Sunday, 24 June 2018

We've now had our weekly argument about...

Me an' 'im are usually really nice to each other... except on a Sunday when it comes to taking the bin bag and recycling out.

It's all sorted now though, just need to clear up Mitzi's poo from the back yard which will cause another argument but it's only once a week and it's always the same topic too... such is life!

Supplements taken

Just taken me cocktail of pills again.  The Calcium was a nightmare to get down, but the Iron and Multi went down first time thankfully.

The pup only wanted a normal sized walk this morning

She was showing a large amount of Westietude until I got her buckled in to her harness but she was fine after that.

Only did the normal twice between our neighbours so I'm happy with that.  It's only 50 metres but I think the pup is starting to feel her age now, so as long as she does those 50 metres I won't force her to do any more unless she decides she wants to... humans control the first part then the control becomes Mitzi's and I just follow her lead from then on.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Be prepared to groan!

A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that her name is Patty Whack.
"Miss Whack, I'd like to get a $30,000 loan to take a holiday."
Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name. The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it's okay, he knows the bank manager.
Patty explains that he will need to secure the loan with some collateral.
The frog says, "Sure. I have this," and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, about an inch tall, bright pink and perfectly formed.
Very confused, Patty explains that she'll have to consult with the bank manager and disappears into a back office.
She finds the manager and says, "There's a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $30,000, and he wants to use this as collateral." She holds up the tiny pink elephant. "I mean, what in the world is this?"
(You're gonna love this.)
The bank manager looks back at her and says, "It's a knickknack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan. His old man's a Rolling Stone."
(You sang it, didn't you? Yeah, I know you did.)
Never take life too seriously.

Virus free and backed up for another week

Me weekly virus scan has just finished, fortunately my likkle laptop is virus free again, so I backed everything up same as I do every Saturday.

GCSE maths question for you though: if a number is recurring, do you write it as the number that recurrs a couple of times then a little r floating above the last recurring number?

The reason for the question is that I was trying to work out how long it'd take to finish the first of the 3 sections.  I knew that 1% took 20 seconds and I had 37% left to do so Steve used his calculator to work out that it was seven hundred and something seconds which was 12.333333333333333 recurring minutes so I asked him how that was written if you wanted to save space instead of filling it up with endless 3's.

I thought it was written as 12.3ͬ minutes... is that right please?  I don't want a whole maths lesson on it 'cos my eyes would glaze over before you finished the first sentence and it'd go in one ear and straight out the other without even pausing in my brain, just like it did at school.  I just wanna know if the r thingie really is a maths thing to symbolise recurring or if it's my imagination is all.

Feel free to laugh at my dumbo question now  lol

Supplements taken

Just taken my daily cocktail of supplements and worked out why the Iron is sometimes a troublemaker... I need to put it right to the back of my mouth before slurping the squash so that it doesn't have a choice about floating out of my mouth, I need to drink and immediately swallow it so that it doesn't have the opportunity to go anywhere else!

The pup only wanted a short walk today

She was a lot more eager to go on her walk than she has been recently, but she only wanted a short walk today so we only did 2 up and down's.  She was debating going another half but decided against it in the end... as long as she does 2 then I'll take my lead from her after that 'cos I don't want her to hate her walks with me!

Didn't get any survey bods yesterday either, so...

That's 2 days on the trot that we haven't had any survey bods on the landline phone, so word has obviously spread that I waste their time as much as they were employed to waste mine!

Assuming we get a survey-free day today as well, comment on tomorrow's post with what your genuine interests are or what you genuinely want to learn more about and your email address then I'll come up with a list of questions for you to ask your next cold-caller.

If it's something I know very little about I may have to ask you questions to get a clearer idea of what you want to find out/how it works etc but if I do, please stick to the facts and give me as little personal information as possible so that I don't accidentally give out your information to your cold caller.

For example, if you're a bricklayer then I may ask you what happens in a typical day and how you're paid and things like that.  If I do, tell me something along the lines of "bricklayers build houses after the foundations have been laid by [insert foundation builder's job title here].  Bricklayers work as a team to build whatever is necessary.  We don't intentionally show our bums to the public but enjoy/hate the wolf whistles we get from the public.  We bring our own lunches but don't get an official lunch hour.  It can be anywhere between 11am and 2pm that it starts and it carries on for as long as it takes us to eat our sandwiches then we carry on laying the bricks.  A 2 storey house usually takes about a week to build after the foundations have been laid, then it takes another week for all the cement to dry properly and safely but the roof bods are getting ready to put the beams up for the roofers to put the roof on when the cement is dry then us bricklayers move on to the next job which might be building a car park or shop or whatever" kinda thing?  No identifying or personal information at all, just the facts.

It won't be a script, just the questions to ask them in the order to ask them and you need to start asking as soon as the cold caller takes a breath so that they haven't got the opportunity to start with their questions.

Be prepared for shock, anger and hanging up but do NOT laugh until they've hung up then don't hang up on your end for a few minutes just to run up their phone bill for the final time.

If your cold caller says something along the lines of "stop wasting my time" or whatever, your reply should be "it was you that called me to waste MY time" then carry on with the questions.

It's absolutely vital that you remain sweet, calm and polite with them 'cos that get's on their nerves and just imagine how stupid they would look to their boss if they complained about you to them:

Caller: "...then they started asking me questions about me!"
Boss:  "I see, what type of voice were they using to you?"
Caller:  "They were pure and sweet and polite"
Boss belly laughs at the caller for being so upset about being treated kindly.

The first question on the list will be "what's your name please?" they'll tell you.  Use a totally different name throughout the rest of the call.  For example, if their name is Alice, call them Susan... that gets on their nerves too but it's a simple mistake to make, right?  lol

There's a couple of sentences that you need to say before you start asking the questions so try and memorise them word for word so that you can say them while you're finding the list of questions.  There's also another one further down that needs to be said word for word so that you aren't gaining their permission, instead you're telling them that they've given permission.

I can almost guarantee that you won't get as many cold callers any more if you follow the list of questions and remain sweet and polite with them!

Friday, 22 June 2018

It's taken 22 years, but as of now...

I'm now totally debt free!! 

I took out my first credit card within a few months of turning 18.

I'm now totally debt free for the first time in 22 years and I'm never ever getting credit for anything ever again.

The mortgage will be paid off in a few years time so even that debt will be cleared soon.

My credit score is through the floor 'cos I defaulted in September 2017 so that'll be on my credit score for up to 6 years, but other than the mortgage I don't owe anyone a single penny any more!

If I get re-awarded ESA in November I'm gonna pay for my studies with the OU and for the first time in my life I really do think I can get a degree so my bullies can sod off now... I've believed their taunting for 30 years, but not any more.  If I'm genuinely interested in what I'm learning then I really can get through the course.  The childcare certificate and OpenLearn courses were proof of that!  If I'm genuinely interested in what I'm learning then I'm not thick and never have been, I just need to have a genuine interest in what I'm learning is all.

Here's to a debt free future for me!  👍👍👍


For the first time in 22 years...

When Steve gets home from his nurse appointment, I'm gonna pay off the final £1000 and close the account which will mean that for the first time in 22 years I will be debt free!  How awesome is that!

I'll just have things like Mitzi's insurance, Patrick's insurance, Equifax, SCBWI membership and stuff like that.  Things that I can close down and not be worse off for it if I really need to and I don't get ESA in November, I'd just prefer to be able to keep them going is all.  It'll save me £100 a month just on that one payment too, which is totally awesome!

I could get used to the debt free feeling!  👍 😃