Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I'm on the Road Again

Running that is! After Physio Monday night, got the all clear to start back running on the road/footpath. I'd designed a program gradually increasing my distance on the treadmill then graduating to road doing the same thing (walk 500m, run 500m; run 1km, walk 500m, run 2km walk 500m etc), but have instead started out walk a block, run a block yesterday for a 4.5km loop. That went so well I upped it to run 2 blocks walk 1 or 1/2 a big one this morning around the same loop!

When I woke up it had just started to rain & I almost caved thinking, "oh well, treadmill tonight it is", while at the same time saying out loud to plumbing boy "do ya recon the rain will ease up?". He said "yeah" so I got up & dressed while it continued to rain. I went & found his sweaty gortex dirt bike rain jacket & as soon as I stepped outside it stopped raining! Amazingly the rain held off until I got back & then started up again! Thank You Mother Nature!

I enjoyed this mornings run ALMOST as much as yesterdays. Yesterday it was 19 degrees C, the birds were out, the dawn light was beautiful, & no rain jacket! This morning was colder with a grey sky & rather breezy! But it feels awesome to be back out there RUNNING! I've installed MapMyRun on my new phone, just got to figure out how to work it properly.

I much prefer running in the morning, plus coming into summer it's cooler & while I've enjoyed running on a tready, I'm really enjoying the great outdoors at the moment. Perhaps when its 9 degrees & hailing I'll change my mind & head back to the tready, but for now, I'm a road runner baby :0)

We have a going away party Saturday night for our goddaughter (AJ) who is going to France on an 8 week exchange over Christmas. She has just finished year 10. Everyone was requested to bring some of their fave Aussie foods via the invite; AJ had a very specific request for me so I spent last night making chocolate "cups" using silicone moulds - so far I have 24 mini cups & 3 large. Will do the same again tonight.

They will be filled with a lemon infused marscapone cheese, topped with fresh blueberries & a raspberry coulis & probably a mint leaf! Photos to follow. I made this one year for Christmas & have requests ever's not a proper recipe, but something I concocted out of a few different recipes. Hopefully it tastes as good as it did last time! Stay Tuned!

Monday, November 28, 2011


Spent most of last week in recovery mode. I don't think I stopped feeling tired & hung over til around Wednesday! Just catching up on laundry & cleaning was a challenge in itself.

I had most of Tuesday off work watching Tess in her U11 State volleyball final (they were runners up - beat the 1st team 3 - 0, then lost 0 - 3 to the other team who also beat the 1st team), so I had a lot of work to catch up on as well!

I only managed 1 x run last week - way too slack. Should have gone on the weekend, but my car is on the blink & there is no way I was going out in the foul weather on Saturday with the possibility of breaking down & Sunday I was too hungover.

Saturday night was my cousin's bands single launch. Absolute hoot. The boys played well & there were quite a few people there to watch them. A few of my mates came too & we stayed out way too late & apparently I was a bit incoherent when I got home. I'm blaming Matt & Joey for feeding me Jagerbombs, then Drambuie shots. UGGHHHH Why do I do this!!!! I spent Sunday on the couch. Plumbing Boy went dirt bike riding Sunday, so didn't come out with us Saturday night. I was on phone duty, so answered calls in between naps.

My cuz & the drummer; below, lead singer & bass player.

Monday, November 21, 2011


The Reunion weekend went off really well. I need another weekend to recover though! My throat is very sore & I've still got a headache!!! The headache's without a doubt self inflicted!!! We took off Friday afternoon & only made it 1km down the road when our car broke down. Bloody thing! We were able to get it started & back to work; quick change over & off we went this time in the plumbing van.

Arrived @ the pub @ 5.30pm, had a couple of beers then went up to the function room & we finished helping set up. I had to blue tac a heap of stuff to the walls & the boys put up the disco ball. Quick trip out to our mates farm 8 minutes out of town where we were staying to drop off vehicles, shower &/or change, then back to the pub for dinner.

PB with one of my old school mates I'd not seen for 20+ years!

Plumbing Boy was standing at the bar chatting to a bloke when we were setting up & I had no idea who he was; he gave me a grin when I approached & I said "I'm trying to figure out if I'm supposed to remember you or not"! The bloke said "& why would you want to remember me Cat?" Luckily the voice gave it away & I quickly put it together!!! PB just laughed at me because his name was on his bloody work shirt! I was too busy looking at the face to figure it out. There was only one other guy who it took me until I heard his voice to place him! Everyone else was easily recognisable! PB was a gem with the girl above, she was so nervous about coming. He hung out with her & they became great mates, hanging it on each other for the rest of the night.

We had around 20 for dinner Friday night; a few people who couldn't make it on Saturday night wanted to catch up Friday. The night went well & we made it to bed @ 2.30am.

Saturday morning we were up by 9am & pottered about our mate's place; moved a mob of sheep & went for a bit of a drive around the property. He's got a fair bit of lawn to mow & a very impressive lawn tractor!

.........................View from the front yard

Looking at the rear of the house (above) & the kids cubby (below)

Next on the agenda was the local show.

We'd arranged our own marquee for a bit of a meeting point, a bit of shade or protection from the rain & time out space for those with kids. The weather was cold & showery. I was bloody freezing! Someone had bought a blanket to put down for people to sit on.....I made good use of it keeping warm!!!

The show was a typical country show with rides, side shows, produce, baking, art & craft displays & competitions; equestrian events; all sorts of animals including this cute young lady snuggling up to Plumbing Boy.

When we went back with the kids, they'd put this one away & the handler got out a ginormous black headed python....that was a bit creepier! I much prefer the baby animal enclosure, but there were just way too many kids in the queue so I had to settle for patting the snake instead.

After a few hours at the show we decided to head home, our friends kids were a bit over it (5yrs, 3yrs & 18 months) & we all felt like a kip. The boys went in one car & were going via the bottle shop & ended up at the pub for 2 hours! The girls sorted the kids & their Mum took them off to their Grandma's for the night, then we had a few drinks & got ready for the main event. After a bit of faffing about (by me & D - changing our minds from frocks back to jeans) we headed in.

Me & my mate J who made the banner (above); me & D (below)

I went to primary & high school with this guy who was hilarious, albeit a tiny bit drunk who was dancing on this chair under the mirror ball!

The night went off with out a hitch. There was plenty of food, loads of talking, a short speech, a gazillion photos, but as I don't have peoples permission I'd better not put them up here; dancing & a whole lot of laughing. I didn't do my deb, but someone hand managed to copy the video onto DVD & we projected it on to the wall - that was hilarious to watch! I think we had around 55 people altogether - a few partners pulled out at the last minute. And I have blisters on my feet from dancing in my red heels.

Unfortunately the local taxi had gone off on a long job & wasn't coming back til 3am @ 1.30 when it was time to go; lucky for us the publican (who was my old next door neighbour at the farm) ran us home! We tried to pay him, but he wouldn't take our money bless him! We had a few more drinks at home & got up to a bit of mischief with the kids batman costume......

People slowly headed off to bed; myself & one other were last standing: it was getting light so we thought we'd best get some ZZZZZZ.

We all frantically packed up & attempted to make ourselves look a little respectable to be at our old school by 11.30am for the tour. It was quite different in some area's & just the same in others! The Assembly hall & canteen has not changed at all; the old maths & English portables have been replace & the new science portable is only just ready for use (hadn't been "opened" yet). The wood work & metal work rooms were just the same; as is the first year 7 wood work project....

Is making a wooden pencil box a universal year 7 first woodwork project? After that we were all in need of some grease & took fish n chips back to the pub to eat & then clean up (no Sunday lunch at the pub). The boys took down the disco ball while the girls went & got the food; then we all pitched in to remove everything & pack them into cars. The publican wouldn't let us vacuum, but said we're welcome back any time! So I think our 30 year reunion will be in exactly the same location!

It was a very long drive home yesterday & PB was in bed & snoring within 5 minutes of walking in the door. I unpacked & did a couple of loads of washing before waking him for dinner. I'm thinking I should have had a nap too!

All in all a brilliant weekend. I think it turned out even better than we'd hoped & all the knockers were put to bed: even the fiesty girl who blasted my mate at the show because she couldn't find the tent (& said it was the worst organised event she'd ever been too) said she had a brilliant time Saturday night & thanked us for all our efforts in putting it on.

I may need a week to recover though & I'll definately be taking a day or two for the 30 year reunion!!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Crazy Buzy

I'm crazy busy at the moment, hence not much posting here.

School reunion this coming weekend - madly finalising stuff for that: like every thing in life, there are always last minute things that can be done & dopey me has volunteered. Almost done.

My phone died; which isn't such a bad thing & yes I've finally got myself a smart phone. After much umming & ahhing & research, I didn't get the "I", I went with the Galaxy SII. Once I figure out how to drive it, life will be easier! I've got bloody Sydney weather stuck on the home screen & can't figure out how to change it to Melbourne!!! Gave it to one of the young guys at work to sort out, but they couldn't work it out either. So apparently I'm not as stupid as I though I was!

The camera is awesome so I'll be able to take better quality photo's & no longer battle plumbing boy for the camera!

This was my first picture & yes, PB bought these for me yesterday as it was our 2nd wedding anniversary. A bit weird considering we've been together for 19 years! It was the 2nd time he's ever bought me flowers so they are pretty special. He's gone soft in his old age!!!

OK. I'll be sure to update after the weekends shenanigans: Dinner Friday night at the pub; the local "Show" on Saturday; reunion function (private room) upstairs at the pub Saturday night; Sunday - open day at the school. The reunion is only for the peeps who were in my particular year level, so should be a hoot. I've not seen the majority of these people in 20 years. Still haven't decided what to wear.........

Still left handed mousing & elbow forearm shoulder not much better to be honest. Had a tready run last night - run 100m/walk 100m for 3kms. Off to physio tonight. Laters!!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Spiked is what Tess did to the ball when she scored the winning point in the last game before this one!!! The following is taken from the local paper down home (Warrnambool Standard). Tess is up the back R - L 3rd (next to the 1st boy). My sis emailed me before & the girls have won their first game, but she wasn't sure against whom & no update on the boys. In case you missed it earlier, Tess is my niece.

YOUNG St Pius Primary School pupils have proudly arrived on the volleyball scene and are not interested in making an early departure today.

Bucking the trend of more popular sports, such as football and netball, the grade six players have strapped on the knee-pads and spiked their way to the top.

St Pius’ boys’ and girls’ teams will travel to Werribee today for the western conference finals.

The talented sides breezed past more than 20 opponents at the first round in Warrnambool before doing the same at regionals.

Now their skills will be tested in the far-reaching boundaries of the western conference, which includes the South West, Barwon, Grampians and West Metropolitan regions.

Head coach Bruce Keeley said the keen youngsters had been training three to four times a week throughout the campaign.

And the hard work has paid off. “They’ve improved out of sight,” he said. “It’s unbelievable.” The last practice session yesterday had the girls and boys on either side of the net, making for some fierce but fun competition.

Plenty of encouragement was shared between the schoolmates, which should have both teams full of confidence and enthusiasm today.

St Pius sport co-ordinator Karl Dwyer has managed the group while Warrnambool Volleyball Association coach Dave McConnell has offered some tips.

The next stop is the state championships. “We think we’ll do pretty well,” Keeley said. “We might not win it but we will try our best. We’re not going up there to lose.”

The girls’ team consists of Lauryn Keeley, Tess English, Hannah van Duynhoven, Hayley Walker, Rebecca Keane, Taylah Hautot, Ebony Kelly, Claudia McCutcheon and Ally O’Connor.

The boys’ team is Jackson Cruickshank, Kai Brown, Sam Lee, Jack Rix, Tom Radcliffe, Travis Stacey, Harry Johns and Jye O’Brien.

Very exciting for Miss Tess. She's been little miss sporty this year, competing in inter school running & basketball & volleyball!

