Saturday ’80s Photo: One Car Among Many #1

There are, I find, two types of ’80s cars in my world. One is the type you see in American cop shows of the era and now beloved by synthwave fans: big, ostentatious sports cars made by Lamborghini and the like (the Countach is still my dream ‘silly 1980s car’, though I know if I actually had one I would never be able to park it anywhere). The other is the kind of car that actually existed on the streets of ’80s Britain – the type that litters the photos of our family archive. These cars often look a bit tired and rubbish, but they’re what most people drove.

What’s more, I find them a bit more interesting than the cars they drove in Miami Vice!

Here’s Mum in 1984, pregnant with me, taking a photo and standing next to a Morris Ital.

My mum and a Morris Ital, 1984
You don’t see that ‘greige’ colour for cars any more!

The Morris Ital is now one of the rarest cars on UK roads; according to the Telegraph there were only 11 left in 2018 (warning: paywall).

Possibly another ’80s car photo next week! Unless I get around to photographing more artefacts around my house again.

Batteries gone flat

I managed a run and a drive to the post office to post presents and cards today… but that was about it! From about mid-afternoon I just didn’t have any mental or physical energy left, which I think is the last few weeks catching up with me. I’m going to have a really quiet evening with music and TV and hope that I’ll be back to normal tomorrow.

A couple of (very slightly!) longer runs planned for the weekend, but other than that I’ll just be working on my game. I hope!

Back for an update again on Monday.

Christmas jumper
Last year’s Christmas jumper, which will be back in the rotation soon.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – ‘Girls On Film’

Well done car

Fitted in a run back from the garage today…

…as it was MOT day for the car. The garage gave it a really good once-over and a bit of a wash, so it’s looking very shiny again!

Today was centred around my dropoff and pickup trips to the garage so I’ve not managed to get much else done. Tomorrow should be a bit more productive.

Classy Hallowe'en decorations
The hearth is full of candles and pumpkin-shaped objects… but not together yet and at the moment it looks a bit too classy for Hallowe’en! I’ll be decorating these polystyrene pumpkins tomorrow (and also procuring some real veg to carve).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett – ‘The Monster Mash’

Very nearly settled in for Hallowe’en

Four fairly tiring miles today…

…and then I spent the afternoon doing housework and making sure I’ve got everything I need for the car’s MOT tomorrow. It’s a more complicated process at the moment because of things needing to be COVID-secure and so I’ve had to check in online and do various other stuff, but hopefully the dropoff itself should be fairly straightforward.

I’m really looking forward to getting everything finished for the week so I can settle in for Hallowe’en weekend. I’m still enjoying my seasonal TV shows and have got a few more decorations to make before Saturday. I’m also looking at some recipes in the hope that I can start using up all the pumpkin and turnip that’s been in the freezer for some time!

Tomorrow’s a bit out of routine because of the MOT, but I should still manage to get quite a lot of stuff done.

Treehouse of Horror
I’m still enjoying my Treehouse of Horror marathon, which will take all week. Having access to the episodes on Disney Plus is much easier than fiddling with the DVDs (and the collection is a lot more up-to-date!).

Today’s earworm playlist:

WG Snuffy Walden – ‘The West Wing (Main Theme)’
Harry Dacre – ‘Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)’
Liam Payne and J Balvin – ‘Familiar’
Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett – ‘The Monster Mash’
Michael Jackson – ‘Thriller’
Rockwell – ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’

Another Tuesday

I did my interval session somewhere different this morning…

…which was nice. Geth and I seem to have timed our runs well as since lunchtime it’s been raining and grey – one of those days where you need the lights on all day long.

I don’t mind it being typical autumn weather in the afternoons and evenings as it’s the time of year when I like to curl up and watch TV, and in the current situation that’s all we can do anyway. I do mind in the mornings, because I’m really having to psyche myself up to go out for my runs in the cold and wet. It’s always fine once I get out there, but when I first wake up, getting out of my nice warm bed to go running is the last thing I want to do, especially on a Tuesday when I need to do a tough interval session.

I always get out and do it eventually though. That’s the beauty of the run streak – I need to go out for at least a mile to maintain the streak, so I might as well go and do the run I’ve got scheduled.

I had a bit of day job work to get on with this afternoon, and am now finishing off my admin so that I can watch some Hallowe’en TV this evening. I started my annual Simpsons ‘Treehouse Of Horror’ marathon yesterday, and have also been recording all the Hallowe’en shows on Food Network. These days, for me, Hallowe’en is always about staying in and enjoying the atmosphere, so it feels like it’s the one celebration that the pandemic can’t affect this year.

I’m still sleeping later than I’d like, partly because I’m tossing and turning and worrying about world things late at night. Hopefully I’ll manage to get my run done fairly quickly tomorrow, as there’s a few things I want to check before taking the car for its MOT on Thursday.

Maisie meets her match, 1984
I loved this book as a child. It describes an ’80s Hallowe’en in Morningside, Edinburgh, and thus perfectly captures my childhood Hallowe’ens – all the Scottish traditions and customs. I wonder if it perhaps isn’t sold or has been changed these days, as Maisie’s ‘Red Indian Chief’ costume would be considered culturally insensitive now.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Liam Payne and J Balvin – ‘Familiar’
Bananarama – ‘Really Saying Something’
Wham! – ‘Club Tropicana’
Prince – ‘1999’
Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett – ‘The Monster Mash’
Barenaked Ladies – ‘One Week’
The Black Crowes – ‘Hard To Handle’
Pet Shop Boys – ‘On Social Media’

Post-run appetite!

I did a fairly tough interval session this morning…

…and I’ve been ravenous ever since. I need to start organising a more substantial lunch for Tuesdays! Geth and I are trying to shift the lockdown weight at the moment but I need to balance that with fuelling for runs as well.

I’ve just been getting on with work and household admin this afternoon. Accounts done, diary done, car MOT booked for next week. It’s a bit dull but a lighter work week gives me the opportunity to get stuff like that out of the way. Hoping to have a bit more time for writing towards the end of the week as well.

Looking forward to a quiet evening with TV and/or YouTube videos. I could do with switching my brain off for a bit.

Fireworks leggings
These fireworks leggings are my favourites for running at the moment. I’ll need to make sure they’re clean for Bonfire Night in a few weeks’ time 🙂

Today’s earworm playlist:

Benny Goodman – ‘Sing Sing Sing (With A Swing)’
Cast of Moulin Rouge! – ‘El Tango De Roxanne’
Sacre – ‘The London Marathon [Theme From The Trap]’

A lighter day… sort of

Just a mile today…

…and then a short walk. It felt like a much lighter day exercise-wise than I’ve been doing recently! As such, I feel like I’ve got a bit of energy to get rid of, but that is best saved for the virtual race on Sunday.

I spent most of today working – I’ve had a lot of day job work this week, which is great and is keeping me from obsessing about the race too much. I also did a quick clean of my car, which I’d been putting off for months. I managed to get some of the glitter off the backseat from last year’s Christmas wrapping paper, but not all – I think it will always be glittery to some extent!

One last day of work tomorrow, and then I’ll be able to enjoy the weekend – last weekend was really busy with work and I haven’t managed to take a day off during the week, so I’m really looking forward to it!

Car bumper sticker
This bumper sticker arrived this week, so other drivers will now be able to… tell what running club I’m in 😀

Today’s earworm playlist:

Vangelis – ‘Chariots Of Fire’

Weekend feels

Just my Friday mile this morning…

…and I wouldn’t have had time to run further even if it had been scheduled, because I woke up really late again. I’m still struggling with my sleep pattern and this week has been especially bad. I’m actually looking forward to the nights properly drawing in as we get into the autumn, as I think it’s the light evenings that are the problem – it’s still not really getting dark until about 10pm here, and so my brain still thinks it’s daytime when I go to bed.

