Charlie's Bird

living the dream with Charlie and Thandi and chirping all the way back to the nest.

Friday Funday

…ok, I’m digging deep here. It’s been a long busy week this week. I am tired, and am battling to keep that positive attitude that I have been trying to maintain. Nevertheless, I think with more tea, (and good coffee) I will survive. Today a colleague from a neighbouring coastal town is coming to give me a hand with some tricky surgeries. I am looking forward to seeing he master at work. (Given that he is my gynae surgeon, he is definitely a master!) And then it’s Friday! I cannot wait to just check out for a bit.

I’ve been struggling with the increased work load, the increase in my afterhours demands, even if I don’t actually go out every night, the mere fact that one is ‘on call’ and has to be available, is wearing me down. Similarly, even though I love it, and know I need it, I need to acknowledge that even the running is adding to my stress to a degree. I’m doing the Fairview Dryland Traverse (FDT from now on), which is a 3 day stage trail run around Oudsthoorn in November. DrHF and I have formed a team, and we have some self imposed demands on ourselves (please don’t let us come last, please don’t let us come last, please don’t let us come last!), and I feel like I am not quite making my training goals. I’ve been better the last 2 weeks, but I am feeling so insecure. The mental game is so important, and mine is weak! Anyway, on Sunday I am doing a toughish trail run up the coast, one I have done before, and last time it took me 3 hours, let’s hope I do a bit better this time. But even if I don’t, at least I’m getting out there!

Now, to get to theatre, because after that, it’s date night!

Pet peeves

…one of my pet peeves, possible the pettest of all my peeves, is when someone else’s incompetence becomes my problem to sort out.

Like when a patient is booked for a procedure, decides that the timing is inconvenient to her and arrives when she thinks it should be done. Not when it is booked, not when it is prepared for, but when she thinks it’s better. And then proceeds to rant at me about people’s incompetence. At midnight…

Like when a staff member forgets to communicate changes in plans to patients.

Like when patients change their contact details, and forget to inform us, especially when they need subspecialist care, and said subspecialist will be in town tomorrow, and we haven’t been able to get in touch for over 1 month. (she will likely arrive next week, again to bemoan my incompetence and my lack of telepathy skills.)

(can you tell it was a long night with little sleep and I am exhausted?)

Spring Day!

…after a long winter, it’s here, Spring! And there are some of you who will know why this is such a monumental day for me and my family! Here’s wishing you blossoms and breezes, and a wonderful day!

Mixed pleasures

…it was a mixed weekend. A bit of work, a bit of running, a bit of family time, a bit of social time.

Work was reasonable, only 1 baby who weighed an enormous 4.6kg (!) and a few minor problems. I ran another night trail run, didn’t place this time though, and then ran a training run yesterday, which didn’t go as well as planned, flip, my tummy woes are being restrictive at the moment!

On Saturday we celebrated an anniversary with the couple from Stuttgart, their 12th; but how cool is this, it was also both their parents’ 40th wedding anniversaries on the same day! So 92 years of wedded bliss was celebrated over a gorgeous meal. They organised a dinner at a local cooking school, the chef provided the kitchen, the ingredients and the recipes, and then under his guidance we created a gorgeous meal! We started with a salad of roasted sweet potatoes, char grilled red peppers served with a creamed lemon ricotta. Good Lord, that was divine! Mains was a gorgeous and spicy chicken curry, served with perfect basmati rice (and I have to say, that in itself is an amazing achievement!). Dessert, well, that was just ridiculous, a white chocolate and apricot bread and butter pudding.

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If only

…I had time to do a proper post today, but I don’t, sorry. What I do want to do, is send you to read my beautiful friend’s post over on her blog, she writes incredibly…

https://mandycollinswriter.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/endings/

Light blue Thursday

…I am so annoyed! Thursday is often my favourite day, and I was super chuffed that today I would start at the local state hospital for my monthly clinic there, all started well, but by the end of my clinic I had a raging headache. I finished early, so got to do a quick trawl of the antique and second hand stores of our town, but didn’t enjoy it as much as usual. And that’s not even looking at how they have all pushed their prices up hideously in the last little while! Anyway, back the office now, ready to tackle the waiting room of patients, or not, as the case may be, and a sneaky appointment with the local chiropractor to manipulate my gynaecologist’s neck back into submission, and hopefully ease this headache…

Regular happy thoughts will resume tomorrow!

Faking it

…’til I make it. I’m tired, but I am determined to keep this smile on my face, and let the good mood filter into my being. I’m not sure why I feel tired, although I do have quite a bit of stress going on at the moment and I maybe went to bed a bit later than I should have yesterday, but when there is work to be done, emails to be answered, tv to be watched ( is anyone else loving Madame Secretary and State of Affairs as much as I am?), games to be played, books to be read to be reviewed, needs must and sleep is sacrificed!

So in the food and exercise routine, 10km run yesterday morning and then a good day’s eating, followed by a dinner of Courgetti Bolognaise, (using my new (quite tricky) spiraliser, but which did make quite long, almost slurpable courgette noodles). Yum! This evening I will run the local 5km time trial, weather dependant, and it does look a bit ominous sadly.

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