Backed up, lacking in movement, somewhat constipated

In my last post I mentioned surgery is looming, but until then I have to take very strong painkillers. These painkillers work well some days, and not so well on others, depending on my level of exertion. If I do very little, they work well. If I do anything that involves some exertion; cleaning, cooking, lifting stuff, cycling, then they don’t work, and the pain is such that I have to take them every four hours. Being as I can’t just sit about and do nothing, I’m at the ‘taking them every four hours’ stage. There is, however, a known…

FridayStylefinder: New Season updates – Burgundy with denim

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With yesterday being the first official day of Autumn, I say its time to think coats. Lovely, lovely coats. And just because its not exactly freezing yet (Hurry up, weather … I want to light the fire) I thought I would find a really cool pair of trainers too. Its too soon for boots … One key colour trend that’s everywhere right now, is that of deep, spicy, rich wine tones, matched beautifully with (almost randomly) softer pale blue or grey. I’m really chuffed about that actually, as burgundy and pale blue has always been one of my favourite colour marriages,…

I don’t care if you are Jarvis Cocker, peaches do not go on pizza.

A few months off the old writing game and what’s occurred? Well, by not blogging the world didn’t end. But it did go entirely mad. Those Little Twists adverts by Sainsburys in the middle of Cold Feet? No. Peaches do NOT go on pizza. Thank you. Donald Trump could be US President in two months. A man who’s filed for bankruptcy four times to get himself out of financial trouble could be in charge of the world’s largest economy and its nuclear codes? The man can’t even sort his freaking hair out, so this is a terrifying prospect. Not as terrifying…

FridayStylefinder: 1 Top. 3 Outfits.

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  This week we have one new season top (Animal Print from Zara- £24.99) and I’m showing it with 3 different outfits. The principle being that if you build up a few really good base items over time – in this case a black pencil skirt, and a good pair of black and white jeans, and a pair of neutral heels – then you can update your new season wardrobe with just one item as and when its time for a little treat. You can afford to be brave with this one item too, because its just an accenting piece. So…

New Week. New Shoes.

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Well hello there. Long time no see! I hope you have all had a wonderful summer, I know I have. And its been a busy one alright – Hence, no blogging … But I’d just like to say a very big heartfelt thanks to everyone who has messaged and emailed to say that they have missed ZmG posts each week – I was really happy to know that people enjoy reading it, much less actually noticed its absence! Thanks guys. I made a conscious effort before my four children broke up from school to leave my laptop well alone during the summer holidays, so that I could…

Is your relationship in trouble?

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News reached us this week that almost 1 in 5 couples are close to splitting up, according to research carried out by the relationship charity Relate. We at ZmG HQ are no strangers to heartbreak and heartache, so we’ve compiled a handy (but highly scientific and utterly accurate) quiz to help you decide if your relationship is on the rocks. Devised in association with renowned relationship experts, this quiz should help you work out whether it’s time to move in or move on, love them or leave them, get hitched or bury them in a ditch. That last one sounded a…

Technology. I hate you.

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Technology eh? Last night I was gonna give it up for good. Go live in a cave like that fella. I swear, the tablet, the cat and everything in the room almost went out the window. Yesterday we went to McDonalds. I couldn’t be arsed cooking. I’d exercised the previous day and ached in bits I couldn’t name. A Happy Meal is a rare treat for the girls, and very happy with it the girls were too. It included a toy from the Angry Birds movie and a voucher for a free Angry Birds ebook. We saw the film at the weekend…

Is live streaming a birth on Facebook oversharing?

Now there’s sharing, and there’s over-sharing. Did you hear the one about the man who live streamed his child’s birth on Facebook? Now I know there are some people who’ll do anything for their 10 minutes of fame and I’m sure we blogging types are guilty of a little oversharing at times, but did this guy go too far? Fakamalo Kilhe Eiki obviously has a very understanding wife, because I don’t know of anyone who’d ever agree to this, no matter what his point was. And he had one. As the backlash hit, Eiki defended his decision by questioning others…

20 Signs That You Are a True LEO

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I am a Leo. My eldest Son is a Leo, and I know lots of other Leos. And I am yet to come across another fellow Leonian (That’s an actual word, by the way) who doesn’t share and exhibit at least some of these traits below … (incidentally, if you exhibit all of them, then my sympathies are with your nearest and dearest.) what do you think? can you tick any of these traits off of the list? 20 SIGNS You are fiercely loyal to your friends and family – God help anyone who even hints at criticising those deemed…

Let’s talk about sex

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On Thursdays I pick up my stepdaughters from school. We walk along the main road and as we get nearer home and cross the road by the traffic lights, my heart sinks. I feel like a man facing a firing squad. Because, as we pass the front garden on the corner, the girls shout ‘Yay! It’s The Friendly Doggies!’ Why does my heart sink? Why are these four Spaniels of differing colours and ages called The Friendly Doggies? Why would I prefer to be facing a firing squad at that exact moment? Well, the dogs rush to the fence and greet…