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mumofthreedevils

Mum of three.
X graphic designer turned mum. When the need to go back out to work arrived, I became a Clinical Support Worker completely by accident. I was a support worker for 9 years and was actually awarded Clinical Support Worker of the Year 2011 at my trust.
I have just completed a 2 year University course as a Trainee Nursing Associate and now I am one of the countries first registered Nurse Associates. I am also a Paediatric based Nurse Associate which makes me quite rare. I have been married for 25 years.

DON’T JUMP THE GUN!!

I know it’s been a shit past year and people are really looking forward to relaxation of the Covid rules, I’ve already ventured out to a lovely evening at a pub and I’m looking forward to many more over the summer, but I’m asking you all not to jump the gun!

I keep seeing people showing that they have had their second vaccine which is BRILLIANT!!
I know that they are having a bit of a giggle when they joke about being able to ‘do whatever they want now right?!’, but, the fact of the matter is, that the vaccine is protecting you and helping to protect vulnerable people and people who can’t be vaccinated and it’s helping us get back to some kind of normality, but you STILL need to be careful. You can still carry it and pass it on without realising.

COVID is not going anywhere soon. We’re just getting it under control, which means you will STILL need to wash your hands more often, WEAR you masks in public spaces (that means over you nose too!), social distance as much as possible and follow all the guidelines when you go out to pubs and restaurants.

Please DO NOT assume that because the restrictions are being lifted we can go back to how it was before.
We are going to need to wear our masks for at least another year or two!!

If you’re an anti-vaxxer. Just don’t even try to argue your point with me.
I totally understand that there are people who CAN’T be vaccinated due to health conditions or allergies and it’s these people who are being protected by EVERYONE else getting the vaccine!!
If you simply don’t agree with it or have some stupid idea that ‘it’s all a conspiracy’ to get us chipped, then you can fuck right off!! You are quite simply a moron and ‘hey’ survival of the fittest….and smartest. You will get what’s coming to you.

MIXED WEEK

It’s been a bit of a mixed week.

The garden has been coming along nicely.
I got the new troughs planted and dug out some old pots to freshen up with new shrubs.
I’ve tried to get shrubs that will give all year round greenery but give plenty of flower colour in the summer to try and attract the bees and butterflies.
Popped some new lights up and now we just need some good weather to be able to enjoy it.

Had my old friend Mick round for another catch up on Weds. It’s nice to get back to our weekly chats, even if it is in the garden for now. The patio area is quite sheltered and with the early morning sun, it gets quite warm.
It’s just not good for the diet. With the bakers just over the road, amazing fresh doughnuts and giant iced finger buns have become a bit of a tradition!!

Work hasn’t been too bad recently.
We are now seeing the return of our elective surgeries and the ward hasn’t been crazy busy.
However, this week I was supposed to work Tues, Thurs and Fri.
Tues went without a hitch and my day off on Weds was nice and chillaxing, however, when I woke up on Thurs I had developed a streaming cold!
My nose felt like someone had turned a tap on and I was sneezing all day which made my eyes watery and puffy.
Work was not great that day. The ward itself was OK, I just felt like poo and I looked like it too. Continuously having to blow my nose made it very sore and I looked like Rudolph the Reindeer. I was actually quite thankful for the mask!!
However, sneezing into that mask was not pretty!
I ended up leaving the ward a couple of hours early and had to say that I wouldn’t be in on Friday.

Explain to me just HOW…. you can spend all day at work in a mask, go nowhere on your day off and STILL catch a cold?

Thursday wasn’t a total loss though as my daughter had her 20 week scan to confirm that the pregnancy was progressing well and that the baby was looking healthy. She also found out that she is expecting a boy!
I know that she and Jordan were hoping for a girl because Jordan already has two little boys, but they are both happy and now they can really start to plan things.
They have said that this will be the only baby in their relationship…… but…… I think the thought of adding a little girl into the mix might persuade them to have another go at some point. We’ll see.

So, to today.
The nose has just about stopped running. It’s not looking as red as it did on Thurs but it’s now so dry and crispy around the edges it’s going to start peeling!! Lovely!
I’m going out to the pub for the first time in Months tomorrow evening and I’m going to look ravishing…. NOT!

Anyway, the BIG news for the day is that in just under 2 hours time, I will be getting my hair cut!!
HALLELLUJAH!
I’ve been desperate for a cut for at least the last 6 weeks!
It’s longer at the end of this lockdown than it was the first one!

Urgh! Please excuse the miserable face. My eyes are still really puffy and I’m just feeling blurgh…….. and old TBH!
Hopefully a haircut and a bit of sun will change that.

Anyway, let’s get to the end of this blog.
What haven’t I mentioned yet?…………. Oh yes, Adam!
Photos have continued to stream out of Italy as Adam and Lady Gaga continue to film for ‘House of Gucci’
It’s been a busy week and the scene that every Adam Driver fan has been dreading was filmed this week too.
The assassination of Maurizio Gucci was filmed and appeared to be quite a tough day for Adam. He is very much a method actor and likes to get into character and stay in character while on set.

Anyway, here are a selection of photos from this week and quite frankly, some of them should be illegal because Adam looks AMAZING!

Right! The sun is shining. I have a few chores to do and I need to shake off the last of this cold.
Have a fabulous weekend whatever you’re doing.

WORK DONE, FEET UP

Three days off and plenty of time to relax.

I started a little DIY project yesterday and made a planter trough for the patio and had a visit from a friend I haven’t seen in months.

Today I had a busy morning with a visit from a company cleaning our gutters and fixing our facia that got damaged in recent high winds, followed by a delivery of some more garden chairs and a few bags of compost for the trough. I managed to get the trough filled and ready for planting and the grass cut before the rain started.

Patio coming along nicely

The patio is really beginning to take shape. It just needs some plants. The sweetpeas are just sprouting and not ready for the trough yet but I may take a trip to the local farm shop tomorrow to see if they have some bedding plants to start with….. if it’s not raining!

So now it’s time to put the feet up and I’m channel hopping. I have settled on a film that I absolutely love and can never click past.

We Bought a Zoo is based on a true story and although it is set in the US and stars Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, the real Zoo is actually here in the UK! It’s a lovely film and a favourite ‘go to’ when I’m just chillaxing.

What do I watch later though? I don’t really want to get hooked on a series and there’s not much in the way of new movies at the moment. I’ve watched Godzilla vs Kong, Cherry, WW1984 and Chaos Walking but I really begrudge paying 10 – 15 pounds for a 2 day rental when we already pay for Netflix and Prime.

Ah well, not long now and the Cinemas will be open again. Can’t wait!!

IT’S GOING TO BE A GOOD DAY

Anyone who reads my blog regularly will know that I’m not a religious person, but I’m not ignorant enough to realise that today is a pretty special day for a lot of people.
I hope that, whatever your belief, you have a wonderful day.

I plan to do just that.
I am going to see my eldest daughter, Murron, for the first time in months!
She is cooking us a roast dinner and I am going to be making Rice Krispie chocolate nests with her partners two little boys.
My daughter is also 18 weeks pregnant, so I’m going to see how the ‘bump’ is progressing.
The sun is already shining so it will hopefully warm up a little this afternoon because this morning was freezing!! There was ice on the car when I took my youngest to work.

Anyway, it’s a nice long weekend for a change.
Working as a nurse doesn’t always guarantee you bank holidays off, but my rota has fallen quite nicely over the next week. I’ve got three days off over this weekend, then two days on before another 3 days off, which is good, because I have a little project on the go in the back garden.

Yesterday was a chill out day as I waited for delivery of some garden furniture.
I’ve been wanting a new table and chairs for a while but was always horrified at the cost.
With the global decline in the use of plastic, getting hold of the old style cheaper garden tables and chairs is now gone.
In fact, getting plastic garden chairs is now getting quite expensive.
However, as I trawled the internet for ideas, I came across a local company who supplies wooden pub style garden benches, tables, chairs and bars at really good prices!
I ordered an 8 seater bench a few weeks ago and it arrived yesterday.
Actually really happy with it. It’s really sturdy and was an incredible price!

