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Gustave Moreau and the Eternal Feminine Exhibition.

Friday, January 28, 2011

It was a lovely summer's day today and I went with hubby to the National Gallery of Victoria to see an exhibition of Gustave Moreau's paintings, watercolours, pencil drawings and sketches.

History has bequeathed us a great repertoire of femmes fatales who are not Scarlet Johanssen or Sharon Stone – but had Gustave Moreau been alive today he probably would have painted them too, as kin to the endless number of heroines who captivated him in the late nineteenth century. Powerful and beautiful women like the legendary Cleopatra and the vampiric Messalina, the deadly but fascinating Salomé and Lady Macbeth, and luscious, hapless victims of male lust such as Helen of Troy – beauties whose names are the stuff of legend. Moreau brings them alive for us, as well as men like Oedipus whose lives were bound by tragic destiny.

Really enjoyed it. Afterwards we went for lunch and then later in the afternoon I met with my GF Margaret for a coffee.

As some of you know, I am part of the BLC15 Challenge...I am a Jade Dragon! The Maintenance team. We have 3 current and 4 former Dragons that are going to Miami this weekend to run/walk in the 5K, Half Marathon or Marathon, so I am Ghosting them (thanks Nan and Liz, I am copying and pasting from your blog) ;-).

Beth - Coopsmom...former Dragon
Suezette - Suezette-414 current Dragon and a co-captain
Jopa - Jopaph ...current dragon and former co-captain
Gail - Rhynic...former Dragon
Tammy - Tamtam64 ...former Dragon
John - Freedomstar...former Dragon
Christy - TOBEARUNNER...current Dragon and current co-captain in charge of challenges


What is a ghost you ask? Well, it is traditionally when a person/people who are NOT physically at the race run/walk at the same time as the people AT the race. Us Dragons have put our own little spin on it...there are SEVERAL of my fellow Dragons who are ghosting this weekend, each of us doing our own km/miles and times to get it done. So far these are the Dragons and the mileage.

Mike (MKKAYA) - Half Marathon
JoAnn (JOANN562)- 10k
Nan (SEYSARAH) - Marathon - Awesome
Penny (RUNNINGWILD)- 20k
Terri (TKAYSMILES)- 10k Saturday and 5k Sunday
Jackie (MISSJCISRUNNING)- 16 mile
Liz (LIZZYP609)- Half Marathon
Frank (DREBENEZER)- 5k
Tracy (RUNNERMOMTO3)- 8k
Madhu (*MADHU*)- 5k
Candis (CANDIS799)- 10k
Molly (WHITRIDGE)- Half Marathon
Kate (CHEMKATT)- 10k

Me? I am doing a 5k walk on Saturday morning. The actual race isn't until Sunday but it's gonna be very hot here on Sunday, expecting 41C/106F emoticonand tomorrow expecting just 31C/88F!

I am so excited and proud of all our Dragons past and present ( we believe that once a Dragon, always a Dragon!). Good luck and Safe Travels...praying the weather co-operates for everyone to get there and have a great race!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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SUSIEPH1 1/28/2011 4:54PM

    Glad you had such a lovely day Ania .... Hugs Susie

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LIZZYP609 1/28/2011 7:51AM

    Yea Ania! Good for you! So excited about the number of Dragons that are able to participate!

I could really use some summer temps right now...Have a great weekend!

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GOANNA2 1/28/2011 6:24AM

    emoticonI hope the heat lets up a bit.
Sounds wonderful what you Dragons do.
Good for you.
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Anna emoticon emoticon

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WATER!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I just got this email from my girlfriend.

This is interesting!! I knew you need your minimum water to flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.

From A Cardiac Specialist!

Drinking water at certain time maximizes it's effectiveness on the body:

2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs! emoticon emoticon.
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion emoticon
1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure emoticon
1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack emoticon

Please pass this to the people you care about.

  
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SUSIEPH1 1/23/2011 5:16PM

    Thanks Ania .. great information!!
Hugs emoticon

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KASHMIR 1/23/2011 4:37PM

    Ania, thanks for posting this! I'll be passing it along to my biggest loser group at work too!

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SEYSARAH 1/23/2011 3:33PM

    Great blog and from what I've read of late and heard from Dennis's specialists..they all say the same..water is absolutely essential..those tips come from his surgeon and internist not to mention his gastrointerologist..good info and thanks for sharing!

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PHEBESS 1/23/2011 3:32PM

    Interesting! I do half of those already - not sure why, just seems right to drink water when getting up, and just before bed. I guess I dry out sleeping or something, LOL!

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JOANN562 1/23/2011 2:41PM

    So I should be drinking water before my coffee? Oh, this is going to be tuff!

Thanks for sharing!

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GOHUSKERS2 1/23/2011 2:38PM

    Really interesting....good things to know. Thanks for sharing. Carolyn

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WATERWEEZE 1/23/2011 1:34PM

    Love my water tooo!!!

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PEGGYO 1/23/2011 11:59AM

    Thanks Ania for passing this on to us.

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MILLISMA 1/23/2011 10:38AM

    Ania,

Thanks for posting. Some of these I had heard but not all. The one I have a hard time with is drinking water first thing in the morning - have to wait or it makes me nauseous.

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SLIMTHICK2 1/23/2011 8:59AM

    Sounds good emoticon

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CHARANN3 1/23/2011 6:57AM

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OPALMOON 1/23/2011 6:27AM

    Very interesting - thanks for sharing this information!

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ILOVEROSES 1/23/2011 6:25AM

    So do I and I've already had 12 cups today and will probably have another one or two. It's been very humid today. emoticon

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GOANNA2 1/23/2011 6:22AM

    I love my water. emoticon

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MINNA72 1/23/2011 6:21AM

    That was interesting! Thanks!

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Life is Good!!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

It's my birthday today and I feel great! I've had phone calls, text messages, emails from family and friends overseas and wishes from my Spark Friends. emoticon
I am just waiting for my girl friend and we're going out to have a coffee together in Elwood. This morning Sonia came over with a lovely Phalaenopsis Orchid that has about 7-8 buds and they should come out and flower for another 3 months!

Tonight we are going to enjoy theatre under the stars at the magnificent Royal Botanical Gardens. We are seeing a performance of "The Comedy of Errors" by the renowned Australian Shakespeare Company. Before that I've organized a picnic supper for DH, our DD and her hubby and my SIL. It should be fun, and of course I am not forgetting to take a sparkling Pinot Noir to start off the night. emoticonThere will be roast chicken and salads and for dessert apple raspberry crumble cake with tea and coffee. emoticon

To make sure I can afford to have some of the emoticonand emoticonI did yesterday's and today's Bootcamp videos. I didn't get around to do one yesterday, lol so just catching up.
It's LCW today so have to make sure I get more minutes for my Dragons! emoticon

  
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GOANNA2 1/22/2011 9:24AM

    Happy belated birthday Ania. I hope you had an enjoyable day. emoticon
I hope you had a nice time at the theatre. Lucky you getting thoses orchids.
Thanks for commenting on me freinds feed.
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PEGGYO 1/19/2011 8:02AM

    Happy Birthday so glad it was a great one.

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RDEEEEEEEEE 1/19/2011 7:22AM

    way to plan ahead so you can enjoy the treats guilt free : )

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GRATEFULADY 1/19/2011 12:48AM

    Happy Birthday Ania!!! Sounds like you have a wonderful day planned. Wishing you many more happy years!!

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JUDYBUGS 1/18/2011 7:41PM

    Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a birthday, Ania. emoticon

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MILLISMA 1/18/2011 6:24PM

    So glad you had such a great day. How wonderful to end it at the Botanical Gardens. It is such a beautiful place.

hugs.....Mary Anne

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PHEBESS 1/18/2011 5:10PM

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JOPAPGH 1/18/2011 8:16AM

    Sounds like a great day! Enjoy those orchid blooms.

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TOBEARUNNER 1/18/2011 7:56AM

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Happy birthday Ania, sounds like you'll have a GREAT day!
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LIZZYP609 1/18/2011 7:46AM

    Sounds like a perfect day!
Happy Birthday dear Spark Friend!
See ya in Lair...

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MINNA72 1/18/2011 4:14AM

    Happy Happy birthday, Ania! Hope you had a fabulous day! The picnic and theater sound super nice!

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SEYSARAH 1/18/2011 1:20AM

    Happy Birthday Ania!!!! You have planned a magnificent outing that I would enjoy and I'm sure your family will..have a sip of bubbly for me..and think of the Dragons..all collectively wishing you a wonderful celebration!

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EUPHRATES 1/18/2011 1:13AM

    Happy Birthday!

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SUSIEPH1 1/18/2011 12:12AM

    Have a wonderful evening Ania!.. I am so jealous.. would love to see that show !!.
Hopefully we will have good show to go too when we get down to Melbourne in july!!
Enjoy my friend !! emoticon

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GOANNA2 1/18/2011 12:08AM

    Happy Birthday Ania! emoticon
What a wonderful evening you have planned.
Enjoy every moment.
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AIDELADE27 1/17/2011 11:33PM

    Aw, happy birthday, Ania!
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Well, it's technically not your birthday right where I'm at just yet, lol, but I hope you have an amazing time with your family and enjoy your special day!

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Keeping track of my BLC15 Week #2 Weekend Challenge - Sunday

Sunday, January 16, 2011

It was a lovely warm morning and my SIL walked with me around the park for 50 min. I did stretches at the end. In the afternoon did my ST - 20 minute Resistance Band Workout. I really like doing it!
For dinner we went to an Italian restaurant in South Yarra to celebrate my son's and my birthday with DD and her husband and sister in law. Had a nice meal but no dessert and stayed in my calorie range again. emoticon
Tracked my nutrition, so another 4 points for today!

Challenge #2 - Day 1 of Bootcamp.
DONE!

  
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EDDYMEESE 1/16/2011 9:49PM

    Good job!

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SUSIEPH1 1/16/2011 2:35PM

    Way to go Ania !!
hugs Susie

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SEYSARAH 1/16/2011 2:23PM

    Love your blogs..helps remind me to do what I need to do as well..and I too love the SP resistance band workouts..in my top ten for video workouts or in my case via the computer.

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Keeping track of my BLC15 Week #2 Weekend Challenge - Saturday

Saturday, January 15, 2011

This morning I went for a walk with my SIL and got 55 min of cardio. This evening we went to dinner with friends to celebrate my birthday. I did well, calorie wise. Had a main course of swordfish and tossed salad with a glass of sparkling wine. Didn't have dessert, just a skinny cappucchino. I even stayed within calorie range for the day. emoticon
Tracked my nutrition so got 4 points for the day!

Challenge #2 - Day 7 of Bootcamp plus 30 min cardio.
DONE!

It was a nice sunny day and no more rain! I hope the same thing is happening all over Queensland.

  
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SEYSARAH 1/16/2011 2:24PM

    Happy Birthday Ania..hope it was a very enjoyable day..hope you take the week celebrating in some way!

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AIDELADE27 1/15/2011 11:54PM

    Happy birthday, Ania! Sounds like you had a very productive way! Getting in your points there I see for the BLC challenge, lol.

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ETTEZEUS 1/15/2011 11:28PM

    Happy Birthday Ania!!
And way to go on not going over your calories!
I always splurge on my birthday.

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ILOVEROSES 1/15/2011 11:03PM

    Thank you everyone for your birthday wishes and because my proper b'day is on Tuesday I still have tonight's dinner to go to with the children and SIL and possibly do something on Tuesday night. Today is Aaron's 32nd birthday!

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ROCKYCPA 1/15/2011 9:13PM

    Happy Birthday and it sounds like you had a wonderful day.

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SUSIEPH1 1/15/2011 3:37PM

    Happy Birthday Ania!!
I hope you had a lovely dinner !!
and your year to come is full of fun, love, amd laughter.
Hugs Susie emoticon

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PEGGYO 1/15/2011 3:03PM

    Great job Ania and Happy Birthday

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