- I started the year with a breast lump scare which thankfully turned out to be nothing important. It was a pretty stressful experience and having been given the good news this week I’ve been thinking a lot about those who got the other phone call. I have a spectacular bruise, possibly my best ever, from the biopsy and am very aggrieved that it’s not the done thing to go around showing off your very rainbow bruised boob. (I had local anaesthetic, it didn’t and still doesn’t hurt - don’t be afraid to get these things checked out).
- Because of that I had a bit of a slow start to the year and struggled to think about goals etc while I had that going on. Also work has been a bit shit because we’ve been dealing with two large third party incidents (thanks CircleCI and LastPass) and whilst the camraderie of working on these things with colleagues is nice, overall it’s not a particularly fun experience.
- I have been loving my daily chapters of War and Peace! Long may it continue… I’ve also been reading Jane Eyre which I’m enjoying, albeit with some reservations (I’m not a Mr Rochester fan).
- Dog walks have been incredibly muddy of late, and I think today might have been my first non-rainy walk of this year! I’ve been comically unlucky some days with Luke having a nice sunny walk whilst I’ve been caught in flash floods.
- I’m eating pretty much vegan plus fish at the moment, with some very occassional poultry. It’s going well and we keep finding delicious new meals. This week I made a Japanese curry from scratch, some miso marinated tofu, a cod with salsa verde and roast tomatoes and samphire recipe which we keep coming back to, and a wholemeal pasta dish with shallots, vermouth, asparagus and nutritional yeast. We also found a really good falafel mix in a local shop which I can actually eat (I’m allergic to peppers / capsicum / chillies / paprika etc and it can be tricky to find falafel without one of these in).
- On Friday my grandparents had some logs delivered for their fire. I say “some”… it was a pickup truck full plus a large trailer full. It fell to me (with ME), my aunty (with a bad hip) and my 84 year old nan to move them to a place under cover before the rain came that afternoon. It took us just under an hour non-stop and I’m pretty sure my amazing nan out-performed my aunty and me. I napped for two hours afterwards and experienced some Post Exertional Malaise yesterday, but it was fun and I felt useful.