Monday, April 13, 2015

Plantar Fasciitis

After having pain in my heel on and off for the last 12 months, a few weeks ago l decided l needed to do something more about it. I had an X-ray done in June last year, the report came back negative - no abnormalities, nothing wrong. Went to my GP with the report and the X-ray, he said the same thing. There is nothing wrong. Really? Nothing wrong? Then why is it impossible for me to put weight on my left foot without a shooting pain in my heel?

I put it down to injuring it somehow at work, either a sprain or a strain. As l'm constantly walking on uneven terrain it wouldn't have surprised me.

Over the past 10 months it's happened several times, all being put down to sore, tired feet. On and off, it gets worse and then it gets better again...

Until two weeks ago, where it was so bad that l could no put any weight or pressure on my left heel whatsoever when l woke up in the mornings before work(I'd have to grin and bear it and "walk it off". I decided to go to my new GP (since we have moved) and speak to him about it. He suggested an ultrasound, which l was more than happy to get done - only problem was it was a 5 day wait.

The ultrasound lady (don't know a more correct term!) was nice, but she had doubt in her voice when she was checking my heel. She kept trying to assure me they should find the problem. I picked up my results the next afternoon - no abnormalities, nothing wrong.

Frustrated, l went back to my GP, who read the report for himself and basically said there is nothing else he can do. I asked if l should go and see a Podiatrist, he said if l think it would be worthwhile then yes l should go. I booked an appointment for later that week.

The podiatrist was professional, very nice and easy to get on with. He asked me what the problem was (in terms of pain) and looked at my X-ray. At first glance he immediately said "you have a spur" and l joking said he must be kidding, after all the X-ray and the ultrasound reports both stated nothing was wrong. He pointed it out to me and sure enough, clear as day there was a spur. (I did look at the X-rays on my own after l got them back originally, l just didn't know what to look for)

We did some tests, and he observed how l walk. He said l am very flat footed, to the point that the degree that my foot is turning in was double the normal range. I told him l was surprised to hear that, growing up l always had a high arch in both feet. Due to surveying and being on my feet all day, my feet have slowly gone flatter over the years.

He has given me some stretches to do every morning and every night, as well as on my lunch break at work. I've also purchased some new joggers which are a more controlling shoe, the arch will help retrain my flat feet.

Its week 2 of "school holidays" (hahaha) of TAFE, l have completed half of one of my textbooks (which l think is a pretty good effort, considering they are allowing 36 weeks to complete that particular book, and in less than 3 weeks l have already finished half. The assessments are scattered throughout the book, and l have completed a fair few of those.

Until next time =)

Monday, April 6, 2015

The latest

My goodness,

I can't believe its been that long since l've posted in a blog.

So much has happened and changed since my last entry.

My most recent venture is heading back to TAFE - which is most likely what l'll end up talking about most (if l ever come back here lol)

Its the end of the Easter long weekend, and as l sit here with a head cold feeling miserable and tired, l can't help but want to study! I am enjoying learning again. I am a firm believer that your mind will go stale if you don't exercise it. I am attending two nights a week after work, and its local which is even better. There aren't any exams that l am aware of, a lot of it is assessment work. Its also a lot of "do it at your own pace" type work, and a lot of it l can do at home in my own time.

That part l am really enjoying - at home and in my own time. I started late into the course (I started in week 10 of term 1) so l have 9 weeks to catch up on, not an easy task. I have been told by my teacher that even though l did start late l will have the full 12 months to complete the course, it just means l will finish 9 weeks later than everyone else in my class. This applies for people who might start in June for example, they will still have 12 months to complete the course. I can tell my teacher would like it if l could catch up - l know it will be easier for both me and her if l can, but she has emphasised that she has no expectations and for me just to do my best.

So while its "school holidays" - ha l love those words, seriously, school holidays? I wish l could have school holidays! I am trying my best to catch up as much as l can. I have already gotten through 3 chapters of a textbook (13 chapters total) and have completed a fair few assessments and started some others. It's only the start of the holidays too, l would have liked to have been further ahead than what l currently am, but l have given myself a break as l'm sick.

My teacher is great and my classmates are all adults, no teenagers which is a bonus. Everyone wants to be there, not like surveying which started off with 2 classes of 60 people and dwindled down to 1 class of 16.

