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No smoking versus Oreo Biscuits

I've lost count but still no ciggies! Going ok- hard day at work today- with damn staff playing up, but had a meeting with my boss and took my Nicorette Inhalator into the meeting and pretended to flick fag ash into my cup of hot tea Oh and my training for my 10k didn't happen tonight. Instead I rediscovered my long lost love. Finally after 7 years (and having had them in the USA) I discoverd Asda are selling Oreo biscuits. Trust me in the biscuit world they are god like :lol: . On my t

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Blimey 3 weeks!

Day 21 Still no smoking. Yet ironically feeling ruddy awful- certainly Thursday and yesterday. Developing a nasty cough- a good sign that the chest is clearing slowly. Having a quiet weekend at home- spring cleaning now. Smelt the bedroom curtains this morning- yuk they are coming down for a wash today. Now all I have to do is get Darren to paint the whole house. But he can do that next weekend!!

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Little break and day 17

Just come back off a little break in our new caravan. Been staying in Okehampton- lovely little site. Back to work tomorrow. Not looking forward to it - we had Job Evaluation results last Friday. I was lucky, my team not (they lost £4000 each). God knows what I'm going back to. Good news - still not smoking. New job perhaps????????

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Lost count it's day 10!

Today is day 10 without a ciggie. Now moving into the 2nd phase of the relationship when you've split with something. I HATE EVERYTHING :lol: I will not give up on this mind. The only thing that's keep me going all day is the thought of the final of "Laddette to Lady". :lol: Well I need a laugh. Knee better- will try a short run tomorrow. Fingers crossed. Hows you Louby? Thanks for messages by the way!!!!

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Day 8

I have been to the Doc's. No, still not smoking, but went for a training run yesterday for a 10k I've signed up for. And tore my hamstring behind by left knee . Doc thinks I'll be fine, just hope that it heals before 4th May.

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The New Traffic Management Act

The world of Parking is changing. Currently Plymouth City Council works under the Road Traffic Act 1991- with Parking Attendants and Penalty Charge Notices. However from 31 March, it all changes with the Traffic Management Act 2004 coming in and all the legal wording changes. By the way, we have no option but to do this- its under orders of central government that we must do this. So everything has to be changed- all paperwork, rules, regulations have to be relearnt and rewritten. Parking Att

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Weekend Mix! (copying main strap line from Net Weather)!

Day 7 - still no ciggies!!! :lol: Bit of a weird mix this blog. OK still no ciggies- no blips- bar Thursday night when I left work at 630pm instead of 4pm due to workload. No bus home- only the word "delay". So decided rather than run to Spar for "10 Richmond" and a lighter- I power walked home. Friday at work- manic ( darn Traffic Management Act 2004 changes on 31 March)- will explain on tomorrows blog! Today. Got new caravan. Again will explain tomorrow! But internet update........

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Day 4 and sickness

Day 4. Still going strong. Work busy, but only as member of staff off sick - so team of 9 was down to, well me and Gay my temp. So did well -no fags no cravings just worked hard. And yes had 2 pints after work as a treat tonight. So now got through half the week - fingers crossed- have we broke it?

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Day 3 and Equality Course

Day 3 No rows at work, only one before bed last night- when I lost my rag with Daz. And slept in the spare bed. Anyhoo Had a pointless course at work this morning on Equality. Now as a gay man I'm all for Equality but it's 2008 and I know things are soooo much better than they were in 1998. But the upshot of this course was to talk about life as if it was 1998 and not 2008? So I lost interest and looked at the duckpond by Plymouth Civic Centre and looked at Stan and Hilda (our 2 ducks) for 3 h

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The Phil and Looby Show (day 2)

No smoking day 2. Fine so far- actually really good. Monday in the Parking Unit is not a good day- phone goes none stop. The only blip I had was at 2.15 this afternoon with a "idiot" - I use the word for little eyes (get my meaning ) who wanted a permit for parking after getting a penalty charge notice. He had a go at me. BIGGGGG mistake. Mood turned blacker than the sky from a supercell from France. This was the conversation. "You want a beat message" -Me "Yeah- I can't get to your offic

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Not copying Looby (honest)

