Quick! Finish the List

At the beginning of every year the list starts strong… really strong… I go pretty hard and then always slam on the breaks because I have this panic that I will run out of things to do and that the list will run out.  It’s a stupid thing to do, because then at about this time each year I look at the list and thing heavens above there is a lot of stuff left… will there ever be a year where I actually finish the list?   So here we are again… so far I have crossed off 51 things… which is a pretty good effort… but there are only 7 weeks left in the year… and 49 things to do… that is a lot… so I am asking for help… here is a good old list update with both the things I have done (click the hyperlinks to read the blog I wrote about it, or just enjoy this little blurb if it’s a fresh one)… and the things that are still left to do… so if you see something that you think you might like to help me with, sing out… it’s going to be a mad rush to the end.

  1. threequartersVisit Hobbiton – completed: 01/01/15
  2. Make my own dumplings
  3. Do another Pinterest craft – completed: 13/02/15
  4. Make my own hot cross buns – completed: 05/04/15
  5. Follow through with the 2015 date box again
  6. Paint Something – completed: 15/08/15
    It wasn’t quite the painting I thought I would be doing, in fact technically it was ‘oiling’ but I used a paint brush for a bit… so I think it counts and the deck looks pretty flippin good.
  7. Eat something I have planted – completed: 27/01/15
  8. Buy lunch at work no more than twice a week
  9. Go to two weddings – completed: 21/02/15 (wedding 1, wedding 2)
  10. Order fish at a restaurant – completed: 06/01/15
  11. Try again to embrace home cooking
  12. Have a weekend away – completed: 26/04/15
  13. Go to some carols by candlelight
  14. Work as a classroom teacher – completed 13/03/15
  15. Make the most of my gym membership
  16. Run 5km without walking
  17. Do some trivia – completed: 17/01/15
  18. Learn another song on guitar
  19. Have a picnic in the backyard
  20. Start collecting and sorting photos of Dave and I’s family history
  21. See some black sand – completed: 02/01/15
  22. Put some new photos up around the house – completed: 11/04/15
  23. Blow some giant bubbles
  24. Ride a rollercoaster – completed: 09/04/14
  25. Play mini golf
  26. See a movie at the drive-in – completed: 14/02/15
  27. Build a sandcastle
  28. Buy an ice cream from an ice cream truck
  29. Take a selfie with the selfie stick fully extended – completed: 10/01/15
  30. Go to the beach at least 5 times – completed: 26/01/15
  31. Stargaze while lying on the grass
  32. Watch the sunset from a beach
  33. Rent a bike and go on an adventure – completed: 03/01/15
  34. Stay at the Langham – completed: 07/01/15
  35. Go Hiking – completed: 03/01/15
  36. Take a last minute road trip – completed: 01/10/15
    It was only really last minute for me because I left it until the last minute to get myself organised to go… but that still counts.  Davo and I headed to NSW for his Masters Graduation!  I was a very very proud wife and it was definitely worth the trip.
  37. Make a playlist for each season (Summer and Autumn)
    We can now add Winter:
    – Touch The Sky – Hillsong United
    – No Longer Slaves – Bethel- We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
    – This is Living – Hillsong Young & Free
    – Captain – Hillsong United
    – Great I am – New Life Worship
    – Believing A Lie – Joel Shannon & Asher Johnson
    – I’ll go in the Strength of the Lord – Salvation Army
    – O Boundless Salvation – William Booth
    – Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland, Wizard of Oz
  38. Bake a cake for someone
  39. Buy a stranger dinner (e.g. pay for someone else meal at a restaurant)
  40. Learn a greeting in a language I haven’t spoken before – completed: 07/11/15
  41. Give a heartfelt surprise to someone – completed: 10/08/15
    It doesn’t really matter what it was, or who got it… because I feel like giving that away on here ruins the magic of it… but it happened… and if you recognise the picture for this one… well then I guess you know… but if not, you’ll just have to trust me when I tell you it happened.
  42. Dance in the rain
  43. Plant a tree – completed: 22/09/15
    Well Dave actually planted the tree trees without me… so instead I got to plant the vine in the middle… but the backyard now has an orange tree, a lemon tree and a passion-fruit vine… lets start praying for some delicious fruit soon!
  44. Knit a scarf – completed: 30/05/15
  45. Read a book on a subject you wouldn’t normally choose – completed: 08/06/15
  46. Fly a kite
  47. Write and email/call a company from which I received excellent service
  48. Go on a romantic getaway
  49. Help someone in need
  50. Learn something in sign language – completed: 08/06/15
  51. Wear fancy dress to something – completed: 29/08/15
  52. See two oceans meet – completed: 05/01/15
  53. Go in a sea vessel… kayak, canoe, paddle boat, regular boat… whatever – completed: 06/01/15
  54. Play a board game with friends – completed: 11/07/15
  55. Write at least 3 letters to my prayer pal
  56. Go fruit picking – completed: 08/11/15
    It’s a good thing that my brother’s girlfriend Amy is organised, because without her this would not have happened, but it did… the weather was perfect and we took home a delicious mountain of strawberries, cherries and best of all raspberries….mmmmmm…. so many delicious raspberries… it turns out I like berry picking, especially raspberry picking.
  57. Swim 20km across the year
  58. Do another boot camp
  59. Do another fun run
  60. Walk/run 400km across the year
  61. Go camping
  62. Walk 10,000 steps more often than I don’t
  63. See some fireworks
  64. Eat a Feijoa – completed: 16/04/15
  65. Go on a luge – completed: 03/01/14
  66. Swim in a thermal pool – completed: 02/01/15
  67. Cook all meals at home for a fortnight (no going out or lazy take away)
  68. Take a photo everyday
  69. Play Super Mario Bros
  70. See a Musical – completed: 07/02/15
  71. Read 15 books – completed: 27/10/15
    All done… here’s the full list: 

    • The Storyteller – Jodi Picoult (finished 26/01/15)
    • Still Alice – Lisa Genova (finished 09/02/15)
    • Leaving Time – Jodi Picoult (finished 22/02/15)
    • Wild – Cheryl Strayed (finished 21/03/15)
    • Divergent – Veronica Roth (finished 02/04/15)
    • Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith (finished 10/04/15)
    • Useful – Debra Oswald (finished 05/05/15)
    • Emma – Jane Austen (finished 08/06/15)
    • The Burnt House – Faye Kellerman (finished 18/06/15)
    • If I Stay – Gayle Foreman (finished 25/06/15)
    • Little Women – Louisa May Alcott (finished 03/08/15)
    • Pretty Little Liars – Sara Shepard (finished 23/08/15)
    • Butterflies in November – Audur Ava Olafsdottir (finished 12/09/15)
    • We are all completely beside ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler (finished 01/10/15)
    • Salem Falls – Jodi Picoult (finished 27/10/15)
  72. Try four more local cafes in search of our new breakfast spot
    I’ve tried 3 and I have one more in mind…. so I am almost there.
  73. Try Inverloch’s ‘Red Cup’ equivalent
  74. Have a mocktail – completed: 17/02/15
  75. Finish unpacking the last boxes
  76. Visit a country town I haven’t been to before – completed: 01/10/15
    Well I guess by default it is a country town… but it’s a bit bigger than most… We headed to Newcastle in NSW for Dave’s masters… but I had never been there before… and now I have and technically it fits the requirements.
  77. Put up some outside lights for christmas
  78. Keep getting closer
  79. See Big Hero6 – completed: 30/05/15
  80. Use a remote control toy
  81. See a live music concert… or 4 – completed: 26/09/15
    I didn’t think I would be able to cross this off until I saw Taylor Swift in December but a surprise MSO concert means it is already off the list.

    • Lady Antebellum – 17/03/15
    • John Farnham & Olivia Newton John – 08/04/15
    • Michael Bolton – 16/05/15
    • MSO Disney in concert – 26/09/15
  82. Do some colouring – completed: 08/05/15
  83. Go to a live sporting event – completed: 08/01/15
  84. Have a hot jam donut
  85. Have High Tea – completed: 07/02/15
  86. Cook something from each of my Donna Hay Mags
  87. Learn a new skill – completed: 10/05/15
  88. Make a photo book of our New Zealand Adventure
  89. Have at least 5 different groups of people over for dinner – completed 07/09/15
    Again I feel like if I name names it makes people feel like they were only here for the list, which isn’t true, there has been more than 5 and all of them were for more than just the list… but it is all done.
  90. Ride a push bike without tears – completed: 03/01/15
  91. Complete my sentence a day book for 2015
  92. Make a teepee or blanket fort and watch a movie in it
  93. Go to a farmers market – completed: 26/04/15
  94. Go through the alphabet of foods/restaurants/cuisines
  95. Do something handy at home – completed: 14/02/15
  96. Walk the dog once a week
  97. Set up our outdoor furniture and eat at it – completed: 19/10/15
    All done and I love it! I feel like we might be spending a lot of time out here while the weather is good.
  98. Actually read through the New Testament
  99. See a wild swimming animal – completed: 06/01/15
  100. Touch a volcano – completed: 02/01/15

Ok… So there you go… that’s where we are at in the middle of November…  51 things completed, 49 to go… and as you can see there are still a lot of gaps… so if you see something you want to cross off with me now is the time to say so… I am going to need some help!

The 2014 List Wrap Up

The List 2014 good sizeWow… another year done, another list being signed off… and to be honest I feel like this year the list has been put on the back burner… not because I have stopped loving it, or because it was no good, but because real life got in the way. Which I actually think is really nice… It’s nice to know that I didn’t need the list to make my year what it was, and that my year was awesome even though I only just scrapped through with just a pass… well maybe a credit.  There was so much jammed into this year and while the list didn’t play as bigger part as previous years it still brought a lot of joy to my life… so here is the final re-cap… which is big because it’s been a while since I did a list up date.

