Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Tuesday 21st January 2020

Morning all.

Late morning this morning, so I've already taken me morning pills and I'm about to take the puppy out for our first stroll of the morning.  BBS❗
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Steve's just pulled a Sainsbury's jam sandwich cream apart and they are soo beautiful inside❗  I've taken a photo so I'll put it on here and in a review on Sainsbury's when I've walked the puppy.
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We're back now and I've put it into the spreadsheet ready for Sunday.  It's bitterly cold out there this morning❗
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There isn't an option for adding photo's to reviews, so I'll just resize the photo (otherwise it'd be close to 5mb and force you to scroll the page horizontally, just to see it) then put it here - hold on for a bit.


Beautiful, innit❓❗
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That's the Fitbit email report sorted and up on the Fitbit page, so that's it for this week now.
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Taken the Calcium and emailed Iceland about getting their bonus card then we'll slowly work through what's left in the freezer and start doing our monthly frozen food shop through them.

My phone started making weird noises because there was a system update and the only way to shut it up was to install it immediately, annoyingly.  Still, it's one less thing to go wrong overnight by doing it now 🤷
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The puppy has just gone back with Helen and I'm already missing her like crazy.  Got loads of photo's of her on the sofa though, so I'll put them on my site and head to bed.
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OK, the photo's are up now, so I'm heading to bed.

Nite nite orl 💤
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Monday, 20 January 2020

Monday 20th January 2020

Morning all.

It was bitterly cold out there on the puppy's marathon Monday stroll.  It was bitterly cold out there so we were both glad to be home.  She devoured her breakfast, Steve gave her some milk as a treat, but she hasn't been out for a poo yet.

The rubbish and recycling have been and gone and I've taken all my morning pills, so I'm all set for the day now.

Steve had a call about getting a smart metre installed, so they are coming out in April to fit it for us and they will automatically get readings so that Steve doesn't have to log it any more... bet one of us will forget about it and it'll be a surprise when they turn up on our doorstep though❗ 🤣  It'll be good to have it all done and dusted... one less thing for us to worry about and they can't say that we're using more electricity than we really are/the reading is too low, like has happened in the past.

That's everything sorted until lunchtime now.
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Calcium taken and Fitbit charging up, so I can continue surfing the internet until this evening now.  Brought the canvas bin bag in, so I don't need to do anything else now, until I download the Fitbit thing... I'll do that now, before I forget.
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That's the Fitbit page on 3 pages now so that you, my homepage visitors, don't need to scroll down to get each week's information.  I've been kind and kept the initial page at the same URL (so that you don't need to update your bookmarks) and just linked to the 2019 and 2020 pages from it.  I'm pondering on splitting up the 2020 page and future pages into 3 months per page, but we shall see.
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That's the puppy walked for the second time today.  She was a very good girl and I'm so proud of her❗
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The shopping came early tonight and apparently we've run out of room in both freezers now, so I've taken the freezer stuff off next week's shop and suggested that we spend the next little while ploughing through it all then doing a monthly shop at Iceland to fill them both up again then just get things like fridge stuff, fresh potato's, tomato's, fruit etc from Sainsbury's each week so that we can use the full depth of the big freezer and don't waste the things we've bought in the past so that it doesn't go out of date.  I can't afford to waste money yet that's what we're doing by not using up what we've already bought!

Means that we can buy in bulk and stock up on ice cream etc in Winter when it's cheaper and more readily available rather than paying a premium in the Summer and it not necessarily being in stock 'cos that's when everyone buys it.

Taken my evening pills, so just waiting for them to kick in now, then I'll head to bed.
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Heading off to beddy-byes now... nite nite orl❗
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Sunday, 19 January 2020

Sunday 19th January 2020

Mornin' all.

I've taken one of my morning pills so far and I'll get the others taken now before I forget... brb.

That's all my pills taken until bedtime 'cos I've taken the Calcium too, so that I can get on with filling up the pill caddy thing.

That's done as well now, so I'm gonna take the puppy out for our morning stroll as soon as I've downed the Ginger Beer.
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Had our lunch (vegetarian pasta bol), taken the puppy out, updated and uploaded the walking spreadsheet then taken loads of photo's and a video of the puppy as well as asking about editing the custom food logs on Fitbit.

Just spent the day aimlessly surfing the web today and I'm gonna have an early night tonight I reckon, in preparation for the standard busy Monday madness - Monday marathon with the puppy, bringing the rubbish and recycling stuff in, taking all me pills, updating my homepage with the Fitbit stuff and then collapsing in a heap 🤣

A very short blog post today... absolutely cream crackered and I've walked 4,282 steps today, so I'm hoping that I'll hit the 5,000 steps tomorrow.  Keep yer fingers crossed 🤞 for me❗
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4,301 steps and I'm off to beddy-byes now.  Nite nite orl.
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Saturday, 18 January 2020

