Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Sorry guys but it is time for a moan.
Here in the UK we are encouraged to spread the Spark just as much as everyone else. In fact, all across the world there are Sparkers, in just about every country you can think of. We all spark, extol the virtues of the website, lead by example, join teams, lead teams, spin our wheels, accumulate points, track our food and our exercise, and blog about how wonderful Spark is.
So, if we are expending all our energy and time on this, why are we constantly shut out from certain aspects on the Spark Experience?
I am talking specifically about competitions, which are STILL only open to American members, in spite of such a large percentage of members living in other parts of the world... and the most recent innovation - the Spark Activity Tracker - which is only being posted out to people in the US and Canada.
You will see that nowhere in the information for the tracker does it tell you this - oh no! You don't find out until you are all excited, want one desperately, and click to buy. THEN, in the delivery section , you find an ominous little message...
"If you are not in the USA or Canada click here", to be told that they can't currently ship outside of the USA and Canada!
Have they never heard of a little international thing called a POSTAL SERVICE? My friends in America and I (in the little ol' UK) have been sending each other books, gifts, even gnomes, for years with no difficulty, so how come Sparkpeople is still living in the age of the Pony Express? I mean, if we were still relying on the pony express I could understand their reluctance to let the pony make that swim.
Or fly, for that matter...
But this is 2013 people!!! I've never heard such rot in my life!
So, yes, this is me, properly annoyed!
Don't be fooled by the cartoons. I am mad as a hornet about this...
Well, I'm off to do some exercise. Nothing like walking your irrits away.
Enjoy your day, wherever in the world you are! :-)
Sunday, September 15, 2013
As the weather goes back to what is considered 'normal' for the UK - cold, drizzly, misty, windy - here are a selection of the weird and the wacky tourist attractions around the UK that you may enjoy whatever the weather - so it says, but I don't think they really thought this one through, looking at some of the ideas.
Who wouldn't enjoy admiring the world's largest colouring pencil, or swinging in the grabber of a giant JCB digger? Who wouldn't love to know the history of lawn mowers, or going Nessie-spotting in Scotland? And for the really hardy types, there is always the only nudist beach in Scotland. *Brrr...*
I think I'll give most of these a miss, thanks all the same. :-)
Milestone reached today:
I arrived at John O'Groats again on my Nintendo DS Active Health game. 912 miles in 259 days (37 weeks). That is an average of 3.52 miles per day. This has been mostly achieved indoors, so weather-safe. Step to the Beat, Leslie Sansone DVDs and all the other fun tools I have to hand have kept me moving, and I also include any steps from shopping etc, and now I have a new target to try and beat. :-) I've been using this game almost as long as I've been on Sparkpeople, and the pedometer goes everywhere with me. Best game ever! :-) If you are talking about value for money, anyway. I think I paid £10 for it at Tesco with some money off vouchers. I've had it about 4 1/2 years now.
Water is still fine. I can't imagine not drinking my water minimum these days. I am a long way from this blog entry back in my early Spark Days:
And freggies are mostly fine too. Bit fed up with beans and chick peas, but aside from that. :-)
I pulled my first beetroots from the garden yesterday, boiled them whole until tender, them peeled and chopped them up and they are in my fridge ready to eat with lunches and dinners. The enjoyment of fresh veg from the garden is sublime. :-) We may not have the biggest harvest this year, but we are really enjoying what we have. A couple of evenings ago I garnished a home made lamb and veg bolognese sauce with 5 whole dwarf beans from one of my plants. :-) It may not have been much, but they were amazingly sweet and tender. So are my runner beans. Instead of leaving them to get to the size in the shops I pick them at about half the size, and that way they aren't stringy and are tender and sweet as well.
Hey, I haven't mentioned the Menopause yet today.
So here is your bit of menopausal wisdom for today.
Menopause symptoms are like buses. You wait ages for one, and then three come along together.
Menopause isn't for sissies! ;-)
Enjoy your day!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
This menopausal side-effect was reported recently on a website that assists women who are trying to cope with various effects of this time of their life. Well worth taking note, as although this particular side-effect is rare, it could happen to you:
I have struggled with menopause side effects plus foggy brain, severe joint pain, night sweats, flushes etc.
I've been to my GP and HRT was contra indicated for me. (health issues)
So I've been trying supplements and vitamins and am now on ADs.
This has caused various changes and side effects of one form or another.
So when I recently woke up with a bad rash over my face and neck I got quite concerned.
I looked in the bathroom mirror and I looked Blue?!?!
I couldn't think what I had taken to cause this.
So decided to have a think over a cuppa whilst getting dressed.
During which I sat at my dressing table and cleaned my skin with a cosmetic wipe...low and behold , the blue came off my face??....Then the penny dropped.
I had recently bought Teal Blue Bedding, and although I DID prewash it, the dye was coming off during my night sweats.
So I was waking up BLUE and covered in a rash.
What a twit.. panic over.
So, ladies, do be careful when choosing your bedding. Don't want anyone else turning blue overnight!
Well, off to hang new nets and to figure out how to put up a curtain rod. This could be interesting. :-)
Enjoy your day.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
It's as good a motivational tool as any. :-) I don't have to run faster than a zombie. I just need to run faster than you. *evil laugh*
I'm sorry I disappeared again. It seems that I've been rather self-destructive lately, to the extent that I keep injuring myself in the most awkward places at the most inopportune moments.
I am currently sporting a magnificent bruise on the inside of my left arm - from what I'm not sure, and the start of one on the outside of the same arm from being whacked with a heavy cardboard box. I also have a grating injury on the tip of my middle right finger from a couple of days ago when the grater slipped and I tried to catch it. And the week before that I sliced the ring finger of my right hand to the bone on a tin lid, and couldn't use it properly for over a week.
Menopause has hit with a vengeance, and apparently my clumsiness and lapses in concentration are symptoms of it that have combined to turn me into a disaster on two legs! Add the hot flushes/night sweats into the mix and you have a gibbering, sleep-deprived idiot trying to make sense of things while being unable to type properly with her right hand.
How long is it supposed to take to paint an entrance hall, stairwell and landing? About three days? Well, it has been a fortnight so far - (or has it been three weeks now), thanks to all the injuries.
What I've done is looking good so far, though.
In other news...
I decided to sponsor a Guide Dog Puppy. Meet Harley:
Isn't he gorgeous? I will be giving them a monthly donation for the next two years as Harley goes through his training. I'm looking forward to getting regular 'pupdates' on his progress. :-)
In the garden things have been going quite well. I've had a lot of courgettes. I think the plant and its flowers are really striking:
A couple of nights ago I had my first runner beans and my first kohlrabi:
Well, back to the grindstone, if my fingers will play nicely.
Is it just me, or is it cold enough to need to put the heating on? I feel cheated if I have to use the heating before November.
Catch you all later.
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