Friday, December 31, 2010
I have had an awesome day, and been spoiled rotten with books and handbags, 2 of my favourite things! LOL
We went to lunch at Bliss Organic Cafe with our Mums. It is an organic vegan cafe. And the food is absolutely sensational!
Ross and I got a tofu burger and a vegan BLT that we shared. And I got a raw chocolate and fresh mint milkshake that was sooooo yummy and thick!
Tonight Em is coming over and we are having a quiet one to finish 2010.
Lots if exciting things planned for the next 18 months or so, and all will be revealed soon.
I hope everyone has an AMAZING New Year celebration and my wish for you all for 2011 is that you find and achieve your hearts desire.
PS - I finished my Mug Rugs finally!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
We finally stopped for a coffee and relaxed in the shade watching the ducks.
From there we stopped in at Cathy's house to pick up a gorgeous gemstone necklace and earrings that she has made for my Greatest Shave raffle. I will post a pic when I take one, but I tell you, it is stunning, :)
We spent the afternoon just hanging out at Mums trying to stay cool. It was really nice.
From there I made my way back to the city to meet Megan for a coffee. And by "coffee" I do not mean Gelati and Iced Chocolate... :) I got there a little late and when I got there Megan was NOT playing Smurfs on her iPhone... LOL
We talked, and talked, and talked. Then got up to leave and talked, and talked, and talked... LOL It was such a fun night!
Today has been pretty restful. Quick trip to Spotlight this morning but other than that, I have done pretty much nothing.
I thought I had better do a round up of my 10 for 10 challenge. I have been avoiding it as I thought I had pretty much failed, but having a look I did okay.
1) Run/walk the Mothers Day Classic in May
Done. Ran the 4km in 38 minutes
2) Ride at least 3000kms
Nope. I stopped counting around the 1200 mark because it came so late in the year and I was injured so I knew I wouldn’t get there.
3) Finish the knitted blankets
Done. I finished in September.
4) Lose 30 kilos
I only lost 2.…
5) Be in a financial position to sponsor a World Vision child
Done - we have a 3 year old sponsor child from India.
6) Send at least one childrens story to a publisher
Actually I sent 2 off, one of them to 2 publishers. Both rejected, but at least I was brave enough to send them.
7) Run/walk the 12 km at the City-Bay in September
Nope - I was injured
8) Start my novel
Well and truly started. I am up to about chapter 8.
9) Go on an overnight hike (first stage of Heyson if funds permit)
Cancelled as I was injured. Tentatively re-booked for May 2011
10) Keep in touch with my interstate friends in the old fashioned way - by writing actual letters with pen and paper.
Sent a couple of letters.
Not a bad effort. Next week I will be posting my 11 goals for 2011. :)
100 Days of Gratitude
Yesterday I was grateful for a great day. Everythig was brilliant and I was just generally grateful.
Today I am grateful for chocolate. No particulr reason other than I love it and feel grateful it was invented. LOL
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Xmas Day was spent with family. Often, this can be a trial, but it wasn't too bad. The kids were in a great mood and ran around like little nut-bags. They got water guns for Xmas so everyone got soaked. Considering how hot it was, no-one really minded. :) The food was great - mostly healthy but lots of it. Ross & I got some new chickpea burgers that made us both a bit gassy. It was a bit uncomfortable (and smelly) but it meant we were still feeling really full and didn't eat dinner. LOL Note to self:- Never buy those chickpea burgers again...
Boxing Day we made our way down to the Bay for lunch with Em. Em moved to Roxby Downs a few month ago so it was awesome to see her again. Glenelg was one of the only places open in Adelaide so it was insanely busy, but we still had a good time. Lunch was delish, and the company was great. Unfortunately she has already headed home so we have to wait for her next visit to see her again.
That night we headed to Thebarton to the West End Brewery for their annual Xmas Lights. It is always packed in the lead up to Xmas but going on Boxing Day was a good plan as there were a lot less people there. We had a really good night and have decided to make it a Boxing Day tradition.
Yesterday was Ross's last day off. The weather was great so we got out the bikes and headed out for a ride. I can't remember the last time I went riding for fun rather than just to get somewhere. We had no destination and no timeframe in mind. Just us and the bikes. We ended up down at Seacliff where we stopped for ice cream. We slowly made our way home along the foreshore. By the time we got home we had done 27kms. Not a massive ride, but the longest I have done since I hurt my Achilles.
