Eyebrows,Facials, Glasses

On Friday Claire and I rather randomly went to get our eyebrows threaded. We had seen this done when The Salon used to be on Channel Four. It involves a piece of cotton thread which is twisted and pulled sharply, yes sharply, over your facial hairy bits, ripping the hairs out at the roots. The beautician was an asian girl who struck me as being a bit “hard sell”, going on about how often this procedure should be carried out. On the spur of the moment, (I’m a bit like that),I decided to have my eyebrows tinted.

The young lady asked me if I had been there before and I said no so then she she said “it’s your first time then”. This is rather akin to when you say to a shop assistant “would you like the 2p?” or what ever the odd money is and they say, “yes please, if you’ve got it”. Anyway, back to the eyebrows. Once finished , (it took no time at all),I was given a mirror. What a sight for sore eyes – literally-bright red skin from the threading with dark eyebrows with gaps in. I politely pointed out the gaps and was told that my eyebrow hair was fair one end and darker the other.Mmm, would have thought that should have been noted in the first place. Still she slapped a bit more tint on. Claire then had her eyebrows done and they looked nice and she wasn’t red skinned.(She didn’t have the tinting.)

These eyebrows of mine are now known as “asian eyebrows”. In this day and age I’ve had to think twice about this terminology for fear of being branded a racist. This whole racist thing is getting way out of hand. Certainly racial discrimination is wrong but it is time we realised that we are probably all racist in that we are aware of differences between one race and another.Shapes of faces, colour of skin, type of hair, shape of body. I can remember smiling broadly at black people on buses back in the sixties because I didn’t want them to think I didn’t like them but that meant I was thinking about them in a different way because of skin colour.

Having got the bug for facial treatments we went to another beauticians and Claire had an hour’s facial treatment which she really enjoyed. I nearly burst out laughing though when the beautician said to her “have you been here before?” – you guessed- “So it’s your first time then”. I think I’ll book for one of those treatments though, it did look relaxing. It involved a metal roller gadget, some metal balls, a lit up thingy, various creams and a muslin cloth.

After that we went to Zizi’s in Windsor where I had a very nice seafood pasta dish which I always have at Zizi’s. We shared a bottle of Italian lager which was very tasty and we watched the world go by. Next stop the podiatrist/chiropodist.

The chiropodist was one we hadn’t been to before. Claire being on her feet for 12 hours at a time, walking miles around the hospital,has been suffering from sore feet and aches and pains in her knees. I picked a chiropodist out on the internet and made an appointment for 5pm. We found the house at five to and went and knocked. The door opened and a lady came out saying that she had just left us an answerphone message because we were late. We pointed out that we were, in fact,early. She then realised that it wasn’t six o’clock as she had thought.

She took lots of dry skin off the balls of Claire’s feet and told her that she’s flat footed and needs insoles but they are very expensive so we need to look into NHS provision. It would make sense for NHS staff to have podiatry at work. Yes, I know, no money. The podiatrist was very friendly and was interested in a lot of alternative therapies and in spiritual things.

On Saturday I took Ralph for a walk and managed to catch him quite easily probably because he’d got a stick caught in his harness. Claire and I then went for a lovely ride on a route she hadn’t been on before. Before we went we groomed the ponies and Claire found a place on Celeste’s back which, when scratched, made Celeste lift her head up and open her mouth as if she was saying ” yes, just there, that’s the spot , mm ,lovely!” It was a beautiful day for a ride and we really enjoyed it.

In the afternoon we went down to the town and I went back to the opticians and had a moan about the fact that my new glasses were uncomfortable and didn’t help with distance vision. After various checks I was given another check over with the optician who agreed that the left lens was wrong and the frames were unsuitable. Hooray! I got to choose another pair of frames which are much lighter and wider at the bridge. I don’t think my sister or Claire were very impressed so they went off and did some shopping while I got the glasses sorted out. I’m really looking forward to getting them.

Ralph had great fun this morning playing with his dog friends whilst the “owners” (not sure I like that term) had a very good chinwag.

Published in: on March 11, 2007 at 8:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Lazy day

Didn’t get up till 10.30! Shock horror! Apart from going outside in the night to check that Jen’s car hadn’t been stolen. (This was because Ralph started barking and a car seemed to be on the drive, probably just turning round.)

