A productive Wednesday

Another good, productive day of editing, followed by a lot of new stuff learnt at ukulele class. I’m really happy with the speed of progress in our classes – every week there’s something new to practice.

The usual busy Thursday tomorrow, but I’m still planning to squeeze in some editing.

OOTD 13th February 2019
OOTD: it’s getting marginally warmer. Scarf MyScarf (2019), hoodie Sonar (2006), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), jeans Levi (2018), boots Carefree (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – All She Wants Is
Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
The Beatles – Yesterday
Duran Duran – My Own Way
INXS – Need You Tonight
Tears For Fears – Mad World
Hue & Cry – Labour Of Love

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Vangelis – Chariots Of Fire

A quiet Monday

A fairly relaxed start to the working week. I did some admin for a client I’m editing for tomorrow (I’m quite glad to have editing work again as the last month has been pretty dead!) and then got on with my writing for the rest of the day.

Geth is out boardgaming tonight, so I’m going to take the opportunity to get on with my ukulele practice, which I’ve been neglecting a bit this week.

OOTD 11th February 2019
OOTD: day in the house. Jumper Jac (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), jeans H&M (thifted from Steff 2016), boots Moda In Pelle (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Jess Glynne – Thursday
Pet Shop Boys – On Social Media
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See
Heaven 17 – Let Me Go

Paring down

It’s been a bit of a long day today. The tree doctors were round in the morning to remove two trees in the front garden and cut back all the others, so both the front and back garden look a lot neater now. I spent the day working on my pitch package for sending out later this week, and then the treadmill arrived late afternoon, so I set that up before I had to head out. I’ll be doing my first treadmill run in the morning! I’ll also be watching some recorded TV while I’m on it, which will kill two birds with one stone.

In the evening, I went to ukulele class, and learnt a new song and a new chord. Lots to practise this week.

Despite the fact that tomorrow’s Thursday, I think it might actually turn out to be a more relaxed day than today!

OOTD 6th February 2019
OOTD: didn’t have time to take a picture until the evening! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Ellend (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Jax Jones and Years & Years – Play
Jax Jones and Ina Wroldsen – Breathe
Arcadia – The Promise
The Power Station – Some Like It Hot
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know?
George Michael – A Different Corner
Assemblage 23 – Let Me Be Your Armour

Seasonal dissonance

Well, all the snow melted overnight and the temperature suddenly jumped from ‘depths of winter’ to ‘more like spring’, so after getting all my writing done for the day, I ventured out to go get my hearing aid admin done at the hospital. This, as I should have expected with hearing-related medical stuff, was not as straightforward as it should have been.

In short: I need new earmoulds for my aids as my existing ones are starting to crack, but the technician said that before they can take impressions for the new moulds, I need to go to the GP to get my ears syringed, and then go back to the hospital. I’ve got the feeling that this is going to turn into one of those medical sagas that takes up a lot of time.

Time to get on with some ukulele practice, then back to writing for the evening, with some nice BBC4 music documentaries in the background.

OOTD 4th February 2019
OOTD: all of this was covered in snow yesterday! Jumper unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), leggings Primark (2018), boots Carefree (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Bananarama – Shy Boy
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
Wilson Phillips – Hold On
Post Malone – Wow
Jax Jones and Years & Years – Play
Post Malone and Swae Lee – Sunflower
Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels

Snow day!

It snowed overnight, which cemented my decision not to leave the house today (I need to go to the hospital for some hearing aid admin, but that can definitely wait till next week). Having looked at the weather forecast, Geth and I decided this morning that parkrun will also be a no-go for us tomorrow (and in fact it’s just been announced that Newcastle parkrun won’t even be on), which means two glorious days of hermit living in a row!

This meant I got lots of editing done today, as well as a good chunk of ukulele practice. Our latest song from class is a bit of a step up technique-wise, so I need to have a good few goes at it this week.

More quality time with my sofa tomorrow.

OOTD 1st February 2019
OOTD: just a selfie today ’cause I’m not going out in that snow! T-shirt Gildan for Infest (2015), mohair blanket unknown brand (gift from Dad 2002).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan – Especially For You
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Dire Straits – Romeo And Juliet

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Pinkfong – Baby Shark

Finalising things

I got my tax return done this morning. I’d left it a bit close to the deadline to submit the actual return, but I’d done all the accounting legwork earlier in the month so it was fairly straightforward. Another January job off the list.

I spent the afternoon doing final edits to a novel I’ve been working on for nearly eight years now, which is the first of the ten projects I’m pitching to agents this year. I still feel the opening few chapters could be improved – they’ve remained fairly unchanged from the 2011 first draft, and I think I’ve become even more pernickety with my writing since then – but it really is one of those cases where I have to stop rereading and tweaking it and start getting it out there.

I then went to my ukulele class, which I’m still really enjoying. We learnt a few more chords and songs, so there’s lots to practise over the next week.

