Thursday patterns

It’s been an interesting Thursday! I got up early and went for another run. Thursday runs on my marathon programme get longer every week, but I’ve got into a good pattern of doing them first thing in the morning, so I’ll be getting up at the crack of dawn once I get into the really intense part of training in a couple of months’ time. Hopefully the daylight will be more on my side by then!

Afterwards, Geth came with me to Slimming World this morning so that he could join the group. We’ve been working out what would be best for him to eat on the plan, and it sort of feels like starting again for me because I’ve spent two years falling into particular habits in terms of what I eat. We’re having jacket tatties tonight, which I honestly don’t think I’ve had since long before I started Slimming World.

I had a quiet afternoon, which is becoming another Thursday habit, followed by Pilates class. I’d have preferred not to have to go out so much today – it snowed heavily this morning and then froze, so it’s really icy out there – but Pilates is really helping with the overworked muscles at the moment.

OOTD 17th January 2019
OOTD: my favourite jumper is becoming a Thursday habit too. It’s so cosy for when I’m out and about! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
Duran Duran – Union Of The Snake
Eddie Murphy – Party All The Time
Rick Astley – Together Forever
Cass Elliot – Make Your Own Kind Of Music
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Dusty Springfield – I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
Katy B and Ms Dynamite – Lights On
Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin – I Like It
Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life

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)

A long Tuesday

I went for another run this morning – finally starting to speed up after the winter slump. My muscles have stopped protesting now as well, which is great – I think my legs have accepted the fact they’re back running again.

The rest of the day has been a mixture of work for clients and getting on with my own writing. Looking forward to another relaxed evening!

OOTD 15th January 2019
OOTD: the girl in black. Top LK Bennett (2018), skirt unknown brand (2005), shoes Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Men Without Hats – Safety Dance
Bros – I Owe You Nothing
Florida-Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha – Meant To Be
Duran Duran – Late Bar
Bros – When Will I Be Famous?
Marshmello and Bastille – Happier
Howard Jones – Life In One Day
A-ha – I’ve Been Losing You

Me and my sofa

I’ve been able to spend a full day today sitting and writing, which has been great. Geth has to work from home tonight, so I’m going to have a quiet few hours sorting out my to-do lists.

It’s going to be a bit of a busy week, but hopefully everything will get done!

OOTD 14th January 2019
OOTD: in a ‘working’ mood! Scarf Marks & Spencer (gift from Geth’s mum Anne 2017), hoodie Sonar (2006), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), skirt Calvin Klein Jeans (2004), tights Primark (2017), boots Moda In Pelle (gift from Geth 2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
Duran Duran – Save A Prayer
Dee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
Murray Head – One Night In Bangkok
Jools Holland – Enjoy Yourself
Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Travis – The Last Laugh Of The Laughter
Years & Years – If You’re Over Me
Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know?
Howard Jones – I’d Like To Get To Know You Well
Howard Jones – Life In One Day

Sunday morning running, Sunday evening eating

I went for my first long run of my marathon training plan this morning. I’m feeling a bit worried about the fact that I’m still having a lot of muscle pain and it’s really slowing me down, but hopefully this should ease off over the next few runs. I’ll see how it goes over the next week.

I don’t usually run on Sundays (unless it’s a race) but I can understand why so many people do. Traffic is quiet and there’s lots of other runners about for solidarity. It was also a mild, sunny morning (it felt more like spring than winter), so it was quite pleasant apart from the muscles fighting me all the way!

Geth was out boardgaming at a tournament this afternoon, so I had some quiet time to myself before we went out for a meal this evening. The meal was a late birthday treat and involved us discovering an Italian restaurant we’d not been to before. I will definitely be going back, though, as there’s a lot I want to try on the menu.

OOTD 13th January 2019
OOTD: discovering all the nice things that sober people can drink in restaurants! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), scarf Matalan (2016), hoodie Sonar (2006), t-shirt Katharine Hamnett (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Little Mix and Nicki Minaj – Woman Like Me
Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
Adam & The Ants – Kings Of The Wild Frontier
Duran Duran – Come Undone
Wham! – Wham! Rap (Enjoy What You Do)
Spandau Ballet – To Cut A Long Story Short

Attempting an actual weekend!

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to take weekends off, i.e. not have a giant to-do list that makes it feel like I’m still working all day Saturday and Sunday. This week, I have been…semi-successful. I do have a few things that fall into ‘really should do that this weekend’ territory, but I’m trying not to stress about them.

Geth and I intended to go to parkrun this morning, but after he came back really tired from his London business trip last night, we decided against it. My marathon training plan has parkrun as an ‘optional’ Saturday run, so it doesn’t matter if I do it or not in that sense, but I do want to get back to it soon.

As such, I’ve instead spent today catching up with BBC music shows on iPlayer. I just watched that Bros documentary film, After The Screaming Stops, which is an absolute must-see if you’re into classic pop. It’s absolutely mental (there are some real Spinal Tap moments!), and an uncomfortable watch sometimes, but very much worth it.

OOTD 12th January 2019
OOTD: a milder winter’s day. Scarf unknown brand (gift from Neil and Nikki 2015), hoodie Sonar (2006), t-shirt Campus Crew for Toronto Blue Jays (2018), jeans H&M (thrifted from Steff 2016), boots Moda In Pelle (gift from Geth 2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Tracey Ullman – My Guy
Genesis – Land Of Confusion

All the admin

I’ve spent pretty much all of today doing the super glamorous job of sorting out my accounts for my tax return. It’s nice to see my business growing year on year, but it is fiddly to get everything in order.

I’ve also been tidying (part of) the study so that Geth has a workspace for during his upcoming sabbatical. There’s still a lot of sorting out to do in there, and I’m a bit frustrated that I don’t have more time to do it, but it is all scheduled in and it will get done – just have to be patient.

Lots of running to do this weekend, but otherwise I’m looking forward to a quiet one!

OOTD 11th January 2019
OOTD: another comfy day in the house. Scarf MyScarf (gift from Keith and Helen 2019), t-shirt Cyberdog (originally early 2000s, thrifted from Geth 2014), belt H&M (2017), tights Primark (2017), boots Carefree (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Years & Years – If You’re Over Me
Julian Lennon – Too Late For Goodbyes
Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho

A tired Thursday

I’ve been doing really well with getting up early every day this week, and this morning it meant I was able to get a run in before I went to Slimming World. Because I’d slept badly last night, though, I didn’t have a hugely productive afternoon, mostly having a bit of a doze before I had to go to Pilates.

It’s not been a bad day, though – I lost 3lbs at Slimming World, which is a good start to getting rid of my Christmas gain. I’ve now got a nice quiet evening to myself as Geth is in London for work, so it’s just me and the Now! ’80s channel on TV.

OOTD 10th January 2019
OOTD: yup, still loving my favourite jumper – plus bonus Mel & Kim in the reflection behind me. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

James Arthur and Anne-Marie – Rewrite The Stars
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Mabel and Notes – Fine Line
Tom Walker – Leave A Light On
Jess Glynne – Thursday
Jools Holland – Enjoy Yourself
Jax Jones, Mabel and Rich The Kid – Ring Ring
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
George Michael and Aretha Franklin – I Knew You Were Waiting For Me
Duran Duran – Do You Believe In Shame?

An ideal Wednesday

Some weeks, when I’m feeling marginally sociable, Thursdays are my favourite day of the week, because I’m out and about doing things like Slimming World and Pilates (plus, starting this week, a bonus early morning run! Gotta love marathon training…I suppose). Apart from anything else, I get to eat my post weigh-in treat meal, which is always pasta and pesto and is always delicious.

But let’s face it, a typical Wednesday – where I get a whole glorious day just to write, nothing else – is much more ‘me’. Even if I’ve usually run out of syns and so am getting a bit crabby food-wise!

Today has been one of those good Wednesdays. I’ve done a lot of writing and editing and am feeling very productive. Tomorrow, in contrast, will be a lot more hectic.

I am looking forward to that pasta and pesto though.

OOTD 9th January 2019
OOTD: cosy winter day in. Scarf unknown brand (gift from Geth 2019), t-shirt Cyberdog (originally early 2000s, thrifted from Geth 2014), belt unknown brand (vintage 1980s, thrifted from Mum 2019), tights Primark (2017), shoes La Redoute (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Sigala, Ella Eyre, Meghan Trainor and French Montana – Just Got Paid
Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
Modern Romance – Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey
Julian Lennon – Too Late For Goodbyes

The slump is over

I went for a run for the first time since the Town Moor Half Marathon this morning. That’s a 51-day winter running slump this year, which Geth reckons is similar to last year. It’s not just because Christmas gets in the way – I think it’s also because I’m burning myself out a bit with long autumn races. This year, I’m going to finish my season with the Great North Run in September (or possibly a 10K no later than mid-October if I can find one that’s relatively local), in the hope that I’ll still feel up to at least the occasional parkrun in December.

Anyway, it did feel a bit like running through cement, but I know I’ll get my fitness back up over the next couple of weeks.

I’ve been able to spend the rest of the day writing, which I really appreciate at the moment. I’ve also been able to get back into my music practice this week after getting lots of new instruments and music books for Christmas! I played ocarina yesterday and ukulele today. Ocarina is very easy and relaxing and reminds me of music class at primary school, while ukulele is more of a challenge (I’ve never really played any type of guitar before) but also more fun.

OOTD 8th January 2019
OOTD: it’s still chilly out, and I’m looking forward to there being more daylight over the next few months! Hoodie unknown brand (2009), t-shirt Lauren Ralph Lauren (modern but bought from Headlock Vintage 2018), jeans Levi (2018), boots Carefree (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Pinkfong – Baby Shark
Tomcraft – Happiness
David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World
Billy Ocean – Love Really Hurts Without You
Rudimental and James Arthur – Sun Comes Up
George Ezra – Paradise
George Ezra – Shotgun
Duran Duran – Save A Prayer