Saturday, January 16, 2010

Week 2 recap

This week has been much the same as last week. 

We did get someone in to look at the wasps nest & he confirmed that the little wasps are actually more aggressive than the bigger wasps.  So he came around & sprayed the nest with something & true to his word the wasps weren't to be seen the next night.

The boys & I did take my fitness thing seriously this week.  I ran/walked three days this week with the boys either on their bikes ahead of me or Brent running/walking beside me.  I quite like having a little running buddy.  He runs at my pace but he stops a bit more often but he soon catches up again.  We also went swimming together twice this week, both times in the indoor pool.  I make sure they are in the end slow lane where water walkers are.  I'm not sure what you really call these people.  They aren't swimming but they aren't aquajogging either, instead they are just walking up & down the swim lane & then pumping their arms in the air really quickly at the end of each lap.  Anyway I swim in the lane right next to them so that I can kind of keep a gentle eye on the boys.  I know that they are confident in that water & with James being 8 I can leave him in the water alone but I prefer just to be able to keep an eye out in case trouble brews up.  I think the boys actually enjoy the swimming because they now ask me excitedly if it is a swimming day.  I also went swimming today but this time I was able to leave the boys at home.  It's really nice to get changed in the females change room rather than having to go in the family one with the boys all the time.

Talking of trouble, we did have an unsavoury moment last weekend.  This group of 5 boys aged from about 11 - 7 came up our driveway & started accusing my boys of stealing their trampoline.  It didn't just end there, one of the boys actually pushed Brent into some bushes quite roughly.  Unfortunately Scott had just left to take some stuff to the storage so it was me versus these boys.  I asked them what their problem was & they said that we had stolen their trampoline, I said there is no way it's there's as it's being sitting on our lawn for years.  I suggested they get off home & one turned around & said "piss off you motherf..."  I couldn't believe my ears, I know I have bad language but never has it been quite that bad.  Lucky Scott had noticed
them walking down our street & he got a feeling something might be up so he turned around & came back home.  Just as well because that sent those boys scurrying away.  Scott followed them until they went to Burnside Park.  We haven't seen them back again fortunately but they have been in the neighbourhood before.  The next door neighbour children have had a problem with them too.  Hopefully they'll just stay away now.  There's nothing like a big striding, angry looking man to put the place to rights.  Ohhh, Scott my knight in shining armour....

I heard from Sharon, the real estate agent, that she has shown two different parties through mum's house.  One party say the house isn't for them & the other party are a bit put off by the whole "leaky home" thing.  We have been very upfront about it & they are able to get copies of  the builders report that mum got after it had all been fixed up.  They of course can get their own building report too.  We knew that this was going to be an issue but we'll just have to hope that someone will trust the builders & buy the house.

We did look into flying up to Wellington for a day on Wednesday 20 January.  Scott is flying up for work & we thought it might be nice to tag along & maybe see the zoo & Te Papa but the prices are astronomical so that's not happening.  Maybe we will go & see the Wellington Phoenix play at AMI instead, at least that won't cost us $500.

We have spent today clearing out all the stuff from the garage & moving it to the storage locker so now for the first time in a very long time both cars fit in the garage.  Yippee!  I know our next door neighbour will be pleased because we have been using "his" parking spot since about August.

Tomorrow is my day off fitness so hopefully we can take the christmas tree down.  That's right we still haven't taken the christmas tree down but it hasn't been up a month quite yet either.  We were very late putting it up so I reckon it can just stay up longer in January to make up for it.  Well that's my story & I'm sticking to it.

I'm looking forward to yet more of the fitness next week, proably hear yet more arguements & fighting, but we will be on the second last week of the 7 week school holiday.  I can do it, I can do it, I can do it.  I will survive, I will survive, but will my sanity?

Week 1 2010 recap

Week 1 was a back to the grindstone week.  Scott started back at work & I had to catch up on all the laundry from both the holidays & the week before Christmas when I was spending more time at mum's house than at my own.

On Monday I had a Stampin' Up! meeting with my upline where we made a really neat treat card.  I must take a photo of it & put it up on my SU blog. 

On Tuesday I decided to write down some personal fitness goals for the year.
1. To compete in the Sovreign Ocean Swim at Corsair Bay on February 27.  I'll be swimming in the 750m race.
2. To carry on training in both swimming & running to keep my level of fitness up so that next year I can compete again in the Ocean Swim & maybe even the Contact Triathlon.
3. To lose 20kg by the end of this year.

On Wednesday Brent went around to his friend's house to play so James played happily by himself with no arguing & fighting to be heard.  That in itself is a small piece of bliss.

On Thursday I started my training for the ocean swim by taking the boys down to Jellie Park to swim.  It was quite a nice warm day so we started off with me swimming my required lengths in the outside pool in a rash top.  The boys just puttered around in the water in the lane next to me.  Then James got cold so we went to warm up in the inside pools.

On Friday all fitness activites ground to a halt because James got stung twice by a wasp.  It is absolutely heart breaking to hear your child who has been being billigerent & unthinking of anyone cry out for his mum in exactly the cry he used to have when he was a toddler.  I think what got to me most was his "I want mummy"  He doesn't call me mummy anymore.  He was poking around in the area behind the compost bins with a stick, as boys do, & then he must have disturbed a wasp's nest because a little wasp flew down the neck of his tee-shirt & stung him once on teh neck & then moved on & stung him in between his neck & shoulder.  When I found him the wasp was still sitting there so I flicked it off & got James inside, then removed the stinger that was poking out of his flesh.  I put on some calamine lotion, but there was no way he was going outside after that.  That was the end of any thoughts of going for a run.

During the weekend we mowed the lawn & took a huge load of rubbish to the dump.  We also picked up the key to our new storage unit.  Hopefully this will solve our storage problems that we have at the moment while we work out just what to do with mum's stuff.

We also found out that mum's house is now up on the Bayleys Real Estate website

Really it was a week of catching up & planning what I want to accomplish fitness wise this year.  Now I just need to work out what else I want to accomplish this year rather than just sitting passively back & seeing what happens.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Happy New Year!

We spent New Year's Eve in Wanaka.  As you can see from the photo, it was quite cool.  We did have dinner outside at the patio table & watched a mustang fly over us & do a few barrel turns & loop the loops.  We decided that for the first time ever the boys could stay up until midnight to see the new decade in.  James was nearly asleep by midnight but he made it.

We wish you all a happy new year!