Summer is coming and this year I might have a bit more time to do the beach thing. With that in mind I have decided to cut down on the junk food – I am not going to say I want to be bikini ready as I very rarely do bikini’s but I would not mind getting back into the same shape as I was December last year (Click for bikini photos from then). Also with the Dryland Traverse coming up on 5 weeks being a couple of kilograms lighter might make quite a difference!
So, I was about to tell Mr OL my plan and I started with…..“I stood on the scale this morning”
Little OL, who was close by and overheard, piped up “Mommy did you cry?”
I nearly did, with laughter, after that comment!
It took me a couple of seconds to realise that she thought I had hurt my foot by standing on something.
So my brainwashing plans are not working so well……
It is 4 (and a half) months to go before Little OL turns 4 and she has decided that she no long wants an airplane party! Hmph…… That is itself is not too much of a problem. I am adaptable (kind off) but she wants a Teddy Bear party!!! She’s had a Teddy Bear party! Her second Birthday Party was a Teddy Bear’s Picnic party.
I guess I should be flattered – she liked it so much she wants it again! But somehow I suspect it is less to do with her remembering her party and more to do with the fact that Door Stop (her teddy bear) never leaves her side.
In the background is a work in progress painting of Little OL and Door Stop, from a photo taken just before she turned 2.
So it looks like we are going to compromise, a Teddy Bear in Airplane Party it is going to be (for now at least). Very cute idea actually. I have started pinning stuff.
(I love this picture – all lined up to wave goodbye as Mr OL leaves for work)
I have started running regularly again and I am happy girl.
This past weekend I did the Sunshine Coast Trail Run and it was awesome. I even managed to be sensible about the whole thing and restrict myself to the 8km option. There was a 20km but I figured that was pushing it a bit and one sure fire way to get injured again, so sanity prevailed. I did this race last year as well, and although I thought I was way fitter last year I found this year easier. Maybe I went slower. I think I walked pretty much the same amount.
However, sanity can only prevail for so long though and I have entered the 20km Rhino Run to be held on the 22 September…… To those of you that have not heard of the Rhino Run, you should look into it. They are held all around the country at the same time in aid off – yip Rhinos. There are even 3 options in the Eastern Cape, one at Crossways, and one at Kenton and one at East London, so no excuses (if you like trail running). There are 6km, 12km and 20km options. (You can enter the PE one HERE)
Then the Fairview Dryland is getting closer and closer! I am getting more and more excited and nervous! But I figure I will be walking most of those hills no matter how fit I am so I may as well look at it as a bit of hike and less of a run…….
Next weekend it is also the Urban Run. That is my all-time favourite fun event. I LOVE it. I am so glad that I will be able to do it as I was getting rather nervous that my foot would be ok. Looks like it will be fine.
OK, enough updates for now.
Wait – one more. I have been getting customer photos for SA Medal Hangers and it has been so much fun to see everybody’s medals. Can I just say I am loving this! I have put the photos upon Facebook – go have a look. Such awesome achievements. I get excited for them. Look at all those Ironman SA medals
I have had this blog for 5 years – wow time has flown. Before I started here I had an iBlog account for a short while as well.
Over the years my blog has changed quite bit. It has gone from being mostly about Ironman training to a real mix up of stuff, Ordinary Life stuff! I have had a baby, I have started baking and icing cookies, I have shown you all some of my paintings and sketches, I have started a new business – SA Medal Hangers. And very importantly I have made some great friends!
Thank you all so much for joining me on this journey, I am thoroughly enjoying it!
Here is the link to my first post – published on the 1st September 2008
I am not going to say that I have things sorted with Little OL because 3 year olds change their minds at the drop of a hat, but let’s just say that last week was MUCH better than the week before.
I asked our nanny to come in 30 minutes later, so that we would have already left the house by the time she arrived (I had to laugh to myself about that one, I must be the only woman in SA that asked her nanny to come in late) and I have been fetching her at midday. This unfortunately takes an hour out of my work day which I can’t really afford at the moment, but it is a small price to pay for a happy child.
She still moans when she wakes that she does not want to go to school but as soon as I mentioned that she would be all alone at home and that her nanny is only coming in much later she goes and gets dressed and ready. There have been no tears (her or me) and no drama….Ahhhhh, I love a peaceful house.
It is amazing what a difference those two changes have made.
I know other things (see way below) are going on at the moment and it was more than just the school thing but still…. I am really battling with Little OL and schooling this year. I know a lot of stuff, I know that she is too young for a full day at school (without a nap). I know that she is pushing her boundaries and I know that the school holidays broke her routine. I know it is more fun with the nanny who gives her whatever she wants (TV and sweets) and I know at school they put demands on her. I know all this but it does not make it any easier when your child point blank refuses to get in the car and go to school. Yesterday after eventually managing to get her strapped in the car-seat, she somehow managed to wind down the wind with her food and was SCREAMING (as only a 3 year old can) at all the passers-by in the neighbouring cars “GET ME OUT OF HERE!” over and over. Not fun. I turned the radio on loud, put my head down and drove. I did see a look of sympathy on one woman’s face though (for me not little OL – the others however were pointing and laughing. I was very surprised nobody pulled me over and asked me if I was kidnapping her.
Today was a repeat performance – except she figured out how to twist and turn so that I could not get her strapped in…… The escalating frustration level on both sides was not helping and in the end all I could do was burst into tears and walk away….. I wanted to say “fine, stay with the nanny” but felt if I did that, then I would just have the same thing on Monday. When I got back to the car she had calmed down, we hugged, she got in her car-seat and we both snivelled the whole way to school. When I put her in her teacher’s arms I burst into tears again and ran to my car. Can I count that as my first run in 8 weeks?
I drove to work, got myself some coffee and had just calmed down when I received a phone call from her school – I saw the number and my heart sank…… What now – is she sick, is she still bawling her eyes out, can the not calm her????? The secretary said they phoned me because Little OL had told her teacher that she made me upset in the car and she wanted them to phone and tell me she was sorry…. Bring on waterworks number 3!
This however cannot go on….. I actually had a meeting at the school earlier this week – for the next week I am fetching her at lunch time and taking her home to the nanny who we have asked to work full time for a bit. Hopefully this helps. I have also asked the nanny to come in later to work so that we have already left the house – on the days the nanny is not there she is perfectly happy to go to school.
Also, in a couple of months this might not be a problem. I will be unemployed anyway….. –that’s the other stuff that is going on, they are retrenching at work and the PE office will close. I am trying to take it as a good thing…..
At first I thought that Little OL just had a thing for “bad boys”…
First she was mad about Swiper from Dora, then it was Captain Hook and that was closely followed by the sorcerer Sophia the first but now she tells me that when she grows up she wants to be Captain Chantel DuBois – from Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.
Yikes, I think we are in for some trouble ahead…..
I took a couple of days leave last week to spend the last few days of holidays with Little OL and boy was it FUN! Time flew. I am not sure I could ever be a “stay at home” mom, but days when I don’t have to go into work are pure joy. (who am I kidding I could totally be a stay at home mom)
While off I wanted to do some active stuff with Little OL – she is becoming a bit of a couch potato and I don’t like it. Unfortunately during the holidays the nanny has been putting her in front of the TV and that is pretty much where she stays – given the option though she would rather be doing something else, so I made sure we did “something else”.
I roped my mom in and we went out.
My mom is always up for a trip somewhere and on Thursday she suggested we go and climb Lady’s Slipper. It is a hill just outside PE that my mom climbs regularly but I have never done before. I was definitely keen! It was awesome, we did not go all the way up, as I did not want to have to worry about Little OL and her safety, so as soon as it started getting a bit rocky and steep we stopped. Saying that we still got more than ½ way up. I loved it and Little OL is still bragging to anyone that will listen that she climbed a mountain.
It was pretty cool having all 3 generations walking up the hill together and hopefully it was the first of many hikes that we will all do together. My mom and I used to hike quite a bit together before Little OL was born, and now that she is getting older hopefully I will be able to get back into it. I think I have mentioned before that for my mom’s 60th Birthday my mom, sister and I climbed Kilimanjaro…… Let’s see what Little OL and I will do to celebrate my 60th…. (thank fully still quite a few years away.
It felt really good to get my hiking boots on again!
I seem to have gotten over my guilt about going away for the weekend – ALONE! And am now just extremely excited. Did I mention I am going ALONE? All by myself? Well, my mom, brother, sister, their respective partners, sister-in-law and a whole bunch of other friends are also going but we are not going together.
It is the Knysna Oyster Festival and although I am not running I know quite a few people who are – and they are welcome to it. I have totally gotten over my disappointment at not being able to run and have decided to hit the art galleries, the quaint shops, the markets, the coffee shops and the oysters! All by myself! Did I mention I am going ALONE! To do all the stuff that I love to do, without any time constraints. Or quite possibly to do none of it. It is actually really sad how excited I am that I can spend time on my own. Just me, myself and I cruising around at my own pace, possibly taking a few photos, possibly sitting down and sketching, possibly spending an entire day in a coffee shop. Possibly not even leaving the guest house. Who knows…..
I think I have previously mentioned that I traveled around the world, sometimes with company but most of the time on my own. I have no problem being on my own but it has been a while. So to that end, no I am not sharing a lift. I want my own car, to do things at my own pace. But at least I know that if I get bored (or horrified) at my own company I will have loads of friends and family very close. I just hope that they don’t get offended if I decide that I don’t want to see too much of them.
I have also organised 3G for my tablet so will be able to Skype Little OL.
I start a post in my mind and then stop. Too much information, too boring, said already or whatever the reason the thought gets ditched.
So, I am writing this one, one not thought out ahead of time. I have nothing much to say but so what…. Here is a basic update of what is happening in my Ordinary Life.
I am still doing the Art Techniques course through Coursera.org and loving it. I don’t feel that I always have enough time to do the art project but you only are required to do 2 to pass and I have already done two, so am not too concerned if I miss a week here or there. I am just completing all the theory quizzes and that will be enough. Here is a picture I drew (the London taxi) for one of the assignments, the topic was “Mail Art”
I am driving Mr OL batty with thoughts of trying to start (another) business. I constantly have ideas in my head but generally they don’t get much further than the planning stages
I bought another property – think I already mentioned this – and have since found out that the tenants that I was led to believe were “good” have not paid rent in 5 months. I am hoping that the current owner gets rid of them before I take over. I am sure that it is a breach of contract or something if he said that they were paying when I signed for it but they were not??? Any ideas?
My foot is …. I am actually not sure. All I do know is that I still can’t run. I am going to take 6 weeks off and then hope for the best. We do know that there is no muscle damage, no tendonitis, no ligament damage and nothing else that can be seen in x-rays or an ultra-sound. These however do not rule out a stress fracture. In the meantime I am going to go for Gait Analysis because something I am doing has caused this. I am also going for massages (yay) and to the chiropractor who is doing dry needling as my muscles in my legs are in knots. I am hoping that this all makes me stronger. I am also trying to stretch in. I really need to get in the pool and on my bicycle…..
I am having a serious case of “mommy guilt” at the moment. Next weekend I was due to go to the Knysna Oyster Festival to run the HoutKapper Trail… Mr and Little OL were going to stay behind in PE. Now obviously the running is out – however I have already sorted out my accommodation….. So……. A weekend away sans husband and kiddy???? I am going to go but why do I feel so guilty about going away by myself for the weekend? My mom, brother, sister and a multitude of my friends are all going, Mr OL does not want to go….urgh! Would you feel guilty?
Wow, for a post that I did not think about I sure had a lot to write.
Oh, yes – MR OL surprised me with an Asus Transformer – well, he actually surprised me by asking if I would like an iPad Mini – I said no. After he got over the initial shock I explained why. So he helped me get the Transformer instead. I LOVE IT!