Just like all the other years those that have a blog of their own have a hyperlink so you can just click it and read all about it… and the ones that don’t are all listed below with either an explanation of what did or didn’t happen…

  1. Do the 1000 steps – completed: 26/02/14
  2. Make a loaf of bread – completed: 10/11/14
    It was actually four mini garlic breads 
  3. Use my day off productively – completed: 18/12/14
    It may not have been quite the way I had imagined but I think I did use my days off more productively, with errands, moving house and with work…
  4. Cook dinner at least once a week
    I am ashamed to say that this didn’t happen… there are lots of excuses I could make, but they wouldn’t be worth reading.
  5. Do mine and Dave’s family trees – completed: 29/12/14
    I have done the easy bit – back to our grandparents, including their siblings, but now I need to expand a little and get some more detail. 
  6. Try a green juice – completed: 11/01/14
  7. Go to two weddings – completed: 28/03/14 (Wedding 1; Wedding 2)
  8. Eat something from my veggie garden – completed: 8/02/14
  9. Run 5km without walking
    This one is on the list for next year… running you will not win.
  10. Be a more informed consumer – completed: 31/12/14
    I know I still have a long way to go, but I feel like its better to have started the journey than to know nothing at all
  11. Go 1 week without a sometimes food – completed: 1/02/14
  12. Embrace home cooking
    Again not completed…. And only excuses.
  13. Read the New Testament
    I feel like I should just copy and paste from the one above… I did start this one well, but got distracted and it stopped.
  14. Stop back dating blogs…. Post it when it happens or not at all
    Not always consistent, but better… but probably not quite ‘better’ enough.
  15. Go Low FODMAP for a week – completed: 10/03/14
  16. Do another boot camp – completed:1/03/14
    The George women know how to exercise together! 
  17. Get a sun reflector for my car – completed: 14/01/14
  18. Help someone set up a blog – completed: 09/01/14
  19. Review the books I read on amazon – completed: 31/12/14
  20. Send one handwritten note of gratitude to someone each month
    To be honest… I just forgot.
  21. Complement a stranger everyday for a week (different strangers otherwise it would be creepy)
    We even had this as a goal for our small group and I still struggled with it. I know most days I encourage my clients which are kind of strangers… but not quite what I had in mind.
  22. Break a rule – completed: 27/12/14
  23. Swim 50km, not all at once, but over the year
    This was a disaster… I only swam a km… terrible form…
  24. Update my resume (Not because I want a new job but to reflect on my accomplishments) – completed: 27/10/14
  25. Walk/Run 300km – completed 02/11/14
  26. Buy a house – completed: 3/02/14
  27. Do another fun run – completed: 16/11/14
  28. Cuddle a baby less than 6months old – completed: 17/01/14
  29. Get a massage – completed: 29/08/14
    Thankyou Donvale Beauty! 
  30. Be Vegan for 24 hours
    Nup… just didn’t happen… I don’t think I was committed in my heart
  31. Go in a sea vessel… Kayak, Canoe, Paddle boat… whatever – completed: 31/12/14
  32. Go out in country Victoria for the day – completed: 30/08/14
  33. Build a sand castle – completed: 30/12/14
  34. Write at least 3 letters to my prayer pal
    I think I wrote two… Sorry Tess.
  35. Play a board game with friends
  36. Enter a colouring competition
  37. Make a cushion – completed: 20/08/14
  38. Cook fish – completed: 7/01/14
  39. Learn a song on clarinet without Dave’s help
  40. Plant something in the garden – completed: 04/11/14
  41. Play Mini golf
  42. Follow through with Dave’s Christmas present again – completed 15/12/14
  43. Take Dex for a play date with Abe or Diesel
  44. Learn a song on the guitar – completed 16/11/14
  45. Go to Costco – completed: 13/11/14
  46. Try 1 recipe from each recipe book I own
  47. Take Dex for a walk every week
  48. Work as a teacher – completed: 03/05/14
  49. Get some fresh flowers to brighten a room – completed: 22/10/14
  50. Hire a bike and ride around the city
  51. Get a fake tan – completed: 10/01/14
  52. Go to a pump class – completed: 15/04/14
  53. Go to a spin class – completed: 13/02/14
  54. Do something truly Melbournian – completed: 26/07/14
  55. Make my own advent calendar – completed: 26/11/14
  56. Find a train free route to work – completed: 22/01/14
    It is train free, but it’s not all that convenient… I am not sure which is the lesser of the two evils. 
  57. Get a timer for our Christmas lights – completed: 09/11/14
    Although we are a little scared to use it given our old old wiring at home
  58. Go to Bright – completed: 01/11/14
  59. Put Pa’s videos on DVD
    This is still on my wish list though… I am keen to keep things documented. 
  60. Try Pilates – completed: 4/02/14
  61. Use my new paper diary more effectively
    This just didn’t happen… my iPhone reigned supreme.
  62. Be better at visiting my grandparents – completed: 8/12/14
  63. Go to the cricket
  64. Cook all meals at home for a fortnight (no lazy takeaway or eating out just because)
    Again… a fail… maybe next year.
  65. Go fruit picking – completed: 03/11/14
  66. Get awesome Christmas jumpers for Dave and I – completed: 07/08/14
  67. Start my Australia camping pictures map
  68. Go camping
  69. Walk across the bridge in Kilcunda – completed: 10/01/14
  70. Go to a cemetery – completed: 12/01/14
  71. Join a book club – completed: 2/01/14
  72. Read 12 books – completed: 18/10/14
    1. Flash and Bones – Kathy Reichs
    2. Let me off at the top! – Ron Burgundy
    3. Divergent – Veronica Roth
    4. Insurgent – Veronica Roth
    5. Allegiant – Veronica Roth
    6. A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin
    7. A long way home – Saroo Brierley
    8. The Fault in our Stars – John Green
    9. The Giver – Lois Lowry
    10. Reconstructing Amelia – Kimberley McCreight
    11. The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
    12. The Lunar Chronicles: Cress – Marissa Meyer
  73. Try some regular yoga – completed: 10/04/14
  74. Do 5 different exercise classes – completed: 11/09/14
  75. Do a trail walk/hike – completed: 13/09/14
  76. Go a month without playing games on my phone – completed: 1/02/14
  77. Put some nets on my veggie patch – completed: 15/12/14
  78. Take a photo everyday – completed: 31/12/14
  79. Get there and stay there
  80. Have a picnic in the backyard – completed: 19/12/14
  81. Swim in the ocean at least 5 times – completed: 30/12/14
  82. Actually finish our wedding guest book
  83. Update our displayed photos – completed: 24/05/14
  84. Keep my corner clean – completed: 31/12/14
  85. Pretend to be a morning person – completed: 21/10/14
  86. See the movie Frozen – completed: 12/01/14
  87. Exercise 4 times a week – completed: 31/12/14
    Almost anyway, certainly better again this year, and now that I have joined a gym I have to keep it up.
  88. See ‘Saving Mr Banks’ at the movies – completed: 4/01/14
  89. Have dinner and go bowling with Dustin and Rachel
  90. Do my chores and pull my weight around the house
  91. Just stop picking
  92. Play Super Mario Bros
  93. Save some of my pocket money each fortnight
  94. Cook something from each of my Donna Hay magazines
  95. Try at least one thing from each of my Women’s Fitness magazines
  96. Do my 2012 and 2013 scrapbooks
  97. Wash my car by myself
  98. Go on a push bike adventure with Dave
  99. Finish going through my cooking magazines and either save them or through them out – completed: 22/05/14
  100. Drive a bus – completed: 11/05/14
    There is even video footage of it! 

The grand total… 62 out of 100, certainly not by best year, but actually better than I expected…

Sometimes means sometimes

I am currently on day four of trying to cross no. 11 “Go 1 week without a sometimes food” off this years list… and it’s actually been both easier and harder than I had imagined.  It was something that I had put on the list because I thought it was time to address another one of my bad food habits…. but what does it all mean… Well over the last couple of years there has been a push to shift the terminology around food to move from good foods and bad foods to everyday foods and sometimes foods…  in fact in the most recent update of the Australian Dietary Guidelines ‘sometimes foods’ are now referred to as ‘discretionary choices’… however the idea remains the same… it’s a pretty simple concept… you can eat what ever you want, but there some foods which you can have all the time and then others that are best left to occassionally… here enters my third bad food habit confession…

Em’s Bad Food Habit no. 3

I love sometimes foods, which is not that surprising to most… I love all the foods I shouldn’t and generally speaking the ‘sometimes food’ category has become and an everyday food.  Sure they might be different each day, but most days… oh who am I kidding… every day I have a sometimes food… in fact, if I am honest I probably have a few.  It might not be massive, it could be something simple like a couple of biscuits for afternoon tea, dessert after dinner, or some chocolate with a cuppa, but it’s always there… it’s not sometimes.  In fact most of the foods that I would associate with the word ‘treat’, aren’t really treats anymore, they have become staples.  It’s not special or exciting or sometimes even enjoyable when I have these foods because they are way too common.  If I am going to get better at this practicing what I preach business I need to make sometimes foods sometimes… not all the time.

So why can we only eat them sometimes? 

Well like all my other attempts at practicing what I preach there are a couple of reasons…

  1. I guess we should start with what exactly is a ‘sometimes food’… well according to the Australian Dietary Guidelines discretionary foods are those that are not directly necessary for a healthy body, that is they don’t contain enough nutrients that the body needs to justify their intake.  These foods are also often high in sugars, salt, saturated fat and at times alcohol and are best described as energy dense.  That is you get a lot of energy or kilojoules/calories, for not much else.

  2. ‘Sometimes foods’ or ‘Discretionary choices’ are put this in category for a reason.  The dietitians of the world aren’t food kill joys, we do actually want our and your diets to be the best choices for a long, happy and healthy life.  Having said that we know that these foods are things we are wired to like, its just the way it is… thats why they are ok sometimes… or with discretion… If we have them too often, we get too much of things we don’t need, or are detrimental to our health, and we are often displacing things we should be getting.  I know if given the choice I will always choice chocolate, whatever the other option is… but it doesn’t make it a good choice, in fact maybe I am choosing it instead of something I do need, like dairy, fruit or vegetables.

  3. They are easy to over consume, really easy… being so energy dense it doesn’t take a large volume to get lots of nutrients that our body just doesn’t need.  Foods high in fat and sugar are also high in calories and as I mentioned in my original dietitian rant ‘enough is enough’, the reality is if too many calories go in and not enough out, it causes weight gain, and excess weight leads to a whole other list of health concerns.  Also those high in saturated fat can also lead elevated cholesterol which increases risk of heart disease and stroke… not something that is conducive to a long, happy and healthy life.

When it really boils down to it… other than enjoyment they don’t offer enough of what we need to have then everyday, yes they are an important part of a healthy balanced diet, but they need to be a small part, not an everyday item.  They also can’t stop us from getting the things that we actually do need.

My goal…

Jelly SliceWell this week its to go without them all together,  which is probably a little extreme… and very unsustainable… in fact while I have found it quite easy to find alternative everyday snacks, I have been thinking about all the the sometimes foods I would prefer to be eating (I actually dreamt about gingerbread biscuits and chocolate last night)… this is why total deprivation and cold turkey tactics just don’t work, but that’s a whole different blog!  My longer term goal is to get some balance back, to make sure I get my fruit, veg and diary in by using healthier snacks rather than always picking things that I know just aren’t that good for me.  Again just like the salad goal… it’s pretty hard to measure, but here is a little list of alternative go to snacks that I can have instead of my regular sometimes go to.
– a piece of fruit or a small bowl of cut up fruit and salad
– a small tub of low fat yogurt
– some veggie sticks and low fat dip
– some air popped pop corn
– a handful of dried fruit
– a handful of nuts
– some low fat cheese on some vita weats

So I guess the rough plan is that more often I choose something from the list above or something similar… making sure I am more deliberate about getting both my pieces of fruit for the day, rather than substituting them for something best left for sometimes, practicing what I preach… sometimes means sometimes.

You Don’t Win Friends With Salad

It’s time for my first food confession of the year… and while my battle over breakfast continues – although I am glad to report that I am getting better, and so far this year I have been back at work for a week and I have had a good breakfast everyday… but summer has challenged me on another life long bad habit…

Em’s Bad Food Habit no. 2

I really don’t like eating salad…  I love vegetables – in fact I can’t think of a single cooked vegetable that I don’t enjoy… but when it comes to fresh salad… I just struggle… really really struggle… It’s always been like this… even in summer when I was younger, my brothers and I would always go for some cooked veg over salad… despite the fact that a salad would have been much more refreshing.  As I have gotten older there have been numerous occasions when I have eaten salad because I was being watched, or I was at someones house or I didn’t want to be a bad example, but at home… I still avoid it.

When it comes to getting my 5 veggies, not eating salad isn’t that big a deal, but I know that if I am going to practice what I preach… I am going to have to start eating my fresh greens.  (as a side note Dave loves salads, so learning to eat them would also make family meals over summer much more enjoyable for Davo.)

There is no reason I don’t eat them, they just don’t get me excited like roasted veggies do… the thought of sitting down to a salad makes me feel like I am missing out on something better, something more satisfying, something tasty.  But the truth is a salad can be all of those things… I just need to get creative.

So why is salad so important?

Well… it’s not really salad… it’s vegetables and if I am really honest over summer, while I would happily eat hot vegetables everyday, I often don’t want to cook them in the heat, especially in the weather we have had this week… I don’t want to be cooking anything… so I just skip them… which is not ideal… so salad needs to become the way I get my 5 veg in the warmer weather.  And why do we need to get our 5 veg? Well let me tell you…

  1. Veggies are nutrient dense – that is they are packed full of nutritious vitamins and minerals without all the extra calories.  They give us just what we need and very little of what we don’t.  Different veggies have different vitamins and minerals so the best way to make sure you are getting what you need is to eat a variety different types and colour veggies.

  2. Veggies are also high in fibre – they keep us regular and help our bodies get rid of waste as efficiently as possible.

Just like a regular breakfast, getting adequate amounts of vegetables has no downside… it helps maintain a healthy weight, assists with waste disposal and provides us with exactly what we need.   The key with vegetables is variety… lots of different colours and types, as they all offer slightly different things, but if you are including a little bit of all of them regularly you can’t go wrong.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to be there.

