Swimming and Simon

Posted on February 12th, 2011 @ 23:44 in Uncategorized

Should I write in here just because it’s been a while since the last update? I feel sorry for my blag though, I’ve been neglecting it. Him? I don’t think my blag has a name. Well, it’s called a blag, which is obviously stolen from XKCD, but it doesn’t have a name name. Should it? Like Bernard the Blag? I guess some things are just too weird even for me.

I went swimming again today. Let me tell you all about swimming. Oh! Let me tell you about headaches first. Can’t remember if I complained about them previously? They plagued me for the first half of last year. I kept a headache diary for a while and I had them about 2/3 of the time. I finally figured out that they were linked to shoulders / neck problems (well, I’d suspected this from pretty early on, but my GPs were only like “well stop taking painkillers” yada yada). Went to see a chiropractor (yeah I know they’re quacks, but it helped!) and it got better after that. I also got a new chair at work and stuff, and finally they went back down to normal levels.

Until I started my new job. At first I thought it was due to heightened stress levels (what with it being a new job and all), but they just got worse and worse. So I went back to the chiro (who I’d stopped seeing of course), and also had a workstation assessment at new job and got a different chair (not a specially ordered one like at Amex, but a more adjustable one all the same). This still didn’t seem to help much tho, and I’d started getting pretty miserable by then, I even considered quitting if it didn’t improve. It really sucks waking up with a headache every single day.

Anyway. I took an afternoon off (sick, not as annual leave) last week and since I had a chiro appointment anyway, I asked him what he suggested I do with my afternoon for maximum effectiveness. He suggested light exercise such as walking or swimming. As the weather was miserable I chose swimming. This seemed to help, and here we are. Been four times so far, and done a total of 185 lengths (or 4625m). This is 94.5% of the distance from Alcatraz to the Golden Gate Bridge (yes, I have an app for that *lol*). I even went before work one day! Kind of annoying tho cuz you have to carry a wet towel around with you all day and stuff.

Today was my longest swim yet, 75 lengths = 1875m. The swimming pool was pleasantly empty (probably cuz it was sunny so a lot of potential swimmers chose to go for a walk instead), but it smelled pretty horrible. *lol* And I got chatted up by some old dude who decided to tell me all about how he got hit over the head a few years ago and the NHS was trying to cover it up. All very odd. I finally managed to extricate myself from him, and 10mins later or so he’d found a different victim (also female of course. figures). When she had finally escaped him we started chatting about him, which was rather amusing. She felt bad for him, me less so. *lol*

Wasn’t that a fascinating story? I can also tell you about Simon Amstell, whom I went to see all on my ownsome, because Alisdair’s a cunt. He was lovely and amazing and depressing and funny as usual though, and I am glad I went. The only impediment to his absolute perfection is that he’s become a vegan. Really, Simon, did you have to? But apart from that, it is spooky how… perfect he is. How he speaks to me. I’m aware this sounds a bit creepy, though I don’t mean it in a stalkerish way. It’s just that the stuff he says, though often hilarious, is also quite… I wanna say philosophical but that’s not quite the word. Kinda self-helpy. And his outlook on life is pretty similar to mine, but different enough that he sometimes says things that really make me think. Or that make me very sad because they are true and depressing. But he’s wonderful. And on top of that deep connection we share (haha), there is of course the fact that he’s jewish, gay, skinny and curly-haired, which to me epitomizes perfection. Incidentally I still drink from the pint glass I stole at a previous Simon gig.

Here this entry ends. I could write about other stuff, such as my iPhone which I still haven’t tried syncing since it failed, cuz I just know I’ll brick it, and the built-in shelves I’m gonna have in my bedroom soon, and the world trip I’m still dreaming about, and my True Blood obsession, but I won’t! 😀 I will show you two pics I’ve taken today tho. Well, I’ll link to them. Friendly. Thoughtful.

The End.


mai said on Feb 13, 2011 at 12:29 am

What was his new stand up about? (live in a different country so I can’t go, big fan tho..)

Clarissa said on Feb 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm

It was kind of in a similar vein as the DVD (which I assume you have). Someone asked him at the end what the moral was and he said sth like “it’s about how we’re all trying to connect, and the perception others have of us, and who that makes us”. (that’s paraphrasing very vaguely lol, and also kinda influenced by what I took away from it)
He talked a lot about his travels, and a few relationships, and his new-found veganism. It’s still very much a work in progress tho, so there was a lot of trying things out and “ok, that didn’t work” or “ok, that was funny!”

Katja said on Feb 13, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Exercise also helps me when I have a headache. Which, I admit, does not happen that often, and is almost always related to sleep deprivation and/or caffeine withdrawal. So maybe exercise helps me because it’s waking me up. Hm.

Clarissa said on Feb 13, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Hm. Exercise doesn’t actually help with the immediate headache, usually makes it worse. But it seems to help with the underlying problem, which then also improves the headaches. Tho right now my neck is pretty painful again. *sigh*

Elj said on Feb 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Nice black and white pics 🙂

Why do you like Jewish people?

Elj said on Feb 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Do you know, I KNEW that smiley wouldn’t work. 😐

Clarissa said on Feb 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm

=)) you got both of them wrong. The smiley one is : – ) and the straight-faced one is : |

Hm, difficult to say why I like Jewish people. I think they fascinate me as a culture, the way they have settled in various places and always.. made the best of pretty adverse circumstances? Maybe also something about siding with the underdog, to a certain extent. And a lot of Jewish people are pretty cool (proportionally more than other people? not sure, I guess you don’t hear about the boring Jews much lol). And yiddish is a fun language (I’m sure hebrew is too, but I don’t understand a word of it lol). And I guess it’s just that a lot of people I like are Jewish, therefore I like the rest of them too. :)) Not all of them, mind you, there are some cunts too. 😛

Elj said on Feb 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Ah. Fair enough! Don’t think I know any Jewish people.

(Not even gonna attempt another smilie).

Clarissa said on Feb 15, 2011 at 9:26 pm

You see the smiley face on the right of the “Reply” (above the field where you enter the comment)? That’s a link which takes you to a magical page which has aaaall the codes! :]

L.J. said on Feb 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Aaaaaaaaaaah!!!! I wondered where it had gone! I thought you were just… smiling that we were replying. 😐


L.J. said on Feb 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm


L.J. said on Feb 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm

PS. “You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.”


Clarissa said on Feb 16, 2011 at 9:01 pm

LMAO. Well at least you’re making me look very popular! 😀

and lol @ me smiling that you were replying, how cuuuuuute!!!


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