Sunday, 9 April 2017

Roller Derby

So for ages I have been interested in roller derby and wanting to go and see it and maybe even play it but I have never actually acted on that. I have so many feeble excuses why:

1. I'm too old
2. I'm unfit
3. I'm fat
4. I have no coordination skills
5. I'm shy

Well that's just a few of the main ones but I can keep going. 

Serendipitously (is that an actual word?) I met someone online who does roller derby or rather is training to do roller derby I'm not 100% sure on the terminology all I know is she refers to herself as fresh meat which means shes still a beginner and learning.

Anyways she invited me to go watch a scrim which is a match which was pretty awesome and she persuaded me I should totally go for the learn to skate lessons which are run by the Cardiff team. I've known about the lessons for like 6 months but have never actually gone - the whole rocking up somewhere on my own where there will be a bunch of people who all know each other and who all have skills way above me just doesn't appeal. 

However with encouragement I joined their learn to skate FB group and lurked.

I also got my gear (new skates shop worn from ebay for £25 and a helmet and pads from sportsdirect for £12 and £11) and was all prepped to go, but I kinda had in my mind I would build up my confidence and go in a few months.

It didn't really work out like that which is great as I attended my first learn to skate session on Thursday (my friend came with me to give me that little push to actually go).

The session was pretty scare for me I'm not gonna lie - I was right everyone there was thinner, fitter and better than me, but skating was fun and I did enjoy it although I was terrified of falling

In fact it wasn't as bad as I thought the first 3 falls weren't all that bad (ass, ass and knees) however the 4th fall was a killer! I literally boob planted on the right side. It was a whole new world of pain for me - I couldn't breathe, I saw stars, angels and flashing lights and then not wanting to look like a total wuss I got up and carried on but oh boy did I hurt - it was so hard to keep going and trying not to puke and / or cry! I even managed to finish the session doing 5 minutes of laps (to pass minimum skills you have to be able to skate 27 laps in 5 minutes - I managed 15 the least of anyone there of course!).

Following the session I could barely move my arm to drive home - yes I am a wuss and a drama queen but it genuinely was stiff and unmovable. I got home and managed to fall into a hot bath which helped a bit until I had to get out - then none of my limbs wanted to work. Sleep was not easy that night I had to sleep propped up and I kept waking up shaking.

After this I decided I wouldnt go back - clearly I am not made for roller derby but then someone said to me "People like you dont really do things like that do they?" I'm not sure what they meant by that - fat people, short people, weird people, socially awkward people, unfit people, old people - any of the above?

Anyways that statement made me say fuck you I will go back. So I dragged my ass back there today. I was terrified of falling, my arm still hurt along with my shoulder, my legs, my butt and my boob (which is also a lovey shade of vomit yellow). Today we worked on foot work which was easier  than skating in that less chance of me falling over yay. Once again I sucked at every aspect which is hard being the worst in any group sucks but I'm not going to get better, get fitter, get thinner, get stronger or in any way improve unless I go back and practice.

I am still finding it hard being with a group of people I dont know - although they seem nice I find it difficult to chat to them. I am not sure the person leading the sessions is particularly keen on having to babysit the total novice either and it cant be fun for the others in the group who are having to wait for me to do the most basic of things when they are so far ahead.

I'm going to go again on Thursday and hope I improve

Project 52 Weeks 13 & 14

So last Saturday I went to see a roller derby scrim. I've been interested in roller derby for a while but had never been to see it before. It was pretty awesome and just made me want to give it ago even more - did I mention that I have also wanted to try roller derby myself?

Anyways here are some photo's from the scrim (they didnt really turn out very well as I was distracted by trying to make sense of the game!) As there is so many of them they get to be week 13 and 14 (also because I havent taken any other pics really this week!)

#PostPost Weeks 13 and 14

I had some nice bits arrive in the post last couple of weeks :)

1. Review - company contacted me to ask me if I would like to review a watch for them :) well I wasn't going to say no

2. WIN - I won 1st place in the Works poetry day competition on facebook and the prize was £25 giftcard

3. Freebie - dentalife stick for Jac whoot

4. WIN - won these bad ass headphones over on twitter - they are super cool and super comfy too

5. WIN - surprise win in the post - always up for new reading materials

6. WIN - TrackR bravo - this is a bluetooth device you can attach to your belongings so you can find them

 7. Freebie - little sample of Dr Shea Coconut Butter :)

8. WIN - from Facebook - I'll prob give this away - faddy diets dont work for me

 9. WIN - won this on a blog - this is a chewymoon subscription box - I have a months worth of them - they will deliver a new one every week for 4 weeks whoop - so far H and D are not impressed but I quite enjoyed them

Thursday, 30 March 2017

#Project52 Week 12

Okay so this is a series of photos  rather than just one :) But I was super proud  of myself as on Saturday I made my own bread rolls (It would have been a loaf but I made a fruit cake in the loaf tin)

I made oat, linseed, sunflower seed and pumpkin seed dough using quick rise yeast which I have never used before and they came out really well and tasted amazing!

Dough mixed by hand - biceps feeling properly trim after this

Doughball after 10 minutes of kneading - seriously going to have arms like Popeye if I keep this up!

Dough divided into mini balls and covered lightly in clingfilm ready to go into the oven to rise

They have risen! Baked and cooling on the wrack
Bread roll pile on!

