Mental Illness

Caregiving: A to Z

Where would I be without Terry Pratchett?

So, to cut a long story short, I found myself explaining to someone that amidst all the caregiving chaos, I felt like Tiffany Aching when Pratchett wrote:

“Tiffany felt suddenly disorientated, as if she had gone from A to Z without passing through the rest of the alphabet.”

I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

The person I was talking to suggested that I figure out the rest of the alphabet. So here is my attempt at all the letters I missed when I went from A to Z.

B. Work on the big blanket that I’m crocheting. It’s huge. It’s still not complete.

C. Make croissants more often.

D. Take a few minutes each day to find a moment of peace and quiet, and practice deep breathing.

E. Learn some new egg recipes. (Just what is Eggs Benedict?)

F. Make paper flowers. I’ve always loved the beautful flowers on Pinterest made from books.

G. Get that subscription to Glamour magazine that I’ve been thinking about for years.

H. Keep trying headstands. Even though I know the first time I succeed I will most likely fall down in excitement.

I. Get an ice lolly maker. For the children.

J. Make homemade jelly (British jelly, not American jelly!).

K. Try kale in a smoothie. Even if it’s just once.

L. Write those letters I’ve been meaning to.

M. Put on music for the sake of dancing and nothing else.



P. Get the paint samples that have been put to one side for far too long now.

Q. Put on my tiara and prace around the house like I’m the Queen of my castle.

R. Find some great relaxation music.

S. Watch Star Wars. I’ve bought the DVDs, I need to see what all the fuss is about.

T. Stop browsing Love Honey for sex toys and actually buy something.

U. Be brave and unfuck what needs unfucking in our habitat.

V. Find more vampire novels that aren’t Twilight (suggestions welcomed!).

W. Learn a new carry with our wraps.

X. Learn a simple tune to play on the boys’ xylophone.

Y. Try all the videos in the 30 Day Yoga Challenge.

Well, I’m quite surprised with what I have come up with! I didn’t realise there were so many things I’ve been meaning to do and focus on. However, I am really stuck on N and O. So I’m going to ask my fellow Persephoneers for suggestions! What would you do for N and O? What would you do for your alphabet?

By Juniper

Rarely to be found without herbal tea nearby. Team Unicorn. Often in pyjamas. Also: TEAM KATNISS!

12 replies on “Caregiving: A to Z”

Mr. J walks in. Mrs. J looks up guiltily, then smiles tremulously.
Mrs. J: Sweetheart…you’re…you’re home early. I’m afraid I have terrible news. The chicken…for dinner…isn’t completely defrosted.
Narrator: Next time, on J’s World, will the J’s risk their lives by attempting to fully defrost the chicken in the microwave, or will they be forced into making the ultimate decision: Will they order Indian take-out…or THAI!

N-be nude (you mentioned sex toys, so I hope I’m not crossing a boundary…)

O-sing Opera or narrate your life like it was a soap opera, complete with child aging 12 years in 3 months, overly dramatic music, and suspenseful pauses.

Also, vampires do NOT sparkle

The boundaries are doing just fine and I kind of like that suggestion…! Reminds me of the “Friends” episode where Rachel (!) decides to let her hair down and dance around the apartment naked!

And opera sounds great, too! The soap opera idea is SO fantastic though!

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