August 10th, 2016


Tweeting in the gaps Dec 2015 - July 2016

December 01, 2015 at 09:21PM:
I've just won bad mummy award, again... mummy, this was the baddest day ever. Patrick was being very annoying & you were being mean #mgm

December 02, 2015 at 07:59PM:
Mummy, Patrick does really good schereschnitt. #mgm #pmm #fraternalfeedback

December 02, 2015 at 08:05PM:
Mummy, Samichlaus gave us a new TV last year? That was very nice of him. It was very useful because we didn't have to buy it! #mgm

December 05, 2015 at 01:45PM:
Off to the forest to see Samichlaus (Santa Claus) - travelling in style with steam train! #mgm #pmm

December 06, 2015 at 06:01PM:
Waiting to swim 111m across v cold limmat river in Zurich for the trad. Samichlaus swim w 2 brave workmates!!

December 06, 2015 at 07:59PM:
and us after our 111m icy cold swim :-)

December 06, 2015 at 08:29PM:
good read

December 14, 2015 at 10:52AM:
Cold, misty ride to Kindergarten. Small boy M to me You are a very Odd Mummy, Mummy I think that's a compliment :-) #mgm

December 14, 2015 at 10:53AM:
Channelling the christmas spirti, day off work, Christmas cake baking underway... Next up - pudding and mincemeat!

December 14, 2015 at 03:25PM:
christmas cake smells now filling the flat :-) all christmas cards posted. Final presents bought. I am unstoppable... :-)

December 18, 2015 at 07:45PM:
New hair and colour for the holidays!

December 19, 2015 at 12:49PM:
Saturday morning in the mountains! #braunwald

December 20, 2015 at 11:29AM:
Goodbye #braunwald & @maerchen_hotel - we had a lovely weekend!

December 20, 2015 at 06:49PM:
Goodbye Braunwald & Märchenhotel Bellevue ( we had a lovely weekend in the mountains!!

December 24, 2015 at 12:37PM:
final countdown - list for today :-)

December 24, 2015 at 12:53PM:
See the #ISS over Zurich on Thu Dec 24, 6:22 PM #SpotTheStation via @NASA

December 24, 2015 at 03:17PM:
Presenting packing now complete - 2 mins before boys returned! Tick. Now into next task :-)

December 24, 2015 at 04:03PM:
my christmas elves (courtesy of Hubbie's raiding of their wardrobes!!) #mgm #pmm

December 24, 2015 at 05:32PM:
5 mins peace! Wine & kindle :-)

December 25, 2015 at 03:16PM:
Festive nails, bubbly, jewellry from my lovely, kids playing & still presents left :-)

December 25, 2015 at 06:55PM:
Anyone else cry at the bbc's adaptation of the stick man? Or just me? Beautiful, charming, touching!

December 25, 2015 at 06:56PM:
Just about to eat our un-traditional duck breast with red roast vegetables :-)

December 26, 2015 at 03:32PM:
@Petzl where can I buy one of these online? Thanks

December 26, 2015 at 03:46PM:
@Petzl Where can I buy one of these online? Thanks

December 26, 2015 at 05:52PM:
Just about to eat our un-traditional duck breast with red roast vegetables :-)

December 26, 2015 at 05:53PM:
Mainlining on mince pies, mulled wine & classic fm!

December 26, 2015 at 06:28PM:
Boxing day dressing up games aka batman & incredible hulk with some customisation :-)

December 28, 2015 at 08:07PM:
Happy 15th wedding anniversary Mr Alan - it's been a blast so far :-)

December 31, 2015 at 03:11PM:
Christmas cake finally iced and finished!

December 31, 2015 at 03:15PM:
Early nye meal/celebration about to start! #Christmaswithkids

January 03, 2016 at 04:43PM:
christmas must be over, just eaten last mince pie & watched final of world's strongest man! still have cake though!

January 09, 2016 at 08:39PM:
Have escaped the madhouse and have a glass of bubbly being brought to me by dear friend! #satevewhenyouareaparent!

