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April 23, 2014

Well Hello!

It has been a fair while – but I am still around.

I look at my blog page, I plan what I will write, I often begin but don’t have time to finish – and then life moves on and the post is not current or interesting anymore. But today I plan on typing and pressing publish at the end! Amazing huh?

So whats been going on?

For me – well I have been doing two Uni subjects, and now working part time, and holidaying, and my catering commitment. It has been a busy time – but fun.

Quick Catch Up:

Uni: 2 subjects are easy – and one is even a TAFE subject {so even easier}. Its been so easy I have to remind myself to DO uni work. I am much happier.

Did I tell you about my grades from last year? WELL! I achieved the highest grades in my course… yes ME! Who left school early, who never thought I was very academic. And I was stoked. Then, I got a letter to say that I was in the top 15% of the UNI and was offered a spot in the Golden Key Society, for high grades…. yes ME! Who left school early, who never thought I was very academic. And I was amazed, and very happy.

Working: I am now working 2.5 days with my mum in her repair and alteration shop, with some clothing for sale added in for fun too. It has been good working again, although difficult to get used to the routine of getting home late and then tea and bed routine so quickly after. BUT – I do like being paid again. Wheeee!

Holidaying: We have just come home from a 3500km trip to Dubbo and Newcastle in NSW. We drove over to spend time with friends and had a lovely time. It is nice to be home too!

Catering: Still ongoing – but only the month of May left… 4 weeks and counting!


Well I was doing really well, before the trip – I even managed to loose almost 2kg, which for me is a bloody miracle! But of course holidays and out of routine, cheese and wine, long long sitting down driving hours and quickly grabbed food has seen it all come back on again. But never fear – I will not let it get to me. I carry on. Back to normal eating ways and exercise ways – and it will begin to slowly drip off me in 100g lots again :D I hate how tough it is for me to lose weight – but I guess it is what it is.

I went back to the gym again today, after 2 weeks off, and walked up and down hills, did some push up’s and crunches and stretched – it felt good. Tomorrow I had planned on doing Body Pump, but have donated Blood this afternoon and was advised to not go. So tomorrow may well be a bike ride, or a walk/run?? We are childless tonight, so will definitely have to get out there and do something!


  • Exercise: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday – reach 2000 cals burnt on my Polar watch.
  • Water: 2lt each day
  • Green tea: 2 cups
  • Track on My Fitness Pal

That should keep me busy!


Now I am off to cook some salmon for tea with a serving of ratatouille – YUM!

Silence is golden….

March 28, 2014

Not here though – silence = busy.

But then I always say that… so I guess I should stop said ‘busy’ changing how I go about my life.

I have done exactly that…let the ‘busy’ take over, stop my plans, alter what I do, change my eating and halt the exercise. Arrrrggghh.

A seemingly never ending merry go round – and I need to get off stop allowing it to define me.



Another one down!

February 17, 2014

One essay complete – mind at rest – life continues!

A reason I want to become a teacher…

February 16, 2014

Out on my walk this morning I saw this gorgeous little flower.









It would of been all of 30cm high.










What I loved the most was that someone has lovingly placed a stake near it and tied it up so it would prosper.


I listened to an awesome 891 Conversations Podcast this morning from Phil Beadel,  a man intent on transforming how students are engaged at school, by harnessing their curiosity and energy to achieve better educational outcomes. Teachers are highly important in scaffolding students in helping them learn to be learners.

I guess you could draw parallels between the person lovingly ‘scaffolding’ the flower and teachers ‘lovingly’ scaffolding students.


Made me smile it did.


And now, with all that positivity in me,  I am off to finish that essay – on guess what – reforming education in the middle years…. so very apt.

Back to life…

February 15, 2014

Finally that pesky {and extremely intensive and time consuming} Uni course is done, and I am almost free – just 200-300 more words to go on the final essay, then submit and I will be done. It is not due until Monday 3pm, but I aim to have it mostly done tonight and proof read again in the morning and submit before lunch time Sunday  – then I will be free early :)

I begin another subject in two weeks, but only the one for Uni,  this subject as well as a TAFE (Technical And Further Education) course to do, so only two to worry about - this semester I am going part time at Uni {4 subjects is considered full time}  I feel I need a lesser workload,  and I am pleased!

My TAFE course will be very interesting {we had day one last week…} as it is a Fashion and Design course – learning the basics of sewing, patterns and design. I have always had an interest in sewing, but I grew up with my mum {and my now deceased Nanna} who are complete masters at the skill, I never really needed to become great at it. I ended up preferring the hand sewing skills – crochet, patchwork and cross-stitch. So I am really interesting in knowing more than the basics that I am already okay with.

One thing I have heard from other {above me in Uni years}  Home Ec students about the course is that we make a denim satchel. Being the creative person I am, I’m already planning my design on the front of it {crochet squares or something like that} and we haven’t even been informed of it yet. So yes, I am excited to be getting creative within this degree!



A much missed part of my life. Although, heading to Uni all day and being tight with my money has made me pack a healthy lunch each day – so that is one thing to be happy with.

I am feeling good, my bloating gut has settled down and I am in a good spot to keep eating well.

Exercise: erm, yes well.

The good thing about doing Intensive Uni courses is that it gets 12 weeks of a uni work out the way in 2. The problem with 12 weeks work in 2 is that it takes around 10hrs a day to get the workload done – {as uni suggests that 10hrs per subject per week is recommended for full understanding}. So in saying that, 10 hours a day  + family + shift worker + heat + torrential two days of rain + sleeping + housework left precious little time. I always look back on the time and wonder why I dont just make it more of a priority. But at the time, in the middle of it all – it really is just one more thing to have to worry over when I will get it done. I never seem to be able to manage it all even with a plan – so this time I cut myself some slack and only did some exercise when I really could.

But now I am done, I have that feeling of absolute freedom, and that feeling of just wanting to get out there!! and move!! So starting today, I am.

The husband needs to sleep all day today, for he has been out keeping the streets safe while everyone sleeps…

I was sent this the other day and I love it…

I will sleep alone so that you can sleep safely

so the kids and I are off for a walk through some part of nature.

We have had the most amazing weather this week…..two days of incredible heat – 42 and 43 degrees followed straight up by two day of torrential rain – 100ml in that time! So the creeks are flooded and the local waterfalls are spilling over. We plan on heading out for some splashy fun! Safely of course.

Hope you all have a great day!

One very messy house.

February 9, 2014

Yet again I am bogged down in the routine of sleep, read, write, annotate, read, write, annotate. Then read some more. A large amount of group work is done each day too – 4-5 hrs. We have 28 chapters of a text to read in 10 days – yikes. Most of them noted, with implications and questions. I think its funny? strange? a fact? normal? a sign? scary? that mine all seem to be questioning the why’s of doing all this and the fact I am not ready for this kinda stuff – policies/frameworks etc.

Uni whinge aside – life with full time Uni in the foreground is NUTS. The only saving grace of this….. is that I am half way through. That is all that is getting me through the days.  I should take a picture of my kitchen to show you the evidence of days spent with noses in books…. oh the bathroom, lounge room, family room and laundry should be in there too! My house is a messy, disorganised haven pit – and I am  ignoring it all. 5 more days.


Well I am doing what I can. When I can. Which is sometimes not at all. Again….5 more days. I really try to not let it get to me… J’s shifts have been early’s this week, we have had hot weather too – and yeah that Uni business. Friday we had a commitment until 10.30am…. so my gym bag was in my car – ready to zip up there straight away and do a workout then home to eat my pre-made lunch {neatly sitting in the fridge} when my group {3 others} decided that they wanted a get together and guilted me into staying… we then sadly chatted uni related stuff until my tummy began to eat itself, and I had to excuse myself and go home and get my lunch {NO WAY was I buying crappy food}. It was now too late for the gym, school pickup occurred, and that was the end of it for  me. Oh and our car broke down that day too – so we ran around getting it assessed by a few places. So that was it. Day over.

Whinging still Lea???

Yes. Yes I am.

Right, its time to move on and get over it. I have an hour to do some……surprise…… Study/reading….. and then I am off to my nephews 2nd Bday at the beach {lots of movement can be done!!} and then quickly home to head out to my catering commitment that I have each week. Home by 9.30pm, read a bit more and then bed. Up early to the gym {finally!} and to begin my last 5 days of this course. Counting down!

Back and raring to go

January 29, 2014

Hello! We are back from our holiday in sunny and sometimes rainy Queensland. It was a lovely holiday – full of fun, laughter, good friends and of course tasty food.

We have been back for two days now, and only today am I free to get back to what I know best – meal planning, gym, housework and school drop off’s :)

Anyway – this is just a quick check in post – and I will be back to write more later.




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