Saturday 18th January 2020

Mornin' all❗

How are you all doing this morning❓

I've already taken my pills - went down nice and easily this morning❗  Gonna take the puppy out for her morning stroll now then hopefully I'll be able to upload the book review I did yesterday.  Wish me luck 👌
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That's the puppy walked and fed, she's poo'd and been rewarded so that's it until lunchtime now, when I take my Calcium and take the puppy out for her second stroll of the day.
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That's the Calcium taken, so time for the puppy's second stroll of the day now.  BBS.
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And we're back.  An extra length onto our walk, thanks to the puppy carrying on walking instead of coming home, but that's OK... it's just snow that makes me too nervous to do extra extra's.
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Got 3 more photo's and another video of the puppy dog, so when my FTP decides to log me in I'll upload them all❗
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Less than 5 minutes into a support chat with one of the support bods at TSO Hosts and the FTP is sorted... why didn't I go straight there when I started having problems instead of waiting days on end❓  🤣
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Been having a look on the Check a Trade site to try and find someone to come out and put flooring in the bathroom and maybe repair and decorate our stair and bathroom walls.  I've shortlisted 5 local traders with good ratings so as soon as I can afford it I'll see if they fancy coming out and giving me a quote.  Gotta save up for it first though❗  🤣

Right now CA Soletrade is ahead of the game 'cos his reviews say he can do the flooring, repairs and decorating so that it's all done by one person, instead of having to find 3 traders for the 3 jobs❗
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Just taken me prescription, so as soon as I start feeling tired I'll head to bed again  👌
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Just started yawning, so I'm off to bed.  Nite nite orl❗
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Friday, 17 January 2020

Friday 17th January 2020

Mornin' all.

According to my FitBit, I was asleep for just over 9 hours last night and I feel so much more awake this morning, so I agree with it 🤣

Gonna take the puppy out for her stroll now then the CAB lady is coming about my PIP appeal at lunchtime.  She's nice enough, but I'm just nervous about it is all.

I just wanna get it all sorted and out of the way.

Taking the puppy out now.  BBS❗
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She was a really good girl on her walk today... met a doctor who can't park very close to the kerb though 🤣  Time to check my email and get sorted ready for the CAB lady.

Zoop for lunch, just to stop our bellies rumbling while she's here, then hash browns to properly fill us up when she's gone.
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We're not having zoop after all now, apparently.  Just the hash browns and vegetarian sausage rolls  😞
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Had me hash browns for a late lunch and have spent all afternoon sorting out my PIP appeal.  Done now though and when I've restarted my laptop I'll forward it on to Trina at the CAB.  BBS❗
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Just finished reading and reviewing a book... just waiting to be able to log in to FTP to upload it now❗
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Just started feeling sleepy, so I'm off to beddy-byes now.  Nite nite orl.  Eye'll sea ewe in the morning❗
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Book Review: Lead Generation with Facebook ads 2020 by Skhumbuzo Zulu

Lead Generation with Facebook ads 2020 by Skhumbuzo Zulu 
⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

If you are looking for a very quick read with a basic overview of marketing your site and converting visitors to your site into customers then this is a good little starting spot.

The author makes some good points in less than 30 pages that'll hopefully set you on the right track to expanding your site and visitor conversion rate.  If you've got the start of your site and you want to increase you visitor numbers and sales conversions, then this is a gentle introduction to it.

It would have got a higher star rating if the author had described, in detail, how to do the things they've suggested instead of just assuming that you'll know exactly what to do and what the URLs are and stuff.

It's a decent introduction, but it needs a lot more detail and instructions.  Sorry.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Thursday 16th January 2020

Got smacked 'round the head by my muse at 5.45am so hurried down to plan the novel before I forgot.  In the 3½ hours that I've been awake, I've already planned out 8 chapters... I only planned out the first chapter in the entire day yesterday❗  Need to take my morning pills before I get too caught up in it though❗
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That's the pills taken until my Calcium one at lunchtime now, so I can spend the next 3½ hours planning the first third of the manuscript out, while my muse is still active.
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THE PUPPY'S HOME AGAIN❗❗❗  YAAAAAAY❗❗❗

She was only out for about 24 hours this time which is awesome and means that I can take her for her afternoon stroll when me lunch has gone down a bit and means she's only missed two walks this week instead of four like usual... I'm sooo glad she's home... the love is filling the house now and it feels like the house is complete again now.  She's the smallest member of the house but gives love by the bucket-load... she is love, personified❗

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That's all me pills until bedtime taken now, so I can get on with planning the novel now.  I'm currently ⅓ of the way through it now... aiming for ½ way by bed time then hopefully most of the rest of it sorted tomorrow.
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That's the puppy walked her evening stroll and I've just had an apple, so that's 3 of my 5 today which is more than I usually have 🤣  It's a good job I took the puppy out when I did 'cos it's oneheckuva lot darker out there now.
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Planned out 25 chapters today and I've just had a reminder to take my prescription, so I'll do that now then head to bed for a really early night.
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Prescription taken and I've just planned out chapter 30 but I'm not tired yet, so I'm gonna keep planning until I start yawning then head straight to bed.

