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Geek Update April 22, 2009

Filed under: Personal — MintchipMonkey @ 9:02 pm

Mood:

most-amazing-feeling-ever

level603

I just hit level 60! After 4 years of being an alt-addict, I’ve finally got to end game (*ahem* well end game pre-TBC) but wooooo! I actually never thought I’d do it because I get bored of characters so easily but I’ve really stuck at this one 11 – It took roughly 7 days of constant play (Made the char on 31st Jan 09, so roughly 168 hours spread over 4 months). And I finally look good! The type of hat that I’ve been longing for dropped randomly as well about an hour before I dinged and the stats were amazing 🙂 So in the great purge of all under gear stuff for all the ‘requires level 60’ gear I’ve got from AQ40 I got to keep it on 38

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Formula is still cheaper than a Boob Job April 21, 2009

Filed under: Personal — MintchipMonkey @ 12:37 pm
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Mood:
scared-nervous

I’ve been learning about Breast-feeding and Bottle-feeding today, mainly because I’m being a woman and worrying about silly things like financing and being prepared etc – 18Thought I’d sum this up for you as well in case it’s useful as loads of different sites give different answers and different options.From the information I made 5 caterogies: Baby’s Health, Mum’s Health, Dad’s relationship, Ease and Cost. I’ve put the Results and Conclusion first, not sure why – I just thought it looked neater and then at the bottom are the findings and our decision.

The Results

Baby’s Health: Breastfeeding

Mum’s Health: 50/50
You can bond with your child, get your figure back and get protected against cancer but you will be exhausted, it may hurt and your boobs will sag which will hurt your self-image and confidence.

Dad’s relationship: Bottle-Feed

Ease: 40/60 Bottle-Feed
Whilst breast-feeding you don’t have to make up bottles and you don’t put your child at danger if you mix the wrong quantity of water and forumla or by passing on disease if the bottle nipple isn’t sterilised properly. However Bottle feeding means it can be done anywhere at any time without problem and importantly the responsiblity can be shared by the mother, father or care-givers etc, bottle-fed babies are known to sleep longer and feel full longer. As an extra bonus you know how much your child is drinking.

Cost: Breastfeeding
Breasting is free whilst Forumla costs £12 a week (£50 a month) not including all the bottles, sterilising things etc.

Conclusion

In conclusion Bottle Feeding is pro Dad, pro Ease and pro Mum’s health and Breast-feeding is pro Baby’s Health, Pro Mum’s health and Pro Cost.

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Findings

All Pro Breast-feeding facts are in Blue (Dark Blue =Pro-Breast-Feeding and Light Blue = Anti Bottle-Feeding) and All Pro Bottle-Feeding stuff is in Purple (Dark Purple = Anti Breast-Feeding and Light Purple = Pro Bottle-feeding).

BABY’S HEALTH

  • Breastfeeding gives everything the baby needs, including things not in the forumla.
  • It strengthens her immune system and protects her against infection, diseases and obesity.
  • Your milk is always on tap, at the right temperature, and its composition alters to suit your baby’s changing needs.
  • Babies taking formula have more problems with gas and constipation and have firmer bowel movements
  • Antibodies are not found in formula making the baby more susceptible to illness.

MUM’S HEALTH

  • It helps you bond with your baby.
  • It helps you get your figure back: as your baby suckles, you’ll feel your womb contracting.
  • Mums who breastfeed are less likely to develop ovarian and breast cancer and osteoporosis.
  • It can be exhausting.
  • It may hurt. Some women find it takes months before they feel completely comfortable when their baby latches on.
  • Your boobs will get bigger (if you were already a 36E, you might not regard this as a plus).

DAD’S RELATIONSHIP

  • Some dads feel ostracised by the bond between breastfeeding mother and baby, and this can be detrimental to your relationship.
  • Leaky (and/or sore) boobs, plus libido-dampening breastfeeding hormones, may scupper your sex life.
  • Anyone can feed the baby with the bottle at any time. This may also give your partner chance to be more involved in the feeding process.

