|A collage of August activities.|
I'm not sure if it was a month of productivity or stupidity because there was so much going on. Some was forced upon me but much was of my own making.
Every so often, I get frustrated by the necessary juggle of energy rations to manage life with lupus etc. and when there are so many interesting things happening around me, I can't help but become enthused and eager to participate. The calendar waits for no one so if I want to do these things, it was a case of 'now or never'.
In the past, I might not have contemplated any of this as my health was too poor. This year, I had enjoyed better energy levels thanks to recent treatment so, despite the voice of reason telling me that I had enough commitments already, I 'threw caution to the wind' and decided to try and live something akin to my old life (pre-illness).
I tried to take photos as I went so I hope you enjoy them. Some of these activities will be described in more detail in future posts. OK. Are we ready?
Right. August. This is my August 2016:
Out and About, Enjoying the Arts!
|Gallery M program|
I went to two art exhibitions, both part of the SALA
(South Australian Living Artists) festival:
- "Gallery M Inaugural Open Contemporary Prize 2016" (5-28 August), Marion Cultural Centre where I got to meet some local artists including textile artist Michelle Driver of threefold designs.
- "Inspired" Exhibition by students and staff of Brighton Secondary School (16‒26 August), Concert Hall Foyer, North Brighton.
|Jazz on a weeknight!|
A Thursday night music gig was on the agenda when the musician in the family was called to fill in a spot in a big band. I went along as well for a great night of live music and lively people. Outings on weeknights are usually out of the question but since I was transporting someone there anyway, why not stay?
|Adelaide v. West Coast|
Fun at the Footy!
Australian Football League (AFL)
There were three AFL games for my favourite team, Adelaide Crows, at Adelaide Oval during August. I went to two of them:
- Adelaide v. Brisbane on Saturday 6 August
- Adelaide v. West Coast on Friday 26 August
The Ravellenic Games
Of course, the biggest events for the month were the Olympic Games in Rio and The Ravellenic Games on Ravelry! An explanation of the Ravellenic Games can be found in an earlier post.
It didn't quite work out to plan. It didn't help that I found myself spending more time watching the Olympic Games on the TV than actually crocheting!
I love watching elite sports and our swimming gold medallist, Kyle Chalmers, is a local. He used to train at the local aquatic centre before moving to Canberra to train for the Olympics. I remember watching him compete at a national swimming meet when he was about 15 years old and even back then, his speed in the water had our jaws on the floor in amazement. Here's a fun fact for Lupey Loops readers: Kyle Chalmer's dad, Brett Chalmers used to play AFL for the Adelaide Crows, my favourite team!
There was a big homecoming parade for South Australian Olympians in the centre of Adelaide this week, starting at Adelaide Oval and finishing with a ceremony at Victoria Square.
|Happy yellow teacup and saucer.|
August has always been a big month for birthdays. I hosted an afternoon tea for extended family and it was so lovely to catch up with people, in person, over a cuppa.
|Late afternoon at the beach.|
I've always loved the beach. It is one of my favourite places. Sadly, it is not always best or easiest for me to go down to the beach. Nevertheless, I managed to get to the beach twice: to watch sailing and see the sunset.
|Maker Faire mascot|
Maker Faire ADL
Correspondence arrived inviting me to participate in this year's Maker Faire ADL (Adelaide) on 6th of November 2016. My mind is becoming preoccupied with plans for that exciting event.
Meanwhile, with all of those other things going on, I had builders, plumbers and mechanics in the house for general household repairs and to fix my washing machine. The washing machine only chose to break down after 4 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, didn't it? In a busy family, a broken washing machine is the mainline to laundry lunacy! Fortunately, the mechanic came the very next morning, just in time to do the job before the spare parts shop closed at noon. Phew! That was a close call with chaos.
[I'll just stop to catch my breath now!]
So, August has been an extraordinary month and I managed to cope with all of these things between the usual mix of daily chores, hydro-, physio-(therapy) and dental appointments. I was wrecked with fatigue already by the middle of it, but at least I got out and LIVED!
How was your August?
Tell me about your August in a comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adelaide Football Club, 105 West Lakes Boulevarde, West Lakes SA 5021
Adelaide Oval, PO Box 900, North Adelaide SA 5006
Brighton Secondary School, 305 Brighton Road, North Brighton SA 5048
Garcia, Sara & Founten, Loukas, "Rio 2016: SA Olympians welcomed home in Adelaide celebration", online article, ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1 September 2016: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-01/sa-olympians-welcomed-home-in-adelaide/7804786
Marion Cultural Centre, Oaklands Park, South Australia
Gallery M: http://www.gallerym.com.au/
Michelle Driver, woven tapestry artist, Hallett Cove, South Australia
SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre, 443 Morphett Road, Oaklands Park SA 5046
City of Marion: https://www.marion.sa.gov.au/sa-aquatic-and-leisure-centre-and-gp-plus
Related Posts on Lupey Loops
"Footy Finals & Fatigue", 9 September 2016: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2016/09/footy-finals-2016-fatigue.html
"The Ravellenic Games 2016", 14 July 2016: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2016/07/the-ravellenic-games-2016.html
"Adelaide Maker Faire 2016–Call For Makers!", 8 June 2016: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2016/06/adelaide-maker-faire-2016-call-for.html
"A Secret Crochet Confession", 18 February 2016: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2016/02/a-secret-crochet-confession.html
"Adelaide Mini Maker Faire 2015", 17 December 2015: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/adelaide-mini-maker-faire-2015.html
"Hooks, Needles & Nurses!, 23 July 2015: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/hooks-needles-nurses.html