Weekly catch-up: escaping

It was Mr S’s 60th birthday earlier this year. We didn’t do much because I was helping my mother move and, with the COVID restrictions we couldn’t plan a big do.

Younger son wanted to do an escape room together. He suggested both boys pay for the four of us Dad’s birthday gift. Last weekend was the day.

Younger son cooked dinner for us at his flat, making a fine chicken tikka masala.

While he was cooking, we enjoyed a few beers on the roof of his flat. After the week of rain, Sydney turned on a sparkling afternoon.

The walk along the harbour to the train station, just as the sun was setting, had the magical twilight feel.

It’s only a short walk to the station from younger son’s flat, but it was dark by the time we got to the platform. Nearly full moon before Easter. (Both my boys were born on Easter Sunday, so the full moon before Easter is theirs!)

The only spot left in the escape room was the last shift in their hardest room. Luckily, older boy has a brain for number puzzles. We solved it with minutes to spare. (With a few hints from the operators.)

This was my first escape room. Mr S enjoyed it but said he wouldn’t do another. I would like doing another, maybe one that was less maths-y and had more physical puzzles. The boys and I agreed we all will do one together again.

It is great to have such fun as a family.

What I’ve been reading: Honeybee by Craig Silvey- a kind of Aussie transgender The Outsiders. And Ikigai: the Japanese secret to a long and happy life. Not really a secret but still an interesting read. Basically, keep busy doing what you enjoy, keep moving, eat well and surround yourself with friends.

What I’ve been watching: more Escape to the Chateau and Fisk and Gogglebox and Space Invaders and Vera.

Exercise: I’ve gone back to the gym. I knew I had to break the hiatus and just go or I’d keep not going. Obviously. I still watch the clock in classes and I was dog tired the first class I went back to after work so I repeatedly yawned which didn’t endear me to the instructor. But hey! At least I was there. And I have been walking everyday. Just a short walk. But still: moving!

3 thoughts on “Weekly catch-up: escaping

  1. That view from your son’s apartment! Just WOW.

    There is an escape room activity here on Kauai although it’s currently closed. I hope things improve to where it’s safe to open again as we were hoping to do with our daughters when (if) they come at Christmas – it sounds like fun. One of our daughters has done these kinds of puzzles online for years – she’s very good at them. I don’t think I would attempt one without her as I’m terrible at them and don’t think Brett is much better.

  2. Belated Happy Birthday to Mr. S. Sounds like you had a great day together…but I’m with you on having a go at an escape with less ‘mathy’ bits next time. 🙂

  3. Sounds like a great time!

    Escape rooms are so fun! We did one at work for a “team building” day a few years ago and I’ve done several with groups of friends and family. I think they get easier once you have an idea of how they’re set up, but even the tough ones that we didn’t “escape” from were fun.

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