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Five Things

Ah, meme time. Not at all a way for me to procrastinate from doing something useful.

The very lovely Zoe gave me five words she wants me to explain more. The words she gave me were ceriselle, crafty, tea, Bristol, race-for-life (“hey, if I use hyphenation it’s one word :-P”)

So!

ceriselle
ceriselle is the name of my website (well, its a nameless site, thats the domain name. I get confused on that sometimes.) I’ve had this domain name for a few years now, and it replaced halcyonic.org. ceriselle is a made up word, from the French words cerise which means cherry and elle which is normally a female thing (its been a while since my French classes) I like it because its a very curvy word! And why is it in lower case? Because it just looks a bit odd to me when its capitalised!

Crafty
I’ve always been a bit of a crazy crafty lady. The earliest thing I can remember doing is some jewellery making when I was about 7. I don’t just mean threading plastic beads onto a bit of elastic, but making earrings with fish wires and head pins. I picked up jewellery making again when I was looking after my mum in 2005 (it was something to do in the day, not working is surprisingly dull!)

Tea
Tea is a massive part of my life. Honestly. I couldn’t make it through the day without at least 3 cups. I think the true addiction started in our final year at university, when I lived with Zoe’s husband James. We would take it in turns, along with another housemate Ed to make tea – we got through many many cups, especially around essay and exam times!

Bristol
I’ve written about why I chose to move to Bristol a few times, there are just so many reasons why I am here! My dad and his wife live about a mile away, quite a lot of my friends from uni live around here and its just so different to Chester (my home city) in so many ways!

Race for Life
Of course, Race for Life is an important thing to me at the moment. Cancer Research is something I support because my mum and both my grandfathers died from various smoking related cancers. (Its also why I hate smokers, obviously). Doing the Race for Life is my way of supporting a charity I like. The other charities I support are Macmillian and Help for Heroes.

If you would like to take part, comment on this entry and I shall try to think of five things I want to know more about from you!

Race for Life (part 2)

So my second week of training for the Race for Life has been non existant – I managed to catch Louise’s lurgy last weekend and have been feeling very sorry for myself! Hopefully with the clocks changing today, I will be more likely to go running after work, because it will be lighter longer.

My running pack arrived this week though, which is pretty quick. My number thing is lower than I thought – I would have expected more people to have signed up by now! The pink sheet is the back sign, which you need to decorate with the reason why you are doing the Race for Life. I want to make mine look awesome this year, but I can’t think what to do!

Sponsorship wise, I’m really pleased because I’m almost half way to my target! If you’ve not sponsored me yet, you can by going to raceforlifesponsorme.org/hayley_c

Race for Life (part 1)


Me in 2007, after the run in Chester

So after a year off (which was down to my move – when I was in Chester, the event was in Bristol, and when I was in Bristol, it was in Chester!), I have signed up for the Race for Life again.  I’m hoping to raise even more money this year, and if you would like to donate, you can do it through my page at raceforlifesponsorme.org/hayley_c.

I decided this year that instead of walking the course, as I did in Chester, I would try to run the entire 5k. Which scares me, since I’m not a running sort of girl. I was never the girl who was on the running teams at school. Instead, I was the girl they put into the swimming gala as a laugh (since I couldn’t actually swim properly) I thought I should probably start to train, and last night was the first time I had put my trainers on since last year (when I used to wear them to walk to work in)

I tied my hair up, clipped my iPod Shuffle on, and set off at an easy jog. I got to the bottom of the road, and thought “Hooooooooly CRAP, I’m gonna do this for 5km?!” I managed to jog/run for about 1km and a bit, before having to slow down, because my back was hurting so much. In total I did 2.5km, which was much more than I intended to do!

Today, my thighs and legs are aching like crazy. I ache so much! But hopefully the more training I do, the less I ache, and the more likely that I’ll do the full 5k!

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