Well that was exciting…………not

By redpanda On January 15th, 2010

Now sometimes I forget that I need to update this but apart from Tim’s birthday and me being ill nothing has really happened……………

Tim’s Birthday was good……….he liked what we bought him being the important thing and at least he no longer has to bend down to do bike maintenance…………..we did go on what he thought was a 15 mile ride but was actually an 18 mile ride on his birthday on the snow and ice which was fun…………and best of all I did not fall off…………….did have a couple of slightly messy moments when I put my foot down on the ice and nearly went sliding all over the place but managed to stay upright in the end…………..it was better than riding in the mud or sand……….mud is my least favorite surface to ride on especially wet mud as it is so hard to ride through but then dry mud is easy to get caught in the ruts…………………but the more I do it the more I enjoy going out on the bikes………….and hopefully when the weather improves we may venture a bit further afield……………

Being ill has not helped…………I have been to the doctors 4 times in the last two weeks with a headache problem which is driving me completely mad…………and before you guys say anything I know I am more than a little mad…………I have been diagnosed with Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and have to see the ENT people………….this has contributed to the headaches which I now have decent pain killers for…………..they also checked my vision today which is not affecting the problem as is normal…………..well normal for me………..those of you who know me well know that I can only see out of one eye……………I don’t see it as a disability because it is all I have ever known………….anyway I have been told to rest this weekend so will not be cycling but might take the camera out somewhere for a bit………….

The diet is starting to get back on track now that Tim’s birthday is out of the way……….back on the menu planning and other odds and ends that seem to fit in with it all………….though somehow I don’t think cream cakes should figure in it at all…………….and for some reason at the moment I crave chocolate……………I am trying to work out why though…………..and no I am not pregnant……………too old for all that……………

That’s all for now………………back soon with more words of wisdom………………

Christmas…………loved it……….

By redpanda On December 28th, 2009

As I said before this year I was really enthusiastic about Christmas……………and I was not disappointed……..

There was the usual chaos in the run up hampered by the bad weather which of course did not turn to snow……………was fun and I was very well organised for a change…………all the presents wrapped by 9 on Christmas Eve………..everything delivered and collected Christmas Eve…………big food shop done on the Wednesday…………along with some hand delivery cards……………and the great waterproof sock hunt…………………

The day its self was amazing…………….a nice leisurely start to the morning with the kids opening their ‘Santa’ stuff………a beautiful watch and bracelet from him indoors along with some of my favorite music………..Tim did well as did the kids…………..they had loads of stuff and the lounge still looks like a bomb has gone off in it…………Dinner was good though a little late due to the roast potatoes taking longer than planned……………..all very diet friendly…………….and then to my Mum’s for Boxing Day tea…………again all very diet friendly and loads of it…………

Been out for a Bike Ride on Boxing Day too and fell off again…………..and got wet feet……….but it was a route we had not done before and will do again when it has dried out properly………………total ridden 15.1 miles……………also did a 5 mile walk this morning from Burley down the old railway line to Holmsley and stopped at the Old Station House Tea Rooms for Tea and Dorset Apple cake………………

Have been very good with food and not gone too mad with the snacky stuff…………..I prefer savoury to sweet snacks any way……………Pretzels and Twiglets rock and are not bad calorie wise…………..off to be weighed again tonight………

More random mutterings soon…………..

6 Days and counting

By redpanda On December 19th, 2009

Been through all the stuff we have bought for the kids tonight…………..they have got quite a lot from us again this year………….but then we only really spoil them on Christmas and Birthdays any way………….I can’t say what we have got them in case one of them reads this but lets just say it will be a battle over what is on TV…………….or either of the games consoles……………..thought I had lost one of Tim’s presents but I found it again thank goodness……………

I am so looking forward to having a decent amount of time off over Christmas for a change…………8 whole days………..woo hoo…………………Time to get stuff done including teaching the 9 year old to cook………..well that is what he says he wants to do…………will have to try and teach him even though I am not the worlds best cook myself………….not sure what he wants to make but we will see…………….other things will include getting out on the bikes a few times………hopefully for a fly as well if the weather is not too bad and Baiter is not too wet………….you never know……………also try and get the tidying up to scratch as well…………

Not been cycling today………..too cold and I feel a bit bunged up but might try tomorrow……………I am still struggling with hills though…………..I hate going down and struggle going up sometimes especially when I feel bunged up or my knee pops………..still tomorrow should be a fairly flat run if we go over Hurn Forest………..I want to try some other places with not too many hills in them………….sort of off road routes but not too off road………..I think I prefer the trails anyway………..

Still dieting and still slowly losing weight…………..as long as it keeps coming off I don’t mind…………..even going for the low fat Christmas snacks as well this year and very little alcohol………………..I think that is what caused the amount of weight I gained last year………………….so have stopped all together but may have a couple of glasses of wine with Christmas Dinner………………

More ramblings as the week progresses………………..

Its called Christmas you know

By redpanda On December 15th, 2009

Ok so for the last two years I have been very Bah Humbug about it but this year I feel so positive and good about Christmas that I want the whole world to know……………..

