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A man walks into a bar...

Saturday, May 19, 2012

A man walks into a bar, and asks for a glass of water.

The barkeeper pulls out a shotgun, and fires it, just missing the man.

The man says "Thankyou", puts a tip on the counter and leaves.

Why does he say thankyou and leave the tip?

Answers on the back of a postcard...

Nah! Just kidding. See if you can figure it out and I'll give you the answer next blog. LOL

Lex xxx
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BARCLE 5/21/2012 12:15AM


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CHEVY63 5/19/2012 11:43PM

    Hiccups sounds like a good answer to me! Love the pics, have a good one!

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_LINDA 5/19/2012 7:10PM

    BESCATS said it first -she gets the prize lol. Thanks for the funnies!
Have a fabulous weekend!
Linda xxx

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MNOT2THICK 5/19/2012 5:22PM

    Oh yeah, HICCUPS emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 5/19/2012 3:18PM

    What a tease .....

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NEW-CAZ 5/19/2012 12:56PM

Love the pics!
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BOVEY63 5/19/2012 12:45PM

    Anxiously waiting for the answer. Love the pics as usual!

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BESCATS 5/19/2012 11:19AM

    Trying to get rid of hiccups ??? I love the photos, especially the one with the black cat, he looks just like mine. Have a great day.

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Muppets, and Trains, and Doctors, Oh My!!! :-)

Monday, May 14, 2012

So, the doctor called...

...and you know that means trouble!

They don't waste their precious money to tell you that your test results are negative. :-)

So, the news...

Yes, I have a bowel infection.


I am already improving so hopefully the pills I'm on will sort it.


I am also anaemic. How anaemic they don't know, but my haemaglobin is 9. So pretty anaemic.

I have to go have another blood test to determine how low the iron is. That happens on Friday.

The anaemia doesn't surprise me. I had a couple of migraines - one at Christmas and one a few weeks ago, and I only seem to get those when I'm anaemic.

The doc wants to see me when the iron results come back to discuss why I'm low again, and how best to move forward. Also, with blood in my urine and so forth, there may be something going on internally, and so it needs further investigation.

As for the urine test, the results of that aren't back yet. She'll ring if they flag anything when they do come back.

Sorry. Random shot of Sophie taken a few mins ago by Tara just wanted to sneak in here for a little light relief! LOL

So yeah, feeling better, still a little tender in spots, but eating and output seems back to normal. Can walk upright now, instead of doing passable imitation of Neanderthal Woman! :-)

And walking at my normal pace, which is also good. :-)

I played with my Exerbeat again today.

No! Get on with you! Really? You're kidding me!


Today I have done a mix of Boxercising, Karate and Stretching.

Turns out the My Fitness section of the game has TWENTY spaces for saving your own fitness routines! That is so awesome! That means I can create my own upper, lower, core, and stretching routines, and save them to use again.

The Wii Fit Plus can only save one custom-built routine at a time! It is one of the things that, to my mind, lets WFP down a wee bit, much as I like it. The peeps who created it don't seem quite as knowledgeable about exercise as those who've created Exerbeat. Wii Fit Plus is also missing a stretching section.

This 20-segment section for building your own routines is truly the best aspect of Exerbeat so far. I am SOOO impressed by that. What a brilliant idea!!! :-)

Changing the subject...

Thanks to MOSTMOM I went on a hunt to find out which Muppet I am today. Recovering from illness makes you do daft things to while away the hours. LOL

I looked here:


Turns out I am Sam the Eagle! :-)

You are Sam the Eagle.
You are patriotic and devoted. And extremely anal.
Patriotism, Being appalled at what everyone else is doing.
The National Anthem of America
"An American In....America"
"Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, Eagles are from America"
"Please stop that now! It's un-American!"

The obvious question is...


I'm not even American! LOLOLOL

As I explained to MOSTMOM, I adore so many Muppets, but among my faves are Statler/Waldorf, Gonzo, and the Swedish Chef, but how that would morph I have NO idea! LOLOLOLOL

Oh, and I have to add Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupugus from Sesame Street too!

Here's a link to Shelli's vlog, in case you are one of the few Sparkers who've missed it...


