29 December 2006

New Years Resolutions

I don't know about you, but I am never very good at sticking to resolutions. Although I seem to make them every year! 2006 would have to be the first year I have had any success. I vowed to lose weight this year, and I have ... although I am still about 9kgs from goal. So my first goal for the New Year is to reach that before my birthday in April.

I also have a few other smaller goals I would like to reach:

- Find more time for exercise
- Scrapbook a lot more than I did this year!
- Take more photos
- Do some painting/work around the house
- Save more

That's about it I think. If I can achieve one or two of these I will be doing well.

2006 has been a crappy year for me personally and I am looking forward to 2007 and all the possibilities it holds.
After losing my grandmother in 2004, my grandfather in 2005 and then my Dad in 2006 I am hoping that 2007 will not see any more loss for our family. My sister is going to be giving us another nephew in April, so THAT is something we are looking forward to. It is due on my birthday, so that would be a great present :)

So with that, I wish you all (the three readers of my blog) a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope that 2007 is a wonderful year for you.

Christmas is over for another year

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that you were spoiled, as you should be! We had a very quiet family Chrissy (just me, dh and the kids) at home for lunch and then went for drinks and a bbq with friends on Christmas night. The weather was beautiful, so much nicer than the scorching hot days we have had the past couple of years. It was more like spring! I wish every Christmas could be like that. It is heating up now though and thank goodness we got our new aircon installed just before the holidays.

Santa was very good to everyone in our house. The girls got a Playstation 2 which they are loving! as well as computer games, toys, board games, clothes, makeup, and lots of girly things. Maddie got a lot of art stuff which she was thrilled with and Claudia got the one thing she asked Santa for - a fish! lol She named him Kutchipatchi - which is a Tamagotchi name. It is a cute fish, if you can say that about fish.

I got a sushi express and made my first Sushi today - it was delicious! Forgot to take a photo before we devoured them, so I will have to do that next time. I also got myself a rice cooker with a gift voucher that Mum gave me, so I can cook the perfect sushi rice now.

All in all, a very successful Christmas (if not just a tad disorganised and last minute) and we are looking forward to the new year. I for one can't wait to see the end of 2006, it has been a crappy year to say the least, and 2007 just HAS to be better!!

14 December 2006

Pies ... glorious (home made) pies!

Guess who got a new pie maker this week! So today I made some divine steak pies for lunch for the girls and I. Gerard also managed to come home in time to grab a couple. With over 100 recipes in the pie book, I can see the pie-maker is going to be a huge hit around here. And the great thing about home made pies, is that I know exactly what is going into them!

Happy Birthday My Love

Today is my darling's birthday (although he insists that since he wasn't born until late at night, he does NOT turn 38 until then).
Isn't it funny how when we are younger and want to be older, we take our birthday from one minute after midnight! lol

I had the day off work today and we have made him a chocolate fudge cake which the girls will decorate later, and are cooking some of his favourite meals (home made bruschetta and prawns with lemon pepper mayonnaise) and of course a nice wine for him and I to share. Happy birthday my love, I hope that you have a wonderful day.

Claudia's Haircut

Claudia has been wanting to get her hair cut short since the middle of the year, but we convinced her to keep it long at least until the dancing concert so that we could put it up.

As soon as the concert was over though she wanted it cut so last week she went in and told the hairdresser exactly how short to make it.

It looks so cute, but I did love her long hair too.

11 December 2006

Work stuff

I found out today that the trainee at work (who has just signed up for a second 12month traineeship) is going to be leaving to start a new job on 3rd January. This normally wouldn't be a problem but since she is on annual leave next week, and then our office closes for the week between Xmas and New Year, she basically only has a couple of days left this week and that's it.
So NO TIME for a handover or to look for a new staff member before she goes so that she could do some of their handover as well.
It also means the leave I had planned for January has to be adjusted as I need to come in to do timesheets etc.
Oh and just to top it off, we are moving offices next week so will be totally unpacking in a new location with only 2 staff members and we are unlikely to get a replacement until late January.

Arrrgghhhh! Just what I didn't need to be worried about over the Christmas break. But I guess there is nothing I can do about it, so I had better take a deep breath and get on with it huh.

Words of Wisdom...

The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, that’s the day you start moving down the road to success.

No one else can do it for you.

Only you can make it happen.

You’re the only one that has to live your life.

Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility.

It’s up to you to choose the thoughts and actions that will lead you to success.

Your life will be what you make of it.

Nothing will ever happen by itself.

Success will come your way once you realize that you have to make it come your way by your own actions.

The power to succeed is yours alone.

04 December 2006

Progress Pictures

Well now that blogger is cooperating, I thought I would upload some progress pics (see below). The first ones are from when I was pretty close to my heaviest weight of between 85-86 kilos. I can't believe how puffy my face looked!
The second lot of pics were taken on Saturday by Madison before we went out to the dancing concert (which explains the angle looking upward) lol.
Only 9kgs now until goal - and I can't wait! 2007 is going to be my year to be slim ... BRING IT ON!!!!!
2nd December 2006 - 71kgs

Proud Mummy Alert!

Lots of proud mummy moments this week! First of all the girls had their dancing concerts on Saturday night and they were both FANTASTIC! And they looked cute too :) This photo was taken just before we left for the concert.

Then tonight was the annual end of year presentation night at the school, followed by Carols by Candelight. The junior years each get presented with a certificate (which is where Claudia is) but the Senior years get given book awards and there are three awards for each Year level. The awards are for Christian leadership, most improved or most consistent and outstanding achiever award.

WellI am so excited to say that Madison won the award for Outstanding Achievement!! WOOHOOO Maddie! We were so proud of her and we could tell she was pretty pleased with herself too! She is such a dedicated student and just LOVES to learn, so it is great that all her hard work is being recognised.

WW Update

Weigh in day and another 850g gone ... hopefully never to be seen again! Only 1.1kgs until I am a 60's girl again. Boy have I been waiting a long time for that to happen!

I have some progress pics to upload, but have to wait until Blogger sees fit to cooperate. For some reason it won't let me add any photos at the moment.

I am just plodding along with the points, wasn't totally perfect last week. Had a little takeaway and some chocolate and didn't have a lot of time for much exercise, but overall still a lot better than the 'old me' would have been. I am also learning not to beat myself up for little slips here and there, and I try to remember that this is a lifestyle change and any lifestyle is not going to be perfect.

Things should hopefully start to slow down on the social scene in a week or two so I can get back on track with my regular exercise and hopefully lose a few more kilos before Christmas.

28 November 2006

Mini Chocolate Puddings ...YUMMMM!!!!


See instructions below.
I made these today for a Christmas Party I am going to tonight, and thought I would share the instructions for anyone that might like to make them. The kids love them, and they are so easy to make. I got the recipe last Christmas from my friend Christine and they were a real hit at Xmas lunch.

INGREDIENTS:
2 packets of chocolate royal biscuits (or Marshians), the ones with the marshmallow inside them.
1 packet of white chocolate melts
1 bag of Jaffas
1 bag spearmint leaves

INSTRUCTIONS:
Melt the white chocolate over boiling water until smooth.
Allow to cool for a little while before pouring 1 tablespoon onto each biscuit (I find it easier to do one at a time)
Cut the spearmint leaves in half and place 2 halves and a Jaffa onto the top of each one.
Refrigerate until the chocolate is set.

