Wednesday, November 29, 2006

that joke about Radioactive man

Today I had the bone scan on my ankle.
This meant an injection of slightly radioactive material and some scans at 9am, followed by delayed imaging scans at 2pm.
As the scans are happening I could see the images appearing on the computer screen, and was very excited to see that my right ankle was coming up with an intense white area, while everything else was an even greyish colour.
I had decided yesterday that the problem was sure to be bruising to the bone, probably around the heel and maybe outside of the ankle.

Over an hour later I was able to pick up the films, and report.
I read the report, expecting confirmation of my own suspected diagnosis.
There was the confirmation.... confirmation that I do indeed have a sore ankle.
Beyond that, nothing.
Definite injury, but not to the bone.

The doctor who wrote the report diagnosed it as maybe ligament damage, probably on the medial side. (ok, those weren't his exact words but that's pretty much what it said)
Its odd, because I expected the injury to be more to the lateral (outside rather than medial inside) side of the ankle, since that's where the pain and swelling has been more persistent.

So now I go see my doctor again on Friday, and hopefully am somewhat better by then, since he was talking (in the absence of bone injury) maybe needing other tests to determine the extent of ligament damage - whether it's just a couple of filaments have been damaged or whether a larger mass of ligament has been wrenched. =S

wish me ankle-healing luck!!!
(I really don't want to have to do that whole not eating and having to drink barium sulfate CT scan thing!)

besos

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

sitting

A whole day of being right off my foot today.
The boy made me french toast for breakfast this morning (If I'm not careful I can see myself going to back to work several kilos heavier than last I was there - with all this sitting and having food brought to me!)


I wonder how many calories per hour you burn with crochet?

This is where I'm up to with the granny squares.
So, I've done the medium blue with light purple, and medium purple with light blue.
Next is the mediums together and the lights together.
That will be 24 squares.
I know I want more than the 24, but I'm not sure whether to make 24 again the same, or whether to introduce darks as well, then do them in each combination as well?



And this is what's happening with the bears.

I'm done with the blanket stitching, and these guys are 23 of the 24 adventy bits.
On the reverse they match with the fabric on the tree, then they'll be turned around a day at a time.
I think they're super cute =)

Tomorrow hopefully I'll get to sew them on, then its border time =)

besos!!!

Monday, November 27, 2006

one step forward two steps back

So, I did manage to get into see the doctor yesterday.
In short, the x-rays I had last Wednesday showed no sign of bone injury, suggesting a simple (but nasty) sprain.
My foot, however, has other ideas.
The doctor wasn't happy with how its healing - mainly that it isn't much.
The bruising is progressing as it should, and the swelling is mostly down, but I still can't put any weight on the heel - a week after a sprain you would expect to be just about off crutches.
It has actually been more painful over the last few days than it was last week.

Next step is a bone-scan on Wednesday, which will show up any fracturing or bruising to the bone that the x-rays missed.
If there's nothing there, and its not better on Friday when I see the doctor again, then its CT scans or a sports injury specialist (for if there's serious ligament damage)

This also means I'm off work for the rest of the week too =(

besos

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Stir-up Sunday


This weekend I've been able to make some progress on the bears.
I'm still having to stay off my foot, and keep it elevated (any attempt at anything else has caused the swelling to return, this time mostly localised to around the actual ankle bone), so I have been in the perfect position to do some of the blanket stitching around the applique.



Yesterday afternoon the Boy and I ventured out of the house to do some grocery/baking shopping, and I picked up a few more Christmassy fabrics to use in the border - once I can comfortably machine sew again (its my pedal foot!!!)


I had planned to make my Christmas pudding today (it's Stir-up Sunday!), but when I went to start soaking the fruit I realised that I had imagined one of our bowls to be much more pudding basin-y but it isn't really going to be suitable so I'm going to soak the fruit overnight tonight and maybe pick up something more suitable tomorrow, when I go to see the doctor again (assuming I can get an appoitment when I call in the morning).

I'd also like to make a little single serve pudding which is lighter on the fruit - the Boy isn't a big fan of all that dried fruit.
Does anyone know if you have to replace the fruit with something else? Or could I just use some of the mix from the main pudding, but with less fruit? hmmmm

Hope everyone is having a great weekend,

besos =)

Friday, November 24, 2006

time

Well, here I am at home in front of the tv with my foot up again.
Instead of feeling like I can't do anything I am trying to take advantage of the oppurtunity this Friday to be grateful that, thanks to my ankle, I am getting some time to myself.

