Wednesday MeetUp lunch. 

Published March 15, 2017 by theycallmemrstibbs

Yes that’s right I went for lunch with friends today who I met through a MeetUp group. 

We have started doing an every 2 week group for lunches. We (Karim and I) are going this one has more than just the two of us like last time. 

With this I even make a little bit of an effort wearing a dress there. 

I got there 5 minutes early in good old Lisa fashion and sat there on my own for 10 minutes. One of the servers said I looked nervous. I just said I was waiting for the MeetUp group members to turn up. I expecting 5 other people.

I got a message saying  that Karim the organiser was ill. I thought, Ok there’s 4 more people coming. 

I then received another message someone else couldn’t  come. 

Oh dear.

I got my yay moment, with a message from one of the other members asking  where I was in Bagels and Beans. I told her I was upstairs. She came and sat with me. 

We had a great chat, we were expecting more people to come but no it was just the two of us. That was fine by us. 

It got to 1ish and we decided she should go and do some of her work. But we said we’d meet up again. 

I’m hoping for the next one when I’m back from the UK there will be more of us. 

Edinburgh Weekend Away

Published February 24, 2017 by theycallmemrstibbs

Yes that’s right we went travelling again just for a weekend away. We were already going to Edinburgh for a family wedding, so we thought let’s make it a long weekend away. 

Obviously we flew into Edinburgh airport. To get to the city centre we had to get the tram, which was an adventure in itself. 

There were some very nice things we could see from the tram but the one thing we were looking forward to seeing was Murrayfield, home of Scottish rugby. 

When we got off the tram we were a wee bit early to check into the hotel. So we dropped our bag off at the hotel until check in time. 

Then we went on a wander around Edinburgh, well Princes Street, to see what we’d come across. 

After a little walk we saw these door handles. They took my breath away. 

You can probably see why. 

We then saw the best views over the Princes Street Gardens. 

After this we decided we could check in at the hotel and then go for lunch at Pizzahut for my Valentine’s day gift. 

Needless to say it was great. We then went back to the hotel for a rest. 

In the evening we went to visit Christopher’s family at their hotel. 

When we decided to walk back to the hotel, we then heard an Irish band playing at a bar. As usual when I hear music I want to go  and listen. And dance.  

Definitely woke up a lot just by dancing around and singing the songs I knew. It got to 10pm and the band finished playing and we decided maybe we should go to bed due to the wedding the next day. 

There was a photobooth so they would have pictures of all the guests that were there. I like ours that we were serious, serious then cheeky. 

Our own selfie. 

Kerry and Donald cutting their wedding cake. We obviously got some that night.  

We had a great night there.  

The next day due to no hangover we took ourselves off for a walk down the Royal Mile to see what was happening  there. 

We saw this piper whilst getting  there he was really nice, he kept stopping and  chatting to people. 

We saw this lovely Marionette on the Royal Mile, she was dancing. 

We then saw this man sitting down with a saw, yes an actual saw, and a violin bow. This really intrigued me how would he could play it? But oh wow, it actually sounded great I recognised the music he was playing. 

Then there was this guy,  a cowboy,  who kept setting fire to things and saying  he was going to juggle them so we had to wait and watch. But he let them all burn  out because he was talking and talking and talking some more. Even after relighting them and climbing on to a big box then saying that he can’t juggle. By this point we’d lost interest and walked away. He might have done it but we didn’t care. 

As you can see we found a market to go to in a church, I was impressed because it was an alternative market. 

Overall we had a wonderful weekend in Edinburgh. 

My New Hair. 

Published February 7, 2017 by theycallmemrstibbs

As most of you are aware this is my usual hair length, but I decided as I’m going to Christopher’s cousins wedding next weekend I should get my hair cut.  

It took me a long time to decide on a length. Doing the whole this length?  Or this?  Or this?  

I decided I should have a few inches cut off. 

So I went to a different salon as my old one as they wouldn’t cut a lot off. 

I asked questions at Yes! As I had never been before but it spoke to me, that it was my kind of salon.  I told no appointment needed.  So I was  like  “Result” 

The big appointment day came round so I took myself off to them. When I got there I was told I’d have to wait for an hour. That was a bit scary.  I had nothing to read.  That was frustrating.  I got told if I went home to get my kindle I’d  lose my spot in the queue.  

So I sat there like a big  brave girl.  I was finally called up. 

The stylist took me to where I’d be sat.  She then took me for my hair washing and head massage. This was great. I’d read something about a hot towel treatment with the appointment. I was actually excited for this. She applied a conditioner to my hair and wrapped it in the towel. It was absolute bliss. After 3 minutes it was rinsed  off.  

I was taken to my chair,  dreading that they could comb my hair, that’s horrible with curls. Luckily the stylist had curls too so she found a hair brush.  

