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Journal Jar – Favourite Animal? Why?

What is your favourite animal?  Tell why.

Oh! This is another hard one.  I have a few favourite animals but I really don’t know why I like them.

I’ve always loved dolphins, I don’t know why but I always have.  More recently it’s been because of the evidence which shows that they interact very well with disabled people.  Certainly, Adam enjoyed it as much as we did and interacted really well.

I also like dogs, lions, elephants, giraffes …

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Journal Jar – Worst Holiday Memory

What is your worst holiday memory?

When I first read this prompt, I thought it meant holiday as in Christmas, Easter, New Year etc. and maybe it does but then I wondered if it maybe meant holiday as in vacation.  As it is an American prompt, I was probably right the first time as otherwise it would say vacation, yes?

So, I’m going to take it to mean my worst Christmas, Easter, New Year, or whatever, memory.  I’ll be honest, I don’t have any really bad holiday memories and I’m probably really scraping the barrel here but my worst holidays are the ones when my husband isn’t here or when Adam has a migraine and ends up throwing up everywhere.  To be fair though, even those occasions aren’t all that bad.


Journal Jar – Special Skills

What special skills did you learn as a child? Who taught you?

Cooking and baking – they are special skills, right?  My mum and grandma taught me to cook and bake.  They also taught me to read recipes and adapt them if necessary.  Also, to value to the recipes which have been handed down through the generations and pass them on.

My mum also taught me to swim and ride a bike.

My family taught me the importance of listening to and not judging people when they are upset and need to vent.


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Dreaming BIG

As part of my businesses, I attend webinars on a regular basis.  It is so much easier to have training which you can access in your own home rather than having to travel to a training morning, afternoon, evening or day.  Don’t get me wrong, I like attending trainings where I can meet people and see the speakers face to face but having a young adult at home who needs someone in the house with him makes going to “live” trainings difficult.

Last night was the first of a new six week rolling programme and it was all about goal setting/getting.  After all, how are you going to know what you need to do within your business if you don’t know where you are going?  What do you want?  What are your dreams?  If money were no object, what do you want to do? What do you want to see?  Where do you want to go?  Who do you want to do it with?

Listening to the speaker on the webinar really got me motivated to re-visit my life goals, not just the goals which I set for this year.  I was so inspired that it took me ages to fall asleep last night thinking about my Big Dreams.  What was I thinking about?  A house, my dream house.

So, this is one of my DREAMS and, now that I am writing it down, a GOAL.  Within the next 10 years, I will have moved into a house with 3, preferably 4, bedrooms, a large kitchen with plenty of cupboard space for all my Tupperware, crockery, pans, baking supplies and electrical appliances (crock pot, Kenwood mixer, bread maker …) etc, a large living room with lots of bookshelf space for books, dvds and ornaments, a dining room – I really want a dining room again, ours is now an office as we have too much stuff with 3 businesses being run from home – a study/office room, 2 bathrooms (1 as an en-suite to the master bedroom) and a downstairs toilet, a double garage and large driveway.  I don’t need a big garden but I’d like enough space to be able to sit outside in the sun, if we ever get any in the UK.


Journal Jar – Best Subjects at School

What were  your best and worst subjects in elementary school? In middle school? In high school?

OK, this is what I get for getting my journal jar prompts from an American site.  Elementary, middle and high school?  We have infants, junior and senior or primary and senior.  Just need to do a quick bit of research…

According to Wikipedia – Education in the US, elementary school is the same as primary school in the UK, from 5-11 or 12, middle school (or junior high) is from 11-14 and high school is from 14-18.

So, here are my answers to today’s prompt:

My best subjects in primary school were Maths, English and Geography.  My worst subject was definitely History, I could never remember all the dates of the Kings and Queens of England!

My best subjects in what we now know as KS3, were still Maths, English and Geography but I also enjoyed German.  My worst subject was still history and I gave History up when I chose my subjects for GCSE.

So, on to the high school age group.  This is actually quite hard as in the UK we split high school into the GCSE part – up to age 16 – and then, if you wanted, you can leave and go to work or you can continue to A-Levels.  My best subjects at GCSE were English and German, I also enjoyed Maths and Geography.  My worst subject was Physics, in fact I took the GCSE exam twice!  For A-Level, I only took English Literature, Geography and German and didn’t do very well at any of them.  I loved Geography though and would have gone to do a degree in Geography if I’d got the grades I needed.

