Monday, December 17, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
Trumpet is fun - it is busy season (phew! I had begun to wonder if the gigs would come in, but they did). This weekend was Messiah and Gloria-packed. The rest of the run to Christmas will be a fiesta of Bach. I love all these things.
Walking: The gig on Saturday left time for a walk and it was BEAUTIFUL. It is snowy and icy here - thawing now - so walking was difficult and we didn't go very far. We took a short loop up towards a disused quarry, past an old well, around and onto a thoroughly frozen pond, then back to the car along the side of the river.
I have photos. Scotland is so pretty!
Weightloss - another 5lb according to our very dodgy scales. I think I might buy some new ones today.... we mostly estimate how wrong we think the scales could be and deduct what we suspect is an appropriate amount. The doctors scales and the gym scales confirmed they are approx 1 stone out!
Monday, November 19, 2012
At Brownies last week they did an animal themed Promise ceremony. I was working so missed it :( but believe it all went smoothly. They wanted to do animal fancy dress, we have animal mask kits and I bought lolly sticks and printed giraffe heads for them to cut out of funky foam with goggly eyes to make giraffe bookmarks.
This week we are meant to be doing street theatre, but I have NO idea how to start. Any tips?
Diet-wise it's going good. I am still measuring everything and counting stuff. I am spinning on Mondays and Fridays and am walking to work wherever possible.
And I have lost over 60lb! That's a lot - and it's quite a nice boost actually - good motivation to continue. I have dropped 4 dress sizes and am just at the point where I would like some new clothes, but funds are a bit tight, and I'm still dieting so hopefully will drop a few more sizes yet. It's the perpetual weight-loss conundrum.
I have started an Open University course too, but I'm not ready to share more details quite yet. It takes 6hrs a week though, which is hard to find at the moment.
Sunday, November 04, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
I had to put it UP by a pound.
At first that dismayed me, but on the positive side I have climbed a mountain this weekend, been to spin classes twice last week, walked to work twice and am therefore much much healthier than prior to changing my lifestyle.
The hill we climbed was Ben Donich. The photos are from the walk which was icy and frosty at the start and snowy as we made the descent. It was fun. Two days later my legs are still hurting!
And that is a normal week. With the exception of climbing the big hill, there's nothing there I don't do on a weekly basis. OK I can't always do two spin classes, but I have been doing running training and have signed up for the free work gym which I hate and for the council public gym which I like.
I have also FINALLY got some drugs to help with horrible PCOS.
The overall picture is much more positive than negative.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Our food today at "Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond" was outstanding. I don't want to forget any of it:
We arrived early. I went upstairs to look around the hotel and inadvertently entered a suite. I think the occupier had checked out & left the room wide open. It was beautiful! Lovely lounge, stand-alone bath, views of Loch Lomond.
Having spotted the bath (and realised I was not in a communal lounge) I retreated, rejoined birthday boy and we went to the restaurant.
They seated us in leather armchairs in a light room with views of the lawn and loch. We were brought a tray of entrees after taking our drinks (water) order.
We were given a rectangular platter on which they placed 2 haggis fritters (little balls), 2 parmesan puffs and 2 beetroot and horseradish macaroons. We were told to eat them in that order. Quite honestly I would rather I had eaten them in the opposite order (my order of preference) but PJ loved the beetroot thing.
A waiter arrived with bread next. Rye bread, honey bread, white bread.
We received amuse bouches next: a mackerel ceviche - mine had bones, and a tiny scallop with chestnut mousse and mushroom sauce which was absolutely indescribably tasty. This juicy morsel of scallop followed with a blast of saliva-inducing sheer savouriness.
Then came the food we had actually ordered:
Scallop in Jerusalem artichoke veloute with hazelnuts.
Game pithivier with celeriac.
The winner for me: scallop and soup. The veloute was unexpectedly delicious. From its appearance we could not have anticipated the punchy flavour. The crunch of hazelnut added the final touch. The game smelt a bit like hot pate.
Mains: sea bream wrapped in potato on pea mousse with shrimps in the sauce.
Calves liver with pancetta and posh mash.
Winner for me: fish but only JUST, because the calves liver was remarkably succulent.
Desert: mango and coconut on lime pannacotta. Sounds odd but PJ loved it. Chocolate & pistachio with creme fraiche.
I don't like mango or coconut so that wasn't for me! The winner: chocolate.
What a bargain: £25 a head.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Wish me luck!
On another note - I signed up for the free gym at work. Why have I never done this before? Because I am a scaredy cat and because I couldn't see the appeal of locking myself in the basement running on the spot.
To be quite honest, when I write it like that I still can't really see the appeal of locking myself in the basement running on the spot. However I feel the benefit of it today, and have had a full English breakfast as a reward to myself (no oil, grilled of course!).
Tonight we are going to the rugby! Glasgow Warriors v Ulster. BIG match - standing (waterproofs may be required).
Otherwise: I have to do some trumpet practise this weekend. Quite a lot actually. I have been a lazybones this week as far as trumpet is concerned.
Sunday is my OH's birthday - we are going to a Michelin Starred restaurant, which will be a first. I wonder whether it will be stuffy/formal so we hate it, or relaxed and high quality. I will let you know!
I have a few birthday pressies to buy on Saturday - and a card to make. I hope he doesn't read my blog - pretty sure he is as bored of it as the rest of my family!!
Monday, October 15, 2012
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
This has been the only good day. I have been craving stodge for the last week or so and have eaten the following junk food: McDonald's Big Mac, Fish & Chips, Chinese (though that was ok - picked chicken chow mein).
Don't get me wrong - I'm not beating myself up about it. I actually feel ok - it seems the exercise is balancing the eating out, but I haven't been LOSING any weight. I think it's just because it's cold and wintery. Time to start slow cooker stews and other such dinners.
Exercise-wise I tried to run today as I had a day mostly off, but had been to the fish shop to buy sea bass and they sell eggs so I bought some of them too. I had planned to run home (this week it's 3 minute run/walk, 5 minute run/walk - repeat) but when I tried running with the eggs they made ominous clacking sounds as they hit each other in the box!
I managed one 5 minute run... and just walked fast all the way home (20mins) apart from that. The eggs made it home intact.
We have lots on the go at the moment - some learning and some other plans I'm not quite ready to share. It's giving me little room for boredom!!
Monday, October 01, 2012
It was drizzling.
When I got back to Glasgow to run in the park it had developed into a full on downpour.
Within 5 minutes I was soaked, but I ploughed on through - the warm-up walk wasn't particularly warming. In fact I was shivering, but the first run was far more welcome as a result.
Initially I hopped over puddles, but after a section of path that was completely submerged and gave me no option but to embrace wetness entirely, splashing in puddles also became entertaining!
After 25 minutes of freezing cold watery running/walking I got back in the car. I considered taking some clothes off to minimise damp in the car, but when I made a vague attempt to peel the sodden cotton off my body it was just too difficult and I drip-drove back to the house for a much-needed bath!
In the afternoon I had a Beethoven concert, so got back in the car and was surprised to find that the seat was dry, but the seatbelt had retained the moisture (I suppose when it retracted into it's plastic shell that it stayed nice and soggy). Lovely!
The concert was fun - drove back - had some toast...
All in all it was an interesting day.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
We then went to watch Glasgow Warriors at home.. they won, but it was not brilliant rugby and I could see that despite my lack of expertise.
It was also freezing and wet.
Next time we see them will be in Northampton.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I was really lacking in motivation today - I felt tired and a bit down in the dumps after our very lovely nephew and his mum left this morning. Dixie seems to be missing them too.
I had also read the intro to this week's run programme and had discovered that I would need to run for 3 minutes at a time. This sounded hard.
I spotted a comment on my blog - and when I read it I found encouragement from my friend. Thank you CountryDew!
My other half and I headed out - he picked blackberries and rosehips while I ran round Mugdock Reservoir.
3 minutes of running is a bit unpleasant, but not impossible. I don't like it so it's hard to make myself carry on for longer times. One positive was that the 90 second runs seemed much shorter afterwards.
I ended up on the very far end of the reservoir and had not anticipated the walk back. Having looked it up (just now) it is 3 miles right round the reservoir. I must have run (interval-training running... part run part walk) about 2.25 miles. I walked the rest with only 2 minutes of running when I realised how far I had to go to get back to the start.
Having already walked around 5 miles on my commute today I was tired at the end, but we bought some chinese take-away food on the way home and it has turned out to be a very lovely evening.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Today: Spin with my friend, but have a feeling this one might be the crazy spin instructor man who makes you sprint for 45 mins. I hated that one... will feel good afterwards though.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Found spin class MUCH better - could do the whole thing without cheating (admittedly I was taking the 'half-turn' option whenever the instructor said 'turn the resistance on 1 whole turn, or 1/2 turn'...)
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Running:I have stuck with it for 1 week - a good start as according to the plan, I only have to do 5 weeks to get to run 5K.
This week I ran for 1 minute 8 times, on three days with a 90 second walk between each run.
The last session was FUN because my friend joined me with her dog - and that meant that we could chat whilst we did it. It also meant the run took twice as long because we chatted all the way on our walks (she talked whilst running too. I can't do that!), then we chatted all the way home.
So this week: I could go again today, but you're meant to have a day off. I could do it tomorrow instead of spin class... but I wonder if I could do it as well... Perhaps I will interval run to the gym, see if there's a space in spin (hoping secretly that there won't be), then walk home.
Update: Have booked spin. It normally takes me 25 mins to get there walking, so I think it will need to be:
5min brisk walk
1 min run
1 min walk
1 min run
1 min walk
5 min brisk walk
Hopefully that will get me to spin on time - and warmed up.
Or would I just struggle to do the spin class if my legs were already tired? It'd only be 2 mins of running so I think I'd be OK.
Not sure I'll be able to walk home though!
(actually there is no choice about that - there's no other way home... it's too close to get the bus without embarrassment).
Yesterday we had a Brownie sports day thing in Glasgow. 499 Brownies signed up to try a range of activities. We got to do cheerleading, relay races, long jump, high jump, discus, play on a bouncy castle, try out a climbing wall and take part in basketball and rugby training.
It was great! The girls threw themselves into it - I was very impressed.
We had a slight wobble here and there: one girl was upset she didn't get higher on the climbing wall (she's only just 7 and I think just wanted a little attention) and another got a little bit hurt in rugby when a Brownie tackled her badly - she told me tearfully "It's just I've never done any of these things before..." and was calmed down easily with some reassurance. A promise to make sure we tell her Mum how impressed we have been with her sent her back off to join in the rugby for the last 15 mins of the day.
If I could change anything: I would have liked a morning break - we had some very hungry Brownies by 12.40 (lunchtime) after a 9.30 start. We were provided with fresh fruit at lunchtime and I think it would have been more sensible to collect that in the morning with the bottled water and eat it between the first two activity sessions.
So.... What's next for us? Tuesday is "Talk Like A Pirate Night". I have found a pirate story to make into a game, AG is going to show them how to make pirate hats from newspapers, Old YL now L is going to find some pirate songs. New YLs have no job as they were running a game whilst we discussed this... might need to work out how to involve them more.
After that we have a trip to Drumchapel library (hopefully - keep forgetting to phone them. Will go and do that now) for a treasure hunt. We did it before, and it was brilliant. We hid clues in some books: "Do you need to find your way? Look for the book of world maps" - next clue hidden in Atlas, "He loves honey, and has a very bouncy friend" - next clue in Winnie the Pooh for example. Can't actually remember them right now - we'll think of better ones!
Otherwise, we're doing the sports badge thing and will start planning pack holiday either for November or for Spring term.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
One more to do this week - tomorrow morning or evening or Saturday.....
It's quite rewarding but I find it hard. Even running for just 1 minute in a burst is quite hard.
Will keep updating as I like having the record here.
Update: Last night I went for the run immediately after work before a Brownie leaders meeting (2.25hrs or meeting!), in strong winds and a bit of rain. I managed the whole programme but ran out of time for the warm-down walk, and sat all sweaty and red in the meeting.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Saturday, September 08, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
Despite saying that I have been eagerly looking out for Olympians in my area after discovering we had some resident nearby in the run-up to the Games. Didn't spot any.
This morning I rang a bell in the car at 08:12 http://www.allthebells.com/ as did my other 1/2.
We will probably watch the opening ceremony, and he will certainly watch many events. I'll watch the odd one or two. I love the gymnastics.
Hope you are enjoying Summer.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Monday, July 02, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
At the moment things are quite good. I am a bit poor due to bad money-management, but it's something to work on and an incentive to generate some more playing work.
I have almost finished teaching - only 2 pupils to go I think!
Tonight we are having spaghetti bolognese for dinner, then we may walk down to the pub as the sun is shining. I have a new favourite hang-out.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
It was great fun! We had dinner afterwards in a huge swarm of midges at the pub. I counted my bites - 50. I look as though I have chicken pox now!
Monday, May 28, 2012
It has been a while since my last post. In that time life has continued as usual.
Yesterday I helped at the Glasgow Rainbows' 25th birthday party - great weather and a very enjoyable day for the kids! (I enjoyed it too)
Monday, May 14, 2012
Our target was to beat the time set walking by Michelle McManus! (we did)
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
They made a secret code for us... I'd hate to let the secret out, but it spelled a very cool message for Brownies!
Monday, April 30, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
We started the holiday in Memphis - which was good fun! We stayed in the Vista Inns motel - just off Beale Street. I had read a few reviews about people feeling threatened in the 'dark streets' walking round the corner back to the motel. We felt perfectly safe.... but we live in Glasgow and I wouldn't really wander round parts of MY city on my own unless it was broad daylight.
We went to Graceland - much better than expected! I have more respect for the Elvis phenomenon having seen people's reactions to his home.
Memphis is a city that's difficult to visit without a car. 2 days there and we felt like we'd done everything we wanted to, but we heard good music and ate good bbq pork and enjoyed our visit.
After picking up the hire car at the airport we drove to Vicksburg. I had been nervous about this part of the holiday, but I loved driving in the USA! We stayed in Cedar Grove Mansion Inn. I have linked it's website but it's a bit misleading so don't expect any of the extras. It is a beautiful house and our suite was lovely - very old and atmospheric, a little creaky and full of character. I woke early and sat on the porch watching the sun come up over the gardens. The sounds were lovely and it was quite exciting for me seeing all the different birds & animals.
We left and took the Natchez Trace Parkway after a trip to the National Military Park in Vicksburg (really good - worth a trip).
The Natchez Trace Parkway made a much more pleasant drive than the Interstate - so I am glad we took that route. We stopped a few times - saw a waterfall and the Sunken Trace which is where the path has been worn down by footfall. It was lovely. We also saw more new animals: wild tortoises, turkeys, hawks, porcupine... lots.
From around Natchez we headed across back to the main roads and drove directly to New Orleans.
New Orleans was as good as I remembered. It is a beautiful city - unlike anywhere else I've been. The pace is relaxed, the people are friendly but not intrusive.... it's just amazing.
Music oozes out of every nook and cranny in New Orleans. We stayed in the Creole Inn in the Fauborg Marigny area. It feels like staying in a village. There are lovely cafes and bars, and the walk home from the city centre takes you past a variety of old colonial wooden properties, each one with a unique feature. I really love it.
We spent a few days seeing sights - we visited the swamps - we took a trip up to City Hall... And that's us married.
All in all - best holiday ever!!!
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Am I excited?? Just a bit!!!
We fly to Memphis on Thursday (10hr flight... sure it'll be worth it though...!).
We hire a car and drive to New Orleans with a stop-over night in Vicksburg on the 8th April.
We spend a week or so in New Orleans.
We fly home.
There are SO many things I want to see. SO many places I want to go.
I will post photos - no doubt about that!
Saturday, March 31, 2012
I am angry with my mother. Because my blog is public - and the parents know of its existance I can't post about it here.
What is the point of a blog when you can't write what you want?
So the options are: start up a new one and don't tell any family (it was my bro that let it slip that I had this one)... or stop... or carry on as I am occasionally posting without any personal information or anything meaningful.
I don't know which I'll choose.
For now - I will be away for a few weeks and I will post on my return, perhaps.
Au revoir x
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
I have been getting out walking more because we have had some stunning weather. Lovely sunshine. Still blooming freezing, mind!
These are from walks this week.
Last night I went for a walk in the dark (between dinner & concert) and almost trod on a frog. Didn't though - it's all cool.
There may be a chocolate tart picture too. Its in a cake tin because I don't have a tart one with a removeable bottom & it was a fridge recipe not a baked one. Tasted good!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Rundown of tonight's imbibements and the establishments in which I imbibed them.
The Finnieston - lager (Coors Light which autotexts to Footage colder course floral doors coordinate).
Korean Restaurant Shilya - lager (Hite) with food: dumplings, scallops, chilli chicken, squid & pork... Yum!
Brewdog - lager (77 lager) in a stinking bar with a contrived faux-warehouse decor. Not good.
Cafezique - coffee (no complaints - liked the place).
Jellyhill - white wine (good wine but not a sensible choice after coffee and beer) - cafe/bar pleasant.
Epicure - gin fix cocktail - awesome. Contained gin, lemon, elderflower liqueur. Delicious.
Now home with a cup of tea and tv on. Very enjoyable evening.
In other news;
I have messed up and have not got tickets for the county Thinking Day event (misunderstood instructions but didn't really think about it either as deadline fell over tax weekend. Might have queried/checked things if I had not been more pressingly engaged.)
It is only 6 weeks til we head across the Atlantic once more.
My sister came to stay and we had a great time culminating in a visit to the SECC to see Strictly Come Dancing's live show. Fun.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Monday, February 06, 2012
Man at table opposite me looked like a businessman.
Man who came to join him looked like a businessman if you jumbled one up with a footballer: white trainers, suit, white decorated shirt, slicked back longish blonde hair in a ponytail.
Add people in overalls, delivery men and a chatty owner & this breakfast off Bond Street is very enjoyable.
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Friday, February 03, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
In other news: We are trying to organise a jumble sale for a week Sat - how can I get people to come?
I went to watch rugby on Sunday (where I drank & ate) and we were charged rather a lot for beer. I fired off an email to the club to complain - following it up with another when I found out that the beer was Carlsberg - a dreadful CHEAP brand that they were selling for over £6 per pint. I have just received an email from the club MD asking me to call him on a mobile number. Exciting... and I'm a TOUCH embarassed by my impulsiveness!