Saturday, 19 January 2019

Saturday 19th January 2019

17 hours for the virus scan this time!!  That's totally incrediblely speedy considering I didn't start it until almost mid-day yesterday and it was finished by 4am today!!

Gonna do the back-up now, then take the puppy out for our morning stroll then brush my teeth and take my supplements.

Do I turn my laptop off while I'm out with the pup or leave it on though?
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My documents folder takes at least an hour to back up every week, so as soon as it's backed up this morning I'm gonna archive a lot of the stuff in the folder so that it hopefully won't take as long to back up next week.

I'll still keep the stuff that I regularly use in the same folder they're in atm, but the stuff I haven't even looked at since 2016 really doesn't need to be backed up each week so it'll get archived and I'll do similar housekeeping about once a year to keep my documents folder only for the regularly used documents.

I'll still have all the information just in case I need it at any point in future, but there's no point keeping it in there if it's so rarely used, needed or even looked at!
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Worked out why it takes so long to back everything up - Visual Studio is installed into the documents bit instead of the programme files bit and just the programme is 2GB so it's no wonder that the folder was taking so long!

I'm gonna take the pup for her walk, brush me teeth, take the pup for her walk, spend all day writing then ask Steve to talk me through how to do it this evening now that I know what the problem was!
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That's the puppy walked and fed.  She did a big smelly poo which I dutifully cleared up then we came home.

I realised last night that I hadn't included the extra percents for a few days but it's 6x300% now which is 1800% in the bank, so as long as we do at least 300% tomorrow, we'll have over 2000% in the bank again, which is awesome!

WTG pup!

Gonna go and brush me teeth then take me supplements - aim today is another 5 chapters if at all possible.
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That's me teeth brushed, so it's time for me supplements then writing all day.
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Supplements taken.  The Calcium crumbs were a slight PITA and the Multi took two mouthfuls of squash to get down, but other that that, it was fine and dandy.  Time to start writing now!

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Two chapters written in almost 3 hours!  Half way to getting my J2O but I'm hoping to still be able to do the fifth chapter that I was doubting even an hour ago!
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Third one out of the way.  Not bad going for an afternoon's work!
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Fourth one of the day done and dusted.

We're having Chinese for tea so I'm gonna try and write a bit more until it's delivered then I'll scoff the chips as I write the fifth chapter of the day.

Apparently chapter 15 (the one I've just finished writing) is just over a third of the way through, which ain't bad going for 3 days (I'm considering today to be another half day 'cos I didn't get started until lunchtime today) so 6 days from today is Friday, so as long as I finish chapter 16 before I head to bed, I'm still on track for finishing on Friday early evening which ain't bad going for 10 days (including 2 half days) at 40,000 words.  Means I'll be able to have a long, hot, bubble bath in total celebration of completing two novels (90,000 words total) in 3 months!

Good going by anyone's standards!
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That's today's 5 chapters written, so I'm back on track for writing 4 chapters a day for the next 6 days which will hopefully mean that I'll be finished by early evening on Friday... wish me luck that I get it done!
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Goin' to bed now... nite nite orl!
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Friday, 18 January 2019

Friday 18th January 2019

The pup went for a huuuuge wee and poo as soon as I came downstairs this morning so we did 400% without stopping on our walk this morning.

Brushed me teeth as soon as we came home and I'm about to take my supplements now, brb...
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They all went down OKish today, even the multi only took a couple of mouthfuls today and it didn't get stuck like it did yesterday  🎉🎉

I can make a start on my writing now... hoping for another 4 chapters by bed time so that I can have another J2O.
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First chapter of the day done and dusted.  Time for lunch now then I'll get back on with the writing again.
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Only just remembered about the virus scan... oops!  It'll be tomorrow afternoon at the very earliest that it'll be finished this week!
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Steve's back now, yaaay!
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Second chapter of the day sorted.  In theory I've got 7 hours to write the last 2 chapters of the day.
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Third chapter written and by the time I've finished the fourth chapter of the day today, I'll already be a quarter of the way through the entire manuscript in 2.5 days, which means I'll be half way through after 6 days and finished after only 12 days!

Written 9,000 words in less than 3 days which is so totally awesome right now.  It'll be at least 10,000 words by bed time and I'll be having my second J2O in 3 days 'cos chapter 10 is my fourth chapter of the day and it's only just gone 4pm, which means it took just under 2 hours to write chapter 9, so I'll be finished writing the fourth chapter by about 6pm and hopefully squeeze a fifth chapter out today too, instead of just sitting around waiting for my prescription to kick in.  Not going to pressure myself to write any more than chapter 10 by bedtime though.  If I squeeze in the fifth chapter then I'm only one chapter away from my target of writing four chapters a day (even though I only wrote two chapters on that first day - confused yet?  lol).
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 All four chapters written today and Steve's just about to make me a mug of tea "now rather than later" so I'm gonna pop my prescription, write the fifth chapter then celebrate that with the J2O just before I go to bed.

