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Aug. 22nd, 2011 02:26 pm
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Someone on [community profile] datinandrelatin posed the question of what guidelines warrents a friendship and a deletion on Facebook, so here's my response; just for the record as it stands to date:

I find a lot of "friends of friends" add me and I may or may not have heard of them. I usually add them back but if they don't talk to me in the following month or so, I will remove them.
I tend to have various rules for adding people to my list and I can't quite work them out yet. I mostly don't add just acquaintences but occasionally I do if I feel I want to get to know them better or if we use to be pretty good friends. However, as with the above, if they don't talk to me, or if I try commenting and they never ever reply back I remove them again.
I use to have a whole heap of school people on my list and I noticed a lot of them were never replying to my comments, so I've removed a lot of them. Furthermore, a lot of "friends of friends" like to add me to beef numbers on their list; I'm on to it!
However, there's a couple of people from school I now click with better than i ever did at school; in other words, we've established a much more stable friendship as a result of facebook.
I do like to network and also try and get to know people from my work places etc. So I added a few people from work recently and don't regret most of them as I've become good friends with them in real life.

Til Next time, RdFreak
P.S. Am writing this on Dreamwidth as I'm not able to get to the "post" page on LJ at the moment. :(
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"Belated" because good old livejournal was down all yesterday and half the day before; so I had written the following birthday message yesterday morning but couldn't post it. (note it's the longest time in my LJ history LJ has been down.)

26th July: 8.45 AM
It's my Livejournal's 8th birthday today! A lot can happen in eight years; on some levels I have achieved a lot, but on other levels, I don't know if I have. Of course the highlights have been the overseas travels, all of which have been documented in here; so that's one reason to be proud of this here LJ. -- The only overseas travel I haven't documented in here were my trips to New Zealand as a baby, and the trip our family made in 94, though I have got a lot of recordings on tape which I'm sure I'll find again one of these days.
Of course LJ has seen me through my first job and now, my second which is proving to be a huge huge success. Unlike the previous time, my boss is fantastic, not to mention my increasing amount of friends!
I only moved into my unit a little over a year before this LJ began and soon, just short of the ten-year mark, I'll be moving again; that will be a huge change for me.
of course some of my low lights throughout this LJ was obsessing/loving people who couldn't give a damn about me, but .. ya know .. I guess I wouldn't have been human if I didn't experience that crap.
After a lot of heart-ache and disappointment, I'm now in a very stable committed relationship and I definitely couldn't be happier there.
Health of course is starting to prove a challenge but I can only remain positive and it won't stop me from completing my lifelong goals and dreams.
I have, and continue to make some great friends through this LJ, who have prooved very surportive of me. I have likewise lost a few along the way (generally online and real life), but .. hey .. that's OK; The ones that stay are the ones that really matter at the end of the day.
As mentioned in my recent bio update, this LJ went from being mostly public to mostly protected from the beginning of this year but regardless, I am proud of most entries; speaking of which, more news coming soon.
So happy birthday to RdFreak's LJ, and let's hope it's around for many many more years!
Til Next Time, RdFreak
2541 entries up to date.
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Today is the 1st of July in Melbourne Australia; what I've started to call my "lucky month". It's sixxteen years from the 12th since I met Celine dion, Heartly's 13th birthday on the 20th and my LJ's 8th birthday on the 26th. It's winter though; that is unlucky.
Tomorrow I have Trudi's party and I'm really looking forward to it; getting back into it all after so long and putting trust into people again feels good. :)
Oh, and I haven't got a cold like i thought I did; yeah! it must have been alergies or something; had been sneezing for like three hours from the time I got up.
Lol before:
me: We're now into the second half of the year.
C: Yes it goes so quick.
Me: Goes way too quick these days; soon enough i'll be 85 and in a nursing home.
C: Lol you're thinking very far into the future there (friendly laughs from others around us).
me: And all I'll want is my computer and a good internet connection (laughing from around again); so I can chat to other people in nursing homes far and wide.
Yes I'm mad.
Til Next time, RdFreak
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I'm typing this at work minus a Carol (anual leave day) but it doesn't seem too busy right now so I'll see how I go.
