Category Archives: Non – Running

Post that contain minimal running, but sometimes other forms of exercise sneak in.

I did knitting! Hooray!


I realise that I have it written over there in the little discription of my blog, yet I’ve never really mentioned things I’ve knitted.

So here are the last thing I knitted…

Socks for Hevs

Hevs, aka Heather Smith, is an amazing illustrator who I have the pleasure being friends with & spent many Monday mornings opening up Lush Preston with.

Back in December Heather posted this beautiful drawing to her Tumblr.


And I thought “SOCKS! I can do that, no problem, 2 weeks is an easy deadline!” I bought a bamboo / cotton blend yarn & cast on.

I finished & gave the socks to Heather at the end of June. Yeah.

Visit Heather’s beautiful Tumblr over at

or her instagram page over at (where I’ve stolen copied the photo of the socks on feet from as I failed to do that before I gave them over and made my son sing a pathetic Happy Birthday to her)

I possibly made some notes of how I knit them, leave me a comment if you’re curious about how they were made & I may attempt to write up an actual pattern.

There, knitting, now for the coffee.

Lush Liverpool & The Sound Bath Treatment


Up until a little while ago I worked for Lush. It was great, I love Lush & working for the company was great fun, but, like Star Trek: TNG said, “All good Things…” and all that jazz.

The only reason I mention this is because I felt really weird working for Lush and then coming home & blogging about it too, I know some staff do, and that’s fine, but it was weird to me so I didn’t. But now I don’t, so I can go on & on & on & on about Lush all the time! Mwhahahaha!

Anyway, lets get to the point.

Last Friday I went down to Liverpool Lush, why did I shlep 44km, when there’s one in the town I live in? Well, because up above the Liverpool store is a Lush Spa.



When you get to Liverpool you’d never notice anything different, it’s just a really busy, big Lush store (the biggest in the world, or it was when I left the company, it could have changed by now.)  Now I’d booked my treatment over the phone earlier in the week, and bought a voucher at Preston Lush, so all I had to do was rock up at the right time and give the gent at the till the magic ticket & wait for the Lush Therapist to come say “hello” and lead you upstairs to the Spa.

Lush doesn’t do things like other companies, and the same applies to their Spas. It’s almost an Un Spa, upstairs at Liverpool (and AFAIK all the Spas) is like visiting your Great Aunts house. That eccentric aunt  who has a tonne of weird books,  furniture older than you, and also 16 types of tea for every possible mood or occasion, and would be mortified if you asked for milk in any of them, but would happily add a little gin if it was after 11am. Flying ducks on the wall, flowers in jugs, that style of thing. The 8th incarnation of The Doctor would have loved it, if he’d gotten more screen time, and Lush did product placement.



I’d booked in for a treatment called The Sound Bath.

A powerful, 60-minute meditative treatment that helps you listen deep within. Primarily focused on the head, this treatment takes you on a journey into sound – and yourself.

I’ll confess when I first  picked this, I just wanted an hour to (almost) myself and pampering without having to take any clothes off. I’m not a touchy feely kinda gal, there’s another Lush Spa treatment called The Spell that’s mostly a foot treatment, but has a great head rub in the middle, I fancied 60 minutes of that.

The Sound Bath is a little more than a head rub. It’s like a lot of Lush products, aiming to be something quite normal, but ending up almost as if it’s been designed by an Jim Henson Alien who’s only had John Crichton explain the concept to them.

The aim of The Sound Bath is to relax you to a point where your head, and all the chitter chatter in it, is just quiet, and, if you want, you can listen to the voice within. So what you get is a hot stone facial, a fabulous head rub,  mixed with Tibetan singing bowls and Ohm Tuning Forks, with a couple of Ear Candles thrown in too, and cold stone facial at the end to bring you back to the real world.

It doesn’t sound like it should work. The more I write it down the worse it seems. Did I mention that it has bird song mixed into the sound track? See, bonkers. But, like Fish Fingers & Custard, there’s some kind of mad genius at work here, and everything just works.

