Summer Lovin’

So even though I don’t have holidays over summer that doesn’t mean I haven’t taken the chance to enjoy some of the fun in the sun that summer encourages… It’s no secret that I love the beach… in fact sometimes I even think I might be a little obsessed with the beach, I can’t get enough of it… When I was younger my bedroom at home was even decorated in what I termed “beach colours” complete with blue walls and a yellow curtain… but now that I am older, I don’t get to go to the beach as often as I would like, so I like to make the most of it when I am there. But summer isn’t just about the beach, it’s just a nice month… a little more relaxed, a little more fun… the January effect… a little like what I was talking about in my blog about ‘New Beginnings’. Anyway, to make the most of my Summer Sun I have been using the weather to cross a few things off the list already… yep only 14 days in and there are already 5 things off the list… I know I have already blogged about my hobbit like adventure… but here are the rest…

No. 25 Blow some bubbles…
Thanks to a surprise gift from a very generous friend at work to help me cope with the loss of my recently dead computer, I was able to spend a few minutes at work blowing bubbles at lunch… and it was just as fun as I thought it would be. I love bubbles, they are just so pretty and fun and I don’t think there are anywhere near enough bubbles in my life. Seriously if you haven’t blown some bubbles recently, you should get on to it!

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No. 67 Visit a country town I haven’t been to before…
So even though it’s just around the corner from my usual holiday destination I had never been to Cape Paterson… but now I have… and like all good little towns it had a cute little pub which gave us a good feed for lunch… thanks Cape Paterson and Dave!

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No. 85 Have a milkshake…
Milkshakes are delicious… really delicious and there is nothing better than sitting in the sun with your Dad and Dave enjoying a super cold blue heaven milkshake…

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No. 90 Fly a kite…
A fun afternoon at the beach, with my retro kite and some instructions from Dave I managed to fly a kite… I think it will be a while before I can steer the thing or keep it in the air on my terms not its… but it was fun and it looked super pretty flying in the sky.

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Part Human… Part Hobbit

One of my family… well maybe mine with family… I’m not sure… traditions is to go to the movies on Boxing Day… It’s a tradition that started quite a few years ago, in fact because I have been thinking about it today I tried to put together a list to see how far back it went and this is what I came up with…

2012 – The Hobbit
2011 – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
2010 – Gulliver’s Travels
2009 – Sherlock Holmes
2008 – Yes Man
2007 – The Golden Compass
2006 – Happy Feet
2005 – Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe
2004 – The Incredibles
2003 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2002 – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2001 – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the rings

A pretty impressive list of movies if you ask me… Anyway, as you can see from the list last year was no different, I saw The Hobbit. Now to be completely honest.. it wasn’t my favourite movie to date… I found it a little slow… but giving it the benefit of doubt I decided that I should read the book before I made my final decision, which I am now about half way through. As I have been reading I have discovered there are a few more similarities between me and hobbits than I would like… for example:

  • Hobbits are short… I am short
  • Hobbits have fat/wide hairy feet… I have wide… NOT hairy feet
  • Hobbits are often thinking of the next meal… I am always thinking of my next meal…
  • Hobbits generally like a quiet, predictable life with no adventures, until of course they are thrust into one and then enjoy it quite a great deal… me too…

Anyway, this summer I went on a little adventure of my own, one which I wasn’t super excited about, especially once it started getting more difficult but at the end of it I was really proud of myself and very thankful to Dave for taking me on such an adventure.

My Adventure wasn’t quite as extravagant as Bilbo’s in the Hobbit, but it was still fun. Dave and I walked along the surf beach in Inverloch until we reached a point called Eagle’s Nest. Which while it doesn’t sound that difficult, it did require more than just walking, in fact I had to climb up and down, navigate through stinky seaweed and walk over large rocks which were not always as solid as I would have liked… but I survived and we made it… and it meant that I could cross no. 91 off the list.

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Perhaps once I have finished the book I will like the movie more than I did on Boxing day?  If not… I guess I will have to be a better version of a hobbit adventure.

Another Public Announcement Regarding Change Rooms

Tonight I was at the pool getting ready to swim some laps and once again I was confronted with a lack of public change room etiquette… so I have decided that is time for another public announcement… While there are still some issues about extreme nudity, I have not seen snacking or exercising the change rooms since so I am hoping that this will also work… so here is another community service announcement on public change rooms and public pools in general.

If you are using public pool changing rooms please take note of the following:

Do NOT ‘Pedegg’ your feet… for those of you who are not sure what I am taking about, I am referring to those little do it yourself pedicure things that scraps your feet to remove dead skin, leaving what remains super soft.  And while, yes, they do have a small catcher to collect the dead skin you remove, more often than not this doesn’t collect everything leaving behind your dead foot skin on the floor.  As a fellow change room user, who for safety reasons will continue to wear thongs in the change rooms anyway, I don’t appreciate you dropping dead foot on the floor.  I know swimming, or general submersion of skin in water softens the skin and therefore makes it easier to do… but do it at home, I don’t want to see it and I definitely don’t want to risk stepping in it, or breathing it in as little flakes become airborne…. it’s disgusting.