January 10, 2016 at 04:25PM:
@thenutribullet just bought my RX and love it! The instructions and book aren't in english though :-( How can I buy/get these in EN? thanks

February 03, 2016 at 10:34AM:
Learning technologies 2016 about to start! V excited :-) #LT16uk

February 03, 2016 at 10:45AM:
#LT16uk my prof challenge is dealing with increasing external regulation

February 03, 2016 at 10:52AM:
#LT16uk marshall goldsmith getting us engaged and talking to each other, hi irina, kristina, anna!

February 03, 2016 at 11:08AM:
#LT16uk marshall goldsmith is spot on on the dream - everything will be better in a few months time, then i will sort everything out!

February 03, 2016 at 12:26PM:
#LT16uK As adults we just want to have goes at what we're good at! Prevents learning.... Deborah Frances White

February 03, 2016 at 12:39PM:
#LT16uK deborah frances white on the power of collaborative story telling (without anxiety) and on how we recognize structure of rom coms!

February 03, 2016 at 03:14PM:
#LT16UK storytelling, video, audio with John McCormick

February 07, 2016 at 05:02PM:
leaving london & the uk after a lovely week - caught up with most of the Palmers - M, D, C, K, W & J :-) & 2nd family S, A, I & J! Ciao :-)

February 14, 2016 at 09:26PM:
epic valentine's weekend - 2 sick boys & sick hubbie :-( even had to buy my own flowers!

February 18, 2016 at 07:25PM:
so it turns out i don't have mummy immunity to the flu - after a week of nursing 2 boys & hubbie, i have now succumbed :-(

March 08, 2016 at 10:46PM:
happy international women's day - dare u to try all 14 subcersions!

March 21, 2016 at 11:46PM:
RT @SoVeryBritish: Early night - Translation: Worrying about Monday in a different room

March 25, 2016 at 11:30PM:
10 Things Kids Need to Learn via @finding_joy

March 28, 2016 at 05:06PM:
This is why our red #castell pencils don't last very long in our house :-) #buddingartist #firefirefire

March 28, 2016 at 05:13PM:
Mummy, I thought this easter egg was from the Easter Bunny? why does it say Coop? #parentingfail

April 02, 2016 at 07:24PM:
Love our local pizza restaurant & their kids activity packs! @molino

April 03, 2016 at 11:56AM:
Beautiful cruise to rapperswil, thanks @zsg

April 10, 2016 at 12:12PM:
I have the flat to myself! now am a whirlwind of washing, online grocery shopping, playing bills & faffing around on the internet!

April 11, 2016 at 09:28AM:

April 11, 2016 at 11:38AM:
the dinosaur has been defeated! #pmm #epicbattleswithpatrick

April 11, 2016 at 05:37PM:
First ice cream of the 2016 summer season #pmm #mgm

April 11, 2016 at 10:08PM:
RT @vanessa9sjs: @Run_Mummy_Run @richardbranson My charity have forgotten to register me for VLM. Have trained and am raising money for PSPA #letvanessarun

April 14, 2016 at 09:23PM:
Thurs night bubbles and sushi

April 15, 2016 at 12:38AM:
Lovely thurs sushi and af bubbly supper!

April 17, 2016 at 11:30PM:
@Logitech spent all weekend charging my new wireless K800 & red light is still blinking. ideas? help!

April 18, 2016 at 09:26PM:
you know small boys have been playing with your iphone import 39 photos of blackness & 4 videos of swirling & giggling #pmm #mgm

April 18, 2016 at 11:51PM:
learning about planets, solar system & meteroid belts. contents of the fruit bowl still missing... #pmm #mgm

April 18, 2016 at 11:53PM:
It's a dog, can't you tell? Imaginations ran riot this weekend. Thanks @kiditec_AG #pmm #mgm

April 18, 2016 at 11:57PM:
My reading corner- just a small proportion of mount TBR.... #lovereading

April 24, 2016 at 04:26PM:
Tracking friends from the sofa / what great marathons, London Zurich #vlm2016 #zurichmarathon well done Amit 4.51 Ldn & andrea 4.41 zrh :-)

April 24, 2016 at 04:46PM:
Let the mini spa & sanity 24hr break begin! Thanks @PanoramaSpa

April 25, 2016 at 12:00AM:
my lovely supper for one! yummy yummy :-) @PanoramaSpa

April 25, 2016 at 11:04AM:
Let the mini spa & sanity 24hr break begin! Thanks @PanoramaSpa

April 25, 2016 at 12:16PM:
Catching up on my reading @PanoramaSpa

April 26, 2016 at 12:14AM:
Painted my nails sparkly to mark the end of my spa escape! Can't wait for the next one! Thanks @PanoramaSpa

April 29, 2016 at 07:32AM:
RT @paulmasonnews: I don’t speak Dutch but I like the sound of kapitalisme is hopeloos geflopt

May 01, 2016 at 01:54PM:
2 new snooker fans! #mgm #pmm

May 01, 2016 at 07:52PM:
Is there anything nicer than homemade lasagne for supper? #nothereisnot

May 05, 2016 at 03:05PM:
1 month sober and counting!
Posted via I Am Sober

May 05, 2016 at 06:58PM:
Family meal and af beer at our favourite Zurich beer garden!

May 06, 2016 at 07:32PM:
My favourite thinking spot in zuerich! So grateful for my life here & all the blessings I have. Ciao 42, hello 43!

May 07, 2016 at 01:14PM:
this is the BEST DAY EVER! mummy's birthday & the circus & reading the new dinosaur book with you daddy #mgm #happy6yrold

May 07, 2016 at 01:15PM:
RT @SoVeryBritish: The overwhelming pressure to not waste a nice day

May 07, 2016 at 01:17PM:
RT @KMartUK: Strong contender for best 'page not found' from the @FinancialTimes

May 07, 2016 at 02:54PM:
Very excited & waiting for #circusknie to start :-)

May 07, 2016 at 04:15PM:
New career direction for my boys - they now want to join the circus - not sure about their chosen specialty yet :-)

May 07, 2016 at 04:25PM:
Circus rules now chosen, m wants to be a juggler and P wants to be that blue guy

May 09, 2016 at 01:23AM:
RT @stevesilberman: ICYMI: This, this, this. Young writers, take note.

May 09, 2016 at 08:40AM:
On train up the mountain, ready for my uetliberg walking therapy :-) #dayoff

May 09, 2016 at 05:34PM:
Last treat of my day off before picking up boys!

May 14, 2016 at 07:19PM:
Finished Run with #runmeter, on *underpass route, time 39:58, distance 4.72 km, average 8:28.

May 21, 2016 at 08:47PM:
my boys have a new obsession - trying to convince myself it's good for their number work :-) #pmm #mgm

May 24, 2016 at 11:55PM:
a stress busting technique I can recommend for any work team :-)

May 26, 2016 at 12:31AM:
very excited to receive my postal ballot papers today for the referendum - stay stay stay! #strongerin

May 26, 2016 at 12:34AM:
updated my ipad on Sat, it failed & I couldn't restore from backup, taken til now to get it set back up :-(

May 29, 2016 at 04:48PM:
Why do they always take over my room with their car / dinosaur / angry birds mashups? #pmm #mgm

June 01, 2016 at 10:01PM:
RT @Patrickesque: How much is Trump paying for these fake Twitter accounts? They all tweeted the exact same thing at the same time

June 03, 2016 at 08:06PM:
mummy, when I hug you harder and harder, it means I lub you more and more Small boy P declares love in comparative form! #pmm

June 06, 2016 at 11:29PM:
celebrating 10 years with the same company!

June 07, 2016 at 08:53AM:
Here's to the next 10 years of my career :-) #paradeplatz

June 08, 2016 at 08:18AM:
The zahnfee is with the times, 5 packets of Pannin stickers delivered last night :-) Happy small child :-) #mgm

June 10, 2016 at 06:07PM:
Rocket reward for working hard on improving behavior the last 2 months! #pmm

June 17, 2016 at 08:59AM:
On 5 min walk to chindsgi M & I discussed WW2, nuclear bombs, Swiss neutrality, Swiss army & role of Swiss banks. #mgm

June 17, 2016 at 09:02AM:
Markus: Mum, Switzerland has lots of banks, lots of robbers want to break in don't they? I bet they have lots of alarms in the banks! #mgm

June 20, 2016 at 04:05PM:
Best line from my mum so far its so hard to tell your boys apart, but patrick's ears stick out more! #pmm #laughorcry?

June 20, 2016 at 04:21PM:
Up the uetliberg for some emergency walking therapy

June 20, 2016 at 04:21PM:
Up the uetliberg for some emergency walking therapy

June 20, 2016 at 04:22PM:
Up the uetliberg for some emergency walking therapy!

June 20, 2016 at 04:49PM:
Maybe today is the first day of summer?

June 20, 2016 at 04:53PM:
Am sure the gruffalo lives here!

June 21, 2016 at 07:34AM:
RT @StrongerIn: One of the simplest explanations we’ve heard for what Britain leaving Europe could feel like:

June 24, 2016 at 08:48PM:
Today best summed up by my fab very british problem quote - that wasnt quite what I had in mind aka what the bloody hell is this?

June 27, 2016 at 02:45PM:
Its a hard life - afternoon on the Zuerisee :-) #mgm #pmm

June 27, 2016 at 02:47PM:
My boys firmly believe that a daily ice cream is one of the basic food groups :-)

June 27, 2016 at 10:29PM:
every time I return from a walk or run, I am surprised by how much better I think and feel - now if only I could remember this beforehand!

July 01, 2016 at 07:10PM:
First visit to baeckeranlage this summer!

July 02, 2016 at 10:52AM:
Brexit: a disaster decades in the making | Gary Younge

July 02, 2016 at 11:12AM:
How The Internet Reacted To The Most Ridiculous Week British Politics Has Ever Seen

July 04, 2016 at 08:44PM:
RT @SoVeryBritish: One-word solutions to all problems:
1. Tea?
2. Pint?
3. Pub?
4. Cake?

July 04, 2016 at 08:44PM:
RT @SoVeryBritish: That's not strictly true - Translation: That's not true in any sense whatsoever

July 05, 2016 at 09:04PM:
The internet of things on IFTTT via @IFTTT:

July 05, 2016 at 09:15PM:
Here's to all the bloody difficult women. I don't share Theresa may's politics but hope she socks it to them

July 08, 2016 at 02:36PM:
Sneaky ice cream break in the sun at enge on our cycle home! #mgm #lovefridays

July 09, 2016 at 12:12PM:
the boys are sorting out their books, I can't watch or get involved!

July 13, 2016 at 08:36AM:
Conversations with M on way to chindski Mummy, schwiiz is one of the smallest countries but instead one of the friendliest! #mgm

July 15, 2016 at 07:19PM:
after 5 years of service to the day, I have bought a new hp laptop to replace the old hp laptop :-)

July 16, 2016 at 06:17AM:
Early start at zrh airport to fly to sheffield for reunion weekend #bittersweetmemories #nat

July 19, 2016 at 09:19PM:
Markus gets welcome letters from his new class! #mgm #goodstart

July 22, 2016 at 05:17PM:
The monster todo list is done & I have left the building ready for my holidays!!!

July 22, 2016 at 11:03PM:
work is done, family holiday is starting - as pictured by my team mate :-) She knows too much about our family!!

July 22, 2016 at 11:19PM:
now prepping for P's birthday party tomorrow - cake is baked, tshirt is prepped - can you guess the theme? #pmm

July 22, 2016 at 11:21PM:
today has been busy - it was also M's last day at Kindergarten :-( 2 years have gone by so fast! #mgm

July 23, 2016 at 10:58AM:
come on! let's do this dinosaur tshirt painting thing :-) #pmm

July 23, 2016 at 11:55AM:
Enjoying some colourful creative time - should do it more often!

July 23, 2016 at 11:56AM:
Job's a good one! Dinosaur is done & now drying! Next creative task dinosaur cake :-)

July 23, 2016 at 12:22PM:
Dinosaur cake skeleton! #pmm

July 24, 2016 at 02:39AM:
The finished cake and tshirt! Now completely wired & knackered & still awake at 0230 am!! #pmm

July 24, 2016 at 01:34PM:
i am happy to now finally be on holiday, but have counted discovered i have 36 things to do on my #idonethis list!!

July 26, 2016 at 06:11PM:
Last time waiting for the no 8 tram to take me to hardplatz for the Kinderkrippe pickup!

July 26, 2016 at 11:10PM:
Patrick has left Kinderkrippe! 6 years helping bring up our family :-) I cried, thanks Kids&Co Hohlstrasse!

