It feels a bit strange today, dear reader, as I'm in something of a limbo state ahead of the weekend and next week.
No, I don't feel like doing some particularly versatile Caribbean dancing. Rather, I'm getting ready for the big Geegeez Racing Clubday out tomorrow.
Around thirty of us will be descending on Newmarket's hallowed heath, to witness our beasties hack, canter and gallop their collective way by us - along with all the other horses in Julia's yard.
After that, we'll be heading back to the stable, to have a look around there and to make friends with some of the geegees that may be less familiar to members.
Then, with barely time for a cigarette break (for those who engage in that disgusting nicotine habit!), we'll be whisked off to the National Stud to learn all about how little baby horses are made. OK, so I think we sort of know the high level stuff, but the tools and techniques will be enlightening.
And what better way to work up an appetite for sausage and mash than watching those fine stallions parading... ahem.
Many of us actually will then scoff a plate of the aforementioned ironic lunch, prior to all bundling over the track to witness the final curtain descend on another season at HQ.
Then, as Saturday morphs into Sunday, I shall be packing everything I can remember (and later on cursing everything I forgot) for my busman's holiday to the States. Excitement is mounting here at Geegeez Towers for the impending journey, and I'm also more than a little nervous. I've never been away for that long, and I usually get homesick after less than a week! (Sad but true).
So, it's with trepidation as well as anticipation that I will make my way to Heathrow's T5 on Monday lunchtime.
I'll be posting with the usual regularity, and the trials / reviews will continue to appear on the site as ever. Email responses will be fine too, as I have a mobile device named after fruit found in jam. Raspberry or something...
Although there's little to tempt me this weekend (the Charlie Hall Chase and an extremely competitive handicap chase at Ascot notwithstanding), the following week starts with the Melbourne Cup and end with the Breeders Cup.
I'll have lots more news on the latter, and a revisit of my previous trends look at the former in good time.
Finally for despatches today, Night Orbit - in whom I have a twelfth share - had his prep run for his impending hurdling season at Nottingham on Tuesday.
He was backed from 9's into 5's (though not by me, I hasten to add), and was bumped along early on before responding to pressure as he always does to finish second, albeit beaten a long way by the winner.
He's rated a preposterously high 124 over hurdles, so will be running under a penalty in novice races for most of the season. His first start hopefully will be at Market Rasen on 8th November, a course where he has a 100% record (one run, one win!) to defend. Fingers crossed.
I'll have more news on both Obvious and Baggsy after the weekend, though I can tell you Baggsy is about a fortnight away from a run, I believe. [There are still a few shares left in her if anyone is interested - you can read all the gen here.]
That's all for today. Have a great weekend!