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2018 Week 7 Summary

Whoot!  7 weeks into 2018 and we get to start the year again!

Happy Chinese New Year!

This week, week 7 was the week of completions.  I was introduced to this concept of completions back in 1998.  Back then I just understood it as someone’s fancy way to name their to-do list.

“The completions I accomplished today were….” and then to me it just sounded like listing things off their to-do list that they managed to “complete”.

It’s only now, 20 years later that I finally get it.  So let me explain so you don’t need to take 20 years to figure it out (I know, I’m slow like that!).

So, you know those things that exist for you to do that you kind of leave and put off and then before you know it, months or even years go by and you still haven’t done it?  You know you’re supposed to do it so every now and again, something will come up that will remind you of it.  We all have those right?

WELL, let me tell you that the feeling you get when you actually get the thing done,  when that weight is off your shoulders, when the niggling can finally stop, when any thoughts of “oh yeah, I still have to do that” just disappear about that item….  THAT is a completion.

This week, was a week of that and it feels REALLY good!!

Paris & Rome
Rome’s exercise area has been in the hallway ever since he and Paris began to fight (about a year ago).  We barely let him into the bedroom because he bites EVERYTHING.  You only need to see our skirting boards and all the broken wires we’ve had to fix and/or replace, and now the entire underneath of the bed to understand.

If you like your stuff pristine, don’t get a rabbit.  Otherwise don’t put anything you care about, in a place where he can reach it with his teeth!!

This week, we bit the bullet and decided to trust him and leave him on his own in the bedroom.  We moved his entire play area into the room, finally clearing the hallway so we can walk through it freely without tripping on boxes, his toys or him.

It is the first week in over a year that we’ve been able to open and close our front door freely without hitting his boxes and having to walk in through the door sideways.  It feels AMAZING!

This is what Rome thinks about it…

Rome’s new play area. He’s upgraded from the hallway. Do you think he likes it?

The boys have taken it in turns to moult and go through some episode of GI stasis this week including me having to stay up until 3am just to make sure Paris was actually eating but pleased to report they’re both still alive, happy and eating and pooping well again.

I don’t mind this, I actually like having an excuse to massage their fat furry bellies.  It’s the only time they’ll let me touch them on their tummy (to gently ease their tummy ache).  I think being able to help them at this time has allowed the bunnies to learn to trust me even more.

House Stuff
The week of completions definitely compensated for the extremely lazy week we had last week.  Here were my completions of house stuff:

  1. Re-cleaned (because there were still some pee stains on it even after hosing it down with the shower and scrubbing it down) Paris’ carrier and finally packed it away.  This was outstanding since beginning of Jan when we got back from holiday.
  2. Cleaned all my makeup tools and brushes.  I made a point to do this once a year since I only wear makeup about once a year and it was due to be done at the end of last year.
  3. Fixed the blinds in the bedroom.  One of the ropes had come away from the blinds.  The one you pull so the blinds go up.  I had to hand sew quite a few places to put it back in place and get it working again.  This has been outstanding for at least 6 months, if not more.
  4. Fixed sliding door rubber lining (as much as I could anyway).  Rome pretty much destroyed it so I salvaged what I could and stuck it back on.  Again, another thing that has been broken for more than 6 months.

    It stops the sliding door from banging – what do you call this? Anyway, whatever it is, I had to fix it…
  5. Fixed chewed up wires – this is never ending since we got the bunnies but I’m hoping this was the last of it and that is because….
  6. We rearranged furniture and wires in the bedroom so that Rome could stay in there unsupervised without reaching or destroying any more than he already has.  There is part relief and also partly wondering if we’d done a good enough job in this department.  Hilarious to watch our inability to outsmart a rabbit.  When they really want to get to something, they can be very clever (and destructive) about it.
  7. Made new batches of natural personal and home cleaning products (Shampoo, Conditioner, Body wash, Face wash, hand wash, all-purpose cleaning spray and dishwashing detergent).  When I have to make many different kinds because they all finish at similar times, I procrastinate about it.  Probably shampoo / conditioner were the longest outstanding, for about a month or two (we just used hotel shampoos that we’d collected from holidays instead).
  8. Fixed Tony’s mala beads.  MULTIPLE TIMES.  I had to rethread all the beads because he broke the string, scattering beads everywhere.  This has been outstanding since last year.
    Tony’s Mala Beads (Tiger’s Eye) which are now just in a vase because we lost some after they scattered

    When I finally fixed it, he broke it again and so I just threw the beads into the vase as “decorative” rocks for flowers.

It’s really a wonderful feeling when you don’t have to think about things anymore.  Not because you’ve forgotten or blocked them from memory (because that requires effort) but because you really don’t have to think about them anymore because you’ve dealt with it and COMPLETED it!

On top of my completions, I also attempted to make almond milk AGAIN.  This is the 3rd time around.  This time, I blended the almonds and then used a muslin cloth to strain.  The result was a much smoother almond milk.  It was really good!!!

I made cake again using the strained almond meal.  This time I attempted making the same chocolate cake recipe without the cacao (because I wanted to know what it would taste like).  Bad idea.

Tony and I ate it anyway, doused it in strawberry jam and cream and when we ran out of jam, we used honey and cream.   Yes, this is honey.  It’s all crystalised because it’s raw honey and it’s cold in London 😉  It looks way better than it tasted!!

Chocolate Cake without the chocolate. It tastes like bicarb!

 

Joy & Tones

Mental Health
For completion, we finished watching the rest of Season 5 of Vikings.  I suppose I could just look it up but are these tales/stories of real people?  Is this series actually based on historical fact or are they fiction?

We’ve seen all of Ragnar’s life and right now we’re up to King Alfred (Alfred The Great) becoming King in England and Ragnar’s sons Ivar The Boneless and Bjorn Ironside having a Viking civil war.  If sticking closely to fact, then this is the first time I’ve actually enjoyed history lessons!!

In addition to this, we also managed to watch Daddy’s Home, Daddy’s Home 2 and Darkest Hour.  Some comedy and some more history!!  I actually liked watching Darkest Hour having watched Dunkirk maybe a month or two ago and also watching The Crown.  All three has the events of WW2 in England seen from different perspectives.  It really does bring history to life!

We’ve also continued to eat high fat (for brain health) foods.  It doesn’t do a thing to change weight and I might be going about it in the wrong way (eg we’ve eaten more cream and cheese in the last 2 weeks than we do in a year) but I’m doing it to help my brain and surprisingly, although very subtle, I’m definitely experiencing less brain fog episodes.  I’m still experiencing brain fog at times but less so than I was, late last year.

Physical Health
So, this week I went to Dharma for beginners.  The first time in a year? or 2 years?? and we LOVED it.  It was the same teacher whose classes we went to before and although it wasn’t at the same studio, he remembered us!

Since I haven’t been to any yoga for a while and have only done 3 classes (one vinyasa, one bikram and now one dharma), I was very stiff and weak.  I could barely hold myself up in side plank and was sweating profusely.

I was also unable to do warrior 3 (balancing stick)  with my arms perfectly straight/without strain.  Also, I used to be able to touch my knee to my forehead and now I cannot do that.  And don’t even get started with the binds… my shoulders are stuck in hunched forward position LOL

The great thing is, for the first time, I didn’t judge myself for it.  I just noticed that I couldn’t do certain things and instead of making myself feel bad (which I normally do), I actually thought, “Wow, it’s been a while huh?  It’s ok, you’ll get back there soon enough.  Just take it easy, take it as it comes.”

Spiritual Health
Which leads me back to meditation.  I got it wrong last week.  It is only THIS week that we’ve been meditating for 4 weeks.  Yet, there have been so many changes in our lives that it feels like it’s been way longer!!

This concept of “Take it easy, take it as it comes” is one that has made the most significant impact.  I’ve noticed that this is the thought that helps me to let go of expectations, let go of outcomes.  It is also the same concept that has me understand kindness and compassion to self, everything and everyone.

It’s also become easier to apply that kindness to myself and for that I am grateful to have found something that works to that effect.  Don’t get me wrong, my episodes of kindness and compassion are still few and far between.  I’m just saying, it’s becoming easier!

Chinese New Year Dinner 2018

So, here it is, our CNY 2018 meal.  We usually do this on the eve.

CNY 2018 Meal

We only took one photo.  Sorry, we were distracted chatting as we invited a couple of friends to help us eat it.  Whole steamed fish, whole ginger-shallot chicken, crab yee mein, dried oysters with fat choi and jai.

Our place has become pretty squishy since getting the rabbits and you can even see the fencing to the hallway in the background but it was nice to be able to invite people over even if it was “cosy”.

CNY is the one time of the year that I become really superstitious.  All those rules of cleaning the house, wearing red etc all get adhered to in our household and CNY meal ends up being the same/similar each year.  So anyone that’s seen me post about this in previous years will see pretty much the same picture every time!! Hahaha

Why?  Because when we started following all those superstitious rules about food, home and routine for CNY, life just started to improve. With each year, we have gotten healthier, happier and wealthier.  Even in tough years, it never ends up as tough as things used to be.

It could be experience or age or a different outlook to life but whatever the case, life started improving after our first CNY  when I looked up all the rules and adhered to them.  Why change/stop it if it works right?  If I had a pair of lucky underwear I’m sure I would wear them on CNY just to ensure the year ahead is more prosperous than the last.

And with that, I wish you too a very prosperous year of the Dog.  I hope you were wearing your lucky underwear and eating lots of long life noodles!

See you next week 🙂

 

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2018 Week 6 Summary

Lazy week.

Paris & Rome
T
oday I spent 3 hours sitting around waiting to see my Paris bunny poo.  For 3 hours he’d done 3.  All morning.  As in 3 pellets in total.  They do over 100 a day.

So I chased him around and wouldn’t let him sit still.  I gave him tummy massages even though he kept trying to run away.  I brushed his fur for at least 45 mins  while he continued to run away, all so I could collect a fur ball large enough to be another rabbit.  Better in the bin than in his stomach.

He keeps having trouble pooing because he loses so much fur every moult and ends up ingesting a lot of it!  Except he does this every 3 months and every time, without fail,  he has an episode of constipation (GI Stasis).  If he weren’t a rabbit,  I wouldn’t be so worried but he is a rabbit and rabbits can actually die from GI stasis if it goes on for any longer than 4 hours.

He’s more active now and he’s moving around quite a bit on his own (without me having to chase him).  He’s even done a few binkies which means he’s feeling better.   He’s also managed to do a poo of more than 10 pellets and has eaten his favourite treats (still refuses the hay).  We’re not in the clear yet.  What a process!

Paris Bunny poking his head out of the tunnel to eat pellets from my hand.

Apart from that, this week, everyone in the house was being super lazy.  I’ve never seen the bunnies so lazy before.  Paris barely came out of his hutch the whole week preferring to just chill out in there, whether the door was open or not and Rome, after being let out to run, would more often than not, just head straight to his favourite spot behind the bed, plonk himself down and go to sleep.

They’d sleep for hours!  From 10.30am through to 11pm both of them would just sleep!!  This is not normal and yet they both did it, independent of each other.

Such a character. This is Rome Rabbit in his younger days “relaxing” in his hutch. Unsure why he chose to stick his double chin and paw over his litter. It looks so uncomfortable and yet he stayed like that for ages!

Nothing’s changed in diet, environment or routine, so it must’ve been the blue moon!

House Stuff
I keep sneezing.  The house is covered in rabbit fur which is so light it blows about as you walk past and I keep breathing it in as it floats by, so it keeps tickling my nose.  I’m sure it’s been all in my food too.  It’s exactly like when you get a tiny bit of dust on your tongue and no matter what you do, you can’t find it to get rid of that sensation that it’s there.

Within a day of vacuuming, there’s so much fur everywhere again that it looks like I didn’t vacuum at all.  It makes cleaning a nightmare.  On the upside I finally got around to cleaning Paris’ travel carrier which, was stained and full of pee.  I have no idea if it was him or if the sitter had shoved a different rabbit into his carrier during their 3 week stay.  Either way, Paris is not one to pee in his carrier because he’s a neat freak.

So… either she kept him there for way too long and he couldn’t hold anymore or, it was another rabbit.  It was so hard to clean.  It’s like trying to wash a small tent in your shower cubicle when your shower only fits one skinny person.

To add to all my usual chores, Paris also managed to jump onto the couch after his foot soaked up his pee.  So he left 3 pee-soaked foot prints all over the couch that I had to scrub out.  It’s the only bit I don’t understand.  Rome is super messy but very rarely gets pee on his foot. Paris, the neat freak seems to keep having his pee roll back down to his foot 80% of the time!

I made almond milk again (this time using the juicer) and with the “pulp”, I also made chocolate cake….. again!

Chocolate cake again. This time cream and honey on top.

Joy & Tones

Mental Health
I don’t think you can imagine just what kind of a lazy week we had.  So let me tell you.  When we get lazy, we watch movies or series.  This week, we managed to watch:
1.  Jumanji
2.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens
3.  Star Wars: The Last Jedi
4.  Thor Ragnarok
5.  Downsizing
6.  Wonder
7.  Murder on the Orient Express
8. ALL episodes of The Crown, Season 2
9.  Marshall
10.  The first 6 episodes of Vikings, Season 5.

I think I’ve forgotten to list a couple of things but when you watch that much, it all becomes a blur.  Unsure what this much TV watching does to the brain but it sure makes the days go by really quickly and I don’t think we’ll need to watch TV again for a while!

Physical Health
I missed Saturday yoga this week because Tony thought there was a Dharma class in the afternoon so we missed the morning class but realised too late that Dharma wasn’t on so we didn’t go at all.

For the first time ever, I managed to slice a bit of flesh from my finger with a knife.  Tony was talking to me while I was slicing carrots.  He was showing me something and of course I turned to look at him at the exact same moment I pushed down the knife which rolled off the carrot and straight into my finger.  It took a week before I could remove the plaster (bandaid) when normally I don’t have to use one because I don’t bleed or, it will heal in a day.  Slicing my flesh is a whole new ballgame.  Up to now my finger still hurts.

I did manage my first Bikram class on Tuesday.  The first in months!! I sat out pretty much one set of each posture in the standing series right after the warm up but I did promise myself to take it easy.  I still managed a toe stand 😉  The best part is, no ill after-effects.

