Triple cross

Just a short run this morning…

…but then I did also do a level on RingFit Adventure and a YouTube yoga session, so I feel like I’ve got a good amount of exercise in for the day!

Other than that I’ve just been getting on with editing and admin. Back to the writing tomorrow and Thursday.

Exhibition Park
Exhibition Park wasn’t actually foggy during my run yesterday – I think my phone camera lens had just steamed up in my pocket.

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Weeknd – ‘Blinding Lights’
September 87 – ‘Bad Dream Baby’
Ollie Wride – ‘Back To Life’

More miles

I did a long run this morning…

…because I’d woken up too late to do it yesterday. Back to regular long run Sunday this coming weekend I hope!

I had a fairly good weekend, though a bit busier than I would have liked due to things not getting done during the week. I’m going to try extra hard to get everything done properly this week so that I can have a properly chilled weekend again.

Today has just been running and editing, and I expect tomorrow will be similar, if a little less tough on the legs!

Bluebells
Bluebells are to May what cherry-blossom is to April.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Ollie Wride – ‘Back To Life’
Kuana Torres Kahele, James Ford Murphy and Napua Greig-Nakasone – ‘Someone To Lava’
Traditional – ‘Bonnie Ship The Diamond’
Steve Kirk – ‘KSCUM 198.7 FM’

Bank holiday time!

Another quick (well, slow) mile this morning…

…because I had a lot of things to get done today so that I would be able to relax properly over the bank holiday weekend! I finished my editing, and also got a piece of writing finished for a competition (the submission deadline was today, so I was cutting it a bit fine – I wish I’d had more time to work on it, but this week ended up being a bit mental!).

Geth and I have celebrated the arrival of the bank holiday with pizza (weigh-in went fine this morning, so we’re allowed) and special drinks (beer for him, alcohol-free fizzy for me). It feels strange having a bank holiday on a Friday when it’s not Easter – I think the last time was the Royal Wedding in 2011! The fact that it’s the 75th anniversary of VE Day feels a bit odd too, as I remember the 50th anniversary in 1995 and the WWII school project we were doing at the time. Difficult to believe that a whole third of the total time since the war itself has gone by since then.

It’s meant to be lovely weather tomorrow (it certainly was today), but other than helping Geth with the gravel in the garden, I think I will probably be inside with my videogames as usual!

Nosecco
A bottle of alcohol-free fizzy to celebrate the bank holiday! Excuse the blurry photo – my phone camera was more interested in the Xbox next-gen showcase on TV for some reason (no idea why, it was dreadful!).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Revo – ‘A Crystal’s Sparkle’
Revo – ‘The Land Of Beginnings’
Vera Lynn – ‘We’ll Meet Again’
Tinchy Stryder and N-Dubz – ‘Number 1’

Chilly sunshine

Another mile today….

…because I’m still busy. Hoping for a longer run sometime over the weekend.

It’s been another day of editing and writing, and it’ll be the same again tomorrow! It’s also been lovely and sunny, but quite cold, and so Geth has put the heating back on. Fingers crossed the summer arrives soon.

One more push tomorrow to get all my stuff done before the bank holiday on Friday.

Slow cooker
What’s in the slow cooker for tonight? (Spoiler: it’s curry. It’s always curry on Wednesday, because it makes for a nice light meal before Thursday morning weigh-in.)

Today’s earworm playlist:

Revo – ‘He Of The Name’
Midnight Oil – ‘Beds Are Burning’
Duran Duran – ‘New Religion’
Gerry & The Pacemakers – ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’
Little Mix – ‘Salute’
The Offspring – ‘Have You Ever’

Usual routines

Just another quick mile this morning…

…because it was another day with lots to do! I had some editing jobs to get on with, and have also been working on my writing. All set for another quiet evening now.

Canada, 1998
Another old holiday snap, this time from western Canada in 1998. It occurred to me this morning that I probably won’t want to get on a plane for a very long time, given the potential for contamination. As such, world travel might be out for a couple of years, and so I’ll just have to enjoy my memories instead.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Revo – ‘The Land Of Radiant Flowers’
Midnight Oil – ‘Beds Are Burning’
Gala – ‘Freed From Desire’

Keeping busy!

Just a mile today…

…because it’s the start of another busy week. I never find myself short of things to do! I’ve got a bit of editing work this week (much appreciated in the current circumstances), plus a short piece to write for a competition, and various admin and house stuff to get on with. It provides a nice structure to the week and means that the weekends feel more like weekends, rather than just random days.

I’ve been working hard to make sure that I finish all my work by 6pm every evening, which is when Mum calls for our daily catch-up. This means that I have the evenings free to do what I want (99% of the time this is playing videogames), which is something that just wasn’t possible before lockdown as I had too many commitments. I am massively less stressed as a result, which is the main instigator for me not wanting to go ‘back to normal’ when the current situation ends.

Things feel manageable at the moment, which hasn’t been the case in a long time. I hope I can work out a similar balance in the future.

Bravely Default
I’m trying to ‘100%’ Bravely Default (as this is probably my last playthrough), which means that the game will have taken close to 150 hours by the time I’m done with it. As such, I have no qualms about using the ‘Big Pharma’ money-farming exploit, as making the in-game money by normal means would probably add another 50 hours to the game. My 3DS is very happily playing itself right now.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Revo – ‘Visitor’
Revo – ‘Ship Racing Across The Ocean’
Duran Duran – ‘White Lines’
Sailor – ‘A Glass Of Champagne’
Duran Duran – ‘Vertigo (Do The Demolition)’
Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth – ‘See You Again’
Queen – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
FM-84 and Ollie Wride – ‘Running In The Night’
The Midnight – ‘We Move Forward’

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’

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’

Lists upon lists

One last recovery mile this morning…

…because I was still being careful regarding my shoulder. It feels a lot better now though, and I also managed a fifty-minute YouTube yoga session at lunchtime, so I think I should be able to go for a longer run tomorrow.

I’ve spent the rest of the day editing, writing, and getting on with admin stuff. Sometimes I feel like I’m making progress with my lists upon lists of things to do, but most of the time – even in these quieter lockdown days – it seems as though I get one thing done and then several more get added to the other end of the list! At least I’m never bored…

Looking forward to another good few hours of videogaming this evening. Geth has finished work early so has started his XCOM session already!

Washing line
Geth was rather taken with the colourful-ness of the washing line yesterday and asked me to take a picture. To be fair, I am amassing an extremely good collection of funky-patterned running tights.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Nobuo Uematsu – ‘Main Theme’
Ben Haenow – ‘Something I Need’
Lucy Spraggan – ‘Lighthouse’
The Wonder Stuff – ‘Don’t Let Me Down, Gently’

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’