Usual routines

Just another quick mile this morning…

…because it was another day with lots to do! I had some editing jobs to get on with, and have also been working on my writing. All set for another quiet evening now.

Canada, 1998
Another old holiday snap, this time from western Canada in 1998. It occurred to me this morning that I probably won’t want to get on a plane for a very long time, given the potential for contamination. As such, world travel might be out for a couple of years, and so I’ll just have to enjoy my memories instead.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Revo – ‘The Land Of Radiant Flowers’
Midnight Oil – ‘Beds Are Burning’
Gala – ‘Freed From Desire’

Waking up

Another recovery mile today…

…because I’ve had a bit of pain in my back/shoulder over the last couple of days and it’s irritating me when I run. As such, I’m keeping my runs short until I feel better. I had a really good go at it with the foam roller earlier today, and it does seem to be loosening, so hopefully it’ll be fine again in a few days’ time.

I feel a lot more awake than yesterday, and so today I’ve been able to get on fairly quickly with my to-do list, which has been the usual: small amount of day job work, another graphic drawn for my next adventure game, various bits of housework and admin, that kind of thing. I really appreciate being able to stay in the house and get on with all of this stuff at the moment, even if the sunny spring weather is making me think about beaches and tropical islands and so on.

I think 2021, if we’re allowed out by then, may involve a bit of travel. Just a bit.

In the meantime, the only tropical islands I’ll be visiting are the ones in my videogames. But that’s okay.

Foam roller and spiky ball
The foam roller and spiky ball are tough going on the muscles, but they do work the knots out.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Ollie Wride – ‘Back To Life’
Yasunori Mitsuda – ‘Where It All Began’
Yasunori Mitsuda – ‘Elysium, In The Blue Sky’
A bit of royalty-free Christmas music that loads of companies use to accompany videos and games at Christmastime but which I have never been able to find the name of (you can hear it in the opening of this Dice Tower video)
The Weeknd – ‘Blinding Lights’

The return

After another recovery mile (no midweek middle-length run this week)…

…I drove back to Newcastle. Geth and I had stayed in Edinburgh for an extra night post-Inverness trip, as I was a bit tired yesterday. This worked out quite well as it meant that I had plenty time for doing the final polish on my adventure game yesterday. Today I’ve had the chance to play a few of the other jam entries, which has been enjoyable so far!

Getting back to normal tomorrow.

1990s pop stickers
The boarded-up fireplace in my old childhood bedroom is still covered in 1990s Smash Hits stickers. I really need to steam them all off and put them safely in a scrapbook at some point so that Mum and Dad can have a nicer-looking guest room.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Depeche Mode – ‘Everything Counts’
Justin Bieber – ‘Love Yourself’
All Saints – ‘I Know Where It’s At’

Homeward bound

Geth and I are back in Newcastle after spending eleven days in Edinburgh for Christmas and New Year. It’s been lovely, but it felt like a long time to be away from home, so maybe next year we’ll do two separate trips – it’s not that far to drive.

We did one last Scottish parkrun this morning – back to the main Edinburgh parkrun at Cramond, which was my first ever tourist run on Christmas Eve 2016. It was busier today than I’ve ever seen it, but then I’ve never been there in the first week of January before!

Tomorrow will mostly be spent getting things unpacked, washed and put away. I’ve got one more day left to enjoy the Christmas decorations before I have to take them down on Monday.

parkrun 100 top
Not quite an OOTD: my parkrun 100 top arrived today! Not quite in time for today’s run as I had hoped, but a lot quicker than the seven months it took for my 50 top to arrive. Excited to wear this next Saturday!

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Boomtown Rats – ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’
Koichi Sugiyama – ‘Unflinchable Courage’

Back in the toon

I travelled back to Newcastle first thing this morning (although I didn’t go to Slimming World because (a) I had a few last-minute clients with urgent deadlines today and (b) I’m really struggling with my cold today – wish it would just go away now). Have had a nice quiet day playing my ukulele and catching up with Strictly episodes!

Tomorrow will be all about staying in the house and trying to knock this thing on the head!

Concert ukulele
Not an OOTD: after a whole term of only playing my soprano ukulele (because it was the one I was using for class and I thought it was probably better to keep practising on the same one), it was nice to dig out my concert uke today. I’m hoping I’ll have a gig bag for it soon so that I can carry it around more easily!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Jennifer Rush – ‘The Power Of Love’
Coca-Cola – ‘Holidays Are Coming’
Lewis Capaldi – ‘Someone You Loved’
The White Stripes – ‘Seven Nation Army’
Gary Glitter – ‘Another Rock ‘N’ Roll Christmas’*
Kuana Torres Kahele, James Ford Murphy and Napua Greig-Nakasone – ‘Someone To Lava’

*I KNOW. You never hear it anymore (because… Gary Glitter) but it’s on the That’s Christmas compilation album from 1994, which I listen to every year when I’m doing Mum and Dad’s decorations, and it’s REALLY catchy.

