After months of saving I have no idea what happened to me this month. It started with me enrolling in a German class at City Lit (I’ve been meaning to improve my German for ages and finally found a class that isn’t half way across London, starts late enough in an evening that I might be able to attend most, if not all classes and doesn’t cost an absolute fortune) and that seemed to open the floodgates. Maybe it’s because it’s Spring or maybe it’s because it’s my birthday month or maybe it’s just because I’ve been feeling a bit like life has been out of control a little and so I’ve tried to remedy that by buying stuff – make-up, stuff to do up my office desk and, maybe my best purchase, these amazing flamingo cushions from my payday favourites post:
I also decided that it was time to move away from blogger and to a self-hosted WordPress site. So if you noticed that there have been changes to my layout (check out my fancy social media buttons and menu bar), that’s why! I haven’t been through all of my old posts to get them formatted properly for the new site and I want to update and amend my pages when I get a chance, but I have other stuff going on right now which takes precedence. So please bear with me!
Apparently The Miniaturist has kicked me back into reading mode and despite it having been a busy month, I’ve finished one book and I’m right at the very end of the other.
I’ve always been fascinated by Helen Keller and her story and so I was interested to read more about her, in her own words. Unfortunately I found so many, probably basic, questions left unanswered by this autobiography, half of which was actually made up of letters that she’s written at various stages in her childhood.
Unfortunately I missed the last work book club meeting as I was really close to the end of The Miniaturist but didn’t quite finish in time and as I didn’t want to have the ending spoilt for me, I didn’t go. It was a shame as once I had finished it I really wanted to discuss it with other people. The book for the next work book club book is The Bees and I was excited to start it as I’d heard a lot about it because it was recently nominated for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Unfortunately, despite the buzz (!), I’m not loving it. It’s been compared to Animal Farm but personally I’m finding the allegorical level too abstract and not closely enough connected to something real and a simple reading not engaging enough. Others have loved it though, so don’t take my word as gospel.
Watching: Game of Thrones – Season 4
Until last year we were having to wait for the Game of Thrones DVD boxsets to be released as we don’t have Sky, so it’s only been recently that we’ve been able to watch Season 4. I’d managed to hear the big spoiler but otherwise had remained in the dark as to the events of Season 4 – it’s so good and so shocking.
We now have NowTV and so we’re ploughing on to Season 5. We’re determined to not have to wait for nearly a year and try to remain in the dark about what’s happening, especially as I understand that the TV series has now diverged from the books.
Coveting: Everything in my Payday Favourites post
As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve decided to move this section of my monthly recap into a separate post each month where I’ll share the things I’ve had my eye on – home decor, clothes, jewellery, random stuff with flamingos on, whatever! Why not check it out?
Planning: Two weeks of solid revision
Just two more weeks and then it’s all over and I can go back to not having to try and balance full-time work, part-time study, everything else and deal with the almost constant guilt of failing to be and do everything.