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I need to do something about my sitting room chair.

This onr is just not right.arms too high and too narrow.  Mac has plans re fixing the old one but it's not me either.

Maybe I just need to get myself a "temporary" more Me chair.

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Finally got the phone to cooperate with the Livejournal app, tho it appears to want Capitalise Every Bloody Word.

My phone offered me an update recently (aka yesterday) so now it has Lolipop. Which makes the Ice cream sandwitch on the tablet positively archaic. So i may have to see if I can root it, at this stage the installed aps are taking too much of it's 2gb memory.

Having just bought myself a new laptop i can't afford a new tablet at the moment, my old sony was starting to die, screen going dim and its getting very slow. Mac has been twitting me about being hard on laptops. ha! learning windows 8.1 has been interesting.

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I'm starting discussing this today, but I actually started wearing perfume yesterday.

 

for me, for years perfume is something you wear on special occasions, something I have a bit of a complicated relationship with because my skin reacts in funny ways to a lot of perfumes, it often catches strange parts of the scent picture and latches onto them, others disappear quite quickly. i've bought a few over the years and tried a few but most of them just lurk. And then we changed the bedroom around over the weekemd and I realised that they needed to be used, it being near the beginning of the month I picked 7 at semi random, 3 full sized bottles, at least 1 of which I like, 2 miniatures and 2 small samplers. I have an ambition to wear one a day and see how I like them and sometimes even look for similar or those specific scents. Today's perfume is Gloria, this one makes me think more of evenings than days, the heady amber is standing out for me. it's quite sweet on my skin and the vanilla is beginning to make itself felt, though theres a nice woodsy undertone also creeping in, thus one is lasting pretty well. even if it wasn't discontinued I don't think i'd buy a full bottle, but it's not bad, I will finish the sampler.

 

i'm not a fan of vanilla or rose, I like woodsy, lavenders and some citruses so i'm apparently atypical for feminine perfumes.

 

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at some stage last summer I did something to my left shoulder. it was sore for months, I had an injection of steroids and anasthetic into it, at one stage it flared so badly I couldn't even write my own name.  I had issues knitting and stress was building

 

last Thursday I had an, we'll call it an incident, while going to work on the bus.  I was standing, waiting to get off, swearing mentally at mac for forgetting to pack the helmet that was swinging from my right hand while I held on, hurting, with my left. pain was building and I was looking forward to getting off the bus and getting to painkillkers.

 

then the bus jolted, and an eastern European woman behind me lurched into me.

 

I may have sworn, I did see stars!

 

shortly after I got off with the womans apologies ringing in my ear.

 

and the pain started to receed, to very tolerable stretched muscle pain, rather than crippling, eyewatering pain that I was used to.

 

I'm knitting again. there's still minor pain, but I'm mostly better, crossing my fingers that it stays that way!

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Gluten is a fun thing, I mean it should be so easy to avoid? Right? Just don't eat things like bread and you'll be fine, right?

Nope.

Gluten is in almost everything.
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Gluten is a fun thing, I mean it should be so easy to avoid? Right? Just don't eat things like bread and you'll be fine, right?

Nope.

Gluten is in almost everything.

I react within 20 minutes to it and I have to be near a toilet and take soluble painkillers, preferably solpadiene, to kill the cramping, my stomach will swell and get quite warm. And yes I react to tiny amounts of it. I can't share a butter dish with
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Gluten is a fun thing, I mean it should be so easy to avoid? Right? Just don't eat things like bread and you'll be fine, right?

Nope.

Gluten is in almost everything.

I react within 20 minutes to it and I have to be near a toilet and take soluble painkillers, preferably solpadiene, to kill the cramping, my stomach will swell and get quite warm. And yes I react to tiny amounts of it. I can't share a butter dish with <lj-user=grutok>, it caused the same reaction as a large amount, so yes I do my best to avoid it. But it's not life-threatening, well not immediately life-threatening. * It's just a lot of discomfort and those side effects can last two days.

When I say Gluten is in almost everything I bet you I could go shopping with almost anyone and be only able to eat a limited amount of what they put in their basket.

Fruit and veg is fine, provided it's fresh. Meat is fine, well mostly. Some very cheap meat can be bulked up with wheat-containing additives, so yes I have to check everything. A lot of pork products are hugely difficult (thank you Marks and Spencers for Gluten-free sausages!), and I can't have freshly cut meats from a slicer in a deli, the stuff that has gluten leaves traces. It's almost impossible to eliminate, most delis don't have seperate slicers for the two types and I can imagine how easy it would be to slip up.

