Friday, 24 December 2010



Today's the last Friday you get a choice of the regular fill-ins OR a different kind of fill-in (or both). As you know, a friend emailed me a list where you have to identify Christmas songs by the initials of the first words of the first line of each song. If you'd like to play along, great! And...Merry Christmas eve to those who celebrate it! we go!

1. These are a few days of relaxing.
2. Traditional Duck, red cabbage, Brussels sprouts with chestnuts and pancetta and dumplings will be our holiday dinner.
3. What's that I hear outside… sleigh bells?? ;).
4. With the snow it’s all so quiet, quiet.
5. Some of my favorite holiday memories include getting our tree from the woods when I was about 6.
6. Nothing is stirring - not even a mouse.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to Christmas Eve celebration with opening of presents, tomorrow my plans include spending most day with the inlaws and Sunday, I want to have a PJ day!

28. JOSNLYETW: Jolly Old Saint Nicholas (Lean Your Ear This Way)
29. GKWLLOOTFOS: Good King Wenceslas looked out on the Feast of Stephen
30. UOTRRPOJGOSC:  Up On The Housetop reindeer pause. Out jumps good old Santa Claus
31. JBJBJBR: Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock
32. IHABCWY: "I'll have a blue Christmas without you"
33. WUNWTAGC: Way up north where the air gets cold
34. JHTSBRTTTT: Just Hear Those Sleigh Bells Ringing Ting Ting Tingling Too
35. CTTMPRPPP: Come, they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
36. AWHHOH: Angels We Have Heard On High
37. HAHJC: Have A Holly Jolly Christmas
38. AIAMNCFAB: Away in a Manger no crib for a bed

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Still battling migraine…

That’s a first for a while … 2 days in a row migraine… might be the weather, who knows?

Tomorrow’s my last day at work for the rest of the year … and I haven’t been told yet whether my contract is getting extended … fairly annoying really, but nothing new for me.

I *suspect* that my contract will be extended, but will see.

Got everything sorted for Christmas, tree is on the patio, we got all food in the fridge & freezer (have to remember to take the duckling out tomorrow eve). Presents are all wrapped and accounted for (and it looks like my presents from DH have now finally arrived too, as well as his Lego orders).

I’m somehow not with it right now … still can’t believe on Friday is already Christmas eve!!! Fortunately, DH and I are both off work that day so can finalise things.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Friday Fill-ins #202

*This week, I'm going to give you a choice of fill-ins OR a different kind of fill-in (or both). A friend emailed me a list where you have to identify Christmas songs by the initials of the first words of the first line of each song. Each Friday until Christmas Eve I'll post 9 more of these songs and if you'd like to play along, great! we go! *

1. The best thing about a birthday celebration is having family and friends around.
2. This year skipped the passage of time.
3. I went shopping recently and the most interesting thing I bought was lots of cook books! .
4. Baking cookies is not child's game with our oven!
5. The reason is that I haven’t perfected the baking of my granny’s Christmas cookies with a fan assisted oven just yet.
6. We’ve got tons of snow and cold.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to Leberkaese for Dinner, tomorrow my plans include another trip to the hospital and shopping and Sunday, I want to finally finish my advent wreath!

1. HYAMLC: Have yourself a merry little Christmas
2. TFNTADS: The First Noel The Angel Did Say (ok ... cheated on that one)
7. DTHWBOHFLLLLLLLL: Deck the Halls with Bows Of Holly Fa la la la la la la la la

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Journal your Christmas

I’ve decided to just finish off my current album this year but may post on my blog a little more – busy busy and over the next few weeks I’ll be recovering from tomorrow’s minor surgery anyway.

Was actually planning on doing a digi – album, might still do that once I get my head around it.

We’ve got snow – quite a lot snow … I wonder if my mum will be able to make it next week Thursday – depending on the Frankfurt and Edinburgh Airports and decisions made by the airlines …. let’s hope so, it’s bad enough I am not able to go and visit my family and the Frankfurt Christmas Market (it became quite a tradition over the last few years).  Sooo … keep your fingers crossed for me please!!

Some comfort food from the “fake” (LOL) German Christmas Market before the OP tomorrow.

And my friend Anna is working at the German Food Stall…


Monday, 22 November 2010

Boyce Avenue in Concert... :)

Seen these boys yesterday at Cabaret Voltaire - and definitely a band who can carry LIVE performances well.

Had loads of fun with Anna & Katnip and hope Boyce Avenue will come back to Edinburgh. :)

Their Special guest was Ryan Cabrera who was good in his own rights.

And here's a studio acoustic version of Taio Cruz' "Dynamite" which they played at the concert, too. :)

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Crafty things

Well... hopefully able to post some more crafty results over the next weeks/months. ;)

Dani's Forum is doing a Advent Calendar again and here's my contribution to it:

AKW 2010 - meine Paeckchen

I had bigger plans for this, different packaging, but life got in the way and I really wasn't in the mood for anything that time ... glad I managed to get the box to Mellie though - and last thing I heard my Advent Calendar is on its way back to me now. :) Cannae wait!!

Other things - we had our November crop yesterday and I actually DID something else than blethering and looking at other people's stuff ... ;) Still searching for my crafting Mojo, mind....

I found the instructions from one of the ladies at Dani's forum, "Yosemite" who posted this Teabag book with instructions on her blog. She's really very talented and does a lot of nice instructions for crafty things on her blog, definitely worth looking!!

Tea bag book

I've used one of my favourite stamps from Whiff of Joy on there, Herb with Tea cup.

I've embossed it and partially used fine glitter on areas ... had bags with glitter for years in my stash but never used it until now!! :D

The inside of the tea bag book is below - I've given it enough space for 4 tea bags - but you could just duplicate the pattern for more if you want.

Tea bag book inside

Friday, 19 November 2010

Friday Fill-ins #200

Geesh – 3rd post of the day after a looong break of sporadically blogging… yay me! ;)

FFI we go!

1. Why does time fly when you’re on holiday??
2. Your mind will open to everything when you go out and see the world.
3. Thank you for a nice week off so far.
4. Christmas is my favorite holiday because of the memories I have from my childhood, because of the nice smells, seeing happy faces and making my family happy.  
5. I am SO tired and headachey right now. :(
6. Life can be less stressful once we make up our minds to be human (and not perfect).
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching TV (avoiding Pudsey day stuff though), tomorrow my plans include our November Crop and Sunday, I want to have fun with Anna & Katnip at the Boyce Avenue Concert!!! :)  

Haven’t been

… posting a lot of crafty stuff lately – well, no wonder … I’ve hardly done anything. :o

However, I’ve managed to make some cards and even took photos! So here they are… ;)


That’s the card I made for my inlaws’ Ruby Wedding anniversary – Wording is from Dimension Fourth (last year’s renewal gift) and the stamp … huh … I think I got that one way back from Rebekah at Stamper’s Grove (before she sold the business).

Stamped on red card, layered with gold.