In other news...

I loved this item of news today and just had to share.

All you rail commuters, take note...

Blackadder star Tony Robinson has helped coach rail staff to deliver new "comedy" announcements.

Written by Richard Preddy, who wrote the sitcom Green Wing, the announcements aim to make the Birmingham to London journey enjoyable.
Robinson, who played Baldrick, spent a month helping Chiltern Railways staff learn the lines.

The announcements will also be heard at London Marylebone Station.

The announcements passengers will hear include:

"I'd like to welcome passengers boarding this 7.33 from Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone. If you've just bumped into someone who you barely know, you now have one hour and 30 minutes of awkward small talk. Good luck."

"For any passengers who've not visited London before, do please prepare yourselves for the capital's overwhelmingly calm and relaxing pace of life."

"Will any passengers listening to noisy iPods please get a better taste in music. Thank you."

And my personal favourite...

"We will shortly be passing through West Ruislip where we will be racing the Underground trains. Do please feel free to cheer for our driver."

Makes me want to move to Brum and get a job in London! :-)

Have a great day!
Lex xxx
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CHEVY63 5/17/2012 10:18PM

    Hope you're feeling better! Love the picks emoticon

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SCREWIE 5/16/2012 9:43AM

    I forgot, about our Tube staff. There's also been this since last year, at Angel (Islington) station:


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SCREWIE 5/16/2012 9:30AM

    Not to detract from Tony Robinson's funniness, but while the concept of having amusing announcements is to be applauded, I think it's much better when it's spontaneous.

I hardly ever use the Tube now, but when I did (and occasionally still do), hearing the driver come up with some funny message made my day.

A few examples here (some of those I've heard myself):


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_LINDA 5/15/2012 2:09AM

    Loved the Sophie pic, who needs the funnies from the net when you have your won lol.
Glad the Dr.'s are getting all over your issues. I had anemia once. It was probably the most sleep I got in my life as I couldn't stay awake at all, kept passing out from lack of oxygen -my Dr. said only one in 4 of my red cell's heme was able to carry an O2 molecule -she was amazed I wasn't having difficulty breathing. Word of note -they probably will put you on high doses of iron. If it affects you the way it did me -you will be fast friends with the old water closet if you know what I mean ;)
Don't like hearing you are getting blood -hope they find the cause of that soon..
So glad you are finding this new game better and more enjoyable. Look forwards to hearing all you are doing with it.
PS: I came out as Gonzo the Great lol!
Take care of yourself!
Linda xxx

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MNOT2THICK 5/14/2012 10:41PM

    Happy to hear you now know what is wrong and can do something about it. Nice to meet you Sam emoticon

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    Take care and hope you get some results and answers soon - I love the train announcements! WTG - we all need a good laugh!

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CARLA-216 5/14/2012 4:24PM

    Aww, I love Sophie!

Glad you're improving more still. I hope nothing else is found in the urine test.


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LOVESLIFE48 5/14/2012 4:22PM

    I hope you feel better my friend!! Ok, I had to do the muppet thing too, I'm Rowlf!!! Have a nice day!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/14/2012 3:23PM

    Well I can tell you're feeling better!!!!!
great blog Lex, I hope your meds get your infections under control and that you're soon back to full health.
Fingers crossed that's all there is to be found.
Loved looking up my muppet; Rowlf!!!!! emoticon

I love Tony Robinson but I can see some commuters wanting to hang themselves listening to him too often; I tire of the drivel he comes out with in Time Team emoticon

Take care hun and look after yourself *yes MUM* emoticon

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Feeling a bit more human now

Sunday, May 13, 2012

I'm pleased to report that I got a good few hours sleep last night, and although I still have some abdominal pain, it is significantly reduced. Most important of all, I seem to have both input and output again.

I haven't taken my lunchtime painkillers. I'm seeing how tolerable the pain is now.

So far, so good! :-)

I'm currently nomming some dinner and Sparking while listening to Scream Extreme USA behind me. Something Tara wanted to watch. Two of the judges from Strictly Come Dancing - Craig and Bruno - are in opposition, riding some of the scariest funpark rides in America with members of the public, while trying to ask and answer questions on general knowledge.

Who thinks up these shows??? LOL

I had no idea Bruno had such a potty mouth! Mind you, I'd put a trooper to shame if they stuck me on one of those rides!!! LOL

In other news...

I played with Exerbeat today. Surprised? LOL

I did little bits and rested between, but really enjoyed myself. Specially as the pain relaxed for a good patch of the day. :-)

It may be the novelty value of a new game, but right now, it is my absolute favourite of all my Wii Games to date.

It has about everything you could want in a game to keep fit while having fun. All you need is a reasonable ability to follow a rhythm.

It has about 150 different Workouts and games, varying from around 53 seconds to 8 minutes (so far). I still have a ton of the workouts to unlock. There is Aerobics, Hip Hop and Latin Dancing. Kung Fu and Boxing. Yoga, Pilates, and stretching! Stretching is particularly helpful as so many games tend to miss out that important aspect of your exercise routine.

There are also some intriguing games to play. Would anyone here ever believe that you could SWIM using a Wii??? Well, I can't! I am a Lead Weight apparently, but it was only my first go at the swimming game. LOL

There is a finite score for each workout (as far as I can tell) so you can work towards 100% on each one. So far I only have 100% on one of the workouts I've done. But I'm close on a couple of others.

As you play, choosing exactly what you want to do from the open and available workouts and games levels, you open a ton of new workouts, plus extra options, such as an option to use the game without a remote, so it is more of a classic workout style (no scoring on that one), a section where you can build your own routine from the options available (haven't tried that yet, but am hoping you can save a selection rather than just one like the Wii Fit Plus), and a personal trainer who offers you a good range of choices - such as working on specific parts of your bod for a length of time of your choosing - for a workout that doesn't get interrupted after every section to add your scores up.

An added bonus is the Around The World feature. Everything you do, no matter how little, is converted into miles and your Wii Mii gets to walk to 90 different places around the globe. You get miles for rhythm points, combos of correct moves, medals, minutes played and your success percentage.

As a result, in two days and a bit over an hour of play time I've passed through 13 of the 90 places so far. :-) I've travelled 15450 miles!!! And I am currently crossing the Sahara Desert.

Well, dinner is eaten. Now to see how my tum hamdles the input. :-)
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 5/14/2012 5:54PM

    Happy to hear that you're starting to feel better. Awesome job on the working out. You rock Lady!!

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CARLA-216 5/14/2012 11:46AM

    I am so very glad you're on the mend. I hope the upward trend continues!


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    Sorry to see you have been ill. Hoping you are well on the mend.

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LOVESLIFE48 5/14/2012 7:02AM

    So glad to hear you are feelilng better. I have to get more dance wii games!!! Have a super day my friend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/14/2012 2:51AM

    Lovely to see you feeling so much better Lex!
Love the sound of those games and it seems to keep you motivated, always a good sign of a well chosen mode of exercise. If it's boring it's soon dropped huh?
Here's to a better week! Have you got to see your doc for a check up or has it been left that you'll see how you fair and go back if necessary?
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_LINDA 5/14/2012 2:21AM

    So glad your symptoms are easing up! Those wii games sound amazing. No, can't say as I can picture swimming with it.
Hope all is back to normal so you can make your Monday Marvelous!
Keep on getting better!
Linda xxx

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Ashleigh and Pudsey win Britain's Got talent!!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

This was their audition:


This was their semi-final routine:


And when the final hits You Tube, I'll edit this to include it. :-)

And here it is! :-)


I so love this act. And Simon Cowell is in love too! I'm sure he is thrilled to be writing out a cheque for this pair!!! I do have to wonder...

What was with the sudden display of chest hair Simon?

Was that aimed at the dog?

Or the girl? LOL

And congratulations to Jonathan and Charlotte for a very well deserved second place, and Only Boys Allowed for an equally well deserved third place spot! It has been a brilliant year for Britain's Got Talent!!!

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    I agree. A great win. I noticed that with Simon undoing his shirt more!! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/13/2012 3:40AM

    WTG Pudsey emoticon

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_LINDA 5/13/2012 1:45AM

    Thanks for sharing this, will have to wait until I get back home to view as my step dad's connection won't allow me to upload the video, keeps dropping me :(
Have a Happy Mom's Day!
Linda xxx

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Still Streaking Despite Everything

Saturday, May 12, 2012

So the week started off painful, and then became excrutiating!!!

