Tonight’s big news is that we are now in possession of an indefinate leave to remain visa for my wifey! Chip is here to stay its official! Rollout the red carpet, start up the brass band and welcome a legal immigrant to our shores! Better tell the daily mail quick that one made it through to here that actually pays taxes!
I did something I’ve wanted to do for a long time today – go out on a bike and try and drag this ageing carcass towards a level of fitness again. The thing that has hampered this plan for a few years is the fact that my bike was pinched from our previous house. I tried drawing one on the wall like Kenny Everrett used to but it didn’t work. BUT! Fear not dear reader, a friend has loaned me a mountain bike for a bit – he won’t be doing off roading for a while as he is planning an amazing Lands End to John O’Groats trip for charity. Please try and find a few quid to throw his way:
The reason I haven’t done anything fitness wise is two fold.
1.Mainly I have been trying to eat my way through most of the Asian sub continent and drink my way through a large chunk of Ireland and the Merlot region mainly because of pressures from work. No real excuse for doing it but I felt it made me cope with the pressure a little better. Now we have almost reached our first anniversary (yay) and it’s been a grueling but amazing experience to look back on.
2. The other reason is that my knees have been never been good but this last 12 months have seen them start to really audibly grind and be painful. I saw podiatrist in Stourbridge a few weeks ago and my legs have not worked like this since I was a teenager – his words. I cannot explain how awesome it feels now that all the muscles are now able to do their job albeit they ache a lot. It is the first time they have been used in a long time!
So this morning I went out and did a few miles and after a lot of lung butter, I managed to make it home. It’s all part of the baby preparations you see. I need to work very hard to make my back and core strong ready for hours of rocking babies and bending over cots. It was a killer 5 years ago with Moo so I’m dreading what it will do to me this time!
Baby update: Peanut is now able to alert her mother that the snoring man nearby is annoying her. I kid you not! Everything else is on track and we are loving the experience. Nearly time to start the pool for the baby weight – I’ll do a web thing at some point next month where you can register your prediction.
Sorry about the time off with good behaviour but it would appear that blogging just hasn’t been top of my to do list for a while. During the last black out we’ve had a visit from California, a trip around the British isles, hell at work and a lot of stuff that I now cannot remember. Shame that as there have been a lot of things going on, but rest assured dear reader now that my brain is less of a muddle and the blood pressure is hopefully on the way down, I shall endevour to enlighten you with further volumes of our life…
Chip just passed the life in the UK test! A test that everyone I know in the UK apart from 5 pints would fail by the way! Only one thing now to do to get the next visa, a thousand pounds! I’m sure its about time Mill went down the mines….we are dead happy and are having a light lunch at a Mexican place to give her a taste of home…yay!…
Tonight we fitted a new kitchen sink tap and a new upstairs toilet. Really makes a difference to our happiness as these two minor plumbing jobs have been a serious pain. Thank you Paul once again for some fine spanner wrangling!
After the house smelling like a cess pit everytime one of us take a shower I finally had a chance to rod the drains and remove this summers soap and hair biscuits…gross but has to be done. I think we have a blockage in between the kitchen and the front but no matter how much chili I eat, its not shifting. Strange, that normally shifts any blockage…fnar fnar. We’ve also had a chance to move some cupboards around in the kitchen exposing a previously unseen air vent for a (Mr) tumble dryer. Which is flipping ace as we have previously had the tumble dryer in the loft which has been a right royal pain in the bum. Mills and chip made monkey bread and cake balls which just isn’t fair to a man on the fast track to being a little rotund. It’s also wolfy’s birthday today so we all had treats before the thunder and lightning began. Tonight we are scoping out the things we can do during our time with pat and Ron in September and we are getting very excited!
Well our visit to Wales this weekend has been brilliant so far. A lovely slow drive down the brecon way in which millie got to ride in the front seat for the first time (a very big deal for both of us), a walk around laughrne in the sunshine then a superb dinner in saundersfoot with a little stroll around the bay. Everyone is getting along great and we are looking forward to more fun by the beach today. Currently mills is lying horizontally on the bed while heather clings to the edge trying not to fall out as a result, both asleep of course…
I am very happy to say that today my wifey has passed her UK driving test and not only that is bloody sexy as well!!! I am so thrilled that she will be able to use the car to live her own life a bit more and more importantly pick me up from the pub!! WELL DONE CHIP!!!! So proud of ya xx
Well its just past ten at night and there are a lot if ladies ready to walk many miles to raise money for our local hospice…insert black country joke about a hoss…its looking like it will be fun for Paul and I as we are marshals for the evening telling ladies in pjs where to walk. All in a very very good cause and one dear to our family. There is still time to donate if you haven’t already!
Last year we lost Grandad Ernie and his last days were made very comfortable and dignified by the outstanding team at Mary Stephen’s Hospice. This year the family trying to raise the approximate cost to the hospice as our way of saying thank you. So far there have been various excellent events but the reason for the post is that my dear and loving wifey is doing the midnight walk on 21/05/11 and needs your cash to raise as much money as she can for the Hospice.
It’s easy to donate online with a credit or debit card – just go to the JustGiving page:
JustGiving sends your donation straight to Mary Stevens Hospice and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you’re a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more. I hope you’ll join me in supporting Mary Stevens Hospice.