Coming home from work, cooking dinner and discussing your day gets a bit repetitive doesn't it? That kind of thinking is how I found myself sat crossed legged on the floor in blue light cutting out cardboard shapes the other week.
I had a bit of spare time on my hands and didn't fancy doing anything ... so I planned dinner. I love cooking and one of my favourite meals at the moment is Thai salmon. It's basically a massive salmon fillet cooked with green curry paste and coconut oil then served with garlic leeks, courgettes and grilled cabbage. Okay, now I'm hungry....
As I begun preparing the food I started humming the song from the Little Mermaid and a theme started to develop in my head. Before I knew it the fish was in the oven, I was scouring the internet for songs about fish and adding them to a playlist aptly named Fish Day. And so Fish Day was born. After putting a few of my favourite songs on including The Salmon Dance by Chemical Brothers, Car Wash (the theme from Sharks Tale) and Under the Sea from the Little Mermaid, I realised that there weren't actually all that many songs about fish. I branched out a little to a wider theme of the sea and added on Seven Seas of Rhye by Queen and I'm on a Boat by Lonely Island and a few others.
With fifteen minutes to go until Charlie arrived home the race was on to complete the now, self proclaimed, best Fish Day the world had ever seen. My attention turned to the lighting and more specifically the Philips Hue bulbs, my trusty alley in all themed evenings, I set all the lights in the house to a deep blue colour and was satisfied. This did make checking on the food incredibly difficult but it was for the good of Fish Day.
Time was ticking as I dashed out into the hallway remembering the cardboard I'd set aside for recycling. I spotted the cutting mat and a scalpel left carelessly on the workbench and got to work cutting out fish shapes and threading them through some string. With a few minutes a to spare I created my final addition to Fish Day, a fish mask. Cutting the shape, adding in detail with felt tip and attaching it to my face was done with lightning speed.
Music? Set. Lights? Set. Costume? Set. I was in position and ready to see Charlie's reaction as he came through the door. His initial confusion was apparent. I soon realised that he had no idea what we were having for dinner so his wife waving bits of cardboard around whilst wearing a oddly snapped piece of cardboard on her face which had apparently been coloured in by a toddler made very little sense.
Overall though, the first annual Fish Day was a success. The atmosphere was alive with fishy vibes and it was a lot of fun for a seemingly average Thursday evening. How did you celebrate fish day 2017?