Sunday, 27 September 2015

Sunday Snippets - 27th September 2015

This week has been hard work because I came down with some sort of bug/virus and have been feeling pretty awful. I’ve also had a few funny turns (I always think of elderly relatives when I say that, but it’s the only way I can think of to describe what happened!) The worst one was when my Dad picked me up from university on Friday afternoon. In the car on the way home, I suddenly started feeling really clammy and sick. I couldn’t talk, move or see properly and my face felt really numb. It was pretty scary, but my Dad managed to help me into the house and I slept on the sofa for a bit. I have no idea what or why it happened – perhaps I’m pushing myself too much, but a sleep on the sofa seemed to help a bit, so I just need to be really careful. Anyway, enough of the boring health stuff – I’ll get on with sharing a few photos from the last week. 

As you probably know by now, I am both a subscription box and stationery fan, so when I discovered a company called A Beautiful Mess I immediately signed up to one of their monthly parcels. I decided to get their Happy Mail package, which is $15 per month, with a 12 month commitment (they’re an American company but do ship to the UK for another $2 a month). I’ve been getting their monthly goodies for a few months now, and was excited to see this come through my letterbox on Monday. I’m planning to do a proper post about the contents, but just as a sneaky snippet I thought I’d show you these gorgeous autumn cards.

There’s a bit of a theme in these first two pictures, as on Tuesday another subscription box arrived at my front door. This was the first company I signed up for a subscription box with, and have now been receiving their boxes for just over a year. My Little Box is a French company who send out beautiful themed boxes every month for £11 plus £3.95 p&p. As you can see, September’s theme is My Little Fashion Box, and I’m excited to show you what was inside very soon. On Tuesday I also sorted out renewing my car insurance and was very happy to find it has gone down by quite a substantial amount. Sadly it’s only because I currently don’t have a licence due to my seizure, but you’ve got to find the positives in these situations right?!

Wednesday was quite a busy day for me, considering it was meant to be one of my days off! My Dad had to take me over to a hospital in Chertsey first thing to have my EEG because they don’t do the test in our local hospitals. I stupidly washed my hair on Tuesday night and then realised I would have to do it again after the test – not great planning on my part! They spent ages measuring my head and marking it up with a red soft pencil (I think they regretted choosing red after seeing the colour of my hair!) The physiologist then used sticky paste to glue a load of wires to parts of my head – I felt like a right doughnut! For the first part of the test I had to sit very still with my eyes closed, while they recorded my brain waves on a fancy computer. The second part of the test wasn’t much fun at all. They put a bright light in front of your eyes and then ask you to try and keep looking at the light while it flashes in different sequences. I knew it wouldn’t be much fun, as I have a lot of problems with flashing lights, but it made me feel a lot more unwell than I expected. It took me a few days to not feel quite so spaced out and dizzy. I should get the results in a few weeks, but to be honest I’m not holding out much hope that we’ll get any answers. My neurologist told us that EEG’s are pretty bad at picking up epilepsy unless you actually have a seizure while they’re recording you, so made sure I understood that even if it comes back normal there is still the possibility that I do have epilepsy. Time will tell.

After resting for a while after my EEG, a local lady came to see me to talk about my birthday cake. My actual birthday is next Sunday, but at the end of October I’m having a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with some of my spoonie friends, and have decided I’d like to have a gluten-free cake made for it. I’ve been getting loads of ideas off Pinterest and found someone local who’s portfolio of cakes look amazing, so I was really excited to meet her and talk about my cake! She brought round four different cupcakes for me to taste – Chocolate Oreo, Raspberry and Champagne, Jammy Dodger and Red Velvet, to try and help me decide on flavours for my big cake, although I think I’m more confused than ever, as they were all so good! I can’t wait to see what my cake will look like after seeing the initial design now!!

At the beginning of the week, for some reason, I had a real craving for cheese scones with melted butter on them. I rarely get food cravings, as I’m usually feeling too sick to face food, but I’ve always loved a good cheese scone. So, on Friday after my funny turn, my Dad decided he was going to make me some scones to cheer me up. Apparently this was the first time he’d made scones, so I was impressed that they tasted really yummy! We’ve decided they could do with more cheese next time, but I’m not complaining about having to eat them up!

Yesterday I had planned to stay at home, chill out and get a few odd jobs done. But when I woke up in the morning I realised that it was going to be a bad depression day, and being left home alone is not the greatest idea when I’m feeling low. My Mum and Dad had planned to go and look at some wood burning stoves, as we’re having one put into our lounge, so I decided to go along with them. We didn’t spend that long at the shop – there’s only so many black stoves you can look at! So I said it would be nice to go for a spot of lunch somewhere, as my Mum doesn’t get out much because she spends so much time looking after my Gran, who has the end stages of dementia. On our way out we had passed a farm shop, which we drive past so often but have never been to, so I suggested we go there, and I’m really glad we did. The actual shop was so quaint and lovely, full of organic produce from local farms. Thankfully there was also a lovely cafĂ©, who served an array of sandwiches and a massive selection of delicious looking cakes. I was so tempted to go for a slice of cake, but decided to try and be a bit healthier and went for an egg and cress sandwich. It was ridiculously massive, so I didn’t manage much, but it was really good! I’m hoping we can go back another day so I can try some cake – the problem will be choosing which one to try! If you’re ever in the Hook (Hampshire) area, I would really recommend checking out the Wellington Farm Shop.

I know I mentioned this before, but just wanted to remind you that I recently started a second blog, which will just focus on my health in more depth than I talk about it here. I’ve mainly set it up 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 Unicorns and Floral Crowns and you can find it by clicking here. I’m also trying to post on Snapchat a bit more, so if you fancy following me, my username is Jennycole44.

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

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  1. Aw I hope you feeling better soon it's not nice to deal with a disability, also would you recommend the little box? And then cupcakes looks amazing! I'm rather obsessed with cupcakes lol x

    1. Thank you Gem :) I really love My Little Box - you seem to get a nice range of products in it and it suits my personality well :) I try to do a post each month to share what's in my box, so feel free to have a look back at them to get an idea of the items you get. Cupcakes are definitely a good thing to be obsessed with! xx