03 September 2013

What I See When I Look in the Mirror

The What I See Project is an exciting online platform and project that aims to “recognise and amplify” women’s voices and personal experiences through answering the question, “What do you see when you look in the mirror?” Even better, the project helps to create a safe environment for women online to express themselves and connect with each other, and watching other women’s responses is incredibly interesting.

I was thrilled to be asked to be part of this project, and I shared what I see when I look in the mirror as part of the project’s campaign to showcase over 100 women’s voices across a 27 August to 1 October.


 

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02 August 2013

The Story of a Girl and Her Dog

Mimi on Cates bedMia on my bed/her throne.

A few days after my 16th birthday, my mom called us from the car.

“Vacuum the entire house, there needs to be nothing on the carpets, nothing small!” we were told. My sister and I probably assumed we were having last minute guests or a friend come over, so we frantically tidied the house.

The doorbell rang, and finally we could figure out why we’d been asked such a request.

I opened the door, and all I could see were my mom’s hands, and hanging there in front of my face was a little brown, white and black puppy with ears shaped like angel wings on the side of her ridiculously small head.

After years of resigning myself to the fact that we simply could not have pets, and my sister’s obsession with dogs (at one point she may or may not have even insisted we pretend she was a dog - drinking water only from a bowl on the floor) - we suddenly could have a puppy. We could have a dog.

My parents had divorced about 3 or 4 years prior and it was just us girls in the house, and now we had Mia - named after Mia Hamm.

 

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23 April 2013

The Greedy American & The Hairy Bikers

This past Friday I made my debut on the BBC by talking about... cupcakes! 

Cate Hairy Bike3Me, making sure Annie is enjoying her cupcake correctly


Last October I was asked by the team at The Hairy Bikers if I'd like to come on the next Best of British series to talk about cupcakes. I was joined by the terribly clever Dr Annie Grey, a food historian, to basically sit in The Hummingbird Bakery, eat a bunch of cake, and argue about the differences between fairy cakes and cupcakes. 

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27 November 2012

November Can Suck It

SickpostOn October 21st I completed the most fantastic achievement of my life, fitness wise. 

In the following weeks I went on a couple of bike rides, I went to spin class. I also went to pilates and discovered how fantastic it would be for my core, where I'm really lacking strength. 

Then, while out celebrating firework night, I noticed that I had a small stye in my eye.  A STYE. Only gross kids in third grade get styes! Then I had stomach ache and my body felt generally rundown, so I took this as a clue to stop training so much and let my body heal. (My eye is fine now, thank you for asking.)

And then my sinuses started playing up. And then I was exhausted. And then I was fine! And then I was exhausted! And then I was fine! And then Iain got a chest infection, and then I started feeling horrible, but then I felt fine! And now, after thinking my sinus problems were going away and that I could clear my cold with holistic sea salt sprays and then be fine, I can hear what I think is about two tons of phlegm rattling away in my lungs.

This means that I am most definitely not fine and that I need to go to my GP and get some antibiotics as I obviously have some sort of sinus/chest/respiratory infection. (I'm currently waiting for their hour and a half long lunch break to finish so I can then all and book an appointment.)

This is really great timing considering I'm meant to be doing some altitude cycling training and am going on a cycling holiday in two weeks. 

I've basically spent all of November half-healthy, but not healthy enough to be able to ride my bike or train as much as I like. I swear I can feel my muscles shrinking as I type this, and any cardio fitness I built up slowly withering away with each cough. 

Is there anyone else out there suffering from the same crap? 

It seems to me all fitness magazines are like "use antibac gel and you'll be fine to cycle throughout all of winter!" or "KEEP CYCLING NO MATTER WHAT" and I'm like OH MY GOD I CAN'T BECAUSE I'M SICK GOD HELP ME.

I just want to be able to ride my bike. It's bad enough with the weather being like this, but adding phlegm on top of it is even worse. 

14 May 2012

The last 5 months...

OH HEY.

Apparently it's damn near June and I've barely said two words here, on this poor blog that I birthed nearly six years ago (SIX) and has had to deal with months of abandonment. I'm a bad blog mom. 

However, this isn't through lack of doing things. 2012 has been a really, really odd year for me. Odd, as in amazing, but still rather odd. 

It started in a wine bar in London, where I stood drunk on Prosecco and cheese, weeping at the Fireworks and telling myself (along with everyone else) that this would be MY year. Two hours later I was chased out of the bar by a meowing staff member, but that's another story...

A few weeks later, I stood up in front of a group of Very Important Media and PR folks, and showed them this:

Pop Hive - Frequently Asked Questions from Pop Hive on Vimeo.

I also screened the first episode of Pop Hive for them, and the entire time I thought I was either going to choke or pee. Thankfully, they liked it.

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