Monday, 23 January 2017

So relieved

I finally had my first proper dental checkup today in about 15 years! I'm not going to lie I was absolutely bricking it - the dentist terrifies me - waiting to go in to see the dentist and hearing the whirring drills and that horrible chemical smells freaks me out!

However as in the last 3 months I have had to go to the emergency dentist twice - once for a wisdom tooth extraction (which was surprisingly not that painful) and more recently to get an old filling removed, and some treatment plus a temporary filling put in (probably the most painful experience of my life - who knew that a dying nerve could make your whole head explode?) I knew I needed to go - not the least because the emergency dentist told me I had to!

I was lucky enough to finally get on the books of an NHS dentist there is no way I could have afforded to go private and today was my first appointment.

So I arrived early to give myself time to try and calm down but no such luck - I got there at 9.30 for a 9.45 appointment and within minutes of sitting down I was called in. The dentist only looked about 20 - that's a sign I am getting old though right? I swear my GP looks like he is 12 and now the dentist looks young too!

He took my medical history and then got about the business of examining my teeth calling out mystifying numbers and information to the dental nurse who logged it on the chart. He also whilst I was laying there helpless and terrified proceeded to point out as a diabetic I have a high risk of tooth decay, gum disease, having to have my teeth pulled out by gremlins with red hot pokers and so on and so on - I was starting to feel distinctly sick at this point - I'm not a fainter but it was deffo on the cards. So after making me khakk my pants and convincing me that I was going to need all my teeth pulled out he finished up with - apart from the root canal (which I knew about from emergency dentist visit number 2) and 2 old fillings needing replacing my teeth and my gums were in good condition! Jeez thank you very much Doc - you couldn't have saved the diabetics get bad teeth so brush properly talk until AFTER you told me I was all good?

A couple of x-rays were done and he showed me the results on the screen - damn my teeth look good in xray white!

All in all my teeth are good and strong  there is some patchiness to the enamel in parts - probably due to the fact I used to guzzle around 5-6 litres of fizzy drinks every day (yes it's a bad habit which I am mostly out of - now I only have 2 or 3 glasses at most a day and drink water the rest of the time). He suggested that my past addiction to pepsi max and juice drinks has caused some damage but it can be repaired by using a strong fluoride toothpaste once a day - he helpfully provided me with a prescription for it. He also recommended I continue with my awesome Oral B toothbrush - mainly because it has a timer so I brush the right amount of time and a sensor to stop me brushing too roughly! and continue to floss. So no changes there.

I get to go back in just under a month to get the fillings done (at £30 so not too bad) and then I have to make an appointment for the root canal :( which is expensive at £185 but is a 90% chance that they can repair it and that I wont need to have the tooth extracted which would only cost £45 but I would rather not lose a tooth.

Sadly I do actually need an extraction of a tooth which broke about 8 years ago - there is no way of saving it but as it's been like it for 8 years they have kindly offered to leave it until the rest of my dental work is done.

So all in all with today's appointment and the emergency dentist by the end of March I will have spent like £350 on dental care - and I prob need to see the hygienist for a scale and polish too - that seems a lot but it's nothing to what I would have to pay privately and I actually dont mind paying in to the NHS for treatment at  a subsidised rate. I think we take for granted a lot that we get for free or significantly reduced in this country from the NHS.To put it into perspective - I saw a Dr in the USA for a chest infection - I had a brief examination - it was obviously by the green gunk running from my nose, eyes, ears and chest and the fact i sounded like a train when i was breathing that there was an infection and most likely upper respiratory based. He spent about 10 mins with me. Prescribed antibiotics and was done and dusted in less than 15 mins at a cost of around £250 and then I paid another £100 for the prescription of 14 days supply of 2 antibiotics - so the same price for less treatment, time and so on.

Anyways I can say I am really relieved that my teeth are not about to fall out and that I dont need anything major done - phew

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Happiness is....

I'm feeling pretty damn happy today.

Reason number 1:

Just bought myself a unicorn head - I seriously defy anyone to be miserable when they have a glittery unicorn head to mount on their wall! I saw a post about them on FB and was like you know what's missing in my life? a Unicorn head! They are on sale in Home Bargains for £6.99 but have pretty much sold out everywhere - I managed to get the very last one in the shop :) I tried getting another one for a friend but the woman told me they had sold out completely - and had in fact sold over 100 of them in the last 24 hours!

