Sunday, August 03, 2008

Missing In Action

Oops, it appears to be nearly two months since I last blogged! Life got a little out of control, my broadband access disappeared, or rather, never arrived (loooooooooooonnnng story) and now I'm trying to work out where on earth the last 7-8 weeks went!

I did move house. But I was diagnosed with depression a week before that, and I highly recommend NOT trying to move house whilst starting anti-depressants, or, in fact, being depressed. I spent a lot of time sitting on the floor saying "I don't know!" whenever the removal men asked me if a box was going to Slough or Lincoln.

Two LARGE lorries arrived (one for Lincoln, where 2/3rds of my stuff now is, the other for Slough, where everything else is), which seemed a bit excessive. Furniture lined the pavement in Newark:

The next day, in Slough, the lorry dwarfed my flat from the outside...

There were boxes everywhere (all my yarn is now in Slough, which isn't what I'd intended, but I was in no state to sort through it! Fortunately I got the books sorted into Lincoln/Slough a month before the move otherwise there wouldn't be room for me in the flat!).

Monkey keeled over with exhaustion.

I had three weeks off sick from work, during which I sat around in Lincoln and didn't do much, other than knit squares for the Oxfam Maternal Mortality rate blanket campaign:



Finished off the Freedom Spirit tanktop that had been OTN for months.

And knitted another pair of bootees for my old boss' new baby.

Then, four weeks ago, I got back behind the wheel of my car, headed for Slough and went back to work. It hasn't been tooooo bad, but I've been concentrating on going to work, sleeping and eating for most of the time. The first week I lived on ready meals, but now I'm cooking virtually every night and feeling a lot better. Fortunately it's a fairly quiet time of year at work so it's not been too mad and my colleagues have been really supportive.

The flat is looking great, and I'm pleased I did move when I did, as it's made a massive difference being able to live on my own again, rather than with various strange housemates, which is why I became depressed. I've just ordered a veg box, as I used to love getting them when I lived in Newark. My first box, which is from Riverford's Upper Norton Farm, should be coming on Wednesday. My church in Windsor has been fantastic. My flat is about six miles from there, which is a pain, as I would prefer to live closer to the community of people who attend my church, but the rents are SO high in Windsor there's no way I can afford to live there (it's bad enough in Slough!!).

Soon I'm planning to start cycling to work - it's about six miles in the car, but the cycle route is more direct, only about three miles, which should make a massive difference both to my fitness levels and petrol bill! I've been exploring some of the local area - Burnham Beeches is impressive and I've been doing a 30 minute walk every lunchtime, so things are looking up. More photos to follow, as, hopefully, I'll be blogging more often now too. I had six weeks without much of an internet connection at all, so I'm again hopelessly behind with blog reading so will be doing some catching up soon...

11 comments:

Anne said...

Good to see you back. Euch! Moving house! Depression or no depression, I'd have been very tempted to simply push Monkey to one side and take his place.

Glad your colleagues and church have been so supportive.

Take care of yourself (which it sounds like you are doing, so keep it up!)

Cat said...

Goodness, what a couple of months!

I'm glad you've made it out the other side and it all seems to be more positive for you at the moment. Take care. xx

Diane said...

(((hugs))) so sorry to hear things have been rough. I've been there and am very glad to hear you're making a comeback.

Are you at home to visitors? I'll be down your way in September, maybe we can hook up :-)

nocton4 said...

so very pleased to see you back,in all the ways that you are back darling.
am pleased to see so much positivity happening and hope that there are more smiles to your days
x

Kat said...

Blimey! You've been having a tough time by the sounds of things. Keep at those knitting needles and chin up!

Steph said...

Keep on keeping on - sounds like things are improving now. Cycling to work is a great idea too!

Craftydramaqueen said...

Daisy, so sorry you've been suffering. You will be ok, it just takes time and a little tablet or two every morning. Keep on knitting, I find it helps me to focus. Glad you are getting support.
Hugs xx

Mary Anne said...

Kiddo, I'm so sorry to hear you've been going through such a rough time. It sounds like things are sorting out now and hopefully having a place of your own will help you feel more centred. You've certainly been through enough moves in the past while; it would upset anyone's balance. All the walking will be helping too.


I'm glad to hear your workmates have been so supportive and your church time is a comfort. Take care of yourself and give Monkey a hug.

The Broken Man said...

Glad the depression seems to be lifting (it's awful, isn't it? I certainly wouldn't want to be moving in a period of depression), and glad you have found such a good church.

The Broken man

http://theblogofabrokenman.blogspot.com/

acrylik said...

My goodness, it's bad enough moving at the best of times, never mind with depression. And when you're getting used to those tablets it's just as bad as the depression, I find. I'm glad you're on your medication now and that you now have a place to yourself, that should help the healing a lot in itself.

Enjoy your new place and hope the cycling's going well! {hugs}

BabyLongLegs said...

Big (((((HUG))))) Daisy my sweet....
At least you can look back at it all and say, "If I did all that whilst not being on top form... I can achieve anything now"...

I love your knitting too....especially the tank top....yummy colours :)

Heres to a brighter and more settled future for you, sounds like you have all the support you need...from real life peeps and from us lot too...

Take care my lovely...
Sarah xXx

PS. Good Riddance to the smelly cat!!