OOTD 30th January 2019
OOTD: it’s still cold, and this is the warmest of my hoodies. Hoodie unknown brand (2009), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), jeans Zara (2018), boots Carefree (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Wham! – Bad Boys
Pepsi & Shirlie – Heartache
Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels
Alison Moyet – Is This Love?
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Erasure – Ship Of Fools
Heaven 17 – Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry
Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell
Gene Kelly – Singin’ In The Rain
Dire Straits – Romeo And Juliet

A busy Tuesday

I went for a run this morning, my legs just about having recovered from the two I did at the weekend. I’ve swapped my Tuesday and Thursday runs around on my training plan as I have more time on Tuesday mornings, so today’s run was a recovery pace run, which was probably better after the weekend anyway.

I also got a lot of writing work done today – editing one project and planning out another – and over an hour’s practice on my ukulele. Sometimes I feel like I’m starting to get the hang of the chord transitions, and at other times it just feels hopeless. Need to keep plugging away!

I’m looking forward to class tomorrow, ’cause hopefully we’ll be given some new chords and tunes to practise.

OOTD 29th January 2019
OOTD: looking for more comfy jersey ’80s dresses like this one! Dress Triumph (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt unknown brand (vintage 1980s, thrifted from Mum 2019), tights Primark (2017), boots Moda In Pelle (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Wanted – Walks Like Rihanna*
The Beatles – Ticket To Ride
Duran Duran – Rio
John Taylor – I Do What I Do
Vangelis – Chariots Of Fire
Tracey Ullman – They Don’t Know
Spandau Ballet – Gold
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
Dire Straits – Romeo And Juliet

*Except that it was the ‘I run like Mo Farah’ version that I’ve discussed before.


I’m still not getting the stuff I’m supposed to be doing done in that Thursday afternoon gap between Slimming World and Pilates. After an inspiring class last night, the draw of my ukulele was too much* and I spent all afternoon practising instead of getting on with my writing work. I didn’t even have the excuse of an early run tiring me out today!

Oh well. Just need to rejig my schedule for tomorrow and I should be back on track. Anyway, I suppose ‘music practice’ procrastination is better than ‘mindless browsing the web’ procrastination.

*This is mainly because I cannot get the songs we’ve been playing in class out of my head (see earworm playlist below) – and the version that gets in my head is my own badly played ukulele performance rather than the actual song! If this is going to continue, I at least need to get marginally better at the songs so that there aren’t as many duff notes in my earworms. I hate my brain.

OOTD 24th January 2019
OOTD: it’s Thursday, and my Slimming World group are probably starting to think I don’t own any other clothes. Jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Prodigy – No Good (Start The Dance)
New Order – Regret
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
Spandau Ballet – To Cut A Long Story Short
Spandau Ballet – True
Altered Images – I Could Be Happy
Commodores – Nightshift
Thompson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!
REM – Losing My Religion
Duran Duran – Planet Earth
Kendrick Lamar and Sza – All The Stars
Def Leppard – Animal
Kasabian – Fire
Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out For A Hero
Flo Rida – Whistle
Queen – Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
Duran Duran – Union Of The Snake
Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Cast of The Lego MovieEverything Is Awesome

A busy Wednesday

I got lots of work done today! Five writing projects worked on, one appointment made, one ukulele class attended. Ukulele class is still moving nice and fast and I have lots of new songs to practise this week.

It’s freezing and icy outside so I’m skipping my run tomorrow, but I’m going to rejig things for next week ’cause I can’t afford to be a fairweather runner during marathon training.

OOTD 23rd January 2019
OOTD: just a quick selfie today as I’ve been busy. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Faber (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Queen – Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
Adam Ant – Puss In Boots
Jess Glynne – Thursday
Ariana Grande – Thank You Next
Spandau Ballet – To Cut A Long Story Short
Billy Idol – Eyes Without A Face
Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark
The Hooters – Satellite
California Dreams – California Dreams (Theme)
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
Bros – When Will I Be Famous?
Abba – I Have A Dream
Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell

A creative Wednesday

Today was really productive. I got in a full day of writing and editing, which was great. I’m working on about five different writing projects at the moment, which is a lot to keep track of in my head, but it’s making things really interesting.

In the evening, I went to my first ukulele class at the Sage Gateshead. I’ve found over the last few years that going to classes and groups is the best way to keep myself focused on something, and I was pleased that there was a new ‘absolute beginners’ course starting so soon after I got my ukulele. Half the people in the class had also got ukuleles for Christmas – apparently that’s very common among people coming to the spring term courses! We’ve learnt two basic songs already, so it seems as though the course will zip along really quickly.

It’s my usual busy Thursday tomorrow, but I’m looking forward to a bit of breathing space in the afternoon.

OOTD 16th January 2019
OOTD: a comfy jumper for a writing day! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Jac (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Travis – The Last Laugh Of The Laughter
Jools Holland – Enjoy Yourself
Bros – When Will I Be Famous?
Spandau Ballet – True
Bros – I Owe You Nothing
Marshmello and Bastille – Happier
Wham! – Club Tropicana
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Duran Duran – Winter Marches On

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots (although it was the ‘black bin bags’ version from Phoenix Nights)