Where are they now?

No, not the cast of ‘Saved by the Bell’. Or ‘Stand by Me’. By ‘they’, I mean ‘we’. Specifically Clare, Anna and myself. We’ve had quite a week, to put it mildly. There’s been a lot going on and because we’re here for you and because of you, it makes sense for you to know where we’re at. And there is something you can do for us, actually. But we’ll come to that.

So, me first.

Shockingly poor quality picture, courtesy of my iPhone. I’ve used this one rather than one of my more presentable, super-tanned and relaxed holiday snaps as it showcases in all it’s glory, my Dad’s 32 year old quilted, faux-tartan lumberjack shirt. You’re insanely jealous, I know. It’s ok. It’s my security blanket. But it’s a shirt. And sort-of-a-jacket. Style, function AND sentimentality? I’m killing you, yes? My securityshirtblanket and I have spent a lot of time together recently, as I’m recovering from laryngitis and sinusitis-a stunning combination, if I do say so myself. I did venture off my lovely purple sofa for an afternoon on Saturday to go see my blogging bestest and baby-bump-goddess, Clare. It was a wonderful afternoon and very successful on the ‘Find Preggers some Lovely Maxi Dresses’ front. As you can see…
Doesn’t she look A.mazing? And you’re welcome, for the second offensively-poor-quality iPhone picture in this post. I’m spoiling you. Despite spending her first 14 weeks feeling like SHE WAS DYING (her words) Clare is now officially Glowing. Seriously, it was so lovely bathing in said glow all afternoon, she made me feel so much more human. I won’t ruin all the fun for you, after you gorgeous lot being so excited with her last update post, I’m sure Clare will be along soon with a proper update! Now, to our third and Most Bravest and Awe-Inspiring Team Member (who, in fairness, will probably only hold that title until Clare goes into labour with the Team AOW bebe)… Anna. (Photo by the incomparable Lucy Stendall)
Firstly, Anna is going to be OK. I have to start with that because starting with the actual start of the story makes my stomach twist a little, and I know how the story ends. So, to be kind to you all, she makes it. (Not even being a little dramatic.) A little under two weeks ago, Anna ran a 5k race with Mr K. Shortly afterwards, she found herself in the St. John’s Ambulance treatment centre with a suspected chest infection. A GP’s visit the following day confirmed the diagnosis and upgraded it to a ‘serious’ chest infection. Anna took her first sick day in SEVEN YEARS (I know!) and there was much high jinks and fun on Skype and by e-mail. A week later, still not able to breathe and after much pestering from the frankly awesome Mr K, there were two visits to A&E.; Eventually, the (not sexy, according to the ever-observational Anna) doctors found a number of blood clots on Anna’s lungs, one of which was blocking her airway-hence the not being able to breathe malarkey. She was swiftly admitted to hospital where, as I write this, she is still being treated. She’ll hopefully be home in a couple of days and then has to concentrate on Getting Better. Anna has been so very incredible throughout this whole, horrid process and we cannot wait until she’s fighting fit(ter) so she can get back to organising us!
Until then, would you stupendous bunch please leave a comment for Anna to help keep her amused? A funny story, link to a hilarious cartoon, a brilliant joke, a motivational limerick…anything goes. We’re on a two-woman mission to distract her from her rebel blood cells.
Anna, this one’s for you. We love you and we miss you and we promise not to break the blog. Maybe.

My heart belongs to Calvin and Hobbes
Categories: Behind the Scenes at AOW, Health
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  1. Posted July 18, 2011 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Anna – I know Aisling and Clare can be hard work sometimes, but blood clots? A severe, infectious bout of d&v; would have been sufficient in getting rid of them for a while!

    I really hope you feel better soon, it must have been a horrible, scary time :( I hope you are being very well looked after. Can you eat cake? If so, demand cake and nothing but cake. That will help


  2. Posted July 18, 2011 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Oh dear that IS rough. I hope you feel better soon! soon!

  3. Posted July 18, 2011 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Big loves to Anna, was so sorry to hear you are so poorly! What a horrible time, I hope you are on the mend soon xxxxxx we will entertain you on your sick bed, have no fear (can we come in and do some musical theatre if you like…. Or maybe that needs to wait til you're a bit better…or til, I don't know, never….)

    Jealous of Aisling's quilted lumberjack (nearly bought one myself on Saturday!) And also hope I might look that good pregnant, oh my dear lord Clare I don't look that good NOW…


  4. Jessie
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Ah everyone is broken. Get better one and all really really soon.

    In the meantime here's my comic offering. I'm still utterly convinced the artist was spying on my relationship! http://wondermark.com/442/

  5. Esme
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Oh, you guys! Get well soon Anna. Being off sick is the WORST, but to get you through it, I recommend getting yourself well and truely addicted to a US TV show box-set. Any recommendations? Mine are West Wing and ER.


    P.S. Aisling: good choice on the maxi-dress. Clare, you look stunning.

  6. Posted July 18, 2011 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Honestly, as if the other two weren't feeling bad enough – Clare, did you have to go and look like such a GODDESS?

    Sending love and hugs and get well soon vibes. I have one joke, which I only crack out on very special occasions, so consider yourselves very special indeed.

    What do you call sex on a kayak?

    You're welcome.

  7. Posted July 18, 2011 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    | thought Anna had been missing from the blogosphere for a week or so. Very much hoping you have a super quick recovery! In terms of entertainment, following on from Esme's suggestion I would recommend Prison Break if you haven't already seen it as something to get ridiculously sucked in to.

    Kirsty, that is my new favourite joke!

  8. Posted July 18, 2011 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Clare, you really do look like a Goddess. I shouldnt say this, but one of my good friends is at the same stage as you, and just looks fat. She would be so envious!

