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Neeeeeeeeeeeearly done

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

With uni that is!

So healthy eating and working out is not happening. I blame the stress, but that is just a cop out. It is just because I have gotten lazy and can't be bothered. Because of the stress.

Maths assignment handed in today, and if I was at all religious I would have said a prayer at the drop box. It is going to take a miracle to get me through this one!

I just have one more assignment (technology) and a group presentation (deafness) left for the year! AND I was way early for uni today coz my group meeting was cancelled, then uncancelled but I didn't know, do I had 3 hours to do nothing but my assignment. I'm nearly done. Score!

And thats my life. I've sent out a million house inquiries so hopefully we can find a nice place that is in our price range. Fingers crossed people! The one we wanted was taken, as I was rudely told this morning. I called up to check and the woman told me it had gone. I just said that it was a shame coz we were very interested and she said "Yeah, well, its gone". Yep, thanks, got that. Then I called a lovely lady who was only too happy to help me arrange a viewing of another place :)

OK, off to watch Desperate Housewives. I loooooooooove that show!

  
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LEXIE63 10/26/2010 3:27PM

    Well done on completing the assignment, and I wouldn't worry about the flat. From what you say, the landlady doesn't sound exactly wonderful. :-) Somewhere much better will turn up, I'm sure. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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MAGGIE805 10/26/2010 10:58AM

    Great job with getting the assignment in and my fingers are crossed for you finding a house. Good luck! emoticon

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TWINSMOMMY607 10/26/2010 7:30AM

    Woohoo!

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BEVFOLK 10/26/2010 7:15AM

    Congrads on finishing the assignment!!!

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Maths, BBF's gig and a house!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Righto. This will be a very disjointed and badly written post. I have been essay writing for 7 hours today and the words don't come out good.

Maths assignment sucks. Seriously. I hate it. I have to make up lessons for imaginary kids and then justify my choices. And I really don't have great justifications. I'm planning a class warm up of 21 because kids love it. Justified? Hopefully.

I went to my BBF's gig today and then we went to dinner. The gig was more of a practice session infront of people, but it was good and I'm excited for the actual gig on Friday. After fireworks. Her band plays covers and they are pretty good, but I have zero musical talent. Dinner was tapas. We love tapas. We get to have a little bit of lots of things :)

I went out for dinner last night too, to celebrate my new job. I may have had a cocktail. And dessert. Yeah, this whole healthy lifestyle thing ain't quiet happening right now. Maybe next week will be better :)

We may have found a house! Well, a flat. It is a downstairs flat and there is another flat above. It is below our budget and 2 bedrooms and in the suburb we wanna live it. And because it is so affordable we wouldn't have to get a flatmate! Score. I have emailed and hopefully I will hear back Tuesday and we can view it and move in! I haven't even seen it and I want it. I hope it is good. And that they allow cats. It didn't say no cats....

Thats all she wrote...Back soon with actual sentences

  
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NOTMILK 10/25/2010 12:27AM

    sending positive vibes your way, hoping this flat is the right one for you (and the cats)!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 10/24/2010 4:37PM

    Good luck on the assignment! Sounds like house hunting is going your way too! Good Luck!


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MAGGIE805 10/24/2010 4:01PM

    Yay! I so happy for you. Good luck. :)

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ANITA012 10/24/2010 11:45AM

    Good Luck! emoticon

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PURPLESPEDCOW 10/24/2010 9:34AM

    crossing my fingers for you on the flat.

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TWINSMOMMY607 10/24/2010 9:18AM

    Congrats on the possible flat. That is really exciting for you guys!

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I GOT THE JOB!!!!!!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

See title.

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I am so cool right now. All employed. At a job I think I'm really, really gonna like.

So I went for a third interview. I think the manager was impressed that i dragged my ass up to the shop on a Saturday afternoon. Gotta go above and beyond, people!

I had all the right answers and impressed the interviwer so much that he offered me the job right there and then when he had said he would probably get back to me next week when we first sat down.

The pay is good, the bonuses are great and the staff discount is incredible!

