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feelin groovy.

February 12, 2009

most things are going better now. I’m almost back to normal. Working hard and enjoying having lots to do at work.

I’ve done so many little things since or during my week off that I’m not sure I’m going to be able to put it all down here without drowning you in info.

I completed a pair of socks in a week. Crikey. They are the best thing ever and I even got to wear them on my birthday. I love the yarn that Bockstark sent me and they are wonderful socks. Flickr has photos, here’s a snippet: (click image for other photos)
mount sockage!

I cleaned the kitchen, damn it needed it. I took my time whilst I was off, it was worth it.

The sinusitis is nearly gone. I cant say its completely removed. The antibiotics seem to have just about worked. I’m feeling more normal now. I spent most of the week dizzy and slightly queasy from the sinus infection. Most of it has gone now and I don’t have half as much whistling in my ears.

Daddy came over on the Wednesday of last week which was lovely. We both cried our eyes out but it got a lot out in the open that we needed and I suddenly realised, mum would not want me to be so sad. No matter how much I miss her I need to get on and look forward. A hard lesson but now I truly feel it may have been learned.

Saw the family on Saturday. We went over to Dad’s house. I got some lovely pressies. A loaf tin from Dad. A book on quick and healthy veggie cooking from my brother. Then some BEAUTIFUL yarn from my sister from the aplaca farm in her village. Plus a wedding book completed by her husband M, who took the wedding photos. It nearly made me cry it was that lovely.

Sunday I woke up in a mood to cook. Not any ordinary cookery mood either. I nipped to the shops and stocked up on a few items to make sure I had what I needed. I started by making a veggie bolognese sauce with red wine for pies and pasta and kept some back for lunch with a puff pastry pie crust. The rest was stored for later in the week.

Then I got all the root veg out of the fridge and did quorn chicken pieces and root veg stew with cider YUM and cheshere cheesy herb dumplings. This was dinner later. The rest of this also got stored. Then veggie sausage rolls to use up the puff pastry…Once all that was done it got to about 2pm we had lunch and I went for a nap. I was exhausted.

When I got up the urge to cook was still with me. I then made deep chocolate Victoria sponge with cream filling and large chocolate buttons on top. If that was not enough I then also made some lemon ginger and coconut cupcakes. Oh and Scotty made a loaf of bread. Really food for the rest of the week and cakes for me to take in to work.

 belated birthday lemon ginger coconut cupcakes

Monday, I took ALL the cakes in to work and they didn’t even last until lunch time. It was like gannets at my desk. I was very very proud of myself for home baking all the cakes and got so many great compliments. I did save a little back for Scotty but I’m just going to have to bake another one soon. Its his birthday too soon.

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where the world turns slightly upside down.

February 2, 2009

or just slightly askew.

knit night was great fun. Although it turned out nothing like it should do. AM, my friend called so I went to pick her up and go knitting. We spent over 45 minutes driving around trying to get parked in the forum car park. In the end we gave up and went home. This did not stop us still staying out an enjoying ourselves. I parked back home and we walked to hers. Had knitting time and home cooked pizza by her lovely husband. I was plied with a couple of beers which was nice but it also meant I nearly took the blurt all your troubles out route before I stopped myself mid sentence. Anyway it was  a lovely evening and my friends are great at cheering me up.

I went to the doctors Friday morning and tried to be as honest as possible. I had to mention work as well as home and the sinusitis and my emotions. We discussed the pill which is about the only thing going right with my body at the moment. Anyway he has plied me with antibiotics and nose drops that have to be placed in upside down. I discussed my current mood situation and he was properly understanding and said that its not worth giving me pills (thank goodness) he said it was like the early stages of depression but I would be best to speak to someone and take some time out to re-assess, catch up and place myself in a situation where it does not make me feel like I’m drowning just trying to catch up. He also explained that my sphenoidal sinuses were the ones infected which is why I’m getting tinnitus and dizziness and occasional queasiness. Here’s the shocker and I was thoroughly shocked when he said so, I’ve been signed off work for a week. I went home, called work and arranged it all. popped in to the office by car and gave in my keys and cleared all my work for colleagues to complete. I got home and did a little pottering about and knitted some socks. I’m still in shock now to have the time off sudenly left with time to think about what I need to do.

I know I need to rest mostly and get well, I also need to think about why I feel bad, which also means what are my plans for the future and why do I feel so lost. I did tell my doc about this blog and he said its a good thing, so I’m hoping you good readers wont mind me going in to the whole thing whilst I go through it. I’m hoping it will help me, and you never know, keeping it public may help someone else. we’ll see. I may chicken out like I did with the honeymoon. I’ve still got 20 odd drafts from that. One thing I do know, If I had my health right now I’d find it easier. I do feel  little like I don’t know where I’m heading right now but I need to either accept it or find direction to aim. These feel like they may be big life choices.

