Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014


So.  What's been happening?  We've been to Sydney for my cousin's wedding, & as we were almost halfway there, continued on to Port Douglas to see another cousin & help celebrate her 2 kid's (also our godchildren) birthdays for the rest of the week!!  I'll let the pictures tell the story shall I??

A sneaky cider at the airport on Friday afternoon

Ahhh Sydney, where they have big cups of cider!!!

A catch up with my Cousin, wife & 2 y/o plus sis & partner on arrival - the pizza didn't last long!!! 

Above - Coogee beach (where we were staying) on the day of the wedding - yes, I'm wearing clothes, you just cant see my bandeau bather top!!!  It was a little chilly in the water. 

Earlier I'd run the Coogee - Bondi coastal walk approximately 12kms return.  I was lucky that it was the annual Sculpture by the Sea Event that weekend & although I had to dodge a gazzilion people out looking & photographing the event, it was cool to see.  This one was my favourite "look who's here"

If I lived in Sydney I'd be a regular on this route - so beautiful.  I did have to stop twice on the way back & walk for a couple of minutes each as I was defeated by a couple of hills - this could have been due to said hills, the 28 degrees C before 9am temperature or the cider consumed the previous night!!!!!

Caught up in the afternoon with a mate from the Gong & shared a jug of Margaritas - pity it was so warm as it wasn't really frozen! 

Frocked up for the wedding

Day after the wedding @ Coogee Beach.  Was a little cool til you got walking which my sis & I did - in the other direction this time to Maroubra Beach along with a little rock hopping....

Spent the rest of the day with the family, extended family & friends of the Bride & Groom @ Coogee Beach, then back to my cousin's for a BBQ dinner.

Ate a lot - breaky @ Coogee one morning & Gelato @ Enmore - so good!!!!

 After 4 nights in Sydney, we headed north to Port Douglas.  Fun in the pool.

Working on some core exercises with the dogs wanting me to throw the ball at the same time!!  I so wanted to steal Oscar - he's such a cutie!!!!

Went for a drive on Friday up to Cape Tribulation, stopped for a swim..........

And went Jungle Surfing!!!!

Princess (6) & Pirates (4) Party on Saturday

Water balloon & spoon race (the birthday kids) above & playing with the TMNT outfit & sword below

Home to some cooler weather & the baby on Sunday - it's so hard to take a selfie with a cat who wont look at the camera!!!

Now I need to get back into training & work of the pudge around my middle!!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Story about a Ring

Sorry I've been a bit AWOL from here of late.  We've been away & life has been busy.  Hoping do a few catch up posts, but in the interim, here is a story for you, about a ring.......

The week before I ran my marathon this year Plumbing Boy said he would like to buy me a piece of jewellery to remind me of the hard work I had put in.  He wanted it to be something I could wear every day as a symbol of my achievement, but more importantly something I could look at daily to remind me that I can overcome any difficulty after the challenge of running a marathon.  

Once I got my head around it, I knew it had to be a ring, as that would be about the only thing I'd wear daily & an image formed in my mind.  I knew then that I wanted to go back & see the Jeweller who made my engagement ring & try a tension set black diamond ring.  I could see it in my head, but wasn't able to explain why until I went for a run on Saturday morning (it was only ready for pick up Friday which was also our 5th wedding anniversary) - first proper long run post marathon.

Initially I wondered if I’d made the right decision with the black diamond & should have perhaps chosen a regular or pink diamond, but after running 21kms with it Saturday, it is absolutely perfect & represents everything it needs to.  I actually shed a few tears as the realization became so clear to me around the 9th kilometre & I really felt free as I let a lot of things go. 

After explaining the true meaning of the ring to PB on 
Sunday, he suggested I write to the Jeweller & share it with him.  I also wanted to share it with you.  Please excuse my crinkly hands & bad photography!!!

The solid tension set band itself represents Strength, Power & Courage: the band is not delicate, it is strong!!  It is hand casted, not something that can be bought off a shelf - it’s about having courage to put in the hard work & not take the easy way out.  

The black diamond represents the darkness - the Fear, Failure, Anxiety & Negativity I experienced while training for the event.  But when that diamond sparkles it represents Freedom & Forgiveness; & letting all of that go.  

It doesn't sparkle as brightly the clear diamond in my engagement ring, but that is fitting: Fear, Failure, Anxiety & Negativity are all far more difficult to overcome than the love & light which is represented in my engagement ring.

I'm wearing this ring with great pride, but I think it will take a few months for me to stop tearing up as I think about all it represents.  PB was also extremely happy after I'd explained it all to him on Sunday, as he wasn't sure initially that I'd placed the same meaning on it has he'd had in mind - it just took me a while to be able to articulate it!!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014