Don’t die! Something, obviously, I have a vested interest in. I realise that’s mostly out of my control, but if I stay away from people who might harm me – like certain doctors – and don’t do anything dumb, like start drinking again, it’ll lengthen the odds against it – and that’s what it’s all about now – playing the odds.
Don’t drink. It’s very unlikely I’ll drink again; I’ve no desire to, and I’ve no capacity now, either – just a shot of Bombay Sapphire at home (albeit quite a robust shot), has me blurred around the edges.
There’s another reason too – the thought of a hangover, on top of how shitty I normally feel, is terrifying. Literally.
Take my supplements every day! I’ve had ME for 27 years, and for much of that time, all that’s kept me on my feet is a selection of supplements which, after much trial and error, I know actually work. The last two years, I’ve been too preoccupied, and they’ve been neglected, and I’ve paid for it by being sicker than I need be.
Drink more coffee. I had an idea that a moderate intake of coffee might perk me up, so I bought a Dolce Gusto coffee-maker (unlike the Nespresso machines, it also makes hot chocolate and tea, as well as a range of coffees), and hey, it does.
Because of my heart problems, I’m supposed to avoid caffeine, but the highest caffeine levels are in filter and percolated coffee, the former I don’t like (always smells better than it tastes), and who uses a percolator these days? As it turned out, there’s no problem.
I accidentally bought espresso Intenso capsules – a sort of halfway house between espresso and ristretto, which turns out to make an excellent lungo with extra water. So far, I’ve tried that, standard espresso, macchiato. and cappuccino – none cause any problems at all. It’s possible, too, that the hot water dispense, which is manually controlled, will be good for instant soups and noodles. Haven’t tried that yet.
Write more about food. Not entirely sure why, but my food blog posts are getting a lot of attention and likes, especially from the US so, obviously, writing more will be useful.
I know I said cooking will be cut back, but that’s mostly day to day stuff, which pretty much just entails heating/cooking something frozen. The idea of switching to ready meals is that I get a meal in one go, instead of having to cook veggies and stuff to go with the protein.
“Projects” will still happen. My bacon has been started today, and hopefully I’ll be able to knock up the long-awaited faggots and gravy soon. I think I’ll knock up a batch of Fabada Wirraliana in the near future, to use some of my home-cured panceta. And because it’s bloody good.
Bread will still be made, too, starting New Year’s Day.
Finally, use wheels a lot more. I know I’ve been saying that for much of this year, but it’s something that’s got to happen – way too much pain not to.
And that’s where I’m leaving it. Most of that’s doable, some of it’s even under my control – we’ll see how it works out…