Sunday

| 2017 | 12 | 17 | throwback |

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God damn I'm taking Roy off grid... but I might just play /r/Outside. Could you imagine trying to write the walkthrough though?

- Pay super attention in the early stages. School levels are important, whilst a touch tedious.
- The cheats to unlock FREEFOOD and RENT aren't worth the hassle, game glitches will leave you stuck in detention for many year.

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When is the last time you'll ever say goodbye to someone? Like the last time you'll ever bid them farewell? You won't know it at the time, everyone always thinks there will be another.



#ponderous. 

Today marks the day we should all start panicking. Christmas is super soon. 

Also I'm learning it is possible to communicate temperature in a number of ways. Take for instance...

'was it cold in Portugal?'

'No, it was definitely one thermal, two at most'

I am so ready for a doggie. Called steve.


So I have no photos from the morning's paddle - here's one of general splashing. We did 1 min on 1 min off x5 x4, then 30 on 30 off x 5 x2. It was really tough but I can feel myself getting stronger. Still slow, but less slow. 

Post paddle was Christmas football. You'll see below the standard warm up routine...


It was still so foggy it felt like being rained on. 




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Friday

| 2017 | 12 | 01 | november empties review |


| now solutions | sweet almond oil | 473ml [£15.99, Amazon]
This is one of my favourite purchases ever. Think skincare holy grail it basically solves everything in one fell swoop. You're welcome. 

The Body Shop | Body Butter | 200ml | [£15.00, The Body Shop]
I've reviewed this before and I'm sorry but I'm just not that into you.

4711 | Body Spray | 100ml [£2.93, Amazon]
just. no. I love 4711 as a smell but given it lasts less than 4 seconds and this is an aerosol. no.

Revlon | Nail Enamel | [£6.49, Superdrug]
mmm. no. 

The Body Shop | Warming Mineral Mask | 100ml [£11.00, The Body Shop]
There was a point in my life where this mask was what I considered a hero amongst products. The lowly mineral mask fixed all my problems and made me feel... epic. Sometimes I hit my head on my desk so hard it bruises. 

nip + fab | Plumping Mask | 50ml [£14.95, nip+fab]
I like it. But not enough I wanna put a ring on it. 

No7 | Lift & Luminate Day Cream | 50ml [£25.00, Boots]
Ye.... no. This did not compute. 

£91.36

so from all that I will be repurchasing.... the sweet almond oil. 


£648.25

Eesh.

One more month this year.

Thursday

| 2017 | 11 | 30 | november empties |


| now solutions | sweet almond oil | 473ml [£15.99, Amazon]
The Body Shop | Body Butter | 200ml | [£15.00, The Body Shop]
4711 | Body Spray | 100ml [£2.93, Amazon]
Revlon | Nail Enamel | [£6.49, Superdrug]
The Body Shop | Warming Mineral Mask | 100ml [£11.00, The Body Shop]
nip + fab | Plumping Mask | 50ml [£14.95, nip+fab]
No7 | Lift & Luminate Day Cream | 50ml [£25.00, Boots]

£91.36

| empties | 2017 | 08 | £103.39

| empties | 2017 | 09 | £211.66
| empties | 2017 | 10 | £241.84
| empties | 2017 | 11 | £91.36

£648.25

Eesh.

One more month this year.

Sunday

| 2017 | 11 | 26 | bumpy |

Bite me. All of you. 



What a week.

I mean it.

this was me on wednesday. I was going to hit things with a bit of sass. 

Can we just though, take a moment to talk about what happened on Thursday. Because I don't actually remember it so we can all start at 8am together. From what I can gather, I knocked myself out on my dads wardrobe and took myself happily off to work. From there I was sent home and babysat by my sister.

The entire day is a write off.

Friday was equally interesting given my inability to remember a lot and feeling slightly sick all day.

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my power pose. 

Alex always looks too happy in the gym. 

It is now time to start listening to some gently christmassy songs. Nothing too in your face, but a little bit of twinkle never hurt anyone. 

