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/ Monday!! not moving off the sofa tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206506 Work today. <BR> I was in an area called Swampy & Dina's land, it's got some soft play areas and 5 rides for smaller kids. I worked Swampy's Drop - a vertical drop ride, all of about 12' high - in the morning then Swampy's Sky Ride - a 5 car ferris wheel. <BR> We are tasked with adding excitement to every ride we work on. Easier said than done on some rides. On the big rides, excitement takes care of itself, on the rides for the younger kids, a bit of work is necessary. Lass I work with, fro... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:00:32 EST Riding to the coffee place and back to watch Le Tour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205424 I was as stiff as a board this morning. Pulling those seat bars up and down for 3 1/2 hours yesterday afternoon was better than any upper body gym workout. My word! I ache in places that I didn't know I had. Hips ache too, all that walking about and rushing up and down. <BR> <BR> We got a quick ride in today, 23.75 miles, to the coffee place for a cuppa and back to sit on the sofa and watch the penultimate stage of Le Tour - very exciting. I had2 big mugs of SW Pea and mint soup to go with i... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:53:30 EST I am shattered! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204926 20,000 steps with dog walking and work (I didn't take my phone for the early walk either) and my phone app counted all my steps for me. Clever little thing that it is. Much better than my old iPhone 4, which Kenn now has. I promised myself, that if I got this job, that I'd treat myself to a second hand iPhone 5s and yesterday I found one about 40 miles from here, for £80, which is dirt cheap for one in excellent condition and unlocked. It's lovely and I love it. Love the fitness app too. My f... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:13:14 EST Bit of a catch up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203798 Saturday was a good day, we went to Bodmin and found a Milletts and bought some black hiking trousers, Peter Storm ones that have zipped legs so I can have them as proper trousers, 3/4 lengths or full on shorts. Best use of £33 I reckon as they are so versatile. Also, hiking trousers wick well and dry really fast for when I inevitably get caught in some rain. This is the UK, after all. <BR> <BR> Sunday was riding and 36 miles later, some dog walking. <BR> Monday was my first day at work, in ... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:01:40 EST My dentist is gorgeous! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200872 Dear Lord! My dentist is as hot as a hot thing! Phwoor. Going back on the 9th of September to have that tooth pulled. It's impacted and a bit horrible. It's been like that for a year but hasn't hurt. It's not hurting today either but it does have it's moments. Kind of not dreading it now as dentist is serious eye candy. <BR> <BR> On the way back, while I was driving around the twisty, hilly Cornish roads my phone rang. Just when I couldn't answer it. Typical. I gave the number a ring when I ... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:00:09 EST Interview and bike ride day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200501 We just did dog walking this morning, then it was shower, ironing my nice top and then off to the interview. I was very happy that my clothes still fit perfectly well, as I've been feeling much fatter lately. Must be more in my head than I thought. Lycra is still not a great look at the mo though. <BR> <BR> Interview was interesting. Lassie who interviewed me must have been all of 12 years old. She's been there 6 years and is head of Games & Rides department. Kind of mixed messages from her.... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:39:27 EST Lots of walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199297 Today was our free trip to Camel Creek park today. It's for kids really. Under 15 year olds are the best part of £20 to go into, adults are half of that cost. As I said, we had a freebie. <BR> We might have gone down some slides, over scramble nets, crawled through tunnels and generally acted like 10 year olds a bit. We had 2 goes on the 3D pirate film interactive experience thing, walked around the lake, stroked all the ponies, shire horses, looked at the llamas (respectful distance, those t... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:13:45 EST Having a slightly flumpy day after 10+ hours of driving yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198499 Yesterday started well. Over 90 minutes walking up the trail with Toffee, mostly off lead, once we'd passed the flyover bridge. Not too many people are on the trail at 7am on a Sunday morning, so it's lovely. Toffee trotted about, occasionally dashing off to traumatise a sweet wrapper or some monster that the thought that he'd seen and that turned out to be a twig. Bit of a daftie, is Toff. I'd left Kenn in bed and Millie was still dead to the world in her comfy bed, so I left them to it. <BR... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:02:51 EST Riding in the rain and flat tidying (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197670 With all this flat tidying, all you lovely Sparkies must think that I am either the filthiest person on the planet or really OCD. I am neither really. Today a couple came to view our flat, on behalf of the lasses Dad, who is someone Kenn knows from way back when. Used to be good friends back in the day. Long before I came on the scene. Anyway. The daughter is very sensible and thinks that this is a cracker of a flat. She's right. It is. I showed her all the communal laundry lines, the back ga... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 17:27:43 EST Pea soup is my go to food now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197114 I love pea soup, from the trusty Slimming World recipe book. Tonight I added finely chopped up, left over ham and some mint from the garden. 2 big mugs worth and it was delicious. <BR> <BR> I got a nice 23 mile ride in yesterday and a nice 12 mile ride tonight. We rode a good 23 miles on Tuesday and I got a nice 11 mile ride in over the weekend too. The whole hill thing around here is putting me right off riding. I cannot climb for toffee and my knees are complaining hugely. <BR> <BR> Kenn'... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 17:49:08 EST Big ride today. Battling the wind burns more calories, right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193113 After dog walking today, I flumped about for a couple of hours, before kicking myself up the backside and getting my bike out and off for a ride. I planned about 10 miles or so, but got to the Wenfordbride turning and thought 'why not' and headed up to the Snails Pace for a cup of tea. The BBC gave out fine weather for today. They lie. Big fat hairy lies at that. At about the 9 mile mark, it tipped it down with rain. I had my first indoor cuppa at the Snails today. I waited until the heavy sh... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 15:36:23 EST Last day of the month ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192551 We got the shortest bike ride ever, in tonight. Between showers, in the wind and a bit slow. <BR> I've not ridden since 24th or so, which was around 12 miles on the roadie, since then I've just not been feeling the love. The thought of all that climbing or riding the same old route as usual was just filling me with feelings of bleugh and I just couldn't motivate myself. <BR> Toffee's longer walks have changed a bit, there is a herd of cattle in the big field. They were moved out this morning ... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:29:03 EST Just walking today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190672 Although it was a nice day, my sciatica is playing up a smidge so walking was the thing to do. I got more than 20 minutes in this morning. I had 2 x 20 minute walks and then spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon talking to various council departments and the council tax payments are right and out of our reach long term. <BR> Kenn managed to organise hospital transport for his Plymouth clinic on Wednesday followed by dialysis so he'll be collected at 7.30am from here then collected... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:42:49 EST Strange sort of day and an evening ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189011 Woke up to the 'leave' news. Right oh. Politics is going to get interesting. I doubt that the world will stop spinning and I doubt that England will spontaneously combust. Anyway, Norway and Switzerland are not EU members and they do OK. <BR> <BR> The post came and our flat has been reassessed as a Band B property for Council Tax. All council properties are a minimum of Band B now, the woman told me when I called in a panic as our Coucil Tax has quadrupled. I spoke to several people and had ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:56:57 EST Walking, voting and bike riding in the sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188371 Today was voting day so we got that done and dusted, nice and early. Pencils (hard and not black ones) were in the booths. I hadn't taken a pen with me, rookie mistake, so I spent an age making sure that my cross could be seen. I was less than impressed with a pencil to mark a ballot sheet. The words 'cheating', 'pencil rubber' & 'rigged vote' came to mind. I'm sure that you must all think that I don't trust the government, well, you'd be right. A bigger bunch of self serving, lying, connivin... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:18:21 EST Quiet day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187734 Kenn was away to Plymouth for tests today so I walked the hounds before breakfast and then discovered that I'd forgotten to do my overnight oats. I really fancied them too, so I did them and put the jar into the fridge and had overnight oats for afternoon tea instead. <BR> <BR> SW wise, I had a good day. 2 shortish walks with the dogs and the rest of the day reading and catching up on a bit of mail etc. It was tipping it down outside so no bike riding. <BR> <BR> I wasn't sure what time Kenn... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:11:28 EST The July Metric Half Century Ride Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186468 It poured all yesterday afternoon and evening and all morning today as well. I got very wet, out with the dogs this morning so a morning ride was never going to happen. I did housey things instead, having waved Kenn off to dialysis. <BR> After lunch (SW chilli with mashed potato) the weather cleared so I got Eric down from his bike rack and got going. I was kind of planning 8 - 10 miles or so, having not really been enjoying riding lately. I rode with a chap on another Planet X CX bike until ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 18:36:15 EST Walking in the rain, soggy dog and muddy trainers. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185653 Kenn was asleep this morning, Millie too. I grabbed my clothes and dressed in the bathroom - really quietly - and snuck out of the door with Toffee. He's my little shadow so he followed me out of the bedroom. I can't do anything in peace, Toffee is always there. <BR> We got out for a good hour and walked down the Camel Trail for over a mile, then back as there were a bunch of dogs coming towards us and Toff is not that user friendly. We turned off the track and walked up to Treraven Farm on t... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:49:12 EST Day off - anyway, it's raining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180256 Millie-dog is asleep, on my legs and I don't want to disturb my old girl. My right foot is definitely aware of her being there, I could do with a trip to the loo and I really want a cup of tea. Mustn't disturb my sleeping 19 year old though. She too precious to make her jump at her time of life. <BR> <BR> The night before last was boiling and I got no sleep. I got up after a while and made a cuppa and played guitar (not plugged in to an amp) most of the night. At 6am, I was out for 90 minute... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 11:37:58 EST Another bike ride tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178471 Today was roasting hot. The dogs were walked early before the heat got up, then it was bill paying, shopping (new innertubes x 4, plants, 120 litres of multi purpose compost, wild bird food - amazed the little stuffers can still fly, the amount they eat). <BR> We rode at around 7, just 11 and a bit miles over 55 minutes, so nice and slow as befits a hot evening. We had planned to ride to Padstow, up the hill and out of the town and then follow the road back to Wadebridge - not turning off to ... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 17:14:46 EST 1st ride of June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177811 I know that it's shocking that this is the first day that I have got out. <BR> The hills and the narrow roads with huge, high hedges are really depressing me. I'm not that great at the best of times and the thought of riding the Camel Trail again is beyond the pale. Today, I got my very expensive, lightweight, carbon fibre roadbike down off his rack and took him out - up the boring trail to Padstow and back. <BR> I have downloaded a new album today (can't afford it but I can save back a tenn... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 18:54:41 EST Last day of the month ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173910 27 miles and 3 punctures. One was a dodgy innertube, by the way that the hole looks. It looks like it was faulty. <BR> I rode from home to Bodmin, popped to the bank and then back to the cafe turning, then headed off to Wenfordbridge for a coffee. We spent a happy 20 minutes watching a juvenile robin hopping about, eating cake crumbs. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c63539e2-0d52-46e4-befb-ef5c0d0a2334.JPG"> <BR> We managed to get home with no punctures, so pleased about that.... Tue, 31 May 2016 17:31:14 EST Riding in the sun again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172596 I rode a good 23.8 miles in the sun today, 16 yesterday and 35 the other day, so I've been riding. <BR> I had a doctors appointment on Wednesday morning. Very unimpressed with the doc. He seemed to think, after reading my notes, that I was 62. I corrected him and said that I am, in fact, 52 but he just shut me down. Apparently my dizzy spells are in my head and to come back if they get worse, but they won't as it's just me being post-menopausal and wanting some attention as I'm a 62 year old ... Sun, 29 May 2016 18:08:48 EST Lovely sunny day and not much done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168975 I had a lot planned for today. Bike ride, decent walk with Toffee dog, jewellery making, bit of gardening, laundry, that sort of thing. However after putting out the laundry and doing the washing up, my neighbour popped around and asked if I had anything needing to go to the dump as she was going up there with a half empty car. I didn't have but said I'd go and give her a hand to empty the car. She's 70 and has had a heart attack in the past, so I don't think that she should be hefting stuff ... Mon, 23 May 2016 17:45:43 EST Back from a lovely dog walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168103 Yesterday was a total write-off of a day. A migraine, hot and cold sweats and general lurginess kept me tucked under the duvet. I did make it to the living room and did some more sleeping on the sofa, with my Jack Russell. I surfaced at around half past 2 and raised the energy to watch a Columbo and then snoozed some more. <BR> <BR> This morning, I had another migraine but it's now gone and I'm feeling a whole lot better all round. I have just been out for a 3 mile walk with Toffee dog and e... Sun, 22 May 2016 11:36:38 EST Still look like a toad but...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166965 ...... the postman arrived with some little Tibetan silver owl charms. 30 of them to be precise. I noticed that the outer polythene envelope had air holes in it. I laughed and laughed and laughed. <BR> I checked inside the packet and had a quick count, in case it was an attempt at a mass breakout by the owls, but they were all in there. <BR> I sat and made 13 sets of owl earrings and had 4 spares, that didn't match so they are in my 'random charm' compartment of my charm box. I made a 14th pa... Fri, 20 May 2016 12:40:00 EST I look like a toad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166770 I have no neck and feel terrible. <BR> Soup, soup and more soup today for me. I'll write off today as non-productive and watch the TV and let the lurgy run it's course. Tomorrow will be better. <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday everyone <em>106</em> oo00OO Soup OO00oo Fri, 20 May 2016 07:56:21 EST A really farty-poo-pants of a day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166441 I woke up feeling like I'd been run over by a truck. My glands are all up, I've a sore throat and I generally have a filthy cold. I've been hot and cold and hot again. In short, I've spent most of the day - except for 2 short dog walks - on the sofa, feeling sorry for myself. If this was Kenn, I'd accuse him of the whole 'manflu' thing <em>246</em> <BR> Eating plans went by the wayside today. I had Nimble toast and marmalade, choc chip cookies (guaranteed to banish the blues so they might... Thu, 19 May 2016 17:02:13 EST Bike riding in the sunset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165701 It was only a 10 mile ride but it's better than no miles. The low sun across the Camel estuary was very pretty. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9efc6555-9b6e-4cdd-8b91-6820ef6f3584.JPG"> <BR> and <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2666ede8-a9b6-41a4-8872-311609ebc41c.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I've made more jewellery today. Not a lot as my hands are so rubbish today and my depression is trying to bite me because my hands are so useless. It took me well over an ... Wed, 18 May 2016 16:34:56 EST Day 3 on the new plan and I think I'm getting the hang of it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164994 Today is day 3 and I'm having a 'no count day'. On Sunday I printed out the 'no count' list and fridge magneted it it to the multi-fuel boiler dodad door. I thought that this would be handy for me. <BR> When, earlier today, I went to log breakfast, it flipping pointed the calorie controlled wholemeal bread, so I had a look at my list and it's there in blue and white. I checked on-line and they have changed it. So instead of logging the bread as brown bread, I logged it as 'calorie controlled ... Tue, 17 May 2016 16:51:43 EST 2nd day on new eating plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164242 Hmm, I'm a bit confuse by WW. I thought, today, I'd have a 'no count' day and printed off my food list which included wholemeal bread, beans, eggs, fat free and low fat yoghurt, low or no fat cottage cheese and tons of other stuff. <BR> I was a bit surprised that when I logged my food, that it pointed the yoghurt, the cottage cheese and the wholemeal bread. I was so miffed that I accidentally ate 3 marshmallows. I was being all confused and perplexed and hunting about the WW website and Kenn ... Mon, 16 May 2016 15:38:16 EST Oh my word! Quick, get back on the horse (or bike in my case) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163237 I have not weighed myself for months and I've been going along, as you do. Mostly following SW but with a few spectacular lapses. During this time, I have been riding but my cycling tops have got a little snug. This morning, being brave, I got back on the scales and found that I'd put on a good half a stone from my 'merrily going along winter weight'. I have, because of this, joined Weight Watchers for a month. Just the online thing as I don't really do meetings. They don't really motivate me... Sun, 15 May 2016 07:19:43 EST We went out of the county today. Took the bikes for comfort http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161659 Kenn had an appointment at Launceston today. As we had been planning on riding the Tarka Trail in Devon, we thought that an appointment half way there, would be the perfect excuse to go. Not that we need an excuse but it's 60 odd miles to Bideford, the mid point of the Tarka. <BR> <BR> The Tarka Trail is around 30 miles long so we thought we'd start in the middle and ride to Meeth and then another time, we'll go the other way. We found parking, go the bikes out of the car and put the wheels ... Thu, 12 May 2016 17:50:14 EST Back from the weekend and back online http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160740 Hi all. <BR> <BR> The weekend was nice. I got a lovely 50 mile ride in, 36 of those miles were off road on the Marriotts Way and the Bure Valley Way, alongside the Bure Valley Railway line. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a468f170-c066-4264-9ef0-51c2860c5e3f.JPG"> <BR> Note Eric the bike leaned up against the fence, watching the train go by. <BR> <BR> We stayed at a pal's,for the weekend. Not seen him for 3 months and he said that he'd have a tidy up as we were visitin... Wed, 11 May 2016 10:22:00 EST Car is packed :) ready for our weekend trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157414 Up and at 'em this morning. Kenn had no sooner got his slippers on, when I stripped the bed and got the duvet cover in the wash. The bike is packed in the car, as is the sack barrow that we borrowed from Mark. Not enough room for the ladder though, it's too long for our Micra. <BR> Clothes are in their holdall, along with Kenn's meds, Millie-dog's meds and enough kibble for the weekend along with the dog bowls. <BR> <BR> The laundry is done and out on the line, so I am on top of things and j... Fri, 6 May 2016 07:07:32 EST Glorious sunshine and a bike ride :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157104 Hi all. <BR> Lovely ride today. We rode up the the cafe 11.6 miles from where we live. Had a coffee, had some cake (yeah, cake! I know not diet friendly) and then rode back again. I did a quick ride over the footbridge, actually I got off and walked over the bridge, and headed to Egloshayle, the village opposite us but on the other side of the River Camel. I then headed left and towards town and rode through town and back home again. Had I gone straight home it would have been just under the ... Thu, 5 May 2016 18:43:25 EST SUNSHINE!! & Lego :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156214 Well, I was wrong. I thought that at least 2 people wouldn't be there yesterday but only one was missing and has gone off to do telesales for the local brewary (inbound sales and order collecting in the morning and outbound sales to get orders from regular pubs and eateries in the afternoon) <BR> The phrases of the day, yesterday were "sell sell sell" and "Steer the converstation to a selling situation". I thought 'no no no' and "jewellery is pretty and selling is sh***y" or words to that eff... Wed, 4 May 2016 11:38:24 EST Been a bit of a mixed week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154178 It's been a bit of a funny week. <BR> Work has been up and down a bit. I've found out more than I wanted to about a few aspects of the call centre. <BR> One of the lads had a long call, which went right through his break. He then discovered that because he was on a long call, he didn't get his break at all as he'd worked it and they wouldn't let him have his break after. Poor guy was on the phone for 5 hours and 45 minutes straight with no break. Apparently that's how it is. If you have a cus... Sun, 1 May 2016 17:47:22 EST Only 2 hours on the bike and an hour of walking today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149370 The weather was lovely and we were up at 8am. So much for a lie in then. We got in the car and took the dogs to Cardinham Woods for a walk. Not very quickly as Millie has old legs. She did manage to fall off the edge of the path and fell down to the stream. Kenn went after her while I anchored Toffee from trying to bite a Labrador who had come to say 'hello' to him, despite me asking his owner to call him (3 times). Fear aggression is a funny old thing. He's perfectly fine with some dogs. <BR... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 16:49:04 EST Ride to Newquay today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148726 Very very hilly. We climbed neigh on 700 ,metres today. We should have kept straight on and headed to Newquay airport and not directly to Newquay - on a Cornish Coastal Road, up and down and up and down the most massive hills on earth. Oh, OK! Alps they are not but I'm a Norfolk girl and I don't really do hills. We were so relived when Newquay came into sight but thought we would have 2 hours plus there before the 5.20pm train. As we approached the railway station, there was a train in the st... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 16:35:05 EST Cooo Eeeee Back on the bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146638 Finally got a bike ride in tonight. It's been a busy old week so far, and it's only Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Firstly. Kenn dropped me off at my car pool lady's place on Monday morning and waved goodbye and left me there. Nice lady and we hit it off at interview. Her eldest son is a Pro Snowboarder and she's pointed me to some of his videos. Oh my word!! <BR> Anyway, we got in, met the team, there are 8 of us, met the team manager (he's like 12 or something) and our trainer - a great lass called ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:46:37 EST Biking in the sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144352 Nice 25 miles today, off road, in the sun. I took the roadie as I love my new pedals and wanted to take them out for a spin. Before we went, we mucked out the shed while Kenn's GPS was sucking power up as it had gone completely flat yesterday. <BR> <BR> I have everything ready to start the new job tomorrow. I've had 3 anxiety attacks so now have an anti-anxiety tablet and a large vodka. Kenn says I don't have to go. I think that he would prefer me not to take the job. He says that he had hop... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:09:29 EST Bikie riding and walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140884 Lovely weather today but we had to go to the dentist for Kenn's tooth - he looks like a hamster - we were there for about 4 hours all told. Dull, dull, dull. Having to listen to Radio 1 was just awful. What a din. <BR> The moment we got home, Kenn was off to his bed again. I walked Toffee for an hour, then Millie while Kenn was coming too. Obviously this was after putting away the shopping, paying the water bill and sorting out the house insurance. I'm staying with the same company I was with... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:18:08 EST 32.1 bike ride today. The sun came out and I just had to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140043 This morning, first thing, I rang Manpower and gave them a little feedback. They apologied. So easy for some faceless operative to apologise for their disgraceful behaviour. Looking at their facebook site, it seems to be endemic. Just a rude company recruiting for another rude company. <BR> <BR> Having done that, shooed Kenn off to dialysis, I took my bike out for a ride. I decided to ride to Camelford but gave up half way up the hill there as my knee had other ideas. I rode back down and th... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:04:46 EST Mizzle drizzle inside and out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137939 The wind is definitely lower but it's been drizzling all day. That fine rain that seems to find every stitch hole in your clothing and soaks you through in minutes. <BR> Having a mizzle drizzle day myself. No contact from BT. That's just bloody rude. For a communications company who promised a call, by 5pm Thursday, one way or the other, they seem to have difficulty picking up a phone and communicating, or emailing for that matter. You know what, I don't really want to work for them anyway. <... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 14:26:48 EST Sunny but very windy out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137134 I thought that the interview went well but it obviously didn't. They said that they would let us know, one way or the other, by 5pm today. It's gone 5.45 and no call or email so I guess that's that then. Out of the 5 of us at group interview, vying for 15 jobs, 3 of us were supremely suitable and the other 2 would be fab with a bit of training. BT training is epic so I reckon that the 5 of us should have had calls. Nothing so far for me though so I guess I'm just old and not what they are loo... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 12:51:34 EST 8 hours of applying for a job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135700 Once I'd got Kenn out of the door for his dialysis session - he went in a hospital car today as his benefit payment is a week behind after the house move - I settled down, opened my Manpower email and set too. <BR> I had an assessment on attention to detail - are these series of numbers identical or different <BR> Then a word association assessement, multiple choice thing. Took about 15-20 minutes anyway. <BR> <BR> Then I got an email saying 'congratulations, you have passed please click thi... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 17:08:11 EST Bike riding in the sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134908 After a nice lazy morning, walking the dogs - Millie has definitely perked up again and had a nice steady wander around the park and was interested in everything - we had a late brunch (SW free food plus healthy B toast). We decided on a nice ride to Cardinham Woods. We looked it up on the map, worked out a route and changed for the bikes. <BR> <BR> We might have got lost. A bit. Well, a lot really. We ended up at Lanhydrock. A nice National Trust place, very expensive to visit unless you ar... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 16:49:09 EST More flipping rain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133739 The weather is getting on my pips again. It's raining and has been since my last ride. I've got a bit of walking in, here and there but young Toffee doesn't like the rain at the best of times. Millie is 19 and 1 month now and she really doesn't like the rain. <BR> <BR> Actually, I don't think Millie is going to see next week out. She is very bad on her legs now, sleeps most of the time and is not eating much. She fell over again yesterday and she couldn't walk at all last night. This morning... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 06:51:44 EST Hilly bike ride in the sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131167 Kenn was off to Plymouth again, to see the consultant this time. I went off to breakfast with the neighbours and then off to Home Bargains in Bodmin for a bit of bird seed. One of the neighbours bought a ton of stuff. It was nice to socialise. <BR> <BR> First thing, I took Toffee out for an hour or so, up towards Padstow and discovered, when I got in just after 9am, that Kenn was still abed and hadn't even taken Millie out for a wee. He needed to be out of the door in about 5 minutes so I wa... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:53:08 EST