21 July 2009 – the lesson from hell leads to a chocolate binge

Eating crap and chocolate

Eating crap and chocolate

Last night when I went to bed I had a feeling of dread about my driving lesson today. I kept waking up thinking about it. I would have given anything to get out of it to be honest but everyone seems so pleased I’m doing it, especially Commando. Continue reading

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20 July 2009 – fancy news scales

Monday 20 July

Fancy new scales

Fancy new scales

Over the weekend I bought some fancy new scales that tell you your BMI and measure in tenths of a pound. I thought they might be more accurate than the old ones, then again, I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. ¬†Even with the excitement of the new scales I wasn’t looking forward to the weigh in this morning. It’s not that I haven’t been eating well, I have (well apart from the post driving lesson chocolate the other day), but I feel like I’ve lost focus a bit. The driving lessons and thinking about them seem to be taking over my life and now I’ve got the travel blog competing for my time too. I seem to be spending an inordinate amount of time sitting on my bum one way or another. Anyhow, I lost a pound this week so I guess, even sitting on my bum, I must be doing something right. Continue reading

16 July 2009 – Driving in the rain

Driving in the rain added to the list of my least favourite things

Driving in the rain added to the list of my least favourite things

I think the weather forecasters should be sued under the trades descriptions act. In spring we were promised a barbecue summer and all we got was one hot week in July and nothing but rain since. It poured down during my driving lesson today. It was horrible. As if it isn’t enough to have to worry about the clutch, the brake, the accelerator, the gears, the blasted indicators (although no one seems to use them once they pass their test as far as I can see) but today I had lights and windscreen wipers to add to the confusion. Turning them on faster, slowing them down and not forgetting everything else had my head feeling like it was going to explode. Continue reading

14 July 2009 – why is it so easy to gain and so hard to lose?

A loss but why is it so slow?

A loss but why is it so slow?

Today Mike made me drive from home to Shirley. Out onto the main road! I know he has dual controls on his car but I think the man has a death wish. I managed to pull out onto the dual carriageway ok but Mike said I was driving too slow which threw me a bit. I was just so scared. All the traffic, I mean I don’t even like crossing that road never mind driving on it, and changing gear and traffic lights and being in the right lane. It felt overwhelming. There was a little voice inside my head the whole time saying, “I’m driving on the main road,” over and over on a loop. It was distracting. I think I did ok, apart from the speed thing. I didn’t stall at any of the eleven sets of traffic lights, although I was very slow pulling away from all of them. Continue reading

9 July 2009 – knowing left from right and hill starts

How come it's so confusing?

How come it’s so confusing?

My driving lesson today was round some quiet roads locally after a bit of a warm up in the car park. It wasn’t too bad but I’ve discovered I don’t know my left from my right. At one point Mike said turn right at the next junction and I turned left. He laughed about it and said I need to write L and R on my hands. Apparently loads of people have the same problem but I’m worried about messing it up on my test and failing because of it. It’s one thing to fail because of poor driving but to fail for not knowing something that most five year olds can cope with would be a tad embarrassing to say the least. If it happens I’m going to have to lie about it and say I hit the kerb when I was parking or something. Continue reading

7 July 2009 – who’s going to drive me home?

Bay parking was the least of my worries

Bay parking was the least of my worries

Today Mike drove me to the other side of town to some quiet roads in Shirley. Then he let me loose on real roads again. First we practiced the reversing round a corner thing that everyone goes on about. That wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be and I never even went up on the kerb or anything. Continue reading

2 July 2009 – on the road!

On a real road!

On a real road!

It was back to the car park for me today and bay parking. I’m actually getting quite good at it, mind you, that’s without any other cars around. I can’t imagine casually swinging in between two parked cars without turning a hair like Commando does. Still it’s progress, I can reverse into a bay and make it between the white lines all nice and straight nine times out of ten. Continue reading

30 June 2009 – sunshine, drinks with a friend and driving on a road

Diet coke, better than cakes

Diet coke, better than cakes

This week is turning out to be a real scorcher. Perhaps it’s because we were moaning about not getting enough sun, or to taunt us for booking a holiday. Knowing our luck it will be miserable in Barcelona and we’ll have an Indian summer in the UK. To be honest I don’t care. Seeing the Gaudi buildings for real will be enough for me even without the sun. Not sure Commando will feel the same way though. He’s not that into architecture but he sure loves the sun. Continue reading

23 June 2009 – working away is good for the diet

Rides in a flashy car

Rides in a flashy car

Jolie called me this morning and asked me if I would work at the main office in Gosport for the rest of the week. Their secretary has gone sick and they have loads of work on. Our office is very quiet this week so it makes sense but it means working full days. Oh well it’s more money I guess and what could I say but yes anyway? I really hate that office. They’re so bitchy, always back stabbing each other. There really was loads to do though so the time went pretty quickly and I had a couple of calls from Mac because he couldn’t find files. I spent most of the day worrying about how he was getting on on his own. Continue reading