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  • Mary Poppins sounds great Kitti - and I love the idea of you sneaking satsumas into the cinema :rotfl: I did the Live Below The Line challenge a few years ago (£5 for all food for five days, though I did £5 for days) and I remember sneaking rich tea biscuits into the cinema for similar reasons :D

    Your resolutions all sound great - I hope you achieve them all and have a wonderful 2019
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  • Kittikins
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    Thanks Pink :) We usually take our own snacks into the cinema, generally bags of popcorn from the supermarket at about 1/5 the price of the cinema, but I wanted to save more pennies and was reeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaallllllllyyyyyy hungry!

    I'm finally buckling down to work, I do seem to work a bit better under pressure, but wish I could be more regimented about doing it all!
  • Our local cinema is in a small shopping centre, three doors down from a Wilko's store.... I'm amazed they ever manage to sell any of their bagged sweets in the cinema :) We paid 85p for a bag of sweets - the EXACT same ones in the cinema were over £3 :eek:

    I know exactly what you mean about not being able to work unless under pressure... I still need to finish up corrections to my PhD thesis and hadn't done a thing since September. Somehow I managed to force myself to spend the majority of my time off over Xmas working on it (I worked Xmas eve and NYE and was off work in between) and a quite pleased with the headway I've made. Now I just need to somehow keep hold of that motivation enough to continue (and get rid of the bloody thing out of my life!!)
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  • Kittikins
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    edited 6 January 2019 at 2:28PM
    Popped into school yesterday (ended up staying for hours...…) and got annoyed that my head had, yet again, taken it upon herself to go and rearrange my classroom. I shouldn't get upset, as I now (a) she wouldn't have meant it as an insult, and would be sad that she'd hurt my feelings, and (b) her changes are going to make life easier for the children to access books etc.

    It just brought back memories of my evil ex-boss......and I wish current boss would have emailed me to let me know she'd been in to make changes, just a little note would have helped me a lot.

    Anyway.....I realise I have a TON of essential work to get done by tomorrow morning, eek! I'd better stop waffling on and get some done I guess ;)
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    I feel your pain Kittikins.:o;)I am so envious that you even went in! I am supposed to be doing some urgent marking today but realised that I forgot to inject this morning and my blood sugars are sky high. Instead I am going to have a sleep till they fall to a manageable level in an hour or two and will do some prep then.

    All we have to remember Kittikins is that the worst term is over and the days will be brighter. Ps only 6 weeks till the next hols.
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    Wow! Half term already, the year is flying by and the money is still flowing freely through my fingers.....

    DD is still not diagnosed with anything tangible, but I feel that some of her pain has been slightly psychosomatic. Her shoulder is getting so much better, due to specialised physiotherapy, all praise to the NHS, but her back/legs are a different matter.

    I'm still really enjoying school and my lovely class. I don't seem to get a moment to breathe, which is better than being bored I guess ;):) I have had to make a concerted effort to plan non-work related things to do over half term, or I'd struggle under the amount I have to do. I definitely work better with deadlines, so hopefully by doing some now and then leaving it until the weekend, will pay dividends!

    Personally, I'm feeling a bit stressed at the mo. It's nothing I can put my finger on, but I'm really looking forward to meeting up with a couple of old friends later in the week and putting the world to rights.

    Money-wise this month, things are squeaky tight, not least because I'm taking DD to go and see Aladdin later in the week. She's paid for one ticket, and I'm getting the rest plus train, meal etc etc.
  • Hey Kittikins enjoy half term, hope you can relax and de-stress with friends. February always seems to be a tight month money-wise here too, even though its the shortest month of the year ;)
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  • savingwannabe
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    Happy visit to Aladdin. I hope half term is going well. We have plenty of work but I hope you can enjoy yourself. Fewer days in February means we are closer to the next payday and Summer Hols. Hurrah.
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    Managed a NSD yesterday - "saved" myself £84 by not buying a spare key for my car, but early this morning ordered a key blank for £4 from ebay and am going to take it to my local key cutting place. I have the electronic fob bit, but snapped the key in the ignition many, many years ago....and haven't had a spare key since!

    I'm supposed to be going out with a chum later today, to the cinema and for dinner. I'm wading through work, procrastinating by doing some necessary online training rather than planning though!
  • savingwannabe
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    Well done on saving so much money on the keys! I'm supposed to be working but keep finding ways not to as well. lol. Ive never done so much ironing in my life before...:rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:
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