Hi everyone, hope you’ve had a good week despite the miserable weather. A grey, dull, rainy day isn’t very inspiring is it? Despite that I’ve been continuing to focusing on my health and relaxing and I’ve played a small part in some creative projects.
First – how I’m trying to unwind. To give my body a chance to recover and to hopefully ease my ongoing migraines I decided I need to take a rest from roller derby and skating for a while. It’s frustrating because I do enjoy it, it’s fun and it’s great exercise but it’s not the best thing for me to be doing right now. Noisy leisure centres with bright lights, whistles and being knocked around do not make for a happy head. I’ve spoken to my coaches and they were lovely so I don’t feel as bad about letting them down every session now. I don’t know why I do feel guilty – it comes back to my New Year’s resolution doesn’t it? I need to stop worrying about others, put myself and my health first and know when to say no.
I’m still trying to eat healthily and the new Deliciously Ella book (I mentioned in last week’s round up) was perfectly timed for that. I’ve been trying her new recipes for miso and sesame brown rice, chunky cashew coleslaw and marinated kale salad from the first book. I also had a go at the new gooey black bean brownie recipe but it was a bit of a disaster. Only when I got home from food shopping did I realise I didn’t have some of the ingredients I thought I did, decided to give it a whirl anyway with substutions and the result was a weird-tasting soggy mess. That’s why me and baking don’t really mix well. I rarely follow recipes exactly because I like adding my own little spin (and I’m reluctant to buy ingredients I think I’ll only use once) which can work when cooking but not baking.
I’m already planning the other recipes I can try next week!
I have reintroduced meditation into my life (using the Headspace meditation iPhone app) – only done it a couple of times this week but will try to start making it a part of my daily routine again. I did some yoga for the first time in ages this week too.
I’ve been going to bed earlier nearly every night this week and reading to try to unwind and also get a better night’s sleep. My mum bought me a book about migraines which is fascinating – when I’m reading it, it feels like it was written about me. I’m only a couple of chapters in but already it’s helpful and it’s interesting to know that so many other conditions and symptoms are related to migraines. Perhaps I’ll write a proper review of the book in another post when I’ve finished it.
This week I joined a knitting project too – I think I’ve blogged in the past about my venture into knitting (I’m very much a beginner though and knit about 2cm a year… when I remember). I came across a charity campaign that asks people to knit small beanies and blankets for premature babies and thought it was such a lovely cause that I’d give it a go.
I’m also still continuing with the photography project – week three was an aperture challenge. I struggled with this a bit as I think my camera is something between a compact and DSLR (it’s a Coolpix P510) and it only has an aperture range between 3 and 8.3. Also I took these photos on a grey dull day so there isn’t much natural light. But you can see a subtle difference if you look closely at the plant in the background. The top picture was f-stop 8.3 (the whole picture is in focus) and the bottom one was 3 (the background is more blurred).
Despite having a low key week and early nights, I did also go to a gig. The band were Dilly Dally who are described as a cross between The Distillers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Pogues. I bought tickets based on that alone, without even listening to them! I don’t see the comparison with the Pogues, but the singer’s voice was very Brody Dalle and there was a similarity with YYYs.
So I haven’t been too boring this week, promise!