Please read my first A Little Bit Lately post to find out what these are all about, although I’m sure you get the idea. These have been inspired by Sometimes Sweet’s Currently posts so check her out if you like it!
I’m so enjoying my reading again this year, I feel like I’ve stumbled upon some real gems from my reading pile and I’m just loving it. I’ve had a few on my Kindle ready to read for a while and started The Night Circus a few weeks ago; I just totally fell in love with it and I think it could be one of my favourite books. It’s a little quirky but so beautifully told. I loved the characters so much and I didn’t pick up another book for about a week after finishing it as I just wanted to take it in. I also finished Lady In The Van this month which was great, it’s only short so you could pick it up and read it really quickly but it is sweet and funny and sad all at the same time. I’m currently reading A Year Of Living Danishly which is just brilliant so far. I am convinced I should have been born into the Nordic life, eating pastries and getting hygge. My only downfall is I don’t eat fish, other than than I’m ready to run off to Denmark.
I’m officially on the frenzied countdown to new Game of Thrones so I’m not starting any big new series at the moment. I tried watching Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix but I’m not convinced, I watch it and think it’s ok but don’t really laugh out loud at it. I’m not sure whether to keep going. I’ve started going over old stuff and recently rediscovered Buffy The Vampire Slayer after a friend told me she was watching it, it’s still just as good as I remember and I’m sure will lead to a few discussions on the benefits of traditional Angel vampires verses the modern sparkly version!
We are going away over the bank holiday weekend, back to Talacre which we visited last year and the boys have been asking me every morning when we are going to the caravan. They are so excited and this means a road trip but they haven’t quite got to the stage yet of requesting music in the car so I was saying to my husband that we should do a mix CD. Obviously we could just shuffle our ipod but there is something special about creating a soundtrack. We were also talking about how our children won’t ever know the joy of the mix tape – the work and love that went into creating one only for your Dad to veto it after track two, furiously ejecting it.
I’ve really tried hard to make some time for myself over the last few weeks, I was turning into the Mum who tries to do it all and achieves nothing. Lucas hasn’t been well and it has lasted for an eternity meaning we are all a bit tired and grouchy. Most evenings I just couldn’t bring myself to open up the laptop and sit at a desk, I write so much better in the day and I hate having to do a lot of work in the evening. Instead I’d watch something with my husband and do a spot of crocheting. I’m also trying to stop too much phone time in an evening and instead reading a book or magazine. I know that these things make me happy and I don’t know why it is so difficult for me to prioritise them. It has to be a concious decision for me to put the phone away otherwise I’ll sit on it all night but I am loving doing it. It feels like I’m actually winding down at night which I think it making me calmer all round – I just need to keep it up! I’m also loving Easter Egg season but my diet is not.
All I can think about at the moment is getting clear of these bugs, hopefully seeing some warmer weather and then I feel like we can get going properly for Spring. Spending most of the last three weeks indoors with a poorly four year old and energetic twins hasn’t helped. I hate wishing the time away, as it already goes too quickly but I do feel like we haven’t really made a good start on the new year. Talking to my family and friends I think a few people feel the same, maybe it’s the weather? I’m not sure, I just want to get back on track. I’m dreaming of our days out, getting out there in the fresh air with the boys, switching off a little, seeing new things. And, as always, I’m on countdown to the school holidays.
Some bits of life lately over on my Instagram