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Mum in hospital, boyfriend to A and E

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Well, I have had a busy day.

I got a text around 10.30 from my mum saying that she was in hospital. Her cold wasn't getting better so she went back to the doctor who sent her straight to the hospital to rule out pneumonia. Luckily work was really understanding and sent me to be with her. All the tests have come back negative, so she is just in being observed and she can come home tomorrow.

While I was at the hospital my boyfriend called me and said that I shouldn't panic but he cut his finger making dinner (to put in the crockpot) and it wouldn't stop bleeding. Left mum in the hospital, went to get the boyfriend and took him to the accident and emergency centre. Only a minor injury, but he needed a tetanus injection and a dressing.

Whew. Luckily everyone is safe and sound tonight. Very lucky to live in a country with such awesome (free!) medical care!

It goes without saying that my eating wasn't awesome today. I took my morning tea to the hospital, so I had a banana there. Picked up sushi for lunch. Dinner was in the crockpot, so no major there. I tried millet for the first time, which is minor compared to the rest of the day, but it was yummy. Managed to get to the gym for a quick weights session. I am sore from kickboxing, mainly in my back.

Now I have to organise a little bit for tomorrow, and then I can relax!

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ANAJAK 9/5/2012 1:38AM

    Arrgghh the drama!!! Glad everyone is good now. What did you cook in the crockpot?? I'm so nosy haha emoticon

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JSTETSER 9/4/2012 3:28PM

    I'm glad to hear that all is well. Good quality free health care must be a great thing!

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_LINDA 9/4/2012 9:12AM

    So glad your loved ones are all okay! I love kickboxing too, but my sore back is from tossing and turning and never being able to sleep :P.
I hope you have a much more enjoyable Tuesday!

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TWINSMOMMY607 9/4/2012 7:15AM

    I'm glad to hear that everything is okay!

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BUBBLEJ1 9/4/2012 6:16AM

    Chaley - Just not as awesome as usual! My 2 oranges, yogurt, and sandwich are still sitting in the fridge at work. I made good choices with what I had, but more fruit and veggie servings would have been nice!

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PATSYB7 9/4/2012 6:12AM

    Glad everyone's okay. And you did well with your program. Good for you!

You're lucky to have free health care. Here in the US I spend $6,500 per year for my family plus another $1,000 in deductibles and copays. My employer kicks in $6,500. Yikes! Are things out of control here, or what?

Anyway--hope your day is event free and smooth sailing! emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 9/4/2012 5:46AM

    Ooh I was worried when I read the title! But yay for everyone being okay : )

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    What do you mean that "it goes without saying that your eating wasn't awesome"? It sounds like you still managed to eat well, and get in a workout! Great job!!

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SLIMMERKIWI 9/4/2012 4:55AM

    It sounds like MISS BUBBLE is taking after her Aunty Kriss - LOL! THAT is the sort of thing that happens to us. About a year ago I had hubby go off to hospital in the wee hours of the a.m. I was supposed to take my Stepfather to an Outpatient Appointment that day, so waited until a civil hour and phoned to let them know there was a slight change of plans and that I would take our lunch with us. My sister answered the phone. As soon as I mentioned a slight change of plans she interrupted and said "Tell me about it - the Dr has just rocked on in closely followed by the ambulance." HE was sent to hospital so I had BOTH in North Shore Emergency Dept. one on one side of it and the other on the other side. I was racing back and forth between them. It turned out they both had the same Specialist coming back and forth too. A wee bit before that, it was my mother and sister together. Mum was going down in the ambulance as support for my sister who had just had a stroke. Mum ended up collapsing too so the Ambo had to get assistance to get them both out the ambulance and into the ER. At least the staff put them into 2 cubicles next to each other, and that could easily have the partition opened so they could talk with each other - LOL!

Anyway sending good vibes to your Mum and as for your BF - I reckon he was jealous and wanted you with him :-) Hope they are good as gold in no time at all!


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Thoughts on my first kickboxing class

Monday, September 03, 2012

Well. It was nothing like I expected. Firstly, no one told me that coordination was required. I have no coordination; I trip up stairs and fall into walls. Terrible. I got a space at the back so if I managed to make a complete idiot of myself the audience would be limited. Luckily I got a spot next to a lovely guy from boxing, so we laughed our way through the class.

