Wednesday, May 09, 2012
It is just the Costochondritis is being a royal pain in the chest at the moment, and I can barely breathe without it hurting.
Sometimes you just want to primal scream to get the angst the pain causes out of your system.
It has been a rotten 24 hours. I am used to a constant low level of Costo now. I barely get a break at all these days, but the low level, you kind of get used to.
Right now though, I could rip myself to pieces. *sigh*
Changing the subject (while I can still type), I found a 6 Second Abs machine at my local RSPCA charity shop for £2.00 last week. I was very excited, even telling the shop assistant that I planned to be ripped by the summer using it! LOL
I brought it home, and tried it out. What a disappointment! It is so uncomfortable to use! I took it back today. Told them it works fine, and there is info online about how to use it, but it just didn't work for me and I'd rather they have it back to sell again than have it at home gathering dust. To be honest, I don't think it is even worth £2.00, and they advocate a 1200 calorie diet on the website too, which smacks of starvation! All in all a bad idea!
Now tell me one of you has it, loves it and thinks I'm crazy for donating it back! LOL
I am very excited because I found Exerbeat for Wii at Play.com, and as we are finally dipping our toes in the murky *ahem cough cough* world of online buying, it seemed a great choice to buy, as I have never seen it locally. I already ordered and received the first season on DVD of The Golden Girls. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Golden Girls! I'm Dorothy, in case you're wondering. :-)
I hope that Exerbeat will arrive tomorrow.
I've joined the Sparkpeople Exerbeat Team in readiness. :-)
Woohoo! I just hope I feel a bit better tomorrow!
Enjoy your day. It is getting mighty soggy here again.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
19.3 miles in 9 days. Because I'm concentrating more on ST, and less on step counting while I try and get into a regular upper, lower, core routine, the resultant mileage has shrunk significantly.
So, rather than go day by day, which does rather take up a lot of time I don't really have currently, I'm going to try and do a weekly distance blog, with a few significant (to me anyway) highlights along the way. :-)
So, this is days10-18:
We left the last walking blog at the roundabout which hosts Warren's Bakery – one of SIX pasty shops, in the self-proclaimed Pasty Capital of Cornwall!!!
From there, I kept as close to the coast as the map will allow. The sad thing being that the actual coastal walk footpaths are not roads, and so the map doesn't acknowledge their existence. *boo! Shame on you mappy!* :-)
As you leave Hayle you find a number of challet and/or caravan sites situated along the coast. The area is made up largely of sweeping sands, and little sanddunes, so ideal for those whose main aim on a Cornish Holiday is to be as near the beach as possible. :-)
And it is good for surfing too:
Back on the B3301 after exploring a couple of these areas, and gradually the road starts to hug the coastline more, giving some beautiful and uninterrupted views between Hayle and Portreath – another regular haunt of ours growing up. :-)
To the right, shortly before you reach Portreath, is Tehidy Woods...
Tehidy Woods resident:
If you have three minutes, and love birds, you really must watch this short but glorious video of Morning in Tehidy Woods:
As the crow flies, Tehidy wasn't that many miles from the village where I spent the first twelve years of my life, and between that village and Tehidy was the best chip shop! It was situated in Lanner, and many's the Saturday evening that Dad would detour to Lanner on our way home from Truro School where he taught, just to buy fish and chips and mushy peas (his Yorkshire roots demanded mushy peas. LOL). The chip shop owner used to throw in a bag of batter bits especially for me and my brother. We did love our batter bits. :-)
Funny little coincidence here - I'm having a fish and chip supper tonight. :-) Not from Lanner though, sadly. Just a nice occasional not to worry about the fat treat. :-) I grill the battered fish, and make my own version of chips, which doesn't involve immersing the potato in fat, but rather cooking the potato, sprinkling the big chunks with a little veg oil and frying them to a crispy outside and melty mouth inside. Yum!!! :-)
And so, 13 miles into the 19 and we reach the outskirts of Portreath.
This is another town with a beautiful beach, and Smuggler's Cottage practically on the beach.
This is Gull Rock:
We head up Lighthouse Hill for a better view of the coast...
...Then we follow the road round the outskirts of the local airfield, and head for Porthtowan, the next haunt on the map.
Porthtowan was a favourite with my Dad. The local pub was quite a draw for him, and we would often have lunch or an early evening meal there when we were on one of our jaunts.
