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Sunday October 21, 2012: I’m back!

Daily stuff:
Well I’m back online. Huge thanks to my web host who has helped me a lot with fixing my problems. The guy that helped me even worked overtime Saturday to fix my website again. I spend most of the afternoon on Saturday fixing my website. TodayI installed a new virusscanner, did a complete scan on my computer and made backups of my database for my website. Not my favorite way to spend a weekend but it had to be done.

I think the reason I was attacked was because I have been lazy updating WordPress when a new version was available. Not going to do that anymore, as soon as a new version is available, I’ll be the first to install it.

Last week I was at my Mom’s house. There was this magazine that the people that live in the village I grew up, receive 3 times a year. They have an old school photo in it everytime. This one was taken in 1952 and my Mom is in it. She was 10 years old when this was taken. She’s on the second row from the top exactly in the middle (5th from the left or from the right, white blouse). This was so fun to see because there aren’t many photos of my parents as a child.


After not running for 1.5 week, I went out for a run Sunday morning. It wasn’t easy, especially the breathing part but it felt good to be running again.

Run-walk ratio: 5-3-5-3-5-3-5-3 (20 minutes running, 12  minutes walking)
Weather:almost dry, windy,13C(55 degrees)
Distance: 4.4 K / 2.7 miles
Time: 00:32:01
Last song on Ipod before finish: The Beegees – Too much heaven.

Weekly workout review:

I skipped a few workouts last week because I have been very tired for a couple of days. R. and I still have a nasy cough that we both don’t seem to get rid off so I did the best I could do last week.

Bella and Fran’s Autumn challenge: walk at least 30 minutes every day:

Days till the end of Autumn (Thursday December 20): 90 days
Success: 27 days
Fail: 3 days

We’re still going strong, we have missed 1 day a week so far mostly due to bad weather and 1 day because I was too tired to do anything (last Thursday).


Wednesday October 17, 2012: Will this show in your reader?

Daily stuff:
New try, hopefully this post will show up in Google Reader and Blogrolls. My post last Monday failed to show up but I can’t find any errors. Not at my web host and not at WordPress that I use for blogging.

The concert Saturday was great, brought back all 80’s music memories. There were 4 guests artists who were all big here inHollandin the 80’s and they rewrote a song to a rap song and had a rap artist that’s very popular these days to sing it with them.  I did make some photos but when I looked at them on my computer they were all failures.

There was a bummer however. We followed directions to a parking lot when we entered the city, which meant we were in traffic jam for an hour and a half. By the time we finally got to the parking lot it was full and we were directed back to the stadium where the concert was. When we arrived there, suddenly we could park on the parking lot there which meant we had to walk only a minute or 2 to get in. But by that time it was almost 9 pm and the concert started at 8 and we missed some of it. This was really badly organized and a lot of people were late for the concert because of that. Everytime we got to a concert in this stadium we have troubles getting there and we decided we won’t go to a concert there anymore. It’s not worth the irritation and the little loss of money because you missed a bit.

I complained at the stadium where the concert was held and today I received an email that I could get 2 new tickets for the concert next Saturday with a VIP parking ticket. We’re not going to use them but I was surprised that they took the time to reply to me and offer me 2 new tickets. Very good service!

I took a vacation day today. I had to do some deep cleaning upstairs, something I postponed and postponed. I cleaned the bathroom, our bedroom, both our studies and the addict. It took me over 5 hours to complete it. I worked very hard and the result is worth it but I’m very tired right now.

This photo I posted Monday too of Bella: the little diva wants to lay on the couch no matter what …

Book I’m reading

George R.R. Martin
A Song of Fire and Ice – Book 4 AFeast for Crows

TV shows I watched last week

The Mentalist, Mad Men, Dallas, Private Practice, Rookie Blue, Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy.

First episode of the new season of Grey’s. And although I already knew what was going to happen: WTF Mark Sloan dead? I cried a lot this episode.



Monday October 8, 2012: Easy weekend

Daily stuff:
We had an easy weekend. R. catched a nasty cold at the end of last week and I’m afraid I’ve got it too since today. Am getting a nasty cough but so far that’s all and I can live with that.

