Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Peanut butter, you're alright

Isn't it funny how tastes change over the years?  I remember as a very small child eating peanut butter sandwiches, and then one day coming to the realisation that I didn't actually like it.  From then on I refused to eat it.  Over the years I have tried it on occasion, and discovered that I still didn't like it.  Always thought that was a little odd, since I like peanuts and pretty much all other nuts (except hazelnuts, ew).  I bought some ABC (Almond, Brazil, Cashew) spread from the supermarket a little while ago as I was starting to feel like I was missing out on something.  Turns out the ABC spread is pretty yummy.  It's also rather expensive, and unjustifiable on our new budget.  So I bought some plain ol' peanut butter (Deane had polished off the previous jar.  And left it in the cupboard.  Typical.) and was quite surprised to find that I like it now!  Particularly with banana (btw, super awesome snack idea - slice up a banana and sandwich the slices together with a smidge of peanut butter.  Simple yet tasty.)

Unfortunately, my new-found love of PB has just gone a little too far - I had a whole wheat tortilla for lunch with sliced banana and peanut butter, and now I feel rather ill.  Perhaps the natural oiliness of the peanuts doesn't agree with my IBS in large doses.  'Large' being about what you'd have on a couple of slices of toast.  Stupid IBS...

So I'm stuck here at the moment, feeling nauseated, unable to work on my study as I'm waiting for a response from the lecturer on something and can't move forward until it's cleared up, exercise is out of the question (who wants to do jumping jacks when their stomach is churning??  Ugh!), and I really don't want to be vacuuming or cleaning the bathroom right at the moment either... what to do?  Blog and knit of course ;-)

The Christmas knitting is coming along nicely - I have a few more things to do, which should be easy enough to get done in the two weeks left before Christmas.  One thing I'm working on is so close to finished it's not funny, but I ran out of yarn.  Thankfully, Ravelry being the amazing connectivity tool that it is, I was able to find somebody in Dunedin that had a small amount of the same yarn, which should be enough to finish my project with.  Fingers crossed it arrives in the next day or two, so I can whip that project off the needles and focus on the last two.  I so very much want to share with you all that I have been knitting!  It will just have to wait.  ::sigh::

Which reminds me, I had a list of all the things I wanted to knit before the end of the year.  That's kinda fallen by the wayside a bit, hasn't it?  Let's recap:

THE LIST (In no particular order, just to be clear)
  • fingerless mitts for X in black
  • fingerless mitts for T in green
  • fingerless mitts for mum, because I forgot she wanted some for Mother's Day, or maybe these
  • scarf for _________________ (shh, it's a secret!)
  • shawl for mum (the original size is too small) - just an extension, not the whole thing again
  • sweater for me
  • socks for X (no pattern required)
  • socks for T (no pattern required)
  • socks for school librarian (again, no pattern required)
  • socks for Deane (haven't decided yet what pattern, so many to choose from!!)
  • fingerless gloves for Deane (maybe. I'm still a little annoyed about the $2 shop ones)
  • armwarmers for me
  • sweater for me
  • kindle covers x 3 for mum, MIL and bff
And the extras:
  • another scarf, but in handspun for... unknown at this time
  • stole for unknown person, haven't decided yet - started and stalled some time ago
  • shawl for unknown person, maybe me
  • another shawl, in some more handspun
  • this stole, in my handspun laceweight
  • these socks, and these, and these, and a whole bunch of other socks
Priorities shift I guess.  Aside from the stuff crossed off on the above lists, I have also knit a cardigan, TARDIS phone cover, a pair of mitts for my nephew, five pairs of socks, two hats, a scarf, a shawl, a baby butt cover, a baby vest, half a hat, one knee high sock, and the secret Christmas knits I've finished so far.  Oh, and a kindle cover, which ended up being for Deane's kindle.  The other three I've decided not to knit.  Sorry ladies ;-)  Phew, that's a lot!  I'm looking forward to making a little photo collage of all the projects at the end of the year, and I know you're just dying to see it too!!! ;-)

On the fitness and exercise front, things have been going rather well.  I managed a fairly decent 14km on Sunday.  The knee was a bit sore at the end but like every other run, once I stop running it's fine, and there are no lasting effects.  I guess all those exercises I'm doing every day (see previous post) are helping with that too.  I'm being careful and increasing the mileage slowly, but trying to get out more often as well as increasing distance per run.  Going to try a 15km this weekend I think.  I managed another 'fastest 10km' again the other day, don't know how that keeps happening.  I don't aim for a fast run (and in fact half the time I think I'm running rather slow!) but I'm not going to complain :-) 

I've come to the conclusion that my much-loved Nikes are going to have to go as soon as I can afford another pair of running shoes.  They've done an estimated 600km now, and they both make an annoying squeaking noise when I run, which can be a little embarrassing if you're running past people and there's no background traffic noise.  They're still really comfy, and they house the little footpod for my sportband, but I really do need to give them up, before I end up with another injury.  Odd, they're only shoes, but I've become quite attached to them...

Eek!  Just had a surprise visit from the landlord!  Luckily there wasn't any kid-mess visible from the front door!  Although the front yard wasn't looking its best.  Coincidentally, I was just thinking this morning "ooh, the landlord will probably pop around some time in the next couple of weeks to do the whole 'Merry Christmas' thing like he did last year.  I must be sure to keep the house tidy and do the gardens".  Pfft.  He's going to visit again in the next couple of days to inspect some work that a builder will be doing on the front gate - note to self: do the bloody gardens before he comes back!!

On a slightly happier note, my tummy is far less oogly-feeling now, and there's still 45 minutes before the kids get home - enough time to dust and run the vacuum around.  Best get to it before I get sucked into wasting time on Pinterest again...

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Edit to add: Just checked my official result for my last paper.  A-!!!  Yeehaa!!!


  1. It is so good to see another blogger talking about IBS, I know other people have it, but it seems to be a taboo subject. Hope the PB stops making your middle complain, I hate when mine goes off

  2. Sounds like your running is coming along supercool! Can you see my runs on Nike+ OK? I'm thinking of signing up for the Unitec series now my knee is good!
    I'm loving peanut butter at the moment too - have you tried 'Pic's' PB? Real natural and yum - roasted Aussie peanuts made in Nelson!

  3. Rachelle - I've had IBS for some time now, and the majority of the time I'm able to manage it pretty well. However, I do slip up occasionally, and pay the price! Peanut butter is fine if I don't overdo it, much like everything else that sets me off (dairy, oils, rich foods, alcohol, stress, adrenaline etc). I hope you can find what works for you!

  4. Sherry - the running is going great, and my knee is holding up pretty well. I can see your runs, but the maps aren't showing - I guess that's a security thing, which is fair enough. I have tried a few different run routes recently, and my current fave is one that goes through Cox's Bay Reserve and Grey Lynn Park - I'll include a link in my next post, as I found it on a running website. I haven't tried Pic's yet, but it's on my list!