Day 69

Tuesday morning is a hard morning in our house. Hubby doesn’t want to let go of the weekend and is often grumpy. Today was no different, even though it’s his birthday. In fact, because it was his birthday, he wanted to reject the morning even more. I was feeling flat by the time he left for work.

I dragged myself through a workout. I’ve been feeling overly tired and drained for a few days. My chronic pain has been painful. The workout took about 6 minutes longer than normal. At least I got it done.

I spent a lot of the day knitting. I’ve made some good ground on the fingerless glove. I bet I could have this one finished by the end of tomorrow. Both stitches are feeling a bit better and I’m not having the same tension issues as when I started. Improving is improving.

My French refresher went really good. I only made a couple of mistakes. I might almost be ready to learn some new things.

We didn’t do anything exciting for hubby’s birthday. I don’t know if it’s because we’ve been together for 15 years or because we’re ‘middle aged’ but we just don’t make the same big deal that we used to.

Instead, hubby cooked us a delicious steak and chips dinner and we followed that with birthday donuts. Simple but very us.


Day 68

Today was a rest day and it sure was an enjoyable rest day. I know the week wasn’t ‘doing’ busy but it was pretty emotionally draining, then yesterday was a long day of cleaning. So being able to just sit and feel good doing nothing was… fantastic.

I spent the morning in WoW with some friends doing dungeons. We had a blast and lots of laughs. Then I spent some time playing WoW with wifey and it was lots of fun. She is the best at everything. I cannot complain.

The rest of the afternoon was filled with zombie-like staring and some occasional groans. I’m guessing the extra house work has made some of my chronic pain issues flair up again. I can’t remember the last time it was this painful.

Late afternoon, hubby and I got our French revision done while lasagne was baking in the oven. This has got to be one of my favourite meals. It’s made with a spaghetti sauce packed full of veggies and slow cooked for 4 hours. I came up with the recipe myself and it works perfectly every time.

I started working on a knit pattern. I finally got past the cast on row. I did the first three rows with a knit one, purl one stitch. Each row from now is one purl row, one knit row until it’s the right size. There are a couple of little mistakes but I think it’s worth completing. I will most likely work on that tomorrow.

Now, it’s time to get real about the weekly photo challenge. I have two choices when it comes to the photo challenge. I either throw my hands in the air and give up OR I can very loosely relate a picture to the topic just so that I can keep going. I’m going with that option because it feels a bit better.

“It’s art. It doesn’t have to make sense” – Matilda Collins

For this week’s Let’s Do 52 – 52 Week Photo Challenge picture, a photo of last nights dinner.

I have very loosely related this to the topic ‘in the corner’.

Enjoy this very vibrant bowl of Indonesian inspired Chicken, Vegetables and Noodles in the corner of the photo.

Check out all the challenge pictures on Three Peas, One Pod

To finish today’s post, let’s get our song on. Enjoy the following songs, hand picked for your listening pleasure.

Top 10 Songs You Need To Hear
1. Wallows feat. Clairo – Are You Bored Yet?
2. Boy Pablo – 50 Souls and a Discobowl
3. Stephan Looney – Day Trip
4. Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hall
5. Atlas Genius – Trojans
6. Goth Babe – Sunshine
7. Matt & Kim – Hey Now
8. My Morning Jacket – Magic Bullet
9. The Night Cafe – Strange Clothes
10. Mac DeMarco – Still Beating

I wish everyone an inspired and carefree week. If you’re in the midst of chaos, stop a second, take a breath and know I’ve just sent you a big warm hug.


Day 63

It’s so hard getting out of bed in winter. It was another late rise for me, getting up a couple of minutes before hubby left for work. Soon as he went, I worked out. A good, warming workout.

The day wasn’t filled with much. I did my French lessons for 30 minutes. I have finished learning ‘greetings’ and started on another basics set. I think I’m going to stop learning new things for a couple of days and practice the basics and greetings I have already learned. Some of the greetings still confuse me.

I also tried my hand at the purl stitch. I watched this video from Purllinknitting and I think I understand how to do it. Although, it really doesn’t look or feel like it on the knitting needle. I think I may be pulling it all too tight because I’m having a lot of trouble picking up the loop.

I had a really wonderful lunch experience today. There was a leftover pizza base from the weekend and I decided to make a quick little pizza. I used sun-dried tomato pesto, baby spinach, red onion and pizza cheese. Nothing too fancy but yummy.

While I was eating, I had some capsicum and onions roasting in the oven for the sauce for dinner. The smell was intense and amazing. It was the perfect thing to compliment the pizza. It made it taste even more yummy.

Overall I feel disappointed with my day even though I did get some things done. Being disciplined is much harder when you’re tired and cold. I really need to work out how to sleep better.

Here’s Day 30 of the writing challenge. If you’d like to see the full challenge details, click here. All 30 days will be posted here.

Day 30: Your highs and lows for the month.

The high has definitely been my discipline with working out. Two workouts every day. Also, I have learned to knit, I can say a few things in French and have done some creative things, like paining and photography.

The lows were losing my locket and then mostly they are just the inner lows, my depression. Even when things aren’t going wrong, the sadness gets too much and I struggle to get anything done.

Well, that’s the end of the writing challenge. It’s been interesting and, well, challenging. Some thing were easy to write about, some things were very hard. Some things I still don’t know what to write about even though it’s done. I will find a new writing challenge soon.