Thursday, January 31, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Zac & I on our last night on the boat
A beautiful turtle we met while diving
Thats all for now, images too large, blogger & my computer too slow. I'm off to Pump. More tomorrow!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
“Those Faraday Girls” by Monica McInerney.
I’m not really qualified to give a “proper” book review, but I found the book quite easy to read & the characters engaging, but felt the ending let the book down. I don’t mind books or films that don’t tie everything up nicely & are left a bit open ended (kind of like life); but I just felt like we were about to get into the core of some of the characters/family issues & then the author consciously decided not to. Some of the concepts could have achieved much further exploration (in my opinion!) 6/10
What else is on the list?
Scar Tissue Anthony Kiedis Larry Sloman
The Time Travellers Wife Audre Niffenegger
Tess of the D’Urbevilles Tomas Hardy
Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta
This is not a Drill Paul Carter
GriEve Lizzie Wilcock
Don’t Let her see me Cry Helen Banacle
Nathans Run john Gilstrap
A Monk Swimming Frank McCourt
Angela’s Ashes Frank McCourt
Shantram Gregory David Roberts
Many Lives Many Masters Dr Brian Weiss
The Count of Monte Christo Alexander Dumas
Jamie Oliver turning up the Heat Gill Smith
There is one more about some of the history of some of the mental health institutions in Victoria in the 70’s & 80’s, the cover is purple but I couldn’t find it this morning when I was compiling the list; cant remember the name either.
What do you think I should read next?
Have you read any of these books?
What did you think?
Tracking Monday 14th January
B: Carrot, Apple & Ginger Juice (1); ham & cheese toastie (5); coffee (1)
L: Salad sandwich with lettuce, Spanish onion, light cottages cheese, avocado, hot English mustard, beetroot, tomato (3.5); peach (1), nectarine (1)
S: milo (2)
D: Steamed Cauliflower & broccoli with cheese sauce & a small tin of tuna (4)
Booze: wine (3)
Herbal Tea: Nil
Water: 5 Litres
Tracking Tuesday 15th January
B: Carrot, Apple Ginger & Parsley Juice (1); poached egg on toast with béarnaise sauce (2.5); Coffee (1)
S: Trail Bar (1.5)
L: Microwave baked potato with home made coleslaw, light cottage cheese & salsa (3); Peach (1)
D: Chicken schnitzel with tomato paste, ½ slice bacon, cheese on a bed of spinach, basil, tomato & cucumber, dressed with extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar & lemon juice (7)
Booze: 3 Corona’s & small glass Red wine (6.5)
Herbal Tea: Nil
Water: 4 litres
Our friend from Wollongong popped in for one last visit before he heads back home Thursday, hence the over indulgence in booze last night. I think we have talked him into comming with us to Boracay in May. Very Cool.
Still no news on the Undersea Trip (3 sleeps) i.e. cancellation or going ahead. I'm hoping no news is good news :-)
Monday, January 14, 2008
I seem to have the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis. My previous symptoms were that my heel was very painful on getting out of bed in the morning, then easing as I walked around. It was never debilitating though, just niggling & had worn off by the time I’d eaten breakfast. Saturday was way more than a niggle. I think that I went too hard in the class & in combination with no stretching in the warm up of this particular release has resulted in straining either the plantar &/or Achilles attachment to my heel. So. I have rested my foot, no exercise since Saturday; worn supportive shoes at all times (no bare feet); iced my heel; done foot, achillies & calf stretches periodically throughout the days, & last night rolled my foot around on a tennis ball, while a little tender, felt really good.
Today it is a lot better (than Saturday & has improved from yesterday), almost back to a niggle, but I can feel it every time I get up from inactivity (i.e. sitting at my desk for ½ hr or longer) where as previously it was pretty much only in the morning when I got up. And it is down to a dull minor ache with every step. Don’t think I’ll do any running on it this week. Thought I would try my “google” remedies for a week as we are still unsure if we will be going on our holiday due to inclement weather in the Coral Sea. My cousin said it is still too early to forecast the weather for the dive safari. If we don’t go & I have no further improvement, I will see my DR next week for a proper diagnosis; if we go away I will be scuba diving which won’t stress my heel & see my DR on return if no improvement.
I wonder if a massage would help? Spose I’d have to get a foot one though, not sure if a head neck & shoulder would help my footsie!
PS sorry, still no photo’s – every time I had time, he’d put his camera back in his truck & was out on a job!
