And a big happy birthday to my baby brother.
Saturday, 30 October 2010
I had my eyebrows waxed at a seemingly reputable beautician in the Paris end of Seminyak a few days ago.
She did the oddest thing after ripping out my hairs by the roots. She applied a potent alcohol solution that had me wincing in pain.
Until tomorrow, stay cool.
Friday, 29 October 2010
Thursday, 28 October 2010
We had a celebratory dinner last night at The Cat & Fiddle in Sanur with our MTB tour partners.
Great bunch of people.
Tonight we board an overnight flight to Melbourne.
Hopefully we'll leave behind the Bali Bugs and bring home the daily sunshine and evening rain. What a perfect balance.
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Monday, 25 October 2010
The headache cleared and in its absence came some perspective.
Scoffing at swan-fashioned towels and complaining about a not-so-white nightgown in a place where local women walk around carrying cement bags on their heads for not much more than $5 a day makes me feel like one of those indulgent pop stars that stipulate preposterous insistences like having all green M&Ms removed from the packet before serving. Ridiculous.
It's amazing how one's view is skewed when one is feeling unwell. Headaches have come and gone this trip. Possibly due to not replenishing the water I've been sweating out in this balmy heat.
I'm still on an emotional roller coaster about turning 40. I don't know what it is about this particular number that's playing havoc with my mind. It might have something to do with the fact that I planned my mother's surprise 40th at the tender age of 16... and here I am at the same milestone. It's bizarre.
Tour going well. Last day tomorrow
Saturday, 23 October 2010
Friday, 22 October 2010
I am perplexed why staff spend so much time making towel swans and flower arrangements, when all we really want are for things to be cleaned properly.
I know it's a cultural thing, but I'm rather deflated over my crisp white cotton nightshirt returning from the laundry a rather dull, dirty-looking grey. How do they do that?
At least when the team returned from their mountain biking adventure, they had good reason to be dirtier than before they started. Not so with my former white nightshirt.
Here I am in sultry Bali. I have a headache, am lying on a bed adorned with a brown-toned cloth bird and perfumed flowers whilst wearing a nightshirt that looks like it was used to wash the bikes.
So how was your day?
Thursday, 21 October 2010
Today is Day 1 of our RIDE International MTB tour.
It is the arrival and welcome day.
Pat took clients out for an intro to Ubud.
I took scooter to drop off our laundry.
Had breakfast at Bali Buddha.
The hard work starts now.
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Pat's feeling much better today.
After two days of not eating, he felt hungry today (despite being up all night watching a rat prance about our room while I slept in ignorance).
We moved rooms.
We hired a scooter.
We drove along a narrow steep path along rice paddies to reach Sari Organik, where I had the BEST organic strawberry lassi I have ever tasted. Ever.
Pat thanks you for all the well wishes, it must have worked.
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Pat starts to burn up and shudder.
I freak out and take him to 24-hour clinic in the wee hours if the morning.
He has loads of tests.
Very high white blood cell count indicating bacterial infection.
Waited for Pharmacy to open.
Pat's stabilised and feeling better.
Back in Ubud.
Rest all day.
ps. Bloody Pipeline iPhone photo uploader posts current to old.
Monday, 18 October 2010
Sunday, 17 October 2010
Friday, 15 October 2010
Though the road before you is challenging, know that there are people that love you, support you and cheering you on. Be who you are, ALL of who you are, and do not compromise yourself. Your journey into self expression is more testing than that of your neighbours. Your honesty towards yourself and your sexuality is a testament to your strength and character. You are courageous, you are brave, you are worthy. Do not underestimate how amazing you are. Do not undervalue how important you are. Do not oversee how loved you are.
Thursday, 14 October 2010
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
We are heading to Bali tomorrow and have so many boxes to tick before we board the plane and where are we? In a pub in Fitzroy waiting for our dinner.
Pat needed some last minute bike work to be done and I needed to check out my party venue... So here we are with our iPods, doing our work while we wait to be fed, and a bike wheel to be built.
We have become one of those couples you see, completely engaged in our gadgets to sustain a conversation. If only they knew we're flying to Bali tomorrow and still have so much work to do - like pack!
Until tomorrow, take advantage of small moments to get things done despite what it looks like on the outside.
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Well, that's what happened to me this week.
Since adopting a low GI (Glycemic Index) diet several months ago, my moods have stabilised and I have generally been feeling positive for days on end. I cannot remember a time when I felt content day after day, week after week, even month after month. A miracle really.
This ongoing cheer was particularly surprising when I returned from our European summer to a cold and drizzling Melbourne winter. I kept waiting for the bubble to burst and the blues to return, but I managed to keep it at bay. That is, until Sunday.
I woke up Sunday feeling flat and gave myself permission to rest after a succession of hectic weeks with trips to Adelaide, my brother's wedding, fairy parties and numerous dinner dates. I didn't feel much better yesterday and today I can say I honestly feel the blues. This is particularly perplexing since we depart for Bali on Thursday. Shouldn't I be full of rapture and delight?
Tomorrow I have an appointment with my healthcare practitioner who diagnosed me with high insulin levels earlier this year. I am interested to see if there is a biochemical explanation to my current blueish state... or perhaps it has something to do with the big four O coming up in three weeks time. Not that I'm upset about the number, but perhaps I thought my life would be different to what it is today. Who knows.
Until tomorrow, take time to acknowledge how far you've come in health matters and pray they do not return.
Monday, 11 October 2010
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Saturday, 9 October 2010
Friday, 8 October 2010
What a bizarre day I've had.
Thursday, 7 October 2010
- Let go of the shame
- Go out into the sunshine
- Take things easy till life readjusts itself
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
I am beginning to question my sanity in keeping a daily blog when I'm feeling so crap (emotionally and physically - quite possibly related).
Without much to say other than I haven't crossed over into the light, I'm wondering whether each post is becoming little more than another feather in my cap?
I am actually questioning a lot of things, though perhaps I shouldn't make any judgements till I'm feeling half human again. Apparently some virus has caused one of my ear drums to bulge, thus creating loss of balance and the feeling of being a space cadet. That coupled with coughing like someone who smokes 50 cigarettes an hour has me feeling less than human. There's more but I can't keep going.
Until tomorrow, may all pesky viruses curl up and die.
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Still feel horrible today. Got distracted for a while when a friend dropped by for a little visit. Now I'm on my own again, I feel dreadful and completely drained. I'm not one to run to the doctor at the slightest ailment, but this has gone on long enough. Tomorrow I go.
Until then, bear with me if you can.