So proud of everything I've achieved today❗  👍
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Aaaand it's finished!  Planned out 49 chapters since 5.45am which is good going by anyone's standards, so I'm gonna finish off my mug of tea then shut down and head to bed.
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Heading to bed now.  Nite nite orl 💤
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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Wednesday 15th January 2020

Mornin' all.

Just taken me morning pills and started off the weekly virus scan, so I'm hoping it'll be finished at about 🕑 2pm then I'll do the backups and I'm all sorted for another week.

Gonna walk the puppy and hopefully finish reading and reviewing the book by the time I go to bed... wish me luck that I achieve it❗
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Back now.  The Fitbit app has recognised that we walked for more than 9 minutes today 🤣  Time to get on with the reading and reviewing now.
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Virus scan has just finished, so time for backups now then that's me sorted for another week.
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The puppy's just gone❗  😭
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Currently sorting out the back-ups... keep yer fingers crossed 🤞 that it all gets sorted first time this week.
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Everything went well with the backups and I've discovered that a domain name renewal is up for renewal that's due on 27th, so I've added £50 that I can just afford now and I'll add the rest of it on payday and pay for it all that morning.  It's one less thing for me to worry about that way.  Gonna take my pills and head to bed I reckon.  I deserve an early night I reckon.

Nite nite orl❗
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Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Tuesday 14th January 2020

Mornin' all

Taken the puppy out for our morning stroll and the son of the person I reported to the police had a go at me, accusing me of the same thing as his father, so I came home and reported him too.  Now that I know what they're doing is a crime, I'll report every one of them every time they have a go at me 🤷.

I've taken me morning pills now and Steve thinks Helen said the puppy was going back to theirs today, so we shall see.

Put me weekly email report from Fitbit on my site now, so I can start reading nice and early today.
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Steve's just heard that the puppy is being picked up tomorrow, rather than today, so I've taken her harness off and taken her bag back through to the kitchen.  We get another day with the puppy❗  Yaaaay❗
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Our lunch today was burgers, which tasted even better today for some reason.

Doing well with the reading today.  Hoping to get at least 5 chapters read before I head to bed and hopefully finish it off tomorrow then.
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Just taken me last pills of the day, so I'll keep reading until they start kicking in then head to bed for an early night I reckon.
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The cream crackeredness has just started kicking in, so I'm off to bed.  Nite nite orl❗
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Monday, 13 January 2020

Monday 13th January 2020

Mornin' all.

According to my Fitbit app, I was asleep for 9 hours and 46 minutes and I feel sooo much better for it.  The rubbish has just been collected, so I'll bring the bag back in and take the puppy out for our Monday marathon stroll.  Hoping that today is our first double stroll of the week... I'm thinking I'll take her out again at like 3pm 🕒 or 4pm 🕓 so that we can both recover.  How many laps should we do though?  4?  5?

I'm hoping to smash the Boat Shoe total I did a few weeks back by taking the puppy out twice a day, especially on a Monday.  No idea what the next badge thing is, but I'm just gonna build up really slowly.  It's just not worth risking pushing myself too quickly otherwise I'll be effed up and have to start all over again, which I'm just not prepared to do.  It's taken 9 years to get up to this distance with the puppy so I'm not planning to increase it quicker than that.

I'll take her out now and I'll BBS❗
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Taken me pills and walked the puppy our new marathon Monday normal length.  My knees are asking me WTF I'm doing, so it'll be a really short second walk so that they don't give way on me during the second stroll.  It's this week and next week that'll be the hardest to cope with, but will, hopefully, start to get used to it after that.
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Steve said that it starts getting dark at 4pm 🕓 so I'll take the puppy out for the second time at 3pm 🕒 and see how long it takes us both to crash out when we get home 🤣
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Just got back from walkies number 2 and the puppy was a bit confused to start with but as soon as we got out of the door she was like "oooh, another walk❗"  Just in time too, 'cos it's starting to rain and get dark now, so it's a good job we didn't go out any later.  3pm is definitely the latest I should take her out until the clocks change again, then I can take her out earlier in the morning and later in the afternoon then, but until then 3pm is the latest we go out I reckon.

We walked 2000% total today, so we'll both sleep well tonight❗
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5165 steps and I'm heading to bed now - absolutely exhausted but it's sooo worth it just once a week to keep me and the puppy healthy.

I've taken my pills 💊 so I'm off to bed 🛌 for a well-deserved early night.

See you all in the morning.

Nite nite orl❗
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Sunday, 12 January 2020

Sunday 12th January 2020

Mornin' all.

Woke up incredibly late this morning❗  My Fitbit says it was 8.42am that I woke up, which is the latest for a very long time... Steve says he's grateful that it's not the 🕔 5am starts any more for the last few days 🤣.

The puppy was a wonderful girl on our stroll and I'm thinking that, starting tomorrow, I'll take her out for two strolls a day.  Same lengths in the mornings, but a shorter stroll of maybe another 5 or 6 lengths in the evening, just to wipe her out so that she hopefully sleeps through the night like she does during the day 🤣

My pills went down reasonably OK this morning... not the easiest ever, but not too bad either.

