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!
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...
Have a wonderful time.
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