Today is Good Friday. The holy day that commemorates the crucifixion of Christ. I am not a religious person so I don't observe the religious traditions that surround it. I just take part of the societal traditions. Which I think are linked to pagan events anyway. But I won't go into that.
I started it with an exercise class down at the beach. Bootcamp. Running on sand and carrying heavy things. It was hot and I was sweating.
Exercise in the morning is the most unpleasant thing for me as it makes me tired for the rest of the day.
However, I soothed the pain of exercise with an Easter egg. Hot cross buns. Coffee with the girls from the class. Then a vegetarian pizza roll when I got home.
Then I just kind of rolled around the house. Played with Benny. Tried to find the butterscotch bits in the caramel ice-cream. I should just buy the butterscotch because I actually don't like to eat ice cream. As tasty as it is, it is slimy and makes me feel yuck afterwards. A few spoons is about my limit. Unlike K and S who see ice cream as something to be finished off as soon as possible.
I also allowed myself to rest completely. Because tomorrow and Monday I am doing a training walk so I figured that I may as well chillax while I could. Especially since in the morning I have to face the stress of buying Easter eggs. Eating them is not stressful however.
Benny got a bath. He did not like it.
In the afternoon I lay on the grass in the hot sun. Eyes shut, warm air, sounds of the wind in the trees. Arms spread wide and my body straight. Like the letter T.
Benny rolled around me and then tried to eat my hair, his puppy voice in my ear. He sat near me in the shade. I moved closer and watched him sniff the air and chew the grass. I buried my hands into his lovely soft fur and he did one of his puppy rolls. So cute. I kept thinking I should get up and get the camera and take a photo but I was so relaxed, so warm and enjoying the moment so much that I just stayed there.
Eventually I did get my camera. But what to take a photo of? The blue sky above me. The leaves on the Silver Birch tree near the old studio. I could not capture the warmth in the photo. Or how I felt. Or that I let my hair dry naturally and it was grey and untidy. I could not capture the smell of Benny's clean and warm puppy fur. Or take a photo of his little puppy panting noises.
Could I capture how nice the grass smelt? Or the sound of the world above and around me? Could I capture how lazy I felt? I can only tell you about all that.
Benny was happy in that way that a puppy can be happy. Nothing to bother him. Just being in the moment. That is what a pet can teach a human. About how being in the moment is so nice. Not often for human beings but we can only try.
All of a sudden the day was coming to an end. It is after 5.00 pm and I am wondering what to eat for dinner. The pizza shop around the corner is open and they sell the nicest gourmet pizzas that have a thin, crisp base. They remind me of a pizza I had in Italy in 2010. Sitting outside a small pizza shop on a sunny Winter's day. We had just been to the Vatican and the three of us were so hungry. The owner of the shop was so inviting and we sat eating those lovely pizzas and enjoyed the moment as you do when on holiday in a foreign country. Trying to capture that moment in the best way because it is not going to last.
This week I have gone from minimal exercise to lots. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and then Monday it will be.
I need fuel.
And the best fuel right now is one of the local pizzas that remind me of a lovely day.