So with Scotty by my side for support and someone to enjoy time with Saturday we gotout of the house and went and got a new microwave, cat food and a new shower head. All done within 2 hours and with little fuss. We nipped to Comet and found an ex display model reduced, then Scotty used some vouchers he got from work so we ended up paying £90 for a £250 microwave oven combi thing. Bargain!

I woke up feeling a bit rough again on Sunday but I tried to shake it off so went shopping for pressies for me. why? cos its my birthday on Friday which I already booked as holiday. We stayed out for a lovely wagamamas lunch and Scotty got me some chilli chocolate, a knitting book and a ghibli film. Once we got back I collapsed and had a nap. The cold had got to my sinuses and it felt like someone had a vice grip on my head.

Today trying to sort out what I am about. I’ve got a feeling some lists are coming on. What needs to be done, what I want to do, what takes time. what I can accept, what I cant.

One thing is true, I’m not going out in that snow today. Its beautiful  but I cant risk the sore head.

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scone

June 5, 2008

If I was in a bakery I would be the fastest one there. here, and gone. Well not really but I do feel like my mind is working trying to figure out several things at once. Its quite nice right now because I do feel in charge of what I should be doing.

Firstly because I’ve just got it all sorted I want to write down the things I need to do. I find it helps to have dates written down. Except I hate using the wall calendar, I want to have one on my phone that works but I’ve still not got a new phone. I just don’t want to spend the cash. Anyway… I was listing.

cats are booked in to the vet for Tuesday at 10.40, I have the day off. I also have Monday off but we need to pick up the cats then.. which means they are spending their first weekend away from home. Last weekend Scotty and I stayed over at my brothers, which meant our catlings were left home alone all night for the first time. They coped fine. This time they are going to my brothers house and we are going to Alton Towers. YAY!

So Saturday, deliver cats, drive up north. Sunday PLAY! and maybe visit friends on the way home. Oh and the car is booked in for a service on Wednesday. Then I’ve got car insurance to sort out. Um and I’m sure the wedding will catch up with me at some point. I’m still thinking on that one swearing I’ve missed something but I’m sure I don’t know any more.

I do know some invites have not gone out yet.. I must get to them. Oh and must set the burglar alarm. First time we’ve used that too.

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the lazy way to invite people to a wedding

March 28, 2008

Things are looking good (ish) on the wedding front. Softley events have been in touch and we’ve having a meeting with them on 10th April at our house. I’ve started on the invites testing the water with a few close friends by sending out emails. They may not be pretty but I can say nice things in them and get the point across without cutting down a rain forest to complete the full number of invites. I’ve got mum involved with softley too and the catering. Mum’s got all that under control. Things I still need to sort out soon includes shoes, and scotts clothes so that he can match my sister. Its like a cascade and you have to slip each of the items in to the correct order or the others can progress properly.

I’ve sorted out the car for abroad which meant for the first time ever I’ve had to publish my new married name. EEP! This also reminds me that I need to get my driving licence changed prior to travel along with my passport. Why are all these things so complicated to change? OOhh bank accounts, and direct debits… why do I do all our bills? because I find it easier to manage the cash.. Still I’m a little scared at all these new prospects that come with a simple name change. I tried practicing my new signature yesterday. urgh, not good. More practice needed!

Other good news includes both our cats being clean and tidy in the litter department. 3 days now and not a single mess out of place. (insert gospel music here with epic haleluya). Jaspper appears to be fully well again and full of the joys of life chirruping and giving the cutest meows I have EVER heard. Otis however has the meow of a sad cat with a cold. He’s snuffly and sneezy and moping a little but he still purrs and shouts for food so he cant be that ill. I’ve called the vets and I’m waiting a call back, and I’ve informed the cats protection that they are on the mend now. I just wish I knew what it was.

I do have some more photos at home but yeah they’re at home and I’m writing in my lunch break. I am so tempted to get an iphone soon to try and get all my details for contacts together. It would make most of this invite etc process easier for me. Just think entire invite lists fully processed by a mail merge from my iphone contacts. Now thats what I call using the geek to my advantage.

Oh and one final thing, IF you think I’ve missed you off my incredibly short invite list and you’d like one and love to come and see me get married please let me know. I’m bound to have missed someone very deserving, it may not be you but it also may be you. I have no qualms in saying no if I cant fit you in and yes if I can.

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tired but ready

March 18, 2008

I wracked up 15 hours of overtime at the weekend in the end. I get most as payment and some as toil. I’m still tired and work is major busy with other things on too.

I’ve booked both our cats in to the vets on Thursday afternoon I must take samples, I’m not looking forward to that. Knitting is still going back and forth on the heel of two socks.

I have added Jasper and Otis to catbook on facebook and taken Erasmus down. I could not find another way to mark him as gone. Bit of a shame…

Hopefully this weekend will contain, lots of time off, parents, flower making, knitting, wedding invite making and cooking and cleaning and playing with our cats 🙂

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bonus!

March 6, 2008

radical! dude!

and that is enough of the surfer type cheerful affirmations. Firstly I ventured in to the lands of EBay selling, like I said before. Both the items I listed sold. (insert dance here) and for a reasonable price (insert grin here).

I’ve sent both items off this morning and for the first time ever my pay pal account has a floating balance that I just cant wait to spend. Still I’m holding on to it for now until inspiration comes my way but I can tell it may just soon be spent on knitting stuffs which wont help the wedding fund. Really it should all go in to the wedding fund as the squeezebox was Scotty’s and I now have the money (insert evil laugh here).

Last night I said goodbye to my wedding dress silk. I took it to the dress maker. Next time I see it, it will be cut in to bits and shaped to form a dress for me. Its all just a tad exciting. I expect to hear again from my dress maker in mid April. I also told her about etsy.com. She loved the idea of it and was very positive about wanting to list stuff on-line. I think it will be ideal for her.

After dropping off the fabric I went down to the shops on the bypass. Ones I don’t get to very often because they are so far the other side of the city it tends to take over 40 minutes to get there through town. I went in to Range. I’ve never been there before and I am impressed by their stationary and craft section. If I was desperate they also had yarn, although it was either very bland or very novelty. Anyway I went to look for wedding invites. I wanted to make my own, but cutting out windows on around 80 items was not something I would call fun. I managed to find spray mount, and a new craft knife with extra blades. (give me anything sharp and I’ll have fun for hours, ask my mum about that and me quietly playing with scissors whilst she decorated. One very holey dress later…. I was only 3)

I also found some cards with 3 square windows 99p for 20. I can line them with an internal paper layer which I can print on a normal printer and spray mount that in to the card with a decorating layer in front of the windows. I’ve added it up and I may just be able to make 80 invites in around £30 including all tools and paper. Hoorah! Now all I have to do is mock one up and get Scotty approval. Here’s hoping I can get that posh clean and spangly look I’m aiming for 80 times over.

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right

February 28, 2008

time to tighten that money belt.

I’ve gone and listed a couple of things on ebay. Its the first time I’ve done this so here’s hoping it all works. please visit my items and bid furiously: nintendo DS lite white and sqeezebox

Let me know if those links do not work. I’m sure at some point the session ID will time out and the link will break.

We’re still up to our eyeballs in cat doo, mainly runny and splattered all over the place. All from one cat, Otis is fine. We’re not happy at all and Scotty in a mood is not to be sniffed at by any cat. Poor Jasper really got the raw end of Scotty’s anger this morning. To the point that Jasper ran upstairs and peed on the kitchen floor. At this point I know he’s not happy and telling him off and rubbing Jaspers nose in it is not resolving the situation. I really need some more time at home to sort him out. I do worry about our boys. I don’t want them to be ill. I have booked vets and got all the care instructions I can from the rescue place we got them from. At least now I know what I need to do. Its all a matter of applying it.

In good news, the new car is coming home tomorrow. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been bouncing about at home dancing and singing “new toy! new toy!”

I’m still worried about mum too. This week is going to be tough for her and I think I may just take a drive out to see her anyway. I saw mum yesterday after her chemo and she looked happy if a little tired. She gave me the silk for my wedding dress which means I now have to book another appointment with my dress maker to get it to her.

Then back on to the wedding we’ve near as dammit got numbers for the event. It looks like around 80. Now we have to do invites and catering. These are daunting me a little but I’m sure at some point I’ll bite the bullet and dig in and get it done.

Finally I’ve found myself too tired to knit of an evening so I’ve been adding to the games I like on-line links section on the bottom right of this page. Go and play some. Them’s good for passing an evening when I’m tired.

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in which jiva achieves but also rants

January 17, 2008

yeah I’ve been doing stuff. I just feel that I’m updating for the sake of it or I’ve done too much and cant remember it. SO here is a sorry attempt at keeping you up to date. If you like rants skip to the last paragraph, if you dont, skip that instead.

My brothers’ birthday present and twins presents are sorted. yay!

