Geeking by in October

October Monthly Update

Now, how would I describe October? Two things spring to mind; always behind and lergy. The month started off well enough and I had a nice peaceful simple birthday (just what I had in mind) and continued my annual birthday tradition of having some form of illness, usually something flu-like. I’ll let you read on to find out more about how my October went 🙂

I used to do a monthly goals post each month before I swapped to these round up posts this year. The reason for the change was I felt that I was putting a bit too much pressure on myself in the way of setting goals. However, I feel that I need to add some sort of accountability to keep me on track with things and get me where I want to be. From now on at the end of each section I’m going to put a few small goals (when relevant).

 

Birthday Times

Before I get to the depression lergy talk let’s start with the fun stuff! I turned 33 and got spoiled by Chris as always. He says I’m hard to buy for and fusses and worries about what he gets me, but the fact is he is a champion gifter. I always feel that my gifts at Christmas never quite stand up to his because he is that damn good! We’re talking plan for 12 months kind of thing – and now I have brain fog all the time he has the added bonus of not forgetting good ideas when they pop into his head too! Grumbling aside I am very grateful to have him, and he knows he doesn’t need to spoil me so but he likes to see my reaction – and that means I get teased before I can actually open them too. This time it was the DVD shaped delivery that was “not a DVD” for instance.

The eagled-eyed among you may already see that the DVD-that-was-not-a-DVD was in fact… a DVD. You’d think I’d have learned after the time he did the whole ‘hon, I’m expecting a delivery tomorrow, it’s a book for DnD’ when it was Valentine’s Day… Yeah. Not a DnD book 😛

We’ve watched Thor and absolutely LOVED it! I’m definitely considering getting that NowTV subscription to catch up on the rest of the Marvel films and all the other films we’re behind on. Hopefully when we’re both feeling better we can watch Justice League too. I know it’s had some bad revues but I’m a DC girl so I’m looking forward to it anyway and this one comes with an awesome bonus feature about DC comics too.

The next present may look dull but it’s actually a real life saver and Chris gave it to me earlier saying ‘you REALLY need this’ and he was right. My old mouse mat was pretty disgusting. It didn’t matter how much I tried to clean it, it just would not get clean and it was beginning to screw up my mouse. Due to my hypermobility I need the supports and it’s my first time having one for the keyboard too and I’m never going back. It really makes a huge difference – and I am being extra careful about keeping them both clean too, so go me!

Then the star prize was this gorgeous statue of Sylvanas Windrunner from World of Warcraft’s Fall of the Lich King collection, and photos really do not do it justice. It is so detailed, and it is exquisite. You can view extra photos of her over on instagram. My final present was some money to buy a pet in the Blizzard store which resulted in me spending 5 minutes searching and ending up with three I wanted to buy; Twilight, Shadow and Mischief. I couldn’t decide! They’re all so cute! So Chris got the final vote and chose Twilight 😀

I got a bundle of gifts from my mother in law which include some chocolate and these make up gift sets which I will be reviewing at a later date. The lip products say ‘lip gloss’ but they looked so matte that I did a quick swatch test when I got them and I’m really not convinced that they’re glosses. I’d say they’re more like liquid lipsticks with a gloss finish. I’ve tried one of them and they’re ok. Not the best quality as they’re super sticky but they look fab!

 

Gorgeous birthday flowers from my parents in autumn shades of gold, orange and peach

I asked for money from my parents so I could get the bits and pieces on my birthday wish list and they always send me flowers. My mum used to arrange flowers (as a hobby not professionally although she did also do a few weddings, including my best friend’s one) so she knows her flowers and always picks the best bouquets to send me. This year she really outdid herself though because they were stunning! They were from Marks and Spencers and the colours were just gorgeous and perfect for autumn. I tried to do them justice with some photos on instagram, but honestly, I don’t think I could have captured them just right. It was one of those things you just had to see for yourself.

I’ve picked up a few things off my wish list but I’m spreading out the cost over a few months so I will update you guys on that another time 🙂

 

Health

I’m not sure if I ended up actual flu or just a flu-like virus (and it took me 5 times as long to write that sentence because Georgie was licking my fingers as I typed ><). Chris definitely had full on flu and was really sick with it. Despite his heart condition he’s not considered at risk so he doesn’t get the flu vaccine where as I do, although October/November is my most at risk time as it’s the period when I get my annual vaccine. I’m sure there’s all sorts of science to explain it but we’ve found that one of being immune/semi-immune isn’t as useful as it sounds. For example, while the flu vaccine doesn’t attack the body of those vaccinated they can still carry the virus so if I come into contact with it somewhere else I can bring it home to Chris and have done so on many occasion over the years. As with this month if Chris gets flu I’ve found that I can get some flu symptoms but not the full illness. I felt under the weather mostly, and got hit with the feeling like absolute death part of flu. My fatigue levels were just crazy high that I couldn’t do anything. I was fine once I got over and the rest of the month went ok, until this last week when all the sniffling and bunged up ickiness have returned again :-/ Bleurgh. I think my nose has entered a sneezing marathon and forgot to tell me.

Time to get serious for a moment. When I was 4 my mum was diagnosed with colitis a serious bowel condition which has had an impact on all our lives. Her biggest fear as a new parent was that I would one day inherit that condition. Over the years she was told that colitis is not genetic and that I was safe. Keep in mind that this was the late 80s and 90s though and medical research has come a long way since then but I was still pretty shocked when her consultant told me earlier this year that I should get tested. It turns out that there is a type of colitis that sneaks under the radar as it doesn’t have the same distinctive symptoms as most types, i.e. bleeding, and it is often misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome. My mum is still recovering from an illness two years ago and so she did not really comprehend what he said to me, which in a sad way I’m a little grateful for, but I did go to my doctor asap.

