Friday, 23 November 2012

Best laid plans

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!



San @ Made in Hem said...

These books have been standing in my bookcase for years and years. I just pulled them out and am going to read them now. Finally! Looking forward to a new read and hopefully I like the story as much as you do!!!

Sally said...

I haven't made a smoothie in ages... E. is really into making juices. We've been making some really really yummy ones with ginger, watermelon, strawberries, celery... whatever he can get his hands on really. We freeze the left overs to make pops. So good!!!

... and yes... I like to re-read my favourites too... but often feel a bit guilty that perhaps I should be reading something new.

Wendy Sice said...

Oh my gosh I LOVE this serie- it's so deep! So many original ideas, especially in the second book. I'm not a re-reader (because my plan is to read as many books as I can in this lifetime) but this series holds a special place in my heart. :)

Maggie said...

Ugh, those kinds of pains are awful! I remember those as a kid, but the pain of yours sounds worse, yuck, yuck, yuck. I have been having strange restless leg/restless body symptoms with this pregnancy, which feels so odd and gross, but at least not painful.

I haven't read this series, and I never reread! I do have favourite books though that I think about rereading, but there is so much new stuff I want to get too!

Kirsa said...

I buy a big bag of banana's and peel them,cut into pieces and freeze them. Then pop them into the blender, so no need to add ice and makes a nice thick smoothy.

Amanda said...

I might give your smoothie recipe a go with the girls... might make a good afternoon tea snack to tide them over til tea :) I haven't read those books above but I've read the Harry Potter ones over, mainly before a new book would come out I'l re-read the previous ones. I've been getting back into reading lately too - a good way to escape for a little bit :)

2paw said...

Magnesium and maybe zinc for the aches??? Hope they have departed now.I am not much of a smoothie person. I have read all of Pullman's books but these are my least favourite, I lost the will to read when I got to the elephants with wheels......