Sunday, January 11, 2015

Project Life–Week 2

Well I’ve actually made a start on my Project Life album for 2015!  I still have to do last week and the title page but I’ve worked out HOW I want to work things this year… and I’m pleased with the results.  Here’s an overview of the past week:FULL_1

As I was putting my photos together this weekend I realised that FOOD seems to feature heavily in them… healthy food for the most part too!  That’s probably because I’m so focused on the Move More, Eat Well course I’m doing with Cathy Zielske.

I’m definitely moving a whole lot more these days… in fact I’ve racked up almost 92,000 steps in the past 7 days!  Some of those steps come from the 4km walk Toby and I do each day.  He’s actually looking pretty fit and healthy these days! I’m also incredibly happy to report that I’ve downsized by 800g this week so it’s a feel good day for me today!

Here’s a closer look at the start of my week:LEFT_1

On Monday morning I went walking with Toby and Nina and she mentioned that the lady who does her nails had a vacancy for 9.30 that morning.  Next thing I know I’m booked in for a manicure!  I have to admit that I LOVE getting my nails done… and the pinky-purple glittery nail polish is really cool… normally I go for a French manicure so the glitter is a real change.

On Monday afternoon Esther and Liam arrived from Wellington to stay for a few days.  We hadn’t seen each other during 2014 at all so it was a big catch up!  Esther made some of her pate and I made us some margaritas and we chatted away out on the patio… was a lovely way to spend the late afternoon.

I’ve been making lots of wraps lately and I’ve discovered that they make awesome pizza bases… especially if you like crispy bases!  They’re so quick and they make very healthy lunch and dinner options.

Along with eating healthy food I’ve also started drinking lots of water… at least 2 litres every day!  Each day as I drink the bottled water I put them up on the microwave as a visual reminder to myself of how much I’ve had and how much I still NEED to have.  Then at the end of the day I refill the bottles from big 3L bottles I buy from the supermarket and I’m all set for the next day.

On Tuesday night Chris and Carey came for dinner and I made us a lamb tagine in my brand new tagine pot.  I’ve been really looking forward to trying it out and it’s fantastic!  After dinner Carey helped me put up some of my artwork… including the fab triptych painting I won at the art auction two years ago. 

Here’s a look at the second half of the week:RIGHT_1

Esther and I went out to Third Place for brunch on Wednesday.  She’s heard all about it because it’s one of my favourite places but this time she got to try it for herself!  After brunch we went to Kuirau park and I got Esther to take a few photos of me for my Move More, Eat Well album.  Thankfully the weather was perfect… just a little bit cloudy which was brilliant!

On Thursday I spent some time at school and then Krystal and I met up for dinner.  We ended up going to Leonardo’s Italian Restaurant and had a brilliant platter… delicious breads, salamis, olives, bruschetta, dips and more… we love sharing platters!

On Friday I got my hair done and just for a change I went for big spirally curls!  Actually I quite liked them and will definitely try them again.  I got home just in time for the HRV blokes to install the extractor fan in my bathroom… yippee no more steamy mirrors!  They also installed a heat transfer system to keep the lounge warmer in winter.

On Saturday Mum came over for lunch and we ended up going to Brew which was fabulous!  Mum had a grilled fish salad which looked awesome and I had the bourbon beef salad… absolutely to die for!!!  The beef was super tender and just melted in my mouth!  It’s great being back in Rotorua and being able to catch up with all my friends and family again. 

Today I had a big catch up with Tracey on the phone…the big downside about leaving Gisborne is not seeing Tracey and the kids each week!  Tracey was showing me some stuff on Trade Me that she liked and I came across a gorgeous bookcase that I knew would be perfect for my lounge… and it had a Buy Now price that was perfect for my budget! 

Within three hours I’d bought the bookcase, hired a trailer, driven out to Lake Okareka to pick it up, driven back and installed it in my lounge!  It fits the space perfectly and will look great with books and photos all set up on it!

So as you can see it’s been a busy… and eventful… week. 

Yesterday was also a special day for one of the teachers I worked with during 2014.  Kat worked in the classroom right next door to me and we got on really well and yesterday she married her lovely Tom in Gisborne.  I know they’re going to be super happy!

Kat wedding

So that’s all my news for now.  I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend and you’re ready for the week ahead. 


  1. Great pages. Fancy nails, pretty hair - you lady are rocking it. Not sure what happened in my last comment, but I do want to say first & foremost, congratulations on beating the smoking habit. I can only imagine how hard that was. Well done you!

    1. Thanks Mary Lou :) 2015 is turning out to be a pretty fantastic year!


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