Okay, so this was started by my friends who run a comic convention in my home town (Melksham). After a very successful con, we all went to the pub and my friends dared each other to see who could eat three desserts the fastest. Essentially, we are all children. The desserts are banana split, chocolate brownie and ice cream from the children’s menu.
So far I am the only woman to take part in this (apparently the others value their dignity) but I’m also the third fastest out of about 7. I’m part proud, part….ok, I’m proud.
Anyway, here it is, but I warn you, it isn’t sexy.
All of a sudden, I’m not hungry…
Oh good grief, what am I doing to myself in the name of this blog??
Okay, so one of the dares that I was given was to ask someone in a shop what year it was, and shout “It worked!” You can practically see my palms sweating as I prepare to do it. It was made more interesting by being with my friend Byron, because after filming, when trying to explain to the staff what I was doing and why I had done what I did, he kept telling me that we had to go, and that ‘the home’ had a curfew and we would miss tea. Let’s just say that I looked far from in charge of my faculties when leaving the shop. Talk about being double pranked. To that end, I hope you find it entertaining!!
“There ain’t no mountain high enough…”
Well, sorry to disappoint you, Marvin, but I beg to differ.
So some of you may ask “Well, how come you’ve got M.E. but you can climb a mountain?”
I say that’s a very valid question. People with M.E have very different limitations. Some are housebound, some bedbound. Some are in wheelchairs. Some can still work but just get tired and end up taking a lot of time off. Others can complete exercises like this but pay for it afterwards. Sometimes immediately, sometimes not for another 24-48 hours. When completing something like this, I needed to prepare for it very carefully, and deliberately chose the mountain with a train that could take me back down. This was just as well as you’ll see by the end of the video that I was pretty much out of it, and I passed out/fainted in the cafe area and had to be helped onto a train because by that point I couldn’t walk anywhere anymore. I shaln’t do it again any time soon but I’m proud to say it’s been done. Once back at the bottom and away from the altitude though, I perked back up and we all went home for a well deserved rest! I was joined by the fabulous Wednesday, Bill Evans, Howard Sinclair and Dudley Burrows, who made the whole experience wonderful. See the video below for how much fun we had!
Oh, and for the Game of Thrones fans out there (and those who didn’t have a clue what the Peter Dinklage thing was about, this might enlighten you….
Peeeeeter, Peeeeter, Peter Dinklage (Peter Dinklage, Peter Dinklage)
Until next time!
Well, that started well. I nearly typo’d and wrote ‘boy painting’, which really isn’t something I’d want to be blogging about. So now, post-proof reading, the body painting.
After a lot of online hunting to find reputable body painters and not just a pervert with a dark room and a paint brush, I was pointed towards the Body Painting League, who welcomed me with open arms and a great deal of reassuring professionalism. It was the 15th February, so the theme was ‘The Art of Love’ (awwww). I also had a pair of lovely artists (Sara and Julie) who not only had a fantastic sense of humour and weren’t perturbed by my inappropriate jokes (they apparently secured my return), they got me a spot next to the HEATER. It’s like they know me. Bear in mind that when being painted, you don’t wear much, and there was ice on the grass outside.
I’ve got to stick them where?!?
After about 6 hours of painting, and lots of chatting, dancing and communal singing
along to Pink Floyd, the finished result…
This piece is called “‘Til Death Do Us Part”. Note the lady looking up at the sugar skull. Such a clever piece,
and I feel lucky to have been a part of it.
Thank you to Sara Theobald and Julie Mansfield for the amazing artwork (especially Sara as it was her first full body paint), Matthew Phillips for the wonderful photo above, and to all at the Body Paint League for supporting me so much so that I could get this blog post done. They really did get into the spirit and go out of their way for me. In fact, I’m going back later this month to be painted as a super hero.
See? People with M.E can still have fun. And get near-naked with strangers.
What are you all doing to me?! This’ll certainly prove to be one to tell the grandkids.
Whilst out on a shopping trip on 28th February, a shifty looking man stole my pocket of Milky Bar’s Magic Stars. He jumped into a car and made off like a bolt. Well obviously, this was completely out of order so we hailed the nearest cab and followed in hot pursuit!
Steal a woman’s chocolate and feel her wrath.