Who said money can’t buy you happiness?

Happy New Year… sniff… sniff…

Normally I love New Years Eve… we get to go to a party, hang out with friends, drink copious quantities of alcohol and then come midnight… run around kissing inappropriate people for the rest of the evening… what’s not to love?  🙂  But this year in my current drug hazed pain wracked state… New Years Eve didn’t seem worth celebrating.  I’d been invited to three NYE parties at GoddessBek’s place, Fav BIL’s place and Angsty Carrot’s place and in the end, I chose to stay home… have Indian take out, a handful of pain killers, barely two bourbons and watch some old movies.

How sad and pathetic am I?   🙁

So 2007 bites the dust and thank fuck for that I say …. cos it truly sucked ass.  Started off on such a promising high point too.. what with my  father passing away and all in January and ended with me having another car accident in November and finding myself unemployed in December!  Woo-hoo!  What a hoot!  Fun for the whole family!

Here’s a Cool vs Uncool list for 2007, starting with the Uncool cos they just seem easier  🙁

Uncool things about 2007
1.   Dad passing away… we knew it was coming but it were still a shock
2.   Motor Vehicle Accident # Four that didn’t kill my little car enough.
3.   Massive increase in back pain since MVA#4
4.   Goliath closing down and our jobs being relocated to Perth!
5.   Having to go job hunting and suck up to total plonkers.
6.   Absolutely no progress made on the Edouardo situation.  🙁
7.   Getting IVF reminder bills and realizing it’s not going away.
8    Still no online grocery shopping in Bris, come on it’s the 21st Century!
9.   The strange arse obsession with Frangipani stickers this year?!?!
10.  Rexona (the bastards) changing their deodorant can to a positively inoperable design – form follows function people!  😐

Cool Things about 2007
1.   Making some new friends at Goliath – particularly yaleman 🙂
2.   Going to visit with MD in Pakistan – what a grand adventure!
3.   Traveling to Turkey with Dr Nick .. no shit there we were!  🙂
4.   Crossing some more things off my ‘To Do Before I Die’ list.
5.   Hot air ballooning over Capydokya… unbelievable!!!
6.   Getting onto Facebook – and finding some old friends.
7.   Buying ridiculously expensive carpet in Pakistan 🙂
8.   Getting my very own website for SCA stuff  🙂  Thanks Yale.
9.   Buying ludicrously expensive noo latex mattress – love it!
10.  Overindulging on food, wine and group orgies with outrageous like minded friends.

Okay… I may have made that last one up …   😉

new years eve

Pet Hate #56

I have a rather largish living room, half of which is kinda the designated ‘study’ area, so it’s where I have my desk and my PC.  Which means, I can hear when emails come in or when someone ‘pings’ on the MSN (and by ‘ping’ i mean – sends a message to see if you get a response).  Not surprisingly, many of my friends and relatives will use the IM to contact me if I’m online rather than using the landline or the mobile phone as it often gets my attention just as easily as a phone call but doesn’t cost diddly.

But i absolutely hate it when someone ‘pings’  me on the MSN, seemingly with the intention (I would have thought) of starting a conversation and then they promptly fuck off!!   if you ‘pinged’ me, I figure you must with to converse about something – so come on then…. converse!!  Mostly it pisses me off because I will respond to the IM as I would to a phone call – I’ll often stop what I’m doing and come see what you want.
So while I love the MSN and find it very convenient and useful and if you wanna chat, then great, I’ll come and chat with you. But don’t fuckin’ rattle my cage as though you’ve got something to say and then bugger off for an indeterminate period of time… that’s just rude.  😐



Some Enchanted Thingamebob…

Mustered up the energy this morning to take Angel to the cinema and seeing that Alvin and the Chipmunks isn’t out yet and we’ve already seen the Bee Movie and Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (both of which turned out to be less than impressive btw) we decided to go see Enchanted.

