Friday, January 06, 2012
I was in Waitrose today, scouting for ingredients for a slow cooker bolognese sauce. I turned to the Portabello mushrooms to grab a couple but was stopped in my tracks by this beauty!
Makes the orange pepper I put beside it for perspective look positively puny, doesn't it! It weighed close to 300g! The mushroom, not the pepper. LOL
It put the finishing touch to my bolly sauce, and I had a plateful tonight. Om nom nom!
In other photo news, it is snowing in Wii Fit Plus Land:
Incidentally, Mr Randomator, how am I supposed to open up the levels in Wii Fit Plus if you keep giving me the same levels I've already done? Sheesh! :-)
I am also loving Just Dance 3. I'm still finding my way around it. Not only does it have something like 45 songs instantly available, but there are other you can unlock by earning stars. You get up to 5 stars per performance, and for every 20 you accumulate it opens up other things, such as new songs, and mash-ups. It is also exercise-friendly, with a good section devoted to Sweat Points, and some of the mash ups are exercise related too. :-)
On top of that, there are some routines that are quite tricky to master, making me want to come back again and again, and unlike JD2, there are duets where you can actually choose which dancer you want to be, instead of only being able to do that if you have someone dancing with you. Plus they have a number of songs with four dancers to choose from, making it even trickier to master the dance moves when they do different things. It is SOOO cool! :-)
All in all, I think this is the best Just Dance to date. I do have a couple of things I'd improve on however.
For instance, I'd like to be able to have my own profile. The way the game is set up, everyone contributes to the same star count and medals. I'd much rather be able to accumulate my own stars and medals, and follow my own progress.
The other thing I really think they should have done is have a top ten scores list, instead of only having the top score available.
However, those niggles aside, I love it! :-)
Well, it's late, and I need my bed. I finally got a good night's sleep last night after three nights of disruption with the gales. I struggle to sleep when it sounds like my roof is being pulled apart. *shudders* Fortunately, the roof stayed put, unlike the fence panels between myself and my tricky neighbour with the dog issues. Three panels blew out. One may be salvageable, but the other two are basically matchsticks! In some ways I'm lucky, in that they aren't my panels, so I don't have the expense of replacing them. However, if J can't afford to (and I doubt she can), we have a problem, because the council only run a couple of strands of wire between the concrete posts. It is hardly conducive to stopping dogs from wandering off.
Oh well, at least the other side of her garden is still intact, which means there is a limit to how far the dogs can get, and Sophie isn't the type of dog to go wandering off in any case. She has been looking through the gaps but hasn't attempted to go into J's garden. She might get excited if Chuckie is out there though, and forget and go through. Time will tell I guess. :-)
Right, I'm off to bed in a min.
I leave you with two thoughts.
The first is...
If you want to brighten your day first thing, buy a Barbie-pink kettle for your kitchen!
I love my colourful kettle! LOL
The second is this:
Bryony gave me this for Christmas, and I love it. I have it where I can see it as soon as I walk into the sitting room, and it puts a smile on my face every time I see it.
And so does the Bobby McFerrin video:
Thursday, January 05, 2012
So, here I am trying again, after hitting the wrong button and losing my blog yesterday. Actually, what happened was, I navigated away to find a quote pic for my blog on another spark page, and when I clicked back on the blog window to add it, the window was empty. So for some reason I can't fathom, considering that they are two separate windows, it eats blogs if you look elsewhere on the spark website while writing a blog. (sigh)
So, today I'm starting off in Open Office to write this so that at least the writing is saved should I mess up again, or should Spark mess up. :-)
Steal my blog, would you? (shakes fist) LOL
So, what was I trying to tell you all yesterday?
Well, for some reason I am still trying to work out, I decided to completely reset a couple of my Wii games – most notably Wii Fit Plus and EA Sports Active Personal Trainer.
New year and a fresh start.
What I failed to remember as I deleted my Mii from the Wii Fit Plus, is that when you start the game from scratch, great big swathes of it are inaccessible. Beginner levels only across the board, and some exercises locked in the Yoga and Muscle section.
Oh well, it won't take long to re-open all the levels, she says optimistically. :-)
As for the EA Sports game, I'm currently working through the pre-set Workouts rather than a 30-day challenge. It leaves a little flexibility so that I can work round other commitments.
So, at the moment my daily workout schedule is looking something like this:
Just Dance Bingo:
I have JD, JD2 and JD3 now, which is up to 9 songs per day to dance to, plus I am also doing a sweat challenge with JD3.
Approx 30 mins per day
Wii Fit Plus:
I am using Random.org to randomly select a thirty-minute workout. I am determined to get as much of the game opened up as soon as possible. :-)
At least 30 mins per day
EA Sports Active Personal Trainer:
Assuming I have any ooomph left, I do a workout from this as well. I need to make this a regular part of my exercise routine because it gives me strength training more than the other games do.
Around 20 mins per day
I am also planning on using Leslie Sansone You Tube videos as a top-up for the days when my step count is low.
But mostly, I'm exercising with my Wii. :-)
We added Just Dance 3, Dance on Broadway and Wii Sports Resort to our collection over Christmas. So no excuses. I have loads of games to keep me fit.
Have a great day!
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Oh glory be! Had such a lie in today after a very late night, that the rest of the day has escaped, and here I am with no time to write a proper long blog telling you about all my happy end of the year news!
So, the abridged version...
