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Day 160: I Cannot Brain Today. I Have the Dumb.

Friday, December 23, 2011

How could I do it?





How did I manage to miss it?





Of all the things not to notice when preparing a meal that needs a good few hours in the slow cooker.





Can you guess what it is yet?















Yes, the word in common is 'SWITCH!'

I forgot to switch the slow cooker on!!!!!!





Boy will I be eating late tonight!!!

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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So, what lapse of memory have you had recently? make us laugh, I dare you! *grin*


  
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SCREWIE 12/28/2011 7:39PM

    I regularly start making coffee, then go off doing something else while waiting for the kettle to boil... having forgotten to turn it on :D

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CARLA-216 12/27/2011 11:58AM

    Oh man, I hope you got to eat before too late!

The first forgetful thing that I've done that pops in my head is one morning I turned our gas logs on to heat the house before work....and forgot to turn them off when I left. I called Tom and since he works close to home he went home to turn them off. Said it was almost 90 degrees in the living room! LOL From now on if I turn them on, I write myself a note to remember to turn them off.
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xoxo
Carla

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 12/27/2011 8:54AM

    Thanks for the giggle!

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CHEVY63 12/26/2011 1:46PM

    Been there, done that! I came home from work one day, ready for my yummy meal that I thought about all day, and found the cold slow cooker just sitting there.

I hope you got to eat something eventually! I also hope that you had a wonderful Christmas with your family.

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NEW-CAZ 12/24/2011 3:07PM

    Lex! what am I gonna do with you? emoticon

I filled the kettle the other day and didn't turn it on as DH called me to see something on the news. We ate brekkie, I went to pour us a cuppa and.........no tea made emoticon

Have a good Crimbo hun, hope you eventually enjoyed your meal emoticon

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SENATOR9 12/24/2011 11:43AM

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_LINDA 12/24/2011 1:08AM

    Oh my, I would be starving!! I sometimes think I would forget my head if it wasn't screwed on. Mom always delights in phoning and telling me what I have forgotten to take home in my many 'sleepovers'. Got to admit it sometimes takes a while to figure it out. Except the time when I really needed to brush my teeth after having a garlic laden supper -I can tell you that morning breath was something else as was trying to enjoy a fruit shake that tasted like garlic :PPP
Have a fabulous X Mas eve!
Hugs
Linda xxx

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BOVEY63 12/23/2011 8:54PM

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 12/23/2011 5:00PM

    Can you guess what it is yet?

Yep. He's doing a new version of "the down dog".
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ANNIE924 12/23/2011 2:36PM

    That is funny, did you finally get to eat? emoticon

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Day 159: Winter Solstice and a busy week

Thursday, December 22, 2011




Last week I did really well, making a minimum of 7400 steps each day, so I upped my daily minimum to 7500, a nice round-ish number. :-)

I also finally succumbed and ordered a copy of Wii Sports Resort.

That arrived on Monday this week. I played on it for six hours! I tried every game on it - more than once in most cases. On Tuesday, oh. boy. that. hurts ...

... well, you know that exercise that is supposed to help tighten up bat wings - where you raise your arm in the air above your head, and then bend the forearm up and down behind your head, usually with a weight of some kind? Well, it is now Thursday and I still can't do that move without the muscle hurting. That is how much exercise it got on Monday! LOL

Now, if only I can work out which of the various games isolated that muscle, my batwings are a gonner for sure! *grin*

So, yes, I recommend Wii Sports Resort for a good upper arm and core workout, but don't do it for six hours straight! LOL





Of course, I still had to get my work in, and do all the Christmas shopping. I still owe work a few hours - ten - but I think all the Christmas shopping is finally done. A last minute gift for Son-in-law is winging (and that is a clue people) its way to arrive tomorrow - I hope! Can't wait to see his face on Christmas Day! LOL



So, yesterday I did two trips to Waitrose, and today I did a trip into town and another trip to Waitrose. On all three occasions I was dragging a very full and very heavy Wilbur home (my shopping bag on wheels), so that was cardio and strength training taken care of. :-)

I bought a new purse today, because the zip has bust on my old one, but the sad irony is that, after all this Christmas and food shopping, I have nothing much left to put in it! LOL





So, a last minute tip for you before Christmas reaches us, and with only two shopping days to go.

*audible gulps as we all realise there is something we forgot to buy*





Don't forget to relax and enjoy the Holidays. Don't be too hard on yourself. Have the occasional treat, and don't let that little monster in the bathroom get you down...





Don't let it make you do this...





After all...





Have a wonderful time.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 12/27/2011 11:54AM

    I got my cats one of those pirate ships and they liked it a lot. I still find him sleeping in it from time to time. LOL

Enjoy your new game! I hope your arm feels better now.

xoxo
Carla

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_LINDA 12/24/2011 1:27AM

    Wow!! Six hours!! Must be fun, except for the delayed ouchies! Would be nice to know how to tighten up the old batwings!
Wishing you a nice hot tub with massaging jets and soothing lavender salts..
Love the funnies as always!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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BOVEY63 12/23/2011 8:57PM

    Thanks for all the smiles!
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SENATOR9 12/23/2011 10:04AM

    6 hours of wii.That is racking up the minutes emoticon

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LINDABENEDICT 12/23/2011 9:58AM

    great work ! Have a wonderful Christmas! emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 12/22/2011 4:03PM

    Great job on the exercise, my steps have been rubbish some days not even 2000. Glad you have got Christmas sorted. Love your pictures and story telling
Anne :)

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ANNIE924 12/22/2011 3:47PM

    Good going on all the exercise, hope your muscles recover soon. I have completed all my shopping. I just have to make several pies for me non-dieting friends. emoticon

Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas and all the best for the new year.

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SHERYLDS 12/22/2011 3:07PM

    i have done MAXINE'S routine and you know what
my extra padding came in handy
Happy Holidays

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CHEVY63 12/22/2011 2:53PM

    HEE HEE - I always love your pictures!!!!!

Hope you're arms are feeling better soon - those exercises always kill me!

I hope you have an awesome Christmas with your family, and enjoy yourself!

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Day 152: Let It Be - Time To Wii (with apologies to the Beatles)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Written by me because I was inspired by this LOL





I do love a good pun! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx


LET IT BE becomes Time To Wii
Feel free to sing along. :-)


When I find myself in times of fatness,
Mother Wii, she comes to me.
Speaking words of wisdom,
Time to Wii

And in the morning darkness,
as I wrest that sports bra onto me.
Speaking words of wisdom,
Time to Wii

Time to Wii, Time to Wii, Time to Wii, Time to Wii,
Speaking words of wisdom,
Time to Wii

And when I use the Balance Board,
For muscle strength and yoga pose,
Calories are burned then,
Time to Wii

The cyber bike, my latest kit,
Is standing right in front of me,
Come and have a cycle,
Time to Wii

Time to Wii, Time to Wii, Time to Wii, Time to Wii,
Speaking words of wisdom,
Time to Wii

There's tennis, boxing, even golf
On Wii Sports, and they call to me.
Get your act together,
Time to Wii

The Zumba moves are sexy,
and the Just Dance games appeal to me
Love to get my groove on
Time to Wii

Time to Wii, Time to Wii, Time to Wii, Time to Wii,
Speaking words of wisdom,
Time to Wii

Time to Wii, Time to Wii, Time to Wii, Time to Wii,
Don't forget your stretches,
After Wii.

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IMREITE 12/19/2011 12:51AM

    very Creative!

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CHEVY63 12/18/2011 7:11PM

    Hilarious! Thanks for posting this!

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MOSTMOM1 12/17/2011 9:01PM

    Ha ha!! Too funny!

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BOVEY63 12/16/2011 4:23PM

    I love it!!!! You are so clever!
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SBNORMAL 12/16/2011 4:51AM

  clever, for me and wii!

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LOVESLIFE48 12/15/2011 7:45PM

    Love it!!!

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PRINCESSBEITER 12/15/2011 12:46PM

    That's great inspiration!

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_LINDA 12/15/2011 12:35PM

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Thats a wii bit of inspiration to get off your duff and get moving and grooving!
Good one!
Hugs
Linda xxx

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LINDABENEDICT 12/15/2011 11:18AM

    Love it ! Haven't stopped by to visit you in a while...so glad I did ! emoticon

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CARLA-216 12/15/2011 10:17AM

    Very clever, Lex!
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NEW-CAZ 12/15/2011 7:49AM

    Brilliant Lex emoticon

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Day 149: Vandals strike at the Big Garden!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Not the best start to a volunteer session at The Big Garden, finding a polytunnel has been tagged with spray paint and had holes ripped in it by some mindless graffiti artist (and I use the term 'artist' loosely) called JOE. He (or she) and his mates also ripped the doors, tagged all the furniture inside with spray paint and ripped out some of the plants.