Yes, I made honeyjoys last night; after all the inspiration Karen gave me, I gave it a go; had tried them with Amy before but not on my own; it is simple but messy if you don't clean up straight away. Mine did stick to the patty pans a bit but that's because they were in the oven a tad long; they taste delicious though. I ate too many last night and handed some out to my team members today (aka Isabella, Karen, Judith, Jess and even Megan). I will make more soon and they will be an improvement. :)
clicky for my recipe )
Karen also said that she doesn't bake them at all as she likes them softer; I'm the same, so think I shall skip that step as well next time. :)
Til Next Time, RdFreak
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Well, I guess I lied about yesterday's entry being the final one of my being 31.
I want to copy Fran's farewell email here because it was very very clever. Speaking of fran, her morning tea was absolutely amazing yesterday; she's the best-ever cook I know of; sausage rolls, pies, cheesecakes, slices; there was nothing that wasn't there. and she tells us it only took about a week! amazing!
Anyway, Fran left about 3 yesterday, and not before she presented me with a birthday cake that she'd made (an orrange one) with candles and the group singing happy birthday to me.
As everyone was so full from the earlier morning tea, it was decided that I would take the cake home, and I thought we'd all have it today.
I was in very good spirits last night after dad had been around to give me my injection (not so fun but he did it well) and he went shopping with me to get the party stuff for today.
Mum and her friend sue had been around earlier and tidied the remainder of my house I hadn't got to from the night before, so, it all left me in a very grateful mood with everyone last night; my partner, friends, family and the awesome people at work that made the day before my birthday so special as well. :)
Actually L had joked that I must have been injected with some kind of happy drug yesterday.
Just before I paste fran's excellent email in here, I had forgotten to mention yesterday that unfortunately poor Heartly has been bleeding internally. She got some tests done but they were, for the most part, inconclusive; she'd have to have more which will cost up to $2000 I'm told. They think one of the many lumps now on her back is sadly cancer. Still deciding what to do. they also guess that her kidneys might be not working properly; poor dog. but she's not in pain I'm told. Think I'll pay for the tests but I just don't want her to be uncomfortable.
Anyway, here is Fran's email (Note that though this is public now, I may change it to friends only in a few days for privacy reasons.)
Read more... )
Til Next time, RdFreak

LJ rules!

Apr. 8th, 2011 12:14 pm
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LJ rules even more than before. I can now work the LJ filter feature so easily, unlike before. -- I just added two more additions to my filter.
Tonight is Fran's retirement dinner at Chinese; I don't want her to go *cries*
J showed me where the bank was before; it's easy to find.
Busy weekend coming up; blood test tomorrow, catching up with Heather, and Ike's b/day Sunday; and somewhere in the midst of all that, got to tidy up my house bigtime in preparation for my big day next weekend, oh, and cook.
And now I go; I am busy answering a ton of calls and reading LJs when I can.
Til Next time, RdFreak
Sipping my herbal tea
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So today was so nice and relaxing. Nan left about 8 in time for church, but I was awake anyway; i got up when she left; had a bit of a RS game of uno as well as skype conferencing with them all; twas fun but very hard to get a word in with all those people. They were my newish internet friend Kelly as well as a whole heap of others I didn't know, but they all seemed nice.
Then I had a breakfast of four hot holemeal English muffins with heaps of butter; quite nice and attempting to be healthy hence the holemeal.
I then heard half a podcast on the android phone and the screen reader but fell asleep in the middle; ah well.
Got up about 12.45 and started to chop the vegetables; I cooked some spagheti sauce, and man it was nice as! am improving more each time. It gave me three containers which I put in the freezer and a bowl tonight for tea with some pasta and cheese of course.
I used )
Iso need to cook more again; had a break when I wasn't too well.
About to watch 60 minutes; well a bit of it anyway as I heard about a story that was going to be on about this virus that only allows one to remember things for a few minutes, or something; sounds bad.
Normal working day for me tomorrow but not the majority of other Victorians; but we get a free lunch.
til Next time, RdFreak
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One of my favourite things to do on LJ is looking at random journals or going right back in new and old LJ friends' archives.
