Northerly climes

Most of today was taken up with running the Inverness Half Marathon. It was freezing and wet in Inverness, and it took forever to get warm again after the run! At least it wasn’t snowing, which was my fear when Geth and I first booked to enter the race.

After a long hot shower, the rest of the day involved eating a lot and trying a lot of new booze alternatives, which I will review at some point!

A less active day tomorrow.

OOTD 10th March 2019
OOTD: post-race recovery outfit, with bonus TV in background because Geth didn’t want to move from his bed. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Jac (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), leggings Primark (2018), socks RNLI (2016).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Arcadia – The Flame
Geri Halliwell – Lift Me Up
Duran Duran – Rio
Irene Cara – Flashdance (What A Feeling)
Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton – Say Something
Terence Trent D’Arby – Sign Your Name

Semi-flying Saturday post

Just a quick post today as I’ve been very busy! Will update properly over the next few days.

OOTD 9th March 2019
OOTD: outfit for dashing about! Scarf Marks & Spencer (2017), t-shirt Lauren Ralph Lauren (modern but bought from Headlock Vintage 2018), jeans H&M (thrifted from Steff 2016), socks unknown brand (2007), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Gala – Freed From Desire
Sam Smith and Normani – Dancing With A Stranger
James Arthur – Naked
Dee Cooke – Summer Rain*
Dee Cooke – Prayer At The Bus Stop**
Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Duran Duran – Save A Prayer
Men Without Hats – Safety Dance
Robbie Williams – Something Beautiful
The Proclaimers – Letter From America
D:Ream – Things Can Only Get Better
Duran Duran – Come Undone
Duran Duran – Rio
Jess Glynne – Thursday

*One of my own compositions, a chilled-out EBM number from circa 2013, which has only ever existed in my head.

**Another of my own compositions, a campfire-style song from circa 1998, which again has only ever existed in my head. I’ve not had any of my own daft musical attempts as earworms for years, and suddenly two of them come along on the same day. Rather like buses, appropriately enough.

Final edit

I finished editing down that book draft today! I am so looking forward to working on everything EXCEPT said book from next week onwards. I didn’t quite get the pitch sorted, but that will be the first thing I do on Monday.

Now to spend the evening relaxing and getting a few things ready for the weekend.

OOTD 8th March 2019
OOTD: ‘finishing the edit’ celebratory outfit! Cardigan Primark (2016), t-shirt Gildan for Preverse (2015, modified 2018), skirt The Only 1 Clothes Company (1997), tights Pretty Polly (2018), shoes Office (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Bros – I Owe You Nothing
The Bangles – Hazy Shade Of Winter
The Beatles – Please Please Me
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur

A slightly off-kilter Thursday

I did my speed run and went to Slimming World as usual this morning (and got some editing done for a client inbetween), but my Pilates class was an hour earlier than usual (which is going to be the case for the whole of the current course), so I didn’t have as much getting-stuff-done time in the afternoon as I’m used to. I’ve shifted everything to the evening instead, which makes sense as Geth’s out boardgaming tonight, but I need to have a think about organising Thursdays a bit better for the next few weeks.

Looking forward to a quieter day tomorrow, and to finally getting my book draft finished and submitted!

OOTD 7th March 2019
OOTD: too busy and rainy today for a proper photo. Jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Ariana Grande – Breathin’
Chic – Le Freak
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
Whitney Houston – How Will I Know?
Jennifer Lopez – If You Had My Love
Steps – Tragedy
Glenn Frey – The Heat Is On

Buried in books

It’s been a fairly relaxed day – I got a bit more editing done on my book draft (so nearly there now!) and have been looking into online resources to help with sobriety and mental health (I mentioned this in my two-month sobriety update yesterday).

Now looking forward to a chilled-out evening of reading before the usual hectic Thursday tomorrow.

OOTD 6th March 2019
OOTD: sunshine and showers today! Scarf MyScarf (2019), hoodie Sonar (2006), t-shirt H&M (2018), skirt Dark Star (2004), tights unknown brand (2010), shoes Office (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho
Duran Duran – Hold Back The Rain
The Power Station – Communication
Duran Duran – A View To A Kill

Ready to eat all the pancakes!

A bit of a day off today, which has been nice. I did my Tuesday morning recovery run, went to the hairdresser, and then did a few things in town.

Pancakes and boardgaming with Geth tonight, and then back to the editing tomorrow!

OOTD 5th March 2019
OOTD: my fringe only ever looks like this on hairdresser days! Scarf unknown brand (2015), top Cyberdog (2008), jeans Levi (2018), boots Moda In Pelle (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Housemartins – Build
Julian Lennon – Too Late For Goodbyes
Roxy Music – Love Is The Drug
Sheena Easton – Nine To Five (Morning Train)
Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
Billie Eilish – Bury A Friend

Video edit

Back to the editing today – mostly for clients, but I’ve also had time to do a bit of my own work as well. I really can see the end in sight now for this book draft!

I also got our DVD shelves tidied up and have identified a few to sell through Music Magpie, which is a fairly minor house job but still the first house job I’ve managed to get done in months and months.

Looking forward to getting some reading done this evening.

OOTD 4th March 2019
OOTD: blue Monday. Scarf unknown brand (vintage 1970s/1980s, thrifted from Anne out of Granny Bessie’s collection 1995), top Gildan for Infest (2015), skirt Primark (2018), tights Primark (2017), shoes Zara (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Bangles – Hazy Shade Of Winter
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
Billie Eilish – Bury A Friend
Calvin Harris and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – Giant
Kaiser Chiefs – Oh My God
Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
Duran Duran – A View To A Kill
Duran Duran – Burning The Ground
The Prodigy – Out Of Space*
Iggy Pop – Lust For Life

*RIP Keith Flint. Really sad about this one! I was lucky enough to see the Prodigy twice, once at T in the Park 2005 and once at M’era Luna 2009. Amazing shows – the way they always got the crowd involved was incredible.

A (mostly) sofa-bound Sunday

No review post today as I’m having a rare lazy Sunday!

I did my long run first thing this morning (meaning that for my pre-2015 self, today would not remotely have counted as a lazy Sunday, but in the midst of marathon training and with the treadmill it feels like a fairly automatic Sunday thing at the moment!). I then spent the afternoon reading.

Some catchup TV this evening to round off the day. Geth and I have been enjoying the BBC’s Back In Time For School, and we’ve just got to the episode about the ’90s – which is obviously a bit weird for us seeing as that’s when we were at school and it’s now being treated as something ‘historical’!

Back to work tomorrow.

OOTD 3rd March 2019
OOTD: fun outfit for round the house! Scarf Matalan (2016), top Pineapple (2004), trousers Bat Attack (2009), socks Lulu Guinness (2019), shoes Primark (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – New Moon On Monday
Vengaboys – Boom Boom Boom Boom
U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday

An actual Saturday!

I am aware every Saturday is an ‘actual’ Saturday. What I mean by the post title is that it’s been a Saturday at home, meaning that after I got back from parkrun (still slow and meh, but at least I did it), I was able to put my feet up and mindlessly browse the internet all day. I’ve not had a proper Saturday like that in ages!

I’m going to have a similar day tomorrow in order to refresh for the week ahead.

OOTD 2nd March 2019
OOTD: feeling very springlike today! Scarf Accessorize (2003), blouse H&M (2018), leggings Primark (2018), shoes 1st Position (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Bucks Fizz – Piece Of The Action
Duran Duran – Rio
The Beatles – We Can Work It Out
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

South Park – I Can Change

Spring is in the air

A bit out of sorts today as my editing for clients took longer than expected and so I couldn’t finish off my own editing. I really had hoped to get the editing and pitching of this book done this week, because I didn’t want it to drag on into March, but it can’t be helped – the day job takes priority.

I’m really looking forward to a quiet weekend after a hectic few weeks.

OOTD 1st March 2019
OOTD: flashes of red for St David’s Day. Jumper Faber (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), jeans H&M (thrifted from Steff 2016), boots Irregular Choice (2012).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Housemartins – Build
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
Charli XCX and Troye Sivan – 1999
Duran Duran – New Moon On Monday
Barry Manilow – Copacabana
T.Rex – Metal Guru
Cher – Believe

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Beastie Boys – Intergalactic