August 10th, 2017

tea break

On Tea and Friends

This little packet of tea and friendship landed in my mailbox before my holidays. I love it when you instantly recognize someone's handwriting - in this case, my oldest friend Caro, who sent me tea through the post, just because :-)

There has been a considerable blogging gap these last months. Work has been incredibly busy, my boss left, Mr.ncot is also drowning in work, boys are fine, life is busy.

But... I seem to have lost myself somewhere along the way. We've just been on a lovely family holiday (post and photos to follow) but I still feel tired, stressed and not myself. I am not doing enough of the things that make me feel better - blogging, reading, exercise. Ah well, onwards and updward....

Tweeting in the gaps, Dec 2016 - July 2017

December 04, 2016 at 02:17PM:
advent feeling! the boys are singing o tannenbaum round the clock & playing samichlaus, delivering Nuts & sweets to my bed :-) #mgm #pmm

December 04, 2016 at 02:18PM:
i am having a duvet day - trying to figure out what I need to do to help me feel better, what i need to do for family & how to handle work

December 04, 2016 at 03:27PM:
Today I'm a Hermetic Writer. Create your profile on #myanalogcloud

December 04, 2016 at 05:29PM:
Boys have been out & about - on returning home & finding me still in my jimjams, M remarks mummy, you have had a lazy day! #mgm

December 10, 2016 at 06:02PM:
RT @Antof9: New way to describe paper dolls, maybe? Like pre-owned vehicles, it needed a makeover? LOL

December 10, 2016 at 09:50PM:
just discovered duolingo - learning french and italian in tandem - want to speak 3 of 4 swiss national languages :-)

December 11, 2016 at 11:03AM:
on you marks #silvesterlauf #mgm #pmm

December 11, 2016 at 11:03AM:
get set #silvesterlauf #mgm #pmm

December 11, 2016 at 11:05AM:
Go! #silvesterlauf #mgm #pmm

December 11, 2016 at 11:28AM:
And go go go moran-palmers! #silvesterlauf #mgm #pmm

December 11, 2016 at 11:30AM:
We did it! The boys dragged us round d & we finished together :!-) #mgm #pmm #silvesterlauf

December 11, 2016 at 12:09PM:
have now got mr.ncot hooked on duolingo! I am now focussing on French & dutch!

December 11, 2016 at 01:17PM:
The Zurich Moran-Palmer Elves dance for your pleasure! #elfyourself

December 11, 2016 at 11:30PM:
More than happy that Suits (season 5) has returned to Netflix. Oh & season 3 of Elementary :-)

December 19, 2016 at 06:45PM:
Big Christmas tree and Littke Christmas tree have been bought - Christmas must be close!!

December 20, 2016 at 11:08PM:
multitasking like a good 'un - christmas baking for teacher gifts & belated christmas card writing :-)

December 20, 2016 at 11:11PM:
the christmas elves at home were busy - big tree and little tree for boys' room decorated :-)

December 21, 2016 at 01:26AM:
Job's a good 'un - Christmas cards & cookies? Check!

December 22, 2016 at 11:25PM:
gotta love switzerland - just done my online shop with @coop_ch and have a 3 o'clock slot on christmas eve!! #result

December 22, 2016 at 11:43PM:
First batch of mince pies! Christmas is nearly here!

December 23, 2016 at 01:12AM:
Mince pies cooling, Christmas has started!

December 24, 2016 at 10:37AM:
Hurtling towards Christmas eve finish line, but just pausing for a nice cup of spa tea and a manicure!

December 24, 2016 at 11:40AM:
Before and after

December 24, 2016 at 08:43PM:
that moment where you realize wrapping on christmas eve evening is a spectularly bad idea & takes longer than you think.... (1/2)

December 24, 2016 at 08:44PM:
... particularly when you forget where you hid the parcels in your tiny flat - there's nowhere to hide them, how can I have lost them! (2/2)

December 24, 2016 at 10:17PM:
finish line reached - stockings ready, presents wrapped, duck breasts marinating, bubbly opened & supper imminent!

December 25, 2016 at 12:09AM:
my little elves wish you a merry christmas!

December 25, 2016 at 07:21AM:
Thank you Santa, I love you, even though I can't see you! #mgm

December 25, 2016 at 08:47AM:
First lego build of the day and it's not even 9am!

December 25, 2016 at 03:13PM:
just watched recording of We’re all going on a bear hunt ( - wonderful adaptation, few tears & that was just me!

December 25, 2016 at 03:39PM:
P: What had you said? Me: What did you say? (correcting denglish) P: Yes, what had you said? and so the fun continues....

December 28, 2016 at 07:57PM:
Celebrating 16 happy years married to my lovely alan! High up in clouds overlooking Zürich!

December 29, 2016 at 11:41AM:
16 years & 1 day married, 21 years together. Then & now!

December 30, 2016 at 06:06PM:
have the bliss of the flat to myself & and am doing my end of year blogging marathon! #introvertheaven

December 30, 2016 at 07:49PM:
P lost his second baby tooth sometime since Christmas, but the tooth was nowhere to be found! Tooth fairy paid up a…

December 31, 2016 at 01:24AM:
RT @daraobriain: That show (or some of it) will get it a last hurrah in Switzerland and Australia, then new show for Oct 2017, staring in Dublin!

January 01, 2017 at 03:30PM:
drowning in a sea of lego - enough already! we have enough Nexo Knights to film our own Lego movie/mini series. HEL…

January 01, 2017 at 03:45PM:
day 1 of my 30 day AF (aka no booze challenge) - looking forward to more time, more cash, better sleep :-)

January 01, 2017 at 05:16PM:
Finished Run with #runmeter, on Allmendbruecke an... route, time 53:35, distance 6.05 km, behind worst run 0:58, average 8:51.

January 01, 2017 at 05:21PM:
First 5k of 1000k in 2017 done! Beautiful allmend in Zurich.

January 02, 2017 at 12:00PM:
when M plays football, he does self commentary in swiss German! The penguins are winning 21:4!

January 02, 2017 at 12:08PM:
when M plays football, he does self commentary in swiss German! The penguins are winning 21:4!

January 02, 2017 at 01:16PM:
Finished Run with #runmeter, on *Sihl circuit route, time 28:13, distance 3.31 km, behind median run 1:57, average 8:32.

January 03, 2017 at 09:33AM:
RT @livequiet: Tell your loved ones that alone time is essential to you—it allows you to be more present for them.…

January 05, 2017 at 01:38PM:
it's snowing outside & I'm sneezing inside, have a cold to end my hols, but being in bed with a good book & nice cup of tea ain't so bad!

January 06, 2017 at 01:01PM:
King for the dday he keeps singing! #goingtobealongday #mgm

January 07, 2017 at 12:45PM:
one of those days when you can't decide whether your boys are hugging each other or wrestling! #mgm #pmm

January 08, 2017 at 12:08AM:
Just found my new Netflix series to binge watch!#DesignatedSurvivor

January 10, 2017 at 07:45PM:
We build a better breed of snowman in our family - here's Bob the Bookworm enjoying the @TheEconomist !

January 13, 2017 at 08:26PM:
Small boy p asks this morning when is winter over? I don't want it anymore! Couldn't bear to tell him it had only…

January 14, 2017 at 01:56PM:
RT @ImpactWales: Leaders have a look at this awesome sketchnote by @tnvora on @DanielGolemanEI 3 kinds of leadership focus.

January 16, 2017 at 10:20PM:
made me laugh out loud!

January 20, 2017 at 07:43PM:
Waiting for @daraobriain! Never heard so any expats in one place in Switzerland!

January 20, 2017 at 09:13PM:
Dara is v v funny!! @daraobriain up the swiss!

January 20, 2017 at 09:26PM:
RT @emmafreud: Pretty much sums it up.

January 24, 2017 at 11:49PM: via @youtube

January 30, 2017 at 12:04AM:
RT @NicolaLucas: As suspected this tweet has been deleted. Retweet far and wide #MuslimBan

February 01, 2017 at 10:07AM:
planning for #LT17UK - excited about 2 days of learning :-)

February 01, 2017 at 10:17AM:
Last minute planning waiting for #lt17uk to start with Anna & @sabine_gori!

February 01, 2017 at 11:16AM:
#LT17UK I'm addicted and I need help with digital balance! @thimon

February 14, 2017 at 08:07PM:
Buying flowers for myself and taking two boys to Macdonalds for batman happy meal! #Happyvalentine

February 17, 2017 at 12:54PM:
Speedy stitching in time for a special late lunch date!

February 20, 2017 at 11:04AM:
View from my deck chair!

February 21, 2017 at 09:48PM:
love my family, but love having a day in the flat to myself even more! sorting photos, having a g@t or 2, enjoying the peace :-) #being40+

February 23, 2017 at 10:41AM:
Latest musing from son 1: Mama, I know what is better than money. Mama & Papa, because without you we wouldn't come into the world!

February 23, 2017 at 10:54AM:
i have ski envy! Am on holiday, but not skiing and this is the view from my hotel window.... next year I will get b…

February 23, 2017 at 10:55AM:
my parents' first selfie! welcome to the digital age Palmers!!

February 23, 2017 at 02:02PM:
am loving my new iphone7, my 4s lasted 5 years, but was finally dropped one time too many!!

February 23, 2017 at 07:48PM:
@sabine_gori can I go with you sometime? I have lost my confidence! And this week I am too tired & achy & old :-(

February 24, 2017 at 06:25PM:
my boys finish their first week of ski school 4th & 2nd places in their classes! Very proud. 7yrold was delighted t…

February 24, 2017 at 08:04PM:
It's not been a relaxing week holiday , but the kids have had a ball & learnt to ski, so claiming this as a #parentingwin!

February 26, 2017 at 02:44PM:
Lovely re-read!

February 26, 2017 at 08:50PM:
loving reading with the 7yr old - he learnt tonight about narrative hooks - outraged that I wouldn't keep reading into chap 3 of HP2!

March 03, 2017 at 07:15PM:
If Cinderella Had A Feminist Fairy Godmother via @womenysk

March 11, 2017 at 11:37AM:
RT @SoVeryBritish: Holding the kettle's handle as it approaches boiling point, so you can complete the job faster than an F1 pit crew

March 17, 2017 at 10:20PM:
Awesome concert in Zürich w excellent audience singing! #AmyMacDonald

March 18, 2017 at 06:51PM:
In our 2 nation family the boys are now Irish not English! On my own then waving the flag :-) #6nations2017

March 19, 2017 at 12:48AM:
RT @cameronesposito: Nobody has more respect for women than me.

March 24, 2017 at 09:24AM:
Very happy to be back in the U.K. ELearning event today then weekend with best mate & family!

March 24, 2017 at 11:01AM:
Attending first #elearningnetwork event in Hoxton. Very excited, but not sure I'm hip enough!@elearningnetwk

March 24, 2017 at 11:19AM:
Off we go! # elearningnrtwk

April 03, 2017 at 03:37PM:
@zoesqwilliams the guilty feminist

April 08, 2017 at 10:09PM:
what did Aha ever do to you, @Ed_Miliband??? epic! @thelastleg

April 13, 2017 at 10:34PM:
RT @digital_balance: I feel bad for you son #99fonts #itsallaboutthebalance

April 13, 2017 at 11:04PM:
Conversation with Son #1 this morning: ...I'm not sure the Easter bunny even exists, all he does is buy stuff from…

April 14, 2017 at 11:20PM:
Excellent article about feedback!