It was very fast. I did struggle to keep up. I did say 'what the f***?', more than once. I did ask the guy next to me if he felt ridiculous too (he did, but said I had some good moves and I'd be fun to go clubbing with, so there is that). I did accidentally kick the wrong way and kick the guy next to me. But it was enjoyable. Not something I'd usually be into, but something I would do again. AND I burned 450 calories in a 45 minute class (HRM reading)! Not too shabby! My only complaint is that the music was very, very loud and I couldn't hear the instructions, so I just did what the person in front of me did.

So, I'll be back. It is a new challenge for me! Same time next Monday!

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ANAJAK 9/5/2012 1:34AM

    Haha this is just so awesome. The whole blog made me smile emoticon emoticon

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PAMATX 9/3/2012 12:57PM

    Ha! Sounds like a lot of fun! This post made me laugh. You're clearly having a great time. Yay!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/3/2012 7:59AM

    Sounds like a good experience! Way to step outside of your normal box. Glad you had fun with the guy from boxing (hint... you are fun to be with, and new guys find you interesting and fun!)

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WENDYSPARKS 9/3/2012 7:33AM

    Sounds fun!!!

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AMSPARKER 9/3/2012 6:22AM

    great job on trying something new! i want to take either a zumba or a bokwa class, but I am too chicken!! So good for you! I actually LOVE kickboxing (again, only tried via DVD, but still loved it!). My husband and two of my daughters are black belts in karate and they say that the moves are similar to the warm ups and agility drills that they do in class. Keep it up, and if nothing else, you have the promise of perhaps going clubbing with your fellow exerciser! So you rocked it on a couple of fronts!

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SLIMMERKIWI 9/3/2012 5:56AM

    It sounds like you got a kick out of this in more ways than one - LOL!

NOW you know that the trick is to stand next to someone you DON'T like - then you have a very good cover for kicking butt :-)

You can always ask them to turn the music down - I've done this lots of times and no-one minds!


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OLIVIANIGHT 9/3/2012 5:45AM

    I LOVE kickboxing, but I sometimes struggle with coordination too. It's good if you can laugh about it : )

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SDANLSON 9/3/2012 5:27AM

  Actually, it sounds like the kind of thing that will actually improve your coordination while you are doing it. Unfortunately, when you stop the activity for a while you will start loosing the skills.

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Gym and vet today

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Firstly, I went to the gym. Did my weights. Looked skinny. Observe

Love that top.

Then I got home and mentioned to my mum that I hadn't seen my cat, Pixie, in a while. Mum feeds the cats, so I figured I had just been missing her. Then mum said she thought I was feeding her, and she hadn't seen her in 2 days. Panic. Went outside and called for her. After 5 minutes she came running. Luckily I have her well name trained, and she knows my voice. I picked her up and took her inside for some food. First she wouldn't get out of my arms, and when she did she wouldn't eat. Not even some smoked salmon! This is one fat cat, she doesn't pass up food. I took her to the emergency vet. The vet said that physically she is fine, no sign of trauma. BUT she isn't eating and is very lethargic, which could be signs of any number of things. He thinks she may have had a fright or a scare which is why she is acting odd. He gave her a painkiller just in case and told me to contact my normal vet if she still isn't eating tomorrow.

She got home and collapsed in the hallway

And looks annoyed at me while I took photos. I'm the mean lady who takes her to the vet, after all!

So we just have to wait and see and hope that she starts eating again soon!

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    Feel better soon, Pixie!

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TWEETYKC00 9/3/2012 2:44PM

    Looking goo there, hard work pays off, right? I hope your poor kitty feels better and soon.

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PAMATX 9/3/2012 1:20PM

    You look fantastic. And your kitty is adorable. I hope she's feeling better today.

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DRAGONCHILDE 9/2/2012 8:46PM

    My kitty likes to do that, too; I think it usually means he's being crotchety, but I'm watching him in case he's coming down with something.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/2/2012 6:36PM

    YES! Looking skinny in that photo!!

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BARCLE 9/2/2012 5:33PM

    Hiya gorgeous - you're looking fantastic emoticon I hope Pixie is okay! emoticon emoticon

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BUBBLEJ1 9/2/2012 3:32PM

    Lexie - We have 4 other cats, so there is always food down. She wasn't starved, she just didn't come in for her meals, which is not like her at all. Since she comes and goes as she pleases we just figured the other one had seen her.

