Weekend Friday Favourites

I hope you had a great week! I’m still catching up from our day trip to Madrid on Wednesday. My one day holiday this year. Both cats are on medicine twice a day and while I’m happy to let people look after them when I’m away, administering medicine’s different. Even more if it’s meant to be given 12 hours apart. So for the foreseeable future no holidays for me. It’s something I’ve accepted and am fine with. I’ll for sure recap Madrid over the next few weeks as I took a ton of photos while we walked a half marathon exploring. My feet were so happy to relax on the train back!

Parc de Buen Retiro, MadridOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Last July Weekend

Happy August!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I got a little sad shopping this weekend. I was looking for some white summer tops and shorts in probably the least appropriate time to be looking for them. Continue reading “Last July Weekend”

Weekend Friday Favourites

 

I’m kinda in limbo with the weather. It’s going through it’s transitional phase. Teases with cold in the evening, but still a warm sunny 19-20C early afternoon. I’m still coming to terms with the shorter days, limbo how I’m feeling the moment. Being in limbo isn’t great place to be in or for me it isn’t. I feel like I need to press a restart button to break out of it. I’ve slipped back into just a 10 minute 2 hour nap when I get back in the evenings, which puts me in a feeling of being one lazy slob with everything slipping through my fingers.

30 minutes before sunset, Barcelona Zoo
Palm Trees, Barcelona Zoo

The words from The War of Art constantly tease me about this. I can battle resistance in the day. When it gets dark, it’s tough. If I’m outside and it’s dark I’m fine, inside is different. I feel a massive clean out coming on, which I know will help put me back into go get ’em mood.

Anyways enough of my current state of ugh. Weekend Friday Favourites, things that have been making me smile this week or caught my eye!

AJ and DAJ post op

Box. Must sit in it. Diesel

Mr AJ’s biopsy results came back with good news. Cronic IBD irritable bowel disease which is good news to what it could have been. The operation went well and I don’t have to the official ear scratcher for a few weeks as the vet stitched up the insertion from the inside if that makes sense. As the stitches are on the inside, cats aren’t bothered about it, hence no Elizabethan collar. He’s on steroid medication for a few weeks and chicken. Which Mr D loves. That boy loves chicken. I don’t like it too much as all they do it literally sleep and eat, with Diesel having his 5 minute morning madness running around and Angelous playing at 5am. His medicine must be working as he hasn’t done that in a while. I’ve no idea the cause of the IBD. It could be an allergy the cat litter as it started 3 years ago when I switched litters. Yep, late to the party! I’ve done some research and a few others said the litter may have been the cause, so I’ll try and get the litter they liked before France.

Brabantia Clothes BrushBrabantia Clothes Brush

Now I’ve wearing black leggings almost constantly, they pick up everything. Mostly Aj’s hair. I had a few different types of lint removers lying around and the only that worked was the sticky paper one. I got through about 1 roll in a week and all I could think about was how paper unfriendly it was. Especially when you peel off a new layer and end up peeling off 1 1/2 layers like toilet rolls! Looking for a replacement I found this one by Barbanita for about €5. It’s the best one yet, much more environmentally friendly and comes with a 2 year guarantee! The others I recycled.

Headstands

Headstands have never really been on my ‘yoga’ to do list. I tried them a few years ago and I had to see the osteopath later! This week during one of Kathryn Budig’s Yogaglo class headstands came up. I thought just try one against the wall. She talked the class through and I surprised myself! I can headstand! I still need the wall behind, but I don’t need to toe touch to get balance like with handstands! No photo as I follow Yogibattle’s philosophy that yoga poses shouldn’t be look at me, look what I can do (I have fallen into that trap!). Handstands I still need the wall but I’m finding I don’t need to toe touch as much to bounce back to get balance. 5/10 no toe touch.

The War Of Art, Steven PressfieldThe War of Art, Steven Pressfield

Charlotte from fromtrextotigress reviewed this a little while ago and I knew it was a book I need to read. No frills, straight talking, kick up the bum approach to defeat and unlock barriers preventing you from doing those dreams. After reading it, I got this get ’em attitude that’s lasted longer than other ‘self help’ books I’ve read. Like I said earlier, its words tease me even 2 months after reading it. Those evening crash night naps are never rejuvenating naps as I have hear words saying, overcome resistance! So that’s my November challenge: reset, resistant night naps and more yoga as I haven’t been practicing as much as I’d like.