The reason l am doing this course? Basically so l have a back-up in life. I don't see myself doing surveying for the rest of my working years - l once used to, many years ago (l still cannot believe its been 10 years since l started working in surveying!) but now my knees and feet are screaming at me to take it easy, plus l can't do this type of job if l ever fall pregnant and want to start a family, there are far too many trip hazards on the sites l work on. I tripped over twice last week! The good thing though is if l ever do leave, l will always have surveying. It's something that will never leave me and l can always go back and keep going.

I've written myself a "study plan" - basically study for at least an hour everyday during the "school holidays" (there's those words again - hahaha!) which isn't going to be easy, with running a household now l am finding it hard to even just sit down and watch a favourite program on tv - l don't even think l have a current favourite - thats how long its been since l've sat down and watched something that wasn't the news!

In other areas of my life:

I am also coaching netball again this year, this time l'm going solo. I was an assistant two years ago, which l enjoyed but l am ready for my own team now. I'm also starting up again playing (took a year off with my bad knees) and am the Vice President for the second year in a row for my netball club.

I'm running a household now, been doing so for 6 months and l think l'm doing okay, we are all still alive and thats the main thing ... right? ;)

Still scrapbooking, but not as much unfortunately - even though l have an entire room that is dedicated to scrapbooking (!) l am finding it hard to find the time - then again working full time, studying, running a household, coaching, playing netball and being on the committee - yeah l'm really not surprised l don't have a lot of time!

Might be back, you never know!


Sunday, September 2, 2012

20 Day Cleaning/Organisation Challenge - Day 1

The Organised Housewife
Hi everyone! I am partaking in The Organised Housewife's 20 Day Cleaning/Organisation Challenge!
I have a few differences to the program, l won't be participating every day, l work full time, Mon-Fri 7-5, and by the time l get home it is around 6. I have started today (3rd September 2012) which is Day 1 of the Challenge. I have taken a day off following the big game yesterday saying farewell to the two greatest NRL stars, Luke Burt and Nathan Hindmarsh.
Today the main challenge is to organise/declutter/clean underneath the kitchen sink. There was a list of other tasks to do if we had the time also:
  • Wipe Over Sink
  • Clean Benches
  • Wipe Down Cupboard Doors
  • Dust Up High
  • Clean The Microwave
  • Wipe Walls
  • Clean Window & Sill
  • Dust Light Fittings
  • Wash & Wipe dishes

I ended up doing most of the above, with Michaels help (he offered!) except for wiping the walls and dusting up high. I am going to leave those for another day. I completed the rest of the above as well as under the kitchen sink. I have some photos of before and after from todays efforts. Please note that the amount of washing/wiping up is a lot more than what would normally be there, especially with only the two of us. We went through our fridge and threw out/composted old food, and there are a lot of Tupperware containers that wouldn't normally be washed each time.

Here are some before photos:

Overall view of the kitchen from the entrance

A lot of washing up, a lot of it again is not what we would normally have, Michael would *kindly* leave all the washing/wiping up from the week for me to do on the weekend, as he is here during the week most of the time by himself, he doesn't use much each day, so would do one big wash up.

The things nearest to the window are all Tupperware, we just cleaned out the fridge and these are the containers that need to be cleaned and put away. The electric frypan in this photo is dirty awaiting to be cleaned from picklets from breakfast - yum!

Under the sink. I've previously tried to organise it (as you can see from the white basket) but we have accumulated more since the last time l did it. The large roll of Chux we got from Costco. I don't like using Chux as its not good for the environment, but when we do we try and get as much use out of one Chux and try and resuse as much as possible.

After Cleaning/Organising Photos:

Overall view of the kitchen at the entrance

Much better! I also cleaned the Coffee Machine while l was at it too =)

Michael cleaned the oven (the large one which we haven't used for about 2 years, its a really old Roden) so now hopefully we will be able to use it again. He also cleaned the microwave. The smaller oven (pizza oven) on top is our main oven.

Under the sink overview

Top shelf, at the back we have 2 bottles of CLR (only wanted one at the time but could only buy as a 2 pack) we used this to clean out or coffee machine, my parents have one also and they used it to clean it. I have soaps in the middle basket and the big Chux roll at the back. The basket on the right hand side houses all of the washing up things, which we will take out to wash up. It has a brush, scourer, sponge, Chux and dishwashing liquid.

