Books 2016 Part 1

When I wasn’t outside playing as a kid, my nose buried in a book. Which my Mum loved and was puzzled by. I read so much my spelling should have been amazing. It’s not and it wasn’t until my mid teens my parents realised I’m mildly dyslexic. No one ever told me and it was until P said something I thought maybe. Recently I mentioned it to my Mum and she said when they realised, it was too late. That’s why I hardly use ‘big’ words and my Spanish pronunciation isn’t what it should. I joke and it’s true I can’t pronounce words in my own language which usually lets me off a little. It doesn’t affect my day to day life much, I’ve learnt to work around it and play I’m learning Spanish. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Earth Day 2016

Happy Earth Day! Guanaco Barcelona zoo

I’ve been meaning to post these photos for a while and Earth Day seems like the perfect time. Back in early March it was one of the those sunny winter afternoons. One where if you found a warm spot in the sun wrapped up nice and snug in your winter apparel, feeling the warm sun on your face, the air held a promise that winter will soon pass. Continue reading “Earth Day 2016”

Spring Cleaning

I’m not sure what’s happened. I keep getting distracted easily at the moment. I can’t concentrate as I’m thinking about time vs day vs tasks/chores. I used have a good schedule going then somewhere it all started to unravel before my eyes with me turning a blind eye to it. Like an ostrich with it’s head buried in the sand. It’ll work itself out, it’s just a blip.

Spring jasmineSpring jasmine

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Nats Week

Pj’s at the moment are the best thing since leggings. Changing into looser trousers after being in leggings all day is heaven! So is as many of us girls know, the feeling after a loooong day in a bra. No funny business, just being honest. That’s until the next morning when can’t stand pjs anymore and need to feel secure up top. Or for me it is.

I can’t believe already it’s the last week of February. And a week since my last post. For some reason I’m not into social media at the moment, especially my other favourite social media platform, Instagram. I haven’t been feeling it for a few months. That’s not to say I don’t like it, I do. Night naps have left me taking it or leaving it. I’m working on night naps. They’ve been winning, however I’ve been making changes to deal with them more easily. Work in progress!

Anyways, in what’s become the latest way of posting, Nats Week with photos

I made the zoo! Just. Gates closed behind as I scanned my card Friday.Kangaroo Barcelona Zoo

Flamingo peacock. Peacock flamingoPeacock Flamingo WotchaGazelle Barcelona Zoo

La Maquinista shopping centre/mall Friday. The toilet/bathrooms were more crowded than usual with giggling screeching girls applying make up. A contestant, Roger from La Voz, one of Spains talent shows was holding a signing in Media Markt (I asked a lady in the bathroom queue if she knew who the girls were out for). I caught a glimpse of the guy. He looked about 14 and looking very uneasy. There must have been about 100 girls plus some older ladies not chaperoning. The boys who usually hang outside Apple upstairs looked kinda miffed some Bieber circa 2010 looking and singing guy (I did some research) was taking them out the game.La Maquinista

I finished the arts and crafts cupboard at the weekend following the KonMari Method of decluttering. I can’t believe I can see everything in the cupboard. Weekend plans, this weekend, more decluttering!

Before Arts and crafts cupboard before. KonMari Method

After Arts and Crafts Cupboard After. Konmari Method

3 days until full moon cycling back Friday3 days until full moon Feb 2016

Sunrise Saturday with the sun my favourite shade of pink. Hot pink.Sunrise Feb

12km run and monkey bars Sunday. Muscles ups are getting easier. Still working on bar nose height.Sunday run view

What can I say. It was Monday. I only realised after my workout I had my socks on the wrong foot. It was a good workout, but thanks to the gym refurbishments circuits are taking longer. The circuit’s spread out, it’s a labyrinth negotiating from one end of the gym to another around equipment that’s been pushed together tightly. There’s always someone doing mirror abs, press ups, free weight squats etc under the suspension trainer spots who you can’t say nicely please move, due to the refurbishments as where else are they meant to workout? Where the new abs/stretch cool down place is. Oh that’s right, there’s no mirror there. Which I don’t get as the mirror starts 40cm from the floor so you can’t see yourself doing press ups, crunches, planks anyway. Which means I have to run back and forth with my own suspension trainer in the new abs/stretch place and take it away with me so others can workout in that area without asking can I use my own equipment please or can I remove it please. Long winded way of saying there’s a lot of understanding currently at the gym due to the refurbishments.Left right, right left?

