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?


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: 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?

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

It’s got to that ‘constant fullness’ point

Geth and I were attending Mum and Dad’s annual Christmas music session today, so there was a lot of nice traditional music drifting through the house, and a lot of nice food to eat. After yesterday’s scales result, though, I was careful not to have too much of it!

Looking forward to a nice quiet day tomorrow, not to mention hopefully starting to feel less bloated!

OOTD 28th December 2018
OOTD: still in my comfy winter jumpers. Jumper Faber (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Dua Lipa – New Rules

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

Traditional – When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Dusty Springfield – I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself

New rules

I was up early this morning for a nice brisk walk to Slimming World, where I found out I’d put on an obscene amount of weight that I don’t want to talk about. Mum reckons it might partly be the scales at the group I go to during Christmas, though, ’cause the same thing happened last year.

Anyway, it spurred me on to cook an actual healthy SW-friendly meal tonight, so Geth and I had a delicious pasta dish. There are some new rules for the Slimming World plan that have come into force this week (everyone is being given an updated book), and the main change is that you can now have two Healthy Extra A choices. I’m slightly dubious about this (I don’t drink coffee every day or have cereal that often, so on non-coffee days I’m likely just to end up doubling my cheese portion, and that can’t be right…can it?), but I’m going to give it a go over the next few weeks and see how it works out.

The rest of the day has been nice and relaxed with lots of background music from Geth’s videogames!

OOTD 27th December 2018
OOTD: slightly inept weigh-in outfit (I’d run out of clean leggings, and I’m sure the jeans didn’t help my scales result – this is what happens at Christmas when I can’t remember what day of the week it is). Jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), jeans Vivid (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Captain Sensible – Happy Talk

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Day so far has involved lots and lots of present opening (I got so many musical instruments and music books – I’m looking forward to playing them lots over the next year), lots of nice ciders, and a long nap (I only got about three hours of sleep last night – I still had a lot of things that I wanted to get done before Christmas started properly).

After all the Christmas TV (the Strictly special was wonderful) and socialising (the neighbours are coming through later) is done, I’m looking forward to a couple of days spent buried in a book!

OOTD 25th December 2018
OOTD: Christmas Day outfit! Necklace unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2015), jumpsuit Issa (2018), shoes Irregular Choice (2007).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Michael Bublé – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
Traditional – Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Traditional – Deck The Halls
Lady Antebellum – A Holly Jolly Christmas
Ariana Grande – Thank You Next
Chicago – If You Leave Me Now

Ready for Santa now

I’ve had a lovely Christmas Eve today.  I had a couple of pints in the pub with old friends, and a proper chippy tea as a Christmas treat.

Hope everyone has a great Christmas!

OOTD 24th December 2018
OOTD: advent candles, waiting for the middle one at midnight. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017).

Christmas 1988
This was Christmas 1988. I’m lucky that in some ways, nothing has changed in thirty years.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Chicago – If You Leave Me Now
Duran Duran – Save A Prayer
Robbie Williams – Something Beautiful
Abba – Chiquitita
Coldplay – Christmas Lights

And a few bonus tracks that Geth was humming earlier:

Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Jona Lewie – Stop The Cavalry
Spike Jones & His City Slickers – All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

So much wrapping!

I spent today wrapping presents.  So many presents!  They all look very shiny now though.

I also caught up with the last few episodes of the latest Doctor Who series, as Geth and I have not had time to watch it until now!  Reviews to come over the next week.

Just a few things to get organised tonight, and then Christmas can begin tomorrow!

OOTD 23rd December 2018
OOTD: slightly frazzled today! Jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), t-shirt Cyberdog (originally early 2000s, thrifted from Geth 2014), belt H&M (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love For You
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur

Very nearly ready for Christmas!

I braved Newcastle town centre today to pick up the very last things I needed for Christmas, and now I’m all ready to get everything wrapped and organised.

Geth has put on Avengers: Infinity War, meaning we are very nearly caught up with the Marvel movies now, and that bit that was set and filmed in Edinburgh where they have a giant superhero fight in Waverley Station is far and away my favourite film moment of the year.  Epic blockbuster action in my hometown!

One last day of sorting things out tomorrow, and then Christmas can begin!

OOTD 22nd December 2018
OOTD: with bonus Christmas star lights! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), dress unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Octopath Traveller soundtrack
Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas
George Michael – Careless Whisper
Jess Glynne – Thursday
Faithless – God Is A DJ
Starship – We Built This City

Ring out solstice bells

I don’t actually mind living in what feels like the state of constant night you get at this time of year, ’cause I find it quite cosy with all the Christmas lights, but I know that post-Epiphany I will really appreciate the days getting lighter again, so the solstice is definitely something to celebrate.

Quite an early post today as Geth and I have got our friend Pete coming round for boardgaming tonight.  Looking forward to getting a good number of games of Pandemic Legacy Season 2 played.

OOTD 21st December 2018
OOTD: it’s quite mild here in Newcastle! Hoodie Sonar (2006), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), jeans Zara (2018), boots Carefree (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho
Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews – Baby It’s Cold Outside
The Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Cheryl – Love Made Me Do It
Kim Wilde – You Keep Me Hangin’ On
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
Spandau Ballet – True