It’s four weeks since I moved home. The time has gone incredibly quickly, I just had to check it on the calendar a couple of times when I type that to make sure it was right. It’s been both a hugely quiet, restful time and also at times pretty hectic. With the exception of my trip to Dorset last weekend I haven’t ventured far from home. I’ve spent time catching up with family, I’ve been making, reading and generally taking some time out. The job hunt is underway now, I’m looking forward to finding my next step.
I’ve been thinking though about the way I spend my time. It was very easy in London to go to the cinema (I lived 5 minutes walk from one whereas now it’s a decent drive away) and to go the theatre after work (my office was just off Oxford Street making the West End a short walk away). I’ve been happy to go to both the cinema and the theatre on my own for years – in London I went to the cinema on my own the vast majority of the time and probably went to the theatre about half the time time on my own. When I lived in Aberystwyth a few years ago I regularly went to the cinema and theatre solo. I’m just not so good at it when I’m at home.
There’s no good reason for me not to make solo trips to the theatre and cinema. I have in the past gone to the cinema solo at home, but only once to the theatre (and that was last year on a weekend visit back from London). So I’m going to do something about it. I’m eyeing up a couple of cinema trips in the next week or so to see Moonlight and Logan, and I’ve started drawing up a shortlist of shows coming to the Birmingham theatres this year. My lovely colleagues gave me theatre tokens when I left so I’m going to treat myself to a couple of evenings in the second city seeing lovely things.