Happy Sunday Folks, I hope your weekend is going well! It’s time for a bit more “what’s NOT cooking”.
For those of you new here, “what’s not cooking” is a kind of weekly update that’s not so much to do with the cooking (recipes are mostly published Tuesday and Thursday) but more to do with other topics like inspiration and wellbeing links, Lynne and I’s weekly meal plan, maybe some blogging topics and generally what we’ve been up to!
It just helps to keep non-food topics separate from the recipes and give you guy’s links and information on other stuff I’ve come across that might be of interest to you. 🙂
So if you want the banana blueberry breakfast muffins recipe I did this week, you can find that here and the Tuesday post, was healthy body healthy mind, focussed on reasons for a healthy diet found here.
Anyway first up, here’s some of the best inspiration and wellbeing reads I’ve come across recently.
Inspiration and Wellbeing
http://tinybuddha.com/blog/5-beliefs-happiness-make-us-unhappy/ people who are happier have certain habits: they exercise, meditate, pay attention to their relationships, pursue their goals diligently, lead balanced lives and are grateful.
http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/11/07/50-happiness-quotes-to-change-the-way-you-think/ it’s how you think about it all.
http://tinybuddha.com/blog/forming-positive-relationships-two-simple-strategies-meet-new-people/ how to deal with negative, toxic people, including our own family members.
I thought I’d mention I’ve updated Bloggers Resources to include details of Bluehost, my chosen Web Hosting provider. You can find out more of those details here. You can use my link to get your own Web Host set up for your own self-hosted blog too. Bluehost are excellent. Check it out!
Web Design and Web Authoring Course
I think I might have gone slightly overboard in highlighting the pink in the image on the “People Make Glasgow” sign that hangs over the front of one of the Glasgow College buildings near the city centre. 😆
But anyway, that does lead me on rather nicely to talk about my first evening class at college on Thursday. It was kind of strange going back into a college building after such a long time but there’s just something about the “learning” environment that I have always really liked and felt “comfortable” in.
The course started at 6pm and there were about 15 of us in total. After the lecturer had introduced himself (life story of his career, how he nearly didn’t make it because he couldn’t get a dog sitter to prevent his dog chewing through another cage ❓ – I’m sparing you these lengthy details) we went and got registered for our student cards and told of the discounts we can apply for on certain products. Woohoo – student discounts here I come!
We need Adobe Dreamweaver as that’s the code editor that the course uses. I can use my discount to get that and add it to my creative cloud suite to join Lightroom and Photoshop. The lecturer did say we could in fact get a “knocked off” version from a certain pub, in a less salubrious area of Glasgow, if we went in, and asked behind the bar for “Big Tam”. Let’s just say I’ll be opting for the safer discounted monthly version!!
Anyway the first week was the very basics. History of the Internet (God bless Tim Berners-Lee) HTML/XHTML differences. Brief overview of CSS, PHP and Java too. Then we used notepad to build a simple Web page, all stuff I do already but it’s always good as a recap and to know that the syntax you’ve been using previously is right. Time went quickly and I loved every minute of it.
The lecturer too, although completely nutty, and I won’t be following his “where and how to get things” recommendations 😉 is excellent and makes the class interesting and certainly keeps our attention for the three hours. Indeed, he’s one of the reasons why people love this city, he’s one of the many different characters you might find. That sign over the front of the college building says it all.
We are heading to Glen Coe next weekend (cannot wait! 😀 ) for a week away in a caravan, so there won’t be an update next Sunday. I’ll be back (hopefully) the following Sunday.
Here’s our meal planner for next week. I’m keeping it as simple as possible so we don’t have anything left in the fridge for going away. Breakfasts are generally a daily variation of these porridge options.
Monday Lunch – Sweet Potato, Garlic and Chilli Soup
Monday Dinner – New spicy lentil recipe I’m working on
Tuesday Lunch – Indian Scrambled Eggs
Tuesday Dinner – Chilli Pasta
Wednesday Lunch – Out to lunch for my bro’s birthday!
Wednesday Dinner – Avocado Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
Thursday Lunch – Cream of Mushroom Soup
Thursday Dinner – Quorn Chilli, Wholegrain Rice & Veg
Friday Lunch – Ham and Veg Soup
Friday Dinner – New burger recipe I’m working on
I’ll see you for a new cheesecake recipe on Tuesday, but if you’re looking for some more fantastic blog excellence recommended reading, check out Ms Spoons at Running with Spoons. and thanks for keeping in touch.
Comments welcome (as always!) And thank you.