Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Time Flies

Now it's time for a quick review of what has been going on here....

Valentines day, Richard and Sam came over and we cooked a delicious roast chicken will all the trimmings.

We went to London Aquarium in Southbank - it was packed full of kids, but I had an amazing time pressing my face so close to the glass I got snot on it. I touched a star fish, it was all hard, not at all what I had expected. All its little feelers were out, and they felt like little hard feelers, not like jelly, which was totally what I expected.

In the evening we went to Enak Enak, which serves Indonesian food, in Battersea. The restaurant is run and owned by Nancy Lam, the food was very good, but the service (although good) needs improving.

So now its 12 March and rather a lot has been going on, I've been diagnosed (three weeks ago) with Gallstones, which were originally causing my sleepless nights, which then turned into very painful sleepless nights, a night with fever and a doctors appointment, from where I was then sent to A&E for having a temperature of 37.8. To be completely honest, the Dr I saw wasn't very helpful, and dismissed any other options to surgery, and promised to send me a letter arranging a ultrasound so they could take a look at my gallstones.

Three weeks down the line, no letter received, I called St Georges NHS Trust to be told that no appointment had been made for me. How I just love Dr's and hospitals.

So the only thing I can do is sit tight (and of course harass the doctors for an appointment) eat extremely low fat foods to avoid pain, along with a general healthier diet - otherwise I face waking at 2 AM in the morning with severe stomach pains and retching.

Things could be a lot worse - so I am trying to look on the bright side. "Always look on the bright side of life, de boommm, de boom, de boom, de boom." Maybe I will be size 0 by the time I get an operation.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

What I did do yesterday

Yesterday was the third day in a row I went to work with very little sleep, I was knackered. I was sleepy all day, until about 5 PM, when I started to chirp up.

I called Birkbeck Uni yesterday and located my missing payment. I also called the national grid, who said I do not have a MPRN, so my gas supplier will have to create one for me....however NPower said they couldn't just yet, and would call me back....who knows what will happen?

The class at Rosemary Conley was good, I did 45 minutes of very easy pilates and then had my weigh in....GOSH. All I can say is the scales at the gym where wrong, much to my dislike.

I now have started the 1200 kcal a day plan - this will last for 2 weeks and should kickstart weight loss. I am already sceptical. Time will tell.

My first goal for weight loss is one stone, within 4 weeks, which as it goes, is the average weight loss for people within their first four weeks of Rosemary Conley diet and exercise plan.

I also booked the holiday apartment in Italy - will be putting down a deposit next week after I have paid the rent and put some money into savings.

This evening I have the meeting with Pitman Training so I can brush up on my PA skills, Charlie is coming for dinner after that.

Tomorrow I am going to see the Wolf Man with Hoss and Paige - looks good.


Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Tuesday Snoozeday

I wasn't feeling my best last night, had a terrible nights sleep, ended up going back to bed at 5 AM to wake up at 7.30 AM feeling like, well like I had a terrible nights sleep!

Pitman training called me this afternoon, I will be going to see them at 6.00 PM this coming Thursday to look at what components of a course I would like to take - that is part of the skills search off my list, I have uploaded a copy of my CV and a career skills test to google documents so I can have a look at them tonight - which will then give me some idea on Thursday.

I have contact an owner of a property at Lake Maggiore.

Hopefully they will let us know availability ASAP, I hope to stay from the 30 August for 10 - 13 nights.

There is more to add to my list:

  • Finish up fixing the credit contract with Apple.
  • Call Birkbeck Finance department to get refund.

I missed this blog - now I know how much I achieve everyday.


Monday, 8 February 2010

Snow Fun

The snow is no longer a beautiful enchanting white magical dust that covers London, leaving everything clean and white and my heart full of childhood glee. The snow is still magical, but best saved for when thinking of holidays to go see the Northern Lights or ride on a sleigh with Huskies. Otherwise it currently leaves me with thoughts of whether I will make it home/to work, if I might catch a cold, or the worst for me - get wet feet.

I have been doing some thinking today, and there are several things that I need to achieve by the end of this week:

  • Book a holiday home for summer (hopefully Lake Maggiore in Italy, via Paris by train).
  • Update/re-write my CV.
  • Look at updating business/office skills (after looking at what would be useful to add to my CV).
  • Join Rosemary Conley (going on Wednesday after work).
  • Get home contents insurance.
  • Get the MPRN (meter point reference number) for our gas supplier.
  • Hoover and mop flat, clean bathroom mirrors, organise storage cupboard and finish bedroom.
I wouldn't say the above is unachievable, but you never know what might happen over the course of a week.

Over and out.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

February contrary

This is my first blog in 6 months.....6 months!! Or possibly more, actually.

I'll start with a wee update; July 31st, was my 24th birthday, I went to work and flew to Bangkok overnight, then Aaron and I caught a flight to Koh Samui airport, was collected by the hotel staff (a very nice English man) put our luggage in our room, had a refreshing drink and then had Thai massages on the beach, bliss. The next afternoon we set out the Big Buddha Pier and got a large boat with at least 200 other travellers (it felt like we were all being deported, except you could buy ice creams whilst waiting) and set of for Koh Tao.

The boat journey was at a relaxing pace (I got sea sick), a cute older Thai lady gave us a free map of Koh Tao, we stopped at 2 other islands before getting to Koh Tao (we nearly got off at the wrong port). Asia Divers collected us from the port and took us to our accommodation, where we met our diving instructor (Haylie; blond, in 30's, fit).

Cat came and collected us that evening, we went for a VERY tasty Thai meal, and then onto several bars and drunk buckets. Least to say we were rather drunk by about midnight, and had to go home ready for our first pool session the next morning (8 AM). On the way back, we went to the 7/11 got some water and many other supplies that we "needed"; instant noodles (we didn't have a kettle in our room), a small loaf of brown bread (we didn't have utensils in our room), a small pink microphone which had sweets in (I didn't have the brains to work out how to get the sweets out, and I was singing to Cat on, whilst in the shop about having a threesome) and a pack of peanut cookies (most of which Aaron fed to his "pet" dog he found on the way back). Ahhh Thailand.

Needless to say, after about 10 minutes of lying down after consuming as many cookies as possible and a lovely hot dog (also purchased in 7/11) I got up and threw up, I called to Aaron for some help/water/sympathy and I got a "fuck off" and then he joined me in the bathroom (which, luckily was covered in tiles) we then went to bed.

Upon awaking I administered us both re-hydration tablets and berocca. We then proceeded to the pool where the rest of our group were waiting. Aaron felt sick and cold, we survived, in fact I think I enjoyed it. At lunchtime, we had a break.

Panic set in. We couldn't find our passports or money pouch. Lost, stolen, no where to be found. We checked the room twice, text Cat, asked if maybe she had in her sobriety taken them off us. Nope. Went back to the Lotus bar (where we had last been drinking buckets the night before) and asked them, nope, not there. Aaron cried. I called various places and looked on the internet to get advice. We would have to go back to Bangkok and pay to get new passports printed, it would take at least 10 days, and use up most of our holiday spending money.

We had to report the passports lost to the local police, the station was in the middle of the jungle, very small, dissimilar to the local police stations we are used to in the UK. The police were slightly sympathetic, but 3 other people with British passports had already logged their passports as stolen from the same bar, from the night before. We were obviously targeted.

Solemnly walking back through the forest to the beach and then to our hotel, we had 800 baht on us so had some lunch (our first meal of the day). We spoke to Haylie, who was shocked, one of our other team members had had this done to him when he was travelling last time. We decided we didn't want to do the afternoon session for the diving, started watching TV in our room, in bed, with the curtains drawn.

I thought I should charge my phone for the next day - we would need it. The drawer I had put my nokia charger in was broken, slightly wonky and I had to push it in and pull it back out to get it to open. And there, right at the back of the drawer was the pouch, the pouch with our money and passports.

At first we couldn't believe it, of course we were overjoyed. Life was sweet again.

Drinking in Thailand was no longer an option for us, it was too risky, from then on we carried all our important documents in a hidden pocket in Aaron's bag, which never went out of our sight.

We had 3 days left at Koh Tao, we had our first dive the next afternoon, it was amazing. Of course I was petrified whilst going down, I panicked and signalled to Haylie that I wanted to go to the surface, she wouldn't let me, she held my arm and told me to breath in slowly and breath out. About 2 minutes later I was ready to go down. Diving is amazing, I recommend the experience to everyone, being underwater is peaceful and astoundingly beautiful.

I must add, now, that Koh Tao is probably not the best place to go diving (for lack of underwater life, due, sadly to over fishing and too many tourists) BUT it is the cheapest, Aaron and I paid around £320 to both do a padi diving course over 4 days, with included accommodation. And of course the main reason for going to Koh see Cat.

Our next stop was Koh Phangan, we went to small resort called The Sanctuary - a spa resort, with mainly vegetarian food, a private beach, it was wonderful. About 3 coves up from the infamous beach on Koh Phangan where the full moon party takes place.

I booked a private beach hut, which was set back (about 10 minutes from the beach) in lush forest. Our first night at The Sanctuary was also the night of the full moon party, which I didn't end up getting to.

Whilst at the sanctuary, I did a 5 day detox, which meant no food, having pshyillium husk and bentonite clay shakes, lots of green tablets and once a day coffee colonics. I can't say it was the best experience I had, but I also can't deny my slight excitement for getting to check through my colonic outcome everyday. It was enlightening, and I felt AMAZING afterwards.