Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Tuesday 21st May 2019

Mornin' all.

Time to take the puppy out for our morning stroll then come home, feed her and get on with studying today methinks.
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Just taken me supplements, so time to hopefully encourage the pup to go on our daily walk now.
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That's the puppy walked, fed and watered.  A couple of cheeky sports bods parked in the street rather than at the gym too.  Tsk.

I can start studying now though!
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Just taken the first assessment and scored 90% on it, which is pretty good.
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Steve's in the kitchen making our pasta bolognaise so I'm gonna go and brush me teeth, while I remember.
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Teeth brushed and I'm hoping to get to the end of this module by the time our lunch is ready.
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95% on the final assessment of the course.  I'm proud of that!  It also took a lot less time than I thought too which is even better and means I can do a shorter course as a bonus too!
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Next up is Psychology - Memory and Cognition which will apparently take 3-4 hours to do... reckon it'll be done in less than 2 if it's anything like the course I've just finished!
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About bleedin' time!  Been trying for the last hour and half to pass the final assessment and I just have, thankfully.  Not gonna study for the rest of the day now... not in the mood for it any more  😞
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Just bought another course for £20 instead of £300 so I've got 4 courses to take with the New Skills Academy, 48 with Alison and 2 to do with OpenLearn so that should keep me out of trouble for a while lol

There's a Windows update so I'm gonna shut down now and head to bed for a reeeeeeeeeally early night - think I deserve it.

Nite nite orl!
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Monday, 20 May 2019

Monday 20th May 2019

Pay-day today, so I've done a bit of moving the money round and I've now got enough for the next 4 week's worth of groceries, the last few bills coming out in May *and* paying Marie back for the vet visit last week that I bet Steve will get credit for.

I've reminded him about the screwdriver too but I can almost guarantee he'll forget about that.

Taken me supplements so now it's time for her daily stroll then we can come home and feed her while I study.
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That's the puppy walked and fed.

I'm totally shattered now.

The only time I'm gonna leave the sofa is to go to the bathroom.  Any more than that would just be too dangerous.
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Just bought another 2 courses for £30 instead of £148 with the New Skills Academy, then I've got 50 free courses to do on Alison too, so I'll be keeping busy today and for a while (as in weeks, minimum) yet!
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Steve's on the phone to his mum about borrowing the screwdriver at last!  H's book and bookmark are in a bag ready for Marie to hopefully take home with her tonight.  It's gonna be too old for him atm (purely because of the choice of some of the words), but only by a year or so... it's a great lil book, just a touch mature word-wise is all.
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Just applied to become an affiliate with the New Skills Academy site.  It doesn't cost the person any more than they would already pay for the course but it means that I get a few pennies for sending them there.  I love the site, so I wanna promote them to anyone who'll listen and get a little bit back for sending them there in the first place.  It'll prolly be the price of a stamp that I get back, but that's more than I'm getting atm!

Just waiting to be automagically approved as an affiliate now then I can start gushing about their courses even more than I already do lol
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Nice and easy lunch today - chips.  Still cooked here, but Steve doesn't want to stand around too much today, so he can just bung the chips in the oven for however long they take then dish them up, but neither of us are that hungry today either so it's a quick and easy meal.
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*ahem*

100% on the assessment of the entire course!!!!
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Another 100% on the second course of the afternoon!!

Not bad going for 2½ hours of studying. 

Not gonna do any more today though, but I'm hoping to start studying a long one tomorrow so that I can hopefully finish it before Mitzi goes for her second sleepover on Wednesday tea-time ready for an early morning grooming session on Thursday.  Depending on what time I finish tomorrow's long course (hopefully before Wednesday lunchtime) I might look into doing a 3-4 hour long course while we're waiting for the puppy to be picked up and I'll take things as they come on Thursday, depending on what time the pup gets home.

I'm really enjoying all these different courses I'm taking!
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Pondering on doing the Diploma in Health Studies as my long course to start tomorrow, but haven't decided for certain yet though.  There are loads of 2-3 hour long courses so would it be better to do a few of those instead of the longer one tomorrow and Wednesday?  Or shall I do the Health Studies (the long one) tomorrow and into Wednesday then the 2-3 hour ones while we're waiting for Mitzi to be picked up and dropped off?

What do you reckon I should do?  Lemme know in the comments pretty please!
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That's me prescription swallowed.  Went down nice and easily tonight!
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The lock in the door is, apparently, screwed in as far as it would go now... thank you Marie!  She's also taken the book for my lil nephew, so I'm gonna have an early night now.

Nite nite orl!
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Sunday, 19 May 2019

Sunday 19th May 2019

That's the puppy walked, fed and watered, me teeth brushed, the rubbish and recycling out with only a minor disagreement and most of another branch of the butterfly bush snapped and binned.

Steve said he "overbent" his knee getting out of the taxi yesterday so it was all down to me.

Again.

But it's Steve that's in the strop.

Again.

I've asked if we can borrow a cross-head screwdriver from his dad again so that the screw in the lock.  It'll take less than 5 minutes to do but Steve's been promising it for the last month and hasn't done it yet.

Again.

If he doesn't do it this week I'm gonna ask his dad meself on Tuesday.  I'm fed up of asking Steve to do something, him promising that he will then leaves it up to me.  He's being paid to be my carer but does bugger all to earn the money!

Same with the software.  I paid him £1400 back in March to come up with three apps for me.  He didn't even start doing it until the middle of last week, despite promising that all three would be done by the end of April.  He's got until the end of May or I'll be wanting my money back so that I can find a different programmer to do it for me!
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That's me supplements taken.  The Calcium decided to be a PITA this morning.

Gonna look for other courses on Alison, search the interweb for more free courses to study and sort out this week's spreadsheet additions now.
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The disability page (where all the spreadsheets go) is up now, so it's time to start researching other free online courses now.
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Our little puppy has just been mocking Steve in her sleep lol  Steve poses a question and Mitzi snores her reply just as he finishes talking, bless 'er!
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Just asked Steve to help me with the bathroom bin and he said "maybe later, I'm right in the middle of something".  Yeah, watching a video.  So I sorted it meself.  Again.  Just sorted out my living room bin and the general living room bin too.  By myself.  Again.

So much for being my carer eh?
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Apparently the fire bods are coming out to check our smoke alarm at 3pm!  We'd both totally forgotten!  T'was a good job we both tidied up a bit this morning really!  They are going to refuse to put out any fire in the spare room 'cos they can't get into it, which is totally my fault, but down here will hopefully be fine and dandy!
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Found 50 free courses to do on Alison today and they are all free so it'll keep me going for many months to come!  lol
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The fire service bods have just left, fitted us with 2 new (incredibly loud, obviously) fire alarms, cleared the top of the cooker off, they're gonna put in a request for Steve's kitchen stool so that we can get his rollator out of the kitchen then we can sort out the stuff that's behind it that I seriously can't reach atm (I'm too short) to tidy up, then we'll be able to put the pasta machine and food processor and even a chopping board on the (currently cluttered) side so that we can both prepare our cooked meals and hopefully encourage us to prepare and eat fresh veggies a few times a week rather than frozen ones a couple of times a month.

I'd love to be able to help Steve to prepare our meals, I just can't right now because of my height (I'm 5 foot 1) and Steve's rollator is too wide for me to safely reach across to the edge, let alone do anything on the counters!  We've got a pasta machine and a food processor that are still in their boxes as well as a bread machine that we haven't used for several years so it's going to waste atm.

They are going to pass on our details to another department within the fire service who will be able to encourage us to tidy up in here, the bedroom and the kitchen at the very minimum.

A couple of other houses in the street are getting their fire alarms fitted for free too - makes you wonder why they only have one set of steps between them all though  lol 

Things are heading in the right direction and we're definitely in the system in all the right places now... we just need to keep on top of our crap from now on!

We're having a well-deserved take-away for tea... we definitely deserve it after this afternoon!

Thank you for coming over and being gently honest with us, Gloucester fire service!  We need to hear it from professionals so that we take it on board and work on your suggestions to the best of our ability!
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I'm totally wiped out so gonna have a really early night tonight.

Be back again tomorrow though, as usual.

Nite nite orl!
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Saturday, 18 May 2019

Last night's scheduled post worked, so...

I was testing scheduling a post to be posted in future last night and it worked, so I'm gonna use that on my author blog to put up things that are happening in future that I'll never remember otherwise.

Might try and remember to schedule some posts in this blog for the same reason too.  Just gotta get into the habit of making use of it seeing if I can find the way to automagically post my author posts to my Twitter account too.  There *is* a way to do it, I just haven't found it yet... but then again, I didn't know how to schedule posts until just before I went to bed either!

I really am going to bed now lol

Saturday 18th May 2019

Missing our baby girl soo much!  Been the longest 18 hours and counting without her.  She's the smallest member of our likkle family but her love and personality fills the house entirely!

I cried myself to sleep last night 'cos I knew she wasn't down here!

