Archives For April 2018

The 17th of April.

I was supposed to be out tonight but I decided against it; felt like more trouble than it was worth.

This morning, I put up a blog post, then went back upstairs to put gym clothes on and try on the jumper I finished yesterday. Doing it with a smaller hook has made it fit me just right – I’m glad I didn’t go half a millimetre less or I’d be in trouble.

After lunch, I went to the gym. Had a very productive session, and all the youths are back at school so not getting in my way. I had to keep giving people looks that conveyed “No, I haven’t been punched in the face, please don’t ask me any questions”. It ranges between purple and yellow at the moment.

Got home at about half four, and I was going to get changed, have dinner and we were going to go back out. However, from looking at Twitter, the recording tonight is massively oversubscribed so there’s no guarantee I’d get in, Steve isn’t working, then there’s the palaver of picking up Daddy from the airport before me. It all just felt like much hassle and I can’t be arsed so I am staying home and I’ll hear it when it goes out.

The 18th of April.

One day of sunshine and all the men take their shirts off. Seriously, it warms up even a little bit and we are forced to view all the torsos in the land.

I did not much fancy sunbathing. I had an appointment with Trine at eleven this morning, so I had to deal with all the necessary pain that comes with that. The right side of my lower back has been really bad so I could’ve let her work on that for the whole time, but my neck has its own troubles. Love the squeezy painful pressure and ice.

After lunch, I have binged on Scandal and crocheted. The other jumper again, but longer and hopefully not so itchy. I also rang the QE’s eye department, because someone there had got confused and cancelled my appointment with Dr. Barry in May and rescheduled it for July with Mr. Kolli. I can understand why, but I had to explain to them that I see two different doctors for different reasons within the same clinic. It’s complicated.

The 15th of April.

I had planned on getting some things done this morning, but it didn’t quite go the way I’d hoped.

Had breakfast and did my blog post, then I completed the last few rounds of the second sleeve of my jumper. By then it was about eleven, and the handover of the Commonwealth Games to Birmingham was due to begin. However, nothing started happening until about half past, but that was when Mommy had to take Daddy to the airport because he’s gone to Disneyland for a work conference (yes, really). I kept watching, waiting for the closing ceremony to get good/relevant, but by the time Mommy got back (an hour later), the terrible speeches had only just finished. Finally, our Mr. Blue Sky bit was really well done; I was very proud of us! However, Brum the car was missing. He needs to be the mascot for 2022.

After lunch, I went upstairs to sort out my new business cards and update my blog logo so now my new glasses feature. And eventually I got back to the jumper, attaching the sleeves to the body and starting the yoke decreases.

Slightly purple shadow under the eye today. Lovely.

The 16th of April.

I have finished my jumper! Well, I have to sew up the armpits and weave in the ends, but that’s all. I think if I do another one with this pattern, I’ll have to come up with a different way to do the neckline, because I don’t like the way it ends up sort of cobbled together. Next, I’ll have another go at the other one.

Been a pretty quiet day for me. Just much crocheting. I had an appointment with the hygienist at two, otherwise I would have gone to the gym. She was very pleased with the state of my mouth – bleeding score of zero! Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to have an electric toothbrush to take good care of your teeth. I use a manual one and brush and floss twice a day, and I am doing pretty well. We ended up having an interesting conversation about the pros and cons of various methods of hair removal, mainly eyebrow threading. Conclusion being I am curious but more about my pain threshold than anything else. Speaking of which, she asked about my black eye and I’d completely forgotten about it. It looks much worse than it is.

The 13th of April.

I am not sure how easy it will be, but I’m going to try to write this with only one eye. It’s tricky trying to work out when the pen is going to hit the paper because I have no depth perception.

It’s been a really boring day, I’ll warn you now. I got a blog post done this morning, then we had to be at the QE for half twelve for my eyelash appointment. I was seen by the nurse just after one, then when I saw Mr. Kolli for the bit where he draws on my face, he said that for infection control reasons, my position on the list was going to be much later, so I wasn’t going to be done until half three at the earliest.

