Organised Head Space


I have a confession. I dried my hair today with a Dyson hand dryer today. The one that you put your hands in-between the drying vent things and watch skin fly around. It was that or leave a trail puddles walking around the shopping centre, being watched like a hawk in shops.

It only works if you have long hair. I got caught out cycling in un-forecasted rain. Most of it as I was locking up my bike, 10 metres from the entrance. I knew it bad was people did that waterfall move aside move, you’re wet while they waited out it out (never have guessed you get wet when it rains). I considered taking a photo as I bended sideways with hands and hair in the dryer but decided to save some dignity. If Dyson ever decides to move into hairdryers, I’m getting one. Hair dried in no time.

My head feels all over the place at the moment. Organised chaos up in there. Tomorrow I’m recording/filming my Outdoor Fitness Coach evaluation, the balcony doors are finally being fixed (one hasn’t opened since May), I have a my race pack to collect, revise my lesson plan as my guniea pig client’s back is playing up so there’s no jumping during the cardio component, I’m worried I won’t hear my alarms the next few days, I haven’t practised enough, trained enough upper body strength for Sunday’s race, emails keep piling up, posts to read, trying to write clever without forcing it or seeming like I tired too hard but I can’t do anymore preparation, I’m just gonna have to wing it and roll on Sunday evening post race zzzz!

The past few days I haven’t felt motivated to take photos or write. The sea’s been pretty, Summer came back for 2 days (Yay! Beach!), but no inclination to say, post woo hoo. All I want to do is sleep or be outside, but that’s escape and not facing what needs to be done! Like the re laundering clothes that got caught in the heavy rain. Somehow yesterday I managed with the latest Apple system up date lock the sim card from the network. I know the Apple code was right as they’ve been asking it a few times as I press snooze. If I can remember the code 1/2 asleep, I can remember it any other time. I ended up going to the network shop for a new PUK code. Then I’ve killed the mini blender. It gave up on today’s smoothie and started smoking.

I did take a few photos. Dogs are allowed back on the beaches now beach season’s over. I think they love the beach more than humans do! Beach walkies

What’s your run and hide option when you need head space? Mine, lists, being outside and trying not to sleep or find excuses not to sort it out!


Weekend Friday Favourites

The beach is where I’ll be found this weekend soaking up vitamin D. Not all day, but I’ll definitly be dropping by for an hour or 2. I’m sure there’s Netflix marathon and without a doubt be listening to David Guetta play for free (advantages of living near an open air concert venue). I won’t get much sleep as the playa parties, so that’s my excuse for 4 hours of subtitles.

Nearly prime real estate beach spot.

This week’s been busy, classes rescheduled last minute, being told the right arch pain I’ve been experiencing running recently maybe the start of it collapsing. My lovely physio’s given me calf stretches to do with a pen under the arch, not letting the pen rise. My glutes are firing better as I’ve been a good girl doing my daily activation exercises for the past two months. I thought osteopaths worked magic. An osteopath and a physiotherapist in one really work magic.

It’s also been the week of some more mistaken nationality. Add Russian and Catalan to the already French, German, Italian, Spanish and Brazilian. I was asked for directions by some Russians who asked if I spoke Russian. Nope. Out with a drink with a friend, the waitress asked for her order in Spanish and mine in Catalan. I didn’t notice until she pointed it out, but the waitress spoke so fast, I was just making sure I got my order right not to be asked twice. I get conscious of my Spanish with non Spanish friends. Most English speaking Spanish get quiter. I’m the reverse (I think) and feel all eyes watching. As it is while I can understand Catalan a little more spoken now and more written, speaking it I’m just Bon dia, Adieu. That’s thanks to the ‘grandmas’ at the gym/club who are speaking to me more in Catalan. I understand it more, but reply in Spanish. For now they don’t mind!

Anyways, Weekend Friday Favourites. A round up of things making me smile the past 2 weeks as I missed last weeks.

Pink Watering CanPink Watering Can

Bargain at 87c from Alcampo! For ions I’ve been using an old sports bottle. More plants mean more trips back to the kitchen. Now I just 1 more trip back to refill. Gardening chic!

Maranta/Prayer Plant and Entrance Hall TableMaranta PlantZara Home Gold Leaf Bowl/Tray

I’ve been meaning to tidy the entrance table or get in dump keys, sunglasses table for a while. Browsing Zara Home’s sale I found a gold decorative leaf bowl/tray. I wasn’t sure if it would work as the table’s quite basic. Fortunately it did, but something was missing. In Alcampo, literally the next day, a Manata or prayer plant (called so as it’s leaves curl up at night) caught my eye. Again I wasn’t sure if it’ll work, but the 2 pull each other together. I swear cycling back with it, it started to perk and when I water it, its leaves dance.

Windscreen Wiper Stretch

I did this stretch a the end of Kathryn Budig’s Yogaglo Big Daddy Visvamitrasana class and have been hooked on it ever since if you can get hooked on a stretch. It feels oh so good and targets the IT band, quads and bum. Similar to a lying spinal twist, but with feet hips distance apart and twisting side to side, like windscreen/windshield wipers. The part that got me hooked, is placing the bottom foot flexed just above the top knee and holding a few seconds. After my runs, I can’t state how feely good it is! The only online source I could find is here, Flank.

Internet Favourites:

Buster The Cat Opens Door for Dogs. But he ain’t chivalrous.

Bamboo (the dog) Skates del Mar Dog Beach. You can tell he’s pro as he gets speed up like humans.

Bono The Surfer Dog. He and his human have their own Instagram account showing off Bono’s fearless surfing skills.

16 Things to Love About Squirrels. I didn’t know they zig zagged as get away or pretended to drop food.

Lucky Iron Fish. Such a great simple idea to help out countries that have high iron deficiney rates get iron into their diets.

Tone It Up and Lauren Conrad’s, 10 Ways to Workout For Free. Never underestimate a skipping/jump rope workout or stair workouts! The fun is endless!

What’s been making you smile this week? Have a fantastic weekend!