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I think the school holidays have mashed up my brain, because I have not been able to form a coherent blog post in over a week now. So I thought I would bring back my sporadic newsletter. It’s really is actually very sporadic. I think the last one I published was in June 2015! It’s basically a chatty post, designed to catch you up on the sometimes quite random things that we’ve been up to or that have been going through my brain. You know. So I don’t have to string one single idea together into a palatable post…ha. Sorry not sorry!
So, here’s what’s been going on…
The 24 hour involuntary iPhone detox of January 2017
Otherwise known as my phone dying last week. The camera had been playing up a bit (difficult when I use it for work) but other than that, it seemed OK. I thought maybe if I hung in there waiting for the next software update, it might fix itself. Well, I am obviously no Apple expert because a few days later, I was in Kmart arguing with the Little Mister about why we were not going to buy all the green coloured things (he REALLY loves that colour), when it fell out of my handbag. I felt awful when I picked it up off the floor and it would not spring to life. I thought I’d really f*cked it up. So, the next day – after a terrible night without Snapchat and Instagram – I trekked over an hour’s drive away with the Little Mister to the nearest Apple Store and was told that my phone was actually always doomed because of an unusual internal hardware fault and that the fall to the floor was not the actual cause of death (although it might have hurried it along haha)! I felt vindicated when the Apple guy brought me over a brand new phone (thank goodness for warranties) and I was very relieved. I mean, who has a spare $1200 lying around for a new handset, right?
I learned something from that involuntary detox. What I learned was that life before mobile phones was a crazy time. Nobody knew where you were at any given moment – how exhilarating. Like you could drive your car anywhere without it and anything could happen and you couldn’t tell anyone – holy shit! Talk about living life on the edge! The urge to overshare is strong in this one. The world goes on without you if you are offline and that’s OK. In fact it’s a bit healthy. Also? I never want that to happen again.
Let’s talk about the Women’s Marches around the world…
The past few days (depending on time zones), millions of women (and enlightened men and beautiful children) marched for equal rights and to send a strong message to Trump’s administration. Can I just say that I spent the whole day yesterday bursting with pride?! I do not think they had a march organised near me or I would have gone, but as I scrolled through my social media feeds and saw all these feisty, clever, strong women (and their amazing protest placards) everywhere, I felt like my faith in humanity was restored. I had expected to feel depressed and irritated all day with headlines and footage of Trump’s inauguration, but those posts were WAAAAAAY outnumbered by positive messages of hope and love and the fight for what’s right. It was a good day and one that will go down in history. I am so glad I got to witness it (even if not in person). It really helped me to see love overcoming hate in action.
As for this amazing speech/slam poem/whatever it’s called…
POWERFUL. I get emotional every time I watch it.
I completed my hunting and gathering for the Little Mister’s return to school
What a relief, right?! I feel a lot less anxious than I did when I wrote my last blog post, but a little annoyed that I have to put his name on everything (and be a mind reader about which things to not put his name on – there was much confusion and hasty commandeering of a borrowed permanent marker on the first day of kindy last year)!
Did I mention that my 5 year old wears children’s size 12 shoes now? WTF. He’s growing way too fast.
I still have to get him a decent hair cut, but I am procrastinating a little. Oops.
My carb and sugar addictions are STRONG right now
Next week is my official re-start date for getting back on the wagon with healthy eating (low carb suits me the best) and regular exercise. It’s when I am 100% an angel and I stick by it until the next school holidays. But I admit that my efforts to ease into this gently ahead of time have been futile. That is, I am SUCKING at it. Oops. Christmas broke me. Still, I have faith in myself. Once that first day of school hits, I am going to be on track. And because of my efforts during Term 4 last year, I have been able to maintain a better weight over the holidays (I gained about 1.5 kg but the damage was far less than in the past). You can follow the hashtag #kezgetsphysical on social media throughout the term if you want to see how I’m going. I’ll probably blog about it at the beginning, at any significant milestones I reach, and at the end. My theory is that there are more weeks of school term in a year than not, so as long as I am consistent during those times, I should maintain my progress with my weight loss and overall better health! It’s kind of realistic that I’ll have a treat (or 5) during holiday times.
We booked some flights for our first holiday of the year!
We will be attending a wedding and visiting my parents for the first time once they’ve moved interstate. I am so excited and I know it will come around really fast. I love having stuff to look forward to. I can’t wait to show the Little Mister Sydney and be able to explore the Hunter Valley too. Yippee!
What have you been up to lately? Chat with me in the comments!