D looking cute, fluffy and full of snuggles. Looking. I ran out of chicken. The supermarket hasn’t had their usual chicken in for a few days and I’m not messing around with legs, bones (vegan, don’t eat meat. But vets orders chicken and crunch). I finally got some and he nagged me the whole time it was cooking. And the little        only ate a little.Dayz dreamingz of Caturday

The Casa Llotja de Mar all lit up. I used to live opposite and it’s only lit up on special occasions. Hosting the annual World Mobile Congress is a special event.Casa Llotja de Mar

Customs released my Tone It Up bundle I ordered last year on Black Friday. Yes, Black Friday last year. Yay! 3 months and admin fees (no savings saved) later, I get my paws on it. I may have hehe giggled and done a little jig. May have. Tone It Up Bundle

I’ve managed to do 3 30 minute Kathryn Budig Yogaglo classes this week. Which is an achievement. I haven’t been keeping up my practice much lately and it’s been showing. Yoga offloads gym workouts and running. If I don’t offload them, trouble starts. I’ve missed yoga and 5 minutes of my own practice here and there isn’t enough.

I’ve started a new Korean tv drama on Netflix. This one’s only 16 episodes long. The last one was 36. Did I mention they’re addictive?

Who have you queued up for to get an autograph or camped out for? Camping out for tickets, autographs never done and I don’t think I’ve queued for an autograph either. I think I have, but whoever it was left such an impression I can’t remember.

Parc de la Ciutadella, Moonrise and Cat Nip Dealing

Oh Monday’s.

I’m gradually beginning to run rings around you. Not you running rings around me!

I hope you had a great weekend! No snow blizzard here, or rain the UK keeps getting. Just another groundhog weekend. More KonMari Method decluttering, home workouts curtesy of Tone It Up, long run Sunday and the zoo. No idea how I made the zoo in time. I got back from my run at 15.47, showered, made a smoothie, threw my face on and got there at 16.59. 1 minute before the gates closed. The wind wasn’t even in my favour as I sprint cycled there! Legs of steel baby, legs of steel!

I did do something a little different Friday. I had an item to return and choose La Maquinista centre commercial (shopping centre/mall) instead of heading into the centre. Like in the centre on Wednesdays when it’s football season and Barça’s playing it’s relativity quiet on Fridays. Less queues at both the tills and changing rooms! Next season items are starting to appear and it was fun for a little while trying them on. Plus finding my size! Has anyone else noticed that shops now hardly restock clothes or popular lines? It’s like clothes are fast food, fast fashion. I remember if a shop didn’t have your size, there’d be another delivery within a week. Now, it’s snap it up or miss out (or if it’s a Zara or H&M item you can’t live without, troll the other 5 Zara’s and H&M’s all in the centre, within 10 minutes walking distance of each other.). I’m not sure if this is just in Europe but I’ve noticed that in both France and Spain especially dry goods, if they’ve sold out, try next week. In the UK it’s try tomorrow! I get told try online, but if I wanted it that badly and checked, it’s sold out!

Shopping and trying on clothes isn’t the different thing, the different thing is I ate out. What?! I don’t eat out often as it’s tricky being a vegan. It’s either vegan restaurants who try to be different with the concept not always hitting it, veggie burgers or Asian restaurants. I opted for a wok, but it wasn’t the same as previous times I’ve eaten there. It was like they put no care in it and my favourite, spring rolls dry. I don’t write about food much as I leave it to those in the know, but I think next time I’ll go for MacDonalds fries, peppermint tea and pineapple chunks as a get me home snack! They’ll probably sit better too.

I’ll leave you with photos from the weekend! Have a great week!

Saturday

Bike ride, Parc Ciutadella Sunset Parc Ciutadella

Sunset over the boating lake Sunset Parc Ciutadella PARAKEETS! I love their cheeky personalities! Whenever I hear them chatter away it always brings a smile. Parakeets, Parc Ciutadella Parakeets, Parc Ciutadella Parakeets, Parc Ciutadella Peeking through the gates of Parliament of Catalunya’s LibraryBiblioteca, Parliament de Catalunya Last light Sunset, Barcelona Sunset Barcelona 1 day until full moon moon rise 1 day until full moon moon rise. Waxing moonLast light reflected on wavesCat snugglesCat snuggles Working out under Mr Aj’s watchful eyeMr AJ, PTSorting out the cats cupboard and feeling like a cat nip dealer Diesel and catnip

Sunday

14km run up the coast and the only time the sun shone. Rest of the day grey skiesSunday 14k runPatas monkey, Barcelona ZooPatas Monkey, Barcelona ZooShifty looking seagullShifty seagullThose eyelashes!Gazelle, eyelashes and then some, Barcelona ZooI have a thing for tropical leaves. There’s something about them. I’ve no idea the name this plant and it’s pink flowers, which have sprung up recently brightened up an otherwise grey day.Springs coming!No idea the name of these either, but they added colour cycling Friday!Purple winter flowers