Making sounds

Still no review posts at the moment because I’ve been busy catching up with admin and house stuff. I will get back to them tomorrow!

I went for a long-overdue haircut this morning, and then Mum and Dad popped in for a coffee at lunchtime – it was nice to see them (and to confirm that two cars will fit on our driveway, even if one of them is a giant Land Rover!).

I’ve spent the rest of the day doing house stuff and playing my ukulele. Geth is out boardgaming tonight, so the ukulele-playing will probably continue.

OOTD 4th June 2019
OOTD: new hair…and into the summer uniform despite the fact that it’s freezing. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), t-shirt H&M (2018), jeans Miss Selfridge (2018), shoes 1st Position (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Culture Club – Church Of The Poison Mind
Heaven 17 – Temptation
XTC – Senses Working Overtime
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
Wilson Pickett – Mustang Sally
Avicii and Aloe Blacc – Wake Me Up
Sam Cooke – Wonderful World

Boardgame shelf updated…temporarily

I spent today tidying up and sorting out the boardgame shelves with all the new games we bought at the weekend. It’s not quite finished yet – I also bought some inserts for boxes that will give me a bit more space – but hopefully I’ll have it done by the end of the week.

A bit more house stuff to sort out tomorrow.

OOTD 3rd June 2019
OOTD: testing out some UKGE purchases. Back To The Future jacket All We Do (2019), t-shirt Fruit Of The Loom for UK Games Expo (2019), jeans Zara (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Gunship – Tech Noir
Culture Club – It’s A Miracle
Gunship – When You Grow Up Your Heart Dies
Arcadia – Goodbye Is Forever
The Sweet – Blockbuster
Spandau Ballet – Gold

A peaceful Sunday

Geth has been out boardgaming today so I’ve had a nice, relaxing Sunday in the house, writing, listening to music, and finally getting on with a few sewing jobs I’ve been putting off for years. I’m itching to get on with house stuff again now but I’m a bit busy at the moment. Maybe over the summer.

More writing this evening, and then a nice bank holiday Monday to do some more catching up tomorrow.

OOTD 5th May 2019
OOTD: comfy Sunday outfit. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), leggings Primark (2018), boots Primark (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Jax Jones, Martin Solveig and Madison Beer – All Day And Night
Mark Ronson and Lykke Li – Late Night Feelings
Duran Duran – I Believe/All I Need To Know
Britney Spears – Oops!… I Did It Again
Lewis Capaldi – Grace
Billie Eilish – Bad Guy

An early bit of summer

It’s been glorious weather today (and it looks like it’s set to continue for the rest of Easter weekend, so Geth and I are planning to make the most of it!).

I was up fairly early to do my last ‘long’ run of the marathon training programme – race next weekend, eek! – and then headed into town to order some prescription sunglasses to replace the ones that snapped a few weeks ago. A bit of window shopping later, I was back home enjoying the sunshine in the garden (looking very neat now that Geth has mown the lawn for the first time this year).

Settling in for an evening of writing, and looking forward to more time in the sun tomorrow.

OOTD 20th April 2019
OOTD: a good day for a summer dress! Sunglasses Jasper Conran (2018), dress unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), shoes BHS (2016).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Meduza – Piece Of Your Heart
Duran Duran – Friends Of Mine
Lil’ Nas X – Old Town Road
David Bowie – Oh! You Pretty Things
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Lil’ Dicky, Chris Brown, Ed Sheeran, DJ Khaled and Kendall Jenner – Freaky Friday
Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
Whitesnake – Is This Love?

And a couple of bonus tracks that Geth was humming earlier:

O-Zone – Dragostea Din Tei
FM-84 and Ollie Wride – Running In The Night

Losing myself in other worlds

Another quiet day in the house. I’m finished with the Sunday cleanup, have done my daily writing and am looking forward to spending the rest of the day videogaming.

Back to work tomorrow!

OOTD 24th March 2019
OOTD: comfy Sunday outfit, ideal for sitting on the sofa with my 3DS! Hoodie Intrenacionale (2000), dress unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt H&M (2017), tights Primark (2017), shoes Zara (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Arcadia – Say The Word
Barenaked Ladies – Be My Yoko Ono
The Beatles – Come Together
Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Duran Duran – Late Bar

Sunday in the house

A more relaxed Sunday than usual, seeing as I got my long run done yesterday and didn’t have any travelling to do this weekend! I spent the morning doing a bit of housework (I really need to do some work on the house over the next few months because I’m finding it really depressing), got a bit of admin done, and am now looking forward to an afternoon and evening spent videogaming. It’s probably a bad time to have rediscovered my 3DS given how busy I am at the moment, but I’m finding it really relaxing!

Back to work tomorrow.

OOTD 17th March 2019
OOTD: love these vintage day dresses! Dress Fink Modell (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt unknown brand (vintage 1980s, thrifted from Mum 2019), tights Primark (2017), shoes La Redoute (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
Queen – We Will Rock You
Years & Years – If You’re Over Me
UB40 – One In Ten
Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World

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.

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

House is back to normal…

…though it’s looking very plain and blank now I’ve put away all the Christmas decorations! It’s spurring me on to get some pictures put up in the living room this week, which is one of those house things that’s just not been done yet.

Monday tomorrow, so hopefully I’ll be a bit more successful at dragging myself out of bed than usual!

OOTD 6th January 2019
OOTD: still loving my comfy dress! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), dress Triumph (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt H&M (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Julian Lennon – Too Late For Goodbyes
Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels
T’Pau – China In Your Hand
Prince – When Doves Cry
Tears For Fears – Shout
Freya Ridings – Lost Without You
Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Sparks – This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us
DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper and Quavo – No Brainer
Heart – Alone
Spandau Ballet – True

New Year’s Resolutions 2019

I did sit down and write a very long post about plans for 2019, but it got a bit reflective and overwhelming and kind of un-fun.  Instead, I’ve condensed it into a list of New Year’s Resolutions, which I suppose is more traditional anyway!

So, in 2019 I want to:

1. Finish sorting out the house contents.

Refreshing the actual decor of the house such as carpets and walls is going to be a job for next decade (which sounds kind of scary now I’ve written it down), but finishing sorting out the actual contents of the house is definitely something I can get done this year. Most of the stuff I still need to get rid of is only still in the house because it needs scanning first, so once I’ve set up the scanner and shredder in the study, I’ll be able to chip away at this boring job quite efficiently.

2. Write 500,000 words in 2019…

Among the online writing communities I frequent, this is known as a ‘half milwordy’. I know it sounds ridiculous, but between this blog and all the poetry and fiction that I write every day, it’s actually fairly manageable.

3. …and edit and pitch all the words I’ve already written.

I’ve wanted to be a published author since I was four (so it’s actually going to be thirty years on Thursday, OMG), and that is never going to happen if all my writing just stays between me and my computer. This year, I’m going to edit all my existing projects to a finalised state and prepare ten project pitches for sending out to agents and publishers throughout the year.

4. Take weekends off.

Well, other than running, obviously. Apart from the daily to-do list, I’m not scheduling any chores for the weekends.

5. Buy fewer clothes.

I had to buy a whole new wardrobe last year because I’d lost so much weight. It was really fun, but I have enough clothes now. I’ll allow myself one purchase every time I go to a vintage fair, because vintage fairs are awesome.

6. Run a marathon.

It’s booked, it’s planned, I’ve selected the 16-week training plan I’m going to be following starting on the 7th of January. London, here I come! I am 100% certain that this is the only one I will ever do, so I’m determined to do it properly.

7. Perform some of my poetry in public.

This one is absolutely terrifying and as such is the one thing on this list that is at risk of not getting done out of pure fear. Up until now, this is the kind of thing that would have required a lot of Dutch courage, but as it happens, a more important resolution is to…

8. Get sober.

It’s well past time, and from the 6th of January onwards I’ll no longer be consuming alcohol. I’ll do a longer post about this later this week.

9. Get back into the habit of music practice.

I got several small instruments for Christmas including a lovely ukulele – I’d put them on my Christmas list and Dad did a lot more research into them than I had, so I got better versions than I’d asked for! I’m going to get an hour’s practice in every evening that I can, but more importantly, I’m going to sign up for beginners’ classes at the Sage Gateshead, as I find I stick with things better when I have a group or class for accountability (it also gets me out of the house and meeting people).

10. Actually play some videogames.

I didn’t have time for videogaming AT ALL in 2018. I’ve been sorely neglecting both my 3DS and my Steam account (I’ve still got a Steam voucher my brother Malcolm gave me for last Christmas that I’ve not spent yet!) and I’m really itching to get back into it again, especially seeing as I’ve been watching Geth play so many games on the Switch recently. Maybe all those free weekends I’m planning will give me a chance to mash buttons again!

It’ll be interesting to revisit this post in a year’s time!