We've finished the shopping order and could afford to put hash browns and veggie lasagne on this week, which is making me drool 😋 at just the thought❗  Our menu for next week is gonna be meatless sausage rolls and chips tomorrow, Tuesday is gonna be veggie burgers, Wednesday will be zoop because of the virus scan, Thursday will be lasagne for me and stew for Steve, Friday will be hash browns, Saturday will be "pasta and sauce or pasta bol or something" and haven't got a clue about Sunday's meal 🤣  That's more planned out than usual though❗

Steve's just agreed to planning out each weeks meals and finally using the fridge magnets 🤣
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The plan is on the little freezer's door now.  Need to get a new colour cartridge for the printer though, 'cos it's completely run out❗
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Just taken the Calcium, so it's time for the weekly re-fill of the container now... Sundays and Mondays are very busy for me 🤣
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That's all sorted for another 7 days now.  Gonna leave a review for the container on Amazon and my site now, before I forget... hold on.
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Got the reviews written on Amazon and my site, but having issues with the FTP and I can pretty much forget about uploading them and the walking page tomorrow, so I'll keep reading until it's pill-taking time, then I'll finish off the chapter and head to bed for an early night.
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Finished off chapter 4 so I'm off to bed now.

Nite nite orl❗  Sea ewe in the morning at some point❗
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Saturday, 11 January 2020

Saturday 11th January 2020

Mornin' all

Significantly late start this morning❗  I'm usually awake at about 7am 🕖 but was still asleep over an hour later❗  I'm awake now though (obviously) so I'm gonna take my pills then walk the puppy.

Decided on the first name of my main character for my next manuscript though... Annalisa and her dad is "Malcolme with an e"... just gotta be smacked by the main theme of the manuscript and 50 chapter ideas now 🤣

I've suggested to Steve that he works on the software and I work on the Manuscript in March with the aim of getting both finished by the end of March.  He has, in theory, agreed, but I can almost guarantee that only one of us will actually work on it after the first few days.

Taken my morning pills - they were a PITA to get down today, but that's it until lunchtime now, for the Calcium.
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That's the puppy walked and fed.  My OCD wants us to do 50% extra tomorrow so that it's a nice, round number of extras this week.  I'm just gonna take my lead from the puppy... if she wants to do an extra length then my OCD will be happy, but if not, then that's OK too.

Gonna start planning my March novel now, so that I really will have produced two different ones by the end of the year... just 2 months later than expected❗ 🤣
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Just taken my Calcium.  Forgot it again yesterday - d'oheth❗
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Had a veggie lasagne for tea...yumsk.  Currently reading a book that I'll hopefully finish and be able to review tomorrow on my homepage, so be on the look out for it on my book reviews page❗
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Just taken me evening pills and I'm shutting down now.  Be back tomorrow morning at some point.  Nite nite orl❗
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Friday, 10 January 2020

Friday 10th January 2020

Mornin' all.

It was just starting to get light outside when I came down, so I'm gonna wait until it's nice and light (and therefore, safe) out there then walk the puppy.
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That's the puppy walked and fed... only 11 active minutes today because the puppy never stopped on our walk at all❗  Not even for a sniff❗  Gonna see how the weekend goes with the new lengths this week then take it from there.

Time to get on with my writing now.  Hopefully get the entire manuscript finished by bed-time then I'll be lost tomorrow morning 🤣
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Just checked my Fitbit app again and it's gone up to 18 active minutes now, which is more realistic.  Time to carry on with my writing now that it's been sorted out.
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One down, five to go which ain't too bad.
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That's Steve's Valentine's and anniversary gift just arrived, so haven't got anything else to buy before my mum's birthday now.
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Two down, four to go.  Just tieing up loose ends now.  The last paragraph of the entire manuscript is gonna be fun to write 😃  In fact the whole of the last chapter is gonna be a build up to the last paragraph and it's gonna get very wet 🤣
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Half way now.  Slowing down and tieing up loose ends then they will go on holiday in the last two chapters, to give it a positive end.
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999 words to go then it's totally finished in only 9 days!  50,000 words written in 9 days is quick by anyone's standards and I'm sure will need a great deal of editing before it's suitable for querying 🤣
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Charging up my Fitbit while I'm writing the final chapter of my JanNo novel - might as well as I won't be moving off the sofa for the next hour or so❗
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Just finished it, but not at all happy or proud of myself 'cos I've literally (as in seconds after finishing it) discovered that I wrote exactly the same book for NaNo, so I've totally wasted the last 9 days  😞

Gonna head to bed and not happily even though I completed JanNo, it won't count 'cos I'd already written the damn book which would be seen as cheating so not count.  
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Thursday, 9 January 2020

Thursday 9th January 2020

Managed to swallow the 5-HTP whole again this morning so I'm feeling really positive right now.  Only got 11 chapters left to write too, as well as the puppy coming home today so things are going really well right now.  If I can write the 6 chapters today, I'll be on top of the world❗  Managed to write 5 yesterday, with a 2 hour break for the backups, so hopefully I'll be able to do the 6 today and the final 5 tomorrow.  Wish me luck and keep your fingers crossed 🤞 for me please❗
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First chapter of the day written so time for chapter forty of fifty to write now.
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The puppy's home again❗❗❗  YAAAAY❗❗❗

