Hi everyone! Sorry (yet again) for the late blog post: work has been ridiculously crazy busy. I normally come in 45min early so I can write my blog, however instead I have been getting started at work early to try and finish all the tasks we have at the moment! So, hopefully I can catch up on the week-in-passing’s blog update now 🙂
-I’m back into the Curves program, and while I’m seeing the results already with my blood sugar results becoming more stable, I’m struggling to get back into the food plan. I also only managed to go to the gym 2/4 times last week due to being sick, and I just wasn’t eating correctly either. I was getting back into soft drink, heavy carbs and just crappy food. So, I’m starting to make my own meals again to try and stick to the Curves Complete meal plan, starting with a big batch of Quinoa Tabouleh. I added some corn into the mix, and it’s very tasty (I forgot how awesome Quinoa is!) Also, my diabetes starting getting a little bit out of control post-wedding (mainly due to not being able to exercise as much due to my foot injury), however now I’m able to walk at least 7000 steps a day and am back into the gym, my levels are looking much better!
-On the note of food, while I was cleaning up the house, I found a whole heap of Japanese cookbooks I bought when I was over in Japan. This includes the “Just Bento” (http://justbento.com/) cookbook. It made me realise how much I really wanted to start making bentos for lunch a few years back…but then moving house/life got in the way. As a coeliac, it’s hard to eat my favourite Japanese foods (note: Japanese curry, tonkatsu, gyoza etc) because unless you can make them yourself, you’ll never get to have these things filled with gluten-goodness. However, with my bento cookbook, and my Gluten Free Asian Cookbook (complete with gluten-free gyoza recipes!), I am ready to start making some bentos for myself and Ray. We’re probably not going to start this for a few weeks (we’re pretty poor atm due to our honeymoon payment being due in a week), but once I do, I’ll put photos up on here 🙂
-Again, on the note of food: I’ve started researching things for our honeymoon, and realised that the last time I went to Japan, I wasn’t a coeliac. All these amazing meals I had in Japan appeared in my brain, and I realised how many of these would contain gluten. Combined with the amount of soy sauce in everything (and discovering most Japanese MSGs contain gluten aswell), I started to panic. What if I couldn’t eat ANYTHING on our honeymoon (other than food on the cruise boat)? I started researching and found several websites to help out:
So basically, based on the above, I think my approach will be to learn the kanji for various types of gluten, make up some really good info cards in Japanese to give restaurant staff…and after that, if I can’t find gluten-free, find some options in a combini/supermarket. In all honesty, this will probably only affect lunches for us, but it’s something really good to know. Some people I spoke to (including dieticians) were all “oh it’s Asia, you can have rice and be ok etc etc”, but it’s definitely a bit more difficult than that. I guess I can just eat plain rice in the worst case scenario, haha.
-I’ve also started watching Mad Men again from the beginning. While I really hate the storyline (everyone having affairs/divorce/females being treated like crap), it is accurate with the era. The real main reason I watch the show is for the fashion/culture/art, and specifically to get some inspiration for future sewing projects and hair styles. Even in the first season, it’s pretty interesting to see the change in fashion from the early episodes to the finale. Anyway, it’s my little indulgence at the moment 🙂
-Over the past week, I’ve had so many opportunities to play Dungeons and Dragons and other RPGs. Ray and I have set up our weekly Wednesday night games based on a type of DC Universe RP. I’m playing some sort of teenage-mutant-ninja fox thing with telekinesis and stealth. We’ve got a big variety of gamers in this group, so it’s giving me experience in gaming with different people, and seeing different styles of gaming. We’ve also started up a Doctor Who RP with some other friends, which has been incredible! I’m playing a Cyborg Time Agent who was originally a programmed killing machine, mind-controlled by the Master and slayed many civilisations. In the Doctor Who game, our characters are so varied, yet the party works so well together (on another note: playing Doctor Who RP with new-Who soundtracks in the background is AMAZING). And, of course, our normal D&D session based on Ray’s world he created will continue onwards. All of the above has made me very eager to game, and also more confident as a gamer too. 🙂
-I’m also still considering what study I’d like to go, in regards to where I want to be career-wise. I’ve received an offer for one of the courses I’d like to do (a Diploma in Modern Languages, for Mandarin), but I’d like to do this concurrently with a Masters degree, hopefully. I’m awaiting news on the offers for some Masters programs I applied for…so I’ve got to keep waiting until June probably. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I want to be doing in a few years…the problem is, Ray and I both want to have secure, permanent work before we purchase a home (yep, we’re going to start saving for a deposit post-honeymoon!). The problem is that I don’t really want to pursue anything in too much depth until we both have secured permanent work. Sometimes though, I do wonder if what I’m doing is what I’m “meant to be doing”, and will lead me in the right direction for careers. I wonder if I’m capable of doing more (insert key flashback to high-school, where people had big hopes for me…I really feel like I’ve failed them). But, in this day and age, it’s hard for people of my age to even obtain work, yet alone permanent work coming straight out of uni. So, I really should feel more grateful for being where I am. Anyway, in summary, I’ve just got a lot on my mind about trying to figure out my 5-year-career plan.
That’s about all I can write with the limited time I have 🙁 Thanks for reading!