Health Update - Hormones & Bowel Conditions

I underwent a test that shows up inflammatory markers; it’s really easy and non-invasive as it’s just handing in a sample (sorry if that is TMI but I want to explain so anyone else who ever goes through this knows what to expect 🙂 ).  My results came back and I got 80 which is good and bad. The average healthy person is a 50 and colitis starts at 200, so I’m safely below the colitis but not within ‘normal’ levels either. My doctor is retesting me in 5 weeks and I think this is something we are just going to need to keep an eye on. It’s been more on my mind this month because my tummy has been a lot worse so even though the results are good news I’m not feeling completely reassured just yet. Something still doesn’t feel right.

I’ve also just had another hellish month of PMT again. I’m on the mini-pill which is an Progestogen-only pill as the normal pill is really bad for migraines so I’ve been off that one for years. For a long time the mini-pill worked like a dream; cycle went great, symptoms and moods settled down, and even better? No periods! Then over the last few months it’s been like a roller coaster of pain and hell. My doctor said that it isn’t uncommon as our bodies change and get used to the pill, or something along those lines. Unfortunately I’ve now exhausted the two pill options so it’s time to try injections or implant; we don’t want to go down the implant road just yet for personal reasons as a couple so I’ll be trying injections. I’m not bothered by needles at all so that isn’t an issue, I just really hope they work and I don’t have any issues or side effects with other medications. I’ll keep you guys posted.

Kitten chasing string - an accurate portrayal of how my October went

Always playing catch up

The aim of  October was to catch up with my blog schedule and other things in my life once and for all. Instead I spent most of it feeling like a kitten running after a ball of string, never quite catching onto it and when I did I’d find there was so much more to catch.  One thing would lead to another and another… case in point; our bedroom. We knew we had some condensation issue of some sort in our room but we didn’t realise the full extent until this month. We began to realise that the walls were getting damp to touch and so was the floor in some places. In preparation for someone coming in to check the walls for us we moved the bad and an old mattress from underneath it to find that things were a lot worse than we realised. The guy we got in to check it confirmed that we had rising damp complete with nasty spores that had spread half way around the room. It turns out that all the rain we’d had for weeks had been leaking through from the outside and had built up, meaning we had a pool of water sitting in/behind the walls. We had to get a big electric dehumidifier in and blast it for about a week to dry the room out, and of course everything needs decorating. Thankfully having the old mattress under the bed has saved our own mattress because it soaked up all the icky stuff and the moisture.

But tidying up the bedroom so that someone could come in and so we could move the old mattress out took time. We had to then tidy up another room to make room for things that had to be moved out of the bedroom. Between all the moving, tidying and sorting out it took up the better part of one week and then of course we both had the massive slump afterwards from really overdoing it. So that pushed me back for blog work, inktober and dissertation work, and from then on everything just seemed to end up in a never ending cycle of catch up.

November Goals

I’m done chasing the string. This month I’m catching up on blog stuff and my to do list. One of my blog series, the Zodiac series, has been the biggest culprit in stressing me out and has been playing a big part in all the trouble. Last month I got so close to getting caught up so this month? It’s getting done baby!

 

Disstertation Update - October 2018

Dissertation

I started writing again!!! I am so happy to be able to say that and it is a huge relief off my mind. I now have a schedule pinned up on the wall in front of me with a weekly world count of 500 words, although I’m trying to do 100 a day to keep myself floating nicely ahead. It means I can also miss days here and there if I need to. My schedule started two weeks ago and takes me up to the end of March which is when I send my supervisor my first draft, and my final deadline is the end of April. It also includes when each section will be complete so I know how my progress is going in terms of the actual content not just number of words.  Every two weeks I hand my supervisor the work I’ve done to that point so that keeps me on track and we are having a monthly Skype chat too.

Getting started was so hard especially with everything else going on this month, but once I got into it and pushed through the fatigue I was good! I had to knuckle down and put some hard work in to catch up a bit last week, and again that pushed me behind this week. As long as I don’t keep letting that happen and letting it get on top of me I should be ok.

November Goals

Keep up with my schedule, especially the 100 words a day and not let myself fall behind.

 

Inktober 2018 - Some of my doodles

Inktober

If you some how managed to miss my inktober post at the start of the month then October is when a well known art prompt called Inktober takes place. This was my first time doing Inktober and I was using it to kick start my doodle book, which in turn was to help me get back into art again. you can read more about all that in my Inktober plans post. As you can probably guess I didn’t keep up with it as much as I had hoped but considering how manic this month ended up being I’m really happy that I did keep going with it and I didn’t give up! There was a point there where I could have jacked it all in and I chose not to. I’ve still got 7 prompts to do and I’m going to finish it because I’ve really enjoyed it. Some drawings didn’t go as planned and others really surprised me. I found that artist inside me that I wanted to reawaken and I’ve also found my confidence again, so watch this space 😉

November Goals

Finish the last 7 prompts in my own time – and don’t stress about it! I’ve started a photo challenge and video game screenshot challenge so I want to keep up with them. That probably seems like a lot but it actually isn’t as the video game challenge will be a quick one week post with 7 screenshots to sum up my week so keep an eye out for that on Wednesday!

