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.

WHAT AM I DOING?…..

PROCRASTINATION………..

Over this past week, I have come to realise exactly what procrastination means.
Today in particular.
It’s been a beautiful day outside and I’ve spent it sat at this computer, trawling through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr. Eating and drinking.
I’ve had every intention to carry on with some Uni work, but not a single word has been written.

It is now 8 in the evening and I am thinking about Uni tomorrow and my new placement on Tuesday.

This is how every day has been lately and it has to stop.
I’m not exercising and my weight is creeping up.
I think about Uni work but nothing ever materialises.

Not that I haven’t had a reason over the last week after my computer died on me.
I’ve literally been getting this new one back up to running everything the way I want it to and then I’ve just been enjoying it a little too much.
Adam at Cannes at been a HUGE distraction!!

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Anyway, it’s time to get my shit together.
Stop sitting at this computer and actually get something done.
Start getting out in the sun and actually doing some exercise and get some Uni work done.
This year is going to fly by and I need to keep on top of the Uni work if I’m going to pass the course at the end of the year.

Tomorrow… new me!!

CANNES SUCCESS

I am finishing this evening with a quick blog about Adam Driver and Cannes.

Like I’ve mentioned before, Adam has two films screening this year.
The first is the satirical comedy ‘Black Klansman’, a Spike Lee film based on a true story. It received rave reviews and it will be good to see if it wins a Palme D’or.
Fingers crossed.

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The second one is the much anticipated ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’.
This film is not in competition and will be closing the festival tomorrow.
It has taken Terry Gilliam almost 30 years to complete as it has been plagued with various production troubles and is currently fighting a legal battle as to who owns the rights.

After a Paris Court ruled in favour of the film being screened at Cannes, it’s official premier will still be tomorrow but it will have a warning at the start stating that the rights to it “are subject to current proceedings”.
The final verdict on the rights issue will be announced on the 15th June and this will ultimately lead to general release if it’s successful.
Again, fingers crossed.
I absolutely cannot wait to see this one and if it gets hung up in a huge rights dispute it may never see the light of day.
That said, it’s actually looking quite likely that the ruling will go in Terry Gilliam’s direction.

 

And I couldn’t finish this without mentioning just how stunning Adam looked this year.

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It’s interesting to note just how short his hair is at the moment considering he’s due to start filming Star Wars Episode 9 in July.
Could Supreme Leader Kylo Ren be getting a more clean cut makeover?
Only another 19 months until we find out!!!! (Quietly sobbing as I wrap things up and go to bed)