måndag 31 juli 2017

Back at it

Today was my first workday after a few week long vacation. As I told you yesterday, I didn't mind at all that my vacation was over, and it felt really good to be back and meet up with a few colleagues and employees. And when I say a few, I mean a few. My department has 25 employees, and including me we reached the total number of seven today (not including the other departments). Most people will be back next week, or the week after that. 

I wore a black dress and black heels, and I almost froze my butt off! Our offices are super cold, I kind of forgot that when dressing this morning. Tomorrow I'll be wearing jeans for sure! 😳

Today is rest day, which is a good thing because my thighs are really sore today after all the squats and running yesterday. But I'll start my morning tomorrow (before going to work) at the gym. It's leg day, which I love, so it'll be super fun. And my soreness will hopefully be better because of it too.

Now I'm spending the rest of my night writing. What are you doing, this last night of July 2017?

Laters babes!

Over and out 

söndag 30 juli 2017

Drop off

Today we met up with my in laws to drop off mini me. She's still on holiday this week, but me and my husband starts working tomorrow again. I'm not feeling at all upset about that, for three reasons;
1. I've already had 5 weeks (more or less, I've worked a few days in between) off from work.
2. I really do love my job! I'm even looking forward to going back!
3. I'm only working one week then I have yet another week off from work before mini me starts her last year in kindergarten.
So, I have nothing to be upset about! I might not like it when my alarm goes off at 6 tomorrow morning, but I'll get over it!

I wasn't supposed to workout today. My PT specifically told me to rest my legs and not go running today. But then I ate too much ice cream and my legs felt restless (not my tummy and back, they're sore from yesterday's workout), so I went out on a power walk after doing squats until my thighs burned. The thing about power walking though...I'm just not that crazy about it. So I kind of ran. Instead. A bit. Not all the way. But most of it. And I ran a hill up and down a few times too. 🙈🙊

I felt great. My periosteum on my left shin has been giving me a bit of a hard time lately, and that's mainly why my PT told me to rest and not overdue it with the running, but I didn't feel anything today. My legs felt strong. But I might take it easy tomorrow, and give my body a day of rest. On Tuesday I'm going to the gym before work, so I'll do the running as a warm up at the treadmill. 👌🏻

But now I'm off to bed! Early morning start tomorrow! 👍🏻

Laters babes!

Over and out 

lördag 29 juli 2017

PT time

I have this huge advantage when it comes to training and training right. One of my absolute best friends is also a PT. I've told you about this before, but it doesn't hurt mentioning again. We once worked together and became best of friends off from work too. And that friendship has remained for years, and will continue on doing so. He knows me so well, everything worth knowing and most things not worth knowing too. I trust him completely and he always makes me feel safe to be me. I don't have to guard myself or keep up any appearances, he sees through them any way. 

The good thing about him knowing me so well is that he knows all my weaknesses. The bad thing about him knowing me so well is that he knows all my weaknesses (yes I'm repeating myself, but wait for it) and he doesn't accept my bad excuses when I'm trying to sneak my way out of a hard exercise at the gym! 😝

 Today we had our first PT session since forever, and I was totally spent afterwards! But I felt absolutely great! We targeted all my weak spots and we've made plans for the months to come. We decided on which exercises I could do on my own and which ones we will focus on when training together once a weak. He also told me to rest more between my runs, and maybe not run every other day as I've done the last couple of weeks. We'll see, I like that I got my strength and endurance back, but maybe he's right. I don't want to overwork it either.

We ended the day with a movie night date. "Atomic Blonde" with Charlize Theron. Well worth seeing and the music was great! A lot of old goodies from the 1980's. 

How's your Saturday been? Done anything fun?

Laters babes!

Over and out 

fredag 28 juli 2017

Evening run

I did it! Lazy butt or not, but I got myself together and went out running. My legs felt a bit stiff at first, but loosened up after a while. It's not as warm here as in Spain so the air was easier to breath while running, but I sure missed the beautiful views and sounds of the ocean in Villajoyosa!

I wore my tights from Stronger  but I could easily have worn a pair of shorts instead because it was warmer than I thought it would be.

I chose to take the more scenic route so that I wouldn't miss the ocean too much, but although pretty the ocean is still the ocean. 

