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!
In an attempt to hibernate I have been very unproductive the last few weeks and instead of doing any real work I’ve been reading, reading and then reading some more. It means I’ve flown through quite a few books (check out my Autumn reading update) which is great but I think I’ll have to come back into the real world soon. At the moment I’m working my way though the Throne of Glass young adult series and just this week have started the latest book Empire of Storms. They are great it you love fantasy, different to anything I’ve read for a while, fast paced and entertaining.
We haven’t watched that much TV this month and have caught up on a few films we fancied watching. My husband had recorded Frank which I wasn’t too sure I’d like but in the end absolutely loved it. It’s a few years old now but is one of the best films I’ve watched for a while, made me laugh out loud whilst still being incredibly sweet. I also went to see The Girl On The Train with a friend – it’s one of those I wanted to see as I loved the book but I didn’t go in with very high expectations. I actually thought they did a great job with the film, even with the change of location to New York, it all worked and Emily Blunt was amazing.
I went to see PJ Harvey this month with an old friend. We realised that we went to our first gig together 17 years ago, we spent most of our high school years doing the same so it’s a little surreal for us both to be out, away from the kids, revisiting our youth! Sadly, I don’t have quite the same energy levels as I did at fifteen but it was a fab night out. I’ve never seen her live before and she didn’t disappoint, her voice is just something else, even better live than on her albums.
I always find this time of year quite hard, I think it’s the time in between Halloween and Christmas when you are just waiting for the festivities and winter is starting to set in. We don’t get out as much and I start to feel a little cooped up. Still, there are always a few things I’m loving; I read this post from Kerri Ann at Life As Our Little Family a few weeks ago and I loved it. It’s called The Importance of Love and it’s well worth a read, totally appeals to the romantic in me and I could relate to so much of it. Although the weather has been awful this week I am still enjoying the Autumn colours, I’ve never taken so many photo of leaves! They seem particularly gorgeous this year and it makes the walk to school that bit more bearable.
I’ve been trying to get all my Christmas shopping out the way early so most of my thoughts are consumed with that. Earlier in the year the plan was to make a few things; I always bake some cookies and I wanted to do chutney this year but we are already at the end of November and I haven’t made any yet. Maybe I’m not too late if I can get it done this week! I crocheted myself a hat this week which I’m stupidly proud of as I very rarely actually finish any crochet projects. I didn’t take me long at all so may be able to whip up a few more for the boys for Christmas. Other than children we don’t actually buy that many gifts anymore, we decided a few years ago to cut down on what we bought and just try to see family instead. You reach a stage where you just aren’t sure what to get and end up buying for buying’s sake which just seems silly. It makes the whole run up to Christmas a lot easier for us and the gifts I do buy I have the time to put thought into.
Some bits of life lately over on my Instagram