Finally feeling more alert

My 8am alarm meant I was awake by 9.30am this morning. That’s an improvement, I suppose. I really need my mornings back this week because I’ve got a lot of work on, as well as an exercise routine that I need to get back into after neglecting it for a couple of weeks due to my cold.

Today has mainly been about writing and reading so far – planning to get a bit of ukulele practice in too before catching up with some TV this evening.

OOTD 16th June 2019
OOTD: still chilly enough for jackets. Jacket Precis (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), dress Primark (2018), tights Primark (2017), shoes Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa (2009).

Today’s earworm playlist:

5 Seconds Of Summer – Easier
The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love
Prince – When Doves Cry
Duran Duran – Rio
Charlie Puth – One Call Away

A slightly hectic Saturday

Still sleeping late, so unfortunately there was no chance of parkrun this morning. I’m still feeling like I have a lot less ‘day’ due to this sleep issue, so today has been a bit of a whirlwind of trying to catch up with things so that I can attempt another early night.

Fingers crossed for tomorrow morning!

OOTD 15th June 2019
OOTD: comfy Saturday outfit. Hoodie Sonar (2006), Duran Duran classic lineup t-shirt eBay/Fruit of the Loom (2018), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
Duran Duran – The Reflex
Duran Duran – Tel Aviv [AIR Studio Version]
5 Seconds Of Summer – Easier


My sleep pattern is still not quite right and so I feel like the days are getting away from me a bit at the moment. Don’t know why I’m so tired!

I have managed to get a good bit of writing done this afternoon though. Now enjoying an evening with my ukulele and a few good books.

Hoping for an earlier start tomorrow!

OOTD 14th June 2019
OOTD: rain has finally stopped! Blouse Tommy Hilfiger (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), jeans Levi (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth – See You Again
Duran Duran – Shadows On Your Side
Spice Girls – If U Can’t Dance

More peace and quiet

Another fairly quiet day. After Slimming World this morning, I did a big shop so that I wouldn’t have to go out again for a while (it’s still cold and wet out there!), and have spent the afternoon writing and playing ukulele.

Looking forward to more time to myself tomorrow.

OOTD 13th June 2019
OOTD: still waiting for the weather to improve! Hoodie Sonar (2006), vest top Primark (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Timecop1983 and Seawaves – Lovers
Trevor Something – Summer Love
Wham! – Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)
The Midnight and Nikki Flores – Light Years
Meat Loaf – Paradise By The Dashboard Light

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

What season is it anyway?

June is usually the only month in which I am ever happy and excited about it being summer. By July, I’m starting to get fed up, and by August I’m totally over it and impatiently waiting for autumn, which is my favourite season.

It’s not that I don’t like summer weather. I love what summer weather is supposed to be – I just don’t like British summer weather. It’s as unpredictable as the rest of the year (in fact, I’m pretty sure it rains more often in the summer months) and is often downright chilly (this week it’s averaging around 10°C in Newcastle). Despite this, because it is technically summer, you’re expected to do things like plan outdoor activities (such as music festivals where you watch bands in the rain and wind, and barbeques where you eat sausages in the rain and wind, and weddings where you shiver underneath a big gazebo in your thin summer dress while the rain and wind blows in sideways and upsets all the paper plates for the buffet…you get the picture), and you’re not allowed to have the heating on, and you’re supposed to wear lightweight summer clothes. Because it’s summer. Technically.

Eleven days in, and I’m already done with it. I’m wearing boots, and long-sleeved dresses, and all the other things that aren’t supposed to come out again until September. I also have the fire on. I don’t care anymore – I’m nice and warm, and that’s all that matters.

Plus, spending the day being nice and warm indoors has meant that I’ve been really productive and have got all my scheduled work, admin, housework, and writing tasks done for the day. Same again tomorrow I hope!

OOTD 11th June 2019
OOTD: I know the ‘autumn flash’ is soooo autumn 2018, but the papers haven’t said anything about autumn 2019 yet and besides I expect I’ll be mostly rocking autumn 1985 anyway. Dress unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt H&M (2017), boots Primark (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Drifters – Under The Boardwalk
Charlie Puth – One Call Away
Elton John – Crocodile Rock
David Bowie – Golden Years
Queen – One Vision
The Crüxshadows – Winter Born (This Sacrifice)
Queen – You’re My Best Friend
The Midnight – Los Angeles

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