Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I've been laughing a lot today from the responses I received on yesterday's blog in which I apparently introduced a lot of you to the term "stunned arse". Most of you had never heard it before and liked it so much that you are planning on incorporating into your own daily lingo.
Well, as most of you know I am from Newfoundland, Canada. A lot of "mainlanders" - people from Canada but not from Newfoundland like to call us Newfies. I, personally, hate that expression because it has been used too many times over the years as a term of belittlement.
But one thing about a born and bred Newfoundlander is a guaranteed sense of humour and even more important, an inborn ability to laugh at oneself. I LOVE laughing at myself and entertain myself on a daily basis!
So here goes today's lesson in Newfoundland expressions: "stunned arse". This would generally be used to make fun of oneself as in "old stunned arse here forgot to turn on the oven and wondered why supper didn't cook". Or, if you saw somebody do something stupid you could say "look at that stunned arse trying to get into a car that isn't his".
My favourite use of the expression "stunned arse" is one my family uses quite often in moments of self-depreciation. We would say of ourselves "stunned as me arse and twice as ugly" which sums up all kinds situations quite nicely.
Okay, enough "vocabulary" lessons for today but before I go I have to share a few pictures: The first was taken of me while out walking tonight.......we were on a closed road which explains why I am not wearing my reflective gear. What the picture doesn't show is the fact that I'm wearing longjohns, windpants, fleecy, windproof jacket, wool hat, mittens and rubber boots!
And the following is just an interesting side by side comparison taken three years apart. I only weigh about ten pounds more in the older one but look how my body shape has changed!
Friday, October 21, 2011
This is going to be pretty short all things considered ~ while at the Y yesterday the staff member who introduced me to the various cardio and resistance equipment stopped to chat while she was washing down each piece of equipment (I was astonished that they do that because we are all supposed to wipe each machine down when we are finished but this lady was giving all parts a thorough cleaning!) and in our conversation I said, "I think I can do this" and she replied with a big smile "Susan, we've been watching your progress - you ARE doing this"
I felt like a million dollars after hearing that and I realized it is true! I AM doing this...woo-hoo!
Have a great weekend and I will really try to catch up on some of your blogs!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
As my loyal blog followers (makes me sound right important, doesn't it?) know, I sort of slid into a "low" patch over the past few days. Mind you, I recovered nicely in part to a stern self-talk and from all of the wonderful supportive comments my SparkFriends made.
So, I'm at work this morning (ssshhhh....don't tell the students that I'm not actually researching for them this time!) when the first blog I noticed and read was IMIN2GENES in which she shared a link to a great Spark article called "A Story of Priorities and a Jar"
Although I had read this before it really struck home with me today. Funny how things work out like that, isn't it? Like it doesn't really mean that much to you until you are ready to learn from it. Well, that is what happened to me today. My favourite quote from the articles is "is you spend all of your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are truly important". The article goes on to say that we should be paying more attention to the things in our lives that are critical to our happiness and well-being as opposed to letting the insignificant things wear us down.
I've applied this to my past week. I simply put too much emphasis on the few bad nutritional choices I made instead of putting my focus on the positives of the week. I try to spend as much time with my unemployed husband as I can as before we know it he could be gone out of province to look for work. Same for my dogs - I love them each day like it is their (mine) last day on earth. The housework can wait and so can the trivial stuff associated with home ownership. I mean is anyone really going to notice that the china cabinet needs to be re-arranged?!
Another (perhaps even greater) inspirational story was covered in Canadian news over the past weekend. m.ctv.ca/topstories/20111016/100-yea
Can you believe this man? He took up running twenty years ago at age 80! Yes, you read that correctly! Over the weekend, he completed a 42 km marathon in Toronto! Yikes! And I'm afraid to try running at all until I get under a "magical" weight so it will somehow be easier?!
On a funny closing note, here is a picture of how "advanced" my Louisa is:
Maddy is still learning
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