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”.

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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 😉

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!