Which were your best and worst subjects at school?  Do you like them now?
I actually quite like history now that I can choose which parts I want to learn about.  I still don’t know the dates for the Kings and Queens of England though 😉


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A busy week and a lazy parkrun

With the end of the month looming – where did the month go, anyway? – I have been very busy.  31 January is the deadline for self assessment tax returns to be filed online, and any tax owed to be paid.  The end of the month is also the deadline for VAT for some businesses.  So, needless to say a bookkeeper is very busy in January if they, or their clients, aren’t particularly organised in November or December.  I’m back on track with that part of my work and met all my deadlines by Wednesday afternoon.

Apart from work, I’d love to say that I am getting back on track with the exercise too but that just would not be true.  I went to the gym for a session with my trainer on Monday afternoon.  I love being able to go to the gym during the day – the advantage of self-employment and working from home 3 days a week.  I walked to work on Wednesday, a lovely hour’s walk there and about an hour and a half home as I took a detour to go and see a client.  Thursday was weigh-day at Weight Watchers so that was another walking day 🙂 and I lost 1lb this week 😀 only another 3 to go to get back to my Gold member weight.  Yesterday was another day at work although I did get a walk in to town fitted in.

So, we are on to today when Adam and I finally made it to our 2nd parkrun of the year.  It was a very slow 5k run this morning, just under 35 minutes!  I know Adam could have gone faster – he ran the last 400m on his own and finished 8 seconds ahead of me.  Why was I so slow?  Surely I couldn’t have lost so much pace from not running for 3 weeks?  After all, I’ve still been walking (fast) quite a bit and still going to the gym.  The reason I was slow was sore shins and a hip which has been niggling me for about a week.  Also, with the freezing weather, and wind, which we had this morning my back decided to sieze.  Ah well, I finished in under 35 minutes so that’s still good.  And, I got back out there.  Think I need to get back out running during the week too so that I can get Adam going faster again.

Hope you’ve all had a great week.


A lazy week and weekend 

I had a pretty lazy week last week. I went to the gym for my session with my trainer and I walked, a lot, but I didn’t do any running. To be honest, I just couldn’t be bothered!

Due to having a lot of work to finish between now and the end of next week it looks like this week is going to be a repeat of last week. Lots of walking. 


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parkrun – big puddles and soggy feet

It’s Saturday and that, usually, means parkrun for Adam and me.  Unfortunately, there was no parkrun last weekend due to a very flooded York Racecourse.  It looked more like a lake.

Anyway, the lake has gone down now to leave a lot of puddles.  The ones on the grassy area of the Knavesmire look like ponds dotted around but the service track which we use for the parkrun was, more or less, clear.  There were, however, about 4 puddles which went all the way across the service track and we had no choice but to run through them.

From York parkrun 9-1-16

Adam and I going past one of the little puddles at York parkrun

As Adam and I knew that they were there and we would get wet feet anyway, we decided that we wouldn’t pussy-foot our way through but run through the deepest parts which everyone else was trying to avoid.  The result?  We finished in under 33 minutes for the first time since August 2015.  It would have been faster (maybe even under 32 minutes) if we hadn’t had to stop and do up Adam’s silly shoelace which came undone at the 3km mark.

I have to just say thank you to my trainer (even though he won’t be reading this) who, during my bonus training session on Thursday, decided that I should do kettlebell deadlifts, kettlebell swings and 3 minutes of 30s sprint (12km/hr) 30s fast walk (7km/hr) x3 as part of my session.  I also did single leg step ups with the step half way between my knee and my bottom!  The leg work must have done something because my legs were feeling really good today even with the cold.

Also, today was York parkrun’s 4th birthday so there was cake at the finish line 🙂  What more could you ask for when you have cold, soggy feet?  Lemon drizzle cake, yum!  Everyone else had finished the big chocolate cake before we finished otherwise I would have had that one instead.

That is also Day 8 of Janathon done!  Bring on day 9 – more walking to Tesco me thinks.


I’m still doing my Virtual Walk

I know I took a HUGE break from blogging and I’m trying to make up for it.  Not sure how long the daily posts will continue now that I’m back at work but hopefully they won’t disappear all together.

Anyway, while I’ve been away, I’ve still been logging my miles on my pedometer (now a Fitbit) and am still working my way around the world to “visit” all of the Disney parks.  I completed my walk from home to Walt Disney World in October 2014 and then started the new one to go from Walt Disney World to Disneyland.

So far, I have completed 2,373.22 km of the 3,977 km.  Only 1,603.78 km to go 😀


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Journal Jar: Bicycle

Did you have a bicycle as a child? What was it like?

I learnt to ride a bike when I was 6 or 7 when living in Malawi.  The bike was second hand, blue, too big for me and didn’t have stabilisers.  I  remember my mum running behind me holding on to the back of the seat while I got my balance before letting go.  Just as well it was too tall for me as mum didn’t have to bend down.

My second bike was a second hand purple Raleigh Chopper.