It’s been a bad day, please don’t take a picture

Things have…not gone to plan today.

I didn’t get my run done because I’ve still got a twingey ankle after Sunday’s race. I’ve been resting it all week (apart from walking, of which a lot has been necessary), but if it’s still complaining on Saturday I’m just going to have to run through it, because I need to get back to the training plan now.

Geth didn’t come to Slimming World because he was still feeling unwell, so I went on my own, and I wish I hadn’t. I’ve had weeks and weeks where I’ve been on plan and barely made a dent in my Christmas weight gain. One bad eating week due to being away and I’ve put on five and a half pounds. I feel like I just can’t catch a break with it at the moment.

More crappy things contributing to my bad day included: (1) my prescription sunglasses frames snapping, which means I have to go and buy new ones; (2) forgetting an essential item on the shopping list, meaning I had to trek out to the big Sainsburys twice today; and (3) general stress and anxiety about what’s happening in Parliament.

At least Pilates class was semi-relaxing, when I wasn’t doing exercises that killed my post-race legs. Also, I finished some editing for a client, so I guess that’s…something?

Hoping for a better day tomorrow.

OOTD 14th March 2019
One of the few takes where my hair wasn’t being blown in my face. Jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Abba – Dancing Queen
Squeeze – Up The Junction
Jean McCarthy – I Own It
REM – Bad Day

Bits and pieces

Today has involved various bits of catching up after being away in Inverness. I had a bit of editing to do for a client, and got lots of tidying and admin done. Geth is feeling poorly – he seems to have caught a cold from the weather during Sunday’s race – and so the next few days will probably be quite low-key for both of us.

I also had my ukulele class for the first time in a few weeks – we had a double half term break due to some building works at the Sage Gateshead, so it was good to get back to it.

Not expecting a great result at Slimming World tomorrow after being away, but I have many quiet weeks stretching ahead of me to get back on plan and back into target range!

OOTD 13th March 2019
OOTD: bright light, bright light! Scarf unknown brand (2019), jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), skirt Calvin Klein Jeans (2004), tights Primark (2017), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Arcadia – Election Day
Men Without Hats – Safety Dance
Ariana Grande – Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored
The Beatles – We Can Work It Out
Dire Straits – Romeo And Juliet
The Dave Clark Five – Bits And Pieces
Avicii – Hey Brother
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams

Video edit

Back to the editing today – mostly for clients, but I’ve also had time to do a bit of my own work as well. I really can see the end in sight now for this book draft!

I also got our DVD shelves tidied up and have identified a few to sell through Music Magpie, which is a fairly minor house job but still the first house job I’ve managed to get done in months and months.

Looking forward to getting some reading done this evening.

OOTD 4th March 2019
OOTD: blue Monday. Scarf unknown brand (vintage 1970s/1980s, thrifted from Anne out of Granny Bessie’s collection 1995), top Gildan for Infest (2015), skirt Primark (2018), tights Primark (2017), shoes Zara (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Bangles – Hazy Shade Of Winter
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
Billie Eilish – Bury A Friend
Calvin Harris and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – Giant
Kaiser Chiefs – Oh My God
Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
Duran Duran – A View To A Kill
Duran Duran – Burning The Ground
The Prodigy – Out Of Space*
Iggy Pop – Lust For Life

*RIP Keith Flint. Really sad about this one! I was lucky enough to see the Prodigy twice, once at T in the Park 2005 and once at M’era Luna 2009. Amazing shows – the way they always got the crowd involved was incredible.

Spring is in the air

A bit out of sorts today as my editing for clients took longer than expected and so I couldn’t finish off my own editing. I really had hoped to get the editing and pitching of this book done this week, because I didn’t want it to drag on into March, but it can’t be helped – the day job takes priority.

I’m really looking forward to a quiet weekend after a hectic few weeks.

OOTD 1st March 2019
OOTD: flashes of red for St David’s Day. Jumper Faber (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), jeans H&M (thrifted from Steff 2016), boots Irregular Choice (2012).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Housemartins – Build
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
Charli XCX and Troye Sivan – 1999
Duran Duran – New Moon On Monday
Barry Manilow – Copacabana
T.Rex – Metal Guru
Cher – Believe

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Beastie Boys – Intergalactic

The day job

I’ve just finished work for the day, at nearly nine in the evening.  Freelancing can be like that sometimes.

I’ll never complain about it though (well, hardly ever…).  Being in charge of my own time, organising everything myself, liaising with clients on my own terms, being able to work from home – all of that is bliss for me, as I’m a control freak, a hermit, and someone who likes a lie-in.  No, it’s not the best paid job in the world, and I can’t guarantee that heavy work periods will happen at times convenient to me (they almost never do!) but it suits me down to the ground.

Lots of the stuff I read as part of my editing job is absolutely fascinating.  I mainly work for academics, and they all have really interesting niches, usually in history or social science.  I love obscure information about subjects you would never normally think of, and boy oh boy have I learnt a lot of obscure information in the course of my job.

I’m pretty sleepy now after working all day.  But the plus side is that I don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn tomorrow.  Swings and roundabouts!