1/52 - Emma by Alexander McCall-Smith 2/52 - Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody 3/52 - The Farseekers by Isobelle Carmody 4/52 - Ashling by Isobelle Carmody 5/52 - The Stone Key by Isobelle Carmody 6/52 - Terrier by Tamora Pierce 7/52 - Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce 8/52 - Night Watch by Terry Pratchett 9/52 - Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings 10/52 - Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings 11/52 - Magician's Gambit by David Eddings 12/52 - Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings 13/52 - Enchanter's End Game by David Eddings 14/52 - Daughter of the Empire by Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts 15/52 - Servant of the Empire by Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts 16/52 - The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo 17/52 - Guardians of the West by David Eddings 18/52 - Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett 19/52 - Mastiff by Tamora Pierce 20/52 - Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce 21/52 - The Iron King by Julie Kagawa 22/52 - Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa 23/52 - The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa 24/52 - The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa 25/52 - Summer's Crossing by Julie Kagawa 26/52 - The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa 27/52 - The Magic in the Weaving by Tamora Pierce 28/52 - The Power in the Storm by Tamora Pierce 29/52 - The Fire in the Weaving by Tamora Pierce 30/52 - The Healing in the Vine by Tamora Pierce 31/52 - Magic Steps by Tamora Pierce 32/52 - Street Magic by Tamora Pierce 33/52 - Cold Fire by Tamora Pierce 34/52 - Shatterglass by Tamora Pierce 35/52 - Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce 36/52 - Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce 37/52 - Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery 38/52 - Trickster's Queen by Tamora Pierce 39/52 - Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery 40/52 - Anne of The Island by LM Montgomery 41/52 - Sabriel by Garth Nix 42/52 - Lirael by Garth Nix 43/52 - Abhorsen by Garth Nix 44/52 - Across the Wall by Garth Nix 45/52 - A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton 46/52 - A Caress of Twilight by Laurell K. Hamilton 47/52 - Seduced by Moonlight by Laurell K. Hamilton 48/52 - A Stroke of Midnight by Laurell K. Hamilton 49/52 - The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape 50/52 - Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
WIPs - The Sending by Isobelle Carmody, Mistress of the Empire by Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
First name is probably finally worked out! It's going to be Kora, aka Ko, aka Kolya. Look at all the angles I can cover with this name. *w* Middle name is still a work in progress that I'll probably ask Mum about, while looking through my own list.
Signing this one off for now, since we - my dog and I - made an attempt at watching the Orionids tonight. Caught one right at the beginning, three in quick succession about 10 minutes in, and then a period of silence for the next half hour. May try again at about 4am.
First formal diagnosis completed! The rheumatologist said I had 'textbook' fibromyalgia. I won't be surprised if there's something else in there at some point in time, but at present I'm happy that we can start treating something. I found it an interesting and slightly unexpected diagnosis as I haven't considered my widespread pain the main symptom (I'm not sure what I considered the 'main' - general poor health and fatigue, maybe?), fibro was not a viable diagnosis in Australia until recently (I need to find out when it changed), and I had believed that 'trigger points' were a necessary diagnosis (which he said were not).
He asked me to go away and consider treatment options, which are basically a few recommended medications and some non-medication alternatives such as acupuncture, tai chi and yoga, 'diet' (no specific one, just 'eat healthy'?) and possibly a few others.
I have a lot of reading to do, as what he provided me with was incredibly basic and really reminded me of what I already knew of the condition. Going forward, I would like to try one of the medications recommended (the serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors sound good, although they are still anti-depressants and I'm not sure if I can handle those again), a physio program and massage or osteo to complement it (it would be useful if he could refer me so I could get cheaper sessions or something) and the mysterious 'diet', along with tai chi and yoga which I am already doing casually.
Went to the Melbourne aquarium with Amy today (03/10/16)! It was wonderful, if exhausting and sore. We got there at about 1:30pm, and walked around it for maybe 1.5-2 hours. Highlights included Mars the giant ray, Mitchell the... something shark (he was brown and had fork teeth, and can't eat anything he has to chew) and Mr G. (Gigantor) the potato fish, who is currently 250kg and will be 500kg when he's fully grown. Other highlights were the jellyfish in tanks with changing lights, the seahorses, the seadragons (!!!!!!!! the leafy seadragon was so beautiful, in a tank with a lot of weedy seadragons) and the penguins.
Lovely day, and it was free because I was able to use a MacDonald's Monopoly 'Free Day Out' pass for it. Bonus.
I ended up making a vision board on Pinterest for this whole 101/1001 thing! I'd also like to make a few more, maybe more specific, but this one as a whole focuses on all the goals I'm aiming to achieve with this list.
Just wrote my first personal manifesto! Based off the word "spark", which has a lot of meaning for me. It will need revisiting, but I think it's worked out okay for now. A much better start than I might have otherwise anticipated, since I had no idea what to do with this one.
Saw the rheumatologist this past Monday (05/09). He was sceptical about me having EDS - which I believe is more a lack of knowledge on EDS than anything else - but said he was pretty much certain what I have, so at least I should be getting a diagnosis from him.
I had a bunch of blood tests and urine tests done, and looking them up told me they're mostly related to lupus, so I suspect that's what he's banking on. I also have an MRI I need to book and get done before my next appointment with him.
I'll be seeing him again on 03/10, I think it is. I'm very hopeful.
Put up my final goal - Learn Kapampangan - just today! At this point I've decided not to change any goals significantly, or remove any. If I get inspiration for a new goal, I might, but at the moment this is it.
Started Adriene's 30 Days of Yoga on Monday 15th August 2016! Doing it with Mum.
I'm not intending to do the 30 days all in a row, because that's a terrible idea for my body. We'll mix it up with walking and tai chi for a change of pace. Tonight we'll do Day 3, then tomorrow probably another round of tai chi.
During the week we do yoga and tai chi and weekends are for walking because by the time we're both finished with work it's too dark to take the dogs out.
Made ramen tonight for dinner! A packet one, of course, but it was a lovely Kyuushu one a friend brought with him when he came to stay. Tonkatsu flavoured, this particular one. I added bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, spring onion, half a boiled egg and sesame seeds, and also had a bowl of edamame to go with it. It was so good. *w*
Visited the National Gallery of Victoria today - the primary exhibition we saw was 'Luminous: Australian Watercolours 1900-2000'. Good stuff. Before that we headed to ACMI to see 'The Nightingale and the Rose', an exhibition focused on a short animated film with art by Del Kathryn Barton and some music by Sarah Blasko. Incredible.
1/8 done on 04/07 - note that my version of 'marathon' is 'watch the movies in chronological order without leaving too much time between each', so as long as i watch the next few over the next 2 months or so I should be fine.
In the process of getting a formal diagnosis, probably for EDS at this point. Procedure on 07/07/16 with a gastroenterologist which may explain some gut problems; appointment with a rheumatologist on 05/09/16 which will hopefully give me a diagnosis of EDS and look into any autoimmune issues etc.