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Sorry LiveJournal and LiveJournal Fans, but last night I wrote what I thought was a pretty good blog entry. However, when I went to post it, not for the first time either, LiveJournal screwed up and ate my words and, instead, vomited up half a paragraph of an entry I'd deleted long previously.

So, I have learned my lesson. LiveJournal is a Dick and I am moving on.

My new journal is at misty2k.posterous.com/ and that is where I will be posting my stuff in future.
 
This will remain live though if anyone knows a good export tool so I can take all the entries with me thta would be good.
 
Peace and be wild y'all, see you on Posterous,
 
 
Dee x 

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Aprial - Day 1 / #March concluded

Admin
"Where the hell have you been?" you may well ask. Good question. "What about #March?" you might also ask. Another good question. "Which is more intelligent, a Gibbon or a Baboon?" you might continue. That one's easy. I have no idea. Now quit bugging me with increasingly strange questions and read on...

#March - Days 18 to 31
My March challenge was going just fine, then I took a week off. It was a very fun and eventful week which included
  • my Cousin's 40th Birthday Party
  • the final indoor Beachcombers Softball practice of the season
  • driving to my folks in Gloucestershire to stay for a couple of days
  • excellent home cooked food
  • a trip to Bath
  • bringing my Mum back with me to Sussex
  • a visit to see my Granddad in Hertfordshire
  • two days decluttering of my flat
  • taking many bags full of donations to the charity shop
  • seeing "Spamalot" at the theatre
  • going for a curry with my Mum and star of Spamalot, Phill Jupitus
  • two day indoor Softball Tou


Aprial - Day 1 / #March concluded

Admin
"Where the hell have you been?" you may well ask. Good question. "What about #March?" you might also ask. Another good question. "Which is more intelligent, a Gibbon or a Baboon?" you might continue. That one's easy. I have no idea. Now quit bugging me with increasingly strange questions and read on...


#March - Days 18 to 31
My March challenge was going just fine, then I took a week off. It was a very fun and eventful week which included
  • my Cousin's 40th Birthday Party
  • the final indoor Beachcombers Softball practice of the season
  • driving to my folks in Gloucestershire to stay for a couple of days
  • excellent home cooked food
  • a trip to Bath
  • bringing my Mum back with me to Sussex
  • a visit to see my Granddad in Hertfordshire
  • two days decluttering of my flat
  • taking many bags full of donations to the charity shop
  • seeing "Spamalot" at the theatre
  • going for a curry with my Mum and star of Spamalot, Phill Jupitus
  • two day indoor Softball Tournament
I was, as you can imagine, rushed off my feet and spending time with Mum so I didn't have time to write my blog.

#March Conclusions
I succeeded in not paying to park for work all month. So, I stuck it to "the man" but in practical terms, walking that extra distance does take a chunk of time out of the day and I still have to pay for diesel. There has to be an even better way...

Aprail - Day 1
I have to make some more economies in my life. I can't keep on paying for fuel and parking at the rate I have been. Earlier this week, for the first time since passing my driving test back in 2006, I started using the train for my daily commute. I was surprised both by how easy it was and how cheap. Hove station is a ten minute walk from work and Lancing station just five minutes from my flat. By waiting till after 9:00am I can get a cheap day return for just £3.90. Driving to Hove costs £4.00 a dayjust to park, before taking into account the cost of diesel and wear and tear, so I am well ahead of the game.

Turning Heads
It's not going to be a bed of roses I'm sure. I've not yet had to do the journey in the rain for instance. Yesterday evening, my return train from Hove was absolutely rammed and more than a little bit stinky, so I need to learn which the busy trains are and avoid them.

Also, I've been surprised at how many people seem to be staring at my feet as I walk past. Striding to and from the stations in my, admittedly sometimes striking, office wear and trainers. I might just be paranoid, but surely people are familiar with the concept of walking to work in trainers with your high heels in your bag? Meh. Let 'em look.

Going Home
I started this blog entry on the train on the way in this morning and am continuing now sat at Hove station waiting for the train home. Lesson learned from above; I'm foregoing the fast train in favour of the slow one in the hopes it'll be less busy. The difference between fast and slow trains for me is only about 5 minutes so I'm not worried about taking a little longer.

On The Buses
I've had some experience of using buses in Brighton and Hove today too. It's been a while, what with me being married to my car, but it's all gone quite smoothly. Our free shuttle bus, funded by the Council to get employees from their offices in Hove to those in Brighton City Centre, ended service yesterday as part of a cost cutting exercise.

So, instead, if we are required to work at or attend a meeting in another office, you need to buy a ticket and claim it back. Some rough calculations mean that by the time you've totalled up the bus fares claimed and added expense for the time it takes to administer all those claims, we'll have spent as much in a couple of months as the shuttle bus would cost for the entire year. So that particular "Saving" is going to cost the Council Tax payer considerably more than usual. Genius.

I don't feel great about claiming back bus fares so I'll be walking (in my trainers) between offices as much as I can. Sadly I didn't have time for that today, plus I had to take my work laptop with me, hence the bus and subsequent petty cash claim.

I'm not going to keep statistics this month, mostly because I don't want to think about just how much I have been spending on diesel for my daily commute up to now. Suffice to say though, I will be spending a heck of a lot less on travelling to work than I have been.

Outfit Lottery
My "Outfit Lottery" has been going strong over on Twitter. For those who haven't played, I have a whole slew of new outfits to wear, and to eliminate the time spent deciding which one to wear each day, I have lined them up ready to wear from my wardrobe. Then, each work-day morning I ask the Twitterverse for a random number and I count that many along the rail. Whoever answers first wins and I wear the corresponding outfit.

I quite enjoy leaving what I am going to wear down to a random decision. Adds a little excitement to my otherwise dull morning routine.

Here are some recent outfits that you may have missed... my vanity knows no bounds...