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Some much needed “me” time

I don’t usually get much chance of “me time”.
When I’m not working, my wife and I are always doing things together. In the house I’ll have a soak in a bath to get some “me” space, but then there’s the cats, and nothing if freakier than a cat sitting staring at you when you’re trying to relax in a bath.
Yesterday I took a day off, and had some “me time”. Karen didn’t want to see the new Bladerunner movie, and I did, so up and out for the first screening of the day, and with only another 3 people in the cinema, it was bliss. I got to immerse myself in the moment with no cats trying to get my attention while I was trying to watch something. I came out of the cinema feeling happy, content, and relaxed.
Back home I played with the cats for a bit, before me and Karen went for a walk up Glennifer Braes, and had some “us” time.

All in all a pretty perfect day.

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A sense of accomplishment

Last night at yoga I (finally) managed to do Urdhva Dhanurasana (wheel pose), which even as a kid I couldn’t do. (back then we called it the crab).

I really felt as if I’d accomplished something. The class teacher, Susan, knows I’ve been trying to get this every time it comes up in class, and when I got it, she asked “How good did that feel?”
It felt great.

It’s a small thing. In the grand scheme of things it’s a nothing. It’s not world changing or anything, BUT it gave me a sense of accomplishment, and a great wee confidence boost, so it HAS changed my world in a small way, for the better.

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Wee update thingy

The recent (relatively)painless dvd purge has got inspired to do the same thing with clothes. Specifically t-shirts, of which I have a ton. I’ve got a lot of band tour shirts (some dating back to the 80’s) which I keep but don’t wear, so really, what’s the point. Wear the damn things or stick them on ebay or the charity shop.
So that’s the next step in my plan. T-shirt cull.

Got yoga tonight straight from work. Think I need this class tonight, as I’ve not been feeling happy lately. I’m not on a downer exactly, but my mojo seems to have buggered off since it started getting dark earlier, and I’m struggling to motivate myself to do things I enjoy. Time for a mental re-boot on the mat.

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That was a pretty good weekend.

On Saturday, we had our monthly games night, where we played Settlers of Catan and Cards Against Humanity.
It’s only the second time we’ve played Settlers, but we’re starting to see how it could be a pretty brutal game where it comes to doing over the other players.
Fortunately by the time Richard realised how much I’d scored on the board and potentially what I had in my hand, I was only one round away from winning, and took the game without the others realising I was about to win.
It’s important to try and work how close others are to winning to decide if and how you’re going to trade with them.
Great game.

Yesterday we headed out of Glasgow to climb Dumgoyne a wee volcanic plug of a hill. It might be relatively small, but it’s pretty steep.
We’ve climbed this three or four times in the past, and the views from the top are stunning, but this time we got about 3/4 of the way up, and met the cloud coming down. It wasn’t a good idea to carry on, so we headed back to the car.

Once off the hill it was into the car and up to Aberfoyle for a coffee. We lost Mia en route, as she doesn’t seem to understand that “road closed” and “diversion” means she has to follow the signs, so while we arrived in Aberfoyle, she got lost, ended up back at Dumgoyne, and just headed home.
From Aberfoyle, we decided to stop off in Drymen, seeing as we had to pass it thanks to the diversion.

Finally we headed home to some well deserved dinner and some Netflix.

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Great weekend

Just had a brlliant weekend.
It was my wife’s birthday, and I’d booked a meal and a hotel in Largs for her.
On the way there we stopped off in Ayr for a wander and some lunch, and then headed to Loch Doon castle (on the shores of Loch Doon), where we met Bob, who played the clarinet for Karen and recited some poetry.
Bob and his friends where doing a spot of wild camping and have been working the festival circuit. It was a fantastic surprise. He was a genuinely nice guy and Karen loved being serenaded.

Dinner in Largs was really nice. Tinto Tapas does great food, but like all tapas places in Scotland, missed the fact that tapas should be small cheap plates, not small expensive plates. £4 – £5 a plate is pretty standard for tapas here, and it’s not cheap when you consider the size of plate you get for that.
Tinto do 3 for £10 as long as you’re there before 7.00pm, which we were, so it worked out great value.

The hotel – Wood House Hotel – was really nice. Seriously comfy bed, and a really nice breakfast the next day.

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Wee bit of yoga on Ayr beach.

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The great clear-out continues. (and some yoga)

I need to up the stakes as far as the “Great Ongoing Clearout” is concerned. Last week we headed to my mum’s house and managed to take a load of books I had stored in her loft, to the PDSA charity shop. I need to have a thorough rake through stuff I’ve got in cupboards in our house and see what’s mine that can go.

I buy a new t-shirt that I like, fine, but I seriously need to get rid of some old ones otherwise I’ll be found dead one day under a landslide of clothes and books.

