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Pill Roulette

October 12, 2007

Kirstie’s come off the pill.  We went through a turbulent few months (during the run up to the move, funnily enough).  Maybe it was due to me going through some sympathy hormonal mood swings.  Who knows.

Kirstie used to map out the timescale if we were to want children… 
How long it would take her body to eradicate a “sex-life-time of being on The Pill” from her womb. 
(A statistic backed up by every nodding thirty-something woman friend).
And then she would rather helpfully act out how our children would look the longer we leave it to reproduce.

I’m no doctor, Kirstie, are THESE your Pills? Isn't it a Pez Dispenser?

It even got to the point of her complaining about a batch of The Pill which didn’t have the days of the week printed on the packets.  Like I’m keeping track.  She could have been taking Peanut Butter M&M’s for all I knew.
So anyway, she’s off now, and we’re both really happy about that.

It puts us in a new category.  We wouldn’t say we’re “trying” for a baby.  I suppose we’re not trying not to.  There’s no convenient phrase to use for this, which is frustrating – why’s everyone asking anyway?28.JPG

And why isn’t there a phrase for “not not trying” for a kid?

NEEDLE RATING…  2.8 (idling)

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Twelve Pounds Forty For A Doctor’s Signature.

September 27, 2007

Got a call from Dad today.

He’s renewing his Passport, and didn’t realise you need a signature of someone “who works in a recognised profession or has good standing in the community”, and they have to write their passport number on the form.

He called because he didn’t know anyone who could sign it.

That can’t be right.

Apparently, all his mates down the pub sold their council houses and moved to Spain.  I offered Kirstie to sign the form for him if he couldn’t find anyone.  The only person he could think of was his Doctor.  But he felt a bit weird asking for his GP’s passport number.

Got a message from him half an hour later saying that the Doctors do sign passport forms, and they charge £12.40.

Completely reasonable – it’s time they’re not spending on people doing Doctory things.
And it’s nice to know the WAR ON TERROR™ has an upside, and that someone might be making some money from it. 

The message ended with a joke wondering if he’ll be around for the next renewal in ten years time.

2.7He’s got to find another pub.  I hope he finds another pub.

NEEDLE RATING…  2.7 (idling)

NHS… in-Direct…

April 23, 2007

NHS formsKirstie tried registering us with a local Doctor today.

Here are some words that came up tonight – not necessarily in the right order.

Why is it… pre-requisite… Doctors assistant…  stubborn, awkward, patronising… and don’t bloody listen.
Older woman… thing… despises younger fertile thing…  looking at me like we’re at it all the time.  3.3It’s sick, it’s bloody sick.  Why are they all the same?

NEEDLE RATING… 3.1 (increased revs, grating)