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Archive for the month “July, 2011”

Sorry, what!? Fish sucking your feet!?

I’m a bit late on this new craze, but you can now get a new kind of pedicure!  Dead skin eating FISH!

Yes, you’ve heard right (You’ve probably already heard it though haha, been around for a wee while now).

So, you go in, you pay something like £10 for 15 minutes and you stick your bare feet into a fish bowl basically.
The fish will then start to nibble at your feet and remove all of the hard skin (They’d had a field day at mine….either that or they’d die because I have smelly feet lol…oops).

Apparently it does not hurt.  I’ve been told several times that the bigger the fish, the more you can feel the TEETH  *shudder*
Aw I just can’t do it.  I keep feeling tempted to try it out but then I bottle out haha.

Several people have said that the fish go in between their toes, and that’s another big no-no for me!  I can’t have things in between my toes lol.
Plus I’ve got really ticklish feet and I can’t even have a normal massage as I tend to flick my feet a bit, so the poor fish would probably get kicked of squashed 😦

I can’t even stand going in the sea incase things swim around my feet, and I hate it when you get caught on seaweed.

Perhaps one day I’ll stop being a wimp haha.

Later on this day, I have a breakfast date with my husband 🙂 and hopefully I can get a doctor’s appointment for my dizziness.
Found out that dizziness is a withdrawal symptom from coming off my anti-depressant.  It’s a common one for SSRI’s.  Great stuff 😦

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I want to be a Loser

Bit of a boring day today to be honest.  Woke up at about 8.30 am, had a bath and had been watching about 14 episodes of ‘The Biggest Loser Australia’

Incase you didn’t know, on Sky Living on Saturday and Sundays they have been showing ‘The Biggest Loser Oz’ for most of the day and I’ve really got into it.
Normally I’ve never really got into the programme, but I love this one.

I’m 104 kg and I’m looking at the women who weigh more or the same as me and thinking ‘That’s not possible, I look so much bigger than them’.  I know everyone is different, but they’re all so much thinner than me.

One girl, Mel (the Red head) started off around my weight and has now left but her leaving weight was just below me and I can’t figure out why I don’t look that slim lol.  Perhaps I should move to Australia haha – Plus all the women look so pretty out there too 😦  Is it the water?  lol.

Damien to Win 😀  Or Marty 🙂
Don’t like Courtney or Munnalita – those two keep going behind backs, and this new guy Chris is only set on the prize.  Surely the weight loss would be the ultimate goal?

I need to lose as much weight as I can in a year!  I’m 104 kg (228 lbs / 16st 4lbs) and I’m a size 22, so not good at all.  I have a wedding to attend (not my own), and have been instructed to wear a dress, and I will not wear one at this size.

I have a bulging stomach, but it’s weird, it dips in the middle across the belly button.  Most say it’s because of the trousers waist, but it’s always been there and I used to wear them lower.  Now the trousers just ‘slip’ there.  I hate it.  Even when 9 months pregnant I still had it!

I lost 2 stone last year but put it back on after having the implanon implant in – It increases your appetite and I had no will power at the time as my hormones were all over the place grrr.

I’ve been sat down all day watching the TV series and saying to myself ‘yes I’m going to push myself, I can do that’……..several hours later I’ve hardly moved.  Thinking is one thing, but you have to push yourself to DO IT.

Believe it or not, I LOVE the Gym!  I loved it, it was great, and I love classes too.  I do Zumba and Boxercise and would love to re-join the gym and start swimming again.  I’ve got no reason not to (well, money is hard at times though).

Some people think I’m lucky as I’m not one of those women who crave chocolate and sweet things.  I have cravings  for them sometimes but not often.  I’m not lucky though because for me, it’s the Carbs.  I LOVE my bread, potatoes, Pastas etc.
I’ve started eating Sweet Potatoes instead of White ones as they are less starchy (someone said), and I’ve tried to reduce my bread intake.  No more bread at meal times.  Breakfast only, and perhaps one with a soup at lunch.

Make me into a loser 😀

Comping Babe :)

I LOVE entering competitions 🙂  I’ve only been doing them for about 2 months and I’ve won some lovely things 🙂

The latest one was 45g Kenco Coffee (My favourite coffee), Terry’s Chocolate Egg and 2 creme eggs.  That was for today.

Yesterday I received a Hamper of organic baking goods from Steenbergs, which added up to be worth £50!  This is what it includes –

  • 100 ml Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 100 ml Almond Extract
  • 100 ml Rose Water
  • 100 ml Organic Orange Flower Water
  • 100 ml Organic Peppermint Extract
  • Rose Sugar
  • Vanilla Sugar
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Lemon Sugar
  • Lavender Sugar
  • Organic Chocolate Drops
  • Dark Chocolate Strands
  • Rainbow Baking Strands
  • Pink & White marshmallows
  • Silver Balls
  • Lemon & Orange Jelly Slices

So as you can imagine, that has made me very happy indeed 🙂

I’ve also received an email last week that I have received a AEG Ultra Silencer OKO Vacuum Cleaner which is worth £200.

Here are my May/June Winnings

  • The Fairy Tale Wedding Book
  • Cbeebies Magazine
  • Wahanda Cleanser and Toner
  • £199 Spa Voucher
  • Now That’s What I Call Music 78

It’s surprising how addictive it is.  I haven’t done many comps since the beginning of June to be honest, so I really should start it up again.

 

A Deed a Day

I’ve decided to try to do at least 1 good deed per day.

I’ve found that I love helping people in the community, in fact, I love helping people all together!

Yesterday I bought a homeless man a sandwich, apple and a banana.  To be honest, with the amount of benefits people receive, he’s probably already eaten, but ‘just in case’ he hasn’t, I decided to spend £2-£3 on this stranger.

I also gave £2 to a charity for terminally ill children.  I normally only give a few pence, and I think most people only do that.  Trying to get rid of the loose change in their pocket.

Today, I gave a man my day ticket for the bus, as he had lost his wallet and I knew he didn’t have a ticket as we were talking about it earlier that day, about bus drivers not accepting £5 notes, so he asked me for change.

I’m not looking for thanks (Although it’s polite to be thanked), but I’m doing this to help others, I’m doing this for Karma, and I’m doing this because if this was me, I would like to think that others would help me.

What good deed did you do today

Busy Busy Bumble

For the last few days I’ve started doing more voluntary work, and I’ve got one in a local church doing admin and filing etc.  I’m loving it.

Today I’ve gone to a local luncheon club, and I’m now Administrator and Manager of it 🙂  I’ve never done anything like this before, but I’m excited about it 🙂
I’m worried incase my depression takes hold of me one day though as I don’t want to let anyone down, but I’m not thinking about that at the moment.
I’m handling the finance of it, organising speakers to come in such as the NHS etc.

Also today I’ve had a meeting for a no the community group that I’m a part of and we’re talking about how to promote these things.
We bring ideas to the table and we organise them etc.

Now, it’s a bit weird, because when I was a teenager, I was put into classroom groups to do brainstorming etc, and I was the one who contributed NOTHING.  I had all of the ideas in my head, but I wouldn’t voice them.  I was shy and didn’t have much confidence in myself.
Now though, I always voice my ideas.  I do go very red and blush if I can’t explain my idea properly though lol.  Which causes me to stumble.
I hate that, because I can FEEL my face getting hotter, which means it must be going red!  😦

Astigmatism

Just got back from the opticians because my eyes have been going blurry and I find it hard to focus at times and I was getting a bit worried.
I did go about 9 months ago and was told everything was fine, but I’ve still got it.

Anyway, had the ‘puff test’ where they blow a little puff of air into your eyes a few times, and every time I jump. I can hear my husband in the background giggling because he can see me jumping lol.

Reminds me a bit of ‘Rachel from Friends’ when she has to see the eye doctor lol.

Anyway, the Optometrist is spending a lot of time on my eyes which gets me a bit worried and then se puts a dye in my eyes which is alarming because I’ve never had that before.

Turns out I’ve got Astigma. Although all day I’ve been saying ‘I’ve got a Stigma’ haha, turns out it’s ONE word.

Basically it’s where my eyes are the shape of Rubgy balls, not footballs and he says mine a a bit more curved than many with astigma.
It explains why my eyes go blurry (also my medication affects the muscles in my body including my eyes so that’s not helping’.
So, one eye focuses on something while my other eye will focus above it or something, it’s not noticeable when you look at me, I’m not cross-eyed of anything.

Anyway, I’ve got myself some glasses, I’ve got to wait a week or two and I got that on the NHS but I paid an extra £25 to get the anti-glare as I use computers.

Getting insurance when I pick them up. I know what I’m like, so I’d best get it. I’ll still have to pay 25% though, but that’s better than paying £160 (lens, frame & Anti-glare).

I’ll have to wear them when I concentrate, so reading, writing, computers, driving etc. Basically every time I open my eyes.
I’ll see if I can get away with just wearing them when I read and watch something. I’m hoping I don’t have to wear them when out walking.
Now thinking I should have got the tinted ones for sunlight. More money though.

Anyway. I’d better got a wash my freaky rugby eyes, they’re rather dry since that dye. Oh, also my teat ducts are not producing enough apparently.

EDIT:  Turns out it is ‘Eye Stigma’ so I do have ‘a stigma’ the condition is called astigmatism

Volunteering :)

I’ve landed myself a volunteering place at the local church. I’m over the moon about it as I can build on my admin experience, but I get to help people and can hopefully teach others to use the computers.

I’ve got another volunteering job this weekend and also another where I’ll be admin but also sorting and managing things for a community area/building.

It’s so good, it gets you out of the house and it helps people. The local schemes in your areas will always appreciate more helpers.
Check out your local churches, community areas, hostels etc etc etc.

Whats you’re Favourite?

I, like most, have a youtube account, and I have a few subscriptions on there, and there is one which I LOVE.

I am talking about JustinRobinett  (All links open up on a separate tab/page)

He’s a singer, he mainly sings covers, but they’re all with a twist, and so far I love all of them.  Justin Robinett sings with different people, but on this youtube account he sings with Michael Henry.

Please have a listen and see what you think 🙂  Also, they have people in the room with them, so keep your eye on them too because they’re funny 🙂
Plus Justin tends to pull a few weird faces when singing lol, but I get mesmerised.

My favourites are:

Airplanes / Brick by Boring Brick  (Justin Robinett is the one in Blue)

In My Head

Rolling in Deep / Someone Like You / Turning Tables

So, who is your favourite subscription on youtube, or what is your favourite video?

Freegan vs Millionnaire

 http://www.channel4.com/programmes/wife-swap/4od#2926139

I have just finished watching an episode on 4demand of Wife Swap – The Gianstefanis and the Aytons.

It’s about a Millionnaire’s wife who swaps lives with a Freegan wife in Surrey.

I found it quite interesting.  I am ok with bin diving/raiding as long as the produce is sealed etc although we don’t personally do it.
I think there is a lot of waste and it would be ideal if supermarkets could give the waste to charities or hostels etc.

Anyway, the thing I don’t agree with is that the Freegan family don’t work, but instead ‘work’ by spreading the word of their religion.
They don’t claim benefits, yet they send their 12-year-old son to a public school, they go to dentists, doctors hospitals etc.  I find them no different to the x amount of people on the dole who will never intend to work.  (Please note I am only on about the people who have chosen not to work, not the people who have no choice or cannot find work).

I didn’t like the condition of the caravan they were living in either.  I’m ok with people living in caravans, that isn’t my issue, my issue was the coldness they were experiencing and also the leaks.

The millionnaire family had no idea about the amount people waste, or the amount THEY waste.
Thankfully this experience for them has helped them look more into it and they’ve reduced their wastage.
I felt sorry for the mum running around dropping her kids off here and there, surely her sons are old enough to make their own way or get a driving license?

Chili Con Carne

I think most of us enjoy a chili, and so tonight I’m making this, I’ve got this recipe from a food site and thought I’d share it with you 🙂

There are many debates as to where Chili Con Carne come from.  Many say Mexico, yet if you travel there it isn’t widely eaten.  Some say Texas, USA and some say Spain.
Chili Con Carne is Spanish for ‘Chili Pepper with Meat’.  So is it Spain?

I tried to look online about where it has come from and I found on Wikipedia that there are many variations of it including the

  • Texan Chili, which basically doesn’t contain Kidney Beans (looks like I’m cooking that one as I’ve run out of kidney beans lol).
  • ‘White Chili’ which is made using great northern beans and turkey meat or chicken breast instead of a tomato-based sauce and red meat (beef). The resulting dish appears white when cooked.
  • Chili verde (green chili) which is a moderately to extremely spicy Mexican and Mexican-American stew or sauce usually made from chunks of pork that have been slow-cooked in chicken broth, garlic, tomatillos, and roasted green chilis. Tomatoes are rarely used. The spiciness of the chili is adjusted with poblano, jalapeño, serrano, and occasionally habanero peppers.

ENJOY!

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves , peeled
  • 1 heaped tsp hot chilli powder (or 1 level tbsp if you only have mild)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 500g lean minced beef
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • ½ tsp dried marjoram
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 410g can red kidney beans
  • soured cream and plain boiled long grain rice , to serve

Method

  1. Prepare your vegetables. Chop your onion into small dice, about 5mm square. The easiest way to do this is to cut the onion in half from root to tip, peel it and slice each half into thick matchsticks lengthways, not quite cutting all the way to the root end so they are still held together. Slice across the matchsticks into neat dice. Cut your pepper in half lengthways, remove stalk and wash the seeds away, then chop.
  2. Start cooking. Put your pan on the hob over a medium heat. Add the oil and leave it for 1-2 minutes until hot (a little longer for an electric hob). Add the onions and cook, stirring fairly frequently, for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are soft, squidgy and slightly translucent.Tip in the garlic, red pepper, chilli, paprika and cumin. Give it a good stir, then leave it to cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Brown the mince. Turn the heat up a bit, add the meat to the pan and break it up with your spoon or spatula. The mix should sizzle a bit when you add the mince. Keep stirring and prodding for at least 5 minutes, until all the mince is in uniform, mince-sized lumps and there are no more pink bits. Make sure you keep the heat hot enough for the meat to fry and become brown, rather than just stew.
  4. Making the sauce. Crumble your stock cube into 300ml/1⁄2 pint of hot water. Pour this into the pan with the mince mixture. Open the can of chopped tomatoes and add these as well. Tip in the marjoram and the sugar, if using (see tip left), and add a good shake of salt and pepper. Squirt in about 2 tbsp of tomato purée and stir the sauce well.
  5. Simmer it gently. Bring the whole thing to the boil, give it a good stir and put a lid on the pan. Turn down the heat until it is gently bubbling and leave it for 20 minutes. You should check on the pan occasionally to stir it and make sure the sauce doesn’t catch on the bottom of the pan or isn’t drying out. If it is, add a couple of tablespoons of water and make sure that the heat really is low enough. After simmering gently, the saucy mince mixture should look thick, moist and juicy.
  6. Bring on the beans. Drain and rinse the beans in a sieve and stir them into the chilli pot. Bring to the boil again, and gently bubble without the lid for another 10 minutes, adding a little more water if it looks too dry. Taste a bit of the chilli and season. It will probably take a lot more seasoning than you think. Now replace the lid, turn off the heat and leave your chilli to stand for 10 minutes before serving, and relax. Leaving your chilli to stand is really important as it allows the flavours to mingle and the meat.

Now the mexican way is to add a small amount of dark chocolate instead of the sugar, only a small amount, one little square – (size of your thumbnail), you don’t want to be tasting the chocolate in the chili.

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