I prefer front bottles to bladder, they balance the weight in the back better, and are much easier to see how much you have left! You get used to the sloshing after a while, and to be honest I have more things to think about than a little water slosh I use the UD SJ vest with their normal bottles. Easy to fill.
From an aid station worker point of view, the bladders can be a real pain to fill up, all the fittings are different and some you have to half empty the pack to fill them properly. I am also not a fan of these new soft bottles, which can be fiddly to fill, care needed not to just drop them or pour water everywhere. Not what you want when tired and in a hurry
Snaily, one good thing is that your solicitor could instruct no communication except through solicitors. That has a double edged sword, its stops him being abusive directly, the downside (the one I went with) was I grew to fear every letter and email from the solicitor. On the whole, and probably more in your case, the 'talk only through solicitors' approach is better. And if he wants a meeting, make it with solicitor(s) present preferably at their office.
I have no idea what washing machine or dryer I have, w machine is a bit too small really, when it goes, I'll get one of those 9k ones with sports wash, most likely a Bosch as i've never had bad experiences with other Bosch stuff. German engineering and all that ... (probably made in a small village in Taiwan)
Cycling definately does not directly help running. It uses the muscles differently. However, it still helps build leg muscle mass, capileries and Mitacondria which when running help with endurance. You just need to run, and run slowly, to make the new muscle adapt to running.
Diets? Hmmmm Eat good quality stuff, small quantities on a regular basis, dont eat more than you use, excersise long enough including a few harder sessions to burn a good amount. Thats what I do. It doesnt always work (I wont drop beer of the food list) And some days after particularly long weeks (50+) I can eat like a horse.
We always use Advocate now. Used to be a frontline fan until we tried this stuff, it simply works Frontline was good, but only most of the time.
We also use another advocate which does mites aswell as the other worm, once every three months. Tiggs got a real sore patch on his back and scratched iy down to skin, it always looked inflamed. We tried several things including sea salt bathing (which he loved..... not) but it always came back. The vet suggested it could be mites, so gave us this other stuff and it cleared in a few weeks and so far has not returned. His fur has grown back too
If I remember rightly, the two main types of worm are treated differently, so the main monthly flea treatment does one, and this other stuff now does the other.
(OK proper names would be useful, but I have run out of the mite stuff, only know it was an advocate spot on, just different to our normal advocate flea spot on)
Hope your friend improves Fiona, I jnow thats a horrible place to be. After I had my breakdown 8 years ago, I lost interest in litterally everything. I did not believe the number of idiots who told me to just pull my self together and get on with it! Talk about clueless! Others told me what I should be doing to cheer myself up. It doesnt work like that. When there is no spark of enjoyment in anything, everything seems dull and you cant force it. My GP (the nice one from then, not the idiot I have now) made me come and just talk with her every week (she had had similar so knew it well) and after many many weeks just talking, she said "Paul, despite all the things you used to do, since this happened the only time i've ever seen even a glimmer of light in you, is when you talk about your motorbike (pic on left) so I am prescribing you an order to ride your bike as often as you can, even if it is just for a few miles". And do you know what? it worked. after a many more weeks, I started to feel that littlle glimmer of enjoyment and the lovely feeling when you first smile after being miserable for so long. That year I rode lots, several long trips across country with the club, and the more I rode, the more things turned. Even so, it was not a quick fix, it was 1 1/4 years before I was able to work fully again, and several after that I still had relapses. This was pre running.
What I am slowly getting to Fiona, is the same prescription, look for the tiniest thing (what ever it is) that puts even the smallest glimmer of happiness in her, and work on that. Try not to give her things that 'may' make her happy, it has to come from within her. LIke it did with me. If that happens with running then there will be the added bonus that wee all know from it too(does she like the outdoors? trails, woods wildlife etc?)