It's that easy!! Enjoy :)

27 November 2006

Just to be fair

And to prove that my family aren't really a bunch of freaks, here is the nice version of the photo I posted on the weekend. Ahhh, that's much better isn't it?
With dh away this week, it has turned out to be the busiest week of the month for me. Typical! Tomorrow between me and the girls, we have 4 things on between 4pm and 9pm, and none of them are together! lol I guess they don't call it the silly season for nothing. Wednesday night however, I am looking forward to a nice quiet one at home and hope to make a dent in my Christmas cards. I would love to get them out next week if possible and have only made a handful so far.
The girls want to put the Tree up this week too, but I need to make some room first. Between the computer, treadmill and the new couch there is no space in the living room to put it!
Saturday night are their dancing concerts (one for each of them as Claudia is still in Junior and Madison has moved to Senior). So that means sitting through 2 whole 3 hour concerts..arrrgghhh! Just to watch the girls dance for about 8 mins each. Will I be glad when that is over? YOU BET!
Then Monday night is the school presentation night and carols by candlelight, before school ends for the year on Thursday. YES THURSDAY! Whose dumb idea was it to break up for the holidays so early? Since I still have to work right through to the 22nd, it is going to make things quite difficult to say the least. And they don't go back until 30 January 2007 so I had better start coming up with ways to occupy them for almost 2 months I suppose.
I can't wait until everything settles down so I can get back into some serious scrapbooking, as I have a lot of work to catch up on! And I have missed being my messy, creative self lately.

1st week without a meeting...

and I didn't do too badly. Still managed a loss of .550 which is good considering it's that time where I usually retain quite a bit (if you know what I mean). It means I have officially less than 10kgs to go until I reach my goal!
I spoke to someone from WW's last week, and was told I can join the 'At Home' program in 6 week blocks and then return to my meetings when they are up and running again (probably about Feb next year). So that is good. I will miss the weekly motivation I get from the meetings but there are always the WW Forums which are a constant source of inspiration.
I have joined the GWED (Goal weight end of December) challenge and want to lose another 3kgs before 1/1/07. And I am hoping to reach my WW goal weight by Valentines Day next year. But I will just have to wait and see how much damage is done at Christmas time!

26 November 2006

See what I have to live with?

Can you imagine having to live with these faces every day? Good thing I love them so much, huh!

In fact, I think I will print this photo out and take it to work to put on my desk. If I am having a bad day, these faces are SURE to make me smile :)

20 November 2006

LOOK WHAT I GOT!!

I lost 400g tonight at weigh in and reached my 10% goal, and got my star! (Sorry about the poor image, but it was a little bumpy to scan). That means I have lost 10% of my bodyweight and I am not only 10.4kgs off my goal weight. Hopefully next week that will be a single digit!

On a sadder (and much more frustrating note) they have CANCELLED our WW meeting - as of tonight! The leader is leaving town and they have not got a replacement - well not one that they are willing to consider - so that is that. After all the hard work we have done we how have to find another option. Which means either the at home program (with no meeting support or a place to weigh in) or join Trimplicity - the only other local weightloss alternative.

Let me tell you, there were a lot of pissed off members tonight!!

BUT I will NOT let this derail me. I am determined to continue on my journey, and who knows, I may even become a leader myself! Now wouldn't that be one for the books. lol

Oh and another milestone today - a new size 12 pair of jeans!! WOOHOO!!
Just thought I might as well end this post on a positive note. lol

19 November 2006

As long as I have music ...


That was the name of the musical show that the girls were in this week. It was a great show, and the girls did a wonderful job but it is a relief that it is now over. There have been huge amounts of rehearsals two to three nights a week and on Saturdays for the last few weeks, so it is now one more thing we don't have to worry about as the silly season approaches.
Madison sang eight songs and Claudia sang three and they were both awesome! Maddie even did a duet and a solo.

Who's gonna push me?

It's been a while since I posted some Coco pics, so here is one I took this week. She is 6months old this month (which means not long now until the operation) and then she can go outside to play! In the meantime, she likes to get in the girls doll pram and wait to be pushed around the house. She just loves it!

NEW COUCH

Finally after being in this house for 12 months we got a couch for the lounge room. It is sooo comfy with a great longer bit to sit and put your feet up. It is ocean blue suede so now we have to train the cat not to use it as a scratching post! I have ordered more of the cushions and hopefully they will be here in a week or two. And I have to repaint the feature wall from eggplant to a dark chocolate colour so that it matches. I guess that will be next weekend's project!

13 November 2006

OH WELL ...

While I did have a loss this week, it wasn't quite the 720g I was hoping for. I lost another half a kilo so I still have 220g to go until I reach my 10%. I suppose I should be grateful, because I had a couple of blowouts last week and didn't stick to my sugar points like I should have.

So I am only giving myself 1 goal this week - no more than 14sugar points! I pretty much have the water and walking thing down so this is my next thing to master.

This pic was taken 1kg ago (2.2lbs) with my new size 12 grey work skirt and size 12 shirt. Not the best pic (taken by my 10yo looking up - never flattering!) but at least it is an updated photo :)

07 November 2006

A QUICK UPDATE

Well another marginally successful week this week. I weighed in last night with a loss of just over half a kilo (1.21lbs) so I was happy with that. After being sick for most of the week and not being able to walk for 4 days, I really thought I might have ended up with a gain.

I only have 720g until I reach my 10% lost goal and I am hoping to reach that next week. Some of my personal goals this week are:

* To walk 5 times for 1 hour
* Do my BLC exercises
* Not to consume any more than my 14 sugar points for the week

And for some exciting news (well for me and the other 2 people that read my blog).. today I am wearing... wait for it ... A SIZE 12 SKIRT!!! It is a new one I picked up from Katies a few weeks ago in the hopes that I may one day fit into it, and today was that day :)

Now if that doesn't motivate me this week, then nothing will! Plus when I reach my 10% goal my reward is to have french acrylic nails done again, so I really want to do that next week.

Oh and today at 1pm I am having my hair cut, so will try and get a pic with the new 'do' and the skirt to post later :)

Have a great day!

01 November 2006

A DOWNWARD TREND

Oops, I've been a bit remiss in updating this blog lately. Lots going on. Work is busy, and I have been unwell this week with a good dose of the flu resulting in some time off work. It also means I haven't walked for a few days and I am really missing my exercise (who would have thought you would hear me say that!) lol Hopefully this afternoon that will change and I can manage to do at least half an hour.

Since my last update I have had one gain of .45 and two losses totalling 1kg. This week's loss was .8 which I was thrilled with being ttom and everything.

I am now only 1.3kgs off my 10% goal (losing 10% of my starting weight) so hopefully I will reach that in the next two weeks. And since it is only 7 weeks until Christmas I am going to be ambitious and try to lose another 5kgs by then - that would just be the best Xmas present to myself ever!! And hopefully Santa WON'T leave me a weightloss book under the tree again this year. And if he does I will be definitely whacking him over the head with it a few times ;)

And this is my latest progress chart - woohoo!

10 October 2006

WW's Update

After a disappointing result last week, I had a fantastic loss of 1.15kgs this week! (or 2.5lbs for my U.S friends) :)

I had a big lunch out on Sunday with friends and had far too much food and even some wedding cake (which was mud cake of course) so was worried it may have jeopardised the good work I had done all week, but it obviously hadn't caught up with me yet. So I guess I had better be extra good this week so that it doesn't.

The exercise is going well. I am doing an hour of walking just about every other day and today I went rollerskating with the girls (and I think my legs will be reminding me of it tomorrow!) I am also trying to get in some toning exercises on the fitball, in the hopes that when I reach goal I won't be just a mass of flabby skin. lol

I am enjoying the holidays with the girls but so far have not had much time for 'my' stuff. I am taking them bowling in the morning and maybe to lunch so then I plan to spend the afternoon in my craft room. I have a lot of things I want to get done and some sketches to get up at 123-Scrap! before tomorrow night.

This is going to be a tough week emotionally (Dad's 60th birthday is on Thursday and his and mum's 39th wedding anniversary on Saturday) so I am just trying to take it one day at a time and not use it as an excuse to eat my way out of the depression. I think an hour on the treadmill or paving the poundment is a far more sensible way to deal with it. Let's just hope it works.

A friend has invited me to a Christmas card workshop on Thursday night, and I can't decide if I should go to in order keep my mind on other things, or just stay home with my thoughts and remember and celebrate my dad's life rather than trying to hide from it. I don't know, I think I will just wait until Thursday and see how I am feeling then.

06 October 2006

I love getting new shoes!

I don't often spoil myself with new shoes. I am the type of person that wears shoes to death and then begrudgingly goes to buy new ones when I have to. (Having said that I did get a new pair of New Balance walking shoes last week but they were a necessity because my shins and toes were hurting after walking.)

The new shoes I got today are for work and for wearing out and are pretty cute. Check them out!

I'm officially on holidays!

Woohoo! I have the next week off with the girls for the school holidays and am really looking forward to it. Can't wait to do some fun stuff with them and also get some time doing my stuff, like scrapbooking and cardmaking.

This weeks WW's Update:

Well Monday night was the first week I haven't lost anything since I started. But I didn't put on either so that is a good thing I guess. After two work lunches, and a wedding (where almost all of the food was fried) it's probably a wonder I didn't gain.

I also weighed with shoes on whereas I normally take the weight off for my shoes. So as dh reminded me, if I had taken them off I would have actually lost about 300g. From now on though I have decided just to leave them on so it will be consistent so maybe I will show a better loss for it next week.

I have done lots of walking this week, and am LOVING my new iPod Nano. Listening to some upbeat music while I walk has made such a difference. I actually enjoy my walk now, whereas before it was kind of just a chore.

This photo was taken on Sunday at the wedding we went to. Just thought I'd share a current photo since it's been a while.

Here's hoping I can keep my head out of the cupboards while I'm home next week! The trick will be to keep myself busy and I'm sure that won't be a problem.

30 September 2006

Feeling Great - WW's update

Well I have been so busy and active this week that I have hardly had any computer time! But I'm feeling on top of the world and really positive about my WL journey.

A few of the things that have made me feel in control this week include:

* I have walked 3 times (outside in the fresh air, not on the treadmill) for 1 hour at a time. And that is so far! There are still a couple of days till weigh in so I hope to get another 2 hours of walking in.
* I took my measurements and found I have lost 6cms off my waist, 5cms off my hips and almost 3cms off my bust! (My measurements were last done in about May)
* I realised that I have not had a migraine headache in over 5 weeks! I had previously been having them on a weekly basis and they were really wearing me out. I put it down to the water and exercise! (so Mum, if you're reading this - start drinking more water!)
* I got some new walking shorts and decent walking shoes. The shorts I had to get a size smaller so that made my day :) And the new shoes make me feel like I'm walking on air.
* I went to a Hen's night of sorts for a friend last night and had a couple of champagnes, but was so proud that the most I nibbled on was a small handful of potato chips all night! And trust me, there was some great food there. So I was pretty proud of myself for that.

We have a wedding to go to tomorrow, and since I have done so much walking and been pretty good with my points this week I am going to give myself the afternoon off tracking and just have a great time. I can't wait - I just LOVE weddings!

So fingers crossed for a positive weigh-in this week.

25 September 2006

Check It Out!!

I did it!! I lost 1.05kgs tonight to reach my first 5KGS!! Woohoo! So I got my 5kg bookmark and a star on my progress chart :) My next goal is my 10% and I only have 3kgs to go. Oh and it means I get my iPod Nano now (which I optimistically picked up on Saturday just in case I made it - and it kept me honest all weekend. lol).

I have also gone down a whole clothing size now too and bought myself a new pair of jeans one size smaller than usual. That was a great feeling and I am really looking forward to when I can get the next size down again.

With the beautiful Spring weather we have been having lately I have managed to do some hour long walks outside for a change instead of just staying on the treadmill and it has been wonderful. I am looking forward to doing a lot more of that now, although Gerard is asking me why I bothered getting the treadmill if I want to walk outside! But face it, sometimes it is just not possible to get out during the week before it's dark so I will probably do 50/50 over the summer months.


18 September 2006

Weigh In Day

Well despite my bad day or two, I managed to pick myself up and save a few points and do some extra exercise and lost 500g this week!
Only 950g to lose to reach my first mini goal of 5kgs, so I am hoping to make it next week. Since there are no social engagements this week or eating out I am hoping to stay on points ALL WEEK, which would be a nice change. lol
Things have been so hectic around here it will be nice to have a quiet week, and spend next weekend scrapping since Gerard will be out doing gigs on Friday and Saturday night.
I also got my silver star pin at the WW's meeting tonight for attending every meeting since joining 7 weeks ago. That was a nice surprise! So hopefully I will be getting my 5kg bookmark next Monday.

15 September 2006

Great day for me - not so great for the diet!

While I had a wonderful time at the luncheon (see post below) it meant a blowout for my points. I didn't have any choice for the main meal but did okay considering. However I think the few glasses of champagne and the biggest chocolate/cointreau cream desert I have ever seen pretty much did me in ;)
Then just to top it off, after such a big day out and no time to shop we ended up having McDonalds for dinner. I only had half of what I would have used to eat, but still I could have done without it.

I am hoping that since the start of my week was good and I have a few days till weigh-in to make up some extra points, that I won't have done too much damage, but I guess only time will tell. I am not looking forward to getting on those scales on Monday, that's for sure!

Yippee it's Friday - what a week!

This week has been pretty busy since I last checked in. We are just hitting the busy season at work so I haven't had time to get online at all during work hours (what an inconvenience that is! lol). And the evenings have been just as busy at home. Tonight is the first night I have had time to sit for any length of time and check emails etc.

Today was the Ladies Luncheon as part of the annual race round here. It was great! I didn't get to any of the races this year but at least I got to attend the lunch which was really nice. I had a great time and knew a lot of the people there which made it even better (over 120 ladies attended). I took some pics on my work camera and can't upload until I get them on a disc, but then I will share :) I even went to the hairdresser this morning and had my hair curled for the occasion, and brought some cute new strappy shoes and handbag (which will be the feature of today's daily challenge at 123-Scrap! so will post when it's done).

Gerard and Danielle did their duet there, so I even got to spend the day with him in a roundabout kind of way. Then when school was finished I picked the girls up and we went back to watch Gerard a little longer and the girls and I got to dance. They love watching their dad play and don't often get the chance.
With the race round come lots of tourists to the town so Gerard and his band have had gigs Thurs, Fri and tomorrow night working till 2am. Plus the gig today!

