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Buying and Selling and Pressies

Friday, October 19, 2012

Been a fun week for goodies. Some have come (like the veggie crisps which I am being very disciplined about -- so far!!!) Some have gone (like the book I treated an RSPCA inspector too) Well, she was at the charity shop, and we were chatting about favourite authors, and there was this copy of The Lost Symbol that she didn't have, even though she was a massive Dan Brown fan, and as I was at the till paying for my purchases, I couldn't resist treating her. :-)

At the same time I snagged for myself Dan Brown's Angels and Demons, so I have four of his five novels now, plus a Barbara Erskine book - Daughters of Fire, and Stephen King's Dreamcatcher.

I also snagged three very nice M&S cereal bowls for 50p each, and a pedometer, also for 50p. :-)

Gotta love the treasure trove that is the RSPCA shop!

My (early) birthday weekend went very well, aside from a rather sore right wrist and hand.

Bry and Rob arrived very late Thursday, so that we would have a couple of clear days with them.

On the Friday we went to the art gallery and a mooch round the charity shops in town while Tara was at college, then we met her at TenPin and had a game of Bowling - hence the sore hand and wrist.

I've never bowled in my life! I have to say I enjoyed it, but think it very expensive for what you get. Also, I tried bowling with a ten pound ball initially, with large finger holes, and got 9 for each of the first two rounds. But by then my wrist was already hurting, so switched to an 8lb ball, which only has medium size holes. I could get my fingers in but they felt tight further in so I wasn't holding it optimally and didn't do so well after that. I finished on 63. Came second though! LOL. Rob ran away with it, including 2 strikes in his score, though at the beginning he was stood gobsmacked at my score, thinking he actually had some competition! LOLOL

Apparently, my beginner's luck fizzled out. *grin*

So my wrist throbbed for several days, and I've decided that I'm going to have to forget bowling in the future. Funny thing was, it was my back I was worried about, and hadn't considered my wrist being weak. Ah well.

We played air hockey before we left too. Of course, Rob won!

As soon as we got home I had pressies thrust upon me, and it would have been rude not to open them. :-)

Tara bought me the Complete Tru Calling on DVD. That was a real surprise! I really loved that show and was very disappointed when they pulled the plug halfway through the second season.

Rob and Bry finally took notice of the ever increasingly desperate hints I've been dropping for the last few years, and clubbed together to buy me a pair of binoculars!

I actually pointed out a pair on the RSPB website that cost around 30, but Rob did his research, having a passion for his own binoculars, and they got me a really good, but rather expensive pair! Not that I'm complaining, because they are absolutely amazing! I can see everything clearly, from a bird three feet away, to three of Jupiter's Moons!!! I kid you not!

Rob had brought his own binoculars with him, and his tripod, and we set up in the back garden during the evening, and did some stargazing! I had no idea you could do that with binoculars! The tripod is necessary because my hands shake too much to see the detail clearly otherwise, but it was an amazing evening, with us looking at Jupiter, the Seven Sisters, and Andromeda, among others. I haven't looked that closely at the stars since I was a kid, and Dad used to drag us and his huge telescope up St Agnes Beacon to get a view without street lights.

Of course it has been unrelenting cloud cover every night since then. *sigh*

On the Saturday, we drove to Dedham, parked the car, and walked across the fields to Flatford. It was Rob's first visit to Constable Country. Unfortunately, the rain started to threaten as we were heading towards the marshes to see if we could spot some hawks with our binoculars, so we had to head back, but maybe next time they visit we can drive to Manningtree instead and walk to the marshes from there and make the hawks our priority.

We did spot what looked like a cormorant flying over. Not easy to get the binoculars out and focused while holding a mobile phone to take photos I discovered. Ended up trying to hold my phone to my eyes to see the bird while attempting to take a photo with the binoculars! LOLOL

On Sunday, we had a few friends round for a little party before Rob and Bry left mid afternoon. The party was fun. Food was supplied by Waitrose, and all of us barring Rob (who loathes dancing) took turns in pairs playing Just Dance 4. Hilarious fun! :-) A perfect finish to the visit.

I don't know what I'm going to do on my actual birthday. Treat myself to a takeaway maybe. That is a rare treat that I save for occasions like Mothers day and my birthday, so I don't have to cook. :-) I'm also considering a round of the town charity shops looking for some clothes. That is a job best done alone. :-)

Oooh, and if anyone is considering a move to the Westcountry, Bry and Rob have just put their house on the market:

www.howarddouglas.co.uk/propertyDeta
ils.php?pid=425501


Prime location - close enough to the grave of the owner of The Hound of the Baskervilles to have a really eerie wake-up call!

