Thursday, 15 January 2015

Got boobs?

Very very very proudly at 14 months breastfeeding now!  Go Memmy!

Monday, 12 January 2015

98. Get a haircut that is a big change from what it was

58. No caffeinated soft drink for one month

For the month of October I didn't have coke/pepsi/caffeinated soft drink.
Thankfully I didn't have any of the expected withdrawals, but I actually LIKE the taste of Pepsi Max and I missed it.  So whilst I stopped for that month and completed it (actually 6 weeks), it was pointless because I am drinking it again!  

53. Go to the pool once a week for a month

In honesty, I didn't think I'd get this one ticked off.
I hate to swim.  I hate to wear togs.  This one was going to require me to actually SHOP for a swimsuit and I hate that more than probably anything. Cheers to Kmart for my cheap, boring, black all in one and some comfy baggy swimming shorts.  Probably not a good look, but meh - at least I know well enough not to wear a bikini, right!?

Anywho... I went to the doctor who tsk tsked me about my weight, refused to help me control my PCOS symptoms until I tried something else in terms of exercise.  So I decided to do aqua-aerobics.

Turns out aqua-aerobics is one of my favourite things ever.  And thanks to the Live Well Logan program put in place by Logan City Council I got to do it for a whopping $3 a session.  I'm super disappointed though as it runs from 8am-9am and 100% clashes with school run which now starts earlier due to Zavian starting C&K. Ty's fortnightly RDO means I can at least do it fortnightly though, so I shouldn't complain too much.

I did the program during October and November and it was great.  I surprised myself by actually getting in to a cold swimming pool at 8am - but I always felt SO good afterwards that it was 100% worth it.  Mandy was my aqua buddy, and we were the youngest there by about 40 or 50 years!!!

Try it though!  It's refreshing and fun, and honestly it made me HAPPY.  It's the only form of exercise I have ever enjoyed.  

Roti Bread

I'm lazy.  Butter chicken made from a jar.  Heck I even microwave the rice, because I'll be damned if I can make it without burning it on the stove top.  I even microwave the poppadoms!  Did I mention lazy?
However, I am trying to change!  And that started today.  I made sure I started with something simple - so I made roti!  I used my Bellini, but I could easily do it using a wooden spoon or my regular mixer.

I followed this super simple recipe found on the thermomix recipe communty.  I used a frypan, nothing exciting!  It made 20 pieces of roti which I found was way too much for us for one meal (and that was with 2 extra mouths at the table!)  So half the recipe to make 10.  Alternatively, make the 20 and use them as a sandwich wrap the following day.

Image source: Recipe Community

620g plain flour
50g oil, canola or grapeseed (I used sunflower, it's all I had)
600g boiling water
1/2 teaspoon salt

In your thermomix, bellini etc mix for 6 seconds on Speed 7.   By hand, just mix until it brings the ingredients together.  It will have the texture of playdoh, which is normal.  When a bit cooler to touch, turn out and knead in to a ball.  Cut in to 4 pieces.  Then make 5 balls from each piece.  Roll the balls in to a thin circle (this isn't about perfection, it is safe to say maybe 4 of 20 of mine were "circles").  Heat fry pan to the hottest heat on the element (NO OIL), then add each circle (one at a time).  The take a bugger all time, will be ready when they start to bubble, flip and do the other side.  Yum.

Wish I took a picture but I didn't.  OOPS!  I will update with one next time I make them.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Broken links... noooo

I have quite the task ahead of me and I am frustrated.
A ridiculous number of my images have broken links and I now have to go back and re-add photos to at least 50 entries.  Ugh!  What a time consuming waste of time!  So bare with me as this happens, because it's going to be quite the process.  

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Jump Rope for Heart

81. Donate to an important charity or cause (Completed 15/05/14)

Alexis was the driving force behind this but it really was a family effort.  Jump Rope for Heart came to Lexi's school and she decided to aim big.  She wanted to raise $2500.  I was pessimistic, I won't lie.  I told her (and shame on me really) to aim lower.  So we aimed for $500.  And I'll again be honest, and didn't think even that would happen.  But with a lot of effort from the family as a whole and yes, that did include a donation from us (although that was nothing compared to some donations).

Via online donations mostly, and some cash donations - from people who we knew, to strangers, to A PLANE FULL OF PEOPLE, Lexi raised $4420.  

Some big moments included:
- Alexis and Memphis being in the newspaper
- the flight crew on our flight from Melbourne getting behind Lexi and taking up a collection ($200 in coins!)

- Jump Off Day
- Prizegiving and meeting Happy Heart.

This pic from the Albert & Logan News

Lexi's teacher helps her with some skipping
One of the easier activities at Jump Off Day
Go Lex!
Lexi's facepaint for the Tiger Airways crew that helped her out!
Prizegiving at school
Meeting Happy Heart!!!
Happy Heart and her prizes
Memphis having a hole in his heart was the driving force behind the whole thing.