Summer sun

Finally some nice weather today! And I made the most of it by…staying in the house all day ’cause I was a bit tired after last night. Got to get that garden finished so that I’m more inclined to sit out!

Last night was hectic but ultimately successful. I lost for the second week in a row at Slimming World – only a pound, but I’d rather get into a pattern of small losses every week than keep doing the ‘lose five, gain five!’ thing that has characterised my results since race season began. My next race is the Great North 10k on the 7th of July, and I am so determined not to gain that week. I’ll have to be really strict to mitigate the post-race bloat that always seems to happen at the moment.

I then went to ukulele class – it was running late, so I had to skip out before the last song, as I wanted to get to poetry night in time to make sure I could read again. I’m still a bit nervous before performing, but I think I’m gradually getting better at it. Geth took a video, which I *may* be brave enough to post later in the week (no promises though!).

Have had a fairly quiet day today – Mum and Dad visited in the morning on their way back from Sweden, and I’ve spent the afternoon getting on with writing. Just a few things to finish off tomorrow and then I can chill out for the weekend.

OOTD 27th June 2019
OOTD: blue Thursday! Sunglasses Ray-Ban (2019), t-shirt Ron Holland for Cambridge University (vintage 1970s, thrifted from Dad 2012), jeans Vivid (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Queen – Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
Haircut 100 – Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)
The Midnight – Gloria
Duran Duran – Shadows On Your Side
The Midnight – Days Of Thunder
Duran Duran – 911 Is A Joke

Staying out of the rain

I’m seeing a lot of complaints on social media today about how hot and muggy it is. This is not the case in Newcastle. It’s wet and miserable, and Geth and I had the fire on all morning.

As such, it has been a good day for staying in the house and getting work done. I spent the morning editing for clients, and am now getting on with my own writing. Geth is playing the remastered version of Final Fantasy XII at the moment, which is nicely soundtracking my work.

A slightly more hectic day tomorrow, so I’m glad I’ve been able to get so much done today!

OOTD 25th June 2019
OOTD: managed to nip out during a break in the rain! Jumpsuit St Michael by Marks & Spencer (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2016), belt unknown brand (vintage 1980s, thrifted from Mum 2019), boots Asos (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Heaven 17 – Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry
Haircut 100 – Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)
Duran Duran – Perfect Day
Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Avicii and Aloe Blacc – SOS
Mark Ronson and Lykke Li – Late Night Feelings

Damn your eyes

No New Hits Friday today as Geth is coming home and we’re doing belated birthday celebrations. I’ll catch up with the chart over the weekend!

I’ve just spent today getting admin and writing done otherwise. I also called the hospital, because much as I would have loved the eye saga to be over after I finally finished the course of eye drops this week, it appears the uveitis has now shown up in the other eye. Perfect timing. 🙁 As such, I will be spending tomorrow morning in the waiting room of the eye clinic again.

Hopefully the treatment itself will be as straightforward as last time.

OOTD 21st June 2019
OOTD: I really appreciate that the weather has warmed up this week! Jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), t-shirt Campus Crew for Toronto Blue Jays (2018), jeans Vivid (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Alison Moyet – That Ole Devil Called Love
Duran Duran – New Moon On Monday
Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Ed Sheeran – Happier
REM – Losing My Religion
AronChupa – I’m An Albatraoz
The Four Bucketeers – The Bucket Of Water Song

Slow progress

I lost a measly half a pound at Slimming World this morning. I was hoping for more and am a bit annoyed. Still, I felt I was on track all week because of doing a food diary, so I’ve decided to keep doing them until I get back into my target range. I always log my food anyway, but doing an actual diary that you have to hand in makes everything more accountable.

I’ve had a good day of writing otherwise, and have got some music practice in too. Hoping for another productive day tomorrow, because I’ve got a lot to do before Geth gets back from Oslo tomorrow evening.

OOTD 20th June 2019
OOTD: summer version of my Thursday uniform! Jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), vest top Primark (2018), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Ariana Grande – Thank You Next
Sister Sledge – Frankie
Robbie Williams – Bodies
Ocean Colour Scene – July
Duran Duran – Burning The Ground

Still tapping away

I’m still sleeping late, but I’m just about managing to get everything done. Today was all about editing for clients and doing my own writing until it was time to go out to ukulele class.

I’m now chilling out with music and books. Hoping for a good result at Slimming World tomorrow as I’ve been really strict this week.

OOTD 19th June 2019
OOTD: the weeping willow in the garden is finally starting to grow back! Jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), blouse KDS Collection (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), skirt Calvin Klein Jeans (2004), tights Primark (2017), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Vertigo (Do The Demolition)
Duran Duran – Union Of The Snake
Madonna – Hollywood
Animotion – Obsession
Buddy Holly – Raining In My Heart

Sunshine walks part two: medical errands edition

I had a doctor’s appointment this morning (I needed to renew my regular medication) and then a quick trip to the hospital afterwards to pick up some hearing aid batteries. Nice to listen to some podcasts in the sunshine!

Day job work and writing all afternoon, and now settling in for the evening with some music.

OOTD 18th June 2019
OOTD: errand-running outfit. Hoodie Sonar (2006), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), skirt Gap (2007), tights Primark (2017), shoes Zara (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Queen – We Are The Champions
Duran Duran – All Along The Water
Bronski Beat – Hit That Perfect Beat
Ed Sheeran – You Need Me, I Don’t Need You

Out in the sunshine

The weather is finally improving and feeling marginally more summery! I went out for a walk (well, really to go to Asda ’cause I’d run out of fizzy juice) this morning, which felt nice after a few days of being cooped up. I’ve spent the rest of the day editing for clients and doing my own writing.

Out again tomorrow morning – again it’s for a boring reason (doctor’s appointment) but it’ll be another nice walk if the weather stays like this.

OOTD 17th June 2019
OOTD: brightening up gradually! Hoodie Sonar (2006), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), jeans Zara (2018), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Charlie Puth – One Call Away
5 Seconds Of Summer – Easier
The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star
Katy Perry – Never Really Over
Space – Female Of The Species
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care
Duran Duran – Violence Of Summer (Love’s Taking Over)
Oasis – Cigarettes And Alcohol

Finally feeling more alert

My 8am alarm meant I was awake by 9.30am this morning. That’s an improvement, I suppose. I really need my mornings back this week because I’ve got a lot of work on, as well as an exercise routine that I need to get back into after neglecting it for a couple of weeks due to my cold.

Today has mainly been about writing and reading so far – planning to get a bit of ukulele practice in too before catching up with some TV this evening.

OOTD 16th June 2019
OOTD: still chilly enough for jackets. Jacket Précis (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), dress Primark (2018), tights Primark (2017), shoes Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa (2009).

Today’s earworm playlist:

5 Seconds Of Summer – Easier
The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love
Prince – When Doves Cry
Duran Duran – Rio
Charlie Puth – One Call Away


My sleep pattern is still not quite right and so I feel like the days are getting away from me a bit at the moment. Don’t know why I’m so tired!

I have managed to get a good bit of writing done this afternoon though. Now enjoying an evening with my ukulele and a few good books.

Hoping for an earlier start tomorrow!

OOTD 14th June 2019
OOTD: rain has finally stopped! Blouse Tommy Hilfiger (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), jeans Levi (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth – See You Again
Duran Duran – Shadows On Your Side
Spice Girls – If U Can’t Dance

More peace and quiet

Another fairly quiet day. After Slimming World this morning, I did a big shop so that I wouldn’t have to go out again for a while (it’s still cold and wet out there!), and have spent the afternoon writing and playing ukulele.

Looking forward to more time to myself tomorrow.

OOTD 13th June 2019
OOTD: still waiting for the weather to improve! Hoodie Sonar (2006), vest top Primark (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Timecop1983 and Seawaves – Lovers
Trevor Something – Summer Love
Wham! – Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)
The Midnight and Nikki Flores – Light Years
Meat Loaf – Paradise By The Dashboard Light