Being unemployed, my weekends lost their value. What difference did it make if I didn’t have to work? – I never had to work. So being back to work is different – suddenly these two days take on new importance. These are the days that everything else needs to get done – and the days that you get to relax.
On Friday night, I purchased yet again another piece of IKEA furniture – a bookcase. This allowed me to be able to place all the books in boxes and a number of pictures and other items in “something”. Before Emile even got out of bed on Saturday morning, it was all completed and looking great. Most of the boxes are unpacked and we have storage for everything now. Pictures are on the walls and it feels more and more like home.
I made soup from some wilty broccoli and some wrinkly orange and red peppers. romaine lettuce hearts (why not?) and the non-moldy onions. (not that I was saving the moldy onions for anything) It tastes pretty good, but is a weird bright orangey green. I guess that is what happens with soup – you get what you get. With that I was able to clean out the fridge to make room for better and fresher produce in the drawer.
I went grocery shopping to the biggest and busiest grocery store I have ever entered on Grandview Highway. It had ever piece of produce I could imagine – and some things I couldn’t. Since when do carts cost $1? I know I get it back, but it irritates me – is the quarter so low in value now that people won’t return the carts?
For the first time since November – and even longer since outside – I ran. I ran through Chinatown, up Main Street, along the sea wall underneath the conference centre and back again. I managed 5.26 km and felt so accomplished, strong and better than I have in a while. I use “run” loosely because honestly, there was some walking involved, but that is okay – I am back out there. I ran by where my car was broken in to – said “ha ha! I am not scared of you neighbourhood!”
I finally figured out how to make folders on the iPhone, and spent several happy minutes organizing my ap’s. And downloading some new fitness things for the hell of it. Did you know you can use “Squat Pro” ap which counts your squats while you hold it out in front of you? Do I need such a counter? Is it difficult to count to 10 or 15? But cool, I guess and I’ve done 40 more squats this weekend than any other weekend. (that also means that I cannot walk or sit down on the toilet well).
Laundry was completed – though after my run which means I have to do another load. Afterall, it was cold out there and I am still getting over a cold – so yes, my sleeves are a little dirty. Yeah, eeew.
January 19 & 20 Extra-Ordinary: A productive weekend makes it easier to face the week ahead.