Sunday afternoons hibernating

A speedier-than-expected long run this morning…

…and since then I’ve just been dozing and browsing on the sofa. Love Sundays! I’ve got lots to do tomorrow so I’m glad to be able to have a break today.

France, July 1995
Yup, it’s another summer holiday flashback, this time to France in July 1995. While winter can be beautiful in its own way, I’m looking forward to seeing some colour in the world again.

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Midnight – ‘Crystalline’
The Midnight and Nikki Flores – ‘Jason’
Scandroid – ‘Aphelion’
Traditional – ‘The Blaydon Races’
Del Amitri – ‘Nothing Ever Happens’
Lindisfarne – ‘Fog On The Tyne’

Speeding up

A faster-than-expected parkrun today…

…and then a nice lazy afternoon browsing online. Looking forward to a similar day tomorrow!

Front seat in the Metro train
I was able to sit in the ‘driver’s seat’ at the front of the Metro train today when travelling back from South Shields parkrun. Not a hugely inspiring vista when it’s a grey winter’s day in the north-east of England, but I like watching the tracks 🙂

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Midnight – ‘Kick Drums And Red Wine’
Sacre – ‘The London Marathon’
The Midnight – ‘Gloria’

Ticking things off

Another short run…

…and then I headed to my second counselling session. I think it’s probably good to be able to talk about things, but I still feel a bit unfocused in the sessions. I am finding that some things are a bit clearer, but I need to spend more time writing everything down in order to process that.

Then it was another afternoon doing admin and house stuff. Looking forward to more running adventures this weekend!

Cadbury's Roses
Geth brought these home as a Valentine’s Day extra. Carefully fitted some into the day’s eating plan!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Timecop1983 and The Midnight – ‘Static’
The Midnight – ‘Lost Boy’
Sacre – ‘The London Marathon’
Carl Orff – ‘Gassenhauer’

A dreary Thursday

Short run today…

…and a bit of a disappointing result at Slimming World – only half a pound off despite working really hard for it this week 🙁 Still six pounds away from target range. I really had hoped to get there by the end of February but it’s looking unlikely now.

I’ve spent the afternoon working on house stuff and admin. Other than my counselling appointment, it’s looking like tomorrow will be similar.

Snowdrops
At least the snowdrops are out now! Always appreciate these early signs of spring when the weather is still miserable.

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Midnight – ‘Jason’
The Midnight – ‘Collateral’
The Midnight – ‘Vampires’
Soft Cell – ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’
FM-84 and Ollie Wride – ‘Running In The Night’

Phone Box Thursday: National Museum of History, St Fagans

This week sees the second phone box that Mum and Dad found at the National Museum of History.

Red phone box
Red phone box, National Museum of History, St Fagans, 9th September 2019.

(Coordinates 51°48’77.6″N, 3°27’80.3″W.)

Again, this phone box is part of a museum, so it’s very well-kept! I’m glad to see these examples being looked after – it’s so depressing when they’re left to rot at the side of the road until someone ships them off to the phone box graveyard.

The next few boxes from Mum and Dad’s Welsh trip sadly do include some doomed specimens. Stay tuned for the next few weeks…

A quiet Wednesday

A midweek-length run today…

…and a fairly good afternoon of admin before I headed off to ukulele class this evening. We learnt (-ish) a new song, so I’ve got lots to practise over the half term break.

It’s weigh-in tomorrow, and I’ve had another good week, so fingers crossed…

Keeping warm, 1985
Winter layers in 1985! I wasn’t quite as wrapped up as this today, but it wouldn’t have been a bad idea – it’s really nippy out there at the moment.

Del Amitri – ‘Nothing Ever Happens’
Frankie Miller – ‘Caledonia’
Sacre – ‘The London Marathon’
Carl Orff – ‘Gassenhauer’
Vangelis – ‘Chariots Of Fire’
The Midnight – ‘Collateral’
Justin Bieber – ‘Love Yourself’

Peaceful surroundings

Another short run today…

…and then I spent most of the afternoon tidying up, as I’ve let the house get into a bit of a state recently. I mentioned last week that I’m trying to do one small house job every day in the hope that I might have it in a decent state by the end of the year. I’ve not been hugely successful so far – especially at the weekends when I’m tired after running – but I will persevere. I know how much better I’m going to feel when things are sorted out and look nice.

I’ve got a bit of day job work scheduled for later in the week, but I don’t know exactly when it’s going to come in, so I expect that tomorrow will be another chance to get some more admin done.

Honolulu June 2012
I’ve been dreaming about summer holidays again (we had a light flurry of snow today). I don’t usually like photos of myself in my heavier days but this one from Hawaii in June 2012 is soft-focus enough that I can deal with it! Strange to see my hair that long as well – I got fed up of it being scraggy and had it cut short a few years later. I’m desperate to go back to Hawaii at some point – it was such an amazing trip!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Justin Timberlake – ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’
REO Speedwagon – ‘Keep On Loving You’
Timecop1983 – ‘Tokyo’
Kuana Torres Kahele, James Ford Murphy and Napua Greig-Nakasone – ‘Someone To Lava’
Take That – ‘The Flood’

Thoughts of another world

A short run today…

…and a bit of a slow afternoon, but I did get the bones of my next adventure game planned out for the jam that’s taking place this month. Really excited to get started with the puzzle creation next!

Day job is quiet this week so I’m going to make the most of the time and get some work done on a few of my creative projects.

England Athletics membership pack
My England Athletics membership pack, which was finally used for its intended purpose tonight (i.e. entering the Blaydon Race on club entry night rather than general entry night and thus having a much easier time of it).

Today’s earworm playlist:

DNCE – ‘Cake By The Ocean’
Traditional – ‘Tom Dooley’
David Guetta and Emeli Sandé – ‘What I Did For Love’
Baltimora – ‘Tarzan Boy’
The Midnight – ‘Sunset’

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

The Doors – ‘Riders On The Storm’

Anticipating some good sleep tonight!

I went for a long sleep-inducing run in the sort-of storm today…

…and since then have just been chilling out on the sofa and eating a lot. 1000+ calorie burn for the win 😀 Geth tried out a new recipe for banana pancakes after I got home, which I think is going to be our new go-to for late post-run breakfast on Sundays.

No day job work scheduled tomorrow so I’m hoping for a productive day getting some admin done!

Exhibition Park
So much for Storm Ciara! It was really quite sunny at points on my run today.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Sidney Samson and Wizard Sleeve – ‘Riverside (Let’s Go!)’
Counting Crows – ‘Mr Jones’
Reef – ‘Place Your Hands’
The Midnight – ‘Memories’

Pre-resting

I drove out to a parkrun I hadn’t done before this morning…

…but other than that, I’ve just been resting in preparation for a long run tomorrow. I’m meant to be doing thirteen miles, and Storm Ciara is meant to hit Newcastle at about 7am. We’ll see what happens. Hopefully I’ll manage to get it over and done with sooner rather than later!

Gibside National Trust
The National Trust at Gibside is really lovely – I’d like to go back for non-parkrun purposes at some point.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Del Amitri – ‘Nothing Ever Happens’
Vangelis – ‘Chariots Of Fire’
Timecop1983 – ‘Tokyo’