January was so hectic and sleepless that I ended up pretty shattered. But February has slowed down a bit and I’m sleeping better, so I decided it was time to take more seriously the fact that I am part-time and voluntary. In our situation, where we are working from home and our house is part-office, part-meeting room, part-counselling space, part-classroom, part-free cafe for ‘people of the road’ etc, it is all too easy to end up working most of the time.
So! Eldest daughter tipped me off, and I went to a leisure centre where people of my advanced years can get free membership and I had an induction lesson in the gym. I was a bit apprehensive – although I do a modicum of exercise, on the whole my lifestyle is pretty sedentary so I wasn’t sure just how unfit I would be. However, things started looking up when I followed my instructor into the gym and found it bulging at the seams with hunky males pumping iron 😉
Using the gym is also free during the day, so I went back there today with my blue card and put myself through my paces. My aim is greater strength and fitness and more flexibility in my joints – I have the beginnings of arthritis and want to keep mobile as long as possible!
Then it’s time to come home and switch on my Italian tapes. I last spoke Italian 40 years ago – which is a long time. But so far I am understanding most of it! The problem I have is that in the meantime, I have learned both Hausa and Romanian. Romanian is also a latinate language and I can see it’s going to be difficult for my little brain to disentangle the one from the other.
This is in preparation for our Italian holiday in May – very exciting prospect! It’s going to be an early celebration of our ruby wedding, which will fall in July. I was dead chuffed because I found this self-catering place through our trade papers – and because I booked early, and was also a reader of the said paper, I got 20% off!
Just trying not to be too excited … one never knows. |-|