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Preserved_Moose
Preserved_Moose

*screams internally, externally and everywhere between*

It never rains but it really pours, doesn’t it? Who made that rule? I must find them. I must hurt them.

I just want to live my life and support my family, is that too much to ask? It seems Life is monitoring our progress and every time we start to get on top of one thing, another thing pops up and we end up missing the good old days when we just had the original thing to worry about.

I know this sounds whiny and it totally is but I’m in a bad mood right now, which really helped fuel the run actually, and the run did help, but my anger is still bleeding through the adrenaline wall I put up.

Long story short, some private parking company has been hired to crack down on the parking situation where we live and it turns out we’re not even allowed to park outside our house anymore. It’s all legit and legal and we will be fined £100 if they see my car there. I don’t have £100. I have a baby and a four year old. You can’t have that and £100, that’s not how life works.

This has kicked off a Kafkaesque nightmare of phone calls, phone queues and automated phone systems as I try to locate a human who actually knows what’s going on and what I can do about it, and I need to do it quick before one of their minions rocks up and gives me a ticket. I may have to run him over.

SO, I gave up on that for the day and decided to squeeze in an angry run, which is just what I needed because I’m angry and stressed and want to run things over.

Today was the start of Week 2, which I had to delay because there just wasn’t time yesterday but it all went reasonably well. It was already dark after my phone calls so I had to play it safe on the path again but that was fine.

There was one interruption during the second 90 second run when my phone rang and I would ignore it normally but it was a callback about the parking thing so I kinda had to really. It wasn’t very useful but at least they were friendly. Of course, this wasn’t the actual parking people calling.

I’d been running for around 20 seconds when that happened so I set the clock back to the end of the walk and got back to it.

I’d forgotten just how well structured this whole thing is because 90 seconds was the perfect amount of time for me to run on this occasion. Not being entirely new to this I found it a lot easier than the first time I’d tried it but still challenging enough.

I don’t think I struggled at all with this one. It warmed me right up, made me a little breathless but there was no notable pain to slow me down. Someone did stab me in the right side but it must have been quick because I didn’t see who did it and there was no blood so it must have healed up immediately.

It was a pretty uneventful run though so I had plenty of time alone with my angry angry thoughts. Tomorrow I continue my battle and assuming I’m not £100 poorer and too stressed and depressed to run, I’ll continue this on Thursday and hopefully complete the week on Saturday.

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Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate

Hi there!!

Well done for running it off!! 🥴 A run is such a great way to regroup after a bit of turmoil! So good on you for being so wise and opting to getting out there to let off some steam!! 👌🏽 I hope the parking situation gets sorted too!! ❤️!

Thanks, I needed it! It’s so annoying and unnecessary, technically it’s a public space but it’s the back corner of a residential carpark right by our gate and wall, it couldn’t be more out of people’s way! I’m hoping I can get a permit because the only alternative is to move!

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Preserved_Moose

Ah I hope so! Sounds so unnecessary!! Keep going!! Hopefully the parking will be resolved soon too! 🤗❤️

IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator

Well done on getting the run fitted in...........but a warning.........there is evidence that running while angry is associated with heart attacks.........so best to calm down before heading out next time.......... let's hope there isn't a next time.

Keep running, keep smiling.

What about people who are stressed most of the time? That doesn’t really leave me with much to work with...

IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator
in reply to Preserved_Moose

Learn to relax.

There are loads of apps that can help with relaxation, mindfulness and meditation.

Have you looked at Money Saving Expert regarding the parking ticket? There’s a difference between an invoice and penalty notice. Supposedly if it’s an invoice don’t contact them.

We’ve checked all this, my neighbour’s done his homework because he was hit hard by it. Unfortunately it’s all legal and we don’t have much of an argument except that since this was all built in 2013 everyone’s been using every space like a carpark and it all works and no one living here has a problem with anyone else! They only put signs up recently to reinforce these conditions. But legally, the areas that aren’t actual parking spaces shouldn’t be parked on. If I’m lucky I can get a permit but it isn’t looking good so far.

Rubbish 🙁

helenwheels
helenwheelsGraduate

Don't let the b******ds grind you down. You will be able to chase anyone who annoys you soon!

I’ll try not to hit the law is on their side! I’ll have to try and go around them, find the land owner and hope they’re nice

helenwheels
helenwheelsGraduate
in reply to Preserved_Moose

Good luck!

Tartancat
TartancatGraduate

On a positive note, you found time for a run, it went really well, and even though you were angry you didn't have a heart attack!

But I really feel for you regarding the parking issue - be sure someone is making money out of that. Fingers crossed you find a resolution 🚗😟😤

Well it turns out there’s a very real heart attack risk when running angry so I need to figure something out there!

Tartancat
TartancatGraduate
in reply to Preserved_Moose

Well, you mentioned screaming- find somewhere remote and scream to your hearts content. It helps, honest!

Actually since my voice broke I physically can’t!

Tartancat
TartancatGraduate
in reply to Preserved_Moose

Ah, so maybe that's why women tend to live longer than men, we can scream to release the tension! Thought about buying a punch bag? Though of course, if there weren't so many jobsworth a**holes about we wouldn't have this problem 🤬

Getfitok
GetfitokGraduate

Sorry to hear you’re having such problems, hope the running helps.

Hmm only slightly

happysouls
happysoulsGraduate

I feel so stressed just reading your situation that I think I need to run to Scotland and back to work it off! What a nightmare! The world is completely mad! I love the way you've written it though, you've made it funny even though it truly isn't. I'm glad you're running rather than crying and I hope that you find a resolution and that the running goes well!

Well I’ll be harassing the land owner today so we’ll see..

Katnap
KatnapGraduate

Thanks for sharing! It won't always be like this.

Keep at it! You can do it. 😸

It better not! So far the only solution I can find is moving house!

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