Thursday, 30 May 2013

3 Sports I'm Terrible At

Before I invite you to laugh at my sporting misfortune, I have 5 good things to tell you.
  1. I LOVE Graze. I'm on my fourth box and life is fabulous.
  2. My boyfriend is coming to England all summer. Cue fierce badminton matches.
  3. We went to the National Gallery on Tuesday and I saw my favourite painting, "The Execution of Lady Jane Grey" by Paul Delaroche. It's still in room 41.
  4. I had my first show jumping lesson last Friday. Biff and I haven't jumped for months, so it was super fun. Although, I did manage to pull a few muscles in my back. Ouch :(
  5. Despite putting on 4kg, I still fit a Miss Selfridge size 6 top. Ha ha haaaaa. But seriously, those 4kg better be gone by July because I have a wedding to attend and I will fit into my dress which I bought last summer and spent £79 on.
  6. So I have six good things to tell you, but then I did an English degree (which I officially finished on 17th May) and not Maths. Tonight, boyf, my friends and I went to Mildred's, a vegetarian and vegan restaurant, and Leona Lewis was sat diagonal to me. She's pretty. This isn't an especially good thing, and not surprising given she's vegetarian, I just wanted to play celeb spot like they do in Heat magazine.
  7. By six good things I meant seven. I have a new godchild, as of 17th May.
On to the main event. Or mane event, given how much I love horses.
I was never sporty at school. I hated P.E, except for a select two sports: swimming and rounders. But I have partaken in a fair few different sporting activities. Here is a list of my worst achievements:
1. I think we can all agree that I am awful at cycling. AWFUL. I will post a video one day (lies) of just how bad I am. I just don't understand why people enjoy this sport. Maybe it's my lack of balance. Maybe it's a mild fear of the humble bicycle. Maybe it's the fact the last time I cycled I embarrassed myself. I don't know, but I have always been a terrible cycler; I used to cycle up and down the road at my old house, but when I got to the end I didn't know how to turn around, so I used to get off, move the bike, get back on, and cycle to the other end. I also remember being told how easy it is to cycle no-handed by my brother and his friend, and when I tried it, I fell of instantly. Then, walking injured back to the house, I stood on a thorn. Stupid bicycles.
2. Given I'm not terrible at badminton, I'm really bad at tennis. What do you mean over the net? I like to hit it over the walls of the court, let alone over the net. Or sometimes, if the ball is coming at me at speed, I like to just hit at it, so no one really knows where it will end up. Or I treat it like a badminton shuttlecock, so it still doesn't go over the net, but smashes on the ground. Stupid tennis.
3. I haven't played football for years, but when I was in France, I tried kicking some balls into the goal. Missed all but one and it hurt my foot. When I was younger, I could never manoeuvre the ball, so I would just kick it in straight lines. A football player I do not make. 
This list was originally going to be 5 Sports I'm Terrible At, but I have definitely become more sporty since school and so many of the sports I was terrible at (except tennis) was probably the result of a complete lack of effort on my part.

Friday, 10 May 2013

My First Graze Box!

Morningggg, it's 03:59am and what better way to keep occupied during another interrupted night's sleep than to blog.
So, I said I was back, which was a BIG FAT LIE because then I went on an adFrenchture for two weeks to see the best boyfriend in the world and was very busy eating fromage and baguette and meeting his family. Which is huge.
Also, my University final exams officially start at 09:00am today, but I'm currently feeling OK. The most nerve-wracking one is the last, next Friday, but I revised quite a lot while I was away (boring snoring, I know) so I feel more confident now.
But anyway, enough of that. I finally joined the Graze gang! I've been given coupons countless times but actually got round to signing up last month. My first box came on Monday 15th April, and I was super excited to see the little cardboard box sitting on the mat in the hallway when I got in from my French lesson.
I signed up for the Nibble box, because it provides a wider range of snacks. Even the options I'd eat on non-clean days are a much healthier option to the usual naughty suspects I'd allow on these days.
The process of signing up, choosing which snacks I'd like to try and which I'd "bin", using the coupon, choosing the frequency of deliveries etc was incredibly simple, and all of the aforementioned factors are easily manageable on their website. They also have the perfect option of scheduling a holiday, so they don't deliver during this time; I had to use this after my first box and it was reassuring to know how flexible Graze are with their deliveries. 
From top left, I received a Light Lemon and Poppy Slice with an afternoon tea infusion of "Assam, Kenyan and Earl Grey tea leaves", Bonnie Wee Oatbakes with a caramelized red onion marmalade, Green Olives with basil and garlic and Cookies and Cream, which included "mini chocolate cookies, roasted hazels, white chocolate buttons and sunflower seeds". 
They were all delicious, and the perfect size for a snack. I am usually in about four different places each day, so being able to just grab one of the little boxes was perfect, and I was genuinely full after eating them. The oatbakes were my favourite; I've "loved" them online so hopefully I'll receive them again soon!  
My first box was only £1.94, and the nature of my coupon means the next two are £3.39. The full price is still only £3.89, and I've opted for weekly deliveries. I would recommend trying Graze; I was really impressed by the quality of the food, the eco-friendly packaging and the personalized, easy-to-use website.