Tracking Friday 11th January
B: No juice. Even the supermarket was out of fresh ginger. 1 multi grain toast with 1 poached egg, 1 slice of ham, béarnaise sauce (3.5); Coffee (1)
L: Chicken, lettuce & avocado sandwich (6); Apple (1)
S: 1/3 Power Bar (1.5);½ apple (dropped it when I was putting it in the fruit bowl & had to cut the bruises out!)
D: Pork Stir Fry (5)
S: left over plum pud with cream (5?) oops.
Booze: Red Wine (2)
Water: 6 litres
Herbal Tea: Nil
Tracking Saturday 12th January
B: Bacon & Egg Toastie (5)
S: 1/3rd Power Bar (1.5)
L: Veggie Tom Yum Soup (2)
Dinner: home made risotto on a bed of rocket (home made chicken stock, white wine, roasted pumpkin, fresh oregano & thyme, Swiss Brown mushrooms, asparagus, bacon, garlic, fresh parsley, butter, olive oil, parmesan) (7)
Booze: White Wine (4)
Water: 5 litres
Herbal Tea: 250mls
Exercise: Body Attack; 15 minute cycle (6 + 1.5 points?)
Tracking Sunday 13th January 2007
B: Bacon & Egg Toastie (5)
L: left over risotto, smaller portion (6)
S: handful of corn chips with salsa (5)
D: Tomato based pasta sauce with onion, garlic, chili, ham, fresh basil served with Linguini No 6 on a bed of wild rocket, topped with parmesan & parsley (6)
Booze: Red wine (3)
Water: 4.5 Litres
Herbal Tea: nil
Friday, January 11, 2008
PROS FOR UNREALISTIC:
I am leading up to a holiday – I suppose for most people, this means extra work. Zac & I run a small business with 12 full time employees & 2 part time employees (including ourselves). I need to ensure all my book work is up to date (make sure all the bills are paid &/or prepare payments that can be made while I am away; make sure all possible debtor invoices are sent out so that we have income to pay the said bills while away & on return); prepare wages in advance; plan work for 10 people so on & so forth. Although I have schedules & work plans already set up to follow, it is quite a task.
My 3 day per week office assistant has been on leave since before Christmas, she is due back next week. I am doing her job as well as mine. While I am only managing ½ our work force (the other half are on holidays til Monday), I’ve still had to reconcile all the December accounts & statements (her job); process all the month end debtor invoices & statements (my job) & mail them (her job). We usually have around 70 piece of mail when the statements go out. Sorry, this is quite boring to read isn’t it?
Annual Maintenance. While the plumbers are on annual leave, we go through their vans, steam clean all the seats, wash the covers, give them a good clean out, check all the tools (locate missing, or lost, or in the wrong van) etc. I do this myself, Zac checks through the fittings & materials & removes what is unnecessary back into stock, or puts in what is lacking. This is also time consuming to carry out on top of every things else. We have been unseasonably busy over the Christmas & the New Year & bought a subcontractor in to help with the workload until the first plumber came back on the 2nd of Jan. This means more paper work for me to process.
The festive season. Every other bastard is on holidays & wants to catch up! While it is lovely to see lots of family & friends, we have a shite load of work to get done!
CONS FOR UNREALISTIC:
See this post (cant figure out how to link it, but it is my own from Tues 27th November "Running" - in relation to exercise, basically I tell myself that "20 Minutes, 5 Tunes, how can I deny myself that")
What do you recon. Slack or Not?
Perhaps I could have aimed for 3 or 4 times a week.
Tracking Thursday 10th January
B: Apple, Fennel, Cabbage, Red & Green Capsicum, Cucumber & Ginger Juice (still out of carrots!) (1); Multi Grain Muffin with 1 poached egg & béarnaise sauce (3); Coffee (1)
S: 1/3 Power Bar (1.5)
L: Hamburger with the lot (10)
D: Rice Crackers, lite tzatziki & lite homous (6); garlic spaghetti (6) I just could not stop eating tonight! Bad Bad Cat!
Booze: Red Wine (2)
Water: 5 litres
Herbal Tea: Nil
Thursday, January 10, 2008
- At 6pm I am still at my desk & still haven’t finished my 1st 1.5 litre bottle of water for the day.
- I forget to take my hay fever tablet.
- I am still my desk at 7pm! (packed up by 7.30 YAY)
- Because I drank 2 litres of water after 6pm I had to get up twice to pee in the night (don't usually get up at all).
- I woke up this morning with a finger in each ear – I’d been scratching in my sleep. Besides having an itchy nose/face, my ears get really really itchy with hay fever!
