tinyjo: (who's a rock star?)
Yesterday was the first time in what feels like a really long time that I woke up and felt like I actually had energy and was more well than sick. This has been the most horrible cold season and who knows, maybe this is just a brief respite, but it's really putting me in a good mood. For most of last week, I was feeling pretty overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I needed to do, mostly at school, but also sorting out home maintenance stuff and so on and I feel really pleased that I made the firm decision on Monday that I was going to abide by one of my original stipulations when I decided to try the gym thing and accept that I was not well and that I therefore did not have enough spoons or energy to go to the gym so I skipped Monday and Wednesday without making myself feel bad about it, so yay for positive planning!

One of the things that has been stressing me out, apart from the massive volume of marking that year 6 seems to require, is the fact that my Grenada trip is now pretty close and as part of that, two Grenadan teachers are visiting our school starting next week. I have to host one in my class part of the time, so that's kind of daunting, but also, I have to get a massive amount of stuff planned and ready for when I am away so that my colleagues who are still here don't suddenly have double workload! I spent about a hour of my PPA time yesterday just getting my head around the timetable for the next few weeks because we also have to fit in all our mid year assessments before I go and so I got up to make a cup of tea kind of resigned to doing a bunch of planning this weekend, but as luck would have it, the next few sets of maths objectives are ones that we taught last year as well so I was able to have an incredibly productive couple of hours in which I managed to not only plan, but resource and create the smarthboards for all the maths teaching up to the end of this half term! That took a massive weight off my mind and made me feel just really positive about life and everything - I've missed having bursts of productivity!

So far, I've managed to keep it up today as well. We've had our shower cubicle re-done and as we're not allowed to use it until tomorrow, I have been taking advantage of the dryness to touch up the paint on the ceiling and I'm just about to go up and sort out the floor tile grouting too. I also had a gym session that, while I wouldn't go so far as to describe it as enjoyable, was definitely satisfying. I've managed to figure out a routine for using the elliptical that makes me feel like I am challenging myself but is not too horrible/exhausting and, because I was later than I was in previous weeks, the pool was really quiet - so much so that I'll probably aim for this sort of time next week.
tinyjo: (who's a rock star?)
I seem to have managed to bizarrely somehow sprain or do something weird to my hand! No, not like that, you dirty minded people! I would blame Rock Band because I did do something very odd to my arm muscle playing Satellite Radio last night but that was the other arm. Anyway, the upshot of this is that it now hurts to make tea because I can't pick up the kettle properly! It's lucky that the universe, although it likes mocking me, has provided me with an excellent high quality tea making boyfriend to pick up the slack of those cups of tea I would otherwise make for myself :)
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Wow, you can tell I'm tonnes better, because this weekend I have

- taken down the Xmas tree
- tidied up the tech room
- tidied up the living room
- tidied up the walk in wardrobe
- cooked, twice
- done some planning for next week
- got up to pretty much where I was before on Guitar Hero III hard (from scratch to Cliffs of Dover done).
- finished watching Stargate season 8 on DVD
- touched Scrapbook support requests
- checked support@ in case there was anything there I should handle

I still have sniffles and a cough, but I have energy again to do stuff. I haven't got this much done since before Christmas!
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Failed to get out and be sociable again last night. I think my body is avoiding getting a cold by means of using up all my energy much earlier in the day than usual and then suddenly saying "Right, that's it, now you must slump." Poor Alex - I have to send him out to be sociable without me. On the plus side, I don't seem to be getting the cold. Very slight bunged-up-ness in that pre-cold sort of way, but that's it.

Things to do by the end of half term
  • Make policy post to LJ support for SB.
  • Think of something nice to do for all the vols who are actually doing the SB work right now!
  • Any outstanding reviews
  • Any outstanding support@
  • Actually make about 5 posts to [livejournal.com profile] back_to_skool that my evidence file claims I have made. Conveniently backdate.
  • Some reading for science assignment
  • Some reading for maths assignment
  • Go through training materials and make list of outstanding tasks for next term