 

Blog Updates

I’d really hoped to be unveiling geeking-by.net! Yep, I did it, I got the domain. I purposely wasn’t mentioning the exact name in case some nasty person snapped it up before I actually bought it, however, it is now safely mine. I just need to do the actual move. Although I’ve not been able to do that due to the hectic month, I have been tinkering around and you may have noticed some changes! I could list all the changes or I could do one better and take inspiration from the lovely Nerdily who did a fabulous video walk-through of her blog changes – which you need to check out because it looks FABULOUS!

November Goals

Actually migrate to the new domain? Yeaah 😉 I also want to finish off the bits I noted in the video and launch my newsletter!

 

Over to You

Right, so my October was a hectic lergy mess which ended up with me likening myself to a kitten chasing a ball of string – you can tell I’m back writing something can’t you? 😛 How did YOUR October go? I especially want to know about your Halloween adventures as mine were zero as usual (holidays during the cold wet season in Scotland aren’t particularly welcoming for a disabled girl even when it’s been a good month!).

How was your October?

Did you do anything for Halloween?

Did you dress up? If so what as?

Do you celebrate Halloween, Samhain or both?

What do you think of the blog changes? And how was the little walk through video – should I do some more video content occasionally?

Thanks again for reading and keeping up with my adventures as I make my way through life. Your ongoing support has made the things I’ve managed to do in October – start my dissertation again and have the confidence to make changes to my blog – possible so please don’t ever forget that. Whether you’re reading, commenting or engaging with me on social media it all means so much to me every time I see a notification or see the page stats going up. Thank you <3

Review: CareCo Exercise Band

Review - Exercise Band by CareCo: the discount mobility experts

RewviI was diagnosed with hypermobility at the age of 14 after multiple ankle injuries which culminated in the tearing of all the ligaments in one ankle. Not pretty right? So when the opportunity came around to review some products from CareCo the discount mobility experts I grabbed the chance to review their exercise band. Exercise bands like this were a core part of the many years of intense physio I had that focused on stabilising my ankles. Although I used them primarily for working with my ankles back then,  exercise bands have a variety of uses for such a simple and inexpensive product.

 

Careco Exercise Band in Pouch

First Impressions

I was really impressed with the neat little pouch that the band came in. It’s exactly as advertised on the site, however, anyone who’s ever done physio will know that you don’t get handed one so neatly packaged. In the past if I’ve been given one by a physiotherapist they have quite literally gone to a massive role that they have and cut a length off of it. So just having that little bit of extra effort made in the presentation and also having somewhere to put the band between exercises makes a big difference to me.

CareCo 4 Week exercise resistance plan booklet

 

The band also comes with a 4 week resistance exercise plan booklet which is fantastic! The contents include the four weeks plan as well as exercise tips, dieting tips, mental fitness and further advice. I really appreciate that Careco have included mental fitness in the booklet and it has some great – and more importantly useful – advice in that respect. The diet page is brief and useful, not at all lecturing or guilt tripping.

 

CareCo Exercise Resistance Plan Week One

 

In regards to the exercises each week tackles a separate area of the body; week one is upper body, week two is legs, week three is abdominal (chest and back) and week four is legs and triceps. You have the option of doing the plan as it is set out or using the booklet as a guide for what area of your body you need to focus on. For someone with a condition like mine, hypermobility/hypermobile EDS, it could be wrists one day and legs the next so I can quite easily flip through the guide and select an exercise that pertains for that area of the body. And there are several options to choose from as well.

 

Careco Exercise Band for Resistance Exercises

Exercise Band

The band itself is pretty much a standard exercise band made of the same stretchy rubber material as all the bands I have previously encountered. Exercise bands can come in different strengths depending on the needs of the patient, and the CareCo band does not seem to come with any strength details. The specification segment of the product page is empty so no luck there. When testing the strength for myself I found that it had quite a high resistance strength so this may not be the best product for someone with weak joints or muscles.

 

Numbers on the CareCo Exercise Band for hand positions

What I did like about the exercise band is that it is numbered; each number pertains hand places for the exercises outlined in the guide book. This is a really useful feature that helps the users become accustomed to using the band and grow comfortable and confident in doing so. It also ensures that they use the band correctly reducing the risk of injuring by over stretching their muscles.

 

The CareCo exercise band fits easily back into the pouch with plenty of room to spare!

 

One last thing I wanted to check was whether the handy pouch was actually as useful as it seemed – and yes it is! Sometimes when you get an accompanying bag for an item, especially one that can be messy to put back in like a rubber exercise band, the bag isn’t as up to the job as it first appears. But as you can see I had absolutely no problem popping it back into the pouch. The band folded up easily and there was plenty of room left in the pouch for a time if I wasn’t able to fold it neatly (which is an issue if my fingers are sore) and I needed to just jam it in.

 

Resistance Strength Rating of the CareCo Exercise Band

Conclusion

Overall it’s a good product for £11.99 (inc. VAT) and CareCo have put a lot of time and effort into the supporting material to ensure that users have the information they need to get started straight away. This makes the product a great all rounder for a variety of customers; whether you’re just starting out with fitness, have been recommended resistance exercises by a physiotherapist or you’re a fitness fanatic this exercise band has something for everyone.

My only reservation about the product is that it does not come with a resistance strength rating and I do feel that this is an oversight by CareCo. I gave it a few strong tugs to test the resistance for the purpose of this review, and the day after my wrist was still tender. It would be remiss of me not to mention that this band might be too strong for, or at least requires careful use for those with weak joints/muscles and who run the risk of hyper-extension or dislocation. It can still be used provided you are aware of the strength and take that into consideration when using this product for exercises.

