Sunday, July 25, 2010
Well, I went but I didn't conquer. I loved zumba but my body thinks otherwise. I may go for another try next week. Honest, I must've lost 1 kg after that hour and it reminded me of when I used to do latin dancing at the gym 5 years ago.
But my body was a lot fitter(younger) and now with the back and knees as they are, I found I had to walk hunched over as my back was killing me. Boo hoo. I thought I was still abler to do it but them old bones say otherwise.
I will stick to walking for the moment. But after yesterday's effort, even walking down the hill put a strain on my knees especially the right one. I always thought I was the same as before- in mind I am anyway.
I went for a 90 minute walk again and really enjoyed it as it was not too hot. My friend and I then stopped for a skinny flat white coffee(a cappuccino without as much froth and skim milk). My friend's dog was given a treat from the waitress- she was given a bowl with sausages and another bowl with water. Now that is good service. We will go back again, that's for sure.
I have just made a zucchini quiche and used phyllo pastry using water with a teaspoon of oil to baste the sheets. My son was impressed and he asked for seconds... While I had the oven on, I decided to make my own bread again. This to me is a healing process and if I am in a good frame of mind, the bread turns out wonderfully. I am going to slice it and see if it is so.
I put linseed meal, pepitas, oats, burgul wheat, semolina and wholemeal flour and can't wait to taste it. I should wait for breakfast but what is better than home baked, just out of the oven bread?
As soon as I finish Sparking, I will work on my essay. I just keep chopping and changing so I had better finish it soon. All the research is fascinating and I just love delving into the past as it helps me understand the present.
Next Sunday I will go to The University of Queensland's open day and find out about courses as I would like to do an Arts Degree in Ancient History. It would mean travelling but the Uni here doesn't offer Classics. We'll see what is on offer.
I can't believe that I am actually going to have a chance to pursue this dream of going to Uni. It has been on my mind since I left school in 1960 and it is still hard to believe that it can actually become a reality.
It is never too late as long as you believe in yourself, so better late than never. Having life experiences will also be a plus as I won't be doing this for a career- just for mme. Finally it's happening. Woo hoo.
I feel as though I am entering a new phase in my life and my aim is to enjoy the rest of my life with all the new experiences that are waiting for me.
Thanks for being there dear Spark friends.
Take care and have a good week ahead.
Friday, July 16, 2010
It was a busy week and it is now Friday afternoon and my son has gone out so I am able to use the internet before it gets really late as I need some sleep...
It was a glorious Gold Coast Day. Brilliant blue sunny sky and crisp and clear, just how I like it. I did a fair bit of walking and went to the physio/pilates for my first session. My back is really hurting and I needed some therapy. Mark was very good and I do feel better already - well, sort of. I went and worked in the tuckshop today didn't I and it was really busy.
I am going to have a nice bath with lavender and help get rid of some of the kinks. The way I am feeling, I will be in bed by 8pm. I am going to be good and just have an egg salad for dinner as I am not hungry, just tired and thirsty
I went to college yesterday and showed my first draft of the essay and I am on the right track. (Comparing Athenian women ca. 500BC with Aztec women and their role in society). There were some powerful women then but mostly their role was to be at home and raise children. I just love this and next we have an oral on Augustus when we delve into Roman history.
Changing the subject. I just got a knock on the door and it was Jean with a voucher to the Racetrack tomorrow. How come she is driving??? I must tell her daughter as I am pretty sure she didn't pass the memory test - or maybe she did.
I did go and visit her the other day and asked her where she went with my son and she doesn't remember even ringing him. She denied it to me and to her daughter.
Ah, well, I mean to keep active and keep my friends so that I am not left bored with nothing to do. Of course I won't have a say but I will do my best. I have been studying really hard so that I can go to Uni next year, but am having a rethink. Life is certainly too short and we must live it as best we can.
A colleague of mine, same age as me, has just lost her husband to cancer. They had planned to retire next year and he had started scaling back his business(he was 67). So now I have to re-evaluate as I think I might stop work and just go back to Greece for 6 months next year. I am figuring that I may as well go while I am healthy and can still walk and get around without any help. What stops me though is that I have a 22 year old at home who will just be starting Uni and will need financial help.
It will require a lot of thought and I have to make the right decision. Time waits for no man is so true and we do not know what is going to happen from one day to the next. All I can do is count my blessings and thank God for every day.
Here I am getting all philosophical but it is good to take stock of one's self every once in a while and just be grateful for life...
Have a great weekend everyone.
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