April 14, 2017 at 11:21PM:
RT @JohnFugelsang: #GoodFriday is when we honor the most famous innocent brown-skinned man to ever get the death penalty.

April 15, 2017 at 02:47PM:
RT @_RoomsOfOurOwn: Rooms Of Our Own: Equal Gender Representation in School - Sign the Petition! via @UKChange

April 16, 2017 at 10:01AM:
Mummy, in real did the Easter bunny really brought the Easter minion chocolate? #mgm

April 16, 2017 at 10:18AM:
Easter goodies ready for our lunch and hunt later!

April 16, 2017 at 10:36AM:
My easter treats to myself #nonfattening #goodforme #lovemykindle

April 17, 2017 at 01:21PM:
This is how all mondays should be - a massage (ow but good) lunch at not guilty (yum) then the smurfs with the bo…

May 01, 2017 at 05:28PM:
applied for the london marathon ballot again - here's hoping 2018 is a marathon year :-) #hopespringseternal

May 03, 2017 at 07:11PM:
Proud of myself - been to the gym & have signed up for personal training session! #helen2.0

May 04, 2017 at 07:01AM:
Love is.... When You get up to found that lovely hubbie had already made the kids' znueni!

May 04, 2017 at 07:08AM:
Spot on! A message relevant to my week! Your Job Can’t Be the Only Meaningful Thing in Your Life via @thescienceofus

May 07, 2017 at 12:41PM:
how to celebrate your *cough* 44th birthday as an introvert - massage, brunch with my boys, then off to the spa alo…

May 08, 2017 at 12:05PM:
My cocoon at the Spa. Reading, resting, reflecting.

May 08, 2017 at 03:50PM:
I never tire of this view over the Zuerisee, even when it's cloudy & grey! @PanoramaSpa #panoramaspa #relaxed

May 10, 2017 at 10:05PM:
had my first personal training at the new gym - exercises looked deceptively simple - they weren't!

May 14, 2017 at 11:31AM:
tried out a different personal trainer at the gym yesterday - i think he's going to help me run again :-)

May 14, 2017 at 11:45AM:
As I woke up, i heard a lot of whispering :-) this was the result #happymothersday & bought myself this to celebrat…

May 14, 2017 at 12:58PM:
Happy mummy doing admin at my desk & wrestling our lives back into order again, boys playing peacefully for once!…

May 19, 2017 at 08:10AM:
Talking with M last night about death & reincarnation (as you do) - Mummy it makes my heart hurt when I think about this #mgm #wise

May 20, 2017 at 10:14AM:
RT @eLearningMDJ: A great company to work for and the learning team are a fun bunch, who work hard and play hard!

May 20, 2017 at 11:10AM:
finally stopped P swearing, favourite phrase was holy sh*t. Now it's holy moly roly doly. I think that's better :-) #pmm

May 20, 2017 at 11:12AM:
bliss! boys playing nicely together, compromising, discussing the relative merits of Jedis and Wookies! #lifewithboys #pmm #mgm

May 20, 2017 at 03:34PM:
Off on my learning adventures! 1 day MBA #onedaymbagmc? @guardian classes then inspire yourself @DeborahFW topped off with @GuiltFemPod!!!

May 20, 2017 at 03:35PM:
RT @christedd: Great eLearning Designer job up for grabs in Zurich working with a first-class team

May 20, 2017 at 04:05PM:
The joys of travelling solo, just one bag, no kids to look after & time to chill in the lounge! #littlepleasures

May 21, 2017 at 11:11AM:
Great interactive start to one day MBA! #onedaymbagmc

May 21, 2017 at 11:39AM:
Excellent digital start to one day MBA - Lifeboats & logic & electric cars w Dr Mark Kennedy #onedaymbagmc

May 21, 2017 at 12:03PM:
Esther canonico on flexible working & work life balance #onedaymbagmc

May 21, 2017 at 01:08PM:
Management theory needs better understanding of politics #onedaymbagmc

May 21, 2017 at 02:23PM:
Learning about outcome bias & how to make better decisions! #onedaymbagmc

May 21, 2017 at 02:25PM:
Too true! ! #onedaymbagmc

May 21, 2017 at 03:30PM:
Back from lunch & now influencing change! #onedaymbagmc

May 21, 2017 at 04:17PM:
What is strategy anyway? George yip explained #onedaymbagmc

May 21, 2017 at 07:03PM:
Passing by my spiritual home!

May 22, 2017 at 10:21AM:
Ready to be inspired! & all the way from Switzerland :-) #includeyourself2017

May 22, 2017 at 10:53AM:
We are surrounded by the registration queue on 4 sides! #IncludeYourself2017

May 22, 2017 at 12:38PM:
The power of the still head! I am a lion not a gazelle :-) #IncludeYourself2017

May 22, 2017 at 12:49PM:
Our job is to change others & how they feel - IF we are a lion (not a gazelle!!) 😀 #IncludeYourself2017

May 22, 2017 at 12:49PM:
Gazelles can't fly planes! #IncludeYourself2017

May 22, 2017 at 01:29PM:
We need to give other people status & learn how to lead the energy & change it! #IncludeYourself2017

May 22, 2017 at 01:35PM:
Awesome session - we are women of influence & we include others & give them status!! @DeborahFW #IncludeYourself2017

May 22, 2017 at 01:44PM:
Artistic accompaniment whilst queueing for lunch! #includeyourself2017

May 22, 2017 at 04:04PM:
Epic storytelling with @DeborahFW / make your audience the hero & increase their status! We love stories...…

May 22, 2017 at 04:27PM:
Very tasty tea and cake before the guilt feminist podcast finale to the Day! @GuiltFemPod #includeyourself2017

May 22, 2017 at 04:41PM:
So excited to be at a honest to goodness podcast recording of @GuiltFemPod!! #includeyourself2017

May 22, 2017 at 06:17PM:
Epic musicial ending to an inspiring day!! Thanks @DeborahFW #includeyourself2017

May 22, 2017 at 07:01PM:
At dr martens Store in Covent Garden :-)

May 22, 2017 at 08:24PM:
Loving the view as I eat my supper!

May 25, 2017 at 11:16AM:
I've found a tactic to contain the worms, sorry, boys! #pmm #mgm.

June 02, 2017 at 06:30PM:
Paddling at the lake - perfect end to a very busy week! #pmm

June 05, 2017 at 10:48AM:
RT @tnvora: Five Elements of Working out Loud - by @johnstepper #WOLWeek #WOL #Learning

June 11, 2017 at 05:44PM:
need to learn how to do this!

June 13, 2017 at 09:21PM:
this perfectly describes life in the moran Palmer household!! via @youtube

June 20, 2017 at 11:26PM:
RT @tnvora: Insights on Becoming an Effective Learner #Learning

July 02, 2017 at 08:50PM:
Why we should learn German | John le Carré. I could not agree more!

July 16, 2017 at 09:26AM:
4 hours to decorate cake & paint tshirt? #defleftittoolatethistime!

July 16, 2017 at 11:10AM:
Now starting the tshirt with an audience - they want to help!

July 16, 2017 at 11:26AMAudience has now thankfully got distracted & disappeared - am now making progress! #timepressure

July 16, 2017 at 12:30PMTshirt done, now finishing touches to cake!

July 16, 2017 at 12:43PMAnd we are done!

July 16, 2017 at 02:54PMthe party has started - wish us luck, 8 kids in our flat ages 5 to 7. Let the games commence...

July 16, 2017 at 08:59PMA moment that changed me: listening to, rather than trying to fix, my suicidal wife | Mark Lukach

July 18, 2017 at 08:07AMHappy birthday darling boy, 6 today! #pmm

July 18, 2017 at 08:08AMWhen the Starbucks guy knows your order and you just have to smile & swipe!!

