Liebster Blog Award … my answers and new nominations

First of all thank you for the nomination bexcapades

Here are the questions I got to answer…

1. What does blogging mean to you? Blogging means sharing my story with others, letting everybody know I have to survive my days with autism in this stressy world. I can express my love for fashion and shoes but in my own way. I also can express my feelings better if I write them down and most of all if I can share them with others to read. 

2. How long have you been blogging? I’ve started bloggin gin January last year on another blog, in a way to express my feelings when I had a very bad period (It went from bad to worst and worse). I started this blog autisticcountrygirl.com in July when I felt better and I wanted to leave the negative blog behind me. If you want I can always like the more negative one in a link (in Dutch)

3. What is your favourite thing to blog about? Fashion and shoes and my daily journey of having autisme as a girl in this world

4. What is your favourite colour? Pink, and more specific FUSHIA

5. What has been on your Travel Bucket List for the longest? Iceland ! Seeing Walt Disney World and going on a Disney Cruise want top of my list but I already did that in 2013 and 2016. I saw a piece of Canada and I visit Boston and Dublin. Now when I saved enough and found someone I want to go to discover Iceland. But London is also on my list but I can’t find someone to go with me to London

6. If you could have a meal with anyone alive or dead, who would it be?  something with pumpking like a pumpkin pie

7. What is your favourite snack? Banana with peanutbutter

8. What is your favourite Christmas film? A Christmas Carol but the Disney Version with Scrooge McDuck

9. What do you want your life to look like in 5 years time? Getting a better blog and having a parttime job as a blogger or maybe a fulltime job as a copywriter. Something I can write on my own and not going to work everyday in an office because I can’t do that job anymore. I also want to have the job that I have now, but than for always, till my pension. 

10. Is there a book that has changed your life? Staying Strong from Demi Lovato. I got this book when I was in the hospital for more than 3 months because of a depression and I there had my diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder

 

So that where the questions I got, Thank you so much for the nomination !

10 Questions for you

Here are the rules

1.Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

2.Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)

3.Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you. (or however many they posted for you!)

4.Provide 11 random facts about yourself.

5.Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)

6.Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.

7.List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

8.Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

My Nominations

Mademoisellewomen.com

erinsworldofmakeup.wordpress.com

diaryofalonelygirlblog.wordpress.com

ohboyitsmegan.wordpress.com

bournemouthgirl.wordpress.com

My questions for you

  1. How long do you have your blog?
  2. What’s the post you made that you still love?
  3. What’s your favorite thing/subjet to blog about?
  4. What do you want to do with your blog in 5 years?
  5. What is having a blog means to you?
  6. How did you start to blog?
  7. Who’s blog is your biggest inspiration?
  8. Blogging during the Holidays, is this different to you?
  9. Is blogging your fulltime job? If not, is it a future job that you want to have?
  10. Where find you the inspiration for a now blog post?

 

Thanks ! Love Lucy

 

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Blogmas 19 … Spending Christmas in bed?

Skipping Christmas this year?

The closer Christmas is coming, the worst my pain is getting.

Yesterday I had a day off but it was a day full of appointements with psychiatrist and psychologist and a stop at my workplace. A day where I took one bus after the other, and was so tired at night.

Today I also had a day off, and most of my day I spend in bed. I had so much pain again, after a bizzy day.

Now I just finished writing 16 christmas cards (see blogmas 18) and now I have to write this blog with one hand. I can’t use my right hand at the moment 😮 So shocking, another stadium in my pain ???

This blogmas will be a short one, because I’m going to bed after taking some more pain killing pills. (hope they work !)

Tomorrow I’ll make an appointement to see some doctor specilalized in rheumatism or fibromyalgia. This is not normal for a 32 year to be in bed all day. Okay, my autism could make me tired, but this pain is so intense and so worse.

But first … tomorrow is a bizzy day. In the morning I have to take a bus to Mechelen for an appointement, after that I have to be at work at 11.30am to start a (I GUESS) a very bizzy day at work. Guess most people will be hunting for Christmas presents, when the kids are out of school.

In the evening I have to go to my dentist again. Glad that toothache is better and my tooth can be filled again !

So I’m sorry if I’m not able to write a blogmas tomorrow 😦 

On Thursday I have another workday, a full one. On Friday I have a day off, but I guess I’m going to spend it in bed watching ‘Fuller House’.

See you all later, hope with less pain !

Love Lucy xx

Blogmas 18 … Christmas Cards

The time of year to write, write and write some more cards

These days it’s so easy to send a digital Christmas card. You go to a site, choose a card and a few minutes later that person have received your card.

For me it a total NOOOOO !

I absoluty don’t like this unpersonal way of sending a card with wishes to colleagues, friends. Please note that I don’t have such nice family to write a personal card to 😉

Normally Christmas cards costs around 5-6 EUR for 10 pieces. This year I needed a lot of cards, so I would be around 20 EUR for some cards 😮 Very Shocking !

Since a few weeks we have a low budget store kind of next to my workplace. Kinds kind of great to buy cheap stuff for christmas or DIY. Last week I was in the Action (name of the Dutch store) and I found these really cute cards with puppies and kittens.

They were so cute and looked even better than the ones of 5 EUR I saw in store earlier. These cards were 0,69 EUR for 14 pieces ! Wow That’s a good price !

I make my cards some more personal with handlettering inside.

Here are my cards for this year to give to my colleagues, ex-colleagues, doctors and friends.

Christmas doens’t have to be that expensive and take a lot of your budget. In a store like Action or The Dollar Store, you can find great stuff for christmas.

Real cards or digital cards?

Who else like to get some real cards? Or do you prefer some digital cards in your mailbox?

Love Lucy xx

Blogmas 17 … lazy (painfull) Sunday

December 17 … week week till the Holidays

So today I had a day off. Yesterday was a bizzy workday but a great one. Like every story I have to post, I have some terrible pains everywhere.

If I work a day, I need a day to be at home and do nothing. Just laying in bed, and sleep.

But today my family had some more plans for today, so it was a very hard day.

Now it’s 8pm and the pain is just killing me, even while I’m writing this blog. My hands are thick and I have a terrible headache.

My plan for this evening was to write a blogmas about my favorite songs, but that I just can’t do at the moment. This autism girl wanted to write a blog tonight so that’s what I’m doing right now.

Tomorrow I have a day full of plans so I hope it will be okay and feeling better tomorrow.

So pain, what kind of pain do I have?

  • A lot of pain everywhere in my body and some tender points
  • Spots where I have more pain and more pressure
  • Fatigue (all day long)
  • problems with sleeping
  • a lot of concentration problems (not knowing what day it is, what I have to do or what people told me like 5 minutes ago in the store)
  • anxiety and feeling a bit of my “old” depression symptoms feeling coming back
  • every moring I have stiffness
  • numbless and tingling everywhere like my hands, knees, legs, arms
  • migraines, headache one is just over and I have another one
  • problems with my stomach
  • painfull eyes
  • and bigger neck lymph

Dr. Google?

Like many others, there’s always dr. Google. Not a good idea, because I’m freaking out when I’m searching on those symptoms.

I went to my doctor for a test to see if I had rheumatism or not. The results were negative. So he gave me some more vitamins, magnesium and iron tablets. I had to take them for a month or 2 months.

But now after a month I don’t feel any differents. It’s so sad that I have to say that the problems are getting worse.

Fibromyalgia

After searching on those symtoms I get so many results from the internet that are saying ‘fibromyalgia’.

As I’m a girl with autism I have like always tensions of all the stress I have all day in like every situation (working, going grocery shopping, taking a buss, going to the city). All that tension could make things worse.

The last thing I want is a long time spending in the hospital for doing some more test or spending days there to found out what’s wrong. Not knowing what will happen with me that day, always freaks me out.

So now I don’t know what to do. I really love my job and I just don’t want to give it up or stay at home because of all the pain. I only have 3 months left there at my work place and I want to spend those months at work and not in a hospital.

Christmas and Holidays?

This year I don’t have plans for Christmas eve, or the year ending. Besides that I have to work December 30 and 31. Guess I will be in bed on December 31 at 9pm like always 😦
While all my facebook is having a party I’ll be at home, in bed watching a movie or just sleeping.

On Christmas day I a family diner in the afternoon. But if I have so much pain and if I’m so fatigue like today. I guess I’ll be just in my room and watching a movie on Netflix. I don’t have the best family for parties. The make always so much noise and they always give me so much headache.

For you?

So I hope you all have amizing holidays this year and great parties !

One day …

One day, I hope that I can life a happy life without this much pain. That I found a really good doctor that give me some advice on how to life with this pain.

