Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The really nice thing is that it is taking me well under and hour to get from home to the office and that means that I can pick up J in the afternoon without leaving just after lunch.
Tomorrow we have another scan for the baby and I am hoping that we will get some pictures that I can put up here for you to see. Other than that there is not too much to report today, last night I rode my bike in the basement for 45 minutes and tonight I am planning another ride, maybe longer than last night if I can find anything interesting to watch on DVD.
My new bike sits behind me feeling sorry for itself because I have not had a chance to ride it properly yet. I am planning to change that this weekend...
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
We have had a very relaxing Easter break with G&G visiting. The weather was more or less completely rubbish, but we had enough sun for a bike ride on Thursday and a walk on Saturday. Thakfully the sun is shining today and it looks like I may be able to get back out on my bike at the weekend if not before. Tonight, however, I guess I'll have to hit the trainer in the basment to get some miles in infor front of the TV.
Monday, March 24, 2008
It has been snowing all day here so we've had a play inside day. G&G have just gone out to feed the ducks whilst we start cooking again...
Brother Ben is 32 today, I hope he has a great day and we may get him a gift at some point.
I'm going down to the cellar to ride my bike in a moment to mentally prepare myself for starting my new job tomorrow. I'll report back how I get on.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Today we have done a little food shopping this morning and G&G have headed off to Copenhagen. This evening we are going to T&Bs to celebrate T's birthday. Happy Birthday to her!
The new bike is still sitting pristine in the basement as the weather is not conducive to a test ride, but I have been back on the trainer to keep working towards my first goal of the year at the beginning of May. I think I am still some way from a decent 12 hours of hard riding, or even gentle riding at the moment.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I finished the new bike thias afternoon and it looks fantastic. It is a little heavier than I was hoping, but I am pretty sure that is down to the wheels. What can you expect for £125 for the wheels tyres and tubes?
I'm loking forward to having a proper test ride at some point in the Easter break unless the weather is as bad as predicted.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
My new frame arrived on Friday (the rest of the stuff - wheels, brakes, gears etc arrived this morning) so that was really nice to get my hands on and it looks great. Saturday I managed a 1½ hour ride which was nice to blow away the cobwebs and see the sights around Ringsted.
Sunday was the better day though. I spent the morning cooking lemon roast chicken with some proper roast potatoes followed by home made treacle sponge and custard. I had forgotten how good that is and the cold custard was delicious in the evening with some of MKs fruit salad.
I went out on my old mountainbike for 2½ hours in the afternoon and had a blast getting muddy and sweaty. I can't wait to have the new bike finished and get out on that but it may be a week or two as there are predictions of snow all over Easter.
The day was capped off with some smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for supper and a relatively early night.
Pic of the bike at least to follow...
And here they are. There are still plenty of bits missing, but it's taking shape
I need to cut the steerer tube down a bit, but note those nice carbon fibre bars...
Friday, March 14, 2008
I'd love to get J one of these BMW bikes, but they cost almost as much as my bike
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
This is not a film for those looking for some light hearted fun (or a light romantic comedy for that matter) but it is quite astonishing.
The film follows the life of Daniel Plainview who is an oil-man in California as the oil industry is being born and his fight to succeed in a rather cut-throat manner. I don't want to give too much away in case any of you want to see it.
Daniel Day Lewis is absolutely incredible and carries the whole film as there is barely a scene without him. That is not to say that the other actors are poor, just that in the end you'll only really remember him.
I left not feeling inspired or uplifted, just a little numb having seen this mans life portrayed in such an intense way that it was almost exhausting. My recommendations may not be worth a great deal given the Oscars success that the film has had, but now that I reflect on it a day later, I can see that it really is a remarkable film.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Watch this space for exciting fridge updates over the coming hours or maybe days...
In the meantime, this is how it feels to finally work out how to pedal a red plastic tractor
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Friday, March 07, 2008
On a brighter note though the part for my new bike have started arriving, unfortunately they are mostly boring parts and there is no sign of the frame being available for a while yet...
Thursday, March 06, 2008
We're totally sick of our noisy car that rattles and has warning lights coming on and going off every other day so we are looking at new cars.
So far we are pretty interested in the Ford C-max but we are still to look at Honda, Mazda and Toyota before deciding. VW has already been knocked off the list and Volvo was never on it!
