This is gonna be me this year - as of 1st January 2021 ('cos it was my New Years resolution) I'm gonna start saying "no" and finding out who my real friends are.
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
...at my GP surgery for Thursday morning. I've just put the emersion heater on and I hope beyond hope that Steve doesn't turn the hot tap on before I've had my bath, or it'll be tepid again. Although, if Steve admits he has overnight, then I'll have a shower and wash my hair instead. Maybe I should do that anyway though? My hair is greasy and I won't need to shave tomorrow, so maybe I should have a shower instead of a bath anyway?
Monday, 18 January 2021
...there just hasn't been much going on and I've only just finished with the news. I've remembered to take all my pills and was going to study a couple of single module courses, but I think I deserve an early night so that I can recover and prepare for a busy day tomorrow. Hopefully all the news will be sorted well before 7pm then 🙄 👍 🤣
Sunday, 17 January 2021
...the 'English for Career Development' one I reckon.
Steve's just put the eggs into the pan so there's, to quote Steve "about 5 minutes, I reckon" until lunch is ready, so I'm gonna publish this then put my laptop on the floor in preparation.
...the rest of the day is all mine to do what I want with. I'm thinking that I'll start studying after we've eaten and I'll go from the top (oldest) down to the bottom (newest) courses... or maybe an Alison course so that I can get the silver medal this week❓
...so just gotta see if there's any news for my navigation site now. The virus scan has finished and I'm still free of nasties, thankfully.
The rubbish and recycling are out for this week so the rest of the day is mine when I've got the last set of news of the day coded and uploaded. Might try and study again... dunno for sure yet though.
Had sugarry porride for brekkie and Steve reckons it'll be fried eggs and hash browns for lunch 👍
Saturday, 16 January 2021
...but I only just passed the end of course assessment - the passing score was 80% and I scored 80% 😌
Gonna take a few surveys, then it's time for my last pills of the day and then hopefully an early night.
...I was "a right mardy arse" on the phone because I was told that the boxes that Morrisons left here on Wednesday and the driver promised he would pick up later that day, but never returned so Steve phoned their Head Office yesterday and was promised that they would be picked up yesterday, but again they weren't, so I've just called them and was told it'd be Monday now, so I've taken the boxes outside and if they are stolen then it's not my fault.
Time to get the news sorted on my sites now and Steve's just said that our lunch'll be "not sausage rolls" again, instead of the lasagne, chips and veg he promised me yesterday. When that's done, I'll start studying again... as long as it's not too late in the day.
Friday, 15 January 2021
...we're not having lasagne's for lunch today after all, but we will be tomorrow along with chips and frozen veg (if we can find the bag in the freezer). I'm gonna finish my drink that Steve's made then go and make myself a zoop and a few slices of bread and butter to go with it.
...thank Steve for not using up all the hot water this time. We've agreed that when the hot water is on, I'll have my bath first then there will still be plenty of hot water left for Steve to wash with, instead of Steve washing and only leaving enough hot water in the emersion heater for a tepid bath for me.
It sounds like Steve's put the kettle on for a hot drink for us and I'm hoping we'll have the lasagne's for lunch 🤤 Gonna make a start on the news before then though 😉
...just gotta do the news on each of the three sites, then I'll have a hopefully hot bath for the first time since the end of last year. Keep yer fingers crossed 🤞 that the hot water is still hot and hasn't been used by Steve again overnight this time❗
Thursday, 14 January 2021
Despite not coming downstairs before 8am 🕗 I still managed to take all my pills, have my breakfast, do my exercises, sort out the news for two of the three sites (there wasn't any for the third site), had my lunch then spent the afternoon and evening studying Managed to score 86% on the end of course test, with Steve's help.
I've updated my navigation page with the certificate, pondering on an OpenLearn course tomorrow now that they've added so many new courses that I wanna take - haven't decided which one to start on yet though... which one do you reckon I should take tomorrow❓ Leave me a comment in reply to this blog post to let me know❓ Please❓
I've taken my last two pills, so I'm off to beddy-byes now... nite nite orl.
Wednesday, 13 January 2021
...couldn't have been less helpful if he'd tried.
Neither could Steve.
It's all sorted for another week now though and I've decided that as of now, Steve gets credit for everything and I get the blame without complaint or ranting or anything... Steve will be the golden boy who doesn't put a foot wrong and I'm always to blame for everything that goes wrong.
I've taken all my day-time pills and I've now just gotta stop shaking for long enough to go for a wee without my legs giving way underneath me. Again.
Tuesday, 12 January 2021
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5
I'm really enjoying this book so far... was worried that it'd be a bit nerdy after the first page, but I was sooo wrong. Gonna keep reading with interest and hope it doesn't get nerdier, but it seems good so far!
Chapter 2 was almost entirely nerdy, so maybe I wasn't wrong after all?
Chapter 3 saved me knocking off a star... I loved reading this chapter, but it's time for my pills and chapter 4 now - BBS.
Yep, chapter 4 guarantees the fifth star... for the moment at least! I'm gonna read one more chapter then head to bed for the night, then re-start reading it when I come back down here at 5am while I'm waiting for the hubby to wake up lol
Had a late start this morning, but I'm back now and getting confused betweeen all of the characters... at least I know why the main character avoids fish now though!
Oooooh! Now we're getting somewhere! It's like the author has finally found their muse and they're enjoying writing the novel now.
I didn't see the end of chapter 16 coming at all!
So proud of you, Nora! I'm wondering what'll happen in the last ten pages though lol
What a great way to end the book... not sure why the 'Discussion' part is there right at the end though - is it used as some kind of educational thing or something? That would certainly explain the heavy use of fish throughout the book and especially in the early chapters! All in all (other than that early chapter) a very very good read that richly deserves all five stars!
Monday, 11 January 2021
Not too bad at all... got one question wrong on the first course, two wrong on the second but every single question right on the third course, so I reckon I'm gonna leave it there, so that I can end on a high note.
I've run the daily virus scan, taken all my day-time pills, re-started my morning squats in the hall (gotta remember to re-start my sit-ups and leg raises again tonight), had me breakfast and lunch, done the three lots of news and now I'm gonna catch up on my emails and Facebook then spend the rest of the afternoon studying again.
Gonna sort out our grocery order first though 'cos there's just not enough room in the freezer atm❗ 🙄🤣
Just a single but totally worth the read news article today:
11th January 2021What it's like to grow up on one of Birmingham's poorest council estates - Amanda's comment: What an amazing, feel-good story! If only more council estates were like this was, then there could be so much more achieved and so much less stigma surrounding it!
Sunday, 10 January 2021
10th January 2021
Dan Mullin, a philanthropist generous with the gift of his friendship, dies at 78
Alone together: friendship in a pandemic
RODDY PIPER’S DAUGHTER TEAL OPENS UP ABOUT HIS FRIENDSHIP WITH CHYNA
Working hard to keep the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society open during the pandemic
‘Listen as well as talk – and try not to interrupt’: how to be a better friend
To have a good friend, you must first be a good friend
24 Pictures Of Celebrity Best Friends From Back In The Day Vs. What They Look Like Now
What We’ve Lost by Over-sexualizing Male Friendship
New UK law set to fine social media firms up to £18mn for illegal content
Saturday, 9 January 2021
9th January 2021
The 6 Best Long-Distance Friendship Lamps To Keep You Feeling Connected
Alone together: friendship in a pandemic
12 TV Shows About Female Friendship That Pass the Bechdel Test
From pen pals to Zoom, a friendship forms in a pandemic
A north-east man is giving back to his community by rallying locals to help grit streets.
House of horrors! Hilarious snaps capture VERY questionable interior design decisions
Guide dog Nutmeg's 900 birthday wishes from social media fans
Friday, 8 January 2021
Steve has said to take the following rant off of Facebook and put it on here, so here goes:
I've taken my pills, caught up with emails and the forum, about to have a read through Facebook then I'll get on with the first news of 2021 and be able to, in theory, have my first solid meal of the year for lunch too, if the mixing bowls that Steve ordered yesterday turn up in time.
He used the voucher that my mum sent for both of us to get things just for him so far and I used C's voucher for kitchen things that he's been using ever since... the last thing I bought for myself was a bra (that was under a tenner, including delivery) at the start of October and literally everything else has been for Steve, yet he's had no problem spending the entire voucher that my mum sent for both of us totally on himself. I'm totally fed up of him being so selfish, but there's nothing I can do about it without being sighed at and accused of being "arsey".
It's the same with groceries and the electricity and hot water too. I pay Steve for the electricity every month, yet he gets the credit for it because the account is in his name. I've told him so many times that the groceries "can't be a penny over £45 a week otherwise I'll go overdrawn" yet it frequently is and the majority of it is his stuff (on average £38 of the £45 is meat and dairy that I can't have) and all that is mine is 8 bottles of pop and a couple of boxes of instant soup a week in November and January, but he still expects me to take things off my very limited groceries each week, so that he can add more of his own stuff.
I'm paying for the electricity so turn off things that aren't being used, yet Steve's got an electric chair and leaves his laptop on 24/7 even when he's asleep or out of the house. I leave my laptop for longer than 12 hours a day once a month when I run the deep virus scan.
Then there's the water. It's an emersion heater that apparently uses up a significant amount of electricity to heat the water, so it's turned off now. I turned it on, with Steve's full knowledge, on 23rd December so that I could have a hot bath on 24th December in preparation for going over to see his family on Christmas Day. I eagerly ran the bath and got in, but the water was barely tepid for some reason, so I shivered through a very quick, rapidly cooling bath, then got out and got dressed. Steve commented on the speed of it and asked if I'd had a good bath. I explained that the water was barely tepid for some reason and he admitted that he'd done the washing up with hot water at 4am but had assumed that it would have heated up by the time I came to have my bath.
He's got a delivery coming today but seems to assume I'll answer the door when it comes, yet he's my registered carer, not the other way around.
I'm so fuckin' fed up of it, I really am.
I'm gonna lable each ranty blog post from now on so that you can avoid them if you want to, or read them with interest if you're nosey 😜.
Thursday, 7 January 2021
I've written Mitzi's biography this year, so it's not a novel so doesn't really count, but it was something I needed to do for me this year and I'm not gonna make it public, just send it to those who knew Mitzi IRL and want to have a read is all. It was a personal project that will never be seen by Jo Public. I'm hoping to write the 50k words in 30 days later on in the year, I need to plan it out first though and that one will be written with the intention of getting it published... I need to be selfish until then though.
As of tomorrow, I'll be back to daily posts and news and studying and stuff... gonna spend the rest of today catching up on the last week that I've ignored.