The card to the right is the belated birthday card I made for my best friend, Sharon. :)

The stamp is from one of the monthly Stamp kits from Dimension Fourth. Embossed in Dusky rose I think … from Stamper’s Grove years ago. :)

I’ve done a couple more cards I’m sure, but can’t find the photos (IF I’ve taken any of them! :o) ).

Hoping to get more crafts done soon, but with workout plan (doing something cardio-related nearly every day of the week!) and work and Christmas prep etc … you know what that means.

Planning on doing Shimelle’s Journal Your Christmas 2010 DIGI and finish off the proper album from the last 5 years while plodding along. Now I just have to find some nice digi stuff for it … and look into digi scrapping tutorials again…

I’ve also got those things coming up from my German Scrapbooking Forums ….

At the "Scrapbooktreff": And Dani's Forum

Workout! ;)

Due to meds I had to get up early today … and with headache couldn’t go back to sleep, so up since 7:30am. :(  Head’s still thumping, body is sore all over - been doing Fitpro/Les Mills Body Pump and Body Balance on Wednesday and was at Ceroc yesterday night.

To be honest, I’ve only had 2 instructors for the Les Mills classes who really “inspire” me to come back week after week! ;) One’s Pat who’s moved to Fife back in 2006 I believe, and my current instructor is Allan who just makes everything so fun (and believe me, I tried Body Pump with another instructor and they just made me go back to Allan’s class) ;) .

We’ve got a very “nasty” move included in the Shoulder track, the so called “Pec Dec” – have a look from 1.22 onwards … and the Pec Dec itself is from 4:00 onwards … OUUUUUUCH!!! But great workout!!! I only manage the 1kg – 1.5kg hand weights for that, but even body weight only is sometimes enough!!! :0

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And no ... that's NOT Allan! ;)

When I heard the song for it first, I was just reminded of the “Techno Phase” in my life … ;) Loooong time ago! ;) But to be honest, this track is really great for gym workouts and definitely the only thing keeping me going through the Pec Deck!!! ;)
Definitely will get the track and add to my MP3 for the gym! :)

Friday, 12 November 2010

Friday Fill-ins

Haven't done them in aaaages ... ;) 

Friday Fill-Ins we go!

1. When pigs fly I'll be a very girlie girl.

2. Raining again - seriously?!

3. Call me a geek, but I really like comic book adaptations (not necessarily reading the comic books mind).

4. Sunday is Cheesecake brownie time - if you know what I mean. ;)

5. The most entertaining person in my life is my hubby because he can be funny, knows a lot of trivia and is really a kid at heart!! ;)

6. I've got nearly over the nasty cold - who's next?

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to meet up with friends to give Esther a nice good bye, tomorrow my plans include 2 movies and baking and Sunday, I want to see the Clansmen bring home another win!


Monday, 8 November 2010

And another call...

Had a message on the answer machine yesterday but we didn't realise that until this morning ... and then there was just a message from my Mum to call her back. I kinda knew what's up, and my call back this morning just confirmed it ...

My granddad (last surviving grandparent) died...

Feels a bit weird, I don't feel sad ... I don't really feel anything. :o My mum didn't get along with her step-dad so prior to winter 2009 I didn't have anything to do with him for about ... ummm ... 20 (?) years?? We always met up with my granny alone.

Am I a bad granddaughter for not feeling anything? It's not even "robot-mode" ... there just doesn't seem to be anything. Mmmmh... weird.

Monday, 1 November 2010

One month to go...

Journal your Christmas with Shimelle...

I believe it's year 6 for me ... or maybe more? Still haven't finished the first album which is a collection over the years really.

This year I am considering doing a digi album ... maybe I'll have time for that (and hopefully I'll have my lappy back in time!).

Shimelle got the info up and you can sign up for the class.

Hopefully will see some of you over on the Forum to discuss pages!! ;)

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Halloween's been cancelled!!

After getting annoyed by a cold the whole week I've finally succumbed to it ... sinusitis, sore throat and that annoyed scratchy cough (which I think is due to the sore & irritated throat, but of course the doc won't do anything as it's not affecting my lungs and therefore my asthma).

Managed to go to the Halloween Horror Hop (Ceroc) yesterday ok, but flagged after midnight and should have known today is just not my day. Still managed to go and see "Burke & Hare" with Nikki, Anna, Dave & Doug, but now ... Halloween is cancelled for me, no candies at our house this year.

Feeling a bit off as I ALWAYS had Halloween on the 31st since we moved to our house ... either at home with pumpkin carving & candies for kids, or going to Orlando.  :(

Ah well... I leave you with this instead ... thanks to Nikki for reminding me of it on FB! :)

(we'd seen this actually last year live at the Edinburgh Fringe)

And we decided I'll be carving pumpkins for Friday (Bonfire Night with friends around).

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Rally for Restoring Sanity And/Or Fear

Glad they have a live stream for that!!! ;) FAB so far ... just think I may have to go to the Halloween Hop after 8pm ... not be there for 8pm. :D

Monday, 25 October 2010

Blog getting new face ...

Couple of changes in life for the last couple of months, and given that the Blog header was already there since about 2006/2007 I thought I'll give it a little revamp. Can't say yet when, but you'll see a new header eventually. ;)

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Listing some stuff at Ebay

Had the info in the Google Reader about a free listing weekend this week for UK residents and have been picking out several stamps I'm not using anymore and will probably cull more.

Currently am listing at £0.99 both used and new.

Have a look here, maybe there's something you're interested in?

Also figured that your first 100 listings per month (?) as private seller (if starting price is less than £1) are free ... so no need to rush right now, think I'll be posting lots more stuff over the next weeks. :)

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

I hate those calls …

All was ok … bit busy at work, bit annoyed about buses/traffic in Edinburgh and me taking 1.5 hours to get to/from work.

Left home after dinner to get to Ceroc – a new venue for me, and promptly went to the wrong St Stephen’s – who’d known there are two St. Stephen’s Churches close together in Edinburgh!!! :o

Arrived at the one at Comely bank, the women walking past me were carrying familiar little green folders and one told me “There’s hardly any queue!” – A queue? For Ceroc? Surely not????  But I was told it’s busy on Tuesdays ….  But when I arrived at the door for the Church Hall I saw a sign for Weight Watchers … errr… yeah… not really where I wanted to go today.  So figured it had to be the other St Stephens, fortunately not too far away.

Managed to park the car after a bit of circling around, had a missed call from DH and when I got to the door a message to call him asap.

Called him and he told me my mum phoned … he just understood the word “gestorben” (died) and believed it was Oma (my gran) but wasn’t too certain. And he said my mum wanted me to call back but could do that once I’m back from dancing.

Well… not really something you’ll put off, so I phoned Germany … and yes, my granny died. Again, out of my other set of grandparents (the only one left) the one who was healthier and not really believed the first to go.

She had a heart attack (or something along the lines) a week or so back, got through her birthday (13/9), was back in the nursing home and then things turned bad, blood in lungs and she had trouble breathing.

My mum visited her yesterday, she said it was quite sweet as Oma was singing in her sleep, waking up, smiling and my mum and then dosing off again, still singing. Mum waved her goodbye in one of the moments Oma was awake and went home, then got a call today that Oma died (apparently she just didn’t wake up – died in her sleep – like my Granny).