Gonna take me supplements then start studying and hope I can concentrate without her in the house!
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That's the supplements swallowed and I'm thinking, depending on what time she get's home, I'll take the puppy out for a short stroll when she gets back as long as she's not too wiped out.  She's got the majority of yesterday morning's food left too!
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Time to start trying to study.
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She's home!  Our baby girl is back home!!

Hasn't said hello to either of us yet, is just getting her sent back on everything, bless her, but that's OK 'cos she's home now!  Yaaaaaaay!  I can now relax and the house is filling with love and her personality again, which is awesome.  The last 20 hours have been so empty without our little baby girl!

I can relax again now and the love is filling the house back up as I type this.  Our likkle family is complete again now... I never want to be without her for more than a few hours (like when she goes to get groomed or goes on her play dates or whatever) ever again!
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Got 90% on the third course assessment and just scraped through the first two, so I've just got the end of course assessment to do now which I've gotta get at least 80% on too... wish me luck!
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Got a score of 84% for the final assessment, which ain't bad going considering I didn't even do a section of the course that several of the questions came from!  T'was the most useful to me part of the entire course too!  Done now though and I'm heading to bed for an early night.

Nite nite orl!
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Just testing something

Just testing the scheduling.

I'm posting this at 8.06pm and I'm hopefully going to set it to post at 10am tomorrow.

8.08pm now so my OCD is happy too lol

Okey dokes, all set!

I'd love to know what time you see this post in the comments!


Friday, 17 May 2019

Friday 17th May 2019

That's the puppy walked and fed and a price list sorted for Steve.  Turns out I'd been under feeding her, despite her putting weight on!

Gonna have a look on Amazon to see if they offer any low-fat, soft treats that we can hide her steroids in every morning instead of Steve hiding it in half an apple pie.

Time for me to start studying again now though!  Hope I pass the end of course test 'cos I can't remember anything I learnt yesterday 'cos of sleeping in between!
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Haven't taken me supplements yet!

Oops!

Gonna take the assessment then take 'em methinks... wondered why I had no energy or motivation!!
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End of module assessment finished, so it's time for me supplements now.
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That's me supplements swallowed.  The B12 was a bit of a PITA to swallow today, but other than that they all went down OK.

Mitzi's going for her bath within the next half an hour-ish so I'll be here totally alone until Steve gets back from his medical appointment 😦 so gonna spend the time studying the next module 😣.
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The puppy has just gone and I'm missing her already!  😧
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Second module of the day finished.

On to module 16 of 21 now.

Still missing the pup and Steve... she's only been gone for 20 minutes!

Just had a text from Steve saying he'll be home soon - yaaay!  Our likkle house feels big and empty without him and the pup!
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Our baby girl is back... but only temporarily 'cos she's going for a sleepover at Steve's Uncle's house tonight so that she can go to the vet first thing to have her "bum and other area's clipped" with Steve's cousin (who's a vet nurse) tomorrow morning.

We're pretty sure it'll be my first overnight I've had without her since we got her almost 9 years ago.  I doubt I'll be able to sleep tonight without her in the house!  Even her being spayed was over and done with in a day!
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Our baby girl has just gone again and my poor likkle heart is breaking already!!  💔
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That's me prescription taken, tea cooked and I'm onto the last module of the course, so I'm hoping I'll pass the end-of-course assessment so that I can have an early night tonight.

Still missing our little puppy though!
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That's the last module completed, so time for the final assessment of the course now.

Wish me luck!
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*ahem*

I passed the course first time!!!

Despite sleeping and having 3 meals over 2 days, I still passed the flippin' course!

I scored 80% and the passing score I needed was 70% so I didn't especially scrape through either... didn't smash it by any means, but I comfortably passed.

Gonna update the two pages then relaaaaax for the rest of the evening.
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I is absolutely wiped out, so I'm having a very early night.

Whine like a baby to you tomorrow.

Nite nite orl!
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Thursday, 16 May 2019

Thursday 16th May 2019

Was awake and down here before 6am this morning!

The virus scan had finished so I started with me backups.

Gonna go and brush me teeth, walk and feed the pup then get on with studying again while the backup plods onwards.  Children's party planning today (and maybe tomorrow?) methinks.

BBS I hope!
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The puppy isn't interested in going for a walk yet so I've brushed me teeth and I'll try again when the back-ups have finished so that I can shut my laptop down while we're out and about so that the battery can cool down a bit while I'm not using it.
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The back-ups are being a right royal PITA today... grrrrrrr!

I've taken me supplements though, so I'm all set for the day as soon as the back-ups decide to play ball!
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That's the puppy walked and fed... think I'm backing up my documents folder twice though, for some reason!  Not to worry, better twice than not at all!
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Just chosen to skip the duplicated files so just waiting for the rest of the backup to finish now
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Decided to start studying while it was backing up and adding the documents into one batch instead of making it two.  Took forever but it's done for another week now.
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Vegan non-scampi bites for lunch... totally new to me!
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They tasted more like salmon than scampi to me... still lovely, just not the taste I was expecting is all!
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Just about to make a start on Module 9 and it'll hopefully be finished by the time Marie comes to take Mitzi to the vet... if it's not, Steve'll have to wake up and take her!
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Getting soooo dark and it's not even 4.45pm yet!  Gonna have to turn the light on methinks.
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Officially half way through the course now.

I can almost guarantee that I won't finish it tonight so I just hope I remember enough to answer at least 21 questions correctly tomorrow!
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That's me prescription swallowed so I'll keep studying until it kicks in then shut down and head to bed.

There's no way I'll be able to finish the final 9 modules and the test before I head to bed so I'm not going to force myself to stay up past my pill kicking in... I'll just finish the module and head to bed.
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Module 14's got an assessment at the end and I've just started yawning, so I'm gonna shut down and have a really early night.

Nite nite orl!
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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Wednesday 15th May 2019

Mornin' all!

The weekly virus scan is underway so I'm guessing it'll be finished in the early hours again.

Decided on doing the wedding course then the kids' party then the writing course.

We're having a roast dinner for lunch today so we'll both be struggling to keep our eyes open this afternoon.  lol

Just taken me supplements.  They all behaved impecably so got them down with a mouthful of squash each, thankfully!

Time to walk the puppy, brush me teeth then start studying I reckon.
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Had Quorn roast for lunch... yummy, scrummy, in my tummy.

Bet we'll both be burping and sleeping all afternoon and evening though lol
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Onto the penultimate module of the course now!  I was thinking it'd be 2 days and at least an hour for studying each module, but it's taken less than 10 hours to get here 'cos the vast majority of the modules took less than half an hour each and there haven't been any assessments so far either.  I'm guessing there will be a huge assessment at the end of the last module too which I'm kinda dreading.  There doesn't seem to be a limit on the number of times you can re-take the final assessment though and I haven't been to sleep since starting it so I'm hoping I'll pass first time... wish me luck!
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Just taken me prescription and I haven't been on any adventures in Patric today so I'm hopefully assuming I'll still be awake to take the end of course assessment in about an hour or so's time.
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*ahem*

I passed first time!!!!

80% on the final assessment!

I can go to bed happy now and it took under 12 hours rather than the 2 days I was expecting too!

Might do one of the courses on Alison tomorrow then the last two New Skills Academy on Friday and over the weekend.

Or do I do the kids party planning one tomorrow and potentially Friday?

Decisions, decisions!
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Goin' to bed now.

Nite nite orl!
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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Tuesday 14th May 2019

That's the puppy walked, fed and watered.  Got me smear and first HPV test today, so not gonna get into surfing the interwebs or anything, 'cos I've got to leave in an hour!

Gonna take me supplements, check newsgroups and email then shut down.

I'll be back afterwards though, but that'll be studying time... wedding planning first methinks.  Or should I do kids party planning?  Or story writing?  I dunno!  lol
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Brushed me teeth after I got home with the pup too.

Supplement time now though.
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That's the supplements down the hatch... they all went down pretty easily this morning, thankfully!

Gonna add mouthwash to next week's shopping and try and remember to ask the nurse about the hard spot on my spine - you watch me forget though lol
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That's the mouthwash added and Patrick's tyres pumped up, so I'm gonna save this post and shut down now... I'll be sooo early but I'd rather that than be late!

BBS
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Back now.

The HPV thingy was just another test they do at the lab, no different to the smear that I have anyway.  Remembered to ask about the spot on me back but can't remember what she said now... d'oh!  Might make an appointment with me GP to see what he has to say about it. 

Apparently the strings on the coil were nowhere to be found so she's referring me for an ultrasound at the hospital to see if the coil is still there or not.  It's due to be replaced this year or next year though, so I'm guessing it'll be another cut-me-open to replace the coil when it gets replaced.  I just hope I get the replacement appointment before the ultrasound one!
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Gonna do some studying this afternoon and prolly into tomorrow, but it'll hop... we're having a take-away for tea so I'll need to put me laptop on the floor so I'll have an early night and start on it tomorrow morning... which one should I do first though?
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Had garlic bread and veggie lasagne for tea so I'm totally stuffed now!  Gonna leave it for a while before I take me AP so that I don't get even more bloated.
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Right, one more slurp of pop then I'm off to bed for an early night.

