Playing with words

I’ve been editing for a client all day today, as I’ve got a couple of big projects at the moment. Editing can be frustrating sometimes – finding the exact way to rephrase something so that it flows nicely – but the end result is always really satisfying.

I’m finished now though, and feeling weekend-y, even though I do have to work tomorrow as well. It’s parkrun eve, yay! Geth and I are going to Newcastle as our friend Winny is doing her first parkrun there tomorrow.

Another good running weekend awaits then – I’m super jealous of all the people going to the National Running Show in Birmingham this weekend, but I will enjoy parkrun and my long run on Sunday 🙂

Energy gel
Not an OOTD: going to be trying this berry-flavoured gel out on my long run on Sunday (well, if I actually remember to take it this week). Hope it’s not as sickly sweet as the orange one I tried a few weeks ago!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Hiroki Morishita – ‘Duty’
Ollie Wride – ‘Miracle Mile’
Starship – ‘We Built This City’

Back to the Thursday routine

Really good recovery mile run this morning followed by a good loss on the scales at Slimming World. Still some way to go to get back into target range, but I just have to keep putting the same effort in every week until it happens. Thankfully marathon training and daily running is really helping with this, as it means I’m in the habit of logging everything relating to diet and exercise.

Have spent the afternoon doing day job work – I’ve been lucky in that business has really picked up this month. I’ll be getting up early tomorrow to finish all of this week’s work before next week’s scheduled projects arrive.

Now to finish today’s admin ASAP so that I can get a few hours of videogaming in!

Geth, having finished marking
Not an OOTD: Geth has finished marking all the first year essays and is very happy about it!

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Wanted – ‘Glad You Came’
Stormzy – ‘Crown’
Blur – ‘Parklife’
Lesley Gore – ‘It’s My Party’
Duran Duran – ‘Pressure Off’
The Midnight – ‘Shadows In The City’
Vera van Heeringen – ‘Riverside House’

The best workplace

While my job isn’t perfect (freelancing can be a bit stressful in terms of workload or lack of it), I always feel very lucky to be able to work from home. No time wasted commuting, a comfy work area that I create myself, and if I get an urgent email from a client first thing in the morning needing something back within the next half hour, I can shuffle downstairs in my pyjamas and get it done straight away before I get ready for the day. It really is the best setup for me.

(It’s probably the preferred setup for most people, which is why Geth works from home too whenever he doesn’t have any classes or meetings, as is the case today. It’s nice having the company, and I’ve learnt over the years to tune out the fact that he thinks out loud 🙂 )

Today has been another good productive day of running, day job work and admin. Looking forward to the same tomorrow, just with a longer midweek run and a bonus ukulele class.

Winter trees
Not an OOTD: besides, winter trees are nicer to look at from the comfort of home.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Monty Norman – ‘James Bond Theme’
Hiroki Morishita – ‘Duty’
Rei Kondoh – ‘Storm Clouds’
The Midnight – ‘Kick Drums And Red Wine’
Sidney Samson and Wizard Sleeve – ‘Riverside (Let’s Go)’
Vera van Heeringen – ‘Riverside House’

Recovery days

After yesterday’s long run, my knee was a little stiff overnight, so today’s run was a very gentle recovery run/walk. Need to be careful not to overdo it!

Have had a nice quiet day getting on with work and admin. Same again tomorrow.

Not an OOTD: the daffodils have come out nicely now!

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Cranberries – ‘Zombie’
The Midnight – ‘Kick Drums And Red Wine’
David Bowie – ‘Starman’

Adventure planning

Maybe it’s just what everyone does in the depths of January, but I find myself dreaming of hot climes and holidays at the moment. It’d be nice to run along sunny coastlines and through leafy forests instead of around the cold wet Newcastle suburbs like I did this morning! I’ll just have to be patient for a few months.

I’ve got all my work done for today, but it’s going to be another busy week next week. Looking forward to my weekend of running and hopefully some slightly drier weather.

Sandals resort, Bahamas
Not an OOTD: a flashback to January 2013, on honeymoon in the Bahamas. I was four and a half stone heavier then and so unfit that I couldn’t even swim halfway across the pool without my lungs burning. I would absolutely love to be back there right now in my fitter, healthier state!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Rei Kondoh – ‘Storm Clouds’
Lightwood Games – ‘Link-A-Pix Theme’
Patrice Rushen – ‘Forget Me Nots’ (or rather the ‘black bin bags’ parody from Phoenix Nights)
Jason Paige – ‘Pokémon Theme (Gotta Catch ‘Em All)’
Lady Gaga – ‘Always Remember Us This Way’

Stepping out

I had a good weather window for my run this morning – no ice, no rain – so the only annoyance en route were the endless roadworks at the nearby roundabout, which have circled back round to the point where they get in the way of my mile route again! It got stormy again this afternoon, so I’m glad I got some fresh air while it was still dry.

Have spent the rest of the day editing for clients and catching up with admin. Another quiet evening in tonight before my midweek run and ukulele class tomorrow.

