You can’t hide in suburbia

Geth and I did the highly ‘suburban couple’ thing of driving to B&Q to get gardening supplies this morning. While we were there, Geth started eyeing up the giant ostentatious barbecue sets they have by the front doors. I am not ready for this level of being an adult.

I have spent the rest of the day attempting to counter this feeling by listening to synthwave playlists and reading about films online. You can’t make me grow up!

OOTD 19th May 2019
OOTD: the garden is gradually getting more membraned and pebbled. Hoodie Internacionale (2000), Duran Duran classic lineup t-shirt eBay/Fruit of the Loom (2018), skirt Calvin Klein Jeans (2004), tights Primark (2017), trainers Reebok (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – I Believe/All I Need To Know
The Midnight and Nikki Flores – Jason
Thought Beings – Hazy
Duran Duran – White Lines
Gunship – Dark All Day

All the tunes

I skipped parkrun this morning as I’ve got a few aches and pains that are playing up (and besides, Geth was off to a boardgaming event so he wasn’t going to parkrun anyway). As such, I’ve had a very nice Saturday of not being out in the rain. I’ve listened to a lot of music, haphazardly played some of my own on my ukulele, and got a bit of writing done.

I’m really enjoying this quiet weekend. More of the same tomorrow!

OOTD 18th May 2019
OOTD: a good day for lounging around in jeans and Dad’s old university t-shirt. T-shirt Ron Holland for Cambridge University (vintage 1970s, thrifted from Dad 2012), jeans H&M (thrifted from Steff 2016), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Jonas Brothers – Sucker
The Proclaimers – Letter From America
Mark Ronson and Lykke Li – Late Night Feelings
Thought Beings – Hazy
The Midnight – America

The comfort of my living room

A nice quiet day for catching up with stuff today! I got all my accounts done, caught up with a bit of writing, got some ukulele practice in, and listened to a lot of music I’d been meaning to check out for a while.

More peace and quiet tomorrow!

OOTD 17th May 2019
OOTD: it was still nice enough for a walk this morning! Sunglasses Ray-Ban (2019), jacket Mercy (2007/2009, due to a complicated story that I still don’t have time to tell you at the moment), blouse CD (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), bag CXL by Christian Lacroix (2018), skirt Miss Selfridge (2004), shoes Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Thought Beings – Hazy
Outhere Brothers – Boom Boom Boom
Gunship – When You Grow Up Your Heart Dies
Spandau Ballet – True
Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee)
FM Attack and Kristine – Magic
Mark Ronson and Lykke Li – Late Night Feelings
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
The Midnight – Kick Drums And Red Wine

And breathe

It’s been a nice quiet day today – Geth and I went to Slimming World in the morning, but I’ve spent the rest of the day getting on with admin and writing.

Similarly quiet tomorrow I hope!

OOTD: not with my car today, but matching it 🙂 Hoodie Internacionale (2000), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Gunship – When You Grow Up Your Heart Dies
The Midnight – Days Of Thunder
Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

Welcome home car

Another busy day, but I’ll get back to my regularly scheduled review posts with Phone Box Thursday tomorrow!

I went to finish the paperwork for my new car this morning so that I could drive it home. It’s nice to have it sitting on the driveway! I’m planning to keep it in the garage long-term, though, so Geth and I need to do some tidying up in there.

I spent the afternoon doing work for clients, and then headed to ukulele class in the evening. I’m really enjoying the beginners’ class – we’re learning some interesting songs.

A slightly quieter day tomorrow!

OOTD 15th May 2019
OOTD: I will stop posting pictures of myself with my car eventually. Not today though! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), jeans Vivid (2018), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Midnight – Gloria
The Prodigy – Spitfire
Deacon Blue – Dignity
Thought Beings – Hazy
FM Attack and Kristine – Magic
Wilson Pickett – Mustang Sally
Buddy Holly – Raining In My Heart
The Midnight – Kick Drums And Red Wine

Girl on wheels

Another day that’s been a little too busy for a review post. I do have a good reason though.

