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Day 46 – Easter Sunday – It’s over, or is it?

When I joined in with giving up at the start of Lent, I’m not sure that I believed that I could see it through. The idea of giving up biscuits, cake, chocolates and sweets seemed unattainable 46 days ago.

But I’ve done it!

I celebrated today, not with a blow-out, but with a single slice of birthday cake from last night’s disco. The party was for the ladies who make these cakes at www.rosboroughcakes.com and here I am tucking into a slice of their fruit cake.

After 46 days, Chuffing Hog enjoys a slice of fruit cake

After 46 days, Chuffing Hog enjoys a slice of fruit cake

I fully intend to continue to exercise some restraint in my future consumption of things that are not good for me, but I am looking forward to the occasional treat.

I’m also going to spare you the count of each passing day in my next blog posts.

Ride Safe

Day 35 – A Major Cake Wobble

I came very, very close to accepting a piece of cake today. It was a gorgeous home-made chocolate cake that Chris brought into work to celebrate Richard’s 65th birthday.

Chris and Richard are my two colleagues in the Volunteer Centre South Derbyshire. Chris had made the cake herself and shared it around the team during our team meeting which was also attended by two of our volunteers, who also enjoyed the cake.

I had no idea that I had enough willpower to resist this part of a celebration.

However, I am no party pooper; I may have very reluctantly declined the cake, but I thoroughly enjoyed my hot sausage roll from Greggs and later, when the staff team from right across the organisation came together to congratulate Richard, I was there and joined in with consuming the nibbles and enjoyed a glass (well, plastic cup) of orange juice that had been fairly seriously diluted with bubbly.

It was quite an emotional day for me, let alone for Richard himself and other colleagues who have worked with him for a lot longer than I have. Richard’s desk was covered in birthday cards, including one that Sue had made and I gave Richard on behalf of both of us. He liked this card and all of the team were impressed with Sue’s art and design skills that were on show.

With Richard having reached retirement age, I had worried that he would be saying goodbye to our team. Although he is reducing his hours and dropping part of his work, he remains in the team and will still be there to share his amazing knowledge and experience. I sincerely hope he will stay around for a while yet.

As for my own achievement, I thought that this was a massive triumph of sheer willpower, but this evening, Sue said, “Well you’ve gone off cake now.”

I think I managed to persuade her that if there was a list of things are never likely to be true – and that me going off cake is close to the top of that list.

After all, it was Sue’s own home-made cake (and bacon cobs) that captured my heart.

Ride Safe

Day 29 – Giving Up Geeking?

OK, I’m a bit of a geek, especially at work. I have a work blog as well as this personal one. (That hyperlink is a shallow attempt to increase visits to that blog by tempting you to click onto it. If you are gullible enough to have done this, you will notice that it opened up in a new window. That’s because I am also arrogant enough to believe that what I have to say here is important enough that you will want to quickly and easily come back to this page.

I also have both personal and work Twitter presence, and use Tweetdeck to manage them both at the same time. I have a personal Facebook profile and a Facebook Page  for work . 

Although I have been careful to keep personal and work separate across most of my online life, somehow I have blurred the differences between my personal and work Facebook presence. Perhaps its the way that Facebook works in that you send or receive a “Friend Request” that has to be accepted. Once accepted, it is hard to later “Unfriend” that person without feeling that you could be hurting their feelings.

Or is that just me? After all, two of my three sons “unfriended” me from Facebook. (And yes, I was upset).

Today, I was invited to go to a forum in Derby where a group of volunteer managers had been invited to come along and find out more about using digital media in their work. In less than a couple of hours, I tried to give an overview of some the kinds of things that are online to help them in their work. Then I went on to try to introduce Facebook, Twitter and blogging.

It fairly quickly became clear that some people in the room were probably using social networking as much as me and knew at least as much as I did.

Others had no idea what I was on about.

As a self-confessed geek, I came away worried that I had not very effectively “sold” the potential of social networking. I wonder if I have become too immersed in the online world to fully understand that many people are at the same point that I was only about two and a half years ago when I took my own very delicate first steps into this world where I now feel fully at home.

So today’s “giving up” isn’t going to be my place in this world, but giving up any (unintentional) attitude that everyone else is part of it too.

Biscuit Update for Regular readers

Today there were both biscuits and cake (very nice-looking cake too). I stuck to the sandwiches before polishing off a fruit kebab.

It seems that I also missed a very nice cake back at work today.

Ride Safe

Day 7 – The Debate Continues

Following on from yesterday’s dilemma, I have been reassured by a few comments on Facebook telling me that crackers are definitely not biscuits.

Thanks Sue and Mandi.

However, bearing in mind that when Sue described them as Cheese Biscuits, my dilemma started. Now Mandi is suggesting that I could eat Oatcakes.

I know that they don’t have sugar and that they’re great with cheese, but are they cakes? If they’re not why can’t they be called something else?

Anyway, I’m off for a slice of pizza for supper.

Ride Safe

No Cake – Day 3

It’s been a difficult day, with more temptation that I would ever have believed I could cope with.

But I did it!

Our admin team had an angel cake sitting in their office each time I popped in. That was bad enough, but when I popped in and Ellen had unwrapped it, sliced it and was holding the plate out towards me, it took a superhuman effort of will power to say “No”.

But I did it!

Oh boy, do I feel good.

The weekend at home should be a doddle after that.

Ride Safe