Challenge Accepted Day 11

I’ve got to say I didn’t feel like writing today. It has been one of those days and I am in one of those moods! I got up ready to start a new day and found myself finishing it on a not-so-high note. My workout (cardio) was fabulous! I enjoyed it and only needed Tania’s assistance on one thing! Yay me! I even enjoyed myself whilst doing it! 

Hubby left shortly after I finished the T25 workout and I was ready to have a quick run before heading out to a potential school for dear son, with my neighbour at 10. The phone rang just as I was getting set up to run and it was my brother-in-law giving me an update on the situation there – the water has risen to its highest peak and he is good as long as the don’t open the floodgates from another dam (that would put him plum out of luck), I’m not sure why there’s talk of opening another gate opening from a dam but I guess the water is that high that they are looking at every option, all we can do is keep our fingers crossed that there is no need to do so. But we’ll take a victory for now! He is safe, our niece is safe, his house is safe, hubby’s truck is just fine, his car is just fine and all goods contained within the house/garage are just fine too! Let’s hope it stays that way! 

Ok, so got off the phone to him and thought I’d better have a shower and get ready as it was 9:15, phone rang again, it was our realtor (Korea is weird, but when you’re an expat, your realtor pretty much takes care of everything for you – bills, parking tickets, you name it) anyway, she said the men working on our patio needed access to water and electricity so could I open the upstairs door? Fine, no probs. Then they needed something on the floor to protect it so I found old towels and said they would have to figure the rest out, looked at time again, crap, need to rush now. I race around to get ready, hubby calls, I fill him in on what his brother has said. Get the son ready and run over to the neighbour’s house because we had talked about 10. Well, I guess it was only me who thought we had plans. Because she wasn’t home. She got back just after two with her husband and they had gone for a drive and visited a naval station and had a lovely day out. Just me then! Weird. 

Tried to call the doctor to get my son in for an appointment as we think he is developing asthma because of the pollution here. I have exercise induced asthma (yes, I know that’s weird too, but it only happens if I really exert myself and because I got fairly fit in Hawaii then Colorado (where the elevation is over a mile above sea level) I’m pretty good with it, I know what my triggers are and when I need to slow down, but it’s a bit scary to think he might have it because of the dirty air here. Honestly, it’s awful! The smells, the pollution! Yuck! I ordered an air purifier today and an infuser because I need to do what I can to protect my kids and apparently it’s only going to get worse over the next few weeks when the red dust comes in??? Seriously? So, I’m also keeping an eye out for a couple of air purifiers on secondhand websites here. Back to the call to the doctor; I ask for an appointment, not urgently, but sooner, rather than later and was told that the next available ‘same day’ appointment is on March 22nd but I won’t be able to book it until March 21st, right…. All makes perfect sense to someone!

Then, it was quite a nice day, no wind, so I collected all my painting stuff and about 30 minutes later, had everything set up outside ready to go, it was as I took my seat, the wind decided to blow and blew my canvas away! Then knocked over my water cup holding my brushes then calmed down for a bit, just long enough for me to put a first layer down before blowing again, this time blowing my wet canvas onto me! Crap! I possibly swore a little. The small boy then decided it was the perfect time to go number two. 

“Mummy, can you wipe my bottom?”

Oh, your timing is perfect child! Just perfect! Then another neighbour’s dog got loose and came running to our fence where my dog went ballistic knocking over all of my paints! Some would call it comical, something the three stooges might have gone through. The painting really wasn’t going so well anyway and clouds had come over my once beautiful day, so I proceeded to move everything back inside, only to see the time was nearing bus pick up. Needless to say, my kitchen is filled with painting stuff, because upstairs is filled with all the stuff from outside where they are re-tiling, and we have too much stuff for this little house as it is and now I have to somehow make dinner but I would really like to accomplish something with my painting, but I think I’ve taken on more than I can chew and I’m frustrated and just plain worn out! 

On the up side. My face actually looked a little bit better for the first time this morning. I’m not going to lie, I was starting to wonder if the products were actually going to do Anything this time round, when I saw a small glimmer of difference! I know, I know, you want an up close and personal photo, you’ll get one, I promise. I just don’t know when, as I want you to understand the small changes that are taking place but before and afters only look dramatic when you see huge differences! So you may just have to wait. Patience is a virtue and all that! I tell you what, I’ll even post a picture of my painting if it ever comes out ok! 

That’s all for me on this St Patrick’s Day, I’m off to drink some green wine (just kidding, can’t do it!) some red wine and see if grapes can assist in my art endeavors. Ciao for now! 

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Aussie Mum’s Adventures

As a lover of so many things, I relish in sharing the diversity of my interests including, but definitely not limited to: writing about whatever catches my attention in the moment, sharing my love for travel through photography and stories, DIY projects that can be anything from curtain revamping to kitchen remodeling, painting, narratives about my children and tips and tidbits for anyone traveling through this thing called life. It’s definitely a journey and with three kids, two fur babies and being married to a military man, I always seem to find the crazy!

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