4am, another sleepless night precluded by a fantastic day.

Well today has turned out to be rather fantastic to say the least! I say today, if being pedantic I mean yesterday but I can promise you I will forget to say that so let’s just pretend it is still Saturday for now.

First up – a trip to pick up a stair lift for my Mum in our beloved LDV Convoy. We had lent it out to one of my sisters in law to move and it had been gone over a week, was great to have it back – Bert and I love a day out in it. So, off to get the stair lift we go, from a house where my Mum is a private Nurse.

Now, not that I expect anyone to be able to confirm, but these things are hellishly heavy!! I really wished I had been able to help Bert get it into the van but half an hour later, and with a combination of ratchet straps, boards and sack trucks it was safely installed in the back.

Just over the road is a Supermarket with a household section so we thought we would pop over as Mum phoned in the middle of it all with the most random request possible – dishwasher tablets! So, dishwasher tablets duly acquired we had a gander round the home wares section. It is our first Christmas in our new home as a married couple so we decided to buy the kitchen table a present – a table cloth and mats. Oh I tell you, I know how to live the high life now I am married!! If someone had told me 3 years ago I would be with married to Bert picking out table cloths I would have laughed in their faces. Yes, it is official. I am, to borrow a term, turning into a ‘smug married’! The only thing they didn’t have was a table runner so Bert came out with the fantastic idea of going to B&Q for one?? Methinks ulterior motive and was proved right!

Up we go, and yes, most definitely an ulterior motive! We decided when we moved we were going to get a new Christmas tree as both ours were a bit tatty. God, they had some really nice ones up there but after much debating on his side and even more compromise on mine, we agreed on a nice traditional green (fake because a real tree would give me an asthma attack) tree of the alleged Scandinavian Pine Variety. Ok, I am being harsh, it is a lovely tree, just not my taste. I have seen so many friends who have been pure in love before their weddings for it only to go tits up as soon as they are married as neither seems to think they should budge. I think I am going to use this blog to document my first year of marriage too, with regards to compromise etc. Bert does so much for me, I can hardly put more on him, so if he wants a green traditional tree as opposed to the conical pop up black one that had caught my eye, I can more than live with that. His will still be in fashion when the one I wanted will be relegated to the civic amenity site within a couple of years due to it ageing!!

Oh god let this have worked as I am now pulling what is left of my hair after radiotherapy out!!! Anyway, my idea of a nice slimline 6′ conical tree were dashed for something along the more traditional line, but it makes Bert Happy and that is the main thing. So all 7′ off Christmas tree (the box was BIG) safely ensconced into the back of the van, it just so happens that ‘Pets At Home’ is at the other Industrial Park, about a 2 minute drive away, so off we went to go and have a look. I think I was being placated at this point, only to find when we turned the corner a bit Curry’s and PC World staring ame at the face – I need to get out more!! I had no idea it was there.

So, I dismounted (half pike, twist and somersault) from the van into Lilith and was duly wheeled in. Honestly, when I get better I am going to go into planning – I would have had to be on steroids to have the strength to push myself across that car park! Well, Pets At Home finally helped me out with something I have been wanting for a while. I had wanted to get a pet, just for myself. The kids have dogs, Bert has tropical fish and I genuinely fancied a corn snake some time after Christmas as company for me when I am sat in bed for days after a bad bout of fits. The reason I wanted a corn snake is that they very easy to take care of, need feeding once or twice a week and, after the initial setup of vivarium, bulbs, furniture etc, would cost about £4 a month to both feed and keep warm and looked after.

I met a lovely guy up there who was buying stuff for his pet collection and he gave me some valuable information. He also gave me a borderline ‘interview’ to see if I had really thought properly about the cost involved and was more than satisfied that I had. All this time, Bert was off looking at the fish so when I asked him to come over and have a look at this beauty

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the look was as plain as the nose on his face. It was going to be a no. God love him he tried, but I can read him like an open book. So, I have decided that once I have got my driving license back I will rethink it. It is a shame, but I have to contemplate who would look after it if I was taken into hospital and the suchlike and I don’t think he would be up for it. I know we have only been married a month today but the only way this is going to work is compromise every step of the way, and I am more than prepared to compromise on this one.

So, with my new found need of having a pet dissipated, we headed off to PC World (some where we would both love) for a look. WOW was it full of rubbish and highly inflated prices!! Windows 8 was a huge let down, so off I wheeled to the accessories section. Now I am an apple fangirl and not ashamed to say so. I have the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 (would have a Mac Air but finances do NOT allow that kind of spending!!). I had tons of fun in there looking at all the stuff.

Bert and I went to have a look at the televisions. Now, a couple of years ago when 3D first started rearing its ugly head again, we had the discussion as to whether or not 3D or Internet TV was the way forwards. I have always been on the Internet TV side of the fence and our current setup is a 40″ Toshiba TV and the latest 500GB PS3 (the last one they are releasing before the PS4). I use it primarily for Netflix, LoveFilm, iPlayer – you get my drift. I am not a huge gamer but that is only because I haven’t found one I want just yet. So with hitting on vouchers, flash deals etc, we managed to get a 40″ Internet TV setup for £500. Wow am I glad we did considering the prices of the stuff in there! Bert was convinced that 3D was the way forwards but had to agree, the only place it really works is at the cinema. The TV’s just aren’t a patch on what we have come to expect.

Talking of flash deals – I did a really good thing yesterday morning. Amazon had a Black Friday flash deal on for the Kindle Fire which Myles has asked for for Christmas. Oh yes, you guessed it!

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This little beauty is now winging its way to us at a saving of £70. God I am on the ball this year!!! And this was at 6am so I am rather proud of myself to say the least.

Not going to lie, I was a little disappointed that Bert didn’t share my enthusiasm for a corn snake so I consoled myself with a half price pair of these little beauties

Purple Skull Candy cans

so not all bad at all. I have been using ‘in ear’ headphones since I was in hospital so as not to annoy my fellow ward mates, but I find them very uncomfortable – well comfort be damned, I adore these new ones! They are fantastic and as I am completely deaf in one ear, I can fiddle round with them to get the volume just how I like it.

Unfortunately that did kind of bring our shopping and mooching trip to a stop as yep – Captain Epilepsy struck so we came home to WW3 breaking out. Now, I am a bit hazy on what happened but Elizabeth had been home sick yesterday and let Myles in at lunchtime. He had forgotten his key so left her asleep in the house all afternoon with the door unlocked. She went back to her Dad’s, Myles came home and locked the door. Unbeknownst to me, Bert had popped out to get Myles’ prescription from the chemist and had been inadvertently locked out so I am in bed (I am not allowed out if Bert pops out for 5 mins), Myles is in his bedroom and Bert is ringing the doorbell. I asked Myles to go and open the door but he misheard me and the doorbell kept going which can cause me to fit so I went down to unlock it, only to trip over my own feet on one landing as Myles got to the front door.

Much yelling between Bert and Myles ensued which set me off into a simple so I had to try and get the words out that I wanted Bert to apologise to Myles as it was ME that had tripped over my own feet, NOBODY else had caused it!!! Oh god, never a dull moment I tell you!!

This is what I mean about me being over sensitive. I felt awful for hours about it all when I know there was no need, but it caused about 4 seizures. I so need to try and get this sorted, but it doesn’t help when the neurologist doesn’t want to see me until October next year.

Right, according to my reckoning it is coming up to 5.30am so I am going to go and get coffee, and put the news on and try and start the day in the hope that it will be seizure free – wish me monsters!

Sarah

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