Monday 29th September: I’ve got an app for that
I bloody love my new iPad. Like my iPhone but one that actually works the first time I touch the button I want to do something. Or it doesn’t take 10 mins to take a photo. I think my very most favourite thing about t’ipad is the Kindle app - I’ve got one of the very original, first gen Kindle’s so the experience of reading/using a Kindle on this is amazing. Am quite taken too with how the app tells you how much reading time you’ve got left.
Sunday 28th September: Best Not Quite My Birthday EVAR!
Regular readers will know I bloody love a birthday, especially mine and I really like to make the most of it/stretch it out, so today = start of birthday week. And boy! What a start to the week!
Firstly, slept for nearly 9 hrs and then off to my local BMX track in Peckham for coaching and accreditation to be able to ride the track whenever. Coaching was ace and I learnt way much more than Lee Valley and for a fraction of the cost. We even got a go at using the starting gate but I stacked it fantastically and as the gate dropped I slammed on my bike and didn’t move an inch. Despite this still got my accreditation and can now ride any time at their open sessions FOR FREES!
After an awesome morning rolling in the sun it was off to a family birthday birthday for my birthday and for Auntie Pam’s birthday. First up: BUFFET! 2nd: presents: some awesome panda slippers and then THIS BLOODY IPAD MINI I’M TYPING THIS ON!!!
Oh, and lemon drizzle cake and train gins. Get. In. And I’ve still got my *actual* birthday to come! I’m a lucky bird and no mistake.
Friday 26th September: The Good Book
So the Manic Street Preachers confirmed a few days ago that they were going to play some live shows playing THE WHOLE OF THE HOLY BIBLE.
That’s the Holy Bible as in their greatest album released TWENTY YEARS AGO rather than the religious text like. Anyhoo, regular readers will know I’m crazy in love with the nineties and the Manics were one of my favourite bands of the nineties and this was one of my favourite albums of the nineties.
I’m quite the pro at getting tickets for high demand gigs but this was really quite stressful and difficult especially given I was buying tickets for other people and I really, REALLY wanted to see this show AND I got tix in like the first 3 mins of them being on sale but the tix got sold whilst I was filling in the payment details!
BUT! I got tix! On the day of choice! And I’m rayt excited. Also *someone* thought I was way too young to have been an Holy Bible fan. That’s the magic of the 90’s/Manics kids!
Thursday 25th September: F R I E N D S Do you really need them? YES!
Properly lovely evening out with some of my most favourite ladies. We gossiped! We drank gin! I split gin! We shrieked! We drank fizzy wine! And ordered more fizzy wine! And ate gyoza and garlic drenched broccoli. Lush.
Really need to make the effort to see all of the above more!
Tuesday 23rd September: Toad in the Hole for tea!
'im indoors makes makes *the* best toad in the hole and eating it always makes me very, very happy. Been daydreaming about this since last week.
Wednesday 17th Sept: Wishing my life away, Pt 325
Two weeks till my birthday. Day off! Presents! Daytime drinking! Cake! Some BMX (hopefully) and who knows what else. Fuck and indeed yeah.
Monday Sept 15th: ‘im indoors.
Today’s reason to be cheerful (and tbh most days) is ‘im indoors. This evening I have found myself in a big ole slump of “can’t be arsed” so he offered to take over cooking dinner. Doesn’t seem like a big deal but it’s everyday little acts of thoughtfulness that just make my life a bit easier and less dull.
Sunday 14th September: BMX Bandits Baby!
Went to the BMX track at Lee Valley VeloPark today with the LFGSS Ladies today and OMG. So. Much. Fun.
Fun that starts with being absolutely terrifying when you practise on what is essentially a nursery slope of ramps and a berm. I was actually shaking and feeling a bit terrified after the 1st go on the baby course and wondering if I hadn’t made a terrible mistake.
And then we got on the actual track and you start in the middle due to the main ramp being a bit terrifying for beginners….and then the next thing we knew we were at the top of said ramp.
I was amazed at how quickly things changed from “faaaaaacck!!! This is terrifying” to “faaaaccccking hell! This is amazing” and how quickly the bike felt comfortable, feeling a bit more instinct about how to move your body with the bike and not feel like I was going to go over the bars.
It was really pleasing to see a group of complete beginners with differing confidence levels get round and half the group said “I’m glad I had a go but never again” with the other half working out how they can add a BMX to their bike stable!
Basically cannot wait to go back and have another go. Burn, baby burn!
Saturday 13th September: Slightly Less Rubbish Roadies.
So today we set our alarm for the same time as our week day alarm (6.30) and was out of the door
for a ride just after 7am…generally we dick around and are lucky to be out by 9am which is not the way of the true roadie douchebag. I even wore proper short short bibs rather than my usual knee/3/4 lengths bibs.
And before 9am we were in the midst of pretty Kent villages with fords as half timber houses.
And before 9.30am I was cursing the lumpiness of Kent and my bravado of the summer and “the hills of Kent hold no fear now I’ve been cycling in Yorkshire”. I actually thought I was going to be sick going up Exedown.
I don’t mind a hill if it’s accompanied by a lovely long sweeping descent on big wide roads. When it’s a dark, potholed lane, less so.
But for all my moaning it was ACE to be back on my road bike and get SE miles and hills in.