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#SoCS Spoken — April 21, 2018

#SoCS Spoken

This week Linda has given us, spoke for our Stream of Consciousness posts, which can be used as part of a word or as a word itself, whichever we choose, and there are bonus points available if we don’t use it in the first sentence! I am using it as part of the word spoken.

I always seem to find myself talking about how far behind I am with my blogging on Saturdays in these posts but as it is becoming pretty frequent I will have to stop doing that. I am also going to mention today that which should not be spoken about! You know what I mean, something else I am harping on about a lot lately, and it has to do with the .profession that I have chosen.

I have to tell you though, that I passed the assignment that I had to resubmit and although we have been back at Uni since the start of the week, I can now fully relax in the knowledge that I am a fully fledged 2nd year now! We go out on placement  at the end of May, something else which I am pretty excited about too!

I think I have spoken enough for now!

#SoCS Money — April 14, 2018

#SoCS Money

This week Linda has given us, mon for our Stream of Consciousness posts, which can be used as part of a word or as a word itself, whichever we choose. I have decided to write about money.

I don’t know about you but I always like to have a little bit of cash on me, even if it is just a few pounds. I can’t bear the thought of being somewhere and not having any money on me even to buy a coffee or something, despite most shops accepting cards! Even when I am at work, I always make sure that I have money on me for ‘essentials’ whatever they may end up to be.

Last week, Mr Grump, Miss Hap and I popped into town because I wanted to get some wool, it was not going to be a long trip as I knew roughly where I wanted to get it from. Anyway, I didn’t have any cash on me and told Grump I needed to go to an ATM to get some. He laughs at my ‘obsession’ about having cash as I often ask him to pick me some up when he is out and about, so I immediately backtracked and said I would pay for it by card instead.

I still can’t get my head around contactless payments and wave my card 2 or 3 times over the machine, then give it a tap just to make sure it has been read! I mentioned that it used to drive me mad waiting ages for people to pay by card (mainly credit cards) when the items were only a couple of pounds and that I would NEVER use my card for anything less than a fiver. That is why I like to have the cash on me. Apparently, though with contactless payments you can pay piddly little;e amounts by card as it doesn’t matter.

I had a job finding the wool I wanted and ended up going to several shops before I found it, and I duly paid by card. Grump had an errand to run so I decided to make use of the small tea room nearby as I was in need of refreshments; he would meet us there in a few minutes.

Well, of course, being the middle of the afternoon, I fancied a scone, but not being greedy bought one to share with my husband. My daughter won’t entertain them but is not adverse to a hot sausage roll so she had that. Strangely for her though, she didn’t want a drink to go with it, but I bought coffees for me and Grump, and again paid by card.

Just as we were about to leave the shop to sit outside (It was quite warm that day), Miss Hap decided that actually she did want a drink and fancied a chocolate milkshake. Needless to say, she chose a large one. I trotted back to the till to pay and gave them my card. To my utter mortification, they wouldn’t take it as the price was £2.50 and they won’t take cards for goods under a fiver! Bugger!

I had no cash on me, but that morning had given Miss Hap the last £10 I had in cash for her pocket-money. She had to hand that over to pay for her milkshake! That’ll teach her to go for a large one. To say she had on heer ‘smacked arse’ face when we got out of there was an understatement. Mr Grump came back to half a jam and creamless dry scone (I was a bit disappointed when they brought it out) and two crabby family members!

Do you like to flash the cash or carry a card?

SoCS money
#SoCS Passive or Aggressive — April 7, 2018

#SoCS Passive or Aggressive

This week Linda has given us, passive or aggressive for our Stream of Consciousness posts, which can be used any way we choose; we can use one, or both. Bonus points for starting the post with one or the other of them. 

Aggressive behaviour is not something that I use to deal with a situation. In fact, I am a very non-confrontational type of person on the whole. I wouldn’t say that I am completely passive as there are times when I will certainly stand up for something that I believe in.

The trick is to be able to confront someone in a way that is not aggressive, yet it is firm enough to show that you mean business! This is something that I don’t find that easy to do, as I end up being too soft or sounding whiny as opposed to firm!

However, when I am at work it is a different matter as I often come across aggressive behaviour, and have to deal with it for the safety of not just myself, but others too sometimes. I prefer to try to defuse the situation first by being calm. Going in roaring and shouting can often make it worse anyway.

