As some of you may have noticed I’ve moved all my Anything BUT the Weather posts to this site this morning. I’m so sorry for all the emails anyone following me would have had today – I think I might be a spammer now. It does not feel good. I moved them all as private then changed the status to public as a way (I thought) of avoiding the emails. But it didn’t work. There is probably a cleverer way.
Anyway all the WoW Bravetank posts can be found via the menu bar above. And since I’m already missing it & yearning to play with pandas (although that does not sound right) I will be posting more shortly once I get my schedule sorted. But I can’t maintain two sites (in fact 3 – I’ll be moving Row Row Row A Marathon next week) so all the Anything BUT the Weather stuff is here now too & again accessible via the menu at the top.
I know the following post makes no sense from a Bravetank blog perspective but it was relevant on Anything BUT the Weather site and in the interests of posterity I’m keeping it intact – even though Celebrity Big Brother is well & truly over & I’ve forgiven my husband about the spinach (if only Olive Oyl could do the same).
Ok took this site down for a while as I didn’t have time to update it. Seeing the date of the last post getting older & older was making me feel incredibly guilty. So I turned it off – actually just made it private (didn’t know how else to turn it off without deleting it- and I didn’t want to do that). If you came across it you might have seen that you had to have a password and log in – no one actually could because I didn’t set anyone up. This wasn’t because I was up to no good behind the scenes – just that I was doing nothing with it & trying to feel less guilty!
I’ve not been completely lazy though. I’m still very focused on Bravetank of course – my WoW blog. I’ve also been training for my rowing marathon (though my Row Row Row a Marathon blog needs an update). In fact – just as a small aside on the rowing – I rowed 30K yesterday!!!! 30 K. It took me 3 hrs 47 mins & many many podcasts. I feel ok today but was a little sick in the theatre last night (that was a first for me - had to run out at the last scene of Misery. The audience probably thought I was too weak stomached to cope with what was happening on stage. No- I was an idiot who had rowed 18 miles then gone to the theatre after eating hardly anything & then shared a Joes icecream in the intermission. Not a good mix.)
Anyway I digress. What about this blog? Well I do want to change the focus a little. I’ve done 9 informative (ok tongue in cheek & full of dubious assertions ) posts about a number of different topics but because they take so long to research (there are some facts in there honestly) it means I hardly update the blog. So I want to turn it into something slightly different- more personal (life, opinion etc) & less research dependent. Yes basically I’ve been on some major rants & husband has advised I write them down rather than disturb him when he’s trying to watch the Swans game for the tenth time (Michael Laudrup is a saint apparently).
Ok so rants of the day:
1 Julie Goodyear on Celebrity BigBrother. Oh my god. She is so arrogant in the faux humility “I’m everyone’s friend but can’t do right for trying” sort of way that should be transparent to everyone but instead is only being picked up by Colleen Nolan. Me & Colleen Nolan….Well she always was my favourite Nolan. Husband says he never fully accepted her as she was not part of the original group – but when I challenged him to name the originals he couldn’t so he changed the subject. Hmm.
2. Husband – ok this is unfair I know but I have to get it down. He can defend himself later in a comment or something. The other day I sent him a shopping text for things to pick up after work. Very explicitly said frozen broccoli. He should have realised the importance of this. I’ve been low carbing and eating mainly frozen spinach as my veg (peas have carbs so are the stuff of the devil apparently) but hating it. A great big watery dollop of green crap on my plate is not my idea of a good time. So I thought I’d go a bit wild & go for some broccoli instead. It keeps its shape better. (These turn out to be important considerations on a low carb diet when you have to pretend eating a lump of broccoli with some cream cheese dolloped on the top is as good as a slice of toast with butter.) So I texted him a list of things that included broccoli. Not spinach.This is important (I think you can see where this is going). He comes home & I unpack the shopping while he has a bath (see I do my bit too). What do I find at the bottom of the bag? Frozen spinach. I go upstairs & say calmly (honestly- although my teeth were a tad gritted), “Why did you get spinach – I asked for broccoli.” “No you didn’t,” was his knee jerk response (when in doubt deny everything), ” You asked for spinach.” Now I knew I had text proof of what I’d asked for- but had it really come to this? Waving texts in each other’s faces to prove broccoli or spinach? So instead I just said, “I can get the text – I know it was broccoli. I don’t like the spinach.” “I know,” he said, “I thought it was weird you wanted spinach.” “Then why didn’t you doublecheck the text?” (at this point my voice was raised a little I admit). “Awww ….I was too tired & I thought you’d said spinach!!” TOO TIRED TO CHECK A BLOODY TEXT. So because of his text fatigue (how soon before that starts appearing on people’s sick papers by the way?) I’m stuck with more frozen green crap. Lovely.
3. Low carb diets – conceptually I’m a huge fan – I’ve read the dark stories of blood sugar spikes & insulin resistance & they had me at “it all turns to fat”, but in reality I miss toast. I’ve gone back to eating fish to try to help vary it a bit but fish can only do so much (and it doesn’t help that the mussels I had in the fridge appeared to grow beards – what in the hell is that all about)? I also have the moral issues to contend with – particularly when staunch vegetarian husband insists on waving his Practical Fishkeeping magazine (about tropical fish) in my face & asking me if it’s making me feel hungry. A pescatarian on a low carb high fat diet means eating cheese, nuts, double cream, green leafy veg (aka. bloody spinach), eggs, mayo, fish & very dark chocolate. Good to have limited choice on the one hand (I don’t have to think about what to cook- just resignedly open yet another tin of mackerel & understand finally why cats always seem so bad tempered) but the yearning to have some cake with frosted icing, white bread with lovely butter, doughnuts and… well that’s it really. They are my three cravings. I just can’t imagine going all through life without them. I don’t want them every day but I want them now & again. But since low carb high fat is not meant to be a diet but a way of life I don’t know where to go with this. I listen to all the great low carb podcasts (Jimmy Moore from Living La Vida Low Carb kept me going through my 30K yesterday) but when they talk about cravings for such carby foods as an addiction I just don’t buy it. I crave those foods because they taste good. Can’t say I feel any chemical change in my body after I eat them and I don’t feel any spikes in my energy. I just like the taste. Does this mean my taste buds are wrong- that they’ve been indoctrinated to like one thing when they should like something else? But how do I break away from that when I’m still indoctrinated? It is the Carbland matrix & I don’t know whether I even want to take the red pill.
So that’s it- this morning’s rant. Julie Goodyear, husband’s failure to buy broccoli & the struggles of a low carb diet. Yes my life is as exciting as that! And that’s a good thing