Out on the town

I did my long run this morning instead of going to parkrun, as I won’t have time for a long run tomorrow. I’m getting used to the treadmill now, and it feels a lot more manageable for hours-long runs than pounding the pavements, especially seeing as I’ve got all these BBC4 music documentaries that I need to clear off the digibox.

After my run, I did a bit of tidying and then headed into town to meet up with Mum and Dad (and Geth, who’d been at a gaming tournament all morning). We had a couple of drinks (and I was gratified to find that ginger beer was available everywhere I went) and then went for a meal at El Torero, a tapas place that is one of my favourite restaurants in Newcastle. There’s lots of veggie options and the food is quite Slimming World-friendly (I just need to syn the oil they cook it in…and the cheesecake I inevitably have at the end!).

More adventures about town tomorrow.

OOTD 16th February 2019
OOTD: slightly dressier than usual! Scarf Marks & Spencer (2017), dress Polo Ralph Lauren (2018), tights Pamela Mann (2014), boots Clarks (2016).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Tears For Fears – Change
Lewis Capaldi – Grace
Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
Khalid and Normani – Love Lies
Halsey – Without Me
The Proclaimers – Throw The ‘R’ Away
The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
Ariana Grande – Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored
Martin Garrix and Khalid – Ocean
50 Cent – In Da Club

The twelve-eyed monster

Being very short-sighted, I’m always carrying around a ridiculous number of ‘pairs of eyes’ with me – regular glasses, old glasses for running (my regular ones don’t fit into my Croakies), daily disposable contact lenses for dressy occasions, prescription sunglasses to swap out with my regular glasses on sunny days, and non-prescription sunglasses to wear over my contact lenses when dressy occasions coincide with sunny days. It’s not the whole collection, but it’s not far off.

Today involved a trip to the optician for a double feature contact lens check and eye test, as Boots have been holding my contact lenses hostage while my details have been out of date. This meant that they also tried to get me to update my glasses, but my prescription’s not changed enough that I feel I desperately need new ones, so I’ll leave it until later in the year.

The rest of the day has mainly involved editing for clients, writing, and listening to radio shows and podcasts. I’m now looking forward to a weekend with family.

OOTD 15th February 2019
OOTD: blue Friday. Note the crocuses starting to open at the back of the garden! Scarf unknown brand (2019), jumper unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), jeans Vivid (2018), boots Moda In Pelle (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

David Bowie – Fashion
Madness – It Must Be Love
Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound Of Silence
Duran Duran – My Own Way
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams

Gradual progress

A typical busy Thursday. I did my speed run first thing, went to Slimming World (another half a pound off this week, still crawling slowly back to target range), and then went to Pilates in the evening. That’s our current Pilates course finished, so the next couple of Thursdays will be slightly less busy.

Geth and I didn’t buy cards or really do anything for Valentine’s Day (we normally have takeaway, but we’re trying to avoid that now we’re both on Slimming World), but he did bring me back some tasty ginger beers last night, so I’m enjoying one now.

Another hectic day tomorrow! Hoping next week will be a little more sedate.

OOTD 14th February 2019
OOTD: it’s Thursday! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), leggings Primark (2018), boots Primark (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Tears For Fears – Change
Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)
Elaine Paige – Memories
Yazoo – Only You
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Marshmello and Bastille – Happier
David Bowie – Life On Mars
Pulp – Common People
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
REM – Losing My Religion

A productive Wednesday

Another good, productive day of editing, followed by a lot of new stuff learnt at ukulele class. I’m really happy with the speed of progress in our classes – every week there’s something new to practice.

The usual busy Thursday tomorrow, but I’m still planning to squeeze in some editing.

OOTD 13th February 2019
OOTD: it’s getting marginally warmer. Scarf MyScarf (2019), hoodie Sonar (2006), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), jeans Levi (2018), boots Carefree (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – All She Wants Is
Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
The Beatles – Yesterday
Duran Duran – My Own Way
INXS – Need You Tonight
Tears For Fears – Mad World
Hue & Cry – Labour Of Love

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Vangelis – Chariots Of Fire

Close to the edit

I did another treadmill run this morning, which means I’m getting through my recorded TV programmes at a good pace!

I also got a couple of editing jobs done for clients – as I said yesterday, it’s nice to have ‘day job’ work again after a quiet month – and then got on with my own editing. I was nervous about hacking down my novel wordcount as I wasn’t sure there would be much I could cut without losing story content, but I’m actually finding it a lot easier and more satisfying than expected. I should have a pitchable manuscript by the end of the month at this rate.

I also tried out the slow cooker that Geth and I won in the raffle at Slimming World last week. I made curry, and it was delicious. I’m going to leave it for an extra hour or so next time, though, as the potatoes weren’t quite as done as I would have liked.

More editing work to do tomorrow – both for clients and for myself.

OOTD 12th February 2019
OOTD: it’s my comfiest dress again. Dress Triumph (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt H&M (2017), tights Primark (2017), boots Moda In Pelle (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Yazoo – Only You
Tears For Fears – Shout
Duran Duran – Save A Prayer
Ariana Grande – 7 Rings
David Bowie – Fashion
Pet Shop Boys – What Are We Going To Do About The Rich?

A quiet Monday

A fairly relaxed start to the working week. I did some admin for a client I’m editing for tomorrow (I’m quite glad to have editing work again as the last month has been pretty dead!) and then got on with my writing for the rest of the day.

Geth is out boardgaming tonight, so I’m going to take the opportunity to get on with my ukulele practice, which I’ve been neglecting a bit this week.

OOTD 11th February 2019
OOTD: day in the house. Jumper Jac (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), jeans H&M (thifted from Steff 2016), boots Moda In Pelle (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Jess Glynne – Thursday
Pet Shop Boys – On Social Media
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See
Heaven 17 – Let Me Go

Twenty-four hours on holiday

Geth and I are back in Newcastle after a night in Leeds for the Tears For Fears gig! The gig was epic, and so was the restaurant we went to beforehand (Livin’ Italy), so we now have a new favourite place to eat in Leeds. There was pizza and ginger beer, both of which I will blog about soon, but it was the bruschetta that really made the meal – it was just immense.

After a relaxed morning in the hotel reading magazines (Geth had booked us on the 11:51 train back home, but my current sleeping pattern meant I was awake at 7am as usual!), we travelled back to Newcastle, and I did my Sunday long run on the treadmill. Other than the moment when I discovered the machine automatically stops after 100 minutes ’cause it doesn’t have space for longer on the time display, it was a much more enjoyable long run than having to dodge roadworks and cars like I’ve been doing for the past few weeks, so I think this is going to be my habit for the next few Sundays!

A quiet evening ahead before another week of writing and editing.

OOTD 10th February 2019
OOTD: comfy travel outfit. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), scarf unknown brand (2019), hoodie Sonar (2006), vest top Batman (2018), jeans Vivid (2018), boots Clarks (2016).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Yazoo – Only You
Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up
Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know?
Belinda Carlisle – We Want The Same Thing
Tears For Fears – Change
Howard Jones – New Song
Sister Sledge – Frankie
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
David Bowie – Starman
Pet Shop Boys – On Social Media
Pet Shop Boys – Heart
T’Pau – China In Your Hand
Ariana Grande – 7 Rings
Heaven 17 – Let Me Go

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Alison Moyet – All Cried Out

Semi-flying Saturday post

Just a quick post today as Geth and I are heading off to a gig! I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow.

(I do want to mention that I watched that Eurovision: You Decide show and the chosen UK song is not hook-y enough in my view. The show was worth watching for the Fizz and Katrina during the ‘history of UK Eurovision entries’ bit though!)

OOTD 9th February 2019
OOTD: gig-going outfit! Top Rinascimento (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019), skirt Miss Selfridge (2004), tights Primark (2017), boots Primark (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Tears For Fears – Sowing The Seeds Of Love
The Specials – Ghost Town
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
Pet Shop Boys – On Social Media
Culture Beat – Mr Vain

Tap tap tap tap

Another good productive writing day! I got some more work done on my submission package for my first 2019 novel pitch, drafted some treatments for stuff I will be submitting to competitions, got a lot of poetry written, and got some more editing done on another novel.

I also got some advice in response to the draft submission materials I’d sent to the Jericho Writers service, and it’s given me a good few things to think about – some of it confirmed what I’d thought myself (need to cut down the novel wordcount a bit, need to focus on the premise rather than the characters as the selling point), but there were a couple of extra things I’d not considered. As such, I’m going to spend another fortnight or so editing the manuscript further before I start sending it out. I’m sort of dreading it, because I am honestly so sick of this MS after nearly eight years, but I know I need to do the work to give it more of a chance of getting picked up.

I’ve not really done anything other than writing today (which is the best kind of day!), but I do want to note my happiness that the Specials got to number one in the album charts with Encore. Quality still rules (sometimes) in the album chart, even if I despair at the state of the singles chart most of the time!

OOTD 8th February 2019
OOTD: summer dress with winter accessories to keep warm! Hoodie Sonar (2006), dress Primark (2018), tights Primark (2017), boots Moda In Pelle (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Hold Back The Rain
Arcadia – Say The Word
Duran Duran – A View To A Kill
The Bangles – Hazy Shade Of Winter
Sigala, Ella Eyre, Meghan Trainor and French Montana – Just Got Paid
The Bangles – Walk Like An Egyptian
The Specials – A Message To You Rudy
Busted – Year 3000
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved

Still chipping away

It’s been a pretty good day, but also quite tiring! I had a first go on our new treadmill this morning and immediately remembered why I find treadmill running quite hard. You have to go at the exact pace you’ve set, rather than intuitively speeding up and slowing down like you do on the road. However, the documentary I’d put on helped to distract me, so once I got the speed right it actually went okay.

I lost two and a half pounds at Slimming World, so cutting out the second Healthy Extra A choice is clearly working! A couple more good weeks and hopefully I’ll be back into my target range.

In the afternoon I submitted one of my novels to the Northern Writers’ Awards – always worth a try – and got a bit more writing done before I had to head off to Pilates class.

Just a few more writing jobs to do and then hopefully I can relax for an hour before bed! It’ll be nice to have a full day with my sofa and laptop tomorrow as well.

OOTD 7th February 2019
OOTD: couldn’t get a picture where the wind wasn’t playing some kind of havoc with my hair! Jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), leggings Primark (2018), boots Clarks (2009).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Kraftwerk – The Model
Yazoo – Only You
Duran Duran – Rio
Gene Kelly – Singin’ In The Rain
Pet Shop Boys – Heart
Jess Glynne – Thursday
Hue & Cry – Labour Of Love
Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels