22 October 2007
She is survived by her husband Robert, and two daughters Deonne and Sharon. So if you can, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers today.
These are the times when it really sucks to be so far away from my family and friends. I would love nothing more than to be there with them right now, to offer my support and love and yet I am on the other side of the country - and may as well be another world away!
I was looking forward to spending some time with her when we go over to Sydney in December but now it is too late.
If anything, this is a reminder to appreciate the people in our lives, and never miss the opportunity to let them know how important they are to you and how much you love them. Life is just too short.
With much love to you and yours today
20 October 2007
* I can wear pants shorter than 3/4 length in public without being embarrassed!
* Making the healthy choices with food comes more naturally to me now.
08 October 2007
I should also note this house has no hot water, electricity or furniture other than some old wooden slat beds which we put our mattresses on. Give me a trailer park anyday! lol
Other than that though, it was nice to get out of town. We arrived at lunchtime and had some yummy hamburgers that our friend Phil made on the quaint and rustic bbq. Then for dinner we had another bbq with some yummy salads, a few drinks (of course) all topped off with some chocolate :)
Can you guess what we had for breakfast on Sunday? Yep - another bbq! with some bacon, eggs, hash browns and mushrooms - yummo! Did I mention we ate like horses all weekend? Needless to say I am dreading Wednesday night's weigh in.
Here are some more random pics of our weekend
Gerard and ClaudiaKathleen & I (above)
Maddie (grubby faced and loving it!)
05 October 2007
Just when I thought I couldn't get my layouts any more simple! lol Stampin'Up! paper and cardstock, some ribbon, DaisyD's see through lettering stamps and some embellishments. Sorry about the shadows at the top, my scanner doesn't like lumpy stuff.
03 October 2007
Tonight was the last meeting that I actually had to run on my own as the regular leader is back next week. I must say it has got easier each week, and tonight I hardly had that red blushing neck look at all! lol I also weighed in another half a kilo lighter - yippee!! Slow and steady wins the race. This morning I was just under a full kilo but of course, the night weigh-ins are a killer - you have to be so careful what you eat all day and stop drinking your water much earlier than usual.
The girls are on school holidays and enjoying some one on one time with their Dad. He has taken the whole two weeks off, but unfortunately I have to work most of them. I do have tomorrow and Friday off so that is something at least. And Saturday we are off camping and the girls are really looking forward to that. Tomorrow is supposed to be quite warm so we might head off to the park late in the afternoon for an early bbq dinner.
Happy Hump Day! Enjoy the rest of your week.
02 October 2007
Anyway, I am finally back on track and the scales are heading down! 600g lost last week and 250g the week before - I know not a lot but I feel like I am really back on the right path after being on a 'plateau' for the last few months!
I also passed my Leader training and am a fully fledged WW's leader! I am running the meeting while the other leader is on holiday on the Gold Coast. Talk about facing your fear of public speaking! lol. But it is definitely getting easier each week. Only one more meeting though (tomorrow night) and I can get back to weighing and recording and leave the leader talks to her for a while.
Will try and check in to update after tomorrow night's weigh in. I really want to be at goal when we go home to Sydney for Christmas.
Have a great week!
and you feel like the biggest failure in town.
When you want to give up just because you gave in,
and forget all about being healthy & thin.
So what! You went over your points a bit,
It's your next move that counts...
So DON'T YOU QUIT!
It's a moment of truth, it’s an attitude change.
It's learning the skills to get back in your range.
It's telling yourself "You've done great up til now,
You can take on this challenge and beat it somehow.
"It's part of your journey toward reaching your goal,
you're still gonna make it, just stay in control.
To stumble and fall is not a disgrace,
if you summon the will to get back in the race.
But, often the strugglers, when losing their grip,
just throw in the towel and continue to slip
and learn too late when the damage is done,
that the race wasn't over...they still could have won!
Lifestyle change can be awkward and slow,
but facing each challenge will help you to grow.
Success is failure turned inside out,
the silver tint in a cloud of doubt.
When you're pushing to the brink,
just refuse to submit,If you bite it, you write it...
