I've reached the conclusion that I don't need to 'get out more' as Kay Burley told me in response to one of my many rants at Sky TV. I don't need to find more things to do and I don't need any more coffees.
What I do need is a purpose and fast. I'm bored, I'm not being challenged as much. I'm loving my free time, reading books, watching youtube, sewing, gardening, blogging, walking the dog, exploring new places, but I'm not being challenged and my brain isn't being stretched.
I started off this week googling 'what are the symptoms of legionnaires disease?' and 'how long after an insect bite in Canada can I expect to become ill?' Why? I've been so tired, I'm sleeping 7 hours a night and then I'm sleeping 6 hours in the day. It's too hot to go out for a walk or explore further a field and I've become stuck in this little routine of nothingness. My muscles are aching from inactivity, my eyes actually hurt and in general I feel like I've got the flu.
I had a busy and exciting 3 weeks in Canada and upon my return to the desert heat hubby left for the UK for over a week.
Sunday. I did some sewing, the ironing and washed the dogs bed and blankets and eventually I managed to go out at 6pm for a coffee then I washed and walked the dog and went straight back to bed. Apart from the cake I had in Starbucks I'm not even sure if I ate that day.
Monday. Having found no links with my symptoms and google, I decided I should keep a food diary just to make sure I was eating. I had porridge for breakfast and for a snack had strawberries and a health bar. I drank my 2 litres of liquid by 11am and after some more sewing (I'm finally repairing cushion covers, clothes etc) I had a sleep and a trip to a mall a bit further a field to discover they had a circus show for Eid. I decided to stay out for an early dinner before walking the dog and attempting to stay up late.
Tuesday. Hubby arrived home at 1am and I'm sure my sleep will now be messed up further. The day was a write off.
Wednesday. I and to go to meet HR to sort out paperwork for the 16yos residency application, it seems no one is able to tell me what I need as there never was a court order when I divorced his father.
Thursday. First coffee morning since Ramadan, it was lovely to catch up with the expat ladies group, I stopped off on the way home to food shop and managed to stay awake all day, although it didn't make me feel any better. Hubby was on conference calls till 10pm.
Friday. I didn't feel like it, but we got up early and took Bob into the desert for a play in the lakes, I packed the camping stove and we enjoyed a little picnic breakfast while Bob splashed around in the water. We found a dog friendly cafe near the beach in the afternoon and went back to the beach in the evening for a swim.
Saturday. Another lazy day, although I spent the morning sorting out paperwork for our son's residency application, yes it's been 7 months and it's still not sorted.....grrrrrrr We found another new cafe to visit for a spot of lunch and in the evening it was back to the beach for a picnic dinner.
Day 200 #onedailypositive #sign #fmsphotoaday #RoadTrip #snaphappybritmums #project365 #50DayofSummer
There's nothing better than a road trip around South Africa to see some amazing signs. This has to be one of the few signs that didn't actually make me laugh when I saw it. Taken in St Lucia in KZN, North of Durban in 2014. There are no fences between you and the wildlife, the hippos wander up into the town at night, the crocodiles are just there, as in close enough to look at without binoculars. So it worried me greatly to see this small child running around while his parents were at least 100ms away on the waters edge watching the hippos.
Day 201 #onedailypositive #car #fmsphotoaday #WaterFight#snaphappybritmums #project365 #50DaysofSummer
I have hundreds of pictures of Super cars but couldn't think how to incorporate water fight until I saw this @mecartomall #Ramadan #Eid #EidAlFatr #EidMubarak #Dubai#MyDubai #MyView #HappyGatherings
Day 202 #onedailypositive #real #fmsphotoaday #HandWriting#snaphappybritmums #project365 #50DaysofSummer
Day 203 #onedailypositive #fake #fmsphotoaday #nature#snaphappybritmums #project365 #50DaysofSummer
In the absence of rain in Dubai there is a lot of artificial grass, however I'm at a loss as to why it's been laid like this.
