Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Home Engineer: I'm the one who will be doing the laundry, making the dinner & cleaning the bathrooms as usual everyday.
Mother: Always playing this role, making breakfast, driving the boys to & from school, helping with homework etc
Wife: Another role that is an everyday role. Just little things today but hopefully they make his life easier.
Volunteer: I helped out at school today with their Perceptual Motor Programme for year 1 & 2 boys.
Jogger: Yes, I have just come in from my jog. I managed to run for 25 minuted non stop today, I'm getting better at it.
Scrapbooker: This afternoon I plan to do a little scrapbooking.
Blogger: That's me now.
Monday, July 30, 2007
I suppose time will tell if this is my second last card ever or whether I will carry on.
I have just got in from going to the gym to find this blog prompt on http://www.digitalscrapbookplace.com
I do a couple of weights sessions a week on Mondays & Fridays. Most of it is for toning up my arms, back & shoulders. There is also a few squats as well. On Tuesdays & Thursdays I go jogging, but I am thinking of ditching the jogging on Thursdays to bike riding once it gets back to summertime. On Wednesdays I go swimming & swim about 1.5kms, 750m is non stop freestyle. I just love swimming so of all the exercise I do swimming is the one I love.
I feel I have to keep doing exercise just to keep my body lubricated, sounds strange but I really think that the exercise is really helping my dodgy knee. The other motivation right now is the thought of the crise coming up in a couple of months & I want to look good in a swimming costume for that. Scott thinks he'll see me in a bikini but I seriously doubt that.
There is also a couple of events that I have been fascinated by & feel like I would like to try. One of them is this event http://www.nzoceanswim.co.nz/default.asp?PageID=5754, which is why I have been swimming the 750m non stop, I know I can swim it, I just have to buy a wetsuit & see if I can swim that far in it.
The other event that I am fascinated by this http://www.realduathlon.co.nz I had entered this event a couple of years ago but didn't race due to a very bad cold. I am tempted to try again, but it just depends on when it will be held in 2008. It is very hard for me to keep up my training/exercise routine when the boys are on holiday, they are too young to go the gym, the gym doesn't have a creche, they can't keep up with me biking & they can't swim without me being at least an "active observer".
I think that as the boys get older it will become easier to do the exercise when they are on holiday but right now it's just not an option.
I really think though that my main motivation for doing exercise is the stress relief that comes with doing it. I get out of the house for a while, clear my head, & if it has been too long since I have done exercise, like today, then I am itching to do it, because I need it.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Today has been a day of scrapping & card making while watching most of "The Godfather." I feel like I've accomplished a lot today so maybe I should scrap & watch DVD's at the same time in future, I usually just listen to music.
James is getting better & I will be sending him back to school tomorrow, Brent is sounding a bit off but I hope that a good sleep tonight fixes him. I want my house back to myself!
I suppose I should show you the holder I have made for these little cards.
Basically it is just a playing card box that I made up using the http://www.clubscrap.com July kit. it seems appropriate to stick July cards in a box made of the July kit.
Tomorrow is Monday & another week will be underway - week 31. The year is flying by very quickly. Have a great week everyone.
These are a couple of the cards that we made yesterday at Vicki's mailto:email@example.com spring mini catalogue release. There is another card that we made but I have added some kindyglitz to it, so it needs to dry before I can scan it.
I am starting to make my digital layout "King of my heart" for the latest scrapjack http://www.kiwijackmeup.blogspot.com I have an idea of how it should look, I have the photo but I want to extract Scott from the photo so I am off to read the PSE manual.
These stamps are all from Stampin'Up. I went to Vicki's Spring catalogue release & had a lot of fun making cards & of course shopping. I was the lucky winner of the door prize so thanks Vicki for the cute little double take stamps.
I came home to find dinner nearly cooked which was wonderful. We turned on the news & saw some item about the Christchurch Arts Festival. I didn't even realise it was on, so we bundled up & went into the Cathedral Square to see some of the art on display. It was quite interesting & the space ship took the boys fancy. Unfortunately we couldn't go inside it but we might have to go back during daylight hours & see what it is like on the inside.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
After doing a bit of laundry James & I loaded the car up with all the recycling stuff that recyclers don't collect & took it to the dump. That has tided out the garage a bit so I'm happy about that. My dresser that I wanted to declutter, dust & polish up still hasn't even been looked at, but when the sun shines it is just asking for you to be outside.