Yes I have been listening to frozen on repeat. 

they're lemons. 
My work distribution today involved forcing people to read at least three new wikipedia articles they weren't familiar with. 
this one actually made me laugh for a long time. I was definitely still post concussion delirious. 

Calm yourselves. You've got this. 




Wednesday

| 2017 | 11 | 01 | october empties review |




hair::
John Frieda | Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray | 25ml [£1.99, Boots]
I love this. So much. However.... I can also recognise that I don't need it. I've been reading about mixing salt, lemon juice and water.

Aussie | Beach Mate Conditioner | 400ml [£5.99, Superdrug]
[same as last month 'Oh how I want to love this. Honestly, everyone raves about the Aussie stuff but I could not abide by the smell and it just wasn't particularly nourishing. My hair gets more from river water than this stuff. ']

£7.98

body::
Calvin Klein | 2 | 100ml [£53, House of Fraser]
In a sad way, I don't really remember using this. It made little to no impact and honestly I couldn't say I'd recognise it on anyone. Don't.

Body Shop | Hemp Hand Cream | 30ml [£5, The Body Shop]
Apologetically scathing. No actually I'm not sorry. It's just not that great. 

£58.00

face::

Simple | Kind to skin cleansing face wipes | 25 [£3.29, Boots]
No. They're just face wipes and not even particularly special ones. If you're  going to buy something to remove your makeup, at least make sure it's actually doing the job.

Nip + Fab | Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme | 60 [£14.95, Boots]
I'm so torn by these acidic pads. I feel like they're making a difference, but then when I don't use them there's nothing too drastic. 

No7 | Lift & Luminate Night Cream | 50ml [£25.00, Boots]

Tisserand | Jojoba Oil | 100ml [£8.50, Amazon]
Jojoba oil (I believe it would be the same no matter the brand...) works so well with my skin.

Body Shop | All In One BB Cream | 25ml [£12.00, The Body Shop]
I don't mean to sound so dismissive of all of these products, but honestly there's a huge level of underwhelm going on.

Indeed Labs | Hydraluron | 30ml [£24.99, Boots]
This is more of a winner for me. It did clear up a lot of dryness on my forehead and is so quick to absorb.

No7 | Protect & Perfect Night Cream | 50ml [£25.00, Boots]
I really don't like No7 products. I'm not sure if it's the amount of fragrance, or the thickness but I just did not get on with this.

Rimmel | Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation | 30ml [£6.49, Boots]
No. No no no. This is horrible. It's too drying and makes my skin look awful.

La Roche Posay | Hydraphase Intense UV Riche | 50ml [£17.00, Boots]
I love love love La Roche Posay. 

Maybelline | Baby Skin Cool Rose | 22ml [£7.99, Boots]
This was a repurchase, so does have my endorsement. It's really nice to use something that's lightweight and makes a difference to the appearance of your skin. Unfortunately, it's just not packaged responsibly. 

Roger & Gallet | Huille Sublime | 100ml [£21.65, Escentual]
So I did enjoy this product, but have honestly had more luck with a fairly cheap bottle of sweet almond oil (or even try jojoba oil!). 

Treat | Marshmallow Cream Lip Balm | 14g [£9.00, Amazon]
This is something I would repurchase if it wasn't packaged in plastic and shipped halfway across the world.
Honestly. It's the best balm I've found and the tube looks like a glue stick.

£175.86

£241.84

running total::
| empties | 2017 | 08 | £103.39
| empties | 2017 | 19 | £211.66
| empties | 2017 | 10 | £241.84

556.89

so to clarify, these aren't products I've bought this year, just those that I've used up. I am quite honestly in shock I have that value of products just lying around however. I'm also saddened by how disappointed I am in most of these items. 

 when did you last go through whatever was in your cupboard?

I think next month will be quite a small one in terms of empties (I hope!) as I've started a lot of new things. 

