Twelfth Night

Last day of Christmas, last evening with the Christmas decorations up! I’ll be taking them all down tomorrow morning.

It’s been a nice quiet day – we’ve got most of our bags unpacked and put away now. Geth has been playing videogames with nice soundtracks, and I’ve been getting on with my writing.

I’ve been trying and failing to get up early for the last couple of days. I’m going to try and get an early night so that I can make a better stab at it tomorrow morning! I really need to get back into routine.

OOTD 5th January 2019
OOTD: with bonus Christmas lights before they have to go away for another year! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), hoodie unknown brand (2009).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Post Malone and Swae Lee – Sunflower
Loud Luxury and Brando – Body
George Ezra – Shotgun
Duran Duran – Save A Prayer
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Back to work

I always take at least ten days off for Christmas, so there was a bit of a backlog of work to do for clients today. I got it all done though, so I’ve got a clean slate again for next week.

Now enjoying a relaxed evening with Geth playing Civilisation VI (it has a very soothing soundtrack).

OOTD 4th January 2019
OOTD: glad I work from home so I can still be this comfy. Jumper unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), jeans Vivid (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
Spandau Ballet – True

New rules

I was up early this morning for a nice brisk walk to Slimming World, where I found out I’d put on an obscene amount of weight that I don’t want to talk about. Mum reckons it might partly be the scales at the group I go to during Christmas, though, ’cause the same thing happened last year.

Anyway, it spurred me on to cook an actual healthy SW-friendly meal tonight, so Geth and I had a delicious pasta dish. There are some new rules for the Slimming World plan that have come into force this week (everyone is being given an updated book), and the main change is that you can now have two Healthy Extra A choices. I’m slightly dubious about this (I don’t drink coffee every day or have cereal that often, so on non-coffee days I’m likely just to end up doubling my cheese portion, and that can’t be right…can it?), but I’m going to give it a go over the next few weeks and see how it works out.

The rest of the day has been nice and relaxed with lots of background music from Geth’s videogames!

OOTD 27th December 2018
OOTD: slightly inept weigh-in outfit (I’d run out of clean leggings, and I’m sure the jeans didn’t help my scales result – this is what happens at Christmas when I can’t remember what day of the week it is). Jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), jeans Vivid (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Captain Sensible – Happy Talk

Christmas shopping finished-ish!

Geth and I went shopping today, and I think we’ve finally managed to get all of our Christmas presents sorted!  Still need to wrap them and send cards…but we’ve got the rest of this week to do that.  Just need to keep plugging away!

I’m getting really excited about Christmas now.  Geth is officially on holiday and has descended into a world of videogames, and I’m really, really looking forward to having days on end listening to the pleasant background music of JRPGs like Octopath Traveller and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 while I sit there reading ALL THE BOOKS.  It’s going to be amazing.

OOTD 17th December 2018
OOTD: I love the pattern on this one. Jumper Faber (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Wonder Stuff – It’s Your Money I’m After, Baby
Pinkfong – Baby Shark
Modern Romance – Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey
T’Pau – China In Your Hand
Queen – Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
The Cranberries – Zombie
George Michael – Careless Whisper
Little Mix and Sharaya J – Strip
Sia – Santa’s Coming For Us

Settling into that Sunday pattern

I had a really good day today.  I got up and got ready to go to the two vintage fairs that were on in Newcastle, then came home and caught up with some more reading, to the relaxing background of Geth playing videogames (he’s currently playing West Of Loathing on our new Switch and also still getting on with Final Fantasy IX on the PS2).

I then watched Doctor Who and the Strictly results, which is fast becoming the only way to spend a Sunday evening.  Why can’t autumn last forever?

OOTD 21st October 2018
OOTD: comfy bargain-hunting outfit. Duran Duran classic lineup t-shirt eBay/Fruit of the Loom (2018), jeans H&M (thrifted from Steff 2016), boots unknown brand (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Elton John – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Sarah Brightman and Steve Harley – The Phantom Of The Opera
Michael Jackson – Rock With You

A productive Sunday

Another good day of getting stuff done, watching Geth play Final Fantasy IX, and catching up with TV.  It’s what weekends were made for!

I got a bit of work done for a client as well, to get it out of the way so I can have another full admin day tomorrow.  Shaping up to be a good week.

OOTD 30th September 2018
OOTD: comfy Sunday outfit. T-shirt Gildan for Infest (2018), skirt Electric Cabaret (2005), shoes Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Ordinary World
Maroon 5 and Cardi B – Girls Like You

(A short one today as I’ve had various sound-emitting media playing music at me most of the time!)

Settling into that Saturday stride

Another successful parkrun this morning.  It was a club takeover this week, so there were pacers – and excitingly, they brought some new pacer t-shirts with them to fill in the minutes that were previously not being paced.  This meant there was a 29-minute pacer at parkrun for the very first time, which was very well-timed for me!

I wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep up with 29-minute pace, but I managed to stay on the pacer’s heels the whole way round – which resulted in a 28:42 parkrun!  More than a minute off last week’s PB – and incredibly, that’s three PBs in a row!  I can’t believe the times I’m getting at the moment.  Just hope I can start translating them to longer distances soon!

I had a relaxed Saturday afternoon watching Geth play Final Fantasy IX again, and after enjoying the Strictly live show, we’re now continuing our Marvel catchup with Spider-Man.  Looking forward to another quiet day tomorrow.

OOTD 29th September 2018
OOTD: Saturday afternoon warmth. Jumper unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), jeans Levi (2018), boots Carefree (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Spagna – Call Me
Mr Blobby – Mr Blobby
The Wonder Stuff – Give Give Give Me More More More
FR David – Words
Vangelis – Chariots Of Fire
George Ezra – Shotgun
Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
Drake and Michael Jackson – Don’t Matter To Me
Freeez – IOU

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

The Outhere Brothers – Boom Boom Boom

The best kind of weekend

Another nice relaxing day – it’s been so lovely this weekend for both me and Geth to have some time to ourselves after the busy summer!  We had a lazy morning with more Final Fantasy IX, and then after lunch, I nipped into town to go to a vintage fair.  Now having a quiet evening – Geth has switched to XCOM, so it’s a slightly different set of videogame music!

I feel really refreshed now and am looking forward to a hopefully-productive week.

OOTD 23rd September 2018
OOTD: all the cadmium yellow! Dress Primark (2018), tights Primark (2017), trainers Nike (2018).

Amazon says my new camera will arrive tomorrow, so hopefully that will be the last of the blurry OOTDs!

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Housemartins – Build
Charli XCX – Boys
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza
Final Fantasy IX – Find The Princess
Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Kylie Minogue – Locomotion

PBs and hibernation

Unusually, this morning’s parkrun went exactly as planned!  This is because I’d intended all week to have Geth pace me to sub-30, ’cause he’d offered last weekend after I got tantalisingly close again.  My cold threw a bit of a spanner in the works in terms of training this week, as it meant I had to skip my midweek long run, but I’m feeling a bit better now and so had no problems keeping up with Geth round the course today.  The result was a 29:45 parkrun, a forty-second PB and more importantly my first ever sub-30!  This is a real milestone, as it means I finally feel like I’m no longer a slow runner and am instead a solid mid-packer.  Just have to get more training in so I can start translating it to longer distances!

We had a relaxing afternoon hibernating with more Final Fantasy IX – which is our now-traditional way to spend autumn and winter Saturday afternoons and made me feel really cosy and autumnal – before enjoying the first of the Strictly live shows.  I’m still voting for Danny John-Jules, but most of the contestants are really good this year so it’s going to be an interesting series!

OOTD 22nd September 2018
OOTD: sleepy hibernation outfit. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), hoodie Gildan for Resistanz (2016), Duran Duran classic lineup t-shirt eBay/Fruit of the Loom (2018), leggings Primark (2018), shoes Carvela (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Clash – I Fought The Law
Barbra Streisand – Memory
Sisqó – Thong Song
Phil Collins – Sussudio
Macklemore and Skylar Grey – Glorious

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

Roxette – Listen To Your Heart
Monty Python – The Money Song

On with the week off…and some thoughts about my hearing aids

Another fairly relaxed day.  I went out to get my hair cut, and I’m amazed my new hair still looks okay after coming back through the gale force winds that were blowing this afternoon.  You can’t beat that magical salon hairspray.

I also took a detour to the hospital to pick up some hearing aid batteries.  I’ve worn hearing aids since 2002 but only got digital ones in 2016 (it was a huge, huge saga, mainly due to the fact that NHS Scotland and NHS England will not communicate with each other, so I basically had to go through over a year of tests before I could have new ones after my old analogue one broke.  It was a very deaf time).  The digital ones are great, but they eat a lot of batteries – and when the battery is getting low it makes a horrible doom-laden clanging sound (this usually happens when I am not in a position to be able to change the battery, like when I’m in a music venue watching a band, or in the middle of a 10K race), so you can’t really eke them out right to the end of their lives.

I also find it funny when I think about my hearing aids compared to my glasses – if you think about it, they perform the same function (sensory aids), but I don’t know anyone these days who goes through the NHS for glasses (I presume NHS glasses must still be available?  I wonder if they’re still the uniform thick-framed things that people associate with the term ‘NHS glasses’?), yet it’s still standard for hearing aids, and so the latter feel so much more medicalised.  I can’t ever imagine high-end designer labels doing lines of hearing aids either, or listing them as an accessory when I do my OOTD photos!  Glasses are considered fashion, whereas hearing aids are seen as technology, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

Still, I will never take hearing aid technology for granted – I really appreciate it on haircut days, because I need to take my aids out (and my glasses off if I’ve not been organised enough to wear contacts, which is usually the case), and trying to hear what the hairdressers are saying is tough, even if I’ve asked them to speak up.

Glasses and hearing aids
It’s nice to be alive in a time when such things are possible. I don’t think I could have pulled off an ear horn.

Hearing aids thoroughly back in place, I’m spending another evening watching Geth playing Final Fantasy IX.  Great story so far!

Final Fantasy IX
Nice to see some old-school turn-based combat too.


OOTD 19th September 2018
OOTD: everything looks better with new hair. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), jeans Levi (2018), trainers Reebok (2017). And the hearing aids (they’re under the new hair somewhere)…Siemens (2016), just ’cause I can.

In other news, I’m getting thoroughly sick of my blurry phone camera now and I think I’m going to invest in a better one.

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Housemartins – Build
Heaven 17 – Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry
Duran Duran – Rio
Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – Human
Kiesza – Hideaway
Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
Queen – I Want It All
Nicole Scherzinger – Don’t Hold Your Breath
M People – Movin’ On Up
The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make?, Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger – THE (The Hardest Ever)

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Madonna – Like A Virgin