The sharp pains in my shoulder that I mentioned last week have stopped about as quickly as they came.    For that to happen, I had to make an effort, not to make an effort.  I realised that when I wanted something to happen desperately and was being impatient with it or trying to control an outcome (no matter what it was), that’s when my shoulder would hurt.  If I let it go and just let it be, my shoulder would stop hurting.

In other words, I had to let go of my expectations and allow for whatever outcome to happen and as soon as I did, the pain would disappear.  Strange right?  Unusual to find such a bizarre solution to shoulder pain but that’s what happens when a pain is psychosomatic and I realise now that I push myself really hard and attempt to control many things that are out of my control, to the point where it causes me physical pain!

Spiritual Health
Still meditating twice a day every day and it’s getting much easier with being able to sit still the whole time.

I can’t believe we’ve had 4 weeks of meditation.

The 2 consistent things I have DEFINITELY noticed since starting meditation practice:
1.  Everything we eat tastes delicious.  We haven’t had a bad meal since we started meditating.  Bizarre!

2.  Every stranger we come across that we interact with, whether it’s waiter/waitress, courier, shop assistants etc, have all been super duper nice and helpful to us.

We’re in London!!  London – home of the shittiest customer service I’ve experienced anywhere.  London – the place where you have to stick your elbows out while walking, just to physically specify your personal space and prevent getting bumped around like a pinball between fast walking locals and tourists who always manage to stand right in the middle of any and every high-footfall pathway.    London – where customer service is self service.

You’d be lucky for anyone to even be in the department to ask a question and yet, each time we needed something, there was someone around and that person would go out of their way to help us get exactly what we needed.  Finding competent, friendly people to help you with each interaction is a miracle and I am loving this!!

Holiday
So as not to bore you with rabbits and chocolate cake, here is another picture of our last holiday.  This is of, I guess, an indoor flea market which was located inside a shopping mall in Manila, Philippines. It was huge and spanned the entire basement area of the mall with all manner of trinkets, gadgets, clothes, jewellery, carpets, bedding and electronic devices.  This was just the t-shirt/clothes section!

I don’t know but this reminded me of all the knick-knacks I once used to buy that would sit on the shelves collecting dust and my frequent visits to the mall where I’d come back with bags of clothes, shirts and ornaments just because I thought they were cute.

It’s been a long time since we’ve done that.  Tones and I haven’t bought anything that’s not for the bunnies or for health in a very long time.  He bought his first thick winter jacket just yesterday.  I’ve been wearing the same winter jacket every day, all winter (I only have one) for the last 8 years.

Viewing this flea market from above is as surreal as it gets.  It’s like objectively viewing our past, consumeristic selves or, seeing a vibrant, colourful representation of what people’s cupboards and houses look like – every nook and cranny jam-packed full of stuff.

All I can say is, it’s nice to see this on holidays and I can’t wait for the day our place  doesn’t look like this either! 😉

Indoor flea market so you can shop for your trinkets in the comfort of air conditioning!

Well, that’s all for now.  I have to go do some vacuuming – AGAIN!

Next week, my blog will be late because it’s Chinese New Year’s eve next Thursday and Tony and I will be spending all day cooking.  On the upside, next week’s post will have all our food pictures of the CNY food we cooked.

See you then!! x

2018 Week 5 Summary

Goodbye January.  Hello February.

Sorry for the late post.  I had a week long feeling of procrastination about a lot of stuff (probably overwhelm – making changes to diet and lifestyle takes a lot of work!) and by the time I got around to doing the blog, I couldn’t finish it in time.

Am now starting the week completing things that were meant to be done last week!  Here’s the update…

House Stuff

We bought a bin.  It was to hold together and protect a whole bunch of wires (to stop the bunnies from getting at them and being able to chew them).

We already bought 2 previously to test out and so far so good which is why we bought the third.  At least the wires now look a lot neater than they did before.  They are now a tangle in the bin rather than a tangled mess all over the floor and shelves!  The negative is that Rome has found a new thing he loves to bite.  Cheeky monkey.  At least we know the bin works and he’s not chewing the wires!

The blinds and floor remain broken/undone but I did manage to make natural dish washing detergent, natural laundry detergent and all of the following:

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Steamed Aubergine with Shitake Mushrooms and Asparagus

 

Vegetarian Greek Wraps with homemade Tzatziki. Wrapped in a spring green leaf (instead of bread) to keep it grain free.

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Yes…. I made chocolate cake twice in one week!  Yes!! Me!! The non-baker who absolutely gets it all wrong and cannot bake to save her life made 2 chocolate cakes in one week!!!

One was made with coconut flour and the second was made with the soggy left over almond meal I got after whizzing the almonds in a blender with water to make almond milk 😉  #homemade #organic #almondmilkandchocolatecake #zerowaste #omgitwassoyummy

Joy & Tones

Mental Health
Tones when people ask him about what he’s eating (he’s brought the above for lunch):  “Joy’s been watching this thing on the brain and so now I have to eat this.”

To clarify, I watched a docu-series for 8 days that talked about the preventative measures you could take regarding dementia and other forms of brain degeneration and mentioned that changes to your diet are necessary to look after your brain health.

The way he says it, it sounds like I watched some propaganda and then forced him into a horrible fad diet which is a painful process to him.

So I want to make it clear that he decided to do this on his own!

I am now attempting to remove grains and as much sugar as possible from my own diet considering that I’ve been displaying multiple episodes of brain fog and I’m much too young to have this much memory loss.  If it works and I no longer suffer from brain fog and memory loss, I will continue it and if not, I will find something else that will work!

Tony is showing absolutely no signs of losing his mind and is therefore allowed to eat as many biscuits as he likes.  However, he has also watched parts of the docu-series and seen that I have displayed all the symptoms they spoke about!!!  So, as a preventative, he’s decided to take on the same pro-active choices about diet as I have.

Judge for yourself, from the pictures above of what we’ve been eating, it’s not really a bad thing now is it?  Everything we’ve been eating has tasted really good!

Physical Health

I went to my first yoga class in a few months, this week.  It was a Vinyasa class.  That was on Saturday.  I took it easy and felt good afterwards.  It was the only class I did all week.  Tony did Vinyasa and Bikram.  He actually enjoyed his Bikram class and said he needed to do it more.  Somehow I feel my body calling for it too.  Maybe I’ll re-introduce myself to it next week.

On Wednesday, my shoulder started producing sharp pains.   The same as that which I had a couple of years ago that had me stop doing yoga for a while because it lasted for months.  It doesn’t make sense for this pain to occur so many days later after only 1 yoga class and to be so acute.  I can barely lift my arm!!

I’m thinking this is some sort of physical manifestation of an unresolved emotional issue which is now coming up to the surface because of the changes I’m making in mind and body.  That’s my theory anyway.  I will still take it very easy.

Spiritual Health
Had my 10 day check-up with the meditation teacher (where they just check that you’re happy with the progress of your meditation and answer any questions you may have about your practice).  Turning this into a habit is actually difficult.  I can’t believe I’ve been meditating for 2 full weeks by the end of today!

When asked how often I meditated, I answered, 20 mins twice a day, every day.  This was the truth.  However I didn’t find it easy.  I would prioritise everything else instead.

My morning meditation would end up getting done in the afternoon and my evening meditation would get done at 1 am just before I went to bed.

Then I wouldn’t be able to sleep because I’d feel energetic after meditation and then I’d have broken sleep and wake up really tired and groggy in the morning.  I’d then find myself really irritable and unable to sit still for the next meditation and so would postpone it for “a little bit later”.

It’s so funny the things we do to sabotage ourselves and yet, here I am, 2 weeks later having managed to get it done.  I am amazed at the ease in which it happened.  I’ve never stuck to anything for this long on the first go, ever.

It is quite interesting to watch this battle I’m having with myself – the Id/Ego vs the Superego.  Experiencing and watching the struggle to change or form habits because my unconscious is so happy with sticking with what it’s used to.

 

Paris & Rome

This was an eventful week for the boys as they got an unexpected visit from our neighbour and her 4 year old son.

We bumped into the neighbours in the hallway, Tony mentioned we had rabbits and with that, they came up to visit.

Her son was so happy to see them.  Rome and Paris were completely freaked out and didn’t give them a friendly reception.  It was their first ever visit with anyone in their own territory.

Paris was particularly shy and although curious, would keep hiding or watching everything from inside his hutch.  Rome would come out only when they left his play area.  He’d steal some food and run back under the bed to eat it.  They just looked like a couple of scared, wild rabbits.  They wouldn’t eat from our hands, they wouldn’t eat when being watched, they wouldn’t come when called.

If you saw them, you would think all my stories of their cheeky behaviour and training, were made up!

Since we stressed them out with the visit, we decided to just take it up a notch and cut their nails.  This involves Tony carrying and holding them still (which they absolutely hate and often fight) and me cutting their nails.  We did this after the neighbours left.

This time Paris scratched Tony’s finger enough to make it bleed and while held, he was hyperventilating and breathing really loudly 😦  They stress so much it stresses us out and so we avoid picking them up as much as they avoid being picked up!  Nail cutting is not pleasant for any of us!

In another event, Paris nearly bit me.  He lunged at me with mouth open and I retracted my hand just quickly enough to get scratched but not punctured by his teeth.  They’re moulting at the moment so he tends to get GI stasis (and therefore really grumpy because he’s in pain) if he ingests too much of his own fur.  He lunged when I wouldn’t stop bugging him to eat.  The good part is, he ate soon after and he hasn’t suffered from GI stasis as much this moulting time around.

Right… see you in a few days with the normal Thursday blog 😉

 

2018 Week 4 Summary

Time flies when you’re having fun!  Week 4 flew by in a flash.

Paris & Rome

The boys have been very happy this week so we have been treated with lots of adorable binkies and speed running by both of them.  However, I didn’t capture any of it on camera  because unlike many people in this day and age, I don’t keep my phone or camera with me at all times.

So instead I show you this… one of my favourite pictures of Rome simply because it looks like I’ve completely squashed him and turned him into a floor rug but the truth is, that is just how he is when you pat him!!!  He relaxes so much, his legs splay, his eyes close and he flattens his head on the floor.  He’d melt into and through, the floor if he could!  This was taken in August 2017.  He’s just under 1 year old.

I squashed him because he’s so squishy!

So you have a comparison, this is what he looks like when he relaxes on his own, without the patting.  Picture also taken in Aug 2017:

Rome resting next to his toys

Yes, he has a lot of toys.  A grass ball, planks of wood from a see-saw which he broke (chewed apart), rope with blocks of wood to throw around and chew on, cardboard boxes and toilet paper rolls, kitchen paper rolls but of course he’s not interested in those.  Life is much better attempting to melt into the floor. #romerabbit #rabbitlife #whatalife

Here’s Paris using his quilt as a pillow looking like he can’t be bothered.  Actually he had his eyes closed and was sleeping but I just can’t get close without him opening his eyes:

My Sleeping Paris Bunny

My boys both look like they’re lazy and completely comatose but my heart beams when I see them do this.  It means we’ve provided them with an environment where they often feel very relaxed  🙂 #parisbunny #goawayyouaredisturbingmysleep

House Stuff

Tony:  Thanks for the doing the washing.
Me:  What washing?
Tony:  The clothes washing.
Me:  I didn’t.

Yes! I have caught up with all the laundry such that I had one day where I didn’t have to wash the clothes at all!  Whoot!

Our blinds are broken though, they have been since the end of last year but I keep forgetting to fix them.  One of the strings that threads through to help you pull it up, has broken but I need Tony to take them down completely so I can fix them.  I just keep forgetting to ask him.

We haven’t cut holes into the floorboards yet (for the washing machine) either.  Plus I’m supposed to rabbit proof the wires so that Rome doesn’t bite them when he’s in the bedroom.

There’s more but I won’t list them yet.  Why am I writing it here in the first place?  So you can hold me accountable.  I will aim to do the above by next week.  You are very welcome to bug me about it.

Forgive me but if nobody holds me accountable, I’ll be just as comatose as my bunnies because life is so much better that way!!  I mean look at them!   #amibovvered

Am I bovvered?

 

Joy & Tones

Mental Health
One way to exercise the brain is by learning a new language.

Tony has decided to join me with learning Chinese (Mandarin).  At the moment it’s all on audio.  I have to listen and repeat.  This way I learn how to make the same sounds.

As mentioned, I was already struggling with it before, but now he has completely confused me and so I have to start again.

For example, to say “American” you say “Meiguo ren”
Tones comments during the lesson:  “Meg Ryan!! It sounds like Meg Ryan!”  Me in my head:  “It so does not!!!” but of course I’m so emphatic about it that it sticks.

So, now every time I have to say “American” in a sentence my brain says “How do I say American again?  Who was that actress again?”  and I imagine scenes from When Harry Met Sally… or Sleepless in Seattle or You’ve Got Mail and am unable to remember her name and by the time I do, my response time is finished and I have not even started my sentence.

Also my pronunciation is all wrong because I’m thinking “Meg Ryan” instead of “May Gwo Yren” (with intonation).

He has done this with a number of words / phrases so now my brain has too many associations and my response time and accent which was already poor to begin with, have both diminished.

SO…. I’m starting again… from scratch and I’m going to do my lessons when he’s not around.  I realise with language learning, I need full on concentration!!

I’ve also been watching and just finished the 8 day docu-series “The Broken Brain” which talks about all sorts of brain issues like Alzheimer’s, Dementia, ADHD, Autism, Brain Fog, Anxiety, Depression and Brain Trauma.  It also goes through ways to prevent and/or reverse effects of brain damage / deterioration.  It has been very educational.

Tones has been watching some of the series with me.  Last night he mentioned going to the shop and picking up a packet of biscuits that he wanted.  He says, he looked at the ingredients, saw the % of wheat flour and sugar, then concluded “hmmm…. 80% Dementia”.  He put it down and walked away, hoping that when he got home, I would have made some chocolate.

It turns out, I did!! #rawchocolate #softcentre #cashewbutter #hazelnut #tasteslikeferrerorocher #chocexperiment #dairyfree

Raw Chocolate with Cashew Hazelnut Centre

Please forgive what it looks like.  It’s a bit rough looking compared to last week because I over-filled it!  I need some practice and restraint when it comes to filling.  I tend to do the same with won tons and spring rolls (I over fill them and they explode when being cooked)!

