Monday, September 29, 2014

Tiger Balm and how Epsom salt soaks work

Well, there's not a lot going on lately. I pulled two muscles: a lat. during my belt test, and then the hamstring on my other leg during a workout on Tuesday as it tried to compensate for the other pulled muscle. The human body is so complicated. I've been using a foam roller, a tennis ball, stretching, and Tiger Balm.
I've missed almost a week of Kung Fu and haven't been running either. I've gone on some long walks with the dogs, but even that hurts. I hate not being able to exercise. It makes me feel out of sorts and sluggish. I guess I have to do it though, or I'll make things worse. Tonight, hopefully a bath in Epsom salts will help. Do you know how an Epsom salt soak works?

According to the Livestrong website (, Epsom salts contain magnesium, and magnesium can be absorbed through the skin. As you soak, the magnesium enters the body helping to relax your muscles and flush lactic acid.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thinking about a steam mop?

I have recently bought a steam mop. I bought one because:
  • No chemicals (This is better for me and for my dogs, who are always on the floor.)
  • No more buying soaps, so I'm using less resources even with the electricity (I think). 
  • The steam kills most bacteria.
After only one use, I really like it, and I only spent £21.
What I like:
  • No chemicals (as I said)
  • Makes the floor really shiny with very few or no streaks (see below).
  • I can mop almost my entire house on just one tank of water.
  • The water heats in only 60 seconds.
  • It picks up lots of dirt (see below)
  • The pads are machine washable

This area was covered in muddy paw prints.
What I don't like:
  • It takes longer than a traditional mop (but I can live with that)
  • The cord limits use as you have to unplug and change outlets while you move.
  • You have to vacuum/sweep the floors very well because the mop wil just push around hair and large dust particles. This didn't bother me so much either. I just pushed everything to one area and used a tissue to "mop" it up. No biggie. A traditional mop can do the same.

So far so good. Do you have one?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall is here!

First, I passed my Kung Fu belt test! Yay!! Second, I can't believe the number of leaves on the ground already. Some trees are even completely naked already! Temperatures are dropping...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Kung Fu Belt Test and Seminar This Weekend

I've been really busy the past several months training for my Yee Cup Jr. belt test in Hung Ga. The test was yesterday, followed by a really good seminar by our SiGung. I don't know if I passed yet, but I feel good about my performance. As with any test, I do feel like it could have been better (I still have lots to learn!), but I also feel like it was one of my best. I hope to get the results soon!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scottish Referendum - Opinions Around the City - In Pictures

As many of you know, today voting polls across Scotland have opened to decide the future of Scotland and the UK. Will Scotland become an independent country? We'll know tomorrow. However, I'm not here to discuss my opinions. I did not grow up in Scotland, and I don't feel like living here for 2 years really qualifies me to have an in-depth discussion about the topic. What I would like to do is to provide a look around the city for those who don't live in Scotland. Unfortunately, I wasn't feeling well enough to walk downtown where some of the tents and more vocal advocators are set up. I took pictures as I encountered things and kept the ones that were decent (not blurry, easy to read, not loads of people in them, not crooked..etc.), so any pattern you may think you see... does not exist. :o)   Enjoy.

In windows

We always get stuff in the mail.