The Icing on the Cake

I got an awful shock today. It’s just the icing on the cake of a really bad day. At the moment, I’m cool, calm and collected (thanks to a rather large glass of wine). The situation has to do with my pay slip and a huge mistake.

Last month I got a shock too – paying emergency tax (the reasons would take too long to explain). Today’s shock was even bigger and much much worse for me, financially speaking. I’m fuming. At the moment I don’t know who is at fault or what the reasons are, but I’m livid. It’s just another error in a series recently – I can’t get out quickly enough. I just think I’m now being too choosy…but, I don’t want to jump from the frying pan into the fire, if you know what I mean.

Another grrrrrrrrrr for today.

On another note, I rushed home from meetings in London to get to the 18:30 Body Step class to find it was cancelled. The treadmill and cross-trainer had to suffice for me today. I think I just cancelled out the good work with my red wine… Eek. Well, needs must.

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Three Steps Forward, One Step Back

Whenever someone makes a mistake, it’s mildly annoying, but when the mistake has a longer term effect on the brand of a company – it’s a problem. I logged into email this morning to see press alerts about the company I work for. As I’m responsible for all PR in and out of the company I was shocked to see a press release by another company about them supplying to us. With a quote from a senior member of the team and a description of our company that are both sooooooo wrong – I’m stunned. We are desperately trying to change the brand image of the company from one that sits in the guts of the IT boiler room, to one that is a serious player in the board room – and mistakes like this one today can only hamper my work.

 Grrrrrrr!

More Body Balance

I did “Body Balance” last night again. It’s a fantastic class. The instructor is very good, she’s been teaching it for quiet a while, so she’s very flexible, and easy to follow. The current release is new – I think it was a New Year release – it’s release 39. It’s good, but it’s not as good as some of the earlier releases. I still go back to release 17 as my all time favourite, closely followed by 16 and then 15! There are some good moves in this release – and the standing strength is particularly taxing, even for us “advanced Balancers”. But, the most challenging move in this one, is the splitz… Yep, it’s challenging ok. But, it’s really really good to see the week on week improvements that the class brings to one’s flexibility. My gym features a few Body Balance classes, but only two in the evening. In order to really see the benefits – you should do this class a minimum of twice a week. Years ago I took a year out from work to do some volunteer work, travel etc. and I found myself at the gym doing as many as four Body Balance classes per week!

 Check out Les Mills Training for more details – http://www.lesmills.com/global/en/members/bodybalance/about-bodybalance.aspx

The best time to do one of these classes is after a good gym session or after a good aerobic workout. It focuses the mind and enables you to stretch, relax and unwind.

Monday morning

The weekend was quiet. BF is still recovering from pneumonia (yes, not the flu, or man flu), so a walk in the country park was our mid-afternoon activity. I was too congested to even think about the advanced aerobics class on Saturday morning, and too short of breath to run…so a walk was a great compromise. Funnily enough, my calf muscle is sore today… 

Yesterday, I did other things to keep me busy – I painted the cloakroom. It’s gone from a dirty green to a bright green…not sure I’m keen on the colour, but it’s a huge improvement on what was there (it probably hadn’t been painted in 20 years). I’m now full of enthusiasm for getting the rest of the painting done. The only problem I have is that the paint fumes have a detrimental effect on my nose, breathing and sinus’ – so we’ll see how I go!

Monday morning at the office…what joy will today bring?

3bts – first colour, absence, night nurse

1. The first crocus spills it’s colour into the garden! Purple is first…which will be next?

2. Seeing my boyfriend after an absence of several days makes me realise I’ve missed him.

3. Night nurse ensures a decent night’s sleep – away from my coughing (despite its colour and its taste, it “does what it says on the tin”).

3bts – carrots, anyone for salad, fishy

1. Abel & Cole deliver my box of fruit and veg. The first thing I do is peel a carrot and savour it’s crunchy sweetness.

2. With some of today’s fruit and some of the supermarket leftovers I make a small salad…and eat it all with organic yoghurt (fat free of course)

3. Grilling a piece of fresh tuna and watching as it changes colour – it no longer looks fishy, it’s meaty.