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20 January 2014 @ 08:33 pm
Taking the little wins as they come.  
I had my car window repaired last week, and they didn't charge me a cent - they reckoned the car was still under warranty. I pointed out that it is a November 2007 build, first registered in May 2008, and by my reckoning the warranty expired last year, but according to their records I bought it as an ex-demonstrator, and the warranty period didn't start running until the day I bought it. I won't argue with that... although I thought it was an ex-hire car when I bought it. Whatever - free window fix!

As mentioned earlier I had to walk to the bus stop until I got it fixed. It's only 1.5kms but it's so easy to get in the car and drive down that I've never really worried about walking it - but now I'm hooked, I enjoy the walk so much that I've kept it up. And I know it's doing some good, even if it's only a little; last Friday was the first day that I arrived back home without feeling tired in the slightest. For someone who does no other exercise at all, that's a bit of a win too.

Friday was my son's girlfriend's birthday and we all went out to lunch on Saturday to celebrate at a restaurant of her choice. They've adopted a paleo diet recently and the restaurant they chose reflected that (aptly-named "The Paleo Cafe"). My lunch was delicious! I chose coconut and lemongrass poached chicken with cauliflower rice and a side dish of kumera chips and lemon aioli. Yum.
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byslantedlight: toosexycapri (Probodie)byslantedlight on January 20th, 2014 10:49 am (UTC)
If I buy a car with a warranty, I expect the warranty to start from the day I bought it, not that someone else will get the benefit until I buy it! (If I buy a car without a warranty, then that's my own problem... *g*) They're right! Enjoy your new window!

Yeay for walking too - that's how I like to get my exercise, in the middle of doing something else, like getting to work (slightly stumped about that now that I work from home, but...)
miwahni: Random Newcarmiwahni on January 20th, 2014 11:04 am (UTC)
Not sure how it works in the UK, but here new cars come with a manufacturer's warranty, usually for 3 years / 100000km. My car had an extended manufacturer's warranty of 5 years. The starting date is usually the date that the car is registered for the first time, so if you buy it second-hand, a portion of the manufacturer's warranty will be used up before you buy. You will still get a statutory warranty with the purchase, even if the manufacturer's warranty has expired, but it's usually only three months.

Working from home will make it difficult to get your normal exercise. Can you still bike into town when you need groceries or suchlike?
byslantedlight: toosexycapri (Probodie)byslantedlight on January 25th, 2014 05:19 am (UTC)
Ah, okay - yeah, manufacturer's warranties just last a specific period since the car was first sold. I think there are usually year-long warranties from dealers over here, no matter where the manufacturer's warranty is up to - I think I had it in my head that's what you were talking about.

When I was working from home at first in Cambs. my original plan was to get up at work-time, go out for a walk as if I was walking to work, and then come back and get on with it - only that didn't seem to last past the first morning! I'm not energetic enough to bike all the way into town either - 7-10 miles, depending on route, but most of the routes involve some very fast roads with no bike path too. That'd pretty much be a day's expedition for me! *g* I'm hoping I'll be able to work it out so that exercise needn't be going to a gym, though, when I get back from Aus...
miwahnimiwahni on January 25th, 2014 08:14 am (UTC)
Hmm yeah I can't just go for a walk for the sake of it, I have to have a destination and a purpose in mind. I see your dilemma.
moonlightmead on January 20th, 2014 10:52 am (UTC)
Great about the car - and about the walking. Definitely I know what you mean about starting to notice a difference. Did you manage to do the thinking you wanted to do while walking?

Paleo diet - I thought that was nuts and grains and fruit. Didn't realise there was meat in it! Yours sounds lovely - well, the bits I recognise. What is (are?) kumera?
miwahni: Sherlock John eatingmiwahni on January 20th, 2014 11:07 am (UTC)
Oh yes, got a lot of thinking done, didn't reach any conclusions, gave up and decided that sometimes a cigar IS just a cigar, and what we saw is what we got. Was actually planning on posting about that little insight tomorrow :-)

Meat is possible but it must be grass-fed, not grain-fed (not sure how they managed that with chickens....) Kumera, otherwise known as sweet potato, I love the stuff.
moonlightmead on January 20th, 2014 11:18 am (UTC)
I must start doing the same as you and posting more updates that are shorter-than-essays. I shall look forward to hearing the conclusions!

Sweet potatoes, yummy! Thanks.
miwahni: Pros Cat bookmiwahni on January 20th, 2014 11:58 am (UTC)
I always MEAN to post more regularly, but then life gets in the way, or nothing much happens... in a way, that 30 Days of Blogging challenge was brilliant because it drove me to find something, however banal *g*. But most importantly it meant a full flist! Which was wonderful.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on January 20th, 2014 04:08 pm (UTC)

Bloody good news about the car. \o/

I think walking is excellent exercise because I find it easier to think while I'm doing it than with any other form of exercise. Hey, that made sense in my head at least. *g* I find just going for a short walk on my breaks and at lunch time helps too.

miwahni: Pros Cuppamiwahni on January 20th, 2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean. In my old job, whenever I got stuck trying to make the pieces of the loan puzzle "fit" policy, I'd often take myself off for a walk to clear my head. Usually I could figure the answer out as I went. And lunchtimes always involved a trek around the block as well, just to get moving.
ali15son: pic#122303621ali15son on January 20th, 2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
Hey I am absolutely terrible when it comes to walking anywhere its just a habit of mine to get the car off the drive , the only time I walk anywhere is around the corner to the local shop , I should really do more exercise but I think gradually is the word I'm looking for x
miwahni: Pros Never far awaymiwahni on January 20th, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
It is such an easy habit to get into. We have a car, it's quicker, we use it. I used to park in the furthest corner of the car park just so I could get a little bit of exercise (about 200 metres at most!) and that was all I did, barring a long walk at lunchtime. I feel so much better for it.
Having said that, I'm debating driving down this morning. It's 6.35am and it's already 24 degrees and I'm feeling quite clammy!
ali15son: pic#122252694ali15son on January 20th, 2014 08:39 pm (UTC)
You lucky lucky person its quite cold here in the UK but at least its dry which is quite something as we have had quite a lot of rain recently x