Chit-chat June

Two cancellations; day trip to Oxford in August and check-up at dentist, in July. Both to be expected and both a relief. A relief because I don’t have to travel on bus to either of them. I had anxiety about the idea of it, regardless I now have face masks and would use.
I let my friend know, as soon as I knew regarding Oxford.
The coach company asked if I would like to cancel Oxford because they could see it probably wouldn’t be happening, while I was seeing what was happening regarding refund for Whitby that was cancelled last month and so I said yes. I quickly received refund for both and that’s now in my ISA.
As for dentist, it was cancelled to a later date in September, so priority could be given to emergencies and those needing to finish their treatment.
They also answered my other concerns I had regarding accessibility for me as a deaf person, after watching their video clip of what to expect when coming to the practise. The changes to protect both staff and customers, because of Coronavirus.
So I do hope that goes as discussed via an email with me.

This month, I have been reading this book.

Book cover of The Awakened by Julian Cheek.

The book is called, ‘The Awakened,’ by Julian Cheek. I picked just this one up from several books left on a table at work, with a note, ‘help yourself.’
The story I read on the back, grabbed me, because I could relate to the feelings of the character, having one time at a young age for a number of years, felt like that.

This book kept me engaged and I couldn’t wait to read more, to see what happened next.

Store loyalty cards

As you know not long ago, I shredded my Costa card, after receiving an email from them.

I have now decided to ditch another store card. This time Tesco Clubcard. Unlike Costa, they’ve done nothing wrong for me to decide on doing this. I have debated past year, or two on doing this and now I thought, I will. So an email went yesterday requesting that they close my account down and why; which was my decision to get rid of some store loyalty cards and this being one of them that I want to get rid.
Also with not having any plans to shop in Tesco while they do one thing that another store doesn’t do, that I can’t contend with and so avoiding the place ever since Coronavirus started, just adds to my decision of closing down my account.
I said that even if one day I start to shop again, or visit their cafe, I still don’t want to bother with a Tesco Clubcard.

I am thinking of ditching another card later. But thinking a little longer on that one before making any decision. But it’s nice to get rid of Costa and Tesco one.

Just some dvd’s I watched: (courtesy of my neighbour lending me theirs.) 

  • The Rocky Horror Show
  • Open Range
  • Ladies in Lavender
  • Family Guy Presents Blue Harvest
  • Stargate Atlantis
  • Master and Commander
  • Grease 1 and 2
  • Planes, Trains Automobiles
  • The Beatles Yellow Submarine (I don’t mind their music, but I’m not a fan of this cartoon.)
  • Mama Mia The Movie
  • Frances Mcdormand Fargo
  • Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Blogger, if WordPress does get rid of ‘classic editor’ in 2022, or later. 

I gave up Blogger, after having no joy.
I want to remind, as I mentioned before, that it wasn’t because of Blogger. It was me. The whole WordPress thing really put a damper on my mood and I wasn’t enjoying the process of moving some posts across for my story to continue.
I was in a frustrated, spit my dummy out kind of mood and feeling down about it.
The plan was to keep my name of my blog, when blogging there, hence some posts going across to Blogger.

But now, I have decided, should WordPress in 2022, or later, decide to get rid of their classic editor, leaving only block editor left, I will start afresh with a new blog, at Blogger. This will include also, a new name. So I will be brainstorming a new name, should I need one later. I have plenty of time to think about that one, should I end up leaving here. But I will have one part set up with Blogger before then, not visible until it is required.

Don’t forget, as I mentioned in past posts, I have a new blog email. It’s a neutral blog email name I have chosen, so regardless what I would call my new blog, this blog email would remain. You can find it on my about me page.
I still reckon the time will come when WordPress will do this, because the way they spoke on a forum, they are speaking in words that they will commit with this.
I hope classic editor remains to stay as a choice always, because I am not alone in this on why classic editor is best for me.

I have a post in draft that is for goodbyes, ready for if its needed in a few years. I hope I manage to put blog link on it, if post is needed.
Although this blog would eventually go if moving, I may keep WordPress account open for coming back to, so I can comment on blogs I currently follow. But I won’t be following any new ones at that point when not blogging here.

But as I say, this is if worst scenario that WordPress does this.

Work

It was back to normal working hours this month, in my evening job.
Even though I have seen changes made (while I was cleaning there at an earlier time,) to try and make our workplace safer, it still caused me anxiety and I still had same thoughts as the other ladies who were furloughed, as in, what am I going to walk into.

Also more work put onto us, but no extra time to do it in. There are also some things asked of us that are not achievable, so it has caused me stress, upset and frustration. I spoke with my manager after just over 2 weeks doing it my concerns and how it has affected me and I was given reassurances to these concerns, so I should be ok now.
I also raised my observations after my accident, wondering why the floor had not been taped, so someone else doesn’t trip on the tile I had acciddent on, until its sorted. They didn’t know about it until they heard it from me. So they checked to see it had been filed by person I reported it to, but it was filed under a different department. Their old department. So if I was to have an accident in the future that I report, to let them know also, so they know about it, to action it.

My hamster, Daz. 

This month was Daz’s birthday. He’s now one year old.

