Monday, 31 December 2007
|2007-12-30 Party at the Keirs|
This is me crossing the finishing line of the Stonehaven Splash 'n' Dash 5K Fun Run - an annual event that takes place between Christmas and Hogmanay - with a time of 22:15 which I was very pleased with. The race is run as a handicap and I'd put down my expected time as 25:31, so I was quite a bit quicker than I thought I'd be (possibly partly because the route was a bit shorter than 5K). It was good fun - the handicap format meant that everyone started at different times and got closer together as the race went on and the route doubled back on itself so there were plenty of chances to say hello to people and for spectators to get some photos. Vikki took a couple and Dave (who didn't run because of a bug) took quite a few which are on flickr. The boys came down to watch but got bored and had to go and play at the park, but not before Vikki got this shot of Calum...
- set new PBs at each distance I enter races for (1/2 marathon, 10K, and 5K probably)
- run under 1hr in all 10K races I go in for
- run a 10K in under 50minutes (and thereby beat Vikki's 10K PB)
- run a hill race (if I can persuade Vikki I'm not going to break my ankle)
- keep enjoying it
- Lumphanan Detox 10K - 2nd January (entered)
- Balmoral 10K - 26th April (entered - the boys are both doing the 1.5K as well)
- Ythan Challenge Multi-Terrain Adventure Race - 29 June
- Stonehaven 1/2 Marathon - July
- probably others depending on how I'm feeling
Friday, 28 December 2007
|2007-12-25 Christmas 2007|
Tuesday, 18 December 2007
Sunday, 9 December 2007
Two years ago those fine people at Innocent sent me a Christmas tree. Last year it was a sprig of real mistletoe (only Vikki kissed me under it unfortunately). This year it was another tree, not as nice as the real one but not too shabby, I suppose. I particularly like the gingerbread man.
Friday, 7 December 2007
Saturday, 24 November 2007
|Williams Bros Ginger Kyte||3.5% ABV|
|Very gingery and refreshing - like kids ginger beer but with alcohol. Dave thought the more beery less gingery Ginger Marble was better but he was wrong|
|Highland Dark Munro||4.0% ABV|
|Nice dark beer from Orkney.|
|Brew DogParadox||10.0% ABV|
|Very strong, brewed in whisky barrels giving it a fantastic flavour, which I am told varies depending on the whisky. Great flavour but wouldn't want to drink too much.|
|Nice - slightly chocolaty in flavour.|
|Orkney Northern Light||4.0% ABV|
|Light and refreshing - not bad at all.|
(I think I had something else as well, but I can't remember much about it. I blame the Paradox)
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
Sunday, 18 November 2007
Saturday, 10 November 2007
Sunday, 4 November 2007
|2007-11-04 Bonfire Night|
Friday, 2 November 2007
We've had a lot to blog about this last week, so some of this is getting to be old news, but there have been a couple of major achievements in the world of sport worth mentioning.
First, the Boston Redsox won the (ever so slightly misnamed) World Series for the second time in four years. Yay! Go Sox!
Secondly, Aberdeen beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle 4-1 in the quarter final of the CIS (which stands for Calum Iain Shanks) Cup to set up a semi final against Dundee United (or should that be Rangers?). Double Yay! C'mon you reds!
Finally, Glenury Untied have been promoted to III.16 in Hattrick after over three years (omg, has it really been that long) or ten seasons in IV.6. I reckon there's even a decent chance of staying up.
Wednesday, 31 October 2007
It's Hallowe'en and all the scary spooky things are out and about. Well, they were earlier on - they're now tucked up safely in bed. Vikki and I took the boys out guising which was actually good fun and the boys got a good stash of sweets. Scott from next door had a Mike from Monsters Inc costume so he and Calum made a good pair.
Scott also had one of the best jokes - "Why does a squirrel swim on it's back?"
Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Monday, 29 October 2007
The walk in the woods and the spectacular geological feature were pleasant enough but I think the boys' favourite bit was the fancy piece at the Ramoir Garden Centre in Banchory on the way home.
Since we were in the area we took the opportunity to have a nosy at the Glen Tanar Ballroom. This venue was suggested for my sister's wedding to the Daviator and we were suitably impressed. We are on tenterhooks here waiting on Amy and Dave to decide where the wedding will be as it could be here or Yorkshire but the bride's side are definately pushing for Scotland. Cos we're traditionalists, nothing to do with it being cheaper and easier for us! Maybe we should have an online poll of all the venues so our readers can choose the venue for them. I'll keep you posted cos I'm sure you're very interested. Or is it just me?
Sunday, 28 October 2007
Anyway, it's almost Hallowe'en and the kids got dressed up for a disco. As could have been predicted, the vampire teeth couldn't be found, and I'm not really sure why Sully should have a human skull inside his mouth (Calum seemed to think it made sense), but the boys seemed happy with their costumes and had a fine time by all accounts. We'll probably have to go out begging guising on Wednesday. I just hope the weather's better than last year when it absolutely chucked it down.
And once Hallowe'en's out of the way it'll be time for bonfire night. Like last year, I got the dubious honour of making the guy's head. Not finished yet, but here's a picture...
After the kid's disco, we dropped the boys off at Vikki's folks (where they got to watch Lindsay Lohan in Herbie apparently) and we went to visit Dave and Carole, which was good fun. We got a bit drunk (well, Vikki stayed completely sober and I drank quite a bit so we averaged out at a bit drunk), chatted, listened to music (a selection of Dave's favourites including Aphex Twin, LCD Soundsystem, and Sparks) and had a wee shot of Dave's new PS3 (as expected I spent a lot of time crashing cars and pointing the wrong way). All good fun, and the much deserved hangover didn't even materialize.
Monday, 22 October 2007
Enjoy the photos:
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
It was a really good weekend, nice to have some time away with Vikki and no children, and an enjoyable run with some great views of the hills and of Loch Morlich.
I managed to keep a fairly steady pace, helped by finding myself running along with a bloke I'd never met before (I found out at the end he was called Mark) and chatting a bit to him. The legs started to feel sore at about 11 miles but I kept it going, and resisted the temptation as we passed the Old Bridge Inn (one of the drinkers there could clearly tell I was eyeing up his pint as he insisted it didn't actually taste very good). I managed to up the pace very slightly for the last little bit round the back of the holiday resort - at this point the route goes round a stony path and I heard Mark fall behind me. I turned to see if he needed help but he was back on his feet almost straight away so I sprinted (as best I could) for the finish. It felt great to cross the line and see Vikki waiting to cheer me on (and talking to Dave Morrow who had finished in 1hr36).
There were a lot of great runs from the jogScotland folk - the jogScotland ladies were the 3rd placed ladies team (although were too shy to go up and collect their prize which was maybe just as well because there wasn't actually a prize) and could have been even higher (we think) if everyone had put "jogScotland Stonehaven" down on the entry form.
I've uploaded some photos (fine photography from Vikki) here:
|2007-10-14 Aviemore Half Marathon|
Sunday, 14 October 2007
More pictures to follow but this one shows the jogScotland Stonehaven members who took part.
Friday, 12 October 2007
Sunday, 7 October 2007
Saturday, 6 October 2007
- Under adult supervision cook a simple meal
- Hover and dust a living room
- Keep your bedroom tidy and make your bed for a week