How is it only children’s medicines are flavoured and yet adult equivalents taste like the might be loo cleaner?

I’m lying here in bed having had to take another asproclear (asprin) as my head is pounding as I try heading off to the land of nod. These things I honestly wonder if they use to cut coke, they’re bloody horrible. Can I not get a chocolate variety so I’m not gagging taking this, so it’s a somewhat more pleasant experience? How has Proctor & Gamble et al not come to realise this market and delivered?

Oh well, rant over. For now.


Massage heaven

It’s no secret I’ve been suffering from ongoing strong headaches for months now, receiving regular physiotherapy treatments in hopes of relief. Sadly, the headaches have only strengthened over time to the point my physiotherapist believes they may be migraines.

Thankfully an assessment on Saturday by my doctor ruled out any likely connection with my spinal cord, especially important following the fall I took in Amboise in June. Following the assessment I decided to have a head and shoulders massage at a rather good massage therapy place in my favourite shopping centre.

As the massage therapist worked on my neck I just didn’t want him to stop as it was really hitting the spot. As I left the store I felt as though floating, the effects of the massage were so good that I didn’t have another headache until three days later, where they had been daily since November.

I can’t wait to return on Saturday morning for further relief, a weekly habit now.

Exploring 365 apps

Recently at work the I.T department began releasing access to additional apps within Office 365, colour me surprised that there was actually something beyond Excel, Word and PowerPoint (oh and Outlook).

We became aware of these mainly because our primary Ethics application, now a dinosaur of an app, is to have the questionnaire side of things replaced using Microsoft Forms, Flow, Teams, PowerBI, and SharePoint. Sitting in the meeting where they were outlining the strategy for moving forward within things we were having a look at these new apps and instantly we could see how we might leverage these apps for our own purposes.

After the weekend had passed I decided to begin implementing one of our forms using Microsoft Forms and Flow before deploying using Teams. Microsoft Forms is particularly basic when you’re used to the likes of Qualtrics, it only has four question types:

  • Choice
  • Text
  • Date
  • Rating

Branching is supported and relatively easy to use, though I have to say it needs a bit of work. The interface doesn’t detect when the list dips below the display and adjust to bring it within view, you’re forced to scroll to bring into view to see the options in order to select.

Using Flow took a few goes to get it right, and this from a programmer, but eventually I got things where I wanted. A lot of templates exist for various tasks to help guide you along the way, or you can start from scratch. Flow supports over 100 different services allowing for extensive workflow support.

Never thought I might say I’d get excited about a Microsoft product, so I’ll just keep that under wraps shall I. Shh! I see this as a companion to the Automation Anywhere process automation software we’re using, together the two can solve problems we’re experiencing with software used in the office that users don’t like greatly.


Headaches abound

Thump! Thump! My head just keeps pounding away at the moment. I honestly can not recall ever having had so many headaches as I am currently experiencing. Each day now, without fail, I am getting strong, lasting headaches at least once, and sometimes several times per day.

This started in late November, or early December, though their regularity was less frequent back then. The headaches were directly associated with crunching I started experiencing in my neck, each time it’d crunch I’d get a strong headache within ten to twenty minutes. I had meant to make an appointment with my physio when it kept happening but stupidly forgot.

Finally in January I made the call and started getting treatment. Despite a member of dry needling sessions, sleep tissue massage and exercises to do the headaches have persisted in strength and frequency. Yesterday the physio decided tape my back up, to see whether posture was a contributing factor.

Taped up to today it has been so uncomfortable, constantly trying to adjust myself. Despite the tape the headache came again along with muscle ache. I am now beginning to question whether tumble down the hill in Amboise last June where I rolled several times over may have caused this at all?

Here’s hoping this taping works, so wanting a fix.

Review: Targus VersaVu Classic Case for iPad Pro 10.5 inch w/pencil holder

I bought my iPad Pro 10.5 inch late 2017 with a view to taking up art once more, it was also a spur of the moment purchase so not much research had gone into finding myself a good case in which to house my new iPad.

