Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Bon Voyage Hodgepodge!

For what was an absolutely beautiful and sunny weekend, I now type this hodgepodge on a not so sunny and rainy day. Thank you for taking me away from the grey clouds Hodgepodge. If you want to take part, answer these questions and link up by pressing the button below. Enjoy!

1. What question do you often ask yourself?

Ha! This is a fun question as I ask myself a lot of questions like 'why did you lie in bed 5 minutes too long?' cause I normally leave for work a little late. Another one is 'why did you eat way past being full?' and then regret it when I feel like I have a massive food baby! Guess I ask myself a lot of little petty questions.

2. Do you grow roses? What's your favorite color of rose?  Ever been given a dozen roses?  Where was the prettiest rose or rose garden you remember seeing?

No I don't grow roses but they are one of my Granddad's favourite flowers. I love yellow roses the best because yellow is my favourite colour. Simon has bought me roses on many occasions - in fact he bought me some on Sunday. The prettiest rose garden I have seen was my Granddad's, when I was little he was always pruning and growing them.

3. Do you read the freshness dates on grocery store products?  Will you use eggs past their 'use by' date?  Take medication that's expired? Buy a dented can?

I do read the labels yes, particularly on dairy products like yoghurts and eggs because I want to buy the ones that'll last me the longest. I won't take medication that's expired because you're simply not meant to- especially antibiotics because the make-up of the medicene changes past expiry and can cause toxins. When it comes to meat I'll buy it on the day it expires and then freeze it! But I'll buy dented boxes and cans etc if they're being sold at a cheaper price.

4. Should athletes be role models?

Without a shadow of a doubt yes. I am always so disheartened when I hear about them cheating and failing drug tests etc. I think, in the UK especially, that the number of people interested in taking part in sports is decreasing (due to console games, TV etc). So I think it's so important to be role models and show people that sport is fun and when you work hard at it you can reach the top. I really think the Olympics helped last year in changing our generation's view! Just last week I heard two young girls talking about the Olympics and how amazing Jessica Enis was - she has obviously made an impression and a positive one at that!

5. Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first explorers to reach the top of Mt. Everest on this date (May 29) back in 1953. What's something you hope to achieve in your lifetime?

I definitely want to become a Health Visitor within the next 5 years or so. I need to go back to university for a year though to earn my degree in it. As much I love hospital work and surgical care I know it isn't something I want to do long term. I am very very interested in public health, the services provided in the community and the developmental needs of both adults and children. I really want to work in the heart of reality which I feel is outside of the hospital setting.

6. What would you do if you had twenty acres of land and the money to develop it any way you choose?

I have no idea how to answer this question. At first lots of things enter my mind like a huge swimming pool, a park or a maze! But I'll never forget when I was little reading The Secret Garden and wishing I had the space in my back garden to have something as magical like that! So although 20 acres of land wouldn't be so much of a secret it would be tantalising like the book.

7. If I invite you to a party with a 7 PM start time, what time will I actually see you there?

Probably about 7.30pm. I never like to be the first one at a party but I don't want to be rudely late. Normally I leave my house at the time the party starts. Most of my friends live within a half hour drive so I feel that's acceptable.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

This will be my last hodgepodge for 4 weeks. We head off to Florida next Wednesday when it goes live and on Tuesday I will be busy working and probably forgetting lots of things to pack. This week is a busy week of work, getting last bits done and seeing friends before we head off.  I'm back on 20th June which is a Wednesday, so will miss that day too :(. So I'll see you at the end of June Hodgepodge people!!!

Monday, 27 May 2013

Simon and I - Week 4

Week 4 has arrived and this series is going quite quickly. I am taking part in Callie's 'Derek and me' series which you can check out here.

Week 4 - When did you know you wanted/could spend the rest of your life with your spouse.

There was no definite moment or divine intervention when I knew I wanted to be with Simon forever. We met in December 2011 and the first couple of weeks were really good. Then in the middle of January 2012 he went away to Norwich for a weekend away to see family friends. It was the first time in a very very long time that I felt completely lost and alone. You have no idea how much I missed him!!! He was only away 4 days but I just wanted to be with him so much. We were on the phone loads and texting in between but it just wasn't enough. Just before he went away I left him a little love note - which he still has stuck to his mirror. I had never felt like that before with anyone and from that moment I just knew I never wanted him to go away again.

On a boat trip. July 2012.

I remember when I was younger (late teens) people saying how they 'just knew' they wanted to spend the rest of their life with their partner. If like me, did you roll your eyes and pretend to vomit a little in your mouth when you heard people talk about it? I did! But now I get it. I totally get it. I can't describe the feeling of 'just knowing' but it is the best feeling ever knowing that I am going to be with Simon for as long as I live.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

The Peg

This was the only simple title I could think of for this post. Don't worry this won't be a philosophical bit of writing about a peg hook. It is about a peg hook though.

Anyway more to the point?

Last Saturday I was having a big clean up of my room. I changed my winter clothes to my summer clothes. Got rid of a lot of junk I don't need and clothes other people can benefit from wearing/recycling. When I thought I had cleaned everything, one space looked really cluttered.

Behind my door. I hang anything and everything behind my door. It's an 'out of the way where I can't see it place' but as a result my door does not open all the way as it is so cluttered.

So I carried on tackling the mess and it was so weird finding some of the stuff I stashed away there. My prom clutch bag from 8 years ago, a skipping rope, my masquerade mask from a ball I went to when I was 18 and some zumba CD's I had stashed away in there. And then I saw this when the door was finally bare.

It's a peg I made when I was 13 in technology class. I remember I tried to make it have an oak effect by drawing/colouring on wood? Somehow that didn't work, as you can see no creative bone in my body. But it's amazing how little things bring back SO many memories? I remember being so happy that I had made something from scratch like this and how insistent I was to scrawl my name on the metal. I also remember badgering my Dad every weekend for months to screw it on my door so I could use it. Then over the years it got forgotten about.

It's not the best peg but I have decided that this will be on the back of my bedroom door in the future house I have with Simon. I love finding little keepsakes like these.

Do you have any?

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge 22/5

Here are my answers for this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. Answer on your own blog, then hop over to Joyce's blog to add your link and join the party.

1. It's National Bike you own a bicycle? When did you last ride a bike? 

Yes I do own a bicycle. It's a pretty purple one and I last went cycling last summer. Simon and I have been meaning to get the bikes out as the weather has been fairly kind to us of late. We like cycling along scenic routes and river tow paths. Hopefully this weekend...

On one of our bike rides last summer.

2. What's something you learned in school that wasn't part of the curriculum?

This is a hard one but I guess the first thing that came to my mind was I learnt very quickly that there wasn't one set path to our success later in life. As I grew up I always thought to myself that in order to be a teacher you had to do a,b,c. In order to become a nurse you had to do x,y,z to gain a qualification. As I went through my school years I soon learnt that there were so many avenues, decisions and paths one can take in order to reach success. Now there wasn't a class on that back in the 90's and looking back I had to work it out on my own.  

3. What's a food you've never tried, but want to try? What's a food you've tried and will never try again?

It's funny this question came up now as a couple of weeks ago I had always wanted to try sushi! I always hear how delicious it is and even though it's readily available in shops I have never bought it. I tried it at my nephews first birthday party and thought it was okay. I have always wanted to try okra too. I remember a couple of years ago I tried Trifle - eugh! it was just a cold lumpy mess, never again!

4. Have you been more demanding on yourself lately or less? Why? Do you think that's a good trend?

I would definitely say a lot more. I am one of those people who always say yes to working extra hours even though I am really tired. I always tend to over commit but in the last couple of months I have been saying no a lot more! I have also been more demanding on running for longer and more often. A 10k run won't run itself unless I train a little harder. I think it's good to be a little harsher on myself as I have certainly seen the benefits.

5. Who is your favorite book, movie, or TV show villain? 

I think favourite is a little too strong a word but I remember when I read The Chronicles of Narnia. I thought The White Witch was such a well written character and so evil. I think Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series was a fantastic villain! Some of my favourite Potter scenes both in the book and on screen are the ones with Voldemort in! 

6. How concerned are you about identity theft? 

In relation to my bank cards I definitely am. I had my card cloned and used abroad which was no fun. My Mum has also had her bank account cloned and used in this country so it was hard to prove it wasn't her spending the money from the fake account. It is something that concerns me and you have to be very vigilant! As part of my credit card agreement I have an ID aware system where my bank contact me with any suspicious activity. Also, I have a spending limit set on my debit card so that I can only spend a set amount online in a 48 hour period. Having this in place makes me feel a little less concerned. 

7. I saw this last question on Dawn's blog a couple of week's ago and asked if I could share. Everybody hop over and say hi, but first answer this...would you rather have an ordinary home in an extraordinary place or an extraordinary home in an ordinary place? 

Immediately I thought I would love an amazing home in an ordinary place but if I am honest? My idea of a spectacular home would require a lot of cleaning and expenses. Plus, it would just be surrounded with my home comforts in an ordinary home anyway! So I would go for an ordinary home in an extraordinary place. To have what feels like home set in a place I can only dream of would just be lovely :)

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

It's two weeks today that I'll be setting foot on a plane destined to Florida. I have spent all this week arranging appointments for hair cuts, hair colours and manicures to get me in the holiday mood. On a more important note my little sister turns 22 years old today. Happy birthday Rachael!

Monday, 20 May 2013

Simon and I - Week 3

This is week three where I follow on from my blog friend Callie's relationship series. I hope you are finding them interesting and if you want to take part then do!

Week 3 - One area I could improve upon in our relationship.

Last week I mentioned that I get very stressed and wound up easily. I have the typical type A personality where I like things in order, organised and sorted. I hate leaving things to the last minute, whereas in some things Simon could! He is a lot more laid back and more placid than I am. I could definitely improve in cutting Simon some slack and being a little more like him.

On many occasions Simon gets in from a long day at work and within minutes I am talking about what we have to do and get done. I have to realise he needs time to chill out and de-stress. It isn't fair on him and plus I think it would be good for me to not get so het up and be more like him. The other day Simon got his car insurance renewal notice. We started to tackle on finding him a cheaper car insurance that evening. We found one and in order to get it off the to do list he should have just booked it there and then. But he decided to wait until later on. I felt myself getting a little annoyed because in my world it would have been easier to get it over with right? But I decided that time I wouldn't because I trust he will get it done and there are more important things in life than ticking boxes off your list.

I need to be less stressed and more laid back, like Simon, at times.

The day after the Queen's jubilee. June 2012.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Specs Becs?

For the last couple of months my migraines have been really bad. I take medication for them, and admittedly had been quite poor at remembering to take them. However, I got back on the bandwagon of taking them which helped but still found the recurrence of my migraines were a lot. I was probably getting 1-2 a week instead of 1-2 a month. I was miserable.

My Mum suggested I went and got my eyes tested again and in the post I was offered a free eye test at Specsavers. Think that was a huge hint to get my eyes tested yes?

I went last month and I'll admit I went in quite cocky. I have always felt that my eye sight is fine. Most of my family wear glasses or contacts but I had always considered myself lucky not to to require them. During the test my right sided vision was good and even the optometrist said it was almost too good. Almost like it was compensating...this didn't spell out good news.

I then had my left eye tested and I struggled big time! I could barely read any of the letters on the letter board and when she gave me a book to read I was squinting so hard. No surprise my migraines are always on my left side since my eye sight is so bad out of it.

Safe to say I need glasses. I wear them just for work at the moment and even though in the beginning I wasn't really a glasses fan. I am starting to rather like them now.

Do you like my specs?

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Wizarding Hodgepodge.

Welcome to another week of random fun. You'll find this week's answers for the Wednesday Hodgepodge posted below...answer on your own blog then hop over to Joyce's to share your answers. Enjoy Hodgepodgers!

1. May is National Blood Pressure Month...what sends yours soaring, either literally or figuratively? What calms you down? When did you last have your bp checked?

When things do not get done. I think this really makes my blood boil and creeps my BP up a little! There's no such thing as 'procrastination' in my dictionary. I think what calms me down is removing myself from a situation or doing it myself. I check my blood pressure weekly, luckily I work in a hospital so the machines are already around for my use.

2. You just found $1-what do you spend it on? How about 10$ or $100?

If it was £1 then I would put it in my pound jar to collect. I never spend change, it goes straight back in my coin jar to build up until counted. If it was £10 then I probably would use it towards a food shop or petrol. If I found £100 then it would go into my bank account. In saying that, I once found a £20 note outside a charity shop and I took that as a sign to give it to them. I just couldn't keep it when stood outside the hospice shop! I have some heart.

3. Mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food has been proposed, but not enacted in the US. How much attention do you give food labels before you buy? Are you in favor of labeling if it means an increase in food prices? Is this an issue you've been following and feel strongly about, or is this the first you've heard of the controversy?

This is the first I have heard about it but in general I do pay some notice to food labels in terms of what's in the product. I care about salt, sugar and fat levels in food and would much rather pay a little more for a healthier product.

4. May 15th marks the birthdate of Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz. At this point in time, are you more in need of brains, courage, heart, or a trip back home? Explain.

I think lately it would be courage. I have felt so tired and burnt out from work lately that I have found it hard to make it through an entire day without a nap. I need the courage to motivate myself a little to make the most out of my waking hours and days off! But then I can be so ditzy at times that maybe a little more brains too would be useful!

5. "There's no place like home" is an often repeated line from Baum's book. When was the last time you felt the truth of that statement?

I LOVE holidays and visiting new places. The longer I can be away the better! However, whenever I return home and sitting in the airport I do feel a little nostalgic for home comforts. Take Australia for example, I was away for 3 weeks and did not think of home a lot of the time. I was too busy enjoying myself! But when I was sat on the plane home I did have this feeling of 'there's no place like home'. As much as I love exploring this world, home certainly is where my heart is!

6.  Steak...yes please or no thank you? What cut do you prefer and how do you like yours cooked? Sauce or no sauce? Besides your own kitchen, where's a place you like to go to get a great steak? 

I do not mind steak so I can take it or leave it. I hate steaks like rump or T-bone. I only really like sirloin and well done at that. No blood thank you!

7. When was the last time you were in a genuine hurry?

The other week my friend Becca and I went on a spa day. Our treatments started at 14.30 and still at 14.15 we weren't even in the district!!! I hate being late and because of traffic and my friend's need to drive in the slow lane it made us a little late.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Yesterday Simon and I went to Leavsdon where Warner Brothers studio is based. From 2001 to 2011 the Harry Potter movies were filmed there. It was SO GOOD!!! We saw some of the sets like the Gryffindor common room, Dumbledore's office, The Burrow and the green room where they filmed Quidditch scenes. As well as seeing the props, scenery, interviews, walk the great hall and try butter beer! I loved every minute!!!

Monday, 13 May 2013

Simon and I - Week 2

This is the second post in my 'Simon and I' series where I focus on our relationship. I am following on from my blog friend Callie's series. Check her's out too!

Week 2 - Two things I love about my relationship with my spouse.

#1 Our date nights.
Every month Simon and I set time away to have a date night or a day date. I have a job that involves shift work and working weekends so Simon and I have to plan our time together around my roster. Sometimes we only get to see each other for an hour a day or some days not at all. So we both feel it's important to set apart a set day or evening where we just spend time with each other. The other week we went to the theatre, we go for a meal, to the cinema or just out for a walk. It's so important that we spend time as just us and I always look forward to them! Tomorrow we're going to the Harry Potter filming set/tour. Cannot wait.

#2 We don't agree on everything.
I really do love that our relationship is built on disagreement as well as agreeing with each other. Otherwise we both feel our conversations would be dull! I love that in our relationship Simon and I have difference of opinion and debate. We have totally different tastes in music, TV programmes, our careers and books. We are also different in our personalities. I am the typical type A planner and like to get things done. Whereas Simon is a lot more laid back and doesn't get as stressed as I do. This can lead to a few disagreements but I think we balance each other out which I really like.

Us on a bike ride on one of our day dates. April 2012.

See you next week for week 3!

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Why I love being a nurse in honour of International Nurses Week.

This week is the annual international nurses week. A week to celebrate all things nursing and my employers are treating all nurses and healthcare assistants to a massage on Friday. How awesome is that?! I cannot wait.

However, that is a very minuscule perk in light all the amazing perks to nursing. I love my job. I love how it makes me feel. I love that I can do it for as long as I am allowed to live. I am beyond privileged and in celebration in honouring nursing and nurses, I wanted to share ten things I love about being a nurse.

I love being a nurse because________

1) I get to meet so many different people. I come on shift everyday not knowing who I will be caring for on the other side of the door. I get to meet funny people, worried people, enthusiastic people and also the pessimistic people too. It's so diverse and I love that.

