One step at a time

Some very wet laps today…

…but the runs themselves were fine – legs seem to be behaving themselves at the moment.

Pretty much everything is just one foot in front of the other at the moment, just like running. There are a lot of difficult things going on at the moment, and 2020 is not improving, and it’s a bit tough to think long-term right now because it’s all a bit too overwhelming. I’m used to dreaming about the future a lot, but that’s not really possible in the current circumstances. Just one day at a time, and sometimes one hour.

Tomorrow will be tomorrow. I’m not thinking about it just yet.

First jumper of the season
It was properly cold today for the first time this autumn, so I have officially declared it jumper season.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Neil Diamond – ‘Sweet Caroline’
Dusty Springfield – ‘I Only Wanna Be With You’
Sigala, Ella Eyre, Meghan Trainor and French Montana – ‘Just Got Paid’
Carole King – ‘It Might As Well Rain Until September’
Gunship – ‘Black Blood Red Kiss’
Midnight Oil – ‘Beds Are Burning’

Grey days

Another late-start just-a-mile run today…

…and I’m feeling a bit demotivated and really looking forward to having some certainty about my autumn running plans. Just a few more days.

I’m currently finishing off some admin and then I’ll be spending a few hours coding again. I’m really enjoying keeping my current game projects short and simple, as my games usually get very unwieldy.

Probably some Paper Mario again this evening. It’s a very samey week, but it’s the good kind of samey.

Just me
This is the face of someone who has completely run out of ideas for pictures to post on her blog. I’m okay. It’s a good four months into lockdown and I’m still generally appreciating this unplanned opportunity for a quiet year spent creating things.

Today’s earworm playlist:

ACE+ – ‘Central Factory’
Nina – ‘Automatic Call’
Rod Stewart – ‘Baby Jane’
Heaven 17 – ‘Let Me Go’

The midweek slump

Not the usual midweek run…

…because I’m still not feeling that well. As such, I’ve decided to take it really easy with the running this week and just do short runs, then I’ll see how I feel at the weekend.

I’m still trying not to do too much brain-wise as well, as I’m a bit burnt out after the end of the game jam. However, I find that the creative part of my brain never stops whirring, so I’m constantly scribbling down notes for future games and novels and poems and blog posts, and lying awake thinking about them at night. Playing jam entries and other videogames does help, because it gives me something to concentrate on, so I’m trying to get my daily chores done ASAP at the moment so as to have a bit more gaming time.

I need to do a bit of housework tomorrow as the house badly needs it (lockdown has been bad for this as I find that when we don’t have visitors coming, I don’t prioritise cleaning) and we are going to have an ACTUAL OTHER PERSON IN OUR HOUSE ON FRIDAY OMG. It’s just the boiler technician, but I still won’t let people in the house when it’s not clean, which is why tomorrow is now a cleaning day.

Other than that, I will be trying (and hopefully succeeding) to relax again…

Sonic slippers
Back home in Edinburgh, Mum and Dad are sorting out my brother Malcolm’s old room at the moment, and have managed to unearth his Sonic the Hedgehog slippers from the ’90s. They’re still in fairly good nick and it sounds like Mum has adopted them.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – ‘Violence Of Summer (Love’s Taking Over)’
Duran Duran – ‘First Impression’

A quiet Monday

A faster mile today…

…and since then I’ve spent the rest of the day quietly getting on with my to-do list. Geth and I didn’t have the greatest weekend health-wise – the awful, awful world situation is taking a bit of a toll, and we’ve both been struggling to get as much exercise in as planned and to eat healthily. Today feels a bit more manageable in those respects.

There’s quite a lot on my list this week, but at the moment it’s just taking one day at a time.

Fence rainbow
I like this painted half-rainbow that I run past most days.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – ‘The Edge Of America’
Wham! – ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’
Wham! – ‘Club Tropicana’
Rihanna and Jay-Z – ‘Umbrella’
Culture Beat – ‘Mr Vain’

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’

Forwards

One more mile today…

…which I felt was quite an achievement, given that I really didn’t want to go out this morning. That’s what the run every day streak is for – if it weren’t for that motivation, I doubt I’d have run much at all during this lockdown!

I’m feeling happier today than the last couple of days, and I’ve got some really fun projects to work on over the weekend. I’ll be doing run vlogs and review posts as usual tomorrow and Sunday, and will be back on Monday for a diary update.

Wii home screen
Every so often I turn all the old consoles on to check that they still work (and this time round, it’s also to collate all my game collections as I’m currently building a Backloggery list to help me see what I have). The Wii is working very nicely – its controllers less so! We’re going to have to give them some TLC.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Yoko Shimomura – ‘Colony 9’
Justin Bieber – ‘Sorry’
Katy Perry – ‘I Kissed A Girl’
Traditional – ‘The Blaydon Races’
Madonna – ‘True Blue’
Martika – ‘Toy Soldiers’
Duran Duran – ‘Ordinary World’

Start again

Another day, another mile…

…because I was busy today. Nearly done now though!

Mentally it’s not been a great day, but the best thing is to move on to tomorrow.

Videogames
I finished Bravely Default last night. Then I played through and completed the new Thimbleweed Park mini-sequel, and then I finished 198X, which I’d started playing last August and not got round to completing until now. What game shall I play next? Probably not a Wii game… but anything’s possible.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Revo – ‘Sylvan Tranquillity’
Timecop1983 and Primo – ‘My DeLorean’
‘Korobeiniki’ (the Tetris theme music – Tetris 99 version)
Revo – ‘The Land Of Immortality’

Still not firing on all cylinders

Just another mile today…

…as I woke up with a slightly sore shoulder (I had planned to do closer to two miles today but decided to keep it short and gentle again).

I’m still not sleeping well, and I don’t feel productive at all this week – I’m a bit slow to get going with everything. Still, I’m managing to get a bit of work on my current writing project done every day, which is great.

Despite the uncertainty about absolutely everything at the moment, I am 100% certain that two things will be the case by the end of 2020:

  1. I will have made a significant dent in my videogame backlog. There’s no way I’ll have cleared it completely, but there will at least be light at the end of the tunnel…
  2. I will own enough leggings to last me for the rest of my life, and yet I will still want more. So many shiny patterns!

Everyone needs a hobby, or twenty in my case. Especially at the moment.

Videogaming tonight, running in the morning, writing during the day, rinse and repeat.

Computers, 1980
I’m running out of pictures that I can take during lockdown, as my world is obviously a bit samey right now. As such, I’ve been going through the family archives for old computer pictures. I love this one from 1980.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Billy Idol – ‘Rebel Yell’
Revo – ‘Ship Upon The Open Skies’
Thought Beings – ‘Shakedown’

A slow day

Back to my mile route today…

…and my legs were pretty thankful for a short recovery run after the last few days!

I’ve been finding it really difficult to concentrate today. I slept very badly last night because I can’t stop worrying about everything that’s going on, and there are various COVID-related stresses that are really starting to get to me. I find myself kind of wishing the next two months away, simply because (I would hope) there will be a bit more certainty by then in terms of some of the things I’m concerned about.

In the meantime, I’ve just been trying to get on with my routine as best I can. I’ve planned out my next competition writing project, which I’ll be working on over the next few weeks, and I’m trying to keep on top of my admin and housework (not always successfully, but it’s nice when it happens).

Videogames have been my absolute salvation in all of this. They’re the only thing that allows me to relax properly at the moment – I drift off in my own thoughts if I’m just passively watching a film or TV show, and even sometimes when I’m reading. Writing, meanwhile, though it’s my passion, is tiring and requires brainspace, so I try and keep it for the ‘work’ hours of the day. Videogaming is just brain-engaging enough that I can lose myself in it without feeling like it’s tiring me out – it strikes the perfect balance.

I’m hoping to feel better tomorrow. The exercise restrictions are being lifted slightly, so though I’m still being cautious about going outside, I have an afternoon walk planned in addition to my morning run. It’ll be nice to get a bit of extra fresh air.

Trees
Now that it’s May, the blossom has disappeared from our front garden trees along with all the others. As such, it was a good time to have them professionally trimmed back! Our tree worker came and did them today, and they look a lot tidier now.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Revo – ‘The Land Of Beginnings’
Bucks Fizz – ‘Making Your Mind Up’