Monday, November 24, 2014
What a busy old day I have had.
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.
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 pretty ride but I didn't fancy it today. That cyclepath is really slippery with leaves. Today I rode through Bowthorpe and then on to Bawburgh, a pretty village just outside Norwich. From there I just turned back to Norwich and headed to the hospital. I got there dead early so I did a nice little 2 mile loop along the Colney Lane, to the top of Cringleford and then back via the Round House Road route. Just 8.54 miles in an impossibly slow 42 minutes but then I'm not as fit as I ought to be at this time of the year. I've been lazy you see.
After all that, I walked 2 dogs for clients, separately. Neither dog likes others. Back to the NGA office for a quick campfire with Leigh (The boss) then home for another hour or so on the database before walking, more guitar practice, sticking up shelves and cooking tea.
Happily I am now curled up on the sofa having had a nice chilli con carne with some strawberries for pudding. It's a fast day today and I have another 100 calories if I want to. I've got the hang of this 5:2 malarkey now. I don't seem to be any lighter but my clothes have grown so I must be doing something right.
We are hoping for a ride tomorrow. It's not going to rain until the afternoon, according to the BBC so I'm hoping for a quick 10 miles or so.
Off for an early night with a DVD whilst being under the duvet. I feel less hungry in bed, plus is saves on heating the flat.
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.
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