Friday, July 23, 2010

Birthday Cake - Carcassonne Style

DSCF3485, originally uploaded by wormella.

birthday cake makes me happy at the best of times - making my own birthday cake also makes me happy, making on in the style of my favourite German tile based strategy game ...

I have icing left over, I may yet attempt meeple covered cup cakes...

(I also had an awesome birthday, lovely presents and a fantastic night out in Stafford - Pete and I are off to Liverpool to to theatre and a swanky hotel and then it's BCN next week)

Thanks everyone for all the Birthday wishes and cards, I'm off to eat more cake for breakfast

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Coffee Break Espaniol!

I should also point out that along with attending the body beautiful, I'm also redoubling my efforts to learn Spanish. Jess and I are off to visit my folks at the end of the month, part birthday celebration , part realising that I've not seen my folks in a year. Pete, alas, doesn't have any more holiday to take (we might be able to grab some days somewhere maybe next week) So I'm taking Jess, whose never been to Barcelona and it will be interesting to see it through new eyes.

As long as we don't do what Pete and I did first time we went, tick off the 20 things you must do in BCN the rough guide, in the space of a week. We needed a Holiday to get over it, it should be fine. She already has a limit of 1 trip to Zara or H&M a day....

Anyway, I found Coffee Break Spanish podcasts through iTunes and they are awesome, much friendlier then the Independent ones and they have THE BEST theme tune ever on a podcast.

Hasta Luego!

Keepin' Healthy #gamedevdiet

At some point I'm sure I mentioned the dawning realisation that I needed to lose some weight, be a bit healthier and maybe find some hobbies that weren't so reliant on sitting in front of a screen. Pete is in the same boat, it turns out that living the Rock and Roll lifestyle isn't all that good for you.

So we brought some scales, Pete started running again, and I sorted out a new pass to the uni gym, and loaded up my EA Active Personal Trainer convinced she was going to yell at me. It wasn't doing an awful lot to help but baby steps.

That was last month, this month we're really giving it our all - Pete started keeping a food diary and we've both swapped to using the awesome LiveStrong website ( that tracks and charts everything, and I mean everything. We've really cut down on alcohol, by swapping to non alcoholic beer (Becks Blue is nice, Bavaria 0,0 is really, really nice).

Pete's started climbing, he's brought a magazine and everything, and in a nice bit of symmetry Zumba Fitness classes have started up at Beaconside (you might have seen the infomercials). The trainer is very lovely, but she looks about 15 and I strongly suspect she's doing it as part of the GCSE PE Course work, and all the more power to her, classes of 40+ women (and a token bloke) at £4 a head can't be bad money making. I almost wish PE in school had had a bit more this kind of thing in it, I might have paid attention. It does however have the downside, All those Zumba-tastic Latino beats makes me hungry for Cuban Sandwiches and Mojitos. It's a bit more fun then Body Jam, my previous explorations into dance / fitness combos.

Having rediscovered fitness classes, and realising my favourite activities on the EA Personal Trainer involve punching thin air and pretending there's a punch bag in front of me (there's a reason I only use it with the curtains closed, it isn't a pretty sight for anyone walking past the living room) I've found a Kickboxing class on Monday evenings in what can only be described as 'the scary gym around the corner but I'm sure it's lovely when you get used to it'- and I might give it a go - and I'm hoping a mix of kicky-kicky (Monday) & dancy-dancy (Wednesday) might make a difference.

If I can find a yoga class on a Friday I'll be very happy, even if the last one I went to went a bit new agey at the end (it was clear the trainer was reading from a bit of paper, dispassionately and reliant on the fact we all had our eyes closed releasing energies that we wouldn't notice). It has to be more fun then just going to the gym, I did that the other day and I'd forgotten how dull it was.

Don't worry if this all sounds very sensible and grown up, balancing varied exercise and calorie counting, my next Avon order has with it a slim belt thingy, and there's a bunch of slim fast milkshakes in my office drawer and some adios in my handbag. It can't hurt right??