Still on that boat…

Strawberry blonde in a dizzy world!

Rice ‘n’ peas


I managed to get out of the house the other day and go to a Caribbean restaurant which was really nice. Unfortunately I was the designated driver as I can’t drink and don’t really feel like it anyway to be honest. It was still fun watching these guys on the 2 for 1 cocktails – funnily enough they just had two each every time so I was glad that they were putting in a good effort.


I was on my peppermint tea and was looking pretty rough (see below if you dare!). For the love of God someone give me the name of a good eye bag concealer.


I’m still having trouble with the random aches and pains. I was filling up a hot water bottle to ease the pain in my back and managed to pour it over my hand instead – how ironic!


Oh, on a positive note I can’t really remember the Girl on the Train now (despite also reading the book) so when it’s played on the TV it will be a real treat 😉

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“Rice ‘n’ peas”

  1. Avatar November 21st, 2016 at 7:22 pm Emma Says:

    Is that turtle bay? I’ve been to the Birmingham one. Love the food there!
    Ps you don’t need it, but I always use clarins under eye concealer. It makes me look human again after a rough night with the kids and work the next day!!

  2. Avatar November 25th, 2016 at 1:06 pm Susan Cartwright Says:

    Yes it was a really good atmosphere too, it was like you could have just rolled off the beach and popped in for dinner 🙂 noted down the concealer (thanks for that!) and I’m hoping Father Christmas will be winging one my way soon xx

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Now  – ? just a mess really! I was diagnosed with Migraine Associated Vertigo (MAV) eight years ago when my life changed dramatically. It’s a variant of migraine that means I feel dizzy and tired nearly all of the time. If I try and do anything ‘normal’ this sparks of vertigo which gradually gets worse and worse until I pass out unless I lie down for hours, sometimes days. What this means is I spend 90% of my time in bed in a quiet dark room. Normal activities like shopping, walking, going anywhere bright or busy, the cinema even visiting friends who have patterned wallpaper or a gravel drive is a nightmare!

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