Saturday, 6 August 2011

My swagger's in check

I cannot get this song out of my head. I apologise if it is now in your head.. If you do not know this song, you're incredibly lucky. Anywho, hello there! Well, I have had an incredibly busy week - well busy for my standards! I have a few more pictures for the wedding for you all to gaze upon.

This might sound weird but I feel rather chuffed that I managed to last the whole day - and yes, even dancing away too. It was just so much fun. I know I have gushed a huge amount already about it but it just went sooo well! I also felt very honoured being asked to be a bridesmaid, thanks Phil and Jem :)

This week began with my friend Frances' birthday so we met up at Cafe Hula, had some tapas and a wee glass of wine. Good good.

On Tuesday I was back at the Beatson to meet Lord Jack McConnell, who was coming to speak to the 'young folk' about the Teenage Cancer Trust. I had never heard of the TCT until I was unwell but now, I cannot say enough good things about them. I really do think they do invaluable work and this is what we had to tell him! He was a very nice man and incredibly personable. He said he had only recently heard of the TCT and is wanting to become more involved. He spoke to us for quite a while and then it was time for a mini photoshoot... Cringe.

On Wednesday, Teenie, Ruth, Cat and I decided to venture out to Ikea to get some meatballs for dinner. This was an ace idea until we turned up at Ikea and they were having a Crayfish Festival (meaning NO meatballs) - ehhh sorry what?! We were not happy about this. The only thing that would make the situation a bit more bearable would be to purchase a Dime Cake... However, Ikea NO LONGER HAVE DIME CAKES. Well, as you can tell, I was not very happy about this. To ease our pain, we headed over to Xscape for some grub and a shot at the photo machine... If you were a teenager in the late 90's you will remember these machines. I think most of my Saturday afternoons were spent at them.

Thursday was a HUGE day. Teenie and I went to chuck some stuff in her new flat (which, FYI, is totally gorgeous, near Haymarket in Edinburgh) and Alice came round for dinner. The big news is that.. Drum Roll please.. I HAD A CHINESE TAKEAWAY WAHOOOOOO! This was a rather momentous occasion as I have been on a strict 'pregnant woman's' diet since May 2010. I have been very well behaved with this diet, but there are so many foods I've been craving. Clare and I are going to hunt Glasgow for the best cheese board (any suggestions, fire them my way) and I REALLY want to go to Brel for Muscles and chips.I found a list the other day that Teenie and I wrote while I was getting the High Dose Chemo and I wasn't able to eat. This list is of restaurants that I want to go to.. It's rather long.

On Friday, Teenie and I met Barbara and the kids and went to the park which was great fun as always. In the evening I met my chums and went to celebrate Ally's birthday. It sounds really sad to say, 'it felt like old times' but it really made me realise how much I've missed over this past year. It felt normal and I didn't feel paranoid that people were looking at me as I don't think I look any different now (I'm telling myself that my hair is a passable length).

I know this post has been all 'blah, blah, blah' but I think it really shows that I'm getting gradually better each day. A few weeks ago, I could never have imagined doing something every single day so that in itself is an achievement! Also, last week my Magnesmium went down to 0.54 (it's supposed to be around 0.7-1.0) and even though I'm taking the supplements it doesn't seem to be doing anything. So, I conducted my own 'test'. I didn't take the supplements for five days and when I got my blood checked on Tuesday it was 0.65! This is good news as it means my kidneys are going in the right direction! It's still going to take a while for my blood to behave but at the moment, that works for me.

Now, something I've been planning for quite some time now is my Fundraising Ceilidh for the Teenage Cancer Trust. It's being held at 7.30pm on Saturday 3rd September at the Glasgow University Union. I have a couple of bands sorted thanks to some good friends and I'm now trying to get together raffle prizes. If any blog type folk can think of anything to contribute/know of anyone that would contribute, please let me know! I've spent most of my day sending loads of emails and I plan to phone round places again on Monday. I already have a few prizes from some lovely local business so hopefully I can get a few more! If you have any suggestions/want to come/want to donate a raffle prize, just drop me an email at

Right guys, I think I best be off now! I hope everyone is having a swell weekend.


  1. Oh the wedding photos are lovely, it's definitely an honour to be asked to be a bridesmaid. :)

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  2. you are so jam packed right now, I am beaming with pride missy! You are womder woman! cant wait to get our ceilidh on- oh yeah xxxxxxxxx

  3. You really need to go and have mussels at the Left Bank on Gibson St!!

    Also cheese wise, maybe go to the George Mewes shop on Byres Road? The men in there make you taste everything and have all the good ones! Or come into K&J and I will hook you up! Great to see that your doing well Mairead, see you at the ceilidh if not before x