Another enjoyable run this morning…

…which has cemented my decision to focus on enjoyment during runs rather than training goals for a while. It’s really helping during the current situation.

Geth and I finally managed to wake up at a reasonable time this morning, though that was mainly because we’d both been having nightmares all night. So, um, yay?

As such, I’ve felt much more in control of my time today and have managed to get all my day job work done fairly promptly. I can now get on with today’s work on my text adventure game – I’m doing it as my project for April’s Camp NaNoWriMo, which provides an extra bit of daily motivation.

I’m also looking forward to the evening – I’m going to have a go at some YouTube yoga and then relax with my 3DS.

The weeping willow in our garden is coming along nicely and developing lots of baby leaves.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Hiroki Morishita – ‘Just Across This Mountain And We’ll Arrive Soon’
Ludwig van Beethoven – ‘The Pastoral Symphony’
The Weeknd – ‘Blinding Lights’
Revo – ‘Battle Normal 1 [Bravely Default II Soundtrack]’
Ashbury Heights – ‘Die By Numbers’
Duran Duran – ‘White Lines’

A slightly gloomy Monday

Today has certainly been as proactive as I hoped – the day job work is continuing to pile in, which is great, and I got a good if slightly too fast recovery run in this morning as well as another chunk of post-Christmas admin catchup done. However, I feel a bit glum this evening, and I think I’ve maybe been in the house by myself a bit too much lately. I’m really looking forward to the adventures and trips away planned for later in the year, but they seem a long way away right now.

On the bright side, my new mobile phone arrived this afternoon. Something new to set up and play with tonight!

Tomorrow is another fairly featureless day, but I do have a few exciting things coming up later in the week.

Basil plant
I’ve started a new habit today of doing one tiny ‘house sorting out’ job every day, as I really don’t have time for big sessions of house stuff at the moment. Today’s job was sorting out the corner of the kitchen windowsill where Basil the basil plant lives – it was taken up with a rusty metal box overflowing with clothes pegs that we don’t really use much since getting our tumble drier. Basil himself is a bit of a lopsided beast (half of his roots were already pretty much dead when I got him), but at least his corner looks nice now.

Today’s earworm playlist:

The ‘mild green Fairy Liquid’ jingle from back in the day
The Midnight – ‘Vampires’
Kylie Minogue – ‘Got To Be Certain’

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Del Amitri – ‘Nothing Ever Happens’

Semi-flying Saturday post

Just a quick one today as Geth and I are attending a pre-Christmas/mother-in-law’s birthday gathering with the in-laws this evening. Will update properly tomorrow!

Plant with fairy lights
Not an OOTD: my sister-in-law’s plant has the best fairy lights on it.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Revo – ‘The Land Of Immortality’
Duran Duran – ‘Winter Marches On’

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

The Killers – ‘Don’t Shoot Me Santa’

Scene infinity

I spent pretty much all day today finishing off an entry for another writing competition. It was a scriptwriting competition this time, and I always find script takes a bit more out of me than prose or poetry. Very tired now! Looking forward to a slightly less brain-heavy weekend coding my text adventure and practising my ukulele.

I’m also going to head to parkrun in the morning to stretch my legs! Haven’t been out for a run in a week.

Spider plant
Not an OOTD: my spider plant is looking a lot less tired than I am today.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Michael Land – The Scumm Bar (MI4)
Mousse T vs. Hot & Juicy – Horny
Michael Land – The Drinking Contest

What goes up must come down

Post-GNR parkrun this morning was highly successful! I managed to hang onto the pacers long enough to get my best time of the year: 31:36. The autumn project will be to get back down to sub-30!

Geth and I stopped at Sainsbury’s on the way home, which was the point when I decided it was time to have another go at owning a basil plant…which may be a mistake. We’ll just have to see how long I can keep this one going.

I then went into town for a trip to the much-anticipated vintage fair, followed by some slightly more boring shopping for leggings in Primark. I had planned to follow this with a wander round GAME in an attempt to get some Streetpass hits on my 3DS – but sadly I found that the GAME in central Newcastle has actually been shut down since June. There’s a lot of hints on their Twitter page that a replacement store will be opening at some point, but until then I will have to trek to Sunderland if I want to browse through videogames in a physical shop!

However, today’s slightly strange highlight was finding a PANDORA clip charm that I thought I’d lost. Back in April, on the train back from London after the marathon, I noticed that one of the clip charms was missing from my bracelet, and assumed I must have lost it in London over the weekend at some point. However, I was clearly mistaken, as this evening it showed up on the floor of the garage in front of the freezer. It’s a bit bashed up, so it must have been getting kicked around in there for a while without us noticing – and I don’t actually need it as a clip anymore, because I bought a replacement shortly after it went missing – but it’s nice to find that I didn’t lose it after all! I’ll polish it up at some point, but for now it’s very happily back on my bracelet as a regular charm.

A quieter day tomorrow, which will probably involve a lot of videogaming!

OOTD 14th September 2019
OOTD: vintage meets gothy all-black 🙂 Rinascimento (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019), skirt H&M (thrifted from Steff 2016), tights Primark (2017), boots Primark (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Mark Knopfler – Local Hero
ABC – All Of My Heart
Vanessa Paradis – Joe Le Taxi
Boyzone – Coming Home Now

Stuff I like about my parents’ house #7: this awesome new plant of my dad’s

Inspired by my sister-in-law Steff, who’s been filling her Toronto home with plants over the last couple of years, Dad has recently started collecting houseplants again.  For reference, back in the ’80s, our family home looked like this:

Family home in 1984
Trailing plants and wooden furniture and a brand new 1984 Grundig TV, oh my!  That table the TV is sitting on has been living with me and Geth for over a decade now, although it’s a bit worse for wear these days.

…as you may remember from my Now! #2 review.  Anyway, this is the way I always visualise the house from when I was growing up, with plants trailing down from every bookshelf.  Most of them were spider plants, and I loved the shape of the leaves.  Unfortunately, they all eventually died (Dad says this is because Mum was always over-watering them!) and so the house was plant-less for quite some time.

This last year, however, Dad has been breeding spider plants again (and I don’t think Mum’s allowed to water them anymore).  They’re growing and multiplying very rapidly, and so I’ve been promised one for my own house.  I’m a bit nervous about taking one, because I’m probably as bad as Mum at killing plants (I’m still in mourning for Basil the basil plant, who did not survive our time at our last house), but Dad says spider plants are quite easy to maintain, so we’ll see.

Anyway, Dad also got this gorgeous new plant, which is the subject of the post!

I’m not sure what it’s called, but it’s beautifully spiky.

It goes really nicely with the spider plants.  It’s so nice to see the house full of plants again – just like it was back in the ’80s!