Sunday, October 25, 2020
Or Day Two of the 17 Day Firebreak Fortnight!
The clocks went back here in the UK last night. Actually, this morning at 2 a.m to be precise. Not that I was up at that time to mark the moment. 'Spring forward, fall back' is a phrase many people use to recall whether the clocks need to go forward or backward. It's also pretty much the only time you'll hear 'Autumn' being called 'Fall' in the UK. Often it seems to me that American 'English' has a different approach than British 'English'. Mostly more pragmatic. Such as 'sidewalk' - much more to the point than our 'pavement'. However America, 'cell phone' - no, it's just not right. It's a 'mobile' OK?
Daylight saving time they call it. Hmm. It's dark in the morning and it's dark in the middle of the sodding afternoon. And no matter how much you fiddle around with the clock times, you still only get the same amount of actual daylight. Of course two of the compensations of late Autumn are Halloween, and Bonfire Night. Both 'cancelled' this year due to the Frigging Fizzy Flu and The 17 Day Firebreak Fortnight. The earlier onset of sunset as it were, is just going to make it all the more miserable though I realise the practicality of doing it now to include the schools half term week.
On the subject of which [The 17 Day Firebreak Fortnight, I mean - not half term], I couldn't repeat my trip to the pool today - obvs. Last Sunday I spent 45 minutes in the pool and approximately 15 minutes walking around before the session started. How to reproduce that at home? First and foremost, I realised I couldn't do it all in one go. So I did three 20 minute segments. The first trying to replicate some of the movements I did in the pool. marching, backwards walking, crab walking, lunges, squats, star jumps, leg kicks, bicycle kicks etc. The second session I did some arm exercises etc, then given I couldn't actually 'swim', I tried to recreate the aerobic part of my pool session by doing 5 minutes each on the exercise bike, the glider thingy, and the rowing machine. Finally my third effort I did some general toning exercises, plus some pliés [including grand pliés dharlinks] and a good ten minutes of dancing.
And that's it Day Two of the 17 Day Firebreak Fortnight dealt with.