I’m very tired today after a hectic BIG DAY OF ADVENTURE in Liverpool 🙂 – yes I know it’s not far away but we had a lot to do and I was basically frog marched around the city and the surrounding areas clutching my tummy and giggling with excitement 🙂
Actually I was so tired that I slept for the longest uninterrupted period for months and months – possible six months – five hours straight. And, because I usually wake up and then can’t get to sleep for a couple of hours in which time I empty Winnie (my stoma bag if you are a new reader) several times of gas and undigested spinach and tablets, I woke to my bag so full it was almost bursting. Honestly two seconds more in bed or if I had rolled over onto my stomach I am sure my bag would have exploded and transformed my room into a scene from a horror movie – well one on a farm anyway!!!
Thank god I woke up in time!! Anyway, anyway, anyway – oh before we begin on the challenge have to tell you that I tried Charter and Coloplast’s Ostomiss yesterday for the first time. If you don’t know what that is (and why wouldn’t you – get with it guys) its a spray or drop that you put in your bag to make it smell lovely and not like pooey eggs – I will add that normal people have these two but many don’t use them – there called airfresheners people 🙂
So we had a funny moment in Starbucks in Liverpool at the Beatles Experience. I went to the loo after joking about posing with my darling Paul (McCartney) feeling gutted that we didn’t make it on the Beatles tour because I had forgotten to book – scatter brains DOH – to empty Winnie who was trying with all her might to ruin my outfit, figure and my day – when she is full she adds 100lbs to my tiny size 6 and age 11-12yrs figure (sickening I know)!!
Anyway, anyway, anyway. As I emptied her the smell of oranges filled the cubicle….safe to say I was shocked, and horrified. I had completely forgotten that I had put two drops of tangerine scented ostomist into Winnie this morning so I wasn’t paranoid about smelling like poo!
a little insight here into my life with Crohns/ UC – I always feel and felt like I smelt of poo, I didn’t (well I hope not guys) and whenever I passed a sewer, walked past dog poo or down Sealand road where raw sewage may aswell be lying in the street on a hot day, I always thought it was me!!!
I was totally puzzled 🙂 I stood there wondering what I had eaten. You can imagine my thought process…I haven’t had any oranges, orange juice…nope…sweets…nope. Then I realised and thought WOW this stuff really works, why don’t they do Armarni Code and Hugo Boss and all perfumes – but I guess that would cost a fortune like diamond encrusted stomas. So I left the toilet and a Starbucks worker was waiting to come in. All I can say is the smile she gave me as I popped out of the loo – probably cas she thought I was a man – i have to stand up and turn towards the bowl to empty Winnie looking like I have a willy –quickly changed to a quizical look 🙂 She probably thought WHAT THE F**K HAS SHE BEEN EATING??? – she probs thought I had scoffed a load of oranges in the loo and eaten all the peel – or had a really weird problem (which to some closed minded people I do)!!!
RIGHT enough of this rambling – its time to talk about the trip.
The idea was to do one of my stoma challenges in Liverpool yesterday 🙂 Challenge #No 33 is to do 30 of Visit Englands’ things to do before you die. There are 101 things on this list but me and Andy (my poor, understanding, and beaten down boyfriend – affectionately known as “the boy”) decided I would do 30 because of the challenge having to be finished by the time I’m 30 (clever I know!!).
Below are our choices – I think this blog and challenge will end up costing me a fortune, one should be WIN THE LOTTERY 🙂
FOOD AND DRINK (7)
1 Taste oysters in Whitstable, Kent.
2 Have a pint in England’s oldest pub, Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, in Nottingham, dating back to 1189.
6 Mix martinis at Dukes Bar, in St James’s, London, spiritual home of James Bond
9 Tour the Black Friars gin distillery, in Plymouth, Devon.
15 Head to the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, in the Lake District
17 Tour an English vineyard, in Surrey, such as Denbies Wine Estate, the biggest in the country.
HISTORY AND HERITAGE (4)
25 Gawp at the Gothic splendour of Lincoln Cathedral, tallest building in the world for 200 years.
27 Ride the Settle-Carlisle steam train, across the Pennines and Ribblehead Viaduct, which appeared in the Harry Potter movies
38 Marvel at St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall, a tidal island crowned with a superb castle.
40 Climb the 275 steps of the tower at York Minster.
ARTS AND CULTURE (6)
48 See Blackpool illuminations.
50 Gaze out at Anthony Gormley’s sea statues at Crosby, Merseyside.
52 Take a Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour in Liverpool.
53 Admire Banksy graffiti in Bristol.
55 Get in fancy dress for Bestival on the Isle of Wight.
58 Discover William Shakespeare’s Stratford
61 Head by boat to Farne Islands nature reserve in Northumberland.
62 Strip off at Holkham Beach, Norfolk – it’s a naturist beach.
64 See thousands of the world’s plant species at The Eden Project in Cornwall.
66 Look for dolphins and basking sharks off the Scilly Isles.
71 Spot dragonflies at Wicken Fen nature reserve, Cambridgeshire.
72 Join a bat patrol at Cheddar Gorge, Somerset.
77 Look out for snowdrops at Fountains Abbey, North Yorks.
HEALTH AND FITNESS (6)
82 Scale England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike in the Lake District.
87 Pony trek in The New Forest.
91 Canoe along the Wye Valley in Herefordshire.
92 Try swimming in Grassington, Yorkshire Dales National Park.
97 Learn the art of mountain biking, in the Lake District
101 Have a go at the annual Cheese Rolling at Cooper’s Hill, Gloucs.
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Anyway the idea was to do #NO 50 and #52 in Liverpool – but it didn’t really go to plan. Watch the video below to see what happened and to hear about the challenge…Winnie played up all day but didn’t leak (I’m still holding my breath for that to happen – I’ve been far too lucky so far). We saw a tinie little scottie dog chase a swan into a lake!!! You know a swan can break your arm…imagine what it would do to this dog 🙂 but it was ballsy and had more guts than me even when the swan snarled and hissed and the owners kept yelling Tracy Tracy come back, No Tracey – I know weird name for a dog!!!
Also had trouble with the roads…Cheshire’s and merseyside’s are bloody awful!! There are holes, followed by grids, followed by speed bumps, followed by crossings everywhere!! it’s like a flaming rollercoaster ride…except not at all fun!! I was almost sobbing in pain, gripping the door handle so tight my knuckles were white and wanting to shout are we almost there yet – again and again like a little child. In fact by the time we were halfway there my stitches felt like they would split open and I wanted to go home and die….but I have never let my illness stop me doing anything before AND HELL IT WAS NOT GOING TO STOP ME NOW!!!! I was seeing those naked men if it killed me!!!
But it was worth it, I can’t believe that I have lived in Chester for three years and been to Liverpool god knows how many times and never seen the statues!!! (MENTAL) The beach was beautiful but scattered with used tampons, needles and other rubbish (people are disgusting and they judge our toilet habbits – oh the irony!!) and ruined by the great big windturbines in the background.
So 1 down 29 of those challenges to go!!! EEK!!