Weekend Friday Favourites

After a long hiatus Weekend Friday Favourites is back!

How’s your weekend going? I’ve had some many Weekend Friday Favourites planned over the past 2 months. Planned in my head that never materialised, photos taken never shown. Maybe it’s been lack of motivation or time scheduling with the beach calling. I think it’s more my time management abilities and prioritising the beach. Summer’s only here a little while. Anyways this week’s Weekend Friday Favourites, things that caught my eye or made me smile recently.  Continue reading “Weekend Friday Favourites”

Seascapes, Spectre and Carrot Sticks

My gym’s next to one of the many beaches in Barcelona and next to one of the nudist beaches which is slap bam in the middle of main tourist beaches. Now the tourists except when it’s a sunny day have long gone from beaches, it’s a great place to take seascapes. You’ve probably noticed I don’t like many people in my photos. Right now I would very much like the temps to dip, so the lone nudist would stop blocking my seascapes. I don’t look (he’s too far away for my eyes to see correctly, but you know he ain’t in shorts) but nearly every sunny day he’s there, walking up and down his nudist spot when I look up from locking my bike. As for the other city nudist beach, I’ve got good at not looking as I run along it. I know there’s nothing wrong with it, we all come into the world in our birthday suit, it’s definitely not for me, but doesn’t sand get everywhere?!

Pre gym and where’s Wally
Calm seasWhere’s Wally? Where's Wally?

I hope you had a great weekend! Saturday after catching up on chores, roof workout and long over due pedicure and manicure (it’s amazing how some nail TLC makes you or rather the nails feel better. It’s the same feeling when your hair desperately needs a cut.) it was off to the movies to see Spectre!Spectre

Classic bond movie, great action with a nod the 60’s Bond and plot you just go along with as it’s Bond. I booked my ticket for the first time via my phone the night before, with the ticket popping up in the Wallet app. If I can, I go for the seats right at the back. More leg room and if you’re like me, short, no heads in the way! I selected one of the last 2 seats left in that row. I felt slight bad if a pair wanted them, but hey, first come first served, right?! I’ll definitely use the Wallet app again booking tickets. No queuing at the ticket office, just show the phone ticket at the doors (I’m still not using the Safari’s password keychain however. I’ve many reasons why not to. 1, it keeps my memory active remembering all the passwords. 2, what happens if you need to access that site, you’re not on your cloud and can’t remember rghtu8484n?). As for the seats. Mine was taken. I didn’t want to say, ‘oi‘, so I sat 2 down hoping that the other seat holders when they came wouldn’t kick up a fuss. They never came and I ended up with the best seat in the house! Right in the middle! Most definitely be using Wallet app again! Wallet app

Saturday around mid day fog creeped in and hung around for 24 hours. I can’t say enough how much I appreciated it after Spartan Race burpee sets! Sunday I was looking forward to running in it, but I ended up leaving much later than I wanted and the fog cleared. The Spartan Beast is 21km, so Sundays I’m gradually increasing my distance. This week another 16km. When I feel I can handle 16km with fewer ‘rests’, I’ll increase the distance while working on leaving to run earlier. When I got back, I’ve no idea how I pulled it off. I showered, got lunch, threw my face on and left all within an hour to get to the zoo before closing. Sprint cycling 6km to the zoo, I didn’t see the point in stretching!

Fog Saturday

Run view and graffiti along the way Sunday. 16km Run viewBeach graffiti Peacock beach graffiti

Swifts/Swallows can never tell the difference enjoying their winter zoo resort. Swift/Swallow Barcelona Zoo

Favourite movie snack? I love and smuggle in carrot sticks and grapes, except I have to be careful with grapes as they can make me cough. 9/10 during the quiet scenes. Carrot sticks only during the action scenes as nobody wants to hear you munch on carrot sticks. Salt popcorn every now and then!

Back to the Future

Happy Belated Back to the Future day!

Out of all the Back to the Future day movies, I can remember growing up parts II and III. 21.10.2015 was years away! It’s amazing how much they predicted has gone from science fiction to reality. Flat screen tv’s Google glasses, video calling, sports wear as every day wear, thumb print recognition, drones and I can’t remember, but I’m sure the internet. And glitches.

Yesterday the apartment internet crashed. Red flashing lights on the both Movistar boxes. A technician was meant to fix it today. I’m writing this using a hot spot connection on my mac from my iPhone. I get the feeling it won’t be resolved over the next few days. WPC and Weekend Friday Favourites may be later than usual!

