Canberra Day Thirty!

[Monday 10th October, 2016]

Day Thirty!! Do you know what that means? We’re a third of the way through our adventure! I can’t believe, time has gone so fast. So, time to get cracking on all those other things I plan on doing before we go home! I’ve done a lot but I still have a long list.

This week is World Mental Health Week and today is World Mental Health Day. There are so many days, and weeks, and months, and years that are assigned to different causes these days that it can be hard to have energy for any of them. All I ask is you just take a few minutes to think of your own mental health and make sure you’re okay. And if you’re not, make a plan to do something about it. Don’t just let it be, that never works out well.

So, day thirty. It wasn’t the best of mornings. I woke up with a headache and the pre-pharmacist in me, the uneducated one, tried to sleep it off. Two fitful hours of sleep later and the pharmacist in me finally prevailed and I got up and took 2 Nurofen! The only sensible plan. I love Nurofen, or any of the other brand names of ibuprofen. It really works for me whether it be a headache or period pain. Unfortunately it interacts with one of my mood stabilisers lithium, and so I’m not meant to take it anymore. But because I get severe period pain my psychiatrist has allowed me to take one dose if needed but only rarely. Same for headaches. If I took them together it stops lithium being cleared out of the body through the kidneys. I would get toxic levels of lithium leading to lots of side effects and possibly kidney damage which isn’t to be taken lightly, obviously. So that’s a bit of a pain, but as long as I use ibuprofen sparingly I get by okay. It’s just one of those things.

So, dosed up and ready to roll. Today’s pick was Cockington Green. I’ve been planning to go there since the start and even more so since I won a free day out with Maccas Monopoly! There aren’t many options for redeeming the day out in Canberra, mainly ten tin bowling or the dinosaur museum, but this is one I’m definitely keen on! And it was so worth it; an absolutely fabulous exhibit of 1/12th miniature houses and villages in old England plus an international section of 30 different countries and a mini steam train giving rides. YAY! Unfortunately the weather deteriorated to drizzle and became freezing cold so I did the international exhibit at a breakneck speed trying to out of there before I froze to death! Same with the train ride. Nevermind, I thoroughly enjoyed the main section especially with fairy wrens hopping all over it! But there’s only so much cold you can take even when you’re usually hot blooded like me. So home to put on the central heating and bask in the warmth! A lovely family dinner and games night, there won’t be many more of those! And off to bed.


It doesn’t really look miniature here because the people and plants are in scale, but its only less than a foot tall.


Jumping on the bed

One little monkey jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head.
Momma called the doctor and the doctor said,
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

Well it’s not quite like that.

In order:

1) I sat on the bed (for about a month!) keeping warm and cosy while doing my other things; it seemed cost-effective and comfy since I didn’t turn the heater on and I have a lush memory foam mattress!

2) My head started hurting bad with a cervical migraine and wouldn’t go away with my usual Nurofen/Panadol treatment

3) I went to a masseur

4) He explained that my neck and back stiffness and migraine were due to excessive sitting

Bummer! My husband was right. Although he was talking mostly about it being bad for the mattress! Rather than me. Turns out it’s bad for both of us! So he wins anyway.

Ah well, that’s the end of that.

It’s probably for the best. If I have to get out of bed I’m more likely to take a shower and get dressed. More likely to think about going out, more likely to get something accomplished that I’m proud of or enjoyed.

So I’m back to sitting at the old study desk. Old friend. I’ve studied away at this desk for 6 of the past 9 years and used it in between for my Ebay adventures, for my viewing device and other bits and pieces. It came to me as a recycled solid desk with 3 large drawers and a ledge at the back to stop pens etc falling over the back. In my third year of uni my now-hubby surprised me with a two tiered shelf that attached onto the top; what a great guy!!

I thought I didn’t need it anymore so was going to get rid of it. I think I still will, but I need to find a writing table now if I’m going to have to sit up out of bed every time I want to use my laptop. I think this is going to be better for my posture; I was starting to get a bit slump-shouldered as well as porky!!

Plus it’ll be better for my tight gluts, my scurved sway back and the awful tight ligament behind my right shoulder blade that send evil omens straight up my neck through my head and into of my eye socket!!

Here’s to finding out what’s going wrong, and wanting to make it right!

So from now on, I get up showered and dressed every day, I sit at my desk as though I’m at work and I hope my spine and muscles will forgive me for the damage I’ve accidentally done them.