Going Orange For Myeloma Week

Myeloma: a cancer; a disease; a thief
For five years we lived in hope but were left with grief
He could not see my swollen tummy
Nor witness me now growing as a Mummy
Myeloma: a cancer of the bone marrow 
It stole my happiness and left me with sorrow
My daughter now carries you in her veins 
And your physical absence suffocates us like chains
 Myeloma: you forced us into the arms of Thalidomide
Although the fight he lost was nothing less than dignified
 Before he was stolen he was my Papa, my soul mate, my brother, my friend
He was all those people rolled into one, the perfect blend. 
Myeloma: the lesser known of the cancers
Still refuses to give any answers
We were a family of five robbed down to four
None of our picture frames are complete anymore 
Still, the thief did not steal a single memory
Nor detract from the man’s sheer bravery
Multiple Myeloma: let’s make some noise 
For all those like him who fight with poise. 

AlphabetGames 2013


Alphabet Games in 2012: Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 25,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

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Alphabet Games’ 2011 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for Alphabet Games. I may have been a few days short of a post a week but exceeding the Sydney Opera House is not a bad achievement!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Love Is…

…always being able to pick up the conversation where you left it, no matter how long you have been apart

…  the ability to make someone smile without doing anything at all

… love is missing them when they are not there

… having perfect memories to fill in your loved one’s absence

… not being afraid of telling the person the truth

… loving the good and bad times (as well as loving through them)

… having no fear

… love is buying little gifts of appreciation

…love is never taking these gifts for granted

… love is seeing perfection

Scotland Calling!

I have counted down the days for at least two weeks now. Finally the time has come. No work for 6 whole days and tomorrow I will be on my way to snowy Scotland. Mr. Husband Person has booked the hotel as a surprise and I have a wonderful 4 hours on the train. 4 hours of reading, writing, writing and reading. 8 hours if you consider the return journey. Our bags are packed and our new clothes are laid out. My holiday reading material has been chosen (after some deliberation) and the Scotland guide book thoroughly thumbed. Tomorrow it will be goodbye deadlines, hello Virgin Trains!!


So for the coming 6 days I will immerse myself in Scottish culture and all the cares and woes in London will be left behind. So until I return, I shall leave with a few glimpses of what Scotland and Edinburgh has to offer:








Leaving My Worries By The Door

As I sit here on my daily commute home on a Friday evening, I am wondering how I can leave all my apprehensions at the front door. To not allow them to cross my threshold. The biscuit tin has become a firm fixture beside me as I seek comfort in the depths of chocolate digestives, shortbread and even rich teas. My willpower unfortunately was never particularly strong. Instead of dwelling once again on the events of the past week , in no particular order I have decided upon 10  diversions to turn to as soon as the apprehensions set in:

1- Read a good book, preferably a chick lit.

2- Have a bath, must have candlelight and a glass of wine (preferably Rose)

3- Listen/dance/sing/do all three to your favourite music

4- Exercise

5- Curl up on the settee and watch a good film, preferably chick flick

6- Call home

7- Play board/card/computer games

8- Cook something you have never made before

9- Go to bed early, fall asleep reading a good book

10- Have a ‘spring’/’summer’/’autumn’/’winter’ [insert day of week] clean.

What would your select 10 be?

My New Year Resolution? To Post Every Week Through 2011!

January 1st will always be reminiscent of hope and new beginnings and on the back of this hope many armour themselves with New Year Resolutions. As  31st December drew closer, I began to think of my hopes for 2011. I hoped for many things and for many achievements but one which stood tall at the front of the ‘hope queue’ is to write more. To drown in the wonderful world of blogging, of reading, of writing. I have decided to do just that. Rather than just hoping for it, wanting to do it, wishing I could do it. I will do just that. I will write more. Starting from today, I will be posting on this blog once a week throughout 2011.

I know it will not always be easy, but with the addiction to the written word firmly holding me in its clutches, I trust The Daily Post and the wonderful community of bloggers to be with me along the way providing help and encouragement in meeting my resolution for 2011 and as my six year-old niece knows very well, Auntie’s promises always come true.

For my wonderful readers out there, I hope you will stay with me in this challenge and continue to encourage me with your comments and ‘likes’. It’s an exciting challenge and one I know I will enjoy. I hope you will too.

Dutifully signed,

Alphabet Games

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