Saturday, September 03, 2011
Not much to report today. I danced to 18 Just Dance and Just Dance 2 songs = 61 mins and 5773 steps (2.62 miles)
I also tested about 4 albums worth of songs for use with Tigger and Roo, which added another 3000 or so steps to the collection. :-)
That was it for exercise. I've spent the bulk of the day clearing out my inbox, and catching up on Sparkpeople. It has been very enjoyable and relaxed, with Costo mostly behaving itself. :-)
And soon I'll be heading to bed for some reading before lights out. :-)
Now for the competition:
I got a phonecall from Virgin Media this morning - unsolicited of course, *sigh* - and you know it is going to be problematic when the person on the end of the phone says in their opening gambit "I'm So-and-so from Such-and-such Company, and how are you doing today?" You know they don't have the slightest interest in how you are doing, and it is only a ploy they are told to use to get you talking so they can continue their sales pitch.
So, I'm looking for suggestions for replies that will stop them in their tracks. The funnier the response the better. A nice goodie to the winner of the best suggestion. :-)
Anyway, this person went on to tell me that they would like to upgrade my internet so that I can receive three times faster broadband than I already have. Sounds good, doesn't it, until I said, "And is this a free service you are offering to loyal customers?" Uh, no! There is a one off fee of £30 for a replacement modem! I asploded! Told the woman that I considered it an appalling cheek to charge a long term customer an extortionate fee just to replace a modem, and that it was really rotten customer service. Then I put the phone down.
I signed a contract with NTL in June 2001, and when Virgin took the company over a couple of years later, I stayed with them, and have been a customer, in total, for more than ten years! I don't feel, therefore, that I should have to pay for standard upgrades. My loyalty should be worth a free modem, don't you think? :-)
Truth be told I don't feel the need for faster broadband anyway. It is the principle of the thing. :-)
Oh I am becoming a Grumpy Old Woman in my Middle Age. LOLOL
Have a great weekend! :-)
Friday, September 02, 2011
Thursday's (day 47) exercise:
Two Mile walk with Leslie Sansone (held 2lb weights for ten minutes of the time to get a little upper work in - bicep curls and such)
Town and back.
You already know about that, of course, from yesterday's blog. :-)
I didn't do any other scheduled exercise, but as I did a total of12836 steps = 5.83 miles I think that is acceptable. :-)
I knew I might get a call from the bookshop today so I planned not to do much exercise, just in case. However, I couldn't resist getting some in while the Costo was ok. So I did the 20 Minute Zumba Beginner class 2. Then I did a ten minute Cardio Burn video with Kendell Hogan.
Then I decided to do the weekly Lotto Challenge on the Wii Fit Plus, which consisted of:
Super Hula Hoop = 6 mins
Step Plus = 5 mins
Cycling advanced = 8 mins
Driving Range approach shot = 5 mins
Bird's-eye Bull's-eye beginner = 2 mins
Tilt City advanced = 2 mins
Tilt Table Plus = 3 mins
Total = 32 minutes.
So that was an hour of exercise, after planning to only do half of that. LOL
Then I went shopping to Waitrose, and got back from that trip out only to get a phonecall half an hour later from the bookshop to say the books had arrived. How's that for service? Only a day to wait from order to arrival!
It was about 1/4 to 4 at this time, and I dithered for a minute because my hips were a bit achy, but then flung on my shoes, grabbed my bag and a bottle of water and walked into town to get them.
By 5pm I was back home with my lovely new books! With an aching bod, but with lovely new books! :-) With close to 15000 steps walked and danced, and with lovely new books!!!
Did I mention my lovely new books? LOL
So, the Costo/Tietze's hasn't been too bad today. I'm a bit breathless and achy tonight, and my lower bod got one heck of a workout today, but it's all good. I'm actually thinking that as my muscular strength improves it is helping to lessen the impact somewhat.
Well, I'm away to my bed with my books! :-)
Have a good rest of Friday.
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Thanks everyone for your kind comments regarding losing our Elder Tree. :-) I really appreciate them.