After the hot stone facial has gotten you really settled and you’ve started to relax, the therapist uses the tuning forks on points of your forehead, the sound literally washes through you and you’re falling deeper down the rabbit hole, by the time the therapist asks you to turn onto one side and starts the ear candle part of the treatment you’re practically on autopilot.

At the end of it all, I left feeling completely zen, but strangely also quite supercharged like “no power in the ‘verse” could stop me.”

Eventually I had to return to the real world, but on the way out I had a quick nip around the shop for some treats.


Firstly, the Inhale Exhale ballistic, this is a limited edition ballistic, and I want to go back and buy about 10!

It’s scented with two different fragrances, Inhale & Exhale, coincidentally the same two scents in the incense used to scent the room for The Sound Bath. One side fizzes quicker than the other, so when it’s popped into the bath you get wafts of one scent, to start, and then part two changes the scent, and eventually the blend together to make The Breath of God scent.

The other treat was a generous sample of Ocean Salt Face & Body Cleanser. I’ve tried Ocean Salt before, but the peeps in the Lush Labs have worked up a self preserving formula, doing away with the need to add in an artificial preservative. It smells much fruitier than the preserved version, and when I was chatting with Emma, the Liverpool Lush’s Trainee Manager, she explained one of the tweaks in the new formula is the addition of Mango Butter.

This is also a good point to mention that the Ocean Salt sample is the only part of my trip I got for free, and also that this is the only photo I’ve taken myself! Thanks to Melissa on the Lush Liverpool’s facebook for letting me use the other 3 pictures.

So anyone else tried The Sound Bath? Or any of the other treatments?

Anyone interested in hearing about the self preserving versions of some of Lush’s classic products?


Hello, I’m still here


Hiya, how you doing? Missed you. Honest.

I’ve been doing about 30 different things, and non of them are running.

There’s been a lot of eating and a fair bit of sleeping.

Seriously though, I’ve gotten involved with my local radio station (that would be Preston FM) and though the plan was never to get on the air, I’ve ended up with a show on Sunday mornings.

I host Geek on Radio (also on Twitter @GeekOnRadio) 11 – noon every Sunday! Wahoo! It seems to be taking up massive amounts of my time, mostly trying to find songs that don’t contain swears.

The scary thing is while I’ve been doing all this Liverpool Marathon has been sneaking up on me, and I’ve done no training. Well I’ve been to the gym about 3 times, I looked at a treadmill, and pushed the moveable bits on the weights machines a little. I wouldn’t say that I’ve done anything of value towards the marathon But I did check that cut off time is 7 hours. So based on both the complete & attempted marathon, I should be ok.

Especially as I did go “jogging” on Monday, and I feel like I did less running than I really do for that route, but I still got home in a shorter time than all the running apps I have say.

So I have a really vague plan to get me through the 26.2 miles at the end of May. It’s called sheer bloody mindedness. I know not very technical, and not particularly scientific, and I’m not intending to sit on my bottom for the next month.

So yes, I’m still here, still planning stupid things. How you doing?!

So that #Janathon thing…


I tried and failed again.

I’m not bitter or upset, I’m just very aware that, if life was one of those All You Can Eat Buffets, then I’ve been greedy and piled up lots, #Janathon was just the extra bit I couldn’t quite eat.

I haven’t actually done any running this month, I’ve done quite a lot of extra walking, and the GymPact app has pretty much been what’s forced me into it. I blogged about the GymPact App back in April 2013, but the app went through a bit of a renovation at the start of January and now just calls it’s self Pact.

This has lead to some confusion, just for me, when my emails arrive, as I also order fresh coffee through a company called Pact. They post fresh ground coffee every fortnight, and compared to going to a coffee shop for good coffee, for me, it’s a bargain.

Anyway, I’ve got sidetracked, and that’s possibly the same sort of reason I failed #Janathon. I’ve been doing too many things, and a very small amount of that has actually been exercised.

For me #janathon was over days ago, congratulations to you Heros who’ve gotten this far & good luck fro the last few days! Here’s to #Juneathon!




#NaBloPoMo – It’s not you, it’s me.


