Summer Lovin’

So even though I don’t have holidays over summer that doesn’t mean I haven’t taken the chance to enjoy some of the fun in the sun that summer encourages… It’s no secret that I love the beach… in fact sometimes I even think I might be a little obsessed with the beach, I can’t get enough of it… When I was younger my bedroom at home was even decorated in what I termed “beach colours” complete with blue walls and a yellow curtain… but now that I am older, I don’t get to go to the beach as often as I would like, so I like to make the most of it when I am there. But summer isn’t just about the beach, it’s just a nice month… a little more relaxed, a little more fun… the January effect… a little like what I was talking about in my blog about ‘New Beginnings’. Anyway, to make the most of my Summer Sun I have been using the weather to cross a few things off the list already… yep only 14 days in and there are already 5 things off the list… I know I have already blogged about my hobbit like adventure… but here are the rest…

No. 25 Blow some bubbles…
Thanks to a surprise gift from a very generous friend at work to help me cope with the loss of my recently dead computer, I was able to spend a few minutes at work blowing bubbles at lunch… and it was just as fun as I thought it would be. I love bubbles, they are just so pretty and fun and I don’t think there are anywhere near enough bubbles in my life. Seriously if you haven’t blown some bubbles recently, you should get on to it!

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No. 67 Visit a country town I haven’t been to before…
So even though it’s just around the corner from my usual holiday destination I had never been to Cape Paterson… but now I have… and like all good little towns it had a cute little pub which gave us a good feed for lunch… thanks Cape Paterson and Dave!

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No. 85 Have a milkshake…
Milkshakes are delicious… really delicious and there is nothing better than sitting in the sun with your Dad and Dave enjoying a super cold blue heaven milkshake…

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No. 90 Fly a kite…
A fun afternoon at the beach, with my retro kite and some instructions from Dave I managed to fly a kite… I think it will be a while before I can steer the thing or keep it in the air on my terms not its… but it was fun and it looked super pretty flying in the sky.

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Part Human… Part Hobbit

One of my family… well maybe mine with family… I’m not sure… traditions is to go to the movies on Boxing Day… It’s a tradition that started quite a few years ago, in fact because I have been thinking about it today I tried to put together a list to see how far back it went and this is what I came up with…

2012 – The Hobbit
2011 – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
2010 – Gulliver’s Travels
2009 – Sherlock Holmes
2008 – Yes Man
2007 – The Golden Compass
2006 – Happy Feet
2005 – Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe
2004 – The Incredibles
2003 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2002 – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2001 – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the rings

A pretty impressive list of movies if you ask me… Anyway, as you can see from the list last year was no different, I saw The Hobbit. Now to be completely honest.. it wasn’t my favourite movie to date… I found it a little slow… but giving it the benefit of doubt I decided that I should read the book before I made my final decision, which I am now about half way through. As I have been reading I have discovered there are a few more similarities between me and hobbits than I would like… for example:

  • Hobbits are short… I am short
  • Hobbits have fat/wide hairy feet… I have wide… NOT hairy feet
  • Hobbits are often thinking of the next meal… I am always thinking of my next meal…
  • Hobbits generally like a quiet, predictable life with no adventures, until of course they are thrust into one and then enjoy it quite a great deal… me too…

Anyway, this summer I went on a little adventure of my own, one which I wasn’t super excited about, especially once it started getting more difficult but at the end of it I was really proud of myself and very thankful to Dave for taking me on such an adventure.

My Adventure wasn’t quite as extravagant as Bilbo’s in the Hobbit, but it was still fun. Dave and I walked along the surf beach in Inverloch until we reached a point called Eagle’s Nest. Which while it doesn’t sound that difficult, it did require more than just walking, in fact I had to climb up and down, navigate through stinky seaweed and walk over large rocks which were not always as solid as I would have liked… but I survived and we made it… and it meant that I could cross no. 91 off the list.

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Perhaps once I have finished the book I will like the movie more than I did on Boxing day?  If not… I guess I will have to be a better version of a hobbit adventure.

Another Public Announcement Regarding Change Rooms

Tonight I was at the pool getting ready to swim some laps and once again I was confronted with a lack of public change room etiquette… so I have decided that is time for another public announcement… While there are still some issues about extreme nudity, I have not seen snacking or exercising the change rooms since so I am hoping that this will also work… so here is another community service announcement on public change rooms and public pools in general.

If you are using public pool changing rooms please take note of the following:

Do NOT ‘Pedegg’ your feet… for those of you who are not sure what I am taking about, I am referring to those little do it yourself pedicure things that scraps your feet to remove dead skin, leaving what remains super soft.  And while, yes, they do have a small catcher to collect the dead skin you remove, more often than not this doesn’t collect everything leaving behind your dead foot skin on the floor.  As a fellow change room user, who for safety reasons will continue to wear thongs in the change rooms anyway, I don’t appreciate you dropping dead foot on the floor.  I know swimming, or general submersion of skin in water softens the skin and therefore makes it easier to do… but do it at home, I don’t want to see it and I definitely don’t want to risk stepping in it, or breathing it in as little flakes become airborne…. it’s disgusting.

If you are using a public pool please take note of the following:

Do NOT walk in the medium lane… Medium is the suggested speed, if you are walking, chances are you are slow… please move to the slow lane… thats for you.

Do NOT stand in the middle of a lap lane and wonder why I am staring… It’s coz I am waiting for you to move… seriously either make you way to the end or get out… you are in the way.

Do NOT swim down the middle of the lane… it’s a two way thing… keep to the left so that everyone can swim in an orderly fashion.  If you swim down the middle you will kick me and I will kick you back… be warned.

Do wear appropriate bathers… just keep it covered… it makes it nicer for everyone… if we want to see more, we will ask, but chances are we don’t.

So there you go… here endith another community announcement.