5th Jan 2015

Monday morning… yuck!

Struggled with getting up, had an awful night sleep.

Dragged myself in and when getting my first coffee of the morning my friend Emily walked by with bad news. They’d just let her go, apparently she doesn’t suit sales. Such a pity, she’s a very bright lady that had a lot of potential, but was squandered. Hope she finds something soon that’s more fitting for her, will miss her.

Mum’s birthday today, which is also when we lost Granddad. A bittersweet day.
Glad that we’re taking her to see Cats at the end of the month (Michelle’s idea) and that Sam is taking her to the zoo (bought an adoption package for a sun bear which includes tickets).

Had a half hour escape with Sammy and we chatted while wandering the aisles of Tesco, it’s lovely to see her as usual.

Pretty much an uneventful afternoon.

In the evening was yoga, was a lovely lesson that my body really needed.

For dinner we had (fake) chicken nuggets and chips, sometimes it’s fun to have something like that.

Followed by an amazing coconut curry chocolate

Drove: 10.3 km
Walked: 0.6 km

4th Jan 2015

Today started off with my first run as a member of Mid-Essex Casuals and my third race of 2015, not bad for it being the 4th day (parkrun prefer you to call it a fun run, but you have a position, times, exact 5km route… sounds like a race to me)
A cross country back at Great Notley Country Park. A route I had run in December.

The temperature was -2 °C and there was fog. So on the route was a lot of mud, water, bits of ice. Great fun and the park looked absolutely beautiful with it’s coating of frost. It took me 44 minutes to get round the route, just over two minutes slower then last time! Even though I’ve been feeling healthier. Must be that extra mass I’m having to drag around after all the festivities. At the end of the race I had noticed my hair had frozen! Not had that happen before. Warmed up with a coffee that one of the other members had filled a couple of flasks with (thanks!) and headed back to the shower at home.

Home and shopping… has to be done…

After making lunch I watched the Big Fat Quiz of the Year 10 year anniversary show with Michelle with made us both laugh so much. Noel Fielding and Russell Brand make a hilarious team.

After the quiz I tucked myself away to do some studying, logged into the forum to make sure I’ve not missed too much discussions (it’s been really quiet in there, we’re all enjoying the break I think) and got onto logarithms. Michelle watched the second Hobbit film in preparation for us seeing the third on Tuesday. Last week it’s showing in Braintree, we almost missed it!

Drove: 9km
Walked: 1.5km
Ran: 8km

3rd Jan 2015


Even though it was only a one day working week I was grateful it was Saturday.
What I wasn’t grateful for was the sound of rain I heard when I woke up, knowing that I’m heading out to parkrun.
The rain slowed when I got to parkrun and had a very muddy run around the route which I completed in 28:20, no where near my best time but things are feeling better with the running now (had a flu or flu like thing last month and taken me a bit to get over). I really enjoy parkrun, chat to a few people on route, Len for a lot of the first bit, Lauren until the end. Afterwards went for coffee with Pete and Dan joined us.
Went home and ended up chatting with Michelle for a fair bit about her (our) Granddad over in Canada, it seems his health isn’t quite as good as it should be and they’re thinking of arranging for him to go home to Guyana. Michelle’s been trying to convince her Mum to go visit.
Shower, then it’s baby Jack’s first birthday party at the Morgan’s.
Was a nice little gathering, saw quite a few friends. Peter, George, Amanda, Wanye (and baby Thomas), Louise, John, Norman and Hannah. Was great catching up with those we hadn’t seen since before Christmas. Jack enjoyed his gift of a xylophone (not sure Alison is friends with us now though 😉 ).

We spent the afternoon chatting and snacking.
As the party wound down we jumped in the car and visited my parents home to visit Mum before her birthday. Mum, Sam and Andrew were there. Dad was there for some of it but had churchy stuff to do so was tucked away upstairs in the study for most of it). Mum made up a lovely pasta dish for us, we chatted, I did a bit of studying, revising trig stuff (most of it similar to school really, just in radians. Radian is the length of a the arc of a segment by the radius of the segment. There are 2π radians in a complete circle). Gave the cats lots of fuss too.
Ran: 5km
Drove: 38km

2nd Jan 2015

First day back at work. Harsh…

Had an awful nights sleep, struggled to get off and then kept waking up.
Left me feeling really tired when my alarm went off.

Got up to find Michelle had left me a little care package. Mostly things I needed to take to work but included a sweet note. Did bring some cheer to a bleak day.

In the bag was my decaf Illy, chocolate coffee beans and the Cthulhu calendar Michelle had bought me, all things essential for survival at work.

Managed to get in a coffee and chat with Sammy before embarking on month end, which helped cushion the blow.

As it was Friday it was pub lunch day, Queens Head wasn’t doing food so we tried the Horse and Groom again. Food was quite nice (veggie Mexican burger) and had a pint and half of Moorlands.

Michelle messaged and suggested that we catch a film, Mockingjay Part One, the latest in the Hunger Games series. I’d seen the other films and listened to the audiobooks whilst running, so was really up for that. Something to look forward to after the reentry shock of back to work.

The rest of the work day was pretty uneventful (thankfully!)

The film was amazing! Loved every minute of it, so much tension, especially as I knew what was about to happen. Poor Michelle didn’t and some bits really shocked her.

Drove: 19 km

1st Jan 2015

Going to try to pick this up again, I end up doing so much it’s hard to keep track of so thought I’d give it another go.

The New Year was hailed at the Morgan’s, it was a little more low key then usual due to baby Jack needing his sleep so was held in the garage. Even though it might have been quieter, it was still great fun. Saw Laurence, Alison, Pete, George, Hannah and Norman there. Drunk rather too much, chatted even more and played some laser pool.

Had a few pints of a lovely cappuccino porter I bought from Glastonbury called Thriller.

A cocktail made by Laurence which was disaronno and whiskey.

Mikkeller MAD Beer Umami – Contains seaweed

At about 3am we were all flagging so took the walk home, Michelle and I chatting away which made the walk go really quick.

8 am (ish) time to get up, yes really!
Great Notley parkrun was having a new years day event, and because it was on a Thursday Laura was able to make it. She came and picked me up and we joined the parkrun family for the first run of the year.

Was a fairly mild morning, but there was mud and ice on the course. The hill was very muddy, the Flitch Way Marathon finished there on New Years Eve (DNS for me 🙁 was undertrained due to getting ill). We completed the course in 35 minutes and saw lots of friends before and afterwards.

After Laura dropped me off home, I wiped off the mud and joined Michelle back in bed, slept until gone noon.

The afternoon was pretty lazy, watched the Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2014, and 2013 as we missed that last year. Wandered across to the Morgan’s to help tidy and to get my car, ended up chatting a little bit as well.

After getting home I heated up a tajine I’d cooked a couple of days before and watched The Butterfly Effect with Michelle. Quite a dark and thought provoking film, we had to watch the Simpsons after to balance out effects of the film.

Then to bed read a bit of the book Mum & Dad bought me for Christmas ‘What If?’ by Randall Munroe, creator of xkcd.com; I’d thoroughly recommend it. Podcast to settle down for an early night ready to face the first working day of 2015.

Walked: 3.4 km
Ran: 5km
Drove: 1.8 km