DIM SockettesDIM Sockettes

While it does get cold enough here for socks and boots, if I wear trainers running errands, which I do, trainer socks are too cold cycling. These are perfect, invisible and are actually quite warm!

Forever21 BagForever21 Bag AW15

I found last weekend my winter bag! I’m not a fan of huge bags per-se. I prefer a small faux leather cross body bag big enough for my purse, hairbands, lip balms, phone and keys if they’re not in my coat pocket. This has just the right of chic gold hardware to stop it looking like it was the steal it was. Unfortunately all chicness goes out the window with a rucksack for water, snacks, shopping etc, but that’s the price I pay cycling everywhere. Both give me the option of being hands free which is what I prefer. And yes, I know I’ve still to cut the tag off. Lets just say, 2 phrase I’m more than competent in both Spanish and French are I have an item to return or exchange! Plus with numerous vet visits this week, I forgot!

Internet Finds

BarkPost 26 Dog Pictures So Funny, We Dare You Not To Laugh

CNN, Photographic Proof That Animals Are Funnier Than Humans

Brazilian Toucan Gets A New Beak Created on a 3D Printer

Tokyo’s New Airport Terminal. Love this idea of using a race track to guide you!

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

 

 

Weekend Friday Favourites

Hope you’re having great weekend!

A rather late Weekend Friday Favourites, so I’ll get right to it!

180 Degree Medicine Ball Slams Squat Jumps. medicine_ball_squat_and_slam

When it comes to my training, I like to go for compound moves. More muscles worked the better! This exercise hits the legs, bum, back, shoulders, arms, core, heart rate, metabolism, total body! It also gets out bit of grrr! I included this move in my back and hamstring day and added an 180 degree squat jump: squat jump up while raising the ball overhead to slam the other side.

Kathryn Budig Yogaglo Playful Salutations Class

I had fun in this class! I’m still working on downward dog to crow, but regardless of my ability to land my knees onto my triceps in one swift jump, I had fun. The floor and I are gonna get very acquainted trying. My achy quads disappeared during this class! I’m learning and understanding a lot about yoga since I started practicing with Yogaglo. Kathryn Budig’s anagrams on how you should be feeling a pose, on life are a little loco, a little infectious, yet make complete sense. If you have the opportunity to take one of her classes, be prepared for some serious fun, a different take on life and how yoga can help on and off the mat.

Yogaglo is an online studio for offering unlimited classes for $18/€12 a month ranging from 5 – 90 minutes. I tired a few other on line studios and Yogaglo was the only one that didn’t have a commercial yoga dvd feel. You feel like you’re in the studio each time and have a choice of what ‘style’ yoga you wish to practice. I have to remember to mix things up, take slower, hatha classes along with vinyasa flows. As Kathryn Budig says, if you’re always on the go, you need the calmer, deeper classes to balance out!  €12 is a steal and they offer a free 15 day trail.

Angelous and Diesel aka Aj and DAJ SunbathingD Sunbathing

These two have looked after their Mama this week while I get over this cough, nasty cold (which has 95% gone!). AJ’s been near by, purring, snuggling, telling me to sit. Diesel once his tummy was full, snuggled when he could. That’s unless it was a sunny day. Then the number one priority was cat naps in the sun.

Big Cats and Boxes

It’s a scientific fact. Give a cat, any cat, the king of the jungle or a street cat a box and they’ll sit in it.

Craft, DIY, Art Blogs

These 3 blogs have got me wanting to get creative again. Song of Style. Life Ann Style, Trend-Mixblog. They have some really easy, fun DIY projects and I have cupboard full of art and craft supplies, which I hardly get to use.

Longer DaysEvening Palm tree

It’s less than 6 weeks until the clocks go forward, but already the days are noticeably longer. The sun rises around 07.45, sets about 18.25 and dark dark around 18.40. Spring and summer are on their way!

Friday Run ViewFriday Run view

8km along and on the beaches. Stop start, thanks to my cold, but it felt good, afterwards not during to be able to breathe a bit better. Maybe that was thanks to stopping to watch the waves for a moment or 2!

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

Medicine ball slam image taken from Google Images, Mens Health Singapore.