfriend from the Met comes to stay because, I quote,  'I've been so busy it might have slipped my mind to finish with her'.  But here's hoping you can sort it out with him. 

Today... / Re: Saturday 4th November
« on: November 04, 2017, 12:11:54 PM »
I have to work this evening as it is the Ottery Tar Barrels.  I think only in Devon is it considered fun for wooden barrels (formerly holding sherry or cider) to be coated in tar and set on fire. The “barrel rollers” (who don’t actually roll the barrels)  run around in the street carrying them on their backs with flames pouring out of the barrel. Anyway for some reason this draws the public and it is expected that 20,000 people will attend tonight, so a bit of crowd control required!! 

The Cafe / Re: The Rant Thread
« on: November 04, 2017, 11:10:47 AM »
Oh this is quite topical for me too.  I am presently pulling away from a friend, but for a different reason.  Put bluntly, she’s rude.  She seems to have a problem with waiting/serving staff to the point where I am embarrrassed.  She’s a very very fussy eater so that kind of rules out three quarters of where we can eat in Exeter.  In truth she’s a steak/burger and chips kind of girl, but the chips have to be the extremely skinny sort.  Last time we went out we tried a new place that had opened and had a special deal on.  She asked whether they did the skinny fries and they said they did. Well it would seem that fries, like life, are open to interpretation.  Their idea meant that they weren’t chunky chips.  You see, my evening out just got very complicated!  She had a right old tantrum resulting in her banging the plate so hard on the table that the food bounced off onto the floor.  And then when they came to clean it up she moaned about the smell of the cleaning fluid.  The time before that, as we were about to sit at a table the manager came over and asked us to leave because she remembered that the last time nothing they could do would make ‘us’ happy!  So I am tainted by association! 
Interestingly a few years ago she was dumped by some bloke she was seeing who she was really into because he didn’t want to be in a relationship and enjoyed being single, and a few weeks later he got engaged to another friend of mine!  I had lunch with her not long ago and she was telling me that the reason he finished with her (they’re now married) was because he didn’t like the way she spoke to people, including her own parents.  I’ve tried to broach the subject with her, but she said that “we don’t all have a bloody Waltons family life” and she was entitled to go to places where she enjoyed the food since she was paying for it.  It made me think that she really quite controls me as I am so dictated as to where we can go, and when we get there I am constantly on edge wondering how she will behave, and if it was a man I’d finish with him, so although we go back a lot of years I think we’ve had our time!

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