Post skiing

We’ve been back since Sunday night and I have my final load of washing in the machine.  It’s surprising how much washing needs to be done after a ski holiday … although, really, it isn’t.  I usually do a load a day so have seven days’ worth.  Plus we wear our ski gear in the day and our normal clothes in the evenings.  So twice as much washing.  It’s quite a first world problem.

Ahhhh it was so pretty
Ahhhh it was so pretty

I had Root Canal Treatment Part 2 yesterday morning and now have a stinking cold (pretty sure the two are unconnected – it’s just a bit unfortunate).  Left hand side of my face is quite sore but it will get better.

Don't you just love the alps?
Don’t you just love the alps?

 

Meribel

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Here we are in Meribel.  This blog is going to be a bit thin on posts for the next few days.  It’s our second day of skiing – on the first, I fell over and whacked my leg on one of my skis and was so shattered I felt a bit destroyed at the end.  However, today I feel pretty good.

We’ve done some good skiing, had a couple of great lunches and been to apres ski.  I’ve spotted LOTS of blonde, 16 year old girls wearing Canada Goose jackets (not fakes either – I can tell).  I was rather bemused by this but M said “Dude – they sell those in CostCo”.

Difficult journeys

The other day we went down to Brighton to visit my Mum.  I have a new respect for the poor commuters who have to schlep up to London every day.  When the trains are good, it is okay (ish) but at present they have a load of strikes on, which sounds hellish.

Timetable of strikes
Timetable of strikes

On the way home, we were delayed by an hour because there was some problem with the trains and a load of the trains to Victoria were cancelled.

Taking a break from my FitBit

Last year, I posted about my FitBit.  This is a handy thing to have (if a bit dispiriting at times).  Last weekend, I proposed a “Weekend Warrior” challenge with my FitBit friends.  “This will be easy!” I thought.  “I’m going to be walking all day.  There’s no way I can lose!”  Plus I was doing it more-or-less blind as I couldn’t sync in Russia unless I was connected to the WiFi.

And it went well.  Until just before I went to bed on Saturday when another person joined the challenge and her FitBit showed that she’d racked up 56,000 steps.  I assume that she has been running all day marathons as I had no idea that it was possible for someone to rack up so many steps in one day. I mean – I was really happy with my total of about 28,000 (my goal is 10,000).

When I got back, I read this article in the Pool and realised that- yes! I am a toddler who requires constant praise from my gizmos.  I’ve rather got the habit of wearing it all the time, regardless of whether it’s been charged.  This isn’t what I got it for.  I’ve decided to leave it off for a while and give myself a break from the constant monitoring.  Also, I’ve got a (now recovering) patch of eczema that may or may not be caused by wearing the rubber bracelet.

I think this patch of eczema may be caused by my FitBit
I think this patch of eczema may be caused by my FitBit

Russian Dolls

While I was in Russia, I bought a couple of Russian dolls for my children.

This one for my son
This one for my son
This one for my daughter
This one for my daughter

The kind lady in the shop said that traditional matryoshka dolls have eight dolls so the one I bought for my daughter is an old fashioned one.  The one I bought my son is a bit more ornate and comes from a Russian fairytale (although I have no idea which one).

Each doll was about £18 (but that is approximate as I converted from roubles).  At the time, I did wonder whether that was an enormous ripoff BUT I do think there is a price to pay for convenience.  I bought them in a shop off Nevski Prospekt which, as far as I can see, is broadly equivalent to Regent Street.  In theory, I could have schlepped for miles to find cheaper dolls but I was only there for two days so it seemed rather a false economy.