Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Supplements taken

Just taken me three supplements... got two Calcium pills left then it's time to start a new tub/bottle!  Unfortunately the Iron and Multi haven't run out at the same time so I must have started taking them at different times.  I'll need to order some more of the Calcium when I've opened the new bottle but it's frustrating that I can't order all three at the same time.

Not to worry though, that's just how things roll with me sometimes!  lol

Namehog V TSOhosts

Got 3 emails from TSOhosts yesterday afternoon saying that they have re-set my password.

I'm like "huh?"

I went to the Namehog site this morning and the TSOhosts bods have bought out Namehog and they really haven't made a good first impression on me!

They've set all the domain names that I cancelled to auto-renew, I couldn't do anything without accepting their cookies and I couldn't put my debit card into my account for auto renewals.

They've lost a customer now.

I was with Namehog right from the start... getting on for 20 years and they were fantastic.

I contacted TSOhosts about the card not being accepted and apparently it's a known issue that they are working on and will be fixed "shortly".

Well they will "shortly" lose a customer and I'll give them a single star review and recommend everybody avoids them.

Steve's happy with FastHosts so I'm seriously considering changing to them instead 'cos you can pay monthly instead of annually which is more expensive but less of a shock when you get an invoice for £1000 every year for each domains and hostings!

I'm gonna give TSOhosts until the end of the week to sort out the known issue then potentially move to FastHosts.


I finally got to sleep some time after 2am.

I woke up at 8.30am.

I'm more awake, alert and ready to start the day after less than 7 hours sleep, yet when I sleep for 10-12 hours I'm totally wiped out, tired, can barely keep my eyes open and generally feeling bleh... how is that even possible??

Surely after more sleep you feel better and more awake, right?

So why am I not asleep until lunchtime?  Why do I feel more awake with less sleep than I do with more?!

Ho hum!

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Tomorrow's studying

I'm guessing that because it took 35 hours to finish the DLU course, my tutor won't have expected me to finish it already, so I'm gonna work my way through a short course tomorrow that only lasts for I think it was 3-4 hours.

Then I'll aim to be finished all the free courses by September so that I can totally clear my memory and enrol for a module on childhood and child psychology module starting in October and goes until July but doesn't have an exam just 4 eTMAs so I can work my way through that just to see if my memory is good enough to start a level 1 OU course and take it from there.

For the first time in my life I genuinely think that I'll take things as they come and the module will give me a taste of a Level 1 course so that I will be able to tell if my memory is up to it yet.  I'm not going to pressure myself, I just need to go at my own pace and hope that the OpenLearn courses were a genuine taste of the difficulty level of each course!  If they are then I'll be fine on all the undergraduate courses that don't involve maths and it'll only be the post-graduate courses that I could start to struggle.

I'm not thinking that far ahead though, I just want to get all the free courses over and done with, then see if I get awarded ESA then I'll take it from there.

And it's finished!

I started the course yesterday morning and 35 hours later it's finito!

Some of the questions were a bit confusing because they asked for answers to things that hadn't been covered yet and a couple of links were dead links too, but for a free course I learnt a lot!

Just gotta wait for it to be marked now and I bet I'll fail!  lol

Not bad going for 35 hours studying with brain damage though!  😁

Taken me supplements

The multi got stuck halfway down my throat which made me retch and it's why I can't take capsules or larger pills.  They are all done and dusted for another day now though, thankfully.

Why rather than what I'm studying

Just watching an interview thing with Noel Fitzpatrick (aka the SuperVet) and one of the questions from the audience was what was he like as a vetinary student.

Apparently he was a geek at University, which is fair enough, but the partial sentence that really struck a chord with me was to work out why you're studying, rather than what you're studying.

I'm studying because I want to learn new things and keep my brain active while I'm disabled.  The brain damage has taken most of my memories and I honestly can't remember 5 minutes in the past, let alone anything further in the distance than that.  Yep, totally serious.

Sooo, the reason that I'm studying is to prove to myself that I still can.  That I'm still a passionate person and that just because I'm disabled doesn't mean I can't learn new things.

If I hadn't become disabled, if my brain hadn't been damaged, then I wouldn't have even thought about studying at University level because I would have told you I was too thick and I'd be kicked out in my first week there.

I've taken loads of OpenLearn courses which are University Level short courses and I did well with them.  A few of them were even Post-Graduate courses and I coped OK with those too.

I'm not thick, I just need to have more confidence in myself... need to tell my bullies that they have bugger all control over me any more and that if I get awarded ESA in November then I *will* study with the Open University as long as I choose a course that doesn't have an exam because I know, in my heart of hearts, that right now I would fail because of my brain damage.  I'm not saying that'll be my future, just for a few more years while I re-build my memory through studying is all.

You controlled me for too many years, Bullies, but not any more.  From now on, the only person who tells me what I'm capable of achieving is me and only me.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Started on another course this morning

More than a week after I applied, I was accepted onto my first course with DLU this morning and I've just finished my first assessment with them too!

Just submitted the first unit for marking so it's too late to do anything about it now!

I'm aiming to do one unit a day if I can but I can pretty much guarantee I'll have forgotten today's unit by the time I wake up and come down here tomorrow 'cos of the dratted brain damage!  Tsk!

Ho hum!

Sunday, 20 May 2018

I bet he'll complain about it tomorrow too!

Out of a shop costing £59.45, 40p is for the carrier bags which takes the total down to £59.05 yeah?  Take off £4.20 for my drinks and £25.35 for the mutual stuff leaves £29.50 purely for Steve's stuff.  Over £25 for Steve's stuff than my stuff and he's chosen brand name stuff like Toilet Duck (his choice to increase the price of the mutual dooberries) and Go Ahead bars (purely for him) as well as 2 Onken yoghurts costing £1 each (for him only too) as well as 2 malt loaves purely for him that are brand name (Soreen) and Galaxy Minstrels (for him only) and sausages, doughnuts, 3 lots of cake sandwich stuff etc yet all that I've added is 6 bottles of Sainsburys own brand pop.

Nothing else.

Steve's reasoning?  He put £20 towards the shopping "so we can afford more stuff".  I've put £50 a week aside for the shopping yet my stuff comes to less than a fiver!!

Maybe it's just my maths, but going by Steve's reasoning he should be adding an extra £21 every week *on top of* the money he puts in for his extra's so that it's fairer!

I've got nothing against him adding things to the shopping, but why add brand name stuff when there is the same stuff for less on own brand things?!

Just taken the pup for her walk

I think she's feeling her age because we only went up and down twice today and she's 8 years old so maybe her bones are aching or something?

Supplements taken

They all went down OK this morning!  Even the Calcium crumbs went down pretty easily without going everywhere in my mouth!

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Book review: 3 hour dad by Adam T Hourlution

✰✰✰✰✰ out of 5

Just finished reading this book and it's an adorable but very quick read!

It takes you through the rapid change from fun-loving, innocent, twenty-something who is more interested in completing his Star Wars figure collection than saving money for the future all the way to a brand new dad with the overwhelming responsibility it brings.

The author takes the reader through everything he was feeling, right from the first phone call in the middle of the night telling him to get to the labour ward fast all the way to unpacking all the new things for his surprise new baby!

It's a quick must-read for anyone who thinks it will never happen to them... it can and does as this book proves.  Set yourself up with a savings account just in case you need it and move any leftover money into it... better to be safe than sorry and all that!

Supplements taken

Just taken me 3 supplements... the Calcium went everywhere when I crunched it up and the multi kept refusing to be swallowed so it was only the Iron that went down easily!

Friday, 18 May 2018

"chocolate fairy dust cake" for lunch today

Got us a chocolate cake with soya milk in it so that I can have it instead of just Steve.

Had the first slice yesterday and while it was stronger/darker chocolate than I usually like, it was good to finally have a slice of proper cake that didn't make me ill so I'm gonna have another slice for me lunch then a burger for tea... now that all bar one manuscript is edited, I'm gonna have me tea and an early night for the first time this week then start studying either tomorrow or on Monday, depending on when I get the materials sent to me... achieved so much in the last few days!

So proud of myself!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Pupils 1 v Teachers 0 lol

The hubby has just sent me this link about Scottish kids cheating in a literacy test - WTG kids says me!  lol

Supplements taken

Just taken me 3 supplements... the Iron was a PITA to get down so it melted, the multi was a struggle to swallow and the crumbs of the Calcium went everywhere in my mouth too!


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Haven't achieved much today unfortunately

I walked the pup this morning then came home and typed out 2 synopses and edited a single manuscript but that's been it for my entire day!  😞

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Taken me 3 supplements

They all went down OK this afternoon, which is good that I didn't have to get bloated with squash from trying to swallow them today, so I'm a happy bunny.

Easily pleased, me!  lol

Monday, 14 May 2018

What a shock!!

Just had someone come to the door saying that a savings policy that I thought was cancelled when we had money problems is almost ready to be paid out 'cos it matures in July and I'll then get £4,700 which is a total shock 'cos I could have sworn that I'd lost the money I'd paid in when I cancelled the policy... I certainly haven't paid anything into it for a few years so being told that the policy was still running and that it's almost matured was a total shock!

It means I can pay off BC in full and still have £2,000 left over!!  That means I'll be totally debt free and I can work on rebuilding my credit score as well as being able to have money to fall back on while I'm waiting to hear about ESA in November.

In theory, even if I don't get ESA I can cancel all my direct debits and use the money for groceries and stuff each week for 30 months.

I hope I do get ESA in November though, 'cos there's no way I can work so I will, in theory, be living on PIP until September 2019 then I'll be penniless, but at least I'll be out of debt!!

Taken me 3 supplements and...

...I've just realised that there are 5 more courses on that I want to do!

So, plans for this week are to do loads of editing of my manuscripts today and tomorrow then carry on studying!  I honestly thought I'd finished all the courses and was feeling lost without things to do, but my to-do list is huge now!  lol

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Just taken me 3 supplements again

They all went down OK this morning, thankfully.

I'm in a foul mood though and I don't know why!

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Supplements taken, but...

Just taken me 3 supplements but the multi was a PITA to get down today.  Got 9 days of Calcium left, so I'd best check I've got some more!!

Got 2 bottles of Iron, 1 of Calcium and none of the multi so I'll need to put in an order for the Calcium and multi soon, just to be sure I don't run out!

Virus free and backed up for another week

The virus scan has finished... seems to take 26 hours to completely scan my entire hard drive.  Backed everything up again too, so if something catastrophic happens to my hard drive, everything is up to date as of about 15 minutes ago.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Just taken me supplements and...

...all 3 of 'em put up a fight today!  😞

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Supplements taken again

Just taken me three supplements again.

The Iron disintegrated but other than that, things weren't too bad today, fortunately.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Supplements taken and more details about getting 20% off

Just taken me 3 supplements and they all went down pretty easily this morning.

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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

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Supplements taken

Just taken me three supplements and it was the multivitamin that was a nightmare to swallow this time, so I'm now bloated because of all the squash I had to drink to swallow it!

Monday, 7 May 2018

It's taken 30 years, but...

I've never been good at maths, but I woke up this morning knowing my 9 times table!!

I'm far from fast, but I can, for the first time in my life, work out what the answer to any of the 9 times tables without a calculator!

Steve asked me a couple of multiplication questions at random and while it took me a few seconds, I got them right without any kind of calculation device in sight!

He asked me what 8x8 was and I didn't have a clue, but I got the 9 times table questions right each time!