2) I never know what's going to happen. I love that I go on shift thinking one thing and the shift goes into a totally different gear. I can have a patient that deteriorates, a patient who gets bad news or a patient who has a reaction to a medication. You have to be so on the ball.

3) There's never a dull moment. Everyday is different in it's own way. You have routine but it's hard to stick to with so many patients requiring different levels of care.

4) It's life long learning. I can honestly say I learn something new everyday whether it's to do with a patients lifestyle, the patho-physiology, a medication side effect, a new technique to a dressing, a consultants protocol. I know I will never get bored! There's always something to learn from or about.

5) The different professionals I work with. Everyday I work with a brilliant team of nurses and team assistants. But I also work with consultants, doctors, OT's, physiotherapists, SALT, community care teams and so many more. Without these teams a nurse's job would be impossible!

6) I appreciate the importance of living. As much as my job is about caring for surgical patients and getting them home safely post operatively. Some of my patients aren't lucky like that and I do deal with death at times. When a patient of mine passes away, receives bad news or has a operation that's totally unexpected. Then I do take a step back and appreciate how blessed I am to be healthy right now and to realise, although we expect the unexpected, to still appreciate living for now.

7) Nursing is a privilege. We have to deal with intimate areas, hear hard life stories and for a patient to let me into their realm and care for them is an honour.

8) It teaches me to be more accepting. Nurses still have opinion and it can be hard for it not to affect how you nurse. For example, I once had to look after a murderer (on prison guard) in hospital. I won't lie it was tough. I was trying to care for a man who did not care for someone else's life by killing them at some point. You have to build a barrier at times but it does make you more accepting of the diverse range of patients you care for, regardless of opinion.

9) For the amazing nurses education we have in the UK and worldwide. I loved my nurses training as a student and I love the training opportunities I have now to expand my learning. I am so grateful.

10) It's for life. Despite any hard day on shift. Despite any day where I work with people who may irritate me. Despite any shift where I feel rushed and pressured. I go home and still look forward to my next day of work. I refuse to be a person who does not appreciate what they do for a living.

This careers rocks and I am one of many nurses who hopefully feels the same way. I'll never forget on my first day of work as a qualified RGN a little 90 year old lady told me this, "I just want you to know, that everyday you touch a life. A life with touch yours."

So true.

Happy Nurses week everyone!

Monday, 6 May 2013

Simon and I - Week 1

One of my lovely blog friends Callie has been doing a series called 'Derek & Me' where she answers a question every week about her husband. She found the questions on a letter she read through another blog she reads. I think it's really neat and she has kindly said I can join her on the bandwagon! This can be on any relationship that's important to you in your life so your spouse, parents, sibling or best friend etc.

I've been with Simon for (what I feel) quite a while now and I want to use these posts as a way of focusing more on our relationship. As I've mentioned before it's easy to let things slip in any relationship and I also want Simon to feel encouraged by my answers too!

So over the next 12 weeks I am going to dedicate a day to reflect on us.

Week 1. Three things I love about my spouse.

#1. He is always there no matter what.
If there's one thing I have total faith in our relationship is that Simon is always there for me and vice versa. No matter what squabbles and difference of opinions we have. I know at the end of the day we're in this relationship together. I trust that he will never leave and I have total faith that whatever trials and tribulations we go through- he'll be there throughout it all. We're there for each other in the good and the bad times and believe me so far we have gone through so much!

#2. He admires the little things.
Simon invests time in the little things. He doesn't believe you have to go big with surprises or go over the top to make people happy. He does the washing up for my Mum, he'll take my car to the car wash for me, we always kiss each other goodbye, we always hold hands, he phones me everyday when he leaves work and he'll always offer to drive. It's the little things I cherish and pick up on way more than the big stuff. I love him so much for that.

#3. He's always your biggest fan.
This is so true! I think I could dub Simon as Mr.Motivator! He is so encouraging and will never let anyone put another person down. He embraces people's talents and tells them what they're good at. There have been many times where I have been quite negative (particularly with cooking and my running) and he won't stand for it because everyone can achieve at something. He is always so interested in what people have to say, way more than me! He is my biggest supporter and I am his.

Our first photo together. February 2012.

Tune in for next week!