In regards to the hair cut I pointed to where it needed to be.  I asked for a layer to help it curl better.  After the cut she asked if I wanted it drying?  My response was as long as it’s not straight. She said “why would I do that”? A big phew from me. 

She asked me to flip my head forward so she could use a diffuser on my hair.  She put products in my hair,  a lot more than what I usually use.  

I left with my hair still slightly wet so it would dry naturally as well. 

The above picture is as I left the salon. 

Above is after my walk home.  

This was when I settled it myself.  I’m happy with the results. 


Christmas Recovery

Published January 26, 2017 by theycallmemrstibbs

Sorry I’ve been so quiet over the Christmas period. We had a very hectic 3 weeks.

Firstly, we went to Northern Ireland to visit Christopher’s family. We hired a car at Belfast city airport as we have previously done. 

It got to Christmas day and some parts were different to normal. We had broth as normal at Granny’s house. Later  on went to his sister’s house,  both of these were on Christmas day. 

It got to December 28th and we had to drive to Belfast to fly to Leeds/Bradford airport to go to my parent’s house. 

We got there and rested a wee while having tea and seeing people.  Then we got more presents, yay!  

My best present was from Christopher, he got  me Blink 182 tickets. My first reaction to that was crying!  Yes that’s right I cried. 😢 That soon passed. 

When it got to New Years Eve we decided as a family we should have a Christmas dinner. I made soup as my dad had got  a soup machine and I wanted to play. I had obviously looked on Pinterest for recipes.  The one I ended up making was Sweet Potato and Carrot soup. I obviously needed some help as my MS decides when I can do things like peeling vegetables. It turned out really nice. 

The rest of the evening was spent lounging about drinking (not me due to medication) 

The next day we carried on resting even though we were still doing lots.  

We came home back to Leiden on 5th January.  We decided that as we hadn’t walked as much as normal whilst we were away we should try and get 10,000 steps per day done as much as possible. 

The above  are this week’s and last weekends steps. 

The above is the first week back’s  weeks steps, back in the routine if not a bit too much. 

 As you can see the steps  above are whilst we are away.  

I know it sounds a bit weird that I’m saying walking is relaxing, well I find it is. You don’t think about things as you go along. I’m enjoying getting to my 10,000 every day as it’s roughly 5 miles. 

I challenge you to do it. 

Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas)  arrived. 

Published November 23, 2016 by theycallmemrstibbs

Since this will be our 3rd Christmas in The Netherlands, and we have never witnessed Sinterklaas arriving in Leiden, we decided to see it this year. In The Netherlands Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) brings the children presents on December 5th. 

There was even entertainment,  including a band singing classic songs,  in Dutch of course. Since I recognised the tune, I was singing them in English.   

After standing around in the cold for a while, surrounded by lots of people, Sinterklaas’ canal barge arrived. It’s The Netherlands so of course he arrives by boat. 

If you go you’ll love the atmosphere as everyone is there for the same reason. 

A Day Like This 

Published November 1, 2016 by theycallmemrstibbs

We decided we wanted to have an us day on 30th October 2016. 

So we thought we should go and see the latest prehistoric arrival in Leiden,  Trix the T-Rex. She is named after the last queen of the Netherlands, Beatrix. She was found in Montana state Naturalis bought her. 

Dutch news printed the following. 

Trix is being presented in a unique, low to the ground pose that will make her seem more dangerous and intense than other T Rex skeletons in museums around the world. The decision was a practical one. Unlike similar displays, Trix will feature her actual skull instead of a replica, which will require a substantial amount of support that can’t be achieved with a more traditional pose. As Schulp told The Chicago Tribune, ‘You can really look the beast in the eye.’ Oh, and in case you were wondering, her missing bones will be replaced by 3D printed replications based on previously discovered T Rex skeletons.

All of the models leading up until seeing her were all moving models which impressed us. 

Then around a corner we met the incredible Trix. 

To say the least we were just like wow. 

We decided it was time for a selfie. She looks as though she is biting Christopher. 

Of course I wanted a picture of just me with her and it kind of looks like she photobombed me. 

That evening we had arranged to go to a Nepalese restaurant as I had collected some vouchers from the supermarket to get a buy one get one free three course meal from selected restaurants. 

We thought it would take us a while to pick what we wanted. They brought us poppadoms with dips then we picked the starter of kebabs very quickly Christopher got chicken tikka and I got lamb tikka. 

They were great as you can see they looked great obviously we shared them.  

Then we ordered our curries.  Christopher ordered a chicken korma and I ordered a chicken dhansak. 

As you can see they looked great and tasted it too. We again shared some of each of them. We both really liked both of them. 

