Writing, and not much else

Geth is away visiting family for a couple of days, so I’m taking the opportunity to get a really good chunk of writing done. I did my Tuesday recovery run (just forty minutes this week – it feels like nothing!) this morning, and have spent the rest of the day working on my Camp NaNoWriMo project, along with a few other things.

Same again tomorrow, except without the run, and hopefully I’ll manage to squeeze some ukulele practice in there too.

OOTD 16th April 2019
OOTD: an in-the-house outfit. Jumper unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), leggings Primark (2018), socks unknown brand (2007), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Duran Duran – Sound Of Thunder
Status Quo – Margarita Time
Nik Kershaw – Wouldn’t It Be Good
ZZ Top – Gimme All Your Lovin’
Whitesnake – Here I Go Again ’87
EO – German
Sheena Easton – For Your Eyes Only
Chicago – If You Leave Me Now
Queen – Killer Queen
Steve Winwood – Valerie
The Rolling Stones – It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll
Billie Eilish – Bad Guy

A lazy Sunday

So I did absolutely none of my planned things today. Instead, I sat on the sofa doing bits and pieces of writing projects and looking up ukulele tablature. Legs are still a bit tender from yesterday’s run, though, so that’s my excuse.

Back to work tomorrow. I’m looking forward to a quiet week now that I’m tapering and lots of my classes have finished for the time being!

OOTD 7th April 2019
OOTD: lazy Sunday outfit. Jumper unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
Abba – The Day Before You Came
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy – Kiss Me
Charlie Puth – One Call Away
Duran Duran – A View To A Kill
David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes

A quiet Friday

I’ve spent most of today getting on with writing and practising my ukulele. It’s nice to have quieter days where I can do that.

I’ll be doing a bit of boardgaming with Geth this evening, but otherwise I’ll just be preparing for the longest long run in my training schedule tomorrow. After so much treadmill running it’ll be interesting to be back out on the roads!

OOTD 5th April 2019
OOTD: still eking out those winter jumpers! It did warm up a bit around midday though. Jumper Faber (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), jeans Levi (2018), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Duran Duran – White Lines
REM – Losing My Religion
Arcadia – Election Day
Billie Eilish – Bury A Friend
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
Traditional – Bonnie Ship The Diamond

On with the projects

The ukulele concert last night was great! Our ‘absolute beginners’ group were first on, and after that I was able to relax and watch all the other groups (there are seven ukulele groups in total among the Sage Gateshead adult music classes) to see what I can expect from classes in the future. Will be signing up to the ‘beginners’ group for next term later this week!

I’ve had quite a good day today – I did my last speed run of marathon training this morning (next week the taper will have started and all of my runs are meant to be at slow pace!), lost a bit at Slimming World (not as much as I would have liked but it’s going in the right direction), and got some writing done in the afternoon for various projects.

More bits and pieces of writing this evening, and hopefully another productive day tomorrow.

OOTD 4th April 2019
OOTD: I’d hoped to be putting the jumpers away soon, but it’s got cold again! Jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Blue Öyster Cult – Don’t Fear The Reaper
Lou Reed – Perfect Day
Queen – One Vision
Wizzard – See My Baby Jive
Bananarama – Nathan Jones
Ariana Grande – Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored
Pink – Try
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
T.Rex – Get It On
Jim Diamond – I Should Have Known Better
Arcadia – Say The Word
Duran Duran – Serious
Slade – Mama Weer All Crazee Now
Chicory Tip – Son Of My Father
Simply Red – Holding Back The Years
Paul Brady – The Island
David Bowie – Absolute Beginners

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

George Formby – When I’m Cleaning Windows

A creative Wednesday

I had another good day of writing and editing today, and got my book pitch sent off to a couple more agents. After this week, things will really quieten down for the month, so I’m looking forward to some quality writing time.

I’ve got the end-of-term ukulele concert tonight, so I will update you about that tomorrow!

OOTD 3rd April 2019
OOTD: ready for an evening out! Scarf Matalan (2016), jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), belt unknown brand (2003), jeans Alexander Wang Denim (2018), boots Primark (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
Duran Duran – Rio
Wham! – Freedom
Duran Duran – Winter Marches On
Oasis – Songbird
Queen – We Will Rock You
Charlie Puth – One Call Away
Arcadia – Say The Word
The Clash – White Riot

On the move

Most of today was taken up with running – I’m into the most intensive week of my marathon training before the taper and so even my recovery runs take all morning now – and driving, as I went out in a car from the car club again. Now trying to squeeze in a few writing-related things I need to do.

