Favourite quote

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.
It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.
- Nelson Mandela

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Spent extra time for you

Okay, so I was thinking about you this morning, not me, so instead of 3 minutes make up, I took a whole 10 minutes. Moisturized, colour correction, concealer, foundation, powder, eye shadow (3 colours), mascara, lipstick and lip gloss.
Personally, still think I look like an old man, but I felt really good and enjoyed a nice relaxing hour out for coffee and a read of the newspaper.
 



While I like my shiny top, I decided it was a bit showy, so I quickly changed my top for something a bit lighter before stopping at the grocery shop on the way home. I picked up some pancake mix (that I cooked for the kids for breakfast) and cat food.


Back home I wanted to show off my work around the home, earlier it was with the nail gun, this week I've been breaking up and removing about 3 cubic meters of concrete paths.
Wife took the photo for me, but she wanted me to hurry as we were expecting daughters boyfriend to wake up soon.
The down side is my hands are now covered in blisters and my shoulders and back are in agony, both with fatigue and sun burn on yet another unusually bloody hot, sun baked day.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Doing the manly stuff

Renovations - another great pass time

Yesterday I did manage a 40 minute swim (in boy mode), followed by an hour in the gym.
You have no idea how hard it is to put on black 3/4 tights, light blue lycra sports bra, apricot coloured sports top on, while your skin is still very damp.
Which reminds me, I hope Santa can bring me an A cup breast form to wear at the gym as my little enhances are to small and my home made boobs are too big.
Starting to go a little mad, gritting teeth, as I feel like I haven't had enough girl time.

Maybe I'll get an hour of girl time before hiring a big as jack hammer on Saturday morning to break up all the concrete around my house (think Arnie on the demolition site at the start of Total Recall).

Instead my spare time is taken up with digging trenches and a 1.5 meter deep hole for my new spetic line. Wife took this photo at 1 meter where the top of the pipe was visible, I've had to go another 50 cm to get under them.

The heat of our super early summer and all this work is helping me lose a few Kg, even with the extra beer intake.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

been away for a few busy days

Sunday was a 7 am coffee
 Followed by a serious workout
 And another trip to the hardware for a new door and cavity slider
 All that work and it's time for a second coffee at Hollywood bakery (next door is a hair salon, so I popped in and had my hairy eyebrows waxed before heading home)

After 11 am I took one of my daughters to the city for Christmas shopping, while she found some good presents, we were also blocked for an hour from getting back to our car by the Auckland Santa Parade and the several hundreds of thousands of spectators.

By 7 pm, with 2 hours work, the new door was fitted - yes this is a pose just for you, if I was actually building I would have safety glasses and safety boots on

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Building work in progress

I normally walk the dog in the evening, but due to time off to meet contractors, I've managed a few day time walks.



Saturday morning I made it to the gym. I would normally train for muscle build but recently found out I needed running speed, so the treadmill has become my best friend.

Went to the supermarket straight after for a jar of coffee, milk and some lunch stuff (we normally pop in daily as it's only 2 minutes by car or 10 minutes on foot). Checkout girl was chatting to me about workouts, the fun and the horrible bits.

Saturday after 10, was all about the build - ie. me running around with the biggest hand held (18 inch) concrete cutter, doing 150 mm cuts all around the house for 4 hours. Talk about workouts and muscle building -wife thought it fun but she forgot to take photos for you.

SUNDAY, the day of rest???
I got dressed real pretty in my new white blouse and a black skirt, took Miss 20 to a course she has to do for work, but took her through McDonalds drive through for her breakfast. After dropping her off I went back to the same McDonalds for a nice relaxing breakfast.
I had decided on a dark lipstick as I was over the lighter and pinker colour that is my normal, the girl serving complimented me on the colour choice which made me feel really good. What girl doesn't like compliments  :)
 
After about 40 minutes, I got bored and decided to get back to the renovations.
I'm not sure how or when, but just as I was leaving I noticed 2 large coffee marks on my brand new - never worn before, blouse. I raced into the ladies and luckily it cleaned up as good as new.

While removing an external door, my hammer struck the concrete floor slab, which fractured and got me in the eye (which in turn ruined my mascara).
Rest of the day I've been working with one eye shut and got a heck of a headache. So now I think I'll wear my safety glasses even when using boring hand tools.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Been a fun week

First of all Sunday, I tried (and failed) to be a bit sexy, for an admirer who likes tight outfits while I was out for my morning coffee and a walk around Mission Bay and it's fountain.
Normally I would have bare legs, wife likes hairy as she says they look more meaty although I think a leg wax is on my Christmas list as well as a drone for my video hobby
 

Funny thing, 2 large groups of cyclists went by, the guys first, sleek and swift, then the ladies who I heard 2 miles away with their loud chatting.
Anyway, while out, I remembered my cat needs cat food - well the gravy part anyway while the meat goes to waste, daughter wanted Coke and we were low on milk.


Tuesday and I have serious man flu.
Probably had 3 hours sleep during the night in a spare room so as not to wake the wife with my sneezing and coughing. While I had trouble concentrating on driving, I did make it to the shops mid morning for cold drugs and 2 new tops before heading home for some more sleep.
 

Hope you like my Paris top, my wife bought it as a souvenir in Paris a few years ago and I think it's probably the first time I've worn it in public.

I wish I had got food while I was out, as I found out Miss 19 ate my dinner that I was to ill to eat yesterday, while I was out.
I was looking forward to yesterdays left overs, it was a great dish.
I was too tired to go out again although it would have been an excuse to dress up again, I raided the cupboards and only had enough food for one of my favorite dishes - cheese soup (with baked beans for added protein).
Bread, cheese & tomato (tomato flavoured spaghetti or baked beans) would normally equal PIZZA, but this is an old dish that came around with food shortages during the war in England and France.


Anyway - 
Need more sleep again, really need rid of this man flu ASAP, hopefully chat to you again soon.

Rachel.














Once I got home, I ended up getting changed into my garden clothes and dug a trench for optic fibre. It included putting a cut through my concrete pat, so I ended up covered in concrete dust.