The last couple of weeks I've found it really hard to sit down and write. Its not as if I don't have anything to write about, or that I don't have the time, its just been difficult to convince myself to sit at the computer and think of an interesting way to say things. And the times I have sat down to write it feels a bit boring, and rather like I'm writing a list of "been there, done that".
It might be because I sit in front of the computer all day long, and when I get home the last thing I want to look at is a screen. So instead I read, or head out for a walk, potter around the house, or just chat to John and the flatmates.
So, in order to actually get something down, here is a bullet-point list of information:
- Last weekend my friends Anne, Jen and I headed down to Dublin for the day to catch the matinee of All My Sons by Arthur Miller. It was a fantastic production and a fabulous day. Before hopping on the train we went to the markets in Belfast to get a picnic lunch. We shared a bottle of bubbly on the train on the way down. When we got to Dublin it was pouring with rain, and we made our way to the Porterhouse Brewing Company in Temple Bar for a pint and to have our 'picnic' of bread, three types of cheese, tapenade and hummus before heading to the play. Gin and Tonics were drunk on the train on the way home, and we were off to a party as soon as we arrived back in Belfast.
- I haven't been cooking much lately, but I've found the best lunch ever in Smitten Kitchen's Mediterranean eggplant and barley salad (also an excellent BBQ or potluck dish), and a gloriously sinful desert in her double chocolate layer cake.
- While I've always felt that I'm not much help at the pub quiz (I jokingly call myself the team mascot), I have discovered that I'm the only one who can answer most of the literary questions, which pleases me greatly. Unfortunately there are only two more quizzes before they stop for the summer, so I won't have much opportunity to show off my new-found skills.
- The weather has been fantastic recently, and I've found a lovely walk just near my house. Within 20 minutes you feel like you are far away from the city and, as I walk along, I am truly relaxed.
- For some unknown reason I'm missing my parents a lot at the moment. I don't feel homesick, and I don't want to go home, but I miss hanging out with them. I miss my Dad's martinis and my Mom's cooking, and most of all I miss their fantastic company. I'm really looking forward to when they come visit me in a few weeks' time.
So there you go, a 5 point summary of where I'm at right now.