Sunday, 30 August 2015

What I am thankful for

What I am thankful for.

  • For my health and the health of family and friends.
  • For the technology out there, to help me keep my independence.
  • To enjoy life, the way I want to.
  • To have holidays on my own.
  • For the love Miley has given me. (My cat.)

What are you thankful for?

Thursday, 27 August 2015

How to: Hearing Aid Maintenance - video playlist, by FM Hearing Systems and Digital Hearing Care.

(This is not a paid post.) I recently seen a post on Facebook, shared by FM Hearing Systems and Digital Hearing Care, a list of videos you could look at to help with hearing aid  maintenance. i thought I'd share this with you, in case of any help.

Check out their videos playlist here.

"Inaudible" - Powerful animated story about a musician who loses his hearing

I had an email recently from Gints Zilbalodis, to share me a short animated clip for my blog readers. As Gints Zilbalodis describes it: "A powerful story about a musician who loses his hearing and who struggles to adapt to his new life." The clip is just over 7 minutes long. There is no dialogue, other than just music that accompanies this short clip.

I have never watched a clip before, that just involved music and no dialogue. So that was rather different for me, but interesting.

There is a link at the end of this post, that will take you to Gints Zilbalodis Vimeo page, where as well as seeing this clip there, there are also other links to find out more about this clip he created.

Inaudible from Gints Zilbalodis on Vimeo.

SOURCE: "Inaudible" by Gints Zilbalodis.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Some of my meals I have been eating

Hot meals

Birds Eye, Steam Fresh, Mediterranean rice with spicy bean burger and vegetables.

Mediterranean rice with spicy bean burger and vegetables

Birds Eye, Steam Fresh, egg fried rice with salmon and cabbage.

egg fried rice with salmon and cabbage

I sometimes have chicken and I love having it with my veg, mash and gravy. I also like to add a Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and stuffing at times. Sometimes I will have potatoes instead of mash as well.

chicken with vegetables and mash, drizzled with gravy

I once had for a lunch when I felt like nibbling food, a plate full of different healthy things. The plate looked rather filling what I had on it at the time and I did not think I would manage it all. But I did and it filled me. So I did not even think about a sweet.
      I had like 3 cripbreads with sunflower spread, 2 Ryvita's with cheese spread, lettuce, cress, tomato, 1 boiled egg, 1 sliced apple, 1 sliced banana, 3 slices of beetroot, cucumber and carrot sticks with houmous to dip into on the side. Some cooked rhubarb I had, I also added a couple of spoons-full on the side.

I do like pizza, chips and other takeaway food, but I don't have it often. I had a pizza just last week, with some chips, which was the first time in months.
      I have had a few Chinese takeaways over the last few months, but again, I don't do this every week.

At home I have a Breville Halo Fryer and this is what I use to cook my chips mostly, but I am still not every week having them. This halo fryer is lovely cooking other things as well. I bought this last year and I wish I bought it sooner, especially for my chips. I enjoy my chips better in this than oven chips or in the fryer I used to have.

Sweets or puddings

I do like sweets and puddings and there is not much I don't like. I have sweets/puddings mostly when I eat out. At home, I may have the odd chocolate bar and when I fancy a sweet, but I don't want the sugar, I sometimes have a sugar free jelly. When having a sugar free jelly, I sometimes add Greek yogurt on top. When I did this the first time, I was quiet surprised how this felt like a pudding, but guilt free. I thought it was a nice alternative and a refreshing change to custard.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Feeling sombre

Today I was one of many who were picking up their GCSE results. For me, it was finding how well I had done with my English. Unfortunately I did not get the grade I was hoping and aiming for, which I needed a grade C at least. I got a grade D. Exactly as I had years ago, when I left school. So this left me feeling sombre.
      My aim to get at least a grade C, started off as a personal challenge, but later it became a necessity, especially a couple of job routes I may take, require this minimum grade. I don't know at this point if I will be able to do a re-sit. Last years students were able to, that did not make the grade, but this year, when someone asked staff, they did not know. I shall be asking this myself later when I hear back from an email I had written at the time of a different nature. (When I was at school, I never heard of anyone being able to re-sit.) If I can re-sit, I will. I was 17 points off from getting the C. But if it's repeat a whole year again, I don't know what I will do, as I feel it is another set back for me. But this will depend on what route I will take and when they turn up. I want to carry on further with my maths, but have no time for two classes a week, it has to be one or the other. Not as quick as I would like to get out from where I am, which makes my world feel even darker.

On a lighter note. Had I not done English, I would not have gained new friends along the way.

Although my world and mood feels dark at the moment, I still have the extra confidence gained from doing this course, which in turn got me doing other things I would not have done before, as well as what I plan to do.