Up a gear

I’m not going to be writing long blog posts for a while, I don’t think. Work plus studying plus life admin is really all-encompassing, and so I’m just not going to have the time to write screeds and screeds over the next few weeks/months. I will do a short update every day to let you know how I’m getting on though!

I collected the car from the garage today and I’ve got another chunk of studying done. Tomorrow is a day for getting all of this week’s day job work done (hopefully!) and then I’ll be back to the course on Thursday and Friday. It seems to be taking a bit longer than advertised to get through all the work, but hopefully I’ll feel vaguely caught up by the weekend.

Lots to do this evening too!

Dance mural
Dance mural from a building in Whitley Bay when Geth and I were there a week and a half ago.

An inbetween day

Lots of appointments today. I had a sports massage at the physio this morning (great to work out some of the issues from the summer training block and get some professional opinions and advice on my various issues), then had an hour at home before I needed to take the car in for its MOT, and after I got back from that I was waiting to hear when I could pick it up… so I didn’t feel able to get into any big projects or anything. I did lots of small jobs instead. Then the garage called and said they needed to keep the car in overnight… oh well. Tomorrow is a lot quieter (other than picking up the car) so I’ll be able to get back into my work and studying!

I am thoroughly in the swing of Hallowe’en week now and am looking forward to curling up with some scary films at the weekend. Not wishing the week away, though – there are a lot of fun things to watch and Hallowe’en sweets to eat in the meantime.

Hallowe'en hearth
Quite possibly my favourite Hallowe’en hearth ever. Only the big pumpkin and the neep will be getting carved because the small gourds look absolutely fabulous as they are! Bonus shot of one of my many pairs of Hallowe’en leggings in the fireplace reflection.

parkrunday: Town Moor #516

It was back to the Moor today as Geth and I had new race t-shirts to show off. My sciatica issues from last week seem to have quietened down for now *looks around anxiously* and I’m not suffering too much stiffness. As such, it’s really just lack of energy and speed training that’s making me slow at the moment! I need to put up with that for a couple more months, though, as I’m determined to have a proper break from hard training until the next marathon training block starts in January.

However, I was about three minutes faster than my last parkrun on the Moor two weeks ago! This was despite some tough wind conditions. I’m finding that I have enough energy to go a bit faster on the last mile, so in future weeks I’m going to try pushing back the point at which I speed up and seeing if I can sustain that pace for longer.

Colder than it has been but fine when running. The hoodies went back on fairly quickly though!

I haven’t made a decision about next week’s parkrun location yet. Will have to wait and see what fits in best with Hallowe’en weekend…

Double time

It’s been a manic week and I am so glad it’s the weekend. Studying and working at the same time is tough, especially with all the other things I need to do. I’m really enjoying the course though.

Tomorrow I’ll be parkrunning and game-creating and doing other active/productive hobby stuff, but I’m going to arrange another Shouldless Sunday for the following day. I’m really looking forward to a day on the sofa with my videogames! I just don’t have time for them otherwise at the moment…

Red velvet cake
Another of last Sunday’s cakes! I love red velvet cake and this slice was perfect.

This week’s earworm playlists:


Tracy Chapman – ‘Fast Car’
Placebo – ‘Every You Every Me’

And a bonus track that Geth was humming that day:

The Power Station – ‘Some Like It Hot’


Bill Withers – ‘Lovely Day’
The Running Channel – ‘Run With Me’


Japan – ‘I Second That Emotion’


Sacre – ‘The London Marathon’
Duran Duran – ‘Out Of My Mind’
Duran Duran – ‘Winter Marches On’


Elvis Presley – ‘Return To Sender’
Village People – ‘YMCA’
Bill Conti – ‘Gonna Fly Now’
Duran Duran – ‘Anniversary’


Lady Gaga and Beyoncé – ‘Telephone’
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – ‘Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy’
Ashbury Heights – ‘Suicide Anthem’


Ashbury Heights – ‘Waste Of Love’

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

The Wonder Stuff – ‘Closer To Fine’

Phone Box Thursday: Cloister Walk, London

Our recent trip to London yielded a fair few phone box finds. This first one was right behind our hotel! I grabbed a photo of it before we’d even made it to the lobby to check in haha.

Red phone box
Red phone box, Cloister Walk, London, 30th September 2021.

(Coordinates 51°50’68.8″N, 0°07’39.3″W.)

Phone boxes in London are generally well-kept (I think the councils there understand that they’re a good tourist attraction) and this one is no exception, even though it’s tucked down a dingy underpass behind a hotel. The gold crowns have been painted over in red, probably fairly recently.

More London boxes to come over the next few weeks!

Eine kleine Pause

I know I said I’d start the next food log series this week but I’ve decided to have a week’s break before we move onto the 2021 series. This week is all about Sunday’s cakes, anyway!

Pecan cake
Geth bought the ‘four fancy cakes’ package for lunch on Sunday so that we could both try a bit of each. This pecan cake was very nice, though I’m not normally much of a nut fan.

Studying again!

My course has started. It was pegged as sixteen hours a week but it actually looks like it’s going to be a bigger time commitment than that if I do everything properly! As such, I’m being strict over the next few months with my schedule so that I can fit everything in. It’s going to take a bit of work to balance everything but I’m already enjoying the course so much.

This week might mostly be illustrated by post-race pictures from yesterday. There are a lot, mostly of cake.

Jazz band
The fancy café where we ate all the cake also had a fancy jazz band that played in the background. Very swish!