With that in mind, and also with it being the last 'free' day before I go back to work, I decided to cook something a little different for breakfast. Over the Christmas period I purchased a veggie cookbook from M&S, so I thought I'd try out a recipe from there. The recipe I went for was museli pancakes. Which leads me on to cooking failure of the day #1.
This is what the pancakes were supposed to look like:
Cooking failure of the day #2:
A bit later on I decided to make some kale chips/crisps. I had a quick browse on the internet and it seemed simple enough: place kale on baking parchment, drizzle in olive oil and cook on 180 for 10 minutes. Simple..
I decided to try to run again, and luckily it was ok, though my ankle/calf is still hurting. I just adapted my running style and I now resemble the Hunchback of Notre Dame, in a treadmill special. I'm just glad that I managed to run at all. I did 6.3 miles in 1 hour, which again isn't great, but it was an enjoyable run. I'll work on my speed when this blasted leg improves.
In the spirit of enjoying the last day off work, I dragged S along to the cinema and we watched 'Life of Pi'.I really enjoyed the film and got so emotionally involved in the story (anything to do with animals and I'm sucked in. I hardly cry when a human dies in a film, but the moment and animal is even injured, I'm in floods of tears). In the story, one of the characters says that the events told will make you believe in God. My short synopsis won't do it justice, plus I'm feeling lazy, but you can find out more about the film here. (It's also a book by Yann Martell. I read it when it first came out, which feels like a million years ago). It is about a boy who is caught in a shipwreck and ends up in a little boat in the middle of the Pacific with a tiger. He has to learn how to survive the threats of the ocean and of the tiger. Eventually, he 'tames' the tiger and relies on his company to get him through. One of the lines in the film struck a chord with me. Pi's father says to him ''animals aren't emotional. When we look into their eyes and see their souls, we are just looking at our own emotion reflected'' (or something along those lines). When I was younger I had my own little tiger, a cat called Puss Puss. When I hated the world and everyone in it, Puss would come into my room and snuggle with me. I felt that she knew when I was sad, that she could sense it in some way...either way, believing that my cat could 'understand' me in some way provided a lot of comfort in the 'darkness' that I was going through.
*the next part may contain spoilers*
Towards the end of the story, when he is saved, Pi has to explain his story to some officials who want to find out what happened in the shipwreck. They didn't believe the story he gave, seeing it as a little far fetched. So Pi told them a different story, basically replacing the animals with humans, which was more believable. He asked which story was better, the one with the animals or the one without. The obvious answer is the one with (the previous 2 hours of the film had been devoted to that one, ensuring that we were emotionally invested!) Which one is 'true'...we can't know, the film suggested. Just like religion. We can't 'know' that something is real or true, but some people prefer to believe that there is an afterlife, that they are here for a reason...it's a 'nicer story'. Personally, I don't believe in a God. I was brought up as a Catholic, went to a convent school, became an altar server, studied Theology. I tried to believe in God, but there's always been a cynical voice in my head telling me 'you can't really believe that, can you?' I respect other people's religions, but I can't believe. I tried for a while, but now I've settled on trying-to-get-on-with-my-life-and-be-a-nice-person.
Phew, that was long and a bit heavy for a Sunday evening.
After the film we went to Starbucks (I was supposed to be limiting myself to 1 per month to save money, but...oops).
I had a tall caramel frappuccino light, because I felt like having one (and it felt good to just be able to get it without thinking too much about calories etc).
S went for the rather more healthy option of the lime refresher (or whatever it's called). Water, lime and ice.
Usually he gets a big ass strawberries and cream frapp (which I always steal a sip from. They are admittedly very good!)
I also popped into Holland and Barratt and picked up these:
I chose these over other powders because they were pretty cheap. They were £9.99 each, but because H&B have a bit of a sale on, I got 1/3 off, so they were £6.66 each. I could have picked up just one, but I was feeling extravagant (and they were cheap!) so I got a strawberry and chocolate flavour. Is this powder any good? Maybe I should've done more research before I bought it, but I'm a bit of an impulsive shopper and did I mention how cheap they were?
Ok, so this post is getting long and waffly now, well done if you made it up to here.
I'm off to make dinner and prepare for work tomorrow :(