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Aug. 06.

Waffle Wednesday: A Little Hospital Update

ww-hospitalthIt’s been a while since I’ve talked about the hospital, and really there hasn’t been anything to say. But, for those of you who have been following my hospital journey, let’s bring you up to date with how things are.

So, last time I was in hospital was at the end of March for a couple of days for tests, and they found a polyp in between one of my kidneys and my bladder. A CT scan confirmed that it is causing some kind of obstruction, but to not worry about it, and they would schedule a repeat of the tests. That appointment date came through very quickly (within a week, so fair play to the hospital for doing that) and the appointment was for the end of July. Alas that couldn’t be helped, and so I waited.

Unfortunately, as you can guess from my writing this, that appointment never happened. I received word that my appointment was postponed, and that they would be in touch to reschedule. Shit happens, we just have to get over it and keep going. It was pushed back to the start of September though, which will be about 10 months from it all starting, and again it is only tests to decide what way to proceed.

I know I can’t complain too much. The hospital, when I have been in their care, have for the most part been superb. There was the little issue last time with the pyjama run, but that is a minor thing. As you know though, I really REALLY hate waiting. Yet wait is what I must do. All I can do between now and the start of September is hope that it doesn’t get postponed again, and that it, as a day case, is routine, as, to be very honest, I don’t want to see a plate of food like this, ever, ever again…

Rice

Robyn

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Liege Waffle
Jul. 30.

Waffle Wednesday: My Absence

ww-wafflethFor those of you who regularly read the blog, you will know that I usually plan on writing 6 days per week, and that I had been struggling a bit before taking most of this month off. I feel that it only fair ro offer some kind of explanation for this.

For me, blogging is meant to be all about fun, and sharing my love with the world. Unfortunately, the fun kind of fell away from blogging for a while. I was working away on the blog, but I was feeling like my work wasn’t being appreciated. Page views were diminishing, people weren’t commenting, and I started to wonder what the whole point of it all was.

I was questioning what to do. What is the point of continuing to do something that I’m not enjoying? Yet, at the same time, I have made so many friends and learned so much through writing Robyn Rants and Raves, that to abandon the blog outright would have been a decision I just couldn’t make. So, I walked away from the blog for a while, originally expecting it to just be a week, but having it turn into three weeks.

It was actually an odd feeling, not writing something, or preparing things for the blog, but it was needed. Sometimes you just have to stop, walk away, and collect yourself before going back to it. In writing the first couple of posts for this week I found myself enjoying it again. I’m back to having fun with the blog, which is the most important thing. This isn’t a job. This isn’t something that is life and death. This is FUN. I don’t earn anything from it. If anything it costs me money. But I do it because I enjoy it, most of the time.

If you do find yourself in a similar situation, don’t get overly panicked about it. Do take a step back, relax and leave it for a bit. It will always be waiting for you when you are ready. And likewise, if you see a blog post that you enjoyed reading, or it is something that you can share advice or an opinion on, then PLEASE, do share it. Even a one line comment saying that you agree with the person, or that you recommend something to go with it, it shows that you appreciate the effort that has gone into the blog. Blogging is a social activity, and feeling that you are talking to yourself really, at the end of the day, helps nobody.

Robyn

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... to this
Jun. 19.

Waffle Wednesday (Thursday Edition): How Hair Makes You Feel

hair-thI know this is a Waffle Wednesday post, and yes, I know this is a Thursday, but work with me on this, as I did say on Facebook and Twitter yesterday that I would have something to add to this today. It’s about hair, and how it makes you feel.

From this...

From this…

I generally have a love/hate relationship with my hair, or my birds nest, as I often call it. I’m so naturally curly that it just ends up in tangles and knots, leaving more hair on the brush than on my head when I brush it out, and well, I hate that with a burning fury. That said, I do have times when I love my hair, like when it is behaving for a day or two, or I’ve just had it done (which can be anywhere from 3-10 months in between).

... to this

… to this

Fortunately today is one of those good days. I bought a deal on Living Social yesterday, booked it yesterday, and was in the chair today (I don’t like waiting around, do I) for a couple of hours, trying to have my hair tamed.

