Went to mum & dad's for Sunday roast, of course the sherry came out so I've now got a banging headache. Two glasses of sherry and two glasses of wine, I'm turning into a lightweight.
And I needed to draft a letter for them so I had my laptop plus three bottles to carry, didn't fancy walking with them so I drove over there. Which means the car is still there, and I need it tomorrow. Planning is not my forte.
Kyle Schmidt - mid-20's, plays Henry Fitzroy.
Henry Fitzroy - 400-odd year old vampire in the show Blood Ties.
C has professed her undying love for both David Tennant and Henry Fitzroy and we are discussing which one she prefers.
Me: So - David Tennant or Henry Fitzroy?
C: Hmm... Henry Fitzroy. I've got more of a chance with him.
C: He's closer to my age.
Me: He's over 400 years old.
C: Yes, but he only looks 20-ish. David Tennant is over 30.
Me: But David Tennant is real. Henry is fictional.
C: David is married.
Me: Henry is FICTIONAL.
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2009
3. But I had symptoms since: childhood
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: remembering not to pick up heavy things (including shopping bags!)
5. Most people assume: I'm fine
6. The hardest part about mornings are: needing both hands to hold the kettle for my tea, and getting the foil off a new carton of milk
7. My favorite medical TV show is: Emergency Bikers
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: my laptop, I get so much information from various forums and it saves me going to the doctor to see if new symptoms are part of HMS or something 'new'!
9. The hardest part about nights are: backache, and my hip popping out if I lay wrong.
10. Each day I take: 8 tablets (5 for allergy, 3 pain pills)
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: have tried a chiropractor for my back, am waiting to see an osteopath.
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: invisible - although it makes it hard when you don't LOOK ill, at least people can forget about it when I am sitting in a group. Nothing worse than NOT mentioning the 'elephant in the room'!
13. Regarding working and career: I have been a stay-at-home mum for 5 years, am now looking for work but have to be mindful of what my limits are.
14. People would be surprised to know: how much pain I am in a lot of the time - I don't show it, apparently!
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: having to change so many tiny things that I just can't do any more.
16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: have a baby (at the time I hadn't been diagnosed so it wasn't an issue, but looking back, I'm not sure I would have been willing to get pregnant knowing the potential problems).
17. The commercials about my illness: are non-existent.
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: line dancing. Was told in no uncertain terms that I HAD to give it up. And running upstairs.
19. It was really hard to have to give up: being totally independent.
20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: posting on message boards and making new friends there
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: go rock climbing
22. My illness has taught me: to think before I do anything
23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: you're too young to have joint trouble.
24. But I love it when people: respond to my request for help with no judging, just get on and do what I need.
25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: what doesn't kill us makes us stronger
26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: don't show off your 'bendy' tricks to your friends, you will live to regret it
27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: how few people have heard of it
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: gave me a chair without me asking, because I looked like I needed it.
29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: people assume that if you don't look ill, you can't be ill. It would be nice for them to stop making assumptions.
30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: thankful that you cared enough.
- Current Mood: accomplished
She also picked up another home blood test for me, I'll be doing that just before I go to see her in August. Fingers crossed that some of the reactions have disappeared.
- Current Mood: hopeful
- Current Mood: accomplished
There’s a somewhat surreal quality about the first week of September. In the last few days of August the house is full of laughter, noise and scrambling feet, as children make the most of the last few precious days off school. And then suddenly, after one manic morning of uniforms, brushing hair and packing lunches, the house is silent and empty. I always feel a bit lost the first day of term; after six weeks of lazy mornings, days out, holidays, suntan lotion and getting sand out of places sand really shouldn’t be, I am left standing in the kitchen with a cup of coffee, wondering what to do with the endless childless days ahead. Of course there’s the ubiquitous laundry pile that never seems to get any smaller, and the house always needs tidying and dusting, but after all the mayhem and fun of the summer, termtime seems so drab and monotonous.
This year I am determined to do something different, something I have always wanted to do but never seem to have had the time. I have enrolled in a local Indian cookery course! The lovely tutor, Saira, assures me that even the most amateur cook will be able to produce delicious, beautiful Indian meals. I would settle for ‘edible’, as my most notorious ‘kitchen experiment’ was even rejected by the birds and wildlife in our rural garden, and had to be removed by my husband. With a spade. So, come September, I will be waving my daughter off to school, and embarking on an adventure of my own - hopefully to emerge, six months later, with a newfound skill in the kitchen and a repertoire of fantastic Indian recipes that will be the envy of all my friends.
I can’t wait for the first time that my husband suggests take-away for Saturday tea. I will leap into action, flying around Tesco’s and filling my trolley with nutritious, healthy chicken, vegetables and spices, and then I will disappear into the kitchen and two hours later - Voila! A fabulous home-cooked Indian meal! My family will gather round with gasps of admiration and eagerly devour the feast… er, no, that’s not right. Who am I kidding. My husband won’t care if the food comes from my own fair hands or the High Street Tandoori, and my daughter will wrinkle her nose and request fish fingers and beans.
