Firstly, thank you all for the comments and encouragement – it means such a lot, and is a terriffic boost. You lot are lovely 🙂
We set off tomorrow. TOMORROW. Eeeek!
Actually, I’m really excited – and hanging on to what D said about the physical responses to excitement and anxiety being exactly the same. Every time I get butterflies or feel my heart pumping, I tell myself it’s excitement. And so far, it’s worked!
I’m as ready as I’ll ever be, I have a sleeping bag and various other bits and bobs, I’ve made lists, I’ve started packing. Well, to be fair, I started packing a couple of weeks ago. My excuse is that I didn’t want to worry the cat by getting my backpack out at the last minute…
My biggest worries now are the weather (we’re taking our spinning wheels, and can’t exactly spin in the rain) and my stupid spine. Lately, my neck has been playing up, and a good 60% of the time I have pins and needles in my right arm. My grip is shocking, and my shoulders hurt. It’s probably stress related tension having a knock on effect on the arthritis, but it’s annoying. Plus, it means that I’m not sleeping well, and as I’m Absolutely Shattered from the whole CBT thing, I’d planned on plenty of naps to restore my strength for all the running around and oohing and aahing at Woolfest.
I will be fine, except my left knee keeps giving way, like it’s “dead”. It’s hard to work it out, because I just don’t notice anything until the feeling comes back (by which point it’s too late), then I get that really cold pins and needles feeling, right under my kneecap. It’s made me fall over a couple of times, so I’m mentioning it here in case the Girls think I’m pissed. It makes no sense, it coincides with the neck thing, but I’d have thought that nerves in the knee originate from the lower back. I don’t know. Just let me know when they invent spine transplants…
This is probably going to be the last blog entry until I come back. The plan is to take a notebook and write stuff down, then let you all know the gory details when we get back on Sunday. Tonight, walking round Sainsburys and wondering what else I needed, I realised that this was the LAST OPPORTUNITY to get Stuff. I stopped myself from putting one of everything in the trolley, and got a couple of things I’d thought of.
I shall stop fretting any… second…. NOW.

6 thoughts on “Iminence

  1. Mary says:

    Phone, keys, cash, and a credit card. Everything else can be easily sourced or managed without. For super-duper comfortable preparation, perhaps also a change of pants and a day’s medication.
    Oh, and a BLOODY big bag to stash any purchases you might accidentally make.
    Have fun 🙂

  2. Anne says:

    It was so lovely to meet up with you and I am so glad that you were able to make it there.
    I meant what I said about a trip to Wales if you are able; there would be a Croeso Cymraeg (Welsh Wecome)here for you all

  3. kath says:

    You did it!! Big pat on back (not a cow pat, the other type!)
    Thanks for a fab few days!

  4. Kath says:

    I’m so glad you made it and it was lovely to meet you and hope we can see you out and about again next year (and obviously inbetween as well of course!). See, I witter in blog comments as well as in real life!! Sorry!

  5. Claire says:

    Lovely to meet you – sorry I was so zoned out, but I had the massivest headache. I’m determined to get to see Carrie Anne more, and hopefully all you lovely people to.
    Claire x

  6. Kath says:

    Thank you for my gorgeous nostepinne/ sock puller upperer!

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