Today I'm using this time to start planning some Christmas baking (I blame the advent calendar!!! The week before that I was switching off the Christmas carols at Big W - carols at the start of November???!)
I've always enjoyed the baking that inevitably comes with Christmas, even more so since I experienced my first Danish Christmas in 1999.
Its like it's the one time of year where I can do something that makes me feel really close to Denmark, and something I can share with my family.


I'm hoping to get the Christmas pudding under way tomorrow, and part of my planning today has also been a bit of internet shopping - I've ordered an aebleskiver pan!

Ever since I fell in love with the delicious aebleskiver in Denmark I have always kept an eye out for an aebleskiver pan when visiting speciality cookware shops, but have never seen one.

Today I decided I had to have one.



The are apparently relatively easy to come by in America - I even saw one advertised at the Target website, but I couldn't find any stockists in Australia (or even anyone who had heard of aebleskiver) or any American sites which would ship to Australia, except for pans.com.

My aebleskiver pan should be shipped today, and hopefully by about 2 weeks from now I'll be eating aebleskiver! =)

Very excited. =)

besos =)

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

bananas in pajamas

Last time I posted it was getting late-ish on Sunday evening and I was preparing for an early morning on Monday.
I did manage to get up at 5:15am, unfortunately at 5:20am I was down again in a heap on my backside at the bottom of the stairs.



I have no idea what happened - I guess I'm just not a morning person...
By the time I realised I was on the floor my right ankle was about the size of a grapefruit.
My first thought was that I was going to be there alone on the floor with the cat licking my face for at least 5 hours, until one of the boys got up.





When I found I could get up my next thought was that I was going to miss my flight, so I finished getting ready and got in the taxi, planning to see the first aid officers at the airport.
Note to self for next time - they don't have first aid officers at Canberra airport.




I iced my ankle during the flight, then hobbled around for two days on my work trip, before going to get it checked out on Wednesday morning.
The doctor was really quite impressed, i think, with the level of bruising and swelling.
Usually when you 'do' an ankle you either go over on to the inside or the outside - I've done one then the other, then bruised the front on the way down.




I had some x-rays taken yesterday, the medical centre said they'd get back to me if the doctor wanted to see me again but I haven't been able to get any more information on the results than that.
I haven't heard anything, so nothing is seriously broken, but I may have some fracturing or chipping which would just be treated by continuing what I'm doing already - strapping, ice, elevation and staying off it.


So here I am at home with Oprah again - my boss has banned me from coming into work until Monday to make sure I can stay off my ankle and rest it up properly.
Luckily I picked up my entire dvd collection of Roswell from JB hifi after the doctor yesterday, so I am being kept well occupied.
Unfortunately I can't really work on my advent calendar since I have to have my foot elevated, so I'm granny-squaring instead =)

I guess sometimes our bodies find a way of making us stop and take some time out when we need it.

besos =)



BTW: Since I have previously requested pictures to go with others people's medical stories I thought I should post some of my gruesome pics (which, as J-mo observed, are remeniscent of something you would see on CSI when they've pulled a body from the river).
The first three are from Monday evening, the other two were taken this morning in the interest of capturing bruise development - the yellow came up quite well I think.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

doing


Tonight I'm on a bit of an 'actually getting crafty stuff done' high!
After our guests left I sat down with a patchwork magazine, some fabric and some of that stuff you iron to stick your applique on (I know they told me what it was called, but I just can't remember the name, but it is great!!!


I think I mentioned last week that I was keen to do some kind of Advent calendar type project - this is it.
I got a start after our guests left this afternoon, and got busy with that fab iron sticky stuff.


I can't really think of much to say just now (and I have to be up at 5:15 for an 8:30 meeting in Sydney tomorrow =S), so I'll quickly post some pics now, then give some details later this week.

Hope you had a productive weekend too!

besos =)

Friday, November 17, 2006

family

Lots going on today, so just a quick gratitude Friday message.
This week I'm grateful for families.

Living so far from my family is really hard sometimes.
My dad is turning 50 today, and I won't be able to make it to join in the celebrations since I have other commitments here.
His family don't get together very often - so it's sad not to be able to make it =(

I couldn't have made it through this week without family - those who are here with us, those who are just a phone-call away, and those special friends who are there for us when our 'actual' family can't be there.

Thanks guys - couldn't do it without you!

besos and have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

common threads

I had a bus moment today (yeah, what else is new hehe - actually, it was really nice to get an insight into someone else's bus moment this week)

The girl sitting next to me on the bus this morning had a customised satchel - with little frills of pink lace - super cute.
I was looking at it, wondering whether she had customised it herself, when she rang the bell for the next stop.

Then, as she stood up to get off the bus, I saw them.
Those tell-tale cut threads you get from sewing - the ones that stick to everything.
Other people may not have noticed, even if they did then they probably wouldn't have understood the significance of those little threads.

It made me feel like part of a secret club.
It made me smile.

Happy travels
besos =)

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

retail therapy

Why is it that when you plan shopping time (and money!) you can't find anything you want but if you're on your lunch break (or broke) you can hardly stop yourself?!

Things have been a bit rough chez us this past week, so the Boy and I decided to spoil ourselves with a monday of a special lunch (Lemon Grass - where else?!)and some serious retail therapy.
I have $300 worth of shopping gift certificates to burn through, and was prepared to throw in some hard-earned as well.
We went to three of my usual retail hot-spots - Big W, JB hifi and Borders - and I came home EMPTY HANDED!!!

Fast-forward to me popping over for a quick 20 min lunch break today.
It was like stuff was jumping off the shelves at me!
The very stuff I was looking for on Monday!
I managed to escape with these fab shoes, a new book and a few quilting fabrics =)

Shopping karma - its the weirdest thing!

Besos! =)

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

I love my granny....

...squares!

I can't believe I was so scared (I had put 'squared' and had to change it! hehe) of granny squares! I continue to be amazed at how simple and straight-forward some things are once you actually give them a try - and don't tell anyone, but even though they look super cool, granny squares are easy-peasy!
My biggest problem is trying to decide when to stop! At first I had envisaged 9 squares. Now I'm trying to decide between 36 or 48!
Also currently in the (very early) planning stage is some kind of adventy christmasy type project.

soo much to do, only two weeks til advent!!!

besos xoxox

Sunday, November 12, 2006

remembrance

These little guys poked their heads out early last week. (now here they are - a day too late)

One of the images I remember most clearly from driving through France was the wild red poppies along the sides of the roads.

I was amazed at how it looked exactly like in pictures, or like the scenery to the Tour de France. When I made this comment to my French friend he wondered why it would look any different to pictures.
I think its funny that that is often the first thought you have when you see something for real the first time - "wow, its just like in the photos"
I can't wait to do that with mum when we go to Europe next year.


They shall not grow old as we who are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.


besos

Friday, November 10, 2006

life's lessons

On Wednesday I found myself in one of those awful situations where someone you love is going through something terrible and there is nothing you can do for them but be there.

By lunchtime I was pretty desperate for something to occupy my hands and mind whilst I was 'being there'.

I decided it would be a perfect oppurtunity to teach myself to crochet granny squares. As I sat there 'granny-squaring' at the bed of someone who had been such a great teacher to so many it suddenly occured to me that even as she lay there sleeping it was like she was still helping me learn something new. It made me smile, and I think it would have made her smile too.

This Friday I'm grateful for teachers and learning. Not just teachers in the professional sense (although they are certainly included - I'm not sure where people find the courage, patience and passion to stand in front of a classroom full of probably mostly disinterested children) but all of those people that we meet from whom we learn life's lessons.

And I'm grateful to have met one very special teacher who will be missed very much forever.

As you think
so you are

As you imagine
so you become

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

cancelled

this morning I had to cancel my work trip to Brisbane due to illness (not mine)
v disappointed and sad =(

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

lucky day

Was anyone else super lucky at cup day??
I won $50 in our work sweeps, and finished with 1st, 2nd and last at home!
For anyone who doesn't live in Australia (or who lives under a rock in Australia!!) the Melbourne cup is the biggest horse racing event in the southern hemisphere.
At offices all across the country work stopped at 3pm today. In Melbourne the whole day is a public holiday.

I remember watching the cup when I was at school, as young as 5 or 6 years old (yep, we start the gambling early!). During the day the sweep would be run, and you'd spend every second til the race started trying to memorise your horse's name and number, and jockey's colours. Then we'd cram into one class room, huddle around the tv and cheer them through the 3200m.

Later, at ages 15 through 17 - when I was in years 10, 11 and 12 - I was home on 'study' break through cup week. I have to admit, quite a bit of the study I did was of the form guide. Dad and I used to pick horses for each race on each of the major days of the spring racing carnival - Caufield Cup day, Cox Plate day, Victoria Derby Day, Cup Day, Crown Oaks day and Emirates Stakes day - and keep a tally of our mock bets.

After I left home I would bet for real on the major races of the big race days. One year I went with uni friends to All Bar Nun in O'Connor. We bought a bottle of champagne, then slipped into the supermarket next door to buy strawberries to make our own champagne cocktails - we didn't have a knife so had to bite the berries into smaller bits to drop into our (own) drinks!!!

