One of my biggest fears in going to the doctor’s surgery. I’m not scared of doctors, I’m not scared of dentists, I’m not scared of hospitals, but I am scared of wasting their time. I’m scared they’ll say it’s all in my head, or there isn’t a problem, or I didn’t need to come and see them. Most of the time, I’ll stay away unless I’m really struggling – and my headaches have gotten to that point. Last year, my headaches were crippling, but they seemed to tone down after I got new glasses. I thought it was all sorted but, in February, they started coming back with a vengeance. Not being able to walk up a hill in Edinburgh due to a pounding headache was the final straw. I bit the bullet, and I made an appointment.
That’s a big deal for me!
One of the very few upsides to Matt being on tour and me being off work…
Wait, let me restart this…
The only upside to Matt being on tour and me being off work is that I get to travel around the country and visit him. So far, I’ve only made it to Birmingham which wasn’t the best trip I’ve ever had, as 5 hours into the trip I got struck down by one of the worst migraines I’ve ever had, and spent the next 11 hours asleep in the hotel. As far as trips go, Birmingham wasn’t the greatest.Last week, Matt was in Edinburgh, and I was able to pop up to Scotland for two days and join him in one of, if not the most, beautiful cities in the U.K
Apparently, I’d been to Edinburgh before, in 2005 to march in the G8 Summit march urging world leaders to drop Africa’s debt. I was 13 at the time, so I barely remember it, and I was surrounded by adults so I don’t think I’d have seen much of the city anyway. I’d also passed through Edinburgh dozens of times as a child, as my parents used to take us on day trips to Scotland – so I feel I should have known a bit more about the city than I did. In fact, my knowledge of Edinburgh totally lacking. I knew of Edinburgh castle, and I knew of The Elephant House, where J.K Rowling penned the first three Harry Potter books, but other than that I had no idea what to expect.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is now 20 years old. For 80% of my life Harry Potter has been there for me when I was bored, lonely or sad. Harry was there to remind to be brave, Ron was there to remind to be a better, kinder, more supportive friend despite having my own problems and Hermione was there to make me be the best student I could be. I realise it sounds dramatic, but Harry Potter really changed my life, and it continues to do so even now.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary, I really wanted to write a Harry Potter blog, but I knew that if I was left to my own devices, I’d ramble more than I’d ever rambled before so I decided to look online for a Harry Potter tag and I immediately found one by FandomsOnTheRun that I wanted to try. Any excuse to talk about Potter! Continue reading
Gosh, May feels like it went on forever. I’m not complaining – 2016 flew by so I’m hoping every other month follows the slow pace of May!
It felt like summer had arrived early, with the weather being glorious – sometimes it felt as though I was back in Spain! Matt was able to come home for just over a week, and we worked out where and when we can meet up for the next (and last) four months of his tour, which gives me something to look forward to over this break. I didn’t get as much done on here as I’d have liked. Earlier in the month while clearing space, I deleted a database which said it hadn’t been accessed since 2011. It turned out that it was my WordPress database, and it wasn’t able to be restored so I got to start my website with a clean slate! Continue reading