Friday, January 29, 2016

Out and About in Canberra - Murrumbidgee River Corridor

I've been walking! I've (mostly) kept up my good intentions of my last post and have (nearly) done 10,000 steps every day. I think I've only missed a couple, which is pretty good and I'm feeling pretty proud of myself.

Mostly, I have just been getting up early(ish) in the morning (I know, right?) and walking on the paths that criss-cross the many parks of Canberra. But one of my other resolutions this year has been to get out and about more and explore this nation's fine capital and all it has to offer. So, with a quick google of walking tracks in Canberra, we packed up the car and headed...about 10 minutes away from home!

I am embarrassed to admit that after living in Canberra for just shy of two years, I had never been to the Murrumbidgee River Corridor! We are now officially inland, as the Mighty Murrumbidgee starts in the Alps to our south and winds sneakily past Canberra's outskirts, before heading west and eventually joining the Murray River. I had driven over it, but never really explored it.

So this sunny Sunday, we dragged the kids out of the house (but sadly, not the dog, as dogs are not allowed, but that didn't stop others, but we do the right thing) and explored a portion of the 27km long Murrumbidgee Discovery Trail. Well. Blow me down with a feather! This delightful little 4-5km section of relatively flat trail is a delight!

It was a warm-ish afternoon, but not ridiculously hot. Even so, the sound of gurgling river water was very pleasant. 

We were even semi-organised and brought along a bite to eat at the turn-around point of the journey (give me the mother-of-the-year award, right now).

On the way back, we detoured off the track to actually get close to the water. Very pleasant times, indeed!

What's this wet stuff? 

Canberra DOES have "beaches"!!!

And best of all, we got to spend some quality time together (and by quality, I mean not sitting in front of the TV arguing about which Netflix movie to watch). Video Boy exclaimed "we should really do this more often" (well, maybe we would if you got out of bed before 1pm!!!).

Needless to say, I got my 10,000 steps in that day! And I still cannot believe that all this is literally almost on our doorstep! I think next free weekend, we'll head in the other direction and see where that takes us (um, in the other direction, no doubt).

Been out and about where you live lately?
Do you live near a beach or a "beach"?
How good is it to get out of the house and into nature?

Friday, January 15, 2016


I realise New Year's resolutions are supposed to start on New Year's Day, but I was sick (so sick) on New Year's Day, so it took me well over a week to get into the swing of my annual "I'm too fat, I need to lose weight, let's exercise and diet" rigmarole.

Out and about - start made, albeit a few days "late"

I do this every year. It's probably a good thing, right? Because maybe if I didn't, I would never do the whole "diet/exercise" thing and things would end badly.

I told a colleague I needed to lose weight this week, and apart from saying the obligatory "oh no you don't! You look fine!" comment (she is wrong, I DO need to lose weight and I DON'T look 'fine'), she also made the "don't look at it as a diet or exercise, look at it as staying healthy" line.

Hot (and not in a good way)

Maybe she's right on that one. One thing I did resolve this year was to look after ME better. Mentally and physically, although I do know the two are linked.

So, I inherited Hubby's hand-me-down Fitbit (he got a new one because he couldn't read the readout without his glasses on the old one). I'm in that "oh gee, new gadget, this is fun!" phase. I'm hoping it lasts longer than a week.

Early morning oval

Anyway, 6 days after receiving said Fitbit, I have made my 10,000 step target EVERY. DAY. I know, right? We've (me, hubby, and of course, puppy) have got up every morning and gone for a walk. Sometimes in the afternoon too, if the step-count hasn't been high enough.

Change of scenery is always good, is it not?

It's been heatwave conditions in the nation's capital this week, so I think I deserve bonus points. Last night brought a cool change and it was FREEZING out there this morning, so more bonus points!

Warm (and by warm I mean 38C)

I've also been eating "mindfully" when I can remember to stop shoving food in my gob and actually slow down and enjoy whatever it is I'm eating. And cutting out sugar and alcohol (well, a lot of the time, let's not go ridiculous) and cutting back on the potatoes and rice and bread. It's supposed to be good to reset your insulin production and helps you lose weight. And by "you" I mean "me". Let's hope so.

Cool change - 4 seasons in one week

Will I keep it up? I intend to. Time will tell. I'll keep you posted.

Do you make New Year's resolutions?
Do you have a Fitbit? Do you still use it?
Do you need to lose weight/get healthy/whatever?
How fucking hard is it all to keep going?
How much do you want a slice of thick, white, soft bread right now?

Thursday, January 07, 2016

But I keep cruisin'

Thank you for the bloggy love! It's nice to know you're out there, hanging off every word.

So I had one blogging request - an update of our recent cruise - I will do this, but it requires me sitting down on my PC to access our Networked Attached Storage (NAS) where all our holiday pics are stored. For some, unknown, stoopid reason, my Chromebook (which is really much more convenient, sitting here on my lap) can't connect to the NAS (sigh, first world problems) and so I'll do that one another day.

But I don't want to lose the whiff of blogging momentum I have, so another request was music I have been listening to recently. I don't listen to as much music as I used to - time, work, blah. I miss running I think because I miss listening to music! Anyhow, on the recent cruise, my brother and did a fair bit of disco dancing and listening to music in the various bars and lounges around the ship.

My goodness we are attractive! Me and my Little Bro with some
random people we befriended at Karaoke and then dragged to the nightclub!
He's created a playlist of all our favourite songs on iTunes...but I can't access it on my Chromebook (yes, I know, I'm beginning to see a pattern here...). So he very kindly screen-shotted it and all those memories via the magic of music came flooding back! So, without further ado, here's my Cruise Playlist (or the best bits, anyway):

Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars/Mark Ronson

I LOVE this song! You can't help but get up and dance (or at the very least tap your toes) when you hear it. It was guaranteed to get us up and grooving! And I just love their slick dance moves in this video.

"Too damn!"

Shake It Off - Taylor Swift

Well, I never thought I'd sitting here blogging about how much I love Tay-Tay! But I adore this song! She doesn't take herself too seriously, and I love the daggy dancing and just, it's earworm material!

"But I keep cruisin', can't stop won't stop movin'"

Hey Ya! - OutKast

Now this is just a good disco-dancing nightclubbing bounce up and down song. It probably has rude words in it, but I only know these ones...

"Hey ya...alright, alright, alright, alright"

Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson

OK, one from the vault! They had lots of music trivia on the ship (that's almost a whole other post in and of itself!), and they played this and we got it right (along with the other 19 questions! We won jewellery making kits. What? You play for the honour, not the prizes!). And they played this in the nightclub at least a couple of times. So it's on the playlist.

"Annie are you OK?"

We Are Family - Sister Sledge

They had a deck party and we dragged Wombat Girl along for a bit - and I had a great time singing with her and Little Bro.

"We are family, get up everybody and sing"

Nutbush City Limits - Ike & Tina Turner

Well, it wouldn't be a deck party without this classic. I had to teach both Wombat Girl AND Little Bro the moves (which don't seem to actually appear in the video...I wonder who invented them?). You know the moves, don't you? If you don't, shame on you! Where's your education?

"Church house, gin house, school house, out house"

Dancing Queen - ABBA

It's ABBA. They need no other justification!

"See that girl, watch that scene, digging the Dancing Queen"

Happy - Pharrell Williams

I don't care who you are, if this doesn't get your toes tapping, you are in a coma. And dead to me. Again, I don't tire of it, I love dancing to it and I love the dancing in the video! It makes me happy.

"Because I'm happy"

There were LOTS more, but those were my favourites - and every time I hear them now, a little part of me is transported back to High Notes on Voyager of the Seas, getting down and getting back up again with my Little Bro. Oh and if you want to live vicariously through Instagram, you can find Little Bro @vinyllover70

Now I feel like dancing!

When was the last time you went out disco dancing?
What's your all time, guaranteed favourite song to get up on your feet?
What have you been listening to lately?

Sunday, January 03, 2016

I'm back!

Well hello there!

Yes. I do realise it's been a while...

As you may have surmised from my lack of posts/writing/anything that I have been in a bit of blogging slump. I have had much to write (I even have a couple of drafts hiding away in Blogger draftland), but it's been such a big year, I couldn't bring myself to press "publish". That stuff is too personal to share with the interwebs - I'd share it with you, of course, but this stuff is "out there" in the public domain too and it just felt too...I just couldn't.

But, new year and all that and inspired a bit by A Peaceful Day's post, I think I might dip my toe back in blogging land!

Because I miss blogging. I miss chatting to you guys (whoever the hell you are). I miss musing. And at least two of you miss me because you told me! There is just something about writing and photos and putting it out there semi-regularly that appeals. I think about my blog often, even if I haven't written or posted. For me, blogging is sorting out my own voice. It's not necessarily about the writing; although I hope my writing/spelling/grammar is up to scratch and gets better. It's about the thoughts and organising them into some sort of coherence. And if the words fail, chuck in a couple of photos! It's also about my photos actually, because I love taking pics and it's nice to have a place to share them too. In fact, let's put one in here:

OK, so maybe not that one! I've been pretty sick with the flu and then some other cold thing on top of that these last couple of weeks and I just wanted to keep things real!

I've been thinking a fair bit about what I want this blog to be. It's not really going to be about homeschooling anymore, but I might rant a bit about giftedness and education and fill you in a bit about how the kids are travelling, but I don't think it can be the core mission anymore. So what is it? I do think there are heaps of bloggers and readers out there like me - not comfortable with blogging about their kids now, but still wanting to write. So maybe this blog will be more about me. The real me. The ups and downs of me. How do I do that with keeping my family's privacy? Mmm...good question, Ingi! I'll sort that out as I go.

What would you want to read? What's in it for you? My thoughts on education, science, keeping healthy, my travels (such that they are), how I manage (or not manage) life? I hope that I can keep you entertained, that you enjoy my writing, that you connect with me somehow. I think the connection thing is a good thing - a bit scary because putting yourself out there for everyone to comment on is scary - but I like the thought that my words and maybe some of my pictures resonate with someone.

What will I bring you? Humour, navel-gazing, insight, living vicariously through my travels (be they Canberra or overseas), and maybe a bit of bumbling my way through this thing called life. I'd like to inspire you, and if I can't do that, I'd like you to sympathise with me! We're all in this together, are we not?

And just to even things up, here's a much cheerier pic of me, before I was beset with the great flu of 15/16:

Hi - how have you been?
Happy to see me back?
What would YOU like to read/see more of?

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