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LIVEDAILY 9/2/2012 10:56AM

Hmm...she couldn't possibly be preggers? Or maybe she had a run in with another cat? I hope she feels better soon!! It's scary when our gut is telling us something's not quite right, but we don't know what it exactly is. Has she eaten since?

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LEXIE63 9/2/2012 6:12AM

    It is at times like this that I curse the fact we don't speak the same language! Hope Pixie bucks up soon. It may well be that she has had a scare. Or she could be in a major sulk because her humans didn't feed her for two days! So the trip to the vets won't have improved her mood. LOL

Hugs to Pixie, and slapped wrists to you and your Mum! Write 100 lines each: 'I will check that pixie had been fed and cuddled at least three times a day!'

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ANAJAK 9/2/2012 5:35AM

    Oh no! I hate it when they start acting like that it is scary! I'm sure Pixie will be fine and back to scarfing down the food in no time emoticon

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Brain dump

Saturday, September 01, 2012

I am awake. It is 4am. I have been awake for around an hour. I am clearly a dedicated teacher, because I woke up struggling to think of a compound sentence I could use to teach sentence structure this week. I KNOW. What a stupid thing to be dreaming about, especially on a Saturday night. And a compound sentence, really. The complex one I have already. By all rights it should be the other way around! Then my mind started wandering to my life and my future.

I have pretty much decided to break up with my boyfriend. I had a coffee with a former co-worker yesterday and it put a lot of things into perspective. One thing y'all don't know is that I financially support him 75% of the time. He only works part time (this term he is full time due to a maternity leave position) so it is up to me to cover his rent, petrol and general expenses. We pretty much pool our money but his contribution is usually 10% of mine. If we break up then I would finally have some disposable income. I know that money isn't everything, but I'd rather cry on my holiday to Italy, ya know? If we break up I could do some serious saving (I have very few expenses besides rent, petrol, insurance and a gym membership) and I could have the OE (overseas experience) I have been wanting. I am also the only one of us who is qualified. His lack of qualifications means he can't work overseas. I am desperate to move to the USA or UK and work for a year, but I can't do that with him. If we break up then I would have that door opened to me. I could work hard, get my teachers registration and go overseas for a while. Pretty much if I were single I would have a lot more doors open to me. I could do anything and everything I wanted to do. I wouldn't have to keep putting my life on hold because Russell doesn't have money or doesn't want to do something.

I have zest for life. I'm a freakin lime here, all zesty and ready to go. My boyfriend is zestless. He has no goals, no ambition. He is quite happy just to exist and hope for the best. I am not. I am 23 years old and I want things from my life. I want to see the world. I want to get out of my comfort zone, extend myself. I want to see the Golden Gate Bridge, the Leaning Tower, and the Great Wall of China. I want to have a one night stand with an attractive man with an accent. Hmmmm, getting sillier as the list goes on...

So now the hard part starts. The detangling of 6 years of a tangled life. Bank accounts, furniture, cats. All in both of our names. My car is in my name, thank goodness. Our debt is mainly in my name, but the savings are in both. I am thinking that we should pay off our debt and just split the leftover savings down the middle. It seems fairest. I think I should keep the engagement and wedding rings. They were purchased by me, using my staff discount, using my credit card which I have mainly paid off. Sigh, my beautiful engagement ring... He has his favourite cat, so he can have him. The other 2 cats are mine. One was pre relationship and the other was pre moving in together, so there is no question about who gets those cats. The bed his his, he can have it. Other than the couch, which is no comfortable, everything else was given to me by my parents, so I should keep it.

OH I could spend the next school holidays in England with my bestie! That would be beyond amazing!

And now it is 4.20. I should try and go to sleep now. I have plans for today! I want to run to the gym, do my weights and then walk home. Gotta keep getting hotter!

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    Wow. That's quite the decision you've made (although I know it's been in the works for a while). Good luck with all the detangling!

PS: Canada's a great place to come to as well!! He he!

Just occurred to me: I don't know how it works there, but here if you've been living with someone for 6 months, you are considered common-law, which is the 'same' as marriage. In order to split things after being together, some couples find that they have to officially file for divorce, even though they were not legally married.

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CARLA-216 9/3/2012 8:19AM

    You know what you want and you know that those things likely wouldn't be possible if you stayed in your already unhappy relationship. I think you made the best decision for you. The splitting of assets sounds fair, the way you listed it.

