Standing still

It’s been a while since I volunteered at parkrun, so it was good to get out and marshal at Jesmond Dene this morning, a parkrun course that I really enjoyed running during the autumn. I jogged there and back so as to get my run in, but made sure I had plenty layers on for the ninety minutes I was standing at my marshal point! There was a bitter wind blowing through the Dene today, so they were very much needed.

Geth is away at a Keyforge tournament so I’ve had a really relaxed afternoon reading. I’ve got another long run to do tomorrow and I’m hoping to be well rested.

Weekends are a bit of a write-off at the moment due to all the running, but that’s sort of the way it goes during marathon training.

parkrun volunteering
Sort of an OOTD: I was at the marshal point I’d always feared, the one where an out-of-control runner can knock you down the steps if you’re not careful! Thankfully it wasn’t as scary as I’d imagined…

Today’s earworm playlist:

Jackson Browne – ‘Rosie’
Vangelis – ‘Chariots Of Fire’
Soft Cell – ‘Where Did Our Love Go?’
Belinda Carlisle – ‘Leave A Light On’

Time to turn my brain off

I’m so busy at the moment that I don’t take as much time as I should to relax in the evenings (I’m always finishing off projects or writing a bit more or getting some admin or housework done here and there). It’s not good for my brain and it would be nice to spend some time in other people’s worlds as well as creating my own. As such, I’m planning to spend a few hours videogaming and reading tonight in an attempt to chill out a bit, as the next few days are going to be a bit hectic (all fun things but a lot of them).

I’ve had another good, productive day working on my NaNo – I’m really enjoying doing the story, especially as I’m also working on turning it into another text adventure game. Tomorrow I’ll be doing a bit more, but mainly catching up with house things and practising my ukulele before class (as I’ve not had much time for that recently).

Book and 3DS
Not an OOTD: a good book that I’ve really been enjoying, and my 3DS, which badly needs checking to see how many contacts it’s made recently!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Michael Land – The Smugglers’ Cave
A-ha – Take On Me
Duran Duran – Liberty


I’m still not a hundred percent at the moment, but I am very happy that it’s the first day of the part of the year ending in ‘-ber’. I’ve not stuck my head out the door yet, but I will be getting up and going for my last longish run before the GNR tomorrow, so there’s that.

Have had another videogaming and reading day. Hopefully this weekend will have refreshed me enough that I’ll be able to get some good work hours in during the week.

1st of September
Not an OOTD: the only calendar I keep from year to year. This is one of my favourite dates.

Today’s earworm playlist:

FM-84 and Ollie Wride – Never Stop
Duran Duran – Michael, You’ve Got A Lot To Answer For
Arcadia – Say The Word
Duran Duran – White Lines
Pulp – Common People
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Spandau Ballet – Gold


I went for my long run this morning. My running watch died halfway through. This has happened a lot recently (including in two important races), so a new one will be arriving for me in the post later this week (a very early birthday present from Geth). The run itself felt quite good, though – I just wish I had my data for it!

I’ve spent the rest of the day reading. Back to work tomorrow.

OOTD 18th August 2019
OOTD: chilling with Rio (although the Duran Duran song in my headphones was actually Skin Trade [Stretch Mix]). Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), vest top Redbubble (2019).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Trevor Something – Summer Love
Ollie Wride – Back To Life
Trevor Something – All Night
Gunship – Art3mis And Parzival

A rest day

I have had a really good day of not doing much at all – just reading and listening to music. It’s been a rainy day, so I’ve had zero inclination to leave the house. Will venture out briefly tomorrow morning for parkrun!

OOTD 16th August 2019
OOTD: not going out in that rain! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), t-shirt eBay/Fruit of the Loom (2018), jeans Zara (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Timecop1983 and The Bad Dreamers – Back To You
The Carpenters – Yesterday Once More
Duran Duran – White Lines
Nik Kershaw – I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Japan – I Second That Emotion
Kygo and Whitney Houston – Higher Love

Still disconnected

Router did not arrive today. I am posting this during one of the brief split seconds that my laptop will actually deign to connect to the internet. This week’s learning experience is that computers on Windows 10 do not like using ethernet cables. Or possibly it’s just my laptop, which has not always been the most reliable of machines.

For the meantime, then, I’m stuck with minimal internet. I’m certainly getting a lot of writing done – 5,000 words today! – as well as catching up with a lot of offline reading.

OOTD 30th July 2019
OOTD: temperature is cooling down, which is something of a relief. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), blouse H&M (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Sigala and Becky Hill – Wish You Well
Vera Lynn – A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Angry Anderson – Suddenly
Duran Duran – Rio

Summer heat

The one annual week of summer heat has arrived in the UK with a vengeance. I am not about it in the slightest so I have spent today indoors with the windows open, ignoring the news and getting lots of writing done.

Looking forward to a quiet evening with music and reading, and then another day of writing tomorrow.

OOTD 23rd July 2019
OOTD: this is the lightest dress I own but it’s still too warm for a day like today. Dress Primark (2018), trainers Nike (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Gunship – The Mountain
Lil’ Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road
Andy Taylor – I Might Lie
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Trevor Something – All Night
Al Stewart – Year Of The Cat
Bowling For Soup – 1985
The Midnight and Nikki Flores – Jason
Colony 5 – Black
Duran Duran – All You Need Is Now
Duran Duran – A View To A Kill
Bucks Fizz – If You Can’t Stand The Heat
Martin Garrix, Macklemore and Patrick Stump – Summer Days

Getting on with…ooh, shiny

I’ve been really, really distracted lately. Today so far has been especially bad. So far I have:

  1. Gone out running wearing my heart rate monitor strap without my heart rate monitor attached to it.
  2. Got dressed in a completely ineffectual manner due to my continual attempts to put clothes on in the wrong order.
  3. Set up the dehumidifier outside the bathroom as usual but not actually turned it on while I had a shower.

This kind of thing is just getting worse and worse at the moment and I’m actually starting to get a bit worried. It doesn’t help with my time management either, as I’ll drift off for a while and then suddenly realise two hours have passed without me noticing. I’ve always been a daydreamer but it’s getting to the point where I’m struggling to function.

My run was okay this morning though. I’m building up my distances again in preparation for the Great North Run in September, so I went out for an 11k – I didn’t feel that great during the final kilometre as I had a stitch and was running out of energy a bit (need to start eating my breakfast beforehand again), but on the whole it was a nice jog round.

The aforementioned distraction means today has been a bit of a write-off work-wise as I’ve not been able to concentrate on anything, so I’ve been trying to get into some useful reading this evening that will help with upcoming projects.

OOTD 16th July 2019
OOTD: comfy post-run outfit. Hoodie Uneek Classic for Mesh (2016), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), leggings Miss Fiori (2015), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Johann Pachelbel – Canon In D
Miley Cyrus – Mother’s Daughter
The Midnight and Nikki Flores – Jason
Duran Duran – Come Undone
Gunship – Dark All Day
Rod Stewart and Tina Turner – It Takes Two
Robert Parker and Miss K – ’85 Again

A quiet Sunday

No need to go out today, so I was able to have a lazy morning reading and then catch up with a few admin-type things and a bit of day job work in the afternoon. Geth and I have had a go at a new boardgame (Lord of the Rings: Adventures in Middle Earth – we’ll be doing the full campaign soon) this evening, but otherwise I will just be doing a bit more reading.

Back to work tomorrow.

OOTD 23rd June 2019
OOTD: Geth has made the garden slightly less of a jungle today! Jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), t-shirt H&M (2018), belt H&M (2017), leggings Primark (2018), shoes Primark (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Rizzle Kicks – Skip To The Good Bit
Duran Duran – Winter Marches On
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care
The Midnight – Crystalline
Mark Ronson and Lykke Li – Late Night Feelings

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