KIDDING! :-)

Enjoy your day!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SASSYJAY 10/21/2012 2:23AM

    Two questions:

1) the "Yank" wants to know what 'pressies' are, and

2) does 'your early birthday' mean you are a fellow Scorpio? No wonder we get on so well!

~Maggie

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POLSKARENIA 10/20/2012 1:12PM

    Sounds like a good time was had by all!! Enjoy that takeaway... love charity shops - they do so much good and have lots of bargains for us all!

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BOVEY63 10/19/2012 9:28PM

    Sound like an awesome birthday celebration!
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CARLA-216 10/19/2012 4:12PM

    Sounds like such a great time! I'd love some binoculars that are that awesome.

I was giggling at you trying to use the binoculars and the phone. I've done the same thing! LOL

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SHAWFAN 10/19/2012 10:37AM

    Glad you had a wonderful time! Hope your actual birthday is just as nice. emoticon

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MAHGRET 10/19/2012 10:17AM

    Have a happy birthday!

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SENATOR9 10/19/2012 9:41AM

    Sound like a great week.Have a nice weekend

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_LINDA 10/19/2012 7:59AM

    Glad you had such a fabulous time! I tried ten pin bowling once and it was okay, but much preferred five pin, so I could get the lightest ball they had, making it way easier to get it down the lane in a timely fashion ;)
Enjoy your new binoculars, what a fantastic time you are going to have with them!!
I suggest you splurge for your actual birthday -new clothes AND some takeaway! Why not? You deserve it!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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NEW-CAZ 10/19/2012 7:25AM

    Sounds like a grand week.
Charity shops have some wonderful bargains, it amazes me the good quality of some of the goods we get it- especiallly books!
A man bought in a load the other day that so in such good nick we're holding them back for Crimbo time- kids books, great prezzies!
Have an enjoyable takeaway- I'm like you, they're a treat and saves washing up LOL


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CHICCHANTAL 10/19/2012 7:07AM

    Just be careful with those Nockulars! Use them too close to home and you might see more moons than Jupiter's got! emoticon

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My Latest Fibre Discovery: Vegetable Crisps!!! Awesomeness in a bag!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Why did nobody tell me about vegetable crisps? They are the most delicious crisps EVER!!! They also go great with dips! AND they are significantly higher in fibre than your standard potato crisps!

I bought a six pack of Brennan's first of all - Parsnips crisps with a sprinkling of salt and cracked black pepper, Beetroot crisps seasalted, and vegetable crisps - a mix of parsnip, carrot, beetroot and sweet potato in one bag lightly sea salted.

Then, realising that the pepper on the parsnips is ok, but preferring the just sea salted ones in the mixed bag, I bought a 100g bag of mixed vegetable crisps made by Waitrose - also a mix of carrot, beetroot, sweet potato and parsnip, lightly salted. I weighed out 25g (28g to be truthful. My hand slipped!) and nommed in. Just as irresistably delicious as the Brennan's ones!

I also have a bag of Tyrrell's Mixed Vegetable Crisps in the cupboard - beetroot, parsnip and carrot.

I am desperately trying to restrict myself to 25g daily. The temptation to keep eating them till the bag is empty is HUGE!!!

Temptation aside, though, I am really really happy that I tried these crisps out.

They can be considered as part (a small part, I grant you) of my five a day. :-) Makes me feel really virtuous! LOL

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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KPA1B2 10/23/2012 6:41PM

  I tried something similiar. The ones I tried were shaped like a straw. I don't think the ones that I had would have counted as a veggie though.

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CARLA-216 10/19/2012 12:30PM

    Well snap, I'll have to try them next time Costco is handing out samples.
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CHICCHANTAL 10/19/2012 7:17AM

    Bet the parsnip ones are really minging though. That's parsnips for you.

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-POOKIE- 10/19/2012 5:23AM

    I like them, just too tasty though!

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AKELAZ 10/19/2012 4:05AM

    Just to add something here - I get veggie crisps for my grandchildren - so much healthier and a yummier experience for them than potato crisps so often questionably flavoured.
And the upside of that - is that a bag shared between three is so much less calorific than a whole one to myself!
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POLSKARENIA 10/19/2012 3:07AM

    I love these too, but they are just too dangerously yummy to buy more than one pack to share all at once - the temptation to pick is just TOOOOOOOO great!
Enjoy!!

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NEW-CAZ 10/19/2012 3:04AM

    I'll have to look in Sainsbury's when I go today Lex, sounds yummy!

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_LINDA 10/19/2012 2:01AM

    I did try a sample of veggie crisps from Costco once but wasn't thrilled with them, but they didn't have beet or parsnip, my favorite veggies. I prefer sweet potato 'fries' baked hot out of the oven, a true veggie serving ;)
Just a thought -might not have been good planning to buy so many at once..
Enjoy!

