… 52 resolutions.

Bronze God

Well still nothing intelligent to say… just more cute boys.

In the time between writing and posting about the Olympics in my last post, Hamilton Sabot won a bronze medal!

Lucky medal

He won the bronze for the mens parallel bars. It was a great effort and such a thrill to watch. If I was that excited I can’t imagine how amazing it must have been for him. It was so great to see at the medal ceremony just how happy and excited he was. A grin only to be rivaled by the Cheshire cat.

A happy boy

A happy cat (source)

Throughout the gymnastics competition there have been a lot of unlikely winners in the silver and bronze medals which I think really is inspiring. To just make the Olympic team must be the realisation of a life long dream for many of these athletes. Then to make a final, which would be considered a personal best, must feel like winning in itself. There’s not  much more you can really ask for than to do the best you ever have. When this results in a medal, particularly for someone not expected to medal, I think it really is something special. To me it is a reminder that regular people do amazing things all the time. Anything is possible.

                                                      

Anyone get the feeling I get distracted easily? Well it is the Olympics after all.

Of course it all started with the opening ceremony, which thanks to our new myFreeview recorder, I watched over a weekend. It was nice as I had time to form opinions on uniforms and didn’t feel rushed. I could still read and go to the gym and even fitted in some housework.

I enjoyed the ceremony, although it seemed to be very different to what we are used to… almost dark in subject matter. Rather than a “children are the future” message it was lead by the talented Kenneth Branagh. I on heard a lot of mumbling on facebook about it being boring, but I didn’t think so. I guess for some if it’s not flashy and tacky it’s not interesting. A symptom of an instant gratification society? But the most important part of the games is the teams… and for me it’s what they wear in the ceremony. I don’t care about the fuss there has been about the USA uniforms, how they are weird and made in China. I think they were ok and we should all support local but I’m aware in my wardrobe there is not many, if any, NZ made so I will pass no judgement.

Kenneth Branagh

My most favourite of all was Bulgaria. 

Everyone seems to want to bag out the check but to be honest I love it and am considering if it’s a look I could rock?

I LOVE the check!

Germany was cute with the pink for girls, blue for boys deal.

Pink = Girl

Boy = Blue

Jammacia just looked out and out cool.

As for the Czech Republic… I’m still so very confused by the gumboots and shorts combo.

Moving on from the opening there is the sport itself. Our recorder is filled with gymnastics, trampoline, men’s syncro diving and womans boxing selected by me… Frosty has gone for an assortment of triathlon and cycling. I’ve also set to record BMX and mountain biking.

Like with any Olympics it was just a matter of time till I developed some level of crush on a gymnast. Many of my friends will remember the ’96 Atlanta games and my obsession with Alexei Nemov. *swoon

Golden boy Alexei

Because I can

This games the boy that I think is rather dashing is Hamilton Sabot of France. Not obsessive, stalker proportions but still he has my attention.

Well I’m going to watch some more games coverage. Hopefully I will have something my intelligent to share in the near future rather than vague ramblings of clothing and cute boys. And before I forget I have managed to finish reading 5 books!! Progress!

Well as you already know I took an unexpected break from the blog due to a crazy busy time… guess you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to work out that I also let some of my resolutions slide too. However I still kept some things up and even ticked some things off my list. It has been awhile so if you need reminding of my resolutions they are here.

Daily

Plastic bags                                              12/0                            0%

2l Water                                                     75%                           75%

Weekly/fortnightly

Blogging 3x per week                                 7/60                           12%

Marathon training                                      15/60                           25%

Sew Weekly                                              0/20                             0%

RAK card                                                   5/10                           50%

Wear a dress                                             34/20                            100%

Monthly/Bi-monthly

Bike ride                                                     1/5                             20%

Dinner guests                                           7/5                              100%

Read a book                                            still in progress                0%

Enter challenge                                              3/5                       60%

(one of these I missed submiting by 15mins but I had done it so I think that’s worth some credit) 

Girls night out                                              1/3                                  34%

New recipe                                                 2/5                               40%

New movie                                                 8/5                               100%

Somewhere new                                       5/5                             100%

Clean Polly                                                 0/5                               0%

Scrapbook page                                        0/5                                0%

Other

Gallery/museum                                      0/6                                 0%

Year of cards                                           FAIL                             0%

Visit zoo or animal park                          2/1                               100%

Get passport                                              1/1                                100%

31 assorted others                                  0/31                             0%

Total average score: 42%

Year To Date: 44%

I’m actually quite suprised that is isn’t lower. I guess that means that there are things I have managed to make habits so I’m now doing them without thinking. There has been a total fail on the card front and there are a few on the list that seem like the longer I wait the less likely I am going to able to achieve them. But hey I’m still trying so thats a start right? Points for effort?

I also feel like I think like a blogger. I see things and read things and think “ooo I should write about this, or I could take a photo of that” but at the same time I still feel awkward about taking photos that are just for blog reasons. I feel self concious about it. I’m a generally shy person and for some reason put way too much weight into peoples opinions of me. It doesn’t even matter who they are, if I know them or not. It is something I have done for a really long time and it’s something I would like to stop doing but that will come with time. A work in progress you could say.

I’m Back!!!

Well folks I’m back. After an unscheduled blogging break I’m back. It would seem life all of a sudden got very busy, filled with birthdays, funerals, graduations and overseas travel. Talk about busy stuff. I could have blogged in that time I guess but I felt that I wouldn’t have really had the time to do a good job so it went on the back burner, with a lot of other things. I figured there was no real point in over doing things as life was stressful enough as it was and too much of burning the candle at both ends is not good for me. A lot of people don’t realise but I was diagnosed with ME/CFS in 1994.

 

I did it!

 

This diagnosis means different things for different people as it seems to be used as a blanket diagnosis for a range of problems. For me it means I struggle with energy levels and am always tired but have major issues with sleeping. Brain fog is the other symptom I have a lot of problems with. I get forgetful and at times find it hard to think. On bad days I will forget what I’m saying mid sentence. I have gotten good at talking in circles, untill the thought  comes back, to cover up what is happening. I’m sure there are a lot of people who have met me that think I am pretty odd and scatter brained, or even the classic dizzy blonde, because of this. There are other issues that come with ME/CFS that affect me but these are the 2 that have the biggest impact on my life. These I struggle with on a daily basis and although I have learnt how to cope with these over the years, they are still a problem. I am also aware that there are people out there that aren’t as lucky as I am as I have long stable periods between relapses. I generally don’t tell people about my ME/CFS as it is so hard to explain and that there is a lot of stigma and controversy around it (even in the medical community). Enough of the boring stuff and more of the good stuff….

With the proud husband

I graduated in March. It was such a great way to finish off my studies. It was definitely not the easiest of things to do but,… I DID IT! Making the decision to go back to school, and do it while trying to work, have a life and keep paying the mortgage and other bills, looking back was a crazy idea but I’m so glad I did. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, close friends and, of course my number 1 cheerleader, my husband. I also made some amazing friends when studying and they were also great support. I was fortunate enough to see my little (step) brother graduate at the same ceremony. There were crazy winds the afternoon of the ceremony which made for difficult photography conditions. It was a great day overall and I am so proud to be able to say I’ve been there and done that.

Windy photo conditions

With little bro and our better halves.

JAI 107 Challenge

The challenge at Just Add Ink this week is to just add Nikki Spencer. Check out her beautiful creations here.

This is what I came up with… (sorry about the lack of details… I went to the movies and have once again run out of time. Promise I’ll update and fill you all in tomorrow)

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Happy Anniversary!

10 years today since I met you.

 

Jess and Frosty

Young love, at the beginning.

 

6 years today since I married you.

Jess and Frostys wedding

On our wedding day

But today is the day I love you even more.

Jess and Frosty

A more current version of us.

Here’s to many more happy years together, Happy Anniversary Frosty!

Ginger moments

The new recipe I tried out this month was Ginger moments.

Ginger moments

When the book guy brings in his special deals to work there are always several things that tempt me. A couple of weeks ago there was a book that after flicking through it I just knew I had to have. Robyn Martin’s Quick and Easy Cupcakes, Slices, Macaroons, Biscuits, Cakes and More. You can find it for sale here.

 I had 2 different birthday functions to attend that needed me to bring a little something so I picked ginger moments. They are a cross between a ginger kiss and a melting moment. Both of these things are high up on my list of favourites so I had to give it a go. And as a bonus you only need one pot to make the cookie part. I did have a small hiccup with the first batch, I set the timer wrong and they came out a little over done. But still totally edible just more like a ginger nut. So for the second batch I carefully set the timer and still managed to over cook them. I think it might be my oven. Again good flavour and the butter and lemon curd filling helped to soften them. They went down rather nicely with a cup of tea and board games. (I’m not just saying that because I won one of the games either.)

Ginger moments close up

I know exactly what to do next time I make them. I will make them again because they were yummy and I won’t be happy till I feel like I have done them justice. I will also make them again as the birthday boy for the second gathering mucked up his flights from Christchurch and never got to try them.

While we are on the topic of ginger I must point out that I am quite fond of it. Ginger food, ginger cats and even ginger men. (Funny that I didn’t marry one though. So in the blogging spirit of over sharing I thought I would share my top 5 ginger crushes.

5. Seth Green

Seth Green

Seth Green via poptower.com

Very funny and a collection of geeky collectibles to die for.

4. Nate Mendel.

Nate Mendel Foo Fighters

Nate Mendel via lastfm.com

Foo Fighters! Need I say anymore?

3. Max Martini

Max Martini

Max Martini via tvloop.com

I got totally hooked on the tv series The Unit a while back. Only thing better than a spunky ginge is a spunky ginge in uniform.

2. Prince Harry.

Prince Harry via thesun.co.uk

Second in line to the throne after Prince William and second on my list. I wouldn’t care about not being Queen if it ment I nabbed the cute one. Kate can keep William. haha. Didn’t Harry look cute in his uniform at the royal wedding too?

1. Damian Lewis.

Damian Lewis

Damian Lewis

I think this is the one that sparked of the realization that I had a thing for ginger men. Band of Brothers is where I first discovered him. Again another uniform (3 makes a trend) but he looked pretty buff in Your Highness and I am loving the new series Homeland on tv at the moment.

Well there you have it. A recipe and too much info. So sorry for my lack of blogging in the past week. I promise it wont be so long till the next post. I’ll leave you with my favourite ginger man in my life, Goose.

Goose chilling

My boy Goose hanging out on the deck