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Eye Of The Beholder

I guess not quite what WordPress had in mind with this Daily Prompt (from last week I think, ha!), but as I was stood at the office printer waiting for it to churn out some colour prints the other day, I realised how fortunate I was to work in my team. During the ten minutes (!) it took for my printing to emerge I watched as my team chatted, laughed and problem-solved TOGETHER. I realised that however difficult the days get, whatever hours you end up putting in, you’ll never be alone because everyone in that team would offer to stay late and help you. That is not something you’d find just anywhere.

Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder and it turns out, I am a very lucky beholder.

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Inspiring

This has to be one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time:

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As a runner WIP (that’s Work In Progress – I’m getting there!) and a woman, running can be daunting and crowds can be intimidating. It’s all too easy to put off those planned jogs – oh I’m too tired; I’ve too much (house)work to do; the Great British Bake Off is on…..-oh wait, that’s a legitimate excuse. But what this book does is encourage you to tie up the laces of your old trainers and get out there. You cares what other people think – do it for yourself.

Well written, funny, engaging, with emotional ups and downs that make you want to grab a marathon training plan by the balls. I couldn’t put it down and I’ve already passed it on to a friend who will be tackling her first marathon in three and a half weeks.

You don’t have to run fast, you just have to run.

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Autumn has arrived

 So, it’s been a long time since I posted – in fact we’ve been through all the seasons.

The weather has changed, the temperature has dropped and autumn is creeping in (as is middle age it seems, but that’s another story). But don’t despair, it’s now time for snuggling on the sofa in big jumpers under woolly blankets. I’m looking forward to walking and running through the Ipswich parks and watching as the landscape changes around me.

Also, today is the Great North Run and I’m eagerly awaiting news of three friends who are due to finish any minute!

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Coffee, pain au chocolat and the three great elite men!

In other news, I’ve started a new crochet blanket made up of multi coloured granny squares, yippee! And as always there are several projects on the go…… Better have a think about all those things that need to be finished for Christmas!

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Oh the shame……

It’s mid-September and I’ve yet to post this year………………………………………

Think I better get on this!!

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A Few Of My Favourite Things

So this is my first blog in relation to the Daily Post Challenge, let’s face it, I don’t blog very often anyway! Life just seems to get in the way….. Not to mention the fact that it would take longer for my laptop to load up than it would to actually write the post………

I thought it was an interesting choice of topic – one that could be interpreted in a number of ways. As per the hints in the post I tried to think of material possessions that were important to me. Would I run back into a burning building to save them? Or at least turn and grab them before I ran OUT of the burning building?!

I couldn’t think of any. I don’t have anything of sentimental value. I have a lot of STUFF don’t get me wrong, (I’m a shopper and I like new things), but nothing that is overly expensive or that has been passed down generation to generation.

♦ Just to clarify, of course I would make sure Boyfriend and any pets were safe!! ♦

So I tried to think outside of the box. What do I have that makes me feel happy? What’s my favourite way to spend an evening? And it came to me – the thing I love the most is my old, scruffy knitted blanket that I bought from an Oxfam stall at Leeds Festival in 2002 because I was FREEZING!!

You know the type, lots of mis-matched squares, all knitted by different people in one of the charity’s drives for something to sell at a festival. It cost me £5 and it improved the festival sleeping experience more than I could possibly even attempt to explain!

I love curling up under that blanket when it’s cold and dark outside, when the wind is howling and the rain splattering against the window, while I drink a hot, sugary cup of coffee and read my book (or my Kindle in these new technologically advanced days). That is what I look forward to when I know winter is on its way. That and my knitting of course!

But there is something exceptionally satisfying and comforting about being safely tucked up inside and knowing you don’t have to go outside again for a long while.

Amazingly, it’s 26°C outside as I write this………….. And still I sit and day-dream about my blanket!

as requested 🙂

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Unpleasant Running Experiences………….

My first post in a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time again, and here I go kicking things off with a rant! I’m sorry, it just has to be said.

Now I know that my friends don’t do this, and I’ll bet 99.999% of people out there are far more considerate, so my apologies, this is not meant to offend, I just need to get this off my chest.

Please, please, PLEASE when walking along on the pavement with one or more friends, particularly when one or more of you are walking with a pushchair, suitcase, large dog, etc., or when CYCLING WITH A FRIEND SIDE BY SIDE ON THE PATH (yes that really happened to me today) please don’t take up the WHOLE path and push the innocent jogger (who has already moved to one side and is looking hot and knackered and in need of a lie-down) onto the road……….. It in’t nice, it isn’t fair and it isn’t safe! It’s very upsetting and stressful for the jogger who has to then jump in front of a car before the suitcase wheels over her foot or she gets knocked into the hedge.

And as for the WHITE VAN MAN LEERING AND BEEPING AS YOU’RE RUNNING ALONG – *collapses in the chair* – I have no words. I guess just thanks for the appreciation??

However, all was forgiven when an exceptionally polite lady stood to one side with her daughters on a narrow stretch and let me go huffing and puffing past, encouraging me with a smile!

To all the runners out there, I’m sure you’ve experienced similar, and I know there’s no point getting upset or angry – people will do what they want, when they want – but I would encourage you to keep smiling and thanking those who help. Who know’s, perhaps our friendly nods and words of appreciation (or just our red faces) will make someone think next time they see a lesser-spotted jogger, and they will clear some space for a fellow human being.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

Albert Camus

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A six month gap!

Crumbs, this is my first post in SIX MONTHS, and the first of 2012! This calls for something profound to be said….. Maybe later?

I’d love to say I’ve been out having adventures but I fear the complete opposite is actually true! Boyfriend and I have moved closer to work. In fact, my daily commute has gone from 3 hours to 16 minutes which is quite amazing. We’ve been in our new flat for just over three weeks now and already the time we’ve saved is astonishing. I actually wonder what to do with all this spare time on occasion. Fingers crossed this means I can get back into blog writing. It may still be boring but hopefully it will be more regular!

I’ve acquired a sewing machine as well this year, my Mum upgraded so I have her old one. I can’t wait to get going on some creative projects!

Here are a few I’ve done while I’ve been away:

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I’ve yet to make much progress with the ‘Things to do before I’m 30’ idea, though I have joined up to a local gym with the idea of getting fit and upping my running to hit the (half) marathon head on! What can I say, I’m working on it 🙂

Robert Kennedy
The greatest truth must be recognition that in every man, in every child is the potential for greatness.

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