Sunday, 26 June 2016

Sunday Snippets - 26th June 2016

Since my brother’s wedding last Saturday, I’ve felt pretty wiped out and have spent a lot of the week trying to recover. It was a really lovely day, but also very long and I had to push myself an awful lot to get through it. Don’t get me wrong, it was totally worth it to see David and Emma have such a happy day, but I knew I would suffer for it afterwards. So, I’ve tried to have a relatively quiet week just doing bits and bobs around the house (and sleeping of course, lots of sleeping!) We’ve only got around five weeks until my other brother gets married, so I need to give myself as much chance as possible to recover in time for that. But I have got a few appointments and events coming up between now and then, so we’ll see how things go.

We had stayed at the wedding reception venue on Saturday night, so on Sunday had to be up reasonably early for breakfast, which was hard work! After breakfast, we packed everything up and headed home. My Dad and I picked up the dogs and cats, and then I rested for a while. At lunchtime, we all went round to Emma’s parents’ house for a family BBQ. It was nice to just be able to all relax together after the craziness of the wedding. When we got home I fell asleep on the sofa for quite a while. Then I cuddled up with my Dad and we watched the Dad’s Army movie.

On Monday I woke up really late feeling pretty rubbish, which I was expecting to happen after pushing myself so much at the weekend. So, I just took things very slowly and spent what was left of the morning watching TV and doing a little bit of sorting in my room. I was going to try and tidy out my wardrobe, but decided that was best left until another day when I had a bit more energy. In the afternoon I wrote some letters to my penpals and watched a couple of programmes I had recorded – Love, Nina and Gogglesprogs. I felt pretty flat all day, but received this cute felt card from my friend, Emma, which made me smile.

Tuesday morning I managed to get up a bit earlier than Monday, which was good. I spent my morning writing two blog posts and editing some photos. I then had a bit of a rest on the sofa and watched some TV. In the afternoon I popped to Tesco with my Mum and sister to pick up a few essentials. I was really struggling with pain, which isn’t much fun, so when I got home I tried to rest, but found it hard to get comfortable. This funky parcel arrived from my friend, Lissa, at the weekend, and I managed to open it in the afternoon, which really cheered me up.

On Wednesday morning I ended up waking up quite late – I just feel shattered all the time and feel like I could sleep forever. I did manage to sort through the clothes in my wardrobe, although it’s always one of those jobs where I get halfway through and wonder why I started. In the afternoon I tried to rest on the sofa and watch some YouTube videos, but my pain levels were really high and I just couldn’t get comfortable. I popped down to Waitrose with my Mum to treat myself to some peonies, as they won’t be around for much longer.

Thursday morning I had to be up reasonably early, as I had a phone call about a prospective new opportunity, which was a bit anxiety provoking but could lead to something exciting. I spent the morning editing and uploading a new video to my YouTube channel (which you can find here). In the afternoon I watched some YouTube videos and replied to some blog e-mails. I also tried to move my blog over to my own domain name, which proved slightly stressful! We also went out to vote for the EU Referendum, which I felt incredibly anxious about. I received this lovely parcel from Bear Hugs Gifts, which I’m excited to review on my blog soon.

I had planned quite a productive morning of blogging and video editing on Friday, but I ended up getting distracted by all the EU Referendum coverage, so that went out of the window. I don’t feel that I can write this post without expression my views, so please bear with me. I’ll be honest; I was really disappointed with the result, and at the moment feel quite scared about the future of our country (and especially anxious about the future of myself and others who have disabilities and chronic illnesses). But what saddens me most is the amount of hate I’m seeing between people from both sides. I really believe that it’s important for us to discuss the outcome, express our concerns about it and find ways to move forwards. But what I don’t believe is necessary is racism, xenophobia, name-calling and violence. How is that going to help us move forward as a civilised society? I hate the thought that so many people are feeling so unwelcome in this country now, that Scotland and Northern Ireland might break away from us and that some people believe that a vote to leave gives them permission to spread hate and fear. I just hope that reactions like this will get stamped on, and that people will start to pull together and help us move forward.

Anyway, that’s enough political talk for one post! I wanted to try and do something with my morning, so managed to do a little bit of tidying in my room. After lunch my Mum took me to my Opticians appointment, where I had a contact lens follow-up to see how I’m getting on with the new lenses I’m trying. As we went past Holland and Barrett I decided to pick up some magnesium and zinc, as my professor had recommended I try it. I also found this Magnesium Oil that a couple of friends suggested, so thought I’d try it out too. We then popped over to Next so I could pick up a couple of things I’d ordered, and dropped into Waitrose on our way home. I opened a few cards I’d ordered and one of them was this cute unicorn one.

Yesterday was one of those days where I kind of wondered why I bothered getting up. I had so many plans of things to get done, but I woke up really late again – I’m so exhausted at the moment. I was going to do some work on my computer, but by the time I’d got myself up and dressed I’d run out of energy. So I just ended up snuggling with the dogs and chatting to my brother and sister-in-law when they came over. In the afternoon I did manage to write some letters to my penpals, including one to someone in the Letters of Love group. I also watched Gogglesprogs and a couple of episodes on I Want My Wife Back. In the evening we watched my Dad open his birthday presents, which was nice.

If you haven’t read my blog before, I just wanted to let you know that I have a second blog, which mainly focuses on my health in more depth than I talk about it here. It’s largely for friends and family to follow and keep up with what’s going on, but if it’s something you would be interested in reading as well, you are more than welcome to follow me over there. It’s called ‘Zebra Crossing’ and you can find it by clicking here. I’m trying to keep it updated fairly regularly, so hopefully there will be something there for you to read!

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What have you been up to this week? I always enjoy hearing about your news and adventures!

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  1. Love the felt card, so pretty! Also, when you do get round to sorting your wardrobe, it would be good if you wrote a post on it :) I need to sort mine out too so I'd love some inspiration and tips haha x

    1. It's really cute isn't it! I always seem to struggle with sorting out my wardrobe - I'm such a hoarder and find it very tiring! I tend to do it in small bits now, rather than just trying to do it all at once. And I try a lot of stuff on! If it doesn't fit, then it's out, if it fits but I don't feel comfortable in it/haven't worn it for ages then it's also out. I guess you have to be a bit ruthless (and I always tell myself I'm making room for new clothes hehe!) xx