Monthly Archives: October 2015

Week 43 Update, 2015: time for a break

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Hello readers!

Well, my blog is looking a little sad and worn at the edges. I’ve found over the past 6 months especially that the direction of my blog has been one I’m not proud of. Writing content has become more of a chore than a hobby, and my content each week is pretty much the same.

So, I’m going to be taking a little hiatus to figure out the direction I want this blog to be going in. I will keep writing an update each week in the meantime; however it will be very brief and not too crammed with information. This will be to help me refocus, and to not just be writing “for the sake of writing”.

Thank you to those who had stuck by me and read through each weekly update – I’ve really appreciated your support. In fact, it is one of the main reasons I want to figure out the direction of the blog: so that you’re getting the very best content I can deliver, as well as more inspiration and positivity.

I’ll see you on the other side – thanks for reading, and I look forward to sharing the new direction of the blog!

Mrs Ginger Fox

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Week 42 Update, 2015

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Ahh Week 42 of the year: the week of the meaning of life (you’ll get it if you’re a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fan. If not…go watch the movie, or read the book). Well, it’s not really the week of the meaning of life per se, but it’s been quite a busy week! Here’s what I’ve been up to (with a warning: nothing too exciting has happened this week, but it’s important for me to stick to giving a weekly rundown):

-Well, I’ve managed to maintain progress with the gym this week. That’s pretty much all I was wanting this week, given how much was out of my control health-wise in the process. My gym really reminded me that making sure my health is stabilised is more important than seeing progress: once my diabetes starts behaving itself, I’ll start to see more progress. Fixing my health takes priority, always.

-I have spent most of last week (up until this Monday) with the Continual Glucose Monitoring device attached to me, which has resulted in almost 6 days of 24 hours of recorded blood glucose levels. I’m in the process of sending a batch of reports to my doctors which I downloaded from my pump (yep, the pump can connect to the computer via a transmitter device USB dongle), which will hopefully help figure out the best insulin levels for me to help stabilise my crazy blood glucose readings of late. It’s been pretty interesting seeing how my levels change over 24 hours – overnight, my levels dramatically drop after midnight. I had some false readings recorded on the sensor – over the weekend, the sensor tried to convince my pump I was having some hypos, whilst my normal blood tester showed otherwise! The representatives from the insulin pump company have provided information to me about prices and how to purchase supplies for the sensor…however, at around $400 a month, it’s pretty much impossible at the moment. After seeing just how much the sensor can capture, which will massively help my doctors sort things out for me, I’m so hopeful that the government will help subsidise the costs of insulin pump sensors. It makes so much sense – it would literally help save lives of so many Type 1 Diabetics who pass away due to undetected low blood glucose levels at night, and it’s helping Type 1 Diabetics like myself to improve our blood glucose control – helping us have longer, healthier lives and less risk of long term complications from diabetes.

-With my major essay out of the way, I have one reflective report, and two weeks of discussion posts left until my subject is done for this session. It’s been a bit of a relief that the workload for the subject has been very manageable, especially around my health troubles of late. Anyway, the good feeling I have about the subject will be validated (or not) in the next week or so – once I receive the result of my assignment weighted 45% of my final grade.

That’s all I have to share for this week, for now. Thanks for reading 🙂

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Week 41 Update, 2015

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Hello! Yes, another late post – sorry! I’ve had a crazy-stressful week, with some unexpected medical stuff and a major assignment due in. Now that most of this is out of the way, I’ve finally got time to sit down and write an update…so, here we go:

