Whiplash and Other News

So, I wrenched my neck on Tuesday and I’ve exacerbated the old whiplash injury.  I’d like to claim I was doing something heroic but it was humiliatingly domestic and not worthy of being part of a story.  Between this and the right ankle which still occasionally twinges (or the hip if I’m balancing my weight badly because of the ankle), clearly my body isn’t in optimum working condition.  However, the fatigue is much, much better than it was which is great because pain I can manage; the fatigue I still have difficulty managing.

Unfortunately today I’m very stiff and pained because yesterday I cleaned the house.  I’m beginning to think I should ask my Dad to pay for a cleaner for a year as my Christmas present but I know it’s a waste of money when my pain is under control.  Possibly I just need to pace myself better (before Mauritius I had got into the habit of splitting the house up – top, middle and bottom on different days).

In other news, I haven’t done very much over the past couple of weeks (unsurprisingly) between the revision for the exam and the health issues but I did manage to find time to do the necessary things which included putting together the training material for a course I’m running pro-bono for a charity organisation in Novemeber.  I’m looking forward to it.  Next week, I’ll be focused primarily on the business as the psychology is now on hiatus until January – I do have a couple of projects in mind around articles but they’re not top priority.

Writing wise National Novel Writing Month starts on 1st November and I will be taking part again in the hopes of getting the draft of the novel finished.  It’s been going reasonably well anyway but I like taking part in NaNoWriMo.

The cat is doing well.  She’s completely settled in and spending time in the garden on her own and happily coming back in when she’s called.  She’s still a riot.  I’m looking forward to Dad meeting her since he’ll be home soon (and thank God because he can take over doing the vacuum cleaning).

Finally, let’s talk about the X Factor because clearly Simon’s advice to the judges this week was “be controversial and make it about you rather than the contestants.”  Gary clearly tried by calling Sami’s performance boring and cruise ship (which was true even if she has a great voice – Louis did the same thing last time with Mary), and blaming Louis for making bad acts worse.  I think the problem is that actually Louis does have great acts this season but he’s just using the same formula with them as he always does – hence Sami=Mary and the cruise ship comparison.  With the other two he’s gone for the ‘put on a flamboyant show to hide the flaws’ strategy which is off target for a number of reasons.  Kitty does suit a flamboyant styling and staging, but she’s actually is a better singer than she’s been given credit for, and with Johnny who can sing, has the most incredibly unique voice and seems to be a really likeable funny guy, it’s coming across as Louis making a joke out of him rather than celebrating Johnny’s very real talent.  Maybe the strategy will keep them in the competition but especially with Johnny I feel its undermining his credibility as an artist: he’s not Lady Gaga.

Of course, Gary’s attempt at controversy was almost blown out of the water by Tulisa and then Louis calling out Misha (who had the stand out performance of the night) on her behaviour backstage.  Personally, I agree with Gary and Kelly: if there is a problem it should have been handled backstage and not used in judging commentary.

And that’s it for this week.  I’m off to do some writing and figure out a menu for next week so I can do my Tesco’s shopping…

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Monday Madness

So it looks like Monday’s are going to be the day for the project report, I mean, blog post.

Health: Well, having overdone it at the weekend, it did take pretty much the whole of the week to catch back up and regain my lost energy. 

Friends and family: Dad went back to Mauritius so I do have the house back to myself.  The cat is still poorly.  We had another exciting trip to the vets on Thurs where it turned out that despite eating more he’d managed to lose 0.5 kilo.  This is not good.  The vet doesn’t need to see him for a couple of months but realistically if he loses more weight and continues with the urination problems he has, we’re counting his life in days and weeks not months and years.   

Psychology: So, yes, I ignored this again this week but as the tutorial is on Saturday I will have covered all the relevant material by then. 

Coaching business: Attended a networking lunch on Friday so business wise I perhaps didn’t acheive as much as I set out to do but definitely achieved as much as I wanted given the energy issue.   

Writing: I continued my break as reading takes less energy and I think sometimes I do need to take a step back so I don’t become too stale. 

Most fun activity of the week: Surprisingly the network lunch tops the bill this week.

Random thought of the week: My tv viewing is now down to one TV show: Castle.  Witty and amusing in a more stylish and updated Murder She Wrote way.  I’m enjoying it.

Two weeks down, Fifty to go

My second week of 2011 and I actually do this on time!

Health: So more resting but the stress levels have been off the scale because the cat isn’t very well.  I knew he wasn’t very well because there have been clear signs that I recognise from the last time I went through a cat getting old and dying.  But as he’s been unwell on top of the usual stuff I thought I’d better take him to the vets.  Two trips to the vets later (the second where they knocked him out took blood, urine and x-rays) and we know he has a severe kidney disease.  We’re trying him on medication but if that doesn’t work than it’s only a matter of time before I’ll need to have The Discussion whether it’s kinder to put him down or not. Needless to say that has all been very stressful leading to a 3 day migraine and a post-migraine dizzy spell.  I am resting though.

Friends and family: My uncle is now safely back to his own home so it’s mostly been myself and Dad this week which is easier as he and I make fairly good house-mates (we mostly leave the other to it).  My best friend has been a Godsend, propping me up through the Cat Troubles.  And I’ve managed to email friends and past colleagues a Happy new year note so keeping in touch gets a big tick (and even better I’ve even had emails back).   

Psychology: I did check out the student page on my OU profile – does that count as study?

Coaching business: Well, surprisingly moving forward as the initial business development stuff is underway.   

Writing: Yes, there has been writing.  Finished my Dr Who Christmas Special review and an ad hoc one of Lois and Clark, and sent them to the editor (they’ll be published shortly).  I’ve also published a couple of fanfic stories and tracked the ficathon I’m running so not bad at all for one week. 

Most fun activity of the week: Hmmm.  Did I have fun this week?  Trip to vets.  Migraine.  Trip to the vets.  Migraine.  Call from the vets telling me the cat is very sick…really this week has sucked.  Still, on the bright side (since both coaching and CBT tell me to look this way), possibly the most fun activity of the week has been the ficathon: 6 stories published in the first week and mine went down a storm picking up 2 unsolicited recommendations!  So I’m a happy bunny deep down underneath the mountain of worry about the cat.