Back to the Thursday routine

Really good recovery mile run this morning followed by a good loss on the scales at Slimming World. Still some way to go to get back into target range, but I just have to keep putting the same effort in every week until it happens. Thankfully marathon training and daily running is really helping with this, as it means I’m in the habit of logging everything relating to diet and exercise.

Have spent the afternoon doing day job work – I’ve been lucky in that business has really picked up this month. I’ll be getting up early tomorrow to finish all of this week’s work before next week’s scheduled projects arrive.

Now to finish today’s admin ASAP so that I can get a few hours of videogaming in!

Geth, having finished marking
Not an OOTD: Geth has finished marking all the first year essays and is very happy about it!

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Wanted – ‘Glad You Came’
Stormzy – ‘Crown’
Blur – ‘Parklife’
Lesley Gore – ‘It’s My Party’
Duran Duran – ‘Pressure Off’
The Midnight – ‘Shadows In The City’
Vera van Heeringen – ‘Riverside House’

Running over the hump day

I had a REALLY good run this morning. Midweek middling distance, which is four miles at the moment, and I felt I was able to get a bit of speed up in the second half. Lovely mild morning for it too – really hoping we don’t revert to ice and snow during February and March.

It’s weigh-in eve so I’m making slow cooker curry (with neeps rather than tatties as Geth and I tend towards SP (low carb) meals on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). The house smells lovely as a result!

Slightly sleepy after my run, so while I am looking forward to ukulele class tonight, I’m also looking forward to getting home afterwards and curling up with some YouTube and videogames.

Slow cooker curry
Not an OOTD: curry in the early stages of slow cooking. I promise you it smells better than it looks 😀

Today’s earworm playlist:

Revo – ‘Ship Upon The Open Skies’
Russ Abbot – ‘Atmosphere’
Lady Gaga – ‘Always Remember Us This Way’

Long run day

After having to shuffle runs about last weekend, today was my first proper Sunday long run of this marathon training season. It looked icy when Geth and I woke up this morning, but I couldn’t face trying to do seven miles on the treadmill, so I went out with the aim of treading carefully. As it happened, the roads were absolutely fine, and I had a really good steady run.

I’ve been a bit sleepy since then (body is still getting used to marathon training) so I’ve not really done much this afternoon! Looking forward to a bit of videogame time this evening again though.

Back to work tomorrow.

Wallet and diary
Not an OOTD: I also really need to get my new diary and wallet (both Christmas gifts) organised this week. I’ll feel a lot better once I have some more of my lists in order.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Hiroki Morishita – ‘Duty’
Koichi Sugiyama – ‘Unflinchable Courage’
The Boomtown Rats – ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’
The Wanted – ‘Walks Like Rihanna’
Duran Duran – ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’

Green space exploration

Geth and I went parkrun touristing this morning to Windy Nook parkrun in Gateshead. I’ll do a post about it when I catch up with my review posts over the next few weeks! I love parkrun touristing – it means I discover parks and other green spaces that I’d never have known about otherwise.

Have done some preliminary house-stuff-sorting-out this afternoon as I was inspired to tidy up our race medal collections. I’m hoping to be able to sort out a display for them soon.

Back to my videogames this evening!

parkrun barcode pack
Not an OOTD: my wee pack of parkrun barcode key fobs arrived today after Geth ordered them a few days ago. This was the second most exciting thing in the post today after the full set of Duran Duran Funko Pops that I tweeted about earlier!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Blur – ‘Parklife’
Gesaffelstein and The Weeknd – ‘Lost In The Fire’
James Taylor – ‘Wichita Lineman’
Taylor Dayne – ‘Tell It To My Heart’

Avoiding the elements

I said last week after a slightly frustrating treadmill run that I would only use the treadmill on days when it’s too icy to go out, because running on the treadmill feels much faster and harder than doing the same pace on the roads, and that sort of goes against the ethos of the gentle ambling mile that I’m trying to do four days a week so that I don’t overexert myself. I expected I wouldn’t need to drag it out of the cupboard too often, as we seemed to be having a mild spell… but lo and behold, January weather has returned with a vengeance, and so out came the treadmill again this morning. Hopefully I’ll be back out on the roads tomorrow.

In addition to being icy, it’s been stormy and wet today, so I’m very glad that I’ve just been doing day job work in the house most of the day. Geth is out boardgaming, so I’ll be on my 3DS (and possibly my gaming PC later) this evening.

Not an OOTD: just been staying in with this cheerful sight instead of going out in the cold 🙂

Today’s earworm playlist:

Spice Girls – ‘Too Much’
Tomohito Nishiura – ‘Carnival Night’
Lightwood Games – ‘Link-A-Pix Theme’
Judy Garland and Lucille Bremer – ‘Meet Me In St Louis’
Tom Clelland – ‘The Present’
David Bowie – ‘Space Odyssey’

Many worlds

A nice quiet Sunday today – a run followed by an afternoon/evening of videogaming. Back to work tomorrow!

Red phone box
Not an OOTD: happiness is finding a red phone box in a videogame 😀 Mass Effect 3 is probably the best game for such things, but today I found this one in Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Lightwood Games – ‘Link-A-Pix Theme’
Tomohito Nishiura – ‘Searching For Clues’

All the miles

I ended up doing eight miles this morning between running to parkrun, running parkrun, and running back. It was fairly tiring (haven’t done more than four or five miles in a day since the Great North Run in September), but it felt a lot easier than long runs usually do, seeing as it was broken up by parkrun. I wouldn’t do it every week, but it’s worth remembering if I’ve got a difficult long run coming up.

It’s just been a nice chilled day otherwise. Looking forward to some more videogaming time this evening and tomorrow!

Smashrun 'Solid Month' badge
Not an OOTD: I’m picking up Smashrun badges at a rate of knots at the moment, and today’s addition was the ‘Solid Month’ badge (30 miles in a calendar month). Not bad given that it’s only the 11th!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Lightwood Games – ‘Link-A-Pix Theme’
The Midnight – ‘America 2’
Thought Beings – ‘Echelon’
The Jackson 5 – ‘ABC’
Sidney Samson and Wizard Sleeve – ‘Riverside (Let’s Go)’

A promising week

A good productive Friday to top off a good productive week. Hope this is a promising sign for the rest of 2020!

After getting some urgent work done for a client, I did my run on the treadmill this morning as it was icy outside. I then headed into town to get all the banking errands done that I hadn’t been able to do earlier in the week. Everything was open and went to plan today! I also nipped into GAME in central Newcastle to see if I could get any hits on my 3DS. No such luck – it’s getting harder and harder as people move across to the Switch. I’ll see if I can get into town on a Saturday sometime when it’s busier.

I spent the rest of the afternoon getting work email and admin done. A bit of videogaming this evening before an early night ready for parkrun – I’ve shifted my training plan around and will be incorporating parkrun into my weekend long run tomorrow due to the Metro not running. Shorter tempo run now scheduled for Sunday – which means I have more hours in the day for my Sunday videogaming session!

Steam voucher
Not an OOTD: I also have this little card of goodness (a birthday pressie from Malcolm and Steff) that I’ll be adding to my Steam wallet and buying some PC games soon!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Tomohito Nishiura – ‘Carnival Night’

At a crossroads

I’m having a bit of a career crisis at the moment.

My life plan for the last decade or so has been: work as a freelance editor while patiently waiting for the magical moment when someone will agree to publish a book I’ve written, and after that moment arrives, gradually build up a writing career to the point where I don’t need to do the editing work anymore.

It’s not exactly a detailed plan, and it has never really taken into account (a) what happens if that magical moment takes a lot longer to arrive than anticipated (or never arrives at all), (b) what I’m going to do if editing technology gets good enough that human editors are no longer required, or (c) the fact that it is depressing, frustrating and mental-health-toll-taking that I simply don’t make enough money from editing to cover my living costs and am dependent on Geth for a lot of them.

I’ve been feeling for a few years now as though I’ve backed myself into a corner in terms of my career. I’ve reluctantly come to the conclusion that I need to retrain.

I’m looking at a few options, but it’s still very early days and I need to do a lot of research. By the end of the year, however, I’m hoping to be on a new trajectory.

Anyway, to today. I went for a run, then found I’d lost 3lbs at Slimming World, which is the first chunk of Christmas weight off. A few more solid weeks on plan and I should have got rid of it.

I intended to run some banking errands in town, but I’ve had a bit of bad luck over the last couple of days with banks being shut and services not being available, so I’ll have to find some time to do it tomorrow instead. As such, I came straight home from group and got some admin done in the afternoon. Squeezing in a quick bit of videogaming tonight to try and de-stress.

Lots more day job work to do tomorrow. Looking forward to the weekend already!

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
Not an OOTD: I’ve finally got to the last 3DS Layton game in my backlog. Will probably end up getting the new one on the Switch – I love these games!

Today’s earworm playlist:

FM-84 and Ollie Wride – ‘Never Stop’
The Beatles – ‘Drive My Car’
Bill Withers – ‘Lean On Me’
Kate Bush – ‘Them Heavy People’


Geth has been working from home today, so we’ve got back into our home workplace groove, with lots of synthwave in the background but no other distractions. I did my first midweek run of the marathon training plan this morning, and then spent the afternoon editing for a client. I’m off to ukulele class this evening!

When I get back I’ll be finishing off my nails (had to take off my New Year polish and cut them short this afternoon so that they don’t get in the way of ukulele-playing), chilling out with some videogames, and hoping that four days back on plan has been enough for an okay-ish result at Slimming World weigh-in tomorrow morning.

Nail varnish
Not quite an OOTD: nail colours ready to be put on later tonight.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Harry Styles – ‘Lights Up’
Monty Python – ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’
Spice Girls – ‘Spice Up Your Life’