Somerville Foundation Conference 2016

Mr C and I went to the Somerville Foundation‘s annual conference on Saturday. As I may have said before, Mr C refers to this event as me being with my own kind, which is true. The powers that be are thinking of stopping the conference, which would be such a shame. I can see where…

Crochet catch-up

I’ve made a few crochet items over the past few months, with varying degrees of success… First #crochet I've done for months! Mini cowl. A photo posted by Claire (@anicecupoftea1) on Jun 15, 2016 at 10:06am PDT I made this one in June. The pattern is Catesby Three-Hour Cowl, by Kathryn Jones. It turned out…

Daddy’s girl

B is definitely a daddy’s girl. She almost always chooses to be with him, chooses him to do things for her, even to the point of wanting him to pass her things instead of me doing that for her even if I’m nearest to the thing in question! She wants him to pick her up,…

I heart food

I have to be honest and say that I’m finding watching what I eat quite misery-inducing. I love food in most of its forms. I particularly love lots of foods I shouldn’t eat anymore, e.g.: pizza,  pasta, noodles, (most) Chinese food, biscuits, crisps, chips, potatoes, most chocolate, cakes, doughnuts, and gnocchi. So to cheer myself…

Pre-diabetes? No, I’d never heard of it either…

However, it turns out I have this condition, otherwise known as impaired glucose tolerance (IGT).  I’m going to have to eat a more restricted diet (although it’s really just a healthy diet) – a big reduction in sweet things, healthier versions of carbohydrates and more fruit and (especially) veg. Having said that, it’s not like…

Appearance matters

This post talks about scars, invasive medical procedures and needles, so please don’t read on if you think this might upset you. The Scarred FOR Life photos were recently exhibited at the 7th Appearance Matters Conference held in London.  I thought about gate-crashing the conference to go and see them (apparently this would have been…

Do we really need the moon? Thoughts on the UK’s referendum

This made me laugh today: RT @daniel_barker: I'm not ready for another referendum. pic.twitter.com/o3rZFus1Xx — Llordllama (@llordllama) July 1, 2016 Thanks @llordllama and @daniel_barker. Needless to say,  I haven’t done much laughing this past week. I might as well tell you now, I voted to remain in the EU (as if you couldn’t tell), but…

Reflections on content overload and self-filtering

This a response to Ernesto Priego’s post, which is one of the best and wisest things I’ve read for a while. Please read his post before you read mine, which is but a poor reflection, and a bit of a mind dump, so please excuse waffle and bad syntax but not foolishness. Reading Ernesto’s post, I thought again…

“That was a bit silly”

So said my mum, in typically understated fashion, when I told her I’d decided to reduce my anti-depressant medication (on the GP’s advice) last week. I suppose she was right – it was likely to be (and indeed was) a stressful week; I never find spending time with my family very easy; plus Mr C had gone…

Tidying the spare room

I’ve tidied the spare room. You probably can’t really see much difference. Is it wrong that I want to put everything into white boxes? [I’ve tidied more stuff into boxes since the second photo was taken…]

A short autobiography in which my heart defect is a major character

This is a slightly amended piece I wrote for the booklet for visitors to the Scarred for Life exhibition. It’s based on something I wrote years ago for the Somerville Foundation’s book of ‘stories’ from adults with congenital heart defects. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you’ve probably heard it…