Last day of Easter

After all the excitement of Easter weekend, I’ve had a nice quiet day in the house writing and listening to music, which was much needed.

Back to work tomorrow!

OOTD 22nd April 2019
OOTD: it was still warm today so I went with this smart dress, which is my all-time favourite vintage fair find. Dress Nina Ricci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), shoes Office (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Arcadia – The Flame
David Bowie – Oh! You Pretty Things
Feeder – Just The Way I’m Feeling
Duran Duran – Come Undone
Duran Duran – New Religion

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

FM-84 and Ollie Wride – Running In The Night

Happy Easter!

Hope everyone’s having a great weekend. I’ve had a really busy (but fun) Easter Sunday – Geth and I headed out to South Shields this morning, which involved a trip on the Shields ferry because part of the Metro track is currently down. I sunbathed on the beach for a while, which is not something I often do in April.

We then had lunch in one of the pubs along the beach, but their Sunday menu was a bit limited and something I ate made me ill, unfortunately, so we won’t be going back there for food again. An ice-cream on the way back to the ferry settled my stomach though!

We headed out again this evening to see Back To The Future: In Concert at the Sage Gateshead – they had a symphony orchestra playing along with the film, and it was a really good show.

A slightly quieter day tomorrow.

OOTD 21st April 2019
OOTD: it feels like summer all of a sudden! Blouse Lucky Winner (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), jeans Miss Selfridge (2018), shoes 1st Position (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Eddy Grant – I Don’t Wanna Dance
Duran Duran – New Religion
Martika – Toy Soldiers
Lindisfarne – Fog On The Tyne
Queen – Killer Queen
Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy – Kiss Me
Jax Jones, Mabel and Rich The Kid – Ring Ring
Duran Duran – Night Boat

And a few bonus tracks that Geth was humming earlier:

FM-84 and Ollie Wride – Running In The Night
Blondie – Maria
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee – Despacito

An early bit of summer

It’s been glorious weather today (and it looks like it’s set to continue for the rest of Easter weekend, so Geth and I are planning to make the most of it!).

I was up fairly early to do my last ‘long’ run of the marathon training programme – race next weekend, eek! – and then headed into town to order some prescription sunglasses to replace the ones that snapped a few weeks ago. A bit of window shopping later, I was back home enjoying the sunshine in the garden (looking very neat now that Geth has mown the lawn for the first time this year).

Settling in for an evening of writing, and looking forward to more time in the sun tomorrow.

OOTD 20th April 2019
OOTD: a good day for a summer dress! Sunglasses Jasper Conran (2018), dress unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), shoes BHS (2016).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Meduza – Piece Of Your Heart
Duran Duran – Friends Of Mine
Lil’ Nas X – Old Town Road
David Bowie – Oh! You Pretty Things
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Lil’ Dicky, Chris Brown, Ed Sheeran, DJ Khaled and Kendall Jenner – Freaky Friday
Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
Whitesnake – Is This Love?

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

O-Zone – Dragostea Din Tei
FM-84 and Ollie Wride – Running In The Night

A proper ‘holiday’ Friday!

Geth and I were late last night because we were out at a synthwave night for a birthday party, so we had a slow morning to start the Easter weekend. We had hot cross buns for breakfast and then went to Asda to choose our Easter eggs. Other than that it’s been a fairly quiet day, and I’m just getting on with a couple of bits and pieces of writing this evening.

A run and a bit of shopping in town tomorrow, but mainly it’ll be me and my sofa again!

OOTD 18th April 2019
Thursday OOTD: nice to get dressed up for a night out! Dress unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt H&M (2017), tights Primark (2017), shoes Office (2018).
OOTD 19th April 2019
Friday OOTD: no such thing as too dressed up for Asda! Sunglasses Jasper Conran (2018), blouse Richard Shops (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), jacket Primark (2018), bag CXL by Christian Lacroix (2018), skirt Chicwish (2018), shoes Office (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Hothouse Flowers – Don’t Go
The Undertones – My Perfect Cousin
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5
Ta Mara & The Seen – Affection
FM-84 and Ollie Wride – Running In The Night
Ariana Grande – God Is A Woman
Lil’ Nas X – Old Town Road
Duran Duran – Sound Of Thunder

Flying Thursday post

After a whirlwind morning of extra clients showing up with emergency day job work, my usual treadmill run, getting away with only half a pound gain at Slimming World (I have not been good at staying on plan this week so I’m okay with that!), finishing the day job work I’d actually planned to get done today, and getting a small chunk done on my writing project, it is officially Easter holidays and I am off out for a Maundy Thursday night out tonight! Will update properly tomorrow.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy – Kiss Me
Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
Spandau Ballet – Gold
Queen – I Want It All
Little Mix – Move
Ariana Grande – Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored
Westlife – Hello My Love
The Beatles – Drive My Car
Cast of ChicagoCell Block Tango

Mental time travel

I’ve spent the day happily esconsced in my writing again. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I’m considering just pulling a ‘weigh and go’ at Slimming World tomorrow so that I can get home earlier and squeeze an extra bit of writing in. I do have day job work to do tomorrow as well, so we’ll see.

