Saturday, 18 August 2018

Saturday 18th August 2018

Just taken me hayfever pill and 3 supplements.  Only the Iron went down without a problem today  😟
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We had hash brown's for lunch!!!  Yaaaaaaay!  It doesn't take much to make me happy, but having home-cooked food is an easy way to achieve it!
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I haven't seen my mum since the Summer of 2010 when we buried my father and went over to see her once after we got the pup.

Haven't seen her since.

Neither of us have a driving license and Steve doesn't have a car so we're kinda stuck with just the phone and email.

My brother has both a driving license and a car and he's more than happy to take her to Wales for a 3 day holiday that they came back from yesterday.

Steve's just suggested me getting a taxi over there for a few days then getting a taxi back here but at about £100 (nope, that's not a typo, I really do mean one hundred pounds) one way and being left with literally pennies at the end of each month, I don't know where I'm supposed to be magicing £200 from!!

Like Steve said, the road works in both directions and my mum has been over here a few times before my father died and it's no problem at all to give him directions if he needs them to bring her over here occasionally but my brother isn't up for that for some reason, so screw him!

My mum is 74 now so she's not getting any younger and she's got diabetes that she's struggling to keep under control with pretty much no help from her GP other than telling her she needs to lose weight.

I just haven't put my arms around her for almost exactly (as in to the month) 8 years and I miss her!
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Completed a grand total of 2 surveys today... a bit disappointing but that's just the way it is some days!
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Virus free and backed up for another week so I can go to bed now... at long last!

Nite nite orl!
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Friday, 17 August 2018

Friday 17th August 2018

Virus scan started, puppy walked and fed and I'm about to take me supplements to get me sorted for the day.
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Hayfever pill and supplements taken so I'm all set for the day now.  Gonna make an early start on the surveys and take it from there.
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Steve's just promised "on Mitzi's cute little bum" that tonight's take-away will be the last for a while and that "we'll definitely have something cooked here tomorrow".

Unfortunately I don't believe him but I'll refuse to have any more take aways until we have at least one meal cooked here.  I'm just soooo bored of take-aways!!
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The chips were totally gross... ate less than 10 of 'em because they were so greasy!  Yukerama!
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Taken me prescription and finished me can of pop so I'm going to bed soon I reckon.
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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Thursday 16th August 2018

Puppy walked and fed and she's now fast asleep on the back of the sofa.
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Got over £50 credit to use up on my mobile so Children In Need will be getting a donation from me this year as long as they can take it off my phone lol
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Haven't taken me supplements yet, so I'd best do that now, while I remember!
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That's me hayfever pill and supplements taken now.  The multi was a nightmare to swallow today!!
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Just 5 bits and bobs today... I've taken me prescription so I'm gonna clear the cache in Firefox ready for the weekly scan first thing tomorrow, then head to bed!
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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Wednesday 15th August 2018

That's the puppy walked and fed.  Almost had me over as I opened the door because there was a cat sat right in the middle of the road, washing itself.  Mitzi's little tail was wagging into a blur and the cat just looked at her and walked off.
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Steve's just done another 2 bottles of squash for me and he's making a cafetierre of "posh coffee" (which is actually cheaper for more volume than the instant coffee) so I'll be able to take me supplements when he comes in with it too
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He's just filled up me mug so I'll take me supplements now... hold on!

Done!  Finished the box of hayfever pills this morning and the supplements were a nightmare to get down again.  All sorted for the day now though, thankfully.
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Started next week's online grocery order and my OCD is happy 'cos it's £58.85 all in.  I had a voucher for 15p for the substitute price difference this week so it was £59.00 before that which my OCD was happy with too... I'm easily pleased, me!  lol  😄
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I've been a chocaholic since childhood and prolly always will be.  Steve forwarded an email from Amazon to me with a selection of chocolate hampers in it and seemed to think he'd be getting more than a crumb out of them.

He's known me for 25 years so you'd think he'd know by now that he won't see more than the wrapping from most chocolate!  lol 😃
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Done 4 or 5 surveys today so I've got about $2ish coming into my online survey account in the next few days.

I realise that that doesn't sound like a lot, but it quickly adds up to a fair bit, then you've just gotta convert it to £s and ask to be paid when you reach the required minimum amount!
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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Tuesday 14th August 2018

The pup doesn't want to go for a walk again for some reason, so I'm gonna take me supplements and wait for Steve's flapjacks to be delivered again.

Apparently he can afford daily take-aways and weekly things from Amazon but he can't afford to help me with the groceries that are 90% his every week whereas I'm left with literally pennies each month, have holes in my shoes and can't afford anything for myself after paying the electricity and groceries every month.  Hardly fair, is it?
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That's me hayfever pill and supplements taken so I'm all set for the day again, now.  Gonna make a start on reading the memory book, putting what it says to the test, then review it.  Wonder what advice it'll have that I haven't already tried?
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Just finished reading the book and reviewing it here on this blog and on Amazon... I had such high hopes for the book improving my memory enough to study but it didn't tell me anything new unfortunately.

It's an OK way to waste a couple of hours but it's not worth spending any more time on it than that, unfortunately  😞
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In 9 months time it'll be 30 years since I first became a Take That fan... scary stuff!  I even remember how I first found out about them - via High There! back at the start of Summer 1989 just before they released Do What U Like!

I remember reading the interview - I was sat on the bus on the way back from the hospital and there was an interview with them in it that I was so engrossed in that I almost missed the stop!
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Book review: Memory improvement techniques by Achievement Pyramid


☆☆☆ out of 5

I had high hopes for this book because I've had huge memory problems for 15 years and I was hoping it would give me ways to improve my memory. 