The trailer looked pretty promising, I particularly liked the end tidbit when the bit where the gallant Prince gets knocked over by a gang of cyclists as he’s about to burst into song in what looks like a Monty Pythonesque moment. 🙂

I enjoyed the movie much more than I thought I would actually.  The concept was kinda fun, they set up the whole Disney ‘happily ever after’ animation thing in about five minutes flat at the beginning of the film in a nice neat little piss take at what’s basically been Disney’s bread and butter since Snow White.  The characters were mostly exaggerated stereotypes and it worked really well.  Amy Adams was about as insipid and sickly sweet as you get in a Disney princess, and Susan Sarandon was fantastic as the typical Disney villain… it must have been a lot of fun to play the part. 

As per usual they go a little bit overboard towards the end.. in this case a dragon ravaging New York, but since you’ve well and truly bought into the whole ‘over the top’ concept by now, it doesn’t bother you too much.  I think this definitely be buying this one when it comes out on DVD.  🙂

Said the Spider to the Fly…

Went to my biweekly torture session this morning (read physiotherapy appointment) and felt suitably loosened up and mobile enough for a while that I decided to brave the shops for a little poke around the post Christmas sales…. actually I was supposed to be popping into the shops to buy something for dinner tonight and some ham – normally Equinom brings me a Christmas ham, but with her being in South Korea this year I was ham-less and actually had to purchase one from the supermarket.  I bought a half leg ham that cost about $40 and which must have come from the most unhappy porker ever as it was positively awful… dry and tasteless.  I’ve never taken smallgoods back before but that one went back along with a demand for a refund.  But I digress….  I went to Carindale and left there with neither the requisite dinner  victuals nor the aforementioned ham!

I got happily distracted by manchester* and a booksale 🙂  As an early birthday present to me (and in no small measure a blatant attempt to cheer myself up) I had purchased a new quilt cover to try and make my bedroom a little lighter and more feminine.  I found the perfect thing and bought a lovely Sheridan Milla vanilla coloured (not cream  mind you… vanilla 😐 ) damask quilt cover that goes with some lovely Sheridan vanilla damask sheets I bought last summer in the sales.  So today I found some absolutely essential but admittedly useless throw pillows to match…. and you don’t get any girlier than that! 

Before                                                                        After

I also stumbled on a book sale at DJs… 30% off!  How excitement!  🙂  Picked up a couple of unusual tomes to add to the collection of books I can’t concentrate enough to read right now  :S   ‘Orgy Planner Wanted’ by Vicki Leon and ‘Left Handed HIstory of the World’ by Ed Wright.


*(thought of Dr Nick throughout entire manchester shopping experience! 🙂

In the arms of Morpheus…

I went to my GP yesterday to check in with him and he asked me to describe my pain which is not an easy proposition and can be a little difficult as the pain is different depending on what I’ve been doing, what medications I’ve been trying and importantly how tired I am.  My ability to tolerate or ignore the pain decreases considerably with fatigue.  I found myself staring at him momentarily while I tried to formulate a cohesive and concise answer because I’m fairly confident that I’m spending a lot of my time babbling of late.  I eventually answered him – “I am in pain every day from the moment I wake up until I go to bed at night.  It hurts constantly and I spend my waking hours working hard to ignore it and I am not succeeding.  I am not coping with this at all … and it is exhausting and inescapable”  or something to that effect.

And the worst thing about that statement is that it’s true.  The first thing I’m aware of when I wake up is that my back hurts.  Often the sensation of pain upon waking is so overwhelming I wonder how I managed to be asleep at all with my body screaming out in pain like that.  Lately I’ve been trying to fathom how on earth I am able to stay asleep through it, but I have been getting some sleep which is no doubt only because of the medication.  The second thing I’m aware of is usually numbness or tingling in my hands or feet.  Either that or the tension in my jaw and face which makes it difficult to talk.  The jaw tension seems to last a lot longer then it used to – I find I am skipping breakfast quite a lot lately because it has become uncomfortable to eat or chew in the morning.   Not good.

It’s about 5pm or so at the moment, and I’ve had a quiet restful day only venturing out to go to the pharmacy to get some more drugs (the nips are getting bigger) and I’ve got a monster headache, the same nasty arse headache I woke up with this morning, my upper back is just overloaded with painful sensations, if I move my shoulders they go clunk, clunk, clunk and my hands are numb/aching which isn’t being helped by typing this.