Thursday, December 11, 2008

TT #92: update


Thirteen things about my life at the moment
I haven’t been participating in TT for quite some time. A lot has happened and I just didn’t have or make the time, so this week an update will be suitable.

  • The holiday season has started. Yesterday afternoon I finished writing the holiday cards. The tree is up, but nothing’s in it yet…
  • Ron’s nephew and his wife added a new baby to the family yesterday. It’s a healthy little girl called Iris Sophia. We haven’t paid a visit yet, but we will soon!
  • Talking of family news… My brother and his girlfriend are engaged to be married! The big day will take place in May next year.
  • On December 24th I will go to the hospital to have my xanthelasmata removed in surgery. My what??? Haha! They are a sharply demarcated yellowish collection of cholesterol underneath the skin on my eyelids. It’s hereditary, my whole family has them. They are harmless and painless, but disfiguring and awful looking.
  • Ron gave me the best holiday gift ever: a leather-bound, 5 cm (2 inch) thick Book of Shadows, filled with recycled parchment-look paper. I love it!
  • This weekend (probably Sunday) Ron and I will go to the Midwinterfair again in theme park Archeon. It is for the 6th time and I’ve been there since 2004. It’s a mix of fantasy, paganism, middle-ages, Celts, etc. with stands, demonstrations, live action role-playing, storytellers, bands and lots more.
  • Ron got very bad news from his boss. After two years of burn-out he was building up to fulltime working again. He felt good and enjoyed being active again. He was told they were looking for a good place for him within the company to make full use of his knowledge and experience. Well… not really… Last week he had a personal talk with the after sales manager and the head of the personnel department. They evaded to say it literally, but there is no longer place for him with the company. They’ll at least pay for outplacement guidance. To make it even worse, his salary will decrease with hundreds of euro’s, with retrospective effect from September…
  • This coming Sunday Ron and I will be married for 13 years. We are together for much longer (22 years), but that cold day in December 1995 will always be a warm and loving memory. It was a great day!
  • Ron is very happy to have his sisters and their families back after the death of his mother. Although I had my reservations at first because of the past, I must say I like it too. They seem to accept and respect me now. It still feels fragile to me at times, but that’s okay.
  • The aftercare self-help groups we were trying to start in Haarlem and surroundings didn’t work out. Although we were told all the time that there was a big need for these groups and we made a lot of publicity, the applications failed to come. Just a few people wanted to join in. After two years of trying we decided to take a long break. The motivation faded; a lot of work and almost no response. We’ll give it a try again later.
  • This afternoon Ron has an appointment in the Sudor clinic, specialised in hyperhidrosis (excessive perspiration). He has tried all the available tips and treatments, but it never really helped. This clinic does surgery, thoracoscopic sympathectomy, in which part of the nerve is burned. The success percentage is 98 %.
  • I spend a lot of time on Facebook. Staying in touch with people I know, but also playing the games. I have a virtual fairy garden, blue cove with fish, an army of snowmen, a green patch and lots more. I play word games, vampire hunting, slot machines, etc. I exchange all sorts of gifts with my friends. I save animals and square feet of rainforest (for real because of game sponsors). Everything is free! In short: I’m addicted! ;-)
  • Next Wednesday I’ll have my appointments with the cardiologist and internist of the chronic fatigue centre. I hope I’ll hear more about what they can do for me.


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  1. Hey! I just friended you on Facebook. What a mix of things this week - good luck with the surgery - of course. I'm sorry to hear about Ron. What a blow. I hope it works out for you guys.

  2. Congratulations on 13th years! I hope I am there on day

  3. Good luck with all your medical stuff. God bless, friend.

  4. Surgery on Christmas Eve? You poor dear. I hope you get through it with no ill effects.
    Happy Holidays!

  5. So sorry to hear about Ron. Congratulations on 13 years!

  6. Wow. It's good news, bad news, scary news for you. I think I may have one of those xansthra...whatevers on my eyelid, too. I'll have it checked.

  7. Congrats on your 13 year marriage and I wish you many more.

    My TT Forbidden Fruit is up.

  8. Good luck with your cardio appointment:) Happy TT.

  9. Are you really going to do that on Christmas Eve?

    I've been with my husband 21 years too. Married for 12 of them.

  10. I'm so sorry about your husband's job. The Midwinter fair sounds awesome.

    Blessed Be and Happy Solctice.

  11. sounds like you have a lot going on! that fair sounds like a lot of fun, wish they had one like it here. and congratulations on your 13 years of marriage! happy tt. :)

  12. Quite a busy week ! I am so far ready, we are going to Amsterdam in Holland to celebrate with our son.

  13. Welcome back! I always wondered why you stopped TTing.:-)

  14. you should friend me on Facebook! I'm addicted to crackbook as well. :)

  15. Sounds like life really took over for you--I hope that things smooth out for you soon. Just watched your elf/pet video OMG funny!

    Blessed Be!

  16. Kudos on being happily married and good luck on your surgery.

  17. That's terrible news about your husband's job. Congrats on the upcoming anniversary, though.

  18. Overall, a lot of happy things on the list... and a couple of sad ones. I do hope your health improves... and the economy (and jobs) pick up... but again, more positive then negative and much to be cheerful about! Thanks for sharing the list and great to see you back doing TTs!

  19. Congrats on 13 years! Happy TT!

  20. I just friended you on facebook too. I didn't know it had all those games, I am going to have to check those out.

    I hope the appointments go well for you and Ron. Enjoy your anniversary too!

  21. Wow! What a roller-coaster. Sorry about your husband's job, and good luck with all the health issues.

  22. Happy to see you, sweets! And very good to catch up a bit!

  23. What a list of mixed news. I hope it works out for your husband, and you too, of course.

    take care

  24. Sounds like you're enjoying all the ups AND the downs at teh same time. Hope you're feeling better. And please give Maia a cuddle from us!

  25. Hi Tink! It sounds like you've got a lot going on, some good, some not so good.

    Sending you hugs,

  26. I always like to read your TT and wow, you are really ahead of me with Christmas card and the tree up already! Glad there is one week to go!

  27. Congrats on your 13 years! And good luck with your upcoming appointment, I'm sure everything will be fine!

    I have posted an award for you over at my blog, and I want you to know that I love your blog, and I "DO" think it is the coolest!

    Take care,

  28. hi Tink, sending love your way and to Ron too... transition can be challenging, especially when it's not expected!

    love, Anita


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