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

Back to normal!

A good day today! At Slimming World, I found I’d lost all the post-marathon water weight that I’d put on last week, which is great – just need to concentrate on losing the last few pounds needed to get back into target range now.

Have just been getting on with admin this afternoon as Geth and I have a boardgaming guest again this evening!

Hoping for a slightly more productive day tomorrow.

OOTD 9th May 2019
OOTD: still in my winter Thursday jumper due to the weather being freezing for May! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Traditional – Bonnie Ship The Diamond
Gunship – Tech Noir
Ta Mara & The Seen – Affection
Sandie Shaw – Puppet On A String
Duran Duran – Notorious
Sam Cooke – Wonderful World
REM – Losing My Religion
Cast of The Greatest Showman – The Greatest Show
Duran Duran – I Believe/All I Need To Know
Duran Duran – The Reflex
The Midnight – Days Of Thunder

Nearly the weekend

It’s been a busy day – I went to the polling station with Geth first thing to vote in the council and mayoral elections, then to Slimming World (I put on an obscene amount of weight this week but I’m trying not to panic because it’s presumably just post-marathon bloat – this has happened after races before). I’ve spent the rest of the day doing editing for clients.

Tomorrow should be a slightly quieter day. I’m already looking forward to the bank holiday weekend!

OOTD 2nd May 2019
OOTD: getting bored of cropping my eyes out so I I thought I’d show off my new sunglasses instead. Sunglasses Ray-Ban (2019), jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), dress Monteau (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
Glenn Frey – The Heat Is On
The Power Station – Some Like It Hot
David Bowie – Fame
Mike & The Mechanics – The Living Years
Heart – Alone
Level 42 – Lessons In Love*
Arcadia – Election Day
Abba – Lay All Your Love On Me
Duran Duran – Meet El Presidente
Genesis – Land Of Confusion

*RIP Boon Gould.

A bump in the road

I really didn’t need this eye infection or whatever it is this week.

Didn’t get much sleep last night because of it, and I’ve been in a bad way all day. I’m having to skip poetry night tonight (which I’m really upset about – was looking forward to reading again!) and Slimming World tomorrow in favour of an emergency doctor’s appointment. I need this thing gone by race day on Sunday.

Hoping for a better day tomorrow.

OOTD 24th April 2019
OOTD: you really don’t want to see my eyes today. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), hoodie Sonar (2006), Duran Duran t-shirt Amplified (2018), skirt Calvin Klein Jeans (2004).

Today’s earworm playlist:

OneRepublic – Counting Stars
Duran Duran – Save A Prayer
Duran Duran – New Religion
Jax Jones, Mabel and Rich The Kid – Ring Ring
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur

Flying Thursday post

After a whirlwind morning of extra clients showing up with emergency day job work, my usual treadmill run, getting away with only half a pound gain at Slimming World (I have not been good at staying on plan this week so I’m okay with that!), finishing the day job work I’d actually planned to get done today, and getting a small chunk done on my writing project, it is officially Easter holidays and I am off out for a Maundy Thursday night out tonight! Will update properly tomorrow.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy – Kiss Me
Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
Spandau Ballet – Gold
Queen – I Want It All
Little Mix – Move
Ariana Grande – Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored
Westlife – Hello My Love
The Beatles – Drive My Car
Cast of ChicagoCell Block Tango

Mental time travel

I’ve spent the day happily esconsced in my writing again. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I’m considering just pulling a ‘weigh and go’ at Slimming World tomorrow so that I can get home earlier and squeeze an extra bit of writing in. I do have day job work to do tomorrow as well, so we’ll see.

My characters are currently in 1979, so I’m constantly having to break off from writing and Google stuff like ‘when did SCART connectors become standard on TVs?’ and ‘did Quality Street tins have cellophane seals around the lid in the ’70s?’ An answer to the latter question is currently eluding me. I have watched this 1978 Woolworths Christmas advert many times today, trying to work out from the shot of the Quality Street tin (at 1:00 in the video) whether it has a cellophane seal or not:

I can’t be accused of not doing my research.

Looking forward to finishing up for Easter tomorrow.

OOTD 17th April 2019
OOTD: liking the floral ’80s dresses as we approach Easter weekend. Dress Fink Modell (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt unknown brand (vintage 1980s, thrifted from Mum 2019), tights Primark (2017), shoes Carvela (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Union Of The Snake
Duran Duran – Burning The Ground
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Ta Mara & The Seen – Affection
Bowling For Soup – 1985
Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy – Kiss Me
Duran Duran – Secret Oktober
Cheryl – Fight For This Love
Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up

A slightly hectic Thursday

I did a short non-speed run this morning as instructed by my training plan (which felt really strange!) and then went to Slimming World, where I was happy to find I’d lost a pound and a half. Just four pounds to get back into range now.