Happy, happy me!

  
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HISARTIST 10/28/2010 12:07PM

    CONGRATS!!! emoticon

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SLIMMERSUSAN10 10/28/2010 11:58AM

    Congrats!! A great feeling, I know!

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LEXIE63 10/24/2010 7:40PM

    Yay! Congratulations!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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THENEWKATIEB 10/23/2010 7:37PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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CARLA-216 10/23/2010 9:23AM

    I'm so happy for you! Congratulations!

I agree, you have to go above and beyond, especially if your job market is anything like it is in the US!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 10/23/2010 8:50AM

    Congratulations! I am very happy for you!

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SOCCERWOW 10/23/2010 8:29AM

  Congratulations!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 10/23/2010 8:26AM

    That's great! Congrats to you!

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LINDENSGIRL 10/23/2010 8:19AM

    Really Happy for you.... emoticon

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ANITA012 10/23/2010 8:03AM

    So "Happy" for you! I know how it feels. I was once hired on the spot and I was on cloud nine! emoticon emoticon

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JDBD17 10/23/2010 7:43AM

    Yay!!!!!

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NOTMILK 10/23/2010 7:37AM

    WOOHOO
*dancing*
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ANJOYLA 10/23/2010 1:11AM

    Congratulations.

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BARCLE 10/23/2010 12:49AM

    emoticon A huge congrats emoticon

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CASJ57 10/23/2010 12:37AM

    COngratulations!

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DOUGLYE 10/23/2010 12:31AM

  Awesome! Congrats on the job
(now you have to change your sparks page update)

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Gather around as I share a recipe

Friday, October 22, 2010

This is not my recipe. But I made it and calculated the calories so I will share it anyways!

Hokey Pokey. HoneyComb. Sponge Candy. Delicious. Since I am a kiwi we shall call it Hokey Pokey, coz that is what makes me happy :)

If you are unsure what I am talking about (it goes by other names) check here
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sponge_toffee

Yes my friends. Hokey Pokey. It is delicious, so easy and quick to make AND considering it is a big lump of melted sugar the calories aren't bad.

The whole lump has 344 calories.





And there is no way you will wanna eat the whole thing. It isn't healthy but if you are needing a sweet hit you could make this, have a bit and not feel bad!

So, my friends, follow these directions and you will have hokey pokey in no time

*WARNING! WARNING! Use you common sense people. You will be melting sugar. DO NOT do this with young children/ pets in the room. However older children may enjoy watching you make this as there is a cool chemical reaction at the end. Use your noggin, don't take risks with boiling sugar!*

You will need:
5Tbsp White Sugar
2Tbsp Golden Syrup
1tsp Baking soda

Saucepan
Wooden spoon
Pan - Line with baking paper and have it ready when you start. Trust me.


1. In a saucepan over a medium heat combine 5T of sugar and 2T of golden syrup.

2. Stir sugar and syrup constantly until sugar dissolves.

3. Once dissolved crank up the heat and boil the mixture.

4. Once it starts to boil turn the heat down again and let the mixture simmer for around 5 minutes, stirring.

* The mixture will bubble up and start to increase in size. This is normal and wanted*

5. After 5 minutes of simmering remove from the heat.

6. Add in 1t of baking soda and stir QUICKLY!!! The mixture will lighten in colour and foam.

7. Quickly pour the mixture into a prepared pan.

8. Leave to set. When it is cool it is ready! Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

The pieces can be dipped in chocolate if desired.

This would make an awesome homemade christmas gift! Cheap and very quick to make!

To clean to pan simply soak in warm water for a minute. The mixture stuck to the inside of the pan and to the wooden spoon will just dissolve away!

There ya go, an old favourite and sparkable in moderation.

I remember making this in 3rd form and it went so horribly wrong. I don't know what we did but it ended up like a soft caramel. Who knows? It worked tonight though!


  
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REEDSKI 10/22/2010 9:12AM

    I won't be making any but I love the fact that you took photos and taught me something new.

It does remind me of peanut brittle. (My aunt made the best!)

Thanks for sharing!

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CARLA-216 10/22/2010 7:08AM

    Another thought: after reading the Wikipedia info about it, this must be what the crunchy bits are in the honeycomb ice cream I had when in Northern Ireland. Ahh, I love learning something new every day. Thank you for the info and the recipe!

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NOTMILK 10/22/2010 7:07AM

    PS - add this one to the allergy team website - I think others might find it yummy!

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CARLA-216 10/22/2010 7:07AM

    Your last paragraph reminds me of my mom's attempt at making peanut brittle, which I think is also done by melting sugar (not sure). Anyway, my mom's peanut brittle would NOT come out of the pan she poured it in after it had cooled. Hard.As.Granite. She decided after that that it was just easier to buy peanut brittle. LOL

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BUBBLEJ1 10/22/2010 6:56AM

    LOL thanks! The last thing I want is someone hurting themselves with this, so I thought I may as well make it clear: Danger, Will Robinson!

Ah, I thought it might be called something different, so thanks for the info!

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NOTMILK 10/22/2010 6:46AM

    lol - love your cautions! I think that here in the states we call the second ingredient "Corn Syrup" - I'll have to get out the candy thermometer and give this one a shot.

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Be your own hero

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I saw the movie Whip It a few weeks ago. Loved it, but that is besides the point. One quote really stood out for me. It was when the main character, Bliss, is at the rollar derby. She approaches a team and tells them that they are her new heros. The reply is "Put some skates on. Be your own hero".

WOW.

Ever since then, that line, be your own hero, has stuck with me.

I used to read healthy living blogs because I admired these women. I thought they were awesome and strong. They were my heros. But I realised that reading these blogs was fine, but having these heros wasn't. So I put on my own running shoes with a mission to be my own hero. And it has worked! I'm not saying that I don't admire these women. I do. I still read their blogs everyday. But now I read the blogs for inspiration and tips on how I could do things differently. I am now my own hero. I run. I eat (mainly) healthy. I have my own blog and maybe one day I will inspire someone like these women have inspired me.

For now I am content being my own hero.

  
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MAGGIE805 10/22/2010 10:38AM

    Good for you and thank you for blogging this. You have given me food for thought. :)

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 10/21/2010 6:23PM

    Great blog! That quote gives a lot to think about... I guess I never saw myself as my own hero. Why not, why can't I be my own hero! Now I will have to figure out how to get there.... Congrats on becoming the hero you want to be!

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CARLA-216 10/21/2010 10:26AM

    What a great message! Similarly (I think?) I came to the conclusion some months ago that try as I might to find motivation elsewhere, it really truly has to come from within if I am going to be successful. I have learned to be my own hero as well, but do still look to others for jolts of energy or good ideas.

xoxo
Carla

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YAZMAMA 10/21/2010 10:08AM

    emoticon You know, under the motivational pages is an article about putting yourself first. That's exactly what you do when you become your own hero. It's hard for many people to look at themselves like that but you know, if you don't do it for yourself, no one else will. Good for you!

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PALEAN 10/21/2010 8:58AM

    If we don't save ourselves...no one will always be there to save us. We need to save ourselves..so we can help save others!! I like your blog today!

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LINDENSGIRL 10/21/2010 7:02AM

    Great thoughts. We can do it!

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NOTMILK 10/21/2010 5:49AM

    great thought! I need to be my own hero today.

I am totally quoting you in the daily Amazing Day post!

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PATDBSN 10/21/2010 4:21AM

  i need encouraging, i have been eating good and walking everyday, since may 15 and i have only lost 30 pounds. so help

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HIKINGSD 10/21/2010 4:11AM

    Good for you!

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CIVIAV 10/21/2010 3:51AM

    Thanks for this one and I will use it too. I remember thinking about where I get my support and I was so thankful about everyone but me. I will be my own hero.

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RIVERDLC 10/21/2010 3:41AM

    Wow. What a great way to be motivates. I am going to steal this. Hope
it's okay.

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GIVEUP30 10/21/2010 3:37AM

    emoticon emoticongood attitude

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