Arrived home this afternoon from our first mini-break (of four in the projects list) for 2014 and were delighted to find that Joe/Frank managed ThePalace(ofLove) and wrangled TheKitties in stellar fashion!
There are places that you visit where you think “I could totally live here …” and start (fantasy) planning your permanent escape. Hobart was not one of those places, but it was all rather nice – most nice to have time together away from the daily grind.
Will bore you with many photographs in the coming days – most in my favourite things against the sky genre.
Hobart/Tasmania seems to be the place to holiday, both Joan/Ajax and Heather will be visiting over the Easter break.
title after all the iphone pix whose gorgeous 70s vibe vanished when I copied them across to the PC – bah!
Recently this most adorable wee poppet and favourite son turned twenty.
We celebrated with a hideously expensive, but very excellent dinner at hartsyard
the very elderly children walk to dinner
This year (in addition to the usual cold, hard cash preferred by all) everyone is getting a vintage silver napkin ring with some sort of personal connection for their birthday. Joe/Frank was first up and his featured a variation of his monogram.
The pattern would make rather a nice cable scarf, I think.
But his absolute favourite present (even more than the cash!) was the los pollos hermanos tee-shirt.
Twenty!?! How did this happen so quickly?
The first day of autumn was delightfully autumnal – all rains-ish and snugglesome.
The kitties took full advantage in a very rare display of closeness. I’m still holding out hope that one day I will find them curled up in a ball together – whereupon I will squeeeeee.
In other rains-ish news, sadly the rice bath did not solve the rain-killed ipod touch issue. Fortunately I dragged out Joe/Frank’s old 1GB ipod nano and saved myself $55.
Now must come up with a method of attaching it to myself – I have a loathing of arm-bands.
Perhaps shoved down the bra?
15km this morning in the drizzly weather.
Well, drizzly until the torrential rain started at the 6km mark and lasted for about 2km. This resulted in a Very drenched me and a Very dead ipod shuffle.
And so I was forced to run roughly 7km with no music and Very sodden shoes (and Very sodden everything else).
Not one of the better running days.
But, as Don and I were discussing today, on the rare occasion you get an amazing golf round or you run further than you could have ever imagined, but the bulk of times it is just really hard, challenging grind. I really think it is the grind that makes the amazing moments all the more satisfying. And as someone who has generally only pursued activities which have come quite easily to me, running is rewarding in a way that those things I excel at are not – because realistically, I am never going to be an outstanding runner.
So, how am I doing with the 2014 projects?
- Project 2014: Running – get back to running 15km on a regular basis.
Woo hoo! Got there (and above – 21km!) in Feb. Planning to stick to 15km per Saturday for March. Entered smh half-marathon!
- Project 2014: Frugality – buy nothing unnecessary in 2014
Hmmm – no outrageous spending thus far. Okay, maybe the $50 for 2 pairs of running socks was ever-so-slightly insane.
- Project 2014: Foodz – try a new recipe twice per month AND document it
Yes and no. Tried – not necessarily documented. Must remedy the documenting because it can be really helpful for future attempts. For example, I rather wish I had consulted these notes before embarking on tonight’s steak and kidney pie.
- Project 2014: Micro-travel – Go away for (at least) FOUR weekends
First trip planned for March. Flights paid for with Don’s frequent flyer points, accommodation paid for by both taking lunch 4x per week + bagging coins. Incidentally, I would totally recommend the lunch thing as a saving-for-something strategy (or even as a general savings strategy).
- Project 2014: Education – Diploma of Advanced Manageressing (make time to do study / assessments 5 days per week.)
Well, I’ve applied for credit (and should receive it) for one of my subjects. Commencing the actual thing in March for sure. Okay, maybe April.
- Project 2014: Escape – make plans for getting the heck out of SML
This is a fail. I have made no plans, think Stockholm Syndrome. But hey, I hit the 300 accrued hours of long service leave this week!
- Project 2014: Try New Things – one new thing per month
I knitted cables and lace in Jan/Feb and ran 21km in Feb! I want to give patchwork a bash and perhaps sew an adult garment.
- Project 2014: Romance – do one couple-y/date-y thing per fortnight
We’ve had some dinners and a lunch date. I’m not sure if it we’ve hit the fortnight target, but … baby steps!
- Project 2014: Watching – watch good film and television regularly
One film per fortnight on GiantTelevision
One television programme per week on GiantTelevision
I think the winter olympics put paid to this for a wee while (yay! snow-sports). We’ve been engrossed in sherlock, completed it last night and must now settle on A New Thing.
- Project 2014: Sobriety – don’t drink too much alcohol
Reasonably good with this. Probably should cut out for half marathon prep. Well, after mini-break.
- Project 2014: Reading – for every trashy book I read for teh lulz, read something proper
This is a fail. There have been WAY too many silly crafting murders in my life. I’ve also branched out into the silly golf murders (which, admittedly are kind of cute). Now am reading Dawn French which I really don’t think counts as proper either.
I was delirious with happiness yesterday afternoon when I heard that TheProfessor had resigned. O! frabjous day!
Sadly today I heard that Dr12 will be attempting to persuade him to stay.
Sure, we should totally keep the person who has been the most divisive figure in the history of the organisation, who has made by far the biggest fuck-ups in the history of the organisation, who was solely responsible for us not meeting a major target by milions of dollars, who has still not delivered what he was employed to do – 8.5 years later.
Yes, yes – why am I still there?
In much more pleasant news … Garden update – mid-February:
The wild successes this year have been the spinach, lettuce and rocket – so very much superior than from the store!
We’ve also been pleasantly surprised by the spring onions/shallots/green onions. And of course the rosemary, basil, parsley and mint have been stayers.
Not so good: tomato and dill. Will not waste the effort with those again next season.
It was fortunate that I only had a 15km long run planned today because I woke up with SML-stress-induced lower back pain (more on that later). I managed to temporarily push the pain away with liberal applications of dencorub, so could get out there and enjoy the morning. Though I did spend a good deal of that time brooding.
I managed the 15km, but had clearly drunk a little too much water en route, because my poor tummy was protesting from around the 9km mark until I finished. URK.
Once I settled down at ThePalace(OfLove), the back-pain returned with a vengeance.
There are a whole lot of catastrophic fuck-ups going down, courtesy of TheProfessor and his merry band of incompetents, fuck-ups which I have been warning about for a year. And the fuck-ups keep being compounded and compounded in recent weeks – massive errors which could easily be avoided. Which I have also warned about in some detail. Honestly, if the upshot is that I am asked to correct yet another of TheProfessor’s countless mistakes … ARGH!
Until the back ache hit, I really had no idea how much this was upsetting me, but it is. Hopefully there will be A Reckoning.
Precisely why am I still there, you ask? 10 months until Long Service Leave!
Anyway, as a diversion, I exported all of my garmin connect data to a spreadsheet and was surprised to see how distance had panned out over the months.
You can definitely spot where I got the flu, hurt my foot and broke my nose! But I was really surprised to see that peak in May. On reflection, I was running almost every day and way too much, too soon. Much better to be doing this more sensibly with two rest days scheduled and only one long run on the weekend!