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13 Me’s

Yes it should be Mes, but that looks really weird and would confuse you as a title.

  1. Mum to two
  2. Science teacher
  3. Evolutionary human biologist
  4. Resident of a remote town (3500 people, 5 hours from the nearest town)
  5. Yeller (and sometimes thrower) when frustrated
  6. Wannabe sewer (that’s with a sewing machine!)
  7. Newbie machine embroiderer
  8. Military sci-fi reader
  9. Lover
  10. Not-so-closet writer
  11. Dreaming of a PhD (or DEd, or DTeach, I’m not fussy.  The snob in me would love a DPhil.)
  12. Extended breastfeeder
  13. Supporter and sounding board

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Wordless Wednesday – Snow

Our little desert girls have never seen snow.

The journey to find my waistline (part 2)

Bah! That kilo I lost? Well I found it 😦  Turns out it lives in the bottom of a box of chocolates.

I didn’t expect to go well this week. I hadn’t been keeping track of what I had eaten and I hadn’t done much in the yard, which seems to be the best place for me to get incidental exercise, so really it was to be expected.

My bad result though was completely overshadowed by some other results I received yesterday though….I have had my first scan after my last operation for cancer and it came back clear! I have beaten it, I knew I would but the relief was more than I could believe- I started to cry as soon as I heard the news, so no matter the outcome of Weight Watchers, it was always going to be a great day!

At the meeting we talked about how losing weight can have such a huge impact on your health, and as our fearless leader stated- Health means everything. And as she said it I just had a grin from ear to ear. I realise now that I do have my health- not just my positive thinking but a clear scan to show me I am healthy, so this morning I got up, turned my computer on and logged straight into my weight tracking site. I might have been set back a step by that kilo but my clear scan has put me back in the lead.

Here’s to good health! Cheers! 😀

13 Ways of Showing Love

Thursday 13

It’s Valentine’s Day coming up!  While our society seems to think this is all about young couples, there are a lot of other people in our lives we love, young and old, these are some ideas of different ways to show them.

  1. Phone someone you haven’t seen for ages.
  2. Have special one-on-one time, especially if you have more than one child it can be hard to find.
  3. Do someone else’s ‘job’ for them, like the dishes or cleaning the bathroom, especially if you know they don’t like it.
  4. A sleep in!  Breakfast in bed is even better.
  5. Write a letter, complete with pictures, even if you live in the same house.
  6. Let them choose the activity after dinner, whether that’s the game they want to play or the TV programme.
  7. A foot massage or shoulder rub, or for little ones brushing their hair.
  8. Tell them something they do that makes you happy.
  9. Hand make them something – a present, a card or a cake, whatever you’re good at.
  10. A little present, for kids some stickers or pencils or for an adult their favourite fruit.  It doesn’t have to cost much, just show you’re thinking of them.
  11. Make their favourite meal.
  12. Go for a walk together and hold hands.
  13. A note on their pillow.

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I’m a kisser.

Last night, I welcomed a new member into our family. Now, don’t get excited- I haven’t hidden a pregnancy (although my stomach muscles say otherwise)

My darling cousin has moved back to Australia after 7 years in the UK, bringing with her her partner. Last night I met him. And he is fantastic. I have heard to so much about him in the last few years that it seemed natural to meet him with a hug and a kiss.

Yep, I’m a kisser.

He didn’t seem to be weirded out and I did tell him later that he had made it through the first and toughest part of the screening process- meeting the (possibly over) affectionate members of the extended family and not being overwhelmed (or at least hiding it really well)

My in-law side of the family are kissers too. But they kiss on the mouth. I never realised why whenever I saw them I seemed to bump heads- literally! Then I realised- when they came in for the kiss, I would turn my head to go for the cheek while they were aiming for my mouth. It was like being in year  9 again. It’s become a lot easier since I realised, but has taken a while to get used to kissing my Father in law on the mouth lol.

I was speaking to my Brother’s Girlfriend the other day who told me that she is most definately NOT a kisser. She is happy to kiss my Brother and…that’s about it- she doesn’t want to air kiss, or kiss on the cheek and when I told her about the kissing extended family on the mouth thing, she shuddered. But that’s ok.

Not everyone can be a kisser. Different strokes for different folkes and all that. But if you see me coming…pucker up!

The journey to find my waistline (part 1)

Slow and steady.

That’s what I’m counting on to get me there. 3 weeks ago I joined Weight Watchers. Since having my son my weight has gotten out of hand. Well, actually I was not a great weight to start with before I was pregnant, but within a few weeks of having him I had lost all my pregnancy weight plus some. And now, I weight more than I did when I was 40 weeks pregnant. That can’t be good.

So I joined Weight Watchers.

I went camping for a week and missed my first weigh in. The week after I got back I was feeling great, I had been quite dedicated. I know that when you start a diet you usually lose weight quickly in fluids and then it slows down. So I weighed in and had lost…700 grams. Hmph! Well, it’s a start, but not quite the roaring success I had planned.

The next week I started to slip a little, off the side of the wagon (I know, how much self dicipline do I have- can’t even last 3 weeks) but I still took into account some of the lessons I had learnt in that first meeting. I ate breakfast, even lunch! And when I went back to weigh in this week, I had lost another 1.3 kgs. Woohoo! That means I’m 2 kilos down in three weeks. And all of a sudden it’s not looking so bad.

So wish me luck, because I’m going to keep going. That tiny little number has given me the glimmer of motivation that I needed to claw my way back up onto the wagon. I’ll let you know whether I can stay on it after my next weigh in!


I’m a little bit stuck.

I’m trying to think of something interesting, charming, quirky, intelligent and witty to write about so that by the time Deb gets back from her holiday we have a lovely long post with lots of positive comments below it to surprise her with 🙂

Can anyone help me with some topics that you would like to read about?