Tuesday

| 2017 | 10 | 31 | october empties |



hair::
John Frieda | Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray | 25ml [£1.99, Boots]
Aussie | Beach Mate Conditioner | 400ml [£5.99, Superdrug]


£7.98

body::

Calvin Klein | 2 | 100ml [£53, House of Fraser]
Body Shop | Hemp Hand Cream | 30ml [£5, The Body Shop]

£58.00

face::

Simple | Kind to skin cleansing face wipes | 25 [£3.29, Boots]
Nip + Fab | Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme | 60 [£14.95, Boots]
No7 | Lift & Luminate Night Cream | 50ml [£25.00, Boots]
Tisserand | Jojoba Oil | 100ml [£8.50, Amazon]
Body Shop | All In One BB Cream | 25ml [£12.00, The Body Shop]
Indeed Labs | Hydraluron | 30ml [£24.99, Boots]
No7 | Protect & Perfect Night Cream | 50ml [£25.00, Boots]
Rimmel | Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation | 30ml [£6.49, Boots]
La Roche Posay | Hydraphase Intense UV Riche | 50ml [£17.00, Boots]
Maybelline | Baby Skin Cool Rose | 22ml [£7.99, Boots]
Roger & Gallet | Huille Sublime | 100ml [£21.65, Escentual]
Treat | Marshmallow Cream Lip Balm | 14g [£9.00, Amazon]

£175.86

£241.84

running total::
| empties | 2017 | 08 | £103.39
| empties | 2017 | 19 | £211.66
| empties | 2017 | 10 | £241.84

556.89

so to clarify, these aren't products i've bought this year, just those that I've used up. I am quite honestly in shock I have that value of products just lying around however. when did you last go through whatever was in your cupboard?

I think next month will be quite a small one in terms of empties (I hope!) as I've started a lot of new things. 


Sunday

| 2017 | 10 | 01 | september empties review |



hair::
Pro:voke | touch of silver shampoo | 200ml [£3.19, Boots]
Similarly to the conditioner, I love this stuff. It definitely changes the tone of your hair to much cooler and gives the desired grey tones. Be careful with it though. 

Richard Ward | Sleekening cream | 100ml [£16, uhhh I literally can't find it anywhere]
No. no no. incorrect. Did not enjoy. Anything that says 'sleekening' should be avoided. 

Aussie | Beach Mate Conditioner | 400ml [£5.99, Superdrug]
Oh how I want to love this. Honestly, everyone raves about the Aussie stuff but I could not abide by the smell and it just wasn't particularly nourishing. My hair gets more from river water than this stuff. 

Babyliss | Paddle Hair Brush | [£10, yup. gone from the interweb]
mmm. hairbrush. 

£35.18


body::
Original Source | shower gel | 250ml  [£2.00, again non-existent but I'm going to guess]
What more can I say? Shower gel. It's liquid soap. 

The Body Shop | Pinita Colada Body Scrub | 250ml [£15.00, The Body Shop]
The Body Shop scrubs always smell amazing but do nothing. Nada. Zilch. Waste of £15 (and or 30 chicken nuggets. depends which currency you use).

DKNY | be delicious | 30ml [£38.00, Boots] at least I hope it was the 30ml...
If you know me then you know this is my smell, and you know that I will drink it til I die. 

£55


nivea | lip butter | raspberry | [£2.09, Boots]
nivea | lip butter | cocoa butter kiss | [£2.09, Boots]

Clarins | Instant light lip oil | 7ml [£19, Boots]
Oh my gosh yes. Correct. This stuff. Oh this product is the lifesaver you didn't know you needed, wanted or could afford. I mean the price point. Ooft. But if you have a spare £19 lying around specifically for a lip oil then here you go. You are welcome. 

Stridex | [£5, Amazon, another one I can't find]
Want salicylic acid which is stronger than the sun? Here. This.

