Taking a break from Blogging

I haven’t posted in a few weeks.

Truth be told i haven’t really had time. We had two weeks of sickness from Alex and Miss Peanut, so that was a handful in itself. I have kept up with my walking through and 365 days of fitness. I haven’t posted all the pics on Instagram yet, just no time but i will.

I will also try at least to keep going with that on there.

The other reason I plan to stop blogging for a while is because i am starting to make a dream come to.

My writing.

I have been doing it for months and quietly making friends online with other writers/authors and learning how to become an author myself.

I have a book hopefully being publish end of August under a pen name and i have decided to put all my energy and time into that.

I am learning so much and growing as a writer. Yes i am very excited about this and i can’t wait. Honestly i did not realize how much you need to know!

Writing, Beta readers, editing, formatting, cover art, promoting, Author page, and the list goes on! But i am very very lucky to have found some friends and people in the same boat as me and learning as we go.

I am also very lucky to have a really good friend who is an editor and who is helping me out and doing an amazing job at it!

So yes i am very busy.

But i am feeling positive about it all and i have only had small bouts of depression. I am finding being focused and being creative is helping. It makes me feel productive and happy. It’s what i needed to feel like me again. To find myself again.

This is something i really think i needed.

Having said that i have been blogging here for quite a while and will no doubt come back to post and blog. When that will be i cannot say. But i am more that sure i will.

So for now this is Run Brit Chick Run signing off….

 

 

 

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Rome Steam Punk Festival! SteamFest

SteamFest was on the weekend here in Rome. It was the second edition of this Steam Punk festival which started last year.

Steakpunk is something that has become very popular since the films Old Wild West and Sherlock Holmes.

Also Back to the Future 3 with the crazy Dr Emmett Brown! Its a meeting of Victorian era fantasy/technology!

So think H.G Wells, Jules Verne and more modern like Philip Pullman and Stephen Hunt.

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I was very keen to go as Steampunk is something i have been interested in for quite a while. I have actually been looking online for costume ideas for a few months now. I decided to go on the 3rd day of the festival which was sunday 13th September.

The festival was being held at the same place the food festival was which i attended also this year.

Its a part of Rome know as Testaccio and not far to walk from the Piramide metro stop.

It was 7 euro’s to get in which is not that bad.

I got there an hour early and sat at a table by the bar. It was actually quite fun to watch them setting up and people all dressed up arriving.

Some of the costumes were amazing and you could see a lot of thought had gone into them.

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There were quite a few different themes going on from safari, Disney, sea to soliders. Everyone was different and some of the details were really quite clever and well thought out. There was a costume competition later that day where you could win a trip to the London Steam Punk festival!

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This guy dressed as a solider had music playing from his belt and he looked quite cool.

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One of my favorite constumes was this guy dressed as what looked like the super hero Deadpool but Steampunk fashion. He was very kind and let me take a photo of him relaxing.

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The stalls there were heaven for anyone into Steakpunk and even goth stuff. I ended up going from tent to tent mentally deciding what i liked and what i might buy.

There was everything from costume accessories like little cogs and watch faces to hats, clothing, rings, bracelets, necklaces and more!

I knew i was after some Steampunk goggles which i have been after for a while. Rather than buy them off the internet i decided it would be fun to buy them at the festival.

I saw quite a few cool hats as well but it took me a while to find one i fell in love with 🙂 And it was love at first sight!

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It’s a tiny bit big which i can fix with glueing a little felt inside so that is not a problem. I could buy it with or without the goggles but as i liked the over all look i bought them with it.

I can also remove the goggles and wear them on their own if i wish. It was 30 euro’s for the hat which she had made herself and 18 for the goggles.

She even took a photo off me to put on her website for her business! 🙂

Which you can find on her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/manipuh?fref=ts

I really liked some of the clothes she had made to.

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I also bought some gloves she had made which i thought were really steampunk-ish to. They wrap around and then lace through the clip. There really comfortable and were 8 euros for the pair!

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This watch caught my eye and i added it to the things i had bought as well. Steampunk use a lot of watches, cogs and things like that. So as i am building my own costume its good to find things i can add and collect to any ideas i have.

