July 2014 - an update

If you've been keeping up with my lack of shenanigans on Facebook, you'll know the last month has been a bit of a trial for me. Got side-swiped by a virus, that behaved like a weird stalker ex-boyfriend by refusing to go away; the lack of movement during this time has buggered both my back and wrist. 

In other words, any blog post I might write starts "whinge, whine, moan..." 

Therefore, I fall back on blogging with bullet points:

  • Dave's coffee business is now up and running
  • It is a lot of fun
  • The equipment is really heavy (coffee machine alone is 65kg)
  • The coffee is really good
  • I'm the cashier/order taker and I wipe up mess every 3 seconds which drives the barista absolutely nuts, but keeps everything clean
  • It's bloody hard work
  • I really hope my gym membership is tax deductible, because if I am to continue working with him in this business, I must become much, much stronger.

  • It is the season of weddings
  • We were doing coffee at a wedding yesterday and it was fab
  • Boy and I will go off in a couple of weeks to celebrate The Viking and his lovely's wedding
  • I am really looking forward to it
  • I know they will continue to be a very happy couple and be very good for each other.

  • Rummy is totally bonkers
  • Boy continues to claim Rummy is a dick
  • He rushes outside to break up the many fights Rummy has with his doppelgänger neighbour, Rocky
  • Boy is still pleased when Rummy comes to sit next to him
  • In the morning, after I given him breakfast and made myself a cup of coffee, Rummy comes to sit on my lap until he gets too hot.

  • I miss running and I miss the gym
  • I miss that feeling of accomplishment after a workout or a run, even if it wasn't the best
  • I'm going down to the gym this morning to book myself into some yoga sessions to try and free up my back
  • It's nuts how much ground I have lost in such a few weeks
  • My body has made it very clear it needs to move
  • Finding the balance will be the challenge from here on in
  • Finding the balance is always a challenge for a person who naturally enjoys extremes.

  • Summer should be my best time of year, given I love warm weather
  • With my hayfever, sinusitis and increased vulnerability to bugs at this time of year, I now perceive Autumn and Winter completely differently
  • I was much healthier last Winter, despite the cold and the bugs flying around the office
  • I will be doing a lot of research into allergies and sinusitis for next year
  • The Lovely Ursus gave me a light bulb moment when she reminded me this is my tough time.

  • I suspect I have become vain in my old age
  • Urban Decay make up is now my drug of choice
  • I had several oops moments in their counter
  • I have now more eye shadows than Pantone have colours
  • Some are sparkly, some shimmery and some are barely there
  • I haven't decided on a "look" yet, it's all down to mood right now
  • In fact, it's all down to mood. I'm sure there's a deeper meaning to my current obsession, I don't much care to think too deeply about it
  • Eyebrows continue to be the bane of my existence
  • However, I'm beginning to get the hang of them
  • I no longer look continually cross or surprised (unless I'm cross or surprised), which I'm counting as progress.

  • My finances are challenging
  • Thanks to new government regulations, I am unable to consolidate my debt to a cheaper monthly payment
  • I have way too much fun with cash
  • I tell myself, this is a learning experience
  • When I finally clear my debt, I won't be so quick with my credit card
  • That was until Friday when I went to the Urban Decay counter
  • It's time for me to think outside my financial box.

  • I'm in my fourth decade and I haven't begun another degree
  • It worries me
  • I did my BA in Development Studies in my 20s
  • I did my BA in Creative Writing in my 30s
  • My 40s stretch in front of me and I'm not sure what to learn next
  • Not that I can afford another degree
  • But I am beginning to think about it.

Considering I didn't know what to write, I think I've done quite well...

That's all for now folks. Catch you later...


  1. That's not bullet points, that's an AK47 fusillade!
    Eyebrows, eh? I SO know what you mean hun!

    1. I hope you were wearing your kevlar vest!

      Yeah...eyebrows are so UNRULY!

  2. Why is it that your posts often make me want to spend money at make up counters??? What's all that about?

    1. I'm not entirely sure.

      I'm supposed to be the bad example...you're not supposed to follow me down the path of iniquity and impecuniosity.

  3. Ug. Weddings. Perhaps we can come to some sort of arrangement? You go to the two weddings I'm supposed to go to, and in return, I'll take on your eyebrows?

    1. Umm...no dice. I also find weddings challenging.

      But thanks for the offer.


  4. So - running a business, running, a runny nose, and running up debts. A lot of running going on. Back pain is no fun, I get it from time to time and I've yet to find an exercise that completely stops it. I'm trying a new exercise that's very promising, but I can't find an image or a you tube clip for you!

    1. Unfortunately, the exercise your rightly point out, is not helping me get stronger! I'm working on a different type of running! :)

  5. I sympathise. My mind is out there, walking, cycling, running, climbing. But my arse is entrenched on the sofa laughing.

    1. It's so funny reading your comments on my exercise efforts! Two or three years ago, I'd have been writing them!

      I'll have you laughing at your sofa's expense yet. Watch me.

  6. I hear you on the back pain. It is a chronic problem for me. Bone crunching does no good anymore, after my spill off that damn horse in '07. If you are finding your osteopath is only making minor improvements, have you tried a combo of physiotherapy and massage? And yes to yoga but take it slowly. You don't want to overstretch it in any of the poses.

    I hope everything improves for you, darling! xoxoxo

    By the way, you are learning something new in your 40s... the coffee business!!! :-)

    1. I've contacted a Personal Trainer at my gym who specialises in sports injury rehab.

      I suspect the "cure" will be a combination of exercise, massage, anti-inflammatories and my osteopath to ease things back in the right place. Body movement is so complicated, my posture so poor...I recognise it will take time.

      Learning when to push and how much to push for, I suspect will be half of the battle. I'm only worried that if I leave it too much longer, I won't do it.

  7. Wow, have you been busy! I hope your back gets better and I hope you find the time to do the things you love and just live in the moment and enjoy every day you wake up and get to do things with the people you love, partaking in the food and drinks you enjoy, and taking the time to appreciate how far you've come, how lucky you are to be surrounded by loved ones and friends, and what an amazing and strong person you are for being fearless and daring and never giving up. You rock!

    I will gladly go to the weddings if the food is great.

    1. Yes, it has been busy here in the Casa.

      I'm just taking one day at time and hoping for the best...


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