I've was out sick for:
4.5 days in January,
4 days in Oct '12 -
after this I'm not sure of lengths of time only the when:
May-July 2004 <- this was my first sick leave since joining Dec '98
For the past 3 heading into 4 years we've been dealing with cancer and NOT ONCE have I gone out sick in order to attend hospital appointments and treatments despite being advised to by my colleagues!!!
I haven't gone out sick despite the fact that there were times when all I wanted to do was curl up and die and it takes everything I have to get up and face the world!
To add insult to injury the letter was a pile of kak - the date of the 4th and the day of Tuesday AND it had a the wrong staff number!
So that's me feeling all accomplished and it's barely 7am!
Three of these were purchased when we were over in London in November and we dropped into the Persephone shop. If you are ever in the vicinity drop in as it is so beautiful.
If you want to see the Heyer covers I was talking about then click here and look at her detective fiction covers - totally delish!
So here for a few more days is our Christmas tree and the happiness it brings:
So here is a Christmas Day Smile:
and just to show you the Christmas Miracle:
So while I'm not convinced about the smile from her nibs I do hope that the pair of them brought a smile to you (I know I'm biased - sorry) ;)
This is my third year making the pudding and it was absolutely scrumptious! - Fry it up with butter and then blob a load of whipped cream on it - I'm salivating at the thoughts of it and unfortunately this last bit has already been devoured.
It probably is :(
I'll be posting this all over the place in the hopes of garnering a range of opinion...
Right now I'm eating Christmas Curd on toast from Fortnams and can I just say it is completely & utterly gorgeous! It really is christmas in a jar - it has raspberries, cranberries & morello cherries and some lovely spices. If I didn't have a million and one things to do I really could just sit on the sofa for the day eating it - with a spoon!
Back to the telly topic for a minute - this morning I caught an episode of Bab5 - I haven't seen one in years and it still holds up - I loved it! It also brought back the memories of our Babnights when we'd stay up all night watching an entire seasons worth of episodes - they were excellent! So yes am liking the B5 but I've also noticed I still like Ugly Betty as there's something rather addictive about it in it's rather twee and wonderful way.
On to the Christmas Topic: The house looks like a bomb site but I'm working on it - himself is going into to town and leaving me to it so happy happy joy joy! However it's not housework I wanted to mention it's baking - I think today I'm going to bake and this weekend or tomorrow to be precise, no not so precise I may have to start it today due to demands on my time argh! I'm talking Christmas Pudding - nah fuck it! I'm going to leave it 'til after the 6th - That's when christmas begins! I'd like you to think it's cause the 6th is the feast of St. Nicholas and as a calender marker it's a good one but no it's daddy's birthday so that has to be celebrated first. Back to the pudding - as I'm still fairly new to pudding making I think it's a good excuse to leave it as close to the time as possible and that weekend it the only free one before the big event!
This is the link for the pudding recipe but I might try the cake on that page too! or maybe this one
Again with the decisions I just can't handle them they make my head hurt :)
- Current Mood: cheerful
I think for the rest of the day it's going to be a choice of either crochet or jigsaw or possibly both - woohoo!
BTW is it too early to admit I'm getting into the festive mood? We paid for our dinner yesterday (thank you M&S!) so that's one less thing to have to think about! Game pie & a three bird roast if you're interested - numnum!
Anyway I must away and do some crochet while I watch Anthony Worrel Thompson cook festive food on one of the satellite channels - I'm as happy as Larry!
After that it's get dressed and get stuck into the jigsaw while the dinner is cooking.
I've just re-read the above and I'm really looking forward to the day it sounds great!
He's only 5wks old and he is malnourished and anaemic but has been adopted by the neighbours that have our older cat Tom. - If I'm worn out by that little adventure then they must be exhausted. I'm just really worried that the poor little fecker is going to die on them - (I can't handle it!) Himself is going to get a dropper to make it easier to get liquids into him.
I really hope he's going to be ok!
Fix tumble drier
Crochet ( V important! )
As you can see at least three of the things I need to do are hobbies and I'm not even doing them! Argh!
