Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Times they are a changing ......

Lately there’s been so many bloggers saying, goodbye ….. farewell.

Bye Becks, bye Emily ...

It’s a wee bit sad. Over the past few years you get to know them and become friends and become involved in the day to day ups and downs that we all go through and offer support and comfort to each other.

But there are still a few of us here and I need this forum to have an outlet. I do get support here and I’ve made some wonderful friendships. So I don’t plan on going anywhere even tho I don’t blog as often.

Righto then. What’s been happening.

Well on the weight loss side last Thursday I lost another 800 grams bringing me down to 3.1 kgs lost – another 6.9kg to go to get to my 10 kg goal.

I’ve been 50% good and 50% bad. I think you can measure my motivation at the moment by comparing it with the weather. I’ve had days when the weather has been cold and wet and I just feel like eating. The minute the sun comes out I feel inspired and only want to eat nice light, healthy foods. Thank goodness it’s only the “start” of the better weather.

I’ve also hated this past winter with a passion. I have been in such a hole the whole time. So many things have been happening and I feel like I’ve been running on overload ready to explode at any time. I have not been happy - but trying to be happy on the outside. Mr T is my one bright light.

Sunday I shocked the pool to ready it for the summer. Mr T and I sat out in the pool area and had a drink and a yak. The sun was still shining and it was warm. It felt wonderful. I felt alive. This is how I want to feel everyday. Finally the weather’s changing ….

The weekend we also changed the light sockets and plugs and put up the new light fittings. The bedroom is looking great. Mr T hung my paintings up and now the room has some color. It looks lovely. I just don’t have my wardrobe finished. The last thing. I’m also not going to rush into buying a new duvet set. I’m looking but haven’t seen anything to take my fancy tho.

Our bed is huge. We still have a queen size bed but when we put our mattress on the slats – it was just too darn hard for Mr T to sleep on. So we ended up putting the base on as well. Our bed now comes up to my belly button. I need a step ladder or a mini tramp to get into bed. Mr T gives me a leg up sometimes. Lol, it is so funny. I feel like a little person in a giant’s bed. The morning after the first night we slept in it I woke up groggy and went to get out of bed – and I had the sensation of falling – until at last my feet touched the floor. I guess we will need a new mattress.

I have been trying to download photos onto my blog since Thursday. I have not been successful at all. For some reason it’s just not working for me. I’ll have to get Mr T on to it. I’m sure he’ll sort it out in no time.

On Thursday, Josh see’s the lawyer. We see the lawyer on Friday. This custody battle is coming to an end. Josh has been quite funny ever since he came back from his mother’s this Sunday. Quiet, moody and very grumpy. He’s become quite demanding. Something’s up. Either his mother has told him something or he’s sensing things.

We too are at the end. It’s all been very taxing for us. I am so over it people. I haven’t realised how much it has affected me until lately.

I just want everything sorted so we can move forward with our lives.

I admit this is a funny kind of a post. A bit over the place but just letting out a few things that have been running through my head lately.

I’m going to make it a priority to start relaxing and enjoying things from here on in and try not to stress.

Well that’s the plan anyway.

Ciao.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Good to be back ....

My god it’s great to be back.

What a week it’s been.

I have to say for many years I’ve been called up for Jury service and each time had written back to be excused which in the past has been accepted. So it was a bit of a shock this time to get a letter back telling me that this time I wasn’t excused and to turn up to Court.

My workmates reckoned I’d probably get challenged and Mr T said I would get picked.

Mr T was right.

5 day trial in the High Court.

A logging accident where a log came off the back of a truck and went through the windscreen of a passing truck, decapitated the driver. The driver carrying the logs was charged with manslaughter for failing to secure his load. The driver claimed he had.

I can say it was very interesting to watch how the justice system works. Not quite like the television dramas tho. We had the expert witnesses and then we had some real characters. Made me laugh out loud a few times. I’ve learnt quite a lot about logging trucks and logs and I tell you I’m never going to travel behind a logging truck again. I’ve seen some pretty scary stuff I can tell you.

Verdict. Not guilty. We all believed his load was secured, the crown couldn’t give any evidence to prove it wasn’t. Only assumptions. In the end it was a freak accident that happened on a dark and foggy morning. A tragic accident.

It was a relief to get it over and done with. It was quite draining and at night you couldn’t help but go over everything in your head and of course you can’t talk to anyone about it but the other jurors.

So now I have done my civic duty and I won’t have to worry about it for at least another couple of years.

After last weigh in I lost another kg then quickly found it with the arrival of TOM. Thankfully it’s gone again now plus a little extra so will look forward to a loss tomorrow. Eating has been okay but not flash. Got out of sync last week so I’m trying hard to get back on track.

I’m trying to lay off the caffeine and drink more water. It hasn’t been too hard - especially now that the weather is a bit warmer and a lot sunnier.

Finally after three tough weekends, our bedroom is finished. Well not quite. We still need the light fittings and sockets and the doors for the wardrobe and our room. But we’re all carpeted and painted and wallpapered and it looks so lovely and clean and fresh. I put the curtains up last night and tonight we’re going to set up our bedroom suite. I can’t wait. It’s been sitting in the entranceway and in the lounge for the past month. I get to declutter my house again. Bliss.

So tomorrow everything is back to normal for me. I’m loaded up with my crackers and tomatoes, and low point snacks.


I've been promising photos and not getting around to it so I was going through some photos at work and found our pics for the last annual report.




This is the one from 2001. Me with short hair.





Catch ya tomorrow.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Just a quickie ....

Hi everyone.

I know I have been absent. At the moment I'm on jury service. I'm on a 5 day trial at the moment. Pretty intense and interesting.

