Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Day Zero Project

The Day Zero Project - or 101 in 1001 - is a goal setting site.  I got the details from Amanda at Eat to Live, Live to Run.  It is basically like the 43 Things site, but it gives you a timeframe to meet your goals.  You set a list of goals (I went with the 101 goals) and you have 1001 days to do it, or 2 years and 9 months. 

I have set my start date as at April 4, this Sunday, because that give me an end date of my 40th Birthday.  So in the next 2 years 9 months I have a list of 101 goals I want to achieve.  Some are big, some are small, some are silly, some are fun, some are serious.  But they are all things I want to do.

In no particular order, here is my list of 101 things.

1 Run a whole 5k fun run
2 Run a whole 10K fun run
3 Run a half marathon
4 Ride to Melbourne
5 Walk 1st section of Heyson
6 Reach my goal weight
7 Start Martial Arts classes
8 Go on a Trail Run
9 Take a beginners Yoga Class
10 Ride 100 kms in a day
11 Do a triathlon
12 Ride to Port Victoria, stay a few nights then ride home
13 Run the 12k City-Bay
14 Ride to the van in Goolwa
15 Sponsor a World Vision Child
16 Send 3 childrens stories to publishers (0/3)
17 Try 50 new Recipes (0/50)
18 Donate Blood 5 Times (0/5)
19 Go abseiling
20 Find a nice home where Ross & I can stay for a few years
21 Go on a date with Ross once a month (0/33)
22 Make a list of 100 things I love about my hubby. Leave it where he can find it.
23 Buy a caravan with Ross and our Mums and use it
24 Make 5 items of clothing (0/5)
25 Make living room furnishings
26 Scrapbook the photos of me and Ross
27 Get my Wedding album made
28 Finish the Knitted lap quilts
29 Start my planned hexagon quilt by hand
30 Fly a Kite
31 Learn Fire Twirling
32 Swim with Dolphins
33 Sleep under the stars in the outback (no tent)
34 Go Snorkelling
35 Learn to play my hand drums
36 Grow my own Vegetables
37 Identify 100 things that make me happy - besides Money
38 Make meditation part of my daily routine
39 Go rock climbing (indoor or out)
40 Turn my recipes into a recipe book for my family
41 Read 15 new authors (0/15)
42 Get a dog
43 Start my novel
44 Find employment I love
45 Run a marathon
46 Go skinny dipping
47 Join a running club
48 Get my Reiki 2
49 Become a Reiki Master
50 Pay off my Debts
51 Go on a weekend Spiritual Retreat
52 Complete a Cert IV in either Aromatherapy or Reflexology
53 Watch Season 6 of Buffy
54 Watch Season 7 of Buffy
55 Watch Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring
56 Watch Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers
57 Watch Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King
58 Go to Melbourne to see a Musical
59 Do a Tarot Course
60 Do a Psychic Development Class
61 See Spiral Dance Live
62 Go see a live pub band
63 Go to a Comedy Show
64 Watch the end of True Blood Season 1
65 Go to 5 Baseball Games (0/5)
66 Perform one Random Act of Kindness (RAK) for another person every day for a month
67 Do a Basic Bike Maintenance Course
68 1 Month Car-free
69 Find a book club to join
70 See Avatar
71 Go and see Local Footy Game
72 Do a Basic Spanish Course
73 See a 3D movie
74 Have a picnic at sunset on the beach
75 Go Vegan for a Day
76 Walk Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty in under 2 hours
77 Make Chocolate Crackles
78 Make the perfect Brownie
79 Spend an entire day in silence
80 Join or form a meditation group
81 Build a Sandcastle
82 Learn Henna Tattooing
83 Roll down a big hill
84 Send 10 handwritten letters to friends (0/10)
85 Have a "pampering" day at a Day Spa
86 Take a Photo every day for a month (not snapsots) (0/31)
87 Colour in a whole colouring in book
88 Finish the "homework" given in my Reiki 1 class
89 See an Ice Hockey Game
90 Have an entire weekend with no phone and no computer
91 Learn Feng Shui
92 Take a Painting Class
93 Get 30 Followers on my Blog
94 Do a fast/detox
95 Do a Successful Tarot Reading
96 Have a Make Over done
97 Hold another Biggest Morning Tea for the Cancer Council
98 Hold a Girls Night In for the Cancer Council
99 Teach Barney (the Cocky) to say my name
100 Hold a Dinner Party for 8 people and cook all courses myself
101 Make 3 new friends (0/3)

What goals would you set yourself for the next 1001 days?

Monday, March 29, 2010

A New Week

Today is the start of a new week.  Weigh in this morning went well.  A lot better than expected actually considering the food I ate on the weekend.  It may catch up with me this week, but I can deal with that.  No run on the weekend.  I had my class on Saturday and Sunday was raining all day.

Speaking of the rain, it was so beautiful.  I should have gone out in it.  It has been so long since we have had a whole day of continuous rain.  We had all the windows open so we could smell it. 

I did 2 Reiki healings yesterday.  Just a quick head and shoulders on Mum then a full body on Ross.  I need a proper table though as I did Ross laying on the bed and it was uncomfortable for me to do it.  I only did half an hour rather than 45-50 minutes as my back, arms and legs were hurting.  I felt completely energised after though and am really looking forward to expanding my knowledge and understanding.

This week is devoted to packing.  We are moving over Easter.  I am a bit nervous about moving in with other people, but this is the right thing for us to do right now.

Daily Goals
1)  Drink Water
2)  Ride home
3)  Pack clothes
4)  Do some reading
5)  Laugh


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Reiki 1 Workshop

Yesterday was AMAZING! 

I was so nervous in the morning, but when I got there the nerves had morphed into excitement.  I really had no idea what I was getting myself into, as my previous experience of Reiki was purely theoretical and heresay.

I am not going to go into details of the class, but I left feeling very energised, and am looking forward to being able to practice on family and friends.  Technically I could start now, but I feel I need to do some work on me first in order to be able to use the energy to its fullest effect.

Last night I slept better than I have done in months, and I had the most amazing dreams and memories of things past came up.  I now have some ideas about the next direction my life is going to take, and it is a direction I began years ago then put aside and forgot about due to "life".  I still have some thinking to do about exactly where I want to go, but I have more direction than I have had in the longest time.  It will take a lot of time to get there, but if you are heading towards something it does make where you are now easier to deal with.


Friday, March 26, 2010

A bit of this and a bit of that

'Tis nearly the end of another week.  Another busy week.  I sat down and worked out when I will get my next break without having to pack or move or train or have family commitments, and we are looking at the end of April.  As much as I hate to wish my life away - bring on the end of April!  LOL

Last nights run was good.  The Training Plan had me doing a 6 minute run followed by a 5.  I did 6 and 6 and was really pleased.  I went with Ross last night.  It is the first time we have run together for a couple of months.  Although I had told him how long I was running for, when he ran it with me (without huffing and puffing much to my dismay) he was actually shocked at how long I can huff and puff for.  :o)  Now that the Clipsal Track is mostly dis-assembled we were able to go back to our favourite running place.  I will be very sad to not be living right next to this park anymore after Easter.  But it is only a 10km ride or a tram trip away if we want to use it.

Tomorrow is my first Reiki class and I am very excited, although a little nervous.  I am always nervous before starting something new though so that is normal.  I will ride there as I think the ride will calm me down.

Tonight I am going out to dinner with my MIL for her belated birthday dinner (her actual birthday was last weekend when I was at Training).  She has chosen the restaurant and we are going to Montezuma's.  I have looked on their website and there are lots of vegetarian options.  My goal for tonight is to not order dessert.  I want to be able to go out and eat normally without blowing a whole week in one night, and I believe the key is dessert.  I am usually full by then anyway, so I am not even going to look at the dessert menu.  A bite of Ross's will be enough.  I'll let you know how I go with that.