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Online friendships

One of the best things about blogging is 'getting to know' you out there reading this. I follow many blogs and with quite a few I struck up deeper friendships through facebook, twitter and in some cases met them!

The other day during my break at work I overheard a conversation between two women who were discussing online friendships. They both came to the agreement that online friendships aren't deep and are not at all meaningful.

I have to say I totally disagree!

Since I started blogging 6 years ago I have got to know many bloggers who now I call my friends. With most of them I have seen them go through highs/lows and vice versa with me. I can even say they are a support system I rely on at times. Even if I do communicate with them mainly online.

Isn't that the beauty of social media?! As long as it is not abused some great friendships can be formed for life.

I met Sam through blogging. She was my first blog friend I met in real life. We both went to a Taylor Swift concert and met up afterwards. She's now one of the funniest people I know (even if she doesn't agree with me).

I met Laura Anne in June 2011, when I went to Edinburgh for a visit and she could not have been more welcoming to someone she had not met in person before! She took me on a tour of Edinburgh and treated me to their dippin sauce (did I get that right?). Since then I have met up with her a couple of times.

That same year I met Laura Anne again with Ruth (who I met through blogging) and Mike (who I met through twitter). We went to the theatre and met Alf from Home and Away! It was such a fun night.

Then last March I met April in Vegas when I finished my travels in California. She took me round all of Vegas and we had pudding in the Cheesecake Factory. I met her through her blog in 2008 and I just love her (and her accent!)

I know it's impossible to meet all my blog friends but I communicate with many offline now too. I send Christmas cards to them and birthdays (when I remember). If they're going through a hard time then I will send them an email/text. I try to be there for them just like I would with my friends who live locally.

So, may I meet many more of you because I am so pleased to call these people my friends - who mean a great deal to me! You can tell that conversation between those ladies annoyed me a little.

Would you consider people you have met through blogging as your friends too?!

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Mayday Hodgepodge!

Wednesday are this week's answers to this week's questions!

1.  This week's Hodgepodge is Volume 123.  What's something you've done recently that was as easy as 1-2-3? 

I cooked Jambalaya a few weeks ago which I thought would be really hard. Turns out one of the easiest dishes I have ever cooked and only took half an hour from start to finish!

2.  The Wednesday Hodgepodge also happens to fall on the first day of May ...what is something you may do this month? 

Prepare everything for Florida! Still need to sort out insurance, holiday money, clothes, the post codes of hotel addresses to drive to. I am getting really excited for this holiday now.

3. The Englishman Horace Walpole is credited as saying, "The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think"  How do you see it?

mmm I definitely agree with the first line as I am a person who 'feels' things so the world is sort of a tragedy. I see it as some people can get very emotionally attached and as the saying goes 'don't let the world get you' can ring true for some people (definitely like me as I let the world get to me). But I know some people, like my Dad, who would see the world as a sort of comedy. He thinks more and rationalises things a lot more easily. He understands the world is a crazy place to live in and accepts we can't do a lot about things (whereas in my mind we can!). So to him the world is sort of like a stage and we should revel in it rather than worry.

4.  May is National Hamburger often do you eat a burger? What are your must-haves when it comes to burgers?  I assume you vegetarians won't be celebrating so tell us what you'd like instead? 

I probably have a burger maybe once a month but it's one of those foods that I am not at all fussed about. I am not the biggest lover of mince meat so I would go more for a chicken burger. When I do have a burger I love salad, gherkin and mayonnaise!

5. Pansies, petunias, geraniums, impatiens...of the four mentioned, which is your favorite in a patio pot? Will there be pots on your patio this spring? (Or whenever spring comes to your part of the globe?) Who does the gardening at your house?

Pansies are quite popular in my household. I do not have green fingers but my parents certainly love doing up the garden in the warmer months. Tulips are overrunning my garden at the moment though.

6. When did you last (literally or figuratively) shout "Mayday, Mayday!"

When I had a cardiac arrest call a few weeks ago. I used the words HELP instead of Mayday though.

7.  Say farewell to your April in ten words or less. 

Thank you for being more sunny! Keep it up!

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

Cohen had a great first birthday! Nicola sent me this photo yesterday of him inside his present. I really look forward to warmer temperatures so he can play outside with water in it. I have a one year old nephew!

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