Anyway, I cut one of the chocolates open so you can see the inside.

The outside is made of the same stuff as last week.  The inside is a mixture of cashew butter, coconut oil and crunchy hazelnuts with lavender honey to sweeten.

It’s good brain food because it’s high in fat.  Also, it has zero artificial sweeteners, zero preservatives, zero dairy and zero grains!!  All of the ingredients are raw and most are organic.

The best part?  Tony says, “it tastes like Ferrero Rocher without the wafer.”

Alright!  I’m chuffed with that!  Now I just have to work on refining how it looks!

Physical Health

I haven’t yet re-started yoga.  I was going to go this week but last minute changes to the schedule (see below) meant I’ve had to put it off.  I remain sedentary.

Meanwhile, my hamstrings have reduced to the size of my foot and I’m now standing with my knees bent.  Who needs to worry about Dementia when you can’t even touch your toes anymore?

Tony however, has continued to go regularly maybe 1-2 times per week.

Also I got my results back for my 2nd cervical screening (pap smear) and I’ve got the all clear.  No cancer, all normal and I don’t have to do it again for another 3 years.  PHEW!  I am so relieved and happy about this.

Spiritual Health
We started meditation classes on Saturday that just passed, with 3 follow up sessions Sunday through Tuesday for answering questions and going through some of the theory of meditation.

I put it here in Spiritual health but I think meditation works on all levels (physical and mental as well as spiritual).

To do the course was a last minute decision.   It was a choice between learning how to meditate on our own, or getting some guidance on it and reassurance for whether or not we were doing it correctly.

After my comment last week about time passing, never getting it back and checking whether or not I spent it well, I decided not to procrastinate about the meditation.

I’m glad we made the decision to do the course.  Although you can find plenty of information for free online, doing the course and having accountability meant that we had to make time do it.  It really was a good way to kick start the habit of regular meditation.

It’s been less than a week and already, we have seen the benefits.

It’s just small simple things at the moment but I’m finding better focus and clarity, memory retention and efficiency (I get more things done in the time I have than I did before).  So in that sense, it’s exactly what I needed, to feel better about how I spend my time and improving my brain function.

Holiday
Thought I’d give you yet another snippet of our holiday.   😉  Guess where we are and what we are doing?

We are not surgeons and we are not in a hospital!

Ha ha!! #mynewlook #fashiontrendasia2017

This is my Uncle and I at a property development company’s offices.  Tony took the picture.  What he didn’t capture was that the guy behind the computer screen was also wearing a surgeon’s mask!!

Why?  Because that’s what they do in Asia when they are sick!  I just thought I’d follow suit.  So my Uncle was fighting off a cold/cough.  I had managed to get one on the flight to Manila and the guy behind the desk was either sick himself with something else OR he covered his own face so we wouldn’t infect him.  Hilarious!

We weren’t buying a property btw, we were there for investigative purposes for my dad. #thethingswedoforfamily

Having just been on a 13 hour flight from London not sleeping at all on the plane, 2 hour stop over and pretty much having had no sleep for almost 48 hours,  I was prime for getting ill.  To top it off, the air conditioning on the plane from Hong Kong to Manila was freezing and the guy I sat next to was sniffling and coughing and his wife was fussing over him for the entire flight.  I think he was actually having a fever.

During the flight I started coughing.  In fact I started having coughing fits.  The kind where your eyes water and you feel like dry retching.  I would cough into a tissue and cover my mouth the whole time but I noticed the people around me (across the aisle, in front, behind) started putting things over their noses and mouths (scarves, shirts, bandanas, whatever they had).

By the time we reached Manila, I was surrounded by people who looked like they were ready to rob a bank in a country and western movie.  #gangsta

The picture above was our first day in the Philippines.  I couldn’t believe how many people I saw with surgeon’s masks on!  I even saw a flight attendant wearing one.

Before this visit to the Philippines, whenever I saw an Asian wearing one of these masks, I always thought it was because of pollution.  Now I realise, it’s so they don’t get other people around them sick or, so they don’t breathe in the germs themselves!

I wish people in London were considerate enough to wear masks.  Now that I think about it, nothing is more disgusting than feeling someone’s warm, wet cough right in your neck and hair when standing in a crowded tube.  It has happened to me in the past.

So many people don’t even cover their nose or mouth when they cough or sneeze! #sogross  #theyshouldwearamask #itsagoodidea #beconsideratelikeasians

See you next week! x

2018 Week 3 Summary

It’s about now where some panic sets in.  Week 3.  I realise by labelling my blogs this way, I’ve inadvertently started counting the weeks that have passed and I’ll never get back.  Did I spend them wisely?!

My mild panic has indicated…. I don’t think so.

It’s been 3 weeks since 2018 started and there are still so many things I have left outstanding.  How did we get here already?

Paris & Rome

I need to spend more time with Paris.  Rome requires so much supervision with all his biting everything, that Paris just gets left to his own devices.  He doesn’t break or bite a thing.  He doesn’t even walk off his play area even though it’s unfenced.  He just behaves but this does mean he gets left unsupervised a LOT.

Tony doesn’t spend any time with him either because he’s scared of Tony and will often run and  hide.  I don’t want him feeling neglected so I’m going to spend more time with him in the evenings.  For the past 2 nights I’ve lay down in his area so he can come and say hello if he wants.   He’s a “I’m happy to  hang out with you in the same space but don’t touch me!” type of bunny.  For now I’ll just have to be happy with his whiskers tickling my face when he comes to sniff my head as I lie on the floor.

Paris on the couch

I’ve let Rome run around the bedroom again and he loves sleeping under the bed or between the wall and the bedhead and he hasn’t bitten the bed at all.  Phew!  Progress.

Rome in his play area looking for a new toy after demolishing his grass ball

Lastly, when I took them to the vet, they weighed in at almost 1.5kg each.  Vet said it was a healthy weight so I increased their pellets according to their weight (25g per kilo in body weight).  I’ve upped their feed from 25g to 37g each of pellets.

I don’t know but they’re now starting to look fat to me.  Rome’s got his double chin back but I’d rather that than feel his bones.  However, the other day, Tony saw Paris and said “OMG! He’s so FAT!!!”  So I guess it wasn’t just my perception.

So, I may have to watch them now.  There’s nothing worse than a fat rabbit… if they get too fat they can’t clean themselves properly which means I will have to clean their bums.  I’d rather put them on a diet.

I also want to get them partners.  They’ll do so much better psychologically if they were husbuns to their own honeybuns (see what I did there?  Somebunny is getting into her bunny parent terminology) but alas, we cannot.  Not until we get a bigger place. #goals

House Stuff

After our adventures with the broken washing machine, I’ve mostly caught up with the laundry.  You don’t understand what a feat this was.  It’s a very carefully organised number of washes per day, every day that I can do to balance out hanging space and length of time required for drying.

There are rabbits’ sheets and floor rugs as well as our sheets, Tony’s wet yoga gear (because as of now, I haven’t been to yoga for almost 3 months) and all our clothes plus all our holiday clothes and the filthy state in which we received the rabbit carriers.  There is limited hanging space and everything takes 1-2 days to dry.  It’s getting there.  By this weekend, I’ll be back on track.

Joy & Tones

We went to a friend’s birthday dinner at Jaimie’s Italian in Angel and I got to try a Karma Cola (sweetened with stevia, #drinknoevil).  I liked it but nobody else who tried it did.  They said it was like drinking flat Coke.  Tones doesn’t like the stevia aftertaste.   Never mind.

Dinner was better than expected (I kind of expect Jaimie’s restaurant food to taste like food you’d cook at home but this was better than that!), the service was good and we got to catch up with people we hadn’t seen in YEARS.

Fi’s Bday Dinner

I’ve started learning Chinese (Mandarin).  God help me.  Wo bu hui shuo Putonghua or any Chinese for that matter.  Although it’s in my blood, my tongue and ears don’t register and cannot produce the same sounds in the same tones.  I’ve done one lesson.  My brain hurts.

The rest of the week has been catching up with / connecting with friends and family online, eating Chinese takeaway and watching movies.  You know, really going sedentary so that I can give my body a real shock when I go back to yoga…. whenever that will be.  I know… it’s all or nothing with me!

Oh… and I made my own #organic #vegan #rawchocolate 🙂

I used equal portions of cacao butter, coconut oil and cacao powder, sweetened to taste with raw lavender honey.

My Handmade Raw Vegan Chocolate

Do hashtags actually work on blogs?  Who knows.  As promised, I’ve added pictures to my blog.  Hope they helped!!!

PS – It’s been 3 weeks since coming back… so here are a few pictures to prove we did actually go on holidays – we went to Philippines and Hong Kong.

This photo was taken from the top of Mt Tapyas which isn’t really a mountain…. at least it didn’t feel like one.  It was much easier to climb (it was just a lot of stairs) than the likes of Scafel Pike and Ben Nevis.

View from Mt Tapyas

It shows Coron, Palawan in the background.  The place where my grandfather spent much of his later life / time running a Shell petrol station which, in his day, was pretty much the only petrol station in all of Coron.

Before, I’d feel safe because I couldn’t get lost.  No matter where I was, all I had to say to anyone was “Shell Petrol Station” or my grandfather’s name and everyone would know a) to make sure they looked after me and b) exactly where I lived to take me home.

These days, there is no Shell petrol station and there are many petrol stations competing for business and the town proper is bustling with tourists who are looking to do island hopping and scuba diving.

There are now a number of restaurants and hotels.  Even the dirt road from airport to town is concrete and instead of riding in on a jeepney, there are air-conditioned minivans!  It has changed a lot since my visits in the past.  Nothing was recognisable, not even the petrol station.

It’s been 17 years since my grandfather passed away and 11 years since my last visit.    This time around, I was just another tourist.

Oh…. and every time I’ve visited in the past, the water is blue and so is the sky but it doesn’t look that way in the picture because this day was in-between typhoons.  One just ended the day before and another was on its way.  Plus Tones and I had just emerged from 3 days bedridden with fever.  We felt we needed to get out since it stopped raining and it was our last day in Coron!

This next picture is from Maquinit Hot Springs.  I visited Coron when these Hot Springs were nothing but hot water bubbling from the ground and a few rocks were planted on the sand to form a basic pool.  The hot water would over flow into the sand and into the sea.  The water was HOT!!!!  Plus, there was only us there.  It was like having your own private Jacuzzi.

Now there are several pools, walkways, ramps, toilets, change rooms and of course, ENTRY FEE and a tonne of tourists.  The water was a little warmer than lukewarm.  I suspect it’s because the big pool is no longer close to source and you would need to sit in the smaller pools for that.  Except…. there were too many people!

We managed to find a nook where none (people/tourists) could be seen on camera.  There was a young couple and someone else’s kids running around, only half a meter away.  The photo looks much more peaceful and intimate than that right?

I actually love that I got to know Coron without all the hoo-hah and have those memories of it too.   You see a glimpse of what that was like here.  It’s still a lot of grey clouds but at least you get the hint of blue 🙂

View from Maquinit Hot Springs

Lastly, proof we were in Hong Kong.  We arrived there Christmas eve.  So Tony sent this photo to many when he wished them a Merry Christmas.  We stayed at the YMCA which was recommended by a friend.  Loved the view.  It was perfect.

Unfortunately we were  never around or in our room to see the Christmas light show which happened every evening we were in Hong Kong!  Can you imagine?  They closed the streets (from cars) for this.  People would travel and crowd up along the harbour side to see this.  We had comfy , unimpeded seats/views from our hotel room and we weren’t there!!

That’s like having a front on view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Years and not being there for the fireworks.  Ridiculous….

Anyway… we spent time with family which was more important.

Until next week….

View from YMCA, Hong Kong

 

2018 Week 2 Summary

Another eventful week.

Paris & Rome

The boys got their vaccination from a new vet who we thought was very professional.  They now weigh just under 1.5kg each and are very healthy.

When we got Rome back from the sitter, he was really skinny and I could feel his spine and hip  bones.  Panicking I fed him as  much as he’d eat.  I was glad to see that it worked and by the time he saw the vet, he was a good, healthy weight again.

She said he might have lost weight because of the stress of being with a new person/environment.  I also got her to check their teeth and both are very healthy.

They both are still a bit stroppy.  Neither will come when called by name anymore.  In fact, they make it a point NOT to come when called.  Both are still wary about our movements.  They will run if they think at any point we are going to pick them  up.  Their behaviour has changed since getting them back from the sitter and I’m not happy about it.

I don’t know what happened to them at the sitter’s but the experience was enough for them both to mistrust and become wary and they seem disinterested or distracted.

So it’s back to the drawing board with developing trust and routine with us.  Although rabbits have long memories, I’m hoping they remember all the good we’ve done for them rather than any inadvertent pain and suffering (whether physical or emotional) they may have gone through.

House Stuff

The washing machine got fixed.  Actually the machine was fine.  We had a blockage in the pipe which when viewed, looked like clay mixed with oil plugging the entire tube.

The guy who came to fix it said that it was most likely a whole lot of oil and food that backed up from the waste pipe if we ever had blockages further down the pipe (which has happened a number of times).  How GROSS.  Anyway.  It’s all cleared up and I’ve been able to catch up on all the laundry.  You don’t understand how happy and excited I was to be able to wash clothes again.

The only other thing now is that we actually have to cut holes into our floor boards because otherwise, nobody will ever be able to get the washing machine out.  It’s easier to push in but harder to get the angle to lift out without cutting into the floor boards to make room.  Joy of joys.  Just add that to the ongoing list of house maintenance.

Oh and yes, when the machine started pumping water out again, our kitchen sink started filling up with water which indicated that we had a blockage further down the pipe (inside the wall).  Perfect, another thing to add to the list along with getting our windows fixed.

Seriously, whoever said that owning a house was the best thing you could ever do did not mention what kind of house you needed to own.  I will say this.  Do NOT own an old house unless you have set aside a big budget for constant repairs.  We live in a flat that exists within an old Victorian house (meaning the house was built between 1837 and 1901) that was converted into 3 flats.  There is ALWAYS something going wrong.  If it’s not us, it’s downstairs, otherwise, it’s upstairs or, next door.

Yes… the houses are terraced so you share both walls on the sides with other people too so when they do things to their flat/house, it affects you.  As it is, our windows which were once perfectly sealed have cracks on all the walls around them and have moved ever so slightly but it means they no longer close properly to create a seal and let drafts in.  Our floors which we made sure were levelled before putting in now squeak.  Our windows and floor were all affected just because downstairs renovated.

All houses require maintenance but I think the older they are, the worse it is.

Joy & Tones

Tones went to watch the football at Wembley (at least I think it was Wembley) with a friend and afterwards we had hot pot at their place.  Hot Pot is the best when it’s cold outside!!!

I got my cervical screening (aka pap smear) and await my results.  This normally isn’t something I’d bother mentioning but given the bleeding between periods over the last year and only when I did exercise/yoga and the fact that my last smear caused me to bleed for 2 days and came back with an inconclusive result, followed by multiple letters asking me to return for another smear, the result of this screening is important.

We bought replacement air and water filters along with some magnetic massaging tools to reduce stress and back pain.

Considering I’ve not gone to yoga for so long, we thought this would be good for my mobility.  And, Tony seems to hurt himself a lot in yoga so we thought this would be good for his recovery.

Only a few days in and it’s affected my sleep a lot.  I have been dreaming multiple, lengthy, vivid dreams each and every  night so I’m waking up more tired than when I go to sleep.   I can’t say if it’s good or bad just yet.  I would say definitely that it’s different.  As for mobility, I can’t yet tell if it’s changed anything.  It has only been 3 days so, it’s too early to tell.

We also went to a 1 hour introduction to meditation.  We didn’t learn to meditate.  We just learned about what it is and how it works.  Basically, the intro was to tell you that you have to pay for a course to teach you how to do it.   So now the choice is ours.  Pay to have someone teach you or, work it out for yourself.

We also tried some buttered softshell crab yesterday.  It was really good. I have no idea why but it was fried with cornflakes, chilli, garlic and lemongrass.  Cornflakes for extra crunch I guess.

2 weeks back and we still haven’t even reviewed our photos of our holiday.  Sorry, too much other stuff going on 😉

I’m thinking now that we just have to post everything as it happens or it will never get posted.  I will attempt to put more photos into my blogs too 🙂

See you next week xx

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More detailed thoughts on Paris & Rome – if you’re interested

I suspect the sitter picked them up a lot.  She said she does it with ALL her rabbits.  I thought it would get the boys used to it but I think what happened is, Paris is great at rejecting and if you bug him enough he will bite, on purpose.  So, I reckon, he rejected her one too many times and so she left him to his own devices meaning, she stopped picking him up.  He would have loved that and it would also mean a lot less stress for him.

Rome however, is curious and he’s quick to forgive and will continue to approach you, even if you’ve scared him or done something to him he doesn’t like.  The result is, this could easily be seen as an invitation for hugs, meaning being picked up and patted all the time.  I could see this stressing the bejesus out of Rome and the stress would definitely make him lose fur and weight.

The only other thing is, he can and will drive you up the wall because he likes to chew on everything.  If he destroyed her things because she wasn’t watching him, she could have gotten angry at him and any yelling or hitting would have definitely stressed him out.

When we got him back, he really didn’t look like himself.  He was so scruffy, constantly losing fur (even though he’d already done a moult when we first took him to the sitter) and he was skinny and completely scatty.  I am grateful we got him back in time to stop any further decline.

The other thing is, when we brought the bunnies to the sitter, she wasn’t ready for them and so we had to leave them in their carriers so she could set them up.  We suspected that by leaving the carriers, she would use them (rather than putting them aside until we arrived to pick up the bunnies) and were ready mentally to receive the carriers, not in their brand new conditions (we keep, maintain and respect all our belongings so they stay looking new for a long time).

When we got them back, she’d thrown the quilt I put into Rome’s carrier saying that “He’d scratched it all up and messed it all up and so it couldn’t be cleaned anymore and so I threw it.”  She instead replaced the quilt with newspaper and hay.

I wondered how the hell Rome could do that when he’s never destroyed any quilt we’ve given him in his life.  Also the bunnies are toilet trained so they actually have never pooed in their carriers EVER no matter how long you keep them there (and they’ve managed 3 hours).  They have managed to pee but that was before they were neutered so it was a territory thing but definitely no pee since being neutered.

But we gave her the benefit of the doubt….  until we threw out the newspaper and hay and found shit underneath it all at the bottom of the carrier.

It wasn’t rabbit poo.  It smelt like stinky, leaked-out-of-a-nappy baby poo… ie cat or dog pasty, soft but solid enough to make a clump diahorrea.  We had to clean that and we were insulted that this is what she gave us back.  No I know why she threw the quilt.  Rome was sitting in that the entire time going home!  We were not impressed.

That smelly disgusting shit we had to clean from Rome’s carrier definitely made up our minds about not using this sitter again.  We don’t know what animal it was but whatever it was chewed up and broke all the inside of the carrier too.  If it was a rabbit, it was very sick and irresponsible that the sitter would expose our rabbit to that disgustingness.

The search is on again for a new sitter.

As for the vet, I spent a day researching for a new vet because our old / original one was attached to the pet store we bought the boys from and it was quite far from us.  It involved 10 mins to walk to the station,  20-30 min train ride,  and 20-30min walk from the station along a freeway, to the vet and then the trip back.

After we did this once we realised it was too stressful for the boys and so each time we went, we’d have to hire a car, making each vet visit quite expensive.

I found one “closer”.  It involves a 2 min walk to the bus stop, a 30-40min bus ride and a 2 min walk from the bus stop to the vet.  Again, we thought this might be too stressful for the boys.  I didn’t realise how many sick people ride the bus and just how bumpy it was!!!  So we caught an Uber back which still took 30mins but at least it was much quieter and cheaper than renting a car.

The other reason for changing vets was because we weren’t confident in our old vet’s knowledge about rabbits.

The last time we took them for a vaccination, she broke the needle in the middle of injecting Rome with vaccine.  You should have seen his eyes.  They don’t make noise when they’re hurt.. but you can see it in their face.  😦

She was also the same vet that advised us to keep the boys together during puberty and refused to neuter them after she inspected their testicles saying they were too small.  The extended testosterone-filled time together resulted in their bond breaking and us now having to keep the bunnies separated for life.

Actually, rabbits have the ability to pull their testicles in (like Sumo wrestlers) to avoid them getting hurt when they run and jump through thorny bushes and things.  So of course it’s going to feel small – when she starts poking around there, they’d definitely pull it all in.  Anyway, she was about to turn us away again after the 2nd time I called to ask again for neutering, (2.5 months later mind you!!) because “they were still too small” until you see the lightbulb turn on in her head when she realises… but of course!!!   If she had realised this the first time, oh how different our lives would be, but it’s too late now.  The damage has been done.

So this time, I  made sure to get a vet that was recommended by the RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund).  Vets have to apply to get onto the RWAF Rabbit Friendly List, they are also surveyed before approval onto the list and then given a silver or gold rating (or not at all).  We have many vets much closer to us but none of them were on the list, hence my choice to go a bit farther.

