Resting and drawing

Just a mile this morning…

…because I’m having a mostly-rest day. No extra RingFit sessions or long walks or yoga workouts today – I’ve got some tough runs to do over the weekend and so I need to save some energy.

I’ve been catching up with admin and working on my adventure game instead. Some of my COVID-necessary event and holiday refunds are starting to come through now, and there’s some movement on others, so the ongoing stress relating to all of that is easing slightly.

I’ve not been spending as much time playing actual videogames this week, for various reasons. One of these is that I’ve got the game creation bug again and have been back working on my latest game. I’m hoping to get the bulk of the work on it finished this weekend so that I can get it all together and start doing some playtesting next week.

Up early(ish) for the parkrun quiz tomorrow, and then hopefully a nice fast pace run so that I can get back to coding and making graphics!

Wizard in cave
Remember this wizard from an early pencil sketch? He’s looking a bit more colourful now.

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Proclaimers – ‘Misty Blue’
Ollie Wride – ‘Back To Life’
Elton John – ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues’
RingFit Adventure – ‘Battle Theme’
Rod Stewart – ‘Baby Jane’

Suddenly summer

Back to the intervals today…

…because Geth wants to start doing intervals, so he came running with me this morning to observe how they work. I only did half the number of sets I was doing a few weeks ago though!

It’s not been a great day. I had an absolutely terrible night’s sleep last night – partly due to the muggy heat and partly due to ongoing stress – and then we had some bad news this afternoon. I had hoped to get some work done on my next adventure game today, but there have just been too many distractions. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to lose myself in it a bit.

On the plus side, we did go for a walk in the glorious warm sunshine, largely because we needed to get out of the house. Spring has felt a bit sudden this year due to the lockdown; the world has been on hold, but obviously the seasons haven’t. I’m looking forward to doing a lot of walking over the summer, even if we can’t do much else.

Ukulele collection
My ukulele family has expanded this week, thanks to a generous gift from Dad! Looking forward to having a good strum over the weekend.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Ollie Wride – ‘Back To Life’
Daniel Bedingfield – ‘If You’re Not The One’

Phone Box Thursday: B7065, Kirkmaiden

Here’s the last of the phone boxes that Mum and Dad found for me while on their adventures in 2019.

Red phone box
Red phone box, B7065, Kirkmaiden, 29th October 2019.

(Coordinates 54°69’17.2″N, 4°91’22.9″W.)

This is quite a fun one! It’s been overgrown with ivy, which is now protruding inside the box. Probably not the greatest thing for the health of the phone box, but it looks very cool!

The Google Street View image, as is standard for rural Scotland, is from a decade previously in 2009 – at which point the box was not ivy-laden at all! Maybe at some point it will be immersed totally, escape the fate of being shipped off to the phone box graveyard, and be rediscovered by archaeologists in a few centuries’ time…

Blue skies, but still inside

Just a short run this morning…

…and then the same kind of cross-training that I did yesterday. It’s nice to be getting some non-running exercise in this week.

Speaking of non-running exercise, I still haven’t been for any of the walks that I planned to do when the exercise restrictions were relaxed last week. It’s really nice weather out there, and I know it’d be an enjoyable thing to do, but I’ve just been too busy. Things are taking longer than they should during the day because I feel sluggish and distracted by various situational stresses, and then in the evening I’m burnt out and just want to play videogames (and to be honest I’ve not even had the energy for that the last couple of nights).

In short, it’d be nice to get a walk in, but I’m not sure when I’ll manage it, because other things take priority.

A different kind of run tomorrow, and hopefully also some writing.

RingFit Adventure
I’ve been enjoying RingFit Adventure the last couple of days as a quick bit of cross-training after my shorter runs.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Michael Land – ‘Edward van Helgen’
September 87 – ‘Bad Dream Baby’
Ollie Wride – ‘Back To Life’

Triple cross

Just a short run this morning…

…but then I did also do a level on RingFit Adventure and a YouTube yoga session, so I feel like I’ve got a good amount of exercise in for the day!

