It’s live!

•May 20, 2015 • 4 Comments

I’ve been working on my website the last week or so and it’s finally live. I’m not 100% happy with it yet, but I will tweak it as I go. The important bits are up anyway.

So this starts the promotion of my business. The hardest part. I know it will start out slowly, I have no illusions about this and am fine with it. I still have to join my relevant bodies and get insurance etc. All this costs money so it will happen slowly. My business cards are ready to be printed, tomorrow I will send off the design. There are lots of little things that need doing. I’ve given myself a year, not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. But in a year I want to be working as a sex therapist and counsellor full time.

Other than all that, things have been okay round here. I’ve been a little unwell, okay, maybe I was extremely unwell and should have gone to hospital, but it passed. Turns out I’ve developed quite the codeine allergy. Monday night I was in screaming agony, my bladder was in spasms, I could not pee and I was itching all over. I remembered after a few hours that three years ago, when I had my last surgery I remember that I was having difficulty urinating with certain painkillers, but these also made me vomit profusely, so I had to stop them anyway. Turns out codeine is now on that list too, minus the vomiting. They’re all from the phenanthrene family these drugs, so add that to the list of ridiculous! My GP was less than helpful with alternatives to codeine, so at some point I will need to investigate this.

I went pretty much for a month without major stomach issues. That ended yesterday too, and I’ve been unable to eat much since. I even managed to put on weight! Here’s hoping my stomach settles again soon.

I had my yearly liver function test and for the first time in 3 years I have NORMAL liver enzyme levels!!! So good. My 3/4 of a liver is kicking butt.

So I’m feeling very positive and like things are about to evolve in my life. My family and friends have been very supportive and wonderful.

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The photo above is from a weekend photoshoot I did with my wonderful friend. The full, uncensored, triptych version is on my photography website (scroll down and click on it for the big version – do be aware there’s a bit of nudity on there, so it’s NSFW) I’ve had people say I should exhibit my work. It’s something I wouldn’t mind doing in the future, but it would have to be the right place. A lot of my stuff isn’t ‘normal’.

the weekend that was

•May 10, 2015 • 6 Comments

I had planned for this weekend to be fairly quiet, I felt that I needed plenty of Fen time, plus I wanted to do some housework. I do it most weekends, but this weekend I did it on a bigger scale. Plus I felt like I might want to do some cooking.

Saturday I grocery shopped and was done before 9am. When you live near a big Westfield this is often the best approach. Later in the day I journeyed to my local Spotlight, only to find out it was closing down and relocating and had sweet FA left on the shelves. I considered going back to Southland however the traffic annoyed the pants off me so I headed home instead.

I had been booked to babysit the kids and went over to my sisters early so I could hang out with the kids before they were due in bed. Unfortunately Pippa had a raging fever and as she has a history of febrile convulsions, my sister wasn’t comfortable leaving me home alone with her. Fair enough too. Pippa refuses to take medicine, so that makes things rather difficult. Finn and I had a great time however, I bathed him and he climbed all over me and bit me and slobbered on everything. He is such a beautiful natured little boy.

So my sisters partner went out and we stayed at home and watched Vikings on the tellybox. It was nice just to be able to spend some time with my sister.

Today (Sunday) I was awake early, not sure why. Our block had received notification that the electricity was to be off all day today and I wanted to put the heater on before this happened. By 9am I rang the power company who had no record of the planned works and had no clue. Needless to say, we had power all day. I guess they don’t like rain.

I decided to spend the day cooking. I visited my Nanna for Mother’s Day and we had a cuppa together. Her partner, who is 93, isn’t well and she is worn out by him. It makes me so sad to see her this way, so I made sure I spent extra time listening to her.  She’s 87 herself, so by no means a spring chicken.

I found a recipe for some Sticky Chicken drumsticks that was made for a slow cooker, so set about making this. Once it was in and simmering away, I then started on some bolognese sauce. The smell emanating from the slow cooker was bliss. After the requisite 4 hours, I plated some up and put the rest in containers for lunches/dinners. The only thing wrong with the recipe is that the sauce is far too runny, so next time I think I’ll add some cornflour. Looking at the pics on the page I got the recipe from, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if those were done on a grill, there’s too much caramelisation of the sauce there for just being done in a slow cooker. In addition, mine were just falling off the bone wonderfully, the drumsticks in that pic definitely don’t look slow cooked! I was very pleased with the taste of the chicken however, they were absolutely delicious.

The bolognese sauce is done and is ready for me to dish into containers to go in the freezer. This way I can make pasta or other things and just pull containers out as needed.

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I had a small glass of red over the course of 3 hours… sometimes I miss alcohol… not very often though

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If only everyone could smell just how divine this was!

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i’m no Masterchef contestant and it looks ugly, but boy did it taste good!

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Alex likes to help. On the right is him assisting me making the bed. Which has resulted in torn sheets in the past. Left is him assisting to dry the sheets!

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27 years of love from my Mum was wonderful. Happy Mothers Day x

 

 

Business

•May 8, 2015 • 4 Comments

So as I mentioned in a post last month, I have been kicking around some business ideas. I want to start working for myself in the future as I am pretty much over working for other people, plus it has been a dream of mine for the last 10 years or so.

I am a trained counsellor/psychotherapist. I currently work as a mental health practitioner in a not for profit company. It’s a job that, whilst I get a lot of satisfaction from the working with clients bit, realistically it’s going no where fast. No room for growth, both personally and financially. The mental health industry is a little bit shit right now and this is not going to change in any time soon. If ever.

So I figured now is a good a time as any to start following up on those dreams.

It will take me some time to get everything together and finalised, then some more time still to build a client base. You have to start somewhere right?

Thus far I have:

  • Decided just what it is I want to do/who my target market is
  • Settled on a business name
  • Registered the name with ASIC
  • I already had an ABN
  • Registered my domain name so I can build my website
  • Opened an email account
  • Started a twitter account
  • Designed a logo for my paraphernalia
  • Purchased a phone so I have a business only number

There’s still a lot I need to do, but I feel like I have achieved a bit this week.

Tonight I am exhausted, I was in court all day today with a client. I’ve demolished some pizza and I’m watching Shin Sekai Yori (anime) and zoning out.  I don’t have many plans for the weekend, I do have to babysit the kids though, which I am looking forward to doing. They’re growing so fast, I see them at least once a week and each time they’ve changed a little.

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Do Not Bend or Fold!

•April 30, 2015 • 4 Comments

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But throwing at ones front door is okay apparently!!

As I said in my previous post, I’ve been suffering through a super bad migraine. Today I woke up and felt awful again, so decided to take the day off. I’ve been to the doctors who has given me a prescription for wafers to take in the future and we tutted at migraines in general. I also got around to having my bloods for my liver done and got my ultrasound referral.

So I’ve come home and spent time in the sun with Alex, who’s loving having his human mum home.

I just wandered inside and was watching a very funny clip of John Oliver talking about Dr Oz (worth watching if you dislike quackery like I do).

I have the front door open (wire door shut) and was startled by something hitting my door with a loud bang. I quickly realised it was the postman doing his usual throw things at the front door trick, so exclaimed “Good Shot!”. He actually then walked up my steps and picked up the parcel and handed it to me. No apology. I thanked him and read the words on the parcel to him “Do Not Bend or Fold…I guess I should get them to add nor throw at front doors”. He beat a fairly hasty retreat, laughing uncomfortably.

This is not the first time I have witnessed this with my posties. I made a complaint a couple of years ago against a parcel post delivery guy who did the same thing (he was in a van – would throw out of his open window, this guy is on a push bike). It doesn’t give me much faith in getting things delivered that may be breakable. Just last night I was talking to a couple of my neighbours about this exact thing. You can see from the pic that the parcel has been bent, but who knows who did that, it’s come from overseas, so I can’t lay the blame at anyone’s feet for that.

Anyway, the item I received wasn’t breakable thank goodness, but really that is no excuse. More care should be taken with other people’s items.

This is what I received (not the laptop – just the decal)

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Migraines

•April 28, 2015 • 2 Comments

Two days ago I experienced one of my worst migraines to date. My migraines are triggered by my hormones, so every month I am at risk of getting them. Usually I take preventative measures such as taking pain killers a few days before my period, or if I get a lot of auras. This month I’d felt like one was at the periphery of my brain, but that it was staying away. This was until I woke up Sunday morning.

