40 questions for fun

My blogging has been very boring and erratic lately so when I came across this post by a fellow blogger, Regina, I thought that I’d give it a go, just because it sounds like fun 🙂

Here are 40 totally random questions…. enjoy!

1. Do you like blue cheese?  Yup – especially as part of a charcuterie board with crackers and pork… all the pork!

2. Coke or Pepsi?  I generally don’t drink fizzy drinks, but I have been known on occasion to have a sprite, and if I enjoyed the night before a bit too much then a good old South African creme soda, or a coke.

3. Do you own a gun?  Nope

4. What flavor of Kool-aid? I don’t really know what kool aid is?! I’m assuming a sweetened drink of sorts… not really my thing.

5. Hot dogs?  Yes please! But with proper sausages – none of this weird chicken or beef nonsense. And lots of friend onions.

6. Favorite TV show?  So many!!!! Latest TV shows watched (watching) include Stranger Things, Ozark, 13 reasons why, American Horror story… Netflix really 😉 

7. Do you believe in ghosts?  Yup

8. What do you drink in the morning?  Cup of tea

9. Can you do a push-up?  Yup, multiple

10. Favorite Jewelry?  Don’t wear much, but the stuff I wear daily is my pandora bracelet (with zero charms!), my pandora ring and my garmin watch

11. Favorite Hobby?  Good question… probably reading, chilling on the couch with the cats, running

12. Do you have ADD?  Nope

13. Do you wear glasses?  Yes, but only at night when I take my contact lenses out. 

14. Favorite cartoon character?  Betty Boop, Mickey Mouse, Pooh

15. Three things you did today?  Well, since it’s only 11am I’m rather limited on time here… but I have been for a 10km run this morning, come to work, and had breakfast (with the obligatory tea)

16. Three drinks you drink regularly?  Water, beer, wine

17. Current movies?  Watched “A star is born” at the weekend

18. Do you believe in magic?  Magic tricks – yes I think so

19. Favorite place to be?  hhhhhmmmmm, with my cats, getting cuddles from my boyfriend or running

20. How did you ring in the New Year? Had a party at a friend’s house

21. Travel? Absolutely!!!!! Sitting on 37 countries visited so far, and counting!

22. Name five people who will most likely read this? My mom, my sister, my stepdad… hopefully a couple of my Dubai friends… and certainly hopefully a few of my blog followers 😉 

23. Favorite movie? Grease, Dirty Dancing, Dead Poet’s Society, to name just a few

24. Favorite color?  Don’t really have one…

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?  I’ve never slept on satin sheets

26. Can you whistle?  Yup, but I’m really bad at it!

27. Where are you now?   At work

29. Favorite food?  Probably anything to do with bread or similar – pizza, sandwiches, you name it

30. Least favorite chore? Sweeping the terrace

31. Best job you can think of? A job that involves travelling and having your own hours would be the best job… 

32. What’s in your pockets? Don’t have any pockets today

33. Last thing that made you laugh? Had a giggle at 3 guys in my apartment building on my way home last night – they looked like the ‘hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil’ monkeys!

34. Favorite animal?  Probably have to go with my 2 ginger ninjas… Olly & Emmett 😉

35. What’s your most recent injury?  Tendinitis in my hip Jan 2018 – very painful!

36. How many TV’s are in your house?  One

37. Worst pain ever?  Maybe crashing my bike as a kid? Can’t remember but it seems like it probably should be…

38. Do you like to dance? I wouldn’t call what I do ‘dancing’ but yes I don’t mind going out and having a bit of a boogie every now and then 😜

39. Are your parents still alive? Yup

40. Do you enjoy camping?  Yup


Week 41 – 5km PODIUM!

It’s racing season again in Dubai 🙂

I started the season with a 10km race out at The Sevens Stadium, which I completed in pretty much the time I expected to. I hadn’t given myself any unrealistic goals for that race being the first one after recovering from my injury earlier in the year. Happy start to the season.

Race two then popped up – and I decided to drop my distance down to just a 5km and see how fast I could do it. I know that I’m fully capable of getting under 30 mins (I sit quite comfortably at about 28 minutes on a training run / part of a longer run), so this was going to be smashing out a 5km at best pace.

Unfortunately the couple of weeks leading up to the race were a bit off for me so going into the race I was still eager to get as close to 26 minutes as possible, but wasn’t going to be silly about it and risk an injury this early in the season.

So, the night before was the obligatory pasta dinner, off to bed early and up bright and early with a peanut butter and jam sandwich for fuel (plus a couple of gu’s once at the venue).

The race went really well – with it being only 5km’s it doesn’t take many times of looking down at your watch to check your pace before you’re turning around and heading home – it seems to go really quickly! I was keeping really good pace for the first 3 km’s but at about 3.5 I got a terrible stitch in my side… I tried to run through it but ended up having to walk for about 20 seconds until a girl I’d passed at the start of the race overtook me and I wasn’t going to let her finish before me!

I managed to get back in front of her with a few 100m’s to go and pushed hard across the finish line – to finish in a time of 26:33… and grab myself a spot on the podium in SECOND PLACE!

I’m now considering doing another 5km at the end of the season and see if I can get a 25-(something) minute finish time…

Week 40 – Toko

It’s been a while since I’ve been on a ladies night out – and it’s been even longer since I saw some of the girls I used to work with 5 years ago! So when one of them, LM, put together a whatsapp group and invited us to get together for a night out, there was no way I was going to say no!

I was glad that the place chosen was somewhere I’d never been before because then I get to tick it off as my something new for the week… and so here you go 🙂

We ended up at Toko, located at Vida hotel Downtown. They have Wednesday night ladies night – it gets extremely busy in the bar area so definitely get there early!

Unlimited grape for ladies from 7pm – 11pm, and an extra bonus is that they are in the entertainer so food is buy-one-get-one on top of the free drinks. Winning!

We were a little let down by the service on the night – a couple of things seemed to go wrong for us. Might have just been an off night for us though as I doubt the place would be that busy all the time if their service was constantly off like that.
The food was exceptional which absolutely made up for it! We ordered a few platters and just shared them – a mix of lamb, beef and chicken. Exceptionally yummy!

Definitely a good option for Wednesday ladies night if you have entertainer as it keeps the cost down drastically – hopefully you don’t have an off night like we did if you go 😉