It’s been a busy one folks. How was your week?
We’ve celebrated a birthday and yet again, I am left wondering how on earth I’m old enough to have a 17 year old. Of course we all know the answer to that and at 45, you would think that I would too! The truth is, I still feel like a teenager myself most days. I wonder if this feeling ever leaves?
I’ve been absent without trace on this ‘ere blog but I have a few ideas brewing, so will be back next week with some home style and plenty more ramblings I’m sure. Until then, here are the things I’ve been loving this week…
I’ve found it really hard to make time for reading books this week. I’m slowly building up my stash of ‘Books I’m halfway through‘ and I have plenty of others on the ‘Books I want to start but know I should finish the other ones first’ pile.
I might not have read any books this week but I have read plenty of articles. One of the things I’ve had a bee in my bonnet over, is the current Netflix sensation: 13 Reasons Why. I know that this is a controversial topic and that many of you will have watched it yourselves and probably enjoyed it, but this programme just doesn’t sit right with me.
Whilst I’m pleased that the writer’s intention was to remind teenagers that there are consequences to actions and that the tongue can be a very powerful weapon, I cannot ignore the potentially fatal message that this programme is sending out – there is a reason for suicide.
I know that life can be hard at times but I prefer to think that there is hope in every situation and that nothing lasts forever. This is the message that I would like our teenagers to be receiving, wouldn’t you? 13 Reasons Why suggests that other people are to blame for Hannah’s suicide when in real life, most suicides are a result of the person’s illness (the programme never mentions mental illness or depression even once) – one that could be eased with the right help and medication.
Out of all the articles I read, ‘13 Reasons Why Not‘ published by Focus on the Family, struck me the most. I would love to hear your views (for and against) in the comments below ↓.
Have you seen the Car Share outtakes doing the rounds? These were actually from series one but had me in stitches. I’m so sad that series two was only 5 episodes long. What’s Peter Kay got up his sleeve next I wonder?
We finally finished Big Little Lies this week. Ooh it was good! It honestly had me guessing right up until the end and the last two episodes were gripping. I tried to describe this show to someone the other day and ended up plumping for black humour. I found it amusing in places, very entertaining but also quite dark – some of the subjects tackled were extremely hard-hitting. It’s not for the faint-hearted, as my mother would say!
Any recommendations for my next addiction?
I’ve been avidly listening to chart music this week – mostly because I’ve spent far too much time ferrying teenagers around. My current favourite is No Promises (featuring Demi Levato) by Cheat Codes. As a family, we are also a tad obsessed with Attention by Charlie Puth. We all get the lyrics wrong but hey, isn’t that what memories are made of?
My ‘No New Clothes’ ban has finally been lifted. Yay! I celebrated by ordering the Happy Days t-shirt that I featured on here a while back.
It’s been so lovely to see some sunshine and to air my denim jacket again. This one from Hush is super light-weight and nicely fitted too. Honestly one of my best buys to date :). I also ordered a black jumpsuit that I’m still deliberating over. Does it fall into the ‘Things I’m too old for but will be embracing anyway’ category, or does it actually look ridiculous?
Coming soon on an Instagram story near you….
Contrary to what this photo might have you believe, the above cake had disaster written all over it. Firstly, it required three trips to the supermarket for ingredients. Secondly, the bottom fell out of the cake tin when I poured it in (total carnage). Thirdly, the chocolate ganache was hot when I poured it over the cake, resulting in a large chunk falling away in a rather catastrophic fashion.
But it tasted good so no one needs to know, right?
To round off my daughter’s birthday we went to the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Thursday. We got up bright and early to make the most of the day…until I realised that I had actually booked tickets for the evening! Thankfully I checked the tickets before leaving the house and we opted for lunch out and a mooch around the shops first – good call mumma 🙂 For someone who isn’t particularly interested in horses, I really enjoyed it. Needless to say, she loved every minute.