Wednesday, October 31, 2007


I've been a little absent from blogging lately.  I've still been reading everyone elses, but just not feeling like contributing much to mine.  There's some stuff going on for me right now, but its not something I can really blog about just yet.  I'm trying to get my priorities in order - so some changes are afoot.

Because my mind has been otherwise occupied, training has taken a bit of a backseat.  Actually I had the whole of last week off training, mostly because I needed one less thing to think about.  Also, I needed to catch up on some sleep - as some of you know, I'm a bit of a worry-wart and when I get stressed, the first thing that falls apart for me is sleep.

So back into training this week.  And then this morning I must have turned the alarm off in my sleep cos when I woke up and looked at the clock it was 6.20am!!  Arrrggghhh!  Bugger.  Despite my lack of training, the scales havent changed much, which is a relief.  I feel so bad when I dont train, but I think sometimes your body needs a rest, both physically and mentally.

On the renovation front, we now have a fully functioning ensuite!  The shower heads are installed (its a double shower - two heads, very fancy!), all the tiling and grouting is done.  Now we just need a shower screen, buy some mirrors, finish painting (my job) and it will be complete.  I dont know which room will be next, but its OH's goal to have the whole of the inside of the house finished before Christmas... I think we're going to be busy... still got to tile the rumpus, entry and kitchen/dining rooms, completely renovate/re-do the kitchen, build the bar in the rumpus, paint 3 bedrooms plus ceilings and stairs etc... such fun!

Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -- but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor.  Oliver Wendell Holmes

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

6 months today

6 months ago today I was having my first eye operation to have implantable contact lenses, which corrected my short-sightedness.

It is still so amazing to me to now have "normal" vision.  I had been wearing glasses (and later, contact lenses) since I was 12 - so 20 years of being blind.  I was painfully self-conscious of my glasses, particularly because my script was so high.  I always felt like my glasses were thick like bottles, and I always thought when I met people that all they were thinking was "man - she's got thick glasses"  Even though logically I'm sure people didnt think that - you cant help but be sensitive about them.  When I looked in the mirror with my glasses on, all I could see was glasses - stupid, isn't it?  Especially when I think that there's so many people in the world with REAL problems.

But now that my vision has been surgically corrected, I keep catching myself doing things that you would normally do if you wore glasses.  Pushing them back up your nose is one... there's nothing there anymore!!  A few mornings I've gone to step into the shower and my hand goes up to my face to take my glasses off.  The other night when I was particularly tired, I got into bed and reached up to my face to remove them, LOL I had to laugh at myself.   Its like quitting smoking (I quit 8 years ago) - for a couple of years afterwards you find yourself at times of stress reaching in your bag for a packet of cigarettes, just goes to show how strong habit is, and why it takes a while to break it!

I'm feeling pretty good this week, yesterday morning I did a cycle class + 10 min jog, and after work I took the dogs for a powerwalk followed by 10 mins of sprints up and down my street.  Last night I only had 4 hours sleep so didn't make it to gym today.  Tonight we are going to visit OH's nephew for his birthday, where I'll be watching everyone else eat cake.  I might take some strawberries to eat instead.

Tomorrow is my little cat Connor's 10th birthday.  He'll be getting lots of cuddles and spoilt rotten for sure.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Well after two days of running around after my niece and nephew, playing hide and seek, playing fetch with the dogs with them and going for big walks, I was very sad this morning to say goodbye to them - they're off to America soon for 2 years.

Jamie enjoying a piece of cake, ice cream, red jelly, meringue and chocolate topping!

Being cheeky in the car
On the other hand, it was nice to have a few days of not working on the house! When they left this morning I couldn't believe how quiet the house was - too quiet. It really felt quite empty :(

Anyhoo - today I've got a list of things I've gotta get done, so I should really make a move. After two days of relaxed eating and no "official" training (does jumping around with a 3 year old constitute exercise??), I'm back into it today. Unfortunately I didn't make it to the INBA's on Saturday - far too much work to do on the house to get it ready for visitors. Next time I'll be there for sure.
Enjoy your Wednesday!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Blog template

Hmmmm something very strange happened to my blog page - the template got screwed up somehow. This one will have to do for now until I can find a different one!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007


And so another weekend flashes by... I caught up with a friend for breakfast on Saturday morning, then I did my groceries, then came home to paint in the hot humid house.  (What is with the weather lately - hot and humid 30 degree days already, and its only Spring!)  We are trying to get the place in some sort of shape before my brother arrives next Monday.  My poor fiance is working himself into the ground - he works all day building other peoples houses, then comes home in the afternoon and lays tiles in our house.  That will teach us renovating 3 bathrooms in one go.  So we've got to get the plumber to come back again this week, carpet in the spare bedroom is being laid on Saturday morning, and the sparky has to come back too this week.  I'm so looking forward to three days off next week!

OH deserves a break too - he's told me he's NOT working on Sunday, because he MUST watch Bathurst (its his annual ritual).  lol - I think I'll let him off!

I'm still hoping to go watch the INBA's on Saturday, renovations permitting of course.  Will be good to catch up with everyone again.  I'm going on my own so if you see me standing around looking totally friendless please rescue me!!!!

I'm trying to do more cardio this week, I dont think I've been doing enough.  I'm cutting out alcohol too - I've been slipping in the odd glass of wine through the week, and its too easy to get back into that habit, so no more.  This morning I felt really strong doing shoulders, even though I upped the weights.  I love training shoulders - its my favourite! 

Have a great week everyone!