I was wrong. 

It didn't tell me anything new at all and the exercises it provided were doing crosswords and taking IQ tests along with getting more exercise, practising yoga and learning to play a musical instrument. The most helpful part was right at the beginning when it said about using mnemonics to remember information, but I knew that from my first college course.

If you are looking for a book that will give you ways to improve your memory, look elsewhere. 

If you're looking for a book that teaches you nothing that you didn't already know, but you want to waste a couple of hours, have a read of this book, but don't expect to gain anything from it that you didn't already know. Sorry. 




Monday, 13 August 2018

Monday 13 August 2018

Just taken me supplements after Steve reminded me and they went down pretty easily this morning!  Only 4 mouthfuls of squash to get them down instead of the usual 5 or 6 or, on a particularly hard-to-swallow day, half a litre!!
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Not going to take the pup for her walk this morning 'cos she's going to see the vet for hopefully the last time about her skin.

She only had half a body of fur, after her previous owners didn't want to treat it, when we first brought her home from the Dogs Trust back in 2010 and had to have a bath every other day with a prescription shampoo.  Her skin has been similar to that but we nipped it in the bud as soon as we realised it was happening again.

She's been being treated for a few weeks now and we're hoping this'll be the last vet visit she needs because she's only got one steroid left and her skin is a lot better now, thankfully!
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Only got a little bit left to crit in the book... the author was aiming for 16 year old readers but changed their mind yesterday.  It's gonna be published in September but needs oneheckuva lot more editing and needs to be at least tripled in length too!  I'm glad they've already got a publisher but hope they aren't being taken for a ride like I was back in 2012!
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Had another author email me for a review of their book overnight.  This one is about improving your memory so this one will be interesting to try out and I'll definitely try out any techniques within it and give it an honest review... might be a bit unfair that my memory problems are due to having a damaged brain, but it'll be the ultimate test for the book, and, if the techniques work it'll help me if I start studying with the OU next year!
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Our little senior pup is baaaaack!!  Apparently she wanted to make friends with a greyhound/lurcher type dog at the end of the road while they were waiting for Marie and she made friends with a bulldog while she was waiting in the vet's too... such a friendly girl!

She's still on the steroids but it's every other day now instead of the every day it's been for a few weeks and she's up to date with her jabs and we've just got to keep an eye on her ears and wipe them out when necessary now.

The pup has also got a comedian fan online apparently too.  The comedienne was missing her dogs and asked for photo's of her followers dogs, so Steve put up a picture of Mitzi and the commedienne apparently replied saying she looks like a model!

That's it for vet visits unless she needs to go back again now though, just gotta finish off the steroids and keep an eye on her ears but she hasn't got to go back any more!  Yaaaaay!
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And the crit's finished after 2.5 loooooong days reading and critting it.  It's got potential, but there are a LOT of errors that a simple editing will solve.  It's also only 61k words apparently, so the author needs to find another 39k words to make it into a novel as opposed to a novella, yet the publisher has said it'll be published in September... a lot of work to do in a very short amount of time unfortunately  😔

Gonna give myself the rest of the day off, then read and review the memory improvement book tomorrow!  You watch me forget though lol
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Sunday, 12 August 2018

Sunday 12th August 2018

The pup only wanted half of her walk today... she was eager to go out, unlike yesterday, but she point blank refused to do the other half of her walk which usually means she needs a poo urgently and is being kind by not doing it in the street in case I fall over and can't get back up.

Nope, she came in, had her harness taken off then went to graze on her breakfast!  I hope she's not in pain or anything now that she's a senior but I don't know why she's getting so stubborn about either not going for a walk at all that entire day (like she did yesterday) or only wanting a very short walk (like today).  I just want her to be well and happy is all!
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It's amazing what can be achieved when me an' 'im work as a team instead of sworn enemies.  Just like last week I took the recycling box out backwards while Steve took out the rubbish bag that's usually too heavy for me to lift and this week we had a full blue bag of cardboard recycling to go out too.

We worked as a team and got it all out there ready for tomorrow morning then I took some last minute bottles out for the recycling too.

Just gotta clear up the pup's poo and put it in the rubbish bag, then that's it for another week!
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Gonna hopefully finish critting the book by bed time then I can spend all of tomorrow doing surveys and hopefully writing my own manuscript too... wish me luck!
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That's the pup's poo cleared up... slimey and gross 'cos of last nights rain, but it's only once a week thankfully.
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Almost forgot to take me supplements!  They are done and dusted for the day now though and I surprised myself by being able to swallow all 3 of them with the squash that was left at the bottom of the bottom of the bottle instead of needing gallons to swallow them like I usually do!
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Saturday, 11 August 2018

Saturday 11th August 2018

Our little senior puppy doesn't want to go for walkies this morning!  😕  I'll keep trying to persuade her, but she's more interested in sleeping right now!  😟

Gonna take me supplements now then try again in a couple of hours or something 😟
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 That's me 3 supplements done and dusted for today.  The Iron was a nightmare to swallow for some reason today, but the Calcium and Multi were fine... weird.
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We seem to have our UKTV channels back after Virgin got into a tizzy a week or so ago.  They obviously had too many complaints and customers leaving that they thought "oh poo" and grovelled to the UKTV bods to take them back!

The programmes Steve had set up to record have vanished, but presumably they are easy enough to set up again!