- Not interested in going to the gym after 12 hours at my desk.
Tracking Wednesday 9th January
B: Carrot, Cucumber, Apple, Fennel, Cabbage & Ginger Juice (ran out of carrots so had to improvise!) (1); 1/3 cup muesli with low fat milk (3?); coffee (1)
S: Trail Bar (1.5)
L: Chicken, sweet potato & lettuce roll (5)
D: 1 Lamb chop with fat cut off, ½ lean beef snag, tomato, lettuce, left over cauliflower & broccoli with cheese sauce, tomato sauce. (7)
Booze: Wine (3)
Water: 3 litres
Herbal Tea: Nil
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
Started this blog; made some friends via reading blogs; met a blogger friend in real life (hi Brooke!); learned to cast on, cast off & knitted a scarf all by myself; snorkeled with a whale shark; scuba dived with a Manta Ray.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Didn’t make one last year; this year I’ve stolen my aunts & am going to try & read all the books other people have loaned me before buying any new books. All the books are books other people thought I would like & of course all the ones I am not very interested in reading are still in the bookcase.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, but my Dad’s 1st cousin’s 2nd husband who I’ve only met 5 or 6 times died on Christmas Day with end stage kidney cancer. It was pretty sad.
5. What countries did you visit?
No over sea’s trips 2007
6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
Commitment to exercise (had it in 2006, lost it in 2007); permission to just be & enjoy life instead of feeling guilty sometimes that I am not doing something/enough; buy a house to live in; more quality time with the people I love.
7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Grand Final Day. Carn the mighty Cats! A bit shallow I know, can’t actually remember the date!
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Receiving my official Diploma in Business Administration. I completed it in 2006 & knew I’d passed, but it was nice to receive a formal certificate. Scrap booking Grandma’s 90th birthday party & presenting her with it on Christmas day.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I try not to use that word.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
My new sneakers have given me blisters, then calluses & now I have blisters on my calluses! I’m going back on Saturday to get new ones; I had a 6 week cold & my first ever bout of food poisoning (god awful!); the abnormal pap test I had in 2006 became normal x 2 in 2007, so that was a relief, so nothing serious thankfully.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Holidays (first time in 15 years I’ve used up all 4 weeks annual leave - & I still have about 10 weeks owing)! 1 week in Merimbula in Jan, 2 days in Cobar in March (plus 1 day up & 1 day back driving to go to a wedding) 10 days in Exmouth in May, 1 week in Port Douglas in October. Cirque De Soleil, Adam Hills Comedy festival & the Spicks n Spectacular road show tickets. Learn to fly a helicopter introductory lesson for Zac.
12. Where did most of your money go?
Holidays! Loan repayments, groceries; car repairs, show tickets.
13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Holidays. My friend from Hong Kong joining us on our Exmouth trip & the whole whale shark & Manta Ray experience; going to Cobar for a friends wedding; The Grand final!!! Go Cats!
14. What song will always remind you of 2007?
I don’t wanna be in love Good Charlotte
Jenny Don’t Be Hasty Paolo Nutini
I don’t feel like Dancin’ Scissor Sisters
Funky Tonight John Butler
Lost & Running Powderfinger
We are Geelong the greatest team of all.... Geelong Footy Club Song
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? About the same I think, I am usually a fairly happy camper
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter. Damn it all
c) richer or poorer? Richer in all area’s of my life.
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Sleeping (I never want to miss out on things so sometimes sacrifice my rest time!); scrap booking; always happy to travel more if finances permit; spending quality time with those I love; am I allowed to say shagging?
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Bitching; committing my time to people who bitch, whinge & moan – no more!!!! – it drags me down! Stressing about things I have no control over; Stressing in general; Watching bad TV/Movies; putting off going to the gym!
18. How did you spend Christmas?
With my family.
19. Did you fall in love in 2007?
The Choir of hard knocks! Oh yeah, Zac (at times!).
20. What was your favorite TV program?
Choir of Hard Knocks, East West 101, Spicks & Specks, ER (for the 2 episodes that actually ran)
21. What was the best book you read?
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
22. What was your favorite film of this year?
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix; Children of Men; The Bridge to Terabithia
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I went out for an intimate dinner with Zac, one of my besties Terri, & a 2 other close friends to Aangan, where we sat out in the beer garden under patio heaters & feasted on curry (it was October & a freezing cold night). I turned 37 (gasp!). 37 is so much closer to 40 than 35, being 35 still felt close to 30. I don’t feel much older than I did when I was 25 really, although the “wrinkles” are starting to give me away damn it!