Tomorrow night the girls are both having a sleepover at a friends so I am going to watch the gig - ALL NIGHT! That is new for me. Usually I have to leave at midnight to relieve the babysitter and that is just when the night is really getting into full swing.

So this week there has been little housework, NO scrapping and no computer time but still lots of fun.

12 September 2006

The Crocodiles Are Crying

I just wanted to share this beautiful poem I received in an email today, following the tragic death last week of Steve Irwin. You didn't have to be a Croc Hunter fan to know what a difference this wonderful human being made to the enivonment and what he did for conservation in this country and around the world. His sudden death truly is a great loss for us all. My heart goes out to his wife and children.

THE CROCODILES ARE CRYING

Endless visions fill my head – this man – as large as life
And instantly my heart mourns for his angels and his wife
Because the way I see Steve Irwin – just put everything aside
It comes back to his family – it comes back to his pride

His animals inclusive – Crikey – light the place with love!
Shine his star with everything he fought to rise above
The crazy-man of Khaki from the day he left the pouch
Living out his dream and in that classic ‘Stevo’ crouch

Exploding forth with character and redefining cheek
It’s one thing to be honoured as a champion unique
It’s one thing to have microphones and spotlight cameras shoved
It’s another to be taken in and genuinely loved

But that was where he had it right – I guess he always knew
From his fathers’ modest reptile park and then Australia Zoo
We cringed at times and shook our heads – but true to natures call
There was something very Irwin in the make up of us all

Yes the more I care to think of it – the more he had it right
If you’re going to make a difference – make it big and make it bright!
Yes - he was a lunatic! Yes - he went head first!
But he made the world feel happy with his energetic burst

A world so large and loyal that it’s hard to comprehend
I doubt we truly count the warmth until life meets an end
To count it now I say a prayer with words of inspiration
May the spotlight shine forever on his dream for conservation

…My daughter broke the news to me – my six year old in tears
It was like she’d just turned old enough to show her honest fears
I tried to make some sense of it but whilst her Dad was trying
His little girl explained it best…she said “The crocodiles are crying”

Their best mate’s up in heaven now – the crocs up there are smiling!
And as sure as flowers, poems and cards and memories are piling
As sure as we’ll continue with the trademarks of his spiel
Of all the tributes worthy – he was rough…but he was real

As sure as ‘Crikey!’ fills the sky
I think we’ll miss ya Steve…goodbye

RUPERT McCALL 2006

WW's Update - Week 5

Well another disappointing loss this week - only 100grams. I know a loss is a loss, and it's more than I deserve after a pretty horrible week food wise so I should be grateful.
It has made me realise though if I want to make any decent progress I really need to keep tracking and stick with the program.

So I am just putting this down for my own benefit really, to keep me on track.

WHAT I DID THE LAST TWO WEEKS:
- I ate NO fruit for almost 10 days (hiding head in shame here)
- Indulged in the wrong foods too often
- Only exercised twice a week for 30 or 40 mins
- Ate way too many sugar points
- Ate too many pasta meals for dinner (even though they were WW's ones)

WHAT I WILL DO THIS WEEK!
- Limit sugar points to 14 or less
- Eat two pieces of fruit EVERY day
- Track, track, track - everything!
- Walk at least 4 times and for at least 45mins each time
- Drink at least 2L of water every day
- Eat more fish/protein and less carbs for evening meals.

Hopefully I can stick to this plan and have a better result next week!

Total weightloss so far - 3.55kgs.

08 September 2006

Yay I scrapped!

The challenge Chris has set up at 123-Scrap! really got me motivated and I did 2 pages last night! Neither of them were 12x12 pages but I am so glad just to have done something. I got a page done for my weight loss journal and a page for Father's Day for my BOM.

Unfortunately when I went to scan them this morning my computer 'couldn't find the scanner'. Don't know why, it was right there! I could see it. lol So I will have to get my IT literate hubby to check it out for me when he gets home and then I will upload them.

That's pretty much when the bad luck started this morning. I went to walk out the front door and heard the sound of gushing water from the drainpipes. Not a good sound to hear when you know there has been no rain! I looked up onto the roof to see the Solar Hot Water system pouring out water from the side. Of course this has to happen on a Friday when it is near impossible to get tradesmen over the weekend! I am just waiting for the phone call to tell me how many thousands it will cost to replace and how long it's going to take. Arrggghhhh.

Hopefully the day can only get better from here. And I am looking forward to some more scrapping tonight and over the weekend.

07 September 2006

Are you in a scrappy rut like me?

Do you need a little scrappy challenge to get you going again? Then pop over to 123-Scrap! and check out the Extra Credit Forum. Chris is running a fantastic challenge this month with daily challenges, plus weekly and monthly themes to get your creative juices flowing.

I haven't done anything in SO long I am glad to be able to start playing along myself tonight. After dinner I am going to hibernate in my scrap room for a while and work on a couple of challenges. I can't wait!

So what are you waiting for? Get over there and check it out!

So far, so good

Just checking in from work. Apart from probably a few too many sugar points so far this week I have done pretty well. Managed 40mins on the treadmill yesterday, have stayed within my points and drank at least 2L of water each day.

Hopefully I can keep it up (well apart from the sugar overload) and I will see a more positive result on the scales next week. At least there are no big events coming up this weekend food wise which could cause a potential blow out.

Someone who I hadn't seen for a while came into the office today and commented on how good I looked - that is always nice to hear :) It is great to be able to wear my work suit again, after months of the pants being too tight to zip up. I hope that before long I will need to order new workpants because I won't be able to keep these ones up.

It has been freezing cold here the past few days and I am really wanting to reach for those comfort foods. Have managed to resist though and even the calamari and chips at Dome cafe didn't tempt me at lunch time yesterday. Instead I had a lemon chicken and salad wrap - yummo!

Today it is just lunch in the office (crackers, cream cheese, tomato and avocado). I may even throw in a cup of soup just to warm me up. I'm sure before long I will be complaining of the heat so I should enjoy the wintery foods while I can.

05 September 2006

Twelve Wonderful Years!


That is how long dh and I have been married. We celebrated our anniversary on Saturday with a beautiful dinner out at a restaurant called Danny's. It was so yummy. Then his band had a gig so I went along for a little while before coming home to relieve the poor sick babysitter! I couldn't believe she came to sit for us even though she wasn't feeling well, because she didn't want us to miss out on our anniversary dinner. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful friend. Even more blessed to have such a wonderful husband!

Here's to many more years of married bliss :)

WW's Update Weeks 4 & 5

It's been a tough 2 weeks so I haven't updated, sorry! Bad food weeks, bad exercise weeks and emotionally tough to boot.
My feet are killing me after using the treadmill because my shoes have had it, so I need to get some new ones this week. This has made it hard to do a lot of walking.
It was that TOM and I ate far too much chocolate for my own good! Despite all this I did manage two small losses of 0.45 on 28th and 0.25 last night. Definitely not deserving, and I was expecting a gain yesterday so it is a bonus!
This brings my total lost to 3.45kgs so far. I really want to make the 4kg mark next week so need to be very good to make sure that I don't let my bad couple of weeks catch up with me.
I have a Christmas Challenge to lose 15kgs so I still have 11.5 to get there. I know if I knuckle down and do it that it is very achievable. I just need to refocus and get myself back on track.

Father's Day




I wasn't looking forward to Father's Day this year, but it was even harder than I imagined it would be. I am missing Dad more and more every day. I haven't seen him now for almost 7 months and it hurts. I miss his smile, and the way we would tease each other, and the way he always closed his eyes when he was talking to you. We always made faces at him while he did it, and he just used to roll his eyes and tell us he was 'serious'. Yeah right Dad!

Happy Father's Day Dad. I miss you, and I love you more than you could ever know.
xxxx

Photo 1 was taken in 1970. Photo 2 was taken in 1994.

21 August 2006

Exercise Goals - week commencing 22 August

Well tomorrow starts a new week for me so I have decided to put my exercise goals here in the hope that they will keep me honest.

Tuesday - 45mins on treadmill - DONE
Wednesday - Treadmill 45mins
Thursday - weight session and 30mins on treadmill
Friday - Treadmill 45mins
Saturday - Core secrets DVD and 30mins Treadmill
Sunday - Weights and 30mins Treadmill
Monday - Rest Day (also weigh-in day)

Weigh In Day - Week 2

And another 1.1kgs gone! Despite a pretty bad weekend points wise. Since we had a barbecue for Claudia's birthday on Saturday there was a lot of food around and while I made a lot of low point stuff compared to what we would usually have, I still went way over. And I'm sure the 3 glasses of champagne I had didn't help! That is a lot for me, more than I have had to drink since the beginning of the year. Then to top it off we ate the leftovers on Sunday for lunch. I must say though that I am proud that I totally avoided the mud cake altogether, probably the only positive thing that came out of the weekend!

I guess I should try to be extra good this week in case it catches up with me on the scales next week. And that will mean fulfilling my exercise goals for this week.

Water update for the week: 2.25L Mon - Fri and 2L on Sat and Sunday. Today I have had 2.5L and couldn't possibly drink anymore tonight.

This is how it looks so far

My BABY is 8 today!!

Today is Claudia's 8th Birthday. Wow! I can't believe how quickly she has grown up. She has been pretty spoiled and got a new bike, an iPod Shuffle, money, gift cards, clothes, itunes card, and lots of Tinkerbell stuff from Maddie. Obviously it doesn't matter how old you get you never grow out of Tinkerbell.

On Saturday night our friends Kathleen, Phil, Jonathon and Matthew came over for a barbecue dinner to celebrate. Then this afternoon Claudia's friend Darcy and her mum Caroline came over for afternoon tea, and a small ice cream cake. And since she was up soooo early this morning with excitement (as you do when you are 8) she was asleep in five minutes flat tonight!

18 August 2006

Proud Mum

Today I went to watch Maddie in the school choir. They were competing against 5 other schools in the region ... and THEY WON!!! They all sounded fantastic and I was so glad that I could be there to watch. I wasn't going to go because I had to work but since it was quiet I took the day off and went. She was so happy that I was there and the big smile on her face certainly made it worth it. She had been quite upset when she thought neither Gerard or I could make it.

So since I had the day off I then went for coffee (well skinny hot chocolate for me) with my friend Caroline at Gloria Jeans and then out to lunch with Kathleen. After we had finished lunch (2 hours later!) we headed off to Target and did a bit of retail therapy. Followed by a quick trip to Katies before picking up the girls where I purchased 8 shirts (t-shirt casual type tops) for the warmer weather. To top it off with all the sales that are on I saved almost $100 ($45 on the pants and $50 on the shirts at Katies). Gotta love bargains like that!

So aside from the little detour from my points (see post below) it was a pretty good day!

Not such a good WW's Day

The day started off great, when I tried on some new grey pants I had picked up off layby and they fitted (being optimistic I had bought them too tight and couldn't do the buttons up when I first tried them on). I wore them with a nice black jacket (which also couldn't be done up properly a few months ago) and was complimented by not one but TWO people on how good I looked today! Boy does that giv eyou a confidence boost.

Hopefully I didn't undo my hard work, because I went about 3 points over today but it could have been more because I am just having a guess. I went out for lunch with my friend Kathleen and I chose a grilled chicken salad which had a heavier dressing on it that I had thought it would (forgot to ask them to put the dressing on the side) so I didn't eat all of the salad because I was worried it would be too many points.

Then everyone else had desert and I really wanted some mud cake. So I asked the guy to omit the ice cream and cream and only serve 1/3 of it onto my plate (luckily they were small serves!) and put the rest in a takeaway container which I took home to the girls. I must add, that this is pretty good for me because pre-WW I would have had a big creamy pasta dish and ALL of the cake with ice cream so I suppose I can be proud of myself for that small effort. lol. It only ended up being about 3 tablespoons of cake in the end but I still had it when I shouldn't have.

Then just to top off my horendous eating day we went to McDonalds for dinner because we had promised the girls all week. I did only have the 5pt chicken tandoori deli choice and a few of Maddie's chips but after lunch I could have done without it.

At least I realise that I have overeaten and take steps to make up for it over the weekend. This in itself is going to be hard because we are having a BBQ for Claudia's Birthday on Saturday. I am thinking ahead though and serving low point nibblies (salsa, rice crackers, vegie sticks, tzatziki dip) and we are having chicken skewers and prawns instead of red meat. For the salad I have some no point dressings so all in all, IF i can stick to my plan I should come in on points and make up for my bad day today.

So mainly for my own benefit, here is a list of the good and bad things about today:

BAD: Over points, no fruit, and did not eat my quota of cereals, dairy or vegies either. I also didn't do any exercise because we got home so late and went straight out for dinner.
GOOD: Drank 2L of water, made the best choice possible points wise with both main meals (not including the desert of course!) and didn't snack between meals.

17 August 2006

It's the little things...

these days that remind me of my Dad and turn me into a blubbering mess. I thought things would get easier with time, but they haven't. Instead I find myself crying more and more. Maybe it's because it has been so long since I saw him and I am missing him so much. Maybe it's because it's the girls and my mum's birthdays this month and it's the first ones he has missed. Or it could be that Fathers Day is only a few weeks away and I am just not ready to handle that. It could even be a combination of all of these things.

Today at work I was looking in my handbag for something and in the side pocket which I never use there was a photo of dad (the one we used at the funeral) and the Eulogy that Gerard wrote for him. It was never read at the funeral but Gerard gave it to me and I must have put it in my bag in Sydney and forgotten it was there. So of course in the middle of the lunch room with the girl from work sitting there I pulled out this photo and just started to cry - totally unexpected.

I often wonder how long it will be before I can look at a photo of him or watch an old video and not cry . I hope it is soon because I really want to remember all of the happy stuff but I just can't get past my pain yet. I can't stop thinking of the last time I saw him and how awful it was to watch him go. I am so glad that I decided not to let the girls come then, because if these memories torture me so much I hate to think of what they would do to an 8 and 10 year old.

Anyway, now I'm just rambling so I will leave it at that. But it feels better to get it out even if nobody is listening.

Starving today!