And this

And this

And the good news is, it worked. I’ve gone from being brown with a scattering of blonde highlights to being somewhere in between blonde and brown, or in other terms, I’ve gone from chocolate to caramel, two of my favourite food groups. It’s also currently more wavy than curly, thanks to being properly blowdried, but once I add water to it it will just curl up again. Having some length taken out of it to manage the weight of hair should help to leave it a bit more manageable.

I was actually originally anticipating going a bit lighter than this, but looking at it now I’m glad I didn’t. This is a lovely intermediate step to go with. Making such a drastic change can be difficult, and having been some form of brunette for all of my life, it makes sense to not overdo it by going too far in one go.

It also is a good way to make a change from feeling stuck in a rut for too long. Changing something little can inspire you to make a bigger change, and change is something that should always be welcomed.

Robyn

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As un-Eurovision as they come, and yet he won!
May. 07.

Waffle Wednesday: It’s Eurovision Season

ww-eurovision-thI’ll be completely honest. I’m one of those weird, totally insane people that adores the Eurovision. It is not often you get the whole of Europe coming together to make a prat of themselves. The pagentry, the off the wall songs (anyone want to bake a cake with Latvia?) and the super cheesy presenters make it such a unique experience. I’m not sure if anything like it exists anywhere else in the world.

Okay, there are some  things I dislike about it. Political voting for example. I find it funny that we went from a jury of “experts” deciding which was the best song, to a jury of experts voting politically, to a televote, where the public voting for the best song inevitably ended up with political voting, that we now have a combined jury/public vote. Things do seem to be changing in that the past handful of years one of the best songs has won, but sometimes it does feel like a bit of a setup, where we don’t have a runaway winner. This could just be cynical me talking here though.

A Couple of Turkeys representing Ireland

A Couple of Turkeys representing Ireland

It also wouldn’t be Eurovision without mentioning the country that I’m proud to call myself a part of (sometimes), Ireland. For a country that used to be so expert at sending Eurovision acts that the EBU nearly had permanent offices here, we have gone seriously downhill. Recently we’ve sent some okay acts, not spectacular, including a pair of twins (twice – so we sent 4 of them) who were chosen for their popularity, and for some inconceivable reason, a turkey. I’ll never understand that. I thought we had learned our lesson with Linda Martin. I do kind of miss the heyday of Irish Eurovision, knowing my parents were in the second row in the Point back when a quaint little Irish Dancing number first appeared, and Rock and Roll Kids romped home. They were close enough to the stage to see that Charlie McGettigan still had a price sticker on his shoe.

As un-Eurovision as they come, and yet he won!

As un-Eurovision as they come, and yet he won!

Finally, I do think that the whole thing is getting just too big. I know that Europe is one big inclusive family, but a line needs to be drawn. Even Morocco entered in 1980. Last time I checked, Morocco was in Africa. Next year in fact, I believe the Vatican is entering Pope Francis and the Irish Singing Priest (My Lovely Horse) while I plan on taking over a plot of land, declaring independence and then entering myself. Sure, what’s the worst that could happen?

But for all its faults, I’ll still be watching Eurovision all week, listening to older songs, and generally getting in the spirit. I’ll also be livetweeting on Thursday and Saturday, like I did on Tuesday, and some of the comments that people come up with are pure gold. If it’s not your thing though, please do let me know in a comment that you’re muting me on Twitter, and I’ll see you next week.

Robyn

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Image credit: Reuters via FT.com
Apr. 23.

Waffle Wednesday: So It Begins…

ww-posters-thThere is one sight that fills me with absolute dread. A sight that I saw yesterday as I left the train station on my way home. A sight of many smiling, supposedly trustworthy faces looking at me from the lamp posts. So it begins… Election Poster season.

Don’t get me wrong, I do like elections, and this one will be particularly interesting. I absolutely despise election posters and leaflets though. The sight of so many posters from so many people trying to convince me that they are worth the coveted Vote 1, that they work for the community all the time, makes me want to not go outside until it’s time to vote.

