Monday, 29 July 2013

Long time no blog

We know we haven't been extremely active on this blog recently, but we have legitimate reasons, we promise. Hmm, let's see.

Well, first of all, we both have gotten our new, pretty professional bikes now. Thus, we've been training hard on them, as you can see below.

Training hard...
...or hardly training?

We have been training so hard in fact, that Carmen (yours truly) has managed to get a hand injury, quite common amongst cyclists, known informally as handlebar palsy. While not very serious, this injury is an extreme pain in the backside as the recommended treatment is rest. So Ben has banned me from riding Baby. I think he was jealous I was spending more time with Baby than him and he's taking revenge in my bad luck. Another annoying feature of this injury is loss of control over the affected hand. In short, you know that feeling of numbness when you sleep on your hand and then when you wake up it feels clumsy and uncoordinated? Well that's how my RIGHT hand feels all the time. It is quite irritating as it makes everything unnecessarily complicated, stuff like tying shoelaces or buttering toast are quite a challenge. And I love toast so you can understand my pain! Plus my hand looks a bit like a claw so it could easily belong to a wild animal:

Now don't think that just because I've been banned from Baby Ben has allowed me to rest. I should be so lucky! No, instead he has killed me on the exercise bikes at the gym. So training hasn't been neglected, which is good really as we have less than 3 weeks to go until D day (departure day).

Apart from training and getting injuries, at the beginning of the month we have been away from home, for 5 days. We went to Rock Werchter, a music festival in Belgium. The festival was really good, excellent line-up and the bonus was meeting some good friends from Romania (some planned some accidentaly!), who I haven't seen in a long time!

A very diverse table, three countries are represented here.
Belgium is a lovely country, extremely cycle friendly! I swear in the city close to the festival, Leuven, there were many many more bikes compared with cars. Awesome! We didn't get to do much sightseeing unfortunately, but we did have a bit of a stroll through Leuven (the home of Stella Artois) and very brief one through Brussels. We did indulge in waffles and frites though, so we did experience some of the nice Belgian food.


Also, while we were at the festival, we practiced our camping skills. We managed to catch some sleep despite the loud drunky festival goers who thought it was a good idea to shout all night long. Well if you ask me, it wasn't! But thank God for ear plugs. They have ensured me a decent night sleep.

Our little home and a Carmen in the background.
 A couple of days after returning from Belgium, once I was recovered, I left home again. This time only locally, I went to Cambridge for a summer school for social enterprise and charity managers (which I helped organise, brag brag brag). I slept and ate in one of the old Cambridge colleges, which looked pretty much like Hogwarts. It was an absolutely goregeous building and I wouldn't have minded staying a few extra nights there. I was even crowned while I was there:
Meet princess Carmen of Romania.

Since then, I have experienced also my first English christening, which was very interesting and had its similarities with a Romanian one. We also attended two very well prepared and tasty barbeques, congratulations to the chefs.

And that's about how we kept ourselves busy since we last talked, the main events anyway. From now on, we will be much more active, both on the blog and on the bike. Ben has gotten me a Baby allowance for today, I will take advantage of it!

Monday, 1 July 2013

Our quiz prize winners

First off  we would just like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the quiz, and you will be pleased to know that no one scored 0. Unfortunately no one got full marks, but our three prize winners all came very close. Please give a round of applause for our three winners:-

1st - Diana

2nd - Mihai

3rd - Ciki

Well done to those three. We shall be sending each of the winners an email to let them know personally just incase they do not see here and we shall work out where you want your prizes sent to.

If anyone wants to check the answers to the quiz we shall now give them below:

Correct Answer
Raspuns Corect
When was Dravet Syndrome first discovered?
During an epileptic seizure, an electrical discharge occurs in?
The causes of epilepsy are known in all cases?
The onset of Dravet Syndrome occurs?
In 1st year of life
In primul an de viata
What is the most common cause of Dravet Syndrome?
Gene Mutation
Mutatie genetica
Dravet Syndrome is curable?
You can transmit Dravet Syndrome through?
It is not transmissible
Sindromul Dravet nu este transmisibil
Most seizures last?
In Dravet Syndrome Prolonged seizures (status epilepticus) are more common?
What should you do if you witness a crisis?
- Call emergency services if seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes
- Clear area of any hazards or move them if unable to move hazard
- Time the seizure
- Suni la 112 daca criza dureaza mai mult de 5 minute
- Indepartezi toate obiectele care pot prezenta pericol pentru suferind (obiecte dure, ascutite etc)
- Cronometrezi durata crizei
People with Dravet Syndrome can get seizures if?
All of these
Toate variantele de mai sus
How many people worldwide suffer from Dravet Syndrome?
1 in 30,000
1 in 30,000
Developmental problems are associated with Dravet Syndrome?
Seizures in Dravet Syndrome do not respond to standard anti-convulsive drugs?
Which of these famous people had epilepsy?
All of these
Toti acestia