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She’ll be Apples

May 14, 2010

So, today was kind of sucky. I’m deep in UK trip planning mode and one of my good friends from uni and I recently decided to meet up at the Edinburgh Festival for 3 weeks in August. Because I had this week off I spent a couple of days looking for accommodation; emailing people and getting excited. I finally found a great place at a reasonable price and then today … today my friend cancelled. Not her fault, she just couldn’t get all her ducks apples in a row. So now I need to decide if I can afford to – or even want to – go by myself. I’m fine at travelling by myself, I was just looking forward to having a festival buddy – going to performances and readings and having someone to talk to about them. I also had a few more days of work cut, which, given I’m in serious trip savings mode (ie, I don’t want to spend all my savings on this trip), yep – it sucks a lot.
To be honest, the best part of my day was going for allergy testing. Sounds strange I know, given it involved pin pricks on my arms with all sorts of allergens that itched like 15 tiny mosquito bites. But it was so interesting. I’ve always been allergic to a few things, and it’s actually getting worse as I get older (shouldn’t it be the other way round?), but I’ve never had it properly looked into. My worst allergy is raw apples. Apples = doom to me; proper doom, not wussy Snow White  one-kiss-and-you’ll-be-fine doom. Every now and then I’ll be sitting on the train next to someone eating an apple and I have to move away, just in case. When I was in Tasmania last year all the apple related paraphernalia really freaked me out, stupid freaking Apple Isle (kidding, I loved Tasmania) … Anyway, now I have an EpiPen and a much better understanding of how my allergies work.

As for the other stuff, I’ll work it out. And in the meantime, I’m using my extra time off work for:

*Driving lessons (including in some very scary busy traffic)
*Yoga
*Sleeping in
*Reading the entire paper (not just the headlines and the entertainment section)
*Listening to the Glee: Madonna soundtrack lots and lots.
*Making The Wednesday Chef’s zucchini pancakes (again)
*All sorts of trip planning and daydreaming

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Kelstir permalink
    May 14, 2010 11:41 pm

    Good luck mate, looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. As a fellow allergen person … I thought this articles was interesting!
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/12/health/research/12allergies.html?src=tptw

    • Francesca permalink*
      May 15, 2010 3:54 pm

      Very interesting Kel! As it happens, I didn’t have a reaction to the ‘apple’ extract tester stuff at all, but I did have to birch tree pollen, which is highly associated with apple allergies. It’s certainly not an exact science!

  2. May 15, 2010 9:23 am

    Did you have to touch that apple to photograph it? Did you wear gloves? Eeep!

    • Francesca permalink*
      May 15, 2010 3:54 pm

      Hee. With the skin on it’s ok – I was still careful though!

  3. May 15, 2010 8:13 pm

    That does suck. I had a similar thing happen last year, a travelling buddy pulled out on a trip to Samoa – or never really committed actually – and I’d booked and so on and so forth. Started out badly, but the solo travel did me wonders.

    • Francesca permalink*
      May 16, 2010 11:58 am

      That’s good to know! The thing is, because I’m already travelling by myself I was looking forward to meeting up with a friend for that particular bit of the trip. But c’est la vie! It’s taken me a couple of days, but I’ve just about come around to the idea of going by myself – now I just need to find somewhere to stay!

  4. Weez permalink
    May 25, 2010 4:23 pm

    Franchanco – Lady Fiona lives in Edinburgh! You wouldn’t be completely on your own, you could catch up with her and she could take you to the Harry Potter cafe. xo

    • Francesca permalink*
      May 25, 2010 9:00 pm

      Really? I thought she was still in NZ! That’s awesome! I’d love to catch up with her and go to the Harry Potter cafe! Hurrah!
      xxox

  5. Weez permalink
    May 25, 2010 4:23 pm

    p.s. those photos are rad.

    • Francesca permalink*
      May 25, 2010 9:00 pm

      p.s. you’re rad!

      • Weez permalink
        May 26, 2010 9:17 am

        p.p.s you are!

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