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SENATOR9 10/18/2012 9:59PM

    Sound good

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WANDAH3 10/18/2012 7:30PM

    I need to look for some here! Thanks
Hugs,
Wanda

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SHAWFAN 10/18/2012 6:23PM

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing!!

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KACEYSW 10/18/2012 5:14PM

    Thanks for the tip! I love trying new things and these sound delicious.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winners

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Some truly awesome photos in this collection, so just HAD to share! :-)
They are a true testament to the photographers' skill and dedication to their art.

www.bbc.co.uk/nature/19978529

Enjoy!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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1MANKNEY 10/19/2012 11:43AM

    Very cute! Especially liked the alligator.

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CHICCHANTAL 10/19/2012 11:39AM

    I adored the beaver one!

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_LINDA 10/19/2012 1:41AM

    Wow!! Loved those photos!! Thanks for sharing them with us!!
Thanks for the emoticon !
Have a Fantastic Friday Lexie!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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POLSKARENIA 10/18/2012 12:39PM

    Brilliant pics with very apt quotes!!

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SHAWFAN 10/18/2012 11:14AM

    Love it

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ELAYNE39 10/18/2012 9:25AM

    Excellent!

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NEW-CAZ 10/18/2012 7:57AM

    Brillant Lex emoticon it

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WANDAH3 10/18/2012 7:27AM

    Loved all the photos...thanks for sharing. Hope you are having a great day.

Hugs,
Wanda

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MARYJOANNA 10/18/2012 5:42AM

  Very clever! Loved it!

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Just Dance 4! I haz it!!! Whoop Whoop!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Well, it is Tara's fault really. You see, she went into town and spotted the special edition version in Game, and being worried they would either sell out or jack the price up before Christmas (currently 25), she persuaded me to go halves with her and get it. :-)

Only had the chance to do a couple of dances so far because I had already arranged to ring my bestie in the USA for one of our marathon chats, but tomorrow I plan to test out the new and improved sweat section:



Just Sweat It Out: The popular Just Sweat mode gets a major upgrade with brand new workout sessions, personalized programs, and a real calorie counter. Stay fit, and have fun playing Just Dance!


Awe. Some !!!

Looking forward to a jiggletastic day tomorrow. It has Time Warp!



Have fun!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 10/11/2012 1:38PM

    Enjoy the new version! Love the pics - as usual!
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POLSKARENIA 10/10/2012 5:17PM

    Love the dancing. Used to do salsa, but work hours meant I was literally falling over my feet with tiredness (the sessions were about 2 1/2 hours every Thursday eveening from 7:30pm). I also later discovered later why I couldn't do double spins - I have a hereditory balance issue, only discovered when I started to get dizzy spells for no logical reason.
Anyway, enjoy tyhe dancing. I do a salsa based exercise DVD from Rosemary Conley - that's good fun too!

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_LINDA 10/10/2012 1:56PM

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Dance the night away! You go girl! Enjoy your chat! Ever thought of using Skype? Get to see her face to face then!
Hugs,
Linda xxx
PS
Feel sorry for me -1st day of snowfall
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SENATOR9 10/10/2012 9:51AM

    Have fun dancing

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WANDAH3 10/10/2012 7:28AM

    It's the greatest way to exercise....Dancing! Yay Tara for keeping the motivation to exercise going!

Have a great day,
hugs,
Wanda

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NEW-CAZ 10/10/2012 3:01AM

    emoticon nothing lifts the spirit more than dancing. I hope to be dancing in the aisle tonight at the Drifters show emoticon

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SHAWFAN 10/9/2012 7:48PM

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EZRIN101 10/9/2012 7:40PM

    Awesome!! I love to do just dance at my mums house (she has a Wii not me)

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TIZSLIM 10/9/2012 6:56PM

  I second Chicchantal's comment. Though as it seems to involve dancing - I'm all for it.

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CHICCHANTAL 10/9/2012 5:34PM

    I feel like an alien. Lex, you will have to explain what this is about to me in words of one syllable or fewer.

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CHEETARA79 10/9/2012 5:29PM

    I'm so jealous! I can't wait to get that game!!!!!!! What's your favorite song so far?

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Well, that sucked!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Well, looks like the couple of good days I just had were the eye of the storm, because last night I had a really bad turn with my diverticular disease. Excrutiating pain, and felt so sick! It took two hours to ease off, which is the longest an attack has lasted so far.

Then I tossed and turned all night, unable to sleep properly. The after-effects of the beast, I guess. The stress caused by the attack also affected my costo, leaving a residual ache around my stomach , chest and back, making sleep and getting comfortable a bit tricky.

