Friday, November 21, 2014
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.
Dogs have been walked, salad eaten, tv watched and not a lot else really.
I had a really rough night. Yesterday evening I scratched my right wrist really deeply - not deeply enough for stitches - and it was very painful. It kept me awake with a burning sensation. I showered it in the end and put some propolis creme on, which helped no end. The wrist is a bit bruised around the cut (which is only about 2" long, so I'm just making a fuss really). Playing guitar causes pain so lesson is going to be interesting,to say the least.
Hopefully a better day tomorrow.
Keep on sparking
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Busy busy day with no cycling involved, but I have stayed within my calorie range so pretty chuffed with that.
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
I have an awesome new job. More than a glorified receptionist, honest. I get to talk guitar with other guitar minded people, whether they be total beginners, parent's of pupils, or darn near professionals. It's brilliant. I chat with schools, teachers, pupils, distributors and all sorts.
I am spending the evening, getting to grips with my new phone. It doesn't appear to be as helpful as my Samsung (own personal phone) so I am wondering what all the fuss is about to be honest, but I'm sure it will be fine.
Yesterday was a fast day, as I'm following the 5:2 way of eating. I don't seem any lighter but my clothes are bigger so I'm happy.
Pic of the new puppy on my photos on my sparkpage. He's called Toffee, named after another Toffee who was my Greyhound who died 2010. Like the original Toffee, this Toffee is a dark brindle but has cream, freckled front legs. He's 2/3 Saluki, 1/3 Greyhound and was bought from travellers who were about to move off - without taking him, the runt of the litter, with them. We got there in the nick of time as he probably wouldn't have lived the night out as he was small, weedy and weighed less than 2kg. Nearly 7 weeks on, he's a boisterous PITA but full of love and cuddles. I adore him and he is a right Mummy's boy. He's about 16 weeks old now, currently chewing his cuddly squeaky fluffy rat toy that he takes everywhere.
I am off to start a guitar blog. This working for a living is hard work!! I can do the 'non office' type stuff at my convenience and as there is nothing on the TV...
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
No blog since August. I've been struggling with my depression so best to keep away.
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.
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 partner was not the cleanest of people and smoked like a trooper. He had overflowing litter trays which is why his cats pee'd and pood everywhere. We've taken up all the flooring that he left. Quite a task.
The council have given us a new kitchen as the old one was filthy filthy filthy and had cat poo in a cupboard. We've had a whole new loo, sink and flooring as the cat pee was lifting the floor and the tobacco staining was shocking (sitting in now and waiting for a tiler to arrive to re-tile). We have decorated all his khaki green paintwork out in magnolia, taken all the junk and rubbish from the back garden to the dump, sorted out the rat's nest singlehandedly (with a little help from my 2 terriers and my Greyhound) and disposed of over 20 little rat bodies at the local woods.
We have hacked back the garden undergrowth and discovered a large wooden table and 6 garden chairs. Good quality ones. The shed roof (which we used to fix the shed) a composter, a whole load of good plant pots and a garden shelf unit.
We've been here a month and a day officially and we are still not straight. This will be a fabby flat when we get it sorted. It's much bigger, no neighbours from hell either. 3 miles from the city centre so I can cycle to my shiny new job.
We need new flooring but just cannot afford it at the moment but it's not desperate. Anyway, while the new pup is not quite house-trained, new flooring would just get a battering with him.
Apart from all that, it's situation normal here. Hubby still leaves rubbish 2' from the bin as he just can't quite get his rubbish there. He is ill and on dialysis and it seems to have a side effect that he cannot clean up after himself weather it's sweet wrappers, food wrappers or cleaning out the loo after he's made it all dirty. Frustrating for me, even more so because he is oblivious even though I have told him repeatedly to the point of nagging.
Fingers crossed that the workmen will get a wiggle on cos I want to go for a ride.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
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.
What else have I done: Eaten breakfast, drunk 2 cups of tea and cuddled the dog.
Last night I took the bike out for 30 miles in a couple of hours, which was fun but my back has started aching since I've lost some weight. Last night my left shoulder was making its presence felt. I'm going to book a bike fit tomorrow at one of the 2 seriously excellent bike shops in Norwich. A bike fit is expensive - a couple of hundred quid often, but it puts a person in the perfect position for them and their bike so the aches and grumbles should go. Quite often new components are put on the bike, swapped for ones that don't quite fit. Worth every penny for a fit, plus the extra for any new bits and bobs.
I'll ride later, to iron out some kinks. Anyway, it will do my legs good.
I bought a new toy earlier this week (well 2 new toys but only one that's fitness related). I bought Aftershokz Bluez bone conduction headphones. www.aftershokz.com/product/aftershok
z-bluez/ and they are awesome. I can have my music on while riding my bike and I can hear my wheels on the tarmac, birds tweeting, cars coming up behind me, people talking on the pavements everything. The headphones don't sit over your ears so your hearing is not compromised. Totally legal to ride and drive with (in the UK at least) Fab fab fab. Expensive but, so far, worth every single penny. They do less damage to your hearing too, so I'm told.
My other new toy was a Fender Mustang V2 amp, to plug my guitar into It might be a little louder than I am used to. You cannot hear yourself think at 4 so I have it on about .5. Not even going to try 11
I had better shake a leg I suppose. I have a carpet to collect in 3 hours. Might just have another cup of tea first. Biscuits?? Who said that...
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