Friday, January 29, 2010
Twin Six for 2010. This means that I get to race in their gear (ie get to buy it very very cheaply) for the season and also get 30% off everything from them for the year as well. I will have a bio on their homepage as well so maybe I'll be able to get a few more visitors here through it as well. Amazingly I didn't have to lie or anything to get my application accepted, I just told them that I come in the middle of the field in every race and I am about the only person in Denmark riding a 29er bike. Apparently that is enough these days to be worthy of representing a fairly cool brand of bike gear.
The only real pain will be that I will no doubt get crucified with import duty when they send me the kit later in the spring...
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Over the past few years I have had several episodes of neck and shoulder pain which I am told is caused by stress although I know that sitting in front of a laptop for many hours each day doesn't help at all.
I guess that the current episode has been brought on by DK's surgery, but that knowledge doesn't seem to be helping to get rid of the pain. I went to the Chiropractor on Monday and that helped a bit, but I am not going back again until next Monday and I am in fairly serious and almost constant pain at the moment. I need some serious ibuprofen consumption to get through the day.
I don't know if this guy is trying to get out of the problem by hangin himself and I am nowhere near that state, but I am really sick of this and I suspect I have another week or 2 of it to come. Bugger.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Cannondale R3000 -2004 (stripped parts)
On-one Pompino - 2005 (sold)
On-one geared inbred - 2004 (sold)
Cannondale Jekyll - 2006 (sold)
Cotic Road Rat - 2008 - (Still got)
Salsa Mamasita - 2008 (best MTB I've had)
Monday, January 25, 2010
It was about -4C (low 20s F for those of you who reside in the past) and there was an icy wind blowing across from Russia to keep everything deeply frozen. I was pretty damned cold for most of the 2 hours that I was out although I did enjoy the opportunity to get some fresh air and daylight. When the chance came to ride again on Sunday, I chose to ride in the basement and watch the end of Watchmen on DVD and get in some power intervals instead of risking the ice again. A good choice I think.
This morning I have been to the Chiropractor to get my neck sorted out a bit. The problem is a trapped nerve that is always brought on by a great combination of stress and desk work. I can thank DK for this one which makes a change from work causing both of the problems!
DK is continuing to do well, he had his stitches out this morning and is currently at the cleft palate centre seeing a doctor for a check up and a speech therapist for the same I suppose. He makes a lot of different noises and seems to communicate quite well considering that the only word he can annunciate clearly is "more".
MK and I have another hour planned with Darcey this evening. Hopefully the yoga will be good for MK's cold.
Friday, January 22, 2010
I don't think I have gained much weight, maybe 2 kg but as I was aiming to get down to 90kg this year and I think I am at about 98kg at the moment, there is plenty of work to do.
A review of the rules:
- No white stuff - sugar, mayo, lard, ice cream, cream or cauliflower if I can help it. ( I'm still allowed a little butter)
- No refined sugar, cakes, sweets, biscuits unless it is during or immediately before/after exercise
- Limited starchy food - rice, pasta potatoes
- No milky coffee
- Lots of grated carrots
Thursday, January 21, 2010
For her birthday I bought MK a yoga kit (a mat, some blocks and a belt - don't know what that's for though) and a Darcy Bussell Pilates DVD. Last night after we put the kids to bed we got the mats out and did the workout. It took a bit more than an hour to go through the tips, warm up, work out and cool down.
By the end we had agreed that it wasn't too hard, she is a lot more flexible than we are (really she is, I know it's hard to believe) and it went too slowly. The best thing was that we enjoyed it and it was really relaxing so we are planning on doing it again 2 or 3 times a week but maybe using the shorter mini workout whenwe can't be bothere with the full hour. I think it may well help my neck and shoulders and also the core strength will help a lot when I am cycling.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Last night I had another go at tempura batter with a reasonable amount of success. I did some cod slices that were OK, but I don't think the oil was deep enough and there was no more in the cupboard. The main success were the tempura basil leaves that were light, crispy delicious and very poncy. I also tried some onion rings that were pretty good and some boiled carrots that were, at the very least, improved by the coating of crispy batter.
Sorry there aren't any pictures to enjoy thins time, but I'm pretty sure I'll try it again at some point.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Sunday morning I was supposed to do the next round of the slushcup mountain bike race. This was the urban round and is around a derelict warehoue/dock area. I got there 1,5 hours before my start time to find -2C and a howling wind to go with the ice underfoot. It didn't take many seconds to realise that I'd rather be in the hospital with M&D Ks that risking my neck out there so I went to the really good baker on Christianshavn and got some bread and cakes and then headed for the hospital.
