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The 21st of May.

Had a Zopiclone last night because it took me so long to fall asleep the night before. Did it work? Absolutely the fuck not. Bleah.

This morning, I wrote up a blog post, then I finished the collar and bottom edge of my cardigan before listening to the last Riverdale Register of the series. I think I’ll miss the podcast more than the show.

After lunch (pretzels! They were good) I was supposed to be having coffee with Selina, but she got stuck helping a friend with a visa application, so we’ve had to take a raincheck. Instead, I made one sleeve of the cardigan, which I have now decided I don’t like and I’m going to unravel it and change it.

I also put some work in with the kittens, and today all three of them got stroked and they purred, even though they seemed confused as to why they were doing it. As a bonus, I got to see Dolly! I put out lots of Dreamies near the back of the chair, and crouched down to show her my face. Then I went to sit on the bed and was doing something on my phone when I heard crunching. Turned around and there she was! We sat and looked at each other, then she went back under her chair but I feel like that’s progress.

The 22nd of May.

I touched the mommy cat! For about a second.

This morning, I finally sorted out the right sleeve of my cardigan, after several attempts last night. I didn’t like the pattern, and ended up writing my own. I suppose it’s never going to look like the picture when I’m using all of the colours I have at my disposal but still.

I found out the pretzels are not so good on the third day. Next experiment is to see how they defrost. I had decided to return to the gym today after my week off, and smh straight after lunch because I needed to be done early so Mommy could take Alison somewhere at four o’clock.

Everything seemed harder than usual, but I think that was due to the warmth rather than my week off. It meant I burnt more calories doing less work than usual and I got out before the deluge of youths.

When I got home, I did the left sleeve, then I went to see the kitties, which is when the almost-petting happened! I basically lured Dolly out from under the chair with Dreamies. She would get so far, then stop and sit and look at me, so I sat and looked at her, telling her how I am nice and we will be friends. She inched slowly forward, and she smelled my hand without running away. When she finally got close enough, I reached out to touch her, but once contact was made, she retreated to safety. However, only behind the chair, not underneath!

The 29th of April.

I’m going to be straight with you – today has not been very interesting.

I was happy to see Tom on Sunday Brunch and he was on top form (and very well dressed I might add) so I spent my morning watching him and writing up a blog post. We tried several times to clean the kitty’s wound (I’m going to call her Little Pidge because because she mews like a pigeon with a sore throat) but she was really very cosy in bed and we couldn’t bear to disturb her. I also ordered some more wool using one of my birthday vouchers to make another jumper, with a different pattern. Got to decide what to make for new baby Esmée.

This afternoon, we persuaded Little Pidge to get out of bed with treats, I painted my nails three times (let’s not go into detail, it was a mess) and I started season 5 of Scandal with the kitty on my lap. I have two weeks to watch two seasons and for at least four days I’ll be without time or Wi-Fi. Going to be a challenge.

The 30th of April.

I’ve had a rather productive day!

Up and dressed in gym wear, listened to The Riverdale Register, and cleaned Little Pidge’s wound before she had settled down to get cosy in her bed, and decided I’d have my gym trip before lunch.

Once I got there, I’d just done my first set of squats when a lady came over to me. I took my headphones off to talk to her, and realised it was the mother of a guy I went to primary school with. She checked that I was who she thought I was, then we had a nice albeit brief catch up on how we both are, what her son’s up to, how my family is. Then we both got back to our respective workouts and I’ll probably see her around in the future. Small world! Upstairs, I did my usual routine, then at the end I decided to get on the BodiTrax machine to see if there’s been any change since I first went. Pleasingly, my fat percentage has decreased by 3.2% or 1.9kg, and I’ve gained 0.9kg of muscle, do everything is going in the right direction! I also discovered, through standing up for the time it took, that the steroid injections probably haven’t worked. Maybe I need a second set, maybe I need more time, or maybe this is it. I don’t know.

When I got back, I had my lunch, then watched the last two episodes of How to Get Away with Murder and crocheted some of Esmée’s gift, before going to sit with Little Pidge and watch more Scandal. Powering through.

The 25th of April.

