Treats, trials and tribulations

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I haven’t been able to write too much lately – life has been completely knackering and if I’m going to write then my optimum time seems to be mid-morning which is really unfortunate due to the fact that I am rarely unoccupied mid-morning. However I have managed to find a few things to love lately.

My favourite programmes recently have been: the BBC3 comedy Cuckoo with Greg Davies who is brilliant (and also used to teach drama at my old secondary school! [way after my time I should add]). I just love the silliness of it all – all the characters are written so well; Happy Valley – so sad it’s over already, another tour de force performance from Sarah Lancashire; The Voice UK – I know, I know, so predictable of me but I enjoy this so much more than something like X Factor, although now it’s going to the live shows it remains to be seen if the natural talent will survive duff song choices. I think Boy George has turned out to be a pretty good judge as far as I’m concerned, I have agreed with most of his choices although Ricky has the best team in my opinion – Kevin Sim’s performance of Chandelier is definitely going to be one of the series highs; and Thirteen – another BBC drama series, this time the story of a girl who was snatched from the streets by a man who kept her hostage in his cellar for 13 years before she manages to escape. It’s not quite as straightforward as it sounds though as the details of what actually happened behind those four walls gradually emerges.

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Delilah, reindeer and cosmological wisdom #littleloves

luther

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Things have gone a bit haywire lately and all the usual reading materials have been somewhat abandoned (albeit that I have still read plenty of great blog posts and one too many Christmas Gift Guides!). I have been reading loads of Christmas stories with the kids at bedtime and we’re still loving Santa comes to <insert name of our town> that I bought last year – it makes Christmas feel really real to be talking about Santa landing in real places just around the corner from where we live!

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Catastrophe, London Theatre and Elementary Art #littleloves

Robin Schulz Sugar

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The Cuckoo's CallingSince I last posted I’m afraid to say that I haven’t really picked up The Life You Want again – BUT! – I have started reading the book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott which is an interesting read if you have ever had any desire to be a writer and what to expect (and not to expect!). I also saw that JK Rowling had the third in her crime trilogy (written under pen name Robert Galbraith) out and I was intrigued so I have bought the first in the trilogy, The Cuckoo’s Calling, on my Kindle and started that too. Needless to say I’m not really getting anywhere fast with any of them but it is good to have something to turn to should the telly selection suddenly taper off, however:

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Love the little things – 6th November


I know, I know, it’s been months since I’ve found the time to link up and no guarantees that it’ll be a regular thing, but somehow I seem to have been called back here as every time I make something lovely or wear something flattering or watch a new programme that has me enthralled I think ahout LTLT and I want to share. So without any further preamble:

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Anyone who ever read any of my most recent former LTLT posts will know that I was reading Emily Barr’s The Life You Want -literally started months ago – and yep, that’s right, I’m still on it! This either means that I am the slowest reader in the world or the book isn’t giving me enough of a page turner element that I need right now (obvs). On the whole though, I am anticipating a more exciting plot kicking in at any moment, goodness knows I have enough other books lined up to get my teeth into.

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Best little things lately

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about the ten things I need more of in my life and it included everything from coconut oil to exercise to sleep. A lot of it had to do with brain chemistry and the things we do to help flood our little noggins with the good stuff.

I was intending to follow up and go into more detail about each item on that list and/or provide a little update on how I was doing. Needless to say I was massively enthusiastic for the first two days – I even went to bed two nights in a row listening to my Headspace meditation (I know, I know, you’re supposed to do it fully awake sitting upright in a chair but it actually sent me off to sleep and that was one of the other goals on the list so I figure I’m winning one way or the other!). However there are a couple of points on that list that haven’t really touched upon yet – one of which being gratitude.

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Orphans, buttons, Lego and bears #Littleloves

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I’m sorry to say that I haven’t really picked up my book at all this week. However I have read some very informative and entertaining blog posts including 10 Facebook Groups to Help Your Blog by Aby over at You Baby Me Mummy – as always really useful information and so lovely of Aby to share so openly; and Nostalgia Jukebox: Getting into a Madonna Groove by Tim at Slouching Towards Thatcham which really re-ignited my (former) life-long obsession with the woman ending up with me on You Tube scouting her more obscure albums for forgotten favourites like ‘Don’t Stop’ from Bedtime Stories (FYI YouTube assures me I am mostly into ‘deep house’ music these days which is probably true as I have graduated from the garage 🙂 ).

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Bridesmaids, Vaccines and a Silver Necklace #littleloves

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Bit of a huge fail on this category this week as I haven’t really found the time to pick up my book all week (and to be honest after back to back chapters of The Girl on the Train I think my eyes needed a break!) although I have read plenty of blog posts, my favourites being Tim’s Wednesday Words of Wisdom based on the premise “If you want to succeed, double your failure rate” which has really made me reflect on how I’ve been approaching a lot of my life up to now, and A journey in June by Louise at Touchline Dad and Mother in the Middle who always writes so beautifully and made me cry a bit.

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Sweet Potato Brownies, The World’s End and The Life You Want #littleloves

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I finished The Girl on the Train and even though I did find the middle section to be a bit too drawn out, the ending was well done. After watching Eat Pray Love last week I decided to look out something along the same lines but then realised that I’ve had the Emily Barr novel The Life You Want sitting on my Kindle for a while now. It’s the story of a woman, this time a mum of two young boys, who decides to take off to India to help out a friend and try and re-capture some of the excitement of her backpacking years. It’s actually the sequel to her first novel Backpack – following the same character a decade on. I read Backpack a long time ago but I do remember enjoying it and consequently read a couple of Barr’s other books so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this and it’ll be interesting to see a different kind of take on this story of travel as an escape from more mundane life, but this time factoring in motherhood.

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Raw brownies, wanderlust and summer highlights #littleloves

I’m back for more #Littleloves – woo hoo!

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This week I have become really a bit obsessed with finding pockets of time to keep reading The Girl on The Train – I have literally been losing sleep! It’s quite a compelling read but the jury is out on whether I will feel satisfied with it depending on how it ends – I’ll keep you posted!

In blog-land two of my favourites this week were Jess’s brilliant take on Rudyard Kipling’s If  (for mums) and Tim’s Wednesday Words of Wisdom “Be a Voice, not an Echo”.

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Homemade ice cream, chunky sandals and Hide and Seek #littleloves

It’s been the longest time since I linked up to #littleloves and I miss it so!! I was feeling a bit ‘meh’ earlier, having one of those life wobbles where you begin to question your self worth and your place in the scheme of things, but then I remembered how happy it used to make me writing a Little Loves post – and how lovely it is to have them to look back on months and years later. Unfortunately I have less time to blog than I used to but I wanted to find the time from somewhere this week, so without further ado:

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