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Still waiting in limbo...

Sunday, 27 April 2008

Yes I'm still waiting in limbo to hear whether or not I've managed to secure a good pay rise and a hefty dose of back pay! All down to a regrading exercise carried out at work which was due to be sorted out in August 2006!!! Yeah that's right August 2006. After months of deliberating and filling out of a form which ended up 10 pages long, the end is nearly in sight. I can honestly say I'm a bit nervous just in case it doesn't come through but I'm trying to stay positive. Tuesday is hopefully going to be THE day when i find out!!! Wish me luck!

Anyway I've been putting my plans to trek to Everest Base Camp on hold until then. This hasn't stopped me buying new boots, new trousers and colour tagging all the items I'd like in the summer 08 edition of the Ellis Brigham catalogue. I'm beginning to love shopping for kit. My training is beginning this week in earnest. A few long waks breaking in the new boots, lthough they are a pretty good fit. Any other tips woud be greatly appreciated!!

So in between checking out blogs and progress reports from current expeditions to summit Everest and try not to get too excited about this trek I've been watching a few good dvd's recently and listening to some good music. Here is my recommendation, the movie Once. Brilliant.

I'll update more, with hopefully some good news, during the week.
To all those who are embarking upon an expedition to or are half way up Everest - well done, stay safe, keep smiling.

The first flicker of a thought of Everest ...

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Ok so I've been thinking about life recently and how i want to get out and do more with mine. You see I've never been that adventurous so that's why I've decided to trek to Everest Base Camp (via Kathmandu and the worlds scariest flight into Lukla)!!! Yeah... I know.... it's logical eh! Let me explain.......

I'd been recently thinking of doing some volunteering abroad or doing something 'for the greater good' but work commitments and lack of sufficient funds had kind of scuppered that idea. But i still wanted to do something...... anything.

Anyway my knee has been playing up for the past year, mostly when i run (I know not really to do with Everest but stick with me and all will be revealed). Anyway this knee pain is, well, a bit of a pain as i was really getting into my running. So I finally go to the doc only for him to tell me to lay off the running for a bit as i have strained ligaments or something. He prescribes 400mg Ibuprofen and no running for a bit! I meanwhile have self diagnosed myself with illiotibial band syndrome (Google it!) and think i need a few visits to a physio. The doc merely scoffs at this suggestion and packs me out the door in what seemed like 5 minutes but was actually about 3 and a half minutes. Anyway (and now the story begins), whilst waiting on my prescription i notice a flyer on the wall for the British Heart Foundation - Everest Base Camp Trek. I take note and search the web back at the office. There it is in front of me.... i can raise money for charity and get the trip of a lifetime out of it! Brilliant idea.

So I start my 3 week search to find out as much info as possible. Now there are certain time restraints as my job has busy periods. So i figure i can go in March/April and possibly May of 2009. After researching different companies i think i may have decided on a company to do it with and my charity too. All details will be revealed when finalised. I didn't realise this kind of trip was so popular and that many people have done it. I am so looking forward to it but it much depends on the outcome of my regrading at work! (That's another story but I should know within the next week). I now own my first pair of walking boots - took me ages to decide and find a pair that felt 'right' but i got them and they wil be getting their first proper hill walk this weekend. The training begins here.....