It’s not a British “summer” without plenty of rain and the need for a jumper or three. With the devastation being caused across the west at the recently, and Florida at present, cold and flash floods aren’t something really worth moaning about. It does put things into perspective. And then you hear of the escaped prisoners, the looters, the violence that breaks out, and you have to wonder why some choose to make a bad situation worse rather than show compassion and humanity. My heart aches for the devastation that’s been caused.
I had another physio session, which unfortunately I had to cancel on account of feeling rough and the obvious limitation with the pulled muscles. I’ll keep on with the standing up exercises, and hopefully get back to the lying down ones soon as it’s been too painful lately to even get into a horizontal position!
My B12 injection for Pernicious Anaemia was the other day. It’s makes me curious as to whether others with PA have any quick or noticeable benefit after their injection. I tend to only really notice them when I’m due another one as I’m dragging myself around at the 12 week point and feeling like hell. My late grandad, on the other hand, apparently noticed a world of positive difference after having each jab, though perhaps that’s because back then he’d get the ampules from the chemist and self-inject regularly, on a far more helpful basis than the UK’s 12 week scheduling. I’d love to hear whether anyone has a shared experience.
I’ve just finished Pierre Lemaitre’s novel Irène. It is a crime thriller translated from French and has received a lot of positive attention and reviews; I received it as a birthday gift from my brother. I found it engaging to read, though it didn’t necessarily grab me all the way through. However, as you continue to read, empathy with the characters develops as the pace quickens. It became increasingly interesting to be thrown into the world of the Brigade Criminelle as they flounder and falter and furiously work to decipher brutal murders that seem to be based on classic novels. The author did a good job with the finale, which make me re-think my views on the novel as a whole. If you want something gritty and captivating, check it out!
I’m not sure whether I may have mentioned this briefly before, but I’d actually booked a little while ago to go back to Salou, Spain, where I went recently. The time is nearing. I’ll be going back in about a week’s time, for 10 days. So many things went wrong when I came back from the last holiday, and I feel awful for saying it but it actually ruined most of it for me. It ruined the prospect of going back, too, and there have been a lot of times where I wished I could cancel it without losing money (no chance!) Luckily, and the only reason I can do so, I’ve been smart with costs and bargain buys so the two hols are probably what most people would pay for just the one. Plus, when you feel like there’s very little left, you have to wonder why you care so much to cling to what you don’t have.
And now you’re probably thinking, “heck, how ungrateful is this woman to moan about going on holiday?” I think it’s good to lead with honesty, and I have a bucket load of emotions, regrets, anxiety, all sorts going on in my head. Most of us do. Perhaps going back will shake things up for me, and things will be better. I had different motives for initially wanting to go back and had anticipated going on my own, but when I mentioned it to my mum she looked quite sad; she enjoyed it so much the last time that she wanted to go back and asked if she could too. So it looks like we’re both going, I just hope I can get my head sorted in the space of a week to go and actually enjoy it. I’m also a wee bit terrified of things health-wise but I’m trying not to think of how things could go horribly wrong. Trying to, anyway.
While probably not the wisest move, I’ve dyed my hair as I’ve been feeling pretty yuck about myself. A colour boost can help and even though it may not bode well with going away next week with chlorine or sun, it usually turns 50 shades of ginger within a few weeks anyway. I’m pretty pleased with this one – Garnier Nutrisse Hair Dye in the 6.60 Fiery Red shade.
It thankfully wasn’t as overpoweringly chemical in smell, and it went on and washed off well. I also like that my hair seems much thicker after using it and super soft too. Warning – Washing this out in the bath makes it look like a scene from Psycho.
A post I’ve loved recently and would like to share is from Heather’s wonderful Dinosaurs, Donkeys and MS blog – Dizzy’s 7 ways to get a better night’s sleep, which made me chuckle.
Catkins photo. No real reason to show you this little poser, but here he is!
As always, thank you so much for taking the time to read. I hope you’re all as well as can be ♥