I'll be out of the house in the next hour to go for a brief 30minute jog. Went for one yesterday and it wasnt that bad. Had a jog around my block. More like jogged down the long perimerter of the block, walk the next perimeter which is shorter and then jog the next long perimeter and walk the final short perimeter. Had to start from somwhere and build my stamina which I know isnt that good. After going round the block three times, decided to walk round another three times and then had a final last lap with a dainty sprint the last few meteres of the block. I'll see if my stamina will improve this morning and I can go 2perimeters without stopping. After the 30minute exercise, I decided to walk down to Tesco and get some Washing Powder as I intended to take a trip to the Laundrette when I got home. (My washing machine has chosen to go on french leave)
I made the 30minute walk to the store, got the Washing Powder which had been my original intention as well as a couple of other items and started the walk back home to sort the dirty laundry. Somehow I have discovered that it just isnt possible to walk into a Superstore and leave with just the one item you intended to purchase. Other items stare at you longingly and lure you into purchasing them. Anyway, back home and washing sorted and put into bags, off I went to the Laundrette. The lady there was quite helpful and put me through the paces. The bathroom mats went in first, all whites into another, coloureds into another and finally jeans, towels and other heavy items into a fourth machine. The mats finished first and she asked me to spin them in another machine to remove the excess water. More money down the slot. The Whites were next and when the coloured had finsished washing too, both categories went straight into the same dryer. The heavy items went first into the spinner to remove the excess water, more money down the slot and then into the duvet dryer. Money sloted into all the indiviual dryers and another wait began. Washing, spinning and then drying cycles completed 2hours later and then the journey back home. One thing I have discovered, it is cheaper to do ur laundry at home as I didnt leave that Laundrette with any money in my purse at all!! Back home, I prepared some lunch for us.
Lunch sorted and eaten, a friend of mine who is househunting came around and we went down to the corner shops to look at the adverts. Called a couple of numbers on the adverts and went to view 3rooms. The first one was a lovely single room in a nice and clean house and the rent was just right at £280pcm but my madam decided she wanted somewhere bigger as she's used to double rooms and told the guy we'd get back to him. Since it was the first house we viewed, we decided to continue searching and if we didnt see anything better, then we'd be back for the that one. The next viewing was near an underground station very close to the high street. When we got to the door, we stood outside laughing. It was a flat above a shop and the windows of the flat were quite ugly and unkempt, with paint chipping off and she decided she didnt even want to see what the inside of the flat looked like. The third place was a lovely attic room for £300pcm and had lots of space and both of us were oohhing and aaahing how lovely the room was and had loads of space too. The attic room had no door though and was accessed via a staircase. The landlord said he didnt want an extra landline installed in the house which she would want to have if she moved in there and so that one (room) was knocked off too. She has another viewing booked for 9am this morning so lets see how that viewing will go.
After my morning jog today, I'll be off to church for morning service and then, I'm perambulating down to The Strand at noon to watch the parade in celebration of the Chinese New Year. I have always seen the celebrations on TV these past years and when I mentioned it to Madam Househunter, she was interested in seeing the celebrations live too and so we're off to the Strand together to watch the parade at Trafalgar Square and the Fireworks at Leceister Square and China Town (Soho) generally. This New Year is the Year of the Golden Pig and the saying is that children born this year are destined for success and joy. The Year of the Golden Pig is celebrated once every 60 years and is said to bring good luck and prosperity.