We moved into a house with a evergreen giant hedge down the front side of the drive and wandering past the extended kitchen.
I dislike evergreen hedges a lot, so it had to go. Although I was surprised at the sheer level of interest from my parents in the hedge meant I got lots and lots of emails asking if it had been removed yet.
It is our border so, by my calculations, is our hedge, which means I didn’t need the neighbours permission to remove it.. but the Other Half said we should inform them.
I was concerned that they might have some crazy Stockholm syndrome about the hedge and want to keep it, but it turned out they wanted rid of it so they could block pave their driveway… now I know we’ve moved into suburbia.
I decided that it would be fun to download some random free Kindle books to see what I could find – the emphasis being on *free*.
This is nothing to do with my recent shock credit card bill after replacing all the furniture in the bedroom as the previous owners had built in the most hideous set of units.
My starting point was a romantic-comedy, despite it not being my preferred genre, but the cover was so pink that it was eye-catching.
Plotwise, Tiffany Black works as a croupier in a casino and loves cupcakes – no I don’t know why we needed to know that, I guess Winters thought it made her heroine quirky.
Tiff wants to be a Private Investigator and nearly has her license – she also has her first case… investigating the murder of a casino-mogul who may not have been murdered by his stripper wife…
For a rom-com there wasn’t much rom and the ending felt really abrupt and like the male led was being deliberately pushed away – random.
The writing was light and fluffy, which works for the genre, but there was nothing that will be memorable in a week’s time- which is fine as a) I didn’t pay for it and b) I remember too much junk anyway.
I recently came across the concept of utkatasana explosions, this was a complete curveball and also very exciting!
Utkatasana, which seems to be pronounced OOT-kah-tah-sahn by most of the yoga teachers I’ve worked with, is also known as chair pose and has never been massively popular in any yoga class that I’ve attended. It involves bending your knees as it you are going to sit down… and then hanging out in that position!
Yoga Journal has a good description of the core pose, but basically:
You stand tall with your feet as together as you can
Raise your arms above your head at about 90% – aka perpendicular, with your palms facing inwards.
Bend your knees, the aim is to have the thighs nearly parallel to the floor – the reality may be very different!
The explosion element is then lifting up one leg and tucking into a ball whilst standing on the remaining leg, then popping out into a stretch with all three non-standing limbs.
I am wobbly as heck at the moment still, but it is fun!
After the Gu surprise I’ve decided that it might be a good time to start treating my body a little more like a temple, so I decided to try eating olives again. I don’t actually really like them, but I keep hearing that they are good for me
Last time I tried eating them for a bit with only the vaguest of ideas about why they were good for me – and also with no idea of sensible serving size!
I did look at a variety of random internet pages and the consensus olives in small doses are generally deemed ok – this being under 100 grams or somewhere between 4 and 8 olives.
They are healthy because they contain mono-unsaturated fatty acids which promote good cholesterol and also something called oleocanthal which *might* have anti-inflammatory properties – if it helps my knee I will try anything!
Black olives are supposed to be particularly healthy and you need to avoid dodgy genetically modified oils such as Canola.
As the Mediterranean diet is still being pushed as being fab this is probably worth the effort of choking the darn things down.
My good intentions finally paid off and I read the fourth & final story in the ‘Hexed‘ anthology, which was Jeanne C. Stein’s ‘Blood Debt‘.
It was ok in so far as I’ve not previously considered what life would be like for a bounty hunter who is a vampire.
There was a fair bit of history to the character but it was handled in a high level so I had a decent flavour without feeling too bogged down in detail for a short story
If you’d asked me if I’d heard of Jeanne Stein before reading ‘Hexed’ I would have ummed for a bit and concluded that I hadn’t, however it transpires that I have another story by her in yet another anthology that I haven’t read fully, ‘Many Bloody Returns‘, oops.
Then when I looked up her main series of books – the Anna Strong Chronicles, I realised that I *have* seen her books but the cover art put me off.
I have a feeling that the books might remind me of Chris Marie Green’s ‘Night Rising’, but the short story sounded interesting and if I can find the first ‘The Becoming’ cheaply enough I am willing to try it despite the cover art and despite knowing it features rape – which I usually try to avoid.
Maybe I should start reading all the stories in anthologies rather than just the one I bought it for…