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A lady from the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice came round this morning to talk to us. She was very nice and told us what services they offer, both for Dad and for us. She mentioned counselling and I'm sort of tempted but I'm so bad at talking to people I'd have no idea what to say. Still, it's good to know that it's an option.

Then this afternoon Dad went to his private appointment with the Hepatology professor. And from the sounds of it it went better than the other appointments have gone. There was talk about getting Dad into a trial, but apparently it's a bit too early yet (I'm not entirely sure what that means.) And he took some blood cos he wants to run his own tests and wants to see Dad again next week. I'm just so relieved that someone is actually doing something, that there's the possibility of hope, rather than just giving up like the other doctors did.

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This is a depressing post to start the year on, but I feel I should explain why I've been away for a while. And it's probably good for me to get my thoughts down here:

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Christmas Shopping

I went up to London at the weekend for mine and Paul's annual Christmas shopping trip. I think I might be getting a bit old for it though. Maybe next year I should do all my shopping online and we can just spend three days drinking mulled wine and eating gingerbread. Although if we do that then we do miss out on finding cool little shops and craft markets, which would be a shame.

On Saturday we went down to Brighton to have a look at what was there. The seafront was very bracing (read: windy) but I still loved it. And we found a lovely little craft market in a seafront tavern where I picked up a few things including some cute little Star Wars decorations which are now adorning my tree.

I didn't end up buying as much as I have in previous years, which is good. Still felt quite loaded down by the end of the weekend though!

In other news, my ear is bothering me again. I managed to go quite a long time without any issues, but it's now swollen and painful. I'm just taking ibuprofen and hoping it sorts itself out soon. Really hoping before Christmas and preferably before Friday evening when I have my work Christmas meal. I'm bad enough at socialising as it is without adding not being able to hear well into the mix!

Hell Bent

Right, well, thoughts on that finale...

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Feelin' Down

Apparently my mood is like a yoyo lately and right now it's definitely at a low point.

But with this post I have officially won NaBloPoMo for another year, so yay for that.

Why Am I Not in Chicago?

I'm reading all these tweets about Alex Kingston at the Chicago Tardis con and I love it so much! The thought of Matt cornering her at HER WEDDING to tell her how jealous he is that she's doing Doctor Who with a different Doctor is everything to me.

Cos really, although I am getting more and more excited about the Christmas special, Eleven will always be River's Doctor and you will never convince me otherwise.

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Heaven Almost Sent

Not long now until Heaven Sent. I'm a bit wary about this episode because while I've definitely warmed up to Twelve, I'm not sure how I feel about an episode with just him. It's not even Twelve without a companion but with other characters, it's almost entirely him on his own. But apparently it's really good, so I shall wait and see.

Before that though, some more topics from the November meme:

22. You can add any new button to facebook (e.g. a dislike button, a stfu-about-your-kids button, etc...) -- what is it?

I remember talking with someone about Facebook once and we decided that "I don't care about your children" pretty much sums up our experiences with the site, so the stfu-about-your-kids button sounds pretty good to me. (I mean, I understand that as a parent you feel your child is wonderful and everything they do is worthy of documentation, but the rest of us really don't need to know every time they eat dinner or spend time with granddad or whatever else you want to share with us today.)

23. What's one goal you have for 2016?

Learn to drive. I really have to get over my fear and do it.

Black Friday

I have survived eight hours of retail work on Black Friday! I am rewarding myself with wine. I wanted to reward myself with wine and Strictly, but the tennis is overrunning. I hate tennis.

Actually, today wasn't too bad. Even, dare I say it, rather fun? We had a mountain of food in the staff room to eat during our breaks, I didn't have any horrible customers, I like the people I was in the stockroom with, and there was a nice sense of camaraderie as we all worked together to get delivery put away and take orders out as fast as possible.

And now it's the weekend. Woot!

Sigh

I really hate how awkward and incompetent I feel at work, even when I'm doing things that I know I know how to do. I always feel like everyone else is judging me and thinks I'm useless. And the fact that my manager is a rather sarcastic person in general and I can never tell if he's being serious or not really doesn't help.

Anyway, more November meme catch up:

19. What's the funniest thing you ever saw?

I honestly have no idea. But I still find myself amused by the "small parts and small balls" warning I occasionally see on things. I'm such a child.

20. What makes you happiest?

I don't think there's one thing that makes me happiest. Tilly makes me happy, spending time with my family makes me happy, watching TV makes me happy, reading fanfiction makes me happy. Seeing friends, going to pub quizzes, playing games, making things, building Lego, building jigsaws, drinking cocktails, eating pasta. All these things make me happy.

21. What's your favorite season?

Autumn.

Days of Popcorn and Snickerdoodles

Today was a wonderfully healthy and productive day in which I ate popcorn, watched The Dark Knight Rises, and made snickerdoodles.

I've heard characters in American shows mention snickerdoodles all the time but I had no idea what they actually were (beyond being some sort of cookie, obviously) and for some reason I'd always assumed they had nuts or something and I wouldn't like them. Turns out they're delicious and I definitely foresee myself making them again in the future!

And now it's time to catch up a bit more on the November meme:

16. What would you consider your spirit animal?

A manatee.

17. What's one good thing that happened to you today (or this week)?

New pictures of River Song in the Doctor Who Christmas special. And the resulting outpouring of love and excitement on Tumblr. Takes me back to the glory days of the Eleventh era when we all got excited over new episodes and flailed together. I miss those days.

18. What's one complaint you have today?

I don't know, today's been a pretty good day. I suppose I could say the Amazon Video app on the PS4 not working for some reason, but I quite enjoyed the sense of accomplishment I got from finding a way around the problem (by unplugging my Fire box from upstairs and bringing it down) so I can't really complain.

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