A short run this morning…

…before heading to Slimming World, where I lost another pound on the scales this week. I’m impatient to get back to target range, and so one pound feels a bit measly considering the effort I’m putting in at the moment, but I suppose five and a half pounds in three weigh-ins is not bad. Just have to keep plugging away.

Geth and I are heading out to a synthwave gig tonight, so I’ve made sure to get all my work done during the afternoon. It’ll be really nice to have a night out – it only happens once in a while these days!

OOTD 6th February 2020
Revenge of the OOTD: it was a bit soon to announce the death of the ‘outfit of the day’ shots! All dressed up for a synthwave night out. Necklace Claire’s Accessories (2003), jacket unknown brand (estimated vintage 1990s, bought at vintage shop 2003), t-shirt The Midnight (2019), skirt Calvin Klein Jeans (2004), tights Primark (2017), trainers Reebok (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Beatles – ‘I Am The Walrus’
Del Amitri – ‘Nothing Ever Happens’
Robert Parker and Miss K – ”85 Again’

Grey runs

I went for my long run this morning in the mizzly rain. Newcastle was super, super grey, and looked very wintery, and of course now that it’s February I’m getting a bit impatient for it NOT to be winter. Apparently most of the North American groundhogs predicted an early spring today, but I don’t think their forecasts apply to the British Isles. Not even mystical animal meteorologists can predict our weather.

The lake at Exhibition Park did look really beautiful, though, when I lapped it a few times to make up an extra mile. Lots of swans and ducks and geese all flapping away against the cold grey water. I might have appreciated it a little more in December, though, which is something to remember for later this year.

I’ve had a much-needed dozy afternoon and evening since the run. Hoping to be all refreshed and proactive tomorrow.

Window reflection
End of the OOTD: you’ve probably noticed that I’ve not been posting many OOTDs lately. This is partly because my 2018 target weight clothes shopping spree came to a natural end, and so I don’t have many new clothes to post about now. It’s also partly because as my running has become more of a focus over the last few months, I’ve tended towards comfy leggings/’80s jumper/no makeup days, and don’t really feel like posing for pictures. I’m hoping to remember to take more photos while I’m out on my runs over the next few weeks, as I feel the Newcastle scenery is a bit more interesting than my cosy post-run outfits right now!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Rei Kondoh – ‘Storm Clouds’
Bronski Beat – ‘Hit That Perfect Beat’
Duran Duran – ‘Falling Down’
Duran Duran – ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’
The Midnight – ‘Explorers’

Quarter capacity at most…

…is the best way I can describe my brain right now. This cold has really knocked me out.

I don’t think it helped that I ventured out in the sub-freezing temperatures this evening in order to attend the Slimming World opportunities event. It was useful and informative, and I’ve signed up to find out more, but it was a real struggle walking back and forth from the Metro (especially as all of Newcastle is an ice rink at the moment!). Tomorrow will be all about staying in and keeping warm.

OOTD 1st December 2019
OOTD: I may be only sometimes conscious and also simultaneously too hot and too cold under my blanket, but at least I got to wear my snowflake jumper for the first time this winter today. Jumper unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019).

Today’s earworm playlist:

John Williams – ‘Across The Stars’
Duran Duran – ‘My Antarctica’
Destiny’s Child – ‘8 Days Of Christmas’

A slightly sunnier Wednesday

More admin and housework this morning, and then I got a bit of writing done in the afternoon (including a bit of work on my NaNo – which I’m just about keeping up with!).

A good ukulele class this evening, and I’m now back on the sofa catching up with Strictly.

Hoping for another productive day tomorrow – I’ve got work to do for a client, plus a bit more writing and housework to get on with.

OOTD 13th November 2019
OOTD: the second of my new ’80s jumpers! Jumper Sunset Highway (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019), leggings Primark (2019), boots Clarks (2016).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Tiësto and Mabel – ‘God Is A Dancer’
Starship – ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’
Whitney Houston – ‘Saving All My Love For You’
Andy Taylor – ‘Love Or Liberation’
Georgia – ‘About Work The Dancefloor’
Bronski Beat – ‘Hit That Perfect Beat’
Traditional – ‘Bonnie Ship The Diamond’
Duran Duran – ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’
Keala Settle – ‘This Is Me’
Lauv and Troye Sivan – ‘I’m So Tired’

Might be craving mince pies now

I’ve had a nice quiet day getting on with writing, housework and admin – and managed to squeeze in a bit of work on my NaNoWriMo project as well, which was nice! Geth has been out all day, so I’ve had the Christmas cookery shows on again. The only problem is that coupled with the cold weather, they’re making me hungry all the time.

Another full day to get on with writing tomorrow, I hope!

OOTD 11th November 2019
OOTD: back posting an outfit of the day for once! Geth requested this one ’cause he really likes my new jumper. Jumper Cabin Creek (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019), leggings Primark (2019), boots Carefree (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Michael Land – LeChuck’s Theme
Lewis Capaldi – Bruises
Ace Of Base – All That She Wants
Sister Sledge – Frankie

Semi-flying Saturday post

Have had a very busy day that included driving to a new parkrun and going to an awesome gig. Will update fully tomorrow!

OOTD 19th October 2019
OOTD: with all the elephants at the Sage Gateshead! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), dress Rhona Roy (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019), tights Primark (2017), boots Clarks (2016).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Cast of The Nightmare Before Christmas – Jack’s Lament
Jason Paige – Pokémon Theme (Gotta Catch ‘Em All)
Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Take Me Home
Grant Lee Buffalo – The Whole Shebang
Squeeze – Up The Junction
Duran Duran – 911 Is A Joke

Getting lighter again

A good 2lb loss at Slimming World this morning, which I’m going to put down to the fact I’ve been making the effort to hit my Garmin step goal every day. Onwards and downwards for the next week, I hope!

I’ve spent the rest of the day coding. Looking forward to having more time to do it tomorrow.

OOTD 10th October 2019
OOTD: another cosy ’80s jumper. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper unknown brand (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Madonna – Into The Groove
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Andy Taylor – Broken Window
Abba – Lay All Your Love On Me
Monty Python – Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life
Andy Taylor – I Might Lie
Koichi Sugiyama and Takenori Yamamori – Unknown World
Steve Winwood – Valerie

Autumn weekends in :)

A nice relaxing Saturday today. I took it easy at parkrun this morning (Geth on the other hand is getting weekly PBs at the moment!) and have spent the rest of the day chilling out with writing and internet.

I finally have some time to get back to videogaming tomorrow 🙂

OOTD 5th October 2019
OOTD: my favourite jumper is back for the autumn/winter! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Carlo Colucci (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Michael Land – Club 41
Kim Wilde – Chequered Love
Slade – Cum On Feel The Noize
Duran Duran – Winter Marches On

Late in the day

It was too wet and miserable to go for a run this morning (yup, I have become a bit of a fairweather runner ever since doing the bulk of my marathon training on the treadmill!), but it had brightened up by mid-afternoon so I ended up running later instead. It turned out that it wasn’t a good idea so soon after lunch! I need to plan things better if I’m going to start doing late afternoon/early evening runs.

Other than running, today I have mainly been getting on with admin and writing. I’m really appreciating this nice quiet week after the whirlwind of the last fortnight.

I’ve now updated my text adventure game after collecting various feedback over the last week!

More of the same (with bonus ukulele class) tomorrow.

OOTD 1st October 2019
OOTD: posting today’s outfit again for once! As you might have guessed, I am currently happily living in my ’80s jumper collection. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Jac (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
Kylie Minogue – Spinning Around
Andy Taylor – I Might Lie
Ed Sheeran and Stormzy – Take Me Back To London
Naughty Boy and Sam Smith – La La La
Lewis Capaldi – Hold Me While You Wait
Trevor Something – Miami Nights

Still finding alternative worlds

I find I’m waking up really early at the moment – lots to do, lots to think about. It does mean more productive mornings, so I’ll take it for now.

As such, I was at my ‘desk’ at eight this morning, meaning that I managed to get all of my admin and most of my writing jobs done by the time I had to leave for my lunchtime hair appointment. I got on with more writing and coding for the rest of the afternoon, and am now looking forward to an evening of videogames. I know I’m doing the same thing every night at the moment, but I’m finding it really relaxing!

Tomorrow evening will be different, though, as ukulele class starts again after the summer break! I’m really looking forward to it.

OOTD 17th September 2019
OOTD: new hair, same as usual new hair! Plus another cosy ’80s jumper. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Ellend (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
Yuzo Koshiro – Labyrinth I: Emerald Woodlands
Murray Gold and Neil Hannon – Love Don’t Roam
Jess Glynne – All I Am