[a weight loss story]

*kathrynoh at nemesis dot com dot au*


Productive Day

I've had a most productive day today. I got up and went for a run then got my morning coffee plus the latest issue of Runners World (featuring a few familiar faces). I finished an assignment for my editing class and did some work on a short story then played some Guitar Hero (finally got my PS2 off Andrew and got it set up). I've gone from not being able to get all the way through a song to actually finishing three songs! I rock!

Then I had to go into the city for my editing class. As I walked in, I got a phone call. Four days temp work. It's only data entry which I hate but I can handle it for four days esp if it means cash. Which means I can buy a bike helmet and lock and get my bike home :)

I did my class and learnt all about the exciting world of infinite verbs then walked home and somehow got lost in Edinburgh Gardens (okay that's not so productive but funny - I normally walk about the park if it's dark but stupidly walked through the park and got disoriented for some reason).

Now I'm home and heating the stuffed capsicums I prepared this morning plus got my contributor's copy of an anthology with one of my short stories in it.

All up, a most satisfyingly productive day.

I wish I could say that! My day hasn't been very productive so far... I'm gonna take you as my role model and make the best of the evening though! :)

By Blogger Alea, at 1:27 am  

I love Guitar Hero! Probably just as well I don't own a PS2 as I wouldn't be able to tear myself away from it.

Hope the data entry isn't too tedious. At least you'll have some cashola.

By Blogger your bloody valentine, at 12:23 pm  

Definitely sounds like a productive day. So...are YOU in the latest Runner's World? Will have to check it out :-)

By Blogger ombites (mary), at 1:31 pm  

Sounds like a great day ... especially the Guitar Hero part! I got called a dork the other day when one of the kids caught me on the air guitar as I was doing the dishes with the iPod on.

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 8:07 pm  

I think I'm going to get rid of our Xbox and get a PS2. Their games seem to be way cooler.

Have fun with the Data Entry - think of the cash.

By Blogger Linda, at 10:22 pm  

Re: Guitar Hero - wait til you get to Cowboys From Hell!!! Oh, the HOURS I spent on that song, fighting urges to throw the guitar out the window... but it was all worth it, even after months of the guitar sitting in the corner I can still 5-star it first go :D

By Blogger Amy, at 9:38 am  

Mmm that does sound productive :) I wish I could say the same hehe

By Blogger bnuttree, at 2:11 pm  



I went to the gym and did a bit of a cardio circuit then headed to the weights room. Well either in the past few weeks of no weight work I've developed slayer strength or else the dumbbells were marked wrong (they had the weight in kgs marked on by hand so I'm guessing something is wrong there).

I picked up a 12.5 kg dumbbell to do my one arm rows and it felt like around 7.5 kgs. The most I've ever used for this exercise is 15 kgs and I figured since I've not done them for a while I'd need to go lighter. I ended up using 20 kgs weights according to them. Even with that exercise, I can't remember it's name but you lift the dumbbells straight up over your head and it hurts like hell, I had to use 10kgs and I normally struggle with 5.

It feels good to be doing weights again but I hope they were wrong. My dumbbell set at home only goes up to 12.5 kg and I can't be buying new plates at the moment!

Tonight I cooked the yummiest dinner. I love brown rice but haven't cooked it for ages cos I don't want to be standing around our craphole kitchen forever waiting for it to cook, but last week I realised I could get it boiling then put it on to simmer and watch one episode of 24 (plus knit around 10 rows of my scarf) and the rice would be ready to eat. How's that for multitasking?

Anyway the brown rice I cooked last week was so magically delicious that we ate about half of it on it's own while waiting for the stirfry to cook so this week I decided to experiment. This is the recipe:

Kathryn's Magically Delicious Brown Rice Thingy

Stock cube
Soy sauce
Brown rice (around a 3:2 ratio of water to rice)
Assorted vegies chopped fine (I used onion, carrot, zucchini, broccoli and pumpkin)

Bring the water, stock cube and soy sauce to the boil then add rice and vegies. Cover and simmer for one episode of 24 or two episodes of the Henderson Kids (on dvd, if watching telly then adjust for ad breaks).

Paneer cheese from the Indian shop.

Chop the silverbeet and cheese then stir through and heat. Add a dash of sweet chili sauce.

I've got heaps left over so I'm going to stuff it in some capsicums tomorrow night and cook them for dinner. I'm also want to experiment with roasting the vegies separately then adding them with fetta instead of paneer cheese.

OMG that recipe sounds DELICIOUS! So does the roasted vegie variation. Thanks for sharing it!
Take care, superwoman.

By Blogger LBTEPA, at 9:22 am  

Hey there Martha Stewart!

Brown rice is the best, sort of a cross between white rice and barley, mmm-mmmmmm. Have you tried stuffed eggplants? They're great with melted cheese and napoli sauce over the top.

Thanks for your card, talk about talent! I had to look at it twice before I registered. You should contact the How To channel about getting your own show ;oP

By Blogger CaramelKitKat, at 9:38 am  

I just love brown rice too... no one else in the house does though... sad buggers! Your recipie sounds devine! Enjoy.

By Blogger Chris H, at 4:43 pm  

Mmmmm ... that does sound pretty good, especially stuffed inside the capsicums.

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 7:17 pm  

that sounds bloody beautiful. anything with paneer has to be goooood!

were the dumbbell numbers in pounds rather than kilos? or maybe you are just superduper buff? :)

By Blogger Shauna, at 8:14 pm  

Ahh your rice dish sounds devine...
I found a quick brown rice that still tastes good but only takes about 11 minutes to cook... well worth looking for!

By Blogger Wanna_B_slim, at 10:04 pm  




Yesterday I went for a run, the first real run in weeks. Not just a walk with some run breaks but proper running. It felt good. I've missed running.

I still haven't had any problems with my leg. I think it's finally on the mend.

I'm home from housesitting now. Still didn't work out that coffee machine properly. Oh well, it's not like I'm in the market to buy one any time soon. I did get the tv working though - there was a bit of a relay between pressing the buttons on the remote and it actually doing anything so that caused most of my confusion.

I'm going to the gym this afternoon. I've been a total slacker lately about the gym and have done no weights in weeks, because of my leg (because that totally stops me doing any upper body work). I'm worried about doing any weights on my legs because my muscles are so out of balance that I don't want to do stuff that exacerbates that. I think I need to get a proper program done.

The knitting is going fine, slow but steady. My sister and I have been watching the Henderson Kids while we knit. I used to love that show back in the day and it's hilarious now with all the '80s fashions. My sister said last night that Ben Mendelsohn was the only cast member who is still around but I told that Kylie hasn't done too bad for herself... lol!

Loved the Henderson kids!

By Blogger Kada, at 4:11 pm  

Glad to hear the run went well and the leg seems to be on the mend. I don't believe I ever saw the Henderson Kids ?

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 6:42 pm  

Good to hear the leg is getting better honey. Sad about the coffee. Sounds like you are burning the beans to me (but I don't drink coffee)

I sent you a text asking about the gym but lost my phone so if you want to zip me an email answer (If you even got the text) that would be cool.

By Blogger Jadey 0:-), at 7:42 pm  




Yesterday I was in full force binge mode - starting with a trip to the market with some tasty treats. Things didn't get really bad through until I came over to my friend's place to house sit. I didn't really plan my food too much but did bring over a chicken burger, figuring they'd have some vegies I could steal to cook up with it. Except they had NO vegetables at all, I'd forgotten they do all their market shopping on Saturdays. So instead of having dinner, I just picked at things... cheese and biscuit type things. Then I went to the supermarket and got more food - icecream and lollies and other shit. I just couldn't stop eating. I've not been like that for ages and I have no idea why it happened. I guess it was partly boredom -- I couldn't even figure out how to use their tv (they have one of those digital boxes), partly overtiredness causing sugar craving and partly procrastinating because I have an editing assignment to do and didn't want to start.

I ate so much food and didn't even enjoy it. I even feel uncomfortably full this afternoon. Not good. Can't do anything about it now except learn from my mistakes.

Lately I've been getting into some really bad habits - staying up later and later and sleeping in to make up for it. I want to start getting into a better routine.

At least my leg is getting better. I went back to the myotherapy clinic on Thursday and it made the world of difference. She worked a lot on the area where my spine meets my pelvis and it's taken away much of the pain. I still feel a tightness in the area but it's nothing near as bad as it was.

ps. I can't for the life of me figure out this coffee machine. I had a crash course in latte making before my friend's left but mine just comes out bitter and tasteless (kinda like me really). Any tips?

Apparently you might have burnt the coffee and not used enough of it (I have no idea but that was BF's assessment). One bad day doesnt mean the end (says she eating doritos) it just means that eating tomorrow becomes more strict. I am going to try to cut out the silly snacks I don't need this week.
Great news about the leg.

By Blogger MorseyRuns, at 3:49 pm  

How long are you extracting the coffee for? It will probably take 15 - 20 seconds or so, and you should only have 60 - 70mls of coffee or so. (or at least that's how I like it!) After that you're just putting coffee flavoured water into your cup. Obviously machines vary, but you can experiment...

After squashing your coffee flat in the filter basket, brush off any exess bits around the edges with your fingers so it can make a good seal.

I hope that fixes the coffee... I'm not sure I could be much help with the TV... stand in front of the entertainment unit and press the power button on every random piece of equipment you see :D

How much coffee do you plan to drink?!

By Blogger Ali, at 4:16 pm  

I can't believe how easy it is to slip into the old bad eating habits and while you fully expect to see the results on the scales if you're anything like me you still freak when you see another kilo go on.

I've started drinking those nescafe cappuccino sachets. They're so good but expensive if you drink as much coffee as I do.

By Blogger Debstar, at 10:42 pm  

ooh! this makes me cringe! Pain, tiredness, no preparation and sugar cravings are mytriggers for crap foods too!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:56 pm  



I went for a run yesterday, well mostly for a walk. I'm totally losing fitness at the moment and need to do something about that. I'm wondering if I should start going for shorter runs more often just until I'm able to cope.

I got a running program off Lee that looks really good and I'm keen to get started but want to make sure I can run okay before I start. I'm struggling to run 1 km and can hardly believe I did 15 km at the start of the month. Damn injuries.

I have to go to my myotherapy clinic this arvo but am waiting around for someone to ring me back because I might have a job interview later in the day. I wanted to walk into town and also go to the city baths for a swim and some weights work so am getting frustrated trying to work out how to fit it all in. Plus if I have a shower, he'll surely ring back and I'll miss the call. I'm sure he'll leave a message though. Maybe I should just get organised to go into the city and wear my interview clothes to be on the safe side.

This weekend I'm house sitting for friends. Should be good - no distractions so I can get some writing done plus my editing homework. And they have a coffee machine, woohoo!

The days seem to go by so fast and it's amazing how hard it is to get stuff done. We haven't had a chance to go househunting this week at all. Even though we both aren't working, my sister has lots of medical appointments, physio, etc and I have various things I need to be doing. It's so frustrating.

Oh, I went to Lincraft on Tuesday and bought some wool. I'm knitting a scarf - it's purple with blue and red stripes. The blue wool seems to be thinner than the other two colours even though it's the same brand etc (they don't say the ply on the wrapper but I assume it's 8 ply). The past couple of nights, we've been sitting up until the wee hours of the morning, knitting and watching 24. I'm such a party girl! If I had a camera, I'd post a pic. While I was there, I got their newsletter thingo and there's a jumper in it I want to knit. I've never knitted a jumper before but it looks easier and it's really thick wool so should be a speedy project.

The knitting definitely helps cut down on snacking. On Tuesday night we down to get coffees and my fave chocobana balls then settled in to knit. I got so engrossed in my knitting through I forgot to eat it and still had it sitting there last night. That's pretty much a miracle for me!

I love knitting. I rediscover it every now and then and get into it big time which normally lasts me long enough for a jumper/cardy, a hat and some socks.

By Blogger deege, at 2:02 pm  

OK sneaky alien creature, what have you done with Kathryn, there's no WAY she would leave an Ericbanna ball uneaten!! hehe

By Blogger Briony, at 2:04 pm  

It is called getting in touch with your inner nanna! The house sitting thing sounds great.

By Blogger MorseyRuns, at 6:17 pm  

the shorter-runs-more-often thing will help you recover, unfortunately you just have to suck it up (I know, sooo frustrating!) as it's the way you will get back to your 15km in the shortest time.
If you get stuck with your knitting give me a call, I love knitting and am the official 'knitting fixer' at my work LOL.
Good luck w/ the job!

By Blogger LBTEPA, at 10:51 am  

I think I need a snack-diversion technique for the evenings too, but I'm not sure knitting is for me. Any other suggestions?

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 12:40 pm  




Lately I've been having a problem with snacking when I watch TV so have decided the best way to fix that is by starting some craft projects to keep myself busy. Except I've realised it isn't the watching TV that's the problem. Mostly we watch TV on DVD and it's the bit in between episodes where I feel compelled to get up and make a snack.

In the past few weeks we've watched three seasons of 24. That's a lot of breaks and a lot of snacks. So far, this is my opinion:

Terri Bauer - too dumb to live. Seriously don't go discussing "feelings" with the woman slept with your husband. Doubly so if they are an evil genius.

Kim Bauer - should stop pointing guns at people unless she intends using them.

Nina Myers - awesome!

Tony Almeida - hot. I don't know how all these terrorists get caught because if Tony was my boss, I'd just sit around swooning all day.

David Palmer - should spend more time being all presidenty and less time wanting to snuggle with Jack Bauer.

Sherry Palmer - what the hell is going on with her hairline, it comes halfway down her face!

So last night I started my first project. I'd seen a picture in a knitting book of a beanie with holes in the top for you to put your pigtails through. I call it a Pigtail Beanie. So instead of actually knitting one, I got an existing beanie and unpicked part of the seam then resewed it with embroidery thread. It looks mighty awesome.

I've also been wondering if I could shoot someone if I had to. I really think I could. I'd like to learn to shoot. It's been something I've been thinking about for some time. Does anyone know where there is a gun shooting place in Melbourne? I know there used to be one in Essendon but it burnt down so I don't think it's there any more.

I know where there's an archery range. Not much help - sorry. You could try this mob for info:

By Blogger Kek, at 2:23 pm  

Guns are scary things, I don't like em much, but could use one if I had to for sure! ONly trouble is if you use one to defend yourself over here you are the one who ends up in jail! Huh???

By Blogger Chris H, at 3:30 pm  

Your beanie with the hole in it sounds just what I need for my ponytail.

Without the hole it is very uncomfortable, especially if you have long hair like me.

Can you post up a piccie of your beanie. I may have to send you mine so you can do your magic with it!

And what a great idea for something different to sell. You'd definitely do a good trade.

By Anonymous Jaykay, at 5:22 pm  

Knitting is a great way to keep your hands occupied. One year I made what seemed to be dozens of scarfs for all my sisters and various friends. I forgot to make one for myself! Don't make that mistake. Do yours first.

By Blogger Kathy, at 9:21 am  

so funny that you went from knitting to shooting!!!!!! cracked me up!

ps - i know some people to practise on if you would just like to try it out! hehe!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:10 pm  

I think there's one in eltham.
It's one of my 'one day I will...' things too :)
I'm knitting a rug in squares o f that feathers wool, very satisyfying as I can knock off a square nearly every night :)

By Blogger LBTEPA, at 7:10 pm  

I think there's still a shooting range in Geelong, but that's probably too far away.

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 8:28 pm  

I am very impressed with your ingenuity. Sounds like a great idea, funky!! I am concerned over who you may feel you may need to shoot?? If I was your flatmate I'd be behaving myself LOL!!

By Blogger Jules, at 10:48 am  

OK so if someone read your post about shooting people you would never get near a gun haha

By Blogger Jadey 0:-), at 7:28 pm  



Diet Advice

You wanna know what is the stupidest bit of dieting advice ever? When people say not to go to the supermarket on an empty stomach. What are you supposed to do? Stay at home and starve to death? Order in pizza so you can fill up before you go shopping?

I guess some people go to the supermarket before their cupboards are bare but that seems like a waste of time to me.

The best advice is to not go to the supermarket at all. Companies spent zillions of dollars getting their products placed in supermarkets so you buy crap that you don't want. You can't resist. They know how you think.

Shop at the markets where you get seasonal fruit and vegetables, not 6 month old crap from a cold room that goes rotten a day after you buy it. Where you can joke with the stallholders while they shout the specials of the day.

Shop at the butchers where you can buy the meat you want, not a prepackaged slab and where they grind your mince while you wait so you can see what's in it.

Shop at the small stores where you don't have to waste hours of your life in a line full of screaming kids because the shareholders would rather have an extra buck fifty in their pockets than pay someone minimum wage to open another register.

Sometimes I give myself challenges to see how long I can go without setting foot inside a supermarket. I think my record is three months. Then I had to take my sister to get cheap Lemsip. Supermarkets make you evil and cranky. They put things in stupid places so you can never find them and you wander aimlessly from one aisle to the next.

Supermarkets are the epitome of all that is evil in capitalist society. Resist. Fight the power. Eat food that's been purchased with joy.


I went for my first run today since being injured. But, damnation, I woke up feeling sore today than I have for a week or so. Not sure if I slept funny or if it's just the result of Thursday's massage. Since I'd organised to meet Simon, I had to turn up. I did a km warm up while waiting for him but we mostly walked. All up I did about 5 km but only ran 2 km of that.

There's a big part of me that wanted to really, really push myself. I think that part is closely connected to part that's feeling hella bad about scoffing down all the chocolates Andrew brought over last night.

We went house hunting yesterday and found a nice place. We have to put in the application today so fingers crossed. I'd almost talked myself out of moving yesterday - thinking this place isn't so bad - when the owner's son turned up. I was in my room with the window and he didn't know, just came down the side of the house and stuck his head in my window. I opened the front door for him and asked him to never do that again. He blabbered on with some bullshit story and told me if I wanted privacy, I should shut my blinds!!!!

I don't even know why he was here - he said he wanted to show the empty room to someone but he had no one with him and the 'empty' room is full of (most likely stolen) office furniture. He went into the room and did something then left.

I fully believe that if I'd not been in my room, he'd have climbed in through the window. Now I'm worried about leaving my window open if I'm in another part of the house. I'm also worried about he's storing in the empty room.

The sooner I get out of here, the better.

Kathryn I so agree with you about supermarkets, it is so incredibly easy to come out of there with some crap you never wanted in the first place. I love shopping at the market too, if you do buy something you weren't planning on from there it is usually something much better for you.

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 2:21 pm  

God, I wonder if he is the son of an e-landlord of mine who did something very similar to me. We had an outdoor loo and my BF at the time wondered out starkers and the landlord is in the back yard with a ladder and 3 mates, they had decided they were painting the joint that weekend.

Ughhh, supermarkets, the refuge of the damned. Yes I do frequent them but mostly get my veg from the greengrocer and always get my fish from the market. I always end up having a fight when I go to safeway LOL

By Anonymous Em, at 3:49 pm  

Well said Kathryn!!!! WOOHOO! Down with mighty supermarkets!

I just finished reading this book called Shopped: The shocking power of British supermarkets. All about how they screw over primary producers, take over towns, etc etc... I'm not sure if the situation is the same back home but it can't be far off. Anyway, it's a great read at the very least to get all angry and fired up and be even more determined to get to the farmers market :)

By Blogger Shauna, at 6:14 pm  

Kathyrn, I stumbled across your blog and just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed reading it.


By Blogger LizN, at 6:55 pm  

I hate shopping in the supermarket... mostly because of the ignorant pricks and their trolleys getting in my way! But I have to agree about going with a full tummy! We never get to the point where we have no food in the panty... got kids eh? And if you are not hungry when you go shopping you are less tempted to buy crap you dont need! so there. As for you moving, the sooner the better I say! You live in a dodgy house mate!

By Blogger Chris H, at 6:58 am  

The landlords son is way out of line- hope you get the new place soon. Stupidmarkets suck the life out of me too.

By Blogger MorseyRuns, at 1:20 pm  

What a dodgy f-k. Good luck with getting the new place!

By Blogger Mary, at 4:32 pm  

Congratulations on the run. It must feel good to be back.

All the best with your application for the new house.

By Blogger Kathy, at 8:31 pm  

Good luck with the house hun. I have my fingers crossed for you, Your scumlords are dodgy. Is there a lock on the spare room? Maybe do some spy work haha

By Blogger Jadey 0:-), at 9:58 pm  

ooh very creepy - i'd be out too! and with you on the supermarket thing - shopping on an empty stomach makes me buy ten bad things i don't need - and then I justify eating them!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:12 am  

Fingers crossed for the new place!
Slow and steady with the running, don't want to end up with a chronic injury.
I play a game at the supermarket - if I can get everything on my list without doubling back then I win! Lame, huh

By Blogger LBTEPA, at 7:30 am  

Good luck with the house xx

I so agree with you about supermarkets too. I hate them. We have been buying our meat at the butcher and it is SO much nicer. I love the fruit and veg shop too. When I do go to the supermarket I always come out in a bad mood.

By Blogger Suzy, at 8:50 am  

I get my food delivered by the supermarket to save the temptation of walking round the evil things. Unfortunately, I'm too poor at the moment to do local shopping but I do agree it is the best thing to do.

Fingers crossed your move goes through - what a twat sticking his head through your window. Shame you didn't have a bucket of water handy to sling over him!

By Blogger Glossy, at 4:43 am  



Do I Look Fat in This?

Yesterday I was reading a book called 'Do I Look Fat in This?' about body image and feeling fat. The basic premise is that 'fat isn't a feeling', something I've heard before - when we say we feel fat, we mean we are sad or angry or happy, but can't express that, so use fat as a catch-all for our emotional state.

I basically believe that but one thing bugged me. She reckons whenever we ask 'do I look fat in this?', we are asking for attention and validation. When someone asks you that, you should respond by asking them how they really feel. Now I don't know about you, if I ask someone if I looked fat and they started asking me about my feelings, I'd feel like giving them a knuckle sandwich.

But then, I can't remember ever asking if I look fat in something unless I want to know if I look fat (actually I'd be more like to ask - 'do I look okay?' as in do I have something wrong with my outfit that I can't see for myself). Maybe I'm not a real girlie girl but I ask that question wanting an honest opinion before I leave the house, not reassurance.

The other thing that struck me while reading this book is that fat is one of the few words left you can use to hurt someone. Call a woman a slut or a bitch or princess nowadays and they are more likely to take it as compliment than an insult. So many words that were once had the power to insult have been reclaimed, how do you put someone down? You call them fat. Telling someone they are a bitch is weak, but change that to 'fat bitch' and you get a reaction.

For me when I say I feel fat it is because I am feeling bloated and uncomfortable in my skin. Interesting that some other might mean something else by it though. And I agree with you, if for some reason I did ask someone if I looked fat in something and they started to answer with something like the answer they gave in the book I would feel it was avoiding telling me I was.

By Blogger FindingONEderland, at 10:33 am  

You are so dead on about how feeling fat is actually having other complex feeling that just "fat"'s about so much more.

By Blogger Amazon Alanna, at 10:49 am  

I'm with you Kathryn. I don't ask if I look fat, more 'Do I look ok?' (given that I am fat lol). It's only a problem if you care what people think to the degree that you will change to suit them/society.

By Blogger CaramelKitKat, at 11:16 am  

I don't think I've ever asked the question "do I look fat in this?". I can tell by the looks on friends faces when trying things on how good/bad the thing may be so I never needed really needed the validation and the attention. I dress to please myself, sometimes it's a failure, most times it works. Generally, I can tell when I look like my arse is bigger than normal and I usually steer clear of clothes that give me an unflattering appearance.

By Blogger your bloody valentine, at 11:36 am  

I never ask anyone if I look fat either, because, I am fat and don't need to be reminded ;) I also usually don't ask anyone if I look okay because I am usually the most critical of myself and I don't want to hear another person being critical of me. Maybe that will change when I reach my goal weight, but I doubt it.

By Blogger TrixieBelden, at 11:40 am  

Yep, when I say I feel fat it's totally because I'm bloated or feeling ill from stuffing myself.

Dan gets the "do I look ok" question but that's more for him to check my behind for VPL or my clothing being out of tucked in my undies! Never a good look ;-)

By Blogger Mary, at 1:11 pm  

holy crap, you are so right about the word. all the sting has been taken out of other words that would have been horrible a few years ago. but 'fat' still feels like a kick in the guts... the new f word.

By Blogger Shauna, at 8:37 pm  

How do I really feel? I feel f%#king fat!!!!

Add PMT to the mix and you have a near lethal combination. The most fabulous man in the world could throw himself at me and tell me I am gorgeous, but when I have my fat and frumpy hat on 'aint nothing gonna change my mind

Just caught up on your last 3 posts, everyone a gem. totally get the "guy looking in your direction" bit, PMSL

By Anonymous Em, at 9:30 pm  

oh so true! mind you "fat" is banned as a swear word at our primary school and that's a great step - it eliminates a lot of bullying for sure!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:47 pm  

I Totally agree,if I ask "do I look fat in this" , that's exactly what I'm asking! Derrr to whoever wrote that book, bloody know it all! And you are right about insulting someone nowdays, I call people and myself Tart heaps, but I mean it in a "Nice" way, weird eh? Fat is insulting still, will never change.

By Blogger Chris H, at 11:19 am  




One of the best things about being an older sister is that you can con your younger siblings into all manner of shit, just to see if they are gullible enough to fall for it. It never gets tired. Like the other day, I talked my sister into letting me cut her hair.

Trouble is, the last laugh was hers because, unbeknownst to myself, I'm an awesome hairdresser. She reckons it's the best haircut she's ever had!

Then I decided to cut my own. It's a lot harder cutting your own hair than your sisters because you have to look in the mirror and do everything backwards. Considering I can barely reverse a car, that's not an easy task. And when you're cutting your own hair, it matters if you stuff it up! I was much more tentative about hacking into it and doing fancy layering shit when I did my own so it looks okay.

I can run again. I have to take it easy this week - about 50% of my normal training schedule - but I can do it. That makes me happy. I want to try to get some swimming done this week too. And keep up the walking.

Man, I wish you had a digi. New haircuts are always so much fun and wow, I'm impressed you did your own. I would definitely f-up. Good news about the running!

PS. I just remembered I haven't replied to your email yet but I will!

By Blogger Mary, at 7:14 pm  

Maybe a new career as a hairdresser beckons? Great news about running again, but take it slow - don't rush it!

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 8:51 pm  

YAY FOR RUNNING! And cool haircuts.

By Blogger LBTEPA, at 9:05 pm  

you are so brave - seriously - my sister would have KILLEd me if i had have made one mistake - too scary!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:03 pm  

My god, you are multi-talented! Cutting your own hair is no mean feat, way to go! And a great way to save money....

By Blogger Chris H, at 9:32 am  




Have you ever been walking down the street, feeling rather good about yourself, and you've noticed some guy sitting at the lights watching you? You think to yourself - he's totally checking me out because I'm hot.

A couple of days later, you feel like shit. You're walking down the same street and see the same guy in the same car doing the same thing. You think to yourself - he's grossing out because I'm a total bush pig.

Exactly the same situation, the only thing that changes are the thoughts in your head. The truth is he could be thinking you're hot, he could be thinking you're a bush pig, he could be staring idly into space while he thinks about shoes with zippers, he could be wondering where you got those fabulous shoes and do they come in his size.

So often we put thoughts into other people's heads. We second guess their reactions to us based on nothing much, just a reflection of our own opinion of ourselves.

It's easy to say we don't care what other people think of us but I don't know... I think it's only human to want to be liked and admired and found attractive. It's hard coded into our DNA, survival of the species and all that. At the same time we seldom get an honest opinion - some people (the good ones) are happy to tell us we look fabulous all the time, others can only see our faults. Even when you look in the mirror, your view is distorted - it's so easy to focus on the bad bits or the good bits, not all the bits at once. And so much of what makes us look good can't be seen in the mirror. It's in the attitude, the way we move and the way we respond to others.

I read a quote from a wise woman the other day - 'My only goal is dress cute and not look like everybody else'. Well okay, it wasn't a wise woman, it was Paris Hilton. But, say what you like about the girl, she really does know how to flaunt what she's got and convince the world through the force of her personality that she's hot.

My goal for the week is to be gorgeous - convince myself and convince the world.

I so needed to read this this morning! Thanks!

I think gorgeousness is a culmination of factors, honesty+love+confidence+beauty+selfbelief+acceptance..... you can probably add many more to that little equation!

Keep up the excellent writing! When will we see more of your writing in Women's Health and Fitness? I really enjoyed your last article!


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:24 pm  

This is the best post I've read in ages! It's all about perpective and not making assumptions about what other people are thinking. Cheers to being GORGEOUS Kathryn and you are :-)

By Blogger Mary, at 1:56 pm  

What profound words, and so true. As hard as it can be sometimes, I now actively try to pick the positive option and I think this has been a big factor in my feeling heaps better of late. A simplistic view: either there was nothing negative to worry about, or there is and bugger them/so what! What people make of a given situation is not just about that situation, their previous experience also plays an important role.

May all your thought choices allow your beauty to shine through!

By Blogger CaramelKitKat, at 1:56 pm  

you are gorgious already!!!! :)

Great post btw, you really made me think.

By Blogger bnuttree, at 2:39 pm  

Babe you are absolutely gorgeous. I do know what you mean though. Here's to a gorgeous week.

By Blogger Jules, at 2:48 pm  

yep - it is all up to us and it is most of the battle!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:10 pm  

thats a very astute observation.

"So often we put thoughts into other people's heads. We second guess their reactions to us based on nothing much, just a reflection of our own opinion of ourselves."

ive got to try and remember this for myself. i always get in trouble making assumptions about what my husband is thinking!!

it has led me down a few not-so-merry garden paths.

By Blogger monster, at 5:21 pm  

Yes, I think Paris can teach us all a lot and it is definitely the only time you will hear me say that!

By Blogger MorseyRuns, at 7:40 pm  

Kathryn, you are so right - as always I might add - don't you get sick of being so right, so much of the time :-)

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 10:13 pm  

Aww that post is lovely.

The other funny thing is how we judge other people too - a tall dark and handsome man is 'checking us out' where as a short, round and bald man is 'oggling and staring'.

We're as judgemental on ourselves as we are to others really...

By Blogger Kenz, at 11:11 pm  

What a totally awesome post Kathryn and so very true.

I spend way to much time worrying about other peoples comments and maybe non-exhistant thoughts, lol! Its exhausting!!

By Anonymous Lee, at 2:40 am  

oops, spelling mistake, existant, can't have you thinking I can't spell ;)

By Anonymous Lee, at 2:43 am  

omg!!! Existent. Now you are probably thinking not only can she not spell she is a total looney, lmao!

By Anonymous Lee, at 2:48 am  

Too true girl! I went out last night, was wearing totally the WRONG outfit for the ocassion, but still felt like a million dollars! It is all about our inner attitude for sure, and I felt fantastic... work on it ... it's worth it!

By Blogger Chris H, at 10:54 am  

Well said! It's very interesting how we can be our own biggest critic!

Keep up the fabulous writing!

By Blogger Glam, at 12:37 am  

There's only one thing I reckon Paris can teach me and i'm not so sure I need to know how to do "that" anyway!! hahaha.
You're right - again - or is it still?? We are our own worst enemies sometimes.
You are gorgeous and to quote Colin Firth (who I lust after immensely) I like you - just the way you are.

By Blogger Briony, at 2:38 pm  




As far as house hunting goes, we'll definitely be looking. I'm just not sure how we'll go - the rental market is meant to be hell at the moment and since neither of us are working it's going to be tough. Still we can only look and apply and see what happens.

I guess the reason I think the burbs are quiet is because I used to live in Ormond which was a very quiet suburb. Everyone in our street had young kids. Of course it's probably changed a lot now because those young kids have grown up now. Still it would have to quieter than here - we have all the revheads from all YOUR suburbs driving up and down our street. I had this plan. I was going to start taking down license plate numbers then finding where they lived then going around and playing loud music outside their bedroom windows while they were sleeping. Revenge - it rocks.

Of course most of them prolly still live at home with their parents but I think the parents have to take some responsibility anyway. If Andrew bought himself some V8 car with a huge subwoofery sound system and went hooning around in it, he'd have me to answer to in a mighty scary way. Not that he'd ever do that because he's not into all that macho dick-measuring bullshit. And he's far too cheap to buy a car.

Since I can't run this week, I've been trying to walk every day but it's hard. Well I find it hard. I like walking but only if I have a reason for it. Walking around willy-nilly doesn't motivate me (running willy-nilly is another story). So yesterday I decided to walk into the city and swim a few laps at the City Baths. I kinda got distracted by Borders and by the need for one of those cute new 60s style dresses (lots of looking, no buying). Still I managed 8 laps (it's a tiny pool) and about 6 km walk.

When I got home, I raced to Preston market thinking it finished around 4.00. Got there at 3.30 and it was all being packed up and closed. It shuts at 3.00. I walked around to see if any of the stalls were open late and one of the dudes packing up tried to sell me a bag of carrots. Since carrots were the only vegie I have lots of, I said no. He kept dropping the price from $1 to 10c... you can't say no to a 10c bag of carrots. Then I got my wallet out and he said I could have them for free. I made a pot of carrot soup for dinner last night - yum.

I'm still at the no walking stage, and boy I'm looking forward to just being able to walk, let alone run. I've got to admit that getting a bicycle was pretty cool. I'm not the world's best cyclist but I am surprisingly enjoying it more than I thought I would. Get your bike home - you might enjoy it more than you think!!!

Hope the house hunting goes OK.

By Blogger Celeste, at 3:01 pm  

Some loser does a massive burnout on our corner every time he goes past, and I cannot wait for the day when he loses it completely and crashes into something hard.
Good luck with the house hunting.

By Blogger MorseyRuns, at 3:26 pm  

I wish you luck with the house hunting.. and oooooo carrot soup! Not my cup of tea.... unless it had lots of onion and some cheese added.

By Blogger Chris H, at 4:17 pm  

You deserve a MUCH nicer living arrangement than your current one... lots of luck!

By Blogger Kek, at 9:06 pm  

Oh the hoons and graffiti and stuff like that is driving us crazy out here in the NthWest burbs at the moment. I couldn't agree more about the wlaking too - it is boring as, isn't it.

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 9:49 pm  

Free carrots!! Bet that made the soup ever tastier! Good luck with the househunting.

By Blogger Glossy, at 4:25 am  

Gotta love free carrots!!

I have a great idea for stopping all this pumped up boombox lowered car crap - stop allowing the little shits to finance these bloody lethal vehicles. What sort of world lets a teenager who doesn't even know the meaning of work to be driving around in a car that is financed to the hilt. In the good old days you only bought items you had actually earnt the money to buy!! Soap box!!

By Blogger Jules, at 6:51 am  

This is a time when you might be glad you have no oven - otherwise it would be carrot cake, carrot muffins, carrot scones...

By Blogger Sue, at 7:09 am  

I use to walk all the time before I discovered running. Now unless I am on the tready and really powerwalking I don't like it much. I actually feel like a dill when I just walk the streets.

Good luck with the house hunting :)

By Anonymous Lee, at 9:07 am  

Yay for a radiant complexion, a new bike and free carrots! Gee I hope you get somewhere nicer to live soon, it's such a strain being in an unhappy share house :(

By Blogger LBTEPA, at 1:54 pm  

I love the idea of the spiky trap - go for it I say!! bwoo harhar
Free carrots are better than free muffins, at least carrots are negative calories - or is that celery? I can never remember.