There won’t be a funeral – my Oma and Opa (granddad) decreed in their will that they don’t want to have a wake or funeral, just an anonymous scattering of ashes (I think so nobody feels obliged to tend to their grave).

I’m torn with my feelings, partly I’m glad I saw her back in June (only 3 months ago!) when she was fairly active, but on the other hand it’s yet again someone from my family dying when I’m not around.  It’s like “history” repeating itself.

Was sitting outside the church hall for a bit bawling, then followed my mum’s and Doug’s advice to go for a bit of dancing – stayed for the intermediate class, a couple of dances and went back home at 10pm.

Still not come to terms with the situation really, but … can’t do anything about it.

It’s just all so sad that none of my grandparents will be alive to see any great grandchildren from us. Now it’s only my granddad left, and in June he looked more like a skeleton, high chest and sunken in tummy, more a skull than a face and he was mostly sleeping. Mum has not told him yet, he’s not that compos mentis anymore… and I suspect he’ll follow Oma soon.

RIP Oma – you’ll be missed!!

Oma mutsch and me (684 x 548)

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Busy busy Saturday...

What a day! ;) Didn't have to be at Stirling for the 2nd Day of Camp until 2:30pm, so had time to go to the Ceroc Scottish Champs 2010 for the Lucky Dip and Nikki & Dave's Intermediate Competition before dashing off.

I just love watching them dance, they are so in sync it's great!!!

At 1:55pm I left the venue to take photos at the Stirling Clansmen training camp (really have to look into options for shooting late at night - most pics after 6:30pm are blurry-ish! :( ), drove back home at 8:20pm to get some food, get changed and then head back out to the Scottish Champs Party where I danced my socks off until 12:30am. ;) Thanks to Dave, Steven, Nikki, Esther, Shirley and ... errm... yup, don't think I know his name  (oooops!!) for the dances!! :D

Now considering going to the Halloween Horrors Hop, given it's on 30th October 2010 and NOT on Halloween. ;) And MIGHT even compete in next year's Champs? Who knows ... ;)

Saturday, 11 September 2010

What a difference a team makes …

… Was a bit worried that the whole situation with the Wolves would have soured my passion for the sport, but being with the Stirling Clansmen yesterday at training camp Day 1 has taken those worries away.

It is really good to feel appreciated, the guys have been asking me how the summer was, how I am etc, the coaches are great as usual … Yes, it might be that it’s because it’s only season 2 for me with the Clan, there might be still the “bribery factor” of cake & photos (but then – the Wolves got that as well!), but we’ll see… ;)

Anyway – I had a great time with them, and am pretty sure I’ll enjoy the rest of the weekend taking photos for them as well.

Let’s hope the weather plays along though – driving to Stirling yesterday felt like driving through a veeeeery long car wash (M9)!!!

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Don’t get me wrong ….

… I would love to just see the good things from the 9 years, and “retire gracefully” – but I think last year just was a chore, no thank yous, hardly any help offered (apart from the usual suspects) and personality clashes.

But hey – that moment might still come … in a couple of weeks/months … who knows.

Thank you for the music …

Ok … I’ve cooled down a bit, culled some “friends” on Facebook, but still cannot get how some people THINK! Or NOT THINK, for that matter.

Sunday started off fairly busy, due to the Antiques Fair being on the same day we didn’t have the concourse or the shop at Meadowbank, so had to improvise (which we managed ok with 2 areas sectioned off inside the stands for merchandise and for the tuck shop.

We just started to have our gameday crew meeting, when our HC shouted for me to do the card check (Player names and numbers to be called out for the oppositional Manager or general dogsbody like me). Yes, Cal told me Don wanted it at 1:30pm, but of course it couldn’t wait. So I dashed down, hadn’t even prepared anything so had to get myself through, calling out names and writing jersey numbers down at the same time, getting help from Gordy (ex Claymores fan and the GM of the opposition, the Shropshire Revolution).  Then card check on their side, afterwards marking up 2 more sets of our jerseys for the Refs and the stats booth, then get the Junior Wolves sorted for the sideline help, speak to the refs and suddenly it was time for kick off!

Don’s asked Doug and me to be honorary Team Captains … well, suppose that’s probably as close a Thank you as he would do … AND THAT’S EXACTLY THAT!!!

It’s weird to go into a game (specially playoff game) not really wanting your team to win as you’ve already several things planned for the following weekend, and the HC wants you to stay OVERNIGHT if we’d have to travel down to Manchester!! Felt quite wrong, a bit like a traitor, but on the other hand I just about remembered all the reasons why it was time to leave/step down/get away from that club/sport.

One of those reasons was sitting on the stands – our foes (and yes, that’s about what I can mention here, everything else would have to be censored!!) from Dundee. I mean – it’s a Scottish Team playing an English Team in the playoffs – you’d think that all differences would be buried in that case, but NO – of course not! The guys from Dundee cheered for the Revolution – and I’m sure Lump, one of our ex–linemen – did the same.  I would understand that if we’d played the Tigers or Trojans (both Scottish teams) in the playoffs, but an ENGLISH TEAM??? But then – I’m talking about Charlie Campbell, who’s been googling for photos from the BritBowl 2007 (where Dundee played and I made a couple of comments on their worn jerseys/them lying to the League about not having 2 sets of jerseys, Charlie wearing shorts and flip flops (British finals – you’d think there would be a different dress code??!) and the fact that I doubt their Star Runningback raked up all the yardage as they played us 3x and he didn’t get near 1/3 that yardage during that time) and claiming I’m the reason for the animosity between Dundee and Wolves. He did that openly on the forum, even was planning on suing me for libel. That happened about 6 months after the finals, and shortly after my gran died and us having trouble with IVF – if he’d read more of my blog he’d have known but of course he didn’t. I actually was asked by the league board (who understood me) to make that post with my comments private to prevent any more trouble for the club.
 So yes, the fact they did support the opposition riled me quite a bit (but didn’t surprise me)… but then … I calmed myself down by telling myself they paid money to get into the stadium to hurl abuse at us (or cheer for our opposition).

During halftime Doug played “When I’m 64” for his dad as it was his birthday, and at the end of the game he played our song “You get what you give” as a thank you for the 9 years I’ve supported him in the sport and because it was close to our wedding anniversary. I even had some tears in my eyes after that – partly because it was my last Wolves game, and partly just because of feeling touched by Doug’s gesture (he IS a bit romantic sometimes!! ;) )

But after the game … you’d think with an ex-Head Coach come Defensive Coach and the current Head Coach ONE of them would think about thanking Doug and me via the PA system for the 9 years we put into the club?!? Surely?  Or at least get one of the announcers (both ex Wolves players) do it??? BUT OF COURSE NOT!!!! WHY WOULD THEY!!!

Even in the team huddle after the game there was NO word mentioned about our work.