Well, I seem to have rambled on a bit as usual, but then talking myself out of an aggressive situation is my preferred weapon of choice!

SoCS passive aggressive
#SoCS Hot Cross Bun — March 31, 2018

#SoCS Hot Cross Bun

This week Linda has given us, bun for our Stream of Consciousness posts, which can be used any way we choose. 

Seeing as it is Easter weekend I just have to mention the good old hot cross bun, which in case you are not familiar with, you can read about them here. 

The fact that they are so soft and squidgy and doughy and delicious plus carb laden goes without saying that I love them. They taste absolutely gorgeous with a generous dollop of butter slathered on them, and, of course, me being me, who doesn’t know when to stop, a sizeable chunk of cheddar really adds to the experience!

Hot Cross Buns!

Hot Cross Buns!

One a penny, two a penny

Hot Cross Buns!

If you have no daughters, give them to your sons,

One a penny, two a penny

Hot Cross Buns!

A little nursery rhyme to finish up with, enjoy! [social_warfare]

SoCS bun
#SoCS Picture — March 24, 2018

#SoCS Picture

This week Linda has given us, picture for our Stream of Consciousness posts, which can be used as follows: Write about, or theme your post on the first picture you see when you sit down to start writing. You don’t need to describe the picture necessarily–you can even put yourself in it if you’re not already there. Enjoy!

Well, the first picture or rather pictures that I saw when I sat down to write were the ones that are in my images folder that I use for my blog. A couple of weeks ago my blog was reset to an earlier date due to some running problems. After spending nearly two full days in contact with technical support to get the blog to this point, I was so happy to see that it returned, that I didn’t realise there was a fatal flaw – no images were showing up on the posts or in my media!

The very first ones on my blog and also the homepage images were there so that is why I didn’t realise there was anything amiss. Last night though, the penny dropped! Where were all the images hiding? The only ones in my media were those that I had recently uploaded. I did a bit of poking around, to see if I could figure out where they had gone, then eventually turned to my ever faithful friend Mr Google, for some answers.

I was not impressed with the complicated procedures regarding file permissions and other stuff that I didn’t understand, but despite, messing up my blog before by tinkering with stuff I have no clue about, I managed to change them but still no difference. Another suggestion by my helpful friend was to re-upload the entire lot as they could have got ‘lost’ during the reset. Bugger, that is going to take time. Luckily this blog is not that old, but I still have loads of posts to sort out.

Not only do I have to re-upload them but of course, I need to re-assign them to the particular post they were meant for! I have started on this mammoth task, but it is going to take ages. Please bear with my rather naked blog if you find it imageless, I am working on it!

I just wanted to put you in the picture!

SoCS picture
#SoCS Green — March 17, 2018

#SoCS Green

This week Linda, in honour of St Patrick’s Day, no doubt, has given us, green for our Stream of Consciousness posts, which can be used any way we choose

It is not looking very green around here at the moment. We have the return of the ‘Beast from the East’ or rather it’s rather smaller, but no less freezing brother, the ‘Mini Beast From the East.’ It seems that the meteorologists were so pleased with the name that they have given the Siberian weather front that visited us and caused utter chaos, that they have decided to recycle it. How very green of them!

It is starting to look rather a patchy white outside where we have had a couple of hours of light snow. It is trying to settle but is not quite robust enough, which suits me just fine. Hopefully, this time it won’t affect the folks in Ireland too much as they were rather overwhelmed with the huge amount of snow they got from the Beast, it caused no end of upheaval. However, knowing how the Irish are fond of a party, I am sure that they are not going to let a little snow get in the way of their celebrations today.

Happy St Patrick’s Day to all that celebrate it!

SoCS green
#SoCS Tail or Tale — February 10, 2018

#SoCS Tail or Tale

This week Linda has given us, tail or tale for our Stream of Consciousness posts, which can be used any way we choose; we can use one or both.

I have been chasing my tail all this week, which means that my poor blog has suffered as a result. Unfortunately, due to me catching the dreaded lurgi and taking 3 days off work and cancelling some clinics that I was going to attend as well means that I have got a lot of hours to make up!  We have to do a certain amount of hours in practice as well as at Uni. I have only got another 3 weeks left in placement so am fitting in an extra 12 hour shift a week to get it done as I have a voluntary placement the week after (voluntary in the sense that we get to choose where we go, not choose if we want to do it)!!!

