Monday, March 16, 2015

Saying goodbye to an unfinished project.

I am the type of person who likes to be thorough. I like to complete tasks. I like to put a tick in that box and feel a nice sense of satisfaction. Not completing a task feels failure? Like I've let myself and everyone else down? It feels like being a Quitter, and I like to think I am No Quitter. I have a lot of projects on the go, and a lot of ideas spilling out of my head. I've learnt to accept that sometimes my ideas will stay in a notebook and never see the light of day - because there are only so many hours of light in a day. Sometimes a project involves a piece of furniture or something large, and if that project isn't actioned immediately it it will sit around in a great cluttery heap, as if I've dragged the entire street's worth of hard rubbish into my house. We don't have a workshop and my shoe box sized house cannot store that much curb shopping!

So, years ago, my parents bought an ugly green striped couch, two actually. You know the ones, from a place that sounds like Lametastic Furniture? Somehow I ended up with the sofa bed couch, and have dragged it around the country with me from house to house. I hate this couch, I thought it was ugly the day it was delivered to my parents house, and familiarity only bred contempt. Why did I keep it all these years? Because it was a sofa bed, and even better; an uncomfortable sofa bed. We where able to accommodate guests but none of them wanted to stay too long because the bed was so uncomfortable. It was perfect! But it was still ugly. So I devised a stylish cunning plan.

The plan was to transform the sofa bed into a sofa ottoman, that would be the size of a single bed, be beautifully upholstered, and be on industrial style wheels. It could function as a single bed if needed. It was going to be awesome. I got to stage 5 on the plan, and man was it cathartic ripping that eyesore of a couch apart. The plan worked very well, but I needed about $1000 worth of supplies to see the project to completion, and that is where it stalled. I didn't feel we had a spare $1000 and if we ever did experience a small windfall, it went on other things that where more important than that ugly couch. So the ugly, pulled apart couch sat there for a few years and became a weight on my conscience. Every time I looked at it I would think I really must finish that couch, that ugly couch is so ugly, why can't we have nice things? The one persistent house guest we have found it so uncomfortable she bought her own single bed and installed it over the top of the ugly couch, so it wasn't even needed anymore. But it still lurked there, under the bed, in all it's unfinished ugliness.

Eventually, the house kind of flooded a bit from the excessive rain we had from Cyclone Marcia, and the chipboard sides of the couch became so water damaged it couldn't be fixed. Mr BC hauled it off to the tip. I am relieved it's gone, but I still feel a sense of regret, and incompletion, and lack of closure. It's only an ugly old couch, well past it's prime; but I did not get to tick that box, even after putting up with it hanging around for so long. Also I'm a bit resentful about the single bed because it is absolutely ugly; I think it came from a place called Home Fart.

Should I have just gotten rid of the couch years ago, said enough is enough and cut my losses? Should I have just found $1000 to complete it? Should I just pick my projects and not take on too much? I definitely think it is time to move on. I've still got lots of projects to get on with. Do you have a lot of unfinished projects? When do you decide enough is enough? Is it hard to say good bye for you too?


Thursday, March 12, 2015

My thoughts on the current 'Diet Industry' drama.

Gosh there is some shit going down isn't there? Between Paleo Pete supposedly talking about liver and bone broth formula for babies, Belle Gibson apparently lying about ever having cancer and keeping money raised for charity within her company, and The Wellness Warrior dying after refusing chemotherapy in lieu of coffee enemas and fresh juices; you would be mistaken for thinking the Diet Industry is imploding spectacularly. That's what I think, anyway.

My thoughts on the shit storm going on in the Diet Industry just now:

  • Lying to people is wrong. 
  • Lying to people to make money is worse. 
  • Lying to people about curing their cancer, their child's autism, or any other emotionally fraught situation is reprehensible, and people who do this should be prosecuted and made to feel the full extent of the law. 
  • People who don't think they are lying, but continue to make financially lucrative unsubstantiated claims, are irresponsible, and should also be made to feel the full extent of the law.

My thoughts on your diet are: 

  • I don't care what you eat, it's none of my business! 
  • The idea of eating fresh, local, organic, etc sounds sensible but as it's your diet, it's still none of my business. 

