Slowly improving the habitat

A recovery mile this morning…

…and then Mum and Dad popped in again so that we could finish off the last few jobs in the bathrooms. Towel rings now installed! Dad has also taken our old laptops home with him for further Linux experimentation.

I’ve spent the afternoon getting on with admin (and daydreaming about further home improvements). Back to work tomorrow.

Towel ring
The sheer beige intensity of my bathroom photos has me itching to repaint the downstairs one in some really bright, funky colour. Like purple, or possibly tropical mango. I might see what’s on offer in the paint section next time I’m at a hardware shop.

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Midnight – ‘Crystalline’
Justin Timberlake – ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’


After my midweek run…

…Mum and Dad came round again, and Dad and I had another go at the old laptops. Putting Linux on them was a little more complicated than expected, so Dad is going to take them home and keep experimenting.

We did however manage to get a couple of things put up in the downstairs bathroom that I’d been meaning to do for two years. Every little helps!

We also had a lovely meal out with cousins Douglas and Freya at our favourite tapería in town. As such, I won’t be going to Slimming World weigh-in tomorrow – might make it to the Friday session but we’ll see! I need to digest a lot of tatties first 🙂

Bathroom decor
Like the rest of the house, it still looks very beige and boring, but it’s nice to have the cabinet and mirror up.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Vera van Heeringen – ‘Riverside House’
Jason Donovan – ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’
David Bowie – ‘Ashes To Ashes’
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – ‘I Don’t Care’
Animotion – ‘Obsession’
FM-84 and Ollie Wride – ‘Running In The Night’

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Nena – ’99 Red Balloons’

Computer management

After my Tuesday recovery mile…

…Mum and Dad arrived (it’s Dad’s birthday today). Dad and I then spent the afternoon experimenting with a couple of old laptops that Geth and I want to put Linux on, as Windows 7 is slow and less supported these days. It looks like we’ll be able to get that finished tomorrow hopefully!

We then went out to the Redhouse in Newcastle for Dad’s birthday meal out. I hadn’t been there for more than three years, since before I started Slimming World, because I have no idea how many syns are in one of their pies! Just have to estimate it this week… The pies are amazing though.

More house-sorting to do (and nice food to eat) tomorrow.

Pies at the Redhouse
Pie-eating at the Redhouse! Photo from Dad.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Bill Conti – ‘Gonna Fly Now’
Justin Timberlake – ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’
The Midnight – ‘Collateral’

Winter wandering

After getting some more DIY stuff done with Dad this morning (extractor fan installed! lightbulbs completed! car lights and tyres checked!) I headed into town with Mum and Dad for a walk. We had some lunch at the Christmas market and went to see Fenwick’s Christmas window (a Newcastle tradition), then had a wander over the bridges into Gateshead and back.

Another nice evening meal tonight! Back on plan tomorrow prior to Slimming World weigh-in on Friday.

Outside Fenwick's Christmas window
Not an OOTD: Mum and Dad outside Fenwick’s Christmas window. This year’s theme is Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – ‘Winter Marches On’

Lights up

Mum and Dad were round today, which meant I was able to draw on Dad’s DIY expertise for some of the house jobs I’ve not got round to recently! We now have a lot of replaced lightbulbs (Geth and I had been living in a mostly-dark house for a while) and are working towards a replaced extractor fan (it was delivered a couple of months ago but we’ve not got round to installing it till now).

In the evening we went for tapas at El Torero in central Newcastle, which was up to its usual high standard.

Will be finishing off the DIY and doing a bit of shopping tomorrow!

1980s brass light fixture
Not an OOTD: let there be light! I love these brass light fixtures and it’s nice to have working bulbs in them again 🙂

Today’s earworm playlist:

Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman – ‘Somethin’ Stupid’
Duran Duran – ‘Winter Marches On’
Kuana Torres Kahele, James Ford Murphy and Napua Greig-Nakasone – ‘Someone To Lava’
Ellie Goulding – ‘Lights’
Roxette – ‘Listen To Your Heart’*

*RIP Marie Fredriksson 🙁


It’s my birthday today, but I didn’t go out tonight. I’m thirty-four years old now – I have far better things to do. Things I did do today:

  • Got up early and went to Slimming World, because it’s important to keep an eye on things over Christmas even when it is your birthday.
  • Opened presents and cards under Mum and Dad’s Christmas tree, just as I do every year. It’s the tenth day of Christmas and that Christmas tree is still important! Nobody’s ever got me any lords a-leaping for my birthday though.
  • Listened to my birthday number one – Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? – more than once. Was inordinately pleased that the current chart rules mean that it is currently yet again sitting in the Top Ten a whole thirty-four years later.
  • Drank prosecco and blew out candles on my birthday cake – it was a New York style cheesecake as usual, made by the world’s best dad as usual!
  • Packed up and left Edinburgh to go back to Newcastle after ten lovely days spent at Mum and Dad’s for Christmas.
  • Got on a train. Geth was worried about travel stress spoiling my birthday, but it was actually a really relaxed journey.
  • Got home and put on the heating and both fires to warm up our ice block of a house!
  • Ordered takeaway pizza and drank more prosecco. It’s my last non-sober birthday, and it’s been a double-prosecco day. I am okay with this.
  • Spent a perfect birthday evening watching ’80s episodes of Top of the Pops recorded off BBC4. I’m very nearly at the point in the marathon where I’ll get to watch the episode from Thursday 3rd January 1985! So glad I was born on a Thursday. That one’s going to be staying on the digibox and constituting my birthday viewing for many years to come.

It’s been a good day.

OOTD 3rd January 2019
OOTD: favourite day, favourite jumper. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), leggings Primark (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Alison Moyet – This House
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Kraftwerk – The Model

Plus my awesome birthday playlist that I made on Spotify earlier: and Cody Wise – It’s My Birthday
50 Cent – In Da Club
Lesley Gore – It’s My Party
Bowling For Soup – 1985
The Birthday Massacre – The Birthday Massacre
The Crüxshadows – Winter Born (This Sacrifice)
Altered Images – Happy Birthday
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?

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!

A relaxed Wednesday

A nice day today!  Mum and Dad popped in on their way back home to Edinburgh after getting off the ferry.  Dad was feeling poorly due to some dodgy ferry buffet food, so they stayed for a few hours until he was feeling well enough to drive home, and we had a really good catchup (and Dad mended my broken dressing room stool.  Thanks, Dad!).

In the afternoon I did some work for a new client – international relations this time! – and Geth and I listened to all the bands that are playing an upcoming music festival that we’re going to.

SP day today, so I made a nice omelette for tea.  Hoping to get a few pounds off at weigh-in tomorrow, as I’ve got a big weekend coming up.

OOTD 22nd August 2018
OOTD: still enjoying being back in my jeans! Vest top B&C for Faderhead (2016), jeans Levi (2018), shoes Primark (2017).

More shelves…

Probably the biggest project we did over the weekend was the DVD shelves.  For space reasons, we bought new materials for these rather than using our old shelves, and it took a while to find everything (we’re now familiar with every branch of B&Q in Newcastle).  Once Dad had put them up, though, the finished result was well worth it:

DVD storage
All our DVDs, videos, and console games, neatly stored in a corner of the living room.

As with all of our shelving projects from this week, we’ve got room for more.  It’s really good use of the space as well, and I was quite surprised by how small the collection looks on the shelves.  Of course, in reality, it’s not at all small (we’ve probably got close to 1,000 DVDs), but considering that when we stored it on Billy shelves it took up half a room in our old house, it feels much more compact now.

It’s also meant we’ve reclaimed some more space in the living room from the endless mass of cardboard, which is always good!