I thought I would give you all a caffeine update as well.  I am now at the point where most days I have caffeine only before lunchtime.  After lunch, water or other bubbles.  I was a bit headachey at first, and I expected that, but otherwise I feel good.  I find I am not as hungry as I was (although that could also be related to my body getting used to reduced food now I am calorie counting again) and I am actually sleeping really well.  Most days it is still Diet Coke or Pepsi Max, but I figure one bottle is better than the 4 or 5 I was having.  Some days it is tea though which is a good change.  Can I just say, the soda stream have been a godsend with this.  Mineral water is my friend.  :o)

Before I go, anyone who hasn't read Mel's account of her first half Ironman event in Singapore, you MUST go here to read it.  This woman is absolutely amazing and my absolute hero and inspiration.

Daily Goals
1)  Drink my water
2)  Eat healthy
3)  Ride to Di's tonight (don't be slack and get a lift)
4)  No dessert
5)  Tidy one drawer at work


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Thoughts on Running

I just have some random thoughts buzzing through my head on this whole running thing.  As I was running last night I was asking myself why I was doing it.  Let's face it, when you are my size (I have over 60 kgs to lose) running hurts...  It hurts your feet, your knees, your legs, your glutes, your calves.  Your lungs scream for mercy and at one point last night I actually thought that my heart was going to break free of my rib cage it was pounding so hard.

So the question is why. 

And I think I figured it out.  Despite the agony at the time, in some bizarre, macabre sort of way, I actually enjoy it.  I have no idea why - perhaps I have some otherwise undiscovered masochistic tendencies.  But I get a great deal of satisfaction out of pounding the pavement and moving my body in that (painful) way.

Last nights run was hard.  I felt really tight in the legs.  Particularly my hamstrings.  I think I need to start stretching before a run.  I always stretch after, but perhaps that isn't enough.  I did my 6 minutes then my 4 minutes.  And I tried to push the walking times a bit harder.  It went well.  I knocked a minute off my last time.  I have something different (hopefully) planned for Thursday.  I'll fill you in after it's done.

Daily Goals
1)  Drink water
2)  Eat healthy
3)  Order a peppermint tea tonight (Em, you're gonna hafta help me here)
4)  Start tidying my workspace
5)  Pack a box for storage


Monday, March 22, 2010

Training Plan for Mothers Day Classic

What do you think?  Achievable?


The Weekend....

I spent the weekend at a Training Weekend for my volunteer work.  Food was provided and there were limited options, even less for the vegetarians among us.  I made the best choices possible, but when the only option is a thick crust pizza and garlic bread, and you are starving coz there have been so few options throughout the weekend, you eat it. 

Did this affect my weekly weigh in...


I had been doing really well throughout the week then this.  Of course it didn't help that by the time I got home last night I was so exhausted and so hungry that we ordered pizza rather than cook dinner. 


This morning I feel quite ill, but it is self inflicted so no sympathy.  Time to dust off and go again.

While I was on the Training Weekend I fell over (yet again).  I bruised the front of my knee (although thankfully didn't hurt my actual knee inside) and turned my ankle a bit.  I was planning on going for a run on Sunday after I left, but decided a couple days rest due to my klutziness was in order.  Hopefully I will be right by Tuesday though.

Daily Goals
1)  Drink my water
2)  Stick to calories
3)  Don't eat too many servings of brownies at class
4)  Don't trip over or fall over or down anything
5)  Get through the day without falling asleep


Thursday, March 18, 2010

6 Minutes!

"Bring It All Back" - S Club 7

Bring it all back now

Don't stop, never give up, Hold your head high and reach the top
Let the world see what you have got, Bring it all back to you

Hold on to what you try to be, Your individuality
When the world is on your shoulders, Just smile and let it go
If people try to put you down, Just walk on by don't turn around
You only have to answer to yourself

Don't you know it's true what they say, That life, it ain't easy
But your time's coming around, So don't you stop tryin'

Don't stop, never give up, Hold your head high and reach the top
Let the world see what you have got, Bring it all back to you
Dream of falling in love, Anything you've been thinking of
When the world seems to get too tough, Bring it all back to you

