All the tunes

I skipped parkrun this morning as I’ve got a few aches and pains that are playing up (and besides, Geth was off to a boardgaming event so he wasn’t going to parkrun anyway). As such, I’ve had a very nice Saturday of not being out in the rain. I’ve listened to a lot of music, haphazardly played some of my own on my ukulele, and got a bit of writing done.

I’m really enjoying this quiet weekend. More of the same tomorrow!

OOTD 18th May 2019
OOTD: a good day for lounging around in jeans and Dad’s old university t-shirt. T-shirt Ron Holland for Cambridge University (vintage 1970s, thrifted from Dad 2012), jeans H&M (thrifted from Steff 2016), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Jonas Brothers – Sucker
The Proclaimers – Letter From America
Mark Ronson and Lykke Li – Late Night Feelings
Thought Beings – Hazy
The Midnight – America

The comfort of my living room

A nice quiet day for catching up with stuff today! I got all my accounts done, caught up with a bit of writing, got some ukulele practice in, and listened to a lot of music I’d been meaning to check out for a while.

More peace and quiet tomorrow!

OOTD 17th May 2019
OOTD: it was still nice enough for a walk this morning! Sunglasses Ray-Ban (2019), jacket Mercy (2007/2009, due to a complicated story that I still donโ€™t have time to tell you at the moment), blouse CD (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), bag CXL by Christian Lacroix (2018), skirt Miss Selfridge (2004), shoes Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Thought Beings – Hazy
Outhere Brothers – Boom Boom Boom
Gunship – When You Grow Up Your Heart Dies
Spandau Ballet – True
Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee)
FM Attack and Kristine – Magic
Mark Ronson and Lykke Li – Late Night Feelings
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
The Midnight – Kick Drums And Red Wine

And breathe

It’s been a nice quiet day today – Geth and I went to Slimming World in the morning, but I’ve spent the rest of the day getting on with admin and writing.

Similarly quiet tomorrow I hope!

OOTD: not with my car today, but matching it ๐Ÿ™‚ Hoodie Internacionale (2000), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Gunship – When You Grow Up Your Heart Dies
The Midnight – Days Of Thunder
Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

A pre-race Saturday

No review post today as I’m having a quiet day before a race tomorrow!

Geth and I volunteered at parkrun this morning, then went for our traditional post-parkrun-volunteering-on-a-race-weekend breakfast in town. Once back home, I spent the afternoon getting some writing done.

Just a quiet evening now before the race tomorrow! I’m doing the 10K (which probably won’t break any records given that I’m still recovering from London) and Geth is doing the half marathon. I will let you know tomorrow how it all goes!

OOTD 11th May 2019
OOTD: at this rate I’m going to be wearing winter jumpers into June! Jumper Faber (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), jeans H&M (thrifted from Steff 2016), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

FM-84 and Ollie Wride – Running In The Night
The Midnight – Gloria
Gunship – When You Grow Up Your Heart Dies
Lil’ Nas X – Old Town Road
The Midnight – Crystalline

The eye saga is (nearly) over!

A bit of an interrupted day today, because I had to spend the afternoon hanging about at the eye clinic again – but I’m pleased to report that my eye is almost back to normal inflammation-wise, and the doctor says that I can start reducing the eye drop treatment (which I am THRILLED about because it’s been a real pain remembering to take them every hour). In addition to reducing the steroid drops I’ve been taking, I can also stop taking the ones that dilate my eye, so hopefully my blurry vision will clear up soon as well. I also don’t have to go back to the clinic again until they call me in for a follow-up check, which probably won’t be for a couple of months. Very happy with today’s progress!

In the evening, I went to ukulele class – beginner class is already throwing up some good challenges compared to absolute beginner class! – and am now curled up at home, catching up with a bit of writing and appreciating being out of the rain. Hope the weather clears up by tomorrow morning.

OOTD 8th May 2019
OOTD: too rainy for an outdoor photo today, but pleased to be back in my eye makeup! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Ellend (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019), jeans Levi (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Midnight – Gloria
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
REM – Losing My Religion
Duran Duran – Save A Prayer
Traditional – Bonnie Ship The Diamond
Sam Cooke – Wonderful World
Fountains Of Wayne – Stacy’s Mom
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Duran Duran – I Believe/All I Need To Know

Back to the day job

A fairly busy day today. I had work to do for a couple of clients for most of the day, and otherwise have just been sorting out the house and getting all my writing and admin tasks done for the day as Geth and I have a guest round for boardgaming tonight.

Tomorrow is another Wednesday of being out and about, as my eye saga continues! It feels back to normal now, though my vision is still blurry from the drops. I’m hoping the doctor will be able to see some improvement.

OOTD 7th May 2019
OOTD: blue Tuesday. Blouse Yessica (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), skirt Calvin Klein Jeans (2004), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

FM-84 and Ollie Wride – Running In The Night
Duran Duran – The Edge Of America
The Midnight – Gloria
Duran Duran – I Believe/All I Need To Know
Sam Cooke – Wonderful World

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

A normal Saturday!

It’s a weekend without a long run in it! I’ve not had one of those since…early January? It is quite nice to have my weekends back again!

I did do parkrun this morning, though. I felt free to bomb it round without worrying about conserving energy for long runs, so I managed a respectable sub-33. Four minutes slower than my PB from last summer, but also four minutes faster than the shakeout parkrun I did at Highbury Fields last weekend!

I was tempted to head into town for Free Comic Book Day, but in the end I decided I’d rather hibernate (it’s cold for May – we had a bit of hail at parkrun this morning). As such, I’ve spent the rest of the day catching up with admin and writing, which is going to be a bit of a theme this weekend!

OOTD 4th May 2019
OOTD: weekend feels ๐Ÿ™‚ Sunglasses Ray-Ban (2019), dress Berkertex Occasions (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2015), belt H&M (2017), tights Primark (2017), shoes Primark (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Charles & Eddie – Would I Lie To You?
Sam Cooke – Wonderful World

Starting the bank holiday weekend early

I had a bit of day job work to do this morning, but in the afternoon I was able to relax a bit with music and internet. Now spending the evening catching up with a few quick writing tasks.

Looking forward to a similarly quiet weekend!

OOTD 3rd May 2019
OOTD: not quite ready to put the jumpers away yet (it snowed briefly today! In May!). Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Ellend (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019), jeans Vivid (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Sam Cooke – Wonderful World
The Midnight – Gloria

parkrun tourism: Highbury Fields

Geth and I first ran Highbury Fields parkrun in November 2017, as I have previously mentioned during a whole series of Phone Box Thursdays (there are a lot of phone boxes along the walk from the Thistle City Barbican – our favoured London hotel – to Highbury Fields).

Runner and red phone box
Me with a phone box (logged here) the first time we ran Highbury Fields in November 2017.

It’s not flat, but the inclines aren’t too troubling if you’re used to hills. It’s a five-lap course, and because I’m used to much longer distances after four months of marathon training, the laps felt really short when I ran it for the second time this last Saturday.

It’s also a really lovely park. One of the many novels I’m working on is set in Islington, and I have a lot of scenes with characters going for walks around the pathways!

There are other London parkruns I’d like to do at some point, but because Geth and I always stay at the Thistle (and so Islington is kind of our base whenever we’re in town), I think Highbury Fields will always be our default.