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
I found a really useful article by Scott Saifer who is a well know coach and thought the rules were so good that I would share them (or at least some of them) with you all.
A warning: hunger is your body's way of letting you know that you are losing weight, that you are in a mode of metabolism in which you are metabolizing your own fat and muscle tissues for fuel. YOU MUST EXPERIENCE SOME HUNGER TO LOSE WEIGHT OR FAT.
Rule Number 1: Cut out all processed sugars. This is the hardest rule to follow, but probably also the most important. Do not eat white table sugar, cookies, cake, donuts, sports drinks, sports energy foods (except during exercise), jam, jelly... Avoid sweetened bread, and anything else that tastes sweet from added sugar.
Rule #1A: Reduce your consumption of high glycemic index foods if you want to lose weight and you are exercising seven hours per week or less. Cut out the potatoes, white flour, white bread, bananas and other starches.
Rule #2: Balance in every meal. Every meal should include some low-fat protein source (fish, poultry, pork, tofu,tempeh, beans, yogurt, cottage cheese...), some low or moderate glycemic index complex carbohydrate source(whole wheat pasta or bread, brown rice, oats, corn...), a little bit of fat (it's okay to sauté but not deep fry), and a lot of vegetables or fruit.
Rule #3: Drink water and lots of it. Drink water before you eat. Urine would ideally be clear and colorless most of the time. Avoid both sugar waters (sodas, lemonade, sports drinks) and fruit juices. Orange juice has about as many sugar calories as Coca-Cola.
Rule #4: Lot's of vegetables. Eat a balanced mix of protein and carbohydrate foods from the beginning of the meal, but if you're still not comfortably full after having eaten enough protein and carbohydrate complete the meal with raw, steamed or boiled vegetables and salads.
often get similar total amounts of sugar, fat people get it as added sugar while thin people get it in fruits.
Rule #5: No matter what your mother said, and no matter how many children are starving in Africa, you don't have to clean your plate. Never eat to the point where you are uncomfortably full. Always leave the table still able to eat more.
Rule #6: Eat in courses. Take a small amount of food on your plate at one time. After you finish, ask yourself if you are still hungry. If you are, take another small serving of something else. Don’t take the whole loaf, package or pot of anything to the table or couch with you.
Rule #7: Don't eat to be polite. You don't need to try a little bit of everything that someone makes when you are a guest. Heap on the praise for what you do eat and then declare yourself full.
Rule #8: In restaurants, assemble a meal out of salads and appetizers. Given the huge portions in many restaurants, you can get enough nutrition from salads or an appetizer-sized portions. Order the smallest pizza that might satisfy you. You can always get a salad to fill you up.
Rule #9: Don't go overboard. Anything that makes your diet difficult to stick to increases the chances that you won't be successful in losing weight or in keeping it off. It's better to lose half a pound or a pound per week until you reach your target weight than to lose two or three pounds a week for two or three weeks.
Rule #10: Identify your triggers. Many people diet well until some emotional situation comes up and then look for comfort in food. Do you eat in response to stress? Boredom? Relationship troubles? Fatigue? Try to identify what’s happening before you finish the whole box. Go for a walk or call a friend instead of overeating.
Rule #11: Weigh yourself daily, but average the weight weekly. Your weight will fluctuate by a few pounds from day to day. Rather than being concerned about your weight each morning, keep track of your average weight for each week. That will be a good indication that you are really gaining or losing weight.
I am not sure if I can stick to all of these but they seem like good common sense to me so I'll see what I can do...
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
There was ice on the car for almost the first time this winter and the roads were a little slippery, but I got the airport on time and now I am struggling to stay awake during the dark hours of the afternoon. My flight home this evening is at 6:15 so I should be home by 8:00 in time for a little light exercise before an early night and hopefully more than the 4 hours of sleep I seem to have had last night.
If any of you are wondering who Jason who comments here is, then have a look at his blog here or at the link over there on the right. He's partly responsible for my choice of new bike and is certainly faster on his Salsa than I will be on mine.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
We did, however, manage to get another rug, this time for the hall to replace the white one. I can't believe that a white rug got stains on it, can you?
You might think that after all of that excitement (which included a portion of Swedish meatballs and losing J for 5 minutes) we would be shopped out. But you'd be wrong!
On Saturday evening we bought a new fridge on-line. If I tell you that it is made by Bosch, is 1,55m tall and looks like this then you know as much about it as us.