Try not to worry 'bout a thing, Enjoy the good times life can bring
Keep it all inside you, Gotta let the feeling show
Imagination is the key, 'Cos you are you're own destiny
You never should be lonely, When time is on your side

Don't you know it's true what they say, Things are sent to try you
But your time's coming around, So don't you stop tryin'

I challenge you all to walk along to this song and NOT hold your head up high.  I think I replayed this 3 or 4 times on my walk/run tonight.  You may not like the boppy song, but read the words.  This song came on just after I stopped running my first run.  I had just run 6 minutes, on pavement, going slightly uphill.  I was already feeling great from that success but as this song played I felt myself straightening up and standing taller.  I did hold my head up.  And you know what - I CAN reach the top!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

WhoGAF and Running

Last night, despite still being quite stiff, I decided to go for my walk to try and work out the stiffness from my fall.  It didn't take long to start feeling better so I decided to give running a go.  My previous best - 3 week ago - was 3 minutes and 20 seconds.  Can I just say...

FIVE MINUTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, so the last 2 minutes were more of a shuffle, but I kept it up and kept going.  About 2 minutes in and the oval started to fill with young footballers.  Not lovely sexy young 20-something footballers, mid-teen footballers.  I was instantly embarrassed and wanted to stop then I thought - WhoGAF!!!!!!!!!!  So I kept going.

By the time I finished the 5 minutes there were footballs flying everywhere and it was time to leave the oval.  I started walking on the footpath.  I wasn't planning on trying another run but I felt okay after a little while so wanted to go again.  But I was on the footpath and there were cars and people everywhere, and once again I was instantly embarrassed.  But - WhoGAF!!!!!!  Off I went.  Only another 2 minutes as I was feeling Monday nights fall.  Time to walk it out. 

I tried my newfangled super dooper new ankle braces.  Used them for the run, rode home in them then left them on for a couple for hours after.  And today - NO FOOT PAIN!!!!!!  YAY!   They work!  I am very pleased that I didn't waste the $50 they cost. :o)

This morning I went to the pool to try and work out the last of the stiffness.  I didn't swim swim, I did some kickboard, some breaststroke, some walking and some running on the spot in the deep end (the deep end is only 120cm).  Now I am sitting at work eating my oats with rice milk. YUM!

Daily Goals (I wrote these last night so the swimming is already done)
1)  Drink 6 glasses of water
2)  Stick to calories
3)  Don't eat junk at class
4)  Go swimming in the morning
5)  Be brave and share a story in class tonight


Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Yesterday I mulled (not moped, mulled) :o) over my blog post and everything behind it.  While doing that I ate healthy, drank water, and acheived all 5 of my daily goals.  Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and kindness yesterday.  I often think if I write a sad or not-so-upbeat post that people will stop reading before getting to the end.  So thank you for getting all the way through.

Anyway, although I know it is going to be hard as I have been lazy about this for so long, it is time to make some life changes (again).

So I downloaded the free trial of the calorie king software.  And I have to say - I like it a lot.  So I will be purchasing that.  Although it is more expensive than the CK membership, I have already stopped visiting CK and feel good with my decision.  I was getting sucked into the pettiness of the forums, and although often I didn't comment, the attitudes and nastiness were wearing me down.  So back to calorie counting.

I will continue with the cycling and walking/running I have been doing.  Once I move (in 3 weeks) I will be riding a much further distance to work so will automatically be ramping things up there.

One thing I will NOT be doing is getting obsessed like last time.  Last time I was doing really well, then all of a sudden I kept getting bits of (unsolicited) advice - eat less sodium, eat more protein, eat less carbs, stick to this macro-nutrient, stick to these micrograms.  AAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Seriously - I was doing well then I started to get all this extra advice that I hadn't asked for.  And this was from people who were meant to be supporting me within a forum I was active within.  Stupidly I began to listen to them.  I truly believe that when I started trying to adjust all these teeny tiny things is when it just got too hard and I fell off the wagon with a resounding thump!

So the plan is.  Stick to my calories - try to make them as healthy overall as possible without worrying about the small stuff.  Exercise.  Ignore the advice of others when I KNOW that this basic formula works for me.  Success will follow. 

