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On crossposting from the travelog...

So, I'm trying to keep up a bit of a travelog. Mainly because people want to see pictures of the trip and I hate facebook's picture sharing thing. So, I'm using one of my random RL-name connected domains for that. I don't see myself writing a lot there outside of holidays but for this it is good.

I'm probably going to crosspost most things here too. Just because.

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strange

*taps mic*

I am not dead. I am however going on a 6 week holiday to Australia tomorrow.

So, a summary of the last HALF YEAR might happen at some point (possibly, it _is_ a 23h journey after all). But not before probably quite a bit of talk about venomous mammals, hiking and cameras.

*wanders off again making high pitched noises*

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Possibly working less will let me post more too. That would be nice...

I'm finishing up the last block of shifts before the new colleague starts. I am so ready to occasionally work a less than 60h week again. And the next week with 90h of work better be a long way away too.
I'm completely and utterly done with the last 3.5 months. Just done.

Oh well, I have amassed enough overtime by now to cover my whole holiday to Australia next year. So that's something?
I just didn't get a lot of other things done in that period. I had plans, you know? But, realistically speaking, none of those plans are that time sensitive. I can still do them, once I'm back from my wild to-ing and from-ing (Next week: Visit Family, Tough Mudder BB, back home. The week after: camping in MeckPom, back home. The week after: Visiting Berlin, Sommerfest chez [personal profile] kriski & [personal profile] dirtyzucchini, back home.)
All with working a couple of shifts between each trip of course.
Sleep really is overrated.

The important thing is staying focused on the next move:

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Yes, I did say Half Marathon.

To continue my attempts to keep this at least kind of sort of updated, yes, I did say half marathon in the last entry.

The half marathon I've attempted three times now is a small-ish event (http://www.shaftesburyestates.com/shaftesbury-run/). It's in the middle of nowhere in Dorset.
It's run pretty much completely off road - which is one of the main reasons I am running this one. Trail running!

The one thing to keep in mind is that I HATE RUNNING. Seriously. It is the one kind of exercise I do because its good for me, not because I like it. I love climbing, I could hike for days, put me on my bike and I will cycle near and far, swimming, juggling, martial arts, I *love* all those things. Running? Hell, no.

So, I wasn't impressed when my Zombie Run music decided to Not Work for some reason.
I know there's people who enjoy just hearing their own breathing, footfalls and the sounds of nature. I am not one of them. I like those sounds when hiking. When running, I need something to distract me from the fact that I am running. Well, better luck next time I guess.

About the run itself. The weather was amazing. The trails were muddy in places but nice to run on. The course was well signposted, and I got to feel good when people in front of me had overlooked the (big, bright) arrow pointing to the left, because I noticed, called back whoever was within whistling distance and got people behind me on the right track as well.
Despite not really having trained - I was doing so well in March, but then April just kind of got away from me with overtime at work - and just plain giving up on running the hilly bits, I still finished with a better time (if only slightly) than last time. Yay.

And then I drove on to Devon (stopping at a McD for food at some point because proper nutrition for running is a thing other people do), did some small amount of hiking along the coast in the evening and went on a nice 10km hike in Dartmoor the next day. Because why not.
(The answer to that would be "Because the weather had turned and I got soaked through somewhere in the middle" in case you were wondering)

And that's about it. Drove to Exeter after, met up with fellow fan for food, drove back home, saw Days of Future Past and have been working like a maniac since again.

There is an end in sight though. Second full time vet is supposed to start in the middle of July. My rota looks so much more reasonable from them on...

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I saw X-Men Days of Future Past tonight. I liked it. And I have opinions about it. Which freaks me out a little bit, as I as a rule don't have opinions on things that go beyond "Me like".
But ok. Collapse )

Oh. I also ran a Half Marathon on Sunday. But I think the babbling about that will have to wait a bit longer...

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strange

Well... It's an entry. Kind of.

I have no idea where the month of April just went.

Part of that is that I'm the only vet at work at the moment (for reference, we have positions/hours for 2.5) so I have been working an insane rota and stacking up the overtime. I've also decided to help out the Pet Blood Bank with donation sessions occasionally, because only my nights were filled with work so far.
Part of it is that the weather has taken a turn for the worse and I am constantly tempted to huddle up with a blanket, a hot drink and stare gloomily out the window. I have worked quite a bit on my plans for a holiday in Australia next year.

