Treadmill to Tarmac

As you may or may not know, I joined a gym after Christmas to try and get back to my level of fitness that I had before I came to university. It has been difficult, a year of a sedentary lifestyle takes its toll on you, but I’m starting to get back to a better, fitter, healthier version of myself.

I made the decision to go running last night, just a short one around a bit of my home neighbourhood whilst I’m back in the area for the weekend. Now, I have no trouble running 5km on a treadmill. No trouble at all, I hop off and then off up to another part of the gym, just a little more tired than before. Last night, running properly on tarmac for the first time in a while I forgot why everyone tells you never to run on a treadmill if you plan to run outside for any distance.

My calf muscles are killing me.

Still, I can run further and for longer than I could over Christmas, what’s a few painful muscles for the price of that!

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There are too many books!

There are far too many books out there right now and this causes me a major problem; I want to read all of them.

This wouldn’t normally be a problem except for the fact that right now in my life I don’t have the time to read a lot of books. I have assignments to do. (I’m currently ahead of my assignments, so let’s hope this gives me time to read soon!!)

The Reading List page of this blog is woefully behind. I’ve added a lot of new entries into the list I keep on my phone but I haven’t had time to put them onto the blog yet. I also haven’t had a chance to review those books that I have actually read. I WILL do that over the weekend. I promise! I’ll also try to update my GoodReads account for those of you out there on the site. There’s a link to it on the reading list page. (Note: it may not be on there but it will be soon!)

So to keep the book nerdiness going whilst I catch up with writing reviews, I thought I’d share a few books from the list in my phone. If anyone has read any of them then please let me know what you thought via comment or email, no spoilers please!

The Midnight Palace – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Pigeon English – Stephen Kelman
The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
Hawk Quest – Robert Lyndon

I will update everything soon!

Keep reading!

Technical Difficulties 2

I got my laptop back last week. It was fixed. Hooray!

It broke again, exactly the same as before.

Needless to say I took it back to the repair shop on Monday and they diagnosed an underlying fault in the cable that feeds the inverter, which was shorting and causing the inverter board to blow. So for the past few days I have been living without a laptop again, spending larger portions of my time in University computer suites to try and keep on top of my work. It hasn’t been as bad as it could be, I mean I still have my BlackBerry which allows me to send and receive emails and do all my social networking. But still, I can’t keep up with Castle and New Girl without a laptop! Watching tv shows in the library is kind of frowned upon…

Luckily it is ready to pick up, after what is hopefully the last repair it will need!

If any of you guys have had computer issues, how bad have they been?

Until next time…

Technical difficulties

My laptop is broken. The backlight for the screen won’t come on, leaving the screen in perpetual darkness. Wonderful. This couldn’t have come at a worse time, what with all my uni work that I have to do currently. At least the laptop works behind the dark screen. -knocks on wood- This allows me to back up all of my files on to my external hardrive, hopefully preventing any major malfunctions from being to ruinous for too long. It can never be easy, can it?

Looking for the silver lining, at least I have a smartphone whilst this is happening. This means that I can still read and reply to emails, write blogs and do all the little things on the BlackBerry, saving me from having to make an effort to go somewhere else just to check my emails. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get the uni IT team to either fix it or forward me to someone that can do.

I’d best get going to the library now then, since I can’t do work in my room…

My laptop, with the torch I'm using as a backlight

My laptop, with the torch I’m using as a backlight

Life Takes Over: The Post Office Blog

Right now as I am writing this, I’m standing in a queue in the post office, waiting to pick up a parcel. This is the first time that I’ve felt like blogging since being back at uni. Tragic.

As is so often the case with things that we want to do, life gets in the way and takes up our time with all those little jobs that need to get done. For me, it has been a return to the weekly grind of lectures, though my modules this semester look very interesting and I’m sure that I’ll be sharing many a story about them in future posts.

Other things that I’ve done include joining the gym, a shock to the system after a fairly sedentary lifestyle last year. The aim is shift that stubborn stomach that seems to have built up and to generally improve my health and fitness in an aim to be happier and healthier in my lifestyle. My housemate and I made and decorated a birthday cake, as seems to have become our thing to do for friends birthdays. This one was shaped like a bee and tasted delicious if I do say so myself. Copious cups of tea have been drunk with friends and a lot of washing has been done, since I mistakenly left it here last time I went home!

But back to the post office…
Isn’t it always the way that you wait in for a delivery for a few days and the one half an hour that you go for a run, it turns up and you’re left with a little red slip and the knowledge that you will be queuing for over twenty minutes in a tiny room filled with people that are equally unhappy to be there.

Such is life.