EASE

  • You don’t have to make up (or sterilise) bottles.
  • The formula available in the market needs to be mixed with the proper quantity of water each time and bottles and nipples need to be sterilised. There are ready-to-feed formulas available, but they tend to be expensive.
  • If the bottles or nipples are not properly cleaned there is a risk of transmitting bacterial infections. Formula left in the bottle for more than one hour must be thrown out.
  • Breastfeeding is a one-woman job: you can’t delegate, so those 4am feeds are down to you. It takes as long to express milk (so someone else can feed it to your baby from a bottle) as it does to feed your baby.
  • Breastfed babies may not learn to sleep through the night as early as those who are bottlefed.
  • Formula usually takes longer to digest than breast milk, so the time gap between feeding is longer and babies need to eat less often.
  • The mother can go about her daily chores, or to work without frequent feeding intervals or pumping. She can also leave the child under the care of her partner, or other caretaker. In public, bottle-feeding is much more convenient.
  • With bottle-feeding, you know how much milk your baby is drinking.

COST

  • Breastfeeding is free.
  • Formula is a constant expense while mother’s milk is free.

The Decision

So after a talk with the Mr, we’ve gone with?

Bottle Feeding

Why? Because Forumla may be expensive but it’s still cheaper then a Boob Job.

The only real main advantage I can see to Breast-feeding is that it builds a natural immunity fast which can be done with good diet and nutrients anyway, plus I have no idea what kind of dirt is in my milk (disease wise) – so I don’t want to risk the possiblity of giving him something. Other then that we decided that a run and an apple will combat obesity much more effectively then breast-feeding. Just maybe.

The main reason though is to keep the family together. Bottle-feeding is something that can be shared and seems much more convinent so long as you make sure everything is clean. Mr loves me very much but I would not blame him after having to deal with a crazy bitch for 9 months to get a little strained when the mood swings, low libido and exhaustion continues for an extra year – quite frankly we rather our kid still have two parents at the end of it all rather then ‘milk on tap’.

The whole ‘gets your figure back’ thing is nice but can be just as easily done with yoga and if I bottle feed I won’t be too tired to exercise either! My boobs won’t get bigger and sag (they’re already 34F), so my self-image and confidence won’t take a major hit – hence ‘forumla might be expensive, but it’s still cheaper then a Boob Job’.

A happy confident mum makes a happy and content husband and child =P

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Private Post April 16, 2009

Filed under: Personal — MintchipMonkey @ 7:00 pm

Mood:

birthday

I just wrote and published a post called ‘Little Miss Positivity’ only to make it privately viewable. It’s about the last year of my life and covers alot of misery – being homeless, going without food, being disowned by my family, being harassed by a drug dealer, losing my job, having a miscarriage – and I just felt that for now – it was too personal to make it publicly viewable. Not only that but although it ended with a positive message, it was kind of depressing. I wrote it because a friend brought up a few subjects and it got me thinking about what we really know about people’s lives. Listening to me, talking to me and knowing me – you would have no idea of the hardships I’ve been through – and my positive attitude would more then likely annoy anyone who felt like ‘noone understood them’. The point of my post was to show that you can never know what someone is or has been through and therefore it seems silly to be upset that everyone else seems to have an easier life then you or be upset because they don’t seem to understand you. I only know this because I used to be guilty of it myself. Here’s the last paragraph:

“What I’m trying to say is – Be Happy – if you’re not, figure out why and go for it – there’s too much sorrow in life to make your own. It’s too easy to be happy for you not to be. Sadness is what takes effort – that’s why it drains you. Be happy you even have family, or you have food, or the sun is shining, or it’s Thursday. Be Happy that you can see, have assess to the internet, can walk – be happy that if you’re upset the natural rule of life is change and so it will.”

singing-happyIf you are actually interested in reading it – feel free to contact me and I’ll e-mail it 🙂 But for now, I don’t really like talking about myself or my misfortunes – I mean who wants to hear about mine when they are going through their own?  and anyway I’d like to keep this blog upbeat and interesting 😛

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Little Miss Positivity

Filed under: Personal — MintchipMonkey @ 6:59 pm

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thinking

I used to get really upset because I was obsessed with thinking that all my friends – all the people around me had it so much easier then me.

In my first hour at Uni I met an amazing friend, someone who really got me and in the first couple of hours I met for the second time my Soul Mate. Everything was great 🙂 til the next morning when I found out my granddad had died, alone in bed that night. A mix of grieve and freshers flu kept me from meeting anyone and when it came to my lessons the horrible realisation that I was on the wrong course, at the wrong place hit me and suddenly a life choice, going to University, which had always been a given for me became something I didn’t want. In the next few days I was bullied out of my Uni Dorm and never went back – me and my partner lived on the floor of that great friend I’d met in my first hour. In this time my Nan passed away from Cancer.

I had never got over the death of my grandparents – people say it gets easier with time – It really doesn’t. I celebrated both their birthdays this year even though my mum told me ‘the dead don’t have birthdays’ and I still think about them often. More then 18 months later it still haunts me that I don’t remember the last time I saw my grandad, the fact he died alone whilst his wife was in hospital or my nan’s face when I last saw her. She didn’t recognise me and it hurt so much, I went to leave and she was crying ‘I love you’ at me and I just left still, too hurt to see her as she was. I wish I’d stayed. I wish they were still alive.

A month later we were living in hotels through checks and student overdrafts. My parents were furious and that ‘great friend’ had declared her love for my partner asking him to leave me – but not before she spent a few weeks trying to kiss him whilst I wasn’t looking. I properly left University, convinced it was the wrong choice but I didn’t want to go home either – We stayed – in fact for months we managed in Hotels for food and a bed. I’m really not sure how. In November we moved into an apartment way beyond our means because of a friend who a month later left to go home for Christmas and never came back. Still with no jobs we were constantly scrouging for food and never paid rent or bills. In January my partner got a job and a colleague of his moved in – the job funnily enough turned out to attackbe with a company reputed for not paying their staff and the colleague? A habitual drug user – he smoked a spliff in the morning before going to the loo/getting food or showering. He brought back a bunch of friends that did pills, E etc one night at 4am, got agressive, attacked me and after being pinned to the wall by my partner – left. He left without paying any rent and my partner was fired because the drug user was personal friends with the boss who also both happened to be personal friends of a drug dealer. This guy who not only made our lives a living hell but would follow me to and from work.Without actually doing anything to us though, the Police couldn’t do anything.

A few days after he left a couple moved into our place – again they were mates and they desperately needed to move out as the father of the guy was sexually harassing the girl. So we did them a favour. I clearly remember me and my partner’s first Valentines together. We both had to work but were going to go to the cinema later that night – on the way back from work we got a call from the girl who lived with us in tears. The landlords and the estate agent had broken into the apartment and gone through all of our paperwork. They didn’t find anything but they did tell the girl that we were sub-letting the apartment illegally and so she’d have to move out. I called my mum who is an estate agent and had a copy of our agreement to call the landlords out on their bullshit and everything was fine for a bit. Par the ‘we were behind on rent’ thing – but not 2 months so we still had time. Two weeks later the couple decided they couldn’t live on their own anymore and moved out – whilst me and my partner were at work and again, without paying rent. The next day made us officially 2 months overdue and we were served with an eviction notice. I remember spending nights crying because we simply had nowhere to go, nothing to eat and with tomorrow came absolute despair.

It was only through sheer luck perhaps that we found our way out. I contacted a bunch of landlords and told them that we couldn’t afford a desposit due to our car breaking down and having to pay out for it – but thanks to the drug user leaving his Xbox, we had £200 for the first months rent. A room was found and ten minutes before our old ‘breaking and entering’ landlords came to ‘collect the rest of the rent’ – we were gone. Ready to start a new life 🙂 It was pretty quiet for a few months, hard – of course – I was the only one working and that was a part time job. Non of my friends from high school bothered staying in touch with me and neither of our parents were talking to us – it was pretty lonely. No money, No friends but we always found reasons to be happy – knowing how stressful it had been in the previous place. In March I found out I was pregnant – we never decided what to do because a week later on my 19th Birthday, I had a miscarriage. At the time, it didn’t really affect me – I think I was going through too much other stuff but it got to the point when a year on I would cry when I saw a child or baby in the street. Especially now when I’m pregnant again – I’ve been terrified of losing it, and I keep wondering what my ‘first child’ would have been like’. This and the rape (August 10th 07 – I can’t believe I still remember the date) has really taken a hit to my sexual self. A few weeks later another girl who my partner had been talking to online announced her undying love for him and a few weeks later the drug dealer followed me home from work to our new place. The police wouldn’t do anything so we had to move.

