My routine, and a guest post (sort of)

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend.

This is my routine at the moment (went to the docs last week- was signed off for 3 more weeks and told there would be no way I will be back at work until after the op, whenever that will be).

I still get up when Andy gets ready for work. Have breakfast and a big mug of mint tea (I have been feeling dehydrated in the mornings recently).

It turned out that life is too short to remove the stones from cherries, so I chopped them in half, put the stone-free half in my muesli and ate the other half right away.

Potter around at home- maybe put a wash on or something if I am feeling OK, listen to the radio (often a 5 live phone in until I get annoyed with it). Or watch Top Chef. I love Top Chef.

Go on a little walk with my mp3 player for company. I have been getting through the massive amount of marathon talks that I have missed since December as well as other podcasts. Today my choice was The Food Programme (very interesting, about the Olympics and the sponsorships and feeding the athletes, work a look (listen) here). I walk pretty slowly, but I enjoy the fresh air. Normally after 15 mins I am feeling good, and then wonder why on earth I just can’t go back to work, and decide I might add another loop on the end. Then after about 25 mins the pain gets worse and I realise why, and just wish I was a little closer to home! Sit down for a rest once I get home.

Make some lunch plus some nice tea. Check emails/ internet- this can easily waste 2 hours!

Listen to the radio (I quite like radio 5 from 2-4pm), do a suduko, tidy out a drawer, read a magazine…

Have a snack or another warm drink.

A delicious afternoon snack- a big smoothie with frozen banana, cherries, maca powder, coconut powder and almond milk, topped with some Graze frangipane mix.

A delicious hot chocolate- warm almond milk with some montezuma’s minted hot chocolate, which is basically flakes of dark chocolate with mint oil, all frothed up and then dusted with cocoa powder to see if I can get the star shape right.

I tried some Cococardio the other day, after getting a free sample in my last i-herb order. I am not a fan- it was too bitter for me. Ah well, if you don’t try, you never know.

Then watch Top Chef (if I didn’t watch it in the morning), and see Andy when he gets home.

Hooray, then I have some company!

I made some bread for dinner the other day- 1/2 white and 1/2 wholewheat flour with some munchy seeds and rosemary mixed in. Yum, I love seeds or nuts in bread.

We have dinner together, and at the moment are getting a bit addicted to The Killing (only the first series- we are behind the times with this one!). Exciting daily routine indeed!

I feel like getting outside and some fresh air is really helping with my sanity, and even a small change of scenery helps. I have my hospital appointment on Wednesday, and while I am glad that it has finally come around, I am also getting very nervous about what I am going to be told. It means that my operation will be closer too, which of course is good, but I am very very scared about having an operation, having generalย anaestheticย and so on, and so in a way this will be the start of the more scary stuff. I know it is not super serious or anything like that, but I know that I almost have to get worse before I can get properly better which is a bit strange.

Anyway, I promised a guest post. Andy actually said to me yesterday ” I suppose you don’t have much to blog about any more do you?” (thanks!) and so I asked him to tell me about his run.

I went out the door, ran for a bit, had to stop to cross the road. Ran a bit more, didn’t really see anyone. Oh, I think the new Next will be opening pretty soon. Saw a few runners in Welwyn. Saw some people in a field doing some shooting.” I asked if he saw any rabbits: “Well, only if there were ones in that field with the shooters“. OK- maybe I should not have asked.

ย Any other Top Chef fans out there? At the moment I am re-watching the Vegas series (with chefs way ahead of any of the other series I think)- it is one of my fave reality TV shows I think. Or your favourite reality TV show? We have just discovered Storage Wars on netflix and that is rather addictive too!

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15 thoughts on “My routine, and a guest post (sort of)”

  1. You seem so sad in this post…you might not kick and scream and wail like I do but there’s such a touching sense of melancholy and fear. I really want to hug you through the screen.

    As someone who has been through the exact operation you should be having, I think, I have to say that the anaesthetic is the scariest part, but honestly the anticipation is far worse than the actual event – they had trouble finding a vein with me but once I was under I obviously didn’t have any ability to feel fear! It was just like waking up after being asleep, or possibly what I’d imagine being hungover to be like? Most people tolerate them quite well – I didn’t, but my body freaks out even on paracetamol so I’m sure you’ll be okay.

    I’ll have to poke Andy with something sharp via the internet for not having anything more constructive to say. I’d still read your blog whether you were running/working/baking or not, because I like you very much as a person.


  2. I can imagine how frustrating it must be waiting around off work for this operation, I do hope the time flies for when you can get back to normal. I know how tough it was for me when I was off with my wisdom teeth and it was just a few days! Your smoothie looks yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’m so sorry Maria that it’s still painful and not sorted yet; really feel for you and sending lots of love x
    If it helps, I’ve had a couple of anaesthetics and the anticipation has been worse than the reality… really hope it comes and is over quickly and you can get back to yourself… and I love Andy’s guest post!

  4. I hope the appointment goes ok on Wednesday, it must be so frustrating for you having to do all this waiting whilst still being in pain ๐Ÿ™ maybe write a list of any questions you want to ask about the op etc to try to ease your fears? I always find that my mind goes blank as soon as I go in to doctors/hospital appointments, and I end up coming out with just as many worries!

    I agree with Nicole, the cherries on your cereal look lovely. The seedy bread looks fab too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care of yourself – well, it sounds like you’re doing a good job of this at the moment anyway, so keep it up! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  5. I echo Jess’ comment – I really do get a sense of you being worried which is perfectly understandable. I don’t imagine you’ll relax properly until you are on your way to recoop after the surgery. Hope the appointment goes well. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love the idea of cherries on cereal – what a great idea!

    Cupcake Wars is my new guilty pleasure (well when I’m at home anyway!) So bitchy sometimes but the cupcakes are AMAZING!

  6. Glad you all liked Andy’s comments ๐Ÿ™‚
    Lucy I will take a pen and a notebook- that is a very good reminder- I did that when I went to my GP as I had a long list of questions, and it helped me to remember the answers as in hospital my mind went totally blank and I am still not sure what was said.
    I have heard from a lot of people that the anaesthetic will be weird, but at least I won’t feel anything- thanks for all the reassurance ๐Ÿ™‚
    And Jessica- yes I love cupcake wars too! Had a bit of an obsession with it in the summer! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Sending you HUGS, you will be fine and like others have said its the anticipation that makes it worse. My little man (mini-me-jnr) has to go in again next week for another op on his “bits” and because he is so young there is no build up anticipation, although I’m sure come Wednesday there will be a tear or two because he knows what it will be like after … wish I could protect him from that ๐Ÿ™ and I bet Mr *way with words Andy* would do the same for you xxxx

  8. Haha – I love Andy’s guest post! I like your style when it comes to destoning cherries – and the upside is that you get to eat more cherries ๐Ÿ™‚
    It sucks that you’re poorly, but hopefully you will sorted soon xxx

  9. Just want to add my good luck wishes for tomorrow. I really hope that you get a date very very soon so that it is over and done with and you can stop worrying about it. I’m sure it won’t be much fun but it’ll be much better as a memory than as a future unknown.

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