Week 12 #Project365 – 2015

This week I came to the conclusion that I couldn’t do full time hours any longer. I’ve been working extra hours this week and I seem to havec had no time to do anything! I’m absolutely shattered!

Sunday – Back to work. Managed to finish on time and did a bit of shopping as there was nothing fresh in the house. Had a few bargains, Turkey breast fillets reduced to £1 from £5 and some pork ribs for £1 reduced from £4.

Monday – Day off – Catching up on Corrie and Suits followed by a quick visit to Mother Outlaw.

Tuesday – working but managed to get done by 1pm. Had a visit from son and the grandsons. Theo is now rolling but gets frustrated at not being able to crawl.
Ashley wasn’t himself, he kept asking to go wee but didn’t go. After about 3 attempts he said it hurts and got quite upset, ahh poor boy. A call to the doctor resulted in an emergency appointment. He has an infection on his winkie, a bit cream sorted it out.

Wednesday – working, took it slow today as I knew I’d have to wait for the ‘money man’.
In the afternoon I caught up with emails. I also had a nice surprise, when I put my Nexus7 on to charge it updated and the camera on it now works again. It stopped a couple of months ago after a bug on the last update.

Thursday – Day off. Hubby had to go to the hospital for a small op under local anesthetic. We did a quick weekly shop on way back home.
He was told to do nothing but rest – that called for a relax in the sunny garden.

Friday – Back to work. I had try to stretch 2 hours work last for 7 hours. My Friday doing admin is so boring…
Plus I missed the eclipse..no windows in the office.
Back home by 2:30pm. The Electrician came to fit new smoke alarms. Did I tell you they were both beeping when we came back from holiday..replaced batteries to avail so had to turn them off at the fuse box. They were 20 years old so due to fail I suppose!

Saturday – work again and it didn’t go too smoothly after the person who did the processing on Friday made a mistake with the cash float which took me a hour to sort out. Then, when I tried adding the figures to the system it refused..She had also not completed the End of Day processing..another half hour wasted. GRRR….
The 6am starts this week took their toll and I fell asleep within half hour of getting home!
I woke about 4pm and couldn’t be bothered even turning the laptop on.
Watched TV and was in bed at 10pm.  Not like me..I’m usually still up at midnight!

imageabove:

  • Relaxing in the garden.
  • A charity shop bargain – teddy is brand new and was only £1.
  • Camelia bursting to flower.
  • New smoke alarm.
  • It’s now light enough at 5:45am to see across the car park.

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Week 11 #Project365 – 2015 – Nissi Beach, Cyprus

This week we’ve been at Nissi Beach in Cyprus.  We’ve been to Cyprus quite a few times but this was the first time we’ve been to the north of the island.  So apologies here that this will probably be a longer post than normal.. :)
Last January I won a week at the Nissi Beach Resort. The only trouble was the holiday would only be available in March or November – out of season. By the time the organisers and the hotel stopped fannying about with dates it was too late to go in March last year and in November the resort would be pretty much closed for the winter.  Continue reading

Week 9 and 10 #Project365 – 2015

Week 9 -A rather mundane week. Hubby hasn’t been too well – Man Flu!!  So we put off seeing the grandchildren until next week.

Tuesday – a quick trip to Cardiff to try to find some nice holiday clothes, but found nothing.

Boo – No more Orange Wednesday.. this week is the last one but there was nothing we wanted to see.

Thursday – I connected my phone to the laptop to charge and it picked up an update. I ended up on the Sony support forum as any emails coming in via the Sony stock email app were corrupted. I’ve had to set up all my accounts on GMail now. (Yes I have more than one… one for blogging, two for jobs, one for competitions, one for odds and ends. )

The rest of the week passed quietly with nothing much going on. See I told you it was mundane!!

When I woke on Saturday I knew I had caught his cold. Throat really sore and dreadful headache. At least it got me out of going to the Mother Outlaw’s.

Week 10 – Sunday I had already agreed to work a full day to cover for holiday. I had to drag my sorry a*** to work despite having no voice, a cough that gave me thunderclap headaches and legs feeling like lead. I managed to last the day and finished around 2pm. I was asleep on the sofa at 3pm!

