Monthly Archives: July 2015

Birthday meal

On Tuesday, we headed out for a meal for my birthday.  Rather than the usual curry, which is our default setting when we eat out, we headed to The Ivory, where I had cajun chicken strips for a starter, chorizo and tomato pizza, and finished off with toffee cheesecake and ice cream.
Karen had mussels in a white wine and garlic sauce, and risotto, and skipped desert because she’s a lightweight and was stuffed.

It was the first time we’d eaten there, but it certainly won’t be the last.  The food was excellent, and the staff friendly and attentive, without being in your face.

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Random pic from last year

Largs kilt 2

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First run in months

Made it out this morning for my first run in a couple of months.  Just my usual wee 5K route round Pollok estate.

Took it nice and easy, setting no target time wise, and surprisingly was only a couple of minutes slower than usual.

I’ve entered a 10k at the end of August to give me something to aim for, so time to stop making excuses and get out running.

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……aaaaaaand exhale……..

Was feeling tired, and stressed this afternoon.  Found a guided chakra meditation on youtube, and thought “What the hell”.  Now I’m feeling, calm, relaxed, and awake.  It works, it’s really good.

I’ve tried Buddhist meditation, and liked that, but this really seemed to tick the right boxes.  I’ve got it bookmarked, and plan to do it on a regular basis now.

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Bike service

Got a free service for the bike today, courtesy of my work, which arranges for Dr Bike to come in ever so often.  It was needing the gears adjusted, as the cables are stretched now and the gears were slipping.  Since it had already had the post purchase service from the shop, I would have had to pay £20 for a basic service, just to get the cables adjusted, so this was good timing, and it saved me £25.
I also picked up some info on the bike servicing courses they run, and will definitely look into doing them in the near future.  If you know what you’re doing, you can go to the shop and hire a service bay and all the tools, for £4 an hour, which is damn good.  But first I have to know what I’m doing 😀  (They do have mechanics on hand to help out if need be).

What I thought was pretty cool, was the checklist they gave me with what they’d done ticked off, had a box for comments from the mechanic.  In mine he’d written “Great bike”.  Made my day.

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Stuffication

Just having been on holiday has brought home to me just how little of all the stuff my life is cluttered with, I actually need.
Two books I read and loved while on holiday – In the Miso Soup, and Piercing, both by Ryu Murikami – I left lying in the hotel for someone else to discover, and hopefully love too. (if you love something, set it free 🙂  )
Now that I’m back, I need to up the ante and get serious again with the clutter.

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Home again home again, jiggedy jig.

So we’re back from the trip to Dubai/Malaysia, and it was awesome.  I’ll get some pics up later this week, when I get a chance, but basically Dubai was scorchio (43C) and Malaysia was humid (80% humidity) and scorchio.  Dubai was about £8 for a beer (so I didn’t have any) and Malaysia about £2 for a small or £3 for a damn big one.  So I did.

We found cheap places to eat in Dubai, and Malaysia was just a lot cheaper anyway.  Food was great in both places.
I liked Dubai, but I really don’t know if I could go there on a proper holiday (we did 2 nights either side of Malaysia), as it’s blisteringly hot, and seems to revolve around shopping malls, unlike any other Arab country I’ve been to.  It’s also very clean and orderly and not at all dusty and ramshackle, like – for instance – Morocco, and I do like a the chaos of those places over the sanitised version that is Dubai.  (That’s not to say I didn’t like Dubai, I did.)
Malaysia, I loved.  KL was amazing, and while I thought the driverless metro system in Dubai was great, the monorail in KL trumped it.  Street food in KL was superb, and then Penang, with it’s stunning coastline, and Georgetown, which was fun to just wander round and get lost in.

I’d love to go back to KL and to a different part of Malaysia – Langkawi maybe, instead of Penang, and I will be back in Dubai for stopovers in the future.

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