I guess, random journals are my fave because they're allowing me to get to know them. I have always loved reading about different people's lives, and have appreciated so much that people leave their LJ public, or the majority of their entries. So, I did the same. I loved sharing my story with the world.
But, as I've gotten older, I have come to respect more and more that some people I speak about need their privacy. Furthermore, there seem to be more and more individuals that like to troll the net for information so they can gossip amongst their friends; That's what the net is coming too. Work is also a big reason; sometimes, i need to vent about work where I won't be afraid of anyone finding it, not that I think it would happen, but, as the saying goes, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Over the eight years of my LJ life, I have noticed more and more people locking down their journals, and it is sad, but I understand why they do it. And now, it's my turn. I have thought about this for sometime now. I will not be going back to lock past entries, mainly because it would take too long; Lol
In addition to locking the majority of my entries now, I will be doing a bit of a cleanout of my friends list; I'd say the cleanout won't be huge, may not even need to happen at all, as I have done a bit behind the sceens lately so am therefore quite happy with everyone. I will prob use my filters a tad more too; I only have a couple set up which I have used pretty infrequently.
I need to be able to trust everyone.
So, unless an entry is entirely about me, consider these LJ entries "friends only" from now on.
Catch ya in the next post.
Til Next time, RdFreak
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Well, it's 6.22 on a Saturday morning and yes, I'm up; I'm awake. I feel a headache coming on so I got to be careful it doesn't.
Thursday I had one all day; a real shocker, and two lots of panadol didn't even help; It finally subsided when I arrived home at the end of the day.
I ended up taking Wednesday off work to try and give my body a chance to fight that lingering thing I had. Felt fine in the afo so kinda felt guilty but it was worth staying home resting in the morning and not rushing around.
Tuesday wasn't a good day; I left my ciprinal at home (when will I learn)? so wasn't happy at all, especially when Issobella (next to me) has told me a few times now I talk too loud when she can be heard all over the place; i told her as such and then later on regretted it; just cop it and shut up; but we were fine in the end. I was cheered up with some pop corn so that was good.
Yesterday was a better day; i was headache free and remained rather cheerful throughout. --- We all got a packet of fairry floss; then Sophie (the new girl who's starting to make friends with me) gave me hers as she can't eat the stuff; Lol!
A few days ago, we all got an email to say that there will be social drinks on Fridays after our shifts in the kitchen; So of course not being interested as soon as the word "drinks" are mentioned, I'd already decided to give it a miss, but right at the end, Judith talked me into it; that and of course "nibblies" always gets me interested. and I thought, since I was going home that night, I didn't have to rush or anything, so when my shift finished at 5.30, I joined them; it was fun. I spoke to a group of people, getting to know Libby and co better; it's good to be social. i left at about 6 though. It was good to have a chat to Megan too. Oh speaking of her, I had my first of the monthly meetings with her and that went well; she seems pleased with me.
We get 20 random calls a month listened to for quality asurance purposes, and this is what we go over in the meetings. How it works is, they get randomly listened too, and if there's an issue, they get passed on to Megan to then hear.
Man, writing from home with no distractions every ten seconds is sure nice; Lol -- as I've mentioned though in the past, I usually don't have much energy when I get home on a week night.
Til Next time, RdFreak
P.S. We're celebrating Nan's birthday today at Angie's; should be fun. :)

Good night

Feb. 11th, 2011 11:17 am
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Had a great night last evening, but first:
As mentioned in here a couple of days ago, last week we had a game here at work as part of the end of FBT-year where we had to fish for badges. we had a pretend fishing rod with a magnet on the end of the line. I won a slinky for catching a pretend fish.
Yesterday we had to shoot three small balls up into a minny basketball ring, and I mannaged to get my first one in; I won four Jaw Breakers (otherwise known as Gob stoppers). they were chosen from a lucky dip.
Last night, A, T, Nan and I went over to parents for dinner where Christine and Jack had been staying; in fact, they all got back from a two-night stay at rye.
It was awesome seeing Christine and Jack again after a couple of years.
Parents cooked Lasanga, garlic/herb bread and salad; was lovely. They gave me some left-overs for lunch today which I totally can't wait for; mum's Lasanya is just the best.
So had a lovely chat to them last night and they met Joy of course and loved her. Theyd enjoyed walking Heartly and Ruby along the beach at Rye that morning!
Nan stayed over last night in the new bed dad had set up (finally got rid of the sofa!) She followed me in as far as work just to see where it is, then went on her way.
So glad it's Friday; usual weekend!
Til Next time, RdFreak
P.S. It seems I can now use facebook again; yeah! It wasn't just me that had the problems; all jaws users did thanks to "them" constantly fiddling with the mobile site; we're all getting frustrated with this! *grrr
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Well, my first day with Maxxia went quite well.
When I arrived, I went up to HR as instructed and met my teamleader (M) up there. Then we went down to my floor where Michael W from vA was working at my desk with jaws. Turns out he was there much of last friday afternoon and he spent much of today there. He had to write scripts, but jaws does work pretty well with the program; still not perfect yet unfortunately but it's good enough for me to make a start. As the I.T. people weren't all there, there are still some authorization issues but there are ways around them for now.
Everyone is so so nice; M (team leader) is lovely and I still find it hard to believe I will no longer be having the bullying issues I did with Lorraine at ANZ. it's just such a relief to know I don't have to feel nervous at all with every move i make.
S bought a bed for Joy, as well as a water bowl; she told me they'd be happy to provide that last week.
I spent much of today listening to calls Fran took; it all makes a lot more sense.
Fran and I went and got a lovely pizza at Melb central at lunch. I told her she was just perfect at explaining everything that was around; all the shops we passed etc. -- I am going to get GDV to come out though and give me some orientation around the food court though cos I think i'd have trouble on my own.
Well, that's about it. am rather tired so an early night for me I think.
I am def feeling heaps better than last week and almost back to normal but I just got to remember to take my tablets and eat healthier than what I have been lately.
Til Next time, RdFreak
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wow, two posts in two days? what's going on here? :)
Anyway, last night, I hooked up my m-power to use as a braille display for the first time, and it worked; can't believe it! -- only thing is, I fail to find some of the options I want to configure; like I'm now using grade 2, but I don't want dots 7 and 8 used at all. I turned that option off, plus the highlighting, but it hasn't worked. Also, so far, it's not showing an entire line of text, just a few words; may write to [livejournal.com profile] blindpeople about it.
Going to the shops later to get some last minute christmas stuff, then prob back here before I go to parents. decided I now won't do a show til tomorrow night as Chelle is coming here when I get back from parents. She has no family which is kinda sad.
Now I'm going to call Bret to inform him that I unfortunately won't be able to continue level 2 of woodwork next year, and also to see if I can talk to Michael and find out how he went with the jaws installation yesterday at work.
In case I don't get to it, merry christmas everyone! And as usual, I will be recording the family festivities.
Til Next time, RdFreak
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So I'm still bad at updating this thing, really bad now. It's not that I don't want to update. Mostly, I have been feeling very tired with all my medical conditions that have seemed to be plagueing me of late. As I put it to someone yesterday, I feel like my body is slowly crapping up; feel like an old fart. there are so many issues with me medically atm that it is starting to overwhelm me. I'm going to make an appointment soon with a doctor/natrapath as my dad says an old work friend of his came down from Sydney to see him due to multiple problems, and apparently he feels great now.
The latest is that i finally got my kidney results back. They are scarred and permanently dammaged due to an unknown infection I must have had. It just means that kidney function will never be as good as it was, and that does scare me to an extent, but I don't need medication now, just have them monitored.
And since Monday I've been extremely tired and have no energy so am thinking it's a virus of some sort. I feel like I have what I did in Dubai in March.
I use to be so proud of my overall health and immune system; now I pick up anything; no idea.
Anyway in more positive news, Matt (the marketter from VA) found me this position at Maxxia on the switchboard. He accompanied me to the job interview Tuesday which I appreciated because he can really support me behind the sceens whereas I have had trouble in the past explaining about jaws and so forth to an extent where they feel happy and confident. anyway, they were really pleased with my answers. And I met up with fran who's one of the people on the board and was listening to her take some calls. Unlike my past interviews, I feel so so positive about this. Once I fill out this online assessment, I think i'll hear from them soon, possibly tomorrow. The assessment is flash based unfortunatley which makes it impossible for jaws to read, but I'd asked if Dad can come and help me with it. I was told I wasn't to stress if I couldn't do it, but I of course want to make the best impression I can.