Entertainment for our wedding is under progress. I’ve found a corsetiere in Norwich that looks great, and hopefully even though I’ve booked another appointment in London, will save me lots of extra travel and cost. I’ve started a small wedding note book. Just a pain old wire bound note book with Clare 4 Scotty written on the front. I’ve stapled and sellotaped things inside it like my dress silk, card contacts and little magazine dress snippets. I’ve made notes of when I’ve paid things and what needs to be done. At least then even as a rough record I will have tangible evidence that I yes ME fizzle head blond can and will organize her own wedding. Its not rocket science, I don’t know what has changed from before. Before I was scared of doing it, now I’m not, I’m ready and waiting for it all to come my way.

The socks are coming along with a fair bit of ripping back and knitting on and ripping back etc. Its the calf increases which will completely add to the design as well as everything else. It all changes in my mind on a regular basis. I’ve found the general rule of thumb for calf increasing in knitting knee length socks is……

one stitch increase every 3 or 4 rows. At the moment I’m doing increase round then 3 rounds. Also increasing just one stitch in to the back of the leg is almost impossible to get neat and tidy on every other increase. The pain is the extra stitch is not in between others as such, one increase is, the next has to be nestled in and hidden as a one stitch made in to two instead of a normal make on after or before a stitch. Most confusing, even to the point of making up a stitch I’ve not seen before “Purl back purl front” which sort of adds an almost even extra stitch but it will hopefully look better once washed and blocked and not so…. whats the word… wonky.

Le sigh

Finally I finished the mitts for my colleague all bar the ends being weaved in and she has requested mitten covers to make them in to mittens.. fair enough, I’ve not done that before. I’ll try it once I get a bit more knitting mojo, right now I have 4 items lurking in my knitting back never nearing completion and starting to eat away at the back of my mind saying rip me or eat me!

Oh one more minor thing, something I have to cope with on a daily basis at work. PEOPLE HANGING UP. Now phone calls are most of my day, having my phone blip once, maybe twice and hang as I pick it up is slowly driving me nutty, quite twitchy and generally almost stabby. PLEASE if you ever do call me, wait, I’ll be there, 99.9% of the time within 3 rings, I’m THAT good at keeping up with my phone. I know I have call divert between numbers which may not help but perrrrLEASE if I have to answer another hang up call again today (5 already) I’m going to hunt down that phone via the analog line, pulling all the cables out and personally use the cable to knit a new noose for the perpetrator hang them and then hang up on them.

OK rant over, sorry. Normal non foetal positions can now be resumed.

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*insert high speed chase music here*

January 13, 2008

Friday was great, Erasmus’s vet trip was good. He was very pleased with his progress. He now has steroids to get rid of the itching which has completely stopped him licking his back leg. woohoo! He will be on pills for the rest of his days but happy enough with it.

Next was a trip to mum and dads to take a look at weddingy stuffs. We discussed my dress and my sisters.

This is the silk we are going to use.

I collected the new cat tree my brother in-law kindly got for us. Argos, mighty cheap at £30 but also only available in Fakenham. I then went on to my brothers for a play with the kids and to test their presents. I need to take one pair of trousers back to the shop.

Saturday we cleaned the lounge and moved all the furniture about. We’ve blocked one of the doors but it has made a ton more space in the room and we can now fit in a dining table. Now we have to sort the other rooms to get that table free. We’ve been hoovering with our new Dyson Animal. It works so very well and its great to get up and down the stairs. They needed it. The cat tree has gone up and met with fantastic approval.

box inspection

I’ve finished all bar blocking and tying in ends on a pair of tight black mitts for a colleague. The kitchen has been swept and mopped, 5 loads of washing have gone on, the dish washer has been on twice. We’ve hoovered all 3 floors and all the stairs. Generally its been a spring clean with regular breaks. Finally I’ve just finished cooking and eating a top class veggie lasagna with enough left to freeze and refrigerate. All paperwork has been filed and tidied and the book shelves cleaned up. Having Scotty around to share the work has made it great, we work so very well together almost like a well oiled machine. Overall a very high achievement weekend but also now I ache from all that pushing broom.

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damn I forgot blog action day

October 15, 2007

now I don’t normally take part in ANYTHING. I’m an abstainer, a sitter on that fence and basically a coward (well not exactly but I’m not first in line). Still there are some things worth shouting about and one is the environment.

I saw a small movie earlier today on youtube that sums up how we should all feel. WE must all do SOMETHING because doing nothing has bigger consequences if we get the choice wrong. Do something, or do nothing. Something may be expensive and have knock on effects but its still better than doing nothing and then something happens we’ve not prepared for having the worst possible results.

To save me having to blather on and say the same as everyone else I would like to refer you all to my good friend Cishanjia who has a very ballanced view on things and delves deep in to philosophy. His post here discusses power and usage which I agree with.