List Supreme

I have thing with lists. Coffee first then I plan my day or week if it’s Monday. Classes, things rolled over from the previous week/day, things to get, shopping, appointments vs weather, chores, things from monthly to do and get list. Then there’s reminder lists on my phone. I did say have a thing with lists!

I’m never sure why I write lists. I like the satisfaction of crossing items off. It’s the non listed things that mess them up. Classes cancel, postpone, rearrange, extra grocery shopping of things I couldn’t get on ‘shopping days’, I do my usual crash and fall asleep when I get back late and nothing gets done and things roll over and then there’s the little things. A plant that needs my attention (repot, rescue from cats), unexpected house chores, things to get, you get the idea.

Like yesterday. My class cancelled and I didn’t listen to my head that said, don’t go back to sleep. Bad move. I finally get hold of the dentist after a week of trying and 2 bounced back emails to replace a filling fell out after my appointment last week. I can hear them, they can’t hear me, which explains why they haven’t called back my messages. I’ve been having this problem for a week of so. A Google search later, I clean out the microphones (ergh!) an they still can’t hear me. I call them on Skype, they can hear me, but I can’t see them until next week as Friday’s a festivo, Catalunya Day and the weekend they’re closed. While I was cleaning the phone, I cleaned my watch I’ve been meaning to for a while (equal ergh!). I manage to get the last evening appointment with Apple about my phone. Now it’s raining too hard to cycle in, I sit it out, clean the house, do some yoga while I wait for it to ease to up, so I can get to the gym. A nice empty gym thanks to the rain and a great workout trying out a few new exercises!

Where sea and sky meet. Cycling to the gym in a break in the rain.
Rainy late summer

Anyways, Apple staff must be trained having in always having a non judgmental cheerful face and saying your Castellano is great. I explained I’d cleaned all the microphones, blah, blah. I had except the phone call microphone. Insert slap face see no evil monkey emoji.

Apple store, Passeig de Gracia overlooking Placa CatalunyaApple Store Passeig de Gracia overlooking Placa CatalunyaApple Store Passeig de Gracia overlooking Placa Catalunya

Have you ever encountered a non friendly Apple employee? Lists or have a super memory or a non wavering schedule that has no need for such a thing a list?


Mistaken Chips

I felt a little stupid at the vets this morning. Diesels lump turned out to be his chip. Yes, the ‘lump’ I found a week after his vaccinations 3 months ago, is his chip. How could you mistake his chip for a lump? Easy, it moved and when I called the vet to explain, they forgot to think of a chip. The little sh*t had me concerned for nothing.Chicken coma belly DieselHis brother’s got me measuring how much water their drinking over the next few days and also’s been working the chicken scam. Over the weekend I noticed he wasn’t eating much. To entice him to eat I took some chicken out to defrost. The little bugger an hour later throws up a mouse sized hair ball and starts eating. They got the chicken as I couldn’t refreeze it. They’ve have spent the last 2 days in a chicken coma with their little bellies hanging out keeping cool.

Popular hang out spot. Aj working that chicken bellyAjMy outdoor fitness course codes have arrived, so I have no excuses to start studying! Every 2 years as part of being a UK REPs trainer I need to obtain 20 CDP (continued development points) to keep my title. I was initially going with pre/post natal fitness as the final assessment was distance learning. This year I didn’t want to travel back to the UK for 2-3 courses due to travel costs. After speaking with a Focus Training advisor, I found out my 1st choice outdoor fitness can be assessed via video. No travelling! Yay!  I’m training more clients outside and while I know how to use resistance bands, TRX etc, I want to hold a certificate in them, which the outdoor training provides. The pre/post natal fitness course I can do later!

I’m now trying to come up with a study schedule. I would pick one of my favourite months to be outside to study, however my REPs membership is up for renewal in September, which pushed my hand to study. August’s national holiday month, so I have more ‘free time’. The trouble is I have 2 speeds. All out, not much down time and crashed out zzzz, nothing gets done! The busier I get, the more I’m beginning to realise down time is important to keep me sane.

I have Kathryn Budig to thank for that. If you ever take her Yogaglo classes she mentions a lot if you’re always on the go, skipping more restorative hatha style yoga, little rest, you can’t substain. Or something like that. She has a way with making words stick.

While I go at the moment to the beach for sun siestas, they’re not always ‘rest’. I get distracted with my phone, sometimes they’re quick pit stop. At night I sit, but I go through Instagram. Which could be seen as rest, but it’s not. It’s pressure at times, I’m not doing yoga unless I’m headstanding, I should be doing this exercise, I’m not running enough. I follow more landscape and animal photographers I think for a reason. And it’s not always productive time.August Beaches

Which brings me back to yoga. The past few months I haven’t been getting in as much practice as I’d like. I set aside an hour a few days a week with Yogaglo. An hour becomes 45mins, 30 mins, 20mims, do it when I get back, but don’t as I crash. My shoulders and happy Nat haven’t been thanking me for this. Neither has the thought of not using the subscription charge. Yogaglo classes are the only time, I get to switch off aside from the zoo and Netflix marathons. I follow along, I don’t think of much else. I didn’t plan the class, I can concentrate, what I learn transfers to other areas of fitness and life. Fortunately Yogaglo offers a variety of class durations, so I can fit it in. I have to make the effort. And sort out my never ending sleep schedule balance!

Spider monkey bound angle buddha konasana pose. I’ve been wanting an excuse to use this photo!Spider monkey bound angle buddha konasana pose Barcelona Zoo

Which brings me to the magazine shop. A lot of commented you prefer paper magazines to digital versions. I prefer paper magazines too. They make you sit. However I’m sucked in saving trees and paying less. My phone took over my iPad aside from my Mac as my main Internet. A lot of time gets wasted. My phone’s easy to pick up and get lost in! My iPad is now my magazine with Zinio. I hoping to make more magazine switch off time catching up on 7 months unread magazines. Yes, 7 months! They’re not lying around to pick up! Then there’s I paid for the subscription but not using it factor which bugs me.

So if you have any scheduling tips that work, please share! Meal prep in advance, packing my gym bag the night before I know help and 10 minute daily tidy ups help keep the place looking reasonably tidy. Though I feeling a big tidy up coming before I get studying and less Instagram. Did I say I get distracted easily!