How did I start this week? Not well, that’s for sure. After The Big Bang sit in of Week 14 my body went into a state of shock when I tried to pry it away from the hole in couch I had made for myself and went into complete and utter shut down. I have a weird skin condition called palmer planter that flares up every so often which leaves me full of steroids and smeared with what can only be described as a witch doctor cream which leaves me smelling of cat pee and cold tar. Then to top it off I got a chest infection and a dose of the I feel sorry for myself blues’. Luckily enough it didn’t last too long and I was back to myself in time for my partners birthday.
What do you get the woman who has everything? While I am always one for pulling out all the stops, this year was a hard one. She’s not one for tablets, or devices. She’s no interest in jewellery. She has the golf clubs, the bike, the gym gear. Now there is always flowers (no chocolates this year) so what do I do…….I buy a wine tasting and supper experience. Probably not the best idea for someone trying to lose weight but this wasn’t about me, this was about her.
We had never been on one together before. I say together because I had been on one years back but I was young and it was more like a wine sculling course and I don’t remember learning much about anything. Initially it was supposed to be in Ely Wine Bar in Dublin 2 but was changed to Ely in IFSC. I had never been before and when I approached it I was a little apprehensive when I saw all the young hipster type crowd out enjoying themselves but when we went downstairs to what looked like an underground vault I was impressed.
The room that the tasting was in was beautifully laid out and two tables set out for six were on either side of it. There stood six wine glasses in front of each chair, three red and three white. I started to get nervous because I started to feel out of my depth. At the table to my right there was a young Asian lad who looked about 14. I wondered if he was there as a way to consume alcohol while underage but realised when I saw him swirl the wine around the glass he was probably way more experienced than I was.
Ian, the guy in charge introduced himself to us and we explained that we were new to this and he put us at ease explaining the process. You pick up a glass, give it a swirl, stick your nose in and inhale, not too much or you will inhale the wine and choke causing one much embarrassment, trust me. I wasn’t sure this whole experience was for me when the power couple at our table stated rather loudly “ohhh, the nose on that”. I was actually looking for someone with a large nose but realised that they were just using a wine phrase.
There was a lovely PE teacher from a very affluent school in the City Centre sitting next to us and we got talking about dieting and being healthy, it seems that I always end up talking about dieting, I must be a pain in the butt. While I know I am writing every week about dieting I realised that I still just have to be myself and live how I do. I am going to have to do this long after I finish with Magazine+ and can’t beat myself up every time I want to do something that involves eating or drinking. I’ll just have to enjoy the experience and be good every other day.