If you are using a public pool please take note of the following:

Do NOT walk in the medium lane… Medium is the suggested speed, if you are walking, chances are you are slow… please move to the slow lane… thats for you.

Do NOT stand in the middle of a lap lane and wonder why I am staring… It’s coz I am waiting for you to move… seriously either make you way to the end or get out… you are in the way.

Do NOT swim down the middle of the lane… it’s a two way thing… keep to the left so that everyone can swim in an orderly fashion.  If you swim down the middle you will kick me and I will kick you back… be warned.

Do wear appropriate bathers… just keep it covered… it makes it nicer for everyone… if we want to see more, we will ask, but chances are we don’t.

So there you go… here endith another community announcement.

 

New Beginnings

So tomorrow is my new beginning… I know it’s day 7 of January, but I was lucky enough to have a few extra days off last week so I feel as this week will be my first full week of work for the year it’s time to get the year started… So tonight I am starting my new night regime… Something that I am hoping will become a series of good habits and tomorrow morning I start my new morning routine, something I haven’t had for a long time.  Tomorrow I also go back to regular exercise and being a little more fussy with my eating as I try to stop that holiday snacking.  This is one of the many reasons why I really love January because it feels like a month of fresh starts, time to get established and started but because you have the whole month it isn’t too much of a rush… It will happen as it happens and that is ok, but I am hoping that for me it will start tomorrow, well kinda tonight… But definitely tomorrow.

So what do I have in mind? Well I have been reading this book called ‘one bite at a time: 52 projects for making life simpler’ by Tsh Oxenreider which as the title suggests is little bite size projects to simplify, and even though it is written for busy mums… one of which I am not, I am still busy and I could do with some simplifying… And routine is something that is suggested to help this. In fact there are a few things on this years list from the book that I have decided to have a go at… but I guess we will get to those as I do throughout the year.

Anyway… To the point is…. even though I often deny it, I actually do love routine and structure so I am hoping that this will be a positive addition to my life… So as of tonight/tomorrow I start my night and morning routines… and for now they look a little like this:

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Before I go to bed I need to:
Make my lunch for the next day
Get my clothes out for the morning
Do a 15 minute quick clean
Write a to do list for the next day
Do my devotions

In the morning I need to:
Exercise
Shower
Have a proper breakfast
Have a cup of tea
Make my bed

I know they seem simple but they are a far cry from my current mad rush in the morning… I am hoping it will help me start the day in a better way and therefore I will have a better day… that’s the theory anyway… so here we go… Structure and routine

Goodbye My Friend

Today is a sad day, a really sad day… Today my computer died… well, it actually died last night, but it was pronounced dead by the apple store today. It’s not really a shock because my computer was getting old, but I didn’t expect to just die, without warning or a goodbye. Nevertheless it is gone and I have to get used to it.

I have blogged before about the fact that I get attached to inanimate objects… and to date the most painful has been my car…which I said goodbye to in 2010, but I am pretty sure this will come close. Thankfully I backed up my computer yesterday so all of my stuff is still there, but it will never quite be the same. Sure in a few months I will have a shiny new computer, with more space, enough to fit everything, one which I won’t need to fight with to just put a few more photos on, or to update my software… but it won’t be the same…

I know it seems ridiculous to be so sad about losing a computer, of course it isn’t a person, or a pet, but it had shared with my some pretty big journeys and has helped me to achieved quite a few things. This computer was my first apple… now I know not everyone loves apple, but I do, I really do. I loved how easy it was to work, the fact that it all just made sense and the fact that it just did what it was supposed to do, no silly warnings, just what I wanted when I wanted it… I also loved it’s shiny silver keyboard and how smooth it was to type. It was the first computer I had that didn’t get bugs all the time. The first computer I had as an adult. It got me through my first degree. It kept me connected to my friends and family… and shops during my journey to Castlemaine. It held hundred’s and hundred’s of photos and reminisced with me whenever I wanted. It made more slide shows, photos, invitations, movies and blogs than any of my computers before. And even though it was 4 and a half years old it still worked a treat (well until yesterday). I was such a trouper that even the apple guy was surprised to see it. It only had another 6months until it would have been considered vintage apple… but it won’t make it that far now.

