January 09: The things you didn’t read

Although I posted 7 times in January (more than any month since ‘restarting’) there were still some things left too say.

All made up.
Lazily got a make over and the first layout without any copyright infringements (celebrity images) since nearly the beginning. I really enjoy it, I feel like the tone of my posts have changed and I’m putting more effort into them rather than relying on pretty pictures.

Feed me!
Edit: With thanks to Katy my feed now works! YAY

I learned a few things about RSS feeds this month (well… this week) and put a swish little button over there ——> about it. I don’t overly like feeds but I know there are those that do and for some reason my feed is still a bit broken (a feed doesn’t get picked up if you just get readers to look at http://lazily.org not sure why, any suggestions?) but is more fixed than before. Although I say I don’t much like them they have been handy in this hot hot weather we’re having… with one click I see who has updated and then get the hell away from the computer lol

I became four-eyed this month. My eyes have been disintigrating since 2007 but I didn’t do anything about it until now. It amazes me how bright and sharp the world really is.

Health Kick update
Since implementing my health kick I am gradually exercising more and eating less or substituting foods for other foods and eating lower fat. Something is working as I’ve lost just over 3KG (6.6Lbs) and am hoping to continue ๐Ÿ™‚

Feeling uplifted
I feel very positive at the moment. Yes, some days at work I’d love to stab someone in the eye with a fork but the people are quite forgiving – perhaps because they’re prone to frequent moodiness – and although everyone harps on about how damn stressful it is, it’s nothing compared to Teletech. I’m having a lot of fun with 2009 and hope it is my year. My time for opportunities!

Here’s hoping February is just as fun and eventful ๐Ÿ™‚

Shrouded in Controversy

Aussie Aussie Aussie!

Or apparently not.

Today I bask at home in the glory of a 3 day weekend. Although, I’m not having a BBQ which is pretty much tradition for Australia Day but oh well.

Today (ok, yesterday) the Australian of the Year was announced for 2009 and Aboriginal Rights Leader Mick Dodson has been deemed worthy.

I caught an interview with Mick today and his feelings on a ‘national chat’ to determine if January 26 is the right day for Australia Day… inwardly I groaned and thought ‘who cares when it is? Really…?”. The answer is apparently that a lot of people care and have cared for many a year.

I feel like maybe I should have been paying more attention in previous years because apparently there’s been protests and everything but here I am in lala land sweetly oblivious.

Why should the day be changed? Well, 26 1788 was when the first fleeted landed in Australia and to many indigenous people this is considered ‘Invasion Day’ and they don’t see any reason to celebrate.

I have to admit that sometimes I get sick of hearing about the rights indigenous people deserve as the first australians. Then there’s the Stolen Generation and land rights etc. I feel bad it happened but it’s done now, the governments at the time thought they were doing the right thing, they’ve acknowledged they weren’t and that’s that. It’s done, there’s no going back. I feel as though indigenous people should be trying to integrate themselves more with society rather than increasing the gap between aboriginal australians and ‘white’ Australians.

Anyway… swing back on track ๐Ÿ˜€ I looked up the history on Australia Day today and found that it’s always been controversial and there has always been debate on the date chosen and wondered to myself that maybe 26 January is the wrong date. But for me it’s not because of invasion day but more because Australia was not the nation it is now back on that day in 1788. Perhaps it should be changed to Federation Day? (although that is New Years Day and well… I don’t want to lose a public holiday lol) For me though, I think maybe Constitution Day should be the new ‘Australia Day’ because it was when Australia really was recognised as it’s own entity and allowed to govern itself.

Although, when it comes down to it… I don’t much care. If people want to celebrate the country they live in they can do that any day they like. Unfortunately, the people that generally choose Australia Day to do it usually make it race related and push our progress back each year.

So, what is the answer then? *shrug* Beats me.

Health kick start Version โˆž + 1

Yes, it’s that time again. That time where I say “I’m going to lose weight and get fit and be healthy!” and actually put a little bit of effort into it. It is somewhat different to the “I want to lose weight” time of year because I generally am scoffing my face with chocolate when at that time of year (probably around easter… my health kickstart’s always break around easter – M&M mini eggs are just too good!).

So, I hear you ask “why is this time any different?” and good question. Here is my impromptu list:

1. My bathroom scales are not lodged under my bed anymore in an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ kind of way. They sit there, sturdy, in the bathroom and glare at me which gives me the motivation to actually use them. So I have now started a routine of using them while waiting for the hot water to heat up in my shower.

2. My world is vastly different to my other attempts. I no longer work in an unhealthy, over the top stress-wise workplace. There are no vending machines and the only goodies everyone has is from the Turkish takeaway (which generally includes salad) and cakes on birthdays (I do love cake days! hee). I also MOVE in this job, no headsets tying me down.

3. Work and home are close. This is translated as: I walk home from work. YES and the most excellent motivator here is that it takes me the same amount of time to walk as it does to catch the bus because they suck!

4. Colleague encouragement. I guess this could have gone into point 2 but I forgot. At work right now there is a pedometer club/group/party (depending on who you talk too) happening. The challenge is to walk more steps than anyone else! One of the girls had done 7000 by lunch time on Friday… not only is it a fun incentive, it’s amazing to see how much movement actually goes on! I bought my pedometer yesterday and although it was a lazy day (I did go for a walk in the afternoon though) I walked 7000+ steps and found out that my walk in itself is 4000 of those.

So, the only issue to tackle is snacking at home. Right now there is a plethora of goodies sitting in the fridge and all I want to do is gobble them all down! But I haven’t, and although Flake is a most wonderful thing, I turned it down. Which, is DEFINITELY a first for me.

Lastly, what do I want from this? Well, I’d like to be able to go shopping and not be a ‘plus size’ and know that there will be nice things in my size. I’d also love to not have DD/E boobs… I yearn for my C’s of old. I want to be able to go for a ride or a jog or whatever and not feel like I’m about to die! And lastly, I’d like to appreciate healthy food…

… I think I can do it this time! Here’s hoping anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

Give us a try!

… at Degraaassi Junior High.
Josh recently bought a whole heap of Degrassi Junior High plus Degrassi High I think (And the little movie thing) and it’s so laughable. I bet, had I been a little bit older, I’d have loved it in my teens but as it stands I was a little too young for the show.

Anyway, this is the second time I’ve seen a lot of the episodes (having watched it before on DVD) and wow… why did I ever like Joey Jeremiah? He’s such a freaking pain! He gets everyone into trouble and acts like a loser when he’s not! Snake is definitely where the coolness is at ๐Ÿ˜›

It amazes me how ‘blah’ some of the characters are. Spike is a bitch, Kathleen judges everyone, the twins are so boring (until they get mono heehee) and shy girl doesn’t seem overly shy unless it suits the story line.

I can’t believe it was the beginnings of 90210 (apparently Aaron Spelling or Darren Star or some US network or something wanted to buy the show and the Canadians said a big ‘NO!’, Degrassi probably being one of their bigger exports) it actually kind of stuck to its morals (although I never realised why Caitlin couldn’t do anything just ‘because she has Epilepsy’) and I’m not sure anyone ever had a drug problem.. or not for more than 2 episodes anyway ๐Ÿ˜€

Are you old enough to remember it?
Who was your favourite character?

Perfect Produce

Perfect Produce

Ever since I can remember I’ve always wanted to grow my own Strawberries. A family friend used to have them – pretty much abandoned – in the backyard and every time we went there I’d dash to them to see if any were edible.
This year, we decided to try our own and the above picture is the beginnings of some beautiful shiny red strawberries. There’s less than I’d hoped but this is a learning curve and hopefully next time we can work out how to produce more!
One question I have though is, when do you know they’re ripe? I mean they look delicious but I’m not sure they’re ready to eat just yet.

All I’ve been imagining for the past few days is deliciously juicy strawberries in all of my food lol so lets hope the snails don’t devour them first ๐Ÿ™‚