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If We Were Having Coffee…

I’ve not had a lot to blog about lately as I’m still injured so still not running. However, there’s been a few things going on so I thought I’d do a chatty post as though we were chatting over a cup of coffee.

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If we were having coffee…I’d tell you I’m going back to the classroom. Well sort of. Work offered a free course with at home learning. At the end we get a level 2 qualification in Common Childhood Illnesses. I’m half way through 2 out of 3 units and so far I’m enjoying it. It’s informative and giving me another string to my bow. The only down side is, it’s all handwritten! I’m not used to writing for long periods of time anymore!

Common Childhood Illnesses

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you a recently went to a 40th Birthday party. It was in a very cool industrial venue that was so unique. I’d love to have held an event there but sadly it’s been pulled down soon. The party was an 80’s theme so we dressed up and sang the night away. I had to chair dance though as this was a little while ago when my injury was still sore.

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If we were having coffee…I’d tell you I’m still injured but very slowly making a return to exercise. I did 15 minutes on the exercise bike which was pain free. So a couple of days later I did an exercise DVD. I was tentative. I was scared some of the movements might hurt or aggravate my injury but again it was pain free. My injury feels 90% better now and the physio has told me there’s nothing else she can do but it’s knowing how to get rid of the remaining 10% now!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how excited I am that the heatwave is over. There’s one good thing about this injury and that’s that I’ve not had to run in this heat! I’m rubbish in heat, let alone trying to run in it. I’m very much an Autumn/Winter person. I don’t care if I’m running in the dark and rain. It does not bother me one bit. Look at these apples growing on my neighbours tree. A sure sign Autumn is on the way.

Autumn Apples

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that Weight Watchers is working wonders for me. In 5 weeks I’ve lost 12.5lbs and 5% of my body weight. I’m really pleased with how easy I’m finding it.

Weight Watchers 5% Certificate

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I went for a coffee with Sarette who runs Woofs with Wilson. We went to The Pump House in Gosport. I’d heard of it, but I’d never been before. It was so lovely. It’s in an old pump house, as the name suggests, and is small but perfectly formed inside with outdoor seating too. As we arrived early, we sat inside and had a lovely natter with Heather the owner. I had a flat white and a slice, well I say a slice, it was more like a slab of coffee and walnut cake. It was delicious and hand made in house!

Coffee Cake

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you that after going for coffee Sarette asked me if I’d like to join her on a walk with Wilson! Honestly, I didn’t need asking twice! It was a big fat yes please. We went for a lovely walk at Stokes Bay and once again I was shown paths I didn’t know existed and how they linked to places I did know. I wish I’d tracked the walk on my watch but I reckon we walked around 1.5-2 miles. We walked on trails and shingle and my injury was absolutely fine!

Woofs with Wilson and I

Woofs With Wilson

Action shot of Wilson jumping for stones

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you I went on a walk with Maria from work. We walked along Stokes Bay up to the Gilkicker fort and back. It was 2.8 miles so almost a parkrun and again was absolutely pain free. It was a chatty pace though so perhaps not quick enough for a parkrun just yet. We had a good old natter and then went for a coffee afterwards.

Apple Watch Walk Stats

That now brings me pretty much up to date with everything that’s been happening. Hopefully as I return to exercise I’ll have a little more to blog about. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to run some time in the future!

 

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2016 – A Review

For some reason this post didn’t publish when it was meant to and I didn’t even notice! Bad blogger! So I know it’s late but I thought I’d put it out there since I went to the effort of writing it and collating the pictures so here’s my late review of 2016.

January

Best Nails:

French manicure

My first ever attempt at a French Manicure turned out surprisingly well.

Favourite Photo:

Sunset at  Lee on the Solent

The sunset at Lee on Solent.

February

Best Nails:

Rimmel Let's Get Nude

These nails actually don’t look that good at all *blush* but it’s the best from February.