I’ve had a good day otherwise though. I’m enjoying the short game I’m making so much that I’m going to be working on it over the weekend, and then I’ll take Monday as a day for videogaming like I did during this last week. Geth and I are also planning to drive to Asda to do the weekend shop this evening, so we’ll be well stocked up for the next few days.

I was thrilled yesterday to find out that my most recent published game, One Last Thing…, had taken first place in the Adventuron Next Adventure Jam 😀 I worked really hard on the game and I’m so pleased that people enjoyed it. I need to do one more bugfix update, which I’ll release either tonight or tomorrow, and then I should be able to leave it alone for a while as I work on other projects.

Hopefully I’ll be able to regale you all with tales of weekend coding when I return to the blog on Monday! Until then, I’ll just be posting a couple of weekend running vlogs as usual.

Jam result
First out of seven entries is pretty good! Already looking forward to the next jam.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Alison Moyet – ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’
Rebecca Black – ‘Friday’

Bonus hours

A slightly out-of-pattern day today. First of all, I was up at six, which is extremely rare for me – I’m (a) a self-employed person who sets her own hours and (b) not a morning person. However, Geth had an early hospital appointment for a sleep-deprived EEG, meaning he’d had to stay awake all night, and so I was up and about early so that I could drive him to the hospital and back.

This meant that I didn’t go for my run until we got back…

…although the hospital appointment had been so early that I still managed to get out for the run about half an hour earlier than I did yesterday!

I’ve spent the rest of the day doing day job work and a bit of coding for a fun side project game. The plan is for the same again tomorrow… and then the new Paper Mario game will be showing up in the post, which is my weekend sorted 🙂

I’ve also got a hairdresser appointment tomorrow morning, for the first time since Christmas. It’ll all be very masked and sterile, but I’m so looking forward to having my lockdown hair sorted out!

Adventuron blank screen
A blank screen in the Adventuron editor, ready to code. I’ll see a few of these over the next few weeks as I have a lot of short, fun games planned for the rest of the summer.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Jennifer Lopez – ‘Louboutins’
Nobuo Uematsu – ‘Temple Of Chaos’
The Beatles – ‘Drive My Car’
Beach Boys – ‘Sloop John B’

Driving, training, drinking (fake) bubbles

A longer running vlog today…

…not because my run was anything special, but rather because there’s been a bit of news about a couple of the postponed races scheduled for later this year. Edinburgh Marathon Festival has re-postponed from September to its usual May date, and so Geth and I will be deciding whether to apply for an entry refund or roll our entries over to May. I’m leaning towards the latter at the moment as I was really looking forward to doing the Edinburgh half – we just need to organise the diary properly, as late May/early June 2021 is already getting a bit packed with rescheduled events!

The other race news (or non-news, really) from today was that the London Marathon announced that they’ve not made a decision about whether to go ahead in October yet, and will update us again on 28th July. This was a surprise, as I fully expected them to announce a re-postponement to next spring. I have mixed feelings about this development (as I’ve explained in detail in my vlog linked above), and I still think it’s very unlikely that the October date will go ahead, but I think the best way of looking at it is to appreciate the structure that another five weeks of marathon training will give me when it comes to my running.

In non-running news, Geth and I finally got round to collecting some books from his office at the university today (he needs them for working from home, as the university won’t be back working on campus for many months to come). As we were out in the car anyway, we took the opportunity to do a big shop at Asda. It’s so much easier when you don’t have to lug it home by hand 🙂 I found a couple of bottles of my favourite alcohol-free fizzy as well!

I’ve mostly been working on my game otherwise today, though I have been fairly distracted by the London Marathon issue! Looking forward to spending some more time on it tomorrow.

Textbooks
Some of the books we didn’t take home. I took a record of them all so that Geth can remember what’s at the office.

Today’s earworm playlist:

ACE+ – ‘Engage The Enemy’
John Williams, Michael Land, Peter McConnell and Clint Bajakian – ‘Indiana Jones And The Fate Of Atlantis: Opening Theme’
Living In A Box – ‘Living In A Box’