Doing much better today and have been productive. Working most of the day and then sorting out some donation bags for this week’s charity uplift. I’m having a fairly successful time of it with my de-hoarding at the moment – it’s an emotional process but I am getting rid of a lot! Since autumn began there seems to be a charity bag through the door once a week at the moment, which is great, and I’m putting four or five bags out every week for collection. It’s so much easier than taking it all to a charity shop myself, which is the most procrastinate-able task in the world (I’ve personally been procrastinating said task for about 20 years, which is partly where the problem lies).
No social run for me tonight as I’m still not feeling 100%, but I do feel much, much better and am looking forward to having a normal running weekend again from Friday (and, in the meantime, getting back to my focused strength training sessions).
No parkrun today as still not feeling well. I just went out for a gentle mile instead. I can deal with the headcold stuff but I am hoping to feel a bit less wiped out and feverish soon! I’ve got thinking stuff to do and at the moment my brain’s not up to that. I’ll take as many days as I need to get better, but I am feeling pretty grumpy and out of sorts. So much on the to-do list and at the moment I’m not even up to doing fun stuff!
Trying to think of something positive: the week ahead is looking quiet so far, so hopefully I won’t fall too far behind with work.
I’ve been struggling with a cold (the same thing Geth has had) the last couple of days so didn’t go to the social run this morning. Just a very gentle solo plod instead and then back to the warmth of the house.
It’s not been the week I expected but I’m looking forward to next week. Just need to get over the last of the cold and get my brain back into some semblance of order. Trying to work with brain fog over the last couple of days has been tough and I’m glad it’s the weekend! Hope I can do something a little more interesting than just staring into space. It’d be nice to get back to my gaming at least.
It’s been a really productive week! Lots of work and game creation done and another interesting TechUp module finished. I also have a giant pile of parcels from various postal services that need to be opened and wrapped in Christmas paper this weekend!
Next week, if all goes well, I will be taking a bit of downtime. I’m well caught up with work and studying and will be blitzing as much housework and Christmas admin as possible over the weekend. My game is also now drafted and in the testing process, meaning I just need to finish tweaking and finessing it before the jam deadline on Sunday evening.
The main reason I’m going to be trying for a quiet week is that December is going to be non-stop. Mostly in a lovely way (proper Christmas celebrations with family etc.), but I get a bit unsettled when lots of non-routine things are happening, so it’d be good to have some mental recharge time beforehand.
Geth and I have both had head colds this week. I shook it off fairly quickly, but Geth has been feeling fairly rough and has decided on a strictly-indoors weekend in order to try and shake it off before Monday. This means that if I’m parkrunning tomorrow, I’m doing it by myself, and I still can’t decide where I want to go. Might end up making a very last-minute decision!
This week’s earworm playlists:
Duran Duran and Chai – ‘More Joy’ Soft Cell – ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’ Soft Cell – ‘Sex Dwarf’
Soft Cell – ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’ Soft Cell – ‘Bedsitter’ Duran Duran and Tove Lo – ‘Give It All Up’ Irene Cara – ‘Fame’
Roger Miller – ‘King Of The Road’ Soft Cell – ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’ Duran Duran and Tove Lo – ‘Give It All Up’
Roger Miller – ‘King Of The Road’ Soft Cell – ‘Sex Dwarf’
Chris Rea – ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ Duran Duran – ‘Anniversary’
Arcadia – ‘Lady Ice’ Traditional – ‘Deck The Halls’
Dr Hook – ‘When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman’*
A fairly hectic week this week as I’ve had a lot of things to get finished before the end of the month. My ear is feeling a lot better after finishing my antibiotics course, andmy energy has seemingly returned, so I’ve been able to start improving my running speed again.
My main focus this week has been getting the bulk of the work finished for my current Adventuron jam game. I’ve spent this week finishing off the coding and am looking forward to getting stuck into the graphics over the weekend. I’m really excited about getting everything put together and spending a few days working with playtesters before the deadline!
I’ve also been continuing with my long walks and increased-distance runs, which are really nice now that the spring weather has arrived. It means that I’ve pretty much doubled my pace on the LEJOG challenge I’m doing and should be well on track to finish by the end of the year!
There’s been quite a bit of day job work this week too. Business has picked up a bit recently after last year’s slight COVID slump and I’ve got some important plans for going forward that I’m going to start implementing soon.
Finally, I’ve made sure to get some quality downtime with videogames when possible. I’m still really enjoying Bravely Default II and expect it will take me a good couple of months to finish. So many games on the list afterwards that I can’t wait to play…
I would say I’m hoping that next week will be quieter, but there’s a Camp NaNoWriMo month starting and I expect I’ll end up doing something for that! Maybe not with a super high wordcount this time though…
This week’s earworm playlists:
Bucks Fizz – ‘My Camera Never Lies’ Sting – ‘Englishman In New York’ Jason Derulo and 2 Chainz – ‘Talk Dirty’
Camila Cabello – ‘Liar’ Captain Ska – ‘Liar Liar Ge2017’ Kevin Gillis – ‘Run With Us’
Lauv and Troye Sivan – ‘I’m So Tired’ Revo – ‘Savalon’
The Midnight and Nikki Flores – ‘Because The Night’
Revo – ‘Savalon Desert’ Kirsty MacColl – ‘Days’ Lauv and Troye Sivan – ‘I’m So Tired’ Coldplay – ‘Fix You’ The Midnight and Nikki Flores – ‘Because The Night’
Demi Lovato – ‘Heart Attack’ Jason Derulo and 2 Chainz – ‘Talk Dirty’
Sia – ‘Cheap Thrills’ The Proclaimers – ‘Make My Heart Fly’
It’s not been a bad week. The only thing slowing me down has been an ear infection that I picked up last week (god knows where from given that I never see anyone at the moment!). Following a phone appointment with the doctor, I’ve managed to get some antibiotics, but so far I’ve been up and down with them – hoping it settles down over the weekend. I’ve also been feeling a bit stiff and achy again, so there’s been a fair few evening yoga sessions over the last few days!