July 18, 2017 at 09:14PMI got: Swiss Hotel Pro (8 out of 10! ) - Swiss Hotels Quiz via @play_buzz

July 19, 2017 at 08:47AMRT @MrsDalcoholfree: JOMO!!! Never have I heard such a fabulous acronym. #jomo #joyofmissingout #jomoalltheway #ilovejomo #michaelleunig

July 19, 2017 at 08:39PM@PIPUNICORN @unicorntraining Bob

July 19, 2017 at 08:41PMRT @samaritans: When people feel listened to, it can save a life.

Become a better listener with our SHUSH listening tips…

July 20, 2017 at 08:19PMHa ha I am so it upper class! I got: Upper Class! via @ShortList

July 22, 2017 at 03:18PMAmazingly we made it! Boarding flight to UK. Holidays here we come!

July 23, 2017 at 07:58PMBest hotel room ever with pirate treasure hunt! # legolandwindsor

July 25, 2017 at 06:54PMMy kids have named me chewbacca, no idea why! Or the beast of bodmin Moor, given we are so close!

July 25, 2017 at 06:54PMWe loved dartmoor and the wildlife!

July 27, 2017 at 01:52PMHoliday bliss, no boys, comfy sofa, mug of tea, Red magazine! @RedMagDaily

July 27, 2017 at 06:49PMBeach construction boys heard at work at bedruthan beach!!

July 30, 2017 at 06:41PMTime to read and enjoy a pint of cider. You can take the girl out of Bristol...

July 30, 2017 at 06:43PMPlaying on beautiful ilfracombe harbour beach!

July 30, 2017 at 06:43PMBoys being buried!

July 30, 2017 at 06:44PMIce cream selfie at ilfracombe harbour!!

July 30, 2017 at 06:50PMBoys got their revenge today and took photos of me on ilfracombe headland - I actually quite like them!

Markus at 7 years 5 months to 7 years 11 months (Months 89 - 95)

Markus has just finished Klasse 1 and is growing into such a smart, lovely boy. He has friends in his class and at Hort and is really happy. His swiss German is fluent and when I hear him speaking to swiss adults, ie his teacher, I can almost not recognize his voice/mannerisms - even though I of course understand what he is saying. He got a good end of year report. He still has his frustrated moments and we see future glimpses of Markus the teenager already! He alternatives between helping and playing beautifully with Patrick and kicking the sh*t out of him! He is soaking up his lessons and is starting to read independently in German. Completely obsessed with Star Wars - has lots of games on my ipad, also loves lego and hot wheel cars. He still holds my hand, but not all the time. When he wants something and I'm sitting down, he comes over, puts his arm on my shoulder and leans in! He is also getting really interested about what he was like as a baby and toddler.

The moment I snapped Markus reading on his own, in German, without help!

Language examples
- I need to go on the toilet
- please go out of the way
- Can I please say somthing?
- Start from the front again!
- Come on, seriously Mummy, you're even worse than Patrick!" (on playing football with us)

Months 89, 90, 91

Months 92, 93, 94

Month 95

Patrick at 5 years 6 months to 6 years 0 months (months 66-72)

Patrick has just started his second year of Kindergarten and is apparently very happy to be a "Schmetterling" ie butterfly and to be helping the younger kids (Räupli, caterpillars!) He is a happy, funny guy who mostly likes playing with his older brother. They are growing even more alike. His English is still dominated by his German, particularly word order etc. We now ride to Kindergarten together - I have a "followme" contraption so that his bike is securely attached to mine. He is very keen to learn his english letters and to start to read - I think I need to challenge him more. Favourite animals are snakes, scorpions, geckos!

Language examples
- I need to go on the toilet
- please go out of the way
- Can I please say somthing?
- That do I got
- Eisbär have I to bring mit

Months 66, 67, 68

Months 69, 70, 71

Month 72