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/ Riding today. Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822351 What a busy old day I have had. <BR> I got 20 minutes of guitar practice in before work. I worked from 9am to 10.45am, building a database for Norwich Guitar Academy. Then walked my dogs, then I got on my lovely Giant Defy and rode to the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital to meet Ken from dialysis. <BR> I had been riding from home through West Earlham and on to Eaton. I often follow the cyclepath to the A140 and have a scary couple of hundred yards before looping to the hospital via Keswick. It's a ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:47:48 EST Flumpy Fast Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820680 Fast Day Friday today. I've had a lazy day as well. I've played a bit of guitar - not nearly enough though. I've done a bit of Guitar Academy work, done a bit of my dog grooming work - I'll do my online tax return this weekend. I should have done it in April but I am seriously lazy and unmotivated. <BR> Dogs have been walked, salad eaten, tv watched and not a lot else really. <BR> <BR> I had a really rough night. Yesterday evening I scratched my right wrist really deeply - not deeply enough ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:03:33 EST Busy work day. No cycling :-( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820213 Busy busy day with no cycling involved, but I have stayed within my calorie range so pretty chuffed with that. <BR> <BR> I groomed a Labradoodle and a Lhasa today. I don't do much grooming now as my wrist is not up to it but I have retained a few customers to keep my hand in. My passions lie with Norwich Guitar Academy nowadays. I have been to work there today and have typed for England, sorted out emails, taken possession of my new (to me) works iPhone <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I have an a... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:12:17 EST We have moved house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819387 No blog since August. I've been struggling with my depression so best to keep away. <BR> <BR> We have moved home and now live on the outskirts of Norwich. We have a ground floor flat with a 25m x 10m garden with a shed, 6' fencing all around, a huge willow tree and we have dug a small wildlife pond as we seem to have a lot of frogs here. <BR> <BR> We did an exchange with a chap who had cats and have been here 4 weeks and 5 days and can still smell the stinky things. It seems that our swap p... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:55:23 EST Holiday! Yay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753015 Today is day 3 of my holiday. We are not going anywhere as Ken said that I have to let go of my control freakery and let him take the strain. I did and he forgot to book anywhere and tried to book somewhere last thursday for this week. Men! Can't live with them, not allowed to shoot them. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we bought 7 x 6' picket fence panels and a gate and 2 small bits of fencing for £50. Yes, we are going to spend the hols sorting the garden. Joyous. <BR> Ken was off on dialysis this mor... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 15:07:03 EST Chilling out on a Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747359 Oh how busy I have been today. Its nearly 1pm and I've answered 2 whole emails, downloaded Robert Johnson's Tombstone by Thunder. It's the only album by them that I'm missing. I don't do much downloading, I prefer to have the CD but it's unavailable at a price that I am prepared to pay. <BR> <BR> What else have I done: Eaten breakfast, drunk 2 cups of tea and cuddled the dog. <BR> <BR> Busy busy! <BR> <BR> Last night I took the bike out for 30 miles in a couple of hours, which was fun but ... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:02:46 EST Monday monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743596 Today was Ken's first dialysis at the new time and day routine. He drove off at around 6.30am leaving me tucked up in bed for an hour or so more. <BR> After dog walking (twice) and guitar practice I jumped on my bike and rode down to the hospital which was 10.2 miles and then went off professional dog walking. <BR> After that, I groomed 2 dogs, (1 small, 1 mahoosive) and then came back and walked my own dogs followed by more guitar practice. <BR> Ken wanted to go for a bike ride so we went of... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:15:14 EST Beautiful weather here again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742096 Today - my day off - I've caught up with the laundry, including stripping the bed. We've taken up the old carpet and hossed it off to the dump and taken Ken's old chair that has mostly collapsed to the dump too. Smelly old thing. <BR> <BR> We've been for a short ride. Just 11 miles around the same route as yesterday - I came back a slightly different way so as to make up the .1 mile required to do a full 11 miles so my target is met. I've done 101% of it actually. Tomorrow is the last day fo... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:32:46 EST I love my bike and I love my guitar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741668 Just saying. <BR> I have been practicing my picking technique this week and it's getting much easier and feeling more natural now. I adore my guitar teacher, he's just such a nice kid. If my late son had turned out half as nice as 'teach', I'd be the proudest person in the world. I've got a whole bunch of new stuff to learn, as well as the old stuff so I'm happy. <BR> <BR> I only got out on my bike for 42 mins today so only did 10.9 miles. I just couldn't be doing with the extra .1 round the... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:05:45 EST It's been a funny week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740982 I forgot to log in yesterday and broke my streak <em>39</em> such is life. It's been lovely and quiet this week. Dog walking only until today when I had a groom. I've 2 tomorrow plus walking. <BR> <BR> I've got some riding in - 15 miles tonight in just a smidge over an hour - and have mostly felt ok doing it. My food has been very hit and miss though. I've been craving some carbs this week. It's not showing in my weight but I need to get food back under control again. <BR> <BR> The hospi... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:57:32 EST Unexpected Monday off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738362 I try not to groom on a Monday (not that a non grooming monday regularly happens) and today, I have no walking either. One of my client's dogs has the skitters so 'dad' is staying home with him, another is being walked by my part-time chap. It's cheaper to pay him than to put fuel in the car to drive there and back. <BR> <BR> I've just had a late brekky and am contemplating a nice bike ride with the OH. I thought about 20 miles or so, then a nice stop for lunch and then ride home. His consul... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:42:17 EST I have cleared a chunk of diary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736457 And drawn lines though it (Yes, my parents did drill me about not starting a sentence with the word 'and' but it follows on from the title). <BR> From Saturday 2nd August right through, and including Monday 11th August is all dedicated to not flipping working. I have one dog on the thursday to shift but apart from that, the diary is clear. We might well beetle off in our wee caravan for a few days. We plan to get some riding in and lots of dog walking. <BR> <BR> One of my regular walking cus... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 04:37:22 EST Pouring with rain again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736176 and everyone knows that carbon fibre melts in the rain <em>246</em> Ok, so it doesn't but it really is howling it down out there. High winds and lots of rain so I really don't want to go out in it. It will mean that I probably won't get anywhere near my goal this week but there are more important things than goals. Like not getting pneumonia for instance. <BR> <BR> Still getting nowhere fast with a housing exchange. We have a chap coming to view on Saturday, if he turns up this time. We ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:41:00 EST Dull day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735428 It's as windy as anything outside. Our tree, in the front garden, is pointing hard to the right and has been since this morning. I have a new saddle for my bike but don't think that I can turn left out of my gate to cycle to the main road against the wind. Might leave it tonight. <BR> <BR> Work went well, Hubby took me for lunch. baked potato. Yum. <BR> <BR> Just chilling this evening as the weather is so miserable. <BR> R Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:50:43 EST Brilliant ride today :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734763 After a couple of grooms and a nice walking customer today, I got home and spent a bit of time on guitar but wasn't feeling the love today so I flumped on the sofa. I didn't want to ride tonight but I went out anyway as I knew that I'd like it once on the bike and I also knew that I'd regret it if I didn't. <BR> I rode from home to the hospital via Little Melton and positively flew down. 10.13 miles in 37:37 so averaging 16.1mph which is no too shoddy for a fat old bird <em>30</em> <BR> ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 18:27:57 EST Mixed sort of day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733947 This morning I got my official 'come and work for us' letter from BT and I took it straight to S. Norfolk Council who told me to take it to Saffron Housing as they are my landlords, who told me to ring Exeter Council who told me to sod off. <BR> Due to cuts to council funding there is no longer any help to move from one area to another when a good job is offered. "go private" they said. "fat chance" I said as I have 3 dogs and a husband on benefits so nobody will touch us with a barge pole. E... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 16:13:20 EST Day 2 Tour de France http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733039 I have been sitting on the sofa, drinking tea and watching the TV since 10.30am. I have sorted out my handlebars and brifters on my aluminium Giant Defy 2 bike though, and re-taped the bars too. I've got Giant in the bath now and he's been given a good old clean and is now drying off while Hubster makes amends to the whole 'lack of housework while I'm working hard' thing by sorting out the cabling on my back brake. I'll take it for a nice post fettle spin a little later. After all the TdF rid... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 11:11:02 EST About to go for a ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731846 Just in from work (3 dogs walked, one dog groomed). I've been in half an hour and have made myself something to eat. Before I cooked I put the crocs on the drainer away and then washed up all the stuff on the counter before making myself a meal. While waiting for my beans to cook, I scrubbed the counter clean. I am still waiting on a cuppa while Hubster (who has not been to work) plays on his laptop and watches some rubbish drama series on SKY tv. <BR> <BR> I've brought the bins in and am ab... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 09:54:11 EST Riding in the sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731314 I have just ridden from home to my friend Debbie's house in Norwich. I went the pretty route so just over 13 miles in 53 minutes. I wasn't hurrying as I felt a bit tired. <BR> It was supposed to be a fast day today but I'm postponing it to tomorrow or Saturday and making some toast. <BR> <BR> I've been playing guitar this morning. Playing makes sense to me where nothing else does at the moment. <BR> I am very worried that while I am at work all day that Hubby will be sat on his duff playing ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:34:03 EST Offered the job, on the spot. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730779 Well. Hubster said he would drive me to the interview so I would arrive all fresh. He drove for an hour, I drove for 4, changed into interview clothes at Exeter services and he drove the last 5 mins. <BR> I had a 45 minute listening into calls and then a 45 minute chit-chat with the recruitment guy. He has a couple of Terriers who are young and naughty still, used to have a Staffy Bull and his OH is living 200 miles away at the mo due to work pressure but his OH hopes to move back down south ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 18:29:12 EST The sun is out!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729587 After the torrential rain of the weekend, the sun is now out and I am trying to persuade Hubby Ken to ride to our one and only walking dog today. We can train back if he really likes but I thought it would be nice to ride together. <BR> <BR> After all the tidying, photographing etc at the weekend, the woman's husband said 'no flats' and they are going to hold out for a 2 or 3 bedroom house, in Wymondham in exchange for their home in Cambridge. I wish them the best of British as they have bee... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 06:43:53 EST Flat mucking out day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728434 We have been 'nudged' on the housing exchange website by a lady who has a 2 bed house and wants to exchange. I emailed her back asking if she had nudged us in error but it turns out that she is desperate to move to our area ASAP and thought that she would look for a flat as she's had no luck with a bungalow or house. <BR> <BR> Today we have moved furniture, moved fishtanks too and taken lots of new pictures of the flat, showing it off to it's best advantage as the first lot of pics we took w... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 15:53:16 EST Thank The Lord for the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727749 After much texting, our friend has got his Nephew to stay at his rat-hole of a flat to look after the Huskies. One weight off my mind, at least. We have apologised to all our neighbours and explained that we were looking after a friend's hounds over night and that they will NEVER be back again. He is definitely coming back on Weds as he loves his dogs (really!). <BR> <BR> My dogs have all been done with Advantage, all the carpets have been sprayed and the cushion covers have been hot-washed.... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:51:46 EST Houseguests for the weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726381 And a bloomin' long weekend at that. When I said that I would have our friend's huskies for a couple of days, I meant that I would look after them here for a couple of days. They are here, needing a really good groom and our friend will be back in the small hours of next wednesday. A bit of a cheek I think. He's not provided any food for his 2 bottomless pits of dogs either. They eat way more than my 3 put together and I just don't have the money to buy more this week. <BR> <BR> They say tha... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:38:25 EST 25/6 Just back from a ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725779 Just a quickie of 15.15 miles today in 71 minutes. Took Ken with me or I'd have been round there 10 minutes faster. Ken is not as fit as me. <BR> <BR> Walking and only one groom today. Lots of guitar practice. Malmsteen's Evil Eye is coming along. I need to get faster though. A lot faster as the 80's king of shred really shifts up and down that fret board <em>246</em> I don't. Not so much Evil Eye, the way I play it, more like mildly irritated eye LOL. <BR> <BR> Over ate today by about ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:06:56 EST Another fast day, done and dusted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725078 I woke this morning and felt as rough as guts. Yesterday I had chocolate cake and then I felt ill. Served me right I guess. <BR> No riding yesterday as my legs were empty and I know that I overate. I didn't track some of it as I was worried that SP might explode with those 2 massive bits of choc cake in a tracker <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> I felt so rotten that I didn't have breakfast, I'd have thrown up. I had a nice salad for lunch. Nice and settling. Then I had early dinner (beans and mush... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:05:55 EST I love granola! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723474 I really do. I have it most mornings for breakfast, with Greek yoghurt. Yum. Hubby has milk with his granola and I cannot watch him eat it. Milk and Granola! Yuk. Having said that, my guitar teacher has vanilla yoghurt on his granola, can you believe that? Vile vile vile. I told him that he is a weirdo but then he thinks that lemon yoghurt on granola is a tad odd. That boy will be a virtuoso guitarist one of these days, and spoken of in the same breath as Vai and Satriani so I guess a few qui... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 15:25:16 EST Saturday 21st June. Midsummer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722932 Fast day today and its been a bit hard work. I ate late as usual but what with a trip to the vets with the greyhound which was 1.5 miles each way on foot and then a nice 18 mile bike ride, as Ken decided that he wanted to ride today and I didn't want to put him off the idea, I'm feeling hungry. Never mind, bed in a bit and I can eat what I want tomorrow. <BR> Normally I feel really energised and I don't miss food on a fast day but today has been different. <BR> <BR> A bit of guitar practice ... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 17:14:50 EST Friday 20th June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722308 Just back from a ride. I wasn't going to go tonight but class finished early. I have a ton of homework which will keep me busy all week. I was home by 8pm so, as it was a gorgeous evening, got changed and got out on my bike. <BR> <BR> 13.58 miles tonight in 54 minutes. Averaging 15.1mph. It was a lovely ride. I asked Ken if he wanted to come too but he said he didn't. I wonder if he knows where his bike is, he's not been near it for 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> Nice day at work today. Only 2 dogs to ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:47:35 EST Thursday 19/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721566 Nice day today. Groomed 2 dogs in one house. What made it even better is that we have a key and that the owner was at work. We came, we groomed and left the washing up (from a cup of coffee). Then we went off and walked a Labradoodle and then an Airedale pup. Home for 3 but the lady who is due to view our flat has been up the hospital all night with her 9 week old son and asked if she can come Tuesday instead. Fine by us. It meant that I didn't have to rush and do the washing up <em>246</em... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:24:37 EST Weds 18th. Fast day and busy day (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720788 Only dog walking today. 1 to walk for an hour at one end of the county and then 2 separately owned dogs than have an hour's walk together. We then went off to view a flat on the edge of the city. I drove around the area for Ken's benefit first, it was fair to say that he was underwhelmed. I think that he might have been horrified as the council have not been round and strimmed all the weeds from the verges and base of the trees. It'll look much neater when that's done. <BR> I parked up on the... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:01:30 EST Monday 16th June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719286 Up all last night and couldn't sleep. I watched some TV, practiced my guitar (minus an amp), had a cuppa and then, when it got light, went off for a nice 16 mile ride on my bike. I got a 3 hour zizz before work. <BR> Only a couple of dogs to walk today thankfully. Got back from the first one and discovered that the Greyhound had had liquid diarrhoea all over the hallway carpet and the folks coming to view my flat had just arrived. I opened all the windows, Ken rolled up the carpet to store i... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:28:56 EST Sunday Fast Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718543 The fast day has gone well today. We have been busy in the flat, packing books away so the flat doesn't look cluttered. We tidied the DVDs, polished most of the flat and mucked out the downstairs hall. Ken chucked away a lot of old motor parts for cars we haven't had for years, a bunch of broken tools are off to the dump tomorrow. Lots of old jam jars (not the Kilner type though) are ready for the bottle bank in the morning and we have a large charity shop pile. <BR> <BR> All in all we've be... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:03:13 EST Tired! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717917 I know that I didn't eat enough yesterday and was a couple of hundred calories shy of what I should have had, but I was stuffed! I considered a choc ice but couldn't face it so didn't bother. <BR> <BR> Drove today to Hertfordshire to view a flat. It was OK, nothing spectacular then onwards to Essex to view another which was just awful. It wasn't the decor or the stink of dog (my dogs do not smell as bad as those did, I can still smell them and I've put my clothes in the wash and had a shower... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 15:03:13 EST Great day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717371 It was a free day, not a fast day but the only exercise I got was a 40 something minute walk as I had to take Millie to the vet, groom a couple of dogs and I had a 30 minute guitar lesson at 7pm which finished at around 9.55 as per. <BR> <BR> I am really pumped now. We did do the whole lesson thing for about 45 minutes and then spent time chatting, looking for stuff on youtube and chatting some more. <BR> <BR> Off to visit 2 flats tomorrow. Better head to bed but after 3 hours of guitar, I'... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:54:17 EST Second fast day this week and cycling too. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716666 Today at work I had 2 dogs to groom. One a Bichon x who can be a pain in the bum and a Parsons Jack Russell that the owner is convinced is a Yorkie x Terrier (?) she thinks that 'terrier' is a breed all of its own and refuses to believe that a Terrier covers a whole group of dogs. I showed her my grooming book that I had brought to show another groomer but the client still wasn't having any of it. Apparently I'm young and no nothing! <BR> <BR> I felt a bit rubbish this morning so skipped bre... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:39:29 EST Hot day today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715984 Work wise, we didn't start until nearly 11am so we had a nice leisurely morning. We did 90+ minutes dog walking on a really warm day, by the time we did our last visit - which was a visit, we don't walk this old dog we just have time in the garden with her - we were shattered. We ate our salad in the garden while playing with the dog. <BR> <BR> Once home we had a cup of tea or two and chilled out for while and then I went off on a bike ride for 10.8 miles and averaged 15mph which was faster ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:55:01 EST 21 mile ride today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715159 Today I rode most of the route that I rode on Sunday but instead of heading home via Little Melton I turned to the hospital. 21.something miles in 91 mins. It was fun. <BR> <BR> I've been eating very healthily today and have gone over my calorie allowance but as I've burned 1600+ calories in exercise, I feel fine about that. <BR> <BR> Millie dog is moving better today and is happy to be carried outside for a wee. She's wandering about the flat and is much happier than she was yesterday morn... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:07:00 EST Back from the vet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714193 Millie-milou (the dog version, not me) has had painkillers and is now on bed rest. I am off to take the other kids out for w-a-l-k-i-e-s in a min. Mustn't say the word out loud as they know it. I'm not convinced that they cannot spell as I am sure that Poco-dog looked interested as I typed that out. <BR> Back to the vets in the morning to see how Millie is going on. She's moving better when we carry her out for a wee in the garden though. If she is still bad, X-rays are the order of the day. ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:29:43 EST It's Midsomer Murder Weekend on ITV. Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713555 We haven't been glued to the gogglebox all day. We went out and did a nice 25 mile ride today from home to Eaton (just on the edge of Norwich) where we enjoyed our free coffee at Waitrose plus we had a yumyum cake and an almond croissant. We cut each of them in half and shared. <BR> From there we rode past the Uni, through Bowthorpe (quite quickly) and then onto Bawburgh and up the 3 stage hill to the B1108 and then home via Little Melton - the road that I take to the hospital but in the othe... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 17:10:20 EST Just back from an evening ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712980 I have had a lovely lazy day today. I've munched on fruit, walked the dogs, dozed on the sofa, dug for worms and played my guitar quite a lot. <BR> My blister hurts like anything so I was in 2 minds about riding in case my cycling shoes rubbed a bit - they didn't. I decided at the last moment to ride to the hospital to meet Ken and took the nice 10.15 mile route down - life is way too short for the direct boring route. I got there a little early and spent 10 minutes looping the car-park to co... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 18:39:33 EST Yo! Sushi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712262 We booked the table for 8.30pm as sis-in-law arriving for the evening. We told her that it was a place called Yo! without mentioning the Sushi bit as she can be a bit funny about things. People hear the 'sushi' word an assume slimy raw fish without realising that there are vegi options, cooked options and soup, plus gorgeous puddings (I had just the one). <BR> I went totally mad during the day and bought some little floral plimsolls which are really pretty (I have a blister now, reminder to s... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 17:32:48 EST Contacted a chap to view his 1 bed flat. Great bike ride too http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711506 We were 'nudged' by a chap with a spacious 1 bed flat right where we want to be in Norwich so I've emailed him and asked if we can come and view. I replied to him before and pretty sure he replied to me but my email thingy screen has eaten him. Since emailing him I've found him on my phone. He's going to think that we are right nutters. <BR> <BR> Great ride tonight. 20.02 miles in 1:18:12 so deeply chuffed with that. That new bike is fast. I'm now in a L size bib-shorts and not an XL size. I... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 18:24:20 EST Rough day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710695 Having a sad day today. Nothing has happened, I'm just having a down day. <BR> I have decided to catch up with Sky + stuff and I'll go and play guitar in a min for a few minutes. <BR> <BR> This exchanging marlarky is not so simple. We have sent dozens of emails off to potential swapees and have had 3 replies. One place said to come to view, then she needed to reschedule and we've not heard from her since. I've send a couple of emails now but don't want to nag. One place has a no pets policy ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 17:15:07 EST 2nd 'fast' day this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709930 I wasn't going to have my 2nd fast day this week until tomorrow as rain was forecast and I thought that I wouldn't bother riding then. <BR> After a normal brekky I went off to work which took a lot longer than planned today and we had an extra dog book in so lunch went begging today. I didn't feel absolutely starving though so I had some soup, an apple and one of those weight watchers marshmallow things. <BR> Proper Dinner was at 10pm ish which was a humungous salad. <BR> <BR> Fast day was s... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 18:07:16 EST Monday! Hello week, here we go.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708568 The first 'fast' day of 500 calories went well yesterday. I didn't pass out, feel ill or anything. I ate a lot of purple salad (it's the beetroot that does it) and today is a normal eating day. I am just off to find my granola and today I will have coconut yoghurt on it. Guitar instructor thinks that it sounds vile but what would he know with his granola and disgusto vanilla yoghurt. Coconut rocks, as does honeyed greek yoghurt and lemon greek yoghurt. Life is too short for vanilla anything. ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 03:03:57 EST 5:2 Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708068 I didn't do the Norwich 25 this morning. I woke at 6am ready to ride but my legs had other ideas and decided to be really stiff and achey. I went back to bed and woke at 8.30am feeling a lot more bendy. Not bendy enough to walk the dogs then go to an event. <BR> <BR> I walked the dogs and went and got a good haircut instead, bought the 5:2 (intermittent fasting diet) recipe book and am now sitting on the sofa with a humungous salad with Tiger Tiger Red Thai salad dressing. That was the most ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 12:08:50 EST Nice ride again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707633 I rode to the hospital to meet Ken using the same route as Thursday but didn't come across a homicidal bus driver, so that was ok. I got there and he'd buggered off home! I texted to say 'thanks for waiting' and headed home. <BR> So to the hospital was 10.29 miles in less than 40 minutes, back was 7.5 miles in around the same time as I wasn't hurrying. Ken arrived at Hethersett and collected me. <BR> <BR> This evening was spent learning Evil Eye by Yngwie Malmsteen. I love it and am having g... Sat, 31 May 2014 19:01:23 EST Good ride today but.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706212 ....nearly got totalled by a bus. I might have caught him up and called him some names. Not very nice names but I used some language that I picked up while growing up as an Army brat. <BR> <BR> I got a nice walk in this evening, before my bike ride. I sorted the flat out some more and did some core work as my core is decidedly horrible. Core work hurts so I'd better do some more of it until it doesn't hurt. Then I'll know that I'm getting somewhere. <BR> <BR> Off to bed now. I am shattered.... Thu, 29 May 2014 18:00:36 EST Back from our weekend away now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705363 We got home yesterday so Ken could get to dialysis and I walked the dogs in the pouring rain and then did my guitar practice. <BR> Today was work work work and once home we mucked the flat out as it had got a bit scruffy. Then some more dog walking, ours this time. <BR> <BR> I am absolutely shattered today. I wanted to ride but the weather is decidedly iffy so a bit extra guitar practice. We are now live on the exchange list and have discovered that we are allowed to apply to exchange with a... Wed, 28 May 2014 16:32:16 EST