He’s off to cycle around the Highlands of Scotland for a couple of months – leaving early June and is currently planning and prepping for his survival!
Now, for anyone who knows him well, to say that this will be a stretch is an understatement. Not from a physical perspective as he is blessed with good genes in that sense! I remember bidding on a place for him to take part in a charity match at Highfield Road once before it was knocked down – I secured the position he wanted and he managed the full 90+ minutes, scored a goal, and hadn’t bothered training one little bit. He’s a physically fit guy who cycles 250 miles a week…smokes over 20 a day and eats like shit!
It’s the survival bit that is the challenge.
He is the first to admit that he is pretty awful at any kind of practical task. It’s a standing joke among his friends and family. I will often come home from work to find his bike in pieces and then have to put it together. As for Ikea flatpack…forget it. One of our biggest and yet most trivial arguments was about how to cut a piece of kitchen worktop to fit around some pipework…I almost killed him – but sent him out and did the job myself. If he gets a mechanical issue whilst out on his bike, his friends tell him to bugger off and they sort it for him.
In fact, he was recently toying with the idea of going on the Bear Grylls Island show…the same mates warned him off by telling him that he would push Bear Grylls to breaking point! I think he should do it…it would be fabulous viewing and a personal stretch…which is a good thing!
God love him! Mr WLB…not Bear Grylls – although I do like Bear. A friend of mine traveled to Everest with him once on an engineering trip and kept sending me pictures of him to keep me entertained as I had missed out on going! I have a real fascination with Everest and will absolutely make it there one day…base camp, unlikely the top of it!
Anyway…back to Mr WLB…
We were chatting late last night about the trip. Talking about the gear he would need to buy and how to pack it all and the changes he would need to make to his bike. It’s a big trip and a big challenge and I cannot wait for him to go. Which sounds awful! What I mean is that I think everyone deserves to go and do something that they want to do. Like Bear and Everest – if I had the chance to do that, then I would take it – no questions asked.
I think it’s good to stand on your own too. And just hope that the chap he is going with knows what he is letting himself in for! Maybe it’s Ray Mears and all will be well…
Whilst we were chatting last night he mentioned visiting a castle as a kid and desperately wanting to be a Knight. You know…they make you dress up in outfits to reenact history. Mr WLB was told to be the Apothecary and was given rose petals to make into perfume. He was desperate to be a night but was left crushing rose petals! I think he wants his chance to be a Knight…a Knight on two wheels wearing Rapha Lycra gear and carrying bum cream for the saddle rash!
So it will be me and my old dog on our own for a while. I have a feeling we’ll cope just fine!
Like I said, standing on your own can be a good thing. I am often described as a ‘doer’ and I always get stuck in and probably am far too quick to jump in and just get on with stuff. So I doubt that I do him any favours – I don’t give the thinking space that he might need as I think I always have the right answers. I don’t.
I am going to try and stop solving problems. My Mum says I am a nightmare for it…I rarely just listen – I always want to jump to the solution. It’s probably why I don’t like talking about my own stuff as I don’t want to talk..I want a solution!
Mr WLB will head off on his adventure and he genuinely has my full support to do this…despite him buggering off and missing my birthday! I want him to be happy to fulfil the dreams that he has and if cycling around the Highlands does it for him, then I am all for it.
So other than this news life is throwing the usual stuff my way – work is tough at the moment but nothing that I can’t deal with. I am trying to fit more ‘movement’ into my week. In fact I went for a walk the other day – a long one for me – and got to the end of a track and wondered how the fuck I was going to get back…the head is willing but the poor old body struggles at times. I tend to just crack on regardless! And I made it back to the car…I have never been happier to see Freedie Freelander!
This morning was a fucking nightmare. I woke up at 5am and just couldn’t get going for some reason. I don’t think I am sleeping well. I got into the shower and felt a cobweb on my face and spent the next five minutes trying to find the spider that had created it…with no joy. So I got on with my shower and thought it was water trickling over my shoulder, only to see the big fucking spider! I have never felt so horrified!
Then I was rushing and slipped down the stairs and whilst tending to the graze on my back, I realised that I had forgotten to put my clothes on to dry last night and, of course, I only wanted to wear that specific outfit…plus, all my knickers were in there other than old holey grey ones. So I put some pants in the microwave – I think I saw it on a TV show once…but my pants burnt!
I hadn’t prepped my meals as I was back really late – which is a whole other fucking story – and then had to do that.
And then the work calls started early – with a guy who keeps hassling me for a meeting calling me three times from his number and immediately three times from a withheld number…with that kind of stealth creativity is it any wonder I won’t meet him?! I remember him once calling me eighteen times on a Saturday…and I don’t ‘do’ work calls on a Saturday unless it’s urgent and from a colleague!
I thought that the day would improve – and I managed to drag my arse out of the door after pissing around on Facebook for longer than I should have.
The day didn’t improve.
You couldn’t put money on this – but I felt something tickling my forehead as I was driving quite fast down a dual carriageway and looked in the rearview mirror. It was another fucking spider. So I screamed, flicked it off, and then spent the rest of the journey with one eye on the road and the other trying to locate the spider!
When I got to work, a member of my team was having a proper meltdown – complete with swearing that made even me wince – so I sorted that out and packed her off home for the day to relax…and got a couple of nice texts thanking me for being ace – which I of course wholeheartedly agree with!
And the day didn’t really pick up. I was in a massive office on my own and trying to entertain myself was hard. I spun around on my chair for a bit. Played with the blinds. Approved and gave advice on a legal document…I sounded convincing! I then thought about a big seminar / lecture / presentation thingy I am giving tomorrow and pulled a straw man together for it. Then I heard someone coming that I didn’t want to speak to…so I kept the blinds closed, put the code lock on the door, and hid! And then I went and distracted my admin team. And then I finished writing a process. Worked with our Employee Reps on some announcements and trouble we are having. And then my laptop died so I obviously had to come back home. So it was a productive but boring and lonely day!
On that note, I am buggering off. Before I go, make sure you check out Alex’s video on his Facebook page - don’t chicken out…add your comments and give his page a ‘like’ too as I sometimes forget to share or miss his posts if I am having a crazy day!
My food for today has been okay – but I have totally lost my appetite for some reason and it took me three hours to eat my lunch as I was just picking at it…and then I couldn’t be bothered with dinner either!
Thank you for reading,
P.S. I don’t know what’s going on with the fucking spacing on here tonight…and I am too knackered to sort it out – I’ll be a better blogger next time!