Friday pub lunch

We went to the Shepherd’s House today. I’ve been there many times before – and it is pretty consistent. As a chain pub, it’s more upmarket than some of the others around here so it gets 4/5. Their menu selection is pretty scary – as there are 4 or 5 menus to choose from – but the food is tasty, hot and the staff are efficient and pleasant. Worth a visit at lunch time.

On a different note the asthma is clearly getting worse. While I consider myself quite fit, I’m wheezing like a 70 year old trying to sprint 100 yards… Eeek. What to do?

Back to the gym

Asthma has not let up – peak flow is still terrible – so running outside is a bit of an issue while the air temperature is so low. I’m back at the gym. Running on the treadmill feels like a bit of a cop out…not quite the same as running through the heathland, or on dirt tracks – up and down the hills. Pressing the incline button just doesn’t have the same attraction. But, I’m enjoying Body Balance again. I’ve been doing this exercise class since the early days when Les Mills released the format – I started at release 15. We’re now on 38…

http://www.lesmills.com/global/en/members/bodybalance/bodybalance-group-fitness-program.aspx

Body Balance is not just a stretching, relaxing class – it’s hard work. If you find a class near you, you should try it! You’ll feel taller, stronger, more relaxed and your legs (if you work hard) will feel like jelly after your first session! Oh, and the music is always fab.

Long time no blog?

Since we got back from holiday, there’s been little time to blog. Or little to blog about, other than what’s going on at work and to be honest, I’m sick of hearing myself talk about that!!

So, other stuff that’s going on…it’s Christmas shopping time. Yes, seven weeks to go – I hate to say it, but it really is that soon. This year, I’ll be doing most of my Christmas shopping online for no other reason, than the madness has started in the shops already. My boyfriend calls it “siege mentality” (mental!). Yes it definitely is! I’m busy stacking lists of things to buy and “saving for later” (we all know which website that one is). I’ve picked out gifts for my sister, my dad and boyfriend. Mum wants a case of wine – yes – and a portrait of my sister and I… I already got my youngest god-daughter a present. So that leaves various friends, stocking fillers and my dear old Gran.

Yes, my gran – what to do?
She wants for nothing…suffers with allergies so can’t have too much chocolate or sweets, nor can she have any toiletteries that are perfumed etc. Last year, as in many years, I bought her lots of the little bits that make her smile – puzzle books, tapestries, and photos for her to keep in her room. She doesn’t read much anymore. And she’s deaf so video’s and DvDs are not great. This year, I’ve discovered a website that might help:

notonthehighstreet.com
Check it out…

I’ve also been typing up stories from her youth – those that I remember being told. There are gaps in detail, but I thought it might be a nice project for her to work on with my mum. If I prepare the folders for her – print out the detail and let Gran fill out some of the missing bits… It will form a nice record of Gran’s history. I would also like to spend some time with her, picking out photos, that I can scan, Photoshop and include in the document.