I crave routine
This month is still an unpaid holiday for me as I work school terms. Some may see it as a blessing, which is if you weren’t one in need of structure, routine and purpose is fine. I can’t function without the aforementioned. Though I must admit, quiet time for reflection after December is needed.
Our weather is warm but unusually mild for us, averaging high 20’s to mid 30’s. The odd two day 39er slips in. The majority are talking about and dreading February and March as sure as cows moo we’ll have heat wave after heat wave.
The winds though are vicious as they are want to be at this time of the year, bad for sinus sufferers. My right eye socket is so tender at the moment, for over a week now, my vision in my eye blurs, my eyeball hurts, as I continually test by swinging my eyeballs left to right as if I’m focused on a pendulum. I now some nights wake with a start breathless and dizzy, opening my eyes to see the room swimming, I’m in a sweat and my jaw aches from grinding my teeth.
When the area around my eye first became sensitive I immediately thought as one does that I have cancer, and then I thought, don’t be such a drama Queen. A friend posted that she was surprised I didn’t think of a brain tumour. I agree that would have been a more appropriate response for the area. Damned that I didn’t think of that first. A day later time to think about things I realise I must have eyestrain from reading five books over January. That’s a first even for me. Mentioning to Michael my eye, he pauses, looks at me and says, ‘probably sinus.’
Then my friends thought maybe after the previous months shenanigans and dramas I’ve had, and what lies ahead of me that I am heading for shingles. Well I freaked out. Scrambled for the phone and low and behold I managed to book an appointment at my doctors for the next day. That’s unheard of as you are pretty much guaranteed a two to three week wait. I told my doctor that I nearly fell of my phone when the receptionist booked me in. She laughed, we like a good chuckle.
Michael, aka Mister Smarty Pants is right. I have a sinus infection and two weeks worth of antibiotics. One week down, a little better. One week to go. Eyeball still giving me shite and dizziness not leaving town in a hurry. Pretty sure that’s the stress of shifting and job related stuff.
Australia Day tomorrow. Looking forward to spending time with friends, there will be plenty of food, drink, laughter and jokes. Here new memories will be made. Would be remiss of me if I didn’t mention the thousands of dollars going up in smoke for the 15 minute fireworks display. There will be the cries from the concerned that money could be spent else where, yes and no, a double-edged sword. Lets not go there, complicated, troubling in both economic times, with threats of terrorism, poverty, drugs, and funding issues. This year we are lucky enough to be on the Swan River.
My wish is that everyone is safe on this day and any other, whether or not you are or aren’t celebrating. No matter your race, colour, religion or beliefs. I’ll be on edge all night till I wake to the news that all is well.
This is what our world has come to for paranoid people like me. I have lost the trust in mankind.
Here’s a list of the books I’ve read for January.
Out stealing horses by Per Petterson (liked a previous one I’ve read, still can’t figure out what the novel was all about. Beautiful writing is why I read on)
The last of Us by Rob Ewing ( a stand out for me, loved this one, read in two and a half sittings)
The Girl You Left Behind by Jo Jo Moyes (a romance, can’t believe I read another romance. I blame my friend Lily Malone. A beautiful story)
Pied Piper by Neville Shute (a 1941 classic, love love loved this one)
Good Me Bad Me forgive Me by Ali Land (predictable, an easy read, clearly I know nothing as it’s been translated into 20 languages :))
After This Survivors of the Holocaust Speak by Alice Nelson (finished the last chapter in January, my quest to understand why, just why. Loved this book to)