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Post 2481

SashaQ - happysad

Happy Shrove Tuesday - I hope you get to enjoy some pancakes smiley - biggrin

I did have a good weekend. The supermarket was again as busy as if it were a bank holiday weekend, and the pasta, rice and bread shelves were somewhat empty, but I just about managed to get what I needed. I bought some rice that was twice the price, but I doubt it will be twice as nice as the usual one I get. The weather warmed up, so the ground was too muddy to go to the RSPB reserve, but I had a good time carpark birdwatching again instead smiley - ok

Glad you had a good run, albeit muddy too.

Good idea to practise applying for jobs with one you don't mind if you don't get it smiley - ok Good idea to keep a lookout for different opportunities - things *might* settle down in your current role, but something much better might turn up, too, so that gives you options indeed smiley - goodluck Reminds me I've been in my 'new' role for three years now - it was daunting to make the move, but definitely worth it smiley - ok All the best smiley - tea

I hope you didn't have to wait too much longer before smiley - cat came back home this afternoon. Does smiley - cat have to wear a cone of some sort for a few days now?


SQ and BB

Post 2482

Bluebottle

Your rice expedition reminds me of an old Amen Corner song
If a pack of rice was twice as nice as the heaven that you take me to,
Who needs a pack of rice, I'd rather have you?
(Although Amen Corner sang 'half as nice' which doesn't rhyme as well and is less dramatic - giving up something that is worth less is less meaningful than giving up something worth more.)

smiley - cat is back now - he spent yesterday evening hiding but is more his normal self today, though is not allowed outside for two days. (Not that the weather is nice enough for him to go out really...). As long as he doesn't bite or lick too much where he was operated on he shouldn't need a cone, and he isn't so far. With Oli the cone distressed her so we got a little jacket instead which worked much better, but that wouldn't work with Maxy's operation.

<BB<


SQ and BB

Post 2483

SashaQ - happysad

I don't know that song but I agree that your version is the one that makes sense smiley - ok I ate rice last night, and it was fine but not exceptionally good, as I suspected.

That's good that smiley - cat is managing OK without a cone. My sister lost her two oldest cats last year, so she got a kitten and he had to have a cone, but it was soft and pillow-like so it was not too uncomfortable for him. Jackets for side-wounds sound much better, too, as they don't get in the way of eating etc like a cone does smiley - ok

I see you saw on smiley - facepalmsmiley - book my Marsh Harrier photo from carpark birdwatching smiley - ok There has been a bit of rain this week, but more sunshine, so I'm hopeful the RSPB reserve will be less muddy this weekend. I have a plan B, though, as the Botanical Garden outdoor areas have opened, and that is mostly tarmac paths smiley - ok


SQ and BB

Post 2484

Bluebottle

Well the original song might have been 'If paradise was half as nice' rather than about a pack of rice... But still 'if paradise was half as nice as the heaven that you take me too, who needs paradise, I'd rather have you' essentially means 'I'd rather have you than something worth less than you' which isn't overly flattering...

Today was quite dry and I enjoyed a walk around the park. Sounds a good plan for the weekend - I've not made any yet. We're in Lent again, so no smiley - choc, smiley - crisps, smiley - oj or biscuits.

<BB<


SQ and BB

Post 2485

SashaQ - happysad

"essentially means 'I'd rather have you than something worth less than you' which isn't overly flattering..." Yes indeed smiley - huh

My replacement wheelchair arrived yesterday - the footplates still have metal against plastic in one place, but the top socket has been redesigned with plastic against plastic, so I'm more hopeful that it will last more than 3 days. The company also acted on my feedback about the brakes, so the new version of the brakes is within reach as expected smiley - ok Still a few alignment niggles to sort out, but that's a project for this weekend smiley - ok

No smiley - oj? Fruit juice, or squash? I hope you get your Vitamin C quota OK smiley - apple All the best for Lent smiley - tea


SQ and BB

Post 2486

Bluebottle

That was supposed to be Irn Bru and represent fizzy drinks! Still allowed orange juice (though I prefer smiley - apple and drinking Vimto and Robinsons).

smiley - goodluck with the replacement wheelchair - is the metal against plastic somewhere structurally vital or more of an aesthetic choice? Did you manage to get it all to align?

Had my interview this morning, it didn't go particularly well. Oh well, time to start on my next application.

