Success!

Despite a rough night’s sleep – I was expecting that due to it being the first night for a while without a drink – I just about managed to wake up at 7am this morning. This has meant I’ve been able to get a good day’s work in and now have the evening to myself, which was the plan!

Same again tomorrow, when I’ll be back running again.

OOTD 7th January 2019
OOTD: it was a little cold and breezy for photos today! Jumper Faber (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), jeans Vivid (2018), boots Carefree (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Dusty Springfield – I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
Duran Duran – Planet Earth
Starship – We Built This City
David Bowie – Fashion
Years & Years – If You’re Over Me
Jess Glynne – Thursday

House is back to normal…

…though it’s looking very plain and blank now I’ve put away all the Christmas decorations! It’s spurring me on to get some pictures put up in the living room this week, which is one of those house things that’s just not been done yet.

Monday tomorrow, so hopefully I’ll be a bit more successful at dragging myself out of bed than usual!

OOTD 6th January 2019
OOTD: still loving my comfy dress! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), dress Triumph (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt H&M (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Julian Lennon – Too Late For Goodbyes
Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels
T’Pau – China In Your Hand
Prince – When Doves Cry
Tears For Fears – Shout
Freya Ridings – Lost Without You
Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Sparks – This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us
DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper and Quavo – No Brainer
Heart – Alone
Spandau Ballet – True

Twelfth Night

Last day of Christmas, last evening with the Christmas decorations up! I’ll be taking them all down tomorrow morning.

It’s been a nice quiet day – we’ve got most of our bags unpacked and put away now. Geth has been playing videogames with nice soundtracks, and I’ve been getting on with my writing.

I’ve been trying and failing to get up early for the last couple of days. I’m going to try and get an early night so that I can make a better stab at it tomorrow morning! I really need to get back into routine.

OOTD 5th January 2019
OOTD: with bonus Christmas lights before they have to go away for another year! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), hoodie unknown brand (2009).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Post Malone and Swae Lee – Sunflower
Loud Luxury and Brando – Body
George Ezra – Shotgun
Duran Duran – Save A Prayer
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Back to work

I always take at least ten days off for Christmas, so there was a bit of a backlog of work to do for clients today. I got it all done though, so I’ve got a clean slate again for next week.

Now enjoying a relaxed evening with Geth playing Civilisation VI (it has a very soothing soundtrack).

OOTD 4th January 2019
OOTD: glad I work from home so I can still be this comfy. Jumper unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), jeans Vivid (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
Spandau Ballet – True

Thirty-four

It’s my birthday today, but I didn’t go out tonight. I’m thirty-four years old now – I have far better things to do. Things I did do today:

  • Got up early and went to Slimming World, because it’s important to keep an eye on things over Christmas even when it is your birthday.
  • Opened presents and cards under Mum and Dad’s Christmas tree, just as I do every year. It’s the tenth day of Christmas and that Christmas tree is still important! Nobody’s ever got me any lords a-leaping for my birthday though.
  • Listened to my birthday number one – Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? – more than once. Was inordinately pleased that the current chart rules mean that it is currently yet again sitting in the Top Ten a whole thirty-four years later.
  • Drank prosecco and blew out candles on my birthday cake – it was a New York style cheesecake as usual, made by the world’s best dad as usual!
  • Packed up and left Edinburgh to go back to Newcastle after ten lovely days spent at Mum and Dad’s for Christmas.
  • Got on a train. Geth was worried about travel stress spoiling my birthday, but it was actually a really relaxed journey.
  • Got home and put on the heating and both fires to warm up our ice block of a house!
  • Ordered takeaway pizza and drank more prosecco. It’s my last non-sober birthday, and it’s been a double-prosecco day. I am okay with this.
  • Spent a perfect birthday evening watching ’80s episodes of Top of the Pops recorded off BBC4. I’m very nearly at the point in the marathon where I’ll get to watch the episode from Thursday 3rd January 1985! So glad I was born on a Thursday. That one’s going to be staying on the digibox and constituting my birthday viewing for many years to come.

It’s been a good day.

OOTD 3rd January 2019
OOTD: favourite day, favourite jumper. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), leggings Primark (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Alison Moyet – This House
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Kraftwerk – The Model

Plus my awesome birthday playlist that I made on Spotify earlier:

will.i.am and Cody Wise – It’s My Birthday
50 Cent – In Da Club
Lesley Gore – It’s My Party
Bowling For Soup – 1985
The Birthday Massacre – The Birthday Massacre
The Crüxshadows – Winter Born (This Sacrifice)
Altered Images – Happy Birthday
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Always a ‘middle’ day

It’s the 2nd of January – the day in between New Year’s Day and my birthday. I always feel a bit out of sorts on the 2nd. It’s the last day of being whatever age I am at the time (thirty-three in this case), and also usually a quiet day in between two celebratory ones.

Today wasn’t totally quiet – Geth and I did go round to see our friends Kieran and Lisa and their gorgeous six-month-old twins Felicity and Claudia, who are now at the age where they’re sitting up and taking notice of the world around them. I then arrived back at Mum and Dad’s to find that Dad had made my birthday cake and left the bowl for me to scrape! SO DELICIOUS. In some ways I’m still more ‘going on four’ than ‘going on thirty-four’.

Cake and fizzy tomorrow. I can’t wait.

OOTD 2nd January 2019
OOTD: comfy jumper for a quiet day. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Jac (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Brian May – Too Much Love Will Kill You
AJ Tracey and Notes – Butterflies
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
George Ezra – Shotgun
Eddie Murphy – Party All The Time

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

Nina Simone – Feeling Good
George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin – I Got Rhythm

Happy new year…and happy birthday blog!

A year ago today, I started this blog. I knew I wanted to blog every day, but I didn’t realise it would be so fun and rewarding – even if it is a bit time-consuming sometimes! I’m looking forward to another year spent rambling about all my hobbies and interests.

I’ve had a great New Year’s Day with family – we did what we always do, which is eating Lancashire hotpot (Dad makes an extra veggie pot so that I can eat it too) and exchanging presents in the evening. I then watched Doctor Who. 2019 has started well.

OOTD 1st January 2019
OOTD: New Year’s Day outfit! Earrings Primark (2018), blouse Richard Shops (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), skirt Chicwish (2018), shoes Office (2018).

(Just a quick extra word about the phone box skirt – I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to wear it for ages! It’s called the ‘Oh London!’ skirt, and I first saw it on Joanne Clifton on an episode of Strictly: It Takes Two in 2016, but I couldn’t get my own one until I reached my target weight due to it having a fitted waist.)

Today’s earworm playlist:

David Guetta and Sia – Flames
The Killers – Mr Brightside
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf

On the last day of the year

On paper, it’s been a very fruitful 2018. I hit my target weight and have run a lot of races (including two half marathons) and have got more writing done this year than I’ve ever managed before, partly due to the daily writing habit that this blog has encouraged. My business also had another good year of growth.

Unfortunately, my mental health has seriously deteriorated this year, and is now probably at its worst since I was in my late teens. I don’t talk about it much on here but I have really been struggling recently. As such, I have very mixed feelings about the last year.

I hope 2019 will be less ambivalent. For me, and for everyone else.

Now I’m off to go eat as many slices as possible of Dad’s famous Hogmanay pizza. I’ll be back tomorrow to celebrate this blog’s first birthday!

OOTD 31st December 2018
OOTD: semi-dressed-up Hogmanay outfit! Top David Emmanuel (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

AJ Tracey and Notes – Butterflies
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Dua Lipa – New Rules
Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed

Semi-flying Sunday post

An early post today, ’cause Geth and I are boardgaming with friends in the evening. In the meantime I’m enjoying my books and music! Also looking forward to Hogmanay tomorrow.

OOTD 30th December 2018
OOTD: it’s my favourite jumper again. Jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), jeans Vivid (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Killers – Mr Brightside
Cast of The Nightmare Before ChristmasWhat’s This?

The quiet days of Christmas

I really appreciate this week in between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, because it means I can have some quiet time to get on with things by myself. I spent today catching up with radio and TV shows I’d been wanting to watch.

Hoping for similar tomorrow!

OOTD 29th December 2018
OOTD: I love this comfy vintage jumper. Jumper unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love For You
Savage Garden – I Want You
Climie Fisher – (Love Changes) Everything
Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho