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