I realised that the back pain coincided with us turning the mattress. So, not to go back to the way it was, we rotated it 180, and bingo! No back pain for either of us, and a great night’s sleep. Result.
On Saturday we took a wee wander through to Edinburgh, and for the first time avoided the old town.
Karen had never been to Ocean Terminal, so we jumped a bus down there so she could have a wander round. Result was I got an early Christmas present. A Lavazza coffee maker. They were doing an offer that included two extra boxes of pods, a Lavazza travel mug, and a tote bag from London Fashion week (apparently they were sponsoring the promotion). When it came to picking a colour, the guy told us that there was an off-white one, that had £39 off because it was price matched with a competitor. So, £39 off! Bit of a no-brainer.
Back in town we went to the portrait gallery and bumped into 2 old friends we’d lost touch with when they moved to Aberdeenshire. Rose and Karen met when Karen worked as Rose’s P.A. and they kept in touch for years after. So now we’re back in touch, and they’re moving to Edinburgh so it’ll be easy to meet up.
On Sunday we used the meal voucher that we won in the pub quiz, and had an amazing lunch in Loks in Shawlands – highly recommend it – before going to the Tramway to see an exhibition of sculpture and painting by inmates of Scottish prisons, secure hospitals and secure children’s homes. This is the second year we’ve gone to this, and it’s a great exhibition. There’s a lot of very talented individuals, locked up. It’s a real shame their lives went that road. Hopefully being in the exhibition will give them another path to follow.
Anyway, I’ll get some pics up from the weekend, soon. Watch this space.
Not posted in a bit, so here goes.
The running is going pretty well. Did a longer (7.5km) run along the canal last week, and the legs felt good. Breathing was fine too. I could have kept going, but it was a lunchtime run, so getting back to work and grabbing a shower in the time I had left, took precedence. We’d reigned the pace in a bit to concentrate on distance, so now I know I can easily do 7,5k, it’s time to get back to running 10k, and once the distance is ticked off, I can do some speed sessions, and concentrate on bringing my time back down.
There’s a 10k in Paisley at the end of August, so I’ll enter that and give myself a target to aim for. After that, it’s back to upping the miles with the aim of the Glasgow half in October. If that isn’t looking likely, then I’ll enter the 10k instead. I’d rather do that than go for the longer distance, and not finish, or not enjoy it because I wasn’t prepared properly.
In other news, yesterday I picked up some acrylic paints. A few people have told me that they’re easier to use as a beginner, than watercolours, so I’ll give it a go and see how I get on. Anything not totally horrendous, I’ll post up here.
I’ve also been getting stuck in to the garden, and have a wee project I’m wanting to do at the bottom, where there’s a wee slope that I can’t really do much with, and it’s got all overgrown. Yesterday I started reclaiming it. I may uncover a lost civilisation. Who knows!
I’ve been off work with a stinking cold, and passed the time watching movies, including Annie Hall, Manhattan and Francis Ha. It got me thinking that life would be really cool if it was like one of these New York set movies where everyone is friends with artists, writers and musicians. Life like one of these movies would be cool.
Then came the realisation. I know artists. I know writers. I know musicians. I know all these people. Hell, my sister in law is a sculptress. We just don’t have pretentious parties where a lot of words are spoken, but nothing is said.
I guess Glasgow is just more down to earth than the image of New York portrayed in these movies.
That being said, it’s still kind of cool imagining that life could be like that.
Tried copying a postcard of a Buddha statue’s face, using charcoal. Turned out a bit better than I expected.
It’s a start. Something to improve on.
On Friday, for the first time, I tried sketching with charcoal. Yes, once again I dip my un-artistic toe into the sea of creativity to see what kind of mess it makes.
I have a wee postcard on a pinboard in work that has a close up of the face of a Buddha statue, so I thought I’d give it a go. I’ve started it, but not finished it yet, so I’ll post it up when I’m done. So far, it’s not as bad as I thought it would turn out, but then again, I’m biased.
Saturday we had a karate class, which was great. We spent the entire time going over katas, which, in my opinion, we don’t spend enough time doing. I got to go over one I’ve only done a couple of times (basai dai), and one I’ve never done before (meikyo).
Keeping up the energetic theme, and on Sunday we had a game of badminton, before going for lunch, and then meeting up with a friend for a couple of drinks.
So an update. What’s been happening?
Well, I went out for my first run in about four years. I managed just over 5k, in just under the time I used to run 10k (40mins – I could never get below that 40 min barrier, and it still riles me), but the important thing for me was that I got out and ran again. And I loved every painful minute of it. I even loved the stiffness in my legs that lasted three days and made getting out of a chair an event in itself. I plan to continue with it. I don’t think I’ll ever see a sub 40 minute 10k, but then again, I’m doing it for me, and as long as I stay away from clubs and races, there’s no pressure to compete with myself other than running that bit faster and that bit further.
I’ve also had three fantastic days up at Inverness, which we’d never visited before. We packed a lot in, including trips to Culloden and Urquhart Castle, which at the moment is possibly my favourite place on the face of the earth.
Back in Glasgow, and yesterday we visited the Tramway in Glasgow to see an exhibition of art from prisons, state hospitals, and secure units. It’s superb. There’s a lot of talent behind bars. If you’re in the area and get the chance, it’s called Release, and is worth checking out.
Just tried using pastel chalks for the first time. Not a picture as such, just messing about to see what they’re like compared to the watercolours.
Damn they’re messy 😀
I’m going to keep trying things till I find what I’m comfortable using, and run with that. But at the moment, everything is fair game, and I’m enjoying it.