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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Don't You Wish Your Girlfriend Was Hot Like Me?

Over the last few weeks, the effort into losing weight finally paid off when I took a photograph of Top Ender and I that I didn't hate. It was mostly to do with the light and the angle, but the photograph showed me looking good. At least I thought so.

So I posted it on Instagram.

PippaD and Top Ender

And people liked it. And said I looked fab. And said they could see I'd lost weight. And do you know how fab I felt? Gosh, how I love the people on Twitter who say nice things.

I showed the picture to my husband and cockily sang to him;

"Don't you wish your Girlfriend was Hot like me?"

He smiled and replied,

"She's hotter. That's why she's my girlfriend and you're my wife!"

I came back down to earth with a bump, and even though I know he was joking I nearly pushed him in the canal. I think it would have served him right!
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Crystalised Awesome

BB has blood tests at the hospital once a year to check for various things that could cause complications to his Diabetes, or that are often found after a Diabetic diagnosis. On his last test, they discovered that BB had a mildly elevated Cholesterol level. The Doctor and the Dietician went to great pains to explain that this wasn't a huge cause for concern and that it was only because BB had Diabetes that we knew about his Cholesterol level being slightly higher than normal on the scale. 100 other children BB's age could have a higher level than BB, but because they don't have regular check ups or even any blood tests to check for their cholesterol we don't know.

Anyway. I decided to have my Cholesterol tested too. The Doctor decided to run a few more tests at the same time, just to cover all the bases. I went to the Doctors, had my blood test and was told to call a few days later to get the results. "Don't worry" said the Nurse who took my blood "They only send a letter if there is something wrong"

Two days later and there was a letter on the mat, asking me to call my Doctor with regards to my recent blood test. I, of course, called the Doctor straight away and was told that she was actually on Annual Leave, but that it wasn't urgent and the Doctor could call me the next day.

Around two hours later the Doctor called me. On her day off.

It was at this point that I was a little scared. If a Doctor is calling you on their day off then it's one of two reasons. Either, they have no life or there is actually something wrong. The Doctor was quick to reassure me that there wasn't any immediate danger. She asked me if I drank Alcohol, but when I told her I was teetotal due to my religion she paused for a second. Apparently if I drank alcohol it could have been responsible for whatever the issue was.

PippaD doesn't drink and yet still dresses up like a wally every now and then

My Cholesterol level had come back as being a little higher than normal on the scale (it was actually lower than BB's!) but there was something in my blood work up that she was concerned about, in fact looking back over my last few blood tests over the last few years she could see that this particular result had been a little odd for a while.

Nothing like prompt investigation huh?

So, the Doctor booked me in for a Scan. I did a bit of consulting with Doctor Google and figured that I was going to be diagnosed with Gall Stones. I wasn't surprised, if I had a higher than normal cholesterol level and of course as we all know I'm obese and a woman then the odds are of course quite high that I'll develop them. Apparently it's estimated that more than one in every 10 adults in the UK has gallstones, although only a minority of people will develop symptoms.

I've joked over the last few weeks however, that it is because my level of awesome is so high that it's throwing out the blood results that are confusing my GP.

I am pretty awesome.

PippaD and Top Ender (this is PippaD's favourite picture of her ever)

So I had my scan last night.

The Doctor carrying out the Scan was firstly impressed that my children were playing Chess together, (Apparently it's educational) and not killing each other. She made small talk with me whilst covering my belly in jelly and then started scanning and prodding and probing and taking pictures of my innards.

"Does this hurt, when I push here?" she asked at one point
"No... let me guess, now you're going to tell me it should!" I joked
"Well, no... actually yes. This should be causing you at least some discomfort if not a lot of pain"
"No, nothing... maybe I have a really high pain threshold?!"
"Hmm. Maybe"

A few minutes later and the Doctor asked if I could hold my breath whilst she took some other scan picture things. I obliged, breathing in and holding and then breathing out when she told me.

"If you can't hold it, just breathe out when you have to"

I continued holding my breath. A few moments more passed.

"Okay and you can breathe out now!"
I grinned at the Doctor, "The one advantage to having sung for so many years is that I can hold my breath for ages".
"I'm tempted to time you, that was at least a minute just then"

PippaD and Big Boy

Of course, you're expecting me now to tell you that I have Gallstones and that she told me her opinion was that my gallbladder will need to be removed.

However, I'm not going to tell you that.

Firstly it's not confirmed and so if I did tell you that and then I didn't have to have it removed you'd all think badly of me.

PippaD and Family

Secondly I've decided that I don't have gallstones, I have Crystalised Awesome and whilst I understand that they will probably need to remove my Gallbladder all should be okay, my levels of awesome should still be really high and all will be well!
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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Little Dish Bigger Kids Fisherman's Pie #Review

The children do love my cooking.

Honestly, they do love my cooking. However, when Little Dish asked if I could get the children to try out their new Bigger Kids Fisherman's Pie the children were quite excited and readily agreed.

They do love my cooking right?

As normal, the ready meals looked amazing and I quickly set to work heating them up in the Microwave, as we were running short of time and I didn't have the longer time needed to cook them in the oven.

Little Dish Bigger Kids Fisherman's Pie

The Bigger Kids meal is about giving older children more chunkier textures (and portions) and the pieces of pollock and salmon are just that. They are then covered in a cheese sauce and mixed with petit pois. The topping is a mixture of potato and vegetable mash, which is how I normally sneak extra vegetables into the children's meals that I make from scratch.


The children loved the Fisherman's Pie. Top Ender loved it because the flavours were a good blend (according to her) and whilst she missed the boiled egg that I put into the Fish Pie I make she knew that this was a good substitute.

Little Dish Bigger Kids Fishermans Pie out of the packet

Big Boy didn't say much whilst eating the Fisherman's Pie because at the rate he was shovelling the food into his mouth, he wasn't giving himself enough time to breathe let alone talk! At the end of the meal however, he said that he had really enjoyed the meal and could he have it again next week?

I believe that Top Ender and Big Boy were both quite taken with the pie and I think that other bigger kids will like it too. I also think that we'll be able to keep up with a monthly Little Dish treat for Big Boy and Top Ender, as long as they keep up with their good behaviour!

We were given two portions of the pie in order to review it.
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The Second And Third Week Of March

I was so involved in the world off the internet (I know, it came as a surprise that there was a world off the internet to me too!) that I forgot to do my weekly round up and then before I knew it, there was another week passed and then almost before I knew it again, it was almost bedtime and I thought I had better get a move on before I forgot to do another one! So here is my hopefully one time only two week round up and as I have Salads on the brain at the moment here is one of the best salads I've eaten this last week.

Lemon and Herb Prawn Salad

The Second Week Of March

The week started off great for us. On the Monday, not only did we remember to take PE Kits, Violins and music folders, Blood Test Monitors, Home Contact Books, Homework and School Bags to School. Oh and we also remembered water bottles, snacks and to bring all we needed home again too!

On the Tuesday my Mum and I went for a walk with my Sisters dog again. I have to say I'm loving taking her dog for walks and as long as the weather doesn't make a turn for the worse and start pouring down on me when I go for a walk (is there a worse smell then wet dog and wet dog poop?) then I should be fine... should be.

PippaD and her Mum

Big Boy woke up during the week with a stuff neck. He was screaming for me to come to him because he couldn't move. What he really meant was he could move, it was just so sore that he didn't want to. Hindsight is a marvellous thing and I had thought, that a day at School would mean that he would loosen up and everything would be fine, but when at lunchtime School called and suggested I should come and pick him up as he was quite distressed, I figured that maybe it was a little bit more stiff that I had first thought!

A day later and I took BB to the Doctors because he still hadn't loosened up and was told that he had Torticollis, which is a real medical thing and it wasn't just him making it up! BB's teacher and I felt terrible, we'd both not given BB the credit he was due in explaining the pain he felt and sort of dismissed him as making it up a little when he was actually really suffering.

I'm still feeling guilty, so if anyone is after anything now is the time to ask!

Friday, was the best day of the week. I'd been invited, along with every other parent at School to come and join in with some House activities for Comic Relief. I managed to spend the whole day with Top Ender and Big Boy and other children in their house and I think they all had a good day too.

Top Ender and Big Boy on House Colours Day

The Third Week Of March

Saturday was a good family day, but it was Sunday or Mother's Day here in the UK that held more for me in terms of memory making opportunities. The children woke me up and presented me with gifts and cards and letters and it was simply wonderful. Daddy even made me breakfast, which I got to eat in bed.

The problem was of course, that I kept tripping over the Mother's Day gifts for all adult women at Church. Luckily, they fitted into my car boot rather nicely and they were soon stashed at Church and when handed out I knew we were on a winner (in terms of would the Women like them) when several women had opened their packages and started eating the sweets contained before we'd finished handing them out!

Mother's Day Gifts

It was midweek when I ended up helping out baking some biscuits at school and the children attended the Easter Fete. It was during this, that we discovered that a Fire Alarm after School hours has a weirdly unique way of bonding people!

Daddy and I took Top Ender for a walk along the canal, as we had previously walked it ourselves a few weeks earlier and all of us had a great laugh talking with each other and just hanging out together. The best part of course, was I found my angle and I now demand that all photos of me are to be taken in a similar position, so as best accentuate my features!!!

PippaD and Top Ender

Apparently there was also an Eclipse, but I couldn't swear to it myself as I was at the hospital with BB when it was happening and to me it just looked like it was a little dark as we walked back to the car.

The funniest thing of the week had to be when the car started complaining that it was overheating, so Big Boy, Top Ender and I had to work out how to open the bonnet, where the water "thingy" was and then we used the bottle of water that we had in my handbag to fill up the water "thingy" to stop it from overheating. It worked, so it was a job well done and I've not scarred the children with my lack of knowledge about how cars work.

So this was a long post, I promise to keep more up to date in the future okay?!
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Friday, 20 March 2015

Never Mind Diamonds, Jeans Are A Girl's Best Friend! #Review

I love House of Fraser, I know you already knew that because, well I used to work there and I've mentioned my love a few times on the blog on my instagram feed before. The dress that I wore to my friends Surprise Birthday Party for example was from House of Fraser and I was surprised that I was able to find a good quality dress in a plus size that I actually liked!


A few weeks back, House of Fraser asked if I'd like to try something from their plus size range. Even with me losing weight, I'm still plus sized, but I had been waiting to lose a bit before buying new clothes, because I didn't want to have to restock my wardrobe every dress size.

The one thing that I really needed was a pair of Jeans, mainly because my old pair were so big on me I didn't need to undo them to take them off, and they were, (as jeans always do on me) wearing rather thin at the crotch and thighs.

So I took a risk. I ordered a pair of jeans in a size smaller than I was currently wearing and waited.

The jeans arrived and I put them on.


PippaD in her new Jeans

Honestly I don't think I have ever been so ebullient about a pair of jeans before.

Then I got Daddy to take a picture of me wearing them. I looked at the pictures afterwards and cried because I looked so terrible.

PippaD not realising she looks terrible in her new jeans

But I carried on wearing them, I felt good in them and I'd had two compliments about my posterior whilst wearing them.

And then just a couple of weeks later, when I was sitting at the hospital, I realised that there was stretching on the seams on the inside seam and they weren't looking good. In fact they were looking like I'd had them for months and worn them dozens of times instead of the maybe five times over two weeks that I had worn them.

Pulling of the inside seam on PippaD's new jeans

Now of course this didn't have to be because of fault with the material. It was more likely to do with the fact that I have fat thighs and they were just too big for the jeans. The fit everywhere else was just fine, so I'm a bit sad that my thighs are fatter than other people who wear these jeans!

So are jeans an essential part of your wardrobe or am I the only one who loves to wear them both for dressing up or when dressing more casually?

I was able to choose anything I wanted from the HOF Plus Size range.
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