Happy Easter!

Just a mile today…

…because I had chocolate eggs waiting for me for breakfast!

I’m having a very relaxed Easter Sunday. I released the final version of Goblin Decathlon (with added graphics) this morning, and am looking forward to moving onto my next game. Today, though, is all about chilling out – Geth is starting a new playthrough of the original version of Final Fantasy VII, as we won’t be getting the new remake until we decide on a next-generation console. I’m looking forward to having the FFVII music in the room – it’s probably one of my favourite game atmospheres of all time.

Wishing you all a peaceful day.

Easter chocolate
This little lot should keep us going for a while!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Takeru Kanazaki – ‘Life at Garreg Mach Monastery’
Tones & I – ‘Dance Monkey’

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’

Building up

Nine miles on the long run this morning – felt really good and steady. Going a bit further every week! The energy gel I had at about six miles in tasted pretty rank, but it seemed to do the job as I wasn’t flagging towards the end of the run like I sometimes am.

Have spent the afternoon resting (well, apart from the half hour I spent doing a preliminary sort-out of the garage) and getting on with some admin. Back to work (and a much shorter run that may turn out to be a walk/run if my legs are as sore as they were last Monday) tomorrow.

Maltesers
Not an OOTD: these are my treat at the moment on days when I have enough syns left.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Hiroki Morishita – ‘Duty’
Nena – ’99 Red Balloons’
Vangelis – ‘Chariots Of Fire’
Blur – ‘Parklife’

Mental time travel

I’ve spent the day happily esconsced in my writing again. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I’m considering just pulling a ‘weigh and go’ at Slimming World tomorrow so that I can get home earlier and squeeze an extra bit of writing in. I do have day job work to do tomorrow as well, so we’ll see.

My characters are currently in 1979, so I’m constantly having to break off from writing and Google stuff like ‘when did SCART connectors become standard on TVs?’ and ‘did Quality Street tins have cellophane seals around the lid in the ’70s?’ An answer to the latter question is currently eluding me. I have watched this 1978 Woolworths Christmas advert many times today, trying to work out from the shot of the Quality Street tin (at 1:00 in the video) whether it has a cellophane seal or not:

I can’t be accused of not doing my research.

Looking forward to finishing up for Easter tomorrow.

OOTD 17th April 2019
OOTD: liking the floral ’80s dresses as we approach Easter weekend. Dress Fink Modell (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt unknown brand (vintage 1980s, thrifted from Mum 2019), tights Primark (2017), shoes Carvela (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Union Of The Snake
Duran Duran – Burning The Ground
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Ta Mara & The Seen – Affection
Bowling For Soup – 1985
Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy – Kiss Me
Duran Duran – Secret Oktober
Cheryl – Fight For This Love
Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up

Christmas 2018 Chocolate Box: Cadbury’s Roses

Geth’s mum Anne got me a pack of Cadbury’s Roses this year.  They were ostensibly for my birthday (which is tomorrow), but Geth and I ate them over Christmas, ’cause you don’t want to be still eating that stuff into January.

Here’s what I thought of each one:

Hazel in Caramel

I’m not really a big hazelnut fan, and I prefer chewy caramel to runny caramel, so I could probably do without this one.  Three out of five.

Hazel Whirl

See above re. the hazelnuts, though I marginally prefer the solid chocolate casing to the caramel.  Three out of five.

Caramel Bite

Two different types of chewy caramel in this one – lovely texture.  Bonus Geth review: he says it’s not his thing, which means all the more for me next time we have a box of Roses.  Four out of five.

Golden Barrel

It’s runny caramel, so not my favourite, but still very tasty.  Bonus Geth review: again, this one’s not his thing, so I’ll be eating these ones in future.  Four out of five.

Strawberry Dream

My least favourite, ’cause I’m really not keen on fruit cream chocolates.  Bonus Geth review: he thinks it’s lovely and sweet and tangy.  They can all go to him in future.  One out of five.

Signature Truffle

Absolutely divine-tasting – but if you eat it after scoffing about ten others, it tastes a bit too rich!  Best to be enjoyed on its own.  Bonus Geth review: he says it’s nice but not as nice as the Strawberry Dream.  Five out of five.

Coffee Escape

This one’s all right but a bit too sharp for me.  Two out of five.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chunk

A bit uninspiring for me, ’cause I’m not the hugest fan of plain Dairy Milk.  Bonus Geth review: he absolutely loves this one, as it’s thick chunky milk chocolate.  Another one that he can have in future.  Three out of five.

Tangy Orange Creme

Again, I’m not keen on fruit cream chocolates, though it’s a little tastier than the Strawberry Dream.  One out of five.

Country Fudge

Delicious chewy fudge – just the right texture.  Five out of five.

Caramel

Smooth chewy caramel – again, this is just the right texture, and probably my favourite flavour in the box!  Five out of five.

And to round up, this year’s best slightly grumpy celebrity tweet on the subject from T’Pau’s Carol Decker:

Cadbury's Roses
The wrappers just aren’t what they used to be.

Easter!

Happy Easter!  I’ve had a great day, and am now in possession of so much chocolate that I’ll be eating it for weeks (got to eke out those Syns carefully).  I’ve also had some lovely ciders this weekend, so there’ll be a couple more cider posts in the next couple of days!