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I woke up feeling really average, so slept in a little. I got up and didn’t do a lot really, but after an hour it hit me. I noticed that my sense of smell had changed drastically (parosmia) and I suddenly started dry retching. It then hit me like a tonne of bricks to the brain. Any light entering my eyes felt like shards of glass piercings my skull. All I wanted to do was die. I was vomiting up nothing but bile, I hadn’t eaten anything. There was no way I could even get pain killers into my body by this point.

Stupidly I did not phone an ambulance, which in hindsight is what I should have done. Or at the very least get a locum doctor to come out and administer something (which I am totally assuming they can do). I did ring my friend, who brought me some codeine, though I knew it was pointless taking it at this stage as I’d just throw it back up again.

After a few hours of silent crying, screaming agony and throwing up, things subsided enough for me to be able to take some codeine and keep it in my body. It was then I was able to sleep and my brain was able to improve a little.

Today, Tuesday, I still feel the remnants of that agony across my forehead and I’m dopey and useless.

I’ve tried most over the counter and prescription medications for my migraines. My mother experienced them too and she never found relief in her life time. I’ve been told to drink a can of coke and take panadol, or use vicks or tiger balm next time, so I will give this a try. But honestly, if it’s an option, I’ve probably tried it to no avail. Menstrual migraines are caused by a drop in oestrogen levels and this is what mine are.  When I was on the pill I would skip my period for months at a time to avoid migraines, however I am not supposed to take the pill anymore because of my endometriosis and my liver tumour history. Also I found that the pill completely killed my libido, but that’s another story altogether.

Kath, I know you battle with migraines a bit, is there anyone else out there who suffers from these bloody awful things?

Berlin Artparasites

•April 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment

berlin   I follow this page on the book of face, and most days it really gives me something to think about. It has art with it too, but i couldn’t fit that in the screen shot. They’re on instagram too. I like it, a lot.

Here’s another one from today:

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It’s a wrap

•April 20, 2015 • 8 Comments

I’ve just spent the last 2 hours searching for my spare pair of glasses. I’ve lost/misplaced my every day pair. I am hoping that when I threw my bag into the back of my work car this morning they fell out of my bag. Both them and the case are missing. So annoyed.  Even my spare pair, with the taped up arm are awol. Grrrr.

If I have lost my glasses, I’m going to have to sell stuff to fund new ones, my lenses are expensive :/

I had a super busy weekend. I caught up with a friend for brunch on Saturday, at another friends cafe. I’m fairly sure we could have talked all weekend, it was lovely. Then Saturday night my friends took me out to Lau’s Family Kitchen, which was superb. The food was divine, honestly, so amazingly good. It was my first time there, despite it being run by the family of a friend of mine. So I got to catch up with him for the first time in years too!

Afterwards we went into the city and saw Pablo Francisco’s show at the Comedy Festival. He was funny, but a lot of his jokes I found tedious. Stuff that people joked about in the 90’s but people have moved from now. His imitations were good and he is obviously talented, but I wasn’t comfortable with a lot of his jokes, they were racist, homophobic and offensive. Afterwards we walked in a downpour to Fed Square to see Nick Cody. I enjoyed him a lot more. I think we got home around 1am, well past my bed time!!

Sunday one of my best friends came over and we had a late lunch at Rickett’s Point, watching the weather change and blow madly through.

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it was pouring when I took this, I got very wet!

So wraps up my 40th birthday celebrations. I can’t be bothered dragging it out for weeks. I’m done!

I now need to focus my energy on organising my ideas and associated bits for my future endeavours, ie, new business. I’ve been talking to people about it and the reaction so far has been positive. I’m going to meet with friends who run their own businesses and do some mind melding. I woke up at 4am full of ideas and it spiralled out of control and I didn’t go back to sleep. Well done me. If I don’t find my freakin glasses though, nothing will get done! Even typing this is hurting the heck out of my eyes.

(I keep all my birthday cards… not sure why… I have loads of them!)

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