Yaaaaay!  I can catch up on The Bill and Masterchef again now... they were the only programmes I watched lol

I genuinely haven't missed watching TV though... 'onest!  I couldn't have cared if the TV had been on or off but those 2 hours of telly a day are a welcome return to my viewing!
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36 hours later and I'm still virus free, so gonna back up my hard drive again, then carry on critting this YA novel and I can have an early night for a change!  It's taken me almost 7 hours just to crit the first chapter!!
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I is stuffed to the gills now and I've still got a portion of onion rings to eat!!
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I is cream crackered so I'm going to put the bottle of Tango in the fridge, head to bed and hope I achieve more tomorrow than I have today!

Nite nite orl!
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Friday, 10 August 2018

Friday 10th August 2018

I took me prescription at 4.30pm yesterday and was awake 12 hours later.  Stayed in bed until 5am then came down and started the weekly virus scan going.  Started reading the rest of the novel that I started yesterday afternoon and I'm almost two thirds of the way through already.

When it got light I took the pup out for her walk then came home and fed her then Steve gave her her pill and I did her ear then read another chapter, took me supplements and even remembered the hayfever pill this time too!

Already achieved a lot and I'm hoping to get the book finished by early afternoon so that I can review it and then get the surveys done so that I can write a bit more of my own manuscript!

I'm hoping that the new supplements will come with the post and apparently Steve's waiting for a delivery too.  He's getting paid to be my carer for 35 hours a week, but I'm lucky to get an hour out of him.  Me, OTOH isn't getting any money for being Steve's carer but I do more for him in one morning than he does for me in a fortnight!!
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26% of the virus scanning is already done and its only been going for 4 hours!!  I'll have to start it at 5am more often lol
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Just finished reading the novel and I totally wasn't expecting the last sentence at all!  Can't find it on Amazon to leave a review for some reason though  😕
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Me supplements have turned up and they sound smaller than the current Calcium pills, thankfully... as long as they aren't any bigger than the current multi I'll be happy, but if they are capsule sized then it's no biggie, I'll just have to crunch them up but I'll be taking just the one single supplement every day instead of the three that I currently take!
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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Thursday 9th August's post (long and includes a video)

That's the pup walked and fed, Steve's shortbread delivered and I'm about to take me supplements and wait for the second pair of jeans and me new Multi to be delivered.

Me mug and a half of cafetierre coffee has really woken me up so I'm all set for the day as soon as I've taken me supplements!

Had someone email me overnight pretty much demanding that I review their book and put the review on a variety of sites that I've never even heard of.  Their version of the synopsis was literally a sentence that told me nothing about the book other than that the type of book it was (everything except horror) and how it ended.  That is not a synopsis!!
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That's me supplements taken, so I'm all set for the day now.  Got 35 surveys to take then a chapter to write and a book to read and review so I'm gonna be a busy bunny today!
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I doubt vodka is the answer, but it's worth a shot.
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I’ve decided to sell my Hoover… it was just collecting dust.
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I’m reading a horror story in Braille.
Something bad is about to happen…
I can feel it.
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I can’t believe I got fired from the calendar factory.  All I did was take a day off.
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Sorry!  lol  😄
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Hayfever pill taken... keep forgetting about that because it's in a small, thin box instead of a huge rattly tub! lol
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Had me lunch... first mug shot and it was yummy!  Can spend the rest of the day doing surveys now.
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Just seen a video on Facebook by a boy who was bullied because of his nose.  There's nothing wrong with his nose but it's made me soooo angry!


I've been bullied throughout my life because I'm a short-arse (I'm 5 foot 1 now but at the time I was bullied I was under 4 foot and forced to inject human growth hormone to try and make me grow).  That's why I was bullied at school... I was the shortest person at school even in my last year there.

If you're being bullied, tell someone and keep on telling someone until something is done to stop your bully.  You aren't alone 'cos I've been bullied throughout my life, so understand only too well how hard it is to stand up to bullies.  

We are stronger than them though... I know you don't believe me and that's totally OK, but please tell someone what's going on until something happens to stop your bully.

Bullies aren't right in the head and there must be something that happened to them to turn them into your bully... maybe they are being bullied or maybe there's something that taught them that the only way to survive was to bully others.

It's not though.

If you need to talk to someone but don't feel able to put it into words to say out loud, do what I did and write a letter to your favourite teacher if you're at school, college or university or to your boss if you're at work or claiming benefits and your family what's going on so that they can support you and help you to stop your bully.

I've made a short ranting video about the boy that started this whole section... you aren't alone in this and there is help available... you can do this, I believe in you and I'm with you every step of the way.

To the bullies out there, reading this, it'll be hard, but admit to your teacher/boss/family what you're doing and ask for their help.  If they can't help you for whatever reason, ask your GP to refer you to a counsellor or some kind of therapist to help you through what you're feeling that makes you feel that you need to bully others.


OK, starting to calm down a bit now.  Bullying is just a total ranty subject of mine because of being bullied for the last 35 years of my life.  Sorry.
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Reading the first book for review, it's supposed to be for Young Adults but all the characters so far have been adults!  I had to reject this morning's book review request because the synopsis focussed on adults again, even though the sentence they sent with the request about the book was centred on Young Adults, which was the whole reason for me agreeing to read it!
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It's raining!  It's pouring!
The old man is snoring!
He went to bed and bumped his head
and couldn't get up in the morning!
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Read up to page 87 and I'm cream crackered so I'm going to bed before 10pm for the first time in a while... a well-deserved early night!
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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Wednesday 8th August's post

Already taken me hayfever pill, had a bath and got dressed 'cos I'm meeting up with C today.  The watch and supplements will hopefully go this afternoon and the new Multi-vitamin with multi-minerals will come with the post and the second pair of jeans will hopefully arrive today too!
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That's the pup walked and fed too, so I've just got my supplements to take when I get back from seeing C then the watch and hopefully Iron pills taken then I can finish off writing chapter 2 lol
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Cat poo cleared up and bagged ready for the RSPCA to test if they want or need to, hands scrubbed just to be sure and supplements taken.

