Ah Monday: if you are waiting for me to greet you in an out of breath kind of way, you'll have to wait a little bit longer. The exercise bike is now out of the attic and ready to go. I just haven't got round to sitting on it yet.
That would be my thing I haven't tried before for this week.But I know simply thinking about doing it isn't enough: it's fine, you don't have to tell me, I've worked it out for myself. I've never enjoyed exercise. If you have known me for any length of time you'll understand that. At school, I was the one hiding behind the lockers when the netball team was being picked. I was the one at the top of the sick note queue, thanks, partly, to an understanding mother who signed her name at the first hint of a sniffle. And I was the one who used a mild spot of childhood asthma to excuse myself from the cross country running our teacher believed was the right and the responsibility of every member of the Fourth Form.
Did we love it? The clue is in the name. Each week we ran (or didn't, tick as appropriate), one of two routes: either the graveyard run, or the abbatoir run. Oh no, wait, they weren't named for their effect. We did genuinely have to jog past the cemetery or the meat packing factory. Death stalked our PE lessons like..
..no. It probaly wasn't that bad. I wouldn't know. I held an unbroken excuse record for the entire time I was there.
Why am I telling you this today? Because change is coming. I've been going to PIlates for two years now. A year ago I added a second class and I have discovered, to my complete surprise, how perfectly satisfying it is to come out of that extra class on a Friday morning and know that I've undertaken two - that's two, count 'em - hours of exercise in five days. And now, I'm looking for more! Ask me what I did for the first time this weekend and I'll tell you: I went looking for ways to take more exercise. And so, the bike, which isn't mine, but will do for a trial run. Or cycle. Or maybe we'll use it as a houseplant holder, that remains to be seen, but the thought is there. And that's a first.
No pictures, no, I like you too much for that. So instead, here's one of my default activity: a trip to the bookshop.
How about you? Any new thoughts this weekend? Try anything for the first time? Learn something you didn't know before?
Deb, Helena, Eileen, Jane, Maggie, Melissa, Mitra, Alison, Mary-Lou, Mardi, Susanne, Ladkyis and Karen made a Memorandum on Monday last week. Go on: give 'em a wave! Here's hoping your week has got off to a good start too.