I used to have a great morning routine – I’d drop the children to school, come home, change my shoes and go for a brisk walk (I’m not the running type, brisk walking is as energetic as I get). I’d come home feeling energized and virtuous. Well no more halo polishing for me, I have become very lazy since the cold weather started. Now I come home, switch on the computer ‘just to check my emails’ and emerge hours later when it’s time to do the school run again. I can think of no better time waster than the internet, it just makes time disappear before my eyes.
So it all had to change, but when I went looking for my runners (that’d be trainers to you – Irish people always say runners!) I could only find one. I didn’t try too hard to find the missing one as that would be to fly in the face of a shopping opportunity, but instead spent hours on the computer tracking down a pair I liked. I can tell you there are some monstrosities out there, runners can be very ugly indeed. Even Liberty print doesn’t make them look good.
In the end I went for a retro pair of Gola Harriers. I like them a lot and they are very comfy indeed. I have managed a walk two days this week, I am aiming for three next, but when it’s hail-stoning I need all my will-power to resist resist the lure of the mac and a pair of slippers! Speaking of will-power I was just reading an interesting article on the subject in this months Vogue. Basically, we have a limited supply of it, and most of use are using our quota on things like resisting a latte, or a slice of cake or spending more time on the dreaded computer so that when we go to do something major, like giving up alcohol or smoking or trying not to buy that Celine bag I’ve been wanting for too long, well there is enough will-power left! So I should just buy the bag then, eh?!
Here I am ready to go, J Crew puffer coat and Missoni striped scarf, and my daughters furry ear muffs to keep me warm. And from the ridiculous to the sublime, here is a photo I took on my most recent morning walk. I don’t think I’d have any stray eyebrows if I was sitting there to do my make-up every morning!