I've been house bound for a few weeks now so a nasty case of cabin fever has well and truly set in and is driving me absolutely mental! It doesn't help that they've removed one of my favourite guilty pleasure shows, Four Weddings US, from the daytime tv schedule - bastards. Whilst Mama and I have been driven crazy and completely drained, I have also taken a lot from this experience about myself as an individual. I actually feel quite proud of myself for coping with the things I have been faced with and I have been adopting a much more optimistic outlook on life. I'm not saying I've had some sort of spiritual reawakening but I'm hoping I can continue to work on myself as an individual. With respect to my cabin fever, I thought I'd use this opportunity to list the things I wish to do once I've got better.
10 things i want to do when i'm better
♥ get organised
It's safe to say that I have let everything slip whilst I've been struck down and rendered, quite frankly, completely useless in my recovery. I have three assignments to complete in the next couple of weeks, an overflowing inbox and a blog that has been horrendously neglected this year. All of these things make me want to weep. I need to put my thinking cap on and try and tackle each little task before I am completely overrun with stuff. Wish me luck!
♥ treat my mama
Anyone that knows me well enough will know that my Mama is my best friend and also happens to be one of the strongest, and most selfless, women on the planet. I literally wouldn't have been able to cope with my surgery / the recovery process without her. She has catered for my every need, washed me, dressed me and helped to reassure me that everything is going to be okay and that I can do it! I cannot put into words just how inspirational my Mama really is. She is my everything. I'll stop being a soppy little bear now...
♥ have a huge tv catch up day with luke
Whilst I've been on my sickbed, Luke has been back in Plymouth slaving away on his dissertation and preparing for his final assignments and exams. Thankfully, he's popping back for a few days next week to come and hang out with me. I cannot wait to devote time to just chilling out with him, watching our favourite TV shows and eating our way through our favourite snacks. We've got The Walking Dead, Californication, The Office US and Game of Thrones to catch up on. Phew! Whilst he hasn't been able to be at my side these past few weeks, his support has been invaluable. He's made sure that I've kept smiling. He even sent me a video of him dancing to the whole of Weapon of Choice for god's sake. If that isn't true love, I don't know what is! Luke will probably kill me for sharing that with you all - it was nice knowing you.
As I've already mentioned, I haven't been able to spend any time on Little V this year. I've just had way to much to contend with in the 'real world' and I didn't want to just post for the hell of it. However, it has made me pretty miserable and I've missed having an outlet for my thoughts, etc. I can't wait to get back to taking you guys on adventures once I am fully healed and ready. Will you welcome me back with open arms or do I have to bribe you all with cute animal photos?!
♥ go on a mini break / fun days out
Unfortunately, I've had to cancel both of the holidays that I was gifted by family members this year due to my treatment. I know, woe is little old me right?! However, I'm still hoping to go on some sort of break or take a few fun days out to give myself something to look forward to. If you've had an awesome break in the UK, please please please let me know where you went/where you stayed in the comments section below. I'm trying to find good value UK stays!
♥ treat myself
I mentioned in my 2013 goals post that I find it difficult to treat myself. However, I'm starting to come round to the idea after this little tough spell. It doesn't necessarily have to be anything of material value. I quite fancy bagging up a picnic and heading to a quiet spot for some quality chill out time with the family. I say that but I could also really do with buying myself a new camera and some new clothes. Hmm...
♥ read read read!
I've read a couple of books from my bookcase whilst in recovery and it has got me back into the swing of reading novels at a stupidly fast pace. I'm going to try and tackle the books I already own, but haven't read, before I make a couple of sneaky second hand purchases but I don't know how well that will work out. Leave me some book suggestions in the comments below! You'll be able to see my reviews of Joe Dunthorne's Submarine and Kaufman's All My Friends Are Superheroes over on Nouvelle Daily soon so keep your eyes peeled, folks.
♥ take woody for a walk
I haven't seen my favourite little pup for months! I'm working towards popping over to see him and taking him for a walk around the village when I'm feeling a bit better because I need some quality puppy cuddles. I am also painfully aware that he will pretty much floor me at first sight so I think I'll have to leave it a few weeks before I brave his excitement! In the meantime, I've been having plenty of kisses and cuddles with the little bear below. LOOK AT HIS FACE! HE'S SO BLOODY CUTE!
♥ explore and go on adventures!At this stage, an 'adventure' pretty much equals a walk round the block but, by this summer, I want to be able to go exploring. I'm thinking about taking you on my adventures around the local area so do let me know if that's your sort of thing! The West Country is pretty bloody lovely and I don't think it's embraced enough in the blogosphere.
♥ begin my dissertation
Ugh! I just handed in my dissertation proposal to the powers that be. I say 'dissertation proposal' but it was pretty much just a copy of all the messy notes in my journal that barely made sense to me let alone anyone else. As an English with Creative Writing graduate, I have to compile a creative dissertation rather than a critical one so I'm not going to be bogged down with research. I am, however, going to have to come up with a bloody good novella/collection of short stories. I will let you know how I get on.
I seriously cannot wait to get started with all of these things. The nurses think I've got a couple more weeks until my wound is pretty much healed but I'm hoping I'll be able to venture into the big wide world after that. What sort of things are you looking forward to getting up to? I shall live vicariously through you all! I'm off to settle down to some more essay writing. Oh, joy! Feel free to keep me company on Twitter! ♥