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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 7y

Im still alive!! Just rather busy with life - work well had to happen sometime - they are now making me be a grown up and work for my salary - how dare they!!

Anyway hope everyone is good - travelling - lve no travels booked whatsoever - depressing really but lm waiting for my wonderful man to come home from "work" which will be in 50 days time (well for a 2 week break) and then should be home in time for start of September - and then l should be travelling somewhere!

Although camping has been mentioned - camping is all well and good but where oh where does one plug in your hair straighteners???

Anyway fill me in, whats the gossip, whats been happening - Tina is having a baby, Anthony has become a grandpa twice, where's the rest of the usual suspects - Maw & Paw, The overlords, Sander, Jason, James, Mikey, Hien, Ev, Nicky, Phil, Rich, Katie, Michael....... - whats going on with you guys??

Hope everyone is safe, happy and taking care of themselves


[ Edit: Edited on 09-May-2009, at 15:38 by Purdy ]

2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

I'm just some new guy...But welcome back.

People move on. People hit the road.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 7y

Hey Heather,

I am new here as well

Welcome back. You have to extremely busy at work that you didn't have time to check TP regularly. I guess as a person that works for the government I will never find out how that will be;)

Hope you are doing fine the next weeks, counting the days. I do remember a very sad post some months ago when he was about to leave or left already.
I also remember me replying just before I left for 4 weeks (ok, not so long) as well, travelling without Eva.
And boy, did I enjoy that trip to the middle of nowhere. Just check the blog and pics if you want to know more about that trip.

Apart from that the usual stuff: work (a little), drink (a lot), smoke (haven't stopped like you, how are you doing by the way with that??), enjoy numerous days off during this time because of national holidays, enjoy the springtime (good here, how in NI?), go out, play darts, planning the next trip (Morocco), enjoy being with people. Well, the usual good life fortunately!

Gossip here? You might as well go and see the forum posts of the last months;) You didn't mention Peter and Eric being a dad for the second and first time respectively, but I guess you know that as well. I am just practicing...

Cheers and hope to see you around's pretty dead sometimes


4. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 7y

Hey Heather, and everyone else in fact,

you haven't been the only one who has been quiet over the past weeks...
I broke my foot last month dancing at a party (yes, there was some drinking involved ) and I even had to have surgery a few weeks ago. It's now fixed with titanium and I'm slowly starting to walk again, but believe me it is really frustrating to be stuck at home, especially because I'm such an active person normally.
It kinda made me feel a bit low, because Glen and I also had to cancel a trip to Edinburgh and
I won't be able to travel for another two months at least. Dilemma is, I have really itchy feet at the moment
and desperately want to get away. Any tips, how to solve that problem? Oh well, at least I can sit on the balcony in the sunshine and I have a wonderful boyfriend and awesome friends who have been very supportive since the accident.

(who is vicariously travelling through everyone else's adventures, so keep posting about them ;))

[ Edit: Edited on 10-May-2009, at 09:12 by steff ]

5. Posted by magus (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

I don't know you, but anyway - hello

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting Purdy

Anyway fill me in, whats the gossip, whats been happening - Tina is having a baby, Anthony has become a grandpa twice, where's the rest of the usual suspects - Maw & Paw, The overlords, Sander, Jason, James, Mikey, Hien, Ev, Nicky, Phil, Rich, Katie, Michael....... - whats going on with you guys??

Hope everyone is safe, happy and taking care of themselves


  • Maw & Paw - Spent Saturday with Naomi (you met her last June) and then she joined us for the Mother's Day dinner. (My right ankle is sore this morning from Naomi kicking me under the table - to keep from laughing - every time Chuckles said something "intelligent". I think K's left ankle probably feels the same.)
  • Overlords - Busy redesigning TP and, as Michael mentioned, 2 were popping out heirs to the throne. (Sam should be back in Norwegia after a visit to the Land of OZ.) Meet May and Benny!
  • Sander - Practicing his skills in patience while trying to help me fix the TP Foundation blog. (No, I didn't break it - just wounded it slightly but it's better now.)
  • Jase - Was working in Norwegia for a bit and then had "man flu".
  • James - Incognito recently but also posted, like you, he's been mad busy at work. This should explain the work he's been doing lately...
  • Mikey - Popped in, posted a couple of things then disappeared again.
  • Hien - Moved to a new flat and is earning a real salary.
  • Ev, Nikki & Phil I'm gossipless. :(
  • Rich - Seems he was in Zanzibar recently as we got a post card over the weekend. (And yes, there's a secret code in this one too.)
  • Katie - Been dealing with family issues as her uncle was to receive a particular type of treatment for his cancer but then was transferred to hospice. I haven't heard anything more recently.
  • Michael - Scroll up.
  • Tina - She & Rip leave Wednesday for N. Ireland. They're back on the 24th, close on the new abode on the 25th and move in on the 29th. Then there are bridal showers, weddings, anniversary parties and birthin' the bump. I don't think we'll ever see again... ;)

Sorry we missed the phone call on Saturday!! (See excuse above.) But, Naomi said to say hello when we talked/chatted with you again. Say hi to Iain for us and we'll get in touch this weekend!

[ Edit: Edited on 11-May-2009, at 05:24 by Isadora ]

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Hi H!

G summed it up pretty well--life's hectic these days! But always lots of fun.

And can't wait to see you next week!


8. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 7y

H - Happy to see you around again. Can't say that I've been keeping up real well, but I try to pop in now and again. Like G said my uncle was sick and ended up passing away a couple weeks ago (Sorry G, keep meaning to write you!) and my grandfather also passed away about a week ago. Add in a good friend in Ireland who died in February and that's 3, so hopefully I'm done for now! I also guess this means I've been doing a lot of traveling, but not the fun kind unfortunately:(

Other than that I've recently been pulled into the world of karaoke (scary, I know - please don't judge me) I can't say I'm any good, or that I get up and sing all that often, but it's fun. I'm also trying to wrap my mind around the fact that not only here at TP is everyone popping them out, but over the 2009 year I already know more than 20 couples that have had or are having babies. Seriously, what is going on here?

Oh, and of course everyone's still wanting to know if I've yet to figure out how to get off.

9. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 7y

I guess Heather has disappeared again
And all this gossip is already old when she will read it
Don't you have a computer;)

[ Edit: Edited on 12-May-2009, at 00:23 by Utrecht ]

10. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 7y

Hi Everyone, well here they have been making me work and when I haven't been here I've been really boring and working on the house & garden, learning how to be a crazy dutch person on a bicycle so I crash a little less, , finally ran out of reasons why i didn't have to start dutch classes yet (i start in two weeks, good planning because after a few weeks its summer break so i'll forget it all and start again in sept), was planning holidays to mexico but the flue kind of scuppered that idea, after a million different ideas it looks like i'll be interrailing for two weeks to catch up with people.

hope you're all well............