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…………..

Ok so I am crap at updating………

By redpanda On December 4th, 2009

I am not the best when it comes to writing on a regular basis but having realised it is almost a month since I wrote anything I thought it was about time I did something about it………..

Still cycling found it hard going last weekend but that could be because I felt rough………..still enjoying it and I am not falling off as much but still have big problems with hills which I must overcome………..I just don’t seem to like going down anything too steep…………it scares the living daylights out of me watching Tim go down them sometimes and it really puts me off………….think I have mastered most of the uphill runs we do but do struggle sometimes…………we have a couple of books on cycle routes, one for this area and one that is UK wide…………………..

Still working hard at losing weight………..and it is sort of working……………finding low calorie warm lunches has been fun……….although we have a microwave at work I prefer not to use it so have found some noodle/pasta/cous cous snacks you make in a mug………..and very nice they are too……………I am also planning a Slimming World Christmas menu full of no syn goodies and low syn snacks to have……………….

Still working hard but did take a network day yesterday to finish my pressie shopping………..well almost……….just three secret santa pressies and a big thing for him indoors to get………….the kids stuff is either here or on its way and they are in for a treat…………..I love looking for ideas for them all the time and hopefully they will like what we have chosen……………..

I have a lot more enthusiasm for Christmas this year than I have had for the past few years………….I love cooking dinner on the big day………I love when the tree goes up which happens in the couple of days after the kids break up from school…………..in fact the only thing I hate about Christmas is wrapping the presents……………….it does my head in as I can never do them tidily……………there always seems to be too much paper and one end is always longer than the other…………how can anyone wrap stuff neatly……………Need to get started on the cards this weekend too………Ryan designed one at school and we have had that printed and we now have them to send out..he did say that he thought Santa looked like a devil but I think it looks sweet……………

And I shall leave you with a comment that Ryan made the other day…………

Ryan…Mum I know why we have presents at Christmas…………

Me……Ok and how do you know why………….

Ryan…Because when the Three Kings visited baby Jesus they took him Gold, Frankenstein and Myrrh………….

Cue me collapsing in a fit of hysterics……………….

And on that note………….Good Night…………..