Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Well this sucks!

So I woke up all raring to go this morning, to realsie that it was freezing cold and cloudy. So I made a cup of tea and poured milk on my cereal and went back to bed. When I got up again (lets not mention how many hours passed in between) I put my tea in the microwave, ate my cereal (hours of soaking makes for wesome Squillos!) and stared at te sky going why WHY? oh WHY?!?!? (in my head of course. I'm isolated. Not crazy).

A few hours later it began to clear and so I eagerly set out in search of some lizards. Three sites later I still hadn't so much as seen one of mine and the sun was setting so I came home and went for a run out of sheer frustration, and ended up even more frustrated. Turns out running up and down gravelly hills is slightly harder than the treadmill that I know and love.

And so I measured the lizards from yesterday and took a nap, only to wake up absolutely freezing about half an hour later.

On the plus side, nothing makes running worth it like rounding a corner and seeing four giraffe staring at you with totally bemused expressions before galloping off! And I did run further than I would have expected, although the hills still absolutely kill me. I have a slightly kinder route planned for tomorrow (except for the 2km climb to get to the start of it).

And, despite everything, I'm feeling pretty good! it's amazing when I think back to the depressed and tense person I was for the last few weeks! Looks like all I needed was to get out of the city and climbing some rocks!


po said...

I LOVE reading about your field work and your lizards. It seems amazing to me, what you do. Pottering around alone with giraffes for company.

It is just so different and impressive.

sarah said...

i love giraffe. they are the same height as me. and i feel we could be friends.

also - i HATE smushy cereal!!!!!!!! eeeeeeeeeeeeee

Kath Lockett said...

Wow - it's hard to imagine seeing a giraffe (let alone) four when out running!

On my 'road' running days (ie before the treadmill, which meant i had to get up at 5am when LC was still in bed and technically at home looking after Sapphire), the only 'wildlife' I ever saw were the stragglers who were too drunk to hail a taxi.....

sarah said...

i gave you an award on my blog, hels!

Tamara said...

Like Po, I love hearing about your field work. I'm so glad you're not so isoltaed that you don't have internet access ;-)

Glad to hear you've feeling chirpier.

EEbEE said...

The giraffe at Bisley valley have a nasty habit of walking through our mist nets when we set up to do bird ringing over there.

Because they are all linked if one gets caught it causes a chain reaction that tears down up to 500m of nets.

needless to say, we get a group of three or more ringers together to 'herd' them away whenever they sneak up (an yes it's possible for a 6 m high animal to sneak)

Candice said...

I'm so glad that you're feeling better!

And I'm jealous that you're going jogging with giraffes - that's so awesome!