I did warn you posts might be a little erratic, didn't I?
Thank you for bearing with me.
Mr D is attempting his first day back at work today. He's not taken his mega-strength pain killers this morning so he could drive.....but he does have them with him at work and if he starts feeling the twinges he's either going to take them and hope that in 4 hours when they've worn off he can drive home, or possibly I can do the 2 hour round trip to collect him. I'd cross my fingers that everything is going to be ok but it makes it hard to type.
After a puzzling news from seeing a specialist doctor yesterday, we have to go back to find out results from more tests next week.....but, again crosses fingers sadhuyvbnnjlasHJKLa (sorry, couldn't resist), it looks like the worrying news we were given after his operation isn't what it seemed. It looks as if everything is going to be ok in time. I say a massive "phew".
Meanwhile, we try and get back to normal after a very troubling month. None of us have been sleeping well and add to that the trip to A&E/ER when he got back from Chicago keeping us up well into the night/morning..........we're sooooooooo tired.........
Melchett is very wobbly poor thing and like her Mum keeps crying at the silliest things.
But it will all be ok. We just need to find our stride again. And we will.
Although the tiredness has just made me cut out my fabric pieces for this week's Sew Weekly Challenge completely wrong..........poo pants. I'm very long in the torso, so I routinely add an extra 2 and 3/8" onto my bodice pieces. I've just forgotten to do that. I'm going to have to re-jig and re-cut, which is going to be difficult as I'm using some limited (but fabulous) material I bought from Goodwill a few weeks ago. And I've never seen anything like it in shops here.
Do you want a sneak peek?
Yes, I know it looks fine on Betty (my dressform) but I know from experience it will be too short on me and will make the waistline and skirt ride up making me look pregnant. Hopefully I'll be able to salvage something. At the worst I might have to sew a horizontal waistband between the bodice and skirt and pretend I meant to do that......my secret's safe with you isn't it?
And as for watching the Oscars....I'm behind with that too, though very glad I started early in January or it could have been worse. I've a few reviews to post - Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, both up for special effects, and I've a few more lined up to watch on the ipad.
But I have to confess I've been waylaid......by Downton Abbey of all things. I'd been ignoring it for ages despite seeing everyone's tweets and blog posts singing its praises. I think a certain someone and his super injunction (am I allowed to even type that?) put me off it. I find it rather amusing in a show full of secrets, intrigue and keeping up appearances that for some these things happen in real life too.
But I did exactly the same thing with Upstairs Downstairs. Held off watching it for ages thinking it wouldn't be for me (I am the most terrible inverted snob) before finally succumbing to its charms. I don't know why I do this because it should be obvious I'll like this stuff.....it's EastEnders but with fabulous costuming, fascinating history and some posh accents. It should've been obvious I'd like it, I should always remember how much I loved House of Elliot (or House of Idiot as Mr D liked to call it) or Monarch of the Glen (yes, I spotted the Julian Fellows connection) before I write off any of these Sunday night dramas.
Plus I'm a sucker for all the placenames they keep mentioning - I went to university in Ripon (where Matthew started work, the location of Sybil's dressmaker who made her those pantaloons and where Sybil got caught in a brawl at the elections), and the other campus of my university was in York....where Sybil went to train as a nurse (and I got very excited to see a quadrangle that looked just like that at York St. John's until I remembered though set in Yorkshire, most of it's filmed down south). And when I heard mention of a military hospital in Middlesbrough (I'm a mad Middlesbrough FC fan, it being just down the road from my hometown Stockton-on-Tees) it made my day.
And yes, being a big soap fan I do love the downstairs dastardly doings but there're also lots of pretty frocks to stare at and wonder at the constructions.......tell me, does anyone know if corsets were abandoned altogether during the First World War period? I feel like a complete voyeur staring at the flatness of the young ladies' fronts trying to work out if they're still corseted. I think I might have to do some research as I have an inkling that there might be a Downton Abbey Sew Weekly Challenge later in the year....
Better get on working out how I can re-cut my bodice pieces.