Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Magazines, eating clean and blogging

Mags - I thought I'd grown out of magazines. At 42 (ahem), the only Cosmopolitan I'm interested in is the liquid variety. A look online gives me these headlines: official 50 Shades of Grey lingerie launched (I have one style of pants, the same as my mum!); the new fringe style (made that mistake too many times to repeat; have these people got shares in fringes?); careers masterclass (having swapped the rat race of marketing for a teaching assistant role, this is irrelevant); and Fearne Cotton models some clothes or other. I don't mean to be rude, but she holds no relevance for me. Strangely I'm interested in reading how Gwynneth admits how a liquid diet left her hallucinating ... but let's get on.

Other magazines like Red, Living, Glamour etc don't hit the mark. I do like Woman and Home, and She - this just shows my age!

However today I've discovered Psychologies. When it first came out, I pooh-poohed it - I have a degree in psychology, I told myself, I don't need to read this. But the passage of time plus a stronger pull of spirituality made me pick it up again yesterday. It's fab! I've got the titles of a few books I want to read. There's an interesting interview with Anna Chancellor and loads of other articles that have made me stop and think about things. I may subscribe!

Eating clean - well I've been doing the 5:2 intermittent fasting way of eating for a few months and have been very successful in losing just over a stone. With the summer holidays and having 6 weeks off, I've been pausing for a little while as while fasting at work is easy, I don't think it's fun to fast when I'm supposed to be having my own personal holiday! So instead I've decided to challenge myself to eat clean. Does this include the cheese scones I made yesterday? Or the swiss roll I made today? Well yes I suppose it does because there were no processed foods that went into them! Along with the lamb tagine in the oven at the moment, this is clean eating at its best! The only trouble is how do I avoid the sweets at the cinema tonight? As I go so infrequently, it's always my treat.

Blogging - I've created a little space in my week/head/schedule for blogging again. I just have to get the flipping comments thing sorted out... And catch up with reading all my favourite blogs.

Monday, 29 July 2013

A hot home-made scone or housework?

Today is the start of my holiday. Elf is away with the grandparents, Mr Humdrum is working. I have one whole week to myself. As I work in school, when people go on at me for having loads of holidays, I remind them that, lovely as it is, I don't get time off sans enfant!

I have a few plans: I must clean the house, tidy a few hot spot mess areas, clear out infant school paperwork ready for junior, get school uniform ... But I also have nice things to do: see World's End in the cinema, write some letters, experiment with some recipes (hence the scones), meet a few friends for coffee, read a few books, give myself a manicure ...

Recently I decided to take up a new mini-hobby - Mr Hundrum gave me a sketch book for my birthday so I might use it. I also want to get back to learning something and have decided to pick up my Teach Yourself Latin book again.

So those are my plans. Let's see by Friday how I've done!

Off with the baking apron and on with the rubber gloves.