A proper sofa day

Back to the usual mile (and a bit) route today…

…as I finally felt like I could face it again after Sunday!

Other than my short run, I’ve not been out today. I’ve finally had the opportunity to catch up with a bit of admin this afternoon, and am now spending the evening enjoying some catchup TV athletics from the last few days!

Another nice quiet day tomorrow.

Cat on car
A photo from the end of one of my laps on Sunday. Next door’s cat can sporadically be found dozing on top of my car, perhaps because it’s a warm surface when it’s been sunny.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Avril Lavigne – ‘What The Hell?’
Duran Duran – ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’

Feeling stronger

Another set of multiple miles today…

…and so far it’s feeling really good. It’s not tiring me out or putting too much pressure on my legs, and I’m feeling a lot more confident that I’ll be able to keep going with it every hour on challenge day. I’m giving myself two hours between runs while doing this training this week, and after I’ve had a few days off at the start of next week, I’ll be practising with one hour between runs in order to replicate what I’ll be doing on the day.

In between runs, I’ve been getting on with my day job project and my decor project, which are the two other main things I’ve got going on this week. I’m really looking forward to being able to share the decor project at the weekend, once it’s all up on the wall!

Another near-identical day tomorrow. I’m (genuinely) excited!

Next door's cat
A photo from last week – this is next door’s cat, about ten seconds before he strolled through our front door while we were bringing the shopping in.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Sacre – ‘The London Marathon [Theme From The Trap]’
Queen – ‘Bicycle Race’

An impromptu Monday off

Back to the mile this morning…

…and now for a day off, as I was slightly busier over the weekend and so I made sure to get most of today’s stuff done yesterday in order that I could have a proper day on the sofa playing videogames today. See you tomorrow!

Next door's cat
Another photo from Geth’s lawnmowing session on Friday. Next door’s cat appears to be looking intently at the lawnmower wire here, but in actual fact it’s the patio doors beyond (not pictured), because as ever he’s desperate to get into our house.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Russ Abbot – ‘Atmosphere’
Yoko Shimomura – ‘Colony 9’
The Carpenters – ‘Top Of The World’
Duran Duran – ‘Shadows On Your Side’

There goes the sun

I did one last run in the heat this morning…

…before the sun disappeared this afternoon. Looks like we’ll be having some cooler weather for a while!

I’ve been making a few test minigames in preparation for the next game jam today. I’ll be working on those for the next couple of days just to make sure I know what I’m doing, as there are a few limitations that need to be worked around this time.

At least the sunshine disappearing means that I don’t feel guilty for not being out in it!

Cat at window
The telltale silhouette of next door’s cat, who only just realised today that we’ve had our windows open. Always desperate to get in!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Levellers – ‘Julie’
Michael Land – ‘On The Hill’
Michael Land – ‘The Barbery Coast’

Midway through a busy week

Yet another mile this morning…

…because between writing, editing, admin and housework commitments, the to-do list has been pretty long this week, and so today has been as busy as the last two. I feel as though I’m getting a lot done though, which is great, and I’m still managing to make time for a bit of videogaming at the end of the day.

Today’s minor irritation was an interior door handle that has suddenly become loose and refuses to tighten up again. One more thing to look for when we brave the social distancing queues at B&Q later in the week!

Tomorrow is a ‘less admin, more writing’ day, which I’m looking forward to.

Cat on wheelie bins
This week’s ‘next door’s cat’ photo. Our wheelie bins provide a good vantage point.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Traditional – ‘Morning Has Broken’
Duran Duran – ‘Ball Of Confusion’
Vera Lynn – ‘We’ll Meet Again’
Roxette – ‘Dangerous’
Roy Zimmerman & The ReZisters and Sandy Riccardi – ‘The Liar Tweets Tonight’
Paula Abdul – ‘Straight Up’

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Stan Bush – ‘The Touch’

New routines

Just a mile today…

…because I’m planning to do some slightly longer routes over the weekend. We’ll see how I get on!

I feel like I’ve settled into my new daily routine now – and after nearly four weeks of lockdown, I suppose it’s not really ‘new’ anymore. Today is a lighter day work- and admin-wise, so I’m looking forward to getting on with my videogames from this afternoon onwards.

I also have some tentative new plans for future Sunday blogs. Watch this space.

Cat on decking
‘Pictures of next door’s cat in our garden’ will probably become a regular thing over the course of this lockdown. He’s taken to sneaking in through the front door when I get back from my morning run, so ‘pictures of next door’s cat on our staircase’ may also become a thing if I remember to take them.

