December the 31st 2018 was my last day employed as an IT Lecturer after 19 years. As of the 2nd January 2019, I started my new role as a Senior IT Engineer at the College, looking after the systems, hardware and software over three sites at Windsor, Langley and Strodes.
Just to make things more interesting, I have also decided to go vegetarian. Not sure how I’m going to do with this one. I have strong reasons for wanting to go vegetarian but I’m already a fussy eater, so choosing meals without any meat is going to be a challenge.
I’ve set myself some reasonable resolutions around health & fitness. My daily minimum steps is 10,000. I calculated that on most work days I’m lucky if I clock up 5000 steps, so since the New year I have been taking steps (pun intended) to increase this:
Taking stairs rather than lifts.
Taking the long way to get anywhere at work.
Walks at lunchtime
Walks after work.
Usually I would look to walk to work which generated 12,000 steps each way but I’m not sure if the nature of my new job role will allow that as I need the flexibility to drive between sites when needed.
Time to review this at the end of the month. Currently at 3 days with no meat eaten and around 45,000 steps in 4 days since the 31st December. 3 days in new job – still got job so far.
At work today, one of my colleagues suggested I try to beat the World Record for eating Ferrero Rocher which currently stands at 9 in one minute.
She lined up 10 chocolates for me and started the clock. Sadly, after one minute I could only manage 6. Still, I enjoyed trying and will attempt the record again in the New Year with some new strategies.
Todays cheese round was Red Leicester and the joke…
What did the cheese say when it looked in the mirror?
Today’s cheese was a Cheddar round.
What happened when the cheese Factory exploded?
De-Brie went everywhere…
New festive flavour crisps and weirdly they do take like Brussels sprouts
We saw these advertised on TV and we usually love Heck sausages so popped down and bought some for last night.
They were delicious. Pork, pumpkin and black treacle.
We did some baking today. Halloween cupcakes with strawberry icing, salted caramel and gin’n tonic flavour buttercream icing. Yum!
George and I had a few games of pool and beers after a difficult day at work. Unfortunately he won 5-4.
We followed this with a visit to the Hungry Horse at Middle Green.
We both had a large main followed by the Ultimate Candymania pudding. This is usually a desert to be shared but we had one each in a man vs food challenge and we both finished
This could be controversial. An “Article 50” Brexit larger for voters of Brexit Leave?
Quite nice no matter what your political preferences. Bought from B&M stores in Slough.
brexitbeverages.com (site now closed) – also available on Amazon.