Waking up

Another recovery mile today…

…because I’ve had a bit of pain in my back/shoulder over the last couple of days and it’s irritating me when I run. As such, I’m keeping my runs short until I feel better. I had a really good go at it with the foam roller earlier today, and it does seem to be loosening, so hopefully it’ll be fine again in a few days’ time.

I feel a lot more awake than yesterday, and so today I’ve been able to get on fairly quickly with my to-do list, which has been the usual: small amount of day job work, another graphic drawn for my next adventure game, various bits of housework and admin, that kind of thing. I really appreciate being able to stay in the house and get on with all of this stuff at the moment, even if the sunny spring weather is making me think about beaches and tropical islands and so on.

I think 2021, if we’re allowed out by then, may involve a bit of travel. Just a bit.

In the meantime, the only tropical islands I’ll be visiting are the ones in my videogames. But that’s okay.

Foam roller and spiky ball
The foam roller and spiky ball are tough going on the muscles, but they do work the knots out.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Ollie Wride – ‘Back To Life’
Yasunori Mitsuda – ‘Where It All Began’
Yasunori Mitsuda – ‘Elysium, In The Blue Sky’
A bit of royalty-free Christmas music that loads of companies use to accompany videos and games at Christmastime but which I have never been able to find the name of (you can hear it in the opening of this Dice Tower video)
The Weeknd – ‘Blinding Lights’

Sleep and sunshine

Just a mile today…

…because I overslept this morning. Nine and a half hours of sleep needed last night, apparently! I had hoped that the mornings getting gradually lighter and sunnier would wake me up earlier, but it’s not happening yet.

I’ve spent the afternoon doing housework, admin and graphics creation, and am looking forward to another evening of gaming – I’ve got a good stack of 3DS games on the go at the moment.

3DS games
Some of the games I have on the go right now (although I should put Miracle Mask back on the shelf because I 100%ed it the other day). I’ve probably got about a year’s worth of games I want to finish on the 3DS before moving on to a Switch Lite, although I may manage it sooner than that depending on how long lockdown lasts (and the extent to which my other gaming consoles and PC capture my attention!).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Revo – ‘The Land Of Radiant Flowers’
Queen – ‘Another One Bites The Dust’
Sting – ‘Englishman In New York’
Nintendo 3DS eShop – ‘Main Theme’
Nobuo Uematsu – ‘Let The Battles Begin!’

Practice makes perfect… maybe?

I did my supermarket run this morning…

…and was really glad that it’s still warm and sunny out there, even if I can’t spend much time outside at the moment – running has been really pleasant over the last few days.

I’ve spent most of today creating graphics for my various adventure game projects. Graphics are not my forte AT ALL – I’ve never been much of an artist – but I dream of having beautiful pictures to go with my games, so I have to keep practising. I’ll get vaguely okay at it eventually…right?

Looking forward to a bit more videogaming tonight.

Red phone box on Tikiboo tights
I noticed after wearing them for my run today that my new Tikiboo capris have red phone boxes as part of the design! I love them even more now 🙂

Today’s earworm playlist:

Kuana Torres Kahele, James Ford Murphy and Napua Greig-Nakasone – ‘Someone To Lava’
Depeche Mode – ‘Everything Counts’
Lady Gaga – ‘Judas’
Fleetwood Mac – ‘The Chain’
Jason Donovan – ‘Sealed With A Kiss’

Sunny days

I really enjoyed my run this morning…

…because it’s an absolutely gorgeous day out there. Geth has been working hard in the garden today, making it look pretty, so hopefully we’ll have many more nice days to sit out back… seeing as our outdoor activities will remain limited for some time!

I’m now looking forward to spending the rest of the day working on my text adventure (with occasional yoga and videogaming interludes) before getting back to the day job tomorrow. Every day is pretty much the same at the moment, but keeping some semblance of a weekend structure is really helping.

Blue sky
Blue sky during my run this morning!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Rei Kondoh – ‘Destiny’
The Ronettes – ‘Chapel Of Love’
Tyler Lyle – ‘Lost And Found [The Midnight Remix]’
Bill Withers – ‘Lean On Me’

Sunshine? What sunshine?

Another practical run this morning…

…as I had a couple of things I needed to go and do, and I’m making sure to limit my outdoor excursions to once per day (I think it would be permissible to go for a run and do a separate grocery shop, but I also think it’s important to combine and limit these things where you can).

I was starting to get a bit wistful this afternoon because it’s been lovely and sunny the last few days, and it’s felt very pleasant running outside in summer clothes, and in different circumstances it would be really lovely to be able to go for a few nice walks as well…

…then Nintendo released a Mini Direct news video today, and announced that the demo for the new Bravely Default game was out. I’ve been playing the Bravely games on the 3DS for years and have been really excited for the first installment on the Switch, which is due out later this year. The Bravely demos tend to be ten-hour prequel-type things, and Geth is finally about to finish Dragon Quest 11S, so this couldn’t be better timed, and I know how I’ll be spending my weekend! Somehow, I don’t think I’ll be pining for walks in the sunshine after all.

