Back to normal

A nice quiet day today – I spent most of it working for a client before getting a bit of my own writing done in the afternoon.

Looking forward to spending the evening on my 3DS again!

OOTD 15th July 2019
OOTD: possibly my favourite of my ’80s day dresses. Dress Fink Modell (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt H&M (2017), tights Primark (2017), shoes Office (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Tyler Lyle – Lost And Found [The Midnight Remix]
Duran Duran – Rio
Limahl – The Neverending Story
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
The Beatles – She Loves You
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – Señorita
Mika – Grace Kelly
Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?
The Midnight – Days Of Thunder
Stormzy – Crown
The Human League – One Man In My Heart
Trevor Something – Summer Love
Mark Ronson and Camila Cabello – Find U Again

On the road again

Geth and I arrived back in Newcastle this evening after a weekend in Colne with the in-laws. I drove there and back and find that I’m getting more used to my new car now.

We had a nice quiet morning today and then went for lunch with my mother-in-law Anne – Boundary Mill in Colne have a nice new pizzeria. There was a lot of pizza this weekend so Geth and I will be doing Slimming World ‘SP days’ the rest of the week to make up for it!

A quiet evening in with writing and my 3DS before getting back to work tomorrow.

OOTD 14th July 2019
OOTD: comfy driving outfit. T-shirt H&M (2018), belt H&M (2017), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Mark Knopfler – Local Hero
Duran Duran – Union Of The Snake
Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Hitoshi Sakimoto – Final Fantasy XII Main Theme
Miley Cyrus – Mother’s Daughter

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Korobeiniki (the Tetris theme music)

Friday with my keyboard

A nice quiet day of writing today with the chart on in the background while Geth was out shopping with his mum. Boardgaming with the in-laws again this evening!

More of the same tomorrow (plus actually going to parkrun for once).

OOTD 12th July 2019
OOTD: it was dark by the time I remembered to take a picture! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), t-shirt Lauren Ralph Lauren (modern but bought from Headlock Vintage 2018), jeans Vivid (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Stormzy – Vossi Bop
Mark Knopfler – Local Hero
Rod Stewart – Some Guys Have All The Luck
Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?
Traditional – The Irish Rover

Out on the town again

The Rod Stewart gig last night was a lot of fun. I’ll post a review later in the week!

Another night out tonight (this is not like me at all!) as it’s the end-of-term ukulele concert, and so I’ll be performing with the beginners’ group. I really enjoyed it last term, as you get to see all the more advanced groups playing.

In the meantime I’m just having a quiet day getting on with my writing.

OOTD 10th July 2019
OOTD: nice to be a bit more dressed up! Dress Polo Ralph Lauren (2018), shoes Carvela (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Aerds – Deadline
Donna Summer – She Works Hard For The Money
Duran Duran – New Moon On Monday
Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?
Duran Duran – Winter Marches On

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Bronski Beat – Hit That Perfect Beat

Looking forward to a night out

In contrast to yesterday, I was awake super early this morning. This was for the best, as I had to trek into town to collect a gig ticket from the box office at the Newcastle Arena due to it not showing up in the post. Looking forward to going out to the gig tonight! I’m on my own as it’s Rod Stewart and Geth’s not a fan. I’ll do a review later in the week.

Just getting on with a few admin and writing tasks this afternoon before I head out.

OOTD 9th July 2019
OOTD: it’s too cold and wet for an outdoor photo today! Top LK Bennett (2018), jeans Levi (2018), shoes Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Martin Garrix, Macklemore and Patrick Stump – Summer Days
Duran Duran – Too Late Marlene
The Cure – The Walk
Heaven 17 – Let Me Go
Elton John – I’m Still Standing
The Carpenters – Top Of The World
Duran Duran – Come Undone
Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?
Ramz – Barking
Duran Duran – Pressure Off
Trevor Something – All Night

An unexpected day in

I overslept this morning, so I decided not to go for a walk or to my dance class today and instead got on with work in the house. Geth is out boardgaming tonight, so I’m having a nice evening to myself with writing and music.

The rest of the week is a bit hectic, so it’s good I’ve been able to have a quieter day!

OOTD 8th July 2019
OOTD: it’s nice when it’s warm enough to wear my lightweight blouses. Blouse David Emmanuel (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), jeans Levi (2018), shoes Just Cavalli (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Notorious
Duran Duran – Anyone Out There
Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart

Flying feet

Nice to get back to running this morning at the Great North 10k. I was only a minute slower than last year, which is not bad given that I’ve had a month off! I’ll do a proper race review later in the week.

Since I got home, I’ve had my nose buried in my 3DS playing Bravely Default. Now getting a bit of writing done before bed.

Back to work tomorrow.

OOTD 7th July 2019
OOTD: pre-race picture! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), t-shirt More Mile for Blaydon Race (2019), leggings Karrimor (2015).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Tim O’Brien – Rod McNeil
Dave and Burna Boy – Location
Limahl – The Neverending Story

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

Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes
A-ha – Take On Me

Ready for the weekend!

A nice quiet day today to end the week – I’ve just been getting on with admin and writing. Looking forward to starting the new series of Stranger Things tonight – I’m already having to scroll past spoilers on social media so it’ll be nice to get it watched this weekend!

I’m also looking forward to the Great North 10k this Sunday (although there’s been a bit of a palaver with them not sending my race number yet so I’ll probably have to pick one up on the actual morning). I’ve not had chance to run for the last few weeks so I’m not going to break any records, but I always like the route along the Quayside and back!

Hoping for another quiet day tomorrow.

OOTD 5th July 2019
OOTD: hints of red. T-shirt Punk Masters (2018), skirt Miss Selfridge (2004), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Volkor X – Enclave
Imagine Dragons – Zero
Vera Lynn – London Pride
Larry Marks – Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
Duran Duran – Rio
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care

Garden results!

Our gardens are finally looking civilised after the in-laws finished with them today!

Garden plants

The back garden surround has all been membraned over and covered with pebbles, meaning the weeds will stay away for the most part! Neither Geth nor I have time to do much gardening, so we wanted something that required minimal care. Geth’s stepmum Helen chose plants that won’t grow too quickly or too big, but will still fill the space nicely.

Garden roundel

In the front garden, meanwhile, our feature roundel is looking much better than it did! We originally had two overgrown pine trees in this space, which had become entwined with the two blossom trees that stand outside the roundel. Earlier this year, we had them cut down to give the blossom trees some breathing space, but the stumps had become a bit overgrown with weeds over the last couple of months with the warmer weather. As such, Keith and Helen have membraned this area as well and used some old pebbles and rocks from the garden, as well as some small plants, to create a pretty rockery. I think it looks great!

Otherwise it’s just been a fairly straightforward day at work – I finished a big project for a client that I’d been working on for ages this morning, and have spent the afternoon doing a bit of writing as I’ll be too busy to get much done over the next couple of days.

Looking forward to an evening chilling out with some of the ’80s movies that arrived through the door today!

OOTD 2nd July 2019
OOTD: summery outfit in the new garden! Shirt M&S (it’s one of Geth’s from sometime earlier this decade), dress Paradise (2013), shoes BHS (2016).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like A Woman
Stormzy – Vossi Bop
Sia – Chandelier
Will Smith – Friend Like Me
Gunship – The Mountain
Gomez – Whippin’ Piccadilly
Tina Turner – Proud Mary
Thought Beings – Hazy
Demi Lovato – Confident

Shiny things, shiny thoughts

I’m finding it really hard to concentrate on things at the moment. My brain constantly seems to be in five places at once, and I’m always breaking off in the middle of things to do random Google searches before I realise what’s happening, and every day seems to fly by without me getting anywhere near as much done as I wanted to get done.

This has been the case my whole life to an extent – I’m a terrible daydreamer, always have been, because it just goes along with the territory when you’re a writer (and is also a very easy habit to get into when you’re a hard of hearing child!) – but in recent months it has really started affecting my work. Geth thinks I need a break, and he’s probably right, but in all honesty the most stressful thing for me is the feeling of constantly falling behind with everything, and taking time off would just make that worse. I don’t know what to do.

Today has been mostly taken up with day job work (which is taking me a lot longer than it should do due to the above) and admin. I had hoped to get the former finished today, but it didn’t happen, so I’ll be getting up early tomorrow to finish it off so that I can try and relax a bit over the weekend.

OOTD 28th June 2019
OOTD: sun still welcome but also still too bright for my recovering eye! Sunglasses Ray-Ban (2019), t-shirt Lauren Ralph Lauren (modern but bought from Headlock Vintage 2018), leggings Primark (2018), shoes Zara (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

OneRepublic – Counting Stars
Duran Duran – Serious
Duran Duran – I Don’t Want Your Love
Miami Sound Machine – Dr Beat
Duran Duran – Michael, You’ve Got A Lot To Answer For
Tyler Lyle – Lost And Found [The Midnight Remix]
Orange Juice – Rip It Up
Gunship – The Mountain

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

The Champs – Tequila