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10 Things I Want To Do When I'm Better

Hello ladies and gentlemen! I am currently snuggled on the sofa admiring the perfect blue sky from my window so I thought, whilst I'm suitably cosy, I'd come out of my 'surgery sabbatical' over here at Viva to update you all on my progress! I also thought it'd be a great way to escape my latest assignment - three cheers for procrastination. As you may or may not know, a few weeks ago I went into hospital to have some Crohns related surgery. To cut a long, and painful, story short my wound is now healing really well and I'm reacting well to the antibody that they're pumping into me via a drip every fortnight. 

I've been house bound for a few weeks now so a nasty case of cabin fever has well and truly set in and is driving me absolutely mental! It doesn't help that they've removed one of my favourite guilty pleasure shows, Four Weddings US, from the daytime tv schedule - bastards. Whilst Mama and I have been driven crazy and completely drained, I have also taken a lot from this experience about myself as an individual. I actually feel quite proud of myself for coping with the things I have been faced with and I have been adopting a much more optimistic outlook on life. I'm not saying I've had some sort of spiritual reawakening but I'm hoping I can continue to work on myself as an individual. With respect to my cabin fever, I thought I'd use this opportunity to list the things I wish to do once I've got better. 

10 things i want to do when i'm better

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 ♥  get organised

It's safe to say that I have let everything slip whilst I've been struck down and rendered, quite frankly, completely useless in my recovery. I have three assignments to complete in the next couple of weeks, an overflowing inbox and a blog that has been horrendously neglected this year. All of these things make me want to weep. I need to put my thinking cap on and try and tackle each little task before I am completely overrun with stuff. Wish me luck!

 ♥  treat my mama

Anyone that knows me well enough will know that my Mama is my best friend and also happens to be one of the strongest, and most selfless, women on the planet. I literally wouldn't have been able to cope with my surgery / the recovery process without her. She has catered for my every need, washed me, dressed me and helped to reassure me that everything is going to be okay and that I can do it! I cannot put into words just how inspirational my Mama really is. She is my everything. I'll stop being a soppy little bear now...

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 ♥  have a huge tv catch up day with luke 

Whilst I've been on my sickbed, Luke has been back in Plymouth slaving away on his dissertation and preparing for his final assignments and exams. Thankfully, he's popping back for a few days next week to come and hang out with me. I cannot wait to devote time to just chilling out with him, watching our favourite TV shows and eating our way through our favourite snacks. We've got The Walking Dead, Californication, The Office US and Game of Thrones to catch up on. Phew! Whilst he hasn't been able to be at my side these past few weeks, his support has been invaluable. He's made sure that I've kept smiling. He even sent me a video of him dancing to the whole of Weapon of Choice for god's sake. If that isn't true love, I don't know what is! Luke will probably kill me for sharing that with you all - it was nice knowing you.

 ♥  blog!

As I've already mentioned, I haven't been able to spend any time on Little V this year. I've just had way to much to contend with in the 'real world' and I didn't want to just post for the hell of it. However, it has made me pretty miserable and I've missed having an outlet for my thoughts, etc. I can't wait to get back to taking you guys on adventures once I am fully healed and ready. Will you welcome me back with open arms or do I have to bribe you all with cute animal photos?!  

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 ♥  go on a mini break / fun days out

Unfortunately, I've had to cancel both of the holidays that I was gifted by family members this year due to my treatment. I know, woe is little old me right?! However, I'm still hoping to go on some sort of break or take a few fun days out to give myself something to look forward to. If you've had an awesome break in the UK, please please please let me know where you went/where you stayed in the comments section below. I'm trying to find good value UK stays! 

 ♥  treat myself

I mentioned in my 2013 goals post that I find it difficult to treat myself. However, I'm starting to come round to the idea after this little tough spell. It doesn't necessarily have to be anything of material value. I quite fancy bagging up a picnic and heading to a quiet spot for some quality chill out time with the family. I say that but I could also really do with buying myself a new camera and some new clothes. Hmm...

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 ♥  read read read!

I've read a couple of books from my bookcase whilst in recovery and it has got me back into the swing of reading novels at a stupidly fast pace. I'm going to try and tackle the books I already own, but haven't read, before I make a couple of sneaky second hand purchases but I don't know how well that will work out. Leave me some book suggestions in the comments below! You'll be able to see my reviews of Joe Dunthorne's Submarine and Kaufman's All My Friends Are Superheroes over on Nouvelle Daily soon so keep your eyes peeled, folks. 

 ♥  take woody for a walk

I haven't seen my favourite little pup for months! I'm working towards popping over to see him and taking him for a walk around the village when I'm feeling a bit better because I need some quality puppy cuddles. I am also painfully aware that he will pretty much floor me at first sight so I think I'll have to leave it a few weeks before I brave his excitement! In the meantime, I've been having plenty of kisses and cuddles with the little bear below. LOOK AT HIS FACE! HE'S SO BLOODY CUTE!

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 ♥  explore and go on adventures!
At this stage, an 'adventure' pretty much equals a walk round the block but, by this summer, I want to be able to go exploring. I'm thinking about taking you on my adventures around the local area so do let me know if that's your sort of thing! The West Country is pretty bloody lovely and I don't think it's embraced enough in the blogosphere. 

 ♥  begin my dissertation

Ugh! I just handed in my dissertation proposal to the powers that be. I say 'dissertation proposal' but it was pretty much just a copy of all the messy notes in my journal that barely made sense to me let alone anyone else. As an English with Creative Writing graduate, I have to compile a creative dissertation rather than a critical one so I'm not going to be bogged down with research. I am, however, going to have to come up with a bloody good novella/collection of short stories. I will let you know how I get on. 

