A sunny Monday

A good day of getting on with admin and writing-related tasks! I also had a doctor’s appointment mid-afternoon, so was able to get out for a walk in the sunshine.

Geth is out boardgaming this evening, so I’ll be spending some time with my 3DS again.

Back to the running tomorrow!

OOTD 25th March 2019
OOTD: some proper spring weather today! Scarf unknown brand (2015), dress Triumph (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt unknown brand (vintage 1980s, thrifted from Mum 2019), tights Primark (2017), shoes Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start The Fire
Cast of The Rocky Horror Picture ShowTime Warp
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
The Beatles – Hey Jude
The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
NSG and Tion Wayne – Options
Duran Duran – Serious
Frozen Plasma – Home

Music Video Monday: Toyah: Sensational

Another new video from a classic artist today!

Mental as ever from Toyah, the video involves lots of playing football with sheep, branches worn as jewellery and other general wackiness. It’s colourful and fun and I wish younger artists would make videos like this!

The song’s great too, and I’m really looking forward to listening to her new album when it comes out next month.

Losing myself in other worlds

Another quiet day in the house. I’m finished with the Sunday cleanup, have done my daily writing and am looking forward to spending the rest of the day videogaming.

Back to work tomorrow!

OOTD 24th March 2019
OOTD: comfy Sunday outfit, ideal for sitting on the sofa with my 3DS! Hoodie Intrenacionale (2000), dress unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), belt H&M (2017), tights Primark (2017), shoes Zara (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Arcadia – Say The Word
Barenaked Ladies – Be My Yoko Ono
The Beatles – Come Together
Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Duran Duran – Late Bar

A quiet post-run Saturday

No review post today as I’m just having a quiet day. We had Kieran and Lisa visiting yesterday, so we got a good afternoon of boardgaming in (we played Eldritch Horror, which we’ve not done in ages!), and then after they headed off this morning, I did my long run. My long runs are getting very long now – I was on the treadmill for three and a half hours today – and so I’ve been experimenting with using sweets for energy (we had a lot left over from boardgaming snacks yesterday). They work energy-wise, but they also give me stomach ache, so I’m going to have to have a rethink.

Looking forward to another quiet day tomorrow.

OOTD 23rd March 2019
OOTD: recovering from the run in my favourite jumper. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Spandau Ballet – True
Bastille – Good Grief
Gary Numan – Are ‘Friends’ Electric?

Semi-flying Friday post

Just a quick one today as Geth and I have houseguests. I’ll update properly tomorrow!

OOTD 22nd March 2019
OOTD: just a quick selfie today! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), hoodie Internacionale (2000), t-shirt H&M (2018), skirt Gap (2007).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – The Edge Of America
Gala – Freed From Desire
Duran Duran – Meet El Presidente
Spandau Ballet – True
J Geils Band – Centrefold
The Wonder Stuff – Unbearable
Prince – Little Red Corvette
Oasis – Songbird
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Smokey Robinson – Being With You

Conquering the nerves

I decided, when I found out about a week ago that there was going to be a second edition of the poetry night that I went to last month, that I was going to get organised and bring along some poems on the very marginal off-chance that I would be brave enough to volunteer for a reading slot. Of course, I didn’t end up writing said poems until yesterday morning – the morning of the poetry night – because of life and its continual determination to get in the way of my writing. However, I got them written, printed out, and shoved in my handbag. Just in case.

Ukulele class last night was good – we’ve just got one more session now before the end-of-term performance in a couple of weeks’ time, which is yet another thing to be nervous about. After class finished, I got back on the Metro and headed to Drink Art Bar for the poetry evening.

I probably wouldn’t have dared volunteer to read if it hadn’t been for the fact that the bar staff asked if I was going to! Once I had signed up, though, I felt strangely calm about it and just rehearsed everything in my head until it was my turn to go on. I felt quite confident reading my poems, but my limbs decided differently and would not stop shaking. Apparently it wasn’t noticeable to anyone else, but it certainly was to me!

I’m really, really glad I worked up the courage. I never thought I’d be able to tick that New Year’s Resolution off the list so early in the year.

Today was a fairly standard Thursday, with a speed run, Slimming World (I lost six pounds this week, getting rid of last week’s gain plus a bit extra!), and Pilates class.

Our friends Kieran and Lisa are coming to visit tomorrow, so I’m just getting a few things ready, and then it’ll be time for the weekend 🙂

OOTD 21st March 2019
OOTD: comfy Pilates outfit, slightly dishevelled! Hoodie Internacionale (2000), t-shirt Roly for Blaydon Race (2018), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Barry Manilow – Copacabana
Oasis – Songbird
Pinkfong – Baby Shark

Phone Box Thursday: Het Haasje, Maarheeze

Google Translate tells me that ‘het haasje’ translates as ‘the hare’. Google Maps, meanwhile, tells me that lots of roads are called ‘Het Haasje’ in the Netherlands. There is clearly a linguistic quirk at play here that I’m not quite getting.

Anyway, these two phone boxes were discovered by Mum and Dad in a petrol station cafe while travelling through Maarheeze.

Red phone boxes
Red phone boxes, Het Haasje, Maarheeze, 2nd August 2018.

(Coordinates 51°32’25.5″N, 5°59’36.4″E.)

If you click on the Google Street View link above, you can just about see the two red boxes through the window on the right hand side of the cafe.

It’s always interesting to see classic red phone boxes in non-UK locations. Surprising that these ones have found themselves in a Dutch petrol station cafe!

Semi-flying Wednesday post

A fairly early post today as it’s a busy evening ahead – I’ve got my ukulele class followed by a poetry evening. Will update properly tomorrow!

OOTD 20th March 2019
OOTD: garden may need mowing again soon! Scarf Marks & Spencer (2017), jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), t-shirt Punk Masters (2018), jeans Levi (2018), boots Primark (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know?
Duran Duran – Tel Aviv [AIR Studio Version]