Ok off of the computer for a bit - make that coffee and read my book for a bit while I have that or maybe the crochet - we'll have to wait and see :)
Anyway I was pottering around and when I went to plug my charger in under my desk I spotted that somebody (MrsB.) had put 3 books on my magazine box - I have to say I was very very happy and it was a lovely way to start the working day!
So the three books were:
This is where I have to admit that I've never read Georgette Heyer - I have listened to an audio book and enjoyed it immensely so I'm guessing that is why I was given these.
So which one to read first? Well two of them have Inspector Hemmingway and one has Superintendent Hannasyde, so I think I'll go with Hannasyde in Behold, Here's Poison.
I now have this over-whelming urge to go to bed with book & hot chocolate :D
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I'm doing a chemo cap for my sisters friend. There's only 17 rounds and I'd gotten as far as round 10 when I looked back at the pattern and eek! I've been doing it all wrong from around round 6 - it broke my heart but I ripped back to round 5 and decided to write out the pattern myself just to make sure I know what I'm doing.
This is where the swearing starts - I wasn't doing it wrong! I had it right all a-fucking-long! I could have had it finished in the next half hour or so (with internets thrown in) but now - Argh! Yes I'll have it finished before bedtime but I'm so easily distracted and - well fuck on it!
I'm so annoyed I'm almost tempted to jump up and down in a tantrum but that might be considered physical exercise and we can't be having that!
It was a rare beauty!
So my proud achievement is I've now start to count on my other hand! Yes my next venture (should I finish it) will be my 6th one this year! The fact that I've managed any makes me happy, the fact that I've finished a few makes me positively giddy.
So next is to finish another one that got started and discarded due to it being a book and concentration was required.
Happy Happy Joy Joy!
So that was a quick lesson in how to make a grumpy person very grumpy - we've also run out of cornflakes!
- Current Mood: jaded
I don't know why but this morning I was going to take a photo on the bus and then decided not to - I think I didn't want anybody to see what I was doing and all I was doing was taking a photo of a window!!
So why the confidence crisis?
It really was so silly and afterwards when I was thinking about it I felt like an idiot!
I suppose these things take time and peculiar habits & notions are hard to unlearn.
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The day after my last entry we (he) got a phone call to say that the results were back from his MRI - it was almost as inconclusive as his CTScan but they were more concerned that it was more serious than a simple Kidney Cyst but couldn't say for sure that it was cancer - they'd like to operate and take it out as it would be the one way to make sure of what it was.
So in he went on Thursday and I had yet another LONG day. When he came back to the ward he was a lot more with it than last time although he was off his head on morphine - I have to say it was highly entertaining to say the least. Got home at about 10pm. I had said to him that I wouldn't call in 'till after work but got a message to say he'd love to see me - so 7am saw me running out the door for a visit - yet another long day!
The weekend saw him out of sorts due to a temperature spike, x-rays due to lung concerns (it's not a clot, just slightly collapsed)
So that's a brief description of what's been happening with himself but what's been happening for me? Well I killed a monster spider on Friday night! if you saw me standing on the sofa like an idiot but I actually did it I'm so proud of myself - however it was only me at home so nobody to tell. I'm loving having the bed to myself - I think you could say I've been sleeping at a jaunty angle - if I could only persuade the cats to shut up - they've woken me up at 3am every night either looking to get in or looking to get out. I always loving having the place to myself bed, control of the remote, only cleaning up after myself etc, but I really do miss having him to talk to particularly since I've only just been talking to him - it's weird. If I was on my own just as me it'd be lonely but get on with it - as it is I'm part of a bigger thing and it's only half there so I'm neither one thing or another - I know that doesn't make any sense what so ever but in my head I know what I mean.
Ah would you look at the time! I feel like I'm only in the door - well I'd better hit the hay - Work and hospital visits tomorrow - busy, busy, busy!
I'm exhausted but I have to keep on going - maybe next weekend I can take it easy?
My stomach is fairly temperamental - if it doesn't like something then up it comes - I know that doesn't sound good but I don't know it's just the way it's always been. So right now I am fighting the urge to upchuck - I simply don't have the energy. I think it's going to be a lot of antacids and bed.
I love the way I'm blaming the chinese - my mother will tell you that if I'm worried then I can't hold on to anything - but sure what do I have to be worried about?