Moving swiftly on

By redpanda On March 28th, 2011

I started a new job last week…….as an accounts assistant in a small firm that supplies the catering industry with fruit, veg and other stuff like dairy and dry goods……….I am quite enjoying it as a lot of it is learning new skills………I started taking and making phone calls today as it was a bit manic at times and I am starting to understand what some of the jargon used is………..its nice working part time in this weather too……..means you get some of the best of the sunshine……..

Still plugging away at the diet………..I have started making my own cakes and sweet things so that I know exactly what goes into them……….I cook more or less everything from scratch as it is so baking is just coming back into the kitchen……..I like cooking Sundays…………making all sorts of things while dinner is cooking………like soups for lunch and the like……….I get a great sense of satisfaction from making something that I know people will like……..

Speedway season has now started……..the first one on TV is tonight and I have no idea who is racing…………looking forward to the GP series though………..

Going to a bead fair on Saturday……….I have recently got back into an old hobby of mine for a change………I find it relaxing and fun to create different designs and colour schemes for ear rings, bracelets and necklaces………..some may look strange but the colours work well together and are not what you would expect to work in that way………hoping to see some good bargains there as the tickets were free anyway………its near London so not that far to go really……….

More in a few days…………

Out of the loop

By redpanda On April 15th, 2010

a bit because of various things that have happened……………so the good news first………….

Finally got back on the bike last weekend for the first time…………..out to Moors Valley which I like a lot cos there are not too many hilly bits…………..they also have some very nice trails out there which they are also expanding by another 7km………should be good when its finished……………as for the not many hills…………..Tim has a lot to answer for………..we always park in a lay by area near where entrance to Moors Valley is…………I hate paying for parking unless we really have to……………..and we went a slightly different way into the park this time…………..the hills in places were steeper than ever and I had to walk some of them because of the pressure on my knee………….I pinched Krisite’s kiting knee pads but got some of my own at the weekend……………..I did come off once but it was on soft sand and not too bad a landing…………..the pads worked a dream…………….I really enjoyed the ride and the knee held up very well indeed all things considered……………

The dieting is going ok…………….finally got my 2 and a half stone award and not through want of trying…………..5lb in one week for me is more than good especially as Easter was included…………put a little on last week but hopefully it will start coming off in small amounts with the odd large one thrown in………….still got a long way to go…………….

The job front is very up and down at the moment………………did a temp job in Ringwood last week for 4 days but nothing this week……………been to a couple of new agencies this week who are very forward thinking and are hoping to get me something sorted out soon……………..I did get offered a post with one of the big banks but it was then withdrawn due to references…………..no idea what has been said but I am finding it is hindering me in getting something permanent………………I just want to work……………I hate not working properly and really need the stability of working to keep me from becoming depressed again……………..I am coping but some days are really bad where as others are really good…………Tim is working from home a lot to make sure that I don’t fall back into old habits which to a degree I like but I do wish I could be on my own more sometimes……………..I know it is for my own good but I need space as well………….the one thing I do not want is to become a horrible person again…………..I want to stay away from that and make progress like I have today……………

Going to Westward Ho! Saturday……………..taking the camera and hopefully getting some good pictures then in three weeks we are off to Gisburn in Lancashire for a biking weekend……………both should be fun and it will be nice to meet some of the biking people……………………

Speedway season is now under way and my team the Poole Pirates are top of the league at this early stage in the season…………….of course there is a long way to go yet but I would like to see us win it this year……………..

More after the weekend………………..

Sometimes life just kicks you where it hurts

By redpanda On February 7th, 2010

Well that is what this week has felt like………..

The job that I loved has fallen through………failed probation which to be honest I am quite shocked at because I had no idea it was going to happen in a sense………..I believed it would be extended to take into account the health issues I have had since Christmas but alas it was not to be……………..so most of this week has been spent searching for a new job………….had one interview and got a call back to go again for a days assessment but when I sat down and worked out the pay against the hours it was completely naff and would not have given me quality time with my family and I have to put them first……………but working a 50 hour week for less than what I was on is completely crap……………so it is back to the drawing board……………I have applied for loads of jobs online………..two rejections because people are better qualified than me so will just keep at it and going out and about searching…………

Went for a long bike ride yesterday again……….found it hard work because of the wet ground in places and the new chain Tim put on kept slipping some of the time………….the solid tracks were good though and the target of a hot chocolate at the end of it was worth waiting for………………

Not long now til the Speedway season starts…………will be following the local team as usual but have been reading about one of my past heroes who has been unwell recently…………..Kelly Moran, an American who rode in the UK in the late 70′s/early 80′s who was absolutely brilliant in his day…………and it took me back to when all the American’s rode over here and we had all the test matches and America dominating the World Team Cup which was in a different format then………………..oh how things have changed with hardly any Americans riding in the UK these days but there are loads of young Aussie’s coming through the ranks……………Poole having both Chris Holder and Darcy Ward in their team is going to be good…………must try and get down there this year for a change……………..

Diet has gone out of the window this week because of what has happened…………..I hate not eating sensibly but things have got better as the week went on…………….got a nice Gammon joint today which is one of my favorites…………pity the rest of them are not that keen on it………………..

Off to see what else needs doing………………..

And so it goes on…………

By redpanda On October 5th, 2009

The cooker saga for one thing and my flaming knee injury being another……

The replacement for the new cooker arrived today. They connected it up and…………..part of the touch control panel did not work which meant the ovens and timer did not work………..they took the old one out…………and to leave us with a cooker they have connected the one that had the damaged trim on it up and we are now using that one til the thrid replacement comes along…………..hope this one works………

My knee started playing up again after cycling on Saturday but at least I did not fall off this time……think I pulled something in it a bit as it really hurt for a good few hours afterwards……..I have to admit that I enjoy cycling………the wind in your hair and moving across the ground on something that is not your feet is quite enlightening……………just need to get Ryan a bike then he can come out too………..as the knee still hurt Sunday Ryan and I went for a walk whilst Tim cycled around Hurn Forest…………….and we started to collect some fir cones to make Christmas decorations with……….found some nice ones that looked quite red inside from where they had opened………….

Been experimenting with the cooking again………..did a nice salmon with dill and spring onion mash for tea the other night which was nice………..these Slimming World recipes are coming up quite good………..I lost another pound this week which I am happy about………..I need to really concentrate as I want another half stone off before Christmas if I can……….I know I can do it…………….its all mind over matter…….

Tonight also saw the first leg of the Elite League finals with Swindon and Wolverhampton chasing other for Speedways Elite prize……….at least my team missed the relegation play off’s………..I want Swindon to win the league title though…………I have a lot of time for their team manager Alun Rossiter as he used to be a rider himself…………..

No kiting or photography chat at the moment………….but will try and take some pictures and go flying soon…………..