Wednesday's (day 46) Exercise:
Zumba. Tried to do the two beginner 20 minute classes in Zumba Party mode, but the Tree Guy turned up partway through Beginner Class 1, and I forgot to pause it when I answered the door. Hey, I was willing to answer the front door dressed in my exercise gear! Epic Win!!! LOL
So, having guestimated that I'd danced for 15 minutes before getting interrupted, I started Beginner Class 1 again and completed it. Total minutes = 40 (The class is twenty mins full on dancing plus a cool down routine)
I'll do Beginner Class 2 next time. :-)
Then I gained 960 steps from the several hours of housework, which surprised me. :-)
Just Dance and Just Dance 2 Bingo - 6 songs = 22 mins
No specific strenth training this time ... sorry core! :-)
Total steps: 7434 = 3.38 miles
Today - Thursday:
Went almost without a hitch. :-)
Epic Win Number One:
Woke before the alarm went off at ten to seven. Way too early for me normally, but with the Council Rep due between 9 and 11 am, I wanted to do at least 30 mins of exercise and have some breakfast before she came. And I did, though my nerves meant eating brekkie was a struggle. If someone had told me a year ago that I would be setting my alarm that early to make sure I got some exercise in, I'd have thought they were off their chump! LOL
Epic Win Number Two - and a hiccup:
The Council Rep turned up at 9.20 and was gone by 9.35. It was all very straightforward, and the only problem, from what she said, is the fact that it will take a couple of months before they confirm that they will still pay towards my rent and council tax. Apparently they are behind with their paperwork. So what's new? They are always behind with their paperwork. The last time I went through this they suspended my payments until the paperwork was done and I got threatened with eviction before it was sorted out because it took so long. Majorly stressful!!! The lady told me that wouldn't happen this time, but to be frank, I don't believe her, being as it isn't the first time I've heard this (the different departments don't communicate, which is crazy!), so things may well get sticky again before all this is sorted at their end.
Another Slight Hiccup:
But, as she was gone in good time, and I had a £25 Book Token burning a hole in my purse (thankyou so much my lovely friends), Tara and I headed into town. Everything was fine to start with. We checked out the charity shop on the way and Tara spotted High School Musical 2, so I asked the lady to put it back for us to pick up on the way home because I only had a ten pound note and didn't want to rob them of their change. Then we went on a crop top hunt for Tara but the only ones we could find she didn't like so that was a bust (pardon the pun) LOL.
We were walking towards HMV so that Tara could see if there was anything she could afford when I was gripped by the worst Costochondritis attack that I'd had for some time. I'd been so stressed by the whole paperwork thing that once I started to relax - WHACK!!! Full on belt tightening right round my chest and I could barely breath for ten minutes, as anything more than the shallowest of breaths sent shooting pains right through me. I rummaged in my purse for my painkillers - Gone! Fortunately we were within crawling distance of Boots, so I struggled in there to the pharmacy counter at the back of the shop and asked for some co-codamol. I must have looked dreadful, because shop assistant gave me a worried look and offered to get me a glass of water to take the pills! :-)
I staggered back outside and sat on a wall in the shade of some trees, swallowed the pills and told my body very sternly that I've wanted the books I was after for over a year, and now that I finally had the chance to get them, I wasn't letting my body ruin my day ... so there! Right on cue the pain eased, which left me knowing that I was good to go for a couple of hours or so before the rest of the pain settled in. Thank the gods that the way Costo affects me is reasonably predictable once it starts. There is no warning before the first excrutiating pain hits, but once it does I have a fair idea of what to expect.
So, off we went, making it to HMV this time. Tara couldn't find anything though, and I was worried about how much time we had, so off we went to the first book store. I normally go to Red Lion Books because they are just so nice in there. However, I wanted to see if Waterstones had either of the books in store first, in the hope that I might be able to get away without ordering them.
Do you remember me enthusing last year about a TV Series about reading the symbolism in churches? Well the first book is the book of the series, and the second is an English translation of the Bestiary at the Bodleian Library, complete with the illustrations.