She's missing her collar, but the most important thing is that she's hoooooome❗❗❗ 

Apparently the CAB lady is coming out next Friday about my PIP appeal... I hope it's not too late now though!
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Second chapter of the day sorted... aiming for another four today, so I'm a third of the way there, in the time it would normally take me to write a single one, so keep crossing them fingers❗
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Calcium taken and I'm halfway through today's third chapter already❗
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That's the third chapter finished, so I'm half way to today's target and it's only 🕝 2.30pm❗
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Written five chapters now, so I'm gonna enjoy my reward and get on with chapter six... I might even get to bed at a reasonable time too❗
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That's the sixth chapter of the day sorted so just got chapters 45-50 to write tomorrow then that's the entire novel written in 10 days, including having the first day off.

Not gonna know what to do with meself starting on Saturday 🤣
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Heading to bed now.  If it's light outside as soon as I wake up, then I'll take the puppy for her stroll, but if it's dark then I'll write a chapter first.

Nite nite orl❗
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Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Wednesday 8th January 2020

Oh.

My.

Goddess.

I've just swallowed the 5-HTP whole❗

I usually crunch it up because it's so huge, but not this morning❗

For the first time since I was a child, I've been able to swallow a capsule-shaped pill❗

Can't believe it and I feel unbelievably proud of myself right now❗

Should I attempt to swallow the Calcium whole too or not risk it❓
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Just taken it and decided to crunch it up.  Still amazingly proud of myself but didn't want to push my luck 😉  Gonna take it really really slowly and not even attempt to take the Calcium whole yet until I can reliably and confidently take the 5-HTP whole every morning.

Currently doing the backups then I'll carry on with the writing until this evening when I'll check my email and head to bed.  I'm hoping to be able to write 6 chapters today so that I can finish on Friday evening, rather than Saturday morning then I can spend the whole weekend celebrating 🤣
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That's the backups sorted for another week.  Doubt I'll get another 4 chapters written today, but I will still try to... as long as I get 5 done and dusted I'll be happy enough with that.  Wish me luck!
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That's my last two prescriptions of the day taken and just got one more chapter left to write before I'm allowed my reward.  Was hoping for 6 chapters today, but I'd forgotten about the backups taking so long, so I've been 2 hours behind schedule all day which is pretty much an entire chapter, so it's understandable.  Means I'll be finished on Saturday morning, so my celebratory reward for finishing the entire thing will be cafetierre coffee as opposed to the lasagne, but that's OK... it's still a reward that's bigger than the J2O so it'll still be a celebration.
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Just finished chapter 48, so I've got 11 to go then the entire manuscript is finished.  Gonna have my reward then head to bed.  Nite nite orl.
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Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Tuesday 7th January 2020

Mornin' again all.

I've taken my morning pills and the puppy walked me an extra length today.  She's going back with Helen at some point today and it's gonna break my heart 💔 as soon as she walks through the door again❗  Needs to be done for her benefit and health though and she's coming back on Thursday, so it's only for 2 nights, but I'm gonna miss her sooo much❗

Gonna get on with my writing so that I don't get too upset.
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That's my prescription been delivered, so it really is just the puppy going again now.
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First chapter of the day has been written.  I'm having burger patties and chips for lunch so that I can have it in a bowl and don't need to stop writing while I eat.

It's the virus scan tomorrow, so that'll be zoop and I dunno what the rest of the week's food'll be... I'm hoping to have totally finished this manuscript by the weekend though.  Keep yer fingers crossed 🤞 for me please❗
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Officially ⅗ of the way through the entire manuscript now and it's only taken me 5½ days, which is even better❗  It's currently 1.34pm and I've already written two chapters, so I'm hoping today will be another 6 chapters then only one more 6 chapter day to go for me to be finished on the 10th after writing for a grand total of only 9 days.  Things are going good for me so far❗
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The puppy's just gone 😭  If you listen closely enough, you can hear my heart shattering 💔 into tiny shards.  I'm missing her already and she's only been gone for a couple of minutes, if that❗
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Finished the 5th chapter of the day and it's not even 7pm yet, so I'm gonna finish my J2O, check my email, clear both caches ready for tomorrow then head to bed for an early night.  Hoping to get 6 chapters written tomorrow and hopefully Thursday 'cos the pup won't be here to walk, so I can make a start on it as soon as I come down each morning and pretty much guarantee's that the entire manuscript will be finished on the 10th after writing for only 9 days (spent the 1st with Steve's family so didn't get a single word written all day) which isn't bad going at all.
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That's the caches cleared and my email downloading, so I'm gonna have a read of Facebook then shut down and head to bed for an early night I reckon.
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Heading to bed now... hoping to be in bed by 9pm and asleep shortly after.

Nite nite orl❗
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Monday, 6 January 2020

Monday 6th January 2020

Mornin' all.

