Monday, December 31, 2007
Posted by Chris H at 7:55 AM
Sunday, December 30, 2007
I'm starting to freak out! My hubby is moving hundreds of kilometres away from us in just a week! How the hell am I going to cope with that??? I feel sad already.
Today: no shopping, I promise. I have given up on finding anything I really really want or need. Like, I don't need anything!
May go into town and meet up with a couple of friends for morning tea though, just cos I can! Other than that, no plans today...
I might sit down and draw up a weight loss chart to put on my wall, I did that last time and it was a great motivator, watching the line go down.... I work best with visual incentives/reminders. AND I am going to throw out the last of the evil food left in the panty, the kids certainly don't need all those lollies! What else? Oh an exercise plan too.... I need to get disciplined again... follow a set routine, not just a hit and miss one.
Now that my iron levels are coming up there are no more excuses eh? So, lots of positive stuff today.
Well I met Janene and Chris D for morning tea... I'm quiety minding my own business and Janene grabs my phone and takes this photo!!! It's to prove I ate well I suppose? Fruit salad and BLOODY WATER... cos they had no Diet Coke! I wasn't that impressed with having to drink water I can tell you! But, it was a nice morning.
I'm now working on my new weight loss chart...
Right, that's done... there is a little red dot up the top .. that's the start weight.... got 20 kilos to lose this coming year. I will take a photo of this bloody chart every Saturday morning... watch the red dot go down! I need to lose 384 grms a week to achieve this... totally DOABLE people!
I bought something today! Some new bras and knickers. So there! And did you notice, I'm kinda SMILING in that photo, eyes are a bit screwed up cos of the sun though! *snigger*
End of Day: started grumpy, ended happy. So in all, a good day!
NSV: totally on track today, no slip ups at all! Ya hoooooo. nite nite.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Posted by Chris H at 8:31 AM
Friday, December 28, 2007
Posted by Chris H at 7:55 AM
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
WHOOP WHOOP....Stew and I are off to Wellington to do the sales.... and the best part?
We are leaving the littlies with the teenagers! Oh man, what bliss!
In less than two weeks Stew is off to Auckland, so it will be nice to spend a whole day with him, just the two of us. BLISS.
And.... I am going to be 100% ON TRACK from today on. It was very nice to eat whatever I felt like yesterday, but it wrecked havoc with my tummy!
I did not feel very well last night at all... too much rich food and two glasses of wine... all a bit much for my tummy.
Posted by Chris H at 7:56 AM
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! Now... what was in that little box?
I am a SPOILT TART! More to come..... oh the kids were so nice, they slept in till 6.45! We are waiting for Steve and Lisa to arrive before we open presents, Brylee and Griffin are being so good waiting........
What a scream of a photo! Griffin looks like a monumental dork!!! Waiting to open their presents....
All done now... gifts opened, oooh! and ahhh'd over.... kids happily playing with Wii etc.... so is Stew! They are playing golf... Griffin is 'smokin' Dad's arse!!! Well, so he thinks!
I have been out in the rain .. took Izzy for a walk, and am now having some delicious homemade fruit salad for breakfast.
Mike got this 'beanie' from his girlfriend, amongst other things... so... I suppose I will have to get used to seeing him like this now cos knowing him it won't ever leave his stoooopid head!
Can you see how much crap I've got in my pantry today???? .................................... H E L P !
OH MY GOD!!! If you could smell this.... Teriyaki Chicken done on the BBQ.... My mouth is watering!!!
Griffin, totally engrossed in this toy, it's quite awesome really! It transforms into over 40 different boats etc!
Here's my nephew Deon playing the weirdest game of golf ... on Wii. No wet shoes even!
End of Day: it's been wonderful, tiring, happy... just as it should be.
NSV: I ate till I could eat no more... cos tomorrow I diet! nite nite, and if you have bothered to read to the bottom of this post I salute you!
Posted by Chris H at 6:50 AM
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
What to do today? Well..... I'm sure we could find SOMETHING to buy in town!
I forgot to pick up the kids Santa Photo, so that's on the list, and aimless wandering too..... kinda INTO this Christmas shopping lark now! It's fun.
I have just realised that I have TOTALLY BLOWN it this year on the diet front.... I gained instead of lost! Far out, what a twit! So, next year I hope to do much better, or so help me I might at well just give the fuck up and gain back all my weight, and the belly!
DOH, don't think I could live with myself if I did that, so 2008 is going to be 'it' for me..... the year of many changes, new home, new location, new grandbaby, new gym, new friends..... yada yada ya!
But until then.... I will just try to do the best I can over the silly season, and enjoy spending time with my boys who are staying here when we move north.
He's just trying to make me feel GUILTY eh? NIIIIICE legs though!
Thanks for that Casdok.... though it is beyond me why people seem to like me! I swear like a trooper, I'm opinionated, I really don't like kids much (babies not included, I love them), I have lots of faults....... so why???? *shaking head*
WE have been to town, had lunch at Breakers ... yummmm. Did some randon wandering... Stew picked up some shorts at Rebel for a song (on sale)... now he and the kids are going back for another look. I'm staying home to enjoy the peace and quiet. It is still not that busy in town, I'm really surprised.
End of Day: rather a quiet afternoon/evening. Finished reading a book, sorted out all the kids toys and got rid of broken/incomplete stuff... ready for the new lot!
NSV: well I didn't like the Chocolate Mud Cake made to look like a Christmas tree! So I shan't be having any more! This is good. nite nite.
Posted by Chris H at 8:17 AM
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Posted by Chris H at 8:18 AM
Friday, December 21, 2007
Stew has a busy day today, packing up his office in readiness for his move to Auckland Central..... shit it's only a couple of weeks to go!
We have a few more things to do this coming weekend to be totally ready for Christmas Day... food shopping etc. Going to be a busy few days.
To you lovely ladies out there who sent us a Christmas Card...THANK YOU.... I don't send out cards! So just know I love each and every one of you!
Some lovely news.... The Teenager from hell (Mike) finally talked to me last night after no words being exchanged for OVER A WEEK!! He apologised and tried to explain how we got into this situation....I got a big hug (melts my heart) and now all is good between us again! I am so relieved, I hate it when there is friction between me and my kids.
Yipeee..... done and dusted, finished the Christmas Shopping at last... I thought I was finished days ago... but NOOOOO, just had to get a couple more! Shopping with two kids isn't that bad, I asked them to sit nicely on the floor in a china shop and they did! People came and went and commented on how bloody wonderful they were sitting there so nicely! Awwwwww.
I took the horror (Griffin) out for a haircut..... talk about a fidget arse !!!!! The hairdresser kept saying "Keep still" and he said :
"LADY, my middle name is STILL !"...... everyone in the salon cracked up laughing! How could you NOT love this friggin kid?
Posted by Chris H at 6:32 AM
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Am I looking forward to the kids being home for nearly 7 weeks???
LIKE HELL! But.... there are some bonus's... no having to get them to school on time, no having to work around picking them up at 3 pm... no lunches have to be made in the morning (like I did them! Stew did!), no getting uniforms ready..... so maybe I should be happy?
So, I'm going to try and view it with a positive attitude!
This morning I'm going into town (again), Stew's work are having a morning tea 'shout' so I'm going..... will try to make some wise choices.... and do a bit more shopping for Christmas. Onward....
I have decided: so many of 'you' have asked me ... I will spill....
WHY DO WE HAVE BRYLEE AND GRIFFIN? (our Grandchildren)
Daughter No# 2 decided to have a baby... god knows why... so she did.. left the biological father as soon as she got pregnant. Had Brylee, kept her (part time, cos I had her every evening and weekends) for 10 weeks then decided it was all too much effort for her... so dropped her off and left.... without telling us she had no intention of coming back! When she did come back, we went and got legal custody of Brylee.
A few months later, she turned up again.. pregnant again... too late for an abortion... so it was decided (after much agonising) that we would have that baby too... not much choice really. Griffin was born and handed to me immediatley and that was that, she buggered off again after only 3 days, having signed the legal custody papers over to us.
FATHERS? Brylee's has never met her, nor has his family, they 'do not want to know'. Griffin's? NO IDEA REALLY! Must have been a bloody good looking big bloke.
Our daughter has seen Brylee and Griffin very rarely, in fact she has only seen them once in the past 2 years. Her choice.
So there ya go. Some useless information for ya.
Our daughter is now and always has been.... on a benefit of some sort or another... lives for the next party... the next boyfriend..... sleeps most of the day, parties most of the night. I still love her, she will always be our daughter that we care about very much... does not mean we have to like her lifestyle or life choices.
Morning tea was lovely, I had a bit of everything! Still don't think I was evil though! Have now picked up the kids.... countdown begins!
Feeling a bit jaded this afternoon.... above is our Christmas tree.... wanted to take Izzy for a walk but she's still being a 'girl' having her monthly! Drat.
Kids are watching telly, thank god for cartoons eh? It will be great once 'Santa' has been, lots of new stuff to keep them occupied.
MARGARET: You are right! I can be a hard nosed bitch... for sure.... when people/kids get up my nose! But my motto in life is 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you'.... so I try not to be nasty too often! No sweetie, I am not offended! I am an 'up front' person... bang on! I like that about myself, no bullshit coming from me! I say it how it is.
End of Day: it's been really nice! Quiet too.
NSV: Pretty good on food consumption... had some tinned chicken.. it tasted and smelt just like salmon! Was kinda eewwww. lol. nite nite.
8.58pm WOW!!! We just had a hooah of a big earthquake, it went on and on and on......... the whole house rocked and shook!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!! Update: earthquake measured 6.8 on richter scale, caused damage in Gisbourne which is on the coast about 5 hours away from here.
Posted by Chris H at 6:38 AM
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Posted by Chris H at 7:16 AM
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
After 16 hours without the internet... Telecom 'found' it for me again... so it's a late start on the day.
Meet Linda and Brandon and their three adorable kids: (from left) Braydon, Lila and Ellie. This gorgeous lady has sent me the Jordin Sparks CD that I so wanted and could not get here in New Zealand, all the way from America!!!! She is so very kind... and the BEST Mom in the whole wide world... she actually LOVES her kids..... hey, they are NOT TEENAGERS yet eh?
Laughing now..... and Brandon and her have had to fight really long and hard to get their precious girls... all the way from China. I have been reading Linda's blog for quite some time now, and felt like I was 'with' her when she finally met her darling wee daughter Ellie a wee while ago and got to take her home. It was special following their story. Thank you LINDA, FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.
Today: kids to school, then I am going to tackle the presents and get wrapping! OOOO what fun.... really!
But before that..... I have a few more jobs (shopping) to do in town.... later....
I have done almost all my Christmas shopping!
I have wrapped all the presents, WITHOUT having a major hissy fit.
I have caught up on all my favourite blogs.
I am feeling bloody tired now!
AND........ I put up the bloody Christmas Tree last night.... after vowing I WOULD NOT!!! Hell, seems I have caught the darn Christmas bug. Bugger it. lol
End of Day: very productive, and resolved a few more issues with Me and Stew... all is good.
NSV: Well I did have some lovely home made fruit salad again... but I added icing sugar (hanging head in shame) ! nite nite.
Posted by Chris H at 8:41 AM
Monday, December 17, 2007
Posted by Chris H at 6:25 AM
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Posted by Chris H at 7:16 AM
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Posted by Chris H at 6:33 AM
Friday, December 14, 2007
There is only so much a person can take without bursting a Fu Fu Valve eh? Well last night I lost it over a teenager again.... ended up taking myself off to Janene's for a while to cool down. Thank god for friends is all I can say!
Am still stewing over last night's issue, but will not go into details cos I am too upset really. Suffice to say it was the final straw for me, with all that is going on right now I did not need any more upsets.
Telecom are coming today to try and find out why our internet connection keeps cutting out... god help them if they piss me off cos I'm likely, in my present mood, to throttle the technician ! LOL.
Another good thing, I have lost my appetite... shit hot.
- telecom guy has been at our house for 2 hours, can't find the fault yet
- I am at Starbucks using a Telecom Hotspot
- I almost packed up Brylee and Griffin today and left Stew
- Being told by Stew that he would leave me if I kicked Mike out did not go down too well.
Things are very tense at the moment, don't know what will happen. STESS LEVELS ARE GOING OUT THE WINDOW.
So, Mike is now not going to do the Physiotherapy course in Auckland, he is not going to Auckland at all.... he's staying here in Palmerston North.... this was told to Stew yesterday, 1 day before we paid the $7,000 to the University in Auckland for his accommodation! I WAS SO PROUD of him, now I am just guttered. And trust Stew to 'side' with one of his kids.... never mind that in 5 years I just know Mike is going to regret this decision
Posted by Chris H at 6:51 AM
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Kids to school, go have another blood test.... ring Dr for ECG results.... do a bit of RETAIL THEREAPY.... then I really need to do some housework ! AND read about 200 blogs!
Stew has done a fantastic job of keeping things going at home, but I'm such a fussy tart ... I won't be happy until I've cleaned the house from top to bottom myself! I am my own worst enemy I know!
PLUS Izzy needs a walk, and I want to get some serious exercise in today too. AND work on eating right.... such a lot to achieve today....
STEVE.... if you are reading this... ya shit - bring back my bedroom laptop.... how the hell can I sit up in bed and do my morning update and sip me latte when you have nicked me bloody laptop !
Been out all morning, running around like a blue arse chook... got lots done though. It bloody hot and humid too, does not help one's mood at all. My blood test stung like mad today, but I was brave and only bitched for about 5 minutes! LOL
Got a few more Xmas presents sorted..... got heaps of salad shit to eat... going to make Tabouleh (sp?).... need to find some fresh mint now.
The internet keeps stopping here too, driving me nuts it is!
I just had a hissy fit at Telecom... our internet connection has been 100 times worse today! I am fuming... what the fuck am I paying for???? They are getting a technician "on to it" tomorrow! Friggin WONDERFUL.... in the meantime, I come and go....
I have been fantastic with my food so far today, using Diet Coke as a crutch, but hey, I ain't over eating! I'm starving, we are having steak and salad for dinner.... I will be having NO CARBS either. I had a sandwich for lunch and that is all... I am feeling quite proud of myself... I hope I can continue it tomorrow!
DINNER: Steak, lettuce salad, taboulie (sp?), Broccoli and feta salad with greek yogurt, an egg and some seeds. YUM. Doing good eh?
End of Day: I done good! Got lots accomplished, but still have not unpacked my bags! Can't take Izzy out walking either, she has decided now is a good time to have her "monthly"!
NSV: Lots today! Really chuffed with myself I am. nite nite.
Posted by Chris H at 7:15 AM
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Posted by Chris H at 7:41 AM
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Posted by Chris H at 8:19 AM
Monday, December 10, 2007
Posted by Chris H at 8:38 AM
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Sunday 10 pm... went out with an agent.. looked at half a dozen houses... starting to feel depressed already!
I don't think I am going to find my "dream house" here for the money I can afford.... hell's bells everything is tiny and soooo very expensive.
I think I want to pick my Palmerston North house up and bring it with me! Anyone got a REALLY big trailer??? LOL. I have not seen anything yet worth considering at all..... onward....
Lunch time.... might just need something nice to perk me up!
Well overall an interesting day, very "eye opening" for me! My money is not going to get me much up here.... but that's how it goes I guess.
End of Day: it's rained all day, even been cool! I have been ever so good with my diet... my Aunty only has small meals! Though, we did have fruit and ice cream tonight.... yummy.
NSV: havn't been able to get out to the shops and go nuts and eat shit! This is GOOD. nite nite.
Posted by Chris H at 12:27 PM
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Right, I'm off to Auckland, don't expect to hear from me for a day or two, unless I can access hotspots or someone's computer.
Wish me luck finding some decent houses to consider!
This is more a "find the right area" mission though... if I do find "the house" I may have to put a "conditional offer" on it.... like there is on our house.
Bye for now.
I'm in Auckland... The Big Smoke.... the Mad House.... Jaffa Land... you name it... I'm here!
Already been for a drive around my Aunt's area, lots of houses for sale, a gorgeous area it is too! It has an almost brand new area school, Decile 10 (the best) so am hoping to find something here!
On my way up I stopped in Hamilton and dispensed Xmas presents to two daughters... Daughter No# 3's belly is getting bigger! She's 26 weeks now, oooo it's getting exciting! I am hoping to be with her for the birth... I got invited today! I am so wrapt about that, you have no idea!
What else? Not much, I'm kinda tired from the trip, it took me almost 9 hours to get here... with a 30 minute stop in Taupo and an hour in Hamilton. Me bum is killing me from sitting all day!
End of Day: Bit different from the last week for sure... NO KIDS OR TEENAGERS TO DEAL WITH...... Phew!
NSV: spot on with the food.... no exercise though! Does driving count... me thinks not. LOL. nite nite.
Posted by Chris H at 7:31 AM
Friday, December 07, 2007
Posted by Chris H at 6:08 AM
Thursday, December 06, 2007
I am feeling really positive about today, I will get it right... I will do my last day at the Hospice Shop, maybe I will buy something, maybe not....
Only *1* more sleep till Stew comes home, and I am going to turn right around and bugger off to Auckland myself!!! How sad is that? But, it is for a good reason, we do not want to get caught out with our home sold and nowhere to go!
My Aunty knows Auckland very well and can steer us in the right areas.... she lives in the general area where we want to be too, so it's great. For you Aucklanders and others who worry about us living in South Auckland, we are looking in The Gardens area and similar areas like that, not the 'grotty' areas!
Here is Griffin, his Teddies and our CHRISTMAS TREE ! Isn't it pretty? ha ha ha. No clutter!
Today's purchases: Another tray, a cute skirt and two nice shirts....and..
HOW could I resist!!! It's a boat, a wooden funky wee boat.... and I love it! Buggered if I know where I will put it, but I just couldn't leave it there could I? More useless clutter I know, I know.
I might just be chuckking Mike out of this house tonight...he is a lazy inconsiderate little bastard... and that is all there is to it. I HAVE HAD IT WITH USELESS BLOODY TEENAGERS WHO TAKE EVERYTHING FOR GRANTED.
I think I'm having a mini meltdown, my temper is rising, my wick is getting short... don't think I am coping well with all this shit.
I have Screamed at him, slammed a door, huffed and puffed, demanded he leave my house..... and the little shit hasn't left! He's upstairs playing on his computer with his friend Ben ! NOW WHAT?
Posted by Chris H at 6:52 AM
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Posted by Chris H at 7:17 AM
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Posted by Chris H at 6:39 AM
Monday, December 03, 2007
1st thing today... take Stew out to the Airport to catch his 8.20am flight to Auckland... he's home on Friday night. Booo hooo.
"Roderick" the chook at Moxie's having a muffin... something Stew OFTEN got himself for morning tea...
Roderick the Chook in Stew's wardrobe amongst his ties, in his Union Jack shoes and doing "I have no idea" on his knees!
Roderick the Chook outside the Panel Beaters, where Stew's new Toyota spent most of it's first few months!!!!
OH!!! Forgot to mention.... I am having some guests for dinner tonight.... Anne and Bloss from Australia, another blogger to meet! Also coming is Anne and Peter from Palmy and hopefully Janene. Stew would have loved to be here... but alas work calls.
The ECG went well, I did not have to flash me boobs, this is good! No results.. they are being sent to my GP, but I'm sure they were fine.
Open Home yesterday, slow, only 2 groups through. No change on our situation.
Been getting dinner sorted, have it in hand so can relax for now. Yaaa!
End of Day: Fantastic get together with Anne/Peter, Anne/Bloss (who does have a 'real' name!).... dinner was devine, company was excellent, conversation flowed no problems .... and it was nite nite at 10.30pm.
NSV: O errrr... NONE! Had a few drinks, a good dinner and hot apple pie for desert! Photos to come tomorrow, to tired now! nite nite.
Posted by Chris H at 6:30 AM
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Quiet looking forward to today, even though we still have to do Open Homes, it is comforting to know we do have a contract on the house. It would be FANTASTIC if someone turned up today with CASH and made an offer, but really I want that lovely wee family to have my house!
The kids are both starting to feel much better I reckon, last night they drove me nuts with their noise ... lucky for us Steve and Lisa are having them this afternoon while Stew and I go to his "farewell party"... MUST remember to take my camera and take lots of photos.
Righty ho, I suppose I better get outta bed and get this house sorted, kids fed, bla bla bla! later...
3 Toilets, 3 showers, 2 baths, 6 bedrooms, a rumpus room, a kitchen, dining room and lounge - all done. Dog off to friends for the afternoon, kids off with Uncle Steve, us off to PARTY.... and relax! BRING IT ON.... I am exhausted. It's a stinking hot day too, so the party is at a beach... hmmmm might end up in the water even..... wet t-shirt photos???? *snigger*
Posted by Chris H at 7:39 AM
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Posted by Chris H at 6:40 AM