Both the watch and the Iron pills are going today... it's amazing how much landfill I've saved over the years just from freecycleing/freegleing stuff I don't want any more!  Got rid of a broken laptop, 3 smartphones, 4 watches (by tonight) and supplements in the last six months alone!

I've been totally honest about each of them - the laptop was broken so it was taken to be used as parts, the watches have all worked, they just needed new batteries, the phones were just very old and I had replaced them and the supplements were no longer needed because I'd got a multi-vitamin so didn't need them any more!  I saved room and other people saved money by getting things they wouldn't have been able to get any other way without paying through the nose for!

I've yet to receive anything from Freecycle/Freegle but that's not why I joined... I wanted to give stuff away that I no longer wanted but was still totally usable and I saved a little tiny bit of landfill too, which is great going I reckon... I hope the Green Man and Gaia are proud of me for that!
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That's the second watch and Iron supplements picked up so now I'm just waiting for my order from Simply Supplements to turn up... I'm not in any hurry 'cos I've still got about 2 months supply of my current ones left!  lol

Gonna spend the rest of the evening working on surveys then I'm having an early night and I'll hopefully carry on writing tomorrow  👌😃
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Yet another take-away for tea.  Pizza tonight *sigh*
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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Tuesday 7th August's post

The puppy only wanted 50% of her walk this morning!  No matter what I said to try and encourage her to keep walking, she refused to move from our front door, bless her!  Maybe it was too hot out there or she's feeling her age this morning or something?

Gonna take me supplements and hayfever pill now, before I forget.
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That's me supplements taken.  They went down with one mouthful of squash each plus an extra one to make sure I'd swallowed all the crumbs but they went down really easily this morning!
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2 surveys done and dusted so I'm gonna spend the rest of the day writing now!
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Taken the hayfever pill too... totally forgot about it until I was in the air lock!  lol
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That's one watch gone after waiting 33 hours past the confirmation that she could have it and I've promised the other watch to someone so just waiting to get rid of the Iron supplements now!
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Monday, 6 August 2018

Monday 6th August's post

Already walked and fed the pup, my supplements were dispatched at 7.30am so hopefully they will be here with the post tomorrow.  At least one of the watches will be gone by tonight and hopefully the first pair of jeans will come with the post today or tomorrow.

Gonna take me supplements and carry on with my emails and the surveys and stuff before I forget again.
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Supplements down like good 'uns this morning!  All went down with just one mouthful of squash each then the Iron and Multi a second, smaller mouthful for reassurance that they really had gone down that easily!
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Just remembered to take the hayfever pill too after seeing the pollen count on Channel 5 too.
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The first pair of jeans have just arrived.  They look like they are the right length (I'm petite) so as long as they really are size 14 and fit around my waist, I'll be investing in a size 16 or 18 denim jacket too!

I love eBay for things like this!
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3 surveys done and dusted and one petition signed too!  Not bad going for 6 hours I don't reckon!
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Gonna make a start on writing my first ever sci-fi novel this afternoon... wish me luck!
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Shopping came at 6.01pm so it was all done and dusted with 59 minutes of the delivery hour left to spare!

I've emailed the person who wants the watch to say to come between 7pm and 9[m tonight and I've got another person interested in them too so the watches will be gone at some point early this week which just leaves the Iron pills to go then.

We're having yet another take-away tonight too... it's the only one I'm going to have this week but I bet that Steve has one every night again this week.  Not happy about that at all 'cos this'll be the fourth week of daily take-aways we've had instead of using the food I buy each week!  👎
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Sunday, 5 August 2018

Sunday 5th August's post

For some unknown reason I've woken up really angry this morning and I don't know why.  My supplements not going down straight away prolly didn't help the anger I'm feeling and the recycling bottles that kept slipping down make me hurl 2 of them into the hall in a fit of rage.

Still feeling really angry but starting to calm down now, thankfully.

Got 2 bottles of 120 Iron pills left to take, so I'll open one of the bottles tomorrow morning and put the other one on Freegle then put in the order for the Multivitamin and Mineral later today.

I daren't take Mitzi out for her walk just yet so that I don't take my anger out on her for no reason... I'll give meself a while to calm down then see how I feel at lunchtime.  If I've calmed down enough I'll take her for her walk then, if not it'll be this evening.

I hate feeling angry... it's only happened since I came off the AD!
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That's the bin and recycling out and Mitzi's poo cleared up.  We need to get some kind of gardner to come over and totally rip out all the plants in the back yard 'cos the bedroom window is completely covered in whatever has grown over the wall from next door, the kitchen window is totally surrounded and it makes me dread going out there to clear up the pup's poo on a Sunday.

We've also got 2  old toilets out there that I doubt anyone will take so we might as well make a feature out of them and plant some flowers in the bowls or something! lol

It's out there for us to use, but we don't right now 'cos of whatever it is that's grown over the wall, which I reckon is a weed given how fast it's grown, but we need help with it, whatever it is... we'll be able to have a barbecue out there as soon as it's sorted and Mitzi won't be stuck in just one little gangway like she is right now either.

Neither of us are green-fingered so the less that's out there, the better as far as I'm concerned!
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That's me supplements ordered... under £17 for a years supply of 1 pill instead of getting on for £45 for a years supply of 3 pills and it's suitable for vegetarians as well as having everything in it so I'm gonna put the second Iron bottle and 2 watches on Freegle now lol
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That's the watches and Iron offered now, so I've just gotta wait for them to be picked up now!
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3 surveys done and dusted this morning but the pup isn't any kind of interested in going for a walk, she's just laying in her bed not wanting to move!  😞
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Just walked the pup... it's soooo hot out there and it isn't much better inside now either, even with the fan going 24/7!!
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2 surveys done and dusted so far today.
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I'll hopefully be getting me pair of eBay jeans with the post either tomorrow or Tuesday... I just hope they fit!  Got another pair that is in the final hour of being on eBay and I'm the only bidder for those too, so I'll hopefully have 2 pairs of jeans in my hands by this time next week!  I've got my eye on a couple of denim jackets too, but wanna have the jeans in my hands and fitting me before I invest in that too!  lol
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In theory, I'll have one pair of jeans arriving tomorrow or Tuesday and I've just won the second pair that'll be here on Thursday or Friday which ain't bad going for £13 including postage!  There was a third pair of jeans that I didn't win 'cos the biding got past £15 just for the jeans then another fiver for postage, so I might as well have got a new pair for that price and I got 2 jeans *including* postage for less than just the jeans cost too which is awesome!

I just hope they both fit and aren't falling apart at the seams lol

Steve took a couple of photo's of the Iron pills and 2 watches that I worked out how to add to Freegle so hopefully my email will be approved and sent to the members so that they can get gone too.

Gonna be a busy week next week lol
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Third take-away of the week... not happy.  👎 😞
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Especially not happy now 'cos the only things that have passed my lips since I went to bed last night is a litre of flavoured water, 3 supplements, 5 mouthfuls of squash, 3 garlic mushrooms, 2 onion rings and a couple of strands of coleslaw.

That's it.

Nothing else.

Got a can of ginger beer to reduce the nausea from the coleslaw and a bottle of cold, peach-flavoured tea and I'm not going to be able to take me prescription this evening, thanks to the nausea.

Next time we go to Yummies I'll have a portion of garlic mushrooms, a portion of onion rings and that's it 'cos Steve had more of me tea than I did 'cos it wasn't suitable for vegetarians with a dairy allergy  😞
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Saturday, 4 August 2018

Saturday 4th August's post

That's the pup walked and fed.  We met our neighbours from the end of the street and Mitzi's little tail was wagging like mad, bless 'er.

She needs more food bless 'er too... been asking Steve to phone his family about it for a week and she's rapidly running out now.

Gonna take me supplements now, then make a start on today's surveys now that I've finished the editing and synopsis writing.
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Me supplements went down really easily today, so I dunno why I've had so much trouble with them the last few days!  Got a single Iron pill left then I'll go rootin' around in my supplements box to see if I've got any more 'cos I can't remember which ones I've got left and which I need to order more of so I'll take the final Iron tomorrow, bin the bottle and have a look to see which supplements I've got left.

That's me sorted for the day now though, so it's time to make a start on the survey's.
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Steve's just phoning his mum about getting more food for the pup at some point next week and getting his medical appointments sorted at the same time too.

Onwards with the surveys!
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8 completed surveys so far.
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Virus scan finito for another week and I'm virus free again, thankfully.  Gonna back up my stuff then shut the laptop down and have an early night.
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Just finished the back-up so I'm gonna publish this then shut down and head to bed... bet I'll still be awake at 11pm though, just like I always am  lol
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Friday, 3 August 2018

Friday 3rd August's post

Walked and fed the pup and I'm about to take me supplements then I'll do today's surveys and finish editing the MG novel I started on last night.  Wish me luck!
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That's me supplements taken.  The Calcium was hard to crunch up, the Iron went down fine but the Multi was a PITA to get down and made me retch when it got stuck at the top of my throat!  👎

Just gotta take me hayfever pill now, then I can do the surveys and editing again.
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The hayfever pill went down easiest of all, thankfully!  I'm now bloated with coffee and squash though!  😞
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Feel sick with all the liquid I've had this morning too... need to eat something to soak up some of the liquid but I don't want to throw up  😟
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That's all the survey's done and dusted, so I can spend all afternoon on the editing now.  Yaaaay!
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Just had me tea.  Chinese yet again.  That's 2 take aways I've had this week and Steve's had 4 or 5.  Not happy about that at all.  The whole point of spending £50 on the groceries every week is that we eat at freakin' home!!
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Thursday, 2 August 2018

Thursday 2 August's blog post

Pup walked and fed, supplements taken and now I'm gonna take some surveys then go on an edit-a-thon on the manuscripts I found yesterday or the day before or whenever it was.
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Hayfever pill taken too and my prescription has just been delivered so I'm all set for the day now.
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Given up on the surveys for today so I'm gonna spend the next few hours editing then head to bed ready to start again tomorrow.
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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Wednesday 1 August's post

Walked and fed the pup... she only wanted 50% of the walk today but I insisted on 100% minimum and she's been fast asleep pretty much ever since!

Won a pair of jeans on eBay for £8 including postage which ain't bad going I don't reckon.  I've been outbid on the second pair but I'm still the highest bidder on the third pair so assuming the winning jeans actually turn up and fit I'll be investing in a denim jacket too for the first time since I left college 20 years ago!
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That's me supplements taken... the Iron disintegrated on my tongue so took 2 mouthfuls of squash.  The crunched-up Calcium tried to hide but I swilled them all out with 2 mouthfuls but the Multi was wonderful!  Just a single mouthful of squash to get that one down today!  💪
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Hayfever pill taken too... wondered why I was sneezing and sniffing so much!  lol
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Burger King meals for a late lunch/early tea today... this'll be my only junk food meal this week though!  😊
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Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Tuesday the 31st July post

This is gonna be my eighth daily blog post... what do you all think?  Do you prefer long one-a-day posts like the last week has been or multiple short posts a day?