Took Ralph out for his walk and he met four dogs but none of them were really in the mood to play.Buddy tried to run about but was feeling sore because he had gone off adventuring one morning and had scratched himself. Two were rather small and obviously thought Ralph was rather alarming and the other was a guest staying at Buddy’s house who was more interested in chewing up a stick. It was a beautiful day, really spring like.

It’s funny how you feel more tired when you’ve had a load of sleep. Nigel’s snoring in the chair and I’ve been lying on the bed cuddling Ralph.

I’m wondering how many people will be asking for bird flu vaccinations tomorrow. It’s been made very clear that such a thing is not available and won’t be until bird flu mutates. Mind you, you can understand why people get confused. There are two messages being given out a the moment, there’s an infinitesimal risk of the Suffolk outbreak spreading to people but if it did it would be very serious. After the foot and mouth debacle it’s not surprising people are unwilling to trust Defra. What was it called before? Can’t remember! Maybe the Ministry of Making a Collosal Cock Up and Killing Loads of Animals.

Trouble is, I can’t see the people of this country coping with anything that would affect their lifestyles. You’ve only got to see what supermarkets are like if there is even a whiff of a shortage. It’s the greatest way to sell something, saying it’s in short supply.

People cannot cope with symptoms for long either. There is very little allowing things to run their course or trusting nature to fix things. A few sneezes or a cough and it’s ” I must have an urgent appointment” (in between the hairdresser and the shopping)!

A cold is never a cold either it’s always flu . Flu is when you cannot get out of bed and walk across the road even if you are promised £1000 for doing so.

Oh dear, I seem to be getting on to my soapbox. It is odd though, isn’t it how a headache has to be called migraine, a cold flu, etc. Maybe it all dates back to getting extra care when you were little and you had something wrong, people want that sort of cherishing and feel they have to exaggerate to get it.

I meet quite a lot of 90 year olds in my job and when I think what they have lived through and how stoical they are, I wonder if anyone from my generation will last that long!

Sorry for the gloom and doom.

PS Can anyone define a ping?


Sometimes I wonder what will become of me and I feel quite sad. Ilove my husband dearly but he spends too much time asleep these days, usually in front of the televison. He’s not 55 yet but he behaves like an old, old man. My lovely girls will fly the nest before long and I think I could be very lonely. I think this is one of the reasons why I like twitter.com, it’s so lovely and random.

There must be million so of people worldwide who find company on the internet. It’s non judgemental,in the case of this blog no-one reads it anyway!

You can talk about or read about absolutely anything.

One of our patients has just lost his wife, they were together since they were 7 years old. They were married for 60 years. He’s such a lovely man. It’s so sad.

I was thinking today that maybe we whould go back to living in extended families again. There was an article on the news about people having to care for, or fund care for, their relatives. If you read Random Acts of
Reality you’ll see there is a lot of discussion about the ambulance service. The health service is failing. People are increasingly isolated and have no senior family members to consult. This is one of the reasons the services are stretched. There is no reserve of common sense to tap in to, no voice of experience .

A lot of students are having to live at home instead of moving out when they go to university. Maybe that’s a start.

Then there’s the drink problem. Is it because people are generally not that happy, because they think they should have more than they’ve got due to advertising? Take Christmas for example, that mad rush of spending and gorging and having a “good ” Christmas. Then , propbably because of disappointment and sheer boredom from a holiday in the dark of winter what next? Ah yes , the sales. Go and get in a queue , thrash about in crowds and buy things you don’t want or need, withoiut having the money to pay for them of course. Never mind Ocean Finance or similar will consoilidate your debts and give you a ” well deserved” holiday.You’ve got no money, you OWE money so, of course you DESERVE a holiday!

Oh dear, what a rant, must be my age I suppose.

One of my friends at work has got to have her bladder removed. She is so brave, she is so kind and such fun.

I have nominated her for a national honour but as she isn’t a sports person or a civil servant I doubt she’ll get it. She should though for the way she quietly does things for people purely out of the goodness of her heart.

I wish her luck, I hope she’ll be well looked after and won’t get MRSA or C Diff or any other free samples from the hospital. We will miss her so much and we will just be hoping for her to make a quick recovery so that she can come back to work and make us all laugh.

Published in: on January 10, 2007 at 9:16 pm  Comments (3)