Happy Friday! Is it just me or has this week flown by?
Tomorrow is my first half marathon of three in the next three weeks - the Helly Hansen Beauty and the Beast trail challenge! Gulp! Let's hope it goes well. I'm looking forward to writing another race report :) Wish me luck! Tom will be tweeting on my behalf during the race so follow the hashtag #3halfs3weeks to stay updated.
Despite the gruelling training this week (did 18.5km yesterday! Ouch!) I have been kind of blissed out as I'm enjoying so many cool things at the moment. I thought I'd share some of them with you, so here's a selection of what I'm currently loving....
WW recipe and it turned out great. And so easy! You dip the courgette strips in seasoned flour, then in whipped egg white, then in breadcrumbs and bake in a hot oven. In the seasoned flour I used a spice blend I brought back from Australia called "Bush Spice" which has a lovely lemon myrtle flavour. These fries were just delicious - so crispy, just like tempura but without all the oil. SO good. Let me know if you give them a try!
The Paris Wife. I bought this book when we visited Bath in March (Bath has got wonderful bookshops!) and I can't believe I waited until our holiday in Cornwall to finally pick it up and read it. It was just mesmerising. It tells the story of Hadley Richardson, the first wife of Ernest Hemingway, as they meet, fall in love and move to Paris in the early 1920s. But if you know anything about Hemingway you'll know he was married four times and hence something is bound to go wrong in this story somewhere! I love historical novels but I particularly love it when they are an imagined history (using the facts available) of real figures rather than fictional characters. This book brought bohemian Paris to life beautifully, not to mention the bullfights of Spain, the Alps, Italy and post WW1 Chicago. Every now and then you pick up a novel that is so beautifully written you don't want it to end...and now I have finished it I'm still thinking about it! Highly, highly recommended!
Down The Way is a magnificent album. "Yellow Brick Road" is my favourite track. All the songs remind me of Melbourne for some reason. And Pete's See The Sun is just as awesome as I remembered. "Class A" is my favourite track.
BRITA Fill&Go. We got our tap filter replaced recently and the team very kindly sent me this bottle to try as a little bonus...it's the best drink bottle for commuting/days out I've found for ages. It's quite big (holds 600ml) and fits very easily into my backpack side pocket. It has a filter in it that you replace as you need to and there's also a straw in it that means you don't have to tilt your head back to drink, you just suck it up through the straw. So easy! So far it's kept the water in it lovely and cold too.
Other things I'm loving (not pictured!): loose jeans (!) ♥ Skype calls ♥ Sydney Swans making the AFL Grand Final! ♥ Rachel's Organic Greek Yoghurt with Ginger (luscious isn't the word!) ♥ keeping a journal again ♥ wonderful blogs ♥ SongPop ♥ the return of Downton Abbey ♥ getting to know our new neighbours ♥
What are you currently loving? Have a happy weekend!!