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Photo Challenge – Growth

Now I’ve started writing this post, I hope I can find a picture to show “growth” for the weekly photo challenge.  Ah, just thought of one, or rather a selection, I just hope I can find it on my computer!

Adam's School Days

The selection is a bit old but, oh, how he grew!

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Zero to Hero: Day 3

Today’s assignment: write the post that was on your mind when you decided to start a blog.

What was on my mind when I started this blog?  I don’t actually remember, I mean it was nearly 4 years ago!  Actually, I started my WordPress blog in 2010, my first blog (same name different platform) was started in 2006.  I did, however, attempt to answer this question as part of a Daily Post prompt in April 2013.

When I started my blog I was at university trying to juggle uni course work, a job, husband, child and housework and just wanted somewhere to put my thoughts down on “paper”.  Hence the title “Fi’s Mutterings and Mumblings”.  Over the years I’ve dipped in and out of it and it has evolved into a platform for me to share experiences about family life with a child with a learning disability, speech delay etc; a husband who works away from home as a driver trainer which has led to a few posts about driving; my love of Disney and, in particular, Disney World; my attempts at the Swimathon and running to raise money for charity; and just about anything which bugs me or inspires me and I think others would, maybe, like to share.

I write about a variety of subjects: things that bug me, silly things I’ve done, about my son and his development, fundraising, running, swimming, travel/travel preparation, oh, and of course, Disney and I take part in challenges such as Zero to Hero, Daily Post, Weekly Photo Challenge and my own 101 in 1001 challenge, my virtual walk.

I don’t always write and post as often as I’d like.  Life, you know, it gets in the way sometimes.

Daily Prompt: Truth or Dare

Today’s daily prompt, wow I’m on a roll!  Well, actually it’s yesterdays because I always get these things a day behind when I get my daily email.

Is it possible to be too honest, or is honesty always the best policy?

I think there are times when you can be too honest.  I mean, if you are late for a meeting, for example, just apologise for being late and state a simple reason.  I don’t need to know every little detail about it.  Also, when I am talking to my husband on the phone or Skype, my son will tell me to “tell Dad …”  It is annoying because it may be something that I don’t want to tell him today, or ever, or it may be something that he really doesn’t need to know when he isn’t here so can’t do anything about it anyway.

However, as Mark Twain said 

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything

So, honesty is probably the best policy but you don’t have to give every little detail, unless you are asked for it.

NaBloPoMo, again

After trying to post every day in November, and nearly succeeding, I have decided to try again in January.  OK, I know that November is the official NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) but BlogHer have the challenge every month and January 2014 is no different.

The theme for January 2014 is pressure. Oh dear, how am I going to cope with the pressure of writing every day?

NaBloPoMo January 2014

 

BlogHer have already issued their list of prompts for January.  They give prompts for every week day, leaving the weekends for free blogging :O  I’m not going to follow the prompts every day, there will be some days where I can think of something to write and others where I don’t want to write about what is suggested by the prompt.  However, I’m really going to try to blog every day in January.  I need to get the task off my 101 in 1,001 list.

Have you travelled far?

I haven’t responded to a Daily Prompt for a while but yesterday’s caught my eye:

Tell us about the farthest you’ve ever travelled from home.

This is actually a harder question for me to answer than you might think.  Why?  Well, do I say that the furthest I’ve ever travelled from home is Australia?  Well, no because we actually lived there so that was home but we did travel back to the UK from Australia on holiday when we changed countries.  So, does that mean that the UK is the furthest I’ve travelled from home?  Like I said, harder to answer than you might think.  What I thought I would do is to use the countries my parents were living in as I was growing up as a starting point and then see how far I travelled to school which, although I spent 8 months of the year there for 9 years wasn’t really home.

Melbourne, Australia to UK – 10,501 miles
Manama, Bahrain to UK – 3,152 miles
Lilongwe, Malawi to UK – 4,961 miles
Gaborone, Botswana to UK – 5,494 miles
Hong Kong to UK – 5,982 miles
Harare, Zimbabwe to UK – 5,146 miles

I have also calculated the distance from the UK to Los Angeles as, although technically I didn’t go there from “home” as I went from school during the Easter holidays and met my parents there I didn’t go home for that holiday so school was my “home” in that instance.

London, UK to Los Angeles, USA – 5,441

Finally, how far have I travelled on holidays?  Well, after we moved back to the UK I have been back to Gaborone (5,494 miles) and Harare (5,146 miles) as well as travelling to:

British Virgin Islands – 4,138 miles
York, UK to Orlando, USA – 4,264 miles

To recap, the furthest I have travelled from home is 10,501 miles when we moved to Australia and then came back to visit family.  The furthest I have been on holiday is 5,494 miles when I went to Botswana.  I have also visited South Africa but as we were living in Zimbabwe at the time it wasn’t very far from home.

I used http://www.freemaptools.com/how-far-is-it-between.htm to calculate the distances, as the crow flies.

I have a blog? Why?

Thank you Daily Post for another prompt which I actually don’t mind answering.

Why do you blog?

When I started my blog I was at university trying to juggle uni course work, a job, husband, child and housework and just wanted somewhere to put my thoughts down on “paper”.  Hence the title “Fi’s Mutterings and Mumblings”.  Over the years I’ve dipped in and out of it and it has evolved into a platform for me to share experiences about family life with a child with a learning disability, speech delay etc; a husband who works away from home as a driver trainer which has led to a few posts about driving; my love of Disney and, in particular, Disney World; my attempts at the Swimathon and running to raise money for charity; and just about anything which bugs me or inspires me and I think others would, maybe, like to share.

I also have a business blog on my website, Your  PA Solution, which is a bit hit and miss at the moment but I hope to get it up and running again as I have recently changed hosting providers and am starting the blog again from the beginning.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

This week’s photo challenge from Daily Post:

Do you have a photo which invites the viewer to look beyond? Are there hidden depths in the background? Is the focal point just a framing for the rest of the picture? If it’s not clear why we should look beyond, tell us! Lead us through the story in your photo. 

In a new post specifically created for this challenge, share a picture which means BEYOND to you!

I love photos taken at Disney especially those taken by the PhotoPass photographers because they frame the photo in such a way that whilst you know the focus is the people there is nearly always something which draws your eye in the background too.

Magic Kingdom - September 2011

The focus is the birthday girl in the middle but we also see the Castle and the statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse

Magic Kingdom Entrance

 

The entrance to the Magic Kingdom

 

Epcot

Next to the fountain in Epcot but you can’t help but be drawn to the Epcot Ball too.

 

Daily Prompt: Ripped from the Headlines!

I haven’t responded to a daily prompt for a few days as I really didn’t feel inspired to and today really isn’t that different but I thought I’d give it a go anyway.  Today’s prompt is:

Head to your favorite online news source. Pick an article with a headline that grabs you. Now, write a short story based on the article. 

To be honest I headed to the tried and tested BBC news and all I found was a British Airways employee who has won her discrimination claim, HMV going into administration, Lance Armstrong talking about his “cheating” and a whole load of other negative stories including the fact that apparently our government think that it is a good idea to reduce the starting pay for Police Constables by £4,000 to £19,000!

OK, so this is the starting salary for new recruits with no experience of policing but still it seems to me to be a bit of a kick in the teeth for individuals who are out on our streets to protect us.  No wonder they have a shortage of bobbys on the beat.  Sure, £19,000 is more than my salary (if I worked full-time) and I have over 20 years experience as a secretary/administrator but I work in the safety of an office and I have never pushed myself to make a career out of my job.

How do they compare to starting salaries for other professions?

  • Administrators/office juniors can expect to start at around £12,500 but they don’t have to qualify to enter the job or train before they are employed
  • A newly qualified teacher can expect a starting salary of £23,010 – I wanted to confirm this on the Department of Education website but each link I clicked came up with an error!
  • A regular soldier in the Army can expect £272 per week (£14,144 per year) whilst training and a minimum of £17,514 when trained (Army website)
  • An army officer can expect £16,073 whilst training, increasing to £24,615 when commissioned (Army website)
  • A newly qualified Registered Nurse is £21,176 according to the Royal College of Nursing’s 2012/2013 pay scales

Looking at this, it seems to me that the professions with the higher risks, ie police and armed forces are expected to do so for a lower salary than others.  Aren’t we lucky that there are still young people who want to risk their lives to keep us safe?

OK, rant over.

Writing Challenge: Map It

Thank you Daily Post for the new Writing Challenge.  This is the first one I’ve done so please bear with me.  The challenge this week is to include a map in a blog post.

My first thought was that I could blog about my runs but I haven’t done any outside runs for a while and I don’t want to publish my running routes on here anyway.  Then I thought about using one of the suggestions which was made on the Writing Challenge post and produce a map of the places I’d like to go, if I won the lottery and could afford to take the time off work to go round the world.  Finally, I thought about doing a map of my virtual walk from home to Walt Disney World.  This is quite hard as I can’t actually walk, or drive, to Walt Disney World from home as there is a little problem of the Atlantic Ocean in the way.  However, I can get directions from home to the west coast of Ireland and then get new directions from somewhere in Canada down the east coast of America to Walt Disney World.  So, that it what I am going to do, I hope.

This is the planned route for my virtual walk. However, as I have calculated the distance “as the crow flies” for my challenge this isn’t entirely accurate but I wanted to be able to walk through towns and cities and, if I ever find the time, be able to say “I’m now in …”.

I calculated that the route from Mary’s Harbour, NL, Canada to Disney’s Animal Kingdom was 4,334 km so I would need to start the American leg of my walk after I completed 2,548 km.  The York to Keel leg of my walk was 452 miles (723 km) – oh the joys of having different measurements for different legs of the journey!  So my Atlantic crossing was only 1,825 km when I know it should be *a lot* more.  I use km on my pedometer, treadmill at the gym and running app which is why I chose to measure kilometres for the walk.

As at 1 January, I had completed 2,695 km up to the 31st December 2012 leaving 4187 km to complete.  Therefore, I am now on the Trans-Labrador Hway/NL-510 on my way to Blanc Sablon where I will get the ferry to St Barbe.

For the UK leg of the walk I went from York through West Yorkshire and Lancashire to Liverpool to get the ferry to Dublin.  From Dublin I went through Co Meath, Co Westmeath, Co Longford, Co Roscommon, Co Galway and Co Mayo.