Nite nite orl!
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Monday, 13 May 2019

Monday 13th May 2019

Taken me supplements and been blue-screened twice, so gonna save this post, shut down, take the puppy for her stroll then, hopefully when I boot up again, everything will be fine and dandy.

At least I hope it will!

Gonna shut down now.  BBS I hope!
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That's the puppy walked and fed.  Patrick's batteries are charging up too, so I'm gonna get back on with the editing now and hope I don't get any more blue-screens!
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Had a bath ready for my smear test tomorrow morning and started next week's shopping so that's me sorted for the day now.

All our groceries were in stock today so I'm glad we've got help to put it away this week.

Apparently Steve found another 2 packets of spaghetti behind my cans of ginger beer, as well as last week's that we didn't use, so there will be a lot of spaghetti to eat this week and next week lol
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Blimey!  The shopping has been and gone already!
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Just taken me prescription.  Went down really easily today, so I'm gonna charge me phone up ready for tomorrow then have an early night tonight... just gotta wait for it to kick in first though.
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That's me phone plugged in and charging up.  Apparently it'll take 3 hours and 31 minutes before it's fully charged, so might not have an early night tonight after all  😞
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Too tired to wait up any longer so I'm gonna shut down and keep charging my phone before I go to the appointment tomorrow.

Nite nite orl.
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Sunday, 12 May 2019

Sunday 12th May 2019

Blimmin' 'eck it's hot out there!  I never sweat from my forehead but it's so hot outside that I am today!

We've put the rubbish and recycling out ready for tomorrow morning.  The recycling box is full to the brim and if there is any more at any point today we'll have to put the second box out or wait until next week.  Our rubbish bag is only half full too, despite us having started to chop up the chopped up butterfly bush and put it in the rubbish bag too!  There's still a lot of garden rubbish out there, but we'll get there in the end if we do a bin bag a week, like we did today.
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The puppy has been walked, fed and watered now too, so just gotta work on getting the images online then that's another weekly task sorted.

Not gonna study today.  Had a reeeeeally late night last night (still awake at midnight) so gonna have the day off today and start again tomorrow.  Which one should I do though?  The children's party planning, the wedding planning or the children's story writing?  Let me know in the comments?  Please? 
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Apparently we're not having the Quorn Roast and veggies today 'cos apparently "it's a lot of up and down for it, so can we have pasta bake for lunch today and the roast tomorrow instead pretty please?"

No probs at all!

Sooo, an update on our lunches this week... pasta bake today, roast tomorrow then we'll take it from there for the rest of the week.  We just need to have a cooked at home meal today for Steve to have his last Creme Egg.  Mini Toblerone's next week!  They are so small that it's gonna be 2 Toblerone's on a Friday and another 2 on a Sunday if he cooks every day.  Might try and find a multipack of Fry's Turkish Delight ready for when the Toblerone's run out 'cos apparently he prefers those to the posh ones that he's had in the past.  I'm happy either way, just wanna keep encouraging him to cook for us is all!
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Just found a pack of ten of the Turkish Delight for under a tenner which'll keep him going for 5 weeks and a 2kg tub of Fudge that he likes too which'll keep him going for several weeks too.  Not bad going for just under £20 combined!
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Yummy scrummy in my tummy.

Just had the pasta bake and the cheese was stronger than usual... Steve says it was the cheap pack so it's left a strong cheesy taste in my mouth now!

Nowt wrong with that!

Need to go and get his last Creme Egg now then recycle the box... brb!
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Toblerone's starting on Friday for 5 or 6 weeks then I'll get the Turkish Delight for him, followed by the fudge then that should take us to maybe the end of Summer so I'll get him something else then.  All depends on how big the chunks of fudge are... if they are nice and big he'll get one bit on a Friday and the second on the Sunday, but if they are tiny like the Toblerone's are then it'll be 2 chunks on Fridays and Sundays.

Gotta get through the Turkish Delight first though lol
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That's me prescription swallowed.

Nice and easy tonight, thankfully.
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After a very late night last night, I'm heading to bed tonight at 8pm. 

Nite nite orl!

💤💤
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Saturday, 11 May 2019

Saturday 11th May2019

Mornin' all!

Was still awake an hour after I went to bed last night... typical innit - I get the opportunity for an early night, take it and my body goes "aksherly, nah" lol

Gonna take me supplements, brush me teeth, take the puppy out for our morning stroll then get on with studying.  Blog creation one today methinks!  See if it'll teach me anything I don't already know lol
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That's me supplements swallowed so time to let the puppy out in case she needs a wee or poo while I brush me teeth now.
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She didn't want to go out after all, so I got on with brushin' me teeth.  Gonna take her out for a bit of a wander now though and I bet she will wee at least lol
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600% this morning.  The puppy wanted to do more, but even once more wouldn't have been safe 'cos my knees and legs were already going "you can't do much more without a rest.  We won't let you" so I didn't want to risk it.  We've already got 4000% in the walkies bank already so I didn't want to risk it.  Better to be safe than sorry and all that jazz.  As long as we do 100% every morning, anything else is a bonus.
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That was a particularly yummy lunch care of Steve.  Sweet and sour non-chicken bits and rice.  Another old favourite that we haven't had in too long.

Tomorrow is a cooked-at-home vegan Sunday lunch with Quorn family roast and veggies.  There's talk of adding waffles to it too, for the potatoey part but I'm not sure that waffles really go with a roast dinner, or do they?  Let me know in the comments what you think?  Do you agree with me (no waffles) or Steve (yes to the waffles)? 

Ideally there would be a can of new potatoes in the cupboard but Steve only decided for certain that we were definitely having the vegan roast dinner yesterday or the day before.  If we both approve of tomorrows roast, I'll add the family roast, another bag of veggies and a couple of tins of new potatoes to the shopping ready for next week.

Back to studying now though.
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Just cast my postal vote in the European election.

The envelopes both tasted absolutely horrid and I definitely need a lot of pop to get my saliva working again now!

It's done and dusted now though so I can continue to ignore any other info that's sent through the post.

Gah!  The taste is too strong!  Yuckerama!
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Wonder how much pop it's going to take for my mouth to recover from those two envelopes?!

Back to the studying again.  It's taken about 5 hours to do 3 modules so unless the next 7 are quick, it's another 2-dayer again even though it's a certificate instead of a diploma!
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Just swallowed my prescription and I'm up to module 7 now so there's a slim chance that I will just about scrape through studying the whole course before I head to bed.

Wish me luck!
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...and it's finished.

Another certificate under my belt.

Only took 13 hours lol
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Gonna publish this then head to bed.

Nite nite orl!
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Friday, 10 May 2019

Friday 10th May 2019

That's the £100 put back into my savings and the supplements swallowed... they all went down OK other than the Multi getting a little bit stuck because there wasn't enough squash to swallow it with, which made me retch until I drank a bit more squash out of the second bottle.

Time to take the puppy for her daily stroll now, then I'll put the review up on Amazon, my writing site and writing blog.
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Just brushed my teeth and finished off the tube of toothpaste at last!  Need to unbox and open the next tube of toothpaste when we get back from the puppy's stroll... you watch me forget though lol.
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That's the puppy walked, fed and watered.  She was a right cowbag before we even got out of the door so I was dreading it this morning, but after the first little bit she was a good girl, thankfully.

Time to put the review up now then start studying.
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100% on first module assessment which is a great start!
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80% on module two's assessment.  Not as good as the first module, but still a pass.
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Another 100% on the third module.  Only 1 question wrong out of 15 so far!
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Yet another 100% on module 4.  That means I got 19/20 questions spot on!  One more module and test then possibly a whole of course assessment then that's the course finished!
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I was wrong... only four modules and no final exam either!  Time to code the certificate into the page and upload it, then a very late lunch of a mug of soup to celebrate.
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The punctuation course has only got one module so I'm gonna do that now then have the rest of the day off so that I can catch up with email and forums and stuff.

There's a birthday on the forum today, so I'll go and do the admin for that then get back on with studying this afternoon.
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Just finished the punctuation course and got 100% on the end of course test so I've got one single question wrong out of thirty today, which is awesome.
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Just taken me prescription and Steve's having something from Yummies for his tea with yours truly paying apparently.
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Gonna shut down for the night now and have a well-deserved early night.

Nite nite orl!  💤💤
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Thursday, 9 May 2019

Thursday 9th May 2019

That's the virus scan finished so time to set the back-ups running.  22 hours for the virus scan this week.
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That's the back-up's started, so time for me supplements now.
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Blimey Charlie they went down soooo easily this morning!  Does that mean today is gonna be a good day?  Hope so!
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Gonna read a bit more of a book while I'm waiting for the back-ups to finish then it's review time.
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Considering this is a children's book, I'm not sure that the word 'fart' should be in it at all, let alone so frequently!
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That's the back-up's finished, so time to take the puppy on our morning stroll now!  Gonna shut down to give the battery a chance to cool down while we're out.