The Victory Inn at Towan Cross, just outside Porthtowan to be exact. :-)
This seems as good a place as any to stop and rest actually, partly because it was a traditional stop for our family to eat, and it is dinner time here, and partly because I just discovered that we spent years eating our meals at the Victory while sitting mere feet away from an unexploded bomb!!!
Wow! Now I need a drink!!! LOL
Have a great Tuesday!
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Well, TOM drained me as usual, but I stuck to my 'do something before breakfast' plan, and as a result, even though I didn't get much of a step count in over the last three days, I did at least 15 mins of exercise each day and so hung in on my streak. :-)
Sunday I danced to 7 Black Eyed peas songs on the Wii = 33 mins.
Monday I did Leslie Sansone-style walking to a selection of upbeat songs from my playlist = 25 mins.
Tuesday I walked the express mile sample video on Leslie's website before breakfast, and later in the morning I also did her one mile fast walk = 30 mins
There is no doubt in my mind that light exercise like this really helps with the pain and discomfort TOM causes.
The great news is that Tara's game order from Play.com was successful this time, and it arrived this morning. I've been subjected to Guitar Hero World Tour at intervals all day as a result. LOL I just hope I get a chance to play myself at some point. :-)
Right now though, I am yawning my head off. Tara woke up when the post arrived at silly o'clock this morning and pounded down the stairs waking Sophie and me in the process, and she was just so excited I couldn't get back to sleep. Now I'm ready for my bed. :-)
Hope you had/are having a terrific Tuesday.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Four more days of virtual walking in the county of my birth. :-) Ah, the memories it is bringing back *happy sigh*
DAY 6: (Wed) 4.14 miles
Leaving Treen, we continue to follow the B3306, through The Byre, self catering accomodation
past Trewey Hill, to Zennor
Beyond Zennor a little way we pass an intriguingly named cottage – Wicca Cottage. No info to be found though as to why it is called that, but on closer examination, it is most likely called that because of it's proximity to Wicca Pool – the name of a treacherous piece of N. Cornwall Coastline
Here is a picturesquely worded bit of history of the area:
DAY 7: (Thur) 3.16 miles
We start at the junction of the B3306 that takes you to Towednack. Towednack Church is cited as the last church in which services were conducted in the Cornish language. Its unusually squat tower is said to be the result of the Devil's shenanigans. Apparently he would come along when the tower was being built, and demolish that day's work. Tricky little blighter, innee. :-)
We take a slight detour through Little Trevega, before continuing along the B3306 to St Ives. As kids, we had an annual outing to St Ives every summer, with the Sunday School. It is one of my abiding childhood memories, mostly good, aside from the year I tripped over and cut my knee on a piece of half-buried broken glass.
The big treat in the afternoon, given as a reward for sitting through an interminable sermon from our vicar in the hot summer sunshine, was that each kiddie received a bottle of pop and a saffron bun. The bottle of pop was a Panda Pop, and the saffron bun was HUGE! Fully 8 inches across and 2 inches thick!
It was the tastiest thing ever, and I for one always managed to munch the whole thing down before getting home. *happy sigh* No trip to Cornwall is complete without trying certain foods, and saffron buns are right up there, along with heavy cake, a proper pasty, and a proper cream tea! :-)
So with that happy memory in mind, the day ends on the Porthmeor Road, overlooking the beach where this happy event took place each year.
DAY 8: (Fri) 3.3 miles
Still in St Ives, we walk the rest of Porthmeor Road, to the Island, site of an annual BBC Radio 1 Roadshow. And something that took the place of the church outings for me when I got older. From church music to pop music. Oh dear! LOL Mind you I only attended the St Ives Roadshow once. The Falmouth one was nearer for me and easier to get to, and may well get a mention when we are back in Cornwall doing the south coast later in the walk. If I need a reminder when we get there, just say 'toilet seat' to me. That'll do the trick!!!
Just a little teaser/hint of stories to come. LOL
Then we walk back along the other side of St Ives,
and follow the road around to Carbis Bay (also known as Barrepta Cove), stopping on the railway bridge at the end of Beach Road.
DAY 9 (Sat) 3.76 miles
With our back to the bay we head past the Headland Road and the aptly named Edge O Cliff at Hawk's Point, which I would love to show you a pic of, but sadly all the name conjures up is loads of news stories about people driving over cliffs. Oh dear!
Zoopla appears to be selling the property for half a million though, if anyone is interested! :-)
We reach the A3074 and turn left, heading East, and following the estuary road inland, across from Hayle, another lovely town on the North Cornwall coast. We pick up the B3301, and drive along The Causeway, past Carnsew Pool to the Warrens Roundabout.
I can't remember how many times we drove this route when I was a kid. I loved the area, and my Dad used to love getting into the car and just driving wherever the wind took us for a little explore. :-)
The RSPB manage a nature reserve at this site.
In order to make it this far in the last four days (over 14 miles) I have mostly Wii danced and Leslie Sansone walked, with a little bit of Kendall Hogan aerobics for a change of pace. :-) Admittedly, on one day I ran out of time and had a couple of Funky Fitness FOURS instead of Fives, but that is called being Flexible (another F)
I have also made sure to do at least something every morning before breakfast, so that I could claim my streak, even if the rest of the day proved tricky. :-)
Plus, I have kept up with my trackers, and although I haven't been as good as I might have been with the food, on the days I've gone over, it hasn't been by much. Protein has been on target every single day, and so have my carbs. I just need to juggle a couple of meals to bring the fat content down a smidge.
23.46 miles walked/danced, and aerobicked over the last seven days. :-)
I lost 1/2 a lb this week, but TOM has arrived today, bringing with him the inevitable fluctuation, so I am expecting a slight rise next week.
Roll on another week of virtual walking. :-)
And on an unrelated topic...
Anyone here watching The Voice UK?
Was last night's live show great or what? A - Maze - Ing!!!
I have two faves in Tom's Team and 2 Fave's in Will's team. Can't wait for the results tonight to see if they survived the vote.
Frances is my overall fave! From the moment she auditioned in that beany hat I've been hooked on her voice. :-)
Have a great week everyone!
Friday, April 27, 2012
It has been a rollercoaster 24 hours. Tara and I decided to try our first attempt at online purchasing last night - a journey not without its issues as it turns out....
Anyone here ever heard of 'phantom transactions'?
I certainly hadn't....
Neither had Tara.
So, Tara had £5.49 in her bank account.
We had heard that Play.com was a very trustworthy online shop, so we went there for a looksee.
Tara discovered Guitar Hero World Tour - the one she first tried at Bry's wedding, and has yearned for ever since. It was £5.00. Perfect!!!
So she created an account with Play.com, made her purchase, and was thrilled...
For all of two minutes...
Then she got an email saying her debit card had been declined by the bank.
It listed several reasons as to why it may have been declined. None of which was the actual reason, as it turned out.
Tara checked she hadn't mis-typed a number...
Tara checked every other detail...
All spot on!
So, there was nothing for it but to ring the bank and see if they could explain what had happened.
Tara was on the phone with them for 30 minutes!
You see, she have never done phone banking before, so there was a lot of red tape to go through before they could tell her what had happened, and they ended up also signing her up for internet banking - yet another new thing, and all in the space of an hour!
This is a lot of change and new stuff for a 16 yr old autistic kid! Even one as well adjusted as her.
What this did remind me of while it was all going on was that I had agreed with my bank to try internet banking, and they had sent me a security gizmo a week or two earlier, and I hadn't got round to sorting it out.
So I set up my internet banking account while Tara was working through her bank conversation on the phone.
Tara eventually got off the phone with the bank, after they told her that there was a £2.00 payment pending on her account, requested by Play.com. This was why the £5 transaction was declined, because a £2 transaction was already pending from the same company!!!
This made no sense at all to us. Major head-scratching time!
I read over her emails from Play.com and there was absolutely no explanation! I checked the website to see what that said, wondering if there was an admin fee for setting up an account or something, and we hadn't seen the notification.
Tara was really upset at this point, and I told her that the only thing I could think of was that I would get £2 out of my account tomorrow (today) and put it in her account so that she could try again.
Anyway, she fired off an email to play.com asking "What the..." in polite terms.
Then I suddenly remembered that online banking meant I could transfer money to Tara's account without either of us leaving the house, or having to go into town.
So I fired up my computer and transferred the £2 over to her account.
Tara wanted to try ordering the game again right then, but I said it was better to wait until we had heard back from Play.com. Otherwise it might happen again, and we'd be no further on.
So this morning, as there was no email from Play.com, I looked at the website again, and found a phone number for them.
I rang them.
I explained what had happened, and they explained what they had done.
They had sent a 'Phantom Transaction' for a £2 amount to her bank to make sure that the account details Tara had provided were correct. Apparently, they never collect it. The amount just sits there 'pending' for a week, untouchable, and then, when they don't follow it up, the amount is 'released' back to Tara.