R. also bought himself a new “toy” last Saturday at a motor exhibition: a mini bike. He’s going to restore it till it’s as good as new.


Have not much more to say, as said, it’s been a quiet weekend.

Saturday morning when I got up it was raining cats and dogs, and I mean raining hard! I got up, put on my running clothes, had a coffee and watched the rain radar. It wasn’t going to be dry all morning but it would rain less hard in a while and I waited for that. I finally went and was soaking wet within minutes, after 5 minutes I couldn’t avoid a puddle of water and had wet shoes and socks. And although it’s been a while since I ran in this kind of rain, it wasn’t bad at all. Once you’re wet, you’re wet and it doesn’t really matter anymore.

After the run however, I was walking on the sidewalk when a car passed me and drove full speed through a puddle of water and gave me a full shower. You know the scene from movies LOL. As if I wasn’t wet enough already. But all of it was nothing a hot shower couldn’t fix and I was glad I went afterwards.

Run-walk ratio: 3-2-3-2-4-3-4-3-3-2 (17 minutes running, 12  minutes walking)
Weather:rain, not much wind,11C(51 degrees)
Distance: 3.9 K / 2.4 miles
Time: 00:29:06
Last song on Ipod before finish: New Radicals – You get what you give.

The weather was completely different Sunday morning: dry, sunshine with a bit of fog, not much wind. In fact it was beautiful and gorgeous:

My 3 runs this week all went very well and I enjoyed every one of them, even the wet one on Saturday. Off to week 2.

Run-walk ratio: 3-2 3-2 4-3 4-3 3-2 (17 minutes running, 12 minutes walking)
Weather:dry, sunny, not much wind,7C(44 degrees)
Distance: 4 K / 2.5 miles
Time: 00:29:24
Last song on Ipod before finish: Lady Gaga – Born this Way

Weekly workout review:
Fantastic workout week, not the longest workouts but I did 6 of them.

Bella and Fran’s Autumn challenge: walk at least 30 minutes every day:

Days till the end of Autumn (Thursday December 20): 90 days
Success: 16 days
Fail: 1 day

So far we are rocking the Autumn challenge. We missed only 1 walk so far and that was on Thursday when I was at the Tennis Classics till late in the evening.

Sunday dinner

Pork tenderloin with mushroom sauce, baked potatoes and grilled vegetables: zucchini, garlic, cherry tomatoes and capers.

Monday dinner 

Dish is called: green bean fantasy. Made with green beans, sweet potatoes, yellow pepper, mushrooms, bacon, pumpkin seeds and a little bit of cinnamon.

Friday September 28, 2012: A lost week

Daily stuff:

The past week has been a weird one because we both got sick.

It started with me on Sunday night when I had symptoms of the flu. On Monday and Tuesday I had mostly stomach and back pain. I even went home early Monday and went to bed when I got home. Wednesday my stomach and back were better but I got a cold. By today I’m feeling much better. I’m taking it easy this weekend and hopefully will be fully recovered on Monday.

R. was feeling okay till Tuesday evening. He got it very cold and half an hour after he went to bed he had to throw up. He went out of bed that night for (I think) 6 times to throw up. And every time I woke up too and had a bad night because of that. In the morning he wasn’t feeling any better and for the first time in his life he had to call in sick at work. Yesterday he seemed to be a bit better but at night he was cold again. He went to bed very early. This morning he felt a little better but not his old self again.

I did my workouts the best I could. I had to cut some of them short and I was a bit slower than usual but I didn’t skip any. For the rest I didn’t do anything. When I got home from work, I made dinner, took Bella for a walk and lay down at the couch for the rest of the evening. I hardly watched TV nor did I read or do other things I like. That’s the reason I choose the title of this post: to me this is a lost week because I did nothing. But am sure next week will be better.

Knitting update:

Yes, that’s right: an update. I’m starting a new project: a sweater for Winter. I haven’t started it yet but will this weekend. I think it will knit fast because the needles are big and I have to use 3 colors of yarn at the same time.

You might wonder what happened to the other sweater I was knitting. Well, that isn’t finished yet but it’s a Spring sweater and I don’t like knitting Spring/Summer stuff in Winter. I will pick that one up by the end of Winter.


Tuesday morning I did a Turbofire workout. I didn’t completely do the Fire 30 workout because I still wasn’t recovered a 100%. I did finish with a 10 minute stretch.
Total time: 34 minutes.

I went for a run after a week and a half on Wednesday morning. I didn’t finish the complete run because the last 8 minutes of running were a struggle because of my cold. I just did the best I could and was glad afterwards that I went. Better do something than nothing.

Run-walk ratio: 8-2-10-2-8-2 (26 minutes running, 6 minutes walking)
Weather:rain, windy,11C(51 degrees)
Distance: 4 K / 2.5 miles
Time: 00:29:40
Last song on Ipod before finish: Bob Seger – Still the same

Yesterday morning I did a Jillian workout: killer buns & thighs. A few hours after the workout I knew why it had this title: my buns and thighs were screaming. I thought I had pretty good shaped legs but apparently they can be shaped more. Good and fun workout.
Total time: 39 minutes.



Simple recipe from one of my cook magazines: pork tenderloin and a salad with rocket salad, avocado, tomato, onion and feta cheese. Very light and tasteful.


Recipe from a cooking magazine: oven dish of ham, potatoes and leek with a topping of crème fraiche and cheese. It doesn’t look that good on my plate but it was tasty.

Monday September 17, 2012: Mishmash

Daily stuff:
I was home alone with Bella last weekend. R. was toItalyfor his yearly trip to a motor exhibition.

Saturday morning I had another big job planned. I had to clean the street at the front of our house. I also cleaned the roof of the carport and all the wooden parts of the garage. Took me 3 hours to finish but the result was worth it.

Sunday morning after my run I decided to do some housework. I think this was the first time ever I did housework on a Sunday (except for ironing). Sunday is a day for fun things for me. But since R. was still inItaly, I did my chores that I otherwise had to do Monday evening. Now Monday evening is a free night.

But yesterday afternoon I was in so much pain. Working above my head for a couple of hours on Saturday made my shoulders and neck so sore. I can’t remember the last time I have been so sore, in the evening I could barely move anymore. I took it easy and went to bed early. Today it’s much better, now it’s just a healthy soreness.

We had great Autumn weather this weekend, I even sat outside in the afternoon. I love Autumn days like this, hope we will get more the next couple of weeks.

And sorry for no pics this time, I really need to make more pics to brighten up my posts.

@Biz: “bijwerken” means “update”. I’m a sucker for lists and track my workouts at a few programs.

Yesterday morning I did the last training of week 3. And although still not feeling a 100%, this was my fastest one since I started the program. Since one of my goals, besides running without walking, is to get faster at a 5K, I was surprised but very happy with it.

Run-walk ratio: 5-2-7-2-7-2-5-2 (24 minutes running, 8 minutes walking)
Weather:dry, sunny, little bit of wind,10C(50 degrees)
Distance: 4.6 K / 2.8 miles
Time: 00:32:02
Last song on Ipod before finish: Swing Out Sister – Surrender.

Weekly workout review:

Happy with last week’s workouts. My goal is 5 workouts a week, 6 is even better but 5 is the minimum.

Running is still going very well and I’m ready to move to the next level.

Bella and Fran’s Summer challenge: walk at least 30 minutes every day:

Days till the end of Summer (Friday September 21): 67 days
Success: 36 days
Fail: 27 days

We missed just one walk last week because of heavy rain. Autumn starts this Saturday, 4 more days to get our walks in but already know we’re going to miss Friday and maybe Thursday because Bella is staying with my Mom then.

Also know I’m going to make a new challenge for us for Autumn because it’s fun to try to have more walking than non-walking days.

Wednesday September 12, 2012: I met a Grand Slam winner

Daily stuff:

Yesterday I met and shook hands with a 6 times Grand Slam tennis winner. His name is Jacco Eltingh and he has wonWimbledon, Roland Garros and the US Open (and 3 other grand slam tournaments) with his tennis partner Paul Haarhuis.

He was at our office because in October we have an afternoon planned for our franchisers. Every year Jacco and Paul organize the Tennis Classics: games with old tennis players. This year Ivan Lendl, Pat Cash, Yannick Noah, Goran Ivanisevic and others will play there. Jacco is giving a lecture before the tournament starts. One of the pleasant things of my job as assistant to the manager is that I am invited too.

Now I’m not a big tennis fan but my Mom was and is and when I was young I have seen many tournaments on TV with the above mentioned players so it’s going to be fun.

The magazine is the first that has my name in the colophon. Since this edition I’m one of the editors. It’s a magazine that is made for the employees of our stores in the country (we have 166 stores inHolland). My job is mostly to come up with ideas for articles.

View during yesterday’s walk with Bella. The weather is gorgeous at the moment, especially for walking.


Tuesday morning a workout by The Firm: The Ultimate Fat Burning Workout. This workout looked a lot like the bodyshape workouts I used to do a couple of years ago and it’s nice to do these kind of workouts every now and then again.
Total time: 40 minutes.

This morning I did training 1 of week 3 of 7 weeks to 5K but it didn’t go well at all. I think I might be getting a cold. I couldn’t get my breathing under control and I was sweating like a pig and it wasn’t warm at all. I did half of the training this morning. Total time: 16 minutes.

And what sucks: it is completely dark already in the mornings which means I have to wear my safety vest, lights and run in the village. The only downside to Autumn because beside that I love Autumn.



Sausages with a salad of mango, corn, red onion and tomato with a little bit of garlic dressing with baked potatoes.


A pasta with a sauce of tomatoes, bacon and peas. I loved it, R. didn’t.

Book I’m reading

George R.R. Martin
A Song of Fire and Ice – Book4 AFeast for Crows

Funny fact: when I read the first book of this serie I told one of our managers, who reads a lot too, how much I loved the book. He downloaded them on his kindle and is hooked too. Someone else in his office heard us talk about it and I leant him my book and now he’s hooked too. We’re getting a “Game of Thrones” inner circle at work.

TV shows I watched last week

R. said to me last week: “you must be happy now that all your favourite shows have started again”.

New episodes of Private Practice, Necessary Roughness, True Blood.
Still watching Mad Men (love that show).

New shows: Game of Thrones (been waiting a long time for this show to start and I love it) and Parenthood (season 1 started here and I love this one too) andDallas!

Dallaswas something we watched back when I was young. Every Monday night my Mom, sister and I watched it together.

Within a couple of weeks new episodes of The Mentalist, Rookie Blue, The Walking Dead, Once upon a Time and Revenge.

Yes, I’m in TV show heaven 🙂

Monday September 10, 2012: Mishmash

Daily stuff:

I’m back from my little blogging break. Last week was so busy at work that by the time I got home I was tired most of the nights and didn’t do much more than reading or watch some TV.

Things at work aren’t going to change much the next couple of months, it will still be busy. During July and August things were quiet at work and I have to get used to being busy again but once I am, I’m okay.


The Category Manager I work for got a promotion within the concern and is leaving our company. This means I will get a new manager to work for in a couple of months. We invited him to dinner last Wednesday to thank him and kind of saying goodbye (he will be in the same building so we will see him again). The food was great and we had fun. I didn’t take any pictures of that night.


Yesterday was most likely the last day of Summer we had here, at least that’s what the weather people tell us. Because it is already September it wasn’t too hot for me because it wasn’t humid and I spend most of the day in the garden reading.

The first pic is of our garden, the only sunshine we have early in the morning is in the back on the top.

Oh wait, look closer and you see that someone has found that spot too.

Weekly workout review:

Last week was not exactly how I planned it, mostly because I was tired. But the week before that was a good one. Running still goes great but I missed 2 runs last week and don’t feel ready for the next step and will repeat last week’s training next week.

The week before that however was a great workout week.

Bella and Fran’s Summer challenge: walk at least 30 minutes every day:

Days till the end of Summer: 66 days
Success: 30 days
Fail: 26 days

At least we have more successful days than failures. Only 10 more days before Autumn officially starts and I’ll try to walk with Bella every day. I already decided to do the challenge again in Autumn and make it a bigger success.



R. wasn’t home for dinner and I grilled a steak and stir-fried zucchini, pak choi and mushrooms with a little soy sauce. It was delicious.



Easy dinner: meat, potatoes and green beans.