I'm genuinely interested in what you all think 'cos I can see the positive's and negatives of both choices, so I need your help to decide the future of the posts please?

I'll go with the majority and you don't have to give your name if you don't want to, just your first initial is fine and dandy, I just want some feedback about what you want me to do in future is all  👌
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I'm gonna stop counting the rejected surveys every day, I'm guessing it annoyed you all something rotten to just have a few words counting up by 10 a time so I ain't gonna do that any more.  If I take a particularly interesting survey then I'll still post, but no more counting from now on  👍
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I'm trying to stay positive that I'll be re-awarded ESA in November so
I'll be able to pay for 3 of the 6 undergraduate courses I need up front
so that I don't get into debt again, so soon after getting out of my 22
year long debt.

In theory I'll be entitled to a DSA for each of the undergraduate courses
I do with the OU but I know very little about them.  Don't suppose anyone
here has studied at University level and been awarded a DSA that they
could tell me about could they?  Pretty please?

I'm hoping that I'll be able to get comb-bound books and conference call
tutorials and transcripts of the telly programmes and extra time and be
able to use my notes in the exams as well as being able to have the exams
at home again directly from the OU, so what else can a DSA do to help,
please?

If my GP supports my application for the DSA, it'll be for the psychotic
depression, brain damage (aka memory problems), the mobility problems and
the Korsakov syndrome.  In theory I could be awarded it for the hearing
and sight problems too, but those 4 will be the ones I need most support
with.

Soooo, has anyone here been awarded a DSA in the recent past please? 
What happens at the assessment?  What sort of thing do they recommend to
help with your studies?  How difficult is it to arrange the support
you've been awarded?  Things like that?

TIA!
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Just taken a survey about pop music that involved listening to 3 snippets of tracks.  The lead singer had a great voice and the music was good but the second singer and the group really clashed with the lead singers vocals.  If it had just been the lead singer on her own I wouldn't have hesitated to give the songs top marks, but the voices really clashed and spoiled it for me unfortunately  👎
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Apparently survey companies who have access to my IP address would only be able to track it to the nearest hub that assigns IP addresses instead of to our actual address, so I'm gonna start taking every survey I'm invited to now  👍  I was just being overly cautious  😀
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Got over 100 surveys to do tomorrow already but I'm heading to bed now 'cos I'm cream crackered!
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Monday, 30 July 2018

Monday's post

Just taken the puppy out for her walkies... I'd have been happy with 100% but she carried on walking for another half the length before we came home, I followed her and she decided to end the walk at 150% bless her tiny furry paws!
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205 survey invitations for me this morning!!  More will come in during the day, so I'm hoping to be able to do at least 200 IP address rejects today... wish me luck!
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Scratch that... 110 of 'em were in my "all mail" folder so I've only got 95 invitations after all  😑
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First 10 surveys wanting to log my IP address that I've rejected.
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Second 10 rejected and 74 invitations to go
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Another 10 makes 30 and I've clicked on the link to take 3 surveys that I don't match... so why freakin' invite me then??  You've got all the answers to previous surveys I've done and if you can tell that I don't fit the survey when I've clicked on the link, why not use the same information to not even invite me to those surveys??
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40 now... they slipped in another different IP address collection survey, but I read everything before I click in surveys so I spotted it wanted to collect my IP address before I clicked through to the survey lol
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Recycling and rubbish bag emptied now, so we're all set for the day... need to take me supplements before I forget though!
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They were all a nightmare to get down this morning, 3 mouthfuls of squash to swallow each of 'em... that's 12 glugs instead of my usual 8!  Not good at all  😣
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First full survey of the day completed... I've now got 300 points and 43 prize draw entries with that company - not too bad I don't reckon!
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Not bad going... I've just been rewarded $7.15 from the surveys I took last week... I'm guessing it was the Wednesday survey-a-thon that I did or something.
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50 surveys wanting my IP address... nope, you ain't getting it!
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Another 2 lasagne's wasted then.  Mine ran out of date on the 28th and Steve's runs out today.  I said about Steve having his and he turned his nose up at the idea, so I've spent more than a tenner on lasagne's that have just been wasted.  I give up.  Steve can survive on take-aways but from now on I'm having one take-away a week and I'll survive on crisps and chocolate the rest of the week if Steve's not going to cook.  Let's see how long it takes him to cotton on to the fact that I refuse to survive on take-aways every day again now.

I'll put loads of chocolate and packets of crisps on next week's order that I'll have for me lunch/tea next week, but no more lasagnes or frozen stuff 'cos it never gets cooked or eaten and I'm fed up of it.
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Just done a really looooong survey about banks and finances and stuff!  That's my second completed survey of the day... yaaaay!
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60 survey rejections and 31 potentials left to try before bed time.
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Up to 70 rejected surveys now.
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This'll be post number 3801 when I post it this evening... not bad going I don't reckon!
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74 surveys wanting to track my IP again today.  That'd be a big ole 'nope' from me!
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Just biddeded on 3 pairs of jeans on eBay.  My maximum bid for each one is £12 plus the shipping of £3 each takes my maximum up to £15 each.  The best bit?  Every one of them meet my 3 jeans criteria... petite size 14 with big thighs.