My thoughts on my diet are:
  • I eat what I need to be healthy. I avoid what I need to, because - health. 
  • I love food! I eat a varied diet, and get inspiration from all over the place. I have an iron stomach, and that is my problem. My pancreas is apparently not made of iron at all, and is some cheap plastic shit. Sad face. 
  • I like some paleo recipes because eating low carbs is one of the best ways to manage my diabetes, but I do not follow the paleo diet. If it works for you, great! But we are talking about me just now. (See above 'my thoughts on your diet')
  • I will never give up grains, dairy, coffee, wine, or anything. And don't tell me what to eat, because I can manage my own choices just fine thank you very much. 
  • I would love to eat regular pizza, donuts, ice cream and pasta without consequence, but alas, that is not the horse I'm riding and must practice extreme moderation. I guess my pancreas really is the boss of my diet after all. I desperately wish to eat my weight in steamed dumplings and sushi but it would probably put me in a coma. Thanks, pancreas. 
  • I am lucky to have the time and space to have a veggie garden and keep chickens. I like that my husband goes fishing, I wish he went more often. I also wish we owned a salmon farm, but no. Disappointing. 
  • Most of the time I don't like the taste or smell of coconut, so I try not to eat it. 
  • I don't particularly care for lots of food products from the health shop, so I don't eat them. 
  • According to my diabetes educator, my diet is excellent and very healthy. Go me! 

My diet is tempered by my own particular health requirements, just like everyone else. Diabetes is a bitch yo! But it won't go away with wishful thinking, or exercise, or losing weight, or eating activated nuts or sprouted grain bread. It is the hand I've been dealt, so I must play it accordingly.

I love cooking, and sharing my recipes here, but I'm certainly not espousing any dietary mandates. I eat food that suits my tastes and health requirements, and if I've needed advice or help with my individual situation I seek it out from proffesionals. Everyone is dealing with their own health issues, and are doing the best they can. Isn't that great! It's not my job to be the diet police for any one except myself, and it pisses me off that other people give themselves a badge and start telling people en mass what to do. Especially people with health issues. It's not cool, it's fucking criminal. Or it should be.

What do you think of the drama surrounding the Diet Industry at the moment? 


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

15 ways to de-stress your home

  1. Open the windows. Let the bad vibes out and let some fresh, cleansing air in. 
  2. Play some music. Make it happy with a beat you can dance to, soothing or vibrant. Your call.
  3. Put a funny movie on. You don't even have to watch it, but the laughs coming out of your TV as you go about your business will keep you cheerful company.
  4. Bake something that smells delicious. Cinnamon rolls, apple pie; you don't even have to make it from scratch. Cookie dough from the supermarket will have the same effect. It's the warming, welcoming aroma you are after, not the taste. (Although that will be great too).
  5. Print some of those happy memories out of your phone or hard disk, and put them in a pretty frame to remind you of the good times in your life. No frames? Maybe a heart shaped collage on the wall or fridge.
  6. Install a pot plant or a bunch of flowers in your living room, it's nurturing greenness will not only please your eyes but also clean the air.
  7. Have a quick clean - nothing major, just 5 minutes of dusting will make for a happier home.
  8. Light a scented candle. 
  9. Declutter for 10 minutes. Walk around with a laundry basket and fill it with stuff that is harshing your good vibes - it might not be your job to put the stuff away, but clearing those socks out from under the coffee table will improve your view.
  10. Update the couch with some bright cushions and a throw to lift your spirits.
  11. Print out or make some colourful or inspirational artwork and put it where you can see it every day. 
  12. Change your sheets! Not my favourite job but everyone loves clean sheet day, yes? 
  13. Give the windows and mirrors a quick going over with a damp microfibre. Removing grime and smudges will improve your outlook considerably. (literally and figuratively) 
  14. Plan something fun, like a short holiday or even a day out. Having an adventure to look forward to is fantastic for the soul. 
  15. Have some friends over for an impromptu get together and fill your home with love and laughter. Let these good memories soak into the walls and into you. 
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