Wednesday, 18 February 2015

The year so far...

Hey there,

Hope you are having a good week. We are breaking the back of the week today as my mum used to say! My mum always could come out with some great phrases, especially as she gets her words confused a lot. My fave mum saying was "stop giving yourself toffee" (nope me neither) which meant stop showing off. There was also the incident where she announced she wanted to decorate the living room with a dildo rail. Hahaha! 

Anyhoo, as I touched on yesterday we have had a busy start to the year already!!! The first thing is that we have removed our 1970s brown fireplace. 

And are now ready to install a wood burner. Whoop whoop!!!

I can't believe this is finally happening!!!!!

The next thing to happen is that we have got rid of our carpet which was very worn. In our house, you walk straight into the living room, even though we have a mat, the carpet still got filthy. We have replaced this with wood laminate floor and it looks so much better and cleaner. 

We have picked up our kitchen ready to sand, paint and install

And I enjoyed an amazing birthday 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Feeling a bit meh...

Hey hey,
Hope you are all doing ok and the week has started grand for one and all. 

I have had a shocking sleep last night, and am bumbling around the house - I burnt the toast, I couldn't boil water, so we'll see how this post goes! It was a restless night and there may have been tears at one point (I am seriously not good when I am tired). I have a cracking headache, so I'll just see how the day goes. 

I was going to do a post recapping the year so far. I actually cannot believe it is nearly March! Where is this year going? But think I will hold off for when my brain is less fuzzy as I want to be able to remember everything. 

In other news, Chris has received his new Fitbit Surge. He is very excited about this and is busy testing out all the functions. He was out for a run this morning and then was reviewing his nights sleep, which showed when he was awake, restless and sleeping. Chris is also enjoying the heart rate function and alarm which woke him up this morning. He has said he will do me a review for this blog, but so far it's looking good folks.

I enjoyed my run walk with Cathy yesterday morning. I am following the Run for Cookies plan, which I have tried before and which is brilliant. It was soooooo nice to be out in the fresh air. It was drizzling a little, but I love those conditions. We power walked for the majority of the half hour and then ran a little bit as well. I really do like this plan. I have tried a couch to 5k plan before, but have always found it really hard as it jumps suddenly in the 4th week. This plan follows how I used to do my cross country running, which is to run a little bit more and a bit further each time. The plan means you are exercising for 30 minutes, to get you committed to doing something for 30 minutes, time after time. In your first run, you run for just 30 seconds and then 29 minutes 30 seconds walking. We have lots of hills around where we live, so we get a good workout. In the next workout I will be running for 1 minute and walking 29 minutes. It goes up 30 seconds at a time and then a minute at a time, until by about week 5 you should be able to run for 2 miles, then 2.5 miles then a 5k running all the way. I'm a long way off that, but baby steps and manageable goals all the way! 

I am astonished I have actually managed to write something today!  Time for coffee and a Frasier. Normal service will be resumed tomorrow. 

Have a great day

Monday, 16 February 2015

Valentines .... Yes really!

Hi there, 

Hope everyone is ok. I am back in my 10.30am routine and it is bliss. Last week was set to be back in routine but due to illness at work, I had to work full time. Well it damn near killed me! To say I have been doing 30 hours for only 3 weeks, I seem to have got remarkably used to it! 

It was valentines this weekend. For those of you that celebrate it, I hope you had a fab time. My facebook page was filled with loved up couples, an engagement and a wonderful story from my friend Dave about love. Dave is a friend from university, he is gigantic! He works out, has a beard and a bald head, drives a Harley and is one of the loveliest people you can ever meet. He put on facebook that his mum, who has sadly lost her husband was speaking with some good friends of hers about celebrating her first valentines without her husband. She explained that he always got her roses and a card and it was hard not to wake up to that for the first time. She was taking herself off to the cinema. When she got back, she found a card with 100 hand drawn roses, drawn by the family's children with a message saying that this could be her card and roses. What a wonderful, thoughtful gesture. It fair made Dave's mum's day. People can be really lovely can't they? 

We try and be romantic all year through and don't celebrate it. (Especially as on our first valentines we one of our few rows!) I got Chris a card and he hired me a Ford Transit Van ! (Yes really!) as we we were transporting a kitchen from rick and Christine's to our home! The living room is in disarray. But it will be worth it in the end. In case you are thinking this is a weird gift, it is a running joke. When Chris moved in, we hired a van and as it was considerably newer and more drivable then my then car, I loved it. This one was fab, so high and easy to drive except for the fact it was manual rather than automatic. So I had to get used to gears again. There were a few shonky gear changes I can tell you! 

Right I'd best be off. I am starting a run walk programme with my friend Cath and need to put my trainers on. 

It's lovely to be blogging again! 

Have a great day xx

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Back to work

Happy hump day folks! 

I'm feeling a bit better now, so am back to work today. It's been a funny couple of weeks as both Chris and I have not been well and I feel well out of my routines. I'm going to focus on getting to the end of the week and then will be back on it next week. I've missed Billy Blanks so much this week! 

My top tips for sorting a cold out are - lots of bed rest, ibuprofen before bed, a lemsip/lemon drink when times are bad and not too much telly (I find it makes me really down!) and a good, long, hot shower. I am becoming slightly addicted to the 'Real Housewives of... Series" and "The Millionaire Matchmaker" although I am slightly disturbed by both of them. Patti from the Matchmaker programme keeps sorting out the millionaires, especially if they are only concerned for looks, but then keeps berating the dates if they are too fat, not tanned enough or is wanting to change their looks all the time.   I don't really get it, but there is something definitely addictive about this programme. 

Yesterday was Chris' birthday and I was gutted as I had cancel our reservations at Erics in Lindley. Chris has never been, and I've been a couple of times and really enjoyed it, so was looking forward to taking him. I've managed to reschedule it though and we are going on Saturday when hopefully we'll both be feeling back up to 100% and can actually taste and smell things again! Eric recently cooked for Arnold Schwarzenegger so we will definitely be in illustrious company! 

Chris put up with my cooking last night as I attempted to make him a steak dinner. (I'm not what you would call a natural cook). It went ok and I was really pleased with how the meat turned out. We finished with New York cheesecake and strawberries and enjoyed a glass of prosecco. Whilst I might not be able to compete with Erics, I did my best!!!

We ended the evening by talking with Rick and Christine on the iPad, who are currently in St Lucia volunteering at a school. They were making us giggle with stories about wheeling wheelbarrows through the centre of Castries and the things that the children have said. They are back very soon and we have missed them lots! 

Well I'd best be off to shower and get ready for work. Hope you have a great day xx

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Book Review - inferno by Dan Brown

Hi there,

I hope you are all good and having a good week so far. I have unfortunately caught the purge from the lovely Chris and have been laid up since the weekend. The snot has been almost biblical! Whilst I'm not 100% im going back to work tomorrow, I think I am out of the contagious stage. 

Being off has given me lots of time to do some reading. (Alongside all of the sleeping that has taken place) and so I have finished my second book of the year Inferno by Dan Brown. 

The book features the same hero from 'Angels and Demons', 'The Da Vinci Code' and 'Lost Symbol' - Robert Langdon, who wakes up in hospital with a serious head wound after being shot at. Robert keeps having visions of a silver haired lady quoting from Dante's 'inferno' but has no memory of being shot or the immediate events leading up to the shooting. Langdon is also in possession of a projector detailing the map of hell as described in 'inferno' and Langdon must decrypt the map to find something. He is assisted by Dr Sienna Brooks, who saves him when the assasin who shot at him comes back to finish the job. 

The book takes place in Florence and Dan Brown's descriptions and knowledge of the city made me want to visit it so much after reading this book. As Langdon tries to solve the mystery it becomes apparent that all is not as it seems and that people cannot be trusted. 

I really did enjoy 'Angels and Demons' and 'The Da Vinci Code' but was less enamoured by ' The Lost Symbol'. 'Inferno' though is back up to form and is everything you can expect from a Dan Brown novel - fast paced and tense. 

I did enjoy this book, it was great fun and is not a taxing read, but would be ideal for a beach read or someone who enjoys a good thriller.