During the night DK had removed his own drip so he now only the tube in the othe end to deal with although the IV may well have to go back in unless he starts drinking a lot.
Now it's tme for some of my home made Thai vegetable soup with the over priced bread before I head of to get J from the outlaws later.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Both of the inmates were happy to see us and DK has picked up a great deal since yesterday and had apparently eaten 5 ice-pop things during the afternoon whilst MK's mum was there. Whistl DK is improving, MK is rather tired and was obviously sad to see J for such a short time and then say goodbye to him again.
Unfortunately it is all a bit late in the week and late in the day for J who was rather tired so he wasn't at his best. We didn't stay too long, but we will go back tomorrow on the train for some added excitement. On the way home J decided that he was too hungry to get home without starving to death so I decided to try out McDonalds for the first time in a very very long time. Suffice to say that J will not be asking to go back and I am pretty much certain that I will never eat another McDonalds again as long as I live.
It has been something of a struggle to keep up with my work during the week, I haven't had a great deal of motivation for it or energy left by the time I get home, but I am confident that I can keep up for another few days.
J and I are going to visit MK and DK this afternoon and take get something to eat for MK who is stuck in the ward without food to hand unless someone delivers it to her. I'll take the camera today.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
throw up over everything this afternoon which ended with his clothes
being removed with scissors. At least they were hospital clothes.
He even managed to have a poo on his own later in the evening so we
know they connected the right tubes up! In general he is sleepy and
feeling sorry for himself but things should keep getting better
although we are told it is a slow process.
Daniel went in for his operation at about 9:30 yesterday morning and was gone for about 4 hours. The surgeon removed about 30cm from the bottom of his large intestine where the nerve cells were missing to make it work properly and where it had been stretched and damaged from being bloated for so long. She then connected the good section of bowel to the exit.
He slept most of the afternoon and MK just told me that he has slept most of the night. He has an epidural for pain killers to be put in and otherwise seems to be OK, but groggy. This morning he has been farting which is apparently a good sign.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Now it's the real deal and I am terrified.
I don't know what else to write, they're going to take part of his bowel out and we don't really know what the result will be. We hope that it fixes his problems, but our faith in the medical profession is not that great and they're not even making any promises anyway.
I'll try to keep the blog up to date with his progress over the coming days.
I don't do praying, but if you do, then feel free to say one for DK tomorrow.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
We've just had some pancakes for breakfast #2 (3 or 4 for DK) and in a minute we're off to the forest for a walk. Pictures to follow...
Friday, January 08, 2010
MK and the boys have just gone out for supplies and are planning a sledgin trip later in the day whilst I get on with my work and wait for lunchtime to arrive.
This weekend is MK's birthday, we are expecting a low key affair as MKs parents are probably not welcome with their assorted viruses and we are psyching ourselves up for the trauma of DKs operation next week.
Have a good weekend everyone and enjoy the snow, you'll miss it when it's gone.
Thursday, January 07, 2010
MK won't let them watch more than about 30 minutes in the morning and an hour in the evening and that is probably already too much, but when it is so cold and dark outside and they have been playing inside most of the day, sometimes there is nothing else that pacifies them quite as well.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Live is very much back to normal after the Christmas break now, MK is on her 2nd of 3 hospital apointments for the week and work is really busy. J is off nursey to try and avoid contaminating DK with anything before his operation and there is a slight feeling of cabin fever in the house as a result.
Anyway, last night we saw a history of violence on DVD. I thought it was a really excellent film although I think MK was a little scared by it all. Despite the title, it wasn't really a slasher fillm, but there was a little gore to deal with.
MK is hoping that we can get a night off to go and see the new film with Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker. Great.
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
The blades are really cheap compared with Gilette razors and the whole experience of shaving is completely different. You have to take your time and normally do the whole things twice, but I am enjoying the 5-10 minutes I spend shaving with it in the morning and am now looking forward to the arrival of my new shaving brush...
Monday, January 04, 2010
Friday, January 01, 2010
For some reason we never seem to manage much on NYE, we have been to one party since moving here and had a rather bizare evening with D&M overlooking the town square war zone in Copenhagen as people tried to kill each other with fireworks. Perhaps we'll have our own party next year...
I hope that everyone has a great 2010 but more than anything else, I hope that DK has a good January and he is able to get on with being a normal little boy without being interfered with so much.