 

Over to You

I hope you enjoyed this review and found it useful! Don’t forget to check out CareCo’s website they have a great range of mobility products at good prices compared to other places. They also offer a price comparison service so if you find it cheaper else where they will match it!

Have you used an exercise band before?

Are you familiar with CareCo?

What are some of your favourite mobility or health aids?

Let me know in the comments! If you have any questions about this product please do not hesitate to ask 🙂

60+ Miscellaneous Inktober Prompts

Inktober 2018 Prompts - Miscellaneous Prompts

Welcome to the fifth and final post in a series of posts featuring prompts for Inktober – This week the is a bundle of Miscellaneous themes that did not fit into previous weeks! If you’re not familiar with Inktober I’ll be going into more detail in just a moment but basically it is an art prompt that takes place every October using only ink. There is a set prompt list created by the original Inktober founder, however, it has become such a wonderful community project now that there are so many new prompts popping up each year. Every year Inktober is responsible for the creation of so much fantastic art and connecting people with new artists. It is also so inspiration for many people and with so many fantastic prompts to choose from there is something for everyone! So I wanted to share them all before October comes around so people can take part or start following hashtags to see the wonderful art that emerges from these prompts.

Disclaimer: I have done my best to only include prompts in which the creators have clearly stated they are happy for people to share and take part in. If I have accidentally included a personal one or you wish for your prompt to be removed from this list please let me know and I’ll be happy to oblige.

 

About Inktober

Inktober is an art prompt that was originally created in 2009 by Jake Parker who wanted a challenge to develop his inking skills. It has grown from there to become a worldwide event with thousands of artists of all skill levels taking part. The prompt consists of 31 words that act as a prompt, an idea for an ink drawing for each day. As explained in the FAQ section of the Inktober website participants are welcome to use whatever medium they want and interpret the prompts in their own way. That includes working with calligraphy and lettering if that is your field of interest. In general the rules are pretty much lax about everything; if you want to do one a day or several in one day then that’s fine too! The whole point is to get together, challenge yourself and most of all have some fun doing it 🙂

Below is the official Inktober 2018 prompt list:

 

Miscellaneous

I would have loved to have done a post for every single theme I found but it was just not possible, so this final post is a selection of prompts that either did not fit into the previous weeks (Magic & Fantasy, Horror & Supernatural, Nature, and Fandom & RPGs) or have no distinctive theme. Here you can find some great music based prompts, especially if you’re a kpop or jpop fan, historical and cultural prompts, food prompts and also some prompts that contain a bit of everything we’ve seen so far.

 


 

History & Culture

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnOmOgzB2w3/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnaDxbVFB-Q/?saved-by=justgeekingby

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnvsejDhq6d/?saved-by=justgeekingby

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoFRr94BY0m/?saved-by=justgeekingby

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoF0r8QA1ko/?saved-by=justgeekingby

 


 

Food

View this post on Instagram

Hey y’all! I don’t have school keeping me busy so I FINALLY have time to participate in Inktober this year! I want to use next month to work on my journey into becoming an illustrator with my favorite topic, FOOD. I’ll be doing line work or complete illustrations for 31 days and I hope to make some goodies out of them! I’m posting early for those of you prepping like I am. If you want to join me in illustrating some food, choose one of the photos and repost and tag me to let me know you’re joining my challenge, and don’t forget to use the hashtags #foodtober2018 #foodtober and/or #dwolfeinktober I’m excited to see what you all make! _____________________________________________ #inktoberchallenge #inktober2018 #inktoberprompts #inktoberprompts2018 #inktoberchallenge2018 #31daydrawingchallenge #foodillustration #foodpainting #fooddrawing #illustration #inktoberprep #dwolfeinktober #foodtober #foodtober2018

A post shared by Deanna Wolfe (@dwolfeart) on

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnyHqGKHvto/?saved-by=justgeekingby

 


 

Music

 

View this post on Instagram

I made myself a list for #Inktober this year and figured some of you might want to join me! It's #Kpop- themed and I picked the songs either for their MV concept or the lyrics so make sure to check the lyrics of the songs as well! 🙂 (And don't be mad if your fave group isn't here, I also like other groups than just the ones listed lol) If you hashtag your drawing with #KpopInktober2018 or #KpopTober2018 I'll make sure to check it out and leave comments or likes! 🙂 Also tell me your fandom and bias ㅋㅋㅋ . Swipe ➡️ to see the full Korean Version of the songs. You should be able to find all songs on YT 🙂 (if not send me a PM) . . #art #artchallenge #Inktober2018 #Promptlist #joinme #fangirlmode #잉크토버 #잉크토버2018 #가요 #그림스타그램 # #KpopInktober #MusicInspires #いんくとーばー #いんくとーばー2018 #けいぽっぷ

A post shared by L.unarT (@same.blue.sky) on

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn2PpFhgAK1/?saved-by=justgeekingby

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn6rKR4hPC3/?saved-by=justgeekingby

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn4m1Leg1NS/?saved-by=justgeekingby

 


 

Character Design

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnRY8N9BZMb/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnR65oclzQ8/?taken-by=bachi_art

https://www.instagram.com/p/BngfyT3BT4c/?saved-by=justgeekingby

 


 