I’ve finished my day job work for the week, so today I’ve just been getting on with admin and housework. Tomorrow should be similar, although I’m also hoping to get some work done on my next adventure game!

Bravely Default II demo
Demo already downloaded to the Switch! I’m really looking forward to cracking on with this over the next few days 🙂

Today’s earworm playlist:

Hiroki Morishita – ‘Duty’
The Beatles – ‘Let It Be’
The Kinks – ‘Lola’
Cast of Spitting Image – ‘One Will Survive’
Assemblage 23 – ‘Let The Wind Erase Me’
Levellers – ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’
Revo – ‘The Land Of Radiant Flowers’

Sunshine walks part two: medical errands edition

I had a doctor’s appointment this morning (I needed to renew my regular medication) and then a quick trip to the hospital afterwards to pick up some hearing aid batteries. Nice to listen to some podcasts in the sunshine!

Day job work and writing all afternoon, and now settling in for the evening with some music.

OOTD 18th June 2019
OOTD: errand-running outfit. Hoodie Sonar (2006), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), skirt Gap (2007), tights Primark (2017), shoes Zara (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Queen – We Are The Champions
Duran Duran – All Along The Water
Bronski Beat – Hit That Perfect Beat
Ed Sheeran – You Need Me, I Don’t Need You

Happy Easter!

Hope everyone’s having a great weekend. I’ve had a really busy (but fun) Easter Sunday – Geth and I headed out to South Shields this morning, which involved a trip on the Shields ferry because part of the Metro track is currently down. I sunbathed on the beach for a while, which is not something I often do in April.

We then had lunch in one of the pubs along the beach, but their Sunday menu was a bit limited and something I ate made me ill, unfortunately, so we won’t be going back there for food again. An ice-cream on the way back to the ferry settled my stomach though!

We headed out again this evening to see Back To The Future: In Concert at the Sage Gateshead – they had a symphony orchestra playing along with the film, and it was a really good show.

A slightly quieter day tomorrow.

OOTD 21st April 2019
OOTD: it feels like summer all of a sudden! Blouse Lucky Winner (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), jeans Miss Selfridge (2018), shoes 1st Position (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Eddy Grant – I Don’t Wanna Dance
Duran Duran – New Religion
Martika – Toy Soldiers
Lindisfarne – Fog On The Tyne
Queen – Killer Queen
Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy – Kiss Me
Jax Jones, Mabel and Rich The Kid – Ring Ring
Duran Duran – Night Boat

And a few bonus tracks that Geth was humming earlier:

FM-84 and Ollie Wride – Running In The Night
Blondie – Maria
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee – Despacito

An early bit of summer

It’s been glorious weather today (and it looks like it’s set to continue for the rest of Easter weekend, so Geth and I are planning to make the most of it!).

I was up fairly early to do my last ‘long’ run of the marathon training programme – race next weekend, eek! – and then headed into town to order some prescription sunglasses to replace the ones that snapped a few weeks ago. A bit of window shopping later, I was back home enjoying the sunshine in the garden (looking very neat now that Geth has mown the lawn for the first time this year).

Settling in for an evening of writing, and looking forward to more time in the sun tomorrow.

OOTD 20th April 2019
OOTD: a good day for a summer dress! Sunglasses Jasper Conran (2018), dress unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), shoes BHS (2016).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Meduza – Piece Of Your Heart
Duran Duran – Friends Of Mine
Lil’ Nas X – Old Town Road
David Bowie – Oh! You Pretty Things
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Lil’ Dicky, Chris Brown, Ed Sheeran, DJ Khaled and Kendall Jenner – Freaky Friday
Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
Whitesnake – Is This Love?

And a couple of bonus tracks that Geth was humming earlier:

O-Zone – Dragostea Din Tei
FM-84 and Ollie Wride – Running In The Night

A sunny Monday

A good day of getting on with admin and writing-related tasks! I also had a doctor’s appointment mid-afternoon, so was able to get out for a walk in the sunshine.

Geth is out boardgaming this evening, so I’ll be spending some time with my 3DS again.

Back to the running tomorrow!

OOTD 25th March 2019
OOTD: some proper spring weather today! Scarf unknown brand (2015), dress Triumph (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt unknown brand (vintage 1980s, thrifted from Mum 2019), tights Primark (2017), shoes Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start The Fire
Cast of The Rocky Horror Picture ShowTime Warp
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
The Beatles – Hey Jude
The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
NSG and Tion Wayne – Options
Duran Duran – Serious
Frozen Plasma – Home