Children with hairy backs.

I’ve got two of them. Introducing Julio and Les.

cats

Don’t worry – I’m not someone that goes on about their animals all the time (although do those people actually know they do that??), but at the moment the cats are pretty funny. While we were out of the house they were in a cattery. They have come home with colds. Annoying.

Cat colds are easier for people to tolerate than other people colds. Cats can’t complain or moan, and they don’t lie around any more than usual. The only tell tale sign is the sneezing.

Cat sneezes are hilarious. Until they do it in your face. They don’t cover their mouths, so you get completely sprayed in cat spit. I have had cat spit in my eyes, mouth and ears over the last two days. And it stinks. It’s just not funny at all when the cats sneeze on me. On the other hand, there is nothing funnier than when they do it to other people.

When guests come over I have been lining them up for cat sneezes. Then when it happens I look shocked and scold the cats.

I wonder why people have stopped visiting?

I can’t walk, but I’m smiling.

Well, I’ve come out the back of the 21km hell and I’m ALIVE! Yup, I’m pleased to say that I survived my second half marathon. It would be a lie to say that I enjoyed it… and like the first one I did, I have sworn off them for life.

The better news is that we are back in our house. It is looking amazing and everything is new again. Actually – not everything is looking amazing… the garden is embarassing.

But all in all, things are looking up.

Running like the wind.

Or like a light breeze at least. I’m doing the Auckland Half Marathon on Sunday. Hmmmmm….

 It wouldn’t be such a bad thing under normal circumstances. I did one a few years back and it was fine. I came in under my goal of 1hr 45 mins.

This time is different though. I have done no training. None at all. I’m really only doing it because I want to run over the harbour bridge!

Some might say I’m stupid. And they’d be right.

That’s all I have to say about that. More on Sunday (if I make it).

Ciao.

Who’s wearing my underwear?

You know, as a general rule I think you should smile if you’re not using your face for anything else. It’s good for your mental health, and it makes other people like you!!!

But… there are times when that is just not possible.

For me, one of those times was last month when we came home from a night away to find that a pack of idiots had somehow mistaken our house for their own, assumed they had lost their keys, and broken in through the front window. This is where I get confused… I am not sure what they were thinking when they took EVERYTHING I OWN. There is someone out there watching my new 42″ plasma TV while wearing my underwear. Why would you take someone’s underwear???

Annoyingly, it doesn’t stop there. They took a sledge hammer to the walls and ceiling in an apparent attempt to find the alarm (which was going off at the time). Being idiots (see above), they took out several lights before they found it. For some reason they also needed a washing machine. Now I know what you’re thinking, but you’re wrong – the underwear was clean. This involved cutting the pipes and flooding the house. We used to love the fact that we have never-ending gas hot water. Not so good when it’s running over your varnished rimu floors and into your bedrooms for 24 hours…. Ouch.

Anyway. End the rant. Things are looking up. Insurance has come to the party, and this weekend we move back into our home. It is newly painted, varnished, alarmed, windowed and generally looking fantastic.

So idiots… if you’re reading this (on my computer…) THANKS. The new colour on the walls is much better.

When the world just stops for a while.

It is a well documented fact that often when people are diagnosed with some kind of life changing illness, they stop and take stock of what they are all about, often resulting in some kind of behavioural change. That happened to me.

The first time I had a seizure I ignored it. I didn’t tell anyone. I simply fell on the floor in the supermarket and woke up feeling confused. Kind of blurry. Mostly scared. I never did get the apples I was after. The second time it happened I had no choice but to confront it. My face fell in my lunch in a restaurant. I asked my companion if something strange had just happened. I could tell from his face that it had.

Then they started happening often. Only for a few seconds. I would lose consciousness with no warning. Generally this wouldn’t matter, but if I happened to be in a car, or climbing a tree, or standing over a flame, perhaps things wouldn’t be quite so cool.

Anyway, 18 months on, I’ve done my time. No driving for a year, and medication for the rest of my life. I’m over the shock. I’m over the tears. I can laugh at the fact that somehow I broke my brain. I refuse to let it change the way I live my life, or think of myself or my future.

The good thing is that it has made me stand back and take stock of my life. I look at the pity in people’s eyes when they find out about my epilepsy, and I feel guilty. It’s nothing. Not compared to what so many others have to put up with. In fact, the diagnosis was great news. It could have been a brain tumour.

I’ve been poisoned…

Well, to be more specific, I’ve poisoned myself. I have spent the holiday weekend practically inhaling alcohol. It felt like the first day of summer as well. Aside from the wine, I spent it breaking my ‘no tan lines’ rule. Every other summer I end up looking like I have a white singlet on, even when I’m naked. Usually it doesn’t matter. This year, I’m getting married in February in a strapless dress. Hmmmm… things can only get better.

It was one of those weekends spent away with friends that cause some kind of weird depression when you get back. I think it might be a syndrome. Maybe I should name it. I think it would be appropriate for me to have a syndrome named after the depression you get when you hit the wall after a weekend of partying.

So now I’m back at my desk, looking longingly outside at the sunshine, counting down the hours. Only 7.5 to go.

Ouch.

A good vibe…

Not quite as exciting as it may sound at first glance, but hang in there. You’ll never look back! I’m talking about Vibra-Train. This thing rocks!! (Well, kinda shakes really).

You go out and have one too many… you wake up at the normal time and realise there is no way in hell that you’re going to make it to the 6:15 pump class. You know that you’re going to spend the day feeling like crap, and there is nothing better than an exercise session to allay some of that guilt. Vibra-Train. 15 minutes of standing on a platform having the crap vibrated out of you. Don’t be fooled – it hurts, but it’s quick.

And it fixes everything. It shakes away your cellulite, the excess calories you crammed in yesterday, it even vibrates away your osteoporosis! It’s magic. I wish I thought of it.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I’m a convert. I now spend 45 minutes doing the most ridiculous poses on the thing. They even have great names. The ‘3 minute superman’ is one of my personal favourites.

And I promise you, it works! I’m shrinking before my own eyes.

Give it a go. After all, if it vibrates it’s gotta be good…

So, exactly how does one change the world?

Ah ha! Good question. But not one that I’m really going to answer.

I have been thinking about it a lot lately. What exactly are our responsiblities as humans…?

I have lived a blessed life. My mother always says that you make your own luck, and she’s right. Some people call it karma I guess, or the internal locus of control. In short, I believe that we can control our own destiny to a certain extent. Do unto others and all that… So, although I appear to be rambling, I do have a point.

I realised that while I have had all this good luck (in the form of a wonderful family, a great job, supportive friends, a country that is safe, no severe deformities etc etc) I need to make sure that I appreciate it, and maybe start to give something back. I found myself begrudging the collecters outside the supermarket each day. It seemed like they were always there, asking for my money. Breast cancer one day, epilepsy the next.

Then one of my friends got breast cancer and I got epilepsy. Maybe I shouldn’t have ignored them…

Still, money is something that I just don’t have enough of at the moment. We have just bought out first house and are forking out exorbitant amounts of money for our upcoming wedding, so I had to come up with another way to pay my dues.

Time. I have time to give. More on that later…

For now, I challenge you. What are your responsibilities as an inhabitant of the world? What have you got to give back? You can only leave things to fate for so long. Then it comes time to pay the piper.

When that time comes for me, I want to have credit in the bank.