Trying to have a quieter day

Another mile today…

…and hopefully I’ll get back to my slightly longer midweek run tomorrow.

Today has mostly been a quiet day of catching up with all the admin I neglected during the last week of the jam, with a bonus technical difficulty in trying to get all my WhatsApp chats off my old phone and onto my new one. I rarely use WhatsApp but I like to have an archive. Anyway, it’s all sorted now.

Looking forward to playing some more game jam entries tonight!

Rainbow Metro sign
A picture from over the weekend – I’ve not been on the Metro since before lockdown, but it was nice to see the rainbows on the signs as I walked past the station.

Today’s earworm playlist:

ACE+ – ‘Mechonis Field’
Alison Moyet – ‘Is This Love?’

Cleaner, cosier, comfier

Just a mile for this morning’s run…

…as I had various other things to do. Looking forward to some longer runs later in the week.

It was a bit of an odd weekend as I was trying to keep myself from feeling too down about the fact that if not for the coronavirus situation, I would have been in London running the marathon. By and large, I managed to distract myself with videogames, and I did a couple of short, fast runs to test out my pace a bit. I also spent most of yesterday trying to solve technical issues, as our SteamLink box was playing up again. I’ve told Geth that we have to keep an eye on it by turning it on every day, which provides lots of excuses for videogaming this week!

I’ve also managed to get a really good clean of the house done. I’d been neglecting it a bit, because I usually base my cleaning schedule around when we’re expecting company… and obviously we’ve not had any recently. However, I’ve spent the last couple of days getting on with it, and the house feels a lot nicer now.

I’ve got a small amount of day job work lined up for this week, which is great, and I’ve got several more housework-type tasks to get on with as well. I also want to finish my graphics for my next adventure game before the end of Camp NaNo on Thursday, so I’ve got plenty things to be getting on with! It’s nice, though, because it provides a bit of structure to the day. I’d obviously love it if I could just sit and play videogames the whole time, but I think I’d probably lose track of days and nights as a result! Oh, for those student summers when I’d regularly be playing until 7am and it didn’t matter…

I’m still getting a good few hours in every evening though, and I find I’ve got time for lots of reading and TV-watching too, so if I ignore the general world situation, life is quite relaxed at the moment!

Tikiboo Run London tights
Yesterday, I wore what should have been my race kit. I’m looking forward to taking these special London-themed Tikiboos out for some longer runs to make sure that they will hold up during the marathon.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Tomohito Nishiura – ‘Froenborg’
Yasunori Mitsuda – ‘Elysium, In The Blue Sky’
Abba – ‘I Have A Dream’

Technical difficulties

I went for a slower recovery run today…

…because I did a longer run yesterday, and am planning to do another one tomorrow, so I needed a sort-of ‘rest’ day today. It was really sunny, and the blossom round here is beautiful at the moment, so I stopped to take a lot of pictures.

I’ve spent most of today updating my gaming PC and trying to set up the SteamLink Hardware that my friend Sharpy got me as a birthday gift a few years back. We’ve just about got it working but not quite – we need an extra keyboard and mouse so that the PC doesn’t get disgruntled about its lack of input controls while we’re using the peripherals for the SteamLink box. Geth has ordered a set to be delivered tomorrow (he is extremely keen to play XCOM 2 on the big TV screen), so fingers crossed it should all be running smoothly by tomorrow evening.

A blog admin note: I’m going to be trying something different this week. I’ll be doing my usual diary posts on Monday to Friday (along with my usual Phone Box Thursday post), but for next weekend’s posts, I’m going to catch up with some of the review posts I’ve been meaning to do for months, post a couple of links to my running videos over the weekend, and then do a big diary update on the Monday. This serves a twofold purpose: it enables me to get my main weekend posts done in advance; and it means that I can finally start doing my review posts again (I’ve only really had the time to do one post per day recently, which is why my reviews haven’t been getting done). I’m looking forward to getting some posts out about gigs and parkruns and races again!

I’ll be videogaming as usual this evening, though obviously not on the SteamLink box just yet.

Dark blossom
The ‘second’ blossom tree in our garden (the one that blossoms later, with darker blossom) is doing really nicely now.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Cast of The Little Mermaid – ‘Daughters Of Triton’
Kylie Minogue – ‘I Should Be So Lucky’
Nobuo Uematsu – ‘Mako Reactor’
Nobuo Uematsu – ‘Let The Battles Begin!’

Walls

After my midweek run…

…Mum and Dad came round again, and Dad and I had another go at the old laptops. Putting Linux on them was a little more complicated than expected, so Dad is going to take them home and keep experimenting.

We did however manage to get a couple of things put up in the downstairs bathroom that I’d been meaning to do for two years. Every little helps!

We also had a lovely meal out with cousins Douglas and Freya at our favourite tapería in town. As such, I won’t be going to Slimming World weigh-in tomorrow – might make it to the Friday session but we’ll see! I need to digest a lot of tatties first 🙂

Bathroom decor
Like the rest of the house, it still looks very beige and boring, but it’s nice to have the cabinet and mirror up.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Vera van Heeringen – ‘Riverside House’
Jason Donovan – ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’
David Bowie – ‘Ashes To Ashes’
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – ‘I Don’t Care’
Animotion – ‘Obsession’
FM-84 and Ollie Wride – ‘Running In The Night’

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Nena – ’99 Red Balloons’

Cabin fever

I’ve tried to have a ‘not doing anything’ day (i.e. just mindless internet browsing and so on) today in order to try and recover from my cold. Not doing anything, it turns out, just makes me feel frustrated and bored, like I’ve wasted the day. I’ve got a show at the Sage Gateshead to go to tomorrow afternoon, and although I will have to wrap up warm, I think I’m going to feel a bit better for getting out.

Also, there’s a loose connection in my laptop mouse, and it keeps beeping every five seconds to inform me that it’s either just connected or disconnected. Time to order a new one, I think. In the meantime, I’ve just given up and turned my laptop volume off.

Big Kahuna glass
Not an OOTD: Geth was given some Kona Brewery beers as an early Christmas present from a colleague, so he dug out his souvenir Big Kahuna glass from the time we went to Hawaii. It’s making me long for tropical islands and sunshine, which is NOT the way I usually feel in December when I’m excited about Christmas coming up! I’ve been researching some traditional Hawaiian ukulele music as a result.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Gary Glitter – ‘Another Rock ‘N’ Roll Christmas’*
Kuana Torres Kahele, James Ford Murphy and Napua Greig-Nakasone – ‘Someone To Lava’
Coldplay – ‘Christmas Lights’
Bananarama – ‘Really Saying Something’

*Yes, it’s STILL in my head.

Reconnected!

I finally have stable internet again!

This is not because the router arrived today. This is because the router did not arrive today, and so Geth called BT, and so we found out that the router that they promised us had been sent out Monday had never actually been sent and so they had to resend it today, and so Geth got fed up and ordered a same-day-delivery emergency router from Argos…and then when it arrived at nine o’clock this evening, he couldn’t get it to work, possibly because BT have proprietary stuff going on that won’t allow you to use other routers with their network provision. However, Geth ended up disconnecting and reconnecting so many cables that the old broken router decided to start working again. Go figure.

During yet another day without internet, I managed to get another 5,400 words written, meaning that I now have everything put together for a writing competition I’m submitting to in the morning!

By tomorrow lunchtime, we should have three routers. I am hopeful that between them, we will be able to set ourselves up with long-term reliable internet again.

OOTD 31st July 2019
OOTD: my new Duran Duran space shuttle t-shirt isn’t quite as blurry as it appears here – there’s a 3D effect going on in real life! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), t-shirt Duran Duran (2019), jeans Zara (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Killers – All These Things That I’ve Done
The Human League – Tell Me When
Andy Taylor – Broken Window
Duran Duran – Late Bar
Duran Duran – Save A Prayer

Still disconnected

Router did not arrive today. I am posting this during one of the brief split seconds that my laptop will actually deign to connect to the internet. This week’s learning experience is that computers on Windows 10 do not like using ethernet cables. Or possibly it’s just my laptop, which has not always been the most reliable of machines.

For the meantime, then, I’m stuck with minimal internet. I’m certainly getting a lot of writing done – 5,000 words today! – as well as catching up with a lot of offline reading.

OOTD 30th July 2019
OOTD: temperature is cooling down, which is something of a relief. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), blouse H&M (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Sigala and Becky Hill – Wish You Well
Vera Lynn – A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Angry Anderson – Suddenly
Duran Duran – Rio

When the world switches off

No Music Video Monday post again this week as my internet connection is still being problematic and it’s difficult to upload things/find videos etc. I feel like a very poor excuse for a 20th century girl at the moment as this whole thing is reminding me that I am just as completely and utterly reliant on the internet as everyone else in this godawful 21st century! Thankfully Geth rang BT again today and we’ve been promised that our new router will show up tomorrow.

(I’m not going to say anything along the lines of ‘I wonder what I did before the internet?’ because I know exactly what I did. I listened to music and wrote all day long, apart from when I was rudely interrupted by people making me go to school! Not so different from my life nowadays, except for the fact that I didn’t obsessively log all my writing online and I had non-internet ways of listening to said music, many of which I’ve had to rediscover in the last few days.)

Anyway, today I’ve found various non-internet things to do such as going for a long run, organising all the ’80s episodes of Top of the Pops that are stored on my digibox, and playing ukulele. Back to writing tomorrow.

OOTD 29th July 2019
OOTD: it’s still muggy out there! T-shirt eBay/Fruit Of The Loom (2018), trousers Christian Siriano Runway Style (2018), shoes Primark (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Avicii and Aloe Blacc – SOS
Crash Test Dummies – Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
Duran Duran – Come Undone
Duran Duran – Sound Of Thunder
Bobby Brown – Two Can Play That Game
Dire Straits – Romeo And Juliet
Duran Duran – Electric Barbarella
Duran Duran – All You Need Is Now
Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson – I Know Him So Well
Freddie & The Dreamers – I’m Telling You Now
Nik Kershaw – I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me

A more traditional summer day

I was out most of today watching bands play in a large outdoor space, which is the number one thing I used to associate with summer. I’ve deliberately not done much of it this year because it’s also the number one thing I used to associate with drinking. However, today went really well. I did occasionally feel uncomfortable due to drunk people in my vicinity, but on the whole it was a really nice day out and a good gig – and I will actually remember the whole thing! Review to come later this week.

Internet is still being problematic, but it looks like we will have our new router either tomorrow or Tuesday, so fingers crossed the remaining disruption will be minimal.

OOTD 28th July 2019
OOTD: gotta wear a Duran shirt for an ’80s-related gig! (Unless it’s Spandau Ballet of course.) Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), t-shirt Amplified (2018), jeans H&M (thrifted from Steff 2016).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Katy Perry – Never Really Over
Duran Duran – Burning The Ground
Janet Jackson – Whoops Now
Bobby Brown – Two Can Play That Game
Ultravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Nick Heyward – Take That Situation

Connection disruption

After I got back from my hospital appointment this morning, I was annoyed to find that our router had seemingly given out. It meant I couldn’t do any of my planned activities for the afternoon. I did catch up with a lot of reading though! Geth called BT to try and fix the problem, and it was ascertained that the router is working (to an extent) but not transmitting a wi-fi signal. As a result, we now have ethernet cables trailing everywhere and the internet connection constantly cutting in and out, like it’s the ’90s or something. I may have been driven mad by the time they send us a new router.

Geth and I are going to an outdoor gig tomorrow, so hopefully I will have a less frustrating day.

OOTD 27th July 2019
OOTD: too wet and grey for an outdoor picture, but I’m really pleased with my new Rio vest top! Vest top Redbubble (2019), leggings Primark (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Martin Garrix, Macklemore and Patrick Stump – Summer Days
Sigala and Becky Hill – Wish You Well
Duran Duran – Pressure Off
Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life
Ylvis – The Fox
Gunship – The Mountain