Semi-flying Friday post

Just a quick one today as Geth and I have houseguests. I’ll update properly tomorrow!

OOTD 22nd March 2019
OOTD: just a quick selfie today! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), hoodie Internacionale (2000), t-shirt H&M (2018), skirt Gap (2007).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – The Edge Of America
Gala – Freed From Desire
Duran Duran – Meet El Presidente
Spandau Ballet – True
J Geils Band – Centrefold
The Wonder Stuff – Unbearable
Prince – Little Red Corvette
Oasis – Songbird
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Smokey Robinson – Being With You

Conquering the nerves

I decided, when I found out about a week ago that there was going to be a second edition of the poetry night that I went to last month, that I was going to get organised and bring along some poems on the very marginal off-chance that I would be brave enough to volunteer for a reading slot. Of course, I didn’t end up writing said poems until yesterday morning – the morning of the poetry night – because of life and its continual determination to get in the way of my writing. However, I got them written, printed out, and shoved in my handbag. Just in case.

Ukulele class last night was good – we’ve just got one more session now before the end-of-term performance in a couple of weeks’ time, which is yet another thing to be nervous about. After class finished, I got back on the Metro and headed to Drink Art Bar for the poetry evening.

I probably wouldn’t have dared volunteer to read if it hadn’t been for the fact that the bar staff asked if I was going to! Once I had signed up, though, I felt strangely calm about it and just rehearsed everything in my head until it was my turn to go on. I felt quite confident reading my poems, but my limbs decided differently and would not stop shaking. Apparently it wasn’t noticeable to anyone else, but it certainly was to me!

I’m really, really glad I worked up the courage. I never thought I’d be able to tick that New Year’s Resolution off the list so early in the year.

Today was a fairly standard Thursday, with a speed run, Slimming World (I lost six pounds this week, getting rid of last week’s gain plus a bit extra!), and Pilates class.

Our friends Kieran and Lisa are coming to visit tomorrow, so I’m just getting a few things ready, and then it’ll be time for the weekend 🙂

OOTD 21st March 2019
OOTD: comfy Pilates outfit, slightly dishevelled! Hoodie Internacionale (2000), t-shirt Roly for Blaydon Race (2018), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Barry Manilow – Copacabana
Oasis – Songbird
Pinkfong – Baby Shark

Phone Box Thursday: Het Haasje, Maarheeze

Google Translate tells me that ‘het haasje’ translates as ‘the hare’. Google Maps, meanwhile, tells me that lots of roads are called ‘Het Haasje’ in the Netherlands. There is clearly a linguistic quirk at play here that I’m not quite getting.

Anyway, these two phone boxes were discovered by Mum and Dad in a petrol station cafe while travelling through Maarheeze.

Red phone boxes
Red phone boxes, Het Haasje, Maarheeze, 2nd August 2018.

(Coordinates 51°32’25.5″N, 5°59’36.4″E.)

If you click on the Google Street View link above, you can just about see the two red boxes through the window on the right hand side of the cafe.

It’s always interesting to see classic red phone boxes in non-UK locations. Surprising that these ones have found themselves in a Dutch petrol station cafe!

Semi-flying Wednesday post

A fairly early post today as it’s a busy evening ahead – I’ve got my ukulele class followed by a poetry evening. Will update properly tomorrow!

OOTD 20th March 2019
OOTD: garden may need mowing again soon! Scarf Marks & Spencer (2017), jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), jeans Levi (2018), boots Primark (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know?
Duran Duran – Tel Aviv [AIR Studio Version]

Still another mile

I did my recovery run this morning. I felt a lot more comfortable than I did on Saturday, even with all the aches and pains that have shown up this week. Fingers crossed for a manageable long run at the weekend.

It’s been a bit of a slow afternoon as I was tired post-run, but I got a lot of admin done and made a start on the list of agents for sending out my pitch later this week.

Hoping for a more productive day tomorrow.

OOTD 19th March 2019
OOTD: trainers are back out for spring! Scarf MyScarf (2019), jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), jeans Levi (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Sam Smith and Normani – Dancing With A Stranger
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
T’Pau – China In Your Hand
Cliff Richard – Wired For Sound
Hozier – Take Me To Church
Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – Human
Lewis Capaldi – Grace
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
Robbie Williams – The Road To Mandalay

Booze Alternative: Schweppes Ginger Beer

Who knew there were so many ginger beers in the world? I didn’t. This is another one I discovered when Mum and Dad were in town last month.

Schweppes Ginger Beer
Schweppes Ginger Beer.

This one tastes kind of retro. I can’t really explain it. It just sort of…reminds me of something that I maybe drank a very long time ago, when I was very young. I think I need a few more of these to try and work it out.

Your hearing power has levelled up!

The hearing aid saga is at an end for now! (I keep thinking of it in a ‘you’ve finished a quest!’ sort of way, which shows that my resumed videogame habit is already starting to affect my thinking. That was quick!) I went to pick up my new earmoulds at the hospital today. They’ve got that ‘new earmould smell’ that is making me nostalgic for early 2016, when I last got new earmoulds. I didn’t even remember that such a scent existed!

I’ve spent the afternoon getting on with writing and admin, and am looking forward to another quiet evening with my 3DS.

Tomorrow, I will finally have the chance to get on with this book pitch that was originally supposed to be sent out about six weeks ago!

OOTD 18th March 2019
OOTD: you can’t see them, but those new moulds are there. Scarf unknown brand (2019), jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), Duran Duran t-shirt Amplified (2018), jeans H&M (thrifted from Steff 2016), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
The Specials – Ghost Town
Pinkfong – Baby Shark
Sigala, John Newman and Nile Rodgers – Give Me Your Love
The Killers – All These Things That I’ve Done
Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know?
Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams

Music Video Monday: recent chart catchup

A couple more recently released videos for current chart hits.

Khalid – Talk

I really like the colourful sets and costumes in this one, even if there is a bit of ‘standing around by a car’.

Roddy Ricch, Chip and Yxng Bane – How It Is

Fairly typical urban-set video with lots of smoking and designer labels. I do like that there’s a scene in a launderette, which is a classic music video setting!

Back to the ’80s next Monday.