Saturday, 27 February 2010

Training Plan

So here it is the Moonwalk Target Training Plan for the next 11 weeks......

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Total (miles)
22-Feb           6   6
1-Mar   4   4   8   16
8-Mar   4   5   10   19
15-Mar   6   5     12 23
22-Mar   4   6   15   25
29-Mar   5   5   12   22
5-Apr   6   6     14 26
12-Apr   4 6 4   4   18
19-Apr 5   6   5   16 32
26-Apr   4   4   20   28
3-May   5   6       11
10-May   3   3   MOONWALK 32.6
Training Walks
Rest days
Other Activity
The Big Event
Weekly Totals

It looked much prettier with the colours and lines but I couldn't get it to work......

Friday, 26 February 2010

Time to man up

and get back to writing.  Tonight is not the start tonight is the planning, the thinking the pulling myself up by my bootstraps and reminding myself of how much I enjoyed blogging and being here.  So I'm back, I'm not broken, a little bruised but back to tell the here we go.  Tomorrow I will be back to start again.  Onward.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Yummy Soup

We've just had some really yummy soup for lunch.  It was tasty and warming and its success was really down to KBWs soup she made for supper ealier this week.

Here's the recipe for today's soup:

2 tablespoons of Waitrose essential ingredients frozen shallots
1 large leek, sliced
2 carrots, cubed
1 large parsnip, cubed
I pack cubbetti de pancetta
1 teaspoon of Waitrose essential inredient chopped frozen chilli (expect chilli flakes would work too but maybe a bit less)
1 tbl spoon Olive Oil
Large glug of Noilly Prat
I can of borlotti beans
1 tea spoon dried mixed herbs
600 ml veg stock (hot)

1. Sweat off the shallotts in the oil in a large heavy based pan
2. add the sliced leek and sweat off for 2 mins
3. Add the pancetta and cook until completely opaque (you know when the bacon goes a paler pink - about  3 mins)
4. Add a large glug of noilly prat and fry off
5. Add the cubed carrots and parsnip, dried herbs & chilli
6. Season with the Salt & Pepper generously and cook for 5 mins, stiring regularly to steam the veg a bit but not to burn the leeks (may need less time depending on your hob strength)
7. Drain and clean the beans and add them to the pot, stir in and cook for 1 minute.
8. Add the stock and bring to the boil
9. leave to simmer for 15-18 minutes (again depends on your hob)

Serve in warmed bowls with large chunks of buttered bread (I didn't have the bread by The Boy did and said it was great with the soup).

This soup can be salty - so if you don't like salt you may want to leave it out and there will be some in the pancetta and stock.

This was yummy - there are no pictures as it is all gone (The Boy finished it off).    I love it when my veg box and Ocado order inspire me to cook somethig so bvery veyr simple that ends up being so very tasty.

We're not going out at all today, we have the paper, it's FA cup on the TV and the wood burner is going on.  I'm finishing off a jumper I am knitting for a friend who is due to have a baby this coming week .  Whilst working away is tough - being home is lovely, spending time with The Boy doing very little makes it all a bit easier.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

A little trip down memory lane

I am working away from home at the moment and staying with my friend &
her family in Wantage. To get to where I am working I have to drive
through my old home town - the place where I grew up; learned to
drive; had my first kiss; had my heart broken; stayed out too late;
made friends that will last for life.

Each day is a little trip down memory lane. Things have changed (the
6th form college is now a housing estate, the rising sun sun pub where
Soph fell off the wall is now a KFC) and things stay the same.

My earliest memory is of eating a sausage ro outside the butchers on
the bridge in Newbury town centre - both the bridge and the butchers
are still there. I wonder if they still sell sausage rolls?

Monday, 8 February 2010

Packing fail

I left my packing today to the last minute and as a result have left
all my knitting in Pontecarlo. I did however manage to pack 5 pairs of
tights, 3 pairs of socks, 6 underwear sets but only 2 dresses for work
(thankfully I left some here last week).
I need to get back into the hang of working away and get my packing
sorted earlier & with much more efficiency. I used to be very good at
it. When I first travelled with work I was in the outskirts of Paris
for a week at a time & managed to get enough clothes to see me through
from Monday to Friday in an old size carry on. But now - oh my.
My mission next week is to pack Sunday morning before I settle down so
that I am not rushing around at 8.40pm again packing with an aim to
leave at 9pm.
At least I remembered my yoga mat, yoga style clothes & gym kit -
operation be less fat is working.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010


I am AWOL, I am entirely to blame.  Working away from home and traveling a lot hasn't helped.  The dust will settle soon and normal service will be resumed.  In the meantime if you are looking for something to read try these:


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