If I write 5 chapters tomorrow as well, it'll be 16,000 words in only 4 days which is pretty impressive, even if I do say so myself!  lol
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Just put the final full stop into the fifth chapter of the day so I'm rewarding myself with a J2O and large bag of tortilla chips on top of the cheese and onion rolls I had for lunch.

Hoping for another 5 chapters tomorrow then I can kinda relax for the following 6 days knowing that I've written my JanNo novel in under 2 weeks.  As long as I don't finish too late on Friday we'll have a celebratory chippy chips for tea when I put the final full stop in the whole thing.

Mind you, I'll be mid virus scan on Friday, so I'll indulge in 2 cans of J2O and have chippy chips on Saturday instead.

Gonna indulge in me tea now while I check my email for the first time today then head to bed as soon as my prescription starts kicking in.
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Off to bed now... nite nite orl!  See you again in the morning!
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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Thursday 17th January 2019

Took the pup for her morning walk, another 400%, and she poo'd twice.

There weren't any cars to lean against so I almost fell over 3 times and I'm shaking like a leaf now.

Gonna have to be sure to bring her home before 9am from now on so that the pup will hopefully poo in the back yard instead of in the street 'cos I use the long-handled pooper scooper out there so I'm less likely to fall flat on my face.
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Steve's decided on toasted cheese sarnies for lunch instead of pasta.  That's OK with me 'cos it's not a take away, it's quick and easy to make and means that I don't have to put my laptop on the floor so it's a good decision all around!
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Just realised why I haven't got any energy or motivation - I haven't taken me supplements yet!  That's why!  So I'll take them now and then brush me teeth and hopefully I'll feel up to getting started on my writing after that 'cos the supplements will start to kick in by then.
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That's the supplements taken.  The Iron and B12 were amazingly easy to swallow, but the Calcium crumbs went everywhere and the Multi got stuck half way down which is the exact reason I can't take bigger pills - I wash the smaller ones down when they get stuck but capsules and bigger pills aren't so easy to unstick and the only way I can get them unstuck is to eventually throw them up because I'm choking or I've had to drink so much that I'm bloated.

Why does nobody believe me about that though?
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Just remembered to brush my teeth too... need to add mouthwash to the shopping before I forget that too then I really can settle down to writing for the next hour.
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That's the first chapter of the day written and my toasted cheese sarnies in the machine, so I'm gonna wait until Steve brings them in then carry on writing again.

I can soooo do this!
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OK, so it's 1.13pm and I'm about to start writing again.  Just wanna see roughly how long it takes to write a chapter is all.
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2.44pm so about an hour and a half per chapter.  Not bad considering that there was a bathroom break included too!

Not bad going for half a day's work... half way to getting my first J2O of the month too.
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That's the third chapter done and dusted and it's not even 5pm yet, so I've got 5 hours to write the fourth chapter before I'm allowed my J2O... in theory I should be able to write 5 chapters today before bed time... should I risk it while I'm in the writing mood and risk having a late night though?
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Gonna take my prescription now, just while I think of it, then I can just keep writing until the end of this chapter then have my J2O and head to bed for hopefully an early night... brb.
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That's my prescription swallowed - a lot easier than the Multi was this morning, thankfully!

Steve's going to make me a mug of drinking chocolate in a sec too, so I'll be able to savour that whilst I write my fourth chapter of the day then celebrate with a J2O and head to bed after checking my email and stuff.

Really proud of how much I've written today!
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YES!!!

Just finished my fouth chapter of the day and it's not even 7pm yet!

That's tomorrow's and the rest of the JanNo challenge sorted - I've done it once so I can do it again.

So unbelieveably proud of myself right now... can you tell?  lol
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Just started yawning, so I'm off to bed now for an early night in celebration.

Nite nite orl!
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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Wednesday 16th January 2019

Felt incredibly proud of myself last night!

Managed to do 1262 steps and 400% yesterday!  How awesome is that?!

We did another 400% this morning, so there's 900% in the walkies bank now.  As long as we keep doing 400% every morning there will be another huge 21 days worth of walks extra in the bank again.

The pup has wanted to keep walking beyond the 400% each day so far, but I'm not willing to risk it until my body has recovered, so it's only 400% for at least this week then I'll take it as it comes next week.  I'm not going to be stupid and do a million percent every day just 'cos the pup wants to... 500% tops every other day next week, if that.
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In the 16 days from the start of 2019 I've achieved so much.

  • I've continued to walk the pup every morning and I've been recording the number of steps I've been doing and the percentage that I walk her (400% is about 100 metres and we've been doing at least 400% every day so far).
  • I've walked at least 500 steps a day, which I know doesn't sound like a lot, but it is for me because my legs aren't able to do too much walking.
  • I've brushed my teeth every day for the last 9 days and got into the habit of doing it now, breaking the routine I've had since I was 19 years old.
  • I've been doing well without the AD for the last year.
  • I've been having at least one home cooked meal a week and choosing healthier versions of take aways (lasagne instead of burger and chips kinda thing).
  • I'm using alternatives instead of prescriptions (coconut and ginger instead of the AD and an anti-emetic).
  • I'm learning that a single bad experience doesn't have to mean a ruined day
  • I'm not spending just because I've got money or a voucher or whatever.  Instead of going "I've got a voucher for £10, what can I spend it on?" I just add it to my account so that I can spend it on something later on in the month or year.
  • I'm also saving more often too, so that instead of spending the £25 left over at the end of the month, it goes into my savings account instead.

Basically, small steps in the right direction and I'm becoming a better person because of it.  

2019 is going to be my year!
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Supplements taken.  The Iron and B12 were a nightmare to get down but they are all swallowed now so I can carry on with the rest of my day.
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Thanks to SCBWI and D I'm writing again!  Just need to do a minimum of 4,000 words a day and I'll still be able to complete JanNo!  Today is going to be the slowest day 'cos the first few chapters always are, but I've got 2 weeks to write 40,000 words in and it'll be finished, despite not starting (again) until today lol
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Just added a multipack of J2O's to the shopping so as long as I do 4 chapters a day, I'm allowed a can to celebrate and it'll be done in 8 days too... wish me luck please?
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And another dairy-free spread too, so that I can have a few slices of buttered toast occasionally.
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Just finished the first chapter and I'm starting to get into it now, so I'm gonna take my prescription and hopefully write at least one more chapter before I head to bed.  
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Just taken my prescription and I'll put the repeat request in on Sunday when I take the last one of the current strip which will give the doc and pharmacy 2 weeks to get it to me again which is usually plenty of time but I very much prefer to be safe than sorry - I've learnt from past mistakes with that so order when I've got 14 days left now, rather than the 7 that they say they need.

Gonna write one more chapter before I allow myself to go online before bed.  The hardest chapter is out of the way now though, so hopefully it'll be plain sailing between now and the end of January.
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That's 2 chapters written so I'm not allowed a J2O tonight, but it's gonna be pretty good from now on and assuming I write 4 chapters a day I'll be finished in under 10 days time, which ain't bad going considering I didn't start writing until this afternoon!
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Going to bed now - another well deserved earlyish night.

Nite nite orl!
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Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Tuesday 15th January 2019

Grrrrrrr!

Just got back from walking the pup another 400% (so there's 600% in the bank) and she was a good girl for ¾ of it... we were both enjoying it until she sniffed a smell that intrigued her under a car at 300%.

She was still a reasonable girl most of the time then.

We got to 350% and she tried to get under the car, was barking and yapping and refused to behave.

By the time we got to 400%, the cat sauntered out from under the car and Mitzi tried to shoot off after it and almost pulled me over.  Once wasn't enough though, she continually did it and I had to cling on to every window and door so that she didn't pull me over.

When we got in she acted all pure and sweet and innocent but her misbehaviour has put me in an awful mood now, so I'm expecting everything to go wrong with the rest of the day.  And no, that's not just me being negative, it's what always happens.
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Still waiting for my carer to make 2 bottles of squash for me so that I can take my supplements.  All it is this time is adding the squash to the mineral water and that's it but he said "maybe later"... see what I meant up there 👆👆 about today now being a bad day?  It started less than an hour after bringing the pup home.
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Just done it myself and I'm now shaking, weak, wobbly and in so much pain.  👎😣  Thanks a lot Steve!  😞
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That's next week's shopping started... £47 instead of the £56 it was this week, just by taking off the toilet rolls and a couple of other things, then adding another bottle of squash which is only £1 for 1.5 litres!
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The supplements went down nice and easily again, thankfully!  👍👍😹😄

The Calcium crumbs went everywhere, so took 3 mouthfuls of squash to get them down, but the other 3 (Iron, B12 and Multi) went down with a single mouthful each!