L'Oreal | Pure Clay Foam Wash | 150ml [£5.99, Boots] 


Bourjois | Sweet Kiss Lipstick Rose Folk | [£7, sorry. Another that I think has gone]
La Roche-Posay | Effaclar BB Blur | 30ml [£12.38, La Roche-Posay]
Witch hazel | [£7.95, Amazon]
La Roche-Posay | Toleriane Riche | 40ml [£16.00, La Roche-Posay]
Rimmel | Fix and Perfect Pro Primer | 30ml [£6.99, Amazon]
Barry M | Brow Pen | [£4.99, Amazon]
Bobbi Brown | Full Coverage Face Brush | [£32.00, Bobbi Brown]

£121.48

Total..... £211.66

Wow. 



just. speechless. 

Saturday

| 2017 | 09 | 30 | september empties |

And I thought last month was a lot. 

I've clearly had a fair amount of half used items dotted around. 



hair::
Pro:voke | touch of silver shampoo | 200ml [£3.19, Boots]
Richard Ward | Sleekening cream | 100ml [£16, uhhh I literally can't find it anywhere]
Aussie | Beach Mate Conditioner | 400ml [£5.99, Superdrug]
Babyliss | Paddle Hair Brush | [£10, yup. gone from the interweb]

£35.18


body::
Original Source | shower gel | 250ml  [£2.00, again non-existent but I'm going to guess]
The Body Shop | Pinita Colada Body Scrub | 250ml [£15.00, The Body Shop]
DKNY | be delicious | 30ml [£38.00, Boots] at least I hope it was the 30ml...

£55


nivea | lip butter | raspberry | [£2.09, Boots]
nivea | lip butter | cocoa butter kiss | [£2.09, Boots]
clarins | Instant light lip oil | 7ml [£19, Boots]
Stridex | [£5, Amazon, another one I can't find]
L'Oreal | Pure Clay Foam Wash | 150ml [£5.99, Boots] 
Bourjois | Sweet Kiss Lipstick Rose Folk | [£7, sorry. Another that I think has gone]
La Roche-Posay | Effaclar BB Blur | 30ml [£12.38, La Roche-Posay]
Witch hazel | [£7.95, Amazon]
La Roche-Posay | Toleriane Riche | 40ml [£16.00, La Roche-Posay]
Rimmel | Fix and Perfect Pro Primer | 30ml [£6.99, Amazon]
Barry M | Brow Pen | [£4.99, Amazon]
Bobbi Brown | Full Coverage Face Brush | [£32.00, Bobbi Brown]

£121.48

Total..... £211.66

Wow. 

Tuesday

| 2017 | 02 | 12 | training camp day 2 |

No pictures cause no real internet. It's rather annoying.

I think it's going to be one of those days.

People are annoying too.

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All my old posts are back up, btw. It's all been sorted.

Okay so quick updates.

I have successfully completed my first proper session out here. It was just incredible.

The water is warmer, the scenery beautiful and everyone is in the best of moods. We're here. We're actually getting on with it.

30 on 30 off x 7 x 5 is quite tough.

Me and my main man eddie did it.

Firsts.
Today was the first time I took off a top and buoyancy aid on the water
I paddled backwards. On both sides.

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My only other experience of tidal paddling is cornwall. I loved it so much there I'm pleased to be doing it again in a completely different location.

These water feels different here. I kind of like it.

I never thought I'd say I prefer something to the Thames. But really I do already. The tide was out today and it's just breathtaking how every session will look different.

I essentially paddled along today with a huge grin on my face.

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We're a little low on hot water, but we'll manage.

Life goes on and we're here to train not have a holiday.

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Day is done.

And what a day.

Completed the 5ks. It was incredible out there. Just.

Another first - wore a spray deck for the entire session. I think I'm over it now.

Had a lovely skype call with charlie to end the day after a rigorous stretching session.  (BUT ALSO OOPS made a big boo boo guys. Still cringeing. Eeek)









Friday

| 2017 | 09 | 01 | august empties review |



hair::
John Frieda | sheer blonde go blonder shampoo | 500ml [£9.99, Boots]
Claiming to lighten hair without drying it out - it kind of did the opposite. 
Bleached hair is really difficult on a good day, but when a product completely strips the moisture out of it and leaves you with straw then you have to work twice as hard to get the moisture back in. 
Having had blonde hair now for over ten years I would consider myself a bit of an expert when it comes to maintenance products - and this is not one of the ones I would reach for again. 

Would not recommend. 

Pro:voke | touch of silver conditioner | 200ml [£2.19, Boots]
In contrast with the above, I love the Pro:voke range. Genuinely. 
The purple pigment is strong enough that you run a risk of slightly grey hair - which for me is ideal. It completely strips the brassiness from your locks and doesn't take out too much moisture. 

Would recommend. 

Superdrug | Pick & Mix Rose [£3.29, Superdrug]
I'm loathe to say I liked this because semi permanent hair colour is something I'm not too bothered about. It's there and then it's not. 
In all honesty I would stick to buying something far more pigmented and dilute it in your conditioner. That way you'll get a better quality colour. 

Eesh. No. Would not recommend. 

£15.47

makeup::
Rimmel | BB Cream Matte [£6.99, Boots]
I was not blown away by this. It's cheap face gunk that's probably doing more harm than good. 

Nah. Would not recommend. 

Maybelline | Baby Skin Primer [£7.99, Boots]
I'm only going to recommend this primer because of the way it actually improves the facial region.

Would recommend. 

Wunderbow | Brow Gel [£19.95, Boots]
Yep. You need this. 

Would recommend. 
Maybelline | Lash-sensational Mascara [£8.99, Boots]
BUY THIS.
Best mascara I own. 
Lasts forever too. 

Eye of Horus | Goddess Mascara [£16.50, Beauty Bay]
Not going into it. Just don't bother. 

£60.42

misc::
Colgate | Max White One [£4.00, Boots]
Toothpaste. 

Cleans teeth.

I would recommend using toothpaste. 

The Body Shop | Hemp Face Protector [£8.50, The Body Shop]
Body shop, no. This was not what I had hoped it would be. 
I'm disappointed in myself for falling for their marketing, and looking at the ingredients who knows what I was on when I purchased said product. Ew. You'd be better off with olive oil. Hah.

No.

The Body Shop | Shea Body Butter | 400ml [£15.00, The Body Shop*]
These are such cult products. So many people rave about them. But why? Probably because they're jumping on the band wagon. Or because they don't know what good moisturiser feels like on their skin. The Body Shop has definitely lost a lot of my respect. I'm sorry.

Either way, I'm doing it. I'm going to say please don't buy this. Even Palmer's cocoa body butter is significantly better. 

Would not recommend. 

Thursday

| 2019 | 08 | 31 | august empties |

So here I am again, back to collecting my rubbish...

I wrote this post a long time ago (it feels like longer) when my focus was very different. 

empties

hair::
John Frieda | sheer blonde go blonder shampoo | 500ml [£9.99, Boots]
Pro:voke | touch of silver conditioner | 200ml [£2.19, Boots]
Superdrug | Pick & Mix Rose [£3.29, Superdrug]

£15.47

makeup::
Rimmel | BB Cream Matte [£6.99, Boots]
Maybelline | Baby Skin Primer [£7.99, Boots]
Wunderbow | Brow Gel [£19.95, Boots]
Maybelline | Lash-sensational Mascara [£8.99, Boots]
Eye of Horus | Goddess Mascara [£16.50, Beauty Bay]

£60.42

misc::
Colgate | Max White One [£4.00, Boots]
The Body Shop | Hemp Face Protector [£8.50, The Body Shop]
The Body Shop | Shea Body Butter | 400ml [£15.00, The Body Shop*]

£27.50

*This is for a 200ml tub as they don't seem to do the 400ml anymore. 

total::

£103.39

As in.

