Well the year is nearly over, the oliebollen have been brought and we are preparing for a quiet evening in just Mrs Stace and I.
At midnight the neighbourhood will go nuts as hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of fireworks will be let off. Last year it continued until 2 am(ish), and I suspect it will be the same this year. The only problem is our cat. Firework safety is something that has yet to reach the Netherlands, and very young kids will be walking the streets today with a rucksack full of fireworks and a smouldering lighter. They randomly throw fireworks at whatever is on the street, whether they be cars, people or animals.
Today will not be my favourite day to be out and about – or a day for our cat to be out. So instead he’s sulking in the attic :)
One of my Christmas presents has turned a little expensive… My parents got me Jamie Oliver’s 30 mine meals. Taking a look through the book there seems to be some nice recipes. But, the advice in the book is to use a mixer to save time. Now, I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy a mixer for a while. I love cooking, but don’t have the time or energy recently to start. So we went to the shops and looked at a food processor. This then turned into a planetary mixer; which tuned into a Kenwood mixer with liquidizer and mincer attachments (and a wish list of other attachments for the future…)
But… It’s started making itself useful already. I ran out of time before Christmas to finish my mince pies – using them mixer I had 20 made in less time than it took to make the pastry normally. And the pastry recipe in the mixer seems fool proof. And the kitchen was not left looking like a flour bag had exploded. Happy, happy, joy, joy as they say :) Let’s see if it’s as useful for the recipes.
Yesterday I went to a clinic to discuss having my face zapped. Something that I have been discussing with my therapist for a few months… Whether I transition or not I want my beard gone -
It’s the thing that tips my mood when I catch my reflection most of the time; I’m fed up with making my face bleed, even with an electric razor, trying to get rid of as much shadow as possible.
I had a consultation, was warned about the pain, time and quite a few times I was told that it’s permanent – are you sure you realise this. After the discussion there was a test patch done. ‘Some people say it feels like an elastic band, others say it’s worse’ I was told again. The system they use is eLaser a zap of laser light followed by a blast of EMF.
Not too bad actually, the elastic band thing this about right. Not pleasant by any means but OK…
Hmm, not the best, but doable
Starting to get a little more painful now…
I have to endure this for 45 minutes!
Each zap is fine, nothing too major – as I said an elastic band is a realistic comparison. Now imagine that someone is pinging your face over and over with the same elastic band! Suddenly a little ping isn’t any more…
I have to call my insurance company, but am not hopeful of them covering the cost. The clinic has had an offer on for the last month or so where I won’t have to pay the VAT, bringing the cost down nearly 20% if I pay today (last day of the offer…)
This has taken quite some mental effort. This is (as was pointed out to me, a lot) permanent. There is no going back to shaving everyday should I ever change my mind. It’s not cheap. And Mrs Stace is not quite happy with me doing it as she likes the stubble (though she isn’t stopping me).
But if it stops me having some mental anguish about my face then it should be worth it…
2011 is going to be interesting…
Happy 2011 all, I wish you the best for you and yours.