Past and Present

Hello there! β˜€

Although I haven’t been around for a little while, since Friday last week to be preise, and my schedule has been a bit chaotic, I still wanted to share what’s been going on.

The Easter weekend was lovely and quiet, we didn’t get up to much because my lower back had most movements quite impaired. We kinda just hung out at home and went for a little walk waddle around the block. That along with plenty of cuddles with this little guy..

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Mowgli also was quite the busy little boy kitten – it was his first birthday on Thursday! This means he’s not a kitten anymore and if he was human he’d be about 15 years old now! A teenager!!! 😳 Apparently.. 😊 Needless to say, he’ll always be our little baby..err – kitten! We got him a present in the shape of some premium ham.. Oooh he was delighted with himself 😻
Quite different to last June and Mowgli’s first visit to the Vet, when he wasn’t so happy (after a thorough ear cleaning and check-up), I present to you the cutest, yet annoyed little kitten

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Aaaanyway, on to workouts..or rather lack thereof! Argh! All I’ve been able to do is walk really. My Love and I went for a few 2.6/.7 walks around the city late at night on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but yesterday we managed to switch it up and headed out for a simple 2 miler in the morning! Woohoo! πŸ˜ƒ
My back is nearly all mended now, for the moment anyway, so I’m hoping to be back to the excitement and fun of strength training and running. πŸ’ͺ

As for this weekend- I gotta dash to work now, actually and tomorrow’s the same, but I shouldn’t and won’t complain, because they have been cutting hours at work and I take what I can get!

Happy weekend!!!
K❀

The Little Things

Monday… *groan*… Not over here though! I’d like to say that I’ve been having a happy and quite productive and “random” Monday so far. I’m currently sitting on the sofa,with a happy, purring kitten on my lap, eating my, quite late, lunch.

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That would be a gluten/wheat/sugar free cheesy bap (from The Quay Co-op Bakery in Cork) topped with a Edamame dip (from Tesco πŸ˜„ hehee), as well a hot cup of Vanilla Drink Me Chai. Holy yum!

Let’s start from the beginning though. Given the fact that I’m off today and we’re nearly out of dry cat food -exciting stuff, I know! πŸ˜‰ – I was planning on taking a trip to the pet shop today (because there’s only 2 shops anywhere near us that stock Mowgli’s Royal Canin food).
Anyway, the Boyfriend had to work a bit later today, so I thought I’d join him on his journey to work and kill two birds with one stone – spend a little bit more time with my Love and get cat food at the same time, as one of the pet shops is in the same town in where he works. Yay! πŸ˜€It’s the little things that make a difference and can brighten your day.
Another example- a walk on a cold, breezy day. Two and a half miles to be precise.. just wonderful!
It made me feel refreshed, relaxed and invigorated.

Next on the agenda: shopping..
So, naturally, I couldn’t just walk in and out of the shop with just the food, but also picked up a couple of new toys for our little bundle of energy.

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Needless to say, Mowgli loves his new “buddies” already.

On my way back through the city, knowing that I needed to pick up another few items, I popped into a health food store, the Quay Co-Op, really just to buy some cinnamon..πŸ˜‹ One essential ingredient that I usually always have in my kitchen, but ran out of it a few days ago! Shock! Horror!
Now, all is good again

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All of this might just be run of the mill, nothing out of the ordinary, but then I found something worthy of it’s own post (ok, obviously not) ..

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Yes, I’m talking about Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almond Milk! πŸ™€πŸ˜ƒ And to put the cherry on top, they stock not just the “original” aka sweetened kind, but also the unsweetened and chocolate ones! Holy shmoly! Oh-ehm-geee! I actually wanted to hug one of the ladies in the store and couldn’t help but comment on the fact they are now stocking it! As far as I know the Quay Co-Op is the only stockist of Almond Breeze in Cork! To say I’m delighted might even be an understatement. *happy dance*

Other things I picked up:

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Yummy Chocolate Chai Tea and a Vanilla Chai drink ( which is powdered and more of a treat rather than a drink to have on a regular basis).

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Apple Cider Vinegar, another essential ingredient!

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Ginger and irish-grown baby beets! How cute are they!? I only bought a few, because I’m still not into beetroot as much as I’d liked to be. So here goes another attempt trying to make myself love them, as listing all of the beets’ health benefits hasn’t worked.😜

Well, that’s all for now, I’m off to run a couple more errands and then I have a date with my Spring Fling ..with the lovely ladies from Tone It Up.

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Although I don’t live in SoCal, today it’s time for me to HIIT the Beach along with some Cowabunga. πŸŒŠπŸ‘£β˜€πŸ’ͺ😊

K❀

Thank you, Kitten!

