Ways to spend a Saturday: #1 – Girly day

Well, I finished w*rk on Friday and had a nice easy day, tidying out my desk and giving the shredder indigestion. The lovely folks in the office asked me what leaving gift I would like, suggesting vouchers might be useful as I could get what I wanted. So yesterday, after having a haircut, I headed off to Croydon, where I purchased a navy and turquoise silk Monsoon dress (lovely) and a pair of boring-but-necessary-for-w*rk dark grey pinstripe polyester-blend trousers from The Welsh Shop for Fat Birds. In my post about weight, I mentioned that I’m a size 24. Well, that’s the short answer. The Monsoon dress is a 22 and the trousers are 26. Sizing – it’s nothing but a label …

I’ll spare you too much detail on the joys of large-size, skint clothes-shopping, as the other gift my colleagues bequeathed me was the office cold, and as the afternoon wore on Girly Day morphed into Lurgy Day, and has been followed by Lurgy Sunday (fifteenth after Trinity, liturgical colour is, appropriately, green). Today I’ve been trying to strike a balance between resting and trying to kill the cold, and organising myself to go to college tomorrow. I want to be there about 8.20, to have time to get a cup of tea and a muesli bar and to visit the loo, and the journey time is about 1 hour and 30 to 40 minutes. Which means I have to leave home at ‘noooo’ o’clock. And, I have to travel to Zone 4 (sounds like somewhere the government keep captured aliens and results of strange genetic experiments, and as it’s in North London that’s entirely possible). Travelling up there is going to cost me more than twice what my travel to w*rk normally costs. I can claim the difference back in expenses, but I have to pay it out first. There’s my bank account buggered for another month …

On a cheerier note, I’m feeling quite a bit better in myself (and thanks for those affirming comments). Last week I put two of those lost pounds back on, but this week I have taken them off again. In answer to Auntie Doris, I am indeed trying to work myself gradually into getting more exercise – have been making sure I get a 15-minute walk most days, in preparation for the fact that my long journey to college includes a 15-minute walk each way. Once I’ve got used to that, I’ll look into doing some sort of Pilates/Aquarobics/gentle cardio-gym stuff.

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