I was talking to a bloke at work today about how much the days are getting longer. He looked slightly confused and said: “Do you mean more daylight?”
Yes, I did 🙂
I found out through extensive research (looked on the BBC weather website) that at the moment, the days are lengthening by about three minutes every day. Tomorrow, sunrise will be at 7.49am and sunset at 4.28pm, by Wednesday, it’ll be 7.44am and 4.34pm. And that makes me happy.
It won’t be too long before I can stop using this:
It’s a Phillips wake-up light; a Christmas present which arrived late so I’ve only been using it a couple of weeks. I’m sure you’ve seen them but basically, the light starts coming on, gradually increasing in brightness, from about 20 minutes before you’ve set the alarm. You can choose the sound too, which also gets gradually louder.
The first morning I used it, I actually thought something along the lines of: “I think I’ll wake up now” and did, peacefully to the sound of birds singing and a nice glowing light. It beats being forcibly extracted from sleep by a normal alarm and I’ve definitely felt more energetic in the mornings.
Another (kind of) lack-of-time related thing I’ve tried this week is this:
I did a business story on a salon that’s just bought one of these Flabelos machines and the owner let me try it out. If says that a 10-minute session on it is equivalent to an hour’s workout and it claims to get you firmed and toned, increase your circulation, improve cellulite and help with back pain.
It’s also very entertaining. You stand on the plate while it vibrates, gradually getting faster and faster so by about eight minutes in, you’re shaking your booty enough to make Beyonce jealous. Believe me, you don’t want anyone behind you while you’re on one of these.
Something tells me it’s not quite the “equivalent” of an hour’s exercise though. I can’t see that there are cardiovascular or strength-building benefits – but I’ve spoken to two people who have used it regularly and said they’ve really noticed a difference and maybe it does help with toning…. not entirely convinced myself!
I haven’t been back. I’ve been saving time with quick dinners instead, like these Vegideli mini bites:
They’re delicious, quick and with not too bad an ingredients list. It’s rare to find something like that that’s gluten-free too. Also, my current favourite:
Goats’ cheese and spinach omelette, cooked in about three minutes, perfect 🙂
And also, nothing to do with anything else except my own stupidity but entertaining anyway, here’s what was on my kitchen floor a couple of hours ago:
I really should have done something about that loose handle 🙂