Jo (our Jo, the facilitator of the project) called the police, and had to really push for anyone to come out and try for fingerprints and stuff. She was really upset that they seemed so reluctant to do anything about it. They will hopefully have turned up this afternoon to take photos etc.

Considering that this is a community project designed to support adults with learning difficulties and people with mental health issues, it was very difficult for Jo, having to explain what happened to everyone as they drifted in through the morning. There was considerable upset, as you can imagine!

But it wasn't all bad. At least the damage done was limited to the one polytunnel. Also, the rips can be taped up and the door fixed easily enough. Jo is also confident that the paint will wash off, so very little permanent damage.

The annoying thing is that the doors of the polytunnels are left unlocked deliberately so that if local people do decide to wander into the garden at night, they can gain entry without wrecking the place in the process. The thinking is that security is impossible in such an out-of-the-way place, so rather than put up barriers to frustrate them, it is better for the garden and the volunteers who put in so much hard graft if we make it as easily accessible as possible when no-one is there.

Most of the time, the plan works! :-)

However...

Apparently, a few months ago, someone threw a load of fruit and veg at the honey bee hives, and poked holes in the mesh designed to keep wasps out of the hives.

Unbelievable!!!

So, Tara and I plan to take a slight detour on our way into town on Thursday, to get an update at the garden. See what the police did (if anything), and make sure that Jo has enough pairs of hands to do whatever needs doing. I'm sure she will have, but I felt really bad having to leave that mess today and not help fix it up because the police were being so slow about attending.

But...

It was a good day at the garden in spite of the vandalism. Jo, unbeknown to us, arranged for a bonfire, with jacket potatoes and a couple of different types of squashes to munch on. I wish I'd known in advance. I'd never have had porage for breakfast if I'd known. LOL

I didn't have a jacket potato because she only had Pure margarine, and I can't bear the taste, and I know I like butternut squash so didn't have any of that either. However, there was a new taste experience I had to try...

Turban Squash!



It was the gorgeous orange colour too, with a green and white cap. Ever so pretty, but the skin was really tough to cut through. :-) I really liked it! I prefer it to butternut actually. :-) I thought it had a similar flavour to butterbeans. Jo couldn't remember the name of the squash, so I looked it up online. The funny thing was that I thought it looked just like a turban at the time. :-)

Wayne walked part of the way back with me, before disappearing off down the cycle path. He plans to erect a greenhouse on his allotment, and has roped me in to help. LOL I have never constructed a greenhouse, so this is going to be very interesting. *grin* Maybe Friday, maybe sometime next week, depending on when we can co-ordinate our schedules. I'm not sure, but I think Sam might be helping too. He's the other newbie. Started the same day as me. :-)



Positives:

The vandalism could have been a lot worse than it is, and should be easily fixed.
I got to try a new squash nom.
I'm learning something new every time I go up to the Big Garden.
I still got some exercise putting another veggie bed to bed for the winter.
I amassed plenty of steps today. :-)

Hope your Monday has been a good one. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CHEVY63 12/13/2011 7:35PM

    Sorry to hear about the vandalism, but glad to hear that you had a good time at the garden anyway. I'll have to try the squash - sounds great!

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SENATOR9 12/13/2011 10:51AM

    What is it with people.Damage and hurting volunteer work.It like that here too. emoticon

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SCREWIE 12/12/2011 6:39PM

    I'm surprised the Police turned up at all. Around these parts they turn up if there's a corpse, otherwise they're nowhere to be seen.

Glad you still managed to have a positive day :)

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_LINDA 12/12/2011 5:52PM

    So sorry to hear about the damages to the garden :(( Hope they catch the rotters. Justice would have been them getting the carp stung out of them when they disturbed the bee hives. I surely don't get why people do things like that. I hope the repairs go as well as you think.. That being said, what are these polytunnels, greenhouse or something?
Good for you getting your steps in! Not sure what you mean by jacket potatoes, but I have learned to eat my spuds with nothing but spices. I do know what turban squash is, but thats only because the supermarket labels them all, and I took the time to look at all the varieties of squash out there -so many!
Have a good sleep and a Terrific Tuesday!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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ANNEMAC5 12/12/2011 4:30PM

    I was really angry to read your post. There are so many mindless idiots out there who are just "having a laugh". I hope the police do take it seriously. Your Jo would have had a difficult time explaining to her helpers what had happened and why, hope no one was too distressed. You have still managed to be positive and get on with the day I hope it is positive news on Thursday. Never heard of a turban squash (I don't think I have ever had a normal squash) My Island upbringing not use to fancy stuff ! Great pictures. Not sure if the weather will be kind to you for helping with the green house think it is going to turn nasty .
Anne :)

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CARLA-216 12/12/2011 4:24PM

    Boo to the vandalism. Sorry rascals! I'm glad it wasn't worse.