Gonna get on with the survey's now.
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Just poured the drain unblocker down the drain that's been waiting for Steve (my carer) to do for at least 2 if not 3 weeks.  That's pretty average for Steve - the more he has to do, the longer it takes!  The squash took less than 5 minutes to do and Steve promised to do it at the weekend, the drain unblocker took a couple of minutes and that's taken a couple of weeks, I ask for home-cooked food instead of take-aways and I'm lucky to get one meal a fortnight.  He's being paid to be my carer for 30 hours a week but in reality I'm lucky if I get 30 minutes!!  He's being paid to care for me for 4 hours a day, every day, but I rarely get an hour (that's when he rarely makes jacket potato's for us) out of him and constant complaining.  He wants credit for something he rarely does!

I would understand it if I was asking him to wash and dress me and take me out and about and things like that, but it's just small things that he usually refuses to do or complains about it if it ever happens!
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1.56pm and I've just asked for a mug of tea... bet I won't get it for several hours, if at all today!  I'd love to be able to make it myself, but I'm not tall enough to even reach the kettle, let alone safely use it!!
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Going to attempt to write a bit more this afternoon... wish me luck!
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4.30pm and I've got my cuppa now... only took 2.5 hours!  That's speedy in comparison to the norm!
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I was wrong this morning when I said there wasn't enough squash to take all 5 pills with just the last little bit.  I've just taken the 5th pill (the AP) and there's still a mouthful left.  I'm glad I did the squash though, I'd much rather have too much squash (like now) than not enough and end up throwing up the pills because there isn't enough left to wash difficult pills down.

The 4 litres will hopefully last for the rest of the week though, with any luck.
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1139 steps already today and it's only 5.35pm!  I'd love it if I managed 1250 steps by the time I go to bed, but considering we did 400% this morning that's awesome walking around the house by me!

Feeling well impressed with myself right now!  😃
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Goin' to bed now for a very early night... bet I still won't fall asleep until my usual time though!  lol

Nite nite orl!
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Monday, 14 January 2019

Monday 14th January 2019

Took the pup for her walk this morning.  Another 400% (so 300% already in the bank).  She wanted to do more, but after the Snickers last week, my body needs time to slowly recover again.

Uploaded the spreadsheet for most of last week and I've just taken me supplements so I'm all set for the day now.  Would you prefer me to create a separate page just for the spreadsheets instead of linking to every single one on the bottom of an existing page though?  Either way is fine and dandy, I just want to make it easier for my visitors is all.

Slurping into my first coffee of the day now then I can get on with doing the surveys.  Need to remember to go to the forum at some point too, just to see if there are any birthdays to be announced or posts needing to be replied to.  Think I'll do that first, so that I don't forget.
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That's the forum sorted, so next up is cracking on with the surveys throughout the rest of the day now.
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First survey of the day is now done and dusted.
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Second survey sorted.
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Chips and beans for me tea so I'm shutting down, possibly for the night, but if not there will be a part 2 but I'm gonna say nite nite orl now just in case.
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Sunday, 13 January 2019

Sunday 13th January 2019

400% and no poo today, means we've done a huge 2500% extra this week.

She didn't poo, but she did eat something crunchy so I hope it wasn't a snail or glass or anything like that!  We'll be keeping a close eye on her today, just to be sure though.  She hid her tail temporarily when I shouted at her to drop whatever was in her mouth but she swallowed it instead, naughty pup!

She's fed and watered now though, so hopefully she'll be OK.
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That's me supplements taken for the day so I can just relax now, after clearing up the pup's poo and taking the rubbish and recycling out ready for tomorrow's collection.
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Just a mini argument with getting the rubbish and recycling out today.  That's normal for us though.

Apparently "I've left a conundrum for the bin men in the morning" says Steve.  "I've put some rubbish in the Burger King bag so we'll see if they take it!"

I very much doubt they will but it's not my fault if they don't.
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I'll hopefully be able to email the spreadsheet to myself tonight, ready for putting it on my site tomorrow.

Apparently I can't stop people from editing it, even if it's in read only mode, so I'll take a screenshot of it each week instead of uploading it.  Bit of a PITA, but ho hum.  What's the point of read only mode if someone can still download and edit it FFS?!
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Just emptied the bathroom bin into a bag, binned it, bagged up the Burger King bag and that'll have to be it.  Gonna take me prescription and hopefully have an early night tonight.
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Taken me prescription so I'll be doing surveys between now and bed time.
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First survey of the day completed.
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Having a mug of soup for me tea... I'm just grateful that it's not yet another take away!
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Goin' to bed for a really early night so nite nite orl!  See you in the morning!
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Saturday, 12 January 2019

12th January 2019 - part 2

Had a curry for tea... my first Bhuna and it was a lot milder than I was thinking and a lot moister than the Rogan Josh was.  Gonna try the Rogan Josh with Pilau rice next time instead of my normal boiled rice.

The back-up finished first time with no frustration or anger or shouting from me or anything!

Taken me prescription too - that went down first time too, so overall it's been really positive since I posted my last blog post!
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The phone has got 21% left to go and I'm wiped out so I'm gonna give it until 9pm then head to bed.
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Right.  I know there's still 8 minutes to go, but I'm struggling to keep my eyes open, so I'm off to bed now.

Nite nite orl!
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Saturday 12th January 2019

Virus scan finished in 20 hours this time - finished up at 4am and I'm still free of viruses and malware, thankfully.
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Gonna take the pup for her morning stroll now... 400% will have to be it today and tomorrow 'cos my legs are still weak and feeble after yesterday's Snickers!
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That's the pup walked and me wiped out.  I could only do 400% even though the pup wanted to go further... it just wouldn't have been safe unfortunately.

Sorry pup!

Add today's 300% to this week's 1900% means we've done 2200% in 6 days and still on track for hitting the 2500% tomorrow.

Aiming for 400% a day again next week with no Snickers allowed until I've recovered again.

Thankfully the pup poo'd right next to a car so that I could lean against it while I picked up the poo. 300% of the walk before she poo'd today.

I'm gonna have to do very little again today 'cos I'm in so much pain, so weak and exhausted.
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Pretty bad morning for taking the supplements - the Calcium took 3 mouthfuls of squash and the other 3 took 4 mouthfuls of squash each.  Not good.  It's done and dusted now though, so I can carry on with Facebook and surveys and stuff now.
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All three of my credit agreements are in the green and two of them are marked as settled (whatever that means) and the third one is the mortgage so I've just gotta be patient and wait for my credit score to gradually increase again.  I'm never, ever, getting credit again.  Ever.  The mortgage is the only exception to that 'cos we love our 'ikkle 'ouse and we got the credit for that back in 1998 so hopefully that won't take too much longer to pay off.  Other than the mortgage though, if I can't afford it then it just wasn't meant to be.
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Spent the last couple of hours working on updating my homepage and was having trouble with the navigation.

Thankfully my resident geek (the hubby, Steve) knew exactly how to fix it and less than 5 minutes later it was all behaving itself!

If you're after a webpage or software and you're willing to pay for it, just email the hubby with details of what you want and he'll send you a very reasonable price for it, depending on how long it takes and how complicated you want it to be.  A simple couple of pages obviously costs less than a site with 25 pages with all kinds of whizz-banging javascript and php and stuff on it but you won't find a better value web developer in the country.  He even includes a year's support of your site in with his price, so no matter what it is just let him know and he'll get it sorted for you as soon as he can!
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Thank "God Jesus Christ" I've finished reading and reviewing that book.  The title is totally misleading and is full of nonsense about what the author feels about their religion.  I've got nothing against Christianity, but that book was a painful lecture more than something I enjoyed, unfortunately.

Definitely deserve another curry for tea.  Gonna have a vegetable Bhuna this time 'cos apparently it isn't as dry as the Rogan Josh I had the other day.  As long as it doesn't blow my head off with spicyness, I'm all for giving it a try!
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Just had a reply from the author thanking me for the review, unlike the ungrateful author who didn't appreciate my 2 star review of his story the other day!
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Shutting down now, dunno if I'll come back before I hit the hay, so just in case I don't, I'll say "night night all" now.  I'll be back either in a couple of hours or if not, tomorrow for sure.
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Book review: "Beyond human brain" by Honest H. Mulela

⭐⭐ out of 5

This book is about Christianity and the Bible, giving the author's opinions on what the books in the bible mean.  You will need a bible close at hand to read this as bible verses are spread liberally throughout and unless you have memorised every word in every book of the bible, including the book and sentence numbers and you can instantly spout the exact wording of any given sentence immediately, you'll need your bible close by you, the whole time you're reading the book.

If you are a Christian then you might give it a higher rating than me, but this book just isn't something I enjoyed reading.

English obviously isn't the authors mother tongue as there are all kinds of spelling and grammar mistakes throughout it as well as at least one set of brackets per paragraph throughout.

It's an OKish book for Christians, it just didn't float my reading boat, unfortunately.

Sorry that I can't give this book a higher rating, it's just not the sort of thing that I enjoy and it's more like a lecture on Christianity than a book.