Wednesday, 20 April 2011

First egg of the season :)

Yummy!!! Egg and a card from a lovely client. Should I wait till Lance is home before I devour it!?

A&E again last night

Had a bit of a night last night grrr... went to my physio/rehab lady and she is concerned re a section of my fibula, sent me to A&E for further xrays. Another few hours at A&E. Xrays came back and confirmed there is no breakage of bone (phew!), the doctor I saw thinks my ligament has been damaged quite a bit too, as well as the cartilage and muscle.

Ah well. Getting there! Just having to be very patient with this disobedient limb.

We were concerned that if they found a fracture I might not be able to fly... would this have been so, does anyone know???

Upgraded!

Woohooooooooooo!!! I am upgraded (return) and had to pay in for Lance's upgrade. It's a reward upgrade, so they didn't automatically upgrade him.

I am SO relieved. The thought of flying with this feisty limb has my tum in knots.

Will ask (with a charming smile) if there are any first class seats free on Friday at the airport... if my leg helps us get to sit in first class for 12 hours for FREE, I will stop cursing it!!! haha

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Easter basket contents

Our Easter baskets

Upgrade?

I've just received an email saying I am due a flight upgrade, hmm! Will see what it entails. Would it be terribly unwifely of me to accept an upgrade and leave Lance in unupgraded???? hehe

I created a new word.

Thumbs up for Virgin!

Phoning them was on my 'to do' list yesterday, and oddly enough, THEY phoned me! A courtesy call, asking if I had any other requirements (beside dietary) before my flight!?

I chatted to a lovely chap about my leg and he has made a note of it on my name, plus said I should mention it when putting my luggage in (we check in online). He said I would be whisked through pp control and security etc. too yippeeee.

He also said I could sit in the bulkhead if I wanted to (too near the babies thanks!), or emergency exit. So we will see what we can do when we check in online on Thursday.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Lamb stirfry mmm

Reasons not to date a graphic designer...

1. They are very weird people.
2. There are billions of them in the world, like colors on the screen of your computer.
3. They will analyse conversations in layers.
4. You will spend the day assembling furniture from IKEA.
5. They drink and eat all kinds of weird shit just because they like the packaging.
6. They hate each other.
7. You’ll come out the last out of the movies because you have to see the full list of credits.
8. They cant change a light bulb or without making a sketch.
9. They mess up all the tables with their cutters.
10. They rather study the paisley pattern on your outfit than listen to what you have to say.
11. They will fill your house with magazines and whatever is out there that has drawings.
12. You never know if it is really an original or a copy.
13. They make collages with your photos.
14. They do not know how to add and subtract, they just understand letters.
16. They take pictures almost daily.
17. They ask your opinion about everything but then do whatever they want anyway.
18. Everything is left justified, right or center unless they arrive late.
19. They hate Comic Sans with the same passion they love Helvetica.
20. They use iPhone for everything, because everyone has one.
21. You can not decorate the house without consulting them.
22. They steal street signs.
25. Everything becomes something other than what it really is: cards as tickets, cards as …
26. When arguing, you will be nicknamed like the OSX spinning wheel (not affectionately)
27. Do not know how to dress without consulting the Pantone book.
28. They hate Excel.
29. They read comics.
30. They want to save the world only with a poster.
31. You will spend the day brainstorming.
32. On vacation they will take you to countries that you do not know exist and have no beach.
33. Museums are their second home.
35. They can’t go to a restaurant without secretly critiquing the menu design.
36. They listen to music you have never heard of.
37. They can´t cook a normal dish, they always have to experiment with new ingredients.
38. They read rare books: stories of children, Semiotics …
39. When you are going to tell you something, everyone has read it in their facebook and twitter.
40. They have their own iPods before you knew they existed.
42. They have their own shops just for them and there are the most expensive in the city.
43. They want to spend all their money in the Apple Store.
44. You will never understand their gifts.
45. They see ordinary objects and laugh.
46. You wake up in the middle of the night hearim them screaming “When is the deadline?”
47. They see CMYK and RGB like Neo sees the Matrix.
48. They dream of the day nobody will make a single change to their designs.
49. They rather pay for a font than for a special birthday gift.
50. They are always sleepy because they work 24/7.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Boohoo

Gosh, it's been a tad mad around here of late. Trying to keep up with the usual swirl of life on crutches is neither easy nor comfortable. I should be grateful I no longer have to traverse the stairs on my backside, I know, but the day I can throw my rather funky purple crutches out of sight (not in the trash as who knows when I might - no, WILL! - need them again!?), and resume normal activities again.

