Today was my first at home day where I didn't need to go anywhere in almost two weeks. This is the longest stretch of 'stuff' I have been busy with since before my transplant so I was looking forward to a bit of relaxing in the morning and a lot of productivity in the arvo, with a big long list of things to do. I even set my alarm for 9am.
Unfortunately, I didn't sleep very well, waking up in the early hours with bone aches in my arm. Bone aches seem to be one of the few side effects I get from my leukaemia medication. They feel a lot like those weird 'growing pains' you get as a child. I shouldn't complain - I only get them every now and again and I know some people who get them regularly.
So instead I snoozed until midday, had a lazy brunch of grainy toast with homemade jam and a banana smoothie and proceeded to spend half of the afternoon slothing around until my arm stopped hurting enough to do a few things.
Smoothies make everything better. I've been a bit obsessed with banana smoothies since I've been able to drink milk again. My favourite concoction involves two Carnarvon bananas (the sweet little lunchbox variety), a pot of vanilla yoghurt, a small handful of rolled oats, sometimes a spoon of honey, milk and a few icecubes blended together. Yummo.
What's your favourite recipe? I'm thinking smoothies are going to feature strongly in my diet this summer so I need some more tasty recipes!
When I'm feeling a bit woeful or too sore/tired for some craft it's time for rereading a favourite series. Escape my world for a bit. Have you read this series? His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. I think this is about the sixth or seventh time I've read these now. You might have seen the first one at the movies, although it is that different from the book I almost didn't recognise it. The movie is called The Golden Compass. They haven't made a movie of the second two at this point. I've never really read a series like it, it deals a lot with religion, but not in the traditional sense. The story is set in a world similar yet different to ours and deals with other worlds as well. It follows the life of a girl, Lyra Belacqua, who is destined to play a major part in the survival of the worlds. If you do read it, a bit of a heads up - there's plenty of teary bits, particularly in the third book. I'm dreadful at reviews so google one up if you want to know more about it.
Are you a rereader? I reread a few of my favourite each year. I always get really involved in the stories so it's like visiting old friends.
Thank goodness I have a quiet weekend ahead of me, plenty of time to get that big list of stuff done!