A Relaxing Weekend?

Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just got in from a rather hot walk up to the big Tesco’s up the road.

Tracey made the whole trip there and back without stopping which is a huge achievement at this stage of her recovery.

Now we are both sat down with a cold drink and I thought it would be a good time to write.

Yesterday, we had to make another trip to Southampton, firstly to return a cheap pair of speakers we bought for Tracey’s computer, and secondly to return a game (Stardrive) that we bought from CEX and turned out to be a Steam game that had already been activated.

CEX were great, they refunded me straight away and the voucher went towards… (and I am almost ashamed to say this)  LEGO Star Wars The Original Trilogy.

In my defence, I am trying to get more games that both Tracey and I can play together and we are both Star Wars and Lego fans and the games came recommended so thought it was worth a try!.

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Wheelchair Wonders

I needed to go up Tesco’s recently to collect our prescriptions and it was while I was pushing Tracey in the wheelchair I noticed a very odd thing:

People were making way for us.

There is one road especially where we are normally standing waiting for a good five minutes while cars speed past from three directions.

But the last three times we have crossed that road, people have actually stopped their cars and waved us across!.

We also had a trio of mom’s pushing pushchairs who moved into single file to allow us past! and to top it all off, on our way home today a couple of schoolboys on bikes standing in our path moved aside to let us past!.

I managed to put aside my shock and thank each and every one of them for their kindness.

I remember reading a long time ago about the topic of committing one random act of kindness every day, and this last week I have seen that in action albeit in a small way but it made our trip that much easier.

Maybe all those small random acts I have committed over the years have started to come to fruition? they do say what goes around comes around!.

As it turns out, I should have called the pharmacy before we made the trip today as they didn’t have a delivery yet which meant they couldn’t completely fill Tracey’s prescription.  The delivery arrived while we were waiting outside with a cold drink in the heat but was sadly not opened when I went back to enquire so instead I got the pharmacy’s direct number and will definitely be calling it tomorrow before committing Tracey to this journey for a third time in three days!

At least we are both getting some well needed exercise and fresh air!.

Alcohol Free-Dom

This image shows a red wine glass.

Since giving up alcohol for health reasons some fifteen weeks ago, I have been on the lookout for good alternatives.

I have been drinking a lot of flavoured, sparkling water from Asda, Sainsburys and Tesco’s which is just fine and gives me something to refresh myself during gaming sessions! 🙂

However, occasionally I fancy something a little….more.

I found a surprisingly large collection of alcohol free drinks in major supermarkets just by looking hard.

After trying a few different things, I can heartily recommend Becks Blue from any major supermarket (and recently One-Stop) it tastes just like regular Becks, except it is alcohol free!.

I also like the Kopparberg mixed fruit and Cobra 0%.

I can also recommend the Red wine from Sainsbury’s it has a deep, refreshing taste and is indistinguishable from it’s more alcoholic brethren.

Also, Asda has a nice selection of Mocktails which are alcohol free cocktails (very nice!) and Sainsbury’s do a nice champagne which my wife and I had at our wedding (though why it never occurred to us to look at alcohol free drinks after this I don’t know!).

Recently, my wife ran across a website: The Alcohol Free Shop which has an astonishing range of drinks from wine and lagers, to spirits and cocktails.

While I cannot personally attest to the quality as I have not ordered from them yet (they are a little pricey) it is a perfect example of what alternatives are out there if you look hard enough.

One thing that particularly appeals to me is their selection of dark ales as I really do miss an occasional ale and this would be fantastic if they taste anywhere near as good as their alcoholic counterparts.

I hope this has been of some help to those of you who have given up (or are thinking of) giving up alcohol, I wish I had looked into the possibility of alcohol free alternatives much sooner, it would have made the early days a lot easier!

I wont rattle on about the health benefits of alcohol abstinence as many others do, i’m sure you are well aware of the risks associated with alcohol consumption so I don’t need to harp on it here!.

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The Huge Winter Clear Out!

Well, the kitchen is finally complete and we have finished moving everything (well actually a LOT less than everything!) back in.

When we finished emptying the old kitchen, we had six 110litre boxes packed full of kitchenware and assorted odds and ends, plus half the lounge filled with various sauces, packets, herbs and spices.

We barely had room to play a board game or two on the carpet during the work, while the workmen did their job!.

When the work was complete and we started moving everything back in (which took about two days) before our cat Milo came home, we ended up with four of the six boxes full of stuff we wanted to get rid of!.  Including two from the cupboard at the top of the stairs that was full of stuff we hadn’t looked at in years and thought we may as well sort through while were at it!.

After all the sorting and restocking, we got our lounge back and then decided to go shopping while we were still in the zone!, so tired and achy we walked up to the big Tesco’s up the road and carried back two weeks worth of food before finally settling down for the night.

The following day, not being able to carry it all in one go up to the charity collection bins, we asked a friend who had recently moved if there was anything he wanted.

After going through all the boxes, he ended up taking nearly everything (three of the four boxes) which was of immense help to us and him, so off we went again to help him get it all home (fortunately he lives close by).

Finally, we all gathered up the last few items in the last box and proceeded to walk up to the charity bins up the road (where the carrier bags insisted on splitting halfway!).

Now we have a couple of hospital appointments to get out of the way and the Christmas shopping to finish (we started early this year for the first time!) before the Christmas Market appears in town (which we are looking forward to!) and the chaos of Christmas descends upon us once again.

Roll on Christmas!

Shopping Rant!

Well, we just got in from doing our fortnightly shop at our local Tesco’s.

Between the people who walk really slowly, the people who just stop dead in front of you prompting angry glances and the fact that there is always a long queue at the checkouts but not at the self-service tills drives me mad!.

I hate those self-service things!

please put your item in the baggage area

*Puts item in baggage area*

Unexpected item in baggage area

*lights go off and I have to be helped by a member of staff anyway*

Call me old-fashioned but I prefer to be served by an actual human being not a robot that apparently gets confused if you have more than one item!.

It was a really small shop today as we haven’t been sticking to the menu much so we had less to carry home (which our backs always appreciate!).

Now, I am cooling down with an ice cold bottle of water and about to start on dinner (a nice hot Arrabiata) as soon as I have checked facebook and maybe done a little programming!.

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Meanwhile in Southampton…

It’s been a fairly busy day today.

Firstly, we were up early anyway, then we had time for a quick coffee or two before making our way to the bus stop.

Why is it when you are in a hurry, the bus always stops at every single stop on the way to town? and you get the pushchairs and the wombles getting on board and complaining loudly about everything?  at least they have a pass now, it used to be worse before when they would get on board and then spend ten minutes rummaging around in their purse for the coppers to make up their fare! then they moan the bus is running late!.

Then we met with my parents in the Marlands in Southampton for another lovely cuppa and a chat while my “baby” sister (who is now officially half my age!) goes birthday shopping with a friend.

Afterwards, we headed to a local shop were I picked up a Monster to revive my flagging caffeine levels where I stood waiting for ten minutes while the two people in front of me insisted on using their credit cards for a newspaper!.

After knocking back the energy drink, we headed off to the Central Library so I could talk to the Open University about the possibility of doing an access course and how to go about finding out more, before finally heading past the blaring SO Fest to get the bus home.

And now, I have to build up the energy and courage to face the hordes of shoppers at our local Tesco’s to do our fortnightly shopping! A few more energy drinks first I think, just to keep me alive until I get home!