Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Trolls, Tots and Tantrums!

A taste of paradise.

I appear to be a terrible blogger! Granted I never set out to be a regular posting member of the interwebs. But I think I have reached new heights in rubbishdom! I haven't even really got a good excuse! I just seem to have gathered a bit of a life in the last year! Which is good and bad all at once!

Let's see if we can round up a few things interesting or otherwise that have happened in the past months.
Erm... My Mini Troll is 2 and a half now, coming along nicely though gave us a scare when he lost his hearing briefly. Perfectly good now though and is happily destroying the house/people/the world as he goes along, usually leaving sticky finger prints and a trail of some food like substance.

Husband Troll and I have celebrated our *counts on fingers* third wedding anniversary, which we did in style! Well in style for us! We went on our first family holiday, which also happened to be the first time Man Troll or I had been on a plane for about a decade. We had a lovely meal out just the two of us while my parents watched Mini Troll for us. Now this may sound mean, how could we go on holiday and leave mini at home!? Well we didn't! We met my parents over in Menorca and spent a fantastic week in the most glorious of villas with them. Less than 200 yards from the pool and our own floor for me and the two Trolls plus two balconies attached to our room and a sun deck on the roof too. It was bliss, and made me realise just how much I want to make holidays a more regular thing for us! Mini Troll loved the sea and the pool and all things foreign! And Big Troll and I got some much needed rest from day to day stuff.

We found out that the problem I'd been having with both my hands wasn't Carpel Tunnel but was in fact nerve damage in both arms. So after some jolly fun tests (electric shocks in lots of places through both arms done by Dr Pain who was married to Dr Brain, I kid you not!) I got to see a specialist who was lovely and got me on the waiting list for an operation. Which I had at the end of March. Having a 2 year old and only one arm is interesting! Big Troll was very good looking after me and Little Troll, but he had to go back to work, and since my recovery wasn't as straight forward as we were told it would be my daddy dear and my lovely sister came down to Wales to fetch me and take me back to the family home in Yorkshire so that they could help take care of Mini Troll. After a few days Big Troll joined us and we had a lovely time with my family.

My left arm is now a lot better, my hand is near perfect! All the problems that I had with it before are 90% gone and 10% barely there. The scar and arm are another story. The scar is sensitive but they warned me it would be but they didn't warn me that parts of my arm would be totally numb and have odd sensations in it. So that's taking a bit of getting used to. They have offered me the same operation for my right arm, which I will have, but not until Ben is a little older.

What else? Hmm... Holiday, Anniversary, Wonky arm. Games! I've recently gone back to playing City of again. I didn't technically have a break, more that I just didn't go on because I was preoccupied but so much real life bunf. But now I'm back playing it, and although it's sad to see my favourite server looking a bit more ghost town-ish it's good to be back. Catching up with old friends on there has been lovely! You forget just how nice some people can be!

I started going to a regular play group on a Friday morning with some of my local friends, and am now devastated because the last one was last week and there won't be another till 7th September! A whole summer without toast and space for Beasty to destroy things more freely (and not in my house!)

When Little Troll was about 1 a friend of mine introduced me to one of her friends, we shall call her 'Red', who had a 6 month old little girl who I think we shall refer to as princess (though she's not called that, her parents gave her a smashing name!) We have become good friends and see each other often, regular Tuesday mornings in the pub (purely bacon and tea!) as well as play group and other times. Which has helped Little Troll come out of his shell nicely. Not that he was really in his shell, in fact he's so energetic and noisy and destructive and lovely and chatty that he really didn't need any help there.  But socialising has got so much better with him.
Also when Little Troll was about 6 months old I met a pregnant lady called.... hmmm I think I shall call her Dotty, who has become a wonderful friend! She had a little boy (G) who Little Troll adored... until G was able to walk and then it was all out war! She is also not from Wales.
So that made 2 new friends and 2 new tots! And just to add a bit more excitement Dotty introduced another lady with her little one, She shall be Weasel and he shall be J. Who again aren't from down here.
So now there are 4 of us and 4 tots. We're generally like witches cackling over a cauldron full of tea.
It's been so nice getting to know them all and to feel like part of a group.

We recently had a local tv station come to do interviews at play group, as we're the first community garden in South Wales or Gwent. And I made the final cut. This is my big break! I'm going to be a star!! Ok maybe not, but it's nice of them to do it! The video is going to be out at the end of the month and will be the site's 100th video.

We have started playing lots of games recently. Big Troll has been given several for birthday, xmas and father's day. So recently we've played Forbidden Island, Ticket to Ride: Europe, Zombie Dice and Settler of Catan. All have been a great success and so thoroughly enjoyable! I look forward to playing more of them soon! Once we got the rules understood the games weren't half as daunting as they could have been!

We have also had some sad news recently. My lovely Man Troll lost his Granddad about 10 days ago, and we have the funeral this Friday. My thoughts are very much with all my in-law family. I remember when my Grandma died during my pregnancy, it was so sad and so heart breaking. I just hope I can be there for my Hubby Troll and his family like they were for me.

We've got some friends coming to stay this weekend which will be lovely, not seen them in a while so very much looking forward to seeing them! And we've just started making plans to go to see my family for my birthday in Yorkshire, and this year it's Xmas in Yorkshire too! So a couple of things to look forward to!

I've recently been looking at a few career ideas which look promising. But that will be for another post when I know more about it.

Ooo! I picked up a new hobby earlier this year. On a visit to see my parents for a few days my mother showed me her Pro-Markers, it was love at first sight! I intend to put a few pictures of things I've been working on. And it's re-kindled my love for making my own cards. To the point where Dotty and I intend to do a craft show later in the year if we can get enough products together and if I'm good enough! And on another visit 'oop north' my niece and nephew came to stay at the same time, so Mini Troll was able to meet his cousins for the first time. I wish he had known them sooner! But I am very glad that he knows them now!

What else is there I can ramble on about?
Something else that happened this week that makes me sad, my rapid boil kettle is going in the bin :( This is super big bad news for me! The switch to make it boil broke off! Now this may not seem big to you, but I'm from Yorkshire! I don't have blood in my veins, I have Tea!!

There will, hopefully, be another post soon! But for now it is Mini Troll's bedtime and cup of tea time for me (we have a pulley system set up to boil water which is all very intricate and complicated ;) )
Have a good evening all!

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