Today has been a nice day, yay, the sun did come back. We have had some dreary old days and not much of a Summer. I am not looking forward to Winter at all. The mornings and nights are certainly getting darker. 😦 The sun does makes everyone feel better. I did the Park Run at 8am this morning at the Dunedin Botanical Gardens, it is only 5kms, but very hard with some hills on the 2nd half. To me, they feel like Mount Everest, especially when running. Today I walked the Park Run, it seemed harder than actually running the Event. Yesterday after work I was a good girl, I actually went for a jog/walk when I finished at 5pm. I tripped over some toi tois (NZ native plants I think) and rolled down a small grassy bank. Unfortunately the toi tois are like cuttey grass, they have cut all of my arms and legs. They still sting like anything. I hurt my dodgy knee again too.
I sucked up the soreness and blood and soldiered on jogging back to my car. 🙂 I thought today I had better take it easy. I enjoyed the walk this morning though and felt good for doing something physical.
Yesterday at work a few of my work mates and I dressed up in Green for St Patrick’s Day. It was nice to have a fun day at work as we have been so busy, one of the girls is away on Annual Leave seeing Adele in Australia so we have been under the pump with all of the work load. I also have been teaching a new lady in the office the basics of the job all week…that is tiring. I didn’t even get much training myself in the job when I started 7 months ago, it was around3 days overall I think. It was so busy then I was thrown in the deep end. I guess it is a bit of a complement really that the Management think that I can teach her rather than one of the other girls that has been there a long time. I don’t really like teaching people though , not for this long, especially when we are a staff member day as well. It has been pretty stressful.
This weekend is a long one as Monday is ‘Otago Anniversary Day’. That makes me happy, an extra day off work and maybe it will even be a little lie in, until 9am ish. That would be nice.
After the Park Run this morning I had a coffee and chat with my Walking friend at a local healthy Cafe. It was a good catch up with him.
Tomorrow I am up early again, but this time to help out at the Hospice, I am on cleaning duties. I like doing this even more than being in the Kitchen working as it means I spend even more time with the patients in their rooms cleaning and chatting to those that can talk. They seem to like having a little bit of company after their Breakfast.
Two weekends ago I had a Birthday, my big 50!! I didn’t do anything special really(my choice). I decided to not even go out for tea/dinner. I had had a few busy weekends and the day before my Birthday on the Sunday I competed in an out of town event down South. It was a 2 hour drive to get there.
My Brother Steven went and a girl from Harriers. We went in Steven’s car. He has never done an off road/race event like this before. He ran it and did really well. It was 15.5 kms, with a BIG hill to run up, we ran/walked on the beach for 5 kms, that was hard. Then up through tracks, in through Farmer’s paddocks with long grass with big ruts, then on to gravel roads, straight up. Then down, down, down. This was my third time doing it, walking. I did a PB, knocking 4 mins off my time. I came over the finish line 4th Female Walker and 12th overall out of heaps of Walkers. I was pretty happy. It was nice to have a laugh with Steven and Julie too, feeding our faces messily in the car with birthday cake. It was Gluten Free so was falling to bits due to the lack of gluten. Steven’s Daughter, my Niece, Isabella made it. She is only 10. We had cream cheese icing everywhere too. 🙂 It was so tasty.
The photo below is of the Walkers at the start, I was rearing to go, the weather was nasty, rain, wind, awful, but the event was awesome. Superb views.
Me at the finish, I look like I am going to whip a horse or something…I wonder what I was doing??
Photo of my Brother below, he was almost at the finish line. I am not so sure what the guy behind him is laughing out. Maybe something written on his back? ha ha
Julie ran the event for the first time as she normally walks it but has started running last season. She ran really well, she has guts and determination and was 2nd female Runner to cross the line. She even surprised herself. She is amazing.
The next day on my birthday, I was just happy to stay home. 🙂 I got a nice piece of pink depression glass from my Daughter. It is a huge plate, beautiful. She even gave me chocolate and made me a yummy Gluten Free chocolate cake. Colin gave me a new cell phone. My one was a bit old fashioned, I wanted one with a decent camera on it. I have one now :), I just have to work out how to use it.
My Sister Brenda sent me a lovely orchid plant and also a helium balloon. I was so so chuffed, it would have cost her a fortune arranging it from Australia. And I have never ever had one of those balloons. And it is still inflated and only going down a little bit. Spoilt rotten.
I am not one to make a commotion or have a big party, me being me, I was happy to hang around home and just do my knitting or something. …I guess I must be getting old. ha ha. Have a good Sunday …Donna
A special hello to Bren in Brisbane. I miss you Sissy. xxx