    Anna, I recommend The Good Wife Box Set, and there is no such thing as too much chocolate….

    Get well soon.

    A joke:

    What did the sea say to the sand?
    Nothing, he just gave a little wave.


  9. Posted July 18, 2011 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    As a side note, how pretty is Aisling even when she is really poorly?

  10. Posted July 18, 2011 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Sam loves doing this when he's drunk and we're getting a cab home:

    Cabbie: where you going?

    Sam: Armley, mate

    Cabbie: what's your street name?

    Sam: (in best gangsta rapper drawl) they call me T-Dog….

    Really. *tumbleweed*

    Px (who still can't stop staring at Clare the undercover supermodel)

  11. Posted July 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    So sorry to hear you've been so ill, Anna! I have a link to a brilliantly funny blog (although with some of the posts on there you may laugh a bit too much…might not be a good idea if your lungs are bad).

    But I'll link you, anyway. Any of the Best Of posts are pretty good, but the ones of her dogs are hilarious.


    Get well soon! And you too Aisling!

  12. Posted July 18, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Oh ladies. My blogging partners in crime and my perfect perfect readers…I have been inundated with hilarity today from you all and I am forever grateful! It has totally taken my mind off my RUBBISH BLOOD.

    Am feeling much much better. I might even be discharged today or tomorrow! You lot are so much better than my sleepover buddies, the two Margarets, Mildred and Lydia, who have told me "oh, no, a pulmonary embolism? My husband/mother/insert relation here died of one of those!" Er thanks. Back to the wit and tact of the AOW community methinks!

    Lots of love and thanks to you all. I will be back with a vengeance next week. Promise. Amidst my box sets. And trashy mags x x x

  13. Becca
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Golly. I have a story. A friend of a friend was housesitting and looking after her pet doggy. Said doggy died during the housesitting. Oh dear. So friend of a friend is like 'crap….what to do' so she thinks 'I'll call the vet' but vet is other side of London. Vet says 'bring doggy here and we'll dispose of him'.

    So friend wraps up doggy in blanket but thinks 'what can I put him in' so she looks but everything is too small so she thinks 'suitcase'.

    So she packs doggy in a suitcase wrapped in the blanket and sets off on the tube (I know, you'd think she'd get a taxi right). So anyway, woman on tube has a suitcase with dead doggy inside and it's pretty heavy but she's thinking 'this doggy is like a child to my friend, must take to vet for disposal'. So anyway, on tube, gets off tube. Trying to get up steps but a dead doggy is pretty heavy so she's struggling. Anyway, struggling up the stairs and this man offers to help.

    He says 'gees darling (or similar). Whats in here'. And she can't say 'my dead dog' can she so she says 'I'm a publisher, it's just some manuscripts and a laptop'.

    And then.

    He runs off with it.

    Imagine being this thief and getting what you think is a laptop and possibly an original Harry Potter manuscript and you're met with a dead dog.

    Ouch. Just shows that crime does not pay.

    In other news, Clare your bump is SO neat. Anna K, you are a BLOODY TROOPER and Aisling, I am yet to see a bad photograph of you.

  14. Posted July 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Becca, that's a fantastic story.

    Anna – hope you get better really really soon! And I wholeheartedly agree with the recommendations of eating lots of cake and chocolate. Something's got to make up for being so poorly, right?

    And, Clare, ditto what everyone else has said about you looking gorgeous – so glad you're into the glowing stage!


  15. Posted July 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Becca – all I can say to that is 'Nooooooooooooooooooooo'

    Poor dead dog

  16. Posted July 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Becca, that is the best story I have heard all year.


  17. Posted July 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Thanks ladies! You're stars, all of you. I'm certain that Anna's renegade blood is running scared from the positive force of the AOW community.

    And Becca. OH.MY.ACTUAL.GOD. I'm trying to think of a better/worse/funnier/more horrific story but I'm pretty sure I've never, ever, ever heard one. Amazeballs.


  18. Posted July 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Penny, I concur.

    Becca, I don't think I'll ever need to read a book again. This story has it all…tragedy, humour and A TWIST

  19. Posted July 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Oh jesus. Well I was going to comment one thing but you've thrown me completely off with the dog story. Cripes.

    Ladies – I think this is the first time I've commented on here. So hello! (actually I think it's the 2nd) Also, wow you're all so pretty. I love the lumberjack shirt!

    Anna, get well soon. And I was going to suggest, to cheer you up, a website called doggelganger.co.nz where you upload a picture of your face and it analyses it, all CSI-like, and matches it to what dog you look like.

    Seems so inappropriate now. :-/

    Claire x

  20. Posted July 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    I know you lot leave wise and wonderful comments every day, but Becca, you win the prize for BEST COMMENT EVER. Without a doubt. I'm not sure whether my tears were from it being so sad, or from it just being So. Damn. Funny.

    And thank you for all of the lovely comments re the dress. The previous black maxi I had made me look rather like a sausage stuffed into a too-small bin bag, so this was a vast improvement. I actually had to be forcibly taken out of it so that they could bag it up for me.

    And I can confirm that Aisling did indeed look beautiful even when horribly sick. Jealous.


  21. Roz
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Get well soon girls!

    I too I'm stunned at the dog story! For some laughs you should check out http://www.damnyouautocorrect.com I literally struggle to breathe for laughing when I read some of the posts, they must be made up right?! Xx

  22. Posted July 18, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    At least the weather in London has been absolutely atrocious whilst you've both been unwell. Get well soon, lovely lovely dress Clare x

  23. Posted July 21, 2011 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    What a nightmare. Please feel better soon. Isn't warfarin lovely!

  24. Posted July 27, 2011 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    Very late to this but Anna hope you are feeling better now hun. How blimming rubbishy awful – it's so rubbish being I'll x

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