Over the last few days, I have been feeling much joy. What is making me feel joyous?
I travelled up to Leeds on Thursday afternoon and stayed in a splendid hotel, one that has a swimming pool. A fabulous night of sleep meant that I woke up super early in the morning. I decided to go for a swim first thing. For all 600m of lengths, I had the whole pool to myself. What a treat!
I saw the smallest most dinky train engine at Doncaster station. For some reason, this sight made me really happy. How cute is this little engine?!
On the way home from Leeds, I was tweeting my super exciting train journey home. And then something brilliant happened. A tweeple friend pointed out that we were on the same train. We chatted in the train vestibule for about 20 minutes before I had to get off at my stop.
My training for the half marathon continues to progress. On Tuesday I will graduate to Week 3 (of 8) of the Couch 2 5k running plan. I had great fun this morning. It had rained heavily over night so I ran through loads of puddles this morning and this resulted in plenty of mud being splashed around. Inside, I’m just a big kid – I must admit that I didn’t go out of my way to avoid the muddy puddles.
Today has involved spending time with friends. I caught up with one friend over brunch. I spent time with Former Housematey this afternoon. She is a bad influence on me! I hadn’t intended to buy anything, apart from a new swimsuit (my current one has become worryingly transparent due to being eaten by the chlorine). Instead, I ended up buying myself a new swimsuit AND I bought myself some yarn for a jumper that I’d like to knit.
In April, I absolutely loved watching The Great British Sewing Bee. Prior to the program, I had been thinking about buying myself a sewing machine and learning how to sew. Watching the program, I was hooked from the first episode and was inspired from the word go. To reward myself and celebrate finishing my MSc, I had been thinking about buying myself an iPad. However, I can’t help but think that iPads have a finite lifespan. I feel like finishing my MSc will need a reward that is going to last a bit longer than an iPad. After some research and receiving some extremely helpful suggestions from kindly folk, I took the plunge and bought this sewing machine. It’s being delivered on Tuesday! I will start to learn how to use it before I submit my dissertation. While some might say that it will just act as a distraction, I started to learn how to knit 9 days before I sat my final Open University exam.
Oh yeah, and while I was out with Former Housematey, I also bought myself a new handbag. Because let’s face it, a woman can never have too many handbags, right?
Number of days remaining until dissertation submission: 29.