I'm a work in progress... trying to get fit and get healthy, by eating right and exercising. I have lost weight, but the biggest bonus is the energy I have now, and how I have a focus in my life. I like to blog, I'm inherently lazy, and I get paid to be fit- it's in my job description. I live in Darwin, Australia, and I'm a waddler. I run because I enjoy it. I like to be a bit faster than I was 12 months ago, but I'm not a racer. I would like to run 250K through the Gobi desert before I turn 50, but after only 100K in 1 months (as opposed to 2 days!), I realise my feet will probably snap in the process. *sigh* Facebook: hinuk shines email: hinukshines@gmail.com wordpress: hinukshines.wordpress.com (and no, it's not my name - it's two random words) Peace out.

 

A martini slushy to take the edge off packing :)

A martini slushy to take the edge off packing :)

Needed to get some snacks for the flight.
I was *thinking* coconut chips would be a safe bet.
Guess I thought wrong.

Not pictured: a workmate brought some honey and ginger concoction. It had not only sugar added, but glucose syrup as well. Fucking awesome.

TL:DR ALWAYS CHECK THE LABEL!!

profanityville said: Customs are laying people off? That’s crazy, smuggling and people trafficking are at an all time high worldwide. I know we’ve been forced to save money here in the UK, but no frontline staff have been forced to go.

Yes apparently, it was reported yesterday another 100 after July will go. I don’t understand the logic, but when does logic ever play a part in government?

just a thought.

The other day my boss said ‘But why would you want to do anything else? The money is good, and you can do it standing on your head.’

And now it’s got me wondering.

I’m technically old enough to think about retiring, although if they do lift the age again in this country, it’s another 25 years away, and I don’t think that that is close enough to be considering retiring *just* yet. But it does make me wonder why I want to be driving towards something - why I don’t just take that easy path?

Given that the road I’m taking is unlikely to lead to any jobs (i.e. Customs are laying off people now that their voluntary redundancy scheme failed to have the desired impact - people WANTING (needing??) to work? Who’d’ve thought?), why do I bother?

Or maybe I should just man (or whatever term is most appropriate to readers) the fuck up, find those extra damn 500 words I don’t have in me, and have at it.

Damn being a learner.

Finally!

Our visas for China arrived - one week out.

I was starting to be a little concerned, but not as much as I would’ve been had we still been in Darwin. That mail could take a week from the nearest state!

I’m hoping it’ll be groovy, and yet I’m kinda hoping we’ll have nothing in common with our tour group so we won’t have to hang with them, and can just piss off and do our own thing. I still can order beer and three dishes in Chinese, plus ask how much.

We’re good to go.

(pity it’s only a week. *sigh*.)

In other news, I ate too much this evening from all the excitement. The curried cauliflower soup is delicious (esp when heated up), and leftover lambchops are great. Add a glass of wine, and half a museli bar (have you ever checked out the amount of sugar in one of those things? it’s obscene!), and a piece of banana bread (yes, it isn’t made with flour) with jam compote (is that right? it’s just stewed strawberries) to top it off. Now I feel like a boik, and I haven’t done any study, and I just want to sleep.

What a good idea. Don’t mind if I do. Stupid daylight savings. It’s 5:30pm.

I don’t like daylight saving.

ESP when I look at the clock and it’s not the time I woke up yet. Wtf? Lucky I looked it up so I can manually change the clock and watches.
(It’s been over 20 years since I had to do that!)

1. Push yourself to get up before the rest of the world — start with 7 a.m., then 6 a.m., then 5:30 a.m. Go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sunrise.

2. Push yourself to fall asleep earlier — start with 11 p.m., then 10 p.m., then 9 p.m. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

3. Erase processed food from your diet. Start with no candy, chips, cookies, then erase pasta, rice, cereal and then bread. Use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.

4. Get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. Fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. Sit and eat while doing absolutely nothing else.

5. Stretch. Start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. Roll your head, stretch your fingers, stretch everything.

6. Buy a 1L water bottle. Start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

7. Buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. Write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. No detail is too small.

8. Strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear drawer into the washing machine. Put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash everything. Then make your bed in full.

9. Organize your room. Fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor and light a beautiful candle.

10. Have a luxurious shower with your favorite music playing. Wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. Lather your whole body in moisturizer, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs and the back of your neck.

11. Push yourself to go for a walk. Take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. Smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. Bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. Realize how much you can learn from your dog.

12. Message old friends with personal jokes. Reminisce. Suggest a movie or sushi date soon, even if you don’t usually follow through, push yourself to follow through.

14. Think long and hard about what interests you. Crime? Sex? Chinese folklore? Long-forgotten romance etiquette? Find a book about it and read it. There is a book about literally everything.

15. Become the person you would ideally fall in love with. Let cars merge into your lane when driving. Pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. Stick your tongue out at babies. Compliment people on their cute clothes. Challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for an entire day, then two, then a week. Walk with straight posture. Look people in the eye. Ask people about their story. Talk to acquaintances so you become friends.

16. Lie in the sunshine and daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t possible. Breathe in, breathe out. Open your eyes and take small steps to make it happen for you.

16 Steps to happiness (via flowerous)

The notes :O :’)

Because such is life.

(via gettingahealthybody)

Or you could dedicate your life to fucking up their day.

Just sayin.

(Source: mint-bliss)

Oh dear.

Thanks to Miss madhatterer - I am totally drooling over the fabulous items at Society6.

Not just because I want to buy ALL the things (sorry Allie. Love you millions), but because there are so many talented people out there that we can see now through the wonder of the interwebs.

It is truly a remarkable age we live in. And we take it all for granted - most days :)

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mar-kicksass said: See also, Choleric. I’m much better at the knock them into next week angle. :( Good luck!!!
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madhatterer said: may the force be with you.
dresslove said: And good luck with it!
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Thank you all very much for your support. After loosing study time and sleep time (over two bloody nights dammit!), it’s sorted. It was a misunderstanding (aren’t they always?), and now things are okay. Which is lucky, cos she turned up to work yesterday literally right next to me!
And although I slept for 12 hours last night and I don’t have to worry about this incident any further, I’m still feeling like my mojo is missing.

Best it comes back - I have an entomology website to make!

enigmalynne:

Dear @selfmagazine - your public shaming of runners in tutus is shameful in itself, but using a photo from a marathoner who was running in a tutu mid chemo treatment in order to bring awareness to Brian cancer as your mocking photo is appalling and unforgivable. You lack of journalistic integrity and professional ethics is speaking loud and clear as you still remain tight lipped, giving the appearance of ambivalence to your misstep. I refuse to renew my subscription, and hope many others follow. As a publication meant to inspire and motivate, you deserve every failure coming to you. No love, Jamie… The one on the left in the green tutu

enigmalynne:

Dear @selfmagazine - your public shaming of runners in tutus is shameful in itself, but using a photo from a marathoner who was running in a tutu mid chemo treatment in order to bring awareness to Brian cancer as your mocking photo is appalling and unforgivable. You lack of journalistic integrity and professional ethics is speaking loud and clear as you still remain tight lipped, giving the appearance of ambivalence to your misstep. I refuse to renew my subscription, and hope many others follow. As a publication meant to inspire and motivate, you deserve every failure coming to you. No love, Jamie… The one on the left in the green tutu

How hard is it?

When you’re trying to plan out a ‘I’m disappointed you felt you couldn’t come to me with your issues rather than go behind my back and try and get me in the shit’ conversation for tomorrow, when all you really want to do is slap them into next week and tell them to grow a set of balls and stop being such a whingey whiney little cunt.

It does not bode well.

Did you make it?
Why yes I did! We’re having a bake off this week at work, so I needed to practice my paleo/grainfree/sugarfree/jerf/yummy cooking. Okay, that was *part* of the reason. The other part was I was supposed to be studying, but ANYWAAAAY…
It’s from the against all grain website, and it’s touted as a bread substitute for those of us that don’t eat it anymore because it does nasty things to our insides (and our brains). And I will admit, it’s good. It even cuts like bread :)
I did use cashew butter over almond (excess almonds also do evil things to me now), and I’m proud to say that I made that myself too. (two cups of unsalted cashews makes 1 cup of cashew butter. You’re welcome.). And the lush of my life made the strawberry topping - pure strawberries boiled slowly over many hours. Delish!
And the best thing about it all? I got to have BUTTER on my bread. It was a good day.
(in other news, the entry for work will be the chocolate zucchini cake/bread. Moist, dark, and not too sweet. I had to put that one away quick smart - but unfortunately, I know where it is. Dammitall!)