Hello to all my beautiful readers out there. I hope that you all had fantastic Christmasses and all ate too much, reminded yourselves that having all your family in one place at one time is at the same time the best thing in the world and the worst thing in the world and generally enjoyed yourselves. This year the big day fell on a Tuesday and sadly I did not post my TMI but here it is now so I hope you all enjoy.
1. What is the best thing you received for Christmas?
A few months back I had my 40th birthday which my family went all out for and I recieved several awesome presents which were quite expensive. So my Christmas wish list this year was quite simple. My children took good notes and I received as requested a very large box of chocolates and a Pink Ribbon ironing board cover along with a new speedometer for my bicycle (so I can count the calories that I am burning off after eating the chocolates!).
Jake has promised me a post Christmas shopping spree which I am looking forward to. I also suspect that there will be a naughty present in the offing when my parents have left the building in a few days!
2. What was the best gift that you gave?
Both of my children were to recieve iPad minis this year but despite me being terribly organised and ordering them well in advance Apple dropped the ball and under delivered to many retailers in Australia (and probably elswhere in the world) and so only one child received the gift of the moment. Child no 2 is being awesome about this turn of events and making the most of her other gifts so all credit to her. I just hope the backorder turns up soon!
3. What is your Christmas wish?
At the moment my body (more specifically my cervix) has some issues which are taking a little while to resolve. It isn't terribly serious but it does need to be dealt with otherwise there could be some serious long term repercussions. Of course it has had some impact on my sex life which is not a whole lot of fun but Jake and I are using it as a chance to work on our creativity.
During this process I have been quite open with my doctors about my lifestyle and sexual habits. Fortunately I have a GP who is very open minded and full of information. Sadly I did not have the same experience with my gynecologist. Her very conservative background meant that she wasn't comfortable with speaking to me about my sexual habits and her beliefs led her to make assumptions about my activities that were incorrect. She looked at one specific aspect of my condition as she had been trained to do but completely ignored other aspects without considering the impact on me or my long term sexual health. The outcome was that the treatment of my condition is more prolonged and stressful than it needs to be.
Management of my sexual health is something that I take very seriously. I don't want to cause problems for the people in my life no matter how casual my contact with them is. To achieve this I need good information. In the fallout my GP laid it out to me like this "most doctors come from middle to upper class conservative backgrounds. They don't have a lot of experience of alternative lifestlyes and for many of them their background and religion makes dealing with people like you very challenging for them." My Christmas wish is that medical professionals are true to their oaths and don't let their personal beliefs and feelings to impact on the way they treat their patients. This extends to doctors who discourage young girls from acquiring contraception or who make young people feel uncomfortable when they seek information about safe sex practises, doctors who treat members of the GLBT community badly or doctors who make assumptions about people like myself who have chosen a non-monogamous lifestyle.
4. What are your plans for New Year's Eve?
We are planning to have a nice civillised dinner with the Fix It's before heading out for a night of revellry at a Swinger's club that we all quite like. Given the issues outlined above I am not lining up for a New Year's Orgy but some dancing, socialisaing with some like minded people and a whole lot of flirting is definitely in order.
Bonus: The end of the world aka the Mayan Apocolypse did not occurr on 21/12/2012. Nonetheless people accross the world prepared for the doomsday event. How did you prepare for the end of the world?
For those who say that the end of the world didn't happen I have one question. How do you know it didn't happen? Who is to say that we didn't all go to bed on 21 /12 /2012 and wake up in a completely new world? It happened in Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. So why can't it happen to us? Just because we don't remember a cataclysmic event doesn't mean some alien force didn't put us to sleep and quietly swap our planet over.
So to answer the question Jake and I celebrated the wedding of our friends' daughter who has been with her fiance through four world endings. We enjoyed some excellent food including Jalabee's which are an incredibly aretery clogging Indian Sweet that does not have a Wikipedia page and went home to have very loud sex in a house that was child free!