Feeling: More centred
An unintended step back from reading blogs and a lot of time on social media this past month perhaps combined with a little more focus on what I’m doing in life has meant I’ve felt less inadequate this month than I sometimes do. I don’t really ever intentionally compare myself with other people on the internet but sometimes I feel that the accumulation of things from all sides on the internet (dreamy holiday shots, fancy meals out, Pinterest-perfect interiors) sometimes unintentionally and subconsciously overwhelms me a bit and makes me lose sight of the things I have and am grateful for and what I’m doing with my life. It’s something I probably need to do a bit more often.
Reading: Marching Powder by Rusty Young
After finishing Good Omens at the start of the month I moved onto a book I’ve had on my shelf for a little while, Marching Powder. Over summer I asked on Twitter for book recommendations for summer and Victoria of A Spoonful of Sugar recommended Marching Powder. What she didn’t know when recommending it was that Banged Up Abroad is a rather guilty pleasure of mine and so although I rarely read non-fiction, I couldn’t resist a book all about the story of a British drug smuggler imprisoned in San Pedro prison in Bolivia. It’s an interesting tale and one that sounds too unbelievable to be true – having to buy your own prison cell, wives and children living in prison with inmates, backpackers coming on tours. But apparently it’s all true!
Watching: Gilmore Girls: A year in the life (NO spoilers!)
No spoilers because, of course, everyone should be able to enjoy a show without spoilers and also because I’ve only watched Winter and Spring so far. I thought Winter was pretty damn perfect actually, although I was less enamoured with Spring. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love Gilmore Girls but Spring had a slightly different feel to it. I’m looking forward to finding the time to sit down and watch Summer and Fall.
Planning: My masters dissertation
My MA project plan was due in on 1 December so that’s mostly what I’ve been planning this month. When I signed up for the MA I imagined I would just come up with my short proposal and title and that then, once on the course, I would be able to just crack on and do the research. In actual fact, I had to submit a 1500 word plan to my supervisor who will give me guidance on it before I start actually writing my dissertation. It’s actually much harder than you might imagine to write a plan of how 15,000 words are going to be structured when you haven’t actually delved into the detail of a subject. It’s also pretty hard to want to find the time to really think about it all when I get back from a long day at work (a problem I’m just going to have to learn to manage over the next year).