I don’t want to speak too soon, but it really does feel (and look) like spring has sprung! We have been blessed with a couple of truly gorgeous weeks, and while it isn’t quite t-shirt weather, I am living in hope of a decent summer.
Today after lunch, Matt and I went for an amble down the beach. It has been a beautiful day, and there were plenty of people on the beach who had a similar idea to us.
To mark the occasion, we stopped for an ice cream and soaked up some much needed vitamin D while we ate. It was great to get out of the house, blow away some cobwebs and appreciate where we live. It’s very easy to forget to appreciate what is around you, and we are truly lucky to be a 5 minute walk from the beach and a 10 minute drive away from the countryside.
Over the last week or so, the blossom has really started to come out. Long may it continue too! When we got home, some more chores followed, and we’re both currently parked on the sofa watching the closing ceremony of the winter paralympics.
What else has been going on this week? Well, there wasn’t a return to running, but there was some more mindful eating, and an attempt at one of the (many) recipes on my Pinterest boards. A while back, my sister posted a recipe to my facebook page. It looked interesting, but I hadn’t got round to trying it. As some of my bananas became too ripe, I thought I’d give the recipe a go.
They aren’t much to look at, admittedly, but they were tasty in a kind of cakey way (I was expecting more of a flapjack kind of texture). I may not have followed the recipe to the letter, as I don’t have any apple sauce or raisins in the house at the moment. Regardless, they were good and I will be making them again.
- 3 mashed, ripe bananas
- 1/3 cup of apple sauce
- 2 cups oats
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Basically, you mix all of the ingredients together, plop into a tray and spread out the mixture. Pop it in the oven for 15-20 minutes on 180c (350f or gas mark 4), and then leave on a wire rack to cool.
I feel like I have had a bit of a better work/life balance this week. Despite having an incredibly heavy workload at the moment, I didn’t bring work home and I relaxed a bit easier in the evenings. I am definitely counting that as progress! I’ve even managed to get myself organised with some of my marshalling bits and bobs. I have taken on social media responsibility for my marshalling club’s region, and as the motorsport season is now upon us, it was time for me to invest a bit more time and thought into it. I’ve had a good response and reception so far, and I am hoping that the use of a couple of different tools will help me out with that.
All in all, it’s been a good week and I am looking forward to seeing what next week brings.