MILLIE-MILOU's SparkPeople Blog MILLIE-MILOU's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 1 of my 3 day weekend. I managed to motivate myself to take apart 2 shelving units and dig out a 3rd one only it's still intact as I took the bike out for an hour or so instead. I have walked, paid the rent, gas, electricity, council tax, water and sorted my DBS check. I have even managed to shove some money in my ISA, which is always lovely and makes me smile. Oh yes, I did 2 lots of laundry including all my bedding so I might have achieved more than I think that I have. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Sat, 26 May 2018 17:41:43 EST Extra Wednesday Blog Hi Sparkies. <BR> I got that job, I start on Friday. Yay. References asked for already and one has been sent back, the other is being emailed this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I am so happy, I cannot tell you. <BR> <BR> I am going to drive to Grantham in a wee while, to sort out ID so the agency can see originals and not the emails that I sent them. The emailed ones were fine but they do need sight of originals too. Fine by me, if there is coffee going, they are buying. <BR> <BR> Ride tonight I th... Wed, 23 May 2018 08:57:12 EST Mid week and it's been interesting so far Hi all <BR> <BR> I have applied for upwards of 40 jobs since Friday and off for an interview today for a massive construction company who are part of the Project Anvil thing at the local Airbase. Money is excellent, it's a 19 month contract and I want it. It's a purchase ledger administrator job and an excellent opportunity. I have a temp job to go to if it goes belly-up, interview wise. In a local college. <BR> I have my questions sorted, my dress ironed, cardi steamed and off to polish my ... Wed, 23 May 2018 03:54:16 EST Beautiful Sunday today I have walked Toffee and had a mooch around a Car-boot sale. I found a little pincushion, just like the one I had when I was a child. I have put it in my sewing box. I am now having coffee and doing a bit of job hunting. I am making a list of all the agencies in Norwich and King's Lynn to visit, I am also getting all my ID together to show them. I will have another job by the end of the week so not worried at all. <BR> <BR> I got a good ride in yesterday. About 32 miles and had coffee and a ... Sun, 20 May 2018 05:16:52 EST Weekend and home again Good Morning lovely Spark Friends. <BR> <BR> Oh, where to start. I will start at the end. <BR> I am NOT going back to the Home Improvements job. I have been there 3 weeks and it was supposed to be a permanent job but, with a boyfriend in the military who has to be squeaky clean for his job, it would be the end of us if I stayed, like I am going to stay knowing what I know now. <BR> It appears that one of the co-owners of the company has been arrested for transporting something very dodgy and... Sat, 19 May 2018 04:17:27 EST Sunday again This year is really flying by. Today marks 11 months with Phil, as a friend reminded me today. He's still a twit but I still rather like him. He is at his, making jeans and contemplating trying to make a denim jacket, men's style, but cannot find a pattern. The Kwik Sew one is discontinued and they seem impossible to find. Most frustrating. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got home at around 7.15am, leaving Phil's house just before 6. We had had breakfast and coffee, I'd even given the dog a quick stro... Sun, 13 May 2018 07:01:44 EST Bit tired Since my last blog, I have been riding. <BR> I took Bluey out on Saturday and Sunday and rode for 50km on each ride. Monday was walking and driving to Norwich for time with Debbie and Mark before back to work on Tuesday. <BR> At work, I discovered a flat on Eric bike so didn't ride home. I did ride yesterday though. I rode from Whitwell Steam Railway station to Aylsham, down towards Norwich and then back to Whitwell using off road trails, roads, more trails, roads and trails at the end. <BR> ... Thu, 10 May 2018 17:00:04 EST Back from a week away The weather was rubbish for the first couple of days so walking was all puddle dodging with Toffee and the job is in a terrapin unit type of office so a bit cold in there first off. <BR> <BR> Working with Jan is fun. The job is an admin sort of role, the money is good and Jan and I are pretty much left to our own devices to run the office. The company sell roof renovations, wall coatings, windows, doors, artificial grass for lawns, do driveways and are looking to get into garage doors too. T... Fri, 4 May 2018 18:56:39 EST End of the week roundup Well, I have finished the repair reporting job. The 2 new ladies started yesterday and have had 2 whole days of training and can use that system better than I can even though they cannot do the job yet. They have taken 2 calls each so far. Good luck to them, I start my new job in Norfolk on Monday. Staying with Mark on Sunday, Jan on Monday and Phil from Tuesday to Friday morning. <BR> <BR> The following week he is off to Pompey so not sure where I will be staying but I'll burn that bridge w... Fri, 27 Apr 2018 17:40:03 EST Tuesday 24th April. An interesting day Firstly, eating right - or better - is going great guns. Let's just ignore last night's chips with Phil. He showed up around 7, we walked the dog to Tesco and grabbed a few bits and bobs and walked back via the chippy. I got all my steps in and half as much again. <BR> <BR> Work was horrible. One of the girls shouted at me yesterday. I mean yelled. I had a nervous, single female tenant who asked the name of her operative, the one coming to fix her leaking taps. I told her. Apparently that wa... Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:14:15 EST Sunday 22nd April. I woke at 6, as usual and then went back to sleep until 8. I must have needed the extra sleep then. I got out of bed, fed the dog and just sloathed about for an hour or so, surfing the web, grabbing some breakfast, drinking coffee and looking at that danged back garden and thinking that I really ought to crack on and mow it. <BR> <BR> Luckily Toffee needed walking so I took him out for an hour and then looked at the grass some more before getting the extension cable out and getting it plugge... Sun, 22 Apr 2018 16:56:55 EST Saturday after a busy week Good stuff first. <BR> <BR> I got a ride in Sunday and it was great. Monday and Tuesday were as windy as anything so 25 miles with Phil on Wednesday was good and another 25 on Thursday was even better. Few hills too. Friday night I rode for 10 miles, in the dark, as I needed to get out of the house. Just didn't want to talk to anyone, watch TV or anything. Today was awesome and I got a 50 mile ride in the sunshine. It was supposed to be a 50km but I realised that if I got home in good time t... Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:44:40 EST Sunday with a G&T Busy old weekend. <BR> <BR> I got to P's and he was mega stressed out. He'd been on a course all wekk and the house was a tip on account of that's how he left it. I grew up with an abusive family so I am very aware of body language and possibly am hypersensitive. I very nearly came home again, then he settled down with tea - kedgeree and very nice it was too. After that, he was fine. He is desperate to go home and stay home. That will happen on Friday. <BR> <BR> Saturday I went to Norwich ... Sun, 15 Apr 2018 15:38:33 EST Friday. I have a plan Not that it will come to anything, mind. <BR> <BR> I am off work today and my breathing is wonderful. My asthma has been bad for about a week now and I had to take my steroid inhaler thing this week, since Monday. Blooming unheard of, for months and months now. I think that it was the office at the Schools job. Most of them smoked, the air tasted funny too - all dry and weird. Anyway, my inhaler got used a fair bit but today my breathing is great. I haven't bothered with the steroidal one. M... Fri, 13 Apr 2018 03:45:14 EST Wednesday interview day After being called, out of the blue, about a job that I hadn't applied for, I went off to the interview not expecting much to be honest. After all, agencies trawling the job sites might be desperate for candidates. Maybe, I have a strong CV and it gets a hit on all the agency search words and they are not desperate at all. Who knows. Anyway....... Interviewer was nice, she explained the job, saw that I was ex BT and asked if I could cope with 30 calls a day. Yep! Bring it on! The systems are ... Thu, 12 Apr 2018 02:59:07 EST Tuesday 10th April Late get up today on account of the fact that it was tipping it with rain. Toffee won't walk in the rain so we had a lay in and did our language lessons, looked on the internet and generally chilled before braving the weather. <BR> <BR> Work was busy, busy busy. I got a bit of a look when I took a call at 8.55am, on my mobile. Agency wanting to know if I wanted to go to an interview tomorrow for a customer services job. Yep. I'll talk to them. Bit further away but better money, apparently. M... Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:11:49 EST Monday and back to work Woken at after 11pm by someone texting about a mattress that I am giving away. I told them that I would text in the morning as I am an early riser but they kept blooming texting and now they haven't bothered showing up to collect. People are twits. <BR> <BR> Woken again at just before 6, by Phil saying 'good morning'. It was raining so didn't ride my bike but went back to sleep for half an hour and then walked Toffee for a goodly while before work. <BR> <BR> I am still dazed and confused by... Mon, 9 Apr 2018 14:14:42 EST Sunday tidy-day My house has totally got to tip status, as in it looks like the local tip <em>40</em> Shocker. <BR> Something had to be done and I was going to do it yesterday but the sun came out and it didn't rain. That scuppered that plan. <BR> <BR> Today, I was woken by a text from Phil. The man is the dizzy limit, he really is. A menace! So, at 6.45am, on a Sunday morning, I got up and let the dog out. I got on my bike at 7.05 and cleared off for 16 miles before it rained. Home just after the hour ... Sun, 8 Apr 2018 09:51:23 EST Sunshine! Yay I have had a lovely day so far. I was up well before 7 and out with the dog and at the post office by 8 to collect P's pedals that I wasn't home to get yesterday when the postie came. He is in Norfolk, at his home, probably rowing as it's a nice day. <BR> <BR> My blue road bike was booked in for a service today, at Bardney, so while it was being serviced, I took my steel road bike out for a jolly to Lincoln and back. <BR> <img src=" Sat, 7 Apr 2018 11:18:47 EST Sunday sunshine I knew that I needed to see Ken, the ex, today. He's done nothing about the divorce and it's been 7 months since he promised to crack on and he has done sweet FA about it. I thought that I would get a nice ride in first. I took the roadie 16 miles and then had breakfast. <BR> <BR> Boring afternoon with Ken. Asda, talking, more talking and coffee and more talking. <BR> Came home and got the bike back out and rode for another hour or so. The last 7 miles were hard but I got home without fallin... Sun, 25 Mar 2018 16:40:10 EST Saturday 24th March It was a nicer morning than the Met Office suggested so I gave the dog a short walk and then went out for a ride for an hour. Only 15 miles in just under the hour so happy with that. I took my Aftershokz out and a bit of Depeche Mode so rocked around the loop. <BR> <BR> I did walk my long suffering dog too, at least twice and he had garden time when I was house tidying. I have done some knitting as well, while watching a bit of Netflix. I was told about. <BR> <BR> I have been feeling a bit ... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 17:58:40 EST Off this week, so far My short contract finished and I have no work, thus far, this week. Something will come along, I have no doubt. <BR> I had an interview yesterday and another, different company, today. I will be job hunting as I go this week. Today I also had a Universal Credit appointment. Joy of joy. I asked about getting training courses. I will nag about them. <BR> I was thinking of Sage and maybe a ISM course, marketing could be good as well as an HMRC course. I have paid in to the system all my life. I ... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:34:48 EST Saturday 3rd March Last night it froze hard and then it snowed. I couldn't drive off the estate in my little car as I had no traction <em>246</em> I can't say that I tried overly hard. I could have got out after about 10am but thought that I wouldn't in the end. <BR> <BR> I cleaned Eric, the CX, then went out for a 12 mile ride then cleaned him again. Toffee has had 2 walks. We popped to the co-op to top up the gas and electricity metres in case of another really cold snap. I might venture out for a little... Sat, 3 Mar 2018 13:08:17 EST Late on a Friday Blog Another snow day today. The road to Lincoln was open but our PCSO chap said to maybe not risk it as we are having more snow tonight and he was worried that I wouldn't get home again. I took his advice. The main road opened, closed again, re opened, closed and then finally opened at 6pm. It's the wind, blowing the snow, across the road in drifts. <BR> <BR> Phil couldn't get to work yesterday morning. He left at 6.30am and was back at 7, he tried again at 11am and was back half an hour later h... Fri, 2 Mar 2018 16:24:07 EST Wednesday and not quite my birthday but as we don't have a 29th...... Today is as good as any, I guess. <BR> I am taking a snow day today. I can't get off my estate in my 20 year old Nissan Micra with no traction control, ABS or any other mod cons. <img src=""> <BR> It's quite deep actually <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am going to venture out, in a while, with the dog and a camera, for some birthday cake.... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 07:17:23 EST Saturday in the cold Boy, it was chilly out there today. Poor Toffee was shivering all the way around the walk this morning. We didn't get up until gone 8am having been watching Kill Bill last night, round at Ken's flat. He has a big TV and I have a little one. Also his heating is Bermuda temperature as the heating is in with the rent. Also, I discovered that I haven't got 2 jobs that I had applied for so Kill Bill seemed an excellent plan. <BR> <BR> I have thrown some things out today. I've also photographed a ... Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:31:32 EST Saturday ride Well, 35 miles in 2 and a quarter hours is not bad. I took the roadie out, Bluey not the older but far lovelier steel bike. I have a wee braking issue with him. I couldn't face riding Eric again today, he needs a service and I cannot motivate myself to do it at the moment, it was all I could do to get my bum off the sofa today. I told myself 5 miles and then I can go home, but I got riding and forgot. It rained a bit but I kept going in the hope that it stopped raining and it did in the end. ... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:54:33 EST Job hunting and work I am applying for all sorts of jobs, anything and everything. I have an interview next Thursday. It's not a long term contract 3 - 6 months, but will do me nicely for the remainder of my time in Lincolnshire, before I move back towards Norfolk. <BR> <BR> On that score, I went to view a little bungalow near Wisbech. 2 beds, mahoosive garden that wraps around 3 sides of the building. It's all electric as there is no gas to the village. <BR> <img src=" Thu, 15 Feb 2018 03:44:28 EST First February blog The world has got away from me a bit. I've done a little riding and a lot of shivering as it's so cold. <BR> <BR> Iam stil at BT. Just. I've had another 2 assessments and still acing the job but I have had my new hours come in. For two solid weeks I have either 9pm or 7.30pm finishes. Not good. My dog will pine to death and they have put me on a 4 day week so leaving the house at 7am and getting home at 8.30 pm is not good. They suggested that I rehomed the dog. I very nearly walked out ther... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:26:49 EST Rainy Saturday The Thursday assessment didn't happen. I am more hopeless than I thought, the assessment was Friday. Its the works diaries as they are Sun - Sat and they throw me a bit. <BR> <BR> Anyway, sat with Manager and said that I didn't want to hear my calls as it sends my anxiety spiralling out of control. She didn't know about my anxiety and said that I must have it under serious control so as to be able to work in the high pressure environment that I work in. I said that I put on my "RJ Mask" as I... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 13:27:44 EST Assessment training day Today at work I have a 1-2-1 training assessment with the manager of our team who thinks that I am a bit silly really. I am good at what I do, I know I am as the NPS (net promotion scores) tell me so. However, I am 22 years older than the next youngest on our team, so she seems to think that I am not a good fit - she ain't wrong there - and just kind of sighs at me and says 'oh RJ.........add whatever here.....' in a *why have I been landed with this useless fat lump* kind of way. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 25 Jan 2018 05:40:36 EST It's been a week since my last blog Wow, tempus fugit and all that. <BR> I had a D&V bug all last night so staying off today and getting on with some admin. When I was at the NHS, a D&V bug meant a mandatory 72 hours off work. Call centres have no such ruling hence why I feel like this. I am not infecting anyone else, yesterday was rough at work as I had to make a couple of loo dashes. Not today, I am knackered anyway as I didn't have much sleep and dealing with having to be near the bathroom with it's 3 out of 7 loos out of ac... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:58:12 EST Thursday morning and blowing a hooley It's a bit windy out there today. Probably not taking the bike out. I did yesterday, for 9 miles or so, but not today. <BR> <BR> I have bronchitis at the moment, so riding was probably a stupid thing. Heigh ho. I haven't even walked the dog yet and am still in my jammies. I'll go in a bit. Work is lunch time to 9pm and I'm not sure that I'll make a full day as I feel so rubbish. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a good day at work. I got an eCard from my boss for exceptional customer service, which w... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:56:17 EST Monday. Walk, Work, Walk, Ride <img src=""> <BR> Yes, I know it's a dodgy photo, but it was dark. <BR> <BR> After work today, I walked Toffster and decided that it wasn't cold enough to not ride. Sorry about the double negatives, very bad form and my English teacher did drill us on that, but it seemed to work well, in my head. <BR> I just rode Eric and found a couple of little hills to see how my stupid knee was doing. Good job that they were o... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:41:00 EST Getting ready for the week ahead After a bit of a rubbish week, I was ready for the weekend. <BR> I am feeling very old at work. The 20 somethings are really annoying me. Every time something happens they whoop like kids and are generally very noisy. I can't work like that and find it exceedingly stressful. <BR> There was also the pizza thing this week. They have a swearbox at work as they are quite sweary. They spent the loot on pizza, cookies, garlic bread, burgers etc. I haven't contributed to the pot and declined the off... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 14:00:45 EST Week one of the new year, done and dusted. I have set my target for 3 1/2 hours a week of riding through the winter challenge again - or 16 hours for January in case of inclement weather. <BR> I am up on the drag curve as I have ridden for 5 hours this week, over only 3 days. I must be maintaining some sort of fitness. Even in the cold weather. <BR> <BR> Today I got out on my bike, after a fashion as I really didn't want to go out in the cold, and rode for a nice 14 miles on Eric. Just along the trail to Woodhall and back via Poolham... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 14:26:32 EST First Blog of 2018 I have been for a bike ride. No surprise there then. Today I got my first 50km ride of the year in so a good start to the 50km a month, every month challenge for the year. <BR> I saw zebras on my ride. Unusual enough to mention, I think. Not something you usually see in Lincolnshire. There is a private zoo, just outside of town. The owner set it up for his wife. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> New Year's Day I did a q... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 14:11:13 EST Last Saturday of the year I had the laziest morning in the world. I had a nice cuppa, flumped on the sofa and eventually took the dog for a walk about 11am. Just wandered across the playing field and into town, discovered that the knitting shop is shut until the 2nd Jan and wandered back again. <BR> <BR> Flumped some more before motivating my sorry butt out on to Eric and for a ride. 12.88 miles, 5 more than required. The headwind was not my idea of a laugh and going up a short, sharp hill into said headwind garnered... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 16:01:47 EST Thursday. -1 so rode on the trail Hell of a day at work. We had tests, which is no big deal really. I can do them perfectly well but maybe not as fast as the other team members as I have meres irlan syndrome and the differing text type, text size and colours make life a bit tricky sometimes so I have to re-read questions a few times. The rest of the team finished a good 15 minutes before me and larked about, made noise and were generally a pain in the backside. I lost my rag and yelled at them to shut up. <BR> What doesn't he... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 16:34:02 EST Christmas Day Update on Bluey. He has a loose cassette. Oops. I'll get on to that later or tomorrow. Eric could do with new head bearings and some new cabling. I'll have a look at that too. <BR> <BR> I woke up at about 8, after a very rough night. It was well after 2am before I got to sleep. I just tossed and turned for ages. I got Toffee out of the door for a good 45 minute walk up the trail and back by road. He seemed happy enough. I loaded Eric into the back of my car, after breakfast, and drove him to... Mon, 25 Dec 2017 09:41:10 EST Xmas Eve with Bluey Bluey, is making a right racket. No idea why and nothing is loose. I mean Nothing. Very irritating. I'll pull him apart and locate the noisy bit. Not today though. I took him for a steady 10.5 miles which has brought me to 3999.65 miles for the year. Yup, really. Had I known that I'd have gone around the block. <em>332</em> I really needed that ride after braving Tesco. I went last night and it was like the Marie Celeste. So were the salad shelves. <em>368</em> <BR> <BR> I had an absol... Sun, 24 Dec 2017 12:10:21 EST Christmas Saturday Until my shift patterns start, mid January, I have Saturdays off. After Mid Feb or so I will work every Saturday. Phil isn't about so I would rather have time with him anyway, through the week. <BR> <BR> This morning I sorted out the kitchen and walked Toffee. At half 12, I finally got out for a ride. I was going to take Bluey, my Carbon Roadie but, after pumping up his tyres, the back one didn't feel right so I did it again but decided not to trust it on a ride today and to see if it felt o... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 11:20:51 EST Winter Solstice Stinky perfume woman forgot today. Yay. She did bake cupcakes for the team so is mildly redeemed. Gluten free and dairy free too, for those in our team who have food intolerances. I brought sweeties, as I don't really eat them. I did have a cupcake though. <BR> <BR> I got another ride in tonight, another 12 miles, slightly different route and it was very muddy on those country roads. He's filthy, Eric I mean. He is in the bath now. I need 82 miles for the year and a cleaner bike will help th... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 17:33:06 EST Hump day again. So far, so good at work. <BR> We have been moved about in the class room and I am sitting next to different people now. L, to my right and S to my left, both girls. L wears Juicy Couture perfume. Makes me itch. I have come out in a rash because of it. Trainer is allergic to it too and she has been asked not to wear it but still does. 2 more days of her. She seems to think that I'm a bit thick and keeps trying to help me. Gets on my nerves actually. Yes she speaks Korean and spent a bunch of ... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:08:53 EST Monday Well, Friday was a total disaster. I bombed an exam and got totally stressed out. I was fine until about 4pm and it was the last test of the day and I just couldn't cope with it. Differing fonts and text sizes did for my Meares Irlan syndrome. I just coudn't cope. After work I headed for Norwich and went via Phil's as he asked me to. <BR> By the time I got there, my stammer was so bad that I could barely speak to him. He was a smidge freaked and said that I wasn't that bad after getting shut ... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:22:48 EST Thursday catchup I have survived 4 days so far and doing ok. <BR> One of the learning tools that they use is to play some stupid computer game and then answer online questions during it. Luckily I have found a short cut so that I don't have to endure the stupid games. I am not a fan of computer games really. The other 10 members of my team are 32 and under. I am the sole ancient one at 53. <BR> I am getting back to grips with the computer system now. I travel to the city via the back roads as it takes 45 mins... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:10:51 EST Sunday. Where is the year going? Today I went in to Lincoln to get passport sized pictures done, for my new job tomorrow. I had to take Kenn with me, which galled a bit. He knocked on at stupid O'clock last night wanting me to take him home. He was in town, seeing 'a friend' and missed the bus home - again. I was not turning out at that time of night, I wasn't letting him stay here either. I let him take the car on the proviso that it was back here by 8.30am. It was. <BR> <BR> He wanted me to take him home then and there. I... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:46:59 EST Saturday and hovering at 0 degrees The sun was shining, so naturally I went out for a bike ride. 51km - 31 and a bit miles - in 0 degrees. My Garmin reckons that it was much warmer at 1.1 degrees but my garden thermometer and the one at the cafe at Bardney said 0 and I think that they were correct. I took Eric, my CX bike. I thought that he would be the best bike for the job. Especially for the off road bit. It's only a mile but it's rutted and muddy. Or rutted and frozen stiff as it turned out. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Sat, 9 Dec 2017 11:56:37 EST Friday morning quickie I finished my short term job yesterday. 12 weeks work on a 7 week contract is not too shoddy IMO. <BR> I have got another 2 rides in this week. One on Tuesday alone, the other on Weds night, with Himself for 16 miles to The Railway Inn and back. We had a nice half each and decided against a snack as they had no Twiglets. That's a crime in itself. Fancy not stocking Twiglets at a cyclist's Inn. Shocker. <BR> <BR> I am off to Norwich but will walk the dog and have a shower first. I have a day ... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 02:39:33 EST Sunday and a mild day. The morning was a bit cool so Toffee and I had a quick walk and then watched TV on catchup. I got on the bike at 11.39 and rode to Ken’s place to look at paperwork- not sorted out so no surprise there - then a different route home giving me 37 miles for the day. <BR> I do feel that the 4000 mile target, for the year, is attainable. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My C.O.W.S pic for the day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 14:52:52 EST