Hmmmmm different

By redpanda On March 28th, 2010

At last I have had some work………ok only two days and about 5 hours on each one but it is better than nothing and money coming in………………only data entry and envelope stuffing but it kept me out of trouble for a few hours…………….I also had two agency interviews last week and the agency that got me the odd days has said they will try and get me some more work but more permanent work ie long term temping or contract……………..I am not worried as long as I am working and its continual………….I’m happy to do a week here and there if I have to and can go in at short notice if I have to…………….money may not be brilliant but it is better than no money at all………………..

Lost 2.5 lb last week and picked up two new books full of great ideas and one is Family Feasts for under a fiver (not including store cupboard staples like salt and pepper or soy sauce……………) Going to try a couple in the week…………and tried a lovely Chinese fried rice one last week which was really nice…………….lets hope we are now back on track properly and get on with losing this weight more quickly……………………….

Not been out on the bike since I fell off……………….my knee is still causing me problems and is driving me mad……………I want to ride but I am worried that if I do it too soon it could cause more damage……………..ironically it is the same knee that I badly damaged in a kiting accident 4 years ago at Easter……………….then I could not fly for about a year so I am hoping that this does not take anything like as long to recover…………….

Now we are cycling we have reached a decision to sell most of the kite gear……………purely because its not getting enough use and to find any decent sites we have to travel……………..I still want to visit some of the places I have come to love as a result of kiting like Westward Ho! and we are keeping some of the small kites and the kids boards so we will still fly some of the time but not as often……………Mountain biking is the way forward and we do not have to travel so far to do it………………I will still be out taking pictures sometimes of the flyers wherever we go…………….there is always a camera on me even if it is only the one on my phone………………….I have made a lot of friends through kiting and still intend to keep in touch with them through forums or Facebook………………..

So thats it for the moment………………..more updates as and when……………

The week so far

By redpanda On March 17th, 2010

Still in a substantial amount of pain from the fall on Saturday………….but at least the swelling on the knee has gone down………..the biggest problem that I have now is that I have trouble going up and down stairs and hills………….don’t thinkĀ  I’ll be cycling at the weekend unless the pain goes away completely…………..which I doubt that it will…………..

Had three interviews so far this week…………….two for proper jobs and one with an agency who did not seem to want to know me a year ago but seem to think they can’t do enough for me now……………I hope that can get me something if neither of these comes off……………the two were for a receptionist and a sales/administrator…………….I just hope someone takes me on soon so I can get back into a routine…….I hate lack of routine……………..I sort of have a system as I am off work which sometimes works and sometimes does not……………

Of course if I cannot cycle I cannot fly either…………….I want to go fly…………..might be going down to Westward Ho! for the day next month or at least I hope we are…………..my favorite kite forum are having a weekend event down there…………..its one of my favorite places in the whole country………………nice beach……….lovely small town and nice people………….I need a weekend down there as not been there since last April and it is supposed to be good for cycling down there too………………..saying that we are going to Gisburn on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border in May for a mountain biking weekend………………camping in a motorhome and leaving the kids with my parents……………

Not much else to report at the moment……………….

Meanwhile trying not to scream

By redpanda On March 13th, 2010

with pain that is……………..had a lovely ride today all out over Horton and Mannington and Holt Woods and did manage to fall of in spectacular style…………..not once but twice…………….

First time was trying to ride through some mud and landed in a muddy puddle so was not happy about that…………the second time I am not sure how it happened but all I can think of is that I came off a ledge awkwardly to get on to the path and ended up face planting the ground landing on my left knee………………..very heavily and I now have trouble bending it and going up or down stairs……………the bike was on top of that knee and I could not move at all…………now I know why my friend Chris thinks I should be put in bubble wrap before I leave home………….

Managed to get back to the Horton Inn safely though, which is where we parked the car……………….and had a really nice Prawn Baguette and diet coke there…………sat out in the beer garden as the weather was so nice…………

Had to go and get a few bits we could not get when we did the shopping last night in Parkstone and spent most of my time in agony walking around up there………………even sitting down and just standing still is a nightmare………….I hope itĀ  feels better tomorrow………………….not biking tomorrow though………….that would just be plain stupid at the moment………………

More updates in the week………….

And so another week passes

By redpanda On March 12th, 2010

another interview………….more agencies dealt with and contacted…………..more thoughts of how positive I am trying to be and a couple of wobbles because of negative thoughts pretty much sums it up to be honest……………..

Lost another pound and a half which I am pleased with………….surprised as well but in a good way because I really thought that I had gained again which would have hacked me off………….Still experimenting with some recipes from the new book and magazine………..I love Slimming World chips amongst other things…………and doing SW along with the cycling is helping to boost my confidence a bit as well I think………….

New route to try out on the bikes this weekend………….starting at the Horton Inn over the other side of Wimborne………….pub lunch after????????? May be it would be nice to do something like that………….it says in the book that the route is moderate but then after last weeks escapade and the claggy clay on an easy route I reckon anything is possible………….I must look at the other routes in the book at some time to see where else we can go and see if there are any that Ryan may be able to do…………….he does not mind about 5 miles at the moment………….any more than that and he starts complaining…………..and I don’t want to fall off again like I did last week…………..I have a huge bruise on my right arm still which hurts like mad………….

Things to be positive about this weekend………….more cycling…………mothers day……………cooking roast dinner on Sunday………….being with my family without having an argument……….I really cannot see any negatives for this weekend at all…………….

More after the ride tomorrow……………..

No matter what happens be positive

By redpanda On March 8th, 2010

That is the thought that I am having now…………had two interviews last week and got declined on both but have taken all the positives out of them to move forward on to the next ones…………..got two possibly three lined up for this week……….one with an agency, one for a proper job and the other is with a company that I have been interviewed by before but then it was for a part time job……………something must come up soon……….

As I said I am being positive about things as it is the way forward in everything…………..it should help me get my head straight………….I see things in a different way slightly as I was really low before…………..for example this morning…………I decided to go into Bournemouth to check with the agencies I am registered with for updates…………the fact I did it on the spur of the moment was a new thing for me because as him indoors put it ‘it is out of character for you to do something like that’ (or words to that effect)…………..may be but I have to make my own decisions as to what I need to do and when……………getting a job is the most important thing at the moment…………followed by my MRI scan results and the Tinnitus counselling…………….

The diet is a bit hit and miss at the moment…………I am trying to eat sensibly but it does not always work………..if I have a lunchtime appointment or interview my eating habits go to pot and I end up eating junk……………….so for example I have cereal at breakfast…………..a Mugshot with a yoghurt and fruit for lunch and something decent in the evening for dinner………if I am out I normally end up with a sausage roll or something and a hot chocolate…………….

Been out on the bike a couple more times…………now we did Badbury Rings and round there on Saturday…………….few bits I could not ride up due to claggy clay………….and did a spectacular fall on what I thought was hard solid ground but turned out to have a patch of mud at the bottom of the hill which I skidded out and landed rather heavily on my elbow…………the same one I broke in a road accident 25 years ago or there abouts………….nice big bruise on it now……………….previous Saturday did in the New Forest up to Linwood and had a pub stop part way round…………..Now I am getting to love this cycling lark…………..still not too sure about some of the downhill bits but still having fun with it………………can only really manage one ride at the weekend but may start to do evening rides now that the evenings are getting lighter……………..

Speedway season starts this month………….looking forward to seeing who is doing what…………..cannot believe I have followed Poole for 34 years…………..must get down there and to the GP this year…………….

Still not been out with the camera much…………not really had the time to…………..will take some of all of us on the bikes or flying at some point…………….need to get out and fly too…………..

More updates as and when things happen………………will remain positive til then…………….