Well, Well, Well…….Another Year Done…….

I can’t believe it is the last day of 2013. I remember when I was wee and grown-ups always reminded me not to wish the time away because once you are older it flies by. Oh how I wish I had paid more attention to them but I was probably too busy running around like a maniac having fun – such is life.

So now we are at the end of another year and in true End of Year fashion many bloggers are writing lists – about their favourite moments in 2013, things they have learnt, plans and goals for 2014 and I thought…hey, why don’t I just plain old copy them? But do all the lists instead of just one because that will make me super popular???!! Everyone just looooooooves a copy cat. Then I thought, maybe I’ll save the nostalgia/ dreaming/ promise making for tomorrow and instead make a list of how I think the world will look in 2034 instead. So that in twenty years from now, when IPads are like the Walkmans of today, no one will look back at this post but if they did they would laugh at all the funny futuristic things I imagined – like when people watch Terminator nowadays:

‘Machines running the world…har har har’

So here we go – Natalie’s Stupid 2034 Prediction List:

1. People will have special chips fitted in their heads so they can communicate telepathically.
2. Because of ‘The Chip’ the spoken word will become rare and special schools will be set up by Tom Cruise to teach children to vocalise.
3. Some of those children will turn up years later talking about ‘Area 54’ , which some celebrities will vaguely remember as a cool place to dance when their Grandparents were young.
4. Sylvester Stallone’s Mother, Joan Rivers and Demi Moore will all still be alive and suspicions of their likelihood as robots semi- confirmed.
5. Die hard 24 ‘Yippee ki yay Motherf*cker -as soon as I’ve taken these pills your ass is mine’ will be released at cinemas ( which obviously won’t be actual cinemas anymore but giant images generated in 3d in the sky)
6. Calorie and fat free, full of anti-oxidant, no additives or preservatives red wine will flow freely from taps in all houses.
7. A magical pill will cure all ailments including tendinitis of the shoulder, a twisted hip and dodgy lower back (bit specific that one?)
8. I will have written ten books, four of which will have been made into movies in which I will have starred and also recorded a song for the soundtrack…….ok, that one should be on my future goal list not ridiculous-never-going-to-happen list, you are right.
9. Shemar Moore will finally have been cloned and every sensible gal will have one.
10. Kanye West’s Grandaughter ( Kan’tye West) will be president of the States and reality tv will be a mandatory subject in schools across the country.

And there you have it. Print it off, put it in a glass bottle and bury it in your back garden so that in twenty years your grandchildren can use their minds to suck it out of the earth and ask an older person nearby what the funny paper stuff is all about.

Happy 31st of December readers……May it be a good day for everyone!



WOD, Running and Wine Taps


I have decided that my new socks have powers, or better said that they give me powers. Yes, that’s right, I’m a super hero that helps pretty much no one. Oh dear. On the plus side I have a whole set of them that my sister gave me for Xmas and since I have been wearing them my working out has been A-May-Zing. Yesterday I was all coordinated in pink and I did the following WOD in the gym downstairs:
5 x
800m run
10 weighted back squats
10 burpees
10 triceps dips
10 jumping lunges

I would go so far as to say I actually enjoyed it….. The entire thing! Even the burpees! Madness

Then today I went running, just a quick 5km ( green socks this time in case you were wondering, I know it’s something that would probably have bugged you all day if I hadn’t told you) and It was easy as pie! Rhubarb pie with ice cream. I’m telling you….it’s the magical socks. Thank you Reebok.

‘All this working out on holiday! ‘ I hear you cry! Well yes, but it has been necessary for two reasons really:
The first one being this –

A Wine Tap! Genius. As a girl who is entirely used to drinking wine from the bottle, oops, I mean in a glass but out of a bottle ( my mistake) the wine tap is just the best invention ever. It NEVER runs out! Well, actually in two days it has almost run out but potato tomato, it is still the best invention of our time.
The second reason being this-

For all non Scottish people the bottom one is a traditional sweet we make called Tablet. It is delicious and basically guarantees that if you aren’t diabetic before eating it , you will be afterwards. I risk it though because, well, I am a super hero.

And that is that. I have ten WHOLE days of holiday left so I will no doubt have tried out all my wacko socks, made loads more recipes and got through another wine box before home time. I’ll be sure to report back.

Happy Saturday kids!!!


What have you been doing this holiday?

Ps. I just realised that top pic makes me look like I have teenie tiny legs!

Birthday pressies! yessss!!!



Yup, my birthday was in October, you are correct.  However, I arrived safely in Doha on Friday afternoon where I met my Sis, Mum and Dad and promptly received my bday present from Lolly which was this cool as-all-hell gym bag!!!  Not only is it beautiful, waterproof and super comfy to use it is personalised! See the cool, sparkly NC?  That is my name.  Well, my name is Natalie but you know what I mean!  It’s my nickname.  I am completely in love with it.  A bag with my name on it, what could be more me I wonder? The other cool thing about it is it is made in the UK by a lady entrepreneur, who started small and now you can buy her stuff at apatchy.co.uk.   You also have to love a girl who made her own dreams come true, us sisters have got to stick together you know.

So since then I have celebrated my sister’s birthday, made muffins, more muffins, worked out, sunbathed and I have officially become the family juicer.  I don’t juice families to be clear, I make juice for everyone, every morning.  That’s a lot of carrot peeling, jus’ sayin.  So now I must shimmy off to go for a walk on The Pearl and then for cheese and wine.  I love Xmas.


Webster Sister Packing Method

I woke up today in a totally foul mood and have been a giganta grump ever since.  It is XMAS for goodness sake! What is wrong with me?  Soon the ghost of Christmas Past will be here and man alive, I do not want to see that – there is a reason I hate video cameras and it has something to do with manic dancing and posing like Lady Gaga.

I actually love Christmas and look forward to it all year but for some reason the festive spirit is evading me today.  It could be because I had a horrid dream last night that I was in a war and having to shoot people and eventually throw someone (who strangely looked like Courtney Cox) off a bridge to her death.  Or it could be because I am tired from all the festivities, still have shopping to do, have two more parties and two more sets of Xmas drinks to go to plus physio plus packing!  I am feeling somewhat overwhelmed and it is making me slightly manic…oh dear. 

In my logical brain I know I am being ridiculous:

‘Too many parties?  Too much fun?  God, you must be miserable.  What a horrible way to spend your time’

But in my non-logical and frankly dominant brain, I am doing this:

‘AAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.  Hiss hiss.  Boo boo. More time, I need moooooore Tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimmmmmeeee’

Packing is my main concern at this stage in the game.  I am sure at some point I have explained the Webster sister packing method, which goes something like this:

Wait until the night before your early morning flight

Be heading home to pack when convinced by a friend to go for one drink

Head home after three large wines

Open case and leave it on your bed while you watch an episode of New Girl with one more glass of wine (I can’t do it all at once, what am I, a robot?)

Watch just one more episode – I mean, it only lasts 20 minutes and I have to finish my wine

Top up my wine and start to pack

Fill the entire bottom layer of the case with shoes

Pack all my underwear, three pairs of running leggings, six t-shirts and no socks

Whatsapp Lauren to see how her packing is going

Throw in five dresses and some random pairs of tights

Take a break and dance maniacally with myself in the mirror to Beyonce hits

Wonder where my passport is but decide to address that later

Choose some brightly coloured tops to wear with all my self-coloured leggings I later forget to pack

Might as well finish the wine

Pack some trouser and bikinis

Close the case, sit on it and manage to zip it up

SH****************T  I forgot the presents

Open case, squeeze in all presents, close it again

DAAAAAAAAAAAAA*******NNNNNNN I haven’t packed any make-up

Open case, add make-up, close it again

Focus attention on my hand luggage

Decide that I am too tired and will get up extra early to do that

Pass out on bed next to case

The good thing about this method at Christmas is that you get all your presents plus you have no idea what’s in your case either so it’s like a double surprise!!!

I was going to make a determined effort to do sensible, normal-people packing this year but with all the activities I still have to go before Friday morning the original Webster method seems the most likely.  

Oh well, there’s always next year.


Do you pack like us?