Autumn weekends in :)

A nice relaxing Saturday today. I took it easy at parkrun this morning (Geth on the other hand is getting weekly PBs at the moment!) and have spent the rest of the day chilling out with writing and internet.

I finally have some time to get back to videogaming tomorrow 🙂

OOTD 5th October 2019
OOTD: my favourite jumper is back for the autumn/winter! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Michael Land – Club 41
Kim Wilde – Chequered Love
Slade – Cum On Feel The Noize
Duran Duran – Winter Marches On

Life without alcohol: nine months sober

Three-quarters of a year sober today. For most of my life, that would have seemed utterly impossible.

Autumn trees

Every month, it becomes marginally easier, and marginally more normal. I still think about drinking a lot, and every time I plan a night out, my first instinctive thought is that I will be drinking, before I remember that I don’t anymore. It’s just one of the many ways in which I haven’t managed to detach my brain from drinking culture yet – for instance, I still automatically assume that I’ll have to wait a while before I set off if I’m planning to drive in the morning (despite the fact that I only properly got back into driving this year, after I got sober!) and when I’m offered a booze alternative like Nosecco or even ginger beer earlier in the day, my first instinct is that it’s a bit too early to start yet – when in actual fact, it would be perfectly fine to drink Nosecco all day long, as I would still be stone cold sober at midnight!

Drink is also showing up in my dreams a lot, usually in tandem with the strange reappearance of my recurring nightmares about my late cat, José, which have started happening a lot again after a few years of respite. As I expected, they usually take the form of ‘oops I forgot I was sober and had a drink’, similar to the ones I have about vegetarianism. Thankfully I’ve not recently dreamt about actually being drunk, which I always found to be a horrible dream even when I was still drinking.

I’ve reviewed one booze alternative this month:

I’ve got a slight backlog of booze alternatives to review, but hopefully I’ll catch up before the end of the year.

It’s been a very busy month and I’ve not really been looking after myself mental health-wise. I’ve already set a few things in place to make sure this is less of a problem throughout October.

Stepping up

Mostly a day job day today, but I did get out for a walk as I needed to go to the hospital to get one of my hearing aids fixed. I’m trying to hit my Garmin step count every day at the moment, so I might need to pace a bit more this evening to get to target!

A quiet evening in with TV tonight, and a nice quiet weekend ahead.

Garmin step count
Not an OOTD: might need to wander around the living room for half an hour or so!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Sigala, Ella Eyre, Meghan Trainor and French Montana – Just Got Paid
A-ha – The Sun Always Shines On TV
Tones & I – Dance Monkey
Duran Duran – Ordinary World
Andy Taylor – I Might Lie
Lizzo – Truth Hurts

Getting the coats out again

I’m finding it’s definitely coat weather now. I’m also finding I need to plug a few gaps in my September-to-January coat warmth spectrum, so for the moment I’m overheating slightly in one that’s a bit too heavy.

However, it’s nice to get out at the moment when it’s not raining, because the trees are turning beautifully and the leaves are nice to crunch through. I went for my usual Thursday walk to Slimming World and the supermarket this morning, and have been spending the rest of the day doing a bit of work.

More of the same tomorrow.

Autumn coat, 1989
Not today’s OOTD: a favourite coat from three decades ago.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Kygo and Whitney Houston – Higher Love

The best daytime TV…

…is the collection of old episodes of Top of the Pops that I’ve recorded off BBC Four at the weekends and then have on in the background during the week. Far superior to house-buying shows or Jeremy Kyle or whatever it is the main channels show during actual daytime hours.

I got a good few watched today because I was still catching up with admin. I then headed out to ukulele class in the evening (songs are feeling easier!) and have been doing a few writing jobs since then.

Back to the day job tomorrow as soon as I’m done with Slimming World weigh-in.

Top of the Pops 1985
Not an OOTD: a 1985 episode of Top of the Pops on our 2010s flatscreen. I still miss John Peel.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Jax Jones and Bebe Rexha – Harder
Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
Blancmange – Living On The Ceiling
Tones & I – Dance Monkey
Jim Croce – Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
Peter Hames – Ordinary Man
Charlie Puth – One Call Away
Lizzo – Truth Hurts
Dominic Fike – 3 Nights

Late in the day

It was too wet and miserable to go for a run this morning (yup, I have become a bit of a fairweather runner ever since doing the bulk of my marathon training on the treadmill!), but it had brightened up by mid-afternoon so I ended up running later instead. It turned out that it wasn’t a good idea so soon after lunch! I need to plan things better if I’m going to start doing late afternoon/early evening runs.

Other than running, today I have mainly been getting on with admin and writing. I’m really appreciating this nice quiet week after the whirlwind of the last fortnight.

I’ve now updated my text adventure game after collecting various feedback over the last week!

More of the same (with bonus ukulele class) tomorrow.

OOTD 1st October 2019
OOTD: posting today’s outfit again for once! As you might have guessed, I am currently happily living in my ’80s jumper collection. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Jac (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Kylie Minogue – Spinning Around
Andy Taylor – I Might Lie
Ed Sheeran and Stormzy – Take Me Back To London
Naughty Boy and Sam Smith – La La La
Lewis Capaldi – Hold Me While You Wait
Trevor Something – Miami Nights

Settling into those cosy autumn evenings!

It was bright but a bit cold today. It’s starting to get dark around six now, and so I am on the sofa tonight with my blanket and a marathon of Strictly episodes to catch up with. May start lighting a few candles once I get a bit more organised later this week!

I’ve mainly been getting on with admin today – it’s going to be a quiet week (as far as I know!), so I’ll have a really good opportunity to catch up with everything. I’ll also finally be able to do some more work on my text adventure game!

I will get out for a run or a walk (or both if I’m up early enough) tomorrow – much as I’d like to snuggle up in the house for the rest of the season!

Strictly: It Takes Two
Not an OOTD: all the episodes of It Takes Two on the digibox for me to watch!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Slade – Coz I Luv You
Duran Duran – White Lines
Duran Duran – Come Undone
Revo – Ship Upon The Open Skies
Traditional – The Big Ship Sails On The Ally-Ally-O
Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle
The Knack – My Sharona
Trevor Something – Miami Nights


My long-awaited lazy day arrived today and I have thoroughly enjoyed it! Geth was out at a Keyforge tournament, so I just spent the day online playing with various running apps and websites that give you achievement badges. Always good for motivation when there are no races coming up in the immediate future!

I feel nice and refreshed now for getting back to work tomorrow.

Fetch Everyone badges
Not an OOTD: my achievement badges (so far – still need to log a lot of my running history) on Fetch Everyone. I certainly earned that ‘running in France’ badge – I didn’t have any GPS files for the runs I did in the Cévennes in July 2015, so I had to create one manually!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Michael Land – The Scumm Bar (MI1)
Traditional – Sospan Bach
Trevor Something – Miami Nights
Altered Images – Don’t Talk To Me About Love
Jackson Browne – Rosie
Howard Jones – I’d Like To Get To Know You Well
Michael Land – Planet Threepwood
Gunship – Dark All Day
USA For Africa – We Are The World
Madness – One Step Beyond
Ed Sheeran and Stormzy – Take Me Back To London
Slade – Cum On Feel The Noize

Need words, cannot brain

The last couple of weeks have been pretty full-on and I think I need to delete a few files from my brain now, as it no longer appears to be working.

Good things today:

  1. Rain cleared up for parkrun and I was marginally less slow than last week
  2. We won two out of three missions on our Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle Earth campaign
  3. I (or my slow cooker, really) made the best curry for tea

I’d best leave it there. Hoping to be slightly more with it tomorrow.

Repurposed childhood marble collection
Not an OOTD: these are not the marbles I have currently lost, but they’re very pretty in my decorative wooden bowl with these tealight holders. I’ve had most of them since early childhood.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Michael Land – Jazzy Voodoo In The Swamp
Kygo and Whitney Houston – Higher Love
Jim Croce – Bad, Bad Leroy Brown