A Possible Move

Out of the blue, my son in law announced he had an interview for a new job.  I was delighted.  I know how much he hates his job. I was  a little stunned to find its on the Isle of Man.  I have nothing against the Isle of Man.  In truth, I have never been there. he assured me there was no chance of him getting this job.  He has, however, been shortlisted and has a final interview next week.  My daughter is distraught.  She does not want to move there.  She, also, has never been.

I have been doing a lot of research.  And by that I mean I have googled everything I can think of that is important.  You see when my daughter was on the phone, in tears, I casually  said “If you end up moving there I will come too!”  After all there was no chance of him getting the job.  But you see HE HAS BEEN SHORTLISTED!  Once again, nothing against the Isle of Man. My research reveals it is beautiful.

The beaches look amazing.

The houses are lovely and cheap.

There is internet there.

There is a Tesco and an Asda.

Regular planes fly into London City Airport for visits to relatives and friends.

Its several hundred miles away from relatives I don’t like.

I would have to leave my job.

I can, at last, write my novel.  All about relocating to the Isle of Man

Its the perfect place to retire to.  If she goes, in all honesty, I will probably go too.

But then I look round this house.  I am not attached to it, I hate this house.  But I think, we have so much stuff!  How will I get the cats there?  Should we take the cars? Should I get a job?  Can I get a job?  (you need a work permit). I already have sleepless nights.

He hasn’t even got the job yet.

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Quality, what does it mean?

Quality.  Its different for everybody. Its worth paying for what you want, if it is indeed what you want.. I can see your furrowed brows as you struggle to figure out what has happened.

I recently got my hair cut.  It cost £70.  A lot of money, I am sure you will agree. I don’t resent spending that much if the result is what I wanted.

I specifically described what I wanted. I took along a picture of what I wanted.  I got something else. I think what I am mad about is that the hairdresser just didn’t listen.  I know, this is first world problems.  I am aware of the horrors people around the world are facing and I am bitching about not liking my haircut.   This more than my haircut.  Its about listening to people.  Its about realising quality is different for everybody. Everyone who has seen the haircut says its nice.  It is.  It is nice.  And it is partly my fault.  I mean I felt I was clear on what I wanted but I also did the English thing of saying “That’s nice” when he showed me the hair in the mirror.  I should have said “No! that’s not what I wanted”.   I guess the only thing to do is grit my teeth and think “hair grows”


I wanted rock chick!  This like this picture that I took along.



I got soccer mum!  Nice. NOT WHAT I WANTED!

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Reading went well

So the reading challenge went quite well.  I read at least one book a week, generally about the Tudors.  Going to the library was a little depressing.. It used to be a huge library with so many books.  Now, the nearest library is a bus ride away and not many books to be honest.  Most of the employees are gone and its run by volunteers.  Enfield council has been hit by some brutal cuts and I guess we are lucky to get any library at all.

I continue to walk every day.  I do between 8,000 and 10,000 steps a day.  some brilliant days I do 18,000 steps.  I like walking.  I like thinking.  I like listening to music.  I like listening to podcasts.

Now March was supposed to be cross stitch month but it didn’t really happen.  I did a couple and then I didn’t do any more. Lets focus on the positives.  I am still walking.  I am still reading.

And now.  Now its April.  For Mothers Day {March in the UK} I got a book on writing a book.  I have promising my children for years that I will write.  I used to write them stories when they were little.  I have yet to sit down and write the novel I have wanted to.

I guess now is the time.  So April is

Writing ‘Turbo Duck’

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The Next Challenge

So, January is done. The walk every day went very well. I did between 8,000 and twelve thousand steps a day. I feel better, less stressed. I do a lot of thinking on these walks. I plan meals, plot books, listen to podcasts or music.

Buying a new coat the other day, I discovered I had gone down a size. That was not my intention, but it is a welcome side effect.

I want to keep walk every day up. When the distance has been too far to walk, or I am in a hurry, I have been taking the bus. I love buses. So much time to see things. No frustration or stress from driving.

However, now is the time to choose a new challenge for February.

It’s reading. In preparation for this I rejoined the library. I do read for a little while before sleeping, but I want to do more. I have decided to read a book a week. Of course, some books will be longer than others. So it’s three books every three weeks. From the library.

Tomorrow is February 1st. My three books are waiting in my library bag.

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Quite a few of my colleagues are doing RED (run every day). I have decided to walk every day instead. This is my January challenge. I am lucky enough to be able to walk to and from work. It’s 25 minutes and ironically uphill in the morning and downhill in the evening.

On my very first day at work, it was raining very heavily. I almost bottled it, but I decided to start as I mean to go on. I got soaked. 

On my days off I walk or take the bus to anywhere I need to go. I am really enjoying it. I feel happier and have more energy than before.

Apart from the occasional soaking, the only other disadvantage is I poo. I poo all the time. (I apologise if you are reading this over breakfast.) I like to think that it’s all the calories that I am burning  up.

Halfway through the month, I have kept this up longer than any resolution I have ever made. 

Onward and upward. 
 These boots are made for walking. 

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New Year? More like new month

So, Happy New Year.

I have decided not to do New Year Resolutions.  Every year I make them, every year they are gone by Jan 6th.  A year is just too long to keep it up. So I had this idea.  Why not make a new month resolution. Twelve different improvements that I can keep up for a month and if I like it, maybe longer.

January is the month of walking to work and generally walking more.  I have a fit-bit so easy to track.

Of course, I decided this prior to Storm Eleanor hitting the British shores. But I shall not be put off.  January, I walk…February?  Haven’t decided yet.

Whatever you do, Good Luck.

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Driving on the pavement

So it snowed and snowed and snowed.  It was the heaviest snowfall in the UK in seven years.  And joy of joy, snow day! Yes, all the schools were shut an the hard working, underpaid staff got a day off.

Of course, the weather was so awful, I didn’t go out.  I sat at home, eating chocolate and watching Christmas films. And not good ones at that. The films I mean. the chocolate was fine.

That night the temperature dropped to -7 in London and the whole bloody lot froze. Although the conditions were actually worse, the schools reopened.  I later found out the main reason for reopening was that it was the day of our Christmas concert and lots of parents had taken the day off to see it.  She had a point I suppose.

However, I am jumping ahead.  So on that icy treacherous morning, I decided it would be safer to walk.  I am a nervous driver anyway and ice did nothing to reassure me.

I used to walk everywhere, back in the day.  But then I got a car and I would come out the house and it would be sitting there waiting for me. So I had sort of forgotten the rules. For example, I was picking my way through the ice, keeping up a fair pace. But then I caught up with the woman in front of me. I wasn’t going fast enough to overtake so I just sort of hovered behind her.  Plus I have a nylon coat so i was making a swishy sound right behind hr.  Must have been terrifying for her.  I resolved to cross the road once we were round the corner as I did have to be on the other side.  Horrors! She crossed before I could. Now I couldn’t follow her as she would be completely freaked out. Had I been driving I would have indicated, overtaken her and sped (within the speed limit) away.

Coming home was not any easier. I encountered someone I had good reason to believe was intoxicated. He weaved from side to side on the pavement.  In the car I would have got away from him as soon as possible. At one stage he lurched to the side and looked over his left shoulder. He could probably hear the swishy coat.  Seizing my chance I passed him on his blind side , and sped (within the speed limit ) away.

Tomorrow I will take my chances in the car.  At least I know the rules there.

On the bright side, I easily did my 10,000 steps.

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