MILLIE-MILOU's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MILLIE%2DMILOU MILLIE-MILOU's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ The Boil-in-the-bag Bike Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953912 First things first. Slimming World, scored on the doors and 2lbs off. That's 1lb off that went on last week and a brand new 1lb off too. According to SW, I am 11st 3.5lbs. According to my correct scales, that makes me 10st 10.5lbs which sounds much nicer, does it not. <BR> <BR> I got my first Shiney as well <em>104</em> I got my Bronze Award for Body Magic. Or a badge for cycling as I like to think of it. I should have got it last week but the payment taking lady forgot. I am now starting... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 12:00:38 EST End of the month ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953497 It was all work work work today. Springer spaniels everywhere I looked. <BR> I had a sit down and a coffee before venturing out on the bike. I rode one of my usual routes with a couple "oooh I wonder what's down this road" incidents to see where they went. <BR> <BR> Gorgeous evening to ride too. 15.36 miles in an hour and 7 minutes. That has put me a good 1/4 mile over my monthly target so happy with that. I'm 114 miles ahead of target for my annual distance too. <BR> <BR> We bought a micro... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:58:55 EST Monday Ride in the Rurals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952619 Early blogging today as I have got to go to the dentist and have a pesky, twisted tooth out. It is starting to damage the teeth either side as it's twisting so Jack (my dentist)is pulling the twisty one to save the ones either side. <BR> <BR> I was out on my bike at 10am and off. I have had my fitbit on charge since 7pm last night and it's managed 4 little lights in charge overnight. Fitbit say that it's got charging issues and they will swap it for me. Lovely job. In the meantime, I need it... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:57:00 EST Surprise sunday ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952323 It was raining this morning, so I did the sensible thing and pulled the duvet over my head and went back to sleep. Once up I had a nice flumpy morning, watching the rain and putting Christine, the Garmin back to factory settings as it's obviously having some sort of electronic nervous breakdown. <BR> <BR> At 2pm we went off next door to the joint birthday BBQ for Jody (Jaide's soon to be Husband) and their 4 year old daughter, Scarlet. There were thousands of kids running about. Jaide had c... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 18:02:01 EST Sunny Saturday pub crawl :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951797 Oh, ok, we went to 2 pubs. <BR> <BR> As the weather was so gorgeous, after a nice sausage (Linda McCartney) or 2, a poached egg and some beans for brekky, we got on our bikes and headed off for a ride. <BR> <BR> We had this ride all planned out and headed off to Norwich on the cycle path then out via Sprowston Road and across Mousehold Heath on the cycle path, through the Heartsease Estate (quickly as that's where I got assulted) and then off on the Plumstead Road and headed for Salhouse. A... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:29:48 EST This Girl Can!! This girl did! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951460 I am just in the door from a lovely evening with Jaide, who lives next door, at the This Girl Can event at the University of East Anglia (or the UEA as it's known) Sportspark. Firstly, it's a heck of a complex, I had no idea how big and lovely it is. Secondly, we have been nowhere near a gym. <BR> <BR> Our timetable was as follows. <BR> 5.45 Show up <BR> 5.50 Sign up for classes and fill in a form <BR> 5.55 take our filled in forms and get our goodie bags (nice surprise there) <BR> 6.00 Go c... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:22:55 EST Thursday guitar day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950955 Nice day at work today. We chatted about the business and got some playing done. New jazz - Dave Brubeck, solo from a Mike Oldfield track, more E.J <em>26</em> & Beethoven's Fur Elise. <BR> <BR> I've got a problem with my acoustic. My Epiphone Dove seems to be really buzzy on any fret below about the 10th. I've' been playing Ken's Takamine instead. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to tomorrow and the 'This Girl Can' event that the University Sportspark. I am going with my neighbour Jayde. A... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:20:02 EST Wednesday weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950207 1lb on at Slimming World- or staying the same at home. I am not convinced that SW's scales are bob on in any sense of the word. Heigh ho, who cares anyway as my 'George' (Asda) size 12 jeans fit perfectly well now anyway. My blue flowery jeans are getting bigger,as are my Florence & Fred (Tesco) size 12 jeans. They are bigger than the Asda jobs anyway. <BR> <BR> My fitbit has refused to charge so I am going to have to contact them. I don't have the money to replace it and it's only a couple ... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:10:15 EST Midsummer bike riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948585 We got lost!! No, really we did. <BR> We thought that we would go down a road that we've never been down before and it brought us out on a road we knew. So later in the ride we did it again "I wonder where this road goes" we thought and rode down it. Very pretty it was too but it was leading us to the main road so we followed this other road that we didn't know and the road stopped and it became a bridle path, so we carried on along it, on our very expensive road bikes. <BR> <BR> We kept goi... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 10:29:22 EST Friday and walking under the moody blacky-grey clouds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947844 All walking today, well over 11,000 steps today. It was cold and breezy, more like the end of March than the middle of June. I had my fleece on and everything. I have done housework, dog walking, laundry and scrubbed the floorboards near the front door in an attempt to shift the smell of cat wee, left over from the previous tenant. I used half a thing of Zoflora today and I still haven't shifted the hum. <BR> <BR> I have been really eaty today. I've been nibbling on free food so lots of fat ... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:52:07 EST Thursday is guitar day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947313 After a nice wander in the woods with the hounds, I went off to my guitar job only to find that Leigh didn't need me for another hour. Apparently he meant to text me but forgot. Ta, Leigh. <BR> I popped to see a friend around the corner for a wee while but didn't stay as friend has been very depressed lately. Sounds harsh but his home is a health hazard. I said that I was just popping by to say 'hi' but couldn't stay as I had to go to work. His kitchen is actually mouldy. I have discussed wit... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:56:09 EST Well today didn't go as planned. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946683 The plan: <BR> 9.30 slimming world <BR> 11.00 bike ride and meet Ken as he comes out of dialysis <BR> 12.30 walk petal dog <BR> 1.15 pop to bank and pay cheque in <BR> 2pm long walk with our dogs. <BR> <BR> The reality: <BR> 1am start throwing up <BR> 2am continue throwing up <BR> 3am go to sleep <BR> 8am throw up some more <BR> 8.30 go back to bed <BR> 10.45 have a shower feeling ropey <BR> 11.45 arrive at Slimming World, feeling a bit pale and wobbly <BR> 11.55 weigh then go and find some ... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:20:57 EST 30 mile bike ride in the sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946129 I wasn't sure about it this morning but we went. We rode 8 miles to a client's house and walked her dogs and then rode another 22 miles including riding all the way up - without stopping at all - a 17% hill for a good 3/4 mile. Yes, a 17%er in Norfolk. I was a bit shocked too. <BR> We stopped at Surlingham Post Office and drank some water, and ate an icecream each and then carried on riding. We've climbed well over 1000' on our bikes today, ridden just over 30 miles and walked for an hour and... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:14:28 EST New boots and a great short ride. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945383 Firstly the boots. Let's start with the important stuff. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6dcf0d33-3592-4900-b538-73c9620dba03.JPG"> <BR> Gorgeous? Yes, I think that they are. Comfy too but they need a wee insole for perfection and I will pop to the shoe shop when I have been to the green dump with all my chopped down greenery. Then I will wear them. They are so gorgeous, I think that I might wear them to bed too. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I got a short ride in this morn... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 08:45:48 EST Sunday shower dodging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945015 It was pouring again this morning and I was hoping for a ride after having horrible dreams all night. I thought that it might clear my head a bit. I have been playing some stupid game instead, not having to think for a while was good. <BR> The rain stopped properly at about a quarter past 2 so we grabbed our bikes and got out for a ride. We headed off past the hospital and up to Little Melton and then off to Wymondham. We came home the direct route, down the main road. 18.43 miles today in 84... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 13:57:43 EST Saturday 13th June - Raining! Typical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944565 After a week of glorious weather, new job and no energy after walking about all day on pavements, today I could go for a ride. It rained. I mean it absolutely poured down. Our garden is a mudbath in the muddy bits and I can here the weeds growing as they soak up the water. <BR> <BR> We went to the City and ran a couple of errands but before leaving, I stayed glued to Ebay as a pair of cowboy boots that I had been watching had about 30 minutes to go. I put in what I was prepared to pay (incl... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 17:44:44 EST Friday is finally here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943823 Not at work yet. Waiting for the man to come and mend my pipe. No water means no shower! Kenn at dialysis so he can't stay in so here I am. <BR> <BR> Secretly, I am quite pleased about it. I got spat at on Wednesday and yelled at. Yelled at again yesterday too. People are just so rude. They answer the door, you say who you are and then they go off on one. Why they just don't say "no, I'm not interested" and then go back indoors, is beyond me. If they have that much rage inside them towards a... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 04:30:08 EST Weds 10th - Very tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943066 Day 3 of the new job and I am shattered. I haven't been anywhere near my beloved bike and barely walked my gorgeous dogs. My 10,000 steps a day have been no bother though. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was released into the wild on my own and got 3 new customers before calling it a day around 6pm but only one today. I remember why my parents didn't want me playing with kids from that estate now. The people who are nice are very nice and the rest are a mix between disgusting, revolting or just bloody... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:58:09 EST 2nd day of new job :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941881 Busy day again for me. <BR> I was due to be picked up, by my mentor, at 10.30 and he turned up at 11.45 and we stayed fairly locally to where I live, which was handy. I got a nice new customer. Tony got 2, as we were taking turns, then it was time for me to go off grooming. <BR> <BR> I am running my diary out and moving grooms to either Thursday mornings or Saturday mornings. Today is my last 'non Thursday or weekend' groom for a good while. I have a Wednesday one coming up, but I'll move he... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 16:18:57 EST Sunny Sunday and indoors on a course http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941242 The loveliest Sunday for ages and I have a First Aid at Work course. I planned ahead though. I put my shorts over my lycra shorts and packed some flat plimmies and a tee-shirt in my wee yellow bag and rode the 3 miles to the office (2.98 actually but I did have to lug my bike into the lift and I'm sure from the end of the path to the lift must have been 0.02 miles) <BR> <BR> Once bike was safely locked in the office and I had non-lycra clothing on. I walked a couple of hundred yards for a co... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 15:24:37 EST Carrot Cake Rocks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940691 That is all..... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ..... Ok, we went for a quick ride on our bikes, up the Marriotts Way to Whitwell Station where the Carrot-Cakegate happened. It was an accident, I swear (about 10 syns for those who are interested). It was just there, when I went to order a coffee. Looking at me out of one of those glass cake hider-upper things on the chilled counter. All orange coloured with cream coloured frosting and teeny tiny crushed nut sprinkles. I felt s... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 12:29:40 EST Friday and first day of new job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940310 What a busy day - again. <BR> <BR> I got up at 7 and pottered about a bit and then started to feel really ill so poddled off back to bed for an hour (I set an alarm). No sooner had I got under the duvet when a thunderclap went off in the sky and all the dogs dived under the duvet, damp as they had been outside when it happened. Joy. <BR> <BR> I got back up again, stripped the bed and put some laundry on - sheets and duvet cover quelle surprise. While I was up I hoovered the flat, mopped the... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 16:06:30 EST Thursday and lots of exercise today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939770 Up and about nice and early and got the tiniest bit of guitar practice in after showering, dog feeding, coffee drinking and stuffing my overnight oats for breakfast. We got out and walked the first customer's dogs a bit early which made us early for the 2nd lot of dogs so I was bang on time for my guitar school office job. <BR> I was just short of my 11,000 steps as we began to walk our own dogs after work. I got nearly to the end of the road before my fitbit went buzz-buzz-buzz and that was ... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 18:37:05 EST Wednesday and a bonkers busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939066 No blog yesterday as I cleared off to bed by tea-time with a migraine. I didn't have my 'A' box for Slimming World and explained why to the SW leader (I'd have thrown up). I did a ton of walking yesterday and I was going to ride my bike but migraine & going blind in one eye trumps a bike ride. <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning at 5am and went and bounced off to the kitchen and made a coffee. I got on the scales, as it's SW weigh day. Now last week I was 156lbs, as I put on a couple of lbs whe... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 12:41:01 EST Monday has got very busy this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937797 I managed nearly an hour of guitar practice this morning before it was time to jump on my bike and ride to meet Kenn from hospital. It dawned on me, about 5 miles in to my ride, that I had forgotten to eat breakfast. The hospital is only 2.8 miles from my house but I managed to make a 16.5 mile ride out of it. <BR> <BR> I headed off to Bawburgh & Marlingford and rode past the mill and the pretty river before riding up to Wymondham on the back roads and then down the Norwich Road to the horri... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 10:21:25 EST Another lazy Sunday so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937315 The weather was horrible this morning. The Norwich 50 went without me. I wandered down to the Church that I used to go to regularly. I've not been for a while as I felt so lonely there. After a break from it, I thought that it was just my imagination so I went back. Not my imagination. It was a bit like being at a family event where everyone has a friend and they just say 'hi' in passing and move on. I had a cup of coffee after the service and came home I am going to look for a new church I t... Sun, 31 May 2015 13:54:00 EST Back early from ride. Not the happiest bunny in the hutch. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936748 Kenn decided that, 1/3 of the way through a nice 40 miler, that he wanted to go as far as Wroxham and get the train home. Heigh ho. <BR> <BR> Not having the greatest day in our marriage. I tried for the 9.55 train to Gt Yarmouth but Kenn was not to be hurried today. I tried for the 10.20 but Kenn was not to be hurried. I seriously tried for the 10.36 but Kenn decided that it was my turn to pay for the train tickets (for the 3rd time on the bounce, bearing in mind that I pay ALL the bills, le... Sat, 30 May 2015 11:26:58 EST WooHoo, got a great ride in today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936389 I got up and got a bit of guitar practice in, Satch Boogie is coming along. The pull offs for Jiboom is also getting a lot lot faster. Nowhere near the warp speed that Steve Vai plays at but my fingers are not really suited to shredding. <BR> <BR> I got out on my bike at around 10.40am and decided to just wing it. I headed off down the hill towards the Marriotts and then just ignored it and whooshed past it and up the hill the other side and off to Hellesdon - still with no clear plan. Just ... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:45:20 EST Thursday 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935851 One of those days today. <BR> I went to groom a dog and then had the afternoon in the Guitar School office learning Satch Boogie and a bit more of Cliffs of Dover. Funny little joining bit and the tab was wrong but it's been corrected now. <BR> The tab for the Gary Moore Track was all over the shop so that's had a bit of editing now. <BR> <BR> I managed to doze off on the sofa before our evening meal. Kenn says that he walked the dogs but I am not convinced. <BR> Quorn sausages, peas, mushr... Thu, 28 May 2015 18:54:12 EST Off to join Slimming World today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935239 I went to the 9.30am class as I had the morning off work. It's half term so I'm very flexible this week. <BR> Leader seemed nice and went through everything with me. I told her that I'd been on a VLCD for 3 months and that switching was to shift the last bit and to maintain. Plus I need the energy for cycling. Her scales seem to think that I am 10lb heavier than my scales think that I am. My scales weigh the same at my GPs scales and the scales in the Nurses office and the Scales at the hospi... Wed, 27 May 2015 15:08:31 EST First day at new job went well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934685 Busy day today. <BR> Dentist check up first thing and then off to a local hotel for the 1st training day for the new job. We were bought lunch and had a choice between burger & chips, Chicken & chips, Lamb & chips or a cheese panini. I took the vegetarian option, the cheese panini. It was that or be very hungry. <BR> <BR> Obviously, I couldn't go to Slimming World this morning and I wasn't able to go to an evening one as I had to sit in and wait for some time-waster not to come and buy somet... Tue, 26 May 2015 17:51:11 EST Lazy lazy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934029 I have been catching up with stuff on the Tivo box while lounging about on the sofa. I am up to date with Doctors, my guilty pleasure and nearly up to date on Major Crimes, an American cop programme that Kenn started watching a while back and that I got sucked into watching. It's not without it's humour and way easier to watch than that Criminal Minds that I used to like and now don't. <BR> <BR> We've walked the dogs and I have failed in epic style with Slimming World today as I had no idea ... Mon, 25 May 2015 14:31:20 EST Relaxing sort of Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933561 Up at 7.30am and guitar practice at 8am, along with a nice Orange & Pineapple shake. I got a bit of stuff done online and then Kenn got up so we walked the dogs. <BR> <BR> We were going to go for a bike ride but it rained, so we moved to plan B. Plan B involved getting all the items from when I was a promo-girl and listing it on Gumtree. It took an hour to photograph it all and another half