get on it

Well that was a very much needed weekend.

And finally I’m feeling almost human (with periodic coughing). I felt so human that I managed a short 3km run on Saturday morning.

The magical device tells me that it is almost four weeks since my last run (yikes!) and yet my time was still the same. Holy!Goodness! if you want to clear your lungs after a cold, you should totally get out there and do some kms.

There was much pottering and gardening and laundry1 and tidying and cooking: last evening Don made a gumbo To. Die. For. And today I made chicken stock, kitty stock, a 5:2 casserole and roast chicken + duck-fat-potatoes + sauted brussels spouts and Don brewed bears.

I also ran this afternoon – the reverse route which has more uphill hills, and kept to the regular time (which is usually about 50 seconds longer than the other direction).

My current plan is to earn wine by exercise. But mostly just to do more exercise. I miss running and even was briefly pining for personal training and dragging tyres down the street.

Also, Eurovision! I woke up in the early hours this morning to watch the votes come in but waited to watch the performances until tonight.

Our Guy did a stellar job (I cannot get that song out of my head), but it is really disappointing how homogeneous everything has become. I pine for the days of Lordi, Ruslana, the Babushkas and Sebastian Tellier.

I really need a longer break.

1truly, I have caught the American, I should say washing.

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but we should get there

would that we were back on our mini-break

Wretched cold has reduced to random coughing attacks and I have managed a couple of nights of barely interrupted sleep. Huzzah!

We’re at the pointy end of the year at SML where our biggest *thing* happens. There is a bit of bickering amongst Heather, Knut, AnixousMum and I (dealing with a dictated last-minute massive change to methodology – right on the delivery date – ACK!). But we’re bonding.

I was working (at home thankfully) until 10:30pm last night. But it is nothing like the utter hell of the same time last year.

Updates might be sporadic.

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the icing on the proverbial

baby cafe!

Thursday night was spent mostly awake and coughing – despite warmth and scarves and jumpers and vicks vaporub and heat packs and litres of cough medicine.

I did the sensible thing early Friday morning and emailed MrT, Vincenzo and the PA that I would stay at home. MrT took the opportunity to piggy back on my email, adding in Dr12, RHH and AnxiousMum, and alerting everyone that he was feeling a little under the weather and would likewise be staying at home to ensure he didn’t get any worse. GAH!

I slothed about on the InformationSuperHighway for most of the day feeling pretty miserable and coughing coughing coughing. I did manage to replace the elastic in a pair of Joe/Frank’s trakkie pants and fold some laundry.

Last night was even worse than Thursday – fortunately Bessie was at her other home so Don could retreat to her room for some sleep in the relative quiet.

Today I spent my time being miserable, reading more sewing blogs and untangled and sorted all of my sewing thread. I feel wretched, with more coughing (will it ever stop?), the beginnings of a rash under my chin (too many scarves?), returned earache and horrible flaking nose.

Truly I am the picture of radiant beauty and good health.

If one more person at SML tells me I should have had a flu injection earlier this year, I will breathe heavily on them, as it is I croakily remind them that I have a bad cold, an influenza injection in no way have stopped this.

I have no idea why I have been so sick this season – I really can only put it down to very intermittent exercise because I am eating more healthily than ever. Back when I was running a lot I feel like I was much less prone to illness, so I think I need to get back on that train as a matter of urgency.

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pink mcg

I took the cold to the next level today with a relentless horrendous hacking cough which I am sure my colleagues all appreciated.

We currently have a part-time strategic HR consultant with us at SML. She’s an older woman who is very tight with the soon-to-be-departed-Dr12 and I sit in very close proximity to her office.

Just before lunch today MrT walked up to my desk and very loudly proclaimed, “carolbaby, you are so sick, you really shouldn’t be here, go home and get some rest and don’t come in tomorrow if you are no better”.

Yeah, so caring and considerate and totally not transparent at all.

After he left the team and I just goggled at each other because they’re fully aware of the pressure I’ve been under to come to work. I could sort of understand if we were busy, but it is a relatively quiet week for us.

I took the opportunity to get out of there a couple of hours later.

Of course even after his insistence that I look after myself and depart, MrT booked in meetings with me for tomorrow, but I’m planning to ignore them and stay at home.

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quite tiresome

Holy!Goodness! This cold is completely wretched. Wasn’t it only a month ago that I was sick? … checks blog … yes it was!

I made it in to work on Monday, covered off a couple of urgent things and headed home at lunchtime, despite MrT trying to repeatedly bully me into staying completely unnecessarily for a weekly meeting which Vincenzo could more than handle in my place. Stayed home yesterday and he harangued me via Vincenzo about some work that wasn’t even due to start until Thursday.

I was really, really obviously unwell so I have no idea what was going on in his head. He can be such a massive tool at times – like that time he refused to let me go to the bathroom during a meeting with vendors.

NotSuperHappyFunGP diagnosed a cold with barotrauma to my left ear from the flight, apparently the eardrum is bleeding a little – ewwww (but I’m lucky that it didn’t burst) – that would explain the horrendous pain on descent.

I dragged myself in today and coughed and spluttered over everyone so as to avoid further dickheadishness.

I’m now tucked up in bed with a heat pack, the heater on and drugged up to my eyeballs.

This is pretty unpleasant all round.

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more to follow

If you follow me on instagram you’ll probably be aware that Don and I escaped to Melbourne for a quick long weekend.

We had a marvellous time: excellent food, shopping, mediocre football AND we walked about 20km (!?!?!) on Saturday.

One of the best things about the trip was jumping on the scale at the hotel and discovering I’ve lost almost 13kg! As has Don!

Never let it be said that 5:2 is not wildly successful.

Unfortunately, I appear to have caught a cold and have just now lost my voice – so I’m all squeaks and gestures and misery.

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2015 projects progress: april

Life is just speeding by and I don’t know what even happened to April – though my favourite oldest child turned … 27! (ZOMGWTFBBQ!)

On with reckoning (I’m predicting a distinct lack of success) …

TL;DR version – of 12 projects: 4 achieved; 5 partially achieved; 3 not achieved.

I’m predicting May will not be much better.

  1. war on sloth
    – running at least 3x per week / daily exercise – core + glutes (even 5 minutes is better than nothing).
    NOT ACHIEVED: I didn’t run with any regularity, I unintentionally abandoned the core + glutes. I should probably get back onto both of those things.

  2. war on graffiti
    – never let the graffiti on the front of ThePalace(OfLove) remain unpainted for more than 24 hours. Always photograph, always report.
    PARTIALLY ACHIEVED: Our wall was tagged at the end of the month opportunistically during a break in the relentless rain.
    It took a little more than 24 hours to repaint because of aforesaid rain and I was forced to do the repainting in the dark after work. I like to paint the whole area and not just over the tag because it becomes all patchy and yucky looking. I find the repainting quite meditative – but I would cheerfully throttle Jesop and incomprehensible-bubble-writing-loser.

  3. war on duopolies
    – minimise shopping at Coles / Woolies and their associated companies.
    – support small, independent businesses
    ACHIEVED!: ONE HUNDRED DAYS!!!! Screw you, Coles + Woolies.

  4. war on clutter
    – get rid of everything we don’t need or want or things we have been holding on to for stupid reasons
    PARTIALLY ACHIEVED: We lost momentum for a bit, but I am sure we’ll get back on that thing. Still a bit to go.

  5. war on chub
    – continue with amazingly successful 5:2 diet
    – no booze (except for holidays)
    PARTIALLY ACHIEVED: Probably too much wine was had.
    5:2 has become ingrained. I cannot even begin to describe its success.

  6. war on unnecessary spending
    – don’t buy anything that is not absolutely essential – none of this fudging with the definition of essential.
    – take lunch to work at least 4 days per week
    NOT ACHIEVED:Yeah, no. Fabric, patterns, stuff

  7. war on the uncreative (apologies for the lame project title, alternative suggestions welcome!)
    – make one thing per month
    – blog at least every second day
    – take at least one photo every day
    ACHIEVED!: I made very excellent and quite-well-finished pyjama pants for Don. I have been planning-in-my-head other garments.
    Blogging was average of every two days.
    Photography was happening, but ideally would be happening more.

  8. war on blandness
    – read good books | watch good films and television (at least once a week)
    – eat good new things (two per month?)
    – listen to one improving podcast per week
    – avoid reading the increasingly
    PARTIALLY ACHIEVED!: Yes! cooking loads of new 5:2 things.
    Yes, ramped up the podcasts – I am so, so in love with back to work
    Yes, no smh for FOUR whole months. I am pretty pleased with this and tell people at every opportunity.
    Yes, films + tv – more on the tv end, yay netflix. We still have a great deal of unwatched DVDs.
    I am still making my way through getting things done. I read two pages in bed and my kindle falls on my face because I am asleep. That is not to dismiss it because there is some very good stuff in there. Need to get onto some fiction.

  9. war on the shoddy / shonky in ThePalace(OfLove)
    – have the leaks fixed
    – finish the last bits of the paintering
    – get quotes for balcony sliding door | shutters | conservatory
    PARTIALLY ACHIEVED: Oh goodness. The rain! so much leaking. Not a little damage. Two insurance claims – but hey, at least our ceiling didn’t collapse like our recently returned neighbours.

  10. war on our genX slackerness
    – get our finances in order
    – get our estate planning in order
    ACHIEVED!: We need to have some power of attorney documents signed, but financial planner stuff is progressing nicely. When we receive an email which says I’m going to tell you straight now, but you will need to do some serious work on this we are very pleased. This is exactly the sort of tough love we were hoping for when we engaged him.

  11. war on the career (see genX slackerness)
    – ramp up the professionalism in dress, grooming and manner.
    – just knuckle down and do this advanced manageressing course. FIVE times a week.
    – take this “I am expecting big things from you in the next six months” seriously and action accordingly.
    PARTIALLY ACHIEVED: I have done absolutely no course work.
    I’m more groomed than I have ever been in my life.
    I still don’t know what the big things are, but I am kicking the proverbial and taking names.

  12. war on poor self-esteem
    – just stop entirely reading the social media accounts of those who make me feel inadequate (of course, this is not you dear reader)
    ACHIEVED!: Still keep-on-keeping on.

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