Ticking boxes

Mostly an admin and writing day today, ticking things off my to-do list to the sound of the Final Fantasy XII soundtrack (Geth is videogaming again).

Glad the weather’s brightened up at last! Hoping it continues over the weekend.

OOTD 10th May 2019
OOTD: it’s starting to look like summer again! Dress unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), shoes Initiale Paris (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Midnight – Kick Drums And Red Wine
The Midnight – Days Of Thunder
Gunship – When You Grow Up Your Heart Dies

(Geth and I have had the synthwave playlists on again!)

A normal Saturday!

It’s a weekend without a long run in it! I’ve not had one of those since…early January? It is quite nice to have my weekends back again!

I did do parkrun this morning, though. I felt free to bomb it round without worrying about conserving energy for long runs, so I managed a respectable sub-33. Four minutes slower than my PB from last summer, but also four minutes faster than the shakeout parkrun I did at Highbury Fields last weekend!

I was tempted to head into town for Free Comic Book Day, but in the end I decided I’d rather hibernate (it’s cold for May – we had a bit of hail at parkrun this morning). As such, I’ve spent the rest of the day catching up with admin and writing, which is going to be a bit of a theme this weekend!

OOTD 4th May 2019
OOTD: weekend feels 🙂 Sunglasses Ray-Ban (2019), dress Berkertex Occasions (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2015), belt H&M (2017), tights Primark (2017), shoes Primark (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Charles & Eddie – Would I Lie To You?
Sam Cooke – Wonderful World

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

April power

I’ve got April off to a good start with a really productive Monday. Job done for a client, 1,000 words written for my Camp NaNoWriMo project, all my usual daily writing tasks done, plus I FINALLY got my book pitch sent off to an agent. Just the one, but I’ll be contacting another tomorrow, and the next day, and so on until I get through my agent shortlist. They all have different rules about submission so it’s a bit fiddly.

The weather’s taken a turn for the miserable (as expected – we had quite a nice March, so it goes without saying that April will be cold and wet!), so Geth’s decided to stay in instead of going boardgaming tonight. As such, I’ve got some pleasant-ish videogame sounds in the background while I’m getting on with my evening tasks (he’s playing The Banner Saga, so it’s all Viking grunts rather than nice JRPG music, but it’s still fairly relaxing).

More running and driving tomorrow, with a bit of writing squeezed around the edges.

OOTD 1st April 2019
OOTD: Geth wanted an ‘industrial’ background today. Scarf Marks & Spencer (2017), hoodie Sonar (2006), t-shirt Stella Stanley for Beauty Of Gemina (2014), jeans Vivid (2018), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – White Lines
The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown – Fire
David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Arcadia – Say The Word
Charlie Puth – One Call Away
Ed Sheeran – Happier
Pink – Walk Me Home

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder – Together In Electric Dreams

A sunny Monday

A good day of getting on with admin and writing-related tasks! I also had a doctor’s appointment mid-afternoon, so was able to get out for a walk in the sunshine.

Geth is out boardgaming this evening, so I’ll be spending some time with my 3DS again.

Back to the running tomorrow!

OOTD 25th March 2019
OOTD: some proper spring weather today! Scarf unknown brand (2015), dress Triumph (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt unknown brand (vintage 1980s, thrifted from Mum 2019), tights Primark (2017), shoes Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start The Fire
Cast of The Rocky Horror Picture ShowTime Warp
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
The Beatles – Hey Jude
The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
NSG and Tion Wayne – Options
Duran Duran – Serious
Frozen Plasma – Home

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

Invisible sun

It’s still beautifully and unusually springlike for February, but sadly I’m not going to be leaving the house much this week as I don’t have any appointments and there’s a lot of work to catch up with!

I’ve spent most of today editing for clients, but I did manage to get a bit of writing done in the afternoon. This evening, I attended a feedback webinar for writing – they didn’t get round to my submission, but I did pick up some very useful tips for pitching my books.

More client work to do tomorrow.

OOTD 25th February 2019
OOTD: at least I got outside for a photo! Scarf unknown brand (2015), hoodie Internacionale (2000), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), skirt unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), tights Primark (2017), boots Carefree (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

21 Savage and J Cole – A Lot
Queen – Seven Seas Of Rhye
Lewis Capaldi – Grace
Ariana Grande – Thank You Next
Duran Duran – Rio
Heaven 17 – Let Me Go
Cast of The Greatest ShowmanThe Greatest Show
Duran Duran – A View To A Kill
ABC – All Of My Heart
Big Country – In A Big Country
Little Mix and Ty Dolla Sign – Think About Us
Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up

On with the week off…and some thoughts about my hearing aids

Another fairly relaxed day.  I went out to get my hair cut, and I’m amazed my new hair still looks okay after coming back through the gale force winds that were blowing this afternoon.  You can’t beat that magical salon hairspray.

I also took a detour to the hospital to pick up some hearing aid batteries.  I’ve worn hearing aids since 2002 but only got digital ones in 2016 (it was a huge, huge saga, mainly due to the fact that NHS Scotland and NHS England will not communicate with each other, so I basically had to go through over a year of tests before I could have new ones after my old analogue one broke.  It was a very deaf time).  The digital ones are great, but they eat a lot of batteries – and when the battery is getting low it makes a horrible doom-laden clanging sound (this usually happens when I am not in a position to be able to change the battery, like when I’m in a music venue watching a band, or in the middle of a 10K race), so you can’t really eke them out right to the end of their lives.

I also find it funny when I think about my hearing aids compared to my glasses – if you think about it, they perform the same function (sensory aids), but I don’t know anyone these days who goes through the NHS for glasses (I presume NHS glasses must still be available?  I wonder if they’re still the uniform thick-framed things that people associate with the term ‘NHS glasses’?), yet it’s still standard for hearing aids, and so the latter feel so much more medicalised.  I can’t ever imagine high-end designer labels doing lines of hearing aids either, or listing them as an accessory when I do my OOTD photos!  Glasses are considered fashion, whereas hearing aids are seen as technology, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

Still, I will never take hearing aid technology for granted – I really appreciate it on haircut days, because I need to take my aids out (and my glasses off if I’ve not been organised enough to wear contacts, which is usually the case), and trying to hear what the hairdressers are saying is tough, even if I’ve asked them to speak up.

Glasses and hearing aids
It’s nice to be alive in a time when such things are possible. I don’t think I could have pulled off an ear horn.

Hearing aids thoroughly back in place, I’m spending another evening watching Geth playing Final Fantasy IX.  Great story so far!

Final Fantasy IX
Nice to see some old-school turn-based combat too.


OOTD 19th September 2018
OOTD: everything looks better with new hair. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), jeans Levi (2018), trainers Reebok (2017). And the hearing aids (they’re under the new hair somewhere)…Siemens (2016), just ’cause I can.

In other news, I’m getting thoroughly sick of my blurry phone camera now and I think I’m going to invest in a better one.

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Housemartins – Build
Heaven 17 – Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry
Duran Duran – Rio
Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – Human
Kiesza – Hideaway
Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
Queen – I Want It All
Nicole Scherzinger – Don’t Hold Your Breath
M People – Movin’ On Up
The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make?
will.i.am, Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger – THE (The Hardest Ever)

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Madonna – Like A Virgin

It’s still hot

Lots of people have been posting this week about the weather cooling down, but that has definitely not been the case in Newcastle – I’m still finding it really hot and stuffy, especially in the upstairs of our house, where the mugginess just seems to collect and sit there uncomfortably.  I’ve been trying really hard not to complain about the heat, because we hardly ever get summers like this in the UK, but in all honesty I am starting to get a bit fed up of only being able to wear about 5% of my clothes because everything else is too heavy.

Also, I love autumn.  It’s my favourite time of the year – the pretty leaves, the onset of crisp weather when it’s still a novelty, Strictly Come Dancing on TV, Hallowe’en, NaNoWriMo, and the long magical run-up to Christmas.  I know I shouldn’t wish time away, but it’s tantalisingly close now and I am starting to get excited.

Anyway, one day at a time.  I lost two pounds at Slimming World weigh-in today, which is great – it gives me a good buffer for the weekend.  I’ve been able to get a bit more work done this evening, and will be able to slot in a bit more tomorrow before the wedding on Saturday.  All going well!

OOTD 9th August 2018
OOTD: another very lightweight summer dress. Dress Monteau (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).