Sunday, 17 November 2013

Saturday Rest last...

After 6 consecutive days of training, my legs were telling me it was time for at least one day of rest.  Friday's 7 miler around Victoria Park in Hackney wasnt my finest energy-laden effort and my energy levels had been sinking all week, so it was time to let the hair down for 24hrs at least.

Friday evening was fun.  Chandra and Yatin met me in Whitechapel and we had three pints in the Griff Inn, the Barts & The London Student Union bar (full of medical students far too young for any of us) and we were joined by my work colleagues Reuben and Elke before we headed off for a mini Uni-reunion at Liverpool Street with our old Uni body Pete Kostic.

Me, Pete, Chandra and Yatin...

My brother Steve came to meet us too, we had a couple of pints then headed our own separate ways pretty early on.  Chandra was working the early shift on Saturday, Yatin was meeting wifey VP in the West End with the rest of his family, so Steve and I decided to head back to Welling to grab a curry.

Bengal Spice.  Not the greatest Indian Restaurant in the world but they do an ok curry.  Poppadoms, a mixed starter and followed up with Garlic Chilli Chicken and Mushroom Rice.  Not molten hot but hot enough for me.  Probably Jalfrezi-ish strength.

Went back to mine, fell asleep and that was that.

Saturday was fairly busy.  Steve and I headed to my parents on the bus to pick up the car.  I had to go to B&Q to pick up some new light switches to replace the naff looking two in my living room but the main task of the day was to get the new light fitting up in place.  When I say it was new, I actually purchased it over 3 years ago but I'd never got a round to getting it sorted but today was the day.

Back home via B&Q, we had the old light down in a jiffy but got a massive fit of the giggles whilst up the step ladders trying to fix the other light fitting up.  You know the type, you're struggling to keep the giggles under control, they get far too giggly to control, you begin shaking...when 3ft up a step ladder, this is quite dangerous!!!

Eventually got the light up and it looks pretty good.  Shame about the rose in the middle of the ceiling but it can damn well stay there as I'm not paying out for a newly plastered ceiling.

New light fitting up...thanks for the help bruv!

Changing the light switch over was as easy as pie but then we learnt a very valuable lesson.  Did you know that light switches came in different sizes?

Doh!  Hmm, MK switches are a standard 86mm, unlike the 93mm dimmer I took off the wall...

No, me neither.  I just thought they were all a standard size.  How wrong I was.  Problem solved by purchasing some protective plates which fit under the switch to stop marks on wallpaper and paint.  Will post some pics up later once they turn up and I get them fitted.

Back home at the old dears for lunch.  Stayed to watch the Rugby.  Cracking game England v New Zealand.  The Kiwi's haka winds me up more than it should.  Well done the England fans for signing over the top of it to drown it out.  The All Blacks were far too strong for England though on the pitch.  The result was a shame but England can take lots of positives from that performance.

I ended up staying a little longer to eat Chinese takeaway with the folks...then X Factor...and eventually ended up going home about 11pm.  It was a nice day with them.

I was supposed to be going out on a date on Saturday evening but I decided against it in the end.  I knew she was right for me.  Why drag on the inevitable?  Absolutely pointless.

Anyway, got home and decided to sit and watch this epic film:

Prisoners.  What a superb film.  Best I've watched in some years.

Keller Dover (amazing performance by Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter Anna and her young friend Joy are missing, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki arrests its driver, Alex Jones, but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?

Off to bed just before 2am.  Well worth the late night though.

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