Even now as I type I keep going to check things on my computer… like the first pictures I uploaded on to it and my music collection, but then I remember this isn’t my computer, this is Dave… my computer is dead… I am not sure how this will effect no. 56 ‘Clean out my computer properly’ on the list… because now it’s dead, it just seems a bit cruel. I suppose like all things that die I will have to organise and sort out the things it leaves behind… a hard drive that I am hoping to save full of data… perhaps that will count instead… I don’t know…

All I know is that it’s dead and I am sad. I now have a ‘Emma’s Mac’ sized hole in my heart that hurts… and I feel a little disconnected without it…

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Here we go again… The 2013 List

Wow… I am a little bit excited that this blog has now survived to see the beginning of another year… and because I really love lists here is my 2013 list of 100 things that I would like to do/achieve in the coming year.

Like always some of them I have attempted in the past and even blogged about (in fact you can check out my old ‘lists’ here, here and here), and some of them I have never done or at least haven’t done for a long time anyway. It’s a mixed bag of all things weird, normal and wonderful… Things are always more fun when they are done with someone else, so if you see anything on the list that might tickle your fancy… let me know!

Hopefully as the year goes by I will once again, be able to tick them off this not so little list and put a photo or a blog up about it… so without further adieu… I give you the 2013 list:

  1. Have a Star Trek Movie Marathon
  2. Cook all meals at home for a fortnight (no buying take-away, or going out)
  3. Finish my Dip Ed
  4. Go in two fun runs/walks
  5. Complete a month’s photo a day challenge without missing a day
  6. Attend a Step Class
  7. Read 12 books
  8. Stop buying breakfast regularly
  9. Complete a half marathon
  10. Use my diary more effectively
  11. Start a list of restaurants Dave and I like to go to.
  12. Watch all of my Disney Movies
  13. Clean out my wardrobe
  14. Go to the beach at least 5 times
  15. Get a herb garden
  16. Be deliberate with my TV time
  17. Go Camping
  18. Do something I have never done before
  19. Be on time to things
  20. Build something from Ikea
  21. Throw something old out/give something away every week
  22. Go to the library
  23. Visit Mum in Mornington
  24. Start a list of all the common dishes Dave and I like to eat
  25. Blow Bubbles
  26. Smash a Pinata
  27. Play Badminton
  28. Try Yoga or Pilates
  29. Get down to my goal weight… and stay there
  30. Establish a morning routine
  31. Establish an evening routine
  32. Exercise 3 times a week
  33. See the Myer windows
  34. Wash my car regularly
  35. Eat 5 new foods/dishes I haven’t tried before
  36. Finish a puzzle
  37. Make Home Made Jam
  38. Make a gratitude jar and use it
  39. Do a clean out of my Kikki.K folders
  40. Make something out of origami
  41. Exercise everyday before work for a week
  42. See Dave’s school production
  43. Hear a big band live
  44. Finish our Wedding guest book
  45. Sort through my Cooking magazines and take the recipes I like for my folder
  46. Make something I have seen on Pinterest
  47. Lie on the ground and look at the stars
  48. Have high tea somewhere
  49. Crack 5 eggs in a row without having any shell accidents
  50. Try at least one exercise from each of my Women’s Fitness Magazines
  51. Have a spa
  52. Actually stop pushing the snooze button
  53. Go to a Trivia night
  54. Paint my nails and toenails regularly
  55. Take a photo everyday
  56. Clean out my computer properly
  57. Hear live music
  58. Have 5 different groups of people over for a meal
  59. See some fireworks
  60. Pack up after myself more often than I don’t
  61. See a Musical
  62. Try at least 1 recipe from each of my Donna Hay subscription magazines
  63. Actually go into the Zoo
  64. Cook a three course meal
  65. Go through my house/lifestyle magazines and cut out or throw out
  66. Follow through with Dave’s Christmas present
  67. Visit a country town I haven’t been to before
  68. Give Dave back his bedside table
  69. Actually stop picking
  70. Stick to a devotional/reading plan the whole way through without missing a day
  71. Be more deliberate with my fruit and veg intake
  72. Participate in another table tennis tournament
  73. Tidy up my iTunes library
  74. Ride my push bike more than once
  75. Go away for a full weekend
  76. Get a library card
  77. Have fish and chips on the beach
  78. Hear Keith Urban live… again
  79. Do my chores before Dave does more often than not
  80. Go to two different Christmas carols
  81. Take Dex to the park
  82. Have a picnic
  83. Eat breakfast outside at least 5 times
  84. Get the new Star Trek movie on bluray
  85. Have a milkshake
  86. Floss once a week
  87. Cook something on the BBQ, by myself
  88. Eat red meat at least twice a week
  89. Use a sewing machine
  90. Fly a kite
  91. Walk along the Inverloch beach to Eagle’s Nest and back
  92. Pop a cork
  93. Play a gumleaf
  94. Go to 7 open house inspections
  95. Mow some lawn
  96. Do some colouring
  97. Write to our sponsor children
  98. Try something other than a McChicken or nuggets from McDonalds
  99. Go to a live sports event
  100. Drive a bus