GOING TO PAY FOR THIS

OUCH!!

I took Dharma and a few of her friends ice skating today.
Dharma turned 16 a couple of weeks ago but decided to wait to celebrate until after exams had finished.
I decided to join them on the ice.
It has been at least 25 years since I’ve been ice skating, possibly a little longer.
Things started out well but I did the inevitable and landed on my arse!!

I landed hard.
I did a not so elegant impression of a starfish on the ice and had to literally crawl to an exit and onto the rubber matting to get the traction I needed to stand up again!!
So embarrassing!

I think I’ve managed to bruise my coccyx.
I can feel it stiffening up already and every time I move it’s getting more and more painful.
I dread to think what It’s going to be like in the morning and I’ve got a 12.5 hour shift to get through!
I’m going to be hobbling.

Anyway, we are now home, watching The Incredibles and waiting for pizza to arrive.

Later this evening, I’m going to the cinema with Ian and Marjorie.
There’s a secret screening on this evening so I have no idea what the film will be until it starts.
I do love these secret screeners. It’s really exciting not knowing what you’re going to get.
However, 2 hours in a cinema chair is not going to help the coccyx situation!!

I’m really going to pay for this tomorrow!

GOOD WEEK, SHIT WEEK

So, I finished the kickstarter diet.
Yes I did lose some weight.
Won’t be doing it again!!
It was just so boring. Eating plain tins of tuna with a smidge of steamed veggies just made me so depressed.

Anyway, the rest of the week was going well until my brand new computer ended up having to be sent back to the suppplier for a new one.
So, another week and no Uni work done.

I did have a good week with placement and work.
I had a productive chat with my mentor and plans have been made.
Scary but good.

Thursday was the game changer.
My baby girl, the youngest of my three daughters, Dharma, turned 16!!
She wasn’t happy though as she had a maths exam!!

It’s just as well she decided to celebrate after her exams because we lost a family member that day.
Uncle Sid lost his hard fought battle with cancer.
He was a lovely man and family get togethers will not be the same without him.

So! With that news and no computer and no work this weekend, I’m on a bit of a downer.
Left over KFC, wine and crisps, together with the sofa and Netflix.

I just had a quick visit from my Dad.
SOOO glad he didn’t walk in 60 seconds later as I’m in the middle of a Queer as Folk re-run.
Don’t think he would have been happy about walking in on a Club Babylon gay orgy!!

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

So, after getting into a bit of a pit with all things life related, I’ve decided enough is enough.

One of my biggest issues at the moment is my weight.
I’ve been comfort eating for weeks and I’ve undone all the good I did for my brother’s wedding last year!
I have a wardrobe full of lovely summer clothes that are all a little tight around the middle or I can’t get into.

So, after talking to a colleague at work the other day, I found out about a ‘kickstarter’ diet.
It’s designed to ‘kickstart’ a diet with a shot of extreme weight loss or for anyone going to a special occasion who needs a last minute boost of weight loss to feel fabulous.

It’s a 3 day diet (The British Heart Foundation 3 day diet plan) and must be adhered to for it to be effective.
It is designed to give you your required daily nutrients at the ‘barest’ minimum, and I do mean ‘barest’.

You have to have a little willpower for this one!

Breakfast this morning wasn’t too bad.
A slice of toast with a tablespoon of peanut butter and half a grapefruit.
Washed down with a black coffee and sweetener.

Funny thing is, when I came downstairs this morning I was on autopilot and put a mug of milk in the microwave for my usual morning milky coffee!!
BAD HABBIT!!
That one is going to die hard.

Lunch is going to be a challenge with only 1 slice of bread and a small tin of tuna and dinner this evening is a measly 85g of lean meat, 110g of cauliflower and 128g of carrots!
I’ve already weighed it out and I could have cried.

Anyway, black coffee and tea with sweetener or water are the only drinks allowed.
This is going to be tough but I think I need this kick to get back into the right mindset.
Thankfully it’s only meant for three days.
If you wanted to do it again, you have to have at least three days off the diet, you just have to be careful to continue to eat healthily and up your exercise to maintain the weight loss.

So here goes.
I’ll keep you posted.

DISH OF THE WEEK #76 – ADAM DRIVER

I have been going through a bit of a rough patch over the last few weeks.
Life in general has just been a bit much and I have struggled to get going on my University work now that we have started year two.

To make my life even more stressful, my brand new PC did a windows update the other day that it really didn’t like and now it keeps re-booting itself for no apparent reason.
It’s done it once already while writing this…. I HATE WINDOWS UPDATES!
The most frustrating thing is that whatever the update did, it won’t allow me to open up Corel Draw now. The design package I use for everything.

My hubby has done his best to try and fix the problem but it’s just a little too technical for him and he doesn’t want to do any more damage, so we are having to resort to a technical specialist we’ve used in the past.
I’m hoping it will just be a simple fix for him.

For now, I just have to make sure I save, save, save, save, save, any work I do as I go because the PC will literally just re-boot itself without warning.
Very frustrating and NOT helping with the Uni work situation at all.

Anyway, this is supposed to be a Dish of the Week post!!
I’ve decided I need a little pick me up and what better way than with a Dish of the Week post dedicated to my favourite actor, Adam Driver.

I have been following his work now for nearly three years.
The more I learn about him, the more I fall in love with him.

He is very self-deprecating.
He is very humble.
He loves his work but is uncomfortable with the ‘fame’.

He has worked with some amazing directors.
Clint Eastwood
Noah Baumbach (multiple times)
Steven Spielberg
The Coen Brothers
Shawn Levy
J.J. Abrams
Jeff Nichols
Jim Jarmusch
Martin Scorsese!!
To name a few and he’s only 34 years old!

I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea and it’s sad that he knows it too.
He’s always making fun of himself and I think this is one of the things that really endears me to him.

So here’s a collection of photos that really make me smile.
Something I really need right now.

The man is an absolute cinnamon roll and my personal stress buster.

SOLO – NO SPOILERS

OK, I’ve just been to see ‘Solo’ and without giving away any spoilers, here are my initial thoughts.

I’m struggling to be really enthusiastic about ‘Solo’.
It’s not a bad film.
Alden Ehrenreich is ‘not bad’ as Solo.
You really can’t go wrong with Chewie.
Lando and the Falcon were brilliant but the film as a whole was missing something.
It just didn’t feel like a Star Wars film.

Rogue one hit the nail on the head, solo missed the nail and hit the thumb.

#TogetherForYes

OK, time to get political!!
I have been following a debate that’s been raging for quite some time now and it gets brought home to me occasionally through various vloggers that I follow on Youtube and Twitter, most noteably, Melanie Murphy.

On Friday 25th May, people of Ireland will be voting to repeal the 8th amendment which makes abortion illegal. The only exception being where the mother’s life is at risk.
This means that even women who have fallen pregnant after being raped face going to prison if they have an abortion in Ireland.

Young girls who fall pregnant for whatever reason, rape, poor education, poor access to birth control or a plain old mistake, face imprisonment for seeking an abortion.
They are forced to travel out of the country, usually on their own, to seek medical intervention at the cost of thousands of pounds and at risk to their health and wellbeing.
They are being told they do not have the right to decide what happens to their own body.

I wish I was eligible to vote in Ireland. Two of my daughters are old enough to vote and they would be doing so if they could, as would my husband and my younger daughter if she was old enough.

So if you are eligible to vote, male or female, whatever age, get off your backsides on Friday and actually vote. Most importantly…. VOTEĀ  YES!!!

I’ll just leave this video here.
Hozier, not just eloquent in his music but eloquent in life.