On to other things....

Last night at cooking class we did 3 recipes.  We did a traditional style Quiche Lorraine that included making my own pastry from scratch, a Tiramisu, and a salad dressing.  I am way behind putting recipes up on my other blog, but once I have moved and things settle down I will catch up.

The salad dressing is divine.  I normally don't like or eat dressing, but I can see me having a tiny drizzle of this on salads.  It is around 40 calories per serve which isn't too bad.  I am going to make up another batch and leave it at work.

The Quiche was lovely.  But very high in calories.  370 calories for 1/8th of the pie, which is quite a small piece.  I had a piece last night, but I had allowed for it for the day so it is okay.  It was actually too buttery for me, so that small piece was enough.  I loved the pastry though but think it would be better in sweet dishes.

The Tiramisu looks great.  Ross did most of it himself.  But I don't eat Tiramisu so the whole thing is his, and it is a pretty big dish!  He is taking some for lunch today.  LOL

As we were leaving class I tripped down 3 steps.  Actually I stepped backwards into thin air coming out the door (mis-judged where the step was) while carrying Ross's Tiramisu.  Somehow I managed to place one foot on the bottom step, but I got thrown forward and as I took another step forward to try and get my balance I came down hard on my right leg.  Somehow I managed to stay upright (and saved the Tiramisu) but my whole right side (from ankle to upper arm) is sore today.  Last night I was in agony, but it settled down overnight.  My back is still pretty sore though.

The plan for tonight was to go for a run, but I will now have to see how I feel.  So my goals for today are:
1)  Stick to calories
2)  Drink my water
3)  Go for a walk (run if I am feeling up to it)
4)  Pack a box for storage
5)  Straighten up in the kitchen


Monday, March 15, 2010

The End

The end of what?  The End of treating myself so badly.  It has got to stop.  Yesterday afternoon I was in a weird kind of funk.  I was quite emotional (hormones I think) and I was tired, and lethargic, and sore from a full day of housecleaning and cooking on Saturday.  We had to do some shopping in the morning and I bought a block of chocolate for us to share after dinner. 

Anyway Ross went out for a while in the afternoon, and what did I do?  I sat down with the chocolate and within 30 minutes it was gone.  I felt sick and I felt awful, but I kept eating.  I was sad and depressed and cried afterwards.  Last night I still felt so awful and I cried myself to sleep. 

This morning I am tired and I have a sugar hangover.

And I am SO ANGRY at myself!!!!!!

Why do I do this.  I would NEVER treat another person with such disrespect.  WHY do I think it is okay to treat myself that way?  And I do it over and over and over again. 

I am putting on weight, I am losing fitness, I am feeling sad a lot of the time, I am hiding away from people.  How did I slip so far backwards into this pit that I swore I would never go back to again?

Often of a morning I draw a card from my deck of Animal Dreaming Oracle Cards by Scott Alexander King.  I just use it as something to think about for the day.  And often it is something that really resonates with me at the time.  This morning I drew 'Butterfly - Transformation'.  It is about the time being right for making changes.  I thought about this as I walked to work, and it is right.  It IS time to make changes.  Changes I made once before and was successful at. 

Last time I did this I spent some time planning what I was going to do and how I was going to do it.  I will do that again.  But in the meantime I will cut the crap.  Eat healthy.  Exercise.  Fine tune as I go.  No more excuses.

Daily Goals
1)  Drink 1.5 litres of water
2)  Ride home from work
3)  Don't snack too much at cooking class
4)  Eat healthy
5)  Don't mope


Saturday, March 13, 2010


So, I hear you asking.  What on earth is WhoGAF?  Well, WhoGAF is my new motto for life.  Let me explain.

I have been mulling over my post on Introspection since the other day.  Thinking about your comments, Ross's thoughts, my own feelings after putting it out there.  I spoke with my boss about it a bit yesterday.  My boss is also a wonderful friend, so I felt comfortable talking to him about it.  He actually understood more than I expected, and he gave me WhoGAF.