I’ve got a kindle ffs! But the problem I have is that when I hit the charity shop to drop stuff off, I inevitably browse the book shelves. That’s fatal to me.

I’m stufficating and I need to be brutal and just clear stuff out. Why am I hanging onto a 10 year old Saxon tour shirt that I never wear? It makes no sense.

Yoga last night was excellent. I really enjoyed it. Susan is a great teacher, and I really enjoy her vinyasa flow class. The previous class that I went to was an Iyengar class, and while I did feel the benefits, the stop-start nature of the class made it a little boring. You got into a nice headspace, and then *POP* stop there, next pose.
I know it’s a good system for correct alignment, and the fact that props are used make it accessible to people who may have limited range of movement, but (touch wood) at the moment, I’m getting far more from the flow class than I ever did from the Iyengar. It’s horses for courses, and what suits the individual. It’s all good.

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Heading east (not the far east, just the east coast. Unfortunately)

Taking the afternoon off work today. We’re heading through to Edinburgh to soak up the arty atmosphere that is the Fringe.
In all the years we’ve been doing this, we’ve yet to actually take in a show, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

The restaurant we’ve been going to for almost 20 years, changed hands last year and it’s not a patch on what it was. Fortunately, last time we were through, we found a really nice Thai place just off Leith Walk, and we’ve booked in there for tonight.

Should be a good afternoon, and we’re running from the rain. It’s currently coming down in Glasgow, but it’s not due to hit the east coast until later today around 6.00pm, so we should manage to have a decent afternoon and not get soaked.

I’ve got the camera with me, so pics will be taken. The madness of the Royal Mile during festival season is something else.

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Biting the bullet

So, on the recommendation of my yoga teacher, I’ve booked onto a workshop that’s being held at Merchant City Yoga in Glasgow.
It’s Yoga asanas and Hindu Mythology with Coral Brown. Susan who takes the class I go to says Coral is a wonderful teacher, and I’d get a lot out of the workshops.
The first is “Jai Hanuman – the Faithful One” and is about Hanuman, and Hanumanasana (split pose). I opted NOT to go to this one, as I got the fear about the idea of the splits! Turns out it would be ok, as you’re not expected to actually do the splits, but will come out able to get lower than you could previously.

The workshop I signed up for is Vira Rasa – the Essence of the Warrior, and the description is “The archetype of the Warrior embodies the energy of devotion, focus and commitment. This energy is grounded in grace, confidence and respect. The yogic texts personify these attributes through the story of Shiva’s side kick and best friend, Virabhadra.

In this dynamic story telling flow we will highlight the many attributes and expressions of Virabhadrasana (Warrior Pose). We will observe, explore and connect with the different qualities and manifestations of our own warrior essence.”

It’s not till September, but I’m already looking forward to it. Susan reckons I’ll get a lot out of it and really enjoy it.

I’ll keep you posted.

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Paddleboarding

It was my birthday on Friday, and my wife had booked a paddleboard/canoe experience for me. So, yesterday, I tried canoeing and paddleboarding for the first time.

Canoeing was fun, but pretty hard work. Any “Into the Wild” type fantasies of packing a bag, jumping into a canoe and getting away from civilisation, well that bubble popped there and then 😀
The paddleboarding on the other hand…..that was a lot easier effort-wise, but there was the balance issue to contend with, and yes I took a dunking three or four times, but damn it was fun.

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Lurgi

Well last week was a bit of a write off. Monday was a bank holiday, so we headed to Largs for the day, and had the traditional ice cream from Nardini’s, which is always good.

On Tuesday I had the lunchtime beginners kettle bell class again, which while not enjoyable (to me anyway), does leave you feeling that you’ve done a good work-out.

Then it went belly up. Didn’t sleep well Tuesday night, and woke up Wednesday with nasty sinus pain, a streaming nose, and I couldn’t stop sneezing. And that, was basically the state of play until Friday evening when I started to feel human again.
On the plus side, I hadn’t caught up with the last season of Dr Who, so I managed to binge watch that. I also discovered Rick and Morty, which is fun.

Saturday, feeling human again, we headed to the 1st Canal Festival, which was fun except the weather was rotten. We stayed for about an hour, and would have stayed longer if it wasn’t for the rain.
After bailing on the canal festival, we headed to the Newlands Country Club to use the pool and spa, as Karen had got a day pass through her work. The pool was nice and quiet, and after a wee session on the treadmill, I had a swim before hitting the jacuzzi and finishing off in the steam room, which totally cleared out my sinus’s.

We finished off the weekend with a long walk through the Linn Park, and lunch in the Old Smiddy.

So the weekend made up for the lurgi write off earlier in the week.

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