My stomach and lower back joined my chest on Thursday evening, in a "Who can cause the most pain" challenge to Lexie. My stomach and lower back won and culminated in virtually no sleep that night, a visit to the GP Friday morning, with lots of poking and prodding, a prescription for antibiotics, and half-an armful of blood sent off for tests. *pulls indescribable face*

The doc said urine infection (blood and allsorts in my urine) AND diverticulitis (tenderness all along my bowel), which is why the bloodtests. My body's input and output are not currently good (trying to be delicate here), so definitely not feeling all that grand.

Not the best fun in the world, having to walk to the doc, then walk to the chemist, then walk home, when every step jolts your stomach and back more. But I managed it, and then did as my dear friend Newcaz insisted, and rested for the rest of the day.

I slept some last night, but the pain was soon back this morning, though it seems less severe, and I am having little breaks from it now, rather than it being continuous. Also there was a little 'output' this morning, which I am taking as a good sign. I've NEVER been bunged like this before. It is horrible!!!

Hoping and praying that things improve and I don't need further tests and stuff. *gulp*

Day 23 of my Funky Fitness Fun challenge today.

Yesterday was a push. But I danced - sort of - it is a bit of a cheek to call what I did 'dancing' to be honest LOL - to three Just Dance 3 songs first thing, before the pain totally gripped me, which got my streak in. YAY!

Today, the pain is still there but less so, and I could not resist popping Exerbeat, which finally arrived this morning, into the Wii for a looksee. Very luckily there were some upper body exercises immediately available, so, very carefully, so as not to jolt my stomach at all, I tried those, and managed 15 minutes, in diddy segments with decent breaks between. So my streak remains intact. :-)

Obviously, I will be good and not push myself in the circumstances, no matter how excited I am about the game. I couldn't have used it yesterday at all. Way too sore! It was nice to at least be able to check it was working and try out a few little bits of it.

First impressions of Exerbeat are...

WOW!!! Loving it! I particularly like how your effort is converted into miles and you get to travel round the world. In fifteen total minutes I started in England (at Greenwich) and travelled to France, Germany and Austria today - coincidentally, three countries I have actually visited in real life! :-)

I also love that you can do daily challenges, and/or weekly challenges and set your own routines (though all these options have to be opened as you play the game). Bu that is good too. If everything was available at once you wouldn't know where to start. :-)

So, keeping everything crossed that I continue to improve and can play Exerbeat to my heart's content very soon. :-)

Enjoy your weekend.
Lex xxx
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MNOT2THICK 5/15/2012 10:59AM

    What a champ you are. All that pain and you are pressing on. That my dear is inspiration. Hoping the pain subsides and leaves soon.

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BOVEY63 5/12/2012 4:57PM

    It is amazing that you are getting in some good exercise despite the pain you are in.

Take care Sweetie and feel better soon.

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CARLA-216 5/12/2012 2:42PM

    Oh my, that is just so much junk to be dealing with. I know first hand the UTI pain is bad, and I've heard others tell of the diverticulitis pain. Those along with the costo flare...wow. I am totally amazed that you did some exercise despite the pain.

I hope you're on the mend and feel all better real soon!


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    So sorry that you are in so much pain - rest and relax until your body heals. Woohoo that you could exercise under the circumstances to keep your streaks going - well done! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/12/2012 11:13AM

    Lex you are a star, keeping a sense of humour (the pics)while you're suffering can't be easy. Great that you managed some activity and I hope with rest and the meds you'll be feeling brighter very soon.
Now do as you're told. BED! or at the very least the couch!

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_LINDA 5/12/2012 10:14AM

    So very sorry you are dealing with all this :(( I do remember my bunged up days very well -when I ate too much cheese and high carbs :(( Never want to go back there again. But the chocolate laxatives weren't too hard to swallow.. Hope the meds kick in soon for you..
That is awesome you could do something with your new game! Now rest up and get better soon!!
Linda xxx

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