Health & Wellbeing

View this post on Instagram

[ID: image to promote SASS’s prompts for inktober, with the following words: Inktober – disabled prompts 1. My world 2. Animals who help us 3. Mobility aids 4. Inside vs outside 5. Self love 6. Masks 7. Medicine 8. Safety 9. Social 10. Positivity 11. Future 12. Past 13. Water 14. Freedom 15. Earth 16. Magic 17. Self expression 18. Acceptance 19. Defiance 20. Fire 21. Inconvenient 22. Coping 23. Daytime 24. Nighttime 25. Endings 26. Technology 27. Complete 28. Teeth 29. Beginnings 30. Connection 31. Adventure —- End Of Description] As we all know, inktober is a very big artist challenge, with an entire month worth of daily artwork, but at the same time that it is a hard task, it is also a great way to interact with the online art community and get your work seen. To have a chance of beating inktober this year, we decided to start off our activities by joining it as a team!! We are going to be featuring the artwork of other Spoonie Artists as well as our own, and we encourage everyone to participate!! You have two months to join our Spoonie Inktober, starting today, until the last day of October (Halloween~)!!!! We will be accepting entries in the form of traditional art, digital art and writing, and will post them on their respective days according to our calendar!! Here are a few rules we would like you to follow: – We highly appreciate if you follow us on the platform you wish to submit your work to – We highly appreciate if you like/reblog this post – You must include an image description to your submission – For Instagram features, you must tag your artwork as both #sassinktober and the prompt you are submitting for – For Tumblr features you must submit your work to our blog and it must include in your description which prompt you are using Have fun and be creative!! We look forward to seeing your amazing artwork!! . . #artistsoninstagram #inktober #sassinktober #cripplepunk #spoonieartistssecretsociety #sass #spoonieartist #spoonieartists #inktober2018 #artfeature #artcollective #artistsoninstagram #disabledartists #disabledinktober

A post shared by Spoonie Artists Secret Society (@spoonieartistssecretsociety) on

 

 


 

Physical Body

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn7fvichEaH/?saved-by=justgeekingby

 

 


Miscellaneous Themes

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoEtClgnC6L/?saved-by=justgeekingby

 


 

Mixed Themes

 

https://twitter.com/Dollrose_art/status/1037008541276692481

View this post on Instagram

IMPORTANT: The officials hashtag of my list is: #toxicinktober Finally!! My inktober prompts are here! You can use them if you want to but please be sure to tag me so I can see and share your creations ❤️ • • • • Finalmente!! Mi lista de inktober está lista! Pueden usarla si quieren. Solo etiquétenme para que pueda ver y compartir sus creaciones ❤️ • • • #ink #inktoberlist #inktober #inktober2018 #prompts #drawingprompts #drawing #drawingchallenge #cat #traditionalart #digitalart #art #myart #illustration #dibujodiario #dibujodigital #ilustracion #inktoberchallenge #challenge #cute #instaartist #artontumblr #cuteillustration #dibujostumblr #artoninstagram #clipstudiopaint

A post shared by Toxic miau (@toxicmiau) on

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnbWjgGAAJF/?taken-by=kamidea

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnXaBNzhp9s/?taken-by=art_by_con

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnapaZHhc1v/?saved-by=justgeekingby

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnUEuCxBtul/?saved-by=justgeekingby

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnbm9XDBXFB/?saved-by=justgeekingby

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnakKtCgWjR/?saved-by=justgeekingby

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnd2pzSltKV/?saved-by=justgeekingby

View this post on Instagram

. Swipe to see english version ⏩ . Ach, no i kolejny inktober przed nami! Kolejne wyzwanie, które będzie mnie nękać po nocach. Jednak tym razem postanowiłam sama wybrać sobie tematy. Czemu? . Z oryginalną listą tematów mam problem, bo PRIMO) nie wszystkie angielskie słowa można łatwo przetłumaczyć na polski SECUNDO) czasami tematy bardzo wykraczają poza moją 'granicę komfortu' – strasznie mi ciążą i zniechęcają do kontynowania wyzwania, które powinno być przede wszystkim dobrą zabawą ヽ(・∀・)ノ . Także, jeżeli macie ochotę, gorąco zachęcam Was do wzięcia udziału w tym (albo innym) inktoberze, bo instagram w październiku wypełnia się po brzegi wspaniałymi pracami ❤️ Powodzenia Króliczki! /(˃ᆺ˂)\ (PS: Jeśli chcecie, abym zobaczyła Wasze prace, używajcie hashtagu #inktoberek) (PS2: Cała idea inktobera należy do @jakeparker i konta @inktober) . EN: Another inktober on the way! I'm super excited about this one! And because I've already tried so many times and never actually made it, I really wanted to try make the prompts all by myself! So here they are ❤️ Good luck in your inktober journey! You can do it my beautiful bunnies! /(˃ᆺ˂)\ Tho don't put too much pressure on yourself because it should be primarily fun! (Inktober event made by @jakeparker and @inktober) . . . #illustration #drawing #artchallenge #wyzwanie #wyzwanierysunkowe #inktober #inktoberki #artfun #challenge #inkart #inktoberprompts

A post shared by Kiki! ❤️ (@candy__kiki) on

https://www.instagram.com/p/BneTK4Bnw_h/?saved-by=justgeekingby

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnzdmhHBZ1d/?saved-by=justgeekingby