As I hadn’t got my two o’clock tablets and I’d finished my book, we decided to come home. Had lunch and drugs, picked up a different book (The Power), went back!

Mr. Kolli was more supervisory today. I was congratulated once again on my stoicism while being stabbed in the face but it really isn’t that bad. I felt it much harder to keep my eye open this time, but the doctor seemed to cope. Three big lashes, three fine ones. Hopefully I have some left! Then my whole eye was slathered in ointment and I have a double pad on secured with tape, which I can take off at bed time. I got some free custard creams for being brave, and here we are.

The 14th of April.

I have not quite escaped the bruising this time. Slightly less experienced doctor means more injections so I have several tiny pink blobs under the eye. Getting the tape off last night was not fun at all. I am very glad we have the stickiness-dissolving wipes because otherwise we would have ripped off half my face.

I have spent my day in the house, despite the sunshine. Never mind the miniature black eye I am sporting, there’s also the thrice-daiky ointment which only adds to the shininess. Makes a gym trip not top of my priorities list.

Instead, I have crocheted the sleeves of my jumper and finished season three of Scandal. I haven’t got to the end of the second sleeve, but I should by the end of the day.

And of course Theresa May has decided to join in with starting World War 3, so I’m going to start looking for a bunker.

 

The 9th of April.

I had planned on going to the gym today, but instead I am bundled up in knitwear and my toes are freezing.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ill. My back has just been really painful today, and this morning, my daily morning phlegm was really aggressive and took a long time to shift. Frankly, by lunchtime I was shattered and any gym thoughts were off the table.

After lunch, I decided to get started on my first altered jumper. I suspect it will take longer than the first one because although it will be smaller, it will require more stitches because I have to do more rounds with a smaller hook. I just really hope it works!

The 10th of April.

Brr. I am cold again, but that that’s because I am in gym clothes and they are not particularly toasty.

This morning, first thing we did was catch up on last night’s Marcella because it was the series finale and I wanted to stop having to avoid spoilers. The ending itself was rather batshit but they’re obviously setting it up for an utterly bizarre third season.

After that, I went upstairs to get dressed, then spent the rest of my morning creating a new logo of my face for my business cards. They’ve needed changing since I got new glasses, so I plan on actually designing them tomorrow.

This afternoon, I have been to the gym. My back is as bad as yesterday, but my morning cough wasn’t as exhausting, so I thought I ought to go. It was freezing in there today, the air con on full blast despite it being in no way warm. Kept my hoodie on for pretty much the whole time.

Tonight I am tired and I think my back will be horrific tomorrow.

The 7th of April.

It’s been a day of marathons – crochet and Scandal. Although, I did start off with a blog post. Then, the crochet began. Had to create a pattern for the bunny’s ears, basically by trial and error, then made the second one. Once they were done, it was time for bunny assemblage. Assemblage, then lunch. However, I then realised I hadn’t made a tail, then I had to make it twice because the first one was disproportionately large. Attached that, and bunny was done!

Took a break to go upstairs and sort out my gym/leggings shelf in my wardrobe, because it is a mess. I really need to go through all my clothes, but at the moment it is just too painful. Once I am pain-free, I can chuck out many things.

Back downstairs, I started on a cinnabon I am making for Adam. It has been a palaver because the pattern has mistakes in, plus it is written by someone who likes to go off on tangents and tell stories that I have absolutely zero interest in. I’ve had to make the top four times! I am happy to have put it down.

The 8th of April.

I have had such a lovely and wholesome day. I went to see Elle, Ben and Luna at their house that I’ve been meaning to visit for over a year, but it has been repeatedly postponed for various reasons. Anyway! I finally got there, had to remind Luna who I was, then I introduced her to the bunny I had made her, who she has named Michelle. We’re not sure where that name came from but hey.

