So I am not a gym goer, I always find a reason not to go; "I'm too tired", "I have to see so and so tonight!".
I have been a member of two gyms and I have always felt self conscious about going.
The first gym I joined was at University and I kept seeing all the skinny people on my course working out and there was me, all sweaty and red.
Then when I moved home I joined the gym there, but I kept seeing people I went to school with who I never wanted to see again!
A friend and I used to go running as a training exercise for the race for life (5k, 3m). Before I started training for this I never thought I couldn't run, but it turned out that I could!
Then I had an operation in February 2010 which really put me out of action.
My partner and I have just moved to a new area and we have a 5 day free pass to LA Fitness, although I wasn't impressed with the facilities it was nice to be active again. I managed a sustained 8 minute run and then went for a swim. Lovely :) And of course there is the added benefit that I don't know anyone!
These are my niece and nephews gold fish that we are looking after while they are on holiday, and the rare Tibetan sneezing hamsters I bought from The Other Mousie when we moved to our rented hose that doesn't allow pets!
If you want to take part the rules can be found here.
Okay i thought i'd spice things up a little and have a few rules to this post a-photo-a-day challenge. Its not meant to be serious so if you dont want to follow them, thats fine.
If you do want to play along then these are what i've come up with so far. Ill cut them into small chunks so we feel we are achieving something.
All photos must be taken on the day itself, if your camera has a date facility then you could switch it on. You dont have to write anything to go with the image but some of the rules do ask for that.
Days 1 - 7
Day 1 - free choice to begin with
Day 2 - a pet or if you dont have one a stuffed toy
Day 3 - anything edible
Day 4 - your favourite mug/cup
Day 5 - free choice but this time list 3 reasons why you have chosen it.
Day 6 - free choice but must be in landscape mode not portrait
Day 7 - draw a small picture and take a photo of it (don't worry if you can't draw, nor can I).
Days 8 - 14
Day 8 - Must have a 'traingle' in it
Day 9 - anything 'yellow'
Day 10 - anything fluffy but not living
Day 11 - A cloud formation
Day 12 - Anything beginning with 'B'
Day 13 - 2 ingredients you will use in any meal today
Day 14 - The theme of 'time' interpret it any way you wish
Days 15 - 28
@litlemouselilly has come up with some great rules, i think you’ll agree with me that they are going to stretch us and be fun at the same time.
Ok some rule ideas that i came up with:
15. Treasured childhood possession
16. Macro shot (close up if no macro setting)
19.Looking down 20.Try a different perspective (e.g get down on the floor) 21.Weather
22.Yourself (either an image of you however you want to do it or something that sums you up!)
23-29. Pick a colour for a week
Brill new rules from Jan @cajamecreations. Cant wait to get started on these.
Your interpretation of the following...
Day 30. Water
Day 31. Insect
Day 32. What sums up home for you
Day 33. Favourite shoes
Day 34. Feathered friends
Day 35. Contents of handbag (no tidying up or adding pretty bits)
Day 51. Take a photo that reflects your favourite band name Day 52. A photo that describes your favourite song Day 53. A photo that reflects your personality Day 54. A photo that describes your favourite movie Day 55. A photo of your five things (that you would take to a desert island) Day 56. A photo of a photo from your childhood Day 57. Can you guess what it is, a photo where the object isn't immediately recognisable Day 58. A photo of your favourite smell Woo Hoo, if you've made it this far, well done. Jump up and down and feel good about yourself and... oh okay enough of the cheesy phrases!
So when I arrived in Vancouver I never would of thought that is was a good place for crafts. Vancouver has a different district for everything, restaurants for yuppies, kitsch shops selling British products (for those with too much money, geek-chic glasses and a macbook pro), the streets where the bums hang out, china town and the areas that have gone tourist mad!
One of the many tourist areas is Granville Island. We took the warter taxi to get there and back, wich was lovely and for $5 return trip I would highly recomend it. They also do tours of the False Creek.
Little did I know that Granville Island would be a great place for crafts. Full of amazing fresh food market stalls, a wonderful bead shop and a place where I just couldn't resist buying yarn!
If your going to Vancouver, you like the cheesy tourist experience and love crafts this is the place for you. Also Barbara in Miawa Supply is great for a chat and has been crafting for years so if you need any tips she is the gal to ask!
So in Vancouver charity shops are called thrift stores. (a much nicer name in my opinion). When I happened upon the Salvation Army thrift store I had to go in.
Walking around the isles, yes isles! I found myself falling in love with an incomplete tea set. It did occur to me that this was a silly thing to buy considering it has to make a long-hall flight home, but I fell in love.
As most of you know I work a day job. As well as blogging and making things I work as a PR executive for a technology company. This does involve travel and organising our attendance at tradeshows around the world.
A couple of moths ago I went to South Korea and I wrote a few blog posts about the places I went to and the things I saw, and you guys seemed to like it, so here we are again. (you can read previous posts here and here)
I am currently in Vancouver, Canada atending a trade show about games development.