A bit of a bumper edition this week after missing last week’s #littleloves. I’ve been in one of those moods where I’ve needed to remind myself of the good things in life. Whether that’s reading a billion books in quick succession, or just switching off and chilling out infront of the tv.
One thing to ‘love’ this week is giving up smoking. I promised myself that March would be the month I quit and so far so good. I’ve managed a week without them and despite coming to the conclusion that they’re probably the reason I haven’t committed murder over these last 2 years I’ve been smoking, it hasn’t been quite as hard going as I imagined. Obviously I’ve got a long way to go, but here’s hoping I can stick to it. Wish me luck!
I’ve been lucky enough to get an advance review copy of Secret of a Happy Marriage. I’ve seen it pop up in numerous magazines lately, all singing its praises, so I couldn’t wait to dive in. Its told by various members of the same family, all fighting their own demons and springs back and forth in time as it delves into the hows and whys of them becoming who they are today. It really is a wonderful story and you find yourself really invested in the characters.
Next up was The Summer of Impossible Things. I can’t actually review it properly as it isn’t released for a while but you seriously need to buy it. It’s magical. This is what it says on the cover ‘ Thirty years ago, something terrible happened to Luna’s mother. Something she’s only prepared to reveal after her death. Now Luna and her sister have a chance to go back to their mother’s birthplace and settle her affairs. But in Brooklyn they find more questions than answers, until something impossible – magical – happens to Luna, and she meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977. At first Luna’s thinks she’s going crazy, but if she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in doing anything – everything – to save her mother’s life, will she have to sacrifice her own?’
I devoured this one within one sitting. It’s the third part in a series of short stories I’ve enjoyed reading. It follows Beth as she runs from her old life with her violent and controlling ex and seeks to make a new life for herself and her son. This book was every bit as fab as the previous two and I can’t wait for the next one already.
And I’m half way through this one, which is of course my usual chick lit with a travel twist. So far so good!
We’ve ‘made’ our flight reservations for the summer when we’re off home to stay with my mum for 2 weeks. And I put the application for in both the Mr and the 5 year old’s new passports. Its cost a small fortune as you can imagine, but I’m glad to have it booked. Next on the list is car hire, a few nights in hotels when we visit family and friends in Manchester and Wales and maybe even a night away for my birthday too. Can’t wait to get planning!
The gym clothes actually made an appearance last week. Bit of a miracle for me. Don’t worry I’ve not gone mad and joined the gym. But I’ve had a go on our cross trainer and attempted an exercise dvd, so I’m getting there. I lost 10lb last month just focussing on eating better, so it’s time to step things up a notch and get into a routine with exercise too.
I was sad to hear this beauty fell into the sea below on Wednesday morning. If you’re not familiar with Gozo’s Azure Window, you may well have seen it in the Dothraki wedding scenes in Game of Thrones. I’ve lived half an hour away from it for almost 2 years and do you think I’ve ever been to see it? Nope! Needless to say as sad as it is that this natural wonder has gone forever, it has made me all the more determined to get out there and see the things I want to see before it’s too late. Time, and nature it seems, waits for no one after all.
The Mr has decided it’s time we put the teen’s babysitting skills to the test and head out for a meal tomorrow night. We haven’t been out since Christmas so I can’t wait to throw off my school mum uniform, pick some make up on and indulge in some cocktails before getting back on the diet next week.
Have a great weekend whatever you’re up to!