My characters are currently in 1979, so I’m constantly having to break off from writing and Google stuff like ‘when did SCART connectors become standard on TVs?’ and ‘did Quality Street tins have cellophane seals around the lid in the ’70s?’ An answer to the latter question is currently eluding me. I have watched this 1978 Woolworths Christmas advert many times today, trying to work out from the shot of the Quality Street tin (at 1:00 in the video) whether it has a cellophane seal or not:

I can’t be accused of not doing my research.

Looking forward to finishing up for Easter tomorrow.

OOTD 17th April 2019
OOTD: liking the floral ’80s dresses as we approach Easter weekend. Dress Fink Modell (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt unknown brand (vintage 1980s, thrifted from Mum 2019), tights Primark (2017), shoes Carvela (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Union Of The Snake
Duran Duran – Burning The Ground
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Ta Mara & The Seen – Affection
Bowling For Soup – 1985
Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy – Kiss Me
Duran Duran – Secret Oktober
Cheryl – Fight For This Love
Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up

Writing, and not much else

Geth is away visiting family for a couple of days, so I’m taking the opportunity to get a really good chunk of writing done. I did my Tuesday recovery run (just forty minutes this week – it feels like nothing!) this morning, and have spent the rest of the day working on my Camp NaNoWriMo project, along with a few other things.

Same again tomorrow, except without the run, and hopefully I’ll manage to squeeze some ukulele practice in there too.

OOTD 16th April 2019
OOTD: an in-the-house outfit. Jumper unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), leggings Primark (2018), socks unknown brand (2007), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Duran Duran – Sound Of Thunder
Status Quo – Margarita Time
Nik Kershaw – Wouldn’t It Be Good
ZZ Top – Gimme All Your Lovin’
Whitesnake – Here I Go Again ’87
EO – German
Sheena Easton – For Your Eyes Only
Chicago – If You Leave Me Now
Queen – Killer Queen
Steve Winwood – Valerie
The Rolling Stones – It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll
Billie Eilish – Bad Guy

A slow start to the week

I got up early this morning because I needed to do some urgent work for a client, but other than that I’ve just spent today doing bits and pieces of writing and looking at cars that I might buy. I did get out for a walk as well, which was nice.

Hoping for a more focused writing day tomorrow.

OOTD 15th April 2019
OOTD: it feels like I’m never going to get out of these winter jumpers! Jumper unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019), jeans H&M (thrifted from Steff 2016), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Big Thing
Calvin Harris and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – Giant
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Prefab Sprout – Cars And Girls

Doing Sunday like an actual adult

I hired a car from the car club again this morning so that Geth and I could collect a crate of beer for UK Games Expo (it’s a good month and a half away yet, but Geth had a Majestic Wines voucher that he wanted to use up) and then take some of our junk that we’d been keeping in the garage to the dump, like real grown-ups do at the weekend. We will be repeating this highly exciting chore next week, because there’s a lot more junk still to get rid of.

We then went to the local pub for lunch, as Geth was meeting some friends for boardgaming. I’ve been avoiding our local since I quit drinking, because I didn’t really want to be around somewhere that had so many cider associations for me. However, today it was okay – they do a nice ginger beer that I will log soon.

I then got some work done for clients that I hadn’t managed to finish during the week. More day job work tomorrow – I’m hoping for a bit of a lull over Easter so I can have a good go at my own writing projects as well.

OOTD 14th April 2019
OOTD: it got too late and dark to take an outdoor picture. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Ellend (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019), jeans Vivid (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Pink – Walk Me Home
Duran Duran – Late Bar
Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know?
Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
Alec Benjamin and Alessia Cara – Let Me Down Slowly
Duran Duran – The Reflex
Prefab Sprout – Cars And Girls

Letting the legs recover

It’s been a good day. I got up early to go to one of the record shops in town for Record Store Day – I had to queue for an hour to get in, but I got my Duran Duran vinyl so all is good!

I then got on the treadmill and did my last properly long run of the marathon training programme (I do have a ‘long run’ to do next weekend but at only an hour and twenty minutes it’s going to feel very short compared to what I’ve been doing recently). Fifteen days to go till race day!

Now for an evening of writing, music, and writing about music. My kind of evening.

OOTD 13th April 2019
OOTD: comfy post-run outfit. T-shirt Cyberdog (originally early 2000s, thrifted from Geth 2014), belt H&M (2017), tights Primark (2017), shoes Zara (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Khalid – Talk
Duran Duran – White Lines
Duran Duran – Faster Than Light
Duran Duran – The Edge Of America
The Undertones – My Perfect Cousin
Duran Duran – New Religion
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Alec Benjamin and Alessia Cara – Let Me Down Slowly

(Another Duran Duran-heavy brain day. I have been listening to them a lot this week, which is probably why!)