[planning] all the adventures we’re going to have on our summer holiday to Byron Bay with the Jacksons. I can barely contain myself! [via]
[listening] to Vacationer, Anni B Sweet & Kanye West. I’m obsessed.
[missing] my exercise. I’ve been injured & super tired this week and have only fit in 3 good sessions.
[reading] a couple of books simultaneously; World War Z by Max Brooks & The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg. Both completely different but equally as awesome.
[wishing] Jay buys me the new white Samsung SIII for my birthday
- seeing Jason Silva talk this afternoon at the Sydney Opera House for the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.
- celebrating Jay & my 7 year wedding anniversary on Tuesday! we’re having a low key appreciation day with dinner at Blue Plate in Mosman.
- taking Harley to The Marian Centre to play with the kids
- seeing Ian & Janine for dinner club on Thursday night
- ordering our new car! Jeep Wrangler Rubicon! eek!
[continuously] fascinated by fractals. [via]
[feeling] happy. the sun is shining & it’s a long weekend!
blog linkage: [Ali Edwards]
Where Lilly over [here] solves problems (I usually create them!) and lives in Colorado while I live in Sydney, we both love beer (her a little more than me), food (me probably a little more than her), bubble baths with a glass of vino, taking pictures of our food, good books, Lisbeth Salander, the smell of clean laundry, exercise, cooking, love Germany & have the same middle name! She also has a thing for Mexican food, is named after a beautiful flower and did I mention she loves beer?!
Michelle from [here] is a twin! Which to non-twin people like me is the most fascinating thing. I love her blog which is about her love of her huge family, reading, baking, working-out, the Cardinals, her strong faith, beautiful words like poetry, loves Jillian Michaels the way I love Michelle Bridges, her adventures in Missouri & beyond, has a wonderful husband and has two adorable doggies named Cooper & Coogee. Her twin also lives Sydney so she gets to visit every so often!
If you are nominated you must include the link in a blog, linking to the person/blog that nominated you. You must answer some questions and nominate fellow bloggers and link their blogs in your post. Let the people you have nominated know that you have nominated them!
Here are the questions:
1. Who is your favorite philosopher?
“Cogito ergo sum“. Descartes said it best when he said “I think therefore I am“.
I think all of us are philosophers of some kind as there are messages that make us question our surroundings, position & identity all time.
I think Dr Seuss was a brilliant modern philosopher…
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
Even though I didn’t pay much attention to Philosophy101 first year Uni, in terms of celebrated philosophers I enjoy the Ayn Rand‘s book Atlas Shrugged
“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swaps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.”
and how can I not mention Voltaire, the French philosopher and father of the French Revolution who created his nom-de-plume from an anagram of his surname and championed the separation of church & state in a time where it was total blasphemy to think such things!
“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”
Nietzsche also; one of the founding fathers of Existentialism. What is more important to the meaning of human existence than the individual discovering the meaning of life through one’s own authenticity. “What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not an end” Brilliance.
Last but not least, a modern day philosopher (and filmmaker and futurist) Jason Silva who we’re going to see speak at The Opera House this Sunday! He speaks about ‘philosophical implications of tinkering with our biology, merging with our technologies and overcoming our biological limitations’. Interesting & relevant stuff!
2. What is your favorite number?
10. I don’t know why this number is still my favourite. It was Dennis Rodman’s jersey number when he was at his all time best (playing for the Spurs) and he was my favourite basketball player during high-school, so the number has just stuck with me!
3. What is your favorite animal?
Whales, dolphins, sharks and dogs. I’ve swam with wild whales and dolphins, have an awesome dog and really want to swim with a great white one day (protected in a cage of course!).
4. What are your Facebook and Twitter?
I’m one of the many Melissa Williams on Facebook and my Twitter is @m3lly78
5. What is your favorite time of day?
6. What was your favorite vacation?
Stalemate between my honeymoon in the Whitsundays QLD and Paris/Germany.
7. What is your favorite physical activity?
Can I say sex? If that doesn’t count, then I’ll go with Boxing and BodyBalance!
8. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?
Hmmmm, that’s a hard choice between coffee & sparkling mineral water.
9. What is your favorite flower?
ooooh, I have so many! Peonies, ranunculus, David Austin roses & hydrangeas.
10. What is your passion?
My husband, my blog, my piano (even though I’m having a little break), cooking & my dog!
The nominees who bring sunshine to my google reader on a regular basis:
- Golden girl Amber from [Arbitrary Ambrosia]
- My beautiful friend Neen from [random musings of neen]
- The Florida filly Steph with a killerwatt smile [Simply Stephanie]
- Health fitness & foodie chick from [flecks of green]
- A fellow Zombie-apocalypse doomsdayer & foodie Selina from [at number 11]
- My postcard swapping Californian blogging buddy Prem who has the most beautiful eye for photography seen on [spirit photowalk]
My Mum & her husband Col have packed up their belongings, put most of it in storage, purchased a “big rig” and are heading off on a 3-5 year working holiday around Australia!
While they tie up a few loose ends they’ve been staying in the Stockton Holiday Village. We drove up this morning spend the day with them.
Mum & Col custom designed their caravan; it’s gun-metal & light grey exterior is finished inside with sophisticated grey leather, wood & veneer.
It has so many cool little cubby-holes on the outside for storage, a TV arm (using the portable flat-screen from their bedroom), a BBQ, a heated shower, outer electrics & a table.
Oh man, their car is ginormous! Because of the size of the van a Toyota Landcruiser wouldn’t cut it, so they had to buy a custom converted American Dodge Ram 3500. It’s McMassive!
The inside is awesome! If you’re going to live in close-quarters with someone for a long period of time (even if he is your husband) it helps to have some well designed space!
Every single inch of potential space is used for storage. Jay was impressed with the tech hook-up; wireless internet, sat-phone, emergency beacon & solar panels. The van is a completely self sufficient so they can “free camp”.
Gracie & her Dad Jim came over for lunch too (I forgot to take photos of our BBQ feast – shock! horror!). It’s nice that Jim & Col get along so well.
It’s going to be a while til I see my Mummy again. I was sad as we drove back down the freeway tonight. But I’m happy she’s heading off on her dream adventure!
If only I lived in a world where money was no object….
all from [here]
Remember that time and that other time when I mentioned that
Harley Houdini Williams
is the most cutest bestest gorgeous doggy in the entire world?
(sorry blogger buddies who also have other cute doggies,
but this is indeed a fact)
Well, here are another few pictures to remind you of how true this is of my adorable little fluffball.
feel free to post links to your most gorgeous beautiful doggy in the comments
’cause there’s no such thing as dog eat dog world on this site!
In the current age of CGI & high tech wizardry….
I adore this prologue from Shakespeare’s Henry V in which the Chorus (a character who opens the play) announces the play and sets the scene of which the audience is to imagine that the small stage in front of them is transformed into vast French fields on which Kings are fighting out their epic battles.
It’s Shakespeare’s lyrical instructions for us to use our imaginations!
Think when we talk of horses, that you see them
Printing their proud hoofs i’ the receiving earth;
For ’tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings,
Carry them here and there; jumping o’er times,
Turning the accomplishment of many years
Into an hour-glass; for the which supply,
Admit me Chorus to this history;
Who prologue-like your humble patience pray,
Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.
Hells to the yeah people! Week 3 done & dusted!
5km walk/run with Harley & Jay.
Uber workout at the gym:
- 5 min warmup on the Xtrainer
- 5 sets x 15 reps Legpress 60Kgs
- 3 sets (per leg) single leg lunges x 15 reps holding 15kg barbell
- 3 sets (per leg) single hamstring/glute extenders x 15 reps 25kgs
- 3 sets x 15 reps chest press 20kgs
- 3 sets x 15 reps overhead shoulder press 7.5kgs
- 3 sets x 20 reps bicep curls 17.5kgs3 sets x 20 reps tricep dips
- 3 sets x 15 reps back rows 25kgs
- stretching & roller
Boxing workout in the park with Jay as my trainer! (boxing drills, foot work, head movement, pyramid circuit, combos & sparring.)
I enjoyed our boxing workout from the day before so much I dragged Jay to the park to let me use him as
a punching bag my boxing trainer again!
Keeping it low-key before Sunday’s race day with a 5km walk with my buddy Harley.
Blackmores body+soul 9km Bridge Run was tough but so much fun!
Brekkie: cereal with peaches & skim milk
Lunch: chicken stirfry with rice & an apple
Dinner: BBQ chicken with veggies & salad
Brekkie: quinoa & linseed sourdough with avocado
Dinner: BBQ chicken with salad & rye bread
Brekkie: avocado, rocket & egg on toast
Lunch (not pictured): Cafe grilled chicken burger
Dinner: grilled chicken, corn & zucchini with lettuce
Brekkie: the best protein smoothie with mango & banana
Lunch: wok noodles
Dinner (not pictured): homemade 12WBT spaghetti bolognese (beef & lentils)
*regretting this carb overload!!!
Brekkie: another awesome smoothie (whey protein, mango, banana & skim milk)
Lunch: salad & chicken
Dinner (not pictured): out with friends bar snack food + 3 glasses of wine
Brekkie: rye bread with Promite & Laughing Cow cream cheese
Lunch: the awesomest vegan salads from Iku Wholefoods (obsessed!)
Dinner (not pictured): a little indulgent treat meal from Grill’d Burger
Brekkie (not pictured): banana
Lunch: grilled chicken, veggies & salad
Dinner: low-calorie Tandoori pizza (looks good for 300 cals doesnt it!?!?)
Looking forward to the upcoming Week4 fitness tests & measurements!