It think my record for picking winners has been pretty good - I certainly can't remember being disappointed about not winning.
I don't usually get around to reading the form guide these days, but I find picking a horse that I 'have a feeling about' can work pretty well, and I'm a big believer that the horse's name is important when picking your winner - totally worked for me the year Brew ran!

This year it was all about the name.
J-mo's 'co-tenant' is a big racing fan - he even keeps spread sheets on the horses' recent performance!
He had tipped us off that there is always a connection between the horse that won 100 years ago and the horse that wins now.

100 years ago Poseidon won (and no, Poseidon was not just a crap movie hehe).
Poseidon was a god of Greek mythology - most famously the Greek god of the sea (he was also the god of horses!). So all we had to do was find the horse who carried the message of the greek ocean. "Dolphin Jo" - Dolphins are associated with Poseidon. One of the other horses was sired by a stallion with a greek name. It even got as far out as this: "Land and Stars" - Poseidon could cause earthquakes, so there's the Land, and Poseidon's Roman counterpart Neptune has a planet named after him, and planets are nearly stars, right?


Some how he managed to miss the one I thought was most obvious. We were making fun of this method, and so put in an anonymous trackside tip to the co-tenant - "Put everything on Delta Blues. Delta is a greek letter, blue like the ocean" - then hung up.
And I think we know who came in first!!!!

I wonder if it is too early to start research on next years winner yet....can someone google APOLOGUE....? please?

hope your luck was good!

besos =)

Monday, November 06, 2006

ideaitis

Throughout my 'blog-hopping' travels I have often come across people suffering the dreaded 'startitis'. That is, when you're almost finished one thing and get an itch to start something new before you finish the first. Lately I've found I've been having a similar problem. My problem, however, isn't with wanting to start something new before I've finished the old. I can't even get started. As soon as I'm ready to start something, I think of something else to do. Ideaitis? Inspiritis?

One of my main sources of inspiration at the moment is Handmade magazine. Every issue has at least 8 projects I'd like to try, or that I can see potential for them to be adapted to something I'd like to try.

Of course, I'm holding fellow bloggers mostly responisble - every time I go online and checkout other 'crafting' blogs there is something fabulous I just have to try!

keep on inspiring!

besos =)

Sunday, November 05, 2006

NaBloPoMo

Did you know it's National Blog Posting Month?
The idea is to post to every day this month.
Its too late to join (and, thanks to Blogger I'd have failed already), which is a pity 'cos I would have had a better chance at this than at Movember, but it might be fun to checkout what some of the participants (there's a list at the link above) are posting, and to lend them some comment support!

(you can also participate by delurking:
your mission is simply to delurk and comment on one of the sites below, or another of your favorite blogs, once a day in the month of November as a show of support. This will also prove that you can read and that you think blogging is nice.)

small and avian

I've had so much trouble posting this weekend - I could neither post nor save what I written yesterday! uughhh
So here goes, Saturday's post take 27:


On Friday night we again had the good fortune of the oppurtunity to see the fab Red Riders performing live. The Boy and I started off the evening with a delish meal at, of all places, Lemon Grass =).

We thought the bands were starting at 8, so headed over to the uni bar at about 7:40. We were a bit concerned to see Little Birdy getting into their minivan, Atticus, and leaving as we arrived, but it turned out doors opened at 8 and sound check was still happening.


While the Riders had their sound check we chatted with the lovely Abbe Fuzz, who was the opening act. Abbe was super cool and nice. She has toured with her band - The Fuzz - and this is her first tour doing her own thing. She was awesome, simple blues and guitar but awesome!


The Red Riders have been playing really good live gigs, and this was no exception. It was a great crowd, too, - there were about 350 presold tickets, plus more sold on the door - and everyone really got into the support, as well as enjoying Little Birdy.

I thought Little Birdy were ok, and everyone was enjoying it, but I don't really know their music very well and so a lot of it seemed the same to me.


There's not really much more to say, except that it was a really good night. Lots of the Boy's friends were there, as well as my friend J-Mo (who was totally converted to Red Riders fan status and bought their cd on the way out =)), so it was cool to catch up with every one too.



We got home just in time to catch the video of the Red Riders' new single A.S.P.I.R.I.N on rage - yay =)


Oooh, and I also picked up a new band t-shirt. The guys got these printed before touring with the Living End, and I thought the irony of ending up selling a shirt with a stabbed bird on it while on the Little Birdy tour was too good to let go =)

besos =)

btw, the shirt says:

So this is the Red Riders' T-shirt.
They weren't into it. They were all like
"Dude, we're not a Black Metal band."
And I was like, "What? You're not from Norway?
Didn't you burn down that church?"

Friday, November 03, 2006

tgif!

