Last Night On Meds


Last night I took my last dose of Pregabalin, so all being well I will have weaned myself off successfully and I will be able to manage the last bit of withdrawal.  I’ve timed things so that I have no travel planned for the next week and nothing stressful to cause me to relapse.  The only issue will be difficulty sleeping and so I will be staying up a couple of hours later than usual, but still getting up at my usual time.

I woke this morning bright and early and headed to Caffe Nero, via the prom which allowed me to watch the sunrise. It’s been over a week since my last visit and it was nice to be back there, although in many ways I’m enjoying visiting a wider range of cafes now and don’t think I will go back to a single cafe every day again.  As I was meeting Paul there at 10am I had a lot of time to kill so I worked my way through my ‘videos to watch’ folder on Instapaper, which is very unusual for me, as I normally only read, I enjoyed it a lot.

I’m quite dissatisfied by how much I’m reading though.  I was expecting to be reading a book a week now that I’ve retired, but I’m lucky if I manage a book a month at the moment and I’m not sure why.  I think I’m feeling less driven, more relaxed and have more energy and I’m enjoying directing that energy at activities that get my body moving.  That said I think I will start taking just my Kindle out with me next week and as a result forcing myself to read books more.  This whole thought process around reading was prompted by coming across Mark Zuckerberg’s reading page on Facebook, the fact that an incredibly busy CEO can read 3-4 times as much as me is quite embarrassing, Bill Gates is simillarly prolific and even writes a review of every book he reads.

Paul arrived on time and we walked back to the house and then I drove to Cleveleys (pictured) and parked up at the end of Rossall Beach and walked the length and breadth of the prom, with brunch at Cafe Cove.  The weather was fantastic and I think Paul liked Cleveleys, maybe not quite as much as I do!  After I’d dropped him off in St Annes – he went to Caffe Nero – I went to Trebaron garden centre and stocked up with 9 bags of well rotted manure, which I then had to dig into my raised beds, I think I need another couple of bags but it’s looking good so far.

I then did the housework, setup Steph’s old x220 laptop for Tessa and watched a couple more Stargate’s, made my smoothies for tomorrow, had dinner, walked into town to do some shopping at Sainsbury’s, watched Stargate Atlantis with Debbie and went out for an evening walk.

An excellent day!

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

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