BBS.
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That's the puppy walked and fed.  Another 600% and I'm totally wiped out now.  Craving a Cortado so I'll get that then not move off the sofa for the rest of the day.
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No.

You know what?

I'm not going to have a Cortado, I'm gonna have a Chococino 'cos I haven't had one of those in forever and I need a chocolate fix today!
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Just bought 3 more courses - one of them was on my list of courses I want to study (a writing for children course), a punctuation one and a blog creation course to try and find out other things that I can do on here.  It was £50 for all three instead of pretty much £650 so I'm saving even more money and it'll keep me out of trouble when I've read and reviewed this book too!
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Why do I seem to use exclamation marks so freely on here?  Hopefully the punctuation course will steer me away from using so many of them lol
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Just worked out that when I'm paid me PIP money tomorrow I'll be able to replace the £100 I've taken out of my savings and still have £100 to spend on the next marketing email with offers on courses that I want to do/sound interesting which is awesome!

Lemme just check me maffs in case I've got it wrong though...

£263 in there atm
£230 tomorrow for PIP means that there's £493 tomorrow morning, yeah?
£143 for the bills on the 15th takes me down to £350, yeah?
£150 for the groceries for the rest of May leaves £200 yeah?
£100 back into my savings to replace what I've just taken out leaves me with £100 for whatever I want?  Does that sound about right?
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Just worked out that I can also put almost my entire ESA payment into my savings on the 20th too 'cos May's bills will already have been paid, the groceries are covered and I'm paid again 2 weeks later which will cover June's bills and PIP is on that Friday to cover June's groceries too.

The pup has to go to the vet again next week so there's that to come out too, but there's already £93 set aside every month for her food and vet bills so as long as it doesn't come to more than £100 then that's already paid for too!  The ESA payment on the 20th will more than cover the bill and I'll still have a small amount of savings too.  So much different to all those years ago when I was struggling to pay the minimum payment on my credit cards, my overdraft was maxed out and I couldn't afford anything else.  Just need to work on improving my credit rating now.
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That's me teeth brushed now, just gotta keep on reading the book ready for tomorrow.  Steve's fast asleep so I can't see us having a cooked lunch today  😞
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Chips for lunch... yumsk!
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Apparently they are the Sainsbury's Basics one's!  Other than being a touch thinner and less coloured I didn't know until Steve said!
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Just finished reading the book and other than the smattering of swearing sprinkled throughout it, I really enjoyed it!

I'll put the review up tomorrow on Amazon, my writing site and writing blog 'cos that's its official release day.
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Steve's prescription has just arrived and my GP surgery is back online now, so assuming they are still up on Sunday evening, I'll put my repeat prescription request in as normal on Sunday evening!

Both of my appointments are on the system and they are for 20 minutes each!!  That's double the time I was expecting!
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Gonna shut down and head to bed for a well-deserved early night.

Be back tomorrow.

Nite nite orl!
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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Wednesday 8th May 2019

Was awake just before 7am, downstairs by 7.30am and online with the virus scan started by 7.45am.  Time to take me supplements now then walk the puppy.  It's peeing down with rain though so we'll both get soaked!  ☂  Just the normal 600% today I think then get us both dried off before we get a cold each.
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That's the supplements swallowed and a software idea blog post written, so it's time to take the senior puppy on her morning stroll now.
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That's the puppy walked and fed.  600% today because it's so soggy out there but it's still 2500% in the walkies bank already this week so I ain't complaining!
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Word has just crashed on me  👎😞
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Not gonna study today - Word is too unstable for some reason and I don't want to lose the notes I make during the course.
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Pasta and meat-free meatballs for lunch today... yumsk!
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Mmmmm, that was particularly yummy and I'm now nicely full.  I can see all three of us having an early night tonight lol
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That's me prescription taken.  Gotta remember to phone in my repeat request on Friday morning and hope that it gets delivered before I run out!

Might do it tomorrow just to be absolutely sure though... better to be paranoid and have plenty rather than it taking over a week to be processed!
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Righy-oh, I'm off to bed for an early night.

Nite nite orl!
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Ideas please!

I've just asked Steve about coming up with a piece of software for me as a result of yesterday's course that he has, in theory, agreed to make for me.

There's no rush for it but I need some negative thoughts that you have and then turn them on their head so that they are positive thoughts.  For example, the thought of mine that inspired the idea was "I'm too thick to study at this level" which is a normal negative thought for me, so I'd pick that thought from the list and hit a magic button that comes up with the positive thought of "you excel at courses you're interested in!".

Could you leave them in the comments of this post for me so that I've got one single place to refer to when I give Steve the information pretty please?  You don't have to leave your name with your ideas if you don't want to, but I think you have to leave something in the name field, so maybe just a letter or character or something like that?  Close your eyes and press a totally random letter on your keyboard?

I'd prefer to keep the software family friendly, so please don't swear in your ideas!

Thank you so so much!

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Tuesday 7th May 2019

Just taken me supplements.  Went down pretty easily today, thankfully.  Time to brush me teeth and walk the puppy now then start studying.  Gotta remember to clear both cache's today, in preparation for tomorrow's virus scan.
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That's me teeth brushed so time to take the puppy out now.
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700% this morning, means there's already 2000% extra in the walkies bank... as long as we do 600% a day for the rest of the week we'll be at 4500% extra when we come home on Sunday.  Another new personal best for us!

Just gonna read Facebook and my emails then I'll get on with studying again.
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Studying Improving Personal Effectiveness Certificate today and the first module alone takes about 110 minutes!!  😲  Maybe there's an end of module assessment or something??
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I was wrong.

Module 1 didn't have an assessment after all, so Steve's gone out to put our lunch on and I've just dowloaded the PDF of module 2.  Gonna make a start on it while Steve's in the bathroom then put my laptop on the floor when there's 10 minutes to go.
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Passed the end of course assessment with the same score as yesterday's course - 76.67% so my OCD is happy with that number too.

Right on track for doing the last certificate course tomorrow and the two diploma courses at the end of the week and weekend.

I'm really enjoying the courses and the diploma courses are stretching my memory too which can only be a good thing, I reckon!
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Both browsers cache's cleared ready for tomorrow's virus scan too, so I'm just waiting for the reminder to take my prescription, then I'll charge up me phone then head to bed for an early night.  Hope I'm not awake before 6am again, like I was this morning the first time!  lol
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That's me prescription down the hatch, so gonna read a few emails, check Facebook, Twitter and me newsgroups then head to bed I reckon.
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Me phone has just died so I've just plugged it in and I'll be heading to bed in about 1½ hours from now, which'll be about 7.50pm-ish.
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That's it fully charged, so I'm gonna publish this then head to bed for an early night.

Nite nite orl!  💤💤
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Monday, 6 May 2019

Monday 6th May 2019

Was awake before 6am this morning, down here by 6.15, puppy and hubby greeted, fuss made of the pup and me laptop turned on by 6.45am then my supplements were down the hatch by 7.15am. 

Gonna brush me teeth now then take the puppy for her morning wander.
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Just taken a photo of our adorable little puppy, so gonna brush me teeth then upload it to my site... need to update the spreadsheets before I take the puppy out this morning too, so think I'll do that first while I remember.
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That's the spreadsheets sorted, so time for me teeth now then.
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The puppy forced me to do a new personal best on our stroll this morning... a huge 1500%.  I can't move for the rest of the day now... it's gonna be a struggle even getting to the bathroom!

She's going for another play date this morning.  Bet/hope she'll spend most of the time she's there, asleep... doubt it though lol
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That's the puppy gone to play again and I'm missing her already!  😢
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Just signed up for another 3 courses for £30 instead of £297 and these are a video course and 2 short courses, so I'll take those today, tomorrow and Wednesday then the 2 diploma courses over the next 6 days after that.

Clicking on that Facebook ad has saved me many thousands of pounds since clicking on it!

I'd love to have some of the other courses that I want to take heavily discounted too, but I'm not complaining!
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She's hooooooome!  Our beautiful little senior puppy is home! she was only out for 3.5 hours but they were the most depressing days since she last went on her play date.  I know it's a tiny drop in the ocean of the day, but I really missed her!!
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That's the shopping been and gone already!  Finished the end of course assessment literally less than a minute before it turned up.  Just scraped through with a score of 76.67% which my OCD likes lol

Taken my prescription too, so gonna have a well-deserved early night after this morning's marathon walk!
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Off to bed now... think I deserve an early night!

Nite nite orl!
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Sunday, 5 May 2019

Sunday 5th May 2019

Taken the rings off my little finger and left them upstairs so that the base of the finger can recover.

Taken me supplements so it's time for the senior little puppy's walk now then revision, studying, assessments and end of course test to do... assuming the site stays up today of course!
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That's the puppy walked, fed and watered - 4000% total in the walkies bank this week.  For some reason she's more tired than usual too... maybe she's starting to feel her age?  She's 10 years old at the end of June, so I'm guessing it is that.
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That's me teeth brushed and spreadsheets saved, so I'm gonna code and upload then get on with studying again.
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That's the spreadsheets uploaded and the disability page updated so it's time for me to study now!
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Took me 2 attempts, but I've just passed the Body Language course, despite no revision either time!  Gonna put it on my navigation page then relax for the first time in 3 days lol
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That's me prescription taken.  Went down nice and easy this evening.  As soon as my laptop has charged up again I'm gonna have another early night.
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Not even 7.45pm and I'm wiped out so heading to bed.

