Monday, 14 April 2008

Monday Mumblings

Hope you had a nice weekend. Mine was very mellow, but all too brief. I spent much of Saturday cleaning my apartment in time for my impending visitors, Miles and B, who arrived at 10pm after a 90minute delay to their flight from Heathrow.

They were surprisingly refreshed looking considering they’d been travelling most of the day and it was after 3am UK time for them, so we stayed up a couple of hours chatting and quaffing champagne with strawberries in a slightly belated toast to Miles’ birthday, the day before.

Sunday morning I woke up feeling the effects of my Saturday morning yoga class, so I skipped my usual Pilates class in favour of a gentle walk in the park with the boys. My God my muscles ached, especially my thighs. I’d forgotten how tough that class was as I haven’t done it in months since New York Sports Club took it off the schedule the last time they switched things around. New York Sports are always doing things like this, they change the schedules every 3 or 4 months and you’ll suddenly find a class that you loved has been pulled from the schedule. We all voiced our discontent to the manager when this happened with the yoga class and now its back, which I’m so happy about, although I think it’s going to take me a while to get used to it, I was hobbling down steps like a woman of 90 yesterday.

After our walk we took a cab up town to 183rd street for a nosy at John’s new apartment in Hudson View Gardens – Miles and I used to work with John in London – followed by a late brunch at the New Leaf CafĂ© in gorgeous Fort Tryon Park with John, his partner Steve and Deesha who John and I used to work with. Afterwards Deesha and I dropped myself, Miles and B off by Chelsea Market and we walked around Chelsea, the Meat Packing District and the West Village, showing B around downtown – this is B’s first visit to NYC – followed by a cheeky beverage or two at Employees Only and here I am today back with my nose pressed firmly to the grindstone and feeling extremely envious of my house guests having the week off and being able to sleep in.

I’m posting the song below to remind myself of it. You need to do that once you get to my age ;-) It’s a tune that’s been used heavily in some ad over here, I forget which, but I heard it in full for the first time as I was replaying Jonathan Ross’s weekend Radio2 show. It’s by Ben’s Brother and it’s called “Stuttering (Kiss Me Again).” I’m guessing we’ll be hearing it a lot when the single is released at the end of April, in fact I'm sure I'm going to get a bit sick of it, but right now I like it ;-)


sid said...

I like that sore, achy feeling one gets after exercising.

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Hi Sid, me too. It's a feel good achy, but walking down steps - I was fine walking up them - was troublesome yesterday.

Sister Sassy said...

Yay, I just learned the word "quaffing" yesterday. I read it in a Terry Pratchet book.

I'm sorely ignorant when it comes to drinking terms...thats for sure.

Glad you had fun.

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Hi Sassy, ahhh Terry Pratchett...his books should introduce you to a whole pile of new drinking terms. I always liked the little footnotes in his books, I seem to recall he defined quaffing as 'like drinking, but you spill more' or something ;-) Enjoy the book.

Blur Ting said...

It's nice, isn't it, when friends come visiting?

Kitty said...

Ah...I love having visitors over because you see the city in a different way.
Have fun playing when you can!

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Hi Blur Ting, Hi Kitty, yes it is nice when visitors come to stay, although I wish I could take more time off work to hang out. I feel as if I could do with a week off ;-)