Best Photo:

Sunset at Stokes Bay

Sunset at Stokes Bay. No filter was needed for this photograph.

Best Blog Post:
February saw the launch of this blog. I’m choosing How I became a parkrun Volunteer as my best blog post. parkrun is something that means a lot to me so it’s a reflection of who I am.

March

Best Nails:

OPI Princesses Rule

I love how pink, sparkly and girly OPI’s Princesses Rule is

Best Photo:

Sea and Pebbles

The Solent. I remember taking this photo. It was such a warm day for March.

Best Blog Post:
It’s another parkrun post I’m afraid. I got some good feedback on my Becoming a parkrun Run Director post.

April

A Memory:

parkrun pacers

At the end of April Giles, one of the founding members of parkrun and chairman of Gosport Road Runners passed away. People were asked to wear their club vests to the run. I’m not a member of a running club but parkrun is the club I belong to. I didn’t know Giles well at all, I only met him a couple of times but he was adored by many.

Best Picture:

Ice Cream 99

First ice cream of the year. April was so warm!

May

Best Nails:

OPI Hello Kitty Spoken From The Heart

The Hello Kitty/OPI collaboration. This is Spoken From The Heart

Best Photo:

Weymouth Harbour

Weymouth Harbour

Best Blog Post: I got a lot of good feedback on my post parkrun – More than meets the eye People just don’t get to see this side of parkrun and people told me this made them appreciate their parkrun teams even more.

June

Best Nails:

New Look Pure Gel Nails

New Look Pure Gel is the best home gel nail varnish I’ve found.

Best Photo:

Spinnaker Tower

Spinnaker Tower taken from the Gosport Ferry

Best Blog Posts: In June I did my own Travel Guide for London, Scotland and Florida. I tried to include some of the none tourist sites so there were new things for people to try.

July

Best Nails:

Rimmel 60 seconds nail varnish

Best Photo:

parkrun 25 volunteer

I reached my 50 milestone for volunteering at parkrun.

Best Blog Post:
This is the blog post that has the most views on my blog – It’s the information post of when the Disney X Cath Kidston collaboration was announced.

August

Best Nails:

Gelish gel nails

In August I learnt to do my own gel nails.

Best Photo:

Sheffield Millennium Square

In August I passed my driving test and drove myself to my home town, Sheffield!

Best Blog Post: My only blog post in August was a catch up post called Let’s Have Coffee…

September:

Best Photo:

Super Low Tide

Super low tide at Lee on Solent

Best Blog Post: I did well with blog posts in September but I think my favourite was Fantastic Mr Fox I miss these guys now it’s Winter.

October

Best Photo:

Hot Chocolate at Costa Coffee

To be honest I’m surprised I made it until October before posting a picture of a Costa Coffee!

Best Blog Post: I wrote a post all about my holiday to Wales I’d never visited Wales before.

November

Best Photo:

Dusk at Lee on the Solent

I know I know, another sunset at the beach picture. I just can’t help it!

A Memory:

Reindeer

I love Reindeer and in November I got to hand feed one!

Best Blog Post: This blog post felt like a collaboration. I decided to write about marshalling at the Gosport Half and was blown away by how many people were willing to help me.

December

Best Nails:

Gelish Nails

I did my own gel nails for the Work Christmas Party.

Best Photo:

Kilner Jar

It had to include a Christmas tree I suppose for December and I didn’t want to bore you with another sunset beach post, although I did have one!

Best Blog Post: It has to be What I got for Christmas. I love looking at what other people got!

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December Roundup

Happy New Year Everyone!

December is that month that comes and goes in a flash. Before you know it the New Year is here and Christmas is over for another year.

So what did I get up to in December?

December started with a visit home to Sheffield to spend some time with my Mum. I was there for 4 days. It was so nice to be able to spend some quality time at home and visit Meadowhall, the shopping centre there. Meadowhall is so much better than West Quay but I actually didn’t find anything to buy!! Typical!

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A much needed coffee whilst shopping.

Blogwise I completed a Christmas Haul series of posts. I worked hard on these and liked how the pictures turned out.

Christmas Haul

December also had my work Christmas Party. It was at Saint Mary’s Stadium. The venue was nice but the room was hotter than hell which made it an uncomfortable evening! I did my second attempt at gel nails for it and added nail glitter. I was pleased with how they turned out.

Gel Nails

We went and met up with some friends from Sheffield who were en route to visit family for Christmas. We’d originally planned to meet in Costa Coffee (of course) but with it being Christmas Eve they closed at 3pm to enable them to set up for their Boxing Day sale! We went to Starbucks instead which meant I got to try their Toffee Nut Latte. It was beautiful.

Starbucks Toffee Nut Latte

Christmas was spent at home and was a quiet affair just the way I like it. Since then I’ve been trying to be good and have been out for a walk or a bike ride almost every day. I am a bad blogger though and haven’t actually taken any pictures whilst I’ve been out!! FAIL!

I hope you’ve all had a good December.  If you feel you’ve missed any of my posts through December, here they are below:

Christmas Haul Part 1 – Cath Kidston

Christmas Haul Part 2 – Garsons Garden Centre

Christmas Haul Part 3 – John Lewis

Christmas Haul Part 4 – Finishing Touches

What I Got For Christmas

parkrun – That time when 552 runners turned up

That’s all from me but I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the people who have supported this blog since I launched it in February. Here’s to a successful 2017 for us all

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October Roundup

My October roundup is going to feel sparse. I feel like October passed me by in a blur and now here I find myself in November already!

October started whilst we were still in Wales but it was soon back to business and back to work. We had our Christmas meeting where we decide what sort of things we’ll be making with the children over the festive period. We had the meeting in Costa (yes!) and I had a scrummy Toffee Apple Hot Chocolate. If you’ve not tried this, its a must!

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I was ill with a terrible cold and chest infection in October too, I still don’t feel completely over it if I’m honest but Costa is always guaranteed to cheer me up. It’s beginning to look like my October is sponsored by Costa!

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I went shopping with a work friend in October in Portsmouth. We were looking for the Disney Primark hats for us both and another work colleague. Absolutely gutted to say we couldn’t find them (and still can’t) but it’s cute right?

hat

Speaking of cute, we went for a coffee. We tried Starbucks but their coffee machines weren’t working (??) and then went to Costa which was absolutely rammed. I’m guessing because of Starbucks being a no go so we went to Debenhams coffee shop where we had cute Gingerbread Lattes with a little chocolate Gingerbread man in the top! So cute and a fraction of the price.

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October ended with me going to the Great South Run with one of my volunteering friends from parkrun. So many of our parkrun runners were participating in the race so we went along to cheer them up and hand out jelly babies. I made this sign and posted it on social media so they knew where and how to spot us.

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It was so much fun and we managed to spot so many of our parkrunners but it was difficult as there were so many runners. I’ve never been to a race like it but it was a fantastic atmosphere and I saw one of my favourite athletes Tirunesh Dibaba who won the women’s race. Afterwards I watched it back on TV and managed to spot myself taking this picture of her!

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Not the greatest photo but you can see it’s her. Such an amazing athlete.

I think that’s it for my October roundup. Below are my other October posts, have a read if you missed them first time round.

A Holiday to Wales

September Roundup

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Let’s Have Coffee…

SODA

I’ve seen a few bloggers do a coffee update, where I simply chat, like we would over coffee, so thought I’d give it a go.

Health

The past two weeks have really made me appreciate the NHS. Two weeks ago I woke up at 4am with the most excruciating ear pain. At 5am I felt something weird occur in my ear. I can only liken it to wet paper ripping. Turns out it was my ear drum and was followed by a lot of fluid. I phoned 111 and had an appointment at the hospital for just a couple of hours later. I was prescribed antibiotics and ear drops but neither worked. I went to my GP who confirmed they’d not worked and took a swab but unfortunately wouldn’t give me anymore antibiotics until the results were back. The results came back 9 days after the original infection took hold and I was told it was all clear so more antibiotics weren’t needed. However by the end of the week I was back on the phone to 111 and being given another appointment as the excruciating pain returned with a vengeance. I guess the results can’t have been clear after all. I’m now on more antibiotics and thankfully feeling a whole lot better.

Birthday

At the weekend it was my husband’s 40th Birthday. He’s not one for a lot of fuss so we simply ate out. I bought him a flying  lesson from Virgin Experience Days. He was pretty pleased with it and will be taking the lesson at Bournemouth Airport. I’m looking forward to watching.

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We went out to eat at Casa Brasil which is a Brazilian Rodizo restaurant at Port Solent. They  bring various meats round on large skewers and it’s all you can eat. It was fabulous. On the Saturday we went to Relentless HQ, again at  Port Solent which sells Seafood, Burgers and Steaks. I had the Crostini starter which was beautiful. For main course I had the The Ultimate Surf and Turf which was a 12oz fillet steak and a whole lobster. It was divine to say the least! We were seated right beside the pudding counter and they all looked so good but unfortunately because it’s Summer and they had the doors wide open there were numerous flys buzzing around and on them!

Cars

I’m now the proud owner of a car. I went and picked up my Smart ForFour last week. There’s a blog post to come on this. Just need to pass my driving test now!

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Summer

Summer always means saying goodbye to the children at work as they venture out to join the world of school. It’s such a sad time saying goodbye and hoping they’ll settle well in to school. I received a lovely gift from one parent and her daughter. Personalised gifts are the best.

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Losing friends

Sadly I’ve also lost my work bestie this week. She’s going to start a job in a school in September. We get along so well, I’m sad to see her go but excited that she has this new opportunity. We went to Hot Rock for her leaving do which is a Steak House with a twist. You cook the steak yourself on a hot volcanic rock. It was so much fun and really made for an experience as well as dining out. I had scallops for my starter and then the rib eye steak. It was divine and I cooked it exactly how I like it so it tasted wonderful.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is fast approaching so I’ve put together a few ideas of lovely gifts for a range of Momma’s. Details are below:

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  1. For the Mum who loves to read:  Kindle Voyage by Amazon £169.99 – If your Mum loves to read then this is the ideal gift. It holds hundreds of books and makes reading on the go a lot easier. There are so many variations of the kindle now so check out which one would be best for your Momma.
  2. For the Mum who loves to be outdoors: Funky Veg Kit by Plant Theatre £11.99 – If your Mum enjoys pottering around in the garden/allotment then this gift could be a cool idea. It allows you to grow purple carrots, red brussels sprouts and stripy tomatoes plus two other seeds.
  3. For the Mum who loves technology: Rose Gold Apple Watch by Apple £300 – So this is a pricier gift but if your Mum loves technology and you can afford it, then why not treat her? There are so many apps available now for the Apple Watch and the feminine touch of Rose Gold makes this a great present for your Mum.
  4. For the Mum who loves to be glam: Mini Leather Handbag by Cath Kidston £85 – Sometimes the prints on Cath Kidston bags aren’t to everyones taste and so this plain leather bag is perfect for a classic look.
  5. For the Mum who loves to relax: Scenterpiece Melt Cup Warmer by Yankee Candle £27.99 – A new addition to Yankee Candles range. These Warmers are used with a small melt cup that sits inside it. They’re priced at £4.99 and come in a range of scents.
  6. For the Mum who loves coffee: Heart 8 Cup Cafetière by Marks & Spencers £19.50 – If your Momma loves a natter over a coffee then this would be a cute addition to her kitchen. I love the heart detailing.

How will you be treating your Mum? Do you have a special day planned?

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