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The 11th of May.

I think I have caught up with all my sleep now. I’ll be out a bit late tonight seeing Suzi and Angela Barnes at the Glee, but it won’t be anything as late as Sunday.

This morning, Mommy had had to go out before I got downstairs, so I had to endure the pain of making my own breakfast. That sounds trivial, but my point is that my back is so bad, it’s agony to stand up for even a few minutes. Fucking discs. Thankfully, she got back in time to help with coffee.

I also had a very productive phone call with EE. Daddy had shown me some deals that Virgin have on SIM-only phones, and when comparing to mine, I realised I was on quite a shit plan. I was paying £20.99 a month for what Virgin charge £9 for. So I called them up and said I wanted a better deal, and now I’m getting 4gb of data (which is enough for me), unlimited texts and calls for £9! Very pleased with myself.

After lunch, I went to the gym. It’s a good ten days since I last went, so I’m expecting to hurt tomorrow. My arms were certainly protesting after less time than usual, so I’m not looking forward to the pain. I had to stop a bit earlier than I might have, because the after-school youths arrived and their body spray was overwhelming.

The 12th of May.

Ugh, my left eye is being irritating and I am supposed to be going out later which will require mascara so I really hope it calms down in the next hour or so. I probably could have done with a bit more sleep but I didn’t get to bed until about midnight and nine hours is not enough for me. My body is rubbish; it requires a lot of rest.

Today has been uneventful. This morning, I pootled about in my pyjamas, drank my coffee and received some wool in the past that I’m going to use for my next jumper.

And after lunch, that is what I started on. A few more episodes of Scandal, and the first eight rounds of said jumper. I’ve only got two more episodes of season 6 left, but Christine is here and she’s a few episodes behind me, so it wouldn’t be very fair of me to ruin the ending for her.

Anyway, I’ve got to eat dinner and get changed before we go out and write a card. But I am so tired.

 

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.

The 22nd of March.

Fuuuuck my back hurts so much tonight. Only a month until the injections. I can keep going until then.

The rest of me isn’t too sore after my gym session yesterday. My shoulders are feeling it, but I’ve coped. I’m not waddling like Saturday which is most important.

Most of my day has been spent working on the jumper which is now finished! I was doing it with an eye on the window, hoping against hope that the FedEx man would arrive before we had to go out for the dental hospital at two. Thankfully, he appeared with about ten minutes to spare! I was very happy – it was my wireless headphones so now I don’t have to worry about cables at the gym.

At the dental hospital, I saw lovely John, who it was nice to catch up with. Most of the appointment was spent updating him on what’s happened since I last saw him in 2016, I think. When he got round to looking in my mouth, he was very happy with its condition, doesn’t want to see me for six months!

Got back, straight to work on the jumper. I didn’t quite understand the last bit of the pattern (“work without shaping”?!) so I made it up and I’m happy. It looks like a proper jumper!

The 23rd of March.

Good day. I am wearing my jumper! So pleased with it. I have made a start on the next one but really only the very start – literally two rows.

This morning was fairly quiet – Amanda came round to pick up some Cats Protection money and stayed for a bit of chat and to invite us to her birthday shindig which was very kind of her.

After lunch, Daddy and I went to Resorts World to see A Wrinkle in Time, because for some reason Vue aren’t showing it, or at least not yet. I have been so excited for this film since the moment I heard of it – it was one of my favourite childhood books. I got it out today and it is battered in the way that a book that has been loved and re-read multiple times is. The pages are yellow and delicate, ready to fall out if encouraged in the slightest.

The film is stunning. Visually beautiful, the story brought to life in ways that could have been plucked from my imagination. Uriel is exceptional. Aunt Beast has been sacrificed but paid tribute to. I love that Meg doesn’t have to change to become the hero of her story, she just has to accept and believe that she is enough.

The 20th of March.

It’s probably going to be another short one, as there’s not much to report.

Mommy is fine today, as are all my muscles, so a gym visit would have been possible, but as I’m seeing Karen there tomorrow, I don’t want to be in pain. Still feeling a bizarre amount of chest pain/heartburn, so I’m going through Rennies like it’s my sole responsibility to keep them in business. Very frustrating.