Other than that I’ve just been getting on with editing and admin. Back to the writing tomorrow and Thursday.

Exhibition Park
Exhibition Park wasn’t actually foggy during my run yesterday – I think my phone camera lens had just steamed up in my pocket.

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Weeknd – ‘Blinding Lights’
September 87 – ‘Bad Dream Baby’
Ollie Wride – ‘Back To Life’

More miles

I did a long run this morning…

…because I’d woken up too late to do it yesterday. Back to regular long run Sunday this coming weekend I hope!

I had a fairly good weekend, though a bit busier than I would have liked due to things not getting done during the week. I’m going to try extra hard to get everything done properly this week so that I can have a properly chilled weekend again.

Today has just been running and editing, and I expect tomorrow will be similar, if a little less tough on the legs!

Bluebells
Bluebells are to May what cherry-blossom is to April.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Ollie Wride – ‘Back To Life’
Kuana Torres Kahele, James Ford Murphy and Napua Greig-Nakasone – ‘Someone To Lava’
Traditional – ‘Bonnie Ship The Diamond’
Steve Kirk – ‘KSCUM 198.7 FM’

2019 Pizzas #22: Sainsbury’s Classic Crust Veggie Delight

Geth and I have been eating far more oven pizzas than we should during this lockdown. They’re just… easy, on days when I don’t have the mental energy to do some proper cooking. I am trying really hard to do enough running to burn them off again!

One of our go-to pizzas at the moment is the Classic Crust Veggie Delight from Sainsbury’s, which is really substantial. Our local Sainsbury’s started stocking them last autumn, which is when I first tried this one.

Sainsbury's Classic Crust Veggie Delight
Sainsbury’s Classic Crust Veggie Delight.

The toppings are really nice and fresh-tasting. They do, however, have a tendency to fall to one side of the pizza when in the packaging, so the best thing is to give it a bit of a shake before you take the shrink off! I also put occasional extra olives on, although this tends to contribute to the ‘overloaded toppings’ issue you often get with Sainsbury’s pizzas.

The base is deep and fluffy and filling, so you’re certainly not going to feel hungry again any time soon. A great teatime pizza… especially if you’ve got time the next morning to go for a long run and make use of those carbs!

RED day 138

Today’s earworm playlist:

Smokie – ‘Living Next Door To Alice’
Steve Kirk – ‘KSCUM 198.7 FM’
Duran Duran – ‘911 Is A Joke’

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

September 87 – ‘Bad Dream Baby’

parkrun tourism: Windy Nook

Before lockdown happened, I was trying to visit more of the parkruns local to me in the north-east of England, in the hope that I could one day tick them all off the list and achieve parkrun ‘regionnaire’ status! New parkruns spring up a lot in normal circumstances, so it would have taken some time, but it looked like an interesting adventure. I don’t know when that adventure will resume, as I expect that when parkrun does start back up again (2021?), I will be focusing on enjoying my home parkrun (Newcastle Town Moor) and nearest parkrun (Jesmond Dene) instead.

In January, however, I was very much in tourism mood, so one Saturday Geth and I got in the car and drove to Windy Nook parkrun, in Gateshead.

Windy Nook parkrun
Summiting one of the many hills on the Windy Nook parkrun course! Geth and I apparently had similar form on this occasion… (Photos from Windy Nook parkrun Facebook page.)

Windy Nook is a bit of a grim place on a cold winter’s day – iced-over puddles everywhere and scrubby-looking winter trees. The parkrun course is a very tough and traily three-lapper with lots of hills and a series of steps at one point (i.e. at three points due to the laps). As such, neither Geth nor I managed anywhere near our fastest times, although Geth did make it into the top five finishers due to the small field.

Post-parkrun coffee and cake was on offer at the nearby community centre, which was very welcome after a tough run! If I do this parkrun again, it will definitely be in the summer, as I imagine the area looks a bit nicer at the moment.