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They do benches like this that will seat up to 12! They do separate tables and chairs and they also make bespoke bars to order, so if you want something a little different, give them a go.
www.go2darlows.co.uk Nice friendly service too!

I also decided to put my feet up and watch a new film yesterday too.
A movie that should have been released in the cinema, but due to COVID was release on streaming services for a price.
It’s a film daughter number 2 wanted to watch so once the table had arrived, we put our feet up and watched Godzilla vs Kong.

Mmm. It was OK. I did get a little bit snoozy. I found it a little bit ‘if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all’.
Not saying it was bad, it just lacked a little originality in my mind.
Marjorie enjoyed it anyway.

Tomorrow I plan to crack on with my plan in the garden and hopefully my friend Debbie will be round to sit in the garden for a chat for a while. Haven’t seen her in ages either!

Anyway, better get ready to go to Murron’s.
Have a wonderful weekend whatever your plans are.

STILL WORTH IT

OK, time to talk vaccines again.

Way back on Saturday 9th January, I had my first Covid vaccination.
I blogged briefly back then that “I got quite achy around my shoulders and neck late last night (Saturday) and I’m still a little achy this morning, but other than that, I’m absolutely fine.”

I had my second Covid vaccination this Saturday at lunchtime and this one is a totally different ball game!
I was fine on Saturday. I couldn’t even feel where the vaccination had gone into my arm.
Unlike last time, I didn’t notice any side effect at all.
When I woke up Sunday, I thought everything was fine and came to the conclusion that I simply wasn’t going to have any after effect this time around…….

However……….

At around 6pm Sunday evening, I started to feel a little achy across my shoulders.
So it would appear the reaction was a little delayed. I thought that it probably wouldn’t be any worse than the last mild reaction in January.
How wrong I was!!!

By 10pm I was really sore.
My neck, my shoulders and all the way down my back was so sore I just didn’t want to move.
The lymph nodes in my arm pits swelled and were sore.
My head started pounding.
My temperature started creeping and was a mild 37.9 when I decided to go to bed.
This is when I started to experience small needle stick like sensations in my legs.

There was just no getting to sleep.
At half past midnight I called into work and said I wouldn’t be in today and then I tried to get back to sleep.
It didn’t work and by 3am my temperature was 38.3 and as I had taken a dose of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen just a couple of hours earlier, chances are it was probably actually a bit higher.

It was a very restless night.
Today I am absolutely shattered.
The temperature appears to have settled so far.
My head is still pounding but the lymph nodes in my arm pits have settled down.
My back, neck and shoulders are still sore but have not got any worse and I haven’t had any of the needle stick like sensations in my legs yet today!

I have never been knocked sideways by a vaccination like this before.

With all that being said, I still feel like it was absolutely worth it.
A day or two of feeling rubbish to have a summer of relative freedom and help the country get back on it’s feet and to some normality, is not that big a price to pay.

Today I think I will be cat napping on the sofa, trying to catch up on sleep and shaking off the after effects of this jab.

FALLING APART

In January 2018 I added an actor to my list of ‘Dish of the Weeks’
He was ‘Dish of the Week #74’ and this entry can be read HERE.

Armie Hammer.
He is a strikingly beautiful man who is 6’5 with amazing blue eyes and has been in a couple of my favourite films, namely ‘Mine’, the stunning ‘Call Me By Your Name’ and ‘On the Basis of Sex’.

However, over the last year I have become increasingly disheartened with news reports and allegations made against him.
At first I thought that maybe these were just being made by opportunistic women, but the more I heard, the more I was becoming uncertain.

Things started to go wrong for Armie back in 2020 when he and his wife of 10 years, divorced. What I’m asking myself now is, did she know something about what was to happen next?

