Friday, 27 February 2015


I love running.  I especially love running in the early morning - it's invigorating, there's less traffic, it's not too hot, and it leaves you full of energy for the rest of the day.  So why then, can I not make myself get out of bed to do it?  Especially when I know perfectly well that I will have exactly zero opportunity to run during the day for the rest of the week, or over the weekend, unless I use the treadmill?  I have no answer to this.  My week has been one of sheer laziness.  Sure, I got stuck into my study and completed a couple of weeks work in a couple of days, and I did most of my housework (not that you can even tell now), but I have not run since Sunday, and my diet this week has been crammed full of junk.  Blech.  Well, to be fair, it has been interspersed with healthy vegan noms:

Blueberry oatcakes (I substituted apple sauce and tofu for the zucchini)

Chia pancakes with banana and peanut maple syrup (these were seriously amazeballs)

Cauliflower tabbouli, almond, rocket, roasted tomato sauce and cashew tzatziki with zucchini fritters from Misters - my new fave cafe.  I love love love their cashew milk coffees!  Although this time I had a cashew hot chocolate.

Hmmm, maybe not so healthy, but super yum!  Bought this at The Cruelty Free Shop - Botanical Cuisine frozen cashew yoghurt.

Zucchini noodles with a creamy sauce, sun dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, capers, olives and herbs, and a coconut and raspberry o-ball for 'dessert', from The Raw Kitchen

I usually start the day eating healthy, then it starts to go downhill about mid-afternoon.  Kinda like this:

What can I say?  I like to eat :)

I did have a good run last Sunday that I rather enjoyed despite it being so wet we may as well have been swimming...  We ran from Constable Road to Bethells Beach and back again, about 22km in total with about 1,260m elevation gain, in just over four hours total.  It was a good day for a run.

Berries and gorse

Looking back towards Muriwai

Looking towards Bethells (hidden around the coastline), watching the rain come in

Clay formations

Bethells Beach

Starting to lose the ability to take pictures, because my phone screen and hands are too wet to be able to fully cooperate

Oh look, more rain...

I wanted to get a picture of the cool patterns in the water from the turbulence in the waves, but couldn't get the camera to focus.  It was at this point I decided to give up - the camera lense had fogged on the inside!

Deane is away all weekend on a fishing trip with a few of his mates.  They left this afternoon, and won't get back until Sunday.  I'm a little bummed about it, not because he's going to be away all weekend, but because it means I can't go car shopping until he gets back.  Sad face.

I've become a little OCD recently, since finding out that I can get my very own car all to myself.  Not brand spanking new, oh no, but new for me.  And all for me.  Which means no Deane mess, no food in the car (because I say so), no having to readjust the seat every time, no getting deafened by a ridiculously loud radio stuck on talk back stations whenever you turn the car on, no rubbish collecting in the foot wells, no ever-growing collection of random assorted items in the boot... Oh, I am so looking forward to it!  I have developed a spreadsheet of all the cars of interest on Trade Me, listing the year, make, model, odometer reading, colour, interior type, engine rating, WOF/registration, important features, and current asking price so I can compare them.  It's slightly less obsessive than what I was doing previously, which was keeping numerous tabs open on the desktop and refreshing them periodically so I could a) ogle the pictures of the pretty cars, and b) check to see if it had sold yet.  Yep, I'm a weirdo...  New car, squee!!!

I've also been pretty busy with knitting lately.  Since last post, I have completed a pair of long mittens, two hats, and half a pair of socks.

Boot socks (one of, currently working on the other), knit in Southlander, 'oatmeal' and 'java bracken'.  These are going to be super cozy in winter!!

Up close with the chunky knits! Bella's Eclipse Hat, also knit in Southlander 'oatmeal' and 'java bracken'.  I knit two of these - one for me, and one for my BFF.

So this weekend, since Deane is away and I have no driveable car, there will be knitting, classic Doctor Who (nearly finished the William Hartnell years!), Harry Potter, and maybe a little bit of assignment work.  Pyjama weekend!!!  Bring me all the wine and chocolate!  Have a good one, peeps :)

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Something other than running

I didn't get out onto the trails this weekend.  I got up early on Sunday morning, packed my gear, taped my knee, ate a healthy and filling breakfast, texted Martin to say I was in, and waited.  And waited.  He slept in, and we ended up not going.  I would've gone myself, but I had no other way of getting there.  You see, Deane managed to write off our car recently.  In a car park.  With no other traffic around.  I guess it's not really surprising, considering he manages to fall up the stairs on a regular basis.  The man is special.  But he's my special.  Sorry ladies, hands off, I'm keeping him.  Mostly for the entertainment value ;)

In any case, I'm transport-less for the time being, which has meant more time to do other things such as knit.

I finished these a while ago, but never posted it.  These are my 'vegan' socks, knit with bamboo yarn.  The pattern is Hermione's Everyday Socks, and the yarn was a gift from my friend KJ.

These socks I started just before Christmas, so I had an easy project to work on while on holiday back home.  I just finished them on Sunday, and have already decided who to give them to.  There was no pattern, I just cast on 60 stitches, worked a k5, p1 rib, and did a standard heel and toe.  The yarn was a prize from a Sock Madness competition some time ago - an indie dyer from the US, I've lost the yarn tag so I can't tell you the name :(

Excuse the random knee...

Dustland Mitts, knit with Knitsch alpaca merino yarn in Dorian, from a sock yarn club aaaaaaages ago.

My BFF and I are having a trashy Twilight movie marathon weekend over Easter, so in preparation for it, I'm knitting a little something Twilight-related for each movie.  Yes yes, I'm a total geek...

The first project was two pairs of Alice's Mitts - the top pair was knit in some handspun (maude & me. 'miss misery' spun into about a worsted weight two ply), and the bottom pair was knit in some worsted John Q yarn I had lying around, left over from other projects.  These will be for when we're watching New Moon.  I have a project planned for the first Twilight movie, one for Eclipse, and I'm still deciding on a project or projects for the two Breaking Dawn movies.

 The yarn for the next two projects (Twilight and Eclipse) is wound and ready to go!  I know what I'm doing for the next week or so...

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Some things I have learned through running

  • If you're planning on going for a long run, take a hydration pack, even if you know there will be drinking fountains along the way.  Because chances are, you'll forget to stop for a drink at said drinking fountains, particularly if they are not directly in your path.
  • If you run 22km and only drink two mouthfuls of water, even if it is an overcast day, you will get dehydrated.
  • No amount of water you drink throughout the remainder of the day will get rid of the pounding headache you have developed as a result of the dehydration.
  • You'd be much better off taking some painkillers straight away instead of trying to ignore a headache for the better part of 11 hours, only to concede at 10:30pm that it will not go away just by rehydrating and you really should stop being stubborn and just take some painkillers already.
  • Running 20km on-road, after over a week of no running at all, and nearly two weeks of no on-road running, you are likely to injure yourself.

Essentially what I'm trying to say is, yes, I am an idiot.  You can probably figure out what I did wrong...  Now I am nursing a bung knee (again) and hoping it gets better soon so I can get out and run again this weekend.  Trails, natch.  I will be employing the kinesio tape in any case.  I should probably go clean my trail shoes first though - they're still a little dirty from this adventure nearly two weeks ago.  Wow, I really need to get better at looking after my gear!  It was a foggy, wet day, but a pretty awesome run all the same:

There's some more Waitakeres out there somewhere...

Some of the local native fauna

Ahh, pretty weeds...

Swamplands.  Hooray for boardwalks!


I hope your week is going well.  Mine's been slow and quiet, and it's been pretty great :)  More on that later.  See you again soon!