1st day of not smoking for us as well. So far, so ...........well ordinary. Done the ironing, watched Something for the Weekend, eaten a tin of mackeral, just going to have a cup of Bovril. Oh and an overwheling desire to kill other half. Mind u, he's in the corner gently rocking from shock (he was a much heavier smoker compared to me). Actually feel sorry for him. Going for a walk to take my mind off it later on today. 520pm -a lovely long walk with the dogs on the River Plym throwing stick

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Interviewing

We all feel nervous when we have a job interview. The thing is being on a panel of people doing the interviewing isn't much fun either. You have 10 set questions for a council job in Parking. Most are fairly standard- but you get the same responses time after time- hence you end up concentrating looking for the unique things the person says. So you come out having done the interviews feeling like you've gone 10 rounds with a boxer. And remember, the interviewee only goes through it once. Yesterd

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Man Flu

:unsure: I have a cold/man flu/bird flu Delete depending on your sympathy. At least I slept for 11 hours last night.

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Birthday! and Mum's Fashion :rofl:

I am 34. Some friends have commented "you made it". One added "just" I got Various birthday cards on parking - including a parking attendant issuing a PCN to a Dalek (OK I work I'm the Senior Parking Officer for Plymouth City Council ) Peter Kay Book Michael Palin Book Video I Pod (for the bus to work to play my TV clips) (Note I may work in parking but even I think £29 per month on the bus is stonking value for money compared to £4 per day :unsure: ) Socks New tie (Red and Black -

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34 tomorrow

Tomorrow is my birthday. I will be 34. I asked Darren "How did I get to be 34?" He replied "You should have been drowned at birth!" :unsure: With some of the things I did in 20's maybe he's got a point. At least I'm off work tomorrow. Good ole Flexi

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Hangover

:unsure: equals today I am never drinking gin again. At least I will avoid malara with all that tonic I drank.

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3 Hours

TO PAY DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :unsure:

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The things you do

It's been really busy at work today- lots going on,and I knew I was going to be late. So I rang home with a order to Darren "I want burger and chips for tea (comfort food) and I fancy a glass of wine (for glass read bottle)" The thing is it's January and 5 1/2 weeks since payday and still 1 week to go. Bless him the burger and chips not a problem (well we are all chavs on occasions ). But the wine. More tricky. So As I type this- thanks to the £2.67 found down the back of the sofa is a love

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Event in Southway, Plymouth today

Today I have spent the day producing 200+ resident parking only permits for residents of Plymouth. Following events in Southway- that seems and is totally pointless. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/7176369.stm My thoughts are with the parents of the girl killed today.

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January

The decorations are down. It's raining cats and dogs. Back to work tomorrow. Typical January.

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2 broken televisions and snow

Our main TV died on 15 December. Darren was so upset as he had bought it 9 years ago. It was his baby. 8P The TV we were given to get through till 31 January (pay day) also died today. It was so old it remembers ATV/Westward and Southern TV. So we went to Cash Converters and have a Sony 28" widescreen now for £71.00. I am starting a new TV fund. The 82" screen from the pub will do for a good film only. The bulbs are £150 each. In a pub fine, in our home No!!!! Will it snow. In Plymouth.

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New Year

Well this is it, my last blog of 2007. Its been an awful year in parts and even with the civil partnership in July, 2007 is not a year I'll look back on with fondness. But it's New years eve, a nice bottle of Merlot (8.99 a bottle- gulp I'm more a bottle of house red at 2.99) and a bottle of shampoo for midnight. Yup, we can't even face a night out. So home, Graham Norton, Harry Hill, Nick Knowles ( ) and my husband ( ) 2008 - it's going to be great. I get that feeling!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR

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Wembury

Some 5 miles from home and very close to where I grew up, is Wembury beach. It is owned by the National Trust and the perfect spot for dog walking in winter. Sadly you aren't allowed to take the dogs there in summer. But it was a lovely cloudy crisp December day. All my cousins in Sheffield and Chesterfield love this place- so if you've never heard of Wembury- here it is.

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Chip Pan Fire (on Christmas Day)

Firstly we are not Chav's, but my Mum decided to put the chip pan on by mistake when cooking the veg yesterday. Hence it caught fire between the starter and the turkey. I did the normal manly thing. I took it outside screaming "fire". No damage, but a good story to go back to work with. "How was your Christmas?" "Fine bar the chip pan fire on Christmas Day................" I have threatened my mum and Dad with a care home as a result. My mum later claimed she didn't want bath salts but

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