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Sunday Check-in

11 days ago, I was writing a blog, during the Paralympic Opening ceremony. Today, I’m writing another watching the closing ceremony. I can’t believe it’s over. London 2012 is over. It’s so sad. This summer has been brilliant to live in London. I don’t know what we’re going to do now.

This week has been… disappointing. I had such plans for it. But things just kept coming up, and I didn’t have the will power, or want to stop them stopping me. Monday I got offered a job (yay!) so we went out to celebrate. Wednesday my other half won a VIP table at a club, which lead to a hangover Thursday. Friday I’d always had plans, but I hadn’t planned on the hangover on Saturday. I had a fun week, but writing and exercise suffered.

My goals were:

Writing: 100 words Monday – Wednesday and Friday – Sunday. 1,000 words Thursday.

Exercise: Walk home from work one day. Go to the gym once. Walk another 6km

Blogging: Write 2x check-in blogs. Write a book review blog. Write another blog.

And this is what I did:

Writing: I wrote over 100 words on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday. Oh, and I probably will tonight. So really, I only missed Wednesday and Friday for the 100 words goal. Not great, but I was out both nights. I need to start writing in my lunch break if I’m going out. It’s just hard when I’m so busy (I hardly take lunch breaks!). Hopefully the new job will be better.

Thursday is the disappointment. I didn’t manage 1,000 for One Thousand Thursday. I got 380. So disappointed with myself for that. The only reason is that I was hungover and tired after work and didn’t have the energy to start until late, and then I was too late. Sigh.

Exercise was slightly better. I didn’t make it to the gym. Please don’t laugh at the excuse – I couldn’t find my clothes. Honestly. I was late for work on Tuesday looking for them. Rar. Walking was better. I should have walked about 11/12 in total. TODAY I walked 10. Over the 7 days, I walked 25km. That’s not including walking to and from the tube, which is about 5 minutes each time.

I’m really, really happy with that. I did make a lot of effort, as you can tell.

Blogging has been shocking. I can’t be sure, but I think today is my first blog all week. Definitely no check-in on Wednesday, and no book review. I don’t think I did any others.

So, it’s not been a great week. This one coming WILL be better.

I’m going to keep my goals the same as they were last week I think. They’re good goals. And, if I’m good, they’re achievable. Lets see…

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Checking in Late

I’m so confused with days at the moment. I woke up thinking it was Tuesday. Could not work out which day it was. This is because I worked last week, then straight from that, I started volunteering as a London Ambassador for the Olympics on Saturday, and have been doing that since. I’m lost.

I’m also really tired. Yesterday (I knew it was Sunday yesterday!) I totally planned to write, and to check-in. The problem was I was so crazily tired, I got home, had a quick sit down to get some energy, made and ate dinner, read a little, then fell asleep on the sofa. No writing for Helen. I’m even more tired today, I sat on the sofa after work and fell asleep straight away for nearly 3 hours!

I think it’s better falling asleep earlier, because it means I’m awake later to write this blog, and to do some writing – which I WILL do.

You may have guessed that stressing how tired I am is leading up to an admission of guilt – I’ve not been writing. I know I did some last week, late last week, but I can’t remember when. The good news is that when I’m writing, I’m generally writing more than my 150 word goal, often up to 250, 350 sometimes even. So writing isn’t a problem, getting down to it is (as always).

As I have been so tired, I’m really not going to beat myself up about it. Especially since I’m doing lots of walking. Exercise isn’t a goal this time, but I need to get back doing it, so if a few days I do lots of exercise, and don’t manage some writing, you know what, it’s fine.

I emailed The Man of My Dreams to m boyfriend the other day. He said that he’d start printing it out slowly, over a few days at work. I feel like when I’ve got a hard copy of that, I’ll get moving on it again. I want to read through it, to see how it flows, and where I need to change it to towards the end, to get it to the end.

I’ve also been feeling a want to start writing ‘Holiday’ again. And maybe to find a proper name for it! Every summer for the last 3 years, I’ve spent a few months on it, so I’m feeling a little lost this summer not. However, I’m more into TMOMD, so I think I should stick to that. Maybe I’ll do NaNo then jump into Holiday after. Like I ever do ANY writing in December!

I can’t start thinking about that now, not winter, not when SUMMER has finally come to London. I’m sat here at 10:30pm with every window in the flat open because it’s so damn hot. It’s great, except I’ve not been drinking enough water so have had a few headaches over the last few days. It’s brilliant not to be  working working (real working that is) in this weather, but to be outside in it. The last two days I’ve been down at Southbank – which if you don’t know London is this area near Waterloo station on the south bank of the Thames, with so much going on – restaurants, shops, street performers, book stands, a food market… loads. It’s brilliant year round, but in the sun – it’s just amazing. And I’ve been there, in the sun, helping tourists. Awesome!

Anyway. I need to go and do some writing before boyfriend gets home and interrupts me (doesn’t that sound like it would be his fault – rather than mine, he he!).