I have to admit to having been in a bit of a post-Christmas/January funk lately and forgot to focus on the little flittery bits in each day or week, but now I’m back and ready to focus on what’s important in life – being happy and acknowledging the reasons why. So without further ado I will re-join the Little Loves gang (missed you guys!) with my weekly rundown:
I’ve taken quite a bit of a blog break lately which has been great time-wise as it means I’ve read two books recently – the first was Skios by one of my favourite authors Michael Frayn. I have to admit to being a bit disappointed, particularly with the ending – I felt that he had gotten bored with his own story and wrapped it up in a dubious fashion.
The second book was called ‘Look Behind You’ by Sibel Hodge. It was one of those recommendations that my Kindle throws up when you finish another novel and it looked interesting in the style of Gone Girl/Before You Go To Sleep and other psychological thrillers of that ilk. I enjoyed it and read it very quickly for me (I’m such a slow reader normally!) – it worked as escapism and as an easy read!
I’d heard so much good stuff about Broadchurch but I hadn’t seen the first series. I thought I’d plough on anyway with the second series but I only watched the first ten minutes or so before I realised that I had probably made a bit of a mistake because a) I didn’t know what the flip was going on and b) I now appear to know ‘who dun it’ so I’ve buggered it up if I want to watch the first series! Dammit!
I thought I’d have a peak at the new series of The Voice but I was a bit underwhelmed. The trouble with these shows which revolve around a judging panel is that two or three series down the line the judges just have nothing new or interesting to say which is when it gets boring.
My one ‘watched’ success story has been my back to back viewing of the second series of ‘The Following’ which I am getting through Lovefilm. I finally realised I had held on to one Lovefilm disk for over 6 months (!!) so I’m finally getting my money’s worth again!
I am currently loving ‘Wish you were mine’ by Philip George – I particularly love his squeaky voiced rendition of ‘My Cherie Amour’ by Stevie Wonder – bit like chipmunks on acid…
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I bought myself a nice cheap Breville Active Blender a couple of weeks ago from Tesco (£15!!) but immediately shoved it in the back of a cupboard and promptly forgot about it. This week I decided to make the effort and dug it out. I have been suffering with a cough/cold for over a month now and despite feeling like it is coming to a natural end (slowly but surely) I thought it couldn’t do any harm to attempt an immunity boosting, cold busting smoothie so I threw together something healthy looking with oranges, ginger, lemon, some spinach and coconut milk.
The hubster and I had the opportunity to visit our favourite local pub sans children for lunch on Tuesday. As he was on a late shift and I was off we were in that slightly odd situation of being surrounded by retirees – at least it makes you feel young!
The children have been really enjoying the new street map rug that my sister in law gave them recently – they love all things transport related and JJ in particularly has been building some super town-centre gridlock traffic jams!
We are finally starting to think about and plan our holidays for the year which is always exciting (although not as exciting as it would be if we were in the position to book a dream holiday to the theme parks of Florida or a yacht cruise round the Caribbean but you can’t have everything!).
And finally, JJ and I went to see the panto Aladdin with friends in Woking at the weekend. The big star was Justin Fletcher (aka Mr Tumble) who, say what you like about him, is a fab entertainer, full of fun and energy even at this late stage in the panto run. I really enjoyed it and got into the spirit this year, shouting out all the lines, having a bit of a boogie in the aisles and filling up on ice cream in the intermission. I like going to the panto in January – it feels like a post-christmas treat which is divorced from all the stresses of the season.
Happy Weekend Little Loves!