My back was a bit sad this morning but I can’t take that to mean anything yet. I’m going to give it a week, then make a decision.

I had to be up early because I had an appointment at the GP at ten to discuss my prescription. The hospital decided they should probably take over my regular drugs and because there are so many, it seemed to make sense to make an appointment to go in and go through it with them because enough mistakes have been made with them in the past for me to be wary. It turned out that some of my concern should have laid with Sridhar who wrote the letter to the GP because he got several of the drugs/doses wrong which is not helpful. Thankfully Dr. Bagchi is very sensible and knows to believe us about what we need vs. what might be written. Now we have all that planned, it should be fine when I next need to get some drugs. She called me “motivational”. That’s me, Little Miss Motivator.

This afternoon, we caught up on some of the tv missed last night, and then Mommy went to Grandma’s while I sat and crocheted my jumper sleeve while watching iZombie and Buffy. Tonight I am out again, this time for the My Dad Wrote A Porno Live show with Sadie! We are very excited. I’m having dinner with Mommy and Daddy first because they’re going to go to the cinema to see the Potato Peel Pie film, which is fine with me as I have no interest in that.

The 26th of April.

Oh, I fell straight to sleep last night. Porno Live was excellent, hilarious and harrowing, and I had just enough wine to not dream, but not so much that I felt the effect this morning. Perfect amount of wine.

Spent the morning in my pyjamas, finishing up the second sleeve of my jumper, then I went to get dressed for the gym, putting on one of the four pairs of leggings Sadie bestowed upon me last night.

I did more in the gym today than on Tuesday. Not everything I usually do downstairs, because there were people in the way of the equipment, but got along happily with everything upstairs because there it was almost eerily quiet. I stared at a girl for a bit too long because she was so strong and I wanted to be her. There was also an old man and I didn’t particularly want to be him but he was carrying a sweater that looked ever so soft that I kind of wanted to wear.

Back at home, I’ve watched some Buffy and Scandal, and I’m going to start assembling my jumper.

The 23rd of April.

It has been a very boring day.

This morning, I wrote up a blog post, sewed up the seam of the first sleeve of my jumper, and got very bored of hearing about the new royal baby. So much baby news. Now he is born and home, one hopes it will die down once we know his name.

I had an ultrasound with Andrew at one, to check if there were any strictures or thromboses in the lower arm. After checking all the veins, and looking at the visible tissue, it seems my veins are fine, there isn’t any fluid anymore, and now there are just fat deposits in my arm for no reason! So I’m going to get back in touch with Anne Dancey to explore my options. I can’t leave it like this.

Then we had two hours to kill, so we bought some crap sandwiches from WH Smith and read our books. Much book-reading today. I finally went in to the x-ray suite at quarter past four, where Dr. Blaney was waiting. I lay face down, trying to breathe comfortably. My lower back was exposed, and I then had an x-ray probably every twenty seconds while Dr. Blaney did lots of injections. I think he was doing some local anaesthetic, then putting in a bigger needle and using that for the steroid. It took maybe five to ten minutes and was slightly uncomfortable, but not enough to put me off having them again. If they work, that is – it’s hard to tell at the moment. They might work immediately, it could take a few days, or they might not work at all. If they don’t, I don’t know what I will do.

The 24th of April.

Well, I think I might very tentatively say that my back may be slightly improved?

This morning it was quite tricky to tell, because I didn’t do anything to really test it out. I got up, had breakfast and coffee, and listened to The Riverdale Register while getting dressed for the gym. Mommy and I printed out all our tickets for Mach so they are sorted in folders for when they’re required, then I did the first two rows of the second sleeve of my jumper.

After lunch, I went to the gym for a short session. Partially because I didn’t want to overdo things, and partially because Mommy had to be at Grandma’s for twenty to four, so I needed to finish earlier than I usually do. Basically, I skipped all the stuff I do downstairs, so I just did the circuit of machines upstairs. I didn’t have the pain I was experiencing last time, but that was a very bad day. The pain is definitely not gone, but I think it might be a tiny bit better.

Tonight I am out at the mac seeing Tez and the seats there are not the most comfortable, so that might give me a better assessment.


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 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 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.