Run a Race: DONE!

racemap On the look-out for ‘doable’ races that supported charities I like, I saw an advert for the Edinburgh Christmas 5k Run. As it happens, I saw this while looking for puppies to adopt on the Scottish SPCA website. I can’t wait until I can have one of my very own!

I thought 5k would be realistic, since I’ve never done a charity race before and don’t really like running to be honest (I’m more of a competitive team sports person, despite running track&field in high school).

runThis race is cool because you can choose from a variety of charities to support. I’m basically a fan of anything pro- animals, books, nature, etc, and in the end I went with the SSPCA. The RSPB was also there (I support them by pin-badge minding!) as well as a handful of other amazing charities worth supporting.

Now this left S and I to train a bit and do some fundraising to support the cause. In fact, if you fancy donating, you can still do it online at our JustGiving page:
http://www.justgiving.com/AikoH

Every penny raised will help animals in Scotland!finished

We were also excited about the Edinburgh Christmas 5k Run because on both days of the run, they’d be having a fun & festive market with stalls for all the charities, as well as places to buy some early Christmas presents. I love the community spirit in Edinburgh!

We woke up on race day and got ourselves ready. It was a little mizzle-y so I was a bit nervous it might be rained off. But upon heading into Inverleith park, there was a lovely festive marquee and lots of runners in fancy dress (so many Santas, elves and reindeer!).IMG_20131208_115406

We managed to finish the race in 29minutes, and my lovely husband even waited up for me so we could cross the finish-line holding hands (*spew*). =)

It was great fun! I think we’ve both agreed that that’s probably as far as either of us fancy running, but I’m glad to have ticked another thing off my big list and supported a great cause at the same time.

Carpe Diem: Save the world!

Random acts of kindness + cake = my favorite things!

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Excitement overload: RSPB pin badges arrived!

Received my RSPB pin badge box this week!

I’d gotten in touch with our local representative to see if I could become a pin badge box minder at my office. I get a lot of passing traffic from students and staff, and with the students changing out every year I figured this might be a good opportunity to showcase the badges from my desk. (I totally love these badges myself, and figured it’d also allow me to selfishly get first dibs as well as helping the birds!)

WELL! The kit arrived and I got to assemble my box and put the pins in and definitely snagged a couple cute ones for myself (hello blackbird! hello snowy owl!). Then I took the box round the offices in my building and managed to sell LOADS in the first instance! So excited! It’s amazing how well received they’ve been so far. Some people had requests (for dragonflies and butterflies and puffins and more of the Scottish animal and plant badges), so I’ll need to request more of the other sets of badges. But it’s a great, great start! I can’t wait to report our success to the local rep come the end of the month!

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Carnage: Lemon Drizzle bundt cake, bottom left
Cake Carnage: My Lemon Drizzle bundt cake, bottom left

We’ve also just participated in the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning‘ at my work, for Macmillan’s Cancer Trust. My colleague had heard about it, and as I regularly organise a Coffee & Cake mixer once a month at work, we decided to co-opt this month’s C&Cs to raise donations for Macmillan’s!

My colleague did most of the hard work: organizing the cake donations. And we all mucked in on the day to raise a couple hundred pounds! Very proud.

I got indecisive as usual and made a couple different things: red velvet cupcakes and lemon drizzle bundts (throw-backs from our wedding cake!).

Loving getting involved in good causes!