Monday, May 30, 2011

WATCH OUT, BLUE TEE-SHIRT ABOUT!

Clad in the RNID tee-shirt (don't worry folks, I'll wash it tonight!), I waylaid friends and colleagues at coffee-breaks today, with gratifying results.  Then this evening, went and swam 96 lengths in training for the sponsored swim a week tomorrow.  Actually, doing so many lengths is profoundly boring!  I'll be keeping up swimming as a form of exercise (all those endorphins are good for keeping migraines at bay) - but I won't be maintaining the punishing schedule I've inflicted on myself since March!

I've discovered a flaw in my character - I don't like going up to people to ask them to sponsor me unless they're personal friends of mine.  I'd be hopeless as a charity worker pounding the streets!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

ONWARD, CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS!

It's Sunday and time to go and play at Killermont.  I'm a teeny bit ashamed to confess that I propose to don my blue RNID tee-shirt at coffee-time; hopefully I can try to persuade friends to sponsor me for my swim!

The blue shirt doesn't go with my black and pink outfit, carefully chosen to go with my black and pink hood and gown.  Ah, well!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

CINDERELLA'S WARDROBE

Trying to get noticed?!
I had coffee with Eileen from RNID Scotland, this morning.  She brought with her an RNID tee-shirt, which I can wear while I'm looking for sponsors for this Centenary Swimathon.

So that's 3 new garments in two days - the superskinny swimsuit, the suitable swimsuit, and the RNID tee.  Cinderella is quite excited at these additions to her wardrobe!

She's also rather pleased to note that she has accrued £75 of sponsorship to date. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

THE SWIMSUIT SAGA

Friends, I promised myself a new swimsuit when I achieved a certain weight.  Off I went to the sports shop this lunchtime, but picking a new costume wasn't so easy.  I couldn't decide which size I needed.  The costume I optimistically picked turned out to be distinctly too small when I got it home.

So, wasn't it convenient that the leisure centre sells swimsuits?  Cinderella could have a new costume after all.   Hmmm ... which size did I need?  I concluded this was easy - all I needed was one size UP from the skinny-size which I will keep in a drawer until the next weight milestone.  (2011?  2012?  Who knows!)

Although it looked as though there was a great choice of Speedo costumes there, it turned out that the size I wanted was clearly the size most average women chose, because there was actually only one there.

Finally, finally, I got into my new swimsuit and decided that I had now got it right.  It came as a relief not to be fidgeting with the shoulder straps in an effort to remain decent from beginning to end of my swim, as I'd been forced to do with the old one.

Alas, it was now later than I'd intended.  And I tired sooner than I expected.  All this swimming is tending to reduce the incidence of migraines, but I ended up with one all the same this evening.

80 lengths.  Good enough, but not outstanding.  Still, I'm nearly there.  I'll probably do the 100 lengths on or around 6th or 7th June - just in time for the RNID Centenary on 9th June.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

+POOLSIDE HUMILIATION

Okay, friends - it's a bit dark, but I asked the lifeguard to take a photo of me in the pool for my RNID sponsored swim challenge.  So, since I've done the humiliation bit, and am now up to 80 lengths in my training, please will you do the generous thing and sponsor me?  Here's a reminder of my JustGiving webpage:- http://www.justgiving.com/Karen-McAulay

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

A small triumph!

It turns out that Arriva had a link missing from their website - and it just had to be the child 4-weekly pass link.  (Nice of me to flag it up for them, wasn't it?!)  A kind lady got me the old link, which will remain active for the next month or so until they get the new website corrected. 

HALLELUJA!  Justice prevails, and I've got those two passes ordered.  It's a pity about the hiatus caused by the Bank Holiday, but at least it's sorted out now.

I'm just too damn good at spotting inconsistencies in websites!