Also, I would like to note at this point that the Primary Science Review sucks for apparently not being fully available online. Do I look like I have time to mooch around in the library doing photocopying? No, nor the inclination. Must find out if I can use the Brookes library, actually - might be useful.
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So, that was week one. Pretty good, all things told. I posted about a bunch of school stuff on [livejournal.com profile] back_to_skool, so for here, suffice it to say that I had a good week, the class are nice and I felt welcome. My mentor told me I'd made a really good impression on the Head because on day one when I arrived and found her and the science co-ordinator helping the science speaker to set up I offered to make everyone a hot drink and bought the Head hers in her office when I got back to discover she'd gone to answer the phone. That's Mum's training shining through for you :) Other lessons in this series include being willing and cheerful with any task the teacher asks you to do and try to be as helpful as possible but don't pre-empt (there's a fine line between using your initiative and making a pest of yourself by doing something *not quite* the way they would have asked for if you'd asked).

Went out to play tennis with one of the year one teachers on Thursday, which was very enjoyable, if totally exhausting! Usually there's quite a few but this week only the two of us made it. I felt a bit guilty for not being very good but next week, some more total novices are going. Anyone else fancy the occasional knock around in the name of fitness? Presumably the more I do it, the better I'll get, right?

I managed the basics in my support category fine but I didn't have the energy to do the investigation that we've got pending right now. I'm going to try to do that tomorrow, but I feel reasonably happy about how that's looking so far. I still think I'm likely to need a co-admin when I'm having to do my own planning though - must sort that out in [livejournal.com profile] lj_supportadmin
tinyjo: (candle trail)
So, Neris & India's idiot proof diet certainly turned out to be me-proof. Easy to follow, but not actually effective it seems, even when I followed it to the letter. Still, it's given me some interesting ideas and definitely got me back into the more determined "You can do something about this" frame of mind, so not bad.

I've decided to try a mix of things of my own selection - I'll be keeping the three meals a day part and keep the carbs low, although allowing them back in again on occasion. Portion control is to be kept an eye on but I'm not going to rule out any foods entirely. I'm also going to allow myself anything I want to drink. So far, so good, you might think, but where does the weight loss part come in? Well, the answer is simple: NO SNACKS.

This is actually a huge thing for me because I snack a lot in the evenings, although not during the day at all really. I think in fact it's linked to my evening drinking - taking in food as the evening progresses means that I can comfortably enjoy another glass of wine without it having too much effect, which is something I enjoy and find relaxing. On Weightwatchers, I tended towards low point high carb snacks like toasted pitta bread and tortilla wraps. On the low-carb plan, I've been having slices of cheese instead. Interestingly, that didn't cause weight gain, compared to the carbs so there's clearly something in that for me, but obviously it's just not likely that I'm going to lose a lot while I'm managing a third of a block of cheddar in an evening.

It will at least have the benefit of being simple to follow and not interfering with going out to pubs or resturants for food which we end up doing once or twice a week usually. The N&I diet also claimed to be very resturant friendly, but it depends on the type of resturant. Indian, fantastic but pub food or English tends to have some sort of potato included with nearly every meal so your choice tends to be limited and you end up having to ask for x without y which I hate doing, not least because you're never sure you're going to get it.

Of course today, I have a grey area - the barbeque. How much food can I have as my dinner without straying over into snacking? To be honest, I'm not really sure on that one, but other than that, we'll see how it goes.

Day 2

January 2nd, 2007 02:02 pm
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So, as my brief post from yesterday indicated I plan to make a post per day to my LJ this year. It will be interesting to see how that survives contact with (for example) Glastonbury but it's worth a shot. I reserve the right to do 2 word posts on slow days though :)

Looking back at last year's resolutions, I'm not doing too badly there. The routine thing started well but didn't really stick but up until the last month I would have said I'd got a lot better at making sure things didn't slip through the net. Still worth working on that one. All the others have actually been pretty much achieved, which is a nice thought.

This year is going to be the big party so of course I want to organise that and see it go sucessfully. I want to pass my OU course and choose my next one. I want to find out how feasible it would be to start a Guide company and, if possible, get it going. I want to keep more on top of the housework and keep the house looking nice all year round. I want to make better use of the time between getting home from work and when we eat (which has expanded this year as Alex gets home much later than me). I want to start playing my violin again (possibly in the early evening time) and to pass on my cello to someone who will actually get use out of it as, much as I love it, I just don't play it. I want to commission the extension from an architect

I also want to do something about my weight but I'm hesitant about making that an actual resolution because I currently feel rather powerless about the whole thing. I haven't found any strategies in the whole of my period of trying to lose weight (about 5 years now) which I've been able to maintain in the long term. Still, I do plan to go back to my doctor this year and see if she can make any suggestions for what I could do. I also plan to go to the gym after work for a workout once a week. That will need to be straight after work as my gym membership only allows entry until 5:30 and I find lunchtimes are not long enough for me to do a proper workout on the machines. I should be able to find at least one evening per week though. I also plan to cycle to work as much as possible - Fridays are out because of Brownies but other than that only heavy rain or the combination of a strong wind with a very heavy cold (as then I can't breathe enough) are allowed to deter me. Fingers crossed, I guess!
tinyjo: (me - b&w)
Right. I weighed myself this morning and I am 15 stone. This is way significantly too much. The last 3 stone of that has been put on in the last 4 months pretty much (although I haven't been formally tracking so I could be remembering that wrong). I need to do something about this. I'm going to make an appointment with my GP at the beginning of next year and see if she's got anything to say or any suggestions but for now I'm looking for suggestions from you lot. This is my experience so far:

  • Slimming clubs per se don't help motivate me. If they've got a good program and my willpower is good then I'm happy to pay for them but the being weighed by someone else bit isn't a motivator for me and I generally find that most of the people at the meetings have completly different lifestyles to me so I don't get much from the discussion. That being said, if you know a good one with a good system, feel free to recommend it.
  • Previous experience shows that unless I actively enjoy an exercise I don't stick to it and also that there are very few exercises that I actively enjoy. I quite liked swimming but found that if you do that every day you end up smelling of chlorine all the time, which I really didn't like. I like riding horses but that requires a regular timing and somewhere to do it (none of the Oxfordshire stables I've tried have ever answered their phones or called me back!). Now that I've finally recovered from my cold I'm cycling to work again but any other suggestions for exercising are welcome
  • I've had a huge increase in my desire to snack during the second half of this year. I notice it particularly when I'm watching TV - if I'm settling in for an evening of Veronica Mars, I'll usually do it with a couple of glasses of wine and half a pack of (low fat) cream crackers. Any good tactics for distracting myself from my desire to snack? (n.b. I can't knit while watching TV :) ) Previously I haven't had much of a problem with this - I've snacked before but it's been much more under my control.


So, any ideas?
tinyjo: (jasmine)
So, yeah. I should actually write entries instead of just thinking of entries more often. *goes to check last update* Hmm, not quite so bad as I thought, but still...

Finally finally managed to shake my cold and am hence in a much better mood. I've even cycled to work again the last two days (still horrible, but at least it's exercise). I put the Christmas tree up on the 2nd, and very nice it looks too. I now have an old fake tree which I decided to replace on the basis that it was getting slightly tatty - I wonder if you can recycle them? Probably not and I should just put it out for the bin men. Charlie has once again decided that the tree is her natural enemy. There is one particular bauble (fortunatly made of cloth) that she loves to grab off the tree and chase round the floor. Last night, she surpased herself and managed to get it into the coal scuttle so that she could combine playing with it with her other favourite game, getting things out of the coal scuttle to chase. She hasn't yet climbed up into the branches but I'm hoping for more cute Christmas photos.

I managed to have a very restful weekend last weekend while Alex and co were at ATP. I managed to paint nearly all the woodwork in my bedroom with the chosen purple colour except for one cupboard door which I forgot. I've been not getting around to this for weeks so it was very satisfying. I'll take pictures soon, honest. I also managed to keep Teasle company (what a nice cat!) and socialize with people as well as watching the most recent Veronica Mars. I'm all caught up now - I had been binging on it and watched seasons 2 and 3 (such as it is so far) in about 4 weeks so now I feel I've got nothing to watch again!

I still haven't written my Christmas cards - I wonder what the last posting date is? As in previous years, I won't be giving cards to folk I see regularly, who will get a Christmas hug instead on personal application.. This, fortunatly, reduces my list to a much more manageable level but I'm still not sure when I'm going to get to them.

We went to see the Prestige last week. Fantastic film and you should all go and see it. I loved the way it all tied together so well - nothing missing and nothing wasted. A very satisfying film indeed. We're going to Pans Labyrinth tomorrow, which I'm slightly more apprehensive about but, based on the Kermode's enthusiasm, I'm giving it a go. Prior to that, Christmas shopping - I really need to get finished off and hopefully, late night shopping won't be as crowded as weekends. We can but hope :) Then it looks like on Saturday I'm going to the Tate Modern to play on the slides (Niall, do I need to confirm that to anyone?), rather unexpectedly! Alex will be at Oxfam, unfortunatly, but it should be great fun all the same.

Tonight is bingo with the girls of OCC, which will be interesting. I've never been to bingo before and I kind of associate it with my Grandma, who always used to do rather well. It'll be good to see the OCC girls again though so I thought I'd indulge my curiousity. Wish me luck!
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So I've been thinking about finding somewhere relativly near by that Alex and I could go tramping around in say once a month. It would get me out of the house and I think it would be a nice way to feel the seasons a bit - I got kind of inspired by Autumnwatch, you see.

A quick Google throws up the Otmoor RSPB reserve and the Sydling Copse nature reserve. I actually kind of like the idea of adding the Berks, Bucks and Oxon wildlife trust to my list of charitable contributions - it's rather my sort of thing, after all.

So anyway. My question is (a) has anyone been to either of these? or (b) does anyone know of any other nice local tramping around locations well away from the traffic and preferably with woodlandy bits?
tinyjo: (down in the dumps)
Why is it, I wonder, that when I run a query as a select to see how many rows it will update it takes 15 secs and now that I'm trying to run it as an update it's taken an hour and it's still running?!*

I've applied for my OU course this lunchtime. I decided on Understanding Society in the end. As well as being interesting in itself I thought quite a few of the other courses in this area sounded good so hopefully this will give me a taster of what they're like as I can imagine them being very interesting or kind of buzzword-y.

Speaking of buzzwords, I'm warning you, the first person to use the phrase "hearts and minds" where I can actually reach them rather than on the radio is going to get a sock in the mouth! It just drives me crazy! It's just trotted out constantly and it's become meaningless. I suppose it's not so much the concept as the fact that it's never backed up by anything that indicates they've actually thought about what that might mean that irritates me. Anyway, consider this fair warning.

As you can see, I am in a snippy mood today. I have that "I'm not quite ill feeling going on where my muscles ache and I have that odd pre-cold head feeling. Who knows whether this will develop into a day under the covers or just go away on its own. I'm hoping for the latter actually as I've a busy weekend ahead. Plus we get a day of non work at an unspecified future point when our new desks arrive because we'll have to spend the day moving our old desks out and putting the new ones together. Yes, I don't know why they're doing it either. Just another part of the glorious mystery that is my workplace.

* This is a rhetorical question.
tinyjo: (laden coal creature)
Gah! This cold really does suck. Mum has strongly protested her innocence and I have to grudgingly admit that she only had the sniffles really so perhaps it really was just hayfever. In which case, where did I get this from? Makes me doubly glad there's no Brownies this week though as I don't think I could yell at all.

Hopefully it will clear up before Saturday when we're off to a wedding in London - it's going to be a busy day, after all and I feel like I'm ready to go to bed now having done hardly anything today. In fact, I think that's exactly what I'm going to do in a minute. Gosh, darn it, aren't I exciting :)
tinyjo: (sunflower)
So the doctors visit was fine in the end. Having nerved myself up to battle for my right to be tested, I went in and did my opening explanation and she just said "Yeah, fine, lets get you tested out. And while we're at it we'll check a couple of things like blood glucose too". Quite brusque but until they've done the tests there's not much point in talking around it, I guess. Anyway. I can't have the test until Monday week because of being in Norwich (after I remembered I was free on Friday I tried to rebook it but they don't have any Friday afternoon appointments) and then after that it'll take a week before it gets back, probably so I still have a while to stew but it's a start.
tinyjo: (relaxing)
I've got a doctors appointment today. 4:30. And now I'm getting nervous about it. Trouble is, if I do get diagnosed as having a thyroid problem, that would be great for me. It would mean that a whole bunch of problematic things would turn out to be treatable instead of just annoying. And I don't just mean my weight, although that's a big part of it, but things like my memory, my lack of energy, even my breathlessness might all clear up on their own. But that's the problem. I really want it. I'm trying hard not to but I do. This is part of the reason that I've been resistant to the idea that there might be a medical component to my weight problems for years - if we test it and it turns out to be false after all then I'll be crushed because by that point, I've bought into the idea. It doesn't help that I've actually had a sudden marked spike in my weight which I haven't figured out a cause for - I don't think my diet has changed and I've been going swimming but I've put on a stone in a month. Not good.

In a way, it's ridiculous to get worked up about it. Either way, testing isn't going to change anything. Observing, in this case, won't change the conditions. If there is an imbalance then we'll know about it and if not, well, nothing's any different than it was yesterday.

Perhaps part of it is the linguistic link. There's a test and a desired outcome from my point of view. I hate failing tests. Always have. I worked really hard at school and generally I test well. I know it isn't that kind of test. There's no right result here, no pass/fail, no A* to be achieved but I suspect something in the back of my head is setting off that reaction again, which is not helpful. Repeat 100 times after me. A negative test (another oh so useful word) is not a failure.

Just, you know, keep your fingers crossed for me this afternoon.
tinyjo: (me - b&w)
Spent a very pleasent long weekend. Off to London on Friday to rendezvous with Mum for her birthday\Christmas present - a trip to the Globe, a go on the London Eye, an overnight stay and then to top it off, a day at the National Portrait Gallery. All these things turned out to be fantastic fun, marred only by the complete lack of free wireless networks :( Even the hotel, which I had simply assumed would have one didn't.

Friday - the Globe, the Eye and the hotel )

Saturday - National Portrait Gallery and Alex's birthday )

Sunday - Rocket vs airship and A Scanner Darkly )

So, a busy weekend. Next weekend I'm off to my folks place for a week, while Alex is away with the hippies which should be very relaxing, I hope. In the meantime, based on a check with HR about what the policy covers, I have decided to go ahead and get a doctors appointment to get my thyroid checked on the NHS so I'm heading over for that on Wednesday. We'll see what they say.

I really need to either figure out a way to bluetooth photos to my computer in bulk or get round to transferring everything over the wire - I'm getting quite backed up with images on the camera now. Still discovering nifty features and so on - it's even got a built in photo editor where you can adjust the brightness, contrast, etc before sending the pics to your friends.
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Well, for the first time in a while it's Friday and I'm not a) ill or b) utterly exhausted even though I've spent a whole week at work. Not bad.

On the minus side, didn't get any revision done. Boo.
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Good thing: Have finally (fingers crossed and touch wood) shaken off the squits.
Bad thing: Whole week of being ill/insurance woman/etc has meant that I haven't got any revision done at all

While obviously that's not a huge problem because I haven't booked my exams yet, it's not good because I really need to get on with it and finish the MCSE.

Good thing: Sky have sent me my viewing card for my forthcoming satellite dish
Bad thing: They haven't sent me my contract yet.

It's always possible that the phone conversation etc was sufficient but I'm sure I remember the guy saying that I'd have to send a photocopy of my tenancy agreement with the contract so that they could be sure that I wasn't the previous tenant trying to sneak in under a new name. Hmmm.

Update They have now sent me my contract. Phew. Sorted.
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Was pretty poo actually. Click here for my emotional/stomach traumas )
tinyjo: (Default)
So here I am again. At work if not exactly raring to go. I am so fed up with being ill. It sucks. I had a panic attack last night when I drifted off to sleep then became unable to breath through the nose which woke me up in a panic - I nearly hyperventilated and had to call Alex over to calm me down. Luckily he was just down the road visiting some friends of ours so he was there really quickly and got me sorted out and stuff. I felt bad for having worried him but glad he was there. Maybe I'll try and pop along to a GP and see if they can suggest anything I can do. I already eat a lot of veg and stuff so I doubt it's vitamins but maybe I'm missing something else out.

As a result of illness, had v. quiet weekend. Rented Josie and the Pussycats and X-men to watch again and enjoyed both (I must buy Josie when it's available). Other than that, generally slobbed about at home and then wandered over to Jeremy's on Sun evening to watch Samurai Jack - it's so stylised :) We like.
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Am in bed, feeling poo-ey. All achy and bunged up. I don't think its any worse than a nasty cold - I made it downstairs to make a cup of tea so its not flu. This is what they get for not giving me any working from home - I'm so tired that I get hit harder by this kind of thing and so have to take a day off. Serves them right

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