It started getting bad again – especially since in the new place, the landlord had no concept of tennant’s rights – turning up at all hours. He was awful and within one month not only had I developed an anxiety disorder but we moved out. Again. In this place was our worse time for not having things to eat – going two weeks where we could only afford to eat a pack of noodles a day. For close to a year now we’d been living out of suitcases.

Place number four and we come to the anniversary of my granddads death. Purely chosen because the landlords had told us we were allowed our two cats there; we lived fine here til a girl moved in down stairs. She would knock on our door at all hours, she’d bring home different guys every night, she’d eat our food and basically interfer with our lives. In fact, she is the only person who I have ever come close to punching in the face – which if you know me is bad since I am not an aggressive or violent person. After a few weeks, 2 things happened – A French couple complained about our cats – despite having never seen them and the landlords conviently ‘forgot’ that they said we were allowed them despite me having an e-mail stating so and 2) I lost my job. We were exhausted of life, no money, no job, no family, no friends, no break. So we upped it down South.

I’m going to stop there despite having a stint on the street coming up – but I will explain my point. I know I’ve had a hard life and it used to upset me that other’s seemed to have it easy. Now it doesn’t. In fact I’m very happy – because no matter how bad it got, time moved on and so did we. I also know now that what we went through? Many many others have and are. I talked to a girl just the other night that pretty much exactly described the pretty pathetic situation we were in. I still think my old mates have had it easier but they won’t – in the end everyone gets their share of misfortune and whilst it’s true, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. If someone doesn’t understand what I’ve been through/am going through then I just smile and think ‘Lucky them, I hope they never do understand.’

Personally it makes me happy to be alive – I used to be drained by the shallowness of things – now I understand the importance of them and don’t dwell so much on the ‘deep’ stuff.

woot1What I”m trying to say is – Be Happy – if you’re not, figure out why and go for it – there’s too much sorrow in life to make your own. It’s too easy to be happy for you not to be. Sadness is what takes effort – that’s why it drains you. Be happy you even have family, or you have food, or the sun is shining, or it’s Thursday. Be Happy that you can see, have assess to the internet, can walk – be happy that if you’re upset the natural rule of life is change and so it will.

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You want Pizzzzaaaaaa… April 12, 2009

Filed under: How to...,Personal — MintchipMonkey @ 7:00 pm
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Mood:

woot

“Today, I went on a date with a guy for the first time. We went to Starbucks and got coffee. We talked for awhile, and we weere joking and having a good time. Suddenly, he put his hand on my stomach and said, “soon, this will be plump with my seed.” FML” Courtesy of Fmylife.

I saw this pocky advert on terrestrial last night, if I’m correct this is the first time it’s been advertised and sold by a large supermarket 🙂 Apparently you can get it from Tescos!

So I was going to learn about Feng Shui, put it into practise and then write about how you could do it yourself – alas that sounds like a plan and we all know God laughs at the plans humans make 🙂 First I had a problem when I learnt that there are three ‘Norths’ –

1) Magnetic North which moves around and was last known to be in North Canada (as off 2005) – not to be confused with where your compass points to as these point to your Geomagnetic North which relies on your local geomagnetic field.

2) True North which also moves and is about 1000 miles away from the third ‘North’.

3) The North Pole, what I thought was the only North ¬¬.

