Monday, 24 December 2012

Absolute Inertia

Yesterday (Sunday) I started the day really early with a list.  A list of all the people to whom I had to write and email or speak with on the phone together with the things I had to do (like start the trifle for Christmas Day dinner).  I then had breakfast and went to the supermarket thinking that I would beat the inevitable crowds.  How wrong could I have been.  At 9am the supermarket was busier than I can ever recall seeing it before.   Fortunately I went to the supermarket where you pay a bit more but where the checkouts are well-manned with two people to each checkout and a number of self-checkout places too.  So when I'd finished my small shop I went straight to an empty self-checkout and was out quickly.

Then I seemed to fall victim to a sort of Sunday Inertia and my day disappeared without so much as einem Augenblick.  I did write some emails and read some blogs and watched some evening television (Joanna Lumley in Greece - I want to go there!) and ended off with an hour on the phone to a dear friend in Scotland (ending just on the stroke of midnight) before falling asleep at about three minutes later.

In 40 minutes on this dreich morning here in Napier I am due at the gym.  Perhaps when I get back I will have enough adrenalin running through me to make sure that I finish the list today.

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  1. The gym on the morning of Christmas Eve. I can't imagine there will be any of those open in Sweden (even if shops are). I wish you a Merry Christmas, Graham... and not a stressful one ;)

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    1. I don't think any of our gyms will be closed today Monica and some are open right through (some are open 24/7 to members) Christmas and New Year. The one I go to is slightly different in that it has trainers on hand all the time to supervise your personal routines and it is closed for two days at each of Christmas and New Year.

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  2. So you had "one of those days." At least you got in and out of the supermarket quickly. I made the mistake of going around 11am on Friday, and it was hell on earth. I had fun waiting in line and chatting with the other shoppers though, which made the wait bearable.
    Hope you had fun at the gym.

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    1. I did indeed have 'one of those days' Virginia. I don't think I could ever describe the gym as 'fun' although I had a good workout because the lady who co-owns it was supervising me today and she upped the hardness on most things even if only by fairly small amounts. I'm now hoping to keep motivated for the rest of the day although I think I may have discovered why I was relatively lethargic yesterday: I think I have a cold coming on. It's a very long time since I had one and Christmas is not an ideal time.

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  3. Supermarket here was shear hell. I too chose Waitrose for similar reasons.
    I don't think Joanna would have you but nothing ventured......good luck and have a merry day.

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    1. As a long time admirer.... but you're probably right. One can but dream Adrian. Oh yes. Christmas = merry. Hmmm.

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  4. My gym is open 365 days a year, which makes it impossible to come up with the excuse of "not having time" to go :-D
    Unfortunately, I have to get some groceries in today, because shops are shut for the next two days, and RJ will be here with me (that always means I need about four times the amount of food as when I am on my own - not kidding!). I will go in the afternoon, hoping that most people will have done their food shopping in the morning.
    There's a spot of ironing left to do for me today and one or two emails to write; other than that, I'll just drift through the day, reading, playing on the computer, and enjoying Christmas Eve at my parents'.

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    1. Good luck at the supermarket this afternoon Meike. I think ours would have been mobbed this afternoon. I've just come down from dinner with The Family and am having a quiet what remains of the evening. I always have to have enough food in to feed the children at an hours notice so I usually have enough food in to feed a family for a week - I'm just that sort of person.

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  5. Half the work planned for my Sunday never gets done :) Merry Christmas GB!!!

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    1. Gosh Ruby if half doesn't get done presumably half does! That's better than my achievements! Have a lovely time over Christmas, Ruby.

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  6. You want to go Joanna Lumley or you want to go Greece or both? Plainer English please!

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    1. Or deliberate lack of clarity?

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  7. More to the point I hope you got the trifle finished! Have a lovely Christmas! (Oh, I see from your clocks that it is already Boxing Day in NZ. Well, I hope you enjoy Boxing day then. :)

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    1. I did get the trifle finished thank you Jenny. Not that I've eaten any of it. I'd rather have cheese and biscuits.

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