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/ Sunday 23rd April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352475 Another park duties day today. I drove the train 6 times today, slid down slides, covered loo breaks on the pony express ride, roller coaster, the wave-rider (chair-o-plane) ride and covered lunch on the roller coaster too. I have litter picked, swept, done more sliding and generally rushed about like a busy little bee. <BR> I got home and walked the dogs and I am now officially knackered. <BR> <BR> My shifts have changed at work and I am in Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week. I have 3 ... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:06:33 EST Saturday 22nd April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352067 Today I was on park duties at work. 19,000 steps and I am shattered. I had a bad night last night and very little sleep. I am going to crack on with my Dutch lesson, do my meditation and take a tablet and then head to bed. <BR> <BR> We are so short staffed, it's untrue. We managed to get 1 extra body in for tomorrow and we are going to nix the Entertainment side of our department and pinch the bodies to run rides. My poor supervisor is in flitters. The boss is on her hols still and away from... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:49:31 EST Friday! So much for just working weekends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351669 This morning, I was just drinking my coffee and about to consider which shake to have for breakfast, or whether I should have pancakes instead, when my phone rang and it was an unknown number. As Kenn is on the transplant list and we have a bike up for sale, I answered the phone. Turned out that it was Trevor from work and they were desperately short staffed and would I go in. I said to give me an hour as I needed to walk the dogs, eat something, shower and meditate but agreed to go in as lon... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:23:58 EST Thursday 20th April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351158 The people who's house we are moving to got in touch with the housing officer today and it's all good. They have had upgrades and a streamlining to the exchange system and no training. This is the first 3 way exchange with someone from outside of their Housing Association that has happened with the new system. They are in a pickle but getting through it. So that's good news. <BR> <BR> Today we walked the dogs in some woods that I had spotted, with permissive paths that the locals can use. It... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:45:32 EST Weds 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350738 Today I did something for the first time. I made 2 x 3 minute videos of my home. I did a walk through from the garden, laundry area, car park, front garden and to the utility room in one vid. Then the hall, bedroom, shower room, living room and kitchen - including looking out of the windows, in the other. For the lass who should be moving to my flat. <BR> It was quite easy to do, then I uploaded them to Faceache messenger, for Em to see. She said they were great. She liked the commentary and ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:27:29 EST Rubbish Monday, Awesome Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350279 Yesterday was horrible. I had breakfast at the usual time, lunch was early as I felt so hungry. I had a bit of salad later and ended up with tea and supper as I was so famished. Just a dreadful day all around. I did get a ride in, just a shortie of 8.5 miles or so. Even a diet coke, with its gassiness didn't help at all. <BR> <BR> Today was so different. We had to be up early to take Kenn to Launceston Hospital for his clinic appointment. Kenn then dropped me off at Meeth, Devon. The start o... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:59:30 EST Easter Sunday and a busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349335 Today I was on park duties. When we are on 'Park' they call us 'breakers'. Because we keep the park tidy and we cover the dinner breaks, loo breaks, people feeling queasy breaks etc. <BR> I did a lot of train driving today. I drove the 9.30, 10am, 11am 12 noon, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm trains. I am quite fond of driving the old thing actually. Very slow, I can walk faster without trying too hard. <BR> I broke a couple of rides for lunch. Dizzy Dina for half an hour, the bouncing roundabout and Thunde... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 14:55:53 EST Easter Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348945 After the night from hell, where I saw pretty much every hour. I gave up at about 0620, got up and went out on my bike for 11 1/2 miles, up the trail in the light drizzle and cloud. Nice and quiet on the trail at that time of day. No flipping Emmets! <BR> <BR> Kenn walked the boys while I was riding. Home, shower, breakfast and a nice early morning meditation. I normally meditate at night but thought I'd give first thing a go and it was nice actually. I shall do that again. Meditation is doi... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 16:27:13 EST Good Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348538 Well, I was going to go to Church today and wandered up to my local church but they were shut. They share a Good Friday service with 4 other local churches and, although the sign on the door said which church, I didn't have a clue where that was. By the time I'd googled it and worked out that it was a brisk 25 minute walk away at least, I would have been very late to it. I gave the dogs a longer morning walk instead. <BR> <BR> I popped to Bodmin with my neighbour this afternoon. Fair bit of ... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:10:53 EST Riding in the sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347994 Having sat in all yesterday and not ridden, walked or anything of note due to waiting in for a parcel which didn't arrive. I paid for next day delivery on Tuesday at 11am and it didn't come. I rang them today and was a bit miffed. They have credited my account with £20, which is nice but I still don't have my parcel. It will be here Saturday allegedly. <BR> <BR> Knowing that no parcel will be forthcoming today, I rode up to Pooleys Bridge where I met Kenn with his bike and we rode the 9.5 mi... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:12:29 EST Monday. A whole month on plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346655 I started on March 10th and here we are on April 10th with a whole month's worth of smiley faces drawn on my calendar. I am very pleased with myself so had an extra long walk this morning, with the dogs, to celebrate. Not sure how long I walked for so I guessed an hour and put that down. Actually, I have forgotten a whole walk so will amend my exercise feed accordingly. <BR> <BR> Today I have been emptying the utility room - the bikes live there. They are currently in the bathroom (don't ask... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:08:39 EST End of another week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346044 After running around at work yesterday, I was feeling really jangly. My nerves were in tatters for no good reason, so I took Eric out for a spin. 11.76 miles in 55 minutes and the evening sun. Lovely. Just what the doctor ordered. <BR> <BR> Today I was working in the simulator with my pal Tom, and it was great fun. We work well together and have been put on the Simulator together a few times and we make a good team. Yesterday I worked with a different Tom, a 19 year old who thinks that he's ... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 14:20:40 EST Friday weigh day. I feel thinner so don't care what the scale says anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345196 Last week the scales didn't shift, but the inches did. This week, I have shifted 3lbs, so deeply chuffed with that. My waist has gone down to a healthy 33" which is under 50% of my height in inches. This is a good thing, according to the NHS. <BR> <BR> A beautiful day from the off, I walked the dogs while Kenn was at an X-ray in Bodmin. When Kenn got home he pumped my tyres up a little while I changed and grabbed some pancakes for breakfast. A day like this is a riding day, no contest. Natur... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 15:38:46 EST Thursday has been a strange sort of day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344762 I woke at just before dawn with a migraine, so took painkillers and went back to bed. It is the only thing to do. No point trying to do anything but with a migraine, except wait for the stupid thing to go. <BR> <BR> I had an omelette about 2pm as I figured that I would be able to keep something down by then. After that, my day improved dramatically. We gave the dogs a short walk and took the bikes out for a ride. Kenn wanted to ride on the trail but it was heaving with emmets which was upset... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 16:59:43 EST Tuesday 4th April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343784 It was cold and horrible in the morning here. The dogs got minimum walking as Toffee is nesh beyond belief and loathes getting even his ears wet. He has his waterproof coat and his snood but he still hates the rain. Dylan doesn't care and the muddier the better for him. Filthy little tyke. <BR> While the weather was horrible we mucked out the shed. Kenn thought it would take ages, but it only took 30 minutes and it's all neat and lovely now. Stuff in boxes and ready to chuck in a van with no ... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 16:50:17 EST Dreadful day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342340 Just hideous. I never want another one like that. <BR> <BR> My day on park duties got swapped about. Because I was due to work on park duties, I didn't take my water bottle as I can get water at any time with no problem. I got put on the roller coaster ride from 10am to 12 noon, which was fine. Then had my 30 minutes for lunch - which is seriously early and we never break the rides that early, but we are short staffed. Again. Even though there were at least 3 people they could have called in... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 17:32:28 EST Walking and riding today. Rain dodging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341828 Today dawned quite nicely but the weather forecast said rain after lunch so I got the dogs out for a morning walk and then took them again about 11am. A new walk, muddier than I thought and it took me to Polmorla Road the back way, but I wasn't sure of the way and the weather looked like it was closing in so I looped back the way that I'd come to make sure that I didn't get lost. The boys got an extra 50 minutes anyway. <BR> I took Eric out for a quick spin. A recovery ride really. Just 7 mil... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:48:54 EST It stopped raining so guess what I did http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341352 Correct! I went for an 11 mile ride. Just up the trail to the Snails Pace Cafe for a coffee. Kenn met me there with the dogs and the car so I could get a ride back. Sadly, the Cafe had just unpacked some stuff so we liberated the boxes so there was no room for me and Eric, the bike. There was nothing else for it. Either I went home, with the bike in the car and Kenn walked the dogs for 11 miles (he was a bit unwilling, now I think about it), or I got back on Eric and rode home. Mostly downhil... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:50:06 EST Wednesday hump day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340866 Kenn went off to dialysis while I was chatting with the TV filming guy. They really like us and our 'audition' recording was loved, so that's good. Em, who is moving to our flat, has been on to here housing association but they have not recieved the forms yet. She rang later, speaking to the head Housing Officer with a few choice words and asked for a call back. She got one and they do have the forms and can see no issues with the exchange going ahead and will get a wiggle on and expedite it,... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:35:45 EST Tuesday 28th March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340230 After working yesterday, I was so shattered that I just walked the dogs for 40 minutes or so then curled up on the sofa and didn't move except for doing my evening meal and getting a cuppa. Bed by 9.30 and slept like the dead until 7am. I didn't get up for another hour as I had a Lurcher either side of me, pinning me in, so I just cuddled for a while with them. Toffee is my super snuggly boy and always comes to bed at some point and sneaks in. He thinks that I don't know. <BR> <BR> We want t... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:26:30 EST Sunday and getting up early really sucks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339239 The clocks went forward this morning. Happily, my alarm is set on my phone and it updates by magic, overnight. Today at work, I was in 45 minutes earlier than usual and finishing an hour later. I am shattered. <BR> Today's 8 hour shift was at least 6 hours of walking about. I covered 11 miles by all accounts. Everything aches. I rashly volunteered to work tomorrow, even though I don't want to but Trevor, our supervisor, is a lovely man and he's really up against it. We have a lad on our rota ... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:59:11 EST Saturday and the usual mad busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338852 This morning was just gorgeous adn I had to work. Boo sucks! Never mind, it's all outdoors so not so bad. Beast first off - the big drop tower ride and then lovely Morgawr the roller coaster in the afternoon. I helped the new guy as well - happy too as he is properly serious eye candy. Just moved to Cornwall from Basildon. <BR> The chap that I give a lift to didn't show so we left without him. He didn't call in to the office or anything so Kenn has picked up his shift for tomorrow. We'll be a... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:44:04 EST Friday and a lovely evening ride after a day of being helpful. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338428 Nice weather all day today, except for a bit of damp in the air mid afternoon. <BR> I was going to ride this morning but my Brummie neighbour asked for my help 'popping' to Bodmin for some paint. Just 45 minutes she said. 3 and a half hours later we got back in. We got paint from Homebase, something from Pets at Home, then Asda for fuel, B&M for something else (I can't remember but I got a cheap watch reduced from £9.99 to £1 as the box was torn), we had a coffee at the garden centre and pric... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:38:54 EST The sun came out and the Met Office was wrong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337482 This morning, after our dog walk, was spent curled up on the sofa reading a book. No internet, TV, radio or anything. It was bliss. At lunchtime I went for a short ride. Just 12 miles in the sun but it was very nice. I came home and had a lovely chicken salad. <BR> I popped upstairs for a coffee with my neighbour Averil - She's a Brummie with a strong accent so I get every 3rd word and guess the rest, mostly. I declined a trip to Tesco as I don't need anything. <BR> Kenn then came home and we... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:16:26 EST Tuesday spring cleaning the bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336863 Kenn was in at work today, paperwork and ride training, so I had the flat to myself. I had a leisurely coffee and cherries and berries shake, another coffee and then gave the dogs a second walk. Toffee has a sore paw so it's short walks for him. <BR> Once home I hung out the laundry, that I'd had on a hot wash. Bed linen always gets a hot wash. I then set to in the bedroom. <BR> I hoovered where I could, around the beds and then carted out the Trofast (Ikea cupboard), into the hall and start... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:58:25 EST Kicking of the new week with a nice ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335852 This morning, it was pouring with rain. It was windy and horrible. We put our wellies on and took the dogs up the the top field. We had presumed that as the weather was so grotty that nobody would be up there and we were right. Our Lurchers got a fabulous hoon about and came home all muddy and tired. Toffee, once dried, went under his blanket and sulked as he had got a bit damp, he doesn't really do damp. Bless him. Dylan is much happier in the wet stuff, the muddier the better for him, the f... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:59:46 EST Sunday 19th and blooming cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335309 No bike riding to day. It's drizzling with a vengence. The wind is about 22mph with 35mph gusts. Nope, stuff that. Anyway I've done over 14,000 steps with dog walking and work. <BR> <BR> My mechanical pony ride was being naughty this morning. Especially the spotty pony who kept stopping about 5 yards before he was supposed to and causing a log jam. After the 3rd time that maintenance had to come and sort him out, I started running the ride, non stop, even though I had nobody on, just to keep... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:22:19 EST Saturday at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334924 I started the day with pancakes and threw a small egg into the mix for a bit of extra stickability as I didn't know when lunch was going to be. It could be as early as 12.30pm and as late as 2pm. I love the pancakes, they are brilliant. They have changed the recipe a bit and it's not as good as it used to be, but still edible. <BR> <BR> I started the day on The Beast, the drop tower ride that I don't much like as it messes my wrist up. Lunch at 12.30 and crab salad stuffed and coffee drunk. ... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:44:12 EST Proper Friday blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334456 Today was weigh day. I was expecting about 4lbs off. Last time I did this diet, I lost 5lbs on my first week and had a lot more to lose than I do this time. This time I have a good 2 stone less to shift, so when I got on the scales and discovered that I'd lost 5kg I called Kenn through and made him put his specs on and look. Yup, 5kg, 11lbs! I'm a bit chuffed with that. <BR> Next week, I shall be happy with 1lb as I know that the first week is mostly water weight. I've lost and inch off my hi... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:19:20 EST News, news, news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333999 No cycling today. I was just really tired after a horrible night. Just dog walking, a bit of shopping, and bill paying today. I'll ride tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Em, the lady in Conningsby, called our HO Sarah this morning and she told Em that she needs a support letter for our flat and it's blooming wet room. If she has a support letter, she can come. The Lincs council is on board, the doctor is on board and all 3 households are mostly packed. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:04:29 EST Wednesday and a rather good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333487 Well, what a day we have had. <BR> We put the Cornwall end of the application forms into the post to the chaps in Doncaster who want to exchange with us. Then we cleared off up Coronation Park with the dogs for a nice walk and back by road. Once home I had my Cherries & Berries smoothie with extra ice to make it really thick. <BR> When Kenn went off to dialysis, I went off on a bike ride. Caught up with a social group and rode along with them to Padstow. Slowest ride ever, it took 38 minutes ... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:20:32 EST Tuesday and a gentle sort of day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332926 We got to the library before opening and waited patiently with others for the doors to open, got in and spent a quid on a ton of printing of payslips and stuff for the Benefits Office. We got there early and the woman just photocopied them and said that she'd post them. It took longer to print them than the whole appointment took. While we were in Bodmin, we popped to Iceland so Kenn could get some sausages and other frozen food. I swear that man will turn into a sausage one day. Did a proper... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:59:26 EST Monday 13th March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332396 Just back from a short ride, just 53 mintues, just to Padstow and back. I was going to ride up the Padstow and then back by road but I sort of ran out of energy at Padstow so just pottered back home on the trail. Dogs got a good walk this morning as well so now I can sit, chill and try and get my feet warm again. <BR> <BR> A chap from Tiptree, near Colchester, rang me today regarding exchanging flats. He's disabled but not sure if dogs are allowed in his flat so I'm going to ring his landlor... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:48:59 EST Sunday 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331927 Today is the one year anniversary of the start of our tenancy here, in Cornwall. We actually arrived late in the evening on the 9th March as everyone exchanges over a weekend. <BR> <BR> We have had a chat with a person near Wolverhampton, in a village, about an exchange. We were contacted about 5 minutes ago by someone in Reddich as well, but they have a bath. Although a bath is fine for us, since Kenn's operation, they might not need our adaptation and so the council wouldn't let them move.... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 16:48:35 EST Saturday! Having a new first day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331399 Today was a work day. I worked on our rollercoaster in the morning and then the monorail with it's mechanical horses, during the afternoon. A nice sort of day, not particularly busy. <BR> <BR> I was contacted by someone regarding an exchange today, they are in Hexthorpe, up near Doncaster. Kenn says that it's a nice area anyway. Good and flat and about a mile and a half from the city centre. He's going to ask his sister to view it for us. <BR> <BR> Eating has been good. As I am going to hav... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 14:31:25 EST Bike day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330932 I took myself off to the docs today, to do my blood pressure on the machine (nice and low, as per) and my weight (hideous! I blame the hobnobs). I know that my depression has been bad over the last 6 months or so and it's showing on the scales. On the upside, my scales weigh exactly the same as the posh ones in the doctor's waiting room, so that's a good thing. <BR> I haven't put back all the weight that I lost a couple of years ago and kept off until last September, I'm a good stone and a ha... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:12:37 EST Thursday already! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330388 Tuesday, we drove up to Oxford and had a look at a potential flat to exchange with. It was very small and pokey. The pics made it look much bigger and the garden was communal and smaller than my living room. Also, the guy said that he had no need of a wet room and thought that the council might just let him move in without the actual need. We know that won't happen and felt that we'd had our time wasted, somewhat. We carried on over to Luton and viewed a gorgeous flat with large balcony/raise... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 16:18:32 EST I bit the bullet and bought a Turbo Trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328534 It was on offer at Halfords with a £10 off usual price and then I got another fiver off with my British Cycling membership. We've been umming and ahhing for weeks now. They weather has been horrible and Kenn won't ride in the wet. I do but getting fed up with cleaning the bike, so we read the reviews and then bought the thing. <BR> <BR> I used it for 30 minutes last night and was bored to tears. Today I have youtube videos with HITT segments etc, so I'll follow that, plug my headphones in an... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 06:11:54 EST And still the world turns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327316 Well, that was short lived. <BR> We made arrangements to view the place in Milton Keynes when woman rings up and says that her son has suggested that she fess up, before we drive the best part of 300 miles each way and waste our time and petrol, that she actually has 4 dogs and 3 cats and is thinking of taking on her daughter's Springer as well and will the council allow that. Nope! The woman insisted on ringing the council to double check and to see if they would make an exception as she is ... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 16:09:50 EST I have stuck my head above the parapet and it's not as bad as I'd feared http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323556 I have had a miserable couple of days, as has Kenn, feeling sorry for ourselves, dealing with the council and generally having to tell people that the move is off. <BR> However, yesterday, our Homeswapper advert went back live and I had a message from a lady, with a 1 bed house in Milton Keynes (right at the outside edge) who is desperate to exchange as she's had 2 exchanges collapse on her since November. I know the feeling. <BR> Anyway, her son lives in Bude (about 30 miles or so up the roa... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 18:04:44 EST I am going to live in a cave as I'm not safe to be around nice people at the moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321361 We got an email, late on yesterday, from our swap partners saying that they've changed their mind and now won't be swapping. 3 weeks to go and they've cancelled the swap. Not happy. Thank God I hadn't put my notice in or I'd have been scuppered. We cancelled the van and the bloke on the phone tried his best to get us not to cancel it (pillock). I don't know what he thought we were going to do with a bloody great van for a weekend when we'll be at work and not moving house. <BR> <BR> Today at... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:57:18 EST A new (old really but revamped) money saving plan for our household http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320749 Kenn has had problems with saving money of late and I've been using my money to bail him out which means that I have not been saving as much. I am a right little hoarder when it comes to saving money and I am, from today, going to implement my "3 day 1 use" ruling to the household. If Kenn is not interested than that's his lookout, he can bail himself out. <BR> <BR> My spending rules are simple. <BR> Don't impulse buy anything at all. If I still want it in 3 days then I can have it, however,... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:37:29 EST Thursday: flump, flump, flump, ride, flump, flump...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320386 Doris said that riding was a bust today. We watched the trees bent nearly to the ground in the high winds and rescued the garden gate from the bus terminus opposite, then the bin, the bin lid, the bin again and the gate again. Flumping on the sofa with a hottie against my back and watching Homes under the hammer (what a hoot THAT is! I had no idea how hilarious it is to see people wandering in and out of a room and randomly opening and closing the same window. What is that all about?). Doris... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:57:35 EST Wednesday and only just recovering from my 9 days on shift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319991 I didn't do that 33 minutes of cycling required to hit target on Sunday night. I flopped on the sofa and was tucked up in bed by 10pm and sound asleep. I didn't twitch for 10 hours. <BR> <BR> Monday I did ride, I went off to Nanstallon, along the trail and back and it just about killed me. I was shattered. I didn't even go round the block to make the ride up to 40 minutes as 39 was quite enough thank you very much. I was in bed by 9pm. <BR> Tuesday was not a lot better. I rode for 51 minutes... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:44:36 EST Saturday and back on the bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317987 Busy work day today. I have been on the simulator ride today and yesterday. The constant hack, hack, of my coughing wore them down so they shunted me off indoors. It's done me a world of good as my shoulder has settled right down and is back to normal, or at least it's as normal as it ever gets. <BR> <BR> I felt a bit bad about yesterday actually. My friend Ann who was on the Simulator ride took over my ride on the swing ship and then the water slide ride. The new lad who was one ride ahead ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:01:37 EST Few days of non blogging as I have the lurg http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316597 I have tonsillitis and feel like hell. I do realise, that in the grand scheme of things that tonsillitis is nothing but I do feel ill. Never mind, I've been to work and felt like hell because I need the money. <BR> <BR> I didn't ride on Sunday as I was feeling ill all day. Hot and cold all day and feeling just rough. Early night and I woke in the morning with tonsils like golf balls, red and angry golf balls at that. I went off to work and should have been on park - a nice easy job of wander... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:28:16 EST First day of the half term holiday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314501 What a day. It didn't start well as I was told to work with that Nikita lass, the one who has some made up reason for not liking me. It was suggested that if I wasn't going to get on with her that I would be spoken to in the office, officially. Well, I suggested that taking me to the office was not on. After all, I am being blamed for something that I didn't actually do, I then decided to be the bigger person and to apologise to the stupid woman (for something that I didn't do) and she just g... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 14:56:26 EST Unexpected day off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314005 I was due to work Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun this week but we got some much done yesterday and Wednesday, that I have today off. From tomorrow, I am in for 9 straight days. <BR> <BR> The weather was OK and I thought I would go up to Bodmin and see where the trail is closed. It's not closed and my neighbour was mistaken. From Bodmin, I rode up to Hellandbridge to see where it's closed there - Neighbour again - it's not but there are tractors and equpment up there. They have scabbled all the ... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:32:41 EST Wednesday and back to work for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312991 I am now in for 12 days on the bounce. Today was a 10am start and it was nice to see familiar faces. <BR> I walked across the car park and there was Grace (who is mostly OK, a little moody sometimes but I've never had any problems with her) and Nikita who did her best to get me the push last year by complaining that I shouted at her, when I didn't. She's the lass whom I took to work every day for 4 months and was never offered a penny in petrol money. Grace is bringing her in now. I bet she d... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 17:43:26 EST Week 6 of the winter challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311880 First things first. Last week, week 5 of my winter challenge gave me 3:59:43 of riding time and 48.22 miles on the bike. That's nearly half an hour over target and, bearing in mind the filthy weather, that's not too bad. <BR> Eating, on week 5, started well but a huge anxiety attack and then a few days of wibbliness did not help. It doesn't matter, it'd done and I can't change it. All I can do it be better this week. <BR> <BR> This week started badly, food wise. My neighbour had lemon drizzl... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 17:13:52 EST