Image credit: Reuters via FT.com

Image credit: Reuters via FT.com

There is one particular candidate, a sitting councillor, who in a recent leaflet drop through the door, and ad campaign in our local newsletter magazine, claimed that she works for the community all the time, not just at elections. The funny thing is, the last time I saw her, it was roughly 5 years ago, smiling at me from a poster no less. Then we have other candidates, who believe that the best way to make a name for themselves is to be disruptive, to jump on every single bandwagon going, in the hopes that one of them will end up doing something.

Driving during election poster season quite literally drives me insane. Driving in Dublin or its suburbs, or indeed any city can be tricky enough at times without the added distraction of election posters. Was that the turn that I was meant to take? You know, the one that was hidden by the poster. Or is that a road sign among the election posters there? Did I just crash into the back of someone while looking at a poster of someone I’m not going to vote for? It is absolute madness at times, where rules regarding their placement are loosely interpreted, or simply disregarded.

Image Credit: Niall Carson/PA Archive via thejournal.ie

Image Credit: Niall Carson/PA Archive via thejournal.ie

Maybe we should look at following the lead of some councils in Scotland, and a handful of towns in Ireland, who have banned the erection of election posters on public property. Hopefully that would then make the people who want our votes actually work for it, visiting the electorate, and face to face proving that they are the right people for the job, that they have done, and will continue to support the communities that they claim to represent. It’s on that basis that I’ll be voting, and not on the basis of oh I remember that name from the many hundred election posters I’ve seen of them.

What are your views on election posters? Are they a nuisance, or a necessary part of the democratic process? Are candidates in your area making extraordinary claims that they can’t back up? Let me know in the comments below.

Robyn

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Liege Waffle
Apr. 09.

Waffle Wednesday: I Don’t Know What To Say Here

ww-wafflethI really don’t know what to type here. I’m having one of those days. It’s not that I’ve not been productive, because I have. I worked through some issues with a UPC technician. I went for a walk. I bought potatoes and brought them home on the train. I just don’t know what to write about for Waffle Wednesday today, even though I want to do an insightful post.

Do you have days like that? Days where you want to write/paint/do something, but for the life of you, you can’t make yourself do it? It’s something that happens to me from time to time, and unfortunately it usually means the blog suffers. I am trying to work through it though. I am trying to relax and let words flow, seeing where it takes me. I’ve even been getting out of the house to do things that I have to do, avoiding thinking about what I have to write for the blog for a while. I’ve found that trying to force myself to write doesn’t work. If I’m not feeling it, there is no way that I will write something useful,  no matter how hard I try.

A lot of it has to do with state of mind. If I’m wound up about something, I can’t concentrate enough on what I want to write, or even writing something. I find my mind somewhere else and not on what I’m doing. This tends to make me more frustrated, and as I get wound up more and more it becomes more and more difficult to write what I want to write. Eventually it is easier to walk away from it for a little while, do something else and clear your mind. Going for a walk, to the shops for a look around, or playing a game are great options, as they’re enjoyable, a distraction, and help me to relax. I also have been known to stop and listen to music for a while, before continuing to write, leaving the music on. It is amazing how listening to your favourite music can change your state of mind (though I have been known to end up miming and chair dancing too) allowing you to get back to what you’re doing.

Now I have a question for you. Do you ever suffer from not knowing what to write, or have difficulty writing, even when you know what you want to write? What are your best ways around it? How do you get yourself in the right frame of mind to write something. Please do share your expertise!

Robyn

 

Note: On reflection it appears I’ve just written an insightful post on not being able to write an insightful post. Go me!

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SES-TMIft
Mar. 29.

Something Else Saturday: The TMI Tag

SES-TMIthSo, I was tagged to do the TMI tag by Samantha from All The Buzz, and as it’s Something Else Saturday, I thought, sure, why not! If these aren’t your thing, stop reading is the best option, otherwise, carry on!

QUESTIONS!

1: What are you wearing? 

Jeans, t-shirt, sweater and thick wooly socks. Not going anywhere, so may as well be comfortable

2: Ever been in love? 