Monday – despite still feeling unwell I wasn’t going to miss going to see The Script in Cardiff.  Tiny Tempah was the support – total shite.  We were sat up in the north gallery and was amazed when Danny came through right by us singing.  I was in touching distance!! Hubby behind me shouting ‘get your camera on!!’ I totally forgot about taking a photo!! I’m so glad my TZ8 powers up quickly!!

Tuesday / Wednesday – Restful days and keeping dosed up with Ibuprofen, Tyrosets and plenty of fluids.

Thursday – Back to work and a quick visit to the son’s house so that DIL can cut my hair ready for our holiday.

Two rather boring weeks – but next week will be better – watch out for week 11 coming to you from Cyprus!!

Here’s a selection from the last (nearly) 2 weeks.

soosie wales, the scriptAbove:

  • Yes – I was this close to Danny!! 
  • Hall of Fame – Last song of the night.
  • A big Boot in St Davids centre. 
  • Dosing up – pain killers, tyrosets, carmex. 
  • My poorly email inbox. 

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Week 8 #Project365 – 2015

I’ve had a pretty uneventful week.  It’s been odd seeing the living room without the 2 seater sofa, makes the room look massive! Hubby has been sat on my sofa (we rarely sit together – he lounges over the 2 seater and I do the same on the 3 seater!) which means he can see what I’m doing on the laptop. So the week has been dotted often with ‘who’s that?, What’s that picture of? What competition is that?’ It’s got so bad that I had to give up on commenting on blogs as it was taking so long with his interruptions!! Normal service will resume this week!!

Sunday – I wasn’t looking forward to going to work as I knew there would have to be a rather difficult conversation with the person who does the first half of the day. I spoke to our Section Leader last week and explained that I’ve only left by my finish time of 3pm once in the 4 months we’ve been open.  There’s a lot of the processing work left for me to do and it’s an unfair division of work.
The early person wasn’t best pleased that she got told off. BUT she had done some of the processing which meant I actually finished with 5 minutes to spare.  So hopefully that’s one problem solved.

Monday – Visit from son and the boys. Theo is getting very strong and can more or less sit up for a minute or so. It’s quite funny seeing him trying to crawl when he’s placed on the floor.. the legs kick and all he achieves is turning on the spot.

Tuesday – Work day – went really well today and finished early – it was a nice change.

Wednesday – Orange Wednesday – Project Almanac, this film is about some high school students that find a time machine in the basement. The boys father was a scientist and died in a car crash when the boy was 7. It’s an ok film that could have been so much better.  The students are pretty vacuous and only time jump for their own benefit.
This is also probably the last Orange Wednesday as it ends next week. BOO….

Thursday – quiet day catching up on household duties and food shopping.

Friday – Work day – I can honestly say I’ve never worked with such a load of back stabbing, moaning, whinging people in all my working life. I think it’s time for head down, arse up and only speak if I need to.

Saturday – highlight of the week – we had Ashley for the day so his mummy and daddy could go to Cardiff. We took him to a park for a bike ride and a kick about. I only managed a couple of photos though as the camera battery died.
We watched some Peppa Pig while eating lunch and then we played with his Playdoh. Lovely day full of smiles!

Here’s my selection of the week.

soosie wales

 

Above:

  • Bike ride in the park.
  • Selfie with Nana
  • Pancakes served with Mango, pineapple and grated coconut cream. LUSH!!
  • Mr Chubby cheeks.

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Week 7 #Project365 – 2015

Not an inspiring week I’m afraid…

Saturday / Sunday - I had a few days off with the plan of doing  something special for Hubby’s 60th but the plans didn’t come together. He didn’t want a party or get together and it’s the wrong time of year to go away in the UK. So we had supper and a few drinks at our friends house and watched his choice of films on Sunday.

Monday – We popped to Newport to get a watch repair done. I was surprised at how much the new Friar’s Walk complex has been built. The last time we saw it,  it was pretty much at ground level. It’s all due to open in November and will hopefully regenerate the city centre. It’s a bit of shithole at the moment – full of ‘cheap’ shops, loan sharks and banks. There are very few ‘big shops’ there now.