In January this year, several women made allegations of abuse they said they had experienced during relationships with Armie and a former girlfriend accused Armie of being emotionally manipulative and abusive during their relationship in 2020, and even alleged he said he wanted to eat her flesh, and would suck or lick her wounds if she had a little cut on her hand. Another ex-girlfriend claimed Armie made a serious suggestion that she have her lower ribs surgically removed so he could eat them.
An attorney for Hammer stated, “These assertions about Mr. Hammer are patently untrue. Any interactions with this person, or any partner of his, were completely consensual in that they were fully discussed, agreed upon, and mutually participatory.” which in itself is a little worrying because it doesn’t deny he actually did any of this or made the suggestion, only that it was all consensual!!

It started to snowball from there as in the same month, an anonymous Instagram account released screenshots that claimed to show Armie’s Instagram direct messages to various women between 2016 and 2020, describing sexual fantasies including violence, rape, and cannibalism. 
Although Armie denied these messages, he started to drop out of commitments for a film and a couple of TV shows.

On February 5, Armie was dropped by his talent agency ‘Endeavour’ and it was also reported that his publicist would no longer represent him.
This just does not happen unless there is good evidence to support all the allegations.

This brings me onto the latest piece of news, and one which is probably the nail in Armie’s coffin.
On the 18th March, the woman who initially came forward with abuse allegations accused Hammer of violently raping her in April 2017 and the Los Angeles Police Department subsequently confirmed that he was under investigation for sexual assault.

Armie is obviously still denying all allegations and I am still clinging to the hope that he is innocent and just the victim of a jealous woman, but unfortunately, the more I hear, the more I am becoming unsure.

‘Innocent until proven guilty’.
I am now waiting with baited breath.
I will cling to my hope until the end, however, if the allegations are true then unfortunately he deserves whatever he gets and it will certainly be the end of his career.

If he is proved innocent?
I feel sorry for him if he is proved innocent because there will be a lot of repair work to do.

It’s all a waiting game now.

JUSTICE

So! two 12.5 hour shifts after 11 days off, comes as a bit of a shock to the system, and I’m feeling it today.
After a few chores, I put my feet up this afternoon and watched Zack Snyder’s Director cut of Justice League.
Holy crap! what a difference a Director’s cut can make.
I wasn’t a fan of the original movie because of the rushed nature of it’s post production, and the horrendously bad CGI effects. I came away from it feeling ’embarrassed’ quite frankly. What they did to Henry Cavill was unforgivable.

However, this new cut is amazing.
It’s actually a totally different film and there is no embarrassing Henry Cavill CGI in this one either.
All of the characters get a little more fleshing out, particularly Barry Allen.
Overall it was a much more watchable experience, even at 4 hours long!

For anyone who doesn’t know the hoo ha over the theatrical release, I will enlighten you.

Problems started in post production in May 2017 when Snyder had to step down as director because of the death of his daughter Autumn. Joss Whedon, who co wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio, took over post-production.
The script had already undergone major changes before and during production between 2016 and 2017, alarm bell 1. In July 2017, the film underwent two months of reshoots, alarm bell 2, with Warner Brothers stumping up another $25 million, alarm bell 3 as re-shoots rarely go over $10 million for any given film.
These reshoots coincided with Henry Cavill’s schedule for Mission Impossible: Fallout. Henry was contracted to grow and keep a mustache during filming for Mission Impossible. Christopher McQuarrie originally gave permission to have Henry Cavill shave the mustache for a fee of $3 million which would have been the cost of shutting down production on Mission Impossible but executives from Paramount Pictures rejected this plan and Justice League’s VFX team was then forced to use special effects to digitally remove the mustache in post-production. They did a horrendous job and made Superman and subsequently Henry Cavill, a laughing stock.

Take a look at this clip to see for yourself just how bad this cover up was. Poor Henry.

Whedon eventually received a screenwriting credit on the film but poor old Snyder received sole director’s credit.
Producer, Charles Roven said in an interview that 80- 85 percent of the movie is what was originally shot.
However, cinematographer Fabian Wagner estimates that only 10% of the original footage shot by him and Snyder was used in the final cut, and judging by the film I saw this afternoon I can believe this.