Down the bottom, l have a basket at the rear for sponges/cloths, three at the front, L-R washing up liquid, bug spray, general cleaning sprays and wipes.

What a good boy! I didn't even ask him to help =)
So there is my overview from Day 1. Click the button above (at the very start of this post) to go to her website and download/print off her challenges.
As l mentioned earlier, l work Mon-Fri so l won't be keeping up to date with these challenges, but l am hoping to do one each weekend until l have done all 20.
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Stampin' Up!

I haven't posted in so long, and it's little wonder, I've barely had anytime to do anything! I've been very busy with Stampin' Up! (and I am loving every step of the way!) I have been promoted, and have 2 more workshops on the way!

I have been busy making cards =)

Hope your all safe and well =)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Happy New Year....!

Happy New Year, and also Happy Australia Day!
I had a great break from work, unfortunately Michael didn't get any time off other than the public holidays so that was a bit of a bummer. I managed to get a lot of things sorted out and organised.
The two Stampin' Up! workshops that l have so far this year are this coming weekend and the following. I have designed one make and take for each and l am working on a second for each workshop as well, depending on how well the ladies work on the first one (which will be easier than the second)
I have collected 3 more cricut cartridges over the break, Kate's ABCs, Campin Critters and Give A Hoot. April was having a special at her shop, buy two, get one free. I have wanted Kate's ABCs and Campin Critters for a while, and Give A Hoot was also up on my wishlist so l thought why not? Saves me from purchasing all 3 at full price.
I also managed to get my hands on one of these:
Its another Corner Chomper from We R Memory Keepers, but its a smaller radius corner cut. This was so hard to find, no one sold it but l was lucky enough to find it! Couldn't believe my eyes when l saw it.
Not a lot has been done on the scrapbooking front, the last layout l created was an engagement layout:
Its a little bit squished, but l'm sure if you click on the photo it will enlarge it. I designed this layout myself. I had a idea of what l wanted it to look like in my mind and l'm pleased to say it ended up looking pretty close!
I have missed scrapping so much =( I have all this really cool product just itching to be taken out of its packaging and to be glued down!
Michael has his brand new shed, which means l will be able to have a bit more room in the spare room! We went to Ikea last weekend to buy this:
Woooooo Hoooo! We managed to get it AND in the white!
It will house all of my Stampin' Up! products, and l am hoping to have a "cube" for each type of product. E.g. adhesives, big shot (and dies and embossing folders), stamps (clear), stamps (wood), embossing powders, ribbons, brads (and buttons), Pastels/markers, stamps (retired), business supplies (catalogues, order forms etc) and my glass cookie jar.
Glass Cookie Jar?
This is my glass cookie jar. My wonderful upline, Pauline gave me this idea (along with a ton of others when l went to visit her one day during my christmas/new year break).
Its for workshops! Guests can pick a stamp if their name gets called out as a lucky door prize. 1st prize is a full stamp set, all other prizes will be from the jar. I embellished the jar myself (even tied the bow!)
As you can probably tell, l am REALLY nervous but also REALLY excited about my first workshops. I have looked at videos and websites to get tips and hints on how to host a great workshop, and my upline Pauline has been a load of help too!
Until next time (whenever that will be!) take care and happy crafting!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Hello fellow paper crafters!

I have been a bit M.I.A lately, but for good reason ! I have been asked to make place cards for my grandmas 75th birthday next month on the 7th, and I have around 80 to make! I will try and get a photo up when I can. I am using all stampin up products except for the glitter.

I also have two workshops so far lined up for 2012!! So excited!! I am looking forward to designing the make and takes!! I have also been asked to do a sample for my birthdays daughters 1st birthday party!!

Santa was very good to me this year, I got not one but two ottlites! One is a desk lamp and the other is a floor lamp. I also got a 12 x 12 paper trimmer guillotine.

We are also very seriously considering getting a garden shed so Michael can put all of his shelving units and tools in it and get them out of the spare room (my scrap room) so I can get some more storage. I have my eye on the expedit from Ikea to fill in the space as well as my tall 12 x 12 paper rack and spinning display rack.

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year =)

Saturday, December 3, 2011


Testing this out on my new iPhone!