Apparently you can chose which Feng Shui to do, by going with True North or Magnetic North depending on your beliefs…complicated right?

i-give-upSo I thought I’d take a peek at the atypical Shui, moving your furniture, placing windchimes and mirrors to let Qi flow around your house – turns out my bedroom is going to kill me. I cannot move the bed to any place that doesn’t bring in bad luck and at the moment my head on the bed is directly above the stove downstairs in the kitchen. There’s a TV and a computer in here that can’t go anywhere else, the clutter in the cupboard is at such a stage that if I open it I will be sent to hospital and there is a broken cycling machine in here that again can’t get rid of… so this ‘Feng Shui’ thing may have to take a bit of a back bench til I move or at least work out if I’m going by Magnetic North or True North! Of course now I realise that it was a bit ignorant or arrogant of me to think I could learn in one day what has been developing for 7000 years. Feng Shui is like being Christian, so many paths, all do the same thing but you’re scared that you have no idea which way actually works…

Finally I’m going to advertise ‘Dominoes‘ because I ordered from them last night and it was amazing, they called up after we ordered to check and said it would be 30 mins – actually they were here in 15 and it was the best pizza I’ve ever eaten. £20 got us one large half and half (which we only managed to eat half of), 3 bottles of drink, a small garlic bread for starters and 4 chocolate brownies with dips – so yeah – you want Pizza and you want to order ‘Dominoes’ 😛 I’m doing my bit to keep it in business!

Happy Easter xx

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Kiss Larping. April 10, 2009

Filed under: Personal — MintchipMonkey @ 7:00 pm
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cheering

“Today my partner went out and I had to stay in contact via e-mail – 30 mins after he left, my computer broke. I tried his laptop but the password had changed and when I got onto a friends computer I realised I’d forgotten the password to my e-mail account anyway…fmylife” Courtesy of me.

heh-sorryWhen I named my last post ‘Taking a break’ I didn’t think I’d mean it literally! Alas on Monday night my partner went out with some friends and left me in charge of the electronics – you will now need no further proof that men are stupid =P About half an hour after he’d left my computer would not load. It would turn on, but never actually get to the signing on screen. Which was a bit of a problem since I was suppose to be staying in contact with Mr via e-mail whilst he was out… So went to try his laptop only to be reminded that the password had been changed and whilst I was given the new password, that was sitting comfortably on a notepad doc on my computer…

It took two days to fix because it hadn’t caught one nasty virus, it had about a hundred small ones all hiding in the torrents I was downloading. Fun!

Anyho it is all fixed now, but I’ve lost everything – all my pictures, all my docs, everything I was collecting for the new blog layout, all my bookmarks of incrediably cool things I was going to share with you guys. I’m not terribly bothered since if anything had been really important then I assume I would have backed it up 🙂 Plus I did have the choice to try and have things saved but an empty documents folder is like a blank piece of paper to me ^_^ A chance to start again and since I was having a pretty terrible night emotional wise (not to do with the computer thing) it seemed like a nice little metaphor for me to get out of my duldrums and start again myself.

I wrote down everything that was bothering me and came up with a plan for each to sort it out however the really amazing bit is that I actually started on the list. Picked up a book about economics and started learning about something I don’t understand and have never done before – money.

I may write up my list, I may not – trying to think of ways I can do it so it will also be beneficial for you to read about…

In other news I think I’ve found my favourite clip ever 🙂 Watching ‘Role Models’ the other night and loved it despite thinking I was going to hate it. ^_^ I’ve not been able to find a vid of the clip itself but here’s the section it’s in (5:53 to 6:06 mins)- oh I guess, don’t watch if you don’t want spoliers -it’s pretty near the end. But two words: Kiss and Larping.

I may write again today *gasps* but that’s because this was just the excu…ahem I mean reason behind my untimely 5 day disapearance 🙂

Arrivederci x

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Take a break… April 5, 2009

Filed under: Personal — MintchipMonkey @ 7:00 pm

Mood:

wheeee-party

“Today, I texted my boyfriend to see if he wanted to finally have sex today. His response was “Can’t, Platinum just came out.” I didn’t know what that meant so I searched “Platinum 3-22-2009″ on Google. I found out he’s talking about a new Pokemon game. FML.” Courtesy of Fmylife.

I told myself I wasn’t going to blog on Sundays but my last few entries have been pretty ‘in-depth’ so I thought I’d write something to break it all up ❤

I’ve been learning HTML and CSS lately, since I do nothing but sit at home, thought I should apply myself – and I’ve been collecting ‘elements’ that I like, colour charts, a music player etc so look out for a new layout coming soon 🙂

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Do svidan’ya! x

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