Monday, 26 January 2009
Saturday, 24 January 2009
Sunday – walk one hour
Monday – WII 30mins, walk 30 mins
Tuesday – swim 40mins, walk 30 mins
Wednesday – WII 30mins, walk 30mins
Thursday – swim 40mins, walk 30mins
Friday – walk 30 mins
Allotment – as and when
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Thankfully I woke up this morning and felt so much better. Able to clear the air at work as well when they realised I was ill and not being rude!! Oh I can't tell you how much happier I am now that the vice has gone from my head. It was so unbearable, I just felt like crying and was in abject misery. Hopefully I wont get another migraine like that again. I am going to ensure I have that expensive pill that needs to be taken at the first sign of a really bad migraine to avoid all this again.
So now I can think clearly again and can actually converse coherently I can chatter away again! :) LOL.
We took Millie to her third puppy training session tonight. She is doing really well. She came when called nicely between me and Andy. She went to her bed when told and did all the usual sit and lay down. We all had brought something that made a noise to try and get them used to different sounds. It worked okay as the puppies were all busy sniffing around to be too much bothered by the different objects and sounds. Millie is still hesitant about the hoover and although it is no big deal, I would rather she wasn't afraid of it. We were advised to keep it in the same room as her so she could get used to it sitting there without bothering her too much and to gradually start it up and stop it so she will hopefully get used to it gradually. Our homework is to work on widening the distance between calling her to come to us. She does this really well anyway as I take her off the lead when walking and she 95% of the time comes. When she has a really interesting smell she tends to ignore me but Barney does that as well. Also we are to practise heel walking by using a treat in our hand by our sides and walking along with her nose to our hand walking to heel. She did this beautifully for the trainer today - so proud!!! LOL. We are all getting used to each other now and everyone takes their puppies up to say hello to each other. Millie certainly is getting braver about meeting new dogs and I can see that the others are too. I spend all my time going "Ahhh isn't he/she so sweeeeeeet" They are all so gorgeous in their own little ways. Cute Dave the Jack Russell, sweet little Coco the brown cocker spaniel and Murphy the Staffy, Gana the black labrador who is training to be a guide dog as well as all the others. There are about four puppies who are Millie's size so they all had a little rough and tumble today! So funny. The little ones ran around and sniffed each other and had a little rough and tumble themselves.
Andy and I took Millie and Barney for our usual weekend walk in the woods and took Sarah with us on the Saturday - so of course the camera came too.
Andy looking sexy in his fishing hat! Sarah and me Sarah and Millie
Friday, 16 January 2009
Taking Sarah back to University 'up North' on Sunday, not sure who is driving her back. She has been busy seeing all her mates here at home in the short week that she is here so have not seen her much, but I do know she hasn't slept much. Teenagers are such a worry sometimes!
Sev has got a "Student of the month" award from his Accounts class which is really great news - very proud of how well he is doing there.
Alice's parents evening went well, good to hear she is studying hard and is likely to get mostly Bs and Cs in her GCSEs with the possibility of a few As thrown in for good measure.
Andy has been brilliantly understanding of my suffering these past couple of days, it cant be easy for him to understand how ill I feel, but he is very good and patient with me. Poor thing went to the gym both yesterday evening and tonight and his thigh muscles are rock hard!!! :) He is doing so well with his exercise regime. Once all the fat comes away there will be a lean mean muscle machine being revealed!!! He bought a new suit earlier in the week for an interview and looked really good in it. Haven't seen him look good in a suit for ages. Very proud of how hard he has worked at losing the seven and a half stone that he has lost so far.
Think I will go back to bed now and hopefully I will be fighting fit again in the morning.
Monday, 12 January 2009
Sunday, 11 January 2009
Saturday, 10 January 2009
Friday, 9 January 2009
In it they suggest you make a list of 101 things that you would like to do in 1001 days. Before embarking on this mission we are asked to ask ourselves the following six questions: Who do I love, and what am I doing about it? 2. Am I pursuing my dream, or is fear stopping me?3. Am I doing something that matters?4. What am I doing to help others?5. Am I as good a person as I want to be?6. What am I doing to live life with passion, health and energy?
Well I have started my list today to be completed by 8th October 2011 - my mum's 66th birthday. Progress will be noted on this blog. i did think of doing a separate one, but then I probably wouldn't keep it updated.
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).
Why 1001 Days? Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities. I am going to see if I can put this list to the side of this blog as well.
So without further ado here is
1. Celebrate Earth Hour annually (0/2)
2. Give blood 12 amount of times (0/12)
3. Visit a vineyard
4. Go to London Zoo
5. Go on holiday to Turkey
6. Write a love letter
7. Finish my ILM Level 5 Diploma
8. Make 3 Zentangles (0/3)
9. Take Glocosamine every day for one month
10. Go swimming at least once a week for 3 months
11. Note personal expenditure for one month
12. Reduce personal expenditure the following month
13. Make ten different types of cookies
14. Make five different types of bread
15. Go out for a date with Andy (evening at pub or lunch at a restaurant or a picnic) 10 times (four times a year)
16. Get a tattoo
17. Make handmade birthday cards for family and friends
18. Finish at least one of my quilts
19. Finish all three quilts
20. Finish making knitted bags
21. Give knitted bags as gifts to family or charity
22. Write a will
23. Go to a live concert
24. Go to a museum
25. Walk up Mount Snowdon with Andy
26. Go to chiropodist to sort out my left big toe
27. Make 10 Samaritan Christmas Shoeboxes (0/10)
28. Go to Pilates once a week for three months
29. Go to Tai Chi once a week for three months
30. Note migration of Andy’s and my family on Google Earth
31.Get to know the US states – NYC = New York City, IN = Indiana (2/50)
32. Note where I have received and sent ATCs to in the US
34. Read the Department of Health website updates once a month for 6 months (0/6)
35. Clear two credit cards (0/2)
36. Clear three credit cards (0/3)
37. Go to Scotland
38. Celebrate New Year’s Eve anywhere else but home
39. Re-style kitchen layout
40. Have new kitchen fitted
41. Buy new carpet for living room
42. Buy new suite for living room
43. Buy new mattress
44. Get Andy’s ring re-sized
45. Photograph Andy once a month to note weight loss
46. Go away on my own to a creativity weekend
47. Don’t buy craft materials for one whole month
48. Light candles on a birthday cake on my 400,000 hours birthday on 27 February 2011 at 2.30pm
49. Have a dinner party using our new dinner service and table cloth
50. Tidy up my filing cabinet
51. Keep my work room tidy
52. Wash the kitchen floor every day for 7 days in a row
53. Get promoted
54. Decorate/Paint dining room walls
55. Do a scrapbook of Millie
56. Do a scrapbook of Barney
57. Do a scrapbook of Andy’s weight loss journey
58. Take Millie to training classes
59. Go to 6 salsa dance lessons with Andy
60. Test drive a car
61. Get my driving licence sorted out
62. Spend an entire day watching films
63. Compliment one person every day (0/1001)
64. Send an email to the IT Helpdesk to thank them for all their hard work and dedication
65. Learn to save a life (Basic Life Support course in Feb 09)
66. Recycle six printer cartridges (0/6)
67. Have at least one meal a week together as a family at the table (we used to do this all the time – why don’t we anymore?) (0/143)
mmm, need 34 more!
My 1001 hours (2.75 yrs) is starting 10th January 2009 and finishes on 08 October 20011
Thursday, 8 January 2009
That is the trouble with these craft sites the majority of the members are in the US, which is great until you start sending stuff over the water on a regular basis - is starting to get a bit pricey. Will probably have to cut back a bit I think, certainly for this month.
Luckily there are a group of ladies interested in crafts who wish to meet up -
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?p=262260#post262260 A weeked event on 12th - 14th June for those that love art. Not sure whereabouts in the UK it will be held, though probably in the midlands like Blackpool so is easier for all to join in. So I am looking forward to this event very much.
We have had the coldest weather for the longest time that I can remember. For over a week when driving backwards and forwards to work the outside temperature has not been above 3 degrees and has even been below zero. I like it cold, but when it is dark when you leave for work and when you come back home it does start to get a little depressing. I would love a bit of sunshine. Must make an effort to take a little walk at lunchtimes if and when it is ever sunny just to soak up those rays.
Andy adn I took Millie to puppy socialisation classes yesterday for the first time. Very embarrasing. She would not settle. it was unfortunate that I was working late and was back home 10 mins before we left to go to the training session and Andy didnt think to take her for a walk or feed her before the class so she was extremely hyper. (I also had a nose bleed so was embarrasingly messing about with a bloody tissue YUCK) The trainer, who does seem to be very good, did chat on and on for about half an hour. Now unless a puppy is asleep to make them sit still in a room with other puppies and people for that long was very difficult. We let them off the lead for about ten minutes to say hello to each other and have a sniff and that helped to settle her down. She was by far the biggest and most boisterous dog out of the nine or ten puppies that were there. The trainer said it might be that her food has too much protein which makes her hyper so we are going to change that from Pedigree to Chappie or something like that. We learnt how to encourage to recognise her name, teach her to sit and lay on the floor. She can already sit with a hand signal, but i am glad we have learnt how to make her lay down as well. We bumped into somebody we know from work. She had the smallest dog - a little Yorkie. All the puppies were sooooo cute. It is a six week course and at the end of it we can, if we wish for free, do a kennel club certificate - The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Puppy Foundation Assessment http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/download/2853/gcdspuppy.pdf tells us all about what is required. Sounds a good thing to do/have.
Monday, 5 January 2009
Thursday, 1 January 2009
Today was is Millie's first trip to the beach on 1st Jan 09. I wanted her first time at the beach to be a positve one. However as soon as she stepped on to the sand she realised it was different and was starting to investigate when a huge Great Dane jumped down beside her frightening the life out of her! So I picked her up and put her on the wall that runs along the promenade so that she was at the same height and so she could say hello. Luckily the Great Dane and its owner went off on one direction very quickly.
She soon settled down after that and continued investigating this new experience. There were loads of people walking their dogs today so she had plenty of opportunity to get used to saying hello to new dogs. She is still nervous but hopefully the socialisation classes will improve things - that starts next week.
We walked along the wall that makes a little pond of some of the seawater and unfortunately she fell in and got very wet. So we made our way home so she wouldn't get too cold - it was only 3 degrees centigrade. A nice hot shower when she got home and then she slept all afternoon! Must try that again if it wears her out like that.
Apart from walking Millie down to the beach at lunch time and taking both dogs for a quick walk after dinner, all I have done today is give my bedroom a "deep" clean. Had a nice lay in, curtesy of Andy getting up to see to the dogs, which made for a nice change and have done little else all day really. Psyching myself up for a long day at work tomorrow. Yeuch.