Monday, April 20, 2015

Morning walk

Managed to drag myself out of bed at 8 on the dot, left house at 8:11. Walked 5.33km in 1 hour 4 minutes. I'm giving myself the four minutes for traffic lights, every single set (5) but one was red in both directions.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dublin mini-marathon

Lots going on and lots I want to write about but it's too much, I'm overwhelmed again and it's stopping me from writing anything at all. So I'm going to ignore most of it for now and at least get a few small things down.

In January I signed up to do the Dublin Women's Mini-Marathon - it's a standard 10k through the streets of Dublin with the only discernible difference to any of the 10k events I've heard of here being that you don't have to run it. They have runners, fast joggers, slow joggers and walkers. I did it once before (a long time ago, I think perhaps 1999 or 2000) and didn't really train much at all and was able to do it in 2 hours almost to the second.

Of course, I'm far heavier (although I was overweight at that time as well) and definitely far less fit now so I really need to get some training done. I did a 10km walk in January and have tried to be better at walking places, or at least cycling since then but it has been a bit hit and miss. As an aside, work is absolutely shit and has been since mid-March, which doesn't help. Anyway, after saying to myself a couple of weeks ago that it was now eight weeks to go, need to get my act together and then doing nothing. And then last week thinking, oops, only seven weeks to go, better get my act together and still doing nothing. Well, now it's only six weeks to go so if I don't get a move on, I might not be able to make it at all. That 10km walk in January was just about doable but I did stop three times for seven minutes each time and there'll be none of that on the day.

So this evening, after spending the day in work (spending more of it on the internet than actually working - that's the kind of stupid thing I'm doing at the moment), I planned to cycle home and then go straight out for an hour-long walk. According to the training app thingy from the mini-marathon site, this week I should be up to three x 1 hour walks at a moderate pace, 1 day of other exercise and then a 7km walk at the weekend. I could tell that I wouldn't go for a walk if I came home though so instead I cycled in the other direction from home. I kept going for about 20 minutes, getting turned around twice, so lots of cycling round in circles while I tried to figure out where I actually was and eventually made it out to the river down by the trade fair grounds, approximately where I wanted to be. In all I cycled 11.23km and that took me 52 minutes 14 seconds (probably spent about 3 or 4 minutes on the two times I was trying to figure out where I was and various waits at traffic lights). So that's something at least.

My plan now is to get up early tomorrow and go for an hour's walk before work. If I get up and leave about half-seven, or any time up to eight o'clock really, it'd be fine. That gives me time to walk for an hour, come back, do some stretching and maybe even get the hoovering done (haven't done it for three weeks - my apartment is a disgusting mess at the moment). But we'll see. I'd be more than happy with a walk and getting to work on time.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Life is hectic, somewhat overwhelming (hence lack of posting) and very, very up and down at the moment. Here's one of the ups. We had our choir concert at the weekend and the lute player (it feels like there might be a word for lute player but if there is, I don't know it) filmed this alto solo (also an important part for the lute) and it came out pretty well. We filmed the whole concert, too but apparently the sound isn't great so we're going to see if he has any more footage to share. It was a fairly tough concert for me this time round but the actual performance was really good and everything just came together beautifully.

This soloist is still very young, really just starting out her career and I think she's fantastic. Such a gorgeous voice. Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, February 22, 2015


I just cut my own hair for the first time.

Aaagh. Now to wash it and see how it came out. I'm too nervous to look properly yet!

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Summery yumminess in winter

Sitting on the couch feeling hungry but unwilling to get up and cook. Sorry that I didn't stop at the supermarket to buy crisps, chocolate and frozen pizza while at the same time really pleased with myself for not doing that since I'd have eaten it all by now and half regretting the blow to my diet and my purse.
My lovely brother rang me for just a quick chat before heading out to his jiu jitsu class which at least got me moving enough to get into the kitchen, even if I still didn't feel much like cooking, and then he mentioned eggs and I had a brainwave: eggs poached in tomatoes. So very glad now for putting in a bit of work during the summer so that I can have that lovely summeriness to eat at this time of year.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Net worth in February

I'm still not quite doing this correctly as this is the first time I've even checked anything since last time so all of the caveats from then still apply. I've just checked online balances where I could (and it only took me a couple of minutes to find the documentation with user IDs, notes on passwords etc. - progress!) and taken previous values or simply what I have paid in for the others. All in all though, especially given the way things seemed to be going when I first started checking a few months ago (down, down, down and that was enough reason to stop checking), I'm pleased to see pretty good increases overall. I'm not willing to devote so much time to this spreadsheet that I separate out how much of each increase is due to what I'm paying in and how much is actually return on investment but am content for now to know that either way the numbers are going up. Although now that I've said that, I want to figure it out. Maybe I'll just do a quick and dirty calculation now and figure out how to incorporate it into the spreadsheet later.

Increase in net worth overall: 16.51%
Made up of:
Irish Pension: +10.91%
Irish Retirement Bond: no new statement yet so no change here
German Riesterrente: +33.49% (payments I actually made account for about 11% - these returns seem way too high to be accurate so I should figure out where my mistake is)
German BAV: +167% (haven't received a statement yet so the 167% increase here is only the payments I've made and doesn't include fees I'll have to pay or any gains made)
Vodafone shares: +21.24% (if I check the actual share price in September and now, this can't be correct so perhaps I had it wrong then? Without taking screenshots of everything all the time, I may never know)

Although percentages are a great way to track things, what counts for me in the final analysis is that I've gotten my net worth to just over €30,000. Small compared to the mustachian crowd but seems like a huge amount to me. I'll doubt I'll be able to retire early but at least every time I check on these figures it feels a bit more like I will be able to retire someday.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

It's snowing

I'll dislike walking in it later but do love how our first real snow of the winter looks.

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