Christmas 2018

Happy Winter!

I hope you had great Christmas! Mine was low key, just me and the cats. If I’m honest I was looking forward to it being just me and the cats. A few days of taking it easy, no having to eat a humongous Christmas dinner (sorry P! You know I’m happier with a salad and minimal fuss), my own schedule. Maybe I’m a Grinch.

Ever since I found out cinemas are open Christmas Day in Spain from late afternoon, it’s become a tradition. Christmas Day Movie! I booked up to the see the earliest showing of Aquaman. Growing up I was never Marvel or a DC Comic girl, I was more Star Wars, Indiana Jones girl. I could never get how Lois Lane couldn’t see how Clark Kent and Superman looked alike. I mean all he did was Continue reading “Christmas 2018”

Xmas Shopping, Grinch and Real or Faux Fir?

I’m done with Christmas shopping! Literally and figuratively I’m done!

Somehow I pulled off last minute getting all the presents and cards in the post Tuesday. Luckily I wasn’t working as it took me the best part of the day with a gym break and 30 minutes at the post office stuffing boxes and plastic envelopes before they shut. I got stung with the cost (perhaps they’ll let me off paying admin fees for a parcel stuck in customs. That would be a real Christmas miracle) with yesterday evening shopping for the last presents. Either Barça wasn’t playing yesterday or everybody forgoed the match to shop. Wednesday evening during football season’s the best for shopping if you don’t like crowds or queuing. The Spanish celebrate Christmas but ask any Spanish kid and they’ll tell you it’s the Kings in January who bring presents, not Papa Noel. However some kids get double whammy presents. Now everything is on it’s merry way, I’m free to continue my KonMari Method declutter sort out and look for a tree, if I can find one. Polar Bear tag

I’m debating real vs faux fir tree. They recycle the real trees here (you drop them off at local tree collection points), but even if they’re still healthy with roots (some, the roots get chopped off and stuck on a wooden base) as I found out this year, they get mushed up in the mulch for the parks. I’d rather replant it to absorb excess CO2. Mushing up a healthy tree for no reason makes no sense to me. Faux fir, looks that, faux, are more expensive, storage is an issue and I have a cat that loves to chew on plastic. My conscience goes into overdrive at times and I end up sounding like Scrooge or the Grinch. I’ll see if I can get some fir branches to play with or a mini faux one that doesn’t take up much storage.

Anyways I’ll leave you some photos of my adventures this week:

Christmas tree lights, El BorneChristmas Tree Lights, El Borne

Last light, Tuesday, Barceloneta Last Light, SunsetLast light, reverse sunsetSnuggles with AJSnuggles with AJD loves a box. If it has paper packing sleeves in, he loves it even more! Diesel and his box

Saturday Workout: TRX and Sandbag work followed by Burn and Flow one of Tone It Up 2016 Challenge workouts as part of their latest workout bundles. The rest of the bundle is stuck in customs. I should’ve known better. Thankfully the bundle workouts are digital download! This was I believe Barre inspired and while I do floor work for my abs/cool down circuit, this workout was different to my own and I loved it!Tone It Up Burn and FlowLast long run of the year Sunday. 16km up the coast. I’ll pick up longer runs in January as I have 2 races coming up in the next 2 weeks. Sunday 16km run viewReal or faux fir Christmas tree? My parents always had a real tree and replanted it every year until they ran out of tree space. Now it’s faux every year. Love Christmas shopping, the wrapping or just shopping or the wrapping?

Christmas Markets, Christmas Trees and Forgotten Essentials

Don’t you just love those nagging feelings leaving the house you’ve forgotten something but can’t place it? That was me this morning. It wasn’t until I was walking back to my gym locker after showering I realised that feeling was I’d forgotten a change of underwear. B*gger. Hello Monday!

1st sunrise of winter 2014/2015 over the Med.

Hope you had a great weekend! Yesterday evening from the Fira de Nadal Sagrada Familia, we finally got a Christmas tree! I’ve still to decorate it, but Mr AJ (the cat) has his tree. Well, half truth, I’ve put lights on and a few decorations that have already somehow been knocked off. That would be Mr D (the other cat). I wonder if there’s any other planet in the universe where once a year, they bring a tree inside, decoration it, add lights and place presents under it. 

Saturday, the usual, gym (TRX/Suspension trainer pikes are a great total body exercise as I discovered. Tough and fun!) and run around the shops before they shut. This time of year, I try not to buy clothes, homeware, shoes or anything other than Christmas gifts or birthday presents, as I know in 2 weeks after Kings Day the sales start. I did treat myself to another Starbucks hot chocolate I was craving (which Paul’s since found the recipe for as they’re expensive, €4, hence being a treat). Paul had got back from his new job based in The Netherlands earlier Saturday afternoon, so over hot chocolate we caught up on gossip. During the holidays, I enjoy the extra treats as I know I’m working out as usual and it’s just once a year, so indulge a bit! I can always tag on extra rounds of squat jumps to even things out. But if you put a tin of Quality Street chocolates in front of me, don’t ask for it back as there won’t be any left. Yes, there would. The coffee ones.

Sunday’s my long run day. If Paul runs on a Sunday, we run separate routes and go at different times. I prefer running on my own and I think he does too. No waiting for others, you can take the route you want to. Sunday was one of those rare times when we set off at much the same time, took the same route and ran the same distance. When this happens, I’m usually 1/2 km or more behind! Sunday was no exception, but I’m catching up! I’m making an effort to lift my knees more and I definitely felt stronger and faster (when I remembered to). I was about 4 minutes behind on 12km, though he was taking it easy due to some knee issues and I ran along walls. I’ll take my victories where I find them!

12km along the beaches the other way. IMG_0916

Fish off Badalona’s PierIMG_0908

We decided to get a tree and checkout at the same time, La Sagrada Familia Christmas market with the idea if we didn’t see a tree we like, go back the Mercat de Santa Lucia. The Fira de Nadal Sagrada Familia’s located in the park outside the cathedral, or rather around it. The Mercat de Santa Lucia, the oldest Christmas market in Barcelona is nicer, but we got tree. The first one I saw, but had to do a trip around first and come back to it tree. We weren’t as clever as the tree buyers in front of us who took their removers trolley with them and wheeled the tree back. We/Paul carried it home old fashioned way, slung over one shoulder, with no strange looks on the metro! All I’ve got to do now is decorate it and make it sparkle. Does anyone know where I can hire some elves to do that?

What’s the most inconvenient thing you’ve forgotten to pack? I remember one trip to my parents where I forgot my pjs in the depth of winter. Brr! But the most inconvenient, I left my phone and iPad on the plane and realised just before border control. 2 days later I got them back. Bozo for sure.