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I have no t’internet!

Posted on 12th December 2011 in cold turkey/ SKY/ Twitter

Just a little blog post to say hello to you all *waves* and let you know that since moving house on the 2nd December I have been forced to go ‘cold turkey’ as I have no landline and therefore no broadband!

So my absence from twitter and the known blogesphere is purely down to a technical hitch and I will be back with you all as soon as SKY will let me! (I am really, really disappointed in the service from SKY but that’s a whole other post….)

I will attempt to publish this and hopefully a #charitytuesday post tomorrow.

Who knows, if the powers that be (the temperamental and somewhat intermittent dongle) will allow it, I may even pop up on twitter!

Diary Of An Online Divorce

Posted on 12th August 2011 in Divorce Online/ Online Divorce

I have used @divorceonlineuk for my divorce and here follows an account and review of the process.

Sun 13 March 2011

I logged onto the site and filled in the questionnaire – it took around 10 minutes.

Mon 14 March 2011

The forms were ready for me to download, print, sign and return.

Tues 15 March 2011

I posted the completed forms.

Wed 16 March 2011

I received a message from Divorce Online to say that I had forgotten to enclose my marriage certificate.

Fri 18 March 2011

I posted my marriage certificate.

Thurs 24 March 2011

Message received: Your first set of Divorce papers have been received and checked for errors. They have been submitted to the Court where they will administer to your paperwork and issue the Divorce proceedings, usually within 7 working days.

Tues 5 April 2011

I received a message saying that the Divorce petition had been issued by the court and that my spouse should receive copies in the next few days!

Tues 26 April 2011

Message received: The Court has returned the Acknowledgment of Service form completed by your spouse to our office agreeing to the Divorce. This documents has been passed to a Case Manager to prepare the application for Decree Nisi to post out to you shortly. The Decree Nisi application consists of 1 page application form together with an affidavit which has to be signed and sworn by you personally. It   can be witnessed at either your local county court (free of charge) if you are in England and Wales or through a local high street Solicitor (nominal fee to pay charges vary).

Mon 9 May 2011

Received divorce papers to take into local court office to be ‘sworn’. No need to make an appointment, literally took me 5 mins to do!

Tues 24 May 2011 

Message received: Your complete application for Decree Nisi has been received in the post and has been sent to the Court today. This application will be placed before the Judge to review the application. Once agreed the Court will set a date for the pronouncement of the Decree Nisi (you will not need to attend this). The time between filing this application and the court informing us of the result can vary depending on how busy the court list is. We will contact you as soon as we have received a decision from the court.

Wed 8 June 2011

Message received: We have received notification from the Court that the Judge has agreed your Application for Decree Nisi and this will be pronounced on the 28 June 2011 at 10.00am – you do not need to attend this hearing as it is a rubber stamp hearing where the judge deals with many applications. If you have any property to deal with we can obtain 3 quotes for you from our panel of 120 firms. Simply call 01793 211 211 and ask for your no obligation conveyancing quote.There is no need for you to login to DivorceTrak at this time. We will notify you when we require any information from you.

Fri 8 July 2011

Message received: Your Decree Nisi certificate has arrived from the Court and will scanned and e-mailed to you. We will send the original to you at the end of your case with the final decree. We now have to wait 6 weeks and 1 day before we can file for your final decree ( Absolute). If you have not already done so we advise you to purchase a consent order to ensure that no financial claims can be made against either party once the divorce is finalised.There is no need for you to login to DivorceTrak at this time. We will notify you when we require any information from you.

Fri 29 July 2011

Message received:  Your Decree Absolute application is available to download.

Logged into the site and printed of the application. Completed and posted back with a cheque for £45 to cover court fees.

Tues 2 Aug 2011

Message received: Your forms have been received ready to submit on the 10th August 2011.

Tues 9 Aug 2011  

Message received: Your application for Decree Absolute has been submitted to the Court today. The Court can take 5 to 7 days to process this application so please be patient.There is no need for you to login to DivorceTrak at this time. We will notify you when we require any information from you.

Fri 12 Aug 2011

Message received: Your Decree Absolute Certificate has arrived in our office and will be posted out to you today. Your spouse will receive their own Decree Absolute Certificate directly from the Court. You will need to file this important Certificate somewhere safe for your own records. You are now divorced and free to re-marry!

There we go – my actual Decree Absolute is dated the 10th August, all in all it took almost exactly 5 months to go through and cost less than £500. The whole process was simple and I found it very reassuring to know that Divorce Online were in control of which forms needed to be sent where and at what time.

All the staff I encountered at Divorce Online were polite and friendly, I felt that I could ring them with questions.

If you have a straight forward divorce, with no property etc to split (or if you’ve arranged that yourselves) I would definitely recommend Divorce Online – I really can’t see the point in paying more elsewhere for the exact same thing.

Any questions feel free to ask me.   

The Twitter Monologues

Posted on 2nd May 2011 in Uncategorized

Sends tweet.

Checks @ mentions.

Remembers has a shed load of editing to do today.

Sends tweet: ‘need to go now as have work to do’.

Checks @ mentions.

Replies to @ mentions.

Sends tweet.

