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Friday, March 23, 2012

See you later Alligator!

I took this photo on my last holiday, I found it rather amusing. Lame I know!
It has been a very crappy week, and to top it all off, Gary, our pet bird decided to die today. So I am really excited to be getting the heck out of this cold, windy and dreary place for a week.
I won't be blogging at all for a week, and probably won't blog much the following week either. I'm jet-setting off to the Sunshine State- Queensland. I sure hope it lives up to its name this time. The last time we were there it poured pretty much everyday. I leave with the family tomorrow for seven days without social media, full of glorious food, fun, sand and sun.
Today has been rather hectic- I've been running around all crazy ninja style because we only decided that we were definitely going late yesterday evening. I had to stay with Nana Bear for a bit, and I had to go to the shops to pick up a few things like a super lightweight suitcase, just to make it a little easier on my hands and arms that hurt like heck.
I'm pretty pooped already but I am so looking forward to enjoying our own private pool- no annoying children. Oh yeah! Praise the Lord for that.
I'm pretty thrilled about going to the theme parks as well.
From our previous holidays in the Sunshine State, I have learnt my lesson, and as much as I hate it - I am going to listen to my body and pace myself. I'm also going to suck it up and hire a wheelchair for the theme parks. I'm just not that well enough to walk that sort of distance at the moment. I'll have to limit the rides too, which will be most difficult, as I am a adrenaline junkie! Fibromyalgia, arthritis and wild rides don't mix, but I do like to push the boundaries a bit- you only live once.
I'm excited about reading these awesome magazines on the plane too. Fashion, craft and baking- heck yes! I'm travelling Chronically Creative style!
Ok, well I'm off to get the rest of my suitcase packed and head to bed. I have to be up at 6am tomorrow. Oh joy of joys.
Don't miss me too much. x
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The post where I have a whinge about how damn awful I feel, and how pissed off I am with people and things.

I am royally pissed. I am NOT a happy camper. I've got my cranky ranty pants on. Again. PMS has come early, it seems. Oh heck.
It's days like these that make me feel like slapping someone in the face. With a shovel. But releasing pent-up anger in a post will have to suffice. Let's hope it relinquishes my hormonal-emotional-fatigued-need-to-shoot-someone state. Lord have mercy.
Behold, the ever expanding list of people and things that annoy the shit out of me;
- Stupid people. The world is full of morons, I tell you! An overwhelming amount. It seems morons make up the majority of the population. I'm talking about people who are dishonest and just downright dumb. Now I would need more than a couple of posts to write about these idiotic individuals, but for now I'll briefly describe two people who have pissed me off. Big time. I am gobsmacked by the dishonest actions of a pizza delivery dude who requires a whole entire post dedicated to his stupidness and extremely poor parking skills. Some idiot on Pinterest has also pissed me off by posting a picture from my blog that I didn't even want on the site, without my permission, and had the nerve to express her stupid opinion and argue with me! People are entitled to an opinion, but not when it violates copyright laws. Good grief.
- Dumb drivers. Slow drivers especially vex me out. Driving 50kmph in an 80 zone? Push your foot on the accelerator a little harder and drive, it's not that bloody hard! If you want to disobey the road rules, that's your dumb decision, not mine. So don't get upset and wave your hands at me and hurl abuse because I am doing the RIGHT thing. Don't veer towards my lane and wonder why I am tooting you and screaming, I don't want dints in my car thankyouverymuch. And what's with people who don't know how to merge properly? Your lane cuts off, not mine, you should have thought about that three seconds ago sunshine, so don't go getting all fisty-cuffs at me, ya hear? There just aren't enough middle fingers.
- Roosters that crow like trumpets. Some neighbour has decided to raise a rooster in their backyard, which just so happens to be near my bedroom window. It's crow sounds more like a freaking trumpet and as sure as the sun will rise, the trumpet will wake me up every.single.damn.morning. Lord give me strength.
-Facebook. It has lost its sparkle for me. The world is full of idiots, and most of them are on facebook. Except the people on my page, they are ridiculously awesome. There are just far too many people in my newsfeed who constantly complain about trivial things. Now I realise I am pretty angry over some silly things, but I am venting in a blog post which I only do occasionally- that's different. I never complain on facebook, and I hate seeing others whinge about being sick with a cold, having homework, or about how much they hate having to get up for work. There are people who are dying in the world- get some freaking perspective!!! Oh for the love of cheese.
- Medication side effects. Having to pee a few too many times during the night, stomach discomfort, fatigue, bloating, wind, weight gain and pimples. For goodness sake, piss off! Can't you give a girl a break?
- Brain fog. Lately I've had the brain functioning of a goldfish. Blog posts take a frustrating amount of time to produce these days.
- Fatigue flare. I've been partying hardcore lately, and I'm really suffering for it now. I feel damn awful. I hate having to sacrifice so much just to enjoy a few nights out here and there. I hate that it takes me days and sometimes weeks to recover. I made cupcakes the other week and went to young adults group at church, and for days I haven't been able to do a thing. It's freaking frustrating! What's worse is that we're going away this weekend for a week and my body is shouting at me that I've overdone it by miles. But we don't even know if we're still going yet either, which brings me to my next point;
- Cancer. Nana Bear has just been diagnosed with cancer, and at this stage doctors don't even know if there is anything they will be able to do. She goes back into hospital this week, so they can work out what treatments they may try. The not knowing is upsetting and it's a nightmare having to see your family sad and stressed. Cancer can go suck it.
I'm glad I got that out. I feel much better for it. What has got you annoyed? Let's commiserate x

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What I'm Wearing: Edition 11

I know my blogging has been all over the place and pretty non-existent lately. I've been spending more time socialising and I am suffering for it now, let me tell you! The past couple of weeks have also been crap due to family circumstances and on top of that I am trying to deal with a fatigue flare and unrelenting brain fog, so I've really been in no mood to blog. But bear with me, I'm bound to get my blogging mojo back soon.

Anyhoo, the weekend before last was a public holiday for us. Got to love public holidays on Monday! My family and I went out and enjoyed pancakes for afternoon tea, and afterwards I went and had a look in a couple of shops with Sweet Sister.

I bought some gorgeous cupcake wrappers and a serving tray. So expect some pretty ah-mazing baking posts ahead!

Ok, I'm going to stop rambling now. Here's what I wore:


A really casual last minute put together outfit.

Top & Jeans: Big W
Shoes: Target
Handbag: craft market
Ring: Diva


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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Design of my dreams

Yes... Chronically Creative has had a makeover!

Aside from a few minor problems I have with this design (and I can't really do much about them), I'm pretty pleased with how it has turned out. Ever since I began blogging, I have always dreamt of a design similar to this for my blog, but I couldn't afford to pay a professional to do it.

A few weeks ago, I was in one of those I need a change moods. Bad. So, I took it out on my blog. In desperation, I spent several hours searching for a design that was relatively close to that of my dreams. I didn't really think that I would find a template suitable because I am not tech savvy when it comes to HTML codes. But I struck gold.

And behold. The layout you now see, with a few exceptions, is so close to what I've always wanted.


I did it all myself and didn't have to pay a cent. I hit the jackpot.

The only thing that gave me hell was this banner. I read so many tutorials, spent quite a bit of time resizing and shedding some sulky sulk tears. Obviously, I figured it out and the results are well worth it. I absolutely love it. It will be my cover photo for the facebook page too- I'm pretty excited about it finally matching my blog.

The thing I am most pooped about is the ridiculous share buttons at the end of each post. I can't even find where the HTML code is in the template to edit it. Minor, but annoying. I'm also unhappy about the sidebar- it's way to close to the posts for my liking, I wish it had a dividing line. Oh well.

I especially love how the posts on the home page are summarised with a read more option. There are many people reading this blog just for the written posts, and there are others that just hang around for the crafty posts- so now people can just select what post they wish to read instead of scrolling through lengthy posts. It's not BAM chronic illness in your face as much anymore, which I am really happy about! There are a few people reading this blog, who I'd rather didn't and there are some reading it for a good ole stickybeak- that's the downfall of having such a public blog... with the previous template visitors didn't have to click to view current posts and now they do. This takes more effort and I've convinced myself that it will stop stalkers, but at least now I know if people really want to read something, they'll have to access the link. Personal posts will no longer be smack bang in people's faces, free for all to see.