-I guess I have to be honest – I’m still not doing fantastic about the run of bad luck we’ve had lately, and am finding it pretty hard to talk about it general (except on here, I guess). What’s been hardest for me is seeing how upset my hubby is, and it’s going to be hard to change that until he is able to figure out what he’ll be doing work-wise next year. The feeling of helplessness about the situation is weighing us down, especially when he clearly deserves to be happily and permanently employed in whatever field he decides to follow. I’m still finding myself getting upset every couple of days about how unfair and disappointing it’s been, and that we don’t know what is ahead next for him/us. This could place so much of our future on hold, which we were so ready to start going after next year. We’re trying to find happiness in the simple things, but it’s so difficult to remain positive when careers are a massive part of life, and it’s so uncertain for us at the moment. That being said, we are fortunate to both have steady wages for the rest of the year, so we should be thankful. It’s just a very emotionally exhausting time at the moment. That being said, the love we have for each other is stronger than ever, even through all of this, and we’re so lucky to have each other’s support as we deal with this rough patch in hubby’s work situation. This is making us so strong, and we’re thankful that, no matter what happens, we have each other.

-In light of our dampened spirits, I made it a priority to get outside and exercise last week. I managed to get to Curves three times a week, and have a decent lunch break walk for all my working days last week. I’ve maintained my progress, which is a miracle based on all the stress I’m currently feeling. Exercising really helps me to take my mind off things, or even get it out of my system (even for an hour or two). Now my studies are almost at an end for the year, I’m hoping to resume my normal exercise regime of four times a week, and finally start back at my yoga.

-Earlier this week, I got an unexpected surprise. My diabetes specialists have wanted to put me on a Continual Glucose Monitoring device (CGM) so they can see my blood glucose levels over a 24-hour period. The CGM device is inserted under my skin (like my pump) on the opposite side of my stomach to where my pump is located. The CGM then constantly checks my blood sugars and sends it directly to my pump, where it is graphed and insulin levels adjusted (so, rather than just relying on my blood glucose checks I use my fingers for, we’re getting a crystal-clear view of my sugars for 24 hours over six consecutive days). I am very lucky that I received this device free of charge to try thanks to the efforts of my doctors and the pump company Medtronic. I have always been scared to try out a CGM, as even though it has massive benefits, I was so worried about having something else attached to me. Something else to worry about, and which would make me stick out. Plus, another needle/insertion to not get freaked out about. Anyway, after inserting the CGM with the Medtronic representative, I was really surprised – it was much easier than inserting my insulin pump site! So, I’m glad I finally got over my worries about it – yeah, it means I have more devices on my body, but as hubby says, I’ve “gained more cyborg parts”. Haha.

So far, it’s been a bit of a roller-coaster. I have to pretty much check my levels every hour or so (with preference especially for overnight…goodbye sleep!) for 24 hours as the device calibrates. For the first 12 hours, the device was inaccurately recording I was having hypos, so I was on a mission of monitoring my levels closely. Overnight, the device had an error due to loss of signal, which seemed to result from me accidently bumping the device in my sleep. However, this morning it seems to be monitoring my levels with no issues. It will take some getting used to (and I’m so tired), but I can definitely see the benefits of having a CGM.

However, if I wanted access to this device on a more permanent basis (and for diabetics during pregnancy, it is advised that they wear a CGM for their entire first trimester), it would currently cost $250 a month: something hubby and I could not afford. However, it was discussed on the television show Q&A last night that the government is currently assessing whether this could change to be more affordable in the next budget. However, on the show, Type 1 Diabetes (the auto-immune disease I have) got confused with Type 2 Diabetes, and as a result many audience members and watchers were incorrectly asking why funding should be allowed for a condition caused by obesity and poor diet choices. I’m glad I wasn’t watching, as I would have been infuriated – it’s ridiculous how the media yet again misinterprets Type 1 Diabetes to the general public. Anyway, enough on that – when hubby and I want to have kids, this is something we definitely want to have access to, so as to ensure I have a successful pregnancy and healthy children in the future – it’s pretty much vital. I hope the government can look past the misconceptions of diabetes as a whole and see the benefit and ease of mind this device will bring to so many sufferers like myself.