By Blogger Briony, at 3:40 pm  

I had to laugh out loud when I read your post. Sorry hun Im a v8, subwoofer loving revhead. And it has nothing to do with a penis (as you well know) hahahahaha. I don't like people being dickheads with their cars still though. Time and place,

By Blogger Jadey 0:-), at 9:48 pm  




Today I spend some time browsing on There's been much talk about the rental crisis in Melbourne - rent prices getting higher and places hard to find. Still a girl can dream.

When I've thought about moving, it's been to a flat in the inner suburbs. I love the inner burbs and love being able to walk to the city and most other places I have to go. If I did that, I'd be paying a lot more in rent to get like a tiny bedsit. That'd mean no housemates but I'd still have people around me plus cooking and sleeping in the same room - ick!

Another option would be to move further out and rent a house with my sister. Still problematic since she's a bit dodgy with money, but we'd have a whole house to ourselves. We could even get a three bedroom place.

We've been talking about it and dreaming. How sad is this? I'm so used to living in this hole that the things I'm dreaming about are things most people take for granted - like having an oven. OMG I could bake stuff and make casseroles and pies and all manner of things. I could roast vegies without doing it in shifts like I have to with my tiny toaster oven.

Being able to put my kitchen stuff in the kitchen and my bathroom stuff in the bathroom. All my cookware is in my room so the housemates don't a) use it and not wash it up and b) wreck it. My fridge is in my room as well. Every time I cook, I forget stuff and have to make multiple trips from the bedroom to the kitchen.

Off street parking. The thought of off street parking is enough to give me a tingly glow. I've never had it except once when I didn't have a car.

Peace and quiet. I'm worshipping at the altar of peace and quiet at the moment. It's not just the housemate issues, it's living on a street where every wannabe stud in Melbourne has to test out their engine revving and doof music speakers every frigging weekend. I've always been scared of the burbs and all that silence but right now I think I could handle it.

Financially I think we could do it, if we get bond assistance and some friends to help with the moving. I wouldn't have to pay to have my stuff in storage. I'd not have to put with the insane tantrums of my current landlords. I'd not have to dodge housemates when I don't feel like talking to them. I would have to pay electricity and gas bills and all those kind of things though.

Dreaming like that is a good thing. I do hope you find something like that in your near future.

By Blogger FindingONEderland, at 1:04 am  

But all that lovely privacy...and the peace might restart the writing vibe.

By Blogger Sue, at 5:44 am  

I hate to burst your bubble, but...peace and quiet? Dogs barking, lawn mowers and power tools droning, the next-door neighbour's kids screaming (endlessly), the fishwife across the road screeching at her kids, and the 2 drummers down the road pounding the skins. Oh, and engines revving and doof-doof thumping as all the teenagers in the neighbourhood come home late at night. That's MY peaceful weekend in the 'burbs. *sigh*

Even right now, it's 7:30am Saturday and some inconsiderate tool is using a BOBCAT over the back somewhere. Roar, clunk, roar, beep-beep-beep Aargh!

I'm going to get my second coffee and then I may just kill someone.

By Blogger Kek, at 7:30 am  

Stop dreaming and DO IT. The things you are dreaming about are the things the majority of us take for granted. Get a garden with a grotto and you will start writing like never before.

By Blogger Jules, at 8:37 am  

Seriously for your own mental health you should find somewhere without housemates- for your safety and theirs!
Email me if you need extra bodies and cars to transport stuff.
You can always go out to find some noise if the silence bugs you.

By Blogger MorseyRuns, at 11:17 am  

You're right some of those things are things that some of us take for granted, but not the "Peace and Quiet" - not much of that in my house (unfortunately).

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 1:42 pm  

WHAT IS STOPPING YOU? Really, if life sucks where you are bite the bullet and move chick! Life is for enjoying, not just putting up with all that shit. I hope you do it. And as for the noise around you right now .. get some ear muffs!

By Blogger Chris H, at 1:46 pm  

So how far out do you want to go?

Ringwood has plenty of rentals at reasonable prices, is about 40 mins on the train into the city and is also close to the Yarra Valley and surrounding areas.

Try this link:

By Anonymous Jaykay, at 2:37 pm  

Okay, so I didn't get the whole link in.

Just put Ringwood in places to rent on :-)

By Anonymous Jaykay, at 2:38 pm  

yeah, Kek hit the nail on the head there,

Don't get too excited about the peace and quiet of the 'burbs, here in Blackburn Sth we have a doof doof car revving dick head population as well, not too mention the extended goodbyes with car honking at 3am Grrrrrr

I keep hoping they will grown up and leave home SOON!

My latest saying is that the grass isn't greener on the otherside, not with these water restrictions (Ok, a little lame I know)

But it doesn't hurt to dream, I like to look up houses with perfect kitchens and big bathrooms.

By Anonymous Em, at 5:19 pm  

I'm with Jules, just do it! I think a change in environment will be so much better for you. There are always gems you can find once your start looking.

By Blogger Mary, at 9:54 am  



More Goodness

Because I've been all miserable and grumpified this week, I've neglected to mention the goodness in my life this week.

1. My friend bought a new bike and, since they now have a few bikes, he's offered me the old, old one. It's a girl's bike and used to be his sister's. Woohoo! Free bike! Now I just have to get it home. I'll walk or run over to their place and ride it home but I'm awful scared since I'm a totally rubbish bike rider. Luckily it's all along the bike paths so no need to go near cars.

2. I had to go into DJs yesterday and ended up getting freebie samples of Clinique - their 3 step skin care range. I tried it today and already feel more radiant. This reminds me - I must buy a foundation. I've not had any for about a year and have been using a combo of tinted sunscreen and cover stick if I absolutely need wear makeup at all.

3. I'm winning the family footy tipping. I rule, they drool! And I have to get in all the gloating while I can.

4. Even though I pigged out over Easter and did no exercise, I didn't put on weight. I have no idea how this can be so but I'm not complaining. Maybe I didn't pig out nearly as much as I thought - I only had 2 Humpty Dumptys with chocolate beanies and, okay, far too many hot cross buns.

5. My landlords seemed to have forgotten they were going to increase our rent. I'm sure they'll remember eventually but so far, so good.

6. My awful housemate goes home to his family in Moe most weekends so I'll get peace and quiet for a few days. Btw there is no point trying to get revenge by waking him because he seems to have a preternatural ability to not sleep. He gets home at 2.00 am then gets up for work at 6.00 am. I don't understand.

7. I'm getting a cheque for one of my stories soon. Got an email about it today asking if I wanted the money via Paypal. I'm not sure about Paypal though, I've got an account but I can't log into it despite resetting my password twice. I think a nice paper cheque will do me fine.

8. I'm wearing my favourite skirt today. Sure it's a size 20 and I've had to take it in with safety pins - I give the slatternly a bad name - but it's my fave and I felt like wearing it. One day I'll get it properly taken in.

9. Coffee. Coffee is always one of the good things in my life.

Good on you for looking on the bright side. Maybe with the cheque you could get your skirt taken in.

By Blogger Jules, at 1:34 pm  

Things really seem to be on your side at the moment Kathryn.

I am a 3 step Clinique person and I always try and find someone who's going to the US so they can buy it all duty free for me. It's just so much cheaper over there!!

By Anonymous Jaykay, at 3:57 pm  

Humpty Dumptys are the best easter eggs! If you eat your Hot Cross buns on Good Friday, they don't count.

Love the I rule, they drool.

By Blogger Kathy, at 7:51 pm  

Great to see a really "up" post from you Kathryn! Congrats on the bike, I am really starting to enjoy my cycling now, and my legs are loving me for it.

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 7:56 pm  

Humpty dumpties are the best!!! I moved from Perth to Aberdeen last year and they don't have anything like the humpty dumpty over here. And just as bad, no long weekend for Easter either! Robbed! I have whinged so much about the humpty dumpty thing that my mum has bought me one for when I visit in a month's time.

Be truly grateful for the humpty dumpty.

By Blogger Boomba, at 10:52 pm  

Yay - a bicycle! Such fun.

I am so jealous of people who only need a few hours sleep a night. Imagine what you could do with all of that extra time - apart from torturing your flatmates...

By Blogger jo, at 11:15 pm  

YAY for the new bike!! I'm scared to ride on roads too but the more we do it, the more confident we'll become. Great to see you focusing on all the good stuff going on :-)

By Blogger Mary, at 9:51 am  



Good and Bad

I'm feeling much more chirpy today. This is despite last night... I just can't NOT bitch about this.

My housemate had a friend over and they were running around the house (well more like smashing in his case, he's a huge guy and it's like some giant thundering through the house every time he walks) and she kept yelling in this annoying high pitched voice. I wanted an early night because I was so tired so headed to bed. Then got up and yelled at them for being so noisy. The housemate grunted at me and said they were about to go out. A few minutes later, he thundered down the hallway and slammed the front door.

I went to bed and an hour or so later, they came home. Shitfaced. She was crying and apologising then yelling for a chuck bucket and the dramas went on all night.

I'm so sick of it. If it was a one-off because he had a friend visiting then fair enough but he comes home late every night, stomping through the house and slamming doors. I don't think the concept of other people ever occurs to him and I think he's got a drinking problem.

I'm thinking about cutting a hole in the floor boards in the hallway and making a spiky trap for him to fall in. Just enough for him to injury himself cos I figure he's so stupid I can keep doing that for weeks before he realises. It might work because talking to him sure doesn't.

So anyway the good stuff - I had my myotherapy clinic today and they said it was free! I love free. That gives me the extra money to spend on good things for myself. My leg feels much better now but she said to not run for a week then to ease back into it. The problem is with my pelvis being all tilted wrong and causing my hamstrings to shorten. I also have issues with my piriformis muscle (???). Anyway I feel heaps better after she poked and prodded me. I'm going back next week so she can do it again.

I must confess, I went to the gym last night to do a boxing class but it was cancelled so I ran a little bit on the treadmill.

The spiky trap sounds too good for him - can't you think of something more devious and painful!

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 9:06 pm  

One word: stretch!

Stretch those hamstrings, glutes and calves often and stretch them good. I see a lot of runners with tight muscles, and it can cause real problems with back and hip pain. You can stretch your piriformus easily too - try this one: Or roll around on a tennis ball to massage it.

As for your housemate, I'm sure you can find a suitable torture for him here:

By Blogger Kek, at 9:36 pm  

No! No running. Not even a sneaky little bit on the treadmill!
How about sinking to a puerile, pre-adolescent revenge attack - copy his behaviour at about 3am for a few nights?

By Blogger Sue, at 4:22 am  

You definitely don't need that shit in your life. Tell the big pisshead to get a brain cell and find some other place to live. The peace you will feel will be so worth the hassle of finding someone else to take his place.

By Blogger Jules, at 5:35 am  

Your living situation sounds dreadful! What a selfish boofhead.

Glad to hear the myotherapy news! And yay for free stuff!

By Blogger jo, at 11:12 pm  

No running girl! You know you gotta rest it up or it will get worse. Sounds like the clinic was great :-)

By Blogger Mary, at 9:49 am  




I've been feeling really uggh lately... anxious and stressed and icky. Not like anything's really wrong, but nothing's really right either. Not working and not having money and all manner of things all tied up together, plus I've not been able to write for the past month or so. I feel like that bit inside me where the words are has all dried up and every time I think about writing, I just want to curl up and have a nap. Since my leg/hip problem, I've not even been able to go running to de-stress myself. It's just like a big uggh hamster wheel.

Tomorrow I'm finally going to the myotherapy clinic to have my leg looked at. Hopefully they'll be able to tell me something concrete. I can't stand wishy-washy medical advice. I don't want to be told to wait and see how things "feel". I want to be told YES I can run and not do any damage, or if not that then be given an exact date and time. I'm starting to think I should have gone to the doctor at least a week ago.

I've finished watching all five seasons of Angel - and now I've started watching 24. I've not seen it before it's definitely not helping the stress levels! Just finished watching season 1.

I hope things pick up soon for you babe and good luck with the clinic tomorrow. I hope you get the diagnosis that you want!

By Blogger Mary, at 3:55 pm  

I really hope you get some answers tomorrow Kathryn.

The 1st series of 24 is fantastic.. I sort of lost interest after the 3rd series although hubby is still obsessed with it. Keep us updated.

By Blogger Linda, at 4:01 pm  

Hope things start to look up for you soon. It's so frustrating, not being able to pull yourself out of a blue funk.

By Blogger Sue, at 7:07 pm  

I agree, can't stand wishy washy doctors. You don't pay good money to get ums and aahs. Hope everything works out well for you soon.

By Blogger Jules, at 9:09 pm  

There's only one thing worse than a wishy-washy diagnosis and that's an incorrect one. It seems that the standard of medical practice these days is really low. I hope you do get some good answers and that they are the ones you want. My son is the biggest 24 fan ever, I'm like Linda liked the 1st series but then sort of lost interest (although Jacks daughter is a bit of a hotty I reckon).

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 10:12 pm  

Good luck with the myotherapist Kathryn - it sucks when all the little things in life pile up and make you miserable.

Wishing you a miracle cure....and a sudden windfall. :-)

By Blogger Kek, at 11:22 pm  

Hey - how did the myotherapy clinic go? Hope all is well and that you were allowed to run all the way home (wee wee wee)!! haha

By Blogger Briony, at 1:49 pm  




Sometimes I do some really dumb things. I had to go to Preston Market. I have friends coming over for dinner tomorrow and wanted the homemade pasta they sell (I won't eat other pasta now because it's totally inferior). Normally I avoid the market on Saturdays because it's a madhouse but couldn't make it earlier in the week so I got up at 7.00 planning to be there before everyone else except everyone had the same idea and there was no parking at all. Finally I got a park and went to the pasta stall.

Last night, before I went out, I took all the money out of my purse except enough for a drink and I'd forgotten to put it back!!@! Oh noes! I went back home and got back in bed.

I ended up going back this arvo and it truly is like an insane asylum. But fun, if you're in the right mood. I got heaps of vegies for next to nix - including 2 big bags of grapes for $1. I've soaked a huge container of grapes in Cointreau ready for dessert... yummo. I also got masses of capsicums so think I'll roast them to make the pasta sauce.

I got everything I needed for dinner, including wine, 750 g of homemade gnocchi and a tub of really good shaved parmesan for under $20. That is super cheap and makes me happy. Then I got a $4.90 box of little cakes too (for now, not for dinner).

The band last night were tops. The night before had been a sell out show so we went on the right night. Plus we got there just before the band come on. I'm too old now to wait around watching support bands and I find since I don't drink that much any more I get extremely irritated by drunken crowds with all the pushing and jostling.

We had this one guy with the world's biggest head standing in front of us. He kept going to the bar then pushing back to the same spot. Oh and doing this stupid dance/sway move so no matter where you stood, his head was in the way. That shit bugs me - if you want to keep going to the bar all night, stand near the bar not in the 2nd row. Other than that though, everything was good.

OMG, the Lemonheads, total blast from the past, the last time I saw them I was a wee young thing and they were playing at the Palace, I think it was probably '93 or '94.

*sigh*, how we all loved Evan Dando, 'scuse me while I go all dewy eyed for a moment.

Your dinner sounds fab, you spoil your friends.

By Anonymous Em, at 6:16 pm  

I have a nephew called Leonard, who we nicknamed Lemonhead as a baby - his head was rather pointy! Now that he's 10, we play him their music.

By Blogger Sue, at 7:30 pm  

I love fresh pasta and I have a pasta machine so I spend a lot of time making pasta, not getting it right and buying the real proper professional stuff that tastes nice not like a paper bag at all.

By Blogger MorseyRuns, at 7:58 pm  

I did the same thing the other day (went out with no money), only it only 5 minutes away to the local newsagent. Oh, those Cointreau soaked grapes sound devine!

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 8:10 pm  

You dinner sounds yummmm. There are always people who will get up your nose eh? I can't wait till I'm really old so I can bop them over the head and hopefully get away with it! Smile, it's another day!

By Blogger Chris H, at 9:18 am  

I so completely want to be invited to dinner. It sounds delicious!

LMAO at the going out without money. Getting back into bed was the perfect response.

Glad you enjoyed the band.

By Blogger Kathy, at 10:44 pm  

Yeehaaar. I'm second from the top on the blogs you read. I don't think I've ever made the top yet. How does that work anyway? It's a good trick. Does anyone else notice those names changing all the time, I wonder.

Hope you didn't overdo it on the easter eggs & those hot cross buns.

By Blogger Debstar, at 9:48 am  

Yeah, and if you want to keep going to the bar all night have a head shrinking before you bloody come out for the night you pain in the arse. I hate big afro heads in front of you at the movies.

By Blogger Jules, at 12:55 pm  




My sister and I are off to see the Lemonheads tonight. I've wanted to get tickets since the tour was announced but couldn't afford it but today we decided - bugger it, we're going to be poor either way. So we have tickets and we're leaving shortly. I heart Evan Dando!

Shauna - the guitar game is Guitar Hero and my son has that. I'm the most hopeless ever, I can't even play Ramones songs!

AJH - there will be no recording for the internet. I'm not ending up like that Star Wars kid!

Have fun!
Happy easter kathryn.

By Blogger Suzy, at 10:29 pm  

The Lemonheads! I used to LOVE them in high school. Didn't realise they were doing stuff still. Have fun!

By Blogger Mary, at 7:12 am  

Ah, Singstar! (Referring to previous post.) There is a very embarrassing photo loose on a webpage somewhere, showing me rocking out on Singstar at a party. Be warned.

Might not stop me indulging again, though... Have fun at the gig.

By Blogger K, at 8:59 am  

Star Wars kid? Tell me more please.

By Blogger Briony, at 1:46 pm  


Happy Easter

You know what rocks my world? Andrew is loaning me his PS2 and he's going to borrow Singstar from a friend. Woohoo... not just entertainment but revenge on the housemates. They totally deserve it. New Guy comes home from work most nights and plugs his acoustic guitar into an amp and plays it. Why the hell would you need to use an amp when you're only playing for yourself? Wanker. And our other housemate has been making as much noise as he possibly can all morning. They can't even walk down the hallway without sounding like herds of elephants. But revenge will be mine, oh yes it will....

Amplifiers....why? Because it doesn't sound the same, of course! A better question is: why the HELL do you need to start playing that thing at 10:00pm, when I'm going to bed?

*sigh* Guitarists! Here's a piece of advice - don't ever marry one.

By Blogger Kek, at 1:25 pm  

LOL - go Kathryn! I love Singstar :o)

Happy easter matie :o)


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:28 pm  

Have you ever tried Singshot?. You should share your talents with the world as well as your flatmates!

I went crazy on it the other day late at night (until after 2am). I could have sworn my neighbours weren't home because normally they make more noise than a herd of elephants doing aerobics and it was dead silent, but then early in the morning I heard someone showering. So I assume they were treated to the pleasure of hearing me trying to screech out "Barracuda" and other such treasures totally unsuited to my voice. But yeah, serves 'em right for being so noisy normally! I love singing (loud!) - it's so cathartic!!

Happy Easter - enjoy your singing!

By Blogger jo, at 4:21 pm  

Don't you get a chance to vet your new housemates! How come you seem to have so many wankers living in your doesn't sound like fun! Turn up the volume and sing your heart out... badly if you can!!!

By Blogger Chris H, at 5:09 pm  

Sing, girl, sing!

By Blogger Sue, at 6:18 pm  

LOL - revenge is sweet.

While you have the PS2, if you can get hold of an eyeToy you'll have a blast. They are so much fun.

I haven't tried Singstar. Let us know how it goes.

By Blogger Kathy, at 8:13 pm  

Ahhhhh revenge! Sweeter than easter eggs!

I can't believe he plugs in an acoustic when he's playing for himself. WANKER indeed. Arrrgh!

Singstar sounds good fun. Have you played the one where you have these pretend guitar thingies? I can't remember what it's called but I sucked bigtime!

By Blogger Shauna, at 8:32 pm  

Any way this can be recorded and posted on the blog so we can all hear you great vocal talent :-)

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 9:17 pm  

Bwahaha...give it to 'em sista! Yep, wanka with the amp for sure.

By Blogger Mary, at 8:23 pm  



I went to the session at the City Baths tonight. No one else showed up for the run except Simon and I so we had a one on one with the run leader (well two on one to be exact but that sounds vaguely dirty). She said there were a few routes we could run including Princes Park. After we finished screaming, we told her we've run there a bit too much lately.

We could have done some speed training which would have been great - I've never done anything like that with someone guiding me - but we weren't quite up to it so we did a run to Flagstaff Gardens some stretching and then a couple of laps and those things I've totally forgotten the name of where you do silly looking running with high knees and stuff, then a couple of laps and back. The staff at the City Baths were fantastic. I dunno if it was because of the open day and not many other people showing up or they are just always uber-friendly. We went to check out the gym and the nice man gave us an Easter Egg each.

We got a pass for next week so I'm planning to try out some classes - definitely boxing - and use the gym. I've still got passes from when we did the Sunset Series runs as well.

Tonight was my first run since Sunday. My hip/butt/thigh has been sore all week plus I've felt sniffly so I've not been pushing it. The hip/butt/thigh problem doesn't seem to be getting any better and not getting any worse. Running doesn't seem to make any difference either. Mum thought it could be my sciatic nerve since it goes down my leg but she told me some stretches that I should have really felt and they did nothing (she has sciatic problems).

Anyway, the plan of action is to not push it too hard - well except I want to do a 10 km run this weekend but other than that, easy. Since I can't afford to go to the doctor/physio/whatever, I remembered RMIT has a myotherapy training clinic. I checked it out and it's $22 per session. Even I can afford that, so I'm booked in but they don't reopen until Thursday. I'll be such a relief to get this looked at and hopefully fixed up because it's been nearly two weeks now.

I think the high knees up running thing is called the "I-want-a-butt-like-J.Lo-run"- that might not be the official term tho. Boxing sounds like a great class- such a fun way to burn calories and rage.

By Blogger MorseyRuns, at 9:10 am  



More Stuff

I had to rush my post yesterday so didn't get to say all I had to say. One of the things I'm finding hard about looking for work now is that it's been so long that I have a 6 month gap on my resume that I have to explain. When it's only a few months, you can say you've been having a break but 6 months is much harder.

I've been saying that I had to look after my sister because she's been sick. It's true even though most of the looking after is telling her to do things herself. Sometimes that's the hardest thing of all. She had to go to an appointment the other day - one of the local hospitals has a Chronic Fatigue clinic to help people learn to deal with the condition. The trouble is the hospital is nowhere near public transport. I told her she'd have to work out somewhere of getting there so she rang them. There's no bus or anything. The receptionist said she could walk the 2-3 kms from the train station! My sister, who is normally not very assertive, actually said to her, 'did you hear me right? I'm asking about the chronic fatigue clinic.'

Anyway she went for the appointment and found out there is a service to transport people. Thank goodness. Once she starts the program, she'll be going 3 days a week and I couldn't possibly drive her... not unless I never want to work or do anything else. I think it will be good for her, they do hydrotherapy and yoga and other exercises as well as try to get patients back into work or study.

I did my easter shopping this morning. We really only buy token presents for each other because Easter isn't such a big deal for us. I do freak my family out though by eating meat on Good Friday. I have no problem since I'm not at all religious and figure it's hypocritical to have no faith all year then get all religious on Good Friday. If you have faith, then have it; if you don't then don't. Besides I hate fish.

I used to horrify my mother by having bacon for brekky on Good Friday. I'm still waiting to be smitten by lightning or plague or some such...

By Blogger Kek, at 2:14 pm  

Never knew there was a problem with eating certain foods on Good Friday? Ignorant me... I too am not a religious person, each to their own I say.... though I do believe you should "do unto others as you would have them do unto you".... and all that stuff! Have a wonderful Easter weekend, be safe and happy.

By Blogger Chris H, at 5:02 pm  

LOL yep, gotta love all those religious folk who only practice what they preach on specific days ;-) I hope your sister finds the clinic helps! Is CF something you can get rid of or you're stuck with it for life?

By Blogger Mary, at 8:21 pm  




I've had a busy week of running around - interviews and errands and stuff like that. I've got another interview tomorrow then I'm going to the City Baths for a run. They are having an open day where you pay a gold coin donation that goes to the Children's Hospital and you can do any of their classes. You also get a week's pass to use their gym.

More details here if you are interested.

Not sure what's going on with the interview process. I must truly suck at them cos I've still not got a job. It's getting ridiculous - the other day I had to go for an agency interview for a 3 week contract. If I get past that, it's a company interview. Lots of effort for 3 weeks of work!

Good luck with the interview- surely once you have a foot in the door you will have no dramas (there is a cliche for every occasion- sorry).

By Blogger MorseyRuns, at 8:50 pm  

It must get awfully wearing, putting on your bright and shiny face for interviews!

By Blogger Sue, at 4:18 am  

Good luck for the interview! :o) I agree with Sue, your poor face must be aching from all that smiley interview action.

Btw, I don't think I congratulated you on the R4K - considering that you spent the week leading up to it with such awful pain in your hip I think you did well to do it, and that is an very respectable time too. I was the same as you, well cranky for the first bit - some people were so annoying! :oD

Anywaysm hope you land a job soon. Keeping everything crossed for you...


By Blogger Beakus, at 11:53 am  



Weigh In - 76.8 kgs

Yeah, I put on weight. Wasn't expecting that after a week of no exercise (other than the run yesterday) and much snack food. It's done and over... time for new resolve.

I had an interview today for a short contract in Ringwood. Can you believe I actually had to look up where Ringwood is on a map? I've only lived in Melbs for around 15 years. I knew it was kinda Eastish. Shouldn't be too hard to get to if I get the job since I can take the freeway. Fingers crossed.

Tonight was my editing class. You know how they say there are no stupid questions - well who ever said that never met this dude in my class! Actually it's more like that line in South Park - there are no stupid questions, just stupid questions. Every time he opens his mouth, I want to clock him over the head with a blunt object and you can times that to the power of infinity when he does it AFTER the teacher says it's break time. Don't come between me and my coffee.

Tomorrow is busy and annoying... got to run errands and it's not just the week before easter, it's also school hols. The world outside my house is feral.

Actually the world inside my house is too... the owner's son (you remember from an earlier post where I had to drive his hungover arse home) bought around all this office furniture to store in one of the rooms -- the room that belongs to my housemate who may or may not still live here and who may or may not be in rehab but who is definitely wanted by the police (you may remember from an earlier post where he left his porn in the bathroom). The furniture didn't all fit (it would have if they'd stacked it properly) so some of it is in the hallway. It looks brand new so we pretty much suspect it fell off the back of truck. We are also wondering if they know what's here cos there are some pretty good computer chairs and Andrew needs a new one!

Apparently there are going to be finish line pics from the R4tK up on the site tomorrow. I knew I should have worn my sexy, cheek revealing shorts and a full face of makeup like the woman in front of us... she had to be an aerobics instructor, you can just pick that look.

Ah, but peak hour traffice is soooo much better in school holidays! I'm loving it. Also, not having to get grumpy kids out of bed is a bonus.

Just stay away from shopping centres - those places are full of feral kids!

By Blogger Kek, at 7:34 am  

The weight monsters visited me too but they left me a bigger present than yours!! hehe

By Blogger Briony, at 2:08 pm  

The revealing cheek shorts- where with every step a bit of cheek escapes and then hides again- I hate them so much on everyone! I am a bit surprised how much I have put on this week too.

By Blogger MorseyRuns, at 4:55 pm  

OMG you have an interesting life - mine seems so boring in comparison!

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 8:12 pm  

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By Blogger Debstar, at 8:33 am  

Good luck with the job. Hope the interview went well.

By Blogger Suzy, at 10:28 am  

LOL the mafia are at it again! What's with the son even thinking he can come around? Very dodgy. Good luck with dodging the kids!

By Blogger Mary, at 11:50 am  

Kathryn if you do get the job in Ringwood let me know and I can drive down and have a cuppa with you.

I work and work about 10 minutes away.

And don't forget that there's the shop that you like in Eastland Shopping Centre. Can't remember what it's called, but I remember you spoke about it in one of your posts.

By Anonymous Jaykay, at 8:30 pm  



Run for the Kids

Arrgghh, had a lousy night's sleep last night and I want a nap but promised a friend I'd run an errand for him at 4.00 so must stay awake. Therefore this might be a very long and rambling post!

I did it, folks. That pesky leg didn't pain at all during the run (the other one did though) and I made it. Before I got injured, my goal was to finish in 100 mins then, last week, I revised that to just finish. I did it in 101 mins so I'm damn happy. I'm actually feeling better post-run than I did most of last week but that might change tomorrow :)

The reason for the lousy night's sleep is that I decided since I've had late nights all week, there was no point going to bed early cos I'd not sleep anyway. Then, when I got to bed, my hot water bottle had leaked. Oh noes! So I changed the bed and mopped up the wet spot. But I'd overhydrated myself so had to have a few toilet trips during the night.

When the alarm went off this morning, I wanted to turn it off and go back to sleep but forced myself up. Had my fruit muffin with banana and a quick shower then headed over to my friend, Simon's. He had a coffee waiting for me. He rocks. We got his partner Tim to drop us off in the city and walked down to the start.

We got to the start, well to the side of the start cos that was the closest we could get, and waited and waited. And waited. Finally we started moving. We were in the yellow zone and assumed there'd be a staggered start but heaps of people from the red zone pushed up in front of us. That was mighty annoying.

I don't get it. People nominate on their forms which zone they want to go in so why push yourself up to the next zone? The timing doesn't start until you cross the start line anyway so there's no advantage. We were supposed to start at 8.30 but didn't cross the start until 9.00.

Once we got over the start line, most of the red zone people who'd pushed in front walked really slowly, 3 or 4 abreast with their mates, ie. in our way! A heap of them stopped to send text messages or call people on their mobiles. We were very cranky for the first km or so.

I had a very weird thing happen at the start. I kept checking my watch, ready to start timing when I crossed the start and a message get up and go flashed across the top where the date normally is. Not sure what that was about. My watch is the one with my polar HRM and, since it's an older one, I'm wondering if I've picked up someone else's message. I've never had messages on my watch before, didn't even know you could do it.

So we got started. The tunnel seemed hotter and more airless than last year. I was damn happy to get out into the fresh air. I ran with Simon to the end of the tunnel but my calf was really tight by the 3 km mark so I told him to run on cos I wanted to walk. I tried a few quick stretches but they didn't help. I'd decided beforehand, if I could do 3 km, I could do the whole run cos if my leg was going to let me down, I'd know by then. I hadn't even realised I'd run 3 km until I stopped then saw the marker. That gave me a bit of confidence.

It was so disheartening running along the Westgate Freeway and seeing heaps of people already on the Bolte Bridge. Luckily when I got onto the Bolte there were heaps of people still coming behind me so I didn't feel so bad.

I decided because of my tight calf to walk the uphill bits and run the rest. For some reason, no matter if I walked or ran, I kept to 7 min/km. Every km marker, I was almost dead on 7 mins without even trying. Well until the last 3 kms.

We'd organised beforehand for Tim to wait at the bottom of the Bolte Bridge with gatorade. The whole of the Bolte I kept thinking Tim, Tim, Tim. Drinks and lollie snakes. I saw him and just hurled myself towards him. I stopped for a quick chat and a stretch. I dunno if the sugar hit got me going or what but the last 6 kms went past in a blur.

Got to the last 3 kms and it was like .... phhhtt, that's just a lap of Princes Park and took off. Running along Southbank, everyone seemed to be totally rooted but I felt fantastic.

I missed the 14 km marker though and thought I had forever to go. I wanted to stop but couldn't so kept running and running, thinking there was a whole long bit after the last turn but no, just a nasty little hill then the finish line.

After that I just wanted a water. I joined the rest of the cattle in the line for the goodie bags, expecting there to be a water table somewhere along the way. No such luck. There was a tiny bottle of water in the bags and much advertising material. Not at all worth a 30 minute wait.

The organisation at the start and end of the run was definitely the worst bit of the day. I got my bag from the check area (which was the one really well organised bit of the day) then found Simon and went for coffee, catching sight of Linda on the way.

I wanted to walk home to stretch out my legs but Simon insisted on the train since he could hardly walk. Damn him. That's what he gets for finishing 20 minutes before me. If I'm stiff tomorrow, I'll totally blame him.

So now I'm home and wanting to nap. I think I'll have an easy week this week then start training for the Run to the G.

Woohoo - you've updated... I kicked the boys out so I could veg all arvo. 101 minutes is a fantastic time and I'm glad your leg (body) held up.

I thought the route this year was better than last year and I'm glad the Tunnel was at the start of the Run. Was it the same Tunnel as last year - I seem to recall a steep exit so maybe it was the Burnley? The start is a pain - we waited 40 minutes.

I think seeing you was just that little bit of inspiration I needed to make the last couple of km's. Gotta love familiar faces.

Well done Kathryn.

By Blogger Linda, at 4:20 pm  

Congratulations Kathryn - sounds like an awesome effort. I wish I knew how people manage to run so fast - even the run/walkers!! 7 minute k's sound to me like a blistering pace. Well done!!

By Blogger Celeste, at 4:31 pm  

So with you, those annoying walkers, how rude, I'd have pushed them over :-)

That Tim sounds like a gem, a lift to the start, personal aid station!

Glad you had a good day out there and you achieved your goal. That was a very weird experience with the Polar, it has certainly never happened to mine, maybe it is possessed, at least it sent you a motivating message LOL

By Anonymous Em, at 5:41 pm  

Wow Kathryn, congrats for doing so well!! Hope you are pampering yourself tonight after all that!!

By Blogger yublocka, at 6:06 pm  

Well done - pity about the start, but sounds like it was great anyway.

By Blogger Sue, at 6:07 pm  

Well done Kathryn, considering the lack of sleep and the injury rideen prep, that was an extremely good effort. I agree about the disorganisation at the start and the end.

By Blogger Andrew(ajh), at 6:35 pm  

Congratulations- you showed that leg who is the boss! Yep agree with you about the start and the finish- thought I was going to be sick in the finish line. And straight back into training for the next one- you are dedicated.

By Blogger MorseyRuns, at 7:16 pm  

Well done, Kathryn - glad the hip didn't let you down.

Hope you're enjoying a well-earned rest!

By Blogger Kek, at 8:07 pm  

Well done gorgeous that's fantastic! Great time. Thank God for tim and his gatorade and snakes. Was it the burnley tunnel? Can you see evidence of the smash?

By Blogger Jadey 0:-), at 8:58 pm  

Congratulations Kathryn. You rock woman! I'm glad you were able to run. Great effort.

By Blogger Kathy, at 10:01 pm  

Wow, what a great effort! You have come so far in the last couple of years.

Is Ab Fab still going or have people given up? Would be keen to keep it up with NZ/Australian products etc? Might kick it off today, what you reckon?

By Blogger Jules, at 9:13 am  

Well done Kathryn - 101 minutes is excellent! I'm so in awe!! I can totally relate the the lousy night's sleep beforehand - I got NONE :S Rest up well this week K, you deserve it!

By Blogger Ails, at 10:32 am  

WOW well done with the run considering the past week! I'd be shitty with the people who push in too but how cool to get that message on your watch. A sign from god? LOL ;-)

By Blogger Mary, at 11:54 am  

101 minutes!! - well done mate, that's tremendous, especially considering you were worried about finishing :)
Are you doing the Run the the G 10 or the half?

By Blogger LBTEPA, at 2:50 pm  

A couple of days late as I haven't really had a chance to jump on computer.

Well, done Kathryn awesome effort especially with all the obstacles :) Enjoy your well deserved rest, I know I am!

My next run is also going to be Run to the G.

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