New Year, New Me – Changes


I began the New Year by making some more Red Onion and Rosemary Confiturra. The kitchen smelled heavenly and I might just turn this into a tradition!

This is about halfway through the cooking process and so it doesn’t look like much, but let me tell you… it tastes like Ambrosia of the Gods (or, at least, I imagine that Ambrosia would be at least this good). Now I want to bake a loaf of bread and smear the still-warm crust with soya spread and some Confiturra that I’ve been storing in the fridge since 15th December, but thanks to 2011′s Oral Ordeal I don’t have the teeth to chow down until I recieve my partials between February and March. A pity, but it gives me something to put on my Things To Look Forward To list!

This year the fannish amongst you will be subjected treated to my new guest writer, InkAshlings, who shall be reviewing some of her favourite shows for me – mainly Doctor Who. She writes beautifully, with enthusiasm and a deeply invested love for the show, and I’m certain that you shall enjoy her!

There is so much that I would like to do this year, and a lot that Tribble and I have already planned. Mainly, I need to organise some dates to visit with my son, and the Big Event shall be the Discworld Convention in August – which I booked us up for as soon as it was announced early last year! Last year… that sounds so strange, still.

I want to get out of my physical funk. This means actually getting out of bed at some point, jumping on my Wii Fit and doing gentle exercise to bring atrophied muscles back to full strength. I spent so much of 2011 being completely unwell, in pain and often physically sick that I’ve got myself into some quite bad habits.

I have to exorcise my personal Monster (anorexia, in my case) and start nourishing my body again. If I don’t feed it, then any exercise I do will just make me ill and will be utterly pointless. My new kitchen hobby has actually reawakened my hunger and my interest in food, so we shall see how it goes.

I’ve decided to try to grow vegetables in amongst my flowers, so that I have the makings of chutneys, pickles, relishes and salsas to hand instead of having to buy them. Tribble has courgettes, tomatoes, radishes and beets in his vegetable patch, and we grow various types of green beans every year, but there’s not a lot of space up there because of how the greenhouse is situated. I do love my veggies and salads though, and can think of nothing nicer than sitting in the sunshine, munching on lettuce, tomato, beetroot and spring onions that I literally just pulled out of the ground and washed. With a decent home-made dressing or chutney, of course.

I just want to be more productive. I’ve been largely stagnating since losing my job through illness almost six years ago and I feel useless around the house. I’ve learned to cross-stitch and I love to read and I have lots of TV shows that I love; but in the summer I wasn’t even able to pull a few loose weeds out of my shrub border and that upset me. As it stands now, I can’t kneel down and get back up again, and I can feel my right leg wobbling and trying to turn outwards and collapse when I go up the stairs. I’m sure yoga and gentle walking will eventually fix that though.

Health and finances allowing, the wedding shall – hopefully – happen. We wish to keep it small and private though, so I may not blog about it until after the event when pictures can be posted.

I have, however, already chosen my gown.

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About Missus Tribble

Media volunteer for Epilepsy Action (UK) and advocate for both epilepsy and autism awareness. Seamstress, cross-stitcher, sci-fi lover, ukulele player and Chelmsford's own Pickling Pagan who wants to inherit a TARDIS when she grows up. In the process of writing an as yet unnamed book, with anecdotes and information about being epileptic and autistic - and seeing the funny side! Also an entertainment journalist for What Culture, where I write about Doctor Who.
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10 Responses to New Year, New Me – Changes

  1. welshgirl15 says:

    So glad that making the chutneys has reawoken your hunger! And hopefully by the summer you can be pulling up some weeds.

    Yay for getting InkAshlings as a guest writer, she really does write her reviews beautifully

  2. robyhn says:

    That sounds delicious, I love chutney so much!
    I’ve just started cross stitching too, I’ve always been interested after hearing you write about it :)

  3. charliesmum says:

    Also we are going to be in England in late July/Early August. I’m hoping your health (and timing) will be such that we will be able to meet in person!

    Also…any hope you can post a photo of your gown withoug Dom seeing it?

  4. daisychain says:

    Happy new year to you Gemma, I wish you nothing but the very best for 2012.

  5. jakesprinter says:

    A Great Entry Missus
    Wish you luck for 2012
    more power to your blog :)

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