Have you missed me? We had a fabulous week away, bar an unfortunate ski collision resulting in a bad knee and a blocked ear which is still making my life a misery after 10 days. The only ‘up’ side to the blocked ear is that I can’t hear my husband snoring. Absolute bliss I tell you! However I also can’t hear the back chat that my kids are dishing out on a daily basis, so they are probably getting away with murder! Any tips for clearing it would be gratefully received.
Other than that, I’ve been loving lots of things over the last week or so. Warning: there are quite a few tenuous links this week!
I’ve finally finished Small Great Things! Although I took a while to get through it, that is no reflection on the writing or storyline. I was really gripped once I began concentrating and it definitely had me thinking. A holiday is great for giving a book the time and space it deserves.
This week I began a new book called Soul Keeping by John Ortberg. I’m studying it with a friend and although I’ve only just started it, I have high hopes. You can’t read a lot in one sitting, as there’s so much to think about and it’s quite intellectually challenging – the old grey matter is taking a roasting! I shall report back as I go.
I always seem to miss the fabulous TV dramas when they are aired first time round (Unforgotten being one of them) but now we have SKY Q, there’s absolutely no excuse! So this week we caught up with The Moorside – the true story of Shannon Matthews who went missing back in 2008. Whilst watching the shocking story of a 9 year old girl betrayed by her own mother, I vaguely remembered hearing about it in the news but couldn’t recall exactly what happened.
It was another fantastic piece of acting from Sheridan Smith who played the mother’s neighbour, but also Gemma Whelan who played Karen Matthews – incredible all round and very well cast.
In the end, I was surprised to find myself feeling sorry for the mother. She wasn’t the sharpest tool in the box and had clearly been used by people all her life, leaving her scarred and psychologically damaged. Always so sad when the story is true and I often wonder what happened to the people in real life. If you watched and are interested, The Daily Fail posted an article giving us the details.
We’ve listened to so much music over the last week or so. The journey home from France took us 14 hours (kill me now) so we even started an audio book which the husband and I enjoyed but the kids not so much. One artist we do all like listening to is Ed Sheeran. I think we managed to play through every one of his songs, three times over. This is a particular favourite of mine…
Skis during the day and pyjamas in the evening! Yep, I’m not a party animal during a ski holiday, preferring a soak in the bath and a glass of wine in my PJs to anything else. I’m heading off on a whistle stop tour of Reading tomorrow (with the excuse of dropping my iphone into Apple) so I *may* have a purchase or two to share with you next week.
A pig of myself? I devoured this delicious apple crumble crepe on holiday last week and loved every scrumptious mouthful of it.
A fabulous idea for Pancake Day, but we all know that I’ll probably stick with the old lemon and sugar favourite (the addition of Nutella or maple syrup is about as exciting as we get here).
Other than that, my mind has gone completely blank because I’ve made zero things worth reporting this week. Sorry to let you all down. I shall try harder next week, promise!
Our church is gearing up for lent (it starts next Wednesday if you’re looking to give something up or form a new habit) and as part of that, we are all being encouraged to live a more generous lifestyle – giving away things we love, dropping flowers round to a neighbour, taking the time to chat to someone without rushing off. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed spreading some love this week. It is true what they say – blessing others, blesses you. Go try it!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.