Nite nite orl!
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Saturday, 4 May 2019

Saturday 4th May 2019

That's the puppy walked and fed, my teeth brushed so it's time to start studying I reckon!  Gotta take me supplements first though.
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Supplements swallowed, so I can definitely start studying now!
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That's the puppy's food just arrived.  Thank you Marie!  Moved £14 to the joint account so that Steve can pay his sister for the food and the next bag of food is free.

She's got to go back to the vet for a check-up on her skin in a couple of weeks so when I find out how much that is I'll move that over to the joint account too.  Means the £160 I thought I had after PIP pay day on Friday is pretty much gone, but that's OK, she's worth it!
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A bowlful of waffles each for lunch and just 2 more modules to study, two end of module assessments and an end of course test to do then that's it finished and I can move on to the next course.

This course is a ten moduler that will take the best part of two days to finish by the time I've done both assessments and the test so the other two, because they are double the length of this one, will easily take 3 if not 4 days each to finish... what on earth have I let myself in for!?
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The flippin' site is down now!  Grrr.  Just as I got to the end of module 9 as well!  It's almost guaranteed to be lost in the mists of my brain damage by tomorrow morning so I'm just gonna revise my notes and hope for the best... bet I won't pass though  😟
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Taken me prescription and I'm having an early night.  Nite nite orl!
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Friday, 3 May 2019

Friday 3rd May 2019

12 hours of sleep last night and I feel so much better now! 

Just taken me supplements then I'll take the puppy for her morning stroll. 

It's May Day Bank Holiday on Monday so I got paid today... yaaaay!

Gonna add my magasines to the shopping then take the puppy out now, then brush me teeth before I forget.
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That's the puppy walked, fed and watered, the magasines added and me teeth brushed so I can settle down to studying now, for the rest of the day.
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Blimmin' 'eck!  These are the longest courses so far!  Even the shortest one is 10 modules, then the other two are 24 modules each so it'll take me at least 5, if not 6 days to complete the three courses instead of the day each that I'd wrongly assumed!

Gonna start with the body language course first, which is the 10 module one.

Wish me luck!
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This is our baby girl in her favourite position:




Such an adorable little sweetheart!
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That's me prescription taken and I've just finished module 4's assessment, so I'm hoping for one more module then heading to bed.
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Going to have another early night now.  Nite nite orl!
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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Thursday 2nd May 2019

That's the virus scan finished.

Still free from viruses.

Time to back everything up then walk the puppy.
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That's everything backed up, so gonna shut down and walk the puppy.
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Puppy walked, fed and watered, so time for me supplements now...
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Supplements swallowed, time to brush me teeth now, then I'm all set for the day.
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Teeth brushed and coffee is waiting for me to drink.  Not gonna study today unless I get a marketing email from New Skills Academy again, 'cos there's no way I can afford to buy any more at full price... almost £300 per course instead of the £255 I've spent on the 26 courses combined that I've taken so far.

Gonna use the day to catch up on me email and Facebook and Twitter and newsgroups and forums and stuff instead 'cos I've barely touched them since clicking on that ad!
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 As predicted, I've just had another marketing email - 2 courses for £40 instead of £299 each, so gonna buy 2 courses but not start them until tomorrow... I deserve a day off after yesterday's studyathon!  lol
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Just added a wedding planning course for another £17.99 instead of £299 too.  That's 3 courses for £58 instead of pretty much £900!

I've saved many thousands of pounds just by waiting for their marketing emails!  So glad I saw that Facebook ad when I did!
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They are all diploma courses too, so they'll be loooong courses just like yesterday's so that's me busy all weekend lol
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The 29 courses (the 26 I've already completed plus the 3 I've just bought) should have cost £8,671 (not a typo) but I've paid a smidgen over £300 for all of 'em, total.  Basically I've paid for one full priced course and got 28 for free which is awesome!
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Urgh!  Just got a letter inviting me for my HPV screening.  I'll go for it, I just don't like the scraping pain is all.  Last time I had my smear it wasn't too bad 'cos I looked away while it was happening and didn't scream for the first time ever.  Never been invited for an HPV screening before though!  Hopefully the nurse will be able to do them both at the same time.

Just gotta make the appointment now *gulp*!
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Veg chilli and chips for lunch.... yummy but it seemed to be a touch spicier than normal for some reason!

Back to Facebook, emails and newsgroups now!
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That's me prescription swallowed.  Nice and easy tonight, just two small mouthfuls of squash instead of the usual mouthfuls.  I like nights like that lol.
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I'm giving up for the day and heading to bed 3.5 hours earlier than normal... I think I deserve it.

Nite nite orl.
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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Wednesday 1st May 2019

Pinch and a punch for the first of the month.
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Just started the weekly virus scan so hopefully it'll be finished by the time I come down tomorrow morning.
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Gotta remember to take me supplements, but I'm gonna take the puppy out for her morning stroll first... BBS.
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That's the puppy walked, fed and watered.  She poo'd and made it difficult for me to pick up 'cos it was right next to the kerb so it was too far away from the house wall for me to lean my bum against and just far enough away from a car that I couldn't lean against that either.

I managed to pick it up though, but my anxiety was through the roof!

Gonna take me supplements now, then brush me teeth.
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That's the supplements swallowed.  Not the worst, but not the best either this morning.  Time to brush me teeth now.
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Teeth brushed and my knees are going "don't walk around very much today, 'cos we can't support you" so most of today is going to be spent on the sofa, other than going to the bathroom and getting me lunch then taking the plates out to the kitchen.  I've gotta take notice of my body when it warns me like this.
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Mac 'n' cheese 'n' garlic bread for lunch today apparently.  Gonna make a start on studying before then though.
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Lunch made me really ill today  👎👎

Gonna get on with me studying when I feel better.
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Up to module 8 now so I've got 3 modules and at least three, possibly four assessments to do then that's the last course finished  😞

Still got 3 other courses to do on Alison and OpenLearn, but I've really enjoyed these courses on New Skills Academy over the last 10-ish days!
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That's all ten modules studied, so just got the end of course test to do then that's it, finished!

Wish me luck!
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There were 30 questions, I got 2 wrong so I passed the course with a huge score of 93.33%!

Yaaaaay!!
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Going to bed now and hoping for a celebratory lie-in tomorrow.

Nitey-nite-nite orl!
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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Tuesday 30th April 2019

Just taken me supplements.  They all went down pretty easily today, thankfully.

Gonna take the puppy for our morning stroll then start studying one of the longer courses today.  Wish me luck that I pass!
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600% this morning.  Steve's got someone calling him at 9am so I'll make a start on my next course, but pause it just before then if it's a video course in case someone comes to the door or whatever.
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The call has finished now, so I can start studying.
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I'm pretty sure I've already done this course... can't remember the answers to the assessments though, unfortunately 😞.
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Steve's just made some posh (cafetierre) coffee for us while I was brushing me teeth.
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That's the course finished - 3x100%'s and 2x80%'s.  2 questions wrong out of 25 ain't bad though!

Onto the first writing one now then I can have me lunch.
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Just finished the Writing Skills certificate with a score of 100% and updated the pages - just got one more course to go then I'll have finished the 15 course bundle that I bought at the weekend.  It's a looooong course though, so I'm hoping it's just short video modules with an assessment at the end of each module to pass it, rather than full of text and a huge assessment at the end 'cos I'll never remember the answers tomorrow of things I study this afternoon!
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I was wrong. 

It's 4 modules, rather than the 10 I thought I remembered.  Assuming I pass the course it'll be the certificate for that as well as hopefully another certificate for passing all 15 courses in the bundle then I can concentrate on the two remaining childcare ones and hopefully pass those too.  If I pass those 3 courses, I'll have shelled out £155 for 26 courses instead of £299 for just a single one!

Not bad going by anyone's standards.

I'm hoping I'll get another marketing email with at least one heavily discounted course that I want to do.

I've saved getting on for £7000 just by clicking on that Facebook ad and taking advantage of each marketing email they've sent!
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The s'getti and meat-free meatballs was yummy for lunch today, but we're both stuffed after having a rare breakfast first thing lol

Time to get back to studying now though... four more modules then the bundle of courses is finished!
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That's the last course of the bundle completed, so I've just updated and uploaded the pages then make a start on the Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Certificate course 'cos that's only got four modules then do the bullying one, which is the one with 10 modules that I was thinking of earlier on, tomorrow.
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That's both cache's cleared, ready for tomorrow's virus scan.
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Third course of the day finito so it's time for me prescription now.
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That's me prescription down the hatch now so it's time to catch up with me emails and Facebook until it kicks in now!
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Gonna have a really early night for a change... bet I'll still be awake at 10pm though lol

Nite nite orl!
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Monday, 29 April 2019

Monday 29th April 2019

Brushed me teeth already this morning and it's only 7.36am!  Gonna take the pup for an early morning stroll then get straight on with studying again.  I think they are all longer courses left to do now, so I need to get started on 'em early so that I remember everything for the end of course tests!
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1100% and only 3 side steps today!  I'm absolutely exhausted and hot and achey and tired now though.  Not gonna be able to leave the sofa except to go to the bathroom today now!