Yes, on occasion. Was once in a long distance relationship for 5 years. Currently (not at all blissfully) single.

3: Ever had a terrible breakup? 

We all have. Does it need to be asked?

4: How tall are you? 

5′ 11″, more if wearing heels.

5: How much do you weigh? 

Too much.

6: Any tattoos? 

4. A breast cancer ribbon on my right wrist/forearm. A heart on my right foot. A butterfly and cherry blossoms on my left foot and a Celtic design on my lower back.

7: Any piercings? 

Currently just my ears. Previously my tragus (the little flap of cartilage at the front of the ear), my nose and my tongue. The tragus came out when I lost the ball, and I had to take the nose and tongue out when I went into hospital, as they didn’t mix with procedures and machines. I’ll get my nose redone though.

8: OTP? 

What does this even mean? I’ll come back to it.

9: Favourite show? 

Love a bit of Criminal Minds. Or 30 Rock (Marry Me Liz Lemon!)

10: Favourite bands? 

Not exactly a band kinda girl, but love Katie Melua, Vienna Teng, Sandi Thom, Ingrid Michaelson & Gin Wigmore (I’ve a thing for female vocalists)

11: Something you miss? 

Working (damn unemployment)

12: Favourite song?

Depends on my mood. See favourite artists above. Or, when requesting something from a DJ, Take on Me or Karma Chameleon.

13: How old are you? 

27 (Eek! I’m running out of 20’s)

14: Zodiac sign? 

Sagittarius!

15: Quality you look for in a partner? 

Bit cheesy, but soul-mate. Knowing you can be with them your whole life and never get sick of their presence.

16: Favourite Quote? 

“There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path” – Morpheus, The Matrix.

Very true. You can know what needs to be done, but at the end of the day you’ve got to stop thinking about it and actually do it.

17: Favourite actor? 

Tina Fey.

18: Favorite color?

Purple. Such a beautiful rich colour,

19: Loud music or soft?

Soft music usually, but my collection runs from ABBA to ZZ Top with too many stops in between.

20: Where do you go when you’re sad? 

My room. If I’m feeling sad I tend to go and hide. I’d even hide from Twitter and Facebook if I’m really sad.

21: How long does it take you to shower? 

From 5 minutes to 25 minutes depending on what I’m doing in there.

22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? 

What’s a morning? Seriously though, excluding shower, anywhere from 30 – 90 minutes depending on just how respectable I need to look.

23: Ever been in a physical fight? 

Yes, many times.

24: Turn on?

A great personality and a smile that lights up the persons face and the room. Something about it says being around them is a good thing.

25. Turn off?

Arrogance, cockiness and bitchiness to extremes. We can all be all of the above at times, but if that is your life, I go so cold so quickly.

26: The reason I started blogging? 

I had 2 wordpress websites to manage in work, and needed to be a bit creative in writing, so it gave me a way to play without screwing up the work systems. Now I do it for the fun and distraction.

27: Fears? 

Loneliness. I have no problem being alone, but I hate being lonely.

28: Last thing that made you cry? 

Finding out my aunt had died. I didn’t cry, but did weep a bit.

29: Last time you said you loved someone? 

Probably to Cat, more than likely on Twitter, certainly over something silly in the last 72 hours.

30: Meaning behind your blog name? 

I’m Robyn. I rant and rave. What more meaning do you need.

31: Last book you read?

Harry Potter 1-7 in 5 days.

32: The book you’re currently reading?

Nineteen Eighty-Four. How very Orwellian life has become.

33: Last show you watched? 

Watchdog. Boring daytime TV, but it was on while downstairs having coffee.

34: Last person you talked to? 

My mum. We’re always here. We talk.

35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted? 

My dad, who at the time was on the way back from the airport. I was telling him to call when he was nearby and I’d put the kettle on. (Edit: Since drafting this and publishing it, change to Cat. Friend and bad influence, who was purring at cute guys on the bus)

36: Favourite food? 

Pizza, or Mexican.

37: Place you want to visit?

Scandinavia. Norway, Sweden. Lovely places, with lovely people.

38: Last place you were? 

Bed.

39: Do you have a crush?

It would be wrong of me to not say Cat. Love you!

40: Last time you kissed someone? 

That would be some time ago. I’ve actually forgotten when.

41: Last time you were insulted? 

I actually can’t remember when. It’s good not having people in my life who would usually insult me.

42: Favourite flavour of sweet? 

Caramel. Just give me caramel and nobody gets hurt.

43: What instruments do you play?? 

Eh… (computer) keyboard?

44: Favourite piece of jewellery?

I don’t really have a favourite, but I do have a couple of pieces with hearts which I love.

45: Last sport you played? 

I used to play softball, but gave it up when my knees couldn’t take much more of crouching down on them (I was a catcher). I weighed more then than I do now.

46: Last song you sang? 

I don’t sing and I don’t dance… while sober. Have been known to mime along with songs while in my room.

47: Favourite chat up line?

I don’t have one. Stems from being single for so long.

48: Have you ever used it?

Nope.

49: Last time you hung out with anyone? 

A couple of weeks ago at a blogger event. Me of the very inactive social life. (Edit: Her Party)

50: Who should answer these questions next?

I think this tag has been going around for a while, so I don’t know who has and hasn’t been tagged. If you’re reading it and  haven’t done it yet, it’s your turn.

8 (again): OTP?

Still nothing for this. You got 49 other answers, be content with them!

Robyn

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Mar. 26.

Waffle Wednesday: Waiting for a Bed

ww-bedthI HATE waiting. Despise it. Yet it is something we all do so often. We wait for buses, trains, for the kettle to boil, or for that phone call, to say a bed is available for you. I do think that is one of the hardest things to wait for though.

A little background first. Last November I was admitted to hospital with an infection, which we found out to be caused by blockages in my kidneys and bladder. 5 weeks, and several procedures later, I was released in time for Christmas, with the thoughts of going back in after 6 weeks to have a stent taken out of one of my kidneys and a couple of tests to check that the blockage had been cleared. Fair enough. I got a few weeks out of Hospital over Christmas, and could relax before going back in to finish the job.

A few weeks later, I got the phone call to say it’ll be a couple of days, but we will call and confirm. They did call, but it was to cancel. Then we tried again. Another phone call, this time to say we’ll call Friday about admission on a Monday. The call on Friday was to ask me to call and check on Monday morning, for an admission that day. Monday came and went, with no bed. And so, I waited, and waited, and… Waited some more. Eventually, I called them, just to remind them that I was here. Finally, this week, I got another phone call. Again, we’ll confirm on Friday for admission on Monday. Again, there’s a weekend in there too, where who knows what will happen. It all sounds a bit Groundhog Day. Just without the Groundhog, really.

It’s not even that I’m impatient. I can be very patient when I need to be. What is getting to me is not being able to plan anything. Not being able to look for work. Missing an event or a night out with friends happens, ans I’m lucky to have such understanding friends. It’s impossible to go to a potential employer though, and say “Hire me! But by the way, I’ll be going into hospital at some point. I don’t know when and I don’t know for how long. But hire me anyway!” I’d just love to be able to get this all sorted, and get on with life, but until I finally get that phone call, I’ll be here, waiting for a bed…

Have you got any good or bad experiences like this? Are you not a big fan of waiting either? Let me know in a comment!

Robyn

Note: This is not a rant about the health service. I am very grateful to the excellent healthcare professionals who took care of me, and who work in the health service. It is not an easy job, and we should all be thankful to those who can do it. It’s simply a way for me to vent.

 

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Then & Now!
Mar. 19.

Waffle Wednesday: Change & the Blogging Journey

ww-thThis little bit of waffle is inspired by finding a snapshot of my blog as stored on the Wayback Machine. I was intrigued by looking at old and new side by side and seeing how things have changed.

Let’s be honest. Change happens. We can resist it, we can hate it, we can try and put it off for as long as possible, but it happens anyway. The best thing to do is just embrace it, go with it, grow and learn from it.

Then & Now!

Then & Now!

