30 April 2010 – airport disaster

Champagne at the airport

Champagne at the airport

What a day! Flying has never been my favourite thing. Enclosed spaces with no way of escape are a bit of a phobia and not having both feet on the ground doesn’t help, especially when the ground in question is thirty thousand feet below. I’m not mad keen on airports either. First the blasted metal detector went off when I walked through. That isn’t unusual, I’m pretty sure I must have a metal plate in my head I don’t know about because it always goes off. They made me go back through, take my shoes off and try again. It still went off and they spent ages waving that blasted beeping wand thing over me before finally deciding I wasn’t smuggling gold or carrying a lethal weapon.

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29 April 2010 – ready as I’ll ever be

The nicest flip flops in the history of the world

The nicest flip flops in the history of the world

Is been a week of preparations. There’s been some packing, some pampering, nails, feet, waxing, face packs a bit of fake tanning, eyebrow plucking and all that stuff. I’m feeling rather clean and polished for once. There have been a few last minute shopping trips, new flip flops some toiletries and sweets for the flight. Along with all that I’ve managed to fit in some catching up with friends. On Tuesday Gigi and I had a cheeky glass of wine and a slice of cake after watching sadly as the fireman’s funeral procession passed our houses. Alfie and I laughed our way through another afternoon on Wednesday. Of course I saw Mac, we had a coffee in town this morning and he helped me pick out the nicest flip flops in the history of the world. If you want to be well dressed go shopping with a gay friend. Continue reading

26 April 2010 – almost fifty and almost not fat

Almost fifty and almost not fat

Almost fifty and almost not fat

The last weigh in before Turkey, this is it, this is what I will weigh when I hit fifty. As I stood in front of the scales this morning it felt like a scary thought. Fifty was a scary enough thought all on its own. Back at the beginning of last year I’d half promised myself I wouldn’t be fat and fifty. Back then I wasn’t sure if I believed it was possible. How many times had I tried and failed? At some point between then and now I began to believe it might just happen. Continue reading

22 April 2010 – the holiday begins

Another team night out

Another team night out

Ten hours felt like ten weeks today. I thought eight o’clock was never going to come. When it did, instead of going home to start my holiday I went off with the team for drinks. Actually, there was food in there too but we’ll gloss over that bit because it wasn’t good. So much for watching my diet carefully in the week before Turkey. Continue reading

21 April 2010 – I love the sight of vapour trails in the morning

I love the sight of vapour trails in the morning

I love the sight of vapour trails in the morning

Walking across the Big Bridge this morning I saw a vapour trail crossing the sky. What a wonderful sight! It’s strange, I’ve got used to looking up into a clear blue sky since the flights have been grounded. Once, before the Wright brothers first flight, the sky must always have been like that. Usually the sky is criss crossed with white trails and we don’t pay them the slightest attention. Who’d have thought I’d be so happy to see one? Continue reading

20 April 2010 – airports open!

Hoping this doesn't happen again

Hoping this doesn’t happen again

My car documents arrived today. They seem to have taken forever. Now I can tax and insure it. After that I will be able to drive it. That is a very scary thought. I haven’t had a lesson since I started at the Mad House. Mike is not working any more and I haven’t got round. To finding another instructor. Part of me is scared at the thought of it. Fitting in driving lessons seems quite a task too, working the hours I do. Still, one thing at a time eh? Continue reading

19 April 2010 – goodbye Amy!

The war zone

Just another normal day in the war zone

Just three more days to get through and I’m on holiday! Yay! Although we aren’t flying out to Turkey until May 1 (if there are any flights that is) I have next week off so I can pack and prepare. It will also be a last chance workout week for me. I’m planning to do lots of exercise and watch my diet carefully in an effort to lose whatever I can before I brave the beach. There was a two pound loss this week, a result of a very good food week. All temptations were resisted, lots of exercise was done. Every single day I walked to work, did my pump it up and some evening exercise too. It shows it can be done but it may be a case of too little too late. I may be officially the lightest I’ve been for as long as I can remember but I’m still a way off being a healthy weight for my height, more than a stone away. See, if I’d just controlled myself over Christmas I’d be there right now! Grr, why am I so easily tempted? Continue reading

17 April 2010 – blue skies and no planes

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Today is a rest day. Yesterday I went for a walk along the river, went up the Big Hill for the food shopping, lugged it all back home again and cooked food for the week. The trouble with working the late shift is I’m not at home when Commando needs to eat, in fact he’s long gone by the time I get in and I end up having to microwave my dinner and eat alone like a saddo. These days I mostly double up when I’m cooking so I can freeze one portion for another day, that way I don’t have to spend the whole weekend in the kitchen cooking four extra meals. It’s harder now the weather’s warmer though, we don’t want to eat stews and chillies in summer and they’re the easiest things to freeze. Still I’d rather have the sunshine than an easy time in the kitchen. Continue reading