I can't begin to express how excited I am about this job prospect; definitely more details when they come to me; won't leave this LJ hanging like I have done lately.
It's christmas here in nine days; it's pretty amazing actually! Of course everyone is going to parents place this year for christmas lunch, then I am having Michelle over that night.
Dad and I will be driving to vA later so we can drive my completed outdoor bench seat home and so I can show him around the workshop; as my LJ would recall, i'd been wanting to do that for so long.
OK all for now.
Til Next time, RdFreak
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wow, this has to be the record when it comes to the length in which I haven't written in here. Therefore, I am not going to do a daily lookback, I will just be more general.
In the past few weeks, I've been to my woodwork class, and as of yesterday, I've finished my outdoor bench seat. i just need to lacker it next week and the one after, then it will be mine to take home.
I am afraid to say, i haven't done much with job applications but I need to start again. I've got the marketter at VA on my case, and apparently positive things have happened there, so no doubt I'll get an interview as a result of him soon.
I did some O&M with donna last week from the tram stop to the entrance of the tennis courts so that was cool; getting another session tomorrow, and sunday is the graduation! Unfortunately Joy's puppy raisers won't be attending. M called me last saturday; they double booked their interstate trip but will catch up with us for coffee another time.
I've had heartly here for the past week though she went home yesterday.
Been to my parents for dinner a couple of times; Volley vonts are so nice; ang' favourite.
Last Monday I did a test for Mojo radio and was immediately accepted on to their staff, so that was a great thrill for me. When I remember nine years ago thinking I'd never be able to do it! Oh, i'd bought Station playlist studio pro last week and it is damn awesome; so easy to use; not sure why I didn't get it ages ago.
So, after much frustration with working out time zones, I decided my shows are going to be each Saturday mornings my time. This week, it will be from 9 AM to 12, but it will change after this to 10 AM til 1 because the clocks go back in the states. That is Fridays at 4 PM Eastern American time and this week only, 8 PM GMT, but will be 9PM from next week. So yea; I get to show off my colection! :) Everyone seems to be as impressed as I am with my music variety! :) so all that, I shall be playing, plus a novelty hour inbetween where I'm starting out by playing Yes what, as well as other random comedy skits on my puter and anything else i think might go in there. Also, will be taking requests of course, as all good stations do.
So yeh, will be interested to see how the first show goes.
I even recorded a show promo; hadn't done anything like that before, so I must say, I was proud of my first attempt, but shall continue to improve. [livejournal.com profile] wesderby has been very open to the more beginners, and is very accepting. Can't believe I've known him for twelve years; even though we lost touch for a lot of that time. yeah to facebook for reconnecting us again. :)
Til Next time, RdFreak

Joyful

Oct. 14th, 2010 11:42 am
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My darling Joy, I can't express how much I love her, already. Haven't even had her for twelve months, yet we couldn't be bonded more; I mean, i suppose it will get stronger, and that already amazes me, as we're well on the way already.
She does have an ear infection though so is on ear drops. For the first few days, the vet nurses offered to help me put it in, so until I am confident with doing it myself, I will gladly and gratefully take them up on it.
This afo, I plan to walk down to Gormae Girl and have an early dinner of spinich and Recotta triangles to keep up my vegetarian diet. Speaking of which, here's an Audio post I recorded for twitterland explaining how my diet is going. :)
I updated to Qwitter 4.5 and they have an audio feature where one can record and listen to audio files on a server which is specifically there for the purpose, so that's a lot of fun and where the above "fake phone post" is located.
There were a few things I'd thought of that I should have mentioned in last nights entry, but they've slipped my mind, so will have to be written later.
til Next time, RdFreak
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Well, I just got back from woodwork; gee my feet are always so sore after these days as I'm on them for most of it.
Yesterday was an OK one; just went to VA for my employment appointment and then called into boxhill to get some fruit ssalad; I'm getting better around there navigation-wise.