I agree with you...blech to margarine. Give me a little of the real deal, please!

xoxo
Carla

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BOVEY63 12/12/2011 4:16PM

    I too will never understand why anyone would get a thrill out of vandalising - have to be pretty sick individuals.
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Glad you were able to find several positives - that's the attitude to keep vandals from winning.
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ANNIE924 12/12/2011 3:49PM

    I really don't understand vandalism, what a waste. I'm glad the damage was not worse. I also applaud your positive attitude. Sounds like you are having a great time learning to garden.

I have never had turban squash, but I do like buttercup squash better than butternut. It also has a very hard rind, but it is worth the effort to cut through it.

Have a great day.

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NEW-CAZ 12/12/2011 3:34PM

    What a shame Lex! Bloody vandals.
At least you got to share in a jacket spud and enjoy some company.
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Day 148: I'm In The Groove!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Oh yes, I'm In The Mood For Dancing! :-)



And walking! :-)



And walking while dancing! :-)



Today I went through some more stuff available on You Tube, and hit a snag.

The dear sweet souls who've uploaded videos to You Tube of Leslie Sansone and Kendall Hogan seem to think that the warm ups at the beginning of routines and the stretches at the end of routines aren't important, so have left them out in a lot of cases.

Hmppph!



Well, I must be able to get around that somehow.



This was the only lightbulb moment LOL I could find. :-)

And I did!

To warm up, I chose a short Kendall Hogan that did start with a warm up, but is missing most of the rest of the routine because it stops after 8 minutes.

Then I did 35 minutes in three sections, consisting of Leslie Sansone's fast 5 minute walk and two Walk Away the Pounds sessions (miles two and three cos mile one is missing). Mile three included using a stretchy band so I used the one that came with my EA Active game. I really liked using that. :-)

Then I turned on my Windows Media Player and did a cool down walk to Imelda May's Proud and Humble, then I stretched through her Sneaky Freak using the stretches Leslie normally does at the end of her sessions.

Finally,for a bit of fun, I tested some more songs to go with the Slim Down Cardio Burn routine.



Well, this was fun. More like my usual self. :-)

I had such a dip in my routine recently that I actually went for eight days before I checked my pedometer. As it only holds seven days-worth of data, I lost my steps for the 30th November. I was so surprised to realise how long I'd not been in a regular routine. Not like me at all. :-)

I did keep my food up, not eating silly amounts and measuring those tricky items, but I didn't drink as much water, drinking more cuppas as the weather has gotten colder.

Now that I'm back to exercising more again, I'm drinking more water, so that's good. :-)

Gardening tomorrow. It is the last week at the Big Garden before they stop for a month over the Christmas period.

It is good to be back in the groove. :-)

Fasten your seatbelts if you live in the UK. Looks like this weeks' weather is going to be a bumpy ride all over! *gulp* Glad to say that my friend north of the border still has an intact bungalow after last week's storms, though it was a close-run thing!

May need to set one of these up this week:



Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 12/12/2011 1:36PM

    Great job, Lexie!

I hope you had a good day today at the garden!

xoxo
Carla

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BOVEY63 12/12/2011 12:32PM

    Great job on incorporating warm ups and cool downs when the videos were missing them.
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I always love how you find the perfect pictures for your blog.
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Have a wonderful day!

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ANNIE924 12/11/2011 7:52PM

    Good for you for figuring out a way to work out the way you want to. Love the pictures by the way.

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SCREWIE 12/11/2011 6:47PM

    Love the forecasting stone emoticon


Well done for finding a solution to the warm up/stretch problem!

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_LINDA 12/11/2011 5:37PM

    Way to get back on track, cobbling together various videos!
Are you off doing the Wii then, is it broken or something?
Thanks for the funnies!
Have a good week, crank that pedometer up! You can get back to it!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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ONESTUBBORNTART 12/11/2011 4:36PM

    Yay! Bunch of funny pics there too! LOL Have a good week!

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ANNEMAC5 12/11/2011 3:27PM

    So glad you are back in the groove you had been doing so well. You have been very inventive and you could do a lot of the moves on your own. Who needs you tube or exercise tv. As always really enjoyed the pictures made me smile. Hope you have a good day tomorrow and it is not to cold or wet.
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JOANN1212 12/11/2011 2:01PM

    ok

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