I was going to start by saying it’s been a nice week but in reality, it’s been raining quite a bit and the husband has had man flu (say no more). I’ve also done my back in, probably due to me forgetting an Osteopath appointment last Friday, but the less said about that the better.
So why has it been ‘nice’? Time to share my #LittleLoves for this week…
I’ve started a new book and have made time this week to read a little bit every night before going to sleep.
‘Try Not to Breathe’ is a debut novel by Holly Seddon and was lent to me by a friend. Right from the first page, I was hooked. If you enjoyed ‘The Girl on the Train’, you’ll love this. It’s easy to read and a definite page-turner.
I’ve spent this week catching up on all the TV series we are currently obsessed with – The Fall, The Missing and Ordinary Lives being three of them. We finally watched episode 6 of The Fall and whilst that particular episode was exciting (and very, very gruesome) I was utterly disappointed by it. The whole series felt so drawn out, as though it all could have been explained in one episode. Did you watch it?
What about ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’? I’m so loving the jungle team this year! And of course Ant and Dec always make me smile. The thing I love most about this show, is that it gets every one of my children out of their bedrooms. It’s probably the only programme that we actually all enjoy watching. With teenagers in the house, you’ve got to grab the family time when you can!
I’ve had the mindfulness app ‘Headspace’, downloaded on my phone for months. After numerous recommendations from different sources, I actually tried it out for the first time yesterday. Just 10 minutes of sitting on my own, focusing on the moment and I actually felt incredibly relaxed (the man’s voice was very soothing so that helped!).
The jury is still out as to whether I will be able to incorporate this into my daily schedule (I’m notorious for trying new things then giving up on them) but I can definitely see the benefits. Headspace allows you to try out 10 sessions before signing up – clever marketing.
Are you a fan of mindfulness?
You may remember that I had a wardrobe purge not so long ago. I’ve enjoyed re-stocking at my leisure and this week, bought a cute little sweater from ASOS. I love the subtle but ever so slightly Christmassy addition of snowflakes on the elbows.
We had friends round for dinner at the weekend and I cooked! Why the exclamation mark? Because I NEVER cook when we have friends round. We enjoyed Coq au Vin, followed by my absolutely favourite pudding of all time – treacle tart. And I even made the pastry myself. Is it ok to be impressed by your own skills?
I think what has been so ‘nice’ about this week, is that I’ve managed to balance the solitude, family time and socialising, quite well. I don’t often manage to get it right – I usually find that I’m out of kilter somewhere – but over the years, I’ve got to know myself and what I need. As a family, 2016 has been a difficult year but I finally feel as though we are turning a corner and I think I’m getting the old ‘me’ back again. I hope that’s a good thing!