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Cycle 3 week 4 update

What’s this? Week 4? I thought the cycles were three weeks long.

It’s true, they are, but there has been a delay in me going in to hospital to start cycle 4, so here I am, still at home, half-way through the fourth week of the third cycle. This extra long cycle means that I’ve had longer out of purdah in which to see people, and I’ve made good use of the time.

I had a long conversation with an old friend and ex-colleague, John. It’s been quite a while since I was able to have an extended chat, so we spent nearly two hours over a cup of coffee and a toasted tea-cake in a nice little café in town. Our conversation wasn’t of any great consequence to anyone else, but it was great fun, and wonderful to see him.

This weekend we were visited by my cousin David. I find him hugely impressive, as he runs his own small business leading walks around nice parts of England. Last year he was featured several times in The Times. This year he hopes to branch out into other parts of the British Isles. It’s an innovative way to make a living, and I was lucky to get some time with him before the walking season starts in earnest.

During David’s visit we went out on a fossil-hunting walk with Mark. He took us down some local paths that I didn’t know existed, looking for Silurian sea bed that has now turned into limestone plates. We found a few little fossils, but unfortunately nothing too exciting. Maybe next time…

My back is less painful than it has been, and I’ve been sleeping a little better, which has given me a bit more energy to do things. In particular I finally got back to recording a chapter of Dorian Gray for LibriVox, and had great fun with it, even though I found the characters of the two protagonists somewhat distasteful. I’ll be doing more recording some time soon, probably the next time I go back into purdah, as there’ll be little else to do.

My weight continues to rise slowly, and the nausea remains well controlled by the new treatment regime, so I’m rather happy with all that. All in all, another good week. Let’s hope that I can start cycle 4 really soon.

{ 4 } Comments

  1. Jeanne | 29 March 2010 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Chris–I LOVE fossil hunting. Sorry you didn’t find anything too special.

    I’m back home from London, and pretty tired. This is my second day mostly in bed … trying to just go with it. That jet jag is a killer.


  2. icyjumbo | 29 March 2010 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    I saw you were back from London, and with plenty to think about too. As for the fossil hunting, I didn’t really expect to find very much, Mark having warned us that a good fossil is hard to find, even for an experienced hunter. But the walk was good exercise, and I enjoyed myself anyway.

  3. sue hawkins | 1 April 2010 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Good to hear that David came to see you! What – no Stephanie?

    I imagine it was good fun, he is always great for the spirit as well as the leg muscles!

  4. icyjumbo | 1 April 2010 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Definitely good fun, lots of non-sequiturs in the conversation, except that they weren’t 🙂 Stephanie would have come from the other end of the country, and it was partly a busman’s holiday for David, so probably wouldn’t have been much fun for her. I’m sure she’ll visit soon.