| 2016 | 07 | 24 | week 30 |



this week was so hot. too hot. 

In reverse.

[[rise up - Thomas Jack]]

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.


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. 


work, eat, sleep, train, repeat. 

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. 

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. 


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. 



I'm super duper excited. 

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

And probably drown. 

In that order. 



| 2017 | 07 | 09 | again |

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


| 2017 | 07 | 08 | week |

When was the longest week of your life?

I think this is mine.

I can't believe it's only been 7 days. 


monday started as monday should. 

a mess. 

A big mess. 

But it's okay because myself and work dad matched. It's great we have the same clothes. (btw. tomorrow we'll wear green check shirts). 


tuesday was fun. 

I don't think we need to go into my hair situation. 

It's a mess. 

cannot be tamed. 



| 2017 | 07 | 03 | stripey |

Today was a monday. 

you know how i feel about mondays. 

Rachel's not too good with chairs. 

She's a learning. My first reaction wasn't to check if she was okay, but to leap over my desk, run next to her and yell 'It's okay guys, I took a picture'.

when asked to look like we're having fun.

'Who's rocks are these?'

We all look over to Chris. He normally collects rocks. 

'No. Not mine. I've got mine here'

Opens all the drawers in his desk, filled with an assortment of gravel and stones.

I had a lunch date which kind of turned into walking 500 miles and eating too much food. 

Oh, and acquiring a toy pig. Who is terrifying and has already given me nightmares. 


| 2017 | 07 | 06 | thursday |

Was meant to be going to watch a friend perform live at The Perch last night, but given how late I ended up being myself and beardy Hugh (another brother) went and sat by the river - drinking ribena. 

It was just nice to chill out for a bit - and outside too in the warm. 

He's had to quit working at Claytons, I'm the only old one left. 

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The weather is gorgeous at the moment and I have been so determined to make the most of it. 

My running pace is coming back, but it's frustrating. 

I remember this exact run this time last year.

throwback cause i wanna go back. 


| 2017 | 07 | 05 | those were those |

This is my favourite song. 

I seem to be volunteered for most of the camera work. 


I didn't succeed. 

Out of context. 

This looks silly. 

But I was actually being helpful. 

I'm here all day. 

| 2017 | 07 | 05 | wednesday 2 |

one place. dress. two place. makeup and photo. three place. out .

Box rooms. Two rooms. Outfits. Bags and lost shoes. Chips. 

These are all the hashtags we forgot. 

- - - 

This meal is the fricking bomb. 

Like seriously .

It's all about chicken. 

I love me some chicken. 

I was having one of those days. 

It was a bit surreal tbh. 

Cue carpet cleaner. 

Maybe you had to be there. 

Well most of you were. 

- - -

When I buy my pink house and have pet goats, 

I'd like to thank all my parents out there who have parented. 


| 2017 | 07 | 04 | hoollay |

I'm having to adult here. 

A lot.

And for that, I am truly sorry. 

- - -

I woke up too early and went for a paddle. It was so nice on the water. 

this photo makes me laugh. I have dust in my eyebrows and on my face (?!) and my freckles have come out to play. 


| 2017 | 07 | 02 | week 26 | wel well welll |


Monday was buttons, and this particular project took a lot longer than anticipated. 


I had my hair did on tuesday ready for a  night out in marlow.

we had funs. 


I wrote a little bit about wednesday on wednesday. 


This child is incredibly small and i don't know what you're meant to do. 

So I just kind of pointed at things and we knew a squirrel was nearby just not where, just that it was there. 


this is one of my favourite places to go and sit, watching the world go by. 

I'm having to find new adventurers, who aren't quite as good at it as I would have liked. But improvements will happen. Slowly.


I went to regatta during the day and then got called into to work that night. 

I have so much love for my work family. 

The boys spend the entire time making fun of me, how short I am and how few drinks I can actually make. they normally have one ear open to my orders and will hand me the things I need, or open bottles (I think the best one was when all three of them handed me the various components of a cocktail, unprompted, and then it was shaken for me anyway). 



I've made a lot of mistakes this year. 

And. I'm sorry. 

next weekend is one year. 

how things change. 

I will never forget.