ysabet_the_red: (laugh)
Just when everything was going right .... neck pain and such aren't letting me sleep. Painkillers taken, waiting for them to kick in.

Oh well. C'est la vie. I have stuff to post about anyway.

So.

Diet news: I have managed to purposely misplace another kilo, so I'm down to 63kg (that's from 72kg in late October). I wore my knee-high boots yesterday, because I could zip them up easily - first time *that's* happened in a while. Carrying my laptop to and from the office is getting easier too - I had to stop and check to make sure I actually had my laptop today, because my bag didn't feel heavy enough. I must be getting stronger or something.

On a related note, I've actually started feeling full and not-hungry after meals. That may not sound like a big deal, but it's a lifetime first for me. Up until the last couple of weeks, I have felt hungry all the time. Even right after a huge meal. All the time. Since I can remember. That dieting advice 'only eat when you're hungry'? Yeah. That's how I got up to 90kg a few years back. And since the way I feel hunger is to feel nauseous, and eating is the only thing that will settle it down ... dieting is somewhat of a challenge on many levels, really, and at the same time, simply an exaggeration of what happens every day. Oddly enough, I've never really been an emotional or boredom eater - sure, I'll have a bowl of icecream, a chocolate bar, or a cup of sweet tea when I'm upset, but it's rarely to the point of eating a whole packet of timtams, for instance. There have been notable exceptions. It is a really weird feeling to feel full or overfull after a meal, and not desire to eat more. For hours. And it doesn't have to be a buffet or anything - just a small meal. Really weird. A good feeling - just ... weird.

I've taken out a short-term gym membership at Zest. I've been going to classes and the like - BodyJam and BodyStep so far, and I'm looking at doing BodyPump too - it's supposed to be really good for bone density, which is an ongoing concern of mine (http://lesmills.com). The classes are fun, but as with any new activity, there's a bit of a learning curve. Fortunately, they've just released new routines, so I don't look totally uncoordinated - it's new to everyone. Yay for non-natural balance and coordination. I'd like to be able to go on the Glasshouse Mountain Adventure trip being run by uqsport (http://www.uqsport.uq.edu.au). The trip is at the beginning of May, and involves a day of hiking to the top of one Glasshouse mountain, and on the following day, doing a heap of rockclimbing and abseiling. I don't know if I will be fit enough by then, but I'm going to try my damndest. Which is my my Lenten sacrifice this year is to give up an hour a day and exercise. Religion has its uses. And speaking of things religious...

This weekend is going to be interesting. Steve and I are going on Scripture Union Camp Leaders Weekend. It's basically a weekend where we do the required training to be leaders, meet new leaders, that sort of thing. We haven't done one before, despite having been on the Director's training weekends since about 2001. Eh. Nothing like doing things in reverse order to confuse people.

Steve and I may have found a church, nearby us. It's Anglican, so shouldn't freak me out too much, and the minister seems intelligent, with well-thought-through sermons, and a sense of humor. And none of that stuff that so bothered me about AoG church - specifically the secondary sermon every blasted week about how those that give will be blessed etc. I don't mind putting on the collection plate - but being given a guilt trip every week about it gets me mad. >:( This new church doesn't do that. Yay!

Next weekend is St Patricks' Day. I plan to wear a green shirt and get free whiskey from people in irish bars. I found the perfect shirt in DJs on the weekend - pity it was $100. Of course, I also found a jacket that was just absolutely everything I could want in a jacket - soft leather, purple, fitted and flattering. The pricetag on that one, however, was $900. Needless to say, it's still in the store's possession. One day I will be able to afford that without looking at the price tag. One day.

Hmm, what else has been happening? Oh yeah. Work.

My boss walked into my office ... last week sometime? and announced "You're going to Hawaii in April." I was a little startled. So, apparently, I am going to Hawaii. Leaving on the 1st, returning on the 9th. For this: http://www.aces.org.au/ . Check out the list of past papers - I feel a little out of my league. I will be meeting world leaders in the field which I seem to be specialising in. OMG *awe*. *cough* *mutterevenifthesoftwareisaloadofpoorlywrittencrapmutter* ahem.

Other work stuff - I've been invited to apply for a scholarship to go to this: http://www.dma.unina.it/~murli/ISSGC06/
There's only one catch - I need to be enrolled in a research higher degree. Well, okay, two catches. That runs over the period where our lease expires. So I would come back to a house different to the one I left. So I'm considering fast-tracking my Phd application - I was going to start it in June-ish anyway, may as well start a month or two early. I need to talk to an academic advisor or something, though. Hmm. Might do that thursday.

I think that covers just about everything. Now, if I'd been sensible, I would have done a load of washing and used this time more productively. Oh well, I don't think I can be expected to think of such things this early in the morning. I have to be up in 3ish hours, so I think I'm going to go try garner what sleep I may...
ysabet_the_red: (pensive)
So. Mondayitis.

The weekend was good. Steve and I tried to go jogging on Saturday, but I discovered my sports bra wasn't suitable. So I got a new one, for 30% off. yay me.

I spent most of the rest of saturday throwing out clothes. I now have (approximately) 160 litres of clothes to donate. Measured in litres because it's in two different-sized garbage bags, and I really wasn't keeping a record of exactly what went into them. Now, it is possible to put all my clothes away. Every last item. And I will be able to buy my own clothes this coming winter! I will have a reason to buy my own clothes for a change, due to not having enough. This is rather major for me.

That took up most of Saturday. So then it was Sunday.

Sunday we slept in a bit. Once we got up, I pottered around the house, cleaning up a bit. Our new landlord was going to coe visit, have a chat, that sort of thing, so I was trying to get at least some of the public areas in reasonable condition. After a while of that, I got bored, and with stephen's help, decided to make a cake.

We went down to the shops and tried to buy ingredients. According to the woolworths employee in the fruit section, we're out of lemons. This sucked, as I wanted to make a lemon cake. After some thought, it was decided to make an orange poppyseed cake instead, since I've done that one often enough to remember most of the ingredients.

..Most of them.

We got home, I looked up the recipe, and lo and behold, I'd forgotten a couple of things. Steve mowed the lawn and then had a shower before being a darling and ducking out to get what I forgot. During this, I cleaned out my pantry, fridge, bakingware and plastics cubpoards, throwing stuff out and tidying stuff up. I also got all the ingredients ready to go, so that when steve got back home (incidentally just after it started bucketing down), it was all ready to go. I creamed, mixed and combined, and popped the cake in the oven a few minutes before the landlord arrived. We had a nice chat.

A bit later on, the cake was cooked, and we'd recieved a dinner invitation. Once the cake was topped and cooling, steve and I went to park road for a coffee and then dinner with some lovely company (hi sarah!).

Then we went home, and had an early night's sleep. Which brings me to today.

My mood is very mixed at the moment.

Steve and I went jogging this morning, with new equipment. We're trying this: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml which is a program for easing into running. I was proud of myself for getting though the first workout. Hey, you never know, I may as yet get fit.

Right now, however, I feel kind of stressed. Work is a bit nuts at the moment (why, I don't know) and I'm going away next week to talk at OSDC, a talk which is as yet unwritten.

There's this grid stuff to do, a talk to write, and a few miscellaneous problems hither and yon to fix. I am a little tense, in much the same way as sunshine at midday in summer can be a little warm.

To top it all off, UQ stuffed up my reimbursment for my trip to Perth, so I'm quite a few hundred dollars short at a time when the car rego and insurance is due. We'll squeak by, and by the time the money comes in it will be a nice christmas present, but it's just another little thing I didn't want to have to deal with.

*sigh*

I've got Yoga tommorrow. And orange poppyseed cake. Life can't be that bad.

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