Playing with words

I’ve been editing for a client all day today, as I’ve got a couple of big projects at the moment. Editing can be frustrating sometimes – finding the exact way to rephrase something so that it flows nicely – but the end result is always really satisfying.

I’m finished now though, and feeling weekend-y, even though I do have to work tomorrow as well. It’s parkrun eve, yay! Geth and I are going to Newcastle as our friend Winny is doing her first parkrun there tomorrow.

Another good running weekend awaits then – I’m super jealous of all the people going to the National Running Show in Birmingham this weekend, but I will enjoy parkrun and my long run on Sunday 🙂

Energy gel
Not an OOTD: going to be trying this berry-flavoured gel out on my long run on Sunday (well, if I actually remember to take it this week). Hope it’s not as sickly sweet as the orange one I tried a few weeks ago!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Hiroki Morishita – ‘Duty’
Ollie Wride – ‘Miracle Mile’
Starship – ‘We Built This City’

Back to the Thursday routine

Really good recovery mile run this morning followed by a good loss on the scales at Slimming World. Still some way to go to get back into target range, but I just have to keep putting the same effort in every week until it happens. Thankfully marathon training and daily running is really helping with this, as it means I’m in the habit of logging everything relating to diet and exercise.

Have spent the afternoon doing day job work – I’ve been lucky in that business has really picked up this month. I’ll be getting up early tomorrow to finish all of this week’s work before next week’s scheduled projects arrive.

Now to finish today’s admin ASAP so that I can get a few hours of videogaming in!

Geth, having finished marking
Not an OOTD: Geth has finished marking all the first year essays and is very happy about it!

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Wanted – ‘Glad You Came’
Stormzy – ‘Crown’
Blur – ‘Parklife’
Lesley Gore – ‘It’s My Party’
Duran Duran – ‘Pressure Off’
The Midnight – ‘Shadows In The City’
Vera van Heeringen – ‘Riverside House’

Running over the hump day

I had a REALLY good run this morning. Midweek middling distance, which is four miles at the moment, and I felt I was able to get a bit of speed up in the second half. Lovely mild morning for it too – really hoping we don’t revert to ice and snow during February and March.

It’s weigh-in eve so I’m making slow cooker curry (with neeps rather than tatties as Geth and I tend towards SP (low carb) meals on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). The house smells lovely as a result!

Slightly sleepy after my run, so while I am looking forward to ukulele class tonight, I’m also looking forward to getting home afterwards and curling up with some YouTube and videogames.

Slow cooker curry
Not an OOTD: curry in the early stages of slow cooking. I promise you it smells better than it looks 😀

Today’s earworm playlist:

Revo – ‘Ship Upon The Open Skies’
Russ Abbot – ‘Atmosphere’
Lady Gaga – ‘Always Remember Us This Way’

The best workplace

While my job isn’t perfect (freelancing can be a bit stressful in terms of workload or lack of it), I always feel very lucky to be able to work from home. No time wasted commuting, a comfy work area that I create myself, and if I get an urgent email from a client first thing in the morning needing something back within the next half hour, I can shuffle downstairs in my pyjamas and get it done straight away before I get ready for the day. It really is the best setup for me.

(It’s probably the preferred setup for most people, which is why Geth works from home too whenever he doesn’t have any classes or meetings, as is the case today. It’s nice having the company, and I’ve learnt over the years to tune out the fact that he thinks out loud 🙂 )

Today has been another good productive day of running, day job work and admin. Looking forward to the same tomorrow, just with a longer midweek run and a bonus ukulele class.

Winter trees
Not an OOTD: besides, winter trees are nicer to look at from the comfort of home.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Monty Norman – ‘James Bond Theme’
Hiroki Morishita – ‘Duty’
Rei Kondoh – ‘Storm Clouds’
The Midnight – ‘Kick Drums And Red Wine’
Sidney Samson and Wizard Sleeve – ‘Riverside (Let’s Go)’
Vera van Heeringen – ‘Riverside House’

Recovery days

After yesterday’s long run, my knee was a little stiff overnight, so today’s run was a very gentle recovery run/walk. Need to be careful not to overdo it!

Have had a nice quiet day getting on with work and admin. Same again tomorrow.

Not an OOTD: the daffodils have come out nicely now!

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Cranberries – ‘Zombie’
The Midnight – ‘Kick Drums And Red Wine’
David Bowie – ‘Starman’

Long run day

After having to shuffle runs about last weekend, today was my first proper Sunday long run of this marathon training season. It looked icy when Geth and I woke up this morning, but I couldn’t face trying to do seven miles on the treadmill, so I went out with the aim of treading carefully. As it happened, the roads were absolutely fine, and I had a really good steady run.

I’ve been a bit sleepy since then (body is still getting used to marathon training) so I’ve not really done much this afternoon! Looking forward to a bit of videogame time this evening again though.

Back to work tomorrow.

Wallet and diary
Not an OOTD: I also really need to get my new diary and wallet (both Christmas gifts) organised this week. I’ll feel a lot better once I have some more of my lists in order.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Hiroki Morishita – ‘Duty’
Koichi Sugiyama – ‘Unflinchable Courage’
The Boomtown Rats – ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’
The Wanted – ‘Walks Like Rihanna’
Duran Duran – ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’

Green space exploration

Geth and I went parkrun touristing this morning to Windy Nook parkrun in Gateshead. I’ll do a post about it when I catch up with my review posts over the next few weeks! I love parkrun touristing – it means I discover parks and other green spaces that I’d never have known about otherwise.

Have done some preliminary house-stuff-sorting-out this afternoon as I was inspired to tidy up our race medal collections. I’m hoping to be able to sort out a display for them soon.

Back to my videogames this evening!

parkrun barcode pack
Not an OOTD: my wee pack of parkrun barcode key fobs arrived today after Geth ordered them a few days ago. This was the second most exciting thing in the post today after the full set of Duran Duran Funko Pops that I tweeted about earlier!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Blur – ‘Parklife’
Gesaffelstein and The Weeknd – ‘Lost In The Fire’
James Taylor – ‘Wichita Lineman’
Taylor Dayne – ‘Tell It To My Heart’

Adventure planning

Maybe it’s just what everyone does in the depths of January, but I find myself dreaming of hot climes and holidays at the moment. It’d be nice to run along sunny coastlines and through leafy forests instead of around the cold wet Newcastle suburbs like I did this morning! I’ll just have to be patient for a few months.

I’ve got all my work done for today, but it’s going to be another busy week next week. Looking forward to my weekend of running and hopefully some slightly drier weather.

Sandals resort, Bahamas
Not an OOTD: a flashback to January 2013, on honeymoon in the Bahamas. I was four and a half stone heavier then and so unfit that I couldn’t even swim halfway across the pool without my lungs burning. I would absolutely love to be back there right now in my fitter, healthier state!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Rei Kondoh – ‘Storm Clouds’
Lightwood Games – ‘Link-A-Pix Theme’
Patrice Rushen – ‘Forget Me Nots’ (or rather the ‘black bin bags’ parody from Phoenix Nights)
Jason Paige – ‘Pokémon Theme (Gotta Catch ‘Em All)’
Lady Gaga – ‘Always Remember Us This Way’

Back to basics

Geth and I both went to our usual Thursday morning Slimming World group (and stayed to group) for the first time in… a while! Geth spent the autumn attending groups at different times because of his teaching commitments, so we’ve been out of routine. Neither of us had a particularly good result on the scales today, so I spent a bit of time this afternoon planning out all our meals for the next week, including some nice recipes that I’ve not had the chance to make in the last few months.

Daily running is still going well. I’m really looking forward to the weekend – I’m trying a new parkrun on Saturday, and I’ve got another seven-miler to do on Sunday. Very enthused about it at the moment – which is probably a good place to be in during marathon training to be fair!

Not an OOTD: the first daffodils of the season have arrived in the supermarkets 😀

Today’s earworm playlist:

Michael Land – ‘Captain Dread’
Duran Duran – ‘What Happens Tomorrow’
Ed Sheeran – ‘Shape Of You’
Meat Loaf – ‘I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)’

The right boxes

I’ve been finding for the last few years that my necessity to log everything and have it all neatly filed away, as well as my propensity towards daily streaks in order to build habits, has become more and more all-consuming, to the point where life admin takes up an alarming chunk of my day. It gets quite stressful when I find myself falling behind on any of these things, and so it becomes necessary at this time of year to look at all the stuff I’ve got going on and have a bit of a cull. That’s tomorrow’s job… because in order to reorganise the to-do list I have to do the admin of catching up with the to-do list first! It makes sense inside my head. Honestly.

I had a really good midweek run this morning. I remember this time last year I was really struggling with the longer runs in the early part of marathon training, but this time round I’m actually finding that I’m quite impatient to increase the mileage! I think it’s because I’ve had a bit of a mental shift as a result of doing my gentle mile on rest days – it’s keeping me enthused without burning me out, and it means that I’m not dreading runs or putting them off till later in the week (because if I have to go out and run at least one mile anyway, then I might as well do the extra ones I have scheduled!).

Ukulele class tonight, so have been practising this afternoon. Some good tunes so far this term.

Plastic folders
Not an OOTD: my ukulele papers are all in order for the first time since last May. It’s really nice to have everything in the right boxes… it just takes a lot of work and upkeep!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – ‘What Happens Tomorrow’
Tomohito Nishiura – ‘Puzzles’
Tinchy Stryder and N-Dubz – ‘Number 1’
Britney Spears – ‘Oops!… I Did It Again’
Lady Gaga – ‘Always Remember Us This Way’