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And of course if you go to a festival you have to at least get a festival t-shirt! They were sold out of the women’s large. So i ended up buying a man’s medium which is a little baggy but is very comfortable and was only 10 euros! I will be wearing this proudly around Rome and on my trip to the UK!

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Apart from shops and cosplay people, there were also face painting, having your photo taken with people in costume. A stage for Steampunk bands which played in the evenings. Also live action role-play!

One of our friends was actually involved in that and he was fighting with sticks, boxing and other sorted fighting with others.

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There was also a workshop on how to make your own Steampunk hat!

I wish i had gone all three days as they had quite a few different activties going on even then.

Saturday evening i know there were a few bands playing and even a burlesque artist.

A workshop on costume making as well and even a Barber Shop competition for the beard which looked the most steampunk!

I also found a tent for the LARP (live action role play) Steampunk Group which is here in Rome. They had some wonderful costumes and pretend weapons they were showing off.

I really enjoyed my afternoon at the festival and i’m really happy i got to go! I have three friends who have made and are making there own Steampunk costumes and i think i will be doing it to!

I already have my eye on a bag and corset to go with my hat! Perhaps next year i will go in my own costume 🙂

But for now i am happy with what i have so far!

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31 Day Selfie Run Challenge – Days 6 to12

So here’s my round up of last weeks runs for the July Selfie run challenge 🙂

Day 6 – 33c evening run 2 and half miles done and here’s my daughters favorite friend her toy dog as the selfie was with a dog today 😉

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Day 7 – 32c evening run 1 and half miles done and a hot and sweaty selfie done in the playground!

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Day 8 – 31c evening run 1 mile and heres some of my racing bling selfie!

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Day 9 – 29c 1 mile done and im flexing my guns selfie

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Day 10 – 32c 1 mile done and my running twin was the selfie for this day and a lot of people were using already existing photos and so i decided to use the photo of me and my friend at the end of a race back in April. Me and her son are twins in our running tops 🙂

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Day 11 – 32c evening run 1 mile done and post run snack selfie is my dinner mozzarella, prosciutto and focaccia! Yum!

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day 12 – 30c evening run 3 miles done and its selfie with a sign today and mine says it all!!

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Im still really enjoying the running every day although sometimes its a little harder than others especially with the temp! But im still going strong.

Its also fun seeing everyone else’s photos in the facebook Group for this event as some people have some really fun ideas for their selfies 🙂

Just 3 weeks left to go now!

 

31 day selfie run challenge – Day 1 to 5

Last Wednesday i started the 31 day selfie run challenge which was being run by Run the Edge. A calender had been posted the day before saying what needed to be included in each post run photo!

Here’s my first 5 days:

Day 1 – 29c evening 2 miles run and it was post run with some kind of drink 🙂 i was thankful for the water!

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Day 2 – 30c evening run of 2 miles i was hot and sweaty in my PJ’s for the post run photo

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Day 3 – 29c a mile and half evening run and the post photo with my stinky running trainers!

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Day 4 – 35c 2 miles evening run and it was red White and blue! So red face, blue trainer and White top! 😛

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Day 5 – 33c 1 mile evening run and it was a post run secret selfie taken with unsuspecting walkers! I was stalking Italians in the park  😉

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I’m still trying to get used to post run photos when im shaking and hot from my run which can make some a little bleary! Im also getting alot faster now especially with my first mile which is a good thing.

It’s been kind of exciting with the post selfie photos and also makes it alot of fun! 🙂 Just another 26 days to go!

 

Making a runners medal board!

So over the weekend i saw online a magazine who had asked runners about where they kept their running medals! Alot of the replies were homemade medal boards and that got me curious about making one. If you have a look online there are many different versions of medal boards you can make yourself and personalise.

There were a few examples of how to DIY yourself a medal board on the website i was reading and so i decided to give it a go myself.

Nipping to the local shop which sells pretty much everything i picked up a few items i thought might be useful. I decided to go with the chalk board version of the running board as i could add the time etc of future races:

Chalk board with wooden frame

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screw in hooks

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little letters and some glue

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Getting a hammer from our handy tool kit i used it to bang in the screw hooks a little before twisting them in until they were securely in place. I decided to have 4 hooks on each side to start with leaving me room to add more if needed so i could hang lots of medals. I also made sure the medal ribbon fitted fine on the hooks before doing this and also that the hook was the right way up!

