Today’s entry is just a little diary scribbling… of probably the perfect day.
Today is Saturday… no work, no study. No nuthin’ I don’t chose!
It was 11°C (52°F) overnight. Cool enough to snuggle and sleep in. So I woke at 8am. Yes 8 o’clock. My wife and 3 children were all still asleep. Breakfast was leisurely. I was joined by my daughter mid way through my cereal. I set her up with a bowl of cereal and got ready for my ride.
I sat and watched music videos on TV with the kids until my wife woke at 9:45. At about 10am I rolled down the driveway for my ride. A solo 55km (34mi) despatched at a touch over 30kph (18.6mph). The whole ride felt smooth and effortless, and my heart rate monitor confirmed it with an average of 131bpm. Smooth and effortless.
Lunch was next up. Then about 1:30 my wife and daughter left for a baby shower. So the men of the house got down to some traditional Saturday afternoon men’s business.
The boys were kicking a ball in the yard while I tried to locate a water leak in my car. While the degreaser was flowing I decided to give my trusty steed a tidy up as well. The boys came out the front and were playing some bizarre form of tennis/brandy* on the road. Smashing a tennis ball at each other – trying to maim.
With the car and bike sorted we went to the shops to get some supplies for dinner.
As we dragged the groceries into the house the girls arrived home. I cooked dinner on the verandah while my wife kept the kids filing through the bathtub. The picture is of dinner being cooked. The inventory includes, bacon, eggs, tomato, onion, chicken and beer. One stubbie of beer is all that is needed for a family BBQ, half for the cook and half for the cooking.
And just so you know, some time during the afternoon the temperature touched 25°C (77°F). Obviously we are in the middle of autumn.
As I am writing this the children are hitting the pillows, and I am about to lay back in the recliner and watch a movie with my wife.
Like I said, today was probably perfect.
* just in case it doesn’t translate well, brandy is a game using (normally) a tennis ball to "brand" the other people. It’s rules are very similar to tag, except for the extra pain. Plus the fact that you can be tagged at distances further than arms length, although many brandings are barely more than arms length which adds more to the pain factor. Just good healthy outdoor fun for the kids.