When the world switches off

No Music Video Monday post again this week as my internet connection is still being problematic and it’s difficult to upload things/find videos etc. I feel like a very poor excuse for a 20th century girl at the moment as this whole thing is reminding me that I am just as completely and utterly reliant on the internet as everyone else in this godawful 21st century! Thankfully Geth rang BT again today and we’ve been promised that our new router will show up tomorrow.

(I’m not going to say anything along the lines of ‘I wonder what I did before the internet?’ because I know exactly what I did. I listened to music and wrote all day long, apart from when I was rudely interrupted by people making me go to school! Not so different from my life nowadays, except for the fact that I didn’t obsessively log all my writing online and I had non-internet ways of listening to said music, many of which I’ve had to rediscover in the last few days.)

Anyway, today I’ve found various non-internet things to do such as going for a long run, organising all the ’80s episodes of Top of the Pops that are stored on my digibox, and playing ukulele. Back to writing tomorrow.

OOTD 29th July 2019
OOTD: it’s still muggy out there! T-shirt eBay/Fruit Of The Loom (2018), trousers Christian Siriano Runway Style (2018), shoes Primark (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Avicii and Aloe Blacc – SOS
Crash Test Dummies – Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
Duran Duran – Come Undone
Duran Duran – Sound Of Thunder
Bobby Brown – Two Can Play That Game
Dire Straits – Romeo And Juliet
Duran Duran – Electric Barbarella
Duran Duran – All You Need Is Now
Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson – I Know Him So Well
Freddie & The Dreamers – I’m Telling You Now
Nik Kershaw – I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me

A perfect Wednesday!

Not that I’m giving up my ukulele class any time soon – I’m already looking forward to the next term that starts in September – but it was really nice today to have a whole entire day to myself on the sofa!

Yesterday’s uncomfortable distracted mood was all gone – I felt so much more focused today – and so I was able to get nice big chunks done on four of my ongoing writing projects. I’m going to be a bit busier tomorrow, but I’m hoping for a similarly productive writing day on Friday.

More videogaming and music this evening.

OOTD 17th July 2019
OOTD: like this outfit too 🙂 Blouse Lucky Winner (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), jeans Levi (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Big Thing
Ta Mara & The Seen – Affection
A Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran
Tyler Lyle – Lost And Found [The Midnight Remix]

Out on the town again

The Rod Stewart gig last night was a lot of fun. I’ll post a review later in the week!

Another night out tonight (this is not like me at all!) as it’s the end-of-term ukulele concert, and so I’ll be performing with the beginners’ group. I really enjoyed it last term, as you get to see all the more advanced groups playing.

In the meantime I’m just having a quiet day getting on with my writing.

OOTD 10th July 2019
OOTD: nice to be a bit more dressed up! Dress Polo Ralph Lauren (2018), shoes Carvela (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Aerds – Deadline
Donna Summer – She Works Hard For The Money
Duran Duran – New Moon On Monday
Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?
Duran Duran – Winter Marches On

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Bronski Beat – Hit That Perfect Beat

Another non-stop Wednesday!

It’s been a busy day today. Some urgent work came in from a client overnight, so I spent the morning doing that, and then went to the hospital for my uveitis check-up. The drops have worked perfectly – a lot quicker than for the first attack, probably because I caught it sooner – and all signs of uveitis are pretty much gone. I’ve been given permission to speed up the steroid eye drop withdrawal process, so my new date for the official end of the eye saga is Tuesday 16th July, when I will take my last eye drop. I’m hoping for a permanent respite from the zombie invasion!

I then headed to the centre of town to spend a couple of hours catching up with my cousin Freya. After that, it was time for my ukulele class – the last class proper of the summer term, as we’ll be doing the end-of-term concert next week.

Now for a couple of hours chilling out with music before bed!