After picking Brent up from school we took him swimming. He was thrilled to find that he had Margaret, who had taught him a few years ago at Jellie Park teaching him for the night. She really concentrated on getting the class doing their breathing for freestyle correctly. Brent is slowly coming to grips with it, but really it isn't very easy to learn.
The weekend is here, so have a good one everybody.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Will wonders never cease after two weeks of cruddy wet, grey weather all of a sudden the weather gods pull out a stunner. It was a nice sunny north west day. Fantastic day for drying clothes on the line outside, which made me think that it has been months since I last did that. Could it be that spring is coming around the corner? Or are we about to get slammed with a bitterly cold weather system just to finish the winter off with a bang?
By the way the weather forecast for tomorrow is more of today's weather. Woohooo!
I tell you though I don't think I could do this day in day out, so very thankful that Scott is a wonderful husband & father to the boys.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
I was very shy as a girl so my advice would be take that leap of faith & believe in yourself. You are worth knowing, you have some great attributes, believe in yourself.
If you try something & it doesn't work, don't beat yourself up over it, because at least you tried & gave it your best shot.
You are never going to please everyone all of the time, accept that fact & free yourself from trying to be the perfect anything. Give of your best & if that isn't good enough for someone then that will be their problem not yours. You can only do your best, sometimes it's not good enough for others, but make sure it is good enough for you.
Monday, July 23, 2007
I think that I still eat the same food as I did when I was younger. I never really had any wierd food combinations when I was a child.
My favourite food as a child was my mum's homemade chicken noodle soup, I just loved it. I was so thrilled when I went up to mum's earlier this month & she had it going, I just had to have a mug of it. It is made with boiled up chicken carcasses, but there is more to it than that because I have done that & mine just does not taste the same. Funny how parents or even grandparents have a recipe, not even written down, that they seem to follow. They tell you how to do it & you still can't get it to taste the same.
Another favourite, that I don't make often because none of the males in my family like cooked mushrooms, was my mum's chicken casserole. I can make this one & get it to taste like my mum's but none else in the family but me likes it. One day I'll just have to make it & freeze it in small portions to have in a toasted sandwich for lunch.
Those are the two off the top of my head, that are my favourites, they are also soul food, so maybe that is why they are my favourites.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
A new week starts tomorrow & it will be a busy one. I have Scott flying to Wellington on Tuesday & over nighting up there & he won't be back until Wednesday night. Tuesday I will have PMP to teach. Wednesday I must remember to have the boys dressed in their PE gear as they are both going to QE2 for gymnastics. I have a hair appointment that morning too, I'm really looking forward to that bit of pampering. Soccer practice Wednesday afternoon for Brent quickly followed by picking up Scott off the plane. Thursday is a relatively normal day & then Friday has swimming lessons for the boys. Next saturday is soccer in the morning then I am going to a Stampin' Up spring catalogue release & then Sunday hopefully I'll be able to scrap.
I hope you all have a wonderful week & here is a thought for the week:
"Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment."
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Sometimes it would be nicer to run on the field & kick the ball around myself rather than standing miserably cold on the sidelines.
I can't even paint like this with my hands, I find it inspiring that there are people out there who don't need hands to paint. This picture has been sitting on my desk all of June. It is from an original painted with the mouth by T. S. Hung. Lillies always remind me of summer & yet again it has been very much a dreary winter day. I am dreaming of summer & the sunshine.
The big news is that Christchurch has less smog days this winter than last. I'll tell you why, it's because we haven't had as many frosts this year instead we have had horrible wet, grey, cloudy, no sun to be seen, days instead. I want a nice frosty day & sunshine please! I'm beginning to think that the lady cop in "Men in Trees" has a great idea in her UV light that she keeps turning on in winter. I could really do with one of those now. I need to see some sunshine!
Friday, July 20, 2007
On to today's blog prompt from www.digitalscrapbookplace.com
How many books do you have started, but not finished? Or do you only read one book at a time?
I only read one book at a time & at the moment I am reading some second hand books from my aunt. She had a lot of Danielle Steel so I am reading "Lightning" at the moment. It is about a woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully I'm reading this book now & not a couple of months ago or I really mightn't have slept well. I always read a chapter a night before turning off my light. I can't seem to unwind & go to sleep if I don't read. Sometimes even 1 chapter isn't enough to do it, so it draws out to 2 or 3 chapters. During "my holidays", those are ones when it is just Scott & me & no kids, I usually read through the day too, because I love it so much.