I'll never be a Countdown contestant, but I'm so proud of myself right now!

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Fourth course on Alison

Just finished my fourth course on and there was another error that meant I only completed 90% of one of the modules until I did the assessment, went back to the topic, read it for at least the fifth time and this time it actually worked!

They obviously don't test their courses before they release them to the world!  Tsk!

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Hardly fair, is it?

Just completed my third course with and got 12 questions wrong on my first attempt at the assessment so I failed.

Got 7  wrong on the second attempt so failed that one too.

Scraped by with 2.5% above the pass mark on my third attempt and took module 8.

It answered 8 questions that the assessment had asked all three times.  The only reason I scraped by on the third attempt was that I already knew the answers based on a previous course.

If the assessment had been at the end of the course I would have got 4 questions wrong but would still have passed first time on what was supposed to be an assessment of what you had studied throughout the course, so why are so many questions being asked about something you don't even study until after you've taken the assessment??

It would only take a few minutes to change the html for the assessment to be moved from the end of module 7 to the end of module 8 and it would be fairer on future students too!!

Such a good girl!

Mitzi gets a VivaDogs box every month with toys and stuff in it.

There was a pack of wipes and food with this months box.  She's on a diet atm so I put the food onto Freegle but if nobody wants it today then it'll be binned tomorrow.

She's a spectacular pup though 'cos I've just wiped her down with one of the wipes and she's white again now!

She wasn't sure at first so I didn't force her but she was a brave little pup and eventually let me wipe most of her body apart from her legs and chest.  I don't want to force her into something so new to her so I just did her body and face then binned the wipe.

Mitzi was an amazing girl though... just stood there and let me do it!

Just stood there and let me do it!

Supplements taken

Just taken me three supplements... the Iron kept refusing to go down for some reason though!

Friday, 4 May 2018

Power cuts

Just had 2 power cuts which meant our internet, TV and landline phone were all out of action and our laptops were quickly using up battery power too!

Apparently Steve only gets an hour on his battery but I get 5½ hours on mine!!

Just unenrolled from last night's Alison course

The Alison course that I was whining about yesterday has been unenrolled from now... I was wasteing my time on it and because I couldn't remember what I'd learnt yesterday I failed the first assessment.

I'm gonna concentrate on the courses I'm passionate about now - childcare and mental health, nothing else.


Thursday, 3 May 2018

Third Alison course is taking forever!

It's a business course that was supposed to last 6-10 hours but I haven't even got through a third of it!!

There's an assessment too that I'll have to take but I can't even remember what I learnt this morning, let alone after 36 hours!!

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

First course finished

Just scraped through the test on my first course with a score of 88%.  I had to get 80% to pass.

I know what to expect now though and I'm about to start on my second course which only takes about an hour so I'll be able to have an early night tonight, thankfully!

Just got back from walking our senior pup

She seems to have something programmed into her that means she only poo's when she's out with Steve... maybe she knows that I need to bring her home to get the long handled pooper scooper but Steve can bend over with a carrier bag 'cos that's what happens when she's out with him?

Supplements taken

Just taken me 3 supplements again and I'm trying to put heading tags in the HTML that I've been learning on a course, but it hasn't been working so Steve's in control now!  lol

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Supplements taken

Just taken me 3 supplements and I'm belching for England now!  lol


I hope any fellow Pagans have a blessed Beltane today... bright blessings!

Family walkies this morning

We both took the pup out for her walkies this morning... I took her for 50% of her normal walk with me then Steve took her for 50% of her normal walk with him so she went for a decent length and it was more interesting for her too!

She did 2 wee's and a poo which Steve cleared up and put into our back yard ready for picking up and putting into the rubbish bag on Sunday evening ready for Monday's pick-up by the rubbish collectors!

She seems to be a bit sore or doddery in her legs so maybe she's starting to feel her age now and we shouldn't walk her as far?