Monday, 30 April 2012

Short Stack

Tired. We are in the process of putting a contract on the Nundah apartment :). But now the studio may be back up :/.....Sore back. R leg is being weird.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Smelly Stew for the Pesky Pup

What a day. I'm a bit sore and tired today, despite a sleep in. Bran and I didn't end up having our date :(. We are quite concerned about Milo's paws and decided to watch after him today. If they don't improve i'll be bringing him to the vet. On a different but related note, we made Milo some doggy stew (that is, for dogs, not made of dogs). It was a fish base using this recipe at Down to Earth. I didn't use pasta, instead adding more brown rice in it's place. It was indeed quite smelly from the fish, but Milo seemed to like it and it seems pretty nutritionally sound. We will be giving him yogurt and sardines as well for calcium as he can't handle raw bones.

On the other hand, Bran thinks the Nundah apartment is a good idea :) so i'll be getting in contact with Sam tomorrow to talk about a contract. It's a great apartment, with some improvements it'll be spectacular! It's not in an ideal position as it's a bit far from the train but it's a nice suburb and we aren't likely to get as nice of a place for that inexpensive. So cross your fingers for us!

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Of Apartments and Puppies

Spent the day looking at apartments with Sarah and Bran :D. It was a lot of fun! I enjoy looking at places and imagining what could be...The only apartment we liked was the Nundah one. It's a definite possibility :) even if it's a major fixer-upper.

Tomorrow is Bran and my date to celebrate out second wedding anniversary! The actual anniversary date is may 1st, but as it'll be a week night  we decided to go out tomorrow and have a nice dinner in on the 1st. I've been looking forward to it for a while, it's been hard for Bran and I to have time just for us lately because of busy schedules.

Milo's paws are looking a bit better today, though still raw. I think a few more days as a sock dog and he should be healed up :). He is liking the home made food, especially the nice fried egg he got this morning XD. Lucky dog. Hopefully it'll help clear up his skin problems.

Pain wise, it wasn't too bad today. My R foot is a bit sore and my hands/fingers are sore. Back is doing a bit better. R elbow is meh.

Friday, 27 April 2012

The Pesky Puppy

Well, the other studio at New Farm is a no go. But we saw a great one bed in Nundah :D. It needs repairs, but it could be just what we are looking for. I'm hopeful :). We're off tomorrow to check out some more places and look at the Nundah apartment again with Bran. A lot of it depends on financing, which we should hear back about wednesday.

Milo is still not feeling well. His little paws are awfully red (mostly because he's been chewing on them when no one is home). We've made the decision to make his food here at home rather than risk more comercial food failures. Tonight was brown rice with roasted green beans and salmon ;). Fancy, eh? I'm hopeful that we can get his skin problems under control and get him back to the happy little dog he is.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Spoke with the loan guy today :) we'll hear back next week about the pre-approval. He seems pretty confidant that we will get it. Lets hope!

Didn't get the studio, but we are checking out some other places tomorrow. I'm not feeling bad about this though, I know when the time is right something just for us will show up :).

Pain wise not too bad today, back is still angry. I went for a walk with Milo this morning, and that did help with my sore back. It made me very tired though, maybe I should stick with 20 minute walks for the time being..Milo sure was happy though! He is a sock dog again today, his back paws are looking better but his front right is awfully irritated. I'm sure another day or two as a sock dog and it will heal up. I've also made the decision that once we are done this bag of food i'll start making his dog food. That way I know exactly what is in it. Poor pup.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Blah Day

Quiet day today. My back is acting up, so thats not much fun. Milo has been chewing his paws, so he has socks on. Much to his displeasure. I'm not sure why he does that...but we'll be keeping an eye out for signs of food allergies.  Now i'm off to bed.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

I has a Sad

We didn't get the apartment :(. We're waiting to hear back from the studio. I guess it wasn't meant to be. But we'll keep looking :). Now I sleep.

Monday, 23 April 2012


I've been feeling anxious and a bit down today. Haven't heard back from the real estate agent. I'll give her until tomorrow night I guess.

I'm tired and not feeling very well. MTX hangover ftw >.>. I've also had the weird slight fever thing again. I know the MTX isn't working my inflammation markers have gone up. Blah.

I tried to study for my exam coming up. Didn't really get through it >.>.

Hopefully tomorrow will bring good news :).

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Sunny Sunday

Had a cane day today. Foot is very sore. Excited about tomorrow :) hopefully we'll hear back with a positive outcome!

Saturday, 21 April 2012


Goodness, it's been a big day.
Brandon, Sarah, and I spent a good chunk of the day checking out apartments for sale. Some where nice, some were actually way out of our price range >.>. We checked out a studio in New Farm that was alright, but we are still in love with the one bed. I've heard from the real estate agent that we should have an answer on monday :). How exciting! I'm hopeful, it would be such a great place for us.

Beyond that i've been resting. My foot/ankle/knee/back is not going so well on my right side. Had to use the cane today. Though now Sarah came up with the idea that as I have a disability then we can claim Milo as a companion dog instead of just a pet. That will help show his personality and training better than only referring to him as a pet I think. It's a very good idea :).

Friday, 20 April 2012


We had our meeting with RAMS home loans :) it's looking really promising! We'll fill out the application and meet again on monday.

We also turned in our application for the apartment. No word yet, but they'll likely wait until next week since their is an open house tomorrow. I'm hopeful!

Other than that it's been nice spending the day with Bran. I feel like we've both been so busy that it's been nice reconnecting.

Pain was wasn't too bad. My knee/feet/hands were sore, mostly the R knee. I did have a pretty horrible charlie horse. I'm thinking maybe sugar is a trigger? Hm.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Crazy Day

Not too much to write about today.

Other than that it was a bad luck day >.>. Turns out we needed to bring in the entire contract for the apartment. Which was fine, except out printer ran out of ink. Which was alright, because my school had printing facilities and Sarah gave me a ride half way. But then it took me a good 20 minutes to figure out how to work the compy and print stuff. Which was fine, because then it was done. Hopped the 199 and 5 minutes later I was in the real estate office. Now it was all well and good until we discovered that Bran and I needed to initial a bunch of paged @.@.

Right. So, now I have the contract back with me and we'll drop it off tomorrow after the meeting with the home loan guy. We also found out the realistically the seller wants $20,000 more than what we can offer. So what will be will be, if nothing else we will soon have pre-approval for wherever we end up :).

Not to sore today, hands and knee mostly. Tired though.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

To Be or Not to Be?

Goodness, i've been busy today! We've put in an offer for the apartment :D the real estate agent seems keen, but we'll just have to see how it goes (unless I burst into flames from all the waiting and anxiety first, lol).

It's been a day of phone calls, emails, meetings being set up, and hope. Hopefully we'll find out soon how it goes.

Pain wasn't too bad today, my wrists were a bit niggly. Not too bad though.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Many Meetings and Partings

I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much....but we may have found the perfect apartment :). It's in New Farm which is a great trendy suburb with superb public transport and shops were about a block away! It really is such a great location and just enough room for us. We checked it out today after Bran got out of work, it really is ideal, then had dinner at the pizza place right across the street. It was yummy! I really likely it....but we'll see ;).

In other news I met a lovely little puppy named Apple. My MiL is thinking about getting a dog, and this particular dog is a snorty, wrinkly, grumbly little British bulldog who was just lovely! She was so cute and happy! What a big grin :D. We brought Milo along (who did incredibly well for such a long car ride) and they were so funny together! I don't think Milo really knew what to make of her, but Apple was quite excited to be able to play with a new dog XD. I'm not sure that Sarah will end up getting her as we are potentially moving soon and she won't really have time until next semester but we will see. Either way, Ms. Apple, it was lovely meeting you and I wish you well.

Pain wasn't so bad today. A bit in my wrists but down from yesterday.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Introducing the Bubbly Cane!

I got my bubbly cane :). It's definitely helped with my poor foot, but i'm quite self conscious about it to be honest...more than I thought I would be. But it is what it is.

Have an mtx hangover today. Two hour nap and I could've kept sleeping. I'm quite sore, especially my R foot and now my left wrist (from the cane, lol).

My blood tests were fine, but my liver enzymes are slightly up. Just need to keep an eye on it.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Random Update

So my blog had been getting a lot more traffic lately, but it's from some random websites. Anyone know whats up with that? And if we do have new readers then welcome and please follow :D <3.

In other news...I don't have much news today. Had a sore jaw all day but other than that i'm back to my normal pain levels thanks to upped prednisone.

Bran and I had a lovely brunch :) eggs in a basket, pan fries, chocolate chip banana muffins, and pineapple to finish it off, yum! I do love some good pan fries (home fries, skillet potatoes, etc.)

We also had a nice walk, even getting caught in the rain was nice. It felt special some how, getting caught in the rain with my love. We had to hide under an overhang until the rain lightened up, but even so we got  quite wet! Milo (our puppy) enjoyed the walk too and gets to skip his bath this week since he got quite soaked ;) he does smell better.

I have my physio check up tomorrow along with buying with cane i've been eyeing. I'm meant to see a private physio as well but I think i'll try acupuncture instead.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Less Pain :)

Not so bad today :). I finally upped the prednisone to 10 mg and I think that has helped. I'm back down to my normal level of pain. Yay! I do still have marshmallow brain though...and my arm has a lovely gigantic bruise where the Implanon was inserted...and i'm cramping...and my banana muffins fell and are goey...but other that that it's good!

I'm still getting night sweats as well...donno why.

Marshmallow brain...I don't know what else to write. >.> Bran and I are going to make a big brunch tomorrow...yummy...

Friday, 13 April 2012

Adventure Day with Medical Professionals!

Ah dear. It's been a very busy day today. I didn't sleep well last night so that hasn't helped.

It started off cold. Cold and sore. After a hot shower and curling into a ball for a while I could move. It then continued on to going to my lovely counselor. As lovely as she is, we were tackling a difficult issue using EMDR therapy. I do feel that i've mostly processed what needed to be done and I do feel much less anxiety in regards to the issue. Which is great news as it's something that has caused me great emotional stress for most of my life. Oh but there is more, next time we are working on some family of origin issues! Good stuff.

Next up I had a (free!) bus ride back into the gap. That was bumpy but otherwise fine. Got my little implanon thing, visited the vampires (had to give blood for a lab test), and then visited a different gp to get the implanon inserted (my gp doesn't do it, sad). That was mostly fine except that local anesthetic hurts >.> more than her actually inserting the little rod under my skin. Now I have a nice bruise forming under a compression bandage that i'm meant to keep on for 24 hours.

After that I felt like I was going to pass out.

So after some rest and actually eating I did feel mostly better. I had a fun adventure in the grocery store with a brain that felt like a marshmallow. I don't remember half of what I got but it included chocolate, cookies, coffee and coffee mate. So i'm set ;).

Soreness was down a bit today (huzzah!). Still mostly hands, wrists,  R foot, R knee, and shoulders. My elbows are a bit more sore now after the blood was taken and a little plastic rod stuffed in the other arm.

I also saw a very funny movie about the origins of the "hand held mobile massager" ;). It was called Hysteria and I would recommend it to other females for kicks.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Long Day Tomorrow...

It was another sore day today. My R foot especially. I was hobbling around quite a lot >.>....buying that walking stick on monday. 

This one. isn't it cute :)

Feeling a bit better now, but i'm dreading tomorrow. Not only do I have to go visit the vampires again, but I have to do the EMDR therapy again. It ended up being quite rough last i'm not sure how it'll go this time around. I'm also getting an Implanon contraceptive stick put in since apparently the bc pill can increase migraines, which I was recently (yesterday) diagnosed with. Fun stuff. It's going to be a long day tomorrow. 

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Migraine of DOOM

Had my GP visit today. She has upped the prednisone to 10 mg a day and has concluded that my random vertigo/wiggly vision was indeed a migraine. Thats good I guess? Better than it being a more serious problem :). I'm also going to get some of the blood tests for rheumatoid re-done to see if anything has changed. I guess we'll see.

I have been quite sore today. Mostly in my hands, I think because it was so cold this morning. I'm also very tired.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Off to See the GP...the Wonderful GP of Oz >.>

I wasn't too sore today...until my physio exercise class >.> now i'm really sore. I have been quite tired though. Going to the GP tomorrow to talk about the weird vertigo thing. My brain isn't working so well...

On a lighter note, the physio did note that my leg muscles are getting stronger :) huzzah! Now if only it would actually help my knee!

Monday, 9 April 2012

Quiet Day and LOTR

Definitely feeling it today. My hand and wrist are quite sore. But it was so worth it to have such a lovely holiday yesterday :). Plus leftovers are yummy, so I didn't have to cook today at all. Quiet day at home with Bran and Milo. Watched the uncut LOTR Fellowship of the Ring movie. They showed a lot more of the Shire <3. Bran and I both decided we wanted to live there and be hobbits.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Mabon! Sorta...

Happy Mabon....kinda >.>. It was actually on the 21st of march but I decided to celebrate it today since we had a long weekend for Easter. It was nice really :) we roasted up some root veggies and made an apple pie and some lovely brioche rolls. buttery they basically melted in your mouth. Now, just be be clear, we did indeed have salad yesterday to help balance it out ;).

We made corn husk dolls to represent to Goddess and God :). It's been nice celebrating my faith, usually it takes a back-burner to the main stream holidays.

It's been a busy day full of cooking and eating and football (AFL) and Lion King >.>. Not exactly harvest related but still fun! I haven't been too sore today, but I did have to stop and rest often.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Funny Thing is...

