Archive for August, 2009

Cranial Void To Let

I stood on the scales one morning and suddenly became aware I had my dressing gown on. I removed the garment and proceeded to hold it out to my side at arms length so as not to add the unecessary weight to the final total on the scale display.

I stepped onto the scales holding a cup of tea. Upon realising the extra weight in my hand I set the cup down and held the mouthful of tea in my mouth thinking momentarily, if it were not contained in my stomach it wouldn’t affect my weight measurement.

Beginning to realise the weight loss I’ve finally seen on the scales must be down to vanishing brain cells.

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Final Test

I passed my motorbike test. The second part is all conducted on the road and I was confident of my abilities to pass that section, therefore I wasn’t nervous when I went off with the examiner. When I returned to the test centre after about an hour I had no idea if I’d passed or failed. Nothing had gone terribly wrong but I knew I hadn’t ridden perfectly either so it was a great surprise when I got the good news. And a huge relief that I didn’t have to stress over that for another couple of months while I waited for another test date.

I got Wil to bring his bike, a Honda CBR600, home from Watford at the weekend. I was hoping I might be able to use it a couple of times per month in order to keep my hand in so I don’t lose my nerve since I don’t have my own motorbike. However, being a sports bike it has what I find a really awkward riding position and by the time I’d taken it 7 miles around ‘the block’ my wrists were nearly at the point of failure and I could hardly control the clutch and front brake anymore! Glad to say, I’m not really a sports bike girl but it does leave me in a bit of a quandry as I wasn’t planning on getting my own bike just yet. As per usual my taste is a little obscure and with obscure comes ‘expensive’. The wish list is as follows:

bonnevilleclassicv7 cafethruxton

As I said, that’s the ‘WISH’ list. In reality for now, may see if I can find something like a Honda Hornet to ding and scrape my experience away on.

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The Vandals

Looking for food

Looking for food

Cameras are NOT food

Cameras are NOT food

The girls are doing well.

– At wrecking the garden

– Leaving copious amounts of crap EVERYWHERE

– Eating anything that moves

– And laying eggs.

The last in that list makes up for it all. Susan has become a regular double yoke egg layer and they both provide an egg each, every day. They are fed on an all organic and Vegetarian Society approved diet (apart from the slugs and beetles they probably find) and their egg yokes are bright orange. I’d neither seen double yokes or yokes that colour before having my own chickens.

Very satisfying stuff!

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Mud Sweat And Gears

Photos of the Enduro Race at Codham Park today

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Even Failed At Failing

If I could represent the last half of July in pictures it’d look something like this:

funny-pictures-bird-window-failBad luck arrived in droves once we’d dropped the boy off at the airport. What, with being hit by Swine Flu, the chickens getting sick, Minkey the guinea-pig being near deaths door, the pond pump breaking and the largest fish tank we had bursting a seam, you might have thought we’d received more than our 3 strikes. But no, then the computer mouse stopped working which is just what you need when you’re trying to shop online for the best deal on a fishtank, pond pump and treatments for sick animals.

Unfortunately the shitty luck didn’t stop there. For some reason I got stuck in a rut of waking up at stupid hours through the night and early morning which left me tired and out of sorts. Then last Thursday after an hours motorbike lesson in which I came off the bike and trashed my knee, I failed my first Motorbike test module by not reaching 50kph through the speed trap on the swerve avoidance test and emergency stop. You get two goes, I failed to reach the speed needed on both attempts, the last being by 1kph. I felt burned out, weak, gutted and still so shakey from having been down with the flu for more than a week. I soothed my dejected soul by crying for the rest of the day and scoffing the rest of a bag of licorice I had twisted up in the cupboard.

On the bright side I managed to find a cancellation spot to retake the test on Friday. I spent an hour and half  today with my instructor going over and over the manoeuvres necessary for the re-test and I feel pretty good about it now.

Worth mentioning though since we’re talking about having a shit run of luck – the bike I’ve used nearly every lesson since May decided to die a slow death in the training centre garage today so I’ll be going into the re-test on a bike I’ve spent an hour and half getting to know. Jesus does not love me.

In other news I am finally feeling better. It’s taken more than 2 weeks but yesterday after having another day of feeling the remnants of illness still robbing my energy I drank more water than I’ve used to bathe in the last week and took myself off to running club, on the theory that I was either feeble from being sat around for 2 weeks (lethargy breeds lethargy) or I was really still ill. Either way the club run would finish me off completely or sort me out. I’m pleased to report that today I feel the best I’ve felt in weeks, so it was clearly the fix-it cure. I feel inspired now to get my ass into gear for the next week and then sign up to that 3rd and final Mountain Bike Endurance Race on the 16th. That’s right – just over a week away. I won’t be expecting much this time as I’d planned to place better than the 9/13 I got last time. I’ll just settle for not coming last – August will not be the month for losers!

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