But I don’t care. I will have learned something NEW, just for me, and I will be proud of it!
- Current Mood: determined
I'd already done all the shopping for tomorrow, so had to whack together a bean bake for her instead, it should go OK with the rest of the Sunday roast trimmings. Red kidney beans 'smashed' (slightly coarser than mashed) with an egg, tablespoon of flour, parsley, mixed herbs, seasoned salt and paprika. Baked for 30 minutes, it should be able to be sliced.
I miss being a vegetarian sometimes. I love the food. I'm married to a dedicated carnivore though...
- Current Mood: creative
Tony rang later - Anita had managed to speak to him, April's plane was actually cancelled so she's not even leaving until tonight, due to land tomorrow at 6 instead. She's in a hotel in Chicago. He's still bringing her up on Sunday to see us for the day.
I still owe her for giving me CHICKEN POX on my HONEYMOON!
She was only a year old at the time, but still. I owe her.
- Current Mood: mischievous
Yesterday me and mum did the spare room thing. Involving lots of dust.
I went to bed stuffy and sinus-y and a bit wheezy. Woke up oh-fuck-early and Could. Not. Breathe. I mean, seriously, wheezing and my nose was completely blocked and running at the same time and I had a sinus headache and was sneezing and itchy eyes and itchy throat, jeez. I ended up taking double doses of antihistamines and all my asthma meds and paracetamol, I think I fell back into bed around 3 or 4.
Woke up this morning still feeling like complete crap. Mum came round mid-morning and we did the rest of the spare room plus our bedroom and the upstairs hall, I was a bit half-hearted TBH but at that point I couldn't have given a flying fuck about the cleaning.
I did get the last of the laundry done, and when Charlotte went off to dance class I fell into a hot bath for half an hour.
On the plus side, my house looks amazingly good - upstairs.
Need to get the downstairs sorted by Sunday!
- Current Mood: exhausted
I wanted it sort of... clean, with things neatly organized. I had a vague idea that I would like to get rid of the huuuuge bookcase in there, move the slightly smaller but nicer bookcase from the upstairs hall in there instead, and fill the spare wall in the upstairs hall with the lovely big mirror currently reflecting the back of the spare room door. I also mentioned it might be nice to move the old office cupboard/drawer unit into the laundry room for storage.
Now this would normally have taken me several weeks of sorting a bit at a time. Mum arrived. Five hours later, we have emptied the bookcases, rearranged the spare room, made a big pile for charity/resale, another huge pile for the attic, and completely rearranged the laundry room.
Oh yes, and in the middle of this I discovered the drainage pipe from the washing machine was leaking so I had to 'snake' it and then block it higher to stop it leaking. And dismantle a cupboard and reassemble it again.
- Current Mood: accomplished
Entertaining day watching Steve take the trampoline down and put the pool up... in the advert breaks in the Cold Case marathon. Frenetic activity in 4-minute bursts.
Breakfast was courgette (home grown!), mushrooms and tomato. Lunch - ham, carrot and orange pepper, with soy yogurt. Dinner was roast chicken, roast potatoes, cabbage, cauli, green beans, broccoli, swede and peas. That's 10 veg so far, with a whole pineapple waiting to be chopped up for supper. Nom nom nom.
- Current Mood: lethargic
Obligatory photo of very fast car:
Yes, that's me, going into Stowe at 80mph. And yes, I know Lewis Hamilton does it at 125 but he's in a Formula 1. So there.
Cathy was asking if I had problems fitting in 9 fruit & veg a day. Well today was an 'off' day as we left home at 7 and didn't get in till 2pm, with no chance to eat while we were out.
Breakfast: sauteed courgette and mushroom (home grown courgette courtesy of my dad!)
Lunch: grabbed on the go - hot & spicy chicken wings.
Dinner: Boiled bacon, cabbage, cauli, carrots, dessert was figs and papaya
So that's 7. I'm just about to have blueberries and banana sliced into a raspberry yogurt. That makes ... 9. Without even trying.
There ya go, Cathy. That's how I do it!
Anyone interested, Cathy is at www.healthnutritionltd.co.uk/
- Current Mood: accomplished
HOLY FUCK THAT HURT.
- Current Mood: cranky
She wondered how I was managing to get 9 portions of fruit & veg a day; I told her about my favourite breakfast of courgette and tomato (I call it poor mans ratatouille) and she gave me the 0_o look. Wonder why...
I hit up Morrisons who had a load of fruit on the 'quick sale' shelf - physalis, figs, blueberries, strawberries, papaya, pears, raspberries - mmm what a shame it's all perishable and needs eating. Life is tough.