an hour to edit it all sensibly and then 2 more hours to list it all. So far, a wee skater skirt sold ... Sun, 24 May 2015 16:44:14 EST My legs ache a bit now. My shoulder ache too for that matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933035 I have been for a little ride on my bike. <BR> I rode from my house, down onto the Marriotts Way and then a quick whip through the city and down to the Rail station where we belted up the platform like demented idiots and got on the train just in time. Some people, it seemed, didn't want us to catch that train and they could see we were running for it but seemed determined to get in the way. It seems that courtesy was definitely lacking. <BR> Then we had a nice 37 minute sit down while we wat... Sat, 23 May 2015 13:17:08 EST Friday on my mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932618 Nice easy one to play that. I never liked the Easybeats, original version much but the Gary Moore one is brilliant. <BR> <BR> Anyway. No cycling today, we've got a 40 miler planned for tomorrow. Gt Yarmouth again, then around the coast to Winterton and then in via Wroxham, the Bure Valley Way, across to Taverham (ish) and then home on the Marriotts. That's the plan anyway. <BR> <BR> I've emailed Slimming World for some advice re transitioning from Exante to SW. Do I really need this 4 week ... Fri, 22 May 2015 15:51:12 EST Thursday's proper blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932109 Busy busy day. <BR> 1 Labradoodle and a Lhasa Apso in the morning. Owner bathed the dogs last night for me, that was helpful, so I discounted her. I'll discount her more next time as the 'doodle won't be so poofey in the coat department. He's nice and short now so I'll only charge for a wee trim for him. He was hard graft today though. <BR> <BR> I rang the chap who has offered me a job and he is coming over tomorrow to discuss the nuts and bolts of it. I can do this self employed too, which ... Thu, 21 May 2015 16:48:19 EST Wednesday's blog - a bit late http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931754 The weather was fine and I really really wanted to get a good ride in. <BR> I got up, played guitar and then did a bit of strength work - squats, bicep curls, planking and push-ups against the wall. I discovered that my wrist would let me do most of a salute to the Sun and a downward dog so I might look at a bit of yoga again and see what I can do. I've not done yoga for years and quite enjoyed it. <BR> <BR> I got on my bike, soon after 10, with the view that I could get a good ride in befo... Thu, 21 May 2015 03:06:27 EST Decent ride and a rubbish lunch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930928 I looked at the weather forecast this morning and poked Hubs out the door, on his bike, PDQ. <BR> We rode my 'fast' route, the 14 miles in an hour route, only we went past the hospital and rode to home so it was 16.53 miles instead. As we passed the hospital, I was a good 5 minutes behind the drag curve but then, I had Hubs with me so not going to be going so fast as alone. <BR> 16.53 miles in 1:18 and change was not too bad though. Not quite a 13mph average but himself is improving. <BR> <... Tue, 19 May 2015 16:45:37 EST And, we are back..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930220 Yes, yes, yes. I do know that it is exceptionally bad form to start a sentence with an 'and'. I was drilled about this at Grammar school but, sometimes I have to be bad. I have a reputation to keep up after all. I am, officially, my God-daughter's 'Bad Auntie'. I am the one who will talk to her about tattoos and whatnot. She's 23 and she's going to do it anyway so I might as well give her good advice. Anyway, I cannot abide her Father (my best friend's ex-twit). <BR> <BR> I did get a bike ri... Mon, 18 May 2015 13:40:50 EST Off we go then http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928481 No wi-fi at campsite (yay), Hubs not chuffed but who cares. He will have to amuse himself other ways. <BR> I have been to see the nurse, ears all syringed out and clean and lovely. Caravan mostly packed too. <BR> <BR> Onwards <BR> Have a great weekend, Sparkies. <BR> <BR> PS. 1lb off on the scales today. Can't weigh on Sunday so doing it early. <em>244</em> Fri, 15 May 2015 07:54:43 EST Quiet day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928194 We got some stuff done in the caravan today. Ken sorted out the cupboard and generally sorted out while I got more guitar practice done. <BR> I didn't get to bed until gone half past 3 this morning, there were flecks of light in the sky and I'm sure that I heard a distant tweet of a bird. <BR> I taught myself the opening bars of She Sells Sanctuary and most of Lil' Devil. I rather like The Cult. They played a Cult track last night and it's the first time I thought of them for decades. <BR> <... Thu, 14 May 2015 16:19:40 EST Awesome bike ride. Fueled by Haribo it seems! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927577 Last night I caved and ate about 100g of Haribo. Oops. Heigh ho, I'm human and it's the first blip since the cheese butty on the 30th March so I'm not going to feel guilty or beat myself up about it. <BR> Naturally, I couldn't sleep last night with all that bloody sugar rushing about through my system. I gave up at 8am, after lying there for 90 minutes wondering whether to get up or stay cuddling the Greyhound. About 2 hours sleep last night, the rest was either restless sleep or being away. ... Wed, 13 May 2015 14:39:11 EST I am shattered and want to eat everything in the house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926957 Not that there is much. <BR> I've another 350 calories that I can stuff yet and I've just had a peanut butter bar and some tuna. I am utterly shattered and don't want to do anything. I've walked for an hour but need to amble down to Aldi with Ken for some bread and milk for him (why he can't just have my alpro, I do not know. It's much nicer) I will stir my stumps in a min. <BR> <BR> We've been quite busy today, in a lazy sort of way. Rent, gas & electric paid. Dogs have had a great walk, Ke... Tue, 12 May 2015 12:38:50 EST 14.1 miles in just short of an hour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926400 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1782025232.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I say just short of an hour. 59 mins, 59.25seconds. So, just squeaked in. <BR> <BR> I couldn't resist the sun today so headed off to Bowthorpe and to Bawburgh as it's a nice route, then up the hill and doglegging off to 'the Meltons' (Little & Great) before heading left to Hethersett. Normally, at the main road at Hethersett, I head left and back to the hospital but I looked at the time and thought "I have a few ... Mon, 11 May 2015 14:15:38 EST Back from Great Yarmouth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925784 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1718336915.jpg"> <BR> Today we got our Gt Yarmouth ride in. Not that we saw much of Gt Yarmouth, but who want's to. God forsaken hole that it is. We can say this, we are locals. I know lots of people love it and that it's a popular holiday destination, but they don't live there. I did once and it's a year that I'd rather forget. No jobs, winter is brutal and it's generally horrible. Summer it's heaving with Grockles and the prices go up. Nop... Sun, 10 May 2015 12:37:56 EST Have you seen the wind out there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925188 My willow tree is waving about like the Whomping Willow in the Harry Potter film. Riding is postponed until tomorrow then the wind is significantly lighter. 20mph winds in not my idea of a laugh for riding 30 miles in. We've routed a nice 30 miler from Great Yarmouth, on the coast, to home. Skipping through the middle of Acle and on to South Walsham and from there, we know the way home :) Might even consider a detour back a bit to the nice pub at Ranworth for a coffee. Tomorrow now. It's sunn... Sat, 9 May 2015 07:11:13 EST #2 blog of the day - for the second time this month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924735 Just back from a great ride. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1045342515.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I rode an old ride, backwards. I mean the route, not actually riding backwards! It was brilliant. I meant to go a bit further but misjudged what time I left the house so only 10.72 miles in my 44 minutes. I took my aftershockz headphones and rocked out all the way around. These bone conduction jobbies are worth every penny that was paid for them last year. <BR> <BR> I have done 4... Fri, 8 May 2015 09:32:51 EST Ran out of time yesterday, for blogging or anything http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924625 Yesterday (Thursday) was rather good. <BR> I got woken by a Lurcher leaping on my head at around 6.15am and decided that it was a nice day - once I'd got out of bed and let the little so-and-so out of the back door for a wee. I had a quick squint at the weather forecast and decided that riding before work was the way to go. Ken agreed, although it did take me 2 hours to get him into the car and away from the house. <BR> <BR> It took me an hour to get him off the sofa and off facebook. He wa... Fri, 8 May 2015 04:54:16 EST Short - shower dodging - ride today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923680 Only a utility ride today. From home to to a client's house to walk her hound for 30 minutes and then back on the bike to the hospital to meet Hubster. The last 1/4 mile was horrible as I was riding into a very stiff headwind and then it lashed it down with rain. Wet in a heartbeat. <BR> <BR> From there, with bike in the car, we drove to Wymondham where the rain stopped for long enough to walk another client's dog and then we carried on up the road to groom a couple of wee dogs for a friend,... Wed, 6 May 2015 12:18:13 EST I am designating my kitchen an official disaster zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922949 No, I don't like the cheese and bacon scone mix very much so I thought that I would try a little experiment. I put greaseproof paper on a baking tray and spread out the scone mix like a piece of bread on the paper. I cooked for 15 mins at the recommended oven temp and low and behold, a thin, mostly burned flat scone came out. <BR> <BR> I broke off 20% of the 'scone' as it was blackened and charred. I put 10g of Arla Lactose free cheese on one side, a smear of low fat mayo (to keep it in plac... Tue, 5 May 2015 09:37:56 EST