This weekend had highs and lows. I guess they all do, some just more than most. I think I will start with the lows.
The first and most obvious low is that fact that my sister left for Australia on Friday. I am going to (am already) miss her terribly. Thankfully she is still on BBM etc so staying in touch is not as difficult as it used to be. When I moved overseas in 1994 we did not even have email, never mind mobile phones…. (yes I am that old). She had just better come back. At least I know she will be back in April to do Ironman.
Then the second low was that Little OL ended up on casualty on Saturday afternoon. Thankfully nothing serious, but she gave me one hell of a fright. We were at a birthday party in the afternoon, and she just started crying. I picked her up and she was boiling, then she started shaking. Holy crap – I rushed out of there straight to the hospital.
The highs – I have decided to accept social invitations. I realised how much I have been saying no to stuff lately (last 5 years) and I need to stop it. So on Friday night Little OL and I went out. On the first Friday of the month The Food Shed is held at the Sherwood Garden Centre. It was loads of fun; I met new people, chatted to friends and ate some food. Little OL had her best friend there so she was happy too. I need to do more stuff like that.
On Sunday morning Granny OL (my mom) watched Little OL and I went and did the Sunshine Coast Trail Run. It was just 8km, but I loved it. I have decided that I need to try and improve my speed, so for now am going to do shorter races. It worked for the first 4km – which were all either flat or down hill. The last 4 km were nearly all up hill – I walked! Also as Mr OL is away and I am relying on baby sisters, I figured it is probably best if I do the shorter races for a bit. It was so good just to get out there. At one stage (at the top of the hill) I stopped and looked around. You could see the sea, the dunes and the farm lands. So beautiful and so good to be alive and out in the open.
Other highs: I took Friday off as I wanted to spend the morning with my sister before she left. In the afternoon, I went around some of the charity shops. I finally found something I have been looking for, for ages – a spice rack, I will do a separate post on the finished product, but I started spray painting it over the weekend. I want to make bookshelf out of it for Little OL. I also went to one of the malls and went people watching – sketching. I sat in one of the coffee shops and sketched people as the walked past – just brief little sketches. I have not done that in years!!!!!!!! In fact not since 1998 when I lived in New Zealand.
So, there you have it. Some lows, but also a lot of highs this weekend. I am making changes.