The silver lining in this latest pain cloud, however, is that I think I know what caused the attack. Things had eased off painwise in recent weeks as I had cut out larger meal portions and was eating smaller amounts at each meal, and was relying on snacks in between to keep my system happy. I had also cut out any foods that may have been causing problems. Subconsciously, however, as the weeks passed with no issues to speak of, I had been gradually increasing my food meal portions. When I had the couple of days of mild pains earlier in the week, I put it down to a food I had reintroduced, and then last night I had good old fashioned fish, chips, carrot and petit pois. It was a bigger plate of chips than I'd been eating recently, and it took me over the edge.

It wasn't a chip shop size portion. I had a Young's Basa fillet in batter (just over 100g fish fillet), and 200g of my homemade chips, plus 100g each of carrot and peas. This gives you some idea of how small I need to make my portions if I'm not going to get caught out again.

If I do ever go to a chippy for some haddock, it will have to be JUST the haddock! No chips! Not that I'd mind that. The haddock in batter has always been the draw to a chippy for me.

So, today I have a body that feels like it has gone ten rounds with Mike Tyson. And it has to work today! So no exercise as such, just plenty of housework. And plenty of water and small nibbles rather than big meals. I can get away with my 30g porage oats, and 250ml milk breakfast with an apple on top, but after that I need to defrost what I planned to eat for my evening meal, and have half of it for lunch and the rest in the evening, rather than all of it in one go. And keep my fingers and toes crossed that I don't get several attacks over the next few days - the usual routine when it gets this bad. I have Rob and Bry arriving on Thursday for a long weekend, and I want to enjoy it! Specially as it is the nearest I'll get to celebrating my birthday with family this year (birthday is 3rd Nov)!

Oooh, did 35 mins cardio and 10 mins Lower Body ST yesterday.

Wish me luck! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 10/11/2012 1:37PM

    Hope you are feeling better!
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SCREWIE 10/9/2012 3:17AM

    Hopefully you won't be too ill when Rob and Bry are over.

Hugs x

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CARLA-216 10/8/2012 2:24PM

    Are you missing a bit from your ear as well? Sorry, couldn't resist with the reference to Mike Tyson. :P

I hope you're feeling all better by now and that you feel grand by the time Bry and Rob arrive for the weekend.
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KPA1B2 10/7/2012 7:12PM

  Hopefully you've found your triggers! Good lulck!

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STONECOT 10/7/2012 6:02PM

    I'm sure you've had all sorts of proper medical advice, but during an attack have you ever tried 'Buscopan' which helps ease muscle spasms? It's marketed for IBS, and works well for that. It might work for diverticularitis too.

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_LINDA 10/7/2012 2:51PM

    So sorry you have had such a rotten go of it :(( But you have hit on the best way to help with your weight. The health people have advocated smaller meals throughout the day, keeps your blood glucose happy, and your tummy satisfied. Ironic, to learn this works better the painful way :( I hope you have no further attacks..
Awesome Bry and Rob is coming in for your birthday!
Great work with the exercise!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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0309COOKIE 10/7/2012 2:48PM

    Aaaww, it sounds like you are having a time of things. Hope you get to feeling better soon!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/7/2012 10:03AM

    Here's to better days for you.

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SENATOR9 10/7/2012 9:56AM

    emoticon Relax and take it easy

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WANDAH3 10/7/2012 9:56AM

    On the plus side...you may have hit on the what the cause is! I have to eat small portions and no bread as I end up with some severe discomfort. It's better to eat snack style portions apparently anyway...so maybe we are ahead of the game in the long run. Hope you are feeling better soon. Enjoy your early birthday celebration.
Hugs,
Wanda

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LOVESLIFE48 10/7/2012 9:56AM

    Hope you feel better soon and get to enjoy the weekend with family. emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 10/7/2012 8:42AM

    OH Lexie, sorry to read that you have had a bad night. It must be so draining physically and mentally when you get that pain. You are like a detective (Miss Marple) looking for clues as to what triggers the events. Hope you feel ok for your daughters visit and manage a little pre birthday celebrations.
Take care
Anne:)

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POLSKARENIA 10/7/2012 6:16AM

    You seem to really be intune with your body and what's going on with it. Good luck with the fine tuning. Have a great early birthday celebration!!

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NEW-CAZ 10/7/2012 6:16AM

    Sorry you had such a bad reaction Lex, hope you feel better today, take it slow hun.

I'll keep your BD in mind,hope you enjoy celebrating with your family! emoticon

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  Wishing you an early happy birthday, have lot's of fun with your family.... emoticon

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