The range of cases on offer as I was purchasing my iPad Pro at JB Hi-Fi was underwhelming to say the least, I didn’t like any on offer, I just bought something to ensure I had protection for my device and Apple Pencil would be stored. The eventual purchase was the Targus VersaVu Classic Case, utterly dull as dogshit to look at as you’ll see below.

This case does serve its intended purpose, but as time goes on the Apple Pencil holder is failing to hold and it keeps sliding on out with minimal effort. I wish case designers would have a thought that this pencil is smooth and needs tight, snap lock grip, or better still a pouch to prevent my current situation.

I do not recommend thus case if you have an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil, do as I am now doing and order something from Etsy, it looks umpteen times better and my Apple Pencil will now stay in-place.

Can’t wait for my new leather iPad Pro case to arrive.

A few days in, and already benefits

I’m just a few days into the Michelle Bridges 12WBT and I won’t kid you, my t-shirt has been soaked in sweat. When walking previously for an hour within my suburb I’d sweat, but not to the same level for less time.

Day one and I was up at 5am for my first workout, I was truly peeling myself out of bed, my eyelids remained on the pillow for a good 5 minutes more I’m sure. Workout gear on, we kicked off with warm up exercises one-by-one. I’ve never done this before, it was always bang, go walking, come home hit bed and surf the web for a bit with the fan on.

It was  little difficult doing the exercises, not because of the exercise, but because I kept having to authenticate into my iPhone X and look at what I was to do for the next exercise. My workout Monday ended up being around 11 minutes longer than they suggested it should take, but I got there in the end.

Tuesday’s workout was one with Michelle Bridges and following what she was doing in the video. I’ve never participated in any class-based exercises before, even at school I’d wag sport so don’t know if they ever did it there. I am perhaps the must unco person south of the equator, I struggled with following Michelle’s constant changes to routine so just did the best I could to keep up; I was just grateful for the fact I was at home and not in a class situation. Again shirt was dripping with sweat, even more so than the day before.

Today was weigh-in day. After work, and stupidly after I’d eaten for crying out loud, I got on the scales, and was already down 1.1kg. Holy Shit Batman! Of course the difference is not the same scales, its Doctors scales on Saturday and my scales on Wednesday, and mine tend to report lower than do hers, so I’m not actually sure the real difference tbh. But at least I know from today the weight on my own scales to go from.

Today was a break day for some reason in the program, but we’re back into it for the next three days. Another benefit from the past few days has been my sleep, whilst not sleeping any longer the quality of the sleep has been far better making the $199 fee well worth it already.

Signed up for a new me

I started my morning with a monthly visit to my GP, the joys of being a diabetic. I’d just had my HBa1c test to check my blood sugars over the past 3 months, and thankfully after a result that went strangely awry last time all is back on track again.

Carrying more than a few pounds discussion eventually shifts to how to shed them; finally I agreed to consider the 5:2 diet where you fast 2 days (non-consecutive) each week. That lasted about 3 hours before I committed myself to something entirely different.

One thing that had always concerned me about the 5:2 diet was how I might commit to it as peeps in my office regularly chew on the chockies, coffees and other goodies. Temptation and reminders would be everywhere. But what also concerned me was that it only examined half of the equation, the diet ignored exercise and it never teaches you anything. Further, dieting like that I’ve seen reports people often end up regaining the lost weight.

I’d seen some time ago a program developed by Michelle Bridges called the 12 week body transformation (12WBT), this focusses upon exercise, meal plans, lessons, learning & participation in forums with those in your 12 week block. There are multiple programs structured to meet various people’s needs and abilities. I paid up front for a 2 week saving at $199.

I’m excited to give this a go, though also a little nervous as I know it’s no walk in the park, it does get more intense as weeks progress. Week 1 begins Monday!