Well done car

Fitted in a run back from the garage today…

…as it was MOT day for the car. The garage gave it a really good once-over and a bit of a wash, so it’s looking very shiny again!

Today was centred around my dropoff and pickup trips to the garage so I’ve not managed to get much else done. Tomorrow should be a bit more productive.

Classy Hallowe'en decorations
The hearth is full of candles and pumpkin-shaped objects… but not together yet and at the moment it looks a bit too classy for Hallowe’en! I’ll be decorating these polystyrene pumpkins tomorrow (and also procuring some real veg to carve).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett – ‘The Monster Mash’

Phone Box Thursday: Main Street, New Luce

Here’s another phone box from Mum and Dad’s Scottish adventures. No spooky colour changes this week!

Red phone box
Red phone box, Main Street, New Luce, 11th August 2020.

(Coordinates 54°94’42.2″N, 4°85’23.7″W.)

At first glance, this seems like a locally-loved phone box. There are nice murals on the glass, a pot of flowers next to the box, and the inside features a shelf for swapping books in addition to the original phone. However, there’s also a notice inside informing occupants that the council is considering removing the box, so maybe the inpromptu re-use by locals isn’t official enough 🙁

From Scotland to Wales next week!

Very nearly settled in for Hallowe’en

Four fairly tiring miles today…

…and then I spent the afternoon doing housework and making sure I’ve got everything I need for the car’s MOT tomorrow. It’s a more complicated process at the moment because of things needing to be COVID-secure and so I’ve had to check in online and do various other stuff, but hopefully the dropoff itself should be fairly straightforward.

I’m really looking forward to getting everything finished for the week so I can settle in for Hallowe’en weekend. I’m still enjoying my seasonal TV shows and have got a few more decorations to make before Saturday. I’m also looking at some recipes in the hope that I can start using up all the pumpkin and turnip that’s been in the freezer for some time!

Tomorrow’s a bit out of routine because of the MOT, but I should still manage to get quite a lot of stuff done.

Treehouse of Horror
I’m still enjoying my Treehouse of Horror marathon, which will take all week. Having access to the episodes on Disney Plus is much easier than fiddling with the DVDs (and the collection is a lot more up-to-date!).

Today’s earworm playlist:

WG Snuffy Walden – ‘The West Wing (Main Theme)’
Harry Dacre – ‘Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)’
Liam Payne and J Balvin – ‘Familiar’
Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett – ‘The Monster Mash’
Michael Jackson – ‘Thriller’
Rockwell – ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’

Another Tuesday

I did my interval session somewhere different this morning…

…which was nice. Geth and I seem to have timed our runs well as since lunchtime it’s been raining and grey – one of those days where you need the lights on all day long.

I don’t mind it being typical autumn weather in the afternoons and evenings as it’s the time of year when I like to curl up and watch TV, and in the current situation that’s all we can do anyway. I do mind in the mornings, because I’m really having to psyche myself up to go out for my runs in the cold and wet. It’s always fine once I get out there, but when I first wake up, getting out of my nice warm bed to go running is the last thing I want to do, especially on a Tuesday when I need to do a tough interval session.

I always get out and do it eventually though. That’s the beauty of the run streak – I need to go out for at least a mile to maintain the streak, so I might as well go and do the run I’ve got scheduled.

I had a bit of day job work to get on with this afternoon, and am now finishing off my admin so that I can watch some Hallowe’en TV this evening. I started my annual Simpsons ‘Treehouse Of Horror’ marathon yesterday, and have also been recording all the Hallowe’en shows on Food Network. These days, for me, Hallowe’en is always about staying in and enjoying the atmosphere, so it feels like it’s the one celebration that the pandemic can’t affect this year.

I’m still sleeping later than I’d like, partly because I’m tossing and turning and worrying about world things late at night. Hopefully I’ll manage to get my run done fairly quickly tomorrow, as there’s a few things I want to check before taking the car for its MOT on Thursday.

Maisie meets her match, 1984
I loved this book as a child. It describes an ’80s Hallowe’en in Morningside, Edinburgh, and thus perfectly captures my childhood Hallowe’ens – all the Scottish traditions and customs. I wonder if it perhaps isn’t sold or has been changed these days, as Maisie’s ‘Red Indian Chief’ costume would be considered culturally insensitive now.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Liam Payne and J Balvin – ‘Familiar’
Bananarama – ‘Really Saying Something’
Wham! – ‘Club Tropicana’
Prince – ‘1999’
Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett – ‘The Monster Mash’
Barenaked Ladies – ‘One Week’
The Black Crowes – ‘Hard To Handle’
Pet Shop Boys – ‘On Social Media’

Taking a day off

Rest day mile today…

…and I’m now taking the rest of the day off to read, watch Hallowe’en TV, and play videogames, which is a Monday habit I’ve wanted to get back into for a while.