DON'T YOU QUIT!!!
- Author unknown -
17 September 2007
02 September 2007
Happy Fathers Day Dad. I love you. xxxx
Since today is also our wedding anniversary here is a pic of dad and I taken exactly 13 years ago at our wedding.
I decided to go with white gold as my watch and all other jewellery is silver so it matches really well. It comes as a set with the main ring and matching band (seen at the bottom). I will try and get a nice picture of it on my finger to put it in perspective.
The Zebra's were just stunning!
Wakey Wakey, Mister Tiger!
The cuddley Koala - hard to get a clear photo as he was so high up!
I think that's enough for one night. I will post more when I get a chance.
WEDNESDAY: drove the 7 hours from Kal to Perth. Checked in at our cabin and relaxed a bit before heading out to dinner at a Chinese restaurant with our friend Max. The place we stayed at had a great lake with swans and ducks, as well as huge playground, fantastic heated pool and playground including a huge jumping pillow which the girls just loved!
In the evening we went to see Cirque du Soleil’s Varekei – in one ward FAN-BLOODY-TASTIC!!!! I cannot say enough about this show and if you get the chance to see it I would highly recommend it. Just wonderful. Visually spectacular and so entertaining. With not an animal in sight – just the way I like my circuses thank you very much!
SATURDAY: Our last day in Perth so we headed off to Fremantle markets, then had lunch at Dome before taking the girls to Scitech. What a great place for kids! So many hands on experiments and activities for them (and us) to do. They even have this huge domed incubator with chickens eggs in them and we actually got to witness one hatching which was just fantastic as none of us had ever watch a baby chick being born before. Saturday night we just rested and had a quiet night in for the trip home.
SUNDAY: After dropping in for a quick goodbye to Max and his family we headed back to Kalgoorlie. Exhausted but very happy to have had such a great break away. Now to just unpack and catch up on all the washing before going back to work tomorrow.
28 August 2007
Life here has been pretty crazy. Gerard was in Africa, then back for a few weeks and then away again. He returned Monday night and tomorrow we are off to Perth (about 7hours drive away) until Sunday night. We are all so excited as it's the first time we have all been away for quite a while. We managed to get tickets to Cirque du Soleil and I can't wait for that, it is something I have always wanted to see. The girls don't know that we are going there yet so they will get quite a surprise. We also have a 21st birthday to attend while we are there and lots of other social stuff as well as the all important shopping :)
Since I last blogged both of the girls have had birthdays. Maddie turned 11 on 2nd August and Claudia turned 9 last Tuesday the 21st August. And Sunday Gerard and I will celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary. I don't think you get that long for murder these days do you? ;)
Anyway here are a few pics and I will post some of our trip away when we get back. Have a great week!
Me and Claudia
15 July 2007
30 June 2007
Today was a normal crazy Saturday for us. Netball for Claudia at 8.45am, a game for Madison at 10.45am, then grocery shopping, home for a quick lunch and get Claudia ready for a birthday party. Dropped her off and Maddie and I ended up staying too so didn't get home until 6.30pm and then did some more washing and housework. Finally got the electric blanket and linen on mum's bed all ready for her arrival. Plus it rained on and off all day, and I hate running around in the rain. Love it when I get to stay home in the rain though.
Tomorrow I am hoping to get the lawns done if the rain has stopped, and vacuum out my filthy car. Then we are going over to some friends house for a barbecue dinner. Some adult conversation and company ... yay! lol I am really missing that at night while Gerard is away.
As far as WW's goes - had a crappy day! lol Had a good breakfast but then it was all downhill from there. I had better dust off the treadmill tomorrow morning me thinks. Can't say I'm expecting a great week like the last one. Oh well, slow and steady wins the race right. In my case it is VERY slow and steady.
Well better go and get the little ratbags, oh I mean darlings, off to bed. And then maybe I will play with some new inkpads and card I got from Stampin' Up! this week :)
29 June 2007
So now I am not even going to try and remember it all and will come back on the weekend to do another entry.
Have a great weekend!