Remembers again about having work to do.

Stands up.

Makes cup of tea.

Condsiders making toast.


Picks up 4 rich tea biscuits instead.

Picks up tea, biscuits and phone in left hand, laptop in right hand and heads towards lounge.

Knocks elbow against door spilling very hot tea over hand and floor.


Glances at iMac and considers tweeting that has spilt tea by being too lazy to make two trips.


Cleans up spilt tea.

Sits on sofa, arranges tea, phone and rich tea biscuits. Switches on laptap.

Laptop is out of battery.

Fetches charger, leans over back of sofa to plug it in.

Spies a lone mini egg behind sofa.

Considers eating mini egg.

Remembers strange noise coming from under sofa the other night and considers possibility of mini egg being covered in frog, mouse or alien wee.

Considers tweeting the discovery of the mini egg.


Puts mini egg in bin.

Sits back down.

Switches on laptop.

Opens internet explorer.

Signs into twitter.

Remembers that moved from iMac to laptop in order to get some work done.

Closes internet explorer.

Realises that now thinks in tweet style format and has idea for this post.

Writes post.

Wonders if will ever be capable of normal thought again?!

Q&A About ME

Posted on 13th April 2011 in meme/ Q&A About Me

Q&A About Me

Or Mrs Lister’s Q&A as it is otherwise known. I’ve been tagged in this meme by someone who is relatively new to me on twitter, the delightful @confessionsmum who gave her on answers here. Have to say I found some of it quite hard to answer!

Which living person do you most admire, and why?

Every solider. Every fireman. For their selfless bravery. The lady I pass each morning on the way to work who has a major facial disfigurement, she looks completely carefree and it humbles and shames me in equal measure.

When were you happiest?

I’ve had highs and lows in life but I am definitely at my happiest right now.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

That would be when I had coffee with my niece and asked her if she thought her Dad and his boyfriend would get married.

She put down her cup, looked me dead in the eye and said “Do you think my Dad’s gay then?”

I’d thought it was obvious to the whole darn world, but she truly had no idea…. #cringe

Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?

My iMac – loves it I do.

What is your most treasured possession?

Children aren’t possessions otherwise I’d pick them. So instead I’d go with a note that I recently received. Or a little gold fish. Or, let’s face it, my HTC.

Where would you like to live?

Wherever the people I love are.

Failing that, New York. Or where I live now.

What’s your favourite smell?

Cookies, no, coffee, no, cake, no, babies, no, aftershave…

Who would play you in the film of your life?

Have recently been told I resemble a young Jenny Aguter so let’s go with her.

Although in reality it’d be more likely to be Victoria Wood!

What is your favourite book?

All books, every book, books are bloody great, I love them. One that sticks in my mind is: Kafka On The Shore

What is your most unappealing habit?


What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?

A witch.

What is your earliest memory?

I’m not really sure.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Talking to stray cats. Come Dine With Me. Minstrels & hula-hoops (together, try it). Cheesy pop. Zac Efron….

What do you owe your parents?

Life I guess.

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?

I guess to my STBXH, I’m sorry it didn’t work.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

He knows.

What does love feel like?

An all consuming sense of being bullet proof.

What was the best kiss of your life?

Every one, the next one, the last one. The one at about 12 noon on Sunday.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

That’s not going to happen.

This displeases me.

Enough boys!

I won’t tell you again.

I’ll let you know when you ask me properly.

Elvis NO!

What is the worst job you’ve done?

Paper round, I hated every minute of it.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?

I don’t know, that ‘s really hard to answer. If I changed anything then would I still be as happy now?

What is the closest you’ve come to death?

Rather not answer that.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My children, god they’re amazing.

When did you last cry, and why?

When I read the blog post that Rosanne had written about me. I was so touched.

How do you relax?

Reading a good book. An oh so cold glass of fizz. A good cuppa and a rich tea. A cuddle from someone who means it. Losing myself in a tv show.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?

If my boys father would cherish them.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

It’s too short. Live it and love it.


And so, next to answer the Q&A are:

Bob @onlydads

MJM @Metajugglamum

Ruth @Summerlandc

Rosanne @Rosa_Lingerie

Scott @Spences10

Girl Power!

Posted on 8th April 2011 in blister/ flat pack/ girl power

Men shmen, look what I just built!

I turned this:


Into this:


Look, I even have a blister to prove it!



Any palm readers among you; go for it…

And yes, I will be getting my dad to tighten all the screws tomorrow 😉

Papertoy Monsters!

Posted on 31st March 2011 in book review/ Family Fun/ Papertoy Monsters

I have to share with you a new book that my boys have been playing with.

When I say ‘have to’ I meant that I would like to, not that someone has a gun to my head. Just in case you wondered. I know you didn’t.


The book is called Papertoy Monsters and it’s flipping brilliant!


It is great to just hand over to the children, my 2 (aged 9 & 11) amused themselves for hours (oh yes, HOURS) making an army of monsters. The pages can be torn out and divided up – then the monsters are popped out of the page and assembled. Younger children would need help with tricky folds and gluing.


Soon enough your lounge will also look like it’s been taken over by a race from outaspace! Great book, good family fun, heartily recommend it.

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