Now magazines are a totally different story. I have one scrapping magazine in the car, one by my bed & then a non scrapping magazine to curl up & read in the sunshine. So I presently have 3 magazines on the go.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Today James was in hisbedroom with his bedroom door closed & he was kicking it while Brent was trying to get into his bedroom. I went & threw open James' door to tell him off for a) playing with the door & b) for kicking the door & instead I managed to knock James into his wardrobe door where he hit his head on the door knob because he had that door open. He has a very sore head & I feel like a really rotten mother. I didn't know that his wardrobe door was open, other wise I wouldn't have pushed open his bedroom door. When will the boys ever learn not to play with doors, & how many times am I going to have to repeat that refrain above before they start getting it & stop playing with doors.
Here's a peice of trivia that might be relevant to us Southern Hemisphere people at the moment. Studies have found that Vitamin C is not likely to keep away the common cold, or even lessen the severity of the cold. Apparently the thought that vitamin C was great for curing colds has actually been under dispute for 60 years. So maybe the old wives tales of lemon juice being good for colds is just a tale.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
It's nice to get back into the routine again, I think my day just flows better when i have a set routine & can stick to it.
Tomorrow I am hoping to go for a jog before coming home to work out next week's menu & have what I call "desk day". Hopefully I'll get my portion of the ScrapTown newsletter written up. I am still trying to work out where to start on that. All the digi stuff I have learnt has been from other websites & I am wondering if I have to put a bibliography just in case I inadvertantly copy something from some other site. I don't want to tread on anyone's toes & not give credit where credit may be due.
What future discovery do you eagerly await? Why?
There are so many diseases out there that don't seem to have a known cure, or if they do they are too complex & have too many unknowns about them that are not allowed to try. The ones that quickly come to my mind is cancer, AIDS, alzheimers, diabetes & parkinson's. In some of these cases there could well be a cure but the whole question of using animal matter inside a human is just too scarey a proposition for people to accept.
I hope the next discovery will be the way to cure these diseases without having to resort to animal or stem cell transplants. There must be a way to get around the whole issue. Why can't what is in those things be put in drug form & given to people.
It seems odd to me that technology is advancing so quickly from computers the size of buildings in the 1950's to the tiny computers we have today. Why hasn't medical research advanced quite as fast. Is there really no money to be made in it? Or does the world not have the same number of medical geniuses as we do technological geniuses? I suppose it boils down to the fact that a human body is a very complex peice of equipment, & eventually we all have to die of something.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Tomorrow I am looking forward to being able to go for a swim & then a nice long shower in peace & quiet. Ahh bliss!
Tell us all about your pet peeves... what make you really mad.. go ahead let it all out!
Most of the things that really make me mad are just the little things that keep niggling until all at once it is just happened once too often & then I get mad. A few of them are things that happen at home & some of them are things that happen while I am driving. I think I have covered the at home ones before.
The things that make me steam when I am driving are mainly a lack of respect for other road users. For instance when a person pulls out in front of you, making you jam on your brakes. It makes me even more angry when they then proceed to carry along at less than the speed limit. That really makes me very angry.
Christchurch has a horrible problem with red light runners. I drive along Memorial Ave several times a day & I really think that they could do with some right turn arrows. People drive straight through late orange lights, when they could have stopped meaning that those people turning right are doing so on a red light which in some cases is green for the other side. That is unbelievably dangerous & I am left wondering whether it would happen if there were right turning arrows. At least if you are turning right & you know you will get an arrow you might feel inclined to wait for the next rotation.
I am finding it more & more dangerous driving on Christchurch roads, what with red light runners, people speeding, not indicating lane changes it really is becoming more dangerous. I am now getting to the stage where at intersections I have to ask the boys to be quiet just so I can seriously concentrate on what I am doing. In some cases I think the problem is that the other people aren't actually concentrating & what I can see as a hazard they don't seem to see until they are on top of it. A case in point was on Friday. I was doing a right turn from Memorial Ave into Kendal Ave. I have to cross to lanes of traffic to do so, & in the far lane there were 3 cars. Car #1 & #2 were indicating left, car #3 was speeding up behind them. Car #1 stopped to give way to me, but car 3 was speeding so fast that I decided not to take the turn. He then nearly wiped out car 2 that had stopped behind car 1 & then swerved into the lane closer to me in such a huge arc that he nearly clipped me. I was stationary & in the right place but the driver of car 3 was so wrapped up in his own world he hadn't noticed what was happening at the intersection I was sitting at.
