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Let's Catch Up

Sunday, 9 February 2014

It's been over a month since my last post. Sorry. A lot can happen in one month. A lot of good stuff that is. Life got in the way, as is the way of things, and with that came opportunity. I concentrated on that for the past month. But hopefully I can get back to this blog and make it what it should instead of some barren wasteland of intermittent posts that it has become, probably over the past year.

Good things from the past month are... that I have finally booked my first holiday in about 4 years. Exciting. Well I say holiday, what i really mean is a city break. but not just nay old city break. I am going to NEW YORK. I KNOW! I can't believe it but it's happening, at the end of March. Finally. Phew. So as you can imagine i've spent about the last three weeks booking flights, researching hotels, booking a hotel and generally Google mapping routes to sites and shops every spare minute I have. (Okay not *every* spare minute). I've listed every site I want to visit, I've searched the shops i'm going to shop in, places to have tea and cake, burgers, pancakes and I cannot wait for my first yellow cab ride. Big kid alert! And I've listed it all on a FourSquare To Do List. Exhausted even before I go.

As well as that excitement, I am also getting a new car. Not a big del for some but i've had my current runabout for seven years and it was about time I bought my first brand new car. Actually, I had to go and choose my number plate today so that they can register it as soon as the calendar hits 1st March. Now that I am really excited about. I probably won't be picking it up until about 3rd March (due to timings and stuff) but that'll be a really good way to start of the week of my birthday.

This sounds so materialistic, I know but these things don't generally happen to me so when they do I'm gonna celebrate it. I think I've earned that right.

Also in March I've booked myself onto a photo walk and workshop in Glasgow. I'm really looking forward to this one since I missed the first one. It looked really good and this one has a workshop by someone I follow on Instagram, so that should be really interesting and inspiring. Cannot wait.

So..this blog? In all honesty every time I sat down to write a post I'd just get a mind blank. In those instances I thought it was better not to try to force it. I always believe blogging should come naturally to you. You should't try to force it. I see every day now on Twitter too many people simply getting a post out there, even if it's similar to what someone else might've posted that week. That's fine too.

I've tried to become organised. I've tried to get a notebook and folder together with a blog calendar. Lasted a few weeks. I tend to forget, what with working all day then hitting the gym, there's not much time in the day leftover after i make my dinner. You've got to want to do it though I suppose and I really do so i'm setting myself mini goals.

Last week saw me up my training regime too. I got a new strength programme worked out in the gym. For completing one to two times per week, or as an alternative to one of my classes. I've also been set an ab challenge, ten sets of ten leg raised crunches. It's not as easy as it sounds and after six sets I was flagging yesterday. I ploughed on through though.

Now onto the bad. Ugh. I've been getting bad stomach problems. I self diagnosed myself the other week and added to the stress which made my symptoms worse. Tip: never Google any medical symptoms, go to your doctor. I did. He gave me some medication. It didn't really work. I now think there are certain foods triggering my symptoms and I'm going to try to note things down that may flare up the pains. But... ONIONS! I was watching a video on YouTube earlier from someone who talks about healthy eating and fitness. I did not know that onions can make you gassy, did you? I had onion gravy last night with my steak, my symptoms are bad today after a fairly stable week. Hhmmm, I think we could be on to something. Let me know if you have any triggers or indeed any natural ways to prevent bloating, stomach cramps and the like. I'd really appreciate it.

So that's all for now. Hope you'll visit again.

EDIT: OH I can't believe I nearly forgot this. I'm going to see the Mrs Carter tour next week. Yep. Queen Bey, Beyonce! Woohoo, can't wait.

Angela x

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