The font is fantastic and the links at the top make this blog much more organised. With my previous template, it would only allow me five information pages and absolutely no links. So this is much better. This design is definetly suitable for the big plans I have for this blog this year and beyond.

What do you think of the new design and banner? Do you love it or loathe it? x


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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Blab about Beauty Tuesday: Bathox Rose & Jasmine Oil Shower Gel Review

My thoughts: I used this body wash as a shower gel and really enjoyed it. I used it throughout those months when I couldn't get my back pain under control and I found it to be really calming. It smells ah-mazing, and it's a product that I highly recommend. It's soap free, it didn't irritate my sensitive skin, and it lathered really well. I even noticed that my skin felt softer after a few weeks of use. The only thing that I didn't like about it was that every time I ended up with more gel on my body puff because the gel was so runny. I picked this bottle up from my local chemist for $2 and it lasted me around two months, which is a damn good bargain! I'm looking forward to trying it out in our new bath when the bathroom is finally renovated. I'm currently trying out the lavender shower gel, which is helping to relax my muscles and reduce fibromyalgia pain slightly.

Ingredients: purified water, sodium lauryl ether sulphate, cocamide DEA, cocobetaine, sodium chloride, citric acid, glycol distearate, propylene glycol, DMDM hydantoin, fragrance, rose hips oil, Cl 16185.

Would I purchase this product again?: Most definitely!

RRP: $2.99

Size: 500mL


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Monday, March 5, 2012

Single Lady Syndrome

"Being single is about celebrating and appreciating your own space that you're in." ~ Kelly Rowland

I had my life pretty much all planned out. Down to a tee. Precisely the way I wanted it- finish high school, get my degree, embark on my career as a kindergarten teacher, meet prince charming, fall head over heels in love, get married, settle down, start a family and live happily ever after. In that exact order.

At school I would often sit in class and stare out the window and dream. I dreamt of the perfect white picket fence life, living in some cosy country cottage with my prince charming. I dreamt of the stuff fairy tales are made of. Still do.

I had expected to at the very least be in a relationship by now, and here I am, soon to be twenty four living with the challenges that come with chronic illness. No degree. No prince charming on the horizon. Stuck in singleness.

How naive I was to just assume that my life would pan out the way I wanted. How foolish to think that God's timing would be on par with mine.

Over the years I have at times struggled with my singleness. When everyone around me is pairing up and it seems I'll be the only single person left on the planet; it's easy to sink even deeper into depression over my single state. Everywhere I look there are couples flaunting their happiness.

On facebook, my newsfeed is currently flooded with pictures of engagements, weddings and babies (I'm talking every fourth post. I kid you not). I am happy for these people, really, I am but needing a block of chocolate to cope with my grief is becoming quite sad and shameful.

I am quite aware that I am not the only single person walkin' around town and I know that I am not alone in what I am feeling. That said, dealing with singleness and chronic illnesses certainly ain't no walk in the park. It's damn difficult. Especially when you have people questioning your singleness.

A common question I am asked when conversing with others is "Do you have a boyfriend?". On several occasions, I've even been asked why I am still single. Which is pretty darn rude if you ask me. Being single, these are quite awkward questions to answer.

Personally, those are not my standard questions of choice when I am getting to know someone for the first time, but I think some people resort to asking me if I have a boyfriend because nothing much exciting is happening in my life right now. I'm sure people think 'Okay she doesn't work or study, what else can I ask her? I know! Surely she must have a boyfriend. Brilliant. I'll ask about him. That gives us something somewhat interesting to talk about'.

I get the 'you don't work or study AND YOU DON'T HAVE A BOYFRIEND!!?? Wow. Your life must be crap!' look a lot. I also get the 'why, what's wrong with you?' look too. Funny that.

I guess people have a hard time processing that there are people who possess such amazing awesomeness like myself flying solo. I suppose my awesomeness is just too much for most guys to handle. In all seriousness though, the reason why I am still single is because searching for my love story isn't exactly a priority right now. I need to focus on other things like my health.

Chronic illness accompanied by mild social anxiety means that sometimes I socially struggle. Often due to fatigue and brain fog, I find it harder to form friendships than I did when I was healthy. Over the years, my confidence and self esteem have taken a beating due to some people's misconceptions about invisible illness. I often feel like I don't fit in and I sometimes feel like a social outcast because of my lack of living life. (I wrote about these feelings last year in Feeling Like A Loser: The Social Impact Of Invisible Illness)

Besides these issues, chronic illness sounds scary. The word alone is enough to send any man running to the hills. I'm not exactly every man's ideal dream girl. What's sexy about chronic illness? What's impressive about staying at home all day in your pyjamas somedays because you are simply too tired to do otherwise? Who wants to marry chronic pain?

I get a real kick out of responding to people who ask about my singleness with "Find me a man who wants to date and potentially marry a girl who has fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthrits, chronic fatigue syndrome and endometriosis" to receive in reply "Good point". Yeah, exactly. Damn good point alright.

I'm sure there must be some guys who are willing to date a day time television diva though. I'm sure there are some guys out in the big wide world who have 'find, fall in love with and marry a girl who sometimes struggles to get out of the house on occasion because of fatigue' at the top of their check-list.

As well as having my singleness questioned, I also have to deal with people who make assumptions about my status- yes indeed, there are people who instead of asking, assume that I do have a boyfriend. Before I had my license I use to cop "I bet you just get your boyfriend to drive you everywhere".

Nowadays I get asked what my boyfriends name is. This makes me feel even more upset about my singleness. And, is as you can imagine awfully awkward for the both of us. It's usually girls who ask and guys who assume. Go figure.

I suppose I should be flattered that people think that I am taken, but I hate feeling like my life seems dull to another because someone else isn't apart of it. I don't like the pressure that comes from being asked "Do you have a boyfriend yet?"or "You don't even have a boyfriend yet, do you?". Not only do I have multiple chronic illnesses, it seems I have single lady syndrome to add to the list too.

Being single is not a condition that needs to be cured. And just because we live in a family- centered society, doesn't mean that we should feel like we're missing something because we are not married. Being single is an opportunity. Being single is a blessing. I'm learning to be content and see it that way.

I don't need the support of a man to be strong. I can be strong on my own. I don't need a man to feel complete. I can be content on my own. I don't need a man to be happy, and I certainly don't need a man standing beside me for me to achieve great things.

That's not to say I don't desire a relationship. Some days my desire to date overwhelms and upsets me, but for the most part, I'm okay with being single because I know that's where I'm ment to be right now. I know that God is in control and I know that He has a wonderful plan for my life- including a man beyond my wildest dreams.

As Kelly Rowland has said, being single should be celebrated and appreciated. There are so many advantages to being single and I plan to make the most of them and enjoy them while I still can. Some of the advantages include:

- Not having to share twin packs.

- Spending (and saving) my money as I wish.

- Guilt free chocolate pity parties.

- Freedom. Doing whatever I want when I want 'cause I can.

- Not having to compromise.

- Being able to wear pjyamas all day without judgement

- Getting to know who I am. Finding my purpose and all that sappy shiz.

- Having the time to freely work on achieving my goals and fufilling my dreams.

- Eating cereal for dinner because I can't be stuffed to prepare anything of nutritional value.

- Sleeping diagonally in my double bed.

- Having a floordrobe. For those of you who are unfamilar with that term it means "A form of storage for clothing which requires no hangers, drawers, doors or effort. Simply drop on the floor and you have a floordrobe".

When you really think about it, being single ain't all that bad. And we shouldn't be made to feel like it is. Your purpose in life shouldn't be based on being in a relationship. Sadly for some people who I have conversed with over my single years, it is. Your self worth should never be measured by your relationship status, and no one should have to feel that their singleness is like a syndrome or some sort of a condition that needs to be cured.

Essay written by Emily Ruth, © chronicallycreative.net 2012


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