View this post on Instagram

+ So since inktober is getting closer and closer, I decided to make my own inktober list based on what inspires me, this list is free to use and I’d be glad to see people using this too if you’d like! Just make sure to tag me ✨ ••• I hope to try and post once everyday even though this school year is the busiest it’s ever been so if I miss a day I’m sorry but I’ll try hard! Also credit to @inktober for this beautiful everyday challenge. ••• { #inktober #inktober2018 #inktoberprompts #inktoberlist #drawingprompts #drawingprompt #whattodraw #drawinginspiration #harrypotter #fanart #inspiration #poetry #quotes #drawingchallenge #yinyang #flowers #instaartist #instaart #artist #art #artistsoninstagram #artwork #ink #inking #sketching }

A post shared by Ecem (@rennaissart) on

View this post on Instagram

Hey guys!!!!!!!!!! Soooo i've created this Inktober challenge for anyone that wants to do it with me in stream! You can do them daily in the month of October for the #inktober challenges, or several at once so you have time to complete them depending on your schedule (like i'm going to do..) When you're done with your images here are some tags to use on your social media <3 #somethingprettieinks #twitchcreative #inktober2018 #winetober I am doing My entire prompt list in both ink AND red Wine!! And i'm theming them all as dragons!! What are you guys going to do? #prompt #ink #art #artchallenge #somethingnew #somethingprettie #halloween #drawloween #ichallengeyou #youcandoit #sketching #painting #dailydrawing #art_spotlight #artgallery #worldofartists ❣❣❣❣❣❣❣❣❣

A post shared by Kayla Klassy (@somethingprettie) on

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoDFydNB7yK/?saved-by=justgeekingby

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoEyBwyHEQC/?saved-by=justgeekingby

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoGgmB0ns-M/?saved-by=justgeekingby

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoGnVz3DpZI/?saved-by=justgeekingby

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoGuU_ajhD8/?saved-by=justgeekingby

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn5hbKRAplT/?saved-by=justgeekingby

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn6VnpxCsbv/?saved-by=justgeekingby

 

 


 

Over to You

That’s the last of my Inktober prompt lists and I would love some feedback from you!

Did you enjoy it?

There are other community art prompts throughout the year, as well as writing and blogging events too. Would you like to see more content like this on my blog?

Have you chosen a prompt to follow or have you made one of your own?

If you’re not taking part, are there any prompts that you’re following?

Let me know in the comments!

I would have loved to have done a post for every single theme I found but it was just not possible, so this final post is a selection of prompts that either did not fit into the previous weeks (Magic & Fantasy, Horror & Supernatural, Nature, and Fandom & RPGs) or have no distinctive theme. Here you can find some great music based prompts, especially if you're a kpop or jpop fan, historical and cultural prompts, food prompts and also some prompts that contain a bit of everything we've seen so far.

Geeking By in September

Geeking By in September

September proved to be a wild month (quite literally in the case of Storm Ali!), it was unpredictable, filled with challenges and nothing went as it was supposed to go. Nevertheless I got through it and here’s my monthly recap for you all 🙂

Please Note - This post contains Affiliate Links. Click for more information!

Blogging & Projects

As I already mentioned I’ve been working on the Unique Bloggers group for the last few months, so that was a big part of my work load this month 🙂 It is both terrifying and exciting at the same time but I’m still so happy that I made the move to do it. I’ve been continuing to work on building this blog up which has pretty much entailed me playing catch up after the last few months gallivanting. The Zodiac series has taken the biggest hit and I’m hoping to have caught up by the end of this month, leaving me with two more to get out next month and then I will be up to date. I really don’t want to be behind in the run up to Christmas.

Games that define us collaboration - World of Warcraft

 

I have a birthday post AND a Halloween post planned for the first time ever – yep, get a load of this organised girl! How long that is going to last is anyone’s guess 😉 I’ve also just finished up my part in the Games that define us collaboration which goes live in November and I had an absolute ball taking part in it. I cannot wait for you guys to read my entry! Honestly though you need to check out EVERYONE’S posts. The whole group has worked super hard on this for months and the results are amazing. Even if you are not a gamer there is certainly something to be gained by reading these posts because they are about people not just games.

 

One of the things that has helped me get more organised with my blog has been the addition of a planner dedicated to my blog I’m using this gorgeous Harley Quinn notebook (featured above) that we got in a Lootcrate one month. It is a bullet journal-esque planner in the sense that I am also using it as a mindful and self care exercise to give myself a break away from the computer now and then. I’m not doing anything too fancy, but it’s fun and it’s giving me a creative outlet. I’m also taking part in Inktober this October for the first time and you can find out more about that at the start of the month. Here are the past two weekly spreads of my planner:

 

 

Dissertation

Three years ago I started my Masters in Information and Library Studies with the intention of finishing the course, completing the dissertation and by now ideally working in a library somewhere in Glasgow. Well.. pretty much none of that actually happened. I managed to complete the classes and coursework, and that was it. Since then I have been on medical leave and only a few months ago was I finally able to talk to my doctor about returning to my studies. All the months and months of changing medication, battling side effects and taking mindfulness courses had finally done some good and I was beginning to feel at least a little bit in control of my life again. I am very fortunate that I have a supervisor that supports me 110% and an exam board that has weighed my contributions and hard work against the unfortunate luck of getting a serious condition like ME/CFS just as I started my Masters. If I didn’t have those two things I would be just graduating with a diploma and honestly? My self esteem would be plummeting right now. Instead I was given the option to have one last deadline to complete my dissertation which I accepted.

