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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

my list

I guess this is a list of things I would love to do in my lifetime. As you can see some are more serious than others! It's rather long, so I will try and double as many as these up as possible. If there's exciting things on your list please share them with me! They might spark some more ideas!


1. Learn sax
*learning
2. Stand on the steps of St. Peters (Aug 2008)
3. Ride in a hot air balloon, preferably linked to number 26. 
4. Send a message in a bottle
5. Get a tattoo (May 2007)
6. Write a book and have it published
7. Put my name on something
8. Grow my own garden
9. Cook and eat something I've grown
10. See the Northern Lights
11. Stand in the Colloseum (Aug 2008)
12. Learn Italian
13. Swim in the ocean (July 2006)
14. See my name in lights
15. Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef
16. Set foot on each of the seven continents
17. Ride an elephant
18. Stand at the top of the Empire Estate Building
19. See New York lit up at Christmas
20. Look up at the ceiling of the Sistine chapel (Aug 2008)
21. Grow my nails.
22. Tread grapes in Tuscany
23. Stand in the poppy fields in Florence
24. Have a family
25. Safari in the Serengeti
26. Sell one my paintings
27. Helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon
28. See the Mona Lisa at The Louvre
29. Gondola ride and kiss under the Sighs bridge.
30. Go to the opera in Milan
31. Attend at least one major sporting event
32. Shower in a waterfall.
33. Make fire!
34. Drive a convertible with the top down and music blaring.
35. Go deep-sea fishing and eat my catch.
36. Watch the sunset over Ayers Rock
37. Photograph an engendered species
38 Walk the Great Wall in China (seven wonders)
39. Fly a kite
40. Sit in a Maclaren F1.
41. Go back to school and study Art history.
42. Climb a mountain
43. Spend time in Paradise, NZ
44. See the Cherry Blossoms around the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC in full bloom
45. Times Square on New Year's Day
46. Bora Bora...:)
47. Stand in the Amazon Rainforest
48 Visit The Uffizi, Florence
49. The Taj Mahal, India
50. See Mount Rushmore
51. Adopt.
52. See Muse in concert
53. See Christ the Redeemer in Rio
54. Spend time in another country to serve not holiday. 
 One day I'll work out how to make this a separate page, with a link in the side bar, so that when I achieve something and need to mark it off I don't have to keep reposting! If you know how to do this I would be muchly grateful for your help!

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

spring cleaning

I'm feeling need for a spring clean everywhere - so over the next few days this blog will have many face lifts...probably only to go back to the original (isn't that always the way!!) I like to change my furniture around very frequently and have very deliberately (to save Matt!) bought stuff for this house that cannot be changed around. Getting itchy feet! So my blog will have to face the brunt of my indecisiveness for now. Apologies if you check in and I confuse you!

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

pancakes...

I made awesome healthy pancakes for breakfast today (the joy of being on Easter holidays!) So must share this recipe. I was very dubious, but so pleasantly surprised. These turned out like American pancakes, not the think version we would normally have. Add more milk/water to thin out further if you want normal shaped pancakes.

  • 1 egg (or 2 egg whites) lightly beaten
  • 1/8 Cup light sunflower oil
  • 1 ¼ Cup no fat milk
  • 1 Cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbs flax seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Dash cinnamon (optional)

Beat the egg/s with the milk and oil. In a separate bowl mix the remaining ingredients.You can either stir the flax seeds in as they are, or grind and then add. Gradually sieve these ingredients, whilst stirring, into the egg/oil/milk mix. 

Grease a plan on the hob, either with a dab of butter or with spray oil. When it is hot enough (add a teaspoon of water, if it disperses into water droplets it is hot enough).  I did about 2 tbsp per pancake. 

I had mine with raspberries and yoghurt. Delicious.

challenges...

All my expectations this year are challenges..otherwise what would be the point!? However no more than expectation number 3....getting fitter. 

I am a complete contradiction. I can be unbelievably productive when I want to be and can achieve more in one day than even I thought possible, baking, planning, cleaning, exercise, quiet time, email catch-up. I like those days, I feel a little like superwoman.  Yet I can be horrendously lazy, in fact shockingly so and always feel guilty about it. Take today for instance...

I woke up at 11 - a complete switch from last weeks not being able to sleep at all and waking up at 4 most mornings. I have done some planning. I have read the paper and had some coffee. I have stared out the window and watched clouds for longer than I care to admit. I haven't ventured out the living room, because if I do I will notice the huge (its truly disgraceful) pile of laundry that needs doing. The bathroom than needs cleaning, the bed that needs stripping and washing, the kitchen.....oh the kitchen. 

Don't get me wrong, its my holiday - I'm going to take things easy and definitely take some days 'out', planned days of resting and not feeling guilty about it. But I need to summon up that productivity in me because its good for me!! But all this is not the most conducive when you are trying to get fit.

Anyway...all this leads to me standing and saying no more! I have never been a naturally sporty person, which had led me to having an average fitness level. But I've come to place when I'm realising God wants me to be all that I can be, spiritually and physically. He designed me for life and I want to do it with vigor and vitality in me. I will be 25 this year and I said to myself that I wanted to be in better physical condition than I had ever been, I know my metabolism will just continue to slow down the older I get. So I'm shaking it up now!

What am I doing about it?

I've changed my diet substantially - not much in content as I like a lot of fresh food anyways and eat a moderated amount of carbs. But I am eating smaller amounts more frequently in order to kick start my poor poor metabolism.

Drinking more water - I'm terrible, I really don't drink enough at all, again not helping my metabolism.

Running - not easy. I have flat feet. But I've always wanted to be a runner - no gym, no sign up fee, just me my kicks and the pavement. Also I'm doing the race for life with some girls from Kerith in honour of my brother and he's continued battle with cancer.I need to get in shape for that! It may only be 5k but I'm terribly unfit.

So I'm off...talking about this encouraged me to get out there. I'm going to keep updating my blog with this - I think it will certainly keep me accountable!