Another day of shiny things

I’m still in Edinburgh (Geth is holding the fort at home, and reports that my paper chains haven’t fallen down yet, which is a real victory as they’re a bit delicate – will be reinforcing them at the end of the Christmas period), and still feeling a bit ill. However, it’s been a good day – I went to my yearly dental checkup this morning (the main reason I’m in town – the Christmas stuff is a bonus), did some more decorating of Mum and Dad’s house this afternoon, and then caught up with my cousin Freya this evening.

A very early train back to Newcastle tomorrow morning so that I can pop into my Slimming World group before heading home.

BBC Micro
Not an OOTD: Dad also dug out the Micro today. We confirmed it works and everything! Looking forward to having a play with this over Christmas when I bring the disks up from Newcastle.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Coldplay – ‘Christmas Lights’
The Midnight and Nikki Flores – ‘Light Years’
Phil Collins – ‘Another Day In Paradise’

Now!…but actually next week

There’s a new Now! album out today, which is always exciting. Unfortunately I’ve been travelling for the last couple of days and haven’t had time to prepare a review! The review will be posted next Friday instead.

Geth and I went to Manchester yesterday as we had tickets to see the Midnight at the Albert Hall. It was an amazing gig, made even better by the venue layout (we were able to watch the band from right above the stage!). I know I keep saying this about every gig, but it really was one of the best ones I’ve seen this year. I’ll be catching up with a few gig reviews from the last few weeks very soon!

Back in Newcastle today. Geth is out boardgaming tonight (there’s a new Keyforge release today so he’ll be at tournaments all weekend), so I’m having a quiet evening watching Christmas cookery shows and planning out a few updates for my most recent text adventure game.

It’s going to be a busy weekend with a few more gigs and hopefully a vintage fair trip!

Food Network Christmas shows
Not an OOTD: I haven’t even eaten meat for over twenty years, but every year I put these cookery shows on and watch in fascination as TV chefs spend hours making these incredibly complicated-looking Christmas roasts.

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Midnight – Gloria
Tyler Lyle – Lost And Found (The Midnight Remix)
The Midnight – Days Of Thunder
A-ha – Hunting High And Low
The Midnight – Lost Boy
A-ha – Take On Me
Eisenfunk – Pong
Michael Land – LeChuck’s Theme
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Locomotion

Back after a quick trip

Geth and I got back to Newcastle today after spending the night in Leeds for an A-ha gig. The gig was one of my favourites of 2019 and I’ll be posting a review later this week once I’ve caught up with some other review posts!

Have had a fairly relaxed afternoon catching up with all the things I didn’t do last week when I was busy finishing off my text adventure game.

Looking forward to a good few days of working on my NaNoWriMo project before the next gig!

Hallowe'en tealight decoration
Not an OOTD: it’s still Hallowe’en in my house until after Bonfire Night!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Dead Or Alive – Something In My House
Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me
Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes
Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
Michael Land – Monkey Island Main Theme
A-ha – Hunting High And Low

Coming down to land

Geth and I are back home in Newcastle after nine days of travelling! I have lots to update about from our travels, and will tell you all about it over the next few days. In the meantime, I am enjoying being back on my own sofa under a blanket (the weather has noticeably cooled, making me doubly excited for autumn) and not having to drive anywhere for a while (my wee Skoda has done some miles over the last week and a bit!).

Tonight I’m a bit too tired to do anything except veg, but I’m looking forward to getting caught up with everything tomorrow!

OOTD 13th August 2019
OOTD: back in my garden. Geth is not happy that the weeds have grown back while we’ve been away! Dress Primark (2018), tights Pretty Polly (2018), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Queen – Somebody To Love
Traditional – Fast Food Song*
David Bowie – Fashion
Mr Mister – Broken Wings
Nick Heyward – Take That Situation
The Midnight and Nikki Flores – Jason

*Specifically, the verse about the cars. If you were ever at Guide camp in the ’90s, you will know it.

Home again

After a week of being back and forth between Newcastle and Edinburgh, I drove us home today. It’s nice to be back.

This evening we went out to the Martin Kemp DJ set at Wylam Brewery, which was the best night out I’ve had in ages! I’ll do a proper review in the next few days.

A nice quiet day tomorrow to get caught up with everything!

OOTD 26th May 2019
OOTD: still love the colour of this blouse. Blouse C&D (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), jeans Vivid (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Midnight – Days Of Thunder
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
Buddy Holly – Raining In My Heart
Idina Menzel – Let It Go
Arcadia – Say The Word
Elton John – I’m Still Standing
Wilson Pickett – Mustang Sally
Duran Duran – Planet Earth

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho