Out of Touch

10 Sep

I’m so out of touch with what’s going on in Blog world! As quickly as I read blog posts people keep writing more and I just can’t keep up! I think the issue is that my laptop is dying and I have to use the computer in my ‘office’ which is not so comfy. 

Comfy

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Not so Comfy

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And kind of messy . . .

Anyway while catching up on blogs I was delighted to find out that Leashieloo tagged me with a chain survey!

1. If you could have any superpower which would you have and why?

I am a huge fan of the show Heroes so I have thought a lot about this question! I think I’d have the ability to heal myself and others. At this point in life I’d be happy with a job though!

2. Who is your style icon?

I don’t consider myself to be a stylish person and I don’t follow fashion but I do love 1920s elegance and 1950s glamour. If I could have the wardrobe of any famous person it would probably be Marilyn Monroe, she had curves like me and knew how to dress them!

Plus I love dresses and would wear them all the time if I could!

3. What is your favourite quote?

I have loads of quotes that I love for different reasons. The poem Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou has always been my favourite poem so I’ll share that instead.

PHENOMENAL WOMAN
by
Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing of my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

from And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
copyright © 1978 by
Maya Angelou.

4. What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

Whenever a child tells me I’m their favourite teacher.

5. What playlist/cd is in your CD player/iPod right now?

The Eclipse movie soundtrack, some Elliot Smith and ‘Home’ by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes are all in my ‘recently added’ playlist which I listen to a lot. The CDs in my car haven’t been changed in over a year and include Snow Patrol, Kings of Leon and Florence and the Machine.

6. Are you a night owl or a morning person?

This is a tricky one! For the first 30 years of my life I was a night owl. Then for Christmas 2009 I got a Phillips blu light, and have been an early riser ever since, and I love it!

7. Do you prefer dogs or cats?

Dogs

8. What is the meaning behind your blog name?

I couldn’t think of anything better! I’m still thinking though . . .

I’m a little confused about who has been tagged, and by who, but if you are in my blogroll then you know that I love your blog and will always try to make time to check in with you, even if I have to sit on a hard wooden chair to do it!

Ditch the workout, Join the party!

8 Sep

Hey guys, hope you’re all well? I’ve had a pretty eventful weekend and more trips to the dentist so I have been in hiding! I shall be back tomorrow but until then the lovely Helene has kindly agreed to write a guest post for  me! She is the Zumba babe of British blogging and I asked her to tell us more . . .

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Zumba here, Zumba there, everyone has pretty much heard that ‘Z’ word in the past few month…but what is it???

Zumba is the latest dance craze. It is a cardio workout, mix between an aerobics class and a latin dance class. During a class (45 to 60 minutes), you’ll be shaking your booty on different types of music such as merengue, salsa, samba or reggaeton.

The word Zumba is apparently from a Spanish dialect that translates to ‘move fast and have fun’ and that’s exactly what happens during a Zumba class.

I’ve been doing it since February 2010 and I.love.it. When I joined the gym, I looked at the class timetable, looking for a dance type of class and I saw this Zumba thingy…at that time, I had never heard of it. The website described it as ‘Latin and International music are fused to create an explosive, booty shakin’ party of a workout that will target all those problem areas and leave you on a high’.

This description sounded quite good to me so I decided to try it out. Keep in mind that I’ve never danced in my life (except in Night Clubs haha) and when I was at Uni, where I ‘tried’ a few things: Jazz, Rock ‘n’ Roll and some other stuff but my coordination was just let’s say inexistent that I wasn’t enjoying the classes so I gave up. My state of mind when starting Zumba was just ‘well, I’ll give it a try. Anyway, I don’t know anyone there so what can happen?’

So I went to the class. Everyone was kind of looking at each other and asking ‘have you ever done it before? No, me neither’

Hearing that I wasn’t the only ‘Zumba virgin’ made me feel good. Then, the instructor (Abbey) introduced herself and quickly explained what Zumba was. She also said that we don’t need to have danced before; the important thing in Zumba is just to Have Fun!

She then turn the music on and said she was hardly going to speak during the class. We just had to follow her and hop, here we went!

The class consisted of about 10 different tracks. Each track had a different routine that we repeated about 4 times. I was quite pleased with myself when the third time, I was starting to memorize the steps but not so pleased to hear it was then the end of the song.

After the class, I don’t know if it was the music, the atmosphere or the fact that I could tell people ‘yeah, I’m a dancer’ but I was all happy and the thing I was sure about is that I was gonna do it again!

So we’re now in September (I know, already). I’ve been doing it for 8 months and I’m still really enjoying it. I’ve had a total of 3 instructors and it’s interesting seeing how the routines and the music can change from one another. It’s also funny when you have a new instructor that puts on a music you’ve already worked on and then you say to yourself ‘oh, I remember this one’.

Doesn’t matter if you’re young, old, skinny or have some wobbly bits, if your gym offers Zumba classes, I think you should all have a go as it’s just all about fun! No one is gonna look at you; everyone will be looking at the instructor, trying to figure out what the steps are.

Really, it’s just FUN! You’re not even gonna notice that you actually exercise!

To get more info on Zumba, just go on the official website: http://www.zumba.com

And find your nearest class http://search.zumba.com/classes/

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Thank you Helene! I am now really desperate to get myself to a class!

Have you tried Zumba? Would you like to?

Courgette Muffins

1 Sep

Yesterday was my Dad’s birthday. I made him Courgette muffins as a present (money is tight people!)

DSCN3261 Mum gave me a courgette from the garden to use.

DSCN3259 I used the recipe from Jenna’s blog.

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My Dad said he preferred the Carrot Cake Cupcakes I made for Mum’s birthday, but I liked these just as much. The cinnamon and brown sugar topping was pretty amazing!

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In other news, I’ve had really bad tooth and jaw pain for the last couple of days and have been up and down to the dentist, an hour away, and have to go back again tomorrow. The dentist still has no idea what’s going on. I’ve been having the pain on and off for nearly two months now. I’m feeling pretty sorry for myself as my sleep is really disturbed and I have work this week which I want to feel fresh for!

On a cheerier note I’m going to Stirling after the dentist tomorrow. I’ll be there till Sunday, I have a few things planned so I’m not sure if I’ll have time to blog but I’ll be back by Monday to catch up on your blogs and let you know what’s been happening! Have a good weekend everyone. XOXO

Cupcake Love

30 Aug

Sang to the tune of that popular ditty, Facebook Love.

 

Dance along if you must 🙂

I mentioned yesterday that my Mum wanted Carrot Cake Cupcakes for her birthday.

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The cupcake recipe was taken from one book and the icing from another. Half-way through getting the ingredients together I broke my kitchen scales and had to nip round to Mum’s to borrow hers. She very kindly said she would buy me a set of digital ones for taking good care of her hens last week! I’m excited as I’ve wanted some digital ones for ages.

When I bake for other people, which is usually the case, I tend to stick to full-sugar/ full-fat recipes. I very rarely bake for myself but I’d like to start baking healthier alternatives for myself to keep in the freezer.

Must be the Music

The youtube clip above was taken from the Sky1 talent show. Have you been watching? If you have- what’s your favourite act? Mine might be Pepper and Piano. My eyes fill with tears every time I hear it!

 

If you like the song you can download it on itunes now. All profits got to the artist and not the show or judges.

Anyone for a cupcake?

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Cupcake love . . .

In all seriousness I had one with my Mum yesterday and left them all round at her house, no more cupcakes for me. I must healthify that recipe!

I am woman, hear me . . .

29 Aug

Roar!

I had a great gym work-out this morning, and felt majorly smug to have my name appear first on the sign-in sheet. On a Sunday morning at that!

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Look at how red my face was! Before my, much needed, bath I had a green smoothie. By the time it was ready I was a more normal colour!

DSCN3192My work-out consisted of 20 minutes of intervals on the elliptical, 20 minutes of hill intervals on the treadmill and an upper body strength routine. 

After this post on green smoothies I was asked what they taste like, and if the taste of spinach is masked. I can assure you that the smoothie just tastes of banana and any other fruit you’ve added. You do not taste spinach. I would be the last person to drink one if you could!

It’s my Mum’s birthday today. Happy Birthday Mum! She doesn’t read the blog but I’ll tell her I wrote it anyway! She has requested Carrot Cake Cupcakes (actually she asked for muffins but I just love alliteration) for her birthday. A non-healthy variety. It is her birthday so I’m happy to oblige, but if I grate my fingers in the process she’ll hear about it!

Have a great day people! XOXO

Life’s a Beach

27 Aug

I have the best beach in the world about 5 minutes drive from my flat. I’ve been going there since I was little. There are lots of other great beaches nearby but this one is closest, and is about 4 miles long so you can get a great walk.

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That’s me with my Mum. As a child I swam in the sea every year. Nowadays I stick to paddling. These pictures may look tropical but I can assure you that Scottish water is bracing!

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My friend Catherine and I went for a walk here on Tuesday.

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As you all know there are health benefits to walking.

  • It’s low impact so good for joints.
  • It burns calories.
  • It strengthens lower body muscles.
  • It reduces stress.
  • It’s been claimed to elevate mood.

However, walking in nature is reputed to bring even greater benefits, ‘Research has shown that walking in an environment that has water, trees and open space promotes the greatest feelings of wellbeing, and this goes back to our ancestors roaming the plains of the savannah,’  Dr William Bird, GP. Source.

Ooh and walking on sand is a great exfoliater for the feet!

Do you have a beach nearby that you take walks on? If not, are there nature walks? Do you prefer to walk or run?

As summer is nearly over I promise to quit harping on about the beach, I just love it so much!

Hen Update

26 Aug

I know some of you were worried about one of the hens dying on my watch. No? Oh. I guess that was just me then.

In case any of you were worried, take a look at the picture I snapped today.

DSCN3129Can you spot them both?  Do you remember Where’s Wally? I think in America you called it Where’s Waldo? I always got bored before I found him!

Just to make sure the hens were going to be okay, I stuck around in the garden for a little while, reading my Mum’s magazine and eating grapes.

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Oh the burden.

Now I’m going to go pick up Cara, also known as Yoga Baby or Squeak (because she sounds like a happy guinea pig most of the time).

Have a great day everyone!