OOTD 3rd July 2019
OOTD: sunscreen required today. T-shirt H&M (2018), belt H&M (2017), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care
Duran Duran – A View To A Kill
Cast of The Greatest ShowmanThe Greatest Show
Mungo Jerry – In The Summertime
The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black
Duran Duran – Violence Of Summer [The Story Mix]
Bee Gees – Too Much Heaven
Elton John – I’m Still Standing
Duran Duran – Michael, You’ve Got A Lot To Answer For

Summer sun

Finally some nice weather today! And I made the most of it by…staying in the house all day ’cause I was a bit tired after last night. Got to get that garden finished so that I’m more inclined to sit out!

Last night was hectic but ultimately successful. I lost for the second week in a row at Slimming World – only a pound, but I’d rather get into a pattern of small losses every week than keep doing the ‘lose five, gain five!’ thing that has characterised my results since race season began. My next race is the Great North 10k on the 7th of July, and I am so determined not to gain that week. I’ll have to be really strict to mitigate the post-race bloat that always seems to happen at the moment.

I then went to ukulele class – it was running late, so I had to skip out before the last song, as I wanted to get to poetry night in time to make sure I could read again. I’m still a bit nervous before performing, but I think I’m gradually getting better at it. Geth took a video, which I *may* be brave enough to post later in the week (no promises though!).

Have had a fairly quiet day today – Mum and Dad visited in the morning on their way back from Sweden, and I’ve spent the afternoon getting on with writing. Just a few things to finish off tomorrow and then I can chill out for the weekend.

OOTD 27th June 2019
OOTD: blue Thursday! Sunglasses Ray-Ban (2019), t-shirt Ron Holland for Cambridge University (vintage 1970s, thrifted from Dad 2012), jeans Vivid (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Queen – Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
Haircut 100 – Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)
The Midnight – Gloria
Duran Duran – Shadows On Your Side
The Midnight – Days Of Thunder
Duran Duran – 911 Is A Joke

Headless chicken time!

Posting early today because it’s going to be a really hectic evening – Geth and I are going to the Wednesday night Slimming World group because we’re busy tomorrow, then I’m off to ukulele class, and then hopefully I’ll make it to poetry night in time to grab a slot to perform again!

I’ll update about all of that tomorrow.

OOTD 26th June 2019
OOTD: head-to-toe Primarni today. Cardigan Primark (2016), vest top Primark (2018), leggings Primark (2018), boots Primark (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – First Impressions
Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Elton John – I’m Still Standing
Arcadia – Say The Word
Paul Francis Webster and J Robert Harris – Spiderman Theme
Duran Duran – Shadows On Your Side

Slow progress

I lost a measly half a pound at Slimming World this morning. I was hoping for more and am a bit annoyed. Still, I felt I was on track all week because of doing a food diary, so I’ve decided to keep doing them until I get back into my target range. I always log my food anyway, but doing an actual diary that you have to hand in makes everything more accountable.

I’ve had a good day of writing otherwise, and have got some music practice in too. Hoping for another productive day tomorrow, because I’ve got a lot to do before Geth gets back from Oslo tomorrow evening.

OOTD 20th June 2019
OOTD: summer version of my Thursday uniform! Jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), vest top Primark (2018), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Ariana Grande – Thank You Next
Sister Sledge – Frankie
Robbie Williams – Bodies
Ocean Colour Scene – July
Duran Duran – Burning The Ground

Still tapping away

I’m still sleeping late, but I’m just about managing to get everything done. Today was all about editing for clients and doing my own writing until it was time to go out to ukulele class.

I’m now chilling out with music and books. Hoping for a good result at Slimming World tomorrow as I’ve been really strict this week.

OOTD 19th June 2019
OOTD: the weeping willow in the garden is finally starting to grow back! Jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), blouse KDS Collection (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), skirt Calvin Klein Jeans (2004), tights Primark (2017), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Vertigo (Do The Demolition)
Duran Duran – Union Of The Snake
Madonna – Hollywood
Animotion – Obsession
Buddy Holly – Raining In My Heart

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 Précis (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


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