Monday, June 30, 2003
Thursday, June 26, 2003
It's amazing what I can do to procrastinate, but at least this time I have a vague excuse (pain makes thinking near impossible when on loads of codeine). In the last few weeks I have managed to learn about Feng Shui, Wicca, more about sustainable living and voluntary simplicity, update my site quite a bit (html hacking does not require thinking), read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, mark assignments for 15 hours straight, draw a picture of a hobbit hole and follow the PPC Amiga-emulator discussion on ann.lu and amiganews.de (and I don't even speak German!).
I've worked out a comprehensive schedule, got up to date entering my finance information, caught up on email, watched TV, slept a fair amount, finished a cross stitch I had been working on for 4 years and made purple fluffy cushions. I have however, managed to completely skew my sleep cycle, and at some stage will have to roll it over to the next day so I don't sleep through the day and work (or procrastinate) during the night. I really really really need to find some motivation to do actual study as I am so far behind (and work - notes are due on Friday for printing).
Monday, June 23, 2003
Saturday, June 21, 2003
Just as first semester is finally finished with, the notes for second semester sit there waiting for modifications for printing and loads of honours work has been scheduled for the break between semesters, I bleed through the pill. Murphy must be laughing very hard.
I was quickly going to get my cse467 paper finished this weekend, followed by a crazy week of updating courseware for next semester, then another paper in a week, and the final of the Lit Review. Now, all of that is probably not going to happen. I'm getting very frustrated that I can't seem to get anywhere with my honours stuff - I've fallen behind this years' students already.
Unfortunately I am likely to lose a whole week to high doses of codeine, pain, warmth and sleep (brain shutdown). Although some of it sounds nice (specifically the warmth and sleep part), it usually takes me quite a while after the week of insane amounts of pain to get back to normal enough to think about writing.
nifwlseirff on flickr
Tuesday, June 17, 2003
For some reason, the final marking took a hell of a lot longer than last year, I spent a good 15 hours straight marking 11 groups. The other markers have noticed it too, and we can't figure it out why, whether the standard has dropped, or the reports/sites were longer? Or we just couldn't get into a rhythm? Don't know. But I am so glad it's done, it was a nightmarish job. Now I just need to re-do the notes, pracs and tutes for next semester's programming subject. First year computer science will be getting an overhaul for next year (where it runs in all three semesters) so it won't be changed too much, however I am determined to change the tutes and pracs somewhat as the incidence of cheating has sky-rocketed this year.
We will be using an online cheater checker for the pracs and Debbie is considering making participation in the tutes worth marks and attendance at 80% of the tutorials a hurdle. I'm not looking forward to next semester (I've still somehow to complete my honours project and another 6 point honours subject around the teaching commitments and health crap).
Monday, June 16, 2003
Sunday, June 15, 2003
As the title suggests, I can't eat dairy, and wanted to make something that I could eat for a party recently, and so modified a quiche recipe. I am able to eat sheep and goat milk products, but cheeses from these sources are typically very strong, salty and quite different from cows milk cheese. It takes some getting used to, but you can't taste any difference in this quiche.
Dairy Free Quiche
about 1.5 cups flour a couple of teaspoons of nuttelex (or butter)
some soy milk
sauteed vegies (any combination of onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, spinach)
finely chopped sauteed bacon (optional, but tastes sooooo much better)
a handful of grated sheep's cheese
4-5 free range eggs (they taste better)
some soy milk
0.5 tsp mustard (seeded is better)
2-3 tbsp plain flour
Rub the butter into the flour using a fork till it resembles breadcrumbs (don't use hands), pour in a little soy milk, and smush into a dough (not too sticky and not to dry). Wrap dough in plastic and put in fridge for several hours. Roll out dough and put in a very flat and wide quiche flan with removable bottom, being careful to not get any tears. Push into edges and corners. Sprinkle a small amount of cheese over base, and put sauteed vegies and bacon over cheese. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese. Whisk together eggs, flour, garlic, herbs, salt, pepper, mustard and some soy to make an egg custard. Pour over vegies. Place sliced tomato (best) and/or mushrooms on the top. (If the mushrooms are arranged around the edges it seems to stop it flowing over the edge). Bake in a medium oven (350F/180C) for 30-40 minutes or until set.