I don't know why, but today I felt really hungry ALL day. Had a good breakfast, healthy lunch and pretty much stayed within points. I did not however get any fruit in like I planned, and although I said I would not have any sugar points I did have a WW's choc crisp bar. It was either that or a Cherry Ripe so I guess I did the best I could at the time. Good thing I always keep one in my bag for when I get that 'really need a chocolate' feeling. [Note to self: replace choc crisp bar in handbag].
Made a zuchinni and vegetable slice for dinner and worked out the points - 40 for the whole recipe - ouch! and that was after substituting with WW's bacon and cheese. But at least I only had a 6th portion of it so about 7pts with a point free salad was okay for dinner I suppose. It was delicious :)
I still feel like I had a bad day and didn't eat as well as I should have though so I will try and get some fruit in for desert before I go to bed.

I am having lunch with my friend Kathleen tomorrow and we are going to a pub/hotel so I had them fax me the menu in advance so I could limit my choices to the lowest fat options. I have three choices (chicken, prawns or seafood meals) so no matter what I decide I feel like tomorrow I know I can make the best choice possible and still enjoy lunch out with my friend. The old me would have just gone and had steak and chips or calamari (or some full fatty fried thing) so I am pretty proud of myself that I am making more sensible choices that I used to.

Water intake for today was over 2L again so THAT was a good thing. And tomorrow I promise myself I will get on my treadmill.

16 August 2006

UNBELIEVABLE!

Today I came across a website gallery that included my sketch designs and many others created for 123-Scrap by Faculty members! Someone had actually removed the copyright and posted them without even asking. It just makes me so mad that they think it is okay to do this! The funny thing was when I registered at the site to ask about it, I had to tick an agreement that I would not post copyright material. Obviously a few double standards there huh.
I just hope they remove them as promised and the universe will be a happy place again :)

And with that I am going to take some deep breaths and go to bed.
Goodnight.

It was a close one...ww update

I almost went over my points today but managed to stop at 20. I had a friend over for afternoon tea, and while I did get some low fat (very thin) biscotti I still had more than I planned. So while I had more sugar points than I should have, I still stayed within my points and even managed to go to the store to pick up some chocoate treats for Gerard and the girls without getting myself ANY. Now that is an achievement for me. lol
Only bummer was, due to my visitors and then a mad rush for dinner I didn't do the treadmill today so that will be a priority tomorrow.
Water intake: 2.25L! woohoo

15 August 2006

Another day over - and on points!

And I even managed to save a couple of points. I was going to use them for dessert but decided to save them since we are having a birthday dinner for Claudia on Saturday night and I may just need them ;) I can't miss out on my dd's birthday cake now can I? lol
AND I did 30mins on the treadmill. I am just easing back into it after being sick for the past couple of weeks, so will add 10mins on next time and so on until I get back up to an hour.
Oh and just to top it off I have managed to drink 2.5L of water for the day.

So all in all - a great day! Let's just hope I can keep it up and it will show on the scales again next week.

Lee and Cassie, thanks for your kind comments on my photo. You really now how to make a girl feel confident :) I can't wait until I can put up my 'after' photo.

My Virtual Model

Check this site out! You can make a virtual model of yourself before and after weightloss and it will show you a comparison. Totally cool! My Virtual Model. And you get to dress it too.
I have serious doubts though that my stomach will miraculously go flat though just because I reach goal weight. lol

WW Update

I think I will post my WW's (Weight Watchers) updates separately just to make things easier. That way if you're not interested in my Weight loss journey you will know to avoid those posts ;)

I signed up officially on 7th August 2006 and weighed in at 80.7kgs!! I was shocked because that is more than 6kgs heavier than my scales at home say. I know I had lost a few kgs at home first so I dread to think what I would have been on the WW's scales when I started at the beginning of the year. Oh well, can't dwell on these things.

Anyway my first weigh in was last night after 1 week on points and I LOST 1.7KGS!!! Woohoo! My first goal this week was to drink 2L of water a day and I achieved that and was really happy. It made a difference to my snacking too! I wasn't craving food so much and found that the water really kept me more alert and it was easier to stick to my points.

So my official stats are:

Start weight: 80.7kgs (177.54lbs)
Goal weight: 62kgs (136.4lbs)
Current weight: 79kgs (173.8kgs)
Total to lose: 18.7kgs
Total lost so far: 1.7kgs
Height: 162cms (5ft 2in)

This weeks goal: Do at least 3-4 sessions on the treadmill per week. And if you are after some inspiration yourself in the weightloss department, I fully recommend the WW"s website - some really inspiring success stories and the forums are a constant source of encouragement and information!

Coming out of hiding

Wow has it really been so long since I updated? Well to be honest it's not like anyone is hanging on to my every word so I guess it doesn't really matter. lol I have decided though to start being more regular now and keep my blog updated - so stay tuned!
Lots of reasons why I haven't been on. Just busy, busy, busy, oh and sick! yep had a virus/throat infection thing that just did NOT want to go away! only starting to feel better this week after more than 2 weeks feeling like crap!
So here is a brief update on what's been going on:
* Coco (more affectionately known as 'the bean') has settled in beautifully and when she's not being psycho is a wonderful girl to have around.
* Maddie celebrated her 10th birthday on 2nd August. TEN!!! When did that happen?? she is so grown up and gets more beautiful every day.
* Dh got a promotion! a little more money which means I might cut back to 4 days a week. Still considering that though. Will have to give it some more thought.
* I officially joined Weight Watchers! Decided I could no longer kid myself that I could go it alone without weighing in so joined on 7th August. Will post a separate update about that.
* I scrapped on Sunday! lol Only one layout but now that I am feeling better I can sense my creativity coming back and can't wait to get some time to do more. HERE is the link to my latest layout (using some old photos of Madison when she was two and a half) Again .. WHEN did she grow up to be such a big girl???

Yep, I think that's about it! Probably more information than you wanted or needed anyway. lol So I guess it's back to work for me.

Have a great day!

01 May 2006

Well it's been a while since I updated so this will probably be a pretty long post. Please feel free to hit the back button at any time, I promise I won't be offended.
To start with, I should explain why I haven't updated. Well I have no internet access at home at all and while I feel like someone has taken me off life support, I have managed to be more productive around the house (go figure!). Since I can only get online at work, it is hard to update the blog, but thankfully I have a quiet afternoon and no boss around, so while the cat's away ...

BIRTHDAYS
Since I last updated I have celebrated a birthday (my 37th last Monday) and was pretty spoiled. Dh got me a gorgeous polished jewellery box and a huge bottle of one of my favourite perfumes Samsara. The girls also got me a funky little shower cup covered in large orange/pink polka dots - too cute! I scored three cakes (one ice-cream and two chocolate) - just what I needed the week after Easter but I enjoyed everyone of them.

SCRAPPING
I have scrapped 5 layouts since being 'net-less' at home and it feels good to be creating again. I have now issued myself (and the members of
123-Scrap!) a challenge to scrap some of those old photos and have 5 sets on my desk ready to go. Hopefully I will have some more layouts to update my gallery with before the weekend.

Speaking of the gallery, some useless excuse for a human being hacked our online home on Thursday and poor Pam has spent the last few days trying to get it back up and running. Now I know nothing about the inside workings of websites etc (I have enough trouble adding an image to my blog!) so I can only imagine the nightmare involved in having to fix up the damage these idiots have done. Thanks Pam! I don't know where we would all be without you! It's not like Pam doesn't already have a full-time job, a family to take care of and a house to run. Now she has to deal with the stress of restoring the website, thanks to some jackass that probably doesn't even know us! These people really need to get a life.

