October 2016: This month I have mostly been…


Feeling: Nesty

Ok, so ‘nesty’ might not be a word but I’m not really sure if there is a word for what I’ve been feeling lately. I should clarify that I’m definitely not pregnant, but I’ve been experiencing a very similar need to sort everything out around me and make my surroundings homey. I blame it on the change of seasons and impending winter. So I’ve been sorting out things that were long overdue, it’s costing me a small fortune though – all those little changes add up! I’ve replaced old and flat cushion pads, bought new cushion covers, bought a frame for a Jen Ricketts print I’ve had for nearly a yearΒ but haven’t framed, bought storage for housing all of my mementos and more. I’ve also been having a general change around and clear out, which is great as it makes me feel a whole lot better about our tiny flat.

Reading: The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami


After reading Strange Weather in Tokyo by the same author and enjoying it, I picked up The Nakano Thrift Shop. Unfortunately, I didn’t really enjoy this one and struggled through it. I appreciate that Japanese novels tend to have a very different style to Western novels, but this one lacked any sort of pace and seemed more like a series of stilted tableau than a novel that hung together well. I persisted with it but more because I hate abandoning a book than anything else.

I’m currently half way through Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I’m a fan of Neil’s work but have never read anything by Terry Pratchett (any recommendations as to where to start for the Pratchett uninitiated?) so I thought that this might be a good gateway book.

I also have a whole pile of magazines from my recent Eurostar trip to Brussels that I’m slowly working through. I don’t often buy magazines, so whenever I go to Brussels I load up on them in the lounge.Β It’s my little reward for having to get up so early to go there.

Watching: Stranger Things


Yes I’m always a step behind everyone else and I know loads of people finished this weeks ago, but we are loving taking our time with this and really making the most of it as the PERFECT autumn and Halloween viewing. Luckily we have managed to avoid spoilers so far, which is probably the best thing about a Netflix series, because it doesn’t go out on TV it means that spoilers aren’t really fair game and are much more avoidable, ideal for someone who like me who always seems to be a little behind everyone else.

Planning:Β A quiet November

After a busy September and October and being here, there and everywhere, I’m looking forward to hopefully a more chilled out November. I anticipate that work will be getting very busy in the run up to Christmas and so it’ll be nice to have weekends that aren’t packed full of stuff to do. I’m excited about spending a bit more time sorting stuff out and also maybe doing a few more London-based things before the Christmas period kicks off. At some point we have in mind that we want to check out the Caravaggio exhibition at the National GalleryΒ (probably when I sort out my student card) and I still need to check out the new Tate Modern building. Any other suggestions of must-sees/dos?

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  • Ooh I’m going to check out Strange Weather in Tokyo now! I need a new book to read and distract myself from ‘life’… you should definitely check out the new Tate building, it’s all shiny and new. I mean I go there for the space rather than the art, but enjoyable all the same.

    Also I know everyone is so into Stranger Things but I just can’t wrap my head around it… but then again, I have really bizarre taste in TV shows!

    Cherie | sinonym

  • I haven’t watched Stranger Things, I’m a wuss and get freaked out far too easily πŸ˜‰ Alice xx


  • I’m exactly the same, I just cannot abandon a book halfway through no matter how dire! I’m too scared to watch Stranger Things, my friend told me a little bit about it and I couldn’t sleep that night. Such a wimp xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy