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update on my chin-up project!

Well, I try and try and try and can’t and can’t and can’t..

I asked a friend to see if my body moved upwards at all and this is what she said, hesitantly: “Well, your head moved up a little!”. So then obviously the rest of my body moved, too, right? “I guess..”

Oh, and my 12-year-old son laughs his head off every time he sees me hanging from the bar because of all the double chins that appear as soon as I start..

STILL, things are looking up, or at least my arms are looking more toned! SUCCESS! I’m no longer on level zero, I’m on level zero and a half!

NOTHING can stop me now!!!

PS. Where are the photos, you ask, those double-chin photos..? What can I say? I’m no Celeste Barber .

balance, and how to achieve it!

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Did you indulge and succumb, did you overeat?

There’s no need to worry, no need for a frown:

Just take deep breaths right there in your seat

And once your intestines have settled down,

Get up and start moving for sweat and heat!

Did you fall off the wagon and lose your resolve?

There’s no need to despair, no need to feel lame:

Simply pick yourself up and dust off your valve

And in no time at all you’re back in the game!

See how simple it is to regroup and revolve?

(Repeat as necessary)

not so much gone with the wind as expoxed by the wind..

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Aaah, there’s nothing like air which has been cleaned, cleared and oxygenated by rain!

I dashed to open all the windows to get a proper through-draft going – and got more than I bargained for.. I was exposed as a person who sometimes “forgets” to vacuum under the couch!!

On the other hand, since the wind blew out all those dust bunnies from under the couch, I guess I won’t have to vacuum under there next week, either..? How convenient! 😜

PS. That lovely drawing is by Italian illustrator Eva Montanari.

The Manifest of the Funhouse Mirror Liberation Army!

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For far too long, funhouse mirrors have mainly been confined to fun fairs and amusement parks, even though the world desperately needs more of them!

Funhouse mirrors should therefore be set free and installed in parks, schools, businesses and homes!

It’s time to see more fun in mirrors!

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one thing led to another, and then Jean-Paul and I became one!

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Yes, I’m name-dropping here!

Years ago I bought that Jean-Paul Gaultier lace-knit shirt at an outlet store in Milan. I was always very careful when I washed it, always very careful not to cause a tear when I put it on, but one day a a gash appeared in the front. Luckily the yarn wasn’t torn, just stretched out, but for the longest time I just couldn’t figure out how to fix it.

UNTIL a few days ago when I happened to come across the artwork of Jane Perkins who uses buttons and other recycled materials to create beautiful “paintings”. Check them out here!

Inspired by Jane and to honor Jean-Paul Gaultier’s playful style I rummaged through my bitsandbobsandbuttons box and got to work, and now I have a more than unique Jean-Paul Gaultier shirt! I’m sure Jean-Paul would approve.

I’m also sure people believe me when I tell them the shirt is by Jean-Paul Gaultier, buttons and all.

(People will believe anything if the name associated with it is impressive enough..)

first, there was an apple..

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Actually, a lot of apples despite the fact that I actually do eat an apple a day, more than one on most days. Anyway, last night there were still so many apples in our kitchen that there was only one solution: apple crumble!

First I faithfully followed the recipe I found in one of my cook books: I peeled 4 apples and cut them into thick slices, which I then put in a pan with a bit of water, a bit of lemon juice and some sugar and let it all simmer for a bit before pouring it into an oven pan and adding finely chopped fresh ginger.

Then I mixed some flour with butter and sugar and finely chopped nuts, but I only had wallnuts, which I know are really healthy, but also a bit woody for my taste so there was only one solution: improvisation! I found a couple of dates, which I chopped and added to the mix. Then I spotted flaked coconut so a bit of that went in. Well, actually, accidentally, a bit more than just a bit.. At which point I decided to add more ginger. This could have gone on and on, but the oven was already hot so I put the crumble in there.

I took the crumble out of the oven after we finished dinner and then realized I couldn’t eat it because I was going to a Zumba class and I’d probably eaten too much already! And after Zumba, for some inexplicable reason!!, I forgot to eat it! That never happens!

Anyway, that’s why I had the crumble for breakfast this morning with some Greek yoghurt and maple syrup! What a great start to the day! (Not that you asked, I just felt like telling you that story anyway.. Plus, you got the recipe – provided you’re either an experienced crumbler or a risk-taker by nature… If you want more accurate measurements, just ask! ; ))