Wow, it’s been quiet around there parts. I haven’t even been Instagramming too much. Lots of fun stuff went on in February but I’ve also been plagued by high anxiety which is something I haven’t had to deal with in months. Still, it was a good month. The nights kept getting lighter and Dadums had a birthday!
I took an overnight trip to Canterbury with the Mags. I’ve never visited before and it was fun to see the old town, go dancing, and play Santa vs. Jesus while we pre-gamed. I also had a delicious roast for Sunday lunch before we headed home.
The annual Orchid festival happened at Kew Gardens. It was so pretty! They always have a small collection of orchids but they were strung up all over the glasshouse like streamers. Gorgeous!
Me and Tasha headed down to Brighton for the day to go to her wedding dress fitting. She looked stunningly beautiful in her dress and I can’t wait to see her all dolled up in it on her wedding day. She deserves a perfect wedding dress and she definitely got one. (I’m also pretty excited about my Maid of Honour dress!)
Going to new places was a theme this month and I visited Brixton with Liz and Abbey. We wandered around the market, took a stroll in the rain, and then grabbed the best coffee in a little place called Stir.
While we were in Brighton, Tash and I got Mexican at Wahaca. I forgot how much I love their food! All the little plates mean you can try a bit of everything and they had enough choices for me to keep things low-carb. At least as low-carb as restaurant food ever is!
I’ve kept up my reading streak! Six books in February. Quiet an achievement, if I do say so myself. And honestly there were some good’uns… it’s not often I read a five star book, let alone two in the same month!
What Light by Jay Asher (★★★☆☆); Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick (★★★★☆); Satori in Paris by Jack Kerouac (★★★★★); Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler (★★★★☆); A Life In Parts by Bryan Cranston (★★★★★); Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman (★★★★☆).
I’ve ploughed through so much TV lately. All part of learning to rest when I can. Netflix and Amazon Prime and NowTV help with that.
Mum reads the Agatha Raisin books so I recognised the name when it popped up on NowTV. I wasn’t entirely sure about the show from her description of the novels but I ended up loving it. I was actually sad when I ran out of episodes to watch! I’ve started reading a bit of the first book and it’s pretty enjoyable… although I think I prefer the TV show.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is one of those shows that was a slow burn to get into. At first I kept wondering why I was still watching, but then Netflix would roll over to the next episode and it all started up again. Then things changed and it became a really funny, smart, poignant series. After two seasons I was ready for a break but it was a lot more fun than I had anticipated.
The show I’m most surprised about watching was The Crown. I’m not a monarchist, I just don’t believe in inherited positions of power, but I liked the soapiness of the show and the design, the costuming. It was also fun to try and guess how much was true and how much was embellished. I’m not sure I’d watch another season but it was some good Downton-esque viewing.
My listening habits have been chilled out this month. The Garden by Zero 7 and August and Everything After by Counting Crows. I need to get back to making playlists… I’ve been so lazy lately! It’s nice to have access to so much music though. It feels like the good old days when parents footed my musical bill. ;)
A lot of online purchases? I discovered Depop and bought wayyyyy too many cute clothes. I’m having a love affair with jeans and unusual white shirts. Ruffles, asymmetry, tuxedo style. If it’s got a twist I wanna wear it with a pair of skinnies.
I’ve been managing to get a lot more rest so far this year and I’ve bolstered that by booking some long weekends with my left over annual leave from work. Giving my body a break is an instant good hit for my mind. It’s definitely helping the aforementioned anxiety. Pain comes and goes but looking after myself by not pushing myself too far makes all the difference.