Thursday, January 19, 2012


I'm a road runner baby! Last night I ran my furtherest distance outdoors ever! GPS said 8.75, but measuring on the map it was more like 8.25.

My cold didn't eventuate last week. I felt like shite for a couple of days, but the snotty nose didn't arrive. Had a few sleep ins & it seemed to disappear.

We went to Warrnambool on the weekend to see the family; dinner on Friday night with our international visitors who'd headed from me to there via the great ocean road. BBQ in a park by the beach with our cousins & their tribes of kids; Saturday night pizza. My sis bought her family a Wii at the boxing day sales, so the girls (10,12 & 17) were mad on Just Dance. I laughed so hard I cried @ plumbing boy doing his thing with the 10 & 12 year olds. Even Mumsy had a go. Dad decided it was time to depart before he was further harassed into getting up on the dance floor.

Back to normality this week with all our staff back from annual leave. I've still been flat out though with PB in the office a lot peering over my shoulder hence the lack of posts!!!! LOL!!!!!!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012


I think I'm high on cold n flu tabs. Sore throat, ear ache, general body ache, yearning for chicken broth. Yep, I think I'm getting sick, damn it. I don't really like cold n flu tabs & would much rather go try a nap, but there's no-one to look after the office this week so I'll just have to soldier on.

We have visitors as well which makes feeling sick crapper. When I was a teenager, on the farm we had international agricultural exchange students to help out on the farm for 6 - 8 months depending on which program they'd signed up on. We fed & lodged them & paid a minimum wage, while they had a food, a family to live with, work & the opportunity to travel.

Our 3rd student was A.M. who's on a trip her now with her Dad for their joint 50 & 70th birthdays respectively from Quebec. She was last here 25 years ago; I was sweet 16. Probably not that sweet if you ask my ma.

She's still as animated & sweet as I remembered her. And Bless her if she didn't bring with her for us to keep, 3 letters my Grandpa wrote to her after she went home; they were written in 89, 9o & 94. I might publish them at some point if I think they are still interesting enough.

Anyhoo. I better get my delirious butt back to work. Sniff.

Monday, January 9, 2012


Plumbing Boy's niece gave us these for Christmas! She was worried he wouldn't understand either of them. Funnily enough he responded to them exactly as I responded to her when she gave them to me. Something about writing a particular staff members name in black texta under the STFU! Hilarious.

Thought it was about time I road tested my morning coffee in one of them (& no, it's not the instant Moccona - percolated Lavazza if you please!). Now. STFU. I'm trying to drink my coffee in peace please! :0)

Happy Monday Peeps!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Good Old Boys

I woke up yesterday with a Don Williams tune in my head; so of course my morning run was a little bit country AND a little bit western.

I set out listening to Don, Johnny Cash, Billy Brag & Wilco, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson. Who would have thought my "a little bit country" play list would work for running!

I added on 1km yesterday: after running 5.5kms for almost 2 weeks, this was my first attempt at 6.5kms outdoors. I probably could have run further, but didn't want to break anything. I'll keep at this distance for a week or so.

I'm technically starting the Up & Running training schedule (again) this week, but am modifying it as per physios recommendation & leaving out any speed work. I'll be loosely following it & am about to(?) commit to a 10km race at the end of Feb.

I'm really nervous about it, especially as I didn't make the last one I signed up for (due to daft calf injury). I was listening to a life coach briefly on 3RRR this morning, who was talking about goal setting & a little fear is as good thing, she said. It helps motivate & fear of failing pushes you to succeed.

I hope I can do it this time. As physio said, I've just got to get the kms under my belt. I'm not attempting to run fast, but to just extend the kms slowly.

Wish me luck!

Here are some pic's I took a couple of weeks ago after a run that felt particularly hard, but on reviewing, I found it was because I'd run almost 3 minutes faster than previously at that distance.
It was hard because I was running faster!

I rounded the corner to home & saw this glorious sunrise that had been at my back for the past 15 minutes. "scuse the power lines!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Chocolate Cups & Xmas

I spent Christmas Eve making more Chocolate Cups!

And I remembered to take pictures of the finished product this time. Ta Da!!!!!!

This is my cousin's new puppy. Apparently he's doubled in size & she's only had him a couple of months. He wouldn't sit still on Christmas day for me to take a photo, so this is one Jax took earlier.

This is the beginning (or ending) of the woeful Melbourne weather on Christmas afternoon. We were driving back through it from East to West.

Easing up a bit here. We did get hailed on, but only by less than 5 cent piece size stones as opposed to the snowball sized ones that damaged a lot of cars.

By the time we made it back to the workshop, it was just steady fat rain drops (I'm looking out of our workshop - the building is the one across the street from us).

Them be all my belated Christmas Photos.....................................not very exciting I know.

The desert was bloody good. Tully - I recon the raspberry sauce IS better if you cook it down - it's thicker & syrupy. Use the same recipe, just simmer in a saucepan until has reduced to your liking (cool then strain)!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year & other stuff

Happy New Year peeps! Hope you had a good one where ever you were. Me, I stayed home with Plumbing Boy this year. I was given a late leave pass to go play with my mates at a house party & in fact called one of the said mates & made a bit of a plan, then 30 minutes later cancelled! Very unlike me I know - turning down the opportunity to party!!!

PB had 2 x plumbing jobs late/arvo early evening & was going to have to fend for himself for dinner. He'd decided on take away; he also usually ends up in bed before 10pm, leaving me to watch TV or a DVD on my lonesome anyway, hence me often going out on New Years with out him, but this year I just couldn't do it!

I toddled off to the stupidmarket & got a few supplies for dinner, a bottle of Champers & a couple of DVD's. PB didn't make it home til 9pm & managed to stay up til 11pm watching a (fairly lame) action DVD with me. I struggled to keep my peepers open til 12.......I actually heard the fire works, then changed the channel on the TV so I could see them as well.

Since Christmas we've been slaving like demons at work. The office has been closed & I've been cleaning out & restocking plumbing trucks & PB has been working on operation clean up the factory & make homes for everything. He's not the tidiest lad on the planet himself, so he can hardly go spare at anyone at work for not putting stuff away, especially if it doesn't actually have a home.

I think this year will be Operation Organisation around here!

This reminded me to have a peek back at last years "changes" I'd hoped to achieve (as opposed to resolutions) & they were as follows:

#Stop defining myself as old/saying out loud that I am old - my age is not relevant.

Have been quite mindful of this & think I've reasonably successfully changed my mind set on this one.

#Stop feeling guilty for time spent on myself.

This one still needs work, but I've been kinder to myself.

#Stretches - do them.

Ahem. Failed this one.

#Look after my nails.

I did manage to use hand cream every day (it lives on my desk) however no fingernail painting occurred. I did paint my toenails 4 times this year as opposed to once the year before!

#Stop frowning.

Yes, made a conscious effort on this one too. I think being mindful of tension helps with stress levels too.

#Exercise - do it! Specifically, run 3 x times per week, working up to 10kms, then doing 1 x 10km & 2 x shorter runs (no less than 5kms) each week. Pump or free weights 2 x times per week.15 mins of Abs/Core every day at home - just a couple of planks & some crunches will do. My middle has gone very soft.

My middles is still quite soft!!! And the Physio told me not to do planks!!! He recons they are over rated. I'm not sure about that yet! After multiple injuries this year (bothered tendon between glute & hammy; multiple calf pulls; RSI/chronic overuse syndrome in shoulder/elbow/forearm) I'm back running. I didn't make my 10km race due to said injuries, but have run 5 days per week for the past 5 weeks under the guidance of my physio. I haven't done my elbow any favours over the past 10 days of operation organisation. Lets just say it hurts. I've not done pump in months & don't foresee doing it for at least a couple of months considering how slow this elbow/forearm thing is progressing, even using left handed mouse! Meh, you win some, you lose some. I've been diligent with the calf exercises & trying to be better at the glute activation exercises!

#Finish off my Fit Fab & Forty Challenge. Specifically, getting my waist measurement under 80cms & reducing my body fat %. Ideally I'd like to have done this by Easter, which is 4 months away. The rest the year shall be spent maintaining this!

Spectacular fail. As my waist measurement was under 80cms when I made this plan, I suspect I meant belly button measurement!!! Last time I took it 9/12 it was 87cms. Will be interesting to see if a months running has helped! Although I've been a bit slack with eating over the Christmas break & had an alcoholic bevie every night; it was back into routine January 1st. Maybe I'll give it a couple of weeks :0)

#Curb Alcohol consumption. Specifically on week nights.

A big gold star 3 please!. While it took me 8 months to commit to this (I started in August) & after weaning for 4 weeks I've been booze free Sunday to Thursday since (until Christmas) & am back on the wagon already. This is a big thing for me, as usually October - March when I find it hardest not to drink!

#Pay more attention to food/meal portion control.

Probably around 50% success rate. Considering the scale weight hasn't budged much, I haven't paid enough attention perhaps!!!!! PB has really got on board with this in the past month or so, so that should help!

So. That's how it played out. I'm going to ponder some changes I'd like to make for 2012 & some specific things I want to achieve, so in my best SJP accent, "stay tuned"!