It’s nice to be back in the swing of things with another Saturday Saunter post, even if I’m writing it a few days ahead of time. Today I will be away for the day to Dundee. I have a few things planned for this blog’s benefit plus some which aren’t, thankfully. I’ve been to Dundee a right few times recently and I’m not sure if the new V and A will be part of my plans, since I’ve been there twice since it opened back in September, but I’m sure I’ll fill my day just fine.
I didn’t do a lot of writing over Christmas week. I wasn’t feeling well plus it was a busy time anyway. I had planned all these posts to come out over the time anyway, including the Best of 2018 and the Best Books posts, which were both written well ahead of time. My intention was to come off social media over the holidays but that failed dismally even after I deleted the apps off my devices as I couldn’t help checking anyway. I don’t think sudden moves like that work for me. What I did do was scrub my Twitter of anything political or shouty, leaving a mix of books, nature and football. I already make considerable use of the Mute function but this felt more of a clean break, making my scrolling time a bit less head-clogging. We’ll see how that goes.
I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions. They tend to be easily broken plus what I want doesn’t tend to change throughout the year. One thing I have been thinking about is yoga, of all things. I know people who do it and it benefits them though like all forms of exercise it will be about keeping it up. I have gym habits and swimming that I mean to keep up with too, with not much success in recent months. I manage to be fairly fit anyway but I want to find something that works, mentally and physically, beyond walking, which I do to get to and from the bus stop anyway. It isn’t a resolution so much as a continuing attempt to get by.
On the book front, as I mentioned in the December digest the other day, I read Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, which was all right, suitably Victorian and conjuring up all these characters and exotic locales through not-too-longwinded prose. I also worked through a few more books from Quintin Jardine’s back catalogue but I think I’m sick of Skinner and his company of coppers at the moment so I need to get to work on something new. Since this is being written in advance, I hope I managed to read a bit more of my to-read pile over the last few days.
Anyway, that’s the Saturday Saunter for today. Tomorrow’s post here will be the first Intercity post, on a very wet day by the Clyde.
Have a very nice weekend.