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!

A creative Sunday

Geth was out boardgaming today, so I took the opportunity to get lots of stuff done:

  1. I finished putting all the stuff I need to scan and shred over the next few years on the new shelves in the study, so we can access the bedroom again.  I also got all the CDs onto shelves.  The study’s not UNmessy, but you can at least move through it easily now.
  2. I got another 4,000 words written on my NaNo novel.  I’m up to 44,000 now!  Two more days at this rate and I’ll have an officially winning novel, although it’s going to be nowhere near done at 50k and I’m serious about aiming for 120k now.
  3. I picked up a book I found in the study the other day called Recorder From The Beginning, which was the book my primary school recorder group used to learn the instrument (so I’ve had the book since the start of Primary Three in 1991), and played it all the way through using my tin whistle (well, nearly – it’s all super easy until the last three pages and then it suddenly gets difficult!).  I want to learn a new instrument or two soon – hopefully in 2019 – and (badly) playing my old ones is helping me to get motivated.

Looking at the last few weeks, I have actually been really productive, but I’ve not FELT productive because I’ve been procrastinating on all my boring daily tasks like housework and accounting and getting through my various lists of music stuff I want to listen to.  Definitely time for a giant to-do list update tonight.

Doctor Who was great tonight!  Strictly was not, because I’m really upset that Danny and Amy went out.  I’m going to go sulk about it for a week.

OOTD 11th November 2018
OOTD: comfy Sunday outfit. T-shirt Cyberdog (originally early 2000s, thrifted from Geth 2014), belt H&M (2017), tights Primark (2017), boots Carefree (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Rita Ora – Your Song
Duran Duran – Serious
Duran Duran – Meet El Presidente
Duran Duran – Rio
Abba – Lay All Your Love On Me
Duran Duran – Come Undone

Still chugging away

Mum and Dad were round again today, with Dad finishing off a few more house jobs for us (thanks, Dad!).  We were then able to go for a nice walk around Exhibition Park and show Mum and Dad where we go for parkrun.

Geth and I will not be parkrunning tomorrow, though, as we’re both knackered after a long week.  We should be okay after a weekend of sleeping and recovering.

I got my daily 4,000 NaNo words in as well!  Still on that roll.

OOTD 9th November 2018
OOTD: semi-smart going-out-to-eat outfit. Dress Warehouse (2018), tights Primark (2017), boots unknown brand (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Spagna – Call Me
Duran Duran – Skin Trade
Duran Duran – A View To A Kill
And One – Hardware Conflict
Stevie Nicks – Rooms On Fire
Destiny’s Child – Independent Women
Leo Sayer – Moonlighting

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Thompson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!

Shelves exist now

Dad worked his shelving magic today, and we now have lots of shelves.  Tomorrow morning I will be able to begin the magical process of putting stuff on the shelves!

In other news today: maintained at Slimming World (fine), another 4,000 words on NaNo (consistent), felt slightly better but still a bit ill (improvement), went to Pilates (necessary), ate Indian food (risky in terms of feeling ill, but it was super tasty).

OOTD 8th November 2018
OOTD: practical to evening. Top David Emmanuel (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), leggings Primark (2018), boots Primark (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Alison Moyet – All Cried Out
Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Queen – Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
Arcadia – Election Day
Duran Duran – The Reflex
Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop
Curiosity Killed The Cat – Down To Earth
Pine Ridge Boys – You Are My Sunshine
Duran Duran – Rio
The Corrs – Breathless

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Shania Twain – That Don’t Impress Me Much

It’s shelving time again!

I get to do some home improving this week, which is very exciting!

Mum and Dad arrived today and we went to B&Q to get some shelving supplies.  Over the next couple of days, we (i.e. Dad) are going to be building shelves in the study.  This will mean I can finally put the following things on shelves:

  1. Our CD collection (which may be pared down if it doesn’t fit on the particular area of shelving we’re building for it).
  2. The rest of our books (almost all of which are my ‘stack’ from uni – Spanish, German, Gaelic, Classical Greek, linguistics, European history, and ancient history.  I changed subjects a lot at uni).
  3. The giant pile of paperwork that I need to scan and then shred, because I want to keep the info but not the physical paper.  This will probably take years, and so I need some shelves for it all to sit on in the meantime.

It also means the study will be vaguely usable, which will be nice!

(I also got another 4,000 words written on my NaNo novel this morning.  Keeping up that streak!)

OOTD 7th November 2018
OOTD: comfy outfit today, as I’m still not feeling very well. Jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), jeans Vivid (2018), boots Primark (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Lonely In Your Nightmare
Murray Head – One Night In Bangkok
Duran Duran – Last Chance On The Stairway
Charli XCX – Boys
T.Rex – Cosmic Dancer
Duran Duran – Like An Angel
Dusty Springfield – Piece Of My Heart
Scouting For Girls – She’s So Lovely

A cautious Wednesday

I woke up with a sore throat this morning, so I decided not to risk going for the short run I’d planned.  Lots of paracetamol seems to be sorting me out though, so I think I’m okay to go to the dinner party hosted by our friends Mark and Ruth tonight.  Looking forward to that!

Geth had pest control come round this morning and get rid of some wasps’ nests that had accumulated around our property, so I’m also glad we don’t have to worry about those any more.

OOTD 10th October 2018
OOTD: dinner party outfit! Scarf unknown brand (2016), dress Polo Ralph Lauren (2018), tights unknown brand (2014), shoes Office (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Robin Beck – First Time
The Wonder Stuff – Give Give Give Me More More More
Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes
Duran Duran – Meet El Presidente
Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells
Ne-Yo – Let Me Love You
Madonna – Crazy For You
Calvin Harris and Sam Smith – Promises
Duran Duran – Planet Earth