I have been meaning to join in with Little Loves for a while now.
It’s a little prompt created by the lovely Morgana who writes over at the blog Coffee Work Sleep Repeat. She has linked up with me for Home Etc before and I’m finally getting around to joining in with her linky and sharing what I’ve been doing recently.
So — in no particular order — here are some of the things I’ve been up to in April.
I’ve read magazines — namely Living Etc, Red and Marie Claire — but I also began reading a book that I was kindly given by the Mumsnet Book Club. The title drew me in — ‘How to UnF*ck Your Habitat’ — by an American author called Rachel Hoffman but after just a couple of pages I realised that it wasn’t for me.
I thought — by the home inspired title — that I’d love it. But I found the style of writing and the content really irritating.
To be fair, I think it’s aimed at young adults and those leaving home for the first time. It would probably appeal to a young reader without kids; but, as a woman with a family, I found I couldn’t relate to it at all.
The perfect gift for a young adult, off to university, but not for me.
Since my skiing accident, I have literally binge-watched my way through the entire back catalogue of GIRLS.
And now I’ve caught up — and there are only a few more episodes to go — I’m starting to feel a bit bereft; almost the same as I do when I’m into a really good book and have to let go of the characters that have captivated me.
I love the casting, the storylines — the rawness of it all. I’ve never, ever seen so many gratuitous and graphic sex scenes on an American drama before (or British either to tell the truth).
I’ll be so sad once the last episode has aired. It’s not often something makes me laugh out loud, when I’m on my own. Things that do are to be treasured.
The other thing we’ve been watching on catch-up is Stan Lee’s Lucky Man. We’d seen it advertised on SKY but, as we’d never watched any of the previous series, we went back to series one and have been working our way through the episodes.
I love James Nesbitt and always seem to like any TV shows that he’s in. Much chat too about his hair transplant — cue mucho Googling of before and after pictures. It’s such an incredible process; And, to be honest, after some of the conversations we’ve had about Mr Nesbitt, my big — man-shaped — boy would quite like a new head of hair himself.
Not ‘quite’ made but one of my lovely friends sent me a colouring book and some crayons and I’ve been sitting in the kitchen, colouring in, whilst my boy makes the supper every night. Very therapeutic.
I wrote about adult colouring books a couple of years ago, funnily enough, but never seemed to have the time to sit down and indulge. Having the accident has certainly made me slow down and appreciate simple things like this.
Would highly recommend it. It definitely makes you feel calmer.
Apart from a gigantic leg brace?! To be honest, this section is a little hard to fill out as I’ve been wearing either leggings or my fave Fat-Face dungarees — on rotation — since the accident.
That said, a group of my very best blogging buddies sent me a lovely box of treats last week and in it — amongst other things — was a beauty elixir and bright a gorgeous lippy.
So whilst I’ve not been that adventurous with my clothes, I have offset this by wearing a beautiful red lipstick.
I’ve been listening to Oh Wonder on Spotify.
Their voices and melodies are gorgeous. I first heard their music when it was used on the ITV drama Unforgotten — and Shazammed it.
Times like that I’m always so grateful for modern technology. I’ve found so much new music by using Shazam. No idea how it works but it’s so amazingly clever.
I’ve got my first hospital appointment next week.
We will have been back in the UK for three weeks and three days and it will be the first time I’ve seen a British consultant.
I. Can’t. Wait.
Although, I will have to wait for an MRI, I’m sure. But to finally be in the NHS system and be able to get a timeline for how long I’ll be off my legs will be amazing.
Not being able to walk is wearing thin.
I was gifted ‘Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess’ by The Mumsnet Book Club for the purposes of this review; all photos, thoughts and words — as ever — are entirely my own.