As you all know, my uncle passed away a couple of weeks ago and we attended his funeral yesterday.
As I sat listening to the things people said about him now that he's passed on I thought of all the things that I've done in my life. What would people say about me when my time comes?
Well. The alcohol later in the afternoon helped me think further on that. Apparently I'm quite an entertaining drunk.
The hangover was not entertaining. I so rarely drink that it takes about a pint before I'm dancing round the parasols. Unlike my little sister, who can knock back 8 Tia Marias *gag* and still be breathing.....
So, when the buzzer went off at 8:30am this morning I can't say I was awfully impressed. The dude delivering my parcel (protein nomnoms!) was as awake as you'd like - telling me he'd rather have woken me up at 6:30am. He almost got shown a little more than he was counting on.
When I finally decided it was safe to get out of bed (i.e. the liquid in my stomach had stopped moving around and the world was not lurching alarmingly) I decided it was time to get a few things done!
Firstly, I have had a sample of some waterless shampoo delivered for me to do a review on. Given that I was around smokers yesterday evening my long hair smelled of that "after-smoke" smell you get when you've been in pubs (well, the smell you would have got inside pubs about 10 years ago). I decided the first test for the shampoo was to see if it could handle the smell.
I'm really fussy with how products make my hair and skin smell and feel, so I was a little apprehensive about opening the package, given that I'm always as honest as possible. Having opened it and squeezed some foam onto my hand (which felt less dense than I thought it would) I went with it and put it on my hair. Smells nice. Didn't leave a residue. Hmm. Could work - I'll keep giving it a go and taking photos to give you guys the full low-down at the end of the week!
Secondly, it was time to get a gait analysis done - I've always picked my running shoes by colour (don't judge me) but I knew it's time to actually find out how my feet move.
I also needed new hiking boots (yes, I DID go a size bigger...a size and a half actually!)
And I also had to somehow persuade my hubs to buy a new pair of running shoes. This was going to be my challenge for the day.
The thing with getting the hubs to go shoe shopping is to break it to him gently, in logical terms with a clear "get-out" plan. And never, ever before morning coffee.
As my plan kicked in to play, starting to discuss his (hideous) old running shoes in relation to our planned training walk tomorrow. They have bits of rubber falling off of them. He's had them as long as I've known him. They're practically rotten (sadly I think they're also going to be framed).
He was surprisingly easy to convince into buying shoes....suspicious....still, I decided to play the advantage (I learnt what that meant today xD).
1 hour into shopping trip and we'd visited all of the sports stores in Crawley. They're too bright, they're too expensive, they're not good enough quality....
2 hours in we'd visited two jewelry stores and done a round in 'Next'. If a man ever says women wander when we're shopping to me again.... :p
2.5 hours in and we were back in the store we started in. I perved over the minimalist running shoes, knowing full well that with the ligament damage in my foot they're probably not the best choice, but still, they felt nice...
Everything was apparently "too bright" for hubs. Can't wear the yellow, or the blue, or the red, or the pink, or the orange and yellow and he didn't like "that shade of purple". I never want to hear "oh, you're fussy" from him again.
As he was about to leave the store I lucked out on some blue and black New Balance....on offer! Gently...Gently...."look dear". Aaaaand they took! Mission 1 achieved.
I then proceeded to spend 1.5 hours speaking to a REALLY knowledgable assistant called Natalie, who analysed my gait, listened to the story of the broken foot (and gave me the same look the doctor in A&E did) and also found some nice, lightweight Salomon hiking boots. I may also have left the store with some supportive, Brookes running shoes. They're pretty....and the video of the gait analysis DID show they supported my ankles more....honest! (apparently I land on the outside of my heel and then over-pronate, bending my ankle over. Surprised I've not strained it yet actually watching the footage).
So, hiking boots = check, hubs hiking/running shoes = check, running shoes (not on original list) = check, gait analysis = check, protein noms = check.
Today was a success :)
I also got an email from Holly at PoleFreaks telling me my blog has been published!! Whoo!! You can read "Don't Let Fear Bridle You, Let Passion Release You - Pole Dance" at PoleFreaks.
I've talked about the progression from 0 weeks to 20 weeks in dancing.....lots of photos :D
Anyway, time to go and test my new running shoes and get my THIRD extra 5k into my training this week ;) Laters peeps!
Oh, I'll even leave you with some pictures!!