Taken the puppy for her first longer marathon Monday walk this morning and she seemed when we kept walking but she walked me even further than that last Monday❗  🤣  Sooo glad I got the counter though... I forgot how many we'd done after 4 today, so relied on the counter for the majority of the lengths.  Assuming it keeps working for the rest of this week and all of next week, it'll be getting a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review from me... don't know what I did without it already and have only used it 3 times so far 🤣

Already walked 3,000 steps today but I'm hoping for another 5,000 day... keep yer fingers crossed 🤞 for me... that's my next personal challenge - 3,000 steps on the days the puppy is here and 5,000 on marathon Mondays... the days that the puppy isn't here, the target is still 2,500 though.

Someone's coming for the collar that's too small for Mitzi in the next couple of hours, then I can start/keep on writing.
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Finished the first chapter of the day, this next one will be half way through the manuscript which means, unless something serious goes wrong in the next few weeks, I'll have finished JanNo it under two weeks again, just like I did with NaNo in November.  Wanna try and write 6 chapters today and tomorrow, so that I'm back on track for finishing on the 10th instead of the 11th.  I know it's only a days difference, but that is huge to me.
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The collar has just gone, so I can concentrate on my writing for the rest of the day now.  TTY at the half way point in the manuscript❗
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That's the Calcium taken, so that's it now until this evening.  Hoping to finish chapter 25 by the time Steve gets home then I can plug my headphones in and get into my writing headspace for the rest of the day.
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Just been able to access the FTP for my homepage for the first time since Friday or Saturday, so that's all sorted now and the music is blaring through my headphones, so hoping for another 4 chapters written in the next 6-ish hours... keep yer fingers crossed 🤞 that I achieve it today and tomorrow so that I can go back to writing 5 a day❗
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The puppy's going for her first trip of 2020 back with Helen (the vet nurse) tomorrow and coming back on Thursday and it's gonna be sooo painful to be without her for 2 nights this time, after having her for the last two weeks without a single night away from us... gonna miss her sooo much❗ 😢  Hopefully it won't be for much longer now though, now that we've got her weight and thyroid sorted.  Keep yer fingers crossed 🤞 that it's weeks as opposed to months now❓  Please❓
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I'm off to bed for an early-ish night, but, as always, I'll be back again tomorrow.  For tonight though, I'll say nite nite orl.
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Sunday, 5 January 2020

Sunday 5th January 2020

Mornin' all.

Took the puppy out for our morning stroll and the counter still works so I've gotta put it into the spreadsheet then up on my site 'cos it's Sunday today.  I took my pills as soon as I came down because it was still black out there so wouldn't have been safe to walk the puppy for either of us.

I wanna write at least 6 chapters today and tomorrow so keep your fingers crossed 🤞 that I achieve it❗  Gotta discharge the battery on my laptop too, cos it's the first Sunday of the month, as well as putting the rubbish and recycling out.

Busy, busy, busy today❗
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That's the rubbish and recycling sorted for another week, so I can get on with writing now.  Don't expect me to be as chatty as yesterday until I get the 6 chapters written 🤣
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Zoop and vegan sausage rolls for lunch today.  Totally yumsk and I can keep writing while I have them too, which is even better.
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Two fifths of the way through the manuscript now.  Still can't get access to FTP again though, annoyingly.
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Just finished my fifth chapter of the day, so I'm aiming for 6 chapters tomorrow but hoping for 7 so that I've got a day's writing in the bank which would mean I finish on the 10th, rather than the 11th.  I'll hit the half way point tomorrow anyway but I'm gonna publish this then shut down for the night.

I'll be back tomorrow, so I'll see you then.

Nite nite orl!
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Saturday, 4 January 2020

Saturday 4th January 2020

Mornin' all.

I got in to my sites via FTP at bedtime last night, so it wasn't the early night I was hoping for, but I'm all set for the year now so it was worth it. Gonna take my morning pills before I forget again then start writing 'cos it's still totally black out there so not safe to walk the puppy yet.

Got an email from Equifax overnight, so I assumed it was because my credit rating had improved, but I was wrong... it was the monthly electoral register update was all, but my credit score has improved by almost 100 points in 7.5 months which ain't bad going.  It's orange and fair instead of red and very poor now, so it's going the right way, thankfully.  It's gonna take a while to get it back to where I want it (in the green of course) but it's gradually improving, so I'm happy with that.

Pill time now, then I'll start writing chapter 12... hoping to be at chapter 16 or 17 by the time you read this.  Keep yer fingers crossed 🤞 for me please❗
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That's the pills taken, and it's starting to lighten up outside now, so I'll write a few more paragraphs then take the puppy out... need to remember to take my keys off and put the clicker on, for it's first official test.
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Feeling especially positive now.  I've set the Fitbit app target to 5 days of exercising 'cos the other 2 days, Mitzi was at Helen's.  Yesterday was day 5 and today is day 6 and I didn't know what would happen in the app - if it would stay on 5 days or throw up an error message or whatever, but it logged todays exercise with the puppy as day 6 of exercising and in the details bit it said that today was day 6 of 5 days exercising, so tomorrow will hopefully track too, to make it the full 7 days.  Apparently I'm an overachiever according to the dialogue box that came up❗  🤣

I'm also feeling positive 'cos the clicker did actually help me to keep a log of how many lengths we did on our walk so I could relax and enjoy it and talk to the puppy and stuff without losing count of how far we'd gone between our neighbours, like I usually do after two or on a good day three, but today I counted to four before relying on the counter.  Almost forgot to click twice but remembered before we started our next lap, thankfully 🤣

The puppy came home, had her breakfast then went out for a poo 💩, so I swear she understands how difficult I find it to pick up her poo 💩 on our walks.  I do pick it up if she does it on our strolls 'cos I'm a law-abiding citizen, but my anxiety is through the roof as soon as she squats down for anything other than a wee.