It's strange how my workouts in Spain felt so much more enjoyable than the ones I do here in Sweden. Almost as if all the training in Spain was for fun and the training here at home is a boring must! Talked to my husband about that and he felt exactly the same way! Got to find away to get the "fun" part connected to my training at home too. Don't know how though so if you have any ideas, please let me know! 

Talked to my best friend (and pt) earlier today and he suggested we'd meet up tomorrow at the gym to kick start the autumn workout plan! I guess it's a good idea and maybe what I need to make it fun, but I already had plans for tomorrow (catching a movie with that same bff among other things) so I guess we'll make it work on Sunday instead! He's going to help me get rid of my back pains once and for all! 👌🏻😝

Laters babes!

Over and out 

Black stuff

I woke up with a plan, to go out running before breakfast. But, it was raining. We have a proverb here in Sweden; "Det finns inget dåligt väder, bara dåliga kläder" which translates into; "There's no bad weather, there are only bad clothes”. This saying is used when it is raining and kids (and clearly adults too) don't want to go outside. I really don't mind running in rain though, and I have the right clothes to do it. 😋 I was just being a lazy butt! 

So I got this black stuff on my face instead. All dressed for running as you can see. The plan remains, just a bit later than I first planned. This is a peel off mask, and my God that hurt! It better clean my face thoroughly so that it was worth the pain. 😝

Charlie the cat is still in need of closeness, sleeping in my lap or just next to me wherever I sit down. Cuddly little guy! ❤️ And on that note, some great news and fitting well with the title of this entry, "black stuff", Morris the cat has finally found her way back to my in laws! So on Sunday I'll go and get her back home again. Can't wait to see her! ❤️

Now I need to get lunch ready. 

Laters babes!

Over and out 

torsdag 27 juli 2017

Fixing things

We've been living in our apartment for almost a year now but there are still parts of it that needs fixing. Or well, not fixing fixing, just some new thinking or a look over when it comes to interior design. It's my hobby, but it comes in on third place, after writing and reading, so it doesn't always get the priority that it should. 

But today I finished off (almost), a new picture wall. It's been empty up until today mostly because the wall is solid concrete and really, really hard to drill into (at least with the tools I've got). But now I've found an alternative to drilling, a Velcro solution. I love the angel posters I bought on www.desenio.se as well as the one with the black and white hand. Love, love, love! The mirror looking like a sun is bought from www.hm.com and if you want to know about the rest just send me a message.

There are still things missing on the wall, I just haven't figured out what yet. When I do I'll finish it. 

Now I'm off to enjoy a Kindle date, again! 😆

Laters babes!

Over and out 

onsdag 26 juli 2017

Home sweet home

I'm back! Back in my bed and with my little guy Charlie all cuddled up next to me! ❤️

I've missed this little guy and his sister, but Morris seems to have been caught up with something much more fun than going home because she's been on a walkabout for three days and still not showing. So we had to leave her behind when going home today. Hopefully she'll be back soon so we can get her home again. We left all her stuff and food with my in laws and they'll keep an eye out for her. I spent the morning calling and looking for her, but she was a no show. I'm not really upset (yet), the weather is great and she has a home to go to if she wants to and all the neighbors know who she is and where she belongs so everyone is looking for her. Including my in laws who's really fond of her too. ❤️

Before leaving their house on the mountain I picked a small bucket full of wild raspberries to bring with me. They taste divine, so much sweeter than regular (garden) raspberries. 

I only stayed out there (on the other side of the road to my in laws house) like fifteen minutes and still managed to pick over 600g of these small but divine goodies! 

And when back home, I made raspberry jam! It's super delicious! 

I haven't had a bubble bath in over a month because of my vacation trip in Spain, which must be some kind of record for me! But tonight I had my bubble bath and every fibre in my body relaxed joyfully!

So now I'm off to some quiet time in bed with my kindle and Charlie close to my leg. A true happy place of mine! It's good to be home! ❤️🙏🏻❤️

Laters babes!

Over and out 

tisdag 25 juli 2017

Flying high

Im high above ground, very high. In an airplane on my way home (Thank you Norwegian for free onboard wifi). We had a nice last day in Alicante where we went for a long walk in the harbour and then back to the hotel through the city. Bought myself a little gift to celebrate this amazing vacation and to remind me of my writing. 