My phone

I have done a right one, that I have never done in all the years being a mobile phone owner.
As I quickly glanced at my phone before my shift started, the door propped open with a door stopper, decided to move and, slammed into my back. My phone slipped out of my hand and took a dive into a bucket of water.
Now my phone is supposedly water resistant when I read the description for my phone before buying at the time, but reading elsewhere, I read the oppsite when it comes to any phone and not just mine, that there is no such thing as a water resistant, or waterproof phone. Well it was still working after it happened, but I didn’t charge it when it was needed and left it till the next day. As a precaution, I bought a second hand phone as a back up, should this pack up later, because I have read what the damage water can do to a phone, over time. So although fine at the moment, at the time I written this post to publish later. It’s what might happen down the line.

My budget

Those that have been following some time will know my preferred way of paying my groceries is by cash. I find it easier to set my budget for each week this way, so I don’t spend more than I need. But because of some places only wanting you to pay by card, (which I have noticed since then, they have changed their signage to cash and card) and others if paying by cash then use self-checkouts, I ended up going the pay by card route.
I have been doing this the last 2 months, so early days I feel to give myself a chance to get used to paying by card, but because how muddled my brain feels towards end of last month and how I feel this month, I am going back to what I feel is easy for me. Paying my groceries by cash.
The first month out of two I tried by card I spent more than my budget. But it was expected that month and so no mistake on my part.
Last month, I felt I was a little more used to paying this way, but I still went over my budget. But only by a few pounds.
Whether I will go back to paying mainly by card for my groceries when I feel better with my mind, I don’t know. I am not ruling it out. But for now, I am sticking with cash, when it comes to my groceries. I have ended up getting used to self-checkouts. (Those that know me well, will know I hate them and I avoid them.) But I don’t hate them anymore and I don’t avoid, unless I choose to pay by card of course.
I know self-checkouts accept bank cards, but that’s where my nerves would start again. So will leave that for now.

Anxiety

As you know I suffer with anxiety and I have shared at the beginning of this post the anxiety for travelling. Most of the time it’s at acceptable levels. But as you know, when it creeps up, it goes up. Like the idea of travelling on public transport. I am avoiding so far.
Like everyone else, Coronavirus affected that, but I am also noticing how jumpy I am getting. (And I haven’t seen the odd horror film for a long time.)
I am assuming this is due to me being on high alert for some time now, that’s causing this.
Are you feeling extra jumpy too?


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16 thoughts on “Chit-chat June

  1. I am feeling extra jumpy Liz. Sometimes I go htsterical! Life is just so difficult at times, but I have a sister who rings up all the time with her problems so that isadding to the general anxiety. Regarding the coronavirus I don’t feel anywhere near as bad as I did but I am staying away from people. I hope you can keep using cash Liz because Ii understand that preference. I hope they never do away with cash.

    1. I never thought I’d say I be fine with self checkouts at the supermarket. But I am now, with having to use them because I use cash. I always hope cash remains an option too.

      Yes other people’s anxiety certainly don’t help to your own.
      I just keep my distance and not in a hurry to do things as before, to make sure I can keep my distance best I can.

  2. Oh my word, what another busy month you’re having Liz. Sorry, but the phone thingy made me laugh. We’ve all had phone accident, I’m sure, but to date I’ve never dropped it in water. Mind you I don’t use it very often as I don’t call anyone – apart from close family. We all tend to chat over Facetime now 🙂
    Loved Mama Mia at the theatre, absolutey fantastic and I’ve seen the film but it doesn’t compare. It’s still good tho’. You get thro’ some amount of videos a month Liz. I watch things on my laptop like tv dramas and thrillers (as long as they’re not too scary cos I’m known to shriek and jump sky high).
    We’ve still got a bit of the month left and I’m looking forward to your next update. Caz x

    1. My phone still going strong. Lol

      Yes, busy month and lots of dvd’s. I have definitely watched all the neighbours dvd’s now, so more will turn up. I have a few new dvd’s of my own to watch soon,starting with 2 this weekend. I have a bit of a theme going this weekend, starting from Friday.

  3. Happy birthday to Daz!

    Water and electronics don’t go well together. I spilled water on my laptop a couple of years ago and it managed to get into the inner workings. There was some corrosion and the battery stopped working, so I ended up needing to get a new laptop.

    1. Thank you for Daz’s birthday wishes.

      Yes, from reading, that was what I read, the corrosion that comes later.
      I would like to say I am lucky. But I probably won’t be. Time will tell.
      No water went in where my sim card goes, but I am thinking of the other ports, like charging port for example. Its the question whether it made its way in through there.
      Another phone on hand, if it’s the case.

      Do you know how long your laptop carried on working for, after the water accident?

      1. It actually still works as long as it’s plugged in. The Apple Store told me that the corrosion would probably get worse over time, but I guess it didn’t, so I’ve kept it around as a backup.

  4. I’ve heard that after dropping a phone in water you should put your phone in a bowl of uncooked rice to absorb any moisture left, might be worth a try 😊🙃

    1. It’s late to do that now, but yes, I have read that too. But like everything else, where one recommends a solution, another contradicts it, as I was reading it doesn’t get every bit out and it’s that which can do the damage.
      Only solution is a phone shop to do it, but again, speed is the essence and I wasn’t in a situation to do this, with this phone my only main communicate and no where else. Its why I have a back up, so if and when it dies on me, I won’t be cut off. 😊

  5. I might be more jumpy too, if I had to work outside my home. I feel lucky to be able to work from home. I looked for the book, but apparently they don’t sell it in the USA. It looked good, from what I could see of the cover.

    1. Thanks for your comment.

      There is a sequel to this book. I may get it later when the price comes down with it only out this year, or look out for a second hand book.

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