For a few months our blind in the kitchen was somewhat annoying me. Almost every week the plastic thing on the chain, that connects the two parts would get stuck at the top, whilst the blind would only be a quarter up. This would only only allow an unsatisfactory amount of light in. So every week I would have to get a chair, kneel on the sink, usually wetting up my knee, take off the blind, roll it up, only for the problem to occur a few days later. I had noticed that the inside of the big cardboard tube that the blind was attached to was a bit frayed due to the pulley system inside it. So I decided to cut off a bit off toilet roll tube and insert it into the big tube. I don’t want to speak too soon but for the last couple of months it’s worked perfectly. This may well be one of my biggest successes of the last 10 years.
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I read an article about sleep that suggested brushing your teeth an hour before bed helps you get a better night’s sleep. Does anyone do that? Surely brushing your teeth is one of the last things you do before bed. The piece didn’t say why this is the case, my thinking is it gets your mind believing sleepy time is near. Although my friend on twitter reckons it’s because brushing your teeth wakes you up a bit, so perhaps I’m no nearer to knowing why. I doubt I’ll be doing it anyway because I know as soon as I brush my teeth I’ll want something to eat.
One thing I did find, is that reading articles on sleep made me feel tired, the only problem with that is I was at work whilst reading them, which is not ideal.
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A bit over a month ago I found Keith Richard’s autobiography in the communal bin area (it wasn’t in the bin it was in a plastic bag of other books & DVDs on the ground). I took the book because I’d previously wanted to read it. Then a couple of weeks ago I found a working watch in the recycling bin. It was poking out from a box of letters. I had been thinking about treating myself to a new watch as mine had been playing up for a while. One of the good things about this watch is that it glows in the dark so when I can’t sleep at night I know exactly what time it is. Who knew that the most successful aspect of my life would centre around the communal bin area?
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On Saturday mornings I help primary school children with their reading (officially I’m a Literacy Intervention Tutor). The venue I’ve been working at since September has ended so in the last few weeks I’ve moved to a new location meaning I’m dealing with new children and a new co-ordinator. On the plus side the new location is within walking distance. The previous location meant getting a train there and a train back which ate into my very small wage. The downside of this new venue however is that I have to walk along a 6 lane carriageway, so although I’m up financially I’m down in the lungs.
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I thought I had 2 battered up pairs of work shoes but then I found a 3rd pair lurking under a bed. My aim now is not to have to buy a new pair before the school year ends (I work in a school, it’s not some random time frame).
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My Housing Association found there was a service charge deficit going back 4 years. They recently acknowledged they were a bit rubbish (paraphrasing) so knocked off the years 2014/15 & 15/16. These happened to be the years with the least amount of deficit – £110 in total. This now leaves the deficit at £660, which makes me think, what job would you want me to do for £660?
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I’ve gone a bit teeth-tastic on this #1minblog.
- Do you have a dentist?
- Do you use a manual toothbrush or an electric one?
- If you use a manual one do you squirt one dollop of toothpaste or cover the whole toothbrush?
- Apparently you’re not supposed to rinse your mouth out with water after brushing but does anyone adhere to this?
- In the morning do you brush your teeth before or after you’ve eaten/ had a drink?
- Do you brush your teeth at work?
- Do you use mouthwash?
- There’s a helpline number on tubes of toothpaste but have you ever rung it?
- Why does my dentist tell me to relax when doing treatment on me? Having a whirring thing & a scrapey thing in my mouth isn’t how I generally relax.
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In an attempt to get better quality sleep (I can get to sleep quite easily but I wake a few hours later) I’ve decided to increase the time between using a screen (computer/phone) and me going to bed.
One problem with this is the only time I have to do my own thing is after my boy goes to bed and I go to bed, a time that is getting shorter & shorter. It’s also a time that is also filled with eating dinner, loading the dishwasher and making lunch/ironing clothes for work.
Having said that, the work I currently do in this time has never led to anything so maybe it won’t be too much of a sacrifice.
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One of the few things I’m proud of is my things-to-do-list. It’s handwritten on a folded piece of A4 paper with different sections allocated for different aspects of my life. The only flaw in my system is that things that are neither a priority or fun can stay on lists for quite a long time, like fixing my boy’s scooter or sorting the toilet flusher. ( Don’t worry the toilet still flushes but the plastic pusher bit has come off).
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I have a whole heap of half read & hardly read non fiction books, so this year I decided to get through some of them. It’s not going that well. Does anyone else have a book strategy? Let me know via the comments button or @anunknowncomic
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