NO information when you create an account or make your first purchase to let you know they do this.
No notification ANYWHERE about this!
And when your money is tight, and you are using the last dregs of your account to pay for something, even an amount as small as £2 being dangled out of your reach can make a purchase impossible!
So, at least we knew what had happened, and I was assured it was strictly a one-off, so Tara tried ordering her game again, and this time the transaction appears to have gone through.
I'm holding my breath for now though, until I know all is done and dusted.
So, while all this stress was being dealt with, we also had the annual boiler safety check guy due today in the afternoon, and all of Sophie's barking at him on top of everything else, stressed Tara out further, and when she and Sophie clunked heads in the middle of a barking session, while Tara was holding her, that was the last straw!
And I still had to ask Tara to try something new for dinner! Not a good time to be asking! But Waitrose had sold out of their frozen chicken korma meals, and I'd bought a jar of sauce instead, so it had to be done. *gulp*
Cue tears again, but she did agree though, if she could have pilau rice with the meal. So Mum heads down to the cashpoint, and Waitrose for a tub of Pilau rice. :-) Well, I like it too, and if it meant the new thing would be easier for Tara to handle, it was worth the extra bit of hassle.
As I approached the cash machine, fate dealt me another little bit of banking fun and games.
There was a couple ahead of me, the chap in the process of removing his cash card from the machine, and his lady friend about to use it.
She did the usual, removed her cash card, and chatting away together they walked into the Co-op.
Meanwhile, I go and stand at the machine, and take out my purse, ready to check my meagre balance and ascertain whether I can even afford a carton of pilau rice!
And the machine is beeping at me.
And I haven't even approached it with my card yet.
And then I see it...
The money sitting in the slot!
Just sitting there!
I stuck my head in the door of the Co-op and asked where the couple were who'd just walked into the shop. Met with shoulder shrugs and blank stares from the shoppers I could see, I folded the cash up, slipped it into the receipt section of my purse, put my card in the cash machine and got my tenner out, then went into the Co-op to try and find the couple.
I looked around but I couldn't see them, so I walked back outside and stood there wondering what to do.
I was also racking my brains trying to remember what they looked like. How many of us look at people we are stood in queues with? Would you recognise the person who had been in front of you a few minutes earlier?
Then I remembered that the woman had been carrying a big black shopping bag, so I turned and went into the shop again.
Right at the back of the shop I spotted a couple I thought were the ones, but no bag. Then, as I watched, the woman bent over and when she straightened up she was holding a big black shopping bag!
I walked up to them, and asked if they had used the cash machine before they had come into the shop.
I looked at the woman.
"Did you ask the machine for any money?" I asked.
"Yes." she replied, then she went pale as she realised what she had done - or rather hadn't done!
She reached into her handbag for her purse, and I pulled the folded up banknotes from my purse.
I got the BIGGEST hugs from both of them for being decent enough to find them and return their money.
She said I'd restored her faith in humanity!
I said that if I had done the same thing as her, I'd hope the person behind me would chase after me to give me my money too.
Yeah, she said, but most people would have just walked off with the cash!
And the sad thing is, she's right. Maybe not most, but there are too many people in this world who would have done just that.
Fortunately though, today, someone was watching out for her, because I was the one who found the money. Something that would not have happened if a combination of events over the last twenty four hours hadn't conspired to put me in the right place at the right time. Even to the point of delaying my departure from the house at the last moment. If I'd left a minute earlier, as first planned, I'd have been at the cashpoint before them, and not seen the cash.
That's what life is like sometimes. Sometimes the Universe pulls the strangest stunts in order to make sure that someone is in the right place at the right time. If Bry hadn't given Tara her old Mac laptop at Easter, we would still not feel secure about online purchasing, and would not have tried to buy from Play.com, and Play.com would not have 'phantom menaced' us, and Tara wouldn't have already been so stressed that Sophie barking at the boiler guy would send her over the edge.
And if Waitrose hadn't run out of frozen individual Chicken Korma and rice portions, I wouldn't have bought a jar of sauce and asked Tara to try something new for dinner tonight.
What a collection of incidents it took to put me there for that couple! :-)
I'm glad it did though. Just to see the relief on her face when I pulled that cash out of my purse. :-) The hugs were a real bonus too!!!
Warm fuzzies certainly kept the chill off me all the way to Waitrose. LOL
Hope you are able to do a little something nice for your fellow planet dwellers today. :-)
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