I have been saying for ages that I really must get out and do something with my camera before I go on holidays. There is no point in taking the digital SLR and multiple lenses with me if I am so rusty that I take atrocious pictures. But like many things I keep putting it off. So this morning I set off for an old place, an old favourite. The Mt Coot-tha botanic Gardens. I know that if I go there with camera in hand I am bound to find inspiration. Which I did. There is always something in bloom, no matter what the time of year. Today it was camelias and banksias. I love a good banksia. I’d love to have some in my garden, but most of them don’t do well on clay soil. They’re hard to photograph though. Mostly because they are so untidy. The bits going everywhere create problems with depth of field, and focusing.
I stopped off on the way home and went to the movies. So thinking that I hadn’t gone somewhere new this week, I decided to go to gold class. Which I have never done before. So I managed an old place and a new place in one day. I don’t know that it was worth the extra money though. It was nice, but I don’t know that it was $39 worth of nice. Not to mention the amount I spent on food.
Other goals are going well.
I haven’t been doing a lot of sewing, but I have got a lot of hand quilting done on the quilt I think I am going to take to England.
I have actually been writing again. I was struggling because I had run out of ideas about what happens next. I decided that I would read over what I had done and add more detail. I have been finding plenty of places where more was needed, so that should keep me out of mischief for a while until I can decide where to go with it.
I lost a kilo and a 1/2 this week. Though one of those kilos is probably the one I put on last week. But all up pretty good considering I have only really been trying since Wednesday. Most of it I put down to exercise. I have these hideous trees with bright orange berries and my neighbour was complaining because they attract bats into the garden, which are pooping in her water tank. So I had a fairly severe tree chopping session yesterday and today and chopped off all the branches with berries that are along the fence line. I didn’t really mind doing it because I want to take those trees out eventually anyway (they are hideous and sprout up little seedlings everywhere). However, my back garden is now full of chopped off branches which I need to find some way to get rid of and when I was finished today I found these tiny bird eggs on the ground. There must have been a nest in the tree which I didn’t notice. So, now I am feeling ever so slightly like a bird murderer.
Sorry, that ended up kind of long. Will finish up with some pictures of the gardens.
I have had some reasons recently, which I won’t go into, to contemplate the topic of self-delusion. It made me think a little more than usual about how honest I am with myself. One glaringly obvious example of denial is the fact that over the last couple of weeks I have gotten into the rather bad habit of skipping days where I track my points, particularly on those days where I know I am way over. Which is kind of crazy especially when you consider that I am paying Weight Watchers for the use of the tracker, though probably no crazier than the thousand of gym memberships people have and never use. So this week I set myself the task of actually recording everything, no matter how bad it was, and it was bad (there was a work dinner and flurry of morning teas). I ended up with -97 points. Which is fairly atrocious, and not surprisingly I put on a kilo. And I actually think that being honest helps. Seeing those negative points add up has over the last couple of days caused me to be a lot more restrained, and I think will help going forward.
In other news –
- the sewing machine is back from the repair person, with a new tension unit, and is sewing beautiful. I managed to finish two quilt tops today.
- Thanks to the work dinner, and a walk this morning where I stopped in at a strange newsagent I am now up to 20 places I haven’t been before.
- The writing – not so good, but I have run out of free turns of plants vs zombies so perhaps my run on procrastination will come to an end.
This top just needed some borders putting on
Still not sure whether this one works or not, though it looks a lot better in real life than it does in the photo
I have been really struggling the last couple of weeks to make any progress on my goals. I think I had one new place visited and that is about it. But my healthy eating was completely out the window, and I got distracted by a new computer game, and not a lot else was getting done, except a little bit of hand quilting on my quilt for England.
I gave myself till Friday to get over it, regroup and recommit myself to my goals. I also developed a set of sub-goals, mini targets on the way to my big goals, which I am going to try to get to before I go on holiday in August. Today is the first day of the new regime, and so far I have been doing alright. I got up fairly early and made myself a semi-healthy lunch to take with me to my quilt group meeting. Since the things I really struggle with are snacks and breakfast, I bundled up all my snacks and breakfast foods into single portions and have them sitting in the fridge ready to go. I even did all my house work and took my sewing machine in to be repaired. And (yes there is more) when I got back from my group meeting I mowed the bits of lawn that needed mowing (counts as exercise). I feel like I am on a roll now, I just need to keep it up. Especially since it is a long weekend, there is loads more I can get done.