Sunday, July 22, 2007

I love Harry Potter...and my naturopath

Have just spent a very happy few hours reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. No spoilers for those who have not read it yet, but it was awesome. I finished it with a strange feeling of sadness that the series is over - I'm going to miss the excitement of getting the next Harry and finding out what happens next!

And I love my naturopath. This may be too much info for some of my readers (i.e. those who know me in real life) but one thing my naturopath was concerned about was my lengthy, heavy and painful periods. I am happy to report that this month - a 28 day cycle as opposed to my normal 26 days - no pain, no cramps, no heaviness. I've hardly even noticed it was that "time of the month"! Back to see him next week and I think he will be pleased.

It's been a wet and rainy weekend - perfect for Harry Potter reading, and seeing "This is New Zealand" - a movie made in 1969 to promote New Zealand at the 1970 Osaka Expo. Rather funny in parts - there seemed to be an emphasis on strip clubs for some reason - but also lovely to see some of the gorgeous places that NZ has to offer. That was followed by a hearty beef stew back here with our mate Muzz, and then bananas cooked in sugar, cointreau and spices. Yummm! I love winter cooking...

Oh and the first week of the new treadmill has been great - I've clocked up 35kms between dog walking and treadmill walking, so I'm definately getting a good workout :-)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Regular Readers...

I just returned from lunch to find my two favourite co workers eating their salads, and reading my blog. They obviously have too much time on their hands, but did ask me to say hello and give them their fleeting moment of fame!
So...Kiri (aka wonderwoman) and Aasta (aka punkgirl), please consider yourself famous. For now anyway!
And thanks for the hugs and support. Really. Oh and the almost constant abuse, teasing and general nuttiness!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A whole month...

A whole month has passed since my last post! Where does the time go? We've had a busy wee time - some awful weather, so it's been muddy wet dogs and muddy wet me! Katie, the retriever, loves mud and water so most walks end up with her being hosed off. Jack, the lab, doesn't really like water and mud very much but will follow Katie - and he HATES being hosed. It's about the only time he makes any noise...pathetic whimpers while you shower him. He had his wee op last week and is all fine, and should now officially be called Jill as he hasn't got any balls anymore!

On Sunday I watched Rupes (the hubby) and Murray (the mate) run a half marathon. It was Rupe's first and he ran it in 1 hour, 58 minutes and 5 seconds! I was waiting by the beach when they were finishing and thought at first I had missed seeing Murray run past - but no, Rupes had actually beaten him. He's awfully chuffed with himself and I will not mention that Murray has about a decade in age on him! A group of them are off down to Taupo in a couple of weeks to run another half marathon (isn't one enough!!!) but I shall be staying at home and having a quiet weekend with the dogs and cats...

Given the weather and the amount of running hubby is doing, we bought a treadmill. On Friday I went out to pick it up from near the airport - it was in a HUGE box, and I ended up driving home (in rush hour traffic) with my knees up around my ears and about an inch of space between me and the steering wheel! However, despite that painful drive, it is a great treadmill and I got quite enthusiastic on Saturday and even did a few little runs on it. It was pitiful that I was the one hobbling and complaining my legs hurt on Sunday while the boys had just finished a 21km run! Oh well, everyone has got to start somewhere. Unfortunately the dogs won't run on it so we'll have to keep walking them - despite the rain and wind! I tried popping Jack on it but he just rolled off the end...quite funny really!

On the fertility front, nothing to report. Still taking my herbs, trying to eat well, exercise, etc...and am still looking at September for our cycle. Some days I feel quietly calm about the whole thing, and other days I am in the depths of despair. It's interesting though, even when I am feeling serene and calm, I get a jolt of grief and realise that yes, I am going to be so very sad if it doesn't work. And from there lies despair...and then natural optimism kicks back in and I am back to calm and serene! On the days of despair I hate to watch the news, just in case there is a neglected baby, or a starving African child, or a child abuse case - those make me think the whole world is terribly unfair and usually lead to tears. It's strange when you are the infertile person, how personally you take any news about babies or young children. I want to go out there and pick up all those children who are being treated badly and take them home with me!

Oh...and this weekend is a very exciting one - Harry Potter is being released. We'll be there at 11am picking up our books (we have to have one each, saves fights!) and I am planning a very quiet weekend of reading. I promise not to spoil it for anyone!

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