- Current Mood: happy
It was murder, mystery and mayhem, just as we expected. Lots of blood and gore (and booze), then a lovely Sunday after the big weekend. We headed into Stratford and had a wander around, what a great place, lots of photos of old buildings - it reminded me of Canterbury. Then back to the hotel for a lazy afternoon in the spa.
The only 'fly in the ointment' was my bloody knees. I tripped over last week (klutz) and hyperextended my left knee, so have been favouring it, which means I've put too much strain on my right knee... I took a walking stick with me but only needed to use it Saturday for all the nipping around solving clues.
New Sky installed today - Sky + HD. Will figure out how it all works eventually...
Off to see Cathy tomorrow!
- Current Mood: rejuvenated
I told her Bailey won't take tablets. I told her Jane our usual vet uses the plastic tablet-giving-thingy. She said "I don't like that" and proceeded to try to give him the tablet with her fingers. She nearly lost her fingers. He's sitting there puffed up and hissing and giving her the Devil Glare, so instead of letting him settle down, she puts the tablet in the plastic thing and fucking tries again. Like he's not stressed enough. He was SNARLING and attacking her. So she says she'll just do the examination first and tries to look in his eyes etc and you can see he wants to KILL THE VET. His ears were flat to his head and he was just pissed as hell. And then she tried to look in his mouth and she was surprised when he tried to bite her. No shit, sherlock.
So I said, why don't you hold him and I try? Because, you know, I have actually managed to give him tablets before. No, she says, and she gets the vet nurse in to hold him. He nearly had her fingers AND the nurse's fingers; the nurse was Not Impressed and gave the vet the Evil Eye of Doom before leaving.
Vet decided to give the worming drops on the back of his neck instead.
Smart move, vet. The only fucking smart move you did through the whole exam.
- Current Mood: amused
Got the advance menu from our hotel, they are being fab and working round my diet, it all sounds lovely! Will be taking soy milk, soy cream and some fruit and 'safe' chocolate just in case though. Must remember to do extra shopping before we go. Should be a brilliant weekend of murder and mayhem!
Cats to vets tomorrow. Oh joy.
- Current Mood: relieved
Painted Marie's house tonight; I have paint EVERYWHERE including in my hair.
- Current Mood: bitchy
I haven't even been dieting - just following 'orders'!
Yesterday I had wheat-free sausages and tomatoes and blueberries for breakfast; pumpkin seeds to snack on; goat's cheese and blueberries for lunch; WOO HOO PARTY FOOD for dinner - chicken drumsticks, sausages, salad, peppers, salsa, fruit salad, pineapple, grapes, wine!
Today I've had raspberries with Alpro custard; lunch of Munchy seed mix (pumpkin, almond kernels, sunflower seeds), goat's cheese and celery; roast pork with roast potatoes, broccoli, cauli, cabbage, green beans, carrots, half a bar of dark chocolate for dessert; tea is ham and goats cheese roll-ups (like a wrap but with lettuce instead of tortillas), and strawberries with sugar.
How the hell am I losing weight on that!
I've also noticed that my skin is a lot less dry than usual. I'm used to washing in water only, and two minutes later my face feels tight and horrible if I don't slap on moisturiser immediately. It's just... stopped being like that. Hmm.
- Current Mood: happy
- Current Music:Black Sabbath - Never Say Die
Thurs evening I couldn't keep my eyes open. Fell asleep on Steve's shoulder at 9.30pm.
Friday night, wide awake again. Went to bed at 4am, it was already light out. Fell asleep, I dunno, sometime after 4; woke up at 6.30 completely wide awake, no chance of getting back to sleep.
Last night, we were at a party but I was knackered by 11pm, went home and woke up at 10 this morning.
WTF is up with my sleep patterns?
- Current Mood: confused
OMG last night's dinner was to die for. Rainbow trout stuffed with prawns, scallops and bacon. Lil'un had sausage cos fish are, you know, EVIL.
Very, very sniffly today - allergies are playing up. Yesterday too. Itchy throat all day and I woke up with same this morning. Living up to my lj name today. 30mg ain't touching it. Hitting Piriton now.
- Current Mood: amused
Today I had to prepare and serve lovely ginger cakes, chocolate logs, madeira cake, jam tarts, teacakes, biscuits... and thanks to my diet I wasn't allowed even a nibble.
Thank God for dairy-free chocolate!!!
- Current Mood: bitchy
I woke up with an itchy throat, I've had it off and on all day. With sneezing. And a bit of wheezing. WTF? I started the day with 30mg Cetirizine and a Piriton FFS.
Bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms for breakfast; raspberries and omega sprinkle; sardines and mackerel with tomatoes for lunch. And then steak and mushroom pie with potatoes, carrots and green beans for dinner. FAIL!!! In my defence, I didn't get to the shops today so I was stuck with what was in the freezer.
Just finished a bowl of blueberries with Alpo custard.
Alpo Custard is food of the gods. Just so you know. Mmmm nom nom.
- Current Mood: blah