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Samstag, 23. April 2016

Wonky Life Update

What's happening in the wonky world, you might well ask. I've kept fairly quiet during the last month.
Truth is, with Easter, birthday celebrations, my fitness regime and not to forget my day job I've been a tad busy. On top of that I've been suffering from spring fever and had to take lots of naps in my spare time.

I've also been doing some sewing:

a vision in turquoise, a scarf for my favourite sister

sometimes I forget to make something for myself, so this little beauty is just for me

And now, with the great OZ adventure only nine weeks away I'm up to my eyeballs in lists. I have bought a new camera which needs to be figured out (total technophobe me). I need to get a tablet so that I can send news feeds to my faithful readers and either sew or buy a spongebag.... But I love the tingling sensation that fills me now when I think af what lies ahead and wouldn't miss it for the world.

The greatest pleasure lies in the anticipation after all!

Mittwoch, 30. März 2016

New sewing projects

Today I want to show you some of my new sewing projects:

 1. The Batman sleep mask:

2. The toothbrush etui

3. The shopper

4. Easter Egg Doilies

5. Suitcase Shoe bags

Sissi 2 is purring like a kitten and I'm very happy about a new fabric delivery, a pile of worn shirts in great designs!!

Montag, 21. März 2016

Challenge Over

It's been over a month and I declare the challenge officially over. Overall I feel that I've triumphed but some days I might have been a bit lenient with myself.

It might have been a bit optimistic to fitness challenge myself during the cold and pollen season. Most days I only managed to go for a walk.

The positive outcome is a change of attitude. The challenge has become a habit. I might not be able to move my behind to the gym in time for class on a Sunday morning after a night out but I can move my behind around the block for a walk.

On top of that I started to actually use my fitness tracker as a tracker and not just as a wrist watch.
Three weeks ago I realized I had managed to nail my activity goal on 5 of 7 days, a week later 6 out of 7 and last week I made sure to hit 7 out of 7.

It got personal and I ended up walking up and down my apartment just to reach the goal or let my friend drop me off so that I could walk home. Dancing counts and swimming too!

I haven't lost any weight so far but it helped to incorparate more movement into my daily life and change my attitude.

If you need some inspiration, check out Eddie Izzard's marathon challenge:


Sonntag, 13. März 2016

The grand unveiling of Sissi 2

Recently I had to sack my first own sewing machine, Sissi. 

If you are considering buying a machine yourself, pay as much as you can. My cheap Singer, which was all I could afford four years ago, didn't reach the high standards I was used to from my aunties machine and I missed its efficient quality and easy handling.

So after days of dithering and discussing it with my sewing aunt, who recommended the Swiss company "elna" and my sister, who owns one of their products, I decided to by the same model as my sister, the "elna 3210 Jeans".

So far I had only time to test the different stitches but I'm amazed by its quiet purring, music to my ears. I am soo looking forward to my next projects!

Mittwoch, 2. März 2016

Challenge update

tiled floor at the local pool

Only yesterday morning I was preparing to tell you that I'm recovered and back on track and bam! (imagine comic style bubble) the stupid cold is back.

Even though I had a good and proper rest and stayed at home for a week, the nose is running again and the throat hurting. 

At the end of last week I started exercising with some gentle walking and yoga practice and on Monday I went for a swim but now the challenge has ground to a halt once more.

I feel like a right prat for starting the challenge but am determined to keep going once I'm better, again! But then: it wouldn't be a challenge if it was easy!

 But on a more positive note - I have new sewing projects:

I'll keep you posted! Stay well and take care!

Samstag, 13. Februar 2016

Challenge suspended

It's the third week of my challenge and I have to face it: I have to suspend my challenge due to a stinking cold. 

On the way home from the office I stocked up on eukalyptus bath salts, nose spray, nose salve and the good eukalyptus tissues which remind me of my late gran.

So now I use my nebulizer and flush out my nose with saline solution. It'll pass, I'm sure but for now the gym is off limits and I need to take it easy.

I don't take this as failure but intend to add the missed-out days to the duration of the challenge! The aim is to make it a habit anyway so this might actually help me to keep going for longer!

Sonntag, 7. Februar 2016

Challenge update

On day 15 I'm really happy on how my challenge is coming along. 

Granted, one evening last week I managed only a 10-minute detour on my way home and then couldn't raise enough energy to lift one toe of the couch. But hey, the day before I did the 90-minutes Spinning class and the day after the 60-minutes Spinning class so I'm not too fussed.
I find it easy most days because I can choose from a variety of tasks. If the weather is too wet to go for a walk I'll unroll my yoga mat and if I can't get out of bed on Sunday morning for the Spinning class I can go swimming later on.

This morning I choose to accept the invitation of a walk where I usually politely refuse it! Just in case I felt too tired later on. I had planned to go swimming tonight but I'll just do that tomorrow when my friend is free to join me. I love the flexibility and after all -  I make the rules! That's how I stay motivated.

Totally out of context I want to share my love for the queen of vegetables: the aubergine or eggplant!

My favourite way to prepare it right now is to slice it like a fan and stuff it with tomatoes, courgettes and cheese. Then you'll just have to pop it  in the oven for 40-50 mins at 200 °C.