I have just checked my emails and I am blown away with the number of emails I've received.

Rest assured. All is good in my world. Things going to plan I hope to post again over the weekend. A photo post.

Anyhow I must go to bed now. Tomorrow the jury retires for deliberation. I hope we can decide on a uanimous verdict otherwise it might be a long weekend and one my husband won't enjoy.

Till later ....

PS: Mr T is in trouble. While I've been out of action he's been doing a bit of shit stirring. Rest assured I will deal with him accordingly.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The brighter side ....

Sometimes having a grump and a whinge is a good thing. Today I feel better. I’d actually forgotten about the “M” word thanks Anni. Thanks for the reminder - I think. Lol.

Despite my moans and groans of yesterday the past couple of weeks I have been very good with my food choices and with sticking to plan. I’ve been cutting back on the caffeine and started drinking a lot more water. I’m eating plenty of fruit and veges and snacking on low point foods. I dusted off my pedometer and started wearing it again. Apart from a couple of sedentary days I’ve been averaging between 8,000 – 12,000 steps a day. On the weekends when I’m wearing my jeans I clip the pedometer onto my undies instead of my jeans. It works. Before the band use to fold over and wouldn't record my steps.

A couple of weeks ago I set myself a goal to lose 10 kgs. I didn’t put a time limit on it. I just wanted to have something to work towards. As of this morning I’ve lost 2.3 kgs. Today I feel great. Not only are the scales kind but my skirt is slipping on my waist.

These are the “feel good” things that help to spur you on and keep you going. When you know you’re succeeding and you get those happy endorphins rushing around inside you it cranks up your confidence and willpower another notch.

Mr T has been quite brutal with me lately I have to confess. He’s told me I have to get rid of all the clothes I don’t wear out of the wardrobe and my drawers. He’s been very firm about this too I might add. I finally achieved this mammoth task at the weekend. I have to admit that I really didn’t know I had that many clothes. I also managed to “find” a few items that I had forgotten about.

I’ve put aside a suit and a dress that I really would like to get back into this summer. They are both size 10. I am going to keep them in the front of my “new” wardrobe. They’re going to be my “dangling carrots” so to speak.

At the end of this strenuous and difficult exercise, trust me it was very difficult, I have now culled my wardrobe by well over half.

I was very pleased with myself and Mr T was very proud of me too. So I thought it was a good time to show him the two new dresses that I’d bought. Should of seen his face. Priceless!!!! Ha, ha.

The only thing is that now I have a new problem.

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH ALL THOSE COATHANGERS!!!!!!!


No seriously I do know. I just have to break it to Mr T very gently.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Flat as a Dodo ......

I’m still waiting for spring. Stupid me thought it was here. I’m just so flat at the moment. No motivation at all. I’m feeling overwhelmed and fed up with a lot of things. I feel very tired, used and taken for granted. I want to say stuff everything – I’ve had a gutsful. I want to be selfish.

Three days ago I was fine. Quite bouncy and full of energy. Just like the weather. I was really pleased with myself and the effort Mr T and I put into the bedroom at the weekend and the decluttering that went on. We’re on countdown now – we have a two week deadline.

Now, three days later, I’m feeling as flat as a pancake. The weather has changed to cold, wet and windy. Bloody miserable. I’m so over this winter. I want to go home in daylight, stay outside, eat outside, socialise outside, just be warm outside!!!!!

The weather is affecting my moods at the moment. They swing faster than Tarzan whipping through the jungle. When I’m down, I’m really down. And when I’m up, I’m on cloud 9.

According to the weather powers that be, it’s going to be fine for the weekend and things are going to get much better over the next three months. Well hello. It damn well better be otherwise I'm selling up and moving to the equator.

Wouldn't you know it. It's stopped raining, the wind's died down and the suns come out.

I'm still grumpy though.

Bah humbug.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Saturday ...

What an awesome weekend. All round.

As we all know it was Chris's journey to Jafadom.

We had arranged to meet up in Tirau. I knew it was a big day for Chris. The day she had been waiting for, for months. So I wanted to make sure that I didn't hold her up. Col and I arrived an hour beforehand. Had brunch and a walk around all the craft shops.

It was lovely catching up with Chris again. It's been a year since I saw her last and that was the bloggers meet last August in Palmy.

We had a chance to catch up over what's been happening lately. We have something in common. Lots of kids!!!!

Chris, it was great to catch up with you again. We'd just come off a hard week. The repercussions hit us the next day.

Congratulations on becoming a Jafa. Will try not to hold that against you, lol.

Anyhow here's master griffin with a calipso all round his gob.





And Princess Brylee. She did think she was a Queen, but as we all know there's only one Queen in any family .... Chris isn't ready to relinquish that post just yet.



Chris and I. The obligatory bloggers pic. I mean when Bloggers get together you just have to take a pic right.



I would also like to share with you the wonderful pressie Chris gave Col and I as a wedding pressie. As I said to her, especially after the week we had, it's what it means to us.

Thanks so much Chris. It's beautiful.



This will be it's final resting placed, once the rooms been redecorated. It's the family room. The perfect place.

The rest of the weekend was pretty good too. Well for me anyway. Really productive.

Okey dokey... if blogger is good, more pics tomorrow.

Ciao

Question?????

Do you think it's wise to drink nearly 2 litres of water just before you're heading off to the supermarket?

Nah, I didn't think so either. Oh shite.

Back later with photos. Had an awesome weekend. Caught up with Chris, sorted out the bedroom suite, bought some paint, did some gardening and did some stripping.

Phew!!! It was great.

Awesome to see the sun.

Off to empty the bladder - again.

Miserable day . . .

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