To get a crunchier base, pre-bake base for 5-10 minutes.
Best served warm with salad in my opinion. Serves 8-10.
I'm not sure what my triggers are for migraines, but I seem to be getting them weekly. It could be stress, food, or general weather. However, I do feel like I am getting a cold and just got new glasses, which my eyes are still getting used to. So, marking of assignments is being done while under the influence of pain and lots of strong pain-killers.
I saw the podiatrist today, who seemed very competent, and who personally knows 2 people with endometriosis in very strangest places (eyebrow cavity and knee). Having endometriosis anywhere other than pelvis is extremely rare. Anyhow, my feet are weird (duh... just like the rest of me), and my back problems/turned in knees and hips apparently aren't caused by my feet (like other podiatrists have told me). She also had no idea why I had a lump in my previous set of insteps. I don't know who to believe any more.
My current insteps also are 'off the shelf' whereas I was told they were made 'specially for me' and paid for it too, through the public system. The podiatrist I received them from is no longer in business, so I can't chase that (and don't have the spare energy to do so). 2 weeks till I get my new insteps, sculpted in metal and foam from a plaster cast, and 2 weeks till the podiatrist rips my insoles out of my lovely Asics sneakers to fit the insteps.
*bah* My next major purchases will be new doc martens and sneakers, once I get my bills/loans down a bit.
Friday, June 13, 2003
I can't personally vouch for this recipe, as it contains dairy, and lots of it. I am on a dairy-free diet as it helps with pain management, but those who ingested the resulting cake assured me it was delicious. It uses light cream cheese and not much sugar as the birthday mum is diabetic. (Note - I do not measure things)
Take a packet granita biscuits and process to fine-ish crumbs. Melt enough butter to hold the crumbs together and not let any cheesecake mixture through and mix with the crumbs (use a microwave for this). Push biscuit base into springform tin and set in fridge for about 3 hours or more.
Process 2 packets of light philly cream cheese till very smooth. Add a couple of soup spoonfuls of light sour cream, the same amount of cream, about 2 tsp of vanilla essence (the real thing) and process till mixed. Add a little raw caster sugar (Why raw? It tastes better) Probably about 1 tbsp. Process again. Boil water, put 3-4 tsp gelatine in a jug, add enough boiling water to dissolve it. Let it cool a bit (don't put it in the fridge!) and pour into cheesecake mixture blending continuously. Keep blending for a bit. Pour cheesecake mixture into chilled base.
In a blender or bowl (to be mixed with a hand blender) put a large handful of strawberries (de-greened) and several spoonfuls of canned raspberries (without too much syrup). Blend until there are no lumps of berry to be seen. Pour berry mixture into cheesecake and create a swirly marble effect with a knife, being careful not to disturb the crust. (Note: this results in a creamy, not quite set, swirled berry layer on top of a set vanilla cheesecake layer. If you want swirliness all the way through, you could try adding the berries and cheesecake mix to a bowl, mixing ever so slightly and pouring into the base).
Set in fridge for a long time (overnight). Serve with a bit of extra whipped cream and fresh strawberries.
Thursday, June 12, 2003
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Monday, June 9, 2003
I saw the surgeon last week, which put me into a huge downward spin, even though there was some good news. I don't have much endometriosis now - only one small spot was found on one ovary, and only two adhesions had formed (one had stuck the left ovary down in the pouch of douglas (at the back and bottom of the uterus.. a long way from where it should be. Don't ask me why that area has that name, I don't know...).
This shows that the continuous birth control is working. The bad news.... the pictures showed blatantly that I have severe adenomyosis in one big splodge, which is sitting on my bowel. This is causing all my pain, and the only treatment is a hysterectomy. As soon as I have 'completed my family' it is strongly advised for me to have a hysterectomy.
Nothing can be done about the bowel pain (without removing the uterus). It's likely nothing further can be done about the general fight I have with my immune system and rundown-ness. Neither the coldness, or the general pain.
The only other suggestion the surgeon made was acupuncture. Other herbal medicines are likely to have no effect and carry the risk of damaging my kidneys further. I'm not looking forward to living with this until I am ready decide to have or not to have kids. Funny that.