Love, Lucy xx

Blogmas 16 … Starting to plan 2018

New Year is coming, time for a new agenda !

 

Digital or Paper one?

In times everybody is using a diary/agenda on their phone or by mail, I still like to use a PAPER one.

Specially for me a digital agenda doesn’t work. On my iPhone I have to click on a day to see what I have planned for that week. I just can’t see al my plans for every day of the week in one view.

I’m a visual girl, I have to see what I have to do for the next days. In that way I can get plans in my head of how I’m going to handle that week. Oh, and be prepared of all the things that are coming to me.

The most important thing about an agenda for me is the way how it looks inside. The outside is less important, because you can make it look better all the time (in the style you want).

Little black one for 2018

A few weeks ago I bought a little agenda (between an A5 and A6 size), a plain black one. I bought it in a Dutch store called Action. It’s a cheaper store,  kind of the dollar store you have in the USA. This agenda I’m going to use next year was less than 2 EUR.

I have a good view over all the days of the week. The only thing I like less, is that the days of the weekend are so smal. For a girl who works on Saturday and Sunday, that’s a big disadvantage.

Let’s make it MINE!

Just a plain black one, that’s just to plain and to classic for me. I bought this agenda with the idea of making it look better.

Here is my agenda and pens I used to create the look of my agenda and fill it in. Oh yeah I have a lot of things to do in January!

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Black is just black … so making it more TRENDY and CLASSY with gold on the paper endings

So when my agenda is closed, I have a black and gold one instead of a normal black and white one.

After working on the outside, it was time to work on the inside

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During the year I will add more stamps to it when I find cute ones to try.

Now it was time to fill in my plans and appointments for January. But first my personal information page (sorry will not show this all filled in).

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Now let’s write down my plans and appointments

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Here’s my finished project for now. As I told you, I will add more and more things during the year. I collect all kind of things in my agenda/diary like pictures, clothes tags, pieces of bags, buttons, stickers, etc. Really everything you can collect and paste on your pages it’s in there.

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Please note : I keep every agenda I’m using, so I still have my agenda from the first year I started to work in 2007. Great momories, that I keep this way.  So it’s like just a normal photobook, diary etc for me to keep forever in my life.

And you ?

Do you like a digital agenda/diary or a paper one?  If you use a paper one, how does it looks?

Thanks for reading ! Love Lucy xx

Blogmas 15 … Ugly Christmas Sweater day

Ugly Christmas Sweater day

 

# 1 … Divided by H&M

So today was THE ‘ugly Christmas Sweater day’ ! From this day, for me it’s okay to wear a Christmas jumper outside the house.

Over the past years I have bought a few Christmas jumpers, but never really liked them to be comfy wearing them outside.

This year was so different ! I bought 2 Christmas jumpers I just really like. Yesterday I bought the one I really love (or just adore).

Since a few weeks I love this jumper, from the day it came online. It’s from Divided by H&M.

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After buying this yesterday I even more in love with it.

It’s a black jumper (not a sweatshirt), it has a cat on it, has the christmas lights (which look like the Osborn lights from Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World).

So today I wore this beauty to work, and I really felt amazing ! I was so cute, and it has the Christmas vibe all over it.

Now it’s in the wash, but can’t wait to wear this again next week to work !

It’s going to be sad when Christmas is over and I can’t wear it for the rest of the 350 days to come 😥

# 2 … Only by Bestseller Group

Earlier I bought an other Christmas sweater. I bought this the day the sales assistant were putting it in the Store ‘ Modemakers’.

It’s from the Bestseller Group brand ONLY, one of my favorite brands! Actually I love every brand from the Bestseller Group, like Vero Moda, Jacqueline De Yong, Vila Clothes and Pieces.

This knitted jumper is from Only

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This one is on my list to wear tomorrow with a black skinny jeans or maybe my black leather skirt of shorts.

Hohoho Merry Christmas !

Rudolf the BLACK nose reindeer ! 

And YOU?

How many Christmas sweaters do you have? Did you wear one today on ‘ugly Christmas sweater day’?

Oh, what did you think of my 2 choices for jumpers this year (the cat from H&M and the reindeer from Only)?

 

Thanks for reading another #blogmas tonight!

Love Lucy xx

Blogmas 14 … Coca-Cola Christmas Truck

Holidays are coming, Holidays are coming, Holidays are coming

Everyone knows this iconic song from the Coca-Cola Christmas truck. The really cute Santa Claus on the truck, the lights when the truck drives in the dark. As a kid I really loved those Coca-Cola adds in wintertime.

