It’s Sunday. Again. Blimey, I have no idea where the time goes!
I spent the first half of the week feeling rubbish after attending the Photography event last weekend, so consequently didn’t do much. I’ve felt rubbish a fair bit recently and I’m starting to feel a bit overwhelmed by all the jobs piling up both at my house and at my parents’. I can’t have felt that overwhelmed though, as instead of tackling said jobs on Thursday when I was feeling a bit brighter I went with a friend on my scooter to a local bluebell wood instead 😉 The sun was shining, the insects were humming, the butterflies were out in force, the smell was breathtaking and I tell myself it was good for my soul (and it was). I’m going to ignore the fact I trapped my finger in the back door on the way out and took a chunk out of my knuckle which bled everywhere and is still really sore.
Friday though I really did have to make a start on some jobs at my folks’ and it did feel good to get them out of the way. Friday afternoon my computer decided to install the latest ‘Creation’ update for Windows 10. It took over an hour and afterwards my touchpad didn’t work properly, all my notification sounds had reverted back to default, my taskbar was full of unnecessary icons like One Drive which I now can’t get rid of, my carefully calibrated monitor colours had gone to shit and my computer had slowed down considerably. Way to go Microsoft! So I spent another hour putting my laptop back to how it should be and cursing Bill Gates.
Saturday I was getting concerned about the fact my freezer was half empty, so I spent the whole morning cooking. It fucking cripples me and at the end of it I’m in so much pain and am so exhausted I’m literally on the verge of collapse – if I ever win the Lotto the very first thing I would do is employ a chef. I’m extremely proud that I managed to make some Gingerbread, 4 Lentil Dals, 4 Lentil bakes and 4 pots of rhubarb jam though – yayy to me 😉
This afternoon I’m meeting my bezzie for lunch. I haven’t seen her for weeks as she’s been really unwell. She has M.E. but is also Coeliac. She and her partner ate out at a cafe they’ve been to many times before and she ordered a gluten-free turkey sandwich. Not long afterwards she started to feel really sick and realized she’d been glutened. When she asked the cafe owner what was in the sandwich it turned out it contained regular stuffing. WTF?! She vomited violently for the next 6 hours and it took two entire weeks for her to start eating normally again.
This is where the current fad for being ‘sensitive to gluten’ annoys the hell out of me. So many people these days avoid wheat because it makes them bloated or because they’ve read online somewhere that it’s bad for you, so food outlets don’t really take the whole issue seriously. But for Coeliacs it can be a matter of life or death. If my friend eats gluten it can give her stomach cancer or make her puke so much she needs to be hospitalized. By giving her a sandwich containing gluten the cafe owner has basically assaulted her, causing her actual bodily harm. We both agree there should be some official body you can report this kind of thing to, as it’s now illegal in the UK to say food is allergen-free when it’s not.