When we first moved into our little flat I was all about the minimalism. I wanted to keep the walls white, and not have too much clutter. Well, it turns out living with a boy, quite a messy one at that, makes that near impossible, so I've instead started to quite enjoy making the place look busy. I've enjoyed putting things on the wall the most, there is something about surrounding yourself with pictures and prints that just makes a room feel more homely. So I'm always on the lookout for more things to fill the walls!
I came across this print on Twitter from Sighh (they have some really amazing things for sale); who doesn't love a cactus and the quote just made me laugh! It ended up going in our kitchen area (although out flat is open plan so it is sort of in the living room) and I'm so pleased with how it looks. I bought a cheap Tiger frame for it, and it has really brightened up that wall.
It has been a while since I've just sat down and written. Despite having a lot of blogging inspiration at the moment I just can't seem to find the time to actually get things done. I'm pretty frustrated about it and if anything the next few weeks are going to be even busier. Luckily the things I have planned are all good so I shouldn't complain!
It was my birthday on Monday and we didn't plan anything exciting because to be honest I just wanted a nice relaxed day. I am not the biggest 'celebrator' when it comes to birthdays so I spent the day with my boyfriend and then had dinner with my parents in the evening. It was basically a day of eating, waffles for breakfast, cake and then pizza in the evening. I was grateful for a day of doing very little, I don't think I realised how much I needed a break until I actually stopped! Feeling much more refreshed now.
I made the mistake of weighing myself after quite a unhealthy few weeks and I'm the heaviest I've ever been. I mean I'm still a perfectly healthy weight, but you know when you just feel unhealthy? I think I need a few weeks of good eating, to boost my energy and make me feel better about myself. Going to try and make a real effort from now!
Other than that it has just been work, work, work. I had an unexpected day trip to London yesterday, which although good has left me pretty tired. Luckily I have the weekend to relax and maybe get some blogging done! I want to pre-write a few posts because I'm off to a festival next weekend and then the week after my boyfriend and I are off to Rome. I'm so excited but also feel ridiculously under prepared! Need to start reading the guide book and plan a few of the days! We know what we want to see and do, but it is just making sure we have the time to fit it all in... The one thing I'm really not looking forward to is packing, especially as I have two trips right next to each other. Why does it have to be so boring!
What I've been reading - I've finally started and finished The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. It has been sat on my bookshelves for ages, because I was a bit worried that it was going too overwhelmingly and sad. Fortunately I was pleasantly surprised. Yes it was quite a difficult read in places, especially knowing it was semi-autobiographical but it was beautifully written and really interesting. I wish it hadn't taken me so long to get round to! Now I'm reading Human Acts by Han Kang, another difficult read!
What I've been watching - So we've jumped on the bandwagon and become addicted to Stranger Things. I was worried I wouldn't like it, because horror isn't my usual thing, but this program is so good! Why are there only eight episodes?! We have one left to watch and I'm not sure I can take the suspense!
Also, I think we can all agree that having The Bake Off back is the best improvement to Wednesdays! I never watch live TV, but for this I make an exception, plus it is an excuse to eat cake on a weekly basis!
Audio books remind me of being a child, I had a collection of Jacqueline Wilson and other similar authors books on tape and used to listen to them on repeat. I must have known some of these stories off by heart the amount I listened to them, but there was something so comforting in their familiarity! There were countless occasions when I would fall asleep listening to one of the stories.
I've listened to a couple of audio books in my adult life, but never felt the need for them, favouring actual books. But recently I've been listening to a lot of podcasts on my way to work, and I've been really enjoying it! I don't always feel like listening to music early in the morning and I guess podcasts are almost like listening to the radio. Podcasts seem to have become more popular in the last year and there are some really interesting ones being made at the moment, so I've had plenty to listen to!
The next step on from podcasts seemed to be audio books, so I downloaded audible and bought my first book. There is so much choice on that website, it was really difficult to decide, but in the end I went for The Girls by Emma Cline. This book has been everywhere recently! It is a retelling of the Manson family and the crimes they committed, from the perspective of a young girl who gets involved in the group. I'm not quite sure how I feel about the book yet, it is interesting but at the same time the story is almost identical to what happened in real life. Not much imagination in it... That being said I have loved listening to it on my way to work, while I'm at home or before I go to bed. Sometimes I'm not in the mood to pick up an actual book and listening to something is much less effort! I'm definitely going to be downloading more in the future, and I'm surprised by how nice it is to be back listening to audio books!