I always wished to see this truck in real life, but I never had the chance to. All those events were so far away and always in the late evenings (on schooldays!).

Today I had a day of, and I was lucky that December 14, was the day that this Christmas truck had a stop in Leuven. Leuven is a city here in the area.

Like always this autistic girl was way to early there. So I had the time to take some pictures of the truck, and be the first in line for the Elfs treat and I had no line to meet Santa.

Here are some pictures of my great afternoon in Leuven.

I met SANTA CLAUS

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Like a said it was a great day, meeting Santa and I got a carboard truck with 2 cans of Coca-Cola (a regular and a Zero).  Nice surprice for this Coca-Cola addict !

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Have a magical Holiday week !

Love Lucy xx

Blogmas 13 … What I’ll be watching on Netflix

Sorry, so sorry that I couldn’t write my yesterday’s blog ! It was a long workday (sold a lot of shoes) and I had (still have) a very terrible toothache. 

What will I watch the upcoming week?

Most of you bloggers are having a top 10 with favorite things to watch this christmas season.  I also have a top list of things I have to watch this Holiday season.

I’m not that girl that goes to a theater to watch the big movies that are coming out ! So here no Star Wars movie on my list, or others. I really like movies I can watch at home, in a quiet place where I don’t have to be stress with all the sounds of drinks and popcorn of others.

Ready? Let’s found out which one.

# 1 A Wish for Christmas

This movie I really want to see again, really loved it last year. I’m a big fan of Lacey Chabert.

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# 2 A Christmas Prince

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For this one, I’m not that enthousiast. I just want to see it because everybody is talking about it. I’ll let you know how it was.

# 3 Every Christmas has a story

I started watching this movie a few weeks ago, but I fell asleep. So this is one thing on my list to see, and see the whole movie in one time.

In Full House and now Fuller House I always liked Lori, since I was a kid and I saw here the first time. So this movie I can’t miss this season.

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# 4 Olaf’s Frozen Adventure … oh and Frozen

Now with all the commotion about the part of Frozen before the movie Coco, I really want to see this Frozen Adventure. Sorry, but I just can’t spend 9 EUR for a movie where I get nuts of all the noices and I only want to see the Frozen part. Coco is something I want to watch for the first time at home.

Next Saturday the 23th, a television station here in Belgium will show Olaf’s Frozen Adventure on TV. So I can record this and watch it when I’m alone or just maybe watch it when it’s showing that evening.

After the Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, this tv station will also show the original Frozen movie. I also recorded this one, for when I’m alone here, my other family will not be happy when Frozen will play.

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And the ONE thing I REALLY REALLY want to see the upcoming week is

Fuller House

The last thing I want to watch the upcoming week, well Friday the 22 December!  I have a day off, so I hope it’s on Netflix in the morning here so I can watch this all day long in PJ’s. Would be nice to relax, drink hot cocoa and eat some waffles and watch Fuller House.

I watch every episode when I was a kid, was a hugh fan of Lori (Becky). Even when I couldn’t speak English, I could say some quotes from the episode by heart. Very strange, but that’s maybe my autistic part.

Unfortually I lost that. When I see a movie or follow a show on Netflix I always forget it, or I forget the important stuff so I have to re-watch a half episode before playing the next one.

But for now … I can’t wait to watch FULLER HOUSE !!!!

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Love Lucy xx

Blogmas 12 … first thing on my 2018 To Do list

Finding a way to get this pain to end

It’s a short blogmas today … Any guess Why? Oh Yess ! I’m having terrible pain again

Today I had a long workday because the PRE christmas sale started in out store. Long day of putting discount tags to the boxes. After all I had a great day.

Till..

I came home! At work I got a little headache the last hour I had to work.

Around 7pm I came home from work, made me a healthy spinach pizza (just a tortilla with tomatosauce, spinach and cheese in the oven).

Today’s goal, the one thing I had planned to do after work … failed!

I wanted to draw a christmas Figment, but I just couldn’t!

I Only had 4 lines and the beginneling of the ears on my paper till my hands gave up. Not even 5 minutes of holding my pencil in my hands 😱 *crying*

Feels like I have to give up So many things

As the result of my autism I had to give up So many things. And now because of the pain in whole my body I have to give up drawning. This is soooooo bad!

