Day 182: The Scottish Highlands, Snowcapped mountains, The Land Rover LRX, RDJ and the escapism of the cinematic experience……

January 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Today, I really really appreciated the drive up from Glasgow to Glencoe through the Scottish highlands. What an incredibly romantic, incredibly picturesque, incredibly breathtaking and inspiring landscape to weave and wind through. Especially when you’re experiencing it through the new Land Rover LRX! / I am grateful I got to see snow-capped mountains this winter, especially when they look like the chocolate crinkles I used to eat growing up! / I appreciate and accept that I was not meant to hit the slopes today. When there are gale force winds that are so strong they manage to rattle and shake an otherwise hefty and grounded Land Rover, and force every other ski resort in Scotland to shut (yes, we did try every other possible option to get me on a board!), I can accept and understand that safety comes first and that this is probably the world telling me now is not the best time to risk death and getting injured, not with this really important business trip and my yoga course coming up. / I am grateful I at least got close enough to stand on the wooden steps of the ski resort cabin, close enough to see the steep line of metal chair lifts dangling, frozen in the wind before the furthest ones disappeared over the edge. Close enough to really really want it! But I guess sometimes one has to be patient and trust that some thing are just not meant to be and that there is always a time and a place for everything. / You know what else I learned today? That sometimes it’s alright to turn the equation around and put in 90% INspiration and 10% PERSpiration. I might not have learned to snowboard today, but because I’d hyped it up so much and got so excited long beforehand, I walked away from that ski resort feeling like I’d at least hit enough slopes and got a kick and a thrill from that experience many a time inside my head. It’s like eating… half the taste and the fun of it is in the smell and excitement waiting for the food to arrive =) / Sometimes you can sew together your dreams with reality and turn it into something real. / Thank you Aunty Lorna and Callum for trying anyway. And for our random breakfast in the middle of nowhere =p I really do appreciate it =) / Thanks Joy for letting all 8 of us come visit you at work and for personally bringing us our food and the bill! / Today, I’m grateful for Robery Downey Jr.’s performance in the new Sherlock Holmes films and for being able to escape to the plush seats and thick, warm darkness of the cinema. The end.

Day 181: When people meet you at the airport, Love Actually, Hot water bottles in bed and Glasgow for the weekend!

January 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Grateful for catching the first of 14 flights that I have booked for the next 8 weeks. / I appreciate my Aunty Lorna and Uncle Callum  picking me up from the airport. / Grateful for the whole food salad meal from Marks and Spencer considering I only managed to have leftover crisps for lunch. / Grateful I managed to finish my handover on time, even if I did arrive disgustingly and unforgivably late at work! / Really really appreciated the hot water bottle my Aunty Lorna had put into my bed to keep me warm and toasty at night. What a lovely, thoughtful surprise 🙂 / Grateful for cheeky monkeys that distract me and put a base smile on my face at work. Welcome to the good life. Glasgow. OUT. / PS – I love this film x

Day 138: Flavoured Nespresso, Pre-Made Packing Lists, IACGMOOH and Home Waxing Kits!

December 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

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Love Nespresso. / And I love Dark Chocolate-flavoured Nespresso even better! =O / Highlights of I’m a Celebrity… were hilarious tonight. Great… another trashy TV show I’ve gotten addicted to! PS I know this might be old knews but Gino’s series was effin’ hilarious! I love that guy. I should go back to Rome… / I love pre-made packing lists. 1) It means I save time when packing. 2) It means I am lucky enough to need a pre-made packing list in the first place! / Love home waxing kits. This is the best one I’ve tried. Ladies, take note! ;) x – Off to Marrakesh now. There may be a delay in postings. Ciao!

Day 109: Finding a half-pack of paracetamol in my drawer, Vitamin C, Caramel Frappuccinos and the 3rd bus in line…

November 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

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Grateful for finding some panadol at the bottom of my drawer at work. Lord knows I needed it. / Grateful for the Vitamin C I had stashed in my kitchen. Lord knows I’m needing it! / Grateful for the 2 buses that left me in the cold in the middle of nowhere. Taught me to practice my patience, even though I was freezing my tooshie off in my gym shorts outside! It also reminded me about something I’ve been thinking about for a while… Standing there shuffling my feet about to keep warm, I realized that no matter how uncomfortable, unwanted, annoying, tiring or frustrating a situation is, there will always and eventually be a moment of reprieve. Eventually, you will be grateful for something. Even if it’s as simple as being grateful that the worst or the discomfort is finally over. So tonight, after waiting 10/15/20 mins in the cold, I was eventually grateful for the bus that finally came to take me home. / I love me some caramel frappuccinos – especially when the espresso and soya milk is free! YUM.

Day 108: Fresh Peppermint Tea, Carte Noire’s Man Cafe, Hot Mugs, The Batman Family and the word “Sanative”…

November 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

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I love it when you have a hot mug radiating between your frozen hands. / I love it when your tea is so hot you can feel the steam cool and condense on your face, like a mobile steam bath. / I love peppermint tea, especially with a bit of honey squidged into it! / I love Carte Noire’s latest campaign and for having a “Mel Gibson in What Women Want” moment of inspiration. Ladies (and Gentlemen!), may I introduce to you: the Man Cafe. Hel-lo Mr Cool! Sigh. As if I couldn’t love coffee any more! / Mom, Dad, Alix – thank you for being so persistent and continuing to ping me and ping me and ping me at work until I finally switched on my webcam. This made my day. You crazy chicks. I love you. x / Word of the day: Sanative – conducive to physical or spiritual health and well-being; healing. Glad this flashed up on our screensaver today. Now that’s a word I won’t be forgetting any time soon =)

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