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July, 2005:

Sick Leave

I was hoping that I’d be well enough to go back into work today but not long after getting up I was very ill. I went straight to the doctors’ surgery and was given a week’s sick leave and told to eat very bland foods for the week. I came home to find that the hospital had written with the details of my  stomach ultrasound. The appointment is for Wednesday morning and I mustn’t eat or drink anything after 12am Tuesday. I also have an appointment for blood tests on wednesday morning at the surgery.

Did a small amount of knitting today on some socks and sewed in the ends of some others. I haven’t felt up to much. While I was off work last week I watched hardly any tv during the day, read Harry Potter 6 instead. I read the first chapter on Tuesday night and finished the book on Friday afternoon. Now I have to wait two years for the final book. Sigh.

Finally a localish yarn store! Saturday Jeni and I managed to make a little trip to the new yarn store in Penarth. It’s called Yarn’n Yarns and sells Colinette, Debbie Bliss, Rowan etc. and from today also sells Noro! I bought a sweater’s worth of Collinette Giotto in Rio and the new "Rock Gods and Movie Stars" pattern book.

More urgh!

I spent a couple of days in Mid Wales earlier this week for work and on Tuesday I suddenly became very ill. I went to the doctor today and she’s prescribed some anti spamodic medication. The upshot is that I have to have blood tests and an ultra sound of my intestines. Either way it’s not a stomach bug. I suspect that it’s IBS again but I seem to feel pretty crap most of the time. It’s Stitch & Bitch tonight but I haven’t been able to go. 🙁 I haven’t felt like doing much knitting anyway.

Have been reading more Harry Potter though, I think I’m about a third of the way through. I can understand why some have already finished it though.

Stomach Yuck and Computer Argh!

I seem to be highly susceptible to any kind of stomach thing that’s around. Last week I became very ill in work and was off for a couple of days with the stomach yuck. The heat that we’re suffering from at the moment didn’t help either. So, as usual, I’m behind with email etc.

I did manage to get a little bit of knitting done but mostly I slept and listened to an audiobook of Harry Potter 5. I had to catch up before my pre-order of the new one arrived. Well I’m in possession of the new book now and just have a little of the last one to finish.  Amy says that the first chapter is incredible so I’m looking forward to that.

So onto the computer Argh! I bought a nearly new iBook from eBay the other week – no argh with that, since it’s a Mac I’ve had no problems. No, the difficultly came when I tried to set up a wireless network. You see we have a three-storey house and the main internet access is on the first floor (second floor to Americans) and I wanted to use the iBook in my study which is on the ground floor. I bought an Airport Extreme (again used) and of course the iBook has no problems joining the wireness network, even in the study!, but the PC that’s right next to it with a wireless USB couldn’t. So, we were up until 2am last night trying to make the damn thing work. It’s now fine and we’re exactly sure why, Andy can’t remember what he did – one you’ve looked at loads of dialogue boxes they all look the same, but it works and that’s fine by me!

I’m glad that it’s sorted out now because I’m leaving in a few hours to work on an outside broadcast. I’ll be away for a couple of days. It’s at an agricultural show but I don’t know how much of the show I’ll be able to see while I’m there.

So no pics of knitting just yet but I have finished various socks and of course bought some new sock yarn too! 🙂 I’m probably taking far too many sock projects with me, three!, but they’re all in various stages so at least one should get finished while I’m away. I’m very proud of myself because one pair is a destash – I bought the yarn, Lorna’s Laces in Fire,  nearly two years at ImaginKnit in San Francisco.  Once those are done I’ll have to start another project from deep stash yarn!

A Dark Day

I remember the IRA bomb attacks and was in London near Soho when a nail bomb went off, but today has been really difficult. The radio programme I work on switched into rolling news mode and even after tens years spent in newsrooms it was still pretty horrible to see that image of a London bus with its roof torn off.

I was especially relieved to speak to my aunt and other friends in London and find out that they were safe.

Not much knitting done by me today. Glad to see that Kerrie, Polly and others are alright.