Approaching normality

It’s nice to have ‘normal’ days again now Christmas is over. After my run this morning, I got a chunk of housework done, then a bit of day job work, then a couple of hours videogaming.

It’ll be another fairly busy day tomorrow, not least because ukulele class is starting again! I’m excited to see what songs we’ll be learning this term.

Energy gels
Not an OOTD: Geth has bought these energy gels for us to try out in our long race training. I had one this morning and they’re sickly sickly sweet haha! Going to have another go on my long run on Sunday now that I know I don’t hate the taste.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Koichi Sugiyama – ‘Unflinchable Courage’
Teletubbies – ‘Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh’
Japan – ‘I Second That Emotion’
Sidney Samson and Wizard Sleeve – ‘Riverside (Let’s Go)’
Robbie Williams – ‘Rudolph’
The Carpenters – ‘Close To You’

Back in the box

A busy day today. I went for my short run first thing this morning, then spent a few hours doing some day job work for a client. After that, the rest of the afternoon was taken up with putting away all the Christmas decorations. The house always looks a bit bare when they’re down, but it is giving me some impetus to get a few more pictures up on the walls soon.

Geth and I have sorted out our diaries for 2020 this evening (they’re ridiculously full already, which always seems to happen at the start of the year), and I’m about to have a go on RingFit Adventure, which is an exercise game for the Nintendo Switch.

A slightly quieter day tomorrow I hope!

Retro media players
Not an OOTD: it’s not out the box yet, but my new turntable (a Christmas present from Geth) fits its allotted space very well! Some of the albums are newly bought in the last year, while others are from Mum and Dad’s collection, which I divvied up with Malcolm on Christmas morning. It’s also a cassette player, but I won’t be getting rid of my 1993 Saisho machine (top of picture) – I’m too attached to it.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Koichi Sugiyama – ‘Unflinchable Courage’
Starship – ‘We Built This City’
Bill Conti – ‘Gonna Fly Now’

The last day of Christmas

I’ve mostly spent today unpacking and tidying up the house so that things aren’t in the way when I take down the Christmas decorations tomorrow. I also got some videogaming in, managing to finish the story in Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. Hoping to move onto the next one in the series if I have some spare time over the next week!

I also got a short run in again today. The RED (run every day) streak feels good so far.

Christmas tree and birthday cards
Not an OOTD: birthday cards underneath the Christmas tree, along with the last few presents that haven’t been put away yet. Everything will be in its place by tomorrow evening!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson – ‘I Know Him So Well’
Robbie Williams – ‘Happy Birthday Jesus Christ’

Homeward bound

Geth and I are back in Newcastle after spending eleven days in Edinburgh for Christmas and New Year. It’s been lovely, but it felt like a long time to be away from home, so maybe next year we’ll do two separate trips – it’s not that far to drive.

We did one last Scottish parkrun this morning – back to the main Edinburgh parkrun at Cramond, which was my first ever tourist run on Christmas Eve 2016. It was busier today than I’ve ever seen it, but then I’ve never been there in the first week of January before!

Tomorrow will mostly be spent getting things unpacked, washed and put away. I’ve got one more day left to enjoy the Christmas decorations before I have to take them down on Monday.

parkrun 100 top
Not quite an OOTD: my parkrun 100 top arrived today! Not quite in time for today’s run as I had hoped, but a lot quicker than the seven months it took for my 50 top to arrive. Excited to wear this next Saturday!

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Boomtown Rats – ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’
Koichi Sugiyama – ‘Unflinchable Courage’

Feeling a bit heavy

A bit of a Slimming World saga this evening. The website had advertised the usual Edinburgh group I go to as being on from 4pm to 8pm tonight, so I merrily trotted along, only to find the venue in darkness. I texted the consultant to find out what was going on, and it turned out that the website was wrong (she was very apologetic) and the group was happening in a totally different part of town! I considered driving across to it myself, but as it turned out, Dad was going out anyway to see if he could move his car from one parking area to another and so gave me a lift.

After all that, I don’t even want to say how much weight I’ve piled on over Christmas. At least I’m still going to group and keeping track of it!

Otherwise, I’ve mainly spent today planning out my marathon training for the next four months. All that running will certainly help get the Christmas weight off.

Slimming World 2020 book
Not an OOTD: I did pick up the annual Slimming World New Year motivation book. Just reading it makes me feel a bit healthier!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Tomohito Nishiura – ‘Carnival Night’
Tomohito Nishiura – ‘Puzzles’
Lightwood Games – ‘Block-A-Pix Theme’
Koichi Sugiyama – ‘Unflinchable Courage’

Full century!

I finally did my 100th parkrun this morning! I wasn’t very organised about it and didn’t have a badge or a balloon or anything, but I’m so glad I finally got to do it, and it was a tourist run at Oriam, which… will be a lovely course in the summer (it was a bog today!). I’ll do a proper post about it soon.

It’s Mum and Dad’s annual Christmas music session this afternoon, so I’ll be helping Mum to get the food prepared in the kitchen. Always nice to hear the tunes.

Will be out and about again tomorrow, but after that I’ll be having a quiet couple of days before things get hectic again for New Year.

100th parkrun at Oriam
Sort of an OOTD: it was the last ever outing for my parkrun 50 top! Hoping that the 100 top won’t take too long to reach me…

Today’s earworm playlist:

Sam Fonteyn – ‘Pop Looks Bach (Ski Sunday Theme Tune)’

Game boxes

Boxing Day for me, traditionally, is about playing with my new toys, and this year has been no exception. I’ve put some of my Christmas money into my Nintendo eShop account in order to buy a few shiny new games. I’ve also had some much-appreciated time today to play some of my older ones that have been neglected.

Mum and I are going out for a manicure tomorrow (it’s her belated 70th birthday treat), which will be nice!

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
Not an OOTD: have dug out a couple of Professor Layton games on my 3DS. These will be among the many things keeping me quiet for the next week and a bit 🙂

Today’s earworm playlist:

Traditional – ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’
Tim Minchin – ‘White Wine In The Sun’
The Waitresses – ‘Christmas Wrapping’

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick post for festive greetings today. Have had a lovely day and am excited about having a relaxed Boxing Day tomorrow!

Christmas jumpers
Sort of an OOTD: Geth and I enjoying Christmas Day in our new Christmas jumpers. It’s Geth’s third Star Wars Christmas jumper, whereas my ’80s-style Frankie Goes To Hollywood Katharine Hamnett knockoff homage sweatshirt is the first Christmas jumper I’ve ever had in adulthood!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Harry Connick Jr. – ‘When My Heart Finds Christmas’

Still the night

Everything is ready for Christmas, finally! I am with my family and we have all just eaten a mountain of my sister-in-law Steff’s Christmas Eve lasagne. Driving is done, presents are under the tree, out of office email is on (after finishing one last bit of work for a client this afternoon).

Geth and I also visited Kieran and Lisa and their (very energetic) little girls this evening to exchange Christmas presents. We are now the owners of some extremely comfy cushions that will be going on our upstairs sofa once I’ve got it all tidied up. Sorting out the upstairs of the house is a very important job for 2020 (more on that later this week).

I hope everyone has a peaceful day tomorrow and that it will make all the Christmas rush worthwhile 🙂

Moose or reindeer?
Not an OOTD: nobody’s quite sure if this tealight holder features moose or reindeer. It’s nice either way!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Amy Soonyoung – ‘Christmas Time Is Here’
Ariana Grande – ‘Santa Tell Me’
Robbie Williams – ‘Happy Birthday Jesus Christ’
Traditional – ‘Still The Night’

Last-minute preparations

Geth and I have had a fairly hectic day getting lots of final things sorted before Christmas. We got the car prepped for the Christmas drive, posted a couple of last-minute cards, and braved the supermarket for some supplies. I then spent the afternoon doing a short bit of day job work (hopefully that’s the last thing that will come in!) and baking a pie to share with the family on Christmas Day.

Christmas TV and films watched tonight have included Trev and Simon’s Swing Your Xmas Pants, A Child’s Christmases In Wales, Father Christmas (my childhood favourite) and Santa Claus The Movie (Geth’s childhood favourite). I was meant to be going out to a gig tonight, but I’ve decided to skip it as I’m really tired and I need to drive tomorrow. Anyway, I am enjoying the Christmas films.

Just the Christmas Eve jobs to do and then the celebrations can begin! I’m so looking forward to seeing my family 🙂

Geth at Christmas
Not an OOTD: Geth with his favourite Christmas film plus the Toblerone his mum gave him for Christmas.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Blackbear – ‘Hot Girl Bummer’
Ed Sheeran and Stormzy – ‘Take Me Back To London’
Chris Rea – ‘Driving Home For Christmas’
Slade – ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’
Travis Scott – ‘Highest In The Room’