I can't go to buffets, I can't eat sweets from pick-and-mixes, it has made my life less spontaneous.

What I hate about the entire thing is how it makes me have to be less spontaneous, I have to consider everything, I can't just choose anything based on what I want to eat, I have to ask, I have to pick from a more limited palette of choices, often it's a best of a bad lot that I have to go with, sometimes I base my choice of restaurant on how many choices I have. Indian restaurants often give me more choices. I sometimes say to waiters that I like the look of certain dishes, that I'm coelaic and can they help me, what would they suggest or what could the chef do for me, and often I've been lucky. I only get snippy when I notice that someone has put regular bread rolls on my plate and then whipped it off and expect me to eat around it. Seriously that will make me sick. I'm not trying to be awkward, I just don't want the side-effects. I've had huffy staff make me fell unwelcome, but thankfully that's rare.


Then I got engaged in a conversation online where someone said that I was being awkward by asking for B&Bs and hotels in Ireland to sometimes provide fruit salad with no gluten-containing thickeners (more likely than not) and make sure that at least some of the yogurts were gluten-free. These are things a lot of people who don't eat a full-irish breakfast would ask for, not a bad healthy option to offer, and more likely than not it's easier to do gluten-free than gluten-containing. Usually when we travel I take rice cakes, which are safe but bloody boring. Travelling used to be easy, now it requires research and care, however when I was in Germany I was very well catered for, which almost surprised me, I didn't think it was going to be that easy, I was also lucky that we were with people who helped translate.

I don't avoid these foods to make a fuss, to be picky, to be awkward, I do it because I have to. I do it for my quality of life, cause eating them makes me feel icky and hurts.

Today I ate two Reese White Chocolate sweets, within 20 minutes I was running for the loo. Nowhere on the label did it mention gluten, this is why I often suggest that if companies don't that they boast about it and if they do they admit to it, it makes my life much better


* there are some links between some nasty illnesses, like some cancers and coeliacs who haven't been diagnosed, but there's no absolute proof.
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and i'm back in work and with still a fairly painful shoulder. only now I have a rather nifty tablet (a Sony Tablet P, clamshell piece of cuteness) which has predictive text and I can almost touch-type on it, so there are occasional chances of daily updates.  I did mean to start yesterday but forgot.

 

last year was very varied. A fair bit of knitting and crochet got done and then my shoulder decided that it was having none of it and since about August I've been in pretty continuous pain, most daysit's bearable but some days it's only medication keeping me at work.  I took a fair few sick days and I'm now dealing with a disiplinary for it. not being able to write your own name is pretty serious stuff! This year I hope to involve a physiotherapist in dealing with it.

 

It's the new year and I have plans.
lose more weight. currently size 16 is wearable but a bit tight for being on a bike, size 18 (uk) needs a belt
cycle at least 1 of every 2 days, Mac has talked about walking, we'll see, there will be balance in exercise
use the fitbit daily
log the books I read
review the books I read
break in or bin/donate/sell the shoes
fix and wear or bin the clothes
bin the bad clothes
finish the works in progress
review the knitting books and get rid of the dross
blog the crafts
keep ahead of the mess
be excellent to myself

 

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testing my new sony tablet and livejournal app

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I've been updating my Goodreads library, mostly because it's there and they do have competitions occasionally for books, which is all good. I have no pride when it comes to free books. Also my shoulder has not been good and this has been pretty low-impact stuff on my arms. I've been on a knitting/crochet ban and while the little knitting I've been doing hasn't impacted too much and I plan to start getting more done, slowly and taking regular breaks, I'm still working on my goodreads library.

I don't think I'll be moving from Librarything as my main drug book organising tool any time soon. The data that Librarything has is better. I was also wondering about the recommendations from goodreads, unlike Librarything it has genre'd recs. So I input everything I have read this year, and 2011 and I'm working on 2010.

At this stage, with 9.600 books on Librarything (granted almost 1,500 are wants, and about the same on the TBR mountain); nearly 7,500 (1,000 to read, which is a mix of tbr and wants, which actually annoys me) and Shelfari where I have about 9000 books (which was an info-dump from librarything a few months ago and honestly I'm still cleaning that up, it imports everything as read.) I guess I have some commentary rights.

Librarything is my favourite, not for adding books, which can be a bit of faff, unless you're doing a bunch of adds. The Goodreads and Shelfari ability to just push one button, nice. However where librarything wins for me is in my control over the book once it's in there. I mean I can add books in the hard way, by actually inputting all the data and I've done a few of those, more in the first few years of use than now, now they can pull data, using a Z39.50 connection, which is a library standard, and they do. While goodreads classes books as Read/Reading/to read that often is a little rigid. How do I "read" a knitting book that's all patterns? There's a huge difference between the books I refer to often and own and the books I review on my knitting blog, those book reviews take a lot of work and it's not just a flick through with post-its to find a pattern I want in the sun. Or a cookery book? What about the ones I started, will never finish, because I abandoned them and gave them back to the library quickly in case I felt a need to burn them? So this is where the different "collections" and tags in Librarything work for me. It's a workhorse tool, it occasionally can help in work when someone is looking for something obscure, a search on Librarything can help throw it up.

I do love the % through the book and quick update and ability to comment as you go that Goodreads offers. The recommendations is a little off. Taking 3 I'd look at occasionally: Paranormal: of 50 recs, 9 already marked as read, 4 want to read. Fantasy again of 50; 5 read; 9 already marked as wants. SF (a horrible mishmash of proper SF, Fantasy and horror) of 50; 10 read and 7 already marked as wanted. Several of the recs on the list were later pars of serials that I hadn't read book 1 of, or I have book 1 on my tbr pile.

If you want to follow the most live info, with reviews as I go, Librarything is the place to find me, I'm possibly going to cut and paste the reviews eventually, probably starting with the most positive as there has been some negative stuff that's happened to people who post negative reviews on Goodreads.


And why have I spread the data? I had an account on the, now disappeared into the aether, Bibliophil. And I prefer to be slightly spread thinly than find things disappearing, though I think all three of these are going to be long-resident on the internet, I'm not assuming anything.

Crossposted with my Google plus account.

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it honestly never ceases to amaze me why people tell me I was "mad" to buy during the boom. I had little or no bloody choice.
factors here:
Capel Street was not helping my health. Old dusty draughty building was just not helping here.
Mac was heading to 40
I was 5 years from my cancer diagnosis and finally banks would actually talk to us, at all. (on and BTW still not insured on the mortgage!).
House prices kept rising and we wanted to get on the ladder somewhere that wasn't miles away.

 

So we did.  We could afford it and we still can, though the pinch is getting tighter and tighter. 

 

Did I want to pay what we paid? No.
Would I like to be able to afford cinema, dinner out once a month and some of the other, now, luxuries? Yes.
Do we live in fear of Mac losing his job? Yeah, somewhat, someone might help if he did.
Do we want to rely on someone else? No.
Do we want to keep a house over our heads? Yes
Do I lose sleep over this? yes
Is it causing strain in our relationship? Yes, we used to have vaguely equal income, now not so much.
can we afford to move? No. we are now in negative equity, moving would cost us.
I would like to see the naysayers cope with all this, would like to see them tell me where I can make it better. My medical history makes banks even more reuctant to deal with me now, and Mac's age stands against us and we have to get into trouble before any of the mechanisms will kick in and we're not in trouble yet, more cuts and things and we will be.
and we went mad? how? when?

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testing this livejournal app. might actually start to use this again if it works easily.

 

I'm slowly but surely getting used to this new phone, my first non-Nokia phone ever. I knew when I heard that Nokia were abandoning Symbian for Windows that I might be considering a non-Nokia phone on my next upgrade, I just didn't reckon that the upgrade would happen as quickly as it did.

 

Unlike some folks, my upgrades only happen when the phone starts to degrade, and while my phone was about 2 years old it was still working okay. Then I had my first bike accident. Not a serious accident, bruising to me and the bike and a nasty graze for Mac. But my phone took a pretty nasty graze too, only problem? Phones don't heal, so I had to get a new one. I wanted non touchscreen and didn't want to spend more than €100.

 

So I looked through Meteor's catalogue and picked the Nokia that looked like it would work. The Nokia C5 IIRC and it turns out that this was a brick with pretensions. I couldn't even port my contacts. I was nearly in tears within 2 hours, tears of frustration! So I went back and said no, this is not what I need from a phone, explained my needs and they agreed to swap, only this was just before xmas and the suitable upgrades were out of stock, here's some options, go research and come back next week.

 

So I went away, researched, came back and was told my first pref was unavailable. So now I have an Android phone, a Samsung Galaxy Pro, with both touchscreen and keyboard, a yearning for a stylus  and a tonne of apps.

 

so maybe with the Livejournal app you'll see more of me here!

 

my poor old phone!

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