I have a cold 😦 I am not too snotty but I’m a bit breathless and feverish and my head hurts. This is in fact the same virus that’s been hanging around since the weekend of the 20th/21st, when I thought I might not be able to race. It makes me not feel like running so I’ve twice been out for long walks instead:
I might have a couple of Health points for that actually, the first one was a mix of walking and running and the second one was a quite long walk that lasted nearly two hours. It makes me laugh to see the line on the chart curving down towards the end, that’s me feeling tired and slowing down as I trudged homewards.
Tonight I am hot and irritable. Everything is making me cross. Therefore I looked around for something easy and fun that I could put on my blog and I found one of those cheery memes: the Blog A-Z. It’s where you tell readers a few things about yourself based on all the letters of the alphabet. Shall we give it a try? We perhaps won’t attempt the whole alphabet all at once but just do a few letters to begin with. Here goes.
A is for Art
… something I should get out and see more of. On my wall, within sight of my PC, I have postcards of paintings by Ingres and David Hockney. What do they have in common, you may ask? Colour. Lovely colour.
Ingres, Princesse Albert de Broglie, 1853.
Hockney, The road to York through Sledmere, 1997. I bought this postcard when I was in Yorkshire visiting my friend C.
C is for Good and Evil
Let me explain. At one time, I was fond of saying that good things always seem to begin with C. I would then cite as examples Coffee, Cigarettes, Chips and Chocolate. More recently, I have come to understand that these are all things I should try hard to avoid. Moreover, it has also come to my attention that C stands for some other things that perhaps aren’t very good for the human condition, such as Cosmetic Surgery, Cocaine and Credit Cards, as discussed by William Leith, see my recent review of his book about over-eating. And of course C is for Carbs, and not the kind you want.
That said, C stands for Cupcakes and Cocktails, two small vices that I would like to have in my life, if only in moderation. Finally and most importantly, C is for my wonderful, kind and supportive friend C, who redeems everything. C, thank you for being my friend.
K is for Knitting
I absolutely love knitting and start many more projects than I complete, I’m always thinking of the next thing I want to make. At this exact moment I am knitting a scarf while thinking about making a large blanket and a nice green wool jacket. Knitting is one thing that contributes to TLYW that I don’t need to tell myself to do more of.
R is for Reading
Of course, R is for running but you hear me talk about running a lot, that’s not news. When I’m not busy with something else I’m a big reader, I’ve just finished Skippy Dies by Paul Murray. It’s about a bunch of teenage boys at school in Ireland, set in the present day. Their psychology, manners and customs are sharply observed, making it tragic and also very funny.
S is for Skating
Is this a mad idea? Am I going to break my nose and teeth? When I was 11 I was taken ice skating by my mom’s friend. It was the one and only time I’ve ever been skating and I loved it. I’ve wanted to go back ever since. I once nearly went with my ex when we were in Vienna but nearly is not actually skating, is it. I am going to try to convince my friend from running that it will be good exercise. I mainly want to ice skate but I am also seriously tempted by roller skating. I recently saw the quite-good film Whip It, directed by and starring Drew Barrymore, also starring Juliette Lewis, which is about the American contact sport of Roller Derby. It was really inspiring. Even though the heroine of the tale is only about seventeen, some of the other characters are quite muscular women in their thirties and there is some wicked roller-skating going on. I want to do that. Well, not Roller Derby exactly, because it is quite violent and you have to wear teeth guards, but you know, I want to put on skates and trundle enjoyably around the park.
Z is for Zhongwen
That is, Chinese language. I am very fascinated by Mandarin Chinese, most especially the written characters and I am trying to learn to read and write in that language.
That’s all for now! We’ll do half a dozen more next time.