I bought a car today!

After months (years, really) of dithering about it and feeling like the whole thing was far too complicated, I made the most of Geth’s family visiting and went to the dealership to do some test drives. Due to some help from my father-in-law, I am now the owner of a nice little Skoda that will carry me, Geth and our increasing amounts of luggage when we want to go places! I’m picking it up tomorrow and am very excited about welcoming it home.

Following some sterling work on our garden (as well as the help with the car-buying), Keith and Helen headed off this evening after we’d had a nice meal in the local pub.

Another hectic day tomorrow, but it’s mostly the fun kind of hectic!

OOTD 14th May 2019
OOTD: to be fair it’s mostly the car in this picture – my comfy driving outfit was of secondary concern today! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), bag CXL by Christian Lacroix (2018), t-shirt H&M (2018), belt H&M (2017), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Midnight – Lost Boy
Robert Parker and Miss K – ’85 Again
The Midnight – Kick Drums And Red Wine
The Midnight – Gloria
Gunship – When You Grow Up Your Heart Dies
Gary Numan – Cars
The Midnight – Crystalline
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Prefab Sprout – Cars And Girls

How does your garden grow

No review post today as I’ve been busy. Geth’s dad and stepmum, Keith and Helen, arrived early this morning to spend a couple of days sorting out our overgrown mess of a garden (Geth and I are NOT gardeners and even if we were, we just wouldn’t have the time for it on top of everything else). It already looks a lot better than it did!

In the evening, Geth and I went for a quick meal out and then popped into the pub to say hi to boardgaming friends.

Another busy day tomorrow!

OOTD 13th May 2019
OOTD: the garden is already providing a much better background for photos! Jumper Jac (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), jeans Levi (2018), boots Primark (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Gunship – When You Grow Up Your Heart Dies
FM Attack and Kristine – Magic
The Midnight – Crystalline
Robert Parker and Miss K – ’85 Again
Don Henley – Boys Of Summer
Whitney Houston – How Will I Know?
The Cure – Lovesong
Madness – Driving In My Car

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby

Race day tiredness

Geth and I were racing at the Run Sunderland event this morning, so I’ve had a fairly lazy afternoon and evening on the sofa to unwind afterwards. Back to the admin tomorrow!

OOTD 12th May 2019
OOTD: post-race recovery jumper. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Midnight – Days Of Thunder
Simply Red – Something Got Me Started
Murray Head – One Night In Bangkok
Queen – Flash
Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)
The Midnight – Crystalline
Buddy Holly – Raining In My Heart

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Gunship – When You Grow Up Your Heart Dies

A pre-race Saturday

No review post today as I’m having a quiet day before a race tomorrow!

Geth and I volunteered at parkrun this morning, then went for our traditional post-parkrun-volunteering-on-a-race-weekend breakfast in town. Once back home, I spent the afternoon getting some writing done.

Just a quiet evening now before the race tomorrow! I’m doing the 10K (which probably won’t break any records given that I’m still recovering from London) and Geth is doing the half marathon. I will let you know tomorrow how it all goes!

OOTD 11th May 2019
OOTD: at this rate I’m going to be wearing winter jumpers into June! Jumper Faber (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), jeans H&M (thrifted from Steff 2016), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

FM-84 and Ollie Wride – Running In The Night
The Midnight – Gloria
Gunship – When You Grow Up Your Heart Dies
Lil’ Nas X – Old Town Road
The Midnight – Crystalline

Ticking boxes

Mostly an admin and writing day today, ticking things off my to-do list to the sound of the Final Fantasy XII soundtrack (Geth is videogaming again).

Glad the weather’s brightened up at last! Hoping it continues over the weekend.

OOTD 10th May 2019
OOTD: it’s starting to look like summer again! Dress unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), shoes Initiale Paris (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Midnight – Kick Drums And Red Wine
The Midnight – Days Of Thunder
Gunship – When You Grow Up Your Heart Dies

(Geth and I have had the synthwave playlists on again!)