EASTER
I hope that you all had a great Easter! It was a quiet one at our place which was nice. The kids did the usual egg hunt at some terrible hour of the morning and then I went back to bed for a while. The chocolate haul was good as usual, and we have pretty much been living off it ever since. Thank goodness it's over now and I can start getting my body used to fruit and vegetables again and hopefully continue on my weightloss journey (7kgs down - 10 to go).

MUM'S VISIT
Only 39 days until Mum comes over, but who's counting? I don't know who is more excited, me or the girls but we are all really looking forward to it. My leave has been approved too, so I get to have the whole week off with her just to hang out.

I can't think of anything else to share right now, so I guess that's about it unless I think of something utterly riveting that I think you might want to know about. Have a great day!

14 April 2006

I love family visits

It's official, my Mum is coming to visit! It's a little way off, but on 8 June my mum is coming from Sydney to stay for 10 days. I can't wait! I haven't seen her since I left Sydney after Dad passed away (which coincidentally was two months today) so I am really looking forward to spending some time with her. I am going to have the week off work while she is here and we can just hang out and do mum/daughter stuff. I am so thrilled!
She will also be bringing one of her best friends Val with her, which will be fun. Val has never been to here before, so I am sure it will be something different for her. She will only be staying part of the time and then travelling to Perth to visit friends of her own. So I can see lots of wine and scrabble nights in my future! lol
Since we moved across country to live here (which is 12 years) we haven't had a lot of family visitors, so when it happens we usually get pretty excited about it. I will be sure to share updates and photos when the time comes.

My First Circle Journal!


I am so excited to be taking part in my first Circle Journal! Can you believe I have been scrapping for 8 years and this is my first one? I am doing this one with the other faculty members at 123-Scrap! and I am really looking forward to it already. I have chosen a spiral bound 5x7 album for mine and my theme is 'Where you live'. I figured since all the other participants are in different countries to me it would be great to know a bit more about where they come from. The topics chosen by the other faculty members are so great and I am already trying to come up with ideas ready for when they finally reach me.
Anyway I thought I would share the cover of my CJ with you. It is fairly plain but I am really happy with it. Pinks and browns tend to be one of my favourite colour combos in scrapping so it was only natural that I use them to do my cover, intro and sign in pages.

Happy Easter!


Once again it's been a while between posts. Life has been pretty busy with the end of another school term (where did the first one go?). The girls are now off for 3 weeks. It is usually two but the teachers are doing some literacy program which means the kids get an extra 3 days off. This is such a nightmare when you work full time and have to organise child care!
So it is Good Friday and we are about to have some fish for dinner. I know so many people that refuse to eat meat on Good Friday and yet they are in no way (and I mean NO WAY) religious. What is with that? Is it something we are brought up with? I personally don't eat it because my husband and children are Catholic but I have no belief system in place and still feel a twinge of guilt over eating meat today. Why I don't know! Must be some remnant of the Catholic education I received through high school.
But whatever your Religious beliefs, I hope that you have a wonderful Easter and that the bunny is very generous in the chocolate department.
And to my Jewish friends celebrating Passover this weekend, I hope that you and your families have a wonderful holiday.

24 March 2006

So I am not alone :)

It looks like there are at least 3 people that read my blog :) That is encouraging! Well I picked up my paint today but haven't started yet because I need to finish cleaning down the walls and puttying up some small holes.
And I had the day off work today because I was feeling a bit blahhh. I had pinched a nerve in my back earlier in the week and it has been really sore but is finally starting to feel better (another reason I haven't rushed into the painting yet).
I managed to scrap a little last night. I covered my CJ (circle journal) and did my intro page and I am really happy with it so far. I have never been in a CJ before so I am really excited. I will try and get a picture of it tomorrow to post.
I ordered the Gunnar Petersons Core Secrets exercise DVD's a couple of weeks ago and they finally arrived! I watched them tonight to see what I was in for and they look like they will be really good. I can't wait to try them out! just need to give my back another day or so I think and then I will jump right into them.
Well I am off to bed. I need all the beauty sleep I can get ... oh and lots of rest so I can get into the painting on the weekend.
Whatever your weekend plans are, I hope it's a great one!

22 March 2006

Time flies..

I wish I could say time is flying because I'm having fun, but I think it's just that life is so busy. I can't believe it's been so long since I last updated my blog. Not that it matters too much because I don't think that many people read it. LOL
I did try to upload some updates about a week or so ago but for some reason there were site problems and they never made it. Too late now because I can't remember what I did yesterday let alone what I had written a week ago!
Not much scrapping has been done this last couple of weeks because I have started renovating my bedroom. I have removed all the wardrobe doors ready for painting and on the weekend I painted (4 coats!) of white onto the skirtings and window frame. They were orginally a ughhh mission brown colour so it has made a huge difference already. This weekend I am painting the walls a great colour called 'warm neutral'. I guess you could say it's like a light coffee colour and it will go with everything. When it's all finished I will post some pics :)
Gerard has gigs this weekend which means I may get to play in my scraproom. Can't wait! I just need to pick up some photo paper so I can print out some pics and I will be right to go.
Today was my turn to post sketches at 123-Scrap! so if you're into sketches feel free to check them out in the gallery!
So until next time, take care and stay safe :)

28 February 2006

I scrapped again!

It has been so long, but it feels good to finally get some stuff in my gallery at 123-Scrap! again.
With the long weekend coming up and dh away until Sunday I hope to be even more productive on the weekend. Especially since I have my nice clean organised room ready (although I know it won't stay that way for long once I start).
I am having trouble uploading pics into my blog tonight for some reason, so I will post them later. In the meantime if you want to have a look, just click on the link above and check out the gallery.
I went back to work yesterday and I have to say it was harder than I thought it would be. Today was two weeks since Dad passed away and I wonder how long before I stop counting in days and weeks. I guess only time will tell.
Other than that, things are going along nicely at home. Due to the cyclone up north we have had rain all day and it is expeced to continue until the weekend - great scrapping weather huh!
Well back to my desk and if I'm lucky I may be able to get one more layout done before bed.
Goodnight :)

25 February 2006

Scraproom update - new shelving!


Check it out! On our way back from Sydney we spent the morning in Perth and stopped in at Ikea. I managed to get the shelves for my scraproom, as well as a neat little white magnetic board (now I have to get another one to add on to it because I just love it!).
The jars were purchased this morning at Woolworths (Supermarket) and look great filled with all my ribbons and flowers.
There is not much left now to add to my scraproom, although I am sure there will always be little changes ;)

It's been a while


I can't tell you how many times I have come on and typed out an entry only to delete it. I guess I wasn't ready to share with the world yet (okay, so not that many people read my blog but you know what I mean).

On Valentines Day my beloved father finally lost his battle with Cancer. Thankfully he managed to stay home with his family until the end, and we (my mother, sister, brother and I) were all with him holding him as we had to say goodbye. I miss him so much. My heart aches and it feels like it will never be whole again. He was my hero, my mentor and the most wonderful father I could have ever hoped for.

The funeral service was held on Friday 17th February and while it was a beautiful service, it went so quickly and I felt like there was not enough time. After the service everyone came back to mum's place, so it was hard to just have a quiet moment. I only stayed until Monday and in that time mum had people staying with her so we never got to spend anymore time alone together which is something I regret. I think when things settle down a bit I will try to go back and have some time with her, just the two of us.

