Have you ever been stuck in doors, alone, with the same 4 walls, and the inability to move without pain?
My drama skills are on the up rise in case you haven’t noticed. I’m thinking of yet another career change. The stage is clearly calling.
Friday was spent barely moving from the couch which obviously resulted in a solid full stone gain in weight (the only food I could stumble my to the kitchen to find was of no nutritional value and the pain in my back was making me feel nauseous). However the rest did work and my back eased up enough for me tackle the stairs and begin to peel the tin man costume off my body.
Saturday morning and despite a night of constant up and down with the dogs and the impossible act of getting comfy I was better than the Friday. The other half had left for a boys weekend Friday afternoon so my mum and dad came round to take the eldest to the airport for his holiday. I decided I was going to try and make my cocktail night because 1. It would cheer me up and 2. If I’m honest, walking round bars would be a lot easier than running after dogs and dealing with the constant cries of ‘mum I’m hungry’ from the youngest.
I almost changed my mind in the taxi on the way down, nearly asking him to turn round and take me back home. But I didn’t. I sucked it up.
There were 8 of us from the tri club, most of whom I have been doing quite a bit of training with. Although not this kind of training ha ha. Let me tell you though. The organisational skills of these women – good lord! If ever I enter an event that requires a crew then these people are my team! Everything was arranged. I only had to worry about getting dressed (admittedly a task in itself when I couldn’t lift my left leg) and hobble between bars. But it seemed that even the distance between bars had been thought out as it always felt enough to get me moving but not too far it was over doing it.
However. The comments on taking a trolley or a stretcher for me definitely warrant some questions on our friendship. And an Asda trolley? At least make it a Marks and Spencer’s one ladies!
At the first stop we had, in true ladies style, the Pornstar Margarita. A sugared glass with tequila and lime and I think a shot of Prosecco. I’m unsure as the woman at the table next to us took one look at me and proceeded to divulge, in great detail, how she had had a bad back and ended up getting her spine shaved. Thanks for that love.
The sugared glass became quite entertaining though. You start by discreetly trying to lick tiny bits off then someone catches your eye and you watch them full on lick clean their glass ALL the way round the rim to the extent you’re now worried they may start to attack the windows!
Amazing what a drop of alcohol can do.
We head to the next one on the list but find it doesn’t open until 5pm so go next door. I see some of the same women from the last place but thankfully not the nip and tuck women. Naturally it’s selfie time and I make my first mistake of the night when I try to bend down to get in the picture and have to be helped back up by Shona. This is one drink down ladies and gentleman. One drink.
It’s getting busier now and it’s not so easy to find a seat in the next bar but standing and discreetly stretching my back is fine with me. At least I think it’s discreetly. I’ve now had more alcohol in the last couple of hours than I’ve had in the last couple of years so for all I know I’m doing full on acrobatic yoga moves on the bar and not just slightly tilting my pelvis every now and then. No one says anything though so I’m either getting away with it or they are just as drunk.
We head to the next one and it’s downstairs. This is not good for me. This is when I begin to wonder how far the train station is as it might be time to make an exit. We haven’t even entered the place when a group comes out and tells us the bar is disgusting. ‘Worst one yet’ they say. So it’s back up the stairs.
In to Tigerlily and we sit outside after an array of photos at their flower wall. I’ve just sat down when the rain starts but you’re buggered if you think I’m moving! I’m happy to have Monica Geller frizzy hair if it means I can have a seat for a minute to ease off my back. The cocktail helps too ha ha.
Stomachs are grumbling by this point so it’s a food stop. Now, I know nothing about food. It’s not a subject I find interesting. I’m genuinely astonished by how some people can rattle off descriptions of a meal laden with ‘dripping in’ this and ‘coated in’ that. THATS DISGUSTING. The mere thought of anything I’m going to eat being ‘dripped’ in something is pure and simple gross! If it drips, I’m not eating it! This obviously leaves me with a problem when we go to the Tapas bar. Joe and I don’t eat out that often. Sure we take the kids out for breakfast at the weekends but we stick to what they like and know. (And usually if it’s breakfast, I can get beans on toast, job done). I don’t know what tapas is. When someone says you have 2 maybe 3 portions I’m thinking ‘I’m not a fatty love, I’m just hungry’.
I play it safe and order the peppers, olives and a potato thing I’m sharing with Carol.
Out comes the food. It’s just peppers. As in, just peppers. I was expecting something to put the peppers in. Like a tortilla wrap or something. Nope. Just peppers. Ok, olives then. They look whole. As in solid. As in not deseeded or pipped or what ever it’s bloody called – hollowed out! I can’t eat them.
I order some fries.
I know Joe doesn’t read what I write so I’m pretty safe putting this here but it’s quite clear when it comes to food I’m pretty stuck without him. He usually orders for me. But I was kind of grumpy with him as he’s not the most sympathetic over my back pain (called it inconvenient!) so I didn’t do what I usually do and text him asking him what I should order.
Kind of shot myself in the foot over that one.
On to the next bar!
The man bar that stinks of, well, men, actually gets my vote for best cocktail. It may have been the lack of food affecting my taste buds but I liked it.
By this time my back is most definitely giving up. I’m actually impressed with how long I’ve lasted given I was going to get the taxi to take me straight back home.
We end the night in Harvey Nichols with tattoos that just won’t go on. Jo had provided bus snacks in the form of old school candy sticks that came with super hero tattoos. I begged for the Wonder Woman one.
It was a great night and I’m glad I went. I can’t do this whole ‘sit and do nothing’ even though I know I need to. I’ve still got to keep my sanity. And whilst the ladies from tri club may not be completely sane, they are a good laugh.
The night out did leave me with one huge problem though. Removing skinny jeans when you can’t lift your leg or bend forwards has by far been my biggest challenge yet!