Then on the Monday before that I had a real shock. The light was green my way (it had been for quite some time) & I was about to turn right into Memorial Ave & this car came driving straight through the intersection, from my left, & proceeded to turn right down the road I was trying to get out of. I am just so thankful that I had taken that extra time to check because the boys & I would have been written off. Scott would have been waiting at the airport wondering when we were going to pick him up.
It's dangerous to drive on Christchurch roads & I just touch wood that so far I have been very lucky to have missed some very close calls.
Monday, July 16, 2007
So tomorrow to celebrate my quiet house I will of course tidy the place up. What a way to celebrate! I have a horrible feeling that I may be having to do PMP tomorrow, it usually is on a Tuesday morning, so just as I have dropped my 2 boys off, I have to go to the school hall & spend 2 hours with 30 other year 1 & 2 boys, oh yeah! I really do hope it is not on tomorrow, it would be nice to just drop the boys off & then come home to a quiet house & have a nice peaceful shower & cup of coffee. Quickly followed by spending some time doing a blog prompt because I have been missing doing those in the morning.
I'll be back tomorrow morning hopefully with an answered blog prompt.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Brent's team is a different story. There are a couple of good players & the rest have played in at least one other season unlike Brent who is new to soccer this season. His team have lost every game so far until YESTERDAY! They played a fantastic game as a team. Brent was put at back & he had Scott behind the back line coaching the two backs & goalies on their field placement throughout the game. Brent stopped a sure goal & was awarded player of the day. The best thing though was that they finally won a game! You should have seen their faces light up as they came off the field, they were even carrying themselves more proudly & there was more self belief in them. I hope that they can carry on that self belief into the next game & maybe until teh end of the season.
I was thrilled that I happened to have my camera on hand to capture the game, not the 2 goals unfortunately, but I did get a photo of Brent holding his player of the day certificate. Also I was very lucky in that James' team had a team photo so I was able to quickly snap some photos of their team. I haven't been able to do that for Brent's team, but maybe the club will send us the photos anyway.
Looks like lots of fun, Katrina. What are you going to do with all your cards and how many are you planning on making?
I had a pack of 52 blank cards & a box sent to me in a Club Scrap kit a long time ago. They had been sitting around so I have decided to alter them. I haven't put the box together yet because I might stamp it & decorate it up. So in the end they will end up being in a playing card box. I have also toyed with thoughts of maybe including a few on a layout or something but at the moment I am just enjoying the simple little sit down each night & create something. It has become a bit of a habit that I quuite like. Just like doing blog prompts was really enjoyable too in the morning. Time to sit back & reflect & think.
Did you see anything curious on the 2nd viewing of Shrek? We watched it & enjoyed the not-so-obvious humor. I think the first is still my favorite.
I was actually laughing more the second time I saw it, because of the not so obvious humour. I think I prefer Shrek 1 as well.
That sounds like a lot of fun! I think Ethan would enjoy it. How do you know where they are in your area? Is there a website you go to? I don't know much about geocaching really ;-)
There is a website http://www.geocaching.com/seek that is free thatis where everyone enters all the caches that are hidden around the country. There are 100's hidden around Auckland, this is by no means all of them but here is a few
What you need to do is get a GPS unit. We have a Garmin C60, it's not the top of the line, but not the bottom either. It holds a lot of waypoints (which is the coordinates of all the geocaches) & does the trick for us. Brent, Scott & I love geocaching. James doesn't mind it really but doesn't want to be driving long distances just to go geocaching. Too bad for him today as we are planning to head to Springfield a) to see if the Simpson's movie donut is there yet & b) because we are going to try & find some caches on the way there or back again.
I hope that answered all the questions that have arisen so far this week.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
It was about lunchtime after we gave up the hunt for that cache so we went into Methven to have lunch at Cafe 131. It wasn't bad but the wait to get the meal was a bit long, I seem to recall it was when Scott & I visited it earlier in the year. Obviously they haven't smartened up their act for the winter tourists.
We left there & headed back to Christcurch driving past a cache site in Rakaia. It was way too busy to contemplate doing, as there is not only a park there but they have now opened up a tourist centre too. It might have to be a night operation to get that cache.
There's another cache on the outskirts of Hornby so we headed towards it & wouldn't you know just as we got within 1 km of it the GPS ran out of batteries. I stopped put some replacement batteries in & then circled around to try & approach it agsin only to find that it looks to be on the other side of SH1. There was no way I was stopping & crossing that busy road with Brent so we just drove home & called it a day.
