A new adventure

I started coding my new game today. The enjoyment I get out of doing this has probably been one of my biggest surprises this year – I can lose myself in it for days without really noticing.

As such, it was difficult to tear myself away to go to ukulele class tonight, but once I was there I really enjoyed that too! I really feel as though I’ve found the right difficulty level for me in intermediate class. Sadly I’ll be missing the end-of-term concert this term as I’m going to a gig that night, but I expect I’ll be staying with the intermediate group for a few terms yet!

I’ll be getting back to the coding tomorrow, but first I need to head to Slimming World weigh-in – I’m hoping that hitting my Garmin step goal every day this week will have helped me towards a loss…

Garmin step graph
Not an OOTD: gotta keep hitting those green bars!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Revo – Love’s Vagrant
Basshunter – All I Ever Wanted
Manami Kiyota – Lasaria Woodland
Hans Zimmer – The Lion King Suite
Revo – Ship Upon The Open Skies
James Taylor – Wichita Lineman
Whitney Houston – So Emotional
Dolly Parton – 9 To 5

The best daytime TV…

…is the collection of old episodes of Top of the Pops that I’ve recorded off BBC Four at the weekends and then have on in the background during the week. Far superior to house-buying shows or Jeremy Kyle or whatever it is the main channels show during actual daytime hours.

I got a good few watched today because I was still catching up with admin. I then headed out to ukulele class in the evening (songs are feeling easier!) and have been doing a few writing jobs since then.

Back to the day job tomorrow as soon as I’m done with Slimming World weigh-in.

Top of the Pops 1985
Not an OOTD: a 1985 episode of Top of the Pops on our 2010s flatscreen. I still miss John Peel.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Jax Jones and Bebe Rexha – Harder
Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
Blancmange – Living On The Ceiling
Tones & I – Dance Monkey
Jim Croce – Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
Peter Hames – Ordinary Man
Charlie Puth – One Call Away
Lizzo – Truth Hurts
Dominic Fike – 3 Nights

Late in the day

It was too wet and miserable to go for a run this morning (yup, I have become a bit of a fairweather runner ever since doing the bulk of my marathon training on the treadmill!), but it had brightened up by mid-afternoon so I ended up running later instead. It turned out that it wasn’t a good idea so soon after lunch! I need to plan things better if I’m going to start doing late afternoon/early evening runs.

Other than running, today I have mainly been getting on with admin and writing. I’m really appreciating this nice quiet week after the whirlwind of the last fortnight.

I’ve now updated my text adventure game after collecting various feedback over the last week!

More of the same (with bonus ukulele class) tomorrow.

OOTD 1st October 2019
OOTD: posting today’s outfit again for once! As you might have guessed, I am currently happily living in my ’80s jumper collection. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Jac (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Kylie Minogue – Spinning Around
Andy Taylor – I Might Lie
Ed Sheeran and Stormzy – Take Me Back To London
Naughty Boy and Sam Smith – La La La
Lewis Capaldi – Hold Me While You Wait
Trevor Something – Miami Nights

One of those hectic Wednesdays

The manic week continues. I’m looking forward to the weekend so I can get on with making a few improvements to my text adventure game.

After finishing off my poems for tonight’s poetry reading this morning (I really wish this didn’t get left till the last minute every month, but it is what it is), I had editing work to do for a client during the rest of the day. I then headed off to ukulele class (I’ve been able to squeeze in a bit of practice here and there over the last few days, so last week’s challenging songs are already feeling a bit less challenging!), followed by a mad dash to poetry night. I’m not really nervous about reading at poetry night anymore, and it’s become something I really enjoy doing every month.

I read a poem about autumn tonight. I love autumn.

I’ll love it a whole lot more once this ridiculously busy week is over.

Autumn 1985
Not really an OOTD (or at least an extremely belated one): discovering autumn for the first time, a very long time ago. Those crunchy leaves have never lost their appeal, although I’m probably less likely to try and eat them nowadays.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Michael Land – The Scumm Bar (MI4)
Marilyn Monroe – Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend
Aaron Carter – Crush On You
Duran Duran – Girl Panic!
Chris Isaak – Wicked Game
Jackson Browne – Rosie
Duran Duran – Skin Trade
Jim Croce – Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

Scene infinity

I spent pretty much all day today finishing off an entry for another writing competition. It was a scriptwriting competition this time, and I always find script takes a bit more out of me than prose or poetry. Very tired now! Looking forward to a slightly less brain-heavy weekend coding my text adventure and practising my ukulele.

I’m also going to head to parkrun in the morning to stretch my legs! Haven’t been out for a run in a week.

Spider plant
Not an OOTD: my spider plant is looking a lot less tired than I am today.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Michael Land – The Scumm Bar (MI4)
Mousse T vs. Hot & Juicy – Horny
Michael Land – The Drinking Contest

Back to the Wednesday routine

I slept a little longer last night, which is a good thing. I was still up fairly promptly to get a good day of writing in – I’ve got two competitions I want to submit to this weekend, so I’ll be busy all week getting these projects finished.

I then headed off to my first ukulele class of the term this evening. I was a bit nervous about moving up to the intermediate class – if it hadn’t been for the fact that they changed the times of the classes (meaning that beginners class now clashes with poetry night once a month), I might have stayed in beginners for another term. However, the pieces that were introduced tonight are very manageable – a bit challenging, and I’ll need to get back to practising every day, but I will have definitely nailed them by the end of term.

I’m going to an earlier Slimming World weigh-in tomorrow morning so that I can have another productive day of writing!

Tyne Bridge, September 2019
Not an OOTD: the Tyne Bridge still has its Great North Run sign on and looked absolutely beautiful from outside the Sage Gateshead tonight.

Today’s earworm playlist:

2 Unlimited – No Limit
Michael Land – Sea Cucumber
Revo – Horizon Of Light And Shadow
Peter Hames – Ordinary Man
Jim Croce – Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
Jackson Browne – Rosie

Still finding alternative worlds

I find I’m waking up really early at the moment – lots to do, lots to think about. It does mean more productive mornings, so I’ll take it for now.

As such, I was at my ‘desk’ at eight this morning, meaning that I managed to get all of my admin and most of my writing jobs done by the time I had to leave for my lunchtime hair appointment. I got on with more writing and coding for the rest of the afternoon, and am now looking forward to an evening of videogames. I know I’m doing the same thing every night at the moment, but I’m finding it really relaxing!

Tomorrow evening will be different, though, as ukulele class starts again after the summer break! I’m really looking forward to it.

OOTD 17th September 2019
OOTD: new hair, same as usual new hair! Plus another cosy ’80s jumper. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Ellend (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
Yuzo Koshiro – Labyrinth I: Emerald Woodlands
Murray Gold and Neil Hannon – Love Don’t Roam
Jess Glynne – All I Am

What music they make

After Geth and our houseguest Erik headed off for their conference in York this morning, I spent the morning catching up with work. The Hermes driver finally picked up my MusicMagpie order that I put together last month (it’s taken a few attempts), so I don’t have boxes clogging up the hall anymore (and I am NOT thinking about the contents that I struggled to let go of…I am NOT…).

In the afternoon, I got on with some ukulele practice (class starts again next week!) and then went back to my videogames.

A slightly busier day tomorrow.

Pokémon Picross
Not an OOTD: Pokémon Picross, one of the 3DS games I was playing today. You can add a Pokémon theme to anything if you put your mind to it.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Dee Cooke – 1964*
Michael Land – The SCUMM Bar**
Duran Duran – Rio
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams

*A musical number that came to me in my dreams and would not leave me alone for two hours after I woke up. ‘Yesterday’ it is not.

**The International House of Mojo ran a story yesterday pointing out that this classic piece of videogame music was actually originally an early 20th century folk song. I feel slightly emptier inside now.

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]