My goal…


The reality is I need to embrace salads, not the creamy ones filled with pasta, potato and rice, but the salad salads, filled with salad greens and what not.  I need to practice what I preach and if I can’t have cooked veg, or I can’t be bothered cooking veg, then I have to go with salad… it’s not a meal if it doesn’t have vegetables.  (In fact a good rule of thumb is to make sure half the plate at lunch and dinner is non-starchy vegetables, that is… everything except potato and corn).  I need to take some of my own advice and give it a go, try a few different salads, play around with different combos and maybe even through some fruit and cheese in there to spice it up, but not too much or it’ll be missing the whole point.

I am not really sure how I will measure this… but it is something that needs to be done… I have to be committed and give it a go… in fact the picture above is dinner from Monday night… my first attempt at a friends dressed Greek Salad recipe… maybe I can post some more pictures and some salad recipes of the favourites I find along the way… but most importantly I need to practice what I preach… walk the talk… eat my salad… and be better for it…

Fake Tan and Green Juice

It’s been long time since I have been on a girls weekend away, in fact I think the last time I did something similar was for my own bridesmaid get away and I had forgotten how refreshing it is to do something different and how much fun these girls are! We just headed down to the beach for a quick trip before my best friend Kirsten gets married, and while what happens on a girls weekend should probably stay on a girls weekend, there are a few things that need to be made public… mostly because the weekend away also seemed like the perfect opportunity to cross some things off the list… and they can’t really be crossed off in secret. Over the weekend I crossed a whole stack of things off my list, but actually the whole past week has been a list frenzy… let me take you through what’s was crossed off before we went away…

No. 38 Cook Fish
On Tuesday night I cooked fish – I know this doesn’t sound like a big deal but it is. It’s something that I had never done before.  if I was put on the spot I wouldn’t know what fish to get, what to do with it, how to cook it or what to eat with it… cooking fish is a big hole in my cooking knowledge (it’s actually one of many large holes in my cooking skills knowledge but that’s another story). The idea of cooking fish, even just touching fish makes me nervous, even though I know I need to be eating a lot more of it. But now the first one is done… and while it wasn’t the healthiest meal in the world, these little fish burgers from one of my Donna Hay cook books turned out pretty good.


No. 19 Help someone set up a blog
Thursday morning I helped a friend start a blog and actually later that night I got asked to help someone else as well.  I am really excited about these new blogs because I think they are both going to be winners… but I’ll blog more about the blogs later when they are a little more ready.

No. 51 Get a fake tan
I was super nervous about this… like super super duper nervous, the last fake tan I tried was just before my wedding, I had asked for a super light tan as because I am super pale I didn’t want to look ridiculous… but it was dark… really dark, and awful… just the wrong color and a bad experience all added to the stress of my pending nuptials. So this time round, I was trialing a tan for Kirsten’s wedding, and I wanted to make sure it was right (no one wants an oompa lompa in their bridal party).  So Friday afternoon I went to a friend who has her own beautician business (Donvale Beauty Therapy… check it), and once again asked for a light tan… rather than what I got last time… and it has turned out really nicely… so much better than I could have imagined, and it was perfect to have on the beach! Thanks Hollie.


So still drying and ‘activating’ my new tan I headed down to the beach where the list fun continued…

No. 69. Walk across Kilcunda bridge
Every time I go down to the beach house I drive past this bridge and for a number of years I have been thinking about stopping and checking it out. It’s an old rail bridge that runs between the beach and the highway and while it doesn’t hold trains any more it does make for a pretty picture…


No. 6 Try a green juice
If you read my blog regularly you may remember a blog I wrote entitled “The truth about green juice”, in the blog I didn’t rate them very highly. Nothing has really changed in my opinion of the green juice, but I felt a little bit bad as I had never actually tried a green juice… but now I have… and I still don’t rate the. The Green juice I tried had kale, parsley, chia seeds and pear… which was not a winning combination… I can see how with a little more fruit it might be tasty… but I just don’t think they are for me… which is fine, as I also don’t think they are as awesome as they are made out to be…


No. 70. Go to a cemetery
Morbid I know, but I find them really interesting, I like to read the tombstones and wonder what people were like, work out how old they were and think about who they left behind… I know it’s weird… but it’s true.


No. 86. See the movie ‘Frozen’
After I got home last night, Dave and I went to the movies to see Frozen and it was nice, not as awesome as I had hoped, but I did have pretty high expectations. It was a nice story, with nice music and it made for a nice night.


So there you go, we are 13 days into January and I have already crossed 9 things off the list… I feel like I am going to get pretty close to the full 100 this year!

The 2013 List Wrap Up

The List 4I am finding it really hard to believe that another year is over… This year seems to have gone quicker than the rest, especially the last couple of months… seriously it felt a little like warp speed.  But despite the fact that I am not quite ready for 2014… it starts tomorrow and so this years list must come to an end.  This year I have done pretty well, well I think so anyway, there are still a few left, but lots that are done and dusted… but it’s been a while since there was a list update so once again I am including it all in the wrap up.

