Sweet dreams are made of this

I slept in really badly this morning. Like, lunchtime badly. I’m going to put it down to needing to catch up on sleep now that I seem to have recovered from my cold.

As such, I didn’t have time to get much done today, but I did manage a bit of writing before heading out to ukulele class. I’m a bit obsessed with ukulele at the moment so I’m really enjoying the course – it’s been a long time since I was able to stick with an instrument beyond a quick bit of dabbling.

Hoping to get a bit more done tomorrow.

OOTD 12th June 2019
OOTD: it’s too wet out there for a proper photo. Hoodie Sonar (2006), dress Monteau (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Elvis Presley – Hound Dog
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care
Toni Braxton – Unbreak My Heart
Duran Duran – I Take The Dice
The Midnight – Gloria
Middle Of The Road – Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John – You’re The One That I Want

Impeccable timing

So after I nearly killed myself running the Blaydon Race with a bad cold yesterday evening (longer race review coming later this week in which I go into extended detail about all the ways it felt like I was going to die), I was convinced that I had set my recovery back by several days and that I would have to spend the entirety of this week on the sofa with my blanket, bucketloads of Lemsip pills and several bottles of cough syrup.

My cold has pretty much disappeared today. Go figure.

Excitingly, this means that it looks like I will actually get everything on my very long to-do list done this week (Geth is still away and so I’m taking advantage of having the house to myself). I got some day job work done today, as well as some writing, admin, and lots of ukulele playing. Hoping for another productive day tomorrow!

OOTD 10th June 2019
OOTD: back in my vintage gear – I must be feeling better 🙂 Dress Charlee Allison for Eljay (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2016), shoes Office (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Little Mix and Ty Dolla Sign – Think About Us
Duran Duran – Tel Aviv [AIR Studio Version]
Spice Girls – If U Can’t Dance
The Proclaimers – Throw The ‘R’ Away

Semi-flying Sunday post

Stop press: NOT DEAD.

Went out and ran the Blaydon Race and did not die, even though I felt like I was going to at various points. I would really, really like it if I never came down with a cold just before a race ever again.

Now to sleep for three days solid until the next time I have to leave the house.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Timecop1983 and Seawaves – Lovers
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Mark Ronson and Lykke Li – Late Night Feelings
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
Mika – Grace Kelly
The Police – Roxanne
The Midnight and Nikki Flores – Jason
Starship – We Built This City
Traditional – The Blaydon Races

Double ukulele

No review post today because I’m still struggling to get over my cold and have spent most of the day on the sofa with my blanket again. I have been playing ukulele a lot, though, mainly because ukulele number two (a concert sized model, which is the next size up from my existing soprano ukulele) arrived in the post today and so I’ve been experimenting with both instruments to see how the different sounds compare on different songs.

One more morning/afternoon of recovery and then I’m going out tomorrow evening in an attempt to run the Blaydon Race without coughing myself to death.

Soprano and concert ukuleles
Not an OOTD: I got fed up of taking ill-looking selfies on the sofa (I really am starting to look dreadful now) so instead, here is the start of a beautiful ukulele collection.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Dominic Fike – 3 Nights
Lil’ Nas X – Old Town Road
Dolly Parton – Jolene
The Boomtown Rats – Rat Trap
Elton John – I’m Still Standing
Duran Duran – Rio

Slowly recovering

I’m still fairly miserable due to my cold, although at least I’m no longer feeling like I’m going to faint whenever I stand up, which is something. Also, I made it out to the supermarket this morning and didn’t have to stop to throw up like I did on the way to Slimming World yesterday. Progress!

I’ve had a quiet day otherwise with lots of music and writing. I’ve got lots of day job work lined up for next week, but over the weekend I’m just planning to rest and heal up ready for the race on Sunday. Looking forward to it, which is another sign I must be getting a bit better.

OOTD 7th June 2019
OOTD: weather and illness pulling double duty to keep me indoors. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), hoodie Sonar (2006), t-shirt Campus Crew for Toronto Blue Jays (2018), jeans Vivid (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Buddy Holly – Raining In My Heart
Outkast – Hey Ya!
The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary
Duran Duran – Shadows On Your Side
Zedd and Maren Morris – The Middle
Lil’ Nas X – Old Town Road
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care

Under a blanket

My cold has got worse. Urgh.

I just about made it to Slimming World this morning (not without incident), and have managed to lose three pounds this last week, which is not bad considering I was away at the weekend. Geth has gone off on a business trip, so I should have a fairly quiet time of it for the next wee while and hopefully lose the last bit that will get me back into target range. I’ve been trying for months now!

I did also manage to do some work for a client, but other than that I’ve just spent today napping (complete with fever dreams – fun!) on the sofa. I also finished watching the Good Omens TV adaptation, which has been absolutely brilliant and everything I wanted after reading the book. I really, really recommend it if you’ve not seen it already, and will do a more in-depth review in the next few days.

I’ve got two days left to get complete and total rest in the hope that I will be able to do the Blaydon Race on Sunday without collapsing at the side of the road. Here’s hoping.

OOTD 6th June 2019
OOTD: can’t manage more than a sofa selfie today due to feeling sick whenever I stand up! Back To The Future jacket All We Do (2019), vest top Primark (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Midnight and Nikki Flores – Jason
Gunship – When You Grow Up Your Heart Dies
Calvin Harris and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – Giant
Duran Duran – I Don’t Want Your Love
Duran Duran – Faster Than Light
Buddy Holly – Raining In My Heart

Resting…or trying to

I’ve come down with the cold that Geth has had for the last week, which is obviously not enjoyable. I’ve got a race this weekend, so I would like to have knocked it on the head by then. Lemsip Max Strength pills are helping, but mostly I’m just trying to get some rest.

I spent most of today catching up with some writing, and then went out to ukulele class. I’m really enjoying playing my ukulele at the moment and have decided that I’m probably going to work hard on it over the summer so that I can move up to intermediate class in the autumn – partly because the class times are changing so beginner class will clash with poetry night when it’s on, but mainly because I’m finding beginner class fairly easy now and I’d like more of a challenge.

A nice normal Thursday tomorrow. Hoping the cold gets better rather than worse!

OOTD 5th June 2019
OOTD: garden grows very quickly this time of year. T-shirt Gildan for Preverse (2015, modified 2018), jeans Levi (2018), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Meet El Presidente
Duran Duran – Lonely In Your Nightmare
FM Attack and Kristine – Magic
Pretenders – Talk Of The Town
Thompson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!
David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes
Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
Sam Cooke – Wonderful World
Wilson Pickett – Mustang Sally
Spandau Ballet – True

From bad to worse

I spent most of today in the walk-in eye clinic at the hospital. My eye issue is not an eye infection. It’s uveitis, which is going to take a seven-week course of eye drops to clear up. I am not a happy bunny. I am hoping, however, that my eye will at least respond to the drops fast enough that it won’t be uncomfortable during the race on Sunday. Mum has had the same thing in chronic form for years, and she assures me that the treatment always works quickly, so fingers crossed.

The next couple of days are just quiet preparation. And eating a lot of pasta, which has already started. I’m going to miss marathon training eating.

OOTD 25th April 2019
OOTD: another of those ‘like hell you are seeing my zombie eye’ selfies. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), hoodie Internacionale (2000), t-shirt Gildan for Stranger Things (2018), jeans Zara (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

John Lennon – Woman
Duran Duran – New Religion
Mark Ronson and Lykke Li – Late Night Feelings
Duran Duran – Come Undone
Sigrid – Don’t Feel Like Crying
Duran Duran – Hold Back The Rain
Squeeze – Up The Junction

A bump in the road

I really didn’t need this eye infection or whatever it is this week.

Didn’t get much sleep last night because of it, and I’ve been in a bad way all day. I’m having to skip poetry night tonight (which I’m really upset about – was looking forward to reading again!) and Slimming World tomorrow in favour of an emergency doctor’s appointment. I need this thing gone by race day on Sunday.

Hoping for a better day tomorrow.

OOTD 24th April 2019
OOTD: you really don’t want to see my eyes today. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), hoodie Sonar (2006), Duran Duran t-shirt Amplified (2018), skirt Calvin Klein Jeans (2004).

Today’s earworm playlist:

OneRepublic – Counting Stars
Duran Duran – Save A Prayer
Duran Duran – New Religion
Jax Jones, Mabel and Rich The Kid – Ring Ring
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur

Some time to breathe (raggedly) and a non-OOTD catchup!

Back to a normal(ish) Thursday today.  I made it to Slimming World, even if I was half-dozing through group, and then my Pilates class got cancelled ’cause my instructor is also ill, so I’ve been able to have a nice quiet afternoon – and finally had the chance to read through my entire 120,000-word NaNo novel.  Looking forward to getting stuck into the editing over the next couple of months!

I’ve got a totally quiet weekend coming up, so hopefully I’ll finally have the chance to get over my cold properly.

I did want to get caught up with my OOTDs for the last few days, but honestly, I’ve just been wearing my ’80s jumper collection with jeans and leggings because I feel so rotten and need comforting jumpers on, and have been taking ill-looking selfies that nobody needs to see.  OOTD pictures to return when I start feeling better!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Queen – We Are The Champions
Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
Ozzy Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne – Changes
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Dean Lewis – Be Alright