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Daniel and I have been trying to lose our ‘winter coat’ this week. We’ve both put on a few kilos over the last few months so we’ve really been trying and watching our calorie intake this week. Dan’s been making healthy salads for lunch and we’ve been back to basics with our weekly menu plan. I’ve also started getting up early and going for a walk a few days a week. I get up a bit before 6am and walk for about half hour at a good pace. Then on Wednesday I’ve got about half way and decided to run up the little hill, which I managed to do without dying so ran the rest of the way home. It felt really good! About a year and a half ago I was running regularly in the mornings and I even did a couple of organised fun-runs. It’s hard to believe now but at my fittest I was running 7km a couple of times a week and it would take be about an hour. On Monday night I went to Zumba! It was terrific! I’ve always loved dancing so this combines dance with fitness and it’s really good fun but I was absolutely stuffed by the end of it! I went again on Thursday night and intend on keeping it going for as long as we can afford it.

Poor Nicholas had a little delicate issue this week. On Tues night after a shower he told me his willie was sore. I looked at it and it was red and swollen a bit with a yucky discharge coming out. A couple of phone calls worked out it wasn’t too urgent and I could take him to the doctor’s the next day. I’m really lucky as Mum and Dad didn’t have anything on so they came around and in the morning to look after him and take him to the doctor’s at around 11am. I dropped Andrew off to daycare on my way to work and as we walking in one of the kids called out to Andrew from the playground “Where’s Nicholas?” and Andrew yelled back at the top of his lungs “He’s got a sore willie! Nana and Pa are taking him to the doctor’s!” So everyone in the whole playground knew 🙂 It was really funny. In any case, Mum said he was extremely well behaved at the doctor’s and got some antibiotics. It’s called ‘balanitis’ and is inflammation of the glans in the penis which just happens in uncircumcised boys sometimes, and gets infected. It’s pretty much all better today.

Andrew’s got a cough but ventolin helps. He’s gone to spend the day at Nana and Pa’s so he’s very happy. Speaking of which I better go and pick him up!

Julia

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In Search of an Early Night

I really need an early night. I’ve needed an early night for a couple of weeks now but it still eludes me!

It’s pretty much all my fault though. I’m too easily distract… ooh look, something shiny! (Oldie, but a goodie). Usually it’s the computer that keeps me from getting to bed when I need to but sometimes it’s the boys. My aim is to get to bed one night before 10pm and then be asleep about 10.30pm. These are the events of the last few nights:

Friday: Barbershop friends around for a great night watching old competition stuff and having a quiet drink. I had to kick them out after midnight. Asleep about 1am I think.
Saturday: Finally get a night to watch tv with my husband. Had been waiting for a 2 hour block to watch first ep of ‘Sherlock’. Didn’t get around to putting it on until nearly 8.30pm so not to bed until after 11pm (distracted by computer on way to bed).
Sunday: Fantastic day down the Gold Coast culminating in boys going Trick or Treating with American friends. Didn’t leave Coast until 8.30pm so didn’t get home until 9.30pm. By time unpacked beach stuff and checked email and facebook (do you see a pattern forming here?) was after 10.30pm again.
Monday: After watching gorgeous Simon Baker in ‘The Mentalist’ finishing at 9.30pm I think I might get to bed before 10pm – I’ll just check my email! Ooh – exciting news from friend! I’ll just reply quickly and check facebook – boom! It’s 10.45!!! How did that happen?
Tuesday: Watch ‘Your Gen’ and then catch up on ‘Offspring’ that I missed on Sunday. Finally get to bed before 10pm. Turn light out at 10.20pm. Awesome! Might actually be asleep… (10.40pm – insert toddler crying noise here). Are you kidding me? Nick’s woken up with a sore tummy. Spend next 20 minutes cuddling/patting/soothing. Back to bed at 11pm, cranky! Took quite a long time to calm myself down and get to sleep.
Wednesday: Daniel studying again so end up watching the cricket (Australia are such losers!) and going backwards and forwards to the computer. Watch an ep of Modern Family with husband and get to bed before 10pm! Woo hoo! Maybe tonight. Read until 10.20pm and about to turn out light when (insert police car siren noise here). What the…? Look outside and there’s an unmarked cop car outside our house pulled over a red sporty looking car. Watch sneakily through the blinds as cops ask 3 guys to get out of car while they search it – presumably for drugs or weapons we suppose. Cops don’t find anything and let guys go. Weird. Didn’t think we lived in that sort of street! Now after 10.30pm and need to read some more to settle down. Light out at 11pm – grrrrr!
Thursday (tonight): It’s 9.40pm and I’ve just finished this blog so I’m off! Will let you if I get that elusive early night finally!

Julia