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    Originally posted by Patrick Thistle View Post
    Are you going to be doing Dungeons and Dragons again?
    No immediate plans. We got some new board games at Christmas (Labyrinthe, Bugs in the Kitchen) which are current favourites.

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      We have a trampoline in the backyard and it's great. I insisted that we get one with the highest level of safety as I'm not inclined to want to deal with injuries during a pandemic and now it turns out that I'm the one that gives it the most use, I was previously unaware that trampolining is a decent bit of cardio and it's more fun than running.

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        Originally posted by Balderdasha View Post
        Day 2. Husband ... did cosmic yoga .
        You do realise that this makes us all think that your husband has just taken a lot of drugs, right?

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          Day 3. Not our finest day. The upstairs toilet was blocked. Husband tried to clear it with bicarbonate and vinegar and just created a terrifying poo volcano*. Daughter has a stomach bug and vomited all over the lounge. Me and husband had a row about whether I had cleaned my hands sufficiently after dealing with the vomit to be draining pasta. Day was rescued by abandoning adulthood and all just playing Luigi's Mansion 3 together in the evening.

          *It is now finally cleared.
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            Sounds awful. Hopefully the bug has gone and no-one else gets it.

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              Day 4. We built a trampoline in the back garden. Well, I helped for the first hour during my lunch break and my husband finished it with the "help" of the children in the afternoon. My son bounced on it solidly for about an hour. I had a work "social" call in the afternoon where the children came and waved at everyone and all their dogs and babies too.

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                Day 5. Bounced on the trampoline. Cleaned the kitchen. Helped the kids make cards for mother-in-law and went to the local shop to post them and buy a few essentials (it also helpfully has a post office). Shop was depressingly busy. People wearing face masks but not bothering to distance themselves in the queue. Daughter made us all bracelets out of paper clips.

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                  Day 6. Today I mostly cooked. Made a spicy rigatoni alla norma for lunch and a roast dinner. I thought I made loads but everything has been eaten by the end of the day. I guess the kids are getting older and eating more. Plus, without junk food in the house, they eat more of their main meals.

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                    Originally posted by Balderdasha View Post
                    Day 6. Today I mostly cooked. Made a spicy rigatoni alla norma for lunch and a roast dinner. I thought I made loads but everything has been eaten by the end of the day. I guess the kids are getting older and eating more..
                    Tell me about it! Our son eats loads more now than the two of us, but I still tend to underestimate the rations needed.

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                      Day 7. Played frisbee in the park at lunchtime. Put frisbee on my head because it made my son giggle that I looked like an angel with a halo. Then we did the conga together. At some point the frisbee halo fell off and despite a rigorous search of the park it was nowhere to be found. Son went out to the trampoline after school / work finished. We didn't realise, but he couldn't open the zip to get back out. He was only there for about ten minutes but by the time we got him out he was howling as if we'd abandoned him in an Arctic wasteland. Had to warm him up by rubbing his feet on the sofa under a big blanket and giving him a hot chocolate. We're watching the first season of the Mandalorian together in the evening at the moment.

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                        You hsve a covered trampoline?

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                          Mild scare over.
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                          No sooner had a I posted on here that we seemed to be set fair over Covid than somebody at my ex-wife's work tested positive. She hadn't been on the same shift as this person but had been in the same space as her with PPE on, but it was still a nervy time. Test came back negative this morning.

                          Meanwhile, I have literally no idea how I'm supposed to home school my elder boy while I'm working and she's out at work.

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                            Originally posted by Sporting View Post
                            You hsve a covered trampoline?
                            It has safety netting around it to stop the kids falling out onto the patio stones.

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                              A bit like this: https://www.smythstoys.com/uk/en-gb/...y-net/p/162029

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                                Originally posted by My Name Is Ian View Post
                                Meanwhile, I have literally no idea how I'm supposed to home school my elder boy while I'm working and she's out at work.
                                Put him in front of a computer. Put on the live feed from the House of Commons, and tell him this represents a Teams meeting that is vitally important to his company, but that he has absolutely no interest in and he isn't expected to talk. Then log him onto OTF and get him to post surreptitiously while pretending to listen.

                                It won't teach him Maths, or Science, or anything (although it may teach him how to spell "Surreptitiously"), but it'll be very good experience for his future working life.

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                                  They created a huge mess in the living room this morning, but after a fairly thorough telling off they did spend a good hour tidying it all up again. So in other words, in tidying up a mess created by them, they are fairly accurately recreating much of my "working" day.

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                                    Day 8. Took the kids to the sandpit at lunchtime. Husband made jacket potatoes for lunch and pasta bake for dinner. Played Monopoly after work then son did jigsaws while I taught daughter card games, snap, five card rummy, 21, go fish. Did a zoom call this evening with my breastfeeding support group to maintain my certification.

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                                      We're getting by with a combination of the cub sitting in with one of us doing his school work when we're not on calls, regular breaks and a daily (so far) videocall with one of his aunties or one of his school friends in the afternoon so he can blather. His biggest issue is that he feels lonely when he's on his own, even if we're in the next room.

                                      I've been getting rotten anxiety which has been giving me chest pains again. Well it's that or the hiatus hernia.
                                      Added to my inability to exercise due to back pain and I was getting quite stressed and my BP was spiking.
                                      So for want of a better idea (Dr only recommended group talking therapy - ah,no...) I got some cbd oil pills,and some 5-htp jellies. Now it could be placebo, it could a psychological reaction to doing something seemingly medical etc. But I feel a lot better and my BP is down from 145/95 ish to 128/84 ish. So you know, interesting...

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