Those that have a blog of their own have a hyperlink so you can just click it and read all about it… and the ones that don’t are all listed below with either an explanation of what happened… or why it didn’t.

Here we go… the 2013 wrap up…

  1. Have a Star Trek Movie Marathon – completed: 11/5/13
  2. Cook all meals at home for a fortnight (no buying take-away, or going out)
    I am almost embarrassed to admit that this didn’t happen… I am not even sure we had two weeks when we were both around… it’s been a busy busy year.
  3. Finish my Dip Ed – completed: 1/11/13
    All done and dusted… and it feels pretty good… now just to get my registration completed.
  4. Go in two fun runs/walks – completed: 13/10/13
    First the Sunset series run, then the half… fun run challenge complete.
  5. Complete a month’s photo a day challenge without missing a day – completed: 31/1/13
  6. Attend a Step Class – completed: 4/12/13
    Thanks to a free pass from a friend to the gym next to work this made it off the list fairly late in the year, but it is done.
  7. Read 12 books – completed: 13/12/13
    1. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkin
    2. Cinder – Marissa Meyer
    3. Scarlet – Marissa Meyer
    4. Does This Church Make Me Look Fat – Rhoda Janzen
    5. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire – Jim Cymbala
    6. Inferno – Dan Brown
    7. The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
    8. The Land Between – Jeff Manion
    9. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
    10. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
    11. The Color War – Jodi Picoult
    12. The Christmas Grandma Ran Away From Home – Nancy Warren
    and just for good measure 13. Mocking Jay – Suzanne Collins
  8. Stop buying breakfast regularly – completed: 31/12/13
  9. Complete a half marathon – completed: 13/10/13
  10. Use my diary more effectively – completed: 31/12/13
    It may not have been my paper diary like I would have hoped, but my little iCal on all my apple products has certainly had a work out… and I think its been quite effective in keeping Dave and I at the right places at the right times.
  11. Start a list of restaurants Dave and I like to go to – completed: 31/12/13
    Its not a long list… but it has been started… and now we can just continue to add to it.
  12. Watch all of my Disney Movies – completed 29/12/13
    It turns out I have a lot of Disney DVDs and it took forever to get through them… all year in fact…. but it is done… all watched.
  13. Clean out my wardrobe – completed: 20/1/13
  14. Go to the beach at least 5 times – completed: 19/1/13
  15. Get a herb garden – completed: 3/2/13
    Ok so I got a herb garden… but it died… but then I started a veggie patch which is still going… so I guess it still counts.
  16. Be deliberate with my TV time – completed: 31/12/13
  17. Go Camping – completed: 8/6/13
  18. Do something I have never done before – completed: 9/4/13
  19. Be on time to things – completed: 31/12/13
    Well maybe not everything, but I am definitely getting better.
  20. Build something from Ikea – completed: 22/12/13
    It was just a box… but it was from Ikea.
  21. Throw something old out/give something away every week
  22. Go to the library – completed: 20/3/13
  23. Visit Mum in Mornington – completed: 13/3/13
  24. Start a list of all the common dishes Dave and I like to eat – completed: 31/12/13
    Again its not a long list… but it is a list and now we add to it as we go.
  25. Blow Bubbles – completed: 7/1/13
  26. Smash a Piñata – completed: 21/10/13
  27. Play Badminton – completed: 27/12/13
    I was lucky enough to do this twice… the first with an up coming champion of the sport… my cousin Jack and second in the streets of Inverloch.
  28. Try Yoga or Pilates – completed: 25/4/13
  29. Get down to my goal weight… and stay there
    Yet again this goal has been left unachieved… but I will get there… even if it kills me.
  30. Establish a morning routine
    I tried… but it didn’t stick…
  31. Establish an evening routine
    Same as the morning routine… I tried… but it’s still on the list.
  32. Exercise 3 times a week – completed: 31/12/13
    So again this year it wasn’t every week, but on average I am pretty sure I achieved this, so I am crossing it off  as done.
  33. See the Myer windows – completed: 30/11/13
    Lovely as always… and a Christmas must.
  34. Wash my car regularly
    Well I washed it… but it wasn’t very regularly
  35. Eat 5 new foods/dishes I haven’t tried before – completed: 25/12/13
    1. Roasted Beetroot
    2. Bubble Cup
    3. Dahl
    4. Salted Caramel
    5. Egg Nog
  36. Finish a puzzle – completed: 20/12/13
    Ok so it was a tiny puzzle I got in a Christmas Bon Bon, but it was still a puzzle.
  37. Make Home Made Jam – completed: 14/7/13
    It exploded all over the microwave, but it tasted pretty good.
  38. Make a gratitude jar and use it – completed: 14/3/13
  39. Do a clean out of my Kikki.K folders
    They are still sitting there, some have been cleaned out, but not all
