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My own perception of reality… one blog post at a time.

In which I bemoan construction noise…

Since LSG is sometimes my blog (especially since I was invited to join an LSG is my blog group) I’ve been nudged into remembering that I have a blog and that I should probably use it.

At work, they are constructing an internal office inside what was our warehouse space. It’s means that there are internal walls gong up. It’s all happening directly outside my office. All the hammers, all the banging, all the drilling. I ended up with what felt like an almost sure and certain migraine-in-the-making. I took plenty of painkillers and the pain receded to a dull throb. Not great but an improvement. By the end of the day I was sort of like ‘the next person to make a noise is going to get seriously hurt’ but no one died.

So now I’m home and tucked up in bed feeling pretty grotty. Could be the end of the migraine or it could be because I’m in day two of the VLCD and haven’t yet gone into ketosis. According to the scales I’ve lost 2kgs in two days. I’m 10kgs away from the weight I was when we got married and 42kgs away from my goal weight. I have my outfit for my sisters wedding next August, a steampunk style corset and a long chocolate brown skirt. The outfit is intentionally small. I will wear it. DH is doing this with me so at least I’m not alone. DH has 66kgs to lose to get to his goal. I know that once I drop into ketosis I will feel better but right now I’m feeling pretty bad. We’re going on this from yesterday until the 21st December then doing two ‘packs’ and a meal in the evening through the holiday season and then back on it fully on the 3rd of January until we get to goal. We’ve got ,y sisters wedding in August for which I have my outfit and DH has his kilt, then we’re off to Florida in November… I really don’t want to end up with vasculitis again, that was really painful.

DH is out at stop smoking class tonight but he’ll be home in a little while. I’m sat up in bed, typing this and keeping myself hydrated with herbal tea and water. Also torturing myself by watching cooking programmes while I’m not allowed to eat anything. Wish I’d remembered to bring my knitting up.

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Look, I made that!


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NaBloPoMo #6 – Election Fever Grips the World!

Today I woke up in the dark of my bedroom in Scotland with a vague sense of unease. Then I remembered, today is the long awaited day for the US Elections. Now, you may be thinking, why do I feel uneasy, I’m not American, nor do I play one on TV. I am, however, a citizen of Earth and lets face it, when America does something, the rest of the world follows. If Mitt Romney wins the US elections, I swear I’m emigrating to Mars. There will be nowhere to hide from that man. If he wins and puts his policies in place he’ll put the cause of feminism back decades. While I’m not a rabid feminazi I don’t shrink away from it either. I like my ability to say what I want, do what I want, think what I like and most importantly have the rights to my own body. The BBC are calling this election a tight race, I’m wondering what the people who will vote Romney think of him and his policies. I just wonder what ‘Mom’s For Mitt’ will think when their daughters right to be the one to decide on whether they keep their baby or not is taken away? Maybe they don’t think anything. Maybe they think thats right. Maybe they also think that children conceived during the course of a rape means it couldn’t be rape as the womans body would stop it… who knows. I’m not going to sit here and call them stupid, just because their opinion is different from mine does not make it wrong.

So tonight I go walking with T then I head home, nuke something real quick and then go upstairs (my living room still looks like a disaster zone and it depresses me) and settle down to watch the election coverage on the BBC. First polling station closes 7pm GMT so we should start seeing results after that. It’ll be morning until we see the big result and the BBC thinks it might be days before the swing states are sorted.

DH has stop smoking class again tonight so I’ll be on my lonesome. He started his Champix this morning and says he is feeling positive about the whole decision to quit. I’m very proud that he kept his promise to quit this year after I did it last year.

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NaBloPoMo #5

Weather: Wet
Currently Reading: Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind
Currently Listening: Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

Today was an okay day. My books finally arrived so I can start studying. Of course, I was a complete idiot and left my books at work. Never mind.

I got home tonight and started cleaning. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t voluntarily clean anything if I can help it but tonight I decided I wanted to bring some order to the chaos and did a major declutter of our bathroom and dusted the bedroom. The room now smells sweetly of the vanilla candle I received in a swap box and there is now order from chaos.

Tonight I made the orzo risotto from Nigella Lawson’s new book again, except this time I used half the amount of pancetta and twice the amount of peas. We had it with a marinated chicken breast I picked up from the butchers on my way home. It was really nice but also very filling, I couldn’t finish it but DH did.

Oh well, I only got 3 hours sleep last night in the end. I’m hoping for better tonight!