-As I write this paragraph, I am about to review my final draft of my major assignment for my business class. This case study on social enterprise is worth 45% of my final grade. While I’m surprised about how well I’ve been going so far (I’ll admit – I’m only a few marks off a High Distinction average at the moment), the weighting of this assignment is enough to make me worried. Luckily, I haven’t gone *too* far over the word limit, but have the issue of making sure I haven’t used too many references  (something TurnItIn wasn’t happy about for my last assignment). Anyway, with this class the lecturer discussed the weighting of components of our class work last week, and I was surprised at how in-class participation and discussion was not graded. However, the lecturer assured that while it didn’t have its own grade, it would be considered when giving out final grades. I’ve tried really hard to contribute in class (even though I’m nervous about it most of the time), as well as put in the time each week to contribute to the online discussion boards. So, it’s great to hear that all of the work will *hopefully* pay off. I’m eager to see the timetables for next semester (starting in February) to figure out which subject to do next: currently, I’m tossing up whether I’ll get my compulsory introductory accounting class out of the way, or if I’ll undertake the core class I’m most excited about, which focuses on organisational behaviour. We’ll see once the timetable comes out next month.

-In light of all the stressful situations hubby and I have had to experience over the past few weeks, we’ve started putting more effort into our hobbies – particularly relating to gaming. I have helped hubby set up his podcast (add link) related to his Dungeons and Dragons setting, and we’ve started back with streaming on my channel, doing a casual play-through of Skyrim. Seeing how much happiness and energy these give us after all the bad luck lately has reminded us that it’s important to give yourself time to do the things you enjoy. It’s pretty much commonsense, but we really needed that reminder.

That’s all that’s been happening – or has been decent enough to report on for this week. Thanks for reading!

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Week 40 Update, 2015

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Hello from the other side of the long weekend! Apologies – this week’s post was delayed as I decided to give myself some time to relax and splurge on Netflix instead. I’m still working on getting myself into better spirits, and am glad I took some time off to refocus on my goals for the rest of the year. Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to over the past week:

-In all honesty, I’ve spent the past week or two really coming to terms with hubby’s job situation: knowing that there’s no security, and also that he’ll be spending the next few months figuring out the direction he wants to go to. Two things are clear: we/he need him to be in a more secure role with permanency before we can make our plans for the future a reality. But the second thing is that we want him to be happy in the career path he’s chosen. We’ve spent lots of time talking about all the possible options and outcomes, and it’s now up to fate and what opportunities make themselves available over the next few months. I will yet again reiterate how disappointed I am with the education system and its lack of loyalty and support for good teachers. Teaching is becoming a career so different to what it was decades ago: it’s no longer a secure career, has unrealistic work expectations as well as lack of support and opportunities for good staff. They’re no longer giving jobs to people because they’re good at it – it’s either for the highest bidder, or because of “who you know”. It’s been so disheartening realising this, especially after having a parent successfully be a teacher decades ago – seeing the clear change in the system is so sad. I’m sick of seeing my husband be treated so badly in the system, and really hope the perfect opportunity comes up which will make him happy and show that he is valued in the career force. Because we’re just about fed up with our career situations – some good news is badly needed to help us get out of this slump.

-In light of the above, I’ve been trying to keep myself active. Alas, hayfever, recurring pain in my ribs and stomach and a group assignment for university meant that I couldn’t keep up my normal pace. In returning to the gym this week, I discovered that even with my lack of progress, my weight has kept itself stable. Hopefully, I have recovered enough to get back to my reasonable rate of exercise and walking, as I really feel it helps me lift my spirits.

-This week, I’ve become quite aware (and ashamed) of how competitive I can be towards certain situations in life – especially in comparing myself to other women. Perhaps it’s the society I’ve been raised in, or the influence of others, but I’ve been struggling this week with a little voice in my head that’s comparing myself to other women of my age (related to career, weight loss and similar) and feeling a pang of jealously or a want to view them as competition. It’s made me feel pretty ashamed: I should instead be more supportive of others and their journey! Ultimately, my biggest competitor is (and should be) myself: no one else has the same journey or circumstances, therefore it’s unfair to compare myself to others. As a lover of the pinup/retro fashion scene, too often have I witnessed the snarkyness resulting from women making themselves opponents, rather than supporters. I’m hoping that I can be more mature and focus on helping others and encouraging others – celebrating their success, rather than being jealous.