The past few weeks I've been dedicating a Friday post to all the good things that have happened in my week, things that have made me smile or laugh or that I've been grateful for. This week I'm really just super glad that it’s Friday!!!!! It seems to have been a long busy tiring week!
Here's a few other things I'm also grateful for:

-The Boy – when he knew I was going to be too late for jb he grabbed American Dreamz to ease the pain! Thoughtful and a quick thinker hehe =)

-Rain - I love the sound of rain on the roof, and it’s a sound we don't get much here these days. It was so nice to go to sleep to that sound. And the garden has greened up really quickly

-It was really great to catch up with Bertie.

-and I'm so glad the move is over!

Tonight we're off to see the Red Riders play - they're supporting Little Birdy on their 'Hollywood' tour - should be fun =)

Happy Friday everyone!
besos =)

btw. right now I'm really grateful that after 3 days of trying to post, blogger is finally working for me again!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

from destruction to construction

to compliment the destruction from last week, on my way to meet Bertie for dinner on Tuesday I took some snaps of the construction guys hard at work on the new Canberra Centre extension - they had quite a way to go to get it ready for the (not so) grand opening today.

Bertie and I went to the new Labour club in civic for dinner. It's pretty nice - pokies are hidden away, no smoking inside and never has been so there's no smokey stench, and they have Pure Blonde on tap (yay). Unfortunately, some of the steps taken away from being a traditional 'club' aren't so positive - the first time I was there they had run out of schnitzel (at a club!!!), and bertie was informed they 'don't do mushroom sauce'???? These issues along with the lack of pool playing facilities and the fact that lame pop music (I don't know where they found lame pop - I love pop!) takes precedence over the sound of sports on the tv, could lead to a disappointing club experience. Fortunately, the company held no disappointment, and as always I had a great time dining with Bertie =)(I'm telling you, what this guy can't tell you about aardvarks isn't worth knowing!!)

As I was saying, part of the new extension to the Canberra Centre opened today. I'm amazed at how shopping malls here continue to grow exponentially - who is doing all the shopping?? Only about 4 years ago the Canberra Centre was nearly doubled in size, and here it is already approximately twice the size again. I'm pretty excited about parts of the extension.

There'll be a huge new cinema complex - 9 theatres and the promiose of a good variety of independent and international film as well as hollywood features. It was certainly time for the city centre to get a cinema revamp - the old cinema is really ordinary.

We're also getting a 'Borders' bookshop/newsagency/music/movies and anything else shop. Borders is great - they have such a huge range! Actually, it was at a Borders in Melbourne that I found Yarn Harlot's books - I hadn't seen them anywhere here!

What I was really excited about was going to JB hifi. Ok, I know I'm there all the time, but this time would be different. See, I have all these Canberra Centre vouchers that I haven't been able to decide what to do with, and now I was going to be able to go into jb and pick out more than $100 worth of stuff guilt free - woohooo!
For the past 2 weeks I have been planning what to get - and yesterday finally decided - I'd get the entire Roswell collection, the first season of 90210, and then to take a punt on an unknown - Hex.
I was planning on leaving work a bit early so I could swing by on the way home then looked up their website to see if they had any info about opening day, and found opening hours - open til 6:30, again with the wooohooo!!! This meant I didn't even have to leave work early. Imagine my surprise and disappointment to arrive at 6 to a closing store - ooooooh =( I tried to talk the security guy (who happened to turn up in one of my pictures later - whcihc hopefully blogger will let me upload later =s) into letting me just slip quickly in, but he wouldn't budge.

Luckily Big W were there to come to my rescue (again ahhh). We went in as an afterthought, after we'd done some grocery shopping. We were about to go wait for the bus, then I thought I might be able to pick-up some iron-on transfer paper. I was probably looking for about 2 seconds before someone came to ask if I needed help. Although he really had no idea what I was looking for, he was very helpful (and provided a much appreciated contrast to 3 circuits of the relocated supermarket on a fruitless search for polenta!) While I checked out the computer and craft areas, the Boy was looking for a bargain in the dvd section where he managed to spot Hex - saving (at least in part) my DVD mission after all (not to mention he had also bought American Dreamz -I love that movie- for me, having made it to jb in time and knowing how disappointed I would be about arriving after closing!!) The guy at the DVD counter was also unusually personable. I love Big W =)

In all, it was pretty exciting to see how the extension is shaping up, and to check out some of the new shops. I think its nice to see how our city is developing, even in such a material vein. Some of the areas look pretty schmick for now (let's see what happens when they're populated by some of our city's finest mall dwellers!)

Its been a mad busy week at work for me this week, so roll on the weekend (maybe I'll have time to drop by jb...)

Besos! =)