An active bank holiday

A recovery mile this morning…

…but given that today I also did a RingFit Adventure level, a YouTube yoga session, and a long bank holiday walk, I feel I’ve been quite active, really!

I also spent a couple of hours enjoying the sunshine in the back garden, keeping Geth company while he was doing his tree-hacking. The trees are growing quite quickly at the moment, but Geth is doing a good job of keeping them trimmed back. The grass in both gardens is a bit parched, though, so we need to get a sprinkler attachment for the hose next time I take the car for a spin to B&Q!

After all of that, I’ve not had time for much else today. Will get back to the coding tomorrow.

Plant in garden
I know very little about plants and so I’ve no idea what this thing is called, but the flowers on it are very pretty.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Alvin & The Chipmunks – ‘We’re The Chipmunks’
Henry Mancini – ‘The Pink Panther Theme’
Ollie Wride – ‘Back To Life’
Tyler Lyle – ‘Lost And Found’ [The Midnight Remix]
RingFit Adventure – ‘Warmup Theme’
Sesame Street – ‘Sesame Street Theme’
Duran Duran – ‘White Lines’

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Michael Land – ‘Monkey Island Main Theme’

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’

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’

A bit of a synth day

Just a mile again today…

…as I wanted a relaxed bank holiday Friday after a busy week. Longer runs planned for tomorrow and Sunday.

There are a few synthwave livestreams to which I’m looking forward tonight, so I’ve spent the afternoon with my favourite synthwave playlist on in the background in order to get in the mood. Watching and listening to DJ livestreams from my sofa is the kind of clubbing I appreciate in my older sober hermit days! It’s a beautiful day, so Geth has gone out for a walk to Sainsburys to get us some more liquid supplies (that bottle of alcohol-free fizzy went down a treat last night, so I’m looking forward to having another one).

The lovely weather has also meant that Geth has been able to go out and do his regular garden maintenance. I have meanwhile spread out the new gravel to try and cover the exposed areas of the webbing in the back garden. It seems we could do with another couple of bags, so I reckon a return trip to B&Q is in our near future.

I’ll be doing my usual review posts and running vlogs over the weekend, so the next life update will be Monday. I’m fairly sure nothing out of the ordinary will have happened by then, but you never know 🙂

Running gear
I have found this year that running every day has required a lot of new running gear due to (a) the laundry turnover and (b) the fact that things wear out a lot quicker!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Peter Cetera – ‘Glory Of Love’
Nobuo Uematsu – ‘Zanarkand’
Vera Lynn – ‘We’ll Meet Again’
Sesame Street – ‘Sesame Street Theme’

Bank holiday time!

Another quick (well, slow) mile this morning…

…because I had a lot of things to get done today so that I would be able to relax properly over the bank holiday weekend! I finished my editing, and also got a piece of writing finished for a competition (the submission deadline was today, so I was cutting it a bit fine – I wish I’d had more time to work on it, but this week ended up being a bit mental!).

Geth and I have celebrated the arrival of the bank holiday with pizza (weigh-in went fine this morning, so we’re allowed) and special drinks (beer for him, alcohol-free fizzy for me). It feels strange having a bank holiday on a Friday when it’s not Easter – I think the last time was the Royal Wedding in 2011! The fact that it’s the 75th anniversary of VE Day feels a bit odd too, as I remember the 50th anniversary in 1995 and the WWII school project we were doing at the time. Difficult to believe that a whole third of the total time since the war itself has gone by since then.

It’s meant to be lovely weather tomorrow (it certainly was today), but other than helping Geth with the gravel in the garden, I think I will probably be inside with my videogames as usual!

Nosecco
A bottle of alcohol-free fizzy to celebrate the bank holiday! Excuse the blurry photo – my phone camera was more interested in the Xbox next-gen showcase on TV for some reason (no idea why, it was dreadful!).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Revo – ‘A Crystal’s Sparkle’
Revo – ‘The Land Of Beginnings’
Vera Lynn – ‘We’ll Meet Again’
Tinchy Stryder and N-Dubz – ‘Number 1’

Chilly sunshine

Another mile today….

…because I’m still busy. Hoping for a longer run sometime over the weekend.

It’s been another day of editing and writing, and it’ll be the same again tomorrow! It’s also been lovely and sunny, but quite cold, and so Geth has put the heating back on. Fingers crossed the summer arrives soon.

One more push tomorrow to get all my stuff done before the bank holiday on Friday.

Slow cooker
What’s in the slow cooker for tonight? (Spoiler: it’s curry. It’s always curry on Wednesday, because it makes for a nice light meal before Thursday morning weigh-in.)

Today’s earworm playlist:

Revo – ‘He Of The Name’
Midnight Oil – ‘Beds Are Burning’
Duran Duran – ‘New Religion’
Gerry & The Pacemakers – ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’
Little Mix – ‘Salute’
The Offspring – ‘Have You Ever’

parkrun tourism: Oriam

I’m a bit behind with my parkrun tourism blogs, but seeing as we won’t be parkrunning again any time soon due to the coronavirus lockdown, it’s a good time for me to catch up with them!

Oriam parkrun
I love those pop-up signs and am always really disappointed if I’m visiting a parkrun and they don’t have one out! Geth had to ask the volunteers to put this one out again specially for the photo as they’d already packed it away by the time I finished. Sorry, volunteers, but one’s 100th parkrun only happens once!

On the 28th of December, while visiting Edinburgh for the Christmas period, Geth and I got in the car and drove to the new local parkrun at the Heriot-Watt University campus in Riccarton. The parkrun takes place in the woodland trail behind the Oriam sports facility (hence the name), which is a much nicer setting than I’d originally assumed – I’d thought we’d be doing laps of a football pitch or something!

Oriam parkrun was only a few weeks old when we attended, and the Scottish winter weather had resulted in a lot of mud. Like, a LOT of mud. More mud than I had ever seen on a parkrun course, by quite a considerable margin. The trail is not at all flat, either, so you’re basically staggering uphill through a quagmire at various points. Not one for your PB. (Apparently the mud was more manageable by the end of the winter – whether this was due to weather or land management I’m not sure – but I still don’t see this ever being a fast course!)

It also happened to be my 100th parkrun. I had hoped to do my 100th at home, either at Newcastle or Jesmond Dene, but a really nasty cold took me out of the game for most of December and so the date for my 100th ended up coinciding with my Christmas visit to my hometown. (I could have done it on Christmas Day… but I’ve never yet made a Christmas Day parkrun, as Christmas morning with the family is fairly sacrosanct, and 2019 was no exception!)

As such, while it was too busy and disorganised a time of year to organise any real celebration, I did wear my red 50 shirt for the very last time, and after the parkrun, Geth and I drove back to Mum and Dad’s and ate lots of the cake that we already had in due to it being Christmas. You can’t have a parkrun milestone without cake!

I will return to Oriam at some point… but it will almost certainly be in the summer!

Geth has been working in the garden again…

…and it looks very nice at the moment!

Garden
Garden

The one thing I want to do once we can buy non-essentials again is get some more gravel – the gravel that is already there has moved about a bit over the winter and so parts of the webbing are exposed.

On the whole, though, it’s a lovely spot to sit out now that it’s getting warm.

Practice makes perfect… maybe?

I did my supermarket run this morning…

…and was really glad that it’s still warm and sunny out there, even if I can’t spend much time outside at the moment – running has been really pleasant over the last few days.

I’ve spent most of today creating graphics for my various adventure game projects. Graphics are not my forte AT ALL – I’ve never been much of an artist – but I dream of having beautiful pictures to go with my games, so I have to keep practising. I’ll get vaguely okay at it eventually…right?

Looking forward to a bit more videogaming tonight.

Red phone box on Tikiboo tights
I noticed after wearing them for my run today that my new Tikiboo capris have red phone boxes as part of the design! I love them even more now 🙂

Today’s earworm playlist:

Kuana Torres Kahele, James Ford Murphy and Napua Greig-Nakasone – ‘Someone To Lava’
Depeche Mode – ‘Everything Counts’
Lady Gaga – ‘Judas’
Fleetwood Mac – ‘The Chain’
Jason Donovan – ‘Sealed With A Kiss’

Sunny days

I really enjoyed my run this morning…

…because it’s an absolutely gorgeous day out there. Geth has been working hard in the garden today, making it look pretty, so hopefully we’ll have many more nice days to sit out back… seeing as our outdoor activities will remain limited for some time!

I’m now looking forward to spending the rest of the day working on my text adventure (with occasional yoga and videogaming interludes) before getting back to the day job tomorrow. Every day is pretty much the same at the moment, but keeping some semblance of a weekend structure is really helping.

Blue sky
Blue sky during my run this morning!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Rei Kondoh – ‘Destiny’
The Ronettes – ‘Chapel Of Love’
Tyler Lyle – ‘Lost And Found [The Midnight Remix]’
Bill Withers – ‘Lean On Me’