Anyways, I thought it’ll be fun to share my favourite movies growing up. Most of them were shown over Christmas featuring a huge premier and another big premier around Easter. Miss it and well, you missed it. No Netflix, no watching when you liked. Missed the start you missed the start unless you set the video recorder and if you set it wrong, 3/4 of a movie!

Movies around Christmas were always my favourite as they added to the excitement and magic of Christmas. I wasn’t allowed to watch much TV growing up, which is why I loved staying with my Grandma and Grandpa. I could watch all the TV I wanted! I watched the news and tolerated football with my Grandpa, occasionally my Grandma joined me to watch an afternoon black and white movie. If my parents went out for the evening, my brother let me stay up to watch Red Drawf with him. As soon as we heard their car or saw headlights coming up the track (we lived in the countryside), I ran upstairs to be bed! If it was past my brother curfew, pray they didn’t check the back of the TV for heat! My Mum only liked me watching educational shows like Blue Peter and The Clothes Show, though I was allowed to watch on a Saturday afternoon, the A-team and with my Dad, Baywatch (?!). Sunday afternoons I was addicted to the BBC Narnia series. No tv on school nights unless my brother baby sat! When he started driving and back on leave, he used to take me to the movies!

In no particular order:

All the of the Indiana Jones movies. I wanted to be Indiana Jones!

Early Star Wars. It wasn’t Christmas without Star Wars or Indiana Jones!

The Goonies. Never gets old!

The Princess Bride.

Mannequin. She’ll always be Samantha

Grease. I’ve watched it so many times, I’m nearly script perfect!

Splash. Ultimate mermaid


National Lampoon

Back to the Future


Overboard. Still one of my favourite all time movies. Love Goldie Hawn!

The Lion King

Hook. This ended up being one of my nephews favourites when Grandma and Grandpa aka my Mum and Dad looked after him when he was little. Is it me or do all Grandparents break parents rules. They’ve let both my nephews watch nearly all the tv they like, when I had limited tv!

Clueless. Cher’s wardrobe! This just makes the list as it was released during my 2nd to  last year of high school. Mid to late teens favourite movies another time!

Your favourite 80’s and 90’s movies?




10 Things About Me

I thought it’ll be fun to share another 10 things about me. Everybody likes to be nosey, so here goes:

It’s Natalie with a T. That’s how I introduce myself and that’s how I like to hear and pronounce it. Apart from my family, few native English speakers say the T. It seems only people who’s first language isn’t English, say NaTalie. If I like you, you can call me NaT. I’ll accept a soft T with Nat.Me!

WiFi will always be ‘wee-fee’ not ‘why-fi’. WiFi as a word came out after I left the UK, so it’ll always be ‘wee-fee’. It took me a while to release ‘why-fi’ was ‘wee-fee’ after hearing it on English TV.

If I don’t know a word in Spanish. I’ll say it in English with a Spanish accent. I find myself saying my name with an Spanish or French accent around Spanish or French. Around English speakers, English accent. It makes life easier.

Grease is one of my all time favourite movies. I can’t quote, but know all the words when watching it.Open Air Grease Barcelona 2014

I always check bananas and grapes for spider webs before purchasing. I’ve read one too many stories how houses were overrun by spiders sneaking in on bananas. One hint of a web, I put it back!

When I was little I used to love bananas. Now they freak me out. The smell, the touch. I only eat them now baked in cookies.

Banana oat cookies

I don’t own a skirt. I think it’s rebellion against being a kid and having to wear them. I own about 3 dresses and I feel awkward wearing them. I don’t feel me. Give me shorts, legging, skinny jeans, I can dress them up or down and feel me in them!Snakeprint Converse

In my teens I used to wear a lot of delicate silver necklaces. Now I can’t stand wearing necklaces. I literally feel like a weight is hanging around me. Even a simple chain. Lightweight scarves also have the same effect. Heavy winter weight scarves, I have no problems wearing, probably as they wrap around rather than hang/drape.

I can be a quite a bit of a bozo. I once went to the wrong luggage reclaim in another terminal and had to talk my way back in past security. I’ve no idea how I managed to end up in the wrong reclaim, when I followed the flight number and markings on the floor. The way the security people were so calm about it, I believe it happens more than you think.

On another flight, before landing, I stowed my iPad and phone in their case in the seat pocket as I always do. It wasn’t until I walked the causeway and through the automatic doors, I released I’d left them behind. That’s when I found out those automatic doors only open one way. From the plane. I had to wait 2 days before I could pick them up from a warehouse located in the depths of Essex. I did have fun driving those country roads with my Mum though!

Have you ever left valuables behind on flights? What’s one of your all time favourite movies?