Proud of both of us right now but for very different reasons 🤣

Gonna get on with me writing again now.  BBL.
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Just written chapter 15, which is my 4th of the day and it's only 3.17pm, so I'm hoping for maybe 7 chapters in total today?  My personal best is 8 chapters on the first day of NaNo19, so not quite equal to it, but not far off either❗  Keep yer fingers crossed 🤞 that I achieve it by a reasonable time tonight❓  Please❓
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Just finished chapter 17, so that's another 6 chapters written today and I've literally only just taken my APs so that'll hopefully give me time to write one last chapter and still head to bed at a reasonable time so that I can wake up early tomorrow and write the first chapter of the day before I take the puppy out for our stroll.

Need to remember to take the counter with me again tomorrow... it'll hopefully get to be routine soon though.

Steve's just offered to make another hot drink and I've taken my mug out, so I'll definitely be able to write my 7th chapter of the day now, which will be 3 chapters in the bank in 2 days... totally awesomesauce❗
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7 chapters written today❗ Yaaay❗

Gonna check my email, drain the mug of tea then head to bed for a reasonably early night.

Nite nite orl❗
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Friday, 3 January 2020

Friday 3rd January 2020

Mornin' all.

Gonna be another short blog post today, but now that I've got the first couple of chapters written, I'm hoping that it'll be faster, easier sailing now, until I get to the last chapter.

Aiming to write chapter 6 then take the puppy out for our daily stroll.  The counter clicker is due to be delivered today, so I'm hoping Steve will stay awake to get the door so that I can concentrate on my writing again.  It's only twice a year (January and November) that I ask him to do it as he's officially my carer, but he doesn't stay awake for longer than 30 seconds so I've given up asking him now.
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Taken all me morning pills, so time to walk the puppy dog now then come home and get straight on with the writing again.  Feeling semi-hopeful that I'll get the 5 chapters done today, might even get 6 in, but I'm aiming for 5.  Wish me luck❗
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Just got back from our daily stroll and we did our new lengths again.  I've walked and fed her so I'm all set for writing all day now... assuming Steve stays awake of course 🤣
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Charging up my Fitbit now and Steve's asleep so I hope the delivery doesn't come until it's totally charged❗  Today is the test for the mini elastic bands that I bought... so far so good with them staying on when I took the Fitbit off my ankle, we'll see what happens when I put it back on and overnight too.  Keep yer fingers crossed 🤞 that I don't need to replace them until I've finished JanNo (approx 3 more charges) so that I don't get arsey instead of writing.  I'm totally OK with them breaking when I've written the 50,000th word, just not before then is all.
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First chapter written in about 2 hours today, so assuming the next 4 chapters are as quick to write, I'll have written to target in the same time as it took me to write almost 2 chapters yesterday❗
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Second chapter done in about an hour and a half, so I'm right on target for reaching my writing target and hopefully having an earlier night tonight... yaaaay❗
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That's the Calcium taken and almost half way through my third chapter of the day and target.  The delivery has arrived too, so I'm gonna put my music on as soon as I've finished writing chapter 8.  Just waiting for my prescription to be delivered now, then that's it for a while at least.
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Three chapters written in just over 5 hours, which means I'm gonna be able to write chapter 10 and possibly 11 and still be able to have an early night.  I'm hoping that I'll put the final full stop in chapter 10 at about 5pm 🕔 and anything after that is a bonus, but I'm hoping to have my J2O at 5pm instead of 10pm like last night❗ 🤣

Gonna open my delivery and try to work out how it works, ready for tomorrow now.
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The delivery seems easy enough to use, but the real test will be tomorrow morning.  If it works on our stroll tomorrow and Sunday I will have more confidence using it on Monday morning on our marathon stroll but if it keeps working then, it'll be getting a 5 star review from me... just gotta remember to wear it instead of my keys tomorrow and pressing the button whenever we complete a length.  It'll mean that I can enjoy the walk, rather than worrying about keeping count.  Currently 5 stars though 👌
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Four chapters written and the bullying has come to a head now.  This school really doesn't appreciate bullying, as the new student has just found out.

I'm hoping to have finished the 5th chapter of the day by about 5pm then I'll crack open the J2O as my reward and Steve said he'll order a last Subway sarnie for us for a while.

So proud of myself right now.
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Just finished chapter 10, which is my fifth of the day and it's only just gone 5pm 🕔 so I'm gonna crack open my reward and see if Steve still fancies a Subway sarnie for tea 🍴.