It's not that I haven't been running (though I have been doing less of that than I had planned for the month) or climbing or going to the cinema or knitting or hanging out in chat or geocaching or any of the other things that I do with my life. It's just that all of it has been attempting to be noticed in my head through haze of "Work. Sleep. Work. RAIN AGAIN? Work. WTF re-plastering the patio wall right now are you JOKING? Work. Sleep. Oh. Maybe Food."
I am still reading (as always). I still want to post more often than I get around to it. I just do not know where my brain is at any given moment right now (probably asleep, to be honest).

I should probably start self improvement project "Das Leben ist kein Ponyhof" sooner rather than later. Let's see how this goes.

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And for today's moment of D'Oh...

As mentioned before, I'm trying to run fairly regularly at the moment (got a few Tough Mudders planned as well as my sort-of-yearly Half Marathon). I went for one run while at my parents', nice and easy, had a few quiet days in between (driving home and busy at work) but ever since I started back again every run was so much harder than before. I was out of breath and even had to slow to a walk in places I've been running past for the last few months.

I could not figure out why that was. I thought I'd maybe injured myself, blamed the busy nights of work with little to no sleep, thought about gravity fluctuations, hormones, the weather, shoes that didn't work properly on English soil, anything, really (mostly while running, it's very good for random and weird thoughts).

Until I remembered that after the run at my parents' I went and gave blood. Yes, maybe half a litre of blood less might influence speed and endurance just a tiny little bit...

In my defense, my regularly giving blood and the times when I was doing regular cardio workouts have never overlapped before.

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Lots of Fun and Happyness. And namedropping.

I have seen Captain America - The Winter Soldier and am now a happy person.
I keep waiting for Marvel to make that one film I hate, but so far it hasn't happened and that's actually nice.

Since the last time I posted I did So. Many. Things. once again, next to impossible to catch up on. But let's see...

  • I'm just back from my parents', drove there and played taxi for [personal profile] mareen and her cats on the way back
  • Some time in February, I took a short trip to Berlin, where, among other things, I visited [personal profile] kriski and [personal profile] dirtyzucchini and was fed wonderful food even though I was late /o\
  • I've continued with the running. Thanks to [personal profile] ell I found [community profile] runners and got sucked into their monthly challenges/motivation games.
  • Also in Berlin, I got new climbing shoes. They hurt so good! (This is important for climbing shoes. Just ignore it.)
  • I went climbing on Southern Sandstone for the first time. It was a lot of fun!
  • My plan to walk the Thames Path in segments whenever I have the time got put on the back burner due to rain and flooding, but now that's over I'll hopefully start again soon.
  • I've booked my flights for Prague in June (European congress I go to every year) and am planning on maybe a month long trip to Australia next year.
  • For reasons that don't need explaining, my mind is full of translation again. This is weird, but also fun.
  • I've rotaed myself for a massive load of shift in the next few months. I don't know why I did this - except because the shifts were there to be covered - but it will be interesting to see how long it will take me to curse every living being again. (Usually four days of work will do that. Can I lower that time? I'll keep you posted.)

And now I'll press post and vow to update sooner the next time. Right.

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Cite your sources, people!

The thing about tumblr that is annoying me most is that it is so bloody hard to find the original post.
Somewhere in the endless chain of reblogs, information is usually lost.

If people didn't attempt to keep that information available, all I would have seen were a few dorky portraits of Scarlett Johansson.
Nice for a chuckle and then moving on. Instead of realising that those dorky portraits are part of an exhibition that is on in Somerset House right now. And its free.

Oh yes, I spent an hour or two there today, creepily staring at portraits, trying to work out how they were shot or why they work.
(What? I have my geeky photo technique enjoyment and others reminisce about the films they have seen those portrayed in. It's all good.)

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But I don't even *like* running...

Really. Running? So not my sport. I really don't like it very much. But as the saying goes Das Leben ist kein Wunschkonzert and it is the one exercise that doesn't require any preparation or planning to do.
Also, I signed up for two Tough Mudders this year and will likely also try for my usual half marathon. Just possibly, running will be involved in one or two of those. Might as well practice.

However, this is one of the less waterlogged paths around here at the moment
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I also do not like running on the pavement. Or the road.

I've just got a second pair of shoes so I can alternate and let them dry out properly.
What was I saying again about not requiring preparation or planning?


(Yes, still trying the 'short entries fairly frequently' thing to get me talking)

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