Turning over a new leaf


I realise that I have been somewhat indolent lately when it came to updating this blog. Should I blame the credit crunch? Maybe. As a self-employed person, one's income is never far from one's mind and there were a few days last week where I feared the worst. Since then, my prospects and, as a result, my outlook have changed for the positive. I reinvented myself somewhere around 2001 and I am sure that I will be able to do so again, should the need arise. I have no shares to worry about, my pension fund will be sitting in the same position for the next 30 years at least; we bought our house for a rather low amount at a very low interest rate and it will remain the same until it is paid off, while it can only go up in value. In that sense, I am luckier than most, as evidenced from a mail that we received earlier this week, where a family member spoke of losing "mucho dinero".

At the same time, I was trying to concentrate on our nuclear family. My significant other is only six days away from her next run-in with the surgeon's scalpel, which, admittedly, does give rise for some concern.

So, instead of overwhelming you with my solicitude, I shall instead bore you to tears with the more mundane aspects of my existence on days when inspiration is far, far away, even though I am wearing my best red GAP Inspi(RED) T-shirt...

In recent weeks, I have been taking a long good hard look at myself in the mirror. A few stray grey hairs here and there, which I tend to yank out with a vengeance whenever the light catches them; on the whole not too many wrinkles; a cleavage, which my new Trinny and Susannah BFFs told me was just begging for a push-up bra to be revealed in all its glory (gulp); and alas a body, which could shed some ballast. There is a good reason for this. I have been suffering from lower back pain off and on since 1999. Gaining a pound or two means distorting the delicate balance between my vertebrae and such has been the case in recent weeks. I cannot afford to be laid up for a month.

So I shall focus on eating healthier; I do concede that I will have to make concessions as regards richness, but not taste; and all must be pretty.

Today's effort included mixed greens, smoked duck, a pomegranate, and some raspberry/pomegranate juice.

Followed by a good cuppa.

Life should always be so fabulous.

9 messages:

Vic said...

Wow, that meal looks gorgeous. Do you want to come over and be my own personal chef?

Lula de Montes said...

@vic: well, you never know; if the economy really tanks and we all go bankrupt? I hear the conditions are really good in the UK these days. 7-bedroom homes and plasma TVs, no taxation... wow.

Bun said...

Food looked good! I haven't been to the gym in over a month if it's any consolation. That said, salvation comes tomorrow (last day of my job) so I plan on going after that.

Lula de Montes said...

@Bun: thanks, I needed to hear that. I think I will try to get in this week. Need some repetitive stuff.

Fresco said...

Well, I have no house and no money, so I have nothing to worry about.
Oh wait.

The grey hairs (yes), and more alarmingly: the loss of hair (yes), the wrinkles (yes) - No no no!

As for backside issues, let's take a leaf out of Heather's book:

"I'm always going to have my Afro Caribbean backside and don't mind if it comes into a room half an hour later than me as long as it comes in high and makes a statement."

So there.

The food looks ace! I made this on New Year's Eve and it was a roaring Express success.
And ah, the good old cuppa tea.
Saviour in times of distress.

Let's put the kettle on, eh?

Hannah said...

That salad looks gorgeous...it's inspiring me for my lunch tomorrow!

Lula de Montes said...

@Fresco: PG Tips of course!

@Hannah: it is so good, you should have it. Persimmon salad coming up next.

Fresco said...

Is there any other tea?

Lula de Montes said...

@fresco: some would argue that yes, indeed, there is... It's just that I have a soft spot for the shape of the tea bag.

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