Time to take me supplements and recover a bit.  Really need the B12 boost now!
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That was gross.  I crunch up the Calcium every morning 'cos it's capsule shaped and I've never been able to swallow capsules, but for the second time in the last couple of weeks, the crumbs formed a paste and slid down my throat before I'd even taken the lid off the squash!!

The B12 is starting to kick in but I'm gonna boost it with the B12 spray too, to help me to recover from this morning's marathon walk.  Need to get some more soon!
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I'd forgotten how quickly the B12 kicked in!  Under 2 minutes and it's already noticeably kicking in!!  Just need something to support my knees now lol
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First mug of coffee of the day and it's the posh (cafetierre) one.  Still waaay too hot to drink without burning me tongue atm and we're trying some new-to-us biccies too. I'll let you know what I think of them.
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We approve.

Steve said if there was a caramel one they would be splendid.  There are, so maybe we'll get them next time?
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100% on the first module.  One down, four to go.
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The bin bag collectors have been and gone, just waiting for the recycling now then it's all sorted for another week.
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100% on the second module too.  Two down, three to go.
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100% on the third module.  Two modules left to study then that's another course finished.
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Another 100% on the fourth module.  One more to go then it's finished.
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100% on the fifth module too, which means I scored 100% on the entire course!

Gonna update the pages and upload them now.
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Really enjoyed me lunch today - pasta bake but with more sauce and softer cheese than usual 😋.  Went down a treat.  Definitely one of Steve's best dishes that I've had in a loooong time... they are usually great, but this was definitely in the top 5!

Thank you Steve 💕 😘!
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Got the appointment now, but it's not until June!  Like Steve said, they prolly put the request on all the repeat prescriptions for MH patients like me or he's a new addition to the team or something.  It's done now though, I just hope I don't forget about it between now and then! 

I'd love to drop to the next dose down from what I'm currently on but not if it's at the expense of my sanity!  I'd rather stay on my current dose and be sane rather than dropping down and being loopy again.  My health is more important than the dose I'm on being reduced!!

Time to see how long the GDPR course takes to study now.  If it looks to be under 6 hours then I'll do it, but if not then I'll do it tomorrow instead.
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Takes about 35 minutes for the first module, so if I err on the side of caution and give myself an hour per module, that's 3 hours so I'll be finished by the time the shopping has been and gone and I can reward myself with an early night.  Sounds good to me!  👌
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Another course done and dusted with pages updated and uploaded.  Not gonna do any more today 'cos the shopping will be here soonish and I want an early night when it's been and gone.  Got 5 more courses to do and apparently I'm now 80% of the way through the bundled course which ain't too bad goin' for less than a week!
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That's me prescription taken and I've just burped a burp that tasted like dandelion, burdock and berries 'cos I had the two drinks so close together lol
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The shopping has just been and gone.  Apparently he was "a lovely chap.  I only got as far as saying 'would you mind...' and he finished by saying 'want me to take them through for you?' and he took all the boxes through to the kitchen for me!" according to Steve.  Last week's driver refused to take them through to the kitchen so what changed other than the driver this week?!

Can anyone say gender discrimination last week?!
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The pills are kicking in so I'm heading to bed now.

Nite nite orl... C U in the morning!
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Sunday, 28 April 2019

Sunday 28th April 2019

Just taken me supplements.  They all went down pretty easily this morning.  I accidentally swallowed some of the Calcium crumbs before opening the squash which was unpleasant at best, but it only lasted a few seconds before I could have a mouthful of squash so it wasn't too bad, thankfully.

Gonna walk the puppy dog now then she's going for another play-date at some point today then we'll do the rubbish and recycling while she's there.  Apparently the leaves on the butterfly bush are already dying so I'll try and persuade Steve to cut it up a bit more while the pup's out too, so that we don't need to hold on to the saw for very long.
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Just got back from our morning stroll and we met another new neighbour today, just as he was wheeling his suitcase down the road.  Mitzi's lil tail was a blur and he seemed friendly so the puppy has three friends in the street now... potentially two toddlers if we can help them over their fear of dogs and their mum would make four neighbours who are friendly towards the puppy!  There's a fifth house in the street that we know but I don't think they've ever met the pup.

Not bad going for a senior little puppy!
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That's the puppy gone for her play-date.  Yet again she raced off without even so much as a glance back at me!

The rubbish, recycling and cardboard is sorted now too, without any kind of grumbling at each other... go team! 

The rubbish is barely ⅓ full, the recycling is in two boxes and the cardboard bag is out there full of pizza boxes from Steve's pizza and garlic bread and cookie doughes last night.  We've done well with the rubbish this week... it's usually a full bag and just the one recycling box but not this week!
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100% on that course the second time around!
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100% on the second course of the day... first time I tried it this time, which is good going by me I reckon!
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90% on the third course... it reminded me that I need to brush me teeth too, so I'll update the pages on my site then do it before starting the next course.
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That's me teeth brushed, so it's time for me fourth course of the day - Communication Basics.
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90% on that course too!  Four courses completed, pages updated then uploaded, walking the puppy and brushing me teeth ain't bad going for a morning's work.
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The puppy's back home!!  She was only gone for maybe 2 or 3 hours this time but I missed her soooo much!  The house felt so empty without her here!  She's the smallest member of family in this house but oh boy do I miss her when she goes for her play-dates!
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100% on module 1... just one more module to study before I hopefully pass the course!
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100% on module 2 so either that's another certificate or there's another assessment... we shall see.
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Nope, no third assessment, so I can update my pages now with my fifth certificate of the day!
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90% on that course and after I've updated the 2 pages on my site that's it for studying today.  Gonna work on making my pages easier to read for the rest of the afternoon.
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That's the pages broken up a bit with lil icons in front of each course.  Not gonna do any more studying or website editing for the rest of the day and I'm hoping for an early night.
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Just taken me prescription and I've gotta remember to phone for an appointment at my GP tomorrow... you watch me forget though!  lol
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I is absolutely shattered so I'm shutting down and hitting the hay now.

Nite nite orl!
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Saturday, 27 April 2019

Saturday 27th April 2019

That's me teeth brushed.  Need to take me supplements now, before I forget.
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Our senior pup has been walked, fed and watered now and I'm about to take me supplements now, before I forget again.
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Supplements went down OK, the Iron took three gulps but the Calcium, B12 and multi all went down with one gulp, so I can't really complain!
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That's the tree cut up and ready to be bagged up and taken to the tip.  Not yet though, we need to recover from chopping it up and moving it first.  The branches still need to be chopped off and each bit needs to be a third of the size so that it'll fit into bin bags but it's been started now so everything else will be easier now.

We're having another take away for tea, but I think we deserve it after the last half an hour in the yard!
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Finished the first course of the day with a score of 90% which ain't bad going at all!
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90% on the second course too.  Three down, fourteen to go.
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Just taken my prescription.  The third course of the day has got 5 modules and it's not a video one, like the first two so it's taken oneheckuva lot longer to do.
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That's the third course of the day passed even though I only studied half of it and didn't even glance at the last 2 modules at all so that's not bad goin'!

Gonna watch the Sainsbury's video then head to bed.
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I'm orf to bed for an early night.

Be back tomorrow morning though.

Nite nite orl!
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Friday, 26 April 2019

Friday 26th April 2019

That's the puppy walked and fed.  She made it difficult for me twice this morning 'cos she poo'd right at the edge of the pavement so there was nothing for me to lean on when I picked it up.  She also decided to do an extra 50% this morning which'll make for difficult calculations on Sunday evening!  Grrrr!

Back to studying today though... got 17 courses to get through  lol  Might start off with the touch typing and shorthand one 'cos I already know both... depends on which shorthand it is though 'cos I know Teeline and don't want to get it confused.
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That's me supplements taken.  They all misbehaved this morning, but especially the Calcium (still got crumbs all over my mouth) and Multi (it took 3 gulps of squash before I could swallow it).  The Iron and B12 were the best, but only just 'cos they took 2 gulps each.

It's done for the day now though, so I can start studying.
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That's another course done and dusted.  One down, 16 to go lol  Gonna catch up with Facebook and my emails until bedtime now though.
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2 surveys completed this evening.  Got 31 more invites so I'm just gonna mark them all as read and read my other emails then head to bed.
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Goin' to bed now.  Nite nite orl!
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Thursday, 25 April 2019

Thursday 25th April 2019

That's me teeth brushed, supplements taken, virus scan finished and back-ups in progress.  Just gotta walk and feed our senior baby girl and wait for the enabler to come back again.
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Just bought 3 more courses for £53.99 instead of almost £1600 (not a typo) so that'll keep me busy for a while again... it's amazing what a bit of patience can get you lol
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That's the puppy walked, fed and watered and the back-ups finished and me external hard drive put away for another week.  Steve's making a cafetierre of posh coffee and has sent me a style thingy to change the style of the listing items on my courses pages to be square instead of circular, so I'll sort that out then surf the internet for more free (or at least very cheap) courses to take.

