Tangent Tuesday

 

Today’s post is brought to you by Tangent Tuesday. Because I want to list my favourites, and because I’m on a night train to London (it’s Monday night people. See, I do actually prepare these posts somewhat in advance). I’m sore from yesterday’s race and I’m not looking forward to wearing heels tomorrow – there will be muchos protest from my calves I think! I deliberately didn’t bring my running gear to London to give myself a chance to recover, and to hopefully encourage more core work to happen….

 

These tangents are things that I have come across or seen over the past few weeks. I spent a week in Stockholm, and so let’s kick things off with some Scandi-love.

 

  • Fotografiska – This is a photograph museum in Stockholm, and was recommended by some friends. The main exhibition was by a guy called Anders Petersen, and he really captured the intimacy and vulnerabilities of his subjects, which made me feel sad. Don’t you think photography exhibitions are strange? The subjects are all out there, either living their lives or not.  Then I left, walked back to my hotel & thought about how I’m almost ready for my own Scandi crime drama after being so contemplative in a photography museum in Stockholm. At least, that’s what I told Gilly, anyway.
See? Sad photos!

See? Sad photos!

  • My Swedish running top! Since it’s dark for about 60% of the year, Stockholm has loads of really expensive good running shops. I bought this cute vest which will help running in Durham, as it’s also dark there for about 40% of the year. Sadly I can’t remember the brand – I’ll check it out when I get home.

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  •  Kylie – She came to Newcastle!!! Hurrah. She always puts on a good show: she sings live, doesn’t forget the classics, struts around the stage, and has the best wardrobe ever. She’s an awesome entertainer and this time she didn’t disappoint. I would say it was the best night of my life, but what about the other times I’ve seen her?

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  • Karl Stefanovic – hero. For the Aussie readers, did you ever think you’d see that sentence written down? Karl is a morning TV presenter in Australia who revealed that he wore the same suit every day for a year. Yep. A whole year. He did it to show how little people care about what male presenters wear: people actually judge them for what they say and the work they do rather than on their appearance first. Now, Karl may not always be so astute, but this was a pretty good experiment with the point well made. Well bloody done, and get yourself a new suit.
  • The G20 – nothing makes me as happy as seeing all the world leaders get together, and if it happens in Australia, then even better. They always look so proud and excited, like it’s the first day at school. As if these people run the world. And there are so. many. awkward photos flying around. Here are my favourites from this week.
Awww. BFFs.

Awww. BFFs.

No one's even pretending to have fun here.

No one’s even pretending to have fun here.

It turns out all you need is a Koala to ease international political tension

It turns out all you need is a Koala to ease international political tension

And here he is: the Coolest of the Cool joining in on the fun. With his side kick.

And here he is: the Coolest of the Cool joining in on the fun. With his side kicks.

 

Well. I think we can all agree that today’s Tangent Tuesday was a action-packed: spanning from Scandinavian art to world leaders and gender politics. I am going to celebrate with a chocolate bar, and consider what kind of Scandinavian detective I could be in my new series for the rest of this train journey.

 

Ellie B

The Saviour that is the Green Smoothie

 

After Wednesday’s post about how I approach food (answer: know when I’m eating rubbish, and eat good things at other times!), I wanted to introduce you to a very good friend of mine, and a staple in my diet for the last 18 months.

 

The Green Smoothie.

 

Green smoothies seemed to be all the rage last year, and this year they have been usurped by the Paleo diet, the gluten-free diet and the sugar-free diet. But I am a creature of habit, and don’t have the will power for any of this year’s crazes, so I’m still revelling in the beauty of the Green Smoothie.

 

This smoothie helps me balance all the curry, wine and chocolate I mentioned on Wednesday. It serves as lunch, breakfast or a mid-morning snack (this very much depends on what’s in the cupboards, which in turn is depends on what day of the week it is!).

 

The core ingredients to my smoothie are:

  • 2-3 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 apple
  • 1 banana
  • Handful of berries
  • Yoghurt – preferably natural Greek
  • Milk
  • Honey
  • Juice (if available)
  • Super dooper ingredient

 

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The Super dooper ingredient changes depending on what I feel I need in my diet – and also what I can afford, because  any visit to the health food shop shows that healthy supplements aren’t cheap! In the past I’ve used protein (when marathon training), chia seeds (loaded with fibre, antioxidants, protein and omega-3) and currently I’m enjoying flax seeds (also containing omega-3 and protein) with added iron and vitamin-D.

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If I’m using the smoothie as a meal substitute, then I’ll also add some porridge oats too. And then you add all the ingredients together and blend – I like a thick smoothie, so I keep the milk/juice light.

 

And that’s it!! It’s such a good way of getting 4 of my 5 fruit and veg each day, and you also get the added smugness of having enjoyed a green smoothie. If I’m doing a long run that evening, I would also eat a snack about an hour before hand.

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Next week I’m in Oslo and London for work, so not sure how my running will go! I have the best intentions, but it’s also my birthday. And birthday celebrations aren’t always conducive to pre-work running.

 

AND LOOK WHAT ARRIVED TODAY:

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Yes. I am seeing Kylie in November. Look, I won’t pretend it’s the first time I’ve seen her, but honest-to-god, I’m just as excited. Feel sorry for the poor friends who have to come with me, and put up with me singing all the words (at least I’ll know the words, unlike that Elton concert I went to!).

 

Have a totes amaze weekend, and catch you all soon!

 

Ellie B