Monday Catch-Up #79

Upcycled Ikea Tealight Holders

What a blissfully peaceful week where life has finally returned to normal. By normal, I mean back to my one day a week working from home which has been in hiatus for some time and the return of my Pilates teacher from a month in New Zealand. It’s sometimes not until you get something back that you realise how much you missed it and as I made my way up the road to my class on Thursday afternoon, it really felt like everything was right with the world. Pilates is the BEST form of exercise as far as I’m concerned – slow, controlled, sculpting, strengthening. There’s nothing quite like it and I’m properly hooked.

Here’s some other little moments of gratitude from last week:

The 10k

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that my lunchbreaks at work have been filling up with running over the past few weeks. Our 10k finally arrived on Sunday and 3 colleagues and I made our way to Weybridge to stretch our legs at 9am in the morning. It seems a ridiculous idea on paper but it’s a mighty fine way to start the day and I loved it. Now is the challenge of keeping my running up at work without a target to aim for but it feels so energising that hopefully it will continue

Cinema Dates

My favourite bit of make believe is to pretend that films must all be high-brow and arty farty. Don’t get me wrong, I love independent and foreign films and my favourite movie of all time happens to be German, but sometimes you just need a bit of comic book heroism and we went to see Logan at the Greenwich Picturehouse on Sunday evening. Cinema dates on Sunday are great, it means you avoid that nagging sense of ‘back to school-ness’ that descends late on Sunday afternoon when you have to think about ironing work clothes and getting everything organised for the week ahead. Go to the cinema instead! Of course I loved Logan, Mr Jackman can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned.

Getting To Know London

On my last training run before the 10k I changed direction a little and headed further down along the river into Rotherhithe. It’s fast becoming my favourite part of London, you can smell history on the breeze and although all the old wharves have long since become apartments or offices, old London still remains. You also get the sense that a lot of the people haven’t changed too much either, descended from dock workers and keeping a close-knit community. It’s so peaceful.

The Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe

Front Door, Rotherhithe

Quality Kitten Time

Whereas Maddie spends most of the day out with our dog walker and her pack when we’re at work, Boo is by himself. It’s lovely when I can spend some extra time at home and get bonus kitten love. He makes us so happy despite all his cheeky mischievous ways.

Ginger Kitten Boo

Ginger Kitten Boo

Crafty DIY 

Whilst I’m no stranger to DIY, being crafty is not my strong point. Encouraged by some pretty but fairly simple copper spray-painting on Pinterest, I decided to have a go myself. Armed with some cheap old Ikea tealight holders and a can of Rustoleum copper spray paint, it was upcycling for beginners but they look so lovely! The image at the top of this post is the end result and a full ‘how-to’ will be coming later in the week.

Upcycled Copper Tealight Holders

I hope you’ve had a lovely week X


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  1. March 7, 2017 / 9:01 am

    I can’t imagine running 10k – well done! Sarah #mg

    • Lins
      March 11, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      Thank you so much Sarah. I never imagined I’d say this but I think I have the running bug now 🙂 X

  2. mackenzieglanville
    March 9, 2017 / 12:30 am

    Oh I love everything you’ve been up too, especially spending time with Boo. We have 2 new kittens in our home now, they are both Ragdolls, Missy and Mountain so I am enjoying loads of kitten play right now. I love how DIY you are too! #mg

    • Lins
      March 11, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Wowweeee two new kittens!! I don’t know much about rag dolls other than I think they’re not really outdoors cats? My friend had one years ago, it was beautiful XX

    • Lins
      March 11, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      Thank You Lisa, he’s a beauty alright although very cheeky with it 😉 X

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