This morning I typed up a blog post, which I’ve just realised is still in draft form. Never mind. Since then, I’ve been working on the jumper. I have to make sure I pay close attention because I fucked up the stitch count once already and it’s been a struggle to get it back on track. I really want this to be wearable when I finish. I’ve never made a proper item of clothing before!

The 21st of March.

I don’t know how things are with the chest wind today. I had porridge for breakfast in the hopes that maybe it would keep me full and stop it from setting in, but that didn’t really work because I started having the pain about eleven anyway. I did some googling and it could be bile related? I think I will see if it persists for a few more days and if it keeps going for a week I’ll get in touch with the liver team.

Back at the gym today! Karen showed me some stuff on the Synergy station, which was cool. I did some battle rope – as in, one rope, two arms. I’m not quite up to both simultaneously. Then I did this thing where I pull down on a rope that goes round on a loop which was good but also hard! Medicine ball next – hold it at the chest, push out, bring back in, above my head, back down, out in front again and twist from side to side. All slowly. And I did all of these in my chair so I can work these parts of my body without totally exhausting myself and causing myself pain. I also did some medicine ball deadlifts and yoga ball sit ups. Lastly (with Karen, anyway), I did some TRX squats and pull ups. It’s good to have stuff to do that isn’t just sitting on a machine.

That is what I did next – climbed the stairs and followed my circuit round. I was there for about two hours in total so I imagine I’ll feel it in all sorts of places tomorrow. I’m at the dental hospital in the afternoon so I hope I’m able to transfer between chairs without yelping.

Had lunch, then went upstairs to get changed because tonight I’m out at The Glee to see John Robins. Between food and more food, I managed to get a few more rounds of the jumper done. I’ve got about fifteen left and then I think I’m done so could be finishing it this weekend! Let’s hope it’s not a disaster.

 

The 17th of December.

Much better night. I considered having a Zopiclone, but I thought I would probably get to sleep naturally and I’m glad to say I was correct.

It has been a rather festive day, by all accounts. It had a nice start because I saw Oscar in the garden! Haven’t seen him for ages. Did a blog post, then I was called into the dining room to ice cakes for a hamper. It only took about an hour, but that time sitting at the table killed my back by the end. This does not bode well for wrapping day, considering last year it took me about six hours.

This afternoon, we decorated the tree! Or to put it more accurately, Mommy put things on it in accordance with my directions. I no longer have the lung capacity to move around so much nor the ability to stand for that long because it means agony for my back. I will probably still make adjustments by moving things around but it finally feels Christmassy in our house.

The 18th of December.

Another very Christmassy day!

I had some very stressful dreams about the gig last night, that it was happening and we’d only sold 100 tickets and I couldn’t access the building and it was all terrible. I was so glad to wake up.

Mommy and I went into town this morning so I could get all my wrapping stuff and she could do more Christmas shopping. I started off in Tiger for the paper – I’d seen it online and I wanted to check that it looked the same in real life as it did on the internet. I went round the entire shop (which is not easy in the wheelchair) and found the paper I wanted by the tills. Then I went round again so I could get gift bags and boxes for a few of the things that would be impossible to wrap with just paper. Next was Paperchase for tags, but they didn’t have the ones I wanted, so I had to go to the one in Selfridges where thankfully they had stock, plus tissue paper. No ribbon though. Back to Grand Central, where I went to John Lewis to see if I could find ribbon or wool to tie around my presents. The haberdashery was my saviour, so I got my ribbon. Last year I didn’t get enough, so I may have bought too much, but I’d rather be safe than have to go back for more. No time for that now.

I met back up with Mommy in John Lewis, then we went to the German market so I could have a sausage because otherwise I won’t have one and it’s just not Christmas if I don’t. They are very mean with the napkins – obviously they didn’t order enough so it is one per person! Harsh.

Returned home, and this afternoon I put together Daddy’s crocheted Christmas present while watching Miracle on 34th Street (fast-forwarding all the bits I don’t like) and now all my presents are finished! I can finally relax about things, and have my wrapping day when I am ready.

Out at The Glee tonight for Joe’s Crisis at Christmas gig! Great line-up; Joe Lycett, Joe Pasquale, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Tom Ward, Guz Kahn and Harry Hill. Very excited.

The 23rd of November.