When I was younger, it would not have bothered me, as I have always given 100% effort at work, no matter how physical the job, and have worked any more hours than I do now. However, due to me being more of a bedraggled old hen as opposed to a spring chicken, it is making me rather tired and it is not long after I get home that I flop into bed! I am not complaining, but just feel sad that I can’t do all the things that I want to do as I can’t squeeze it all in!

Still, I have the weekend off and a couple of days for my birthday next week, so I will get time to recharge, and I might even get chance to read a do a bit of blogging and catching up. I will be getting two weeks off near the end of March as well which I am looking forward to, then April is the start of my second-year of Uni. My goodness, how the time has flown! Just one more result to come in, I passed the others that I was waiting for, so fingers crossed, it is just the one resubmission I have to do.  Still, I got this far so hopefully will pass that and go on to tell the tale!

SoCS Tail or Tell
#SoCS In Other Words — February 3, 2018

#SoCS In Other Words

This week Linda has given us, in other words, to use for our Stream of Consciousness posts, which can be used any way we choose.  

I seem to be one of those people who ‘go around the houses’ when I want to say something, especially if I want a favour from somebody. You know the kind of thing, for example, this morning I said to my husband that we should take my car to go supermarket shopping as it would be easier, and told him many reasons why this was, knowing that if we did he would drive. There was an ulterior motive for this though which he was to find out a bit later on when I mentioned that the car could do with some petrol. I hate petrol stations and thought I could wrangle it so that he filled the car up for me. It worked, but he knows me well, and as soon as I had finished wheedling around him persuading him to take my car he said, “in other words, you need petrol!”

#JusJoJan and #SoCS 2018 January 27th Dancing — January 27, 2018

#JusJoJan and #SoCS 2018 January 27th Dancing

Linda’s Just Jot it January and Stream of Consciousness post for today is a little different in that we are not to write about the prompt word, as you will see from the rules below, but rather something associated with it.

Check out the prompt below for more clarity.

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: movement. However, don’t use the word “movement.” Choose some sort of movement, and base your post on that. Enjoy!

I do so wish that I could dance. I love music and actually get the urge to get up and dance, but sadly my body and mind let me down. I don’t have a lot of coordination and feel very self-conscious when dancing.

When I was younger and had a few drinks, I would get up on the floor and shuffle around my handbag, especially when something came on that I loved, but mostly I would be a wallflower sitting it out.

It doesn’t help that my sisters are great dancers and love to be up on the floor, especially as they try to drag me up with them.  I remember once going to a BBQ, where everyone was dancing. As usual, I was kind of standing there awkwardly, when one of the male guests who I did not know well, grabbed hold of me and tried dancing with me. Well, if you can imagine my mortification, as I felt more embarrassed and even stiffer and jerkier than normal, and to top it off he complained about my lack of rhythm!

At home, I will dance about with abandon if I feel like it, but I tend to dread going to parties where I will show myself up, either by getting up and ‘dancing’ with my lack of rhythm or by standing around awkwardly trying to do that kind of half-dance manoeuvre!

I thought dancing was supposed to ease away your worries and stresses not add to them!

#JusJoJan and #SoCS 2018 January 20th Occasionally — January 20, 2018

#JusJoJan and #SoCS 2018 January 20th Occasionally

Linda’s Just Jot it January and Stream of Consciousness post for today is a little different as you will see from the rules below. I always enjoy a challenge and look forward to seeing where this post goes.

Without further ado, here is today’s prompt.

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “oc.” Find a word that starts with “oc” and use it in your post. Bonus points if you start and end with your post with an “oc” word. Have fun!

Occasionally, I struggle to think of something to start me off with these posts. My poor brain is still a little fogged with this horrendous cold that I have which doesn’t help either!

I have got my fan on full blast pointing at my face to try to cool myself off as I feel I am coming up to the boil and will spill over if not careful. Having said that, in a few minutes I am sure I will get freezing cold, put my dressing gown on and wrap up in a blanket! Still, at least I am not delirious and am hopefully making sense!

The full might of what I thought was just a horrendous cough and sore throat has now hit, and I have the snotty, sneezy nose to go with it and the aching bones too. As you can tell, I am feeling pretty sorry for myself. It doesn’t help that I have not slept properly for the last few days either so I am feeling a bit crabby, to say the least.

No bonus points for me either as I am fresh out of ‘oc’ words to finish up with.

Happy Saturday, Everyone!!

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