Day 204 #onedailypositive #toy #fmsphotoaday #green #snaphappybritmums #project365 #50DaysofSummer
Day 205 #onedailypositive #bloom #fmsphotoaday #BeachBag#snaphappybritmums #project365 #50DaysofSummer
Blast if I'd bloom(ing) known these photo prompts 2 weeks ago I'd have bought the flowery beach bag rather than the flamingo one
Day 206 #onedailypositive #TwoOfUs #fmsphotoaday #sandcastles#snaphappybritmums #project365 #50DaysofSummer
There's love and devotion for you, hubby collecting wet sand in the bucket so I could build a sandcastle for today's photo prompt.
Sounds like you've made the most of a difficult week and managed to capture some lovely images (loving that bag), google is my port of call for all answers, I hope you get to the bottom of your problems asap xReplyDelete
the teenage boy arrives tomorrow for a month then Im off to the UK so being kept busy for a while will helpDelete
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Ha, I agree - that astroturf is pointless! Also, the sign. Were the parents closer than they should be, but then also having their child too close?! How foolish?!!!!?ReplyDelete
the parents were no where in physical sight, which in itself was bad enoughDelete
Love that hubby collected the sand for you! Sorry to hear you've been having a hard week. I can totally understand that you would want a purpose. There's only so much exploring and coffee you can do before you want a bit of direction to your days and weeks. Hope your son's residency gets sorted too.ReplyDelete
thank you Sarah, more uk paperwork required for visa and we'll have to process now in DecemberDelete
Oh my, that sigh would totally freak me out. Lovely bag, and well done to your DH for bringing in the wet sand. That's devotion. Not sure about the grass carpet outside the door, maybe they feel more comfortable stepping outside on the "grass"?ReplyDelete
i was on edge the whole week, if i saw a stick i was worried it may move and be a crocodile, it didn't bother the dog but we kept him on a close leashDelete
Ooh honey, I hope next week's better.ReplyDelete
Get to the bottom of it. You know when something's not right better than anyone else.
That sign's fantastic!
i'm working on it, son is here tomorrow for a month so my routine is shot to pieces againDelete
Sounds like a difficult week. I hope you get to the bottom of what's causing your tiredness and next week is better for you. Lovely photos though :)ReplyDelete
i think it was a combination of jet lag, the heat and being on my own and boredDelete
Can I send the kids over? Your days sound like bliss to me ;0) I know how you feel about wanting to keep your mind active, this is how I felt at work so I started to blog. I think its very important to keep your mind active but I do need to learn to switch off more too. I hope you have a better week next week xReplyDelete
my son is here now for august so I've plenty to occupy myself with now, mainly tidying up after himDelete
I would imagine the heat is very draining in itself, I hope you feel better soon #365ReplyDelete
thank you, the heat is crippling and i think with just lag and hubby being away it was just too muchDelete
Hope your son has a wonderful time x and good luck with his results . we are also waiting on GCSe resultsReplyDelete
Thank you Claire, have arranged to have the GCSE results emailedDelete
Sounds like you have had a tough week, hope this week is better for you. Love that bag and got to agree that turf being laid there seems pointlessReplyDelete
I'm still puzzled by the turf, my son is here now for a month, so having someone in the house during the day makes me a lot more motivated and cheerfulDelete
I hope you get to the bottom of the health issues.ReplyDelete
I can empathise with the neck pain, I've just finished a course of tablets in the hope of releasing the scrunched up muscles that were causing headaches!.
What a pain in the butt all the red tape is! I see it's no better where you are!
I think it's jet lag and hubby being away and the endless heat, hope you've found a resolution for your headachesDelete
aaahhh how nice of your hubby to fetch you wet sand. I like the bag, and good grief at allowing the child to play there.ReplyDelete
Does seem a strange place to put a few square feet of plastic grass.
hubby helps out with most of my photo prompts, at least with ideas of incorporating the two daily promptsDelete
Sounds like a tough week. I do think you are pretty resilient managing when you have to up sticks every so often.ReplyDelete
i don't like doing it, nor am i any good at it, it's just something i have to do every couple of yearsDelete
Sorry to hear you had such a tough week, hope this last week has been better. Love that your husband got sand for you :)ReplyDelete
i'm supposed to be looking for the one daily positive with my daily photo prompts, seems the past 3 weeks I've receive similar comment sso will make next weeks post more positiveDelete