Sunday, 24 November 2013

The Weekend Monologues

I guess I really should get you all up to date on the weekend as it's closing in on the end of the weekend, and with it the end of my week off *sad face* We've been pretty busy little bees this weekend though, with much walking and much doing of things getting done :o)

We were up and out of the house by 11am on Friday, a rarity indeed, and as we hadn't left ourselves much time, breakfast was very quick.

We then meandered our way down to the Time and Tide museum, employers of Hague, to attend a talk on Angels, Memorials and Eternity - all about how graves and tombs have been decorated and people remembered throughout the years. I found it fascinating, including the little titbit of information about our local Sainsburys. I'd always wondered why it was built with the car park closer to town that the actual shop, and now I know....the car park is built on the top of what was the plague victim burial area of our local cemetery, and such, not suitable for the actual shop! I left there more informed, and with a need to visit Kensal Green and Highgate cemeteries to see some of the amazing memorials there. I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that we then had a wander into town...I picked myself up a top for the grand total of £2 in a proper charity that has no pretensions of being a proper shop, just piles of stuff everywhere. It was fab :) We discovered 4 more charity shops on our wanders, we do seem to have quite a scary amount in Yarmouth, not that I'm complaining, it's certainly a much cheaper way of clothing my much slimmer self! We then headed up to Sports Direct for Hague to get more shorts for his bashingness and then stopped off for a quick cuppa as we'd now been out of the house for 5 hours!

This was an example of extreme willpower. At the moment Mcdonalds are selling two of my very favourite things - mozzarella dippers and potato wedges. 18 months ago, I would have had a portions of wedges, a couple of meatless cheeseburgers and a couple of portions of the dippers. I'd have probably accompanied them with a milkshake and a McFlurry. On Friday, I just had my tea :o) How things have changed eh? After exercising my willpower muscles we headed home, it was freezing and so we route marched our way back and pretty much as soon as we got in we sorted ourselves out some lunch.

Just rice and veggies stir fried, with a couple of tablespoons of the Asda sweet chilli sauce. Hague then departed to grapple with people and I got hungry again, so had a second lunch - yes, I am part Hobbit.

The last of the Italian Bean Stew with some crunchy curls, and that managed to placate the hunger monster for a while.

I then picked up Hague and off we went in search of shopping. As my visit to Tesco had been so fruitful a few days ago, we headed there first and picked up a few more bargains before heading to Asda and Aldi. Our Tesco now has self scanning, which means you can literally be in and out in 5 minutes. It's fabulous! Hopefully Asda will start doing it soon. After shopping, we had a lovely full fridge of many things and so dinner was rather large.

Low fat Quorn sausages, in wholemeal baps with cheesey onion topped chips, roasted tomatoes and a fruity dessert. The evening whiled itself away as I enjoyed TOK's awesome night out through texts until we retired to bed, rather early, as I was rather weary!

Food Diary (Friday)

Free Food
spring onions
Italian bean stew
Quorn low fat sausages
Activai 0% yogurt

Healthy Extras
A - 25ml semi-skimmed milk
A - 40g reduced fat Cheddar
B - 2 Alpen lights
B - 60g wholemeal bread

Danio raspberry yogurt                            2½
2 tbsp Asda sweet chilli sauce                  1
Crunchy Curls                                         3½
20g wholemeal bread                              2
tbsp mustard                                           1
tbsp ketchup                                           1

Total syns                                                11

Saturday was another early(ish) start, for us anyway, as Hague wanted to go and bash people at 1 o'clock so he was up, breakfasted and out by 12.30. I was a bit more leisurely and got myself a cooked brekkie before following him out of the door at about 1.

Scrambled eggs, mushrooms, onions and princess spaghetti on toast, perfect fuel for a chilly walk into town. Although it was warm enough for me to leave my awesome hat behind. I wandered into town, picking up my not such a bargain charity shop skirt from it's repair (a new zip), and having a general mosey around, picking up yet another pressie for Hague's birthday and another charity shop bargain, a top for £1.50, which is rather fabulous as it covers my arms but shows off the tattoo on my back. Marvellous! I got myself home just in time for Hague to get back, and rather than sit my bum down I got my running gear on so I could get myself out as soon as he was back.

So with Hague safely back, out I headed. The weather seemed pretty perfect for a run, cool, but not freezing and dry. The dry bit didn't last long and about half way into my run it started to rain. Yuck. My first rainy run and I can't say it was the most enjoyable experience. I took a slightly shorter way home, and was rather annoyed with myself at only covering 4.7km. That extra wee bit would have easily put me over 5K. Ah well. I got home, looking like a drowned rat, and feeling utterly freezing and so put myself together a plate of noms and dived into a hot bath.

JadeyPuss there, dribbling over my noms of a Danio, pineapple, persimmon, figs and grapes. After my lovely soak, hijacked of course, we decided to head out to have a look for some syn free lager. It does apparently exist, but as we wandered around Tesco we got distracted by the reduced stuff and never even looked for it. We got back indoors just in time for the Froch v Groves fight card, and so paused it whilst we got some food sorted.

Good old cheesey pasta, with lots and lots of veggies. Nommed whilst watching much boxing. Of course, watching telly makes you incredibly hungry and so it wasn't too much longer before I need more food!

Cheesey chips with mayo, followed up with some black forest fruits topped with some Asda smart price custard, 14½ syns for the tin, so I'm calling that 3½ for the quarter of a tin portion that I had there (96g). It was delicious, so thanks must go to TOK for inspiring me with all her custardy desserts recently!I even managed to have the sampler of whisky my friend Shane gave to me weeks ago, just 20ml of a whisky I can't pronounce, so I'm calling it 2 syns. It certainly warmed me up!

 I'm sure I don't need to regale you with all the drama of the Froch v Groves fight, safe to say it was a fabulous fight, with a shocking ending, but I'm sure there'll be a rematch now! So with the boxing finally over at nearly 1am, I stuffed yet more food down my gob before heading up to bed.

Food Diary (Saturday)

Free Food
princess spaghetti
sweet potato
black forest fruits

Healthy Extras
A - (both) - 60g LowLow
B - 40g reduced fat Cheddar
B - 2 slices wholemeal bread (400g loaf)

blueberry Danio                                   3
2 tbsp Hellmans extra light mayo          1
96g (¼ tin) smart price custard            3½
Alpen Light                                         3
milk in tea (3)                                      1½
20ml whisky                                        2

Total syns                                           14

The theme of today is lazy and grumpy. I kept waking up during the night as my pillows were uncomfortable, and so when we finally got up my neck was aching and I had the grumps. Add to that the fact that today is the last day of my week off and I have a 12 hour early shift looming tomorrow I'm sure you can forgive me for feeling less than marvellous! I woke up not feeling massively hungry and rather lazy, so went with the easy option of fruit and yogurt for breakfast, with some Alpen Lights on the side.

A brief flurry of activity ensued, with us having a bit of a tidy, and with just a day to spare I got my driving licence renewed, note to everyone with a photocard license - those buggers are only valid for 10 years! So with my most pressing job complete, I got a huge batch of rice pudding in the slow cooker and plonked myself on the sofa.

Got to love a good batch bake eh? That's three of next week's breakfasts sorted anyway!

 After being all productive and then watching the truly abysmal, but camply wonderful Absolute Zero I got some dinner on and figured that the grumps might be dismissed by a lovely roast dinner. How nice does this look??

I sort of managed to create a blue cheese sauce of of some stock and 4 of the blue cheese triangles, although it ended up rather lumpy, but it tasted delicious on top of my veggies. Dessert was a bit delayed, as dinner had filled me up rather nicely.

A rather healthy portion of rice pudding, with some black forest fruits and topped with a tbsp of agave nectar. Gorgeous, and just 4 syns.

With a very early start looming, my evening shall be spent with a nice long soak, a snack of of a milky hot chocolate, fruit, buttons and Xmas pud HiFi bar and then bed. Roll on December 20th and the end of work until 2014!

Food Diary (Sunday)

Free Food
Activia 0% lemon and lime yogurt
Quorn roast
pudding rice
black forest fruits

Healthy Extras
A - 250ml semi-skimmed milk
A - 4 blue cheese light Laughing Cow triangles
B - 2 Alpen lights
B - Xmas pud HiFi bar

Rice pudding (syn value for the almond breeze milk)                  2½
tbsp agave nectar                                                                     1½
Aldi light hot chocolate                                                             2
treat bag of chocolate buttons                                                   4

Total syns                                                                                10

And so another weekend bites the dust. Plenty of walking under my belt, but not quite enough of the running and swimming flavour exercise for my liking. Next week is already shaping up to be hectic, my feet may not touch the ground until some time around Wednesday at this rate. I hope you've all had a lovely weekend anyway, and hopefully I'll get a chance to get a blog up tomorrow, although with a 12, and what will undoubtedly be a mood from hell, we shall see!

Oh, and just because she is always stuck to me, and her cute little sticky out tongued face makes me chuckle, have a piccy of my super cuddly cat...JadeyPuss :o)



  1. How do you make you cheesy pasta?? It looks lush

    1. As I'm on Green days I get two of each HE, so I use a whole tub of LowLow for both my HeA choices in my cheesey pasta.