3bts – unplanned lunch, relief, gifts

1. Going out to lunch unexpectedly – it’s good to get away from my desk at lunch time.

2. The relief that I feel as Body Attack ends! I enjoyed the class, but it was nice to have finished.

3. Choosing a wedding gift online for a friends wedding – wondering what I would have added to my own “wish list”.

3bts – little gem, time check, sleep

1. Being invited out to dinner to a local Italian restaurant and finding it’s a lovely little gem. I’m not a big fan of “British” Italian food, so this was a lovely find…good food, authentic, great atmosphere (live music) and good company.

2. I ran last night, my second attempt since the tendon problems and in a timecheck for 3k I did well. To say I’ve been doing other exercise to “nurse” the injury, my 3K was much better than expected. I’ve a long way to go to get back to former times, but I’m happy in the mean time.

3. Unexpectedly sleeping until 9.15 this morning – impressive for me.

As my birthday approaches

I find myself wondering about various things in life. Tomorrow I’m another year older, but am I wiser?
Did I do anything worthwhile in the past year?
Have I achieved anything on a personal or professional level?
Did anything change?

I have a tendency to over-analyse stuff like this, but I always think birthdays make me reflect on the past year.
It can be both a good thing and a bad thing ūüėČ

Tomorrow, I’m working – the second year in a row that I’m working on a birthday. It goes against the grain…but I need my days off for other “activities” and pressing engagements! So, I’ll work. I’ll be here. There will be¬†3/4 of us in the office – so I’ll bring cake/pastries or muffins or something. Then it’s a pretty normal day at the office followed by WW in the evening and hopefully a glass of something cold and bubbly after that!

Maybe it’s the age I’m approaching or maybe it’s a sign of the times, but I want to go out somewhere nice to eat that has great music, possibly a band, where you can also dance…(you know like the bar in Ally McBeal?). The closest we have around here is a Jazz Club (http://www.jagz.co.uk/)¬†– which is pretty good – but it’s usually sold out and the food in the past has been hit and miss. (The bands are fantastic though…). The next option for dancing (and drinking) is a club…and…well, let’s just say that I’m not really a fan of any of the local clubs! A gap in the market perhaps???¬†

Anyone for darts?

Saturday night we went to an impromptu Birthday party at a friend’s house. We ate, drank, chatted and then played darts… It was such a laugh. I spent this morning trying to work out where, if anywhere I could put a dart board in my house… It’s not going to happen, but it’s a nice idea! Maybe one day when I get a different house…

I remember as a kid we had a dart board in the garage…I played a lot as a child – both at home and in the pub that my parents had a share in.

Good fun!

We also played Singstar – two of our party get very competitive with one another. It’s very funny to see such mild mannered people become so aggressive over a game…!

Friday pub lunch

We went to the Shepherd’s House today. I’ve been there many times before – and it is pretty consistent. As a chain pub, it’s more upmarket than some of the others around here so it gets 4/5. Their menu selection is pretty scary – as there are 4 or 5 menus to choose from – but the food is tasty, hot and the staff are efficient and pleasant. Worth a visit at lunch time.

On a different note the asthma is clearly getting worse. While I consider myself quite fit, I’m wheezing like a 70 year old trying to sprint 100 yards… Eeek. What to do?

Local pub…

We nearly got to a new pub this week…

The Plough and Harrow…but my boss decided to go back to the “old favourite” in Binfield – the Stag and Hounds.

We did venture to the Warren in Binfield a few weeks ago and I rate it at 4.5/5. It’s not quite a 5/5 as it is a little on the pricey side for a lunchtime venue.

I’ve been there for dinner before now…it was fabby.

Sunshine = more pubs

It’s the weekend, the sun is shining so it’s time to go for a beer. Into the car, top down, through the country lanes to a local village. We seek out the one recommended by the website we regularly look at and end up having a rather quick beer (well, a cola for me) before making a swift exit for another of the village pubs. Ratings below:

Cricketers, Pirbright (3/5) – apparently the real ale was good, but no food available (although it does say food available). Good views over the cricket ground make this a nice pub to sit outside in the sun…which is what we did.

The White Hart, Pirbright (4.5/5) – not a five for the simple reason my choices from the menu were all sold out and I ended up with something I didn’t really care for. That said, the atmosphere is fantastic, the staff very friendly and funny, the food was great and the selection varied – not just your average pub grub. With papers on a rack and a brunch menu lurking behind the bar – this one’s worth a sunday morning visit…and a taxi home!

Ah, must be a bank holiday weekend!

Another pub…

Forgot to mention I went to another local pub last week after work…

The Boot, Bracknell (?/5) – don’t feel I can really comment on the pub, as we sat outside…but it seemed to be an interesting place. There was a biker wedding happening inside (or so I’m told)… And an interesting crowd on the patio! But the most interesting thing of all is the description of the pub on :

http://www.beerintheevening.com/

I’ll let you judge…

Lunchtime giggles

Today’s been a good day.

Started the day a little tired – having been out until late last night (at the Goo Goo Dolls gig¬†– which¬†was fantastic). Not only did they play lots from the new album (well, last year’s new album :-), but loads¬†of their older music. You could tell that many in the audience have only recently been able to call themselves Goo Goo Dolls fans from the blank faces as Robbie and Jon launched into the likes of ‘Disconnected, Slave Girl’ – and other tracks from ‘A Boy Named Goo’… Lots of the good stuff played – including Name, Acoustic #3, Broadway and Iris, of course. This is the third time I’ve seen them live in just over a year, and while Iris was fantastic (and should be heard live) last night does not compare with the concert in Brixton last year. Reznik was so shocked last year when the audience took over and sang Iris back to him – now, the band is used to a UK crowd and play to it. The audience’s rendition of the first verse of Iris was cool…

Work today has been ok. Had a good chat with one of the guys to sort out some of the things we’re working on and then all of us (that is five – ooooooooooooooh) went to lunch at the Stag and Hounds…two pints (for the guys), chips and¬†other food¬†later we’re giggling all the way back to the office. it makes a change to see people so animated during the day. We’ve managed a pub lunch every week for the past three weeks and it’s been really good. It’s starting to feel like a fun place again, despite the holidays and despite all the other trials and tribulations! Let’s see if we can kick everyone into a decent shape.

Local pubs…

As we venture out at lunchtimes I’ll rate the pubs we visit…I’ll follow the bfp rating system (I hope that’s ok with G?)

So far we’ve had lunch/drinks after work at:

The Old Manor, Bracknell – (3/5) – It’s a Wetherspoons pub, so the usual menu is available. Good for a cheap lunch and good if there’s a group of you wanting a quick lunch. A selection of beers and wines, but nothing extraordinary.

The Stag & Hounds, Binfield – (4/5) – Really good food, nice garden, small corners inside to hide in. Guest ales on the day we went included Waggledance…yum. Menu was pretty good too – offers a selection of modest/substantial plates. Well worth a visit and of course, no smoking throughout!

The White Hart, Winkfield(?) – (4/5) – Good food, nice menu, changes regularly. Seems to be a big lunch time trade – worth a visit. Apparently there’s a nice garden for al fresco dining, but it rained the day we were there. Small & quaint!

The Cricketers, Winkfield(?) – (3/5) – Ahem…not as good as it once was. This place had a reputation for good food, excellent bbqs in summer and a good atmosphere. It’s not like that now… Let’s watch and see what happens, but don’t rush back…

More reports from others can be found at:

http://www.beerintheevening.com/