All 3 of 'em have been worn which is fair enough... potentially £45 for 3 jeans that look to actually fit me will be worth it I reckon, 'cos I'll be potentially getting 3 jeans that actually fit for the price of 1 new one that might not fit!

I don't mind wearing second hand clothes as long as they are the right price and actually fit me!  If I win them and they don't fit, I'll just put them on Freegle like I did with the jeggins that I couldn't get past my knees.  If nobody wants them on Freegle then I'll see if the Dogs Trust wants to put them in one of their shops or online or whatever.

Assuming they fit, I'll invest in a denim jacket too... I've got me eye on a couple on eBay as well lol

Dunno why I didn't think of looking on eBay last night!
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77 rejects so far today
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Third survey of the day sorted so I'll be getting points for that at some point soon
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Fourth survey done and dusted - that's more than I usually get to take a day!
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Just been outbid on the cheapest pair of jeans so I've increased my maximum bid to £7 now but if I'm outbid on that, then I won't increase my price any more.  I'm not gonna pay more than a tenner including postage for any of 'em.
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As predicted, Steve wants another take-away for tea and was disappointed when I said I didn't want anything.  Get used to it Steve 'cos it'll be happening for 6 of the 7 days this week.  You're welcome to have take-aways every day if you want to, but I'm so bored of them and want to eat something from here this week!
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79 surveys rejected today, so I'm gonna take me prescription and see if there's one more survey to be rejected before I head to bed to keep my OCD happy.
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80 survey rejections.  I can now shut down and go to bed with my OCD giving me a break.  In an ideal world I'd have made it to 100, but I'm happy with a nice round number as a second option!

Nite nite orl!
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Sunday, 29 July 2018

Sunday's post

That's the puppy walked and fed, recycling and rubbish put out and the poo cleared up from the yard and binned too.  Steve's given Mitzi her pill and done her ears and I've emptied my bin... all without an argument this week!!

Gonna take me supplements and hayfever pill now then make a start on rejecting most of today's survey's for wanting my IP address!
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Hayfever pill and supplements taken now.  Bloated from all the squash it took to get 'em down though!  They were OK to get down I suppose... only crunched up the Calcium but all 3 of 'em took 2 mouthfuls of squash to get down!  😞
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10 rejections... doubt I'll make it to 100 today 'cos I've only got 64 more invites to surveys so far.
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20 rejections now
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30 and counting
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40 now.  Ideally I want another 60 rejections by the end of the day, but there are only another 34 invites to work through so far 😐
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50 done, so I'm half way there now.
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60 with 12 more invitations left.
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70 surveys wanting to track my IP address and no more invites left  😞
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2 more rejected surveys have just turned up, so that takes it to 72% of what I'm aiming for  😞
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Question for the UK ladies reading this:  I'm looking for a pair of jeans that will actually fit me.  I've had a look at Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins, New Look, Littlewoods and Amazon and haven't been able to find a single pair that would fit me.

I'm a petite size 14 with huge thighs which presents 3 problems - I can find petite size 14 jeans but I wouldn't be able to get them past my knees.  I've found size 14 jeans with big thighs but they aren't petite.  I've found petite jeans with big thighs, but not size 14... get my meaning?  Manufacturers have thought of 2 of the 3 issues, but I can't find anywhere online that caters for all 3 things I'm looking for!

I've tried jeggings but couldn't get them past my knees because of my thighs, soooooo, if you enjoy shopping then find me somewhere that sells jeans that fit me and let me know the URL?  Ideally under £25 but I'm willing to go up to £40 if I really have to.

I've spotted a couple of denim jackets on Amazon, I just need the jeans to go with them lol
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Got 16 more survey invites now so I'll take me pills and do 8 of 'em to take it to a nice round 80 then I'll post this and head to bed for a really early night  😃
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75 now... 5 to go then that's it for today, disappointingly.
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80 done and dusted and no more invites so I'm gonna leave it there until tomorrow and post this then try and find a way to listen to the radio online until I'm tired and ready for bed.

Nite nite orl!
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Saturday, 28 July 2018

Saturday's post

It's rained first thing and it's raining again now!  Yaaaay!

It's a lot cooler outside too and the pup doesn't want to go for her walk for some bizarre reason!

This Sainsbury's mouthwash is gross!  Way too strong and so sour too... not good at all, I'll be going back to Listerine when I've finished the bottle, total grossness.  👎
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Virus scan is at 77% so it's achieved 51% in 24 hours *sigh*
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Hayfever pill and supplements taken.  They all went down pretty easily this morning, thankfully.
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First survey done and dusted.  No IP logging surveys yet though!
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10 rejections, so 5% of yesterday or 10% of Wednesday's rejections.
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10 more makes 20
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Another 10 makes 30
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40 now and that's in under an hour!
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 Up to 50 - takes about a minute for each rejection from moving to the next email to the page coming up asking for permission to store my IP address so, in theory, I'll be finished in about 2.5 hours today.
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60 in just over an hour and there's 94 survey invitation left, so I'll be finished in just over an hour and a half I reckon.
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70 done, 88 to go
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Another 10 done which makes 80... a different looking survey wanted to collect my IP address this time, so that kinda made me look twice!  lol
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90 now... 10 to go to equal Wednesday and it's only 2.23pm!
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100 done in about an hour and a half.
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110 rejected and there are 50 left to see if they are rejectable or not too.
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120 done and dusted with 39 left to go
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130 wanting my IP address, 32 to go
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Third survey of the day completed
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140 rejections 'cos of them wanting to track my IP address.  Maybe I'm being paranoid, but it's just the way I am!
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Virus scanning is at 90% now... it always does the second day noticibly quicker for some reason!
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150 rejections now... things are sssssllllloooowwwwing down now that I've caught up again.
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Apparently we are having yet another take away for tea... that's at least one a day every day this week and I'm getting bored of it.  I want regular cooked-at-home meals and take aways as a treat instead of vice-versa  😔
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Virus free and backed up for another week.

