It's been a week that's worked out better than I thought it would. Illness, busyness and all the other ness-es nad itis-es that pop up like road blocks in front of you when all you really have energy to do is follow the script and stick to your routine to get the job done.
It's been a good week at work. Even got to drive home in the sun on Friday. Not the greatest view but there's nothing like driving past the familiar signs and landmarks that say you're homeward bound and seeing them bathed in golden, late afternoon sun.
I've really enjoyed just sticking to my exercise routine. I often throw my own pity parties about hard it is to train as hard or as often as I did way back when but then I remember all the excuses I used to make to myself as I stayed that extra half an hour in bed or faffed around on the sofa glued to my iPhone. Perhaps I've got the rose tinted glasses (or trainers on) when I try to remember my exercise regime BC (before child - boom tish).
The windows of opportunity to get my weights and cardio in are so small these days that I have to grab them and make the best of what I have. With illness and sleep deficit taken into account this week, the cardio hasn't been as intense and the reps haven't been as high but I did what I kept at it in the company of my stoic and silent crack of dawn gym buddies. We mostly don't speak to each other but I find their presence and their individual routines both soothing and motivating as I do my thing (on the lowest weight settings).
I made a batch of slow cooker bolognese for the freezer on Saturday. In a Chinese kitchen, one browns their mince, onions and garlic in the wok....
I gave thanks to my last Costco run for providing me with the dried herbs I needed but thought I'd run out of until I opened the spare bottles and boxes cupboard in the kitchen.
I have two secret ingredients for my bolognese. One of them is barbecue sauce, preferably Sweet Baby Ray's. It has to be the 946ml bottle from Costco.
And celery salt. I find it helps balance the flavour of my bolognese if it's too sweet. It's the perfect salty kick for tomatoes. There's something in it (quite possibly celery) that works so well with tomatoes in a way that salt or soya sauce do not.
|Went the extra mile today with those grated carrots as well as all that pre slow cooker browning and frying.|
I've been attacking Preschooler SSG's toys one play set at a time. We are not a household where the cardboard box that a toy is purchased in remains the container for that toy one month let alone one, five or ten years down the track. If you were ever to be passed on any of our toys, they'd mostly be in a lucky dip carton comprised of cars, trains, building blocks, wooden food, puzzle pieces and Kinder Surprise toys. I remain envious and in awe of friends who have the toys of their grown up children still in their original boxes.
But perhaps my proudest getting it done moment involved the car. I managed to both fill the petrol tank and all four tyres. It did take me 20 minutes and it did involve giving a wide berth to a cyclist who was also filling his tyres but I did it. Actually, we did it. My fellow drivers and I. There's some kind of well choreographed tango that everyone who uses this servo seems to know. People fill their tanks nose to nose (because of the craziness that is different cars having their tank inlets on opposite sides) then they reverse out and around others, people remember who was waiting first for a bowser and circle around to give them enough space to pull in. Somehow, it all ends well.
Do you still have the original packaging of toys from your childhood or those of your children?
What are your secret bolognese ingredients?