Thursday, September 13, 2007

Lack of oomph

What an up and down week!

Have been feeling, I guess, depressed lately. Don’t ask me why probably just hormonal – I can never work these things out.

I have been having trouble getting out of bed – missed taichi on Saturday morning – just couldn’t be bothered. Nearly didn’t go to breakfast or pilates either but managed to drag myself there, leaving the house like a bomb had gone off in it and was glad I did go. Got back home eventually to find DH in high grumpy dudgeon because he had to do some housework (mind you no one asked him to). Anyway, I just got stuck into cleaning the rest of the house and ignored him and he eventually got down off his high horse (which is just as well with all this equine influenza going around).

Same whammy hit me on Monday morning but I couldn’t take another Monday off so forced myself out of bed and made myself go to the gym after work and felt better.

Which brings me to the gym – I have gone from lots and lots of exercise to hardly any in a matter of a few months. Probably something to do with my mental state of mind. Realised yesterday that I had not been enjoying the gym because I had been continually pushing myself to longer and greater workouts so I sat down with my gym program and am back to basics and will try to get in an out of the gym in under 60 mins on the days that I go.

The other brightness has been blogs. I enjoy them so much. That “Lady in Red”
M has had a birthday and is so bouncy at the moment it is catching. Suzy’s new lunch box was inspiring and I brought yoghurt and frozen raspberries to work today and it was so yummy. Thanks for the idea. Her post on sleeplessness hit home as I too am experiencing being awake a number of times a night too. I read somewhere once about the legion of women who are awake in the early morning all over the world so I know that I am not alone.

APEC is over and our beautiful city is slowly returning to normal although I am sure that there will be repercussions for many months to come. DD was showing me the pictures that she took on her phone when she was patrolling and they mostly were pictures of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge and of course the fireworks.

DS has been to Holland and Germany on a long weekend trip and has managed to lose his mobile phone yet again. He lost his SIM card last week in Dublin. He is exasperatingly hopeless. He plans to visit Poland next.

Here is a picture of a corner of my garden showing the azaleas and the port wine magnolia (which smells heavenly when the flowers fully develop). To the right is an azalea that my beloved late mother-in –law gave me for my 25th birthday. It is called “Silver Anniversary” and flowers every year on my birthday and reminds me how much I miss her. The tree on the right is a turpentine tree which are native to our area. Nasty tree but aparently a local landmark so it stays and it does give the garden shade in summer but that is about the only good thing you can say about it.

Oh well, the weather has turned sunny and warm again which certainly helps my moods. Lucy and I will do a tour of suburban streets this afternoon to inspect the beautiful spring gardens and all the renovations that have suddenly commenced.

Off to see “Menopause the Musical” with friends this Saturday (how apt) and maybe out to dinner in Glebe on Friday night plus we have to empty the storage place of DS’s things into the newly empty (or nearly empty) guest room. So much to do so little time.

Hope you all have a good one – enjoy.

My thought for this week: You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted. ~Ruth E. Renkl


  1. Your garden is beautiful! That it is out the front wouldn't stop me from kicking back on the grass with a good book on a warm day (OK, it might, but I would hope it wouldn't!).

    I hope the warmer weather helps you to feel better.

    Theatre is definately a goer ;o)

  2. love the garden ....just the place to sit back and relax and smell that magnolia, love there scent!!
    Enjoy Menopause the Musical...haven't seen it, but listened to the cd,,,absolutely hilarious!

  3. It is a lovely garden and I think it is so nice to have a plant that reminds you of someone you love. Helps to keep them near.

    And well done for re-jigging the gym. Sometimes we just go along with what we are doing out of habit but you have gone back to basics and this could be what you need to fall in love with it all over again.

    Have a great weekend Julie.

  4. Sorry to read that you're a bit out of sorts at the moment. Love your garden though and with the summer coming, you'll be able to enjoy it more too. I hope you had a great weekend at the theatre and anytime spent with friends at wining and dining has got to make you happier :-)

  5. Hope you soon feel better. Damn hormones.....

    Lovely shot of the garden Julie - it looks restful.

  6. Your garden is beautiful!!!

    Bl**dy menopausal symptoms! I agree. It does help a lot to know we are not alone.

  7. Hi Julie,
    Thanks for your lovely message!
    I hope the warm sun shiny weather on the weekend brightened up & lifted your week!
    Love to hear how Menopause the Musical was..
    Your garden is gorgeous! I have a couple of port wine magnolias but they only have a few buds on them. My mum's, though, smells & looks like its been on steroids - it's huge & absolutely covered in buds! The scent is just stunning..
    Good on you for reassessing your gym time - I limit myself now to an hour at the gym each time during the week, if I manage extra on the weekends then it's a bonus..
    It's great to catch up with your news..hope this week's going well for you!
    chris xx

  8. Julie if you email me your email address I will send you an invite.
    Anne -