Can you believe that the first six months of this year have already ended? That we are starting half number two tomorrow? So much has happened this year! At least I am glad to say that I feel like I really lived through those first months. But I am also ready for a holiday. More on that next month. For now, I'll be happy exploring our more immediate neighbourhood.
All. the time. Honestly, since I started working out more I could literally eat all day every day. Since we moved we have upgraded from a fridge drawer to... well, a whole flat including one great kitchen. So I've been loving cooking at home and trying out new recipes. A few highlights were this low carb cheesecake which was a phenomenal brekfast *cough*. My favourite lunch were Fajita skewers which were so spicy that we both had to drink a glass of milk with them and then follow them up with vanilla ice cream. I guess the ice cream was optional but it didn't hurt. And finally I made some DIY Lärabars. There are lots of recipes for this kind of thing on Pinterest! Now I only need a decent food processor because my little one started smelling a bit funky in the process. Oops. These were a favourite though, I can't recommend them high enough. I'll be sure to round up a few of my favourite recipes soon-ish.
In the sun. Well, kinda. British summer has been hiding and there's been a lot of wet runs, but I am happy to report that the faint little lines on my thighs do not wash off. They are real cycling tan lines and I am wearing them proudly. Even though I am probably the only person who can see them. I'm slowly making progress on all fronts: better balance which pays of in single leg squats, greater strength which means less ITB pain, more confidence on the bike (thanks to a 20 miler, yay!!), "faster" (but admittedly short) runs at sub 9:00 minutes per mile.
I also discovered a lot of things I need to work on like: riding downhill, fueling properly (insert aforementioned Lärabar experiment), or quite randomly balancing on patches of sand without falling over when cycling at the beach. I told my athlete friend about work about some of my weaknesses and the next day I found an email full of tips and tricks and helpful articles in my inbox. That absolutely made my day so much better.
Jonas Jonasson's most recent novel Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All which I loved and think is much better than his second book and more like the first one he wrote. In Waterstones a lady also recommended The Reader on the 6.27 which I was positively surprised by. It's not a favourite though. And now I have started Anthony Doerr's About Grace (beautiful cover!) because I loved All the Light We Cannot See. My only problem? My to-be-read list is getting longer and longer and I just can't find the time to properly relax and just read anymore. Guess I should take twenty minutes before bed to just wind down with a book. I deserve that.
What I want to read next? The Shepherd's Life is definitely right up there, Big Magic as well, and maybe Emma?