Reflexology and Rainbows

Animal Kingdom, Fitness, Travel

I was more than okay for this past weekend to be a little more low key than action packed. Friday blocked sinuses thanks to allergies morphed into a blocked nose, sore throat and then cough that I’m nearly over. Saturday evening I couldn’t sleep, everything ached and in desperation I tried the head massager thingy which helped and then the idea of reflexology popped up. 

A quick Google search later for reflexology for block sinuses later I was breathing better. The site then suggested facial reflexology to help sinuses. I just wanted the cold gone


Animal Kingdom, Nature, Thought

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

Animal Kingdom, Fitness, Nature, Travel

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

Last July Weekend

Animal Kingdom, Beauty and Skin Care, Fitness, Inspiration, Nature


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.

Weekend Friday Favourites

Animal Kingdom, Fitness, Inspiration, Photography


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 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!