Journal

Welcome to my online journal, which I started in December 2002 after several very persuasive hints from friends. Although I obviously don't write about everything that happens in my life here, I hope it'll provide an insight into who I am and what's happening in my life - whether good, bad, happy or sad.

Beer, Pastry, Lasagne and Gravy (or, Beth throws a dinner party)

Posted by Anna at 18:07 on Monday, October 16, 2006
It's been a very busy weekend for us. For a while now Beth has wanted to host another dinner party (we've not had one since my birthday last year), and this Saturday was the big day. This time, she chose a traditional theme.

As well as 4 of our friends, Beth's parents decided a couple of days previously to come down for the event, so we ended up catering for eight people altogether! I have to say that she was a star - not only did she manage to plan and organise the event, but she spent much of Friday afternoon and all of Saturday morning cooking two main courses (a beef and ale pie and an aubergine lasagne) and two desserts (blackberry crumble and cheesecake). I spent most of Saturday morning entertaining and rushing around looking for the things we found out we were short of (cutlery, for a start - when we counted up we were one place setting short!).

The dishes went down extremely well. By Sunday morning, all that was left was a little lasagne and blackberry crumble - the rest just disappeared. That's without a doubt the best complement any cook could receive.

It was a great weekend. Thanks to everybody for coming and making it special.

Running around and hitting things...

Posted by Anna at 06:03 on Friday, October 13, 2006
(...for those who know me, this has nothing to do with swords, halberds or anything else reenactment related...the "things" in this case are shuttlecocks rather than people).

After a break of 8 or 9 years (I've completely lost count, but the last time I played was sometime early in my marriage) I've taken up Badminton again!

Then background is pretty straightforward - although I lost a lot of weight (nearly 4 st) at the start of my transition, I've not been exercising anywhere near enough, so I'm not anywhere near as fit as I should be (although I am healthy, and my BMI is good). Furthermore, without adequate exercise it's all too easy for the weight to start creeping back on.

It's been obvious for a while that I needed to change something in my routine, but the question was what? In the past I've done Table Tennis (at an after-school club), Badminton (with colleagues from work), Squash (with friends; about a dozen games in total), 5-a side football (with friends), cycling and swimming. Although I've been swimming semi-regularly for a few months now, it's quite obviously not enough.

Beth is of course (like her Dad) a runner, but that's not something that I've ever felt attracted to (I think being forced to run around a track at school and being ridiculed for being so bad at it has something to do with that), so I was initially wary. That said, I've grown used to the idea, and along with it suggested to Beth a while back that I teach her how to play Badminton - a sport she's never tried.

Over the past two weeks we've finally got around to putting all the pieces together, and not only have we been running together, but we've now twice been up to a local leisure centre for an hour long session of Badminton. After the second one we went swimming too.

We're both enjoying it immensely - Beth is picking up the game fast, and her serve has improved leaps and bounds since she started. With regard to the running, I was up to a mile by my second run. I'll probably stick there for a while until my body gets used to it (Beth typically does 2 - 2 1/2 miles in each of her runs).

The only downside is that I'm having to get used to aching muscles again, and not particularly looking forward to running in the dark depths of winter when it arrives. Wish me luck!