We started playing a game of Frozen snakes and ladders, but after about two and a half turns, Luna got hungry so we put that away. Lunch was a mezze, which Ben has to have for lunch tomorrow too. Baked cheese and bread, prawns, vegetables, fruit, crisps, all sorts of business. I coped with all the food okay, then when I took my Aciclovir, I choked on it and scared everyone (well, Luna didn’t notice). I thought I was okay, then the tablet popped out. It went into a tissue, then in the bin. Haven’t choked in ages! The rest of our time was very pleasant though – lots of talking and playing. I have to try not to laugh when they are doing active parenting – not because of anything they’re doing, just that it still feels odd to see my friends transition into grown-up mode.

Mommy and Daddy came to pick me up at about half three, and came in for some tea and to say hello. They’d gone to see some National Trust-type place with a house and garden, which it sounds like the Winnington-Coes will be visiting too!

The 5th of April.

I am very sleepy this evening. I don’t know why; I didn’t sleep badly, I didn’t get up super early, I’m just knackered. I better not be getting ill. I ain’t got time for that.

This morning I went to Black Sheep to get my hair cut. Oddly, they had me booked in for next week, but in the email they sent me, they said today (well, they said “tomorrow”, and it was sent yesterday). Luckily for me, Michaela had space this morning and could do me anyway! We talked a bit about my colour but at the moment I’m still getting plenty of compliments on it, and I don’t have anything in mind that I’d prefer, so for now it stays!

Got home about twelve, and have spent my afternoon unravelling a blanket, then repurposing that wool into a bunny I’m making for Luna, who I will be seeing this weekend. Very much looking forward to hugging all the Winnington-Coes as I haven’t seen them in literally at least a year.

Bah. Want to go to bed.

The 6th of April.

I think yesterday was just a bad day. Less sleepy, don’t think I need to worry about getting ill. Well, as long as I avoid anybody with contagious diseases.

I made the second leg of Luna’s bunny this morning, then I went upstairs to lie down/get changed. My back was really painful – Mommy was doing the shopping when I got up so I had to make my own toast and fucking hell it was agonising. I can’t wait for the 23rd. Pray these steroid injections work.

After lunch, I forced myself to go to the gym because mobility is better for pain than staying still and getting stiff. The gym was very quiet when I arrived, which is nice, and I saw very few youths. I suspect they were all outside because it was sunny and occasionally warm today. That’s fine, I like being able to do what I want.

On the way home, we popped into Aldi because they were selling wool rather cheaply so I got twelve balls that I can use to try the jumper patterns again, but altered.

The 3rd of April.

I am making up for the less-than-chocolatey weekend today. I feel like Üter from The Simpsons (“Don’t make me run, I’m full of chocolate!”).

This morning, I wrote up a blog post, then I ate a chunk of my Dairy Milk egg while we watched people fling drinks on Sunday night’s TOWIE. Then it was time for Christine to get to the station to go back to Twickenham, so I put on the first episode of the new season of A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Austere Academy. Neil Patrick Harris still absolutely perfect.

After lunch, Mommy went to Grandma’s, and I made the remaining legs and tail of the sausage dog while catching up on some TiVo recordings. Upon her return, we watched Marcella and I finished my egg. I still have a second Lindt bunny and the whole Lindt egg to eat. I feel like it’s almost a chore to get through them, but it’s one that I enjoy.

The sausage dog is now assembled, and I have a little pack ready to go!

The 4th of April.

Well, the weather today is absolutely hideous. Absolute pissing rain which has caught me once, and I am just hoping I escape it this evening.

Had a quiet morning, taking photos of the group of dogs I’ve made for Nish, Suzi, Sara, Josh, James and Felicity as thank yous for doing my gig. I want to say they’re very good boys but the sausage dogs, the poodle and the boxer are girls (according to the book). Then I watched some of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony which was rather good, unfortunately. That means we’ll have to do something quite special when they come to Birmingham.

After lunch, I went to the gym to burn off some of the vast amounts of chocolate recently consumed. So many youths in there today, one of whom had doused himself liberally in body spray which my lungs did not appreciate. Thankfully I did not choke but I wasn’t far off.

When I finished, I whizzed back to the car at the highest speed that was safe, shielding myself from the rain with my brolly. Tonight I’m at The Glee seeing Ellie Taylor and I do not want to get wet.