Dear #NaBloPoMo,

I’m just going to have to call this quits. I’ve taken 48 hours off to think about us & there’s just no future in this for us both.

I admit, I was excited & having fun at the start, the prompts where fun & the challenge was quite easy & I knew I would just be able to sail through the posts. We could do it on the bus, on my lunch break, while tea was cooking, or just on the sofa before bed. But, and isn’t there always one of them in these type of things?

But, you’re just not the sort of thing I see myself doing. I have the feeling you’re a little frivolous and daft, well, that’s what Twitter is for. I’ve read ahead, I the prompts aren’t for me, so this is goodbye. I hope you found entertainment in me posting this as a letter.

I think from Monday I’ll be back to normal broadcasting.




#NaBloPoMo – I don’t like the prompts



Thursday, November 14, 2013 If you could quit one bad habit instantly without difficulty, which would it be?

What would I just stop without difficulty?
Oh I don’t know! I’m starting to think I’m just going to give these blog prompts up. And just waffle for the rest of the month.

Also I hate these types of question? What’s the point? Is it to make me feel bad that I’m not perfect and then whine about my terrible faults? I’m not going to do that, that’s just going to make me miserable and make me think I’ll never change, or give up whatever terrible habit I’ve focused on.

I have horrible habits. I do things that I don’t really like, and I know why I do them (mostly because I’m either lazy or tired) and I know I need a determination to stop & completely get rid of them. But some of my “bad” habits are fun, I quite like eating takeaway now & again, and I will not give up coffee. Nope. Not happening.

I think this is the last prompt I’ll do, I’ve read through them all (should have don’t that before I started eh?) and I don’t really like them, so be prepared for 2 weeks if waffling dribble.

#NaBloPoMo – G’night


Wednesday , November 13, 2013 Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I think it safe to say I’m a night owl, I do prefer to stay up late, but I think it’s mostly because I get left alone and can do stuff.

However, I have 2 kids. Children are not night owls, children are crazy creatures with an uncanny awareness of your need to sleep in, and will get up far to early. They will also be tired and exhausted and very grumpy all day, but refuse to let themselves have a nap, and gods help you if you try to sleep.

Have you ever tried to nap with a toddler in the room? It’s stressful, and you sometimes wake up with them prying your eyes open to show you the cat sandwich they just made.

I’m not, in any shape or form a morning person. I could go to bed early, and would still not be springing out of bed. All morning exist for is the consumption of coffee. Large and frequent amounts of coffee. And if this doesn’t happen, I’ll cut you.
I wish I could be a morning person. You think after so many years getting up at 5am to bake bread, I’d be able to do them better, but to be honest, I was always on auto pilot until about 11am, I didn’t actually have to interact with people before then, and I could start up the coffee machine in my sleep. I am always amazed that people get up early and do things like wash dishes, make lunch, excersise. I have a strict code of get up, shout & hurry the kids through dressing/eating breakfast/brushing teeth and then GO!GO!GO! The quicker we get ready the longer I can stay in bed.

And that’s where I’m off too right now! See you in the (late) morning.

#NaBloPoMo – chillin’


Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Name five things inside your refrigerator right now and how you feel about them.

Ok then.

These are for the kids, I hate them, they are gendered. Seriously, there’s pink yogurts with hearts & stars on them, and blue yogurts with space rockets, why do they need to be girls & boys yogurts?! Bah!


These are out of date, I need to throw them away. Oops

almond milk
I find everyone’s life is a lot sweeter, or at lest I fart less, if I don’t consume cows milk. I hate soy milk, I love almond milk.

sliced sandwich meat
After a lifetime of working for a sandwich chain I hate sandwiches for lunch. My husband, however, will happy eat them every day.

This is not mine, I have made a lifestyle choice not to drink beer, my friend Maz was there when I said it, she’s my whiteness. Again this is my husbands (& his mate Phil’s)

It actually seems like there’s not much reason for me to go in the fridge. I have a lot more things for me in the freezer, I love cooking & freezing things, but that’s a post for another day!