We stayed back as usual, about 1.5 hours after the team probably went to Sportsters for the aftergame food, had our FAB Volunteers and the Juniors helping clear the stuff away. Then we went to Sportsters, had a wee chat with some players, and then the big announcement by the HC - “Guys, Hailey (our physio) has baked cake, that’s your dessert, so THANK YOU HAILEY!”

ERrrrrrr…. Apart from the fact that Doug and I have been spending 10 months out of the year on Wolves stuff, working about 25 hours per week during season, put OUR OWN MONEY into the club to carry it until players decided to finally pay their subs to the end of the year, washed kit (and nearly broke out washing machine about 4x during that time), had kit & shop items stored IN OUR OWN HOUSE, giving our everything for everyone on the club, giving up holidays (Doug travelling home early during 2006 because our then HC decided to pull out of the season), rebuilding the team, having open ears for the players, helping with job/girlfriend/family troubles, booking holidays & IVF around the season, giving up Sundays for training (and then Wednesday evenings), more or less played B&B for 3 residential training camps (well – in a different location, but we provided the food/did the cleaning up), pulling off the organisation and running of Superbowl Parties (the only Fundraisers for the club as players/coaches couldn’t be bothered to do anything else) since 2003 and Awards Nights for which we provided the Awards, Highlight Reels and “Outtakes” (which again took a lot of time), me getting haggled for photographs I took (but had the audacity not to post online yet). I’ve also been doing the taping and some sports therapy bits and bobs (for which I was sidelined by the HC with just providing the physio despite him knowing that I just got my diploma in Sports Therapy…

So apart from all that (which are of course the HUGE BIGGY BUGS that anger me) I’ve also been baking for the players for away trips and other events and I never got a thank you for that. Or Anna, who’s been baking fabulously decorated cupcakes for the home games this year – or Calum’s Cat who did baking as well and supported some sideline help in her capacity as nurse … no thanks for them either. But because Hailey made a cake she got a public thank you.

I mean – I’m trying to get Don’s thought process for that … maybe he thinks there will be an Awards night this year (which neither Doug nor I are prepared to do) so he can thank us there. But then – even players who joined half way through last year don’t know that it’s Wolves HQ who put all the hours into the Awards Night planning and running.

So … no thanks … but then – what do I expect? I’m talking about the man who still hasn’t apologised for his behaviour on the Chester Trip last year (which in my books means the HC has to stay sober as part of“Duty of Care” for his players when the GM had to drive an injured player in that player’s car home and couldn’t do the “Head teacher role” – and nobody listening to me at that point anyway! ).  Or the fact that he’s called me childish and other things, who wouldn’t accept my apologies for something I didn’t think requires an apology but I gave it anyway as he saw it as a direct attack at him and his family (apparently I didn’t do a good enough apology) – who still hasn’t given me an apology for that (I opened up about my reasons for doing all the work for the club and he effectively brushed it off – one main reason being that the club was my “child substitute”).

But the biggest thing … We get thanks from our opposing teams – thanks for being a model club and helping other clubs setting them up to the “blueprints” of the Wolves.
We even got a public thank you for our work in the sport etc during the last game at the Glasgow Tigers – by THEIR MC via their PA system!!!!

Makes you think… doesn’t it??? Actually … it made me RAGING MAD on Sunday.

Monday – big THANK YOU to all the players (and I believe the Fans) on Facebook by the HC again … and Congrats to the Revolution.  Still nothing towards us.

I’m getting too emotionally involved in such things … and I probably will have to change my mind about Wolves players I thought are my friends but just took advantage of everything I (and Doug) did.  I’ve started weeding my Facebook friends list, and – even if it’s hard – I think a lot more will be falling to the axe.

And now … BREATHE!!!!


Have to let go of it all, but it’s hard after 9 years and next to no recognition. I had a lot of face slaps during these years in the SPORT, seeing bad people reaping all the rewards for something good people have done, good people getting into cross fire because bad people having more influence, and good people leaving.

I’ve made a lot of friends during those 9 years, a lot of them being our overseas players, who we still keep in contact with. They are more appreciative than the ones who live here.

Our Volunteer Group was FAB – and I made lots of friends through players (their girlfriends/ex girlfriends) who are now better friends than the players themselves.

Maybe after a while I will be able to concentrate on the good things from those 9 years, but right now the bitterness is still there, and we should have probably retired last year after the Chester game already … but we again put our own feelings aside for the good of the club and to provide support for everyone else.

We also won’t be going to BritBowl – I personally have not been asked even though I have been helping out for 4 years in the stats crew – I believe they have asked Doug if anyone of the Wolves volunteers will help out. That seems to be the normal way in the sport right now.

Won’t be going – because the people who CARRIED BritBowl over the last years are not there anymore, as they’ve been kinda chucked out of the sport/been sidelined. Also, the finals have been moved from the middle (ish) of the UK in Doncaster to Worcester – of course to accommodate the southern teams.  

To be honest, a lot going wrong in the sport since February/March in my eyes, and that’s another reason why we step away from the Senior league as a whole. I might be taking photos next year at Wolves games if the fancy tickles me.

There are a couple of friends who want to help out the club next year who just joined us this year – I would love to tell them not to bother or at least not to expect ANYTHING in return (not even a thank you) – but that’s for them to figure out. And maybe it’s just that everything we did was taken for granted, so we didn’t even deserve anything in return apart from hassle?

To me the club is not the Wolves anymore … and right now I wouldn’t mind if they’d change their name … There’s hardly anyone left from the inception year 2002, hardly anyone who knows & appreciates what we’ve put into the club.

I won’t be stepping away from the sport in full though, I am about to give my all to my University team for the 2nd season – the Stirling Clansmen. Things I do are getting appreciated, the players are nice and giving me respect and not mouthing off at me.  And the added bonus – I’m just taking photos, and the season is 2 games shorter. ;)

Phew – that’s a lot to write up, and probably still not 100% understandable for most of you reading this.

Like in 2007 I suspect some bad people will be picking up on things in this post and try to give me a hard time, but this time I won’t make the post private. I’ve not been on the new league forum since its inception in March, so won’t do so now. And I doubt I will see many of them again any time soon.


Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Just a quick hullo ...

I'm still here, still seething from stupid people's behavior on Sunday but am too busy with work and gym/dancing/Clansmen that I don't think I'll be able to post a full update until the weekend or Monday (weekend is Clansmen training camp and Ceroc Scottish Champs).

It's still riling me, so don't worry, my emotions about that won't calm down so easily. You'll get all the "goss" soon enough.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Still here... just busy ... and laptop broken...

... and I'm most days at the gym or dancing in the evenings, so really don't get onto the "big" PC that much... Lazy, I know. ;)

Hope to be able to update the blog a bit soon though. Just hang in there pls. :)

Have also signed up for yet another class from Shimelle, it's her "Learn Something New Every Day" from Wednesday throughout September. I did sign up to her "Love your Pictures, Love your Pages" class but only close to the end so will catch up with that once the Wolves season is over .... ;)

And considering I'll step down in my capacity as Club Secretary and general dog's body for the club by the end of the season (will only take photos IF and WHEN I WANT!) I should have more time ... Will concentrate fully on my University Team, the Stirling Clansmen from September/October on ... it's only photography for them (and baking ... how did that happen??? ;) ) and it's a league that's running over autumn/winter which means we'll be able to book our holidays when we want!! :D WAHEY!!