Tomorrow I go back to work after five weeks off - what a shock that will be! There have been a lot of changes in the office since I went away so it should be interesting to say the least.

I also thought I'd share this photo of my dad which was taken at my wedding in 1994. I just love this photo of him!

31 January 2006

Hello from Sydney

I finally arrived last night after a long bus ride, an overnight stay in Perth and then a plane to Sydney. A big THANKYOU to my friend Christine (an online buddy and fellow scrapbooker!) who picked me up from the train station and invited me to spend the night with her gorgeous family and then took me to my plane on Monday.
It is so nice to be here, although it is the hardest trip I know I will ever have to make.
Dad was glad to see me, and I am so happy to be with him and mum now. Although I was just not prepared for how much he has deteriorated since I last saw him in September. Mum did warn me but I guess what I could imagine in my mind is nothing compared to the reality - which is far worse.
What a disgusting, insideous disease Cancer is. Any of you who have seen someone eaten away by it will know exactly what I mean. I feel angry, and so helpless right now. I know that all I can do is just be here, and it is frustrating.
I will update again when I get a chance.
(((( Hugs )))))

27 January 2006

Somtimes life just sucks!

That pretty much sums up the day I've had.

Some of you that read my blog know that my beloved Dad has been battling cancer for a quite a while now. Well it looks like he is finally losing his fight - and believe me he has put up a damn good one! He is the strongest, most amazing man I know and his passion for life has kept him going much longer than even the doctors predicted. My mum has been a rock too (although she's always been our rock!) and I can't even imagine what she has been having to deal with. She takes care of my dad and works full time as well. They celebrated their 38th Wedding Anniversary in October and are such an inspiration to me.

So now the time has come for me to travel to Sydney to be with them both. I don't know when I will be back or when I will update again, but if you could keep my dad and our family in your thoughts and prayers it would be much appreciated.

Treasure every day with your loved ones, because you just never know what day may be your last. I am lucky that I have always had a wonderful, special relationship with my Dad, so I have no regrets, only that I haven't been able to spend as much time with him this past year as I would have liked. So please remember, to hug your loved ones tight and let them know how much they mean to you.

26 January 2006

Happy Australia Day!

Since today is a public holiday we are celebrating Australia Day in great Aussie fashion - we are doing nothing! It's already lunch time and the kids are still in their pj's and I have just had breakfast. Although I have already been for my walk, showered and had a quick visit to the solarium this morning. My plan for the rest of the day is to spend the afternoon in my scrapbooking room and hopefully get some creative stuff done.
Yesterday was another scorcher (about 40 degC) so we spent the afternoon swimming at a friends house (where this picture was taken). We had such a nice time and I got a good 'baby fix' as I spent most of the afternoon cuddling my friends three month old son. Don't you just love snuggly babies!
And with that thought - of cute snuggly babies - I will sign off and retreat to my room. And to all my fellow Aussies - Happy Australia Day!

25 January 2006

Digital Scrapbooking

Now I just cannot seem to get my head around digital scrapbooking. It's not that I don't like it, because I do. But I guess it's just not for me (and a large part of that is because I am so technically challenged I just can't work it out!). I guess another reason is because I love all the 'stuff' that comes with paper scrapping. You know the pretty ribbons, textures, papers and all those other infinite bits and pieces you can get.
That said, if I were to try my hand at digi scrapping then Cindy Simon is the person most likely to inspire me. Cindy is one of the other talented faculty members at 123-Scrap! and her work is fantastic. She even designs her own kits!! How clever is that? Do yourself a favour and check out her stuff, especially if you are into all things digital because it really is awesome.
And even if you're not into digital scrapping, you should check it out anyway because her layout designs are always great as well!

24 January 2006

Do you Sudoku?

This is another current obsession of mine (okay maybe obsession is too strong a word) but Sudoku has replaced my usual games of Spider Solitaire and Acrophobia.
There are lots of online places where you can play Sudoku, but this is the one I go to. I like this one because you can time yourself too and my current best score (on the lower level of course) is 6.54 minutes.
If you don't Sudoku, maybe it's time you gave it a try!

Tag ... you're it!

Four jobs you have had in your life:
Administration Assistant
Waitress
Teacher's Assistant
Card making/Scrapbooking Teacher
Four movies you could watch over and over:
Pretty Woman
Where the Heart Is
The Castle
Something about Mary
Four Places you have lived:
(These are all in Australia)
Auburn, NSW
Bondi Beach, NSW
Orange, NSW
Kalgoorlie, WA
Four TV shows you love to watch:
CSI - The original (I also like CSI Miami)
Will & Grace
House
Desperate Housewives
Four places you have been to on vacation:
Okay, I haven't had a 'real' vacation in over 12 years so I will have to take my mind back.
Queensland
Esperance
Melbourne
Perth
Four Websites you visit daily:
I only visit the first one daily, the other ones are pretty regular though.
123-Scrap!
Lee Woodside
Two Peas in a Bucket
Sudoku Online
Four favourite foods:
Chocolate - any type but Cadbury tops the list :)
Mango Chillers from Gloria Jeans (do they even qualify as a food?)
Subway - Sweet Onion Teryaki Chicken
Vegetarian Pizza cooked in a woodfire pizza oven - from Judd's Hotel
Four places you would rather be right now:
On the beach (preferably Esperance)
Visiting my mum and dad in Sydney
Shopping
Scrapbooking - but I have to go out in a minute so it will have to wait
Four bloggers you are tagging:
Lee
Cindy
Rach
Bonny


Creative Space

Everyone has to have their own creative space, and this is mine. We only just moved into this house before Christmas, so there are still some things to do (like paint the skirtings, put up timber venetians, some Ikea shelving above the desk and change the carpet) then it will be perfect!
It was already painted this great colour which at first I thought was a bit dark but now I love it so it will stay :) Sometimes the girls like to work in here with me or just by themselves doing their own thing. It is so nice to have a place I can go to - and shut the door if I really need to as well!

23 January 2006

The journey to a new me.

Well look at me, a new blog and you can't shut me up!
While I was here, I just also thought I'd share the current journey I am on - to a new me! I am into week 4 of the Weight Watchers Points Program and my goal is to lose about 20kgs. So far I have lost 6 and my first mini goal is 10kgs by Easter!

Gotta love time off!

Don't you love it when you have time off from work? It is a little over a week until the girls go back to start the new school year and I have from now until then off. Granted a lot of the time will be spent organising their school supplies and uniforms etc but I am sure I will get some time to do my stuff too.

I have a lot of scrap projects to get done for
123-Scrap! including some cards and projects for our upcoming cyber-crop (but they are a surprise so I can't share yet!) I would also love to get some personal scrapping done, as my mojo has taken a bit of a beating lately and I really haven't done much at all. I took this picture yesterday (among others) which I can't wait to scrap! And then there are all of the photos from the last how many years that need to be done. The usual story - so many photos, so little time!
Before I go I thought I'd share my favourite recent (and oh so true!) quote:
"If you really want it, you'll find a way;
if you don't, you'll find an excuse"

Oh and 'Hi' to my mum and dad if you're reading this ;) Love you lots and miss you!!