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365 ONE: day 205….Mosquito Mania

Day 205: July 31st, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Down on my Knees” by Ayo

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Talking Statue”

Anything to Note =

Last day of July today.

Wow.

I can’t believe it’s August tomorrow!!!!! What the ???

But I really can’t believe anything right….so naturally why would I believe it’s August tomorrow!

I don’t believe I’m pregnant let alone over 32 weeks pregnant!!! What the ???

I’ve said it before that I don’t even believe I’m married. That I’m 31 years old and married with a little schmonkey on the way!!! What the ???

I just know I’ve turned into a whale! A super slow whale!!

I was supposed to be up early this morning to help my dad and do some Internet things as could steal the Internet still down there….but the whale here could not get up when that alarm went off this morning. Granted I had a really bad sleep…..AGAIN….but I had such a bad headache when that alarm went off that I was like, no way. Ugh. This whale wasn’t going anywhere!!

But I do feel super guilty now though about not getting up.

I think there was a mosquito in my room last night too. I kept itching throughout the night but I wasn’t sure if that was the old bites or new ones. However, when I got up this morning, finally, I could see some new red dots on my neck and hands so there must have been one in my room as I do not remember those from yesterday.

I’m getting bitten alive out here! I’ve never had such itchy mosquito bites ever! My parents told me that there are these little things called Schnippers that bite and are I guess a type of mosquito but make super itchy bites. I had heard my dad complain about them for years but never truly experienced it until now. They are indeed super super itchy bites!! It’s crazy! The itchiest bites I have ever experienced are still bed bugs….but these are the closest things to that definitely! So friggin’ annoying!!

I guess I’m the new blood in town as I keep getting attacked, more so than my parents – great!! so I bet they are happy to have me around to fend off being bitten!!!

Come on Schnippers, don’t pick on the new blood!!! Don’t pick on the newbie!!!! Boo 😦

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365 ONE: day 204…Dying From Yesterday

Day 204: July 30th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking/Unpacking

Dance of the Day was = “Thunder In My Heart” by Meck feat. Leo Sayer

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog = “iPad, iPod, Blackberry”

Anything to Note =

Dying from yesterday.

Did too much.

Left the old house for the new late after a long day. Long long day of moving and packing and such.

Then could not sleep as was so hot.

And my back kept seizing up when I shifted from side to side…should not have done that much, or been on my feet that long, but had to really. My feet are definitely swollen 😦 I feel like an old lady….well between my mum and dad and I we look like a family of creatures! My mum hurt her back and leg as she has been doing way too much so she is walking slowly with a limp, my dad has a back problem anyway and so is also having problems with walking and being up on his feet for so long, and then me with a bump out front waddling along…well it feels like I’m waddling or at least in some sort of slow motion.

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I changed my flight to stay here a bit longer to help out as the new place looks like a bomb hit it with all the boxes and piles and piled furniture…everywhere….and I mean everywhere!

I don’t know.

That’s the phrase of the day.

Side note: apparently I use “…of the day” a lot and Stuart makes fun of me!

Like…

“that’s the question of the day” or “that’s the problem of the day” etc.

Hmmmm….

Although I have noticed it a bit now since he mentioned it but I guess I never noticed it before!

Do I really do that a lot????

I don’t know.


365 ONE: day 203…Final Moving Day in Athens

Day 203: July 29th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Moving/Packing/Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Don’t Look Any Further” by Dennis Edwards

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Columns”

Anything to Note =

Final moving day.

It’s a sad day today.

We are leaving the old house here in Athens to a new rental house. My parents and little brother moved here while I was at boarding school in the UK and they have been here ever since. They really planned on living here for the rest of their lives. That breaks my heart. Instead they stayed here for around 15 years, and now these hard times have taken the future away from them.

My mum put so much into this house, well she always does as she is an interior designer, but so much hard work is here that we are ripping out and packing up.

I was in boarding school and then went onto college and then graduate school, and so really I left home at 13, but I still call this house home. The constant throughout my life was actually Spetses so that is really where I consider my home home, but for my little brother, he was young when he came over to Greece and he grew up in Athens, so this house is his home.

He is sadly working down in Spetses as he got a job and had to take it in these bad times with so much unemployment out here, so he is not here to say goodbye. It’s probably a good thing really that he doesn’t see it go.

