Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Ouch! But on a whole new level

So, still going to the gym and still meeting with the personal trainer but it isn't getting any easier. For days after my session with the mean man I am in agony. Even now I am still taking ibuprofen to ease my muscle ache.
There is a noticeable difference in my shape (well so David says anyway - I don't see it) so it is all worth it but my god it is a struggle getting out of bed for about 4 days after the session. Then it is time to meet up with the trainer again and start the ache all over again.

As well of all my aching I have also made some major progress in the wedding front.
The holiday is now completely paid for which is great. Also the documentation is taking shape now. I spoke earlier about me getting my passport, but now I have also received our birth certificates from the general registrar and the Certificate of New Impediments (CONI) from the registry office. Now the CONIs and the birth certificates have been sent to the foreign and commonwealth office to be legalised (because they apparently aren't legal outside the country until this has been carried out) then they need to get to the Dominican Embassy to get all translated and legalised again and all this before we go in 8 weeks!
Got my dress fitting in the next few weeks as well. The effort in the gym should show then. I am looking forward to seeing how the dress fits when I go to the dress maker compared to how it did when I collected it from the dress shop back in December.

As well as all of that I am starting anew job in the next few days. Gone are the days of waiting on the phone to ring and heading out all over the country. Now I will be in an office, working set hours and knowing exactly how much I will be getting paid. I wont even have to worry about doing a tax return every year or putting money away for the taxman. Life is going to be so much easier - David and I might even get to plan time together without the phone ringing. Really looking forward to it.


Saturday, 16 January 2010

Memorable week - definitely

So, since last weekend when I posted about my personal trainer experience things have gone from bad to worse.
Monday started it all off with a bang - literally. I had just dropped David off at work and was heading home for a sneaky little nap before being called out to work when someone drove into my car with theirs. So all of Monday morning was spent on the phone to the insurance company and a visit to A&E to be checked out as I hit my head in the bump.
It looks as if my car is going to be written off as well as the chassis has been bent and dented in the impact so no-one is going to repair that. So now looking out for a new car - David thinks that we can actually get 2 cars out of it so there might be a bright side to a very dark Monday. No wonder people hate them so much.
Tuesday I was still off work as my head was not feeling much better and my ribs were still giving me some annoyance - not really ideal when you drive for miles and lift boxes for a living so I ended up babysitting for my 2 little nieces who had been banished from nursery as they had chicken pox. They were fantastic though and didn't play up at all.
The rest of the week was back to work as usual albeit in a different vehicle which was strange to get used to at first.
For those that know me I don't do well in little black vehicles. The accident on Monday was the second time I had a crash in a small black car, I have only had 3 crashes in my 10 years of driving so I mentioned this to the insurance company and they sent me as a courtesy car - yeah you guessed it, another small black car. Hope nothing bad happens to this one.

Also not been to the gym for the past 4 days now - personal trainer session tomorrow is going to be fun, fun, fun - NOT!

What a memorable week.


Sunday, 10 January 2010


Personal trainers are bad!

I had my first session this morning with my new personal trainer and I am aching all over. I was worked harder than I have ever done in all my time in the gym. I aching in areas I didn't even think we worked. I have booked in for my next session with the trainer for next weekend and am going to be going to the gym a lot this week. We only have a few weeks now until the wedding and I think those are going to be the most painful of my life.

Going for a long soak in a hot bath now.


Saturday, 9 January 2010

How unusual to see me posting here again but I just had to tell you about the fantastic service I have just received.
I posted my passport application to renew my passport on Tuesday 5th January 2010. It was meant to get there on Wednesday as I paid for the guaranteed delivery service but it didn't get there until Thursday.

This morning I get in from work to find a little envelope behind the door. I thought it was my old passport being returned but when I opened the envelope it wasn't, it was my new passport. I was absolutely stunned. When I tracked the passport application it said that it would take about 3 weeks to get my new passport but it arrived within 48 hours.

Now that is what I call service!

So the passport office managed to get my passport application processed and my passport returned to me in the same amount of time as it took Royal Mail to get the application form from me to the passport office.

I am so happy now that I have my passport, it is one thing that can be scored off my to do list, there is still so much to organise.


Wedding planning back in full swing

Well, with only 81 days to go until the wedding the planning is now taking top priority.

I finally sent off my passport application on Tuesday, the passport office has confirmed that they have received it so hopefully it will only be a couple of weeks before I get a fully functioning (although they don't really do very much) passport.
As well as the passport I have also collected our paperwork so that we can get our Certificate of No Impediments. Normally when marrying here in this country you only need to get one for the two of you but because we are going abroad we need one each. I will be taking these back to the registration office on Monday along with the fees and our birth certificates to get these organised. I have had to wait until now to do this as they are only valid for 90 days. I have allowed 90 days to include the last few days of our holiday so that if the wedding doesn't happen on the date we have picked for whatever reason we can still get married a few days later whilst we are still away.

Once the documentation all arrives I need to get it to a translation service in Surrey (I think) then once everything has been translated into Spanish I need to get it to the Dominican Embassy to get it all legalised by them, then we can go.

So not much to do (yeah right) and only a few weeks to get it all done.
Think I will be paying for the express services and the rapid postal service that Royal Mail offer (although they don't do deliveries even when they guarantee delivery by a specific time, more to come on that later. Still arguing the point so will discuss once it is all resolved)

Thursday, 7 January 2010

2010 - it is here already.

Hi. Happy New Year. Welcome to 2010.

This is the fist minute I have had to sit down and write something since my last blog entry. New Year was even more hectic, but in a different way, than Christmas and I am only just recovering from it. Hogmany (December 31st) was a quiet affair, David and I spent it together, on our own which was a first in all the time we have been together. We started to watch TV, to bring in the New Year along with the chimes of Big Ben or the fireworks at Edinburgh Castle but the TV was so rubbish that we were in bed for just after midnight.
New Year's Day started out quietly but got manic just after lunchtime. Always wanting to better my hostessing skills I had invited 11 people for dinner so began my cooking prep shortly after lunchtime. The meal went well and by the time everyone left at 11:30 I was ready for bed. The next day was back to work as usual and it has been the same since then.

In amongst all the working I have done I have also been arranging more of the wedding. I have called the woman that is going to do my dress alterations and have booked my appointment to have my first fitting so that we can start to get the alterations done. The dress needs shortened quite considerably and the bust section of the corset needs quite a huge amount taken out of it. I go for the appointment at the start of February so not long to go now before that starts. I have also finally sent off for my passport but that is an ongoing saga so will discuss that later. I have also contacted the local registry office to see about the Certificate of No Impediment that David and I both need to get first before any of our other documentation. Now we are trying to find a venue for our reception on our return.

So this is where I am up to just now. Now just trying to get everything back into some sort of order where I can start to score things off my to do list, one at a time.