When I started blogging, back on June 1st, 2012, if you’ll believe it, I was clueless! Completely and utterly clueless! I dived straight in, bought a domain and hosting, set up a website and got to it. I did enjoy it too, from time to time, but I suffered a lot from lack of inspiration, and it showed in thee lack of effort on both the site and in posts. It looked okay, but it didn’t look great. In the first 18 months of blogging, I did a total of 25 posts. Yes, that few.

Recently though things changed. I became unemployed. I got sick. I got better. And I decided that the site should get better. Things changed, everywhere. As I did say when I launched the new version of the site, I was planning on working on it slowly, and then launch it when I was ready. It didn’t quite work out that way, when I accidentally deleted almost everything. So change happened quickly. Maybe too quickly. I fell in at the deep end, but I managed and adapted and learned from it. I’ll never make a mistake like that again, believe me, but I’m almost glad I did.

Creating the new site helped me rediscover a love of creating things. It had me make the new years resolution to blog at least once a week, something I’ve now surpassed, to posting at least 6 times per week. I’ve taught myself more about taking product photos, about using social media, about how to actually run a blog, and I’m having fun doing it! In the past 3 months I’ve written 34 posts, 17 of which in March alone! I’ve also met so many new and friendly people as a result, but I’m not going to name you all here, as I’ll be here all evening, and will inevitably forget one of you, causing a big upset. You all know who you are though.

Essentially, what I’m saying is never be afraid of change. If you can’t embrace change, you’ll never know how much better things can be. By fighting change you’ll miss out on so many chances to learn, to grow, to get new skills and meet new people. I’m not saying that everyone should instantly change their whole life. Start small and take your time. Think about 1 thing you’d like to change, that is in your power to change (as in, not the world – yet). It might be your blog design, your day to day nail colour, or the first thing you say to yourself each morning. Sorry, second thing – coffee comes first! Then see where your journey goes from there.

Robyn

The Internet Archive runs the Wayback Machine. Try sticking your blog into it and seeing what it has saved. You’ll be amazed by the way things progress over time!

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Mar. 08.

Thoughts: Adding more structure to the blog

Waffle-150x142Happy weekend all! This is really me trying to verbalise an idea, so bare with me, and at the end I’d love to hear your thoughts, as without you, my dear readers, there’d be no point in me being here. Anyway, inspired by Karen from Lovely Girlie Bits saying she needed to plan some posts, I got thinking about how I could add more structure to the blog by planning out and structuring my posts more. That’s why I was thinking of something along the lines of the following:

  • Manicure Monday: An excuse to work through the 95 and counting bottles of nail polish I own, showcasing 1 a week.
  • Tried Tuesday: I’m pretty sure we have drawerfuls of products we’ve half forgotten about. That’s why on Tuesdays I want to pull something out, try it, and hopefully rediscover a love for it.
  • Waffle Wednesday: A chance for me to rant on about something. A news piece, something I’ve seen, or any random thing that’s caught my eye.
  • Tested Thursday: A bit more serious than Tried Tuesday. On Thursdays I’d see if a product actually lives up to its claims. I’d put it to the test.
  • Face Friday: A reason to appear on my own blog more often, and hopefully I’ll be able to get 1 face a week that I’d actually be happy to display. Failing that you’d end up with a picture of me with a brown bag on my head.
  • Something Else Saturday: Not quite waffling about anything, this is most likely going to be about a tv show, film, book, piece of music, piece of cake, or something else that I want to showcase.
  • Day Off Sunday: Nothing for you today. What do you think I am? A blog-posting robot? I need a day off once a week, okay!

I’ll also be doing additional posts on things that I feel can’t wait for the right day, or on Blog Challenges such as the Best of Beauty.

Now, as I said, this is more my thoughts at the moment, but I’d love to hear what you have to say. What do you think of the idea? Are there any particular topics you’d change? Please do speak up and let me know in the comments.

Robyn

No brain cells were irreparably damaged from thinking up this post, but it was a close call

UPDATE: Judging by the positive comments, I’ll trial my idea for a couple of weeks and see if it works out for me. Watch this space.

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