Go live your dreams! You are too young to be held back!


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BARCLE 9/2/2012 5:37PM

    emoticon it sounds like you know what's right for you - and I think what you have decided is for the best. I'm here for you emoticon

ps - the one night stand with a man with an accent - totally. worth. it - just sayin' emoticon emoticon

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ANAJAK 9/2/2012 5:45AM

    You go Miss B. If you need a mini holiday to the shaky city (which hasn't shook in a while) you are more than welcome to take a break down here :) Actually we should do the milford track that should also be on your list of "must sees"!

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MARYELLEN301 9/1/2012 10:54PM

    Wow! It sounds like you've really worked it out in your head. 13 years ago I, too, had a plan and it only took one really stupid, thoughtless, selfish remark on his part to end a 27 year marriage (that had been "over" for about 20 years). Get yourself to a good lawyer and start living your dreams. You pass this way only once. Good luck.

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AMSPARKER 9/1/2012 3:17PM

    Oh boy....if there is anything I can do, please contact me. I'm from the us and I currently live in the uk, in london. I can give you the name of my kids school (only if/when you are ready....sounds like you have some major life stuff to settle that will keep you busy for the near future), the school is always hiring international teachers.
Xoxoxoxo....proud of your courage, self reflection...now on to the hard part! I'm here if you need".....

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PAMATX 9/1/2012 2:12PM

    I love your list! The one night stand with a man with an accent made me giggle. As did the opening doors. emoticon The ex I mentioned? I bought my engagement ring, too. It's so pretty. I should wear it on my right hand. Oh, and he too expected me to support him. Which is why I used the term "parasite."

You had some mighty exciting early-morning musings. You surely are peeking through that door!

And now I'm off to google some examples of compound sentences.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/1/2012 1:19PM

    Your plan sounds good, and I can hear your happieness reading about your goals and wishes! You deserve them all!

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AZMOMXTWO 9/1/2012 12:30PM

  get it all written down and have him sign it in front of witnesses then go for it you do not need to support some one who is able to work.

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Clothes shopping

Saturday, September 01, 2012

As I have discovered, clothes shopping sucks no matter what you weigh. I didn't like it when I was heavy, I still don't like it now. But, shop I must since my clothes seem to be going through a growth spurt... Nothing fits!

I went to 6 stores. I found a nice top in 1, but it was on sale and the size they had left was far too big. 3 stores I was far too old for (bright pink pants are a teenage thing, I guess?) and 1 store had some nice things but nothing grabbed me. I ended up at The Warehouse, which I suppose is the NZ version of Walmart. Cheap and cheerful, not awesome quailty, but wearable. I ended up trying everything on and walking out with 3 tops.

I must mention here that all the tops I got were a size SMALL! A freaking SMALL. And they are a little big. I KNOW the store just runs big, but it is still nice to be able to say that I bought 3 size SMALL tops! I even had to pass on a really nice cardi because I was swimming in the smallest size.

One of the tops

The jeans are new but old. I got them years ago and planned to shrink into them. I have never worn them! I tried them on a month ago and they were snug. This morning they fit perfectly! $100 pair of jeans, brand new? Gotta love that! And I didn't even have to leave my house.

The other 2 tops are simple tops with a nice pattern around the neck. They are the same in different colours. Hey, if you like something get one in every colour? As per usual I spent way too much time in the workout clothes section. I didn't buy anything from there since I really don't need it (well I need a new sports bra). It is still fun to look!

Today I have also
- Been to an average spinning class. The instructor was having a bad day. Too much talking, not enough working. At least I did something, right?
- Had coffee with an old workmate.
- Treated myself to 2 gourmet chocolates. They were small, but good quality.

And that is my day. Not a bad start to September!

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    Sounds like those chocolates are worth the splurge!

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BRENJET 9/1/2012 9:29AM

    You look fantastic! Congrats!!


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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/1/2012 7:37AM

    emoticon Size small is an AWESOME NSV!!!! Way to go!
The top and jeans look great!

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JSTETSER 9/1/2012 6:08AM

    You are such an inspiration! emoticon

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FITANDFIFTY2 9/1/2012 2:27AM

    Congratulations Spark Friend! Love the top,, very cute! You look amazing!! Totally awesome !! emoticon

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