WhoGAF stands for "Who Gives A F&*k!". 

It is about not caring what other people think.  WhoGAF!  Obviously it is not about work, or general decency.  It is what I need to start thinking about what other people may (or may not) think.  Strangers, friends, relatives.  WhoGAF!  If I want to wear something, or do something, or participate in something, and others don't like it, or don't think it is right, or what I should do - WhoGAF!  This is MY life and the only person who should GAF is ME!  And Ross to a certain extent, but he supports me in pretty much everything.

Reading back over this it sounds quite harsh, but it is really not meant to be.  It is just something that I need to put into my head whenever I start to think about or worry about what others may think of a decision I am going to make.  My decisions on my life are mine alone to make.  And as long as they do not adversely affect others, the thoughts and opinions of others should be irrelevant.

I know this isn't going to change within me instantly, but I am working on it. 


Thursday, March 11, 2010

This and That

Firstly I would like to say thank you for the lovely comments yesterday. I really appreciate it. I am working through my fears I think. I know it will take time. Many years of this need to conform has ingrained it deep within me, and I know it will take time and effort to break out of that. So thank you.

Last night was my 2nd writing class. I am loving this class and will be so sad next week as it is the last week. In just 2 short lessons I have learned so much and already I have made improvements on the stories I am working hard on to prepare to be sent to a publisher. I am trying to put my positive thinking into play here too. I WILL become a published children’s author, it is just a matter of working hard and being patient. But I WILL get there.

We have started the big pack up for the move as well. I can’t believe I am moving again. I hate moving. Ross took several car loads to the storage shed yesterday. It is hard working out what to take and what to store. The beauty of our storage shed is we have 24/7 access so we can get in there at any time to get to things if we need them. It means our camping gear, and my sewing machine, and a whole heaps of things that we use occasionally can be kept there and out of our way when we move to Di’s house.

The Biggest Loser is finally starting to inspire me this season - yes it has taken a while. These contestants, after being in the house for just a few months, are about to run (or may have already since I missed last nights episode) 21kms!


After just a few months! And I have been half-heartedly playing around and bullshitting for months. Time to take stock and really put myself on the line again. I currently have a terrible cold and can’t breathe through my nose, but as soon as I am over it I am getting back out there. I went out and bought some really cool support and compression ankle braces the other day.

My ankles don’t hurt when I run, but they ache for a few days afterwards so I am hoping these will help. I will let you know when I am back on the track.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010


I have not been blogging as much as I would like of late. It is because I have been looking inward and reassessing the path of my life. Several things have occurred recently that have made me realise just how far away from my “plan of life” my life has gone.

I know that no-one’s life goes exactly to plan, and that is the beauty of life, the fact that it can be spontaneous and exciting. However, not only is my life nothing like I imagined, I am not the person I wanted to be.

I had so many dreams and aspirations as a teenager and young adult. However my first marriage kind of beat them out of me (and I mean that metaphorically, not literally). My ex was so concerned about appearances, and often so embarrassed by who I was, that he slowly but surely dragged the life out of me.

I think what is getting to me now is that I left that relationship over 7 years ago, yet I am still not who I want to be. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate who I am. I think I am a kind and good person, and I am proud of that. I am not referring to basic values.

I am trying to think of a way to describe this, so that it makes sense. I think the word I am seeking is fear. Everything terrifies me. Change terrifies me. Staying the same terrifies me. Being noticed terrifies me. Going unnoticed terrifies me. As much as I hate to admit it, this does go back to my first marriage. He was so obsessed with how we were perceived by others, that after 14 years together a lot of it did rub off on me. And as much as I want to change and break out of this, I feel trapped by my fear. And this affects everything from the clothes that I wear to the things I say when in public. I want to be perceived as ‘perfect’ yet I know that my insecurities about who I am shine through.

I am blogging about this because I need to get it out there. I have to find a way to move past this. I am content with my life in some ways, yet in others… I need to break the cycle of fear. I need to dress in the clothes I like, even if they are perceived as ‘hippy’ by some. I need to find employment that suits me, not something that just ‘pays the bills’. I need to feel free to do the things I love to do, even if I look foolish or suck at them. I need to break free of the constraints of my past in order to become who I really am.