For dessert we decided due to the small amount of them and the fact that we were so full that we should have ice cream. I had mango ice cream with whipped cream and Christopher had vanilla ice cream with whipped cream.

We’ve both said we’d go again but no three course meal. 

By the end of the day we were singing this song – Feeder – A Day Like This. this is a link to the song.  


A week all on my own 2016. 

Published September 25, 2016 by theycallmemrstibbs

September 25. Christopher went for his flight to Rome for another conference this morning at 10.30 am. Well he got the train at that time. 

I saw he arrived and I started to relax because he got there. But then my MS decided to join in the “party” making my legs feel as if my nerves had tensed up and are twitching. Oh the joys! 

After a little while of feeling like that and eating they felt a lot better. 

I spent the evening watching TV and finished it off watching Phil the power Taylor on the Darts champions league then Country File. 

September 26. I woke up with a start from the alarm clock. Obviously I was very cosy. I only got up early as I had a dental hygienist appointment at 9am. 

I got myself to the hygienist for 9am and was called in very quickly. For a change that asked me about any medical conditions I have. So I had to mention my MS and my medication, which is Tecfidera. Surprisingly we ended up having a full conversation about MS. It felt good. My teeth felt great after having the work was done, my purse wanted to cry after payment of €71.10. 

When I was home it turned into typical Monday morning jobs of going to the supermarkets. It is a lot of walking so needless to say it felt as if my legs hated me. Once finished with all of the walking I decided it’s rest time. 

Rest time continued with my legs hurting so much that I just put my feet up. But my fun evening was waiting to start Eggheads, University Challenge, Only Connect and Ripper Street. 

September 27. Well I thought it might be a resting day, obviously going for a small walk which I do every day. I came home and rested until I realised I forgot something so I went back out to get it. However, before going out I got an email from Multicare asking when I wanted my medicine Tecfidera delivering. I thought Wednesday would be good, that is until I got an email back saying the date of delivery was the 5th October my brain started the alarm bells. I have an MRI on that day. Not good. So I swiftly emailed them back to say I needed to change my day and told them why. I was happy that managed to change it. 

After all the worry the funny feeling in my legs came back. So I’m back on a rest regime. 

As the day went on I thought I should watch some of the movies I borrowed from the ESTEC dvd group. So I watched  Tank Girl. My response to it was “oh my God!  Why have I never watched this before?” 

Then for dinner made hutspot it’s an Leiden dish which is made around October 3 or liberation day. When the Spanish who were holding Leiden were defeated. The hutspot was what food was found when the Spanish fled, leaving it hot so the people of Leiden ate it. 

September 28. I impressed myself over the first few days I ate no meat not even fish which I usually do. 

I decided today to go to the market which I haven’t done on a Wednesday for a while because it’s a little boring but I needed something to do. 

Well, I went to the market and it’s exactly as I remember a bit boring as it’s only half of the market. 

As I was going down Haarlemmerstraat I saw shops were putting their October 3 decorations up. 

But I went home and I watched X-Men First Class. I really enjoyed it. 

I just rested for the rest the day. 

September 29. I decided I should go for a walk around Leiden to look at the progress of the set up for October 3. I was impressed that most of the roads are already closed and parts of stalls and fair were being set up. Needless to say I was impressed it’s still 2 days before it starts. 

I watched a film that I really liked The Lady In The Van. It stars Maggie Smith. I’d heard some good stuff about it and I wanted to check it. 

September 30. For a “change” I was awake before my alarm this morning but I didn’t want to get up before the alarm went off so I laid in bed having a thinking and planning my day ahead. 

The plans were made and the main thing was to go to the supermarket Albert Heijn to get dinner for tomorrow. So this was a case of walking through the site of setting up October 3. But it was interesting. I was impressed with everything. I got the bits I needed so I went home. For a rest. 

After my little rest I decided I should make since refrigerator cake. This is basically melted chocolate, butter and syrup mixed with broken digestive biscuits with malteasers and marshmallows. I put it in the fridge for 2 hours and cut it up. 

I got a call from my Tecfidera pharmacy as they were checking which pharmacy I use for any prescriptions I had to tell them other than Tecfidera I’m on no others. I had to pick the pharmacy I would use, so I told them the only one I’ve had experience using and then it was for Christopher’s inhalers. They were happy with this. 

It was then time to watch my dvd for the day which The Imitation Game, I actually really enjoyed it. 

October 1. Well I went for my usual morning walk and to the supermarket. I got the basics we would need for the weekend due to Christopher coming home on this day. 

I’ve actually had a good week no huge MS flare ups. The tingling in my legs wasn’t really a flare up, they do it often but that’s a usual MS thing. I know a lot of people didn’t realise I have MS but I’ve been diagnosed for 7 years now from 09/09/09. Needless to say I’m good at hiding it and acting. 

So I’d say success! 

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