A mixed bag of a sunday

Hello  there!

Hope you’ve all been having a great weekend with lots of sunshine and delicious food.  My hope for this weekend was to make some progress with another essay I have to write but it just didn’t happen.  When the weather’s so nice all I want is to be outside enjoying it; if only we had a garden.  Anyway, instead of studying I’ve been eating lots of yummy food, enjoying some exercise, and drinking some good wine.  All this and some intermittent stress thrown in pretty much sums up my weekend.  We did watch a rubbish film, “The Hangover” as well.  Anyone seen it?

After yesterday’s post and the great comments I decided to dig out my running shoes, hit the pavement, and go for a run today.  Duh, duh, duuh.  I made 16 minutes at a pace of about 5-6mph.  Rubbish, I know, but it felt so good!!!  I was expecting worse since I hadn’t been for a run in 9 months.  Plus, Bristol’s pretty hilly and I had been to a 90 minutes Iyengar Yoga class this morning as well (which I actually enjoyed).  It was just what I needed to melt my stress away until this happened…

Sorry Micra

I was driving back from yoga, basking in a sense of calmness and gratitude, when I turned into a narrow (one-car-only-width) road and another car wanted to get past.  I scooted in and whilst doing so drove past a skip that had an “unseen” metal lid that was sticking out.  In the process, I drove too close to the skip, scraping the side of my car and removing its door handle.   It was distressing.  All I could think was “poor micra” and “what’s Tom going to say”.  Luckily he doesn’t love the micra like I do and just laughed it off.  So now our micra has windows that don’t open, duct tape holding its number plate on, and a passenger door that only opens from inside (see below).

I think it’s reached “shed” status.  As I was driving back home I was thinking of all kinds of excuses I could give to Tom but I’m a rubbish liar, would feel too guilty, and I love the micra (I’ve even set up a facebook group in celebration of this little wonder car; too cool) so wouldn’t be able to hide my sadness.

After the trauma, I decided to cheer myself up by trying out one of Ani Phyo’s recipes, Garden Pate (pictured above).  You can find the recipe in her book “Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen” or on her blog here.  It’s fresh tasting; the sweetness of the carrots and almonds is punctuated by a hint of ginger and garlic to give it some depth.  The recipe in her book makes loads so I’m sure I’ll be enjoying it for the next few days.  I also supplemented my salad with my new favourite addition, a sprinkle of nutritional yeast.  Love the stuff.  If you haven’t heard of it before or would like to know more about it, it’s been featured on many blogs recently (see Averie’s post and Katie’s post for example).

And that concludes today’s post.  I’m off now to watch one of Louis Theroux’s latest documentarys on America’s medicated kidsNos star!