Reason number 2:

Hit the Matalan clearance outlet today - I am pretty luck I live like a 20 min drive from one of only 5 of these clearance stores in the UK and OMG the bargains! So I got some black tidy jeans for work (not skinny fit cos I am going to be attending conferences and shit and my skinnies are not considered to be smart casual - neither are my irregular choice light up unicorn trainers) and some black trainers for my trip to Benidorm for £3 each - seriously! I mean I couldn't get those for that second hand! I also got a couple of tops for work - I basically spent £15 for over £60 worth of stuff that's 75% off - bargalicious!

Irregular Choice Light Up Unicorn Trainers - not suitable for work but I wear them anyways :)

Reason number 3:

Finalised the design for my next tattoo - I am super excited after umming and ahhing I am going with a Cheshire cat design with him sat in a tree and danging from the tree different playing cards - it's going to be amazing - I kinda borrowed the design from deviant art but am switching it up slightly as the design has a non Disney version of the Cheshire cat and I want the original Disney version.

Reason number 4:

Got tickets to go see La Cage Aux Folles - it's a musical based on a couple of flamboyant gay guys - one of whom is a drag queen who have to become more "normal" as the ones son is marrying a straight laced uber religious politicians  daughter - chaos ensues - the film was out in the 90s and based on the original French production. I haven't seen the actual theatre show of it so am really looking forward to it. I had to pay £4 deposit for the tickets but the actual tickets are free - they cost up to £45 each normally to buy from the theatre - but we get to go for pretty much free for opening night so we can provide feedback on the show. I'm taking my mum - I am in work before hand but I finish at 4pm and the show isn't until 7.30 so I thought I'd meet her before the show and we can go for  meal before heading out to the theatre

Reason number 5:

I've been doing veggie-january kinda like veganuary but not so strict - basically just gone meat free (although still eating fish) and I realised today that I have actually dont really well - 3 weeks of eating pretty healthily - it's a big deal for me to eat fruit and veg I am not good at it - I eat a lot of processed micro crap and much as I hate to admit it - I used to get mocked in my old work place for it - I tend to eat mainly beige coloured foods! I will be back on the meat next weekend as I will be in Benidorm for my dad's 60th birthday but I am going to continue with it and have 3 or 4 days a week where I skip meat.

#PostPost Week 3

Week 3 of January :)

This week I had a few bits and pieces arrive mostly review bits from vipon

1. A set of 10 chokers from vipon - these are pretty cool lots of different styles - I'm going to give a couple to my niece in her birthday bundle and keep a few for me - they are very Buffy the Vampire Slayer-esque!

2. Tree of Life costume jewellery from Vipon - this is going to my big sis for her birthday she will love it and s a natural red head the colour will match her very well

3. Jangly coin anklet from vipon - finally something for me :) will be wearing this on my hols with some sparkly sandals

4. Jewellery making beads from vipon - these are going to my mum - she makes jewellery for a hobby - it can be expensive but this great little bundle of beads was only £1.25

5. pack of 12 lip liners from vipon (only 11 shown as my work colleague nabbed one when they arrived :D ) - again some of these will go into my nieces birthday bundle and I'll keep 1 or 2 to add to my make up stash too

6. WIN from Organix  - a little Goodies snack chest - had 2 packs of sweet biscuits, 1 pack of cheese crackers and 2 oaty bars plus a money off coupon - these went to my niece H

7. These super cute safety pin brooches came from vipon - they came in a pack of 10 - it would have been even better if they were all different designs! So far I have given away half of them - the remainder will go into gift bundles for the nieces and sisters

8. A cute sparkly blue and clear crystal bracelt (costume jewellery) from vipon - this is for my niece to go on our hols - she has an Elsa costume so it will match when we go out to Disney

9. Eyeshadow / Liner pencils - pack of 12 from vipon - another great addition to my make up stash in a rang of great colours

10. Freebie - some vaping juice

Tuesday, 17 January 2017


I have been thinking a lot about my next tattoo - originally I was going to go for The Cheshire Cat but have since decided to go for something different - mainly because it is taking a long time for my wrist with the red ink to heal - the red ink on my other tattoo healed fine so I am not sure why the wrist has taken so long but I am concerned if I get the Cheshire Cat which is mostly pink (red) based then it will not heal properly as I want it as a largish piece.