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SQ and BB

Post 2487

SashaQ - happysad

Ah smiley - eureka Mmm - long time since I had any Vimto, but I did used to like it. Squash these days more often includes aspartame, so I use pure fruit juice and add water. smiley - appletize is good, too

Yes, the metal against plastic is indeed somewhere structurally vital, sadly - the socket is exactly in line with the weight of my foot on the footplate, so it was only 1 day before the metal gouged a bit out of the plastic again and the footplate slipped out of the socket smiley - blue

I haven't yet done the realignment, but I had a good day at the botanic gardens - plenty of smiley - snowdrop around! There are a couple of alignment options and I've decided to try something different from the alignment I did with the last wheelchair to see if that is better. It's been a busy couple of days at work too, with meetings, documents etc, but I plan to have a look tonight. Not too bad, that I have another wheelchair I can use around the house, and the new one is fine for going in a straight line outside, but it will be better when the new one goes round corners indoors as well smiley - laugh

Congratulations on getting an interview smiley - ok Sorry it didn't go as well as hoped, but it was good practice for next time smiley - oksmiley - goodluck


SQ and BB

Post 2488

Bluebottle

Oh dear, again that's quite a serious design flawsmiley - yikes
I would imagine you have some corners indoors - most homes aren't laid out as a railway line I find...

That's another difficulty at the moment, trying to find healthy food. Usually if it is good for your waistline it'll be bad for your teeth, always a compromise somewhere...

I was surprised to see my 'Livin' La Vida Lockdown III' is on sale on Amazon already - as is 'Arcadia' even though I hadn't actually approved the draft yet?smiley - huh Oh well, Lulu and Amazon work in mysterious ways. This one mainly covers Christmas.

Hope you're having a chance to calm down at work after a hectic few days.

<BB<


SQ and BB

Post 2489

SashaQ - happysad

Yes, I don't think that design is right at all, with metal on plastic in such a position, but the wheelchair people assure me that nobody else is having this problem smiley - blue

"most homes aren't laid out as a railway line I find..." smiley - laugh No indeed! The reconfiguration I did on Tuesday went quite well (apart from losing a washer somewhere smiley - grr) so the chair will now go round corners smiley - oksmiley - somersault Rather than aligning just the castors, I realigned the whole frame. I had hoped that would change the way forces act on the footplate socket as well, but the problem happened again when I was out for my walk yesterday smiley - blue I shall continue working with the wheelchair people...

Yes, have to be careful with things like muesli bars and nuts, etc... I find Walkers baked crisps to be OK, but their multigrain ones tend to break into sharp shards that are difficult to eat. Would it be easier to reduce portion sizes of things you can eat, or is it the case that the things you eat tend to be already in fixed portion sizes, like bags of smiley - crisps? I'm not sure what I eat counts entirely as healthy, but I hope watching out for red traffic lights helps a bit... At least these days, thanks to your reminder, I am not worried about red traffic lights if they are for 10% things, as two of those is fine smiley - ok

That is weird about your books being available before you've approved them smiley - huh Quite the contrast from the battle I had with the h2g2 books... On the one hand it saves you buying multiple proofs, as the books must have passed some automated checks or something, but on the other hand it is disconcerting that you don't have as much control as expected...

Yes, Wednesday was much more reasonable workwise smiley - ok Potentially 'the calm before the storm', as I have a couple of meetings today, and I might get a project tomorrow that needs to be finished by tomorrow, but I enjoyed it while it lasted smiley - zen One thing I did do was read up on news from the sector, and saw there's a lot going on at your place - good luck with it all smiley - tea


SQ and BB

Post 2490

Bluebottle

That seems odd, as I would have thought that anywhere involving frequent friction between metal and plastic will be a universal problem?smiley - shrug

I don't eat too many smiley - crisps - and none before Easter smiley - chick - but a lot of what I have has been in fixed sizes. I'll see if I manage to lose a bit more weight during Lent.

Yes, who knows what is going on where I work? We had a big meeting today and were told that our student records system is going to be replaced in a £10 million project smiley - yikes but that the university is moving so that no-one at all, except the VC, will have their own office or desk. Everyone is to hotdesk and half the current office space is going to become used as teaching rooms. Support staff are not expected to return to regularly work on campus ever again but will be allowed to occasionally come in. Not sure the teaching staff will want to give up their offices. But who knows what will actually happen?
It does make me suspect there'll never be a work running club or board game club ever again. The choir might possibly survive as I think people might be willing to come in one day a week for that.

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