As I mentioned a little in yesterday's post, now that I've finished the first batch of courses I'm doing more. I originally did:
Alternative Medicine: A Guided Tour
And this week I signed up for:
Aromatherapy And Pregnancy (since I think if you're doing one, you might as well do the other)
Chinese Astrology: An Introduction
Freelance Writing For Magazines
One Minute Workout
Walking For Health
Yoga: An Introduction
There are also others on the site I plan to sign up for in the future (by which I mean, when I've finished getting the lessons for those I just listed). Don't be too proud of me for getting the coursework done though, because I haven't been. I'm WAY behind. I figure though that I'll grab the information now (while I know it's available and free) and do the lessons in my own time. I'm grabbing them in batches though to make it easier to keep track of whether I've gotten all the lessons.
The One Minute Workout one has already ended, since it's only a very short course. It wasn't too bad, though I did think there would be a bit more to it than, "here's how to do different kinds of stretches, depending on whether you're sitting or standing," which is all it really seemed to be. Still, it was free, so I suppose I shouldn't really complain.
My washing machine has given up. We don't know why, but it just refuses to do a cycle. I can only assume it's an electrical thing? I could be way off though... I don't know much about how washing machines work, after all! Whatever the issue is though, we are without a working washing machine. I'm not all that surprised. I kept telling the guy who came to look at it when it wasn't spinning before that - despite his insistance it was fine - there was something not right with it. I may not know how they work, but I know how they should sound, and mine didn't sound right to me.
I'm not bothering to call the guy out again. If he didn't find the issue before, I doubt he'll find it now, and I'm not paying another £40 (roughly $80) to have him come out and tell me he thinks nothing is wrong with it again. So, for now my Mam is doing our laundry, and I'm buying her some soap powder and softener to do it with (and for her own use for her laundry, since it's only fair). Then, when I can, I'll get a new washing machine.
I had to replace the house phone on Wednesday. The one we had was a cheap standard phone we brought in October when the cordless phone we'd had for about 6 years wouldn't hold its charge any more. Well, on Wednesday that phone decided it didn't want to work any more.
What happened was that someone was trying to phone us, but every time I answered it the phone would make a funny beepy type noise, then go dead. After a few times we got sick of it and unplugged the phone. When I checked between calls there was no dial tone or anything. I knew it couldn't be the phone line though, because our modem is connected to the phone line, and I was online just fine. So, I went and brought a new phone - a red cordless one - and when I plugged that in the dial tone was back, and we've had no issues since.
I never did find out who was trying to phone me though.
The Sky box in the bedroom isn't working. It keeps saying something about a technical issue. I don't care though, because I'd already decided to stop the multiroom package with Sky and just have the one box that's in the living room. I had it set up originally because of a combination of a good offer on it and the fact we were going to be at my parents' house with them, so there would be 6 people wanting the TV, and I figured I'd beat the crowd by having one in our room. Then, when we moved back here, I kept it because I wasn't allowed to remove it until 12 months had passed with me having the same contract, and only about 5 or 6 months had passed. We don't really need it with just the two of us though. Especially with how the main box (the living room box) can record two shows at a time, or record one show while you're watching another. Plus the fact that most shows are repeated sevral times, and many channels have a +1 channel so you can watch something an hour later, anyway. So next week I'm just going to call them and tell them to stop the multiroom package. It'll save me £10 (roughly $20) a month anyway! And I can have the radio or an audiobook on in the bedroom without it costing me for more than electric (well, and the cost of any new audiobooks I'd buy, obviously).
I've been sleeping pretty good lately (hope I haven't just jinxed it). I'm sleeping at night, going to sleep soon after I start trying, and sleeping for a good few hours. OK, not solidly... I'm waking up at least once an hour for at least a couple of minutes... But I'm getting a good few hours sleep in total, and waking up feeling refreshed, ready to face the day, etc. I'm hoping it continues for a while... Makes trying to get some kind of walking and eating routine sorted so much easier when I know roughly when I'll be sleeping!
On Thursday, I finished knitting the sofa throw for my Mam, and have started work on the first of the two smaller versions for the armchairs. I'll get a photo of the throw when I can. I meant to try and take the photo Friday, but I forgot. I'll get to it though... Honest!
Mam came to get me Friday morning. She had Emma-Jane for the day and we were going to walk to town if it was nice. It was nice... Until when we were in town (without the car, which was parked outside my place). We almost got a taxi home, but we did walk in the end, since it ended up being just a short shower... Which was quite lucky really, since we didn't have the raincover for the baby's pushchair with us.
We were both tired after doing that walk, since neither of us have walked that far in a little while. I think my Mam was glad she'd come to mine by car and could, therefore, drive back to her place instead of having to walk all the way back in to town to get the bus. There are busses that go most of the way from here to town, but they only come about once an hour, and by the time you get to the bus stop you're generally at a point where you figure, "I've come this far, I might as well walk the rest of the way," so we've never used a bus to get in to town properly from here. If it's too wet to walk, we just call a taxi (unless Mam has already offered to take us, then we wait for her to arrive).
We didn't do much in town, just ran a couple of errands and had lunch. There's a bakery in town called, "Greg's," which does a really nice sandwich called a cheese savory sandwich. It's grated cheese, onion, carrot and lettuce with a little mayo to bind it, and it's pretty much the only vegetarian sandwich they do (the only other one being egg and tomato, but not always being available). The only other option there is a vegetable pasty or cheese and onion pasty, but I'm not a huge pasty fan, so I usually go with the cheese savory sandwich. That's what I had Friday. Mam had a chicken one of some kind (chicken and mayo, I think) and Emma-Jane had a sausage roll and the buttons off a gingerbread man (should have been the whole thing, but I guess she didn't fancy it at that moment, because she ate the buttons then said, "gone," as she went to drop it over the side of the pushchair... It was only saved because Mam was actually right beside her and watching her, so Mam grabbed it in time).
There's another new magazine I like the look of that's relatively cheap and Kelly said he'll get on the computer for me to be able to read. It's called "Baked And Delicious", contains recipes from around the world (apparently), and comes with free bakeware. Mam and I picked up a copy each of the first one - for just 99p (a little under $2) with free cupcake moulds, and it seems pretty good, so we're both getting it. We would have just had one of us get it, but though we can share the recipes, it's more difficult to share the bakeware when we live in different places, so we both agreed it would be best to have seporate subscriptions to it.
For anyone who may be wondering... The scaffolding is still up, but from what we can tell the workmen have very nearly finished. I hope so! They've been pretty quiet recently, but I really want that scaffolding to go away!
Like I said, it rained a little on Friday, but not much. It rained a lot more yesterday. It's nice again today... Another of those sunny but cold days you get a lot in Spring... Memories of Winter lingering still, but a promise of Summer hinted at in the sunshine. The kind of day you think of when you think of Spring, I suppose... Well, it's the kind of day I think of when I think of Spring anyway!
I really don't get why people like some of the music they do these days. Mam was playing a song from a CD she and Wayne picked up the other day, and it started off nice enough, but... Just as I was thinking how nice it was to hear some new music that wasn't filled with rap and/or swearing... A little way in to the song a new voice took over with rap and swearing, which - in my opinion - ruined the song. Rap is bad enough in general, but I can deal with that OK. My big issue is with the swearing. It's the same with most things... Why do they have to swear? Instead of, "f****ed up," why can't they say, "messed up," or something like that? It would sound so much better, I think.
OK, on that note, I think I'll let this do for today. It's taken me a VERY long time to write this post, and I want to get the dreaded housework done out of the way so I can spend some time working on my knitting (probably while watching the TV).
Enjoy whatever's left of your weekend!