Was so good to get back to woodwork today. (The horizontal boarer is the machine I was trying to think of in my phone post of a few weeks ago). It was only Eddy and myself there today so we had a touch-up lesson on how to use it, and we basically spent all day boaring holes, marking and measuring; woodwork involves a bit of brain work. Mine gets overwhelmed with figures sometimes; *sigh*
But, to get to my subject. I couldn't remember when I bought the Thai chicken soup that was in my fridge, so I took it along in my bag anyway but decided to buy a pie and roll from the bakery for lunch in case said soup was out of date.
I got the courage to ask someone next to me in the train when the use-by-date was on my soup, and as she kindly told me it was the 4th, I thought since it was chicken, I might not eat it; didn't want to risk it.
Also, at lunch, I bit the bullet and spoke to Mel (who I hadn't spoken to in eight or so years due to that major falling out over the cooking when she was staying here) Man I surprised myself. Up til today I'd been quite bitter when I heard her around the place; I don't know what made me start talking to her; I think she was just as surprised as I was.
I've been so bitter towards a number of people lately and I just can't be bothered feeling this way any more. :( I think I'm too old to continue being petty after so many years! -- anyway ..
Also, there's new automated Metro announcements; they've got rid of the guy who served Connex so well and replaced him with a female; think the same one they've got doing the announcements inside the actual trains. I prefer the guy; he's a lot louder and clearer.
Taking Joy to the vet tomorrow for a general checkup.
That's all; I'm tired.
Til Next time, RdFreak
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I've noticed lately that things will happen which link to my contemplations of late. OK I know that sentence didn't make sense.
I'd forgotten to mention in here, that by about last Tuesday, I started contemplating seriously becoming a Vegetarian. Dad had given me some of his home-made lentil potato pie for dinner which I had two nights in a row, and I just felt more physically there. Meat products seem to, more often than not these days, make me feel bloated and pass wind (sorry bout the TMI but seriously.) -- And of course, that wasn't the first time I'd experience vegetarian cooking.
Last year while in cairnes with the lovely Cole family, I went Vegetarian the whole week (as they have been for years) and I honestly didn't miss meat at all as I totally thought I would. They cooked such yummy meals, and I didn't even object to their Tuna dishes. -- And I love marinated fried tofu.
Anyway, as my LJ suggests, my health, for some unknown reason, as seemed to take a bit of a decline in recent years, with the most recent concern being my Kidney issues (which will hopefully be diagnosed tomorrow.)
When I eat a meal of meat, I can't eat any chocolate afterwards without feeling bloated and windy. Last week I found, I could quite happily enjoy a bit of chocolate afterwards without feeling anything at all.
Of course, my being iron deficient much of the time these days, I'd have to consult with the doctor on iron supplement guarantees, but if all promises to be OK there, the lifestyle may be one to really consider. Like dad, I would go off at Christmas and special occasions, so I wouldn't totally be sticking to it; but 99% of the year, I'd expect too for sure.
I'd also need to learn to cook very very creatively; this brings me to the above-mentioned coincidence; On the front page of LJ today, there's a spotlighted community called [livejournal.com profile] vegetarians, and the description offers people who may be considering the lifestyle an opportunity to learn, so seriously things talk to me sometimes.
Also, going Vegetarian much of the time, would have an added bonus as it would make me feel better about the whole animal rights thing, not that I judge anyone, or even myself when eating meat, but still, it's hard to think properly about what we're really eating.
In other news, I was supposed to meet Peter for breakfast at 10.30 but totally slept in. I got to sleep at about 1 this morning after having two lovely new friends over; Nina and Chrissy! Nina cooked; Chrissy and I combined the mixture and stuffed the cannelloni, and surprise surprise .. that was vegetarian. Nina had planned to cook that before she even knew of my contemplations there, so that was pretty impressive.
We gossed, we laughed and we cried (at least, I thought Nina was crying at one stage, but she was really only laughing too hard, which was good). Joy was a hit, as usual. -- I should be getting photos soon of her as Nina took a few. I have only got my darling Heartly here.
Might go for a walk today. Walked to the station yesterday to meet Nina, and I so must keep this up daily.
Til Next time, RdFreak

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