“What greater gift than the love of a cat?” – Charles Dickens

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Thank you, Mowgli, for being in my, in our, life! I’m so grateful for your company, unconditional love, trust and comfort, the fun and excitement you bring to every moment of every day! Thanks for “training” us to your liking and convenience πŸ˜› and your unique character. Thank you, for the happiness and joy you bring, your affection. And thanks for turning your daddy into a cat person! πŸ˜€

“Sleeping together is a euphemism for people, but tantamount to marriage with cats.” – Marge Percy

Thanks, Mowgli, for keeping our feet/back/neck warm at night and your lovely purr for a wake-up call in the morning! Thank you for listening to me and occupying my lap whenever you get a chance ❀ and for your curiosity, the constant entertainment and letting us entertain you!

“Gentle eyes that see so much,
paws that have the quiet touch,
Purrs to signal “all is well”
and show more love than words could tell.
Graceful movements touched with pride,
a calming presence by our side
A friendship that takes time to grow
Small wonder why we love them so.” Author Unknown

K❀

YES!

Good Morning!!! Will ya look at that.. – it’s Christmas Eve! Thank goodness, now I only have to survive the madness that is work.. easy peasy..

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This crazy little guy is currently fast asleep on my lap/arm.. but above he is on top of the shower, which is one of his favourite places to hang out when I’m getting ready, wearing his Santa Paws collar, if this doesn’t tell you it’s Christmas, I don’t know what will πŸ˜‰

The rest of the today will be a bit of a mess.. the current plan looks a little something like this

  • work
  • “get home “..this is part of the list as I’m not sure how easy or difficult this is gonna be later this evening (will there be a bus?on time? otherwise- a cab.. which is another problem in itself.
  • bake
  • run
  • cook and eat dinner with my Love β™₯
  • bake some more
  • open one of our presents, accompanied by a bit of bubbly :), at midnight
  • sleep
  • DONE! woohooo!

Honestly, I don’t know if the run is gonna happen, it depends on how long it will take me to get home and whether I’ll find Mowgli like

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when I get home πŸ˜‰

Anyway, gotta dash..

MERRY HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!! β™₯

Sweat:On!

Good Morning!

The weekend over here was off to a good start, with a Tone It Up Booty Call which consisted of a 5 minute run to warm up, followed by Karena & Katrina’s Fine Toning Arm Routine.

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Instead of doing the 3 rounds back to back though, I added a 5 minute run after each circuit and cooled down with a 10 minute walk. My cooldown would usually only last five minutes, well – depending on how intense the workout was, but today I felt the need to stretch my legs out a bit more. The final touch was a proper stretch of all muscle groups πŸ™‚ happy days!

After sweating it out, I was sooo ready for breakfast..

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Mmmmhh, porridge made with skimmed milk and cinnamon, topped with ground flax and banana plus more cinnamon! I could eat this every day, and I’m not ashamed to say that I often do. Although, Peanut Butter is sometimes added to the bowl of deliciousness, which makes this even more amazing. β™₯ I hope I’m not the only one that gets this excited about oatmeal.. πŸ™‚

In other news, as planned my honey and I went Christmas shopping yesterday and I’m happy to report we didn’t just purchase 60% of all the presents needed, they are now also wrapped already! Whooohooo!

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There’s just something about wrapping presents that makes me feel all christmassy inside, that and an open fire, hot cocoa, mulled wine, baking…Β  Unfortunately, we don’t have a fireplace in our apartment and I have yet to have mulled wine this year, maybe tomorrow though as I’m off work and there’s a small Christmas market with stalls selling all sorts of goodies, well worth a visit I reckon. Next Tuesday will be my last chance to bake some cookies before the big day as I’ll be working straight through until late on Christmas eve. Something or rather someone else making me feel festive is Mowgli.

I couldn’t resist the other day when I saw a Santa collar, it was cheap and even if he couldn’t stand it all, I wouldn’t have wasted more than a couple of €’s. Well, he loves it! Mowgli’s never liked any other collar, so he might be running around as Santa Paws all year. πŸ˜‰ Now the little munchkin wasn’t in the mood for photographs this morning, so you’re just gonna have to take my word for it, until I can provide you with the goods.

For now, it’s time to get ready for the madness at work, β™₯

Thursday Happenings

Yesterday was one of those days.. not in the mood for work, but I still got pleasure out of the little things in life.Β  Β Case in point

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Some baking

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and another one of my cuddly munchkin at the end of the day πŸ™‚

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TGIF! πŸ™‚

laters..