Ah what a great weekend. They all seem so much more relevant once you are working. It seems that no matter how much you anticipate a weekend when you are not working, it never quite manages to reach the same level of relaxation that is obtainable when you are working.
So I relaxed in bliss this weekend after my first full week of work. I had had some early nights during the week. There was no way to avoid it. I think all that change in gears, the old grey matter going into overdrive, or at least ramping up to normal drive. With such a monumental change in environment, so many new and different places and experiences the old brain has to work hard just to keep up. All this extra processing power and energy has to come from somewhere so I guess you get extra tired.
Friday night began mid afternoon with an espresso to wash my lunch down. That should keep me awake for a few more hours! Once I got home to the drive I took a swing around three or four of the shops. I am trying to phase out the large SafeWay supermarket out of my routine all together, but haven’t quite managed it so far. This means however that I have to keep visiting smaller local shops as I don’t quite have it sorted what to buy from where.
By the time I got home the dough for the pizzas was well through its mixing and with the final purchase of a baking tray the creation of a superb pizza was commenced. It was delicious although in hind sight we probably could have split the base mixture. As it turned out we had the super thick base. Yummy but hard damn work to eat. Two pieces of pizza were sufficient to fill me. Which says something.
Meanwhile we decided that Friday night would be the perfect time to do our washing. Sad but true. What better thing to be doing on a Friday night? Still it needed to be done and it was best to get it out of the way then. I wonder where the missing sock got to? I guess our building has sock gremlins then. I’ll have to pick up some cheap second hand ones to feed them rather than giving them solo participants of a much loved pair.
Saturday dawned lovely. The joy of getting up at 6am during the week is that you can sleep in on Saturday and then slowly crawl out of bed and it is still only 8am! On went the espresso and the music, I opened the door to the balcony and soaked in the new day. I just love our place.
Later in the day we got a call from a friend telling us that there was the Vancouver Earthdance party happening down at Stanley Park. We decided to take the train into town, as we haven’t done that as yet. What a great ride. You feel like you get your moneys worth, standing in the front window, looking down the tracks (no drivers on the trains here) following the above ground rails as they lead your eye to the stunning downtown skyline ahead. The stadium with the great big Science World dome beside it lends a credible air Vancouver being in quite a futuristic city.
We get to the Earthdance party just as the trance set was kicking off. A good crowd had gathered and the psychedelic circus was in full swing. I had a bit of a dance in spite of the PA being stuffed. I also found it a bit strange to go from trance to dub to finish out the evening. But what would I know. Plans were made to head to the after party later that night.
Which we did. And it was relatively amusing. It was a quasi-legal party in the basement of a building in the downtown area. $15 entry, a fundraiser apparently to allow some good people, doing some good work, to continue doing so. The music was pretty average progressive, and very same samey. I felt like I had heard it all before, back in 2001. Still I was able to accept the party for what it was and enjoyed the chance to have a dance. Unfortunately I suspect that I am not going to find the darker, more full on side of psy trance in Vancouver which is a bit of a disappointer.
After getting home at 5am we slept in until the very respectable time of lunch, and spent the rest of the day curled up on the couch listening to music and watching a great movie called Mirror Mask. It is a quirky film created by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, two legends from the comic world. I highly recommend getting a hold of a copy, especially if you like watching visually dense films, as far distanced from Hollywood as it is possible to get.
All in all a great weekend and a good end to the first week back at work.