So tired. Had a terrible vertigo thing earlier today when out on a walk with Bran. I had to hold his shoulder the entire way home along with stopping every so often so I could close my eyes. No idea what was up with that...I need to see the GP I think. Memo to self: don't try and push through things when your body says rest. I don't know what I would have done if I was alone...I guess just sit and rest until the world stopped wiggling and tilting. I have had times where I was in so much pain that I couldn't focus/stand on my own, but this was very much vertigo. I did feel mostly better after two glasses of water, a voltarin and a nap, but haven't felt the best for the rest of the day.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Holiday Blues

Tired today. Slept for 10 hours and had an hour and a half nap. Now i'm tired again at 9. Blah, not a fan of flares. Hands, wrists, and feet still acting up. I did have a nice day at home with the family though :). Ate lots of chocolate, had yummy pizza, and watched movies with Bran. I finally saw the movie 300. It was alright, not really my cup of tea but I can appreciate the nice scenery and lighting effects.

I'm still struggling a bit with missing my family. It's worse around the holidays. My family do big holiday get togethers with lots of food and laughter. Bran's family isn't really into that. Sometimes people will get together to have lunch on Christmas, but other than that it's pretty much just the main family unit and chocolate. Not that it's bad of course :) who am I to say no to chocolate? But I do miss my big family celebrations. It's difficult to make the celebration important when my husband grew up in a family that wasn't terribly celebratory. Well, i'll just have to start our own traditions :D!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Occupational Therapist, Finally!

I finally had my visit with the occupational therapist today. She was actually really lovely and informative, i'm glad I was able to see her :). I did some away with some new lycra gloves, wrist splints, and big tubing to go on silverware and pens when i'm having a bad day. She also mentioned a cane and looking for a shower stool. I'm not sure how to feel about the stool, but I guess since I have enough problems for a cane....just not quite yet. I can still stand well enough :) just not walk so well...

I'm struggling with the idea of a cane. Part of me feels like it would help with taking the stress off my feet and knees when i'm having a bad day, but the other part of me feels like I don't really need it and I should just suck it up and move on. I actually had a dream the other night that I was ment to be using a wheelchair, but chose not to and ended up limping and crying the entire way home from all the pain. Not so much fun experiencing pain while you are dreaming.

On a lighter note, i'm on school vacation now :). Hopefully this will give me some time to do my projects and rest up a bit.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Randoms Bits and Bobs

I may have had apple pie for breakfast >.>.....

Today was a sore day, but I still made a delicious persimmon tart! So there chronic illness! :D Thankfully the pie dough was already made and persimmons are really soft...

I've gone back to drinking my coffee with milk and eating gluten regularly. Honestly, I don't feel like it's making too much of a difference as long as I don't have more than about half a cup of milk and a few slices of bread. I do feel like i've been able to process it better since I added fish back in. I don't really know how that works, but i'm sure thankful! I enjoy milk in my coffee much more than any milk substitute.

I actually wore my knee brace to school today. No one commented, no one stared, or even batted an eyelash. Meh, I guess I should be less concerned. There are all sorts of people at my school, and I know i've seen someone walking with forearm crutches. I don't know what i'll say if someone asks though....whether I should explain about PsA and try to spread awareness or just say that I have some joint problems.

Seriously thinking about getting a cane though. My feet/ankles/knees seem to constantly be getting worse :(. If it would be helpful, I think I would be alright using a cane...though i'm not sure how my wrists would like it.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Apple Pie in the Sky

Hands and wrist were sore today, along with the typical R knee (went out twice today, twice!) and oddly my L knee is sore as well. Maybe from the strengthening exercises? I sure hope so >.>.

I've been missing my family today. It's always stressful for me here around holidays. I wish I could be back with my family in the USA watching the lil'ons find easter eggs and doing egg bowling :). It'll likely be just Bran and myself here for easter. Maybe i'll finally attempt to make hot cross buns.

On the other hand I did make a nice deep dish apple pie for my poor stressed out hubby <3. Made with tender lover and lots of spices, yum! I do enjoy making apple pies, other than the chopping part. I had fun making a yogurt pie crust as well. A bit different, but still nice. I'm not exactly the best pastry chef >.> but I do my best. Still came out yummy and made my husband smile.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Day After MTX

Today was spent curled up in bed attempting to get some of my workbook for microbiology done. I'm happy to say I did indeed finish a chunk of it, vacuumed, and even went for a walk! Pretty good for the day after MTX :). I am very very tired though, about ready to fall into bed despite only having been up for about 13 1/2 hours. Gotta love that fatigue. Goodnight

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Just Like Riding a...Wait...

So lesson two of bike riding today! It actually went quite well other than having a mini-panic attack when a car went by me. Over all a lazy day.