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1. The rocking chair.
So, a few weeks ago hometime's lovely sister passed on a rocker/glider chair that was surplus to requirements. It's quite dandy, I like it.

You'll be pleased to know that Pachelbel T. W. Cat (aka. The Fuzzy Grey Immortal) likes it too. Very much.

Only not when it moves. She'll sleep in it for hours, and if I'm in it she'll climb into my lap quite happily but if I so much as lean forward she gives me twitchy ears and sometimes even wobbles at me.

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2. Rocking back and forth on my imaginary horse. (I'm talking about stress here, get your mind out of the gutter.)

I think I'm over my meltdown. We went to Springvale for pho, pho makes everything better. It's like climbing back on a horse, really. When you get thrown off, you just have to climb back on and the best way to do that is by eating rice noodle soup.

It makes sense, you know it does.

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3.Memo to self: Must take camera next time!

I keep forgetting. There's a bit of graffiti on the way that I like, but it's on a building site so it won't last long. In fact I must take the camera out with me more, full stop. And start asking 10B to slow down, stop and reverse more often, I'm sure he'll be delighted to oblige if it's in the interests of Artistic Expression.

Okay, maybe not. But I'm sure he might if it's because it makes me happy.

(Yes, the 'might' was intentional, sometimes my wit is subtle you know.)

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4. Life therapy.

I am hoping (probably in vain) that my care package would cover someone to drive me round occasionally to places where I could just take interesting photos.

We could call it 'phototherapy'.

(Once you become disabled and start receiving care, things have to have new names because they have to be Doing You Some Good and making you less disabled: you don't go swimming, you go to hydrotherapy. And it's not excercise, it's rehab. You don't get an art class, you have art therapy. And let's not forget the benefits of Pet Therapy - that's where someone brings a dog into a nursing home for people to pat every now and again.

The care that might be allocated to get me out of the house more, not for essential shopping but for you know, getting me out and about a bit more, that's 'community access'. At least it's not called 'recreation therapy'.)

But yeah, I don't yet know whether community access would cover something like that. And I've met plenty of carers who would probably not be able to cope with crawling round urban wastelands and industrial areas. I'll confess I find it a little weird too - I was fine when I was a teenage art student but I don't think I quite have the chutzpah now.

I did recently have a carer for a one-off session who was a teenage art student only a year or two ago herself and is still all keen on it...I'm sure if I could bag her she'd know where I was coming from...

Anyway. It's just a thought. I'm not that interested in photography, but it's fun to do occasionally and it gets me thinking about composition and colour, which I like thinking about.

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5. DVD Therapy, arising from successful Friendship Therapy/Social Support

Oh and thanks to whoever mentioned Pushing Daisies. It's cute.

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6. Fucking diet therapy.

I have another annoying medical test on Wednesday - this is the fructose (or maybe lactose) absorption test that I was supposed to have last Friday. This means that tomorrow it's bloody rice cakes again. Also, if last Wednesday was any indication, I'm going to be feeling like arse for the rest of Wednesday and most of Thursday. Ach well.

On the plus side, if we do find I'm fructose intolerant then it might be that some of my gut sypmtoms could be ameliorated with diet, which would be nice...

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7. Achievement therapy</b>

But in the short term, it does also mean I might not be in great shape for two days.

So...tomorrow I intend to Get Things Done. I am going to get to that sewing alteration place just over there *points*, and get my bathers fixed up. I'm going to do some sewing for the weekend. I'm going to burn a DVD, post some letters and if I'm still feeling okay, I'm going to buy some eggs and more fucking rice cakes. I love eggs. Not the other stuff I mentioned. But mmm, eggs! Lovely happy eggs.

Then I'm going to restart that knitting project again. And maybe finish those other ones. And ring up that woman who can teach me how to paint and draw and make a time for her to visit.

See? I fell off the horse, I ate some pho, and now I'm good.

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8. Weird shit.

Ooh look, two double yolkers!


Two double yolkers. Two double yolkers.




Approvo-Cat Approves Approvo-Cat Approves
I'm not actually sure what she's eating, it had contained those eggs but other stuff was later added.



From dinner last night.

Whenever she finds something she likes, she's eating really well. We're not doing syringe feeds anymore, we're just throwing all manner of things in front of her and letting her choose.

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pondhopper
Jan. 18th, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
Oooohhhh...macro post!
Does Pachelbel T. W. Cat have her teeth? Or is it all soft diet now?

Your graffiti gets erased from buildings? Ours is eternal.
:P

Do you know I've never had Pho?
It sounds like a miracle drug.
:)

splodgenoodles
Jan. 20th, 2010 08:05 am (UTC)
J'adore le pho
avec tout mon coeur!

(yep, rhymes with 'coeur')

It's really no big deal I guess - but it's comfort food.

Our graffiti doesn't necessarily get erased - depends on the local council. I think this lot will go just because it faces a building site so it will covered up when the building goes up.

Pach still has her teeth, but I think her gums are a bit sensitive and/or the dried food just doesn't smell right anymore. She'll nibble at it, but she's preferring the more pungent options.
julesbdules
Jan. 18th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
i think photo therapy would count as art therapy. it used to be my boyfriend's thing--he goes out and takes scads of pics and it helps his depression. and then i got a nice camera with a zooooom and i love it too now. though i don't get out, i just take a lot of pics of knitting and things from my windows. luckily, i have a lot of windows, and a capable zooooom.
hometime
Jan. 19th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
Sounds like 'Rear Window'!
julesbdules
Jan. 23rd, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
i love that movie.

but ppl in my neighborhood aren't nearly as interesting as the buildings and lake. and sadly, i'm not nearly as dashing as jimmy stewart.
tabouli
Jan. 18th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
'Pushing Daisies' is adorable, and the second season is even better. Except for the cobbled-together OMG-they've-cancelled-us! ending, which grieves me deeply.

As for the photo tour, if I didn't have a baby in tow, driving you around to take quirky photos would be right up my alley! Let me see what can be done. I might be able to wangle an afternoon off or something.
xanni_au
Jan. 19th, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
Oh no!! I've just started watching the second season, don't tell me that. :( Well, it looks like the creator will at least get to continue the story as a series of comics and maybe a movie.
splodgenoodles
Jan. 20th, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
That could be fun...
alliette_d
Jan. 18th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Cute kitty photo!
With the fructose test - if you do not have fructose malabsorption, chances are you'll feel fine after the test. The baseline test they do by giving you lactulose or something, which our stomachs don't absorb and it does nasty things (eg. giving you the runs). If you do have fructose or lactose or other malabsorption, that may make you feel unwell too (it did for me).
splodgenoodles
Jan. 20th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
Thankyou.
I've just had the fructose test (it's now Wednesday), and I'm zonked from the effort of being up and out, but I'm basically okay. Was there for the full three hours though, I must be a slow metaboliser.

That baseline was bad enough that I cancelled my original appoinment for test #2 last Friday, because I still felt so crap.
dahliablue
Jan. 19th, 2010 06:23 am (UTC)
I firmly approve of things like phototherapy and DVD therapy and Bowl o' Pho-therapy. Those things keep me afloat.

Aw, Pushing Daisies was such a great show. I hated that they had to wrap it up so quickly when it was canceled.
maju01
Jan. 19th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
If I lived near you, I'd love to drive you around to take photos.
judyserenity
Jan. 19th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
Glad you're feeling happier!

(I had a meltdown myself yesterday, and Dear Husband had to take me out for a late-night emergency milkshake treatment. Luckily, there's a 24-hour milkshake shop nearby, just for such crises.)
splodgenoodles
Jan. 20th, 2010 08:06 am (UTC)
A 24 hour milkshake shop? My but you're lucky - we've got late night cake, but after about 10:30 there's only the 7-11.
ms_kilian
Jan. 20th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
So glad to hear you are improving, and very impressed by your doing-ness. What are you knitting?
I wonder if there is some community based photo group that you could attend casually as community access? Maybe through something like these guys: http://www.centre.org.au/
or a local library.
splodgenoodles
Jan. 20th, 2010 08:00 am (UTC)
At the moment I'm working on the Tam Of Rassilon for sjkasabi, although I think I've bitten off more than I can chew - first serious go at colour knitting, my tension's all over the place. Have got a viking beanie on the needles - it's my comfort/zombie knitting. Am refusing to think about a couple of UFOs in the basket until the Tam is done.

I doubt I'll join any photo groups, even on a casual basis - I'm just interested in it as a springboard to other types of creativity, and the list of things I'll do/go to/whatever when I've got the capacity is already several miles long! And that's not even including the SCA.

Edited at 2010-01-20 08:01 am (UTC)
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