Monthly Archives: December 2010

Christmas Day


I ended up going for an early morning cycle ride, saying ‘Merry Christmas’ to the odd single motorist and couples without kids walking about.

Travelling early in the morning on Christmas Day avoids all the famillies driving about, and all the teenage boy racers are at home and shops are closed. Whole famillies with several cars are blissfully stuck at home, until the sales. When the family is inside, the roads are a lot clearer, and a lot safer.

There were no cyclists about taking advantage of the wonderfully, clear roads which was surprising.

I got some nice pressies: some W H Smith vouchers, a body protector vest (for horse riding) but could be good for cyclists, a cycling top, a fleece, some chocs and some money, a couple of books, though not cycling orientated, some watercolour paints and brushes.

Merry Christmas


Happy Christmas to everyone.

We had no turkey until 5pm today due to the snow problems but my mother has managed to get one. It was going to be ‘chicken legs’ for Christmas and we couldn’t even get any goose either.

My mother has dropped a whole load of food, including salami, cheese, liquor chocolates and fruit which I am now working my way through. And, I have spotted a ‘cycling type present’ in one of the bags.

I finished work at 3pm and I am all set for a long holiday (well, five days).

Just one of my presents hasn’t arrived yet, but my brother who lives opposite me seems to have got some of my post.

A Christmas Puncture


Oh great!

I haven’t got much time to fix it this week but anyway, I will be walking to work anyway. There’s supposed to be even more snow tonight. I am actually enjoying my commute to work, every day has been ‘different’.

The Snow is Baaaak!


It was freezing and it was inevitable that were going to have more snow again. On the way back home in the evening blizzard people started talking to each other ‘It’s gone mad” and ‘the BBC weather forecast said it was not snowing!’

I stocked up earlier on more dried food, bread mix and even remembered the dried skimmed milk.

Now I just need stuff for power cuts, just in case, any ideas anyone?!

How to get out of the Christmas Party


I am not a huge party fan, well, I don’t really like being stuck with colleagues and all their gossiping, boring conversations and drunkeness. I am a close friend/one to one type person. And after work, I don’t really mix with my colleagues, well, only on a superficial front ie some of them like photography. I quite like intense, deep conversations and christmas parties just aren’t the right place, small talk just isn’t me!

Unfortunately, in a weak moment, I said ‘Yes’, after originally saying ‘No’ and already the hassle of it (finding a dress, buy a Secret Santa gift for a colleague that may not be a ‘buddy’ anyway) is a right pain when I could be doing something more constructive or more interesting. And already I am getting physical headaches of dread.

Work colleagues can’t bear to contemplate that some people hate work parties. I even have a ‘job’ going to Green Party/Cyclist’s parties. I just get very bored and start clock watching almost immediately:-) Everyone, it seems, has to go to parties. Well, there is no law!

Of course I will get the ‘aftereffects’ – oh you missed a great party and that kind of stuff. It could be tempting to say, ‘well, I had an even better time.”. “You were missed”, is another one they will try and plonk on you.

Nope, I am going to try and get out of this!

Here are my ideas:

1) Sorry, parties are not my thing (nothing wrong with being honest)

2) Sorry can’t make it (no explanation). As I have said Yes, already, I don’t think I can say this

3) My bf has invited me to a play (this won’t work for me as they know he is supposed to be coming)

4) Weather -hopefully it will be bad weather, ie snow!

5) Sorry, it goes against my religion and think of some spiel that goes with it

6) Lastminute ones are generally less ‘believeable’ ie my son is sick.

Tweeters have suggested:

double book with a last minute treat, tickets from some relative to a play that they already bought and you can’t change..?

Problems of Bottled Water


I am starting to watch Open University programmes, and I came across this one on bottled water.

I don’t really use bottled water very much at all, and have had no problems asking for tap water in restaurants. I thought this video was very good.

Celebration, Florida, a Rich People’s ‘Disney’ Community Village


Celebration was built to the ethos of Disney. Everything has to be ‘perfect’, so much so that they ‘have to use the right compost’. Apparently it has an anti-car philosophy, where golf carts take priority over cars and kids can play in the streets and there has only been a tiny amount of crime – one bicycle theft and recently a murder. Houses here are extremely expensive. I’d be very interested in their road safety stats.

The place is so fake that they have to ‘bring in autumn leaves’:-

and in December, they bring in fake snow (soap)

This is what I like, the Speeding Motorists Death Pond at Celebration when they had to try and slow down to 35mph.