A slightly more relaxed day tomorrow, other than the fact that I’ll be performing with my ukulele group at the end-of-term show tomorrow night. I’m looking forward to seeing all the other groups playing so that I can see what the standard is once you move on from the ‘absolute beginners’ group!

OOTD 2nd April 2019
OOTD: comfy outfit for a slightly harried day. Jumper Ellend (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019), leggings Primark (2018), socks unknown brand (2007), trainers Reebok (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Suzi Quatro – Can The Can
Heart – These Dreams
The Cure – Kyoto Song
Leo Sayer – Moonlighting
Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill

Back it up

My plans for today changed when I woke up to a few emails from clients this morning, so I’ve spent most of the day doing day job work. I’ve also been working on a giant complicated backup I’m doing of all my computer stuff. I have an external hard drive that always refused to work with my previous laptop but has decided it likes my current one, so that’s going to give me a bit more breathing room.

Ukulele class tonight, and hopefully a straightforward Thursday tomorrow!

OOTD 27th March 2019
OOTD: all the blues. Hoodie Sonar (2006), scarf unknown brand (2019), t-shirt Campus Crew for Toronto Blue Jays (2018), jeans Zara (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Oasis – Songbird
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
Jona Lewie – You’ll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties

A quiet Tuesday

I did my Tuesday recovery run this morning (which is starting to feel NOT AT ALL like a ‘recovery run’ now that it’s two hours long!). I’ve tried to keep the rest of the day quiet, so I’ve just been getting on with admin and housework. Evening plans involve ukulele practice and doing a bit of boardgaming with Geth.

I’ve set aside tomorrow for sorting out my long-delayed book pitch, so hopefully – hopefully – I will be able to say that’s done soon!

OOTD 26th March 2019
OOTD: selfie on the sofa for a post-run Tuesday afternoon. Jumper Ellend (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Oasis – Songbird
Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
Queen – We Will Rock You
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
The Clash – White Riot
NSG and Tion Wayne – Options
Bastille – Good Grief
Murray Head – One Night In Bangkok

Conquering the nerves

I decided, when I found out about a week ago that there was going to be a second edition of the poetry night that I went to last month, that I was going to get organised and bring along some poems on the very marginal off-chance that I would be brave enough to volunteer for a reading slot. Of course, I didn’t end up writing said poems until yesterday morning – the morning of the poetry night – because of life and its continual determination to get in the way of my writing. However, I got them written, printed out, and shoved in my handbag. Just in case.

Ukulele class last night was good – we’ve just got one more session now before the end-of-term performance in a couple of weeks’ time, which is yet another thing to be nervous about. After class finished, I got back on the Metro and headed to Drink Art Bar for the poetry evening.

I probably wouldn’t have dared volunteer to read if it hadn’t been for the fact that the bar staff asked if I was going to! Once I had signed up, though, I felt strangely calm about it and just rehearsed everything in my head until it was my turn to go on. I felt quite confident reading my poems, but my limbs decided differently and would not stop shaking. Apparently it wasn’t noticeable to anyone else, but it certainly was to me!

I’m really, really glad I worked up the courage. I never thought I’d be able to tick that New Year’s Resolution off the list so early in the year.

Today was a fairly standard Thursday, with a speed run, Slimming World (I lost six pounds this week, getting rid of last week’s gain plus a bit extra!), and Pilates class.

Our friends Kieran and Lisa are coming to visit tomorrow, so I’m just getting a few things ready, and then it’ll be time for the weekend 🙂

OOTD 21st March 2019
OOTD: comfy Pilates outfit, slightly dishevelled! Hoodie Internacionale (2000), t-shirt Roly for Blaydon Race (2018), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Barry Manilow – Copacabana
Oasis – Songbird
Pinkfong – Baby Shark

Bits and pieces

Today has involved various bits of catching up after being away in Inverness. I had a bit of editing to do for a client, and got lots of tidying and admin done. Geth is feeling poorly – he seems to have caught a cold from the weather during Sunday’s race – and so the next few days will probably be quite low-key for both of us.

I also had my ukulele class for the first time in a few weeks – we had a double half term break due to some building works at the Sage Gateshead, so it was good to get back to it.

Not expecting a great result at Slimming World tomorrow after being away, but I have many quiet weeks stretching ahead of me to get back on plan and back into target range!

OOTD 13th March 2019
OOTD: bright light, bright light! Scarf unknown brand (2019), jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), skirt Calvin Klein Jeans (2004), tights Primark (2017), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Arcadia – Election Day
Men Without Hats – Safety Dance
Ariana Grande – Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored
The Beatles – We Can Work It Out
Dire Straits – Romeo And Juliet
The Dave Clark Five – Bits And Pieces
Avicii – Hey Brother
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams