The week of being sick. The last time we were sick was during our trip to the Philippines and Hong Kong in December. It’s been 3 months and we (or rather I… as usual) have gotten sick again.
Tony did some sneezing and feeling a bit unwell for a day but he always manages to nip it in the bud and ends up fine the next day.
I however, ended up thinking I was being really awesome not getting any symptoms when he did and then 3 days later doing the whole rigmarole. Day 1 – sneezing. Day 2 – fever. Day 3 – coughing. Day 4 – the start of recovery or so I hope. I’m on Day 4 right now.
Paris & Rome
I am so glad the boys can’t catch any of my diseases. They have however, been avoiding me. I think I must smell different. When I was feverish, both of them actually hid and really kept away from me. I felt like I didn’t see them all day and night.
After I broke my fever, they were both approachable but they would hide away again or stare at me with eyes and ears wide open, from afar, during my sneezing or coughing fits. It must be a sign that I’m getting better when they both allow me to pat them again.
They have both been well and healthy this week with nothing too crazy other than abstaining from pellets. I feel like Paris isn’t eating anything at all sometimes because I find all his pellets (that he doesn’t want to eat) hidden under his blanket, all his fresh veg wilted and all his hay still in his trays. Yet, he is happy, binkying and still pooing.
Like I said last week. A healthy appetite + healthy poo makes for a healthy rabbit. If he doesn’t have much of an appetite, then I get worried.
So far his behaviour indicates that he’s eating enough so I’ll just monitor him now more closely and I’m never buying this brand of pellets ever again.
Urgh…. who needs kids when bunnies are just as picky?!
Home and House Stuff
Remember the scotia Tony bugged me to buy ASAP oh, maybe 3-4 weeks ago? It’s still sitting on a pile of junk in the lounge. As quickly as they came, the completions have stopped.
I’ve also piled up bottles of hotel shower gels and conditioners on the table to sell off. Tony collected them on his business travels. We don’t use them. Time to sell them. Ironically, this is my attempt at clearing the clutter. Over 30 bottles (such a waste to just throw) are now cluttering the table!
We haven’t cooked much either because I’ve been sick. Tony has just gone to the shop and bought ready made soups so that’s all I’ve been having for the past 4 days. I can’t smell or taste them though so it doesn’t even make a difference what flavour he chooses!
On a positive note, Tony cooked a Filipino dish this week. He made Caldereta using a Filipino cookbook my cousins/Uncle shared with us from our last visit. It’s the first Filo dish he’s ever made.
It’s so awesome to be able to make and eat dishes from all over the world, in your own kitchen – this is the power of technology!
The best part? The recipe called for chorizo. We were able to put Spanish, from Spain chorizo in this dish. That smoky paprika taste actually gave this dish such a different but welcomed flavour. We were also able to put fresh liver pate in there instead of canned AND we put the beef in the slow cooker so it stayed solid just enough to be able to deliciously fall apart, in your mouth.
I tell you what, it doesn’t look like much in the picture but Caldereta just went up a few notches on my favourites list.
With the left over Chorizo, we just put it with garlic and a bit of olive oil in the oven. I added tomatoes which gave them some sweetness to balance out the smoky, salty, fatty, garlicky taste.
I wished we had bread but alas, we did not. Tones used free from (free from wheat/gluten) crackers to soak up the oil.
Also went shopping and ended up finding these for £1.99. I actually thought they were going to be thin rice crackers covered in chocolate but they weren’t!!
They were actually thin sheets of Pringle shaped chocolate with little crispy balls of puffed rice. Cappuccino flavoured at that! Oh what a lovely discovery!
Joy & Tones
We watched all 8 movies back to back of Harry Potter. I wanted to.
I wanted to re-watch from beginning to end with the information you get at the end. I wanted to see the same sequence of events with a different perspective.
It makes me think of life and things about my life I might have seen differently, had I been given all/different information. I wonder if this is what happens when you die.
As mentioned above, I’m sick, Tony is not. This is where Biochemical Individuality steps in and produces different outcomes.
Tony and I have been eating the same food, same supplements and exercising similarly to each other for the last 10 years but when it comes down to fighting disease, he’s always stronger.
I’m MUCH better than I used to be. I used to get sick once a month every month without fail and I’d be sick for 2 weeks at a time. It was horrible. At least now, 5-6 days every 3 months is doing well. BUT I have also been better than this.
I think I’ve gone over a year without getting sick which if I could, I would replicate ALL THE TIME except I know what it takes and it takes a lot of discipline and effort! Tones I’m sure of it, has gone over 2 years without getting a cold when we were making that effort!
So, it plays to the tune of us requiring different nutrients (and/or different amounts of them) and Tony having everything he needs at the right dosage and me, not quite. That’s the conclusion I’ll draw from this situation at the moment and also that it means, I do better when I’m juicing (urgh!)
It’s been officially 2 months since we’ve started meditating twice a day every day. How ‘bou dat? (Sorry…. but ever since hearing it, I can’t unhear it and now I can’t just say “How about that?”. I also know I just turned an impressive statement into an oxymoron by adding that last bit but it can’t be helped. If you’ve got a problem with it, you can always “cash me outside!” Ha! My humour. Yep, again, sorry if it made you groan or cringe. That’s just how I roll. Tony’s still with me after years of it, so it can’t be that bad! Hahaha)
Can I talk of changes from meditation? Not distinctly but I know things have changed. For example, when I look at things in our life right now, they had started to move and now it looks like it’s stopped, paused, halted and yet I don’t feel like it has.
Perception is different. It’s almost as if we just spent the first 2 months breathing in and right now, we’re just waiting to exhale. The movement is still there, it’s just at a different phase.
What is different between now and before is that before I would have gotten upset or depressed or even angry that things weren’t moving but now, it’s understanding that it’s like the passing of a season.
Seeing the ebb and the flow. It’s like I’ve finally started to understand what it looks like – the time for sowing, the time for growing and the time for reaping look different, for different things.
Some things you need to put effort into and some things you don’t. Some things you actually destroy by doing too much and some things die when not given enough attention or energy. I can’t say I’ve got the knack just yet for each situation but I can say the cogs are turning and a greater understanding is starting to take shape.
They say that rich people talk about money and poor people don’t. So I suppose if I want to be rich, I’d better start talking about money then hey?
I would say our finances are average but I guess that depends on what you’re comparing it to. On a global scale, our finances are above average and that’s because we’re comparing to all the billions of people who live below the poverty line in third world countries.
On our own scale, we’re doing OK. Compared to where we’d like to be or think we should be, we’re not quite there but we’ve improved from where we started so that’s a good thing.
Compared with our neighbourhood, we’re poor. We recently put bubble wrap all around the borders of our windows to stop the cold draught coming in. I told Tones I didn’t care how povo we looked as long as we stayed warm.
That’s a tough thing isn’t it? Keeping up with the Jones’. Well, I refuse to keep up with the Jones’ if it’s going to put us in the red. I would always prefer to look poor and have money than the other way around.
Except having dodgy windows isn’t looking poor, it is being poor. There is keeping up with the Jones’ and then there’s maintaining a certain standard of living. Functional windows isn’t a luxury. It is a necessity especially when it’s -5’C outside.
There is of course, the question of affordability. It’s going to be a big expense (anywhere up to £5,000 as they are wooden sash, bay windows – $10K AUD, $7K USD).
Regardless of what it costs, if you can’t afford a necessity, then that is being poor. Windows that work come under providing adequate shelter.
Besides, it’s not that we cannot afford it. It’s just that we hate parting with that kind of money. We’re really frugal (my new polite English expression rather than the Aussie “tight ass”).
If I can get it for less than half that price I will. It may mean we need to get the PVCU stuff ie not real wood but I’d rather that because it means it doesn’t need refurbishment / replacement every 5-10 years. I might even request triple glazing. No noise, no cold. AAA energy efficiency rating 😉 (even though you can’t get it ’cause the highest rating is A) Alright!
To know where you’ve been and see where you are now and realise how far you’ve come is a blessing.
Of all the different areas of life, I must say that I was way behind the eight ball with this but this challenge has become my biggest blessing in life and if I ever had to live it all again I would.
I would never wish my experiences on my greatest enemies but I’m glad I went through it all and come out the other end as sane, as grateful and as blessed as I feel right now.
There may be no accolades or prizes for accomplishing great feats in the emotional world but I know what I’ve achieved so far and the inner peace that comes with each revolution of evolution is a wonderful reward.
See you next week!