I then had to take a detour into town to meet Geth after discovering I’d left my house keys at home, and have been spending most of the afternoon tidying up as we have a guest round for boardgaming tonight.

Back to work tomorrow.

OOTD 11th April 2019
OOTD: still hoping for it to warm up a little more! Jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
Duran Duran – Do You Believe In Shame?
Oasis – Songbird
Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know?
Duran Duran – Read My Lips
Duran Duran – Like An Angel

(Music brain was having a real Duran Duran day. Even more than usual, I mean!)

On with the projects

The ukulele concert last night was great! Our ‘absolute beginners’ group were first on, and after that I was able to relax and watch all the other groups (there are seven ukulele groups in total among the Sage Gateshead adult music classes) to see what I can expect from classes in the future. Will be signing up to the ‘beginners’ group for next term later this week!

I’ve had quite a good day today – I did my last speed run of marathon training this morning (next week the taper will have started and all of my runs are meant to be at slow pace!), lost a bit at Slimming World (not as much as I would have liked but it’s going in the right direction), and got some writing done in the afternoon for various projects.

More bits and pieces of writing this evening, and hopefully another productive day tomorrow.

OOTD 4th April 2019
OOTD: I’d hoped to be putting the jumpers away soon, but it’s got cold again! Jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Blue Öyster Cult – Don’t Fear The Reaper
Lou Reed – Perfect Day
Queen – One Vision
Wizzard – See My Baby Jive
Bananarama – Nathan Jones
Ariana Grande – Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored
Pink – Try
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
T.Rex – Get It On
Jim Diamond – I Should Have Known Better
Arcadia – Say The Word
Duran Duran – Serious
Slade – Mama Weer All Crazee Now
Chicory Tip – Son Of My Father
Simply Red – Holding Back The Years
Paul Brady – The Island
David Bowie – Absolute Beginners

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

George Formby – When I’m Cleaning Windows

Nearly the end of the week

A fairly typical Thursday today – Slimming World and Pilates took up most of my time, and I spent the rest catching up with admin.

I’m not sure I’m going to do the next Pilates course as the classes are at slightly different times. It might be good to have a few weeks off, anyway, as marathon training is taking up enough of my time exercise-wise.

More admin to do tomorrow.

OOTD 28th March 2019
OOTD: comfy Thursday outfit. Scarf MyScarf (2019), hoodie Sonar (2006), vest top Primark (2018), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Sam Smith and Normani – Dancing With A Stranger
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Duran Duran – Come Undone
David Bowie – The Jean Genie
David Bowie – Queen Bitch
Cast of FrozenLet It Go
David Bowie – Starman
Charlie Puth – One Call Away
Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Cast of FrozenDo You Want To Build A Snowman?

Conquering the nerves

I decided, when I found out about a week ago that there was going to be a second edition of the poetry night that I went to last month, that I was going to get organised and bring along some poems on the very marginal off-chance that I would be brave enough to volunteer for a reading slot. Of course, I didn’t end up writing said poems until yesterday morning – the morning of the poetry night – because of life and its continual determination to get in the way of my writing. However, I got them written, printed out, and shoved in my handbag. Just in case.

Ukulele class last night was good – we’ve just got one more session now before the end-of-term performance in a couple of weeks’ time, which is yet another thing to be nervous about. After class finished, I got back on the Metro and headed to Drink Art Bar for the poetry evening.

I probably wouldn’t have dared volunteer to read if it hadn’t been for the fact that the bar staff asked if I was going to! Once I had signed up, though, I felt strangely calm about it and just rehearsed everything in my head until it was my turn to go on. I felt quite confident reading my poems, but my limbs decided differently and would not stop shaking. Apparently it wasn’t noticeable to anyone else, but it certainly was to me!

I’m really, really glad I worked up the courage. I never thought I’d be able to tick that New Year’s Resolution off the list so early in the year.

Today was a fairly standard Thursday, with a speed run, Slimming World (I lost six pounds this week, getting rid of last week’s gain plus a bit extra!), and Pilates class.

Our friends Kieran and Lisa are coming to visit tomorrow, so I’m just getting a few things ready, and then it’ll be time for the weekend 🙂

OOTD 21st March 2019
OOTD: comfy Pilates outfit, slightly dishevelled! Hoodie Internacionale (2000), t-shirt Roly for Blaydon Race (2018), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Barry Manilow – Copacabana
Oasis – Songbird
Pinkfong – Baby Shark