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Climbing out of the sickness hole.

August 27, 2015

Another month of the year slips by and we are looking the end of August. Time does indeed fly by when you get older, and I have to remember the good things that happened in the month, rather than lamenting the time is gone forever.

First things – our house. Well, nothing new has come on the market in Birdwood – so we jumped, both feet together – into our new adventure. We had another look at the house we like, this time though, we bought along a tribe of friends and family to help us/ show us that we would be making a good, and the right decision to go ahead and purchase that house. There were a lot of head nods, smiles and ‘go for its…’ – so we did. We put in an offer, and a few counter-offers – until both parties reached a number that felt okay.

We had a building inspection – and again, bought up a tribe of family members, this time all the parents who all gave ‘the nod’ of approval. Building inspection was passed, with only a few minor things needed to do – fix taps, replace taps, paint fading woodwork – all easy done and planned already.
And now we wait for the final, all okay, home loan approval. We have no worries about it, just need the final, big red stamp…. and that should happen today :)
And then the house will be ours.

We are both really happy, for it just feels right. Even walking around the house, it always has felt right. Walking through other homes has not had us feeling like this, and each time we got back into the car we would look at each other and say ‘it’s nice, but not like the one in Birdwood.So it does make sense to have bought this one.

Settlement day is now only 6 weeks away, and we have begun packing. The house looks odd, but I am so okay with the boxes and our stuff not around. I am ready to leave this house and begin our new adventure.

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Health:

Well, I was doing really well, even lost a kg at WW….unheard of in my recent history… and then the flu got me. Achy back, prickly sensitive skin – which came on all of a sudden, so much that Miss 11 put me to bed and made me a cup of tea. Ahh so awful! That was early last week, and since then all I have done is lay on the couch, rest, lay on the bed for a sleep, got to bed at 9pm {totally weird for me as I am a night owl}, sit down after every activity and then rest a bit more. I have not felt so flat and lethargic for some time. Next year, flu vaccine for me.

Today I feel better. Much better, functioning adult better. I even went out and did a 40 min walk. A slow walk, but out in the world and in the slightly-warmer-than-last-week sunshine {spring is around the corner!}. I can only get better each day now, and for that I am thankful.

Today, I also go back to eating on plan. No snacking on chocolate, chips or crackers with cheese. Just normal eating. I need it, for the body sluggish-ness is getting me down. Also, my heartburn is back with full force. I had porridge with banana this morning…. and I suffered with the burning my whole walk. Gah. It is time to get that back under control too.

SOLD!

July 23, 2015

YIPPEEEEE – our house sold!… last time I wrote I spoke about a couple returning to look for a 2nd time and hoping they would put in an offer to buy….. well they did put in an offer – one we liked very much, so we accepted and now we are about a day away from putting a SOLD sticker up on the board out the front.

Their conditions were a cash sale {no other house to sell} and a 3.5month settlement {so they did not have to break their lease on the rental they are living in}. We decided that seeing we have no house to go to yet, and they offered us exactly what we were thinking would be a great amount for this house – that it was worth going for.

The time left until we settle is a long though {14weeks!!}, and as the days tick slowly by we are beginning to realise that this length of time may feel like an eternity, especially now the house is sold we just want to get up to our new town and begin living.

We still do not know where we will live up in the hills, there is one house, I think I spoke of it a while ago – well it has been on the market for a long time – almost 18months. It holds everything we want for in a house, good heating/cooling, lots of space, room for the kids to run, close to the schools, in the main town – BUT…. it has been on the market a LONG time – so we question why over and over? how come no one wants it? is it a dud? are the neighbours crappy {their house certainly looks like a junk yard..} does it flood? are the bill so excessive? WHY? WHY? WHY?
So yes, we like it – it has everything we want – but it does have a few things that are not overly desirable….. and so we hang off from buying it…. it’s not like it’s selling fast….

We hang on to see if anything else comes onto the market that is just as good, and comparable, and perhaps more than this one. At the moment we have time – 14 weeks of time – but as the weeks go by we will need to make some decisions…but for now we have to hold our nerve, so to speak. And try to time it all just right – so not to miss out on this house – as well as not missing out on the ‘possible’ next great house too.

It is winter here in Australia, and down in South Australia it is as cool as it is going to get – mid-winter… in the the little town we have decided to move to it is currently -2 ish overnight – so as the weeks go by it will begin to get warmer again and I am sure homes will come onto the market….. we just have to hold our nerve and not jump too quick!