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Then it was time to get out the glue and my little different coloured letters and make some words across the top of the board and along the sides. I decided on ‘Run Brit Chick Run’ at the top and along each side ‘race’ and’ medals’. The words do look quite small as you will see in the photos below as the letters are small and supposed to be used for bracelet making but i still like the look of them.

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I may try to find larger letters and decorate it a little more when i have time as i quite enjoyed doing that 🙂

I had an old picture hook and nailed it onto the back of the board once the glue i had used on my words was dry so i could hang it on my wall. Then it was just a matter of using some chalk to write the count down to my next race and hang up my lovely race bling!

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Don’t they look lovely all hanging up there togeather? And there’s plenty of room for more to come 😉

I really enjoyed making myself my very own runners medal board from scratchy it was so much fun and its something quite personal to me i think making it myself. Im so happy i have somewhere now to hang up my medals at last as i didn’t have a proper place before!

If you don’t feel like making your own though or your not very crafty then don’t worry as many places now sell medal boards/hangers and can easily be found and ordered online.

Review: Hunstanton Sealife Centre – UK

While we were visting the UK i wanted the chance to take Peanut to a sealife centre as it was something she had never seen before. I had planned to take her back in May to the one in Hunstanton in Norfolk but it had been flooded due to very bad weather.

However this trip they had re-opened and we decided to visit them the second week of their opening. Of course we hadn’t realised this was the same week as half term so found a huge queue waiting to go inside! But lining up we only had to wait half an hour and getting chatting to another mother she gave us some spare discount tickets she had to get in. (which was extremely nice of her!)

Peanut was by now getting very excited seeing all the other children and was looking around her with curiousity. Once inside Grandad handed over the discount tickets for the adults as Peanut was free to get in as she was under 3 years old.

Our hands were stamped with the sealife logo so we could come and go all day if we wanted to.

Once inside we began to follow the other parents and kids along until we found ourselves next to the first tank of fish.

Peanut wasn’t sure at first what was going on but soon wanted out of her stroller to be carried so she could get a better look. She was quite mesmerized by the lights and water reflecting on the ceiling and top of the tanks.

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And wasn’t quite sure at first what to make of all these different colourful fish in different shapes and sizes.

I have to say i think its a pretty wonderful aquarium and i loved the first huge low tank with the rays and sand sharks which were swimming around and around. As there was no top on the tank you could see when a Ray came to the surface which was quite amazing.

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It was a little crowded around some of the tanks due to all the kids and parents but the tanks were so big you could easily see what was inside.

They even had a show and tell area where Captain Jack was their special guest who was showing the kids there all about rock pool sealife.

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I loved the different seahorses who were floating gently in their tanks as we all stopped to look.

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And i even ducked under the Piranha tank so i could stick my head into the glass tank to be right in the middle of them which was a little scary but worth it.

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We had to take turns carrying Peanut as she did not want to be put back in her stroller as she was so excited over all the fish and what was going on around her. We even found a crocodile tank where again you could crawl under the tank and put your head in a glass tank among them but this time i did not try it.

I even found a tank low down where Peanut could stand next to it and see and stare at the huge fish which were going around and around. There were so many fish every which way you turned and each tank held something new and beautiful to look at.

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Coming out of the main building we found a Penguin enclosure, a seal tank and otter enclosure! The penguins were watching everyone as they headed to the pool. We found the seals frolicking playfully togeather and the otters fast asleep.

Here there was plenty of outside seating and a play area for the kids so you could eat a picnic or take a rest before moving on.

There was also two other buildings one housed wild baby seals who had been injured on the beach and were recovering and they were the cutest little things!

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The second building was just completely amazing! You entered it to find the roof and sides made of glass and the fish swimming above and around you!

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Even Peanut who was now back in her stroller just sat there staring above her in awe and amazement! And it got even better when you realised it wasn’t just fish inside the huge tank but Rays, Sharks and a huge sea turtle swimming above you!

Both me and Grandad stopped for ages to take photo after photo of this amazing sight and had to keep making space for passing people.