Best served hot with butter ;)

#PostPost Week 12

My #PostPost

1. Shoes from Vipon to review (LOVE these)

2. Freebie Sticker

3. WIN - SPAM goodies including spatula (or spamula haha), spam slicer and apron

4. Freebie - skin care samples

5. WIN - kids book (going by for D for Xmas)

6. Freebie - sample of Rowntree's sweets :D

 I had a few ticketed wins which I dont have pics of as well:)

7. WIN Hotel Stay and opening night tickets for An American in Paris (I couldn't go but I was able to gift these to a friend)

8. Preview tickets to Going in Style at my local cinema

9. Voucher for free bottle of A2 Milk

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth.

Okay yes hands up this is another whinging whiny post about my tooth (or actually lack of tooth)

So as  you all know from my incessant whining that I had a broken tooth for several years and by broken I mean there was literally a ring of tooth left lining my gum and nothing else to it - it didn't bother me and you couldnt see it as it was a lower pre-molar.

Fast forward to me finally getting a NHS dentist and my visit for what I thought was a filling last week which turned out to be filling plus tooth extraction! The dentist literally ripped that poor harmless ring of tooth from my mouth - but it didn't come out willingly! He spent around 15 minutes yanking at it with a variety of pliers (torture scenes in movies where they remove the teeth never make it seem this difficult!!!!)

Whilst the anesthetic was still running through my system I felt nothing but this sadly wore off leaving me in the worst pain EVER - yes I finally found something that hurt worse than my daith piercing.

A week after the extraction I was convinced it was infected - seriously why else would my jaw, cheek bone, ears and eye socket all be aching? I got an urgent appointment at the dentist who scared the crap out of me when I arrived by having all the equipment laid out for a root canal and smiling at me insanely whilst saying I assume its your upper tooth that's causing you the problems but don't worry I booked you extra time for a root canal - um no Duffy the Tooth Slayer it's the bloody great big hole in my jaw causing me issues (Side note I actually DO need a root canal and am booked in for that at the end of April and that's it everything will be sparkly in the tooth region)

He examined it - confirmed there was no infection, squirted it with icy cold Cortisol (I cant spell it but you know the mouth numbing antiseptic ) and then informed me I had dry socket probably due to being diabetic and a little overly vigorous with my salt water swishing routine. He then packed the socket with an anesthetic which was absolutely incredible. Seriously that stuff worked straight away, I did wonder why he didn't use it in the first place. I escaped feeling a lot better with strict instructions not to rinse my mouth again until the following day - and a warning that bits of it would start to come out eventually.

For anyone who doesn't know - dry socket is where the blood clot over the gap in the gum where your tooth was doesn't form properly or gets dislodged and spat out. It means that the raw bone and nerves are all exposed to the air and causes really bad  pain, it can also give you a nasty taste in the mouth and bad breath. It's more common in woman, diabetics, people who smoke, people who drink through straws and people who have really poor dental hygiene (that's not me by the way my hygiene is amazing due to my smart tooth brush and ap!) it can also be caused by  you swilling the affected area too hard and literally washing the clot out.

I had 2 blissful pain free days until Saturday where I had what I thought was a hair in my gum which annoyed me until I pulled it out - what came out looked like a mat of cat fur seriously it looked like one of the hairballs that Tisha likes to leave on the floor next to my bed for me to step in. and it was massive like the size of a cotton bud  which is actually relatively small until you consider it was coming from a small hole in my gum and then you realise that's actually a lot.

I was a bit worried that I would get the pain coming back but actually apart from a little sensitivity on Saturday it was fine. Sunday comes and I cook dinner for me and my mum -we had a lovely pie and rice in case your interested because she also had 2 teeth out (I think she gave me some dodgy tooth genes!) and I get that I think I have a hair in my mouth feeling again - if you have animals you will know the feeling well!So I then pull out a huge mat like bigger than before I mean we are talking summat the size of a 5p! After that the pain came back with startling clarity :(

Fast forward to today which is Wednesday and the hole in my gum is still healing and still pretty damn painful - I've been told that you can get it re-packed but it delays the healing process so best to put up with the never ending jaw and gum ache and that the dry socket should clear up in about another week!

So this has all basically turned me into a zombie - I am currently getting up, going to work, coming home napping, getting up and doing a little bit of house work or washing and then back to sleep. I normally get around 5 hours sleep in a  24 hour period- I am currently sleeping from about 5-8pm plus sleeping from like 1 am - 7 am so 9 hours and I am still shattered! It's also making me grumpy (or grumpier than usual)

It's now been 2 weeks since the tooth extraction and I am still in serious amounts of pain which radiates across random parts of the face and also includes something called associated pain in other teeth- so that's jaw, ear, cheek, eye and gum pain with the added bonus of tooth ache in the molars and teeth next to the extraction site! All this for a tooth that when it was removed was less than 5mm!

I had plans to do several more posts on comping as well as update the review section on the blog but all of this is on hold until I feel better :( so normal service will resume but not until this weekend or later.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

#Project52 Week 11

 This week's Photo is some very cute knitted bunnies. In work we are raising money for the Welsh Air Ambulance as our charity of the year and one of the woman has been knitting and selling Easter critters  :)  

I bought 4 of them - 1 each for H and D and 1 for my big niece E and 11 for me too. Each bunny is sat on a egg (Creme or Caramel or MilkyBar). I don't normally get the kids chocolate for Easter as they get way too much but I coudn't resist these cute buns (and it follows on a bit from last week's photo of the demonic Easter bunny in west Wales lol)