That’s really all I’ve been up to. I haven’t been very productive activity-wise, but have had a lot on my mind that’s required some time to process over the past week. I hope that once my major assignment is complete next week for my Business subject, I’ll have some time to write some extra posts. I did promise my sewing post reviewing the costume I made a few months ago, and I have a Lipsense review in progress. Here’s hoping I’ll have them ready to post soon. Anyway, as always, thanks for reading 🙂

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Week 39 Update, 2015!

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Well, what a week!. So much has happened, and the past week feels like one of the most emotionally exhausting weeks I’ve had all year. So unfortunately, this update may not be in the best of spirits. I’m feeling much better now, but here’s what happened:

– Last week, we received unexpected news about hubby’s job situation. He was short-listed and interviewed for a permanent role that seemed to be set-up for him, and he didn’t get it. After weeks of being told good and hopeful things about the role, our dreams were crushed on the first day of the school holidays (plus I received some bad family news on the same day – all is relatively ok in relation to this though, but it was a nightmare of a day). We have so many questions about why it didn’t work out. But overall, I’m so angry at the school/education system. Schools system: I’m done. I’m done with trying to figure out why you don’t go out of your way to employ amazing, talented, dedicated teachers permanently – instead, stringing them along on false hopes and temporary contracts and getting rid of them at your own whim with minimal to no notice. These people have a family to support, and futures on hold because they don’t know whether they’ll have work the next term or not. I don’t get it. My hubby is now faced with the decision of whether he continues to try and pursue this school, or if he looks elsewhere or in a completely different career field. It’s been absolutely heartbreaking to witness and be a part of; seeing someone you love, who is so damn talented and passionate about something, but is being held back from opportunities due to the shitty circumstances of employment and the economy.

What’s been especially hard over the past week is realising that we’re both not happy with where we are currently in our careers. He doesn’t have permanency and is struggling with not knowing whether he has work to continue into each term, while I no longer feel challenged or valued and without future opportunities where I am. We just feel like we’re at a dead end in our working lives, and it really sucks.

-After last week, I spent the majority of the weekend trying to recuperate and put myself in a better mindset. Through this, I realised something – change is in the air. I have had this overwhelming sense over the past few days that if I want things to change for the better in some parts of my life, I have to be the one to make the change. So, I’m going to stop being so scared of change and moving forward/on and start taking the plunge in a big part of my life that is really impacting on my happiness as it currently is. I have this great belief that once I make this change, my overall mindset and mood will improve, and I’ll be able to start tackling some of my other goals.. Anyway, I hope that over the next few weeks, I’ll have some great news to report.

-During last week’s bad news, I became sick yet again. Hayfever hit me like a tonne of bricks, and knocked me off my feet from last Tuesday until this weekend. I had to spend all of Thursday in bed (I even couldn’t make my evening class), as the energy had been completely drained from me. As a result, I only got to the gym once last week, and have felt completely sluggish and flat. However, I needed to listen to my body and let myself recover, otherwise (as per tradition), I would have become sicker, for longer. Having a rough week and being sick at the same time is a crappy combination.

-One positive aspect of being unwell is that I actually had time to watch Netflix – I felt too unwell to play video/computer games. So…I *may* have discovered Downton Abbey, and I *may* have become slightly hooked. Unfortunately, I realistically don’t have time to watch as much television as I like, however I have been procrastinating like a boss and churning through seasons of the show (I’ve almost finished Season 2).

That’s about all I’ve been up to after quite a rough week. I hope that I can start working on writing more for the blog – it’s great having such an outlet where I’m aiming to reflect more positively on life. Thanks for reading 🙂

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