I know why I always use Red Lion Books. :-) I went into Waterstones first to see if they had either book in stock and they didnít, said the church book was currently unavailable due to reprinting, and the Bestiary would take two weeks to arrive Ė payment in full in advance!
In Red Lion Books, yes the book is in the process of reprinting, but this is because they have added in a whole load of full colour photographs from the TV series, and the new edition will cost £25 hardback when it comes out. However, the original version, with line drawings, is still available Ė for a tenner! Plus they can also get the Bestiary for me for £14.99. Plus the guy in the shop knows all the books I was looking at and told me that Iíll love the Bestiary and for a paperback, it is remarkably well illustrated and Iíll be very happy with it. Both books will be here in a couple of days! Ė not weeks!!!
I donít understand Waterstones. They used to be an excellent bookstore, but now the staff donít seem to care whether they make a sale or not. Needless to say I ordered the books through RLB, and they didn't even want a deposit! I'm so excited! it will make a change to look forward to the phone ringing, knowing that it might be my books arriving and not some automated voice going on about payment protection insurance! Three calls today!!! Seriously!!!
Then we went into Hughes to pay the washing machine rental, and while I was there I asked about renting a TV. Ours is dying, and I can't afford to buy a new one. I got offered a great deal because I am already a customer of theirs, and they will be here on Tuesday to install our modern HD, Freeview, 26" TV and stand. I'm going to be doing the Wii Stuff all Posh like! LOLOLOL
After that, we went to WH Smith so that Tara could buy a Neopets card, and then we headed for home, Tara remembering that we needed to pick up the DVD from the charity shop. As we walked round the corner there, staring right at me was a glorious black and white etching of an Owl that bears a remarkable resemblance to Athena's Owl, sitting on a tree in a graveyard, with the church in the background and a full moon peeping out from behind some clouds.
Let's count all the things about this picture that meant Lexie had to have it! :-)
Black and white - Owl - Athena - Tree - Church - Moon
Epic Win for £1.50, all nicely framed in an antique gold effect frame.
So, when we got home, I put the pic up on the wall, and Tara decided to watch her DVD. I got sucked in too, because it wouldn't work in our PS2 or our PS2 slim, so I had to put it in my computer, where it worked just fine.
To complete our day, we had nommy prawn and mayo sarnies for lunch, and I had fish curry for dinner. And now I am exhausted, and the Costo pain is getting much worse, so I'm about to sign off, grab some more painkillers, and head for my bed. :-) I think I'm in for a doozy of an episode this time, judging by how it feels right now.
Have a Terrific Thursday! :-)
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday (day 45) Exercise:
Slim Down Cardio Burn video - Kendell Hogan = 30 mins
Cardio Shape Up - Kendell Hogan (a cardio and lower body squat fest) = 10 mins
Just Dance and Just Dance 2 Bingo - 6 songs plus 2 extra. = 28 mins
Paperwork and shopping meant I ran out of time, but I was very close on my 60 Mins cardio and 15 mins Lower Body. :-)
I had some bad news this morning. The Tree Guy from the Council turned up. He is surveying all the trees on council property over the next couple of months, and he said that the Elder outside my back door has to go. Unfortunately, if it stays its roots could cause problems for my not-so-nice neighbours, so understandably they have to chop it down.
I am feeling quite tearful. It has served me well for several years, not least because it afforded me some protection from my not-so-nice neighbours (the same ones that its demise is now serving - Oh the Irony!). Elder is very protective, with a strong earth energy, and when Tara was suffering all kinds of horrific bullying a few years ago, four elders suddenly sprung up out of nowhere - two either side of the front door, one between the back door and the back gate, and the fourth at the boundary between us and our nice neighbour. We suddenly became invisible! It was magical. All of a sudden people just walked past the house as if it wasn't there! I kid you not.
It gave us a real bit of peace for some months, at a time when we desperately needed to retreat and lick our wounds and recover, and I have loved the four bushes for their help during that time.
As things eased once we had settled into home-schooling and were feeling a bit better, I was able to keep the two at the front of the house nicely trimmed, but the two in the back garden grew and grew. As the back of the house only sees the sun in the earliest part of the morning, the Elders naturally reached up to the light, and as a result grew taller than I could comfortably manage.
