Saturday, 7 December 2013

Floods and Feeling Festive

Just when I was getting back into a routine of blogging Mother Nature decides to throw a rather watery spanner in the works in the shape of a spring tide and tidal surge combo. Thanks for that! I knew that there was a flood warning in place as I'd had the text before I went to bed, but when I woke up in the afternoon to lots of texts and missed phone calls it was quite clear that once again it would be a worrying time for someone stupid enough to live this close to the sea AND a river...

With a knock on the door from the local police advising us to evacuate for 36 hours, it was time to ring work to let them know I'd be a refugee and not in work, and to bolt down the chilli I'd re-heated for my dinner before we got to the task of getting anything vaguely expensive upstairs, and getting anything irreplaceable packed up ready to head to The Parentals for a day or two. Not fun. I did pack a bag with some hastily grabbed SW friendly foods, but over the course of the evening we put away food like this...

The thing is, a lot of the food was on plan, just with far too many Healthy Extras! I also had 3 small glasses of wine and a couple of measures of Jack Daniels. Restrained really in the circumstances, but by my rough calculations I had about 80 syns - as I think I had about ten Healthy Extras in the end! Whoops! A very sleepless night ensued, obsessively watching the news stopped when news of Nelson Mandela dying broke, as the blanket coverage shifted over to that, and so instead it was a case of clinging to FB for any kind of news about whether our house was safe or not. It's a horrible situation to be in, add in the fact that Bayleigh decided to howl almost continuously and it wasn't the best of nights.

The next morning we didn't bother staying in bed very late - it was just futile, so I sorted out a light breakfast whilst we waited for news.

Once the second high tide passed without incident in Yarmouth, we decided to head home. We didn't get far before hitting gridlock, and after a rather large detour, and poor little Ruby Poo having to swim her way across a flooded road we finally got home in the early afternoon. With me having had no sleep in over 24 hours, and a house to put back together, I didn't make it into work again and we set to bringing things downstairs and settling the animals down after their exciting night at Nanny's. Food wise it was nothing too adventurous before I had a bath (with bath snacks - although I didn't eat the Buttons) and tried to sleep.

Sometimes though, sleep doesn't come when you want it to, and so I gave up and we decided to go shopping. I guess the combination of working nights, and so much stress has just thrown my sleep patterns out completely. With our weekly shop done, Tesco and Asda for a change, I was hungry again, and threw together a quick bowl of tomato soup followed by fruit.

Finally, at around 4am, I was beyond shattered and bed was calling, at long, long last I got some sleep as well.

Food Diary (Friday)

Free Food
fat free cottage cheese
baked beans
magic soup (tinned tomatoes, baked beans, stock, pickled onions)
forest fruits/summer fruits

Healthy Extras
A - 40g reduced fat Cheddar
A - 3 mini baybel light
B - 2 Alpen lights
B - 70g soft dried apricots

Danio blueberry yogurt                           3
10g apricots                                           1
Liberte honey yogurt                              1½
Hot chocolate                                        2
100ml semi-skimmed milk                      2½

Total syns                                              10

After a few days that blurred into each other, due to lack of sleep, stress and being off plan, it was nice to wake up and realise that I was home, safe and didn't have to worry about letting work down, or packing up the house again. I'd slept for a fair old while, and it was closing in on 2pm before I got myself out of bed. Despite eating late last night, I was hungry when I woke up, and as I had wanted to head into town, I went with a very, very quick breakfast/brunch.

I know pasta is odd, but it was in the fridge patiently awaiting it's turn as a work dinner, which of course didn't happen due to stupid floods, so it did for me :) It was then time to get dressed and out...and what else to wear Christmas shopping than a Christmas jumper?

Hague really does have a knack for taking a flattering picture of me, that's for sure lol! I'm so glad it didn't fit him in the end :) So suitably Christmasified, we headed into town, picking up several pressies, although I seemed to pick up quite a few presents for myself, a gorgeous jumper that Hague spotted and a bargain £7.49 dress in New Look, it's rather clingy, funnily enough Hague likes that one ;o) I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that we ended up in Costa though...

It's the law. Honest. We HAVE to stop there :o) With coffee's enjoyed we headed home, and once pictures of new purchases had been shared with TOK I got myself into my onesie and got myself glued to the sofa. Not for long though, as dinner was required, and in a stark contrast to the last few days I actually put a bit of effort into my dinner.

I'm trying to limit the damage of Thursday by having lots of superfree today, so the potato-ey cheesey type thingum is actually a sort of veggie cottage pie type thing, with some low fat Quorn sausages, baked beans, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, onions and spinach in it, topped with mash and grated cheese with a dollop AKA a measured tablespoon, of brown sauce, the mixed veggies are topped with LowLow. Made a nice change to have something a bit different - here's hoping the veg heavy diet works for weigh in eh? The festive theme of the day has continued with us lighting one of our recent indulgences, a Christmassy Yankee Candle.

The salted caramel fragrance of recent days has been shunted in favour of Snowflake Cookie, which is wonderful. I do love a candle, and whilst Yankee's are expensive, they do seem to have a wonderful throw of scent that makes them worth the money :o) Anyway, after an hour or so of enjoying the loveliness of the candle, I had to get off my butt and get some exercise done! There are two days left in the GymPact week, and I need to get two workouts done or I'll have to pay! Eek! That alone is enough to get my bum upstairs to the cross trainer, for the half an hour required!

After my wobbly legs had recovered, I had a rather lovely snack of black forest and summer fruits topped with a honey layer Liberte yogurt, already a fave I think!

With time getting away from me once more - much as I only woke up this afternoon, I can't afford to be in night mode all weekend - I think I'll get myself into a nice hot bath with a nice hot chocolate before getting myself tucked up into bed. I may have a mo shall wait and see what time I emerge from my cosy, warm pit ;o)

Food Diary (Saturday)

Free Food
cherry tomatoes
low fat Quorn sausages
baked beans
spring onions
black forest/summer fruits

Healthy Extras
A - 350ml skimmed milk
A - 40g reduced fat Cheddar
B - 45g Feta
B - 60g LowLow cheese

Activia creamy coconut yogurt                                     2½
Costa gingerbread latte (6 removed for milk)                2½
tbsp brown sauce                                                        1
Liberte honey layer yogurt                                            1½
Galaxy bubbles hot chocolate                                       2

Total syns                                                                    9½

After a couple of supremely crappy days, today has been lovely. There is something just so wonderful about wrapping up warm and coming home laden down with bags full of gifts for friends and family, hand in hand with the person you love. Add to that the non-scale victory of a sz14 dress, and the huge amounts of beyond kind comments my Christmas jumper picture has generated today, and I'm sure you can understand why I once more have a smile on my face and a warm contented feeling in my heart.

It's definitely starting to feel a lot like Christmas :o)

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