1. On Friday night I went to a party. Nothing remarkable in that, you might think, except that I actually rather enjoyed myself.
Normally I prefer dinner parties to party parties but this was a smallish gathering in a nice apartment, within walking distance of my flat – which meant I didn’t have to worry about getting home.
I knew and liked everybody who was there and, more importantly, they knew me so didn’t try to ‘persuade’ me to have a nasty-tasting alcoholic drink. They were unbothered by my drinking water all evening.
We had an iPod dock to provide tunes from the various iPods and iPhones carried by just about everyone, which meant that I got to dance to several cheesy 80’s ‘anthems’ – using a spatula as a microphone, of course – as well as having an opportunity to thrash around to my music at the end of the night while everyone else was crashed out on the sofa.
And then – after pouring a paralytically drunk colleague into a cab – I was able to trot home contentedly, with nary a headache to mar the following day.
2. On Saturday I visited a friend, her husband and their two week old son, with a couple of other friends. We brought and prepared lunch, cuddled the baby, chatted and then washed up and left her to some peace and quiet. Lovely.
3. On Sunday I ran the 10km bushwalk route that we walked last weekend, from the Spit Bridge (unfortunate name – due to a promontory of land out into the harbour, not to any local habit) to Manly beach. It took me an hour and 22 minutes, with a couple of walk breaks on some of the particularly steep bits. I was jolly pleased with myself.
Of course, it is easier to run off-road – somehow, the concentrating on not falling over the stones and steps takes one’s mind off the burning muscles and shortness of breath – and it was only 10km, whereas the City to Surf in 4 weeks time will be 14km on road and with a killer up-hill section at the 8km point… but still. Not bad for a first go.
I’m going to try and round up a couple of the others to run it again with me the weekend after next.