But we were fine with that, and so were the birds. They loved having the trees to perch on, and the berries to munch, and Nice Neighbour loved having elderflowers so close to hand for making Elderflower Champagne. :-)
Not-so-nice neighbour wasn't part of the bullying, incidentally. She is simply one of a nosey family, and noisy too, that can be quite unbearable during the summer especially when I like to have the back door open to let the fresh air in and so that Sophie could come in and out as she pleased. Between her kids rubbernecking over the fence right into my house, and all the yelling (her at the kids and the dog), the Elder provided a useful screen to shield us from the worst of the snooping at least.
We finally lost the first of the Elders - the one between us and Nice Neighbour - a couple of years ago. It had rotted through because of a leak from Nice Neighbours Cold Water Tank overflow. When we tried to trim it up to create a space to eat al fresco, we came down the next morning to find it had completely collapsed.
This year, of course, earwigs have plagued both us and the Elder, and my only consolation is that the chemical they put on the root to stop it from re-growing will likely not please the earwigs one bit. No more Elder Berry Earwig stains on the kitchen floor either! :-)
We have about a month to say our farewells to her. *sigh*
Aside from that I've spent the whole day cleaning! The sitting room is gleaming and feels wonderful. All my gemstones are polished and all my ornaments are dusted. It is amazing how lifted the room feels. :-) And how accomplished I feel. :-) Tara went well with the cobwebs too, clearing all the rooms of them with the vacuum cleaner. I also gave the bathroom and kitchen a good scrub. I was impressed to see that my pedometer recorded nearly a thousand steps for the cleaning. It is this feel good feeling that is the buzz from a good blitz. I may tend to leave housework until I *have* to do it (company coming or whatever), but must admit that I much prefer doing it this way rather than trying to keep up with it on a daily basis. Don't get the cleaning buzz on a daily basis, just irritation! LOL
I feel so buzzed right now that I might even tackle the windows in the next day or two! LOL
So, here I am at 10.15pm, in my pristine house, wondering who I can invite round while it is still nice and clean. :-) I'll get Nice Neighbour in for a start. :-) Bryony finally gave me a wedding photo album, so I can show that off, and maybe we can play the wedding DVD too. :-) Then there is Claire. Might have her round so we can chat about the possibility of going to a Zumba class together.
I hope your Wednesday is Wonderful! Actually Positive Bloggers sweetie - YoYoNoMore posted a question in Wishful Wednesday, asking what we would wish for today if we had one wish. I wished for a Cleaning Fairy! LOL
What would you wish for today?
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Yeehar! I finally finished the paperwork a few hours ago. Well, finished what I need to show the council anyway. Part of the form filling has to wait until the person arrives on Thursday because I'm not sure which bits are covered by my paperwork. Gotta love council forms! :-)
Tomorrow I plan to give the house a good going over with Tara's help, and boy, she is looking forward to it as much as I am - not, so I bribed her in advance with a delicious Salmon supper this evening! Her favourite meal. :-) I'm not daft! You have to keep the Cobweb Destroyers happy! :-)
So, yesterday's exercise (Monday)
2 Mile Walk - Leslie Sansone = 30 mins
Cardio Challenge video - Kendell Hogan = 21 mins
Just Dance and Just Dance 2 Bingo - 6 songs = 20 mins
10 min Dumbbell Workout (first half of the 20 min Spark one)
10 Min assorted Upper Body ST exercises
A dear sweet friend has ordered me a National Book Token, which should be here on Thursday. I'm so excited. I can't wait to go into town and spend it! :-)
Another dear friend is back in touch after a long absence, and it is great to be able to chat with him again.
And my dear sweet American friends, I share this with you:
BBC Fact of the Day: ďIn 1994, 35,000 Americans insured themselves against being kidnapped and eaten by aliens.Ē
You never know what facts the BBC will pull out of their hat! What caused this to happen is what I'm curious about. Does anyone know? Were you one of them? :-)
Hope your Tuesday has been Terrific!
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