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Just a quick note…

I know … been bad with keeping the blog up, but lots of things were going on (injuries etc), here’s me hoping that I will be a more regular blogger over the next couple of months. ;)

But just wanted to give a quick “heads up” (after posting on Facebook and the Wolves Twitter ….

Edinburgh Wolves are


Wolves HQ (i.e. Doug and me) have not been down to Shropshire with the team for the game as Doug has an implementation weekend and has to be on call.

But I’ve been getting updated by Cal and was able to update our tweets as well.

Well done, Wolves – I am proud of you.

Now on to get things sorted for the playoff home game … phew!

Monday, 12 July 2010

Monday after game day…

… and I’m actually doing our OWN washing instead of the team kit! :) That’s a bit of a novelty really, and I like it.

Have been doing 3 washes but weather looks as if it’s going to rain anytime soon, so the washing is hanging up in the living room.

At least I managed to mow the lawn – somehow the grass grew up to 1 foot plus during the last 2 weeks … next time I’ll just take a scythe to the grass if it’s that long, probably easier that way!! :o

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If the weather is still holding then I’ll tackle the thistles in the front garden and re-plant my dwarf roses.

Was actually planning to do some crafting, but the good weather (read “non-rain”) means I HAVE to do something in the garden – who knows when I’ll get next the time/weather to do it.

Oh … and my small plants in the garden seem to do their business this year!! Just think I have to transfer the pepper, cucumber and courgette plants into a proper veggie patch (which is half done).

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In other news – Wolves are now 6-2, and undefeated at home. Means we may get to the playoffs and have a non-regular season homegame in September. … Oh, that reminds me … have to do club stuff afterall (e-mails). Pfffft!!! :(

Monday, 28 June 2010

Musings from the air…

Haven’t been back to Germany during summer in quite a while – we usually go in April for my mum’s birthday (which was this year changed to now because of that stupid volcano) and then again for a longer weekend in December for exchange of presents, and to go and visit Christmas Markets.

We had fabulous weather, every day around 30 degrees and mostly sunshine! Fab!

Not sure if it’s because I’m getting older now, but somehow a week is not long enough for the trip to Germany anymore. I’ve not been able to meet up with friends this time at around, and we’re usually fairly ad-hoc with our plans to visit my family as well. And then there’s the shopping … it’s nearly like a trip to Florida!!! ;) And of course I’m always trying to get a trip to the sauna in as well…

I would LOVE to go for longer than just 1 week – I would LOVE to travel around Germany, would LOVE to go with Doug to the Northsea or the “Ostsee”, would LOVE to go south towards Munich, east to visit my family in the Lausitz  or even do a quick trip across the border to Austria to my family there (they have been asking again when we’re going to come visit! :o ) or across to Switzerland to finally get to meet Franziska  and see Armand again.

So many things I’d like to do, and maybe, come next year, I may actually be able to do that.

In the past I was happy to get back home, but somehow, today, I’m feeling a little “homesick” to my own country. The fact we get nice hot temperatures, that we have outdoor swimming pools and lakes you are allowed/can swim in, the fact you can just get into the car and drive south and you’ll be in Italy/Croatia/Spain within a day!  Fabulous way of going on holiday really.

Friday, 18 June 2010


Yup, that’s what I am … our WiFi doesn’t work ON the couch, just on the wee table beside it, which means I cannot lie with my right leg elevated if I want to be online… :o  Not really happy about that, but maybe that keeps me “off the box” and I get more editing done? TONS of photos of Wolves and Clansmen games still to be edited … not to mention our holiday in US and up outside Dundee!!
Restless probably because my blinking knee is not swollen… it hurts, but is not swollen… which would more indicate something is wrong with it, right? Still using the cryo cuff which is nice for pain treatment (and usually for swelling as well, but we don’t need that yet).

Thursday, 17 June 2010

I’m “broken”…

…  the running on paved paths on Friday was worse than I thought, and standing a lot on Sunday during the game didn’t help. However, I didn’t really feel tooooo bad (but then – I sometimes wonder if having a high pain threshold is a curse as I’m just putting up with it).

Yesterday I was jogging to catch the bus and suddenly my knee just buckled. :o Managed to sit through work and then decided to go to A&E (given that I’m only 15 mins away from the hospital) to get the knee checked before our holiday(wouldn’t have gotten an appt with my GP before next week).

Waited just 40 mins for initial assessment, then on the trolley bed for another 15 mins for the X'-ray, then another 15 mins (all the while listening to a) a female alcoholic, b) a mentally challenged person and c) a guy who was out for a fight! VERY comforting … really was fearing that soon the “fight guy” is going on a riot! – Very high police attendance in A&E doesn’t really make me more comfortable either!!).

No fracture on the knee (didn’t think so – only thing could have been avulsion really – i.e. piece of bone ripped off with the tendon) … and I got the “possibly” thing again! Not that I’m losing faith in NHS (errr… yeah… actually… I AM!) – possibly an MCL sprain (what I suspected) – at least this time the nurse practitioner did the varus/valgus stress test … 

But what the …. how do you get an MCL sprain without external or twisting force????   Suppose… the pavement probably could be taken as external force as there is no GIVE whatsoever.

So … went in to work today (even though I was told to rest & ice for 2 days) to clear things up before my week off, but left after 4 hours. Sitting at a desk and getting up again and again to go to the printer is not helping the knee at all. Now lying on the couch with the cryo cuff and hope for the best… need to be fit for Monday (well… actually for Saturday (junior tournament) and Sunday (Seniors away game)!!!

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Tough workout but I managed it!!

Tried to figure out where the small shower room at work disappeared to, as the big ones are for office gym members only and I'm not going to pay for that! Got slightly annoyed but finally found the 2 showers available ... suppose they have to have "free" showers, in case someone cycles to work. ;)

Means I can do my regular Wednesday session for the "run" (jog) around Arthur's Seat ... provided it's not chucking down rain!!!

As for today - I had a triple session tonight ... first W1D2 which I upped to 8kph speed for the run (still feels like a jog). Managed the work out.

During Body Pump I upped the ante to 2.5kg each side for most moves bar the warm up (even for the triceps bar workout!). The single plate weight for triceps I upped to 5kg as well. Still can't do the lounges without help (now used the bar to steady myself and that worked ok-ish), and squats ... yeah, just ignore me with them. Not sure if my lordosis (quite a big invard curvature of my lumbar (lower) spine) is causing trouble ... got a bit painful in the lower back (and no - that's not a "nice" term for bum! ;) ).

Body Balance worked ok too, apart from the fact that I need a block for my knee for any moves where the knee's on the ground. Oh ... and my arms were too heavy... ;) Ah well... getting back into it.

