Friday, November 9, 2018

3 things I learned in my first half-marathon

Melbourne Half-Marathon 2018

I completed my first half-marathon race in Melbourne last month in 1:57:45. It wasn't what I hoped but at least it was under 2 hours.

Three things I learned:

1. If it's hot and windy adjust expectations.

2. Don't be afraid to let the pacer go if they go out fast. The one I was running with did the first 5km 10-15s/km faster than pace then pulled out with a cramp at 12km ... so not that helpful.

3. For optimum performance minimise activity before the race. I had a bit a walking as we saw Hubby start the marathon, then walked back to where the Big Girl could warm up for her 10km, then I watched her start, then I did my warmup. My legs were heavy from the start of the race which makes 21.1km hard.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Note to my younger self ...

Don't buy the cheap roasting pans ... splurge on the good pan and enjoy the gravy.

Last year for my birthday I requested a good roasting pan that I could use on the stove and turn all those lovely juices into even lovelier gravy. The good old roast has hit a whole new level this year.
I should have put that roasting pan on my wedding registry and not had twenty gravyless years.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

After submission ...

Paper submitted

this is what my desk looks like. This paper involved lots community information, hence the maps, neighbourhood paper and surveys littering the desk, along with work papers for shredding.

It's been a while and while I would like the sporadic nature of my posting to improve, I won't be holding my breath. It looks like I'll be needing to work full time starting in a couple of weeks while Hubby looks for someone else to fill the position. Hopefully that won't take too long.

It's been a busy few months. I ran my first half-marathon, reasonably successfully - 1:57:45 on a tough day weather wise. I've recovered now and am back to full training, looking to improve my speed on 5K.

In other news you may have noticed that I now have a view from my desk. My lap top is running slow and the kids weren't using the imac so I took it over and relocated it up into the desks in the activity room. I now have a view over the surrounding neighbourhood and can just see the tops of the city buildings from my chair.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Lately ...

Watching: The Handmaid's Tale. It's not for everyone but powerful and intriguing, uncomfortable and disturbing viewing. (Related: Prayer and unprayer: the practice of faith amidst the terror of Gilead.)

Memorising: Hebrew vocabulary and grammar for uni, but I had my last class this week so now I just need to do my translation and exegesis which is due next week.


Running: My mileage is increasing as I move into the last month or so before my 10K race. This weekend I will have a 20K long run for the first time ever. Luckily Melbourne has an extensive network of paths.


Also ... watching running. It's cross country season at school for The Little Girl.

Waiting: for some time to put together some photo books.

Trying: to remember to sit and stand up straight. Hopefully this will improve my back and neck which is a mass of knots that are gradually being worked out in remedial massage sessions.

Reading: Molakai and Ethics of Hope.

Planting: a winter vegetable garden. Seedlings and seeds waiting in my laundry sink as I type.

Enjoying: the first day of winter which is beautifully sunny.

Working on: reducing our waste. We're down to 1-2 supermarket checkout size rubbish bags per week plus a 3/4 full recycle bin.

Brining: olives from my tree.


Cooking: quick recipes for weeknight dinners like cauliflower chicken and peanut curry and Dumpling Meatballs with sesame green beans.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Colour monthly: February 2018

I've begun a photo challenge for myself. Inspired by color//colour lovers the goal is to look and find a rainbow (almost ... violet and indigo get mashed together) over the month.

Red Chinese New Year Fireworks

Red - Chinese New Year fireworks over the Yarra River

Orange Backyard Rose

Orange - Backyard Rose

Yellow - too early for leaves to change?

  Yellow - feels too early and warm for leaves to be changing.


  Green - Sweet decisions at White Night Melbourne

Le Bal des Lumineoles

  Blue - Le Bal des Lumine√©oles, White Night Melbourne.


Purple - the purple section of my rainbow bookshelves.

If you want to join in you can link me up here or over on instagram. Hashtags: #colourmonthly; #CM_red etc and #CM_March.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

White Night Melbourne 2018

Sometimes I can be lazy, but I decided this year that I wanted to have more outings as a family. Crowds aren't really my thing but sometimes they're unavoidable if you want to see something interesting and get out of a rut. So when Hubby rang me on Friday and suggested we head into the city Saturday night my first instinct was to say no. I knew we had a fairly busy day and I was bound to be tired but I decided not to let that be the last word and said yes. We can easily catch the tram in anyway and if we weren't having a good time we'd just come home.

This year Chinese New Year celebrations coincided with White Night Melbourne. Our first destination was the Hawker's Market for dinner of noodles and pork buns. A friendly security guard pointed us to the abandoned tents with a table and couple of chairs which we snagged to eat our dinner in relative comfort and quiet. By the time we'd finished our dinner the White Night festival had started and we decided to head to our nearest installations at the Alexandra Gardens. This site was relatively crowd free.



We spent most of our time down near the Yarra with fewer crowds, wandered around and perched on the wall eating churros and watching the activity on the river. At 9:45pm the Chinese New Year fireworks were on and we got a good spot right on the river to watch. The last time we went to see the fireworks we set up much closer, and unfortunately down wind where we were showered with ash. We weren't going to make the same mistake this time.

Chinese New Year Fireworks Melbourne 2018

At the conclusion of the fireworks we went up to St Kilda Rd which was absolute mayhem. The road towards Fed Square was absolutely packed with people and we had to fight through them to reach our tram. After freeing myself from the mass of people I found a spot to perch and take some photos of Fed Square ...


and Flinders St station. The question posed ... "What if you forgave someone tonight?"


and the Secret Life of Buildings as we walked back to our tram.


I'm so glad I said YES! So far this year 2 out of 2 great nights (the first was the Big Bash in Jan) that I could have spent curled up on the couch at home. Am I the only one who has to talk themselves into doing something they know will be fun?

Sunday, February 25, 2018

This week's links ...

Wilbur the Westie

Above: Gratuitous cute photo. Meet my sister's new Westie, Wilbur.

1. Wonderful Anne Lamot TED talk "12 truths I learned from life and writing" Love her approach to life and her realism "we're a mixed grill of happy anticipation and dread"

2.  I just haven't been taking as many photos over the last year or so and it's been the non-event type shots that are missing and I'd like to change this. I like the look of FMS's photo-a-day prompts. It's unlikely I'll do every day but I'm going to try to join in some days in March. (via. Cate)

3. 21 Genius Ways to Repurpose Old Clothing.

4. Your journal ... A Good Place to Have Bad Ideas.

5. Some more recipes moving into our weeknight rotations. One pot pasta and moroccan chickpea quinoa power salad.