July 27, 2016 at 08:08AM:
Football & breakfast at the sports bar at Zurich airport! Ireland here we come - holidays :-)

July 27, 2016 at 01:08PM:
An hour standing in queue at sixt Dublin. Staff don't care. Terrible customer service. #sixt @sixt

July 27, 2016 at 01:17PM:
This was the the top of the sixt queue. 1 hour waiting at Dublin airport and no apology from staff. #sixt @sizt

July 27, 2016 at 03:34PM:
Just checked into lovely city centre hotel in Dublin, the spencer. Can hear the seagulls!

July 28, 2016 at 10:59PM:
Best nights sleep @TheSpencerIFSC & all 3 boys delighted by table football!

July 28, 2016 at 11:01PM:
Viking morans on tour - watch out Dublin, here us ROAR!!

July 29, 2016 at 10:53PM:
Best ice creams ever - from Teddy's at dun laoghaire!

July 29, 2016 at 10:55PM:
Fun on the beach at dun laoghaire - looking for rock pool inhabitants :-)

July 31, 2016 at 09:12PM:
Skimming stones in galway Bay!

Resolution Update - July 2016 / or the 4 Rs...

It has been a fairly stressful couple of months - since about May. Too much work, Alan starting new job in Berne (also in May), uncertainty about which school Markus would be assigned to, Patrick and Markus finishing Kinderkrippe and Kindergarten and starting at new places etc etc.

I am working hard the next 2 weeks to "get my sh*t together before I go back to work and the grind! I need some new food recipes and some new ideas about how to feed family and me quickly and healthily. I also need to figure out for myself, how to build into more exercise each week, as this will help me feel better and de-stress.

My new mantra is the 4 Rs... and I am tracking my success each day :-)
Right choices (food & alcohol)

2016 Resolution = Lose 20kg in 2016
*Lose 20kg in 2016 - still no change, but I am making changes and cutting down massively on the alcohol
*100 Books in 2016 - 43 so far :-)
*100 Blogs in 2016 - 35 so far :-)
*100 Runs in 2016 - 18 so far :-(
*100 Gym visits in 2016 - 3 so far :-(

Moran Family's Summer holiday in Ireland

We had an epic summer holiday in Ireland - all organized thanks to our travel agent Mr.ncot!

We started in Dublin in a lovely suite at The Spencers Hotel - our theme was Vikings! We did the bus/boat viking tour, met up with Angelene in Dun Laoghaire, at the best ice cream in the world and walked the famous Dun Laoghaire pier!

We then moved onto Galway to the Connaught Hotel, where we went to the acquarium, the cinema and skimmed stones at the beach!

Our third stop was Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa at Clonakiltey, a gorgeous peninsula about an hour's drive from Cork. I took Alan there in February 2000 and proposed to him :-) The boys loved the beach, the weather was mixed but the sun eventually shined and we loved our suite and view of the sea!
Plus, the hotel shows up on the best 50 beaches in Ireland!

On the long drive back to Dublin from Clonakiltey we stopped for lunch and a quick adventure in Waterford. We played chess, visited the Viking Triangle and put our little Vikings in the stocks!

The holiday was a fantastic mix of adventure, travelling around, lounging on hotel beds to watch telly, table football and silly selfies! On the drive back to Dublin, the sun was shining, the car radio was playing cheesy 80s ballards and I experienced a deep gratitude and happiness for my life, my holiday and the three men in my life (who at that point were all in the back of the car being chaffeured by me!!)

cartoon mug

Tale of the new "new" laptop!

or "Procrastination Gadget Girl" strikes again

After a failed attempt to upgrade my laptop last year (was missold a laptop, then sold it on again), I finally have a new laptop running windows 10.

I have had my trusty black HP Pavilion five years now (I bought it 3 days before Patrick's arrival!). The old laptop is so noisy that Alan has banned me from using it in the living room ("it sounds like a plane taking off!") and half the letters have rubbed off (helped me to finally learn to touch type) and the corners have chips taken out of them and it overheats madly. BUT I loved it!

Here's the unpacking of the new one, 1TB hard drive, with 250GB of HDD, backlit keyboard, shiny and silver and quiet. I have spent all day setting it up (in stages) and I still have to move over the data!

Old and new and a very clean desk to boot :-)

edited to add
both laptops are about same length and width, new one is considerably thinner
old one weights 2.63kg
new one weights 2.42kg