Life’s been busy. The start of a new term is always busy and this has been no inspection. Tie that in with my desire to work harder, see more of my friends, and work out more and you have a recipe for a tired yet happy Claire. Tomorrow Matthew and I fly up north to see my family for a day – it’s a long journey but will be so worth it to see them!

So, what else have I been into lately?

I’ve been getting back into my walking, and actually training. It’s dawning on me that this time in 4 months I will be walking a marathon! This means lots of 5, 7.5, and 10 mile walks during January and February, with a view to ramp it up again in the 10 to twelve weeks before the big day. If you would like to sponsor me (I’m raising money for breast cancer charities), please go here (huge thanks in advance!).
I am reading up a lot of food and what is and isn’t good for you. A friend of mine recommended the book ‘Real Food’ by Nina Planck. It’s an interesting read, and while I don’t fully agree with everything she says (well, certainly not with further research and or cross-referencing), there is a lot of great stuff. I particularly like her stance on sustainable, small scale farming.

Fun fact: Nina Planck founded the farmer’s market around the corner from my school!

Yesterday Eileen and I went to see ‘The King’s Speech’ (after trying and failing to do so on Tuesday – it seems to be selling out everywhere!). Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush were both sublime.
Lots of baking and cooking (but not too much eating!) is keeping me sane during this busy period. On Wednesday I made a soup, and some muffins using my own made up recipes, and also made cake for my boys….they were all thrilled when the ‘extra work’ I gave them yesterday turned out to be eating a slice of Victoria sponge!
The UK series of ‘The Biggest Loser’ has just started and I’m already hooked. It’s trash TV, but it’s got it all – drama, pathos, staggering highs. I must admit to being a little jealous – at the current time the idea of being able to go away and workout as much as you like sounds amazing. I’m fitting classes and the gym and walks around work and it’s knackering!
I’m working through ’30 Rock’ from the very start on DVD. It’s timings here in the UK have always been a little odd, so it’s been great following it through and catching all the episodes I missed first time round!

What have you been up to lately?

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  1. Wiwille
    14th January 2011 / 12:15 pm

    I really want to drag the wife to the King's Speech. I doubt I'll be succesful.Word verification: waysits.

  2. Christielli
    14th January 2011 / 3:27 pm

    The King's Speech is so good, eh?That book sounds very interesting. I teach a unit on sustainable agriculture to my envi sci class, and I've learned so much. I'm not against eating meat; I would just like to eat animals who've had a nice life. Plus, animals that are fed/treated the way they are supposed to be turn out to be healthier for us. Big surprise.Oh, if you want to read a really good book on sustainable food, read "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver.Anyway, sounds like you have having a nice Jaunary. I've been working lots… and booking travel!

  3. Riot Kitty
    15th January 2011 / 3:18 pm

    I love walking – it clears my head. I have been up to…getting well, work after an office move (off to move the rest now), and hopefully, soon, sleep!

  4. Jen
    16th January 2011 / 10:03 pm

    Walking a marathon will be fun! That is awesome your walking to raise money for breast cancer! and 30 Rock is one my fav shows! (its just to funny!)

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