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Wednesday, May 17, 2006
What a day it's been!

I had an appointment at the hospital for a lineogram. A what? A test where they shoot dye down my feeding line to check whether there are any blockages. I've been having some trouble with pumps telling me I have an occlusion so my doctor thought it best to get it checked out. Great. Except that a lorry went through the central reservation on the M6 leading to massive tailbacks and the eventual closure of the motorway at the junction where we'd need to get off. With no hope of arriving in time for the appointment I phoned the hospital and asked if I would be ok if I came anyway. No, they were very busy but I'd be sent another appointment as a priority being as I'd taken the trouble to call.

One wasted journey.

Back in Crewe, I decided to go to town and get a glasses case. I usually carry one in my handbag because the top-flip type are handy for storing little things like scissors, a needle, a couple of pens, a crochet hook and other little bits that come in handy from time to time. Could I find one? Could I heck!

Second wasted journey.

Home again and I decided to hang some new curtains in the bedroom. I'd bought them a while back but because I wanted a new pole for them, hadn't hung them. In the car again, this time heading for Dunelm Mill. One bed sheet, one bath mat, one bunch of silk flowers and some ribbon later, I emerged from the store having spent £28 but without a pole.

Third wasted journey. Well, semi-wasted. At least I got the ribbon to use as tiebacks. It looks nice because the curtains are ivory lace. I've hung them on the old black metal pole anyway, just because I was determined to get them up yesterday, but I'd really like a brass one. Maybe I'll just look on the Net.

Oh, and the silk flowers are standing on the windowsill between the lace swags and even if I do say so myself, the window looks very pretty. I'm into cottage quaint rather than modern interiors, y'see.

The book? What's that? Oh... the manuscript I've been working on? Well, it's erm... coming along? No, as far as word count goes it isn't moving at all, but I'm giving it lots of thought and solving a dilemma I had. In fact, Richard and I spent the evening in the beer garden at our local water hole the other night, just so's we could brain storm ideas as to how I can solve things. I think I've got it now.

Actually, I have written words. My note book's full of new words. I even whipped it out whilst at a gig in Leicester the other night! I probably looked totally foolish, sitting there scribbling down thoughts while everybody else was singing along to some of Rory Gallagher's most known tunes (anthems to his fans). But you know what it's like when an important idea pops up!

The graphic's are back but I haven't got the rest of the NWG website sorted yet. These things take time, especially as I have 6 sites to move, most of them involving scripts and mySQL databases. Headaches! NWG should be up and running again tomorrow.

Richard's just come in with KFC for me. Naughty but nice :-)

Posted by Sharon J on 6:57 PM   

Blogger Karen Erickson said...

You sound very busy with all of your failed appointments, etc. I hate that kind of stuff. Happened to me when I took my daughter to the ER w/ an allergic reaction. Took forever and her reaction wore off, turned out some huge accident happened so it would've been hours til the saw us. Oh well...

Good luck on your writing progress. Bummer when life gets in the way of it! :)

4:03 PM   

Blogger Sue aka MsCreativity said...

I made that mistake once - phoning the hospital to tell them I'd be late. I've now learned that if you turn up anyway (full of apologies...) they see you anyway. The Neurologist I saw the last time never even knew I was late, because (as usual) they were running behind.
LOL @ your trip to Dunelm. That's just what happens to me!

4:21 PM   

Blogger Minx said...

I am worried as to the contents of your bag - were you a girl guide? Most people carry mace or a sharpened key to fend off attackers. What are you going to do - crochet a knife?

4:41 PM   

Anonymous Sharon J said...

Karen. I don't think life getting in the way is too much to worry about unless it does it big time, as in stops you from doing what you have to do in order to survive. Otherwise it's just... well, life!

I've also been in one of those ER situations (or A&E as we call it here) with my son. By the time the triage nurse had time to see him, his pain had subsided and we went home.

Sue. I'm not so sure that phoning was a mistake in this case as the test is pretty specialised and would mean a member of staff from another department having to come down to help. Believe me, if I hadn't been there on time, it would have been noticed and I would have felt terribly rude for not informing them as I know the staff on the ward have more than enough to do as it is, without wasting time hanging around waiting for non-showers. How I handle it depends largely on who I'm seeing and why by on the whole I like to inform them.

Minx. Never a girl guide but was a brownie for about a month. Does that count? The crochet hook is for picking up dropped stitches (I knit in the car), the needle's just handy but the scissors, they're the sharp pointed type that could do a lot of damage if used in the right (wrong?) situation. Of course, I'd have to first unzip my bag, scrabble around in it, find the glasses case on the bottom, open it, dig out the scissors, by which time I'd probably be bound, gagged and raped.

12:49 PM   

Blogger Debi said...

Are you ok, Sharon? You've gone a bit quiet on the posting front ...

12:02 PM   

Anonymous Sharon J said...

Thanks for your concern, Debi. Yes, I'm fine just being kept very busy with work, that's all. I've been working 12 hour days all week (apart from the day of wasted journeys) so there hasn't been much time for blogging. Today I'm off out for a bit - need to get out of the house as depression's starting to creep over me after spending so much time stuck in my bedroom writing. I need fresh air and vitamin D!

2:21 PM   

Blogger Debi said...

Hope it worked and glad to hear you're ok.

2:33 PM   

Blogger Minx said...

Think you ought to sue the NHS, you've been at the doc's for nearly a week!!

7:50 PM   

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