Birthday gifts
Not an OOTD: also nice to receive a belated birthday present in the post today. No note to say whom it’s from but I have my suspicions!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Lady Gaga – ‘Always Remember Us This Way’
Cast of Mary Poppins – ‘Chim Chim Cheree’
B*Witched – ‘Blame It On The Weatherman’

Avoiding the elements

I said last week after a slightly frustrating treadmill run that I would only use the treadmill on days when it’s too icy to go out, because running on the treadmill feels much faster and harder than doing the same pace on the roads, and that sort of goes against the ethos of the gentle ambling mile that I’m trying to do four days a week so that I don’t overexert myself. I expected I wouldn’t need to drag it out of the cupboard too often, as we seemed to be having a mild spell… but lo and behold, January weather has returned with a vengeance, and so out came the treadmill again this morning. Hopefully I’ll be back out on the roads tomorrow.

In addition to being icy, it’s been stormy and wet today, so I’m very glad that I’ve just been doing day job work in the house most of the day. Geth is out boardgaming, so I’ll be on my 3DS (and possibly my gaming PC later) this evening.

Not an OOTD: just been staying in with this cheerful sight instead of going out in the cold 🙂

Today’s earworm playlist:

Spice Girls – ‘Too Much’
Tomohito Nishiura – ‘Carnival Night’
Lightwood Games – ‘Link-A-Pix Theme’
Judy Garland and Lucille Bremer – ‘Meet Me In St Louis’
Tom Clelland – ‘The Present’
David Bowie – ‘Space Odyssey’

A promising week

A good productive Friday to top off a good productive week. Hope this is a promising sign for the rest of 2020!

After getting some urgent work done for a client, I did my run on the treadmill this morning as it was icy outside. I then headed into town to get all the banking errands done that I hadn’t been able to do earlier in the week. Everything was open and went to plan today! I also nipped into GAME in central Newcastle to see if I could get any hits on my 3DS. No such luck – it’s getting harder and harder as people move across to the Switch. I’ll see if I can get into town on a Saturday sometime when it’s busier.

I spent the rest of the afternoon getting work email and admin done. A bit of videogaming this evening before an early night ready for parkrun – I’ve shifted my training plan around and will be incorporating parkrun into my weekend long run tomorrow due to the Metro not running. Shorter tempo run now scheduled for Sunday – which means I have more hours in the day for my Sunday videogaming session!

Steam voucher
Not an OOTD: I also have this little card of goodness (a birthday pressie from Malcolm and Steff) that I’ll be adding to my Steam wallet and buying some PC games soon!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Tomohito Nishiura – ‘Carnival Night’

At a crossroads

I’m having a bit of a career crisis at the moment.

My life plan for the last decade or so has been: work as a freelance editor while patiently waiting for the magical moment when someone will agree to publish a book I’ve written, and after that moment arrives, gradually build up a writing career to the point where I don’t need to do the editing work anymore.

It’s not exactly a detailed plan, and it has never really taken into account (a) what happens if that magical moment takes a lot longer to arrive than anticipated (or never arrives at all), (b) what I’m going to do if editing technology gets good enough that human editors are no longer required, or (c) the fact that it is depressing, frustrating and mental-health-toll-taking that I simply don’t make enough money from editing to cover my living costs and am dependent on Geth for a lot of them.

I’ve been feeling for a few years now as though I’ve backed myself into a corner in terms of my career. I’ve reluctantly come to the conclusion that I need to retrain.

I’m looking at a few options, but it’s still very early days and I need to do a lot of research. By the end of the year, however, I’m hoping to be on a new trajectory.

Anyway, to today. I went for a run, then found I’d lost 3lbs at Slimming World, which is the first chunk of Christmas weight off. A few more solid weeks on plan and I should have got rid of it.

I intended to run some banking errands in town, but I’ve had a bit of bad luck over the last couple of days with banks being shut and services not being available, so I’ll have to find some time to do it tomorrow instead. As such, I came straight home from group and got some admin done in the afternoon. Squeezing in a quick bit of videogaming tonight to try and de-stress.

Lots more day job work to do tomorrow. Looking forward to the weekend already!

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
Not an OOTD: I’ve finally got to the last 3DS Layton game in my backlog. Will probably end up getting the new one on the Switch – I love these games!

Today’s earworm playlist:

FM-84 and Ollie Wride – ‘Never Stop’
The Beatles – ‘Drive My Car’
Bill Withers – ‘Lean On Me’
Kate Bush – ‘Them Heavy People’


Geth has been working from home today, so we’ve got back into our home workplace groove, with lots of synthwave in the background but no other distractions. I did my first midweek run of the marathon training plan this morning, and then spent the afternoon editing for a client. I’m off to ukulele class this evening!

When I get back I’ll be finishing off my nails (had to take off my New Year polish and cut them short this afternoon so that they don’t get in the way of ukulele-playing), chilling out with some videogames, and hoping that four days back on plan has been enough for an okay-ish result at Slimming World weigh-in tomorrow morning.

Nail varnish
Not quite an OOTD: nail colours ready to be put on later tonight.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Harry Styles – ‘Lights Up’
Monty Python – ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’
Spice Girls – ‘Spice Up Your Life’