Much quieter day today.

This morning, I tried Dr. Blaney’s secretary, but she wasn’t there, and only works Monday to Thursday so I’ll have to try again next week. Sigh. Then we had an interesting time with a Zara delivery – I’d ordered a couple of dresses, and I got an email saying my Hermes delivery person had left my order in a safe place. I checked the porch but there was nothing there, and no card had been put through our letterbox.

I phoned Zara to see if they could talk to Hermes, but first we had to go through everything that had or hadn’t happened multiple times. Then he went into another system where it said my parcel was left in a blue bin, but there aren’t any in the vicinity of my house. Once the Zara chap was satisfied I didn’t have it, he emailed Hermes and will get back to me when they reply. However, it has since transpired that it was in a blue bin, just on a completely different road. It clearly wasn’t our usual Hermes man, and the substitute is a moron.

After lunch was crochet, no Riverdale because it’s Thanksgiving, so I started watching The Punisher instead. I think I need some back story; will do some Wikipedia research. And we’ve just been doing the kittens’ panacur again – they have remembered how much they hate it and my hands have suffered because of it.

Ed Gamble tonight!

The 24th of November.

I am very tired today. I wasn’t out too late at Ed Gamble, who was very good, but maybe my sleep quality wasn’t very good? Bleah.

So I actually started doing some Christmas shopping this morning. I looked at many of the Black Friday offers but there wasn’t anything that really jumped out at me. I did get some things that were cheaper than they might normally have been, but nothing ridiculous. It took me ages to find anything that I really want to give to anyone – there are lots of things to buy, but that doesn’t mean they’re good presents.

This afternoon, I was on the hunt for more wool for crocheted gifts because if I can’t find stuff to buy, I will make people things I think they will like. Once I’d got that sorted, I started on another snood, but had barely got going when Tom and Ann came to visit the kittens. It seems only reasonable as they can’t have them until Clarrie/Molly gains more weight. They didn’t stay very long, so then I got back to my snood, and Daddy came home with Christine!

Family fun time weekend!

The 19th of November.

Argh oh god the back pain. I cannot wait to see Dr. Blaney on Wednesday, hopefully he will be happy to organise a date for steroid injections and soon.

This morning was the usual – Sunday Brunch, blog post, coffee, then worked on the crochet until lunchtime. I need to start thinking about Christmas shopping, spending some time looking at what’s available.

After lunch, I went upstairs to brush up on some classic scrapes before this evening, put on my face, and take a lot of selfies while listening to Sia’s Christmas album.

Once I’d decided I’d done enough, I was back to work on Hank’s fleece. Irritatingly, I have run out of wool from the kit before he is finished, so I’m going to have to buy some more to complete his head. Maybe I’ll ask my instagram friend who works at Toft if she gets a discount on scraps.

The 20th of November.

Last night was much fun. I saw Paul and James before the show and they’ve been all over the place, must be exhausted. I know I was knackered by the time I got home. We heard about Al Porter resigning from comedy before it started and ended up having a chat about how some people are terrible. The show was hilarious – I do love a classic scrape.

This morning, we took the kittens to the vet for their first jabs. They were very screamy and scrabbly, but tolerated the injections. Carlton had to have his twice, because Katie went in his skin and out the other side. Whoops! He didn’t seem to notice, though. We will give them lots of treats tonight, especially Clarrie, because she’s 200g less than Carlton!

After bringing them home, we picked up Grandma and went into town. I went off on my own and had a lovely festive time! I got two pretzels from the German market – one salty, one with cinnamon sugar. My favourite. I bought two glass animals to go with my collection; a little grey cat and a black Scottie dog. Then I went to Paperchase to get some Christmas cards, and I had a nice chat with a girl about my glasses so I recommended Piccadilly to her. Then I went to Selfridges to see the Huda Beauty counter, and I bought a lipstick. While there, I saw a teenage girl opening the drawers, opening new lipsticks, trying them on her hand, and putting them back, which I thought was disgusting and rude. I couldn’t say anything to the staff at the time because she was right by me, but I have tweeted them and they were suitably horrified. I’m sure they will get lockable drawers quicksharp.

Then I was pretty much done, as were the others, so we came home and I have had a very restful afternoon.