I'm still in recovery mode. Have permission to run 100m walk 100m alternating on grass or treadmill. Have had something important on every night this week (like hair cut & colour!) so probably will give that a crack tomorrow. Been doing my calf raises off a step now & glute muscle engaging exercises. Still left handed mousing - getting faster, but still odd.

Been flat out this week. School reunion next week. Eek! Been dreaming about random peeps from high school - nothing too dramatic thankfully. I'm sure it will all go well & if not, um well.......I don't live there anymore


Friday, November 4, 2011


I scooted off to see a Physio Wednesday night & think I may have some answers finally! I wanted to see him about my calf & hip/butt issues; but by the time I'd finished work my forearm/elbow shoulder was burning & screaming for attention over everything else so he had a look at that as well.

I probably should mention said Physio also has a Masters in Acupuncture, so he has lots of approaches.

Elbow: not so much coming from elbow as is from neck (pretty much occupational). He poked & prodded & I felt some very odd sensations down my arm when he pressed down the right side & front of my neck. Did a bit of cross fibre massage then some needling. I'm up to day 2 of left hand mouse which is driving me a bit batty. He assures me it only takes a week to learn, so hope that's the case!

Calf & Hip/Glute: He did a couple of movement(?) tests & believes that both are coming from weak Glutes (especially the right one). And that the calf keeps re injuring as it is needs to be strengthened while healing (& of course continuing on with after). I'm just shaking my head that the Osteo didn't or couldn't see this. Physio went to great pains to explain that Osteo's are the experts in pelvic/hip alignment & I was in the right place in the beginning IF my hips/pelvis was out. The point between hamstring & glute that has been giving me grief is because my hammy is trying to do the job of my weak as piss glute. Ha Ha Ha!!!

He's given me a calf exercise to do til my appointment next week, when he's going to have another session on my arm & get stuck into my calf then as well, plus he will give me some glute exercises. Of course I've been checking the interwebs already...

Another bonus is this guy is a runner!!!! We also chatted about running technique. He was totally cool with having an on-line running coach (not all people or health professionals have been supportive) & says he'll have me back on the road in a week or so. This makes me very happy as I've really been getting into the running!

My 10km race is this weekend, obviously I won't be able to do it. I'm going to start over & Shauna (@ Up & Running) will save my certificate until I'm done. Gotta love a certificate. So. I need to choose another 10km, which I'll do once I get the OK from Mr Physio to increase my distance & training.

Gotta love getting some answers. It's so hard sometimes. We are bought up to believe & trust in our medical practitioners, but I guess like every trade, there are people who do the bare minimum & do it as a job; then there are the people who are exceptional at what they do, love it & really care about achieving a result. I can see it in the building industry as well! I guess I should be very very grateful that I can afford to seek out alternate practitioners. Not everyone has private health insurance & not everyone has the spare bucks to cover what that or medicare don't. Believe me, if this gets me sorted I'll be one extremely happy camper.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011


OK OK OK!!!! I went walk-a-bout & didn't let anyone know!!! Sorry!!!! Sometimes I worry about broadcasting when we are going away - we might be burgled. Daft? Maybe, maybe not.

We went for a little drive last week. Approx 825kms to visit a mate who's 40th birthday was last week. On the way up we left work at lunch time & stopped overnight at the 5hrs of driving mark, then drove the last 3hrs the following morning. We did the return 825kms in one hit on Monday. Just a wee drive.

After 2 weeks of no running I had a crack on Thursday morning very early in Griffith & guess what. I felt great for the first 9 minutes. Then pop. There went my calf again. Not. Happy. Jan. After further research, I'm trying a Physio tonight. Looks like the original injury was worse than Mr Osteo though.

Cobar was fun. Way too much champagne was consumed. My liver is feeling the after affects! There was lots & lots of laughing (no need for sit ups) & limited dancing (damn calf muscle). We saw emu's, wild goats, & kangaroo's although no snakes which was odd. The weather was hot.

Didn't take many photos; mainly of friends up there which I wont put up here. Flat out catching up with work - although I worked most of yesterday (Melbourne Cup) Public Holiday here in Melbourne. More laters.