You watch me forget though lol
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One of the courses was a 15 course bundle and I'd assumed it was going to be the same as the other bundled course I did... just a single course with all of the courses included.

I was wrong.

It's 15 individual courses so it's even better value for money than I was thinking!

Assuming I do one course a day, starting tomorrow, it'll be 11th May that I finish all of them!!  All for under £55 too, which is more than 80% off just a single course costing £299!!  Or is my maffs wrong?  Either way, I'm saving £299x14+£244 which is a huuuuge saving.

I've already done 8 courses which cost a grand total of less than £100 (I'm rounding up for ease of calculations for me lol), plus today's 17 courses (the 15 course bundle and the 2 I was going to get anyway) for £55 is £155 for 25 courses which is just over half the price of a single course usually, so I'm basically getting 24 of the 25 courses for free!

Clicking on that Facebook ad has saved me several thousand pounds... hold on while I bring up the calculator.

£299x25=£7475.

Take off the video courses which would have cost £49 instead of the £299 and I've still saved over £7000 'cos there weren't anywhere near 9 video courses that I've taken... it's maybe 3 or 4 but to make my OCD happy, lets say it's £7000 saved 'cos it's a nice round number which my OCD likes lol
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So true:

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That's the enabler been and gone. 

She had another look in the kitchen and said about tidying up the bit just in front of the microwave and bringing it forward so that I can use that for ready meals for us when Steve doesn't feel up to cooking and getting rid of his rollator and replacing it with a perching stool so that he can use that when he cooks, instead of the rollator which he hasn't used for anything other than sitting on either while he's cooking or waiting for the shopping since he got it, which would save a lot of room, then we'd just need to tidy up the sides ready for the food processor and pasta machine and bread machine that we've got but are still boxed up because there's nowhere to put them right now.

I *want* to cook, I'm just not steady enough to be able to reach down to put things into and take things out of the oven, but if I could get to the sides we could work as a team where I would do the preparation then Steve puts it into the oven and dishes up!

I just need to find a way to motivate Steve to do it first, like with the Creme Eggs and cooking?  I occasionally get into these "must tidy up" moods but there's very little I can do with the rollator in the way right now.  If we can get the perching stool for Steve then I'll be able to get most of it done on my own in a couple of hours when I'm feeling particularly house-proud/motivated, there's just very little I can do right now 'cos I can't reach past the rollator!
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Just taken me prescription.  Found a couple of stools that have potential for Steve, but he wants to wait and see what the OT comes up with first.

Typical.

Just asked Steve if the software will be finished in 5 days and he said "don't see why not!" - you'll have to forgive me for not believing him 'cos it's taken at least 6 weeks so far, despite it being promised in under 10 days!  If it's not in my hands by the end of April, I'll be wanting my £1000 back which he's already admitted he's spent and can't afford to refund it!
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He's been promising the software since 28th November 2018 and I've paid him £1250 for it in advance but he hasn't even started on it so I've been waiting for it since he promised it nearly 6 months ago and I've paid him in advance instead of on delivery like the other people he's been creating sites for!!

He complained about being paid 3 weeks late so I think I've got a right to get arsey when I've waited 8 times that long for something that was promised within 10 days!!

Well I've had enough.  When I eventually get the software I'll be paying on delivery like everyone else!
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I'm absolutely exhaustapayted so gonna shut down, finish me mug of tea then head to bed.

Nite nite orl!
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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Wednesday 24th April 2019

That's me supplements swallowed.  They were all a PITA this morning 😒  Not a single one went down without any problems and they all took 3 mouthfuls of squash each before they went down.  Not happy at all.
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Steve found a video on YouTube overnight about someone who survives on just the shops own brands of food.  Apparently he bought at least one of everything in the Sainsbury's Basics range to live on for a week for £77 and Steve said he fancies giving it a go.  Sounds good to me!

Gonna walk the puppy then watch the two that are currently up.

BBS.
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600% today and she met the lovely man over the road, was talked to and stroked... she seemed to like him almost as much as the man next door!
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Just made use of the Pet Psychology course I did last Thursday on one of the Facebook groups I'm with, for the first time since starting to study online again!  I just hope that the suggestions I made help the pet in question!
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Pizza for lunch today - yummy and very filling... better than the ones that cost more I reckon!
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That's me prescription swallowed... a lot easier than me supplements this morning, thankfully!
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Our butterfly bush in the back yard has totally taken over the whole yard and there's no way of breaking off the individual branches 'cos they are just too thick so I'm hoping that Steve will ask his dad if we can borrow a hand saw to hack away at it and hopefully get it cut right back again so that we can use our back yard again at last and it'll give Mitzi more places to poo too!
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Steve's just emailed a company about coming out to clear the entire back yard.  He reckons it'll be too expensive and I can do it myself if his dad's got a hand saw we can borrow... it'll take a few hours to do but it will save so much money!
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Going to bed now... nite nite orl!
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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Shouldn't have done that. 

The puppy forced me to walk 1200% today and wanted to keep walking but my knees would have given way so we had to come home when we did for my own safety 'cos if my legs had given way I wouldn't have even been able to crawl home and the puppy would have been like "WTF??"

Wanna try and very gradually increase our daily walks to 750% and our weekly marathon to 1500% by the end of the year.  Gonna have to take things reeeeeally slowly though and there's still 7 months to do it in, so maybe we could increase it by 50% a month for the long walks and just slowly add in the distance for our shorter walks?  It'll build up my confidence and muscles so that I only need to work on the slopes and kerbs then.  It's gonna take me a looong time, but we'll get there in the end... just need to forget about my falls as easily as I forget how many lengths between our neighbours that we've done lol
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That's me supplements swallowed.  The Iron was a bit of a PITA this morning and took 2 mouthfuls of squash to get down, so the B12 and multi followed suit, but other than that it was OK.  Not the best ever morning, but far from the worst too.
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Just contacted a company in Somerset about getting rid of our two desktop computers and monitor so that it's three less things that we don't need cluttering up the bedroom.  The other companies I've tried contacting (their forms didn't go through) seemed to mainly focus on organisations but seemed willing to do individuals for the right price too... their forms just didn't work so they've lost at least one customer there!

I just hope this place is willing to help individuals too!
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The shopping has just been and, yet again the driver refused to take the boxes through to the kitchen because he was either male and/or his size (he's clinically obese) so Steve's going to email Sainsbury's about it again because it always happens when Steve answers the door to our groceries but doesn't happen when his sister does!
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That's Steve's mini Toblerone's just been delivered and put into the fridge.  We're having Angel cake and fruit pies for lunch apparently, so he'll only be getting one Creme Egg this week, assuming he cooks both days at the weekend!

He's just put the SPF50 kids sun cream on Mitzi's bald patch of fur and it didn't bother her in the slightest so we've just got to remember to put it on before we go for our morning stroll and when she goes on her play-dates too so that she doesn't get burnt again.  Bless her little furry paws!
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That's me prescription taken, hoping for a relatively early night tonight... will I get it???
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Just clearing my cache's ready for tomorrow's virus scan... totally forgot, despite the reminder!
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Just had me lasagne so it prolly won't be an early night after all 'cos if I go to bed too soon, I'll feel sick which will make me paranoid about throwing up in my sleep and choking on it then dieing which would put a slight crimp in the day!
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Shutting down now... not going to bed straight away but I'm definitely logging off now.

Nite nite orl!
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Monday, 22 April 2019

Monday 22nd April 2019 - part two

Just back from seeing Steve's family.  He's seeing his dad again on Friday and they're going for a family day out in late May which I wasn't even invited to.  It means that in only 5 days this week, he'll have seen his family the same amount of times as I've seen mine since the Summer of 2010.

Hardly fair, is it?  😞
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Just taken me prescription, an hour later than usual but hey ho!  Hopefully I'll be asleep by 10pm and awake by 7am so that I can be ready for when the post comes with Steve's Amazon delivery.  I've gotta walk, feed and water the pup before the groceries arrive between 10am and 11am too!
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Gonna try putting my jeans on tomorrow... they are the right size, as long as I haven't just got out of the bath, and I've lost hopefully enough of my belly to fit in to them this time!

Haven't worn jeans since I was at college and I miss them!  😃
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Me prescription is kicking in so I'm orf to bed now.

Nite nite orl.  Sleep well and, as always, I'll be back tomorrow.
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Monday 22nd April 2019 - part one

That's the puppy walked, fed and watered as well as me supplements swallowed so now I've just got to put the spreadsheets online before we go and see Steve's family again.

I'm gonna post this just before we go and potentially put up another one when we get back, depending on when that is and how I'm feeling.
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OK, it's up on my disability page now.

