On with the week off…and some thoughts about my hearing aids

Another fairly relaxed day.  I went out to get my hair cut, and I’m amazed my new hair still looks okay after coming back through the gale force winds that were blowing this afternoon.  You can’t beat that magical salon hairspray.

I also took a detour to the hospital to pick up some hearing aid batteries.  I’ve worn hearing aids since 2002 but only got digital ones in 2016 (it was a huge, huge saga, mainly due to the fact that NHS Scotland and NHS England will not communicate with each other, so I basically had to go through over a year of tests before I could have new ones after my old analogue one broke.  It was a very deaf time).  The digital ones are great, but they eat a lot of batteries – and when the battery is getting low it makes a horrible doom-laden clanging sound (this usually happens when I am not in a position to be able to change the battery, like when I’m in a music venue watching a band, or in the middle of a 10K race), so you can’t really eke them out right to the end of their lives.

I also find it funny when I think about my hearing aids compared to my glasses – if you think about it, they perform the same function (sensory aids), but I don’t know anyone these days who goes through the NHS for glasses (I presume NHS glasses must still be available?  I wonder if they’re still the uniform thick-framed things that people associate with the term ‘NHS glasses’?), yet it’s still standard for hearing aids, and so the latter feel so much more medicalised.  I can’t ever imagine high-end designer labels doing lines of hearing aids either, or listing them as an accessory when I do my OOTD photos!  Glasses are considered fashion, whereas hearing aids are seen as technology, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

Still, I will never take hearing aid technology for granted – I really appreciate it on haircut days, because I need to take my aids out (and my glasses off if I’ve not been organised enough to wear contacts, which is usually the case), and trying to hear what the hairdressers are saying is tough, even if I’ve asked them to speak up.

Glasses and hearing aids
It’s nice to be alive in a time when such things are possible. I don’t think I could have pulled off an ear horn.

Hearing aids thoroughly back in place, I’m spending another evening watching Geth playing Final Fantasy IX.  Great story so far!

Final Fantasy IX
Nice to see some old-school turn-based combat too.


OOTD 19th September 2018
OOTD: everything looks better with new hair. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), jeans Levi (2018), trainers Reebok (2017). And the hearing aids (they’re under the new hair somewhere)…Siemens (2016), just ’cause I can.

In other news, I’m getting thoroughly sick of my blurry phone camera now and I think I’m going to invest in a better one.

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Housemartins – Build
Heaven 17 – Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry
Duran Duran – Rio
Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – Human
Kiesza – Hideaway
Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
Queen – I Want It All
Nicole Scherzinger – Don’t Hold Your Breath
M People – Movin’ On Up
The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make?
will.i.am, Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger – THE (The Hardest Ever)

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Madonna – Like A Virgin

2018 Ciders #50: Waupoos Premium

It’s the last cider from Canada, and the fiftieth different cider I’ve drunk this year!  I had this one on the 23rd of July, so I suppose it’s possible I might get to a hundred different ones for 2018.  We’ll see!

Waupoos Premium
Waupoos Premium.

You can see the logo better on the official website.

Waupoos is a nice dry cider with a lovely strength to it.  I’d had this one the previous time we visited Toronto, in 2016, so it was nice to see it again!

A proper day off

No real work today except email admin, and no house stuff except a quick sort-out of the TV and PS2 setup in the bedroom so Geth could get on with his Final Fantasy IX playthrough:

TV, PS2 and games
Geth is very happy to have this setup back.

It’s been a very relaxing day!  I am now thoroughly enjoying watching Geth play the opening section of the aforementioned game.  Gameplay-wise it looks very similar to FFVII and FFVIII, the other two PS1-era entries.

OOTD 18th September 2018
OOTD: a typical ‘not leaving the house’ outfit. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), hoodie Gildan for Resistanz (2013), t-shirt Cyberdog (originally early 2000s, thrifted from Geth 2014), belt H&M (2017), tights Primark (2017), shoes Primark (2012).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Jonas Blue and JP Cooper – Perfect Strangers
Tracey Ullman – They Don’t Know
Billy Ocean – Get Out Of My Dreams, Get Into My Car
Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds
Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
Freddie & The Dreamers – I’m Telling You Now
Queen – I Was Born To Love You
One Direction – One Thing
The Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays
Yes – Owner Of A Lonely Heart

A non-sick day

I’m not feeling too hot at the moment.  The bad cough I had over the weekend has turned into a full-blown cold, and so I feel shaky, drained of energy and generally rubbish.  I’m also ravenously hungry all the time, for some reason, which is not helping me stay on plan SW-wise.

Unfortunately, freelancers don’t get sick days, so I had to work today!  At least I got to do it from the comfort of my own sofa, wearing a giant cosy jumper and putting my feet up, so it’s not all bad.

A catchup of the weekend’s outfits:

OOTD 14th September 2018
Friday OOTD: another un-ideal mirror selfie. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), t-shirt Gildan for Infest (2018), jeans Levi (2018), boots Carefree (2017).


OOTD 15th September 2018
Saturday OOTD: quick trip out to a birthday party. Vest top Primark (2018), jacket Kaliko (2007), bag CXL by Christian Lacroix (2018), jeans H&M (thrifted from Steff 2016), shoes Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa (2018).


OOTD 16th September 2018
Sunday OOTD: pub trip outfit. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), t-shirt Katharine Hamnett for Help Refugees (2017), belt Flip (2003), jeans Alexander Wang Denim (2018), shoes Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa (2018).


OOTD 17th September 2018
Monday OOTD: could have looked a lot worse considering I feel like hell! Jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), jeans Vivid (2018), boots Carefree (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Gloria Estefan – Oye Mi Canto
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Christina Perri – Jar Of Hearts
Evanescence – Bring Me To Life
Mesh – Little Missile
Brother Beyond – The Harder I Try
Wet Wet Wet – Wishing I Was Lucky
Queen – I Was Born To Love You
Paddy Reilly – Fields Of Athenry
Wham! – Freedom

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Soft Cell – My Secret Life

Flying Sunday post

Just a quick post today as I’ve been busy.  Normal service resuming tomorrow!

Today’s earworm playlist:

XTC – Senses Working Overtime
Taylor Dayne – Tell It To My Heart
Lady Gaga and Beyoncé – Telephone
Forrest – Rock The Boat
Depeche Mode – Everything Counts

And a couple of bonus tracks that Geth was humming earlier:

Elmer Fudd – Chase The Wabbit
Alice Cooper – Poison

Latest house stage done!

After a busy week working on the house, I finally had it ready for visitors staying by the time Geth’s family – Anne, Heulwen and Laura – arrived last night.  I’ve got a good sense of what the next stage is, but for the next couple of weeks I’ll be taking a break from the house project and doing other things!

After a good catch-up with the in-laws last night, Geth and I dragged ourselves out of bed to go to parkrun this morning.  I was expecting to have to take it easy after the GNR last week (not to mention the amount of dust I’ve been dealing with this week, which has given me a nasty cough and apparently turned the insides of my lungs black – super goth), but when I got going I found I had boundless energy and ended up with a PB!  Official time was 30:25, but everyone’s official time seems to be six to eight seconds slower than their watch time today, so maybe there was an issue with the results.  Either way, I’m edging ever closer to that sub-30, and I’m hoping to be able to go for it next week.

I’m having a quiet couple of hours to myself at the moment while Geth and the family are in town shopping – later on we’ll be heading to our friend Matthias’ birthday drinks for a while before coming back home for tea.  A nice relaxed Saturday!

OOTD catchup tomorrow when I sort my photos out!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Taylor Dayne – Tell It To My Heart
Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off
New Order – Temptation
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
The Human League – The Lebanon
Duran Duran – Rio

Flying Friday post

Just a quick post today as we’ve got visitors coming.  Will update properly tomorrow!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Planet Earth
Duran Duran – Burning The Ground
R Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly
Gloria Estefan – Oye Mi Canto
Mr Mister – Broken Wings
Duran Duran – New Moon On Monday
Duran Duran – Last Chance On The Stairway

A nice straightforward Thursday

Slimming World weigh-in wasn’t too bad this morning.  I did put a few pounds on after my pastathon, but not as much as I’d feared.  I should easily be able to get it off again this next week, even with visitors coming.

I had work all afternoon, followed by Pilates class, so other than a couple of quick jobs this evening, I’ve had a break from the house project today.  Will get up early and finish everything tomorrow.

It’s really nice to have a quiet evening – Geth’s away at a conference so it’s just me tonight.  Me and the Now! ’80s channel, that is!

OOTD 13th September 2018
OOTD: fringe is getting too floppy for my liking – have booked a haircut for next week. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), hoodie Gildan for Resistanz (2013), t-shirt Great North Run (2018), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Do You Believe In Shame?
The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make?
Arcadia – Election Day
The Housemartins – Happy Hour
The Reynolds Girls – I’d Rather Jack
Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off

Phone Box Thursday: Upper Street, London

It’s the last of the Islington phone boxes…for now.  I found a few more a year later in November 2017!

Black phone boxes
Black phone boxes, Upper Street, London, 12th November 2016.

I don’t know if there’s a special reason these ones have been painted black, but it looks very striking.  It’s also great that they’ve been repurposed for wifi – another good 21st century use for phone boxes.

Somewhere new next week!