New years list …

First thing on my new years list, things to do in 2018 Will be …

Finding Something to stop these pain. Finding a new doctor, going to the hospital, etc I don’t care ! This just have to stop ! I want to live a pain free life or a less painfull one !

Figment

Maybe you’ll think now ” who’s Figment?”

Well it’s the little dragon from Walt Disney World in Florida. A place I love and I just love this dragon.

Here he is…

Tomorrow I had a day of, but I have to go to work the whole day aswel. Guess I have to find Some sleep on thursday!

Love Lucy xx

Blogmas 11 … pain pain pain & more pain | Oh and a healthy recipe for oatmeal waffles

” I’m 32 years old but most of the time I feel like 82! “

Okay, this was the quote for today ! Such a painfull day, so much pain again!

Goodmorning!

I woke up this morning at 8am, but I couldn’t get out of my bed. It needed more time, like always, but today I needed 1h15 to get out of bed. It was 9.15am, till I got up and was able to get some breakfast.

All day I can eat this healthy food I want, but for breakfast I always need sugary things.

My plan after breakfast … I went back to bed for another hour. I had no idea that I could do stuff today.

Snow, snow and more snow

Yesterday the snow melted all, and this morning it was snowing hard again. In just a few hours it was all white and dangerous outside.

Around 13pm I went outside to take a walk in the snow and take some pictures of the snow around us. It’s so magic all the snow outside on the trees.

Once outside it was like the cold wind has frozen my muscle pains. Once inside again I needed to go to bed.

Here are some pictures of the magical snow…

Sorry … it was a NO make-up monday today (and I had so much pain I could not hold my brushes this morning 😥 ) 

Cat paws in the snow

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Some paws I’ve seen today are so strange, like always cat’s don’t have a good direction to follow. Left, right, oh no left again.
I wish I had pictures of my cats in the first snow but they don’t like snow ! 

Old Timberland boots are the best EVER !

Time to bake some … waffles

Oh yess, I’m belgian so waffles are the best here! I really like to bake healthy waffles I can eat for lunch or breakfast. Today I ate some for diner with fresh fruit, peanutbutter and maple sirup.

A few days ago I promised a friend of mine I would sell here my Mickey waffles machine, which was laying here unused for more than 4 years now. And I had to try it to make sure it still works after that long time doing nothing! It still worked !

So time for some oatmeal waffles, the best ever ! Off course I also made some heart shape waffles beside the Mickey ones.

Here are the ingredients I used

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And yess, that’s all you need for a great recipe for healthy waffles. Okay not vegan because of the eggs, but you can replace them.

You need :

  • 200 grams of oatmeal
  • 300 ml of rice milk
  • 2 eggs (not the biggest ones)
  • 1 tbsp of backing powder
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 1 theespoon of vanille extract
  • coconut oil for the waffles machine

How to make them ?

  • blend the oatmeal very fine like flour
  • put the egg white in a separate bowl and mix it
  • take another bowl to put all the ingredients in (oatmeal flour, rice milk, honey, vanilla, egg yellow and baking powder)
  • Mix all those ingredients together
  • Add the egg white with a spoon
  • put on the waffle machine while the dough is resting a few minutes
  • put on the coconut oil on the machine and than the dough
  • bake the waffles till golden brown and ready

Enjoy !

Moment after the baking … PAIN

Oh yess, after I baked the waffles, all of them, it was over and out for today. I couldn’t move my arm after eating some waffles.

So here I am now, in bed trying to make todays blogpost and finish it.

It’s so unfair that I’m having all that pain and my doctor is just saying ” it’s not that bad, get over it, and wait another month”.

Last month I had to take medication for 2 months, but after taking them a month it all is getting so much worst 😥

I really feel like an 82 year old women, and not the 32 year old that should have energy to rase kids, have a fulltime job and still is going out !

I have a beautiful life now and feeling so happy (after some really bad years) but all that pain is so hard to deal with rightnow. I want to do stuff, I want to go to the Christmas marktet or just prepare a meal after a workday. But NO, after a workday I’m just dead, so dead !

Tomorrow I have to work a full day, preparing the store for the Christmas and year end sales that are coming end of this week. So tomorrow night, I will have so much pain again. Not normal, but my doctor says it’s not that bad enough grrr.

I’m ending my blog here, going to see if there’s a Chrismas movie on Netflix that I haven’t seen before.

Till tomorrow !

Love Lucy xx