…Plus the Science of the Chilli.
There’s nothing better than curling up all cosy when it’s cold outside…Except I fidget loads and could never just “cosy up”, but just imagine the scene: you’re back home, you’ve kicked your shoes off and there is absolutely nothing that will get you back out again. What can you have to make you even cosier? Cava? (obviously), chocolate? hot chocolate? even hotter chilli con carne? All of the above? We’re entering the danger zone now though, you want some fire in your belly but you want to control the intense sweats, pain on your tongue and runny nose that you would usually get with spicy. Why can they take the heat so well and I’m left a quivering heap reaching for the yoghurt and milk?! Because that’s SO attractive! You want to maintain your composure…
Something that I have been dealing with for the past few years is S.A.D (standing for Seasonal Affective Disorder), or the “Winter Blues”, everybody can feel it each year. Rather than moan about how crap you can feel, I want to share a couple of tips that help me get through it. A more “uplifting” post, if you will. Concentration on a topic like this flutters away so quickly, so it’s taken some time to write but now it’s a beautiful day after Storm Gertrude and I’m feeling fresh (See Post from Storm Frank). I wanted to post this in the earlier part of a new year, as when it gets lighter and slightly warmer earlier, it feels promising and everybody starts getting excited. Then, come October time, I can bring you back here and we’ll try and get through it together.
As you may already know, I love analysing parts of my own life, particularly my sleep (See post about my Jawbone). Let me just prove to you how much of a nerd I am about this. I have compared a week of my sleep, recorded in a ‘sleep diary’ in late March (so, over my birthday)…to the sleep of astronauts and cosmonauts in space. Sleep in Space.
*Small disclaimer: I’ve never been to space
This is stemmed mainly from an old assignment that I’ve now got carried away with and I’ve amended it slightly to be a little easier on the eye, this post is proper nerdy, it’s like a full on essay. I dare you to read it, though, as it’s very very interesting, especially how the different environment in space can effect our sleep! If you would like the references from the full paper to read yourself, then just let me know @kathyathy.
Stemming from my previous post, “Jingle Smells and Christmas Pre-scents”, here’s how you can dehydrate the oranges yourself without worrying about your electricity bill.
To dehydrate in the oven, you’ll need to have the pieces in there on a low heat (around 80c) for about 3 hours, I can imagine that would use a similar amount of electricity as boiling your kettle for a long period of time.
A Christmas blog series from me wouldn’t be right without a little bit of science.
Your senses can be exercised like a muscle. The more you practice your sense of smell, the stronger it gets and if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it! There’s nothing better than the scents that remind you of Christmas, just one whiff in a German market, a fresh pine Christmas tree or, for us, Bacon and Buck’s Fizz.
Christmas candles are great, but I’m literally setting my money on fire and I don’t feel like they last too long. Instead, I’ve come up with a little alternative that you can make yourself and put in your room to smell a little bit more Christmassy, or even give to a friend to stink up their stocking (in a nice way!).
A combination of a couple of ingredients can create a new “smell”. Here’s a little post on how to make a ‘Mulled Wine’ Christmas smell out of simple, Christmassy ingredients.