The extra hour gained over the weekend has helped a bit with sleep, but not much. I think I just have to accept that I need a bit of extra sleep right now and schedule things accordingly.

Back to work tomorrow.

Just some of the dresses I’ll be selling online soon. I need to get them all photographed this week.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Ozzy Osbourne – ‘Shot In The Dark’
Glenn Miller – ‘In The Mood’
Sia – ‘The Greatest’
Sheena Easton – ‘9 To 5 (Morning Train)’

RED day 298

Today’s earworm playlist:

WG Snuffy Walden – ‘The West Wing (Main Theme)’
Wham! – ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’
Judy Garland – ‘Get Happy’

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

The Midnight – ‘Los Angeles’

Quiet week, quiet weekend

Rest day mile today…

…which will hopefully set me up for the two longer weekend runs I’ll be doing over the next couple of days. Currently planning them out in order to avoid the wet weather!

I would say I’m looking forward to a ‘quiet weekend’ (I am) but in all honesty it’s been a pretty quiet week. I keep reading about things starting up again in a COVID-secure way and getting the urge to go, but I know it’ll be a big adjustment when it comes time to start leaving the house for stuff again and so I need to take it slowly.

Running vlogs as usual over the weekend, and I’ll be back to update on Monday.

Hallowe'en 2004
Flashback Friday: Pumpkin carving in the lead-up to Hallowe’en 2004, with ‘help’ from the family’s new kitten, José, who was always fascinated by pumpkins. He used to stick his paws into the open mouths of lit lanterns and singe his fur. Miss you precious one 🖤

Today’s earworm playlist:

Sacre – ‘The London Marathon [Theme From The Trap]’
WG Snuffy Walden – ‘The West Wing (Main Theme)’

Still trying to wake up

A 35-minute easy run today…

…and my deliberately slow easy pace certainly felt suited to my still-half-asleep state! I’ve had another fairly slow day – bit of day job work, bit of admin, but mostly dozing and reading. Hoping to be a bit more awake tomorrow.

Hallowe'en mask
More of my Hallowe’en decorations! Geth and I picked this mask up at a specialist Hallowe’en shop in Washington DC when we were there for Hallowe’en in 2008 – the only time I’ve ever been out of the UK for Hallowe’en. It’s a nice souvenir from a really special trip.

Today’s earworm playlist:

WG Snuffy Walden – ‘The West Wing (Main Theme)’
Justin Timberlake – ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’

Phone Box Thursday: A747, Monreith

Another phone box from Mum and Dad’s Scottish adventures… but, somewhat appropriately for Hallowe’en month, there’s something a bit spooky going on with it!

Red phone box
Red phone box, A747, Monreith, 8th August 2020.

(Coordinates 54°73’72.6″N, 4°55’02.6″W.)

Dad reports that there is (or was in August) still a phone inside the box, but also a ‘closing soon’ notice 🙁 Unfortunately it seems that this box will be disappearing shortly, along with about 90% of other rural boxes in the UK. It sort of feels like we’re documenting the end of an era at the moment.

That’s not the spooky thing though!

If you click the Google Street View image linked above, you’ll see the same image I saw when searching for the box:

Phone box from Google Street View

However, if you then move slightly up the road (to the east, away from the A747 and onto the side street), the phone box suddenly turns green!

Phone box from Google Street View

My immediate thought was that the box must have been repainted at some point. However, I’ve never seen a box repainted this shade of green in the UK – it’s apparently quite common for old phone boxes in the Republic of Ireland, but I was surprised to see one in the south-west of Scotland.

But then, if you move a step further…

Phone box from Google Street View

…the phone box is suddenly red again – and it can’t be a repaint, because the exact same couple are still walking past the phone box with their dogs!

I was a bit freaked out by this and took a closer look. In the second picture with the green box, it also appears that the lady’s face has also turned green, making her look like the Witch of the West from The Wizard Of Oz (complete with Toto no less!). A similar thing has happened to a wooden shed and gate if you rotate the third image to look further up the road. As such, Geth and I have concluded that it must be some kind of strange effect from the camera used by the Google cars.

It’s still pretty spooky though!

We’ll stay in Scotland next week for another (hopefully less freaky) phone box.