But then we question -Why are we waiting…. this house has ALL the things we want in a property!!!!!

ARRRRRGGGGHHHH – it is just a difficult questioning/waiting time……

Some more things that have been happening…

July 9, 2015

Uni. I am back at it…. this time though, it is only a 5 day subject, with what I knew was going to become a content that was a toughie and will take all the brain space left over…. Its on Curriculum.
We will be discussing it, reading about it, debating over it. Living it, I guess.
I can see that most nights and all weekend are going to be spent with my arse sat right here in my desk chair…reading, writing, pondering and if I am truthful…. procrastinating.

Still, it will leave me with only 3 subjects to go when I am done. So that is a rather nice thought to get me through the next week or so until all assessments are handed up.

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The house. It has been on the market a week so far, and we have had 3 couples through, with one couple interested enough to be coming back this Saturday for another look. We still are just taking it one day at at time, and are not getting worked up or even excited that they will put and offer in and buy the place….well maybe just a little hint, a little stir of what I could call anticipation of what could possibly happen,,,,, :)

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Health. I am not doing anything dramatic, either way. Not being unhealthy and eating all the junk food in the world and not being super strict either.
I have decided to take my lunch each day to uni, snacks too… as it is the cheapest, easiest, nicer way to eat… and less boring  – the Cafe at the uni has had the contract for more than 5  years and has had the same style salads on offer the whole time. Bleuggh.

I also parked a little way off today and walked in. This too is an economical decision and a boredom decision…. making me move, saving me cash and I get to look at the pretty scenery in the suburb that the Uni is situated in.

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School holidays. The kids have gone to their grannies overnight tonight! and we are off to have tea with lovely friends! So excited. I should really, really be sitting here reading and writing and pondering…but I think I will enjoy dinner just as much.

As a kind-of ‘farewell’ we had a bbq dinner and a games night last night with the kids. It was a delicious meal and a hilarious board game with ended with Miss L slipping off her chair, flinging the score board plus associated markers across the room, landing on floor with a thump and promptly farting loudly. Hysterical laughter ensued. It was a memorable night.
And one they will remember for a long time. Isn’t that what childhood is all about? Those memorable moments that you continue to recall well into adulthoood???
Then I am so glad to be able to offer those to my children.

xx

some things that are going on….

July 2, 2015

My days are really filled to the brim at the moment.

Our house is finally ready to sell!
We spent weeks scrubbing, painting and finishing the inside and the outside. And in between all that we did lots of sorting, chucking and packing of our stuff. So much stuff! I am not sure how many boxes we packed up, 8-10? maybe, but as of right now I could only tell you what is in a few of them…. so that may well mean another big clear-out at the other end.
We ‘interviewed’ 3 agents, picked the one we thought we would go with from the start, signed on the line and cleaned and cleaned to have photo’s taken – and they look pretty amazing, I am really happy with how the house turned out.
The house plans were then drawn up, a script written {and corrected a few times}, and then it went ‘live’ on the internet last night at 6pm! Phew. WE CAN RELAX…. sort of, kind of…. ummm no.
And all that hard work was not in vain, for by lunch time today two people had rung about the property – so here is hoping that it sells quickly, easily and of course for a great price :)
We STILL do not have a house that we want to buy, actually we do like a certain house {that has a small parcel of land} – but are hoping to hold out until this house sells, and maybe? pay less for it having cash and no conditions.
So if this house sells quickly where does that leave us in regards to living somewhere???…. well… we have thought that a short term rental might work, or staying with my parents and have even thought of staying in a caravan park if need be. OR it could all work magically and we move out of this house and into the next same day…. who knows, who knows, who knows….
But, this is something we have discussed at great length – about taking it all one day at a time, about and crossing those bridges if and when we get to them and making decisions each day based on what we do know at the time.
I think it is the best way for us, is to stay to calm – as the possibilities are endless and could or could not happen at any given day from now on. It is just not a controllable situation.

So calm thoughts are with me.

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Uni for me has been a bit quiet so far this year, only having done 1 subject so far. I have 2 left to do this year, one in July {next week} and one in December.
And next year in May and September I have a 5 week placements for 3rd year and 4th year.
The subject I am doing next week is a 5 day intensive – uni from 9:30am-3:30pm…. Thursday – Wednesday, which sadly fall right in the middle  of the 2 week winter school holidays :(
It’s a bit of a shame that I miss out on the this time with the girls, but sadly, I can’t change the uni dates. And I am at the point of needing to get on and finish this long drawn out degree.
I feel fine about the subject at the moment – ‘Contesting Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment’ – but instinctively know  that the subject is going to be a doozy! We are fourth years after all, it is meant to be challenging!
The girls are off to their Grannies for the first two days, and off to the other Grandparents for the last 3…. as J is also working. I know they will love being with grandparents,  and I know I will appreciate immensely the child free time to concentrate on the assessments, but I still feel guilty for sending them off for the whole time.
Again, it is not something I can control – so calm thoughts will need to prevail

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Health has been a bit more of a priority. After eating so badly for the month of May, I finally got back on track and ate better and walked a lot more in the month of June. Last time I wrote I spoke about hitting 10,000 steps 3 days in a row, well I managed to get that to 10 days straight! Which was an awesome achievement. Sadly though, I then lent my fitbit to my 8yr old for the evening – where she mislaid ‘somewhere in the house’…. grrr… then when I found it 24hrs later it had gone flat and my charger had also been mislaid. 2 days later, both were back and it was charged and on my wrist – and my 10 day streak was over. It was fun while it lasted.
I still do try to get to 10,000 a day, with at least 30 mins walking in there…. some of the house cleaning days that had me scrubbing tiles on my hands and knees, vacuuming, mopping and washing walls and windows did not need any extra walking added in – for I was falling into bed so bloody tired!
I am tracking in the WW app – even if it ‘hurts’ – so while I am moving more – the food side is letting me down. I can never seem to get them both together and sustain it for a time. As always, I try each day to eat good, healthy food, drink lots of water and move a bit.
I have also put my gym membership on hold. EEEEEEP! Never thought I would ever say this!
I was finding that I was making so many excuses to not go – the long drive, no time, what good is it doing anyway?, takes too long – so I knew it was time to have a break. I miss going there – but it is still a long drive away…. and possibly will be even more so when we move.
It may be time to begin doing my own thing again. But also, like the house, I am taking it one day at a time and keeping up with the walking, which is better than sitting on the couch. I know the time will come when I NEED and long to do more than I am doing – it’s just not that time yet – and that is okay.

Getting up early to walk? NOPE

June 10, 2015

There was no walk this morning, just a glorious moment, or two moments, when I rolled over and hit ‘Stop’ on my alarm. Rolling back over to snuggle back in and sleep for a further hour. Glorious!

But that does mean that plans needed to change so that a walk could happen today, as promised to myself.

So once I had picked the kids up from school we changed and headed out to take a wander along the creek. I informed the kids that walking along this lovely part of the local creek would be stopping once we moved… that made them go quiet, this often happens when discussing the “negative” parts of the move. I guess I feel it too, for I am making an effort to get down there a bit more as well.

We walked along to the first ford, the kids threw rocks into the water and we then headed home as the cool night air began to swirl around us. All up we walked for 40mins, and it was lovley.

I also hit 10,000 steps again today, 3 days in a row, 3 days of exercise in that too. I am pleased with that, given how busy we are cleaning and renovating.

Also I weighed in at WW tonight… and after all that crappy food, the lack of exercise, the coffee’s and cakes and the general malaise for 4 weeks… I lost .100g.  Weird. But there you go.

So it is onto a new week for me, 10,000 steps per day, walking each day, eating healthy food, tracking and lots of water. The usual things that make me feel great.

Tradegy and happiness

June 9, 2015

There is tradegy all around me at the moment. Since December last year 3 marriages have spilt up within my family circle. There has been death, job loss, family severance and sickness within my wider cirle. Frankly it has been a tough few months, and I am not the one experiencing it first hand, but we have been on the phone chatting, dissecting, disscussing it all quite a lot.
I feel like I am making light of all the issues – but I am not. Just trying to write about them all basically, for going into it all further is both long winded and not my place to do so.

Due to the tradegies, it makes you realise how very lucky you are to not be experiencing them first hand, to have a loving partner who is on the same page as you and to have family members who still want to be around you. For that I am hugely thankful.

So with that there is also happiness around me.

My small family are all healthy and happy, my marriage is the best it has ever been and my home life is busy and fun. The girls are enjoying being in Scouting and Guiding, and are happy to head off to school each day.
We are still moving house and have made a decision on where we wish to move to, we are heading off out of the city limits to a smaller town about 35km away in the Adelaide Hills, a place called Birdwood. We are very excited to be making this move and are looking at it like a big adventure. Sure there are things that will be very different, school/weather/driving more, but we feel confident that we will enjoy the move out of the city and begin to settle into the rhythm of the town quickly. And…if we don’t like it…well we can always just move back to the city.
There are several reasons for us moving from this house – and Birdwood fits them all – with the added bonus of fresh air and adventure!
The girls are excited too about moving up there, having toured the school and wandered up and down the main street – they talk of being to either walk or ride their bikes to school, be able to walk to friends houses and the local shop/bakery and spend more hours playing in a big back yard. They have fears too – being the new kids in a class and being further away from family, but we are confidant that the school will be welcoming and family are only a 25 min drive away.
Our current house is almost ready to be on the market to sell, we still have a few more jobs to do – but we are hoping that by the end of June there will be open inspections occuring {that will probably drive us crazy!}. We do not have a house that we have bought yet, which kinda surprises me, but we are trying to wait and have our place sold before we get purchase. We have been looking and have found a few that we like and would have put an offer in if our place was closer  at the time to being ready, but it wasn’t. Now that we have almost finished I am feel better now that if the right place comes up, we can go for it.
Exciting times ahead.

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The only slightly dark cloud about me is my health or my healthyness. Or lack of.

I have been so busy running around looking after others and enjoying myself at the same time, that I have let the things that keep me feeling healthy and fit slide away. I have not properly exercised for a month. Nor weighed in at WW, nor eaten a days worth of food that does not contain excess sugar, chocolate, bread and biscuits.
And I feel absolutely bloody awful. Bloated, frumpy, tired, thirsty and overweight. Generally, gross.

I need to get back on track. To begin doing those things that make me feel good – drinking water, moving more, eating less sugar, fat, salt and planning and packing my food.

I cannot go on like this. Otherwise I will be pushing 90kgs… and that scares the crap out of me.

Today, I walked. I walked for exercise, rather than just because I was busy. And it was lovely. The walk was not as long as I wanted, but I also just needed to begin, to get out and start. And now I have, there is no stopping me.

Tomorrow I plan on walking early in the morning. This may be tricky, as the past few weeks lazyness has led to sleeping in and struggling to get up.But I need to begin getting up earlier again, so tomorrow is the day.

So now, I need to go to bed, to press publish and shut down the computer and go to bed so I can get up early and walk.

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Right, catch up done. G’night.

Keeping Up

April 30, 2015

Tomorrow’s Goals:

10,000 or even better 10,100 steps.    Did it!  12594

Plan, pack and eat only that food.        While I ate food that was okay, it was not what I planned – as my assignment kept me at uni far longer than I anticipated – over lunch – so I bought an egg,lettuce,mayo sandwich {Best choice out of deep fried} and kept working.

Track that food. –  I began well – and then was too joyous that the Assignment was finally done to finish tracking the day.

Exercise – plan it and do it. Did it – I planned to walk to my Weight watchers meeting, it was just i calculated the distance wrong  – I thought it was only 6km away, turns out it was 9km away and I was going to be really late. So I called up and got a lift after doing just over the 6km.

Water 2Lt – how ever it comes – hot water, green tea, water bottle. Went short on this due to Assignment….

Hand up pesky assignment. – DONE!

Weigh in at WW – reaffirm why I am there. – Did it! Although I had a small gain .100g… but is nothing to worry over, just hormones making everything feel tight and heavy.

Eat no crappy food – chocolate, biscuits, chips, lollies etc etc etc etc etc etc. Did it! – while I did not eat as planned I still did not have any of those foods – What I did have though was a vodka and lemonade yes, and then maybe a buttery nipple cocktail that my J made for me as a celebration for completion of one assignment and a High Distinction on another.

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So onto today – Same as yesterday – just with no Uni :) woohoo!

10,000 or even better 10,100 steps.

Plan, pack and eat only that food. – {B: bacon/egg/mushroom. L: Chicken Soup & spinach scone. D: Tuna Rissoni. S: yogurt, banana, grapes.}

Track that food.

Exercise – plan it and do it. {Walk in the lovely day outside}

Water 2Lt – how ever it comes – hot water, green tea, water bottle.

Eat no crappy food – chocolate, biscuits, chips, lollies etc etc etc etc etc etc.

Other goals:

* Begin organising Scrapbooking for camp!

* Pack and tidy house

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Right no more laziness….get on with it!

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