End of the week show

It’s a regular Friday thing, it appears, to be so tired out that by 8:30 I’m asleep on my daughter’s bed. Part of this must be the carried-over exhaustion of last night’s swimming, hut tonight, the combination of a slight cold, an overlong week at work, and La Serpiente in a massive rage about pizza night pizza having tomato sauce on it, not just pure cheese, did for me. My wife came in at 9:30 and hauled me out, and all I know is I wish I was still asleep. But that’s nothing so very bad. Continue reading “End of the week show”

Swimming Lesson #7

The skies turned the colour of a dead trout and lightning began to arc at 5 this evening, and the deluge hasn’t stopped by 530 when I tried to get a car to my swimming lesson. The rain hadn’t stopped by 6 when I finally managed to get in a car, and the rain hadn’t stopped by 730 when I finally got a car back from the swimming lesson. Had every car been dissolved by the rain?

(On the way back, I was forced into taking GrabShare, which is an even more aggravating experience than being driven around in the back of a car by somebody who trusts an unreliable satnav. With GrabShare, they collect two or three riders from disparate places, so now the inconvenience is at least squares. You have drivers who don’t know where they’re going, riders who don’t bother to be ready in time to be picked up, and you always get picked up last "because it was convenient." Convenient for who? The person who isn’t standing in the rain like a berk?
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Here’s what you could have won

La Serpiente seems to ignore about half the things I say at the moment. Sometimes this means I have to say the same thing several times to elicit a response, and honestly, when I’ve had a poor night’s sleep, wracked by bad dreams and the child crawling into bed to fidget next to us, I don’t have the capacity to keep repeating myself.

Today, I tried a different approach.
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A cure for the common blues

I was feeling blue today, something to do with not getting enough sleep, or realising how much we pay for our daughter’s education as a percentage of my total salary, or because the weather isn’t great, or just because it’s Tuesday. I don’t know. So this evening, after taking an hour to put Destroyer to bed, I went out for a run. Continue reading “A cure for the common blues”

Very little happening on Monday

I had a meeting near my flat this evening, so after I’d spent some time taking somebody through a set of analysis and explaining what it meant he should do, I went home and waited for my wife and kids to return. It was about six, things were quiet and so I lay on the sofa and rested my eyes for a moment. An hour later, La Serpiente bustled in and woke me up by laying on top of me, and then calling for her mother to come and look at her being cute.

As cute as 18 kg lying on your chest can be.
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We had a friend’s birthday party in a Japanese restaurant last night. It was a seafood restaurant, so the only thing I could eat was French fries, and there was a free flow drinks promotion, where you could drink as much as you wanted for $35 in 90 minutes. Although you were admonished by the menu not to binge drink. What were they thinking? Continue reading “Hangover”

A long slow run

La Serpiente came into our bedroom at twenty past six, wanting to hug and lie on me. Instead, I bundled her into the running stroller along with some fruit, some cookies, a litre of water, a hardback book, two soft toys, a change of clothes for me and her booster seat, and headed off to the Parkrun. Which is about 10 km from our flat.
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