Tuesday, January 15, 2013


After a very restless night, I carried Kiddlywink to the car the other morning. She woke up most of the way while I drove my mum to work..and was extremely hungry minutes later. I went through the drive through and ordered her some hotcakes and a hash brown.
When I got to the payment window I asked the cashier if Kiddlywink could order some pretend pancakes for her toy. Most cashiers are good about letting her say hello or pretend ordering. This one, I was ready to smash in the face by the time she was done.

She agreed, then I pulled forward so the back window was level with her station. I wound down the window and Kiddlywink said, "May I order some pretend pancakes for my piggy?" (Her angry birds' green pig blanket that my aunt bought for her)
Cashier, "Does your teddy bear want some pancakes?"
Kiddlywink, "No, I'd like some for my piggy please!" and she held up the pig face hood to face the cashier.
The cashier said, "But your teddy bear will get fat..." and proceeded to hold her hands out two feet apart.
There was confused silence from the back of the car for a few beats, then, "But, they're only pretend pancakes and piggy's very hungry."
Cashier, "Eating all those hotcakes will make your teddy fat."

Me..."Right thanks, have a nice day." I drove forward a little bit..and before we even got to the next window.."Why will they make piggy fat, and why did she keep saying teddy?"
ME, "Because she was being silly wasn't she?"
KW, "Yes. Piggy is very hungry, and so am I."

After putting her food on the passenger seat, because she'd decided she wanted to eat them at home, I said to her, "It's okay for anyone to eat pancakes when they're hungry. And besides piggies are supposed to be fat, it makes them taste better! Yummy meat."
KW, "Nooo, that's not meat, it's mud! You don't eat mud!"

I love that KW has no hang ups about food. All foods are equal, nothing is emotionally charged because it's forbidden.
Fancy saying "Your teddy will get fat"! To a three year old? Especially when she's just ordered the same thing to eat.
After all that, the hash brown wasn't in the bag..so after she'd finished what she wanted to eat of the pancakes, we went back up to the store to complain. I also rang in front of KW to let them know about the missing item. No standing back and saying, "It doesn't matter."
Mistakes are all right, she knows that..but she also knows that when you pay for something, it's proper to receive what you bought.
okay, rant over.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Stick It To Summer: Week Four Update.

Day 1 of exercise was Day 2 of the heat wave and thankfully it was a few degrees cooler than the day before, I managed 1/2 an hour of Wii Fit.

Day 2 was a surprise because in spite of it being hot, I completed a whole hour on the Wii Fit! 1/2 an hour of that though was to make up for not completing the days last week. How much am I putting my health first? I even kept exercising while Skyping with my sister-in-law and nieces. They got a good view of my huffing and puffing and my bum going jiggly wiggle..but that's no different than if they'd been in the same room with me anyway. ;) Xmas presents got opened, conversation was had, exercise was done, wins all round!

Day 3 was an even bigger surprise for me because yet again I did an hour of Wii Fit. Even better, I did a personal best on the hula hoop part..and it didn't hurt as much as it has. In fact I felt stronger! And this was after three days in a row of exercise!

After day 3 I realised I'm enjoying exercise again. Some days it is a chore, but a lot of the time now I look forward to getting up and doing whatever activity I'm doing that day.

Day 4 I was excited to go to water aerobics because Alaskaboy was also joining me for the class. Except..I'd read the wrong week of the holiday schedule, and there was no class. So, we asked for dumbbells and pool noodles and did a 45 min water aerobics work out anyway!
Then, I had a rest day. The body was tired but willing, and the brain was saying "Gimme those endorphins!" but I knew if I did another day I'd be being an over eager puppy again and would pay for it later.

Today I feel good and am looking forward to my first 5 day week in a very long time. A sensible 5 day week too where I AM enjoying the exercise, not punishing myself with physical activity. Will update later with what I end up doing today.

UPDATE: Even more sensibly, I realised that the 5th bout of exercise this week was me being overexcited. When my body said, "ehem, I'm actually quite tired, lovey." I listened and had a rest day instead.


Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Woohoo! And YUM!

With the Stick It To Summer challenge starting on a day that isn't one of the traditional starts to the week, I had failed to notice something very exciting, at least to me. I've exercised five out of the last seven days. :)
No wonder I was super starving and wanted my dinner meal at lunch time today. Mmm, shiraz, oregano and garlic marinated lamb loin chops, with bruschetta, roasted baby potatoes, and thickly sliced mushrooms sauteed in the chop drippings.

(I ended up saving some of the mushrooms and one chop for a midafternoon snack. Felt weird again, stopping when I was full, rather than letting my taste buds dictate how much I ate. My stomach thanked me though.)


Week Three Update.

It's been a very hot week this week.
I managed a 40 minute walk on Day 1. But, those 40 minutes took me a greater distance than I've gone in months, in warmer weather than I've walked in years, and included up and down a hill. So for me that was a non-scale victory.

Day 2 was walking from the farthest point in the shopping centre car park, and then several laps inside the shopping centre, before settling into the actual grocery buying. If I missed an item, I went the long way around the store to get back to where I needed to go. All in all I managed the 30 mins of exercise-style walking in amongst the grocery shopping. Again, a non-scale victory because before I would have sat at home in the bath tub full of cold water and sweated out the hot day.

Day 3 was way too friggen hot. (Temperatures INSIDE the house were still 35.3C/95.6F at 9pm!) Not only was it hot but I was busy, being home alone with both my grandmother and Kiddlywink as Mum was covering shifts for a coworker. Nan had several visits from council healthcare workers/assessment appointments etc which took at least four hours out of my day, without including anything else that needed to be done. Again, another non-scale victory because I took care of two others plus myself, without wallowing in the bath until everyone else was home in the evening.

With missing one day this week, I will be adding another half hour into next week to cover it. You know, like normal people do. Not obsessive MUST MAKE UP FOR IT kind of exercise like I've done in the past. It's more, I'm enjoying the exercise and after the heatwave it'll be enjoyable to exercise during the comfortable summer heat. Wow, that was a bit of cognitive dissonance writing that last sentence. lol