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NaBloPoMo #4

Sometimes I think to myself that I am not nearly as well read as my peers. An example of this would be today, there was a poll discussing uses of the English language in the wrong way that annoyed you. I pointed out that one of my big issues is with the overuse of the word literally. Another LSGer replied saying she assumed it was mostly used as a way of employing hyperbole… and my brain pretty much exploded. So off I toddled to Google (the source of and answer to all of life’s problems) to see what on earth hyperbole was and, once I’d read the definition, realised what she was saying. I suppose in a way she’s right but the overuse and incorrect use of literally still bugs me.

I guess I used up all my smarts today on this:


I love the new lamp. It sets the dining room off nicely, is light enough for DH to study by but no so bright it’s blinding and gives a focal point without having to put pictures on the wall.

Tomorrow we start our diet again. I’ve sorted out my Sparkpeople account, linked my Fitbit account to Sparkpeople, make lunch for tomorrow and instructed DH that we’ll be getting up for breakfast before work.

Now all I have to do is go to sleep!!!

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NaBloPoMo #3

Last night we went to Bonfire Night with T and her DH. For those of you not in the UK or unfamiliar with the holiday I suggest googling Guy Fawkes Night or going to this Wikipedia page.

Anyway, I love fireworks. It’s one of my favourite things. However, I think I much prefer watching them at night in Florida more than I enjoy watching them outside on a night so cold it goes all the way to your bones. T made this amazing hot chocolate made with 3 bars of chocolate, whole milk and a pink peppercorn syrup. I made Rocky Road and T made Bonfire Toffee which rots your teeth before you actually eat it. But never mind the cold, its fine because I can dig out the hand knits and justify the hot chocolate!


NaBloPoMo #2

Weather: Cold and dry
Currently Reading: Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind
Currently Listening: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Today has been a boring day at work and an evening of cooking.


I’ve made Rocky Road for tomorrow night. We are going to a bonfire with my friend T and her DH. My parents are coming over tomorrow morning to swap dining tables with us. It’ll be the first time we’ve been in the same room since Dad and I fell out last week. It’ll be interesting.

My long suffering DH is stuck at work again tonight so I’m sat waiting for him to come home with our dinner. Hopefully he won’t be long.

I’m sitting waiting and listening to my audiobook with a pot of camomile tea.

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NaBloPoMo #1…

Weather: Cold and frosty
Currenty Reading: Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind
Currently Listening: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

The title for my blog came from my favourite cup, the one that sits on my desk at work. Its an Alice in Wonderland mug-ish thing (its one of those cups that’s like a Starbucks takeout cup but made of china instead of cardboard) that I brought back from my very first holiday to Orlando. I use this mug-ish thing every day and every single day I get a little sad when I see the great big chip in it thanks to the office dishwasher. I know it’s only a mug-ish thing but I can’t just get another one as its too far to go just for new china. My DH has managed to convince me (hell, who am I kidding, I needed no convincing) to go back to Orlando a year from now. This time we’re taking my sister who will love it as much as we did.

I know this is going to make me very unpopular but… it’s only like 7.5 weeks to Christmas. I still have gift knitting to finish and my right hand is now back in its wrist brace ’cause I decided to overknit like an idiot. I’m hoping things will calm down next week, otherwise Mum’s slippers will never get finished. On a brighter note I did get my friend T’s shawl finished before the RSI of doom hit again. I haven’t blocked it yet and will either have to wait until my hand heals or get DH to help me. On the upside its 8 weeks until my self-imposed ‘Year Of No Yarn’ comes to an end. I have requested money to buy yarn for my birthday in December which will be kept and spent in the new year,

We didn’t get any trick or treaters last night. This made me sad but made my DH very happy as he now gets to eat all the sweets I bought. I was reading Halloween threads on Ravelry today and feeling very hard done by, Halloween is huge in the US I think and I wish it was still as big over this side of the pond. I did get one treat last night though, in the fom of a text message from L. She sent me a picture of her ultrasound. She’s having a boy. I know she had her hear set on a girl but I haven’t asked her about that. I don’t know why but I get the feeling it’d just be wrong to mention it. I don’t tend to sing from the same hymn sheet as everyone else most of the time so I tend to stick my foot in my mouth quite a bit.

Anyway, tonight I go walking with T so I get to hang about for an hour after I finish work. Tonight we’re having homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for tea, this is entirely thanks to the comfort food thread on LSG yesterday!