Wednesday, April 20, 2011
We haz Wii!!!
We don't have the Wii we expected though. It turns out that Game stores change their deals every week, so we couldn't get Just Dance with the console. In fact the secondhand console was still £80 but with nothing thrown in at all, which is crazy seeing as they are selling brand new ones for £100 which include two games (ones we had no interest in sadly or I might have been tempted). So we went to the other store in town - Gamestation - and they sold us a used Console for £70 with one remote included. They also had a new copy of Just Dance 2 on special offer at £19.99, and they threw in a nunchuck for free when I asked them to, so it ended up costing ten quid more than I planned but we are very happy with what we got, and we also get it guaranteed for a year for free too.
We haz already played Mariokart, which is INSANE fun, but not overly active, unless you count madly turning the steering wheels. LOLOL Turns out I'm a Biker Chick! Who knew! *grin* I played as something called Koopa Troopa - a tortoise I think (I'm not familiar with Mario characters). And he has a motorbike that is really good to steer - leans properly and everything, which is a delight compared to the pushchair I had him in at first. Insane, like I say! *grin*
Yes, he IS a tortoise! Look!
I had to drag Tara kicking and screaming off Mariokart after several race challenges so we could try Just Dance 2. Had to promise we'd try it again later though. :-)
We tried three dances on Just Dance 2 - The Shoop Shoop Song, Big Girls You Are Beautiful and Walk Like An Egyptian. I'm claiming those as my ten minutes for day 5/1000 by the way! :-) New default exercise maybe? We'll have to see. LOL
Glory be you don't half move, specially your arms! I felt like an overactive windmill, but it is really good fun! Had to stop there though, to give myself a fighting chance of trying the Zumba Fitness game later - assuming I don't seize up from all the town walking and JD2 first. LOL My only complaint? With two of you dancing at once in the small space we call our sitting room, we hit each other a few times. Also, one of the remotes doesn't seem to be working properly - fine with Mariokart, but doesn't like HP at all - but hopefully we can figure out the problem and if necessary get it exchanged. Would you believe it is the brand new one that is faulty?
Currently, Tara is playing Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and I am hearing loads of "I love this game"s from behind me as I'm typing this. :-) She feels a bit more like she has a wand in her hand. You can imagine that makes her pretty happy! :-) Actually, it looks so interesting that I may be tempted to try it myself.
I hope to get to play a little Zumba later - or at least try to. LOL Tomorrow we need to clean the house and then clean us, ready for Rob and Bry's arrival - on Friday I think. Ade seems to think they are arriving tomorrow, which is news to me! So I've just texted Bry to check.
Right - work hours - focus woman! You haven't done a stitch today! *shakes finger at myself* Think I'll dig out another Norman Wisdom film to crochet to. Watched Man of the Moment yesterday. :-)
Hope Wednesday is being wonderful to you!
Been so hot today we are all panting! :-)
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
It takes fifteen minutes to walk the entire length of my road and back at a decent pace I discovered today. :-) Needs must when the Devil is being a literal pain in the everything! LOL
So, today being a pain of a pain day, I decided to wait till the meds kicked in and then I walked out of my front gate, turned right, and stayed on our side of the road all the way to the last speedbump which is about 20 feet from the end of the road. Then I walked across the speedbump, and walked the length of the road on the other side, until I reached the last speedbump at our end of the road, crossed that speedbump, and walked back up to the house.
Perfect! The minimum 10 minutes achieved! Now I can go to sleep. LOL
Actually, it is surprising how a little walk like that can boost you even when you aren't feeling the best, and right now I have shooting pains all over plus what feels like the start of a headcold, so I am pleased as punch that I didn't just give in and call it a lost day out of the thousand, tempting though the idea was this morning. :-) Time will tell what this ickyness develops into, if anything. I hope it doesn't. What with planning on walking into town to buy the Wii tomorrow and all the family plans for the Easter Weekend, this would be lousy timing - sadly something I am all too good at sometimes. *grin*
Actually, I can't go to sleep. I have work hours to do. Time to drag out my Norman Wisdom Collection and sit through some of his antics while crocheting I think. :-) He always makes me smile.
Don't Laugh at Me Cos I'm a Fool:
Hope he will forgive me if I at least laugh WITH him today! :-)
*Pauses for sneezles*
Have a lovely Tuesday everyone!
Monday, April 18, 2011
It was a beautiful day today. Perfect spring weather!
I am claiming as Day 3 of the 1000 Day fitness challenge the walk to Tesco Extra, which we did via Highwoods to get some really enjoyable walking in rather than just using the main roads. :-) We got a good pace going for at least ten minutes of that time, which is why I am claiming it for my fitness challenge. I was seriously huffing and puffing by the time we exited Highwoods at the Chanterelle car park. :-) Definitely got some good cardio in!
On the way back, because it would have interrupted my cardio on the way there, I took lots of pics of the trees, as some are truly breathtaking this time of the year, so here is a selection of some of my favourite trees between home and Tesco Extra.
And yes, I know that the last picture isn't a tree. LOL It just looked so pretty there, pushing through the concrete, that I had to include it in the collection.
There is no such thing as a weed to my mind.... A weed is just a plant growing in the wrong place. :-) Or sometimes the right place, like this one, which brightens up a dull bit of concrete path. :-)
Wednesday is getting closer. Wednesday is Wii-Day!
Hope Monday has been good to you! :-)
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Spark Guy has started a 1000 day challenge to do at least ten fitness minutes each of those thousand days, starting on Saturday 16th April. Here's the link in case you missed it:
I am determined to do as many of those thousand days as possible, so:
Day 1 (16th April 2011)
I'll count the ten minutes I spent on Tigger bouncing along to three songs while lifting weights. :-)
Day 2 (17th April 2011)
Walking a Mile with Leslie Sansone. (realised I had yet to do this, so leapt off my chair and grabbed my trainers.) :-)
All done! *grin*
This could be just the incentive to get back to regular blogging too. I have just been so busy with family visits, and short work weeks this month, and the Costo isn't helping, because it's there on a low level most of the time now. But even so, I know I can do a decent amount of fitness minutes each day, whether it is walking Sophie, bouncing on Tigger, stepping on Roo, or walking with Leslie Sansone, I can do something that gets my heart rate up for at least ten minutes most days. :-)
Also, and you may well have spotted this already if you check my feed... We are getting a Wii in a couple of days! We are so excited!!! We already have a spare set of controllers courtesy of Adrian (birthday pressie), and £40 from Family members towards the cost. Plus I had saved up £60 of rewards and money off vouchers with my Littlewoods catalogue, so Tara chose Mariokart and a Harry Potter game, plus I ordered - gods help me - Zumba Fitness, complete with a special belt to hold the remote. LOLOL When we buy the secondhand console on Wednesday, we get a choice of a game to go with it out of four options, and we both went for Just Dance. So all those should keep us pretty busy for a while! *grin*
Later in the year I hope to add Wii Fit Plus and Guitar Hero to the collection of games, and has anyone seen that exercise bike game? Wow! Fancy that I do, not half! But at 150 quid, I don't think it will happen any time soon unless I see rave reviews about it! LOLOL
Does anyone reading this have the exercise bike for Wii who can let me know how good it is? She asks hopefully. :-)
So we are counting down to Wii-Day. :-)
Tara had a wonderful birthday weekend, she says, changing the subject. *grin* The zoo trip was great, and all us girls had a wonderful family Girls' Day Out - the 'Girls' consisted of Tara, Bryony, Debbie (Rob's Mum) and Yours Truly! :-) It was very warm and sunny out of the breeze, and we all got very slightly sunburnt, which is almost unheard of in April. *Makes mental note to replenish sunscreen*
Sadly we forgot to buy the Zoo Poo, but we realised that we can visit the shops at the Zoo without going into the zoo proper, so we can go back anytime and get some if we want it. :-)
We took loads of photos with our camera phones, but a lot were marred due to having to take them through plexiglass. Still, we have a decent assortment to play with even so.
Here are a few Zoo Photos for your enjoyment:
My own little Managerie:
One of the Babes with Mum:
My favourite of the Monkeys - basically because they are black and white, and I have a real thing for black and white animals and birds. Look at the length of that amazing white tail! Absolutely gorgeous:
Models and artwork are everywhere, like this one:
Oddly useful Lion:
A whole building was dedicated to Native American lore and history, and these are samples of the outside of the building:
The Petting Zoo area:
Tara has grown a bit since she sat on this giant tortoise statue:
Dad! Is that you?
And before I get accused of speaking ill of the dead, let me explain....
My Dad said that smoking was a filthy and disgusting habit, but he also firmly believed that in order to have an opinion about something, you had to experience it so that you had the experience to back up your convictions. To this end, every Christmas day, he would puff on one small cigar to reaffirm his belief. We always told him - in that loving way that families do - that he looked like a gorilla sucking on a piece of bamboo! LOL
Wanna see a Wallaby?
This is an open ant exhibit, which uses natural barriers of water to keep the leafcutter ants on the island in the middle instead of covering them in plexiglass. A few do reach the other side of the water using bits of leaf to float across, but that is as far as they can get apparently. It tells you not to lean on the edge, because the ants bite! Still, it didn't stop people from leaning on the edge. I have to wonder how many people end up with an ant to take home. LOL
One of the Tigers from the current breeding programme:
This area houses several different African animals. The Rhinos and Zebras share the space with Ostriches and Cranes and Giraffes:
And finally, my favourite experience of the day, and no, Debbie is none too keen on snakes, so we didn't go to their show. *so sad, awww* Well, I couldn't put her through it, poor love! :-) Instead we went to see the Raptor demonstration, which was all about British and European Raptors at the sitting we went to.
I had the joy of this beautiful Barn Owl flying right over my head:
And this one - the breeding pair were just awesome to see:
We also saw this kestrel:
And then this Buzzard:
And then the highlight of the show....
A European Eagle!!!
I had a close enough encounter with the Barn Owl, because I felt the wind in my hair as he swooped overhead, but the Eagle went one better. He hit me on the top of my head and hand with his wing as he swooped over us.
He flew from this perch...
....to this one:
And this is the photo I took literally a second before he hit me! LOL
Highlight of my day was chatting with the keeper after the show and checking I hadn't damaged his wing any! *grin* I doubt I will ever get any closer to an eagle than I did that day. :-)
Isn't he just magnificent?
So, that is about it for now. A lot to catch up on. :-)
I did get terribly behind with reading blogs and anything Sparky outside of logging in, spinning the wheel and filling in my nutrition data, but I am slowly catching back up, and if you are waiting for replies or anything, I hope to get to you very soon. :-) But don't be too surprised if I largely vanish again for a few days over Easter, because Bryony is visiting again, with Rob this time, and I suspect we will be quite busy again. :-) At least I finally get to see my Son-in-Law this year. LOL Haven't seen him since the wedding. Wonder if I'll get bear-hugged again LOL
Have a great rest of the weekend, and I hope the week ahead is good for everyone.
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Had a combo of very bad TOM, spring cleaning, lawn mowering and Costochondritis to deal with all at once this week. NOT fun and a classic example of my lousy timing! LOLOL! *shakes head*
Still, I'm coming out the other end of TOM and the Costo now, so we got a good cleaning day in today, thank goodness. The bathroom and kitchen are gleaming, and Tara has been wonderful at helping out. :-) Tomorrow I need to dust the sitting room and wash down some of the doors and window frames, but that should do it. Will take down the curtains when I am fully recovered. :-)
My older daughter - Bryony - is arriving tomorrow for a few days (YAY!), and it is Tara's 15th birthday on the 12th, so we have a busy time ahead, and I won't be around Spark very much until about the middle of next week.
Bryony's taking us to the zoo on Saturday,
Zoo on Saturday,
Zoo on Saturday,
Bryony's taking us to the zoo on Saturday,
We can see the Lirpa Loof! (kidding)
We can stay all day!
We're going to the zoo, zoo, zoo,
Wish you could come too, too, too
We'll buy some elephant poo, poo, poo
From the shop at the zoo, zoo, zoo
(Not kidding. They actually sell tins of elephant poo at Colchester Zoo for you to spread on your garden. LOL)
Freshly potted every day - a mix of Elephant and Rhino poo. You saw it here first folks! LOL More details here:
I hope to get loads and loads of photos of the Lirpa Loof and other assorted animals for possible future blogging. ;-) Rob's Mum is travelling over for the day especially, so we can have a proper Girls' Day Out. Debbie, Bryony, Tara and Me. Gonna be a good day. The weather forecast looks good too.
I'm just keeping everything crossed that my body behaves itself. It has run me ragged for most of the week. :-)
Catch you all again later.
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