Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Storms arrived ....

Only wished I was snuggled up at home instead of at work.

I had every good intention of going home last night and loading some photo’s onto my blog, but after I walked through the door I was just overwhelmed with tiredness. All I wanted to do was go to bed. It was an awful feeling, kinda scary actually. I just had zilch energy.

I really must get on top of this. The last couple of nights have been a bit sleepless, maybe change of bedrooms & positions. (of bed for you lot that have grubby minds ) I think I’ll grab some more antihistamine tablets and multi vitamins at lunchtime. I just have to do something.

I haven’t done a grocery shop for a while now but I’m looking forward to the next one. I can really stock up. Now that it’s just 2 adults and 1 child I can afford to spend more on fresh fruit and veges instead of the frozen stuff. In fact we went through our spending last weekend and we’re going to be saving quite a bit without no teenagers around – not only in food but power and other things that add up without you even realising it. Things have really got a lot lighter on the shoulders – just need to get use to the feeling.

I am looking forward to this weekend because I am going to get my new bedroom suite.
And now that the bedroom is empty it will be started. Col can get stuck in to his heart’s content.

I better make sure I post some photos tonight.

Catch ya later.

PS: The storms gone.

Monday, July 28, 2008

I didn't get to strip afterall ....

Neither did I get my bedroom suite. I ended up with a new washing machine & dryer and a couple of 14” t.v.’s

Our washing machine packed up last year and we’ve been using Jamie’s instead. Of course now he’s gone he snuck home on Friday and took it. Along with Josh’s t.v. which either belonged to him or Kelly. The point is he didn’t need either as he has no where to live and it’s just in storage. I’m afraid he has burnt his bridges, his dad is ropable and I’m just disgusted.

Saturday morning we woke up and decided we had better get into town and get a new washer and dryer (the old one was packing up too) before the bad weather hit. After a bit of a wait because their computers were down we ended up with a washing machine, dryer and two telly’s for just over $1100. By the time we got home I knew there was no way I was going to get him to go looking for a bedroom suite.

Instead we ended up getting dvd’s, a couple of roast dinners, cranked the fire up and snuggled down waiting for the storm to hit. Which didn’t happen. We missed out on the storm of the decade.

Sunday we woke up bright and early and his lordship was ready to get started. He wanted everything done right then and then. Hellooooo. I don’t think so. We have to get the furniture out of the end room and move the bed in first. Done that. Then he expected me to get all the clothes out of the drawers and clear the wardrobes so he can start demolishing. Excuse me – where am I going to put the clothes. On the floor. I don’t think so. Well I want to get in and get started. Well it ain’t going to happen. I need somewhere to put the clothes in like my new bedroom suite and sort out the personal stuff I want to keep. This is 10 years worth of stuff. Yes I’ll declutter but it’s not something I can do in half an hour. So in the end he realized that it wasn’t going to happen as fast as he’d like. However I have emptied the bedroom. We have a couple of big drawers in Krystal’s hutch that we’re using and the rest can go into our big suitcases until I get my my new bedroom suite. We’re quite snuggly in Krystals room but not much room to swing a cat. Our room is quite big and once the fixed furniture has been removed it will be even bigger.

I will take some photos but I’m ashamed and don’t know if I will post them as it’s so dingy looking and the ceilings and curtains are yuck and old 70’s wallpaper. I look at it now and think how did I put up with it for so long. But no longer.

Well as I type this I’ve just gone online and seen that Kelly’s flight to Dubai is due to leave within the hour. After all the talking and the planning the day has arrived. We got together last night and the boys came round and had a few drinks, some laughs and we said our goodbyes for a while. Her boyfriend is taking her to the Airport. We’re all going to miss her and we know that it won’t be easy for her either. She’ll be totally out of her comfort zone, but it will still be the opportunity of a lifetime.

Col’s not saying much at the moment, I’ll just let him adjust to his little girl going away and give him a few extra cuddles.

It feels like a bit of a new beginning all round.


Friday, July 25, 2008

Weekend Stripper ....

Woohoo, bring it on.

I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it …….