I used up over £100 of products this month and didn't really clock it. Thankfully, none of these need replacing (I either didn't like them, don't use them, or have alternatives) and if I could go back and not buy them in the first place I would. 

I would only recommend two of those (the Pro:voke conditioner and the Wunderbrow Eyebrow gel) but otherwise, none of them were worth the spend. 

This has been eye opening...

sighs. 

Wednesday

| 2017 | 08 | 02 | plank |


This is my sigh sheet. 

I was allocated 169 sighs (given my propensity for an exhale in all situations). I'm at the 100 to go mark. 

It's getting tense. 

- - - 

Birthday was good.

I made myself some goals over the coming year

- save £10,000. I know. That's a big ask given my financial management but I'm determined. 
- focus. I need to establish a routine and get back on track 
- - -

I have no voice at the moment following a loud shouty game. It was magical. 




I had my hair dyed even blonder. I'm not sure where I'll stop. 


This weekend was also overshadowed by the national championships. 

My lot did quite well actually. 

Little bit proud. 


Monday

| 2016 | 07 | 24 | week 30 |

Well.

Okay.

this week was so hot. too hot. 

In reverse.

[[rise up - Thomas Jack]]

sunday
what a weird day. I woke up early for day two of the Nationals (I'm not going to clarify because it's totally a case of if you know, you know), and headed over to Reading. Actually before that I went for a run but my leggings are determined to fall down so it had to be cut it short - another run-but-not-run because I'm a mess.


We arrived in Reading (after a brief detour via Bracknell. I know). We prepped ourselves for the day ahead. For me that meant getting my camera out of the car and taking a seat, but for those actively participating I'm sure it meant something completely different. Wouldn't know, don't qualify as a real paddler. 



Myself and Connor then took part in the mixed K2 race, and he was adament that we had to have fun.



I wasn't so sure.

I also really struggled to exit the boat. On both occasions.


The first portage went surprisingly well, a slight mix up between my legs was all that stood in my way and we made it back into the boat with very few problems. The second portage, the one I should have been okay at (it was onto a landing stage so..) went very much wrong. As in. Yes. Correct.

I think it was mainly my fault too, but Connor said he enjoyed it.


This photo.


saturday

I woke up super early in a panic that I had managed to oversleep and miss my alarm. However I was still ready when I needed to be. people should learn to underestimate me less. 

The day I spent in Reading (as above but obviously this is Saturday) and the evening was a BBQ at a friends house. That was a very enlightening experience. 

the middle.
I've been super busy recently and actually need to start gymming again. 

Meh.

work, eat, sleep, train, repeat. 


tuesday
Was hot. As in 30 degrees plus. Past experience has taught me that I do not agree with that, and the time trial proved to be the limit of my physical ability. We crossed the line and I saw black spots.  Trevor picked up that I was about to go and we were very quickly out of the boat. I know that my most recent ECG and tests showed that all was fine, but it's still frustrating. ugh.

my legs don't look this good. this isn't my leg. 

monday. 
cheeky bit of yoga. love me some stretching.

I can't wait for next month.

Also Asda is determined to interrupt my regular splorin' activities. I don't know what to do with my life. 













| 2017 | 07 | 10 | beaaaaaach |

Guess what I did last night. 

No seriously. 

You won't.

No one in the office did. 

I.

Finally completely my puzzle. 1000 pieces in order. I cannot wait to destroy it. Pull it apart and start over. 

- - - 

My walk to work is so perfect. 




These shoes make me so happy. 

I have them in a couple of other colours too. 

- - -

Training last night was really challenging. 


I've moved my seat up so my boat is a bit less stable, but it does mean I can actually move my hips. 


DO YOU KNOW WHATS HAPPENING ON THURSDAY.

I AM GOING TO THE SEASIDE.

I'm super duper excited. 

I will be running around in small circles in the sand. 

And probably drown. 

In that order. 

Thank. 

Sunday

| 2017 | 07 | 09 | again |




this is jerry. If you've never met you won't understand