I was about to apologise for this sounding ‘airy fairy’ (yes I actually typed that) but I am not going to. This is my blog and I need to stop apologising and feeling embarrassed by the things that make me who I am.

So I will just finish by saying thank you for reading this far. I guess I don’t really need comments on this as it is my own rambling thoughts, but if anyone has any tips as to how I can start to move past my past (so to speak) I would love to hear them.


Monday, March 8, 2010

Great Long Weekend

The long weekend draws to a close, but it ends with happiness and contentment.  What a great weekend.

It started Friday night with a DVD night with my honey.  We turned off the phones and curled up in front of the TV.

Saturday morning we headed out early.  I had a few errands to run.  Ross had a Reading at The Eternal Spirit.  I had a Reading there a few weeks ago and Ross has been keen to do the same.  He came out looking and feeling better than he has in a while.  For those who don't believe in Spiritual or Psychic Readings, this will make no sense, but for those who have experienced it, you will understand.

We visited a few friends, got our storage shed sorted out ready for our move in a few weeks, visited our kitty cats and Ross's Mum, then headed home for an early night.

Sunday Mum came over for lunch.  We made her some sushi.  It turned out great, and we were all impressed.  After she left we got ready then headed out to the Garden of Unearthly Delights at the Adelaide Fringe.  We had a great afternoon watching lots of Street Theatre performances and wandering around the Garden.  It is such a great venue and great event.  I can't believe I have lived in Adelaide for half of my adult life (and all of my childhood) and this is the first time I have been to the Garden.

Ross & I wated for a while before going to see the show we were waiting for.

In the evening we had tickets to see Granny Flaps, which is a character devised by a local comedian (also known as my cousin).  This was the first time I have seen her perform.  The character is based on our Grandma (her Mum and my Dad are brother and sister).  It was amazingly funny (although very crude, not for the faint at heart) and we left with sore faces from laughing so hard.  We caught up with her briefly after the show which was great as it has been a long time since we have seen each other.  If you ever get the chance to see the show I suggest you go.  Check out her fan page on Facebook (under Granny Flaps) if you are interested.

We walked home and enjoyed the cooler evening.  I did have to walk most of the way in my socks though, as my boots were hurting my feet.  But it was only a few kilometres so it wasn't too bad.

This morning I got up early and spent a couple of hours writing.  I was really pleased with the progress I made.  The I spent the afternoon watching the Oscars - I am a sucker for an awards show.  Now I am wating for Ross to get home, we will have a lovely dinner together, then head to bed for an early night before heading back to work tomorrow.

What a perfect weekend!


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Writing for Childrens Picture Books Class

Last night was my Writing Class.  It was a 4 hour class, which after a 9 hour day at work is a loooooong time to be sitting scribbling notes.  But I tell you what - it went by fast.

The Teacher is Sally Heinrich who has been writing and illustrating childrens books for over 20 years.  She was lovely.  So real and so easy to talk to.  I have done many writing classes in the last few years, and I have to say, a lot of the Teachers are amazingly full of themselves.  But Sally was lovely. 

We did some exercises and she gave us great tips for getting the creative juices flowing.  Talked a lot about structure, different kinds of Childrens books and lots of other interesting things.  We had to read out some of the exercises we did, which was incredibly scary because I don't usually share my writing.  But it was also good because if I am going to be brave enough to share my writing with a Publisher I need to be brave enough to share it with others first.

One thing she said was that for the next 3 weeks while the class is running (and also continuing on after if we are interested in pursuing writing further) we need to take at least 15 minutes a day for writing.  Any type of writing.  As long as words are coming out.  My first thought was - "Crap, where am I going to find the time for that?"  Then I realise, I write most days anyway.  Here.  So I am already doing this.  What I now need to do is make time several days a week to do some focussed childrens writing.  Be it exercises, working on new stories, or polishing existing ones. 

Here is the thing.  One of my 10 for 10 goals is to send a Childrens story to a Publisher by the end of the year.  I have moved that forward to by the end of June.  By the end of June I want at least one (although maybe more) stories ready to go out into the world.  Which means by the end of the year I will start getting feedback from Publishers.

This is scary.  But that is what change is.  Scary.  And if I don't do it now, I will probably never do it.


EDIT:  Forgot my Daily Goals.

1)  Take some time to write
2)  Go to the library and pay my overdue fine
3)  Drink my water
4)  Have a healthy lunch & dinner
5)  Clean the kitchen up

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Reiki and Writing

I am very excited today.  I have enrolled for my Reiki Course.  I have wanted to do this for several years but the timing just hasn't been right.  But now I feel very strongly that it is time to do it.  I have been looking at different Reiki Teachers for a while and I honestly could not choose between 2 of them.  So I have decided to a class with each of them.  It is a bit expensive to do twice, but I feel I will get more out of it if I learn from more people.  The first one is at the end of this month and the other one is in the middle of April.

Tonight I have a Writing Class.  It is for writing Childrens Picture Books.  I have written a few but have not been brave enough to send them on to Publishers.  Since that is one of my goals this year I am doing this class so I can fine tune my books before choosing one to send off.

Now I know I haven't done my Daily Goals lately, but it has been because I have been som damn busy I am barely fitting all my 'have to's' in.  But I will start again and see how I go.

Todays Goals
1)  Drink 1.5L of water
2)  Ride to and from my class tonight
3)  Get all my work done so I can leave a bit early
4)  Try not to eat too much chocolate to get me through my late class tongiht
5)  No lovely bakery items for lunch....


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Second Cooking Class

Last night Ross & I got let loose in the kitchen at cooking class!  We did 3 recipes.  It was such a fun class.  I am really glad we decided to do it together.

The first dish was Indian Spicy Beans.

They look a little ordinary just sitting there in the container, but believe me, they taste delicious.  We are having them for dinner tonight so I will do a better photo.  I will be putting the recipe up over the weekend as well.

Then we did Sushi.  We actually started the Sushi while we were doing the Indian Spicy Beans as the rice took quite a while to cook.  Ross & I did a few each.  Mine had capsicum, cucumber and avocado.

And Ross used Wasabi, capsicum, cucumber and pickled ginger.

Guess what we are both having for lunch today!  I'll put the directions up on the weekend.  It was so much easier than I expected. 

The last dish was Tofu with Peas.  This was okay.  I love tofu and I love the spices we used (whole cumin seeds and tarragon) but it was cooked with fresh cooked tomatos which I don't like.  It is bizarre, I will eat canned crushed tomatos, but chop one up and cook it, and yuck.  It may be the chunks.

I am going to play with this recipe, maybe try substituting the fresh tomatos with canned and see how I go.  Because the tofu compnent was absolutely delish.  So once I have played a bit I will put my own version of the recipe up.


Monday, March 1, 2010

10 for 10 - Feb Recap

1) Run/walk the Mothers Day Classic in May
I registered!!!!!  I am now officially set to do this.  I have run a couple of times, best time is 3.5 minutes.  I am working on it and looking forward to doing this in just 2 months! 

2) Ride at least 3000kms
Didn't add a huge amount to this total this month.  In fact it was an embarrassingly small amount of only 72.87kms.  Which brings me to a grand total of 202.88kms for the year.  I should be at 500 by now so I have some serious catching up to do...

3) Finish the knitted blankets
I have made good progress and am now up to 62 squares.  Only 34 more and I can put them together.

4) Lose 30 kilos
I finally got started on this goal.  When I revised this goal after last month I had to lose 3 kilos a month to get there, and I lost 3.6, so that is dead on target.

9) Go on an overnight hike (first stage of Heyson if funds permit)
This is planned.  We are going in the 2nd week of October.  We have everything we need except for our oil skin hats.  The packs are ready, the tent is attached, we have out sleeping mats and sleeping bags.  Now I just need to get fitter!  :o)