Had a nice hot bath ... here's hoping that I'm fairly ok for Ceroc tomorrow!! :)

Monday, 7 June 2010

Quick update

Yup… I did it … :) Was fun, felt great afterwards, and am looking forward to Wednesday now. :)

The podcast definitely helped – I’ve downloaded two, will see if I’m trying the other one on Wednesday.

Speed-wise: warm up at 4.5kph, walk at 5.5 kph and jog at 7.6kph. Probably can crank it up to 8kph for the jog. Was running on the treadmill just to check speeds … funnily enough jog is there at 6kph (that’s fast walk for me) and walk at 3kph (geesh… that wasn’t even my cool down speed!).

Depending on weather I might actually go for a run in Holyrood Park on Wednesday during lunch break … just so I have a bit of a breather between that and Body Pump & Body Balance. :)

A step in the right direction....

Ok, after lots of umm-ing and haaah-ing I am going to follow in Joanne's steps ... not that I am necessarily planning on doing a 5k run or anything, but with me doing the Body Pump, Body Balance and Ceroc already I quite like the idea of being able to do some workout I can do while on holiday where I don't have necessarily access to a gym.

After coming back from the family weekend away my scales shocked me ... I was at 90kg, the highest EVER!!! I still think the scales are broken, but hey... ;) 

There you go ... tonight I'll do my first 20 mins ... :)

Friday, 28 May 2010

How To Fold a T-shirt in 2 seconds

Yup, that's what I have been googling for today ... ;) DH mentioned this technique years ago, and we seem to look it up at least once a year... I personally have never tried this technique until today.

Just part of my day off work ... have done 3 washes and been doing ironing while watching TV downstairs, always having an eye on the weather. And yes, I dashed out twice to safe the washing! Deceiving sunshine ...

Ah well... back to the ironing board. :o

Wednesday, 19 May 2010


Now … that sounds a bit harsh and scary, but yes … I sustained a mild concussion on Saturday when I got into my car after the Clansmen Alumni game! :o 

Was feeling ok (apart from a little sore after the bump – have done that a couple of times in my life, so why think of more? Would be a bump and maybe a bit bruised and ok in a couple of days) on Saturday, but woke up with a horrendous throbbing headache on Sunday.  But of course I just blamed the migraine … a very strong one, with painful eyes (felt as if someone was gouging them out!) and a very tight band around the head plus painful back of the head (lower occipital bone) and neck – all part of my usual “migraine routine”, so again… didn’t think of anything.

Monday the pain was a little less, but coming and going … and a felt a bit more nauseous than Sunday but again … coming and going…

During the night I didn’t sleep well, neck was painful depending on how I was lying down. Despite the headaches (coming and going though) I went to work … and during the bus ride I finally came to the conclusion that I might be concussed … “my” migraines don’t last longer than 24-48 hours and the pain was localized to the area I bumped when getting into the car … plus the nausea …  DH told me to phone NHS24, the nurse there seemed to agree with my self-diagnosis and sent me to RIE.

After 2 hours sitting in the waiting area (I’ve ALWAYS waited that long in that building … despite being sent over from the Western in the past, or being referred by NHS24 … doesn’t make any difference when I arrive or what day … :o Was a bit concerned NOT to be seen quicker than 1.5 hours by a nurse … head injury anyone!?!) I had full neurological testing by one of the docs, but we ruled out brain injuries (at least that!) and he agreed that I probably had a mild concussion … and apparently my migraine kicks in as a by-product …

Now slowly getting ROM (range of motion) back in my neck, and pain is getting better (although it’s still fairly bad in the mornings … probably depending on how I am lying down).

But then … who’d thought that you can give yourself a concussion when you knock your head on the car when getting into your seat!!! :o

Monday, 3 May 2010

Swamped with paperwork again & lappy off time!

What is it with Mondays before a game? Always a mad rush to get Wolves registrations done – I really wish we would get that sorted 2 weeks prior to a game, if players turn up on the Sunday prior to game day then tough – not getting registered until the week after. :o

Doesn’t help that my laptop has off time at the moment … doesn’t comply whatsoever! :(  I’ve tried a back up (but have to clear some space on my external HDD first!!), AntiSpyware check and virus scan, but somehow that doesn’t do the trick. I’m really in the mood to do a full format of the disk … have copied the most important things from the laptop so COULD do it, but DH’s lappy is off to repair and we might not get it back in time, which means mine is on standby for Saturday’s game… :o

So lost quite a bit of time doing the paperwork between 2 PCs, editing some photos for Saturday’s program … and still have lots more to do! :o 


Saturday, 24 April 2010

Bit of Cyber cropping for me

Not prepared for the UKS CC (Monopoly) at all, and with baking cheesecake brownies today and watch Dr Who & Dr Who Confidential plus dealing with Away Trip paperwork I didn’t get much done … actually … managed 1 challenge and 1 class … Printed off the PDF files so far though and will do some scrapping on Monday or even tomorrow evening, depending on when we’re back from Inverness.

Point system was different this time, so no logging for yourself (shame … I quite liked that but can see why “scrappybunny” wanted to change it for her and the other organisers – they have now more time to take part themselves). 

True to the theme of MONOPOLY (I’m in the team TOP HATS btw with fellow Edinburgh Croppers Yvonne & Pauline plus Joanne from Isle Of Bute – a guest cropper at our crop) the points were in £££ per layout/challenge. ;)

Here you go … first one is:


This is the class “Bow Street” (by Gertie) – title was to use alpha letters as “mask” with paint for the title plus the strips of patterned paper was included too.  Not 100% happy with the LO, but the photo needed scrapping eventually. ;)

£150 for paint used (£100 without paint)

The Challenge was “Water Works” and should have included a holiday theme for £50 and if you have a water element on it you’d get another £50.


It’s our photos from Blizzard Beach 2008. :) Quite like the LO … first planned to go for a PageMaps map but the whittled down my photos (not the best quality, we used Neil’s camera in a poly bag to secure from water).  Journalling not done yet – it will go on a tag behind the big photo with the snowmen.



Oh… and here’s a photo of a card I made for the “1 stamp swap” at our crop with Heather P’s stamp (the window frame one) and also used one of my own Stamping Bella Stamps “Veggiebella”

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Also used some stickles. ;)

Ok … I’ve now prepped for tomorrow, now will edit photos on my laptop and maybe read a bit.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Not going! :(

That's it ... we're not going ... flight was cancelled this morning. WHAT A CRAPPY CRAPPY THING!! :(

Hoping now that my big sis is going to manage to install Skype on my mum's PC so we can do a video chat tomorrow.

Not sure if I'm going to work this week ... maybe going for 2 days ... not sure. Or maybe using this week to get the house tidied, the garden done (if the weather plays along) and some crafting maybe?

Signed up for the next UKS Cybercrop, which starts on Friday ... that might make me find my Mojo again... :o

Should be sitting in my mum's flat now or go shopping in Germany, have some "Mettbroetchen" or "Leberkaesebroetchen" ... CRAP! :(

All because of this one here...

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Update - not looking good

Been keeping busy with editing photos and watching TV ... and now the latest news are Lufthansa nothing until 2pm (?am?) tomorrow, BA not even consider flying until Wednesday.

It's quite weird to see the differences in days ... DH and I suspect that British government doesn't want to do anything "risky" because of the elections looming in May! :(

Sun's finally out ... just about 7 hours late. :( Ah crappy crappy time!!! Really not happy!


I should have been at my mum’s by now … should have landed yesterday around 9pm in Frankfurt, but yet we’re still here at home.  That stupid volcano has some explaining to do!!! :(  Currently we’re booked for a flight on Monday with stand-by for today, but who says the flight will be going tomorrow???

It’s quite weird what you take for granted – I’ve been back for my mum’s (and previously my granny’s) birthday since I moved to the UK – that’s now 11 years with this year being a bit of a problem.  Can’t even go via train or ferry, as they’re all fully booked; driving is not an option either, due to the Chunnel being already fully booked – and considering that our car has troubles to get down to Doncaster – I doubt we would like to try if it can go all the way to Frankfurt (AND we would lose 1 day each way).

So right now we don’t even know IF we’re flying tomorrow. Apparently Lufthansa & KLM have done some test flights yesterday afternoon and decided it’s not safe enough. DH asked me if we would like to be the first to try flying – would that be safe? I’m not too sure. :o

At least I’m staying at home today (novelty on a Sunday in quite some time again!) due to stand-by. Weather is crap though, so my plans of doing some gardening or going for a nice walk are crushed. So today will be doing some housework, editing photos and maybe doing some crafts later. And a trip to the cinema.

I was shocked to hear my mum getting all teary yesterday when I called her to let her know the flight is cancelled … we’ve been down in December, and she’s planning to come up in August for the Festivals, but I assume for her it’s even worse than for me if we don’t visit during the usual time. :o

If we’re still grounded tomorrow then we won’t fly at all as our return flight is on Friday (first Wolves game on Sunday). Then we’ll try to go down in July or so. As much as I’d love that (able to go swimming in the “Kiesgrube” etc), I would prefer to be there for my mum’s birthday ….

Friday, 2 April 2010

Friday Fill-Ins

Friday Fill-Ins

1. All you need is a cuppa and a piece of cake to relax a little.
2. Animal antics fill me with laughter.
3. Each generation, as it grows up, makes it own history.
4. My inner self is something I have a hard time dealing with.
5. A trip to my family is what I need.
6.Give and you get back.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to not much today, tomorrow my plans include a cinema trip and Sunday, I want to see a good pre-season Wolves scrimmage!

Monday, 29 March 2010


Haven't posted in a while, and was determined to do better than last year. Didn't even keep up my monthly and weekly quick fillers/updates.

Life's quite stressful ... lots of things going not really the best way ... Football, family life, health...

I've got tons to do (editing Photos from Clansmen games and the holidays, doing some "culling" around the house, get Wolves paperwork done asap, update the blog, do some scrapping) but at the moment there's always something else getting in the way, or I'm just NOT IN THE MOOD!!! :(

Had a scan today, no cysts reappeared since OP in October, but weight's not ideal so we don't want to go ahead with another cycle just yet. However, I am getting frustrated with NHS/Sign and whatsoever ... I'm in the "mill" for coming up 5 years now, we had 3 fresh cycles, 2 frozen (or was it 3? It's all just merging into one long line of treatments really!!! :( ), and so far I only had one attempt that "took" ... and then ended in a fail afterall. BY THEIR STATS I SHOULD HAVE 1.5 KIDS BY NOW!!!!

I'm not believing in "entitlement", i.e in normal life we should have 2.5 kids because everyone else does etc. But what annoys me is that we're "playing by the rules" for the whole thing, no smoking (we don't anyway), no drinking (very rarely for me) and healthy diet (we do! Just the weight didn't shift with me since the OP due to Christmas and me not going to the gym due to constant colds/migraines/stress etc.). And yet they can't figure out why we're not getting anywhere, or won't look into other tests because of them working under SIGN. REALLY getting fed up with that right now! :( I've had enough of bad times ... can't I finally get a bloody break????

Current options are to lose 8kg until next month (impossible with a trip to Germany) or having to wait until October!!! Stupid waiting lists here! :(

Friday, 26 February 2010

Friday Fill-ins we go!

1. A cup of tea is currently my life saver with the cold!
2. A personal touch makes a place feel like home.
3. Everything has its beauty – you just have to look for it.
4. Can you beat the taste of strawberries?
5. Art makes me feel torn sometimes (depending on the art).
6. LOL I just noticed I forgot
to close the window (cooold!)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to relax, tomorrow my plans include recovery from the cold and Sunday, I want to attend a football game! Or a scrimmage!

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Gunky Cranky Days….

Can’t believe I got that stupid cold for 1.5 weeks already … or can I?! It started off with a very sore throat during the night of the 13th, then my body decided to add sinusitis about mid-week, and from Friday (when, incidentally, I woke up with fever of 38.8 – I NEVER get fever!!!) a dry/hacking cough arrived.

Managed to get an appointment with one of the GPs at my practice on Friday and got my knuckles rapped because I didn’t make an earlier appointment so they could figure out if it’s a viral or bacterial infection. D’UH! I’ve been told not to bother with doc’s appointments for a “common cold” with sore throat unless it takes more than 6 days to go away … and considering the time spans I get from my GPs for appointments (the past couple of months it’s between 5 and 7 days!) I really didn’t bother.

And YES, I am CRANKY!!! :(  Fed up with NHS for the timeframes etc. (come on … being told the next appointment is not available until next week when you phone because of migraine/tension headaches????   That’s only an example btw, don’t have migraines, but the interrupted sleep/hacking cough resulted in tension headaches when I woke up – and they’re still there.). And I am annoyed at my body to throw Sinusitis, head colds and migraines at me for the last weeks since I got my diploma!! And usually at my days off, so I CAN’T EVEN DO WHAT I WANT TO DO!!!! HMPH!

I hope to be able to do some stuff this afternoon, hopefully being ok for work tomorrow or at least Thursday. Need to be fit for Sunday – either going down to Durham with the Clansmen for an away game or being at the Wolves v Mavs scrimmage at home. :)

Friday, 5 February 2010

Weekly Me – Week 5

Outside my window… it’s cold and wet again.

I am thinking...I’m really not happy with my GP and dentist this week!

I am thankful for... a warm cuppa tea or Chai Latte. :)

From the kitchen... still the smell of oven baked potatoes (with tuna mayo and the other with cheese)

I am wearing... jogging bottoms and a t’shirt – my usual garb at home really.

I am remembering... that I promised myself to have the Wolves scrapbook updated by Super Bowl party … but that ain’t gonna happen yet again! :o

I am creating... still nothing – Mojo is still MIA, but I will try to do some scrapping/card making tomorrow.
I am going... to look into fruit & veg to be planted in the back garden at some point.

I am currently reading... “Order in Chaos” by Jack Whyte.
I am hoping... that my Mojo is coming back soon – I REALLY want to do scrapping, but I just don’t do it?!

I am hearing... the Simpsons. ;) And “Defying Gravity” (Wicked the Musical) sung by Alexia Khadime.
Around the house... a lot needs done … :o

One of my favorite things… was my Cuttlebug – which I’d broken last crop and haven’t replaced yet.

Sorry … rant!

Just back from the GP (well… have been preparing dinner since) and am just totally baffled really… and losing faith in the medical system here. :o

First of all, appointment was at 4:30pm and I didn’t get seen until 5pm. Same happened on Monday at my dentist. So why do practices insist on giving you appointments if THEY cannot keep them? But BEWARE if YOU are not on time … a dark look is the minimum you get!!!

At the dentist I was then told after 5 mins of checking fillings and gums that I should come back for another appointment where we do the X-Ray of my broken front tooth (which had a small chip in it again). Little me was thinking that would put me back about 2 weeks … but NO! The first appointment they gave me was 24th of MARCH!!!! What is WRONG in this picture????

But I digress …

Today’s GP appointment was for my left wrist … painful for about 1.5 weeks now. With my own knowledge I ruled out broken bones or dislocations and it kinda came down to tendonitis (bare in mind that as a Sports Therapist I am not allowed to diagnose - “educated guess” is allowed, but no diagnosis).

Went to my GP, explained situation, where the pain is etc. GP then prods around my carpals (in layman’s terms: the small bones in your wrist, all 8 of them). Found the spots of pain, and ruled out necrosis of the bones. Then she said “You probably have tendonitis. Take some anti-inflammatories and if it’s still painful in a couple of weeks come back and we get a scan done.”

Now  … I had to bite my tongue there … I “probably” have tendonitis???? And why do GPs only check the bones? How about doing special tests for the muscles/tendons? I mean … I would have expected full checking of ulnar & radial deviation (that’s the movement of your hand at the wrist to the left or the right as far as it goes) and the prayer test (put your hands together as if you’re praying and then move your arms downwards in front of your chest) or the reverse prayer test (backs of hands together instead of palms).

But NO! Nothing of that! The GP has effectively done an educated guess on the tendonitis issue!!! GEEESH!!!!


After our situation at EFREC I am really more and more losing my faith (and respect!!) in the British medical professions!

Friday Fill-ins

1. I know that the weekend will be over far too quickly. 
2. January sometimes feels like the longest month.
3. You can't help but wonder about some medical professionals.
4. Super Bowl on Sunday; bring it on!
5. Where have you looked for greek food lately?
6. Cream Eggs are now available.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to , tomorrow my plans include cinema and dinner at Khublai Khan’s and Sunday, I want to get some sleep in between Wolves Junior & Senior training and the Super Bowl kicking off at midnight!

Monday, 1 February 2010

Monthly Round-up JANUARY

I’ve pinched this from Katie’s Blog (Scrapbook Lady) and quite like the idea.
  1. What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
    BOOKS: “Ice Limit” by Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child,  "The Tiger Warrior" by  David Gibbins and  “The last Oracle” by James Rollins (a couple pages left.
    MAGAZINES: CK, PaperCrafts, Prima, Ultra Fit (after my exam)
  2. What movies, television shows, plays, etc. did I watch this month?
    Avatar” (needs to be watched in 3D!!), “Where the Wild things are”, “Daybreakers” (I think … will have to check on the first 2 though and might have missed one), new TV series for us is "GLEE" (and we love it!)
  3. What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends?
    Going to the cinema, watching my first Capitals Ice Hockey game, being back at Wolves training
  4. What gifts did I give and/or receive?
    Got calendards, chocolate and kandis from my mum. Got Millie’s Cookie Swirls for DH.
  5. What special or unusual purchases did I make?
    A calf length kilt skirt. :)
  6. What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
    Tension headaches and a cold come sinusitis. :( And a painful wrist since Wednesday.
  7. What were my accomplishments this month?
    I PASSED MY SPORTS THERAPY EXAM!!!! ;)  And started working in a different department for yet again the same company! ;)
  8. What were my disappointments this month?
    Bit of negative reaction from some people in the club.
  9. How did I do on my goals for the month? (Or any current short or long term goals)
    Lost a bit of the weight put on during Xmas, got my Sports Therapy Diploma and am back to the gym.
  10. Anything else noteworthy to include?
    Not sure … we’ve been training at the Heriot Watt Astro Dome, so that was a new experience!! :)
Here are the tasks I try to make sure are done by the end of the month:
  1. Upload all digital pictures to my hard drive and clear off memory cards in camera. Place all photos for the month in a computer folder labeled with the month and year. Make a backup copy of the photos from the month on my external hard drive and a dvd. I also upload all photos to my flickr account (you can use any offsite photo storage site, but here's why I love flickr). Ideally, these activities should be done every time you process any pictures through your computer so you don't lose any precious files, but if you have lapsed during the month, now's the time to get it done!
  2. Choose photos or digital layouts to be printed out and get it done while I'm thinking about it.
  3. Backup any other documents or files as needed. I use an external hard drive, I also upload many documents to Google docs. I don't like to lose stuff.
  4. Backup my blog. It's easy to do if you have one, just use Typepad backup or blogger backup.
  5. Clean off my work area, empty my inbox, and clean up my computer files. Here's a link to my digi organization post.
Will have to deal with the “task” part of things. :)

Friday, 29 January 2010

Weekly (umm!!) Me! :) 2010 Week 4

Outside my window… I can see the sun shining. FINALLY!!! :) And the garden needing work soon! :0

I am thinking...I’m going to shuffle about my to-do list for the next couple of days. ;) Enjoy a bit time off with a couple of household chores peppered in.

I am thankful for... the fact that my sinusitis seems to be on the way out… and that I did pass my exam and am now hold my Diploma in Sports Therapy!

From the kitchen...the smell of re-heated (and devoured) haggis is still lingering, and I can hear the dishwasher doing its work. :)   

I am wearing... jogging bottoms and a Wolves t-shirt. Just ready for the gym, whenever I plan on going (most likely some time between 6 and 9 ;) )

I am remembering...last week Tuesday & Wednesday I was all in tatters, my nerves all over the place and my head empty of anything I learned about Anatomy/Physiology and Therapy treatments! Is that really just one week ago???

I am creating...nothing yet. But I have plans to finally go back to my study and do some scrapping/card making this week. Oh … and I finished DH’s Miami Dolphins quilt. ;) 

I am my first ever hen night (well.. the dinner part of it) tomorrow … what am I going to give the bride-to-be? And what card am I going to make?   

I am currently reading...James Rollins’ “The last Oracle” and am nearly finished and ready for the next book! :)  
  I am find my Mojo in time for making a Hen Night card for Fi and to get some scrapping done!!!

I am hearing...several “pick me up” songs right now (not necessarily lyrics wise, but peppy-sound-wise): “Just say yes” – Snow Patrol, “Meet me Halfway” & “I got a feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas and “Bad Boys” – Alexandra Burke. 

Around the house...still a lot of stuff around, Wolves kit is back and we’re going to look into the NFL items collection for the Super Bowl party on the 7th.  

One of my favorite things… the lap trays AP got us for Christmas – quite handy for my laptop and dinner in the living rooms.