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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
While we were in St Petersburg, we went to Kupetz Eliseevs. M told me that it is mentioned in Anna Karenina (which I have, I think, but haven’t read). Anyway, as far as I can tell, it is a Russian Fortnum & Mason. We had some delicious tea then bought chocolates for our husbands.
While I was in Russia, I bought a couple of Russian dolls for my children.
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.