Tuesday – Not much of a day until I decided to make a chilli for tea. My little pot was empty so I filled it from a new bag of chilli powder I bought a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t realise I bought extra hot!! I’ll have to careful with the amount I use. To say the chilli was a bit hot would be an understatement. Thank goodness for a dollop of sour cream!!

Wednesday – No Orange Wednesday – only thing to see was Shaun the Sheep which neither of us was in the mood for. We decided to raid our DVD collection instead.

Thursday – Shopping done with £50 vouchers I earned doing online surveys. So paying £2 for a week’s shopping made me smile.  (I’ve actually earned £100 over the last year, not bad for a few minutes of time.)

Friday – Back to work – booo…. I really should make more effort to get another job.. don’t know if it’s my ‘manager mode’ that kicks in too often or if it’s ‘grumpy old woman’ mode but SO much of what goes on gets on my tits wick.
We also had the sofa seats back – Hooray!! New leather on one seat and new filling in all 3. Looks like new again! The 2 seater has gone off for new seat padding now.

Saturday – quiet day pottering about the house. We were supposed to be babysitting today but Ashley and his mummy are both poorly. Means no visit and no Valentines meal for son and DIL. Still half term next week – planning a nice time out when we have Ashley for the day!!.

Here’s a selection for this week.

soosie walesAbove:

  • Extra hot chilli – phew! 
  • I’m not arguing – a friend pointed this out to me and said  ‘That’s you’  – yep!!
  • Sainsbury baragain?? One for £2 or 2 for £4 had to smile… 
  • Got my sofa back!!
  • Building apace at Friars Walk

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Week 6 #Project365 – 2015

We had a rather busy week.

Sunday – I was doing extra hours in work to cover for holidays. I managed to finish by 2pm so had most of the afternoon to laze about.

Monday – GOOD NEWS!!! The plumber turned up and fixed the water supply. The pressure valve he fitted last week just needed adjusting and the leak on the water cylinder didn’t need a part after all…just uncoupled and new plumbing tape fitted to it. So we now have lashings of hot pressurised water!!

Tuesday – Lazed around the house, tidying and cleaning.  We arranged last week for the leather repairer to do some repairs to our big sofa. One seaat pad has a hole worn in it and part of the foam had slipped making it look lop sided. It has to be taken apart in the house as it’s too big to go through the door. It was a tight fit even when it was new!
It’ll be gone for a week then the 2 seater is off for some new padding.

Wednesday – Work day – finished later than usual so we had to change plans for Orange Wednesday and go later than planned. Hubby had got a couple of casseroles out of the freezer and peeled some potatoes so all we had to do was get them cooked and reheat the casseroles when we got home.
This week we watched ‘Kingsman – The Secret Service’, imagine James Bond taken to higher level.. it’s wickedly funny, full of action and really rather mad.  It’s about a very secret service that operates beyond the usual MI6 and they are recruiting for a new member after the demise of one spy at the start of the film. All the new recruits are put through tough tests to prove their worthiness.
The film rattles along at a good pace and there are some great set pieces. One in particular with Colin Firth battling against a church full of people to the backing sound of Lynard Skynard’s Freebird.  Well any film that has that tune in it is ok in my book as it’s in my top 3 all time great tunes.

Thursday – working again to cover holidays.
Hubby bought a load of curry / chinese sauces from the local supermarket. All going for a bargain as they are not going to stock Pataks /Sharwoods any longer.  Nice to have for those times when you want to cook up something quick or for the times you can’t be arsed to cook from scratch!!
We went to see Oldest boy and the kiddies. Ashley is much more interested in his brother now that he’s taking more notice. He loves to make him laugh and Theo smiles as soon as he sees him. I hope they have’ll always have brotherly love like their daddy and his brother.

Friday – Good news from Oz, youngest son has WiFi back!! Gawd I’ve missed having him online.. they moved from their house to an apartment so he had an easier journey to work and since moving they’ve had to wait for a new connection to the phone lines and broadband.  A good Skype session planned for Sunday morning.
It’s hubby’s 60th on Sunday and we went out for a buffet curry.. how good am I to agree to that rather than watch Wales v England in the 6 Nations. (I’m the rugby nut – he’s not sport minded at all)

Saturday – Not much going on. Caught up with a few blogs and trying to clear my laptop of loads of crap to make it run a bit faster.

Here’s my selection for the week.

soosie wales, birthday, grandchildren

Above:

  • The sauces shelf in my cupboard 
  • Hubby enjoying his second plate of curry!
  • The sofa waiting for it’s seating back!
  • Theo the chubby babba
  • Theo laughing at Ashley, who was pulling faces at him and blowing raspberries!

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Week 5 #Project365 – 2015

Week 5 or the ongoing problems with the airing cupboard!

Sunday – my sunday working hours are 11:30 to 3pm but this week I didn’t make it out until 3:45.  I’m always left with a lot of processing to do and it’s just not a fair share of the days work. I’ll be speaking to management about it as I’m heartily sick of it.

Monday – Still no sign of engineer to sort out the water problems. Rung the insurance to be told they are still waiting for the quote and then they’ll process it.  I called a further 3 times and told them at 3pm they have until 10am Tuesday to get it moving.

Tuesday – 10am on the phone to the insurance trying not to go ape s**t. Asked that the claim is escalated and passed to complaints.  Within 20 minutes had a call back to say complaints will be chasing it. In the mean time I contacted Royal Sun Alliance on twitter and after an email to them I was called back to say they were on it too. (they use an outsourced company to take and deal with claims).

Wednesday – Day off work and I was determined not to have another day hanging about the house waiting for the insurance to call. Orange Wednesday was planned for Ex Machina – the film is about a chap (Caleb) that wins the chance to go to his bosses home and see what he’s developing. He builds AI robots and Caleb is tasked with testing Ava to see if she has a consciousness. To be honest I can’t tell you more as it’s film that if you know how it pans out it would spoil it. It is however very interesting and doesn’t pan out as you’d think it might.

When we got home there was a message on the answerphone to say the engineer was coming Thursday early afternoon.. WOOO HOOO…

Thursday – Food shopping in the morning then waiting for the engineer to arrive. He came at 3pm, fitted the new valve said all was now ok. We waited for the water to heat up and Hubby jumped in the shower.. oh dear the pressure died after 30 seconds. Then we noticed a wet patch on the floor of the airing cupboard – another leak this time from a pipe on the water cylinder. I could have wept!! Back on the phone to report it and they called back an hour later with some instructions from the engineer – turn off the water flow to the cylinder and he’ll come again on Friday.

Friday – Working day for me, Hubby dealt with the engineer – the first one that came – he can’t work on our system as he’s not qualified! He did order new parts and we’re now waiting for them to be authorised!!
When I got home I rang the chap I’ve been dealing with at Royal Sun and he assures me that the quote is in and they’ll call me soon and hopefully the right engineer will come on Monday. It’s becoming a bliddy nightmare and I’m definitely not renewing come renewal time!  So check now if you have Home Emergency cover that they don’t use CET to field the calls as they are hopeless.

The day got better though with a visit from son and grandboys. :) At one point our son had popped to the local shop and Hubby was making us all a drink. Ashley was sitting on the stool eating a little trifle and I was sat on the floor with Theo on my lap. Theo was looking at Ashley and Ashley started making slurping sounds with set Theo laughing. The more he laughed the more Ashley laughed, it was a moment that I wish I could have videoed!!

Saturday – Hubby’s 60 next week and has decided he wanted a cycle trainer to use on days that he can’t go out for a ride (when it’s cold / raining / windy!) We went to Halfords for him to take a look and to try one out.
All set up now in the spare bedroom he just has to get used to attaching the bike to it.

soosie wales

Above: a selection for the week: 

  • Necklaces that I had for Christmas. 
  • Molly running away – notice the balding patch on her rear – still pulling fur out, stupid cat. 
  • Hubby’s new toy!
  • Smiley boy!

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