When we got home we celebrated the ride with a couple of drinks...
The Achilles held up really well which us great as it means I can get back into the cycling without having to worry that I am doing damage. I am really pleased about this as I have something to train for (which I will share details of in the new year) so I know I can get started now. :)
The rest of me didn't fare as well. It has been too long since I have gone riding and it hurt. My butt bones feel swollen today! LOL I was so exhausted when we got back I feel asleep on the couch. I pulled up okay today though - other than the swollen butt bones that is... LOL
This morning I headed to the Gym. Now that felt weird. It has been forever since I have been in a gym. Since the ride went so well I decided to see how walking up a slight incline went. I have only walked on flat surfaces for months. I set the speed at a moderate pace and did a couple if stints at 1% incline. Not a lot, but something. My Achilles was fine until towards the end where I felt it starting to pull. Not hurt, I could just feel it. I stretched it out afterwards, and went for a short bike ride. When I got home I took some anti-inflammatories and iced it. Now it feels pretty good. A little tight, but pretty good.
This afternoon I am watching Sex & The City on DVD, and will be doing a little sewing later. Very relaxing. :)
100 Days of Gratitude - Day 43
Today I am grateful that I was sensible enough to follow the Physio's advice and look after my Achilles. The fact that it is clearly healing is incredible, and I am starting to see there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Monday, December 27, 2010
100 Days of Gratitude
Yesterday I was grateful for the fact that Em has family in Adelaide so she HAS to come back for visits and I get to see her!
Today I am grateful for a patient husband who is going on a long "test ride" with me to see how my Achilles holds up on a ride over 12kms :)
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
1) How do you celebrate Xmas Day?
2) What are you hoping Santa will bring you?
3) Do you enjoy the Xmas season?
4) What are you having for Xmas lunch?
5) Is there anyone you wish you were seeing for Xmas that you aren't?
100 Days of Gratitude
Yesterday I was grateful for my MIL for picking me up from work since I had several bags of groceries I wasn't looking forward to taking home on the tram.
Today I am grateful for the last day of work!!!!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
-- Margaret Lee Runbeck
I can not WAIT for this week to be over. This is by far the suckiest week to work in Finance (equaled only to the week before Easter). Thankfully only 3 more days left, but they will be long days...
Last night I was so stressed when I left here, all I really wanted to do was run. I just wanted to run and run and run. And of course, I can't... I did have my camera with me though so I decided to see if I could clear my mind by taking photos. It worked. :)
100 Days of Gratitude - Day 37
Today I am grateful to be living in a beautiful city where I can easily go somewhere new with my camera.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Anyway, this girl was dressed kind of like Abby from NCIS - goth-ish with a bit of flair if that makes sense. I was watching her (not in a creepy way, in a people watching way) and I noticed that people tended to avoid her. They were walking around rather than past, and not stopping nearby if that makes sense.
This girl looked quite happy. Content. She also seemed to find amusement in peoples reactions to her. Like her outfit was doing its job of keeping people away. Almost like she was using it as a barrier of sorts.
In a way I am like that. Although I don’t use clothes as my barrier and I don’t find amusement in it. I use my fat as a barrier. It stops me from getting close. It gives me an excuse to remain at a distance. But it doesn’t make me happy.
100 Days of Gratitude
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday morning was spent at Harbourtown. Emma and I were volunteering at the Camp Quality gift wrapping stand.
The morning started slowly, surprisingly being only a week out from Xmas, Harbourtown was surprisingly quiet. But we did get some customers as well as some very generous people who were happy to donate without getting any gifts wrapped.
From there I made my way to my Mum's to pick out the quilts for my Worlds Greatest Shave Raffle and also to auction on Ebay.
This is the raffle quilt, valued at approximately $500, made by my Mum! It is a bit bigger than a single bed quilt, but not quite as big as a double. The applique was done by hand. I really hope that whoever wins it loves it.
