The first week of FebFast has passed in a blur. A non-alcoholic one at that. I was so busy with work, school, preschool, swimming lessons, guitar lessons and all the other bits and pieces that make up a week that I hardly noticed I wasn’t drinking wine. Hardly.
Friday night was a challenge. The Builder and I usually ring in the weekend with a cold beer and a few glasses of wine. Not this week. This week he ceremoniously poured me a wine glass of chilled water and told me to Enjoy. Right.
A rainy weekend is usually pretty quiet around here anyway. A big night in at the Fibro generally constitutes a good meal, good wine and some crap television. The Bill, for instance, simply doesn’t have as much going for it without a slight haze behind the eyeballs and some goodwill softening the brain. But ‘Smiffy’ was still there, so all was right with the world. I am strangely attracted to Smiffy. But that’s a long conversation that would require several glasses of red to explain, so we can’t go there now.
What we do need to discuss is the new SBS show Monster Moves. No, really, we do. This is required viewing in the Fibro at the moment, having taken up the mantel that Trawlermen left in its wake when it finished a few weeks ago.
The logistics, the patience, the sheer time and money involved in picking up entire buildings and moving them around the country, usually, it seems in the snow, has everything you need in a good drama. And, in good/crap TV fashion, there’s always the lure of ‘what might happen’, painstakingly shown through diagram and narrative, so that you’re sitting on the edge of your seat the whole time, wondering if the three-storey Georgian mansion, as wide as three houses, will actually topple into the ravine. It never does, but that doesn’t stop the wondering.
On Saturday night, they moved an entire restaurant 37km up the road to a golf course, and an entire farm from the bottom of a hill to the top. Can’t wait to see what’s on the schedule this week.
Is this what people mean when they say they don’t need alcohol cause they’re 'high on life'?