Monday, 10 February 2014

10 things

  • I am not feeling the running love at the moment.  I am finding it hard, I'm getting tired of my usual routes, and I ache.  But I am still running, and for that I feel very proud of myself.
  • I just found out my next placement is in A and E.  As someone who has watched every episode of every series of 24 Hours in A and E obsessively, this is one of the most exciting things that's ever happened to me!  I start in a month's time.
  • I am so sick of this rain.  We are fortunate not to be living in an area that has been wrecked by floods, but oh. my. word.  This rain just goes on and on.  And on.

Still light for my evening run!! (kind of...) #london #run #twilight

Yet more sodding rain. Normally I like winter, but I don't this year. #rain #london #nofilter

It's still raining. I'm suddenly full of cold. I'm waiting for Olivia to come out of school and I forgot to bring my kindle with me. Feeling VERY sorry for myself. #doom
  • I have enjoyed another run of good books lately: Where'd you go, Bernadette, The Ship of Brides, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and my current read, Man Belong Mrs Queen.  I am panicking that this run of success is going to grind to a halt after this book.  Four great books in a row is pretty lucky.  Can my luck continue?
  • My mother-in-law had a landmark birthday, and to celebrate the extended family plus friends all gathered together in central London for a magnificent cookery lesson at La Cucina Caldesi.  I learnt how to make pasta, and I am now scouring eBay for a pasta attachment for my KitchenAid.  It was a wonderful day.
  • My sister's baby arrived and I am now an auntie for the seventh time.  I made my new niece a little quilted blanket out of some Ed Emberley fabric I bought years ago and never used.  I think it was waiting for R's arrival.
  • Sewing something special for my new baby niece with my precious Ed Emberley fabric #edemberley #sewing #fabric
  • My next exam is a drug calculation exam.  I need to get 100% to pass - you can't have nurses getting drug calculations only 90% right.  I like maths though, and I like learning formula and practising sums, so it's not too daunting at the moment.
  • If you haven't already found them, take a look at the Metropolitan Police helicopter crew on Instagram and Twitter.  They take the most incredible arial photos of London, as they're travelling to and from jobs - often on just an iPhone.
  • I have been cooking dumplings often this winter.  They cheer me up and help me to forget about the rain.
  • Chicken stew, with dumplings #winterwarmer
  • I am listening to Sophie Ellis Bextor's new album, Wanderlust, and loving it. 


  1. I'm making chicken and dumplings tomorrow thanks to your picture. A&E sounds very exciting but terrifying too.

  2. Holy S**T, I envy you not on the accident and emergency. I once again how down to your genius-ness (what? That's a word!)

  3. I really want to be able to run - having just rejoined the gym (for the 3rd time!) I'm managing 15 mins on the treadmill which sounds quite pathetic but its sooo hard - lol and I dont seem to be able to improve from it :-( anyhoo, enough moaning - good luck in A&E that should be an experience!! Congrats on the new addition to your family enjoy your cuddles - dont suppose you have the ice cream attachment for your kitchen aid - I got one for Christmas and havent used it yet to my shame as the few recipes in the manual arent up to much and wondered if you could recommend any recipes xx

  4. Dumplings here too, with a vegetable stew. Just right for wet and wild winter evenings. Good luck with A&E. I'd love to know how the pasta making goes, it's something I'd like to try one day.

  5. Well done on keeping running. I'm not feeling the love either at the moment. I have been thinking and have come to the conclusion that it's a human instinct thing. A caveman would never have left his (relatively) warm cave to go running in the cold and the rain just for FUN! Basic human instinct is telling us very loudly that we should sit by the fire and knit cosy things rather than changing into silly thin clothes and going out to face the elements!

    Amazingly I'm still running too.........

  6. I'm glad I found your blog again after losing all my bookmarks when my computer crashed. I like reading about your family, what food you're preparing and your nursing. As for rain? I guess it's no different here in Canada although we're lucky in Southern B.C. because we don't get much, if any, SNOW. So, I just wanted to say hi.

  7. A+E sounds pretty scary......... good luck in your exam x

  8. A & E sounds very scary. I imagine the running love will return with better weather and light.


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