Sunday, December 30, 2012
Yeah, my streak kind of ground to a halt after 12 days. Combination of pneumonia recovery, sinusitis, and too much running around to do in the run up to Christmas meant I couldn't abide by the Streak Rules, so I decided to try for another streak after the Christmas festivities.
And that is TODAY!!!
We had a very pleasant Christmas. Rob and Bry came and stayed from Christmas Eve until the 27th, and my only Christmas Wish was answered - I wished for someone else to cook the Christmas dinner and we got an invite to friends on Christmas Day! Their daughter, Alice, cooked the meal, with a little help from Bry and Rob. You see, Alice's mum broke her hip a few weeks ago, and I was still a tad delicate from the pneumonia, so while the kids slaved away over a hot stove she and I and Alice's Dad sat and chatted while sipping champagne and nibbling on Doritos and Pringles. The height of sophistication, I'm sure you'll agree. :-)
It was a lovely meal, even if Alice rather over-calculated on quantities. Made for a lot of tasty leftovers, which we are just finishing. The main joy of the leftovers was that they were mostly vegetables! Let's see, she cooked roast beef, pigs in blankets and Yorkshire puddings with...
Roast potatoes in their skins, parsnips, carrots, sweet potato, red cabbage with raisins and apple, sprouts, beetroot, cauliflower cheese, onions, peas and broccoli. With apologies if I forgot any of the vegetables that were nommed.
What an incredible feast it was. And it was rounded off, once we had let the main meal settle a little, with homemade Christmas Pudding or Lemon Meringue with cream or custard.
Beautiful! All we had room for when we got home was a cup of tea!
Boxing Day was great too. I treated the kids to cinema tickets to see The Hobbit, and while they were doing that I went round the shops for an hour or so, scoring 6 brand new pillows for £30 instead of £70, before coming home and preparing venison casserole in the slow cooker. The pillows were a great bargain, even greater because I needed them! I've had most of our pillows since Bry was a baby!
Oh, they are soooo comfy! Tara and I are struggling to get up in the morning, they are so snuggly and soft! :-)
The casserole was delicious! :-)
I only gained a couple of pounds since I caught pneumonia, even with Christmas in the mix, which pleases me enormously. :-)
So here we are almost at the end of 2012. That is a surprise. Hands up all of us who said we didn't believe the end of the world was coming on the 21st, yet had a sneaky corner of their mind saying, “What if...”
So, why wait until the 1st Jan for a new streak and a resolution? This is the week of the New Year, so I started my new streak today with a 20 minute walk with Leslie Sansone. Her Exercise TV walks are available on You Tube at long last, so I did the One Mile Walk and thoroughly enjoyed it. Then after breakfast I danced to eight Just Dance songs. It is so good to feel well enough to do that much exercise in one day again. I was breathing hard by the end of the walk, which was awesome, and was the same by the end of the Just Dance stuff as well. Yay!!!
I've also completely reset my sparkstreaks so I am spinning the wheel, and counting my days of fitness, water drinking and eating my freggies from scratch as of today. I even reset my Active Health game so I am starting the Land's End to John O'Groats walk again.
So, how is everyone else's plans for New Year coming along?
Saturday, December 22, 2012
I thought it would make a pleasant change from an artificial tree that just gets in the way. :-)
Also, I bought myself a pressie:
A funny thing to want, really, but I've been yearning for one of these for a year now, and as I had a little Christmas windfall I decided to treat myself. All the illnesses and stuff has left me with one messy house to sort out, which is as good an excuse for the purchase as any! :-)
I cleaned the kitchen and bathroom floors with it yesterday, and over the weekend I plan to try it out on a few more things around the house.
I thought I'd get an early start on the last of the Christmas shopping this morning, so I headed to Waitrose just before they opened.
Seems rather a lot of other people had the same idea. Have you ever seen ants converging on their nest? Well, that is what it reminded me of. People were racing into the store as if it was the first day of the sales! One person nearly knocked me over, he was in such a rush!
Seriously, people, slow down! Doesn't matter how fast you race (or try to) around the store, you are still going to be stuck in a queue at the checkout! It's Christmas! Queues happen! Smile and accept it as a part of the whole Christmas experience. Be nice, not grumpy! Don't forget that as a reward for your patience, the Waitrose staff hand out sweets if the waiting takes very long. :-)
Enjoy your weekend. Don't get too wet, and for those of us who will need one if this rain continues, I'm currently taking orders for custom built arks.
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