I have presents done…………non perishable food bought………..Turkey is in my Mum’s freezer…………so all in all I should be in a position on Christmas Eve to only by the fresh stuff we need………….and to top it all I have the most time off over Christmas this year that I think I have ever had in all my years of working…………….I finish on 22/12 and go back for just one day between then and 04/01……………I am so looking forward to it……………

What I love about Christmas is the sights and the smells………….now they have got rid of that awful cone in Poole town centre and got a real tree I think that Christmas is really almost here………….I love cooking the dinner……….seeing the kids open their presents………..watching TV as a family and there are loads of other things I love as well…………in fact the only thing I hate is wrapping presents because I am not very good at it…………..

On the subject of presents we did our Secret Santa at work today……………..I got a cook book that was written by the spy author Len Deighton……………….who used to be a food writer for the Observer a while back…………..whoever got it knows that although I am on a diet I am very much a foodie……………

Been out cycling at the weekend…………only once though cos the other time Tim let me have a lie in……….only to be disturbed by Ryan telling me where he had gone and Kristie telling me the same but also that she was going to work…………………grrrrr I love lie ins but hate being disturbed………..I managed to surface at about 9.45 about 5 minutes before Tim got back………….

Not a lot else to tell right now………….more soon……………..with Christmas musings…………..

Bullocks……………and a few other things……….

By redpanda On November 7th, 2009

Been a funny sort of week you know……had a touch of this cold/throat bug that is going around and felt right out of it Wednesday and Thursday………..though I did not stop laughing Thursday after I had been told I had caused mayhem on Facebook on Wednesday night (went to bed very early due to feeling rough) by calling one of my colleagues at work male instead of female………………..well I knew the name but not the person at the time but at least I know who she is now…….and to be honest I had spoken to her but did not know her name……………I re read the thread later and had a good laugh over it……………..and it is easy to think that someone called Chris would be a bloke…………

Lost another half pound this week……………have got back into Wii Fit and doing the new exercises is brilliant……………..I want to unlock the next level on Rythmn Kung Fu as that is great fun……………..also like the cycling game and the new jogging section…………..not tried to juggle yet though………..but it also helps your brain as you have to be observant when Jogging and also the new balance tests in the body test as well are one for the body and one for the mind………….

Been out Cycling again today…………but we did not have to take the car as we went over on to Canford Heath and Canford Magna…………………….some really dodgy downhills that I walked or more to the point slid down in some cases and only one or two that I could not get up on the bike…………..some of the paths were really narrow with prickle bushes either side and I nearly got hit in the face by a bramble……………..but best of all…………..I DID NOT FALL OFF……………hang the flags out she got something right……………Oh and discovered on one of the paths that there were 4 Bullocks………………and we had to get off the bikes and tread carefully around them………….I have not been so scared in a long time………………….

Ok think I will go colour my hair again now…………………

IKEA, Pigs, and other stories…………

By redpanda On October 31st, 2009

Ok so lets go back to Wednesday…………nice day so we go out to Burley and decide to do two different runs……………now I am still not very good at hills and really struggled with some of the ones on the first course but absolutely loved the tracks we went down……………and it was going down one of these tracks that we heard this grunting noise…….looked over to see two pink and black pigs eating something in the grass…………it was one of those wish I had a camera moments cos they looked up and then just carried on…………….the good news was that I did not fall off and no puncture either…………….

Thursday……………….I hate the day before pay day…………no money…………….so him indoors decides that we are going to Southampton as he has to work there for the day…………so we get dropped off before the shops open…………..spend two hours wandering round West Quay…………..going in nearly every shop and the Italian market they had there only managing to spend a small amount…………..in John Lewis and M & S………….oh and Waterstones………….my biggest spend was at IKEA…………..I tell you if I was buying a house and starting from scratch I would furnish the place from there………………I love the shop……………the way they show the rooms laid out at the top to give you ideas and the bigger furniture up there too……………..then down to the market hall where all the kitchen stuff and soft furnishings are with loads of other stuff like storage and gifts and things…………..and right down the bottom the take away today stuff and food hall……………now I like the food hall as it does have some unusual things……………trouble is when you are not sure when you are being picked up it makes it difficult to get fresh or frozen things which did look nice………………Had lunch at Harry Ramsdens in West Quay as it had the shortest queue…………..finally got home at about 6 ish……………with a huge bag of shopping……………..and two kids who were knackered but well behaved all day…………even if we did get a lot of I wants…………put it on your Christmas list……………….