A falcon charm from Thomas Sabo, to add to my charm bracelet. In one of my ongoing writing projects the main character is an falcon, a peregrine. I'm not sure that this is a peregrine, but it will forever remind me of this story that's still forming in my head and that I've got so much positive feedback by those having read what I've written so far. 

And now, as I'm soaring the skies like a falcon (yes, you need to have a great deal of imagination to get that image into your head), I can't help getting reminded of that story and my dreams for it. I hope you'll get to read it some day!

Laters babes!

Over and out

måndag 24 juli 2017

To conquer a mountain

Today was my last day in Alicante, tomorrow afternoon I'm off to the airport and catching a flight home to Sweden. Three weeks of amazing vacation laziness (and weather) has come to an end. 

Started off the day at the rooftop pool at the hotel. 

And had a drink...

Before going out on the town to do some shopping and eating a late lunch (around 15:00). We only had to planned visits, and the first one was to the Nike Store. My husband wanted some new training clothes, which he ended up not buying, but I did buy a pink tank top that was on sale. I have one just like it in black so I knew they're great workout gear!
The second stop was to Don Dino. It's a toy store chain and mini me had gotten a promise from her father to buy a toy (a LOL Surprises, if that means anything to any of you). She's been watching it on YouTube for weeks and we don't have them in Sweden. Unfortunately they were all sold out, so she was kind of disappointed until she found the Hatchimals which she ended up buying. And that was it! Almost. We did end up buying some training clothes for my husband, just not at the Nike store.

Here's my pink tank top which I wore when we went to conquer a mountain. 💪🏻

Castillo de Santa Barbara, a castle on top of a mountain! 

It was a steep climb but the view was worth it! 

Although a terrible fear of heights I really enjoyed the views. 

Until mini me went out to this spot! My God, my heart stopped! 😱

The walk down was almost as hard as going up, my thighs burned with the effort, but it felt so good! Someday I might return and try to run up the mountain, but this time I walked, and it was tough enough! Most people take the lift or drive up to the top. 

Ended the day with a delicious paella, and Now I'm off to bed. It's been an amazing, but long, day!

Laters babes!

Over and out 

söndag 23 juli 2017

Walkabout Alicante

It's been a long and fun day, starting in Villajoyosa and ending in Alicante. I'm staying at the hotel Amerigo in Alicante and I'm really enjoying my stay so far. The room is big, the beds are very comfy and the view is just as great as that in Villajoyosa.

Castillo Santa Barbra up on the mountain, which I'll probably will. Is it tomorrow. 👌🏻

And of course the rooftop view from my balcony. I'll try to get some writing done here too. With views like this you just can't NOT write! 👌🏻

The sunshine followed with to Alicante! 👌🏻

So we a tarted off the early afternoon by the pool and then left for some shopping that ended up in a nearly three hours long walk around Alicante. I took a lot of video snaps from the walk that you can watch on my Snapchat. 

Back at the hotel again we had some tapas for dinner (eating dinner att 22:00 is so off my normal routines) before going back to our room and climbed right into bed. Mini me's sleeping already and I'm probably next in line. Super tired! And with a bit of a pain in my left ear. I've never had an ear infection so I'm not sure how that feels like, but hopefully it's just something temporary. It hurts when I swallow, chew or just move my jaw a bit too much. And in between the pain my ear is really itchy. I took some painkillers before going to bed so fingers crossed that it'll be gone tomorrow. 🤞🏻

Laters babes!

Over and out 

lördag 22 juli 2017

Last one

Maybe I shouldn't promise, maybe the beach in Alicante will make me dress in a bikini too, but I'll do it anyway; today is my last beach bikini pic for quite some time! At least from Spain! 😂

I've spent my entire day at the beach, and the waves were perfect as there was hardly and wind at all. Green flags for the entire length of the beach, and I think that is a first one since we arrived nearly three weeks ago. And the water temperature was just perfect. Perfect! 
Tomorrow we're going to Alicante, by train. We usually take the taxi (our taxi driver and friend Paco), but we thought we should try to get there by our own this time. So looking forward to two days of exploring Alicante, but also a bit sad that we're leaving Villajoyosa. I'm flying back here in October so I don't have to miss it for long though. 😆

Laters babes!

