Ugh, it seems like it’s been ages since I did any blogging. How did life get so busy?! I think it may have something to do with spending a lot of time in either the gym or the theatre. It’s an odd mix but I’ve always been fairly contradictory so that seems kind of fitting actually!
The gym is starting to feel normal and, for the most part, less intimidating. It’s usually nice and empty first thing in the morning but it was busier today. I like it better when it’s quiet. There were two other ladies skipping this morning, it’s nice to know I’m not the only one but annoying when they take up all the space. Hopefully the weather will improve soon and I can go outside a bit more. It’s flooded again here today though, so that seems like wishful thinking! Training 8-9 times a week is starting to feel pretty good too. I’m tired, but not as much as I thought I would be. And it’s starting to work, I can see slight differences in my figure.
Last weekend, I went to the theatre with Ellie again, three times in four weeks! It was fun, this time we saw Emil and the Detectives at the National. It was lovely! Much shorter and lighter than all the Shakespeare of late. I do enjoy Shakespeare now (never thought I’d be typing that!) but it was good to see something kind of fluffy. It’s the story of a young boy from the country who goes to visit his family in Berlin and has his money stolen on the way. The choreography of it was really clever – a medium sized ensemble cast making use of a big stage. The only slight hiccup was when one of the moving pieces of the set got stuck and the stage manager had to stop the performance while they fixed it. I was really impressed at how effortlessly the cast picked up where they left off, they didn’t seem fazed by it at all, I would have been a bit twitchy, I think!
Ellie likes to run and agreed to let me gatecrash her running club on Saturday morning. I was a bit wary at first because I haven’t been running in about 12 years! Actually, I really enjoyed it. The group was really well-organised, the lady in charge kept a good eye on everyone and we were all about the same level. Greenwich Park is a really nice environment to run in, especially in the sunshine! It’s been raining a lot since then, but I really hope to get out and about again soon. I don’t know if it’ll become a regular thing, but it’s definitely not off the radar anymore.
I’ve done some more baking and fobbed the results off on other people. Green and Blacks chocolate cherry brownies are absolutely divine. I made a batch of these with gluten free flour to take to Ellie for letting me stay at her house again. So tasty but so fattening. My mind is still in swimwear mode so it’s best to feed my baking to other people! If I can fatten up those around me, I might look a bit thinner…!
My new thing to learn how to do for February is fudge. I love fudge but haven’t managed to make it successfully before. So I found a recipe and I’m going to have a go at the weekend. I think it might need several attempts to get it right, the people at work are usually an appreciative audience for my culinary activities so I think they might enjoy this month! I’m also taking some to my spa buddy. Slightly underhand tactic to fatten her up perhaps but there’s not much of her to start with.
What else is there? I’ve booked a ticket for the Valentine’s Day premiere thingy of Only Lovers Left Alive at the British Film Institute on the South Bank in London. Having seen some of the promotional material online, I am very excited, it looks really good. Not sure if it’ll be shown at my local cinema so I want to see it when I have the chance. I don’t normally even acknowledge V-day. As a single person, it seems like everyone is out to rub your face in it, and as part of a couple, everyone wants to take all your money. I can’t really be bothered with any of it!
There’s some good NTLive stuff at the moment, I went to watch Coriolanus at the local arts centre. Although I’ve seen it live already, watching it on screen gives better views – the nuances of the performances and costumes are much bigger and closer. There’s just so much more detail. It was every bit as intense as watching it live, and I almost cried at the end, which was really unexpected as I don’t normally cry at things. I’m almost tempted to go back again and watch the encore… This week’s outing is to see Noel Coward’s Private Lives. I don’t know anything about it but Noel Coward was a good writer and it’s been successful in the West End so it should be good. Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens sound like a winning combination.
Tonight, I’m treating myself to a sports massage – as I’ve upped my training so much over the last couple of weeks, I think it’ll be good to unknot some of my muscles. It’s been ages since I had a massage, I’m really looking forward to it. Just hope I can get there, the river is so high, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s more flooding. Hurry up spring!!
Knitting has kind of fallen by the wayside lately. I haven’t been on Ravelry for ages, and the ravellenics start this week. I did manage to wind the yarn for my peacock shawl, so I should be able to get started on that, just need to find the time to get caught up on the forums. I separated the sleeves off on my cardigan, the stitch count was still really off but the article fits and I can fudge the rest! I did manage to get some done whilst watching a DVD on Sunday night. Even though I don’t dislike my job, Sunday evenings can be a bit of a drag. And as it was my rest day, I needed some entertainment. Roberta is an earlyish Fred and Ginger movie. It’s not heavy on plot and the dance routines are just delightful. Fred Astaire wasn’t a particularly attractive-looking man but the way he moves with Ginger Rogers just makes me melt. I read somewhere that they just missed out on making it in colour. There’s a fashion show at the end which would have really benefitted from being in glorious technicolour.
It’s beautiful anyway and made me wonder whether I could fit in a dance class or two as well. I’m out every night this week though, so I’m not sure how feasible that is. Something to ponder though…
Edited to add that despite following the instructions in WordPress support, I cannot embed the video. Colour me frustrated!