Work-wise I’ve been trying to do focused days this week rather than trying to do a small amount of ten different things every day. I feel like it works a bit better when I can just sit down and concentrate on one thing for most of the day rather than chopping and changing and trying to squeeze everything in.
I managed a day off on Wednesday, which was great, as I wanted a bit of time to sit down and play videogames (I’ve not had the energy for it in the last couple of weeks, which is usually a bad sign). Wednesday is a good day to take off if necessary, as it’s the weekday when I’m least likely to have urgent work from clients.
I’m playing the Fetchpoint game on Fetch Everyone again, which is kind of like virtual geocaching and involves collecting lots of invisible tokens around my local area. This is getting me out walking more often (and helping to vary my running routes), which is a good thing as we move into spring.
I’m mostly concentrating on the Adventuron jam this month, but in April I’m hoping to have a bit of time to work on my business website – I’m going to be changing a lot of terms soon and need to revamp the site accordingly.
A big week of game-creating ahead as we’re reaching the final push of the current jam. Fingers crossed I can carve out lots of time to get it finished!
This week’s earworm playlists:
Simply Red – ‘Money’s Too Tight To Mention’ Kanye West – ‘Stronger’
John Newman – ‘Love Me Again’ The Boomtown Rats – ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ Kesha – ‘Tik Tok’ Frankie Miller – ‘Caledonia’ Girls Aloud – ‘Sound Of The Underground’ Matthew Wilder – ‘Break My Stride’
Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton – ‘Islands In The Stream’ Joe Hisaishi – ‘Battle’ Soft Cell – ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’
Kanye West – ‘Stronger’ Muse – ‘Feeling Good’ UB40 – ‘If It Happens Again’
Joe Hisaishi – ‘Battle’ Cheryl – ‘Call My Name’
Bros – ‘I Owe You Nothing’ Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – ‘Human’ Let Loose – ‘Crazy For You’ Demi Lovato – ‘Heart Attack’
Revo – ‘Halcyonia’ Kesha – ‘Tik Tok’ J Balvin and Willy William – ‘Mi Gente’
…because I’m still not feeling that well. As such, I’ve decided to take it really easy with the running this week and just do short runs, then I’ll see how I feel at the weekend.
I’m still trying not to do too much brain-wise as well, as I’m a bit burnt out after the end of the game jam. However, I find that the creative part of my brain never stops whirring, so I’m constantly scribbling down notes for future games and novels and poems and blog posts, and lying awake thinking about them at night. Playing jam entries and other videogames does help, because it gives me something to concentrate on, so I’m trying to get my daily chores done ASAP at the moment so as to have a bit more gaming time.
I need to do a bit of housework tomorrow as the house badly needs it (lockdown has been bad for this as I find that when we don’t have visitors coming, I don’t prioritise cleaning) and we are going to have an ACTUAL OTHER PERSON IN OUR HOUSE ON FRIDAY OMG. It’s just the boiler technician, but I still won’t let people in the house when it’s not clean, which is why tomorrow is now a cleaning day.
Other than that, I will be trying (and hopefully succeeding) to relax again…
Today’s earworm playlist:
Duran Duran – ‘Violence Of Summer (Love’s Taking Over)’ Duran Duran – ‘First Impression’
…as I didn’t feel that well when I woke up. I had planned to do my delayed weekend long run today, but I think I’ll be trying to make up the mileage later in the week instead.
As such, I got my day job work out of the way first today, and then went for my short run in the afternoon. Since then, I’ve been catching up with admin, and am looking forward to playing some jam entry games tonight.
I’m still feeling a bit physically poorly and mentally fried, but I think that’s just because I’ve been so busy over the last few days and weeks. This week is just going to involve some quiet catching up with admin and housework, and a lot of playing of videogames rather than making them.
Back to normal today – I’ve been working most of the day and have had the Christmas tunes on. Feeling as though I might finally be over my cold as well! I headed out to vote earlier this evening, but otherwise it’s just going to be a quiet night in and then early to bed. No election results for me – my nerves can’t take it!
Out and about at various points tomorrow to celebrate Geth’s end of term.
Today’s earworm playlist:
Thought Beings – ‘Hazy’ Duran Duran – ‘Winter Marches On’ Arcadia – ‘Election Day’ The Boomtown Rats – ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ Duran Duran – ‘Michael, You’ve Got A Lot To Answer For’