Back to normal

A nice quiet day today – I spent most of it working for a client before getting a bit of my own writing done in the afternoon.

Looking forward to spending the evening on my 3DS again!

OOTD 15th July 2019
OOTD: possibly my favourite of my ’80s day dresses. Dress Fink Modell (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt H&M (2017), tights Primark (2017), shoes Office (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Tyler Lyle – Lost And Found [The Midnight Remix]
Duran Duran – Rio
Limahl – The Neverending Story
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
The Beatles – She Loves You
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – Señorita
Mika – Grace Kelly
Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?
The Midnight – Days Of Thunder
Stormzy – Crown
The Human League – One Man In My Heart
Trevor Something – Summer Love
Mark Ronson and Camila Cabello – Find U Again

An unexpected day in

I overslept this morning, so I decided not to go for a walk or to my dance class today and instead got on with work in the house. Geth is out boardgaming tonight, so I’m having a nice evening to myself with writing and music.

The rest of the week is a bit hectic, so it’s good I’ve been able to have a quieter day!

OOTD 8th July 2019
OOTD: it’s nice when it’s warm enough to wear my lightweight blouses. Blouse David Emmanuel (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), jeans Levi (2018), shoes Just Cavalli (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Notorious
Duran Duran – Anyone Out There
Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart

Cracking on

It’s another fairly busy day today. Geth and I went to Slimming World in the morning – I maintained this week but I’m fine with that because it’s been a very up-and-down week – and I’m now spending the afternoon getting on with day job work, admin, and housework before our boardgaming guests arrive this evening for the start of our Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle Earth campaign.

A slightly quieter day tomorrow.

OOTD 4th July 2019
OOTD: a slightly more summery weigh-in outfit. Vest top Primark (2018), skirt unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Madonna – Vogue
Duran Duran – (Reach Up For The) Sunrise
Prince – When Doves Cry
Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You
Duran Duran – Michael, You’ve Got A Lot To Answer For
Don Henley – Boys Of Summer

Another non-stop Wednesday!

It’s been a busy day today. Some urgent work came in from a client overnight, so I spent the morning doing that, and then went to the hospital for my uveitis check-up. The drops have worked perfectly – a lot quicker than for the first attack, probably because I caught it sooner – and all signs of uveitis are pretty much gone. I’ve been given permission to speed up the steroid eye drop withdrawal process, so my new date for the official end of the eye saga is Tuesday 16th July, when I will take my last eye drop. I’m hoping for a permanent respite from the zombie invasion!

I then headed to the centre of town to spend a couple of hours catching up with my cousin Freya. After that, it was time for my ukulele class – the last class proper of the summer term, as we’ll be doing the end-of-term concert next week.

Now for a couple of hours chilling out with music before bed!

OOTD 3rd July 2019
OOTD: sunscreen required today. T-shirt H&M (2018), belt H&M (2017), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care
Duran Duran – A View To A Kill
Cast of The Greatest ShowmanThe Greatest Show
Mungo Jerry – In The Summertime
The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black
Duran Duran – Violence Of Summer [The Story Mix]
Bee Gees – Too Much Heaven
Elton John – I’m Still Standing
Duran Duran – Michael, You’ve Got A Lot To Answer For

Garden results!

Our gardens are finally looking civilised after the in-laws finished with them today!

Garden plants

The back garden surround has all been membraned over and covered with pebbles, meaning the weeds will stay away for the most part! Neither Geth nor I have time to do much gardening, so we wanted something that required minimal care. Geth’s stepmum Helen chose plants that won’t grow too quickly or too big, but will still fill the space nicely.

Garden roundel

In the front garden, meanwhile, our feature roundel is looking much better than it did! We originally had two overgrown pine trees in this space, which had become entwined with the two blossom trees that stand outside the roundel. Earlier this year, we had them cut down to give the blossom trees some breathing space, but the stumps had become a bit overgrown with weeds over the last couple of months with the warmer weather. As such, Keith and Helen have membraned this area as well and used some old pebbles and rocks from the garden, as well as some small plants, to create a pretty rockery. I think it looks great!

Otherwise it’s just been a fairly straightforward day at work – I finished a big project for a client that I’d been working on for ages this morning, and have spent the afternoon doing a bit of writing as I’ll be too busy to get much done over the next couple of days.

Looking forward to an evening chilling out with some of the ’80s movies that arrived through the door today!

OOTD 2nd July 2019
OOTD: summery outfit in the new garden! Shirt M&S (it’s one of Geth’s from sometime earlier this decade), dress Paradise (2013), shoes BHS (2016).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like A Woman
Stormzy – Vossi Bop
Sia – Chandelier
Will Smith – Friend Like Me
Gunship – The Mountain
Gomez – Whippin’ Piccadilly
Tina Turner – Proud Mary
Thought Beings – Hazy
Demi Lovato – Confident

July sunshine

I’ve had a good, productive day today – lots of day job work finished, lots of admin done, another dance class ticked off (I’m already getting the hang of it again better than I was last week). Also, the in-laws have been here sorting out our garden, and I’m really excited for it to be finished tomorrow!

Geth is out boardgaming this evening, but once he gets back we’re going to finish off our Good Omens rewatch.

Looking forward to a similar day tomorrow.

Newly treated decking
Not an OOTD: another Monday spent in workout gear, another Monday where I didn’t remember to take a photo of it before showering and changing back into my pyjamas! Instead, here’s our garden, with the decking looking all clean and treated. On the fence there’s a bonus sighting of two of the enormously fat pigeons who hang around our garden (next door’s cat isn’t much of a hunter, probably because of the constant racket he makes miaowing all the time).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Gunship – The Mountain
Aerds – Deadline
Duran Duran – Do You Believe In Shame?
Andy Taylor – I Might Lie
Duran Duran – (Reach Up For The) Sunrise
Loreen – Euphoria
Tyler Lyle – Lost And Found [The Midnight Remix]
Duran Duran – The Edge Of America
Duran Duran – (I’m Looking For) Cracks In The Pavement
Duran Duran – The Reflex
Sia – Chandelier
Lauv and Troye Sivan – I’m So Tired

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Gunship – When You Grow Up Your Heart Dies

Plus one healing

A slightly stressful morning today as I had some leftover editing for clients to do from yesterday and I’m still struggling with my concentration. However, I’ve spent the afternoon and evening relaxing with videogames, and I already feel a lot better. Hoping to do the same tomorrow!

OOTD 29th June 2019
OOTD: in the pink. Sunglasses Ray-Ban (2019), dress Triumph (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt H&M (2017), tights Primark (2017), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – I Believe/All I Need To Know
Meghan Trainor – Dear Future Husband
The Beatles – Drive My Car
Lauv and Troye Sivan – I’m So Tired
Duran Duran – Rio
Stormzy – Big For Your Boots

Shiny things, shiny thoughts

I’m finding it really hard to concentrate on things at the moment. My brain constantly seems to be in five places at once, and I’m always breaking off in the middle of things to do random Google searches before I realise what’s happening, and every day seems to fly by without me getting anywhere near as much done as I wanted to get done.

This has been the case my whole life to an extent – I’m a terrible daydreamer, always have been, because it just goes along with the territory when you’re a writer (and is also a very easy habit to get into when you’re a hard of hearing child!) – but in recent months it has really started affecting my work. Geth thinks I need a break, and he’s probably right, but in all honesty the most stressful thing for me is the feeling of constantly falling behind with everything, and taking time off would just make that worse. I don’t know what to do.

Today has been mostly taken up with day job work (which is taking me a lot longer than it should do due to the above) and admin. I had hoped to get the former finished today, but it didn’t happen, so I’ll be getting up early tomorrow to finish it off so that I can try and relax a bit over the weekend.

OOTD 28th June 2019
OOTD: sun still welcome but also still too bright for my recovering eye! Sunglasses Ray-Ban (2019), t-shirt Lauren Ralph Lauren (modern but bought from Headlock Vintage 2018), leggings Primark (2018), shoes Zara (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

OneRepublic – Counting Stars
Duran Duran – Serious
Duran Duran – I Don’t Want Your Love
Miami Sound Machine – Dr Beat
Duran Duran – Michael, You’ve Got A Lot To Answer For
Tyler Lyle – Lost And Found [The Midnight Remix]
Orange Juice – Rip It Up
Gunship – The Mountain

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

The Champs – Tequila

Staying out of the rain

I’m seeing a lot of complaints on social media today about how hot and muggy it is. This is not the case in Newcastle. It’s wet and miserable, and Geth and I had the fire on all morning.

As such, it has been a good day for staying in the house and getting work done. I spent the morning editing for clients, and am now getting on with my own writing. Geth is playing the remastered version of Final Fantasy XII at the moment, which is nicely soundtracking my work.

A slightly more hectic day tomorrow, so I’m glad I’ve been able to get so much done today!

OOTD 25th June 2019
OOTD: managed to nip out during a break in the rain! Jumpsuit St Michael by Marks & Spencer (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2016), belt unknown brand (vintage 1980s, thrifted from Mum 2019), boots Asos (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Heaven 17 – Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry
Haircut 100 – Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)
Duran Duran – Perfect Day
Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Avicii and Aloe Blacc – SOS
Mark Ronson and Lykke Li – Late Night Feelings

Dancing feet

A day of small victories! Zombie Eye 2 is pretty much back to normal after a couple of days of eye drops, so it’s just a case of continuing to take them now. Also, I managed to be at my desk* at nine like I’m supposed to be, which felt like a real achievement after oversleeping for all of last week.

As such, I managed to get a lot of work done today. I then went back to dance class this evening for the first time since moving house (so nearly a year and a half!). Most of the routines were new to me so it’s going to take a few weeks of feeling useless while I pick them up, but it felt really great to be dancing again, and there was one we did at the end that I knew from before (it was one of my favourites!).

Glad to be back in routine – hoping for a similarly productive day tomorrow.

*My sofa, with my laptop, and my feet up. There are many perks to working from home.

Dance trainers
Not an OOTD: no outfit shot today because I was in workout gear all day. You can have a photo of my neglected-till-now dance trainers instead.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Gunship – Dark All Day
Queen – Flash
Dominic Fike – 3 Nights
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?*
The Rolling Stones – It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll
Tina Turner – Proud Mary
Cast of The Greatest ShowmanThe Greatest Show
Duran Duran – Too Late Marlene
Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

*I can only imagine that this unseasonal offering burrowed into my brain today as a result of my subconscious child going ‘OMG IT’S ONLY SIX MONTHS TILL CHRISTMAS EVE, BETTER LISTEN TO MY BIRTHDAY NUMBER ONE‘.