Tuesday, 24 April 2018

My Daily Goals - Week 3

  • 7000 steps daily
  • 200 abs / crunches
  • 20 squats
  • 15 push ups 
  • 15 tricep dips
  • 3 pints water
  • 15 star jumps
  • 10 kettle bell squats
  • 10 kettle bell swings
  • 5 burpees
  • 20 punches
  • 5 front kicks

Things to do in April

  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Chocolate eating
  • Make an easter bonnet
  • Grab a coffee and sit outdoors
  • Jet wash your wheelie bins
  • Hit the gym
  • Go for long walks
  • Enjoy the extra hour
  • Watch the sunset
  • Enjoy the birds singing
  • Make your own spring bouquet
  • Pop your wellies on and get out into the wild - walk in the woods
  • Plant out some spring flowers in tubs or borders
  • Buy some flowers - daffodils or tulips are a great choice for spring

  • Get your garden weeded
  • Sow some hardy annual seeds in your garden
  • Feed your shrubs
  • Spring clean your house - top to bottom
  • De-clutter your wardrobe
  • Plant some sunflower seeds
  • Bake some bread
  • Ditch those tights!
  • Get your solar lights out - there is enough light for them now
  • Paint your fencing
  • Dust off that patio furniture
  • Have your first BBQ of the year
  • Spring clean your finances - see if you can save some pennies
  • Turn down that thermostat
  • Open some windows - let some fresh air in your home
  • Pumice those feet and pop on some nail varnish - get them tootsies sandal ready

If You Had to Choose One Last Meal - What Would You Choose?

Would you go healthy with a salad box?

Traditional dinner with gravy?

Decisions, decisions, decisions. I got to thinking about what I might choose as a last meal whilst completing a survey about of all things, traditional chips. You know - the chip shop chip which you get with salt and vinegar, or gravy, or mushy peas, or even, exotically, curry sauce!! I'm not really a chip eater, so that wasn't even on my list if I had just one final meal looming before me. 

So what would I opt for? I personally am most likely a fussier eater than most, as steaks, most fish, and anything off the bone are firmly off the radar for me. My choices would likely, now I put my mind to it, heading more in the curry direction - Chicken Tikka Massalla, or Balti, maybe something to really spice it up like a Vindaloo or a Madras. 

But then I do love a good chinese or thai meal - chicken chop suey or sweet and sour, beef in black bean sauce maybe, or possibly a great chow mein, with prawn crackers of course! Then there is thai green or thai red curry - lovely. 

Then again, I do like Mexican food - I love my chilli's, my nachos, my tacos, burritos, enchilada's, fajitas, hmm. Maybe I would choose mexican then. Oh but wait - what about Spanish and Greek? I love Tapas - you cannot beat Croquettes, or skewers, mixed olives, hummus, patatas bravas - the list is long. Greek? we are talking stuffed vine leaves, tzatziki, moussaka!

Maybe I would go for British - pie, or maybe a great doorstep sandwich, or perhaps something like yorkshire pudding with a carvery, and lots of veg, or shepherds pie or hotpot. Then again, there is more American fodder like burgers, hotdogs, corndogs or fried chicken. Or then there is Italian - linguine, bruschetta, carbonara, pizza, ravioli, lasagne. 

Actually, now I think about it - its going to have to be Italian for me. How about you? What would your last meal be? 

MMMM - Turkey Rasher Sandwich

In my bid to be slim I am always on the lookout for new low fat but tasty alternatives. I have tried these before - the unsmoked ones. These ones are smoked. On their own, they can be bland, but done on a skillet makes them yummy. Low fat too = result!! 

Learning Spanish Recap - Actions

  • Walk - caminar
  • Running - corriendo
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Jump - saltar
  • Speak - hablar
  • Sing - canta
  • kiss - beso
  • smile - sonreĆ­r
  • read - leer

New Retro Single of the Week - Tracy Chapman - Fast Car

For my Retro Single of the Week this week I have chosen the absolute classic from Tracy Chapman - 'Fast Car'.

Tracy Chapman is an American artist, and whilst she has had other hits, and won accolades and awards, this is by far the stand out track from such a talented lady. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1964. She released 'Fast Car' in 1988, when she was just 24 years old.

'Fast Car' was the lead single from her debut album self titled Tracy Chapman. It reached number 4 in the UK singles chart, putting her firmly on the map. Her rich deep vocals, and the simplicity yet power of the track just appealed and caught the public consciousness.

This is one of those songs that has been covered by many artists, yet despite its age, young people know it and recognise it as great, and more than that, it still sounds amazing. Its an all time classic in that regard.

Its actually quite a sombre song, and its more than a bit folksy, but just plays beautifully. It has the right mix of catchy lyrics, pure vocal talent and a beautiful musical accompaniment that just takes it to another level.

So there we have it, my retro single of the week. Let me know if you love 'Fast Car', and if you want more music stuff then just check out My Music page here.

National Days for April - Today is Pigs in Blankets Day

  • 1st April - April Fool's Day
  • 2nd April - Children's Book Day
  • 3rd April - Find a Rainbow Day
  • 4th April - Tell a Lie Day
  • 5th April - Caramel Day
  • 6th April - California Poppy Day
  • 7th April - No House Work Day
  • 8th April - Zoo Lover's Day
  • 9th April - Winston Churchill Day
  • 10th April - Sibling's Day
  • 11th April - Pet Day
  • 12th April - Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
  • 13th April - Scrabble Day
  • 14th April - Dolphin Day
  • 15th April - Rubber Eraser Day
  • 16th April - Orchid Day
  • 17th April - Bat Appreciation Day
  • 18th April - Juggler's Day
  • 19th April - Garlic Day
  • 20th April - Look Alike Day
  • 21st April - Astronomy Day
  • 22nd April - Jelly Bean Day
  • 23rd April - Lover's Day
  • 24th April - Pigs in Blankets Day
  • 25th April - Penguin Day
  • 26th April - Pretzel Day
  • 27th April - Tell A Story Day
  • 28th April - Superhero Day
  • 29th April - Dance Day
  • 30th April - Honesty Day