I seriously cannot wait to get started with all of these things. The nurses think I've got a couple more weeks until my wound is pretty much healed but I'm hoping I'll be able to venture into the big wide world after that. What sort of things are you looking forward to getting up to? I shall live vicariously through you all! I'm off to settle down to some more essay writing. Oh, joy! Feel free to keep me company on Twitter! ♥ 

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  1. Hope u ll get well ASAP !

  2. Completely feel your pain, I have Crohns too and have to have drug infusions pumped in to me all the time!
    Glad it's not getting you down too much!!
    Charlotte :) xx

  3. I'm happy to hear you're on the mend! Hopefully you can get cracking on your list soon! xoxo

  4. So pleased to hear that you're reacting well and are on the mend, Bee! Your list sounds absolutely perfect, definitely something I need to take a leaf from too. I feel like I take far too much for granted at times, and sometimes need to just take a few days away from it all to unwind and catch up with myself. xx

  5. Crohns is horrendous- I'm glad you're feeling better! Being away from the US Office is enough punishment for anyone! x

  6. It's so lovely to see you back on Vivatramp! I've missed reading but I'm really glad you seem to be on the mend. Being stuck indoors ill is absolutely miserable and I'm betting you can't wait to get out of the house! Your mama sounds like a wonderful woman. Hope to see your adventures soon :) xx

  7. Oh Bee! The bit about your mama made me well up!

    Lots of love xx

  8. This was so cute, may have teared up a bit! My mum is my bestfriend too and get well really soon :)

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  9. So glad you see you blogging again and that you're feeling a bit better!

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  10. Love your proactive plans! You'll achieve them all. My mum has Crohns & so I can begin to understand what you have to put up with. I've read your blog for ages but I'm such a lax commenter; I just wanted to come out of the woodwork & say that I'm thrilled your procedure & your recovery is going to plan. Continue to get better, Bee!

  11. Hope you're feeling better soon :) Also, for a UK holiday I suggest Whitby (best fish and chips I've found in England!)

    Elanor xxx

  12. Book suggestions... I hope you're comfy. All Doctor Who novels (because I believe everyone should step inside that blue box at least once in their existence), Looking For Alaska, Paper Towns, The Fault In Our Stars (all by John Green), Stardust, Coraline, Neverwhere, Anansi Boys (all by Neil Gaiman), The Colour Of Magic (and the rest of Discworld, Pratchett), The Casual Vacancy, The Master and Margarita, One Day by David Nicholls, The Millennium trilogy (Steig Larsson), The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan, The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway), Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy, The Silver Linings Playbook, The Little White Horse, Black Beauty... aaaaaand breathe.

  13. I hope you're feeling much better soon and I look forwards to reading about all your summer adventures that you mentioned above. You definitely deserve a treat or two when you feel better so just do it! Good luck with your dissertation too, I'm just coming to the end of mine, well actually it's a project as we had the choice between a dissertation or a creative project so trust me it's much better to get to do something creative! xxx

  14. I hope you're not feeling too poorly for much longer. My mama is amazing as well, she's definitely my best friend. It might be about time to treat her to something nice as well. As for boo suggestions, I'm reading one called The Elegance of the Hedgehog at the moment which is really good, and Grace Coddington's memoir is really funny and a good read. Good luck with your recovery <3


  15. What a positive post! I cant begin to imagine how awful its been for you. I really hope you are feeling ready for all these plans very soon!
    Have you watched Spartacus? Its mega gory but in the same vein as Game of Thrones. One to add to the list maybe??


  16. An absolutely huge get well soon Bee. I have no idea what you are going through, but staying so positive is so inspiring xxx

  17. Glad to hear you are doing well with the recovery :) Come to Wales when you're better xxx

  18. Glad to hear you're doing well m'dear, it must be so frustrating to be stuck inside but this is such a great idea to keep positive. Your goals are fab and I'll have my fingers crossed the rest of your recovery is speedy so you can get to them! :D

    All the best lovely!! <3

  19. Aaaww I loved reading this! You've got so much to look forward to once you're back on your feet, and I'll always be here for yooouuu if you're feeling a bit crappy (and even if you're not) please adventure to Bristol some time to see me, or I can come visit you and convince your mother even further that I am a lesbian xxx

  20. Aww, recovery time is the worst :( I hope you can make some progress on your list soon xx

  21. I admire you. You´re one of the reasons I started a blog and I also know how kind and sweet you are. You are an inspiration and I hope you get to do all the things in the list really soon! :) Thank you for sharing them with us! <3

  22. I love this post Bee, it really made me smile to see that you're managing to be so positive and look forward to what's to come :) I hope you're recovering well and that you get back on your feet soon! <3

  23. Fab post, life is better with wishes & lists! Hope you're feeling much better soon! New follower :)

  24. I just want to squish you bee (in a cute way not in to cause pain kinda way) I really hope you're getting better, I know how horrible it can be to be housebound xo

  25. You poor love :( I've been following along on twitter, and you really have had the crappest few months! So glad you're through the worst of it now :) Your list of tv shows you need to catch on is so good- we literally have the EXACT same taste in telly! I've just started to watch Californication, and can't get enough of GofT and the US Office. Your Dwight 'It's your birthday.' instagram pic made me laugh so much when it popped up in your sidebar! Love Dwight more than I can say.

  26. I hope your getting much much better as I type so your up to sharing with us all the lovely things you want to do :)


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