This visit was actually more pleasant.  I don’t think the bunnies were comfortable with being poked and prodded but at least she didn’t cause any extra pain or fear than necessary (injections are always scary – I hate them!) and she knew what she was doing.

Good news for the boys is, all things going well, they shouldn’t need to go to the vet again until next year for vaccinations.

2018 Week 1 Summary

It’s been non-stop since we got back from our holiday.

Paris & Rome
Jetlagged, we had to pick up the bunnies from the sitter, get all their areas set up and ensure they were settling down ok.  I thank God that I ordered food and hay before we left for hols.

The only problem was Rome was particularly skinny and both bunnies were very stressed.  Paris settled down within 24 hours and was jumping around and happy.  Rome however decided to give me a 3 day strop.  I suppose it’s to teach me a lesson for leaving him.

I should have known he would be like this.  He is, after all, the one that nips you on the ankles if you decide to pat Paris before him.  Except I didn’t know and I couldn’t tell if his behaviour and weight loss was due to anger and stress or if he was actually sick.

He was eating and drinking lots of water though so I just fed him extra to fatten him up, watched him closely and by the 3rd day, he’d returned to his normal happy self.

How do I know he was angry and not sick?  Because he completely tore apart a grass ball he’s only occasionally played with since getting it in March 2017.  Within 3 days he turned it from a ball into a few bits of tangled grass.  He bit and dug at it with fervour.

The nail in the coffin was when he jumped onto my head via my face while I was lying down on the floor.  He has always been mindful and respectful of our heads and faces and has never put his claws near them, opting instead to jump on our backs, tummies, legs, shoulders etc.  As soon as his claws dug into my face and scalp when he could have just walked around, I knew there was something wrong.  He went back to normal after that which is how I knew he did it out of anger.

How else would a non-verbal animal show you how much you hurt and upset them?  As soon as he saw how much it hurt me, the anger stopped and he returned to normal.  Cheeky little bugger.

I’ve also spent a  whole day researching vets and trying to find one that is
a)  close to us and easier to get to (our original vet required a very long walk from the train station or hiring a car every time we needed to take them)
b)  rabbit friendly/savvy – rabbits, although the 3rd most kept pets (after dogs and cats), are still considered exotic and unfortunately not many vets know anything about them.
c) competent – after looking up reviews on google and facebook I’ve realised now that there are many vets who misdiagnose or will only diagnose after you’ve agreed to very expensive blood tests etc.   Money before welfare?  Take in a patient even though you don’t know how to deal with them?  Doesn’t fly with me.

I’ve found a new vet.  Fingers crossed they’re good.  They were recommended by the RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund) and booked both bunnies in for vaccination tomorrow.  I wasn’t expecting them to be available at such short notice.  Our old vets said they didn’t have availability until next week (Sat).  Being able to register and book them in within 24 hrs is a  good sign.

Oh these bunnies are gonna love me.  Not even a week home and already we’re taking them to get injections!!  I wonder if Rome will decide to jump on my head again.  :/

House Stuff
No time for resolutions because our boiler wasn’t working as soon as we arrived and coming from the Philippines (which was 30’C) and Hong Kong (which was 20’C) to freezing cold (-5’C – 0’C) London was a shock to the system.  Can you imagine 0’C and we had no hot water or heating?

I actually turned on the oven and started boiling water on the stove so we could wash dishes (no fun washing dishes in icy cold water) and to warm up the lounge a bit.  We both went to bed without having a shower.

We actually both curled up under the covers while wearing our thermals and socks.  I was still wearing my down feather jacket.  All I could think was this is what a homeless person trying to keep warm in a nook with a cardboard box would feel like.  It just wasn’t happening – you just can’t get warm!!!

After a whole day of being cold and jetlagged, I pretty much got angry and told Tones to work it out and sort it.  He finally got it sorted and we had heating and hot water again after a day.  If that didn’t work I would have called a gas engineer.

The only reason why I didn’t call one straight away was because we knew it was a simple fix.  Re-pressurising a boiler is something everyone can do, it’s just the method that usually worked, wasn’t working and it took me getting really angry and telling him to look it up and sort it for Tones to do anything about it.  Why didn’t I do it?  Because even on the ladder, I can’t actually reach the filling loop – yes, I’m too short.

To top this off, our washing machine pump stopped working just before we left for holiday which meant clothes we used and were unable to wash before the holiday were still dirty and we had to add to it a pile of dirty holiday clothes.

Tones and I spent some time trying to work out how to clean out the pump, remove water from the machine etc. etc. but nothing we did fixed it and I had to call someone to come and sort it.

However, nobody can turn up until next week meaning our washing is just piling up like crazy.  I have now been attempting to do the laundry using the machine but manually (as in, catching water with a bucket and pouring it into the sink) emptying it out every time it’s required, which is about 3-4 times per wash cycle, approx. 3 buckets each time.  I know, laborious.

It’s taking me 3 hrs to do a wash that would normally take 1.5hrs but I feel this is easier than carrying a whole bunch of washing 10-15 mins walk away, sitting there and waiting for the whole wash cycle to finish and then carrying all those wet clothes back.  Come to think of it, it would take the same amount of time but at least I don’t have to carry it all.  I’ve done it before.  Wet clothes are really heavy!

At least, I’m still slowly getting through the huge pile of dirty clothes.  Clean socks and undies are important!!  Anyway, next time you so casually do a load of laundry like it ain’t no thang… spare a thought for me.  I tell you, I appreciate washing machines a hell of a lot more these days!

Joy & Tones
Tones is back to the daily grind and has been stroppy because he’s been tired.   He’s been tired due to lack of sleep.  He’s not sleeping well because the neighbours are noisy sometimes and I’ve been snoring.  I’m still sick from holidays.  Other than that, he’s been well.

I’ve reopened the online store and had to deal with so many enquiries including someone who kept saying they didn’t receive their item until I sent them a screenshot of the tracking to say that not only was it delivered but that they signed for it.  I’ve been waiting for a response and got none.  Seriously…. if there’s one thing I hate, it’s people wasting my time.

I’ve also had to book in a cervical screening for myself.  I’ve already done one last year but it came back inconclusive and they’ve requested I do another one.  This isn’t the best news.   Normally it’s just straight out positive or negative.

This hazy area could mean there’s something else wrong with me but it could explain why I’ve been getting sick a lot in the past year, feeling lethargic and why I’ve had to give up going to yoga too.  I was bleeding after every yoga class, to the same degree as the intensity of the class.  The more intense the class, the more I’d bleed, so I stopped going altogether and low and behold, the bleeding stopped too.  Still…. moment of truth this one…. cervical screening is next week.  I just hope the time out did the trick.

In other news, I’m working out how to eliminate mammals from my diet.  I’ve been yo-yoing around this issue of meat-eating out of habit and my own pleasure vs the life-long suffering and long, drawn-out and painful deaths of animals, for years.  It’s an internal struggle.  My love for food vs my love for animals.  There’s much more to be said but I’ll leave it for another time.

I’d tell you about our holiday but this blog is already very long.  So it’ll have to wait until next time  too 🙂

See you next week x