I just feel sad also because I can’t help my family the way I would like to. I so wish there was something I could do to help them all. I also can’t help the way I would like physically right now either being pregnant, and that is something I keep struggling with. Both my dad and mum are not well but have been at this packing and sorting and moving for over a month and they should not be doing all this. I came over to help but I just want to pick up boxes and carry heavy items, and I can’t. I know I’m doing some things but I’m the girl who carries their own suitcase (as the phrase goes)…the stubborn one who asks for no help. The one who lifts too much, does too much, has moved like six times….and so here, in this state, I feel a bit useless 😦

Ugh.

Amid this chaos and crazy, hard, sad times, my dad remains the eternal optimist. Well he used to be, now he goes in and out, but when he wakes to a new day that strength has regained in his sleep still…it is amazing! Something I have always admired and wished I had. He still has it within him. It’s actually something that Stuart also has, which is one of the reasons I fell in love with him – I love that about him. They say you marry qualities of your father….it is true!! And I wanted that, being a true daddy’s girl of course!!!

In the words of my dad then…

“We must look ahead as we are the A Team!”

The A Team is our nickname for Team Anastassiou.

We even had ski shirts made once and raced as the A Team!! My mum also made us family A Team t-shirts, with each of us as an A Team hamster!!! Haha!!!!

Anyway, the A Team represents strength, courage and determination to look ahead and fight! So we must look ahead.

To a new day tomorrow.

A new place.

And hopefully a new future. Soon.

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365 ONE: day 202…Olympics from the TV

Day 202: July 28th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking/Unpacking

Dance of the Day was = “Back to Life” by Soul to Soul

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Baby Name Book”

Anything to Note =

I watched the official start to the London Olympics last night until 3am!!! With the time difference it meant that the opening ceremony didn’t start here in Greece until 11pm and it lasted four hours so it was not over until 3am…..and I of course felt obligated to watch it all despite how tired I was.

I actually missed the start of it, that had Kenneth Brannaugh in it and what looked like an explanation of the pilgrimage and history or something. I was on the phone and so kept peeking in to see but I couldn’t quite figure it out.

But I only missed a little bit so then I was in it for the long haul….with my one eye open at the end, watching the 200 something countries enter with all their athletes that took ages, determined to stay awake though until the end. Nothing some late night snacks couldn’t fix!!

Of course it was supposed to be a family event but both of my parents fell asleep before the ceremony even started! We are in crazy moving and packing mode here so they are both exhausted poor things. My mum went up to wait until it started and fell asleep and my dad sat near me but was out and then kept waking up now and then but immediately dropping off again!!

It felt a little sad actually as the Olympics were going to be a family event. I worked hard to get some tickets for us all to at least be a part of it all together and now I am not sure any of us will get to see anything now live.

Granted the tickets Stuart and I got in the second round were not great – handball and hockey. But I picked those as they are events that are in the Olympic village and were cheap and were available, and so we could at least go in and see everything that you need a ticket to see. But Stuart is back in NYC so he won’t see them. And my mum and I will probably extend our flights to be in Greece a little longer than this Monday – which is when we have booked to fly back to the UK – but we have to be out of the house by tomorrow which we could not anticipate and we are not ready and we just can’t leave on Monday. So tomorrow I will have to change our flights.

Also now there’s talk of whether I should even be going while pregnant with all the crowds and the talk of security issues and that it will be hot and….I would have still liked to go though, but hmmmm….

Regardless, I do have to get back to London soon as my deadline to not fly approaches, plus I just feel, yes in denial, and not in reality, but very….what’s the word…not ready…UNPREPARED…that’s the word!!!!! Seriously. I have no clue what’s going on, but also what hospital, what doctor, what is going on with me and the NHS. Nothing!!! So I can’t extend too long.

Will have to figure out travel plans tomorrow amid the move!

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365 ONE: day 201…NYC vs Greece

Day 201: July 27th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Lay Down Sally” by Rod Stewart

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Batty Dating Profile”

Anything to Note =

Stuart left for NYC yesterday. He is now back a million miles away, in our home.

It was weird and sad leaving him to come to Greece when he was in London – that in itself felt far away, but London vs Greece felt better than it does now with NYC vs Greece, being now 7 hours ahead….missing him for hours already and it’s only 8.30am there so can’t message him otherwise I will wake him.

And we have days and days of this ahead to get through.

Odd.

I know Stuart was also sad yesterday as he boarded that plane. And that made it even more sad for me knowing he was also sad….ahhhh good times!!! Ugh.

As he was flying yesterday I was at my little nephew’s birthday party, seeing some family and family friends and of course all they asked about was “Where’s Stuart?” or “Where’s your husband?”…..my what?????

I had a hard time dealing with that….my husband…..that still feels funny!!!!!

And then it’s onto the pregnancy bump and how far long am I and how am I feeling, amid all the babies and five year olds running around!!!

Since the last time I was in Greece, a little under a year ago, a lot has happened! I am now married with a little schmonkey almost here!!!!! CRAZY!!!!

Crazy especially as we were supposed to be having our Greek wedding so some people have not met Stuart yet or for only a brief second, and I kept having to explain that it will now have to be next year with the baptism due to the fact that the exact date of the wedding turned out to be the exact due date of the baby!

It’s all a little hmmmmmm.

They can’t believe I’m old enough and all grown up enough to be sporting a baby bump…..well hello????…..there’re telling me!!!! I can’t believe it!!!!!

Again, all I can say is….ahhhhh good times!!!

Haha!!!

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365 ONE: day 200….I Made it to DAY 200!!!!

Day 200: July 26th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking/Unpacking/Dancing

Dance of the Day was = “I Should Have Known Better” by The Beatles

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Little Leo’s Birthday”

Anything to Note =

I am sitting, literally, in the dark, outside on a stool, in front of a window sill, out back as apparently this is the only position I can get Internet here!!! Seriously!!! We are in the process of moving so we have no Internet so am stealing Internet from obviously this one house behind me as it is the only place I can grab enough signal, or any signal for that matter! I can’t move the iPad from the window sill otherwise it is lost so sadly have to type at a weird angle. I’ve been standing or rather slightly squatting to type here these past few evenings but I just found a stool, that is too low, so not sure this is any better! Ugh.

I’ve also tried to do my blogging earlier in the day but it has been so so hot here and the sun points directly at this window sill all day, so I have not been able to do so. I actually tried this morning but I was dying so gave up!

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Soooo….something to note today and worth mentioning….I made it to DAY 200!!!!!!!

WOO HOO!!!!!!

I can’t believe I have made it to DAY 200!!!!!!

I know I still have a long long way to go but there is something satisfying about making it to the two hundreds now!

Although to be honest with you….I am getting a little fed up and annoyed that I have to do this daily…especially when so busy and doing so many things. I just want to rest and do nothing but I can’t as I have to help my parents move by Sunday…and what annoys me is that even if I have nothing to do, I would still have 365 to do. Ugh.

I was going to introduce the charitable element to this challenge to keep me going….may have to invoke that…and soon. Hmmmmm.

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365 ONE: day 199…Unpacking History

Day 199: July 25th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking & Unpacking

Dance of the Day was = “Other Side of the World” by KT Tunstall

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Empty House :(”

Anything to Note =

So hot here in Greece meant that sleep was out of the question. I also could not find another pillow as things have already been moved to the other house so I ended up putting towels and an inflatable physio round thing under my one pillow to try and hoist it up!!

Nothing worked anyway as was so hot and uncomfortable.

Boo.

So it was a long day….of unpacking really. My mum and brother packed up my room already and had taken all the boxes over to the new place so I had to go through it all. Needless to say I am not done at all but I was there all day, like 8 hours trying to go through things to chuck or sort or look at or put on shelves or whatever.

They had to move it all as I wasn’t here of course but I have a lot of crap!! Or more like – I kept a lot of crap!

And I know why I did….I had plans to scrapbook everything back in the day. So I kept everything! And put them in boxes that I like to refer as “memory boxes”. Well I never had time to do so, so now there are shoe boxes piled high with crap in them!

And to my surprise I discovered a lot of crap crap….meaning ex-boyfriend crap….and that was not pleasant at all. It was actually really sad and something I just forgot about and so I had to face a lot of that today, and chucked a lot of it out! It still made me feel icky and just ugh. I don’t want to see that stuff. I don’t want to be reminded of all the bad times I went through. With THREE of them.

I know that I found the love of my life now, and I can’t imagine my life without him or with anyone else….but I still don’t find it fair or understand why I had to go through what I did to get here.

And they will say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and all that yada yada blah blah. But I wouldn’t wish all that on anyone.

Couldn’t I just have skipped the crap to Stuart?? Or had a little crap and not a lot??? Or with one and not three in a row???

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Well…

Tomorrow will be me going through more of this crap crap sadly. And I haven’t even got to the piles of photos yet!

Great.