It’s All About Me

It’s All About Me


all about me chronic chronicles

I thought it would be fun to do something a little different, and picked a random ‘getting to know me’ questionnaire.

1) Do you have a middle name? Yes.

2) What was your favourite subject in school? English, History and then later Politics, which I then did a degree in.

3) What’s your favourite drink? Diet Doctor Pepper, but I’m trying to give it up. I’m allergic to most squashes/juices, and don’t drink hot drinks. I’m trying to just drink water, but it’s difficult.  I’m doing quite well on my water-quest at the moment, but haven’t made the full leap.  I rely on the caffeine to wake me up.

4) Favourite song at the moment? I like Troye Sivan’s new song Happy Little Pill.

5) Summer or winter? Summer all the way.  I struggle in the heat, but it’s nothing compared to the pain of winter, and I despise snow.  Don’t get me wrong, the morning it snows and everything is clean and white is beautiful, but then it represents being trapped from going out, as I had a nasty fall once, and now I’m a total wimp about it, even in my wheelchair.  Plus the sun always improves my mood, and makes everything seem brighter.

6) Do you participate in any sports? No. I am looking forward to swimming as soon as I have a PA employed.

7) Favourite Book? I really like The Name of the Wind/The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, and I can’t wait for the final book in the trilogy to be released.

8) Favourite Colour? Raspberry pink.
9) Favourite perfume? Anna Sui – Sui Dreams, but I believe it got discontinued this year sadly.

10) Favourite holiday? My mum and I went to the New Forest when I was about 18. I have a list of places I want to visit in the UK, and we managed to visit a number of them including Oxford, Bath, Bournemouth and Stonehenge, and I loved them all.  I can no longer drive for long periods, so holidays are very difficult.  Sometimes just a night away somewhere nearby is nice though.

11) Have you graduated High School? No, but I finished secondary school!  We don’t ‘graduate’ from that in the UK, it just comes to an end.

12) Have you been out of the Country? When I was 2 I went to Tenerife with my parents.  My first memory is from that holiday – watching a mother with two sons playing on a basketball game, and wanting to join in.  I’ve also been to France three times – twice on school trips, and once for a week for a holiday when I was 10.  I would love to travel more, but it’s so difficult now.  I still hope to, one day!

13) Do you speak any other Languages? Sadly not. I wish I could, but my French teacher wasn’t exactly inspiring and I had no aptitude for it, but I do believe we leave it much too late in the UK to introduce a second language. It should be started in primary school.

14) Favourite Animal? Cats – and I have three.

Button and Bailey

Button and Bailey

My little cat Pepper sleeping in a bead box.

My little cat Pepper sleeping in a bead box.

15) Do you have any siblings? No.

16) What’s your favourite store? No specific shop, but something crafty, or even better one that sells beads!  I generally hate shopping in actual shops though, but love online shopping!

17) Favourite Restaurant? I really like Old Orleans, although many of them have shut down. There is also a Chinese restaurant where I live that’s really nice.

18) Did you like school? No. My school was pretty dire, and I really struggled with it.  However, I believe it was the circumstances, and if my school had been better, with engaging teachers I would have enjoyed it, as I do like learning.  When I finally got to a better Sixth Form College taking subjects I wanted to, it was much better. I’m glad I got through both college and university though, as my health issues hit me badly between school an college.  Had it been any later in life, my health would probably have prevented it happening, and I’m so glad I was able to live away from home, and have that experience.

19) Are you mostly a clean or messy person? Horribly messy, I’m afraid. I manage to create mess no matter how hard I try.

20) Favourite Movie? It’s really hard to pick one, there are so many I like for different reasons. I really like The Green Mile, but there are probably much better picks I can’t think of at the moment.

21) Favourite TV show? Veronica Mars will always be at the top of the list.  There are many others I love though – Firefly, Breaking Bad, Battlestar Galactica, Dexter, etc.

22) PC or Mac? I’ve never actually used a Mac. I have nothing against them, but it would confuse the hell out of me to switch to one now.

23) What phone do you have? Google Nexus 4

24) How tall are you? 5″11

25) What do you order at Starbucks? I don’t drink coffee, and rarely drink tea. If I had to go into a Starbucks, I’d probably get a hot chocolate. I think I’ve been into a Starbucks once in my life, and only because it was the only place to go nearby.

26) One thing in your closet you cannot live without? I really struggle with most trousers, because I find the band really painful on my lower back. I live in thin PJ bottoms, and only change into something else if I’m going out/seeing someone. I can only put up with it for a short period of time, however.

27) What’s one thing most people probably don’t know about you? When I in Year 2 (about 7 years old) I accidentally stabbed myself in the hand with a pencil, and the lead broke off. You can still see the little piece of lead in my hand.  I’m hoping one day the magical powers contained within will activate.

28) Name one thing you want to do before you die… to be truly content.

29) What’s one food you cannot live without? I have a real weakness for crisps.

30) What quote/phrase do you live by? I like the phrase ‘Home is the nicest word there is.’ Home is always my sanctuary.

31) What’s your most listened to song on itunes? I don’t have iTunes, so I don’t know what the answer is. One album I go back to a lot is Mika’s, and the two songs I listen to most are Happy Endings, and Any Other World.

32) What kind of style would you define yourself as having? I don’t think I have a specific style, but I do like to colour coordinate and match my jewellery, shoes, clothes and walking stick together!

sticks 33) Favourite number? 7

34) Hobby? Jewellery making.

35) Two Pet Peeves? I really struggle with ‘noises’ – so someone who taps, or makes a loud noise when they eat, or plays around with things near them or coughs will drive me mad. And also people who don’t indicate when driving.

36) Guilty Pleasures? I watch a lot of guilty pleasure TV shows, such as Judge Judy, Dance Moms, Sister Wives, etc.


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Fluffy TV shows to watch on sofa days

Fluffy TV shows to watch on sofa days

If you have a chronic illness, then you often have a lot of days in bed, or stranded on the sofa.  I’ve been having a lot of those lately, and so I’ve been looking for new TV shows to watch.  I’m not looking for shows that need any brainpower – just ones I can marathon and enjoy even if I fall asleep halfway through!

Here’s a rundown of some easy-watch TV I’ve been enjoying lately.  For some reason, I think all these shows are on TLC.  It’s channel 125 on Sky, and 167 on Virgin in the UK if you want to check them out.

Sister Wives

I’ve been watching this one for quite some time, and am excited it’s just starting in the UK.  It follows a Mormon family that consists of a husband called Kody Brown, his three wives Meri, Janelle and Christine, and their 13 children.  The show begins with Kody dating Robyn, and her then joining the Brown family as his fourth wife.  The show is a fascinating look at polygamy and all the benefits and downsides.  Every wife is completely different, and the show doesn’t shy away from showing the jealously between the wives and the long transition both the wives and the children go through to accept Robyn and her three children.  I also enjoy the interviews with the older children – who have mixed views on polygamy themselves.   This one is my favourite.

Watch this for: Family dynamics, a peek into a different world, lots of interesting background information slowly revealed and lots of highs and lows.

 Dance Moms

I have a love-hate relationship with this show.  It follows an ‘elite’ dancing team that go to competitions every week, although much of the focus is on their mothers and the drama both between each other, and them and the leader of the dance studio – Abby Lee Miller.  Abby treats the children like crap – preferring to bully them, scream at them and insult them, than to just teach them.  I find this very difficult to watch, and get frustrated with the mum’s who often declare “I’m done,” storm out, before they return the next day.  I don’t know how much of the drama is for the cameras, because I cannot understand why any parent would allow their children to be treated that way.  There are some pretty epic showdowns between the mums – even some physical fights thrown in.

A major running theme  of the show is Abby’s blatant favouritism of Maddie, one of the girls in the group.  While she is a great dancer, the other parents wonder if their child would be as good if Abby spent that same amount of time and energy with them, and were treated as nicely.

I particularly root for Chloe and Nia, and I worry for Brooke – who is an acrobatic contortionist, and with her extreme flexibility and long-running chronic pain – I worry is hypermobile and could be heading for a world of trouble.

Watch this for: Extreme drama, talent, parental relationships and fantastic dance routines.

Cheer Perfection

This show is still quite new, but follows a group of young cheerleaders in the US, and more importantly the drama between the mothers.  The show differs from Dance Moms in that the coach Alisha actually treats the children well, and just wants some peace from the drama!

Watch this for: Drama, spoilt diva mothers, lots of sentences including y’all and backstabbing.

Breaking Amish

I caught this one as the first season is available On Demand through Virgin.   It revolves around a group of young adults – four Amish, and one Mennonite, leaving their communities to move to New York.  I had no idea what I was expecting, but within a few episodes there were arguments, relationships,  modelling, tattoos and a whole lot more.  There are rumblings this show isn’t entirely true, but it’s still pretty entertaining.

Watch this for: A look into another culture, tension between the group members and lots of past revelations.

LA Ink

I have only watched half a season of this so far, but I’m about to marathon it from the beginning because it’s got my attention.  It follows a tattoo shop in LA (no surprise there!) ran by Kat Von D.  So far it from what I’ve watched the shop is a tight-knit group, with the newest employees being outcast for varying reasons.

Watch this for: Tattoos ranging from pretty to horrible, the odd celebrity visit and lots of shop-based drama.

What fluffy shows do you like to watch when you’re not at your best?  I foresee a lot sofa days coming up – so the more recommendations the better!

Credit to Alvimann

Credit to Alvimann