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Thursday, 24 October 2013

World Zombie Day 2013 - London

***Contains zombie gore makeup pics so please be careful with children reading this***

Hello again!
Yes am finally posting stuff again! Not entirely making this for Halloween yet, am so unprepared this year... but unlike last year I was actually in London for the annual zombie walk :) It was fab, the weather stayed dry and was actually comfortable and I met up with a lot of fellow zombies who I pretty much only see at this event. The route was about the same as I remembered, I guess last year's change didn't go very well but I can't really comment on that as I wasn't there (still a little gutted). So we all gathered in Marble Arch...

It was a tad busy.... not sure of the numbers but definitely a few hundred...

 We all had instructions of course on how to be a zombie for those who didn't know already

There were a few photographers ;) The paparazzi is big in London hihi
 
And we even had Rick Grimes to keep us all in check! Honestly, this was the ONLY Rick at the entire event, the girls went crazy of course... Great costume (assembled by this lovely diner girl zombie)

 First zombie stop: a small park behind Oxford Circus. Yay I was there too in my big and poofy dress of course.This took me years to perfect and I love it :) Better without the scarf but it wasn't that warm...

Zombie Gangnam Style, too funny!

There was a pub near the park where the Smurfs hung out

After the park we made our way to Piccadilly Circus and tried to have the annual photo taken which turned out to be impossible as we were so many. Ranger Rick of course kept a watchful eye on all of us...

The final stop before the after party was Leicester Square where I spotted this Alice in Wonderland Zombie couple, love the idea :)

It was great fun! And a busy weekend at that as this was part of a three-day event weekend where I had even taken the Friday off to go somewhere. The Sunday was for the MS Run, the Saturday for the Zombie Walk, good thing I had taken Monday off to relaaaaax with all that walking hihi! But it was great fun so will definitely try to be there next year!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Big Fun Run for MS Society

Hi all,
It's been a busy few weeks (I seem to be starting off all my posts like that!), I have not actually had time to make a lot of stuff but the things I did make I haven't yet photographed. Yes I really should start doing that ;) There is a reason for all this though. After years and years of being a couch potato, I have started running and doing yoga. The running you may have known about but the yoga thing is new. It's a lot more work that I thought it would be but I'm sticking to it.

A couple of weekends ago I signed up for the Big Fun Run. It's a run of 5K for any charity you want to run for. In my case, I chose the MS Society for the obvious that I actually have MS. I got my tshirt, was fitter than I was for the Race for Life, and I was ready to go. Then, on the day itself (a Sunday morning no less), it was pouring down. I mean really really pouring! The Race for Life saw me running at 30C, and now I get torrential rain? Maybe next time it will be nice weather. In the end I ran the 5K in 37 mins which is a personal best for me so I'm very pleased. My Justgiving page has raised GBP 358 so far which is also very good :) 

I really wanted to share some pics with you from the run so here we go:

Told ya it was raining! That's me in the middle in the orange shirt and the red leg warmers

The bf was there for moral support even though I had told him he could stay home where it was dry. But it was great he came so he could take some piccies!

I like to think that I was going so fast the pic is blurry hihi

Reaching the finish line!

Completely drenched but very proud, I did it!

My Justgiving page is still open so if you do want to donate to this good cause, please feel free to do so. Of course you don't have to, I'm very pleased with the results so far already :)

Up to the next run, let's beat those 37 mins! Once I'm below 30mins, I might try for a longer distance who knows!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Recipe - Gluten Free Chocolate Shortbread

Hello again!
Lots of stuffto write post Cake & Bake show :) I got some gluten free flour to bake some things for work as one of the girls can't eat gluten and I had never tried so this was my chance. I used this recipe that I found on Pinterest. I has all the instructions and details and how-to photos so I won't be re-inventing this recipe but simply linking you through there. The original recipe came from a different website and uses chocolate chips instead of the last bit of cocoa. I used the chocolate chips too ;) I used 4 different cookie cutter shapes (I have so many I really need to use them all at least one hihi): I had a butterfly, a heart, a sun, and a flower. I wanted to keep it quite simple as there would be no icing or anything on top so the shape would have to be recognisable. This is the result:

And my colleagues liked them!

So I am quite pleased with the result. My first ever gluten free baking was a hit :)
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