However, the music was good and the crowd was great, unsurprisingly mostly Geordies and Scots with a sprinkling of youth who seemed a bit bemused by it all. It was like being back in your 20s… the faces around you had aged but not the joy – and your body just knew how to move to the music. The venue had clearly assumed that midlifers would want to be home in time for cocoa because the whole thing started at 6pm and finished at 10pm (yes really). Our group wasn’t having any of that though and the joy of Newcastle is that it’s always easy to find somewhere to dance. 30,703 steps later it was time for a cup of chamomile tea and bed.
So this is the next morning, feeling a little jaded but not too bad. We wandered across to the street food market that pops up every Sunday outside the flat and stocked up on delicacies to take home – pease pudding and Geordie bangers. This is another pair of trousers that I have to tell you about, they’re part of the ponte shape lab collection and another super smart but super comfortable thing to wear. In my fantasy capsule wardrobe life I could happily have seven pairs of these in my wardrobe, seven soft scuba jumpers and a few different pairs of boots and trainers. That would be me done until spring but I wouldn’t have much to blog about!
And while we’re talking trainers the sneaker geek eldest suggested I get a pair of the current hot buy, they’re not expensive and they’re probably the softest, most comfortable pair I own. They’re low profile with dainty laces too so they make an elegant switch from the more chunky styles that have been around for the last few years – the only problem is finding some in stock. The afternoon that followed was about family again and then we were ready for an early night.
Ponte trousers; Cotton striped jumper (gifted AW23); IdLF at Uniqlo jacket (past season); Trainers
And so we were up and off early on Monday morning – I know I have to be sitting at my desk at home to concentrate properly. I was also heading into my first week of Zoe which has been interesting. Like most people I’m obsessed with the blood sugar monitor that I’ll be wearing for the next two weeks which is teaching me that my body doesn’t like things like porridge for breakfast but loves Greek yoghurt with fruit and seeds. I’ve also learned that if I walk Ted before lunch my blood sugar crashes but if I have six nuts before I go, it stays steady.
Mal’s bought a fourteen day blood sugar monitor from the chemist to wear at the same time so he’s busking along with me without paying the Zoe fees. Obviously he won’t get the blood fat or microbiome analysis but with diabetes prevalent in both our families, it’s the blood sugar that we’re most interested in. It’s early days so there isn’t much more to say, the only thing that I find annoying is that you can’t integrate a workout tracker into the monitoring which seems crazy. I know some of you have been doing it for longer than me so if there is a way can you let me know. It seems a huge flaw in a very scientific set-up.
Breton (10% off with MLC10); Trousers; Trainers
So that was last weekend, a little glimmer of fun in a busy time. I’ll continue to be flat out with work for the next two months, it’s always the same at this time of year. It’s good that I can bury myself in it because I do miss the boys although I managed to catch up with the eldest for lunch when I was in London a couple of weeks ago. He and his university girlfriend decided to go their separate ways over the summer so it’s been all change for him, especially as he had to find a new flat too. He managed to secure a place just two days before he had to move out of the old one when the landlady suddenly put it up for sale. As so many of you know from your own young adults, it’s no joke trying to find somewhere to rent these days. They’re snapped up within minutes of being listed, tenants don’t even go round to view them, they just place their deposits unseen which is what our boy ended up having to do. Luckily he and his uni friends have ended up in a really nice flat in Putney which isn’t where they wanted to be but he’s fallen in love with the area – as I thought he might.
And after the summer of stress with the youngest’s visa he’s now settled in Spain. If you have a student heading abroad in the future don’t underestimate the amount of visa hassle you have to go through – I’d heard about it from old schoolfriends with children older than mine but I thought they were exaggerating. It takes the whole summer and it’s expensive – it costs over £1,000 to get everything signed, sealed and stamped. Thankfully he seems happy, he’s an English teaching assistant in a school in the Valencian mountains that has only 50 children and yet it has 14 teachers. We booked him an AirBnB for ten days confident that the locals would take him under his wing and help him to find somewhere to live – that’s the benefit of having done a year abroad myself, I know just how welcoming the Spanish people are. He’s landed happily in a three bedroom house all to himself and thanks to the internet has made friends with assistants from other universities in the area. They have a night out together in the nearest big town which just happens to be Benidorm every weekend (yes it makes my eyes water too!). He’s already had his brand new birthday phone pickpocketed on one of them but I guess these are the worldly lessons he has to learn.
Midlife lately – October catch-up – Beauty
One more thing – I have a couple of beauty products I’ve been sent to test that it’s really worth telling you about and they work together in a way. The first is an eyelash serum that’s half the price of my usual Revitalash and twice as big. I didn’t expect much of it but I didn’t take one with me for the three weeks that we were travelling so I had a serum break before I started using it when we got home. My goodness it’s good, I could see the difference in just two weeks – my lashes are much longer, I’m having to trim the ones at the outer edge of my eyes because they tickle. Here it is, you know I won’t ever tell you these things are good if I don’t honestly believe they work.
Lashforce eyelash serum
And to make the most of longer lashes, I can recommend this cruelty free mascara. I’m sure you’ve seen it around because lots of people like India Knight are raving about it. Rumi is a company run by a group of midlife women creating beauty products designed specifically for midlifers. I haven’t been using it for long enough to be able to say anything about the care and growth claims that it makes but it does coat every single one of your lashes separately without clumping so they look very naturally enhanced. And it really does last all day – it took me through a day at my desk followed by a strength training session and then a hot treadmill run without budging yesterday. It came off easily at night though with cleanser and warm water. Rumi are one of the new beauty disruptors who unlike the big brands, offer you your money back if you’re not happy with their product so it’s a risk free experience.
And the clocks go back this weekend which always feels like the beginning of the approach towards winter. It’s going to feel like a shock next week and not only because of the change in daylight. The John Lewis Christmas ad airs next Tuesday and we’re going to suddenly find ourselves hurtling towards everything festive. I’m taking a slightly different approach to my gift posts this year, I’m trying to make sure everything I suggest is either beautiful or useful – or both – and they’ll be coming up before too long. I’ll even be feeling a little bit Christmassy this weekend because my London brother isn’t coming up here with his family for Twixmas this year as he usually does so we’re having our sibling get together on Saturday night instead. It’s always comforting when we meet up, I can regress into little sister mode which is usually a relaxing place to be. Luxuriate in your extra hour on Sunday, actually I’m dedicating mine to an hour of decluttering but I hope you do something much nicer… see you on Tuesday.
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