Thursday, 17 December 2015
Back Where I Belong
This week's episode is bought to you all the way from the French Alps, where I'm currently enjoying some early snow, a lot of cake and cheese and catching up with friends. A terrible start to Christmas, as you can imagine, but I'm soldiering on.
It was a busy week last week with interviews and a lot of social stuff, so I'm treating this week as a bit of a retreat .... hence the fact it's nearly 11am and I'm still in bed in the chalet. This is my old stomping ground, and as it's all familiar ground to me in La Plagne, I absolutely refuse to feel guilty about honouring myself with some rest because I can feel that I need it. Having said that, I have been up the mountain for at least some time every day with friends so I'm not being soooooo lazy.
Ski weeks, especially those in catered chalets, are never that healthy because the food is plentiful and rich. Rather than try and worry about it, I'm just trying to pay attention to when and how hungry I am and work from there. So although breakfast is vast if you want it, most mornings I've just been having the cooked bit (bacon and scrambled eggs or similar) and a bit of fruit or yoghurt, and leaving the bread and cereals alone. For lunches I've just eaten until I'm full and left the rest if it's too much. That's something I normally have trouble with, but I've been working on it recently and I'm getting better at it. I still fully expect to go home a bit heavier than I left, but hopefully not crazy amounts.
Booze on the other hand has been plentiful, and I had shocking hangovers the first couple of mornings, so I've been trying to reign that in since then so I can actually survive the week!
Best of all though (aside from time spent with awesome friends), I got a call yesterday afternoon to say I've been offered a new contract for January! When you're self-employed as a contractor, there's always a slight worry that another job won't come through when you need it, and there's always a slight anxiety lurking even as you're enjoying the break between contracts. So it's always a relief when one comes through - especially as this is only my second contract and I worried that getting the first one was a fluke.
So now, I can sit back and enjoy the last couple of days up here .... all I have on the agenda for today is meeting an old friend for lunch and cruising round the mountain this afternoon on the empty, empty pistes. Such a chore.
Damn, I'm lucky sometimes.
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