Archive for the month “August, 2013”

“Is married life any different?”

After two months (14 days and 8 hours…), I’m settling in quite well to married life. My dress is dry-cleaned, presents opened, thank you cards written (almost!), and my wedding album (ordered online – the professional album can wait) is on my coffee table. As the blissfully amourous honeymoon period continues, I get asked one question at least once a week: “Is married life any different?”

Wedding day

Married life IS different. I find it hard to put into words so, in my true style, I made a list….

  1. Our evenings and weekends are free from wedding plans. I no longer spend every waking moment thinking about bridesmaid dresses, flowers, mass booklets, and menu tastings.
  2. When listening to friends’ wedding plans, I secretly feel relieved that I don’t have to make any decisions about which transport, photographer, band to book/ which songs, prayers to choose/ who to thank in my speech.
  3. I call himself my “husband” instead of partner/ boyfriend/ toyboy. (I’m still getting used to this. When people refer to my “husband”, I tend to look around to see who they could be talking to before I realise it’s me.)
  4. When we visit my parents, we get to sleep in the “married side” of the house. Initially, I was miffed at my stuff being moved out of my childhood room, but now see the move as an upgrade!
  5. I tick the “married” box instead of the “single” box.
  6. People ask all about our plans to start a family: “are you going to start soon?” “Yes, we’re planning a BIG night tonight!”
  7. We now have a joint bank account. (This could be a good thing or a bad thing – more about this later)
  8. We will now spend every Christmas together. (We just need to decide where we will spend our first Christmas!)
  9. We discuss our future together – Will we save for a house? Will we go on a holiday? How many (perfectly- behaved) children will we have?
  10. I feel more grown up. And secure.
  11. Most importantly….. as a wife, I command much more respect from the general public 🙂

Do you consider married life to be different? Why?


Shin splint shenanigans

About a month ago, I realised I had the dreaded shin splints. I don’t remember ever having shin splints before.

At first, I felt a little pain along my shins. I didn’t think much of it and put it down to the (extremely high) heels I had worn for a night on the tiles. A few days later, during a 5k run, the pain became worse. I googled “cures for shin splints” and discovered the common cure is REST, REST and more REST.

Some claim to have a miracle quick cure, which involve golf balls and a yoga mat. I decided to REST for a week and reassess my shin situation.

Two weeks later, I felt a little better. Just on time for the Colour Run (more about that later!). Unfortunately, this 5k walk only aggravated my problem. At work the next day, a colleague kindly advised me to splash out on a new pair of runners. My beloved runners have supported me in numerous runs. In fact, they have supported me for much longer than the recommended 6-12 months/ 500 miles.

So you know what this means…….. SHOPPING!!!!!!! The only proven instant cure for shin splints 🙂

Brownie in a Mug

My colleague sent me this recipe recently and I just had to share!


1 mug

¼ cup flour

¼ cup sugar

2tbsp cocoa

Pinch of salt

3tbsp spring water (but I’m sure tap would be fine)

2tbsp olive oil

(ice cream for on top!)

Add all dry ingredients to mug

Stir in oil and water

Mix until it’s like a smooth batter (approx 30 seconds)

Microwave for a minute and a half (depending on wattage could take more or less though so may need to adjust)

Keep an eye on it in case this happens! Oops!


Let it stand for a minute or two.

If necessary, stir in more flour or water, depending on the desired consistency. The brownie should be moist when cooked.

You can also try this recipe with cinnamon or vanilla.


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