Suffice to say that I was lucky enough to have the company of my bestie on the phone for over 4 hours last night, reconnected with another good friend the same evening, and spent the New Year singing and dancing round the sitting room for more than two hours during Jules Holland's Hootenanny! Earned myself around 3500 steps I did, doing that! LOL
I finally understand why my word for 2011 was SPIRIT. It only took until a couple of hours before midnight to figure it out! *grin* Hey, I never claimed to be quick on the uptake. LOL
So, I wonder what 2012 will bring? I feel very excited and optimistic about 2012. A lot of threes this year. I'm 48. 4 + 8 = 12. 1 + 2 = 3. I start my new 12 year cycle, and this feels like a real year for beginnings! :-) I know I have a few things to deal with that I'm not looking forward to - mostly plucking up the courage to get a couple of health issues sorted out. But I feel very open to possibilities. Could be a good year for love this year. :-) I seem to recall Venus (Aphrodite) has a busy year coming up.
Have a wonderful 2012!
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Look at this!
This is Athena’s Owl!
Athene noctua – the Little Owl...
ON. My. Arm!!! *squeeeeeeeee!*
We met these people from the Southend Owl Sanctuary yesterday in town, when we were on our way to the cinema. The old boy in the wheelchair, gave me his Little Owl to hold!
And as if that wasn’t exciting enough, he also let me stroke the Eurasian Eagle Owl behind him too,
The third owl - a Bengal Eagle Owl - I wasn’t allowed to touch, as he is a more recent rescue and not used to the attention yet (someone shot him, apparently!), but you can see him in this picture. He’s the one on the right watching when I was first trying to attract the Eagle Owl’s attention. What I didn’t realise at the time was that the Eagle Owl was actually looking at Rob, posing for his camera! :–)
Who’s over the moon?
I am! LOL
Oooh, and can you also see that I am wearing my owl pendant watch, and an owl brooch? I bought the pendant watch last year to go with my wedding outfit, and Bry gave me the owl brooch for Christmas. Only worn it one day and it already brings me luck! LOL I also have an owl keyring, made like stained glass, and a tiny silver owl that I keep in my pocket. I am a walking owl tribute whenever I leave the house. *grin*
So, we were actually on our way to the cinema. Bry and Rob offered to treat us to a viewing of Arthur Christmas in 3D on Boxing Day. It is a good job that I am always early for everything, or we wouldn't have been able to stop and spend time with the owls. :-)
The cinema was a bit of a downer. Within a minute of puting the glasses on I started getting black and white zigzags in my vision - the standard precursor to one of my migraines! I haven't had a migraine in over two years, so it looks like the glasses triggered it. Well, there have been reports that some people are susceptible to headaches from using them, so I guess I'm in that unhappy band.
Fortunately, I had my whack-em painkillers to hand, so I swallowed a couple and sucked it up. The zigzags go away after about 20 minutes, and the headache, though uncomfortably painful to begin with (it kicks in when the visual disturbances stop) settled to a manageable level quite quickly, thanks to the pills, so I was able to sit through the film, which was an absolute delight!
I can't recommend it highly enough, though you may want to see the 2D version if you are susceptible to headaches/migraines. *grin* Arthur Christmas is inspired, and laugh-out-loud funny in places. Take tissues! I was crying with laughter before it was over, and there are some tender moments too. :-)
I did feel quite woozy when we got up to leave, but aside from wobbly legs and some difficuly refocusing my eyes for a couple of minutes, I was well enough to cope with perusing books in WH Smith on the way home. I picked up a doozy of a slow cooker cookbook in their sale!
Every single recipe is written with both slow cooker and conventional oven instructions. They tell you if the recipe is freezable, and if so at what stage of the cooking process, and how long it will keep in the freezer! It even has a a section at the front on cuts of meat, how to cut a chicken into portions, how to make things like dumplings, and various other useful information, like useful things to keep in your cupboards, to make shopping for the recipes easier.
It is 350 pages of Nom! :-) My mouth was watering just reading some of the recipes! :-)
Well, I'm going to leave things there for now. I need to get some exercise in. I just couldn't wait to tell you all about the owls! :-)
I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas! I've had some wonderful indulgences, but not overdone it. Drank a little alcohol, ate Yule Log and Mince pies with brandy cream, had roast potatoes with my pork, red cabbage and veggies, ate biscuits and chocolates, and nibbled on toffee popcorn at the cinema!
Sounds like a lot, and it was compared to normal eating patterns, but we also walked into town and back, and did a lot of games like Wii Sports Resort, and my exercise bike game. In fact, we were all moaning that we watched too much TV on Christmas Day. Too much sitting. Not enough movement. :-)
Well, there was Kung Fu Panda, Monsters v. Aliens, and Ratatouille in quick succession, almost immediately followed by Dr Who and Strictly, so it was a little tricky, as we hadn't seen any of them and wanted to watch the lot! But as soon as Strictly was over, out came Wii Sports Resort again, so we got some golf and tennis in before bed. :-)
We also spent a lot of time chasing around after Rob's micro helicopter.
Yep, that's what I got him for Christmas. :-) A remote controlled micro helicopter! it is a teeny little thing, ever so cute, and robust! It is an indoor toy, and Rob had great fun trying to learn how to control it. Found every dusty corner of my house it did, falling down behind bookshelves and into normally unaccessed corners of the sitting room! LOLOLOL
I got on the scales this morning, and I'm 12 stone 8 exactly, which is only 1lb more than this time last week.
I'm very ok with that. :-)
Well, I'm off to get my exercise now.
Catch you later!
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