About three years ago I refinanced my house to pay out the ex and to do a few renovations/redecorating around the house plus a wee bit extra just in case the opportunity to purchase the business came up.

Everything went perfect and all went to plan. We went on one big shopping spree over the holidays while the sales were on and we bought a new shower, bath, vanity etc; along with gib board, paint, wallpaper etc. to redo our bathroom, bedrooms and the hall and entranceway.

The bathroom was a major mission as it was completely gutted, but six weeks later I had spanking brand new bathroom. My job was to strip the wallpaper in the hallway, entranceway and end bedroom. Which I did. But then it all stopped.

We bought the business. So began our 6 day weeks and no time left for anything let alone painting or sanding. The end bedroom finally did get finished though and also the room downstairs was painted, carpeted and new curtains hung. But nothing else.

This week we’ve been planning. We’re taking the WHOLE weekend off. Now that we have two rooms not occupied we’re going to move the furniture out of Krystals room and put it downstairs and move into her room – and attack our bedroom!!! We’re both looking forward to it and I know/hope it will get done fast as it’s easier to work with an empty room right?!!

This is all exciting because we don’t have a bedroom suite. Our bedroom has all the drawers built in. So they’re coming out. So I have to have somewhere to put my clothes don’t I. So tomorrow I get to pick out a new bedroom suite. Yes!!! Then of course I need a new duvet set and sheets, lol. Not to mention new curtains, lights ……

The exciting thing is that finally after 3 years my bedroom is finally going to get it’s makeover.

You know what else, food takes a back seat when you’re motivated towards something else.

Everybody take care this weekend too. Sounds like a bad storm approaching. Stay indoors and keep warm and dry.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Where does the time go ....

It’s been a very busy week. Lots of things happening.

We’ve had a very sick wee boy. He’s got a viral bug. He came back on Sunday quite dehydrated and he hadn’t eaten or drunk hardly anything since he left on the Thursday. His mum took him to the doctor on the Saturday cause he was burning up but he just refused to eat or drink cause he was scared of vomiting. We had a real battle getting fluids down him and some food but told him if he didn’t try he’d have to go to hospital. He’s been drinking and eating now for the last couple of days and is on the mend. Very happy that he has the rest of the week off school too I can add.

Jamie came and got all his stuff from downstairs on Monday and gave us the keys back. He’s found a house to go to and has a couple of job interviews lined up. So we’re quite rapt. I’m still a bit angry but I will get over it. We’re just glad he seems to be heading in the right direction. Lines of communication are still open which is important – for all of us.

The atmosphere at home is unreal. It’s so calm and quiet, peaceful even. I know we still have Josh during the week but it’s different. It’s like there’s order in the house. I love it. It’s going to be good for us. For the first time I feel like I have room to move and breathe again.

So plans are afoot. I’m feeling great and fantastic and on top of things. I’ve got a couple of things motivating me at the moment which I’m going to share with you. But not now cause I have to go some work.

Back soon.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Mixing it up ...

I need to give myself a bit of a kick start so I’m going to mix things up a bit.

I have good intentions but some days I just really struggle to eat breakfast. So the next best thing is to take a sandwich for morning tea which will fill me up till lunch time.

Chicken salad or a weightwatchers meal for lunch.

Fruit in the afternoon to counter attack the mid afternoon munchies.

Veges and protein for dinner. No carbs.

If I’m lucky this might just give me the energy boost I need.

Another Friday rolls around. Lol, they’re rolling fast. Be Christmas before we know it.

I’m really liking Fridays. I get to go home to a lovely clean house. It’s a wonderful feeling. It makes the weekend seem so much more relaxed. The funny thing is – the house gets nowhere near as messy as it use to.

So tonight just go home, light the fire, glass of sauv blanc, cook something nice for dinner and relax.

The weather for the weekend is looking like crap. I know it’s an excuse to do nothing, but just lately there’s been too many weekends like that and I want to get out and tidy up my gardens. All my spring bulbs are popping up and I want to get rid of the last of the leaves ready for everything to burst into bloom. I have some of my earlicheer starting to flower.

Well I suppose I’d better go organize everyone’s drinks.



Thursday, July 17, 2008

Good to be back ....

Thanks everyone for your comments on my email. It was really nice to vent it out. Things have been pretty quiet on the homefront since then - so hopefully let's keep it that way for a wee bit longer.

Well, Krystal flew home this morning. Obviously, that's why I've abled my blog again. We had good time with her home. She's definitely growing up. I've had a few really good talks with her, where she's opened up. I know she misses us a lot and she does love it up in Whangarei but there are a couple of things that she said that has me thinking if maybe she might want to come back to stay with us. We'll just wait and see how that pans out.

We also had a chance to talk to her about the looming custody case and let her know what was going on. She was really quite shocked. She told us no way would Josh want to be with his mother all the time. If he found out that his mother was trying to take him away from us he'd make her life hell. Those two are pretty close and she'd have a good idea of where his head is at. He loves us too much. We're set for mediation on 27th August. Interim orders have been put in place until this matter is resolved.

So, Thursday and no children till Sunday. With Jamie not staying at home anymore I don't think we'll see any kids till then. I am looking forward to having a bit of breathing space. My husband needs some pampering, he's had a bit of a battering lately.

So overall, right now I'm feeling pretty good. I haven't been on the tready, probably been eating more than normal, been out to dinner a few times and the pictures. With things returning back to normal I'm ready to pick myself up and charge full steam ahead. Did you know spring is only 46 days away. I've got to get ready for spring and summer.

For me it's becoming more important that I get myself into shape - both mentally and physically. At the moment our energy levels are low and with the stresses of late it really has taken a huge toll on me and Col too.

So I am ready to start again, to dig my toes in and make it work. I'm coming back again.


Thursday, July 3, 2008

Thursdayitis ....

So far the day isn’t going too well.

The scales gave me a small gain this morning of 0.8lbs. I don’t know where that came from but not worried about that. My clothes are pretty loose.

Managed to get myself, hubby and Josh out of bed, showered, fed and dressed. Bags packed, lunches packed, dishes stacked, benches wiped, quick tidy up and out the door. Kid dropped off at school, made it to work. Went to put my lunch in the fridge. Not in my bag. Why? It was still sitting in the fridge at home. I’d packed everybody else's but not my own. Buggar it. Just goes to show you can make all the plans under the sun but if you forget to engage the brain every now and then it doesn’t take much to stuff it up.

So I’ve been at work thinking about food most of the morning. Why???? Because I don’t have any. Why? Because I was really looking forward to my lunch today. It was yummy chicken specially made for me by moi. Now I’m just in a pooey mood and eyeing up the snackbox. For godsakes slap me. It’s only food. But I feel like I’ve lost control, that now I have to go and buy my lunch I’ll make a bad choice. OMG Lee-Anne get over yourself.

Day has to get better.

So far this has been a hectic week. Work issues, kid issues etc. Sorting out the worries and the stresses. Col wants us to go away Friday/Saturday. I’d like to but I’m not sure if that’s a good idea at the moment. There seems to be an awful lot of teenagers at my house lately. The “talk” is about to come. I suppose we could go for one night and not let on. That way they’ll never know when we’ll turn up. Another good reason for having a night away is school holidays start next week. It will be nice to have some alone time before the bombarbment.

Krystal arrives home on Monday. We fly her down from Whangarei now. It’s so much easier. With the cost of petrol, then feeding her, sometimes it’s an overnight stay not to mention the driving time it’s the cheapest and best option really.

So she’s getting excited and we’re looking forward to her coming down. I’m taking a couple of days off over the holidays so we can do a few things together.

Over the holidays I will be updating my blog but I will be turning it private for a couple of weeks. This is because with Miss K at home and on the computer I really don’t want her reading my blog. This will only be temporary.

If you still want to read then email me or leave me a comment and I will give you access.

Well I feel much better now and I’ve just remembered the boss brought back a case of kiwifruit from Te Puke the other day. Think I’ll go and grab a couple.


Happy . . .

Life is great, things are going way better than expected ( I hope I don't bloody jinx it)  we are good, we are happy, we are relaxed....