Friday……………Eye test and hair cut…………..again out early and got to the hairdressers before they opened……………then went to Poole and had the eye test and was told there is a minimal change to my vision but I could have new glasses if I needed to…………..have decided not to go with that at all……………did a few bits of Christmas shopping and also got Wii Fit Plus as I have the original Wii Fit and could do with some more inspiration to get going on it again……..also got Tim a book on Mountain Bike routes in the UK……………..it meant that I did not get home as early as planned……..did the food shop as usual …………….could have bought some bits to put away and then forgot about it……………

And so on to today………………went cycling……………fell off again…………twice………..once into a holly bush and once into a deep puddle……………….felt very wet and very deflated for the rest of the day………..and then cleaned the bikes off when we got back………..looks nice and sparkly now………….then went to Tesco for the bits we could not get yesterday…………hmmmmmmmm and two tops for me and two for Tim and one for Ryan……………and Kristie’s present……………

Anyway…………..I am now completely knackered and need another week off to recover…………………..zzzzzzzzzzz

Its starting to look good

By redpanda On October 27th, 2009

All this cycling is paying off I think………..been out Saturday, walked with Ryan while he cycled on Sunday, went out again yesterday and today and going again tomorrow……………The down side of today was ending up with a flat front tyre and not being able to cycle back and we would be as far away from the car as you can get at the time it was discovered. So Tim cycled back to the car and drove it round to the car park at the other end of the track whilst Ryan and I walked back…………well Ryan cycled and then went cycling round the virtually empty car park…………and for once I did not fall off………… well I nearly did yesterday but managed to keep control of it quite nicely…………stopped off at the bike shop on the way back and got replacement inner tubes for my bike and changed them over so we can go out tomorrow somewhere different………..not sure where we are going yet though but it will be somewhere out in the New Forest…………

The other good thing with this is its helping me with my weight loss………….lost 4lb this week…………(thanks for all the Facebook comments they made me laugh) and looking towards losing more this week as there is nothing to get in the way…………been trying out some recipes again………….New York Burgers tonight and doing Sweet and Sour Chicken Slimming World Style tomorrow night………….I just hope it works…………..I also tried my first desert which is a low syn value one which is a variation on Eton Mess……………just keep me away from the meringues……..I love them…………..

Not been out with the camera much lately…………….not had time to with all this exercise……………not been kiting either but that has been because either the wind has been wrong or its been chucking it down………..its now the end of the Speedway season and the only other thing I get wrapped up in is music………….bought the Paloma Faith CD which I still need to listen to in full but again have not had the time……………..there are two or three I am going to ask for for Christmas……………..

More ponderings in the week

Just don’t mention Tree Roots

By redpanda On October 24th, 2009

Ok…………after a rather wet morning spent going to the bank and doing some shopping, it dried up enough this afternoon to go out on the bike again…………back up to Hurn Forest and on some of the back tracks again……….now on some of the tracks we have found there are lots of tree roots………………and those of you who read this on a regular basis (and my facebook page) will know that I have a bit of a habit of falling off………….usually in a spectacular style. Well today was no different but this time I caught the edge of a tree root on a slippery path and went flying off the side into a pile of wet leaves…………cue a slightly dented pride and a lot of pain in a rather awkward place not to mention looking muddy and soggy…………..luckily its been quite warm so I dried out quickly………….but I still hurt………..last weeks bruises are now fading………..hope that I don’t get too many more as I am off this week and hoping to get out a bit either cycling or flying…………….

On holiday this week which should be good…………planning loads of  lie ins and going out and about as well as trying to organise a hair cut and an eye test which I get free through work………not sure if I get a concession on the glasses at all as I have a pre-existing condition………..for those who do not know me that well I can only see out of one eye…………I have always had the condition and do not see it as a disability…………I cannot wear contact lenses so have to wear glasses…………….my hair is also way too long right now and I am fed up with having to put it up all the time…

My daughter turned 19 on Friday………….scary thought that you know………….seems like only yesterday we brought her home sometimes…………..what is even more scary is that Ryan is 10 next year……………think I am getting old………………

More waffle in the week…………

A steep hill and a Mountain Bike

By redpanda On October 11th, 2009

It sort of makes you wonder where it could all go wrong but inevitably it did…………now bear in mind it is about 25 years since I rode a push bike let alone a mountain bike and I was forever falling off then.  So we go out in to Hurn Forest………..has a very long gravel track probably about 4 miles long………..follow the track most of the time but then him indoors decides that we are going off road for a bit………….with me so far?  So we follow what appears to be a normal path over to where the boundary fence is and start going along the path by the fence which is narrowish and if not careful you can ground the pedals…………….managed a few small dips and fell off in one and burst out laughing…………still with me? Anyway we get to this rather narrow and steep hill, with a steep run up the other side……so him indoors says to go down it free wheeling…………umm are you serious??????????? Well yes he was………..very serious indeed………..so I attempted it……………and promptly fell off in a big heap and hurt my knee again………..still hurts now…………but he made me get up and do it again which I did and ground to a halt half way down……………..did it the third time but got stuck half way up the other side………….and gave up then……………..

Still I have to laugh cos we went back out there again today and he did exactly the same thing dead opposite where I came off…………………….I have no sympathy at all as he had none for me…………..

We also bought Ryan a BMX bike and took him down to Whitecliff to try it out today. He loved it. I also had fun going over the bike track at Whitecliff Rec. Different and I felt like a big kid again…………….

More random mutterings soon……………….