Thursday, July 27, 2006

Polyps, Muffin, Toby and Birthdays!

his name is toby
Originally uploaded by jaanus83.
A little bit to get through, and I have to go to work soon, so i'll try not to have too much jibberish...

So since I finished my IV's a month or so ago, my nose has increasingly been getting blocked up and more and more snotty (yum). This is because of my polyps (basically pea sized growths of skin that grow in your sinuses). When I was on IV's, I didn't really notice them because the antibiotics shrink them and I could breathe fine. But now that I've been off them, they've grown back and because of it, my left nostril is pretty much completely blocked up. Sleeping is getting more difficult, and I have the attractive look of boogers making their little appearances constantly.

I have an appointment with the ENT (ear, nose throat) doctor next week, so hopefully I can book in a time to have the operation which is needed to remove them. This totally sucks because it means I need a general anesthetic which wreaks absolute havoc with my lungs and takes me about 6-8 months to completely recover from. SO, since I need to have them out eventually, and it's only going to get worse the longer I leave it, and the longer I leave it the bigger the op will be, I decided to get it done now and even though that means another admission, the 3rd one this year, I'm ok with that.

Hmm, these sentences are really long winded and don't read very well. Tough. These are my words and I'm sticking to it. :)

Muffin is going awesome. He's still psycho, but at least he knows who we are now, and dare I say, loves us. He is the cutest cat I've ever seen, however he is the biggest wimp. The moment we leave, even if it's just to the toilet, he starts to cry like a little baby. Oh well. He stops after about 5 mins.

Toby - yes, I made a new purchase on Monday. I had the idea to get a scooter last week, since petrol prices are going up all the time, and since I don't actually own a car anymore. So I started looking, and low and behold, I saw the add for a postie bike. Well, these are WAY cooler than your average scooter, so Eros and I went to see it on Monday and I bought it on the spot. So pleased with it. The guy was asking for $1300, but I offered him $1000 to which he relunctantly said yes to, and threw in a helmet for good measure. What a nice guy. Except I had to ride it all the way back from Salisbury, and being my first real time on a bike, twas a bit scary. But soon enough I got the hang of it and was riding like a pro in no time - one handed, looking around, even having a smile on my face. Anyhoo, the bike is sweet so look out for me on the roads!!

And finally, today is Alice's birthday. And for the first time in a whlie, I had some nice ideas for pressies. Since she's always borrowing my explorers during our cold spell, I thought she deserved a pair of her very own. She also steals my dressing gown, so she is now the proud owner of one of them too. And finally, since she loves mushrooms, I thought I would get her a mushroom growing kit. How cool is that?? Fresh musshies right at your door. :)

Phew. I think that's about it. We're going bowling on Saturday night, so looking forward to that. It's the lock in thing where there are all these crazy neon lights and you can win prizes and everything. Woot!

Rating - 6.5

What I'm listening to: Zero 7 - The Garden

P.S. More pics as well. :)

Friday, July 14, 2006

We have added a new member to the family!

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Everybody welcome Muff (short for Muffin).

I went and picked him up today. Now, I've never been much of a cat person myself, but isn't he just adorable?? Soo cute!

Anyway, enough from me. :D

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Another update from the pen (well, keyboard in this case) of Jaanie

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Originally uploaded by jaanus83.
So we've had a bit of rain, but not alot. I'm annoyed at that. I want our typical winter - lots of rain, not too cold, and that's about it. Maybe a thunderstorm thrown in here and there for good measure. I'm sick of this dry, crisp and freezing cold weather we've been having. And what about the poor farmers?? Poor farmers... but apparantly by the weekend there should be some more water falling from the heavens. Let's hope so.

Anyhoo, so the weather has been annoying me, but that's about all I can complain about. Things have been pretty quiet since my last post. Worked lots on the weekend, and started playing squash again regularly. That's been fun... however I cough alot while I'm playing and once I get home, which in turn gives me headaches for the rest of the day. Quite annoying. But if it's keeping me healthy, then I'm not going to complain too much. But I've now realised that the meds I'm taking at the moment have done all they're going to do, so the rest is up to me to remain healthy - which quite frankly is a tad annoying. I had just gotten used to the meds doing all the work and me getting better in the mean time, and now it's all up to me again?? Geez...

The other piece of news to tell is that (finally) I got my 3rd tattoo done yesterday. Alice and I had half designed it, and the tattoo guys did the rest when I took it in a couple of weeks ago. It took about an hour to complete, and it hurt far more than what I had expected... I mean, I have 2 other ones, but they are small and are on my arms. So I was basing the pain on those two... friends who have had tatts on their back told me that it hurt, but I didn't really believe them... Man, was I wrong. It was some of the worst pain I've ever experienced. There were a couple of points where I actually thought I wouldn't be able to complete it. But nevertheless, I stood strong (well, sat strong anyways) and it was well worth it. I love it! Now it's just a matter of deciding what I wanna do to it next...

Oh, one other bit of news is that we may be getting another housemate - of the animal kind. We have the option of bringing in a small kitten to our family, which would be sooo cool. I just have to make sure that we are allowed to have one at the house... hopefully so. It would be so awesome though to have a pet again. Not that I don't have one at the moment. Mitzu is still alive, but he lives at mums, so I don't see him that much. And he doesn't see me either - he's pretty much blind. Chuck in deafness and being cenile, he's not the most fun pet to have. Hehe. He's alright though. In fact, I think I might go and see him today...

That's about it I think. I saw on the news a few days ago that there are some people trying ot push a law so that everyone automatically becomes an organ donor. Personally, I think that is the best idea ever. Fair enough if you have a reason to not donate, be it religious or whatnot, but for all those who are just too slack to register or don't really care, then it's pretty unfair to those of us who might need a tranasplant later in life to miss out due to someone's slackness... well, that's my opinion anyway.

Alright - enough ranting!

Rating - 7.0

What I'm listening to: Zero 7 - The Garden

P.S. So as you can see, I've put more pics up. Have a squizz by clicking the "My happy snaps" link to the right.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Vineyards and good times

Originally uploaded by jaanus83.
Hi all,

A very quick one here. Just got back from a deliciously awesome dinner at Coriole with Alice's mum and step dad. It was a bit cold and wet, but still beautiful nonetheless. I've uploaded quite a few pics so when you get time have a squizz.


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Clinic yesterday

This won't be a long one, as there's not alot to tell since my last post. But yesterday I had my clinic appointment, and it didn't go too badly. My lung funcion went up to 58%, which I was a tad annoyed at. I've been feeling really good lately; my chest is really clear and I started squash on Monday, so I was expecting it to be a little higher than 58%. I was thinking more in the 60's... however, the doctor told me that since I was very sick, it will take a little longer than usual for me to get back up to my best, which makes sense. So while I wasn't that happy with the results, it's really not that bad and at least it's getting better. I can't really expect anything more than that. I have another clinic in 2 months so barring me catching another bug, it will be a while before I have anything to report from there.

The only other little bit of stuff to tell you is quite a funny story. I thought of an awesome present to get Alice for her birthday, which was tickets to Ben Folds with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. So I was all sneaky and ordered them online and whenever she said we should go I was even cleverer and said that I was pretty sure they had all sold out etc etc. Anyhoo, the other day and she asks me if she can borrow my pension card. I knew this meant that she was planning on buying something that required it, and I immediately thought of tickets to Ben Folds. However, I couldn't say anything of course in risk of blowing my surprise to her. So like a chump I held my tongue and waited to see her later in the day to see what she bought. Low and behold, when I saw her, she presented two tickets to Ben Folds. How we laughed. Great minds do think alike. At least I have a back up plan for her bday...

So now we have 4 tickest, so if anyone is interested in going, lemme know and we can give them to you (in exchange of some Australian currency of course). ;) If not, we'll just get them refunded or something. But I thought I would ask all of you since we have them, and by the time you are going to buy them from Bass, there might only be crap seats left. Plus, because we are student and pensioner, they are the cheaper tickets too.

Well, that's all. I'm off to have a shower and then get the kids (Alice, Ben and Claude) together to go and have a nice dinner at Coriole. Yum yum.

Rating: 7.2

What I'm listening to: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium (still)