As we followed the corridor around i found a tank of beautiful jellyfish moving gently about and couldn’t help but think how lovely they were.

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As we turned the corner and found ourselves infront of the main huge glass tank which made up all of the room you couldn’t help but stare in awe.

This was amazing and picking Peanut up we went and sat right next to it as we watched the seaturtle glide gracefully back and fourth infront of us.

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For me this really was worth the money to get in and the time spent driving there and walking around just to see the awe and amazement on my daughter’s face.

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After we had finished we found ourselves in the sealife centre shop where i bought her a little onsie with a cartoon crab on. The shop wasn’t that expensive as i had a quick look around before going to pay.

Having a chat with the lady at the desk she told me they hadn’t expected so many people turning up from there opening the week before and how wonderful it was.

We stopped for some sandwiches and a cup of tea in the sealife centre restaurant and it was quite reasonable at £4 for a sandwich.

We really enjoyed our time there and spent two hours in the whole place, an hour and half walking around and 30 minutes eating. It was the right amount of time to keep Peanut happy and distracted with what was going on.

Next year we will take her to the sealife centre in Great Yarmouth which is much larger and by then she will be bigger and walking around.

If you have kids it really is worth the trip to have a look at Hunstanton Sealife centre and its a great day out for everyone.

Also if you walk along the beach for 10-15 minutes from the sealife centre you can easily reach the town centre for a look around this beautiful seaside town. There’s also plenty of amusements, rides and places to eat if you want to make a day of it.

And i also found a boat ride on the beach which takes you out to see the wild seals out at sea! (which i would like to do next time)

Below is the website for the sealife centre!

http://www.visitsealife.com/hunstanton/

 

 

 

Review: Zombies Run app

So i decided to get back into running but i didn’t want to do a standard 5km/10km workout app as i wanted to try something a little bit different. images

I had recently bought myself a Google play gift card so i could buy a few payment apps and had already heard good things about Zombies run running app.

Zombies run is no ordinary workout app! You are runner 5 in a post zombie apocalypse world helping to get supplies and other bits and pieces from one base to another.

The app fits nicely around your music playlist on your phone/ipod so you can actually listen to music while you are running. The talking bits cut in when needed when you are told to run or when the storyline starts up.

The Zombies run app people recommend Shuttle Music player which i downloaded but had trouble with it finding my music. After a lot of googling i had to save my music i had bought from Google play to my PC desktop make a folder on my phone and resave the music there before i could listen to music. And now the Shuttle Music player app can find the music and i can easily make a playlist(hopefully this saves people time if you want to try this app to).

The first few workouts you are training at the town/base called Abel and going through basic walk/running exercises to build you up. The storyline and characters are quite fun to listen to as you get drawn into the story and you meet people who live and work in the town.

Its 3 runs in before you are sent out on a real mission and have to face a zombie which of course you have to run away from.

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I must admit the moment the trainer cut in through my music telling me i had a shambling zombie on my tail my eyes grew wide and i had an image from the walking dead in my head! The trainer tells you not to stop moving as its right behind you and of course this makes you running like crazy!

Especially when im running in the evenings in Rome and its getting dark it really adds to the atmosphere.

You do get really into the game and dont even realise how far you have run as you listen for instructions or warning of incoming zombie Attacks!

It really is alot of fun and i found myself really looking forwards to each run just to see where the storyline would take me next!

The training is 3 runs per week but i guess if you wanted to you could always run more than that. Its also nice that the app creators have added more missions and seem to be expanding the app all the time so you don’t get bored! So far there are 3 seasons and over 160 different missions to do over different distances.

I like how i can carry it everywhere on my phone so as long as i have my running gear i can run anywhere! Im already on week 5 and stil running here on my trip to the UK with the family dog as i don’t want to miss a thing!

You can easily get into your character runner 5 and after each run can upload your runs to the zombie runs website which is free to register with. You can also share the runs and missions complete on Facebook and twitter if you want to.

Also on the website you can see what missions you have completed and what items you have collected or been given, along with you progress.

I have to say its a really motivational game and if you need a push to start running and want some fun while doing it this app is for you! It’s really given me the push i need to get running again and i was surprised how easily it is for me now and how eager i am to get out the door and go save the world! Oops i mean go run! heehee 😉

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