In July 2020, reports revealed that Joss Whedon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable.

Whedon’s vision of the film incorporated a brighter tone and more humor, and cut the runtime down drastically after a mandate from Warner Bros. The theatrical release of Justice League received mixed reviews and was a box off flop. This had the effect of putting the future of the DC Extended Universe in jeapardy.

After the theatrical release, many fans expressed an interest in an alternate cut and petitions were started for what became known as ‘The Snyder Cut’. Initially this did not look very promising but Warner Brothers made a turnaround in February 2020. In May 2020, Snyder announced that his original cut would be released as Zack Snyder’s Justice League and would cost another £70 million to complete the visual effects, score, and editing, with new material filmed in October 2020. The final cut has been dedicated to the memory of Snyder’s daughter, Autumn.

Justice has been served.

ALL GOOD THINGS

All good things come to an end, or so the saying goes.

Indeed, I am now on my final countdown before going to bed because I have to be up at 05:30 for work after 11 days off.
I am really not feeling it!!

It’s been a nice change of pace. I couldn’t really go anywhere because we are still in lockdown but I decided to just get on top of things around the house and tidy the garden ready for when we ARE out of lockdown and I can have friends round again.
It’s nice doing all of this when you haven’t got to worry about getting it all done between shifts at work.

Anyway, the highlight of the last 11 days has been the start of filming for ‘House of Gucci’ in Italy.
This sent Twitter into meltdown and I was inundated with lots of new Adam Driver content.
FINALLY!! After a whole year, we got some serious new images as filming took place on the slopes in Gressoney and on the streets in Milan.
I was also happy to find out that the actors will NOT be speaking in Italian (apart from the odd word) or with Italian accents! One thing I have been a little worried about is that they would all be speaking with dubious Italian accents which would be a little off putting when watching the film. Thankfully they will be sticking to their own American accents.

Unfortunately, filming has now moved to Villa Balbiano on Lake Como and it is now a closed set and much easier to keep fans and Paparazzi away from, so no new photos for the last couple of days.

However, it got me thinking about Italy again.
I know I want to go back at some point in the future and one of the places on my ‘to do’ list is Lake Como.
Not only was it used for scenes in the Star Wars Prequels, it has now graced Adam Driver.

So I did a quick look at apartments for rent on the lake and there are some cracking ones for just £600 – £1000 per week for up to 4 people. I was actually quite surprised.
Balconies, pools and spectacular views, something to really think about.

Just out of interest, I looked at Villa Balbiano, because I know it can be hired out as a wedding venue with the grounds able to accommodate up to 550 guests in the garden.
The villa itself is classical Italian with stunning grounds all around and it’s rear is on the lake itself.

The villa itself can have up to 12 guests in 6 bedrooms and is rented out on a weekly basis and there is a guest house that can house another 8 people.
BUT, unlike the apartments up and down the lake for £600 – £1000, this Villa hires out for a WHOPPING 147,000 Euros a week!
So unless we win some stupid money on the lottery, I think this one is a little out of reach!

Right, with that on my mind, I suppose I’d better get to bed!

PROGRESS

I may have spent a lot of time in the last week playing on the computer and watching movies during my annual leave, but I did actually manage to get one thing done that I had planned to get done during my time off.

My back garden!!

As I posted a few days ago, my garden had been severely neglected over the last year as we concentrated on a huge sort out in the house and garage and apart from a HUGE hack back of shrubs when we had a skip last year, the garden didn’t get any attention at all.

I wanted to make up for it this year.
As we will be, fingers crossed, out of lockdown restrictions by the end of June, I wanted to make sure I had a garden that I could enjoy when my friends are allowed back around again.
I have 3 weeks off at the end of July and into August and I didn’t want to be wasting my time gardening!!

So, at the beginning of the week my garden looked like this…..

And now it looks like this……