Absence

Finally a moment to catch my breath and say hi! I’ve missed stopping by checking.

The past week’s been little loco. Aj had the vets for blood tests, I’ve been getting to the gym a little earlier but I haven’t been getting up earlier and feel like the mornings half gone. I’m still job hunting (fitness training thing isn’t working out), I’ve been caught out in the rain, had to buy a emergency waterproofs to cycle back in as mine weren’t doing their job, hung the entire contents of my bags out to dry (no drying Euro notes on the washing stand which I have done!). 6 weeks were up on my ear piercings and I couldn’t remove them. I knew I had to unscrew the backs but I couldn’t get a grip on them. I was just turning the whole earring around and around. I ended up going back the tattoo place for help. Thankfully the receptionist was laughing with me and with a knowing smile asked if I’d tried latex gloves. Nope. They did the trick. I got the feeling I’m not the only one who’s erm, how the F do I remove these!

If I can just…

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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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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!

 

 

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!