 

September Dissertation Update

 

On the one hand it might seem like that was the wrong decision. After all, I could have just taken the diploma and walked away without having to write 20,000 words. The problem is that I know I would never have been happy with that. This illness has already taken the last three years from me and I love my dissertation topic. I need to finish it to prove that I can do it, to prove to myself that I am still able to do these things – that despite everything changing and the whole world turning upside down, I can still be me. If I had taken the easy way out I seriously believe my entire career would have suffered from crippling low confidence and that is not how I want to begin my career as an information professional.

Plus, I have until May. I already have 8-9ooo words already written. I worked out that I need to write a minimum of 1,500 words a month which is 375 words a week. Yeah, that sounds ridiculous right? But if I get a string of bad days or even a bad week the knowledge that I only need to get a few words out is going to help a lot. Ideally I’d love to be able to just bash it out and write thousands of words out in one day like I used to be able to; but that isn’t my life any more and I have to accept that.

 

Challenges in September

Challenges

There are a whole bunch of personal challenges this month. From dealing with guilt at not being able to stuff due to health problems, to working on some couples challenges, every where I looked I was facing something that previously would have sent me spiralling. I am actually pretty amazed and happy that I got through them all and it’s because I approached them by working through them one at a time – something that I definitely credit to mindfulness. There were definitely some moments when I felt utterly helpless and there were tears, but I used those times as outlets rather than huge breakdowns. It was a case of me letting it all out and then getting up, dusting myself off and saying ‘ok, let’s do this’.

 

Health

I don’t think there will ever be a monthly update where health is not a sub-title and I felt it even more so this month. Mine wasn’t so bad, but it felt like everyone around me was suffering. Chris has been going through a really bad period as we adjust his medication and my mum had a scan and the news was not good. Not cancer, but still not good. And I’m just left here doing all I can for them and sometimes it really doesn’t feel like it is enough.

The last mindfulness session was this week and due to unforeseeable events I missed it. Things happened and I just wasn’t able to face a room full of people. I was really upset because I’d also missed the two sessions before that, but none of them could be helped. My IBS was faring up due to stress one time and then another night I just didn’t sleep well, and sleep is crucial to someone with ME. It’s a 10am appointment so I can’t just go back to bed and get some more shut eye before it either. We have another appointment in December which is a sort of check in so I will be able to see everyone one last time then.

 

Health, Therapy & Mindfulness Updates

 

I was extremely happy to finally get my counselling appointment through! To be honest I’m well over due for more therapy. I’ve been trying to soldier on since my ME/CFS symptoms first started and since then it’s been one thing after another; my mum got sick, we found out about Chris’ heart, and so on. And then there’s just a mountain load of stuff from my past which I still need to work through. As my counsellor put it today; I’ve chipped away at my wall a lot through therapy and with mindfulness, but more bricks have been added and then some I just don’t have the right tools for yet. Thankfully he was super nice, and we clicked straight away which for me is important with a therapist. I still remember very distinctly one woman who I spent about 10 minutes with before I walked out of her office. She decided to tell me that the answer to all my problems was that I needed to ‘get out more’. So I’m always really nervous about meeting a new counsellor for the first time, and it was a huge relief to meet him and get on really well with him.

I did have to wait a really long time for these appointments but it came with some massive benefits. As it is at homeopathic hospital where I’ve been having treatment for over a year now I don’t need to explain everything all over again. That saves me a lot of time. When you’ve got 7 health problems you want to be able to drop the name, say how it makes you feel and move on. Not have to explain your whole medical history and background which can take up a good half an hour. And usually you only have 6-8 sessions with most NHS services; here I have unlimited. We will have a mini review every so often to see how I’m doing but until I feel like I am able to walk away confidently without the need for support the sessions keep going. And the final bonus was something I hoped would be possible and I’m really glad it is; he is going to do a mindfulness practise with me every so often! We were talking about how much it helped me and when I mentioned how disappointed I was that I missed my last few sessions he said we could do it! That is going to help me so much too.

 

Over to You

How has your September?

Did you have any wild weather like I did? Or has your autumn started our pleasant?

Any big events this month or any coming up?

As always I love to hear from you so let me know in the comments! 🙂

Review: Engraved ID Bracelet from Butler & Grace

Product Review - Engraved Medical Alert Bracelet from Butler & Grace

When the opportunity came up to review an ID bracelet from a fashionable range I grabbed the chance. My fiance Chris was diagnosed with a rare heart condition called Brugada Syndrome by random chance when he was admitted to hospital for gall stones. If the doctor hadn’t checked his ECG on a whim we would have been none the wiser, and since it’s a very serious genetic condition we are both very grateful that he did! It’s meant a lot of changes to our lives, and a bunch of new worries, especially for me when I see Chris go out and about without me. I’m very much the mother hen type 😛 I’m a worrier. And while we were given this lovely handy ‘I have Brugada’ NHS card from the genetics clinic for him to pop in his wallet – it’s not much good when he doesn’t carry one around often 😛 ((Polaroid stock used in banner is from danielle-lee.))

So I’d been wanting to get him an ID bracelet for a while now and upon reading that Butler & Grace were created by their founder Tanya in a similar situation, I realised that this was the company that could help me find just the right bracelet for the job. Something that Chris would be happy to wear, something in his style and that he wouldn’t even notice he was actually wearing a medical alert bracelet – because let’s face it, when you’ve got a life threatening condition carrying around a constant reminder of it doesn’t make anyone feel good.