Rewind to the beginning of the month and I knew it would be a tougher one financially, what with being self employed (ie: no pay!) and going to South Africa on holiday. And, as always, we don't do things halfway, we are travelling to Cape Town, Johannesburg AND White River/Nelspruit while away. Extra stress. Extra expense. More fun. More family.

Add to that me having a client leave due to having a baby, and me having to wait a month till I fill this space... so less funds than usual coming in anyway, never mind the holiday to SA, or... the INJURED KNEE.

And here is where we hit hot water. Oh my, the cost of this knee.

I had a further loss of funds through having to take sick leave with said injured knee. So, while I was resting my cold compressed, raised knee, I was counting the pounds I was losing each day. Had to be done, I know. But oh the timing! And inconvenience.

Add to the holiday, losing a client and sick leave... expensive (private) physio and rehab. I have been VERY fortunate in that a client of mine works at this physio and has managed to get me a cheaper rate - instead of paying £62 per half hour, I pay £35). Still a lot of money, seeing as I am having at least 4 sessions a week, but worth every penny. It's helping me loads.

Much needed and appreciated... but so very expensive. It will come to at least £1k. A humungous added expense to a month where I have less than usual incoming funds.

Nice.

I found R10 in my old diary... and texted Lance 'Spending money for SA - woohoo!' It's a joke. Won't buy me half a chomp chocolate (he so rightly said). But it's *something*, isn't it? Even if only a tip for the guy who will wash our windscreen at the garage?

So, finances aside, and I don't want to harbour on this, as next month will be back to normal (phew), I have also missed out socially. Typically, with the weather playing a part, we have full diaries.

My friend's High Tea Hen Party at a fancy hotel in Central London... which would have been nice, albeit me paying £22 (excl drinks) for food I shouldn't be eating due to my wls, but couldn't go to as it would have been too much with me on crutches, and racing around London in cabs.

Tonight I miss out on Priscilla Queen of the Desert production in the West End. A generous gift to Lance and I from his sister. They will all go without me, the 77 steps in the theatre are not exactly pulling me there!

Add to that church events, and other miscellaneous little events and get-togethers. I will just have to make it up when my silly knee is behaving again!

On a good note, I am happy to say, although the knee (and leg) is doing better, I can hobble round the house abit more now, keeping the crutch handy. Still having to use 2 crutches when out and about or in the garden. I do hope to be down to 1 crutch by the time I leave for South Africa next week.

So looking forward to seeing my family and friends there :)

Glorious day

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Hubby finds the most interesting apps on the iPhone

Newly mowed!

Loving the sun on my skin today :)

An unexpected find!

When I worked in Piccadilly Circus I would enjoy wandering during my lunch break and discovered many a cute lil shop/pub/statue/monument/gallery/free music show in a chapel etc. I don't miss the commute but I miss the area.

We stumbled upon this place a little while ago... nondescript door, only went in as needed the loo.. then discovered little tables underground, with candles etc. So atmospheric. Apparently the oldest winebar in London! From 1890.

http://www.gordonswinebar.com/

http://www.gordonswinebar.com/hshow.php?jpic39|2

Monday, 4 April 2011

Preamble to the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa

We, the people of South Africa,
Recognise the injustices of our past;
Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land;
Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and
Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.

We therefore, through our freely elected representatives, adopt this Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic so as to
  • Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights;
  • Lay the foundations for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law;
  • Improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person; and
  • Build a united and democratic South Africa able to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the family of nations.
May God protect our people.
Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika. Morena boloka setjhaba se heso.
God se├źn Suid-Afrika. God bless South Africa.
Mudzimu fhatutshedza Afurika. Hosi katekisa Afrika.