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Christmas? - Mon, 21 Dec 2009 11:05:22 GMT

Yes, it is...Its Christmas week and here I am thinking there's been a lot going on which I haven't written anything about so here we go...

The main thing that's been taking up my time (and Jake's) is the lounge. We've been doing it for what feels like months but it hasn't been, I think its probably been about 3 months. We've had a lot to do which in a way is a shame but you wont see the majority of the work like fixing the walls, replacing plaster, repairing the fireplace and all that sort of stuff.

I'm more than a bit disappointed that I don't think it will all be done for Christmas, we've got a matter of days left and there's a lot left to do. Ive finished the woodwork but the windowsill needs another 2 coats of paint but will have to use a roller for a better finish on that. The architrave and skirting is all done and the coving is painted. Jake's done a coat of the ceiling and hopefully another tonight and I'm going to try and do the cutting in so we can start painting tomorrow.

We've chosen to do the chimney breast in a deep purple to match the photo I had printed on canvas for the dining room and hoping to get a thick, chunky wooden oak beam across the fireplace.

Other than that, we've been seeing Lewis as often as we can and he is gorgeous. He's started smiling now and grins a lot of the time, its nice to get a grin when you say hello to him.

Ive just realised, I have got the biggest spot on the side of my next, its HUGE and could this have come in a worse week? Its Christmas! Ive got my Christmas hair cut on Wednesday too which I'm looking forward to. I don't like feeling a scruff and it'll be nice to be all trimmed and smart for the Festive Season.

Ive been thinking about getting a spray tan again. Ive managed to find a local place which does them in a portable unit or in the shop in Chester. I used to have a fantastic spray tan in Manchester which was done by a machine in a booth but Ive never been able to find it anywhere else. I don't like the idea of going to a shop where a person sprays you, not the same. So I think Ill go and have a skin test done in Chester soon. Hopefully, it will help my body look a bit better too.

Ive been working with a bodybuilder called Lukas Gabris recently, a really nice, knowledgeable guy and hes suggested a few ways to help get better gains. At the moment, I'm working on really explosive, high rep training to make the muscles more firm. After Christmas, Ill switch to doing some more heavy work to hopefully grow a bit more. The bonus from the technique I'm using now is that my heart rate stays up so I burn more calories. Lukas thinks Ive lost some more body fat and looking a bit leaner.

Ive also changed my swimming routine. Rather than swimming a miles a day after my workout, I now swim over 2 miles on a wednesday and saturday. Im really enjoying that, basically Im trying to gear up to start training a bit more for the Great North Swim. The idea is that I want to get to the swim and find it easy so the more I can do in one go byt he time the swim comes, it should be easier for the actual swim.

Ive found a lad at the gym I use who is going to do the swim too and he will come training with me at some point hopefully. My friend Matt is going to be doing the swim as well, he's booked in for the Saturday at 15:30, I'm swimming at 13:30 on the Saturday the 4th of September. Take a look at my website for it: please help me raise sponsorship money for the day too.

Ive begun tapering my PA with an 8mm taper so hopefully, I will be working up to an 8mm ring soon. I sat with the taper in last night and managed to get it all the way through so a couple more stretching sessions and Ill be ready for a new ring I think so Im really pleased about that too.

Apart from work, training in the gym and swimming, doing the lounge as well, not much else has been able to be fit in! Ive been working on a new website for gay guys but otherwise, pretty much the same old thing has been going on.

Someone smashed the PIR detector for our infrared cat scrarer off of the wall at the front of our house too last week, we found it ripped off on the floor on Thursday. We think the postman did it but we have no proof so we cant say.

I'm all ready for Christmas but my cards have been late. Because of the lounge IU haven't finished them, I need to do mum and dads, Fiona and Matt's and Jake's as soon as I can I only have 4 days left! I need to also wrap ribbon around the presents then Ill be done. Its Secret Santa at work tomorrow too and I haven't finished my present but its too late now.

I got everyone to chip in and we bought as Christmas tree for the office, I decorated it with gold baubles and a nice red and gold ribbon and I even made a star for the top, I was very pleased and by all accounts so is everyone else in the building. It really showed up the effort in Reception!

Anyway, enough for now...Ill keep you posted. Have a look at the lounge refurb pages to keep an eye on the progress and please, help me raise some money for Marie Curie in my Great North Swim Challenge.

Speak soon and Happy Christmas and a fantastic New Year!

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