23 June 2007
26 April 2007
People who are tagged need to blog about their seven things and post the rules as well.
At the end of your post, choose 7 people to tag and list their names.
Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them that they have been tagged and to read your blog! OK, here goes...
1) I was a bit of a goody-two-shoes growing up. I never skipped off school, lied to my parents or snuck out at night. Boring huh! But don't worry, I made up for it later ;) lol
2) I planned my wedding in 6 weeks and dh and I moved across the country 2 days after we got married. We were going to stay for 2 years but are still here ... almsot 13 years later!
3) I can't drive a manual car. I did learn once when I was 17 but haven't done it since. We have a manual 4WD here but Gerard is the only one that uses it. It is on my 'to do' list for 2007 though!
4) I hate coffee! Have never drank it in my life, even though my mum and dad were both coffee addicts. In fact none of my siblings drink it either.
5) I have quite a jealous streak. Not pretty I know, but luckily it doesn't come out very often ;)
6) I am a real chocoholic. The most I have gone without chocolate in the last 15 years is about 2-3 days. I can't last longer than that.
7) I really dislike most vegetables, but make myself eat them. But would much rather I didn't have to!
So that's me. I am having trouble finding 7 people that haven't already done this, but for starters I am tagging Christine and Lee and had better go and see who else I can find! lol
(Karine, me and Kathleen)
Here is the basic rundown of our trip ... including some pics :)
THURSDAY: 8.30am - Kathleen and I headed off on the 7 hour drive to Perth. We had organised to break the trip up by spending the night at Kathleen's parents before completing the additional 3 hour trip down to Yallingup/Margaret River. And we managed to do a little shopping in Perth as well.
FRIDAY: 8.00am - We picked up one of Kathleen's work collegues (Karine) and drove down south. First stop was Bussleton where we had lunch on the water at this restaurant called 'The Goose'. It was nice to be near the coast, since we don't often get to the beach!
The Goose Restaurant where we had lunch
Some of the buildings on the jettyAfter we had stopped for lunch we hit the road again and visited a few Vineyards to stock up for the weekend, before finally arriving at Wildwood Valley. The 3 course welcoming dinner was actually more like a 5 course Thai spectacular ... and as I mentioned the food was some of the BEST I have ever eaten!! Everything was so delicious and I ate so much I actually found it hard to move afterwards. lol
The menu included; seared salmon salad with a roasted eschallot and chilli dressing; braised beef shin with a hot and sour salad, a wonderful chicken dish which I have forgotten the name of at the moment, a curry dish and to finish a Torta di Limone (or lemon/lime tart) with fresh cream .. did I mention it was DELICIOUS?!?!?!
Then we retired to our beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom cabin (below), unable to move a lot but feeling VERY contented.
SATURDAY: we started with a walk at 7.00am before heading off to the main house for breakfast. I had some fruit, cereal and poached eggs on toast - yummo! Then at 10.30am it was time to put on our aprons and get cooking! well trying to learn at least.
(me, second from the left - ready to cook!)
After we had finished cooking (four and and a half hours later), we sat down to enjoy our feast. Needless to say, there was no dinner for us on Saturday night and we finished off with some cheese and wine in our cabin at about 8pm.
Did I mention what we learnt to cook? It was; Grilled scallops with peanut nahm jim; grilled beef with green papaya salad and red nahm jim; crisp braised duck with plum sauce; yellow curry of chicken and pumpkin with a cucumber relish and to finish; a black sticky rice with poached banana in coconut cream. Did I mention how delicious it all was???
Kathleen, ready to enjoy the grilled beef!
SUNDAY: After another beautiful breakfast we packed up the car and headed off. We drove down to Margaret River stopping at some Olive Oil places, as well as another vineyard and my favourite The Margaret River Chocolate Company (below). Where we of course stocked up on some yummy chocolate to bring home.
We arrived back in Perth on Sunday night and stayed at Kathleen's mum and dads again before finally driving back to Kalgoorlie on Monday. Quite a whirlwind trip, but SO MUCH FUN!! And we can't wait to do it again. Next time though we are going to do the Italian cooking class.