Burger for tea and I didn't enjoy it... we've got 2 lasagne's in the fridge - I want the veggie one for me tea tomorrow instead of the 10th take-away of the week!!

Bet I won't get it though and we'll have yet another take-away instead.  😞
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Friday, 27 July 2018

Friday's post

That's the puppy walked and fed, Steve's given her the prescription she's got and now it's time to medicate me then we're all set up for the day... yay!  👍
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Gotta try and remember to phone the Benefits Agency to find out one way or the other if I can study at the OU if I'm reawarded ESA in November today too.  Might see if I can find an email address for them instead though so that I can't forget what they say.
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Virus scan is going too... 26% in 40 minutes which, according to last week, it'll be finished at about 8pm tomorrow, assuming I remember to leave my laptop on overnight of course!
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That's me medicated up to the eyeballs with the hayfever pill and supplements now so I'm ready for the day too.
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According to this page, I can study while still claiming ESA as long as I let the bods on the ESA helpline know 'cos it's considered to be a change of circumstances which is awesome!

Assuming I'm re-awarded ESA in November and I stay in the Support group like I have been for 1.5 decades, then I'll apply to the OU to start studying with them and hopefully get a degree eventually so that if I'm ever considered well enough to go back to work and I'm asked what I've done with the time I've been on benefits I can tell 'em that I got my degree!

My bullies made me believe that I was too thick to get a degree and my GCSE results backed them up, but it's only in the last few months that I've realised that if I'm genuinely interested in what I'm learning, not only do I get good scores but I can get a degree too... I didn't start struggling until I did the post graduate course with OpenLearn and C (who was a University Professor until he retired) said that that's normal and the majority of post-graduates struggle with it!

Assuming I can cope with studying every day for 9 months a year and at least 1 exam at the end of every module I really can get a degree as long as I avoid maths and geography and history and science and things like that.

I want to start with the Child Psychology course 'cos that doesn't have an exam but it's a full length undergraduate module, then I'll take it from there!  If I'm awarded ESA for another 5 years then I'll only have 1 more year to study before I get my degree that I never thought I would ever even be able to get through the application bit of let alone start to study - getting a degree was laughed at whenever I said about wanting to do it at school so I soon pretty much forgot about it.

Inwardly though, I was still desperate to study with the OU but it wasn't until 2003/2004ish that I felt able to do anything about it.

I failed the Undergraduate course that I took then because I was too proud and embarrassed to ask for things that would really have helped (comb-bound books, my notes during the exam etc) but I'm not going to do that this time... it'll be hard and embarrassing, but necessary to put me on a level playing field with all the other, non-disabled students aiming for the same degree as me!

I can so do this!!
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First 10 survey invites have all wanted to record my IP address again.  Hasn't happened the whole time I've been doing surveys and it ain't gonna start happening now either.
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First survey of the day done and dusted!
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Second 10 surveys wanting to log my IP address - 20 in less than an hour!
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Third 10 surveys, so that's 30 in about an hour now.  I ain't gonna let you record my IP address, survey companies so you might as well give up!  lol
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Second survey was a really quick one... only took a couple of minutes, but as long as I get the appropriate points then that's fine by me!
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Fourth set of IP surveys rejected by me.
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Half way there in just over an hour and a half!
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That's the 60th survey that wanted my IP address who won't be getting it.
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Just done me third survey of the day, about food this time!
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70 surveys not getting my IP address... not bad going for not even 2 hours!
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80 in 2 hours - not bad going I don't reckon!
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90% now... only 10 to go and I've equalled Wednesday evening.
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Fourth survey of the day done and dusted!
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100% already!!  Still got another 79 waiting in my inbox too!
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Gonna finish off doing the surveys that have come in since midnight just to see how many more want my email address... potentially 83 right now.
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110 surveys all wanting to record my IP address - tsk!
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120 not allowed to see my IP address now... that's 20 more than Wednesday and it's only lunchtime!
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Fifth survey completed... that was a looooong one so I hope I get a decent reward for doing it!!
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Sixth survey done and dusted... about glasses this time!
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130 now!
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 Another 10 makes 140% of Wednesday's rejected-by-me surveys that wanted my IP address.

65 surveys still to go, so it'll be over double the number of surveys I did on Wednesday by the time I've got 'em all done today!!
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150% and I've just had more come into my inbox too...
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Seventh survey of the day finished... dunno why I'm getting significantly more IP tracking survey requests and still available surveys all of a sudden!
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160 surveys so far today that have wanted to track my IP address!
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Another 10 makes it 170 rejects so far today.
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180 surveys wanting my IP address so that's 80 more rejections than Wednesday and it's only 5.30pm!
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190 rejected surveys... 10 to go and I've doubled Wednesday's rejections!!
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It's official, I've doubled the amount of surveys I've rejected because they wanted my IP address.

As of just now, I've rejected 200 surveys since 9.40 this morning!

Not sure if that's a good thing that I've had over 200 survey invites in almost 9 hours or if it's bad that I've turned down so many opportunities to give my opinion and get rewarded!
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Chinese for tea yet again  👎  *sigh*  😞