Hello there!  I’ve been absent, I know.  I’ve been terribly busy, but that really is no excuse, as I have time to waste lots of time on the internet doing other things.  Anyways. . . what have I been up to?

1. I took a quick trip to London.

It was just a quick overnight jaunt, but it was incredible.  I went down to see Three Days in the Country (which if you know me, that should be no surprise.)  The play is absolutely amazing; both Mark Gatiss and John Simm were brilliant!  And I had a great seat with a perfect view of Mark’s  . . . .assets.  😉  I really need to spend a day writing up all my theatre trips this year!

After the play, this happened.  🙂

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2.  I’ve been training for a half-marathon!

I’ve been doing a lot of running!  I’ve just started week 8 of my training plan, and I feel pretty good.  Tired, but good.  Also, rungry!  I’m actually pretty impressed with myself as I’ve only missed one training run in the 7 weeks that I’ve been training.  I rolled my ankle on week 6, so I took a day off to make sure I hadn’t mangled it again.  It was a bit tender, but it didn’t swell or bruise.  Ice and resting helped it, and I was fine to continue on.

3.  I’ve been writing.  And writing.  And even more writing.

My thesis has been progressing.  Not with any amazing speed of course, but progressing all the same.  I have my secondary annual review in 10 days, so I’m freaking the fuck out, basically.  I have to get this chapter finished by the 9th and I am feeling a tiny bit hopeful.  If all goes well, I will be able to finish up my PhD.  If not, well, I don’t want to talk about it right now.

4. I went to the Doctor Who series 9 premiere!

With all the running and all the writing I’ve been doing, I haven’t had much time for fun (not since I saw Three Days in the Country).  I’ve been pretty focused on getting my work done, so it was nice to take last Thursday to first get my hair done, and then pop over to Edinburgh for the premiere.

The episode was brilliant, and that’s all I’m allowed to say.  🙂

Afterward, there was a Q&A with Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, which was pretty cool.

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I can’t wait to watch the episode again on September 19th.

Other than that, my life has been rather boring.  I hope to start planning my 40th birthday theatrepalooza very soon (Yay Hamlet!  Yay Three Days in the Country!  Yay high tea on my birthday!), and will share all the plans as soon as they are made.

 

Here’s a random Bailey 🙂

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Oh and if you’re interested, new hair

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I’m finally getting a chance to sit down and get some blogging done.  I’ve been really busy the best week grading essays for the class I was a GTA in this past semester.  I’m also still pretty down after everything that happened last month.

So how did I do in January?  The very fact I was able to get out of bed at all, was a miracle.

1. 10k training:  I managed about 70% of my runs.  Not perfect, but better than nothing at all.

2. I have yet to make a decision on running a half yet.  I’m still on the fence.

3. Floor barre:  I made it to one class.  🙁  I feel bad since I had paid for it, but one week I had a horrid headache, one week an upset stomach, and then the last week I had a grading deadline.  Ugh.

4.  Whole 30 didn’t happen.  I was waaaaaaay too upset after what happened to care about what I was eating or not eating.  I know that people say there are no excuses about giving up when you are under stress or whatever, but you know what?  I was too upset/traumatised/depressed and couldn’t be bothered to have to think about not having coffee the way I like it.  Maybe at some point in the future I will give it a try, but right now I am not in the right headspace.  Also, I like my coffee with cream.

5. Chapter deadline: I made it, but it wasn’t pretty.  The chapter was shite and needs to be re-written.

February goals:

1. Keep running 3x/week.
2. Make a decision about the half.
3. Recommit to tracking my calories.  I’ve been terrible about watching what I’ve been eating lately.
4. Get my life organised.

Wow, it’s been ages since I’ve blogged.  I haven’t had much to say lately; I’ve been really tired and stressed out and have been spending a lot of time just trying to “relax.”   Since I’ve last posted I’ve been to London to see Richard II, done some running, reading, and just general stuff.  I’ve also been starting to make fitness plans for 2014.

1. I started 10K training (again) this week for a 10k in March that I will be running in the London area.  I hope to improve my time.  I used some of the money I got for Christmas from my dad for new trainers to help me with this!

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2. I’ve also decided to run a half marathon next year.  I was thinking the Edinburgh half, but I am not sure I would make the sweep time by the time of the event, so I’ve decided on the Edinburgh Rock and Roll half in June!  I am totally crazy I know, but I am looking forward to it!

3. Floor barre classes!  I’ll be taking them in the month of January.  I’m so excited.  I want to take barre core and classes like that, but the options are limited here in Glasgow.

4. Whole 30.  In January I will be attempting to do a Whole30 as best I can.  I’m not perfect and I am sure that I will forget or screw up or get ill and need cough drops or something.  While that may sound self-defeating, it isn’t meant to.  I am just going to be realistic and do it as best as I can.  I’ve not been feeling 100% lately and I am hoping that the Whole30 experiment will allow me a reset.

5. Totally unrelated to fitness, but I have a chapter deadline for the end of the month of January.  I need to be working really hard to get this done (8000 words or so) and I want it not to suck, so hopefully I can do this well.

I’ve also signed on for Jantastic 2014 and Charlie’s 21 day yoga challenge (because I clearly need more things to do!) so it should be a busy month!

I’m really hoping for a good January to start off 2014 with a bang!