Here we are again, on the cusp of the weekend and another week down. Since I last wrote on this here blog, I’ve been to the Alps and back. I’ve also experienced snow, sunshine, rain and freezing fog. No wonder I’m having trouble working out what season we are in!
Either way, Spring we are so ready for you – please stop hibernating. Here are all of the things I’ve been loving this week – be warned, it’s a little snow/ski heavy!
I’m a creature of habit and one of the things I like to do, is buy a Red magazine every time I go on holiday. So I’ve devoured the April edition of Red this week and found many a brilliant article in there. I was pleased to see a whole feature on Mental Health in teenage girls and the interview with Emma Freud and her daughter was particularly enlightening. I can relate to a lot of what Emma wrote as a mother who after four years, continues to support her daughter through depression. Very helpful comments from both mother and daughter.
I also read a couple of great blog posts this week – one from Morgana on Instagrammers worth following and a very brave post from Not So Smug Now, on her break up with alcohol. It sounds weird but I felt so proud of her for writing it – it must have taken a lot of guts.
Boyhood is a film that has been on my ‘must see’ list for a while now. I’ve heard good things about it and I thought it would be one that the husband and I might enjoy whilst on holiday.
The real truth is that I watched it whilst he slept off his day’s skiing, occasionally grunting in the right places and asking me how long it was going on for!
It is 2 hours and 45 minutes long so yes, a bit drawn out but it’s so clever. Basically a coming of age story, following the life of a boy called Mason, all the way through from 6 years to 18. The whole thing was filmed across 12 years, with the same cast. A pretty bold risk but one that pays off.
If you’re nosy like me and looking to prepare yourself for life with a son, it’s a simple but great watch.
I delved into the world of podcasts this week by subscribing to Sara Tasker’s Hashtag Authentic. Sara from Me and Orla, shares hints and tips for anyone in the world of online creativity but particularly with regard to blogging and social media. The one I listened to this week was about following your creative instincts. I love Sara’s gently tone, oozing with humility despite her 156k followers on Instagram!
I tried to savour every moment of our 4 day ski break and on one occasion, I had to pinch myself – beautiful blue skies, the most amazing views and a coffee in my hand. Could it be more perfect?
There was a live band playing in this particular restaurant and as we were chatting, they struck up the chords of a song very familiar to me – The Girl from Ipanema by Frank Sinatra. It’s coming up to the first anniversary of my Grandad’s death and this was one of his favourite songs to play on the keyboard. Funny how little moments can send the fond memories flooding back isn’t it?
Some pretty nifty skiing moves – does that count? I first went skiing 5 years ago, as a 40th birthday treat. It is something that I had always wanted to try and basically, didn’t want to die not having given it a go. I decided that 40 was probably my last chance to pick up a new, active hobby, and I was right! Not because it’s physically demanding (well it is but…) more because it brings out the fear in me like nothing else.
Whilst I have a bit more style (yes I’m tooting my own horn) my husband does not have the same fear factor and this means that he is ultimately a better skier. I asked him to take a photograph of me skiing on this gloriously empty slope but instead he took a video (good job I’m not attempting pro blogger status!).
I will never be one to throw myself down the black runs at great speed, this red run is just perfect for me So if you want to know the ins and outs of skiing post 40, I’m your expert!
Guess what? My ski gear and a smile! I’ve also lived in jeans this week so nothing particularly pretty to photograph for you I’m afraid. I continue to be tortured by my Invisalign braces but I’ve got into a better routine with them now. I’m still not sure how I’ll stick with them for the whole 12-15 months but I’m determined to finally have teeth that I’m not trying to hide all the time.
I get slightly annoyed by social media when a tragedy has occurred, so I tend to avoid it. London was the chosen target this week and although what happened was a horrific and senseless act, I am once again reminded that we are so blessed to be living in a country where hardships are few and far between. Many countries across the world are living through the most horrendous nightmares on a daily basis. I’ll just leave you with this sentiment.