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Beatles – ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’
Elbow – ‘One Day Like This’
Cast of The Lion King – ‘Circle Of Life’
Sacre – ‘The London Marathon’
Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Road Trippin”

Finding balance

I went out for an absolutely beautiful run this morning…

…with perfect sunshine, and perfect energy, and so many lovely spring flowers along the way. I’m planning to do a few new and different routes this week and am really excited about my morning runs. They get me out of the house for just long enough every day that I don’t feel trapped or cooped up by the lockdown, and am perfectly content to stay inside for the rest of the time.

In all honesty, other than the general feeling of apocalyptic dread and accompanying nightmares (which I’m guessing is the case for everyone at the moment), I have been lucky enough that the current situation is working out quite well for me:

  • While my day job work has slowed down a bit, it hasn’t stopped completely, and I work from home anyway so haven’t had to adapt my work setup.
  • Obviously I was hugely disappointed a month ago when it was announced that the London Marathon was postponed, because training had been going so well. However, I’m really appreciating the more relaxed approach to running I can take at the moment, and I hope that I’ll be able to build on the work I’ve already done and run an even better time in October, presuming the new date goes ahead.
  • Stress-wise, I am actually benefiting hugely from life going on hold. For the last couple of years, I have felt as though I have had far too much on and have been constantly falling behind with my to-do list. I end up dreading going away on trips, because I know it will disrupt my daily routine so badly and lead to weeks of stress as I try to catch up with everything. But right now, I have nothing getting in the way: all my trips and events have been cancelled or postponed, and all my weekly classes and meetings are on hold. Every day is exactly the same, and for me, it turns out that that is exactly what I need. I am going to have to do some serious thinking about what life is going to look like for me after the lockdown is over.

I feel pretty guilty that it has taken a horrible worldwide pandemic for me to have the free time I’ve been dreaming of for years, but it has given me the impetus to reassess my priorities in life.

Tomorrow is a Wednesday, but that doesn’t really matter right now. I’ve got no middling-distance midweek run to do, no ukulele class to go to, no worries about fitting everything else in inbetween. It will be very similar to today, and that is absolutely fine by me.

Cat in spring garden
Another paparazzo shot of next door’s cat exploring our garden. He’s a little confused by the shorter grass now that Geth is out mowing it regularly again.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Cast of The Lion King – ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight?’

Still oversleeping

I just went out for a mile this morning…

…because I slept late again and I had quite a lot of day job work to do today, so there wasn’t much time left for running. I had hoped that my sleep pattern might have returned to normal by now, but my body decided it needed nine and a half hours last night. Geth and I are setting an alarm so we can do the online parkrun quiz at 9am tomorrow morning, so hopefully that will help with the sleep issue.

I’ll try and get a small amount of work done on my text adventure game (I find it’s better to keep a daily streak going for Camp NaNo even if it’s just a few words), and then return to my 3DS this evening.

Next door's cat
The spring weather has resulted in the gravel in our back garden getting warmer, which has in turn resulted in next door’s cat remembering that it’s a good place to sit down and have a wash.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Koichi Sugiyama – ‘Village Hidden In A Mountain’
Traditional – ‘The Music Man’
Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Call Me Maybe’
Fleetwood Mac – ‘The Chain’

Visitors

Back to the slow short runs this morning…

…and then I spent the afternoon doing housework and admin. Mum and Dad are visiting tomorrow so I’m looking forward to a nice time with them.

Next door’s cat is being especially persistent about trying to get into our house at the moment. I’m not sure if it’s because something smells particularly interesting in here or if his own humans are out more than usual!

Rainbow
A rainbow made an appearance this afternoon. A bit prettier than our recent weather!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Scandroid – ‘Aphelion’
Gunship – ‘Art3mis And Parzival’
Rihanna – ‘Diamonds’
FM-84 and Ollie Wride – ‘Running In The Night’
Ollie Wride – ‘Back To Life’
Rihanna and Drake – ‘What’s My Name?’

Pre-poetry

Have mainly spent today getting my poems ready for the poetry night tonight and working on the preparation for one of my autumn writing projects. Have also spent a lot of time cuddling with next door’s cat (his humans are home this evening so I don’t expect he’ll come in as often now, but it has been nice!), and getting a bit more videogaming in.

I’m not anywhere near as nervous as I usually am before poetry night – maybe I’m getting more used to performing? I hope so!

OOTD 28th August 2019
OOTD: ready for heading out and reading some poems! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), hoodie Uneek Classic for Mesh (2016), t-shirt Amplified (2018), jeans Miss Selfridge (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Gunship – Dark All Day
Trevor Something – Summer Love
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur