Just a quickie today, as am a tad knaclered. See how tired I am - can't even write the word knackered out!
Been an interesting day. I went to the post office, with admittedly, a lot of parcels (well only 5), and the woman started getting right stroppy. I thought, this is the post office isn't it? It is the job of the post office to post things, is it not?!
So she hands me the Recorded Delivery label and demands I fill it out. Well, I am 2 years into my PhD, but without a bit of help, and without the distraction of pain shooting down my left arm, I was struggling to write the entire name and address out in the allotted time (of 2 nano seconds!). "Give it here,2" she complained, adding, "We'll be here all day if you write all that out!" I was shocked, and decided to pull the cancer card out.
"I'm sorry," I smiled, "but I have a tumour in my lung and it's making it hard for me to do this - I'm in a lot of pain (I wasn't lying either - I was in pain.). She said, "Oh, I'm sorry," and then looked at me through the glass...
"Smoker, are you?!"
I said, "You don't ask breast cancer victims that, do you? Actually, no I don't smoke!"
"Oh," she said, adding helpfully, "It's just my mother died of lung cancer and she smoked."
She reminded me of the unhelpful traffic warden who demanded to see my disabled badge for the car as I parked up (engine still running kind of thing), saying I was too slow. I told him I would display it as soon as I had parked the car, and he yelled through the window, "It's not too much to ask love is it, for free parking?!"
Later on was much happier. I had my 2nd lesson on Hugo, my 'advanced' horsie. My instructor was wonderful as ever, keeping a close eye on me as I struggled to keep my energy levels up. I could only manage flat work, and Hugo only bucked me once, so I wasn't too poor a rider. Eventually I said I had to stop, but had made 27 mins so was very pleased! I staggered back to the car with a massive grin on my face, as ever, and the words of my instructor ringing in my ears - "You did so well, Lisa. I'm so impressed with you!"