Watched the Lego Brickumentary this evening and it made me all enthused to do some construction, but I don’t have any sets. Then my wife said, that the two Lego Robotics kits she has at school need deconstructing, making sure all the pieces are there and rebuilding properly. So I am looking forward to getting stuck into that over the next few days. I will post some work in progress shots when I get cracking with it.
A few days ago I wrote about making a concerted effort to read more. GoodReads says I am 41% through my first book, so things are going swimmingly. I decided to look for my next few books and wanted to alternate between contemporary and classic. We have a few classics I have wanted to read but no more modern ones. My wife suggested I look at Brotherhood Books. Second hand books donated to the Brotherhood of St.Lawrence. So yesterday morning I ordered 5 new books (well they are second-hand but great quality) for between $5 and $7 each, they even gave me a welcome discount and free delivery. Can you believe they arrived today, one day! All proceeds go to help homeless and the needy. My shelf now has these five and five classics ready to go.
We all have our individual passions, things we just love to do, love to experience. I have a few friends who would travel to the ends of the earth to follow a certain band or a certain singer, queueing up for extended hours in all weathers to get that best view of a concert, even going to view a dead person’s house because that is their passion. I will never knock anyone for their passions, it’s what makes them interesting. You don’t have to share their passion to enjoy their stories, you just have to exchange their passion for your’s and you understand the commitment.
I’ve had many passions throughout my life; I’m the sort of person who goes all in on something and it be my everything, but it doesn’t last and I move to the next big thing. It’s just in my makeup, some might say typical Gemini, if astrology is your passion. Photography has hung around for a number of years now, so this one looks like it is here for a while yet, and running has become a big thing for me this year. Both are solo pursuits for me, but additionally both have brought me many new and lasting friends, those with a shared passion.
If you don’t have a passion, find one and you will find new companions to go with it.
This photo has no direct link to this story, it is just one I took recently that I find interesting. I have been enjoying my street photography more and more as a supplement to my landscapes.
It is often said that to be a good writer, you need to read quality literature and often. I have not been a frequent or avid reader since I was a kid. So took the decision today to make a concerted effort to read more. 10 pages a day is all I have committed myself to, 30 minutes at the most. I can do that. So what to read first? I went to the bookshelf and immediately thought of my wife’s favourite book, A Room With A View by EM Forster. Not an epic tomb, so manageable for my first and I should get it finished before Christmas. The copy on the shelf is her year 11 school version, with her scribbled notes in the margins, so it should be entertaining reading those as I go through.
I have set up a goodreads.com account and will record my progress and list the books there. I always find motivation from seeing how far I have come in all my endeavours.
I was watching an episode of The Bill, a British police drama, today and it had a guest appearance by an actress I once knew, Emily Morgan. We actually shared a two-storey apartment back in the late 80s in the east of London and I remember her rehearsing for that role. It is funny how some past memories seem like they are from another life, mind you these were from my bachelor days. So I searched and reminded myself of her successes on the big and small screen. I did remember that she had a speaking part in Four Weddings & a Funeral, and various British TV series’, like Brass and Drummonds, but had not remembered that she had a role in The French Lieutenants Woman as a younger actress; here is a shot of her opposite Jeremy Irons.
I do remember that there were a lot of actors that I knew came to the apartment at various times, and of course if you are in the business this is nothing special, but for others, it is all a bit surreal. Here is her biography. That was a nice memory.
I have been known to comment on my wife’s growing pile of running shoes, compared to my one pair. But of course, she has been running somewhat longer than me. However the other day I invested in my second pair and they look too shiny and clean to run in. I am sure I will soon get over that. As with most things these days, I didn’t get the latest and greatest, but last years model; makes them a bit cheaper and I got a good deal, especially with a further 20% off using a code from Running Heroes. It is recommended that you wear runners for a maximum of 800km as they lose their bounce and support. These days with recording of run data, it is quite easy to track this, so my first pair have about 300km left on them. I will be alternating these with the new ones going forward. We will see if the new ones make any difference to my running.
I edited a photo today that I took with my Iphone 5 at the weekend while on our trail run/walk. It is amazing what you can do with phone shots.
Seen on our travels today, it was a backyard wedding.
Parkrun (or ‘parkrun’, can it be all lowercase at the start of a sentence?) day today and we headed to Balyang Sanctuary in town. As usual, and you would think I would learn by my mistakes, I set off on the 5k far too quickly with 4.56 and 4.59 for the first 2k. At the turnaround point I started to notice the error of my ways and was breathing hard. Then as I was joined by a fellow runner who had caught up with me, he could see (and hear) my struggle and started to encourage me and talk me through the rest of the distance. Then as a person who I knew passed me and called back encouragement and used my name, my new running buddy picked up on that and added my name to the encouragement. If it had not been for this person, I would have stopped running and walked while I recovered my breathing, but with this encouragement I completed the final 3k at even pace, 5.26, 5.28, 5.25. Although this seemed like a real chore today and not fast at all, it is actually my second fasted 5k, so I have to be happy with that. After the run we formally introduced ourselves and had a good chat about running and life in general, and are now friends on FB. So this is a story of what a good running community does for each other.
An early post tonight, as we are up at 4am tomorrow, more of that later.