Saturday, 29 December 2012

Boring Post About Boring Things

So I'm boring.  Hands up, I admit it.

I might as well as I'm constantly being told it's the case.  My boringness seems to be particularly noticed and highlighted around this time of the year when I'm asked what my Christmas and New Year plans are and the answer every year is always the same - quiet.  The thing is though, quietness to me is somewhat of a necessity in order for me not to want to stab myself in the eye.

Have you ever had a migraine?  If you have, did you want to be around a lot of noisy drunk people?  Or, did you spend your time doing nice quiet activities, possibly involving a bed and a darkened room?  Did you feel like you were being boring by not 'sucking it up' and 'living a little', or did it seem like the totally sensible non mental thing to do?

I live my everyday life with that 'migraine'.  According to the Hyperbole and a Half's 'Better Pain Scale'  I'd estimate I rank between a 5 (Why is this happening to me??) and an 8 ( I am experiencing a disturbing amount of pain.  I might actually be dying.  Please help.) most days.

I honestly can't remember the last time I experienced any less than a 3 (This is distressing.  I don't want this to be happening to me at all).  I don't say this for pity, just for clarity.  The way a 'normal' person feels the day they have that 'migraine' is how I feel all the time.  I reason I don't look as bad as you do when you have a migraine is because I'm so used to it.  And foundation. Lots of foundation.

People seem to be able to tolerate one off instances of being unwell enough to mess up plans or make a person feel less sociable, but when it becomes the norm, somehow it's seen as the person giving in when actually they are just feeling the totally appropriate need to adjust their daily lives in the name of self preservation.

Would I be a different person, with different interests if I hadn't been diagnosed with arthritis at the age of 21?  Most definitely... but I don't care.  

A few years ago (after one too many binges at the local all-you-can-eat-buffet after receiving bad health news and deciding to fix it by eating my feelings) I decided that in order for me to not go completely bat poo insane, I needed to cut the links 'normal' people have between health and happiness.  I like my life, I like my quiet hobbies, I like that they are realistic hobbies that aren't going to tire me out so much that I'm going to lose all interest in them and make me feel more guilty than I do most days anyway (damn catholic upbringing).  

Would I be an ultramarathon runner if my life hadn't turned out the way it did?  I seriously doubt it, but who knows? Would I be a crusty baguette (the nemesis of the TMJ 'issues' patient) taster for a living?  Would I finally have perfected my quiff and followed Morrissey on tour?  Who knows.  My life is different that most people my age, but you know what, I've always been a weirdo so it almost makes sense that my life has turned out so differently to most twenty somethings.

I've been turning to Dr Seuss a lot lately, but let's face it Dr Seuss basically exists to affirm the lives of weirdos like me so it seems only fitting to end this post with a quote:

Now excuse me while I spend my Saturday evening watching the Gilmore Girls for the fiftieth time... and liking it.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Spoonie Gift Guide

I wasn't actually planning on doing another gift guide, but then I kept coming across things that roughly fit into the 'spoonie' category, so I thought why not?

Don't have a clue what I'm talking about with all this spoonie business?  Do not pass go, do not read any further, go directly to Christine Miserandino's website and read The Spoon Theory.  Aleady read it?  Go read it again anyway.  Because of The Spoon Theory,  people with invisible illnesses have taken to calling themselves 'spoonies'.  Why?  It entertains us, okay?

Anyway, let's start with the fun stuff!

1. Heated Sock Animals - Who needs a hot water bottle anymore, when you can have an adorable heat pack like this?  I think I receive at least one heat pack every birthday/Christmas and I honestly love and use every one of them.
2. Giant Microbes - Why not remind your loved ones of future diseases they may contract?  My boyfriend bought me the Glandular Fever microbe (the kissing disease to them) when I had it a few years ago.  I also have a brain cell one because god knows I need as many of them as I can get.
3. Pill Case iPhone 4 Cover - My only concen with this is that I have so many pill packets lying about that I would probably lose it more often than I already do.

1. Primark Onesies - Primark has some amazing onesies right now.  You can't buy online with Primark so you're going to have to go in store, but they range from around £10-£15 so they are amazing value.
2. Kangaroo Onesie - If you want to be a bit fancier, Kigu has some amazing onesies and oh my god, this one has a baby joey in the pouch. Oh my god.

1. and 2. Spoonie Necklace and Spoonie Earrings - Why not give the gift of some extra spoons?  We could all use some of them.

Now for some relaxing gifts:

1. Lumie Bodyclock Alarm Clock - This alarm clock wakes you up gradually with light that mimics a natural sunrise.  This can apparently reset your sleep cycle which sounds very impressive!
2. And So To Bed Gift Set - This Works have some really lovely gift sets this year and this one has products from their sleep range.
3. Sleep Balm - If you like the idea of the last gift but it's a bit out of your price range, this might be right up your street.  The sleep balm comes in a Christmas bauble, which is just adorable.

1.  Dr Seuss Print - Who doesn't love some Dr Seuss?  I have memories of being a child and reading the book 'Oh The Places We Will Go'.  I can remember the illustrations as if it was yesterday.  Love Dr Seuss.

As well as the gifts above, why not buy them a magazine subscription, or a subscription to Netflix or LoveFilm?  Why not buy them a massage, or pay for them to have a course of Acupuncture or any other alternative therapy?  There are also the many box subscription services - the most popular of which being the beauty boxes (there are loads, just google it), why not give them a nice treat like that?

Anyway, I think that's all I have for now, although I know as soon as I post this I'll think of something else!