  40. Make something out of origami – completed: 25/4/13
  41. Exercise everyday before work for a week – completed: 24/10/13
  42. See Dave’s school production – completed: 16/5/13
  43. Hear a big band live – completed: 30/11/13
    Davo playing in the Salvo Big Band with Idea of North
  44. Finish our Wedding guest book
    Um… it’s still not done… next year… next year.
  45. Sort through my Cooking magazines and take the recipes I like for my folder
    I started… but I haven’t finished so I can’t cross it off… but it is started and that is a good step.
  46. Make something I have seen on Pinterest – completed: 14/3/13
  47. Lie on the ground and look at the stars – completed: 7/6/13
  48. Have high tea somewhere – completed: 13/4/13
    A winner birthday surprise from my besties.
  49. Crack 5 eggs in a row without having any shell accidents – completed: 28/4/13
    I have finally nailed it… no more digging out shell.
  50. Try at least one exercise from each of my Women’s Fitness Magazines
    It started and got pretty close, but I didn’t do them all.
  51. Have a spa – completed: 6/7/13
  52. Actually stop pushing the snooze button
    Another year… still a lot of snoozing.
  53. Go to a Trivia night – completed: 15/6/13
    Well it wasn’t quite what I had imagined, but we did play trivial pursuit so I think it counts.
  54. Paint my nails and toenails regularly
    Not this year…
  55. Take a photo everyday – completed: 31/12/13
  56. Clean out my computer properly – completed: 31/3/13
  57. Hear live music – completed: 6/9/12
  58. Have 5 different groups of people over for a meal – completed: 24/11/13
  59. See some fireworks – completed: 8/12/13
    And they were Christmas fireworks which makes it even better
  60. Pack up after myself more often than I don’t
    Sorry Dave… I didn’t do this.
  61. See a Musical – completed: 7/3/13
    I saw a few this year… Jersey Boys and Les Mis were highlights though.
  62. Try at least 1 recipe from each of my Donna Hay subscription magazines – completed: 30/12/13
    There was a lot of cooking in December just to make this happen
  63. Actually go into the Zoo – completed: 20/2/13
  64. Cook a three course meal – completed: 30/12/13
    It helped me cross no. 62 of the list.
  65. Go through my house/lifestyle magazines and cut out or throw out – completed 26/12/13
    All in my dream house kikki.k folder now… or in the bin.
  66. Follow through with Dave’s Christmas present – completed 12/12/13
  67. Visit a country town I haven’t been to before – completed: 12/1/13
  68. Give Dave back his bedside table – completed: 4/2/13
  69. Actually stop picking
    This one is going back on the list for next year because it has to stop.
  70. Stick to a devotional/reading plan the whole way through without missing a day – completed 21/1/13
  71. Be more deliberate with my fruit and veg intake – completed: 31/12/13
    So this wasn’t a very measurable goal… but I am pretty sure I was.
  72. Participate in another table tennis tournament – completed 21/12/13
  73. Tidy up my iTunes library – completed: 31/3/13
  74. Ride my push bike more than once – completed: 14/4/13
  75. Go away for a full weekend – completed: 1/4/13
  76. Get a library card – completed: 20/3/13
  77. Have fish and chips on the beach – completed: 11/3/13
  78. Hear Keith Urban live… again – completed: 2/2/13
  79. Do my chores before Dave does more often than not
    Sorry again Dave…
  80. Go to two different Christmas carols – completed: 8/12/13
    I actually went to probably 5 Christmas carols.
  81. Take Dex to the park – completed: 2/9/13
  82. Have a picnic – completed: 15/12/13
    At a Christmas carols… it was delicious
  83. Eat breakfast outside at least 5 times – completed: 26/9/13
    Mostly while we were camping, so there was no other choice, but it was still lovely… and I should do it more often.
  84. Get the new Star Trek movie on bluray – completed: 3/5/13
  85. Have a milkshake – completed: 5/1/13
  86. Floss once a week
    Sorry Dentists of the world… I am a really bad flosser.
  87. Cook something on the BBQ, by myself – completed: 16/12/13
  88. Eat red meat at least twice a week
    I am really bad at this… I need to lift my game
  89. Use a sewing machine – completed: 22/11/13
    Thanks to Mum on trip down to Mornington
  90. Fly a kite – completed: 6/1/13
  91. Walk along the Inverloch beach to Eagle’s Nest and back – completed: 1/1/13
  92. Pop a cork – completed: 9/11/13
  93. Play a gum leaf – completed: 31/12/13
    I can’t really do it… but I did have a go
  94. Go to 7 open house inspections – completed: 5/10/13
  95. Mow some lawn – completed: 7/4/13
  96. Do some colouring – completed: 3/5/13
  97. Write to our sponsor children – completed: 31/12/13
  98. Try something other than a McChicken or nuggets from McDonalds – completed: 15/4/13
  99. Go to a live sports event – completed: 29/6/13
  100. Drive a bus
    Not this year… maybe next time.

So there you go another year and another list over… 82 out of 100… that’s a high distinction I believe.