I spent Friday night helping a friend celebrate their birthday. My helpfulness extended beyond the point where he had actually gone home, so my Parkrun time on Saturday morning was a shocking 33 minutes.
But it was a nice day and all, so I went to town to do a bit of protesting. As you do.
So I went to the library - and joy, one of the BSFA shortlisted books I'd not read yet was in. Halfway through that one now.
On Sunday, I decided to make the most of the gorgeous spring weather and headed out with OH for an epic bike ride. I saw at least five different types of butterfly, and the air floated with the first scatterings of blossom. Wild pansies in the hedgerows. What season is this?
Our ride took us to Brampton Halt. The steam trains were going up and down the track and we waved enthusiastically at the passengers and driver.
|Honestly, they were smiling...|
|Clearly written by a fantasy writer... I mean, look at those capitalized nouns. And adjectives...|
I didn't half ache after, but I felt dead proud of myself. That was about 14 miles in all. I want to get a bit more active, and cycling helps me to see some cool stuff nearby without splashing the cash.
On Monday, I treated OH to a night out at the flicks. Yet again we took advantage of the free movie night at one of the local bars, The Picturedrome. Anchorman 2 is not as bad as everyone says it is... honest. Okay... a lot of the same points of humour are massively over-laboured. But I love Brick Tamland. And lamp. I love lamp. I LOVE LAMP!
We are saving the pennies to go to another convention, but the pennies only come gradually. Having missed the super cheap flights that we saw last month, it is now making much more sense to take the train. Just 2 trains, 5 hours, easy. To make it as cheap as possible, we have bought the Two Together card, which will save us 1/3 off train travel all over the UK for a year. There's also an offer on the Gourmet society that we can use, which I might look into.
A word of advice... if you are looking to get the Two Together card yourself, don't do what I did and go to the station. You can order it online, load up any digital photo of yourself you like (so, it can be a nice one, taken for free, not a horrid photobooth one) so long as you are facing the camera, and for a short while you can get £3 discount too.
However, I also used Quidco to get 3% cashback. So what I didn't manage to save on buying online, I'll get back.
Planning ahead, I've made a note of where the supermarkets are for supplies, and got a list of all the pubs where we can use our CAMRA discount sorted. I'm a bit disappointed that the local Parkrun seems to be a taxi ride away, so I'm probably not going to be a Parkrun tourist this time.