Time for another update!
-So, as you may have read from last week, I’ve been struggling with health of recent: diabetes and non-diabetes related. My constant headaches ended up taking me to the doctors for some blood tests (as my levels have been reasonably ok this week, they wanted to see if anything neurological is up and if I’ll need to be referred to a neurologist: fun times!) These blood tests were the most horrific ones I’ve ever done! It’s ironic: as a diabetic, who injects and checks blood sugars, I get really freaked by blood tests. This time, my fear was valid as they could not find my veins (very weird, as there’s normally no issues). So, after trying twice in one arm and once in another (and they were about to try the top of my hands, eek!) they managed to get blood from halfway down my arm-between my elbow and hand. I absolutely freaked out in the process and had to really fight having a panic attack by it all…but in the end, they did get blood. Results confirmed that I have high cholesterol and my headaches are from stress. Yay, haha. I am a little concerned that something is also up related to my circulation, though. It’s taken me several attempts to get blood from my fingers for my blood sugar checks…and they then couldn’t find my veins for my blood test. Who knows what’s up.
-Around all the stress from health scares, Ray and I went into Sydney on Saturday so he could do some work, and we tried out a new Japanese restaurant (Nazumi, opposite QVB). It wasn’t the best (almost nothing was gluten-free on the menu, so I was pretty disappointed), but it was an experience in trying something new. We’ll definitely be hitting Mizuya in the future instead if we’re in Sydney, however I find Roppongi (in Wollongong) is actually the best Japanese restaurant for me. They are happy to make up my meals with gluten-free soy sauce and are always accommodating of allergies. I know the restaurant is run by Koreans (therefore many would claim that it’s not “authentic”), but they have always been fantastic with their food.
-Ray and I also were extremely lucky on Saturday night. We got home, and then ten minutes later, a car screeched around our corner, lost control, span and crashed into the fence/house of a place a few spots up the road from us. There were injuries/written-off car/ broken house and fence, however about 20 neighbours were already assisting at the scene so we kept our distance (good to know that if anything happened on our street, the neighbours would be helpful). We realised after this that if we even decided to leave 10 minutes later, we could have had a collision with that car. So, we are very thankful and feel extremely lucky that we got home when we did that night.
-On the same note, the weekend also was awesome because I caught up with a long-time friend from school: you know who you are! It was so awesome and a breath of fresh air: we hadn’t seen each other for ages, yet we picked things up right from where we left off. We couldn’t stop chatting away, haha! 🙂 Swapping realistic (and affordable) wedding ideas while also sharing similar food intolerances (no gluten!)…it was such a great catch up. Thanks so much to the lovely lady who I got to share my Sunday with: fingers crossed that we can catch up again soon!
-Ray and I are going to start our Beginners 2 Dancing lessons from the start of next year. Due to Ray’s work schedule (and holidays, as well as our lack of funds), we’re going to practice at home until the 2014 classes start.
-Some of you may have seen that Ray shared this article on Facebook (http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/teaching-40000-looking-for-permanent-jobs-20131116-2xnln.html). Sadly, this is something that we are very aware of, with Ray’s work and of our many friends who are qualified teachers. It’s true that we are definitely struggling to make ends meet with the lack of casual work from term 4…and feel very unsupported by the DEC; jobs being advertised that obviously have candidates in mind, or have over 100 people applying for them. At the same time, though, I’m extremely thankful for everyone who has supported us when casual teaching work has let us down: from the staff who have been looking out for Ray, to friends and family who have really lent a hand to make sure we’re keeping up with bills. However, I really do think that something needs to be done regarding places available in teaching degrees and the assessment for the…though, I’m unsure as to how it could be done. I rarely share my opinion on this blog…so here goes. If entry requirements were raised (so it’s purely based on ATAR), this potentially means that some people who would be incredible teachers (passionate, talented and wanting to help students) would miss out…while students who are not-so-enthusiastic but meet the academic requirements have the chance. Perhaps, students could be interviewed instead for entry to the course (eg. rather than having the DEC interview students at the end of their degrees, the DEC interviews them for entry into university…leaving the DEC in charge of determining who makes the cut). I’m not sure….but something needs to change. I’m seeing so many friends struggling to get my with casual work (us included), and I really feel for them.
-Wedding plans: we’ve got almost 150 days to go (eeeeek!) and lots to organise. All the main deposits have now been paid, and we’ve got to start on the smaller things now (crafts for the reception/flowers and making the invitations). I’m not freaking out….yet. Haha
-I’m still playing lots of WoW offline, and finally have a character over level 40 (well, almost 50 now). However, because of this I haven’t been reading as much (sorry to anyone who has been following me on Goodreads!). So, I’m going to try and pick up my reading again by at least finishing the two books I’m halfway through over the next week or so. Here’s hoping!
And that’s about it for this week! I’ve just noticed that today is officially one month until Christmas, yay! 🙂