 

ID jewellery with a difference

Before I go into the review of the bracelet we were sent I wanted to show you some of the variety of styles available from Butler & Grace, because I was seriously impressed with just how many different ones there were. Obviously we were looking for something suitable for a 32 year old man, however, there’s something for just about everyone. While browsing I saw styles that appealed to me someone who’s style isn’t really conventional (I tend to be a bit eclectic with what I like and mix boho, and rock chick at times), stuff for kids and also styles that I’m sure teenagers wouldn’t be ashamed of wearing either (I can imagine just how much of a nightmare that must be!). Here’s a few examples of those:

 

 

Our Bracelet

Chris likes chunky metal styles for his bracelets and so he went for Adore ID Bracelet. You’re probably thinking, wait a guy picked a bracelet with a heart? Yep he did, and no he doesn’t have an overly feminist side. He liked the style of the bracelet and as he said, and as you’ll see from the photos, you really don’t notice it’s a heart. If you look closely you can see it’s one but the only people getting that close should be the emergency services and they’re going to be concerned about much more important things.

 

Adore ID Bracelet from Butler & Grace

 

From the get go Tanya was absolutely brilliant and so patient with me when it came to working out the engraving, helping me get just the right inscription that would fit on the medical tag. The Adore bracelet comes with a circular tag which you can choose to have inscribed on both sides, or with one side inscribed and the commonly used symbol of medicine the caduceus ((fun fact; the actual symbol is the Rod of Asclepius but over time it’s become replaced with Hermes’ staff the cadueus – probably because people don’t like snakes!)) on the other side. We chose to go for the second option as we preferred to have an obvious sign that yes, this was a medical alert bracelet and not an average piece of jewellery.

The size of the tag allows for five lines of text. We chose to have Chris’ name, condition and a contact number listed. You can see the sizing in the photo below, however, you can’t see the full inscription as the phone number has been erased for safety reasons 🙂

 

 

What we liked

The bracelet was really comfortable for Chris to wear despite being a chunky style. You would expect a big chain to be something you would really notice, especially with an extra tag dangling from it constantly. But no, he was happy to wear it for several days at a time and didn’t bat an eyelid at it – I honestly would have just been happy for him to be comfortable to wear it while out for a day at a convention or when we went on holiday. He ended up wearing it to the supermarket, lounging about the house and so on! It really is that comfortable! It’s also not a heavy item, the links are made of a light weight material. This shows the sort of care and attention to detail that has gone into Butler and Grace’s products; they’re aware that people want an ID bracelet they can forget is there and won’t hinder them in an event of an emergency.

 

Close up of the clasp of the Adore ID Bracelet

 

One thing that was important, especially to me as I have mobility issues with my hands, is that the clasp was really smooth. I don’t know if this is something Butler and Grace researched (and if they did, kudos it’s much appreciated!) or it’s just another sign of the quality materials they use, however, it was really easy to open. Not too easy in the sense that you need to worry about the clasp coming loose, just enough that there’s no need to struggle with it.

Finally, the inscription is neat and tidy. The tag is small and the engraving is carefully done, and yet it’s not too tiny. It’s clear as day to my terrible eyesight (I’m very short-sighted, -11 prescription to be precise!) and I don’t have any bother trying to read it. My eyes don’t even take that moment to adjust. It’s just there, easy to read and that is what you want on an ID bracelet. Easy, clear information that anyone can read with clarity. The fact that there are so many types of tags and options for what you can put on them as well, plus an awesome selfie wall full of examples on their website is a fantastic bonus.

 

Adore Id Bracelet laid out fully

Suggestions

While we were super happy with the product we did notice a few things we wanted to mention in this review, more suggestions than complaints. The Adore bracelet links have a small gap in them which is absolutely fine for the bracelet itself, they’re not loose at all. However, the same gap is attached to the loop connecting the clasp to the bracelet and that loop is a lot thinner. We would suggest having it tightening up a fraction just to save any mishaps from happening.

The ID tag itself is positioned right next to the clasp and this can make things a bit fiddly when trying to put the bracelet on, especially when you’re trying to put it on by yourself. The tag keeps falling in the way and you simply don’t have enough hands to hold the bracelet in place, move the tag out the way and fasten the clasp. It would be much better in a more centralised position in the chain.

Chris was also a little surprised at the size of the bracelet when it arrived. He found that the real size of the links didn’t really compare to the photos available on the website. We think it might be more useful for chunkier styles like the Adore bracelet to offer a size comparison photo to give a more accurate idea of size.

 

Conclusion

As you can tell we were both really impressed and happy with the ID bracelet and the range of options available. It’s not often that you find a range of jewellery that offers something for everyone in a normal store, let alone for a specialty item like medical ID bracelets. I personally love that Butler & Grace’s mission statement is to make sure everyone is protected, and that is what drew me to them in the first place. They’ve helped me protect my love one and honestly, I can’t recommend them enough. They are a company that takes your order personally because they have been there, they know how important it is to ensure you or your loved one has this information on them at all time. They want to help you reach that goal. Their website is easy to navigate and filled with information, and the team themselves are fantastic to communicate with.

 

Disclaimer: We were sent an item to review in exchange for an honest review, as always all words are my own and you can read more about my review policy here. Thanks goes to my fiance Chris for being the “guinea pig” and thoroughly testing this item, as well as giving his own review of it. I pretty much just did all the admin work! It was also thoroughly cat inspected by cat inspector George who ensured we followed strict protocol for the photo shoot.

 

Over to You

I hope you enjoyed this review! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask in the comments.

Have you got a medical ID bracelet? If so, are you happy with it?

If no, is it because of the lack of styles available?

Have you considered getting a medical ID bracelet?

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts so please let me know what you think of the review in the comments!