24. What kept you sane?
Holidays; Zac; my cat Rosy (she’s bought me 2 mice in the last week!); Blogs, Google & the internet; music; Beijing Massage which is a walk in Chinese Massage place that opened up in my local shopping centre – I could go a head, neck & shoulder every single day.
25. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
26. Who did you miss?
My Grandpa (passed away 10 years).
27. Who was the best new person you met?
I’ve met a few new people this year; but I think I’d choose my cousin from Sydney. Although I already know him, he is a lot younger (25) than me (37) & we only met as adults at my Grandma’s 90th in August. I can remember going on a holiday in my early 20’s to Sydney with one of my besties – we were going out to see bands & generally partying like he does now, but he was still in primary school then! Didn't really see much of him between then & the now. Since the 90th he’s been down to Melbourne 2 times with work spending the weekends with me & our other cousins, instead of just flying in & out in the same day. It has been a lot of fun learning about each other, swapping family stories & goss etc, exchanging music & movies. Awesome stuff. If I have to choose someone completely new, I think I’d choose our new 1st year apprentice. He is such an enthusiastic, generous, hardworking & genuine young man & puts a smile on my dial every day.
Tracking Tuesday 8th January 2008
B: Carrot Apple & Ginger Juice (1);
S: Trail Bar (1.5)
L: Turkey & lettuce sandwich (5), Apple (1)
S: 10 rice crackers & some lite tzatziki (3?)
D: Roast Chook thigh skin off, with roast pumpkin, steamed cauliflower & broccoli with cheesy mustard sauce; gravy (8)
Booze: Wine (2)
Water: 4.5 L
Herbal Tea: Nil
Monday, January 7, 2008
Tracking Friday 4th January 2008
B: Vegemite toast x 2, coffee (5)
L: Salad Sandwich – lettuce, avocado, beetroot, spanish onion, cucumber, no meat (3) nectarine, peach (2)
D: Homemade Hamburger (lean beef mince, egg, bread crumbs, grated radish, parsley, mustard) on a bed of lettuce, tomato, beetroot, dill pickles, chili sauce, 1 bacon rasher (6)
Wine: 2 glasses (5)
Water: 4.5 litres
Herbal tea: nil
Tracking Saturday 5th January 2008
B: Carrot, Apple & Ginger Juice; 1/3 power bar (2.5)
S: Skinny Latte (1)
L: See yesterday (no fruit)
D: BBQ at friends house – chicken wings, pork ribs, beef snags, potato salad, steamed beetroot, asparagus, brocolini with roasted pumpkin, on a bed of lettuce with Spanish onion & toasted pine nut salad (YUMMO!); pavolva with home made vanilla bean ice cream & homemade raspberry gelato. Wine. Gave up trying to count points, needless to say, a lot of points consumed. We are god parents to these friends kids: it was our Christmas get together & we slept over.
Exercise: trampolining with the kids; walking (shopping style!)
Water: 5 litres
Herbal Tea: Nil
Tracking Sunday 6th January 2008
B: Poached egg on toast; 1 vegemite on toast; tea (5)
L: yum cha. Took MIL out for lunch with same friends as night before & his Mum as MIL & his mum are good friends. Again this was a Christmas gathering. Ate mainly steamed dumplings. Had 1 fried mini spring roll & 1 Peking duck piece. No idea how many points, but too many I’d say.
Dinner: Tom Yum soup vegetarian (1.5); nectarine (1)
Exercise: playing trains with the 3.5 year old from 8 – 9.30am so everyone else could have a sleep in; house cleaning later in the day (vac, mop, dust)
Water: 5.5 litres
Green Tea: 500ml
Weekly Round Up - Other
Sit up straight: been practicing this at my desk, score 6/10
Breath Deeply: haven’t been practicing this much, but haven’t been too stressed out.
Well. In review, I need to:
- Find my meditation CD's & discman as my ipod is well & truely dead.
- Moisturise more (I do my face twice a day, why is is so hard to do the rest of me!).
- Drink Less Booze.
- Catch up on 4 days of no proper exercise.
- Restrain my eating (& drinking) socially.
Asides all the social activities, I didn't do too bad really, although more exercise would have gone a long way to counteract the damage so to speak. So much for "No Excuses".
How did you do?
Friday, January 4, 2008
Tracking Wednesday 2nd January
B: carrot, apple & ginger juice, 1 poached egg, 1 toast, smear of béarnaise - found out that a tspn of béarnaise is only ½ point, not a whole one yay! (3.5 points)
S: Banana (1 point)
L: Baked potato with home made coleslaw, lite sour cream, frijoles & salsa (5 points) nectarine & peach (2 points) NB felt really bloated for the rest of the arvo – beans, spud or cabbage maybe?
S: 2 rice cakes with vegemite (1 point)
Dinner: Pork fillet marinated in chili, garlic, soyabean & chili paste & oyster sauce; wokked up with carrot, cabbage, capsicum & broccoli (Pork 3, oil 2, marinade sauces 1)
Total Points 24.5 less exercise -6 = 18.5 points
Water: 3.5 L
Herbal Tea: 500mls
Exercise: 20 min run, 10 min walk, 30 min cycle (6 points)
Tracking Thursday 3rd January
Breakfast & snack the same as yesterday. After this things go down hill.
Thursdays is “buy your lunch day” in our office. Usually I have a hamburger, as it has lots of salad. Our shop is a fish n chip shop run by a lovely Korean family who like chili! I always have their home made chili sauce on my burger, & they make the meat patties themselves; they also make wicked chicken satay sticks, great home made steamed dim sims & probably the best grilled fish I’ve had in a take away shop. Yesterday I decided to have the same as “the other half” & ordered a fish pack, which comes with grilled fish, potato cakes & chips. I don’t even like potato cakes! I ate my fish, 1 potato cake & a handful of chips, all the while knowing I would not be able to exercise that night. Bad Bad Cat.
My ex brother in law (only ex because my sister separated from him, not because he is evil) called to on Wednesday, to see if I could have my niece Thursday night. She’d been staying with him since Christmas day, & my sister had arranged to pick her up from my place today. He had a party on last night so dropped her off to me at 4pm. Of course I said no problem! Tessa is 8 & lots of fun & as she lives 3 hours away in the country, I don’t see as much of her as I’d like. It was 30 degrees yesterday so we decided to see a movie – it is a 50 minute walk each way, & Tess really wasn’t up for it, so we drove. We saw “Enchanted” which was OK, although she got a little bored 2/3rds of the way through. By the time we got out it was 7.30pm, normal bed time for her is 8pm, & according to her, holiday bed time is 9pm.
Here comes the ugly. Due to the late hour & not having had dinner (other than a choc top in the cinema) & my car petrol light being on, we grabbed food from the food court. Tess suggested KFC, stupid me, I should have said yes. Instead we got Chinese: fried rice, Singapore noodles, beef n veg, chicken n veg. Judging by the way I slept, or should I say did not sleep, apart from being flavorless & generally pretty crap, was loaded with MSG. GRRR I though that MSG was a thing of the past & we no longer had to check!!!! Went to bed at 10pm, at 2pm grabbed my ipod to put on a meditation track to find it wouldn’t work at all. It didn’t work at the gym on Wednesday night either, but I though that it was just too flat! BTW I did my entire run without ipod music which was a pretty big achievement as I didn’t think I’d be able to do it!!! YAY ME. Last looked at the clock at 4am after which I finally fell asleep, to be woken at 5.45am by my alarm clock. But now I have a sore throat, 2 mouth ulcers, feel pretty tired & have no desire what so ever to exercise today. Plus it is 35 degrees in my office right now.
Total Points: 50+ ? (cant be bothered even figuring it out!)
My cousin emailed me today to suggest we take out travel insurance for our trip given the unstable weather in Queensland. Our dive safari is due to depart on the 19th of this month & we have paid for the trip in full. The Undersea will do their best to arrange offer us another trip if our trip is cancelled due to inclement weather, but wont do a full refund if the timing wont work out. Sigh. Luckily for us we already have the insurance as my AMEX came with it. We will be disappointed if the trip is cancelled, but mother nature is boss.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Tracking December 31st 2007
B: Carrot, Apple, Ginger, Kiwi & Lemon Juice (2 points); Coffee/Milk for the day (1 point)
S: Be Natural Trail Bar (1.5 points)
L: 2 Rice Cakes topped with cold chicken & home made coleslaw (4 points) 2 pieces of fruit (2 points)
Sub Total: 10.5 points
S: 10 rice crackers (1 point)
D: Chicken, Prawn, Avocado, Mango, Feta salad with balsamic vinegar dressing (6 points)
Booze: Champers (7.5 points):
Cherries in Champers (2)
Herbal Tea: 500mls
Exercise: 10 min fast walk warm up & cool down, 30 min fast cycle (6 points)
Food less exercise 27-6= 21