In the second week of March, my mother was transferred from the Alexandra hospital in Redditch to Worcester City Hospital on 13 March. This was apparently a ‘rehab’ hospital: her medical issues were under sufficient control for her to be moved on from a general medical ward. By this time I was back in Edinburgh, to keep my cold away from mum and to try to get back to normality, whatever that is.
I’m not quite sure why I wanted to record this. Perhaps it’s to assuage some of my guilt at not being in the peoples’ vote/anti-brexit march yesterday. Anyway, this has been a relaxing weekend so far.
My reward for all of this is nut roast with roasted potatoes, onions, sprouts and carrots. You have been warned!
- Spinning at LifesCycle. We cheated slightly by travelling by bus, due to the rain. I usually prefer to cycle there and back, as warm-up and cool-down from the lovely madness. (Elly and I are on the front-left bikes of that Facebook video.)
- much-needed coffee and lunch
- catching up with personal and family finances, sadly neglected for a couple of weeks due to work-pressures
- washing our manky spinning gear. That’s the only downside!
- tidying my desk area after weeks of needing to let rubbish build up
- avoiding watching Strictly Come Dancing
- writing a presentation on a project I’m about to finish, so I can demonstrate the outcomes to a high-powered audience. (I think I should not say what the project is just now, but I will blow my own trumpet as hard as I can when the work goes live.)
- proofreading and commenting on a tender written by my ever-wonderful better half.
- much-needed coffee and lunch
Elly realised that marinas may have laundry facilities for customers berthing there. The interesting question was whether random visitors could use these facilities. So we went to Oudeschild to find out, and then on to de Waal to encounter a museum of local farming. Sheep seem to fulfil more roles than just eating and being eaten.
I’ve just received this (bought from Organic Athlete):
But I only intend to take 3 jerseys on the honeymoon. So which of these treasures do I leave at home?
Tweet to @bruceryan_rants to let me know what you think!
On mature(?) reflection, I have to pay tribute to LifesCycle for keeping me fit and sane, and I have to take something slightly rude, and I won’t be able to feed my addiction while we’re away. So, with sadness, the Irn Bru stays in the wardrobe.
It’s been fairly challenging recently. I won’t go into why here – let’s just say that a combination of issues has led to full nights of sleep being conspicuously absent. I’d not been spinning for at least two weeks, so endorphins have been in very short supply. This culminated yesterday in a spinning session that was an exercise in fighting myself, followed by a painful cycle home and a ‘cultural’ event that I should have body-swerved.
Elly has also not been having a good time recently, and we’ve both missed burning up the miles together. So I’m pleased that we were both able to cycle from North Berwick to Servants’ Quarters, taking a longer route than strictly necessary. Here’s the obligatory cyclometer map:
- Monday 26: I missed The Independent Commission on Referendums: who, what, why and how – Edinburgh Seminar because the calendar appointment shifted in my calendar, probably because of the change to summer time.
- Tuesday 27: working on a report for Napier; Leith Harbour & Newhaven CC meeting
Following on from this post – I’ll try to blog each week:
- Tuesday 13th: being interviewed about my experiences of Edinburgh, and how tourists and residents see different aspects of the city
- Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th: on this course, which was ‘enhanced’ by two fire-alarms and freezing our collective bits off in the snow
- Thursday 15th: completing two funding applications, one of which succeeded. (The other will be decided in about 3 month’s time.)
In a vague tribute to a Janis Joplin album, today could be called I got dem ol’ co-codamol hughies again, mama! In other news, last week I succeeded in copying posts from Just another bipedal sack of DNA and neuroses – because that’s what humans are to this blog.
It’s been interesting – and quite emotional – revisiting the end of a marriage and my career in publishing, various family (mis)fortunes, my time in India and Indonesia, my MSc, the start of my community council work and research career, discovering spinning, and the beginning of my current, very happy marriage. So much of this feels as though it’s permanent, and has been part of me forever – but in reality much is less than 5 years old.
There will be lots of broken links, because some material was hosted on now-dead servers. I’ve tried to resurrect what I can, but if you find any, please let me know.