Monday, 26 September 2016

Happy Hormones

apologies, it was the only free picture of 'pills' that I could find

Hannah Witton has started a very timely (for me) YouTube series called The Hormone Diaries. Go watch, its hilarious even if you've got a Y chromosome, but it essentially documents her journey coming off the pill. A journey I'm about to take. And before you get too excited, no it's not for baby making. Not yet at least. I've had a couple of blips when it comes to my blood pressure and although it's probably a bit of white coat syndrome it's really made me look into the effects of taking that rather convenient little pill.

I've been on the contraceptive pill (I take the combined pill) for 12 years. Before that, I barely had periods. In fact I'm not sure I ever really had a proper period, just spotting, so on the pill I went. I have no idea what a proper period cycle is. I don't know if I can even have them. So I've made the decision to come off. I really should figure out what my body is capable of without any pill shaped assistance.

Of course once you start Googling coming off the pill the horrors that you are faced with is enough to make you stay on it for all eternity. Stories of horrendous acne, weight gain and period pains FROM HELL, were indeed enough to put me off and research all the possible ways you can come off the pill without your artificial hormone free body going into meltdown.

I came across numerous websites that talked about taking B vitamins and cleansing your liver. The best I came across was this blog post. I've been taking B vitamins, vitamin C and zinc tablets, and milk thistle for the past three weeks and I've made a half arsed attempt at cleansing my liver. All in preparation for coming off the pill when I finish this last packet.

Having grown up taking artificial hormones I've assumed that symptoms such as bloating, weight gain and insomnia are all part of getting older. That a reduction in sex drive is just part of being in a relationship with someone for so long. In fact these are all potential side effects of taking the pill and it's time I found it which ones it's causing, if any. I'm slightly scared my boobs will disappear though because I didn't really have those until I started taking the pill either.

This feels like a journey I should document for all women kind, because other than Hannah it doesn't seem like something we really talk about. I know I'm going to have to answer questions about B-A-B-I-E-S but other than batting that one away I'm happy to talk about it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that horrendous acne is not a problem. It's probably my biggest fear.

Anyone out there got any pearls of wisdom for me and my journey to an artificial hormone free existence?

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Gothic Read-Along 2016

If you don't watch me on YouTube you may have missed me announcing that I will be running a Gothic Fiction Read-Along in October. You don't have to be a YouTube user to join in as I will be running the read-along through Goodreads. If you would like to join the group you can do so here.

The plan is to read 4 books over the course of the month, you can of course read at your own pace and join in the discussions whenever you like, but we will be reading the books in the following order:

1 - 12 Jamaica Inn
12 - 20 We Have Always Lived in the Castle
20 - 31 The Picture of Dorian Gray
Throughout October The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

Please feel free to use #gothicreadalong2016 on twitter, instagram and elsewhere so we can all share our posts, thoughts, discussion and book reviews.

Hope to see you in the Goodreads Group!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Playing with stop motion

My first attempt at making a stop motion film. The beautiful books were kindly sent to me by Flying Eye Books.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Bloggers' Book Club update

Hello. Long time no speak. Domain issues. Don't ask.

Saying that, my old blog is no more. If you have only just found me again then welcome back, if you're new - well hello!

I just thought I would drop by and let you know what the book club is reading next month.

A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler

Andreas lives his whole life in the Austrian Alps, where he arrives as a young boy taken in by a farming family. He is a man of very few words and so, when he falls in love with Marie, he doesn't ask for her hand in marriage, but instead has some of his friends light her name at dusk across the mountain. When Marie dies in an avalanche, pregnant with their first child, Andreas' heart is broken. He leaves his valley just once more, to fight in WWII - where he is taken prisoner in the Caucasus - and returns to find that modernity has reached his remote haven.

If you would like to join us on the 18th August you are more than welcome. We meet on Skype at 8pm and just use the chat facility. Although we have webcammed to coo over babies in the past. If you would like to join us please sign up here.

We've also chosen a spooky read for October - We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Postcard Swap 2016

The old blog may be closing but I certainly won't be letting go of my favourite parts of it. This will be the fifth year I have run the postcard swap and I look forward to it every summer.

For those of you who are new here it's pretty simple. I split you into groups and you each send each other a postcard. The photos above are just a few of the lovely postcards that were sent out last year.

Signing up is a two stage process. First you need to join the mailing list, then you will be sent joining instructions. I find if I let people sign up directly on the blog we tend to have a lot of people pull out. Always frustrating and a little odd really.

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Reader, I married him

I promise to share our day with you soon, but for now I'm just popping by to say we're back from honeymoon and I'm back, here. For over a year our wedding has always been at least at the back of my mind, so although the day was amazing and our honeymoon was amazing, I am quite glad to have my brain back. I have friends to catch up with, blogs and books to read and plans to make other than wedding ones. Speak soon my pretties.