Hoping to write at least one more chapter before I head to bed, but I'd love to make it to chapter 12 before I shut down, so that I've got them in the bank, just in case I need them later on in JanNo.
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Just finished chapter 11, so I'll finish my Subway, write chapter 12 then head to bed methinks.
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Taken me last two pills of the day, so I'll write chapter 12 while I'm waiting for them to kick in and I'll hopefully be asleep, or at least in bed, by 9pm 🕘 ready for hopefully an early start tomorrow so that I can try and write a chapter before I take the puppy out for our stroll, using todays delivery and keeping me fingers crossed 🤞 that it works in reality and counts more than 4 clicks 🤣  I've got to remember to use it each time I pass the door... bet I'll forget though, until it becomes routine.
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The pills are kicking in really quickly tonight, so I'm gonna take advantage of that and head to bed now.  I'll hopefully be down as soon as I wake up tomorrow instead of turning over and going back to sleep.

Nite nite orl.  Sea ewe in the morning.
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Thursday, 2 January 2020

Thursday 2nd January 2020

I've just started writing my JanNo novel and still can't upload to my site via FTP, so the next couple of week's worth of blog posts are gonna be very short and to the point until I write the final full stop in the first draft of the manuscript.

I've taken my morning pills and as soon as it gets light enough out there, I'll take the puppy for a stroll then spend the rest of the day writing.
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Just taken the pup out and fed her, so that's it for the day now... no more moving off the sofa except to go for a wee.
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Virus scan has just finished and I'm still free of nasties, so time to do the weekly back-ups now, then have lunch (a bowl of chips) then I can spend all afternoon writing again.
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Calcium taken.  Nice and easily this afternoon, thankfully.  As soon as the backups have finished and I've had me lunch, I'll get straight back into the writing again.
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Backups finished, first time this week, so time to put my lunch into the Fitbit app then carry on with the writing now.
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That's three chapter's written.  Aiming for 4 today then 5 every day after that until it's finished so that I can have 9 J2O's.  Absolutely cream crackered right now though❗
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Restore point sucessfully created for another week, so I'm just gonna write chapter 4 then head to bed, I reckon.
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Just finished chapter 4 and taken my pills, so I'm gonna attempt chapter 5 then I really am off to bed then 🤣  Considering it took me 8 hours to write the first two chapters, I'm feeling pretty proud of myself for writing the other two in just over half the time I wrote in this morning❗

See what I meant about shorter blog posts❓  Assuming I manage to write 5 chapters every day, I'll have finished the entire 50k on the 11th which ain't bad going at all❗
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Finished chapter 5 and had my J2O, so I'm heading to beddy-byes now.  Sea ewe orl in the morning.

Nite nite❗
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Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Wednesday 1st January 2020 - part two

Back now.

I've had a few issues getting Firefox to load up for some reason, but it appears to be sorted now and it's too late to start on my JanNo novel, as predicted, so I'm gonna pause AVG, send an email then close my email programme, stick a playlist on Spotify so that I can get the first chapter written before I walk the puppy.  When we get back I'll feed her and let her out for a poo then get back into the writing headspace to start on chapter 2.  There are a grand total of 50 chapters to write, so I've gotta write at least 5 chapters a day to get rewarded with my J2O and I'll hopefully be finished either on or before the 11th.

I'm hoping for at least one total writeathon like I had with NaNo and maybe get 10 chapters written in a day so that I can have two J2O's, but just for January, I'll be coming down as soon as I wake up at 5.30am instead of rolling over and going back to sleep like I've been doing since I finished NaNo 'cos I'm more creative very first thing, and I might as well make use of the darkness❗
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There seems to be an ongoing issue with my webhosts which means I can't update my site.  I'll try again tomorrow, after sending the Open Coop email and walking the puppy but then the only programmes that will be open throughout the rest of the day is Spotify, Word and yWriter.  Gonna be very short blog posts for the next couple of weeks, but it's only twice a year  👌

I'm off to beddy-byes now... nite nite orl.
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Wednesday 1st January 2020 - part one

Mornin' all.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I hope 2020 brings you everything you hope for with a few challenges thrown in along the way to push you to move forward.

We're going to see Steve's family again today... 4th time in 7 days, but that's it then.

JanNo officially starts today, but for me it'll start tomorrow unless we come home soon after we've had our lunch, like we did on Monday.  I wanna get started as soon as I can, 'cos I need to get into the writing headspace pretty quickly.

I've taken me pills and I'll take the puppy out as soon as it starts getting light outside then shut down ready for going to the in-laws again.
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Ooh!  Steve's just opened the curtain and it's starting to get light now, so I'll take the puppy out for her stroll now.  BBS.
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We're back now and I've fed the puppy, who's been out the back for her poo and Steve's just given her the thyroid pill so she's all sorted until lunchtime now.

Gonna add today's walk to the spreadsheet on my phone then shut down... gotta remember to put the photo's on my homepage when we get home this afternoon/evening.

Bye for now.
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