Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Hair Today...Update

Thank you for all your lovely comments in response my first post about my hair falling out. You were all so kind and considerate, sharing your experiences and information you'd found online. It was so reassuring and I did appreciate your caring words.

Almost three weeks on my hair is stilling coming out - in the shower, on my brush and just when I run my fingers through it. It seems to be everywhere and is so distressing. I feel so self conscious even though my family say that it looks more or less the same as normal. But I just have to try to put it in a pony tail and can feel how much thinner it is.

I'm going to see my GP tomorrow and hopefully she'll have some thoughts about it. Although I think she'll just advise me to wait and see what happens. I already take a silly combination of supplements but have added a selenium tablet to the mix to see if that helps further.

I have done lots of reading online and the best self-diagnosis seems to be Telogen Effluvium, a condition where hairs enters the resting phase prematurely causing it to fall out around 3 months later. It is closely linked to illness, sudden weight loss or stress and so this would make sense given that it is about 3 months since I was ill. It does suggest that it will resolve itself within about six months and hair will grow back. That said, when you start reading on the Internet you can diagnose yourself with all kinds of conditions!

I'll keep you posted as to how things go.
Thanks so much for your support. x

52 Lists / Twenty Two

Joining in with Emma at Made In Hunters and her 52 Lists project.

This week: List the things that warm your heart

Being brought a mug of tea in bed on my day off

Brina jumping on me for a cuddle at bedtime or in the morning

Hearing about my godchildren's achievements - they're growing up fast

A beautiful sky. It doesn't have to be sunny just amazing.

That moment of calm on Christmas Eve when the shops have closed and there's no more rushing about to be down. It's time for special family moments.

Pimms Friday on the first Friday evening of Wimbledon

Having my Nursery children run up to me, desperate to tell me something exciting

Seeing hearts and speech bubbles pop up on my Instagram

Getting notifications of blog comments

Dancing all evening

Giving friends and family gifts and watching their face as they open them

Talking to cats in the street

Wandering around a National Trust house or garden

Having everything ticked off on my to-do list

Making proper tea in a teapot

 Having a baking whilst listening to the radio afternoon

Hearing the sound of the sea

Sitting at the top of a hill with a beautiful panoramic view

The English countryside and dreams of living in it

Half an hour just to sit and read a magazine

Getting into bed and finding it's already warm and cosy

What warms your heart?

I hope something warms you this week because it's so so cold. 
I'm hating it being a grey, wet half term and to top it all off I'm in school all this week making a kick-start on my reports: 13 written, 59 to go!
Have a good rest of the week. I hope the weekend brings you some sunshine! x

Saturday, 24 May 2014

52 Lists / Twenty One

Joining in with Ema at Made In Hunters and her 52 Lists project.

This week: List your favourite blogs and why

Another tricky one as there's so many but I've picked at random 3 favourite blogs that I always go back to.

I had to pick my dear friend's Shannon's blog as I've been following it for such a long time now (2008!) and through that and our own correspondence via Facebook, emails and now Instagram, I've got to know such a lovely, kind and caring person. She writes about her family and what they've been up to (she's soon going to become a very glamorous grandma!) and about the seasonal changes in her home in Washington state. She loves food as much as I do and her posts are always full of mouthwatering pictures about what she's been cooking or eating. She loves so many different types of crafting and I can tell she's a great homemaker. She also has the most amazing handwriting that has me in awe every time one of her cards or parcels arrives. She is a very special, never-met friend but I hope we will one day have the opportunity to spend some time together. x

I stumbled across Gillian's blog a couple of years ago and remember spending an evening reading every post. I love Gillian's posts as they can be about so many different but interesting things: her children, home, cooking, photography, places she has visited. Every post is always of interest and her photographs are always fantastic. Through Gillian's comments here and on my Instagram photos, I've felt very grateful of support as I studied for my PGCE and started out as a teacher. She's always written the most kind and lovely things. I'm sure she's just as lovely in real life as she is in blogland. I'd love her to be the parents of one of my Nursery children as I know she'd be so friendly and fantastic to know. Plus her children sound fantastic. Fancy a move to London, Gillian? x

Again another blog I've been reading for a long time. Kate has an incredible eye for quirky design and lovely details. The photos she posted of her home last year showed this and had me wanting to completely redecorate our flat. She is another fantastic cook; the recipe she shares are always delicious and her cake decorating is beautiful (I so want her Postman Pat cake!), and her themed parties are inspired. I also enjoy following her on Instagram and her 100 Happy Days photos were always lovely. If Kate lived nearby, I'd invite her round a slice of cake - as she seems like a super person to know. If you're ever down in London, I'd be happy to fulfil this invitation with tea or something stronger! x

It was so hard to write as I love so many blogs and value the comments I receive from other bloggers. If you would like to read more of my favourite blogs - do click on the links to your right. 

What blogs do you particularly enjoy and why? Are they ones you've read for years or once you've recently discovered?

Have a fab bank holiday weekend. Hope you miss the showers and if you do get wet, I hope there's some tea and cake just around the corner! x

52 Lists / Twenty

Joining in with Ema at Made In Hunters and her 52 Lists project.

This week: List the the moments you will always remember

I've been super busy recently so that has been one reason for this very belated blog post but another reason for stalling has been because it has been so hard to think of happy moments that I'll always remember.

When I started thinking of moments, rather than events or days, it brought back the memories of finding out loved ones were critically ill or had passed away. Generally not very nice things to recollect, so I had to think very hard and carefully about this and that is why it has taken such a long time to write.

So here goes with happy moments that I will always remember...

The first time I saw Mr P in the staffroom at Daisy and Tom in Chelsea. He was showing someone his NUS card where he had a ridiculously long curtain hairstyle and looked like ChaChi from Happy Days, instead of his usual TinTin hairdo. 
In love.

Sitting on a stool in the kitchen on Christmas morning helping Mum to make pigs-in-blankets. I must have been about 5 or 6 years old. 
My ultimate warm fuzzy Christmas feeling.

Walking along our local high street holding onto my Dad's hand when I was about four years old.
I felt safe and loved.

The first time Brina jumped on our bed for a cuddle, the morning after we had picked her up from her rescue home. 
We had a new best friend.

Walking across the Golden Jubilee Bridge on the night before the start of the London 2012 Olympics. Feeling extremely proud of my hometown at the start of this special time.

On undergraduate results day - seeing my name and the word 'First' next to it. 
It didn't quite make sense, it still doesn't.

Getting a text to tell me that my first goddaughter had been born. 
The dawn of a new generation amongst family and friends.

Mr P asking me to marry him on a hill near Edington in Wiltshire. 
Five years ago yesterday.

What are the moments that you will always remember? Are they sad, happy or both? x

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

At A Loose End In London This Weekend?

If anyone living in West London is at a loose end this coming Saturday, my church is holding its 2nd Art and Craft Festival.

This was a lovely occasion last year - the stalls were full of lovely things. In fact too many lovely things, I was spoilt for choice.

I'm just hoping a photographer from last year will be making a return visit as there's a picture I've regretted not purchasing all this past year!

PS: I can highly recommend the cupcakes. x

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Hair Today...

My hair has long been my favourite thing about my appearance.

I've had long hair since I can remember and even having it cut to just below my shoulders last year felt short.

I've had a fringe, grown it out, had it cut back in - that's all I ever seem to do to change my hair.

I don't excessively style it, just straighten it now and again if I'm in the mood or going somewhere fancy.

But now my locks have decided to do their own thing and in the last week or so, it, my hair has started to fall out. When I shower in the morning long strands are coming away and I'm finding more hair than usual on my hairbrush.

I've done some reading up on it and it sounds like it is probably related to my bout of pneumonia earlier in the year. It's likely to be one of the unfortunate after effects when you feel ready to be up and about and having a life again but your body still wants to make you look poorly. Either that or stress - and you've already heard enough of me talking about how stressful a PGCE followed by NQT year is.

I'm just hoping that it's something that will be a short lived episode and will soon go back to normal.

I've had a good look online today for some treatments to soothe and revitalise my scalp and give it that bit of extra love and care it wants. That said, the price of these bottles of magic are rather expensive and I don't really want to spend £40 on something when I might only end up using a tiny amount if it irritates or doesn't work.

So I'm asking you lovely bloggy friends if you can recommend any shop-bought treatments that may be worth trying or suggest any homemade remedies. You usually have lots of ideas so I'm hoping you can help.

I'll let you know how it goes.
Hopefully it's just a 'hair today' problem which will be 'gone tomorrow'. x

52 Lists / Nineteen

Joining in with Ema at Made In Hunters and her 52 Lists project.

This week: List the things you did today (Bank Holiday Monday - 5th May 2014)

Lots of school prep for the next week (whilst still in my pyjamas)

Got showered and dressed far later than I anticipated - 12.30pm

Washed our bedlinen and some towels

Ate a BLT sandwich for lunch

Braved Homebase to buy some beach pebbles for the sand tray at school

Went to Northala Fields for a walk

Climbed a couple of man-made hills

Stopped off at Mum and Dad's for a cup of tea and a cuddle with Milly

Came home

Finished the ironing whilst Mr P cook dinner

Ate dinner: Chicken, PSB and Jersey Royals (the latter two sound like baseball teams)


Went to bed listening to The Archers on iPlayer and falling asleep before I could get to the end.

I had to change this slightly from Ema's original list to write it as a review rather than a 'will do' list.
We definitely squeezed a lot into one extra day off work!
Hope you had a super bank holiday weekend and are making the most of this 2-day one. Not long 'til the next 3-dayer! x

Saturday, 3 May 2014

52 Lists / Eighteen

Joining in with Ema at Made In Hunters and her 52 Lists project.

This week: List the things you would do if you won the lottery

Buy a lovely family home in the countryside with enough space to keep a few chickens and a pig

Buy Mr P his very own precious VW Campervan

Have a big summer party and invite all my family and friends

Stay at a hotel in the centre of London just so I could see what the experience was like

Buy a season ticket for the Royal Ballet

Treat my godchildren

Spend the summer in Dorset/Devon/Cornwall by the sea, preferably with the use of a beach hut

Continue working with young children but without the pressures and responsibilities of being a class teacher - maybe as a volunteer or teaching assistant

Take my best friends for a spa weekend

Fly the lovely Shannon over to spend some time in England

And then fly to the West Coast to visit her

Not get too carried away and continue to enjoy my favourite simple pleasures

Enjoy every minute of the extra long weekend!
Hope it's sunny! x