Edited to add my thanks to a geocacher by the handle of Warm Fuzzies (parkrrrr) for the wallpaper that I used in making this card.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
We arrived at the cinema at 8:30 which was a bit early for a 9am show but there was a reason. Harry Potter opened today so I didn't want to get caught in the mad rush of that. Brent & I managed to get in the cinema doors early & then the cinema staff closed the doors. They started vacuuming the floors & filling up the ice containers for the drinks, popping popcorn & getting them selves ready. At 8:45 a whole bevy of the staff come out & said to each other "Are you ready?". They then opened up the booking line & opened up the doors to the cinema. My goodness I have never seen so many young people rush up stairs like that before. We were the very first to buy tickets today but the cashier was very surprised to find out that we only wanted to see Shrek. We got our tickets & of course the popcorn & lemonade & went to sit in the theatre. At 9am there were only 5 people in the theatre to watch Shrek & that is the way it stayed. You have to wonder how much money they make on opening a whole theatre, turning on the heating in there, lighting etc all for only 5 people.
After the movie we went to Nature Discoveries (I just love this shop http://www.nature.co.nz )& bought a pen for Brent as well as a really good logic game. It's a game that is for one person to play although children may need a hand with the logic of it. There are only 6 peices to the game & 5 of those peices are stored inside the game board. It is small & compact just perfect for travelling in the car. Here's a link to the game we got
http://www.smart.be//en/products/puzzles-games/smartgames/SG102 Brent is just loving this game & Scott was down on the floor helping him earlier tonight. It is a wonderful game so hopefully James will enjoy doing it as well, especially as it has pirate ships on it.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
It's an every moment you're awake job
because you actually enjoy the work
that you're doing."
Monday, July 09, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
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Wednesday, July 04, 2007
I think there is beauty all around us, either physical, artistic or natural & we just have to take the time to STOP, look & hear & we will see it.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
I have no idea what UFO's truely are, sometimes I think that I really don't want to know but then it would be nice to know what they are.
I do believe that in this huge galaxy we live in there must be other forms of life. No I don't think they are little green men in fact I think that they may not be manlike at all. Surely there is some life of some sort on those other planets out there, even if it is at a basic amoeba level. I find it hard to conceive that this planet would be the only one with some sort of life on it.
Monday, July 02, 2007
A new month is time for new music. I try to keep a bit of a Kiwi flavour to this blog & I like to have Kiwi music playing. The band I chose this time is Evermore, although my guess is soon they'll be claimed by the Aussies, just like a few other NZ bands have in the past. Here's a link to their own hompage, & no I didn't get to see them play on June 29th.
While searching around for some free Kiwi music to play I happened upon Outrageous Fortune Series Promo 3 on YouTube. I just love this program, it is adult entertainment, so please take note of that before clicking on it. It has bad language, sexual references, violence, drinking & probably every other vice as well.
Of course not all NZ'ers live this way but I enjoy watching it. It is so different from the stuff that we normally see as TV programs. Most of the programs on the Tv are from America.
I think I have bascially got sick & tired of the very watered down, bleeping (if required) programs coming out of the US. I have to say I was quite surprised to watch one episode of The Apprentice when the British guy Sean was on. He had had a bad day & he was going on about how so & so was a wanker. I was surprised that this wasn't bleeped out, maybe the Americans didn't know that it is a very derogatory term. All the other language that was bad had all been bleeped out so this stood out like a sore thumb. Quite funny really.
There is an American program that I love & that is Boston Legal. I keep wondering if anyone in America watches this & what they think of it. I like that Alan Shaw questions the way Denny Crane thinks. As an "alien" to America I love how Alan Shaw's views seem to correspond with how some of the world does see America.
New month, new music & it looks like a new lineup is coming on to the TV screens here too. Yipppee!
I went to St margaret's College for my high school years. Their colour was green but if you did really well at sports you got to wear a "colours" blazer that was red.
Of course New Zealand is different from the US & basically all out teams were just called St Margaret's. I played netball from 3rd form (year 9) until 6th form (year 12) when I ripped my anterior cruciate ligament. I haven't been able to play netball since. In 5th form (year 11) I became a school librarian & retained that position until I left. In my last year (year 13) I was Head Librarian & also Head Sacristan.
We don't really do graduation ceremonies from high school, that is really only for University (I think that is College in the US). Yes I did stay at my high school until the end & did well enough that I was granted entrance to university, from which I did graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce.
Obviously some things never change, it will be interesting to see how their relationship develops as they get older. I sincerely hope they will have a wonderful, caring relationship with each other.