So I have been going through my options - I definitely want something Disney related - I am a huge Disney geek - not only have I been visiting the parks for over 30 years now, I also worked out in Orlando in Epcot, collect various Disney memorabilia and love the movies and shows. Disney has been such a huge part of my life that I feel comfortable with getting something related to it inked on me. I'm not a big princess fan myself (although I do like Belle and of course Anna and Elsa) but to be honest generally I prefer the villains the badder the better. One of my fave villains is Ursula the SeaWitch from the Little Mermaid so I am currently playing with the idea of getting her, I also like Malificent from Sleeping Beauty and Jafar from Aladdin (the problem is there are just too many awesome Disney characters - villains or otherwise).

I'm also a huge Tim Burton fan and love the Nightmare before Christmas and the Corpse Bride - so something from both of those are contenders too!

I am currently scouring deviant art and google images and book marking my favourite designs - so far I have about 30 saved which is clearly too many oops.

I also want an infinity symbol done with villain and hero scripted into it - I am actually going to draw that myself and scan it as I haven't been able to find one ready done anywhere and I would quite like the Disney text for the script.

My next appointment is booked for the 2nd February so I really need to make a decision on the designs I want and tweak them so I can send them to the tattooist to review.

The one thing I do know though is I need to make sure I really love the design - I am (unless I opt for laser treatment at some point) going to be keeping it for life so I want something that I am never going to be bored of looking at - I love my other 3 tattoos and each one has a different meaning to me - other people may not like or get them but I didnt get them for other people I got them for myself :)

Sunday, 15 January 2017

#PostPost Week 2

This week has seen some nice bits and pieces arrive in my post :)

1. A sweary cushion cover - got this from vipon for £1 :) Will make an awesome birthday gift for my big sister

2. Bayliss and Harding Star gift set - won this from Mojo Mums - will be donating it to my works raffle later in the year as they are raising funds for the Welsh Air Ambulance

3. 2 fabulous educational pop up and interactive books - won these from walker books - they are going to be put away ready for H for her birthday in August (yes I am the sucky relative who gives books or every birthday and special occasion - I cant help it I love books and really want H and D to learn to enjoy reading - hopefully starting them young will bring them a lifetime of joy - it worked for me!)

4. A little make up organiser - again from vipon for £1 - I dont actually have a tonne of makeup mainly because I cant put it on myself ha! but this will be great for storing the bits I do have an it will look super cute on my desk too - its a win win

5. Some Socks - again from vipon at a massive cost of like 3p (seriously!) - I'm going to be putting these in with my nieces birthday pressie bundle for Feb

6. Light up kitty ear headphones - from vipon - quite pricey for me I actually paid just under £10 for them but I wanted some new headphones and these really appealed to me

Saturday, 14 January 2017

#Project 52 Week 2

This week has been a bit up and down for me.

It didnt start very well due to having tooth ache, seeing the emergency dentist, having even more and worse toothache after my "treatment" and having to take time off work and spent a lot of time slumped in bed with my head on my hot water bottle or dosed to the eyeballs sprawled in my arm chair watching brain dead telly!

However the tooth has settled down (as much as it can still need a root canal boo :( ) and the end of the weeks been good, plenty of laughs, some good tv, took my sister and uncle shopping and so on

Prevailing theme this week everywhere has been how cold it is and the weather (and whether the weather will turns snowy or not!)

I have spent a lot of time this week snuggled up in my mermaid blankie surrounded by snoozing kitties - so it seems fitting that this weeks photo is of the gorgeous LadyCat taking a nap on my mermaid tail blankie enclothed legs :)

She is adorable!

A wintry poem & comp entry currently have a competition running to write a poem about your favourite things about winter - the prize is a paperchase voucher - as I like stationery and have been known to occasionally string together some words in a rhyming manner I thought I'd give it a go - and to top it all off I decided to do it as an ode to one of my fave all time films (and stage productions) The Sound of Music.

I give you...

My Favourite Things ... the Limited Winter Edition

Crisp crunchy sidewalks and Christmas lights flashing
Parties and pantomimes, everyone dashing
Christmas and new year and all winter brings
These are a few of my favourite things

Windswept cold landscapes and white snow topped hills
Sledding and sleigh rides and quick downhill thrills
Snowmen and snow angels showing their wings
These are a few of my faourite things

Kids dress in costumes as angels and stars
Sheep and goats and kings from afar
Carols and songs that everyone sings
These are a few of my favourite things

When the wind howls, when the rain pours
When I'm feeling sad
I simply turn on the heating and close all the doors
And then I don't feel so bad