What would you prefer me to do with the spreadsheets from now on though?  It's just text and links on the page now with just one graphic within it... is that OK and you want me to keep linking to the spreadsheet images or do you want me to put smaller images within the text, linking to the spreadsheets?  Lemme know in the comments 'cos I honestly don't know which to do from now on!  If you aren't comfortable leaving your name, just make one up so that I can use it in future children's books that I write 😉
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Had a marketing email from the New Skills Academy where I did all bar one of the courses last week or the week before or whenever it was, with a bundled course that sounds like something I want to do, but at £647 for the three courses, I just can't afford it right now unfortunately  😞
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Gonna publish this then head outside now.  TTYL!
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Sunday, 21 April 2019

Sunday 21st April 2019

That's the puppy walked, fed and watered now.  We did 600% and the poor senior girl fell off the kerb bless her.  She's unhurt, just worried now which is totally understandable.

Time to take me supplements then jump in the bath ready for going to see Steve's family tomorrow.
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That's the supplements down the hatch.  They behaved themselves this morning, thankfully, so I'm gonna go and jump in the bath now so that I don't need to get worried about Steve's cousin coming while I'm either in there or naked either just before getting in or just after I've got out.  I'll hopefully be out and dressed by 9am-ish if I get in now.
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It's 9.20am now and I'm bathed and dressed for the day and ready for tomorrow now.  Just waitin' for the pup to be picked up for her play-date then we can do the rubbish and recycling and clear up her poo from the back yard.

I can feel the pup's ribs now, so hopefully she won't need to be on the vet food for much longer!  I'm thinking we'll try her on the tails.com food first - the hypoallergenic one and see what she thinks, then we'll take it from there.
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That's the puppy gone for her play-date so we've put the rubbish and recycling out now and we're having crisps and cake for lunch, so Steve's not getting either of his Creme Eggs again this week.  He won't be getting his week-day egg next week either 'cos we're going to see his family again tomorrow for lunch, so unless he cooks for tea we'll only be having 4 cooked meals instead of the required 5.  Bet he won't cook at the weekend either though  😒
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We're having Chinese for tea - again!  😔  Just gonna have onion rings 'cos I'm not hungry in the evenings.
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The puppy is back home!!!

I missed her so much and the whole house felt empty without her here!
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Just taken me prescription so hopefully that'll kick in soon.
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Goin' to bed now for a reeeeeally early night.  Nite nite orl!  See you at some point tomorrow!
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Saturday, 20 April 2019

Saturday 20th April 2019

That's the puppy walked and fed, brushed me teeth and now it's time for me supplements then a video course for a change!
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Supplements went down OK just now.  The Calcium crumbs went everywhere again, but that's pretty normal now though, so I had a good morning taking the pills today.

Time to study now!  How do you reckon I'll get on?
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3600% extra walkies so far this week, so we're well on target for hitting 4000% again tomorrow.  Not gonna force the puppy though... as long as we do 100% every day, I take my lead from her.  I love doing 600% each of the 6 days for easy calculations and I take my lead from the pup about doing 1100% once a week but I appreciate us getting to 4000% extra a week.  The puppy is a senior girl now though, so I don't force her to walk any further than she can cope with each day.

On to watching the video now!
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Blimey!  That's the Safeguarding Children course finished already and I finished on 100% right too, which is awesome!
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The Nursery Assistant Certificate is finished now too.  Got 2 questions wrong over the entire course!  Mental wellbeing in kids and young people now then that's all the courses finished that I've already paid for and I just need to save up for the next one.
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3x100%'s and 1x80% on the mental wellbeing course so just one single question wrong out of 20, which ain't bad going!  Gonna do the Diploma in Mental Health Studies on Alison.com now then finish it off tomorrow.  Hope I pass it!
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Just scraped through the first assessment - the score I needed to get to pass was 80% and I got 80%!
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84% on that assessment!  At least I passed, so I'm not complaining lol
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That's me prescription taken and I'll hopefully finish the course and take the final entire course assessment before I head to bed... wish me luck!
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Another 80% so I'm just scraping through.  I'm hoping to finish the course and take the end of course assessment before I head to bed tonight.
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Passed the entire course assessment with another 84%!!

Yaaaaay!!!

I'm gonna celebrate with chocolate mini rolls then head to bed with a huge grin on my face.  Gotta update the pages on my site first though lol
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Goin' to bed now.  Nite nite orl... C U in the mornin'!
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Friday, 19 April 2019

Friday 19th April 2019

All the supplements were a nightmare to get down this morning - ⅓ of a 2 litre bottle of squash to get 'em all down this morning which has made me bloated and nauseous now.  😞👎

Gonna take the puppy out for her morning stroll now then start studying module 2.
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That's the puppy walked, fed and watered and Steve said he's gonna make me a chocochino when he comes out of the bathroom so time to start studying again now!  I'm 10% of the way through the course after the first module, so, in theory, I'll be finished by 6pm-ish then I can reward myself with an early night.
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Just brushed me teeth - almost forgot again!

Steve's just brought the chocochino in so time to start studying now!
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Completed the course with a score of 86% and I only got 4 questions wrong, so I'm feeling particularly proud of myself right now!  😁🏆

Time to update the pages then we're having Yummies for a celebratory tea apparently!
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OK, the pages (first page and completed courses page) are updated.  Steve reckons I should do the safeguarding children course next.  The nursery assistant one should hopefully be a breeze 'cos I'm already qualified to do it, but I want to update my skills and knowledge just to keep myself current and the mental wellbeing in children will just be in addition to the child psychology courses I've already taken and purely out of interest so I'm gonna do that one last.  Hold on while I re-order them now, before I forget!
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Done and dusted and burger eaten so I just need to take my prescription now and wait for it to kick in before I head to bed for the night.

BRB
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That went down nice and easily tonight!  I'm hoping it'll kick in quickly too so that I can have an early night.
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Charging my mobile up a touch (only to maybe 15%) then I'm orf to bed for the night.

Nite nite orl!
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Thursday, 18 April 2019

Thursday 18th April 2019

Yep, from now on I'll be doing the virus scans and backups on Wednesday-Thursday from now on.  Absolutely nothing went wrong with the virus scan, my blood pressure stayed stable and it was finished in 17 hours too.

Gonna do the backups in 2 stages instead of 3 as well 'cos that's 87% complete in less than an hour too, instead of the hour and a half minimum and blood pressure through the roof, so just gotta remember that and get into a new routine now.

I've also already taken me supplements.  The Iron was a bit of a PITA this morning, but the other 3 were fine.

Also learnt last night that Mitzi prefers positive reinforcement training 'cos she gets lots of praise and a biccie when she poo's in our back yard but nothing if she does it on our morning stroll.  Got 9 more modules to study and an exam to take today then I'll have me third diploma under me belt and a fourth ready and waiting for me to start it!
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That's the virus scan (which took 18 hours to do instead of 2 days previously) and back up done for the next week and my blood pressure and mood as well as the internet connection and battery lead have all remained steady for the last 24 hours 😌 so it's gonna definitely be a mid-week thing instead of a Friday-Saturday/Sunday thing from now on.  👍👍

Gonna take the puppy for our morning stroll now, then get on with the studying again.
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That's our senior baby girl walked and fed, teeth brushed so now it's time to study.
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Just bought another 3 courses for £60 instead of very nearly £900 and 2 of 'em were on my list of courses that I want to take too, which is even better!  They are certificate courses so will, in theory, be done and dusted in a day.

There are 5 courses that I've paid to take so it will hopefully keep me out of trouble until the end of the month lol.  Not going to pay for any more until I've finished those 5 though lol.
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That's all the modules studied.  Gonna wait until Steve gets home from his nursey appointment before I take the end of course test just in case the phone goes or someone comes to the door or even both, like yesterday!
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*ahem*
I passed the course first time!!!

Only by 2 right answers but I still passed!

I obviously need to NOT revise and go with my first answer instead of second guessing myself 'cos I'd totally forgotten yesterdays 16 modules as well as most of todays remaining 9 because there was a gap of getting on for an hour between finishing the course and taking the exam.

That calls for a celebratory veggie lasagne for tea.  Gonna adjust the 2 webpages and upload my diploma then start on the canine communication course then continue that tomorrow and potentially take the test at bedtime tomorrow.
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There are only 10 modules on the canine communication diploma course, which is the same amount as the first course I took with the New Skills Academy so, in theory, it'll be done and dusted tomorrow if I start it first thing!

Gonna make a start on it now though... see how many modules I get through before bedtime in about 4 hours.
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Just finished the first assessment of the first module and Steve's ordered my veggie lasagne, so I'm gonna put my laptop on the floor and wait for it to arrive now.

I'll prolly come back after I've eaten to hopefully do another module to let the lasagne settle and then shut me laptop down before I head to bed.

BBS!
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Back now and I'm cream crackered so not going to do the second module tonight.  Gonna watch a bit of telly for a rare change before I head to bed.

Nite nite orl!
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