Systems to return to normal...

because yesterday was the last time I have to see the nurse. I was discharged with instructions on how to care for myself. The good news is that I can forget this slothful fat slobby lifestyle I've had for the past 8 weeks. Now, to be honest I've had a love/hate relationship with my couch and the food I've enjoyed on it, but the time has come to return myself to the fit "young" lad that I know and really love.

I also visited my surgeon yesterday for the final time and got a complete run down of the procedure and what happened. I had not realised exactly how big this procedure was, but I now have an explanation for the pain and a reason why this is taking so long to heal. If you want details then just ask, but for now I won't publish what I lost down there. I still have an open wound and I know it will take some time to be back to "normal".

So, to celebrate some return to normal life, this morning I awoke just before sunrise and went for a walk/jog. Oh yeah, I'm taking it easy. A minute jogging here and there, but it felt great to be outside in the fresh sea air. I know it's going to be hard work for me to break the lazy habits I've formed during my recovery period. Slow and steady is the advice from the nurse. And in another couple of weeks I'll be able to ride again. Now that day I will really celebrate!



It's been too long without a meme, so...

Search these in your iTunes and write down the first song on the list from what comes up.
’~’ means no song. ‘?’ means IDK why iTunes returned this.

happy: "Lucky and Unhappy" - Air
sad: "Crusader" - Knightlife
love: "Love 2 Meet You (Bonus Track)" - Air
hate: "My Delirium (Chateau Marmont Remix)" - Ladyhawke
light: "So Light Is Her Footfall" - Air
dark: "Dark Messages" - Air
good: "She’s No Good (feat. Eli “Paperboy" Reed)" - Basement Jaxx
bad: "Bad Up Your Betterness" - Presets
hello: "Suntoucher" - Groove Armada
bye: "Suntoucher" - Groove Armada
up: "Once Upon A Time" - Air
down: "Hold On" - Angus & Julia Stone

Well, that was boring.


I'm picking up...

And here I was not considering going to any festivals this coming festival season. However, with a line up which includes Faithless, Friendly Fires, Phoenix and Miike Snow how could I NOT go to this one! So, who's in?..


When you're smiling...

the whole world smiles with you.

My nurse offered me a challenge today. It started with her remarking that I looked like a wild man who's been living in the bush for far too long. I said  that I had thought about getting a hair cut and a beard tidy up soon. She then basically said I should get out and get it done today because my healing process has gone incredibly well and I should be up for a bit of an outing. I totally agreed. And don't I just scrub up well?!

The other challenge for me today was to get to know my new iPhone a little better. Now, I'm not a total novice, I've had an iPod Touch for many years. However, there is something very cool about this phone. I can use it in broad daylight - unlike my old Blackberry, that did not like sunlight and made the random and weird cursor movement seem normal. This phone is a total winner. This pic was taken with the very popular Hipstermatic app. I'm feeling great and really ready to get back into "normal" life.


First of all...

a big thank you for all the well wishes I've been receiving. It means a lot to me to know that I have so many friends who are sending me the good vibes.

The other thing I've been grateful for is to have had Mark staying with me until today. It was great to not have to worry about being on my feet to organise many simple things like dinner. But from tomorrow I'll have to organise my own coffee in the morning.

Another thing Mark has done for me was to turn me into an urban farmer. Yes, I've finally had the horrible plants that were outside my front door for all this time replaced with something that I can actually enjoy and care for. On the right I now have tomatoes and on the left I have a variety of sugar-snap peas. Mark, being a horticulturalist, has set this up ready for me to take over from today. Who knows, I may not even kill these and see some fruit appear in the future.

So an update on how I'm traveling:
I saw my surgeon today and he confirmed that I am healing well. He also confirmed that this is something that can't be rushed so I'm still off work and receiving daily visits by the nurse to redo my dressing. This will continue for at least the next week. But, I'm on my feet and shuffling around a lot more. I seriously can not wait to be back on my feet totally. I feel like such a sloth at the moment. I've realised that it's incredibly hard for someone like me to just stay put! I need activity, fresh air and sunshine to be truly happy. This really has been difficult. I also realised that I eat when I'm bored.

So once again, thanks for all the digital love and know that it has made me smile.