Over and out 

fredag 21 juli 2017

Just one more

Just one more day left of this fantastic vacation we've had here in Villajoyosa, Spain. On Sunday we leave for Alicante and we'll stay there for two more nights. We fly back home to Sweden on Tuesday. I'm sure going to miss the simple life here in Villajoyosa and the amazing beach. And the weather! I hear that the summer has been cold and rainy back home in Sweden. Hopefully we'll bring some sunshine with us back home. ❤️

I matched my Kindle with my nail polish today, and my bikini (not showing in this pic). All in on pink!

There you have it! The weather forecast predicted rain and thunderstorms today from noon, but we saw nothing of that. The sun has been shining all day. And hopefully it will tomorrow as well so we can enjoy our last day on the beach. ☀️

I went on my last run tonight here in Villajoyosa, for this trip. And I had a mission! The hill I've been going on about, I would run it all the way up! And I did! 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻 I'm so proud of myself for that achievement! It might not have been the highest hill in the world, but it got me bad! Until tonight! I. Did. It!!! Yes!!! 

And then I ran the stairs just for fun! 😉

I've been running passed the harbour on my runs, and they've been working hard on this boat no matter what time of day it's been, or yacht more likely! And can you see the front? Sooo amazingly beautiful! 🙏🏻

I want to buy this yacht (if I had gazillions of money)! It's amazing!!! Love, love, love it! And I'm not a boat person as you might remember. Me and the sea are really not a good match. I get seasick just looking at waves too long. 🙈

So, tomorrow will probably (not promising anything) be my last bikini-legs-ocean-waves-kind-of-annoying-pics for this trip. Alicante will be more sightseeing stuff I reckon. But now I'm off to bed! 

Laters babes!

Over and out 

torsdag 20 juli 2017

Beach mode

I've spent the day, again, at the beach. Yes, I know, it's getting boring and you don't want to see another pic of the ocean or me in a bikini! But, bear with me! I'll only be here in Villajoyosa for another three days, then I'm off to Alicante for my last two nights in Spain for this trip. 

So I spent most of my day dating my Kindle whilst the sun kissed my skin (and gave me a slight sunburn). 😆

Still haven't found these back home in Sweden. Pity, they're super tasty! Schweppes Limon! I've always bought them on my trips to Thailand so I'm happy to see that you can buy them here too! 👌🏻

And speaking about drinks, I had one...or two, tonight as well. 

I just had to! Finding out that Central Perk is to be found here (and not in New York) was a great surprise!  But this one seems to be focused more on drinks than coffee. 😆😂 But kind of a good try. With the couch and all! Funny thing! Anyways, their mojito was really tasty, but their Pina Colada was just too sweet for my liking. 

Now I'm off to bed, feeling a bit bad that I didn't go running tonight. My legs just wasn't up to it, I'll give it a try in the morning instead. Need to conquer that bloody hill before I leave Villajoyosa! 😜

Laters babes!

Over and out 

onsdag 19 juli 2017

Strolling around

I had a great day at the beach today although there wasn't much swimming going on for me. They'd put up a red flag which basically means "don't swim", but I'm not sure people understand that! It's a long beach in Villajoyosa, and a small part of it is a bit sheltered and doesn't get as high waves as the other part, so it had a yellow flag. Still very high waves, but we chose a spot on the beach by the yellow flag (taking the direction on not swimming under the red flag). 

I guess these pictures doesn't really tell the story correctly, but the waves were forceful!

So we built a sandcastle instead, me and mini me. You can se part of it in the picture above. And we played with a ball. And we made a heart shaped "pool" in the sand on for mini me to play in. And yes, I read a bit too (always accompanied by my Kindle). 👌🏻

As it wasn't "running day" today we took a stroll along the beach instead. 

There's this man, making sand art every now and then. Today he's been portraying Jesus last supper. Amazing! 👌🏻

Part of the beach, I think looking north (but I could be wrong).

Passing the harbour.

Watching the sea.

And ending up at Varadero beach.

Where mini me (to the left) and I (to the right) left our marks on the beach by building two stone pyramids! 👌🏻
And now I'm back home, ready to go to bed after yet another great day here in Villajoyosa. Only 5 more days here now...

Laters babes!

Over and out