I’m currently sat with a hot water bottle tucked down my coat, another on my feet and two cups of herbal tea to keep my hands from freezing up. That’s the glamour of journalism for you!
My camera and I have just arrived home, both sopping wet and rather chilled after a day on the Somerset Levels. Right now, I feel so lucky. I’m sat pretty in my city centre flat with all my amenities while people from one village are sharing one portaloo and one road in and out.
Any complaints I may have seem embarrassing when confronted with people who have battled to get to work every day, have driven 80 mile round trips to get their kids to school avoiding flooded roads, who haven’t slept more than three hours per night for the last three weeks.
I hope you are warm, dry and not affected by the flooding (or snow up north!). My heart goes out to anyone who has been.
Let’s recap the weekend before I flood you with any more gloom on a Monday (sorry!).
I had the day off on Friday and oh how marvellous it was! From start to finish, I smiled a lot and felt so relaxed. My day started with a lie in, then a big clean, a workout and my attempt at making banana pancakes low sugar.
They worked out pretty well! I just used half a banana to two eggs – I find I get a sugar crash now after a whole banana. After breakfast, I spent a lovely day with my Mum shopping and laughing.
Apart from when we went out to eat and my tuna nicoise salad arrived. I asked the waitress whether it had cheese on (not mentioned in the menu) and she insisted it didn’t. Turns out the chef was trying out a new dressing – drizzling MILK over the dish! Luckily I pressed the case before I took a bite.
Has anyone heard of this before?!
Another day, another successful attempt at pancakes – hurrah! After breakfast and papers, James and I headed for a quick walk in Clifton as it was such a beautiful day.
It was super windy – I was battling to keep my eyes open in that pic! After our walk, we paid a visit to James’ nieces, aged four and six to give the four-year-old her birthday presents. We spent a fun afternoon with them – it is so scary how fast they grow up!
James and I did have a real laugh at one moment. The six-year-old passed the four-year-old her toy and she replied “why, thank you” in the most regal tone. It was hilarious!
Dinner was a good one – my new obsession of turkey bolognese and courgette noodles. Seriously cannot get enough of this! I put a fair bit of chilli in the mix so we both were breathing fire afterwards!
It rained and rained on Sunday so our grand plans for a run were left to one side. Instead, I blasted through some blogilates: legs for cardio, serious standing pilates, bikini blaster muffintop and the broken hearted ab challenge.
Then it was time for papers, pancakes and shopping! My two New Years’ resolutions were to treat myself more and eat less sugar. Well, I’m on the final day of the 21 Day Sugar Detox – it was time to treat myself!
I have been wearing Toms, Converse and my running shoes as walking gear for ages (my poor runners desperately need replacing) and always moan about achy feet. Well, these North Face bad boys were 40% off and the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. They’re waterproof too, so I won’t have to resort for cumbersome wellies for lovely woodland walks. Love them!
Dinner was a rehash of leftovers and a courgette, though as it was a little small I added in some steamed asparagus. It totally hit the spot!
As did cuddles with the little man. Please tell me you love his little quiff too?!
We had an early night ahead of this morning’s 6am wake up call (James had an early work thing), and I really needed it. All those days off made me feel super chilled and sleepy!
* Milk as a salad dressing?
* Do you reserve your trainers just for workouts?
I know I should but they are so comfy I am guilty of wearing them for walking too!