Day Five was so much easier. We were allowed 10-20 oz of beef/chicken/fish and 6-8 tomatoes. For brunch we had beef (Dave) and chicken (me), with a tomato sauce I made from canned/fresh tomatoes and herbs/spices. Dinner was the same. For lunch we were out with friends after some mini golfing and cheated slightly – we both had a diet coke and shared some nachos. So cheese, guacamole and crisps were involved, but only in a small quantity. I also had a pina colada. Oops.
I had bought Dave 550g of top sirloin steak so he enjoyed that as dinner for the two days. Not cheap! but he loved it.
Saturday night we met my friend Ruth and her partner Hamish and I had several gin and tonics until fairly late in the evening. Dave had beer. So that might have hindered us somewhat.
Day Six was today, and very similar, but vegetables were encouraged. Dave made a mix of beef, tomatoes and veg and we had that for lunch. Dinner was the same, but with some roasted veg. Not exactly exciting without the variety, but it served its purpose.
I have my doubts that I lost any weight on these two days, but didn’t get a chance to weigh, so I guess we’ll find out the final number tomorrow. Day Seven is brown rice/veges day, with the soup, which is bound to have a little weight loss and hopefully not be too bland. Dave is looking to make a sort of vegetarian jumbalaya.
In other news, who else hates this bloody volcano? hands up.
There always seems to be some sort of natural disaster or technical issue that tries to fuck with my holidays. My poor brother, who has been trying to get to Sydney since Thursday, is still stuck in London, and re-booked for Tuesday night. Any later and he’ll probably miss his best friend’s wedding (he’s the best man).
I’m trying to stay optimistic about my chances for Friday, and will start to panic on Wednesday if the situation hasn’t improved. It looks like they are aiming to re-open some of the airspace above Europe tomorrow, but the UK is still expected to be shut until at least 7pm tomorrow night. I am checking the regular updates from NATS and also reading pilot forums and airline press releases.
Hopefully the worst case scenario means I push back my trip a few weeks and go to New Zealand instead of Australia. Not quite the relaxing sunny holiday I was hoping for (with beaches, amusement parks, sun and an abundance of king prawns), but a good break nonetheless.
I just want to see my family, do some shopping, and not work for a few weeks. I really need a holiday, and a year without my loved ones has been one of the toughest things for me.
(If I’m still in Edinburgh on my birthday I better get lots of chocolate).