Okay, so we've just had four days off due to Bank Holidays on Friday and Monday - it makes for an easier working weekend. The psychological effects of only having to work 4 days in a week are tremendous! It certainly makes for a happier Chris! I spent most of Friday walking along the Brecon Beacons with me Dad. We drove up to the mountains separating Brynamman and LLangadog and just decided to walk to about 3 or 4 peaks before going back again - the sun came out for the second time in two weeks and it's so satisfying once you get the top of the hills. We sat and had lunch at one peak and you could see for miles - Caldy Island and Tenby were visible on the right, and you could see all the way along the coast, Llanelli, the Gower, a small part of Swansea and Port Talbot (That's about 60 miles of coastline!). We got back in the afternoon where Mam had prepared a lovely ham-salad pick'n'mix snack - lush! The walk inspired me to go for a run that night too (Not done that in a while...).
Me on the Brecon Beacons
So, I've started going for runs every other day in a vain attempt to recover some sort of fitness, it's nice getting outside all the time too. Until you get stuck in an office all week, you don't appreciate how amazing the outdoors is! I'm trying to give up tea too.... a bit of a wierd one I know. The girl I was staying with in Calgary, Kelly, had suggested that I might be addicted to tea, "Rubbish" I replied - but I think she may be right! Since I've stopped drinking tea (about a week ago) I've been having so much trouble getting out of bed and I've been groggy and bad-tempered all the time! I've been drinking water all the time instead but I'm getting annoyed with that as I have to keep dashing of to the toilet every 2 seconds (should see the doctor about that! ha!). I've also been eating loads of fruit and making sandwiches instead of buying crappy sandwiches from boots - sure that's a bit healthier too. But, despite all this 'better eating' business, I still love getting plastered at the weekend. Although, I didn't over the bank holidays because I was at home and didn't really think that my 12yo sister would be too much fun to get drunk with!
Watched the Ospreys beat Edinburgh 29-12 on Saturday night too, Henson scored all but 5 of the points for the Neath-Swansea outfit but the Scots gave everything they had and captain Chris Paterson did his Lions hopes no damage whatsoever. My mum (not a rugby fan at all) even made me record the game so she could watch Henson and Shane Williams play again! She didn't even care that it over-ran into the new series of Doctor Who!! The power of a Grand Slam I suppose!
Ospreys captain Barry Williams lifts the Celtic League Trophy after squashing Edinburgh 29-12
It was good to see a Welsh team lift the Celtic League trophy for the 2nd year in a row but it wasn't my beloved Scarlets - they'd continued their average form with a loss to Irish side Leinster 31-25. Not really a bad score considering that Leinster half the Irish international squad back playing after the 6N, the difference between the two sides proved to be 2 Holwell penalty kicks, nevermind. At least we're in the Heineken cup next year (sigh). Also signed Alix Popham from Leeds Tykes, the Welsh no.8 is coming in to replace the legend that is Scott Quinnell who retired earlier than expected due to a hand injury - sad to not see him play at Stradey Park since November.
Scott Quinnell. Lions v Australia 2001
Didn't do much else over the weekend, just played Colin Mcrae 2005 on the x-box and carried on reading a couple of books that I'm on at the moment - JPR's autobiography and a Psychology orientated book titled 'How the Brain works' quite interesting. It's taken me since early January to read them both though after being too tired in the evenings and too busy watching Rugby/getting drunk/visiting places at the weekends!!
Welsh 3 Time Grand Slam winner (back in the 70's...) JPR Williams
Ho hum, work pretty usual today - just been down the beach again. I like having a beach about 5mins walk away from the office - can't wait until the summer! I'll be skiving like a mutherfucker once the sun comes out!!