Today, I had good news and bad.
The good news was, that I found my watch which had gone missing months ago.
The bad news was that the watch was on the treadmill (the walking thing which one is supposed to exercise on).
The Global Corporate Challenge made me rediscover my treadmill today, if for no reason other than team-guilt – the other team at work is winning, so it’s time to get walking.
What was surprising (other than finding my watch in the very same place that I’d lost my spare car key only six months earlier), was how much effort it takes to walk off Tim Tams. Especially, the six dark chocolate Rum & Raisin ones I ate yesterday.
As the picture shows, half an hour of walking (at an easy pace) only burns off one Tim Tam (90 calories or 400 kilojoules) and a bit. I’d never counted calories before, nor dieted, so this was quite a shock. Furthermore, the walk only clocked up three and a half thousand (ish) steps, when the other teams’ averages are around 11,000 per day. Hmmm.
All things considered, I’m thrilled that I’ve found my watch and a new way to watch what I put into my mouth. (Those who know me well probably wouldn’t call me a convert, just yet).
Happy walking, everyone.
Yours Truly gets a little bit excited when a product actually lives up to its marketing hype.
I can say that I was hugely impressed with the fact that these tomatoes didn’t turn into sandwich sludge – not even when put in the toasted sandwich maker (aka jaffle maker). They hold firm and seem to last longer than other types of tomatoes, when kept in the specially designed holey plastic bag, in the crisper section of the fridge. The tomatoes cut very easily (even with my perpetually blunt knives), present very well and taste great.
While I don’t personally believe in salad, I’m sure these tomatoes would be great for those who do. They’re not as juicy as other kinds, so they wouldn’t be my first choice for sauces and suchlike. (I’m told, in comments below, that they perform equally well in sauces and cooking.)
No more mushy tomato sandwich nightmares. Enjoy! No Mess Tomatoes, indeed!
UPDATE: I’ve had buckets of people agreeing that these are now their favourite tomatoes! I love a local good-news story. Hats off to Aussie ingenuity.
Brisbane turned on a beautiful day for Karli Dyke’s 9th birthday and appeal day at the Jube on Sunday. There was a great turn out and show of support for the family. The bands were awesome, although (perhaps, unsurprisingly) they couldn’t play any Miley Cyrus. (I did ask.)
A number of readers have asked me to report on the day and to provide details for the fundraising effort, so see below … I hope to get my hands on a book of tickets for the signed & framed Michael Clarke bat – message me please if you’re interested. If you’d like to make a direct cash donation:
Keith Foss & Pauline Campbell
Karli Dyke Appeal
A/C : 20-177148-5
The new-look Jubilee Hotel is a neat place for a $2 Sunday steak and $4 Corona, with no trace of its jelly-wrestling and topless girl past. It was a very nice way to spend an afternoon with friends.
Hip-hip HURRAY for Karli. May this year be a really good one!
If you’re in Brisbane this Sunday, October 17th, 2010, drop into the Jubilee Hotel anywhere from NOON (correction, not 1:30pm) onwards and support precious Karli by listening to some great bands! These awesome folks are donating their appearance fee. All we have to do is come cheer them on. Entry is free and kids are invited.
If you can’t get down there, but would like to buy raffle tickets or make a donation to the Karli Dyke Foundation, message Yours Truly and I’ll find out more details.
About a year ago, Karli was diagnosed with a form of leukemia. She’s the bravest little critter I know. This Sunday, she turns 9 and she’ll be celebrating in style. (Blues bands playing for your 9th party, how cool is that! I can feel a “Blues Brothers” quote coming on …)
Watch this space, as Karli and her super-mum Suzie might drop by and do a guest appearance on the blog.
I hope to see you there!
UPDATE: Big shout out to Spencer Howson on 612 ABC Breakfast for announcing Karli’s gig! [Friday 15 October 2010].
For some reason, people ask me for makeup advice, not realising perhaps, that for me, if it doesn’t go on in 5, it doesn’t go on at all. I like makeup that is easy, not obscenely expensive and doesn’t cause my skin to react.
One of my favourite products (and one of the few things that I don’t react to) is Jane Iredale’s lip crayons.
* the colour range – goes with everything
* the convenience of lip-liner and lipstick in one
* that they’re creamy and hydrating (somewhere between a lip pencil and lipstick in consistency)
* that they stay on a bit better than standard lipsticks or glosses
* they don’t burn and tend not to bleed
* they don’t melt or break on the first day of summer in Brisbane
* they come with a sharpener
* they blend ie. you can put one colour down and then another over the top of it to get the exact shade you need – or you can put coloured gloss (I like Iredale’s glosses as well) over the top.
They also go on fast, with no fuss – so they get my big tick.
Brisbane ladies can look up my fav supplier, La Bella Sophia Hair Nails & Beauty, and speak with Deb.
Finally, a long sleeve after-swimming cover-up for kids … Brisbane mum, Sam Rawlings, started making these little beauties for her own children and was swamped with people asking where she’d got them from. Now, she’s taking orders and making them for other mini people. My order was custom-made and turned around in a week. If you’re interested, I wouldn’t recommend leaving your order too long though, as Sam is just launching this business and it’s already taking off.
I love to support local go-get-em people, especially when they use Australian products and labour. These Cozzies are well-made, with lovely trim and no scratchy bits. They cost $45 and look great. I can’t believe no-one else has made them in long sleeves, given all our sun-safe messages.