This one I will be auctioning on ebay in the New Year. It is valued at around $300. It is a large lap quilt. I really hope I get a buyer! :)
This morning I was up early with a whole day stretched out in front of of me. I love days like this where I have no plans and no responsibilities. It started out on the couch with a good book. After a couple of hours I was itchng to get out, so I grabbed the camera and hopped on the tram to Glenelg to take some snaps. I spent about an hour or so wandering around taking photos. My goal for the next year is to expand my photographic horizons and start taking photos of things I wouldn't normally. So I started just shooting whatever I walked past. I ended up taking over 100 photos (love digital) and a few of them turned out okay.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Don't ask. Act!
Action will delineate and define you.
- Thomas Jefferson
This is just rambling thoughts today. Something that has been on my mind a bit lately that I need to muse over.
I have this person in my life who confuses me. Let's call her A. I don't really like her. I don't know why exactly, she just gets to me. I can't not see her as she is the wife of one of Ross's good friends. I try and avoid as much as possible, but these things are just sometimes unavoidable.
The thing is, she is perfectly nice. She is a good friend to Ross, and has been quite supportive of my Worlds Greatest Shave efforts. She has never been nasty to me or anyone I know. But I just get this vibe from her - you know. I can't really explain it. Just that despite appearances, I feel as though she is looking down on me and it really irritates the crap out of me. She has never said anything or done anything I can pinpoint to make me believe this, I just do.
I am not sure how to deal with it. I don't know her well enough to come out and ask her - hey do you hate me? Plus what are the odds of her admitting it if it is true? But she really grates on me. And the weird thing is, the nicer she is to me, the more it annoys the crap out of me...
How do I deal with this? Ross is aware of my feelings, but there are the occasional "couple" things I can't get out of - birthday parties, the odd dinner etc. The main problem is that once I see her she bothers me for the next few weeks. I don't know why - she just does.
Hmmm... Just needed to get this out. Thanks for listening. Would be interested in hearing any thoughts on this, on how I can see her or have communication with her, without her getting under my skin. :)
100 Days of Gratitude - Day 32
Today I am grateful for Facebook. Sounds weird but the amount of support I have gotten from Facebook sellers and "friends of friends" for my Shave in truly unbelievable. Social networking at its finest. :)
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I have been asking on Facebook for some donations for raffle prizes for my Worlds Greatest Shave. A friend of mine buys from quite a few FB sellers so she emailed all of them asking if any of them will donate.
What an incredible response I have had! I am up to 13 prizes for my raffle.
I am so completely overwhelmed by peoples support and generosity.
- Japanese Proverb
100 Days of Gratitude - Day 29
Today I am grateful for good friends and new friends. Sometimes you need to be able to hang out with people and have laughs and great conversation with none of it focussed on yourself. And I am blessed to have people I can do that with. Thank you A & E (and A & J, it was great to meet you).
Monday, December 13, 2010
If you are unhappy, there are only 2 choices: Change your experiences or change your expectations. ~Tony Robbins
I have a few days of gratitudes to catch up on today. I didn't flick the computer on at all over the weekend, and to be honest I forgot to do it by phone. :)
The weekend was fairly quiet. Got a few stitcheries done, some housework etc. Nothing majorly thrilling. Ross had a small trip to the hospital but it was just a bad migraine so all is well.
Only 2 weeks left of work before my Xmas break - 10 glorious days off with plans only on a few days. Bliss... :)
100 Days of Gratitude
Saturday I was grateful for the wonderful medical staff at Flinders Medical Centre who as always were kind and attentive.
Sunday I was grateful for Pyjama Days. :)
Today I am grateful for my upcoming holidays. I can't wait for this break.
Friday, December 10, 2010
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
2) What is your favorite thing to put on toast?
3) What is the last thing you ate?
4) If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
but in rising every time we fall.
- Nelson Mandela
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
-- Frank Scully
Monday, December 6, 2010
I got on the scales with extreme trepidation this morning. The weekends abundance of alcohol and junk food was playing on my mind...
Imagine my surprise when I saw a 900 gram loss! *insert happy dance here* I have no idea at all how that happened, but I will take it and hope the weekends activities don't come back and bite me on the bum this week. :)
Yesterday was spent cleaning up after the party, napping, and eating. Not the most productive Sunday on record, but a nice relaxing day. Today I am eager to get back into things. My gym membership kicks in this week so I am going to try and get to either a Body Balance class or a Yoga class. I'll have to check the timetables of the 2 nearest centres and see which class is the most convenient.
100 Days of Gratitude - Day 21
Today I am grateful for Bluebell, my bike. She is still suffering the after effects of her recent injury (where she got damaged by a random stranger while parked near work) but she is holding strong and being my reliable transport while I save up to get her fixed.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
100 Days of Gratitude - Day 20
Today I am grateful for the amazing friends in my life. I truly am blessed to have such wonderful people surrounding me.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Ross loved his pressies. I got him a model airplane kit of a Hercules, and a kite.
I am looking forward to tonight. Good friends, good music, junk food, cider... What more can a girl want? LOL.
100 Days of Gratitude - Day 19
Today I am grateful for being able to celebrate another birthday with Ross. We have known each other less than 5 years, but it feels like we have been in each others lives forever.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
- Eleanor Roosevelt
100 Days of Gratitude - Day 17
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Please join and invite all your friends to join the Facebook page (link to the right), link to the photos with the donation details, and share as much as you can. I will need YOUR help to reach my goal of $5000.
Visit my online fundraising page to donate by clicking here - If anyone wants to share this link on their blog I would appreciate it.
Together we can help the Leukaemia Foundation by raising at least $5000!
-- Benjamin Disraeli
Goodlife Health Centre are in the process of gutting the old gym and renovating it to make it state of the art. New RPM studio. More cardio rooms. Yoga and Zumba to be offered. And they are offering a wicked deal to foundation member. Normally they charge $17.50 a week for membership. Foundation members to the new gym get it for $12.95 a week. For the life of their membership!
One problem. The gym doesn't open till Feb 14, 2011. So, what they have done is set me up with a 2 month membership to their other gyms at the regular price.
The way it will work is:
As of next week I have full access to the other Goodlife gyms (and there is one walking distance to where I am currently living).
As of Feb 14 my membership switches over to the new gym at the new rate.
For the first 6 months I can only use the new gym.
After that I will have access to all gyms again while remaining on my reduced rate.
Methinks I got meself a deal!
Last night Ross & I went out to dinner. We do it once a month generally (and I intend to continue to do so even though I am counting calories again). Anyway we went to a new place, and it was without a doubt the worst pub meal I have ever had!
It was one of these pubs that are renovated to cater to the 'upmarket' clientele, when in reality it is still just a pub with pokies and a coat of paint. My type of pub! Lol!
First thing we notice, this place is NOT vegetarian friendly. We had exactly 2 choices - stir fry veggies (which let's face it I do at home a couple of times a week) or vegetarian pizza with pumpkin. Those of you who know me know that I hate it when restaurants think all vegetarians love pumpkin and put it on every veggo option on the menu.
So we started with 'Pumpkin Loaf', which we assumed would be a pumpkin flavoured bread loaf (which strangely enough I love). Nope, it was white bread smeared with warm pumpkin... Blech...
Over to the salad bar. I didn't get much, a bit of watermelon - delish, some rockmelon - slightly raw, and pasta salad - undercooked...
Hmmm... Looking forward to this pizza now. Well, the dough was half raw, there was hardly any tomato base, the artichoke was just thrown on there in big chunks, the fetta and olives were burnt. That was it. Ross had the pumpkin on his and said it was mushy. Neither of us could even get half way through it. Yes, I am a fussy eater, but Ross is a human garbage disposal unit who can literally eat anything, and even he couldn't eat it.
Both of us felt quite sick in the stomach last night too, so there was definitely something off. A very disappointing evening out.
Now I don't know if I should say where this was, but let's just say if you are in SA and planning on eating out in a Hotel in the Warradale area - beware... ;o)
Every morning I tell myself I won't go in there, and every morning I find myself at the counter. So I need to solve this problem.
I live about 600 metres from the tram stop. A nice easy walk that Mr A can cope with even at his worst. What I forget is that about 800 metres in the other direction is another stop! This morning I got about 50 metres down the road before realising I was heading straight into temptation. So I turned around and made my way to the other stop. No temptation and a nice easy tram ride to work.
100 Days of Gratitude - Day 16
Today I am grateful for freedom of speech. For living in a place where I can go onto my blog and talk about a bad dining experience without fear of being shot or imprisoned. It's something we don't often think about, but something not all people can take for granted like we do.